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Moneyball – Jason Puncheon

This series has generally been engaged in looking for the “next prospect”, the unheralded and the unfashionable. This week, we’re going to go in a slightly different direction and re-examine someone who was first mentioned in these pages back in Gameweek 6, after which he was promptly benched to seemingly slip back into obscurity. As last weekend’s performance at QPR demonstrated, however, the underlying potential of Jason Puncheon was never in doubt: pitch-time looks to be the key factor in his prosperity as a Fantasy asset.

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  1. thetinkerman
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    5 years, 3 months ago

    I think I would like to see one or two more consistent games from Puncheon before I invest.

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    1. thetinkerman
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      5 years, 3 months ago

      At £4.5m, maybe invest is the wrong word! Commit.

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    2. In Tommy We Trust
        5 years, 3 months ago

        this^^^

        Rodriguez won't be left out in the cold for long

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      • Paolo Di Laernu - low rep r…
          5 years, 3 months ago

          He's been consistent when playing. The problem is will he start every game.

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          1. thetinkerman
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            5 years, 3 months ago

            Indeed.

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      • Evs
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        5 years, 3 months ago

        Hmmm....

        Now toying with Felliani ➡ Valencia?

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        1. The Devil Wears Prada
            5 years, 3 months ago

            might be worth a punt this week. but i would keep fellaini somehow

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          • Drogba "Unstoppable, U…
              5 years, 3 months ago

              don't really see the point of getting him
              sure he represents a coverage of manutd against managerless utd
              but his returns have not really been fruitful lately....

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              1. Drogba "Unstoppable, U…
                  5 years, 3 months ago

                  oops! ignore that one

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                  1. Evs
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                    5 years, 3 months ago

                    Thanks 🙂

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              2. Drogba "Unstoppable, U…
                  5 years, 3 months ago

                  don't really see the point of getting him
                  sure he represents a coverage of manutd against managerless qpr
                  but his returns have not really been fruitful lately....

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                  1. Evs
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                    5 years, 3 months ago

                    Echo. . .

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                • thetinkerman
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                  5 years, 3 months ago

                  I'm not sold on Valencia's merits this season I'm afraid. The raw goal threat of Fellaini is surely too much to ignore and one of Rooney/RVP is the best route into Utd attack IMO. I think people may regret selling Fellaini as well. If you have a decent bench player, I'd hold tight.

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                  1. Evs
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                    5 years, 3 months ago

                    Sterling is my bench player.

                    This weeks mf...

                    Sterling, bale, Michu, Nolan (Felliani)

                    WHM have awful run of games ahead... Wish I could do straight Nolan to Valencia upgrade but a little shy on the £s 😥

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                    1. thetinkerman
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                      5 years, 3 months ago

                      I'd save the transfer myself if there are no other pressing issues. I still think Nolan is an seasoned enough PL player to be able to offer goal threat regardless of the opponent.

                      If you're still not happy next week maybe downgrade elsewhere and upgrade Nolan.

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              3. Johnny Rev 7.0 Afghanistan
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                5 years, 3 months ago

                Have to switch to 4 at the back this GW with Fellaini and Guthrie red-flagged.

                Gorkks (wig) or Garrido (eve)?

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                1. Evs
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                  5 years, 3 months ago

                  Pokey Gorkey

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                2. ZaKNaFeiN
                    5 years, 3 months ago

                    Gorkss

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                  • Johnny Rev 7.0 Afghanistan
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                    5 years, 3 months ago

                    Thanks boys, that was my initial gut feeling.

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                3. In Tommy We Trust
                    5 years, 3 months ago

                    West Brom/Southampton rotation is also nice for the same time frame and involves 0 transfers for me 😀

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                  • Leaf
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                    5 years, 3 months ago

                    Begovic

                    Rafael , baines v , huth

                    Sess , Carzorla , Maloney , Walcott

                    Ba , RVP c , Tevez

                    Bench sterling,Clyne,Gunter

                    Sterling plays for Theo I I guess

                    Had to take 4 pt hit this week ,but looks ok right ?

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                    1. ZaKNaFeiN
                        5 years, 3 months ago

                        Seems alright

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                    2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
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                      5 years, 3 months ago

                      Will monitor him v newcastle, if he does well might consider bringing him in for maloney

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                      1. Leaf
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                        5 years, 3 months ago

                        Very hopeful of Maloney this week

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                      2. Evs
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                        5 years, 3 months ago

                        Good call.

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                    3. The Devil Wears Prada
                        5 years, 3 months ago

                        need more opinions on this:

                        i'm looking to get in arsenal or city coverage. i'm looking at doing either maloney -> walcott or berba ->aguero. i'm leaning towards the walcott trade since arsenal's fixtures are alot easier, and berba is still good value and in good form. what do you think?

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                        1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
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                          5 years, 3 months ago

                          walcott is injured

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                          1. The Devil Wears Prada
                              5 years, 3 months ago

                              i forgot the mention this transfer is for next week. hopefully we know more about his injury by then. though he's expected to be back for the midweek game in gw 14.

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                          2. In Tommy We Trust
                              5 years, 3 months ago

                              Anyway to get Silva as City coverage?

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                              1. The Devil Wears Prada
                                  5 years, 3 months ago

                                  i could have if i opted for gorkss instead of cuellar. but looking at their fixtures of cuellar, gorkss, silva and walcott, i decided that cuellar and walcott would be the best move. but i just found out i could get aguero if i lost berba, although i'm not too keen on this

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                            • Kamikaze
                                5 years, 3 months ago

                                2 FT, 0.1 in the bank.

                                Begovic Tremmel
                                Baines Cuellar McCartney Gorkss Williamson
                                Bale Mata Fellaini Michu Maloney
                                RVP Tevez Ba

                                Anything to do?

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                              • Jubilanus - (AfghaniStanisl…
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                                5 years, 3 months ago

                                Valencia or Bale?

                                Bale seems sensible option, but can see UTD destroying QPR tomorrow.

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                                1. fredwestham
                                    5 years, 3 months ago

                                    Bale

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                                  • Leaf
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                                    5 years, 3 months ago

                                    I'd say Bale , fixtures get so good in a few weeks he will be essential

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                                  • thetinkerman
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                                    5 years, 3 months ago

                                    Bale for me. I don't think they're comparable. You could argue that Valencia has the better assist threat but he has nowhere near the same goal threat as Bale.

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                                    1. Jubilanus - (AfghaniStanisl…
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                                      5 years, 3 months ago

                                      yeah you are right.

                                      Just tempting to try and be the guy who got Valencia the week he went loco!

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                                      1. thetinkerman
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                                        5 years, 3 months ago

                                        Do you want to be the guy who sold Bale the week when he went loco though? 😉

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

                                    Chris Glover, you're blog/site is deadly. I really enjoy reading it when the dust settles on a gameweek, Keep up the fantastic work!

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                                    1. Giggs Boson
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                                      5 years, 3 months ago

                                      +1. I'm not sure how's he's managed it, but now i'm starting to think Rooney is a viable RVP alternative 😐 😀

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                                      1. thetinkerman
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                                        5 years, 3 months ago

                                        Perhaps because he is!

                                        RVP has dominated up to now and Rooney has become unfashionable. The reason you're doubting yourself is because no-one has been talking about him probably.

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                                        1. Twisted Saltergater
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                                          5 years, 3 months ago

                                          I have! Lots! Did Taarabt + RVP --> Valencia + Rooney this week. I'll need a cushion to hide behind at the weekend...

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                                          1. In Tommy We Trust
                                              5 years, 3 months ago

                                              I recommend some alcohol in the household 😉

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                                              1. Twisted Saltergater
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                                                5 years, 3 months ago

                                                When's the game on? Saturday? I'll be travelling up to the Villa - Arsenal game in a car full of Van Persie owners. It's either going to go very well, or .. well, not worth considering really.

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                                                1. In Tommy We Trust
                                                    5 years, 3 months ago

                                                    Heaven or hell in a nutshell there.

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                                              2. thetinkerman
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                                                5 years, 3 months ago

                                                Fair enough. I should have said hardly anyone!

                                                Good luck 😀

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                                                1. Twisted Saltergater
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                                                  5 years, 3 months ago

                                                  Hehe, cheers... I'll need it!

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                                                  1. thetinkerman
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                                                    5 years, 3 months ago

                                                    Love the grav too by the way

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

                                              I think he is too. Just doesn't come with that added 'when in doubt captain the dutchess of scoring when he wants' factor

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                                              1. Jönny
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                                                5 years, 3 months ago

                                                After last weekend I'm starting to think that could be a good thing - didn't even consider Tevez, which in retrospect was pretty stupid. Does having RVP make you overlook other, better captaincy options?

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                                                1. Twisted Saltergater
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                                                  5 years, 3 months ago

                                                  It does. Definitely. It's the fear factor of him exploding.

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

                                                    Definitely, especially because of his price tag. It's unfortunate for Tevez owners like yourself that he hadn't done anything in 2 games...which made your faith in captaining him non-existent perhaps. Look on the brightside, at least you got the 19 points!

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                                                    1. Jönny
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                                                      5 years, 3 months ago

                                                      I can't see the brightside I'm afraid, my main rival and my H2H opponent both captained Suarez. I was in a deep state of despair all weekend.

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                                                  • thetinkerman
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                                                    5 years, 3 months ago

                                                    I don't know. I captain Berba last weekend and (VC) RVP. Turns out they were the only two players in my attack to draw blanks! D'oh.

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                                                  • GREENDREAMS11
                                                      5 years, 3 months ago

                                                      Been without RVP since gameweek 7 and although its not really bitten me just yet the wife has to do 1 Extra washload on a Saturday now. :p

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                                              2. Lateriser 12
                                                  5 years, 3 months ago

                                                  Link

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                                                  1. thetinkerman
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                                                    5 years, 3 months ago

                                                    I kind of don't want to share it and keep it a secret...

                                                    http://premierleaguefantasy.blogspot.de/

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                                                    1. Paolo Di Laernu - low rep r…
                                                        5 years, 3 months ago

                                                        One thing's for sure, we've now revealed where we both live! 😀

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                                                        1. Lateriser 12
                                                            5 years, 3 months ago

                                                            Thanks

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                                                          • thetinkerman
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                                                            5 years, 3 months ago

                                                            Damn, the secret's out.

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                                                    2. Home Run Baker
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                                                      5 years, 3 months ago

                                                      I love it too. Dousing fire / fanning flames article is an excellent read on how to view what happened in the previous GW. Must-read imo.

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                                                  2. Jönny
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                                                    5 years, 3 months ago

                                                    Fantastic... just pulled the trigger on Guthrie->Puncheon which I was quite bored by as a transfer, now I've popped onto the site to find this article. Hopefully it can perk my interest!

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                                                    1. thetinkerman
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                                                      5 years, 3 months ago

                                                      Seems like a very sensible one, especially if you have Michu/Suarez/Fellaini bans to cover.

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                                                      1. Jönny
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                                                        5 years, 3 months ago

                                                        Just Michu hanging around for me....definitely sensible, but this article offers hope that it could be exciting too!

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                                                        1. Mithrandir, the Grey Pilgri…
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                                                          5 years, 3 months ago

                                                          I have all 3.

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                                                    2. Mithrandir, the Grey Pilgri…
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                                                      5 years, 3 months ago

                                                      My transfer too this week. I was so pleased to get rid of Guthrie, and plan on playing Puncheon

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                                                    3. New Ghost
                                                        5 years, 3 months ago

                                                        Puncheon is the only viable way out from Guthrie atm. Did the transfer this week as well. Punch could come in handy when Michu gets his 5th yellow.

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                                                        1. Mithrandir, the Grey Pilgri…
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                                                          5 years, 3 months ago

                                                          Agree, had no exit from Guthrie until Puncheon. Good fixtures for saints too, gives me renewed interest after I stupidly sold lambert.

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                                                          1. New Ghost
                                                              5 years, 3 months ago

                                                              Agreed; the next 4 fixtures for Soton look promising.

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                                                      • ManTree(v2!) or just JAY!
                                                          5 years, 3 months ago

                                                          Hey folks

                                                          I have 2 FT and £1.5m in the bank.

                                                          Foster, Begovic

                                                          Baines, Davies, Demel, Cuellar, Gorkks

                                                          Nolan, Michu, Bale, Fellaini, Sterling

                                                          Ba, RVP, Aguero

                                                          Pick one of these:

                                                          1. Foster and Davies out for Ruddy and Jose Enrique.

                                                          2. Foster to Ruddy to free up funds and save FT.

                                                          3. Foster to Mignolet and save FT

                                                          Thoughts please?!

                                                          Thank you!!

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                                                          1. Ricky - passed with flying …
                                                              5 years, 3 months ago

                                                              4 - davies out for gibbs or someone else [save 1ft]

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                                                            • Guinney
                                                                5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                first option seems the best to me

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                                                            • greggles
                                                                5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                Right, I'm this close to pulling the trigger on McAuley > Cuellar and Berbatov > Giroud (2 FT) unless anyone can talk me out of it...

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                                                                1. ZaKNaFeiN
                                                                    5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                    keep berba, he's class

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                                                                    1. greggles
                                                                        5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                        i know, that's why i'm holding off... I'm definitely doing McAuley > Cuellar, and then it's up for grabs whether Nolan gets the chop for Puncheon or Berba for Giroud...

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                                                                    2. thetinkerman
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                                                                      5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                      There's no way I'd do Berba > Giroud personally. Don't forget it's only Giroud's first season and he might not be able to keep up this consistency.

                                                                      McCauley > Cuellar seems sensible

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                                                                      1. greggles
                                                                          5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                          Thanks for your advice. Would you ditch Nolan at this point, and if so, for whom?

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                                                                          1. thetinkerman
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                                                                            5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                            Not sure. I have a feeling that Nolan/West Ham won't be too fussed about playing 'big' teams and will still offer some value. If I had him I'd still be tempted to sell for the right player. Not sure who that would be sorry!

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                                                                    3. heartsattack
                                                                        5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                        Start Simpson or Gorkks?

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                                                                        1. ZaKNaFeiN
                                                                            5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                            gorksss

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                                                                          • Home Run Baker
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                                                                            5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                            Gorkss

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                                                                        2. reply fail
                                                                            5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                            If one day Guthrie will be able to play again, does he has a chance to appear in the starting 11? Or will he be bench fodder for Reading like he is for me? I don't need him until gw19.

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                                                                            1. Lateriser 12
                                                                                5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                Wrong. You have no clue when you will need him.

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                                                                                1. Paolo Di Laernu - low rep r…
                                                                                    5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                    Harsh...

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                                                                                  • reply fail
                                                                                      5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                      Yes I do, I'm very happy with 2 defenders that can come from my bench until gw19. But the question was, will he get a starting place?

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                                                                                      1. Viper
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                                                                                        5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                        Plenty of suspension, injuries will take place between now & gwk 19! You never know or when you will need them..

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                                                                                        1. Viper
                                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                          5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                          never know who*

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                                                                                        2. reply fail
                                                                                            5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                            I know, but there will also be 6 FT's. I just want him as a good bench option from GW19+. For now he can do what he wants on my bench,

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                                                                                        3. New Ghost
                                                                                            5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                            McDermott doesn't really seem to fancy him. Shame really; Guthrie is Reading's only adequate passer in the middle of the park.

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                                                                                            1. reply fail
                                                                                                5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                Thanks Snake, that is my main worry.

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                                                                                      2. Viper
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                                                                                        5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                        Team for the weekend:

                                                                                        Jaask
                                                                                        Baines Cameron Cuellar
                                                                                        Bale Cazorla (vc) Sterling Michu
                                                                                        RVP(c) Berba Tevez

                                                                                        Fed; Ridgewell, Demel, Fellaini

                                                                                        I have 2 free tranfers, nothing obvious to do so i'm gonna go for Demel -> Davies/Clyne and save the other transfer, any suggestions?

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                                                                                        1. Twisted Saltergater
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                                                                                          5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                          Great team, Viper. Get rid of Cazorla 😉

                                                                                          I like the Demel to Davies given that Southampton miss a game in GW18, i think.

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                                                                                          1. Viper
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                                                                                            5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                            Cazorla is staying put, we've been through this 🙂

                                                                                            Yeah, i'm thinking Davies purely because Swansea are a much better team than Southampton..

                                                                                            Cazorla -> Walcott in a couple weeks could be on the cards. It will be a move that involves Tevez -> Suarez most likely..

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                                                                                        2. EVILFUK
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                                                                                          5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                          billy jones or wisdom probably better options in the budget range, as is michael turner (possibly injured for this week)

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                                                                                          1. Viper
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                                                                                            5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                            Unfortunately I have 0.0 in the bank so 4.0 -> 4.0 is all thats available to me..

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                                                                                        3. EVILFUK
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                                                                                          5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                          or if you can stretch to bardsley you could do a lot worse!

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                                                                                      3. Gazza2000
                                                                                          5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                          For the non RVP owners, who will be your captain this week ?

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                                                                                          1. thetinkerman
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                                                                                            5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                            What are your choices Gazza?

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                                                                                            1. Gazza2000
                                                                                                5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                Bale, Ba, Suarez, team is linked

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                                                                                                1. New Ghost
                                                                                                    5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                    Take a chance with Bale.

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                                                                                                    1. Gazza2000
                                                                                                        5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                        Last 2 times I did that he gave me 4 points in return, lost a bit of faith I guess...

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                                                                                                    2. thetinkerman
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                                                                                                      5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                      I like Bale Ba Suarez in that order, but there's probably not much in it.

                                                                                                      The reason I chose Bale over Ba is due to Newcastle's injury 'crisis'

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                                                                                                      1. Gazza2000
                                                                                                          5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                          yeah, my first thought was Ba as well, but the injuries made me hesitate..
                                                                                                          What about Baines ? I know the "Baines rule" but it could work out well this time...

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                                                                                                  • Viper
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                                                                                                    5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                    Cazorla or Bale are decent options imo..

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                                                                                                  • Drogba "Unstoppable, U…
                                                                                                      5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                      suarez here

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                                                                                                    • berbatron
                                                                                                        5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                        Suarez

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                                                                                                    • EVILFUK
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                                                                                                      5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                      I'm fancying an accumlator tomorrow. any gambling geniuses got any tips? 5-10 teams i think.

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                                                                                                      1. r0nh
                                                                                                          5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                          My betting tip:

                                                                                                          Never bet on more than 3 variables

                                                                                                          Instead, bet bigger on 1 variable

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                                                                                                          1. EVILFUK
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                                                                                                            5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                            cool.

                                                                                                            might go for 3 draws to boost the odds, stoke fulham / wigan reading / southampton newcastle sound good?

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                                                                                                        • Conor McGregor
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                                                                                                          5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                          betting is only gambling when you dont know what your doing.

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                                                                                                        • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                                                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                          5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                          City to beat chelsea on sunday.

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                                                                                                        • Gimli son of Gloin
                                                                                                            5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                            United, Arsenal, Wigan, Norwich and Southampton could get decent odds. Fancy Norwich and Southampton for a few upsets this weekend

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                                                                                                        • Dante
                                                                                                            5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                            How's this looking for this week? Not entirely happy, but saving my FT for next week...

                                                                                                            Begovic (Foster)

                                                                                                            Baines / Baird / Simpson (Shawcross / Demel)

                                                                                                            Mata / Cazorla / Sterling / Lallana (Kightly)

                                                                                                            RVP (c) / Berbatov / Ba (v)

                                                                                                            Thanks!

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                                                                                                            1. EVILFUK
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                                                                                                              5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                              it's fine mate

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                                                                                                            2. ★FC Borecelona★
                                                                                                                5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                Solid

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                                                                                                                1. ★FC Borecelona★
                                                                                                                    5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                    Woah! Play ShawX over Simpson!

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                                                                                                                    1. Dante
                                                                                                                        5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                        Shawcross vs. Fulham over Simpson vs. Southampton? And I've got a bit of Stoke cover in Bego in the unlikely event of Fulham not scoring at some point.

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                                                                                                                2. Kaboom
                                                                                                                    5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                    My team is

                                                                                                                    begovic (mcarthy)
                                                                                                                    baines rafael cameron (clyne demel)
                                                                                                                    bale sterling yaya valencia (kacanaclic)
                                                                                                                    RVP saurez (pog)

                                                                                                                    1 FT 2.5m in the bank
                                                                                                                    any suggestions appreciated

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                                                                                                                    1. EVILFUK
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                                                                                                                      5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                      yaya to puncheon, then pog to any striker you fancy on any given week!

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                                                                                                                      1. Kaboom
                                                                                                                          5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                          what about
                                                                                                                          baines -> enrique
                                                                                                                          pog-> padolski/giroud

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                                                                                                                    2. In Tommy We Trust
                                                                                                                        5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                        So what people actually expecting out of RVP this weekend?

                                                                                                                        2 goals and 3 baps and am happy

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                                                                                                                        1. EVILFUK
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                                                                                                                          5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                          one assist

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

                                                                                                                            Nothing, always best to be pessimistic.

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                                                                                                                          • Mull
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                                                                                                                            5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                            That's about the minimum I'm expecting.

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                                                                                                                          • In Tommy We Trust
                                                                                                                              5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                              Jesus, terrible English

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                                                                                                                            • New Ghost
                                                                                                                                5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                4 goals. 🙂

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                                                                                                                              • thetinkerman
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                                                                                                                                5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                I'm expecting double figures to be honest, although I have a feeling this will be the week Rooney goes nuts and turns everyone's heads.

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                                                                                                                                1. Maillot Jaune
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                                                                                                                                  5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                  hahaha ive asked on 3 seperate occasions today if its worth bringing in ole granny shagger for a two week blast partnering persie in my side and i got a resounding no 😛 playing deep, persie is the clearly the guy to have but we all know he is one of those explosive players a score of 15 wouldnt really suprese anyone would it

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                                                                                                                            • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
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                                                                                                                              5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                              one key thing to note for the next 3 gws is make sure you have a good bench.

                                                                                                                              If you are making transfers like berbatov to fletcher for example and you have ben arfa and walcott you may want to think twice. Get rid of the injuries and make sure you bring in someone who will play even if they are to be benched.

                                                                                                                              I expect alot of rotation with 3 games in space of 7 days

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                                                                                                                              1. In Tommy We Trust
                                                                                                                                  5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                  OMG!! you feeling ok Bemba? This is really sound advice.

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                                                                                                                                • r0nh
                                                                                                                                    5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                    This is crap advice, most teams play 3 games every week.

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                                                                                                                                    1. thetinkerman
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                                                                                                                                      5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                      -1

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                                                                                                                                • @Bryan
                                                                                                                                    5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                    Just saw a stat, but it was not sourced so take it with a pinch of salt.

                                                                                                                                    Apparently, it takes on average 57 crosses to score a goal.

                                                                                                                                    I'm only trudging through this now, but anyone interested in Everton/Baines here is two links.

                                                                                                                                    http://www.shotsontarget.co.uk/2012/11/team-analysis-chelsea-west-brom-and.html

                                                                                                                                    http://theexecutionersbong.wordpress.com/

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                                                                                                                                    1. Paolo Di Laernu - low rep r…
                                                                                                                                        5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                        Cheers Brian, Baines still has the second most assists of any defender. And Riise has one more, one of which was a flukey penalty assist. I personally don't think his average of an assist every 4 games is bad. You can discuss why he hasn't had more assists but that's football! They can't all go in.

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                                                                                                                                        1. @Bryan
                                                                                                                                            5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                            Np. More interesting readings then anything else. The 2nd link has some stuff on why Everton create so much, but score a bit less then you'd expect for the number and how a formation change to Fellaini going into midfield might change things. Could be relevant to Baines potential going forward.

                                                                                                                                            Or just a long (interesting) read on real life tactics 😛

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                                                                                                                                        2. @Bryan
                                                                                                                                            5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                            The 2nd link has posts that pretty much deconstruct the Everton attack and shooting accuracy.

                                                                                                                                            Very interesting.

                                                                                                                                            For the lazy, it is enough to re-ignite some worries about Baines. Basically Everton shoot from every angle in the box, over a quarter of the goals from areas wide of the goal, but in the box. That is..odd.

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                                                                                                                                            1. thetinkerman
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                                                                                                                                              5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                              That was mentioned in the scoutcast actually (if I remember correctly). It could be that they're going for a lot of shots on goal rather than trying to walk it in.

                                                                                                                                              I've not checked the stats or anything though, purely speculation, but it wouldn't surprise me.

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                                                                                                                                                1. thetinkerman
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                                                                                                                                                  5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                  Nice one.

                                                                                                                                                  Not sure where this leaves us really. Are we expecting them to continue getting a lot of shots but converting them at a much lower rate than other teams? As long as they've got goals in them, I'm happy owning Everton players.

                                                                                                                                                  I wonder how important this is:

                                                                                                                                                  "Over a quarter of them (marked with an x) have come from areas wide of the goal (unsurprisingly, the left side). This is very unusual amongst the sides who score a lot of goals."

                                                                                                                                                  Assuming it is true, does it necessarily mean that it's harder to score goals from crosses from the left side?

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                                                                                                                                                  1. @Bryan
                                                                                                                                                      5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                      Id expect Jelavic to start converting at his normal rate soon after this slump. Might help a tad, not by great amounts though.

                                                                                                                                                      From the other players, Fellaini, Osman and Mirallas, sounds like we can expect more of the same.

                                                                                                                                                      If they start creating less chances against the better sides, ill be pretty worried. For now, it is so-so.

                                                                                                                                                      Id assume so, if the crosses aren't hitting a more central area of the box or players are just shooting on sight from every angle (Suarez syndrome last year). It would help explain the Baines question, alongside the poorer conversion rate of the aforementioned players.

                                                                                                                                                      Might explain why they aren't regressing to the mean (in a positive manner).

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                                                                                                                                            2. thetinkerman
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                                                                                                                                              5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                              You legend! Would love to see the source.

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                                                                                                                                              1. @Bryan
                                                                                                                                                  5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                  Article from 2nd blog again. No source/referance for the stat though.

                                                                                                                                                  http://theexecutionersbong.wordpress.com/2012/11/08/scout-report-moyes-tactical-blueprint-for-sunderland/

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                                                                                                                                            3. Impressive Tackle
                                                                                                                                                5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                play Taraabt(mun) or Davies(LIV)?

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                                                                                                                                                1. New Ghost
                                                                                                                                                    5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                    Taarabt.

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                                                                                                                                                2. New Ghost
                                                                                                                                                    5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                    3 GWs in one week. I love this.

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                                                                                                                                                    1. r0nh
                                                                                                                                                        5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                        There isnt.

                                                                                                                                                        There is 2 GW's in one week.

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                                                                                                                                                      • King Nil Miss ✩
                                                                                                                                                          5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                          No, in 2!

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                                                                                                                                                      • Flying Assassins
                                                                                                                                                          5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                          Made a mistake with early transfer but was get annoyed with Newcastle's form as well as HBA who I transferred for Walcott. Will my team do OK? Never played with 3 MID's before.

                                                                                                                                                          Begovic (Federici)
                                                                                                                                                          Clyne - Cuellar - Baines - Cameron
                                                                                                                                                          Michu - Nolan - Mata (Walcott & Fellaini)
                                                                                                                                                          RVP - Tevez - Berbatov

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                                                                                                                                                        • HammerChaw
                                                                                                                                                            5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                            how could i improve this team/squad

                                                                                                                                                            Begovic (jask)
                                                                                                                                                            Wisdom Cuellar Boyce (mc cauley, Cameron)
                                                                                                                                                            Mata Hazard Michu Maloney (Fellaini)
                                                                                                                                                            berba Suarez(vc) van persie (C)
                                                                                                                                                            imput welcome ..tempted by hazard to silva

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                                                                                                                                                            1. Flying Assassins
                                                                                                                                                                5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                Agree. I wouldn't want both Mata & Hazard and considering no city cover it would seem a logical move.

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                                                                                                                                                            2.  ⓖⓐⓩⓩⓐ™
                                                                                                                                                                5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                Who do yas reckon I should play Pienaar ( home to Norwich) or. Sterling (away to Swansea)

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                                                                                                                                                                1. In Tommy We Trust
                                                                                                                                                                    5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                    Pienaar

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                                                                                                                                                                2. andres
                                                                                                                                                                    5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                    Just shipped out mcAnuff and got puncheon, feels good! This allows me to get suarez for next week, which probably mesns he will get a yellow and miss the sot game, but still... i am quite happy:)

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                                                                                                                                                                  • Giggs Boson
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                                                                                                                                                                    5 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                    Would you captain Boyce(RDG) or RVP(QPR) this week? Tough call...

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