Suspensions

The Suspension Tightrope – Brink

A second-minute booking in Liverpool’s 6-3 mauling of Cardiff last Saturday brings Steven Gerrard a step nearer an automatic two-match ban. Having received his ninth yellow of the campaign against the Bluebirds, the Reds’ skipper must now negotiate the next four league matches without incurring the referee’s wrath in order to avoid enforced time on the sidelines:

Incidentally, Gerrard’s weekend booking was his seventh of the calendar year alone – five arriving in the league and two in domestic cups – and coincides with his move to a more withdrawn role, suggesting he’s perhaps being drawn into making more tactical challenges as the last man in front of the back-four.

Gerrard is one of three midfielders sitting on nine bookings. Arsenal’s Mathieu Flamini needs to negotiate just three fixtures to avoid suspension – the reason being is that the Gunners’ rescheduled Gameweek 34 fixture with West Ham takes place on Tuesday April 15, two days after the deadline extension on Sunday April 13. Chelsea’s Ramires is also one yellow away from toppling off the Tightrope. The Brazilian is currently serving the second of a three-game suspension for violent conduct and will miss matches against Palace and Stoke – if he picks up a yellow upon his return in the Gameweek 34 clash against Swansea, he’ll face further sanction.

Twelve players are a couple of cards away from a ban, with Wayne Rooney and Pablo Zabaleta the most high-profile from a Fantasy perspective. Stoke are the most represented, with a trio of players (Geoff Cameron, Jon Walters and Marc Wilson) on eight yellows. A further 14 players are still under threat of potential suspension, sitting on seven cautions apiece.

Arsenal have successfully appealed the red card mistakenly handed out to Kieran Gibbs during Saturday’s loss at Chelsea. The FA transferred this to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but have subsequently rescinded his ban for wrongful dismissal, due to the fact that Eden Hazard’s initial shot was deemed to be off target before the midfielder handballed. Both players are now available for tomorrow’s clash with Swansea.

Sunderland’s Marcos Alonso sits out Wednesday’s trip to Anfield after his dismissal in Saturday’s 2-0 loss at Norwich. The left-back earned two yellows – the first for a foul late in the second half, the second for a handball in stoppage time.

Fulham’s Fernando Amorebieta is also sidelined for a single match. The Cottagers defender was sent packing after denying a goalscoring opportunity in Saturday’s 5-0 loss at the Etihad and will miss next weekend’s crucial home encounter against Everton.

Jon Walters, Jonas Olsson and George Boyd serve the last of their respective bans this upcoming weekend, whilst a trio of players will return to action in time for Gameweek 32. Charlie Adam and Willian will be joined by United skipper Nemanja Vidic, who completes a two-match batch against City in tomorrow evening’s Manchester derby.

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  1. royals forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Which 2 out of these 3 are essential until the end of season

    Rooney
    Sturridge
    Hazard

    Any ideas would be helpful

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    1. Home Run Baker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Sturbridge
      Hazard

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    2. BigAndy+42...
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Rooney for GW37, IMO.

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      • MJ6987
          2 years, 1 month ago

          Hazard and Sturridge

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        • pundit of punts
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 years, 1 month ago

          Rooney needed only from gw 36 onwards.

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      • r0nh
          2 years, 1 month ago

          In an attempt to get an insight for the remainder of the GW...

          How many players do you have left to play?

          I would particularly like to hear from those that have a few.

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          1. MJ6987
              2 years, 1 month ago

              9

              Quality > Quantity though

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            • Revival
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 years, 1 month ago

              Got 9 left, went Sturridge (c) so need him to outscore Suarez now. Got Barkley and 2 Arsenal defenders as prob my biggest differentials to the template teams here.

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            • MJ6987
                2 years, 1 month ago

                I would particularly like to hear from Koscielny owners 😉

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              • Somalion - Purple Rain
                  2 years, 1 month ago

                  9 if you count the captain as 2. All of them are really good too 😎

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                • Mr.K
                    2 years, 1 month ago

                    11

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                • MJ6987
                    2 years, 1 month ago

                    Who on earth is hulking those posts on the last page?

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                    1. MJ6987
                        2 years, 1 month ago

                        Have the mods got some green ink that is going off?

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                      • Optimus.
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        2 years, 1 month ago

                        It's a slow night the mods are scraping the barrel 😀

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                        1. Home Run Baker
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          2 years, 1 month ago

                          By greening every thread? Hmmm

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                    2. Alberto Tomba
                        2 years, 1 month ago

                        West Ham got an awful lot of penalty box touches against Utd at the weekend. A better attack would've put a few past them perhaps.

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                      • Acquafresca
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        2 years, 1 month ago

                        So the plan is:

                        GW34: 3 Everton, 3 City, Ward, Mannone (8 DGWers)
                        GW37: 3 City, 3 United, Mannone, Chester (8 DGWers)

                        Looks good to me.

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                        1. Spineless Weasel - FIFFSA 5…
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          2 years, 1 month ago

                          I'm looking at

                          GW34 3 Everton 2 City, Ward, Mannone (7 DGWers)
                          GW37 3 City 2 United, Mannone, possibly Chester or a cheap mid (7-8 DGWers) Might even punt on Januzaj.

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                        2. Spike
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          2 years, 1 month ago

                          You'll get little return from Chester and Mannone GW37

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                        1. MJ6987
                            2 years, 1 month ago

                            Maybe United should just play Smalling and Jones together every game. Takes about a season consistent playing for a defensive partnership to gel

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                            1. TLK42- Dutch Wolfhound
                                2 years, 1 month ago

                                Would like that. They've always looked good together because of the u-21s.

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                            2. MJ6987
                                2 years, 1 month ago

                                Reminded me of the bit in Fergie's book, about the infamous friendly vs Sporting Lisbon that convinced United to buy Ronaldo

                                Fergie: "get close to him!"

                                O'Shea: "I can't Boss!"

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                              • Alberto Tomba
                                  2 years, 1 month ago

                                  I've been thinking this all season, he's had the markings of a world class centre back for a while now.

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                                • Paranoid Ormondroyd
                                    2 years, 1 month ago

                                    United are in need of a world class centre back and a refreshed central midfield. How about moving Carrick back there? He looks the part and could play there a lot longer than in midfield - could be great for the team and save a few quid.

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                                    1. Somalion - Purple Rain
                                        2 years, 1 month ago

                                        But he's defensively awful...

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                                  • Rhubarb O'Wakey
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    2 years, 1 month ago

                                    Team of the season

                                    Marshall
                                    Ivanovic Terry Cahill Azpi
                                    Yaya. Fernandinho
                                    Walcott Suarez. Hazard
                                    Sturridge

                                    Shame we didn't see much of Wally but he was good for the bit we did see.

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                                    1. UnderstandablyDistraught
                                        2 years, 1 month ago

                                        He was a huge loss for the Gunners

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                                      • pundit of punts
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        2 years, 1 month ago

                                        Surely Coleman,Koscielny and Lallana have to be there.

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                                        1. Rhubarb O'Wakey
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                          Nah..wouldn't split the Chelsea back line up at all...same for the Suarez/Studge partnership.

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                                        2. Rhubarb O'Wakey
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                          Put together eleven players that would beat those eleven..in theory...and you'd be doing well...

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                                      • Home Run Baker
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        2 years, 1 month ago

                                        Marshall?

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                                        1. Rhubarb O'Wakey
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                          Yeah...as a shot stopper he's up ther with the best...just a pity he's called on so often..He'd give DDG a run for his money for certain...

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                                      • Revival
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        2 years, 1 month ago

                                        Coleman should be in there surely

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                                      • TLK42- Dutch Wolfhound
                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                          DDG
                                          Rafael Smalling Vidic Evra
                                          Valencia Cleverley Anderson Young
                                          Kagawa
                                          RVP

                                          Had Moyes as manager and managed not to get relegated

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                                        • Revival
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                          Also I would choose Ramsey over Walcott

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                                          1. Rhubarb O'Wakey
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                            Possibly...

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                                      • pundit of punts
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        2 years, 1 month ago

                                        I'm seeing people mulling over their frontlines for the rest of the season.

                                        I've got 1 simple formula. Select the ones who has the most number of games remaining.

                                        In other words Sturridge has to be dropped when the time is right. But many will chose to keep him I guess. Would like to know others views on this.

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                                        1. MJ6987
                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                            Except that, as we have seen, players can score more in one game than another player with two games.

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                                            1. pundit of punts
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              2 years, 1 month ago

                                              Wait till the second game is over. 😉

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                                            2. Spineless Weasel - FIFFSA 5…
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              2 years, 1 month ago

                                              the only player that would make me sell Sturridge is Kun as he's the only one I'd back to do it, since I;'m getting Rooney in for Lukaku in GW36 anyway

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                                              1. pundit of punts
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                2 years, 1 month ago

                                                Sturridge>Kun in gw 34 and Lukaku>Rooney in gw 36 is the plan.

                                                3 more games for the strikers by doing those transfers.

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                                                1. Spineless Weasel - FIFFSA 5…
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  2 years, 1 month ago

                                                  this is basically my plan.

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                                          • Optimus.
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                            I think i'm going to stick with SaS and Dzeko

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                                            1. pundit of punts
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              2 years, 1 month ago

                                              Why Dzeko? Rotation nightmare when Aguero gets back.

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                                          • Home Run Baker
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                            * most points

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                                        3. Chu Young Ping Pong
                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                            Next season, Suarez 14m, Yaya 12m and Hazard 12m?

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                                            1. pundit of punts
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              2 years, 1 month ago

                                              Hazard 11m and Yaya 10.5m

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                                          • Spineless Weasel - FIFFSA 5…
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                            Every time I think about adding a cheap DGWer for 37 I look at Chelsea at home to Norwich and Liverpool away at Palace and think either of them is just as good as Chester with 2 games or Januzaj/Delph/Hull mid

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                                            1. r0nh
                                                2 years, 1 month ago

                                                Look at Palace's history against the big teams this season...

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                                            2. Magerost
                                                2 years, 1 month ago

                                                Mannone
                                                Cahill,Smalling,Chester
                                                Yaya,Silva,Sterling,Hazard
                                                Suarez,Sturridge,Lukaku

                                                Boruc,Mutch,Ward,Sagna

                                                1FT, 0.2 in bank. Correct lineup? Play Mutch over Sterling?

                                                Cheers for any opinions!

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                                                1. Mahatma Coat
                                                    2 years, 1 month ago

                                                    Looks decent that.

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                                                2. Scotty B
                                                    2 years, 1 month ago

                                                    Who would you play at the weekend out of Fabio (WBA) A Curtis Davies (Stoke) A & Bassong (Swansea ( A) ??

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                                                  • r0nh
                                                      2 years, 1 month ago

                                                      Remember guys, so far it has only been a number GW.

                                                      It is the remainder of the week, when all our players play twice, were we will see our jump in rank 😎

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                                                      1. r0nh
                                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                                          *normal

                                                          Not number...

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                                                        • Mahatma Coat
                                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                                            With you on that Ronh,how many you got left ?

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                                                        • Mahatma Coat
                                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                                            Quiet on here tonight,where's everyone gone ? 😯

                                                            Probably be mayhem tomorrow the absolute fannies

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