Pre-Season

Sleeper – Theo Walcott

Having finished sixth overall in the 2012/13 Fantasy Premier League (FPL) standings, our hopes were high for Theo Walcott’s prospects at the beginning of last summer. The Arsenal winger produced 14 goals and 13 assists in just 24 starts and looked to have finally rid himself of the inconsistency that had blighted his previous campaigns:

The latter started the season slowly, with just two assists in his first three appearances before Arsene Wenger acquired Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid in a real statement of intent. The German’s eye for a killer pass looked tailor-made for Walcott’s runs in behind backline defences but, in their first appearance in the same XI, it was Aaron Ramsey who hogged the headlines, scoring twice in a 3-1 away win over Sunderland in Gameweek 4.

Walcott picked up a pelvic problem prior to the club’s following game and whilst Ozil and Ramsey began to deliver the points, their team-mate spent the next couple of months on the injury list before being gradually introduced to the action via a handful of sub appearances. Climbing off the bench in four successive matches between Gameweek 12-15, Walcott still found time to tee up a pair of assists in just 63 minutes before he was finally handed a starting role against City in mid-December.

Wenger’s side left the Etihad licking their wounds after a 6-3 mauling highlighted their defensive flaws, yet for Fantasy managers, the day was all about Walcott after he produced a 13-point haul, courtesy of two goals and a single bonus point. The next four league games harvested three goals, an assist and six bonus points as the wide man’s bandwagon picked up in pace over the New Year before disaster struck. A knee injury in the FA Cup Third Round win over north London rivals Tottenham ruled Walcott out for the season and deprived us of his services just when he’d hit top form.

The Prospects

Those five appearances, which delivered three sets of double figures and helped Walcott average 6.9 points per start in 2013/14, underlines just why he was so sorely missed by Fantasy managers. Discussing his rehabilitation with the club’s official matchday magazine late last month, the wideman revealed that he’s somewhat hesitant to put an exact date on his potential comeback:

“I want to be back quickly, of course — but safely, too. I want to try and be back for the early part of next season. That is the goal, so there will be a lot of hard work throughout the summer and during the World Cup. It has nearly been four months now, and my recovery has been on track so far. At the moment I’m working on muscle strength and building muscle in my quad. I see the consultant soon, and hopefully he will give me the thumbs up to push on. I would love to be running in a few weeks.”

Providing all’s good and well, though, Walcott looks likely to be on course to return in time for the new campaign. Price-wise, he started last term at 9.5 in Fantasy Premier League (FPL) but there’d be no surprise if he even dropped to 9.0 due to the fact he managed a mere 860 minutes for the Gunners.

Elsewhere in the Arsenal midfield, Ramsey’s excellent season will trigger a price hike across the Fantasy games but bearing in mind he missed over three months through injury, it remains to be seen whether the Welshman has done enough to be elevated into the premium bracket. Certainly, there seems no doubt that Yaya Toure, Steven Gerrard and Eden Hazard could all break the 10.0 barrier this time around after the trio all surpassed the 200-point mark in 2013/14.

Indeed, Ramsey’s price may ultimately determine how some view Walcott. If the Welshman can stay under 9.0, he may well be the main Arsenal target for many Fantasy managers, potentially affording Walcott the role of differential amongst our midfield options. On the other hand, if Ramsey is shifted into the same category as Walcott, Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla, it’d be hard to overlook a fully-fit Theo, firing on all cylinders, as our Arsenal midfielder of choice once again.

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  1. Latest Community Article - Scouting Japan
    Jonty
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    2 years, 1 month ago

    Another new article - this time Somalion's guide to Japan's prospects in the World Cup. Really good read.

    http://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2014/05/15/scouting-japan/

    To submit an article and view all our community articles just visit the community tab at the top of the home page.

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    1. Epic Failski 墅 ⚽
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      2 years, 1 month ago

      Nice start to the page for Somalion.

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      1. Elniñorules
          2 years, 1 month ago

          Jonty seems to be good at maths

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          1. Billy Gilmore
              2 years, 1 month ago

              He has a decent abacus.

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          2. FortunesAlwaysHiding
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            2 years, 1 month ago

            Indeed, nice work Somalion. I submitted a piece in a similar vein on rivals South Korea.

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            1. applebonkers
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              2 years, 1 month ago

              nice. feel a bit sorry for young. there is a bum young, a suk young and a kook young

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              1. Epic Failski 墅 ⚽
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                2 years, 1 month ago

                We should send Ashley over there.

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            2. Somalion - Purple Rain
                2 years, 1 month ago

                Looking forward to reading that, would like to see how SK are shaping up!

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            3. Somalion - Purple Rain
                2 years, 1 month ago

                Sleeping around gets you places 😎

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            4. Bubz
                2 years, 1 month ago

                Green AND top of the page. Enjoy your fame Somalion.

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                1. FortunesAlwaysHiding
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                  2 years, 1 month ago

                  Indeed, nice work Somalion. I submitted a piece in a similar vein on rivals South Korea.

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                  1. FortunesAlwaysHiding
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                    2 years, 1 month ago

                    Didn't mean to repeat myself. Sorry about that.

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                2. Somalion - Purple Rain
                    2 years, 1 month ago

                    😎

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                3. Heydudes13
                    2 years, 1 month ago

                    Nice work. And nice side!

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                    1. Somalion - Purple Rain
                        2 years, 1 month ago

                        Cheers man 😀

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                    2. Somalion - Purple Rain
                        2 years, 1 month ago

                        Thanks Jonty 😀

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                    3. Siva Mohan - TEAM (Oranje) …
                        2 years, 1 month ago

                        Guttman Curse

                        After the 1962 European Cup Final, Guttmann approached the Benfica board of directors and asked for a pay rise. However despite the success he had brought the club, he was turned down. On leaving Benfica, Guttman allegedly cursed the club, declaring "Not in a hundred years from now will Benfica ever be European champion".

                        1963 European Cup - Benfica 1 - 2 AC Milan
                        1965 European Cup - Benfica 0 - 1 Inter Milan
                        1968 European Cup - Benfica 1 - 4 Manchester United (AET)
                        1983 UEFA Cup - Benfica 1 - 2 Anderlecht (On aggregate)
                        1988 European Cup - Benfica 0 - 0 PSV Eindhoven (5-6 on pens)
                        1990 European Cup - Benfica 0 - 1 AC Milan
                        2013 Europa League - Benfica 1-2 Chelsea
                        2014 Europa League - Benfica 0-0 Sevilla (AET, 4-2 on pens)

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                        1. Bubz
                            2 years, 1 month ago

                            Freaky. I hope they win it in 2062. Football will probably be played on hoverboards by then though.

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                          • Camp No No
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                            2 years, 1 month ago

                            *2-4

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                        2. Siva Mohan - TEAM (Oranje) …
                            2 years, 1 month ago

                            Marin + Cash to Sevilla = Moreno to Chelsea

                            Left Back problem solved I think.

                            is Moreno a good buy?

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                            1. Heydudes13
                                2 years, 1 month ago

                                Him and Vitolo looked terrific.

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                              • Elniñorules
                                  2 years, 1 month ago

                                  I really don't want to change the back 4 of the best defence in the league!

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                                  1. Elniñorules
                                      2 years, 1 month ago

                                      I'll only take Rodriguez over Azpi.

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                                      1. Heydudes13
                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                          Riccardo?

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                                          1. Elniñorules
                                              2 years, 1 month ago

                                              Yeppppp

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                                      2. Aaron Ramessi - Straya
                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                          he is a great talent...however is he better than azpi? I don't think so...

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                                          1. Siva Mohan - TEAM (Oranje) …
                                              2 years, 1 month ago

                                              Azpi is great at defending but poor at going forward in that position.. we need a attacking LB..

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                                              1. Aaron Ramessi - Straya
                                                  2 years, 1 month ago

                                                  so azpi would be benched? one of the best defensive fullbacks out there...

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                                                  1. Siva Mohan - TEAM (Oranje) …
                                                      2 years, 1 month ago

                                                      Mou would never bench his fav player..

                                                      Ivan could play RB/CB.. Azpi could play RB/LB.. I think Terry would be rotated often next season.. everyone should get some good game time..

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                                                      1. Camp No No
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                                                        2 years, 1 month ago

                                                        +1

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                                              2. getfunky
                                                  2 years, 1 month ago

                                                  totally forgot about marin

                                                  he was supposed to be a good prospect

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                                                • MJ6987
                                                    2 years, 1 month ago

                                                    What is this left back problem you speak of? I thought Azpi did well last season.

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                                                • Elniñorules
                                                    2 years, 1 month ago

                                                    The team I've bet on to win the World Cup.

                                                    Croatia provisional squad:

                                                    Goalkeepers: Stipe Pletikosa (Rostov), Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Oliver Zelenika (Dinamo Zagreb).

                                                    Defenders: Darijo Srna (Shakhtar Donetsk), Dejan Lovren (Southampton), Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Gordon Schildenfeld (Panathinaikos), Danijel Pranjic (Panathinaikos), Ivan Strinic (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Domagoj Vida (Dynamo Kiev), Sime Vrsaljko (Genoa), Igor Bubnjic (Udinese).

                                                    Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Sevilla), Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers), Ognjen Vukojevic (Dynamo Kiev), Ivan Perisic (Wolfsburg), Mateo Kovacic (Inter Milan), Milan Badelj (Hamburg), Ivo Ilicevic (Hamburg), Marcelo Brozovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Ivan Mocinic (Rijeka), Mario Pasalic (Hajduk Split), Sammir (Getafe).

                                                    Forwards: Mario Mandzukic (Bayern Munich), Ivica Olic (Wolfsburg), Eduardo (Shakhtar Donetsk), Nikica Jelavic (Hull City), Ante Rebic (Fiorentina), Duje Cop (Dinamo Zagreb).

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                                                    1. applebonkers
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                                                      2 years, 1 month ago

                                                      there is a croatian called gordon? lol

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                                                      1. Heydudes13
                                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                                          He was at the Euros!

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                                                          1. applebonkers
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                                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                                            genuinely devestated at missing that

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                                                        • Billy Gilmore
                                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                                            He does rather stand out there 😆

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                                                          • Camp No No
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                                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                                            That Schildenfeld doesn't sound like usual Croatian either.

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                                                            1. Billy Gilmore
                                                                2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                Sounds very German

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                                                          • Elniñorules
                                                              2 years, 1 month ago

                                                              Fun Fact: 19 year old midfielder Mario Pašalić will be a Chelsea player this summer.

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                                                              1. Camp No No
                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                Not sure there's anything fun about him ending his career by sitting on bench of the blue bus.

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                                                                1. Elniñorules
                                                                    2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                    Jealous bro?

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                                                                    1. Camp No No
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                                                                      2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                      To be honest, that doesn't sound like a bad way to make helluva lot of money.

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                                                              2. Bubz
                                                                  2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                  Not a bad team. No chance they win it though.

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                                                                  1. Camp No No
                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                    2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                    They stand a chance to be the top European team and get to semis, though. But have to beat either Spain or Netherlands, and probably either Ivory Coast, Colombia or Uruguay on the way. At best luck, it's Italy or England that has somehow won their group and then beats Colombia/Ivory Coast on round of 16. That way Croatia would have two European teams in knockouts and would stand very good chances to get to semis.

                                                                    They would have beat both Italy and Spain in EC, wasn't it for referee mistakes.

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                                                                • CABAYE4
                                                                    2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                    Hope you didn't put much on!

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                                                                  • Heydudes13
                                                                      2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                      How will they lineup?

                                                                      Pletikosa
                                                                      Corluka Lovren Schildenfeld Srna
                                                                      Kovacic Modric
                                                                      Kranjcar Rakitic Perisic
                                                                      Mandzukic

                                                                      May have Modric's position wrong.

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                                                                      1. Camp No No
                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                        2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                        Do you think the Croatian Gordon will actually start?

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                                                                        1. Heydudes13
                                                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                            He did at the Euros.

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                                                                            1. Camp No No
                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                              2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                              Did he? Can't remember him, although I really liked that Croatia team and supported them in euros. moral winners imo. Should have won against both finalists, but referee murdered them.

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                                                                          • Camp No No
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                                                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                            ...to be honest, I can't see anybody better there. Where's Simunic? Corluka may play CB with Lovren.

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                                                                            1. Aaron Ramessi - Straya
                                                                                2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                simunic has a 10 match ban lol

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                                                                                1. Camp No No
                                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                  2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                  Oh, okay. Now that you say it, I remember it too.

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                                                                              • Heydudes13
                                                                                  2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                  Strinic usually starts as well. Or did.

                                                                                  Simunic is banned for Nazism or something.

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                                                                            2. Elniñorules
                                                                                2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                My prediction is Olic and Pranjic play.

                                                                                Pletikosa
                                                                                Srna Lovren Corluka Pranjic
                                                                                Rakitic Modric
                                                                                Olic Kovacic Perisic
                                                                                Mandzukic

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                                                                                1. Camp No No
                                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                  2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                  Kovacic likely to play below Rakitic and modric, no?

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                                                                                  1. Elniñorules
                                                                                      2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                      Yeah he and Modric are fairly flexible, from what I've seen in the qualifiers.

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                                                                            3. ACCOUNTING ON CHRIS
                                                                                2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                Why can I not pick a World cup squad until 8th June?

                                                                                Thoroughly ridiculous...

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                                                                                1. Bubz
                                                                                    2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                    I really don't like the look of the Fifa FWC so far. Seems a right mess.

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                                                                                    1. ACCOUNTING ON CHRIS
                                                                                        2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                        But are there any suitable alternatives?

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                                                                                        1. Spencer
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                                                                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                          I think I'm going to play only the PlayON game. Not too sure yet.

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                                                                                          1. Camp No No
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                                                                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                            Yeah, waiting for that one as well.

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                                                                                        2. Bubz
                                                                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                            I heard the Metro one isn't bad. Not sure really. I will probably just use the Fifa one but the rules seem a bit confusing at the moment.

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                                                                                      • Aaron Ramessi - Straya
                                                                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                          surely it will reduce the number of players who enter and they lose money on traffic for advertisements...madness

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                                                                                        • Elniñorules
                                                                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                            It was like that last time around too. Nothing new.

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                                                                                        • Zinedine Kilbane
                                                                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                            Is it likely LVG will be looking to bring few of his Dutch players to utd? Plenty of time together to sort informal deals. Already hearing strootman, any others likely?

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                                                                                            1. Lionel's Messy Boxers
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                                                                                              2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                              Arjen Robben

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                                                                                              1. Zinedine Kilbane
                                                                                                  2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                  Doubt it, only signed new contract and y would he leave bayern where he's gtd success, he's 30 now so sure he wouldn't want to waste a year at this stage with no champ league

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                                                                                              2. Epic Failski 墅 ⚽
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                                                                                                2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                Ruud Gullit

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                                                                                              3. Bubz
                                                                                                  2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                  Edgar Davids

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                                                                                                • MJ6987
                                                                                                    2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                    Strootman is injured till Sept / Oct so can't see that. This is a fairly ordinary generation of Dutch players IMO and United already have arguably their best player (no, not Buttner!). The other one that looks worth buying is Depay (PSV winger)

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                                                                                                  • CRUSHER
                                                                                                      2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                      We really have nobody who would make United better now. In a couple years maybe.

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                                                                                                  • Slacker
                                                                                                      2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                      Any half decent fantasy games for the WC with unique players (draft/auction style)?

                                                                                                      And don't bother linking me to McDonald's game. I do have Google.

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                                                                                                      1. Epic Failski 墅 ⚽
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                                                                                                        2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                        Google it.

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                                                                                                      2. Whitman2013
                                                                                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                          McDonalds game is the official one as you know, i dont know of any other decent ones sorry

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                                                                                                        • Dooski - ☭Szlachetny Pols…
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                                                                                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                          Living up to your name? 😉

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                                                                                                      3. Whitman2013
                                                                                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                          so in 50 hours and 13 minutes when the fa cup final begins to be televised what can i expect to see? arsenal win something for the first time in 9 years? and the fans of rival clubs finally silenced about the time in which arsenal havent won anything... or will hull win and the nightmare continue?

                                                                                                          also will winning the fa cup give arsenal that "winning mentality" of which we apparently dont have?

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                                                                                                          1. Siva Mohan - TEAM (Oranje) …
                                                                                                              2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                              expect Hull to do a Portsmouth..

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                                                                                                              1. Whitman2013
                                                                                                                  2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                  haha 😉 its possible... but i would hope our defence can shut out sagbo and his merry men

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                                                                                                                  1. Siva Mohan - TEAM (Oranje) …
                                                                                                                      2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                      Jelavic and Long cup-tied? good for you! :)

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                                                                                                                      1. Whitman2013
                                                                                                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                          haha yep 😀 though even with them we should beat hull

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                                                                                                                          1. Siva Mohan - TEAM (Oranje) …
                                                                                                                              2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                              easy-peasy game for you.. get ready for the silverware! :)

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                                                                                                                              1. Whitman2013
                                                                                                                                  2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                  Arsenal have become the new city, when it all looks rosy we find a way to mess it up.. i hope this time they buck that trend... very excited and nervous for saturday though. cheers for your confidence 😀 hah

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                                                                                                                      2. Bubz
                                                                                                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                          Arsenal will win

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                                                                                                                        • Aaron Ramessi - Straya
                                                                                                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                            so freaking nervous...this game will have huge ramifications...a loss would be probably worse than a Birmingham, a win and things are looking up

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                                                                                                                            1. Aaron Ramessi - Straya
                                                                                                                                2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                ramsey will do a parlour

                                                                                                                                its ramseyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!

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

                                                                                                                                  no one will say "it's only aaron ramsey" this time

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                                                                                                                                  1. Whitman2013
                                                                                                                                      2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                      what a difference 12 months make.

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                                                                                                                                      1. Aaron Ramessi - Straya
                                                                                                                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                          amen, he is now worthy of the title 'ramessi'

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                                                                                                                                  2. Whitman2013
                                                                                                                                      2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                      this is how i feel mate.... but then arsenal historically only come unstuck v teams starting with b or who play at a stadium with b

                                                                                                                                      birmingham
                                                                                                                                      bradford
                                                                                                                                      blackburn
                                                                                                                                      barca
                                                                                                                                      bayern

                                                                                                                                      so it should be fine ;).... but hey next year wally and ozil will hopefully have decent seasons.

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                                                                                                                                      1. Aaron Ramessi - Straya
                                                                                                                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                          its a sign! hopefully we plug the necessary gaps for once too

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                                                                                                                                    • Wilshere Knowledge
                                                                                                                                        2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                        Starting Saturday we conquer the world!

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                                                                                                                                        1. Aaron Ramessi - Straya
                                                                                                                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                            this!

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                                                                                                                                          • Whitman2013
                                                                                                                                              2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                              lets hope haha 😀

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                                                                                                                                          • getfunky
                                                                                                                                              2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                              ugly win for arsenal

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                                                                                                                                              1. Whitman2013
                                                                                                                                                  2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                  i would take that... i was so happy after the wigan game, though we was poor.

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                                                                                                                                                  1. getfunky
                                                                                                                                                      2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                      finals tend to be cagey affairs anyway so it's to be expected, even more so when its a big club playing a small club who'll naturally sits back & defends most of the game

                                                                                                                                                      the best thing for a neutrel is an early arsenal goal

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                                                                                                                                                      1. Whitman2013
                                                                                                                                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                          i disagree to be honest, surely an early arsenal goal could mean a rout? probably an early hull goal would be better for the neutral?

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                                                                                                                                                          1. getfunky
                                                                                                                                                              2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                              thing is, if hull score first it'll give them even less reason to attack.

                                                                                                                                                              i just meant it would bring hull out more if they were chasing rather than playing for pens from the start. fair enough it could be a rout like you say but i'd rather than than one team attacking for 90mins & the other defending.

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                                                                                                                                                              1. Whitman2013
                                                                                                                                                                  2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                  yeah thats true... i want it to be a good game, but above all else i want arsenal to win.

                                                                                                                                                                  guess this place will be quite full for it

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                                                                                                                                                      2. MJ6987
                                                                                                                                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                          Arsenal will probably win but, if they don't, is that the final nail in the coffin for Wenger?

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                                                                                                                                                      3. Tony Hibbert
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                                                                                                                                                        2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                        Any thoughts on WC Golden Football Shoe?

                                                                                                                                                        I have a free bet to use so I think I'll back Benzema @ 33/1.

                                                                                                                                                        The Honduras game could be a pumping.

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                                                                                                                                                        1. FortunesAlwaysHiding
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                                                                                                                                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                          I'd fancy Neymar myself.

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                                                                                                                                                          1. Tony Hibbert
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                                                                                                                                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                            Every time I see Neymar play I hate him more couldn't do it.

                                                                                                                                                            Maybe Fred thou.

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                                                                                                                                                        2. Whitman2013
                                                                                                                                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                            nasri? 😛

                                                                                                                                                            no benzema may be a decent punt.

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                                                                                                                                                          • Demí
                                                                                                                                                              2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                              I've taken a punt on Dzeko @ 100/1

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                                                                                                                                                            • Camp No No
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                                                                                                                                                              2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                              Don't do it.

                                                                                                                                                              1) France goals will be spread amongst many players.

                                                                                                                                                              2) Don't underestimate American teams on American soil. Nor African. In those conditions, they can really make it hard time for Europeans.

                                                                                                                                                              Reason no. 1 is the more important one in this case, though.

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                                                                                                                                                            • Bubz
                                                                                                                                                                2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                Muller at 33/1 could be a good shout. If Aguero didn't have hamstrings made of candy floss I would back him.

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                                                                                                                                                                    2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                    I have Muller,

                                                                                                                                                                    Or

                                                                                                                                                                    Brazil to win + Luis Suarez golden boot (66/1 Betvictor)

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                                                                                                                                                                  • Tony Hibbert
                                                                                                                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                                                    2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                    Muller can sometimes play on the wing sometimes not play at all.

                                                                                                                                                                    I backed at the Euros he was a big disappointment.

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                                                                                                                                                                    1. Camp No No
                                                                                                                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                                                      2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                      Same

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                                                                                                                                                                2. Heydudes13
                                                                                                                                                                    2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                    Neymar. Messi or Aguero too.

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

                                                                                                                                                                      You favour the long shots I see 😉

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                                                                                                                                                                      1. Heydudes13
                                                                                                                                                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                          Backing a player with a very average scoring record for his country playing for an average team that's European playing in South America. Not for me!

                                                                                                                                                                          Would rather go for a German if you're looking for a long shot.

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                                                                                                                                                                          1. Heydudes13
                                                                                                                                                                              2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                              Reus or Muller.

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                                                                                                                                                                            • Tony Hibbert
                                                                                                                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                                                              2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                              European qualification is the toughest.

                                                                                                                                                                              I think this South American things is being overstated personally maybe a factor for North European but the Spanish French Portuguese and Italians surely not as big a factor.

                                                                                                                                                                              I fancy Fred to score more goals than Neymar, Aguero to be injured and Messi well I can't argue against Messi.

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                                                                                                                                                                      2. Aaron Ramessi - Straya
                                                                                                                                                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                          cr7

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                                                                                                                                                                        • Wilshere Knowledge
                                                                                                                                                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                            France are terrible as a team. I'd go Muller.

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. Camp No No
                                                                                                                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                                                              2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                              Terrible is a huge exaggeration.

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                                                                                                                                                                              1. Wilshere Knowledge
                                                                                                                                                                                  2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                  Okay, terrible compared to how good they shoul he with their players.

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                                                                                                                                                                            2. Elniñorules
                                                                                                                                                                                2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                Balotelliiiiiiiiiiiiiii

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                                                                                                                                                                                1. FACUPARSE
                                                                                                                                                                                    2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                    😆

                                                                                                                                                                                    he's shite

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                                                                                                                                                                                  • Heydudes13
                                                                                                                                                                                      2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                      Balo wanes. Immobile and Cerci will suffocate him.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  • ACCOUNTING ON CHRIS
                                                                                                                                                                                      2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                      Reckon any of these drunk bets will win?

                                                                                                                                                                                      Brazil to win (3/1)
                                                                                                                                                                                      Brazil/Suarez golden boot (66/1)
                                                                                                                                                                                      Muller top goal scorer (33/1)
                                                                                                                                                                                      Hazard top scorer - Belgium (5/1)
                                                                                                                                                                                      YYT top scorer - Ivory Coast (5/1)
                                                                                                                                                                                      Uruguay to qualify top of the group (2/1)
                                                                                                                                                                                      Tricast - Too much to go into but it was about 3000/1 haha
                                                                                                                                                                                      England 9 points in group stages - Drunk 12/1
                                                                                                                                                                                      England KO at Quarters (5/1)
                                                                                                                                                                                      Belgium to concede less than 2 (2/1)
                                                                                                                                                                                      Uruguay England, Brazil mexico, Spain Netherlands, France Switzerland, Argentina bosnia, Germany Portugal, Belgium Russia (About 105/1) to qualify from groups
                                                                                                                                                                                      Brazil vs Germany final (25/1)

                                                                                                                                                                                      One of them will win... Surely?

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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Demí
                                                                                                                                                                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                          Yeah reckon the 3000/1 tricast has a decent chance.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                              It was a 7 fold on 1st 2nd 3rd for most of the groups haha

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                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Demí
                                                                                                                                                                                                  2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ah nice. Did you have Chile finishing above Netherlands?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nope, I think Netherlands will do OK.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      WC is unpredictable though... It's a very tough group

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                                                                                                                                                                                                • Heydudes13
                                                                                                                                                                                                    2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                    😆

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                                                                                                                                                                                                • CABAYE4
                                                                                                                                                                                                    2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hazard and Yaya have to be in with a chance, decent odds too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    England QF KO looks very possible imo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Other than that, no!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I think you're right,

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Expect Uruguay to win our group too. Which is the one I need to come in to break even with the rest of the bets.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. CABAYE4
                                                                                                                                                                                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I think Uruguay will be a let down. They're totally reliant on Suarez and Cavani (both who've dipped in form a bit recently).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                They're against Italy, England and Costa Rica.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I think they'll be OK haha

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And they're south American, which will help a lot I think (Remember Ghana...)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • CABAYE4
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Italy and England both have solid sides imo.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          On paper... As always with England we know that means very little.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I expect England & Uruguay to qualify, Italy to brawl amongst one another and receive 3 points for being Costa Rica.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. CABAYE4
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Anything could happen in that group.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Tony Hibbert
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You have Italy going out? In the groups?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yeah, they were pathetic last world cup. Drew 1-1 with New Zealand iirc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I think it will be between them and England on who takes 2nd. Wholly depends on the first game...

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    There was a Euro they got to the final of since.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thought they played well in that tbh.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. ACCOUNTING ON CHRIS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I agree with you & Cabaye

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I suspect it'll be

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Uruguay (7)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. England/Italy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hope England will go through though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Tony Hibbert
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Maybe Uruquay not the force they have been touted to be.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      An aged Forlan now, I'm not a great Cavani fan and Lugano is well past his best plus their midfield isn't great.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The SA factor thou could boost them 😉

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • ACCOUNTING ON CHRIS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I think the south America factor is what I am banking on.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Heydudes13
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yes. But it still looks like you'll end up £1000.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Heydudes13
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Losing

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. ACCOUNTING ON CHRIS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I don't bet much, it was just my £25 accumulator winnings.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thought I'd have some fun with it haha, will have to pay close attention to the world cup now!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. MJ6987
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Diego Costa if he is a first choice starter for Spain, otherwise Messi.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. Latest Community Article - Scouting Switzerland
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And the final in today's trio of community articles is this excellent piece about Switzerland by Edgar Davids.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            8th in the world rankings. Who knew?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2014/05/15/scouting-switzerland/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            To submit an article and view all our community articles just visit the community tab at the top of the home page.

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm sure I submitted my article. Maybe I didn't?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Somalion - Purple Rain
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jonty was saying that it takes a few days to come through because they have a lot of articles being submitted. It'll get there 😀

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. asquishypotato
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                What is the turn around time for an article submitted to it being published, if it's accepted?

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Usually a few days.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Siva Mohan - TEAM (Oranje) …
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara has been ruled out of Spain's World Cup squad because of a knee injury.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Bubz
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Isco to take his place?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Whitman2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        isco wasnt in the squad :O?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • CABAYE4
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Still won't make the tournament.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Siva Mohan - TEAM (Oranje) …
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            he was named in provisional 30-man squad.. it will be trimmed to 23 right? I don't think Isco will be called.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Aaron Ramessi - Straya
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            isco surely

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Aaron Ramessi - Straya
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                or maybe gabi

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Heydudes13
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Has to be Gabi Jesus.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Whitman2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                will their be a community round up? i fancy seeing my name in an article for winning the sarjeants game hah

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Aaron Ramessi - Straya
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    you seem to be enjoying this 😀

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Whitman2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        hahah yes 😀 its my claim to fame. hah sorry i wont mention it anymore. 😀

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Whitman2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      i wish their were 31 qualified teams and 1 team of players picked by fifa, who chose players who were left out of all the other coutries..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cole, isco, and nasri would be in the mix for this world team

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Bubz
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          But.. but... they'd all be from different countries.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. ACCOUNTING ON CHRIS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm sure they can create a territory, give them a passport, and then change the rules to allow them to play for the World XI.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It's something Fifa would do.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Whitman2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  hah maybe it wasnt the best idea, i was just thinking a lot of decent players get left behind every year.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Whitman2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  yeah but they would be a world xi from a pool of unpicked players, that would be an amazing twist surely? nasri trying to prove to france why they should have taken him :P.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  only rule could be, if you play your home nation you cant play, so nasri couldnt play v france.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. CABAYE4
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sounds horrific.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      'Amazing twist' at the biggest event in football, it's fine as it is thanks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Whitman2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          yeah it is decent as it is ill shush 😀

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. FACUPARSE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      what a silly idea

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Whitman2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          haha sorry i take it back.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. applebonkers
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        did one the other day with help from people on this site
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://lineupbuilder.com/?sk=2r67

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Whitman2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            that is a really decent team. a lot of them are unlucky not to be playing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Elniñorules
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Might as well include players like Bale and Ramsey too?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. MJ6987
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Agreed. In fact, why not give Wales a bye to the finals and avoid all this kerfuffle.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Slacker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              And Zlatan?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Supersonic LFC YNWA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  .........isnt going?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. wycombewanderers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Me and friends gonna do a bet on the 16 teams to go through from the groups:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This is my 16:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Brazil, Croatia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Spain, Chile
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Colombia, ivory coast
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Uruguay? England?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Switzerland, France
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Argentina, Bosnia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Germany, Portugal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Belgium, South Korea?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  What are peoples thoughts on that?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Tony Hibbert
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    16 is near impossible to predict correct but go for it if its your fancy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. wycombewanderers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yeah just a quid on for a bit of fun!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Demí
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I think Italy will qualify and wouldn't underestimate Costa Rica in terms of giving England a game.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. wycombewanderers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yeah my head is saying drop England but my heart keeps them in there. I think I'll prob go Italy Uruguay actually then if England win I'll be happy either way (as long as other 14 come in lol).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • MJ6987
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I reckon England will qualify ahead of Italy. Italy are very ordinary these days. OK, England aren't great either but the Premier League is better than Serie A

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Elniñorules
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Doesn't mean anything though does it. Most of the top players in the PL are non-English.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. MJ6987
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      To be fair, quite a few of them are English as well based on last season...Sturridge, Lallana, Cahill, Hart, Milner (?), Baines, Shaw, Rooney, Gerrard, Sterling, etc

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Milner...lol

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Tony Hibbert
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Is the Premier League better?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. MJ6987
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          For sure.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Spain
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          England / Germany
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Italy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          France

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yeah Suarez, Aguero, Hazard, even to the ones who left Bale, Fabregas, Ronaldo...not one of them English.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And besides that English teams have been crap in the Champions League the last two seasons the strength of the league is overstated as is basketball we score you score football.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Tony Hibbert
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Or rather are the best English Premier League players better than the best Italian Series A players? I'd say not.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Heydudes13
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            They're just so much more technical. Keep the ball a lot better.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Chile VS Netherlands
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        South Korea VS Russia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The two I'd be thinking of changing

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. wycombewanderers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Aye I've got a feeling that Netherlands will go out, so I'll stick with that. Really don't have a clue south Korea or Russia but have a memory of Russia bottling the groups at the Euros when well fancied... Will wait for the community articles on both - they are good

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Heydudes13
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Russia are notorious bottlejobs I think.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Tony Hibbert
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I usually try and go 8 group winners. But even that is hard to pick.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Heydudes13
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Seriously no Italy? One of the best tournament teams around and their squad is amazing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Elniñorules
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bodes really well for the Azzurri force. They flourish when expectations are low.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Heydudes13
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Love being the underdogs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Italy do really well in picking the best players regardless of team. Culture's different there from the looks of it. Seems all the best Italians at certain clubs stay at their respective clubs for a good long while. De Rossi, Di Natale, Montolivo at Fio were/are there for years and could have played for clubs people deem 'better' ability wise.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I reckon people see that Candreva plays for Lazio and automatically think he's not good cause he's not in the prem for example.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Elniñorules
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Very well said Heydudes, completely agree.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Tony Hibbert
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nice writing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Italian defence is so solid.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My beef with England is they go into these tournament no only not knowing not just their best squad but their best starting 11.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • wycombewanderers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yeah read above - thinking Italy over England.

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Russia over Korea I'm afraid. :(

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. wycombewanderers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks - that is the one I remain unsure on - will wait for community articles to help me.decide

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • ACCOUNTING ON CHRIS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Just looked at my Betvictor account...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        10 fold accumulator... £1.00, 1500/1...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Only Sunderland let me down, urgh!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Bubz
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And you have only just checked on this 😯

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. MJ6987
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I reckon for the World Cup winner, we can pretty much narrow it down to three teams...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Brazil
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Argentina
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Spain

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Can anyone see past these three?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. CABAYE4
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Germany got to be in with decent shout.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Anything can happen in tournament football, wouldn't rule 10-12 teams out.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. MJ6987
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yeah, Germany have a good squad but the climate won't suit them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Epic Failski 墅 ⚽
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Germany
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Colombia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Uruguay

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. HVT - Solo me ARSE!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Can't be as simple as this ....can it ?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tho I feel with LVG in charge at Holland he's actually raised my expectations of them doing better than some think !

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Elniñorules
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Brazil naturally
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Croatia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Italy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      would be my 3

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. HVT - Solo me ARSE!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Are you Forca in disguise ?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          😉

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Moin
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Brazil
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Italy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Germany

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. getfunky
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          england

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Kings of Lyon
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Argentina
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Brazil
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Spain

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. HVT - Solo me ARSE!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Template Kol 😉

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • HVT - Solo me ARSE!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A new page is pending

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • HVT - Solo me ARSE!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lads anyone else use the monthly filter in FPL for Mini league purposes ,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ie payout for months eg sept / oct etc ?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              My question is what happens with hits , they don't always seem to deduct them thus creating flawed scores within a month and allowing a ' cheat ' scenario ,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Anyone help ?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Billy Gilmore
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hits on the first week of the month aren't counted.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. HVT - Solo me ARSE!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Is it just in classic leagues or H2h as well Bb ?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. TorresMagic™
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Classic.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. TorresMagic™
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1st week of the month is hit free. Major flaw.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. HVT - Solo me ARSE!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks , why haven't they rectified this ?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I've just realised this and a guy in our league took a -12 and won monthly cash , innocently or not this is pathetic and creates major problems , I've just emailed FPL towers so I await an answer.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Am I right in saying some do a manual check on hits and deduct them to keep scores right ?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. TorresMagic™
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Most just use the tables.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          FPL don't care. Coding can't handle it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The program I use has hits included.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. HVT - Solo me ARSE!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              They should care , IMHO it's simple maths / coding they should be able to get it right ,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I knew your leagues would take hits into account - as always impeccable TM - that's why I look forward to taking part in a 'just' league !
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Have you anything new on the cards this year or more of the excellant oldies on offer ?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ( btw I'll let you know the reply from Fpl towers )

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. TorresMagic™
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Of course they should.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                No new ones atm. Not sure I will be running them.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Likely to be a lot busier next season.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. HVT - Solo me ARSE!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Agree ,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    C'mon you'll do those leagues in your sleep 😉

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Tony Hibbert
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I was of the thinking they always came of your total?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Early season I was in the hunt for free prizes on the monthly basis and remberung totting up scores - hits because I three way tied for £100 free bet.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Tony Hibbert
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wow just read above madness.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. HVT - Solo me ARSE!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yea - seems crazy , it has definatley skewered my main mini league and only worked it out when talking to one of the lads .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hits are part of the game and should be deducted in monthly mini leagues etc , seems retarded tbh Tony , I've emailed them - you/all should do the same ,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                On your home page (while logged in ) > Help > contact us and give em loads !!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. Alberto Tomba
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Is anyone else playing the Financial Adviser version for the world cup? http://www.threadneedlefantasyfootball.com

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Epic Failski 墅 ⚽
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Aye.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Alberto Tomba
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ah Brilliant! I think I might do a piece on it nearer K/O if there are a few on here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The low clean sheet points (2 for defenders) and penalty save points for keepers make me think it might we wise to spend little on defence and maybe slightly more on a keeper.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. JT's Dog
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  says you need to be FCA registered to win prizes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fantasy Casual Association?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Alberto Tomba
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yeah it's industry specific unfortunately, I should have said it's not open to all.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hopefully placing well will be achievable, the proportion of ghost teams in IFA competitions is usually very high.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • JT's Dog
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    did ENR make announcement about fantasy WC tourney
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    last I read he was annoucing it tomorrow which was two days ago so would be yesterday being today is today
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    anything?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. HVT - Solo me ARSE!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        No the only announcement he had made was that he thinks Croatia can win the World Cup (see above) , I'm starting to think he's Forca in disguise !

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Colonel Shoe 肝池
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            inspector forclouseau

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • JT's Dog
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              so wait till drugs wear off then?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • getfunky
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                What happened to Forca? I found his daft comments quite amusing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. TorresMagic™
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Red carded.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • AC A Little Silhouetto of M…
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Afternoon fellas. I'm looking for tables of WC Qualifier statistics by squad / player, for comparison purposes, listing games played, goals scored / conceded, and assists. Basically I want to be able to judge how nailed-on a player is likely to be, and how he performed in qualifying, without searching back through records, game by game, player by player. Does anything like that exist out there?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              On the FIFA site you can check each player's record individually, but there's no assist listing.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ESPN has an assist table for the European and South American groups.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Is there a better stats comparison source out there that I'm missing? Many thanks!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • TLK42- Dutch Wolfhound
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Kolarov 38 starts next season 😀
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Euro Fantasy Nerd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fantasy World Cup Goalkeeper rotations.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Obviously, we don't know about prices yet, but these should be cheap picks, based on the opposition and strength of their team. The Unibet site will allow 3 transfers per round, so constant rotation is allowed for that site.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Keepers-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Round 1: Bernaglio (Swiss, vs Ecuador), Akinfeev (Russia, vs South Korea), Enyeama (Nigeria, vs Iran), Barry (Ivory Coast, vs Japan), Delgado (Columbia, vs Greece), Kingson (Ghana, vs USA)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Round 2: Pletikosa (Croatia, vs Cameroon), Karnesis (Greece, vs Japan), Begovic (Bosnia, vs Nigeria), Enyeama (Nigeria, vs Bosnia), Banguera (Ecuador vs Honduras)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Round 3: Akinfeev (Russia, vs Algeria), Bernaglio (Swiss, vs Honduras), Begovic (Bosnia, vs Iran), Barry (Ivory Coast, vs Greece), Delgado (Columbia, vs Japan)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hope this helps.:)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Euro Fantasy Nerd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Put this on earlier but nobody responded, so I'll try again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fantasy World Cup Goalkeeper rotations.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Obviously, we don't know about prices yet, but these should be cheap picks, based on the opposition and strength of their team. The Unibet site will allow 3 transfers per round, so constant rotation is allowed for that site.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Keepers-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Round 1: Bernaglio (Swiss, vs Ecuador), Akinfeev (Russia, vs South Korea), Enyeama (Nigeria, vs Iran), Barry (Ivory Coast, vs Japan), Delgado (Columbia, vs Greece), Kingson (Ghana, vs USA)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Round 2: Pletikosa (Croatia, vs Cameroon), Karnesis (Greece, vs Japan), Begovic (Bosnia, vs Nigeria), Enyeama (Nigeria, vs Bosnia), Banguera (Ecuador vs Honduras)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Round 3: Akinfeev (Russia, vs Algeria), Bernaglio (Swiss, vs Honduras), Begovic (Bosnia, vs Iran), Barry (Ivory Coast, vs Greece), Delgado (Columbia, vs Japan)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hope this helps. :)

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