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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
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 5 days ago

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

    1. FOO FIGHTER
        10 months, 5 days ago

        Sounds like you are fitting in Salah 🙂

        1. Ask Yourself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          10 months, 5 days ago

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

      • Amey
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 5 days ago

        RC

        1. Ask Yourself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          10 months, 5 days ago

          Goal

          1. Amey
            • 1 Year
            10 months, 5 days ago

            Straight RC !!
            5 match ban
            😛
            Kidding. GL

      • Murder On Zidanesfloor
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 5 days ago

        Looks great in attack

    2. Pukkifiesta
        10 months, 5 days 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
            10 months, 5 days ago

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

            1. Pukkifiesta
                10 months, 5 days ago

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

            2. Murder On Zidanesfloor
              • 2 Years
              10 months, 5 days ago

              I'd be tempted to upgrade Pereira first

              1. FOO FIGHTER
                  10 months, 5 days ago

                  Too many hits

                  1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
                    • 2 Years
                    10 months, 5 days ago

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

                    1. FOO FIGHTER
                        10 months, 5 days ago

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

                        1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
                          • 2 Years
                          10 months, 5 days ago

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

                      • Pukkifiesta
                          10 months, 5 days 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. Murder On Zidanesfloor
                            • 2 Years
                            10 months, 5 days ago

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

                            1. Pukkifiesta
                                10 months, 5 days 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
                                10 months, 5 days 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
                                    10 months, 5 days ago

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

                                    1. FOO FIGHTER
                                        10 months, 5 days ago

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

                                        1. Pukkifiesta
                                            10 months, 5 days ago

                                            Could be, anyway, cheers for the tips

                                            1. FOO FIGHTER
                                                10 months, 5 days ago

                                                No probs.

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

                              Australia retain the Ashes 🏆

                              1. FOO FIGHTER
                                  10 months, 5 days ago

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

                                • Scott Talent
                                  • 4 Years
                                  10 months, 5 days ago

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

                                  1. Christina.
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 10 Years
                                    10 months, 5 days ago

                                    pity best batsman in world is a cheat.

                                    😕

                                    1. Scott Talent
                                      • 4 Years
                                      10 months, 5 days ago

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

                                    2. Amey
                                      • 1 Year
                                      10 months, 5 days ago

                                      Well, Kohli isn't a cheat 😉

                                • el polako
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 3 Years
                                  10 months, 5 days ago

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

                                  1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
                                    • 2 Years
                                    10 months, 5 days ago

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

                                    1. Amey
                                      • 1 Year
                                      10 months, 5 days ago

                                      😀

                                      1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
                                        • 2 Years
                                        10 months, 5 days ago

                                        You know its true

                                        1. Amey
                                          • 1 Year
                                          10 months, 5 days ago

                                          Ha ha

                                • panda07
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 7 Years
                                  10 months, 5 days ago

                                  Congrats!

                              2. Mini Mahouse
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 7 Years
                                10 months, 5 days 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
                                10 months, 5 days ago

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

                                1. FOO FIGHTER
                                    10 months, 5 days ago

                                    T to the A to the A and Firminho.

                                2. New Post
                                3. KDB4PREZ
                                    10 months, 5 days 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
                                    10 months, 5 days ago

                                    Would you choose:

                                    A;Ceballos and Greenwood

                                    or

                                    B: J Ayew and Cantwell

                                    Many thanks

                                    1. HurriKane
                                      • 7 Years
                                      10 months, 4 days ago

                                      B

                                  • HurriKane
                                    • 7 Years
                                    10 months, 4 days ago

                                    Who would you start?

                                    A) Dunk (BUR)

                                    B) Pukki (MCI)

                                    1. Flaming Flamingo
                                      • 4 Years
                                      10 months, 4 days ago

                                      B