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The Watchlist – Dimitar Berbatov

As the season heats up and the battle to beat the drop intensifies, it shouldn’t really surprise us that the most cool and collected player in the Premier League has led by example. With goals in each of the previous three Gameweeks, Dimitar Berbatov has engineered a climb up the climb that sees Fulham sit in tenth spot – just four points behind Swansea with a game in hand.

Reunited with former Spurs boss Martin Jol last summer, Berbatov’s impact was immediate. A brace on his first start against West Brom was followed by an assist away to Wigan – with maximum Fantasy Premier League (FPL) bonus in both fixtures, he rocketed up in ownership from 6.9 to 7.3 over the space of a fortnight. Handed the role of lone forward, with Bryan Ruiz pulling the strings behind him, the Bulgarian’s form continued – three goals and a pair of assists over his next four appearances followed, with a 16 point haul in a Gameweek 11 draw at the Emirates proving the highlight of his season so far.

A hamstring injury to Ruiz in the Gameweek 12 defeat at home to Sunderland proved Berbatov’s undoing, though. The Costa Rican’s absence forced Jol into deploying Berbatov deeper, lessening his attacking potential, with the likes of Hugo Rodallega or Mladen Petric afforded the chance to lead the line instead. As a result, he failed to register a single goal or assist over Ruiz’s six matches on the sidelines – it’s no coincidence his strike partner’s Gameweek 19 return saw Berbatov in the points once again, picking up a goal and maximum bonus in a home draw with Southampton.

Since Ruiz’s return to the Cottagers’ first XI, Berbatov has hit the occasional stumbling block, though. This has mainly been down to his manager’s tinkering – Jol’s decision to play Ruiz on the right flank in a handful of fixtures resulted in a withdrawn role once again for the Bulgarian but, as his side edged ever-nearer to the drop zone, Jol’s decision to reinstate Ruiz behind Berbatov up top has proved pivotal.

Further analysing his recent form, Berbatov has now notched in four of his last five matches; the one game he failed to find the net – away to Norwich in Gameweek 26 – was due to Jol’s decision to move Ruiz out wide and drop the Bulgarian deeper. With Ashkan Dejagah now preferred on the flank, Fulham finally have a settled side and are reaping the benefits; only United have bettered or equalled their points haul over the last three matches.

Up next for the Cottagers is a home clash against basement-dwellers QPR and with a double Gameweek 33 affording a trip to fourth-bottom Villa and home clash against Chelsea, the prospect for points looks enticing. After that, Berbatov faces three home games in four (ARS, REA, LIV) and with such a kindly FPL price of 6.9, the bandwagon is underway, with the Bulgarian already acquiring more than 20,000 new owners – more than double the tally of all but one forward since the end of the previous Gameweek.

Certainly, with a 30 point lead over any other Fulham outfield player, his importance to the Cottagers cause is obvious, while a lowly ownership of just over 6% highlights his differential appeal and offers an in-form mid-price alternative to the likes of Christian Benteke, Rickie Lambert, Arouna Kone and Romelu Lukaku over the last few matches of the season.

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  1. Kostja
    • 12 Years
    10 years, 11 months ago

    This Walcott thing makes me wanna rage quit

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    1. JK - Cønt ⭐
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      • 12 Years
      10 years, 11 months ago

      Here's the thing, if I went the GW32 wc route, I could sell him for Caz and take a 1 week punt somewhere, then wc him back in for less that what I sold him for. But of go the GW33 route I could just keep him ready for WBA, what do you think?

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      1. Kostja
        • 12 Years
        10 years, 11 months ago

        That is excactly what I am considering now.

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    2. Granville
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      • 14 Years
      10 years, 11 months ago

      This has been happening to me all season and as annoying as it is, I've not considered rage quitting.

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      1. Kostja
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        10 years, 11 months ago

        Im not for real either, its just I had this DGW thing all planned out. Than Szcez was dropped now Walcott hurt and my team is horrible for this week. The timing is horrible, I coud afforded him out for next week but not this one. Already got Mata, Luiz, Rooney and Sturridge as rotation threats and only McAnuff on the bench.

        Hopefully he recoveres magically

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    3. Parm
      • 12 Years
      10 years, 11 months ago

      I skill quit.

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  2. Drip Doctor
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    • 13 Years
    10 years, 11 months ago

    GW31 is going to be a disaster.

    Chewls & Utd rotation (Most of us have 4 or 5 players)
    Walcott
    Probably more to come.

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    1. Sheep
      • 10 Years
      10 years, 11 months ago

      Should be fun 🙂

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      1. Jafooli
        • 12 Years
        10 years, 11 months ago

        Ba should start 😉

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        1. Sheep
          • 10 Years
          10 years, 11 months ago

          Terrible 🙂 I have sneaky feeling Torres will start.

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          1. Jafooli
            • 12 Years
            10 years, 11 months ago

            😉

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  3. doncastro
    • 13 Years
    10 years, 11 months ago

    Found a gem of a move and solved getting 11 men out. Silva/*Puncheon* - Caz/*Coleman*

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    1. Kostja
      • 12 Years
      10 years, 11 months ago

      Silva out this week is ridiculous, could be a better option than Caz

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      1. doncastro
        • 13 Years
        10 years, 11 months ago

        Silva is doing nothing. Caz is DGW 2 weeks later too

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      2. thetinkerman
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        • 12 Years
        10 years, 11 months ago

        Or just Mata > Caz like I said 😉

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    2. Ginkapo FPL
      • 12 Years
      10 years, 11 months ago

      Puncheon to Coleman may be sensible, but a gem it never will be.

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  4. Jafooli
    • 12 Years
    10 years, 11 months ago

    That's Walcott, Debuchy & Bunn for me. And the internationals haven't even started yet. Anyone worse?

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    1. heco87
      • 13 Years
      10 years, 11 months ago

      Walcott, Debuchy, Szcesny & Harte ... throw Kebe in there too. Pearce is more or less useless.

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      1. Jafooli
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        10 years, 11 months ago

        Ouch Hec........got a WC? Thought not........not pretty.

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        1. heco87
          • 13 Years
          10 years, 11 months ago

          Haha, no indeed. 2 FTs though...

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    2. Demí
      • 13 Years
      10 years, 11 months ago

      Walcott, Debuchy, Dawson and apparently Santon too.

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      1. Drip Doctor
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        • 13 Years
        10 years, 11 months ago

        Dawson likely to miss out?

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        1. Demí
          • 13 Years
          10 years, 11 months ago

          Not sure, i think he'll be fine by next week. Seemed very minor.

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          1. Jafooli
            • 12 Years
            10 years, 11 months ago

            What's up with Santon?

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            1. heco87
              • 13 Years
              10 years, 11 months ago

              Returned home from Italy U21s with a groin strain.

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              1. Jafooli
                • 12 Years
                10 years, 11 months ago

                Cheers....

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    3. Back on the horse
      • 13 Years
      10 years, 11 months ago

      walcott, fed, cabaye, dawson

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      1. heco87
        • 13 Years
        10 years, 11 months ago

        Cabaye in full training - no issue there

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        1. Back on the horse
          • 13 Years
          10 years, 11 months ago

          yeah, I was being melodramatic 🙂

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  5. VICTORIOUS SECRET! !
    • 11 Years
    10 years, 11 months ago

    Any changes needed??

    DDG
    Evra / Enrique / monreal
    Hazard / bale / sissoko / walcott
    Benteke / suarez / Rooney

    GOOD TO GO???
    plzz RATE THE TEAM

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    1. Sheep
      • 10 Years
      10 years, 11 months ago

      Don't beg. Makes you look needy.

      But it looks like a good 11 players, where's the other 4?

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      1. heco87
        • 13 Years
        10 years, 11 months ago

        You're right, nobody puts out for the needy bloke.

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      2. VICTORIOUS SECRET! !
        • 11 Years
        10 years, 11 months ago

        Bunn, townsend, clyne, harte

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        1. Sheep
          • 10 Years
          10 years, 11 months ago

          Just save, you look good for this week.

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  6. J0E
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    • 14 Years
    10 years, 11 months ago

    I'm not too bothered about all these injuries etc. The gameweek after an international...especially a competitive one for most international sides...is always a nightmare. There's always lots of rotation, injuries and dip in form. Basically it is the king of the differentials week when the top scorers will no doubt be Karagounis, Craig Gardner, Anderson and some other preposterous choices.

    It will be low scoring for most people so just one to ride out.

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    1. heco87
      • 13 Years
      10 years, 11 months ago

      ... unless you own Dimitar Berbatov 😉

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    2. Jafooli
      • 12 Years
      10 years, 11 months ago

      Downing according to the watchlist 😉

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    3. Paolo Di Laernu - low rep r…
      • 12 Years
      10 years, 11 months ago

      But isn't that how the last GW went for most people without Rooney (kudos my friend 😉 )

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  7. hillbillypete
    • 14 Years
    10 years, 11 months ago

    thoughts on

    Lambert to Berb

    and

    Sisco to Osman

    -4

    ???

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    1. heco87
      • 13 Years
      10 years, 11 months ago

      Not overly keen.

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    2. Sheep
      • 10 Years
      10 years, 11 months ago

      Just Lambert -> Baa-bertov imo

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  8. Jafooli
    • 12 Years
    10 years, 11 months ago

    Nani gets a one game ban.......SAF finned £8,500 for not attending post match presser.......UEFA

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    1. Paolo Di Laernu - low rep r…
      • 12 Years
      10 years, 11 months ago

      finned? So he has to swim about with a £8,500 fin on his back? that is so humiliating! 😯

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      1. Jafooli
        • 12 Years
        10 years, 11 months ago

        Indeed, it's a new punishment from Platini.....

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  9. Jafooli
    • 12 Years
    10 years, 11 months ago

    Not sure it's even worth considering transfers at the moment. Reckon it'll be a late Friday night in a weeks time trying to sort it all out......

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    1. heco87
      • 13 Years
      10 years, 11 months ago

      Yeah I had a look yesterday but agree things will be a lot clearer in a weeks time. No point chasing £s at this stage of the season either.

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  10. La Roja
    • 11 Years
    10 years, 11 months ago

    In Dubai, partying at Blue Marlin Ibiza.

    Sagna and Gibbs's tables literally right next to me. Sagna looks recovered and plenty of fit birds on their table.

    Oh well, cheers everyone, time to get fooooooked 😆

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    1. Jafooli
      • 12 Years
      10 years, 11 months ago

      How was the Maldives?

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      1. Jafooli
        • 12 Years
        10 years, 11 months ago

        Oh and you're obviously not partying very hard if you're on 'ere 😉

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        1. heco87
          • 13 Years
          10 years, 11 months ago

          Haha v true.

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        2. La Roja
          • 11 Years
          10 years, 11 months ago

          it's 8.25 pm mate, just warming up innit, you bet ur ass I'll party like lunatics tonight

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          1. Jafooli
            • 12 Years
            10 years, 11 months ago

            Enjoy.......

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      2. La Roja
        • 11 Years
        10 years, 11 months ago

        Mate paradise on earth by far I swear, Anantara Veli, defo recommended

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        1. Jafooli
          • 12 Years
          10 years, 11 months ago

          Is the biz....

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  11. Granville
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    • 14 Years
    10 years, 11 months ago

    GW2 Terry
    GW5 Ridgewell
    GW6 Saylor, Berbatov
    GW7 Ramirez, Clyne
    GW8 Gervinho, Fellaini
    GW9 Vorm, Kolarov
    GW12 Valencia
    GW13 Ruddy
    GW15 Bale
    GW16 Ridgewell, Bardsley, Enrique
    GW17 Rafael
    GW19 Michu
    GW20 Enrique
    GW24 Gibbs, Demel
    GW25 Ba
    GW28 Sturridge, Aguero
    GW30 Debuchy

    GW31 Walcott?

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    1. Sheep
      • 10 Years
      10 years, 11 months ago

      That's so baad...

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      1. heco87
        • 13 Years
        10 years, 11 months ago

        Reckon he's trying to pull the wool over our eyes?

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        1. Sheep
          • 10 Years
          10 years, 11 months ago

          Pot calling the cattle black.

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          1. heco87
            • 13 Years
            10 years, 11 months ago

            I've herd them all before

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            1. Jafooli
              • 12 Years
              10 years, 11 months ago

              Put your 'pens' down......

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              1. heco87
                • 13 Years
                10 years, 11 months ago

                Lambert GW32?

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                1. Jafooli
                  • 12 Years
                  10 years, 11 months ago

                  😉

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    2. floydy_floyd
      • 13 Years
      10 years, 11 months ago

      This is minor. Mine would be worse.

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    3. heco87
      • 13 Years
      10 years, 11 months ago

      Kolarov ey ..

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      1. Ginkapo FPL
        • 12 Years
        10 years, 11 months ago

        Riding out that injury was a pain in the arse!

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        1. heco87
          • 13 Years
          10 years, 11 months ago

          Like waiting for a bus that never comes ..

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    4. MY DJ NAME IS PIMP CURRY
      • 13 Years
      10 years, 11 months ago

      How do you have a list of this?! :S

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      1. Granville
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        • 14 Years
        10 years, 11 months ago

        Sad enough to compile one when someone asked me a few weeks ago, and now I keep it up to date.

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    5. Paolo Di Laernu - low rep r…
      • 12 Years
      10 years, 11 months ago

      I'd have more sympathy if Gervinho, Kolarov and Bardsley weren't mentioned 😉

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      1. Granville
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        • 14 Years
        10 years, 11 months ago

        I guess I was asking for it. Hey Gervinho might be a good shout for the double.

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  12. MY DJ NAME IS PIMP CURRY
    • 13 Years
    10 years, 11 months ago

    How does Walcott + Cisse -> Hazard + Giroud sound? Or should I go with Mata? Have the money.

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    1. heco87
      • 13 Years
      10 years, 11 months ago

      I wouldn't do Cisse --> Giroud personally .. would rather have Berbatov and pocket the difference.

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      1. MY DJ NAME IS PIMP CURRY
        • 13 Years
        10 years, 11 months ago

        But then I'll have no Arsenal cover for the DGW. Other forwards are Sturridge and RVP. Can/should I sell any of them?

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        1. heco87
          • 13 Years
          10 years, 11 months ago

          Well, how about Cazorla instead of Hazard? It's too early to say whether you should sell RVP / Sturridge this GW I think.

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  13. Granville
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    • 14 Years
    10 years, 11 months ago

    Will ewe two cut the puns out please or I might just go on a Ram-page

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    1. Granville
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      • 14 Years
      10 years, 11 months ago

      Reply fail 😯

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    2. Sheep
      • 10 Years
      10 years, 11 months ago

      😆

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    3. heco87
      • 13 Years
      10 years, 11 months ago

      Haha best reply fail ever.

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  14. JK - Cønt ⭐
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    • 12 Years
    10 years, 11 months ago

    Kostja?

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  15. jimnastics
    • 14 Years
    10 years, 11 months ago

    Walcott injury solves a benching dilemma for me, so strangely quite happy 😀 Was looking at benching RVP! As long as he recovers for the DGW, it's all good.

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  16. mgrea
    • 12 Years
    10 years, 11 months ago

    New post of the shocking order

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    10 years, 11 months ago

    New Post

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  18. GYM JUNKIE
    • 11 Years
    10 years, 11 months ago

    te

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