From The Physio

From the Physio – Gameweek 16

In a move that could have graced the pages of Roy of the Rovers, Jermain Defoe cut open the Fulham rearguard with the precision of a Surgeon. Responding to the galloping Bale’s cues, Defoe crafted a pass of intricacy and subtlety that rendered Fulham’s defence wooden and flat-footed finding the Welsh wizard perfectly as he raced clear to unleash a first time rocket towards the net. Sadly for Bale, his effort was off target and Tottenham’s main creative force limped off nursing a hamstring tear which Andre Villas-Boas later revealed could keep the winger out for one to two weeks.

As Bale initially follows through on the shot he appears to lose balance slightly and his subsequent bodily adjustments cause him to land awkwardly back onto his left leg. It would appear that a combination of a forceful contraction combined with the slight hip and Gluteal mal-alignment when landing caused the hamstring muscle to tear slightly. However, the lack of any significant traumatic impact gives us initial cause for optimism.

Following the shot Bale immediately clutches the back of his thigh, directly over the muscle belly of the hamstring group of muscles and unable to fully weight bear on the affected leg, hobbles off the pitch. We may assume at this point that Bale attempts to “run-off” the injury as the next time the camera cuts to him he can be seen sitting down, back on and further up the pitch, again holding his hamstring over the main muscle belly and looking slightly anxious.

At this point we observe Tottenham’s physio administering a prone, straight leg hamstring stretch, where a range of over 90 degrees is achieved with slight over-pressure. Bale registers relatively little discomfort and indicates the main muscle belly of the hamstrings as the site of the injury. This is encouraging, and an important base-line indicator as it suggests that pain is present, but only at full or end of range and that tendon involvement in the injury is unlikely. In essence a relatively minor grade one tear with only a few fibres involved. Bale then gets to his feet and walks from the pitch independently, and although now able to weight bear on the affected leg, still exhibiting a pronounced gait.

In my estimation a general ball-park figure for this injury would be one to three weeks, however, Bale has genetics in his favour, with the natural body composition of an athlete he has the propensity and the reputation to heal swiftly, even so, on the balance of these observations I feel he will need at least seven days rehabilitation time. A prognosis that makes the trip to Goodison on December 9 touch and go, but one, I feel, should see the influential playmaker once more back into the breach when the Swans roll up to the Lane on December 16.

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  1. griff
    4 years, 10 months ago

    Granero (QPR) to Gardner worth -4?

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    1. Ragin Cajun
      4 years, 10 months ago

      No Granero plays a weakened Wigan defence and could do something so not for a -4

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    2. sukrut23
      4 years, 10 months ago

      do it Graneno is a fantasy nightmare

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  2. M_NUS United Force
    4 years, 10 months ago

    R E P O S T

    Shorey's points per game are 3.18. Is there any better defender for similar price ?

    Thanks

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    1. Ragin Cajun
      4 years, 10 months ago

      Morrison

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  3. AbhayShirole
    4 years, 10 months ago

    will tevez start for mancity in the manchester derby ? iam really confused because he started against BVB also. So will he be rested ?

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    1. GRIMANDI [formerly boring M…
      4 years, 10 months ago

      50 50 for me. I have him & Suarez so i need him too!

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    2. Ragin Cajun
      4 years, 10 months ago

      No one knows!

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    3. Pasqualinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 years, 10 months ago

      There's no pattern to Mancini's selections - he's probably more likely to play than not, but it's really anyone's guess.

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    4. Schindler's list
      4 years, 10 months ago

      25%.

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    5. M_NUS United Force
      4 years, 10 months ago

      I think he will, its derby and Tevez played for UTD also, its time for revenge :)))

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    6. Red Devil Swede
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      4 years, 10 months ago

      Tevez played 90 mins but then again he's been rested 2 of last 4 games, so maybe. He could start for sure.

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    7. Jax
      4 years, 10 months ago

      he will.

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  4. greggles
    4 years, 10 months ago

    I'm pretty sure I'm going to keep my FT this week. Is this suicide?

    Begovic (Jaaskalainen)
    Enrique/Gorkss/Cuellar/Davies (Demel)
    Nolan/Mata/Bale (Sterling)/Fellaini (c)
    Giroud/RVP (Suarez)

    Any thoughts?

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    1. Pasqualinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 years, 10 months ago

      Suarez definitely absent, Bale and Gorkss almost certainly. You're down to the bare bones so any niggles or unscheduled resting will see you play less than XI. Lots of folks taking hits, though - so it might not prove too costly.

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      1. TwiggsJameson
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        4 years, 10 months ago

        Gorkss -> Shorey?

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        1. greggles
          4 years, 10 months ago

          can't afford it! could ditch Demel for Shorey, but then I'd have 2 RDG defenders (one of whom probably won't play!)

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  5. GRIMANDI [formerly boring M…
    4 years, 10 months ago

    Would people play Mariappa over Cameron purely for DGW?

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    1. Ragin Cajun
      4 years, 10 months ago

      Put it this way, Mariappa has two chances to get a clean sheet and Cameron only has one. Probability!

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      1. GRIMANDI [formerly boring M…
        4 years, 10 months ago

        Yes but will Mariappa start both. Hes hardly nailed on

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        1. Ragin Cajun
          4 years, 10 months ago

          Apart from the United game, Reading looked solid against Villa where Mariappa played, if Mcdermott ignores the Man U game as an anomaly, he will start both with Morrison.

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          1. GRIMANDI [formerly boring M…
            4 years, 10 months ago

            Ok thats good enough for me. Thanks he starts

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  6. Pat mustard
    4 years, 10 months ago

    Having a headache with these injuries and suspension, whats the best transfer i can make for this gameweek with this lot? 2 million in the bank.
    Jussi (Begovic)
    Demel Cuellar Garrido Enrique (Nelsen)
    Michu Fellaini Santi Robson-Kanu (Bale)
    RVP Fletcher (Suarez)

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    1. GRIMANDI [formerly boring M…
      4 years, 10 months ago

      Id probably leave it for DGW & then use two to shift out Robson Kanu & Fletcher

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    2. Soccaholic
      4 years, 10 months ago

      Save Ft.
      Next week do Fletcher---> ANYBODY!

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  7. daun7
    4 years, 10 months ago

    Repost

    Hey guys,

    I am after some help, seems i am not doing so well this season, and i am here to ask for some assistance with my team.

    I have 2 FT this week, and 0.8 mil in the bank, now i am willing to take a hit or 2 if needed, i just need to freshen things up, any help would be fantastic!

    My Team

    Begovic / Jasske

    McAuley / Demel / Jenkinson / Gorkss / Clyne

    Sterling / Mata / Santi Cazorla / Bale / Nolan

    Berbs / Fletcher / RVP

    So anyone please, help me, i need to pull myself out of this mess!

    Thanks in advance.

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    1. GRIMANDI [formerly boring M…
      4 years, 10 months ago

      Fletcher must go after this week. Id consider downgrading one of you big three & strengthening your backline. Maybe Nastasic & Evans

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  8. AAAAA
    4 years, 10 months ago

    How does this DGW plan sound?
    Sterling to Robson-Kanu

    wait a week and finally do Berb/Giroud to Suarez

    (already have Enrique)

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    1. Soccaholic
      4 years, 10 months ago

      (Y)
      Nice plan only if u are willing to NEVER bench suarez.

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      1. GRIMANDI [formerly boring M…
        4 years, 10 months ago

        Not a sausage

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      2. AAAAA
        4 years, 10 months ago

        well yeah I'm not going to play 10.5 million for a player to put him on the bench. (ever)

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        1. Soccaholic
          4 years, 10 months ago

          I'm doing a similar one
          took out Hazard this week to get Michu
          Gonna do Fletcher---> Suarez next week and capt him against Villa 😉
          (the downside is that it would leave me with 3 liverpool players which has never happened to me with ANY EPL side)

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  9. Christina.
    4 years, 10 months ago

    Entries for Sexy Santa are now open.

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    1. Willis.
      4 years, 10 months ago

      Oooh... oohh.... may I join?

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        1. Bubbles
          4 years, 10 months ago

          His name is Wallace. He's an estuary. 🙄

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          1. Christina.
            4 years, 10 months ago

            Yeah one good swallace does not make a santa though,.

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    2. Pasqualinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 years, 10 months ago

      For me it's not the winning - I'm just happy to be part of it.

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      1. Christina.
        4 years, 10 months ago

        Don't worry. You won't win.

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        1. Pasqualinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 years, 10 months ago

          I'm still on for a bronze, though.

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          1. Christina.
            4 years, 10 months ago

            Oooh...I dunno hey....Pinkfish might pip you.

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    3. PINKFISH (SANCTIONED AND GA…
      4 years, 10 months ago

      I'm in

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    4. Bubbles
      4 years, 10 months ago

      If I get my pussy back out and put a hat on my pussy, will I win?

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      1. Christina.
        4 years, 10 months ago

        Please so. Nothing like a pussy with a Santa hat.

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  10. Soccaholic
    4 years, 10 months ago

    Took a hit to get Michu in my team this week and i have a 20 pt gap in order to reach my ML leader so help would be much appreciated!
    1)Who should i captain?
    A) Michu
    B)Cuellar
    C)Fletcher

    2)I am benching Enrique/Ridgewell/Sterling
    Is this order good?

    Thanks in advance mates!

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    1. kroky
      4 years, 10 months ago

      Definitely captain Fletcher

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      1. Soccaholic
        4 years, 10 months ago

        Even if he might play only 1 game of the DGW?

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    2. chocolove
      4 years, 10 months ago

      1. wait til saturday morning and C
      2. ridgewell

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      1. Soccaholic
        4 years, 10 months ago

        so the order should be Ridgewell/Enrique/Sterling in your opinion?

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        1. chocolove
          4 years, 10 months ago

          sterling/enrique/ridgewell
          mf over df

          sorry, misread your question
          thought it was who to bench

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    3. nobby04
      4 years, 10 months ago

      Fletcher

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  11. Jez
    4 years, 10 months ago

    Sessegnon or Johnson?

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    1. Soccaholic
      4 years, 10 months ago

      Sessg.

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    2. chocolove
      4 years, 10 months ago

      sess

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      1. Grievez
        4 years, 10 months ago

        Sess.

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        1. Jez
          4 years, 10 months ago

          Cheers. Im gonna go with Sess but still got a feeling that Johnson is gonna get points this weekend...

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  12. PINKFISH (SANCTIONED AND GA…
    4 years, 10 months ago

    I would wait until Fri/Sat morning to do any transfers.
    There's ice and snow about and maybe match postponements.
    Also RVP may drop a can of baked beans on his toe while out shopping!

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  13. M_NUS United Force
    4 years, 10 months ago

    Can you tell me the best Manchester city 11 players depending on quality and form ?

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    1. Over LAN and C:\
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 years, 10 months ago

      If anyone can it's probably a good idea to tell Mancini as well as he doesn't seem to be able to decide!

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  14. Acquafresca
    4 years, 10 months ago

    Later folks,

    Catch ya'll tomorrow. 🙂

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  15. Schindler's list
    4 years, 10 months ago

    Balo --> Milan
    Demba Ba --> Man City

    http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11095/8309720/

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    1. chocolove
      4 years, 10 months ago

      nice
      never had demba though 🙁

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  16. Christina.
    4 years, 10 months ago

    I think it's about time Mark's grav get's a Santa hat.

    What you think?

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    1. Fratboy
      4 years, 10 months ago

      Disagree.

      If Mark changed his grav the foundation of this site would collapse. It's the only thing that's stable in this hostile environment.

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      1. Christina.
        4 years, 10 months ago

        *Farts

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      2. Old Schoolᴼˢ - Absinthe …
        4 years, 10 months ago

        bah humbug

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      3. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 years, 10 months ago

        "hostile environment" 😆

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  17. Zizou
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 years, 10 months ago

    do we think nastasic will play at wknd against united

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    1. Soccaholic
      4 years, 10 months ago

      I feel so.

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    2. PINKFISH (SANCTIONED AND GA…
      4 years, 10 months ago

      There was an article last wk that he would be nailed on last G/W and was a no show.

      Anyone know why?

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      1. Slippin' Jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 years, 10 months ago

        injury during warm up

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    3. TwiggsJameson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 years, 10 months ago

      He played and came through last night, so at least he is fit.

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  18. Willis.
    4 years, 10 months ago

    Mata -> Sessy. Nada or yessy?

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    1. Fratboy
      4 years, 10 months ago

      yessy

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    2. Jez
      4 years, 10 months ago

      Id keep Mata this week and get rid of him for Silva next week... Thats if you dont have Silva already..

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    3. GRIMANDI [formerly boring M…
      4 years, 10 months ago

      Nada

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    4. Jez
      4 years, 10 months ago

      Get rid of Bale for Sess

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      1. Willis.
        4 years, 10 months ago

        🙄

        Bale will miss 1 game, 2 max. He is a season keeper for me. Along with Fellatio and Michu. Hence Mata is the only one I can dispose of.

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        1. Jez
          4 years, 10 months ago

          you can always get Bale back when his price has dropped another 0.2 and he is fit again. you're gonna kick yourself when mata scores goals this weekend

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  19. Fratboy
    4 years, 10 months ago

    Still waiting for news on Fletcher!

    If Fletcher is out.

    Fletcher> Defoe
    Bale> Sessegnon - This plays:

    Begovic
    Enrique Baines Cuellar
    Fellaini Sessegnon(c) Walcott* Puncheon Sterling
    RVP Defoe

    If Fletcher is fit: I think I'll risk Bale and have Santon as first sub and try and save a transfer?

    Begovic
    Enrique Baines Cuellar
    Fellaini Walcott* Puncheon Sterling Bale*
    RVP Fletcher(c)

    Sound like a plan?? Would really appreciate the feedback on this guys.

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    1. Christina.
      4 years, 10 months ago

      Same here. I'm thinking fletcher might play one of the two though. If I do Bale ->Sess then i will play Fletch and do fletch->Defoe gw 17.

      I hope with flecther it's a all or nothing though.

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      1. Fratboy
        4 years, 10 months ago

        I don't think I'd like keeping him even if he is playing just the one game though. I like your thinking though. It makes a lot of sense.

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        1. Christina.
          4 years, 10 months ago

          The problem is I don't think we will get confirmation prior to the gw that he will play, or will we?

          And if MON says he is fit for the first game, there is no guarantee he will be fit for the second though.

          Is it worth taking the risk and give him the armband?

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          1. Fratboy
            4 years, 10 months ago

            We were supposed to find out early this week so I'm hoping we'll find out today.

            Lets say we hear nothing...I'd probably have to keep him then but do Bale>Sess like you said and give Sess the armband.

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          2. Fratboy
            4 years, 10 months ago

            I think you're right Christina, as a pick for the DGW news or no news Fletcher should get at least 90 minutes so he isn't worth shipping out really. (Unless he's ruled out for both). I think Bale>Sessegnon(c) is a good move so I'm gonna say that one is a definite for now.

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            1. Christina.
              4 years, 10 months ago

              Yeah, I have 72pts to make up thisgw on my ML leader who has mentioned he wants to ship bale for a -4.

              I'm thinking he might go Sess(c)

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  20. Tony Moon (Formerly Jellyfi…
    4 years, 10 months ago

    Morning all. First time I've ventured on here following a disasterous gw (thanks largely to the enigma that is Luis Suarez!). Want to get Michu back in, but have been biding my time awaiting news on the Bale injury. Were Bale fit then it would have been a straight forward swap with Cazorla, but now I am not so sure. Therefore my friends, I could use some healthy advice.

    Bring Michu in for:

    A) Bale
    B) Cazorla

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    1. Soccaholic
      4 years, 10 months ago

      A for short term.
      Then later do Cazorla--->Bale

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    2. Messiah Hazard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 years, 10 months ago

      Bale and after Bale is fit and reduced in price, swap Cazorla for Bale...

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    3. Willis.
      4 years, 10 months ago

      Flippin' heck! Suarez ruined my decent score. Never captaining him again. 🙁

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      1. Tony Moon (Formerly Jellyfi…
        4 years, 10 months ago

        Same here Wallace. Just to rub salt in to the wounds it was Ba that I swapped out for him. Will I ever learn.....

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    4. PINKFISH (SANCTIONED AND GA…
      4 years, 10 months ago

      A) think Caz has a great fix. this week.

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    5. Tony Moon (Formerly Jellyfi…
      4 years, 10 months ago

      Thanks all. Sounds like its Bale then...

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  21. Manani
    4 years, 10 months ago

    didn't know that it will be snowing so soon,
    luckily my christmas playlist is ready 🙂

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  22. mrmrscott
    4 years, 10 months ago

    Mata > Sess? good or bad business?

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    1. chocolove
      4 years, 10 months ago

      good, do it

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    2. Schindler's list
      4 years, 10 months ago

      mad.

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      1. Schindler's list
        4 years, 10 months ago

        bad.

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  23. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 years, 10 months ago

    I find it quite funny, but really very sad that the English Cricket establishment have taken so long to find out that Monty Panesar is their best spin bowler for more than a generation.

    Also made a huge mistake by putting in Finn for Broad.

    Also treating all the batsmen cavalierly. 😕

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    1. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 years, 10 months ago

      That was well-timed. 🙂

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    2. Tony Moon (Formerly Jellyfi…
      4 years, 10 months ago

      The problem with Monty is that he is probably also their worst batsmen for more than a generation. Therein lies the dilemma for the selectors.....

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      1. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 years, 10 months ago

        No. He isn't. By a long chalk.

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  24. Doesn't Mata
    4 years, 10 months ago

    Chance of Chelsea going through to the knockout stage? 😀

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    1. SuperOsçarBaby
      4 years, 10 months ago

      100% guaranteed

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    2. Menace 1888
      4 years, 10 months ago

      Hope they qualify and get Celtic in the knockout stages and then we will pump them ! Lol

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  25. james 101
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 years, 10 months ago

    RMT?

    What would you change at this point / over the next couple of weeks?

    I’ve been building towards this for a while (turning profit on players to upgrade others over time) and am pretty happy.

    But it’s my first year, so I could use some tips.

    £1m in the bank. Thinking of losing a Norwich defender next week.

    Thoughts?

    Begovic /Jaaskelainen

    Huth / Jose Enrique / Bassong / Morrison / Garrido

    Hernandez / Michu / Sterling / Fellaini / Bale

    Van Persie / Defoe / Suarez

    Thanks!

    J.

    Ps. Love to hear who you’d bench. Beyond Saurez…

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  26. I am not a smart guy
    4 years, 10 months ago

    A. Sterling / Silva -> Sessegnon
    B. Rafael / Garrido -> Shorey?

    Yay or Nay?

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  27. Timmy Cahill Rules
    4 years, 10 months ago

    Is Carlton Cole worth a punt as 3rd striker

    im thinking 3-5-2 formation from now on ?

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  28. james 101
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 years, 10 months ago

    RMT?

    What would you change at this point / over the next couple of weeks?

    I’ve been building towards this for a while (turning profit on players to upgrade others over time) and am pretty happy.

    But it’s my first year, so I could use some tips.

    £1m in the bank. Thinking of losing a Norwich defender next week.

    Thoughts?

    Begovic /Jaaskelainen

    Huth / Jose Enrique / Bassong / Morrison / Garrido

    Hernandez / Michu / Sterling / Fellaini / Bale

    Van Persie / Defoe / Suarez

    Thanks!

    J.

    Ps. Love to hear who you’d bench. Beyond Saurez / Bale?!

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