Differentials

Spot the Differential – Gameweek 21

With Fantasy managers scouring the market for a Theo Walcott replacement this week, we give the nod to a couple of overlooked options with “previous” on their side. Our third alternative is starting to find his feet up front and has already kicked off 2014 in some style.

Santi Cazorla

After impressing in his debut season at the Emirates, the Spaniard has failed to live up to our expectations this time around. Cazorla ended last year as the second highest scoring midfielder in the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) game, with 12 goals and 13 assists helping him to a total of 205 points but has been quickly forgotten in 2013/14, with Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott – all too briefly – excelling in the Arsenal midfield instead.

An ankle injury has hardly helped but it doesn’t detract from the fact that Cazorla has produced just a single goal and a pair of assists over 14 league appearances so far. His goal in last weekend’s FA Cup north London derby win over Tottenham suggests the Spaniard is starting to find his form, though. This is backed up by a series of displays over the last few Gameweeks which, as our recent Big Numbers article for members showed, have seen him offer significant goal threat without yet reaping reward.

While Ozil has received over 100,000 transfers in as a result of Walcott’s season-ending injury this week, Cazorla has kept firmly off the radar, with just 11,000 Fantasy managers prepared to take a punt. Arsenal’s next four fixtures could hardly be more enticing, though – Monday’s trip to Villa is followed by home games with Fulham and Palace, with a visit to Southampton sandwiched in between. For those Walcott owners still undecided, Cazorla – at 9.5, and 3% owned, in FPL, (8.7 in the Sky Sports game and 6.0 in the Sun Dream Team) – certainly has the fixtures and underlying numbers to suggest he may be set to finally replicate those 2012/13 displays over the next few fixtures.

Clint Dempsey

Fulham’s prodigal son returns in time to boost his side’s bid to beat the drop. Having left Craven Cottage for Spurs in somewhat acrimonious circumstances back in the summer of 2012, Dempsey has been snapped up by Rene Meulensteen on a two-month loan deal and has seven league matches to redeem himself in the eyes of the Fulham faithful.

The top scoring midfielder in the FPL game back in 2011/12, with 209 points accrued, the US international racked up 29 goals over his final two years with the Cottagers. A disappointing stop-start season at the Lane under Andre Villas-Boas followed but, with starts looking guaranteed as Meulensteen turns to his top-flight know-how, Dempsey is back on Fantasy radars once again.

Coming in at 7.4 in FPL (7.7 in the Sky Sports game and 4.0 in the Sun Dream Team,) he entertains Sunderland this weekend and even sits seventh in this week’s Captain Poll so far. Following that, Dempsey has the likes of Swansea, Southampton and West Brom in his sights as he looks to help fire the Cottagers to safety before making his way back to parent club FC Seattle at the beginning of March.

Wilfried Bony

Swansea’s £12m record signing arrived at the Liberty with big expectations on his shoulders. Bony racked up 31 goals and eight assists in his final year in Holland with Vitesse Arnhem but has struggled to justify the premium outlay, with just six goals to his name in the Premier League thus far.

His overall record for the Welsh club suggests the Ivorian’s impact hasn’t been quite as ineffectual as many believe, though. A total of 13 goals and three assists across 28 games in all competitions demonstrate that Bony has turned in a steady stream of goals for Michael Laudrup’s side and, as his New Year’s Day double against City and FA Cup winner at United suggests, he’s more than capable of delivering against the odds.

Bony rolls up to Old Trafford once again this weekend looking to repeat the feat of last Saturday. With David Moyes’ side in disarray, he looks in the mood to pillage the Red Devils’ defence once again and stake a claim for our wildcard consideration over the next few Gameweeks. Following the United clash, Swansea have three home games in four (TOT, FUL, whm, CAR) to help their chances of climbing the table and, with Michu still stuck in the treatment room, Bony – at 7.3 in FPL, 8.0 in the Sky Sports game and 3.5 in the Sun Dream Team – looks crucial to their attacking potential.

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  1. SportsGuy - Hebrew Hammer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 years, 7 months ago

    Suarez killed FPL.
    One of the major ways to advance was with inspired captain choices, now it's almost pointless.
    I can go with lukaku(c) or ozil (c) or even eriksen (c) but most likely I will curse the lost 5-10 points difference between their score and Suarez.

    Shame.

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    1. The Mentalist
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      2 years, 7 months ago

      Same. Should be deciding between Lukaku and Ade but have never once contemplated shifting it from Suarez.

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    2. Supersonic LFC YNWA
        2 years, 7 months ago

        I see a 0-0 vs Stoke. We always struggle there.

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        1. Jax
            2 years, 7 months ago

            Not on Sunday. Pool to win

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        2. Jax
            2 years, 7 months ago

            He's not gonna score big every game

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          • KujaliaFC
              2 years, 7 months ago

              On the other hand, because most players think this way, captaining Lukaku today will allow you to make that progress you crave.

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          • mayz19
              2 years, 7 months ago

              Gerrard or lallana?

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              1. fantasykid
                  2 years, 7 months ago

                  Gerrard

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                  1. The Mentalist
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    2 years, 7 months ago

                    Stevie G, without doubt.

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                • Mr. Robot
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  2 years, 7 months ago

                  Lallana has had 2 more double scores this season and a better run of games

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                  1. KujaliaFC
                      2 years, 7 months ago

                      Lallana also has a more attacking brief than Gerard.

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                  2. 50shades of o'shea
                      2 years, 7 months ago

                      Lallana

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                      1. Wavey Wambz
                          2 years, 7 months ago

                          Gerrard.

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                      2. El Berbossa - \\\"El b…
                          2 years, 7 months ago

                          Lallana.

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                      3. diabydoesgallas
                          2 years, 7 months ago

                          Foster - Davis

                          Kosc - Clyne - Nastasic - Ward - Chester

                          Ozil - Silva - Oscar - Hazard - Bannan

                          Jrod - Suarez - Lukaku

                          Enough left to do ozil - Ramsey and luka to kun...

                          Any suggestions?

                          Cookie for the best suggestion.

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                          1. Grumpy Camel
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                            2 years, 7 months ago

                            hash?
                            nice team although oscar to lallana or gerrard IMO

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                        • shanev13
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                          2 years, 7 months ago

                          Is Adebayor eligible play v ManC in gameweek 23 ?

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                          1. HVT
                              2 years, 7 months ago

                              Yes

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                            • The Hound
                                2 years, 7 months ago

                                Yes. Spurs bought him and your only eligibile if its a loan. City still pay some of his wages tho!

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                              • Jax
                                  2 years, 7 months ago

                                  He'll play and score

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                              • Merseyside Red
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                                2 years, 7 months ago

                                A. Hope Barkley plays and bench Rooney. (If Barkley doesn't play I have Ward off the bench).

                                B. Rooney to Adebayor -4

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                                1. Grumpy Camel
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                                  2 years, 7 months ago

                                  a

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                              • HVT
                                  2 years, 7 months ago

                                  Will Boruc start ?

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                                  1. The Mentalist
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                                    2 years, 7 months ago

                                    I would think so. He was integral to Saints' impressive start to the season. I have Davis on the bench so not so much of an issue for me I guess.

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                                • The Mentalist
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                                  2 years, 7 months ago

                                  How do people feel about doubling up on Citeh midfield. I'm currently with both Yaya and Silva and like the look of it, certainly short term. Overkill?

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                                  1. John Nerdelbaum
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                                    2 years, 7 months ago

                                    I wouldn't have an issue with it.

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                                    1. The Mentalist
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                                      2 years, 7 months ago

                                      Cheers. I see you too have quite an impressive double pivot in midfield there, John!

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                                  2. Supersonic LFC YNWA
                                      2 years, 7 months ago

                                      No, far from it. Highest scoring team in league.

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                                  3. mozza
                                      2 years, 7 months ago

                                      Lallana or Yaya for next two weeks?

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                                      1. The Mentalist
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                                        2 years, 7 months ago

                                        If money no object then Yaya before almost anyone, in my humble opinion.

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                                      2. Supersonic LFC YNWA
                                          2 years, 7 months ago

                                          Fpl brain says Lalana but this seasons Yaya means he wins

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                                          1. mozza
                                              2 years, 7 months ago

                                              Cheers both. Instead of keeping cash for Aguero I'm toying with the idea of upgrading lallana to yaya... Sitting on it for two weeks and then downgrading to bring Aguero in. Seems a waste not utilising the cash

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                                        • zephi
                                            2 years, 7 months ago

                                            Gerrard or Oscar in wc team?

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                                            1. Ady87
                                                2 years, 7 months ago

                                                Oscar, easily.

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                                              • mozza
                                                  2 years, 7 months ago

                                                  Gerrard more nailed on and more consistent. Oscar more likely to get a haul at some point

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                                                • The Mentalist
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                                                  2 years, 7 months ago

                                                  That's a prickly one. Gerrard gets a lot of points when coupled with Suarez and gets his fair share of dead balls. But he hasn't been back long and isn't getting any younger. Oscar is highly rated and a potential points machine. I'd go the Chelsea man, simply because I think they will finish higher.

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                                                • Nomar
                                                    2 years, 7 months ago

                                                    Not sure I'd have either in my WC team actually.

                                                    Oscar if I had to.

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                                                • Ady87
                                                    2 years, 7 months ago

                                                    So with Liverpool struggling against Stoke over the last few years, although not a Stoke run by Mark Hughes, does this week present the lowest risk for those wanting to punt on a captain?

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                                                    1. Jax
                                                        2 years, 7 months ago

                                                        Pool have never beaten stoke away in the premier league but I think they will on Sunday

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                                                    2. mayz19
                                                        2 years, 7 months ago

                                                        Finally set on my wc team
                                                        Mannone/Davis
                                                        Sagna Coleman koscielny ward Chester
                                                        Gerrard yaya hazard ozil noone
                                                        Negredo lukaku Suarez

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                                                        1. Dwightster
                                                            2 years, 7 months ago

                                                            Nice. Mine is almost identical...but with Mert instead of Sagna, llalana and jan instead of Gerrard and noone...and Adebayor instead of Lukaku.

                                                            I am debating switching kosielny/llalana for Turner/Gerrard...

                                                            But Llalana has a better game run than Gerrard and I'm hooked on an Arsenal double!

                                                            What you reckon?

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                                                            1. mayz19
                                                                2 years, 7 months ago

                                                                I just feel like Liverpool due a peno in the next couple game weeks. I had lallana but I'm going with the money talks approach and I don't think Southampton are in the best of form currently. I feel like arsenal def going to rack up cleanies So I'm sticking with the double up. So it comes down how big of a gamble you are willing to take. I've played it relatively safe this season and currently sitting at a 18k spot

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                                                              • mayz19
                                                                  2 years, 7 months ago

                                                                  Well I called that gerrard pk goal lol shoulda went to the bookies

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                                                            2. bialk
                                                                2 years, 7 months ago

                                                                RMWWCT:

                                                                Marshall, Mannone

                                                                Terry, Coleman, Koscielny, Ward, Chester

                                                                Hazard, Özil, Silva, Gerrard, Whittingham

                                                                Lukaku, Adebayor, Suárez,

                                                                0.4 ITB

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                                                                1. Dwightster
                                                                    2 years, 7 months ago

                                                                    Very nice. Great mid.

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                                                                2. MisterT
                                                                    2 years, 7 months ago

                                                                    Guys, WC in play could really do with some words of encouragement or advice on changes:

                                                                    Boric Davis

                                                                    Mert Koscielny Coleman (Chester, bardsley) doubling up on Arse as mini league leader has 1 Arse defender.

                                                                    Yaya, hazard, Lallana, janu, Ozil

                                                                    Suarez, Ade (Hooper)

                                                                    Yaya/Hooper switch for Aguero.

                                                                    Any comments much appreciated!

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                                                                  • seldomathleticfc
                                                                      2 years, 7 months ago

                                                                      OK Guys, help needed! Any of you cheeky chappies care to cast your eye over this sorry lot? Done my subs for the week. Just wondering if I'm playing the right starting XI?

                                                                      Mignolet

                                                                      Walker Terry Mertesacker Coleman

                                                                      Barkley Silva Lallana

                                                                      Giroud Suarez (C) Negredo (V)

                                                                      Subs: Boruc Henderson Cabaye Vermaelen

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                                                                      1. Thesmasher83
                                                                          2 years, 7 months ago

                                                                          would get rid of giroud for adebayer he will keep scoring got cp then swansea
                                                                          barkley wont play swap with hendo not bad team in all make sure u got coin for aguerro next rnd

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                                                                      2. Ady87
                                                                          2 years, 7 months ago

                                                                          Coleman & JRod or Azpilicueta and Lukaku?

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                                                                          1. Cravex
                                                                              2 years, 7 months ago

                                                                              a

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                                                                            • Nomar
                                                                                2 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                Coleman & J Rod

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                                                                            • Cravex
                                                                                2 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                which 2 defenders .

                                                                                kompany + terry

                                                                                or baines + either kos or sagna?

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                                                                              • Nomar
                                                                                  2 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                  Right, this is my bunch of reprobates for this weekend's proceedings:

                                                                                  Mignolet
                                                                                  Williams, Evra, Clyne
                                                                                  Mutch, Ozil (v), Yaya, Hazard
                                                                                  Lukaku, Suarez (c), Adebayor.

                                                                                  Bencj: Myhill, Ravel, Gabbidon, Rosenior

                                                                                  WC still intact.

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                                                                                • Wavey Wambz
                                                                                    2 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                    Bench Eriksen or start Sturridge?

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                                                                                  • Seamy
                                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                    2 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                    Morning all, Last WC decision

                                                                                    Third striker until Aguero returns
                                                                                    A) Lukaku
                                                                                    B) Giroud
                                                                                    C) Negredo

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                                                                                  • pk30015
                                                                                      2 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                      Ok guys first time in here in a while have just played WC due to injuries
                                                                                      Would you rmt please?
                                                                                      Names in capitals are dead certs
                                                                                      MANNONE, Speroni
                                                                                      MERTESACKER, COLEMAN, CHESTER, Gabbidon, Whittaker
                                                                                      HAZARD, OZIL, Silva, Gerrard, Ki Sung (I'd only take out Silva for Yaya)
                                                                                      ADEBAYOR, NEGREDO, SUAREZ

                                                                                      So for me if there's any debate it's whether to strengthen either Ki, Speroni, Whittaker at the cost of Gerrard. With Lallana and Eriksen obvious choices

                                                                                      Really appreciate any help
                                                                                      Thx

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                                                                                    • Wavey Wambz
                                                                                        2 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                        PRMWCT. Any help, feedback or alternatives would be much appreciated. Team Value 108.8 and 0.6 in the bank. Thanks in advance. Have the funds for Negredo-> Aguero and Ozil-> Ramsey next gameweek. Good to go?

                                                                                        Marshall
                                                                                        Koscielny, Clyne, Coleman
                                                                                        Ozil, Oscar, Eriksen, Lallana
                                                                                        Suarez(C), Negredo(VC)

                                                                                        Subs: Mannone, Sturridge, Ward, Chester

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                                                                                      • Vague88
                                                                                          2 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                          Marshall
                                                                                          Coleman, Merte, BTurner
                                                                                          Ozil, Yaya, Hazard, Oscar, Lallana
                                                                                          Negrado Suarez

                                                                                          Mannone Berahino, Ward, Chester

                                                                                          With enough in bank to allow for Oscar-- > Eriksen/Cabaye + Negrado ---> Kun

                                                                                          Want to try to be a bit different with 3-5-2 sound any good?

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                                                                                          1. MisterT
                                                                                              2 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                              Like it - very tempted myself

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                                                                                          2. Qubit - ManeRiviereShawX
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                                                                                            2 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                            Double up with Nasri and Silva or Sagna and Koscielny?

                                                                                            First one seems the more sensible option, but Nasri has just 2 assists away from home to his name this season which would suggest doubling up on the Arsenal defence is possibly a better bet.

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                                                                                          3. Perthite
                                                                                              2 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                              Is Rooney -> Adabeyor worth a 4 point hit?

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                                                                                            • Alberto Tomba
                                                                                                2 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                                Should I downgrade Szezesny -> Marshall (rotating with Mannone) so I can get aguero in next week?

                                                                                                Seems like I'm losing long term points for a short term punt :/.

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                                                                                                1. Alberto Tomba
                                                                                                    2 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                                    :-/

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                                                                                                    1. Alberto Tomba
                                                                                                        2 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                                        (too old to do meh smiley)

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                                                                                                  • ejpt123
                                                                                                      2 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                                      any last minute changes needed for WC team

                                                                                                      Mannone (Speroni)
                                                                                                      Coleman Mert Bardsley (Chester, Baker)
                                                                                                      Yaya Ozil Hazard Januzaj (ward-prowse)
                                                                                                      Negredo Saurez Ade (c)

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                                                                                                    • footballmick78
                                                                                                        2 years, 7 months ago

                                                                                                        Is Rooney to Torres a good shout -4 hit

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