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The Watchlist – Dimitar Berbatov

Without a goal or an assist in his last seven outings, Fantasy managers could be forgiven for not placing Dimitar Berbatov at the top of their Christmas lists. Joint winner of the Premier League golden boot two seasons ago off the back of just 24 starts, the Bulgarian’s capacity to deliver explosive returns are without question; and whilst last weekend’s flaccid foray to Anfield furnished another chapter to the Cottagers’ sorry season on the road, Berbatov’s Fantasy following may nevertheless discern some appetising crumbs of comfort from their performances at home…

Martin Jol’s men are averaging just under two goals a game in front of their own fans: a ratio only bettered by Man Utd, Man City and Arsenal, and with three of their next four games at Craven Cottage the schedule augurs well for a striker involved in almost half of Fulham’s haul this season. When we take into consideration the imminent invitees the auspices improve further: Southampton arrive on Boxing Day having shipped 20 goals in just seven away ties, and whilst the subsequent visit from Swansea promises to be a more cagey affair – the Swans have still conceded in all but one of their away games since the opening day.

Whilst the New Year’s Day trip to the resolute West Brom will likely furnish a stern test for Martin Jol’s men, its status as the first televised game of 2013 will, at the very, least afford Berbatov’s owners the opportunity to cheer on their charge from the sofa. Bryan Ruiz’s predicted availability, which could even arrive early on Boxing Day against the Saints, should serve as a seasonable succour to the Bulgarian – and with three goals and three assists to show for their five games together so far, Ruiz’s return could well serve as a timely Christmas present for the Bulgarian’s owners.

With rest and rotation biting over the hectic Christmas schedule, security of starts is another factor in favour of a player seemingly blessed with the ability to get his resting done on the pitch. Still backed by over 250,000 Fantasy managers despite his long drought, Berbatov is now available at a January-sales price of just 7.1 in the Fantasy Premier League and 7.5 in the Sky Sports game. In addition, the statistical omens are stacked in Berbatov’s favour – in 11 Premier League matches played between December 26 to December 31, he’s notched no less than 14 goals. Take what you want from that but with Santi Cazorla’s recent 23 point performance at Reading after a string of blanks fresh in the memory, Jol’s languid lieutenant may yet serve up his own salutary reminder that patience is a virtue.

stilicho I never make predictions and I never will”

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  1. Romford Pele - Don't w…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 years, 1 month ago

    I have Begovic, Enrique and Sterling.

    At the minute I'm starting Begovic and Enrique and benching sterling. Sound about right? 0-0 hopefully!

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    1. tw
        5 years, 1 month ago

        yupp

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      • Dogba
          5 years, 1 month ago

          Sounds good.

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        • ogqozo
            5 years, 1 month ago

            I don't think Sterling's ever going back to the offensive role. With good showings of Cole and Downing up front, and Sturridge coming, it'll probably never anymore be a good idea to start Sterling.

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        • JJO
            5 years, 1 month ago

            Who to get in?
            A) Hughes
            B) Baird

            Who to captain?
            A)Rooney
            B)Berba
            C)Michu

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            1. Romford Pele - Don't w…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              5 years, 1 month ago

              not sure about Qu.1 but for Qu.2 I'd go for C, B (vc)

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              1. JJO
                  5 years, 1 month ago

                  You think Rooney is too risky?

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                  1. Romford Pele - Don't w…
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    5 years, 1 month ago

                    He's not an awful option by any means! just prefer the other two. Reading defence it woeful and with fulham i feel they are due a big win

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            2. tw
                5 years, 1 month ago

                foster or bego?

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                1. Sean.
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  5 years, 1 month ago

                  bego, learnt that the hard way last week 🙂

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                  1. tw
                      5 years, 1 month ago

                      😀 same here

                      about your question on the council site, we're still trying to figure out how we'll do team selection for the new managers but we'll make a post on our site explaining it once we decide

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                  2. Eboue
                      5 years, 1 month ago

                      bego

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                    • The Pep Revolution
                        5 years, 1 month ago

                        I think Id go with Bego. Im playing both him and Cameron this week.

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                      • ILOVEBAPS
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        5 years, 1 month ago

                        Replied to your last question on last page. 🙂

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                        1. tw
                            5 years, 1 month ago

                            thanks! 😀

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                      • The Pep Revolution
                          5 years, 1 month ago

                          Would you get rid of either Long or Sessegnon or both? Two Free transfers and 1.1 in the bank.

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                          1. tw
                              5 years, 1 month ago

                              long to berba perhaps? sess to michu if you don't have him, otherwise keep sess for now

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                          2. Cech-King MoSalah
                              5 years, 1 month ago

                              Le Fondre or Sterling in starting 11 ?

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                              1. Dogba
                                  5 years, 1 month ago

                                  Le Fond.

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                                  1. Cech-King MoSalah
                                      5 years, 1 month ago

                                      Thanks for that

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                                • Romford Pele - Don't w…
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  5 years, 1 month ago

                                  I can't be expected to make big fantasy decisions with a hangover like this..

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                                • Dav
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  5 years, 1 month ago

                                  i’ve got rangel & rafa in my starting line up, both 50% chance of playing
                                  no def on bench as have demel on there without a fixture

                                  should i take a hit for changing rangel or demel?

                                  5.3 available if dump rangel
                                  6.4 available if i dump rafa
                                  4.6 if dump demel

                                  thanks

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                                  1. tw
                                      5 years, 1 month ago

                                      dump rangel for a stoke defender

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                                      1. Dav
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        5 years, 1 month ago

                                        got shawX already? double up?

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                                        1. tw
                                            5 years, 1 month ago

                                            i would

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                                    • tw
                                        5 years, 1 month ago

                                        who do you think will score more this gw, silva or bale and why?

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                                        1. Dogba
                                            5 years, 1 month ago

                                            Bale. Got his engine up and running after his injury now.

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                                          • Sean.
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            5 years, 1 month ago

                                            bale... tottenhams next 4 are so much better than city's

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                                            1. tw
                                                5 years, 1 month ago

                                                yeah i know that! but in gw 19 who do you think will score more?

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                                            2. Dav
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              5 years, 1 month ago

                                              bale vs a villa defence that conceded 8 at the bridge.
                                              i think villa will concede 2 today

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                                          • thomthom
                                              5 years, 1 month ago

                                              Good to go? Any last minute advice?

                                              Bego (Jaask)
                                              Baines, Olsson, Shorey (Cuellar, McCartney)
                                              Bale, Silva, Puncheon, Michu (Snodgrass)
                                              Ba, Berbatov, RVP

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                                            • Grubby
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              5 years, 1 month ago

                                              Will RVP start? I know Fergie will be tempted to rotate and so I am very tempted to captain Michu this week just for the stability.

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                                            • living the dream
                                                5 years, 1 month ago

                                                Who is a good option to get in for Sterling? I have 5.3 to spend but already have puncheon. Any news on Rafael?

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                                                1. Dogba
                                                    5 years, 1 month ago

                                                    Sterling is the best option for 5.3.

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                                                    1. Root
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      5 years, 1 month ago

                                                      This. Or wait for Fellaini to drop to 5.3.

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                                                      1. John Nerdelbaum
                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                        5 years, 1 month ago

                                                        +1

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                                                      2. Schürrle Not
                                                          5 years, 1 month ago

                                                          😯
                                                          Fellaini is on 7.5 now

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                                                    2. John Nerdelbaum
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      5 years, 1 month ago

                                                      Maloney or Noble imo. Not much down there tho

                                                      Late fitness test according to SSN

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                                                      1. living the dream
                                                          5 years, 1 month ago

                                                          Maloney is a good shout. Cheers

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                                                      2. HelloSidney
                                                          5 years, 1 month ago

                                                          Sidwell

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                                                      3. SuperOsçarBaby
                                                          5 years, 1 month ago

                                                          Play -

                                                          a) Morrison v QPR
                                                          or
                                                          b) Ramirez v FUL

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                                                          1. Dogba
                                                              5 years, 1 month ago

                                                              Ramirez! Morrison could play deep, Fulham are even leakier than QPR nowadays. Ramirez guaranteed to play in the hole.

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                                                              1. SuperOsçarBaby
                                                                  5 years, 1 month ago

                                                                  But Mulumbu is back.....

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                                                            • Spencer - Hungary Neville
                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                              • Has Moderation Rights
                                                              5 years, 1 month ago

                                                              Put the armband on Berba late last night... Surprisingly still on him now when I'm sober.

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                                                            • JK - Bøw for FPL ⭐
                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                              5 years, 1 month ago

                                                              Morning lads

                                                              Nice to see the Scouts have clocked onto Boxing Day Berba

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                                                            • kanubelieveit
                                                                5 years, 1 month ago

                                                                Who to offer the final starting berth to - Benteke or Snodgrass?

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                                                                1. JK - Bøw for FPL ⭐
                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                  5 years, 1 month ago

                                                                  Benteke, Snodgrass is at home

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                                                                  1. kanubelieveit
                                                                      5 years, 1 month ago

                                                                      cheers

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                                                                2. Nerdlinger
                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                  5 years, 1 month ago

                                                                  Start:

                                                                  B Davies (rdg)
                                                                  or
                                                                  Kone (eve)

                                                                  ?

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                                                                3. JWilson3
                                                                    5 years, 1 month ago

                                                                    Do you think 3 of these defenders will play? - Johnson, Clyne, Ridgewell, Rafael

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                                                                  • Athletico Timbo
                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                    • Has Moderation Rights
                                                                    5 years, 1 month ago

                                                                    Does anyone know who the lad on twitter is that correctly predicts the Everton team?

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                                                                  • Manani
                                                                      5 years, 1 month ago

                                                                      any chance rooney will be rested today?
                                                                      I'd say close to 0, right?

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                                                                      1. Jax
                                                                          5 years, 1 month ago

                                                                          very likely mate.

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                                                                      2. Gigging Order
                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                        5 years, 1 month ago

                                                                        Morning all, transfer conundrum....

                                                                        Defoe and Michu

                                                                        Suarez and Pienaar

                                                                        Benteke and Bent

                                                                        Which pair are the best for the next 3 or 4 games?

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                                                                        1. Gigging Order
                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                          5 years, 1 month ago

                                                                          *Benteke and Bale

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                                                                          1. living the dream
                                                                              5 years, 1 month ago

                                                                              Benteke and Bale

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                                                                        2. div
                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                          5 years, 1 month ago

                                                                          Opinions needed please.

                                                                          First time playing Sky FF and I have only 11 transfers left and doing quite well (ranked 831) should l keep or sell Walcott. Team is

                                                                          Hart
                                                                          Baines, Riether, Cameron
                                                                          Bale, Michu, Sterling, Walcott, Cazorla
                                                                          RVP, Ba

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                                                                        3. Martial-Mathers
                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                          5 years, 1 month ago

                                                                          Chasing leader in my ML 30 points behind.
                                                                          Him RVP (C)
                                                                          Shall I Michu (C) and RVP (vc) ????????

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                                                                        4. Romford Pele - Don't w…
                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                          5 years, 1 month ago

                                                                          Predictions on what Fellaini's price will be by the time he can play again? Not had him all season and plan to get him in asap hoping to benefit from others being slow to get him..

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                                                                        5. SuperDelta
                                                                            5 years, 1 month ago

                                                                            for bench>>> pilkington or G.Ramirez

                                                                            for capt>>> Michu or RVP or Torres

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