The Preamble

  1. March
    21

    In case you missed it (unlikely), Chelsea presented their “Penalty Puzzle” this week, claiming that, when it comes to their propensity to win spot-kicks, logic is being defied. The article arrived off the back of a string of ignored penalty claims and, notably, just a couple of months after Jose Mourinho was fined for claiming […]

  2. March
    14

    “You can’t have all the good players, all the time” Few quotes from this week’s ScoutCast resonated more than that nugget. Simon March, currently the world’s top Fantasy Premier League manager, spoke a lot of sense over the course of our hour together but that comment was the one that hit home. So often on […]

  3. February
    28

    It’s like we’re resigned to investing ten minutes talking to the plain-looking friend to get to the one we fancy. We’re just eager to get Gamweeek 27 out of the way so we can concentrate on the real business of the midweek double. I should probably point out that I never had the kahunas to […]

  4. February
    21

    Sam Allardyce’s recent claims of being the most sophisticated manager in town got me thinking. In more ways than one. Could I declare something similar when it comes to my own Fantasy Football exploits? Were my transfers and Wildcard decisions cutting-edge stuff? Outside factors certainly hinted at sophistication in football manager terms. I often sport […]

  5. February
    07

    My Diego Costa poster is on the wall as promised. The “missus” wasn’t best pleased by our bed being looked over by a monobrowed Brazilian-born brute but I explained the circumstances of how the studs-up striker helped prompt my 89-point Wildcard and I think she understood. Certainly, she seemed happy enough whilst she fetched my […]

  6. January
    31

    So Costa hit the self-destruct. He seemed determined to remove all doubt, eventually putting us out of our misery with a grand display of impetuousness that left the suits at the FA with no option but to launch “the book” in his direction. Friday’s attempt to dodge the incoming ban proved futile and here we […]

  7. January
    17

    The obvious thing to do was to swoop for Sergio Aguero immediately. That would have ensured that there was little chance of a couple of price rises working as factors to persuade me to ignore Aguero come today’s 11.30 gong. Predictably, that was far too straightforward for me. Readers of these words on a regular […]

Scout Tweets

  1. Raheem Sterling on his ongoing toe injury - "Hopefully I will be okay for the Arsenal game" http://t.co/q0pso4PnwO

  2. Jordan Ibe returns to light training and is on target for a return from his knee injury before the season ends http://t.co/lDAuFjvugM

  3. Leighton Baines will miss England's friendly with Italy after he sustained a "minor" injury against Lithuania http://t.co/gchksRe2Q9

  4. Milner pulls out of squad with knee problem http://t.co/QFouOFfkKv

  5. Welbeck likely to miss Italy game after being forced off with injury http://t.co/svPgajEWpf

  6. Mignolet confirms he's fully fit and back in training http://t.co/xqKqJAmZ8f

  7. Pienaar back in training next week. Mirallas has "improved immensely" as he steps up injury recovery http://t.co/c7Ww5Ux1jN

  8. Zamora nets twice in QPR's behind-closed-doors 6-1 friendly win over Swindon http://t.co/phvIbEmmPt

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Scout Picks

For Gameweek 30

  • Ospina
  • Bertrand
  • Ivanovic
  • Cresswell
  • Mane
  • Hazard
  • Eriksen
  • Sánchez
  • Kane
  • Giroud
  • Aguero
  • Terry
  • Silva
  • Benteke

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Goalkeepers

Last updated: 27 Mar, 2015 4:49pm
Player Club Factors
Up Myhill WBA C, £
Up Davis SOT C, Vs, Rest, £
No Change Fabianski SWA B, Vs
Up Mignolet LIV A
No Change Courtois CHE C
Up Adrián WHM C, Vs
Down Hart MCI B
Up Schmeichel LEI C, Vs, £
Down Ospina ARS B, VsX, Rest, £
Up Howard EVE C, Vs

Defenders

Last updated: 26 Mar, 2015 10:29am
Player Club Factors
No Change Ivanovic CHE A, Vs
Up Naughton SWA B, Vs, £
Up Bertrand SOT B, Vs
Down Schlupp LEI C, Vs, £
Up Cresswell WHM C, Vs
Up Alderweireld SOT C, Vs, £
Up Baines EVE B, Vs
Down Dawson WBA B, £, Sus
Down Rose TOT C, Inj, £
Up Dann CPL C
Up Smalling MUN B, Rest
Up Janmaat NEW C, Vs
Up Moreno LIV C, Rest
Down Wilson STO C, Rest, £

Midfielders

Last updated: 29 Mar, 2015 2:14am
Player Club Factors
No Change Hazard CHE A, Vs
No Change Silva MCI A, Vs
Up Mane SOT B, Vs
Up Coutinho LIV B
Up Sigurdsson SWA C, Vs
Up Downing WHM C, Vs
Down Sánchez ARS C, VsX
Up Mata MUN B, Rest
Down Eriksen TOT C
Up Fellaini MUN B
Up Henderson LIV B, £
Down Phillips QPR C, VsX, £
Up Bolasie CPL B, Vs, £
No Change Ki SWA B, Vs, £

Forwards

Last updated: 27 Mar, 2015 8:29am
Player Club Factors
No Change Kane TOT A
No Change Giroud ARS A, VsX
Up Diego Costa CHE C, Vs, Inj
Down Aguero MCI C, Vs
Up Sakho WHM C, Vs, £
Down Benteke AVL B, VsX, Inj
Up Lukaku EVE C, Vs, Inj
Down Rooney MUN B
Down Austin QPR B, VsX
Up Gomis SWA C, Vs
Down Berahino WBA B, Vs, Inj, £
Down Kramaric LEI C, Vs, Rest, £

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

The Suspension Tightrope

Player Team YC
Clark AVL 9
Fábregas CHE 9
Matic CHE 9
Wanyama SOT 9
Bardsley STO 9
Larsson SUN 9
Taylor SWA 9
Agbonlahor AVL 8
Cleverley AVL 8
Diego Costa CHE 8
Besic EVE 8
Naismith EVE 8
Livermore HUL 8
Gerrard LIV 8
Henderson LIV 8
Rojo MUN 8
Barton QPR 8
Pellè SOT 8
Mason TOT 8
Reid WHM 8

“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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