December
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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. Nasri or Mirallas?

    • 1 year, 2 months ago
    1. for next 3

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
      1. Mirallas

        • 1 year, 2 months ago
    2. nasri. better team.

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
    3. neither

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
  2. 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

    • 1 year, 2 months ago
    1. * bench or play Baker?

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
      1. Sack Baker ;)

        • 1 year, 2 months ago
  3. Hi ..... ppl r sooo carried away by Walcott dey forget therz Podolski whoz got even gr8r potential given Girouz poor show

    • 1 year, 2 months ago
  4. 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.

    • 1 year, 2 months ago
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    1. It;s a tough one to call

      Rooney is a notoriously quick healer.

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
      1. & hez a fightrrrr

        • 1 year, 2 months ago
      2. he likes a few mince pies at xmas though

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      • 1 year, 2 months ago
    2. You actually believe that he was injured?

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
  5. 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

    • 1 year, 2 months ago
    1. Which week is gamestart for each?

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
      1. 18 & 21.

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    2. done (After Christmas league)

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
      1. Merry Xmas :)

        • 1 year, 2 months ago
    3. Just signed up for the January Wildcard League. You must have seen my suggestion of changing its name!

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
    4. joined all of them.. in gw 10, so im a little behind everyone anyways! merry christmas:)

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
      1. started in gw 10*

        • 1 year, 2 months ago
  6. 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.

    • 1 year, 2 months ago
  7. 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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  8. 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)

    • 1 year, 2 months ago
    1. Go all in

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
      1. It is why I got the three of them, I should stick to my guns!

        • 1 year, 2 months ago
        1. Absolutely, and stay at it

          • 1 year, 2 months ago
    2. GotBalls? :)
      I wish you good luck, and hope the gambler in you takes the decision :)

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
  9. 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

    • 1 year, 2 months ago
    1. -12?

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
    2. Fairly good, altough Oviedo is now threatened by Baines returning

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
      1. I have ward prowse to come in if Baines is back? Couldn't do another transfer. I had to do 4 in total

        • 1 year, 2 months ago
        1. 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

          • 1 year, 2 months ago
    3. Thats looks pretty good n ready for a celebration

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
    4. 12pt hit, correct

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
  10. 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. :)

    • 1 year, 2 months ago
    1. Pretty good, not a big fan of Kasami but besides that it looks good.

      If you have Terry you might as well play him

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
    2. 6

      Too weak mids.

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
    3. 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

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
  11. With Snoddy back howz Redmond gonna fit in midfield as a Left Winger ??

    • 1 year, 2 months ago
  12. is there a SC tonight?

    • 1 year, 2 months ago
    1. Guess so.

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
    2. If there is I hope they aim to post it at 8 cos they always seem to be an hour late

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
  13. 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?

    • 1 year, 2 months ago
    1. just sess to silva. play chester.

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
    2. Do it

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
    3. Kos ...

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
    4. 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

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
      1. yea im aware, taking a risk on that

        feeling i need a man city attacker in my team

        • 1 year, 2 months ago
    5. aite thanks for the info on kos

      seems like he will be back sooner than ive expected

      alright shall wait for arsenal presser tmr :)

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
  14. 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)

    • 1 year, 2 months ago
    1. good team. Would be tempted to play bannan but not sure how you could fit him in

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
      1. i am also thinking about this.
        Bannan can play only if we are allowed to play a 3-5-3 formation :D
        Terry & Gabbidon ?? hard to choose but looking on the fixture i think Gabbidon is safe.

        • 1 year, 2 months ago
        1. play gabbidon

          palace prob better chance of cs

          • 1 year, 2 months ago
          1. Thanks for the suggestion :D

            • 1 year, 2 months ago
  15. Looking short to medium term, which is better?

    a) Walcott & Chester

    b) Sessegnon & Dawson + 4 points

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  16. Vlaar :sad:

    • 1 year, 2 months ago
  17. Anyone playing their Jan WC ASAP? 10 days to tinker.

    • 1 year, 2 months ago
    1. Probably not. My team barely needs touching at the moment.

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
  18. 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

    • 1 year, 2 months ago
    1. English version?

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
      1. dats da best as I cum frm a 3rd world :(

        • 1 year, 2 months ago
    2. Not quite sure what you just said - but if you're looking for a cheap defender, I'm liking JEvans.

      • 1 year, 2 months ago
  19. 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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  20. 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

    • 1 year, 2 months ago
  21. 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

    • 1 year, 2 months ago
  22. 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

    • 1 year, 2 months ago
  23. 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?

    • 1 year, 2 months ago

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For Gameweek 27

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  • Janmaat
  • Sánchez
  • Di María
  • Walters
  • Mane
  • Sakho
  • Rooney
  • Aguero
  • Cresswell
  • Moses
  • Gomis

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Goalkeepers

Last updated: 23 Feb, 2015 10:38pm
Player Club Factors
Up Pantilimon SUN B, Vs
Down Foster WBA B, Vs
No Change Ospina ARS B, Vs, Rest
Up Hart MCI B, Vs
Down Forster SOT C
Up Guzan AVL C
Down Lloris TOT C, Vs
Up McGregor HUL C

Defenders

Last updated: 24 Feb, 2015 1:30pm
Player Club Factors
Up Bertrand SOT C
Down Bellerín ARS B, Rest, £
Up Réveillere SUN B, Vs, £
Down Ivanovic CHE A
No Change Lescott WBA B, Vs
Up Wollscheid STO C, Vs
Up Naughton SWA C, £
No Change Kompany MCI C, Vs
Up Skrtel LIV B, VsX
Up Cresswell WHM B
No Change Hutton AVL C
Down Baines EVE C, VsX
Up Rose TOT B, Vs, Rest, £
Down Yun QPR C, £

Midfielders

Last updated: 24 Feb, 2015 1:46pm
Player Club Factors
Up Sánchez ARS C, Vs
Up Silva MCI A, Vs
Down Hazard CHE A, VsX
Down Ozil ARS B, Vs
Up Sterling LIV B
Up Walters STO B, Vs
Up Di María MUN B, Vs
Down Eriksen TOT C
Down Mane SOT B, Vs
Up Sinclair AVL B, Vs, £
Down Sigurdsson SWA C
Down Downing WHM C
Up Ibe LIV B, £
Up Phillips QPR B, Vs, £

Forwards

Last updated: 23 Feb, 2015 10:41pm
Player Club Factors
Up Aguero MCI A, Vs
Up Giroud ARS B, Vs
Down Kane TOT A
No Change Sturridge LIV C, Rest
No Change Diego Costa CHE C
Up N'Doye HUL A, Vs, £
Down Ings BRN A, VsX
Up Sakho WHM C
Down Berahino WBA B
Up Lukaku EVE C
Up Cissé NEW C
Down Defoe SUN C
Down Austin QPR B, Vs
Down Pellè SOT C, Vs

Selection Factors

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

The Suspension Tightrope

Player Team YC
Barry EVE 9
Bardsley STO 9
Cattermole SUN 9
Taylor SWA 9
Hutton AVL 8
Diego Costa CHE 8
Fábregas CHE 8
Besic EVE 8
Livermore HUL 8
Gerrard LIV 8
Barton QPR 8
Pellè SOT 8
Larsson SUN 8
Reid WHM 8
Chambers ARS 7
Clark AVL 7
Cleverley AVL 7
Okore AVL 7
Matic CHE 7
Henderson LIV 7
Skrtel LIV 7
Kompany MCI 7
Fernandinho MCI 7
Janmaat NEW 7
Dunne QPR 7
Fonte SOT 7
Schneiderlin SOT 7
Wanyama SOT 7
Shelvey SWA 7
Mason TOT 7

“Last year was quite open for me, I was in good positions, but I was quite lucky because I was getting free kicks and some penalties as well.”

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