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.

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  1. Off topic:

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

    • 1 year, 11 months ago
    1. Manu vs Mancity

      • 1 year, 11 months ago
      1. City dont have enough tropy to be a candidate for Derby of England

        • 1 year, 11 months ago
    2. I am a United Fan and i would class United v Liverpool the biggest derby!!!

      • 1 year, 11 months ago
    3. As a Liverpool fan UTD's the main one I look out for at the start of the season.

      • 1 year, 11 months 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.

    • 1 year, 11 months ago
    1. Michu i would

      • 1 year, 11 months ago
      1. Same dilema, benching Michu... cue many goals.

        • 1 year, 11 months ago
  3. Anyone care to take a qualified guess on the % for these playing both games?

    Azpilicueta
    Lambert
    Luiz
    Ba

    • 1 year, 11 months ago
    1. *starting

      • 1 year, 11 months ago
      1. DDC

        60
        90
        80
        35

        • 1 year, 11 months ago
    2. 25
      90
      85
      If he scores and plays well v Stoke - 95%
      If he doesn't score or play well - 5%

      • 1 year, 11 months ago
  4. Puncheon is causing me a real headache means benching Walcott, anyone else doing the same?

    • 1 year, 11 months ago
    1. glad i aint got that dilemma now thanks to my pal Pogrenyak lol

      • 1 year, 11 months ago
      1. puncheon will get 2pts against chelsea.

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

        id be tempted to go walcott

        • 1 year, 11 months ago
        1. I am but feel a fool not playing a dgw player, when am I ever gonna play him!

          • 1 year, 11 months 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

            • 1 year, 11 months ago
            1. you are making alot of sense this morning, I think I need some caffeine :-)

              • 1 year, 11 months 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??

                • 1 year, 11 months ago
                1. I own a small chain of shoe shops in London. You?

                  • 1 year, 11 months 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

                    • 1 year, 11 months ago
                  2. I import from China too, but ladies fashion footwear. I am building a website this year. Whats the website?

                    • 1 year, 11 months ago
              2. yea and then u find Walcot gets a goal and an assist :D

                • 1 year, 11 months ago
                1. probably.

                  • 1 year, 11 months ago
      2. ha ha ha hes a great pick for that reason!

        • 1 year, 11 months ago
    2. It's even worse for me. I must bench one from Puncheon, Walcott, Silva

      • 1 year, 11 months ago
      1. bench silva

        • 1 year, 11 months ago
      2. who are you playing at the back ahead of any of them?

        • 1 year, 11 months ago
        1. Gibbs Demel Davies (or Luiz)

          • 1 year, 11 months ago
          1. sorry I miss read your post, gonna have to be Silva.

            • 1 year, 11 months 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

      • 1 year, 11 months ago
      1. I have thought about that but I need the spare cash elsewhere in my team.

        • 1 year, 11 months ago
        1. get cash from ur Def ,, or Noble,Cole are good alternatives though

          • 1 year, 11 months ago
          1. noble could work out actually thanks, just didnt ever wanted to see him back in my team.

            • 1 year, 11 months 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.

      • 1 year, 11 months 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.

        • 1 year, 11 months 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.

    • 1 year, 11 months ago
    1. Cech is injured no?

      • 1 year, 11 months ago
      1. DDC

        lacks a Welsh Left Winger

        • 1 year, 11 months ago
    2. Bale bale bale

      • 1 year, 11 months 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

    • 1 year, 11 months 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?

      • 1 year, 11 months ago
      1. u r in a tough position !

        • 1 year, 11 months 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

        • 1 year, 11 months ago
        1. thanks.

          • 1 year, 11 months ago
        2. But Fellaini got 1 goal 1 assist at Liberty, I'm afraid of he will destroy Swansea this week again

          • 1 year, 11 months 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 ?

            • 1 year, 11 months 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/

              • 1 year, 11 months 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

        • 1 year, 11 months ago
  7. Finally finalized my team:

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

    Who to captain?

    • 1 year, 11 months ago
  8. Get your GW22 picks out! Im curious!

    • 1 year, 11 months ago
  9. My Midfield: Bale Mata Michu Walcott Sterling. Should I get in Fellaini for some of them ...?

    • 1 year, 11 months ago
  10. Azpilicueta or Cahill?

    • 1 year, 11 months ago
  11. WC Team:

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

    Thoughts? :D

    • 1 year, 11 months ago
    1. Ditch Benteke for Ruiz or Henriquez and improve defence

      • 1 year, 11 months ago
  12. Azpi or cahill and gibbs

    OR

    Luiz and sagna

    HELP PLEASEEEEEEE

    • 1 year, 11 months ago
  13. Terry on, Luiz or Ivanovic off please!

    • 1 year, 11 months ago
    1. hehe, and Torres on for Ba.

      • 1 year, 11 months ago
  14. Luiz and Ba -> Sagna and Suarez (-4)

    Yay/nay

    • 1 year, 11 months 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.

      • 1 year, 11 months ago

Scout Picks

For Gameweek 16

  • Foster
  • Ivanovic
  • Baines
  • Kolarov
  • Hazard
  • Sigurdsson
  • Nasri
  • Bolasie
  • Lukaku
  • Diego Costa
  • Dzeko
  • Evans
  • Downing
  • Bony

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Goalkeepers

Last updated: 17 Dec, 2014 1:32pm
Player Club Factors
Up Hart MCI A, Vs
Up McGregor HUL B, Vs
Up Guzan AVL B, Vs
Up Green QPR B, Vs
Down Pantilimon SUN A
Up De Gea MUN A
No Change Fabianski SWA B, Sus
Up Adrián WHM B

Defenders

Last updated: 19 Dec, 2014 12:51am
Player Club Factors
Up Zabaleta MCI B, Vs, Rest
Down Ivanovic CHE B
Down Baines EVE C
Up Yun QPR C, Vs, £
Up Davies TOT C, Vs, Rest, £
Up Janmaat NEW B, VsX, Inj
No Change Cresswell WHM B
Down Hutton AVL B, Vs, £, Sus
No Change Taylor SWA B
Up Chester HUL C, Vs, VsX
Up Evans MUN B, Vs

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Last updated: 17 Dec, 2014 1:40pm
Player Club Factors
Up Hazard CHE A, VsX
Down Sánchez ARS A, VsX, OoP
Up Y Touré MCI B, Vs, Sus
Up Downing WHM A
Up Eriksen TOT A, Vs
Up Nasri MCI A, Vs, Inj
Down Sigurdsson SWA B, Vs
Up Sterling LIV C, Vs
No Change Bolasie CPL A, VsX
Down Oscar CHE B, VsX
Up Fer QPR B, Vs
Up Sissoko NEW B, Vs, VsX

Forwards

Last updated: 17 Dec, 2014 1:47pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Diego Costa CHE B
No Change Bony SWA A, Vs
Up Austin QPR A, Vs
Up van Persie MUN A
Up Kane TOT B, Vs, Rest, £
No Change Sakho WHM B, Rest, £
Up Giroud ARS B, VsX
Up Benteke AVL B, Vs
Down Rooney MUN B, Inj, OoP
Up Carroll WHM B, Vs
Up Cissé NEW A, Vs
No Change Pellè SOT C

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Vs Favourable Fixtures
VsX Unfavourable Fixtures
Rest Rotation Risk
Inj Injured/Returning from Injury
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£ Potential Bargain
Sus Suspended/Near Suspension

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Oxlade-Chamberlain ARS 4
Agbonlahor AVL 4
Boyd BRN 4
Marney BRN 4
Chamakh CPL 4
Naismith EVE 4
Chester HUL 4
Livermore HUL 4
Robertson HUL 4
Moore LEI 4
Balotelli LIV 4
Gerrard LIV 4
Skrtel LIV 4
Kompany MCI 4
Mangala MCI 4
Y Touré MCI 4
Tioté NEW 4
Fer QPR 4
Clyne SOT 4
Fonte SOT 4
Mane SOT 4
Mame Biram Diouf STO 4
Shawcross STO 4
Wilson STO 4
Gómez SUN 4
Wickham SUN 4
Ki SWA 4
Williams SWA 4
Mason TOT 4
Dorrans WBA 4
Tomkins WHM 4

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