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?

    • 3 years, 1 month ago
    1. Manu vs Mancity

      • 3 years, 1 month ago
      1. City dont have enough tropy to be a candidate for Derby of England

        • 3 years, 1 month ago
    2. I am a United Fan and i would class United v Liverpool the biggest derby!!!

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

      • 3 years, 1 month 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.

    • 3 years, 1 month ago
    1. Michu i would

      • 3 years, 1 month ago
      1. Same dilema, benching Michu... cue many goals.

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

    Azpilicueta
    Lambert
    Luiz
    Ba

    • 3 years, 1 month ago
    1. *starting

      • 3 years, 1 month ago
      1. DDC

        60
        90
        80
        35

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

      • 3 years, 1 month ago
  4. Puncheon is causing me a real headache means benching Walcott, anyone else doing the same?

    • 3 years, 1 month ago
    1. glad i aint got that dilemma now thanks to my pal Pogrenyak lol

      • 3 years, 1 month ago
      1. puncheon will get 2pts against chelsea.

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

        id be tempted to go walcott

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

          • 3 years, 1 month 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

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

              • 3 years, 1 month 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??

                • 3 years, 1 month ago
                1. I own a small chain of shoe shops in London. You?

                  • 3 years, 1 month 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

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

                    • 3 years, 1 month ago
              2. yea and then u find Walcot gets a goal and an assist 😀

                • 3 years, 1 month ago
                1. probably.

                  • 3 years, 1 month ago
      2. ha ha ha hes a great pick for that reason!

        • 3 years, 1 month ago
    2. It's even worse for me. I must bench one from Puncheon, Walcott, Silva

      • 3 years, 1 month ago
      1. bench silva

        • 3 years, 1 month ago
      2. who are you playing at the back ahead of any of them?

        • 3 years, 1 month ago
        1. Gibbs Demel Davies (or Luiz)

          • 3 years, 1 month ago
          1. sorry I miss read your post, gonna have to be Silva.

            • 3 years, 1 month 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 😀

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

        • 3 years, 1 month ago
        1. get cash from ur Def ,, or Noble,Cole are good alternatives though

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

            • 3 years, 1 month 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.

      • 3 years, 1 month 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.

        • 3 years, 1 month 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.

    • 3 years, 1 month ago
    1. Cech is injured no?

      • 3 years, 1 month ago
      1. DDC

        lacks a Welsh Left Winger

        • 3 years, 1 month ago
    2. Bale bale bale

      • 3 years, 1 month 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

    • 3 years, 1 month 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?

      • 3 years, 1 month ago
      1. u r in a tough position !

        • 3 years, 1 month 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

        • 3 years, 1 month ago
        1. thanks.

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

          • 3 years, 1 month 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 ?

            • 3 years, 1 month 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/

              • 3 years, 1 month 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

        • 3 years, 1 month ago
  7. Finally finalized my team:

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

    Who to captain?

    • 3 years, 1 month ago
  8. Get your GW22 picks out! Im curious!

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

    • 3 years, 1 month ago
  10. Azpilicueta or Cahill?

    • 3 years, 1 month ago
  11. WC Team:

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

    Thoughts? 😀

    • 3 years, 1 month ago
    1. Ditch Benteke for Ruiz or Henriquez and improve defence

      • 3 years, 1 month ago
  12. Azpi or cahill and gibbs

    OR

    Luiz and sagna

    HELP PLEASEEEEEEE

    • 3 years, 1 month ago
  13. Terry on, Luiz or Ivanovic off please!

    • 3 years, 1 month ago
    1. hehe, and Torres on for Ba.

      • 3 years, 1 month ago
  14. Luiz and Ba -> Sagna and Suarez (-4)

    Yay/nay

    • 3 years, 1 month 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.

      • 3 years, 1 month ago

Scout Picks

Gameweek 26

  • Hennessey
  • Coleman
  • Ivanovic
  • van Dijk
  • Daniels
  • Payet
  • Oscar
  • Roberto Firmino
  • Ozil
  • Aguero
  • Lukaku
  • Cresswell
  • Barkley
  • Afobe

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Up Forster SOT A, Vs
Down Butland STO C, Vs
Up Schmeichel LEI A, Vs
Up Courtois CHE B, Vs
No Change Boruc BOU B, Vs
Up Hennessey CPL C, £
No Change Cech ARS A, VsX
Up Fabianski SWA B
No Change De Gea MUN B
No Change Adrián WHM B

Defenders

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Up Fuchs LEI A, Vs, £
Up van Dijk SOT A, Vs
Up Daniels BOU A, Vs, £
Up Dann CPL A
No Change Ivanovic CHE B, Vs
No Change Alderweireld TOT B
No Change Bellerín ARS B, VsX
Up Johnson STO C, Vs
No Change Cresswell WHM B
Up Van Aanholt SUN A
No Change Williams SWA B, £
Up Smalling MUN C
Up Coleman EVE B, Vs
Down Dawson WBA C
Down Moreno LIV C, Vs
Down Kolarov MCI B, Rest, Inj

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Up Mahrez LEI A, Vs
No Change Payet WHM B, Vs
No Change Dele Alli TOT A, Inj
Up Arnautovic STO C, Vs, Inj
No Change Ozil ARS C, VsX
Up Eriksen TOT A
Up Antonio WHM A, Vs, Rest, £
Up Sigurdsson SWA A, OoP
Down Barkley EVE B, Vs
Down Roberto Firmino LIV A, VsX, OoP
Down Sánchez ARS C, VsX
Up Lingard MUN B, Rest, £
Up Khazri SUN B
Up Oscar CHE B, Vs
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Up Vardy LEI B, Vs
No Change Kane TOT A
Down Aguero MCI A
Up Diego Costa CHE A, Vs, Inj
Up Rooney MUN A
Down Ighalo WAT C, VsX
Down Lukaku EVE C
Up Afobe BOU A, Vs
No Change Giroud ARS B, VsX, Rest
No Change Defoe SUN A

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Colback NEW 9
Byram WHM 9
Lucas LIV 8
Jones SUN 8
Yacob WBA 8
Westwood AVL 7
Diego Costa CHE 7
Huth LEI 7
Can LIV 7
Mangala MCI 7
Shelvey NEW 7
Pieters STO 7
Dele Alli TOT 7
Dier TOT 7
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