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Scout Report – Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa

Alan Pardew made his second acquisition of the winter transfer window yesterday by snapping up Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa from Montpellier on a five-and-a-half-year contract. The centre-half moves to Tyneside for an undisclosed fee and follows fellow French international Mathieu Debuchy to the club this month as the Magpies look to bolster their bid for survival.

Having accrued a single point from their last five league games, Pardew’s side sit just two points ahead of the drop zone following last Saturday’s home defeat by Reading and are in real danger of being dragged into a relegation fight. With club skipper Fabricio Coloccini apparently keen to return to his native Argentina, the Newcastle boss has turned to the highly-rated 23-year-old to shore up his defence:

“We needed to strengthen the team and bringing in Mapou will give the whole squad a boost. He is precisely the sort of player we’ve been looking to bring to the club. He is a good age for us but has plenty of experience at club and international level. Mapou is a talented footballer, good in the air and on the ground and has all the attributes to succeed as a quality defender in the Premier League. He’s a good character too and that will be important for us over the next few months.”

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Born in the Central African Republic, Yanga-Mbiwa moved to France as a youngster and joined the Montpellier youth set-up in 2005. As an 18-year-old, he made his debut towards the end of the 2006-07 and, quickly establishing himself as a regular in the heart of defence, helped his side gain promotion to Ligue 1 a couple of seasons later.

His leadership qualities saw Yanga-Mbiwa named skipper of the club and last term he captained Montpellier to their first ever Ligue 1 title, where they ended the campaign three points ahead of big-spending PSG. Over the course of seven seasons, Yanga-Mbiwa made 186 league appearances, scoring four times and providing three assists. Having featured five times for the France U21 side, he has since picked up three senior caps and was narrowly omitted from the final squad for last summer’s Euro 2012.

The Prospects

With reports once again surfacing this morning of Coloccini’s unrest, it’s looking more likely that Pardew will be without the Argentine by the time February comes around. The Magpies skipper has had an average season by his own high standards in a campaign also blighted by injury – a situation similar to that of Steven Taylor. Without the stability of his first-choice central defensive pairing at the back, Pardew has seen his side register just four clean sheets all season – a far cry from the resilient displays that kept our their opponents 15 times last term.

As a result, Pardew has mainly relied on Mike Williamson but with Taylor edging towards a return, Williamson – who has started 18 of the Magpies’ 23 league matches – could well be edged out the picture and revert to the role of squad player once again. Strong in the air, Yanga-Mbiwa reads the game well and is composed on the ball at the back – there seems little doubt he’s set to be installed in the heart of the back-four.

Faith in Newcastle’s Fantasy assets is understandably low right now, though. Pardew’s side started the campaign with two defeats in their opening 10 but, in a season which has seen many of their main men sidelined by injury, have since lost 10 of their last 13 matches – it’s little surprise the Newcastle boss has been linked with a handful of new players as he looks to quickly address his side’s dire form. Confidence may be dented at present but as the new acquisitions continue to arrive, we may once again find the Magpies offering us a source of mid-price Fantasy alternatives.

Likely to come in at 5.0 in Fantasy Premier League (FPL), Yanga-Mbiwa has a trip to fellow-strugglers Villa up next and while games against Chelsea and Tottenham dent his appeal, Newcastle then face a kind run of matches (SOT, swa, STO, wig) that look crucial to their prospects. While Pardew is clearly delighted with his new arrival, reports in the French suggest that Montpellier boss Rene Girard is set to leave the club this summer as a result of his annoyance over Yanga-Mbiwa’s sale – a show of appreciation over Newcastle’s new boy if ever there was one. His lack of attacking returns in France, however, suggest Yanga-Mbiwa is likely to be overshadowed by 5.0 priced Debuchy for goals and assist potential, though the stability he brings at the back could well boost his side’s appeal from a defensive perspective.

Further Reference

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa Wikipedia
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa Statistics
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa YouTube

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  1. 1966 was a great year for E…
      3 years, 3 months ago

      Trivia (this was on here the other day, so if you saw the answer then, please don't answer now!)

      Who are the 2 clubs that have been in the top division of English football, but never been relegated.

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      1. Demí
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 years, 3 months ago

        Wigan?

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        1. heco87
            3 years, 3 months ago

            Great shout.

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          • 1966 was a great year for E…
              3 years, 3 months ago

              Yep. The other one is a bit of a trick question, but technically right.

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              1. beslowbowler
                  3 years, 3 months ago

                  Swansea?

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                • Kings of Lyon
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                  3 years, 3 months ago

                  Swansea 😉

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                • TLK42- Dutch Wolfhound
                    3 years, 3 months ago

                    MK Dons?

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                    1. heco87
                        3 years, 3 months ago

                        Mmmm I like this.

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                      • 1966 was a great year for E…
                          3 years, 3 months ago

                          Swansea were in the old first div years ago. MK Dons is sort of on the right lines. Think milk...

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                          1. Zep
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                            3 years, 3 months ago

                            Milk?

                            Accrington Stanley... 😉

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                            1. 1966 was a great year for E…
                                3 years, 3 months ago

                                Yup :) The club dissolved when they were in the old first Div, then started again at the bottom of the pyramid.

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                                1. Granville
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                                  3 years, 3 months ago

                                  Is it Accrington Stanley then?

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                    2. TLK42- Dutch Wolfhound
                        3 years, 3 months ago

                        Villa and Arsenal?

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                      • PGR
                          3 years, 3 months ago

                          Everton?

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                        • beslowbowler
                            3 years, 3 months ago

                            Villa?

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                          • Chris_White
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                            3 years, 3 months ago

                            Villa is one, I think

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                          • Tmel
                              3 years, 3 months ago

                              Swansea & Wigan?

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                            • Kings of Lyon
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                              3 years, 3 months ago

                              Villa?

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                            • OSGOOD WAS GOOD
                                3 years, 3 months ago

                                Arsenal Aston villa

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                              • Mjfdept - Taiwo's Komp…
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                                3 years, 3 months ago

                                Everton & Villa?

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                              • Caine & Co.
                                  3 years, 3 months ago

                                  Arse

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                                • Ini:
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  3 years, 3 months ago

                                  Swansea!

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                                  1. Bubbles
                                      3 years, 3 months ago

                                      Not them, they were in the old Division 1 in the (I think) 80's.

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                                  2. Granville
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                                    3 years, 3 months ago

                                    Oh it's not this Woolwich Arsenal nonsense is it?

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                                  3. Wii not fit
                                      3 years, 3 months ago

                                      It's Arsenal and Everton, i'm surprised everyone else didn't know this...

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                                  4. have no clue
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                                    3 years, 3 months ago

                                    those on the fletcher bandwagon how long u keeping for? have read most for 2 weeks but his fixtures look tasty till gw30.....

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                                    1. Trigg
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                                      3 years, 3 months ago

                                      I'm on it for now, and the option is there to move to Sturridge, but I agree, if he does well there is no reason at all to ship him out.

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                                    2. kw4bct
                                        3 years, 3 months ago

                                        i heard peeps r changing him GW25/26 -> sturridge

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                                    3. Adam Lallana makes Messi lo…
                                        3 years, 3 months ago

                                        who is your player with lowest % teams selected by? that you play.

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                                        1. Demí
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                                          3 years, 3 months ago

                                          Steven Fletcher

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                                        2. heco87
                                            3 years, 3 months ago

                                            Szczesny 5.3%

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                                          • Captain Robert Hatch
                                              3 years, 3 months ago

                                              Nastasic 1.4%

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                                            • beslowbowler
                                                3 years, 3 months ago

                                                Garrido, but not for much longer

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                                              • Spineless Weasel - FIFFSA 5…
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                                                3 years, 3 months ago

                                                Turner

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                                            • beslowbowler
                                                3 years, 3 months ago

                                                Afternoon all,

                                                Just logged on to share this:

                                                "Gervinho voted ‘ugliest’, worst dancer and worst haircut by Ivory Coast team-mates"

                                                http://metro.co.uk/2013/01/23/gervinho-voted-ugliest-worst-dancer-and-haircut-by-ivory-coast-team-mates-3363168/

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                                                1. Chrissy Waddle - 2015/16
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                                                  3 years, 3 months ago

                                                  Nice. Hes' funny looking but you don't mock the poor guy.

                                                  Voted most mercenary I wonder? *cough... Drogba...*

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                                              • Kings of Lyon
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                                                3 years, 3 months ago

                                                Talking about margins which are catchable. Last year at this time i was around 120 points behind my ML leader and won. I was 120,000 and finished within the top 10k.

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                                                1. Optimus.
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                                                  3 years, 3 months ago

                                                  season before i was 2nd 100 points behind with 5 gws to go..won by 15 points 😎 i finished 700 rank for the month though

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                                                  1. Kings of Lyon
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                                                    3 years, 3 months ago

                                                    Outstanding! If i was the ML leader id have been gutted.

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                                                    1. Optimus.
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                                                      3 years, 3 months ago

                                                      he was pist..he said he panicked and made couple bad decisions on last day of season..it was a most enjoyable final day of season 😀

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                                                  2. Chu Young Ping Pong
                                                      3 years, 3 months ago

                                                      Liar...

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                                                      1. Optimus.
                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                        3 years, 3 months ago

                                                        i am not

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                                                  3. Granville
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                                                    3 years, 3 months ago

                                                    I'm effectively chasing United for my mini league. What are the chances?

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                                                2. AGUEROOOOO!!!!!
                                                    3 years, 3 months ago

                                                    is there any chance bego could be dropped for a while? conceded loads recently and sorensen saved a penalty in the cup to keep them in it recently

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                                                    1. Demí
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                                                      3 years, 3 months ago

                                                      Nope

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                                                      1. AGUEROOOOO!!!!!
                                                          3 years, 3 months ago

                                                          hope so hes my only keeper to play all season now

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                                                          1. Demí
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                                                            3 years, 3 months ago

                                                            Same here

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                                                      2. Parm
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                                                        3 years, 3 months ago

                                                        The whole idea Sorenson is playing in the cup cements Begovic's position in the nets.

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                                                    2. olidooley
                                                        3 years, 3 months ago

                                                        Tevez and Punch

                                                        OR

                                                        Bale and Pog

                                                        on a WC?......No other City or Tottenham cover....

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                                                        1. AGUEROOOOO!!!!!
                                                            3 years, 3 months ago

                                                            bale, too much uncertainty around tevez gametime

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                                                          • Chris_White
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                                                            3 years, 3 months ago

                                                            The latter. Tevez not nailed on...

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                                                          • OSGOOD WAS GOOD
                                                              3 years, 3 months ago

                                                              bale and pog

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                                                            • COMH
                                                                3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                Dzeko + Puncheon

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                                                            • Jeremiah
                                                                3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                What would you score this team out of 10 ?

                                                                Bego - Bunn

                                                                Zab - Azpi - Davies - Demel - Clyne

                                                                Mata - Michu - Fellani - Bale - Guthrie

                                                                Aguero - RVP - Fletcher

                                                                Thoughts are appreciated :)

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                                                                    3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                    8 really good i like it.

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                                                                  • COMH
                                                                      3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                      Solid effort. Only changes I would consider are;

                                                                      Kun > Dzeko

                                                                      Fletcher > Sturridge

                                                                      Guthrie > AJ

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                                                                      1. Brutus619
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                                                                        3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                        Hell no. What's the point of having coverage for Sunderland's good fixtures if you're going to bench AJ most matches.

                                                                        If you don't bench AJ most matches you're a fool!

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                                                                  • Kuqi Monster
                                                                      3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                      currently on WC and am currently trying to decide between:

                                                                      a) Aguero / AJ; or
                                                                      b) Sturridge / Mata

                                                                      Don’t own Mata so would cost me 10m – what do you reckon?

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                                                                      1. beslowbowler
                                                                          3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                          B for me.

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                                                                        • COMH
                                                                            3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                            B

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                                                                        • Jimjam
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                                                                          3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                          A. Suarez, Fellaini, Nastasic, 0.1 in bank
                                                                          B. Sturridge, Bale, Zabaleta, 0.3 in bank

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                                                                          1. COMH
                                                                              3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                              B

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                                                                              1. beslowbowler
                                                                                  3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                  B

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                                                                              2. Sebastian Rooks
                                                                                  3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                  B with fletcher for two weeks

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                                                                              3. bocagib
                                                                                  3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                  A. Fellaini & Dzeko
                                                                                  B. Aguero & McCarthy
                                                                                  C. Other

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                                                                                  1. COMH
                                                                                      3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                      A

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                                                                                    • Sebastian Rooks
                                                                                        3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                        tevez and cole

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                                                                                    • Parm
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                                                                                      3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                      Afternoon all.

                                                                                      Has my rank changed overnight?

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                                                                                      1. Chu Young Ping Pong
                                                                                          3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                          Yes.

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                                                                                      2. Ricky - passed with flying …
                                                                                          3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                          afternoon gents - rmcwct please

                                                                                          begovic / federici
                                                                                          bdavies / onouha / cameron / r.martin or turner / demel
                                                                                          michu / mata / fellaini / walcott / puncheon
                                                                                          rvp / suarez / agueroooo-oo

                                                                                          0.7m in the bank

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                                                                                          1. Jimjam
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                                                                                            3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                            Looks very strong up front. Your defence is a little week, but I assume that this was deliberate. I would suggest Suarez -> Sturridge, and improve the defence a little.

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                                                                                        • Sebastian Rooks
                                                                                            3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                            premature question but I’ll ask anyway..

                                                                                            Small issue with my team this week is to play

                                                                                            A Gibbs(LIV)
                                                                                            or
                                                                                            B Davies (sun)

                                                                                            Thanks for your answers

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                                                                                            1. COMH
                                                                                                3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                Gibbs

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                                                                                              • olidooley
                                                                                                  3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                  Davies

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                                                                                                • heco87
                                                                                                    3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                    A tease... I'd go Gibbs

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                                                                                                  • Sebastian Rooks
                                                                                                      3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                      hmm gibbs eh?

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                                                                                                  • floydy_floyd
                                                                                                      3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                      Anyone been to Chicago? Worth going?

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                                                                                                      1. Spineless Weasel - FIFFSA 5…
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                                                                                                        3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                        aside from Sears tower, the Bears and the Blackhawks there is nothing in Chicago.

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                                                                                                        1. Disco Stu
                                                                                                            3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                            -1,000

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                                                                                                          • Captain Robert Hatch
                                                                                                              3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                              ha you picked my 3 least favorite things about Chicago

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                                                                                                            • floydy_floyd
                                                                                                                3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                Arrive Thurs, go out Fri and Sat night. Blackhawks game sunday (if we could get tickets). Back to England Monday

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                                                                                                            • Disco Stu
                                                                                                                3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                If you've never been, I can't recommend it highly enough. One of the best cities in America to visit

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                                                                                                                1. bitterandstout
                                                                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                  3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                  It truly is worth a visit. great pubs and fun people.

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                                                                                                              • Bubbles
                                                                                                                  3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                  😆 Two replies. One - it's shit, the other - it's amazing.

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                                                                                                                  1. Kings of Lyon
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                                                                                                                    3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                    :)

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                                                                                                                  2. Disco Stu
                                                                                                                      3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                      Yeah, but only one is from an actual American

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                                                                                                                  3. making up the numbers
                                                                                                                      3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                      you would enjoy in the summer if you have friends to show you around,
                                                                                                                      its not a city for wanderers

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                                                                                                                      1. floydy_floyd
                                                                                                                          3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                          would be for 4 nights in Feb. I know its cold but v cheap!

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                                                                                                                          1. Disco Stu
                                                                                                                              3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                              The reason it is cheap is because of how cold it is there in February. Being right on the lake, the wind never stops blowing, and sometimes you need to get a cab to cross the street. Save it for Summer or Fall

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                                                                                                                              1. floydy_floyd
                                                                                                                                  3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                  damn! u mean it wouldnt be a good time at all?

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                                                                                                                                • floydy_floyd
                                                                                                                                    3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                    How about mid-march?

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                                                                                                                            • Paolo Di Laernu - low rep r…
                                                                                                                                3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                Yes, it's great. Go now. Quick...before it's too late.

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                                                                                                                              • Captain Robert Hatch
                                                                                                                                  3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                  Solid city, better in the warmer months, the water areas are phenominal, don't go right now it's freezin

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                                                                                                                                  1. floydy_floyd
                                                                                                                                      3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                      Feb 14-18 be no good? Can get very good deals. Dont want to pay the summer rate so its then or never.

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                                                                                                                                      1. Disco Stu
                                                                                                                                          3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                          Today's temp in Chicago is a high of 13 Fahrenheit with a low of 4. With the wind chill factor, it feels like 5 below zero

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                                                                                                                                        • Captain Robert Hatch
                                                                                                                                            3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                            it's a lively city regardless

                                                                                                                                            museums, food, shopping and entertainment will always be tops

                                                                                                                                            and you can always catch a Bulls or Blackhawks game if you are interested

                                                                                                                                            as long as you can deal with daytime highs of -4

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                                                                                                                                            1. Disco Stu
                                                                                                                                                3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                Plenty to do indoors in Chicago, but you would miss the beauty of the city by not being able to walk around places like Navy Pier, Grant Park, The Miracle Mile, or take a boat tour on the river

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                                                                                                                                                1. Granville
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                                                                                                                                                  3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                  Navy pier is a tourist trap. I'd avoid it unless you've got loads of spare time.

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                                                                                                                                              • floydy_floyd
                                                                                                                                                  3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                  cheers pal. Can you just turn up to a Blackhawks game and get tickets?

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                                                                                                                                                  1. Disco Stu
                                                                                                                                                      3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                      Right now it might be difficult because the lockout just ended, and enthusiasm is very high for hockey being back right now. Who knows, by mid -February, that could all die down

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                                                                                                                                            2. beslowbowler
                                                                                                                                                3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                Spent a summer working there. Loved it. Been back a couple of times.

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                                                                                                                                              • Granville
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                                                                                                                                                3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                I've been 3 times. The new Millenium park is cool, art institute one of the worlds best. Their architecture is the best of all the major cities IMO.

                                                                                                                                                I would avoid going in the height of summer or Winter. they have extreme conditions.

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                                                                                                                                                1. floydy_floyd
                                                                                                                                                    3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                    Cheers Lee. These guys are putting me off. Thing is its bout £560 in feb or £900-1000 in summer which is too much for a 4 day city break!

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                                                                                                                                                    1. Disco Stu
                                                                                                                                                        3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                        I'm not saying don't go, you'll have a great time no matter when you go. I'm just saying you'll miss a lot of the outdoor beauty by going in February. Who knows, you could always catch a spell of global warming the days you're there, and you'll get the best of both worlds. If you go, be sure to check out Kingston Mines for some great Blues, the original Pizzeria UNO or Giordano's for some great deep dish pizza, the Fronterra Grill for some awesome Mexican food. See who's playing at the House of Blues or the Double Door, see if there is a good play at the Steppenwolf Theater, see the Field Museum, the Art Institute, the Aquarium and try to catch either a Bulls or a Hawks game

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                                                                                                                                                        1. floydy_floyd
                                                                                                                                                            3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                            Cheers for your great help Disco. How about mid-april? Will conditions have improved much?

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                                                                                                                                                  • Tmel
                                                                                                                                                      3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                      Mignolet Henderson
                                                                                                                                                      Davies Rafael Onuoha Zaba Clyne/4.0
                                                                                                                                                      Fellaini Michu Walcott Mata Marv
                                                                                                                                                      RVP Aguero Fletcher

                                                                                                                                                      How’s this WC looking? 0 in the bank and planning on Fellaini > AJ & Fletcher > Sturridge in a couple of week.

                                                                                                                                                      Any changes you’d make?

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                                                                                                                                                      1. making up the numbers
                                                                                                                                                          3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                          not tempted by Bale?

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                                                                                                                                                          1. Tmel
                                                                                                                                                              3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                              Very tempted but would probably mean sacrificing Kun, it's a tough call

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                                                                                                                                                              1. making up the numbers
                                                                                                                                                                  3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                  dont you just hate having the WC? too many choices,
                                                                                                                                                                  I still think Bale has better potential had Aggy,
                                                                                                                                                                  Bale has being threatening although no end product,
                                                                                                                                                                  Aggy has no form and just back from injury,
                                                                                                                                                                  However, it seems city have better fixtures

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                                                                                                                                                          2. beslowbowler
                                                                                                                                                              3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                              Who is the only player in World Cup history to score for two different national teams?

                                                                                                                                                              Own goals don't count.

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                                                                                                                                                              1. Demí
                                                                                                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                                                3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                Di Stefano?

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                                                                                                                                                                1. Spineless Weasel - FIFFSA 5…
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                                                                                                                                                                  3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                  I thought Puskas, Hungary and Spain, don't think Di Stefano ever played for Argentina in the World Cup

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                                                                                                                                                                2. beslowbowler
                                                                                                                                                                    3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                    Good shout as he played for Colmbia, Argentina and Spain but never in a World Cup

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                                                                                                                                                                    1. Demí
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                                                                                                                                                                      3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                      Ahh

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                                                                                                                                                                3. heco87
                                                                                                                                                                    3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                    Savo Milosevic?

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                                                                                                                                                                    1. Kings of Lyon
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                                                                                                                                                                      3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                      I like this

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                                                                                                                                                                      1. beslowbowler
                                                                                                                                                                          3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                          Close but no cigar

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                                                                                                                                                                      2. heco87
                                                                                                                                                                          3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                          Or Sinisa Mihajlovic (Sp?) ?

                                                                                                                                                                          Failing that ... somebody who played for 2 of East/West/Germany perhaps?

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                                                                                                                                                                      3. Locarno
                                                                                                                                                                          3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                          Prosneki (sp?)?

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                                                                                                                                                                          1. beslowbowler
                                                                                                                                                                              3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                              We have a winner! Robert Prosinecki scored for Yugoslavia in 1990 and Croatia in 1998

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                                                                                                                                                                          2. Parm
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                                                                                                                                                                            3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                            Was he an ex-Yugoslavia player?

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. beslowbowler
                                                                                                                                                                                3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                              • Locarno
                                                                                                                                                                                  3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                  If it's my guy, it is. Croatia and Yugoslavia. Talented player, but can't actually remember him scoring for Yugoslavia at a World Cup.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. beslowbowler
                                                                                                                                                                                      3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                      He got one against the mighty UAE

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                                                                                                                                                                                • Portsmouth Bubblejet
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                                                                                                                                                                                  3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                  There was a bloke who appeared in the 1934 World Cup final for Italy having played for one of the 1930 finalists, but I can't remember his name.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Spineless Weasel - FIFFSA 5…
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                                                                                                                                                                                    3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                    there was a few actually half the Argentinian side of 1930 ended up playing for Italy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  2. beslowbowler
                                                                                                                                                                                      3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                      Luis Monti

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                                                                                                                                                                                      3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                      Ping Pong.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    • 1966 was a great year for E…
                                                                                                                                                                                        3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                        Matthias Sammer (East Germany and Germany?)

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                                                                                                                                                                                      • beslowbowler
                                                                                                                                                                                          3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                          Robert Prosinecki scored for Yugoslavia in 1990 and Croatia in 1998. Also played a season for Portsmouth

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                                                                                                                                                                                      • Indio
                                                                                                                                                                                          3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                          Anichebe or Pog?

                                                                                                                                                                                          Have Suarez and RVP, plus four of the 'power mid' and Puncheon; plan is to rotate one of these two with Puncheon H/A, with the other six playing every week

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                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Athletico Timbo
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                                                                            3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                            Difficult to say about anichebe. With mirallas back his opportunities could be seriously cut. Then again he could replace jelavic upfront. There's no doubt he's more effective than pog if hes given the same amount game time. For safety I'd say pog

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                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Jimjam
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                                                                                                                                                                                              3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                              +1

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                                                                                                                                                                                              1. nadman89
                                                                                                                                                                                                  3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                  remy

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                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Dufflinks
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                                                                            3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                            Assuming he plays later, is anyone planning on keeping Podolskl for the near term? Arsenal seem to have the best next 4 fixtures at least.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Sebastian Rooks
                                                                                                                                                                                                3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                I'll be at the match scouting him.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            2. olidooley
                                                                                                                                                                                                3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                e.g No. 28 = Hull (city)

                                                                                                                                                                                                Cryptic Clues for English and Scottish Football Clubs
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                                                                                                                                                                                                > 1. Heavyweight Toilet
                                                                                                                                                                                                > 2. Wild Dogs
                                                                                                                                                                                                > 3. Professor on Rollers
                                                                                                                                                                                                > 4. Glass Mansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                > 5. Male Meadow
                                                                                                                                                                                                > 6. Animals Car
                                                                                                                                                                                                > 7. Dirty Water
                                                                                                                                                                                                > 8. Squash a weight
                                                                                                                                                                                                > 9. Males Together
                                                                                                                                                                                                > 10. Steel City Day
                                                                                                                                                                                                > 11. Always a Hundred
                                                                                                                                                                                                > 12. Famous for buns
                                                                                                                                                                                                > 13. Not an Eastern Meat
                                                                                                                                                                                                > 14. Where the wombles meet Henman
                                                                                                                                                                                                > 15. Detectives need them
                                                                                                                                                                                                > 16. Famous football brothers
                                                                                                                                                                                                > 17. Vehicle surrounded by water
                                                                                                                                                                                                > 18. Opposite of dull off
                                                                                                                                                                                                > 19. Cotton Factories own barrier
                                                                                                                                                                                                > 20. Lock the door
                                                                                                                                                                                                > 21. Royal Leisure Area Guardians
                                                                                                                                                                                                > 22. Cows have them
                                                                                                                                                                                                > 23. Collection of Arms
                                                                                                                                                                                                > 24. Famous Jockey
                                                                                                                                                                                                > 25. Keep the fire burning
                                                                                                                                                                                                > 26. Where to send the enemy
                                                                                                                                                                                                > 27. Not a North or South County
                                                                                                                                                                                                > 28. Bottom of ship
                                                                                                                                                                                                > 29. Put underground
                                                                                                                                                                                                > 30. Famous Haircut of yesterday
                                                                                                                                                                                                > 31. A U.S president
                                                                                                                                                                                                > 32. Complete bacon joint
                                                                                                                                                                                                > 33. Larger than a duck pond
                                                                                                                                                                                                > 34. Bonnies vicious partner
                                                                                                                                                                                                > 35. Hawaiian greeting
                                                                                                                                                                                                > 36. We need this to live
                                                                                                                                                                                                > 37. Latest fort
                                                                                                                                                                                                > 38. What burglars do
                                                                                                                                                                                                > 39. Naked lights a candle
                                                                                                                                                                                                > 40. Organ on a small lake
                                                                                                                                                                                                > 41. What a son might say after a parents illness
                                                                                                                                                                                                > 42. Car outside a Spanish House
                                                                                                                                                                                                > 43. Prison Clock
                                                                                                                                                                                                > 44. A letter beneath the Earth
                                                                                                                                                                                                > 45. Dark Stream
                                                                                                                                                                                                > 46. Heavy Dear
                                                                                                                                                                                                > 47. Stupid Special Agent
                                                                                                                                                                                                > 48. Golfers cry goes a distance

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Trigg
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                                                                                  3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                  48 is Forfar 😀

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I might go through these now :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. olidooley
                                                                                                                                                                                                      3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Don't have all the answers but most of them....9 = Man United!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Trigg
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                                                                                                                                                                                                      3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                      10 - Sheffield United
                                                                                                                                                                                                      11 - Everton
                                                                                                                                                                                                      13 - West Ham
                                                                                                                                                                                                      14 - Wimbledon
                                                                                                                                                                                                      18 - Brighton
                                                                                                                                                                                                      23 - Arsenal
                                                                                                                                                                                                      25 - Stoke
                                                                                                                                                                                                      27 - Middlesbrough?
                                                                                                                                                                                                      29 - Bury
                                                                                                                                                                                                      30 - Barnet?
                                                                                                                                                                                                      32 - Fulham
                                                                                                                                                                                                      35 - Alloa

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Some tough ones in there!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Ginkapo
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                                                                                                                                                                                                        3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                        30 is Barnet, the best team in the world

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Andrew Jay
                                                                                                                                                                                                          3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                          steel city day is sheffield wednessday

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Zep
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                                                                                                                                                                                                      3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                      16 is Charlton?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                        14 is Wimbledon?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                                                                                          3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                          4 is Crystal Palace?
                                                                                                                                                                                                          18 is Brighton?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    • heco87
                                                                                                                                                                                                        3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'll take 37 = Newcastle

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      • roscola
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                                                                                                                                                                                                        3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                        5. Mansfield
                                                                                                                                                                                                        17. Carlisle
                                                                                                                                                                                                        18. Brighton
                                                                                                                                                                                                        28. Hull

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Billy Gilmore
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                                                                                                                                                                                                        3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                        7 = Blackpool?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Billy Gilmore
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                                                                                                                                                                                                          3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                          29 = Bury

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Billy Gilmore
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                                                                                                                                                                                                          3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                          33 = Swansea

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Paolo Di Laernu - low rep r…
                                                                                                                                                                                                          3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                          11. Everton
                                                                                                                                                                                                          23. Arsenal
                                                                                                                                                                                                          28. Hull
                                                                                                                                                                                                          29. Inter/Bury
                                                                                                                                                                                                          35. Alloa Athletic
                                                                                                                                                                                                          36. Ayr
                                                                                                                                                                                                          22. 'Uddersfield
                                                                                                                                                                                                          13, West Ham
                                                                                                                                                                                                          9. Man United

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Locarno
                                                                                                                                                                                                            3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                            12. Chelsea
                                                                                                                                                                                                            13. West Ham
                                                                                                                                                                                                            14. Wimbledon
                                                                                                                                                                                                            17. Carlisle
                                                                                                                                                                                                            20. Bolton
                                                                                                                                                                                                            23. Arsenal
                                                                                                                                                                                                            24. Leicester
                                                                                                                                                                                                            29. Bury
                                                                                                                                                                                                            34. Clyde
                                                                                                                                                                                                            42. Aston Villa

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                              how did you not get

                                                                                                                                                                                                              16 - Charlton

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                            20 - Bolton
                                                                                                                                                                                                            29 - Bury
                                                                                                                                                                                                            31 - Lincoln
                                                                                                                                                                                                            34 - Clyde
                                                                                                                                                                                                            40 - Liverpool
                                                                                                                                                                                                            42 - Aston Villa

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Zep
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                                                                                                                                                                                                            3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                            33 is Swan-sea :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Billy Gilmore
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Beat ya :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                            10 - Sheffield Wednesday
                                                                                                                                                                                                            22 (H)uudersfield
                                                                                                                                                                                                            36 Ai(y)r

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1 - Luton

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          • DanDaManUFan
                                                                                                                                                                                                              3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                              de Gea Federici
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hughes R. Martin Davies Demel Clyne (Wilson in for Clyne when he's back)
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Bale Walcott Mata Michu Fellaini
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Berbatov RVP Lambert

                                                                                                                                                                                                              What do you reckon?
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated! 😀

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. DanDaManUFan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  0.0 in the bank :(

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Jimjam
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Very strong front 8, but possible who-to-bench issues? Also your defence is weak - I'd downgrade one midfielder and strengthen your defence slightly

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Sebastian Rooks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    berbatov? hes possibly a good punt provided he feels sufficiently aggrieved by united.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Dufflinks
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Looks good going forwards - The defence obviously isn't that great but you might get away with it. Personally I'd like to have at least 2 of the top 3 defenders in for the rest of the season given history implies more clean sheets in their favour during this period.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • DanDaManUFan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What do you think of de Gea?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • nadman89
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ba for remy ? i need to make up some points i feel remy is the real deal , remy rvp berba pretty good

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