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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, 1 month ago

      Start Sterling or Mutch?

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      1. Kings of Lyon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Sterling

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    • Reckoner.
        2 years, 1 month 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, 1 month 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, 1 month ago

              Amen.

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            2. Reckoner.
                2 years, 1 month ago

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

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              • Doosra - A☭Noble☭Grape
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 years, 1 month ago

                Eggsaktly.

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          • Cornwall92
              2 years, 1 month ago

              Koschelney + sterling --> distin + Erikson

              -4

              Thoughts please??

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              1. TSO *
                  2 years, 1 month ago

                  Learn their names

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                  1. Cornwall92
                      2 years, 1 month ago

                      Who's that? Is he any good?

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                  2. Doosra - A☭Noble☭Grape
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    2 years, 1 month ago

                    Epic fail, on the spelling front! 😀

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                  3. wood is good
                      2 years, 1 month ago

                      dont know about eriksen

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                  4. AR07
                      2 years, 1 month ago

                      For the rest of the season, Eriksen or Lallana?

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                      1. Reckoner.
                          2 years, 1 month ago

                          Lallana

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                        • Doosra - A☭Noble☭Grape
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                          2 years, 1 month ago

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

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                        • TSO *
                            2 years, 1 month ago

                            Lallana

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

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

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                            1. Psychobingo
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              2 years, 1 month 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, 1 month 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, 1 month 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☭Grape
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                2 years, 1 month ago

                                Surely you will go for Schürrle? 😀

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                                1. TSO *
                                    2 years, 1 month ago

                                    Too risky for me

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                                2. Team Hayemaker
                                    2 years, 1 month ago

                                    you do realise Everton have a decent DGW?

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                                    1. TSO *
                                        2 years, 1 month ago

                                        I have Distin too, would rather Kun that Baines

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                                    2. FortunesAlwaysHiding
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                                      2 years, 1 month 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, 1 month ago

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

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

                                            In that case, Vlaar.

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                                    3. Team Hayemaker
                                        2 years, 1 month ago

                                        Distin or Zabaleta for the DGW34?

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                                        1. Doosra - A☭Noble☭Grape
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                          Zabaleta. Or Coleman.

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                                        2. TSO *
                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                            Zaba

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                                            1. Team Hayemaker
                                                2 years, 1 month 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, 1 month ago

                                              What do you reckon guys??

                                              Lukaku and lallana
                                              OR
                                              Mutch and Aguero

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                                              1. Doosra - A☭Noble☭Grape
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                2 years, 1 month ago

                                                Former. Easily.

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                                              2. Reckoner.
                                                  2 years, 1 month 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, 1 month 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, 1 month 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
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    2 years, 1 month 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☭Grape
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      2 years, 1 month ago

                                                      B).

                                                      But I am going for Schürlle.

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

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

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                                                        1. Doosra - A☭Noble☭Grape
                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                          2 years, 1 month ago

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

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

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

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

                                                              Salah`s shit.

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                                                  3. The Governor
                                                      2 years, 1 month 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☭Grape
                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                        2 years, 1 month ago

                                                        B).

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                                                        1. Team Hayemaker
                                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                                            Ageuro still too much a risk for me

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                                                      2. TeddiPonza
                                                          2 years, 1 month ago

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

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                                                          1. Doosra - A☭Noble☭Grape
                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                                            Sterling, imo.

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                                                        • Davids_Semen
                                                            2 years, 1 month 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, 1 month ago

                                                                reply fail to shifty

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                                                                1. Joey Barton and Friends
                                                                    2 years, 1 month ago

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

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                                                                2. Shifty
                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                  2 years, 1 month 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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                                                              • King Huth
                                                                  2 years, 1 month 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, 1 month 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
                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                        2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                        What happened to Mannone?!

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                                                                      2. King Huth
                                                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                          Caulker or Azpuellta

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

                                                                          Interesting. Do you support Chelsea? Assume you do.

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

                                                                            Well that answers that!

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

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

                                                                          Yeah or no?

                                                                          Better?;)

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

                                                                            You want Lallana long term?

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

                                                                              Think so mate! Fixtures look good.

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

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

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                                                                          3. TSO *
                                                                              2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                              For GW34:

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

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

                                                                                    Assume all fit and Aguero typical form

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