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  1. Morning all - fine to save my FT this week? Work on getting fellaini next week? Don't fancy taking a 4 point hit for him in a cup week!!!

    Begovic

    Ivan Nelsen Baines (vc)

    Michu Walters Bale Mata

    RVP (c) Tevez Berbs

    Foster Sterling Davis Demel

    good luck in the cup Ya'll

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. He's not worth a hit

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  2. SAF definitely suggesting that we're going to be playing a much weaker team in the last two games of the CL. Makes RVP, Rooney, Valencia, Rafael much more nailed on for these easy fixtures.

    Current fixture list "suggested" threat of rotation in the *'d games:

    Aston Villa V Man Utd - Sat 10 Nov

    * Norwich V Man Utd - Sat 17 Nov *

    Galatasaray V Man Utd - Tue 20 Nov

    * Man Utd V QPR - Sat 24 Nov *

    Man Utd V West Ham - Wed 28 Nov

    * Reading V Man Utd - Sat 1 Dec *

    Man Utd V CFR Cluj-Napoca - Wed 5 Dec

    Man City V Man Utd - Sun 9 Dec

    Safe to say that this won't happen now.

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. Lovely stuff. RVP Rooney ahoy!

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. Obviously should've *'d the West Ham game too but wasn't the point of the post!

        Ahoy there me hearty!!

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
    2. Just how I called it the other day :)

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    3. United already through to UCL 16 as the group leader. So Fergie will play second team there. I think Fergie will concentrate on League matches and rotation will not be there for a few months, I reckon.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. So you agree basically.

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
  3. anybody got any ideas on Ba and his injury ?

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. I did. I dropped him. :-)

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. I think that might well come back and bite you, Doos.

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
        1. I walk around with a telephone directory in my trizers ... ;-)

          • 1 year, 10 months ago
          1. Sharp teeth could make light work of that defence! ;)

            • 1 year, 10 months ago
            1. Too lazy to chew ... ;-)

              • 1 year, 10 months ago
      2. 3 transfers! Have you honestly taken a 8 pointer getting rid of him? Can easily see him starting and scoring against his (your) old club!

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
        1. Time to sort out our defences, Sunshine ... :-D

          • 1 year, 10 months ago
          1. Nice work. Taking loads of hits and it's paying off #idol

            • 1 year, 10 months ago
      3. will we get any news to confirm that he's gonna start ?

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
    2. The manager said he's likely to start. I think I'll keep him.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  4. Is Lambert likely to start at home this weekend? Need to bench him or Sterling.

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. i have both and i'm benching sterling

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    2. Lambert was decent against West Brom.

      Definite starter this week.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  5. Is it wise to triple up on Everton with Baines, Fellaini and Pienaar?

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. I would say 2 is plenty. One bad game and 1/3 of your outfield players are a write off.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. I have Baines and Fellai and I think it's enough.

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
          • 1 year, 10 months ago
    2. No, too many eggs in one basket

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    3. how about jelavic instead of pienaar

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    4. I wouldn't triple up cause after the next 3 games you'll only want one

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  6. Listening to the Scout Cast and Nolan is mentioned as a 'must have'. Not sure I agree with that one. West Ham have been good at home, but they're fixtures from now:
    newcastle STOKE spurs united CHELSEA LIVERPOOL wba EVERTON arsenal

    I don't see many chances for Nolan to convert in that run.

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. Haven't listened to it, but 'must have'? Really?!

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    2. He's bound to score against us!!

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    3. Bubbles... he was mentioned as well as Michu and Fell as you having to own at least 2 of that trio.

      Each to their own, I think there's better.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. Just Michu out of that lot, and pretty happy with that at the moment. Certainly don't see him anywhere near a must have.

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    4. Agree. Red cards galore ... :-)

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    5. They are saying 2 of Michu, Fellaini, Nolan are must haves

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. +1

        All the OOP's.

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
      2. And with nolans fixts obviously he isn't. But he will be again at some point

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
    6. He scored vs Citeh last week, and I believe the goal was "legit" and should have stood. That would have meant 11pts instead of 3 pts and a major bandwagon.

      Yeah fixt are crap, but nothing pisses me of more then when he scores and I don't own him.

      I'm keeping.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    7. he scored against Man City...

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
        • 1 year, 10 months ago
  7. Does Puncheon have any chance of getting back in the first team? or at least being used from the bench?

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. Yes. A very good chance, imo.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    2. The team news (BBC) on Monday night suggested that Ramriez return was the reason for Punch missing out against Reading. The stats seem to back this up with him having made bit part appearances in most of the games when Ramirez has been fit (that may be complete bollox though, with which case I stand corrected). I swapped him out for McAnuff last week.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  8. At what point will people lose faith with Baines? I see hes still getting transfers in and guess this is down to his next 3 fixtures, but his form is shocking

    2, 6, 2, 4, 1

    I know the old saying never drop baines but with evertons fixtures taking a turn for the worse after gwk13 is that when people plan to ditch?

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. Baines > Sagna would make my plans a whole lot easier!! Don't know if I could bring myself to do it though

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. agree its tough as he can always pop up with a pen

        ive just kept an eye on him as i nearly did rafa to baines for a hit before saints at home and thats his scores since then so i got away with that one

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
    2. the 4 would have been a 6 if it wasn't for the unlucky own goal.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    3. I may ditch in a few weeks, based on fixtures, with a view to reconsidering things during the January WC.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
        • 1 year, 10 months ago
    4. Yes. Well, the fixtures are decent for the next few but I'm fed up with him at the moment. But this is classic Baines in my team. Always seems to score well when not in my team, not so when in my team. He's a right bastard.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. Too true....

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
    5. I was going to and bring Vermaelen. I've scrapped that idea.

      My problem is I would want Baines for my Jan WC for SWANS/south/WBA/VILLA and I'm not going to pay a premium for him after getting him for 7m.

      So, I'm keeping.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. if his form keeps up tho he wont keep his current price tag

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
        1. Might be, but no way will he drop 0.6m by gw 21.

          • 1 year, 10 months ago
          1. Only needs to drop 0.3 to cost the same.

            • 1 year, 10 months ago
        2. As I argue below, I think his price will be kept afloat by all the dead teams who got him in the first few weeks after his big hauls.

          • 1 year, 10 months ago
    6. I plan to keep him unless long-term injured..

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    7. either way, after the next three fixtures i think i'm going to get rid. Ive never been as much as a fan as others and he only seems to do well when i don't have him

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    8. My head is getting turned everytime I log on now. I think Rafael could well outscore him over the next while, would give me enough to nicely upgrade crouch

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. Having Rafa & Baines is what the cool kids have done ;-)

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
        1. Baa!

          • 1 year, 10 months ago
    9. Yep. Regardless of his form over the next few weeks I'll be binning him for GW14. At the moment he is a good differential for me as my nearest rival doesn't have him, but downgrading him would free up a nice bit of cash

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    10. Weirdly he's a differential in my ML so certainly keeping him short-term. But, agree, certainly not untouchable while getting scores like that is he. Statistically on the other hand, he hasn't really stopped making tonnes of chances each game.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    11. Problem is that if I ditch him, he's too expensive to get back. He was very popular in first few weeks after some big hauls which means his price will be kept afloat for the rest of the season by all the dead teams.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  9. anyone thinking of doubling up on the utd defence? already have jevans but im looking to fit rafael too.

    norwich,villa and QPR, their next 3 opps. have looked far from convincing offensively and although u could say the same about the utd defence, i can see them improving.

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. Jevans doubtful for tomorrow's game.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. i know, jevans>rafa straight sap it would be in that case

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
    2. I was considering, as I dont like any of their mids, but There just seems to be too much rotation there. I think Ferdinand could actually be the best second option along with Rafa at this moment as he wont play any more CL or Cup games.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  10. Random post, I miss van der Vaart in EPL (and FPL).

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. +1

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    2. Yup.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    3. wao... me 2...regular part of my team last season

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  11. Valencia or Walcott? Already have RVP

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. valencia surely...c their fixtures man

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    2. Emp

      valencia , walcott too risky to start, nothing wrong with doubling up on man u for their fixture run

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  12. 8 home players this week
    3 away - inc. Michu at Southampton and RVP at Villa
    Surely good news...

    (cue a streak of away turnovers)

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. michu very doubtful though ;)

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
        • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. Michu isn't a doubt, Chico is

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
  13. Need help!!! cant pick a captain this week. Who would you captain from Cazorla, Ben Arfa and Aguero??

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. All quite nice options. Cazorla for me.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. Thanks Gents

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
      2. Considering Cazorla as (c) too but strangely he's has hardly done anything in home games all season, even in easy games vs SUN,SOU,QPR

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
    2. Aguero

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  14. Argh. Always end up at the bottom of the page... Ok so here's my dilemma:

    Thoughts on Steven Taylor folks? New. Have great fixtures and he seems nailed on now.

    Also thinking about Rafael but I want to free up some funds and trading out vertonghen so I can strengthen the midfield next week…

    How are people seeing newcastles defensive resolve with Colo and simpson out?

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. Taylor could be a good option.

      Is Simpson definately out?

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    2. I think it'll be a bit patchwork this week with Colo, Simpson, Tiote and Perch all out. But (I think) Tiote is back next week who they've really been missing so I'd consider him then definitely.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. Hmm. Good points, thanks for the input.

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
  15. Stick or Twist?

    1FT

    Begovic,
    Simpson (50%), Baines, Cameron
    Mata, Bale, Pienaar, Nolan
    RVP, Ba (75%), Fletcher

    Schwarzer, Sterling, Cuellar, Demel (50%)

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. Get rid of fletcher

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  16. Anyone actually bringing in Ba this week?

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. Yes...I'm and put armband on him.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  17. 8 point hit - worth it? Both Ba & valencia have much better fixtures for thext few weeks

    Berbatov -> Ba
    Bale -> Valencia

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
  18. NEW POST MO FO!!!!

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
  19. A)Hazard> mata(free)?

    Lamps is still out meaning hazard's on the penos but i simply can't afford to see mata outscoring hazard yet again. What would you do if u were in this position:

    B) jevans or figueroa > rafael? (again, for free)

    Wigan havent kept a cleanie @ home so far this season and im convinced this run will continue for some time. UTD on the other hand, face 3 offensively poor teams and you would expect them to start picking up cleanies. Jevans is a doubt, though.

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
  20. Sagna or Shawcross?
    I have Begovic.From arsenal noone.

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
  21. Am I the only one staying clear of Fellaini for now? the four yellows really bugs me knowing that he could only play two of the next three good fixtures and then everton have some tough fixtures.

    And I have a feeling with Everton that their early season form this time around may start to reverse

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. i did it on sunday for the extra money....worked out spiffing and if he has a game or two before the yellow then even better....You may have missed the rises though..unless he bags one or two more this weekend...

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  22. Sterling+Jelavic
    Fellaini+Podolski
    Fellaini+Suarez

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
  23. MATA BALE CAZ MICHU STERLING

    0.1m in bank

    who to bring in felliani for??

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
  24. Am I ok to save FT:

    Bego
    Rafael Baines Davies
    Pienaar Bale Caz Hba
    Ba Rvp Berb

    Subs: sterling nelson demel

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
  25. Lost the post somewhere...somebody asked about Walcott...a bit dodgy in my view...but worth considering Arsenal's injury list...it probably increases his chances of game time if only in the short term/maybe longer

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
  26. Bit the bullet and pressed the button!

    1 FT - Foster>Bergo.

    Done.

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. 3-5-2 isn't me but I'm gonna paly Kightly and bench Lukaku (whom I'm looking to show the exit anytime soon, although I did Lambert>Lukaku last week!!).

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
        • 1 year, 10 months ago
  27. OK, would like a little advice please. Of the following three, which one would you bench for this coming week?

    Caulker @ MCI
    Cuellar @ EVE
    Sterling @ CHE

    Thanks!

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
  28. Thoughts on Cazorla and Jenkinson to Fellaini and Rafael (2FT)? Jenkinson's gotta go I know that much.

    • 1 year, 10 months ago

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Goalkeepers

Last updated: 22 Sep, 2014 2:43pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Forster SOT A, Vs
No Change Begovic STO B, Vs
Up Mannone SUN B, £
Up Heaton BRN B, Vs, £
Up Szczesny ARS C, Vs
Up Schmeichel LEI B, Vs, £
Down De Gea MUN B
Down Mignolet LIV C, Vs
No Change Fabianski SWA B
Down Speroni CPL B

Defenders

Last updated: 22 Sep, 2014 4:34pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Ivanovic CHE A, VsX
No Change Bertrand SOT A, Vs
Up Baines EVE A
Up Van Aanholt SUN B, £
Up Chambers ARS B, Vs, £
Up Trippier BRN A, Vs
No Change Shawcross STO B, Vs
No Change Taylor SWA B, £
Up Kompany MCI C
No Change Morgan LEI B, Vs, £
Down Moreno LIV C, Vs
No Change Ward CPL C
Down Dier TOT A
Up Wisdom WBA B, £

Midfielders

Last updated: 22 Sep, 2014 4:30pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Sterling LIV A, Vs
Up Di María MUN A
No Change Fábregas CHE A, VsX
Down Sigurdsson SWA B
Up Tadic SOT B, Vs
Down Ramsey ARS B, Vs
Up Hazard CHE B, VsX
Up Downing WHM A, VsX, £
Up Silva MCI B
Down Mirallas EVE B, Rest
Down Sánchez ARS B, Vs, Rest
Up Moses STO B, Vs, £
Down Chadli TOT B, £
Down Larsson SUN B, £
Up Herrera MUN A
Up Puncheon CPL B, £

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Last updated: 22 Sep, 2014 4:28pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Diego Costa CHE A, VsX
Up Pellè SOT A, Vs
No Change Aguero MCI B
Up Ulloa LEI A, Vs, £
Down Rooney MUN B
Up Welbeck ARS A, Vs
Up Lukaku EVE B
Down Balotelli LIV B, Vs
Down Adebayor TOT B
Down Bony SWA B
No Change Wickham SUN C, £

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VsX Unfavourable Fixtures
Rest Rotation Risk
Inj Injured/Returning from Injury
OoP Out of Position
£ Potential Bargain
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