Scout Notes – Gameweek 22 – Sunday

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Edin Dzeko is amongst the goals again as City clinch victory at the Emirates. The champions’ joy is somewhat tempered by a red card that will see Vincent Kompany miss the next two league games – Roberto Mancini is likely to appeal, however. Mikel Arteta is ruled out of Arsenal’s double Gameweek with a calf injury, Robin Van Persie and Patrice Evra are amongst the points again for United, while Daniel Sturridge finds the net just 12 minutes into his league debut for Liverpool…

Dzeko Stakes a Claim
The Bosnian netted for the third Gameweek in a row and continues to banish his “supersub” tag with a series of strong displays for City. Dzeko has notched just once over the last six times he has climbed off the bench but is starting to suggest he is deserving of a regular role – despite missing a spot-kick, his goal, supplemented by a bonus point, means he has returned 26 points over his last trio of fixtures. With a FPL price tag of just 7.4, he’s an intriguing option for Roberto Mancini’s side but with Carlos Tevez returning to form with a pair of assists and Sergio Aguero expected to come back from a hamstring problem imminently, Dzeko’s acquisition doesn’t come without risk. A home clash against a Fulham side that have shipped 23 goals on their travels looks appealing – if Aguero fails to make it for next weekend, Dzeko would seem certain of another start and could be in the points once again.

Kompany Sees Red
The City skipper faces a three-match suspension after his dismissal at the Emirates yesterday afternoon. Kompany is now set to miss the next couple of league matches against Fulham and Reading in addition to the FA Cup Fourth Round clash with Crystal Palace – meaning he will be sidelined until the Gameweek 25 home clash with Liverpool. Post-match reports suggest Roberto Mancini is set to appeal the sending off, however, with the City boss critical of referee Mike Dean’s decision to dismiss the Belgian:

“It was not a sending off – I have seen the TV replays and he goes in with his left foot with his right foot trailing behind. It was absolutely not a red card.”

Judging by reports this morning, City’s appeal is likely to fall on deaf ears. Matija Nastasic’s prospects certainly look to be boosted if Kompany fails to have the ban overturned. The 5.6 defender had started 11 of the previous 12 prior to being rested for last week’s match with Stoke but looks nailed-on, with Joleon Lescott likely to partner him in the heart of defence. While many will feel Kompany’s absence will be significantly detrimental to City’s clean sheet potential over those two league games, it’s worth noting they’ve been pretty resilient in his absence this term, conceding just one goal in the three matches their captain has missed so far.

Arsenal Defensive Uncertainty
Arsene Wenger’s decision to pair Thomas Vermaelen with Laurent Koscielny added doubts over Per Mertesacker’s game time ahead of Arsenal’s double Gameweek. Koscielny had deputised for the German in the previous two after the latter was ruled out with illness but kept his place in spite of Mertesacker’s return – Koscielny lasted just nine minutes before being dismissed and will serve a one-match suspension in Wednesday’s FA Cup replay with Swansea but with question marks hanging over Wenger’s preferred central defensive pairing for the games against Chelsea and West Ham, Kieran Gibbs and Bacary Sagna look the safest options, with Wojciech Szczesny also nailed-on in goal.

Arteta Out for Gunners
Post-match, Arsene Wenger admitted Mikel Arteta is set to miss the next three weeks with a calf injury – a blow for the Spaniard’s owners ahead of the double Gameweek. Arteta’s absence also means that Arsenal will now go into their games against Chelsea and West Ham without their first-choice penalty taker; the former Everton man has notched three times from the spot in recent matches and despite missing a penalty in the Gameweek 11 draw with Fulham, remained Wenger’s preferred option. After the Cottagers’ draw, Olivier Giroud revealed the Arsenal manager “has a list” of alternatives, – Santi Cazorla, Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski and Giroud look the likeliest to get their turn, though it’s unclear as to the pecking order.

Evra’s Attacking Returns
A pair of assists from Patrice Evra maintained his recent form as the United left-back rose to the top of the FPL defender standings with a crucial contribution in the win over Liverpool. The Frenchman supplied the pass for Robin Van Persie’s opener before his off-target header was deflected beyond Pepe Reina courtesy of Nemanja Vidic – up to four goals and five assists for the season, Evra currently sits on 103 points and looks well positioned to retain his title of top scoring FPL defender for the second season in succession. In spite of just four clean sheets, Evra’s consistency of selection means he has missed just a single game for United this term; he continues to look the only guaranteed starter in Sir Alex Ferguson’s defence and with attacking returns and bonus in four of his last five, the 7.0 priced defender is set to pick up further investment as winter wildcards continue to be wielded.

United Injury Worries
Earlier last week, Ferguson had revealed he intended to alternate Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand in the heart of the United back-four, with Jonny Evans looking like the first-choice pick but the latter’s withdrawal due to a hamstring problem allowed the Serbian to partner Ferdinand against Liverpool. Vidic duly delivered his best Fantasy haul of the season, with an 11 point return accrued thanks to a goal and maximum bonus but the club’s official website reported he was subbed off with a knee problem late on. With Phil Jones and Chris Smalling both coming on as subs, United have options at the back ahead of Wednesday’s FA Cup replay with West Ham – post-match, Ferguson spoke of Evans’ situation:

“Jonny Evans felt his hamstring yesterday afternoon. I was at Nottingham [watching Forest v Peterborough] and got a message at half-time. He trained in the morning so it was strange. But Vidic and Ferdinand are experienced and you can’t say any more than that. They were brilliant.”

According to reports in the Times, Ashley Young is another concern for United. The winger is believed to have left Old Trafford on crutches after being subbed off at the break following a collision with Daniel Agger. Having started seven of the last eight , Young seemed to have cemented a regular role in the United XI – any potential absence could see Antonio Valencia return to the first-team fold. Valencia was dropped for the previous match at Wigan after producing a single assist since Gameweek 9 and with Shinji Kagawa back, in addition to a potential return for Wayne Rooney in midweek, Ferguson certainly has alternatives if the former Villa man is indeed ruled out.

Van Persie Nets Yet Again
Another game, another goal for Robin Van Persie as the league leaders won at Old Trafford for the eighth game in succession. Ferguson chose to drop Javier Hernandez despite the Mexican producing three goals and a pair of assist in his last two matches and while Danny Welbeck again drew a blank, “Robin Reliant” delivered once more. The Dutchman is now 26 points ahead of his nearest challenger at the top of the FPL standings and with a run of consistency that has produced a goal or assist in 17 of his 19 starts, he continues to attract major investment despite a price tag of 14.1. United’s upcoming schedule pits them against seven of the current bottom 10 in the next 10 Gameweeks, affording Van Persie plenty opportunity to rack up more significant scores.

Although Welbeck’s blank continued a run that has seen him score just once this season, his manager was more than happy with the forward’s contribution and explained the tactical thinking behind his selection:

“Danny was fantastic. I thought he gave them a real hard day of it, the two centre-backs. He and Robin, particularly in the first half, gave them a very difficult time. The reason Danny played was because we wanted someone who would drop on top of their centre-midfield player. He did that well and put in a great shift. He ran his legs off today and deserved the Man of the Match award.”

Liverpool Attacking Options Increase
Daniel Sturridge climbed off the bench to notch a goal on his league debut for the Reds to hint at his mid-price potential yesterday. Brendan Rodgers has admitted the former Chelsea man is not yet 100% fit and is likely to continue with this tactic as he builds up Sturridge’s match-fitness but it’s clear he’ll offer a real alternative in the Reds’ first XI, with a 7.3 price tag likely to entice many. Sturridge was handed the advanced forward role as Luis Suarez dropped deep to accommodate the new boy – backing up Rodgers’ intentions to change the Uruguayan’s role. Not surprisingly, Brendan Rodgers was full of praise for his new striker as he clung to the major positive from Sunday’s defeat…

“You have seen from a half-appearance (at Old Trafford) and 55 last weekend (when he scored on his debut against Mansfield in the FA Cup) that this boy is a goalscorer and what he needed was an opportunity. He got one goal (against United) and was unlucky with a couple of opportunities. He is going to be a terrific signing for us…I have been assessing him in training and he is coming back. If I thought he could have lasted the game I would have put him in. Sometimes you can rush them back too quickly and break them and I didn’t want to do that. He is certainly getting there with his work-rate every day. It is just a case of building him into it.”

The 2-1 Old Trafford defeat saw Steven Gerrard maintain his superb recent consistency – an assist for Sturridge’s consolation means the Liverpool skipper has scored or assisted in seven of his last eight matches. Now up to third in the FPL midfielder standings, Gerrard is proving a real differential with an ownership of under 6% and could prosper once again next weekend as Norwich roll up to Anfield – while trips to Arsenal and City may deter many, Liverpool’s schedule looks particularly enticing from Gameweek 26; with the 9.4 priced Gerrard now just 10 points behind Suarez after yesterday’s result. With Fabio Borini now fit and available, Rodgers certainly has plenty options in his attacking front three – Raheem Sterling’s game time continues to look less appealing by the week; he has now managed 90 minutes just once in the last five, with Rodgers clearly feeling fatigue has played a part in a series of displays that have harvested just a goal and assist in the last 10 for the teenager.

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  1. Wild card team just played, thoughts?

    Lloris (Bunn)

    Luiz Baines Demel (Davies, Nelson)

    Fellaini Michu Mata Marveaux (Kacaniklic)

    RVP Suarez (c) Lukaku

    • 3 years, 29 days ago
    1. try to take some city players & a decent 4mid

      • 3 years, 29 days ago
    2. so much rotation risk in there.

      • 3 years, 29 days ago
    3. Nelson's out now

      • 3 years, 29 days ago
      1. I thought he was staying?

        • 3 years, 29 days ago
      2. now?

        i thought he had a few games more.

        • 3 years, 29 days ago
      3. Apologies poor wording, meant soon :)

        • 3 years, 29 days ago
    4. You need to ditch one of Luiz/ Baines/ Lloris/ Suarez and upgrade one of your budget midfielders...

      • 3 years, 29 days ago
    5. suarez > sturridge
      Kaca > Walcott
      Baines > Gibbs

      • 3 years, 29 days ago
  2. So a hard one:
    Foster(AVL) or Jask(QPR,ars) for the next GW

    • 3 years, 29 days ago
    1. Jask. WBA just aren't keeping CSs anymore.

      • 3 years, 29 days ago
      1. cant disagree

        • 3 years, 29 days ago
    2. Jaask.

      • 3 years, 29 days ago
    3. Jussi. Could keep 0 CS and still outscore Foster if he kept one.

      • 3 years, 29 days ago
    4. Jussi easily. He will rack up the saves and I think a CS against QPR is a good bet.

      • 3 years, 29 days ago
  3. My cup match is hanging by a thread

    Me: Ba +1 point

    Him: Cahill and Ramirez

    I'm pretty much out right?

    • 3 years, 29 days ago
    1. I think Ba will score even if he play for 15 mins

      • 3 years, 29 days ago
      1. I think Rafa will start Torres and Ba

        • 3 years, 29 days ago
    2. not if the game on Wednesday is cancelled because of snow storm

      • 3 years, 29 days ago
      1. dont be silly. They have under soil heating and it will only be -1 c

        • 3 years, 29 days ago
        1. If postponed it'll be because of supports etc getting to grounds not because its too cold.

          • 3 years, 29 days ago
    3. Cahill will probably be benched. It's between Ram & Ba. If Ba gets decent minutes you will win

      • 3 years, 29 days ago
    4. Na, Ba hat trick will see you right.

      • 3 years, 29 days ago
    5. I also think Ba will start and Torres will be saved for Arsenal.

      • 3 years, 29 days ago
  4. Some opinion is welcome on my WC team. Help a chap out :)

    Demel, Zab, Davies, Evra
    Mata, Michu, Fellaini, Walcott (C)
    RVP, Ba

    Bego, Pog, Punch, Clyne.

    • 3 years, 29 days ago
    1. try not to play 4-4-2 but 3-4-3 or 3-5-2

      • 3 years, 29 days ago
    2. That GK combination is too expensive and defense in general is too expensive.

      • 3 years, 29 days ago
    3. Its fine, Long term BA-> Sturridge and Pog -> Ruiz who rotates better with puncheon

      • 3 years, 29 days ago
    4. Chez/Bego too rich for me.

      Mig has great fixtures up to GW31 so combine him with Bunn and use the cash to upgrade Punch.

      • 3 years, 29 days ago
    5. In spite of his incredible production, I'm not a believer in Evra. I'd rather just have Rafael and the million. I have questions about Ba too, I think he'll be splitting time with Torres. I'd throw some of that Evra money into trying to get Aguero.

      • 3 years, 29 days ago
  5. Chances of playing this coming gameweek?

    a.) O'Brien
    b.) Cuellar


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    1. 20%

      • 3 years, 29 days ago
  6. What's the word with Long? When is he expected to be back?

    • 3 years, 29 days ago
    1. I told the missus, when the weather warms up it'll be back to being long

      • 3 years, 29 days ago
      1. and thin.

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          • 3 years, 29 days ago
        1. 😆

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  7. Jafooli, post your results here. And be clearer you silly goose-feathered mongoose!

    • 3 years, 29 days ago
    1. Siggy

      • 3 years, 29 days ago
      1. Siggy - Most shots, no goal
        Noble - Most assists that werent scored
        Gunter - Most minutes, no shots

        • 3 years, 29 days ago
        1. must haves... 😯

          • 3 years, 29 days ago
          1. Gunter = explosion imminent 😯

            • 3 years, 29 days ago
        2. Thank you, that's much clearer......no idea who that knob was posting the questions on the last page 😉

          • 3 years, 29 days ago
    2. Heard them on the radio and was typing too fast....but you get the drift..... 😀

      • 3 years, 29 days ago
  8. Ba + Pog too weak imo... I would downgrade on of teh GKs and upgrade Pog to Lukaku and maybe Ba to Dzeko. Ba will get half the minutes he got in Newcastle

    • 3 years, 29 days ago
    1. Reply fail to Elwood - dammit!

      • 3 years, 29 days ago
  9. Ben Arfa:

    "After I have saved my club, you never know. Signing for PSG would be a childhood dream. If there is a proposal, I will study it with interest. If there is a proposal. The "if" is important. PSG is a club that lives in my heart. To play would be a nice gift."

    Love the first sentence. I wonder what his teammates think of his humility?

    • 3 years, 29 days ago
    1. You mean what do they think of his 'humilité'? 😉

      • 3 years, 29 days ago
      1. stop it!

        i always pronounce the 'x' on the end of French words like gateaux. otherwise the French have won!

        • 3 years, 29 days ago
        1. 😀

          • 3 years, 29 days ago
          • 3 years, 29 days ago
          1. mais oui !

            • 3 years, 29 days ago
    2. Uh oh. Trouble in the Newcastle camp is a'brewing i sense...

      • 3 years, 29 days ago
    3. I dont think he means it like that. He just refuses to ditch a sinking ship, if he can stay and help then he should.

      • 3 years, 29 days ago
      1. I hope so

        • 3 years, 29 days ago
      2. Hatem "Schettino" Ben Arfa.

        • 3 years, 29 days ago
  10. When the ruddy hell is Ruddy back?

    • 3 years, 29 days ago
    1. Someone posted March/April, no source though.

      • 3 years, 29 days ago
      1. Not worth getting Bunn really then, thanks.

        • 3 years, 29 days ago
        1. that's 2 months away...

          • 3 years, 29 days ago
          1. I don't want to waste a future FT on a minor goalkeeper slot.

            • 3 years, 29 days ago
    2. I gave up with speculating on that and eventually just went federici and R.Martin in defence

      • 3 years, 29 days ago
    3. No worries. Bunn's got you covered. Got a cleano versus a Sans-Ba Château Nouveau .

      • 3 years, 29 days ago
    4. Hernandez (Swansea) Pog seem to work ok.

      That way can cover some of Swansea's output (I don't have Michu in my draft)

      • 3 years, 29 days ago
      1. such weak grammar from me there :)

        • 3 years, 29 days ago
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      2. Nice idea! May look into this.

        • 3 years, 29 days ago
        1. It works really well, I considered it on my wildcard.

          • 3 years, 29 days ago
        2. Yeah :) I ditched Michu so have been attempting to cover Swansea in other ways and Pablo Hernandez looks a good shout. He should be getting full minutes once his fitness is back

          • 3 years, 29 days ago
    5. March at least

      • 3 years, 29 days ago
  11. What transfer should i make?
    A. Save
    B. Berba -> Luka
    C. Turnbull -> Bunn

    Bego (Turnbull)
    GIBBS Davies Luiz (Cameron Gorkks)
    CAZORLA WALCOTT(C) NOLAN Mata (Puncheon)
    Rvp Berbatov Suarez

    0 in bank

    Still have WC to play

    • 3 years, 29 days ago
    1. get rid of turnbull and Gorks. Otherwise is a good team IMO

      • 3 years, 29 days ago
    2. B. Save the FT for what exactly?

      • 3 years, 29 days ago
  12. Is there a keeper you prefer to Mignolet for £5.2m or less?

    • 3 years, 29 days ago
    1. not until GW31.

      • 3 years, 29 days ago
    2. I would love Migs, but it's actually an upgrade from Bego for me. 😐

      • 3 years, 29 days ago
      1. I sold him with my wc last week. Not as bad as I thought. The next 2 weeks Begovic fixtures are just as good.

        • 3 years, 29 days ago
        1. Yeah me to.......didn't think......again

          • 3 years, 29 days ago
    3. I got Bego cheap and is at 5.1 sell value to me, I think I'll be going with him. Stoke will be back to their ways soon enough.

      • 3 years, 29 days ago
  13. see my team linked..i want cazorla for next week but the only obvious route for doing so is selling Juan Mata who is on red hot form and has great fixtures after the arsenal game. Alternative solution??

    • 3 years, 29 days ago
    1. nothing obvious without downgrading a defender

      • 3 years, 29 days ago
  14. Lambert -> Sturridge.

    Vertonghen -> Nasty or Clichy or Kolarov or Lescott?

    • 3 years, 29 days ago
    1. yes and clichy

      • 3 years, 29 days ago
  15. Team value is up to 108.2 now. Not important but nice all the same.

    • 3 years, 29 days ago
  16. I was wrong - BFS is still speaking to me:

    Dear Michael,

    We have to take it on the chin and admit we were second-best against Sunderland. We do lose games of football and we have to accept that we will lose, but I cannot accept how we played when I saw how well we played last weekend against Manchester United

    We didn't look like the same set of players this week who played last week, with no disrespect to Sunderland because they are not as good as Manchester United, and we managed to close Manchester United down and nearly shut them out. Our home form and performances are outstanding but our away performances are the reverse of that - they are just not good enough.

    I think we can provide the kind of chances that Marouane Chamakh thrives on. He's been short of first-team football so the more he gets the better he will get. It's the same with Joe Cole and Alou Diarra. I know they’ll get better with the more games they play.

    James Collins pulling up with a hamstring means I'd like to add a defender to the squad as we've now only got two centre halves left in James Tomkins and Winston Reid and aside from young Dan Potts, we've got no other fit left-back in the squad. We don't want the injuries all in one area so we might need to take a look at the market and see if there's anyone that can help us in that department.

    While Wednesday night’s replay is about the glory of the cup competition and it will be fantastic to go to Old Trafford, QPR next Saturday is our bread and butter and we must make sure we secure three points against them.

    Come On You Irons!

    Big Sam


    • 3 years, 29 days ago
  17. Begovic // (Cerny)
    Luiz // Gibbs // Demel // (Martin) // (Shaw)
    Mata // Fellaini // Michu // Bale // (Puncheon)
    Ba // Lambert // RVP

    1FT, 0m in bank.

    Lambert Ba Puncheon > Walcott Pog Lukaku -8


    • 3 years, 29 days ago
  18. My front 8,

    Cole, Walc, Michu, Mata, Fell
    RvP, Lamb, Ba

    with 2.4 in the bank I want to get Suarez in for next week, should I be getting in another Arsenal player for a hit? Or Luiz > Sagna for a hit?

    • 3 years, 29 days ago
    1. Who ya gonna bench?

      • 3 years, 29 days ago
  19. Ba to Poloski for the DGW?

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  20. If would like to take this moment to thank Titus Bramble for his contribution to the premier league for over ten years.

    Thank You Bramble!! :'@

    • 3 years, 29 days ago
  21. CAN'T DECIDE! forget price! simple! best for next GW?

    a. lukaku

    b. dzeko

    c. sturridge

    • 3 years, 29 days ago

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