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Meet the Manager #16 – Tarek Balbaa

The Meet the Manager series, where Joe interviews a Fantasy manager with a more than enviable track record, is back for 2019/20.

This campaign’s series of interviews starts with a chat with Tarek Balbaa, who explains why being based in Egypt has helped ensure he puts the eye test to good use in his Fantasy decisions.

Over his illustrious career, Tarek has eight top 10,000 finishes, including two in the top 1,000.

With all Premier League matches broadcast in Egypt, he is able to watch four to five televised games a week.

This has ensured he was quick to acquire Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne this season and is still reticent to invest heavily in Manchester United.

Underlying statistics are still important to Tarek but he likes to go back to basics with such research, preferring shots in the box statistics than the phenomena of expected statistics.

Tarek also talks about his poor seasons and the lessons he’s learned from mistakes made. Chief of these for him has been to focus heavily on what mini-league rivals are up to.

The chat with Tarek is available to view on Youtube here and in the embedded video below.

It is also available on Soundcloud and as a podcast. Embedded versions of these are also available below.

All 15 previous episodes can be viewed via our Youtube channel or heard via our Soundcloud channel.

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  1. Ask Yourself
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    14 days, 5 hours ago

    I am getting Schär in my WC team and you can’t stop me

    1. FOO FIGHTER
        14 days, 5 hours ago

        Sounds like you are fitting in Salah 🙂

        1. Ask Yourself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          14 days, 5 hours ago

          No chance mate Bobby matches him until GW9 then Vardy ourcsores him for the next few until stelring becomes salah himself x

      • Amey
          14 days, 5 hours ago

          RC

          1. Ask Yourself
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            14 days, 5 hours ago

            Goal

            1. Amey
                14 days, 5 hours ago

                Straight RC !!
                5 match ban
                😛
                Kidding. GL

          2. Legend of Rosický
            • 1 Year
            14 days, 5 hours ago

            Looks great in attack

        • Pukkifiesta
            14 days, 5 hours ago

            Hi mates, I'm looking for some tips for the next move. Tempted to get rid of Man Utd players at first. Maybe Barnes in, Rashford out ?

            Team at the moment:

            Ederson
            VVD - Dunk- M-Niles
            Pereira - Sterling - KDB - Salah
            Pukki - Abraham - Rasford

            (Button, Kelly, Dendoncker, Rico)

            1. FOO FIGHTER
                14 days, 5 hours ago

                If for a free transfer then I would do Rash to Barnes considering his fixtures.

                1. Pukkifiesta
                    14 days, 5 hours ago

                    Yeah, The very next move right after this, with given bank surplus, would be replacing Pereira with Mount

                2. Legend of Rosický
                  • 1 Year
                  14 days, 5 hours ago

                  I'd be tempted to upgrade Pereira first

                  1. FOO FIGHTER
                      14 days, 5 hours ago

                      Too many hits

                      1. Legend of Rosický
                        • 1 Year
                        14 days, 5 hours ago

                        Do you know if he has anything ITB? Or how many FTs he has? Mate get a grip

                        1. FOO FIGHTER
                            14 days, 5 hours ago

                            I looked at KDB, Salah and Sterling plus his frontline, so did not expect him to have that much left.

                            1. Legend of Rosický
                              • 1 Year
                              14 days, 5 hours ago

                              Either way I can see ways to do it with one hit if 1Ft and no hit with 2Fts

                          • Pukkifiesta
                              14 days, 5 hours ago

                              Actually nothing left in the bank, and only 1 free transfer in the wallet, so replacing pereira, unfortunately, looks bit hard. At least with a proper alternative...

                              1. Legend of Rosický
                                • 1 Year
                                14 days, 5 hours ago

                                Save this week then. Rash can easily do well vs LEI
                                Use 2fts to swap both next week

                                1. Pukkifiesta
                                    14 days, 5 hours ago

                                    Yeah, might as well give rasford a chance, given the fact I can't get Mount in the team without a hit.

                                2. FOO FIGHTER
                                    14 days, 5 hours ago

                                    Go Rash out, Barnes in for now. Then the only other option I see with another FT is downgrading Abraham to Greenwood to upgrade Pereira.

                                    1. Pukkifiesta
                                        14 days, 5 hours ago

                                        So you reckon having pukki&barnes in front, and allocate the money on midfielders? No trust in abraham?

                                        1. FOO FIGHTER
                                            14 days, 5 hours ago

                                            I think Greenwood will come in handy later on in the season.

                                            1. Pukkifiesta
                                                14 days, 5 hours ago

                                                Could be, anyway, cheers for the tips

                                                1. FOO FIGHTER
                                                    14 days, 5 hours ago

                                                    No probs.

                                3. TorresMagic™
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • Has Moderation Rights
                                  • 10 Years
                                  14 days, 5 hours ago

                                  Australia retain the Ashes 🏆

                                  1. FOO FIGHTER
                                      14 days, 5 hours ago

                                      I take it you are from a land called down under?

                                    • Slouch87
                                      • 3 Years
                                      14 days, 5 hours ago

                                      Deserved . The better team with the best batsman in the world and also the best bowler.

                                      1. Christina.
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 9 Years
                                        14 days, 5 hours ago

                                        pity best batsman in world is a cheat.

                                        😕

                                        1. Slouch87
                                          • 3 Years
                                          14 days, 5 hours ago

                                          At least that despicable individual Warner has had a miserable series.

                                        2. Amey
                                            14 days, 5 hours ago

                                            Well, Kohli isn't a cheat 😉

                                      2. el polako
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 2 Years
                                        14 days, 5 hours ago

                                        Big whoop.
                                        Its not like their is a lot of competition for it.

                                        1. Legend of Rosický
                                          • 1 Year
                                          14 days, 5 hours ago

                                          Its just an overhyped bilateral series between the 4th and 5th ranked test teams

                                          1. Amey
                                              14 days, 5 hours ago

                                              😀

                                              1. Legend of Rosický
                                                • 1 Year
                                                14 days, 5 hours ago

                                                You know its true

                                                1. Amey
                                                    14 days, 5 hours ago

                                                    Ha ha

                                          2. panda07
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 7 Years
                                            14 days, 5 hours ago

                                            Congrats!

                                        2. Mini Mahouse
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 7 Years
                                          14 days, 5 hours ago

                                          On wildcard, too imbalanced?

                                          Pope
                                          Digne TAA Lund
                                          KDB Sterling Salah Cantwell Dendocker
                                          Aguero Pukki

                                          Button Greenwood Kelly Rico

                                        3. Corgzzzz
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 4 Years
                                          14 days, 5 hours ago

                                          Guys...i need your help...it comes down to this for me .....
                                          TAA & Firmino.....or
                                          Matip & Mane......I have Salah.

                                          1. FOO FIGHTER
                                              14 days, 5 hours ago

                                              T to the A to the A and Firminho.

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                                          3. KDB4PREZ
                                              14 days, 4 hours ago

                                              What price would Denis Irwin be in FPL nowadays lol surely more than any defender with everything that came with him?

                                            • Colgz
                                              • 1 Year
                                              14 days, 2 hours ago

                                              Would you choose:

                                              A;Ceballos and Greenwood

                                              or

                                              B: J Ayew and Cantwell

                                              Many thanks

                                              1. HurriKane
                                                • 7 Years
                                                13 days, 5 hours ago

                                                B

                                            • HurriKane
                                              • 7 Years
                                              13 days, 5 hours ago

                                              Who would you start?

                                              A) Dunk (BUR)

                                              B) Pukki (MCI)

                                              1. Flaming Flamingo
                                                • 3 Years
                                                13 days, 5 hours ago

                                                B