Possibly the most un-Christmas-like Christmas Podcast we’ve ever recorded, thanks mainly to Granville being banned from editing in the entire MP3 of Dean Martin’s “Let it Snow” but also because neither of us had time to sort our pressies. To be fair, I’m surprised that Granville felt an ounce Christmas spirit after Santi’s showing at Reading opened up a 40-point “chasm” in our min-league. Do I have it all wrapped up already?

To his credit, my co-host takes it all on his bearded chin, joining me to discuss the Felliani fallout, its impact on the transfer trends in “all aboard”, a preview of the weekend fixtures and provided his assistance in the management of the ScoutCast team: an outfit which plundered no less than 80 points thanks to Santi’s haul and Reading’s bulging net.

Unitie the bow and rip this one open via this link, or stream the merriment via the player below…

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  1. Vorm "could return" oh how helpful these statements are!

    • 2 years, 2 months ago
  2. Morning

    SUAREZ IS MY CA-APTAIN, DOO-DAH, DOO-DAHHHHH

    That's my captaincy debate over.

    • 2 years, 2 months ago
    1. +1 was thinking that and ppls told me that im crazy. i also have tevez, nastasic, yaya, rvp, cazorla, michu, but Suarez it is ;)

      • 2 years, 2 months ago
    2. MINE TOO ALL DAY, MINE TOO ALL DAY

      • 2 years, 2 months ago
      1. When he strikes it's gonna be with great vengeance.

        • 2 years, 2 months ago
    3. Fixture yes. What about form?

      Hope you are right and he does well as I have him but its RVP captain for me.

      • 2 years, 2 months ago
      1. He's had the most shots (both total and on target I think) without scoring in the last 4 gameweeks, if there's an explosion imminent table for forwards I'm sure he'd be top of that. But we knew that anyway, it's Suarez!

        I think the main argument against him is that he's had a run of blanks. But the stats say that can't last, and his play against leaky Fulham isn't going to be influenced by his FPL history!

        • 2 years, 2 months ago
        1. That's fair enough mate. I don't have access to the stats as I'm not a member.

          Lets hope he does well then.

          • 2 years, 2 months ago
          1. Yep, for those who can it's at http://members.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/public-stats-tables/view/266/

            Suffice to say, for goal attempts he is your man!

            • 2 years, 2 months ago
    4. Me too, thought of getting rid, but he´s due.

      • 2 years, 2 months ago
    5. DOO-DAH-DOO-DAH-DAAAYYYYYY

      • 2 years, 2 months ago
  3. How long from now the draw starts?

    • 2 years, 2 months ago
    1. Probably about 45 mins after all the waffle

      • 2 years, 2 months ago
    2. 18 mins

      • 2 years, 2 months ago
  4. Ac Milan 50/1 to win the champs league. How the mighty have fallen.

    • 2 years, 2 months ago
    1. i bet its about 100/1 for liverpool just to get into the champion league group stage

      • 2 years, 2 months ago
  5. Maybe I'm just getting old but the tin of roses don't taste as good as the good old days :(

    • 2 years, 2 months ago
    1. You arent supposed to eat the tin :-)

      • 2 years, 2 months ago
        • 2 years, 2 months ago
  6. All good? Might captain Silva, not sure.

    Begovic
    Baines Rafael Santon
    Bale Puncheon Silva(vc) Michu
    RVP(c) Defoe Suarez

    Cerny Sterling Cuellar Baker

    • 2 years, 2 months ago
    1. Captain Silva

      • 2 years, 2 months ago
    2. Yer looks OK, think Stoke are going to limit Defoes and Bales scoring this week. Hopefully Silva is enough City coverage, Im going with just him.

      • 2 years, 2 months ago
      1. you captaining silva dago or going rvp? mi tempted with suarez. have a sneaky gut feeling about him this week. normally dont have any when it comes to him

        • 2 years, 2 months ago
        1. Boringly RVP.

          • 2 years, 2 months ago
      2. Yeah it's a tough fixture for Spurs, could easily end up 0-0 but just hoping I get lucky for once to be honest.

        Silva was all I could do really, hope he does a Santi...

        • 2 years, 2 months ago
        1. Silva I can see couple of assists. I am still in pain from Santis hat trick. You never know this seasons been a weird one, Spurs could destroy Stoke, at least its at there ground. Good luck.

          • 2 years, 2 months ago
  7. Any links to watch the draw?

    • 2 years, 2 months ago
      1. Thank you

        • 2 years, 2 months ago
  8. Bench one from Sterling, Snoddgrass and Berba

    • 2 years, 2 months ago
    1. Very likely that Sterling won't play so him.

      • 2 years, 2 months ago
      • 2 years, 2 months ago
      1. source? he was very likely to be rested last week as well...

        • 2 years, 2 months ago
        1. Rodgers said that he was really tired and singled him and Allen out as players who REALLY needed a rest. Last week was just bib theory rumours. This week is much more real.

          • 2 years, 2 months ago
          1. in case we were 100 % he would start, would you still bench him? If sturridge joins Liverpool is seems pretty likely sterling could get a rest at that time instead

            • 2 years, 2 months ago
  9. so how do you all rate the likelihood of these three to start: tevez, enrique, rafael? i think all three will start, but maybe i'm letting hope bias a prediction

    • 2 years, 2 months ago
    1. Enrique certainly will. Rafael should too. So then we have Carlito... i have him as Captain as present so i'm hoping he does but with Mancini around who knows!

      • 2 years, 2 months ago
      1. thats my issue too, really hoping that he does. think i'll roll the dice and give him the armband

        • 2 years, 2 months ago
  10. Jose Enrique fit ??

    • 2 years, 2 months ago
    1. Hope so as I'm playing him.

      • 2 years, 2 months ago
      1. What about his child ?? Born?

        • 2 years, 2 months ago
        1. Good Lord! No idea. They should be banned in season!

          • 2 years, 2 months ago
    2. last week i read that he'd be ready by now but not heard anything since

      • 2 years, 2 months ago
    • 2 years, 2 months ago
  11. Bego
    Cuellar Ridgewell Bassong
    Michu Silva(c) Puncheon Mata Cazorla
    RVP BA

    Subs: Nelsen, Cameron Di Santo

    1 FT and 3.3m.

    • 2 years, 2 months ago
  12. Podcast on a Wednesday? Is this some sort of early Christmas present? My 'what day is it?' Christmas confusion begins...

    • 2 years, 2 months ago
  13. Ive already used my free trnasfer so do you think its worth it to replace Defoe with Tevez and Nolan with a budget mid (who I wont play) for -8?

    Cheers

    • 2 years, 2 months ago
  14. Note to the podcasters: If you're going with the "TH" in Cazorla, you can't ignore the "R" and pronounce it semi-correctly - CathoHla. And it's not DZeko. It's Džeko. DJeko.

    If you're going fancy, go all the way and pronouce every letter the right way.

    I won't torture you to go with GorkŠs = GorkSHs, but ... just sayin'.

    • 2 years, 2 months ago

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Goalkeepers

Last updated: 23 Feb, 2015 10:38pm
Player Club Factors
Up Pantilimon SUN B, Vs
Down Foster WBA B, Vs
No Change Ospina ARS B, Vs, Rest
Up Hart MCI B, Vs
Down Forster SOT C
Up Guzan AVL C
Down Lloris TOT C, Vs
Up McGregor HUL C

Defenders

Last updated: 24 Feb, 2015 1:30pm
Player Club Factors
Up Bertrand SOT C
Down Bellerín ARS B, Rest, £
Up Réveillere SUN B, Vs, £
Down Ivanovic CHE A
No Change Lescott WBA B, Vs
Up Wollscheid STO C, Vs
Up Naughton SWA C, £
No Change Kompany MCI C, Vs
Up Skrtel LIV B, VsX
Up Cresswell WHM B
No Change Hutton AVL C
Down Baines EVE C, VsX
Up Rose TOT B, Vs, Rest, £
Down Yun QPR C, £

Midfielders

Last updated: 24 Feb, 2015 1:46pm
Player Club Factors
Up Sánchez ARS C, Vs
Up Silva MCI A, Vs
Down Hazard CHE A, VsX
Down Ozil ARS B, Vs
Up Sterling LIV B
Up Walters STO B, Vs
Up Di María MUN B, Vs
Down Eriksen TOT C
Down Mane SOT B, Vs
Up Sinclair AVL B, Vs, £
Down Sigurdsson SWA C
Down Downing WHM C
Up Ibe LIV B, £
Up Phillips QPR B, Vs, £

Forwards

Last updated: 23 Feb, 2015 10:41pm
Player Club Factors
Up Aguero MCI A, Vs
Up Giroud ARS B, Vs
Down Kane TOT A
No Change Sturridge LIV C, Rest
No Change Diego Costa CHE C
Up N'Doye HUL A, Vs, £
Down Ings BRN A, VsX
Up Sakho WHM C
Down Berahino WBA B
Up Lukaku EVE C
Up Cissé NEW C
Down Defoe SUN C
Down Austin QPR B, Vs
Down Pellè SOT C, Vs

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A, B, C Current Form
Vs Favourable Fixtures
VsX Unfavourable Fixtures
Rest Rotation Risk
Inj Injured/Returning from Injury
OoP Out of Position
£ Potential Bargain
Sus Suspended/Near Suspension

The Suspension Tightrope

Player Team YC
Barry EVE 9
Bardsley STO 9
Cattermole SUN 9
Taylor SWA 9
Hutton AVL 8
Diego Costa CHE 8
Fábregas CHE 8
Besic EVE 8
Livermore HUL 8
Gerrard LIV 8
Barton QPR 8
Pellè SOT 8
Larsson SUN 8
Reid WHM 8
Chambers ARS 7
Clark AVL 7
Cleverley AVL 7
Okore AVL 7
Matic CHE 7
Henderson LIV 7
Skrtel LIV 7
Kompany MCI 7
Fernandinho MCI 7
Janmaat NEW 7
Dunne QPR 7
Fonte SOT 7
Schneiderlin SOT 7
Wanyama SOT 7
Shelvey SWA 7
Mason TOT 7

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