January
08

Continuing our members articles which examine the numbers behind the previous four Gameweeks, we now switch our attention to the midfield area. With a packed festive programme providing hat-tricks for Santi Cazorla, Gareth Bale and Theo Walcott, it was a period which again saw the heavy-hitting midfielder come to the fore. Incredibly, however, that trio were surpassed by the performances of a player who has rolled back the years to recapture a level of returns and consistency that we perhaps thought were behind him.

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  1. Anyone else worried about the selection of Turnbull?

    Iam!

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. Everybody. If no news by Saturday I`m just gonna risk it. Though I imagine we may get some kinda clue or hint from Rafa in his Friday press conference.

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
    2. My prediction is he'll still be in goal for the Arsenal game, but no more - you'll have to burn a transfer to get him out anyway so you have to weigh up whether that is worth the DGW - of which there is still a risk he won't play both games (I think he will, but there's still a risk).

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
  2. Scholes Pirlo Zidane Nedved Xavi Iniesta

    Rate these from top to bottom. Not current form obviously. Speaking of their prime.
    I'll throw in Lampard and Gerrard just for the fun of it.

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. difficult. zidane, followed by xavi...

      lamps and stevie would be in my bottom 3 though ;)

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
    2. KoL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

      Zidane
      Iniesta
      Xavi
      Gerrard
      Scholes
      Lampard
      Pirlo
      Nedved
      Adam

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
      1. Gerrard above Scholes and Pirlo?

        Lampard above Pirlo?

        • 1 year, 8 months ago
        1. This

          • 1 year, 8 months ago
    3. Zidane
      Iniesta
      Pirlo
      Xavi
      Scholes
      Nedved (don't know much about him)

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
    4. Zidane Scholes Pirlo Iniesta Xavi Nedved

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
  3. Choose 1 only for this week...

    A) Berba (vs Wigan)
    B) Suarez (vs Man United)

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. berba

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
  4. A) Lambert + Bale
    B) Fellaini + Ba

    rest of the team :
    Bego Turnbull
    Gibbs Demel Luiz Davies Shaw
    Mata Walcott Michu Puncheon XXX
    RVP Suarez XXX

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
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  5. Repost. Have an interesting discussion with a few mates.

    Scholes Pirlo Zidane Nedved Xavi Iniesta

    Rate these from top to bottom. Not current form obviously. Speaking of their prime.
    I'll throw in Lampard and Gerrard just for the fun of it.

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. KoL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

      And again :)

      Zidane
      Iniesta
      Xavi
      Gerrard
      Scholes
      Lampard
      Pirlo
      Nedved
      Adam

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
      1. And again. Gerrard above Scholes and Pirlo?
        Pirlo below Lamps?

        :shock:

        • 1 year, 8 months ago
        1. KoL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member

          Yeah youre right swap Pirlo and Lamps about. Gerrard and Scholes is tough but id say Gerrard just edges it imo

          • 1 year, 8 months ago
          1. Scholes passing and shot is hard to be ignored. IMO Scholes above Gerrard. Small but still good in header.

            • 1 year, 8 months ago
      2. Swap Charlie Adam with Zidane and i agree!

        • 1 year, 8 months ago
        1. KoL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member

          :)

          • 1 year, 8 months ago
    2. Zidane
      Iniesta
      Scholes
      Xavi
      Lampard
      Gerrard
      Pirlo
      Nedved
      Adam

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
    3. Zidane
      .
      .
      .
      .
      Iniesta
      Xavi
      Gerrard
      Scholes
      Pirlo
      Lampard
      Nedved

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
      1. Again, Gerrard over Scholes and Pirlo :shock:

        • 1 year, 8 months ago
        1. I just think, how many times did he almost single handedly rescue Liverpool? And in the big games too. He was very very good. But, with Pirlo & Nedved I didn't have the pleasure of watching them week in week out years ago, so maybe it's a bit harsh on them.

          And I still think Zidane is the best player I've ever seen.

          • 1 year, 8 months ago
    4. Fwiw, this is me

      Zidane
      Pirlo
      Scholes
      Xavi
      Iniesta
      Nedved
      Lamps
      Gerrard

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
      1. HAHA, it's so obvious you're a Utd fan, Gerrard behind Lampard.... you must be joking?

        • 1 year, 8 months ago
        1. How many titles has Gerrard won again? And no i am not. Much prefer Lampard.

          • 1 year, 8 months ago
          1. No of. titles isn't the way you judge a players talent. You Judge a team by it.

            • 1 year, 8 months ago
          2. You much prefer Lampard because you dislike Liverpool. Everyone in England knows Gerrard has been better than Lampard his whole career, only the delusional Chelsea and Utd fans disagree.

            • 1 year, 8 months ago
              • 1 year, 8 months ago
        2. Lampard = Gerrard. Hard to pick But im still gonna pick Gerrard to be ahead of Lampard. But Gerrard pass is not as good as Lampard now.

          • 1 year, 8 months ago
          1. And I'm an United fans

            • 1 year, 8 months ago
      2. Zidane and Pirlo over Scholes? :roll:

        • 1 year, 8 months ago
        1. Pirlo = Scholes. Zidane is different position with Scholes and Pirlo so it's hard to compare them.

          • 1 year, 8 months ago
    5. Zidane
      Iniesta
      Pirlo
      Hooiveld
      Xavi
      Gerrard
      Scholes
      Lampard
      Nedved (didn't follow his career much)

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
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        • 1 year, 8 months ago
        • 1 year, 8 months ago
      1. Sneaky but I agree!!!

        • 1 year, 8 months ago
    6. Zidane
      Xavi
      Pirlo
      Gerrard
      Iniesta
      Scholes
      Lampard
      Nedved

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
    7. Everyone put scholes too high. Also, this list lacks a Riquelme.

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
    8. Zidane, Xavi, Pirlo, Scholes, Nedved, Lampard, Gerrard

      ^ in that order.

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
      1. forgot Iniesta. Him between Xavi & Pirlo.

        • 1 year, 8 months ago
      2. Hahaa great grav! but again Lampard over Gerrard is ridiculous..

        • 1 year, 8 months ago
    9. Zidane
      Iniesta
      Xavi
      Pirlo
      Scholes
      Gerrard
      Lamps

      Haven't really seen enough of Nedved.

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
    10. Everyone agrees on one point.... Zidane is the best :D

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
      1. tw
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member

        at headbutting ;)

        • 1 year, 8 months ago
  6. KoL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member

    Who to start -

    Hughes (WIG)
    Clyne (avl che)

    Not too much in it can see Clyne getting a -ve score v Chels

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. clyne wont start I believe

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
      1. KoL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member

        Yeah theres also that. I have him as 1st sub as it stands might relegate to 2nd sub.

        • 1 year, 8 months ago
  7. Is anyone thinking of Steven Fletcher for the next 10 gameweeks? I think it is worth a punt, only problem is I need Lambert for this double and Podolski after that but sensing a missed opportunity here with Fletcher playing West Ham and Wigan for those two gameweeks.

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. KoL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

      Fletcer has great fixtures for the next 4.

      I would look at other DGW coverage. Lamps and Podolski arent high on my list

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
  8. How's this for a WC team?

    Turnbull, Begovic
    Luiz, Demel, Gibbs, Harte, Mariappa
    Mata, Michu, Walcott, Fellaini, Puncheon
    RVP, Lambert, Berba

    0.9 Bank.

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. lovely. even though i wouldnt double the reading defence, upgrade mariappa

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
      1. Mariappa to Davies/Martin R maybe?

        • 1 year, 8 months ago
        1. davies is a good option

          • 1 year, 8 months ago
    2. Double Reading defenders? :shock:

      Are you copying my Harte - Shorey combo? :lol:

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
      1. Guilty!

        • 1 year, 8 months ago
    3. Bale instead of Fellaini is required IMO

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
  9. Ill Obrien be back for DGW?

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
      • 1 year, 8 months ago
      1. On physio room it says his return date is 12th of January.

        • 1 year, 8 months ago
        1. ok maybe then... I personally wouldn't take the risk and am just getting Demel.

          Assume you already have him and are not on WC?

          • 1 year, 8 months ago
        2. Physioroom :lol:

          • 1 year, 8 months ago
  10. Didn't see the Chelsea / QPR game.

    Bertrand played ahead of Cole and they lost 1-0.. assume this was to give cole a rest and therefore nailed on for two games inthe DGW, however could anyone that watched the game advise how bertrand actually played.

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. I didn't follow it closely enough but it will be interesting to see if Bertrand gets a start tonight...if so...then Cole is nailed on for the DGW I'd imagine.

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
      1. KoL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member

        This would be ideal

        • 1 year, 8 months ago
    2. I think cole will play the next 3 as he's been rested recently. It will be a strong side he puts out.

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
    3. thanks all

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
  11. Which plan is better?

    A) GW22- Shawcross > Luiz

    GW23- Luiz > Gibbs

    B) GW22- Zabaleta > Luiz (Play Shawcross at home to Chelsea

    GW23 - Shawcross > Gibbs

    C) GW22 - Shawcross > Luiz (play Zabaleta away to Arsenal)

    GW23 - Zabaleta > Gibbs

    Leaning towards A.

    What do you guys think?

    Thanks.

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
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  12. will Fonte start ?

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
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  13. Those with Clyne - (avl, che) aren't that brilliant on paper. Would you play him ahead of Cameron (CHE) or Highes (WIG) for example?

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. And there's the issue of his fitness...

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
    2. Who are your other defenderS?

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
      1. Well - atm, it's Nastasic, Cameron, Hughes, Demel, Clyne.

        Debating whether to do Fed -> Turnbull or Nasty -> Luiz/Azpili (waiting for tonight to decide).

        • 1 year, 8 months ago
        1. The main problem is Clyne isn't 100% going to start, heard he's injured.

          I'd fancy a Luiz/Cole transfer...I'd be wary of Azpi if Terry is back

          • 1 year, 8 months ago
          1. I think you're right, I'm better off doing the defensive upgrade (especially as Minge, my other keeper has WHU - seems a waste to have him on the bench).

            Just need to decide on who - tonight will help in that respect, hopefully.

            • 1 year, 8 months ago
            1. That's the thing... Mignolet and Fed are actually very worthy of a start this week

              • 1 year, 8 months ago
          2. And FWIW, I think Cole is as prone to a rest as the rest of them, with Bertrand waiting in the wings.

            • 1 year, 8 months ago
    3. I would personally play hughes ahead of clyne. Clyne might only start the Chelsea game and i dont see wigan scoring

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
    4. I would play him above those two.

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
      1. If he's fit that is. I don't see him as a rotation threat. It only happened once at Xmas which is normal.

        • 1 year, 8 months ago
        1. I guess we'll get news at some point over the next couple of games. Cheers all!

          • 1 year, 8 months ago
  14. Morning all, any comments on this draft WC?:

    Bego / Turnbull
    Baines / Gibbs / Davies / Demel / Wilson
    Fellaini / Mata / Walcott / Michu / Bale
    RVP / Ba / Ruiz

    Planning Ba -> Podolski next week

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. finally someone else with baines in their WC team.. i salute you sir...

      .. team looks very strong

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
      1. Thanks. I can't understand why he isn't in more teams.

        Class act IMO

        • 1 year, 8 months ago
        1. looks a great team. Love the MF

          Not sure Ruiz will end up with as points as Berba personally, but you clearly need the cash.

          • 1 year, 8 months ago
        2. Baines for the run in. Everton always pull up trees second half of season.
          In my wct for sure

          • 1 year, 8 months ago
      2. i'd wait for Wilson to return though before bringing him in... maybe get turner / martin until then

        • 1 year, 8 months ago
        1. Good plan. Think I'll change Turnbull -> Bunn so maybe a reading defender might be a thought. They seem to have tightened up at the back, maybe Mariappa.

          • 1 year, 8 months ago
          1. wouldn't get Bunn.. long term he wont be in the team when ruddy comes back.. i'm going federici

            • 1 year, 8 months ago
            1. Good idea, will do that.

              • 1 year, 8 months ago
              1. good luck.. hope it works out ( obviously)

                • 1 year, 8 months ago
    2. Looks good to me.

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
        • 1 year, 8 months ago
    3. baines to luiz
      ruiz to berba

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
      1. Tempting, but Berbs doesn't work with that midfield very well.

        • 1 year, 8 months ago
      • 1 year, 8 months ago
      1. Thanks SJT

        • 1 year, 8 months ago
    4. Looks good, personally i would drop one of Michu/Fellaini to Puncheon and upgrade Ruiz

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
      1. In an ordinary season I would, but I like the idea of the 3-5-2 this time.

        • 1 year, 8 months ago
    5. barring the obvious lack of Suarez, that is an excellent team.

      Prefer Federici over Turnbull, though.

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
  15. replacement for Fonte , if any? 4.1 mil available..

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. Cheeky punt on Hooiveld?

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
      1. very funny.

        • 1 year, 8 months ago
    2. Shaw, clyne, demel, Wilson,

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
  16. Worth a 4 point hit to get Turnbull in and play instead of Bego?

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. No. Cech might be back very soon

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
      1. Hmmm...think you're probably right.

        Just dont feel i've got enough cover with just Mata

        • 1 year, 8 months ago
  17. LOL scratch that, now that Nelsen is not available. who to replace him with? 4.0 available..

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. Nelsen will probably start against Spurs in his last match

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
      1. And end up with a negative score.

        • 1 year, 8 months ago
        1. or score an header

          • 1 year, 8 months ago
        2. They said that last week when he was heading to the Bridge ;)

          • 1 year, 8 months ago
          1. I was one of them too, and he climbed proudly off of my bench :wink: :D

            • 1 year, 8 months ago
            1. Trying to get people to sell then so you reap the rewards again this week, eh? ;)

              • 1 year, 8 months ago
  18. a - Clyne Evans J
    Giroud Cisse

    or

    b - Jones Harte
    RVP Anichebe

    Choose one....

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. RVP

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  19. bale + azpi

    or

    hazard + reid?

    either way, next GW santi comes in

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. B, just cos of the DGWs.

      A long term though

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
  20. Worth ignoring the doublers and getting one/both of Bale + Felliani this week?
    (Silva/Michu to make way [wont lose much value])

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
  21. I have Turnbull and Azapil, both are risk should I just take Turnbull out for Cerny save myself 0.4 and a transfer, then do Azapil > Nasty next week?

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  22. if you captain Mata in a midfield of Mata bale Michu puncheon Walcott
    who do you drop to the bench for this gameweeek ??

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. Puncheon. 2 away games and wouldn't feel good dropping Walcott with home fixture and Michu is a goal machine!

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
  23. Help!!!!!!

    Need your opinion on the better option – Thinking for long term as well

    a) Van Persie and Ruiz (both home)
    b) Tevez Suarez (both away)

    cheers

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. a...Tevez might not play!

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
  24. What y’all think? WC team take 20!

    Turnbull (Szczesny)
    Demel Harte Gibbs (Jones) (Davies)
    Mata(c) Bale Michu Fellaini (Noble)
    RVP BA Berbatov

    0.3m in bank. Mata + Ba > Arteta + Suarez GW 23 – (4 Hit)

    Good to go?

    • 1 year, 8 months ago

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For Gameweek 4

  • Begovic
  • Ivanovic
  • Lovren
  • Clyne
  • Zaha
  • Fábregas
  • Di María
  • Sterling
  • Pellè
  • Diego Costa
  • Balotelli
  • Moreno
  • Chadli
  • Naismith

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Goalkeepers

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Up Forster SOT B, Vs
Up Begovic STO B, Vs
Up De Gea MUN B
Down Mignolet LIV C, Vs
Up Mannone SUN C, £
Up Szczesny ARS C, Vs
Up Fabianski SWA B, Vs
Up Heaton BRN B, Vs, £
Up Speroni CPL B
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Up Bertrand SOT A, Vs
Up Moreno LIV B, Vs
Up Shawcross STO B, Vs
No Change Trippier BRN A
No Change Van Aanholt SUN C, Vs, £
Up Taylor SWA B, £
No Change Evans MUN B, Vs
Up Chambers ARS C, Vs, £
Up Morgan LEI B, Vs, £
Up Baines EVE B, VsX
No Change Dier TOT B
No Change Ward CPL C
Down Caulker QPR C

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Last updated: 17 Sep, 2014 1:15pm
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No Change Sterling LIV A, Vs
No Change Sigurdsson SWA A
No Change Ramsey ARS A, Vs
No Change Fábregas CHE A, VsX
No Change Tadic SOT B, Vs
Up Di María MUN A
Up Chadli TOT A, £
Down Hazard CHE B, VsX
Up Sánchez ARS A, Vs
Up Mirallas EVE A
Up Eriksen TOT B
No Change Silva MCI B
Up Larsson SUN A, £
No Change Zaha CPL C, £
No Change Boyd BRN C, Vs, £
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No Change Diego Costa CHE A, VsX
No Change Rooney MUN B
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No Change Balotelli LIV B, Vs
Up Adebayor TOT B
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