The Stock Check – Sunday

Filed under: Scout Notes, The Stock Check - Posted by: Mark

Charles N’Zogbia inspires Villa to a precious three points, while United put in a frighteningly efficient shift to neutralise the Everton threat and grab the points via Robin Van Persie’s efforts. Here’s the Stock Check on Sunday’s events…

On the Up

Robin Van Persie
With two consecutive blanks, the Van Persie naysayers were rounding on the Dutchman, fueled by Wayne Rooney’s consistent scoring. Amidst concerns that the Dutchman could be rested with Wednesday’s Madrid tie in mind, we’ve seen sales of Van Persie throughout the week which have even led to a price drop in the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) game. Today’s goal and assist returns, however, instantly stung those who decided to trade him out and underlined his importance, both to United and our Fantasy lineups.

The Brazilian chipped in with a slide rule pass to set Van Persie on his way to United’s second, whilst sealing back-to-back clean sheets at the other end. With Sir Alex Ferguson clearly allowing Everton possession but dropping his side deep to defend with some determination, we could now see Rafael and the United backline begin to find form and start returning a stream of clean sheets. Rested back in Gameweek 24, the Brazilian’s performance today demonstrated just why he has cemented the right-back role this term.

David De Gea
Can we now settle on the Spaniard as an option in goal? De Gea has started the last 11 league matches and, given that he was not rotated ahead of the Champions League clash with Madrid, it appears his position is looking as solid as ever. At 5.5 in the FPL, De Gea offers a cheap route to the United clean sheets which may now start to follow with regularity as they close in on the title. Interestingly, Ben Amos was on the United bench ahead of Anders Lindegaard, and yet the Dane was on the bench for his country in midweek – presumably fit and well: it’s a situation that warrants monitoring.

Charles N’Zogbia
It seems unlikely that a Villa player can find his way into our midfields but there’s little doubt that N’Zogbia is the leading candidate on offer. The former Wigan man returned a goal and assist in the win over West Ham and has now fetched points in three of his last four outings. It’s clear that Villa’s top-flight status rests on his form and Christian Benteke’s goals.

Going Down

Wayne Rooney
With Sir Alex Ferguson keen to ensure that his side conceded little ground to Everton, Rooney’s attacking instincts were shackled by a role out on the left flank for the majority of the match. His potential curbed, Rooney was rarely able to threaten in tandem with Van Persie and his owners will surely have been frustrated by the withdrawn role granted to him and the Dutchman’s timely return to form.

Marouane Fellaini
Sir Alex Ferguson deployed Phil Jones to snuff out the threat from the Belgian and it proved effective. Dropped deeper towards the end of the match by David Moyes, with Gareth Bale now a hot midfield property, Fellaini may be reluctantly sacrificed by some, with competition in the midfield area so fierce. The fixture list and past experience would suggest that patience with Fellaini will be rewarded, although, having earned an eighth booking of the season, another suspension is now a growing concern.

Joey O’Brien
Forced off on 25 minutes, the Hammers full-back was replaced by Guy Demel who returned to the fold after sitting out the home win over Swansea. This report states that O’Brien has suffered a thigh injury that will see him left at home for treatment while the Hammers squad go out to Dubai for a “warm weather break”. With fortnight before the next league action, it remains to be seen if the injury will put him on the sidelines for the Gameweek 27 fixture with Spurs.

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  1. advise please..

    Enrique + Remy + Michu >> Wilson + Giroud + Fellani

    Yay or Nay?

    • 3 years, 1 day ago
    1. Nay ... Just the first two.

      • 3 years, 1 day ago
    2. Yay if you have no plans of getting Michu back...

      • 3 years, 1 day ago
  2. what's the story with Cam? rested after international duty or falling out of favour?

    was relying on him to give me a full XI for GW27.

    • 3 years, 1 day ago
    1. rested after international duty

      • 3 years, 1 day ago
    2. Rested i reckon, will be back next week.

      • 3 years, 1 day ago
    3. rested. wish I had taken into account that players on international duty outside of europe are quite often rested, would have started Harte then. Pathetic returns from Cameron recently anyway, Wilson can't come back soon enough for me

      • 3 years, 1 day ago
  3. How do these changes look for next gameweek:

    Gerrard to Sissoko
    Enrique to Evra

    For a -4 hit, but it should (injuries permitting and assuming ALF gets some minutes) see me field XI.

    • 3 years, 1 day ago
    1. perfect transfers for your team. both new guys coming into a great run of games and would think Evra is less at risk of rotation than Evans/Rafael

      • 3 years, 1 day ago
      1. thanks

        • 3 years, 1 day ago
  4. One trade needed to field 11 on gw27.. Which one?

    Zabaleta - Azpil - Pearce - GJ? - Davies?
    Mata - Bale - Walcott - Fellaini
    RvP - Anichebe - Suarez?
    Sub: Bego, Michu

    A: GJ > Rafael
    B: GJ > Evans
    C: Davies > Dawson
    D: Suarez > 10.8m

    • 3 years, 1 day ago
      • 3 years, 1 day ago
    1. Suarez to Cisse & Anichebe to Lambert.
      Anichebe wont start or play significantly.

      • 3 years, 1 day ago
      1. Too bad that would mean -8pts.. :(

        If anichebe is not ruled out, think I have to live with whatever points he will make.

        • 3 years, 1 day ago
    2. A for me.

      • 3 years, 1 day ago
  5. RE-POST..

    advise please..

    Enrique + Remy + Michu >> Wilson + Giroud + Fellaini

    Yay or Nay?

    [Doosra: Nay … Just the first two]

    I will bring back Michu after GW27 or GW28.. Fellaini has got Norwich & Reading

    • 3 years, 1 day ago
    1. NO.

      • 3 years, 1 day ago
    2. You won't, mate. Events will intervene. It is that time of year. :-)

      • 3 years, 1 day ago
    3. Only Remy>Giroud for me.

      • 3 years, 1 day ago
    4. All three needed to field 11? Is there a way without selling Michu?

      • 3 years, 1 day ago
  6. @HVT - what's the rotation plan with P5 + Rvp/Sturr/Lambchops?

    • 3 years, 1 day ago
    1. Pick 'em out of a hat?

      • 3 years, 1 day ago
  7. For all those getting Sissoko ... Cabaye is probably a better bet ... :-)


    • 3 years, 1 day ago
      • 3 years, 1 day ago
    1. 4 matches vs 3 though...

      • 3 years, 1 day ago
      1. No. I don't think so. Anyway, Sissoko was ahead two weeks ago.

        • 3 years, 1 day ago
        1. In the last 4 weeks, the limits on your table, Sissoko has played 3 matches and Cabaye has played 4...

          • 3 years, 1 day ago
    2. :( Not a member.

      • 3 years, 1 day ago
    3. I'm no member but said this the other day- proof comes in the form of doos?!

      • 3 years, 1 day ago
    4. Too late, already got Sissoko. I'll suffer it.

      • 3 years, 1 day ago
      1. Well, he is still firing ...

        • 3 years, 1 day ago
  8. Any thoughts muchos appreciated:

    1. Aguero + Sturridge + 4.1 Defender


    2. Suarez + Lambert + J.Evans


    • 3 years, 1 day ago
    1. 2. by a mile

      • 3 years, 1 day ago
        • 3 years, 1 day ago
      1. By a mile? Really? I was thinking Sturridge will almost definitely out-score Lambert in the long term.

        • 3 years, 1 day ago
        1. There's not much long-term left and I'm not sure he will outscore Lambert (who is on penalties remember). Anyway, option 2 gives you Suarez as cover for Liverpool attack.

          I looked at your options like this:

          Suarez is better than Aguero
          Lambert is similar to Sturridge
          JEvans is better than any 4.1 defender

          • 3 years, 1 day ago
      • 3 years, 1 day ago
      • 3 years, 1 day ago
  9. How likely is wilson to turn up at the next game?

    • 3 years, 1 day ago
  10. These plays are obstructing my gw next week. What would u do?

    Demel, gerrard,michu, sturridge, suarez.

    N i got 4mill spare.

    Who out? Who in?

    On my watchlist:


    • 3 years, 1 day ago
    1. Don't forget Lambchop and Benteke.

      • 3 years, 1 day ago
  11. HVT

    Ok lads scores/players left :
    40 pts , 8 to play , Suarez (c) , Ming off bench.

    • 3 years, 1 day ago
  12. What is wrong with Matija Nastasic ?? Why did he not start.

    • 3 years, 1 day ago
  13. worth doing Bert > Mert for a hit?

    nice ARS fixture this week and useful to have in the long run.

    • 3 years, 1 day ago
  14. hmm Rafael or Evans guys?

    • 3 years, 1 day ago
  15. Emotions and knee jerks aside. It seems to be a really good idea to hang onto Liverpool and Swansea players and ride out the blank. Let's face it the likes of Gerrard Suarez Sturbridge GJ Michu are all fantasy quality and having them gw 29 could be a major plus.

    • 3 years, 1 day ago
  16. Has the tightrope been updated yet? Is Suarez on 8 or 9 yellows?

    • 3 years, 1 day ago

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