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The Numbers Game – Attacking Full-Backs

With clean sheets so scarce again this season, Fantasy managers have been largely forced to look to their defenders for attacking returns. With budget options also proving popular acquisitions, there is a drive to identify those defenders who can perhaps offer supplementary points to add to those rare occasions when they can keep their opponents at bay.

Thankfully, the role of the modern-day full-back in the Premier League also appears to have changed, with the emphasis now on joining the attack and helping provide a stream of opportunities for others.

In this latest article for our members, we cast an eye over those full-backs who have recently impressed in this area, assessing those most likely to deliver those occasional assists that can make all the difference to our Gameweek totals.

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  1. Screaming Midget
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Rafael soon to be a major rotation risk with Smalling/Jones?

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    1. Paul Psychic Octopus
      4 years, 11 months ago

      You would have thought so after he was subbed after 30 minutes against Reading of all teams, and slated by SAF. But then he played next game instead of being dropped as expected.

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    2. thetinkerman
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      I would say yes. It seems the place in the side is his to lose but his recent early subbing off suggest Fergie shows that Fergie doesn't totally trust him.

      I wouldn't sell him just yet if I owned him, but I wouldn't buy him either.

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      1. mutatedllama
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        4 years, 11 months ago

        Fergie subbed him off to save him for the City game because he was on a yellow.

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        1. thetinkerman
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          4 years, 11 months ago

          Possible, but unlikely. More like so he didn't get sent off I'd imagine

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          1. mutatedllama
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            4 years, 11 months ago

            That's what I meant - if he got sent off he would have been banned for the City game.

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            1. thetinkerman
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              4 years, 11 months ago

              That makes is sound like he's indispensable though. I think the reality is that Fergie didn't want him sent off to give them the best chance in that game.

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    3. Conrad.
      4 years, 11 months ago

      yea, unless they start getting CSs with him in there AND he gets attacking returns.

      farther down the road, he could be rested for games before UCL games.

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    4. cassanata
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      hopefully, this week preferably along with a Michu yellow

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  2. thetinkerman
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    4 years, 11 months ago

    Hmmm... only move I think is worth making this week (that I can do) is Cuellar > Mertesacker (Gibbs and Sagna not nailed on IMO).

    I could do Gorkss > £4.9m (or less) - there's Nelsen (FUL new WBA LIV), Hughes (qpr liv SOT SWA) or Billy Jones, who may not play, plus I don't like WBA's form.

    Thoughts?

    I could save the transfer but then I would only have Cuellar and Gorkss on the bench and would need Enrique to play.

    Cheers.

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    1. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      Gorkss to Nelsen or Hughes. A player like you MUST do this, imo.

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      1. thetinkerman
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        4 years, 11 months ago

        What's a player like me? You mean absolutely awesome 😉

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        1. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
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          4 years, 11 months ago

          I do indeed! 🙂

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  3. Wild Rover
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    4 years, 11 months ago

    Well the plan was to do Sess to Bale but looks like that can wait. Will change Bardsley instead but it's really tempting to dip into my Bale fund to upgrade him. Must resist.... 😐

    Is there a better £5m def than Caulker?

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    1. Ginkapo
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      Bassong. Are we sure Caulker is nailed on. I realise it all sounds a lot like Ryan Fliptard Taylor all over again, but still.

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      1. Wild Rover
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        4 years, 11 months ago

        No way he'll keep up the scoring and has City and Chelsea in next four...

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    2. thetinkerman
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      Hughes? Cameron?

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      1. Wild Rover
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        4 years, 11 months ago

        Don't fancy Fulham def, Got Bego and not doubling with fixtures

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        1. thetinkerman
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          4 years, 11 months ago

          Fair enough. Just putting it out there!

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          1. Wild Rover
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            4 years, 11 months ago

            Thanks 🙂

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  4. Ginkapo
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    4 years, 11 months ago

    I'm hoping for a five minute cameo from Kolarov. Times are bad

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  5. RD84
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Sagna or Olsson until WC?

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    1. Ginkapo
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      neither

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      1. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
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        4 years, 11 months ago

        +42.

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      2. King Nil Miss ✩
        4 years, 11 months ago

        Why not?

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        1. Ginkapo
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          4 years, 11 months ago

          Sagna isnt 100% nailed on and this is christmas.

          Olsson does not feel me with hope.

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          1. Ginkapo
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            4 years, 11 months ago

            fill

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          2. King Nil Miss ✩
            4 years, 11 months ago

            Ok, thanks.

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    2. AF90
      4 years, 11 months ago

      I've got Olsson, next 3 fixtures are very nice

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    3. SpinyNorman [*_*]
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Sags

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    4. thetinkerman
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      If you had the cash for Mert, I'd say Mert. Sagna could start most/all games, but there's no guarantee. Mert is more likely to play more.

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    5. Van The Man
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Sagna without a doubt!

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  6. GreenWind101Million
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    4 years, 11 months ago

    Probably obvious, but how has the table this article is based around been filtered to show only fullbacks (rather than all defenders)?

    Do we think it's been filtered to show only players with a certain number of touches on the left or right of the pitch or is there an easier way to 'force' a table to show only certain players?

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    1. Ginkapo
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      I was wondering if it was done by having a minimum number of crosses.

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      1. GreenWind101Million
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        4 years, 11 months ago

        I thought that but 6 seems a low minimum - I'm going to do some investigation...

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      2. Mark
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        4 years, 11 months ago

        Yep, filtered on crosses.

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    2. Jönny
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      I think you can select to only show certain players, so I guess they'd manually filter out all the non-fullbacks.

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    3. Billy Gilmore
      4 years, 11 months ago

      It's not even in the public tables. They made their own, with their own rules I reckon...

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      1. Billy Gilmore
        4 years, 11 months ago

        Ok, I found it.

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      1. GreenWind101Million
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        4 years, 11 months ago

        Yep, I just wondered if that was how they'd gone about it 🙂

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    4. isacki: full casual
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Wonder if touches in final third is enough to differentiate fullbacks. You wouldn't expect CBS to get that many.

      Interesting question anyway.

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  7. bebe_ftw
    4 years, 11 months ago

    keep Ba or get RVP for a hit?

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    1. .Nick
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      The latter.

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  8. isacki: full casual
    4 years, 11 months ago

    BBC Sportsday viewer contribution:

    GET INVOLVED Simon Jeavons on Twitter: "RE:Jan Molby on Glen Johnson- GJ isn't even the best fullback at Liverpool. Better than Cole, Baines, Evra and Maicon?! Ridiculous!"

    Not best Pool fullback? Not playing better than Maicon, Cole or Evra? Someone hasn't been watching football...

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    1. mutatedllama
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      Exactly what I thought when I read it!

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    2. Scroobius Mac
      4 years, 11 months ago

      I hate how everybody treats GJ as the same player he was 3 years ago. He's a damn fine player both attacking and defending. He's a pretty damn good left-back too.

      Oh and not to mention that Zabaleta and Rafael are the 2 other best full-backs in the league right now not the chumps he's mentioned.

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      1. Jönny
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        4 years, 11 months ago

        I've been impressed with him when he's played for England too, and get annoyed when people slag him off. As if there aren't much bigger letdowns for England than GJ. Thought he was one of our better players in the Euros.

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        1. isacki: full casual
          4 years, 11 months ago

          Yep in fact that Euro campaign was what really opened my eyes to him. Remember his dribble all the way into the Italy box and almost scoring 😆

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      2. isacki: full casual
        4 years, 11 months ago

        Agree on all that, GJ, Zab and Rafael are all leading the fullback game by virtue of the most important characteristic of a fullback - positional discipline. Baines does very well there too considering how much he's got to attack.

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  9. Ricky - passed with flying …
    4 years, 11 months ago

    hows do these transfers sound?

    foster
    enrique nastatic nelson cameron
    cazorla michu fellaini
    rvp[c] ba berbatov

    begovic bardlsey mata puncheon

    2FT - 1.9m in the bank

    bardsley ~ hughes
    ba ~ suarez

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    1. thetinkerman
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      Not bad!

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  10. Andrew
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Ba>Suarez worth doing with my 1FT or should I get rid of Sess for Silva

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    1. .Nick
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      Sess > Silva.

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      1. Andrew
        4 years, 11 months ago

        You think Ba is worth keeping considering his tough fixtures ahead?

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    2. Rui
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Ba --> Suarez.

      Sess could get something against a dodgy Utd defence and Silva is not worth his price tag. Upgrade Sess to either Bale or Mata next week.

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  11. Live4pool
    4 years, 11 months ago

    which 3 would you rather have till january?

    A) Sagna + Nastasic + Tevez

    B) G.Johnson + Rafael + Berba

    cheers!

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    1. Ricky - passed with flying …
      4 years, 11 months ago

      b

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      1. Conrad.
        4 years, 11 months ago

        same.

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  12. Butters
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    4 years, 11 months ago

    @ Dinsdale if he's still around...

    I'm going to use WC when I need a 20 point hit to get the team I want.

    I'm all good with taking up to 16 point hits if I think its worth it.

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    1. SpinyNorman [*_*]
      4 years, 11 months ago

      I'm still here 😛

      What's your hit tip of the week?

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  13. Scroobius Mac
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Sorry missed your replies. Simple as tables on clean sheets kept up to this point last season and clean sheets kept so far.

    Last season
    http://members.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/my-stats-tables/view/1623/

    This season
    http://members.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/my-stats-tables/view/1625/

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    1. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      Brilliant stuff. Thanks again! 😀

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      1. Scroobius Mac
        4 years, 11 months ago

        The last season ones need updating each week. If I forget then give me a poke.

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        1. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
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          4 years, 11 months ago

          Right. Will do, if you will allow. 🙂

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          1. Scroobius Mac
            4 years, 11 months ago

            Just included goals conceded too. Thought that adds a bit.

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            1. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
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              4 years, 11 months ago

              It really does. Excellent! 😀

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    2. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      Voted.

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  14. GoonerByron
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    4 years, 11 months ago

    -4 to do Enrique to Johnson or just take his potential 0 on the chin and have him back for the following week?

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    1. roscola
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      Depends who comes on in his place for you. If it's no-one then maybe a hit can be justified. If it's someone likely to get 2 points then maybe not.

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    2. thetinkerman
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      If there's a chance of Enrique playing, then no way. You'd also need to have no bench cover, otherwise your looking at 5-6 points just to break even.

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      1. GoonerByron
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        4 years, 11 months ago

        I have zero bench cover at all and also have Sterling who may not play..

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  15. super zlatan
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Defence is a shambles

    Enrique. Mert. Cuellar. Gorkks. Clyne

    1ft. 2.5 in bank

    Any ideas ?

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    1. Conrad.
      4 years, 11 months ago

      either Enrique to a Manchester defender or Gorkks to a Norwich defender.

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      1. super zlatan
        4 years, 11 months ago

        Cheers Conrad

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    2. futbolnotsoccer
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Shambles is a bit too strong a word....that doesn't look bad at all. Gorkss to Cameron....maaaybe.

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  16. Conrad.
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Michu, Caz, or Evra for the armband? 🙁

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    1. Andrew
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Evra?????

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      1. Conrad.
        4 years, 11 months ago

        thats whats it's come to 😆 ive gotta sit Nando, Haz, Luis AND im forced to keep Bale in on a prayer, but i can't give him the armband.

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        1. Andrew
          4 years, 11 months ago

          Lol I'd give it to Cazorla then

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    2. Hailzter
      4 years, 11 months ago

      From those 3, I'd definitely pick Santi.

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    3. Conrad.
      4 years, 11 months ago

      cheers, gents.

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  17. AF90
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Who's still keeping Bale?

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    1. La Roja
      4 years, 11 months ago

      i don't have him, but would've kept him for sure

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      1. Conrad.
        4 years, 11 months ago

        yup. his upcoming fixtures are too good to pass up.

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    2. Bubbles
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Really don't want to sell him, but may well be forced into it.

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      1. Ricky - passed with flying …
        4 years, 11 months ago

        love the grav

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        1. Bubbles
          4 years, 11 months ago

          🙂 And yours, fan-bloody-tastic tv show

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          1. Ricky - passed with flying …
            4 years, 11 months ago

            you seen the live shows and the films?

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  18. Mak_Gold
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Foster,
    Enrique, Cameron, Demel,
    Cazorla, Michu, Fellaini, Sess,
    RVP, Tevez, Berba.
    Subs: Fed, Cuellar, Puncheon, Clyne.

    Got 1 FT and 2.3m in the bank. Should I sort out my GK situation by doing Fed> Begovic, or should I do Sess> Silva instead? Or maybe Tevez to Suarez?

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  19. Mkhi Magic
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    4 years, 11 months ago

    I can only field 2 defenders this week? Shall I take -4 to get someone in

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    1. SpinyNorman [*_*]
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Yes

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  20. Eboue
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Afternoon all. In a spot of Bother (along with most people) due to injuries . Does anyone know the latest on the likelihood that:
    Bale
    Fosterooraa
    Enrique
    HRK
    will play?? Thanks and sorry to ask the same as everyone else

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    1. Hailzter
      4 years, 11 months ago

      I'm 90% sure Bale isn't playing.
      Enrique has a fitness test ahead of him but I have a feeling that he'll play.

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      1. Eboue
        4 years, 11 months ago

        Cheers

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  21. SpinyNorman [*_*]
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Are people only getting Silva because he's the only pricey MID who isn't:
    a) Injured
    b) Not playing or
    c) Just not s***

    I also think it's partly to do with the fear of having too much in the bank in making a transfer of the Bale > Sidwell mould

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    1. Caine & Co.
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Imo only reason is coverage and city forwards rotation. Coverage is urban legend. Not a good reason.

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    2. jms
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      d) all of the above

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  22. Make mine a pint
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    4 years, 11 months ago

    Im totally confused this week'

    Three sunderland players

    enrique
    Bale
    Sterling

    might have to male a 4 pointer

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    1. Just Ruud
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Same dilemma here...
      First 4 point hit on the cards this week. bah!

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    2. futbolnotsoccer
      4 years, 11 months ago

      sounds painful.

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    3. Just Ruud
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Is Demel fit btw? He was subbed at half time last game but no update as yet. 🙁

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  23. KING KOUNDER
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Want to get Gorkks out ...
    Best defender for 5.6 ?

    Is Popov close to a starter ?

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    1. Hazardous
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Nastastic at 5.6 really good fixtures and certain starting place

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      1. KING KOUNDER
        4 years, 11 months ago

        Seems fishy with your name 😛
        Newayz , Lescott says hi.

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    2. Impressive Tackle
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Sagna.

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      1. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
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        4 years, 11 months ago

        Sooo last Season, darling. 😉

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    3. Eboue
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Popov is I think just cover for ridge

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  24. sminkypinky
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    4 years, 11 months ago

    Help, please.

    Defo doing Giroud + Enrique -> Sagna + Suarez

    BUT

    would you

    a) take a hit on Walcott -> Silva

    b) keep Walcott, loose .1 and tomorrow (when I can just afford it) do Walcott -> Mata for free

    So important decision (at least in my head) so please give me your opinions. Thanks!

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    1. Butters
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      Silva should be able to do something against newcastle, and reading (h)
      Villa at the bridge isn't the easiest mata fixture.

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      1. sminkypinky
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        4 years, 11 months ago

        oh and another thing is I've got Bale also. Don't know if playing. AND Sterling who could be rested. I've gotta do the Silva thing and take a hit right? But I want my Mataaa..

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    2. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      b), without a twitch.

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    3. sminkypinky
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      Mixed reactions there fellas. Not Swaying me eihter eay yet. Need more! More opinions, I tell ya!

      Cheers both! 😉

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      1. sminkypinky
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        4 years, 11 months ago

        wow... *either way

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  25. greggles
    4 years, 11 months ago

    OK, if you had this team would you take a further hit to get rid of Sterling?

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

    Got 0.7m in the bank.

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    1. greggles
      4 years, 11 months ago

      by "further hit" i mean it would be -4

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    2. futbolnotsoccer
      4 years, 11 months ago

      No. That's a solid squad, except for Sagna (not fully nailed on). Great squad though, stick stick stick.

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      1. greggles
        4 years, 11 months ago

        Thanks! I only just got Sagna in on a whim. We'll see if it works out. It was for Gorkss who was just taking up space.

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  26. Jafooli
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    4 years, 11 months ago

    Doolittle, found the link for 'Who Cares Wins'

    http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=jxMDvGaDDSY&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DjxMDvGaDDSY&gl=GB

    Yeah not podcast music, but close.....

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  27. JK - Grabbangladesh Manager…
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    4 years, 11 months ago

    If Long is one of these mysterious WBA injuries I may be fecked

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    1. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      Oh, Lord, JK. What up now???

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      1. JK - Grabbangladesh Manager…
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        4 years, 11 months ago

        well I have 2 players with no game, Shorey away at Arsenal, a still doubtful Foster, a potential Sterling rest and some mysterious WBA injuries to player's currently unknown. if one of them is Long I could be in trouble

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    2. Nomar
      4 years, 11 months ago

      I bet you it's flippin Morrison that's crocked again.

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  28. Smurf
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    4 years, 11 months ago

    How is it looking for this weekend?

    Reina
    Baines / G.Johnson / Vertonghen
    Silva / Dempsey (vc) / Walcott / Taarabt
    Suarez (c) / Defoe / Giroud

    Begovic / Nelsen / Shorey / Puncheon

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    1. Hailzter
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Only doubt is Walcott. Everyone else looks pretty solid.

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  29. Mind över Mata
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    4 years, 11 months ago

    Evening all, trying to decide whether to play Nelson or Shorey in defence and Begovic or Foster in goal.

    Hmmmm... any thoughts?

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    1. Hailzter
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Play Nelson, I'm pretty sure Reading won't be able to keep a clean sheet against Arsenal. I'd go with Begovic over Foster.

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  30. SMOOTH
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    4 years, 11 months ago

    back 7 of

    bego howard
    hughes b jones cuellar wilkinson clyne

    0.5 in the bank and 1 FT

    A. play hughes wilkinson jones - hoping jones starts and if not cuellar comes in
    B. jones to caulker with the FT (worried about caulkers game time during xmas with bae back)
    C. howard to bunn and jones to g johnson ( 4 pt hit ) - do you guys think i can make it up this week?

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