The Stock Check – Saturday

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

Two Frank Lampard strikes earn him record breaker status, whilst putting a big smile on the faces of those who took a short-term punt on the now Chelsea legend. Villa are consigned to defeat and are not out of the mire just yet, as they face a final day trip to Wigan without Christian Benteke after the Belgian saw red. Here’s the Stock Check on Saturday’s single league encounter…

On the Up

Frank Lampard
Selected for the Scout Picks ahead of both Eden Hazard and Juan Mata, it looked as though Lampard would be hard pushed to come out on top when the that pair were named in Rafa Benitez’s lineup. A brace of goals saw to that, however, sealing Chelsea’s club goalscoring record in the process. With 15 goals for the season, it seems remarkable that there is still doubt surrounding Lampard’s future at Stamford Bridge. Those who invested this week will be more than happy with the short-term returns and will hope that Lampard gets to say a potential farewell to the Chelsea faithful against Everton in Gameweek 38 with a Champions League place now all but sealed. Ramires’ suspension for his two yellows today can only help matters in that respect.

Eden Hazard
It was perhaps as surprise to see Hazard named on today’s teamsheet given his recent calf injury, as Benitez chose to risk the playmaker ahead of the midweek Europa League final with Benfica. Hazard duly delivered both assists for Lampard’s goals, taking him onto 16 for the season with frustrated Mata owners put in the shade again. The sight of Hazard limping from the field late on will be a concern for Benitez and, to a lesser extent, his Fantasy owners, however. The Chelsea boss has confirmed a hamstring problem and that Hazard will undergo a scan ahead of the midweek final.

Going Down

Christian Benteke
It looked as though Benteke’s match was taking on a familiar pattern: a superbly taken opening goal took the Belgian to 19 for the season and continued an extraordinary run of form that has brought 14 goals since the turn of the year. However, a red card for two bookable offences ended Benteke’s day early and will see him suspended for what was a potentially profitable final day trip to Wigan, with Villa still not yet safe from the drop. His absence will be an unwanted final day problem for his owners and a major headache for Paul Lambert.

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  1. sy

    I wonder if the Everton fans that were negative against Martinez after hearing he might become their manager have had a change of heart. Hope Wigan stay up as well and another team gets relegated.

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. Genuinely likeable guy too.

      He also has the advantage over a lot of young foreign managers in the English game for having plied his trade here as a player.

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
      1. sy

        An even more remarkable feat by him considering city had no injuries and Wigan were without a few players.

        • 1 year, 9 months ago
        1. Indeed. I hope they have some left in the tank for the Arsenal game.

          • 1 year, 9 months ago
  2. Classic Fergie mind games...

    Retire so City get distracted and lose the cup!


    what next?

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. :lol:

      Imminent return to the United hotseat, sorry Moyes, haha Mancini, troll face.

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
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  3. callum mcmanaman, what a second half he had!

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. sy

      He was excellent in the first half as well!

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    2. Bossed it. Had Clichy on the back foot most of the 1st half aswell. Got a great future ahead of him.

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
      1. he reminds me of a decent antonio valencia

        • 1 year, 9 months ago
  4. BR

    I was hoping Wigan would get thrashed and destroyed psychologically, now I'm hoping they turn up at the Emirates still hungover.

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. there's no way they're going to celebrate the FA cup with Budweiser by drinking alcohol. That's just not what the FA cup with Budweiser is all about!

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. He has tiny feet.

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
  5. Zab on misses 37? Will he play gw38 anyone think kolorov play instead of clichy

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. Does the sending off count in the premier league?

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
      1. Yes

        • 1 year, 9 months ago
        1. So one game do you think he'll play gw38

          • 1 year, 9 months ago
          1. Yes.....hopefully!

            • 1 year, 9 months ago
            1. Good to hear tommy

              • 1 year, 9 months ago
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  6. anyone see john terry in a wigan jersey at the end?

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. Ha. Would love that to happen!

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
  7. Why can't we ever submit anything decent :-|

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. i shudder to think what we have submitted

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
      1. I'm heading South!

        • 1 year, 9 months ago
      2. dustin again...or socky?

        • 1 year, 9 months ago
        1. or jedward..the list goes on :neutral: probably the rubberbandits this year

          • 1 year, 9 months ago
    2. BR

      She doesn't offer us a convincing reason to believe in her.

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    3. As far as our entries go, I can stomach that.

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    4. Horrendous. That will get batter by Azerbaijan and Macedonia.

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
      1. that azerbaijan song was pretty good actually...guilty pleasure

        • 1 year, 9 months ago
        1. It's terrible...

          • 1 year, 9 months ago
    5. BR

      Targeting the depressed, lonely, semi-alcoholic middle-aged woman caucus of voters well, but will that be enough?

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
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  8. what are united fans so happy about? hope they realize they did exit the cup 2 rounds earlier ;)

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. City are first loser! That's what they're happy about!

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    2. You couldn't possibly understand unless you come from an area where football rivalry is what it's all about

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    3. As a Utd fan, I was delighted that Wigan won. Just makes it extra special that they beat Man City. Scoring the winner just near the end made it another little bit extra special. I'm quite certain City felt the same as Utd crashed out. To a fluke ;)

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
  9. How many feet does a rooster have?

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
      1. Damn

        • 1 year, 9 months ago
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  10. Average = 4

    Way higher than I was expecting


    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. 2pts(-4) 8-)

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
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  11. Watching it again on ITV+1

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. I recorded the celebrations and watched em twice. Bit sad, but makes me happy.

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    2. Britains got talent is on, much better viewing IMO l

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
  12. Has Parmtree been around for a scorecheck?

    Post your scores here


    • 1 year, 9 months ago
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    1. Fatty-4

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    2. wow the average is pretty high on here...I feel even worse about my 2 points now...thought it was above average!

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
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    3. Only 2 here, but I only went down 33 places. Surprised.

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
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  13. Best three mids for GW38 please. Have:

    Bale, Walcott, Coutinho, Hazard*, Sissoko*

    Looking to replace Hazard & Sissoko so money shouldn't be an issue....

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  15. And what the funk has happened to Silva this year. Not even a shadow of last year.

    And Nasri *pukes on floor*

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
  16. Surely Zabaletta red is good all round, right?
    If you started him this week, he may have got on as 1 point sub. Now he wont.
    I benched him anyway and surely he will play in 38 now.

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
  17. Was tevez injured today?

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
  18. Mancini isn’t as bad as people making him out to be he’s not the greatest but he is a tactician and a cautious type manager and he got it wrong against a determined Wigan side in a cup final he won 2 years back, so what. About the decision to replace Tevez rather than Barry that everyone are moaning about, he wanted to push Yaya behind aguero to trouble the wigan backline with power and height and the only DM that can hold and distribute would be Barry. He could have replaced anyone frankly all attacking players were not great tbh and the coin toss fell to Tevez.

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
  19. Odds of Aguero getting a start?

    • 1 year, 9 months ago

Scout Picks

For Gameweek 28

  • Lloris
  • Ivanovic
  • Skrtel
  • Clichy
  • Eriksen
  • Hazard
  • Sterling
  • Mane
  • Austin
  • Kane
  • Aguero
  • Yun
  • Ozil
  • Rooney

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Player Club Factors
Up Foster WBA A, Vs
Down Pantilimon SUN B, Vs
No Change Ospina ARS B
Up Lloris TOT C, Vs
Down Hart MCI C, Vs
Up Green QPR C, Vs
Down Guzan AVL C, Vs
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Up Dawson WBA A, Vs, £
Up Rose TOT B, Vs, Rest, £
Up Naughton SWA B, Vs, £
Up Yun QPR C, Vs, £
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Down Kompany MCI C, Vs
Down Wollscheid STO C
Down Skrtel LIV B
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Up Dann CPL C, Vs
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Up Eriksen TOT C, Vs
Up Ozil ARS A, Vs
Up Sterling LIV B, VsX
Down Sánchez ARS C, Vs
Up Phillips QPR B, Vs
Up Puncheon CPL B, VsX
Down Mane SOT C, Vs
No Change Sinclair AVL B, Vs, £
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Down Di María MUN B
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Up Kane TOT A, Vs
Up Austin QPR B, Vs
Down Giroud ARS B, Vs
Up Rooney MUN B
Down Diego Costa CHE C
Down NDoye HUL B, £
Up Cissé NEW B, Vs, £, Sus
Up Gomis SWA C, Vs
Down Sturridge LIV C, VsX, Rest
Down Lukaku EVE C
No Change Defoe SUN C
Up Benteke AVL C, Vs
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Livermore HUL 8
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Okore AVL 7
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