February
23

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.

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

    • 2 years, 4 days ago
    1. He should play in the Australian or Irish league. Definitely not BPL material. Hamburg were definitely quick to shite him out

      • 2 years, 4 days ago
    2. there was a time when Ahmed Al-Muhammadi was the most talked about defender of all time.

      :)

      • 2 years, 4 days ago
    3. I'd say wilson is in with a shout of clinching that title...

      • 2 years, 4 days ago
  2. My mini rival is creating a super team but mustn't have a clue about GW 29. This could be good.

    • 2 years, 4 days ago
  3. 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%

    • 2 years, 4 days ago
    1. Theo all the way!!

      Haxball?

      • 2 years, 4 days ago
      1. Not at the moment mate..

        • 2 years, 4 days ago
        1. Cool.. GL btw for the GW. Can't wait for tomo's day of play! Sachin :D

          • 2 years, 4 days ago
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    2. If we had the new comments voting system in place then you would have my vote. I love crap stats!

      • 2 years, 4 days ago
        • 2 years, 4 days ago
    3. I'm hoping they all do equally well this week :D

      • 2 years, 4 days ago
    4. tw
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

      so you were one of just 2 bale captainers?

      who'd the game captain? theo?

      • 2 years, 4 days ago
      1. 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.

        • 2 years, 4 days ago
        1. tw
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member

          fair enough. interesting

          • 2 years, 4 days ago
  4. Who will win this H2H?

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

    • 2 years, 4 days ago
    1. impossible to tell IMO. I like RVP C over Bale, so that could decide it.

      • 2 years, 4 days ago
    2. thats me vs you :-) goodluck but not that much luck ;-)

      • 2 years, 4 days ago
      1. Same to you bro

        • 2 years, 4 days ago
  5. Can you add different things to an accumulator such as:

    Berbatov anytime scorer
    Cisse anytime scorer
    Team A to win

    • 2 years, 4 days ago
  6. 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. :)

    • 2 years, 4 days ago
    1. *exercises

      they didnt bother teaching me how to spell

      • 2 years, 4 days ago
        1. tw
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member

          think you missed my comment to you before

          • 2 years, 4 days ago
          1. caught it, cheers!

            • 2 years, 4 days ago
  7. 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!

    ? :)

    • 2 years, 4 days ago
    1. id consider that or arsenal/villa

      • 2 years, 4 days ago
        • 2 years, 4 days ago
    2. West Brom v Sunderland.

      • 2 years, 4 days ago
    3. tw
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

      arsenal villa

      • 2 years, 4 days ago
  8. GW 29 balnk manu v.s westham and city v.s wigan any other teams blank too ?

    • 2 years, 4 days ago
    1. i thought potentially Everton and one other

      • 2 years, 4 days ago
      1. thanx

        • 2 years, 4 days ago
    2. theres a link at the top in the article explaining the permutations...... "left it to paul"

      • 2 years, 4 days ago
      1. thanx dude

        • 2 years, 4 days ago
    3. 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.

      • 2 years, 4 days ago
      1. United v Real is March 5th. They're grand for GW29 on 11th or 12th.

        • 2 years, 4 days ago
      2. thnx mate

        • 2 years, 4 days ago
  9. mignolet
    martin R, clyne, harte
    walcott (c), sissoko (vc), fellaini, mata
    podolski, RVP, Ba.
    what say????

    • 2 years, 4 days ago
  10. Berba hat-trick, Wilson og. Job done.

    • 2 years, 4 days ago
    1. I used to like you ;)

      • 2 years, 4 days ago
    2. boooourns

      • 2 years, 4 days ago
  11. 56 point hit. My UEFA opponent is calling it quits for the season.

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

    • 2 years, 4 days ago
    1. :lol: love it when people go completely off the reservation

      • 2 years, 4 days ago
      1. I know exactly how he feels.

        • 2 years, 4 days ago
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    2. tw
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

      who is that?

      • 2 years, 4 days ago
      1. Rebeldogg

        • 2 years, 4 days ago
        1. tw
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member

          which league?

          • 2 years, 4 days ago
          1. Budesliga

            • 2 years, 4 days ago
    3. :-? Who is he?

      • 2 years, 4 days ago
  12. 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

    • 2 years, 4 days ago
  13. 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

    • 2 years, 4 days ago
    1. Blue cheese, wonderful, try it in scrambled eggs sometime.

      • 2 years, 4 days ago
    2. Blue cheese and Honey - is that peanut butter and jelly?

      • 2 years, 4 days ago
      1. Another classic!

        • 2 years, 4 days ago
    3. wow what a 'footy/rugby lads' lunch ;)

      • 2 years, 4 days ago
  14. Jake the dog- love the Grav bro

    • 2 years, 4 days ago
  15. SW6

    C'mon Fulham!

    • 2 years, 4 days ago
  16. 1-1

    (Karagounis, Whelan)

    lets do this.

    • 2 years, 4 days ago
  17. Score check.

    -7

    You?

    • 2 years, 4 days ago
    1. BPs already out then? ;)

      • 2 years, 4 days ago
    2. SW6

      0 from 0 ;)

      • 2 years, 4 days ago
    3. tw
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

      0pts

      • 2 years, 4 days ago
    4. I daren't look.

      • 2 years, 4 days ago
  18. 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

    • 2 years, 4 days ago
    1. Swap between a and B

      • 2 years, 4 days ago
      1. Sound advice :)

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  19. Cameron.
    Lets do this ;)

    • 2 years, 4 days ago
    1. Bloody Tories.

      • 2 years, 4 days ago
  20. Wilson just took a throw in and came thru it unscathed ;-)

    • 2 years, 4 days ago
    1. He could have died.

      • 2 years, 4 days ago
      1. SAF quote?

        • 2 years, 4 days ago
  21. Go Sidwell, prove em wrong Doos!!!

    • 2 years, 4 days ago
  22. Berba looks busy. Nearly broke into a jog then.

    • 2 years, 4 days ago
    1. Yeah. I saw it too!

      • 2 years, 4 days ago
    2. I hope he's not injured himself.

      • 2 years, 4 days ago
    3. Left his fags in the dressing room.

      • 2 years, 4 days ago
  23. Watched five mins of this and can already feel a yawn coming on. 0-0 for sure.

    • 2 years, 4 days ago
    1. Don't think it will be scoreless!

      • 2 years, 4 days ago
  24. Ok chaps watching Sky Sports? Haven't u heard the commentator? Cameron given the free role !! In your face :D :P !! 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 ;) :P Yeahhh get in !!!

    • 2 years, 4 days ago
    1. Mate I think he is playing RB.

      • 2 years, 4 days ago
      1. He's not, he's playing CAM.

        • 2 years, 4 days ago
        1. Well watch Sky Sport. I am out

          • 2 years, 4 days ago
        2. Ah feck knows, I'm not gonna put on that game to check.

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

          • 2 years, 4 days ago
  25. It's going to be a long day for the Fulham defenders if they keep playing like this.

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  26. Dimitar!!! I could have scored that. :-(

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  27. Yer man the Stoke lad Jerome Cameron is very versatile ;-)

    • 2 years, 4 days ago
  28. LOOOL EVANS

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  29. rvp back next week?

    • 2 years, 4 days ago

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  • Bertrand
  • Janmaat
  • Sánchez
  • Di María
  • Walters
  • Mane
  • Sakho
  • Rooney
  • Aguero
  • Cresswell
  • Moses
  • Gomis

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