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Dugout Discussion – Chelsea vs West Brom

Gameweek 27 concludes under the lights of Stamford Bridge for what looks to be a crucial encounter for both Chelsea and West Brom, for all kinds of reasons.

Antonio Conte’s tenure with the champions looks to be precarious at best following successive heavy defeats to Bournemouth and Watford. Another setback tonight would likely seal his fate.

Like Conte, Fantasy managers will be hoping for a reaction and a revival from the Blues.

However, we won’t benefit from returns from Marcos Alonso. The most sold Fantasy Premier League (FPL) player ahead of Saturday’s deadline he remains in 1.3 million squads but misses out once again having sat out the defeat at Watford through “fatigue”. Conte has confirmed that a twisted ankle suffered in training is to blame for his latest absence.

Meanwhile, Eden Hazard remains an erratic but potentially powerful differential. Owned by just 474,000 managers, he has the talent to deliver big against the bottom club.

He is backed with 119,000+ captaincies, including seven of the top 100 managers prior to Saturday’s deadline.

Just two of his nine goals have arrived on home turf this season – both scored against Newcastle in Gameweek 15. He did, however, score his season-high 18-point total against West Brom in the reverse fixture in Gameweek 12.

Olivier Giroud might just be vital to the Belgian’s prospects. He makes his full debut tonight, leading the Chelsea attack with Hazard deployed as one of a supporting two – Pedro also flanks the former Arsenal striker.

The weekend could not have been more troublesome for West Brom; they now find themselves seven points adrift and challenged to come away from West London with some reward. Plenty of Fantasy managers will be hoping that they are denied.

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

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  1. Yordan Letchkov
      11 days, 8 hours ago

      Still all chips, 2FT and 2.1 itb (since weeks...).
      What to do with the following team?

      Courtois, Adrian
      Jones*, Stones*, Mee, Daniels, Duffy
      Salah, Sterling, Shaqiri, Gross, RLC
      Kane, Firmino, Vardy

      Thinking about

      Stones and Sterling -> VVD and Eriksen

      Next week I plan to get Lloris for Courtois.

      Or should I try to get Aguero? Firmino season keeper for me and Vardy also offers good value and has the fixtures...

      Thank you guys for any feedback...

      1. Lukakuna
          11 days, 8 hours ago

          Wouldn't waste a transfer on those keepers, just do Stones to VVD imo

        • ☆Khaz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          11 days, 8 hours ago

          Stones>VVD, and unless you plan on FH31 I'd rather roll transfer than doing Sterling>Eriksen

      2. CFM
          11 days, 8 hours ago

          Which one needs go first?
          A) Alonso
          B) Jones (have DDG)
          C) Chilwell
          D) RLC

          1. Lukakuna
              11 days, 8 hours ago

              Whats wrong with Jones? Fixtures?

              Id sell Chilwell

              1. arndff_
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                11 days, 8 hours ago

                Fixtures

          2. Hotdogs for Tea
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            11 days, 8 hours ago

            Those Arsenal fixtures before GW31 .... just saying

            1. Kings of Lyon ★
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              11 days, 8 hours ago

              I think they'll focus on the EL but Aubameyang IN for me.

              1. GreenWindmill
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                11 days, 8 hours ago

                If I don't get Kane then he's the one I've got my eye on.

          3. OldBenKenobi
              11 days, 8 hours ago

              Bournemouth not blanking GW31 would be lovely! Fingers and toes crossed!

              1. Hotdogs for Tea
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                11 days, 8 hours ago

                Noooooo .... bring on the carnage ... we want just 3 games 🙂

            • ZoumasBloomers
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              11 days, 8 hours ago

              Actually, this looks like a good time for a bit of an FPL break. Not going to think of transfers for a good week or so. Hopefully refresh.

              1. how now brown cow
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                11 days, 8 hours ago

                Bet you don't last.

            • built_this_city
                11 days, 8 hours ago

                105 points 😀 😀 😀

                1. how now brown cow
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  11 days, 8 hours ago

                  Fair play. Still never topped 100 in a non-dgw

                2. Wardinator
                    11 days, 7 hours ago

                    Same here, Kun captain?

                  • Stimps
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    11 days, 7 hours ago

                    103 here with Haz (c) 🙂

                3. MANGE TOUT RODNEY
                    11 days, 8 hours ago

                    Wow, 87k down to 150k. Brutal.

                    1. built_this_city
                        11 days, 8 hours ago

                        up to 169k

                    2. how now brown cow
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      11 days, 8 hours ago

                      6k to 13 k 🙁

                      DDG
                      Otamendi Jones Maguire
                      Sterling Salah Son Walcott
                      Kane Firmino Wilson

                      Elliot Zanka Bauer RLC

                      Obvs will be waiting till after cup games, but barring injuries or shocks is otamendi to VVD the best move here?

                      Undecided on free hit for gw31.

                      1. Gooner Kebab
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        11 days, 7 hours ago

                        yea both him and Jones could go.

                    3. The Hindu Monkey
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      11 days, 8 hours ago

                      The Morning Monkey Muses on the weekend's action. Latest blog now up and banned on twitter.

                      You can't censor a simian...

                      http://hindumonkey.blogspot.co.uk/2018/02/five-things-weve-learnt-from-premier_12.html

                      1. Rhinos
                          11 days, 7 hours ago

                          excellent read monkey. Why the ban?

                          1. The Hindu Monkey
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            11 days, 7 hours ago

                            don't know - just won't let me post it anymore labeling it "spam, possibly from a robot"

                            I'm not a robot. I'm a monkey.

                        • The Special 1s
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          11 days, 7 hours ago

                          Brilliant stuff.

                        • Midlands Saint73
                            11 days, 7 hours ago

                            Lemina and PEH were in the wrong positions because our manager is inept at best. Good article.

                          • Rhinos
                              11 days, 7 hours ago

                              twitter, tough on fpl blogs soft on hate mongering world leaders. Seems reasonable

                            • Limited & Mediocre Mana…
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              11 days, 7 hours ago

                              Good read although I think the last political metaphor is poor

                              1. Rhinos
                                  11 days, 7 hours ago

                                  what was wrong with it

                                • The Hindu Monkey
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  11 days, 7 hours ago

                                  it's a fair point...

                                  I was tired by that stage

                              2. KT
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                11 days, 7 hours ago

                                Should be considered for weekly Post-Amble.

                            • PMassive94
                                11 days, 8 hours ago

                                0.1 off doing Jones > Davies on a FT... would that be a good move over the next few?

                                1. Winter_is_coming
                                    11 days, 8 hours ago

                                    Champions League, FA cup. I think it`s the ideal time for Davies to be rotated with Rose.

                                2. Winter_is_coming
                                    11 days, 8 hours ago

                                    Aguero to Kane worth -4 or wait a week?
                                    I think not, just because Salah (c).

                                    1. Nanoelektronicar
                                        11 days, 7 hours ago

                                        Aguero could put three past Arsenal, so I wouldn't jump just yet.

                                      • Our Tiny Servant
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        11 days, 7 hours ago

                                        I’ve done Salah(c) and wait a week.

                                      • LǝgleSs e|even
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        11 days, 6 hours ago

                                        Wait after FA Cup fixtures

                                    2. Nanoelektronicar
                                        11 days, 8 hours ago

                                        No idea what to do with Hazard.

                                        Being the 'reverse troll', he could get decent points in the next two, plays with Giroud up front, which I think helps him.

                                        Slightly worried KDB could outscore him, but not sure about Haz to KDB.

                                        1. Winter_is_coming
                                            11 days, 7 hours ago

                                            I`m a Chelsea fan and in your case will sell Hazard. In hard fixtures with Chelsea form i can see him scoring only from penalty. KDB, for example, score almost in every hard game for City.

                                            1. Nanoelektronicar
                                                11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                If the City fixtures are just a little better, it would be no brainer. KDB not that great away, and the fixture after is Chelsea who are probably going to defend away to City.

                                                Anyway Haz to KDB could be the way to go.

                                            2. Our Tiny Servant
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              11 days, 7 hours ago

                                              Also a Chelsea fan and would prefer KDB

                                            3. Rhinos
                                                11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                hazard looks an absolute beast when he has a focal point to work with ie a striker. Wouldnt lose personally

                                                1. Nanoelektronicar
                                                    11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                    I agree, I think he will benefit playing alongside Giroud.

                                              • Zilla
                                                  11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                  Crazy to think that Kane might be actually a differential captain next GW with many of the armbands going to Salah and Kun. Scenes if he scores a hatty out of no where

                                                  1. Rhinos
                                                      11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                      would not be out of nowhere, quite likely

                                                      1. Zilla
                                                          11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                          It might be the type of GW when all go cap Salah and Kun but if this happens you say "In hindsight I should've captained Kane against Crystal Palace." you get what I mean?

                                                          1. Nanoelektronicar
                                                              11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                              Surely, people tend to captain players who had high scores recently, ignoring others.

                                                            • Rhinos
                                                                11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                im capping kun but thats mainly coz i don't own Kane or Salah 😆

                                                                1. Zilla
                                                                    11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                    That's madness 😀 But I saw your team and I actually like it! Always like having differentials but I'd do Sanchez to Salah right away if I were you

                                                                    1. Rhinos
                                                                        11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                        nah in for a penny in for a pound. Praying for some leggy performances post champs league. Straw clutching at its finest

                                                                  • Wardinator
                                                                      11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                      I agree, Kane captain for me Nek week

                                                                2. Nanoelektronicar
                                                                    11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                    Away to Palace, that's 'Kane territory' as Jonty would say.

                                                                    1. Zilla
                                                                        11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                        Capping him?

                                                                        1. Nanoelektronicar
                                                                            11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                            He's my vice at the moment. It would be between him or Salah. I don't own Aguero.

                                                                    2. PistolPeter
                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                      11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                      How do you do a team link?

                                                                      1. Nanoelektronicar
                                                                          11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                          Go to your profile > Contact Info > Website

                                                                          1. PistolPeter
                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                            11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                            Is this possible on a phone??

                                                                            1. Nanoelektronicar
                                                                                11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                I think it is.

                                                                                1. PistolPeter
                                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                  11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                  Well after hitting user profile, it's not giving me contact info

                                                                        • The 12th Man
                                                                            11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                            Just Aguero > Kane for free or
                                                                            Alonso,Hazard,Wilson > VVD,Shaqiri,Kane -8?

                                                                            Adrian
                                                                            Alonso,Jones,Fernandez
                                                                            Hazard, Salah, Sterling, Walcott
                                                                            Aguero,Firmino,Wilson

                                                                            Foster,Choupu-Moting,Bauer,Simpson 1m itb 1FT

                                                                            1. Schliegs
                                                                                11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                No need to take hits with that team and why are you dropping Aguero?

                                                                                1. The 12th Man
                                                                                    11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                    My plan before Aguero’s 4 goals was to go Aguero > Kane this week. Due to fixtures.
                                                                                    Now wanting both.

                                                                              • VFORVANDETA
                                                                                  11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                  Need advice here. 2ft 2.0itb

                                                                                  DDG

                                                                                  Azpi Mee Alonso*

                                                                                  Salah Sterling Shaq Walcott Lingard

                                                                                  Kane Firmino

                                                                                  Elliot Ayew Chilwell Long

                                                                                  1. The 12th Man
                                                                                      11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                      Alonso > VVD

                                                                                      1. VFORVANDETA
                                                                                          11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                          Alonso to VVD or Davies?

                                                                                          1. Sedemuda
                                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                            11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                            VVD more nailed & no blank in GW31

                                                                                            1. The 12th Man
                                                                                                11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                This

                                                                                      2. Schliegs
                                                                                          11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                          Pickford Elliot
                                                                                          Naughton Jones Mee Azpi Mbemba
                                                                                          Haz Salah Sterling Arnie Lingard
                                                                                          Kane Wilson Niasse

                                                                                          1.7m itb
                                                                                          2ft

                                                                                          Azpi is still sitting at 6.8m and has some very tough fixtures coming up so i think he's the next to go, thinking budget defender under 5m to free up funds for Niasse > Firmino/Aubameyang in the coming weeks.

                                                                                          Thoughts?

                                                                                        • MFPL
                                                                                            11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                            Hey guys, I need some help with my team. Currently have 2FT's and 0.3ITB with all chips available, thanks in advance!

                                                                                            Pope
                                                                                            Alonso Otamendi Baeur
                                                                                            Salah Sterling Son Walcott Choupo-Moting
                                                                                            Kane Firmino

                                                                                            Elliot Niasse Yedlin Schindler

                                                                                            1. Rhinos
                                                                                                11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                at least give us options

                                                                                            2. More Cowbell
                                                                                                11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                Hi Guys,

                                                                                                Couple of questions if I may?

                                                                                                - Which teams are we expecting to have a DGW in GW34?
                                                                                                - Are we expecting any other double gameweeks this season?

                                                                                                Thanks

                                                                                              • Hammers Select
                                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                Currently in freefall so triggering my wildcard, what would you all do?

                                                                                                Elliott, Henn

                                                                                                Gomez, Mbemba, Jones, Ogbonna, Chrissy

                                                                                                Walcott, Salah, Deuofleo, Atsu, Sterling

                                                                                                Kane, Sturridge, Firmino

                                                                                                1. Rhinos
                                                                                                    11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                    for a start id invest in the team walking the league

                                                                                                  • PKW - Mbokani Faso
                                                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                    11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                    Must have quite woeful tv

                                                                                                    1. PKW - Mbokani Faso
                                                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                      11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                      For starters lose sturrisge with injury and get some Arsenal?

                                                                                                      Sturridge + deulofeu > mkhi + wilson

                                                                                                  • Schliegs
                                                                                                      11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                      Chels have some very tough fixtures so drop Chrissy > Mee/Swansea

                                                                                                  • Schliegs
                                                                                                      11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                      Best defender under 5m?
                                                                                                      (already have Naughton and Mee)

                                                                                                      1. Rhinos
                                                                                                          11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                          chilwell Simpson Lowton Lascelles there's quite a few

                                                                                                          1. Schliegs
                                                                                                              11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                              Yeah but i'm asking who we all think is the best option...

                                                                                                              1. Rhinos
                                                                                                                  11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                  and im giving you good options. its your team, you decide

                                                                                                              2. Gooner Kebab
                                                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                Simpson for me

                                                                                                            • Zilla
                                                                                                                11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                Bauer or a WBA def are your options

                                                                                                            • Zilla
                                                                                                                11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                Kane vs Crystal Palace away stat; 3 matches, 2 goals and 1 assist.

                                                                                                                1. The 12th Man
                                                                                                                    11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                    It’s his next 4 fixtures. Not just the Palace one.

                                                                                                                    Considering Aguero > Kane or a -8 to have them both.

                                                                                                                    1. Zilla
                                                                                                                        11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                        I do have both since 10 gameweeks and thinking the next one is probably the last one of their partnership. Aguero to Firmino is the move next GW.

                                                                                                                        1. The 12th Man
                                                                                                                            11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                            I already have Firmino and have enough to go Aguero > Kane otherwise I will have to sacrifice Alonso and Hazard to get Kane

                                                                                                                    2. Schliegs
                                                                                                                        11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                        Is a budget Swansea double up in defense absurd just for the next 4 fixtures?

                                                                                                                        1. Kopkloppers
                                                                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                          11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                          I think we have seen a massive change in fortunes for teams in the bottom half of the division so doubling up on any defenders in that area is risky.

                                                                                                                      • XABI 15
                                                                                                                          11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                          Alonso DCL Lingard to Firmino VVD Milojevic (-4)?

                                                                                                                          1. Schliegs
                                                                                                                              11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                              yep

                                                                                                                            • Gooner Kebab
                                                                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                              11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                              how about Niasse and keep Alonso?

                                                                                                                              1. XABI 15
                                                                                                                                  11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                                  Want Firmino for upcoming gameweeks and certainty of playing in 31.

                                                                                                                                  I should have added I also have Azpi

                                                                                                                            • Spike ⚽️
                                                                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                              11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                              Those of us with Elliot and Pope. How much longer have we got until neither start ?

                                                                                                                              1. Gooner Kebab
                                                                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                                have a FT saved

                                                                                                                                1. Spike ⚽️
                                                                                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                  11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                                  Is it time to use it on a keeper now tho?

                                                                                                                                  1. Gooner Kebab
                                                                                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                    11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                                    No, have it handy though.

                                                                                                                              2. Rhinos
                                                                                                                                  11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                                  imminent. Burnley in a relative slump and Heaton wants to go to Russia

                                                                                                                              3. Always Captain Kun
                                                                                                                                  11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                                  I've had Robertson, Salah and Bobby for a while, with Alonso and Ota being bad picks I am really envious of those bringing VVD in! Great pick imo

                                                                                                                                  1. Spike ⚽️
                                                                                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                    11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                                    There's nothing wrong with Robertson. Playing really well

                                                                                                                                • VizziJ
                                                                                                                                    11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                                    Bench 2 :

                                                                                                                                    A) Magiure (STK home)
                                                                                                                                    B) Jones (CHE home)
                                                                                                                                    C) Robertson (WHU home)
                                                                                                                                    D) Ward (SOU home)
                                                                                                                                    E) Otamendi (ARS away)

                                                                                                                                    Also considering doing Otamendi > Alderweireld, but thinking to maybe bank a transer since the rest of my defence has good fixtures.

                                                                                                                                    1. Spike ⚽️
                                                                                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                      11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                                      B E

                                                                                                                                    2. Rhinos
                                                                                                                                        11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                                        there's 3000 games before gw28

                                                                                                                                        1. VizziJ
                                                                                                                                            11 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                                            Sure. Question is whether or not I should ship Ota or bank FT. Im already benching B and E.

                                                                                                                                      • FC Lackless [BALEGIUM]
                                                                                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                        11 days, 3 hours ago

                                                                                                                                        Link for hot topic 'price changes' needs looking at ... thanks

                                                                                                                                        1. william prunier
                                                                                                                                            11 days, 3 hours ago

                                                                                                                                            Why

                                                                                                                                        2. amit1964
                                                                                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                          11 days, 2 hours ago

                                                                                                                                          hii
                                                                                                                                          alonso+wilson to hegazi+vardi, yes or no?
                                                                                                                                          thank's