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The Watchlist – Dimitar Berbatov

Without a goal or an assist in his last seven outings, Fantasy managers could be forgiven for not placing Dimitar Berbatov at the top of their Christmas lists. Joint winner of the Premier League golden boot two seasons ago off the back of just 24 starts, the Bulgarian’s capacity to deliver explosive returns are without question; and whilst last weekend’s flaccid foray to Anfield furnished another chapter to the Cottagers’ sorry season on the road, Berbatov’s Fantasy following may nevertheless discern some appetising crumbs of comfort from their performances at home…

Martin Jol’s men are averaging just under two goals a game in front of their own fans: a ratio only bettered by Man Utd, Man City and Arsenal, and with three of their next four games at Craven Cottage the schedule augurs well for a striker involved in almost half of Fulham’s haul this season. When we take into consideration the imminent invitees the auspices improve further: Southampton arrive on Boxing Day having shipped 20 goals in just seven away ties, and whilst the subsequent visit from Swansea promises to be a more cagey affair – the Swans have still conceded in all but one of their away games since the opening day.

Whilst the New Year’s Day trip to the resolute West Brom will likely furnish a stern test for Martin Jol’s men, its status as the first televised game of 2013 will, at the very, least afford Berbatov’s owners the opportunity to cheer on their charge from the sofa. Bryan Ruiz’s predicted availability, which could even arrive early on Boxing Day against the Saints, should serve as a seasonable succour to the Bulgarian – and with three goals and three assists to show for their five games together so far, Ruiz’s return could well serve as a timely Christmas present for the Bulgarian’s owners.

With rest and rotation biting over the hectic Christmas schedule, security of starts is another factor in favour of a player seemingly blessed with the ability to get his resting done on the pitch. Still backed by over 250,000 Fantasy managers despite his long drought, Berbatov is now available at a January-sales price of just 7.1 in the Fantasy Premier League and 7.5 in the Sky Sports game. In addition, the statistical omens are stacked in Berbatov’s favour – in 11 Premier League matches played between December 26 to December 31, he’s notched no less than 14 goals. Take what you want from that but with Santi Cazorla’s recent 23 point performance at Reading after a string of blanks fresh in the memory, Jol’s languid lieutenant may yet serve up his own salutary reminder that patience is a virtue.

stilicho I never make predictions and I never will”

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  1. Romford Pele - Don't w…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 years, 10 months ago

    I have Begovic, Enrique and Sterling.

    At the minute I'm starting Begovic and Enrique and benching sterling. Sound about right? 0-0 hopefully!

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    1. tw
      4 years, 10 months ago

      yupp

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    2. Dogba
      4 years, 10 months ago

      Sounds good.

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    3. ogqozo
      4 years, 9 months ago

      I don't think Sterling's ever going back to the offensive role. With good showings of Cole and Downing up front, and Sturridge coming, it'll probably never anymore be a good idea to start Sterling.

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  2. JJO
    4 years, 10 months ago

    Who to get in?
    A) Hughes
    B) Baird

    Who to captain?
    A)Rooney
    B)Berba
    C)Michu

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    1. Romford Pele - Don't w…
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      4 years, 10 months ago

      not sure about Qu.1 but for Qu.2 I'd go for C, B (vc)

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      1. JJO
        4 years, 10 months ago

        You think Rooney is too risky?

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        1. Romford Pele - Don't w…
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          4 years, 10 months ago

          He's not an awful option by any means! just prefer the other two. Reading defence it woeful and with fulham i feel they are due a big win

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  3. tw
    4 years, 10 months ago

    foster or bego?

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    1. Sean.
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      4 years, 10 months ago

      bego, learnt that the hard way last week 🙂

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      1. tw
        4 years, 10 months ago

        😀 same here

        about your question on the council site, we're still trying to figure out how we'll do team selection for the new managers but we'll make a post on our site explaining it once we decide

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    2. Eboue
      4 years, 10 months ago

      bego

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    3. The Pep Revolution
      4 years, 10 months ago

      I think Id go with Bego. Im playing both him and Cameron this week.

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    4. ILOVEBAPS (Big ones)
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      4 years, 10 months ago

      Replied to your last question on last page. 🙂

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      1. tw
        4 years, 10 months ago

        thanks! 😀

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  4. The Pep Revolution
    4 years, 10 months ago

    Would you get rid of either Long or Sessegnon or both? Two Free transfers and 1.1 in the bank.

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    1. tw
      4 years, 10 months ago

      long to berba perhaps? sess to michu if you don't have him, otherwise keep sess for now

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  5. Cech-King MoSalah
    4 years, 10 months ago

    Le Fondre or Sterling in starting 11 ?

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    1. Dogba
      4 years, 10 months ago

      Le Fond.

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      1. Cech-King MoSalah
        4 years, 10 months ago

        Thanks for that

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  6. Romford Pele - Don't w…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 years, 10 months ago

    I can't be expected to make big fantasy decisions with a hangover like this..

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  7. Dav
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 years, 10 months ago

    i’ve got rangel & rafa in my starting line up, both 50% chance of playing
    no def on bench as have demel on there without a fixture

    should i take a hit for changing rangel or demel?

    5.3 available if dump rangel
    6.4 available if i dump rafa
    4.6 if dump demel

    thanks

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    1. tw
      4 years, 10 months ago

      dump rangel for a stoke defender

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      1. Dav
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        4 years, 10 months ago

        got shawX already? double up?

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        1. tw
          4 years, 10 months ago

          i would

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  8. tw
    4 years, 10 months ago

    who do you think will score more this gw, silva or bale and why?

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    1. Dogba
      4 years, 10 months ago

      Bale. Got his engine up and running after his injury now.

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    2. Sean.
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      4 years, 10 months ago

      bale... tottenhams next 4 are so much better than city's

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      1. tw
        4 years, 10 months ago

        yeah i know that! but in gw 19 who do you think will score more?

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    3. Dav
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 years, 10 months ago

      bale vs a villa defence that conceded 8 at the bridge.
      i think villa will concede 2 today

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  9. thomthom
    4 years, 10 months ago

    Good to go? Any last minute advice?

    Bego (Jaask)
    Baines, Olsson, Shorey (Cuellar, McCartney)
    Bale, Silva, Puncheon, Michu (Snodgrass)
    Ba, Berbatov, RVP

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  10. Grubby
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 years, 10 months ago

    Will RVP start? I know Fergie will be tempted to rotate and so I am very tempted to captain Michu this week just for the stability.

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  11. living the dream
    4 years, 10 months ago

    Who is a good option to get in for Sterling? I have 5.3 to spend but already have puncheon. Any news on Rafael?

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    1. Dogba
      4 years, 10 months ago

      Sterling is the best option for 5.3.

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      1. Root
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 years, 10 months ago

        This. Or wait for Fellaini to drop to 5.3.

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        1. John Nerdelbaum
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          4 years, 10 months ago

          +1

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        2. Schürrle Not
          4 years, 10 months ago

          😯
          Fellaini is on 7.5 now

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    2. John Nerdelbaum
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      4 years, 10 months ago

      Maloney or Noble imo. Not much down there tho

      Late fitness test according to SSN

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      1. living the dream
        4 years, 10 months ago

        Maloney is a good shout. Cheers

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    3. HelloSidney
      4 years, 10 months ago

      Sidwell

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  12. SuperOsçarBaby
    4 years, 10 months ago

    Play -

    a) Morrison v QPR
    or
    b) Ramirez v FUL

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    1. Dogba
      4 years, 10 months ago

      Ramirez! Morrison could play deep, Fulham are even leakier than QPR nowadays. Ramirez guaranteed to play in the hole.

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      1. SuperOsçarBaby
        4 years, 10 months ago

        But Mulumbu is back.....

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  13. Spencer
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    4 years, 10 months ago

    Put the armband on Berba late last night... Surprisingly still on him now when I'm sober.

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  14. JK - Grabbangladesh Manager…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 years, 10 months ago

    Morning lads

    Nice to see the Scouts have clocked onto Boxing Day Berba

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  15. kanubelieveit
    4 years, 10 months ago

    Who to offer the final starting berth to - Benteke or Snodgrass?

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    1. JK - Grabbangladesh Manager…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 years, 10 months ago

      Benteke, Snodgrass is at home

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      1. kanubelieveit
        4 years, 10 months ago

        cheers

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  16. Nerdlinger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 years, 10 months ago

    Start:

    B Davies (rdg)
    or
    Kone (eve)

    ?

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  17. JWilson3
    4 years, 10 months ago

    Do you think 3 of these defenders will play? - Johnson, Clyne, Ridgewell, Rafael

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  18. Athletico Timbo
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    4 years, 10 months ago

    Does anyone know who the lad on twitter is that correctly predicts the Everton team?

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  19. Manani
    4 years, 10 months ago

    any chance rooney will be rested today?
    I'd say close to 0, right?

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    1. Jax
      4 years, 10 months ago

      very likely mate.

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  20. Gigging Order
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 years, 10 months ago

    Morning all, transfer conundrum....

    Defoe and Michu

    Suarez and Pienaar

    Benteke and Bent

    Which pair are the best for the next 3 or 4 games?

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    1. Gigging Order
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 years, 10 months ago

      *Benteke and Bale

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      1. living the dream
        4 years, 10 months ago

        Benteke and Bale

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  21. div
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 years, 10 months ago

    Opinions needed please.

    First time playing Sky FF and I have only 11 transfers left and doing quite well (ranked 831) should l keep or sell Walcott. Team is

    Hart
    Baines, Riether, Cameron
    Bale, Michu, Sterling, Walcott, Cazorla
    RVP, Ba

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  22. Mkhi Magic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 years, 10 months ago

    Chasing leader in my ML 30 points behind.
    Him RVP (C)
    Shall I Michu (C) and RVP (vc) ????????

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  23. Romford Pele - Don't w…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 years, 10 months ago

    Predictions on what Fellaini's price will be by the time he can play again? Not had him all season and plan to get him in asap hoping to benefit from others being slow to get him..

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  24. SuperDelta
    4 years, 10 months ago

    for bench>>> pilkington or G.Ramirez

    for capt>>> Michu or RVP or Torres

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