The Knee Jerk

The Knee Jerk – Sunday

The Premier League’s bizarre shortage of goals continues as Sunday’s headline acts muster just two strikes between them. It saw both Olivier Giroud and Daniel Sturridge maintain their goal-a-game records, whilst at the Hawthorns, Swansea struck twice, leaving the Baggies without a goal in their three league outings.

The Game Changer

Giroud’s moment of quality proved the difference in a disjointed North London derby. A sublime flicked finish from a smart Theo Walcott centre was the Frenchman’s third goal in as many league games as he goes on establishing his top-flight reputation.

While we’re anticipating arrivals at the Emirates before the window slams shut, it’s fair to say that if a world class striker fails to saunter through the Emirates door, then Fantasy interest in the impressive Giroud will accelerate.

Currently priced at just 8.6 in the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) game, Giroud is owned by over 13% of managers following an outstanding pre-season that saw him strike eight goals. He has taken that form into the season and is not only accepting his goalscoring opportunities with confidence, his all-round play as Arsenal’s centre-forward has undoubtedly improved. It remains to be seen if that’s enough to discourage the lesser-spotted Emirates chequebook from fluttering in the direction of the Arsenal attack.

The Underused

The fixture computer did few favours for Swansea’s Fantasy prospects over the opening two matches. A home clash with the champions and an away trip to Spurs returned just a single goal but, today at the Hawthorns, we saw Michael Laudrup’s side kick-start their season and remind us of the talent they have within the ranks.

Ben Davies was a member of our team of the season last term after a full campaign at left-back generated eight clean sheets, a goal and two assists for the initial value of just 4.0. Priced at 5.0 this time round, he’s been largely ignored but will end the Gameweek as the top scoring defender having cracked the opening goal in the 2-0 win over West Brom. Team-mate Pablo Hernandez failed to make the anticipated impact in his first season but promises improvement this time around. Goal and assist returns today will earn him a couple of bonus and see him rank as the top midfielder in the Gameweek; at just 6.0, the classy Spaniard – who has now played a part in all three of his side’s strikes this term – could yet be a prospect for those who cannot stretch funds to cover Michu.

With Liverpool and Arsenal at home in the next three, the tests keep coming for Laudrup’s men but today’s result reminded Fantasy mangers that we’ll need to monitor progress at the Liberty and be ready to pay attention once the schedule eases from Gameweek 8.

The Selection Poser

Kolo Toure’s absence from the Liverpool lineup through a groin injury was perhaps expected, although noises from Anfield prior to the match gave his Fantasy owners some hope that he’d be available. It wasn’t to be.

With the injury played down by Brendan Rodgers, Toure could easily be in contention following the international break. However, it appears he may be about to slip down the pecking order by then. According to reports and Rodgers himself, Liverpool have agreed fees for defenders Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori. The signing of Sakho from Paris Saint-Germain, looks particularly daunting for Toure owners. The 23-year-old is a French international and is said to have commanded a fee of somewhere in the region of £18 million. It seems unlikely that Liverpool have paid that kind of money to have him play second fiddle to Toure. Sakho can be deployed at left-back but with Aly Cissokho recently joining the club as back-up to Jose Enrique, long-term, it looks as though Toure’s position is under real threat. The former City man is currently owned by over 9% of Fantasy Premier League managers.

Mark Mark created the beast. He's now looking to tame it.”

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  1. Bemba_Da
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 years, 10 months ago

    Arsenal fans I prepared you

    Spanish footballe expert Graham Hunter(SSN and talkSPORT) has just said Ozil wants a move to Manchester Uniteeed

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    1. Dukes of Hazard
        2 years, 10 months ago

        I have hear reports he's actually interested in a move to forest green rovers.

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      • Andrew
          2 years, 10 months ago

          See above, this would contradict that

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        • Manani
            2 years, 10 months ago

            He wants a move, but united refuse to pay such high fees.

            We have kagawa, ROoney on that spot anyway, but of course Ozil is a class above

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        • King Nemanja
            2 years, 10 months ago

            If Baines ends up moving to United, would he be straight into your teams?

            Could easily see 15+ clean sheets and 10+ assists, especially if he is playing at LW. Could be the alternative to RVP that so many are looking for.

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            1. Mind över Mata
                2 years, 10 months ago

                No pens, one of his great pluses

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              • Dogba
                  2 years, 10 months ago

                  No, he wouldn't be straight into the team. However if he starts on the LW and still have some set-pieces, I'd get him.

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                • Kostja
                    2 years, 10 months ago

                    without the pens he wont be as good

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                  • Mind över Mata
                      2 years, 10 months ago

                      Probably a rotation risk too

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                    • Dukes of Hazard
                        2 years, 10 months ago

                        No. Reasons:
                        1) we don't know if he would start
                        2) he won't have penalty's and free kicks
                        3) united wont build their team around him for attacking play
                        4) center backs seem to get bonus points
                        5) he's 7.5 million

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                      • EmreCan Hustle
                          2 years, 10 months ago

                          yes, but only if he is nailed on(doubtful)

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                        • Manani
                            2 years, 10 months ago

                            LW, interesting.

                            Baines and Evra overlapping, could be a master-stroke!!

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                        • Mind över Mata
                            2 years, 10 months ago

                            How much of a rotation threat is Toure?

                            Thinking Toure and Celustika -> Kos and Burner (-4)

                            Yay/nay?

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                            1. Lawro
                                2 years, 10 months ago

                                Toure is more than a rotation threat, Agger and Sakho will be the starting pair, with Toure and Ilori as back ups

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                                1. Mind över Mata
                                    2 years, 10 months ago

                                    Agreed. Do you recon this is a good trade?

                                    Also leaves me with 0.1 for Ravel -> someone next gw

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                                    1. Lawro
                                        2 years, 10 months ago

                                        I personally wouldn't do it, never take point hits on defenders!

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                                        1. Mind över Mata
                                            2 years, 10 months ago

                                            Usually I'd agree but this would sort out my backline with two players it that I don't need - mmm, will think about it

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                                            1. Mind över Mata
                                                2 years, 10 months ago

                                                *without the it

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                                      • LewanGOALski
                                          2 years, 10 months ago

                                          rotation may be on the cards, but he played well so far. Tough to say.

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                                        • PDM 5866-2206 Top 1000 ANY …
                                            2 years, 10 months ago

                                            Gonna have to wait till Gw5 before Toure gets the axe .
                                            Need Benteke for game week 4 first .

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                                        • roscola
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                                          2 years, 10 months ago

                                          Surely the stage is now set for a glorious tale of forgotten hero Shinji Kagawa rescuing Moyes from his own folly? The magnanimity of it would be the stuff of legend. Surely??

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                                          1. Mind över Mata
                                              2 years, 10 months ago

                                              Yeah, all this talk of needing creativity and they have just the man for it!

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                                            • SW6
                                                2 years, 10 months ago

                                                Hopefully, imagine the response from EvilKagawa if he started playing and scoring :)

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                                                1. roscola
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                                                  2 years, 10 months ago

                                                  Maybe he'd turn into chilled out Kagawa? :)

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                                            • LewanGOALski
                                                2 years, 10 months ago

                                                current team for GW4 is:

                                                Mignolet
                                                Zabaleta - Mertesacker - Clyne
                                                Walcott - Silva - Mirallas - Snodgrass
                                                Giroud - Soldado - Sturridge

                                                Marshall - Kim - TurnerM - Clyne

                                                I have 0.9 mln in the bank.

                                                Who should be my priority to replace first - Clyne or Mirallas ?

                                                Clyne is not playing, and I am not sure, whetver he's out of favour with Chamber as a first choice, or he's still not fully fit (he played 90' in a Carling Cup though).
                                                Mirallas on the other hand is not providing numbers most of us have expected and the whole Everton actually struggle to score goals so far.

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                                                1. Dogba
                                                    2 years, 10 months ago

                                                    This is a good time to ditch Mirallas I reckon, but NO TEAMS are scoring. I'll keep him for a GW or two more as long as he keeps starting, there just aren't any good alternatives at the moment.

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                                                    1. PDM 5866-2206 Top 1000 ANY …
                                                        2 years, 10 months ago

                                                        I'd keep Mirallas for a bit longer ... Clyne out 1st IMO

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                                                        1. LewanGOALski
                                                            2 years, 10 months ago

                                                            who would you replace him with? I actually can't find any good alternative now. Coleman would be, but he has Chelsea away and fixtures are getting more and more difficult for EVE

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                                                            1. Kim Philby
                                                                2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                I'm not trusting Everton yet.
                                                                Another thing is, it looks this season so massively promotes the defenders.
                                                                Not sure if it weren't prudent to seriously start investing in the defence...

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                                                        2. Kim Philby
                                                            2 years, 10 months ago

                                                            You have two Clynes?
                                                            Very similar team to mine. Don't like the look of Mirallas, ditched him before GW3 myself.

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                                                            1. LewanGOALski
                                                                2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                ups 😉
                                                                Clyne on the bench is Ward actually 😉

                                                                who would you replace Mirallas with?
                                                                As I have 0.9 in the bank, I could get Lampard. But I am not sure if I don't prefer some cheaper alternative, like HBA or Hernandez for example, to have money for later upgrades of Snodgrass, Clyne or so...

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                                                                1. Kim Philby
                                                                    2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                    I would love to help you but I'm in the dark myself. Got Silva in for Mirallas before the last gameweek and obviously got burnt.
                                                                    My current frontline is:
                                                                    Silva Walcott Hazard Kim Snodgrass
                                                                    Sturridge Soldado Lambert

                                                                    And I honestly don't know what to do with my team.
                                                                    Whether to get in any of van Persie, Benteke or whether to invest in the midfield.

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                                                            2. Kim Philby
                                                                2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                Almost 7000 transferring van Persie in.
                                                                14000 transferring him out, before the Crystal Palace tie!
                                                                What were those people thinking getting him in in the first place!

                                                                He's in my team now for a hit for sure.

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                                                                1. big oak
                                                                    2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                    well a front line of sturr giroud and benteke is a very good option

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                                                                    1. Kim Philby
                                                                        2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                        Ok, I know you may have done well without van Persie as I don't own him myself!
                                                                        Question is, why choose him at all if you want to get rid before Crystal Palace at home and after a long break following a defeat at Anfield when all United will be raring to go and prove what they're worth!

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                                                                    2. Jonty
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                                                                      2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                      Its madness isn't it. The Liverpool game was always going to be tough. Its a fixture that Liverpool always do well in. But to ditch before Palace at home is really odd. I'd be amazed if any regular community members with RVP here are ditching before gameweek 4.

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                                                                      1. Kim Philby
                                                                          2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                          I don't have him but I'm seriously considering him from now on.
                                                                          He had his chances against the Reds. I think if it was the Liverpool of yesteryears, we might have conceded and again been narrowly beaten with Van Persie scoring one or two. But I hope it's the beginning of another new era for the Reds 😉
                                                                          Which leads me to think: ManU will go all over Palace and I want to be involved!

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                                                                    3. ABHISHEK - THE CURIOUS ONE
                                                                        2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                        We are hearing that Tottenham might not be
                                                                        finished in the transfer market just yet as they
                                                                        line up a move for Real Madrid's Fabio Coentrao .

                                                                        Source : Sky Sports

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                                                                        1. Pratik
                                                                            2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                            LB is definitely on the cards....I don't know why we aren't going for Baines. :-)

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                                                                        2. ManTree(v2!) or just JAY!
                                                                            2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                            On a wildcard

                                                                            RVP and Collins

                                                                            or

                                                                            Giroud and Zabaleta

                                                                            (already have Walcott)

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                                                                            1. EmreCan Hustle
                                                                                2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                second one

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                                                                            2. khanh
                                                                                2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                Can we hope to get RVP at 13.8 after 2 weeks?

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                                                                                1. Touré De Force
                                                                                    2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                    Zero chance

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                                                                                    1. TRIGGERLIPS
                                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                      2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                      If he blanks against palace you will get him for 13.4 after two weeks.

                                                                                      If you wild card him in it dangerous , you could be left with a very weak team. Ay least those who started with him cn wildcard him out at somepoint

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                                                                                  • Dukes of Hazard
                                                                                      2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                      He blanks against palace and girod/soldado/benteke/sturridge score the exodus will be huge!!! 13.7

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                                                                                    • Pasqualinho
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                                                                                      2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                      It looks like he'll be staying at 14M. High ownership, still a +ve NTI which is slowly decreasing, but will probably stabilise when the internationals are out of the way, should he still be fit.

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                                                                                    • King Nemanja
                                                                                        2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                        Will need a net of 300k transfers out for that, zero chance

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                                                                                      • khanh
                                                                                          2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                          I'm wildcarding and dont know what to choose:

                                                                                          a) RVP Hernandez WardPro
                                                                                          OR
                                                                                          b)Soldado Arfa Lamp

                                                                                          Thinking a) now, if RVP fail I can easily switch to Soldado or Giroud

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                                                                                      • Jam0sh
                                                                                          2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                          Vorm, Stekelenburg
                                                                                          Zabaleta, Amorebieta, Mertesacker, Coleman, Shaw
                                                                                          Mirallas, Walcott, Silva, Giaccherini, Barkley
                                                                                          Soldado, Dzeko, Van Wolfswinkel

                                                                                          2.6 in the bank

                                                                                          So the question is, Wildcard or not?

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                                                                                        • Kostja
                                                                                            2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                            Liverpool expectin a bid for Suarez, I really hope he is gone

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                                                                                            1. Dukes of Hazard
                                                                                                2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                                Would make Sturridge so tempting. Oh wait he already is.

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                                                                                              • LewanGOALski
                                                                                                  2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                                  so do I. Sturridge season keeper then with no doubts.

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                                                                                              • GK
                                                                                                  2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                                  Anything worth a hit? 1.3m in the bank

                                                                                                  Mignolet
                                                                                                  Nastasic, Shaw, Chester
                                                                                                  Walcott, Silva, Brady, Nolan
                                                                                                  Sturridge (vc), Giroud (c), Soldado

                                                                                                  (Daniels)(Mirallas, Collins, Coleman)

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                                                                                                • Lawro
                                                                                                    2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                                    Apologies if this has already been posted...

                                                                                                    Liverpool announce Sakho signing!

                                                                                                    http://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/latest-news/144053-reds-announce-sakho-signing

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                                                                                                  • mvtaylor
                                                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                    2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                                    Holy shit I can't believe Ozil turned Arsenal down!

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                                                                                                    1. theotherguy
                                                                                                        2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                                        Source?

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                                                                                                          1. LewanGOALski
                                                                                                              2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                                              Marca is not a good source

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                                                                                                              1. mvtaylor
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                                                                                                                2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                                                Okay, go with the BBC transfer deadline day live news.

                                                                                                                0902: OZIL TO ARSENAL?
                                                                                                                Spanish football writer Andy West: "Mesut Ozil's potential departure from Real Madrid is possibly the most interesting storyline to follow. Last season he was one of Los Blancos' key players and widely regarded as an indispensible member of the team - never mind the squad - but the arrival of Isco and Bale means something will have to give...and so far it's been Ozil.

                                                                                                                "The Germany international reacted angrily to being substituted at Granada last weekend, and he didn't feature at all in yesterday's victory over Athletic Bilbao. However, latest rumours suggest he's set to rebuff Arsenal's interest and fight for his place in Madrid. We'll keep a keen eye on that one."

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                                                                                                        1. Kostja
                                                                                                            2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                                            they probably wanted to pay him with food stamps and a place in the dormitory

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                                                                                                        2. theotherguy
                                                                                                            2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                                            On WC. Pick 3 from:

                                                                                                            Giroud
                                                                                                            Benteke
                                                                                                            Sturridge
                                                                                                            Soldado

                                                                                                            Who to leave out?!

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                                                                                                            1. Dukes of Hazard
                                                                                                                2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                                                I think Giroud. Walcott the only big hitting mid I am looking at which is why. He is however a million less than soldado. That could been enough to sway it. Between those two anyway in my opinion.

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                                                                                                                1. micol1873
                                                                                                                    2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                                                    1,2 & 3 IMO

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                                                                                                                2. EmreCan Hustle
                                                                                                                    2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                                                    leave out soldado. tottenham wont score much this season. maybe next year!

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                                                                                                                3. r0nh
                                                                                                                    2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                                                    Ozil wants to stay at Madrid 😥

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                                                                                                                  • ABHISHEK - THE CURIOUS ONE
                                                                                                                      2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                                                      Baines is also good.

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                                                                                                                    • Grubby
                                                                                                                        2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                                                        How much do you reckon Sakho will be valued at in the official BPL game?

                                                                                                                        5.5? 6?

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                                                                                                                        1. big oak
                                                                                                                            2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                                                            5.5 and does ilori

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                                                                                                                        2. Daniel - Casuals 2 : FFS 1
                                                                                                                            2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                                                            I feel sorry for Arsenal fans. :( They can't be that lucky. I blame Wenger really

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                                                                                                                          • El Berbossa - \\\"El b…
                                                                                                                              2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                                                              Aside from Baker

                                                                                                                              Any 3.9 defenders that will come back and play soon?

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                                                                                                                            • svasei - RIP Rovers :(
                                                                                                                                2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                                                                WC active:

                                                                                                                                Mignolet, Given
                                                                                                                                Zab, Coleman, Dawson, Chester, Cahill
                                                                                                                                Lamps, Yaya, Hernandez, Ward-Prowse, Anita
                                                                                                                                RVP, Sturridge, Giroud

                                                                                                                                Alternatively:

                                                                                                                                Mig, Giv
                                                                                                                                Zab, Coleman, Dawson, Chester, Ivan
                                                                                                                                Oscar, Yaya, Hernandez, Ward-Prowse, Walcott
                                                                                                                                Sturridge, Giroud, Lambert

                                                                                                                                Thought I'd keep RVP for the fixtures and cut back in midfield.

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                                                                                                                              • gsmiggle
                                                                                                                                  2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                                                                  What should I do with Mirallas and J-Rod- I have 1.3 mill in the bank. I was thinking of upgrading to Benteke and downgrading Mirallas. Your thoughts?

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                                                                                                                                • El Berbossa - \\\"El b…
                                                                                                                                    2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                                                                    I missed the Giroud Rise yesterday on my WC/ Can i still get a double rise before next GW? Hes only risen 0.1 right?

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