Selection Saturdays – GW12

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Midweek internationals are always a pain in my arse. Coupled with people playing 90 minutes, you also have the soft-cocks that pull out for any reason whatsoever. Are they really injured? Are they crying wolf? Well we can only speculate… but let’s hope they pull through for us! (RVP I’m looking at you.)


Arsenal v Tottenham


Mannone; Sagna, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Vermaelen; Arteta, Wilshere, Cazorla; Walcott, Giroud, Podolski.

Szczesny is back in contention, but I expect he will be given one more week. Elsewhere Santos will remain on the bench, with Vermaelen moving to the left. Walcott is a doubt but should start.



Friedel; Walker, Gallas, Caulker, Vertonghen; Huddlestone, Sandro, Dempsey; Bale, Adebayor, Lennon.

Adebayor will probably be given the nod again over Defoe, but with AVB who really knows. You shouldn’t be relying on either anyway. Dembele is still out for a couple more games.


Liverpool v Wigan


Reina; Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique; Sahin, Allen, Gerrard; Sterling, Suarez, Suso.

Having tinkered with a 3-5-2 against Chelsea, I expect Rogers to revert back to his beloved 4-3-3 for this home clash. Enrique played very well last week and will probably start ahead of WisdomSuso.


Al Habsi; Ramis, Caldwell, Figueroa; Boyce, McCarthy, Watson, Beausejour; Kone, Di Santo, Maloney.

The regular for Wigan, minus McArthur who remains a doubt. Watson  will slot in for him.


Manchester City v Aston Villa

Manchester City

Hart; Maicon, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy; Y Toure, Barry; Nasri, Silva, Aguero; Tevez.

Maicon and Zab will be vying for the RB slot, but after an impressive display last week I’m tipping the Brazilian to be given the nod. Elsewhere, Milner is fit but probably won’t start, while Silva will have his second game back after that extended spell out.

Aston Villa

Guzan; Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Bennett; Westwood, Ireland, Bannan; Weimann, Benteke, Agbonlahor.


Newcastle v Swansea


Krul; Simpson, S Taylor, Williamson, Santon; Ben Arfa, Tiote, Anita, Ferguson; Cisse, Ba.

Coloccini is still missing through suspension, while Cabaye and Guitierrez have been ruled out. Williamson will slot into the CB role, while Ferguson should feature on the outside of Anita who will play in CM.


Tremmel; Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies; Britton, Michu, De Guzman; Hernandez, Graham, Routledge.

A huge list of doubtfuls for Swansea. Ki has been ruled out, but Chico, Williams, Graham, Routledge and Hernandez are all in doubt with niggles… it will be interesting to see who plays, but Dyer could easily fill in on the RW should Hernandez not come up. I think Britton and De Guzman are required players in the absence of Ki, but Michu should drop back into the midfield to plug a hole if neither of them are fit.

QPR v Southampton


Cesar; Bosingwa, Nelsen, Ferdinand, Traore; Hoilett, Mackie, Granero, Faurlin; Taarabt, Cisse.

Zamora is still out so Taarabt will plug the gap behind CisseFabio is fit this week and could feature instead of Traore, but it’s a coin toss.


Gazzaniga; Clyne, Fonte, Yoshida, Fox; Cork, Schneiderlin, Ramirez; Lallana, Lambert, Puncheon.

Gazzaniga has played in between the posts the last two games, so I’ll tip him to again start instead of Boruc.Puncheon will probably maintain his place above Rodriguez, while Lambert seems to play 1 of every 2 away games, so be wary he may not start.


Reading v Everton


Federici; Gunter, Gorkss, Morrison, Shorey; McCleary, Tabb, Leigertwood, McAnuff; Hunt, Roberts.

Gorkss and Morrison seem to be the new favourite CB pairing, after having trialled both Pearce and Mariappa there. Kebe is AGAIN injured, so McCleary will probably start on the right. Roberts has been favoured to the Pog in recent weeks. Karacan is still injured.


Howard; Coleman, Distin, Jagielka, Baines; Naismith, Osman, Neville, Pienaar; Fellaini; Jelavic.

Mirallas is the notable omission from the side that drew with Sunderland last week, with Naismith filling in for him. Nothing else should really change, unless Hibbert earns his RB spot back.


West Brom v Chelsea

West Brom

Foster; Jones, Olsson, McAuley, Ridgewell; Odemwingie, Yacob, Mulumbu, Brunt; Morrison; Long.

Brunt returned for his first start of the season last week, and has pushed Dorrans to the bench. Morrison is rated a doubt but I think that was purely to avoid international duty. Lukaku is unavailable to play against his parent club.


Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz, Cole; Mikel, Ramires; Mata, Oscar, Hazard; Torres.

Luiz and Cole are both doubtful, meaning Azpilicueta could feature at RB and push Ivanovic to CB. Cole would obviously be replaced by Bertrand.


Norwich v Man United


Ruddy; Whittaker, Bassong, Turner, Garrido; Snodgrass, Tettey, Johnson, Pilkington; Hoolahan; Holt.

Martin is still unavailable so Whittaker will remain at RB. Tettey has recovered from his midweek “injury” just in time for the fixture. How convenient.

Man United

De Gea; Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra; Carrick, Valencia, Carrick, Scholes, Young; Chicharito/Hernandez, Van Persie.

Smalling is fit and could replace either Evans or Rio, but you’d have to be a brave man to pick it. Chicharito has been penned in as a starter for SAF midweek, who confirmed he would not be warming the bench following his second half display against Villa last week. RVP surely will play. Rooney could very well be rested… be warned.


Fulham v Sunderland


Schwarzer; Riether, Hangeland, Hughes, Riise; Dejagah, Sidwell, Karagounis, Kacaniklic; Ruiz, Berbatov.

Duff seemingly has been usurped by Dejagah on the right, while Diarra is out and so is Baird. That means Karagounis pretty much gets the CM slot by default this week- his first start for the cottagers. Richardson is injured, so Kacaninklic will feature on the left, unless Ruiz drops back and Rodallega starts up front… not likely though.


Mignolet; Bardsley, Cuellar, O’Shea, Rose; Johnson, Larsson, Cattermole, McClean; Sessegnon; Fletcher.

Bardsley will get his RB slot back after Gardner accumulated his fifth yellow card of the season. Elsewhere it’s much of the same.


West Ham v Stoke City

West Ham

Jaaskelainen; Demel, Reid, Collins, McCartney; Diame, Noble, Nolan; Benayoun, Carroll, Jarvis.

Again, much of the same for West Ham following their win at St James Park last week. O’Brien will slog it out with G-Mac for the LB spot, while Demel is likely to get the RB spot back after recovering from injury.

Stoke City

Begovic; Cameron, Huth, Shawcross, Wilkinson; Whelan, Nzonzi, Adam, Kightly; Walters; Crouch.

Cameron and Wilkinson will continue at full-back, while Whelan and Walters are both doubtful. This could see Whitehead or Palacios being deployed in midfield, while Kightly may surrender his left flank role to Etherington for the second week running.If Walters doesn’t play… could we see Owen slot into the line-up? Probably not.


Well that’s it. Good luck for the Gameweek- and let’s hope we’re not screwed by selection. I’ve got a terrible feeling regarding RVP. Surely they can’t start without him though given he’s virtually the reason they’re at the top of the table. Or can they? … 😉

Cheers guys,





29 comments on “Selection Saturdays – GW12

  1. Fitzy

    Will Lennon definitely be playing? And what are your thoughts on trading Adebayor in?

    And David Silva captain??

  2. Dan

    Some decent value about this week..Stoke v West Ham, West Brom v Chelsea and Ars v Tott draws all at about 3.50, Newcastle to win at 1.94 and as a smokey Wigan at 7.00 to beat Liverpool worth a dash in a multi too.

  3. Bayswater Toffee's gaffer

    Hahahahahahahaaaaaa had Cazorla captain for the past month, except this week………………. Suicide watch.

    • Hero

      Well it’s a funny system where you get 3 points for a win. 1 point for a draw. 0 for a loss. This is then added up and presented in the form of a table ranking teams from 1 to 20. Due to this method it puts man city in first.

      • Factor x

        ha ha mate 😛
        how ya goin? I’m one for sarcastic comments myself so I will accept that.
        But as you can tell I am saying this as it seems man city have been doing terribly this year and seem to only just beat the fringe epl teams yet pull out results and have now taken (due to one bad man u game) no 1 spot!!!!

  4. Shaun Curnow

    Jeez what a night of results! Thought my Everton & ManU players would score heaps for me but both them bloody lose!! Currently 59 with Shawcross & Jaaskelainen to come… Jaas comes on to replace De Gea, which is probably good thing since Utd lost! Live rankings has me in the top 10K 😮

  5. MattyZee

    Hell. I had all 5 of my mids score goals, plus Ba, and I’m still dropping in my most important leagues! So many players have had good weeks!

  6. Bryan

    Sterling and Cuellar on the bench with 11 and 9 points, respectively. Traded Tevez last week. Mata and Baines both came in… FML.

  7. mad romeys

    Of course Fletcher decides to have an amazong game and score 12 points while he is at it.
    Knee-jerking, isn’t it great…

  8. kingcolesy

    lol this is going well. Seems everyone would have scored more without trading haha, likewise myself 🙁 Oh, and a pleasent suprise this morning, I got the -3 from Hangeland.

  9. Hero

    I’m giving up choosing a captain from now on. Haven’t picked one that scored more than 4 all year. Picked Berba instead of Suarez Bale Ba Cazorla or even Cameron…

  10. Dan

    Damn he looks a good option…been looking for a defender under 5.1 for Vermalean, allowing me to bring in Silva.

    Like Spurs fixtures, Caulker or Gallas look ok options, Baird due back this week too I think.

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