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Scout Notes – Gameweek 35 – Monday

Sergio Aguero grabs a goal and assist as City return to winning ways at home to West Brom. David Silva is stretchered off with his recurring ankle injury, whilst Yaya Toure is expected back in training ahead of the weekend trip to Palace. Pablo Zabaleta and Martin Demichelis also find the net, though a strike from Graham Dorrans ensures the hosts have failed to register a shut-out in five attempts:

Aguero Steers City to Victory
Manuel Pellegrini dropped Alvaro Negredo and handed Edin Dzeko a start alongside the Argentine in a 4-4-2 formation last night. Back amongst the goals for the first time since Gameweek 23, Aguero supplied the assist for City’s opener and netted the second before being withdrawn just after the hour mark, as his manager continues to court caution with his game time. With the maximum bonus also accrued, Aguero’s display highlights the fact that, whilst he may not be given the full 90 minutes just yet, he’s more than capable of delivering the returns regardless. As doubts hang over City’s other main men, his appeal is set to rise ahead of the upcoming double as the clamour for his acquisition intensifies amongst Fantasy managers.

Silva Concern for Pellegrini
After being all but ruled out by his manager in Friday afternoon’s press conference, David Silva made a rapid recovery in time for yesterday evening’s encounter. The Spaniard’s night lasted 69 minutes before a challenge from the Baggies’ Morgan Amalfitano saw him land awkwardly on the very ankle that forced him to miss last week’s home clash against Sunderland. Stretchered from the pitch in some discomfort, there will be real question marks over Silva’s chances of making next weekend’s trip to Palace, and with Pellegrini previously admitting his playmaker is unable to feature twice within a week, many owners may be looking for an exit route.

After the game, Pellegrini rolled out an update on Silva’s situation:

“Hopefully it will be a short-term injury. It is hard to tell without the doctors giving their assessment. David played the last games with pain in his ankle. That is why it was impossible for him to play against Sunderland because after three days he can’t recover from his problem. We will see tomorrow [Wednesday] what happens with him. His injury started with a kick some weeks ago and every week he plays in the last game with pain.”

Reports suggest Yaya Toure is due be back in training tomorrow, though, with the Ivorian potentially in line for a return to action in time for Sunday’s trip to Selhurst Park, providing he can step up his recovery from a groin problem.

City Defenders in the Points
It’s five games without a clean sheet for Pellegrini’s charges after the Baggies breached Joe Hart’s goal last night. City’s defensive regulars still managed to pick up the points, though, with Pablo Zabaleta and Martin Demichelis each grabbing a goal, whilst Vincent Kompany chipped in with an assist and a single bonus point – whilst their defensive resolve has certainly lessened, owners will be content for now after last night’s returns. The same can hardly be said for Aleksandar Kolarov, though – omitted from the starting XI for the fourth time in the last six games, the Serbian was afforded a two-minute cameo just before the final whistle, thus depriving Fantasy managers of a replacement off the bench. For many, last night’s frustrating turn of events may well be the final straw.

Dorrans in the Goals Again
The Scot grabbed his side’s consolation in last night’s 3-1 defeat, taking his tally to a couple of goals in the last four fixtures. With the maximum bonus points also picked up, Dorrans’ 10-point haul was his highest of the season and suggests that, at 4.4, he could be worth considering for the upcoming double Gameweek 37 as a means to free up cash elsewhere. With upcoming home showdowns against West Ham and Stoke also still to follow, his contribution could be key for a Baggies side that had won three and drawn one of the five matches prior to last night’s defeat.

Defensive Concerns for Mel
The Baggies were without Gareth McAuley for the Etihad encounter after the Northern Ireland international picked up a calf problem in training late last week. Pepe Mel’s problems at the back continued after Liam Ridgewell sustained an ankle injury which could even keep him out for the rest of the season. Chris Brunt owners won’t be too pleased by the news that he is expected to shift into the left-back berth if Ridgewell is indeed ruled out for the weekend game against West Ham.

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  1. applebonkers
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    2 years, 1 month ago

    semi repost seeing as man utd have 3 bottom half teams in the next 2 gameweeks and many think giggs can't do any worse than moyes:

    record against the bottom half this season:
    played 17, won 14, drew 2, lost 1.
    aggregate score: 41-12. goals scored per game: 2.4 goals against per game: 0.7
    rooney's record: 13 starts, 2 sub apps, 11 goals, 10 assists.

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    1. Heydudes13
        2 years, 1 month ago

        I'm getting Rooney for the double for sure.

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        1. El Magico - Insane In De Br…
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          2 years, 1 month ago

          Lukaku to Rooney this week, still unsure about Mata

          I prefer my mid to be Eriksen-Yaya-Nasri-Ramsey

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          1. HVT-Non Euro player!
              2 years, 1 month ago

              Nasri > Mata for me , flatters to deceive IMO.

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              1. El Magico - Insane In De Br…
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 years, 1 month ago

                he will be the key playmaker if Silva is out, setup all three goals last night

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        2. pricycle
            2 years, 1 month ago

            Wow. Interesting stats... which in part answers my post below! Thanks.

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          • Kings of Lyon
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            2 years, 1 month ago

            United 6/1 to win their remaining fixtures

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        3. stupendous
            2 years, 1 month ago

            With Gibbs back this week supposedly....how is this....

            Boruc
            Gibbs Ivano Koscielny
            Gerrard Ramsey Eriksen Mata
            Rooney Suarez Aguero

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          • pricycle
              2 years, 1 month ago

              Team this week:

              Mannone

              Cahill | Coleman | Zabaleta

              Lallana | Nasri | Mata | Ramsey

              Suarez | Aguero (C) | Lukaku

              Bench: Howard | Collins | Ward | Bacuna

              Already made my FT for the week to bring in Ramsey, 2.2m in the bank.
              Considering taking an 8 pointer to bring in Rooney for Lukaku but can't figure out if it's worth it… options seem to be:

              (a) Lallana -> Eriksen / AJ / Sterling
              (b) Coleman -> Sagna / Koscielny / Smalling
              (c) Howard (deadwood) to a 3.9m GK and play Mannone (which I plan to anyway)
              (d) One of the above for -4 and bring in Rooney next week.

              Thoroughly unsure! Thanks

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              1. Kings of Lyon
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                2 years, 1 month ago

                Id go for C

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                1. pricycle
                    2 years, 1 month ago

                    Tempting just to make most of TV but isn't it a waste spending -4 on someone who won't play? The other options at least have some future benefit (e.g. extra DGW player or slight form upgrade)

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                    1. Kings of Lyon
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                      2 years, 1 month ago

                      True, im just thinking that having that much on your bench is a waste. You can make a case for each of them tbh but I think id want Rooney this week

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                      1. pricycle
                          2 years, 1 month ago

                          Thanks KOL

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                2. Bubz
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                  2 years, 1 month ago

                  Has there been any news on Demel? I should play him over Azpi this week right..?

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                  1. EdenoftheEast
                      2 years, 1 month ago

                      I played Demel over Coleman this week and almost regretted it. I would always play the better defender or the defender in a better overall defense.

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                    • HVT-Non Euro player!
                        2 years, 1 month ago

                        He was dick , I believe ,
                        Still id play Azpi

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                    • Jinswick
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                      2 years, 1 month ago

                      Best option?

                      A) GW36: Puncheon -> Nasri (4 points)
                      GW37: Distin -> Demi

                      B) GW36: Distin -> Demi/a sub 6m MUN defender (4 points)
                      GW37: Puncheon -> Nasri

                      C) GW36: Distin -> Smalling (4 points)
                      GW37: Puncheon -> Yaya

                      Mannone
                      Baines, Terry, Chester
                      Mata, Ramsey, Eriksen, Puncheon
                      Aguero, Suarez, Rooney

                      Gazzaniga, Distin, Williamson, Gnabry
                      Bank 4.1m

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                      1. Christina.
                          2 years, 1 month ago

                          Team not linked anymore?

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                          1. Jinswick
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                            2 years, 1 month ago

                            Nah, too many watching eyes!

                            Have scrambled up to 3,650th.

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                        • Slippin' Jimmy
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                          2 years, 1 month ago

                          A

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                      2. Spineless Weasel - FIFFSA 5…
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                        2 years, 1 month ago

                        Moyes

                        seems like a decent, honest hard-working guy. He couldn't really turn down the job, but it's obvious it was too big for him. I hope he does well wherever he ends up next.

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                        1. Reckoner.
                            2 years, 1 month ago

                            Remember reading a quote from him a while back saying he'd like to manage in the Bundesliga at some point.

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                        2. DonTheSpecialOne
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                          2 years, 1 month ago

                          Luke Weston are only 2 pts above number two, what a shame for The Silva Surfers if he's caught up in the last 3 GW's, considering he's been number 1 in the world 17 of the last 19 GW's! 😯 Incredible performance

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                          1. Christina.
                              2 years, 1 month ago

                              I hope no 2 wins.

                              lol

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                              1. DonTheSpecialOne
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                                2 years, 1 month ago

                                I know you love no 2 Steen.

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                            • RedLightning
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                              2 years, 1 month ago

                              Curse of the Scoutcast if that happens?

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                          2. Sess!
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                            2 years, 1 month ago

                            Will eriksen keep his scoring up away at stoke and west ham? Contemplating switching him to ramsey.

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                            1. Christina.
                                2 years, 1 month ago

                                😉

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                                1. Sess!
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                                  2 years, 1 month ago

                                  I'm feeling left out without him :)

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                            2. Slippin' Jimmy
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                              2 years, 1 month ago

                              Repost
                              Lads, help me to pick 2 defenders

                              Cech
                              Baines XXX XXX
                              out of Flanagan, Cahill, Ward, Chester

                              thanks!

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                            3. HVT-Non Euro player!
                                2 years, 1 month ago

                                ' Casual ' Template Team for the run-in ?
                                Mannone
                                Zabaletta / Jones / Kosc / Azpi / Chester
                                Yaya / Rambo / Eriksen / Mata / Sterling
                                Aguero / Rooney / Suarez
                                Any thoughts ?

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                                1. RedLightning
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                                  2 years, 1 month ago

                                  Nothing casual about a good template team. Just get it in advance, not in arrears!

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                              • savory
                                  2 years, 1 month ago

                                  who to bench out of:

                                  Sterling CHE
                                  Johnson CAR
                                  Eriksen sto
                                  Puncheon MCI

                                  thanks

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                                • Slavic Madridistahat
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                                  2 years, 1 month ago

                                  Suarez ➡ Podolski. Hear me out. I'm not being THAT crazy..
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                                  Liverpool play Chelsea at home, and then away to Palace.. The two tightest defences in the league probably.
                                  Arsenal play Newcastle at home ( 😆 ) and then West Brom that just conceded 3 to a City side pretty much without Silva or Yaya.
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                                  Podolski has scored 4 goals in the last 2 games.
                                  Suarez has scored 2 goals in his last 5 games.
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                                  Podolski is SIX MILLION cheaper than Suarez, that extra 6 mil pretty much allows you to get the best of the best in most positions.
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                                  Literally the one thing stopping me from doing it, is that Suarez has Newcastle GW38, and last day of the season matches are always crazy, Liverpool might have already won the league by then.

                                  I think Podolski will outscore Suarez over the next two games as I see two big home wins for Arsenal, but I'd have to ditch Rooney in GW38 to get Suarez back in...

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                                  1. Christina.
                                      2 years, 1 month ago

                                      I've been through all of this.

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                                      1. Slavic Madridistahat
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                                        2 years, 1 month ago

                                        😀

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                                  2. stupendous
                                      2 years, 1 month ago

                                      GW36
                                      Boruc
                                      Smalling Evra Koscielny
                                      Ramsey Eriksen Lallana Gerrard
                                      Suarez Aguero Rooney(c)

                                      DGW 37
                                      MANNONE
                                      SMALLING EVRA Koscielny
                                      Ramsey NASRI YAYA AJ
                                      ROONEY AGUERO Suarez

                                      GW38
                                      Mannone
                                      Koscielny Skrtel Johnson
                                      Ramsey Yaya A.j Eriksen
                                      Suarez Rooney Aguero

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                                    • Benteke10
                                        2 years, 1 month ago

                                        Thoughts on Silva,Gerrard and Lukakau > Rooney, Ramsey and Mata for -8?
                                        Would I better off just doing 2 out of the three proposed?

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                                      • James101
                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                          Repost.

                                          Thanks for your reply Christina, hoping to get some more opinions gents.

                                          Note - I'm inside the top 500 in the overall rankings, so don't want big risks.

                                          Squad:

                                          Mannone. Boruc

                                          Baines. Coleman. Ivan. Ward. Whittaker

                                          Ramsey Gerrard Erikson Mutch Sterling

                                          Suárez Lukaku Aguero

                                          £6.8m in the bank. 1 FT.

                                          What would you change this week, if anything?

                                          Lukaku - Rooney?

                                          Thanks!!

                                          J.

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                                        • renwaldo
                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                            Quick one:

                                            Silva, Lukaku & Baines to Rooney, Yaya & Chester

                                            Silva prob dropping but Baines rising today . Rooney rising today (prob)

                                            Should I wait closer to the weekend (i've got 0.2 ITB) or just pull the trigger on this now?

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

                                            Who would you start this week?

                                            A) Terry (liv)
                                            B) Chester (ful)

                                            Currently starting Terry on the basis both will concede but he has a bigger goal/bap threat

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                                          • justgiving.com/JonnyChard
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                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                            Begovic, Davis
                                            Zaba, Azpi, Cahill, Stones, Chambers
                                            Hazard, Lallana, Eriksen, Sterling, Silva,
                                            Suarez, Lukaku, Sturridge

                                            Hazard -> Ramsey or Mata? = 0pt hit
                                            Hazard+Silva -> Ramsey+Mata = -4pt hit
                                            Hazard+Silva+Sturridge -> Ramsey+Mata+Aguero/Rooney = -8pt hit

                                            Which seems the best? Thanks!

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                                          • red beard
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                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                            Anyone else see Januzaj getting some game time?

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