Fixtures

Boxing Day Fixture Doubts Mount

Fantasy managers were given a heads-up over potential changes to the Gameweek 19 fixture list after a proposed London Underground strike was today confirmed by the Aslef union. The industrial action by tube station workers has yet to be ratified by the authorities but with three games scheduled to take place in London on Boxing Day, this has major repercussions if given the go-ahead:

While QPR have this afternoon confirmed their home clash with West Brom will take place as planned, Arsenal’s Emirates encounter with West Ham and Fulham’s encounter with Southampton at the Cottage could face disruption – a scenario which will leave Fantasy managers struggling to cope and perhaps staring points hits in the face.

At the same point last season, Arsenal called off their match with Wolves but due to the fact that their next game was not until December 31, they simply put the game back 24-hours – this time round, they don’t have that option. With their Gameweek 20 fixture at home to Newcastle scheduled for December 29, it seems that Arsene Wenger’s side will be left with no option but to postpone the Hammers clash for a later date in 2013, should the strike go ahead. Martin Jol’s men could be in the same situation. Fulham’s following fixture at home to Swansea also takes place on December 29 so they, too, could be left without a fixture. However, a report in the Daily Mail today suggested that, at this moment in time, Fulham’s Boxing Day fixture is to go ahead.

We’ve spoken to Arsenal earlier and they have confirmed they are currently in meetings with police to assess the situation – an announcement from the club is expected within the next 24-hours.

As we await news as to whether the FA will charge Marouane Fellaini following his headbutt on Ryan Shawcross, it seems there could be plenty of transfer activity just around the corner as 15-man squads are restructured to cope with the upcoming ramifications. While the possible postponements could potentially lead to the rescheduling of fixtures in January and hand us a chance to utilise our winter wildcards more efficiently, the knock-on effect on the short-term makes the strength of our benches more essential than ever, with many teams struggling to field a starting XI if the rail strike comes to fruition.

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  1. Pineybyrne
      3 years, 4 months ago

      3 game ban for Fellaini.

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      1. ccc
          3 years, 4 months ago

          I'm thinking of holding onto Fellaini during the ban. I bought him at 7m. I could play Sterling or Maybe another defender. Anyone else holding onto Fellaini during the ban?

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          1. Absinthe Minded
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 years, 4 months ago

            sterling due a rest maybe?

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            1. ccc
                3 years, 4 months ago

                I doubt it after the home loss to Aston Villa

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        • Super Silva Haze ⚽
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          3 years, 4 months ago

          Pienaar or yaya are the best bets for the next 3 gameweeks

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        • isacki: full casual
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 years, 4 months ago

          Breaking news: Fellaini has just sold himself in FPL.

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        • Gooders
            3 years, 4 months ago

            Best replacement for Fellaini upto 8.4? Current midfield of Cazorla Dempsey Michu Sterling. A bit leftover will allow me to get Mata or Bale for Dempsey too.

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          • Colonel Shoe 肝池
              3 years, 4 months ago

              enrique still a risk this weekend, anyone transferring

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              1. JJO
                  3 years, 4 months ago

                  he is not a risk

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              2. ManTree(v2!) or just JAY!
                  3 years, 4 months ago

                  Hey folks

                  I have 1 FT and £0.5m in the bank.

                  Begovic, Ruddy

                  Nelsen, Enrique, Demel, Cuellar, Gorkks

                  Sessegnon, Michu, Bale, Fellaini, Sterling

                  RVP, Aguero, Suarez

                  Thinking of doing a -4 bringing in Mata and Clark/Clyne for Fellaini and Enrique?

                  Or I could keep Enrique and sell Sessegnon for Taarabt??!!

                  Thoughts please?
                  Thank you

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                • TheresOnly1AW
                    3 years, 4 months ago

                    Fellaini + Rafael > Taarabt + Luiz (potential to play Midfield)?

                    Worth a -4 hit?

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                    1. nevercaptorres
                        3 years, 4 months ago

                        noo

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                    2. stephenl15
                        3 years, 4 months ago

                        When can we expect the Fellaini replacement article? I'm leaning towards Ashley Young over Yaya, why hasnt Young been mentioned at all as a replacement by anyone?

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                        1. stilicho
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                          • Has Moderation Rights
                          3 years, 4 months ago

                          Tomorrow afternoon hopefully.

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                      • Daniel - Casuals 2 : FFS 1
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                        3 years, 4 months ago

                        So Fell won't be red flagged cause there is time for Eve to appeal and the ban isn't immediate no? Seems he will drop tonight after all

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                        1. Quite Big Dunc
                            3 years, 4 months ago

                            He is red flagged. Everton are not appealing the ban. Don't know if the two are connected, but that's what's happened.

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                          • big oak
                              3 years, 4 months ago

                              There is no way they will appeal
                              If the fa dnt apply the ban, moyes will

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                          • stupendous
                              3 years, 4 months ago

                              Im officially gone of the edge.....ive lost it.....marbles gone...................

                              8pt hit on a MOnday for pete sake!!!!!!!

                              Out Maloney, Fellaini and RVP........in........Puncheon, Mata and Rooney.

                              Begovic
                              Rafael Demel Enrique
                              Puncheon Silva Michu Mata
                              Rooney Suarez Defoe

                              I like this though!!! So many captain options every week!

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                              1. Acquafresca
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                3 years, 4 months ago

                                wow you're nuts.

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                              2. ccc
                                  3 years, 4 months ago

                                  wait for wc

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                              3. Jose is Legend
                                  3 years, 4 months ago

                                  What transfer(s) would you make if you had this team?

                                  Begovic,
                                  Ridgewell (50%), Mertesacker, Demel
                                  Mata, Nolan, Sterling, Michu
                                  RVP, Suarez, Defoe

                                  Ruddy (injured), Cuellar, Cameron, Fellani.

                                  I can currently sell Fellani for £7.6m. Therefore, it would require a hit somewhere to fund Silva.

                                  I have 0.8m in the bank and 1 FT.

                                  Thank you very much.

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                                  1. rvp786
                                      3 years, 4 months ago

                                      id bring in puncheon this week for felliani.

                                      next week bring in bale

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                                  2. Acquafresca
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    3 years, 4 months ago

                                    H2H coming down to the wire!

                                    Me: Sagna + 5pts

                                    Him: Santi + Shorey

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                                  3. HappyAnkit
                                      3 years, 4 months ago

                                      Who to transfer out 1st- Lallana, HRK or Fellaini?
                                      0.5m in bank & 1 FT

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                                    • #ProteaGoals - Thomass DM10
                                        3 years, 4 months ago

                                        How's this team?? alright or not alright

                                        Jussi/Bego
                                        Mertesacker/Nastasic/Johnson/(Davies, Shorey)
                                        Mata(C) Bale Michu Puncheon Cazorla
                                        Suarez-(Benteke, Berbatov)

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                                        1. rvp786
                                            3 years, 4 months ago

                                            good team. lacks a certain R V P tho

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                                          • Acquafresca
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                                            3 years, 4 months ago

                                            Not alright -- RVP.

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                                        2. MJ6987
                                            3 years, 4 months ago

                                            Anyone actually thinking of just keeping Fellaini given that its only 3 games? Back 2 Jan.

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                                            1. big oak
                                                3 years, 4 months ago

                                                Depends how much money you will lose on him and how ge is ur bench

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                                              • ccc
                                                  3 years, 4 months ago

                                                  I am thinking about it. I bought him at 7m. I don't want to lose the 1m value difference. I may play Sterling or a third defender during the 3 match ban. Fellaini is a must have this season for me, especially with his low price relative to other higher priced midfielders.

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                                                  1. Christina.
                                                      3 years, 4 months ago

                                                      Appar Rodgers said Sterling needs rest. There was a tweet earlier Me thinks.

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                                                  2. Mithrandir, the Grey Pilgri…
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    3 years, 4 months ago

                                                    I raised this possibility last night but was rightly reminded that selling now saves our TV and also we have the January WC from his return so can just get him back using that, so maybe pointless keeping.

                                                    Plus Christmas fixture schedule, need for full bench, etc.

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

                                                    Everton might cash him in in Jan transfer wdw

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                                                • FBI Man
                                                    3 years, 4 months ago

                                                    Risky transfer Suarez to torres

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                                                    1. JUNITED
                                                        3 years, 4 months ago

                                                        Don't worry I also sell Suarez for Rooney even though i have RVP. It's because Im a United fans and I'm sick and bored to say "Come on Suarez score!!!" As a United fans i shouldn't do that

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                                                      • big oak
                                                          3 years, 4 months ago

                                                          Keep tab on sturridge injury and chelsa jan transfer activity

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                                                      • JUNITED
                                                          3 years, 4 months ago

                                                          My Midfield:
                                                          Michu - Sessegnon - Nolan - Fellaini - Guthrie.
                                                          I have 1.2 in bank just one transfer.

                                                          a) Fellaini to Puncheon (I can get Bale or Mata next week by selling Sessegnon or Nolan)
                                                          b) Fellaini to Taarabt (I can get Bale or Mata next week by selling Sessegnon or Nolan)
                                                          c) Fellaini to Yaya Toure (But i can't get Bale or Mata next week)
                                                          d) Fellaini to Sterling (I can get Bale or Mata next week by selling Sessegnon or Nolan)
                                                          e) Fellaini to Lennon

                                                          Which one guys? I will appreciate your choice and If you cann please give reason and i will appreciate the reason too

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                                                          1. big oak
                                                              3 years, 4 months ago

                                                              B

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                                                          2. Fernando Torres
                                                              3 years, 4 months ago

                                                              Is Enrique fit for this weekend?

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                                                              1. Jax
                                                                  3 years, 4 months ago

                                                                  too early

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                                                              2. JJO
                                                                  3 years, 4 months ago

                                                                  So the max fall of Fellaini's price during this 3 matches is???

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                                                                  1. Freshy
                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                    3 years, 4 months ago

                                                                    0.9

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                                                                    1. JJO
                                                                        3 years, 4 months ago

                                                                        And the most realistic drop?
                                                                        And what about those flagged players that cant lose value?maybe I didnt understand well

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                                                                  2. RooneyforLife
                                                                      3 years, 4 months ago

                                                                      fellaini has been flagged red :( now am gonna lose some .1 or .2 price on him

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                                                                    • Godfather Bandit 42
                                                                        3 years, 4 months ago

                                                                        Hey Fellaini-Flickers!!!
                                                                        I've got Mata, Michu, Cazorla, Sterling, RVP & Suarez. Can't afford to get Silva without a hit. So.......

                                                                        A) Fellaini>Yaya/Lennon?
                                                                        B) Fellaini>Puncheon/Tarrabt?
                                                                        C) Fellaini>Puncheon & Le Fondre>Ba?
                                                                        D) Fellaini>Puncheon & Clyne>Baines/Ivanovich/Rafael?

                                                                        All Advice always Appreciated.....

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                                                                      • Gabantoya
                                                                          3 years, 4 months ago

                                                                          Sterling probably reached max price. Time to sell?

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                                                                          1. Uncle John from Jamaica
                                                                              3 years, 4 months ago

                                                                              Got him at 4.5m and he plays attacking three every single week. Would else are you going to get in for the same money with that potential. He is a keeper in my book.

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                                                                          2. Uncle John from Jamaica
                                                                              3 years, 4 months ago

                                                                              As a Liverpool defencer at nearly £6m when I got him what are thoughts on Enrique. Now he seems to be playing as a defender again is he overpriced?

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