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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, 7 days ago
    1. are you outside my window? :shock:

      • 1 year, 7 days ago
        • 1 year, 7 days ago
  1. Why did my BAPS OUT post get deleted ? :(

    Anyway 2 for JT :)

    • 1 year, 7 days ago
  2. Terrible dive by Cole, if your gonna dive make it believable

    • 1 year, 7 days ago
  3. whittingham, kim, brady, ward-prowse, kasami, barkley

    in order please

    • 1 year, 7 days ago
  4. best mid to replace hazard? (possibly only for 1 gw)

    I already have Walcott, Courtinho and Silva

    • 1 year, 7 days ago
    1. Muchu or Paulinho for me

      • 1 year, 7 days ago
  5. Wittingham, Kim, Brady, Barkley Ward P., Kasami

    • 1 year, 7 days ago
    1. See above

      • 1 year, 7 days ago
  6. Ok Rooney .... Even if he stays at mufc ?

    • 1 year, 7 days 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, 7 days ago
    1. i have him

      • 1 year, 7 days 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, 6 days 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, 6 days ago

Scout Picks

For Gameweek 3

  • Krul
  • Caulker
  • Kolarov
  • Dummett
  • Fábregas
  • Ramsey
  • Sigurdsson
  • de Jong
  • Jovetic
  • Rooney
  • Aguero
  • Williams
  • Eriksen
  • Adebayor

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Goalkeepers

Last updated: 31 Aug, 2014 7:45am
Player Club Factors
No Change Krul NEW B, Vs, £
Up Mignolet LIV C, Vs
Up Begovic STO B, Vs
No Change Forster SOT B, Vs
Up De Gea MUN B
No Change Courtois CHE B
No Change Mannone SUN C, Vs, £
No Change Fabianski SWA A, Vs
Up Lloris TOT B, VsX
Up Heaton BRN B, Vs, £

Defenders

Last updated: 31 Aug, 2014 7:55am
Player Club Factors
No Change Ivanovic CHE A
Up Clyne SOT B, Vs, £
Up Lovren LIV B, Vs
Up Shawcross STO B, Vs
Up Janmaat NEW A, £
No Change Jones MUN C, Vs
No Change Taylor SWA B, Vs, £
No Change Van Aanholt SUN C, Vs, £
Down Ward CPL C
No Change Caulker QPR B
Up Duff BRN B, Vs, £
No Change Vertonghen TOT B, VsX
Up Coleman EVE B

Midfielders

Last updated: 1 Sep, 2014 11:22am
Player Club Factors
Up Sterling LIV A, Vs
Down Ramsey ARS B
No Change Fábregas CHE A
No Change Sigurdsson SWA A
No Change Hazard CHE B
Up Dyer SWA A, £
Up Tadic SOT B, Vs
Up Sánchez ARS B
Up Puncheon CPL B, £
Up Henderson LIV B, Vs
No Change Larsson SUN B, Vs, £
Down Eriksen TOT C
No Change Cabella NEW B, Vs
Down Mata MUN B, Vs
Down Silva MCI B
Up Arfield BRN C, Vs, £

Forwards

Last updated: 2 Sep, 2014 3:20pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Diego Costa CHE A
Up Sturridge LIV B, Vs
Down Rooney MUN C, Vs
No Change Aguero MCI B, Rest
No Change Adebayor TOT B
Up Naismith EVE A, £
Up Pellè SOT B, Vs
Up Welbeck ARS C, £
Up Emmanuel Rivière NEW C, Vs, £
Down Bony SWA C, Vs
Up Austin QPR B
Up Jutkiewicz BRN C, Vs, £

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Vs Favourable Fixtures
VsX Unfavourable Fixtures
Rest Rotation Risk
Inj Injured/Returning from Injury
OoP Out of Position
£ Potential Bargain
Sus Suspended/Near Suspension

“Petr is an amazing goalkeeper, but the difference between them is ten years and we think we have to make a decision about the future of the club and to give the goal to Courtois”

Jose Mourinho Chelsea Manager