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Scout Notes

Scout Notes – EFL Cup – Tuesday

Zlatan misses out due to illness, but Manchester United don’t need him as they see off a spirited Hull City in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final tie.

Manchester United 2 Hull 0

United closed in on a February trip to Wembley courtesy of goals from Juan Mata (7.2) and substitute Marouane Fellaini (5.8).

The Spaniard is a frequently chosen one by Mourinho these days and yet his good form – he’s scored or assisted for four consecutive matches – is not apparent in the 2.4% ownership figures.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (9.0) set Mata up before Fellaini probably put the tie out of Hull’s reach from a Matteo Darmian (5.0) assist.

Mourinho’s squad is sufficiently strong that he can sell Morgan Schneiderlin (4.6), leave Michael Carrick (4.3) on the bench and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (11.6) out of the squad altogether and still field a well-balanced side.

The Swede’s surprise absence was put down to illness, which, if not serious, was a timely one as United prepare for a highly significant match with Liverpool on Sunday.

His coach certainly seemed relaxed about it all – much to the relief of Ibrahimovic’s 43.3% ownership – when he spoke post-match.

“Zlatan is ill so I think no problem, I think he will be fine.”

Mourinho also gave the latest on Marcos Rojo (5.2) returning for the Liverpool clash.

“I don’t know [if Rojo will be fit]. Marcos has a muscular problem, not big. I’m not saying he’s not ready to play, I’m saying that I have my doubts.”

Marcus Rashford (6.4) replaced Ibrahimovic as the lone striker but failed to shine, leaving others to test the excellent Eldin Jakupovic (3.9) in the visitors’ goal.

The bargain basement keeper has remained in 19.0% of Fantasy squads despite seeing no league action since Gameweek 5. Under new boss Marco Silva he’s started the last two matches, although both have been cup ties.

If he is to return to the Fantasy radar, however, it will most likely be for save points alone. Much of Hull’s midfield is currently playing in an injury-hit defence that hasn’t kept a clean sheet in 18 Gameweeks and after a home match with Bournemouth at the weekend, the Tigers must face Chelsea, United, Liverpool and Arsenal.

Silva was able to welcome back Harry Maguire to his backline but still has doubts over Michael Dawson (4.4) and Curtis Davies (4.9) ahead of the Cherries meeting. Elsewhere, midfielder Markus Henriksen (4.9) is almost certain to miss the Gameweek 21 meeting after he suffered a shoulder injury in Tuesday’s tie.

Two goals should be enough to take to the KCOM Stadium, allowing Mourinho to rotate ahead of the second leg, which falls between a Gameweek 22 trip to Stoke and the FA Cup fourth round tie with Wigan.

Silva will be hoping to have added to a desperately thin squad by then, with Everton striker Oumar Niasse (5.6) reportedly close to joining them on loan until the end of the season.

Essentially, the result means that United now have one foot in the final, which will take place on February 26 – or Gameweek 26, to you and me.

Should the Old Trafford outfit progress to the Wembley showdown, it is near-certain that they would then face a blank Gameweek 26 – this is all the more significant when you consider they are currently scheduled to face neighbours Manchester City in the league that weekend.

Clearly, such a scenario would have repercussions for those holding both Ibrahimovic and Sergio Aguero (12.8), forcing us to freshen up our three-man frontlines, with both Manchester sides then afforded a double Gameweek apiece somewhere down the line.

Manchester United XI: De Gea, Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Darmian, Herrera, Pogba, Mata (Fellaini 79), Rooney (Martial 59), Mkhitaryan (Lingard 71), Rashford.
Subs not used: Romero, Carrick, Blind, Fosu-Mensah, .

Hull City XI: Jakupovic, Huddlestone, Maguire, Robertson, Meyler, Mason, Clucas, Tymon (Weir 90+1), Snodgrass, Henriksen (Hernández 19), Diomande (Maloney 74).
Subs not used: Marshall, Bowen, Clackstone.

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  1. CC FashanuZealand
    10 months, 15 days ago

    QUIZ

    Premier league (past and present) surnames:

    1. Negative answer to a metalworker
    2. A marsupial leg joint
    3. Remove Coca-Cola receptacle to the sound of a donkey
    4. A street light that fancies himself in a fight
    5. Flamboyant musical instrument
    6. e.g Arsenal's perennial league finish
    7. Be quiet, Mick!
    8. I'll take that Loch monster to court!
    9. Unlocks a weapon
    10. Domestic cat inherits plenty of money

    1. jarvish - Fashanu Zealand -…
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      10 months, 15 days ago

      1) Naysmith?

    2. GreenWind101Million
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      10 months, 15 days ago

      1. Naysmith
      2. Rooney
      3. Di Canio (???)
      4. Lampard
      5.
      6.
      7. Shcmeichel
      8. Souness
      9.
      10.

      1. CC FashanuZealand
        10 months, 15 days ago

        V Good.

      2. Jafooli
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        10 months, 15 days ago

        Souness, like it.....

    3. jarvish - Fashanu Zealand -…
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      10 months, 15 days ago

      4) Lampard

    4. Jafooli
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      10 months, 15 days ago

      9. Safety Catch

      1. Jafooli
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        10 months, 15 days ago

        Not sure who he plays/played for.

          1. Jafooli
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            10 months, 15 days ago

            😀 great scene...

    5. GreenWind101Million
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      10 months, 15 days ago

      9. Cox

      1. CC FashanuZealand
        10 months, 15 days ago

        Nope.

        1. GreenWind101Million
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          10 months, 15 days ago

          Ooooh. Wasn't convinced but it seemed to fit in an unsatisfying way 🙂

          1. CC FashanuZealand
            10 months, 15 days ago

            Yeah, it's probably better than the real answer 🙂

    6. Moin
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      10 months, 15 days ago

      5. Flamini

    7. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 15 days ago

      10. Miss Pussymoney

      1. CC FashanuZealand
        10 months, 15 days ago

        You mean Raheem Sterling?

        1. Jafooli
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          10 months, 15 days ago

          😛

    8. CC FashanuZealand
      10 months, 15 days ago

      Correct answers so far:

      1. Naismith (Nay, smith)
      2. Rooney (Roo knee)
      3. Di Canio (de-can eehooh) - bit rubbish that one, soz.
      4. Lampard (Lamp 'ard)
      5.
      6.
      7. Shmeicel (Shhh, Michael)
      8. Souness (Sue Ness)

      1. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        10 months, 15 days ago

        Er, 9 & 10 also?

    9. BoomBoomShacktheroom
      10 months, 15 days ago

      10. Maloney?

      1. CC FashanuZealand
        10 months, 15 days ago

        No.

    10. Il Papera
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      10 months, 15 days ago

      4. Lampard
      7. Schmeichel
      8. Souness

      1. CC FashanuZealand
        10 months, 15 days ago

        Correct.

      2. Il Papera
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        10 months, 15 days ago

        Late to the party!

        1. CC FashanuZealand
          10 months, 15 days ago

          I believe you 😉

    11. Jafooli
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      10 months, 15 days ago

      9. Is some Danish or Swede right?

      Something-something-gunn?

      1. CC FashanuZealand
        10 months, 15 days ago

        Oooohhh...

        1. Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          10 months, 15 days ago

          Close?

          1. Jafooli
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            10 months, 15 days ago

            Or .....gunnson?

          2. CC FashanuZealand
            10 months, 15 days ago

            Klose? No.

            You weren't far off before though 😉

            1. Jafooli
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              10 months, 15 days ago

              Keygunnson?

              1. Jafooli
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                10 months, 15 days ago

                Or Korean?

                Ki-son-gun?

                That a player?

              2. CC FashanuZealand
                10 months, 15 days ago

                Amazingly, you're even closer!

              3. GreenWind101Million
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                10 months, 15 days ago

                Keegan?!

                1. CC FashanuZealand
                  10 months, 15 days ago

                  Yes!

                2. Jafooli
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                  10 months, 15 days ago

                  😆

                  1. GreenWind101Million
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                    10 months, 15 days ago

                    You be Jermain Defoe, I'll be David Nugent https://youtu.be/ujijaZHneJQ?t=53s

                    1. Jafooli
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                      10 months, 15 days ago

                      😛 😎

                    2. CC FashanuZealand
                      10 months, 15 days ago

                      😆

                3. jarvish - Fashanu Zealand -…
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                  10 months, 15 days ago

                  When did he play PL?

                  1. Jafooli
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    10 months, 15 days ago

                    This, recount, quiz is null & void.

                    Money back please.....

                  2. GreenWind101Million
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                    10 months, 15 days ago

                    Who says they played? 🙂

                    Same goes for Souness to be fair.

                    1. jarvish - Fashanu Zealand -…
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                      10 months, 15 days ago

                      Ha - I fell victim to the first rule of taking exams - "read the question properly"

                  3. CC FashanuZealand
                    10 months, 15 days ago

                    Play??

      2. GreenWind101Million
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        10 months, 15 days ago

        Yeah, I was trying to make Gunnarsson work but if it does I can't figure it out.

        1. CC FashanuZealand
          10 months, 15 days ago

          Not Gunnarsson.

    12. Moin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 15 days ago

      9. Gudmundsson

      1. Moin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        10 months, 15 days ago

        or Gundogan

    13. Lawrø - KenYaYa ⭐
      10 months, 15 days ago

      10. Fellaini

      Bit of a punt!

      1. CC FashanuZealand
        10 months, 15 days ago

        No, sorry!

        He is a bit obscure I suppose...

        1. Lawrø - KenYaYa ⭐
          10 months, 15 days ago

          I was thinking Feline fused with Heir...

          1. CC FashanuZealand
            10 months, 15 days ago

            Wow, good thinking!

    14. CC FashanuZealand
      10 months, 15 days ago

      1. Naismith (Nay, smith)
      2. Rooney (Roo knee)
      3. Di Canio (de-can eehooh) - bit rubbish that one, soz.
      4. Lampard (Lamp 'ard)
      5.
      6.
      7. Shmeicel (Shhh, Michael)
      8. Souness (Sue Ness)
      9. Keegan (Key gun)

    15. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 15 days ago

      10. Puscash? Or however you spell him....

      1. CC FashanuZealand
        10 months, 15 days ago

        Nah.

      2. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        10 months, 15 days ago

        Puskas(h)

        1. CC FashanuZealand
          10 months, 15 days ago

          It's good, but it's not right!

      3. CC FashanuZealand
        10 months, 15 days ago

        Croatian.

        1. GreenWind101Million
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          10 months, 15 days ago

          Petric!

          1. Jafooli
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            10 months, 15 days ago

            Another assist 😎

          2. CC FashanuZealand
            10 months, 15 days ago

            Boom.

          3. jarvish - Fashanu Zealand -…
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            10 months, 15 days ago

            Nice one - I was on Moggiric and Pussiric

    16. Moin
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      10 months, 15 days ago

      10. Funes Mori

      1. CC FashanuZealand
        10 months, 15 days ago

        Nope.

        1. Moin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          10 months, 15 days ago

          is 5 related to guitar or drums?

          1. CC FashanuZealand
            10 months, 15 days ago

            No.

            A single note instrument.

            1. jarvish - Fashanu Zealand -…
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              10 months, 15 days ago

              Campbell

              1. Moin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                10 months, 15 days ago

                Brilliant

              2. CC FashanuZealand
                10 months, 15 days ago

                Correct!

              3. GreenWind101Million
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                10 months, 15 days ago

                Ah, nice! I was really struggling to find a suitable synonym for flamboyant!

              4. Jafooli
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                10 months, 15 days ago

                Sweet deal....well played Jarvish...

    17. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 15 days ago

      Which one we still to get?

    18. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 15 days ago

      5. Flowery Bagpipes

      1. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        10 months, 15 days ago

        Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen

    19. CC FashanuZealand
      10 months, 15 days ago

      1. Naismith (Nay, smith)
      2. Rooney (Roo knee)
      3. Di Canio (de-can eehooh) - bit rubbish that one, soz.
      4. Lampard (Lamp 'ard)
      5.
      6.
      7. Shmeicel (Shhh, Michael)
      8. Souness (Sue Ness)
      9.
      10. Petric (Pet rich)

      1. CC FashanuZealand
        10 months, 15 days ago

        1. Naismith (Nay, smith)
        2. Rooney (Roo knee)
        3. Di Canio (de-can eehooh) - bit rubbish that one, soz.
        4. Lampard (Lamp 'ard)
        5.
        6.
        7. Shmeicel (Shhh, Michael)
        8. Souness (Sue Ness)
        9. Keegan (Key gun)
        10. Petric (Pet rich)

      2. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        10 months, 15 days ago

        9. Keegan?

        1. CC FashanuZealand
          10 months, 15 days ago

          😆

          I'm all of a muddle.

          It's now:

          1. Naismith (Nay, smith)
          2. Rooney (Roo knee)
          3. Di Canio (de-can eehooh) - bit rubbish that one, soz.
          4. Lampard (Lamp 'ard)
          5. Campbell (Camp bell)
          6.
          7. Shmeicel (Shhh, Michael)
          8. Souness (Sue Ness)
          9. Keegan (Key gun)
          10. Petric (Pet rich)

    20. Moin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 15 days ago

      6. Forshaw

      1. CC FashanuZealand
        10 months, 15 days ago

        Nope.

        1. jarvish - Fashanu Zealand -…
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          10 months, 15 days ago

          Is it Arsenal-specific or a dig at Arsenal?

          1. CC FashanuZealand
            10 months, 15 days ago

            It's a dig.

            1. GreenWind101Million
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              10 months, 15 days ago

              Danny Shittu 😉

      2. Jafooli
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        10 months, 15 days ago

        That's the fella....just pipped me, well played Moin...

      3. Professor Abel X
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        10 months, 15 days ago

        Or Forster

    21. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 15 days ago

      6. Fourth-es-que

      Or something like that?

      1. GreenWind101Million
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        10 months, 15 days ago

        Forster
        Forlan
        Fjortoft

        Hmm...

        1. Lawrø - KenYaYa ⭐
          10 months, 15 days ago

          Shawcross
          Surman

          *clutches at straws*

      2. CC FashanuZealand
        10 months, 15 days ago

        Nah.

        The 'e.g' is key here...

        1. jarvish - Fashanu Zealand -…
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          10 months, 15 days ago

          Foursomes

        2. GreenWind101Million
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          10 months, 15 days ago

          Ah, must be Billy Likeforth then.

          1. CC FashanuZealand
            10 months, 15 days ago

            That's good but not right.

            1. jarvish - Fashanu Zealand -…
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              10 months, 15 days ago

              Is that sarcasm or is it genuinely close?

              1. CC FashanuZealand
                10 months, 15 days ago

                It's funny but not close.

          2. CC FashanuZealand
            10 months, 15 days ago

            This one isn't quite the same style as the others so can see why it's thrown you.

            1. jarvish - Fashanu Zealand -…
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              10 months, 15 days ago

              *prepares for groan*

              1. CC FashanuZealand
                10 months, 15 days ago

                Would be a poor ending to all of this...

        3. Lawrø - KenYaYa ⭐
          10 months, 15 days ago

          Defour...

          1. CC FashanuZealand
            10 months, 15 days ago

            Nope.

    22. FrankieTheGent
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      10 months, 15 days ago

      6 = 4 Example

      1. CC FashanuZealand
        10 months, 15 days ago

        Too clever for me - no.

        1. FrankieTheGent
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          10 months, 15 days ago

          But....... the "e.g." !

          How about 4ever ?

    23. AA33 - CW Organiser and Tea…
      10 months, 15 days ago

      6) Fer?

      1. CC FashanuZealand
        10 months, 15 days ago

        No, sorry.

    24. CC FashanuZealand
      10 months, 15 days ago

      I'll give a partial answer:

      6. e.g Arsenal's perennial league finish

      =

      e.g. Fourth

      1. Jafooli
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        10 months, 15 days ago

        Given

      2. GreenWind101Million
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        10 months, 15 days ago

        Trying desperately to remember a player called 'Ordinal'...

        1. CC FashanuZealand
          10 months, 15 days ago

          On the right lines!!

    25. Jafooli
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      10 months, 15 days ago

      Given

      1. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        10 months, 15 days ago

        😎

        1. CC FashanuZealand
          10 months, 15 days ago

          What the clue is pointing to is in Scotland...

          1. GreenWind101Million
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            10 months, 15 days ago

            Bridge!

            Can you believe I thought of the Firth of Forth but didn't think of bridge 😳

            1. CC FashanuZealand
              10 months, 15 days ago

              Hallelujah!

            2. Jafooli
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              10 months, 15 days ago

              Wow,was never getting that one...

      2. CC FashanuZealand
        10 months, 15 days ago

        I think I can see where you're coming from...

    26. Pap Le Cissier (Sons & …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 15 days ago

      6 defour

      1. Pap Le Cissier (Sons & …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        10 months, 15 days ago

        Just seen its already a no

    27. CC FashanuZealand
      10 months, 15 days ago

      1. Naismith (Nay, smith)
      2. Rooney (Roo knee)
      3. Di Canio (de-can eehooh) - bit rubbish that one, soz.
      4. Lampard (Lamp 'ard)
      5. Campbell (Camp bell)
      6. Bridge ((Fourth) bridge)
      7. Shmeicel (Shhh, Michael)
      8. Souness (Sue Ness)
      9. Keegan (Key gun)
      10. Petric (Pet rich)

      1. CC FashanuZealand
        10 months, 15 days ago

        Congratulations Greenwindmill, 8 correct answers.

        2 correct for Jarvish and a couple of wonderful assists from Jafooli.

        1. GreenWind101Million
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          10 months, 15 days ago

          Nice one, enjoyed that! Always better when these things can't be googled 🙂

  2. RustyBz
    10 months, 15 days ago

    A further hit required here? Few yellow flags and dodgy subs...

    Jaku;

    Holebas*, Chambers, Alonso;

    Sanchez(C), Hazard, Lallana, Phillips;

    Giroud(VC), Ibra, Costa;

    Foster, Evans*, De Roon, Amat 0.3ITB

    ---

    Moves probably going to be Origi + Smith to Giroud + Chambers

    1. Kevin de Blanke
      10 months, 15 days ago

      I like that move

    2. Johnny 8
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      10 months, 15 days ago

      Sound moves. Further hit not required.

  3. Kevin de Blanke
    10 months, 15 days ago

    My defence is in trouble...need some advise:

    Alonso - Baines - Pieters - Aké - Evans

    Lallana - Sanchez - Alli - Phillips - de Roon

    Ibra - Giroud - Costa

    1. RustyBz
      10 months, 15 days ago

      Ake -> Chambers/Smith

      1. Kevin de Blanke
        10 months, 15 days ago

        Yes that might be good...

    2. UnitedFan
      10 months, 15 days ago

      I'm keeping Ake until we know more. I actually did Alonso to Walker this week. Spurs can match Chelsea's CS tally, if not better it They've only conceded one goal more than Chelsea. Plus Walker has about the same attacking potential from wing-back too.

      1. Kevin de Blanke
        10 months, 15 days ago

        So Walker is playing wingback?

        1. RustyBz
          10 months, 15 days ago

          Doubt it - plays like one though

          1. UnitedFan
            10 months, 15 days ago

            He does, they've been playing 3 at the back for a while now. Look below.

            1. RustyBz
              10 months, 15 days ago

              They only switched to 3 at the back for games vs the likes of City, Chelsea, etc no?

              1. UnitedFan
                10 months, 15 days ago

                No, they've been pretty consistent with it actually. Can't remember what game they changed to it though.

        2. UnitedFan
          10 months, 15 days ago

          Yeah, as is Rose. They set up in a 3421 as:

          Lloris
          Dier Toby Vert
          Walker Dembele Wanyama Rose
          Eriksen Alli
          Kane

          I went Walker over Rose for better Baps potential and Rose is 2 yellows away from a 2 game ban.

          1. Kevin de Blanke
            10 months, 15 days ago

            And Rose get rested more often

      2. Kevin de Blanke
        10 months, 15 days ago

        I'm also tempted to wait on Ake...he can be a bench warmer until we know more...If he get starts, he's gonna shine in Conte's formation (a 4.4 defender who plays like a winger, I'm all in)

        1. UnitedFan
          10 months, 15 days ago

          If it happens, it's the greatest FPL bargain ever. Just don't tell all the casuals that are getting rid.

      3. jayzico
        10 months, 15 days ago

        +1 me too

  4. VizziJ
    10 months, 15 days ago

    Hello fellas!

    Degea
    Rose-Holebas-Stones (Evans, Kinglsey)
    Sanchez-Lallana-Phillips-Snodgrass (Hojbjerg)
    Ibra-Kane-Origi

    1.7itb
    1ft!

    Im thinking about WC, but not until next week, so this week is it worth a hit or just wait out?

    A) Origi to Defoe
    B) Origi and Stones to Monreal and Wilson/Gray (-4)
    C) Origi and Stones to Giroud and Chambers (-4)
    D) Origi and Stones to Daniels and Wilson
    E) WC

    1. Balance
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 15 days ago

      A for me, not worth a hit to ship Stones

  5. Internal Error
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    10 months, 15 days ago

    Everton have made a £10.5m bid for Ishak Belfodil. His stats look pretty poor

    1. Moin
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      10 months, 15 days ago

      More than what West Ham have bid for Robert Snodgrass 😆 😆

      1. RustyBz
        10 months, 15 days ago

        West Ham are a joke. Someone tweeted they're gonna bid 700k and some jellied eels for Messi 😆

        1. Moin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          10 months, 15 days ago

          hahaha 😆

        2. The Rock
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          10 months, 15 days ago

          Somebody should put in a bid of 3.5m for Payet and see how they like it 🙂

      2. greghammer95 - Matagascar
        10 months, 15 days ago

        As a West Ham fan its a tad embarrassing, we're the 17th most valuable club in Europe ffs!

        However, I can see what the board are doing, whatever we offered for Snodgrass we'd be told to up it. The rate we're going though it'll take us about 12 years to get up to a reasonable offer.

        1. RustyBz
          10 months, 15 days ago

          Hull may as well pack up their bags and go home to the Championship if they sell Snodgrass.

    2. Grand Thibauto
      10 months, 15 days ago

      10.5M=1.5M these days

  6. Grand Thibauto
    10 months, 15 days ago

    Diego Costa: Has scored or assisted more goals (31) than any other player in the Premier League since the start of 2016!

    Hopefully 2017 will be like that as well for him.

    1. RustyBz
      10 months, 15 days ago

      Best striker in the league.

      1. The Rock
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        10 months, 15 days ago

        Aguero is still the best.

        1. RustyBz
          10 months, 15 days ago

          Right now, he's not even 2nd best

          1. UnitedFan
            10 months, 15 days ago

            Still the best overall though. But yeah Ibra and Costa ahead on this season's form.

          2. The Rock
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            10 months, 15 days ago

            Even though Aguero has been in poor form he's still got 11 goals this season, and in just 1141 minutes.

            Costa has 14 in 1676.

            Form is temporary. Aguero is the best striker in the league.

            1. Grand Thibauto
              10 months, 15 days ago

              7 assists for Costa however

              1. The Rock
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                10 months, 15 days ago

                He's certainly in better form than Aguero so far this season, i'm not denying that.

                But if you're judging players on form only, surely Deli Alli is the best player in the world?

                1. Grand Thibauto
                  10 months, 15 days ago

                  I never even pointed Costa is the best in the league. I just showed a stat showing how he has the most involvement the whole year. But he is getting better than Aguero and under Conte is turning out to be a beast of a player.

                  1. The Rock
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    10 months, 15 days ago

                    Yep, he's had great 2016 for sure. And it should continue this year looking at how Chelsea are playing.

          3. Professor Abel X
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            10 months, 15 days ago

            Form is temporary, class is permanent

            1. RustyBz
              10 months, 15 days ago

              🙄

              1. Professor Abel X
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                10 months, 15 days ago

                It's not as if Aguero has stopped scoring goals. If he had played the same minutes as Costa he would comfortably top the scoring charts,

        2. Grand Thibauto
          10 months, 15 days ago

          Not under Pep, no

          1. The Rock
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            10 months, 15 days ago

            Exactly, it's the manager.

            If I took over Barcelona and played Messi in goals I guess he wouldn't be the best player anymore.

            1. Professor Abel X
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              10 months, 15 days ago

              Is it Peps fault Aguero got himself suspended twice?

              1. The Rock
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                10 months, 15 days ago

                Nope, but are we really going to talk about Discipline when discussing Costa?

                1. Professor Abel X
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  10 months, 15 days ago

                  Haha! My point is that the only reason Aguero is not top of the charts is because of his own ill discipline. He's still the best striker in the league

                  1. The Rock
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    10 months, 15 days ago

                    Yep, good point, if he played the same minutes as Costa, then he would have scored more goals i believe.

                    That his own fault + Pep when he benched him.

            2. Grand Thibauto
              10 months, 15 days ago

              Yes, I definitely agree it's the manager. He is not using Aguero well. He just have to realize he is no False Nine and change his play around Aguero instead of the midfielders.

              1. The Rock
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                10 months, 15 days ago

                I think Pep is finally beginning to realize that.

                Aguero still my pick to be top goalscorer this season.

                1. Grand Thibauto
                  10 months, 15 days ago

                  Let's see. Doubt it considering the gametime he will get should be fairly limited if City is to fire all cylinders in the cups and most importantly the Champions League.

  7. Bandwagon Junkie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    10 months, 15 days ago

    So already used my FT to Giroud in for Carroll
    I have no Spurs cover and contemplating doing Alli/Eriksen for Hazard (-4)

    Would you remove Hazard for a Spurs Mid?

    1. Johnny 8
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 15 days ago

      Not with Hull coming up.

    2. Kevin de Blanke
      10 months, 15 days ago

      Wait until after the Hull game, then def. do Haz to Alli

    3. Toure The Route
      10 months, 15 days ago

      Not now for a hit
      WBA will put on a very organized defence, pulis should be working extra hard this week on his favourite things to do to nick a draw.

  8. Prokoptas
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    10 months, 15 days ago

    I'm planning to get Coutinho back in next week for Swansea if he's looking sharp-ish...thoughts on this as a strategy?

    Heaton, Pickford
    Rose, Alonso, Brunt (Jones, Lenihan)
    Sanchez Eriksen Coutinho Phillips (Capoue)
    Ibrahimovic Lukaku Defoe

    1. Prokoptas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 15 days ago

      Could also keep Costa instead of Lukaku, but that would mean downgrading one of Rose/Alonso to a 5.0 DEF.

  9. RustyBz
    10 months, 15 days ago

    This can't be true?

    United have scored 6 offside goals (which stood) in last 4 home games. Outrageous

    1. Moin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 15 days ago

      I only remember the Mkhitaryan one

      1. RustyBz
        10 months, 15 days ago

        off the top of my head, Mata last night, Ibra vs West Ham, that Pogba one which was a hand ball and offside

    2. Internal Error
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 15 days ago

      it is.

    3. BrooklynGooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 15 days ago

      I did see a headline claiming that Mourinho has started to channel Fergie. 🙂

    4. Grand Thibauto
      10 months, 15 days ago

      Howard Webb's ghost is probably back

    5. Toure The Route
      10 months, 15 days ago

      It's true

    6. Legend of Kage ⚔
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 15 days ago

      Where did you see this Rusty?

  10. I Member
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    10 months, 15 days ago

    What are Pickford owners doing?

    1. Moin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 15 days ago

      Playing Heaton every week

      1. Sess!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        10 months, 15 days ago

        This

    2. Adam West
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 15 days ago

      Playing him every week .

    3. wheato
      10 months, 15 days ago

      Foster every week until I have a spare transfer (WC)

      1. I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        10 months, 15 days ago

        Yeah I think this is what I'll be doing. Don't really want to lose value on him but probably not worth a FT to get rid. Would most likely want him back when he returns anyway.

    4. Kevin de Blanke
      10 months, 15 days ago

      Loosing

  11. Henry Hill
    10 months, 15 days ago

    Liverpool "demanding" £20 million for Sakho. Considering they paid less for him and haven't included him in their first team activities in nearly a year where are they getting that figure from ??

    1. UnitedFan
      10 months, 15 days ago

      Out of their arses

    2. Grand Thibauto
      10 months, 15 days ago

      20M=5M these days

    3. Internal Error
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 15 days ago

      Didnt Everton just pay £24mil for Schneiderlin?

      1. The Rock
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        10 months, 15 days ago

        And what's your point?

        1. Internal Error
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          10 months, 15 days ago

          similar situation, although Sakho is purely out of the team because of his attitude. He is Liverpool's best CB

          1. UnitedFan
            10 months, 15 days ago

            Matip surely, no?

            1. Internal Error
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              10 months, 15 days ago

              Matip is good but Sakho is better IMO. If Sakho didn't act like a twit during the summer, they would have been our first choice CB's

              1. The Rock
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                10 months, 15 days ago

                So many mistakes in Sakho. Not sure if I agree that he's Liverpool's best defender.

                And certainly not worth 20m.

                1. Internal Error
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  10 months, 15 days ago

                  How many mistakes lead to goals?

          2. Henry Hill
            10 months, 15 days ago

            He's an immature loon, the Balotelli of centre halfs.

            1. Internal Error
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              10 months, 15 days ago

              yep. A man baby

    4. greghammer95 - Matagascar
      10 months, 15 days ago

      Inflation. Brexit. Economic words.

    5. Toure The Route
      10 months, 15 days ago

      They don't need to sell him for cheap to someone like West ham or Swansea for example for whom he would be a key player.
      Has experience in the premier league too .
      Probably 15 mil they will settle but no point selling him even if he hasn't played in a year. Will come good as a rotation option over Klavan for sure.

  12. TheBusDriver
    10 months, 15 days ago

    Did anyone notice that yesterday Valencia crossed with his left foot? First time I've seen him do that.

    1. Toure The Route
      10 months, 15 days ago

      Done that a few rare times in 2016 .
      Was shocked when he did it for the first time though haha

  13. TaiwanHC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    10 months, 15 days ago

    GTG?

    Azp - Cedric - Holebas
    Lallana - Alli - Sanchez (C) - Stanislas
    Ibra - Costa - Rondon

    Foster, Phillips, Jones, Amat

  14. bros
    10 months, 15 days ago

    Can you use your WC chip at the same time as your bench boost?

    Thanks

    1. Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 15 days ago

      No. Lots of casuals got burned last year.

      1. bros
        10 months, 15 days ago

        Cheers

  15. BrooklynGooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    10 months, 15 days ago

    Thoughts on Schneiderlin to Everton? Not an interesting FPL asset in himself, but curious on his impact on Lukaku and Everton CS potential. Everton have a nice run of fixtures after Man City, and neither of their GW 26 or 28 matches will be blanked because of the cups.

    1. The Rock
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 15 days ago

      Should help improve Everton's defense, was very good for Southampton.

      Never really got a fair chance at Utd I feel.

    2. Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 15 days ago

      He is not a holding DM so Everton will be making a huge mistake if they play him there. Play him at CM as a B2B mid with a holding mid behind him and he will thrive.

      1. Internal Error
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        10 months, 15 days ago

        I assume Koeman trying to replicate what he did with Wanyama at southampton, using Gueye. They should play diamond with Schneiderlin infront of Gueye

    3. Toure The Route
      10 months, 15 days ago

      Should help Everton both ways
      He can be a box to box or a playmaker from deep with more defensive duties if he has to, did both of that for Southampton in spells If im right.
      United culled out his attacking potential totally, had quite a few goals in him too, expect to see that for Everton next season

  16. Kevin de Blanke
    10 months, 15 days ago

    Most overrated player of the year award? (in FPL)

    Pogba?

    1. TheBusDriver
      10 months, 15 days ago

      aguero

    2. Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 15 days ago

      Pogba? 2 goals and 2 assists in his last 5. Hitting the post every game. If anything he is being underrated.

      1. Kevin de Blanke
        10 months, 15 days ago

        He's being outscored by a lot of mids that cost less or the sam though

        All of these before I even starrt thinking about getting Pogba:

        Phillips
        Sterling
        Lallana
        Coutinho
        Alli
        Sigurdsson
        Antonio

        1. Team Cruel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          10 months, 15 days ago

          Lol. Sterling, Lallana, Antonio before Pogba? You need to look at actual stats, not who has scored most so far.

          1. Kevin de Blanke
            10 months, 15 days ago

            I still put my money on Sterling, Coutinho, Allli and Lallana to outscore Pogba the rest of the season

          2. Kevin de Blanke
            10 months, 15 days ago

            No stats are not important...in FPL points is the only language

        2. Scholes Balls
          10 months, 15 days ago

          All of these are attacking midfielders, while Pogba is a CM. Also, he has hit the post 7 times this season.

          1. Internal Error
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            10 months, 15 days ago

            lallana is playing in a similar role to Pogba this season.

          2. Kevin de Blanke
            10 months, 15 days ago

            Him playing CM is not relevant...

    3. Sess!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 15 days ago

      Aguero

    4. BrooklynGooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 15 days ago

      aguero

    5. Parm
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 15 days ago

      Stones 100%

      1. Sess!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        10 months, 15 days ago

        Ok, he wins.

    6. Sailboats
      10 months, 15 days ago

      John Stones

    7. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 15 days ago

      Simply has to be Stones.

      1. Kevin de Blanke
        10 months, 15 days ago

        Ah i forgot about Stones...

    8. Grand Thibauto
      10 months, 15 days ago

      If this season,
      Bravo
      Stones Cedric Alderweireld
      Martial Payet Mahrez Mata Arnautovic
      Aguero Vardy

      1. Toure The Route
        10 months, 15 days ago

        Nice 11 there thibauto

        1. Grand Thibauto
          10 months, 15 days ago

          Its a shame but I wasted two FT's on Stones

      2. The Rock
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        10 months, 15 days ago

        Well summed up GT.

        Vardy, Mahrez, Payet have been massive flops this year.

      3. Scholes Balls
        10 months, 15 days ago

        Alderweireld has been injured for a significant part of the season, he is still a very good defender

  17. Salah Fingers
    10 months, 15 days ago

    Ake and Benteke to Chambers and Defoe?

    1. Sess!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 15 days ago

      Love it. Maybe friend over chambers. Chambers if you want to be ultra sure though.

      1. Salah Fingers
        10 months, 15 days ago

        Thanks!

      2. Salah Fingers
        10 months, 15 days ago

        I could do Jones and Benteke to Chambers and Giroud, is that any better?

    2. UnitedFan
      10 months, 15 days ago

      I wouldn't get rid of Ake until we know more, but yeah good moves.

  18. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    10 months, 15 days ago

    Afternoon all. How am I looking?
    Mannone
    Azpi McAuley Smith* Amat Pieters
    Haz Alli Eriksen Phillips Allen
    Costa Giroud Ibra
    0.6 itb

    1. The Rock
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 15 days ago

      No Sanchez is a worry but you do have Giroud.

      What about Allen to Stanislas?

  19. McQueen
    10 months, 15 days ago

    Please choose one.

    A Ake to Rose
    B Ake & Capoue to Daniels & Stanislas (-4)
    C Ake & Negredo to Chambers & Giroud (-4)

    Thanks.

    1. S.Agueroooooo
      10 months, 15 days ago

      Wait to hear more on Ake from the pressers first

      1. McQueen
        10 months, 15 days ago

        Waiting for pressers of course. Will wait with my transfer until then. Cheers.

    2. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 15 days ago

      C for me.

      1. McQueen
        10 months, 15 days ago

        Thanks bud, cheers.

    3. UnitedFan
      10 months, 15 days ago

      A with Walker instead if you can afford it.

      1. McQueen
        10 months, 15 days ago

        I can but would rather go Rose even with his 8 YCs as he's more dangerous.

        Thanks.

        1. UnitedFan
          10 months, 15 days ago

          Are you sure?

          Yes, he's more dangerous but it will be 2 games he misses, not 1. Also, Walker has better Baps potential.

          1. McQueen
            10 months, 15 days ago

            Had Walker for 14 GWs and I like the guy, but Rose has more potential, that's what I'm going for. He's not gonna get a YC every game. With some set pieces now and playing as a midfielder like, I'm taking my chances.

            Thanks for your input though. Appreciate it.

      2. TLF
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        10 months, 15 days ago

        Is it the yellow card issue that has led you to opt for Walker over Rose ? I'm considering Ake to Rose in a couple of weeks if Ake is just warming the bench as expected. Rose looks so attacking at the moment and I feel like I'm willing to risk the suspension. If he gets another yellow against WB I may reconsider though !

    4. Kevin de Blanke
      10 months, 15 days ago

      A

  20. S.Agueroooooo
    10 months, 15 days ago

    Grant, (Pickford)
    Walker, Alonso, Holebas, (Brunt, Amat)
    Sanchez, Hazard, Eriksen, Phillips, (De roon)
    Ibra, Costa, Origi

    1.5m itb, 1FT

    Considering holding and going 352 with cout in for de-roon?

    1. Kevin de Blanke
      10 months, 15 days ago

      Sounds good, but expect Origi to go -0.2m a week for the next gameweeks

      1. S.Agueroooooo
        10 months, 15 days ago

        Can pull the trigger on Sat but Origi will fall before then and that price drop does effect me.. could well be origi > defoe

  21. arkom
    10 months, 15 days ago

    My keepers are Grant and Randolph.

    Column brother comment: "No point having Randolph. Jaku will do a similar job for 0.4m less."

    I think Randolph playing Jaku not? So then I can use rotation subject to fixtures..

    Which one of us is wrong?

    1. The Rock
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 15 days ago

      Jaku has played the last 2 cup games so might be first choice again, but we should know after this weekends game.

      I'd rather have Grant and Randolph and rotate though.

    2. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 15 days ago

      We're not sure on Jaku. Rumour is the new boss likes him and could get back the no 1 spot.

    3. Toure The Route
      10 months, 15 days ago

      Grant probably only goes well with rotation , risky to trust him alone . That said Grant plus Randolph .
      Hull are horrible but west ham can nick those clean sheets at home very unexpectedly .

    4. Toure The Route
      10 months, 15 days ago

      Rotating grant with Jaku doesn't seem like saving 0.4
      More like being extra miserly .

  22. Salah Fingers
    10 months, 15 days ago

    A or B:

    A - Ake & Benteke to Chambers & Defoe

    B - Jones & Benteke to Chambers & Giroud

  23. jayzico
    10 months, 15 days ago

    Ibra (c) anyone?

    1. Mirkatldn
      10 months, 15 days ago

      Yep, he's mine.

  24. I Member
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    10 months, 15 days ago

    Who is the pick of the Spurs defenders? Is Alderweireld flying under the radar somewhat? Only 0.2 more than Walker and 0.3 more than Rose. Less likely to be rotated and not at risk of a suspension. I'd say Rose was the best option if he wasn't on 8 yellows but with that in mind I think I'm leaning towards Toby as my Alonso replacement when/if the time comes.

    1. Mirkatldn
      10 months, 15 days ago

      Rose best pick atm

    2. Kevin de Blanke
      10 months, 15 days ago

      If not Rose, I'd rather have Walker than Alder

  25. balint84
    10 months, 15 days ago

    Will Nyom start for west brom?

    1. Netley O'Lucas Ibeland
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 15 days ago

      The clearance issue? Wait to see what TP says, think he's okay but wait.

  26. Mirkatldn
    10 months, 15 days ago

    Worried about my GK/defence. Tried to spread out across teams as much as poss. Any suggestions?

    Randoph/Mannone
    Chambers/Klavan/FMori/Kelly/McAuley
    Sanchez/Alli/Lallana/Phillips/DeRoon
    Giroud/Costa/Zlatan

    Ta

    1. Mind över Mata
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 15 days ago

      Not strong enough. I'd downgrade Giroud to Defoe and use the money to upgrade the defence.

  27. Tshelby
    10 months, 15 days ago

    A or B?

    A)

    Jaku, Hennessey
    Chambers, Baines, Evans, Ward, Jones
    Lallana, Alli, Sanchez, Stanislas, De Roon
    Lukaku, Costa, Ibra

    B)

    Pickford, Hennessey
    Chambers, Baines, Brunt, Rose, Jones
    Couthino, Alli, Phillips, Sanchez, Pedro
    Lukaku, Ibra, Diomande

  28. Mind över Mata
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    10 months, 15 days ago

    Rate my team for the week. Am on WC:

    Heaton
    Rose, Baines, Chambers
    Sanchez (c), Alli, Lallana, Phillips
    Giroud, Costa, Ibra

    Grant; De Roon, Jones, Brunt

    1. Netley O'Lucas Ibeland
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 15 days ago

      I like it, balance is really good, arguably slightly too strong in defence but that's really where many are gaining this season. 9/10 gl