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, 2 months 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 Fail 墅 ⚽
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      2 years, 2 months ago

      Nice start to the page for Somalion.

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      1. Elniñorules
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        2 years, 2 months ago

        Jonty seems to be good at maths

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        1. Billy Gilmore
            2 years, 2 months ago

            He has a decent abacus.

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        2. FortunesAlwaysHiding
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          2 years, 2 months 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, 2 months 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 Fail 墅 ⚽
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              2 years, 2 months ago

              We should send Ashley over there.

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          2. Somalion - Purple Rain
              2 years, 2 months 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, 2 months ago

              Sleeping around gets you places 😎

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          4. Bubz
              2 years, 2 months ago

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

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              1. FortunesAlwaysHiding
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                2 years, 2 months 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, 2 months ago

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

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              2. Somalion - Purple Rain
                  2 years, 2 months ago

                  😎

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              3. Heydudes13
                  2 years, 2 months ago

                  Nice work. And nice side!

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

                      Cheers man 😀

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                  2. Somalion - Purple Rain
                      2 years, 2 months ago

                      Thanks Jonty 😀

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

                          *2-4

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

                              Him and Vitolo looked terrific.

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                            • Elniñorules
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                              2 years, 2 months ago

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

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                              1. Elniñorules
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                                2 years, 2 months ago

                                I'll only take Rodriguez over Azpi.

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                                1. Heydudes13
                                    2 years, 2 months ago

                                    Riccardo?

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                                    1. Elniñorules
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                                      2 years, 2 months ago

                                      Yeppppp

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                              2. Aaron Ramessi - Straya
                                  2 years, 2 months 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, 2 months 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, 2 months 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, 2 months 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, 2 months ago

                                                +1

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                                      2. getfunky
                                          2 years, 2 months ago

                                          totally forgot about marin

                                          he was supposed to be a good prospect

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                                        • MJ6987
                                            2 years, 2 months ago

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

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                                        • Elniñorules
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                                          2 years, 2 months 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, 2 months ago

                                            there is a croatian called gordon? lol

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                                            1. Heydudes13
                                                2 years, 2 months ago

                                                He was at the Euros!

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                                                1. applebonkers
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                                                  2 years, 2 months ago

                                                  genuinely devestated at missing that

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                                              • Billy Gilmore
                                                  2 years, 2 months ago

                                                  He does rather stand out there 😆

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                                                • Camp No No
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                                                  2 years, 2 months ago

                                                  That Schildenfeld doesn't sound like usual Croatian either.

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                                                  1. Billy Gilmore
                                                      2 years, 2 months ago

                                                      Sounds very German

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                                                • Elniñorules
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  2 years, 2 months 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, 2 months 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
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      2 years, 2 months ago

                                                      Jealous bro?

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

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

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                                                • Bubz
                                                    2 years, 2 months 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, 2 months 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, 2 months ago

                                                      Hope you didn't put much on!

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                                                    • Heydudes13
                                                        2 years, 2 months 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, 2 months ago

                                                          Do you think the Croatian Gordon will actually start?

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                                                          1. Heydudes13
                                                              2 years, 2 months ago

                                                              He did at the Euros.

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

                                                                  simunic has a 10 match ban lol

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

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

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                                                                • Heydudes13
                                                                    2 years, 2 months ago

                                                                    Strinic usually starts as well. Or did.

                                                                    Simunic is banned for Nazism or something.

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                                                              2. Elniñorules
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                                                                2 years, 2 months 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, 2 months ago

                                                                  Kovacic likely to play below Rakitic and modric, no?

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                                                                  1. Elniñorules
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                                                                    2 years, 2 months ago

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

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                                                          2. ACCOUNTING ON CHRIS
                                                              2 years, 2 months ago

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

                                                              Thoroughly ridiculous...

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                                                              1. Bubz
                                                                  2 years, 2 months 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, 2 months ago

                                                                      But are there any suitable alternatives?

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                                                                      1. Spencer
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                                                                        2 years, 2 months ago

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

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

                                                                          Yeah, waiting for that one as well.

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                                                                      2. Bubz
                                                                          2 years, 2 months 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, 2 months 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
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                                                                        2 years, 2 months ago

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

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                                                                    • Zinedine Kilbane
                                                                        2 years, 2 months 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, 2 months ago

                                                                          Arjen Robben

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                                                                          1. Zinedine Kilbane
                                                                              2 years, 2 months 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 Fail 墅 ⚽
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                                                                            2 years, 2 months ago

                                                                            Ruud Gullit

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                                                                          3. Bubz
                                                                              2 years, 2 months ago

                                                                              Edgar Davids

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                                                                            • MJ6987
                                                                                2 years, 2 months 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, 2 months ago

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

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                                                                              • Slacker
                                                                                  2 years, 2 months 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 Fail 墅 ⚽
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                                                                                    2 years, 2 months ago

                                                                                    Google it.

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                                                                                  2. Whitman2013
                                                                                      2 years, 2 months ago

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

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                                                                                    • Doosra - ☭A Noble Captain…
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                                                                                      2 years, 2 months ago

                                                                                      Living up to your name? 😉

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                                                                                  3. Whitman2013
                                                                                      2 years, 2 months 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, 2 months ago

                                                                                          expect Hull to do a Portsmouth..

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                                                                                          1. Whitman2013
                                                                                              2 years, 2 months 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, 2 months ago

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

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                                                                                                  1. Whitman2013
                                                                                                      2 years, 2 months ago

                                                                                                      haha yep 😀 though even with them we should beat hull

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

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

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                                                                                                          1. Whitman2013
                                                                                                              2 years, 2 months 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, 2 months ago

                                                                                                      Arsenal will win

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                                                                                                    • Aaron Ramessi - Straya
                                                                                                        2 years, 2 months 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, 2 months ago

                                                                                                            ramsey will do a parlour

                                                                                                            its ramseyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!

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                                                                                                            1. applebonkers
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                                                                                                              2 years, 2 months ago

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

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                                                                                                              1. Whitman2013
                                                                                                                  2 years, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                  what a difference 12 months make.

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

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

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                                                                                                              2. Whitman2013
                                                                                                                  2 years, 2 months 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, 2 months ago

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

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                                                                                                                • Wilshere Knowledge
                                                                                                                    2 years, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                    Starting Saturday we conquer the world!

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

                                                                                                                        this!

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                                                                                                                      • Whitman2013
                                                                                                                          2 years, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                          lets hope haha 😀

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                                                                                                                      • getfunky
                                                                                                                          2 years, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                          ugly win for arsenal

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                                                                                                                          1. Whitman2013
                                                                                                                              2 years, 2 months 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, 2 months 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, 2 months 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, 2 months 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, 2 months 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, 2 months 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
                                                                                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                    2 years, 2 months 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, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                                      I'd fancy Neymar myself.

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

                                                                                                                                        nasri? 😛

                                                                                                                                        no benzema may be a decent punt.

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                                                                                                                                      • Demí
                                                                                                                                          2 years, 2 months ago

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

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                                                                                                                                        • Camp No No
                                                                                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                          2 years, 2 months 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, 2 months 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, 2 months 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, 2 months 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, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                                                  Same

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                                                                                                                                            2. Heydudes13
                                                                                                                                                2 years, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                                                Neymar. Messi or Aguero too.

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

                                                                                                                                                  You favour the long shots I see 😉

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                                                                                                                                                  1. Heydudes13
                                                                                                                                                      2 years, 2 months 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, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                                                          Reus or Muller.

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                                                                                                                                                        • Tony Hibbert
                                                                                                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                                          2 years, 2 months 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, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                                                      cr7

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                                                                                                                                                    • Wilshere Knowledge
                                                                                                                                                        2 years, 2 months 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, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                                                          Terrible is a huge exaggeration.

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                                                                                                                                                          1. Wilshere Knowledge
                                                                                                                                                              2 years, 2 months ago

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

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                                                                                                                                                        2. Elniñorules
                                                                                                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                                          2 years, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                                                          Balotelliiiiiiiiiiiiiii

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                                                                                                                                                          1. FACUPARSE
                                                                                                                                                              2 years, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                                                              😆

                                                                                                                                                              he's shite

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                                                                                                                                                            • Heydudes13
                                                                                                                                                                2 years, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                Balo wanes. Immobile and Cerci will suffocate him.

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                                                                                                                                                            • ACCOUNTING ON CHRIS
                                                                                                                                                                2 years, 2 months 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, 2 months ago

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

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                                                                                                                                                                        2 years, 2 months ago

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

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                                                                                                                                                                        1. Demí
                                                                                                                                                                            2 years, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                            Ah nice. Did you have Chile finishing above Netherlands?

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                                                                                                                                                                                2 years, 2 months 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, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                              😆

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                                                                                                                                                                          • CABAYE4
                                                                                                                                                                              2 years, 2 months 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, 2 months 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, 2 months 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, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                          They're against Italy, England and Costa Rica.

                                                                                                                                                                                          I think they'll be OK haha

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                                                                                                                                                                                              2 years, 2 months ago

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                            • CABAYE4
                                                                                                                                                                                                2 years, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                Italy and England both have solid sides imo.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    2 years, 2 months 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, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Anything could happen in that group.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Tony Hibbert
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                                                                                        2 years, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                        You have Italy going out? In the groups?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            2 years, 2 months 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, 2 months 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, 2 months 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, 2 months 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, 2 months ago

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Heydudes13
                                                                                                                                                                                                    2 years, 2 months ago

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Heydudes13
                                                                                                                                                                                                        2 years, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Losing

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. ACCOUNTING ON CHRIS
                                                                                                                                                                                                            2 years, 2 months 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, 2 months ago

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Latest Community Article - Scouting Switzerland
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Jonty
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 years, 2 months 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, 2 months ago

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Somalion - Purple Rain
                                                                                                                                                                                                            2 years, 2 months 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
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                                                                                          2 years, 2 months 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
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Has Moderation Rights
                                                                                                                                                                                                            2 years, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Usually a few days.

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Isco to take his place?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Whitman2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2 years, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  isco wasnt in the squad :O?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                • CABAYE4
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2 years, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Still won't make the tournament.

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      isco surely

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          or maybe gabi

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Heydudes13
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2 years, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Has to be Gabi Jesus.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. Whitman2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2 years, 2 months 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, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              you seem to be enjoying this 😀

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Whitman2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2 years, 2 months ago

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Whitman2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2 years, 2 months 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, 2 months ago

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. ACCOUNTING ON CHRIS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2 years, 2 months 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, 2 months 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, 2 months 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, 2 months 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, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    yeah it is decent as it is ill shush 😀

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. FACUPARSE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2 years, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                what a silly idea

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Whitman2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2 years, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    haha sorry i take it back.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. applebonkers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2 years, 2 months 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, 2 months ago

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Elniñorules
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 years, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Might as well include players like Bale and Ramsey too?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. MJ6987
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2 years, 2 months ago

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Slacker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 years, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And Zlatan?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Supersonic LFC YNWA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2 years, 2 months ago

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. wycombewanderers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2 years, 2 months 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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2 years, 2 months ago

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. wycombewanderers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2 years, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yeah just a quid on for a bit of fun!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Demí
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2 years, 2 months 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, 2 months 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, 2 months 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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2 years, 2 months 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, 2 months 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Billy Gilmore
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2 years, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Milner...lol

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Tony Hibbert
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2 years, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Is the Premier League better?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. MJ6987
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2 years, 2 months 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, 2 months 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, 2 months 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, 2 months ago

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2 years, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chile VS Netherlands
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              South Korea VS Russia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The two I'd be thinking of changing

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. wycombewanderers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2 years, 2 months 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, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Russia are notorious bottlejobs I think.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Tony Hibbert
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2 years, 2 months ago

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Heydudes13
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2 years, 2 months ago

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Elniñorules
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 years, 2 months ago

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Heydudes13
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2 years, 2 months 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
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2 years, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Very well said Heydudes, completely agree.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Tony Hibbert
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2 years, 2 months 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. wycombewanderers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2 years, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yeah read above - thinking Italy over England.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. FortunesAlwaysHiding
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2 years, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Russia over Korea I'm afraid. :(

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. wycombewanderers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2 years, 2 months ago

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. ACCOUNTING ON CHRIS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2 years, 2 months 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, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              And you have only just checked on this 😯

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. MJ6987
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2 years, 2 months 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, 2 months 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, 2 months ago

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Epic Fail 墅 ⚽
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2 years, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Germany
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Colombia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Uruguay

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. HVT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 years, 2 months 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
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 years, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Brazil naturally
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Croatia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Italy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      would be my 3

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. HVT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2 years, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Are you Forca in disguise ?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          😉

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Moin
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2 years, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Brazil
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Italy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Germany

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. getfunky
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2 years, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          england

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Kings of Lyon
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2 years, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Argentina
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Brazil
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Spain

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. HVT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2 years, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Template Kol 😉

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • HVT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2 years, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A new page is pending

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • HVT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2 years, 2 months 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, 2 months ago

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. HVT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 years, 2 months ago

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. TM - LMS 18487-7273
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2 years, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Classic.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. TM - LMS 18487-7273
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2 years, 2 months ago

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. HVT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2 years, 2 months 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. TM - LMS 18487-7273
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2 years, 2 months 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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2 years, 2 months 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. TM - LMS 18487-7273
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2 years, 2 months 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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2 years, 2 months 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, 2 months 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, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wow just read above madness.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. HVT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2 years, 2 months 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, 2 months ago

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Epic Fail 墅 ⚽
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2 years, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Aye.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Alberto Tomba
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2 years, 2 months 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, 2 months ago

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Alberto Tomba
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 years, 2 months 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, 2 months 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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2 years, 2 months 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, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            inspector forclouseau

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • JT's Dog
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2 years, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              so wait till drugs wear off then?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • getfunky
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2 years, 2 months ago

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. TM - LMS 18487-7273
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2 years, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Red carded.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • AC A Little Silhouetto of M…
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2 years, 2 months 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • NEW ARTICLE - FORWARDS OF THE SEASON
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2 years, 2 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Kolarov 38 starts next season 😀
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • England's Number 1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2 years, 2 months 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • England's Number 1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2 years, 2 months 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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