We roll out our third article on rotation partnership for the season ahead this afternoon. Having ran the rule over Stoke and Swansea and Newcastle and Sunderland, we now cast an eye over what’s on offer by teaming up Crystal Palace and West Ham:

The Fixtures

Just like our first couple of examples, the London-based duo hand Fantasy managers a home/away pairing over the entirety of 2014/15. Further analysis of their opening 20 Gameweeks (leading up to the winter wildcard) shows that the Palace-West Ham partnership is handed just five tricky home games over that period, with Liverpool (twice), in addition to visits from Man City, Chelsea and Arsenal.

Essentially, then, this gives us 15 favourable games in front of their own fans (TOT, WHM, SOT, BUR, LEI, QPR, SUN, AVL, NEW, AVL, SWA, STO, LEI, SOT, WBA) until we’re handed the opportunity to freshen up our 15-man squads in January.

Alternatively, Palace also rotate with QPR for all but one of the first 20 Gameweeks in a partnership that looks just as viable. This gives you just one away fixture (whm/hul in Gameweek 7), with only a trio of tricky home clashes (LIV or CHE in Gameweek 8, followed by visits from City and Liverpool in Gameweeks 11 and 12 respectively).

West Ham and Southampton also afford us another option. This pair alternate on a home/away basis in 15 of the first 20 Gameweeks and, over that period, only once do both teams face an opponent regarded as difficult by our fixture ticker – Gameweek 19, where Southampton host Chelsea and the Hammers entertain Arsenal.

The Defence

Crystal Palace
Conceding 21 goals in their opening 10 fixtures of 2013/14, the Selhurst Park underwent a remarkable turnaround after the dismissal of Ian Holloway and ultimately turned out to be a valuable source of defensive returns. The Eagles served up 12 clean sheets (seven at home and five away) from that point onwards, conceding 13 goals in 14 matches in front of their own fans and shipping 14 in the same number of games away from home. Indeed, Tony Pulis’ side were the fourth most resilient side in the league over the final 28 Gameweeks of the previous campaign.

Further analysis shows Palace were more resolute at Selhurst Park regardless of opponent. Three of their seven home shut-outs were delivered against top 10 opposition, whereas on the road, all their clean sheets were against sides in the bottom half of the table – underlining their reliability against weaker opposition away from home.

Julian Speroni ended the previous campaign as Palace’s top scoring FPL player on 144 points. Picking up save points in 21 of his appearances, the Argentine’s owners will be optimistic over further defensive returns, bearing in mind he failed to deliver a single clean sheet over those first 10 games under Holloway. Pulis’ arrival ensured that Palace finished the previous campaign with just 48 goals against – the eighth best defence in the Premier League – and providing he can steer clear of the mid-price bracket, Speroni is surely set for major investment from the off this time around.

A share of corners boosted the appeal of Joel Ward last term. The versatile defender was occasionally utilised in the centre of the park and, with three assists and 13 bonus points from 36 appearances to his name, carries the main attacking threat amongst Pulis’ defensive regulars, with his all-round game also more suited to the bonus points system. Scott Dann, Adrian Mariappa and Damien Delaney all scored a single goal apiece, though with 12 bonus points to his name, the latter is perhaps the strongest rival to Ward for those looking to invest in Palace’s defenders.

West Ham
Sam Allardyce’s side chalked up an impressive 14 clean sheets over the previous campaign. Just like Palace, the Hammers also delivered seven at home in addition to seven on the road, though they were flat-track bullies in front of their own fans – six of those shut-outs came against sides in the bottom half of the table. On the road it was a different matter, though; four of their clean sheets were against clubs in the top 10 and with just 25 goals against on the road (only one more than Man City), Big Sam’s side were the sixth most resilient away defence.

Since deposing Jussi Jaaskelainen as the Hammers’ number one back in January,Adrian embarked on a run which saw him earn save points in 15 of his subsequent 20 starts. The Spaniard’s exploits between the posts look set to ensure he remains the club’s number one, while an average of 4.2 ppg is greater than any West Ham outfield player in the season gone by.

New left-back Aaron Cresswell could be a real contender for own affections. The former Ipswich man racked up 14 assists and a couple of goals in the Championship last term and if Big Sam hands him a fair share of set-pieces, Cresswell’s prospects at both ends of the pitch look promising if the Hammers can maintain their resilience at the back. Winston Reid may offer us an under the radar option after an injury-hit campaign curtailed his minutes last term. The Kiwi international started the first 10 Gameweeks but featured in the first XI on just eight more occasions – with a full pre-season behind him this summer, Reid should take his place at the heart of Allardyce’s backline once again.

The Attack

Crystal Palace
With seven goals and a trio of assists last term, Jason Puncheon’s form was vital to Palace’s survival bid. Again, Pulis’ arrival bodes well for the wide man – he had mustered just one assist in the opening 12 league matches before the former Stoke boss officially took the reins in Gameweek 13. Starting 23 of his side’s remaining fixtures, Puncheon averaged 4.5 points per game under Pulis – with six sets of maximum bonus points (and, resultantly, six lots of double-figure hauls) the former Southampton man remains the standout selection for the Eagles.

Dwight Gayle’s remarkable end to the season will have captured the attention of one or two Fantasy managers on the lookout for a cheap third forward. A peripheral figure under Pulis, his late double against Liverpool in the penultimate match of the campaign earned him a start against Fulham in Gameweek 38 – Gayle delivered another double to suggest he could be set to stake a claim for regular game time this term.

Reports in the local press have also piqued our interest. As Pulis prepares to dip into the market for the first time this term, Palace are rumoured to be on the hunt for Gylfi Sigurdsson, Steven Caulker and Fraizer Campbell, potentially offering us some intriguing options in every outfield position.

West Ham
After scoring just 40 goals last term, the Hammers are determined to improve in the final third. On the road, in particular, the London club struggled to find the net and notched just 15 times – only relegated Cardiff and Norwich had poorer records. Allardyce has been tasked with introducing an easier-on-the-eye approach this time around and with the appointment of Teddy Sheringham as attacking coach, there’s optimism that the Hammers could be set for an upturn in fortunes.

Certainly, the arrival of Mauro Zarate is a step in the right direction. The Argentine, who has had previous experience in the English top-flight with Birmingham, arrives on the back of a season where he notched 18 times in 29 league appearances for Atletico Velez Sarsfield and could be set to tuck in behind Andy Carroll up front. Zarate is versatile enough to offer an option out wide but is likely to be afforded a central role as Allardyce restructures his frontline.

In another injury-hit campaign, Carroll managed just two goals and five assists over 15 appearances last term. It remains to be seen just how Allardyce will alter his approach with the big Geordie leading the line, though with Zarate pulling the strings behind, he may finally start to justify the investment. Unless a change of formation is on the cards, the Argentine’s arrival perhaps places question marks over Kevin Nolan’s security of starts and, if Mark Noble retains spot-kicks, he could remain an option in the mid-price bracket once again – the latter produced three goals and six assists last term, with a total of 125 points just six less than Nolan.

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  1. No recovered balls, meh.

    GREAT TO BE BACK! Juhuuuuu! 27 Get in!! :(

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. How are you Chucky!

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      1. Good Thomass :) and what about you ?

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  2. Anyone with an Android device can make a team while waiting.
    At http://www.fantasyiteam.com

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Waiting? Is FPL meant to be going live soon?

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    2. Naaaahhhh

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    3. I'd rather wait.

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  3. What ID does everyone want?

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    1. Don't care. Top 1000 will do.

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    2. 80085 :) 😉

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    3. 104016

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      1. Impossible.

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        1. It's not impossible to want it. 😉

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    4. 1

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    5. 3 digits will do

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    6. 420 😆

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    7. 1111

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    8. 84

      Same as last year.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. I just beat you last year I got 82

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    9. Someone else's with a better credit rating than mine.

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  4. In all fairness I think FPL should really open today.

    In a normal year there's no real date they can set it up for, this year there's been a World Cup. Today should have been the date they've penciled in the release for for a year. They must obviously know people play World Cup fantasy games, so they should have really aimed to get it open today.

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    1. +1

      4am tomorrow still pretty good though

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      1. It has never opened at 4am and never will.

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        1. It's opening at 4am tonight/tomorrow morning. My mate works for FPL.. these 4am rumours started somewhere y'know

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  5. Anyone know how good this Tadic fellow who Soton have signed is? Are people thinking he might be a decent FPL prospect?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Very decent. Can't remember his stats, but I know they're good.

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      1. cheers pal 😀 gonna have a look at those stats now

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        1. very good, he's defo on the radar now

          I still have slight reservations about the quality of the dutch league though

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          1. You do? Why is that?

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            1. A few attacking players who did great in that league (Kezman, Altidore, Alfonso Alves) have come to the premier league and taken a while to adapt (and in a few cases, not adapted at all) in their first season

              Ofc there have been those who have done well in England too, so he's defo still an option

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          2. Have you seen the players who can come from the Dutch league and thrived in the Premier League?

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            1. *have come.

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              1. yeah, but some have failed too, I did say that he's on my radar

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                1. But you get that in every league.

                  • 1 year, 1 month ago
                  1. still dont think the defences in the eredivisie are up there with the top 5 leagues

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  6. Just looked over my McDonald's Fantasy teams for each round... if (admittedly quite a big if) I had played perfect substitutions every round, I would have finished on 890. But I didn't. 826.

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
  7. I Hope that there isn't like 3 million people who make teams then just leave it after one gameweek. Hope we have about 1 million people who will actually play it not just those who just play it for one gameweek. We want a competitive game.

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    1. I bet I lost to thousands of those 'dead' teams last season 😆

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    2. Well that is some false hope right there

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    3. FPLDiscovery did some research on dead teams a few months back. Basically, by then 55% were dead teams, so there were still about 1.5M players.

      http://fpldiscovery.wordpress.com/2014/03/29/dawn-of-the-dead-2/

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  8. Anyone remember Yossi got 2 last year

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  9. is it better to be logged out when the new game debuts?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Better for what?

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      1. to move through quickly and get my ID..doesn't bother me TOO much but would be nice to have a 3 digit one for kicks

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        1. Ahhh. You'll be logged out anyway when it opens up.

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          1. ha, good to know :)

            cheers Major

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    2. The whole site should go into maintenance for a while so it shouldn't matter.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. oh ok, that's good. I thought I would just open up the site on one of these attempts (have made it my home page for now) and it would randomly say 14/15, glad to know it'll be very obvious they've put the transition into motion

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    3. If the last two years are anything to go by, it will be best if I'm logged out all season.

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  10. Anyone think that Cavani actually comes to the Premier League?

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    1. I think he would suit arsenal

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      1. I was actually thinking liverpool

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    2. psg needs to sell a player to buy di maria.

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      1. Why would they sell Cavani to get Di Maria? Makes as much sense as paying €50M for Luiz.

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        1. rules from the financial fair play

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          1. Yes, I am very aware of the rule that they have to sell players before they can buy. Let me add some emphasis:

            Why to sell _Cavani_ to get Di Maria? As opposed to _keeping Cavani_ and _not buying Di Maria_, or selling _Verratti_ and buying Di Maria.

            • 1 year, 1 month ago
            1. And again, it makes as much sense as paying €50M for _David Luiz_.

              The player names are all important here.

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  11. FPL to open at 5pm.

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    1. That's just a lie to keep me at work longer!

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    2. you spelt 4am wrong

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    3. It's 5:49pm here.

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    4. No man, it's open at 4am. A verrrrry trustworthy source gave me the tip off.

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      1. so in 11 hours according to your source?

        that'll be 8 PM here, I'll still be at work..hope you're right haha

        (though I know the 4 AM wind up 😉 )

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  12. I think Suarez has told him how easy it is to score goals here.

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    1. There's no more Norwich though

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  13. Does anyone watch this guy's youtube videos? He was the streaker last night apparently

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTuBf4BrIgE

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. He practically molested some of them girls 😯

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      1. Yeah literally did

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  14. What 3 strikers is everyone thinking?

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    1. Sturridge, Bony, Sanchez

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      1. No rvp I think he will be clinical this season

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    2. RVP Sturridge and Rodriguez when he's fit.

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      1. Agree with Rodriguez

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    3. Rooney, Aguero, Giroud

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    4. RvP, Sanchez, Gomis

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    5. Lukaku plus two

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    6. I don't know yet.

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    7. Van Persie, Sanchez and another.

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  15. 😯

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  16. If anyone wants to they can follow me on Twitter, I'll follow back! - @Sarj_

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. I haven't tweeted for about 2 years but I'll follow you anyway

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  17. So tomorrow it is then

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    1. Why? It's opened at 18:00pm + 22:30pm before.

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  18. Kolarov Man City £5.0

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  19. I just picked up my $200 for winning my McD Fantasy League.

    Thanks for all the help and advice on here guys. I literally could not have done it without you.

    I finished 2nd in our FPL last year, so I'll be on this site daily and looking for top spot.

    Without question, the best of the Fantasy Football websites out there.

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    1. Well Done hopefully you have a good FPL season too!

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    2. On your profile on this site it says your a 'big United fan' but on FPL the person who came second supports Palace...

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Sorry, you miss understood. I finished 2nd in my Mini League, not the entire FPL.

        That would be something! But sadly just a dream.

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      2. Think he's referring to his league rather than overall. How much time have you got?

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        1. 2 minutes.

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      3. You should change your name from 'The Sarjeant' to 'Sherlock'

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    3. Well done!

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    4. Shall we arrange my cut?

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  20. Nice one dude!

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    1. Doh! Fail!

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  21. I can still log into my team from last season so it'll be a while yet.

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  22. For 1-10 GWs, if you fancy, few "not so great" non-H/A rotations 😀
    * NEW-WHM:
    TOT, ast/cry, CRY/SOT, sot/hull, HULL, sto, QPR/swa, LEI/bur, tot
    * HULL-LEI:
    qpr, STO, ast, WHM/lei, new, cry, CRY/BUR, new, swa, SOT/WBA
    * Southampton-WBA:
    SUN, WBA, whm/swa, NEW, tot/swa, BUR/QPR, tot, SUN, STO/CRY, hul/lei

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    1. Is that morse code?

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      1. Not sure, but whatever it is, the formatting of post dont looks good at all 😀
        Will try again tommorow with better format

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        1. 😀

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  23. Who is QPR's #1 keeper?

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    1. Green

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  24. Where can I watch/download season 4 of Suits in high definition?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. kat

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. I can't find it on there

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. Search suits s04e01 720p in google

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          1. Niiiice. Thanks. Now to find episode 2.

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            1. Just change the e01 to e02

              lol

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              1. You are nothing short of a genius Billy Gilmore

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    2. da
      pirate
      bay

      😯

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  25. How many RMT's you hoping to bang out before GW1?

    I'll looking for 200-300.

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    1. 😆

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    2. Liastro is aiming for 4 figures

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      1. Each day 😛

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    3. I'm not going to do a single one

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    4. 0 RMT...but around 8-9 individual suggestions..

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    5. 0 all season.

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  26. Just stared at the player list for a long time before realising it's last season's end prices.

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  27. New Post
  28. Save some goals for the league

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  29. riviere or austin

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Scout Picks

Gameweek 4

  • Butland
  • Richards
  • Skrtel
  • Kolarov
  • Sánchez
  • Mahrez
  • Hazard
  • Ritchie
  • Benteke
  • Aguero
  • Wilson
  • Zouma
  • Chadli
  • Mame Biram Diouf

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Goalkeepers

Last updated: 25 Aug, 2015 12:31pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Butland STO C, Vs
Up Mignolet LIV A, Vs
Up Hart MCI A, Vs
Up Stekelenburg SOT C, Vs
No Change Boruc BOU C, Vs
Up Myhill WBA C, Vs, Rest
Up Courtois CHE C, Vs
Down Ruddy NOR C, Vs
Up Guzan AVL B, Vs
Down Fabianski SWA B

Defenders

Last updated: 24 Aug, 2015 7:10pm
Player Club Factors
Up Kolarov MCI A, Vs, Rest
Up Skrtel LIV A, Vs
Up Francis BOU B, Vs
Up Muniesa STO C, Vs
No Change Cédric Soares SOT C, OoP
Down Darmian MUN A, VsX
Up Richards AVL C
Up Dawson WBA C, Vs
No Change Naughton SWA B
No Change Martin NOR A, Vs
Up Azpilicueta CHE B
No Change Walker TOT C
Down Mertesacker ARS B, Rest
Up Nyom WAT B

Midfielders

Last updated: 24 Aug, 2015 9:01pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Silva MCI A, Vs
No Change Mahrez LEI A, Vs
No Change Sánchez ARS C
Up Ritchie BOU C, Vs
Up Coutinho LIV B, Vs
Up Y Touré MCI A, Vs
No Change André Ayew SWA B, Vs
Up Shaqiri STO B, Vs
Down Payet WHM B, Vs
No Change Redmond NOR A
No Change Hazard CHE C
Up Chadli TOT B
Down Depay MUN C, VsX
Down Mane SOT C, VsX, Inj

Forwards

Last updated: 27 Aug, 2015 10:31am
Player Club Factors
No Change Aguero MCI B, Vs
Up Wilson BOU B, Vs, £
No Change Gomis SWA A, Vs
Up Benteke LIV C, Vs
Up Mame Biram Diouf STO B, Vs
Up Diego Costa CHE B
Down Kane TOT C
No Change Vardy LEI B
Down Pellè SOT C
Down Sakho WHM C, Vs, Inj
Down Lukaku EVE B, VsX
No Change Deeney WAT C, VsX

Selection Factors

A, B, C Current Form
Vs Favourable Fixtures
VsX Unfavourable Fixtures
Rest Rotation Risk
Inj Injured/Returning from Injury
OoP Out of Position
£ Potential Bargain
Sus Suspended/Near Suspension

“All players will blank a few times during the season. When almost all do it in the same Gameweek, it is tough to take, but that's just the dark side of probability.”

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