The Preamble

  1. November

    I was never one to keep a diary. The only time I’ve really wavered is back in pre-pubescent years and, quite frankly, I’m thankful that my Clearasil-coated days of unrequited love never made it onto a page for posterity. Inadvertently, the Pre-match Preamble has morphed into a diary of sorts: these Saturday morning entries are […]

  2. November

    It’s been a long time since I last woke on Saturday morning with a transfer in hand. This season I’ve mainly been prodded and prompted to fire off my trade well before now – inspired by some ill-judged knee jerk philosophy or manic mission to avoid a price drop. It almost never happened. Last night […]

  3. November

    Granville’s recent calamitous transfers galvanised some navel gazing this week. I was intrigued by the theory that transfer tinkering, particularly when accompanied by a points hit, was severely damaging our Fantasy Premier League (FPL) prospects. My investigations were fuelled, not only by Granville’s recent transfer tragedy, but also the fortunes of a certain Sharon Brading […]

  4. October

    Everton’s incredible schedule up until the New Year has given me an opportunity dig up an old argument. “Form or Fixtures” is a hackneyed and tired debate amongst these pages and Fantasy Football managers – so, if I’m going to revive it, I’m going to have to try and inject it with new life. Let’s […]

  5. October

    Events like “Cedricgate” can often be enlightening. They can act as handy barometers on just how far the pursuit of Fantasy Football has progressed – or not. While many of us have voiced gripes and groans on these pages or even via Twitter, it’s rare for a “ruling rant” to make it far beyond that […]

  6. October

    Rarely have fortunes shifted so dramatically between Gameweeks. Looking at my array of injury flags in midweek, sitting alongside my previous 103-point tally, the phrase “from the sublime to the ridiculous” seemed to fit rather well. Sergio Aguero’s snapped hamstring was like the first domino: the butterfly flapping its wings that led to complete chaos. […]

  7. October

    Just how much does success in Fantasy Football depend on luck? It’s a million dollar question, the answer to which may well win you a million dollars one day. Luck has always been a factor I’ve acknowledged, not least when jousting with Granville on the ScoutCast. Similarly, every season when we interview another humble Fantasy […]

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Gameweek 14

  • Butland
  • Dann
  • Cresswell
  • Moreno
  • Walters
  • De Bruyne
  • Ozil
  • Roberto Firmino
  • Ighalo
  • Kane
  • Lukaku
  • Bellerín
  • King
  • Vardy

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Last updated: 1 Dec, 2015 8:50pm
Player Club Factors
No Change De Gea MUN A, Vs
No Change Mignolet LIV B, Vs
No Change Butland STO A, VsX
Up Myhill WBA C, Vs, Rest
Up Pantilimon SUN A, VsX
No Change Hennessey CPL C, Rest, £
No Change Gomes WAT B, Inj
No Change Lloris TOT A, Vs
Up Cech ARS B, Vs
No Change Adrián WHM C
No Change Stekelenburg SOT C, VsX
No Change Howard EVE C, Vs
No Change Hart MCI B
Up Schmeichel LEI C, VsX


Last updated: 1 Dec, 2015 8:50pm
Player Club Factors
Up Moreno LIV B, Vs
No Change Bellerín ARS B, Vs
Up Alderweireld TOT B, Vs
Up Zouma CHE B, Vs
Up Dawson WBA C, Vs
No Change Smalling MUN A, Vs
Up Kolarov MCI B, Rest
No Change Coleman EVE B, Vs
No Change van Dijk SOT B, VsX
Up Cresswell WHM C
No Change Dann CPL B
Up Van Aanholt SUN B, VsX, Rest, OoP
No Change Janmaat NEW C
No Change Simpson LEI B, VsX, £


Last updated: 1 Dec, 2015 8:51pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Ozil ARS A, Vs
No Change Coutinho LIV A, Vs, Inj
No Change De Bruyne MCI A
Up Barkley EVE A, Vs
No Change Eriksen TOT B, Vs
No Change Mahrez LEI B, VsX
No Change Mane SOT B, VsX
Up Hazard CHE C, Vs
No Change André Ayew SWA B, VsX
Up Bolasie CPL B
Down Deulofeu EVE A, Vs
Up King BOU B, VsX, OoP, £
Up Mata MUN C, Vs
Up Silva MCI C, Inj
No Change Wijnaldum NEW C


Last updated: 1 Dec, 2015 1:34pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Lukaku EVE A, Vs
No Change Kane TOT A, Vs
No Change Aguero MCI C, Inj
No Change Vardy LEI A, VsX
No Change Ighalo WAT A
Up Pellè SOT C, VsX
Up Martial MUN C, Vs
No Change Giroud ARS A, Rest
No Change Benteke LIV B, Rest
Up Deeney WAT A

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
Player Team YC
Gosling BOU 4
Ritchie BOU 4
Cabaye CPL 4
McCarthy EVE 4
Huth LEI 4
Can LIV 4
Clyne LIV 4
Mangala MCI 4
Tioté NEW 4
Bassong NOR 4
Romeu SOT 4
Adam STO 4
Whelan STO 4
Williams SWA 4
Vertonghen TOT 4
Walker TOT 4
Capoue WAT 4
Nyom WAT 4

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