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!

    • 2 years, 19 days 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.

      • 2 years, 19 days 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).

      • 2 years, 19 days 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.

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
    1. difficult. zidane, followed by xavi...

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

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
    2. KoL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

      Zidane
      Iniesta
      Xavi
      Gerrard
      Scholes
      Lampard
      Pirlo
      Nedved
      Adam

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
      1. Gerrard above Scholes and Pirlo?

        Lampard above Pirlo?

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
        1. This

          • 2 years, 19 days ago
    3. Zidane
      Iniesta
      Pirlo
      Xavi
      Scholes
      Nedved (don't know much about him)

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
    4. Zidane Scholes Pirlo Iniesta Xavi Nedved

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
  3. Choose 1 only for this week...

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

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
    1. berba

      • 2 years, 19 days 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

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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.

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
    1. KoL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

      And again :)

      Zidane
      Iniesta
      Xavi
      Gerrard
      Scholes
      Lampard
      Pirlo
      Nedved
      Adam

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
      1. And again. Gerrard above Scholes and Pirlo?
        Pirlo below Lamps?

        :shock:

        • 2 years, 19 days 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

          • 2 years, 19 days ago
          1. Scholes passing and shot is hard to be ignored. IMO Scholes above Gerrard. Small but still good in header.

            • 2 years, 19 days ago
      2. Swap Charlie Adam with Zidane and i agree!

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
        1. KoL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member

          :)

          • 2 years, 19 days ago
    2. Zidane
      Iniesta
      Scholes
      Xavi
      Lampard
      Gerrard
      Pirlo
      Nedved
      Adam

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
    3. Zidane
      .
      .
      .
      .
      Iniesta
      Xavi
      Gerrard
      Scholes
      Pirlo
      Lampard
      Nedved

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
      1. Again, Gerrard over Scholes and Pirlo :shock:

        • 2 years, 19 days 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.

          • 2 years, 19 days ago
    4. Fwiw, this is me

      Zidane
      Pirlo
      Scholes
      Xavi
      Iniesta
      Nedved
      Lamps
      Gerrard

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
      1. HAHA, it's so obvious you're a Utd fan, Gerrard behind Lampard.... you must be joking?

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
        1. How many titles has Gerrard won again? And no i am not. Much prefer Lampard.

          • 2 years, 19 days ago
          1. No of. titles isn't the way you judge a players talent. You Judge a team by it.

            • 2 years, 19 days 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.

            • 2 years, 19 days ago
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        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.

          • 2 years, 19 days ago
          1. And I'm an United fans

            • 2 years, 19 days ago
      2. Zidane and Pirlo over Scholes? :roll:

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
        1. Pirlo = Scholes. Zidane is different position with Scholes and Pirlo so it's hard to compare them.

          • 2 years, 19 days ago
    5. Zidane
      Iniesta
      Pirlo
      Hooiveld
      Xavi
      Gerrard
      Scholes
      Lampard
      Nedved (didn't follow his career much)

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      1. Sneaky but I agree!!!

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
    6. Zidane
      Xavi
      Pirlo
      Gerrard
      Iniesta
      Scholes
      Lampard
      Nedved

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
    7. Everyone put scholes too high. Also, this list lacks a Riquelme.

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
    8. Zidane, Xavi, Pirlo, Scholes, Nedved, Lampard, Gerrard

      ^ in that order.

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
      1. forgot Iniesta. Him between Xavi & Pirlo.

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
      2. Hahaa great grav! but again Lampard over Gerrard is ridiculous..

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
    9. Zidane
      Iniesta
      Xavi
      Pirlo
      Scholes
      Gerrard
      Lamps

      Haven't really seen enough of Nedved.

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
    10. Everyone agrees on one point.... Zidane is the best :D

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
      1. tw
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member

        at headbutting ;)

        • 2 years, 19 days 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

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
    1. clyne wont start I believe

      • 2 years, 19 days 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.

        • 2 years, 19 days 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.

    • 2 years, 19 days 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

      • 2 years, 19 days 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.

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
    1. lovely. even though i wouldnt double the reading defence, upgrade mariappa

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
      1. Mariappa to Davies/Martin R maybe?

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
        1. davies is a good option

          • 2 years, 19 days ago
    2. Double Reading defenders? :shock:

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

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
      1. Guilty!

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
    3. Bale instead of Fellaini is required IMO

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
  9. Ill Obrien be back for DGW?

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
      • 2 years, 19 days ago
      1. On physio room it says his return date is 12th of January.

        • 2 years, 19 days 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?

          • 2 years, 19 days ago
        2. Physioroom :lol:

          • 2 years, 19 days 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.

    • 2 years, 19 days 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.

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
      1. KoL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member

        This would be ideal

        • 2 years, 19 days 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.

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
    3. thanks all

      • 2 years, 19 days 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.

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  12. will Fonte start ?

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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?

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
    1. And there's the issue of his fitness...

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
    2. Who are your other defenderS?

      • 2 years, 19 days 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).

        • 2 years, 19 days 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

          • 2 years, 19 days 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.

            • 2 years, 19 days ago
            1. That's the thing... Mignolet and Fed are actually very worthy of a start this week

              • 2 years, 19 days ago
          2. And FWIW, I think Cole is as prone to a rest as the rest of them, with Bertrand waiting in the wings.

            • 2 years, 19 days ago
    3. I would personally play hughes ahead of clyne. Clyne might only start the Chelsea game and i dont see wigan scoring

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
    4. I would play him above those two.

      • 2 years, 19 days 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.

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
        1. I guess we'll get news at some point over the next couple of games. Cheers all!

          • 2 years, 19 days 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

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
    1. finally someone else with baines in their WC team.. i salute you sir...

      .. team looks very strong

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
      1. Thanks. I can't understand why he isn't in more teams.

        Class act IMO

        • 2 years, 19 days 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.

          • 2 years, 19 days ago
        2. Baines for the run in. Everton always pull up trees second half of season.
          In my wct for sure

          • 2 years, 19 days ago
      2. i'd wait for Wilson to return though before bringing him in... maybe get turner / martin until then

        • 2 years, 19 days 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.

          • 2 years, 19 days ago
          1. wouldn't get Bunn.. long term he wont be in the team when ruddy comes back.. i'm going federici

            • 2 years, 19 days ago
            1. Good idea, will do that.

              • 2 years, 19 days ago
              1. good luck.. hope it works out ( obviously)

                • 2 years, 19 days ago
    2. Looks good to me.

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
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    3. baines to luiz
      ruiz to berba

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
      1. Tempting, but Berbs doesn't work with that midfield very well.

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
      • 2 years, 19 days ago
      1. Thanks SJT

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
    4. Looks good, personally i would drop one of Michu/Fellaini to Puncheon and upgrade Ruiz

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
      1. In an ordinary season I would, but I like the idea of the 3-5-2 this time.

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
    5. barring the obvious lack of Suarez, that is an excellent team.

      Prefer Federici over Turnbull, though.

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
  15. replacement for Fonte , if any? 4.1 mil available..

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
    1. Cheeky punt on Hooiveld?

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
      1. very funny.

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
    2. Shaw, clyne, demel, Wilson,

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
  16. Worth a 4 point hit to get Turnbull in and play instead of Bego?

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
    1. No. Cech might be back very soon

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
      1. Hmmm...think you're probably right.

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

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
  17. LOL scratch that, now that Nelsen is not available. who to replace him with? 4.0 available..

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
    1. Nelsen will probably start against Spurs in his last match

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
      1. And end up with a negative score.

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
        1. or score an header

          • 2 years, 19 days ago
        2. They said that last week when he was heading to the Bridge ;)

          • 2 years, 19 days ago
          1. I was one of them too, and he climbed proudly off of my bench :wink: :D

            • 2 years, 19 days ago
            1. Trying to get people to sell then so you reap the rewards again this week, eh? ;)

              • 2 years, 19 days ago
  18. a - Clyne Evans J
    Giroud Cisse

    or

    b - Jones Harte
    RVP Anichebe

    Choose one....

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
    1. RVP

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  19. bale + azpi

    or

    hazard + reid?

    either way, next GW santi comes in

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
    1. B, just cos of the DGWs.

      A long term though

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
  20. Worth ignoring the doublers and getting one/both of Bale + Felliani this week?
    (Silva/Michu to make way [wont lose much value])

    • 2 years, 19 days 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 ??

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
    1. Puncheon. 2 away games and wouldn't feel good dropping Walcott with home fixture and Michu is a goal machine!

      • 2 years, 19 days 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

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
    1. a...Tevez might not play!

      • 2 years, 19 days 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?

    • 2 years, 19 days ago

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For Gameweek 22

  • Adrián
  • Ivanovic
  • Skrtel
  • Baines
  • Sánchez
  • Hazard
  • Chadli
  • Downing
  • Austin
  • Aguero
  • Kane
  • Bertrand
  • Puncheon
  • Ings

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Last updated: 28 Jan, 2015 3:45pm
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Up De Gea MUN B, Vs
Up Forster SOT A
Up Begovic STO A, Vs
Up Ospina ARS B, Vs, Rest
Up Foster WBA A, Vs
Up Courtois CHE B, Vs, Inj
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Last updated: 28 Jan, 2015 3:29pm
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Up Bertrand SOT B
Up Koscielny ARS A, Vs
No Change Van Aanholt SUN B, Vs
Up Jones MUN B, Vs
No Change Wisdom WBA A
Up Wollscheid STO B, Vs, £
Down Janmaat NEW B
Down Baines EVE B
Down Zabaleta MCI B, Rest
Up Davies HUL C, Vs
Down Trippier BRN B, VsX
No Change Ward CPL C
No Change Hutton AVL B, VsX

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Last updated: 28 Jan, 2015 8:18am
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No Change Sánchez ARS A, Vs
No Change Hazard CHE B
Up Puncheon CPL A, Vs, Rest, £
No Change Di María MUN C, Vs, Inj
Up Cazorla ARS A, Vs
No Change Fábregas CHE B, Vs, Inj
Down Sterling LIV B, VsX, OoP
Up Moses STO B, Vs
No Change Chadli TOT B
Up Tadic SOT B, Vs
Down Downing WHM A, VsX
Down Silva MCI B
No Change Eriksen TOT B

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Last updated: 28 Jan, 2015 6:53pm
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Up Aguero MCI C
Up Giroud ARS B, Vs
Down Kane TOT B, £
Up Rooney MUN B, Vs, OoP
Down Austin QPR B
Up Pellè SOT B, Vs
No Change Berahino WBA B
Up Defoe SUN B, Vs
Down Ings BRN A, VsX, £
Up Gayle CPL A, £
Up Drogba CHE C, Vs
Up Gomis SWA B

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Vs Favourable Fixtures
VsX Unfavourable Fixtures
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Sus Suspended/Near Suspension

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Cattermole SUN 9
Diego Costa CHE 8
Barry EVE 8
Bardsley STO 8
Reid WHM 8
Hutton AVL 7
Fábregas CHE 7
Matic CHE 7
Gerrard LIV 7
Colback NEW 7
Dunne QPR 7
Pellè SOT 7
Taylor SWA 7

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