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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

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. He's not worth a hit

      • 2 years, 1 month 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.

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. Lovely stuff. RVP Rooney ahoy!

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. Obviously should've *'d the West Ham game too but wasn't the point of the post!

        Ahoy there me hearty!!

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
    2. Just how I called it the other day :)

      • 2 years, 1 month 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.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. So you agree basically.

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
  3. anybody got any ideas on Ba and his injury ?

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. I did. I dropped him. :-)

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. I think that might well come back and bite you, Doos.

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
        1. I walk around with a telephone directory in my trizers ... ;-)

          • 2 years, 1 month ago
          1. Sharp teeth could make light work of that defence! ;)

            • 2 years, 1 month ago
            1. Too lazy to chew ... ;-)

              • 2 years, 1 month 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!

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
        1. Time to sort out our defences, Sunshine ... :-D

          • 2 years, 1 month ago
          1. Nice work. Taking loads of hits and it's paying off #idol

            • 2 years, 1 month ago
      3. will we get any news to confirm that he's gonna start ?

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

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  4. Is Lambert likely to start at home this weekend? Need to bench him or Sterling.

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. i have both and i'm benching sterling

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    2. Lambert was decent against West Brom.

      Definite starter this week.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  5. Is it wise to triple up on Everton with Baines, Fellaini and Pienaar?

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

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. I have Baines and Fellai and I think it's enough.

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
          • 2 years, 1 month ago
    2. No, too many eggs in one basket

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    3. how about jelavic instead of pienaar

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    4. I wouldn't triple up cause after the next 3 games you'll only want one

      • 2 years, 1 month 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.

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. Haven't listened to it, but 'must have'? Really?!

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    2. He's bound to score against us!!

      • 2 years, 1 month 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.

      • 2 years, 1 month 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.

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    4. Agree. Red cards galore ... :-)

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    5. They are saying 2 of Michu, Fellaini, Nolan are must haves

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. +1

        All the OOP's.

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

        • 2 years, 1 month 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.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    7. he scored against Man City...

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

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. Yes. A very good chance, imo.

      • 2 years, 1 month 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.

      • 2 years, 1 month 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?

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

      • 2 years, 1 month 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

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

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

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
        • 2 years, 1 month 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.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. Too true....

        • 2 years, 1 month 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.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. if his form keeps up tho he wont keep his current price tag

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
        1. Might be, but no way will he drop 0.6m by gw 21.

          • 2 years, 1 month ago
          1. Only needs to drop 0.3 to cost the same.

            • 2 years, 1 month 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.

          • 2 years, 1 month ago
    6. I plan to keep him unless long-term injured..

      • 2 years, 1 month 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

      • 2 years, 1 month 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

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. Having Rafa & Baines is what the cool kids have done ;-)

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
        1. Baa!

          • 2 years, 1 month 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

      • 2 years, 1 month 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.

      • 2 years, 1 month 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.

      • 2 years, 1 month 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.

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. Jevans doubtful for tomorrow's game.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. i know, jevans>rafa straight sap it would be in that case

        • 2 years, 1 month 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.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  10. Random post, I miss van der Vaart in EPL (and FPL).

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. +1

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    2. Yup.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    3. wao... me 2...regular part of my team last season

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  11. Valencia or Walcott? Already have RVP

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. valencia surely...c their fixtures man

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    2. Emp

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

      • 2 years, 1 month 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)

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. michu very doubtful though ;)

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
        • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. Michu isn't a doubt, Chico is

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

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. All quite nice options. Cazorla for me.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. Thanks Gents

        • 2 years, 1 month 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

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
    2. Aguero

      • 2 years, 1 month 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?

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. Taylor could be a good option.

      Is Simpson definately out?

      • 2 years, 1 month 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.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. Hmm. Good points, thanks for the input.

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
  15. Stick or Twist?

    1FT

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

    Schwarzer, Sterling, Cuellar, Demel (50%)

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. Get rid of fletcher

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  16. Anyone actually bringing in Ba this week?

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. Yes...I'm and put armband on him.

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

    Berbatov -> Ba
    Bale -> Valencia

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  18. NEW POST MO FO!!!!

    • 2 years, 1 month 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.

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  20. Sagna or Shawcross?
    I have Begovic.From arsenal noone.

    • 2 years, 1 month 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

    • 2 years, 1 month 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...

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  22. Sterling+Jelavic
    Fellaini+Podolski
    Fellaini+Suarez

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  23. MATA BALE CAZ MICHU STERLING

    0.1m in bank

    who to bring in felliani for??

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  24. Am I ok to save FT:

    Bego
    Rafael Baines Davies
    Pienaar Bale Caz Hba
    Ba Rvp Berb

    Subs: sterling nelson demel

    • 2 years, 1 month 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

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  26. Bit the bullet and pressed the button!

    1 FT - Foster>Bergo.

    Done.

    • 2 years, 1 month 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!!).

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
        • 2 years, 1 month 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!

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

    • 2 years, 1 month ago

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