May
15

Sleeper – Theo Walcott

Filed under: Pre-Season, Sleeper - Posted by: Paul

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

    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.

    • 6 months, 15 days ago
    1. Nice start to the page for Somalion.

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
      1. Jonty seems to be good at maths

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
        1. He has a decent abacus.

          • 6 months, 15 days ago
      2. Indeed, nice work Somalion. I submitted a piece in a similar vein on rivals South Korea.

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
        1. nice. feel a bit sorry for young. there is a bum young, a suk young and a kook young

          • 6 months, 15 days ago
          1. We should send Ashley over there.

            • 6 months, 15 days ago
        2. Looking forward to reading that, would like to see how SK are shaping up!

          • 6 months, 15 days ago
      3. Sleeping around gets you places :cool:

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
    2. Green AND top of the page. Enjoy your fame Somalion.

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
      1. Indeed, nice work Somalion. I submitted a piece in a similar vein on rivals South Korea.

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
        1. Didn't mean to repeat myself. Sorry about that.

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    3. Nice work. And nice side!

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  2. 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)

    • 6 months, 15 days ago
    1. Freaky. I hope they win it in 2062. Football will probably be played on hoverboards by then though.

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
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  3. Marin + Cash to Sevilla = Moreno to Chelsea

    Left Back problem solved I think.

    is Moreno a good buy?

    • 6 months, 15 days ago
    1. Him and Vitolo looked terrific.

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
    2. I really don't want to change the back 4 of the best defence in the league!

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
      1. I'll only take Rodriguez over Azpi.

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
        1. Riccardo?

          • 6 months, 15 days ago
            • 6 months, 15 days ago
    3. he is a great talent...however is he better than azpi? I don't think so...

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
      1. Azpi is great at defending but poor at going forward in that position.. we need a attacking LB..

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
        1. so azpi would be benched? one of the best defensive fullbacks out there...

          • 6 months, 15 days ago
          1. 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..

            • 6 months, 15 days ago
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    4. totally forgot about marin

      he was supposed to be a good prospect

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
    5. What is this left back problem you speak of? I thought Azpi did well last season.

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
  4. 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).

    • 6 months, 15 days ago
    1. there is a croatian called gordon? lol

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
      1. He was at the Euros!

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
        1. genuinely devestated at missing that

          • 6 months, 15 days ago
      2. He does rather stand out there :lol:

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
      3. That Schildenfeld doesn't sound like usual Croatian either.

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
        1. Sounds very German

          • 6 months, 15 days ago
    2. Fun Fact: 19 year old midfielder Mario Pašalić will be a Chelsea player this summer.

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
      1. Not sure there's anything fun about him ending his career by sitting on bench of the blue bus.

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
        1. Jealous bro?

          • 6 months, 15 days ago
          1. To be honest, that doesn't sound like a bad way to make helluva lot of money.

            • 6 months, 15 days ago
    3. Not a bad team. No chance they win it though.

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
      1. 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.

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
    4. Hope you didn't put much on!

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
    5. How will they lineup?

      Pletikosa
      Corluka Lovren Schildenfeld Srna
      Kovacic Modric
      Kranjcar Rakitic Perisic
      Mandzukic

      May have Modric's position wrong.

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
      1. Do you think the Croatian Gordon will actually start?

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
        1. He did at the Euros.

          • 6 months, 15 days ago
          1. 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.

            • 6 months, 15 days ago
        2. ...to be honest, I can't see anybody better there. Where's Simunic? Corluka may play CB with Lovren.

          • 6 months, 15 days ago
          1. simunic has a 10 match ban lol

            • 6 months, 15 days ago
            1. Oh, okay. Now that you say it, I remember it too.

              • 6 months, 15 days ago
          2. Strinic usually starts as well. Or did.

            Simunic is banned for Nazism or something.

            • 6 months, 15 days ago
      2. My prediction is Olic and Pranjic play.

        Pletikosa
        Srna Lovren Corluka Pranjic
        Rakitic Modric
        Olic Kovacic Perisic
        Mandzukic

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
        1. Kovacic likely to play below Rakitic and modric, no?

          • 6 months, 15 days ago
          1. Yeah he and Modric are fairly flexible, from what I've seen in the qualifiers.

            • 6 months, 15 days ago
  5. Why can I not pick a World cup squad until 8th June?

    Thoroughly ridiculous...

    • 6 months, 15 days ago
    1. I really don't like the look of the Fifa FWC so far. Seems a right mess.

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
      1. But are there any suitable alternatives?

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
        1. I think I'm going to play only the PlayON game. Not too sure yet.

          • 6 months, 15 days ago
          1. Yeah, waiting for that one as well.

            • 6 months, 15 days ago
        2. 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.

          • 6 months, 15 days ago
    2. surely it will reduce the number of players who enter and they lose money on traffic for advertisements...madness

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
    3. It was like that last time around too. Nothing new.

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
  6. 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?

    • 6 months, 15 days ago
    1. Arjen Robben

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
      1. 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

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
    2. Ruud Gullit

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
    3. Edgar Davids

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
    4. 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)

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
    5. We really have nobody who would make United better now. In a couple years maybe.

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
  7. 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.

    • 6 months, 15 days ago
    1. Google it.

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
    2. McDonalds game is the official one as you know, i dont know of any other decent ones sorry

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
    3. Living up to your name? ;-)

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
  8. 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?

    • 6 months, 15 days ago
    1. expect Hull to do a Portsmouth..

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
      1. haha ;) its possible... but i would hope our defence can shut out sagbo and his merry men

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
        1. Jelavic and Long cup-tied? good for you! :)

          • 6 months, 15 days ago
          1. haha yep :D though even with them we should beat hull

            • 6 months, 15 days ago
            1. easy-peasy game for you.. get ready for the silverware! :)

              • 6 months, 15 days ago
              1. 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 :D hah

                • 6 months, 15 days ago
    2. Arsenal will win

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
    3. 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

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
      1. ramsey will do a parlour

        its ramseyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
        1. no one will say "it's only aaron ramsey" this time

          • 6 months, 15 days ago
          1. what a difference 12 months make.

            • 6 months, 15 days ago
            1. amen, he is now worthy of the title 'ramessi'

              • 6 months, 15 days ago
      2. 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.

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
        1. its a sign! hopefully we plug the necessary gaps for once too

          • 6 months, 15 days ago
    4. Starting Saturday we conquer the world!

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      1. lets hope haha :D

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
    5. ugly win for arsenal

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
      1. i would take that... i was so happy after the wigan game, though we was poor.

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
        1. 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

          • 6 months, 15 days ago
          1. 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?

            • 6 months, 15 days ago
            1. 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.

              • 6 months, 15 days ago
              1. 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

                • 6 months, 15 days ago
    6. Arsenal will probably win but, if they don't, is that the final nail in the coffin for Wenger?

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
  9. 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.

    • 6 months, 15 days ago
    1. I'd fancy Neymar myself.

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
      1. Every time I see Neymar play I hate him more couldn't do it.

        Maybe Fred thou.

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
    2. nasri? :P

      no benzema may be a decent punt.

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
    3. I've taken a punt on Dzeko @ 100/1

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
    4. 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.

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
    5. Muller at 33/1 could be a good shout. If Aguero didn't have hamstrings made of candy floss I would back him.

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
      1. I have Muller,

        Or

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

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
      2. 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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    6. Neymar. Messi or Aguero too.

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
      1. You favour the long shots I see ;)

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
        1. 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.

          • 6 months, 15 days ago
          1. Reus or Muller.

            • 6 months, 15 days ago
          2. 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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    7. France are terrible as a team. I'd go Muller.

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
      1. Terrible is a huge exaggeration.

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
        1. Okay, terrible compared to how good they shoul he with their players.

          • 6 months, 15 days ago
    8. Balotelliiiiiiiiiiiiiii

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
      1. :lol:

        he's shite

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
      2. Balo wanes. Immobile and Cerci will suffocate him.

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
    9. 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?

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
      1. Yeah reckon the 3000/1 tricast has a decent chance.

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
        1. It was a 7 fold on 1st 2nd 3rd for most of the groups haha

          • 6 months, 15 days ago
          1. Ah nice. Did you have Chile finishing above Netherlands?

            • 6 months, 15 days ago
            1. Nope, I think Netherlands will do OK.

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

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

        England QF KO looks very possible imo.

        Other than that, no!

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
        1. 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.

          • 6 months, 15 days ago
          1. 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).

            • 6 months, 15 days ago
            1. They're against Italy, England and Costa Rica.

              I think they'll be OK haha

              • 6 months, 15 days ago
              1. And they're south American, which will help a lot I think (Remember Ghana...)

                • 6 months, 15 days ago
              2. Italy and England both have solid sides imo.

                • 6 months, 15 days ago
                1. 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.

                  • 6 months, 15 days ago
                  1. Anything could happen in that group.

                    • 6 months, 15 days ago
                  2. You have Italy going out? In the groups?

                    • 6 months, 15 days ago
                    1. 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...

                      • 6 months, 15 days ago
                      1. There was a Euro they got to the final of since.

                        Thought they played well in that tbh.

                        • 6 months, 15 days ago
                      2. I agree with you & Cabaye

                        I suspect it'll be

                        1. Uruguay (7)
                        2. England/Italy

                        Hope England will go through though.

                        • 6 months, 15 days ago
                      3. 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 ;)

                        • 6 months, 15 days ago
                      4. I think the south America factor is what I am banking on.

                        • 6 months, 15 days ago
      3. Yes. But it still looks like you'll end up £1000.

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
        1. Losing

          • 6 months, 15 days ago
          1. 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!

            • 6 months, 15 days ago
    10. Diego Costa if he is a first choice starter for Spain, otherwise Messi.

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
  10. Latest Community Article - Scouting Switzerland

    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.

    • 6 months, 15 days ago
    1. I'm sure I submitted my article. Maybe I didn't?

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
      1. 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 :D

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
    2. What is the turn around time for an article submitted to it being published, if it's accepted?

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
      1. Usually a few days.

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
  11. Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara has been ruled out of Spain's World Cup squad because of a knee injury.

    • 6 months, 15 days ago
    1. Isco to take his place?

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
      1. isco wasnt in the squad :O?

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
      2. Still won't make the tournament.

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
      3. he was named in provisional 30-man squad.. it will be trimmed to 23 right? I don't think Isco will be called.

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
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    2. Has to be Gabi Jesus.

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
  12. will their be a community round up? i fancy seeing my name in an article for winning the sarjeants game hah

    • 6 months, 15 days ago
    1. you seem to be enjoying this :D

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
      1. hahah yes :D its my claim to fame. hah sorry i wont mention it anymore. :D

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
  13. 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

    • 6 months, 15 days ago
    1. But.. but... they'd all be from different countries.

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
      1. 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.

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
        1. hah maybe it wasnt the best idea, i was just thinking a lot of decent players get left behind every year.

          • 6 months, 15 days ago
      2. 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.

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
        1. Sounds horrific.

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

          • 6 months, 15 days ago
          1. yeah it is decent as it is ill shush :D

            • 6 months, 15 days ago
    2. what a silly idea

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
      1. haha sorry i take it back.

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
    3. did one the other day with help from people on this site
      http://lineupbuilder.com/?sk=2r67

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
      1. that is a really decent team. a lot of them are unlucky not to be playing.

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
      2. Might as well include players like Bale and Ramsey too?

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
        1. Agreed. In fact, why not give Wales a bye to the finals and avoid all this kerfuffle.

          • 6 months, 15 days ago
  14. And Zlatan?

    • 6 months, 15 days ago
    1. .........isnt going?

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
  15. 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?

    • 6 months, 15 days ago
    1. 16 is near impossible to predict correct but go for it if its your fancy.

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
      1. Yeah just a quid on for a bit of fun!

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
    2. I think Italy will qualify and wouldn't underestimate Costa Rica in terms of giving England a game.

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
      1. 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).

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
      2. 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

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
        1. Doesn't mean anything though does it. Most of the top players in the PL are non-English.

          • 6 months, 15 days ago
          1. 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

            • 6 months, 15 days ago
              • 6 months, 15 days ago
        2. Is the Premier League better?

          • 6 months, 15 days ago
          1. For sure.

            Spain
            England / Germany
            .
            .
            .
            Italy
            France

            • 6 months, 15 days ago
            1. 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.

              • 6 months, 15 days ago
        3. Or rather are the best English Premier League players better than the best Italian Series A players? I'd say not.

          • 6 months, 15 days ago
          1. They're just so much more technical. Keep the ball a lot better.

            • 6 months, 15 days ago
    3. Chile VS Netherlands
      South Korea VS Russia

      The two I'd be thinking of changing

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
      1. 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

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
        1. Russia are notorious bottlejobs I think.

          • 6 months, 15 days ago
    4. I usually try and go 8 group winners. But even that is hard to pick.

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
    5. Seriously no Italy? One of the best tournament teams around and their squad is amazing.

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
      1. Bodes really well for the Azzurri force. They flourish when expectations are low.

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
        1. 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.

          • 6 months, 15 days ago
          1. Very well said Heydudes, completely agree.

            • 6 months, 15 days ago
          2. 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.

            • 6 months, 15 days ago
      2. Yeah read above - thinking Italy over England.

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
        1. Russia over Korea I'm afraid. :(

          • 6 months, 15 days ago
          1. Thanks - that is the one I remain unsure on - will wait for community articles to help me.decide

            • 6 months, 15 days ago
  16. Just looked at my Betvictor account...

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

    Only Sunderland let me down, urgh!

    • 6 months, 15 days ago
    1. And you have only just checked on this :shock:

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
  17. 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?

    • 6 months, 15 days ago
    1. Germany got to be in with decent shout.

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

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
      1. Yeah, Germany have a good squad but the climate won't suit them.

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
    2. Germany
      Colombia
      Uruguay

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
    3. HVT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

      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 !

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
    4. Brazil naturally
      Croatia
      Italy

      would be my 3

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
      1. HVT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member

        Are you Forca in disguise ?
        ;-)

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
    5. Brazil
      Italy
      Germany

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
    6. england

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
    7. KoL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

      Argentina
      Brazil
      Spain

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
      1. HVT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member

        Template Kol ;-)

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
  18. HVT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member

    A new page is pending

    • 6 months, 15 days ago
  19. HVT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member

    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 ?

    • 6 months, 15 days ago
    1. Hits on the first week of the month aren't counted.

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
      1. HVT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member

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

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
        1. Classic.

          • 6 months, 15 days ago
    2. 1st week of the month is hit free. Major flaw.

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
      1. HVT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member

        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 ?

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
        1. Most just use the tables.
          FPL don't care. Coding can't handle it.
          The program I use has hits included.

          • 6 months, 15 days ago
          1. HVT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member

            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 )

            • 6 months, 15 days ago
            1. Of course they should.
              No new ones atm. Not sure I will be running them.
              Likely to be a lot busier next season.

              • 6 months, 15 days ago
              1. HVT
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member

                Agree ,
                C'mon you'll do those leagues in your sleep ;-)

                • 6 months, 15 days ago
    3. 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.

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
      1. Wow just read above madness.

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
        1. HVT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member

          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 !!!

          • 6 months, 15 days ago
  20. Is anyone else playing the Financial Adviser version for the world cup? http://www.threadneedlefantasyfootball.com

    • 6 months, 15 days ago
    1. Aye.

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
      1. 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.

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
    2. says you need to be FCA registered to win prizes
      Fantasy Casual Association?

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
      1. 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.

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
  21. 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?

    • 6 months, 15 days ago
    1. HVT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

      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 !

      • 6 months, 15 days ago
      1. inspector forclouseau

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
      2. so wait till drugs wear off then?

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
      3. What happened to Forca? I found his daft comments quite amusing.

        • 6 months, 15 days ago
        1. Red carded.

          • 6 months, 15 days ago
  22. 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!

    • 6 months, 15 days ago
  23. NEW ARTICLE - FORWARDS OF THE SEASON
    • 6 months, 15 days ago
  24. 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.:)

    • 6 months, 15 days ago
  25. 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. :)

    • 6 months, 15 days ago

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