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!

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
  2. Morning

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

    That's my captaincy debate over.

    • 1 year, 10 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 ;)

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    2. MINE TOO ALL DAY, MINE TOO ALL DAY

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. When he strikes it's gonna be with great vengeance.

        • 1 year, 10 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.

      • 1 year, 10 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!

        • 1 year, 10 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.

          • 1 year, 10 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!

            • 1 year, 10 months ago
    4. Me too, thought of getting rid, but he´s due.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    5. DOO-DAH-DOO-DAH-DAAAYYYYYY

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  3. How long from now the draw starts?

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. Probably about 45 mins after all the waffle

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    2. 18 mins

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  4. Ac Milan 50/1 to win the champs league. How the mighty have fallen.

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. i bet its about 100/1 for liverpool just to get into the champion league group stage

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  5. Maybe I'm just getting old but the tin of roses don't taste as good as the good old days :(

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. You arent supposed to eat the tin :-)

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
        • 1 year, 10 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

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. Captain Silva

      • 1 year, 10 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.

      • 1 year, 10 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

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
        1. Boringly RVP.

          • 1 year, 10 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...

        • 1 year, 10 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.

          • 1 year, 10 months ago
  7. Any links to watch the draw?

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. Thank you

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
  8. Bench one from Sterling, Snoddgrass and Berba

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. Very likely that Sterling won't play so him.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. source? he was very likely to be rested last week as well...

        • 1 year, 10 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.

          • 1 year, 10 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

            • 1 year, 10 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

    • 1 year, 10 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!

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. thats my issue too, really hoping that he does. think i'll roll the dice and give him the armband

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
  10. Jose Enrique fit ??

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. Hope so as I'm playing him.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. What about his child ?? Born?

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
        1. Good Lord! No idea. They should be banned in season!

          • 1 year, 10 months ago
    2. last week i read that he'd be ready by now but not heard anything since

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    • 1 year, 10 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.

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
  12. Podcast on a Wednesday? Is this some sort of early Christmas present? My 'what day is it?' Christmas confusion begins...

    • 1 year, 10 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

    • 1 year, 10 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'.

    • 1 year, 10 months ago

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For Gameweek 8

  • Adrián
  • Ivanovic
  • Baines
  • Bertrand
  • Sterling
  • Fábregas
  • Downing
  • Tadic
  • Cissé
  • Aguero
  • Welbeck
  • Azpilicueta
  • Lampard
  • Pellè

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Goalkeepers

Last updated: 20 Oct, 2014 1:16pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Forster SOT A, Vs
Up Adrián WHM B, Vs
Up Howard EVE B, Vs
No Change Szczesny ARS C, Vs
Up Lloris TOT B, Vs
Up Guzan AVL B
No Change Mignolet LIV C, Vs
Down Schmeichel LEI B, Vs, £
Down Heaton BRN C, £
No Change Begovic STO B

Defenders

Last updated: 20 Oct, 2014 1:17pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Baines EVE A, Vs
No Change Bertrand SOT A, Vs
No Change Ivanovic CHE B, VsX
Up Chambers ARS C, Vs, £
Up Kaboul TOT B, Vs
Down Tomkins WHM B, Vs, Inj
Up Schlupp LEI B, Vs, Rest, OoP, £
Up Robertson HUL B, VsX
No Change Lovren LIV C, Vs
Up Kompany MCI B
Up Dawson WBA B
Down Shawcross STO B
Down Taylor SWA B, VsX, £
Down Trippier BRN B

Midfielders

Last updated: 20 Oct, 2014 1:19pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Sterling LIV A, Vs
No Change Tadic SOT A, Vs
No Change Di María MUN A, VsX
Up Sánchez ARS A, Vs, Rest
Down Sigurdsson SWA B, VsX
No Change Fábregas CHE A, VsX
Up Chadli TOT B, Inj
Up Downing WHM B, Vs, £
Up Mane SOT B, Vs
Up Hazard CHE B, VsX
Up Henderson LIV B, Vs
Down Silva MCI B
No Change Puncheon CPL B
No Change Milner MCI B, Rest, £
No Change Moses STO B, Vs, Inj, £

Forwards

Last updated: 20 Oct, 2014 1:20pm
Player Club Factors
Up Aguero MCI A, Vs
Up Pellè SOT A, Vs
Down Diego Costa CHE A, VsX, Inj
No Change Welbeck ARS A, Vs, Inj
Up Falcao MUN B, VsX
Up Sakho WHM A, Vs, £
Up Berahino WBA A, £
Down Ulloa LEI B, Vs, £
Up Naismith EVE B, Vs, £
No Change Bony SWA B, VsX
Up Cissé NEW A

Selection Factors

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
Bardsley STO 4
Reid WHM 4
Diego Costa CHE 3
Fábregas CHE 3
Barry EVE 3
Naismith EVE 3
Robertson HUL 3
Moore LEI 3
Moreno LIV 3
Fernandinho MCI 3
Y Touré MCI 3
Dunne QPR 3
Henry QPR 3
Pellè SOT 3
Schneiderlin SOT 3
Mame Biram Diouf STO 3
Cattermole SUN 3
Dorrans WBA 3
Gardner WBA 3

“Last year was quite open for me, I was in good positions, but I was quite lucky because I was getting free kicks and some penalties as well.”

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