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The Numbers Game – Festive Form – Midfielders

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. Mi-s-ter Delta
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Anyone else worried about the selection of Turnbull?

    Iam!

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    1. heartsattack
      4 years, 11 months ago

      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.

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    2. Pasqualinho
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      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).

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  2. Lateriser 12
    4 years, 11 months ago

    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.

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    1. my dixie wrecked
      4 years, 11 months ago

      difficult. zidane, followed by xavi...

      lamps and stevie would be in my bottom 3 though 😉

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    2. Kings of Lyon ★
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      Zidane
      Iniesta
      Xavi
      Gerrard
      Scholes
      Lampard
      Pirlo
      Nedved
      Adam

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      1. Lateriser 12
        4 years, 11 months ago

        Gerrard above Scholes and Pirlo?

        Lampard above Pirlo?

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        1. JUNITED
          4 years, 11 months ago

          This

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    3. Paolo Di Laernu - low rep r…
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Zidane
      Iniesta
      Pirlo
      Xavi
      Scholes
      Nedved (don't know much about him)

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    4. JUNITED
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Zidane Scholes Pirlo Iniesta Xavi Nedved

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  3. Messiah Hazard
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    4 years, 11 months ago

    Choose 1 only for this week...

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

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    1. Old Schoolᴼˢ - Absinthe …
      4 years, 11 months ago

      berba

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  4. meule
    4 years, 11 months ago

    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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    1. HurriKane
      4 years, 11 months ago

      A

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  5. Lateriser 12
    4 years, 11 months ago

    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.

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    1. Kings of Lyon ★
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      And again 🙂

      Zidane
      Iniesta
      Xavi
      Gerrard
      Scholes
      Lampard
      Pirlo
      Nedved
      Adam

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      1. Lateriser 12
        4 years, 11 months ago

        And again. Gerrard above Scholes and Pirlo?
        Pirlo below Lamps?

        😯

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        1. Kings of Lyon ★
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          4 years, 11 months ago

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

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          1. JUNITED
            4 years, 11 months ago

            Scholes passing and shot is hard to be ignored. IMO Scholes above Gerrard. Small but still good in header.

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      2. lfc123
        4 years, 11 months ago

        Swap Charlie Adam with Zidane and i agree!

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        1. Kings of Lyon ★
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          4 years, 11 months ago

          🙂

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    2. LMNO
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Zidane
      Iniesta
      Scholes
      Xavi
      Lampard
      Gerrard
      Pirlo
      Nedved
      Adam

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    3. Bubbles
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Zidane
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      Iniesta
      Xavi
      Gerrard
      Scholes
      Pirlo
      Lampard
      Nedved

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      1. Lateriser 12
        4 years, 11 months ago

        Again, Gerrard over Scholes and Pirlo 😯

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        1. Bubbles
          4 years, 11 months ago

          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.

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    4. Lateriser 12
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Fwiw, this is me

      Zidane
      Pirlo
      Scholes
      Xavi
      Iniesta
      Nedved
      Lamps
      Gerrard

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      1. lfc123
        4 years, 11 months ago

        HAHA, it's so obvious you're a Utd fan, Gerrard behind Lampard.... you must be joking?

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        1. Lateriser 12
          4 years, 11 months ago

          How many titles has Gerrard won again? And no i am not. Much prefer Lampard.

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          1. Dagger
            4 years, 11 months ago

            No of. titles isn't the way you judge a players talent. You Judge a team by it.

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          2. lfc123
            4 years, 11 months ago

            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.

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            1. Stern John Terry Wilson Pal…
              4 years, 11 months ago

              This is not true.

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        2. JUNITED
          4 years, 11 months ago

          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.

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          1. JUNITED
            4 years, 11 months ago

            And I'm an United fans

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      2. Dagger
        4 years, 11 months ago

        Zidane and Pirlo over Scholes? 🙄

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        1. JUNITED
          4 years, 11 months ago

          Pirlo = Scholes. Zidane is different position with Scholes and Pirlo so it's hard to compare them.

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    5. Paolo Di Laernu - low rep r…
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Zidane
      Iniesta
      Pirlo
      Hooiveld
      Xavi
      Gerrard
      Scholes
      Lampard
      Nedved (didn't follow his career much)

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      1. LMNO
        4 years, 11 months ago

        🙂

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      2. Lateriser 12
        4 years, 11 months ago

        😆

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      3. Billy Gilmore
        4 years, 11 months ago

        😆

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      4. Mr.KK
        4 years, 11 months ago

        Sneaky but I agree!!!

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    6. Blue Lion's Biatch
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Zidane
      Xavi
      Pirlo
      Gerrard
      Iniesta
      Scholes
      Lampard
      Nedved

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    7. Le Limpar
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      Everyone put scholes too high. Also, this list lacks a Riquelme.

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    8. Fring
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Zidane, Xavi, Pirlo, Scholes, Nedved, Lampard, Gerrard

      ^ in that order.

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      1. Fring
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        4 years, 11 months ago

        forgot Iniesta. Him between Xavi & Pirlo.

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      2. lfc123
        4 years, 11 months ago

        Hahaa great grav! but again Lampard over Gerrard is ridiculous..

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    9. boro_faithful
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Zidane
      Iniesta
      Xavi
      Pirlo
      Scholes
      Gerrard
      Lamps

      Haven't really seen enough of Nedved.

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    10. oxido_76
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Everyone agrees on one point.... Zidane is the best 😀

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      1. tw
        4 years, 11 months ago

        at headbutting 😉

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  6. Kings of Lyon ★
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    4 years, 11 months ago

    Who to start -

    Hughes (WIG)
    Clyne (avl che)

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

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    1. Old Schoolᴼˢ - Absinthe …
      4 years, 11 months ago

      clyne wont start I believe

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      1. Kings of Lyon ★
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        4 years, 11 months ago

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

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  7. Ragin Cajun
    4 years, 11 months ago

    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.

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    1. Kings of Lyon ★
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      Fletcer has great fixtures for the next 4.

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

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  8. leovesole
    4 years, 11 months ago

    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.

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    1. roganyosh
      4 years, 11 months ago

      lovely. even though i wouldnt double the reading defence, upgrade mariappa

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      1. leovesole
        4 years, 11 months ago

        Mariappa to Davies/Martin R maybe?

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        1. roganyosh
          4 years, 11 months ago

          davies is a good option

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    2. TorresMagic™
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      Double Reading defenders? 😯

      Are you copying my Harte - Shorey combo? 😆

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      1. leovesole
        4 years, 11 months ago

        Guilty!

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    3. Messiah Hazard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Bale instead of Fellaini is required IMO

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  9. El Berbossa - \\\"El b…
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Ill Obrien be back for DGW?

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    1. Old Schoolᴼˢ - Absinthe …
      4 years, 11 months ago

      nah

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      1. El Berbossa - \\\"El b…
        4 years, 11 months ago

        On physio room it says his return date is 12th of January.

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        1. Old Schoolᴼˢ - Absinthe …
          4 years, 11 months ago

          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?

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        2. TorresMagic™
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          4 years, 11 months ago

          Physioroom 😆

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  10. Old Schoolᴼˢ - Absinthe …
    4 years, 11 months ago

    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.

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    1. Paolo Di Laernu - low rep r…
      4 years, 11 months ago

      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.

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      1. Kings of Lyon ★
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        4 years, 11 months ago

        This would be ideal

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    2. Athletico Timbo
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      I think cole will play the next 3 as he's been rested recently. It will be a strong side he puts out.

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    3. Old Schoolᴼˢ - Absinthe …
      4 years, 11 months ago

      thanks all

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  11. SnoopDogSmokesWeed
    4 years, 11 months ago

    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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    1. Fring
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 years, 11 months ago

      A

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  12. सनकी
    4 years, 11 months ago

    will Fonte start ?

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    1. Paolo Di Laernu - low rep r…
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Probably not

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  13. Stern John Terry Wilson Pal…
    4 years, 11 months ago

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

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    1. Stern John Terry Wilson Pal…
      4 years, 11 months ago

      And there's the issue of his fitness...

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    2. Paolo Di Laernu - low rep r…
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Who are your other defenderS?

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      1. Stern John Terry Wilson Pal…
        4 years, 11 months ago

        Well - atm, it's Nastasic, Cameron, Hughes, Demel, Clyne.

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

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        1. Paolo Di Laernu - low rep r…
          4 years, 11 months ago

          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

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          1. Stern John Terry Wilson Pal…
            4 years, 11 months ago

            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.

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            1. Paolo Di Laernu - low rep r…
              4 years, 11 months ago

              That's the thing... Mignolet and Fed are actually very worthy of a start this week

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          2. Stern John Terry Wilson Pal…
            4 years, 11 months ago

            And FWIW, I think Cole is as prone to a rest as the rest of them, with Bertrand waiting in the wings.

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    3. SnoopDogSmokesWeed
      4 years, 11 months ago

      I would personally play hughes ahead of clyne. Clyne might only start the Chelsea game and i dont see wigan scoring

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    4. Athletico Timbo
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      I would play him above those two.

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      1. Athletico Timbo
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        4 years, 11 months ago

        If he's fit that is. I don't see him as a rotation threat. It only happened once at Xmas which is normal.

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        1. Stern John Terry Wilson Pal…
          4 years, 11 months ago

          I guess we'll get news at some point over the next couple of games. Cheers all!

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  14. Mind över Mata
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 years, 11 months ago

    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

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    1. Old Schoolᴼˢ - Absinthe …
      4 years, 11 months ago

      finally someone else with baines in their WC team.. i salute you sir...

      .. team looks very strong

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      1. Mind över Mata
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 years, 11 months ago

        Thanks. I can't understand why he isn't in more teams.

        Class act IMO

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        1. Connor's Calling
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          4 years, 11 months ago

          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.

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        2. Big Bad Barry
          4 years, 11 months ago

          Baines for the run in. Everton always pull up trees second half of season.
          In my wct for sure

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      2. Old Schoolᴼˢ - Absinthe …
        4 years, 11 months ago

        i'd wait for Wilson to return though before bringing him in... maybe get turner / martin until then

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        1. Mind över Mata
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 years, 11 months ago

          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.

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          1. Old Schoolᴼˢ - Absinthe …
            4 years, 11 months ago

            wouldn't get Bunn.. long term he wont be in the team when ruddy comes back.. i'm going federici

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            1. Mind över Mata
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              4 years, 11 months ago

              Good idea, will do that.

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              1. Old Schoolᴼˢ - Absinthe …
                4 years, 11 months ago

                good luck.. hope it works out ( obviously)

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    2. Athletico Timbo
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      Looks good to me.

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      1. Mind över Mata
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        4 years, 11 months ago

        Thanks

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    3. roganyosh
      4 years, 11 months ago

      baines to luiz
      ruiz to berba

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      1. Mind över Mata
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 years, 11 months ago

        Tempting, but Berbs doesn't work with that midfield very well.

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    4. Stern John Terry Wilson Pal…
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Looks excellent.

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      1. Mind över Mata
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        4 years, 11 months ago

        Thanks SJT

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    5. lfc123
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Looks good, personally i would drop one of Michu/Fellaini to Puncheon and upgrade Ruiz

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      1. Mind över Mata
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        4 years, 11 months ago

        In an ordinary season I would, but I like the idea of the 3-5-2 this time.

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    6. Fring
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 years, 11 months ago

      barring the obvious lack of Suarez, that is an excellent team.

      Prefer Federici over Turnbull, though.

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  15. सनकी
    4 years, 11 months ago

    replacement for Fonte , if any? 4.1 mil available..

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    1. Paolo Di Laernu - low rep r…
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Cheeky punt on Hooiveld?

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      1. सनकी
        4 years, 11 months ago

        very funny.

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    2. Athletico Timbo
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      Shaw, clyne, demel, Wilson,

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  16. Connor's Calling
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    4 years, 11 months ago

    Worth a 4 point hit to get Turnbull in and play instead of Bego?

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    1. Athletico Timbo
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      No. Cech might be back very soon

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      1. Connor's Calling
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        4 years, 11 months ago

        Hmmm...think you're probably right.

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

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  17. सनकी
    4 years, 11 months ago

    LOL scratch that, now that Nelsen is not available. who to replace him with? 4.0 available..

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    1. Paolo Di Laernu - low rep r…
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Nelsen will probably start against Spurs in his last match

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      1. Billy Gilmore
        4 years, 11 months ago

        And end up with a negative score.

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        1. jose-mourinho
          4 years, 11 months ago

          or score an header

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        2. Paolo Di Laernu - low rep r…
          4 years, 11 months ago

          They said that last week when he was heading to the Bridge 😉

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          1. Billy Gilmore
            4 years, 11 months ago

            I was one of them too, and he climbed proudly off of my bench 😉 😀

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            1. Paolo Di Laernu - low rep r…
              4 years, 11 months ago

              Trying to get people to sell then so you reap the rewards again this week, eh? 😉

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  18. SuperOsçarBaby
    4 years, 11 months ago

    a - Clyne Evans J
    Giroud Cisse

    or

    b - Jones Harte
    RVP Anichebe

    Choose one....

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    1. lfc123
      4 years, 11 months ago

      RVP

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      1. SuperOsçarBaby
        4 years, 11 months ago

        so, B!

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  19. my dixie wrecked
    4 years, 11 months ago

    bale + azpi

    or

    hazard + reid?

    either way, next GW santi comes in

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    1. Cannon
      4 years, 11 months ago

      B, just cos of the DGWs.

      A long term though

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  20. Connor's Calling
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    4 years, 11 months ago

    Worth ignoring the doublers and getting one/both of Bale + Felliani this week?
    (Silva/Michu to make way [wont lose much value])

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  21. Ohhhh Christian Benteke
    4 years, 11 months ago

    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. BBG ✩
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    4 years, 11 months ago

    Now I got some idea why they're so motivated for clean sheet! 😛
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2259063/Stoke-City-Premier-League-fantasy-football-league.html

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  23. Menace 1888
    4 years, 11 months ago

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

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    1. TheOrangeMan
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      Puncheon. 2 away games and wouldn't feel good dropping Walcott with home fixture and Michu is a goal machine!

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  24. wantsharptv
    4 years, 11 months ago

    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

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    1. TheOrangeMan
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      a...Tevez might not play!

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  25. TheOrangeMan
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    4 years, 11 months ago

    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?

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