It’s the ScoutCast vs Adversity. Granville drags himself out of his sick bed and we scramble into a makeshift studio, determined to return to the airwaves after our absence last week.

Apologies in advance for the echo, the faint background hiss and Granville’s Bonnie Tyler-like tones. If you can see your way past that little lot then you might just find some worth in this week’s episode as we grill the Gameweek 29 blank, sauté the Gameweek 31 doubles, boil down the Suarez vs Sturridge debate and lament our joint decision to choose Edin Dzeko from the lavish striker buffet, ignoring the sumptuous Sturridge in the process.

In between that particular call to Captain Hindsight, we rinse through the regulars, although Granville’s poorly state has us clean forget to credit the Scout League leaders or offer our thoughts on our new Fantasy Football squeeze – Ultimate Fantasy Premier League. Please accept this note from our respective Mum’s and the promise that we’ll return to full fitness next week.

Dose yourself up via this link or take your medicine via the player below…

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  1. I have made a monumental - and probably wrong - decision. I have decided to keep hold of Silva for the DGW. No more torturing myself and others with questions. I've decided. Finito. Sorry Bob, I will not be requiring your services.

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. I'm keeping too

      Silva Yaya Kun for last 8 weeks


      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    2. Well if you look at the fact they have man united in the DGW
      Look at the type of players that have punished united this season, the common factor is they all had their boots on the correct feet and had the ability to run slightly faster than dog poo rolling downhill
      Now I am no expert but I am sure silva plays like that, so i think you may be onto something

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
      1. Haha :) It bothers me that he's scored so little but I do think that's been partly down to a lack of Kun.

        I've tried ever so hard to get myself excited about Bob Snod but I just don't think he's worth a transfer plus one fewer DGW player.

        • 1 year, 9 months ago
  2. Just trying some permutations for the dgw.

    Whichever way I do it, I end up having to either sell Hazard or miss a dgw player.

    Should I aim for:

    A. Sell Hazard and keep Mata, Nolan, AJ and Yaya
    B. Lose Mata

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. Get Sterling as 5th mid and bench Hazard for the week

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    2. I wish I knew. I'm hoping the future DGW landscape will become clear before GW31 and make these decisions easier

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
  3. Could someone put up a long post with lots of interesting points until first article of the day please

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. Need something to read on the toilet?

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
      1. What am I saying. Dog don't use the toilet

        • 1 year, 9 months ago
        1. Dogs do use the toilet
          We just use it for drinking

          • 1 year, 9 months ago
          • 1 year, 9 months ago
  4. I'm really struggling what to do with this lot:

    Boruc K.Davis

    Azpi Kos Reid Ward Bruce

    Hazard Mata Yaya Nolan Noone

    Sturridge Suarez Lambert

    2.3m in the bank and 2FTs

    I can get 11 out this week if Bruce plays, which isn't likely? Reid sitting on the bench is a waste of money. I could do Bruce > MOlsson (save FT) and/or Reid > Ivanovic for 2FTs. This would give me 8 players for next week.. Is that enough?

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. 8 should be ok. The transfers sound reasonable. Unless you want to do only 1 transfer this week(M.Olsson) and then do the other one next week , retaining your two FTs for 30,31.

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
      1. this is what it comes down too, i think i'm only on 4 DGW players so far so priority will be that really. Everyone will be in same boat gw29. Kos needs to go as well at some point, blank and hideous fixtures. In conclusion my defence is actually just rubbish 😀

        • 1 year, 9 months ago
        1. You'll hate yourself if you sell Kos and Arse grind out a few nil-nils. I'd concentrate on Reid and Bruce

          • 1 year, 9 months ago
          1. cheers, more important to get rid of players who aren't nailed on i suppose, exciting Bruce > MOlsson transfer it is lol

            • 1 year, 9 months ago
    2. 8 will be more than most, I think, and many, like me, will be taking hits on top of that

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
  5. Repost from bottom of last page

    Azpi Sagna shaw Ward
    Hazard Lailana Noone
    Ade c Suarez Studge.

    Manonne Bruce mata Yaya

    2 FTs 0.3 ITB

    Not sure what to do. Want to keep mata and Yaya for DGW. Can't be bothered with headache trying to get them back in.

    Any advice welcome. Might just stick or swap Noone for Bruce?

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. Keep Yaya for sure, Mata depends on your opinion on United and how many points they can get.

      You can do 1 FT and carry over the other, so I would probably try to change Sagna for someone , due to their fixtures.

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    2. Noone over Bruce, Bruce might not even play with Chester back

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    3. I'd say swap Sagna for any defender to make use of your FT now, Arsenal has a really rough run of fixtures ahead. Don't expect a CS at least before GF34

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    4. Thanks for the advice everyone

      Nice pic MUM'S

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
      1. nice picture Gonzo is it? lol

        • 1 year, 9 months ago
        1. It's Grover lol

          • 1 year, 9 months ago
    5. I'd certainly use the second ft, perhaps Bruce -> Dann or chambers. For me it'd be Adrian-> Speroni, contentious advice that though!

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
      1. Yeah I've considered Dann.
        Just trying to save 1FT for DGW 😀

        • 1 year, 9 months ago
        1. Yeah I'd definetly keep one, it looks otherwise like a solid team!

          • 1 year, 9 months ago
          1. Thanks 😀

            • 1 year, 9 months ago
            1. All good :)

              • 1 year, 9 months ago
  6. What would you think of the following transfers

    GW 28 , Mignolet - Ruddy ; Mertesacker - Evra for -4
    GW 29 no transfers
    GW 30 Giroud -> Sturridge
    GW 31 Fonte - Demel, Lallana -Nolan , Adebayor - Aguero and Hazard - Silva/Mata for -8?

    Would give me 9 players in 29 and 10 DGW players in 31 filled in by Coleman.

    As for the hits, I am still planning a -4 this week so not concerned there. The -8 as its a DGW I guess, thats reasonable?

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. This week, only Migno to Ruddy, not sure abt Mert-Evra, would rather bring a chelsea or Soton defender

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
      1. Thanks,The other option would be to double up on Chelsea with Terry and Ivanovic (I have Ivan at the moment)

        • 1 year, 9 months ago
        1. I was considering Evra, but Man U dont look strong at back, He is more attacking when Januzaj play as they both pass to each other unlike Young and Evra combo
          So his attacking return would depend on Januzaj's gametime
          Also, to do Mert-Evra, u r taking -4pts hits, is that bcoz mert can fall in price?
          I think u can start Mert this week, not bad choice and transfer him out next week
          Double up with Cahill, it will cover both, baps and attacking threat and cheaper option
          good luck :)

          • 1 year, 9 months ago
          1. It's actually, because I do not want to do a transfer next week, I'd rather risk the -4 now and then have 2fts for 30 and beyond.

            Plus, I am thinking that if I don't do transfers/take hits next week I can only prosper from it. Many people will go into panic mode.

            Cahill isn't a bad idea, I'll consider.

            Thanks a lot!

            Good luck to you too!

            • 1 year, 9 months ago
            1. Logic is good, dont see any flaws in that
              I think u should do that move with either cahill/Terry as Evra dont have any match this week

              • 1 year, 9 months ago
              1. Thanks a lot!!!

                I think you're right. At the end of the day they have scoring potential and Mourinho tends to lock it tight against top half teams.

                • 1 year, 9 months ago
  7. Anelka's quenelle got me thinking... What would the EPL worst XI look like?
    A jerk hall of fame... drumroll...


    Nicolas Anelka, Carlos Tevez, Mario Balotelli

    Joey Barton, Roy Keane, David Bentley, Lee Bowyer

    Jaap Stam, John Terry, Jose Bosingwa

    Mark Bosnich

    Bench: Emmanuel Adebayor, Ashley Cole, Craig Bellamy, El-Hadji Diouf.
    Manager: Paulo Di Canio.
    Director: Joe Kinnear

    Miss anyone?

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. Michael Brown has to be in there. Absolute hooligan

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
      1. The list is more about players who are destructive to their own team... otherwise I'd have to include Robbie Savage, Denis Wise etc

        • 1 year, 9 months ago
        1. Ah, I see

          • 1 year, 9 months ago
    2. Steven Taylor and the Wolves midfielder, Henry?... oh and Charles N'Zog

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    3. Needs more Asprilla.

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
      1. Why is it always the fwds who make the biggest dicks?

        • 1 year, 9 months ago
        1. I'd say people with big egos gravitate to striker spots for the glory.

          • 1 year, 9 months ago
    4. Carragher has the most own goals. That seems fairly destructive.

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
        • 1 year, 9 months ago
    5. Whatabout Lee Cattermole? Walking red card.

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
      1. Yeah good one

        • 1 year, 9 months ago
    6. Bit harsh on Stam!

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
      1. Possibly, but Fergie would disagree

        • 1 year, 9 months ago
        1. I don't think he would - Fergie himself has admitted that he made a mistake selling Stam when he did.

          • 1 year, 9 months ago
          1. That was more because he wasn't able to find a quality replacement... don't think it says anything about Stam's character

            • 1 year, 9 months ago
            1. Stam's character was fine, all he did in his book was call the Neville's kiss arses.

              Either way, I don't think he warrants a place in your XI.

              • 1 year, 9 months ago
              1. Fair enough, who'd u swap him for?

                • 1 year, 9 months ago
    7. T1P

      Suarez? The racist biter should be in there!

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
  8. Repost from bottom of last page:

    Got 2FT , want to use one this GW.

    A) Demel -> Olsson / Ward
    B) Do nothing and lose one FT

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. A but to Dann, 4.0 Palace.

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
      1. Thanks, thats a good idea. Need as much funds as possible for big guns for DGWs

        • 1 year, 9 months ago
      2. Is Dann nailed on?

        • 1 year, 9 months ago
        1. Should be, he's started each game since his arrival. Check the team news section for any presser news perhaps.

          • 1 year, 9 months ago
  9. Who to dump out of:

    Boruc - Mannone
    Demel - Williamson - Olsson - Figuora - Yoshida
    Hazard - Mata - Lallana - Eriksen - Noone
    Suarez - Sturridge - Giroud ..
    I have 2 FT & 0.3 but no transfer in mind (after Eriksen's performance yesterday!!) ..

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. Yoshida to Chambers for me. I doubt Yoshi has much gametime left with Lovern back from injury.

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
      1. Or Ward. CrystalPalace have a future DGW and a nice fixture GW29

        • 1 year, 9 months ago
  10. Adrian Mannone
    Kosc Olsson Gabbidon Ivanovic Coleman
    Sterling Hazard Noone (Mata,Silva)
    Saurez Adebayor (RVP)

    As of now I have 11 playing (if gabbi and kosc plays)

    Was thinking of taking a 4point hit to swap Silva out for a midfield that I can use the rest of Season

    Whos the best ? Lallana?

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. Lallana is the most worthy mid to take a hit for

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
  11. Yaya to lose more value than Silva due to ownership?

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. Definitely

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    2. Aye.

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    3. Yup

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    4. yes, I'd be suprised if Silva even drops

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
  12. Boruc
    Kosc, Bruce, Ivanvovic
    Hazard, Mirallas, Lallana, Noone
    Adebayor, Suarez, Sturridge

    4.0, Ward, Kolarov, Mata

    1ft, 1.6m in bank.

    Team good to go? Or should I spend the transfer on anything?

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. Save as we won't know how Bruce or Noone's competition for places goes until next week.

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
      1. Could be a bad week if Bruce and Mirallas don't start :/

        • 1 year, 9 months ago
        1. Mirallas should start surely, in his form I can't believe he'll be rested.

          You'd have to be unlucky not to field eleven so I'd hold for next week where it'll really help.

          • 1 year, 9 months ago
    2. Confident on Bruce starting?

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
  13. The whole Reid bandwagon was a complete and utter disaster :(

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. Did it even get rolling? (amongst the informed, at least).

      I generally stick to the "don't buy until he starts a game" rule.

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
  14. Eikrem... super cheap... solid stats.. abysmal team...

    anything else to add?

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. I would put emphasis on the abysmal team part.

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    2. Major rotation risk. Look at the team news section and count the number of contenders for Cardiff's midfield, madness! :)

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
  15. We love you Bob Snod, we do! We love you Bob Snod

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. I need to decide if I love him enough to bring him in this week.

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
  16. Which midfielder to get for 5,1 or less? Needs to play GW 29 and hopefully has a nice fixture in GW 28 as well.

    Currently on Puncheon but I guess there's a slight risk of him being suspended.

    Any better options out there?

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. I can't see him getting suspended for something written on Twitter.

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    2. Steven Davis/Redmond/Sidwell(5.2)

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
  17. New Article Posted
  18. How likely is it that Demel and Kosc play this weekend?

    I have no cover on my bench if one of them doesn't play. Is this worth a hit?

    Mariappa -> Dann/Parr?

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
  19. How many times will free transfers roll over? Just seen someone post they have 2FTs and if they didnt use one this week they would lose it!!? I was under the impression they kept rolling over every week!! Can someone clear this up please as i fear i may have made a fatal error the last couple of weeks by not using them :(

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
  20. Gerrard/Sterling or Nolan for the DGW?

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
  21. Love the addition of the coughing at the end of the podcast!

    Btw thanks for answering the question guys :)

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
  22. Have Toure -- considering transferring out to Snodgrass for next two game weeks.

    Which two players would you play out of this lot:

    Snodgrass, Ince, MOlsson, JRodriguez.

    Is it worth holding on to Toure and just play Ince and MOlsson this week?

    • 1 year, 9 months ago

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  • Sánchez
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  • Kane
  • Lukaku
  • Coleman
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Up Gomes WAT B
Up Lloris TOT B, Vs
Up Pantilimon SUN C, VsX
Up Adrián WHM C, Vs
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Down Begovic CHE C, Rest
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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: 25 Nov, 2015 8:42pm
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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 Eriksen TOT B, Vs
Up Barkley EVE A, Vs
Down Mane SOT B, VsX
No Change André Ayew SWA B
Up Deulofeu 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
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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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Can LIV 4
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Tioté NEW 4
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Romeu SOT 4
Whelan STO 4
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