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The Watchlist – David Silva

Following a three-match absence through injury, David Silva arrived back in the nick of time for Manchester City’s Gameweek 11 home clash with Spurs last weekend, giving his team a much needed fillip and Fantasy managers a reminder of his sublime talent.

As the game looked to be stuttering to a 1-1 draw it took an 87th minute spark of genius from Silva to win the match, as he brilliantly exchanged passes with substitute Edin Dzeko and his final, killer ball to the Bosnian was duly slammed home. In addition to the assist, Silva also received two Fantasy Premier League (FPL) bonus points for his efforts in turning the game around and accrued a modest but significant seven-point total to herald a welcome top-flight return.

Since his opening day penalty miss at home to Southampton and subsequent 71st minute substitution Silva has struggled to recapture the stunning 2011/12 form that saw him rack up a total of 184 points. With just two assists to his name prior to Gameweek 11 it was clear that injury and fatigue, from a summer helping Spain win Euro 2012, were in danger of scuppering his third season in the English top flight. Two substitute cameos in his first four matches and only 90 minutes on three occasions so far this season have prompted managers to discard him in their droves and has seen his price plummet from 10.0 to just 9.3 in the FPL game. In the Sky Sports game, where no such price market exists, he is still the top priced midfielder at 9.0.

Until Sunday’s return, he had become something of a forgotten man for Fantasy managers, owned by only 4.6% of managers in the FPL game and 6.59% in the Sky game. It is a situation that is set to change over the coming weeks, however, as Silva seems certain for starts and is clearly re-energised from his short lay-off.

Silva also looks to be a key player among the ranks of premium priced midfielders for Gameweek 12, in which Man City host Aston Villa. In comparison to his Spanish countrymen Juan Mata and Santi Cazorla, he has not been selected to endure the international side’s gruelling 28-hour round trip for an away friendly with Panama and is primed to delight those managers who have recruited him this week.

Following the Aston Villa game though fixtures are not ideal for Man City (che, wig, EVE, MAN, new), but as arguably the key player in a team vying to retain the Premier League title, tricky opponents should not cause too much concern for Silva. His return is not only ideal for City, it also affords the opportunity to shake up our five-man midfields with a bona fide top Fantasy performer for those looking for an alternative to the likes of Mata, Cazorla, Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard in the premium bracket.

Jonty An older Cazorla, younger Rafa Benitez, romeo con-man and occasional Mark Noble lookalike.” Follow him on Twitter

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  1. unitednations
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 years, 7 months ago

    Begovic (mannone)
    baines rafael demel (cueller davies)
    nasri michu pienaar cazorla (morrison)
    rvp ba berba

    Have 1ft and 0,7m in the bank. Confused as to what to do with my midfield.
    A: nasri + pienaar >> fellaini + sterling/maloney
    B: cazorla + ba >>> mata + grioud
    C: cazorla + ba >>> fellaini + grioud (will end up with both pienaar and fellaini though)
    D: davies >> gorkss as i dont have a good 3rd defender this week

    I am leaving towards B but newcastle have good fixtures so not sure about taking out ba.

    Any opinioin welcome

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    1. Rukawa
        3 years, 7 months ago

        Nasri --> Faillani, end.

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        1. Slippin' Jimmy
            3 years, 7 months ago

            yes

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        2. Crownclown
            3 years, 7 months ago

            A is much good option.also saves cash for some DF

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        3. सनकी
            3 years, 7 months ago

            @giggsboson

            i see you bought Javier, is he gonna play/start together with RVP? i reckon it won’t be 4-2-2 ?.

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          • Damo.
              3 years, 7 months ago

              Something to pass the time. I did shit. http://www.ultralase.com/vites/referee-theory-test

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              1. Lee Sharpe's BBQ
                  3 years, 7 months ago

                  4 out of 12 :S

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                • thetinkerman
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  3 years, 7 months ago

                  4 out of 12!

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                • Crownclown
                    3 years, 7 months ago

                    5 out of 12...

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                • albie.s
                    3 years, 7 months ago

                    Im gonna get silva in this week :)

                    The question is who for?

                    A. Cazorla - Straight Swap
                    B. Hazard - Owned since the start so will have 0.5 in the bank

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                    1. SuperOsçarBaby
                        3 years, 7 months ago

                        A.cazorla

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                    2. Fratboy
                        3 years, 7 months ago

                        Was looking at Garrido as a cheap option for a defender then saw Norwich's fixtures......oh wow:

                        MAN UNITED everton southampton SUNDERLAND swansea WIGAN west brom

                        Okay they aren't bad but I probably only see maybe 2 cleanies vs Sunderland and possibly Wigan, after that?

                        CHELSEA MAN CITY west ham NEWCASTLE liverpool SPURS

                        Only if you nothing else to do with your transfers would I suggest bringing him in.

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                        1. सनकी
                            3 years, 7 months ago

                            oh wow i see Norwich has been conceding pretty little nowadays..

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                            1. Fratboy
                                3 years, 7 months ago

                                Oh wow, could've been worth it.

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                          • Kendog
                              3 years, 7 months ago

                              Can anyone suggest a punt transfer for this generic team?

                              0.0 bank

                              Bego, Gazz

                              Saylor, baines, Rafael, gorkss, nelsen

                              Mata, santi, bale, taarabt, Maloney

                              Rvp, ba, berbs

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                            • ceetee_50@hotmail.com
                                3 years, 7 months ago

                                Any ideas what to do with this lot? Plan at the minute is to wait till the end f the week for injury news and is good save my transfer. Suggestions very much appreciated.

                                Begovic
                                McCartney Baines Rafael
                                Mata Walcott Michu Fellaini
                                Ba Van Persie Tevez

                                Tremmel - Nelsen - Leigertwood - Gorkss

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                              • SkyCell
                                  3 years, 7 months ago

                                  Few nuts to crack for ya fellas

                                  Play Gorkss (EVE) or Michu (new)?

                                  Do a freebie Cazorla to Silva?

                                  Def ATM Baines- Demel - Rafael (Gorkss) (Clyne)
                                  Mid ATM Mata- Nolan- Cazorla - (Michu) (Maloney)

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                                  1. Crownclown
                                      3 years, 7 months ago

                                      Play Michu, just wait this game week to see how Silva comes up with his game. if he plays well then Caz-Silva irrespective of fix.

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                                      1. SkyCell
                                          3 years, 7 months ago

                                          Yea might pay off to be patient for once. Save the transfer and counter next week!

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                                    • Ali Dia
                                        3 years, 7 months ago

                                        Silva or Fellaini? No other attacking coverage from either side.

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                                        1. SkyCell
                                            3 years, 7 months ago

                                            No Jelavic nor Tevez/Aguero up front. (RVP-Suarez-Berbs)

                                            Planning on bringing Fellaini after he gets the fifth and serves the ban. Prolly wud stick w Cazorla this week but the internationals just might be the tie breaker to bring assumably more fresh Silva in.

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                                            1. Ali Dia
                                                3 years, 7 months ago

                                                I'm trying to talk myself into getting Silva but my rivals have got Fellaini and he's hurting me, it's a tricky one.

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                                                1. Ali Dia
                                                    3 years, 7 months ago

                                                    That said, if Walcott's fit, I may just plump for him instead.

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                                                    1. SkyCell
                                                        3 years, 7 months ago

                                                        Walcott is a fine differential but I'm not loving the next 3 fixtures. Would get him if Arsenal found the free scoring 3 goals a game form and he'd be nailed on. Prolly gonna eat my hat after this week when the game ends 5-2 and Walcott on a treble 😉

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                                              • Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
                                                  3 years, 7 months ago

                                                  One thing SAF said was that Hernandez does well dragging the defence around thus making space for others. If he does start, then I can see his pace and movement causing all sorts of problems for Norwich. The space he creates is going to benefit one player in particular.

                                                  RVP

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                                                • Demí
                                                    3 years, 7 months ago

                                                    @JWTelegraph
                                                    Walcott, oxlade-chamberlain and szczesny all ready to start against tottenham but kieran gibbs unlikely to make it

                                                    Good news for Walcott owners like myself. Another high scoring game we think?

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                                                    1. Ginkapo
                                                        3 years, 7 months ago

                                                        aka Walcott should be playing tonight, but Wwnger needs him

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                                                    2. ddp
                                                        3 years, 7 months ago

                                                        Tempted to straight swap Cazorla for Silva for a 4ph.. Worth it for this week vs Villa?

                                                        Current team:

                                                        Jaaskelinen / Ruddy
                                                        Baines, Shawcross, Rafael, (Demel, Clyne)
                                                        Cazorla, Fellaini, Mata, Nolan, Sterling
                                                        Ba, RVP, Lambert

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