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The ScoutCast – Episode 129 – Bitter

There’s no getting away from it, Granville and I are nothing short of bitter middle aged, middle of the table Fantasy managers. This week’s ScoutCast is a vitriol-filled slab of double Gameweek failure, inspired by Yaya Toure’s relentless point scoring and our stubborn reluctance to recruit his talents.

Of course, in between skinning our sour grapes, Granville and I dabble with the podcast regulars, whilst responding to another round of community posers including a lookey-likey query that smiles kindly on my co-host and has me recounting the tale of my very own office doppleganger.

Wallow in self pity via this link or look on the bright side via the player below…

Mark Mark created the beast. He's now looking to tame it.”

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  1. Proggy
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Start Sterling or Mutch?

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      1. Kings of Lyon ★
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 years, 5 months ago

        Sterling

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    • Reckoner.
        2 years, 5 months ago

        Just been looking at some stats for this season:

        Man City are 2nd for Clean Sheets (Joint 2nd with 13),
        Man City are 2nd best for games in which they failed to score (4 games),
        Man City are 2nd for Goals Scored (79),
        Man City are 2nd for Goals Conceded (27).

        Not the best in any but consistent! If you compare to Chelsea and Liverpool:

        Chelsea are 1st for Clean Sheets (14),
        Chelsea are 4th best for games in which they failed to score (6 games),
        Chelsea are 3rd for Goals Scored (62),
        Chelsea are 1st for Goals Conceded (23).

        Liverpool are 5th for Clean Sheets (Joint 5th with 9),
        Liverpool are 1st for games in which they failed to score (2 games),
        Liverpool are 1st for Goals Scored (84),
        Liverpool are 6th for Goals Conceded (Joint 6th with 39).

        Think it shows that Man City & Chelsea are in a better place to win the league due to their defense.

        Liverpool's attack is better but you still get the same amount of points for a 1-0 win as you do for a 4-0 win.

        However if Liverpool continue with the we'll score more than you do who to say they can't win the league with the worst defense of the 3.

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        1. wood is good
            2 years, 5 months ago

            but you also get the same points for a 1-0 win as a 4-3 win etc

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            1. Billy Gilmore
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 years, 5 months ago

              Amen.

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            2. Reckoner.
                2 years, 5 months ago

                Which just emphasizes the point I was making about Liverpool compared to the other 2.

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              • Doosra - ☭A Noble Captain…
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 years, 5 months ago

                Eggsaktly.

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          • Cornwall92
              2 years, 5 months ago

              Koschelney + sterling --> distin + Erikson

              -4

              Thoughts please??

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              1. TSO *
                  2 years, 5 months ago

                  Learn their names

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                  1. Cornwall92
                      2 years, 5 months ago

                      Who's that? Is he any good?

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                  2. Doosra - ☭A Noble Captain…
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    2 years, 5 months ago

                    Epic fail, on the spelling front! 😀

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                  3. wood is good
                      2 years, 5 months ago

                      dont know about eriksen

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                  4. AR07
                      2 years, 5 months ago

                      For the rest of the season, Eriksen or Lallana?

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                      1. Reckoner.
                          2 years, 5 months ago

                          Lallana

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                        • Doosra - ☭A Noble Captain…
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                          2 years, 5 months ago

                          Tricky. I would like to say Eriksen, on account of fixtures.

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                        • TSO *
                            2 years, 5 months ago

                            Lallana

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                          • meerlight
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                            2 years, 5 months ago

                            Eriksen. better fixtures, and he's a class act

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                            1. Psychobingo
                                2 years, 5 months ago

                                And Lallana isn`t? Regardless of what you think of the two players, only one of them is 100% nailed on.

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                          • theotherguy
                              2 years, 5 months ago

                              Any Everton fans online? What are your thoughts on Barkley?

                              My impression was that the limited game time was due to him being protected a little and having time to recover from niggling injuries, but now that they are out of all other competitions and have a chance to make the top 4, surely they will play their strongest team (which I assume will include him) every game?

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                            • TSO *
                                2 years, 5 months ago

                                Hoping to do Nolan to either AJ or Eriksen, Baines to up to 4.7, and Lukaku to Kun next week for -4, assuming Kun plays some part tomorrow.

                                Sound good? Which of AJ/Eriksen would you go for?

                                Also thinking Wilson for the Baines downgrade, or Vlaar.

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                                1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Captain…
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                                  2 years, 5 months ago

                                  Surely you will go for Schürrle? 😀

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                                  1. TSO *
                                      2 years, 5 months ago

                                      Too risky for me

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                                  2. Team Hayemaker
                                      2 years, 5 months ago

                                      you do realise Everton have a decent DGW?

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                                      1. TSO *
                                          2 years, 5 months ago

                                          I have Distin too, would rather Kun that Baines

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                                      2. FortunesAlwaysHiding
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                                        2 years, 5 months ago

                                        I dont think its worth it. Baines may outscore either. Do you really want Vlaar or Wilson?

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                                        1. TSO *
                                            2 years, 5 months ago

                                            Have Distin Azpi and Zaba still so they'd be 4th def

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                                            1. FortunesAlwaysHiding
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                                              2 years, 5 months ago

                                              In that case, Vlaar.

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                                      3. Team Hayemaker
                                          2 years, 5 months ago

                                          Distin or Zabaleta for the DGW34?

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                                          1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Captain…
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            2 years, 5 months ago

                                            Zabaleta. Or Coleman.

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                                          2. TSO *
                                              2 years, 5 months ago

                                              Zaba

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                                              1. Team Hayemaker
                                                  2 years, 5 months ago

                                                  I have Distin (and coleman), just contemplating my moves for the DGW. Evertons fixtures are decent and just thinking do I really need Zabaleta or not.

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                                            • Tomopinder77
                                                2 years, 5 months ago

                                                What do you reckon guys??

                                                Lukaku and lallana
                                                OR
                                                Mutch and Aguero

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                                                1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Captain…
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                                                  2 years, 5 months ago

                                                  Former. Easily.

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                                                2. Reckoner.
                                                    2 years, 5 months ago

                                                    Depends what the rest of your team is and whether that 4/5th midfielder will be starting regularly.

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                                                    1. Tomopinder77
                                                        2 years, 5 months ago

                                                        Rest of the team is:

                                                        Adrian
                                                        Terry-Cahill-Coleman
                                                        Hazard-Yaya-Gerrard-SILVA atm
                                                        Suarez-Sturridge-DZEKO atm

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                                                        1. Reckoner.
                                                            2 years, 5 months ago

                                                            The Lukaku & Lallana definatly.

                                                            A.Johnson maybe worth a look instead of Lallana, 2 more DGW's coming up for him and looked v.good against Liverpool.

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                                                    2. Shifty
                                                        2 years, 5 months ago

                                                        Mids are AJ Nolan Snodgrass Hazard Mirallas (yes no YYT)

                                                        A) Save the FT and play 4 of those...if so, pick 2 of AJ Nolan Snoddy please!
                                                        B) Nolan > Nasri

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                                                        1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Captain…
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                                                          2 years, 5 months ago

                                                          B).

                                                          But I am going for Schürlle.

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                                                          1. Shifty
                                                              2 years, 5 months ago

                                                              can always count on you for the surprise picks Doos! Considering him as well, surely Jose has to pick him. On form.

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                                                                1. Shifty
                                                                    2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                    you had my curiosity...but now you have my attention.

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                                                                2. Doosra - ☭A Noble Captain…
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                                                                  2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                  Also, Willian's form is on the slide, and Oscar has lacked consistency.

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                                                                  1. Dogba
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                                                                    2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                    What about Salah, who is ineligible for CL? We've got PSG both the coming midweeks...

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                                                                    1. Psychobingo
                                                                        2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                        Salah`s shit.

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                                                            • The Governor
                                                                2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                Planning a bit ahead for gameweek 34, would you rather:

                                                                A) Baines / Nasri / Aguero
                                                                B) Baines / Yaya / Dzeko
                                                                C) Jagielka / Yaya / Aguero

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                                                                1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Captain…
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                                                                  2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                  B).

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                                                                  1. Team Hayemaker
                                                                      2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                      Ageuro still too much a risk for me

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                                                                2. TeddiPonza
                                                                    2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                    Play Sterling (TOT) or Snodgrass (swa) this weekend?

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                                                                    1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Captain…
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                                                                      2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                      Sterling, imo.

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                                                                  • Davids_Semen
                                                                      2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                      Nolan looks good for this week, keep and play him, then transfer next week.

                                                                      I would go Nolan and Snoddy

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                                                                      1. Davids_Semen
                                                                          2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                          reply fail to shifty

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                                                                          1. Joey Barton and Friends
                                                                              2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                              he never does well away from home and their fixture list os poor

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                                                                          2. Shifty
                                                                              2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                              Cheers, will think about it. No love for AJ? Sunderland will have to go on the attack, if i had to choose between him and Nolan, home factor + team's reliance on his creativity nicks it over Nolan.

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                                                                          3. King Huth
                                                                              2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                              Any suggestion for this week?

                                                                              I think my defender is a bit weak... i could do demel --> az or caulker as a punt

                                                                              or should i try remove mirallas get in distin then get a new midfield?

                                                                              SUGESTION PALEASEEEEE

                                                                              mannone dead

                                                                              demel ward olsson zabaleta baines

                                                                              yaya johnson mirallas hazard noone

                                                                              SAS lukaku

                                                                              1.1m ITB

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                                                                              1. Davids_Semen
                                                                                  2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                                  Caulker has goal threat but he is pricey for a cardiff defender.

                                                                                  don't you want to keep Mirallas for the double?

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                                                                                  1. FortunesAlwaysHiding
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                                                                                    2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                                    What happened to Mannone?!

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                                                                                  2. King Huth
                                                                                      2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                                      Caulker or Azpuellta

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                                                                                • FortunesAlwaysHiding
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                                                                                  2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                                  How do we think the whole Schurrle/Willian situation will play out? Neither seems worthy of being dropped right?

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                                                                                  1. Dogba
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                                                                                    2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                                    They'll both be rotated alongside Salah, who I think will be important in the league for the run-in.

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                                                                                    1. Dogba
                                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                      2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                                      Oscar Schurrle Willian Salah Ramires will all be rotated for the 2nd and 3rd midfield spot alongside Hazard, when Ramires is fit I can see us going 4-3-3 in some games as well. The further we progress in CL, the more of a rotation threat they all are.

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                                                                                    2. FortunesAlwaysHiding
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                                                                                      2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                                      Interesting. Do you support Chelsea? Assume you do.

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                                                                                      1. FortunesAlwaysHiding
                                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                        2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                                        Well that answers that!

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                                                                                        1. Dogba
                                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                          2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                                          Just seems risky to go for one of them. Limited upside too, Chelsea aren't really scoring many goals. I mean we don't play Arsenal every week, hehe.

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                                                                                          1. FortunesAlwaysHiding
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                                                                                            2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                                            My draft league rival/housemate has both Willian and Schurrle now. Will laugh at his headache

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                                                                                    3. TSO *
                                                                                        2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                                        I only see Salah playing if Hazard is taken off early in games to preserve him for UCL, otherwise Hazard has LAM, and RAM will be Willian/Schurrle, maybe occasionally giving Salah 20 mins

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                                                                                  2. Cornwall92
                                                                                      2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                                      Koscielny & Sterling --> Eriksen & Distin for -4

                                                                                      Yeah or no?

                                                                                      Better?;)

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                                                                                    • DonTheSpecialOne
                                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                      2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                                      Gday lads, quick one;

                                                                                      a) Play Nolan and save one FT (get Lallana next week)
                                                                                      b) Use the transfer to get Lallana in today.

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                                                                                      1. Tony Hibbert
                                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                        2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                                        You want Lallana long term?

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                                                                                        1. DonTheSpecialOne
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                                                                                          2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                                          Think so mate! Fixtures look good.

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                                                                                      2. TSO *
                                                                                          2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                                          I have hope for Nolan, but would rather Lallana long term.

                                                                                          I'm holding Nolan one more week but that's partly because I'm taking him out for someone cheaper, and Nolan has a better fixture this week than my options to replace him.

                                                                                          If I was considering Lallana in for him, I would probably do it now as Nolan tends to be poor away

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                                                                                          1. DonTheSpecialOne
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                                                                                            2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                                            Cheers for your thoughts man! Not sure what to do.

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                                                                                      3. TSO *
                                                                                          2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                                          For GW34:

                                                                                          a) Baines Lukaku
                                                                                          b) Distin Kun (-4)

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                                                                                          1. Dogba
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                                                                                            2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                                            Impossible to answer that now. Depends on the form and fitness of all 4 players leading up to GW34.

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                                                                                            1. TSO *
                                                                                                2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                                                Assume all fit and Aguero typical form

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