Preamble

The Pre-Match Preamble – Gameweek 27

I’ve got to admit, I’ve been treading water for days. Stricken by man-flu that has me sweating Lemsip and coughing up Fishermen’s Friends, I’ve also been struck by the dull hiatus caused by the FA Cup weekend. A rude interruption to our flow of Gameweeks, my Fantasy Football flame has been doused and I’m wading through snot-ridden tissues to rekindle it.

My spirits are not helped by the fact that, like so many Fantasy managers this weekend, I’m struggling for a starting XI and left praying at the alter of Guy Demel. The Hammers full-back is unlikely to figure against Spurs, even less likely to earn points if he does and yet, for the last seven days, he’s had his full fifteen minutes of Fantasy fame, as we scratch around for eleven men.

With Gameweek 29’s blanks looming large, this is truly a testing time for us all. It would have been nice to approach it feeling match fit. Instead, I’ve had to try to find space in my mucus-filled bonce to decode the various fixture configurations that lie in store. In the end, I gave up and left it to Paul.

For a while this week, I took some comfort in the fact that Wayne Rooney shared my pain. Ruled out of Monday’s FA Cup clash with Reading with sinusitis, Sir Alex was quick to count him out of the equation for the trip to QPR later today. I had visions of Rooney, wrapped in a duvet, slippering the floor while Colleen scampered up with another can of lager and a packet of Oreos. Another worthy man, battling back from the brink. Or so I thought.

Friday’s pictures from the United training ground showed Rooney cutting a sprightly figure, seemingly untroubled by the crippling illness that would allegedly rule him out of today’s game. It remains to be a seen if his recovery is completed by an appearance on the Loftus Road turf: I haven’t got the patience to try to second-guess Sir Alex on that one.

Not surprisingly, the press have turned their backs on the prospect of Rooney figuring today, with Danny Welbeck seemingly the favoured partner for Robin Van Persie up top. Only the Telegraph dare to suggest that Javier Hernandez will get a start in West London – the solitary paper of our six this morning that grant the Mexican the opportunity: Welbeck, either in support or shifted wide with Shinji Kagawa starting, is the preferred solution to Rooney’s absence. Four of our papers suggest that Nani will be handed a start: we’re also backing that concept by promoting the unpredictable Portuguese with our differential pick this week.

The City lineup also causes conjecture and, again, the press are torn on Roberto Mancini’s forward line. Having shed Edin Dzeko from my squad, this is the first Saturday in months where I haven’t lay at the mercy of Mancini’s whims and, typically, it’s another difficult call going into Sunday’s clash with Chelsea. Both the Telegraph and the Independent start with Dzeko up with Sergio Aguero – the rest all keep Carlos Tevez in the role, with the Bosnian left to warm the timber once more.

Marc Wilson’s fitness has been a hot topic over the past week and, with the left-back safely in our predicted lineup for the trip to Fulham, you know where we stand on his availability today. Three of the morning papers also agree with us – the Telegraph, The Sun and The Mail all have Wilson back in the Stoke lineup for the early kick-off at the Cottage.

Elsewhere, there are few surprises on show – personally, I don’t share the confidence that seems to be held by the entire press regarding Sunderland’s 4-4-2 at West Brom: every paper this morning has Danny Graham up alongside Steven Fletcher for the Hawthorns encounter.

The only really bugbear spotted comes amongst the pages of the Telegraph who, for one reason or another, have chosen to omit Juan Mata from their Chelsea lineup for Sunday’s Etihad test. Of course, every other source names the Spaniard in their side, with no evidence to suggest otherwise. The Telegraph’s decision is clearly an oversight, perhaps prompted by similar symptoms to my own. Sitting here typing through a blur of Paracetamol, I can certainly let that one pass.

Mark Mark created the beast. He's now looking to tame it.”

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  1. Stephen - Robot Daniels
      3 years, 7 months ago

      Demel must be the most talked about defender of all time.

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      1. Rossamous
          3 years, 7 months ago

          He should play in the Australian or Irish league. Definitely not BPL material. Hamburg were definitely quick to shite him out

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        • @FuzzyWarbles
            3 years, 7 months ago

            there was a time when Ahmed Al-Muhammadi was the most talked about defender of all time.

            🙂

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          • Goaldigger
              3 years, 7 months ago

              I'd say wilson is in with a shout of clinching that title...

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          • Rossamous
              3 years, 7 months ago

              My mini rival is creating a super team but mustn't have a clue about GW 29. This could be good.

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            • Lateriser 12
                3 years, 7 months ago

                So was bored and quickly browsed through the captaincy choices of the top 50. Something like this(approximate figures)

                Theo - 54%
                RVP - 38%
                Bale - 4%
                Podolski - 2%
                Santi - 2%

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                1. Aditya -Bastia FTW!
                    3 years, 7 months ago

                    Theo all the way!!

                    Haxball?

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                    1. Lateriser 12
                        3 years, 7 months ago

                        Not at the moment mate..

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                        1. Aditya -Bastia FTW!
                            3 years, 7 months ago

                            Cool.. GL btw for the GW. Can't wait for tomo's day of play! Sachin 😀

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                            1. Lateriser 12
                                3 years, 7 months ago

                                😀 Me too

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                        2. Lanley Staurel
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                          3 years, 7 months ago

                          If we had the new comments voting system in place then you would have my vote. I love crap stats!

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                          1. Chu Young Ping Pong
                              3 years, 7 months ago

                              -rep

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                          2. fuml_akimbo
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                            3 years, 7 months ago

                            I'm hoping they all do equally well this week 😀

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                          3. tw
                              3 years, 7 months ago

                              so you were one of just 2 bale captainers?

                              who'd the game captain? theo?

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                              1. Lateriser 12
                                  3 years, 7 months ago

                                  II don't know who captained who.
                                  I went to the overall page
                                  Clicked open in new tab 49 times. And then quickly browsed through. Yes, only 2 people captained Bale.

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                                  1. tw
                                      3 years, 7 months ago

                                      fair enough. interesting

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                              2. Messiah Hazard
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                                3 years, 7 months ago

                                Who will win this H2H?

                                Me: Bego Harte Mertesacker Giroud Lambert RVP Bale (c)
                                Opp: Migs Pearce Rafael Sissoko Cisse Bale RVP(c)

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                                1. Kostja
                                    3 years, 7 months ago

                                    impossible to tell IMO. I like RVP C over Bale, so that could decide it.

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                                  • bradbury1
                                      3 years, 7 months ago

                                      thats me vs you 🙂 goodluck but not that much luck 😉

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                                      1. Messiah Hazard
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                                        3 years, 7 months ago

                                        Same to you bro

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                                  • Screaming Midget
                                      3 years, 7 months ago

                                      Can you add different things to an accumulator such as:

                                      Berbatov anytime scorer
                                      Cisse anytime scorer
                                      Team A to win

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                                    • @FuzzyWarbles
                                        3 years, 7 months ago

                                        The Bad News: had to learn deep breathing exercised as therapy for post traumatic stress disorder.

                                        The Good News: this newly-learned exercise should come in handy on Saturdays. 🙂

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                                        1. @FuzzyWarbles
                                            3 years, 7 months ago

                                            *exercises

                                            they didnt bother teaching me how to spell

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                                              1. tw
                                                  3 years, 7 months ago

                                                  think you missed my comment to you before

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                                                  1. @FuzzyWarbles
                                                      3 years, 7 months ago

                                                      caught it, cheers!

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                                            1. TheSteady ¤ Wines th…
                                                3 years, 7 months ago

                                                Repost, bottom of last page

                                                What will be the match with the most goals in it this round do you think?

                                                I’m thinking of placing a bet at 6.5 in odds for Reading vs Wigan to be that match!

                                                ? 🙂

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                                                1. @FuzzyWarbles
                                                    3 years, 7 months ago

                                                    id consider that or arsenal/villa

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                                                    1. Lateriser 12
                                                        3 years, 7 months ago

                                                        This i reckon..

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                                                    2. GreennRed
                                                        3 years, 7 months ago

                                                        West Brom v Sunderland.

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                                                      • tw
                                                          3 years, 7 months ago

                                                          arsenal villa

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                                                      • jelly.john
                                                          3 years, 7 months ago

                                                          GW 29 balnk manu v.s westham and city v.s wigan any other teams blank too ?

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                                                          1. No Arsene Around
                                                              3 years, 7 months ago

                                                              i thought potentially Everton and one other

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                                                              1. jelly.john
                                                                  3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                  thanx

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                                                              2. Colonel Shoe 肝池
                                                                  3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                  theres a link at the top in the article explaining the permutations...... "left it to paul"

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                                                                  1. jelly.john
                                                                      3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                      thanx dude

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                                                                  2. Rossamous
                                                                      3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                      MUFC is the most likely because they have CL as well. City could be shifted to midweek, so we will wait and see if it gets changed. Chelsea vs. Fulham is another blank possibility pending their result this midweek in the fa cup. Chelsea have the Europa league so they are unlikely to have a game shifted to midweek. Arsenal vs. Everton is the fourth and final possibility. That is also pending the progress of Everton in the FA cup this midweek. Therefore, Chelsea and MUFC are the most likely to have blanks because of their europe commitments. The other two are just possibilities and we need to wait on the word. I think I have this correct anyways.

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                                                                      1. GreennRed
                                                                          3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                          United v Real is March 5th. They're grand for GW29 on 11th or 12th.

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                                                                        • jelly.john
                                                                            3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                            thnx mate

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                                                                      2. gobind2311
                                                                          3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                          mignolet
                                                                          martin R, clyne, harte
                                                                          walcott (c), sissoko (vc), fellaini, mata
                                                                          podolski, RVP, Ba.
                                                                          what say????

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                                                                        • Locarno
                                                                            3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                            Berba hat-trick, Wilson og. Job done.

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                                                                            1. Crouch Potato!
                                                                                3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                I used to like you 😉

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                                                                              • Colonel Shoe 肝池
                                                                                  3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                  boooourns

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                                                                              • The Shadow
                                                                                  3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                  56 point hit. My UEFA opponent is calling it quits for the season.

                                                                                  http://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/20925/event-history/27/

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                                                                                  1. Colonel Shoe 肝池
                                                                                      3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                      😆 love it when people go completely off the reservation

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                                                                                      1. In Like Flynn.
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                                                                                        3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                        I know exactly how he feels.

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                                                                                    • Lateriser 12
                                                                                        3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                        Who is this?

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                                                                                      • tw
                                                                                          3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                          who is that?

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                                                                                          1. The Shadow
                                                                                              3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                              Rebeldogg

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                                                                                              1. tw
                                                                                                  3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                                  which league?

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                                                                                                  1. The Shadow
                                                                                                      3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                                      Budesliga

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                                                                                              2. Wild Rover
                                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                                😕 Who is he?

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                                                                                            • bradbury1
                                                                                                3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                                who do u thinks going to win this cup match??

                                                                                                Begovic,Harte ,Mertesacker ,Bale CPT ,Giroud ,Lambert ,Van Persie

                                                                                                vs

                                                                                                Mignolet ,Pearce ,Rafael ,Bale ,Sissoko ,Cisse Van Persie CPT

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                                                                                              • Gaz Downright
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                                                                                                3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                                a plate of blue cheese, honey, crackers, and a glass of wine on the side

                                                                                                now hoping for a vintage Stoke rugby performance

                                                                                                ah, Saturday footy is here

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                                                                                                1. Crouch Potato!
                                                                                                    3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                                    Blue cheese, wonderful, try it in scrambled eggs sometime.

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                                                                                                  • No Arsene Around
                                                                                                      3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                                      Blue cheese and Honey - is that peanut butter and jelly?

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                                                                                                      1. Crouch Potato!
                                                                                                          3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                                          Another classic!

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                                                                                                      2. Colonel Shoe 肝池
                                                                                                          3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                                          wow what a 'footy/rugby lads' lunch 😉

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                                                                                                      3. No Arsene Around
                                                                                                          3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                                          Jake the dog- love the Grav bro

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                                                                                                        • SW6
                                                                                                            3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                                            C'mon Fulham!

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                                                                                                          • @FuzzyWarbles
                                                                                                              3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                                              1-1

                                                                                                              (Karagounis, Whelan)

                                                                                                              lets do this.

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                                                                                                            • Lateriser 12
                                                                                                                3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                                                Score check.

                                                                                                                -7

                                                                                                                You?

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                                                                                                                1. @FuzzyWarbles
                                                                                                                    3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                                                    BPs already out then? 😉

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                                                                                                                  • SW6
                                                                                                                      3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                                                      0 from 0 😉

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                                                                                                                    • tw
                                                                                                                        3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                                                        0pts

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                                                                                                                      • In Like Flynn.
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                                                                                                                        3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                                                        I daren't look.

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                                                                                                                    • fuml_akimbo
                                                                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                      3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                                                      I was looking forward to playing real-life football this afternoon, but the ref has called the game off for a frozen pitch!!! Gutted is not the word.

                                                                                                                      What should I do instead?

                                                                                                                      A) Watch the footballing spectacle that is Fulham v Stoke .
                                                                                                                      B) Watch some more episodes of Breaking Bad.
                                                                                                                      C) Demel > Wilson

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                                                                                                                      1. Lateriser 12
                                                                                                                          3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                                                          Swap between a and B

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                                                                                                                          1. fuml_akimbo
                                                                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                            3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                                                            Sound advice 🙂

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                                                                                                                      2. Nopli
                                                                                                                          3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                                                          Cameron.
                                                                                                                          Lets do this 😉

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                                                                                                                          1. In Like Flynn.
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                                                                                                                            3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                                                            Bloody Tories.

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                                                                                                                        • Spike
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                                                                                                                          3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                                                          Wilson just took a throw in and came thru it unscathed 😉

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                                                                                                                          1. TheSteady ¤ Wines th…
                                                                                                                              3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                                                              He could have died.

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                                                                                                                              1. In Like Flynn.
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                                                                                                                                3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                                                                SAF quote?

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                                                                                                                          2. @FuzzyWarbles
                                                                                                                              3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                                                              Go Sidwell, prove em wrong Doos!!!

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                                                                                                                            • Locarno
                                                                                                                                3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                                                                Berba looks busy. Nearly broke into a jog then.

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                                                                                                                                1. Mark
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                                                                                                                                  3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                                                                  Yeah. I saw it too!

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                                                                                                                                2. In Like Flynn.
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                                                                                                                                  3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                                                                  I hope he's not injured himself.

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                                                                                                                                3. Crouch Potato!
                                                                                                                                    3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                                                                    Left his fags in the dressing room.

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                                                                                                                                4. Goaldigger
                                                                                                                                    3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                                                                    Watched five mins of this and can already feel a yawn coming on. 0-0 for sure.

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                                                                                                                                    1. Crouch Potato!
                                                                                                                                        3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                                                                        Don't think it will be scoreless!

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                                                                                                                                    2. Daniel - DEXIT
                                                                                                                                        3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                                                                        Ok chaps watching Sky Sports? Haven't u heard the commentator? Cameron given the free role !! In your face 😀 😛 !! ahhahaha Come onnnnn Cameronnnnn!!!

                                                                                                                                        http://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2013/02/23/the-pre-match-preamble-gameweek-27/comment-page-13/#comment-5250885

                                                                                                                                        Next quote from the game Cameron is furthest forward 😉 😛 Yeahhh get in !!!

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                                                                                                                                        1. Red-United
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                                                                                                                                          3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                                                                          Mate I think he is playing RB.

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                                                                                                                                          1. Xhak(off)Attack.
                                                                                                                                              3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                                                                              He's not, he's playing CAM.

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                                                                                                                                              1. Daniel - DEXIT
                                                                                                                                                  3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                                                                                  Well watch Sky Sport. I am out

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                                                                                                                                                • Red-United
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                                                                                                                                                  3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                                                                                  Ah feck knows, I'm not gonna put on that game to check.

                                                                                                                                                  If he just keeps a clean sheet I'll be happy.

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                                                                                                                                          2. Locarno
                                                                                                                                              3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                                                                              It's going to be a long day for the Fulham defenders if they keep playing like this.

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                                                                                                                                            • Locarno
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                                                                                                                                                Dimitar!!! I could have scored that. 🙁

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                                                                                                                                              • GreennRed
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                                                                                                                                                  Yer man the Stoke lad Jerome Cameron is very versatile 😉

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                                                                                                                                                • TheKingThierry
                                                                                                                                                    3 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                                                                                    LOOOL EVANS

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                                                                                                                                                  • TSO *
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                                                                                                                                                      rvp back next week?

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