The second instalment in out series of members articles focussing on team statistics takes a look at the defensive side of things. We analyse the last six Gameweeks, checking the key indicators to assess each side in terms of potential defensive returns…

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  1. Arsenal sucks :)

    • 1 year, 11 months ago
    1. Cue 5-1 demolition of villa this week. giroud hat trick, walcott 2.

      • 1 year, 11 months ago
      1. Beating Villa does not mean you are good though!

        • 1 year, 11 months ago
      2. Did Wally play CF last night, before G-Roo came on?

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      3. That only indicates they suck less than Villa. Whether Villa go down or not, the team the have is championship level. Without Benteke they would be down already.

        • 1 year, 11 months ago
        1. Incredible how anti-arsenal you are.

          • 1 year, 11 months ago
          1. My brother and nephew are Arsnel nuts, go over every year, I love the club, how they play. Its whats happening there I don't like.

            • 1 year, 11 months ago
    2. Bring back Bendtner!!

      • 1 year, 11 months ago
    3. Yep...

      If Bayern had a good striker they'd be unreal. Mandzukic wouldn't be first choice at United or City.

      • 1 year, 11 months ago
      1. What's up with Gomez?

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        1. name me 1 australian good player who isn't croat?

          you should be quuite as well

          stop licking other people asses

          • 1 year, 11 months ago
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          1. 8O

            Hostile much Forca? Not sure how Billy's rattled your cage there?

            • 1 year, 11 months ago
          2. :lol: think you need to learn how to spell quiet....it could come in 'quite' handy!

            • 1 year, 11 months ago
          3. Eh?

            • 1 year, 11 months ago
      2. agree about United, disagree about city.

        • 1 year, 11 months ago
      3. did you seen his over head kick goal against wolfsburg?

        be quite demi

        he is not bayern 1st choice striker without a reason

        and he wouln't be top goal scorer in bundesleaGUE

        • 1 year, 11 months ago
        1. I scored one years ago, nearly broke my neck, and I'm shite!

          • 1 year, 11 months ago
        2. Think you're missing a word between quite and demi ;)

          • 1 year, 11 months ago
        3. Kiesling was top goalscorer in the Bundesliga at one stage. Does that make him great too?

          Yes i saw it. It was a great goal, but i've seen it plenty times by other players. Tbh, the competition for the striker spot there is hardly great? Gomez isn't that good, and Pizzaro is past it? Fact is he wouldn't start over Rooney/RVP or Aguero/Tevez imo.

          No wonder Bayern are chasing so hard to get Suarez.

          • 1 year, 11 months ago
          1. i never once said that he is at RVP/Roo or Tevez/Aguero level even if i do belive that he could lead city forward line better than those 2

            but he is in form and that's fact

            Bayern game is good cause of mandy

            • 1 year, 11 months ago
        4. Ah come on being good in the Bundesliga doesn't make you world class. Look at Kagawa, he's completely shite.

          • 1 year, 11 months ago
    4. You suck at everything! ;)

      • 1 year, 11 months ago
  2. ddg (bunn)
    harte cueller onouha GJ (davies)
    fellanii walcott bale maloney (michu)
    rvp suarez (sturridge)

    Am leading my monthly league by like 15 points...so in a tough choice. Thinking of taking a hit but if either cueller/onouha then even after 1 hit, i might not have a starting 11.

    A: GJ + suarez >> sagna/santon/wilson(if fit) + augero..sagna has blank in gw29

    B: GJ + suarez >> sagna/santon/wilson(if fit) + dzeko/benteke/lamby...will leave me with cash to
    upgrade maloney >> mata and have the P5

    C: GJ + sturridge >> sagna/santon + any striker upto 10m

    D: GJ + sturridge >> wilson + augero..but i think having 3 big hitters in strike is too much

    E: michu + suarez >> mata + giroud

    • 1 year, 11 months ago
  3. Best defender for 5.3? Would need to play most weeks.

    Thinking Sagna or Dawson?

    • 1 year, 11 months ago
    1. Dawson

      • 1 year, 11 months ago
      1. Sagna more nailed on though no?

        • 1 year, 11 months ago
        1. Possibly, but in a weaker defence (as this article shows).

          • 1 year, 11 months ago
    2. Santon?

      • 1 year, 11 months ago
  4. Here's my Curb Your Enthusiasm take on what it will be like trying to find decent comments under the new system :-)


    • 1 year, 11 months ago
    1. I agree, i fear it will only re-inforce the current problems rather than alleviate them.

      • 1 year, 11 months ago
    2. This is your best comment so far and has not been removed. This comment has received many +1's and soon your extremely low rep will be high enough for others to not ignore you any longer. Please continue to be amusing and we will allow you your freedom again. Fall below sticky standards however and you will be once again damned to anonymity.

      • 1 year, 11 months ago
      1. :lol:
        Did you see the sparks flying from the knife when he's stabbing the table?

        • 1 year, 11 months ago
  5. epl league reached bottom

    la ligue
    serie A

    and even french league are now better than EPL

    sad times for english football :)

    • 1 year, 11 months ago
    1. Forca-who are you captaining this week?

      • 1 year, 11 months ago
      1. Walcott-easy

        • 1 year, 11 months ago
        1. cheers.what you think about bale for captain this week?

          • 1 year, 11 months ago
    2. In terms of quality, La Liga and Bundesliga are better imo (I don't agree that Serie A and Ligue 1 are). However, in terms of entertainment, the Premiership is still the best for me.

      • 1 year, 11 months ago
      1. i actaully agree with you

        even if epl is shet at this moment i still find it very interesting

        • 1 year, 11 months ago
        1. So in 2 posts you've contradicted yourself. Is it better than Serie A or not?

          • 1 year, 11 months ago
    3. So tell me if our 5th placed team Arsenal are worse then Bundesliga's 1st placed team.

      Can we then surmise that Freiburg are better than Man United?

      • 1 year, 11 months ago
      1. Go to the next post. I have an argument for you Eng lads.

        • 1 year, 11 months ago
  6. Was Cameron dropped or rested do we think?

    I know he had a friendly prior away in USA or somewhere...

    • 1 year, 11 months ago
    1. The suggestion is he was rested as a result of the US friendly which he arrived back tired from. I'm hoping that's true as I'm relying on him to be able to field 11 this week.

      • 1 year, 11 months ago
      1. Same here... Would require a hit to shift Sturridge too and I don't want to do that as he's easily the best option at that price.


        • 1 year, 11 months ago
  7. Arsenal have scored 5 or more goals 5 times this season. And that's not even including that spectacular Reading cup match (5-7)

    Villa on the other hand have conceded 3 or more goals 8 times this season, including an 0-8 loss to Chelsea.

    Of course I've hand-picked these stats, but it still shows that there is a good chance Walcott could explode with a mammoth score this week.

    • 1 year, 11 months ago
    1. Depends on whether they still have the killer instinct after getting knocked out of the FA Cup and almost knocked out of the UCL...

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  8. Any decent bets for tonight to use my free £10 Sky Bet

    • 1 year, 11 months ago
  9. Missed out on the TV discussion earlier, so here's my 2 cents.

    In terms of drama, The Wire stands out above everything else as the greatest show I've ever seen. Then, just below, I'd have:

    The Sopranos
    Six Feet Under
    Breaking Bad

    For comedy shows, I'd go:

    The Office (original of course)
    The Simpsons (specifically seasons 3-8)
    I'm Alan Partridge
    Peep Show
    Brass Eye and The Day Today
    Arrested Development
    Curb Your Enthusiasm
    The Larry Sanders Show

    • 1 year, 11 months ago
    1. Personally I like House

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    2. An excellent list and I wouldn't disagree with any of those, although as is always the case I could easily add the same number of shows again and still have more I wish I could put on!

      • 1 year, 11 months ago
    3. Have you seen House of Cards? I'm like its official cheerleader now
      Great show and Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright are just amazing

      • 1 year, 11 months ago
  10. @ Forca Inter

    04/05 LIV - mil
    05/06 bar - ARS
    06/07 mil - LIV
    07/08 UTD - CHE
    08/09 bar - UTD
    09/10 int - bay
    10/11 UTD - bar
    11/12 CHE - bay

    In the last 8 years, English clubs have been finalists 8 times.
    Do a little maths now.
    50% of the finalists in the last 8 years have been English teams.

    • 1 year, 11 months ago
    1. well said.
      german league has 2-3 very good teams, spain has the big two plus 4-5 decent teams, Italy is a mess but still 4-5 good teams, but EPL has 7 good teams and another 3-4 who compete well (everton, newc, etc.)

      • 1 year, 11 months ago
  11. RVP.
    i sold him for suarez (worked ok i guess) and now i have the money to bring him back, but:

    gw27 - playing away to QPR - could be huge, but could be a very dull 0-0 after QPR parking a gigantinc bus.
    Gw28 - probably rested for the madrid game a few days later - shame cause norwich can be a great game for him.
    gw29 - potential blank - who knows
    after gw30 - title probably close to being locked, and if they advance in CL he is likely to get a rest every 2-3 games.


    • 1 year, 11 months ago
    1. He WILL miss at least one of those games, or the odds are extremely high. Thats what i am basing my decision on. The odds are quite high that Rooney will too. This makes it hard to get either back in if you have Suarez.

      • 1 year, 11 months ago
  12. new post boys

    • 1 year, 11 months ago
  13. Morning gentlemen, just to make you all aware that there is a new article:


    Thanks for reading.

    • 1 year, 11 months ago
  14. Hey Guys , What should i do with my team?

    Martin Azpili Cameron
    Mata Bale Fellaini Nolan Maloney
    Aguero Rooney

    Bench: Jussi Sturridge Demel Hughes

    Free transfer used. Do i need to take any hits? I need WALCOTT but How to bring him in? :)

    • 1 year, 11 months ago
  15. Can you name one French player that isn't German?

    • 1 year, 11 months ago
    1. Good one :)

      • 1 year, 11 months ago
  16. Suarez and Demel to Cisse and Evans for a 4 point hit?

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Scout Picks

For Gameweek 23

  • Pantilimon
  • Jones
  • Koscielny
  • Bertrand
  • Cazorla
  • Hazard
  • Sterling
  • Walters
  • Giroud
  • Defoe
  • Pellè
  • Fonte
  • Puncheon
  • Rooney

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Last updated: 28 Jan, 2015 3:45pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Pantilimon SUN B, Vs
Up De Gea MUN B, Vs
Up Forster SOT A
Up Begovic STO A, Vs
Up Ospina ARS B, Vs, Rest
Up Foster WBA A, Vs
Up Courtois CHE B, Vs, Inj
Up Hart MCI C, Vs


Last updated: 28 Jan, 2015 3:29pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Ivanovic CHE A, Inj
Up Bertrand SOT B
Up Koscielny ARS A, Vs
No Change Van Aanholt SUN B, Vs
Up Jones MUN B, Vs
No Change Wisdom WBA A
Up Wollscheid STO B, Vs, £
Down Janmaat NEW B
Down Baines EVE B
Down Zabaleta MCI B, Rest
Up Davies HUL C, Vs
Down Trippier BRN B, VsX
No Change Ward CPL C
No Change Hutton AVL B, VsX


Last updated: 30 Jan, 2015 11:18am
Player Club Factors
Up Hazard CHE B, Vs
Down Sánchez ARS B, Vs, Inj
Up Puncheon CPL A, Vs, Rest, £
No Change Di María MUN C, Vs, Inj
Up Cazorla ARS A, Vs
Up Moses STO B, Vs
Down Sterling LIV B, VsX, OoP
Down Fábregas CHE B, Vs, Inj
No Change Chadli TOT B
Up Tadic SOT B, Vs
Down Downing WHM A, VsX
Down Silva MCI B
No Change Eriksen TOT B


Last updated: 28 Jan, 2015 6:53pm
Player Club Factors
Up Aguero MCI C
Up Giroud ARS B, Vs
Down Kane TOT B, £
Up Rooney MUN B, Vs, OoP
Down Austin QPR B
Up Pellè SOT B, Vs
No Change Berahino WBA B
Up Defoe SUN B, Vs
Down Ings BRN A, VsX, £
Up Gayle CPL A, £
Up Drogba CHE C, Vs
Up Gomis SWA B

Selection Factors

A, B, C Current Form
Vs Favourable Fixtures
VsX Unfavourable Fixtures
Rest Rotation Risk
Inj Injured/Returning from Injury
OoP Out of Position
£ Potential Bargain
Sus Suspended/Near Suspension

The Suspension Tightrope

Player Team YC
Cattermole SUN 9
Diego Costa CHE 8
Barry EVE 8
Bardsley STO 8
Reid WHM 8
Hutton AVL 7
Fábregas CHE 7
Matic CHE 7
Gerrard LIV 7
Colback NEW 7
Dunne QPR 7
Pellè SOT 7
Taylor SWA 7

“Last year was quite open for me, I was in good positions, but I was quite lucky because I was getting free kicks and some penalties as well.”

Yaya Toure Manchester City midfielder