Preamble

The Pre-Match Preamble – Gameweek 25

A few seasons back I mentioned, or tapped out, the term “vanity transfer”, referring to a Fantasy Football trade that wasn’t designed to fill the void left by injury or repair the damage of a player dropped or suffering rotation. Instead, such a move gave us Fantasy managers the option of almost bringing in a player for the sake of it – to follow a hunch without any real risk but with the chance of plentiful rewards. It’s an indulgent transfer, without any real purpose.

From the depths of a forgettable season, somehow I’m sitting here this morning pondering my own vanity transfer. Rickie Lambert is not a player I have to bring in – I may just reserve my trade and opt to keep Wilfried Bony in my lineup, perhaps in hope that the new regime at the Liberty will revive the dying Swans and bring me some belated returns. The urge to bring in Lambert is strong, however.

The Saints stalwart is a player I’ve long admired but not often invested in. It remains a mystery why he’s failed to find a place in my squad – even when he’s proved, with some consistency, to offer strong value as a striker option.

This morning, I’m wondering if I’m letting this sway my decision. Whether I’m being drawn to Lambert, not because he’s the right trade but because I’m harbouring some odd notion that I should show some faith in the Southampton man for failing to back him before now.

Certainly Lambert’s prospects look decent. Mauricio Pochettino’s side are oozing class and confidence, with Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana central cogs in a string of impressive attacking showings. Lambert came away with a goal and a pair of assists in the win at Fulham, however and, with spot-kicks and set-plays, he’s almost guaranteed to be amongst things should the Saints turn over Stoke at St Mary’s as expected.

Although he has been benched on some occasions against the big sides – Chelsea and Man City being recent cases – with fixtures looking kind in the coming weeks, Lambert would seem certain to maintain a run of starts and continue to reap the rewards from the tireless leg work of Lallana and Rodriguez.

There’s the logic, then. It’s a convincing case but maybe not quite enough to warrant a transfer than can only really be described as a luxury. For once I’ve no fire to fight, no urgent gap to fill or problem to resolve. I can sit back and wallow in the extravagance of carrying out a transfer because I genuinely believe it will add to my Gameweek tally. It feels new and exciting – when was the last time that was written in the same sentence as Rickie Lambert?

Mark Mark created the beast. He's now looking to tame it.”

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  1. Tim Canterbury
    3 years, 8 months ago

    Hazard can't even speak english 😯 sounds really weird

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    1. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
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      3 years, 8 months ago

      'Azarrr ... ! 😀

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    3 years, 8 months ago

    Whilst I wait impatiently to see if Dzeko starts (yes, I did it 🙁 ) and before United thrash Fulham, I thought I’d give my opinion on why United have struggled this season.

    If you ask me, there is obviously a lack of quality in the squad. But I think the key issue is that there are not enough players at their peak. Half the squad is young and inexperienced, whilst the rest are past their best. I’ve had a look at those who have played in the Prem this season:

    ARSENAL:
    Age >24 : SZCZĘSNY, Jenkinson, RAMSEY, WILSHERE, Gnabry, Oxlade-Chamberlain
    Age 24 - 29 : KOSCIENLY, GIBBS, MONREAL, Vermaelen, OZIL, MERTESACKER, CAZORLA, WALCOTT, FLAMINI, GIROUD, Podolski, Bendtner
    Age 30+ : SAGNA, ARTETA, Rosicky

    MAN CITY:
    Age >24 : Nastasic, Rodwell
    Age 24 - 29 : HART, Pantilimon, ZABALETA, KOLAROV, CLICHY, KOMPANY, Richards, NAVAS, SILVA, NASRI, FERNANDINHO, Milner, Javi Garcia, AGUERO, NEGREDO, DZEKO, Jovetic
    Age 30+ : DEMICHELIS, Lescott, YAYA

    CHELSEA:
    Age >24 : HAZARD, OSCAR, Schurrle
    Age 24 - 29 : IVANOVIC, AZPILICUETA, CAHILL, LUIZ, RAMIRES, WILLIAN, Mikel, MATIC, TORRES, Ba
    Age 30+ : CECH, TERRY, Cole, LAMPARD, Eto’o

    LIVERPOOL:
    Age >24 : Sakho, Flanagan, Kelly, HENDERSON, STERLING, COUTINHO, Moses, Allen, Alberto
    Age 24 - 29 : MIGNOLET, SKRTEL, JOHNSON, AGGER, ENRIQUE, CISSOKHO, LUCAS, SUAREZ, STURRIDGE, Aspas
    Age 30+ : Kolo, GERRARD

    UNITED:
    Age >24 : DE GEA, JONES, RAFAEL, JANUZAJ, WELBECK,
    Age 24 - 29 : SMALLING, EVANS, Buttner, VALENCIA, MATA, CLEVERLEY, YOUNG, Fellaini, Kagawa, Nani, ROONEY, Hernandez
    Age 30+ : EVRA, VIDIC, FERDINAND, CARRICK, Giggs, Fletcher, VAN PERSIE

    REGULARS in the wrong age brackets:
    Arsenal - 5
    Man City - 2
    Chelsea - 5
    Liverpool - 4
    United - 10

    And this has been the difference if you ask me. 🙂 Just a theory. Feel free to share yours.

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    1. Parm
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      3 years, 8 months ago

      Shite tactics and a shite midfield.

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      1. BONZ
        3 years, 8 months ago

        SPOT ON in concise summary!

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    2. Woy of the Wovers
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      3 years, 8 months ago

      Could you summarise this?

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      1. Ginkapo
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        3 years, 8 months ago

        REGULARS in the wrong age brackets:
        Arsenal - 5
        Man City - 2
        Chelsea - 5
        Liverpool - 4
        United - 10

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          3 years, 8 months ago

          thanks Ginkapo - I did summarise it Woy. 🙂

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          1. Woy of the Wovers
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            3 years, 8 months ago

            I know. Just a long read. 😉

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      2. Colonel Shoe 肝池
        3 years, 8 months ago

        they old

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        1. Colonel Shoe 肝池
          3 years, 8 months ago

          thanks ollie

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      3. Flycroft
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        3 years, 8 months ago

        it's not complicated

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    3. SW6
      3 years, 8 months ago

      Age isn't the issue, it's quality.

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    4. JT's Dog
      3 years, 8 months ago

      You are classing RVP as a weakness

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    5. Rödallegabomb ᴿᴮ
      3 years, 8 months ago

      Yoyo is an old fart isn't he?

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        3 years, 8 months ago

        Didn't say that. 🙂 Him and RVP just fall into that category. Both are exceptional talents and defy age.

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        1. RedLightning - Top 10k Any …
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          3 years, 8 months ago

          http://www.bettingexpert.com/blog/age-performance-football

          I think this helps to explain why at his age RVP is now starting to slow down and become more injury-prone.

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        2. RedLightning - Top 10k Any …
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          3 years, 8 months ago

          ... and why Chelsea only give one year contract extensions to their over thirties.

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    6. Ginkapo
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      3 years, 8 months ago

      Sir Szcz is under 24? Happy days

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    7. Bootsy: Snoddy's Reven…
      3 years, 8 months ago

      Same squad that won the title last year.

      To say there's not enough quality is stupid - there's something else

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    8. Nabs Kebabs
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      3 years, 8 months ago

      it should be < not > for the young players 😉 good post btw

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      1. Billy Gilmore
        3 years, 8 months ago

        Then the whole post disappears though 😉

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    9. SamH123
      3 years, 8 months ago

      nice post but their ages can't have been that much different last year..

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        3 years, 8 months ago

        the one difference? Fergie. He hid all of these issues.

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    10. RabMac
      3 years, 8 months ago

      I think their problems lie elsewhere.

      1. I believe Moyes has had problems with some of the player, i.e. Vidic, Ferdinand, Nani, etc.

      2. They have had their key players out for significant periods.

      3. Too many individual errors and bad defending at set pieces.

      4. Moyes inability to adapt his system and fit the system round his top players.

      Yes some of the things you mentioned above have also contributed but I would say to a lesser extent.

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      1. Whitman2013
        3 years, 8 months ago

        By the way pip great article
        and cheers for going to all the effort to bring it our attention

        it was a good read!

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    11. Chris_Fàbregas #DOOS…
      3 years, 8 months ago

      Is this just the long winded version of Hansen's "you'll never win anything with kids"??

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      1. Whitman2013
        3 years, 8 months ago

        or oldies.

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  2. CHY049
    3 years, 8 months ago

    I am getting so much abuse of my ML for Captaining RvP.

    Must be fear.

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    1. Whitman2013
      3 years, 8 months ago

      lets hope so... ive done the same 🙂

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  3. President Giggs
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    3 years, 8 months ago

    Most exciting gameweek of the season imo. I'm not overly confident, but bring it on!

    Mannone
    Cahill-Ward-Coleman
    Navas-Mata-Hazard(C)-Lallana
    Suarez-Sturridge-Negredo

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  4. El Berbossa - \\\"El b…
    3 years, 8 months ago

    Wow cant belive i captained Dzeko, that must of been on there for 1 week. at least. No time to even check FPL after my move to Darwin. lol

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  5. Rice Pudding
    3 years, 8 months ago

    Why do I do this to myself?
    Cazorla (c)

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    1. Chucky
      3 years, 8 months ago

      Same here .

      What have i done?

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      1. ILOVEBAPS (Big ones)
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        3 years, 8 months ago

        What about your Grav name??!! 🙄

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        1. Chucky
          3 years, 8 months ago

          I meant bony

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    2. Woy of the Wovers
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      3 years, 8 months ago

      Hoping for a repeat of last season?

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    3. Les Bleus
      3 years, 8 months ago

      Bony (c) 😛 Sometimes it's better to be fun 😉

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      1. Chucky
        3 years, 8 months ago

        😯

        Lets do it 😉

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        1. Les Bleus
          3 years, 8 months ago

          Haha 😀

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  6. Texas Pete
    3 years, 8 months ago

    Does any one know anything else about the Terry out rumour. can't see anything about it anywhere. Would not be happy if it's true seeing as i just got him in.,

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    1. Demí
      3 years, 8 months ago

      Have you checked out the stickies? Source is there

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    2. JT's Dog
      3 years, 8 months ago

      Super ted baddy?

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      1. Colonel Shoe 肝池
        3 years, 8 months ago

        him n ronh

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    3. TorresMagic™
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      3 years, 8 months ago

      Twitter says not starting. Find out soon.

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    4. Jax
      3 years, 8 months ago

      it was on twitter just believe it.

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    5. Bootsy: Snoddy's Reven…
      3 years, 8 months ago

      Sticky by Demi

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    6. rohan
      3 years, 8 months ago

      Go back a few pages. Demi posted it with a link

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  7. Joga Bonito
    3 years, 8 months ago

    How do we reckon Rooney going to perform for the next few games? Can't afford RvP 🙁

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    1. Flycroft
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      3 years, 8 months ago

      i'd swerve rooney. no more set pieces/penalties for him which were a large source of his points

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    2. Joga Bonito
      3 years, 8 months ago

      Or Negredo? Trouble is I don't have any MU attacking coverage and already have Yaya...

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    3. Spike - GABONIADINI
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      3 years, 8 months ago

      It wont matter if he fecks up tomorrow cos he'll be out of my team

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    4. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
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      3 years, 8 months ago

      The flatter his tummy gets, the better he will perform. Two weeks ...

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    5. Joga Bonito
      3 years, 8 months ago

      So worth bringing in Negredo with no United coverage elsewhere? It's a toughie...

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  8. Les Bleus
    3 years, 8 months ago

    No players playing on Sunday for my team! Hmm

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    1. Chucky
      3 years, 8 months ago

      4 here .

      Baines Eriksen Mata and Mirallas

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    2. Parm
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      3 years, 8 months ago

      Just Van Persie(c) and Mata for me 🙁

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      1. Whitman2013
        3 years, 8 months ago

        RVP and eriksen

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  9. Bootsy: Snoddy's Reven…
    3 years, 8 months ago

    Hey where's that Smarty Pants dog?

    He did good things...

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    1. TorresMagic™
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      3 years, 8 months ago

      http://fpldiscovery.wordpress.com/

      Doesn't post these days.

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      1. Bootsy: Snoddy's Reven…
        3 years, 8 months ago

        Thanks

        Bit of a shame - good timely post

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        1. TorresMagic™
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          3 years, 8 months ago

          Should be on his site soon.

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    2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
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      3 years, 8 months ago

      He made an unsmart comment and was disciplined

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      1. TorresMagic™
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        3 years, 8 months ago

        Ok

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    3. Konig Luther
      3 years, 8 months ago

      you can check his site:

      http://fpldiscovery.wordpress.com/2014/02/03

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      1. Whitman2013
        3 years, 8 months ago

        what about that whitman2013 he writes some great comments..

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  10. jas5sk - Youtube channel
    3 years, 8 months ago

    These Ramsey-less Arsenal games are painful to watch

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  12. Chu Young Ping Pong
    3 years, 8 months ago

    Boardwalk Empire any good?

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    1. TorresMagic™
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      3 years, 8 months ago

      Good luck in Cup of Tea.

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      1. Chu Young Ping Pong
        3 years, 8 months ago

        Ty. You too 😀

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  13. svasei - RIP Rovers 🙁
    3 years, 8 months ago

    OMG Maicon died in a car crash 🙁 RIP

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    1. jas5sk - Youtube channel
      3 years, 8 months ago

      seriously?

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      1. jas5sk - Youtube channel
        3 years, 8 months ago

        different maicon...sad all the same

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      2. Chu Young Ping Pong
        3 years, 8 months ago

        Shakhtar striker.

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  14. Woy of the Wovers
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    3 years, 8 months ago

    Who wants to tell me where the 4th game (minimum) in GW29 is hiding?

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  15. FACUPARSE
    3 years, 8 months ago

    Just saw three girls come out on their balcony in their lingerie... when they clocked me looking they waved.

    Thats a good sign for a good weekend.

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    1. No Arsene Around
      3 years, 8 months ago

      Not when they are the Golden Girls....

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      1. FACUPARSE
        3 years, 8 months ago

        they were alright

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        1. No Arsene Around
          3 years, 8 months ago

          or when you are introduced to Bruce, Warren and Alex

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  16. Blue Baggers
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    3 years, 8 months ago

    putting Koscielny 3rd on my bench has been the best decision of the week

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  17. @FuzzyWarbles
    3 years, 8 months ago

    soooo......I just looked at Everton's next six fixtures. 😯

    Ozil-> Mirallas without a second thought right?

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  18. The Reptile
    3 years, 8 months ago

    Dzeko even not starting - where do FFS get their team news?? its a joke

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    1. _Ninja_
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      3 years, 8 months ago

      "with Stevan Jovetic pushing for a first start since returning from injury. The summer signing could replace either Negredo or Dzeko upfront"....

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  19. Zeeco
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    3 years, 8 months ago

    Last minute I changed captain hazard to mata,i thik it was the biggest mistake of my life.

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