February
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The Pre-Match Preamble – Gameweek 24

Filed under: The Preamble - Posted by: Mark

I’m partial to a flutter but I’m hardly a seasoned gambler. Even so, I’m aware of the concept of “chasing losses” – I also know that any experienced punter will tell you that it’s a mug’s game.

Until Tuesday night, I wasn’t really sure just how this applied to Fantasy Football. How, when desperation kicks in, your better judgement can go out the window as you ignore the obvious option and search out the long shot.

Let’s face it, handing Wilfred Bony my Gameweek 23 armband was a travesty. I can and will point to the logic behind the decision – I can talk about about the Ivorian’s form, of Fulham’s fragility. Even so, that doesn’t detract from the fact that, deep down, I knew that Luis Suarez would punish me.

As I mentioned in this week’s ScoutCast, I stood for a full thirty seconds at my front door at 7.28, key in hand, ready to burst back in and correct my madness. Foolishly, I chose to turn and head to Tesco. Those pizzas might have been buy one, get one free but they cost me dearly.

Such outlandish decision-making is in stark contrast to the methods employed by our own Jonty – a Fantasy manager who has profited from backing the favourite. Jonty has reveled in his “dullard” moniker and can point to an impressive ranking and a profitable Wildcard that has left even Hall of Fame legend, Evs, in his wake.

In Thursday’s ScoutCast I was asked what I’ve learned this season. Jonty’s campaign, coupled with my season-long failed quest to seek out effective differentials has taught me that my enthusiasm to look for the spectacular long ball, rather than settle for the sideways pass, has hurt me the most. I’m constantly trying to be Glenn Hoddle and Jonty, pulling off his best Ray Wilkins impression, is making me look silly.

I’d like to think I’ve learned a lesson but, only this week, I was fully contemplating tossing four points into the air and backing Robin van Persie at Stoke. There I was, listening to Granville spelling out the obvious move – Edin Dzeko in for the injured Sergio Aguero to keep the City cover – and I was plotting another foolish 60-yard “Hail Mary”.

While this may disappoint those who listened in, I think I’m going to have to rethink. I daren’t try another Hollywood pass for a while.

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  1. The participants, groups and fixtures for the Europa League have been released for those who are interested/involved. http://uefacouncil.wordpress.com/2014/02/01/europa-league-groups-and-fixtures/

    The links to peoples' teams have also been added should you wish to use them. Happy hunting everyone! :)

    • 9 months, 25 days ago
    1. Great job on organising the comps guys. Very much appreciated.

      • 9 months, 25 days ago
    2. Nice! Great job. Forca Anzhi

      • 9 months, 25 days ago
    3. Good work Billy!

      • 9 months, 25 days ago
    4. SW6

      great stuff!

      • 9 months, 25 days ago
  2. My team this week

    Boruc
    Baines, Kosc, Azpi
    Y. Toure, Miralles, Lallana, AJ
    Suarez (c), Sturridge, RVP

    Mannone, Noone, Parr, Chester

    • 9 months, 25 days ago
  3. Pheken rights restrictions. No BBC 5 live or Talksport for me to listen to online now :-)

    • 9 months, 25 days ago
  4. Well, at least the derby is on live in India :D

    • 9 months, 25 days ago
  5. What, no red card yet?

    • 9 months, 25 days ago
  6. The only FPL play I have in these two games is Adrian. Does this mean I have to watch West Ham and hope for a clean sheet :( The derby will probably be more interesting. What are others doing?

    • 9 months, 25 days ago
    1. watching my man AJ

      • 9 months, 25 days ago
      1. Sooooo close

        • 9 months, 25 days ago
        1. Yeah shudda been AJ assist there

          • 9 months, 25 days ago
    2. Not at all, watch the Derby. I've only got AJ, but I'd watch this game anyways

      • 9 months, 25 days ago
    3. Watch the derby, they're always interesting.

      • 9 months, 25 days ago
      1. Yeah, its just not interesting hoping the GKer doesn't concede.

        • 9 months, 25 days ago
  7. Think I'll play J. Rod next week instead of Yaya, just so I can have eleven playing at home.

    • 9 months, 25 days ago
    • 9 months, 25 days ago
  8. New Post
  9. Can see serious points for AJ today. Newcastle not looking great from set pieces.

    • 9 months, 25 days ago

Scout Picks

For Gameweek 12

  • Begovic
  • Azpilicueta
  • Bertrand
  • Clichy
  • Sánchez
  • Tadic
  • Moses
  • Hazard
  • Aguero
  • Diego Costa
  • Austin
  • Clyne
  • Zaha
  • Kane

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Last updated: 18 Nov, 2014 1:48pm
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Up Courtois CHE B, Vs
Up Adrián WHM B, Vs
Up Guzan AVL B, Vs
Up Green QPR C, Vs
Down Forster SOT A, VsX
Up Fabianski SWA B
Up Krul NEW A
Up Heaton BRN B, Vs

Defenders

Last updated: 19 Nov, 2014 7:15am
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No Change Baines EVE A, Inj
No Change Ivanovic CHE B, Vs
Up Cresswell WHM B, Vs
Up Vlaar AVL B, Vs, Inj
Down Bertrand SOT A, VsX
Up Taylor SWA B
Up Yun QPR C, Vs, £
Up Dummett NEW B, £
Up Trippier BRN B, Vs
Up Lovren LIV C, Vs
Down Chambers ARS B
Down Clichy MCI C
Down Kaboul TOT C

Midfielders

Last updated: 19 Nov, 2014 7:15am
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No Change Sánchez ARS A, OoP
Up Hazard CHE B, Vs
Up Downing WHM B, Vs
Up Oscar CHE B, Vs
Down Di María MUN C, Inj
Up Sigurdsson SWA B
Up Chadli TOT A
Up Sterling LIV C, Vs
Down Tadic SOT B, VsX
Up Barkley EVE C, Rest
Up Sissoko NEW B
Up Zaha CPL C
Down Fer QPR C, Vs
Up Boyd BRN C, Vs, £
Down Brunt WBA B

Forwards

Last updated: 19 Nov, 2014 7:14am
Player Club Factors
No Change Aguero MCI A
Up Diego Costa CHE B, Vs, Sus
Up Austin QPR A, Vs, £
No Change Sakho WHM B, Vs, £
Down Pellè SOT B, VsX, Sus
Down Berahino WBA B, VsX, £
Up Bony SWA B
Down Welbeck ARS B, Inj
No Change van Persie MUN B
Up Sturridge LIV C, Vs, Inj
No Change Kane TOT B, Rest, £
No Change Ayoze Pérez NEW A, Rest

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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

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Weimann AVL 4
Diego Costa CHE 4
Fábregas CHE 4
Barry EVE 4
Naismith EVE 4
Huddlestone HUL 4
Livermore HUL 4
Robertson HUL 4
Moore LEI 4
Skrtel LIV 4
Colback NEW 4
Janmaat NEW 4
Sissoko NEW 4
Pellè SOT 4
Schneiderlin SOT 4
Mame Biram Diouf STO 4
Taylor SWA 4
Williams SWA 4

“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.”

Yaya Toure Manchester City midfielder