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The Watchlist – Jonny Evans

It’s not been the most straightforward of seasons for United’s Jonny Evans. Four times the centre-half has been sidelined now, with ankle, leg, groin and hamstring problems curtailing his game time over the course of the campaign – as a result, the most he’s managed is six consecutive league starts thus far.

Nevertheless, Evans’ presence in the United back-four has been significant. The league leaders have managed one clean sheet in the 10 games without the Northern Ireland international in their first XI – with Evans in the starting line-up, they have registered five clean sheets in 16 games by comparison.

Factor in three goals, a pair of assists and nine Fantasy Premier League (FPL) bonus points and Evans has racked up 81 points – an average of 4.8 points per game, which is exactly the same as Patrice Evra and superior to Rafael’s 4.1. Indeed, this is joint-top for regular defenders overall, equalling Jose Enrique, with the likes of Leighton Baines and Branislav Ivanovic just behind on 4.6 and 4.4 respectively.

Providing he can now remain injury-free, Evans looks set to be key to Sir Alex Ferguson’s side over the remainder of the season. Over the last few days, the United boss has lavished praise upon the centre-half and suggested Evans’ game will continue to develop with the aid of regular appearances. Ferguson hinted that a fully-fit Evans is likely to afford him the chance to alternate Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand at centre-half as United also juggle FA Cup and Champions League commitments.

“Jonny is only 25 but he’s emerged in the last year as a real top defender. His form has been fantastic. If you can get consistency off young players you are on the right track and Jonny has shown great consistency in the last year. Last season it wasn’t until Ferdinand and Evans played regularly that we got a run going.”

Considering United’s midfield have failed to step up as Fantasy options this season, investment in defence could well appeal ahead of a run of games which affords the chance to consolidate their 12 point lead at the summit. Norwich and Reading roll up to Old Trafford over the next five and with trips to QPR, West Ham and Sunderland also on their agenda, faith in their Fantasy assets could extend beyond their free-scoring frontmen.

Coming in at 5.6 in FPL and 7.5 in the Sky Sports game, Evans is significantly cheaper than Evra’s 7.3 in FPL and also sets you back less than Rafael, at 6.0. An ownership of 1% offers a real differential route into a backline that has now registered four back-to-back clean sheets with the centre-half in their ranks – an indication of just why Ferguson sees Evans’ contribution as crucial to his side’s chances of wrestling back the title from City.

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

    Does this defence need a hit of Jevans!?

    Zabeletta Harte Cameron Harte (Davies)

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

        No.Just play Harte, Harte and Zabeletta .

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        1. Cheeseoid - See profile lin…
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          3 years, 2 months ago

          Don't forget Harte. He's the man

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        2. r0nh
            3 years, 2 months ago

            Aww come on guys, leave this guy alone, he is a good lad, he is all harte :)

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            1. Krisbee
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              3 years, 2 months ago

              Oh dear...and to be fair if I was you I would jump on that too. Harte's brother was actually Demel!

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              1. r0nh
                  3 years, 2 months ago

                  Oh come on, we are just messing, we know it was just a typo.

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

                  If you say so ronny 😀

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          • Cheeseoid - See profile lin…
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            3 years, 2 months ago

            OK for a laugh. Have a look at the piece of crap my team is going to be this week. If only I could play 2 keepers!

            De Gea
            Bertrand - Sagna - Baines
            Puncheon - Fellaini - Walcott - Mata
            Fletcher

            Bench - Federici - Davies - Michu - Sturridge -Suarez - Johnson

            Go on what would you do to rescue the week? 2.4 to spend

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            1. JT's Dog
                3 years, 2 months ago

                Are you willing to get rid of any/all of Liverpool Swansea players

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                1. Cheeseoid - See profile lin…
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                  3 years, 2 months ago

                  Yes Suarez and Johnson is what I am thinking maybe Davies if there was the right option. Not Michu I made far to much money on him. Sturridge is good value so prob keep him

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                  1. JT's Dog
                      3 years, 2 months ago

                      I have been thinking will there be a fall off of performance from Swansea when they win the cup. So defo Davies out, Wilson would seem obvious choice.
                      Suarez would be my other choice, giroud or podolski if playing would seem bet option, but I would then swap for sturridge as there is points to be made from Liverpool.
                      Maybe even do Davies to evans now I noticed your cash

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                      1. JT's Dog
                          3 years, 2 months ago

                          Sorry didn't see you had sturridge already.

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                        • Cheeseoid - See profile lin…
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                          3 years, 2 months ago

                          I don't normally like to double up on defenders but the utd fixture list looks like appetising and I see what you are saying about swansea. I also agree that Suarez should be the pool forward to go. Quite tempted by Cisse up front

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                2. isacki: full casual
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                  3 years, 2 months ago

                  Bale rising for the third time this gameweek tonight - so non owners can finally chill out and wait til Saturday if they're not getting him then.

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                3. COMH
                    3 years, 2 months ago

                    ITV or ESPN for the United game?

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                    1. JT's Dog
                        3 years, 2 months ago

                        Espn

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                        1. COMH
                            3 years, 2 months ago

                            Thanks mate

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                            1. Crouch Potato!
                                3 years, 2 months ago

                                Its good to have it on, should be an open, attacking game.

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                        2. iamgooner
                            3 years, 2 months ago

                            Begovic / Gea

                            Samba / Zabaleta / Harte / Demel / Davies(-)

                            Walcott / Mata / Michu(-) / Marveaux / Puncheon

                            Sturridge(-) / Suarez(-) / Podolski

                            I have a wildcard left
                            should i use it or use 1 or 2 tranfers(for a hit) this GW?

                            Thanks

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                            1. Cheeseoid - See profile lin…
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                              3 years, 2 months ago

                              I am in a similar quandry. One off the two liverpool boys has to go.

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                              1. Cheeseoid - See profile lin…
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                                3 years, 2 months ago

                                I would leave it at that maybe for Cisse or Rooney/RVP if you can afford

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                                1. iamgooner
                                    3 years, 2 months ago

                                    What about bale?

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                                    1. Cheeseoid - See profile lin…
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                                      3 years, 2 months ago

                                      Spurs have arsenal and liverpool in there next 3 and are away in this weekends game. Personally I don't find that particularly appetising so not for me. Plenty of others will disagree though

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                                      1. iamgooner
                                          3 years, 2 months ago

                                          What about (sissoko and RVP) in for (Suarez and marveaux) ?
                                          OR cisse and sissoko for podolski/sturridge and marveaux

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                              2. r0nh
                                  3 years, 2 months ago

                                  http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/21498386

                                  I see Wenger knows that Arsenal are about to get a hiding...

                                  This is a very timely & deliberate attempt from him to get the players in a determined mood.

                                  I believe this is a form of panicing & shows that he is extremely aware of the fact that his team are not good enough.

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                                  1. thetinkerman
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                                    3 years, 2 months ago

                                    If Fergie did this would you say the same?

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                                    1. r0nh
                                        3 years, 2 months ago

                                        Utd are 12 points clear, still in the FA Cup & got a very decent result away to Madrid.

                                        Utd are investing money in the team.

                                        Utd are not selling their best players to their rivals.

                                        Utd have won numerous trophies in the last 8 years.

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                                        1. bitterandstout
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                                          3 years, 2 months ago

                                          says it all really. This from a gooner..

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                                    2. isacki: full casual
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                                      3 years, 2 months ago

                                      You know that your man management isn't working when you have to suggest you're not going to be manager next year in order to get your players to work

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                                      1. isacki: full casual
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                                        3 years, 2 months ago

                                        BTW a bit of a retrospective on Wenger - specifically a 6-year-old retrospective on Wenger!

                                        http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/a/arsenal/5380998.stm

                                        "The Frenchman's obsession for perfection and infamous eye for detail, with training timed to the second and diets measured to the calorie, altered the attitude of players and supporters alike.

                                        His methodical, scientific approach drew extra years from an ageing back four and ahead of it he sowed the seeds to the scintillating style on show today."

                                        Feels like a different era.

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                                        1. r0nh
                                            3 years, 2 months ago

                                            I know Wenger is highly capable, but he is now too stubborn.

                                            So much so, that it is effecting the teams progress.

                                            He wants too much control.

                                            He had the masterplan of the new stadium, he felt he could manage the youngsters into champions, with his 5 year plan...

                                            Wenger is now going against logic, in stubborness.

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                                        2. Uncle Gamst
                                            3 years, 2 months ago

                                            It could be worse....

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                                            1. Game...Blouses
                                                3 years, 2 months ago

                                                Crashing out of the Capital One cup and now the FA cup to lower league teams shows that it is not the boards penny pinching that is at fault, but rather, Wenger's tactics.

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                                                1. Uncle Gamst
                                                    3 years, 2 months ago

                                                    He could suggest his place is in danger and they could still play badly!

                                                    Not to worry' Steve Kean is still available and he will (literally) guarantee silverware and world class players 😉

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                                          • Live4pool
                                              3 years, 2 months ago

                                              RP

                                              is there a site where i can watch FA Cup players stats?

                                              (Valar, thanks for your reply but whoscored don't do FA Cup stats )

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                                            • royals forever
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                                              3 years, 2 months ago

                                              Apart from the power 5 which other MFs should we be considering up until GW32/33

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                                              1. Toonzie
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                                                3 years, 2 months ago

                                                taarabt/sissoko/walters

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                                              2. JT's Dog
                                                  3 years, 2 months ago

                                                  Depends who your version of power 5 is

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                                                • Snake Juice
                                                    3 years, 2 months ago

                                                    Hazard.

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                                                • COMH
                                                    3 years, 2 months ago

                                                    Giroud (h) to Villa

                                                    or

                                                    Papiss (h) to Southampton

                                                    * I have Theo for Arsenal cover.

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                                                    1. Give The Todd Some Love
                                                        3 years, 2 months ago

                                                        Papiss

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                                                      • Toonzie
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                                                        3 years, 2 months ago

                                                        papiss

                                                        #trust him the time round :p

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                                                      • La Roja
                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                        3 years, 2 months ago

                                                        the former

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                                                      • Acquafresca
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                                                        3 years, 2 months ago

                                                        Papiss. Arsenal have a likely blank in GW29

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                                                    2. Nomar
                                                        3 years, 2 months ago

                                                        Evans is a good shout for the rest of the season in my opinion. Well worth the money as he is a genuine goal scorer.

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                                                      • Toonzie
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                                                        3 years, 2 months ago

                                                        Best def under 4.6m for the coming gws

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                                                        1. Nomar
                                                            3 years, 2 months ago

                                                            Harte for assists is a good shout. Wilson too in a few weeks.

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

                                                              i have harte

                                                              how bout saylor or onuoha/hill? (are both of them nailed in the qpr backline?)

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                                                          • Snake Juice
                                                              3 years, 2 months ago

                                                              Cuellar

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                                                          • iron2010
                                                              3 years, 2 months ago

                                                              Anyone know how you find out how many teams there are in a leagu ? I am 1k in wk2 and wondered how many were in it

                                                              Thanks

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                                                              1. Konig Luther
                                                                  3 years, 2 months ago

                                                                  which league?

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                                                                  1. iron2010
                                                                      3 years, 2 months ago

                                                                      week 2

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                                                                      1. Konig Luther
                                                                          3 years, 2 months ago

                                                                          i know a guy in 77k, and have 1,200.
                                                                          probably will have more than 100K

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                                                                          1. iron2010
                                                                              3 years, 2 months ago

                                                                              Thanks, annoying that it's not simple to find out. Even more annoying that I missed the first week. think I would be around 50k

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                                                                    • Doosra - A☭Noble☭Grape
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                                                                      3 years, 2 months ago

                                                                      I think I may have decided to jettison Davies, not Bertie, from my squad. I believe that there may be another hangover from Sunday's match/decisions ...

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                                                                      1. Snake Juice
                                                                          3 years, 2 months ago

                                                                          What transfer have you done Doos?

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                                                                          1. Doosra - A☭Noble☭Grape
                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                            3 years, 2 months ago

                                                                            Sturridge to Lambert. :-)

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                                                                      2. Acquafresca
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                                                                        3 years, 2 months ago

                                                                        No Manchester cover(City or United)

                                                                        Suarez + Gerrard >

                                                                        A) RVP + Kebe
                                                                        B) Aguero + Sissoko
                                                                        B1) Aguero + Fellaini
                                                                        C) Rooney + Sissoko
                                                                        C1) Rooney + Fellaini

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                                                                      3. TorresMagic™
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                                                                        3 years, 2 months ago

                                                                        Leagues Update

                                                                        FPL Open : 427 entered, 256 spots, 256th spot @ 19,470th.

                                                                        Elite 64 : 260 entered, 64 spots, 64th spot @ 1,114th.

                                                                        Millionaire Club : 86 qualified. Going to cap at 200 entries, then opening when teams get knocked out until GW35.

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                                                                      4. Delusions of Mediocrity
                                                                          3 years, 2 months ago

                                                                          As I can afford it is it better to go for Rafael over Evans?

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                                                                        • annie
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                                                                          3 years, 2 months ago

                                                                          Baines and Guthrie or Evans + ???

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                                                                        • Murder On Zidane's Flo…
                                                                            3 years, 2 months ago

                                                                            Sturridge to Lambert done. Now Davies to maybe Harte. Any better alternatives for a cheap defender guys???

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                                                                          • tobesthetoffee
                                                                              3 years, 2 months ago

                                                                              WHO TO BENCH - AKPAN (wig)OR JAIGIELKA (nor)

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                                                                            • tobesthetoffee
                                                                                3 years, 2 months ago

                                                                                ROONEY OR BALE

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                                                                              • tobesthetoffee
                                                                                  3 years, 2 months ago

                                                                                  Rooney or Bale

                                                                                  and

                                                                                  who to bench - AKPAN (wigan) or Jagielka (nor)

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                                                                                • Camzy
                                                                                    3 years, 2 months ago

                                                                                    Ready for this week without needing to take a hit :)

                                                                                    Jussi, Bego
                                                                                    Baines, Sagna, Dawson, Mariappa, Demel
                                                                                    Bale, Mata, Walcott, Sissoko, Michu
                                                                                    Van Persie, Pogrebnyak, Suarez

                                                                                    Looking ahead though, will definitely hope to roll a transfer next week if there's going to be a few missing games GW 29.

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