March
27

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…

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  1. Start Sterling or Mutch?

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
    1. Sterling

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
  2. 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.

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
    1. but you also get the same points for a 1-0 win as a 4-3 win etc

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
        • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. Which just emphasizes the point I was making about Liverpool compared to the other 2.

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  3. Koschelney + sterling --> distin + Erikson

    -4

    Thoughts please??

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
    1. Learn their names

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. Who's that? Is he any good?

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
    2. Epic fail, on the spelling front! 😀

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
    3. dont know about eriksen

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
  4. For the rest of the season, Eriksen or Lallana?

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
    1. Lallana

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
    2. Tricky. I would like to say Eriksen, on account of fixtures.

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
    3. Lallana

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
    4. Eriksen. better fixtures, and he's a class act

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. And Lallana isn`t? Regardless of what you think of the two players, only one of them is 100% nailed on.

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
  5. 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?

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
  6. 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.

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
    1. Surely you will go for Schürrle? 😀

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. Too risky for me

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
    2. you do realise Everton have a decent DGW?

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. I have Distin too, would rather Kun that Baines

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
    3. I dont think its worth it. Baines may outscore either. Do you really want Vlaar or Wilson?

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. Have Distin Azpi and Zaba still so they'd be 4th def

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
        1. In that case, Vlaar.

          • 1 year, 5 months ago
  7. Distin or Zabaleta for the DGW34?

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
    1. Zabaleta. Or Coleman.

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
    2. Zaba

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. 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.

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
  8. What do you reckon guys??

    Lukaku and lallana
    OR
    Mutch and Aguero

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
      • 1 year, 5 months ago
    1. Depends what the rest of your team is and whether that 4/5th midfielder will be starting regularly.

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. Rest of the team is:

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

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
        1. 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.

          • 1 year, 5 months ago
  9. 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

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
    1. B).

      But I am going for Schürlle.

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. can always count on you for the surprise picks Doos! Considering him as well, surely Jose has to pick him. On form.

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
          1. you had my curiosity...but now you have my attention.

            • 1 year, 5 months ago
        1. Also, Willian's form is on the slide, and Oscar has lacked consistency.

          • 1 year, 5 months ago
          1. What about Salah, who is ineligible for CL? We've got PSG both the coming midweeks...

            • 1 year, 5 months ago
            1. Salah`s shit.

              • 1 year, 5 months ago
  10. Planning a bit ahead for gameweek 34, would you rather:

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

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. Ageuro still too much a risk for me

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
  11. Play Sterling (TOT) or Snodgrass (swa) this weekend?

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

    I would go Nolan and Snoddy

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
    1. reply fail to shifty

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. he never does well away from home and their fixture list os poor

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
    2. 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.

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
  13. 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

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
    1. Caulker has goal threat but he is pricey for a cardiff defender.

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

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. What happened to Mannone?!

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
      2. Caulker or Azpuellta

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
  14. How do we think the whole Schurrle/Willian situation will play out? Neither seems worthy of being dropped right?

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
    1. They'll both be rotated alongside Salah, who I think will be important in the league for the run-in.

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. 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.

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
      2. Interesting. Do you support Chelsea? Assume you do.

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
        1. Well that answers that!

          • 1 year, 5 months ago
          1. 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.

            • 1 year, 5 months ago
            1. My draft league rival/housemate has both Willian and Schurrle now. Will laugh at his headache

              • 1 year, 5 months ago
      3. 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

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
  15. Koscielny & Sterling --> Eriksen & Distin for -4

    Yeah or no?

    Better?;)

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
  16. Gday lads, quick one;

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

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
    1. You want Lallana long term?

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. Think so mate! Fixtures look good.

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
    2. 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

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. Cheers for your thoughts man! Not sure what to do.

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
  17. For GW34:

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

    • 1 year, 5 months ago
    1. Impossible to answer that now. Depends on the form and fitness of all 4 players leading up to GW34.

      • 1 year, 5 months ago
      1. Assume all fit and Aguero typical form

        • 1 year, 5 months ago
  18. New Article Posted

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Gameweek 4

  • Butland
  • Richards
  • Skrtel
  • Kolarov
  • Sánchez
  • Mahrez
  • Hazard
  • Ritchie
  • Benteke
  • Aguero
  • Wilson
  • Zouma
  • Chadli
  • Mame Biram Diouf

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Goalkeepers

Last updated: 1 Sep, 2015 9:40am
Player Club Factors
No Change Butland STO C, Vs
Up Lindegaard WBA C, Vs, Rest
Up Fabianski SWA B, Vs
Down Mignolet LIV A
No Change Boruc BOU C
Down Hart MCI A, Vs
Down Stekelenburg SOT B, VsX
Up Pantilimon SUN C, Vs
Down Ruddy NOR C, Vs
Down Guzan AVL C

Defenders

Last updated: 1 Sep, 2015 12:31pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Kolarov MCI A, Vs, Rest
Up Naughton SWA B, Vs
Up Dawson WBA B, Vs
No Change Francis BOU B
No Change Muniesa STO C, Vs
Down Skrtel LIV B
Up Cresswell WHM B
No Change Martin NOR B, Vs
Down Cédric Soares SOT B
No Change Azpilicueta CHE B
Up Bellerín ARS C, Rest
Down Darmian MUN A, VsX
Up Janmaat NEW C
Down Richards AVL C

Midfielders

Last updated: 1 Sep, 2015 3:16pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Silva MCI A, Vs
No Change Mahrez LEI A, Inj
No Change Sánchez ARS C
Up André Ayew SWA A, Vs
No Change Payet WHM B, Vs
Up Pedro CHE B
No Change Y Touré MCI A, Vs
Up Lens SUN A, Vs
Up Redmond NOR B, Vs
Down Ritchie BOU C, Vs
Up Mane SOT B, VsX
Up Sako CPL A, £
Down Coutinho LIV B, Sus
Down Shaqiri STO C, Vs

Forwards

Last updated: 1 Sep, 2015 3:20pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Aguero MCI C, Vs
No Change Wilson BOU A, Vs, £
No Change Gomis SWA A, Vs
No Change Mame Biram Diouf STO B, Vs
Down Benteke LIV C, Inj
No Change Diego Costa CHE B
Down Kane TOT C
Up Sakho WHM B, Vs
Up Rondón WBA B, Vs
No Change Vardy LEI A
No Change Pellè SOT B, VsX
Down Deeney WAT C

Selection Factors

A, B, C Current Form
Vs Favourable Fixtures
VsX Unfavourable Fixtures
Rest Rotation Risk
Inj Injured/Returning from Injury
OoP Out of Position
£ Potential Bargain
Sus Suspended/Near Suspension

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