Preamble

The Pre-match Preamble – Gameweek 16

For some reason I’ve got it into my head that I always prosper at Christmas. That somehow my decision making, fuelled by sentimental movies and mince pies, clicks into groove and brings in a run of green arrows. I cling to it every year, point to it as a boom period that will see me push up the ranks.

In truth, there’s little or no proof to back up this theory. I seem to remember one season where I found festive fortune with a few armbands which suddenly transformed my campaign; ever since I’ve convinced myself that Christmas is “my time”.

I do wonder if there’s something in it, though – whether Christmas is a period that can suit a certain type of Fantasy manager. After all, with the quick-fire Gameweeks offering little time to ponder and procrastinate, it can favour those who go with their gut; those who ignore player prices and let instant decisions guide their transfer and armband strategies.

If a regular Gameweek is the equivalent of a striker having too much room and time with the goal gaping, the Christmas spell snaps like a centre-back pincer movement – Adams and Keown – breathing down our necks and giving us little option but to act on instinct.

That all means that, in football terms, I’m perhaps more Stephane Sessegnon than Sergio Aguero. Give me time to dwell on things and pick my spot and I’ll spoon it. Let’s face it, I’ve missed some sitters this season – Aaron Ramsey and Luis Suarez, to name just two. However, perhaps I’m now due a thirty-yard volley? An improbable, athletic scissor-kick from nowhere.

Ironically, Sessegnon’s manager has recently backed him for goals and, with bigger priorities elsewhere in my squad, I’ve also been forced to keep the faith. Maybe the Baggies man can still make my Christmas? Or perhaps I’m just heading for the inevitable – the indignity of buying myself a Ramsey and faking a grateful smile when he pops in yet another goal on Boxing Day.

Mark Mark created the beast. He's now looking to tame it.”

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  1. greggles
      4 years, 2 months ago

      All the Top 5 in my mini-league have captained Suarez. I have Lukaku and I'm 6th. Could be a big weekend if I am to continue my surge up the rankings (gone up 1.4m places in 10 weeks!)

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      1. MCH
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 years, 2 months ago

        Fingers crossed its Lukakus week!! Definitely the right choice.

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    • El Berbossa - \\\"El b…
        4 years, 2 months ago

        Going to go ahead and make a conservative prediction for the Everton vs Fulham Match.

        15-0

        Mirallas x 15

        Coleman 15 assists.

        Too conservative?

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        1. TorresMagic™
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          4 years, 2 months ago

          Save your energy.

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        2. Jax
            4 years, 2 months ago

            not at all. can see 18-1 imo

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            1. El Berbossa - \\\"El b…
                4 years, 2 months ago

                I would take a coleman own goal amongst that i guess.

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            2. mutatedllama
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              4 years, 2 months ago

              Why not Coleman x 15 with 15 Mirallas assists?

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            3. Scar
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              4 years, 2 months ago

              Why is everyone so hung up in this game really?

              I know Everton has a good schedule, but this hype has gone out of control. Fulham seems to gain some traction, and Everton may have many bad days...

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          • Hit Factory
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            4 years, 2 months ago

            Gibbs injured?

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            1. Demí
                4 years, 2 months ago

                No just given a rest

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                1. Hit Factory
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  4 years, 2 months ago

                  Ta. Suppose verm can cover there.

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              • Jax
                  4 years, 2 months ago

                  monreal starts so obviously.

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                  1. Jax
                      4 years, 2 months ago

                      doubt h'es been rested against such a big team.

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                      1. Demí
                          4 years, 2 months ago

                          It's definitely a rest! He's on the bench. Monreal isn't exactly a bad replacement

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                          1. Jax
                              4 years, 2 months ago

                              oh fair enough didn't see the bench. 🙂

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                            • Demí
                                4 years, 2 months ago

                                Well not on the bench, but yeah, it's a rest

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                            • big oak
                                4 years, 2 months ago

                                yes he might
                                first coz everybody needs rest in this run
                                second better rest him when defensive solidity is required against a big team away
                                montreal is better defensivly than gibbs

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                            • TorresMagic™
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                              4 years, 2 months ago

                              Close.

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                            • Hit Factory
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              4 years, 2 months ago

                              Not necessarily. Play nice.

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                        • rohan
                            4 years, 2 months ago

                            Silva and Aguero double up.

                            Here's hoping for points galore

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                          • SHAN29
                              4 years, 2 months ago

                              Imagine this place if Jelavic starts today !!

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                              1. big oak
                                  4 years, 2 months ago

                                  looool

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                                • LewanGOALski
                                    4 years, 2 months ago

                                    hahaha, would love that 😀

                                    not a chance though :/

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                                  • MJ6987 (Denver)
                                      4 years, 2 months ago

                                      Don't say that!

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                                    • Jax
                                        4 years, 2 months ago

                                        he won't.

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                                      • 7shadesofsmoke
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                                        4 years, 2 months ago

                                        lol!

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                                    • Scratch
                                        4 years, 2 months ago

                                        I really like Arsenal but I think today will mark the beginning of the end of their title hopes.

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                                      • Declan
                                          4 years, 2 months ago

                                          My ML leader put Oscar(C) 😯

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                                          1. Chucky
                                              4 years, 2 months ago

                                              Hope he gets benched for Mata .

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                                            • MJ6987 (Denver)
                                                4 years, 2 months ago

                                                Not the craziest call. Very likely to start and home vs Palace.

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                                                1. Declan
                                                    4 years, 2 months ago

                                                    Aye, could be genius

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                                              • greggles
                                                  4 years, 2 months ago

                                                  Did anyone watch Football Focus? Seems David Sullivan has a gold pistol in his office.

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                                                • Flying Nugget
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                                                  4 years, 2 months ago

                                                  Aguero captain and Ramsey on the bench. I fear my weekend may be ruined within 2 hours!

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                                                • Ad4m
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                                                  4 years, 2 months ago

                                                  If bookies odds are anything to go by the Lukaku (c) is the way to go. 4/6 anytime goal on PP!

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                                                • ...al - Oh hai Mark
                                                    4 years, 2 months ago

                                                    Lolguerofest 2013

                                                    is about to kick off

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                                                  • Esalman - fplanalyzer.com
                                                      4 years, 2 months ago

                                                      Is "right here right now" official music of Man City?

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                                                    • big oak
                                                        4 years, 2 months ago

                                                        This corresponding fixture last season was enriched by *that* Gervinho touch

                                                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFCdMbThVyo

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                                                      • SamH123
                                                          4 years, 2 months ago

                                                          This gameweek is gonna be the most exciting for a while

                                                          A big score from your (c) this week will actually be worth quite a lot!

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                                                        • Your Mum's Athletic
                                                            4 years, 2 months ago

                                                            Walcott looking very dangerous! D

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                                                          • Papamoa Fc
                                                              4 years, 2 months ago

                                                              Always captain Kun at home... Why do I choose Remy ha

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                                                            • GoonerByron
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                                                              4 years, 2 months ago

                                                              Theo 'Essential' Walcott

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