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(BBC)   Tottenham close in on a Bale out of £93 million, Chelsea look to stay top of the table, and Arsenal have..........really? No one still? Oh well, it's your week 2 Premier League thread, plus the start of FFPL   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 426
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2013-08-24 07:12:05 AM
What do you mean a 7:45 kick off? Its 12:45, just in time for lunch

/i know i know time zones
 
2013-08-24 07:15:25 AM
Morning Farkers.
No Wilshire.  And no Koscelny (spelling) for Arsenal
 
2013-08-24 07:18:24 AM
Fark Fitba Prediction League.


This season sees the second annual Eff-Eff-Pee-'Ell mini-League within the main Talksport EPL predictions game. All welcome, no knowledge or experience required.

The logo is dead!

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Long live the new logo! [Thanks Mr_H]

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I won't repeat much of the Talksport help/instruction pages here, but these comments and notes should get you started.

Go to:http://predictor.talksport.co.uk

Please join underyour Fark name or close analogue.

Search for our private mini-league:FCB76-PVA

See the Talksports pages for help on making predictions. It is pretty simple. Predict scores for each match. There will be a variable number of matches in a round, but typically it will be 9-11 games. Occasionally, a team might appear twice [e.g. Saturday/Wednesday] or not at all.

After making your predictions, you may assign your Banker chip and your insurance chip. The Insurance protects you from negative points for that game, and the Banker chip multiplies the points from that game - whether positive or negative!

Click submit and you are good to go. You can adjust your predictions at any time up until kick-off at which point they are locked in, but games kicking off later/next day are still changeable.

We'll take scores from the2nd round of games commencing24th August. If you miss this deadline don't worry, you won't be far behind the leaders. If you enter predictions for round 1 - no problem, the mini-leagues differentiate between scores from global and mini-league performance so you will neither have an advantage nor be penalised.

Your scores for each round are automatically calculated sometime after each set of games - we've seen anything from 10 minutes to 8 hours. Those scores will be added [or subtracted] to your running total by the system and thereby used to calculate your global [everyone in the world] and mini-league rankings.

Be advised that when a round is in progress, you will have some access to the predictions of others in the mini-league and complete access to their performance after the round is over.

Banter occurs. You will encounter triumph and disaster and must treat those two imposters just the same. There will be a short report each week.

Tactical notes:

1.Make your predictions! This is the single most important thing. If you don't, the system may very well make automatic predictions for you. The system allows you to make predictions WAY ahead of schedule - so if you think you might miss a week, or it's a period when there are multiple rounds in a short space of time [e.g. Christmas, Easter] then you can enter scores weeks and even months in advance. If you think you will only be popping by occasionally, you could enter a few weeks at a time.

2.Always place your Insurance chip! It can't harm you points wise and may save a significant negative score.

3.Relative scores matter more than absolute scores! Some weeks you'll score 200 and be average, others you'll score 20 and beat everyone else. The scoring system makes low and negative scores very easy to achieve.

4.It is very possible to have runs of good and bad form. If the latter happens to you in the first couple of weeks and you are way behind, don't worry - this is a marathon and not a sprint. You'll learn and improve quickly.

5.Be careful with your Banker chip! It doubles or triples the points for that game, meaning you could score +90 [30x3] plus any Banker Bonus for a perfect prediction down to -30 [-10x3]. That is quite a swing. Opinions differ on optimum Banker chip strategy. A certain proportion of the cohort sometimes like to cover the same game with the Banker and Insurance chip simultaneously, meaning that the big penalty is avoided [min=0] and a potential big [eg a x3 rather than a x2] score can be selected with some security. I do not agree with this strategy. I have two reasons:

a.The bonus for consecutive accurate predictions [up to +20] is ALSO being risked when the Banker chip is in play, even if the Insurance is covering. The potential value of that cumulative bonus can be quite considerable. But more importantly;

b.A Gentleman doesn't play that way.

6.If the above made your eyes glaze over, here is my strategy. Place your Banker only on a result you are the most sure of in a setor not at all.

Good luck!
 
2013-08-24 07:20:15 AM
Sorry about the wall of text. FFPL currently has 42 players. If you miss the Fulham Vs Arsenal game, don't worry - you can still enter the rest of the round and the game.
 
2013-08-24 07:25:54 AM

dietbubba: Morning Farkers.
No Wilshire.


Arsene's already got the kid gloves on? He better buy someone, and fast.

/word on the street is he's in for Benzema
//of course, this is Arsenal, so this means nothing
///but word is if Benzema goes, Suarez goes, which I'd love to cash in on
////rumor slashies
 
2013-08-24 07:32:44 AM
We couldn't get lucky enough to have Suarez leave Anfield.
/too many distractions
 
2013-08-24 07:33:12 AM
And here is the final FFPL table from last year, just to remind everyone how badly you did. I managed to sneak an edgy narrow win last year, can I repeat? After onions, most definitely...

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2013-08-24 07:40:10 AM
assets.diylol.com
 
2013-08-24 07:43:47 AM
Howard Webb looking sad.  Wonder if he misses Fergie
 
2013-08-24 07:44:20 AM
I'd really like to go to a game at Craven Cottage one day. Seems like an awesome venue.
 
2013-08-24 07:44:25 AM
Watching Arsenal with my 9-month-old. Is this grounds for child abuse?
 
2013-08-24 07:45:37 AM
Also, in the fine tradition of US EPL fans, I am rather hungover
 
2013-08-24 07:45:41 AM
Lessons learned in the past 12 hours -

1. Women are awful
2. Whiskey is wonderful
3. Arsenal are kind of awful, but not as awful as #4
4. Women

Let's get this show on the road, farkers. COYG, FFS!
 
2013-08-24 07:45:42 AM
I hate when Arsenal has the early game. 6:30 came early this morning.

Can you die of hangover?

F*cking Howard Webb.
 
2013-08-24 07:47:56 AM

HaywoodJablonski: Also, in the fine tradition of US EPL fans, I am rather hungover


Yeah, I've got a screamer of a headache from a mess of Stone IPA last night.

Jesus Farking Christ...what is Arsenal wearing?
 
2013-08-24 07:48:30 AM

dietbubba: HaywoodJablonski: Also, in the fine tradition of US EPL fans, I am rather hungover

Yeah, I've got a screamer of a headache from a mess of Stone IPA last night.

Jesus Farking Christ...what is Arsenal wearing?


A beautiful farking kit, that's what
 
2013-08-24 07:49:48 AM

dietbubba: Jesus Farking Christ...what is Arsenal wearing?


That's a sweet away kit
 
2013-08-24 07:52:46 AM
It's coming down in London. Hopefully it's warm rain, that shiat's the best.
 
2013-08-24 07:53:20 AM
By my count, that's 4 hungover US farkers. BCML, I can only assume you qualify
 
2013-08-24 07:54:13 AM
I have this as a 1-1 draw
 
2013-08-24 07:54:28 AM

dietbubba: Jesus Farking Christ...what is Arsenal wearing?


Considering who we support, it's probably a bad idea to start shiatting on other club's away/third kits.

/our away is..............okay
//there are no words for our third
 
2013-08-24 07:55:03 AM

mitchcumstein1: dietbubba: Jesus Farking Christ...what is Arsenal wearing?

That's a sweet away kit


Can't stand the socks
 
2013-08-24 07:55:32 AM

HaywoodJablonski: By my count, that's 4 hungover US farkers. BCML, I can only assume you qualify


It's like you all get me in a way that no one else does
 
2013-08-24 07:56:42 AM

ADubs86: dietbubba: Jesus Farking Christ...what is Arsenal wearing?

Considering who we support, it's probably a bad idea to start shiatting on other club's away/third kits.

/our away is..............okay
//there are no words for our third


I know.  It was just the shock.
 
2013-08-24 07:58:18 AM

HaywoodJablonski: By my count, that's 4 hungover US farkers. BCML, I can only assume you qualify


Today's gonna have some power drinking too.  4 college classmates coming in for a visit.  Smoking ribs, homemade baked beans, potato salad and beer.  Lots and lots of beer
 
2013-08-24 07:59:47 AM
GIROUUUUUUUUUUD!
 
2013-08-24 08:00:16 AM
He's a Frenchman possessed!
 
2013-08-24 08:00:20 AM
GOAL BY THE H.F.B.!
 
2013-08-24 08:00:45 AM
GIROUD!

Just onside too, luck bounce set him up.
Arsene looks like a wet dog.
 
2013-08-24 08:01:09 AM

dietbubba: HaywoodJablonski: By my count, that's 4 hungover US farkers. BCML, I can only assume you qualify

Today's gonna have some power drinking too.  4 college classmates coming in for a visit.  Smoking ribs, homemade baked beans, potato salad and beer.  Lots and lots of beer


Yup. I have to go to a birthday of a guy who's a particular connoisseur of craft beers. Could get ugly
 
2013-08-24 08:08:30 AM

HaywoodJablonski: dietbubba: HaywoodJablonski: By my count, that's 4 hungover US farkers. BCML, I can only assume you qualify

Today's gonna have some power drinking too.  4 college classmates coming in for a visit.  Smoking ribs, homemade baked beans, potato salad and beer.  Lots and lots of beer

Yup. I have to go to a birthday of a guy who's a particular connoisseur of craft beers. Could get ugly


...and I'm going on two brewery tours today. Could get real drunk, could try to embarrass myself in front of some women, who knows. The world is my oyster
 
2013-08-24 08:09:05 AM

dietbubba: mitchcumstein1: dietbubba: Jesus Farking Christ...what is Arsenal wearing?

That's a sweet away kit

Can't stand the socks


Alright, those socks are stupid, but I love the shirt.
 
2013-08-24 08:10:33 AM
I know I'm going McDonald's at half time and getting a goddamned McMuffin or six.
 
2013-08-24 08:11:44 AM
It's absolutely drenched. Never seen it that bad
 
2013-08-24 08:12:19 AM

mitchcumstein1: I know I'm going McDonald's at half time and getting a goddamned McMuffin or six.


Can you pick me up some hashbrowns?
 
2013-08-24 08:12:59 AM

Billy Crystal Meth Lab: HaywoodJablonski: dietbubba: HaywoodJablonski: By my count, that's 4 hungover US farkers. BCML, I can only assume you qualify

Today's gonna have some power drinking too.  4 college classmates coming in for a visit.  Smoking ribs, homemade baked beans, potato salad and beer.  Lots and lots of beer

Yup. I have to go to a birthday of a guy who's a particular connoisseur of craft beers. Could get ugly

...and I'm going on two brewery tours today. Could get real drunk, could try to embarrass myself in front of some women, who knows. The world is my oyster


Live up to your fullest potential buddy
 
2013-08-24 08:13:41 AM

dietbubba: mitchcumstein1: I know I'm going McDonald's at half time and getting a goddamned McMuffin or six.

Can you pick me up some hashbrowns?


Absolutely.
 
2013-08-24 08:14:21 AM

HaywoodJablonski: By my count, that's 4 hungover US farkers. BCML, I can only assume you qualify


5. And along with football, I'm bottling cider, racking mead, and making wine today.
 
2013-08-24 08:14:31 AM

Billy Crystal Meth Lab: HaywoodJablonski: dietbubba: HaywoodJablonski: By my count, that's 4 hungover US farkers. BCML, I can only assume you qualify

Today's gonna have some power drinking too.  4 college classmates coming in for a visit.  Smoking ribs, homemade baked beans, potato salad and beer.  Lots and lots of beer

Yup. I have to go to a birthday of a guy who's a particular connoisseur of craft beers. Could get ugly

...and I'm going on two brewery tours today. Could get real drunk, could try to embarrass myself in front of some women, who knows. The world is my oyster


Live the dream, my friend. Live the dream.
 
2013-08-24 08:15:38 AM

Gonz: HaywoodJablonski: By my count, that's 4 hungover US farkers. BCML, I can only assume you qualify

5. And along with football, I'm bottling cider, racking mead, and making wine today.


Nice! Welcome to the club
 
2013-08-24 08:15:50 AM

Gonz: HaywoodJablonski: By my count, that's 4 hungover US farkers. BCML, I can only assume you qualify

5. And along with football, I'm bottling cider, racking mead, and making wine today.


BAD. ASS.
 
2013-08-24 08:24:12 AM
Man, we miss Arteta.
 
2013-08-24 08:25:20 AM

Gonz: HaywoodJablonski: By my count, that's 4 hungover US farkers. BCML, I can only assume you qualify

5. And along with football, I'm bottling cider, racking mead, and making wine today.


If you need help bottling, Theo Walcott just showed us how good he is a farking bottling. Christ.
 
2013-08-24 08:26:24 AM
Coffee on, combined with my church not starting until 2:00 today (instead of 11:00) means I'm up watching Asenal in their sweet away kit with awesome hooped socks take on on Fulham Jaguars at Craven Cottage AND I got my FFPL predictions in yesterday.

Great Saturday.

Arsenal just living up to the "try to walk it in" thing.

And of course, the MIGHTY Oxford United are still 100% in League Two and play Wycombe at 10.
 
2013-08-24 08:26:52 AM
Nice, Lukas
 
2013-08-24 08:27:01 AM
PODOLSKI!

This looks like an Arsenal win.
 
2013-08-24 08:27:25 AM
Podolski for a Beautiful goal!
 
2013-08-24 08:28:20 AM

ADubs86: This looks like an Arsenal win.


Good. Anything to convince Arsene that he doesn't need to buy anyone.
 
2013-08-24 08:28:20 AM
And you Arsenal fans think you need more players.

/I kid. I kid.
 
2013-08-24 08:28:28 AM
That really was a nice goal.
 
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