The Dugout Discussion – Saturday

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A busy Saturday afternoon of Premier League action delivers six kick-offs at three o’clock before we head over to Villa Park for this evening’s encounter, with Chelsea seeking to extend their lead at the top of the table.

Bottom placed Fulham will be hoping for a vital three points to drag them out of the relegation mire when Newcastle pay visit, while fellow strugglers Cardiff face a testing trip to Goodison Park, with the Toffees looking to push on into the top six.

Up in the North East, two of the Premier League’s meanest defences – Sunderland and Crystal Palace – square up at the Stadium of Light, while Pepe Mel looks to ease the pressure on his tenure in the Midlands by claiming the points from West Brom’s trip to the Liberty Stadium to face Swansea. Norwich are another side scrapping to keep themselves out of the bottom three; they face a daunting test today at St Mary’s, while West Ham will look to cement their mid-table status by claiming the points at the Britannia against Mark Hughes’ Stoke.

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 whistle at this evening’s Villa Park fixture.

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  1. Average will be very distorted, dead teams don't make early transfers and take hit fails trying to correct it 😉

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. 😆
      They have Coleman , Yaya ,

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
    2. yeah, lots of dead teams with Fulham defense, Delph, Odemwingie, Sess, etc..

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
  2. Manone and vlaar sitting on my bench kicking the shit out of captain hindsight.

    Still, 27 no hits with Rvp (c) and Suarez to come should be green no?

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
  3. Che/Ars gonna be massive next week

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
  4. Is Lukaku still a good option for the DGW??? He is rising again tonight....

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
      • 1 year, 8 months ago
  5. Mourinho: "it's difficult to close the mouth"

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. He needs to take Delph's nuts out first.

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
      1. Schweaty Balls.. ha, Delphwagon?

        • 1 year, 8 months ago
  6. should I get rid of eriksen or lallana ?

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
  7. It will be WW3 on here next week with Chavski Arsenal

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. Yes, with you one of the main culprits.

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
      1. You know how it is 😉

        • 1 year, 8 months ago
    2. I'm more worried about tomorrow.

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
      1. I suppose Sp*rs always turn the heat on when they play us

        • 1 year, 8 months ago
        1. One game at a time, anything is possible... I think Liverpool will be massive if they win tomorrow

          • 1 year, 8 months ago
            • 1 year, 8 months ago
  8. Looking forward to hearing from Mourinho.

    I think I felt he was a bit condescending toward Lambert last time 'round and I hope he shows us a little more respect this time.

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. just watched the interview after on cnbc. wow! never seen him that angry before

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
    2. He is condescending most of the time in the spurs match he went down the tunnel 30 seconds before the end and shook Sherwood's hand before the end of the game..

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
      1. He does that a lot of the time

        • 1 year, 8 months ago
        1. It is still very patronizing and he should just wait till the end of the match and be respectful to other managers and teams

          • 1 year, 8 months ago
  9. Sterling, Rooney, Suarez to go only 24points in the bag, 8 point hit = very weak sauce

    how you guys doin?

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
  10. Is this midfield OK for the DGW?
    Yaya, Silva, Gerrard, Hazard (Noone)

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
  11. Azpi & JRod -> Baines & Dzeko

    Ivan & JRod -> Baines & Lukaku???

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. B

      purely because of Gametime probabilities

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
  12. Gonna do snod and lallana to silva and yaya for -4 worth it will give me 9 dgwers
    worth another -4to do chambers to some1up to 5.2 or play azpi /ward?x

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
  13. for next week...

    Silva & Chester


    AJ & Zaba

    No hits

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
  14. My 1 villa def got the same number of points as my entire playing def's, kind of describes the day.

    • 1 year, 8 months ago

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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: 25 Nov, 2015 8:42pm
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 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
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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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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