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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
    5 months, 4 days 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
      5 months, 4 days ago

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

    2. ☆Khaz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 4 days ago

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

  2. CFM
    5 months, 4 days ago

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

    1. Lukakuna
      5 months, 4 days ago

      Whats wrong with Jones? Fixtures?

      Id sell Chilwell

      1. arndff_
        5 months, 4 days ago

        Fixtures

  3. Hotdogs for Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 months, 4 days ago

    Those Arsenal fixtures before GW31 .... just saying

    1. Kings of Lyon ★
      5 months, 4 days ago

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

      1. GreenWindmill
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 months, 4 days ago

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

  4. OldBenKenobi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 months, 4 days ago

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

    1. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 4 days ago

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

  5. ZoumasBloomers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    5 months, 4 days 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
      5 months, 4 days ago

      Bet you don't last.

  6. built_this_city
    5 months, 4 days ago

    105 points 😀 😀 😀

    1. how now brown cow
      5 months, 4 days ago

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

    2. Wardinator
      5 months, 4 days ago

      Same here, Kun captain?

    3. Stimps
      5 months, 4 days ago

      103 here with Haz (c) 🙂

  7. MANGE TOUT RODNEY
    5 months, 4 days ago

    Wow, 87k down to 150k. Brutal.

    1. built_this_city
      5 months, 4 days ago

      up to 169k

  8. how now brown cow
    5 months, 4 days 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
      5 months, 4 days ago

      yea both him and Jones could go.

  9. The Hindu Monkey
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 months, 4 days 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
      5 months, 4 days ago

      excellent read monkey. Why the ban?

      1. The Hindu Monkey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 months, 4 days 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.

    2. The Special 1s
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 4 days ago

      Brilliant stuff.

    3. Midlands Saint73
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 4 days ago

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

    4. Rhinos
      5 months, 4 days ago

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

    5. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
      5 months, 4 days ago

      Good read although I think the last political metaphor is poor

      1. Rhinos
        5 months, 4 days ago

        what was wrong with it

      2. The Hindu Monkey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 months, 4 days ago

        it's a fair point...

        I was tired by that stage

    6. KT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 4 days ago

      Should be considered for weekly Post-Amble.

  10. PMassive94
    5 months, 4 days ago

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

    1. Winter_is_coming
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 4 days ago

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

  11. Winter_is_coming
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 months, 4 days ago

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

    1. Nanoelektronicar
      5 months, 4 days ago

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

    2. Our Tiny Servant
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 4 days ago

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

    3. LǝgleSs e|even
      5 months, 4 days ago

      Wait after FA Cup fixtures

  12. Nanoelektronicar
    5 months, 4 days 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
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 4 days 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
        5 months, 4 days 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
      5 months, 4 days ago

      Also a Chelsea fan and would prefer KDB

    3. Rhinos
      5 months, 4 days ago

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

      1. Nanoelektronicar
        5 months, 4 days ago

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

  13. Zilla
    5 months, 4 days 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
      5 months, 4 days ago

      would not be out of nowhere, quite likely

      1. Zilla
        5 months, 4 days 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
          5 months, 4 days ago

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

        2. Rhinos
          5 months, 4 days ago

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

          1. Zilla
            5 months, 4 days 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
              5 months, 4 days ago

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

        3. Wardinator
          5 months, 4 days ago

          I agree, Kane captain for me Nek week

    2. Nanoelektronicar
      5 months, 4 days ago

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

      1. Zilla
        5 months, 4 days ago

        Capping him?

        1. Nanoelektronicar
          5 months, 4 days ago

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

  14. PistolPeter
    5 months, 4 days ago

    How do you do a team link?

    1. Nanoelektronicar
      5 months, 4 days ago

      Go to your profile > Contact Info > Website

      1. PistolPeter
        5 months, 4 days ago

        Is this possible on a phone??

        1. Nanoelektronicar
          5 months, 4 days ago

          I think it is.

          1. PistolPeter
            5 months, 4 days ago

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

  15. The 12th Man
    5 months, 4 days 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
      5 months, 4 days ago

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

      1. The 12th Man
        5 months, 4 days ago

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

  16. VFORVANDETA
    5 months, 4 days 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
      5 months, 4 days ago

      Alonso > VVD

      1. VFORVANDETA
        5 months, 4 days ago

        Alonso to VVD or Davies?

        1. Sedemuda
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          5 months, 4 days ago

          VVD more nailed & no blank in GW31

          1. The 12th Man
            5 months, 4 days ago

            This

  17. Schliegs
    5 months, 4 days 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?

  18. MFPL
    5 months, 4 days 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
      5 months, 4 days ago

      at least give us options

  19. More Cowbell
    5 months, 4 days 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

  20. Hammers Select
    5 months, 4 days 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
      5 months, 4 days ago

      for a start id invest in the team walking the league

    2. Joe Wildlife
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 4 days ago

      Must have quite woeful tv

      1. Joe Wildlife
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 months, 4 days ago

        For starters lose sturrisge with injury and get some Arsenal?

        Sturridge + deulofeu > mkhi + wilson

    3. Schliegs
      5 months, 4 days ago

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

  21. Schliegs
    5 months, 4 days ago

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

    1. Rhinos
      5 months, 4 days ago

      chilwell Simpson Lowton Lascelles there's quite a few

      1. Schliegs
        5 months, 4 days ago

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

        1. Rhinos
          5 months, 4 days ago

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

      2. Gooner Kebab
        5 months, 4 days ago

        Simpson for me

    2. Zilla
      5 months, 4 days ago

      Bauer or a WBA def are your options

  22. Zilla
    5 months, 4 days ago

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

    1. The 12th Man
      5 months, 4 days ago

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

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

      1. Zilla
        5 months, 4 days 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
          5 months, 4 days ago

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

  23. Schliegs
    5 months, 4 days ago

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

    1. Kopkloppers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 4 days 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.

  24. XABI 15
    5 months, 4 days ago

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

    1. Schliegs
      5 months, 4 days ago

      yep

    2. Gooner Kebab
      5 months, 4 days ago

      how about Niasse and keep Alonso?

      1. XABI 15
        5 months, 4 days ago

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

        I should have added I also have Azpi

  25. Spike ⚽️
    5 months, 4 days ago

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

    1. Gooner Kebab
      5 months, 4 days ago

      have a FT saved

      1. Spike ⚽️
        5 months, 4 days ago

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

        1. Gooner Kebab
          5 months, 4 days ago

          No, have it handy though.

    2. Rhinos
      5 months, 4 days ago

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

  26. Always Captain Kun
    5 months, 4 days 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 ⚽️
      5 months, 4 days ago

      There's nothing wrong with Robertson. Playing really well

  27. VizziJ
    5 months, 4 days 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 ⚽️
      5 months, 4 days ago

      B E

    2. Rhinos
      5 months, 4 days ago

      there's 3000 games before gw28

      1. VizziJ
        5 months, 4 days ago

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

  28. FC Lackless [BALEGIUM]
    5 months, 3 days ago

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

    1. william prunier
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Why

  29. amit1964
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 months, 3 days ago

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