Fixtures

Frisking the Fixtures – Gameweek 17 – The Weak

Having already assessed the sides with Strong schedules over the next four-to-six Gameweeks, we turn our attentions to those teams feeling the sharp end of the forthcoming fixture list . Both Welsh outfits are set for a testing festive period, whilst Southampton’s evil run of games is not quite over yet:

Swansea

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An inability to put more than one goal past Norwich at the weekend doesn’t bode well for Michael Laudrup as his Europa League-ravaged squad enter a dark winter of horrid fixtures. With games against Everton, Chelsea, Man City, Man United and Tottenham in the next six, the only respite from the onslaught is a trip to Aston Villa as Fantasy investment in the Swans looks set to hit a low ebb.

Owners of Ashley Williams and Chico Flores will be minded to part company with pickings looking so slim, while Michu and Wilfried Bony face a very tough task to find their much-needed goalscoring form against such formidable foes. In other circumstances, the injury to Nathan Dyer would have brought Alex Pozuelo into contention as a budget 5th midfielder but these ghastly fixtures all but kill off his potential.

Southampton

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A point at St James’ Park did little to slow Southampton’s sad slide down the league table. Injuries to several key personnel have come at the worst possible time for Mauricio Pochettino as the Saints are beset by a prolonged patch of difficult fixtures. Home games against Tottenham and Chelsea and a trip to Everton – all in the next four – look set to curb the point-scoring from a raft of early-season favourites.

With Nathaniel Clyne, Artur Boruc and Victor Wanyama still injured, these fixtures look all the more fruitless for defenders like Dejan Lovren and Jose Fonte. Adam Lallana’s earlier explosion of returns has been dampened by the onset of their difficult fixtures, though the bright spark of Jay Rodriquez has refused to be extinguished, having scored against Chelsea and Newcastle, but these fixtures will surely deter all but the most ardent of suitors.

Chelsea

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Another lacklustre performance last night saw Jose Mourinho’s goal-shy side knocked unceremoniously out of the Capital One Cup by Sunderland, following on from an unconvincing win over Crystal Palace. Such tepid form puts their title aspirations in jeopardy as they prepare to face two of their table-topping rivals – Arsenal and Liverpool – in the next four weeks and Man United in the next six.

Owners of Eden Hazard and Oscar may opt to keep faith despite the fixtures but now is probably not the time for a punt on Fernando Torres after his second goal of the season at the weekend. The bigger puzzle is the defence – uncharacteristically porous for a Mourinho side, with goals conceded to the lowliest of opponents, faith in John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic has been tested to the limit recently and many owners may decide at this point that enough is enough.

BE WARY OF

Stoke
Having shown glimpses of promise at both ends of the pitch at various points so far this season, Mark Hughes’ team have largely retreated from Fantasy radars of late. That situation looks unlikely to change as The Potters’ short-term fixtures look less than enticing. Their next game, at home to Aston Villa, is comely enough but following that are four fixtures which Fantasy managers will surely turn their noses up at (new, tot, EVE, LIV). Stoke backline options such as Asmir Begovic and Geoff Cameron had been scoring well enough recently due to good fixtures but that looks set to change, while Stephen Ireland looks to be an ill-advised punt right now, despite a recent resurgence in his attacking competence.

Cardiff
The bizarre feud between manager and eccentric owner rolls on, but Malky Mackay stands firm and a good three points at the expense of Steve Clarke’s job will help their ambitions to stay in the Premier League. The next six fixtures are a very mixed bag, though. Home games against Sunderland, West Ham and even Southampton could be profitable but trips to Liverpool, Arsenal and Man City are daunting to say the least. Owners of Ben Turner or David Marshall may be minded to keep hold if they have a solid rotation plan but Peter Whittingham will need to make the most of those good fixtures to atone for a likely scarcity of goals in the tricky ones.

Hull City
Fantasy investors in the Hull City defence have been rewarded with five clean sheets from eight home games but the prospects of that form continuing are a little bleak. The Tigers have just one appealing home game – against Fulham – in the next six and beyond. Other visitors to the KC Stadium include Man United and Chelsea and, with a trip to Liverpool also on the horizon, James Chester and Curtis Davies could struggle to justify even their meagre prices. Robbie Brady continues to struggle for game time and, even without such fixtures, would scarcely warrant investment.

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  1. Sarnab
      2 years, 11 months ago

      Nasri or Mirallas?

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      1. Sarnab
          2 years, 11 months ago

          for next 3

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          1. Reeker
              2 years, 11 months ago

              Mirallas

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          2. Sweetpea
              2 years, 11 months ago

              nasri. better team.

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            • *Unrial
                2 years, 11 months ago

                neither

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            • aapoman
                2 years, 11 months ago

                Howard
                Coleman, Figueroa, Mertesacker
                Yaya, Ramsey, Shelvey, Oscar
                Lukaku, Rooney, Suarez (C)

                Bench: Boruc Baker, Brady, Clyne

                Should I bench play Baker? Thinking about playing him instead of Mertesacker or Shelvey

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                1. aapoman
                    2 years, 11 months ago

                    * bench or play Baker?

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                    1. Hurri Kane 42
                        2 years, 11 months ago

                        Sack Baker 😉

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                  • Hurri Kane 42
                      2 years, 11 months ago

                      Hi ..... ppl r sooo carried away by Walcott dey forget therz Podolski whoz got even gr8r potential given Girouz poor show

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                    • Stephen - Robot Daniels
                        2 years, 11 months ago

                        Can't think Rooney will start after what happened to RVP, they desperately need him but even by the Moyes united standards they should be able to dispose of West Ham.

                        It would make sense to bench and play if needed rather than risk him being out the rest of the Xmas period.

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                        1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
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                          2 years, 11 months ago

                          🙁

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                        2. Spineløss Weasæ…
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                          2 years, 11 months ago

                          It;s a tough one to call

                          Rooney is a notoriously quick healer.

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                          1. Hurri Kane 42
                              2 years, 11 months ago

                              & hez a fightrrrr

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                            • Carrick Doesn't Deserv…
                                2 years, 11 months ago

                                he likes a few mince pies at xmas though

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                            • Carrick Doesn't Deserv…
                                2 years, 11 months ago

                                agreed

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                              • Wild Rover
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                                2 years, 11 months ago

                                You actually believe that he was injured?

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                            • TorresMagic™
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                              2 years, 11 months ago

                              Don't forget to join my midseason leagues if you have the space.

                              After Xmas : 58-344
                              Millionaire Club : 58-339
                              January Wildcard : 58-349

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                              1. CptCrunch Gre-No-Li
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                                2 years, 11 months ago

                                Which week is gamestart for each?

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                                1. TorresMagic™
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                                  2 years, 11 months ago

                                  18 & 21.

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                                  1. CptCrunch Gre-No-Li
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                                    2 years, 11 months ago

                                    Thx.

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                              2. Simon1983
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                                2 years, 11 months ago

                                done (After Christmas league)

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                                1. TorresMagic™
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                                  2 years, 11 months ago

                                  Merry Xmas 🙂

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                              3. RedLightning - January to M…
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                                2 years, 11 months ago

                                Just signed up for the January Wildcard League. You must have seen my suggestion of changing its name!

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                              4. Johnstad90
                                  2 years, 11 months ago

                                  joined all of them.. in gw 10, so im a little behind everyone anyways! merry christmas:)

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                                  1. Johnstad90
                                      2 years, 11 months ago

                                      started in gw 10*

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                                • Damo.
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                                  2 years, 11 months ago

                                  Looking at Utd's fixtures. Busy, busy busy.
                                  Hull on the 26th, Norwich on the 28th, Spurs on the 1st. 4 days later they play Swansea in the FA cup, 2 days after that they play Sunderland in the CC then Swansea again 4 days after that.

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                                • Simon1983
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                                  2 years, 11 months ago

                                  Press Release: Petr Cech to leave Fulham Forest.
                                  Rumours circulated City Cottage today early this morning but it has been confirmed that Petr Cech was finally handed his marching orders by manager Simon Rugg. Rugg is reported to have been 'unhappy' with the Czr Republic's performances of late.

                                  David De Gea is believed to be the newly preferred option between the sticks.

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                                  1. Heydudes13
                                      2 years, 11 months ago

                                      ...

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                                  2. thunder_mike
                                      2 years, 11 months ago

                                      I have three Everton players in defence, should I play Williams over Jag or go all in for the Everton clean sheet?

                                      Howard
                                      McAuley Williams Coleman (Burner Jagielka)

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                                      1. Sarnab
                                          2 years, 11 months ago

                                          Go all in

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                                          1. thunder_mike
                                              2 years, 11 months ago

                                              It is why I got the three of them, I should stick to my guns!

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                                              1. CptCrunch Gre-No-Li
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                                                2 years, 11 months ago

                                                Absolutely, and stay at it

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                                          2. Johnstad90
                                              2 years, 11 months ago

                                              GotBalls? 🙂
                                              I wish you good luck, and hope the gambler in you takes the decision 🙂

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                                          3. Sithlord007
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                                            2 years, 11 months ago

                                            Evening,

                                            Had 6 either injured or suspended. Took a big hit but here's my team.

                                            Marshall
                                            Williams, Evra, Coleman
                                            Walcott, Hazard, Oviedo, Valencia
                                            Negredo, Suarez, Rooney.

                                            Thoughts?

                                            Thanks

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                                            1. La Roja
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                                              2 years, 11 months ago

                                              -12?

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                                            2. Hamstergod
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                                              2 years, 11 months ago

                                              Fairly good, altough Oviedo is now threatened by Baines returning

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                                              1. Sithlord007
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                                                2 years, 11 months ago

                                                I have ward prowse to come in if Baines is back? Couldn't do another transfer. I had to do 4 in total

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                                                1. Hamstergod
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                                                  2 years, 11 months ago

                                                  Thats just more of a future thing to be aware of, he should be ok for at least one gameweek and then there is still the small chance he might keep playing

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                                            3. Hurri Kane 42
                                                2 years, 11 months ago

                                                Thats looks pretty good n ready for a celebration

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                                              • Sithlord007
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                                                2 years, 11 months ago

                                                12pt hit, correct

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                                            4. FantasyNik123
                                                2 years, 11 months ago

                                                How does this look?

                                                Marshall (Lewis)
                                                Coleman - Dawson - Gabbidon (Terry and Kos)
                                                Yaya(vc) - Ravel - Barkley - Walcott (Kasami)
                                                Suarez (C) - Lukaku - Negredo

                                                RMT Please! Thank you. 🙂

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                                                1. Hamstergod
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                                                  2 years, 11 months ago

                                                  Pretty good, not a big fan of Kasami but besides that it looks good.

                                                  If you have Terry you might as well play him

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                                                2. TorresMagic™
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                                                  2 years, 11 months ago

                                                  6

                                                  Too weak mids.

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                                                3. charlie1X
                                                    2 years, 11 months ago

                                                    Midfield is too light, defence to expensive.

                                                    I'd lose Terry for a cheap home rotation and get Silva to start with.

                                                    Maybe later upgrade Yaya to Ozil

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                                                4. Hurri Kane 42
                                                    2 years, 11 months ago

                                                    With Snoddy back howz Redmond gonna fit in midfield as a Left Winger ??

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                                                  • Carrick Doesn't Deserv…
                                                      2 years, 11 months ago

                                                      is there a SC tonight?

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                                                      1. TorresMagic™
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                                                        2 years, 11 months ago

                                                        Guess so.

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                                                      2. Youth-Hostelling w/ Chris E…
                                                          2 years, 11 months ago

                                                          If there is I hope they aim to post it at 8 cos they always seem to be an hour late

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                                                      3. Toonzie
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                                                        2 years, 11 months ago

                                                        Mignolet
                                                        Coleman - Terry - Kos
                                                        Haz - Ramsey - Ravel - Sess
                                                        Suarez - Lukaku - Rooney

                                                        Lewis, Chester, Brady, Collins

                                                        1FT, 3.9m in the bank

                                                        Kos to Evans and Sess to Silva for a hit?

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                                                        1. Carrick Doesn't Deserv…
                                                            2 years, 11 months ago

                                                            just sess to silva. play chester.

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                                                          • Sarnab
                                                              2 years, 11 months ago

                                                              Do it

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                                                            • Hurri Kane 42
                                                                2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                Kos ...

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                                                              • Hamstergod
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                                                                2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                I'd wait with the news on Kos..as for Silva, as long as you are aware that he is on 4 yc it is a good move

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                                                                1. Toonzie
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                                                                  2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                  yea im aware, taking a risk on that

                                                                  feeling i need a man city attacker in my team

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                                                              • Toonzie
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                                                                2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                aite thanks for the info on kos

                                                                seems like he will be back sooner than ive expected

                                                                alright shall wait for arsenal presser tmr 🙂

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                                                            • Chelsea 4 life
                                                                2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                Is it a good team for GW 17 ??
                                                                3-4-3 formation.
                                                                Myhill
                                                                Gabbidon, Coleman, Jagielka
                                                                Sterling, Silva, Hazard, Yaya Toure
                                                                Negredo, Chamakh, Suarez (C)

                                                                Bench : Bannan, Terry, Turner, Kelvin Davies (inj)

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                                                                1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
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                                                                  2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                  good team. Would be tempted to play bannan but not sure how you could fit him in

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                                                                  1. Chelsea 4 life
                                                                      2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                      i am also thinking about this.
                                                                      Bannan can play only if we are allowed to play a 3-5-3 formation 😀
                                                                      Terry & Gabbidon ?? hard to choose but looking on the fixture i think Gabbidon is safe.

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                                                                      1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
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                                                                        2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                        play gabbidon

                                                                        palace prob better chance of cs

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                                                                        1. Chelsea 4 life
                                                                            2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                            Thanks for the suggestion 😀

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                                                                  2. Lardy
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                                                                    2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                    Looking short to medium term, which is better?

                                                                    a) Walcott & Chester

                                                                    b) Sessegnon & Dawson + 4 points

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                                                                    1. Athletico Timbo
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                                                                      2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                      A

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                                                                    2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
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                                                                      2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                      a

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                                                                    3. Hamstergod
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                                                                      2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                      A

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                                                                    4. Poseidon. Not arrogant, jus…
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                                                                        A

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                                                                      • Jafooli
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                                                                        2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                        a

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                                                                      • Athletico Timbo
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                                                                        2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                        A.

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                                                                      • Jafooli
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                                                                        2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                        A.

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                                                                      • Poseidon. Not arrogant, jus…
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                                                                          A.

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                                                                      • Jafooli
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                                                                        2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                        Vlaar 🙁

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                                                                      • TorresMagic™
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                                                                        2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                        Anyone playing their Jan WC ASAP? 10 days to tinker.

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                                                                        1. Poseidon. Not arrogant, jus…
                                                                            2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                            Probably not. My team barely needs touching at the moment.

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                                                                        2. Hurri Kane 42
                                                                            2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                            Wid plenty uf quick games after recovery its gonna b tough 2 keep zaba whoz on 3/4 YC ...... m thinkin 2 bring in Ward but not confident uf Cryz defence..... sugest a budget full back guyzz

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                                                                            1. TorresMagic™
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                                                                              2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                              English version?

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                                                                              1. Hurri Kane 42
                                                                                  2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                  dats da best as I cum frm a 3rd world 🙁

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                                                                              2. Poseidon. Not arrogant, jus…
                                                                                  2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                  Not quite sure what you just said - but if you're looking for a cheap defender, I'm liking JEvans.

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                                                                              3. DAVE47
                                                                                  2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                  With Vorm now injured, should I bring in Ruddy for another -4 hit (already took one this week) or should I just hold off until next week? Davis is my sub and won't play.

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                                                                                • Proggy
                                                                                    2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                    Found this video online...

                                                                                    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OBnXVjsiQ4E

                                                                                    🙂

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                                                                                  • sounerous
                                                                                      2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                      How does this look?

                                                                                      Howard (Lewis)
                                                                                      Coleman - Dawson - Flanagan (Chester and Clark)
                                                                                      Silva - Hazard - Ramsey - Ozil (Oviedo)
                                                                                      Suarez (C) - Rooney - Negredo

                                                                                      RMT Please! Thank you

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                                                                                    • unitednations
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                                                                                      2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                      looking at keepers, who is likely to keep more cs over next few weeks:
                                                                                      Guzan: sto, CPL, SWA,sun, ARS,liv,WBA....i say max 2 against cpl and wba
                                                                                      Mannone: NOR, eve, car, AVL, ful, SOT,STO...i say around 3/4
                                                                                      Speroni: NEW, avl, mci, NOT,tot,STO, HULL...i say max 3

                                                                                      so based on above go for speroni and hope for save points during tough away games?

                                                                                      mannone is a good shout but worried about westwood

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                                                                                    • thegunnersozil
                                                                                        2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                        For the gameweek 17

                                                                                        Krul(Mannone)
                                                                                        Flanagan-Kolarov-Coleman (Distin and Gabbidon)
                                                                                        Ozil-Walcott-Ramsey-Nasri-Fernandinho
                                                                                        Suarez(c)-Gouffran..

                                                                                        in the bank 0.3 and is using wildcard

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                                                                                      • white heart pain
                                                                                          2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                          Migs (Gaz)
                                                                                          Coleman Ward Chester (Clyne Colin's)
                                                                                          Ozil Hazard Ramsey Morrison (Bannan)
                                                                                          Suarez Rooney Lukaku

                                                                                          3.0 in bank how can I use it?

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