The Stock Check – Tuesday

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

A merciless Arsenal, inspired by Santi Cazorla’s promptings, send brave Wigan sliding into the Championship with victory at the Emirates. Over the Madjeski meanwhile, City start the post-Mancini era with a comfortable 2-0 win. Here’s the Stock Check from Tuesday’s encounters…

On the Up

Lukas Podolski
Olivier Giroud’s three-match ban brought Podolski in from the cold having struggled to cement a starting role for weeks prior to the Frenchman’s indiscretions. This was Podolski’s third consecutive start as the central attacker and finally brought him returns. The German’s brace took him to 11 goals for the season, which, coupled with 9 assists, will go down as a reasonable haul given that Podolski has completed 90 minutes on just two occasions on the league. Giroud returns from his ban for the trip to Newcastle – it remains to be seen if Podolski holds his position, or even his start, for Sunday’s clash.

Santi Cazorla
The Spaniard went into tonight’s encounter having blanked in eight of his last nine league outings: his ownership had dropped week-by-week as a result. However, with over 21,000 managers acquiring Cazorla ahead of Gameweek 37, the Gunners playmaker sparked into life to assist each one of Arsenal’s four goals this evening. Once again, then, Cazorla confirmed himself as an explosive midfield option that perhaps lacks the consistency of a true midfield heavy-hitter.

Theo Walcott
In contrast, Walcott has rediscovered the consistency that had previously seen him return in 11 of 15 starts from Gameweek 11-30. Tonight’s strike means that Walcott has now fetched goals in his last three consecutive matches, rewarding those who awarded him the Gamweek 37 armband.

Shaun Maloney
In truth, Maloney’s stock is in the balance. On the one hand, the Scot’s sublime free-kick effort rewarded his owners with their third set of returns in the last four outings. However, with the Latics now relegated, Maloney will go into Sunday’s meeting with former club Aston Villa with little but pride at stake.

Joe Hart
Retained in goal after appearing in Saturday’s FA Cup Final, Hart earned his third consecutive clean sheet and his 18th of the season. With City rotating their defence once again, Hart was the only member of the rearguard to play all three of those matches, offering rich rewards for those who acquired his services for the Gameweek 36 double.

Sergio Aguero
Having proved a huge disappointment over City’s two Gameweek 36 fixtures , those Fantasy managers who held Aguero, despite concerns of rotation, got their reward in the shape of tonight’s opening goal at the Madjeski. That strike was Aguero’s third in his last five league appearances. The Argentine did, however, leave the field on the hour-mark in some discomfort having stretched for a James Milner cross – we await an update on that potential knock.

Going Down

Arouna Kone
Denied by a superb Wojciech Szczęsny second half stop, similar to Maloney, the Ivorian striker now has little to play for when he faces up to Villa on Sunday. With just a single goal in his last seven, Kone has failed to spark over the Latics run-in to provide the goals required by his side, or expected by his Fantasy owners.

Carlos Tevez
With both Sergio Ageuro and Edin Dzeko on the scoresheet, Tevez came away from the Madjeski with a blank and his owners will now be nervy head of the potentially profitable home clash with Norwich on Sunday. With Brian Kidd in charge, it’s difficult to predict the likely lineup but Dzeko once again made his claim for a starting role with a 14th goal of the season from the bench. Tevez has just one assist in his last five league appearances.

Bonus Predictions – Courtesy of the BAP Chap

Arsenal 4 Wigan 1 – Podolski 3, Cazorla 2, Walcott 1 (in the mix Ramsey)
Reading 0 Man City 2 – Aguero 3, Silva 2, Yaya Toure 1 (in the mix Dzeko)

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  1. tevez -> sturridge or adebayor? or leave???

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
  2. My Cash H2H Final opponent and we have similar teams. How am I looking for the final?

    Me--> Vertonghen, Clyne, Kone.
    Him--> de Gea, Sagna, RVP.

    : I think I need to take a hit for a differential, somewhere. :/

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
  3. is manger stability a overrated thing?

    look at Chelsea,
    now look at Arsenal.

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
    1. I think there are a few more factors at play here other than the amount of managers they've both had.

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
        • 2 years, 8 months ago
      1. but people are making like it is a very big deal, while it is actually not.

        • 2 years, 8 months ago
        • 2 years, 8 months ago
    2. You've just randomly picked two teams to make your point though haven't you?

      Look at Manchester United
      Now look at Blackburn Rovers

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
      1. SAF is unreal, he is an exception.

        • 2 years, 8 months ago
        1. SAF is Unreal? 😯

          • 2 years, 8 months ago
            • 2 years, 8 months ago
    3. Now look at Man United.

      But there's many factors.

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
    4. Different circumstances though... That's like saying look at United and look at Everton...

      We haven't had the money to compete with the other 3 and Tottenham to a degree since the Emirates move.

      Stadium now paid off, huge commercial deals made this season plus Champions League football (Hopefully) and the stability of the manager... You might just be surprised next season.

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
      1. 😆
        I was tipping arsenal to be title challenger at start of this season!!

        • 2 years, 8 months ago
    5. My point being that manager stability plays a less big part than everyone think it does. (IMO)

      like pie, it is overrated

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
  4. keep downing? or ditch?

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
    1. Keep ditch.

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
    2. Kitchen.

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
      1. towelie, is that you?

        • 2 years, 8 months ago
        1. To..........

          • 2 years, 8 months ago
  5. captain michu anyone?

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
    1. Everyone is still on a Sturridge high.

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
    2. Better options out there I think but not a bad differential.

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
    3. Not the best choice, but he's far from the worst I've seen.

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
    4. Feel like iI have to do Sturridge.

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
    5. Fulham leaking loads of goals so could be a great differential choice.

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
    6. I was all for it, but having closed the gap to my rival to just one point, I think I'm going to play "safe" and go with Bale or Sturridge.

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
    7. Just enjoy owning him as many on here have got rid.

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
      1. havent got him .bringin him in for hit

        • 2 years, 8 months ago
  6. Morning Fella's!!!!

    Happy with GW37?

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
    1. I don't think Katie is confused . . . you might be though. 😉

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
    2. She may have got the sturridge call wrong, but she did captain santi!

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
  7. Call me crazy but I think there's a big chance that Arsenal will be right up there competing for the title next season.

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
    1. u r crazy

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
    2. Are they buying some good players?

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
  8. RMT please

    Hart (Cesar)

    Verto - Davies - Baines (Harte,Bertrand)

    Lampard - Walcott - Cazorla - Bale (C) ( Fella)

    Kone - Lambert - Sturridge

    Used my free transfer Dzeko > Studge

    having great finish with 94 points and 78 points in last 2 GWs

    any good transfer u recommend ?

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
  9. Hows my team looking?


    Dawson Shaw Vertonghen - (Distin, Turner)

    Bale Walcott Lampard Silva Michu

    Tevez Sturridge - (hernandez)

    I could easily captain anyone of my midfielders or forwards, Which is best?

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
  10. Begovic

    Sagna Vertonghen Davies Demel Boyce
    Bale Fella Maloney Coutinho Caz
    Tevez RVP Benteke

    1FT. Swap Benteke > Sturridge?
    Any other transfers? Not that it matters though, leading my ML by 150ish but want to try place top 50 in my country.

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
  11. People's opinion on nasri starting?

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
  12. Only 1 out of Coutinhos 9 goal/assists has come at home... the rest away.... Discuss relevance?

    Means nothing v a relegated QPR at home?

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
    1. home-crowd expectations putting pressure on a young inexperienced player?

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
    2. . . . although Pool as a team have been poor at home this season

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
      1. its an interesting stat.... for a few games it could just be coincidence, but for a whole season a trend starts to become relevant...

        I think for this reason i will Captain BALE over sturridge....BALE has sunderland at home and they NEED to win for any chance of Champions League spot...

        • 2 years, 8 months ago
  13. Top of ML by 3 points,

    DDG (Bunn)
    Vert Enrique O'Brien (shaw, Davies)
    Hazard Bale (c) Fellaini Maloney Wally
    RVP Sturridge (Benteke)

    Jussy Beg
    Sagna Rio Davies Zaba Turner
    Bale Wally Snodgrass Fellaini Sissocko
    RVP Kone Tevez

    1FT 0.3 in the bank, was thinking maybe swap DDG to jussy or if hazard is a doubt maybe swap him out for Lennon/Dempsey/Silva... And should implay shaw instead of maloney? Advice appreciated!

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
  14. De Gea
    Enrique Luiz Clichy (Dawson) (Sagna)
    Bale Silva Mata Coutinho (Sissoko)
    Aguero Sturridge Kone

    Anybody worth taking a hit for? Any news on Aguero?

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
    1. As well as Aguero updates, I'd be nervous about DDG gametime

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
  15. Jussi,
    Demel, Kompany, Vertonghen, Sagna,
    Bale (C) Walcott, Cazorla, Mata,
    Sturridge (vc), Aguero

    Bego, Puncheon, Clyne, Benteke ( 1FT 0.8 in bank )

    Bit worried about people like Aguero/Kompany/Mata not starting.... so want a decent sub in case....
    Cant afford Coutinho in one go so shall i:

    A) Wait for more news on Aguero and if injured do Aguero and Punch TO Coutinho and Adebayor/9.6 striker
    B) wait for more news on aguero and if fit do Puncheon and Benteke to Coutinho & 5.9 striker who will play?
    C) leave and hope for all start?


    • 2 years, 8 months ago
    1. it's already a strong side - you have the luxury already of Walcott AND Caz, plus Studge . . .I think if it were me I'd transfer Benteke for a sure-start striker for your bench, and play as is

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
  16. Do I use FT for Podol --> Sturridge, or improve back line of Luiz Davies Sagna


    • 2 years, 8 months ago
    1. Wait for the match tonight and see if all the CHE players survive.

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
  17. i am leading my mini league by just 24 points!!!
    here are the differences b/w me and my rival:

    me: hart, enrique, kone, tevez

    him: de gea, baines, dempsey, aguero

    i think we both will be doing lukaku->sturridge this wk.
    team is there any transfer i can do for a hit which will increase my chances of scoring more than him this gamewk[i have a h2h final with him also]

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
    1. if i was in his position id be tempted to captain aguero.

      so maybe cancel him out with ageuro if you can

      • 2 years, 8 months ago
      1. but not yet...There was an issue with his knee when he came off last night...

        • 2 years, 8 months ago
        1. didnt know that but yeah wait until weekend for more news.

          • 2 years, 8 months ago
  18. i'm in a pickle

    51pts ahead of rival at top of mini league, HOWEVER, he has WC to play for last game!

    its got me feeling itchy
    worth spending 8 pts it will take for tevez/walters to sturridge/caz or just a free transfer tevez -> sturridge

    • 2 years, 8 months ago
    1. Surely 51 points lead is enough to nt bothering to consider an 8 point hit - being that far ahead you must have a pretty good team anyway?

      • 2 years, 8 months ago

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