Back for 2013, fully refreshed, slightly rusty and balancing the same chips on our shoulders, Granville are I make a return to the podcast studio.

The New Year presents my beleaguered co-host with a 51-point gap to bridge as I spent Christmas “ho-ho-ing” about three midfield hat-tricks, leaving Granville to roll out one mighty miffed in this week’s episode.

Elsewhere, we pick at the double Gameweek buffet, eagerly scoffing on the Chelsea canapés whilst wondering if Rafa has hidden something nasty in the vol-a-vents. We rinse that down with the latest transfers in and out in “all aboard”, preview all the weekend fixtures and carry out the latest emergency surgery on the ailing ScoutCast team.

Normal service is resumed via this link or you can pour this straight into your ears via the player below…

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  1. Off topic:

    Can I call the United vs Liverpool game is Derby of England?

    • 2 years, 21 days ago
    1. Manu vs Mancity

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
      1. City dont have enough tropy to be a candidate for Derby of England

        • 2 years, 21 days ago
    2. I am a United Fan and i would class United v Liverpool the biggest derby!!!

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
    3. As a Liverpool fan UTD's the main one I look out for at the start of the season.

      • 2 years, 20 days ago
  2. This is frustating

    Bench Punch Walcott or Michu

    Punch is the weakest but DGW
    Walcott simply because Arsenal always do well vs City at Emriates and he's playing up top
    Michu has a tougher fixture as Swans never score vs Everton but they are likely to score 1 goal and Michu gotta be in it.

    • 2 years, 21 days ago
    1. Michu i would

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
      1. Same dilema, benching Michu... cue many goals.

        • 2 years, 21 days ago
  3. Anyone care to take a qualified guess on the % for these playing both games?

    Azpilicueta
    Lambert
    Luiz
    Ba

    • 2 years, 21 days ago
    1. *starting

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
      1. DDC

        60
        90
        80
        35

        • 2 years, 21 days ago
    2. 25
      90
      85
      If he scores and plays well v Stoke - 95%
      If he doesn't score or play well - 5%

      • 2 years, 20 days ago
  4. Puncheon is causing me a real headache means benching Walcott, anyone else doing the same?

    • 2 years, 21 days ago
    1. glad i aint got that dilemma now thanks to my pal Pogrenyak lol

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
      1. puncheon will get 2pts against chelsea.

        so essentially its puncheon vs villa and 2pts vs walcott.

        id be tempted to go walcott

        • 2 years, 21 days ago
        1. I am but feel a fool not playing a dgw player, when am I ever gonna play him!

          • 2 years, 21 days ago
          1. theres no easy answer really. its 50 50. walcott will probably score max one goal as city will be water tight at the back.

            if puncheon plays he gets at least 4pts plus whatever damage he might do.

            so safest option is going puncheon as at least he banks 4pts for u

            • 2 years, 21 days ago
            1. you are making alot of sense this morning, I think I need some caffeine :-)

              • 2 years, 21 days ago
              1. its cheeky bum time. i was thinking overtime last night in bed lol before i went sleep.

                what do you do work wise mate??

                • 2 years, 21 days ago
                1. I own a small chain of shoe shops in London. You?

                  • 2 years, 21 days ago
                  1. got my own online business for last 3 yrs. import from china and sell on ebay/amazon and my own website.

                    sell safety boots/shoes too. you should sell your stuff online too if your not already. makes a massive difference to your sales with little extra cost

                    • 2 years, 21 days ago
                  2. I import from China too, but ladies fashion footwear. I am building a website this year. Whats the website?

                    • 2 years, 21 days ago
              2. yea and then u find Walcot gets a goal and an assist :D

                • 2 years, 21 days ago
                1. probably.

                  • 2 years, 21 days ago
      2. ha ha ha hes a great pick for that reason!

        • 2 years, 21 days ago
    2. It's even worse for me. I must bench one from Puncheon, Walcott, Silva

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
      1. bench silva

        • 2 years, 21 days ago
      2. who are you playing at the back ahead of any of them?

        • 2 years, 21 days ago
        1. Gibbs Demel Davies (or Luiz)

          • 2 years, 21 days ago
          1. sorry I miss read your post, gonna have to be Silva.

            • 2 years, 21 days ago
    3. i got the same problem so i decided to swap Punchy > Nolan and save him for the next Double and hope Punchy fail :D

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
      1. I have thought about that but I need the spare cash elsewhere in my team.

        • 2 years, 21 days ago
        1. get cash from ur Def ,, or Noble,Cole are good alternatives though

          • 2 years, 21 days ago
          1. noble could work out actually thanks, just didnt ever wanted to see him back in my team.

            • 2 years, 21 days ago
    4. That is why i have opted to ignore the Power 5 midfield, as you will always have the dilemma of either dropping 1 of them or playing them all every week and not having any differential.

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
      1. well you would choose a bench fodder forward in those circumstances and expect not to really play him unless he had DGW, which Puncheon does.

        • 2 years, 21 days ago
  5. Think I've decided on a final team for after the 2 DGWs are done:

    Cech | Cerny
    Zabaleta | Gibbs | Rafael | Demel | Harte
    Mata | Walcott | Michu | Fellaini | Hernandez
    RVP | Suarez | Ruiz

    Cech's expensive yes but offers a safe route into the Chelsea defense.

    • 2 years, 21 days ago
    1. Cech is injured no?

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
      1. DDC

        lacks a Welsh Left Winger

        • 2 years, 21 days ago
    2. Bale bale bale

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
  6. i dont get it how u peeps can play Punchy and Bench guys like Silva Walcot Michu ,,, i mean even if he's playing triple

    • 2 years, 21 days ago
    1. my Midfield this week

      Bale Mata Walcott Puncheon Silva (or Fellaini, still dont use FT this week)

      1. If I keep Silva, I must bench one from Pun, Silva, Walcott
      2. If I bring in Fellaini, I will play him, then bench one out of Pun or Walcott.

      any thought?

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
      1. u r in a tough position !

        • 2 years, 21 days ago
      2. its close but if it was my team i would bench Punchy ,, plus i would get fella but heard rumors he's leaving Everton so i'd wait to see things clear

        • 2 years, 21 days ago
        1. thanks.

          • 2 years, 21 days ago
        2. But Fellaini got 1 goal 1 assist at Liberty, I'm afraid of he will destroy Swansea this week again

          • 2 years, 21 days ago
          1. me myself i like Afroman i got him in ma team from Week 1 ,, what about swapin Silva > Fella and Punchy > Nolan / Noble ?

            • 2 years, 21 days ago
            1. I only have 1 FT, my midfield is fine this week so i dont bring in Nolan fore more headache.

              Anyway see you later in new post: http://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2013/01/11/scout-scribbles-giroud-worry-for-gunners/

              • 2 years, 21 days ago
      3. i would bench Walcot if he's playing on the Wing but after Giroud having troubles i guess he's playing upfront so more likely the chances he scores

        • 2 years, 21 days ago
  7. Finally finalized my team:

    Begovic (Jaas)
    Gibbs Luiz Baines (Turner Demel)
    Walcott Michu Fellaini Mata (Snodgrass)
    Ba Berbatov RVP

    Who to captain?

    • 2 years, 21 days ago
  8. Get your GW22 picks out! Im curious!

    • 2 years, 21 days ago
  9. My Midfield: Bale Mata Michu Walcott Sterling. Should I get in Fellaini for some of them ...?

    • 2 years, 21 days ago
  10. Azpilicueta or Cahill?

    • 2 years, 20 days ago
  11. WC Team:

    Jussi & Begovic
    Demel Cameron Boyce Harte Garrido
    Michu Mata Fellaini Walcott Sterling
    Benteke Ba RVP

    Thoughts? :D

    • 2 years, 20 days ago
    1. Ditch Benteke for Ruiz or Henriquez and improve defence

      • 2 years, 20 days ago
  12. Azpi or cahill and gibbs

    OR

    Luiz and sagna

    HELP PLEASEEEEEEE

    • 2 years, 20 days ago
  13. Terry on, Luiz or Ivanovic off please!

    • 2 years, 20 days ago
    1. hehe, and Torres on for Ba.

      • 2 years, 20 days ago
  14. Luiz and Ba -> Sagna and Suarez (-4)

    Yay/nay

    • 2 years, 19 days ago
    1. Would say yay, although haven't decided myself yet to go Ba to Suarez or Podokski for free for next GW. Awaiting to see Sturrige first, might get him in for Ba or Berba if he seems nailed on in the middle.

      • 2 years, 19 days ago

Scout Picks

For Gameweek 23

  • Pantilimon
  • Jones
  • Koscielny
  • Bertrand
  • Cazorla
  • Hazard
  • Sterling
  • Walters
  • Giroud
  • Defoe
  • Pellè
  • Fonte
  • Puncheon
  • Rooney

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Goalkeepers

Last updated: 28 Jan, 2015 3:45pm
Player Club Factors
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
Up Hart MCI C, Vs

Defenders

Last updated: 1 Feb, 2015 7:12pm
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No Change Ivanovic CHE A, Inj
Up Clyne SOT B
Up Bellerín 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

Midfielders

Last updated: 30 Jan, 2015 11:18am
Player Club Factors
Up Hazard CHE B, Vs
Down Sánchez ARS B, Vs, Inj
Up Puncheon CPL A, Vs, Rest, £
No Change Di María MUN C, Vs, Inj
Up Cazorla ARS A, Vs
Up Moses STO B, Vs
Down Sterling LIV B, VsX, OoP
Down Fábregas CHE B, Vs, Inj
No Change Chadli TOT B
Up Tadic SOT B, Vs
Down Downing WHM A, VsX
Down Silva MCI B
No Change Eriksen TOT B

Forwards

Last updated: 28 Jan, 2015 6:53pm
Player Club Factors
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
Rest Rotation Risk
Inj Injured/Returning from Injury
OoP Out of Position
£ Potential Bargain
Sus Suspended/Near Suspension

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Player Team YC
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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