Reports emanating from Goodison Park this week could well serve as the final tree shake for frustrated owners of Leighton Baines. David Moyes, in his post-match press conference following the battling comeback against Arsenal, suggested that the Toffee’s talismanic left-back had sustained a hamstring injury…

“I think Leighton Baines has got a bit of a hamstring injury. He felt it in the game and he played on for the last 10 or 15 minutes.”

Taking a look at the first 30 minutes of the second half in isolation, we witness Baines involved throughout, his marauding forays down the wing allied to a burgeoning vision and awareness established an assuredness in the versatile fullback that allowed him to orchestrate the left channel at will. The George Harrison, 70’s style ‘Movember Tash’ that Baine’s can be seen sporting, seemingly not putting him off in the slightest.

During this initial period in the half, we witness Baines moving with fluid ease and agility, performing football specific, high intensity movements that test the integrity of the hip and knee joints fully, actions that would isolate any injuries and from a physio perspective, there were no visible injury indicators.

A subsequent observational kinesthetic analysis of the final 15 minutes of the match adds further credibility to the initial assessment. Here, again, we witness the England International performing a full array of high intensity movements around the hip and knee and joints, leaping, tackling, taking corners and uni-lateral movements including accelerating and decelerating whilst changing direction. These are important indicators as they are some of the most mechanically demanding match actions and broken down form part of a battery of tests utilised to confirm match fitness.

The intensity and range of actions Baine’s exhibits in the last 15 minutes plus injury time mirrored that of the first 30 minutes, again, without reaction, impediment or abnormal gait patterns evident. Additionally, Hamstring muscles usually injure by either a forceful contraction or a direct blow and the full-back appeared to navigate the half without any significant incidents of note, indeed, David Moyes still had a substitution to use if an injury was feared.

In summary, I suspect that Baine’s felt some soreness or tightness as the match closed out, indicating a very minor muscle injury that treated immediately and nursed subsequently should well resolve within 7 days and although the Manchester City match this weekend is a possibility, it perhaps comes too soon, indicating December 9 when the Toffee’s entertain Tottenham as the most likely return date.

  1. Mertesacker in for Gorkks for free.. Leaves me with 0.4 in the bank and

    Mertesacker Cameron Demel
    Bale Cazorla Mata Sterling
    Rvp Ba Suarez

    Federici Puncheon Cuellar Clyne

    Go ahead with the transfer or save it? Next week Mata's leavin my team for Walcott

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
    1. I think Sessegnon or Fletcher to captain next week is just common sense.

      It might not be if any of the top three teams had good fixtures, but they don't. Make that the short-term focus of your transfer plans.

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
      1. Fancy them against Chelski ?

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
        1. 2 extra playing points = half a goal for free.

          And then there's always a chance.

          • 2 years, 19 days ago
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  2. Az
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member

    Robbie Savage - Complete dickhead or hilarious pundit? Discuss.

    I vote for complete dickhead.

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
    1. i vote grounded, often humourous pundit.

      nice change from the other dickheads out there.

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
  3. A) Bale in for Mata
    B) Walcott in for Cazorla
    C) Walcott in for Mata
    D) Suarez in for Berbatov

    Cheers, appreciate it. 3.3m bank. Front 8 is:

    Sterling Ramirez Fellaini Mata Cazorla
    Rvp Berbs Fletcher

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
    1. A, B and D, you know you want to :)

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
      1. Out of interest What transfers did you make ? Similar teams and I'm stuck

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
        1. Tevez Caz to Giroud Bale

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    Tevez on the bench tomorrow?

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
    1. No- Tevez and Kun to start...imo

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
  4. Feeling optimistic for this week. So it'll probably be a disaster. Any thoughts?

    Begovic (wba)

    Simpson (WIG) / Shawcross (wba) / Enrique (SOU)

    Sterling (SOU) / Mata (whu) / Cazorla (vc) (SWA) / Sessegnon (NOR)

    Berbatov (TOT) / Long (STK) / RVP (c) (rdg)

    Subs: Foster / Lallana / Baird / Demel

    C/VC right? Subs in the right order? Thanks!

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
    1. I would be worried about sess and double stoke ...

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
  5. feeling a little daring so here are my not so safe (C) choices this week;

    1) Sterling (SOU)

    2) Weimann (qpr)

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
    1. Sterling out of those. But we all you know'll probably end up captaining RVP anyway! :p

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
    2. Of those two, obviously Sterling.

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
    3. Weimann scored 2 against Utd, imagine how many he will score against QPR!!!

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
      1. i like this thinking.

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
    4. I might give sterling the C. Over both Suarez and Rvp of course :D :D

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
  6. Repost
    I have no City or Arsenal strikers at the moment.
    Shall I do Mata :arrow: Walcott, then Ba :arrow: Tevez / Aguero and Baines :arrow: Nastasic?
    Or an alternative move thanks team linked below


    • 2 years, 19 days ago
    1. Keep Ba, City strikers too much of a rotation risk. Persinally think walcott is a risk too. Your link dorsnt work for me...mata to silva for city coverage, Caz over walcott for me.

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
  7. Baines/Clyne/Demel to Enrique for a hit?

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
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    1. No, just play Baines

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
      1. +1, given that he can field a substitute likely to play if Baines misses out.

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
        1. my defence is Baines Nelson Demel Clyne Cuellar so i do have a sub...not a great one in demel/clyne tho...

          • 2 years, 19 days ago
    2. Maybe if Enrique plays up front again. He looks likely to score every 5 minutes or so! Not a hit from Baines though, maybe Clyne or Demel though

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
  8. cameron -> gibbs/mertesacker?

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
    1. Merte more nailed on

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
  9. any source for walcott's injury?

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
  10. Looking at Bubbles history he is inspiring me to do an 8 pointer, that guy has tekkers 8-)

    Baines Pienaar Ba > Pools front 3

    Long term move for Xmas period

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
  11. As best as I can figure Stoke are not keeping a clean sheet away to West Brom. Also I can't see Fulham keeping Spurs out. Also my Fulham defender is Baird who might not play.

    I've Beg, Cam, Baird and can't see the point in starting any of them.

    So I'm going double on West Ham. I can see them keeping a misfiring Chelsea out as they've history of getting decent clean sheets(City, Newc, Fulham).

    I'm not saying they will but I really feel it's pointless playing anyone else.

    Am I right?

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
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  12. used Wildcard.. RMT please..



    any advise is much appreciated.. Thanks..

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
    1. £0.9m in bank..

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
      1. good team well balanced for upcoming fixture, how nail on is demel? maybe you might want to swap him out for a Nor/Sun defender?

        A team without RVP is a risk youll have to accept on a week by week basis, if he can improve his form then he will become a must have to push to the top

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
        1. I agree but having RVP will upset the balance of my team.. have to get rid of quality defender, striker & midfielder.. I will live without RVP which I did for 14 GWs..

          Nelsen may seem some game time.. Demel will be warming bench for few GWs.. have Sunderland cover in goalie..

          • 2 years, 19 days ago
    2. shorey instead of demel maybe

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
      1. thou Shorey has a DGW, they are playinh away and I don't think they will maintain clean sheets.. Demel/Shorey they will be warming my bench..

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
    3. michu for mata and rvp for poldi

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
      1. not affordable .. still need £3m ..

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
        1. flecher to long

          • 2 years, 19 days ago
          1. Fletcher has Ruddy less Norwich & DGW coming up.. will be handy..

            • 2 years, 19 days ago
    4. You must have:

      Michu, Felaini, Bale, suarez, rvp, MU defender, now enrique, Nasti/ARS def, if not have city Then silve or Walcot.

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
  13. Thinking ahead to the DGW, I'll only have defenders playing multiple games; Mignolet, Cuellar, Shorey.

    Too risky captaining one of those?

    Ivanovic did it for me in week 1.

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
    1. will go with Mignolet if I have to choose between Mignolet, Cuellar & Shorey.

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
  14. There's a feeling I get
    When I look to the west
    And my spirit is crying
    For Suarez (c)

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
  15. Do you fancy Manchester City clean sheet ?

    Should i bench Fellaini or Fletcher ?


    • 2 years, 19 days ago
    1. no, fellaini

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
  16. Afternoon boys and girls....

    Quick question for you requiring a one word answer only.

    Walters or Nolan this weekend? Simples! :)

    Thanks in advance!

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
    1. Nolan

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  17. What do you think... bench Sterling or Crouch???

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
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  18. Keepers/Defence:

    Cameron/Enrique plus Baines & McCarthy both doubtful plus both have awful fixtures, also Barnett who does not start. So basically Baines for:

    a) Norwich defender - Garrido or Bassong
    b) Arsenal defender - Mertesacker or Gibbs
    c) Ridgewell

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
    1. Gibbs for me! Moves well on pitch and create attacking options!

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
    2. I went for Jones (wba)

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
  19. Good to go?
    Sagna | O'Shea | McAuley
    Sterling | Bale | Silva | Fellani
    Fletcher | Suarez (C) | Van Persie?
    Bench Order : Puncheon - Baines - Morrison (Reading)

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
    1. Yep, nothing much more you can do with that..

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
  20. Good to go for this gwk?

    Enrique Cuellar Ridgewell
    Cazorla Bale Fellaini Michu Sterling
    RVP Suarez(c)

    Fed; Fletcher, Cameron, Clyne

    Fletcher benched is the only real talking point, what do ye think?

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
    1. Sure thing

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
  21. And how's this?

    Rafael - Cameron - Jones (wba)
    Michu - Bale - Taarabt (c) - Mata
    Tevez - RVP (vc) - Ba

    (Foster - McCartney - Gorkks - Puncheon)

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
  22. Sagna -> Enrique for a hit?

    GOt sterling and Suarez already

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
  23. Would you change anything with my team before the games?


    Rafael, B.Jones, Nelsen

    Bale, Walcott, Fellaini, Sterling

    Van Persie (VC), Suarez (C), Berbatov.

    (Begovic, Michu, Cuellar, Caulker)

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
  24. Right, I need to put this to bed - can anybody give me any (worthwhile) reason to think Enrique won't be playing up front tomorrow? Have heard rumours in here that he'll be back in the back four, and given that I was really hoping to captain him, I want to know whether that was just idle chit chat, as iv yet to see a link...

    • 2 years, 18 days ago

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