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Dugout Discussion – Monday

Filed under: Dugout Discussion - Posted by: Mark

The Gameweek concludes with a clash of the titans. The first “humdinging” encounter of the season finds Man United host Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea, handing David Moyes a huge test in his first Premier League match in front of the Old Trafford faithful.

In Fantasy terms, our focus will be on Robin van Persie after he started the season in devastating style with a brace at the Liberty Stadium. With thousands backing the Dutchman with the armband and ownership of Chelsea’s assets still high after their double Gameweek, tonight’s outcome could provide the catalyst for a big mini-league swing.

The team news is in and, once again, there’s a couple of surprises in store.

Wayne Rooney starts for the hosts in the only change from the team that swept aside Swansea at the Liberty in Gameweek 1. Ryan Giggs drops out for the former Everton man, who is likely to line up on the left, with Danny Welbeck tucking in behind Robin Van Persie and Antonio Valencia out wide on the right.

Jose Mourinho names nine of the same XI that started against Villa last Wednesday evening. Juan Mata makes way for Kevin De Bruyne on the right, while Demba Ba is replaced by summer signing Andre Schurrle as the visitors line up without a recognised striker in their ranks – Romelu Lukaku once again misses out for the third match in a row, with Ba left out of the squad completely.

Our Dugout Discussion chatroom is now open and will be available throughout this evening’s match.

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    • 1 year, 3 months ago
    1. are you outside my window? :shock:

      • 1 year, 3 months ago
        • 1 year, 3 months ago
  1. Why did my BAPS OUT post get deleted ? :(

    Anyway 2 for JT :)

    • 1 year, 3 months ago
  2. Terrible dive by Cole, if your gonna dive make it believable

    • 1 year, 3 months ago
  3. whittingham, kim, brady, ward-prowse, kasami, barkley

    in order please

    • 1 year, 3 months ago
  4. best mid to replace hazard? (possibly only for 1 gw)

    I already have Walcott, Courtinho and Silva

    • 1 year, 3 months ago
    1. Muchu or Paulinho for me

      • 1 year, 3 months ago
  5. Wittingham, Kim, Brady, Barkley Ward P., Kasami

    • 1 year, 3 months ago
    1. See above

      • 1 year, 3 months ago
  6. Ok Rooney .... Even if he stays at mufc ?

    • 1 year, 3 months ago
  7. Been away for a few days.
    No doubt this has been done to death, but what's the feeling towards Ward-Prowse?
    Rather surprised to see him on set pieces.

    How long can he keep Gaston out of the team / before he's rested....?

    • 1 year, 3 months ago
    1. i have him

      • 1 year, 3 months ago
  8. I'm slowly but surely talking myself into Taarabt and Van Persie ahead of Sturridge and Michu. These are the sort of decisions I got wrong last season . Sturridge has always been a streaky player so has Giroud and I think Michu is pushing it at 9 million considering he is playing at a mid table team in Europe . I know Taarabt is madness but I love taking risky punts.

    • 1 year, 3 months ago
  9. Will Sturridge be worth it when Súarez comes back? I'm not sure and dont know if its worth it to try to find funds now for a lambert to Sturridge transfer, would only be able to do it in gw 5 or 4 with hits ...

    • 1 year, 3 months ago

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