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The Watchlist – Gameweek 34

Our refresh of the Watchlist rankings, offering player recommendations over this season’s remaining five Gameweeks, is rolled out once again this lunchtime. The upcoming double Gameweeks play a major part in our assessment, as Fantasy managers look to take advantage of those sides with extra fixtures in their remaining schedules. The rankings are listed in the sidebar on your right – read on for the reasoning behind them:

The Defence

There’s minimal movement now in the defensive rankings as the double Gameweeks have a major influence. With seven matches still remaining in the final five rounds of fixtures, City pair Joe Hart and Pablo Zabaleta retain their lofty positions – trips to Liverpool and Everton are the only potential stumbling blocks as Manuel Pellegrini’s side travel to Palace and play at the Etihad four times (SUN, WBA, AVL, WHM). Such a schedule bodes well for a defence that has conceded just twice in the last seven.

Having produced three clean sheets in four, Palace’s Julian Speroni and Joel Wardapproach their double Gameweek in fine form. A home clash with Villa looks the best option for Tony Pulis’ budget backline this week, with a trip to Everton likely to pose problems – the Eagles still have games against West Ham and Fulham to follow, though owners will surely bench them for upcoming visits of City and Liverpool.

With two doubles still to play, Sunderland’s cut-price pair Vito Mannone and Marcos Alonso remain in our thinking in spite of a run which has harvested a single shut-out in the last seven. Mannone’s save points keep him ticking over regardless of opponent, whilst Alonso’s shift to a wing-back berth elevates him as an out of position prospect – he gets the nod over Phil Bardsley, who is one caution away from a two-match ban. Whilst the next two Gameweeks are likely to find defensive returns hard to come by, the Black Cats play host to Cardiff, West Brom and Swansea over the final three rounds of matches.

The goal threat of Liverpool’s Martin Skrtel and Cardiff’s Steven Caulker keeps them bubbling under. Skrtel has struck six times and still has Norwich, Palace and Newcastle to balance a couple of tricky home games against City and Chelsea, whilst Caulker is mainly in our thoughts for his threat in the box. The Bluebirds’ summer signing has netted on five occasions and resultantly picked up 19 bonus points – having conceded 12 times in the last three, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have been diabolical at the back and seem incapable of keeping out any opponent.

Stoke’s remaining five fixtures could prove profitable for Asmir Begovic and Ryan Shawcross. The Potters have conceded once in their last three at the Britannia and have a trio of home games (NEW, TOT, FUL) still remaining, whilst trips to Cardiff and West Brom could also help Mark Hughes’ side reel in the defensive returns.

At just 4.6, Tottenham’s Younes Kaboul has the fixtures to maintain the form which helped the centre-back pick up an assist last Monday. Spurs still have West Brom, Fulham, Stoke, West Ham and Villa remaining, though with a single clean sheet in seven, Kaboul remains relatively low in this week’s refresh, in spite of such a favourable schedule.

Midfield

David Silva and Yaya Toure lead the way in light of City’s remaining seven matches. The latter drops just slightly for a couple of reasons – Manuel Pellegrini confirmed he picked up a knock last weekend (though he’s expected to recover in time for Sunday’s trip to Anfield) whilst the likely return of Sergio Aguero will mean Toure drops to second in line for penalty duties; a factor worth considering, given that six of his 18 strikes have arrived via the spot. Silva’s run of two goals, three assists and eight bonus points in his last five appearances highlights his step up in form, despite his manager’s admission that the Spaniard is sitting out training sessions with an ongoing ankle complaint.

Christian Eriksen’s fine form delivered another bumper points haul on Monday evening. The Dane has now delivered 18 and 15 points in his last three appearances and with Tim Sherwood looking to finish the season on a high before potentially being shown the door, Eriksen has the above-mentioned fixtures to flourish, with a price of 6.6 and ownership still under 5%.

Palace’s Jason Puncheon is in fine form ahead of his double Gameweek. The winger fired a brace against struggling Cardiff last weekend and, priced at just 5.0, is also first in line for spot-kicks if Glenn Murray isn’t on the pitch. Ross Barkley is similarly priced for Everton’s upcoming pair of matches against Sunderland and Palace. At 5.2, he’s cheaper than Toffees team-mate Kevin Mirallas (7.6) – Roberto Martinez’ rotation in the attacking midfield areas continues to frustrate, though the duo have still managed to pick up the points regardless, with 24 and 23 points respectively over the last four fixtures.

Adam Johnson remains Sunderland’s chief threat for their final seven fixtures. Gus Poyet’s side are slipping closer to the relegation trap door, though Johnson still has the potential to deliver – he’s scored seven and assisted three of their 14 goals since January 1 and at 6.5, with an 8% ownership, is still very budget-friendly.

Southampton’s Adam Lallana has Cardiff, Villa and Swansea in the next four to keep his points haul ticking over, having delivered two goals and an assist in the last three. Arsenal’s fit-again Aaron Ramsey is also on the radar. Returning to action as a sub in last week’s loss at Everton, the Welshman is available for just 6.9 and still has home games against West Ham, Newcastle and West Brom, supplemented by trips to Hull and Norwich on his schedule, as the Gunners look to clinch fourth spot.

Eden Hazard takes a tumble after picking up a calf problem in last night’s win over PSG. Chelsea have four very favourable fixtures in the final five Gameweeks – Swansea, Sunderland, Norwich and Cardiff – but if he is indeed ruled out, a mass exodus looks on the cards for the 39%-owned Belgian.

His former team-mate Juan Mata has a blank this weekend but, having served up 31 points over the last two, he comes into contention with one eye on United’s schedule from Gameweek 36, which hands them three plum home games (NOR, SUN, HUL) to maintain their recent upturn in form.

Forwards

With an average of 9.8 points per game, Luis Suarez is an immovable object at the summit, though Daniel Sturridge slips out of the top three. The latter has notched just twice in his last six now and with games against City and Chelsea in the next three, those who have doubled up on the duo are reconsidering their options – as the least explosive of the two, Sturridge has already been sold by over 37,000 this week.

Romelu Lukaku’s double Gameweek 34 elevates the Everton forward into second. With start guaranteed, the big Belgian has served up four goals and a pair of assists since returning from injury and looks the safest route into Roberto Martinez’ in-form attack.

With two doubles still to follow, Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero are also high up in this week’s refresh. The 7.2-priced Bosnian has notched four times in his last four appearances and, given his impressive form, he could retain his starting berth regardless of Aguero’s availability, with Manuel Pellegrini perhaps shifting back to a two-man frontline to accommodate both. The Argentine is expected back from injury this weekend – Manuel Pellegrini’s Friday lunchtime press conference is eagerly anticipated- and, if passed fit, will surely earn an almighty bandwagon, with a mere 7% ownership highlighting his differential appeal. Bearing in mind City still have plenty of fixtures to follow, though, it remains to be seen just how cautious Pellegrini will be with his star striker’s game time.

After bagging a brace upon his return from injury against Sunderland, Emmanuel Adebayor comes back into consideration. As mentioned already, Spurs’ schedule is very favourable, whilst the Togo international’s 7.6 price tag and 4% ownership heighten his undoubted appeal. Rickie Lambert is our Southampton striker of choice, in light of Jay Rodriguez’ season-ending injury, whilst Wayne Rooney drops down after missing out against Newcastle through injury last Saturday – he’s expected to prove his fitness for tonight’s Champions League game against Bayern and will climb in next week’s article, once the weekend blank has passed.

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  1. GinjaWhinja
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Kompany or Zabaleta....money no issue! Would love to have Kolorov if he nailed it at LB but so risky...

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      1. Epic Fail 墅 ⚽
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Kompany.

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      2. Pepin - RIP Absinthe
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Work with me here. KO-LA-ROV. LA, LA, LA, LA.

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        1. HVT-FFS UEFA CL FINALIST
            2 years, 1 month ago

            La , la , la la

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        2. Holmes
            2 years, 1 month ago

            Go Kolarov if u wanna have fun 😀
            If safe, I would go Kompany

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          • JUSTBLAZE
              2 years, 1 month ago

              Kolarov. I think Clichy is injured.

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

              Kompany or Demichelis are better options than Zaba IMO.

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            • Messi & fabregas
                2 years, 1 month ago

                zabaleta is more attacking but if he gets that yellow card.... (very possible i would say as he would be dealing with suarez, sterling, sturridge)

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            • pundit of punts
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 years, 1 month ago

              Diego Forlan: "Luis Suarez few days ago asked me if he should stay at Liverpool. I told him he should think to move to Manchester United"

              😯

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

                Eh?

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              2. Messi & fabregas
                  2 years, 1 month ago

                  chelsea man city barca real bayern

                  anything else is a downgrade

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                  1. Epic Fail 墅 ⚽
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    2 years, 1 month ago

                    Atletico...

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

                      PSG

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                      1. Messi & fabregas
                          2 years, 1 month ago

                          i would accept those 2 as well but are they really an upgrade? sideways i would say

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                          1. Epic Fail 墅 ⚽
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            2 years, 1 month ago

                            They are both easily upgrades.

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                            1. Messi & fabregas
                                2 years, 1 month ago

                                history and statistic speak themselves

                                psg and atletico have won absolutely nothing

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                      2. DelPuich
                          2 years, 1 month ago

                          juventus is not a downgrade from Liverpool lmao

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                        • DelPuich
                            2 years, 1 month ago

                            I think you are realy overrating Liverpool. one good season out of the last 5

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                            1. Messi & fabregas
                                2 years, 1 month ago

                                juventus are playing alone in italy, they have been for years, just milan threatening

                                atletico has achieved nothing yet even though fair to say they have barca and real

                                psg is playing alone in france

                                liverpool have won the champions league a few times and they have fierce competition by chelsea city arsenal man utd over the years

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                                1. DelPuich
                                    2 years, 1 month ago

                                    that's not true that juventus are playing alone and juve has won champions league too and has been to the finals about 5-6 times in the last 20 years

                                    just because theres Chelsea and manu in the epl doesn't mean Liverpool is good
                                    look how bad they have been besides this year with starters like Charlie adam, carrol, downing, etc

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

                                  Forget the Hicks and Gillett era and last season's disciplinary problems. We now have an excellent owner, manager and team and will be returning to the Champions League next season (so Chelsea had better make the most of this season's opportunity!).

                                  Need to strengthen the defence and add back-up players to the squad though.

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                                  1. DelPuich
                                      2 years, 1 month ago

                                      we'll see if Liverpool are going to come top 4 next year. manu is going to be stronger.
                                      and last summer if you guys sold suarez that would have been the end of Liverpool for another 5 years

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

                                        I would expect Liverpool to stay in the top four if they can keep Suarez, and he seems very happy here now. IMO he will stay at least as long as Liverpool continue to qualify for the Champions League.

                                        But whether or not they finish in the top four next season, they will be in the Champions League (and United won't, unless by some miracle they manage to win it this time).

                                        It would certainly be more difficult to finish in the top four without Suarez, but not impossible now that we can offer Champions League football again to prospective new signings. United will probably make a stronger challenge for the top four next season, but I would expect Arsenal and Everton to be the teams in most danger of missing out if so.

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

                                  Some of those might be downgrades too (playing-wise as distinct from money-wise).

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                              • HVT-FFS UEFA CL FINALIST
                                  2 years, 1 month ago

                                  Once Evra goes we can accomadate him

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                                • Holmes
                                    2 years, 1 month ago

                                    We(che) would love to have striker like that 😀 more PKs for Hazard/Lampard
                                    But he better be in EPL or go to Bayern, a move to Real madrid/Barca can put a full stop to his increasing popularity

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                                • JUSTBLAZE
                                    2 years, 1 month ago

                                    No resply on last page.

                                    Chasing a 20 point deficit.

                                    Do this week for the following team:

                                    A) Ade > Aguero, Kolarov > Ward and Hazard > Mirallas for -8
                                    B) Ade > Aguero, Kolarov > Baines and Hazard > anyone under 7.5 (Lallana, Eriksen, Ramsey) for -8

                                    Adrian
                                    Coleman Azpi Ward
                                    Mirallas Yaya Michu Silva
                                    Lukaku (vc) Ade (C) Suarez

                                    xx Delph, Baker, Chester

                                    What do?

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                                    1. Slippin' Jimmy
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      2 years, 1 month ago

                                      You have Ward already?

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

                                        And Mirallas?

                                        The team at the bottom is far too confusing. It's a mixture of previous players and the transfers you have suggested.

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                                        1. JUSTBLAZE
                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                            Woops, sorry. Copyed the wrong thing. Will post the right thing in a new post?

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

                                      Deal with Hazard, or Dzeko to Agüero for the free transfer?

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

                                        I wouldn't do Dzeko > Aguero this week.

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

                                          Cool. I'm thinking if he survives to 35, that's the time.

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                                    3. Van Dal
                                        2 years, 1 month ago

                                        Goes to show the 'sheep-herd' hypothesis is so true! Everyone looking to get Aguero in when hes not kicked a ball in yonks and aint match fit.. Might not even start against Sunderland and people are dissecting there teams to get him in.

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

                                          +1

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

                                          Its a risk, but whats life without a little risk

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                                        3. POLSKA GOLA
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                          That's why I kept Studge and got Nasri instead :)

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                                      • Connor's Calling
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        2 years, 1 month ago

                                        Damn it!

                                        Eriksen or Lallana this week?!

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

                                          This week: Lallana
                                          From next week: Eriksen

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                                        2. Messi & fabregas
                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                            lallana home to cardiff is no brainer

                                            wba will fight , cardiff even if they want to have no amunicion (watch for a cardiff win now :)

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

                                            Lallana

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                                          • Colonel Klink
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                            Eriksen is good until end of season, if less nailed on. Lallana's fixtures get tougher after about two out.

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                                          • Weasel Boy
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                            Think Lailana is good shout for this and next week.

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                                            1. Connor's Calling
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              2 years, 1 month ago

                                              Thanks all. Decision made (probably)

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                                        3. Messi & fabregas
                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                            A) play Terry

                                            or

                                            B) Get Ramsey for a hit and play him ?

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

                                              A

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                                            2. Tezmoore
                                                2 years, 1 month ago

                                                A

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                                              • Messi & fabregas
                                                  2 years, 1 month ago

                                                  i thank u both

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                                              • Tezmoore
                                                  2 years, 1 month ago

                                                  Current team:

                                                  Ruddy
                                                  ZAB // COLMAN // WARD // Cahill
                                                  Hazard // Lallana // YAYA
                                                  Sturridge // Suarez // LUKAKU

                                                  Bench: Davis, Barcuna, Collins, Mutch

                                                  What is my best option for GW 34???
                                                  A) Sturridge + Mutch > Aguero + Barkley
                                                  B) Lallana + Ruddy > Silva + Speroni
                                                  C) Hazard + Ruddy > Silva + Howard

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                                                  1. Messi & fabregas
                                                      2 years, 1 month ago

                                                      if u r not getting kun C

                                                      if you are then A

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                                                    • Suarezista
                                                        2 years, 1 month ago

                                                        Sturridge + Ruddy > Aguero + Speroni ?

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                                                    • The Pep Revolution
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      2 years, 1 month ago

                                                      Apologies for the repost but end of last page, you know yourself. I currently have Dzeko, Nasri and Zab but I will be getting Aguero so I have to get rid of one. Which one of the three would you get rid of and who would be the ideal replacement at the same cost?

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                                                      1. Slippin' Jimmy
                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                        2 years, 1 month ago

                                                        aguero and dzeko will share playing time, I assume? so maybe dzeko?

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                                                      2. JUSTBLAZE
                                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                                          I was going to wait till Friday's press conferences due to wanting Kun, having Silva and Yaya and also Kolarov but price changes are forcing the issue. I have no idea as to which City players I will end up with.

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                                                      3. jwhizzy
                                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                                          Current team;
                                                          Mannone (Harper)
                                                          Distin Sagna Azpi Ward (Olsson)
                                                          Silva Mutch Hazard* (Colback) (Mata)
                                                          Suarez Sturridge Dzeko

                                                          1ft 0.1 ITB

                                                          Thoughts on these options for -4pts;
                                                          1. Hazard+Sturridge----->Yaya+Lukaku (Sturridge has Norwich next week)
                                                          2. Hazard+Sturridge------>Eriksen+Aguero
                                                          3. Hazard+Colback-------->Nasri+Eriksen

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                                                        • JUSTBLAZE
                                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                                            Messed up my line up before.

                                                            Chasing a 20 point deficit. Do this week for the following team:
                                                            A) Ade > Aguero, Kolarov > Ward and Hazard > Mirallas for -8
                                                            B) Ade > Aguero, Kolarov > Baines and Hazard > anyone under 7.5 (Lallana, Eriksen, Ramsey) for -8

                                                            Current team is below:

                                                            Adrian
                                                            Coleman Azpi Kolarov
                                                            Hazard Yaya Michu Silva
                                                            Lukaku Ade Suarez

                                                            xx Delph Baker Chester

                                                            What do?

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                                                            1. Holmes
                                                                2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                Keep Ade, Hazard to Eriksen/Lallana and xx to Hart/Cech

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

                                                              Would you play Adriano over a one pointer?

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                                                            3. BigAndy+42...
                                                                2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                Gents,

                                                                Haz out tonight before he drops ? My midfield is as follows:

                                                                Silva, Yaya, Haz, Puncheon, Mutch.

                                                                Who do i get ? Nasri with extra game? Don't want Miralles as have three Everton.

                                                                Any help appreciated.

                                                                Thanks :)

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                                                              • Gooner Kebab
                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                lads, just came back from a trip, is Hazard out for this gw? if so, who are the likely lads?

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                                                              • Up Your Gills
                                                                  2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                  Seems majority is thinking of Eriksen/ Lallana/ Nasri/ Mirallas to replace Haz, why less love for Schurrle or Oscar who may directly benefit from Haz being out?

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                                                                  1. Doosra - ☭Noble Polska Wy…
                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                    2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                    Or Cazorla.

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

                                                                  Hazard to puncheon or Eriksen this week? 2 games vs 1?

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                                                                • Feed tha Sheep
                                                                    2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                    Hazards selling price for me is 10.6 will he go down for me tonight? (Sorry if this is a silly question)

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                                                                  • FantasticEleven
                                                                      2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                      Please rate:
                                                                      Howard (Gea)
                                                                      Chambers, Cahill, Demichelis, Zab
                                                                      Silvia, Mirallas, Henderson
                                                                      Lukaku (C) Sturrigde, Suarez

                                                                      Richardson, wilson, Huddlestone

                                                                      Done 2 ft, but dont mind -4. 4,9 in bank
                                                                      Some hints?

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                                                                      1. Azizany Marzog
                                                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                          Hi Guys .. this is my tame .. What do you think ?

                                                                          please rate :

                                                                          3-4-3

                                                                          Mannone

                                                                          Azpilicueta, Ward , Baines

                                                                          Yaya .AdamJohnson , NAsri .Puncheon

                                                                          Sturridge , Lukaku (c) , Suarez

                                                                          i don't have a transfer , and already -4 .

                                                                          SUB : MARSHALL , COLLINS , DUMMETT , JANUZAJ .

                                                                          ?

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