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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! :)

    • 7 months, 23 days ago
    1. Great job on organising the comps guys. Very much appreciated.

      • 7 months, 23 days ago
    2. Nice! Great job. Forca Anzhi

      • 7 months, 23 days ago
    3. Good work Billy!

      • 7 months, 23 days ago
      • 7 months, 23 days ago
  2. My team this week

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

    Mannone, Noone, Parr, Chester

    • 7 months, 23 days ago
  3. Pheken rights restrictions. No BBC 5 live or Talksport for me to listen to online now :-)

    • 7 months, 23 days ago
  4. Well, at least the derby is on live in India :D

    • 7 months, 23 days ago
  5. What, no red card yet?

    • 7 months, 23 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?

    • 7 months, 23 days ago
    1. watching my man AJ

      • 7 months, 23 days ago
      1. Sooooo close

        • 7 months, 23 days ago
        1. Yeah shudda been AJ assist there

          • 7 months, 23 days ago
    2. Not at all, watch the Derby. I've only got AJ, but I'd watch this game anyways

      • 7 months, 23 days ago
    3. Watch the derby, they're always interesting.

      • 7 months, 23 days ago
      1. Yeah, its just not interesting hoping the GKer doesn't concede.

        • 7 months, 23 days ago
  7. Think I'll play J. Rod next week instead of Yaya, just so I can have eleven playing at home.

    • 7 months, 23 days ago
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  8. New Post
  9. Can see serious points for AJ today. Newcastle not looking great from set pieces.

    • 7 months, 23 days ago

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For Gameweek 5

  • Lloris
  • Caulker
  • Williams
  • Baines
  • Sterling
  • Ramsey
  • Chadli
  • Mirallas
  • Adebayor
  • Diego Costa
  • Rooney
  • Trippier
  • Sigurdsson
  • Lukaku

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Goalkeepers

Last updated: 22 Sep, 2014 2:43pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Forster SOT A, Vs
No Change Begovic STO B, Vs
Up Mannone SUN B, £
Up Heaton BRN B, Vs, £
Up Szczesny ARS C, Vs
Up Schmeichel LEI B, Vs, £
Down De Gea MUN B
Down Mignolet LIV C, Vs
No Change Fabianski SWA B
Down Speroni CPL B

Defenders

Last updated: 22 Sep, 2014 4:34pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Ivanovic CHE A, VsX
No Change Bertrand SOT A, Vs
Up Baines EVE A
Up Van Aanholt SUN B, £
Up Chambers ARS B, Vs, £
Up Trippier BRN A, Vs
No Change Shawcross STO B, Vs
No Change Taylor SWA B, £
Up Kompany MCI C
No Change Morgan LEI B, Vs, £
Down Moreno LIV C, Vs
No Change Ward CPL C
Down Dier TOT A
Up Wisdom WBA B, £

Midfielders

Last updated: 22 Sep, 2014 4:30pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Sterling LIV A, Vs
Up Di María MUN A
No Change Fábregas CHE A, VsX
Down Sigurdsson SWA B
Up Tadic SOT B, Vs
Down Ramsey ARS B, Vs
Up Hazard CHE B, VsX
Up Downing WHM A, VsX, £
Up Silva MCI B
Down Mirallas EVE B, Rest
Down Sánchez ARS B, Vs, Rest
Up Moses STO B, Vs, £
Down Chadli TOT B, £
Down Larsson SUN B, £
Up Herrera MUN A
Up Puncheon CPL B, £

Forwards

Last updated: 22 Sep, 2014 4:28pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Diego Costa CHE A, VsX
Up Pellè SOT A, Vs
No Change Aguero MCI B
Up Ulloa LEI A, Vs, £
Down Rooney MUN B
Up Welbeck ARS A, Vs
Up Lukaku EVE B
Down Balotelli LIV B, Vs
Down Adebayor TOT B
Down Bony SWA B
No Change Wickham SUN C, £

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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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