Scout Picks

Scout Picks – Gameweek 6

Sometimes deadlines can be a blessing. With the Scout Picks set for an earlier-than-usual appearance this evening as Mark and Granville are off to the Sky Sports Fantasy Football show, we’ve come to a conclusion after a Friday full of deliberation. The injury news and doubts in today’s press conferences saw us shuffle our options behind the scenes several times until, finally, the decision was made:

Simon Mignolet gets the nod between the sticks with a home clash against Wigan this Gameweek. With doubts still hovering over Carlos Cuellar’s fitness, the Belgian offers the safest route into Martin O’Neill’s backline tomorrow as the Black Cats seek to extend their unbeaten start to the season.

Sitting second in this week’s Captain Poll, Leighton Baines welcomes Southampton to Goodison on the back of a brilliant run of form. The Everton left-back has been drafted in by huge amounts of Fantasy managers prior to tomorrow’s showdown and has so far registered bonus points in all but one of his opening five Gameweeks. The visitors have conceded nine goals in their two away games so far and Baines’ creativity on the flank could well prove instrumental for the Toffees.

We were all set to go with Rafael but Sir Alex Ferguson’s admission that Scott Wootton will feature for United tomorrow has us steering clear of the Red Devils’ defence, purely as a precautionary measure. Instead, we’ve changed tact completely and moved Glen Johnson out of the Differentials and into the Scout Picks. The Liverpool full-back makes his way to Carrow Road to square up to a Norwich side that have scored just twice this season – he’s shown plenty of attacking intent without quite producing the goods so far but could come to the fore as Brendan Rodgers’ side seek to clinch their first win of the season and climb out the drop zone.

We’ve opted for Robert Huth ahead of Stoke’s home clash against Swansea. Always likely to offer a threat from set-pieces in the opposition box, the Potters’ centre-half looks a good bet for a clean sheet too – Stoke have conceded just once at home over their two games against Arsenal and City, while Swansea have failed to find the net in their last two.

Hatem Ben Arfa gets the nod ahead of Newcastle’s trip to Reading tomorrow. The Frenchman has played a significant part in his side’s attacking forays so far – with a couple of goals and an assist already accrued, Ben Arfa has been involved in half the Magpies’ six goals in the first five Gameweeks. Averaging just over six points per game, the winger will surely have a major say as Alan Pardew’s side attempt to register back-to-back victories for the first time this term.

We sang the praises of Santi Cazorla in a Watchlist article earlier this week and draft in the Arsenal playmaker ahead of tomorrow’s early kick-off against Chelsea. After a couple of opening blanks, the former Malaga man has now produced attacking returns in the subsequent three fixtures and is already a huge influence on his side’s attacking endeavours.

Marouane Fellaini is nailed-on this week. Three goals and an assist in the first five is indicative of his new attacking role in support of a lone striker. Southampton have been particularly vulnerable in the air thus far – a fact David Moyes will be more than aware of ahead of tomorrow’s Goodison match, with the Belgian’s aerial prowess set to pester the Saints from start to finish.

In an unprecedented move, we’ve also opted for Fellaini’s fellow-Toffee Steven Pienaar. Yesterday’s Members article highlighted both players’ recent displays and with Fellaini essentially playing as a forward right now, Pienaar’s left flank forays could prove the undoing of Southampton’s right-back Nathaniel Clyne tomorrow. Fellaini may have hogged the headlines, but the South African sits just four points behind his team mate in the FPL standings and an average of 5.6 points per game is too difficult to overlook.

A crucial spot-kick winner at Anfield took Robin Van Persie’s tally to five in three starts for United. Top of the scoring charts already, the Dutchman’s presence is already proving crucial at his new club and despite the return to fitness of Wayne Rooney, it’s Van Persie – as always – who gets the nod for tomorrow’s Old Trafford showdown with Tottenham.

Back from a knee injury that curtailed his opening to the season, we opt for Sergio Aguero ahead of City’s trip to Fulham. The Argentine was the only forward rested by Roberto Mancini for the midweek Capital One clash against Villa and while doubt may linger over Carlos Tevez’s game time, his compatriot looks nailed-on to start. Factor in his double in the corresponding fixture last time round and he could well be set to open his account for the campaign as the champions look to get back to winning ways.

Steven Fletcher makes his Scout Picks debut for the season. The new Sunderland striker welcomes Wigan to the Stadium of Light and is afforded a strong chance to maintain his record of scoring in every game for the Wearsiders so far. With a single clean sheet and 10 goals conceded in the first five, the Latics have been far from resilient at the back ahead of tomorrow’s encounter.

The attacking threat of Ciaran Clark earn the Villa defender a place on the bench. Paul Lambert’s side welcome West Brom to Villa Park on the back of a thrilling Capital One Cup win at City in midweek and with a goal to his name already this season and a clean sheet in his last home game, the cut-price centre half offers potential at both ends of the pitch.

A home clash against Swansea offers Jon Walters the chance to pick up the points. The Irishman certainly prefers the home comforts of the Britannia and has made a reasonable start to the season, with a goal and couple of assists already accrued. With Tony Pulis desperate for a first win of the new campaign, Walters could be set to prosper tomorrow against a Swans’ side that has shipped seven in the last three Gameweeks.

Demba Ba is given a last-minute call-up after Dimitar Berbatov was ruled out for Fulham by Martin Jol earlier this afternoon. With three goals in the last couple of Gameweeks, the Newcastle forward has soared in the FPL standings and is second only to Carlos Tevez for forwards – with the Royals yet to register a clean sheet, Ba looks likely to be handed plenty opportunity to continue his strong recent showings at the Madejski tomorrow afternoon.

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  1. Henry Hill
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    9 years, 2 months ago

    Anyone have the cojones to captain Baines?

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    1. Timmy Cahill Rules
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      9 years, 2 months ago

      me

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    2. Bubbles
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      9 years, 2 months ago

      Nah, I do think Southampton will score. Jelavic is my captain.

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      1. Moontaka
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        9 years, 2 months ago

        Jelavic won't even start.

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    3. Tim Canterbury
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      9 years, 2 months ago

      vice

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    4. the Chaser
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      9 years, 2 months ago

      yes. so much fun and thats what the game's about 😛

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    5. Manani
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      9 years, 2 months ago

      he is the best captain option in my team

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  2. Bubbles
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    9 years, 2 months ago

    Just two of the starting 11 for me.

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    1. ColeHole
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      9 years, 2 months ago

      4

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    2. DJFootball
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      9 years, 2 months ago

      7, but I have used WC this week

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    3. Fabreghastly
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      3

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  3. Colonel Shoe 肝池
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    9 years, 2 months ago

    hooray

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  4. Tim Canterbury
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    lol Johnson

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    1. Bubbles
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      9 years, 2 months ago

      Top scoring defender over the next 3 GWs. Buggumark it! 🙂

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    2. 4vets
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      9 years, 2 months ago

      He's a good pick this gw.

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  5. blue cheese
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    9 years, 2 months ago

    Aguero! 😯

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    1. Billy Gilmore
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      9 years, 2 months ago

      Emphatic victory 😀

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      1. blue cheese
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        9 years, 2 months ago

        I stopped watching after Watson got out. No entertainment.

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        1. Pratik
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          9 years, 2 months ago

          How much is Watson's total?

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          1. blue cheese
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            9 years, 2 months ago

            No idea, Pratik. I'm bad at that calculating stuff.

            3 wickets, 8.5 econ, 72 runs, SR 171, 7 sixes, MOTM

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    2. Pratik
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      9 years, 2 months ago

      I think Aguero is a fantastic choice this week.

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      1. blue cheese
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        9 years, 2 months ago

        Could very well be. Totally unexpected, though.

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        1. ColeHole
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          9 years, 2 months ago

          Yup, He'll still be a fantastic choice when my team can accomodate him. GW9 perhaps?

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          1. blue cheese
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            9 years, 2 months ago

            Indeed! 🙂

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  6. 4vets
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    9 years, 2 months ago

    No Suarez! 😯

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    1. reply fail
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      9 years, 2 months ago

      Don't know if serious or not 😉

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    2. Pratik
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      9 years, 2 months ago

      I actually think he might be a good pick this week. Almost thought you would have joined me in my Steven Gerrard bandwagon, but u went for Steven Piennar instead.

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  7. Tim Canterbury
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    9 years, 2 months ago

    6

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  8. duncansarmy
    • 11 Years
    9 years, 2 months ago

    Lost on last page, wild card worthy yay or nay?

    Foster
    
Cole ● lescott ● Hughes ● demel
    Pienaar ● cazorla ● valencia
    
RVP ● tevez ● Ba

    Subs: guthrie/clyne/ dyer k*/fedrici

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  9. Hate that rotation
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    9 years, 2 months ago

    Thought Jelavic would make atleast the subs.

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    1. Bubbles
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      9 years, 2 months ago

      Suppose Baines can't be left out, and Fellaini and Pienaar have the form so that's the full 3 Everton boys.

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      1. Hate that rotation
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        9 years, 2 months ago

        You're absolutely right, forgot about the max 3 player rule. 🙂

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    2. Jax
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      9 years, 2 months ago

      he's not nailed on to start.

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  10. Declan
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    9 years, 2 months ago

    Berba and Tevez to?

    A) Kun and Graham

    or

    B) Suarez and Ba

    Thanks

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    1. 4vets
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      9 years, 2 months ago

      B, but I am so biased I'm not worth listening to 🙂

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      1. Declan
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        9 years, 2 months ago

        🙂 I value your opinion

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        1. 4vets
          • 11 Years
          9 years, 2 months ago

          I am still set on doing Tev > Suarez even though it make no real sense other than fixtures. Liverpool haven't played badly recently either.

          I am doing so badly this season, I have to something silly!

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          1. Declan
            • 11 Years
            9 years, 2 months ago

            If I do B), Im worried about having no Citeh attacking players, are you not?

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            1. 4vets
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              9 years, 2 months ago

              I'll only be without City for a week or 2... could do Hazard > Sivla after Norwich depending.

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          2. 4vets
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            9 years, 2 months ago

            It would help if I could type, too.

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          3. Colonel Shoe 肝池
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            9 years, 2 months ago

            i dont think its silly vets, wish i had the balls to do it. liv are defo playin better and have good fixtures, thinking about getting sterling in next week myself

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    2. Billy Gilmore
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      9 years, 2 months ago

      B as Graham is just plain shite 🙂

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    3. Colonel Shoe 肝池
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      9 years, 2 months ago

      yeh i think grahams inclusion precludes us from picking A

      so B (or give us a better A combo) 😉

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      1. Declan
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        9 years, 2 months ago

        6.3 to spend

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    4. mayz19
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      9 years, 2 months ago

      B unless you change to another striker apart from graham in A as he has done nothing all season

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    5. Cak Juris
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      9 years, 2 months ago

      Kun and Lambert

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  11. ajay_kl +42
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    9 years, 2 months ago

    Tiziano Crudeli is really getting on my tits now...

    5 for me.

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    1. G B
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      9 years, 2 months ago

      That reminds me, did you see 'Room at the top'?
      http://i.imgur.com/TsdTd.png

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      1. ajay_kl +42
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        9 years, 2 months ago

        On the picture in the sun..

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  12. Paolo Di Laernu - low rep r…
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    9 years, 2 months ago

    That is my exact midfield this week, and if you sub out Aguero for Ba...my exact forward line 😀

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    1. Colonel Shoe 肝池
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      9 years, 2 months ago

      i ususally worry when i match the scoutpicks 😉

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      1. Paolo Di Laernu - low rep r…
        • 9 Years
        9 years, 2 months ago

        I would too but I WC'ed so I'm essentially doing the same thing as the scout picks....picking the best team for this week! 😀

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        1. ColeHole
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          9 years, 2 months ago

          High Five is the magic number. Think of a bell shaped curve.....

          Good luck anyhows.

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        2. Scoredelario
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          9 years, 2 months ago

          Does that mean you have 38 wildcards?

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    2. ColeHole
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      9 years, 2 months ago

      uh oh.... 😉

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    3. Moontaka
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      9 years, 2 months ago

      You're in trouble. 🙂

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  13. Valar(Keith)
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    9 years, 2 months ago

    who the hell is wooton? and should i really be worried about owning Rafael?

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    1. blue cheese
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      9 years, 2 months ago

      No. He'll be on the bench, imo.

      "Wootton is now guaranteed a place in the squad for Saturday's Barclays Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur."

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      1. ColeHole
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        9 years, 2 months ago

        Fergie lies, Fergie's sweet sweet lies.

        (Fergie lies, Fergie Fergie Lies...)

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    2. Ginkapo FPL
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      9 years, 2 months ago

      Nah, hes about 5 years old by all accounts

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  14. reply fail
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    9 years, 2 months ago

    3, all my home players.

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  15. BinIvanovic
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    9 years, 2 months ago

    WildCard time

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  16. Chris_Fàbregas #DOOS…
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    9 years, 2 months ago

    Okay guys, just a quick one before I go out and get absolutely smashed, so I don’t need to tamper with my team while I’m drunk later.. How does it look?

    Jaaskalainen

    A.Cole Cuellar Zabaleta

    Hazard Fellaini(c) Sterling Kagawa

    Suarez P.Cisse(vc) Tevez

    subs: Schwarzer Demel Michu Hangeland

    I can’t make any transfers, I just want to make sure if I’ve got the best starting 11, and the best captain choice. That is all I need, s’il vous plait!!

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    1. Colonel Shoe 肝池
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      9 years, 2 months ago

      looks a goer to me...i might put michu as 1st sub, but just my opinion

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      1. Chris_Fàbregas #DOOS…
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        9 years, 2 months ago

        Ahh nice work! If one of my midfielders is out, then the defender would come in due to my current set up, but as you say, stick Michu as 1st, and there we go. Thanks!

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  17. Jafooli
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    9 years, 2 months ago

    Could somebody give me an idea of which two would be best to play out of these guys:

    Ivanovic (ars), Cuellar (WIG), Demel (qpr), Jenkinson (CHE)

    Also, chances of Kacaniklic playing if Berbatoff is really injured…..?

    Cheers Nitin for new post alert.....

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    1. reply fail
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      9 years, 2 months ago

      Take the home boys.

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  18. Sweetpea
    • 9 Years
    9 years, 2 months ago

    Federici > Begovic (have Friedel, who will play most weeks) or

    Noble > Sterling

    Which is more pressing??

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    1. reply fail
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      9 years, 2 months ago

      If you are going to play Sterling, Sterling. If not, none.

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      1. Sweetpea
        • 9 Years
        9 years, 2 months ago

        Plan on playing sterling, benching Tevez

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    2. Moontaka
      • 9 Years
      9 years, 2 months ago

      Fed to Begs

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  19. EmreCan Hustle
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    9 years, 2 months ago

    curse you berbatov and your stupid training schedule!

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  20. Gigging Order
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    • 10 Years
    9 years, 2 months ago

    Just want to say thanks to everyone that has given me feedback or visited my blog, the response has been great and my hit rate has been very encouraging (and surprising) over the last couple of days!

    I wont keep posting about it as I realise that it gets annoying, so from now on I will simply post my selections to start/as part of betting discussions on here each day but wont be doing any more shameless plugging in my posts themselves.

    Thanks everyone! 🙂

    p.s I am sticking with Tevez for now 🙂

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  21. Joey Barton and Friends
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    9 years, 2 months ago

    How are there four strikers in the Scout picks?

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    1. Paolo Di Laernu - low rep r…
      • 9 Years
      9 years, 2 months ago

      Walters is a midfielder in FPL

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      1. Paolo Di Laernu - low rep r…
        • 9 Years
        9 years, 2 months ago

        Oh wait sorry...whatever

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    2. Manani
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      9 years, 2 months ago

      it has always been like this, their starting 11 + 1 sub for each position

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  22. Mind över Mata
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    9 years, 2 months ago

    4 - ok

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  23. pjomara
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    9 years, 2 months ago

    Ba on the bench means they've 4 strikers listed and only 4 defenders.

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    1. Paolo Di Laernu - low rep r…
      • 9 Years
      9 years, 2 months ago

      The scouts pick is not a real team...remember that...

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      1. pjomara
        • 11 Years
        9 years, 2 months ago

        None of this is real anyway
        (I mean it's Fantasy Football, and not that the Matrix film is accurate)

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    2. reply fail
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      9 years, 2 months ago

      O boy, now we have fake scout picks as well.

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    3. Billy Gilmore
      • 9 Years
      9 years, 2 months ago

      It's the same every week they do a 3-4-3. They always have a reserve for every position and also only 1 keeper.

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  24. Rowley Birkin
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    9 years, 2 months ago

    Begovic(Foster)

    Baines Demel Gorkks (Cuellar Hughes)

    Michu Cazorla Hazard Pienaar (Taylor)

    Tevez FLetcher RVP

    Two free transfers, any suggestions?

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  25. The Pep Revolution
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    9 years, 2 months ago

    Is there any forward for 9m or less worth a 4 point hit to get in this week?

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    1. Moontaka
      • 9 Years
      9 years, 2 months ago

      Probably Fletcher

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  26. Back on the horse
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    9 years, 2 months ago

    People with Cuellar - are you starting him in the hope he plays and if he doesn't then no big deal? There is little risk of a half isn't there?

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    1. Timmy Cahill Rules
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      9 years, 2 months ago

      yes im starting him

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    2. Declan
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      9 years, 2 months ago

      Im starting him

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    3. Paolo Di Laernu - low rep r…
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      9 years, 2 months ago

      Start him, with an injury he either starts or doesn't at all. He's nailed on so if he's fit he should start...MON won't bring him on for 'the fun of it'

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    4. ajay_kl +42
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      9 years, 2 months ago

      Sold him for Baines

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      1. Declan
        • 11 Years
        9 years, 2 months ago

        Show off 🙂

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  27. gers23
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    9 years, 2 months ago

    Jelavic, Suarez or Fletcher? i have Pienaar and Mcclean

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    1. Moontaka
      • 9 Years
      9 years, 2 months ago

      Fletch this week, Suarez next week

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  28. Manani
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    9 years, 2 months ago

    only pineear and baines in my team,
    anyone less than that?

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  29. Captain Shirokov
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    5 picks for me.

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    1. Moontaka
      • 9 Years
      9 years, 2 months ago

      Same.

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    2. Declan
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      9 years, 2 months ago

      2 😎

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    3. 4vets
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      9 years, 2 months ago

      Ditto

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    4. Messi & fabregas
      • 10 Years
      9 years, 2 months ago

      7

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  30. Pinatta
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    9 years, 2 months ago

    4 strikers, is that normal?

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