The Dugout Discussion – Saturday

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A trio of three o’clock showdowns continue Saturday’s proceedings before we drop in on Stamford Bridge for the evening encounter.

Palace host Southampton at Selhurst Park, with the likes of Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert hoping to spoil the hosts’ clean sheet. Norwich entertain Stoke at Carrow Road – Robert Snodgrass will carry the Canaries’ attacking threat as John Ruddy and his defence attempt to register a fifth successive shut-out in front of their own fans. Finally, the bottom two go head-to-head in Wales, as Cardiff and Fulham attempt to clamber out of the drop zone.

Those matches lead us up nicely to the concluding match of the Gameweek, where league leaders Chelsea entertain Spurs at the Bridge. Leader of this week’s Captain Poll, Eden Hazard, carries the armband hopes of many as Jose Mourinho’s side look for a win that would stretch their lead at the summit to seven points.

As always, you can look to our Twitter feed for news of today’s teamsheets, while our Dugout Discussion chatroom is now open and will accompany you through today’s matches right through until the last kick at the Bridge.

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  1. Who to captain next week lads? Rooney Suarez or Lukaku??? Currently Lukaku.

    GW 30

    Ivanovic Cahill Evra Baines
    Lallana AJ Hazard
    Rooney Suarez Lukaku(c)

    • 9 months, 18 days ago
    1. Aguero

      • 9 months, 18 days ago
      1. a) we play hull away
        b) Lukaku will outscore aguero NEXT WEEK, and over the double.

        c) thanks

        • 9 months, 18 days ago
  2. TSherwood deserbes this loss. question fo time b4 he lost big.
    As i said erlier b4, You do NOT bench a player like paulinho for the likes of Bentaleb, Sandro, or at the expense of putting an extra Def Kabul o play Walker as a mid.

    Walker as a mid instead of Paulinho?? thats just a a joke. either TS in an [diot, or he just was lucky before. and yes, TS help turn around for Spurs, but Ade was clearly responsible for that, and moreover it was a HUGE undererforkance of the other idiot AVB TS not using Eriksen is proof of this. Eriksen has bad bak, but Paulinho in bench...

    Paulinho is 100% guaranteed starter for Brasil Squad. yes that does not imply he can never be benched, but his style of play of defending & attacking has put in the brasilan bench incredible players. paulinho is a starter in ANY team unless he cannot walk. he scored when noone expects him, and moves swiftly from defence to offence like few i have ever seen. Paulinho made Corinthias world champ ag Chelsea w/ a very avg brasilian squad back then,

    • 9 months, 18 days ago
    1. A valiant attempt at English my friend. I think I got all that.

      • 9 months, 18 days ago
      1. ssshhh, only half-way through... need to concentrate

        • 9 months, 18 days ago
      2. Stupendous: hopefully you can understand & read btn the lines. As english is only my 4th language. How many languages do you speak Sir?

        Better to try writing in a foreign language, than to not express one's ideas because of people like you whp will try to get a laugh at other's expense for something so cheap. If you were not tryng to be funny, then dsregard this comment.

        • 9 months, 18 days ago
        1. Nah I can clearly see you aren't English/Yankie/Canuck. Decent attempt pal. Just took a bit.

          • 9 months, 18 days ago
          1. Stupendous: so how many languages do you spak or write in?
            and if you're able to speakn & write in a 2nd language (much less a 4th language which english is for me) then please answer my comments that I posted here now.

            as far as i am concerned\, this website is not only for uk born, canuck, yank. Thus, margin of error in grammar might happen with those who are not born in a country which Enlgish is not 1st language.

            • 9 months, 18 days ago
            1. Never mind mate. I was praising you. I speak 4 languages also, although only written in two.

              Leave it.

              • 9 months, 18 days ago
              1. stup: if you in all honesty were praising, then my apologies.
                but it sure did not come across as such,the way you wrote it. (came across quite condecending, something i do not tolerate.)

                • 9 months, 18 days ago
    2. Don't agree with you at all, he's tactics were working perfectly, even Terry admitted this. Perhaps you should study the goals more closely then point the blame at those responsible,individual players who are paid huge money yet make such appalling errors.

      • 9 months, 18 days ago
      1. here's a razor, and here's my wrists... enjoy

        • 9 months, 18 days ago
        • 9 months, 18 days ago
    3. Oscar is a 100% starter in the Brazil squad, yet he didn't start today either.

      • 9 months, 18 days ago
      1. Crounch:
        1st oscar is nowhere near as critical for brazil as is paulinho.
        2nd_ oscar is not as critical for che w/ Che's beanch as paulinho SHOULD be critical for Spus.
        3rd__ dont try to take things out of context.
        4th__as i said b4, its not only me, Big phil coach said , as goes thiago silva, paulinho & neymar, so go brazil.Actions speak louder than words. just go check the history of brasil in past 16 months,

        • 9 months, 18 days ago
    4. disagree

      • 9 months, 18 days ago
  3. Not bad Scout Picks this week. 3 CS, Hazard, Eto, Snodgrass, RVP and Caulker on the bench.

    • 9 months, 18 days ago
  4. City have two matches before GW30. I'm resigning myself to losing about 0.5m on players before I make any moves.

    • 9 months, 18 days ago
    1. You do right...if you can afford it. Old glass back has more tricks up his sleeve yet this season.

      • 9 months, 18 days ago
  5. Why the hell didn't ince and chambers Play!!I thought their were nailed on?

    • 9 months, 18 days ago
    1. Ince played

      who said Chambers was nailed on? you should sue

      • 9 months, 18 days ago
      1. I shhould have got clyne

        • 9 months, 18 days ago
    2. Chambers won't be nailed on unless Clyne is injured. Ince just came to Palace so we don't know if he's nailed on yet.

      • 9 months, 18 days ago
  6. How did Mata play? I saw the highlights and he played a part in two goals but is he playing as a deeper CAM?

    • 9 months, 18 days ago
    1. he's playing on the right in Moyes' trademark 4-5-1 formation... assist to the assister kind of job

      • 9 months, 18 days ago
      1. Would you get rid of him? He has a DGW coming up so I'm a bit reluctant to take him out. I could put Silva in for him or possibly Toure.

        • 9 months, 18 days ago
        1. depends, might change him for another DGWer

          • 9 months, 18 days ago
  7. 45 pts. w/ no hits. guess it wasnt so bad. thats why we have Che to save the day and Haz to come deligver at home.

    • 9 months, 18 days ago
  8. DF

    10 points from Brad Johnson's the most FPL fun I've had in years.

    • 9 months, 18 days ago
  9. Will Yaya fall again?

    • 9 months, 18 days ago
    1. DF


      • 9 months, 18 days ago
      • 9 months, 18 days ago
  10. Does anyone have a selection dilemma for GW32 which consists of having 4 midfielders (lallana, nolan, stirling and colback) that will have DGWs and then Hazard that has one game? I've got SAS up top so the only person i can see dropping is Hazard. Risky move or not?

    • 9 months, 18 days ago
  11. Aguero 46% of the way to a price hike, quuuuuuick BUY BUY BUY!!!

    • 9 months, 18 days ago

Scout Picks

For Gameweek 17

  • Lloris
  • Zabaleta
  • Ivanovic
  • Cresswell
  • Sánchez
  • Eriksen
  • Y Touré
  • Downing
  • Bony
  • van Persie
  • Austin
  • Evans
  • Nasri
  • Carroll

Fixture Ticker

The Watchlist


Last updated: 19 Dec, 2014 1:25pm
Player Club Factors
Up Hart MCI A, Vs
Up McGregor HUL B, Vs
Up Guzan AVL B, Vs
Up Green QPR B, Vs
Down Pantilimon SUN A
Up De Gea MUN A
No Change Fabianski SWA B
Up Adrián WHM B


Last updated: 19 Dec, 2014 12:51am
Player Club Factors
Up Zabaleta MCI B, Vs, Rest
Down Ivanovic CHE B
Down Baines EVE C
Up Yun QPR C, Vs, £
Up Davies TOT C, Vs, Rest, £
Up Janmaat NEW B, VsX, Inj
No Change Cresswell WHM B
Down Hutton AVL B, Vs, £, Sus
No Change Taylor SWA B
Up Chester HUL C, Vs, VsX
Up Evans MUN B, Vs


Last updated: 17 Dec, 2014 1:40pm
Player Club Factors
Up Hazard CHE A, VsX
Down Sánchez ARS A, VsX, OoP
Up Y Touré MCI B, Vs, Sus
Up Downing WHM A
Up Eriksen TOT A, Vs
Up Nasri MCI A, Vs, Inj
Down Sigurdsson SWA B, Vs
Up Sterling LIV C, Vs
No Change Bolasie CPL A, VsX
Down Oscar CHE B, VsX
Up Fer QPR B, Vs
Up Sissoko NEW B, Vs, VsX


Last updated: 20 Dec, 2014 10:12am
Player Club Factors
No Change Diego Costa CHE B
No Change Bony SWA A, Vs
Up Austin QPR A, Vs
Up van Persie MUN A
Up Kane TOT B, Vs, Rest, £
No Change Sakho WHM B, Rest, £
Up Giroud ARS B, VsX
Up Benteke AVL B, Vs
Down Rooney MUN B, Inj, OoP
Up Carroll WHM B
Up Cissé NEW A, Vs
No Change Pellè SOT C

Selection Factors

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

The Suspension Tightrope

Player Team YC
Cazorla ARS 4
Oxlade-Chamberlain ARS 4
Agbonlahor AVL 4
Boyd BRN 4
Marney BRN 4
Chamakh CPL 4
Besic EVE 4
Naismith EVE 4
Chester HUL 4
Robertson HUL 4
Moore LEI 4
Vardy LEI 4
Balotelli LIV 4
Gerrard LIV 4
Skrtel LIV 4
Kompany MCI 4
Mangala MCI 4
Y Touré MCI 4
Fer QPR 4
Clyne SOT 4
Mane SOT 4
Mame Biram Diouf STO 4
Shawcross STO 4
Wilson STO 4
Gómez SUN 4
O'Shea SUN 4
Ki SWA 4
Williams SWA 4
Mason TOT 4
Dorrans WBA 4
Tomkins WHM 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