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)

    • 1 year, 11 months ago
    1. Aguero

      • 1 year, 11 months ago
      1. a) we play hull away
        b) Lukaku will outscore aguero NEXT WEEK, and over the double.

        c) thanks

        • 1 year, 11 months 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,

    • 1 year, 11 months ago
    1. A valiant attempt at English my friend. I think I got all that.

      • 1 year, 11 months ago
      1. ssshhh, only half-way through... need to concentrate

        • 1 year, 11 months 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.

        • 1 year, 11 months ago
        1. Nah I can clearly see you aren't English/Yankie/Canuck. Decent attempt pal. Just took a bit.

          • 1 year, 11 months 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.

            • 1 year, 11 months ago
            1. Never mind mate. I was praising you. I speak 4 languages also, although only written in two.

              Leave it.

              • 1 year, 11 months 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.)

                • 1 year, 11 months 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.

      • 1 year, 11 months ago
      1. here's a razor, and here's my wrists... enjoy

        • 1 year, 11 months ago
        • 1 year, 11 months ago
    3. Oscar is a 100% starter in the Brazil squad, yet he didn't start today either.

      • 1 year, 11 months 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,

        • 1 year, 11 months ago
    4. disagree

      • 1 year, 11 months ago
  3. Not bad Scout Picks this week. 3 CS, Hazard, Eto, Snodgrass, RVP and Caulker on the bench.

    • 1 year, 11 months ago
  4. City have two matches before GW30. I'm resigning myself to losing about 0.5m on players before I make any moves.

    • 1 year, 11 months ago
    1. You do right...if you can afford it. Old glass back has more tricks up his sleeve yet this season.

      • 1 year, 11 months ago
  5. Why the hell didn't ince and chambers Play!!I thought their were nailed on?

    • 1 year, 11 months ago
    1. Ince played

      who said Chambers was nailed on? you should sue

      • 1 year, 11 months ago
      1. I shhould have got clyne

        • 1 year, 11 months 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.

      • 1 year, 11 months 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?

    • 1 year, 11 months ago
    1. he's playing on the right in Moyes' trademark 4-5-1 formation... assist to the assister kind of job

      • 1 year, 11 months 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.

        • 1 year, 11 months ago
        1. depends, might change him for another DGWer

          • 1 year, 11 months 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.

    • 1 year, 11 months ago
  8. DF

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

    • 1 year, 11 months ago
  9. Will Yaya fall again?

    • 1 year, 11 months ago
    1. DF


      • 1 year, 11 months ago
      • 1 year, 11 months 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?

    • 1 year, 11 months ago
  11. Aguero 46% of the way to a price hike, quuuuuuick BUY BUY BUY!!!

    • 1 year, 11 months ago

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Gameweek 25

  • Forster
  • Janmaat
  • Williams
  • Alderweireld
  • Wijnaldum
  • André Ayew
  • Dele Alli
  • Roberto Firmino
  • Sánchez
  • Aguero
  • Kane
  • Moreno
  • Arnautovic
  • Giroud

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Last updated: 26 Jan, 2016 10:34pm
Player Club Factors
Up Hennessey CPL C, Vs, £
Down Butland STO C, Vs
Up Schmeichel LEI A
Up Forster SOT A
Up Courtois CHE B, Vs
Up Fabianski SWA A
No Change Boruc BOU B
No Change De Gea MUN B
No Change Cech ARS B, VsX
Up Foster WBA C, VsX


Last updated: 3 Feb, 2016 9:04am
Player Club Factors
Up Ivanovic CHE A, Vs
Up van Dijk SOT A
Down Baines EVE B, Vs
Up Dann CPL C, Vs
Up Cresswell WHM B, Vs
Up Williams SWA A
No Change Dawson WBA C
Down Alderweireld TOT B
No Change Daniels BOU A, £
No Change Fuchs LEI A
No Change Van Aanholt SUN A, VsX
Down Bellerín ARS C, VsX
Down Smalling MUN C
Down Moreno LIV C, Vs
Down Johnson STO B
Down Kolarov MCI B, Rest, Inj


Last updated: 3 Feb, 2016 11:14pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Payet WHM B, Vs
Up Roberto Firmino LIV A, Vs, OoP
Up Dele Alli TOT A, Inj
Up Barkley EVE C, Vs
Up André Ayew SWA A, OoP
Up Eriksen TOT A
Down Ozil ARS C, VsX
No Change Mahrez LEI C, VsX
Up Sánchez ARS C, VsX, Inj
Up Antonio WHM A, Vs, Rest, £
No Change Willian CHE B, Vs, Inj
No Change Wijnaldum NEW B
Down Arnautovic STO C, Vs, Inj
Up Silva MCI C
No Change Johnson SUN B, VsX


Last updated: 3 Feb, 2016 11:14pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Aguero MCI A
No Change Kane TOT B
Up Vardy LEI C
Up Diego Costa CHE A, Vs, Inj
No Change Ighalo WAT C, VsX
Up Rooney MUN A
Down Lukaku EVE C, Vs
No Change Giroud ARS B, VsX, Rest
Up Afobe BOU A, £
Down Austin SOT B, Inj

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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
Player Team YC
Colback NEW 9
Lucas LIV 8
Jones SUN 8
Yacob WBA 8
Byram WHM 8
Westwood AVL 7
Diego Costa CHE 7
Huth LEI 7
Can LIV 7
Mangala MCI 7
Shelvey NEW 7
Pieters STO 7
Dele Alli TOT 7
Dier TOT 7
Noble WHM 7

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