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! :)

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

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    2. Nice! Great job. Forca Anzhi

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    3. Good work Billy!

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    4. SW6

      great stuff!

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
  2. My team this week

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

    Mannone, Noone, Parr, Chester

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

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
  4. Well, at least the derby is on live in India 😀

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
  5. What, no red card yet?

    • 1 year, 9 months 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?

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. watching my man AJ

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
      1. Sooooo close

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

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

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    3. Watch the derby, they're always interesting.

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

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

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
  8. Oh dear Alonso.

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
  9. New Post
  10. Can see serious points for AJ today. Newcastle not looking great from set pieces.

    • 1 year, 9 months ago

Scout Picks

Gameweek 13

  • De Gea
  • Dann
  • van Dijk
  • Dier
  • Mahrez
  • De Bruyne
  • Sánchez
  • Mane
  • Bolasie
  • Kane
  • Lukaku
  • Coleman
  • Wijnaldum
  • Giroud

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Last updated: 24 Nov, 2015 6:59pm
Player Club Factors
No Change De Gea MUN A
Up Mignolet LIV C, Vs
Up Butland STO A, VsX
No Change Hennessey CPL B, Vs, Rest, £
Up Gomes WAT B
Up Lloris TOT B, Vs
Up Pantilimon SUN C, VsX
Up Adrián WHM C, Vs
No Change Cech ARS B
Down Begovic CHE C, Rest
No Change Myhill WBA B
No Change Stekelenburg SOT B
No Change Howard EVE C
No Change Hart MCI B


Last updated: 24 Nov, 2015 6:55pm
Player Club Factors
Up Moreno LIV B, Vs
Up Dier TOT B, Vs, OoP
Down Bellerín ARS B, Vs
Up Coleman EVE B, Vs
No Change Smalling MUN A
Down Otamendi MCI B, Rest
Up Zouma CHE B, Vs
Down Dann CPL B
Down van Dijk SOT B, VsX
Up Cresswell WHM C, Vs
No Change Janmaat NEW C
Up Simpson LEI B, £
Up Wollscheid STO A, VsX
No Change Dawson WBA C, VsX


Last updated: 24 Nov, 2015 6:54pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Ozil ARS A, Vs
Up Coutinho LIV A, Vs
Down De Bruyne MCI B
Down Sánchez ARS C, Vs
No Change Mahrez LEI A, VsX
Up Deulofeu EVE A, Vs
Up Eriksen TOT B, Vs
Down Mane SOT B, VsX
No Change André Ayew SWA B
Up Barkley EVE A, Vs
Down Wijnaldum NEW A
No Change Lanzini WHM B, £
Up Bolasie CPL B
No Change Willian CHE B
No Change Tadic SOT B, VsX


Last updated: 24 Nov, 2015 6:53pm
Player Club Factors
Up Lukaku EVE A, Vs
Up Kane TOT A, Vs
Up Aguero MCI C, Inj
No Change Vardy LEI A, VsX
Up Ighalo WAT A
Up Diego Costa CHE C, Vs
Down Pellè SOT C, VsX, Sus
No Change Giroud ARS A, Rest
No Change Martial MUN C, Inj
Down Benteke LIV B, Rest

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Vs Favourable Fixtures
VsX Unfavourable Fixtures
Rest Rotation Risk
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OoP Out of Position
£ Potential Bargain
Sus Suspended/Near Suspension
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Clark AVL 4
Ritchie BOU 4
Cabaye CPL 4
Zaha CPL 4
McCarthy EVE 4
Huth LEI 4
Can LIV 4
Clyne LIV 4
Mangala MCI 4
Tioté NEW 4
Bassong NOR 4
Romeu SOT 4
Whelan STO 4
Williams SWA 4
Nyom WAT 4
Yacob WBA 4

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