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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
    4 years, 8 months ago

    Does this defence need a hit of Jevans!?

    Zabeletta Harte Cameron Harte (Davies)

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    1. Chu Young Ping Pong
      4 years, 8 months ago

      No.Just play Harte, Harte and Zabeletta .

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      1. Cheese
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        4 years, 8 months ago

        Don't forget Harte. He's the man

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      2. r0nh
        4 years, 8 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
          4 years, 8 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
            4 years, 8 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
          4 years, 8 months ago

          If you say so ronny 😀

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  2. Cheese
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    4 years, 8 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
      4 years, 8 months ago

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

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      1. Cheese
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        4 years, 8 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
          4 years, 8 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
            4 years, 8 months ago

            Sorry didn't see you had sturridge already.

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          2. Cheese
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            4 years, 8 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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  3. isacki: full casual
    4 years, 8 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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  4. COMH
    4 years, 8 months ago

    ITV or ESPN for the United game?

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    1. JT's Dog
      4 years, 8 months ago

      Espn

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      1. COMH
        4 years, 8 months ago

        Thanks mate

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        1. Crouch Potato!
          4 years, 8 months ago

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

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  5. iamgooner
    4 years, 8 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. Cheese
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      4 years, 8 months ago

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

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      1. Cheese
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        4 years, 8 months ago

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

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        1. iamgooner
          4 years, 8 months ago

          What about bale?

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          1. Cheese
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            4 years, 8 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
              4 years, 8 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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  6. r0nh
    4 years, 8 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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      4 years, 8 months ago

      If Fergie did this would you say the same?

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      1. r0nh
        4 years, 8 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
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 years, 8 months ago

          says it all really. This from a gooner..

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    2. isacki: full casual
      4 years, 8 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
        4 years, 8 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
          4 years, 8 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
        4 years, 8 months ago

        It could be worse....

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        1. Game...Blouses
          4 years, 8 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
            4 years, 8 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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  7. Live4pool
    4 years, 8 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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  8. royals forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 years, 8 months ago

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

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    1. Toonzie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 years, 8 months ago

      taarabt/sissoko/walters

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    2. JT's Dog
      4 years, 8 months ago

      Depends who your version of power 5 is

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    3. New Ghost
      4 years, 8 months ago

      Hazard.

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  9. COMH
    4 years, 8 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
      4 years, 8 months ago

      Papiss

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    2. Toonzie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 years, 8 months ago

      papiss

      #trust him the time round :p

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    3. La Roja
      4 years, 8 months ago

      the former

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    4. Acquafresca
      4 years, 8 months ago

      Papiss. Arsenal have a likely blank in GW29

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  10. Nomar
    4 years, 8 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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  11. Toonzie
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    4 years, 8 months ago

    Best def under 4.6m for the coming gws

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    1. Nomar
      4 years, 8 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
        4 years, 8 months ago

        i have harte

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

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    2. New Ghost
      4 years, 8 months ago

      Cuellar

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  12. iron2010
    4 years, 8 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
      4 years, 8 months ago

      which league?

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      1. iron2010
        4 years, 8 months ago

        week 2

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        1. Konig Luther
          4 years, 8 months ago

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

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          1. iron2010
            4 years, 8 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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  13. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 years, 8 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. New Ghost
      4 years, 8 months ago

      What transfer have you done Doos?

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      1. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 years, 8 months ago

        Sturridge to Lambert. 🙂

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  14. Acquafresca
    4 years, 8 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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  15. TorresMagic™
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    4 years, 8 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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  16. Delusions of Mediocrity
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 years, 8 months ago

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

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  17. Mozanniepique VC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 years, 8 months ago

    Baines and Guthrie or Evans + ???

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  18. Murder On Zidane's Flo…
    4 years, 8 months ago

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

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  19. tobesthetoffee
    4 years, 8 months ago

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

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  20. tobesthetoffee
    4 years, 8 months ago

    ROONEY OR BALE

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  21. tobesthetoffee
    4 years, 8 months ago

    Rooney or Bale

    and

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

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  22. Camzy
    4 years, 8 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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