January
09

The Watchlist – Wildcard Midfielders

Filed under: The Watchlist - Posted by: Paul

Next up is the third in our series of Winter Wildcard articles. Having rolled out pieces on the Goalkeepers and Defenders, it won’t be much of a surprise to learn that the midfielders are next on the agenda.

Juan Mata
Due to a hectic summer with his national side, the first three fixtures of the season were something of a write-off but after being rested for Gameweek 4, Mata has been simply sensational. Chelsea’s key midfielder has scored or assisted in 11 of his subsequent 12 starts, with only the occasional threat of rotation scuppering his prospects in a season that has so far seen him average 7.2 FPL points per start. As the Blues head into their double with Stoke and Southampton, we can only hope Rafa Benitez has learned his lesson, after the decision to bench the 9.9 priced proved disastrous last time round as Chelsea slumped to a 1-0 home loss to QPR. The stats say it all, really; the London outfit have scored two goals over the five games Mata has failed to start, compared to 37 strikes in the 15 fixtures he has been named in the first XI. According to our season ticker, the Blues have the second strongest schedule over the next 10 Gameweek; aside from the double, games against Reading, Wigan, West Brom, Fulham, West Ham and Southampton look set to continue the sensational displays that have already seen the former Valencia man better both his goal and bonus haul from his debut campaign at the Bridge. Tonight’s 90 minutes in the Capital One Cup defeat to Swansea might shake the double Gameweek confidence in Mata somewhat, but, given his league form, he remains difficult to ignore.

Theo Walcott
While a move up front in Arsenal’s recent league matches has bolstered Walcott’s appeal, he’s consistently produced the points regardless of position over the last few months. The first 10 Gameweeks earned Walcott a single start for the Gunners, with Arsene Wenger’s faith seemingly floundering, but from Gameweek 11 onwards he’s been hugely impressive. The former Southampton man has scored or assisted in seven of his last eight starts and despite a handful of sub appearances, has still managed to average 6.3 points per game – bettering Santi Cazorla’s 5.8 average, in spite of the fact that the latter has started every league game under Wenger. Walcott has racked up 956 minutes so far – almost a third of last season’s game time – yet has already equalled his goal haul and has supplied just three assists less than the previous term’s tally. Coming in at 9.0 in FPL, Walcott will be looking to take advantage of an upcoming run that hands Arsenal a home game in five of the next six Gameweeks (MCI, che & WHM, LIV, STO, sun, AVL) with the upcoming double against Chelsea and West Ham set to entice plenty more owners his way – over 87,000 managers have snapped him up heading into the weekend clash with City.

Gareth Bale
The Welshman seems to have upped his attacking displays since Andre Villas-Boas’ arrival at the Lane last summer. Bale has already notched nine times and racked up 20 bonus points and is clearly on course to smash last term’s totals of 10 and 21 respectively, with five lots of double figures already returned in 17 appearances. While he continues to frustrate at home, with just two goals in nine at the Lane, Bale’s away displays have proved sensational, with a 16 point haul at Old Trafford indicative of his fixture-proof potential. Indeed, Spurs seem to be suit playing on the road – they have scored 22 times in 10 away matches, compared to 17 goals in 11 games at the Lane; a reason for optimism ahead of a run of fixtures that sees them on their travels in four of the next six (qpr, MUN, nor, wba, NEW, whm). So far this season, Bale has averaged 6.5 points per game – top for midfielders, with Robin Van Persie the only attacker to prove superior; with that in mind, a price of 9.8 looks a bargain.

Marouane Fellaini
The rumour mill is buzzing over a potential move away from Goodison over the winter window but for the purposes of this article, we’re assessing Fellaini’s potential from an Everton perspective. With a goal or assist in 10 of his 16 appearances, the Belgian’s move to a more advanced role this season, tucking in behind Nikica Jelavic, has been hugely beneficial to his Fantasy prospects – he is just 11 points short of his best FPL tally of 111, set back in 2008-09. Having peaked at 7.9, Fellaini has tumbled down to 7.4, with huge numbers of Fantasy managers shipping him out in light of a result of a recent three-match suspension. David Moyes’ side are now handed four enticing home fixtures in the next seven (SWA, WBA, AVL, RDG) and with trips to Southampton and Norwich also on their short-term agenda, Fellaini’s mid-price appeal has persuaded almost 130,000 managers to scramble aboard the bandwagon since the end of the previous Gameweek. With eight goals, five assist and five lots of double figures already accrued, he looks primed to produce the goods once again.

Gaston Ramirez
The Uruguayan is expected to recover from a dead leg in time for Southampton’s visit to Villa this weekend for the first match of their double Gameweek. Coming in at just 5.6 in FPL, Ramirez has produced a goal, an assist and five bonus points in his last couple of appearances and looks a real differential prospect, with an ownership of just 0.5%. An average of 4.2 points per game is second only to Rickie Lambert for the Saints and with a home clash against Everton and a trip to Wigan in his next four, Ramirez could prove a canny short-term acquisition, with Nigel Adkins relying more than ever on his output, in light of Adam Lallana’s knee injury.

Kevin Nolan
A single goal since Gameweek 8 has lessened his appeal but a favourable short-term schedule could afford the Hammers skipper a chance to return to form. In addition to double Gameweek 23 (QPR, ars), Nolan also squares up to Sunderland, Fulham, Swansea and Villa over the next five Gameweeks – with Andy Carroll edging towards a comeback and the aerial threat of Marouane Chamakh also added to the options up front, Nolan will be looking to benefit from and still looks a reasonable shout for just 6.5, before the fixture list takes a turn for the worse once again for Sam Allardyce’s side in Gameweek 27.

Robert Snodgrass
A goal and assist in the opening 13 Gameweeks was scant reward for the Norwich playmaker but Snodgrass has flourished over the last few matches. With the majority of free kicks and corners in his locker, the summer signing from Leeds United has subsequently racked up three goals, three assists and 10 bonus points in his last eight matches in a series of displays that bring him firmly into our thoughts. Clearly, his contribution is vital to Chris Hughton’s side and a run of five home fixtures in the next eight (NEW, TOT, FUL, EVE, SOT) will hold no fear for a Canaries side that have already seen off the likes of United and Arsenal at Carrow Road earlier this season. Coming in at 6.2 in FPL, Snodgrass’ total of 16 bonus points has been bettered by just two midfielders so far (Gareth Bale and Yaya Toure), while four lots of double figure hauls is indicative of the explosive potential that will surely see his current ownership of 7.9% rise further.

Michu
A pretty obvious option but it’s impossible to ignore Swansea’s summer signing. A total of 13 goals and one assist, supplemented by 11 bonus points, earns Michu top spot in the current FPL midfielder standings, with an ownership of 46% indicative of our collective show of faith – a good Fantasy week for Michu can send you tumbling down the rankings if you don’t have him. While his price has leapt from 6.5 to 8.2, he still remains exceptional value for money ahead of a schedule that sees him play host to Stoke, QPR and Newcastle in his next three at the Liberty – eight goals in 11 home matches highlights his deadly form in front of the Swansea faithful, while trips to Sunderland and West Ham in the next four also hold appeal. Tonight’s strike in the Capital One cup win at Stamford Bridge underlined his qualities – Michu’s confidence in front of goal seems to be unwavering.

Adam Johnson/ Stephane Sessegnon
Sunderland’s enticing schedule brings the pair into our thoughts. Over the next nine Gameweeks, Martin O’Neill’s side welcome West Ham, Swansea, Fulham and Norwich to Wearside and also pay visit to the current bottom three, with trips to Wigan, Reading and QPR on their agenda. So far, Johnson has outperformed Sessegnon in terms of Fantasy returns, despite the latter’s role in “the hole”; although both have found the net three times, Johnson has provided four assists to the Benin international’s three. Indeed, Johnson’s average of 4.1 points per game is superior to Sessegnon’s 3.8 and is second only to Steven Fletcher for the Black Cats – a FPL price of 6.7 and ownership of less than 2% could well appeal to those looking for a real mid-price differential, who has scored or assisted in three of his last four home games. Sessegnon, at 7.2, has also ticked along in recent games, with attacking returns in three of his last six and is certainly the most explosive of the pair, as last term’s returns testify – if he hits form, he could prove the better option.

Raheem Sterling
There’s no doubt the recent displays of Steven Gerrard have kept the teenager out of the Fantasy limelight but an upcoming run of fixtures, which sees Liverpool travel to United, Arsenal and City in the next four, is likely to deter many from investing in the premium priced Reds’ skipper. Sterling, on the other hand, is priced at just 5.6 and could appeal to those Fantasy managers who still want Liverpool coverage without going overboard on budget – a goal and a couple of bonus points in the previous Gameweek against Sunderland suggest a return to form after a couple of bench appearances and with the schedule looking particularly enticing from Gameweek 26 onwards, many may decide to snap him up just now rather than spend a transfer later on.

Jon Walters
A somewhat unglamorous pick, the Stoke man continues to steadily accumulate the points and currently sits in joint ninth spot for FPL midfielders on 92 points, alongside Yaya Toure. Walters’ appeal was somewhat diminished earlier in the season by a shift to the Potters’ right flank but a tactical reshuffle has earned him a role in “the hole” behind Kenwyne Jones and boosted his out of position prospects once again. Patience in the key with Walters; he has started every game under Tony Pulis this term, though tends to be less explosive than most, with just two double figure returns to his name. Walters has earned nine extra clean sheet points thanks to the resilient Stoke rearguard and with spot-kick duties also in his locker, he’s capable of ticking along nicely. After 10 matches at the Britannia, Pulis’ side remain the only unbeaten home side in the league and now have five fixtures in front of their own fans (CHE, WIG, RDG, WHM, WBA) to continue their impressive form. Coming in at 6.6 in FPL, Walters is the second top scoring Fantasy asset for Stoke, just one point behind Asmir Begovic – while the Chelsea clash lessens his appeal, the remaining above-mentioned home fixtures affords him plenty opportunity to add to his five goals, three assists and 10 bonus points so far.

Adel Taarabt
Omitted from Morocco’s African Cup of Nations squad, the maverick midfielder is free to aid QPR’s bid to beat the drop. Harry Redknapp’s arrival has made a definite difference to Taarabt’s Fantasy potential – he has averaged 4.6 points per game over the R’s eight games under their new manager, compared to 3.2 ppg beforehand. Up next, he has three home games in the next four (TOT, whm, MCY, NOR) and if he can turn his superb Opta stats into Fantasy points, Taarabt could yet prove a bargain at 5.6 for the short-term and beyond, as Redknapp looks to engineer a scramble to safety.

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  1. Ferk this I'll go with my gut and do

    Cerny Defoe to Ba Turnbull for hits.

    Yes -8. This game is supposed to be fun and taking risks are fun.

    Kinda sure me doing this means Defoe will have a stormer of a game.
    Just as Berba did when I transfer him out last GW. :)

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
    1. :/... you not still got a January Wildcard? I really wouldn't do that hit.

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
  2. After delaying things for the past few days hoping Chelsea's team sheet would suddenly become predictable for the DGW, I bit the bullet last night and did the following

    Suarez & Cameron > Ba & Luiz (-4) with Mata in my ranks already.

    Really hope I don't live to regret it, all 3 of these look like massive rotation risks to me now!

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
    1. who is NOT a rotation risk on that team?

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
      1. I know, I was tempted to just ignore the fact they had 2 gameweeks, but couldn't in the end!

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
    2. i think turnball, cole, ivan and possibly azpi are the only three thatll get 180 mins.....

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
      1. I think Ivanovic will get Southampton off.

        In all honesty, probably 6-8 of them will get 2 starts

        We just can't be certain which

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
        1. This,

          • 2 years, 19 days ago
        2. true, the only problem is with rafas rotation policy, his subs come on and off early in the match. someone could get 2 starts and only get 120 mins

          • 2 years, 19 days ago
          1. That'll do for Ba, Mata, Hazard, Lampard.....the rest is gravy.

            • 2 years, 19 days ago
      2. Even after Ivans balls ups last.night?

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
        1. just a temporary blip. hes not prone to those

          • 2 years, 19 days ago
      3. Was looking at Turnbull, but then the murmurs on here were that Cech may be back, so decided not to risk it.

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
    3. So many have now done something similar (and plenty more still will), if it all goes pear shaped, the red arrow shouldn't be that big.

      That's what I'm thinking/hoping anyway.

      If they go nuts and you don't have them you'd be dropping like a brick......

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
      1. That was my thinking too, and after the Arsenal DGW I still have my Wildcard to clear up

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
  3. Fonte is out for up to 6 weeks :(

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
    1. Hoovield bandwagon

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
      1. Hooiveld* ...

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
      1. Benteke ftw.

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
    2. Not good....that's one dead fish in my team already.....oh well

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
  4. Is Cech definitely out for the DGW?

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
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    1. He's definitely not definitely out

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
  5. Ferk this I’ll go with my gut and do

    Cerny Defoe -> Ba Turnbull for hits.

    Yes -8. This game is supposed to be fun and taking risks are fun.

    Kinda sure me doing this means Defoe will have a stormer of a game.
    Just as Berba did when I transfer him out last GW. :D

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
    1. Save 4 points and don't bother with the Turnbull transfer.

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
  6. Bale vs QPR
    Or Mata for DGW???
    If Bale scores a brace (likely) Mata's DGW will be invalid...
    Thoughts???

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
    1. as a spurs fan id say bale will not score many if any attacking points away at qpr, and id even go on record and say he'll do better the following week against man u.

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
      1. I agree. If anyone will know how to go up against spurs.and stifle them.its Harry. Can see 0-1 or 1-1 at most

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
      2. So your saying Mata then Bale next week. Bale does love a big clash

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
        1. yeah not necessarily because he mentally likes playing big teams, but the way big teams come at us, play a high line is perfect for lennon, bale defoe to counter

          • 2 years, 19 days ago
      3. Th worst call I've heard all night

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
        1. *@sulk

          • 2 years, 19 days ago
    2. 'Arry can have all the knowledge of Spurs in the World, but even he will know that if Bale's on form, he's gonna be unplayable

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
  7. Discussion
    Bale vs QPR
    Or Mata for DGW???
    If Bale scores a brace (likely) Mata's DGW will be invalid...
    Thoughts???

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
    1. Whoops double comment -fail :/

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  8. Is RVP the most expensive ever FPL player at soon to be £14.1, or was Ronaldo more expensive back in the day?

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
    1. rvp, think ronny was 13

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
      1. Ronny hit 14 at least.

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      2. Funny how people are still transferring him in now at £14million, rest of team must suffer a tad

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
    2. Ronaldo was around 15m iirc.

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
      1. iirc?

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
        1. If I remember correctly, got it....

          • 2 years, 19 days ago
          1. Yep, you remembered correctly... ;)

            • 2 years, 19 days ago
        2. If I (he/she) remember correctly

          • 2 years, 19 days ago
    3. Ronaldo got into the 14s. I think he started one season at 14.0, and rose from there. Can't remember exactly how high, though - but I have a vague recollection that he got to 14.6.

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
      1. Yeah this is how I remember it too. He definitely started a season at 14.0, though I think it was the season AFTER he'd gone mental with 47 or how ever many goals and he wasn't as good. The season he got sent off vs Man City, perhaps?

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
    4. I didn't play when Ronaldo was around but hear that Henry and Ronaldo were both very expensive. 14 has been thrown around.

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
    5. Think Henry was 14.0 one season, but don't think he ever rised.

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
      1. Started 14 rose to 14.9. I sold him just in time and my ranking fired. Gerrard and Lampard were option than.

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
    6. Ronaldo definitely got to £14.2m - http://premierfantasyleague.blogspot.co.uk/2008/10/is-it-ronaldo-time.html

      Maybe slightly higher.

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
  9. I have two options for my wildcard and it hinges on Ba or Hazard for my third Chelsea player
    If I go Ba it means a swap for Podolski next week and if Hazard a swap for Carzola so its a tough choice.

    A -With Ba – GK, Jussi/Bego,
    DEF, Zabaleta, Marriapa, Luiz, Sanga, Demel,
    MID, Michu, Fellani, Bale, Walcott, Mata,
    FWD, Lambert, RVP, Ba

    B -With Hazard, same defence, but mid is
    MID Michu, Fellaini, Hazard, Walcott, Mata,
    FWD, Lambert, RVP, Tevez……

    If i went with B I would bring Bale in for Carzola after the DGW.
    Dunno what to go for as I think I would rather Carzola over Podolski next week, but feel the team with Ba looks better as Bale is in there.

    What do you guys think, the team with Ba (A) or the team with Hazard (B)

    Cheers
    So Hazzard or Bale

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
    1. ignore the last part! " Hazzard or Bale" I have no idea why thats there!

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
  10. I may have to face the DGW with NO Chelsea cover... Or Wilcard early doors, is this utter madness.?

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
    1. Not considering your grav, and in your own.words "Why so serious?!" ;-)

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
    2. Not madness but you might end up looking like your grav, if you don't already :wink:

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
      1. Stop stealing my thunder!! ;-)

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    3. People with Mata and Ba who are you captaining? I have always been set on Mata, but Im leaning towards Ba now.

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
      1. woops sorry

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
        1. I have none so cannot help you.!

          • 2 years, 19 days ago
          1. Imo over the next 2 weeks a hit or 3 wont matter much

            • 2 years, 19 days ago
      2. Have both, captaining RVP

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
  11. Any of these worth a 4pt hit?

    A. Luiz or Cole/Cuellar (he's injured, right?)
    B. Ba/Tevez
    C. Ramirez or Puncheon/Sterling? (probably not, as have to bench someone and may regret it if bench Walcott)

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
    1. forgot to say will play Wild Card after GW23

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  12. It all hinges on:

    One of (Ivanovic / Luiz / Cole) - or Baines for next 4
    Suarez or Ba

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  13. Bench silva or Walcott ... They both face off against each other. Foes it come down to who wins the game or who is more involved , or both?

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
    1. Depends on other 6 of course.

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
      1. Other 6 what?

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
        1. Attackers that you played.

          • 2 years, 19 days ago
          1. Tha does not answer my question. However thx for trying

            • 2 years, 19 days ago
  14. So, who thinks Turnbull might lose his place to Hilario after last night's performance?

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
    1. ? He did nothing wrong last night

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
    2. He cant be blamed for either goal, Ivan had a mare!

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
    3. What exactly did he do wrong?

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
  15. Mata and Ba

    Or

    Mata and Hazard

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
    1. who would be foregone for Ba/Hazard?
      Prefer 1st one

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
      1. Combo out/in.would be

        Vert/Michu/Silva to Cahill/Hazard/Mata

        Or

        Vert/Silva/Suarez or Berba to Cahill/Mata/Ba

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
    2. Mata and Ba

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
  16. Is Cuellar confirmed injured or not?

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
    1. i saw a press article which speak about an hamstring injury...

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
      1. Same here but nothing else

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
    2. Irradiance the same article . Does definitly not look good for this week. I'm saying "out"

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
      1. *i read

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
      2. Was def going to play him, messes my defence up :(

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
  17. People with Mata and Ba who are you captaining? I have always been set on Mata, but Im leaning towards Ba now.

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
    1. What's your reasoning? I would love to captain Ba but it's also a big gamble.

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
      1. Hey dude - what's with that hat? You getting in there early? Only 349 days to Christmas!

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
        1. Santi always wears a Santi hat ;)

          Just laziness that I still have it ... :)

          • 2 years, 19 days ago
      2. Mata looked a bit off the pace to me last night, and I think he is more likely to get rested at Southampton. I think Ba will start at Stoke, with Torres playing a cameo. Ba will also play some part in the Southampton game too. I have had the balls to do Suarez>Ba so I might as well put them on the chopping block and go all out with it.

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
    2. surely mata. Ba will share gametime with nandos

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
    3. Ba to play against Stoke? Would be happier if he started the game yesterday meaning more chances for him to start against Southampton... saying that, Ba is fixture proof.

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
      1. I think he will start against Stoke and come on in 2nd half against Sot

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
        1. yep thats my guess too.

          • 2 years, 19 days ago
      2. This is doing my nut in. Fixture proof, absolutely. Rafa proof, no such thing

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
      3. Ba has a great record.v stoke. Huth and Shawcross.struggle

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
        1. Ba scored a hat-trick against a Stoke side missing Huth and Shawcross went off after 15 minutes.

          • 2 years, 18 days ago
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      1. I think Ba will start both (and rotation will come in the way of earlyish substitutions if game situations allow). Rafa is under immense pressure and has had his fingers burnt holding back the likes of Mata and Hazard. Two strong line ups I reckon, with a bit of re-shuffle in midfield. I'm captaining Ba.

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
        1. Mata as well should start both though.....
          He's the creative link (along with Haz) who creates chances and scores for the team.....
          Rafa wouldn't want to do the same error as against QPR
          But still undecided for my (C) frankly.....

          • 2 years, 19 days ago
          1. Agree totally.

            • 2 years, 19 days ago
    4. I think Ba plays more minutes against Stoke, Torres against Soton

      So Mata (c) for me

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
    5. I feel like a gamble. And his name is Demba Ba.

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
      1. I think Im with you. Im more scared of not giving to RVP than Mata to be honest.

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
    6. The change in thought of captaining Ba over Mata is due to the fact Mata played 90 Ba played 10min but also Ba was allllllll over Swansea in those 10min . ... Conclusion is Ba will Def play both games and get good mins

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
    7. Have both, captaining RVP

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
      1. this is ultimately the solution to all of this.

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
  18. http://blogs.chelseafc.com/?p=1922

    Reckon they could line up like this with Oscar pushing Torres & Hazard for starts?

    -------------------Ba
    Torres---------Mata---------Hazard
    ------Ramires/Lamps--Luiz

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
    1. Yeah, reckon we'll see Torres on the wing for a few games....

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
  19. Question: Worth to take 4 points hit for adam johnson --> Mata?

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    1. Yeah I reckon I'd do that.

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
    2. DGW for Mata vs Johnson = yes, esp if you captain Mata

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
  20. I have a horrible, horrible feeling that Turnbull is going to be this season's Hilario. Returns minimal and then stinks your team out for ages.

    He's in my WC team but I aint happy about it.....

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
    1. Having had the misfortune to previously watch Turnbull in the flesh for my team a number of times, I can say that he is a bloody awful goalie and lucked out big time by signing for Chelsea. Probably hoped he'd never have to play.

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
    2. getting him only cuz i'll wildcard him out after arsenal dgw....
      just a cheap way into chelsea def for 2gws

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
    3. You could be right, I was set on him but took a punt on Cahill instead. I don't want a dead keeper and no WC to fix it so I've gone for Federici. Possibly a gamble still but rotates well with Bego so may set me up for the season.

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
    4. Leave him in for the double, then swap him for Bunn, he's playing and Norwich have a string of home games coming up, plus Ruddy is still out for a while.

      • 2 years, 18 days ago
  21. just putting it out there. Captain lambert? garunteed 180mins and is a regular scorer with bonus points....

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
    1. Not a terrible idea to be honest.

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
    2. If i had him.Id.consider it. But i do have Puncheon....

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
      1. do it

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
    3. yeah do it don't expect many here to agree, but his stats are great and one is against VILLA, the other a Chelsea side who may well be stunned and reeling from a 2-0 loss at Stoke.

      • 2 years, 18 days ago
  22. chances of Mata starting both game?

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    1. 78.8%

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      1. Funnily enough, that's probably about right........enough for me....

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
    2. Should be pretty good. Rafa under fire at the moment

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
    3. Better than even - only because he was benched recently for QPR. And that didn't go we'll...

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
      1. glad to hear that! MATA(C) :D

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
    4. 82.63%

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
  23. Do we still think Chelsea defensive coverage is a must for the DGW after last night's performance?

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    1. saame question. Plan to bring in Luiz for 2 hit but must rethink now

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
      1. 4phit

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    2. Toying with mata and Hazard with Ba myself. Last nights performance tells me to get Luiz however. Chelsea were all over the Swans and limited them to 4 shots at goal. Apart form the defensive errors they were really solid

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
      1. Toying with them? That's sick bro

        • 2 years, 19 days ago
    3. bring in a defender would worth it....
      they are very attacking esp Luiz/Azpi

      the real prob is Turnbull....
      He's cheap but is he worth it?
      He barely gets save (Swans had only 4 SoT only against chelsea's 19 me thinks....)
      And CSs are not likely.......

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
    4. Bring in Luiz. He was outstanding and unlucky , very unlucky not to get attacking returns . He was a huge part of Chelsea's 26 shots on target to Swanseas 4 although the score did not show it

      • 2 years, 19 days ago
  24. Dzeko or Berba??? No other city cover

    • 2 years, 18 days ago
  25. RMMCT please. I have 4 mill in the bank to exchange Lambert for suarez next week.

    Bunn (Szczesny)
    Luiz, Clark, Demel (Wilkinson, Gibbs)
    Walcott, Mata, Fellaini, Bale (Michu)
    Ba, Berbs, Lambert

    I am dreading benching Michu but I honestly think the others have a better chance of points :-/.

    Maybe thinking of benching either Berbs or Fellaini instead?? Any advice will be very apreciated

    • 2 years, 18 days ago
    1. bench the one least popular!!

      • 2 years, 18 days ago
  26. turnbull luiz ba mata!!
    which one to leave out???

    • 2 years, 18 days ago

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Last updated: 28 Jan, 2015 3:45pm
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No Change Pantilimon SUN B, Vs
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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No Change Ivanovic CHE A, Inj
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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Colback NEW 7
Dunne QPR 7
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