The Suspension Tightrope – Brink

Filed under: Suspensions - Posted by: Anorak

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the calendar year alone – five arriving in the league and two in domestic cups – and coincides with his move to a more withdrawn role, suggesting he’s perhaps being drawn into making more tactical challenges as the last man in front of the back-four.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 The FA transferred this to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but have subsequently rescinded his ban for wrongful dismissal, due to the fact that Eden Hazard’s initial shot was deemed to be off target before the midfielder handballed.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. Which 2 out of these 3 are essential until the end of season


    Any ideas would be helpful

    1. Sturbridge

    2. Rooney for GW37, IMO.

    3. Hazard and Sturridge

    4. Rooney needed only from gw 36 onwards.

  2. 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.

    1. 9

      Quality > Quantity though

    2. 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.

    3. I would particularly like to hear from Koscielny owners ;-)

    4. 9 if you count the captain as 2. All of them are really good too :cool:

    5. 11

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

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

    2. It's a slow night the mods are scraping the barrel :grin:

      1. By greening every thread? Hmmm

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

    1. 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.

    2. You'll get little return from Chester and Mannone GW37

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

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

    2. 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!"

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

    4. 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.

      1. But he's defensively awful...

  6. Team of the season

    Ivanovic Terry Cahill Azpi
    Yaya. Fernandinho
    Walcott Suarez. Hazard

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

    1. He was a huge loss for the Gunners

    2. Surely Coleman,Koscielny and Lallana have to be there.

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

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

    3. Marshall?

      1. 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...

    4. Coleman should be in there surely

    5. DDG
      Rafael Smalling Vidic Evra
      Valencia Cleverley Anderson Young

      Had Moyes as manager and managed not to get relegated

    6. Also I would choose Ramsey over Walcott

      1. Possibly...

  7. 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.

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

      1. Wait till the second game is over. ;)

      2. 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

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

          3 more games for the strikers by doing those transfers.

          1. this is basically my plan.

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

      1. Why Dzeko? Rotation nightmare when Aguero gets back.

    3. * most points

  8. New Article Posted
  9. Next season, Suarez 14m, Yaya 12m and Hazard 12m?

    1. Hazard 11m and Yaya 10.5m

  10. 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

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

  11. Mannone


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

    Cheers for any opinions!

    1. Looks decent that.

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

  13. 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 8-)

    1. *normal

      Not number...

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

  14. Quiet on here tonight,where's everyone gone ? :shock:

    Probably be mayhem tomorrow the absolute fannies

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