Season Review

Team of the Season – Benoit Assou-Ekotto

Without a goal or assist to his name over 30 appearances in the 2010/11 campaign, Benoit Assou-Ekotto was far from prominent in Fantasy managers’ thinking as last term got underway. Hardly renowned for his attacking endeavours, the Tottenham left-back had mustered just one goal and four assists for the London outfit since joining from French club Lens in the 2006/07 season and resultantly started with a 5.0 price tag, 0.5 less than Spurs right-back Kyle Walker:

The Cameroon international begun every one of his side’s first 34 matches before being ruled out for the season with a shoulder injury sustained in the 1-0 defeat at QPR in Gameweek 35. In spite of this, Assou-Ekotto still managed to accrue enough points to finish amongst the top five defenders, just five points behind team mate Walker, with the highlight of his campaign coming in the first double Gameweek of the season. Assou-Ekotto was the stand-out performer of Gameweek 20, with a goal, assist, three bonus points and couple of clean sheets bringing his Fantasy owners a 24 point haul.

The Statistics

The left-back returned a total of 12 clean sheets over his 34 appearances, with seven of those at the Lane and five away from home. Both Assou-Ekotto’s double figure returns came in home matches, however, with an 18 point haul against Everton his highest of the campaign. Finishing on 135 points, he trailed Patrice Evra by 24 points, but proved better overall value, with the United man starting with a 7.0 price tag in comparison.

Working in tandem with Gareth Bale on the Tottenham left flank, Assou-Ekotto had the most eye-catching Fantasy campaign of his career by some distance – he grabbed two goals, five assists and nine bonus points, averaging 4 points per game, slightly better than Walker’s 3.8. A look at the members stats highlights he was more of a threat than the right-back throughout, producing more attempts on goal and creating more goal scoring opportunities than Walker on average.

As the Gameweeks progressed, plenty snapped up his services, with Assou-Ekotto reaching a season-high price of 6.3 before that afore-mentioned shoulder injury saw his price plummet and put paid to what was a highly successful season.

The Prospects

Given his finish amongst the top five defenders and increased attacking threat, it’s fair to say a price hike can be expected. Certainly, a jump of 1.0 to 6.0 looks the most likely, though with his Fantasy appeal at both ends of the pitch, a rise to 6.5 (Bacary Sagna’s starting price last term, for example) may not be beyond the realms of possibility when Fantasy Premier League (FPL) release the player lists in a couple of months’ time.

With Walker surely to be similarly priced, it may well leave Younes Kaboul as the best route into Redknapp’s backline, with Ledley King, Michael Dawson and William Gallas all too often blighted by injury. Fantasy managers could well overlook the Cameroon international, then, and while the likes of Swansea and Newcastle can expect a price increase, it’s likely that defensive options from both clubs will still cost less than Assou-Ekotto – given the pair produced more clean sheets than Tottenham last time out, the left-back looks likely to struggle to garner the same levels of attention.

It remains to be seen whether last term’s returns were a glimpse of what’s to come or just a one-off, though with Harry Redknapp somewhat reluctant to rotate his full-backs, Assou-Ekotto’s security of starts will at least be beneficial. While a mid-price valuation worked in his favour last time out, Fantasy managers willing to pay top dollar for an attacking defensive option next season may well look to more proven performers such as Thomas Vermaelen or Leighton Baines, despite the fact that both will come at a higher cost.

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  1. JT's Dog
      12 years, 1 month ago

      just finished my own jerry maguire mission statement for my work and about to email it around the place, could soon be leaving with the goldfish

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      1. HVT
        • 13 Years
        12 years, 1 month ago

        Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.

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      2. Ginkapo FPL
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        12 years, 1 month ago

        You gotta do what you gotta do

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    • HVT
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      12 years, 1 month ago

      Worst manager of the year : daglish followed closet by MacLeish.
      Worst chairman of the year : whatshisface for sacking mick McCarthy , it was all downhill for wolves from there.

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      1. Eoin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        12 years, 1 month ago

        1. Agreed.
        2. Agreed.

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      2. Manani
        • 12 Years
        12 years, 1 month ago

        how can u sack this guy
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vo5qX1Yr-hQ

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    • Corrigan
      • 13 Years
      12 years, 1 month ago

      Preliminary defensive pool for next season:

      Kenny Federici
      Kompany, Kaboul, Kelly, Brown, Fonte/Hooiveld, Monk, Wilson, Lichaj

      Maybe the likes of Turner and Vidic can offer value (Davis may be the one in goal), but I think with Evans' emergence, Vidic could be occasionally spared next season. He may still be too expensive anyway.

      I know people won't like this, but I have to get the defensive balance right as a matter of priority. If it takes me all summer then so be it...

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      1. Carlton Palmer's Eyes
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        12 years, 1 month ago

        Id say Harte at reading. Defender on pens. Too good to turn your head at that.

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      2. Scroobius Mac
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        12 years, 1 month ago

        Harte?
        I can see Wilson being a must have next season.
        Ridgewell, McCauely, Foster, Warnock, Dunne, Collins, Given may also be decent options.

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        1. Gigging Order
          • 12 Years
          12 years, 1 month ago

          Danny Wilson on loan to Blackpool? Or someone else?

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      3. pompeyfan
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        You're right, it will be all about value as usual. Looking for new players or players who underperformed or didn't play much last season.

        Kompany may be too expensive next season. Baines may be priced a little lower than last season.

        Not sure Ian Harte will be a regular in the premiership now, lost his legs ages ago.

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        1. Corrigan
          • 13 Years
          12 years, 1 month ago

          Kompany is an interesting one. He's reliable in various ways and at some point you have to be disciplined and draw a line in bargain defenders to make way for some caviar ones.

          It's all about price, but Baines will need to be around 6ish for me to buy him. Everton always start poorly and struggle for clean sheets.

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          1. Scroobius Mac
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            12 years, 1 month ago

            Baines at 6 would have about 50% ownership.

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            1. pompeyfan
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              12 years, 1 month ago

              true. I reckon he will be 7.0, which will be cheap enough for me. If he has alright fixtures he will be going in again

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              1. Corrigan
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                12 years, 1 month ago

                Baines is a fascinating one. I agree, I think he'll be 7-7.5 which for me is too expensive, but I shall remain open minded.

                This time last year he was to be the first name on my team sheet, but I now appreciate the value of FPL money!

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              2. Scroobius Mac
                • 13 Years
                12 years, 1 month ago

                Ditto. I'll only have him when they have a purple patch of fixtures (and the last 10 regardless). It hasn't come to fruition yet but with Pienaar probably back and Jelavic in the box his attacking returns will surely be boosted again next year.

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          2. Gigging Order
            • 12 Years
            12 years, 1 month ago

            Kompany does not have enough goal threat for me.

            I am anticipating City bringing in a new CB for us to swoon over next season.

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          3. sotothemightygreek
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            12 years, 1 month ago

            I think I may change tack and go for Hart next season. Nailed on, save points and probably cheaper than Kompany.

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            1. pompeyfan
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              12 years, 1 month ago

              not enough save points tho as the weaker teams wont have many shots

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              1. sotothemightygreek
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                Lescott could be a decent option at 6.5m if City don't sign anyone. He's just as good an option as long as he's starting.

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                1. pompeyfan
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                  yep, with a better goal threat

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        2. HVT
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          Yea someo e said they saw them on a bus recently but by the time hart got there they were gone.

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      4. Corrigan
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        Something putting me off Harte but if he's 4m and nailed on then he's going in. If he's priced at 4.5+ he could pose a problem as I like to go areodynamic in defence as much as possible.

        I think Villa could offer a lot of value next season, but unsure about WBA.

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        1. pompeyfan
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          12 years, 1 month ago

          agreed on Villa, I will certainly be looking at them next season. Probably Wigan & West Brom too

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          1. Carl@streetkids.com.au
            • 14 Years
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            Who from Villa? They were all sh!t this season, FPL wise.

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            1. Corrigan
              • 13 Years
              12 years, 1 month ago

              New season, new manager, new slate, cheaper prices.

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            2. pompeyfan
              • 14 Years
              12 years, 1 month ago

              whoever is cheapest but likely to start. They underperformed so should be reasonably priced. With a decent manager they are capable of being top half at least

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              1. Carl@streetkids.com.au
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                Dunno. Villa seem to be one of those perennial nobodies.

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                1. Scroobius Mac
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                  12 years, 1 month ago

                  The finished 6th 3 times in a row before the last two seasons.
                  If they finish anywhere above 12th they should show decent enough returns.

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                  1. Eoin
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                    • 12 Years
                    12 years, 1 month ago

                    + a Billion

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                    1. Eoin
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 12 Years
                      12 years, 1 month ago

                      To Mac that is.

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      5. Gigging Order
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        12 years, 1 month ago

        Crainey? Fox?

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        1. Corrigan
          • 13 Years
          12 years, 1 month ago

          If Fox is nailed on and priced well then yes.

          Blackpool defenders may as well not be listed.

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          1. Gigging Order
            • 12 Years
            12 years, 1 month ago

            Yeah Fox should be a worthwhile alternative to Harte.

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      6. sotothemightygreek
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        12 years, 1 month ago

        I think Sunderland's defence will be worth a look next year. They tightened up after O'Neill's arrival and now he has a summer to work with them. Definitely on the watch list.

        I won't be going anywhere near Fulham unless Riise drops to around 5. Too frustrating clean sheets wise.

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        1. Corrigan
          • 13 Years
          12 years, 1 month ago

          Turner, Brown definitely on the radar. Will also depend on fixture rotation.

          Good point about Fulham and predictability in general. However, if Kelly is 4.5 and nailed on, I may not be able to resist.

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      7. 1966 was a great year for E…
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        12 years, 1 month ago

        All depends on prices.

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        1. Corrigan
          • 13 Years
          12 years, 1 month ago

          Ultimately. I'm just craving next season's price list already. It's like Christmas Day!

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          1. Gigging Order
            • 12 Years
            12 years, 1 month ago

            How long is your watch list at the moment Corrigan?

            I have about 30 on mine currently.

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            1. Corrigan
              • 13 Years
              12 years, 1 month ago

              That's the bulk of them which I've listed. My priority is to get the right defensive strategy and balance straightaway so I need to unearth some golden nuggets.

              May be someone like Savic can be the next Djourou/Evans...

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      8. Gigging Order
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        12 years, 1 month ago

        Stokes defence minus this seasons European commitments should also see an increase in returns.

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        1. Corrigan
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          12 years, 1 month ago

          Marc Wilson will be this season's Kompany!

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          1. Gigging Order
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            12 years, 1 month ago

            +1 🙂

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          2. pompeyfan
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            will he finally be classified as a midfielder tho? He will probably he 5.0 , i would rather pay 5.5 for the better goal threat of Shawcross or 5.5(?) for Huth

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            1. Corrigan
              • 13 Years
              12 years, 1 month ago

              Paying extra for goal threat is a trap I've fallen into on many occasions. Just get the cheapest link of the defensive chain who is most nailed on.

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              1. Corrigan
                • 13 Years
                12 years, 1 month ago

                *of those who are most nailed on

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              2. Gigging Order
                • 12 Years
                12 years, 1 month ago

                I agree with this, I went for Rangel over Caulker last season and it really wasn't worth it.

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                1. Corrigan
                  • 13 Years
                  12 years, 1 month ago

                  It of course depends on circumstances, such as penalties, but Hibbert got more assists than Baines last season and started 3.5 cheaper!

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                  1. JK - Cønt ⭐
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 12 Years
                    12 years, 1 month ago

                    Hibbert will likely be cheaper than Baines again next season, but will surely be closer to the 5.5 mark given his increased production and ownership at the end of the season.

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            2. sotothemightygreek
              • 12 Years
              12 years, 1 month ago

              Agreed. The extra attacking threat would definitely be worth the extra cash.

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      9. JK - Cønt ⭐
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        12 years, 1 month ago

        It's a interesting call Corrigan

        Hooiveld is definitely on my watchlist for next season, but I think only buying cheap options in defence poses a risk in itself. Paying a bit extra to won someone like Hart in net, or a defender like Ivanovic who should see more regular cs combined with a decent attacking threat may be worthwhile. Not sure we will be treated to so many cheap CS next season like we were with Newcastle, Swans and Evans this year. Also disagree on Vidic. He is the key component of United's defence. Defensive capitulations like the one we saw v Everton would not happen if Vidic was playing. He's like Kompany and Terry, if he's fit, he plays.

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        1. Corrigan
          • 13 Years
          12 years, 1 month ago

          All about value and balance. Personally, I'm certainly going down the cheap GKs route. Even Hennessey proved to be a decent acquisition last season.

          With regards to defenders, I'm looking at 3 rotating cheapies with 1 or 2 heavyweights of Kompany and Vidic capacity. Arsenal and Everton will need to become super tight if Baines and Vermaelen are to be worthwhile.

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          1. JK - Cønt ⭐
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            12 years, 1 month ago

            well Baines from about February time might be worth owning. But yeah, your point on keepers is a good one. If WHU come up, Green may be worth a look, Foster if it Brum or if he stays at Albion and they get a decent manager.

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            1. Corrigan
              • 13 Years
              12 years, 1 month ago

              I think Green and Foster will be 5+ so too expensive.

              If Green comes in at 4.5 then he's worth considering.

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    • TheSteady ¤ Wines th…
      • 12 Years
      12 years, 1 month ago

      Two questionas I have, it's so quiet on here...

      1) Who'll win the Euwos?
      2)Who'll lose the final?

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      1. Marknlard
        • 15 Years
        12 years, 1 month ago

        Again! Again! Post it again, this is fun!

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        1. TheSteady ¤ Wines th…
          • 12 Years
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          huh?

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        2. Conrad.
          • 12 Years
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          yup.

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      2. 1966 was a great year for E…
        • 13 Years
        12 years, 1 month ago

        1) Belgium
        2) Switzerland

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        1. TheSteady ¤ Wines th…
          • 12 Years
          12 years, 1 month ago

          I'm thinking San Marino and Luxembourg

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          1. Carl@streetkids.com.au
            • 14 Years
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            Leichtenstein and the Faroe Islands

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        2. pompeyfan
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          Belgium should be there. They have easily one of the best squads in Europe

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          1. cheeky_ash
            • 12 Years
            12 years, 1 month ago

            Belgium are potential future winners - they have some great talent emerging...Maybe a cheeky put for Euro 2016 or WC 2018.

            Though I think could be too early right now.

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          2. 1966 was a great year for E…
            • 13 Years
            12 years, 1 month ago

            Maybe they will be - I'm sure I saw something on the news about Greece being kicked out of the Euros 😉

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      3. Dan - We want our Trophy ba…
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        12 years, 1 month ago

        1) Germany
        2) Spain

        Hope im wrong.

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        1. cheeky_ash
          • 12 Years
          12 years, 1 month ago

          Have to look at the draw before making that call - but can only see the usual suspects winning:-

          1: Holland
          2: Spain
          3: Italy
          4: France

          Dark Horses - Russia, England could actually surprise but I doubt it with Woys Squad!

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          1. TheSteady ¤ Wines th…
            • 12 Years
            12 years, 1 month ago

            There are two settings: Let's say that Spain win their group as they will.

            1: Germany wins their group, then they will not face Spain in the semis. Meaning Netherlands will most likely.

            2: The other way around, with Germany being runner-up in their group.

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      4. Gigging Order
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        12 years, 1 month ago

        1)France
        2)Germany

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      5. Messimerized- Join My FPL L…
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        Spain
        Germany

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      6. shegull
        • 12 Years
        12 years, 1 month ago

        1)Germany
        2)Russia

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      7. Eoin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        12 years, 1 month ago

        1. Germany
        2. Spain

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    • Carl@streetkids.com.au
      • 14 Years
      12 years, 1 month ago

      Will Bolton, Blackburn or Wolves be straight back up?

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      1. Gigging Order
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        12 years, 1 month ago

        Bolton only imo, and even that is not that likely.

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      2. Corrigan
        • 13 Years
        12 years, 1 month ago

        Don't think any TBH. The 3 from last season finishing in the top 6 was more of a one off.

        The Championship is very underrated.

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      3. Hay Number 2
        • 12 Years
        12 years, 1 month ago

        Bolton for me!

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    • Hay Number 2
      • 12 Years
      12 years, 1 month ago

      Ok regarding the Euro's.....who does everyone actually want to win?

      Germany for me!

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      1. Messimerized- Join My FPL L…
        • 12 Years
        12 years, 1 month ago

        Spain

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        1. Conrad.
          • 12 Years
          12 years, 1 month ago

          This.

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      2. JT's Dog
          12 years, 1 month ago

          more important question is how long will you keep the formerly bit in your name, and what inspired you to change both name and grav?

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        • TheSteady ¤ Wines th…
          • 12 Years
          12 years, 1 month ago

          I would want Sweden to win, but I believe Spain will win again.

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        • sotothemightygreek
          • 12 Years
          12 years, 1 month ago

          Ireland of course! Outside of that Germany. They play the most entertaining stuff.

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          1. Eoin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            12 years, 1 month ago

            nah we don't want the Germans to be too confident before our World cup qualifiers do we? 😉

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        • SPorting
          • 12 Years
          12 years, 1 month ago

          has to be The Netherlands

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          1. pompeyfan
            • 14 Years
            12 years, 1 month ago

            +1

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        • Doosra - ☭DeclanMyGenius…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 14 Years
          12 years, 1 month ago

          Italy. Germany. Denmark. Greece ...

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      3. Carl@streetkids.com.au
        • 14 Years
        12 years, 1 month ago

        Ok, I'm a bit of an anorak.

        Where did the money go?

        http://fettesmanagement.wordpress.com/2012/05/18/where-the-money-went-20112012/

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        1. pompeyfan
          • 14 Years
          12 years, 1 month ago

          god I hope the Portsmouth landlady court case brings down these figures.

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          1. Carl@streetkids.com.au
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            12 years, 1 month ago

            Yeah, why the cash for Middlesborough?

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      4. Corrigan
        • 13 Years
        12 years, 1 month ago

        Could Clint Hill be a bargain next season?

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        1. Eoin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          12 years, 1 month ago

          Could be off to Leeds! If not, he'll certainly be cheap but QPR are likely to strengthen over the summer and probably sign a replacement or 2 at the back

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          1. JK - Cønt ⭐
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            12 years, 1 month ago

            yeah especially as the likes of Traore, Taiwo and Onuoha were only on loan.

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            1. Eoin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 12 Years
              12 years, 1 month ago

              classic JK correcting only my lack of knowledge in a patronising way.

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              1. JK - Cønt ⭐
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 12 Years
                12 years, 1 month ago

                wasn't meant to be patronising. Was meant to be in agreement of you in terms of QPR strengthening at the back. I added the bit about the loans in to emphasise the point. Sorry dude.

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                1. Eoin
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 12 Years
                  12 years, 1 month ago

                  yeah man, wish there was a delete button. I regret saying that now. If I'd the same level of knowledge, I'd certainly be showing it off so no worries 🙂

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            2. Scroobius Mac
              • 13 Years
              12 years, 1 month ago

              Taiwo was a loan. Traore and Onuoha were permanent.

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          2. Gigging Order
            • 12 Years
            12 years, 1 month ago

            By the way Eoin, fantastic articles on the Euro teams, planning on more?

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            1. Messimerized- Join My FPL L…
              • 12 Years
              12 years, 1 month ago

              +1

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            2. Eoin
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              • 12 Years
              12 years, 1 month ago

              Probably won't bother doing one on Greece, considering most shrugged off what I did on the Czech due to FFS already getting there before me. Thanks for the kind words though, nice to see someone who actually gives a compliment or 2 round here insteaad of big headed guys (cough cough JK)

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              1. Ginkapo FPL
                • 12 Years
                12 years, 1 month ago

                We shrugged off what you did, cause you invited us too, not because it was bad. I found it useful actually

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                1. Eoin
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                  • 12 Years
                  12 years, 1 month ago

                  that's nice to hear. Might put something together on the Greeks so, mainly because the research is helping me just a much as anyone else. I daresay that if Sir P might have left anything out, ill cover it.

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              2. Conrad.
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                12 years, 1 month ago

                MOAR articles! This 1-a-day from FFS is too slow for impatient me...

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                1. Doosra - ☭DeclanMyGenius…
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                  • 14 Years
                  12 years, 1 month ago

                  *MORE

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                  1. Conrad.
                    • 12 Years
                    12 years, 1 month ago

                    nope.

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                    1. Doosra - ☭DeclanMyGenius…
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 14 Years
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                      Nope? 🙂

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                      1. Conrad.
                        • 12 Years
                        12 years, 1 month ago

                        nope, indeed.

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                  2. Ginkapo FPL
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                    12 years, 1 month ago

                    *MOAR (its how the kids speak Doosra)

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                    1. Doosra - ☭DeclanMyGenius…
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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                      Ahhh. That explains it. 😉

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                    2. Conrad.
                      • 12 Years
                      12 years, 1 month ago

                      yup. different way of showing inflection in place of oblique or bolding text. 🙂

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                2. Eoin
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                  • 12 Years
                  12 years, 1 month ago

                  I wish I could do more than 1 a day but probably won't happen unfortunately. We'll see though

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                  1. Eoin
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 12 Years
                    12 years, 1 month ago

                    I'm off to throw something together, see you guys in a while

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                    1. Conrad.
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                      12 years, 1 month ago

                      super-cool, mate...lookin forward to it.

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                      1. Doosra - ☭DeclanMyGenius…
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 14 Years
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                        PS I loved your "Recovered Balls." Putting it on a spreadsheet ... 🙂

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                      2. Conrad.
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                        12 years, 1 month ago

                        cheers. thats the tip of the iceberg for my spreadsheet for E12 prospects.

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              3. Gigging Order
                • 12 Years
                12 years, 1 month ago

                I definitely found it of value, really appreciated it, well written too.

                I would be interested in seeing more.

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        2. Gigging Order
          • 12 Years
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          I would imagine that new signings will see him moved on/benched.

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        3. JT's Dog
            12 years, 1 month ago

            better picking benny

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          • Tuchap - Lurker
            • 13 Years
            12 years, 1 month ago

            Hasnt he been linked with a move to leeds?

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        4. Messimerized- Join My FPL L…
          • 12 Years
          12 years, 1 month ago

          Total FPL have put up some good articles regarding EURO.

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          1. Gigging Order
            • 12 Years
            12 years, 1 month ago

            Thanks for the heads up!

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          2. Eoin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            12 years, 1 month ago

            Yeah, the community article feature is getting some good use over there. Think they might be introducing something like that on here soon

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          3. Messimerized- Join My FPL L…
            • 12 Years
            12 years, 1 month ago

            Shall I copy & paste it here for everyone to read? 😉

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            1. 1966 was a great year for E…
              • 13 Years
              12 years, 1 month ago

              Abishek?!

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              1. Messimerized- Join My FPL L…
                • 12 Years
                12 years, 1 month ago

                You are again thinking me as someone else? 😕

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        5. Gigging Order
          • 12 Years
          12 years, 1 month ago

          All this bargain defensive talk has got me genuinely excited about HooiVeld, he is like a budget Verm!!

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          1. pompeyfan
            • 14 Years
            12 years, 1 month ago

            if he goes to Tottenham I will be picking up Vertongen. 8 goals in 31 league games this season. A better version of Verm

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            1. Scroobius Mac
              • 13 Years
              12 years, 1 month ago

              How much you reckon he will be? I still think I'll end up with Kaboul.

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              1. pompeyfan
                • 14 Years
                12 years, 1 month ago

                depends if the FPL people have watched him before, if they have at least 6.5, if not maybe 6

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            2. Gigging Order
              • 12 Years
              12 years, 1 month ago

              Very true, I am hoping he might come to us (extremely unlikely I know)

              But on that note, Pardews priority for the summer is a goal scoring CB, so keep an eye out for that one

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              1. pompeyfan
                • 14 Years
                12 years, 1 month ago

                I was already surprised that he was speaking to Tottenham, he is supposed to be leaving for a big club. I don't see why Barca & Real aren't all over him

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        6. COMH
          • 12 Years
          12 years, 1 month ago

          Anyone know why the Community Shield will be a Villa Park and not Wembley this time around?

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          1. pompeyfan
            • 14 Years
            12 years, 1 month ago

            it is the day after the Olympic final

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            1. Ginkapo FPL
              • 12 Years
              12 years, 1 month ago

              Yeah but Villa park? Are all the better stadiums being used by the Olympics

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              1. JK - Cønt ⭐
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 12 Years
                12 years, 1 month ago

                well OT I suppose would be 2nd choice and that is in use, as is Hillsborough. I believe Villas Part is the biggest stadium not in use for the Olympics beyond the groups.

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              2. pompeyfan
                • 14 Years
                12 years, 1 month ago

                well it can't be at Old Trafford or the Etihad. I guess they wanted somewhere nearer Manchester rather than London, although that probably doesn't suit the utd fans 😉

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                1. pompeyfan
                  • 14 Years
                  12 years, 1 month ago

                  ignore, for some reason I thought Man Utd would be playing in it. Carry on.

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                  1. Doosra - ☭DeclanMyGenius…
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 14 Years
                    12 years, 1 month ago

                    They usually are ... 😉

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            2. COMH
              • 12 Years
              12 years, 1 month ago

              Cheers

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          2. JK - Cønt ⭐
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            12 years, 1 month ago

            no idea, first I've heard of it. Could it be to do with the Olympics?

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          3. 1966 was a great year for E…
            • 13 Years
            12 years, 1 month ago

            Olympic football final?

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        7. Doosra - ☭DeclanMyGenius…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 14 Years
          12 years, 1 month ago

          England 118 for 1. Strauss 56 n.o.

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          1. COMH
            • 12 Years
            12 years, 1 month ago

            I never even knew what a Doosra was until recently. That's how much I know about Cricket 🙂

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            1. Doosra - ☭DeclanMyGenius…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 14 Years
              12 years, 1 month ago

              BLIMEY. And now you know, are you enlightened? 😀

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              1. COMH
                • 12 Years
                12 years, 1 month ago

                Yeah i'm all the better for knowing now 🙂

                What about the Teesra. Is that not better?

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                1. Doosra - ☭DeclanMyGenius…
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 14 Years
                  12 years, 1 month ago

                  Well ... it is not actually clear that anybody has actually bowled one. Fine in theory, but ...

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        8. JK - Cønt ⭐
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          12 years, 1 month ago

          JK's watchlist for FLP 2012-13

          Keepers

          Green (if he stays and WHU come up)
          Foster
          Davis
          Ruddy
          Courtois (if he goes on loan to a PL club)
          Al-Habsi

          Defenders

          Harte
          Hooveld
          Vertonghen
          Vidic
          Lichaj
          Ridgewell
          Caulker

          Mids

          McClean
          Yaya
          Nolan
          Llalana
          Howson
          Hoolahan
          Cabaye
          Hazard
          Kagawa

          Forwards

          Aguero
          RvP
          Rooney
          Cisse
          Jelly
          Lambert
          Podolski
          Bent

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          1. Messimerized- Join My FPL L…
            • 12 Years
            12 years, 1 month ago

            You are missing Silva.

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            1. JK - Cønt ⭐
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 12 Years
              12 years, 1 month ago

              he will be too expensive IMO

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          2. Doosra - ☭DeclanMyGenius…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 14 Years
            12 years, 1 month ago

            Very good. 🙂

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          3. Chris_White
            • 12 Years
            12 years, 1 month ago

            Santon, Ben Arfa, VDV, Sigurdsson (esp if he joins a bigger club), Morrison, Pienaar, Mata, Suarez, Walcott, Boyce...

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        9. Wild Rover
          • 13 Years
          12 years, 1 month ago

          ESPN about to show four premier classics in a row 🙂

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        10. Bubbles oOoO
          • 13 Years
          12 years, 1 month ago

          Afternoon all!

          Not been around these parts for a couple of weeks but hope you all had a good end to the FPL season. See most are looking to get their summer fantasy fix from the upcoming Euro's, never played an international/UCL type fantasy game before but reckon I will give it a go this time.

          I don’t know about you folks but I have to admit early attempts at constructing a team highlight how little I feel I actually know about european/international footballers, outside of the big names. It's kind of strange, I feel like an FPL novice all over again which is both excitingly different and somewhat disconcerting at the same time!

          Guess the pre-tournament friendlies should give us some indication of possible starting line-ups, along with whatever statistical research I can absorb and potential pearls of wisdom from the good old FFScouters. Never ever posted a RMT before but might actually have to at some point in the next couple of weeks.

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            1. Bubbles oOoO
              • 13 Years
              12 years, 1 month ago

              Hey Doosra, thanks for the link. Had spotted the team/stats section from the game site and have been swotting up a bit this afternoon. Has proved pretty useful thus far I think.

              Am I right in thinking you're a hammer too? COYI for tomorrow if so!

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              1. Doosra - ☭DeclanMyGenius…
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 14 Years
                12 years, 1 month ago

                Indeed!!! Will I see you there? 🙂

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                1. Bubbles oOoO
                  • 13 Years
                  12 years, 1 month ago

                  I will indeed be there! Mate & I managed to get tickets but have quite a few friends that didn't which is a real shame, especially considering I heard Blackpool have got a lot of tickets they didn't sell. Just hope the boys don't let us down.....

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                  1. Ginkapo FPL
                    • 12 Years
                    12 years, 1 month ago

                    Are you on the south side or the north? Cause the south side is freezing whatever the weather.

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        11. Gigging Order
          • 12 Years
          12 years, 1 month ago

          How many Messi's do Greece have?!

          TotalFPL say Giannis Fetfatzidis is the "Greek Messi" and FFS says Ninis!

          Which is it?

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          1. Doosra - ☭DeclanMyGenius…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 14 Years
            12 years, 1 month ago

            Fetfatzidis. 😉

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            1. Chris_White
              • 12 Years
              12 years, 1 month ago

              ^ 🙂

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          2. Conrad.
            • 12 Years
            12 years, 1 month ago

            i'd say Fetfat is the more immediate "Messi"...Ninis is still a year or two away, imo.

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          3. Messimerized- Join My FPL L…
            • 12 Years
            12 years, 1 month ago

            Giannis

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          4. Smarty Pants
            • 14 Years
            12 years, 1 month ago

            Do they have any Greek Ronaldos?

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            1. Ginkapo FPL
              • 12 Years
              12 years, 1 month ago

              Thats their weakness, all Messi and no Ronaldo.

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          5. Gigging Order
            • 12 Years
            12 years, 1 month ago

            Ah ok, thanks everyone, this did confuse me somewhat, thought they might be a team of world beaters! 😉

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        12. COMH
          • 12 Years
          12 years, 1 month ago

          Are you guys loading up on Bayern players 2moro with a few Chelsea? Was thinking Cahill, Mata, Drogba and the rest Bayern.

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          1. Chris_White
            • 12 Years
            12 years, 1 month ago

            Mata, Lamps, Bosingwa & Drogba

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            1. Chris_White
              • 12 Years
              12 years, 1 month ago

              Neuer, Boateng, Contento, Ribery, Robben, Kroos, Muller & gomez

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          2. Ginkapo FPL
            • 12 Years
            12 years, 1 month ago

            Neuer
            Lahm, Boateng, Cantana
            Schweinsteiger, Tymoshuck, Kroos, Ribbery, Robben
            Muller Gomez

            Is the Bayern 11. (names abused)

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            1. COMH
              • 12 Years
              12 years, 1 month ago

              Will Can be playing?

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              1. Ginkapo FPL
                • 12 Years
                12 years, 1 month ago

                Yep LB for suspended Alaba. Tymo is gonna have to play CB

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          3. Optimus.
            • 13 Years
            12 years, 1 month ago

            neuer
            boatang cahill
            ribery robben kroos mata lamps
            gomez muller drogba

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          4. COMH
            • 12 Years
            12 years, 1 month ago

            Cheers lads

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          5. Freshy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 13 Years
            12 years, 1 month ago

            Neuer

            Lahm
            Boateng

            Ribéry
            Schweinsteiger
            Robben
            Kroos
            Lampard

            Gomez
            Drogba
            Kalou

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        13. Messimerized- Join My FPL L…
          • 12 Years
          12 years, 1 month ago

          Kevin Davies and Sam Ricketts commit to Bolton - while several players are leaving the Reebok Stadium

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        14. udit
          • 13 Years
          12 years, 1 month ago

          RMUCLFFT Please -
          Cech
          Lahm Bosingwa Boateng
          Robben (C) Ribery Kroos Mata
          Gomez Drogba Muller
          Subs - Cahill
          On WC so can change anything.

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          1. Optimus.
            • 13 Years
            12 years, 1 month ago

            id get lamps

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            1. udit
              • 13 Years
              12 years, 1 month ago

              instead of?

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              1. Messimerized- Join My FPL L…
                • 12 Years
                12 years, 1 month ago

                Mata

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              2. Optimus.
                • 13 Years
                12 years, 1 month ago

                a defender imo can see both conceding

                my team is above that not saying its right but that what im going for..also cant believe you have w/c

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                1. udit
                  • 13 Years
                  12 years, 1 month ago

                  your team is good as well, yeah can't believe I had it my self! 🙂

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        15. Valar(Keith)
          • 14 Years
          12 years, 1 month ago

          S.Taylor should get back to fitness and be a bargain price next season..

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          1. Messimerized- Join My FPL L…
            • 12 Years
            12 years, 1 month ago

            Yep

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        16. Messimerized- Join My FPL L…
          • 12 Years
          12 years, 1 month ago

          Moneybags Mancini hijacks Van Persie contract talks
          http://u.goal.com/186400/186495hp2.jpg

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          1. ★FC Borecelona★
            • 12 Years
            12 years, 1 month ago

            😀

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        17. Just_Ty
          • 14 Years
          12 years, 1 month ago

          Anyone thinking of going 5 defenders for tomorrow's final?
          Valid strategy or do you see several goals?

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          1. Optimus.
            • 13 Years
            12 years, 1 month ago

            im going 2 5 3

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            1. Just_Ty
              • 14 Years
              12 years, 1 month ago

              Probably common, hence my question... I also favour attack (usually) as I rather gain points during the game than lose them but just thinking of smth different, not many will score 6 pts (+ recovered balls)

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          2. Kostja
            • 12 Years
            12 years, 1 month ago

            not likely, probably 3-4-3 or 2-5-3, im seeing goals here with both having problems at the back.

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            1. Just_Ty
              • 14 Years
              12 years, 1 month ago

              I know what u're saying, I am probably playing 3-4-3 too

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        18. applebonkers
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 14 Years
          12 years, 1 month ago

          EA sports PPi team of the year:
          hart
          simpson, kompany, lescott, evra
          silva, song, arteta, bale
          van persie, rooney

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        19. Conrad.
          • 12 Years
          12 years, 1 month ago

          "French media feel Tottenham are closing in on signature of Loic Remy for around £14m. Would be very good signing IMO." - Graeme Balley via SKY

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          1. Scroobius Mac
            • 13 Years
            12 years, 1 month ago

            I haven't seen anything of Remy - what's he like? Who would you compare him to?

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            1. Conrad.
              • 12 Years
              12 years, 1 month ago

              kinda of a smallish, creative type with a good shot. maybe Carlito-light?

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              1. Chris_White
                • 12 Years
                12 years, 1 month ago

                much more pacey than carlito

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                1. Chris_White
                  • 12 Years
                  12 years, 1 month ago

                  therefore the light aye... 🙂

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                  1. Conrad.
                    • 12 Years
                    12 years, 1 month ago

                    😉

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                2. Just_Ty
                  • 14 Years
                  12 years, 1 month ago

                  Yeah probably, Remy is fast! Wonder how he's rated in Fifa...

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              2. Conrad.
                • 12 Years
                12 years, 1 month ago

                yea tru. maybe Aguero-speed? anywho, he got 15g 6a in 39 starts last season. maybe he can be a younger, better Defoe for Spurs?

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                1. Scroobius Mac
                  • 13 Years
                  12 years, 1 month ago

                  On youtube highlight viewing (always a terrible way to judge a player but it will have to do) he reminds me of Suarez a bit, pacey, tricksy and can head also.

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        20. HelloSidney
          • 12 Years
          12 years, 1 month ago

          Let me get this right with the McDs game:

          You're best having someone from the first 4 games as captain, yes? If that person doesn't do well, you just change the captinacy to someone else in your starting XI for the next day's games and the original captain goes back to normal points? You then repeat this again in day 3 and 4 if you want?

          Hence, it's best to have players on all 4 days?

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          1. Messimerized- Join My FPL L…
            • 12 Years
            12 years, 1 month ago

            Yes

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            1. HelloSidney
              • 12 Years
              12 years, 1 month ago

              And with the bench, you should play, for exmaple, a greek defender on the starting XI ahead of say, Jelavic or whoever and then if the Greeks don't do owt, you put Jealvic in, and if the Greek gets a sheet and a goal, you leave him in? Can you captain someone who is originally set up on your bench. Yes, presumably?

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              1. ★FC Borecelona★
                • 12 Years
                12 years, 1 month ago

                You are correct,Sir

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          2. Just_Ty
            • 14 Years
            12 years, 1 month ago

            Indeed, it's a MUST

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            1. Ron Burgundy
              • 13 Years
              12 years, 1 month ago

              From the Rules section on Subs "Players who are substituted out will score 0 points, the captain bonus will be lost from your original captain if a new captain is selected."

              Sorry for any strawberry pissing.

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              1. Infinite Sheldon
                • 12 Years
                12 years, 1 month ago

                Kadlec or popadopoulos for captain?

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        21. Messimerized- Join My FPL L…
          • 12 Years
          12 years, 1 month ago

          New Post.

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          1. Infinite Sheldon
            • 12 Years
            12 years, 1 month ago

            No

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