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  1. Luckily my two players scored the goals, finished second overall so well chuffed. the prize money helps!!
  2. I'm definitely going to enter next season. I have in the past but sadly lose interest and/or get side tracked with work. I've entered the Sun Fantasy Football competition this season and the last game is today - The FA Cup final. Originally it was meant to include the European games but they've stopped as it wont finish to mid August and they said they don't want it to disrupt next season's as they want to start promoting it immediately. I can't win the Sun contest as the leader still has 3 transfers left and is 11 points clear. I only have Pulisic and Aubameyang playing today (Pulisic may be sub?). However having monitored the teams around me since the July transfers have been introduced I can't finish lower than 8th! Sadly only top 5 are prize positions and I'm sitting joint 3rd. The team in 2nd have no-one playing in the FA Cup as they have used all their transfers previously but are 6 points clear. It's going to be strange cheering on a player from each side as opposed to an actual team.
  3. Secret is to enter 5 teams - actively manage the ones that the gets the best start. Never make all your transfers in one go. You get three per month with the sun, and finally lots of luck ......... I've been doing fantasy football for 20 years +, and prior best was only a top 200 in the Times in about 1990!
  4. I took part in this last year and came over 100th. Lost interest a bit. Forgot all about it this year but did enter The Sun one. Presently top nationally , so pleased to have achieved that - knowing full well I won't win it having peaked too early!!
  5. Manager: Andy PapadopoulosTeam Name: Rubbish TeamForum Username: andypaps28
  6. Reading v Derby I have analysed the last 5 years data. Derby haven't lost at Reading in that time. The bookings market is interesting as there have always been at least 4 cards ( 2 out of 5 seasons had a red card as well). There have been over 10 corners the last 4 seasons.
  7. Fair call Catchy. To that end I've summarised for the last 3 seasons: 1. Teams relegated to the Championship from the Premier league ( 1 win, 2 draws and 3 losses for the 2016-17 and 2015-16 seasons) 2. Teams promoted to the Championship from Division 1 (1 win and 5 losses) So another interesting trends seems to be promoted teams struggle (this intuitively makes sense as teams coming from a lower standard of football and likely the financial budgets are smaller)
  8. I thought I would post the opening fixtures and results from the Championship for the last 2 seasons. The odds are William Hills. My observations are that only one team was priced as odds-on over the two seasons; Bristol City last year and duly obliged. The season coming is showing (from opening poster OP) two teams that are odds on. Brentford v Rotherham and West Brom v Bolton. I couldn't really argue with either. For me a slight anomaly might be the fact that over the 24 games from the prior two seasons there were only 3 aways. I think that this time of year due to lack of form the emphasis should be on seeing how the respective teams have played against each other in the past.
  9. [h=1]Championship Opta Facts - August 28-29[/h] Blackburn v Bolton Jordan Rhodes scored the winner the last time the two Lancastrian sides met in March. Rhodes has scored four goals in three home games v Wanderers, but could miss this game due to injury. Bolton are looking to avoid a third successive defeat at Ewood Park against their neighbours, something which last happened to them in December 1999. Blackburn have scored in 11 of their last 12 league games at Ewood Park, however, they've also conceded in 10 of those matches. Stephen Dobbie's 90th minute equaliser against Nottm Forest last time out was the Trotters' first league goal in six games. Bolton have won only one of their last 12 away games (D2 L9), losing the last three in a row. Since making his league debut for Blackburn in February 2014, Craig Conway has provided six more assists than any other Championship player (24). Derby v Leeds Derby have won each of their last six league games at home to Leeds, and are unbeaten in their last eight against them at the iPro Stadium. Mirco Antenucci scored both of Leeds' goals in their 2-0 win over Derby at Elland Road last season. It is the Whites' only victory in their last 13 league games against the Rams (D2 L10). The Rams are without a league win in seven attempts, drawing six and losing one. After failing to score in his previous 19 competitive appearances, Chris Wood has now scored in his last two. Johnny Russell has scored in back to back league games for the first time since December 2014. Russell has never netted in three successive league games for Derby. Leeds have drawn their last five league games in a row; a joint-club record also set in 1962 and 1997. Brentford v Reading Brentford won both meetings against Reading last season, the first time the two sides had met in the second tier. The Royals have won just one of their last nine trips to Griffin Park (D3 L5). Brentford have conceded exactly two goals in six of their last seven league games (incl. play-offs) on home soil. Reading have picked up only one win from their last nine games on the road, losing five (D3). Overall, the Royals have won just once in the last 14 Championship matches (D6 L7). Alan Judge - who has two goals to his name already this season - has netted three and assisted two more in his last four appearances against Reading. Bristol City v Burnley Bristol City conceded seven times across the two meetings with Burnley in 2012/13 - losing 4-3 at home and 3-1 away. The Clarets have lost just two of their last eight league games against Bristol City (W4 D2). No side has scored more set-piece goals (excl. penalties) this season than Burnley (3) - level with Rotherham. Three of Burnley's four league goals this season have been headers. The Clarets have won their last two games against the Robins; they've never won three in a row. Bristol City have shipped as many goals in their last three league games at Ashton Gate as they did in their previous 15 (8). Huddersfield v QPR Huddersfield have lost three of their last four league fixtures against QPR, drawing the other. QPR have won just two of their 11 league visits to Huddersfield (D3 L6). Nahki Wells has scored two of the Terriers' three league goals so far this season. Championship top scorer Charlie Austin scored both of QPR's goals the last time the two sides met in January 2014 - a 2-1 win for the Hoops. Austin (5) has played a part in more goals this term than any other Championship player (four goals, one assist). Seven of Wells' last eight Championship goals have been scored at the John Smiths' Stadium. Tjaronn Chery has had more shots on target than any Championship player so far this season (8), with Matty Phillips firing in seven on target. Hull v Preston Hull have kept a clean sheet in four of their last five league games against Preston, shipping three in the other. Preston have lost four of their last five league contests with Hull (W1). No side has kept more clean sheets (3) or conceded fewer goals (2) this term than Preston, though they've only scored twice in their four games so far. Hull have won both of their home games this campaign, netting exactly two goals in each match. Joe Garner has fired in more shots in 2015/16 than any other Championship player, although he is yet to get off the mark this season (16 shots, 0 goals). No player has created more goalscoring chances in the Championship this season than Preston's Paul Gallagher (15). Ipswich v Brighton Ipswich have netted two goals in each of their last four against Brighton in the Championship, with three of those ending 2-0. Brighton's 3-2 win in January over the Tractor Boys ended a run of three successive defeats against them. Freddie Sears has scored or assisted 11 goals in his last 12 league appearances for the Tractor Boys (seven goals, four assists). Brighton are unbeaten in five league games (W3 D2); they last went six without losing in May 2014 (eight games). Brighton defender Bruno has made more interceptions than any other player in this season's Championship (20). Ipswich have scored in each of their last 16 league games (excl. play-offs), registering exactly two in the last six. Daryl Murphy has scored in each of his last three appearances against the Seagulls. MK Dons v Birmingham This will be the first league meeting between MK Dons and Birmingham. Birmingham did however play MK Dons in the League Cup in 2010/11, beating them 3-1 in the third round on their way to the trophy. Birmingham City have scored a joint-league-high three goals from outside the box this season. MK Dons stopper David Martin has so far made the most saves in this season's Championship (17). The Dons have won 11 of their last 15 league games, losing just once (D3). Gary Rowett has won 43% of his league games in charge of Birmingham City, while his predecessor Lee Clark won just 27%. Nottm Forest v Cardiff Forest have lost five of their last six league games to the Bluebirds, winning the other. Cardiff have never beaten Nottingham Forest in four successive league games. Since the start of last season, Michail Antonio has had a hand in 28 goals for Nottm Forest (13 assists, 15 goals), more than any other player at the club. Forest have won only one of their last 12 Championship games (D4 L7), though they are unbeaten in the last three. Cardiff have won three and lost none of their last seven league games. Federico Macheda has three goals in three games against Forest but is yet to make an appearance in the league for the Bluebirds this term. Rotherham v Fulham Both Championship games between Rotherham and Fulham ended in draws last season. Rotherham led four times in the two meetings, being pegged back each time. Ross McCormack scored Fulham's first goal in both meetings with Rotherham last season. Rotherham have conceded more goals than any other Championship team this season (10). Indeed, nine of those 10 goals conceded have arrived in open play. The Millers have lost three of their last four games in league competition (D1). Fulham have gone five games without a win in the league (D2 L3), this after going unbeaten in the five beforehand. Ross McCormack has scored nine goals in his last 13 games for Fulham in all competitions. Sheff Wed v Middlesbrough Wednesday have won each of their last three against Boro in the league; they haven't won four in a row against them since April 1991. Middlesbrough have lost six of their last seven visits to Hillsborough, winning the other. The Owls have made a league-high three errors leading directly to goals this season; two more than their total in 2014/15. Kike has scored three goals from just six shots on target in 2015/16. Sheffield Wednesday have lost only once in their last seven at Hillsborough (W2 D4). Wolves v Charlton Wolves haven't lost any of their last four home league games against the Addicks (W2 D2). After losing four in a row to Wolves, Charlton are now unbeaten in their last four league games against them (W1 D3). Johann Berg Gudmundsson's stoppage time winner against Hull last week is the latest goal scored in the Championship so far this season (97:59). Indeed, it surpasses the latest goal scored in the Championship last season - Loza, Norwich v Huddersfield (97:20). Wolves have gone five league games without a clean sheet at Molineux, this after keeping four in the previous five.
  10. [h=1]League Two Opta Facts - August 29[/h] Accrington v Northampton Accrington have lost their last three at home in the league to Northampton, including a 5-1 thumping last season. Marc Richards scored three goals in two games against Stanley last term. These fixtures produced a total of 15 goals last season, with the away side netting five both times. Accrington haven't kept a clean-sheet against Northampton since August 2011, conceding 18 goals in seven games since then (W2 L5). Northampton have won five of their previous six games against Accrington, losing only in the epic 5-4 game at Sixfields last season. AFC Wimbledon v Exeter The Dons have never lost at home to Exeter in league competition (W2 D1). Exeter have never failed to score in three visits to AFC Wimbledon, though they've never kept a clean sheet either. In six games between these two in the Football League, 21 goals have been scored (3.5 per game). AFC Wimbledon have won one of their previous twelve games (D7 L4). Exeter failed to score in their last game against York, but haven't failed to score in two consecutive games since August 2014. Barnet v Cambridge Barnet have scored at least twice in their five previous home Football League meetings with Cambridge, winning the last four (L1). Cambridge have failed to score in three of their five visits to Barnet in the Football League, though they've not met in the top four tiers since 1998/99. The Bees have lost three of their first four games back in League Two (W1). Barry Corr has scored five goals in his first three league games for Cambridge. Crawley v Wycombe This will be the first ever competitive meeting between the sides. Wycombe's Garry Thompson has four goals in four games against Crawley in league competition, including a perfect hat-trick for Notts County against them in League One last season. Crawley have managed the lowest number of shots on target in League Two (9). Only Norwich (10) have won more away games in 2015 than Wycombe (9) in the top four tiers (including playoffs). The Red Devils have kept two clean-sheets in a row, but haven't kept three in a row since April 2013. Dag & Red v Stevenage The away side won this fixture with a clean sheet both times last season - the first league meetings between the two. All three goals in these fixtures last season came in the second half. Dag & Red have conceded the joint-highest number of home goals in League Two (5). Stevenage have won one of their previous nine away games (D6 L2). The Daggers have lost four of their previous five games (D1). Hartlepool v Carlisle Hartlepool are winless in four league games against Carlisle (D1 L3), conceding exactly three times in each of the last three. Indeed, Carlisle went 3-0 up in both of these fixtures last season, winning 3-0 away and drawing 3-3 at home. Pools have conceded 11 goals in their previous four league games against Carlisle (D1 L3). Carlisle striker Jabo Ibehre has hit five goals in his first four league games, one more than he managed in 25 league games last season. Hartlepool have six more points at this stage than they did last season. Leyton Orient v Bristol Rovers The O's have won their last five meetings with Bristol Rovers in all competitions, scoring at least twice in every game (17 in total). The Pirates have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 18 league meetings with Leyton Orient, last shutting them out in April 1995. England's Harry Kane scored twice for the O's the last time these sides met in the league, a 4-1 win in February 2011. Dean Cox of Leyton Orient has been involved in six goals so far this season (two goals, four assists), more than any player in the top four tiers. Bristol Rovers are looking to win four successive away league fixtures for the first time since April 1990. Luton v Portsmouth Luton have lost only one of their last 18 home league games against Portsmouth (W13 D4). Matt Tubbs has scored in all three of his league appearances against Luton - for Bournemouth in 2008 and for AFC Wimbledon and Portsmouth last season. This was a top-flight fixture as recently as 1988. Luton have conceded in the 90th minute in each of their opening two home league fixtures, costing them three points. Pompey scored three goals last time out against Morecambe; they haven't scored three or more goals in consecutive league games since February 2015. Morecambe v Notts County Morecambe have lost none of their three previous home league meetings with the Magpies (W2 D1). Notts County have only failed to score in one of their six previous league games against Morecambe, though they've only kept one clean sheet in that time (W2 D2 L2). This the first meeting between the two sides at the Globe Arena since September 2009; Sol Campbell made his only Notts County appearance in that game. The Magpies have scored just nine away goals in 14 games in the year 2015. Morecambe have won three of their last five home games, losing the other two. Oxford v Yeovil This will be the first league meeting between these sides since 2004/05 - the home side has won all four of the previous fixtures between them. Yeovil's 6-1 win against Oxford in September 2004 remains their biggest Football League victory. Oxford have had the most shots in League Two this season (46). Yeovil have conceded 14 goals in their previous six games (W1 L5). The U's are unbeaten in 12 league games (W6 D6). Plymouth v Newport The last two meetings between these sides at Home Park have ended 0-0. Indeed, since Newport were promoted in 2013, they've kept three clean sheets in four games against the Pilgrims (W1 D2 L1). Plymouth have won five of their previous six games (L1). The Exiles' only win in their previous 11 league games came away at York in April (D2 L8). The previous six games at Home Park have seen 20 goals scored altogether. York v Mansfield York have kept just one clean sheet in their last 21 home league meetings with Mansfield, conceding in each of the last 12. There have been three red cards in the last four meetings between these sides. York have won four of their last six home games (L2); three of those wins have been 1-0. The Stags have won two of their previous twelve games (D2 L8), the run beginning with a 4-1 home defeat to York in March. Since the start of the 2014/15 season, Mansfield have won just four away games (D4 L17).
  11. [h=1]League One Opta Facts - August 29-31[/h] Blackpool v Walsall Blackpool have won four of their last five home league games against Walsall, though this will be their first meeting since April 2006 (L1). The Saddlers have failed to score in three of their last four visits to Blackpool. Blackpool are without a win in 22 league games (D7 L15). Walsall have lost one of their last 12 games (W6 D5), an 8-2 drubbing at the hands of Bristol City. Walsall are on a run of three consecutive victories, not winning four in a row since January 2013. Bradford City v Port Vale The Bantams have won just one of their last 13 league games against Vale (D5 L7). Port Vale's Michael O'Connor scored a 94th minute penalty to make it 2-2 in the last league meeting between the two. Jordan Pickford, now at Preston, was sent off for the foul. Bradford have won one of their last six games at Valley Parade (D1 L4). Port Vale are unbeaten in four away games (W1 D3). They last went five without defeat in February 2013. Bradford have failed to score more than once in a game since winning 3-0 at Doncaster in April. Bury v Oldham The Shakers are winless in their last five home fixtures against Oldham (D4 L1). Oldham are looking to keep three successive clean sheets away at Bury for the first time. Bury have registered the most shots in League One this season (51). Oldham have drawn eight of their last 11 games (W1 L2). Games involving Bury have seen the most goals in the top four tiers this season (19). Colchester v Scunthorpe The U's have won just one of their last 18 league fixtures against Scunthorpe (D10 L7), last beating them in February 2006. Scunthorpe have scored in each of their last seven against Colchester, but have also only kept two clean sheets in the process. Colchester are unbeaten in seven home league games (W3 D4), their best run since August 2012. The Iron have conceded at least two goals in each of their previous 11 away games, conceding 29 goals in that time. They last kept a clean sheet on the road in October 2014. Scunthorpe have failed to score in their previous two games; they haven't failed to score in three in a row since April 2012. Doncaster v Fleetwood The 0-0 draw between the two last season at the Keepmoat Stadium was the first time Doncaster had hosted Fleetwood. The Cod Army won the reverse fixture 3-1, with goals from Stephen Dobbie, Liam McAlinden and David Ball. Only the latter is still at the club. Doncaster have gone three league games without a goal; they haven't gone four without scoring since February 2011. A win against Donny will give Fleetwood a third consecutive win, their best run since winning three in August 2014. Fleetwood have scored four goals in each of their last two games. Millwall v Chesterfield Millwall have lost just once in their last 12 home matches against Chesterfield (W7 D4) and are unbeaten in their last seven. Chesterfield have only failed to score once in their last eight visits to Millwall. The Lions have conceded seven home goals this season, the worst record in the division. Chesterfield have lost just two of their last 13 games (W7 D4). Peterborough v Gillingham Peterborough have alternated between victory and defeat in their last four home games against the Gills - if that were to continue here, they would win. Gillingham won both meetings with the Posh last season by a 2-1 scoreline. Posh have conceded eight goals in their last four home games (W2 D1 L1). Gillingham are without an away clean sheet in seven games, conceding 13 goals in that time. Peterborough have lost their last two games, but haven't lost three in a row since November 2014. Rochdale v Barnsley Rochdale failed to score in either match against Barnsley last season. All five of Barnsley's goals against Rochdale in May's final day 5-0 win came in the 67th minute or after. Rochdale have played 14 home games without a single draw (W9 L5). Barnsley haven't kept a clean sheet in six away league games, conceding 12 goals. Dale have scored in 13 consecutive home games. Shrewsbury v Burton Shrewsbury have lost just one of the eight previous meetings with Burton in the Football League, though this was their most recent meeting in January 2015 (W4 D3). The Brewers have never scored more than once in their eight contests with Shrewsbury, scoring four times in total. Shrewsbury have failed to score more than once in any of their last eight games (W2 D2 L4). Burton have won six of their previous eight away games (D1 L1). Shrewsbury's three home league defeats in a row is their worst run since losing six in January 2014. Swindon v Sheffield United Swindon scored five goals in both of their home games against Sheffield United last season (5-2 in regular league game, 5-5 in League One playoff leg). Michael Smith scored four times in those two matches. The Blades are winless in eight trips to Swindon in regular league matches (including playoffs, D5 L3). Swindon have the best shot conversion rate in League One this season, scoring with 29.03% of their shots. Sheffield United have kept just one clean sheet in their last 16 away league games. Including play-offs, the last five games at the County Ground have seen 29 goals scored. Wigan v Crewe Wigan have won five of their last six league games against Crewe, though the two haven't met since February 2005. Crewe's only win in Wigan in the league came in March 2004, courtesy of a Dean Ashton hat-trick (D2 L7). No player has attempted more shots (11) without scoring in League One than Wigan's Michael Jacobs this season. The Railwaymen's last away clean sheet was in January; in 12 games since, they've conceded 27 goals (W3 D1 L8). The Latics, who won at home last time out, haven't won back-to-back home league games since August 2014. Coventry v Southend Coventry haven't kept a clean sheet in nine league games against Southend. Southend have scored 13 goals in the last four trips to Coventry, though three of those came in the 1960s (games ended 3-3, 4-3 and 5-2). The Sky Blues have only failed to score in one of their last 12 home league games (W4 D4 L4). Since losing 4-2 to Stevenage in February 2015, The Shrimpers have conceded just seven goals in nine away games (W4 D3 L2). Coventry are aiming to win three home league games in a row for the first time since November 2013.
  12. [h=1]Scottish Premiership Opta Facts - August 29[/h] Celtic v St Johnstone Celtic have failed to score in their last two league games against St. Johnstone (D1 L1). The last time they went three games without beating the Saints was in February 2013 (D2 L1). St Johnstone's win at Celtic Park in March was only their second in 17 away league games against Celtic (D1 L14). In fact, the Saints have scored just four times in their last 10 trips to Glasgow to face Celtic. Leigh Griffiths has been involved in more goals than any other player so far this season (four goals, two assists). All eight of St Johnstone's goals so far have been scored in the second half. Anthony Stokes has scored four times in his last five league games against St Johnstone, though he's only played one league game this season. Dundee v Inverness CT Dundee haven't won any of their last seven home league games against Inverness (includes second tier, D4 L3). Caley are unbeaten home and away in nine league Scottish Premiership games against Dundee (W5 D4). All seven of the goals conceded by Dundee so far this season have come in the second half. Inverness have the lowest average possession in the Scottish Premiership (37.74%). Only Celtic (73) have had more shots than Dundee this campaign (47), while only Partick (29) have had fewer than Inverness (31). 10 of Greg Stewart's 12 shots have been on target, with three resulting in goals. Hamilton v Hearts Hamilton have failed to score in each of their last four games against the Jam Tarts. Since 2008/09, Hearts have won seven of nine games against Accies (L2). Hearts have a 100% record so far this season. The last time they won six Scottish Premiership games on the bounce was in December 2010. Dougie Imrie is the only current Hamilton player to score against Hearts in the Scottish Premiership (while at Inverness CT in 2009). No player has scored more goals than Juanma this season (4). No team has more different goalscorers in the Scottish Premiership this season than Hearts (level with Celtic). Motherwell v Kilmarnock Motherwell are looking to beat Kilmarnock in three successive top-flight games, something they last did in August 2010 (four matches in total). Killie have scored in all but one of their last 11 Scottish Premiership games against Well. Scott McDonald scored in both home games against Kilmarnock last season. Kilmarnock have won just one of their last 14 games in the Scottish Premiership (D2 L11). Motherwell have conceded two goals in each of their last four league games. Jamie MacDonald has made 36 saves this season, at least 14 more than anyone else in the division. Partick Thistle v Aberdeen Partick have failed to score in five of their last six league games against Aberdeen. Aberdeen have alternated between victory and defeat in their last six away trips to Partick Thistle. They lost last time out in November 2014. Partick have scored just twice this season, the lowest total by any Scottish Premiership side. Indeed, both of those goals came from Kris Doolan. By contrast, Aberdeen have the best defensive record in the division, with just one goal conceded so far. Of current sides, The Jags are on the longest run in the division without a win (eight games). Niall McGinn has netted three times in five league games against Partick Thistle. Ross County v Dundee United The last three Scottish Premiership games contested by these two at Dingwall have contained 14 goals, with seven goals apiece. Four of Dundee United's six goals against Ross County last season were scored by Nadir Ciftci, who is now at Celtic. No team has conceded more penalties than Ross County this season (2). The Terrors are looking to avoid a third consecutive defeat, something that last happened to them in April. No player has won more fouls than Jackson Irvine for Ross County (12). Dundee United have won just one of their last 10 away league games (D2 L7).
  13. Southampton v Vitesse (20: 05 BST) Southampton: - Stekelenburg, Cédric, Fonte ©, Yoshida, Targett, Wanyama, Clasie, S. Davis, Tadi?, Mané, Pellè. Vitesse : - Room, Diks, Kashia, Leerdam, Achenteh, Baker, Nakamba, Vako, Brown, Djurdjevic, Oliinyk
  14. West Ham v Astra (19:45 BST) Posted at West Ham boss Slaven Bilic makes four changes to the side that started the last Europa League qualifier last week. In come defender A ngelo Ogbonna, midfielder Dimitri Payet,forward Enner Valencia and 16-year-old defender Reece Oxford.Making way are James Tomkins, Matt Jarvis, Kevin Nolan and Morgan Amalfitano. West Ham XI : Adrian, Cresswell, Kouyate, Zarate, Noble ©, O'Brien, Collins, Ogbonna, Payet, Valencia, Oxford. Astra Giurgiu XI: Lung, Alves, Seto, Enache, Budescu, Morais, Boldrin, Gaman, Teixeira, Quieros, De Amorim.