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  1. Dugout Discussion - Saturday 8 days, 10 hours ago

    Again, this decision has absolutely nothing to do with FPL. Why are folk blaming the game for this?Basically, Opta awarded the goal and Match Centre (dubious goals) are reviewing.FPL have absolutely no influence on either decisions. » Read

  2. Dugout Discussion - Saturday 8 days, 10 hours ago

    FPL have no involvement in decision making whatsoever. It's Opta with initial goal decision to be reviewed by Match Centre. FPL are waiting on the decision. » Read

  3. Dugout Discussion - Saturday 8 days, 10 hours ago

    It's not an FPL decision. Opta give initial goal decisions and PL Match Centre review it. » Read

  4. Dugout Discussion - Saturday 8 days, 10 hours ago

    Opta have it with McAuley but PL Match Centre are currently reviewing. » Read

  5. Dugout Discussion - Arsenal vs Hull City 8 days, 14 hours ago

    There's no review of the goal as far as I know. Why would there be? » Read

  6. Dugout Discussion - Arsenal vs Hull City 8 days, 14 hours ago

    Looking handy, though. » Read

  7. Dugout Discussion - Arsenal vs Hull City 8 days, 14 hours ago

    Goalkeepers and defenders scoring a goal 12 Midifielders scoring a goal 18 Forwards scoring a goal 24 » Read

  8. The Pre-Match Preamble - Gameweek 25 8 days, 16 hours ago

    Local source...quotes from Ranieri » Read

  9. Spot the Differential - Gameweek 25 8 days, 18 hours ago

    This will help you out... » Read

  10. The ScoutCast - Episode 214 - Smugface 9 days, 5 hours ago

    All reasonable stuff and a good discussion overall. Perhaps I was touchy on the "hysteria" thing.I'm still 60:40 on Siggy as captain. » Read

  11. Captain Sensible - Gameweek 25 9 days, 8 hours ago

    It's listed as Time Played I believe. » Read

  12. The ScoutCast - Episode 214 - Smugface 9 days, 11 hours ago

    "That would leave Pep Guardiola’s side with just one home match in seven Gameweeks, and that is against Liverpool."I don't see the issue here. The statement was in the article and is fact.On the basis of the likelihood of one home match in the next seven Gameweeks, we see that as a weak schedule.Why do you feel we're cheating folk, here?We often restrict our view to 4-6 Gameweeks but, when sides have blanks, we certainly like to look beyond that so we're considering the next 4-6 opponents for all teams. » Read

  13. The ScoutCast - Episode 214 - Smugface 9 days, 12 hours ago

    I commission the Frisking article, supplying the teams to the writer and I always look beyond five Gameweeks and that's why City are in there. Missing short-term fixtures and poor long term fixtures. If GW28 drops out, they have one home match in seven Gameweeks and that's against Liverpool. In my opinion, that's a weak schedule. Fair enough if you disagree but that's my argument.We talk up Sterling purely in the short-term - he's in the Picks this week along with Jesus. The Picks and Differentials are one week only articles as a rule, although in the latter we do discuss the next 2-3. Obviously with both, we can't limit ourselves to players with assured fixtures in GW26 and 28 so it's tricky but we've been mindful of that.So Sigurdsson is a good pick. Fine - that's as far as we need to go because if he blanks, he will still have been a "good pick". I just want to avoid the scenario where, if he blanks, he's suddenly seen as a ridiculous GW25 pick because I just can't see that… » Read

  14. The ScoutCast - Episode 214 - Smugface 9 days, 13 hours ago

    See my comment above... agenda this end. Is there an agenda to set up scenarios whereby the FFS community can be criticised solely on the performance of one player?As for City - check the season ticker for the next eight Gameweeks and sort by difficulty. So blanks short-term, tough fixtures to follow. Add Champions League in the mix for good measure. Frisking is an early warning article for this very reason. » Read

  15. The ScoutCast - Episode 214 - Smugface 9 days, 13 hours ago

    It's not questioning the consensus view that raised my heckles. I don't agree on Sigurdsson but I welcome that discussion - it's healthy and there's great stuff among the comments on this as a result.However, I just didn't like the reference to "FFS hysteria" like there's this ill-informed mass of folk believing that Sigurdsson is a great asset to own when that isn't the case. I'm sure there's wise old heads who no longer post on this site who are considering Sigurdsson for the same reasons as myself, and yet it seems there's this idea of labelling Sigurdsson as an FFS Player, sponsored by some naive FFS opinion.Just smacks of trying to set up a scenario where the community and the site are being judged on the performance of one player.There's no agenda on FFS for Sigurdsson or any other player - we're here to help identify those players who we feel will fare well in the short and mid-term.I personally think Sigurdsson fits that bill. You and others don't agree. That's fi… » Read

  16. The ScoutCast - Episode 214 - Smugface 9 days, 13 hours ago

    I'd get Harry Kane instead. » Read

  17. The ScoutCast - Episode 214 - Smugface 9 days, 18 hours ago

    But it's not as simple as a 1v1 comparison in the curent situation. For me, it's Alli to Sigurdsson plus 1.3m. That gives me funds to go Amat to Baines for GW26.Those funds, when we're facing a blank in GW26, can be key to strengthen the bench and therefore it puts a very different light on the Alli to Sigurdsson move. » Read

  18. The ScoutCast - Episode 214 - Smugface 9 days, 19 hours ago

    We'll in my opinion, you're playing him down somewhat. If we're looking to acquire assured assets for to navigate the missing fixtures, he's in the Lukaku bracket for me. In the teams that give us GW28, he's a top bracket asset.I've done Alli to Sigurdsson. I think, like me, a lot of folk transferring out Alli also have an additional Spurs player and have perhaps assessed they are not quite the same side without Rose and a three-man defence, with Alli possibly sharing more of the responsibility to support Kane with Son at this time.As for the change in the community - posters come and go - I'm aware of that, however, I've not surveyed the current community's ability to make judgement calls against posters of the past. Some great FPL managers and voices are not posting any longer but we've still got plenty of knowledge and sound minds and advice about the place. » Read

  19. The ScoutCast - Episode 214 - Smugface 9 days, 19 hours ago

    I think you being slightly contrary here.How do you define a player in form? I'm not basing my assessment purely on recent statistics but, having watched him over recent matches, to me, he appears to be playing with great confidence. As are Swansea. We all have our definitions and judgement of player form and, for me, I'm struggling to not put Sigurdsson in that bracket currently.To write off his chances of getting points is effectively to write off Swansea's chances of scoring vs Leicester. Do you really feel that Swansea won't score against that defence?Because if they do, statistically, Sigurdsson is very likely to be involved, as likely as Sanchez for Arsenal and Ibrahimovic for United. You can choose to dismiss those statistics but then they can be equally crucial to building any case for Sanchez and Ibrahimovic.For me, it comes down to who can get a 2-3 goal result - Arsenal, United or Swansea - it's a close call between the three candidates. Arsenal have Munich and … » Read

  20. Frisking the Fixtures - Gameweek 25 - The Weak 10 days, 6 hours ago

    Not confirmed out but Bilic stated that he had not trained all week for the first time in two months. Later, he also said that players who don't train can't play because the risk of injury is high. Carroll's appearance will depend on whether he trains on Friday, even then, I imagine we're going to see his pitch time cut again. » Read