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Fixtures

2016/17 Fixture Analysis – A Guide to Rotation

With just over five weeks remaining until the 2016/17 Premier League season kicks off, we’re stepping up our preparations ahead of the new domestic campaign.

First up, our coverage gets underway by looking at the basic principles involved in fixture rotation. In particular, we assess those sides that are likely to supply us with budget-friendly options for our 15-man squads before delving into last year’s data for examples.

The Concept

Essentially, the concept of fixture rotation only applies to squad-based Fantasy games and is utilised best with keepers and defenders. The idea is to simply find a couple of budget players whose home and away matches dovetail perfectly, allowing us to select the home option each time and bench the other player. Our rotation policies normally have us seeking out cut-price pairings – mainly because most will baulk at the idea of benching an asset in or above the mid-price value bracket.

Those playing games limited to just a starting XI or a smaller squad, such as Sky Sports or DraftKings, won’t need to worry about such strategies. But for Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers, rotation can be a significant element of our preparation and provide one of the keys to success. Shuffling resources at the back and selecting cut-price regulars with guaranteed pitch time allows us to free up funds for heavy investment further up the field.

Last term, Swansea offered a fine example of the benefits of a rotation pairing, with eight of their nine clean sheets arriving at the Liberty. The Welsh outfit conceded just 20 times in front of their own fans – only five teams shipped fewer home goals – though on the road it was a different story altogether. Swansea mustered just a single shut-out away from home (the joint-worst record along with relegated Norwich) and were breached 32 times – only the bottom four and Bournemouth were more porous.

On the other hand, Everton and West Brom bucked the trend. The Toffees managed just three of their ten clean sheets at Goodison, whilst the Baggies were surprisingly less resilient than many expected from a Tony Pulis team at home, with just five of their 11 shut-outs harvested at the Hawthorns.

Those statistics highlight some of the frustration involved in sticking rigidly to home and away rotation. While we endeavour to find budget options with friendly home fixtures, it is worth remembering that some sides fare better defensively away from home, particularly those who like to get men behind the ball and counter-attack – a tactic that could be more prominent in the forthcoming campaign.

Indeed, the defensive data reveals a definite trend developed last term. In 2014/15, as many as 17 teams conceded more goals away than at home but in 2015/16, just 12 sides were more porous on the road.

Somewhat surprisingly, this affected five of the top ten – champions Leicester conceded 18 times home and away, whilst Man City (21 home goals against to 20 away), West Ham (26 to 25), Southampton (22 to 19) and Chelsea (30 to 23) were also more culpable in front of their own supporters.

This pattern occurred less often in the bottom half of the table, with Everton (30 home goals against to 25 away), West Brom (26 to 22) and Bournemouth (34 to 33) the three teams in question.

Despite this recent pattern, then, it seems that the budget teams are still more likely to be relied upon in front of their own fans, suggesting that backing home defences will remain the default stance. Developing on from that, though, assessing the fixture difficulty of our pairings in any given Gameweek is likely to make our rotation pairings more robust.

Home and Away Rotation

The most obvious rotation pairings are created as a result of geographical proximity and the need to spread police resourcing.

Arsenal/Tottenham, Everton/Liverpool and Man United/Man City are examples of neighbours who rotate perfectly home and away over any given season, though the relegation of Newcastle and Aston Villa means that traditional rotation pairs of Villa/West Brom and Newcastle/Sunderland are no longer in play this year.

The other pairings – as mentioned in a hot topic by Balders – are sometimes less obvious. We’ve listed these and this season’s “couples”, in the table below:

Team 1 Team 2
Arsenal Tottenham
Bournemouth Watford
Burnley West Brom
Chelsea Sunderland
Crystal Palace Swansea
Everton Liverpool
Hull Stoke
Leicester Middlesbrough
Liverpool Everton
Manchester City Manchester United
Manchester United Manchester City
Middlesbrough Leicester
Southampton West Ham
Stoke Hull
Sunderland Chelsea
Swansea Crystal Palace
Tottenham Arsenal
Watford Bournemouth
West Brom Burnley
West Ham Southampton

These relationships can provide the foundation for any rotation strategy, although, as we’ve mentioned, it pays to look beyond the simple concept of home and away rotation and start considering fixture difficulty to see whether even stronger rotation pairings begin to present themselves.

Start With the Stoppers

The goalkeepers are the obvious starting point for Fantasy managers considering rotation. This is mainly due to the fact that many tend to overlook the option of the expensive “one-stop shop” option in goal, seeking out mid-price and budget solutions that can work in tandem.

The FPL scoring system fuels this tactic. While clean sheets are the bread and butter of goalkeepers in most Fantasy games, the FPL’s decision to award an extra point for every three saves is crucial to our thinking when assessing our preferred stoppers. Watford number one Heurelho Gomes, for example, earned a total of 30 extra points from saves alone (outwith penalty stops) and delivered at least one save point on 27 occasions last term.

Assured pitch time is another factor that promotes the use of rotation options in goal: barring unfortunate injuries, there is every chance of forming a rotation pairing that can see us through a long period of the season; that’s not necessarily true elsewhere in our squads.

Immediately, FPL managers will be considering a budget rotation pairing that could exploit the Hull/Middlesbrough home and away relationship listed in our table above. Both teams should offer up 4.5 first choice options and both will surely guarantee ample save point returns to compensate for the perceived lack of clean sheets.

While we’ve talked up the strategy of rotating keepers, it’s worth noting that there is an alternative approach that has proved fruitful in recent seasons: the option of selecting a single team and backing both first choice and reserve stoppers.

This can work when either injury or lack of form plays a part in the respective team’s number one. Last season, for example, West Brom deputy Boaz Myhill started the season before Ben Foster recovered from injury, whilst Sunderland’s Costel Pantilimon began as first-choice before making way for Vito Mannone between the posts.

The Case for the Defence

Whether it’s a change of manager, a late move in the transfer window, an unfortunate injury to a first-team rival or a shift in the pecking order, there are nearly always one or two budget defensive options that take us by surprise and emerge as favourites to disrupt our starting squads.

Leicester’s entire defence are a perfect case in point under Claudio Ranieri. Three of the Italian’s first-choice back-four – Danny Simpson, Robert Huth and Wes Morgan – began last season in the budget bracket, with Simpson the cheapest of the lot at 4.0. Along with Christian Fuchs – who opened the season at 5.0 – that quartet were top for value amongst defenders in FPL.

Toby Alderweireld started the season at just 5.0 after moving to Spurs but, thanks to four goals and three assists, the Belgian rose as high as 6.5 in price after establishing himself as a mainstay in Mauricio Pochettino’s back-four. Keeping an eye on Tottenham’s defence could again be a worthwhile tactic at the beginning of the season – if Jan Vertonghen is ruled out for the first few matches due to his ankle ligament injury, Kevin Wimmer could prove a handy temporary replacement.

Before deciding on goalkeeper pairings, it is vital to also consider what’s on offer from their respective defences. While you may decide that budget and mid-price keepers is the way to go, there may be defensive options in those defences that have stronger appeal, offering a semblance of attacking threat for a similar price point.

For example, although Mannone will clearly be one to watch after earning 19 save points in as many matches for Sunderland, Patrick van Aanholt could be the one to pinpoint from the Wearsiders’ defensive regulars. From the point of Sam Allardyce’s arrival last year, the Dutchman racked up six goals, four assists, 11 bonus points and six clean sheets in 25 appearances – that’s 4.6 points per game under the new manager.

In many ways, it’s best to settle on your defensive selections first: find those who can fit a rotation strategy who may also offer up the potential of attacking returns. At that point, revisit the goalkeeping spots and scan the coverage options that remain.

Using the Fixture Ticker

To construct truly robust rotation pairings, though, we must strive to look beyond simple home and away rotation and delve into the midst of fixture difficulty.

As mentioned late last month, we’ve added a new feature for Members to our Fixture Ticker that should aid your quest.

By selecting any team on the and hitting “Sort by Rotation”, the ticker now ranks those teams most appropriate for rotation with the highlighted team over the Gameweek range you choose to display. You can apply this using both the attacking and defence filters to analyse rotation pairings in attack and defence. Be sure to check out this chapter of our recent preview movie to see the rotation feature in action.

The first five fixtures for all clubs are listed in the sidebar, though members can expand or restrict this by using the plus or minus buttons at the bottom right of the ticker. They can also view this in accordance with each team’s overall potential as well as by clean sheet and attacking prospects, sorting by difficulty as they go along.

In terms of defence, you can immediately see that Championship winners Burnley dovetail best with West Ham over the first eight Gameweeks, giving you seven very favourable fixtures (SWA, BOU, HUL, wba, WAT, MID, cpl). Elsewhere, a Crystal Palace/West Ham partnership over the opening nine Gameweeks (WBA, BOU, BOU, WAT, STO, SOT, MID, cpl, SUN) would hand you eight favourable home matches and a trip to Palace.

These are just a couple of very brief examples – over the next few weeks we’re going to present our guides to some of the strongest rotation pairings on offer, discussing the potential assets available when considering the keeper slots, defensive set-up and options in the final third.

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  1. Sadio
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Price presumptions:

    KDB
    Townsend
    Hazard
    Toby

    1. Syd.
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      10.5
      0.0
      10.5
      6

      1. Syd.
        • 9 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Didn't realise Townsend had joined Palace

        7.5m

    2. Jæzz! 💡 ⭐ Gabo…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      10.5/11
      6.5/7
      10.5
      6.0

    3. Dušan Citizen SPC Ch…
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      11
      6.5
      10
      6.5

    4. KingNidge
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      11
      7
      10.5
      6.5

    5. 32chickens
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      too much
      much much too much
      reasonable
      too much

    6. Däzzy
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      10.5
      6.5
      10.5
      6

    7. ★Kuntheman★
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      11.5, 7.5, 11, 6.5

    8. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      10.5
      6.5
      10.0
      6.0

    9. michudagawd
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      11
      6.5
      10.5
      6.5

    10. Polka Wakey O'Dot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      10.5
      7.5
      A very nice 9.5
      6.5

      1. Berbinho's Forehead
        • 8 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Agree with Wakey

    11. pokern1nja09
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      10.5
      6.5
      9.5
      6.5

  2. KingNidge
    • 3 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Real Madrid midfielder James Rodríguez is set to join Paris Saint-Germain, with talks believed to be at an advanced stage. (Source: AS)

    1. ★Kuntheman★
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      PSG have been really shrewd in this transfer window. Top three paper teams for sure if they get James.

      1. Berbinho's Forehead
        • 8 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Krychowiak is signing of the window. Nobody is beating that.

        1. KingNidge
          • 3 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Any truth that Klopp was after him berbs

          1. Berbinho's Forehead
            • 8 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            Yeah mate. Fee wasn't a problem, we just don't have the wage structure for top end players

            1. KingNidge
              • 3 Years
              2 years, 8 months ago

              Apparently looking at Witsel now as are Everton.. definitely needs someone in beside Can who i rate seriously highly btw..

              1. Berbinho's Forehead
                • 8 Years
                2 years, 8 months ago

                We're not after Witsel I heard. One player from Portugal is high on the wanted list, deal is complicated cos Raiola is his agent

                1. KingNidge
                  • 3 Years
                  2 years, 8 months ago

                  Carvalho? would take him at United tbh.. Pogba imminent for Madrid after freeing up funds from JRod sale i reckon

                  1. Berbinho's Forehead
                    • 8 Years
                    2 years, 8 months ago

                    nah, Ruben Neves. I don't think it will happen cos we have a terrible relationship with Raiola especially after Balotelli

                    Yeah can see Pgoba going Madrid now. That being said, Matuidi is more suited to Mourinho imo. Solid defensive midfielder. Pogba unreal potential but a luxury in a mourinho side

                    1. KingNidge
                      • 3 Years
                      2 years, 8 months ago

                      Yeah you could be right mate Matuidi or someone similar would likely bring a more tactical discpline..

                      1. Berbinho's Forehead
                        • 8 Years
                        2 years, 8 months ago

                        What's the Rooney situation?

                        Schneiderlin-Matuidi(or someone else)
                        Mkhit - Herrera - Marital
                        Zlatan

                        Would be devastating under Mourinho

                      2. KingNidge
                        • 3 Years
                        2 years, 8 months ago

                        Don't mention Rooney to me ever again.. that's the situation lol

                      3. Berbinho's Forehead
                        • 8 Years
                        2 years, 8 months ago

                        Hahaha lool

              2. Jæzz! 💡 ⭐ Gabo…
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 years, 8 months ago

                I rate Can very highly as well, a very fine player. Hoping to see him start alongside Kroos in the double pivot if Schwini is out ... (v France)

                1. KingNidge
                  • 3 Years
                  2 years, 8 months ago

                  He's brilliant and i may be a United fan but he should start ahead of Schweinsteiger anyway he's a fat mess..

                  1. Jæzz! 💡 ⭐ Gabo…
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 years, 8 months ago

                    Agree 100% but that won't happen so I was being realistic.

                    1. KingNidge
                      • 3 Years
                      2 years, 8 months ago

                      Aye.. actually quite pissed off about that transfer.. Pep mugged us off big time he knew Schweinsteiger was falling apart.. grrr

                      1. Berbinho's Forehead
                        • 8 Years
                        2 years, 8 months ago

                        I said this when the transfer happened

                      2. Jæzz! 💡 ⭐ Gabo…
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        2 years, 8 months ago

                        🙁

                      3. KingNidge
                        • 3 Years
                        2 years, 8 months ago

                        I was naturally very excited and tried to put the danger signs to the back of my mind.. lol @ me

        2. ★Kuntheman★
          • 3 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Agreed. Stellar signing and they did it very under the radar.

    2. Syd.
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      I thought that deal was done yesterday

  3. 32chickens
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    never mind when fpl opens...
    fantrax is already open ,joined and league and preparing for a draft...

  4. Mind över Mata
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Good calls here? New players on * - Only 6 players here so no chance to shift Fab or Umtiti:

    Lloris / Fab
    Hector / Cedric / Umtiti / Boateng* / Williams*
    Payet / Draxler / Ozil* / R. Sanches* / Gotze*
    Griezman / Ronaldo / Bale*

  5. Japansage
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    I'm top of all my mini leagues, still got wildcard in the bank. Could use it for this round or keep it for final. Wont have a full 15 playing if i limit to 6 transfers this round. Whats peoples thoughts on best strategy?

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Only need 11 for final.

  6. Dušan Citizen SPC Ch…
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    BREAKING. Alan Pardew is having a medical at Crystal Palace after bidding £31.5m for Liverpool's Christian Benteke.

    1. 32chickens
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      plot
      and
      lost

    2. KingNidge
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Haha

    3. Athletico Timbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      😀

    4. Pariße
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      They must really want that 31 million striker at Palace, whoever that ends up to be.

  7. Jæzz! 💡 ⭐ Gabo…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Lads, quick opinions please.

    Team is:

    Neuer
    Hector Rami Taylor x
    Payet Ozil Draxler x
    Bale Ronaldo Müller

    Only have a 12 man squad max due to the team being in poor shape. Who do you suggest the last 2 x's to be? (One def, one mid)

    Thanks 🙂

    1. Play Pal
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Guerreiro
      Pogba

      1. ★Kuntheman★
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Agreed.

        1. Jæzz! 💡 ⭐ Gabo…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Thanks lads 🙂

  8. I Member
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Pogba or Ozil?

    Own Kroos, Payet and Griezmann.

    1. Jæzz! 💡 ⭐ Gabo…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Prefer Ozil personally.

      1. Jæzz! 💡 ⭐ Gabo…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Only because I fancy the Germans to beat France.

        1. I Member
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          I do as well.

          1. Jæzz! 💡 ⭐ Gabo…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            Who do you fancy in the other game, mate?

            1. I Member
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 years, 8 months ago

              Portugal to edge it. Hope I'm wrong.

              1. Jæzz! 💡 ⭐ Gabo…
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 years, 8 months ago

                I dread the same but hope Wales can win.

  9. Berbinho's Forehead
    • 8 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    The detailed stats on the new site are really cool.

    1. Polka Wakey O'Dot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Link?

        1. The Big Cheese
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Very nice

        2. Polka Wakey O'Dot
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Yeah...good that.

    2. Tony Hibbert
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      I love the new lion logo.

      1. Berbinho's Forehead
        • 8 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Ay, looks neat

    3. Wild Rover
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Love the whole site, so much to see 🙂

  10. andy85wsm
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 8 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Patricio - Lloris
    Hector - Boateng* - Cedric - Fonte* - Chester*
    Pogba - Payet - Kroos* - Ozil* - Sanches
    Bale* - Ronaldo - Griezmann

    Still looking okay? Those with a * are the transfers in. Still thinking about Draxler instead of Kroos too

    Think that team leaves me with 0.5m in the bank, 1m if I go with Draxler

    1. Jæzz! 💡 ⭐ Gabo…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Looks great 🙂 I'm not a fan of Kroos as a pick at all. Deepest German midfielder. 🙁 Relies heavily on set pieces to get attacking returns.

      1. andy85wsm
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 8 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Better option than him? I'd go Ramsey if he wasn't suspended.

        Draxler and Gomez both started v Slovakia and then Draxler rested v Italy. Anything to see he'll start vs France?

        1. Jæzz! 💡 ⭐ Gabo…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          That was only a change in tactics, Draxler will definitely start against France. Lineup will be this imo:

          Müller
          Draxler - Ozil - Gotze
          Kroos - Can/Weigl
          Hector - Boateng - Howedes - Kimmich
          Neuer

    2. Jæzz! 💡 ⭐ Gabo…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      And I'd get Guerreiro over Fonte. Saves a mill and he's very attacking, on some set pieces too.

      1. andy85wsm
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 8 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Saves 0.5m. If he's more attacking though I can go with that.

        Still don't really know where I'd spend the money. Maybe Ashley Williams instead of Chester...

        1. Jæzz! 💡 ⭐ Gabo…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Ah, thought Fonte was £5.0m oops. Guerreiro is their LB who's practically an LW. And you could bank the extra cash for the finals?

          1. andy85wsm
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 8 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            Sounds like a plan!

  11. NUFCAndrew
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Likelihood of Gotze starting against France?

    1. Jæzz! 💡 ⭐ Gabo…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Quite good due to Gomez's injury.

    2. Polka Wakey O'Dot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      High.

  12. Bedknobs and Boomsticks
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Courtois, Heaton
    Shaw, Coleman, Ward, Kong, Ayala

    Sorted.

  13. Polka Wakey O'Dot
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Just a thought re BF's post above about detailed stats being released for players.

    Could it be that the "big changes" to FPL could be to expand the points scoring as per the way it was in UFPL (or at least partly)

    Uflp did things like a pt for big chance created or a pt for a number of CBI's.

    It would fit in with the release of detailed stats for sure.

    1. Jæzz! 💡 ⭐ Gabo…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Interesting ...

      1. Polka Wakey O'Dot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Looking at those stats it would seem like an awful lot of trouble to go to too produce them for every player for little reason.

        1. Jæzz! 💡 ⭐ Gabo…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Would be quite a big decision to do that though, one of the big reasons people love FPL is because of its simplicity. I wouldn't mind it myself though.

          1. Polka Wakey O'Dot
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            They wouldn't need to go mad with it...just a couple of additions I would have thought if that's even the plan.

    2. Tony Hibbert
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Hopefully not is what I'd be hoping.

      1. ONSIDE 9
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Is it though, "one of the big reasons people love FPL is because of its simplicity".

        Personally I think people play it because it's the most popular, free and easy to use. I don't think stats would affect numbers playing as people would still login and play the same but they would just be getting more points.

        1. ONSIDE 9
          • 5 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Reply fail to jazz above 🙁

          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          If you add too much the scoring becomes intangible to what the casual viewer is taking in. Don't underestimate the power of simplicity.

    3. Berbinho's Forehead
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      It would fit for sure, but it'd complicate things a lot. The beauty of FPL is that it's fairly simple

      1. Polka Wakey O'Dot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Yeah. I hope they realise that a lot of people like it to be a simple game.

      2. Polka Wakey O'Dot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        You soon get used to it.

        Ozil with a pt for every "big chance created" and Giroud loses a pt for very "big chance missed"

        It's like printing money.

    4. ONSIDE 9
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Thought that aswell myself, really hope there are new points based on stats, I love them games.

    5. TheBusDriver
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      That would suck. I won't play if that's the dcase.

    6. pokern1nja09
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Hope not. This would alienate the casual, and the fact that so many casuals play and have a chance to win their mini leagues is what makes fpl so great.
      These extras need to stay in ufpl.

    7. Adam West - Team Serbia for…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      If they keep adding things I am probably going to email them . The chips are one thing but I would prefer if they did not add something new every year .

    8. Somalion
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      I thought they had an individual stats base for each player in previous seasons, just wasn't anything to do with FPL. Looks like they've just added a bit more to it but I think it's aside from FPL.

  14. andy85wsm
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 8 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    How is everyone preparing for the launch of FPL?

    I've learned how to spell Mkhitaryan without Googling it every time.

    Mk - hit - a - ryan

    1. Berbinho's Forehead
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      I learnt that years ago when he had a medical booked for us..awkward!

      1. Jæzz! 💡 ⭐ Gabo…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Oh yeah I remember that 😆

    2. Adam West - Team Serbia for…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      I am back from a game of 5 aside astro .

      1. andy85wsm
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 8 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        You've probably got time for another 🙂

        1. Adam West - Team Serbia for…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          I love 5 aside on a Monday 🙂 .

    3. ONSIDE 9
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      New keyboard 😎

      1. JK - Cønt ⭐
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        you mean a new F5 key

        1. ONSIDE 9
          • 5 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          😉

    4. Bedknobs and Boomsticks
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Hulk this!

      1. Berbinho's Forehead
        • 8 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Done boss

        1. JK - Cønt ⭐
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Berbs, who is 1st choice, Studge or Origi, and what of Ings?

          1. Berbinho's Forehead
            • 8 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            I'm writing a little on piece, will post soon

            1. JK - Cønt ⭐
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 years, 8 months ago

              ta

              I reckon Studge and Andros likely to be 1m or so less than Bobby and Bente

        2. Berbinho's Forehead
          • 8 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Undone boss

    5. Tony Hibbert
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      I've come back on here.

      1. andy85wsm
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 8 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Did you miss us?

        1. Tony Hibbert
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Are you mad? Of course I did.

    6. JK - Cønt ⭐
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      trying to think of this year's team name

    7. HVT
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      We need to shorten this...
      Mhk pronounced Mak?

      1. Tony Hibbert
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Mkhi pronounced Micky.

        1. KingNidge
          • 3 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          This.. Wee Micky Tarrion

  15. TheBusDriver
    • 3 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    If they change the scoring system, I won't play.

    1. andy85wsm
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Better send them an email quick so they know what they're up against

      1. Jæzz! 💡 ⭐ Gabo…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Lol

      2. Polka Wakey O'Dot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Hehe.

    2. Polka Wakey O'Dot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Well if it's true that they are set to make big changes then I can only see that it can be one of two things

      An active game where we participate through subs across a GW.
      Or
      A change to the scoring system.

      I'm finding it hard to think of any other changes that could possibly constitute a "big change".

      1. andy85wsm
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 8 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Where have they mentioned big changes btw?

        1. Polka Wakey O'Dot
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          It was brought up as part of that post about UFPL being scrapped.

      2. Adam West - Team Serbia for…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        I doubt we would have thought of the chips prior to last season so I am going to keep an open mind on the matter.

    3. kopite65
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      the detailed stats tpl have done look good, but would assume its for a reason?, key passes etc as others have pointed out
      does anyone think they may and try to incorporate any of the ufpl like captain changes,substitutions ?

  16. andy85wsm
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 8 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Anyone familiar with Google Docs, specifically the excel sheets?

    Is it possible to create a filter that anyone can use without giving them editing rights to edit the whole thing?

    1. Bøwstring The Carp
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      You can either click share and get a link that will only allow them to view/ comment

      Or if remember correctly you can change editing setting somewhere so that only admins can edit

      1. andy85wsm
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 8 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Yeah - that seems to be only options unfortunately.

        I want them to be able to use the filters preferably but not be able to edit anything else

    2. The Big Cheese
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      I don't think so

      1. andy85wsm
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 8 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Seems that way....

        This is what I want it for - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1NKyaM2ilyOHVKv22RFmXQ7oIpuWpWHVVzspG55nKzDM/edit#gid=0

        The filters are super handy as the hot topics build up but not if I have to let everyone be able to edit.

        Might just have to list them month to month and leave it at that

          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Its fine like that, we can highlight it and select "create new temporary filter view"

      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      If you share in view only, people can create their own filters to play with without touching the data.

      1. andy85wsm
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 8 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Ah okay so if I link you this - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1NKyaM2ilyOHVKv22RFmXQ7oIpuWpWHVVzspG55nKzDM/edit?usp=sharing

        You can just highlight the titles and then click filter just like I'm doing?

          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Yep 🙂

          1. andy85wsm
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 8 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            You sir are a legend.

            I think I need to recruit some people to help edits when we move into busier season but it should be okay to manage.

            When it has a few hot topics in it I'll make another post and explain how to filter.

              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 years, 8 months ago

              You need an army to go back and build the archive that's there with Jonty's Community Roundups, so much untapped potential!

              1. andy85wsm
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 8 Years
                2 years, 8 months ago

                Ha! Think this will be starting from 2016/17 😉

  17. Bøwstring The Carp
    • 7 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    To be honest I would welcome "recovered balls" and "successful crosses" points

    Every 2/3 successful recoveries earns a point
    Every 3 successful crosses earns a point

    Makes defensive mids more of an option, and would heighten the appeal of fullbacks, making 5 at the back a very nice option (I know a few on here go with it anyway but you're pretty much counting on clean sheets)

    1. Ayew Serious
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      "I will still win the ballan d'Or"

      1. KingNidge
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        He is not one bit well that chap

      2. Berbinho's Forehead
        • 8 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Let's see how he does on friday

        1. KingNidge
          • 3 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          What's he doing on Friday

          1. Berbinho's Forehead
            • 8 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            Pre season game

            1. KingNidge
              • 3 Years
              2 years, 8 months ago

              He will have told Klopp to stick his gegenpressing up his hole by then

  18. Pre-season fixture list
    Bøwstring The Carp
    • 7 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Day to day pre-season fixtures list and UK times if anyone is interested

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/10IGtUCCSAZxYI21AzU8JsMJF2GJrTPY7okrMgOKeZ-U/edit?usp=sharing

    1. KingNidge
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Lovely stuff thanks mate... hulk this bad boy

    2. Forza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Not long before the next Bojan appears.

      1. Bøwstring The Carp
        • 7 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Bojan himself might still be the next Bojan 😀

        Looking at Wilson personally, went with him last year from the start and was gutted when he went out injured after his 3 goals 🙁

        1. Forza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          I sold him right before that hattrick, which is why he ended up injured after I found his address.

      2. pokern1nja09
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Or the next Michu

    3. melvinmbabazi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Cheers

    4. Prøphet
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Great stuff my man! Looking forward to watching some of them and to see how Che will line up.

    5. 5000
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      You're the man Bowstring. Cheers

    6. Ziegler1988
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      The Arsenal Australia tour is in 2017 not this month. A reserve/youth team is playing Boreham Wood on 16 July and Lens have announced we're playing them in a friendly on 22 July but Arsenal haven't confirmed yet

      1. Bøwstring The Carp
        • 7 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Thanks, will update it when confirmed

  19. pokern1nja09
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Is it better for us if prices get released before or after benteke's transfer to palace?

    1. The Big Cheese
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      In that case I would think after

    2. KingNidge
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Won't matter.. Fpl will be well clued in to what's going on

      1. The Big Cheese
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Transfers usually cause some of the pricing irregularities though

    3. SUAREZ_MESSI_COUTINHO
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Palace player would be priced less than a Liverpool player.

      1. KingNidge
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Have to consider he would be starting at Palace and eating the pine at Liverpool

        1. SUAREZ_MESSI_COUTINHO
          • 4 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          I don't think that is a major factor.

          There will always be a chance that he becomes the first choice striker at Liverpool, in which case a low price would make the people at FPL look silly.

    4. Bøwstring The Carp
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      After preferably, though with his status at Liverpool he is unlikely to be more than 8.0m imo

    5. Jairzinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      He'll be 7.5 no matter what.

      1. pokern1nja09
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Straight in my team around that price at palace.

        1. KingNidge
          • 3 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Play to his strengths and big Ben is a weapon

  20. Jairzinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Judging by the Mark Rogers tweets, it looks like they were pushing for FPL launch today and failed. I'm guessing it'll be live tomorrow. Maybe tomorrow morning. Not 4am but between 10am and 3pm when the UK is at work. I'll go 11:24pm BST.

    1. The Big Cheese
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      They cannot do that I would be asleep.

      It will be 0400

    2. ONSIDE 9
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      I'll go next week 🙂

    3. Bøwstring The Carp
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      IMO I think it's a lot further away (I would welcome being wrong though)

      - Usually a month before the League starts (13th) which would be perfect with the Euros ending on the 10th
      - They'll probably want to wait as long as possible until the Euros is finished to avoid any cheap players coming into the equation through injury, especially with many top PL players in Wales, France and Germany squads

      1. ONSIDE 9
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        I'd agree with the date, but wouldn't say euros would have anything to do with it. Don't think they would wait incase of under-pricing players.

      2. UnitedFan
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        This.
        All of this is logical. But you never know.

      3. Jairzinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Historically it's been approx 1 month before first fixtures but tweets like this make me think it'll be tomorrow. Not saying it to troll or get people worked up either. Words/phrases like 'imminent' and 'end of the day looking increasingly unlikely' make me think that it was scheduled for today, and will probably be tomorrow.

        Mark Rogers ‏@markrogers1 Jul 3
        New site tomorrow, not long now. #FPL

        Chief ‏@FPLHints Jul 3
        @markrogers1 We want #FPL!

        Mark Rogers Jul 4
        ‏@markrogers1
        @FPLHints new site causing a few problems at the final hurdle. End of the day looking increasingly unlikely.

        -------

        Mark Rogers Jul 4
        ‏@markrogers1
        Hope everyone is liking the new site. #FPL is imminent. Will be updating with more info soon.

    4. michudagawd
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Last year was around half 11 as well.

  21. samaael
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    hey guys, previous in the members' area, when doing rotations on the fixture ticker, you could move the teams manually using cursor. Can we still do this?

  22. Berbinho's Forehead
    • 8 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Is there going to be another update of the site? Responding very slowly on my tablet and phone lately. Fine on the PC though

    1. Slam
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Fine on my mac but really slow on my phone as well.
      Still no timestamps either?

    2. andy85wsm
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Still a bunch of stuff listed to be done but don't have any news about a date when there might be a bunch of stuff completed

      1. Berbinho's Forehead
        • 8 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Ta

      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Its been on and off slow since the redesign for me, especially at night I get a lot of 503 server unavailable errors.

  23. Jairzinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    At least the iPhone app will be free this year!

    1. Wild Rover
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      First time they've had one for Android 🙂

      1. Wild Rover
        • 8 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Oh, and lol at people who still think iPhone is best 😛

        1. Jairzinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Had the Galaxy S5 for a year (2014/15). Couldn't move back to the iPhone quick enough.

          1. Wild Rover
            • 8 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            You the one dud in the range. Give it another go 🙂

            1. Wild Rover
              • 8 Years
              2 years, 8 months ago

              *got

        2. The Big Cheese
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          +1

        3. Tony Hibbert
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          There has been an Android app before.

          1. Wild Rover
            • 8 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            Not an official Barclays one, not in recent years anyway

            1. The Big Cheese
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 years, 8 months ago

              Was there not one you could buy last season?

              1. Wild Rover
                • 8 Years
                2 years, 8 months ago

                If there was, nobody told me 😀

                1. The Big Cheese
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 years, 8 months ago

                  I thought there was one advertised on the website but it wasn't free and I am tight....

                  1. Wild Rover
                    • 8 Years
                    2 years, 8 months ago

                    Didn't we establish this the other night? 😉

                    1. The Big Cheese
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      2 years, 8 months ago

                      We might have

            2. Tony Hibbert
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 years, 8 months ago

              There has been. I have downloaded and paid for it by clicking in through the fpl site.

              1. Wild Rover
                • 8 Years
                2 years, 8 months ago

                Tbf, I just logged onto the FPL website on my phone if required. No biggie but a bit fiddly

                1. Tony Hibbert
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 years, 8 months ago

                  I tended to do that myself the app was buggy.

                  A friend of mine played his wildcard before but accidentally took a huge it and that was via the app. I tried to call him at 11.27 but he was in the middle of selling his car.

                2. Jairzinho
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  2 years, 8 months ago

                  I actually often prefer normal sites to mobile versions of sites. FFS included.

                  It's not much effort to pinch to zoom in, and sometimes you can dumb down a mobile version too much.

    2. Zasa
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Had no idea you had to pay for it, that's preposterous

      1. The Big Cheese
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        You don't get anything for free in this world

        1. Zasa
          • 4 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          It's free on PC, makes no sense to charge for it.

      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      m.fantasy.premierleague.com does the job fine 🙂

      1. Smarty Pants
        • 9 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        it probably won't be available anymore

          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          True, and if that's the case it'll mean they have a responsive site design

  24. The Big Cheese
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    What time do price changes happen?

  25. andy85wsm
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 8 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Question - for hot topic library - include all hot topics or just informative ones such as defensive rotations, attacking options etc etc

    I'm starting it from July onwards and so far have included all hot topics to test the waters - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1NKyaM2ilyOHVKv22RFmXQ7oIpuWpWHVVzspG55nKzDM/edit#gid=1709271103

    Anything that needs to be changed?

    Good to get ideas before FPL launches when it's chaos here 🙂

    1. The Big Cheese
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      It looks really useful. Probably doesn't need any of the UEFA stuff though. That will be old news pretty soon

      1. andy85wsm
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 8 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Yeah I wasn't going to include it but could be filtered out fairly easy and will only be a couple of new EURO HTs at this point

        1. The Big Cheese
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Right enough. The idea is really good and you nee some test subjects to make it work anyway

    2. KingNidge
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Make sure you include all the happy birthday ones 🙂

      1. andy85wsm
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 8 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        They might get their own special section

        1. The Big Cheese
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Could there be a lonely hearts?

          1. andy85wsm
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 8 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            Not enough room for all the entries 🙂

            1. The Big Cheese
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 years, 8 months ago

              You could join up to some predominately female interest website (horses, knitting or bingo?) and to get some ladies interested.

              This thing could go international

        2. KingNidge
          • 3 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Good idea mate

  26. DeadStar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    I know this probably means very little but on the team screenshot on the FPL site there are no sign of any chip options. Maybe they've been removed?

    1. Polka Wakey O'Dot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Good. Of all the changes they might have tried last season that was the poor option.

    2. Jairzinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      According to https://twitter.com/FantasyFootyFix/with_replies, the Bench Boost and Triple Captain will remain. They're not sure about All Out Attach. They used Chrome Dev Tools to find out.

  27. Polka Wakey O'Dot
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    We've got two new signings for my U16's team this season. Both players are moving to us from a team that were runners up in the West Lancs prem league last season and are moving down a division because they want a friendlier club...and that's us apparently

    I feel quite proud of that in a strange way.

    1. The Big Cheese
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      That must be really nice. I hear Marcuus Rashford is going tohave a lot of time on his hands this season. Maybe he would like a game.

      1. Polka Wakey O'Dot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        One of them played for us two or three years ago but got head hunted. He's a really good striker and did well for them but he's just decided he made a mistake and belongs with us. Nice that...very nice.

        1. The Big Cheese
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Where do you play?

          Next time I am down your way visiting Mrs Cheese's family I am coming to watch I have decided

          1. Polka Wakey O'Dot
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            Penwortham near Preston. We are in the West Lancs league which includes junior teams from within the Southport, Preston, Wigan Chorley area...Some very good players in our league in some top academies.

            1. The Big Cheese
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 years, 8 months ago

              I thought you were a Blackburn fan? Just a glory supporter eh?

              1. Polka Wakey O'Dot
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 years, 8 months ago

                I was brought up in Blackburn but moved here a long time ago. It doesn't take long to get back down the M65...15 mins or so...

            2. Tony Hibbert
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 years, 8 months ago

              You ever enter them in any cup competitions?

              Foyle Cup starting near me in the next week always some great wee players at it. Handy way to kill a lunchtime eating a sandwich watching a good game.

              1. Polka Wakey O'Dot
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 years, 8 months ago

                We enter the FA run cup competitions. Most of the junior summer cup competitions stop at U15's for some reason so we've had none this summer. Too old.

                1. Tony Hibbert
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 years, 8 months ago

                  Shame to cut them off at that age.

                  1. Polka Wakey O'Dot
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 years, 8 months ago

                    Yeah, i'm sure there must be some historical reason for it but I can't for the life of me think why.

                    Oh, actually, maybe insurance I suppose because perhaps they're classed as adults.

    2. ONSIDE 9
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Should be proud, great to be part a club that is respected like that.

      1. Polka Wakey O'Dot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Yeah. I don't do shouting and bawling at the lads. On match days I like to run the line for at least half the match....

        1. Parm
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          I have a weird image of Big Sam running the line in a Premier League game now...

          1. Polka Wakey O'Dot
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            Probably do him some good.

    3. Bøwstring The Carp
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      They better become FPL options within the next 10 years or you're sacked

      1. Polka Wakey O'Dot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        The striker (above) has had trials with Everton...so you never know...

  28. Lallana
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    How are you guys setting up your teams?

    Thinking 4 French, 4 Germans, 4 Portuguese, 3 Welsh

    1. andy85wsm
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Fairly similar:

      5 Portugese
      4 French
      4 German
      2 Welsh

      1. Lallana
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Not a bad plan either. If Portugal/Wales get kicked out in theory you'll have 12 players still.

    2. Jairzinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Currently:

      4 Welsh (inc Ramsey)
      4 Germans
      4 Polish
      3 French

      I guess I'll go...

      4 Welsh (exc Ramsey)
      4 Germans
      4 Portuguese
      3 French

    3. ★Kuntheman★
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      5 French, 4 German, 4 Portuguese, 2 Welsh

    4. The Big Cheese
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Dunno. Might have to think about this at some point

    5. Irish Madridista ⭐
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      4 Welsh
      3 French
      2 German
      2 Portuguese
      2 Polish
      2 Italians
      1 Belgian

      1. Irish Madridista ⭐
        • 8 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        ..and one of the Welsh lads is Ramsey.

      2. The Big Cheese
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Nobody from San Marino?

        1. Irish Madridista ⭐
          • 8 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          My assistant manager is a dentist from there 😉

  29. The Big Cheese
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Today I have seen a weasel and a partridge.

    The end

    1. ★Kuntheman★
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Was the partridge in a pear tree?

      1. The Big Cheese
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Not on this occasion

    2. ★Kuntheman★
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Did the weasel go pop?

      1. The Big Cheese
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        He certainly escaped off of the road quite quickly