Fixtures

Frisking the Fixtures – Gameweek 34 – The Strong

As the final weeks of the season run down, our fixture ticker shrinks. Our look at the upcoming schedules over the final five Gameweeks reveals three top sides with fixtures to boost their ambitions, while hope springs eternal at the bottom end of the table:

Man City

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After seeing off Southampton at the weekend, Manuel Pellegrini’s men turn their attentions to a title-chase six-pointer at Anfield as the first part of their double Gameweek. With home fixtures against Sunderland, West Brom, Aston Villa and West Ham following that, and only a trip to Everton looking particularly daunting, the blue half of Manchester looks a very enticing Fantasy prospect indeed. The only question is which of the multitude of viable options fit your squad and budget best.

A recent run of five consecutive clean sheets highlights the upturn in defensive resolve shown by Vincent Kompany’s backline. The Belgian himself probably doesn’t quite represent the best value since Martin Demichelis has shown himself more amenable to the bonus point system, whilst Pablo Zabaleta is the only full-back with security of starts, leaving Aleksandar Kolarov to remain a real punt on the other flank. In midfield, Yaya Toure is expected to shake off a knock sustained against the Saints, whilst Pellegrini revealed yesterday that David Silva is carrying a slight ankle knock and has been sitting out training sessions to manage the problem. That perhaps adds to the appeal of Samir Nasri, who is both cheaper and has outscored the Spaniard over the last four weeks.

In attack, Sergio Aguero is widely expected to return for the crucial Liverpool showdown, though how much of the double Gameweek he plays is anyone’s guess, as his manager will be keen to ensure he doesn’t break down yet again. At just 7.2, Edin Dzeko presents a much cheaper option, and one in good form, with four goals and two assists in his last four starts. There is just a shadow of doubt over his game time in light of Aguero’s imminent return – it remains to be seen whether Pellegrini will pair the two up top and go on the offensive or continue with his recent move to a lone forward system for the run-in.

Arsenal

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Humbled by a rampant and tactically astute Everton, Arsene Wenger’s side are low on morale right now. A season that so recently looked capable of bringing a Premier League title is now in danger of seeing them crash out of the Champions League places too. Fortunately for the Gunners, their run-in could scarcely be kinder, with home games against West Ham, Newcastle and West Brom, plus trips to Hull and Norwich.

These fixtures bring the Arsenal defence back into consideration, particularly with the imminent return of Laurent Koscielny to shore up a back-line that has looked porous in his absence. Alternatively, Bacary Sagna is cheaper and fully fit, while Wojciech Szczesny looks a good option between the sticks. In midfield, early-season sensation Aaron Ramsey climbed off the bench against Everton and looked spritely enough; if he can return to the form that made him such a Fantasy essential, he has the potential to shake up the Fantasy landscape for a second time. It’s hard to recommend any of the other Arsenal midfield though; beset by injuries and bereft of goalscoring form, Santi Cazorla seems too expensive for a punt, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain blows too hot and cold for most tastes. Olivier Giroud has just one goal in six starts to suggest that his form has dried up again, while any allure around the obvious talent of Lukas Podolski is surely tainted by a lack of guaranteed game-time.

Tottenham

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Tim Sherwood’s team went into last night’s game against Sunderland with a cloud of media speculation concerning the feisty manager’s future hanging over their heads. But if there was any gloom in the dressing room, it didn’t affect their performance as Spurs blew the Wearsiders away in a show of creative power. The remaining schedule suggests that Tottenham can finish the season on a high – trips to West Brom and West Ham, allied with home games against Fulham and Aston Villa make Sherwood’s side a good-looking prospect for points at both ends of the pitch, despite a lack of double Gameweeks.

The appeal of Spurs’ defence is hard to gauge – injuries to key personnel have taken their toll and they haven’t kept a clean sheet in six weeks. These fixtures could be profitable, though, and with Younes Kaboul and Vlad Chiriches now seemingly preferred at centre-back in the absence of Jan Vertonghen, a cut-price entry into a defensive gambit presents itself. In midfield, it’s hard to look past Christian Eriksen; his second double figure haul in three weeks brings him firmly onto Fantasy radars. Emmanuel Adebayor, the main beneficiary of the Dane’s creative verve, also scored big against Sunderland; his fourth double figure haul since being rejuvenated by Sherwood gives Fantasy managers a pair of ready-made, mid-price differentials – both are still owned by less than 5% and could be poised to deal further damage from this point on.

ALSO CONSIDER

Stoke
Well beaten by Chelsea to end a run of five games undefeated, Mark Hughes’ Stoke are still primed to end the season in the top half. The fixtures fall in the Potters’ favour, with visits of Newcastle and Fulham as well as trips to Cardiff and West Brom. In their last five home games, including Arsenal and Man United, the Potters have conceded just three goals, suggesting that the budget services of Marc Wilson could be profitable if they get the rub of the green. In midfield, Charlie Adam has been assigned to bench-duties in each of the last two since returning from suspension, though Marko Arnautovic has been steadily impressing as he grows into his first Premier League season and, at 5.1, may yet prove to be a solid budget enabler.

Sunderland
The writing looks on the wall for the Wearsiders. Despite briefly turning around Paolo Di Canio’s dispirited team, Gus Poyet’s best efforts look destined to end in relegation. With two double Gameweeks to come, though, investment in Sunderland could still be profitable. Vito Mannone has delivered – incredibly for a goalkeeper – six double-figure scores, while Marcos Alonso and Phil Bardsley are now utilised as wing-backs in a 3-5-2. Bardsley needs to navigate next weekend’s clash with Everton without picking up a yellow or he’s set to topple off the Suspension Tightrope and head for a two-match ban. Adam Johnson is a persistent threat when given game time and his central role against Spurs perhaps bodes well, whilst Ki Sung-Yeung may offer some upside for his bargain-basement price. Fabio Borini has been moved to the middle since the switch to 3-5-2 and is first in line for spot-kicks but allocating one of our three forward slots to a Sunderland striker with three goals to his name all season seems a very risky tactic.

Fulham
A win away at Aston Villa lifted the Cottagers off the bottom of the table to offer a glimmer of hope for survival. Their coming fixtures afford further reason for optimism, most notably in the form of home games against Norwich, Hull and Crystal Palace. If Felix Magath can continue to wring performances out of his squad, such fixtures contain some hope for Fantasy managers in search of differentials. Those home games could offer clean sheets; both David Stockdale and Fernando Amorebieta are priced to tempt a punt. In midfield, Lewis Holtby has been growing keenly into his playmaking role with returns in four of his last five games, while the 4.9-priced Ashkan Dejagah has served up three goals since the arrival of his former Wolfsburg manager.

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  1. iCon
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    3 years, 7 months ago

    Do we reckon Studge won't drop again now til Friday night?

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    1. Ryan
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      3 years, 7 months ago

      Possibly a day prior

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  2. Cocky Spaniel Alves
    3 years, 7 months ago

    A) Coleman and Baines
    B) Coleman and Kompany

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    1. Moin
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      3 years, 7 months ago

      B

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    2. crazy
      3 years, 7 months ago

      A

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  3. Moin
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    3 years, 7 months ago

    Hazard out for 2 weeks...Hazard to Eriksen good move? with this by next GW..I will have Rooney Suarez and Aguero forwards..

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    1. Ryan
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      3 years, 7 months ago

      Out for 2 weeks, is he now? We simply don't know that.

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      1. Moin
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        3 years, 7 months ago

        http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/26948154

        I'm going according to this link...Mourinho said even if its not serious you cannot play for 2 weeks..

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        1. Ryan
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          3 years, 7 months ago

          Its the same quotes as the scout tweets but in the tweet they quote is in this order
          "Even when they are not serious, you cannot play for a couple of weeks but I have no idea".

          If that is so then Mourinho has no idea right? I'm not sure which is misleading, the article or the scout tweet.

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          1. Ryan
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            3 years, 7 months ago

            I believe the journo twisted the truth slightly by changing the order of what Mourinho said.

            "It is a calf problem, but I have no idea the dimension of his injury," said Mourinho.
            "Even when they are not serious, you cannot play for a couple of weeks."

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            1. Moin
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              3 years, 7 months ago

              that journalist must have his own FPL team thinking of trolling everyone...Thanks!

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          2. Moin
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            3 years, 7 months ago

            that I agree...but seeing how Shurrle performed yesterday..even if Hazard's fit..do you he will be rested this GW?

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            1. Ryan
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              3 years, 7 months ago

              I couldn't answer that. Hazard has always been crucial to Mourinho's plans so I'd expect him to start.

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              1. Moin
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                3 years, 7 months ago

                okay thanks!

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        1. FantaCity
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          3 years, 7 months ago

          It's still the same quote where he says "I have no idea the dimension of his injury" ... I'd wait a bit for confirmation

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    2. FantaCity
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      3 years, 7 months ago

      If you already have a City mid, and Lallana, yes. Wait until after the friday pressers though

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    3. crazy
      3 years, 7 months ago

      Eriksen is a very good move ....he's sure to score in most of the matches.......your forwards looks awesome......can u please tell me the rest ????

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      1. Moin
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        3 years, 7 months ago

        http://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/574467/event-history/33/

        some other changes I also have in my mind..like Olsson (bad fixtures coming)

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  4. mubin
    3 years, 7 months ago

    Captain and Vice Captain Poll for GW34:

    1) Captain: Lukaku (sun CRY)

    2) Vice Captain: Silva (liv SUN)

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    1. Moin
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      3 years, 7 months ago

      Silva may not start against SUN...

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      1. mubin
        3 years, 7 months ago

        Is it because of his injury?

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        1. Moin
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          3 years, 7 months ago

          yeah..

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          1. mubin
            3 years, 7 months ago

            Hmm I'll hold my transfers till Friday then,

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    2. crazy
      3 years, 7 months ago

      mine is the reverse...
      cap = silva
      v.cap = lukaku

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      1. mubin
        3 years, 7 months ago

        Could work out well for you man, 🙂

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    3. Jairzinho
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      3 years, 7 months ago

      Captain: Coleman (sun CRY)
      VC: Lukaku (sun CRY)

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      1. mubin
        3 years, 7 months ago

        Captaining Coleman? Thats brave 🙂 might work out well though

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      2. Crystal Pulis
        3 years, 7 months ago

        Interesting. Might work out nicely. Risky though

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      3. Gnopps
        3 years, 7 months ago

        I'm doing the opposite: Lukaku C, Coleman VC

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    4. Bean
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      3 years, 7 months ago

      Baines, Silva (maybe)

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  5. Crystal Pulis
    3 years, 7 months ago

    Mannone already got 7 points against City (clean sheet + saves) and 10 against Everton (clean sheet + 2 bonus + saves) this year. 17 points during the double would be sweet.
    What`s your predictions on Don Vito`s points?!

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    1. Jairzinho
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      3 years, 7 months ago

      4 points in total, probably 2 per game.

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    2. S.Kuqi
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      3 years, 7 months ago

      Something like 5 points.

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    3. BeachBadger
      3 years, 7 months ago

      Would likely ruin the rest of your teams score haha

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    4. In Like Flynn.
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      3 years, 7 months ago

      3 & 2

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    5. Crystal Pulis
      3 years, 7 months ago

      Thanks guys. I`m thinking 4 or 5 in total as well. Cheers

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    6. Jebus Saves
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      3 years, 7 months ago

      3

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  6. S.Kuqi
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    3 years, 7 months ago

    Which one is better replacement for Hazard?

    A) Mirallas

    B) Lallana

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    1. Crystal Pulis
      3 years, 7 months ago

      Lallana

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    2. Moin
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      3 years, 7 months ago

      wait till fir day to make the change..Eriksen imo good fixtures..out of these 2 Lallana

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      1. Moin
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        3 years, 7 months ago

        Friday*

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      2. S.Kuqi
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        3 years, 7 months ago

        Already have Eriksen. Mirallas for dgw but Lallana could easily outscore him against Cardiff.

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        1. Crystal Pulis
          3 years, 7 months ago

          If you have Eriksen I would def get Lallana for the next 2 (CAR, avl) and shift him to Mata prior GW36

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          1. S.Kuqi
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            3 years, 7 months ago

            Cheers! Sounds like a plan 🙂

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  7. jagshmash
    3 years, 7 months ago

    think i am just going to hang onto the studge... can see liv v city being high scoring... and i like the risky differential nature of it...

    only 7 DGW's

    SPERONI (Marshall)
    Azpi, BAINES, DANN (Flanagan, Smalling)
    JOHNSON, YAYA, BARKLEY, Mutch (Haz)
    Suarez, LUKAKU, Studge

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    1. Crystal Pulis
      3 years, 7 months ago

      I find AJ a horrible pick after his latest performance vs Spurs. Hazard -> Nasri/Silva and bench AJ?!

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      1. Demel
        3 years, 7 months ago

        Why would you play Mutch over AJ?

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        1. Valar(Keith)
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          3 years, 7 months ago

          Yeah.. AJ over Mutch surely. the hazard injury means i gotta keep AJ. not happy about it but he should play the double and could get a flukey assist or 2 over 180 mins

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        2. Crystal Pulis
          3 years, 7 months ago

          Cardiff are an unpredictable team which might score lotsa goals against anyone and there is a good chance for Mutch to be involved, whereas I personally don`t see AJ playing too many mins over the double + the fixtures are extremely difficult for SUN in the current form they`re in.

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    2. Woy of the Wovers
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      3 years, 7 months ago

      Needs more City

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  8. Messi & fabregas
    3 years, 7 months ago

    wow

    fulham vs norwich will be the most important match other than liverpool vs man city

    if norwich lose, it is very possible they wont be getting another point with that schedule!

    so basically is win or go home for both of them as fulham beat norwich , they might just be needing another win vs hull or palace at home to be safe!

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    1. GTS
      3 years, 7 months ago

      Goals galore please!
      Snoddy do me proud! (it's been 2 weeks and you owe us owners big time!)

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  9. EmreCan Hustle
    3 years, 7 months ago

    Team look ok?
    Whom to captain?

    Ruddy
    Baines Coleman Terry
    Gerrard Yaya AJ Mutch
    Suarez Aguero Lukaku
    ---------------------------------------------
    Jakupovic Demel Chester Gnabry

    Thanks.

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    1. BeachBadger
      3 years, 7 months ago

      Plans on ditching Ruddy or any of the Everton boys next week? Remaining fixtures not too tempting

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      1. EmreCan Hustle
        3 years, 7 months ago

        Baines will definitely go. Which will fund Mutch>Ramsey.

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        1. BeachBadger
          3 years, 7 months ago

          Needed alright. Mutch AJ and Gnabry look a bit weak for 3 mids lol

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          1. EmreCan Hustle
            3 years, 7 months ago

            Agreed. Also AJ will become Eriksen of he fails to perform this week.

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  10. Sporting ABG
    3 years, 7 months ago

    I leave you guys in charge of FPL for a few hours and you go and break Hazard!

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    1. BeachBadger
      3 years, 7 months ago

      *shuffles feet awkwardly with hands in pockets*

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    2. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
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      3 years, 7 months ago

      *looks down at floor* *kicks wall in a desultory manner*

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    3. EmreCan Hustle
      3 years, 7 months ago

      Ir wasn't a "few" hours and we tried our best to prevent it 😉

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  11. Team Hayemaker
    3 years, 7 months ago

    Personally speaking I'm benching Hazard this week then going to Hazard -> Mata next week

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    1. Demel
      3 years, 7 months ago

      That is potentially a very wise thing to do.

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    2. Breadbin
      3 years, 7 months ago

      This sounds like the sort of thing someone who already made their transfers would say.

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      1. Team Hayemaker
        3 years, 7 months ago

        Certianly not my friend. Sturridge -> Dzeko/Ageuro on Friday night for me.

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    3. Turtlepower
      3 years, 7 months ago

      Doing the same. Got Ivan coming in for Hazard anyway, first 11 still strong. Waiting till Friday to do Sturrige to Aguero.

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  12. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
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    3 years, 7 months ago

    If Fulham BEAT Norwich, can Sunderland stay up? 🙂

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    1. FantaCity
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      3 years, 7 months ago

      Dejagah/Snodgrass IN ?

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    2. Messi & fabregas
      3 years, 7 months ago

      only if the win 3 of their last 8 matches!!!

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    3. In Like Flynn.
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      3 years, 7 months ago

      Going to need at least ten points from their last three GWs I think Doosra. I'm afraid they are back to early season Sunderland and possibly gone by the time we get that far.

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  13. SnowPea
    3 years, 7 months ago

    Would appreciate some thoughts on the current state of my team haha.

    Mannone*
    Coleman* . Cahill . Ward*
    Yaya* . Nasri* . De Guzman . Mutch
    Suarez . Aguero* . Lukaku*

    Too bloody impulsive to wait till press conferences. I'll probably pay for it unfortunately...

    Unsure about my non-DGWers (excluding Suarez of course), should I keep it as it is? Or rotate Skrtel in somehow?

    I'm worried about the state of Chelsea's away defence, should I play Cahill? Should I play De Guzman? Feel safe with both, but not sure since I'm fairly bias in this situation (Swans fan :D).

    Basically assured that 'Pool will concede against City, but I'm worried about Skrtel's goal scoring potential...

    Help would be much appreciated to help clear this up for me.

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    1. BeachBadger
      3 years, 7 months ago

      Who are your subs?

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      1. SnowPea
        3 years, 7 months ago

        Adrian, Skrtel, Dummett and Ward-Prowse

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  14. Jam0sh
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    3 years, 7 months ago

    Morning guys! Just thinking how to deal with Hazard now he's injured.

    A) Bench Hazard and play Puncheon
    B) Hazard -> Eriksen/Silva and bench Puncheon

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    1. Woy of the Wovers
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      3 years, 7 months ago

      Wait for pressers. If Hazard is out, I'd ditch.

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      1. Jam0sh
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        3 years, 7 months ago

        I think he'll be definitely out. Just not sure whether to ditch him for Eriksen or just bench if I play Puncheon anyways?

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    2. Scoredelario
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      3 years, 7 months ago

      You should play puncheon. DGW and a threat.

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      1. Crystal Pulis
        3 years, 7 months ago

        +1

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        1. Scoredelario
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          3 years, 7 months ago

          You're biased though. Then again I'm a southampton fan so I also know he sh*ts when he wants!

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  15. Scoredelario
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    3 years, 7 months ago

    It does seem with injury doubts, game time uncertainties etc, lukaku is emerging as the standout captain choice.

    Would you agree?

    Annoyingly, I have been burnt twice captaining him this season but I guess you shouldn't let these kind of omens cloud your judgement

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    1. BeachBadger
      3 years, 7 months ago

      Ive been burned as well but he really does look like the safest option.

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    2. S.Kuqi
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      3 years, 7 months ago

      +1 there isnt any other standout choice for captain. Lukaku (c) for me.

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  16. S.Kuqi
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    3 years, 7 months ago

    Is Baines "must have" for dgw? Already have Distin and Lukaku from Everton.

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    1. Breadbin
      3 years, 7 months ago

      Yes. Whatever it takes.

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    2. Athletico Timbo
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      3 years, 7 months ago

      No

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    3. Scoredelario
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      3 years, 7 months ago

      No. He isn't even worth -4 because after the double he has bad fixtures. Unlikely he is worth buying right now unless it is for free and you don't have better options.

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    4. In Like Flynn.
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      3 years, 7 months ago

      Rather have Barkley.

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    5. Aaron Ramessi - Straya
      3 years, 7 months ago

      yes he can explode

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  17. r0nh
    3 years, 7 months ago

    Hazard's injury spices things up a bit 🙂

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    1. Breadbin
      3 years, 7 months ago

      Not really. He's scared of seeing the ball boy so is faking it.

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      1. r0nh
        3 years, 7 months ago

        Cant really blame him; the ball boy is probably taller than him now.

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    2. ALegendJ
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      3 years, 7 months ago

      do not see it that way, coz the makes it more people owning more players who used to be kinda differentials like silva, nasri, puncheon etc

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      1. Christina.
        3 years, 7 months ago

        True, but now those that would have hanged on to him might think again....suddenly the pool of players opens up and it's a last chance to move up the rankings.

        The selling of Hazard/Sturridge could have have massive implications considering their ownership.

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    3. Aaron Ramessi - Straya
      3 years, 7 months ago

      sure dose...great avenue to get rambo in

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  18. Grumpy Camel
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    3 years, 7 months ago

    1) Take a hit to move out Hazard? For who?
    2) Play Azpil and bench hazard? (hazard to mata next week?)

    Team

    Mannone Harper
    Distin Baines Dann Azpil (Chester)
    Yaya Silva Puncheon (Hazard Noone)
    Suarez Aguero Lukaku

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    1. Athletico Timbo
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      3 years, 7 months ago

      2

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      1. Grumpy Camel
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        3 years, 7 months ago

        thanks AT

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    2. Scoredelario
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      3 years, 7 months ago

      2.

      Since you have 3 city, there isn't really a standout buy for this week.

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      1. Grumpy Camel
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        3 years, 7 months ago

        I thought that also. Will sit i think.
        Big week coming. Season defining.

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    3. Turtlepower
      3 years, 7 months ago

      Am doing 2 and playing Ivan.

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  19. ALegendJ
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    3 years, 7 months ago

    with so many crystal palace defenders who are fit. How likely is Dann to play both DGW matches ?

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    1. In Like Flynn.
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      3 years, 7 months ago

      I don't know tbh, that's why I have Speroni and Ward. Dann has been playing well in a solid defensive unit, I can't see a reason Pulis would change that.

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      1. ALegendJ
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        3 years, 7 months ago

        thinking the same

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    2. BeachBadger
      3 years, 7 months ago

      Very likely. Palace's good form is based on a solid defence. Dont think Pulis will disrupt it too much.

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      1. ALegendJ
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        3 years, 7 months ago

        same thinking

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    3. Crystal Pulis
      3 years, 7 months ago

      Dann should play both

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      1. ALegendJ
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        3 years, 7 months ago

        From your username, I would trust that and go for him

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    4. r0nh
      3 years, 7 months ago

      Creating drama for no reason?

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      1. ALegendJ
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        3 years, 7 months ago

        creating discussion out of boredom, yes

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    5. Aaron Ramessi - Straya
      3 years, 7 months ago

      hes nailed

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      1. ALegendJ
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        3 years, 7 months ago

        thanks

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  20. SMOOTH
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    3 years, 7 months ago

    I'm ok for week 34 but my transfer this week will depend on future plans. That being said, what is the best combo for 35 onwards

    A. Eriksen Ramsey ivanovic
    B. Lallana Ramsey Sagna/kos
    C. Mata Ramsey chambers

    Obv in b and c Ramsey can be eriksen
    Ramsey and eriksen have the fixtures. Lallana has the consistency. Mata has the double.
    In terms of defence, arsenal are faltering and Chelsea are solid at the back plus ivanovic goal threat. So confused
    Thoughts ?

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    1. Slippin' Jimmy
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      3 years, 7 months ago

      I like c with erik

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    2. Little Dancer - Solomon Isl…
      3 years, 7 months ago

      I'm not sure but I think I have posed the question well, and broken down the important factors. I brought Eriksen in last week and I thought he showed real quality against Sunderland, best player on the pitch by a mile, all the set pieces, I'd have no problem recommending him. I am tempted by Ramsey but I was never on that bandwagon and always felt as though he was overachieving. Arsenal do have great fixtures and the only thing putting me off is some uncertainty surrounding his match fitness. I think I'd skip option A.
      All things considered, I think I'd go with C but with Eriksen instead of Ramsey but that's up to you. Mata has more potential to explode than Lallana (who I'm a huge fan of) and I think that the United double has to just sway it for him.

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      1. Little Dancer - Solomon Isl…
        3 years, 7 months ago

        I think *you have posed the question well.

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    3. In Like Flynn.
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      3 years, 7 months ago

      C. Though I'd try to squeeze Eriksen in somewhere as well given his current form.

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    4. SMOOTH
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      3 years, 7 months ago

      I am a fan of eriksens but am concerned about tottenhams form. I have been apprehensive about Ramsey all season as well but his lay off has made us forget how consistent he was. It wasn't just a run of 4-5 games it was a good 20-25 games and not just pl, he was scoring in Europe as well. Even on his bad days he would pick up an assist. If he can regain any bit of that form then eriksen and spurs will be no where close and he certainly has the fixtures to do it.

      But like you said, also have to consider that he is returning from injury and we do not know how he will perform now. Eriksen has been in great form since Sherwood took over. It's a tough one, could go either way

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  21. Demel
    3 years, 7 months ago

    2 free transfers..

    Adrian - Price
    Baines - Demi - Cahill - Chambers - Bardsley
    Hazard - Yaya - AJ - Mutch - Delph
    Suarez - - Sturridge - Lukaku

    2 FT
    £2.4m in the bank

    A) Sturridge & Hazard to Aguero & Ramsey\Eriksen\Lallana\Puncheon\Schurle
    B) Hazard & Mutch to Silva & Ramsey\Eriksen\Lallana\Puncheon\Schurle

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    1. Aaron Ramessi - Straya
      3 years, 7 months ago

      A with eriksen

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    2. Turtlepower
      3 years, 7 months ago

      A if Aguero's fit

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    3. Crystal Pulis
      3 years, 7 months ago

      mhhhhhhh....That midfield needs some serious surgery Lord Demel

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  22. Sporting ABG
    3 years, 7 months ago

    So you're telling me that if I bench Hazard (to sell for Mata next week) then I will have to play:

    Olsson

    or

    Noone

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    1. Mr Pink
      3 years, 7 months ago

      That'll be the case if you sell for Mata this week as well 😉

      I'm in the same situation, as Hazard suddenly became Mutch in my line-up.

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      1. Sporting ABG
        3 years, 7 months ago

        This much is true. I may well end up doing it anyway to avoid the Haz drop and Mata rise.

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    2. In Like Flynn.
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      3 years, 7 months ago

      You could transfer one of them Sporting.

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      1. Ryan
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        3 years, 7 months ago

        Noone -> Puncheon? or Olsson -> Palace defender?

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        1. Sporting ABG
          3 years, 7 months ago

          I like you're thinking which is why I transferred Punch in this week and I already had Ward 😀

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          1. Ryan
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            3 years, 7 months ago

            Get Dan as well

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            1. Ryan
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              3 years, 7 months ago

              Probs not for a hit though I suppose.

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      2. Sporting ABG
        3 years, 7 months ago

        I could.

        But I was planning on Haz -> Mata anyway.

        And if I get rid of Noone, I only have 4.9m available for a replacement.

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  23. Vardy Gras PBFC
    3 years, 7 months ago

    Repost from last night, zero replies...

    Looks like I'll have to bench Hazard, so play Mutch or Ivanovic?

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    1. Aaron Ramessi - Straya
      3 years, 7 months ago

      this week it has so be ivanovic...Cardiff are woeful and stoke are playing great

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      1. Vardy Gras PBFC
        3 years, 7 months ago

        Maybe Ivanovic can chip in with a goal, was close last week.

        *Southampton

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    2. Turtlepower
      3 years, 7 months ago

      Ivan.

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  24. jackx13
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    3 years, 7 months ago

    So, I was planning on switching Hazard to Mata for GW 36 in order to fund Smalling/Evans and Rooney in for Coleman and Lukaku. His injury however changes things a lot. I have already taken a hit to bring in Aguero this week (was 0.1 short). Bearing that in mind is it OK to take another hit and get rid of Hazar to Shurrle this week, should I play Ivanovic instead of Hazard this week and get Mata in after that even though they have (eve)? What are you guys doing?

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  25. The 12th Man
    3 years, 7 months ago

    2 FT for this week with £4.5m itb, what to do?

    Mannone
    Coleman, Baines Ward
    Yaya, Silva, AJ, Hazard
    Suarez, Lukaku, Dzeko

    Adrian, ivanovic, Evra, Mutch

    Hazard > Puncheon. Dzeko > AGUERO
    WK 35. Mutch > Mata
    How's that sound?

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    1. Aaron Ramessi - Straya
      3 years, 7 months ago

      nice

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    2. EmreCan Hustle
      3 years, 7 months ago

      Hazard+Mutch>>Mata+Puncheon. Bench Mata. Keep Dzeko.

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  26. Albert Cole
    3 years, 7 months ago

    When's Pellegrini's press conference? Thursday or Friday?

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    1. El Magico - Insane In De Br…
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      3 years, 7 months ago

      Friday afternoon

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    2. Aaron Ramessi - Straya
      3 years, 7 months ago

      Friday usually...big day!

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  27. Count of Monte Hristo
    3 years, 7 months ago

    Hazard > ?

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    1. Christina.
      3 years, 7 months ago

      Bench

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    2. New Ghost
      3 years, 7 months ago

      bench

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    3. mærlight ⭐
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      3 years, 7 months ago

      yaya, if fit.

      wasn't going to get him, but this forces my hand. mind you, Haz was going to be replaced by mata in a couple of weeks anyway. no doubt i'll end up doing yaya->mata for gw36.

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  28. Vardy Gras PBFC
    3 years, 7 months ago

    Mariappa nailed?

    Anyone doing CRY & EVE DDF?

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    1. mærlight ⭐
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      3 years, 7 months ago

      yes
      no (just eve)

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  29. BeachBadger
    3 years, 7 months ago

    Potential Hazard replacements:

    Most of us already have planned out our 3 City players, if not a straight swap for Nasri or Silva seems a good bet, if a little dull 😉

    For those getting Aguero and looking for funds, or just those in a sense of adventure, let’s look at some of the other options.

    Eriksen: Many were planning to bring him in regardless of this Hazard injury but now might be the perfect time to avail of him. He’s cheap (6.6mil) and on form. Tottenhams run in is also really good. The only downside would be a revert to his previous form after his last spurt of good points.

    Lallana: Another SGWer whose in great form and with a home game against Cardiff could easily outshine those DGWers. Southamptons run in isn’t without its troubles but the next few gameweeks look pretty decent for returns.

    Ramsey: The boy is back and has fallen to 6.9mil. Arsenal have great fixtures but it’s too early to tell if he’s showing any form really and Arsenal looked a bit lack lackluster in attack against Everton, it remains a bit of a gamble.

    Mirallas: Could possibly rack up a big score in the DGW or could possibly be benched. Fixtures not looking too great afterwards either.

    A Chelsea mid: Someone has to step up and take Hazard’s place. Schurrle can get the points if and when he plays, Willian is looking a fine player and Salah, Hazards replacement in the starting 11 against Stoke looks a bargain at 55mil if he plays.The key question though is who will play?

    Mata: Not playing GW34 but looks to be on everyones eyes for DGW37 with his displays over the last two weeks. Will he be pushed back on the wing to accommodate Rooney and RVp when they return though?

    Gerrard: One of the most consistent point scorers this year in FPL even if he is playing a bit further back. Could easily snag a peno in a heated affair against City at the weekend. Snag himself a yellow card though and he’ll be out for the next two matches.

    Lots of options in the cheapie department too, but too many for me to go through. I’ll let ye mention them if you fancy any of them. What do you guys think. Who would you bring in and why?

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    1. Christina.
      3 years, 7 months ago

      Pathetic.

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      1. Christina.
        3 years, 7 months ago

        Attempt for a hulk.

        🙄

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        1. Sporting ABG
          3 years, 7 months ago

          Well, would you look at that....

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      2. BeachBadger
        3 years, 7 months ago

        I like discussing the options and I'm not a stats fiend like others. I'll potentially be bringing in two of these this week so I'd like to know what people are thinking.

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    2. Tim Canterbury
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      3 years, 7 months ago

      I like the sound of Mirallas. Thanks for listing the options

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      1. BeachBadger
        3 years, 7 months ago

        No bother. I find it easier to work it this way and people tend to discuss it a bit more.

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    3. Pompel
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      3 years, 7 months ago

      Think you sum up it pretty nicely 'badger. Bottom line : we've now gone from to few good midfield options to just too many!

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    4. Sportá
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      3 years, 7 months ago

      How about Hazard --> Puncheon, frees up funds for Aguaro or Rooney/Mata later

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      1. Pompel
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        3 years, 7 months ago

        nah, you don't want puncheon after DGW. Find another way to shoehorn in Aguero, or go for Dzeko + Eriksen or other combinations like e.g. Lambert + Silva.

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      2. Yome
        3 years, 7 months ago

        Yes I did that move for a DGW punt. I will transfer puncheon out next week.

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      3. radawson
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        3 years, 7 months ago

        Exactly what I did. Puncheon can then happily sit on the bench til the end of the season without tearing apart the rest of my team trying to find the cash for Rooney and Mata

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      4. BeachBadger
        3 years, 7 months ago

        I was thinking of Puncheon for the DGW and for funds for Aguero alright. But wouldnt want to play him every other week then.

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    5. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
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      3 years, 7 months ago

      Cazorla. Form.

      Wait and see on Ramsey.

      Can't really get my head round Eriksen yet.

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      1. Crystal Pulis
        3 years, 7 months ago

        +1 thinking exactly the same

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      2. Christina.
        3 years, 7 months ago

        Form?

        Santi last scored on 28 Jan in the PL.

        2.55 PPG for last 9 games.

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        1. Sporting ABG
          3 years, 7 months ago

          We were talking about his hair form. Lovely locks that boy.

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        2. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
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          3 years, 7 months ago

          Suit yourself. 😉

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          1. Christina.
            3 years, 7 months ago

            *shoot

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            1. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
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              3 years, 7 months ago

              😀

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      3. BeachBadger
        3 years, 7 months ago

        Cazorla. Theres a good shout I missed.

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    6. Aaron Ramessi - Straya
      3 years, 7 months ago

      I think ill take the gamble on ramsey

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    7. Ryan
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      3 years, 7 months ago

      Its Ramsey, Lallana or Eriksen for me. Mata is a good bet too if you're prepared to wait a week although I do fear Rooney and RVP might force him onto the wing eventually.

      I think we have to be careful not to be too hasty on Hazard till we have more concrete news on his injury. At the moment there isn't a lot to go on.

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      1. Ryan
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        3 years, 7 months ago

        I already have Silva and Yaya. Otherwise either one of them would be the standout option.

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        1. BeachBadger
          3 years, 7 months ago

          Agree thats why I kept it brief about them. They're the clear choice or Nasri. I'll be waiting til Friday to make any move for Aguero or Hazard myself.

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    8. Wheato182
      3 years, 7 months ago

      Not sure about Salah at 55 million, might eat into my budget a bit.

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      1. BeachBadger
        3 years, 7 months ago

        😆 noted If I could make the embarrassed emoticon I would

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    9. Do I Not Like Orange
      3 years, 7 months ago

      Already have a full Everton complement and brought Aguero in last night to max out my City allocation as Sturridge was dropping. Think I'll grit my teeth and reluctantly play Bardsley this week, then it'll be Hazard/Lallana to Mata/Gerrard.

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      1. BeachBadger
        3 years, 7 months ago

        Might work out for the better for you. you never know

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  30. Sporting ABG
    3 years, 7 months ago

    Hey. How about Noone -> Amalfitano?

    WBA fixtures are a bit iffy but it's got to be worth a shout with a budget of 4.9m, right?

    TOT, mci, WHM, ars/sun, STK

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    1. Christina.
      3 years, 7 months ago

      Nah. Live a little.

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      1. Sporting ABG
        3 years, 7 months ago

        Januzaj it is!

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    2. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
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      3 years, 7 months ago

      Bottom of the barrel.

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    3. Grumpy Camel
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      3 years, 7 months ago

      puncheon?

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      1. Sporting ABG
        3 years, 7 months ago

        Good shout. Already have him though.

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    4. Aaron Ramessi - Straya
      3 years, 7 months ago

      scored two consecutive games early on then did nothing for the rest of the season....similar scenario here I reckon...

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