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Scout Picks – Gameweek 34

Four teams provide us with a pair of fixtures this week, though Sunderland’s dismal form has hardly been convincing. Our starting XI contains just seven double Gameweek options, with in-form Everton and City both supplying us with the full quota of three players apiece, as a certain Argentine makes his long-waited return up top:

Palace’s Julian Speroni welcomes Villa to Selhurst Park before Wednesday’s trip to Goodison. The Eagles approach their double Gameweek in impressive defensive form, with a single goal conceded in the last four and, although the Everton match perhaps looks unlikely to harvest a shut-out, Speroni’s save points could come to the rescue – his average of 3.7 points per game is greater than any Palace defender this term.

Seamus Coleman is drafted in ahead of Leighton Baines as our Everton defender of choice. The reasoning behind this is that all six of the Republic of Ireland international’s goals have arrived from open play, whereas Baines’s four goals have come from free-kicks or penalties. The Toffees’ chances of defensive points look good, too. First up, they travel to Sunderland, who have scored once in their last three home games, before hosting Palace in midweek – prior to their win at whipping boys Cardiff last Saturday, Tony Pulis’ side had scored twice in their previous six matches.

Two goals conceded in the last seven bodes well for Pablo Zabaleta’s prospects. Whilst we’re not expecting too much from Sunday’s trip to Liverpool, City’s home encounter with Sunderland looks a likely source of points at both ends of the pitch, as the Argentine looks to add to his five assists thus far. With so much uncertainty over the left-back berth, Zabaleta’s security of starts on the opposite side of Manuel Pellegrini’s back-four earns our faith.

We turn to Ryan Shawcross for Stoke’s home game against Newcastle. The Potters have conceded once in their last three home fixtures and entertain a struggling Newcastle side with a single goal in their previous five matches – Shawcross has earned a couple of bonus points in each of the last two occasions his side have registered a shut-out.

Roberto Martinez’ midfield rotation has been a real frustration for Fantasy managers in recent weeks but we’re willing to stick our necks out and hand Kevin Mirallas a place in our line-up. Having started just two of the last four, the Belgian’s acquisition doesn’t come without a degree of risk attached but, as he showed in a 23-minute sub appearance against Fulham recently, Mirallas can still deliver the points off the bench. Weekend opponents Sunderland have a single clean sheet in seven, whilst Wednesday’s visitors Palace will do well to contain a Toffees attack that has now scored three times in their last four fixtures.

Yaya Toure is impossible to ignore for City’s two matches against Liverpool and Sunderland. The Ivorian continues to deliver the returns at a relentless rate – having served up 31 points in double Gameweek 31, many will be looking to hand the 46%-owned midfielder the armband this time around, with the home clash against the Black Cats, in particular, looking profitable as he attempts to add to his 18-goal haul.

A trip to West Brom hands Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen the chance to pick up where he left off from last Monday’s sensational display against Sunderland. The Dane has delivered three goals, a trio of assists and five bonus points in three appearances since returning to the starting line-up and looks key to his side’s chances of breaching a Baggies backline with just a single clean sheet to their name since Pepe Mel took charge.

Southampton’s Adam Lallana is welcomed into our four-man midfield for the home clash against Cardiff. The Saints skipper has already served up six double-figure hauls at St Mary’s and, up against a defence that have shipped 12 goals in the previous three Gameweeks, could well be on course for another bumper return.

Back in contention for the first time in three months, we’re opting for Sergio Aguero as our City forward of choice. Given his lengthy period of absence, it’s by no means guaranteed he’ll even start both of the games against Liverpool and Sunderland but the Argentine has proven on many occasions that he needs little time to produce the points. Aguero has managed 90 minutes just four times this term yet has still plundered 15 goals from just 17 appearances – his return looks vital as Manuel Pellegrini searches for a pair of wins that would place his side firmly on course for the title.

Romelu Lukaku is a nailed-on option for Everton’s two fixtures. The big Belgian seems immune to his manager’s rotational whims and has delivered four goals and a pair of assists in six appearances since returning from injury – with some uncertainty surrounding the City strikers’ game time, Lukaku leads the way in this week’s Captain Poll, having racked up two sets of double-figures in the last three matches.

Typically, we’d look to fill our three forward spaces with double Gameweek options but Palace and Sunderland’s strikers hardly instill any degree of confidence. Instead, we opt for Luis Suarez as Liverpool go head-to-head with City at Anfield – the Uruguayan has either scored or assisted in every one of his 13 home appearances this term, and with a win set to take the Reds seven points clear of their visitors, Brendan Rodgers’ side will be relying on Suarez to deliver yet again.

Jose Fonte warms the bench for Southampton’s home game against Cardiff. The big centre-half has already notched three times this term and his threat in the opposition box looks likely to cause the Bluebirds concern – given that the visitors have failed to score in two of their five road trips under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the Saints will be optimistic of racking up their thirteenth clean sheet of the season tomorrow.

Jason Puncheon makes the bench for Palace’s two games against Villa and Everton. The 5.0-priced Eagles wide man bagged a brace in last week’s vital win over Cardiff and is likely to be first in line for spot-kicks if Glen Murray is not on the pitch – with Tony Pulis’ side desperate to clinch survival before their remaining two home games against City and Liverpool, Palace – and Fantasy managers – will be looking to the Villa game in particular as a source of points.

A home game with out-of-sorts Cardiff affords Rickie Lambert the chance to maintain his current form. The Saints may be missing top scorer Jay Rodriguez but Lambert – with three goals and a trio of assists in the last four – looks likely to plunder the points against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s dire defence.

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  1. Blue Baggers
      2 years, 5 months ago

      hazard > Mirallas (-4) obvious transfer?

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      1. Phaze 1
          2 years, 5 months ago

          Obv if you hate points. I'd rather Lallana/Erik even with the SGW

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        • ILOVEBAPS (-4)
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          2 years, 5 months ago

          Yeah but don't be surprised if he only plays a total of 90mins. I chose Lallana for that reason.

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      2. TheOneAndOnly
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        2 years, 5 months ago

        Any1 here have Ki and are starting him?

        I can just feel a Stevie G 2pointer this week...

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        1. purav
            2 years, 5 months ago

            Considering the no of penalties given this season....I feel 3-3 all six penalties scored by gerard and yaya..:D

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          • TorresMagic™
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            2 years, 5 months ago

            Feeling a 1 pter for me.

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          • 4-4-who?
              2 years, 5 months ago

              Go for it, not like Stevie has scored many points this season...

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          • TorresMagic™
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            2 years, 5 months ago

            Worth selling Gerrard for a SGWer?

            Have a feeling he will only score 1 point including a card.

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            1. Lawro
                2 years, 5 months ago

                I wouldn't, big game player, on penalties, scored against them plenty of times before.

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              • Acquafresca
                  2 years, 5 months ago

                  Who you thinking? Lallana?

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                  1. TorresMagic™
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                    2 years, 5 months ago

                    Possibly. Would be for a hit so makes it tougher. Guess it would only be for 2 weeks with Mata nearly.

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                • Innsie
                    2 years, 5 months ago

                    Nah wait a week then get Mata.

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                    1. Innsie
                        2 years, 5 months ago

                        If he gets suspended.

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                      • John Nerdelbaum
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                        2 years, 5 months ago

                        *2 weeks Mata has Everton away next week

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                    2. ILOVEBAPS (-4)
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                      2 years, 5 months ago

                      Nope. Thought about it all week and ditched Hazard instead.

                      Captain of a side out to win the title, playing at home, on penalties behind two in-form strikers that are hard to stop.

                      Though he is a YC magnet and I know nothing for certain.

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                    3. John Nerdelbaum
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                      2 years, 5 months ago

                      For a hit?

                      I'm tempted to go Gerrard ➡ Lallana for -4

                      Hazard has put a spanner in the works regarding the Gerrard out move

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                      1. ILOVEBAPS (-4)
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        2 years, 5 months ago

                        I think I and many others are going to regret very soon selling Hazard.

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                      2. TorresMagic™
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                        2 years, 5 months ago

                        Yeah. Makes me think. Outside pens, Gerrard doesn't seem to offer much again.

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                        1. John Nerdelbaum
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                          2 years, 5 months ago

                          Yeah that's the problem

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                  • Lawro
                      2 years, 5 months ago

                      Suarez(c) anyone?

                      Form > Fixtures

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                      1. TorresMagic™
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                        2 years, 5 months ago

                        Hard to captain in a DGW.

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                      2. ILOVEBAPS (-4)
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                        2 years, 5 months ago

                        meh... live a little. Gerrard? 😉

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                    • ILOVEBAPS (-4)
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                      2 years, 5 months ago

                      Bottomed out on last page 🙁

                      Team this week!
                      Only 6 DGWers though 🙁

                      Boruc
                      Coleman, Ward, Zabaleta
                      Yaya(vc), Gerrard, Lallana, Eriksen
                      Lukaku, Agüero(c), Suárez

                      (Adrián, Koscielny, Azpilicueta, Noone)

                      Any changes for -4 worthwhile? Hate that I don't have Baines or Silva.

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                      1. Baldrick
                          2 years, 5 months ago

                          Looks good

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                        • Acquafresca
                            2 years, 5 months ago

                            Solid SGW players, minus Boruc (who's a doubt)

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                            1. ILOVEBAPS (-4)
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                              2 years, 5 months ago

                              Yeah I don't think he's worth a hit to replace with Speroni or Mannone.

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                          • La Roja
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                            2 years, 5 months ago

                            Looks good

                            People underestimate sgw'ers

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                            1. ILOVEBAPS (-4)
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                              2 years, 5 months ago

                              Thank you. You I like 😀

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                              1. La Roja
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                                2 years, 5 months ago

                                😀

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                          • purav
                              2 years, 5 months ago

                              Azpilicueta in ward out
                              and interchange the armband......just a thought...

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                              1. ILOVEBAPS (-4)
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                                2 years, 5 months ago

                                Not a fan of Pulis's chances of a CS or two?

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                          • ameenkw
                              2 years, 5 months ago

                              Is it worth it to sell sturridge? Or should i wait for next GW and sell Lukaku :S

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                            • Mr Smith
                                2 years, 5 months ago

                                You're chasing 100pts in your mini league, and he hasn't brought in Aguero. Who do you captain?

                                A. Baines
                                B. Lukaku
                                C. Aguero
                                D. Silva
                                E. Yaya

                                As a last throw of the dice it's got to be Aguero, no? Or is having Aguero differential enough?

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

                                  If would captain Baines in your case u less he has him too

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

                                    Unless*

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                                  2. Mr Smith
                                      2 years, 5 months ago

                                      He's got Baines, Yaya, Nasri & Lukaku. 😕

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                                      1. La Roja
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                                        2 years, 5 months ago

                                        Kun is your man then

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                                        1. Mr Smith
                                            2 years, 5 months ago

                                            😀

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                                  3. Incredibale
                                      2 years, 5 months ago

                                      baines aguero or lukaku captain? on baines atm i can see him scoring a peno

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                                      1. HellasLEAF
                                          2 years, 5 months ago

                                          I can't do captaining defenders but baines is the best bet. Personally feeling Lukaku but he has burned me before..

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                                        • purav
                                            2 years, 5 months ago

                                            Your predictions for liverpool vs Man city... i think its gotta be a high scoring match....

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                                            1. HellasLEAF
                                                2 years, 5 months ago

                                                I do as well. I think the energy will be really high and will translate into goals.

                                                This might be the best game of the season right here..

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                                          • Baldrick
                                              2 years, 5 months ago

                                              Mannone (Adrian)
                                              Zabaleta Coleman Ward (Fonte Azpi)
                                              Yaya Nasri Gerrard Eriksen (Noone)
                                              Suarez Sturridge Lukaku

                                              1FT 3.9 ITB

                                              Good to go?

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                                              1. colin1201
                                                  2 years, 5 months ago

                                                  sturridge to aguero?

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                                                  1. Baldrick
                                                      2 years, 5 months ago

                                                      Already have 3 city

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                                                      1. colin1201
                                                          2 years, 5 months ago

                                                          my bad. then you're good to go then.

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                                                          1. Baldrick
                                                              2 years, 5 months ago

                                                              Thanks

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                                                    • HellasLEAF
                                                        2 years, 5 months ago

                                                        kind of a strange one. You think it would be easy but..

                                                        Punch or Eriksen this week..

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                                                        1. ILOVEBAPS (-4)
                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                          2 years, 5 months ago

                                                          Punch

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                                                        2. John Nerdelbaum
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                                                          2 years, 5 months ago

                                                          Punch

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                                                      • colin1201
                                                          2 years, 5 months ago

                                                          Mannone (adrian)
                                                          Azpi dann distin (dummet chester)
                                                          erikssen silva rosicky hazard (nolan)
                                                          aguero lukaku suarez

                                                          no FT.
                                                          should i sell nolan for a dbl gw?

                                                          Thanks

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                                                          1. ILOVEBAPS (-4)
                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                            2 years, 5 months ago

                                                            YES!
                                                            Nolan > Puncheon

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                                                            1. colin1201
                                                                2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                but who would i drop? rosicky?

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                                                                1. ILOVEBAPS (-4)
                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                  2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                  Hazard very unlikely to play. 2% chance I'd say given Chelsea schedule and his crook ankle.

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                                                                  1. colin1201
                                                                      2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                      thanks friend.

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                                                            2. Acquafresca
                                                                2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                Off to bed.

                                                                Best of luck everyone 🙂

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                                                                1. La Roja
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                                                                  2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                  Good luck Acqua

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                                                                2. ILOVEBAPS (-4)
                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                  2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                  Night night

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                                                                3. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
                                                                    2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                    all the best Acqua

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                                                                4. norab
                                                                    2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                    A) Aguero, Lallana and Salah

                                                                    or

                                                                    B) Lambert, Silva and Eriksen

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                                                                  • purav
                                                                      2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                      Your predictions for liverpool vs Man city... i think its gotta be a high scoring match....

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                                                                      1. BayerNevaLusen
                                                                          2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                          9-7 To City

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                                                                          1. norab
                                                                              2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                              3-2 to the pool

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                                                                              1. purav
                                                                                  2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                                  make it 3-3.....injury time own goal by skrtl 😛

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                                                                            • ILOVEBAPS (-4)
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                                                                              2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                              2-2
                                                                              Studge & Gerrard, Suarez x 2 Assits
                                                                              Nasri & Kun, Silva & Nasri Assists

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                                                                          2. hillbillypete
                                                                              2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                              Morning campers!

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                                                                            • si
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                                                                              2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                              City have West Brom at home next week so we may as well take the hit to get Kun in now if you can? I am even contemplating Silva out to allow this. This talk of his ankle problem and a near fit squad may give him the chance to rest v Sunderland. That said, I cannot see Kun starting at Anfield but a home start v Sun is enough alone to want him now. And possibly captain him.

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                                                                              1. hillbillypete
                                                                                  2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                                  He will start at against Liverpool.

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                                                                                  1. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
                                                                                      2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                                      This. Md not to start him if declared fit.

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                                                                                  2. norab
                                                                                      2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                                      My question is can pelligrini afford to not start him against liverpool?

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                                                                                      1. ILOVEBAPS (-4)
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                                                                                        2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                                        No he can't. Big game will need all the best players on the paddock. Could decide the title this one.

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                                                                                  3. battlecat
                                                                                      2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                                      The big question:

                                                                                      Play Nolan or Bardsley?

                                                                                      I'm struggling this week.

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                                                                                      1. ILOVEBAPS (-4)
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                                                                                        2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                                        Neither in form.
                                                                                        Take a hit perhaps??

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                                                                                      2. ROMANI, ITE DOMUM
                                                                                          2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                                          Just looked at your side. I think that you need to get another couple of DGWers

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                                                                                      3. Wavey Wambz
                                                                                          2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                                          Any Indians around. I'm still in India. Is their Premier League coverage this weekend on Star Sports 2 or 4?

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                                                                                          1. purav
                                                                                              2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                                              Sunderland vs everton today is on starsports 4

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                                                                                            • Baldrick
                                                                                                2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                                                SS2:southampton vs cardiff SS4:sunderland vs everton

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                                                                                            • Obligatory
                                                                                                2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                                                The past few days I've been carefully deciding on who to to transfer in for Hazard. It was always between Ramsey and Lallana. My choice was Ramsey because he is the cheaper option so I went to make the transfer...

                                                                                                Unfortunately, my team is now sitting with Marko Arnautovic in it and I can't stop asking myself why.

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                                                                                                1. TorresMagic™
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                                                                                                  2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                                                  Cheers

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                                                                                              • Vardy Gras PBFC
                                                                                                  2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                                                  Morning all, already on a -4:

                                                                                                  Speroni
                                                                                                  Mariappa Baines Coleman Ivanovic
                                                                                                  YYT Silva Eriksen
                                                                                                  Suarez Lukaku Aguero
                                                                                                  Subs: Boruc Hazard Mutch Chester

                                                                                                  Like the look of Lallana's next 2, but is it worth Hazard to Lallana for -8?

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                                                                                                  1. Vardy Gras PBFC
                                                                                                      2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                                                      Takes me so long to write a post on this phone that this inevitably happens.

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                                                                                                  2. Yes We Can
                                                                                                      2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                                                      I hope Sturridge outscores Aguero this DGW 🙂

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                                                                                                    • Tot-Foot Adriano Imperador
                                                                                                        2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                                                        Boruc...Best option to deal w/ the gk drama? thnx

                                                                                                        was leaning speroni..but some here tend for manone

                                                                                                        1--keep boruc and hope for the best & risk no gk (no hit)
                                                                                                        2: -4 for Speroni + future fixtures
                                                                                                        3: -4 for Mannone (bet on numerous saves i gather...) + future fixtures
                                                                                                        4: -4 Gazzaniga

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                                                                                                      • Djentile
                                                                                                          2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                                                          Bardsley or Ki for Sunderland?

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                                                                                                        • mightyirons
                                                                                                            2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                                                            Hi guys. What do you think of this? I'm chasing guy who's 40 points away so am thinking of captaining Kun. I also can't decide between Eriksen and Barkley, bench-wise. Any thoughts much appreciated. Cheers!

                                                                                                            MANNONE

                                                                                                            COLEMAN WARD Shawcross

                                                                                                            YAYA SILVA Eriksen PUNCHEON

                                                                                                            AGUERO (c) Suarez LUKAKU (v)

                                                                                                            Bench: Ruddy, BARKLEY, Azpi, Flanagan

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                                                                                                          • savory
                                                                                                              2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                                                              who to start?

                                                                                                              Mutch away to southampton
                                                                                                              or
                                                                                                              Sterling home to city

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                                                                                                            • panaisCy
                                                                                                                2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                                                                what about Schurrle to Hazard?

                                                                                                                My team so far
                                                                                                                Mannone
                                                                                                                Cahill Ward Shaw
                                                                                                                Snoddgrass Lallana Eriksen Hazard??
                                                                                                                Lukaku Aguero Suarez

                                                                                                                Already change Mata for Lallana...which one is worth a -4pts?

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                                                                                                              • Kroos69
                                                                                                                  2 years, 5 months ago

                                                                                                                  What does everyone think?

                                                                                                                  Ruddy (mannone)

                                                                                                                  Distin fonte Cahill (Johnson)

                                                                                                                  Yaya Nasri Gerrard mirallas (mutch)

                                                                                                                  Lukaku dzeko Sturridge

                                                                                                                  Any changes?

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