The Stock Check – Saturday

Filed under: Scout Notes, The Stock Check - Posted by: Mark 42

The Gunners deliver the expected goals as Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud step up, only to be overshadowed by Gervinho. Elsewhere, returns for Gareth Bale, Michu and Rickie Lambert will put smiles on faces as both United and City gathered further clean sheets. Here’s the Stock Check on Saturday’s events so far…

On the Up

Santi Cazorla
Topping the captain poll, Cazorla was well backed going into the Gameweek and duly delivered handsome profit with goal and assist returns. That maintained his strong recent form that has seen Cazorla fire five goals in eight league appearances. With the double Gameweek beckoning, further heavy investment and price rises look inevitable.

Back in the starting lineup, the Ivorian enjoyed a superb afternoon, fetching a goal and two assists as Arsenal strolled against Nigel Adkins’ side. Priced as a 6.8 midfielder in the Fantasy Premier League (FPL), Gervinho could yet prove a handy differential for the forthcoming double Gameweek, although there’s little doubt that the injury to Theo Walcott was a major factor in his return to the starting lineup today.

Bacary Sagna
Fit and immediately recalled to Arsenal teamsheet, ousting Carl Jenkinson, Sagna’s position as the first choice right-back looks to be confirmed. At just 4.6 in the FPL, the Frenchman may now prove to be a popular target for the Gameweek 33 double.

Lukas Fabianski
The Pole is another potential target for the Gunners double having seemingly confirmed himself as the current number one having retained his start for today’s game. There’s little doubt that there is scant security on offer here, however, with Wojciech Szcesny surely a constant threat, but at just 4.3 in the FPL, Fabianski is perhaps a risk worth taking for those with transfers to spare.

Olivier Giroud
The Frenchman justified his Scout Picks selection with a first goal in five league outings, taking him to ten for the season. Again, Giroud may well have registered points in time to attract interest ahead of Gameweek 33.

Gareth Bale
The Welshman blanked as Spurs slipped to Fulham last time out but Bale would not be denied at the Liberty Stadium. A goal and assist returns for Bale took him to an incredible 17 goals for the season and continued a run that has now seen him score eight in eight league games. Maximum bonus points would give Bale his sixth set in his last ten matches. Regardless of his potential blank in Gameweek 33, Bale’s form makes him as essential as any player right now.

Jan Vertonghen
Like Bale, the Belgian came out of the trip to Swansea with goal and assist returns to further his reputation as a defender that offers strong potential for attacking points. This was Vertonghen’s fifth of the season, his third goal in three games. Spurs are without a clean sheet in six which does little for the Belgian’s appeal but there’s little doubt that Vertonghen will be a serious Fantasy consideration for next season.

The Spaniard went into the clash with Spurs have returned points in just two of his last nine league outings. Today’s goal was a welcome return to form, then, and some repayment for those who had kept the faith in a player that had seen heavy Fantasy Premier League sales of late. Sales could still continue with the Gameweek 33 blank, although a tempting double looms in Gameweek 36.

Rickie Lambert
A sublime deadball strike gave Lambert his fourteenth goal of the season and his fourth in his last seven league outings. Lambert has more delivered on his promise this season and has shown a recent consistency that has belied his modest price tag. With strong fixtures to come, while Lambert lacks the appeal of a double Gameweeek, he could continue to earn attention before the season is out.

Jay Rodriguez
Picked out in the Differentials this week, the former Burnley man maintained his strong form with a goal that brought him back-to-back strikes. Rodriguez has now scored or assisted in six of his last eight league matches – outstanding consistency for a 5.1 FPL forward.

David Silva
While it’s too little too late all round for City and Silva, the Spaniard was another Scout Pick to come good as he struck his fourth goal of the season in the rout of Newcastle at the Etihad. In a season of tepid returns, that was just the second time in seven matches that Silva has fetched FPL points – perhaps symptomatic of City’s decline.

Carlos Tevez
Tevez is one City player that has maintained some form, however. Today’s goal was his third in four appearances and took Tevez to 10 goals and 13 assists for the season. Tevez has now returned a goal or assist in five of his last seven league outings for City.

Andy Carroll
The big Geordie was never going to tempt Fantasy investment given his disappointing season in front of goal, but today’s returns were somewhat signposted. Carroll had scored in his last two home matches and duly delivered a brace against West Brom today to offer a reminder of his talents. Carroll is ineligible for the Gameweek 32 trip to Anfield up next as a condition of his loan deal.

David De Gea
A sixth consecutive clean sheet delivered further defensive returns and the Spanish keeper is the only defensive player who has been present for them all. While the Untied back four has experienced rotation, De Gea stays cemented as the number one and continues to present the most secure route into United’s rock solid rearguard.

Arouna Kone
The Ivorian came good once again, moving into double figures for the season with a vital goal – his fourth in his last four league starts. With Wigan typically ending the season with a flourish and with a Gameweek 36 double on the horizon, Kone goes on delivering value and tempting investment as a third striker option.

Going Down

The Brazilian returned to the starting lineup having been rested against Reading, only to be forced off with a groin injury that, according to reports, has already ruled him out of Monday’s FA Cup replay with Chelsea and will make him an early doubt for the local derby with City.

Carl Jenkinson
Despite some recent strong performances at right-back, Jenkinson immediately made way for the return of Bacary Sagna today, seemingly relegating him to a cameo role once again for the season run-in.

Nacho Monreal
The Gunners left-back was replaced by Kieran Gibbs on 71 minutes having picked up a knock. With Gibbs now threatening his starting role, it remains to be seen if the injury to Monreal will cloud the issue for the Gameweek 32 trip to West Brom.

Romelu Lukaku
While the big Belgian returned an assist for the Baggies today, the penalty he won was taken by Graham Dorrans – indication that Lukaku has now relinquished spot-kick duties after his recent miss in the win over Swansea.

Chelsea’s Attacking Assets
The defeat at Southampton means that Chelsea have now scored just four goals in their last four league outings – hardly impressive and encouraging form going into a potential double Gameweek in a fortnight’s time. With the Chelsea schedule and Rafa Benitez’s rotation policy a continued concern, confidence in the likes of Juan Mata (absent today through illness) and Eden Hazard (rested to the bench) will have taken another dent. A strong performance against struggling Sunderland is required next time out to restore the faith should Chelsea lose out in Monday’s Cup replay and present the Gameweek 33 double.

Gaston Ramirez
The Uruguayan was thought to be a key player for the Saints and yet he’s had his minutes curtailed by Mauricio Pochettino and was on the bench again today. With the Saints’ form so strong, it seems unlikely that Ramirez will cement a starting role over the remainder of the season as starts in the Southampton midfield remain in flux.

Artur Boruc
Having established himself as the Saints’ number one, starting the last twelve league matches, Boruc was forced off at half-time today, making way for Kelvin Davis. Details on any injury are sketchy right now but he could now be a doubt for the trip to Reading in Gameweek 32.

Matija Nastasic
The Serbian missed out on City’s clean sheet due to injury according to noises from the Etihad. With Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott keeping a shut-out, it remains to be seen if Nastasic can regain his fitness and starting role for the trip to Old Trafford up next.

Bonus Predictions – Courtesy of the Bap Chap

Sunderland 0 Man United 1 - Van Persie 3, Vidic 2, Young 1 (in the mix Carrick, Buttner, Smalling)
Arsenal 4 Reading 1 - Gervinho 3, Cazorla 2, Arteta 1 (in the mix Mariappa) (top 2 very tight)
Man City 4 Newcastle 0 - Clichy 3, Silva 2, Kompany 1 (extremely tight)
Southampton 2 Chelsea 1 - Rodriguez 3, Lambert 2, Terry 1 (in the mix S.Davis)
Swansea 1 Tottenham 2 - Vertonghen 3, Bale 3, Sigurdsson 1 (the 1 is very low and open)
West Ham 3 West Brom 1 - Carroll 3, O’Neil 2, Collins 1
Wigan 1 Norwich 0 - Kone 3, Beausejour 2, Alcaraz 1 (very low and open behind Kone, no gimmes)

  1. I'm sure I speak for every non Stoke fan when I say I hope Stoke get relegated .

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
    1. That would be excellent.

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
      1. Villa too...

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
          • 2 years, 1 day ago
          1. This.

            • 2 years, 1 day ago
    2. Yes, they're fookin tedious

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    3. I just hope and pray villa stay up. Any other 3 can go down I ain't fussed.

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
      1. I would like to se Wigan, Stoke and Reading out. But I would also hate if Hull gets promoted.

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
        1. Same for some reason. Would like palace to go up

          • 2 years, 1 day ago
        2. So would I, Mile!!! I'd be very happy if them 3 were the ones that went. I think Sunderland will be one of them though.

          • 2 years, 1 day ago
    4. no

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    5. wouldn't mind it, but hope Bego gets some save points

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
      1. doubt it, with the way the system calculated they can't give clear save pts to him

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
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      1. They've lost 8 out of their last 11 and are 4 above the zone.

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
        1. Let's do something then and get them out.

          • 2 years, 1 day ago
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          1. What? I'm saying I want them in :???:

            • 2 years, 1 day ago
            1. I don't think you know what you want.

              • 2 years, 1 day ago
    6. Agreed, they're awful to watch

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    7. Don't worry, someone will hire Tony Pulis again

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    8. They're one of my favourite teams to watch. Not everyone likes games with leaky defences.

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    9. I agree

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
  2. Tottenham 31 57
    Chelsea 30 55

    Arsenal 30 53
    Everton 30 51

    Along with last season, probably the toughest race for 3rd and 4th in BPL for a very lognt time.

    Who do you think will thake the final two UCL spots?

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      1. Yep I agree with 1966 here.

        I think you should leave out Pool/Everton out of this. Spurs are looking good for 3rd too, so it's pretty much b/w Chelsea and Arsenal.

        Rafa Benitez FTW

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
        1. I'm playing you in the EPL this week, Baines(c) was pretty ballsy :)

          • 2 years, 1 day ago
          1. Cheers man, having a miserable season and Chelsea's loss today wasn't easy :(

            Congrats on the win, Eric! Looks like a walk-over from me :lol:

            • 2 years, 1 day ago
            1. You need some fireworks from Berba!

              • 2 years, 1 day ago
              1. MNF bring it on!

                • 2 years, 1 day ago
        2. Everton surely is going to play a part in deciding the last 2 spots .
          They are yet to play Arse,Spurs,Chelsea and Liverpool and if they win their matches against these teams they have a chance.

          • 2 years, 1 day ago
          1. They won't win any of those matches imo.

            • 2 years, 1 day ago
            1. Yep looks likely but definite potential to play spoilsport for one of those teams.

              Just like they did to United last season!

              • 2 years, 1 day ago
          2. That's a great point there, Nopli.

            Good man :)

            • 2 years, 1 day ago
            1. Chelsea FTW ;)

              • 2 years, 1 day ago
      2. Spurs and Everton

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
    1. Chelsea
      Don't care about the other spot

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    2. Spurs and Arsenal I hope

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    3. Arsenal for sure.

      Easier fixtures.

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
  3. My defence this week

    ShawX :(
    Cameron :(
    Azpili :(
    Martin :(
    Evra :evil:

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
    1. demel outscored virtually all of them combined

      • 2 years, 1 day ago


    TFC 2-1 GALAXY


    • 2 years, 1 day ago
    1. scorer?

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
      1. earnshaw brace ploxxxxx :lol:

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
        1. Nope. My boy Jonathan Osorio. Used to play against him. SuperSub!

          • 2 years, 1 day ago
    2. How comes u ain't there?

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    3. wtf ?

      shall i start posting for dinamo ZG goals??

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
      1. I only post because a lot on here entered a MLS fantasy league ;)

        Wanna join?

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
        1. oh,that's fine then

          no thanks,i have no clue about that football to be honest

          • 2 years, 1 day ago
          1. Me neither :lol:

            • 2 years, 1 day ago
  5. Big sympathy for Snake Juice who brought in Boruc and Foster this has a blank, the other is now injured...and this was to replace two guys who were non-playing. Oh dear...

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
    1. Strange transfers tbf

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    2. Foster sounds strange. Could have even gone for Jussi..

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
      1. Post-engagement jitters :lol:

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  6. I thought captaining Suarez would be a good idea, as it would make me feel better after the Saturday games, knowing I had hope.

    Now I kinda need him to perform ...

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
    1. Me too with Sturridge. Always captain bale....

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
  7. Dani Behr this week, 27 with Sturridge (c), Benteke and samba tomorrow. Why oh why did I go for Mata instead of Caz??

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
    1. Dani Behr? What, you got boned by Giggsy and Sir Les?

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
      1. Dani Behr - 'mare

        Anyway I thought it was Tino Asprilla and Lee Clark...

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
        1. And the rest! She was fit, though.

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  8. Stick or twist for this week? 2 FTs for GW33 would be helpful...

    Begovic (Bunn)
    Cameron Mertesacker Dawson (Harte Clyne)
    Cazorla Michu Bale Sissoko (N'Zogbia)
    RVP Berbatov Suarez(C)

    Thanks in advance.

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
    1. Stick for sure

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
  9. It's like chosing between getting shot or getting electrocuted but

    Giroud or Carroll?

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
    1. Giroud

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    2. That's classic kneejerk.

      Are you serious?

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
      1. yes, I'm gonna have 8 DGWers, so I either take one of them or I take Kone and have an extra defender.

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
        1. Lone head is looking good tbf. Tho I'd take giroud

          • 2 years, 1 day ago
          1. Kone head even

            • 2 years, 1 day ago
            1. But I can sell Giroud for him later

              • 2 years, 1 day ago
    3. pretty much

      giroud just for the fixtures

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    4. Did you asked 'Senderos or Figueroa' last night?

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
      1. No chance, would touch either of them

        Schwarzer, Reither, Robles or Alcaraz only IMO

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
        1. Someone asked that and I said it's like between AIDS and Cancer. So far Cancer has 6 pts. More than whole my defence.

          • 2 years, 1 day ago
      2. I apologise for advicing against either.

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
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    1. Morgan freeman one is next level

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
      1. It really is. De Niro is class too. Even looks like him when he screws his face up.

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
    2. The morgan freeman one is good, the rest are average.

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
  10. Bit of a benching dilemma next week...

    Bego (AVL) or Bunn (SWA)
    Davies (nor) Dawson (EVE) Distin (tot) Pearce (SOU) Jose Enrique (WHU)
    Mata (SUN) Michu (nor) Cazorla (wba) Bale (EVE) Puncheon (reading)
    Rooney (MCI) Suarez (WHU) Benteke (sto)

    I'm expecting a good week I must admit...

    What four players would you bench and in what order? Thank you very much for any thoughts.

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
    1. Bunn; Puncheon, Distin, Pearce.

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    2. Bego, Davies, Distin and Punch.

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    3. Bench Distin ;)

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    4. Puncheon,Pearce,Distin

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    5. bench punch, Bunn, Distin, Pearce

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    6. puncheon - pearce - distin seems the best options

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    7. No dilemmas..

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
  11. My F & C INVESTMENTS Sky Sports performance of the week goes to Guy Demel.

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
  12. Bale C paid off - phew

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
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      1. Oh....

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
    1. Great stuff! Had him as vice, Suarez (C)

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
  13. shall i consider my 2FT's as flop?

    Michu - Caz

    Cisse - Giroud

    good transfers but michu scored and Giroud C delivered only 1 goal without any bps

    could be a lot better

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
    1. Head up, both have a DGW. Good transfers imo

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
      1. i did both transfers exacly cause of dgw

        my next 2 targets are Baines and Oscar/Rooney(depends on FA cup game)

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
        1. Ya same here.You getting fellaini?

          • 2 years, 1 day ago
    2. Caz smashed it!

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    3. Michu 7 points, Caz 12

      Cisse 2 points Giroud 12

      Not sure I'd see that a flop

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    4. you got net 8 points how is that a flop

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
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      1. cause i could stick with Michu and get rid both of Newcastle boys

        can't belive i decided to stick sissoko over michu

        • 2 years, 1 day ago
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    5. Extra boring post

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
  14. How's every1 else doing?

    I'm on 53 (-8)

    with Bentekkers Studge and Andros to go

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    1. Kno

      50 (-4) with suarez (c) enrique and bentekkers to go.

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    2. 44 (-4) +10ish Baps

      Enrique,Suarez and Berba left

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    3. 57(-4)

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
  15. How does this plan sound lads?

    GW32: Save tranny

    GW33: Davies + Migs :arrow: Sagna + Jussi

    Would leave me with this for the DGW: Arsenal overkill?

    Jussi (Bunn)

    Zaba JE Sagna (Clyne Pearce)

    Bale Mata Wally Caz (Townsend)

    VP Suarez Lamb

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
    1. not overkill majority will go in with 3 ars

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
  16. what do you reckon would be the average after tonight?

    34 maybe?

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  17. Whats with the fixtures page on the Council site?

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
  18. What a goal. LA Galaxy scissor kick to tie it up! :lol:

    We're so shit its unbelievable *clap clap clap clap clap clap clap*

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
    1. Draw is ok here for Toronto. I expected easy win from Galaxy. That Cudicini flop was idiotic.

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
  19. Bale's goal was crazy

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
  20. why didnt evans get a cs ? I suppose he played more than 60 mins including stoppage time?

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
    1. Only the normal 90 minutes count.

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  21. Suarez (c) fail :(

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
    1. Never..... Captained all season and he has returned well....

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
  22. Caz 3bps plus. none of this "it's tight at the top"

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
    1. by plus I mean please.... obviously

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
    2. I'm afraid Gervinho and his enormous forehead have stolen them

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
  23. Why does it say that Bale will have a potential blank on Gameweek 33 ?

    • 2 years, 1 day ago
    1. chelsea game if they go through the cup

      • 2 years, 1 day ago
  24. Robles anyone? Frees up a lot of cash, DGW on the horizon...

    • 2 years, 1 day ago

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For Gameweek 30

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  • Bertrand
  • Ivanovic
  • Cresswell
  • Mane
  • Hazard
  • Eriksen
  • Sánchez
  • Kane
  • Giroud
  • Aguero
  • Terry
  • Silva
  • Benteke

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Up Schmeichel LEI C, Vs, £
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Up Alderweireld SOT C, Vs, £
Up Baines EVE B, Vs
Down Dawson WBA B, £, Sus
Down Rose TOT C, Inj, £
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No Change Silva MCI A, Vs
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Down Sánchez ARS C, VsX
Up Mata MUN B, Rest
Up Downing WHM C, Vs
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No Change Giroud ARS A, VsX
Up Diego Costa CHE C, Vs, Inj
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No Change Benteke AVL B, VsX
Down Austin QPR B, VsX
Up Sakho WHM C, Vs, £
No Change Rooney MUN B
Up Lukaku EVE C, Vs, Inj
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Fábregas CHE 9
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Larsson SUN 9
Taylor SWA 9
Agbonlahor AVL 8
Cleverley AVL 8
Diego Costa CHE 8
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Naismith EVE 8
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