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The Watchlist – Christian Benteke

As a result of Alex McLeish’s horrendously negative tactics last season, very few Villa players were taken seriously by Fantasy managers when crafting initial lineups this time round. Prices were subsequently downgraded and with the arrival of a more attack minded manager in Paul Lambert, plus the emergence of several young (and cheap) players, the Villains appeared to offer a rich seam of differential talent waiting to be mined. It’s taken a while for Lambert’s young lions to establish themselves this season, however, and as it stands that talent remains largely untapped; the acrobatic Brad Guzan in goal and the muscular Christian Benteke up front are the only players to accumulate more than a 3% FPL ownership to this point.

Four goals at Carrow Road in the Capital One cup and another three at Anfield has given us plenty of reason to take another look, and summer signing Benteke has been central to Villa’s resurgent run of form. In many ways, the Belgian is a symbol of the changes taking place at Villa Park – young, energetic and strong, the comparison with forlorn and fallen team-mate Darren Bent is striking. Benteke’s performance at Anfield displayed many of the qualities missing in the England international; he won aerial duels all over the pitch, scored a powerful goal from distance, set up another with a cheeky bit of skill and capped it off by barging his way into the box to execute a cool finish. If he was English, the media would have eaten it up.

We’ve already covered Benteke once this season, back in November he made significant strides: enough to promote him in our thoughts. He duly delivered three goals an assist and six bonus points since that article but, with a forthcoming schedule that screams further returns, Benteke warrants renewed attention.

Three home games in the next four against Tottenham, Wigan and Southampton should provide plenty of chances for Benteke to boost his burgeoning reputation further. While Villa’s form could now be fragile having just taken a pounding at Chelsea, Lambert is backing his side to show their spirit and bounce back in the Boxing Day meeting with Spurs. Considering that he has scored or assisted eight of Villa’s 13 league goals so far this term, Benteke will surely be the key figure on show against Andre Villas-Boas’ side and, with a price tag of 6.7 in the FPL and just 7.5 in the Sky Sports game, there are few obstacles to investment.

An ownership of just over 3%, with the ability to free up funds for heavy midfield acquisitions, promotes the appeal and could mean that Poirot isn’t the only Belgian that comforts us over Christmas; it’s not certain that Benteke will be murdering defences but he’s surely a prime suspect.

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  1. Killitzer
      4 years, 8 months ago

      Evening all and merry Xmas.

      With 4 players from arsenal and west ham it's an going to be an Interesting game week especially with Gorkss likely to be on the bench

      Bego (jussi)
      Gorkss, cuellar, riise (mertes, o'brien)
      Sterling, Michu, pienaar, sess (Carloza)
      RVP, Suarez, Defoe

      Have already brought in pienaar but wondering whether to:

      1. Gorkss----> Cameron
      2. Defoe -----> benteke

      Any thoughts would be appreciated!

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      1. df34
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 years, 8 months ago

        Would leave Defoe as good to have some Spurs coverage. Next 4 fixtures look good. Would get rid of Gorks for Cameron, sounds good

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    • Judas
        4 years, 8 months ago

        Hi guys, this is my first comment on here, just wondering how you think my team is looking for this week?

        Begovic
        Baines, Cole, Cameron
        Michu(C), Dembele, Toure, Mata
        Long, Defoe, Tevez
        Subs: Davies, Sterling, Santon

        Not sure whether to swap Davies in for Long or not, what do you all think? Also do you think Michu as a captain is a good choice or do you think someone else would be better? Any other advice would be great!

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        1. df34
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 years, 8 months ago

          Would not sub in for Long, as they have 3 away games out of next 4. One being away to MANU. Yep Michu is very good. Wuld not be to keen on Dembele.

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        2. Parm
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 years, 8 months ago

          Hello and welcome. Firstly i'd recommend reading the FAQ: http://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/fantasy-football-faq-and-glossary/

          Secondly, getting a gravatar, it gives you some sort of personality 😉 : http://http://en.gravatar.com/

          And finally, i'd keep that team for this week, reassess next week.

          Cole, Dembele, Long, Santon & Sterling should go next week, i'd bring in some United cover next week.

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      • DanDaManUFan
          4 years, 8 months ago

          How do you get a grav? Do you have to be a member? I'm a newb!

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          1. Spencer
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            4 years, 8 months ago

            gravatar.com

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          2. Fring
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            4 years, 8 months ago

            http://www.gravatar.com

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          3. Sean.
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            4 years, 8 months ago

            gravatar .com

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        • Sean.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 years, 8 months ago

          who would prefer for the next 2 , benteke or defoe ?

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          1. Fring
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            4 years, 8 months ago

            Benteke, imho

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          2. Hopper
              4 years, 8 months ago

              Benteke

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          3. Fring
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            4 years, 8 months ago

            Gentlemen.

            Transfer out Aguero OR Suarez for Berbatov this week?

            or save the transfer?

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            1. sy
                4 years, 8 months ago

                Save the transfer

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              • Sean.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                4 years, 8 months ago

                aguero, relieve yourself of all that rotation stress 🙂

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              • df34
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                4 years, 8 months ago

                Save

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              • Hopper
                  4 years, 8 months ago

                  Defo get Berba, no rotation and great fixtures

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              • Viper
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                4 years, 8 months ago

                *Cheeky xmas repost

                2 seasons ago, I was in the pub watching the 17.30 kick off, Villa vs. Spurs at Villa Park. I had VDV (c), he scored 2 goals (1 assisted by Bale)

                Tomorrow I will be in the pub watching the 17.30 kick off, Villa vs. Spurs at Villa Park.

                This is making me want to bring in Bale now (For Santi) 🙂

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                1. Kostja
                    4 years, 8 months ago

                    Bale is no VDV 😀

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                    1. Spineløss Weasæ…
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      4 years, 8 months ago

                      Indeed

                      I captained VdV 3 times least season, he delivered

                      30, 16 and 44. 😀

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                      1. Parm
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        4 years, 8 months ago

                        Ah, was 44 the DGW?

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                        1. Spineløss Weasæ…
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                          4 years, 8 months ago

                          yup, best GW of the season, I pissed all over my rival that week

                          if another one comes along and I'm still sitting on the wc then 😀 😀 😀

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                    2. MJ6987 (Denver)
                        4 years, 8 months ago

                        Maybe Sneijder will be if he goes there though

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                        1. Kostja
                            4 years, 8 months ago

                            Could be, but im afraid he could be a bit overpriced.

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                      • TheSteady ¤ Wines th…
                          4 years, 8 months ago

                          Defoe replacing VDV, defo.

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                          1. Doosra - ☭Garganega - The…
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                            4 years, 8 months ago

                            *Cheeky

                            Pissed. 😕

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                      • Waterwheel Inc.
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        4 years, 8 months ago

                        Evening chaps,

                        Hope you've all had a good day. But I hope Boxing Day will be better, 10 matches plus racing at Kempton makes this one of my favourite days of the year!

                        Can anyone give me any reason to hope Gorkks will be back in the squad or Reading tomorrow please?

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                        1. In Like Flynn.
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                          4 years, 8 months ago

                          Is Fontwell on?

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                          1. Waterwheel Inc.
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            4 years, 8 months ago

                            Maybe, Racing Post says there's an 8am inspection.

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                            1. In Like Flynn.
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                              4 years, 8 months ago

                              Probably too wet for the horse I was thinking of anyway, Cheers.

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                        2. df34
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                          4 years, 8 months ago

                          Sorry mate cant't give you any good news on Gorkks. But i agree that tomorrow is a great day of sport

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                        3. Doosra - ☭Garganega - The…
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          4 years, 8 months ago

                          Nope, sorry. Seems to have offpissed the gaffer.

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                          1. In Like Flynn.
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                            4 years, 8 months ago

                            Didn't he make the bench last game? It's Christmas, time to kiss and make up.

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                        4. Waterwheel Inc.
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          4 years, 8 months ago

                          Cheers for info. Leaves me with just the 11 to play. Tempting to use it as an excuse to start tinkering but I don't think it's worth the risk.

                          Looks like plenty of people are taking hits this week. I'm not wild about my team but if I get 11 out without a hit I'll feel ahead of the game to start with.

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                          1. Doosra - ☭Garganega - The…
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            4 years, 8 months ago

                            That's my plan. I now have Pienaar.

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                          2. In Like Flynn.
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                            4 years, 8 months ago

                            That's my worry for tomorrow, that I bring 1 or 2 in, only for them to be rotated anyway.

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                      • Portuguese&Proud
                          4 years, 8 months ago

                          Begovic
                          B:Davies, Cameron, J.Enrique
                          Mata, Bale, Michu(c) Taarabt
                          Tevez, Suarez, RVP
                          Jaask, Snodgrass, Shorey, Sagna
                          1FT 0,3M

                          so what do you think i’m considering saving the FT for next week, do you see any reason not to??

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                          1. Sean.
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            4 years, 8 months ago

                            i like that, tevez rotation your only worry really

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                            1. Portuguese&Proud
                                4 years, 8 months ago

                                i know, the tought of benching him over Snoddy crossed my mind but over 9M on the bench just doesn't seems right..

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                            2. df34
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              4 years, 8 months ago

                              Save it mate. Excellent squad. Will u keep captaincy onMichu?

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                              1. Portuguese&Proud
                                  4 years, 8 months ago

                                  Thanks, most definately

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                                  1. df34
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    4 years, 8 months ago

                                    I have Van P and Michu too, don't have the Ballls to do Michu. Fair play mate!!

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                            3. Viper
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              4 years, 8 months ago

                              @Doora

                              You're against every move this week! 🙂

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                              1. Spineløss Weasæ…
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                4 years, 8 months ago

                                He is against every move every week unless you buying someone he owns, or features in his tables

                                But we love him anyway 😛

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                              2. In Like Flynn.
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                                4 years, 8 months ago

                                He's not. He told me to move, to another country. 😉

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                                1. Doosra - ☭Garganega - The…
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  4 years, 8 months ago

                                  How very unkind of me. 😥

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                                  1. In Like Flynn.
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                                    4 years, 8 months ago

                                    😀

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                              3. Dago
                                  4 years, 8 months ago

                                  Just get Bale mate, and leave Berba imo. You sound more sold on that route and it makes more sense. If Berba starts banging them in and Ruiz returns then bring him in next week, still got good fixtures.

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                                  1. Viper
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    4 years, 8 months ago

                                    Yeah, Bale could easily out score Cazorla before the dgwk, do the reverse swap then!

                                    I'll give Berba this week to hit form!

                                    Cheers!

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                                • Doosra - ☭Garganega - The…
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  4 years, 8 months ago

                                  I am doing my best to protect you - against yourself! 😀

                                  Get Pienaar. Get Carter. But don't get that shite you are doting on!!! 😉

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                                  1. Viper
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    4 years, 8 months ago

                                    Ah cheers Doos, you're very good. But I gotta spread my wings eventually 🙂

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                                • Doosra - ☭Garganega - The…
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  4 years, 8 months ago

                                  Oh! And KEEP Cazorla!!! Please.

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                              4. Timon
                                  4 years, 8 months ago

                                  so, a quick opinion
                                  Which one to do first.
                                  Migno ➡ begovic.
                                  Fletcher ➡ berba
                                  Or both for a hit

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                                  1. Just One More Thing
                                      4 years, 8 months ago

                                      Fletch > Berbs only.

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                                    • df34
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      4 years, 8 months ago

                                      No hit needed, would do the second one if i had too. But do not see any great urgency to do either mate

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                                    • alsybach
                                        4 years, 8 months ago

                                        Fletcher will score more goals and more points than Berba...........

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                                      • Killitzer
                                          4 years, 8 months ago

                                          How do you make those arrows?

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                                      • df34
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        4 years, 8 months ago

                                        Yep, i would as not sure tevez will start

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                                      • alsybach
                                          4 years, 8 months ago

                                          I have got Tevez and I think I want to get rid (I think)..........got Fed in goal alongside jussi - havent made any changes this week yet and am reasonably happy with my team..
                                          BUT.......
                                          always one for a bit of excitement at Christmas shall I.........

                                          a) save transfer
                                          b) Tevez ------->Benteke (not Beba! not convinced!)
                                          c) Fed--------->Guzan
                                          d) Tev + Sterling------->Benteke + Pienaar (for a 4 pointer)

                                          what do you think peeps?!?

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                                          1. Just One More Thing
                                              4 years, 8 months ago

                                              D

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                                            • df34
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              4 years, 8 months ago

                                              Save it mate

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                                          2. Parm
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            4 years, 8 months ago

                                            IF Sneijder joins Spurs, will he be a better FPL prospect that Bale? And will he have a negative effect on Bale's returns?

                                            Big IF mind 😉

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                                            1. Kostja
                                                4 years, 8 months ago

                                                NO negative effect, and probably overpriced

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                                              • Waterwheel Inc.
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                4 years, 8 months ago

                                                Where's this story come from and is it legit? It seems to have slipped by me, I only noticed it at all because there was money or it on oddschecker!

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                                              • Gazza2000
                                                  4 years, 8 months ago

                                                  Sneijder will get all set pieces imo, compare him with VDV but less injury prone

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                                              • Ricky - passed with flying …
                                                  4 years, 8 months ago

                                                  any more news on the chelsea southampton dgw. for some reason i have got it in my head as the same gw as arsenal wham dgw.

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                                                • Gazza2000
                                                    4 years, 8 months ago

                                                    Begovic
                                                    Baines – Cuellar – Nelsen
                                                    Bale – Mata – Michu (c) – Puncheon
                                                    Suarez – Tevez – Berbatov (vc)

                                                    Foster - Simpson - Gibbs - Cazorla

                                                    Good to go ? captain Michu over Berba ?

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                                                    1. erictai98
                                                        4 years, 8 months ago

                                                        michu!

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                                                    2. bbewekim
                                                        4 years, 8 months ago

                                                        Luiz, yaya, taarabt > Gibbs, bale/sant, punch?

                                                        Do have Nolan who's been a bit quiet of late though. Also have Holt upfront with RVP, Tevez so a bit weak?

                                                        I'm thinking Transfers in new year...

                                                        Would make, Gibbs, shawX, Enrique (clyne, McCartney)
                                                        Mata, bale/santi, Nolan, michu, (punch)
                                                        RVP, Tevez, Holt

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                                                      • Superdry7
                                                          4 years, 8 months ago

                                                          Team this week, thinking of saving the transfer, any feedback welcome 🙂

                                                          Foster (Jussi)

                                                          Nasty, Vertonghen, Enrique (Gorkss, Morrison)

                                                          Bale, Michu, Puncheon, Silva (Sterling)

                                                          RVP, Torres, Berb

                                                          Captain choice not decided yet!!!!!

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                                                          1. Matamatician
                                                              4 years, 8 months ago

                                                              Berba captain

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                                                          2. Robbens Diving Instructor
                                                              4 years, 8 months ago

                                                              Here is my team for tomorrow,

                                                              Begovic
                                                              Ridgewell Cameron Cuellar
                                                              Pienaar Michu Silva Mc Anuff
                                                              Suarez RVP Defoe

                                                              Rudd, Santi, Mc Cartney, Sagna

                                                              Any changes to be made? 0.9 million in the bank

                                                              Slightly wary that my defence is quite weak

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