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.

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

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. there was a time when Ahmed Al-Muhammadi was the most talked about defender of all time.

      :)

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    3. I'd say wilson is in with a shout of clinching that title...

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  2. My mini rival is creating a super team but mustn't have a clue about GW 29. This could be good.

    • 1 year, 1 month 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%

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Theo all the way!!

      Haxball?

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Not at the moment mate..

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

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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!

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
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    3. I'm hoping they all do equally well this week :D

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    4. tw

      so you were one of just 2 bale captainers?

      who'd the game captain? theo?

      • 1 year, 1 month 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.

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. tw

          fair enough. interesting

          • 1 year, 1 month 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)

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. impossible to tell IMO. I like RVP C over Bale, so that could decide it.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. thats me vs you :-) goodluck but not that much luck ;-)

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Same to you bro

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
  5. Can you add different things to an accumulator such as:

    Berbatov anytime scorer
    Cisse anytime scorer
    Team A to win

    • 1 year, 1 month 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. :)

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. *exercises

      they didnt bother teaching me how to spell

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. tw

          think you missed my comment to you before

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
          1. caught it, cheers!

            • 1 year, 1 month 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!

    ? :)

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. id consider that or arsenal/villa

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    2. West Brom v Sunderland.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    3. tw

      arsenal villa

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  8. GW 29 balnk manu v.s westham and city v.s wigan any other teams blank too ?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. i thought potentially Everton and one other

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. thanx

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. theres a link at the top in the article explaining the permutations...... "left it to paul"

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. thanx dude

        • 1 year, 1 month 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.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. United v Real is March 5th. They're grand for GW29 on 11th or 12th.

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
      2. thnx mate

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
  9. mignolet
    martin R, clyne, harte
    walcott (c), sissoko (vc), fellaini, mata
    podolski, RVP, Ba.
    what say????

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
  10. Berba hat-trick, Wilson og. Job done.

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. I used to like you ;)

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. boooourns

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  11. 56 point hit. My UEFA opponent is calling it quits for the season.

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

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. :lol: love it when people go completely off the reservation

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. I know exactly how he feels.

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    2. tw

      who is that?

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Rebeldogg

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. tw

          which league?

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
          1. Budesliga

            • 1 year, 1 month ago
    3. :-? Who is he?

      • 1 year, 1 month 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

    • 1 year, 1 month 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

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Blue cheese, wonderful, try it in scrambled eggs sometime.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. Blue cheese and Honey - is that peanut butter and jelly?

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Another classic!

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
    3. wow what a 'footy/rugby lads' lunch ;)

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  14. Jake the dog- love the Grav bro

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
  15. SW6
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member

    C'mon Fulham!

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
  16. 1-1

    (Karagounis, Whelan)

    lets do this.

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
  17. Score check.

    -7

    You?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. BPs already out then? ;)

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. SW6
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

      0 from 0 ;)

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    3. tw

      0pts

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    4. I daren't look.

      • 1 year, 1 month 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

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Swap between a and B

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Sound advice :)

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
  19. Cameron.
    Lets do this ;)

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Bloody Tories.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  20. Wilson just took a throw in and came thru it unscathed ;-)

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. He could have died.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. SAF quote?

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
  21. Go Sidwell, prove em wrong Doos!!!

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
  22. Berba looks busy. Nearly broke into a jog then.

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Yeah. I saw it too!

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. I hope he's not injured himself.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    3. Left his fags in the dressing room.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  23. Watched five mins of this and can already feel a yawn coming on. 0-0 for sure.

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Don't think it will be scoreless!

      • 1 year, 1 month 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 !!!

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Mate I think he is playing RB.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. He's not, he's playing CAM.

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. Well watch Sky Sport. I am out

          • 1 year, 1 month 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.

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
  25. It's going to be a long day for the Fulham defenders if they keep playing like this.

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
  26. Dimitar!!! I could have scored that. :-(

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
  27. Yer man the Stoke lad Jerome Cameron is very versatile ;-)

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
  28. LOOOL EVANS

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
  29. rvp back next week?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago

Scout Picks

For Gameweek 35

  • Adrián
  • Zabaleta
  • Ivanovic
  • Skrtel
  • Salah
  • Gerrard
  • Mata
  • Eriksen
  • Suárez
  • Adebayor
  • Aguero
  • Caulker
  • Ramsey
  • Lambert

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