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    Dream Team League - Season 12

    It's that time once again as preparations are underway for the start of season where our Dream Team League managers are once again pitting their wits against each other in the top flight. That is, all except Mark who saw Arsenal relegated last season with both pyromyst and drkshadow1 going the other way with Plymouth and AFC Wimbledon.

    Eyes will certainly be on the newcomers in seeing how they adapt to life in the top flight having fought their way up from League Two. We're also keen to see whether dealings in the transfer market will have helped our other Dream Team League managers to break the dominance of Aston Villa as Erkifino won 4 trophies with Redknapp69 also winning the Premier League title for a third time.

    Intrigue will also be cast over Everton and Man City as rakanj, who joined us in the middle of last season, committed to Everton for this season to earn the chance to reshape his inherited Everton squad which had been left behind by Fods. GFRay86 also entered the competition for the first time, becoming the 4th to manage Man City after Jesus, vinjwoods and einsi87. He was certainly the busiest in the transfer market, that's for sure!

    There was some sad news though as samsami bowed out of the competition after four years at Newcastle where he'd failed to win any silverware. That leaves us with 14 managers involved for the start of the season and we'll take a look at their dealings and offer some thoughts on how they'll feature this year.

    Stevan Jovetic (Portsmouth) - 6.5
    Lucas Evangelista (Everton) - 3.0
    Ryota Kajikawa (Bellmare) – 0.5
    Bowen Huang (Wuhan Zall) – 0.5
    Abdoulaye Doucoure (Watford) – 1.0
    Vincenzo Grifo (SC Freiburg) – 4.0
    Jonathan Ikone (PSG) – 1.0
    Simone Scuffet (Udinese) – 3.0
    Fabian Johnson (M’gladbach) – 5.0
    Total Fee = 24.5

    Vurnin Anita (Feyenoord) – 1.6
    Alberto Botia (Yanbian Funde) – 1.4
    Simon Bracke (Werder Bremen) – 1.0
    Andy Carroll (1860 Munchen) – 3.1
    Max Christiansen (Nurnberg) – 2.0
    Simone Colombi (VfB Stuttgart) - 1.0
    Joe Corona (Sampdoria) – 1.3
    Johannes Eggestein (PSV) – 2.0
    Hicham Faik (Shaghai Shenhua) – 1.0
    Grant Hanley (Monaco) – 1.6
    Tom Huddlestone (Oostende) - 1.0
    Oussama Idrissi (Pescara) – 1.9
    Josip Ilicic (Juventus) – 2.8
    Petr Jiracek (Dinamo Zagreb) – 1.0
    Charles Kabore (Dortmund) – 2.4
    Zsolt Kalmar (Shanghai Shenhua) – 1.0
    Robbie Kruse (Beijing Guoan) – 1.2
    Senad Lulic (Palermo) – 1.4
    Diego Perotti (Sassuolo) – 8.0
    Luis Quinones (Club America) – 2.2
    Jozabed Sanchez (Valencia) – 4.2
    Nico Schulz (Shandong Luneng) – 1.9
    Pirmin Schwegler (Nurnberg) – 1.4
    Wallace (Nice) – 2.7
    Claudio Yacob (Basel) – 1.8
    Total Fee = 50.9

    Last year's Championship title winners make their debut in the top flight this season under the management of drkshadow1 who also won the League One title three seasons ago. Having missed out on promotion 12 months prior, AFC Wimbledon made sure they went up the easy way this time, losing only three times. One suspects that drkshadow1 will not find it as easy at the top level, particularly after shipping out 25 players but bringing in only 9 replacements! The 6.5M capture of Steven Jovetic from Portsmouth was the most expensive signing for AFC Wimbledon which casts some doubt over the ambitions of the manager who still had 34.4M in the pot. But perhaps he is comfortable with the squad that he already has with the likes of Thorgan Hazard, Divock Origi and Britt Assombalonga expected to be key players.

    PREDICTION: 15th - A tough lower league battle lies ahead but drkshadow1 won't dip into the relegation spots.

    Rim Chang-Woo (Al Wahda (UAE) – 0.1
    Marc Hornschuh (St. Pauli) – 0.1
    Hanchao Yu (Guangzhou) – 0.1
    Daniel Pavlovic (Sampdoria) – 0.1
    Cristian Erbes (Veracruz) – 0.1
    Waldermar Anton (Hannover 96) – 0.1
    Frederic Ananou (Roda JC) – 0.1
    Miiko Albornoz (Hannover 96) – 0.1
    Shuichi Gonda (FC Tokyo) – 0.1
    Marcos Llorente (Real Madrid) – 0.1
    Mahmut Tekdemir (Basaksehir) – 0.1
    Alfred Gomis (Torino) – 0.1
    Matias Cahais (Veracruz) – 0.1
    Joseph Lopy (Clermont) – 0.1
    Didac Vila (AEK) – 0.1
    Marcel Risse (1.FC Koln) – 0.1
    Giulio Donati (Mainz) – 0.1
    Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen) – 0.1
    Adam Smith (Bournemouth) – 0.1
    Michael Santos (Derby) - 1.0
    Alvaro Gonzalez (Derby) - 1.0
    Per Ciljan Skjelbred (Derby) - 1.0
    Hamza Mendyl (Derby) - 1.0
    Naoyuki Fujita (Derby) - 1.0
    Kostas Stafylidis (Derby) - 1.0
    Alvaro Negredo (Derby) - 1.5
    Adam Maher (Derby) - 1.0
    Mario Gomez (Derby) - 1.5
    Total Fee = 11.9

    Kellyn Acosta (Dortmund) – 2.5
    Yavuz Aygun (Udinese) – 1.0
    Jaime Baez (Albirex) – 1.0
    Ogulcan Caglayan (Shanghai SiPG) – 2.3
    Mark Davies (Novara) – 2.6
    Dogan Erdogan (Besiktas) – 1.0
    Assane Gnoukouri (Espanyol) – 2.3
    Yusuke Maruhashi (Nurnberg) – 1.0
    Justin Mobius (Schalke 04) – 2.3
    Juan Munoz (VfB Stuttgart) – 1.0
    Shun Obu (Antlers) – 1.0
    Xizhe Zhang (Yanbian Funde) – 2.7
    Total Fee = 20.7

    Having suffered relegation by 4 points, Mark will be the only manager to participate in the Championship in the season ahead. It won't be the first time that he'll have tasted this level having been there before with Middlesbrough and earned an immediate promotion. He'll be expecting to do so once again having shipped out 12 players and bringing in 28! Interestingly, 19 of them came through auctions for a total of just 1.9M before striking a deal with Derby to sign 9 players for 10M. Mario Gomez and Alvaro Negredo are indeed the picks of that bunch but so too is Michael Santos. Marcel Risse looks to be the pick of the auction signings whilst there would be no surprises to see Josef Martinez cope admirably at this level too.

    PREDICTION: 1st - Crystal Palace, Leeds, Liverpool and West Brom all have squads previously assembled by ex-DTL managers that could trouble Arsenal but Mark is expected win the title at a canter.

    Nacho Fernandez (Tottenham) - 8.0
    Adrian Rabiot (Derby) - 5.0
    Ciro Immobile (Derby) - 5.0
    Faouzi Ghoulam (Tottenham) - 5.0
    Shkodran Mustafi (Tottenham) - 5.0
    Lars Stindl (Tottenham) - 5.0
    Vaclav Cerny (Ajax) – 0.3
    Christian Kabasele (Watford) – 0.6
    Filip Benkovic (Dinamo Zagreb) – 1.1
    Andre Onana (Ajax) – 3.6
    Willian (Chelsea) – 22.0
    Hirving Lozano (Pachuca) – 1.1
    Izet Hajrovic (Werder Bremen) – 0.2
    Kerim Frei (Birmingham) – 0.2
    Rodrigo de Paul (Udinese) – 0.2
    Alessandro Schopf (Schalke 04) – 1.1
    Mijat Gacinovic (Frankfurt) – 0.0
    Giorgian de Arrascaeta (Cruzeiro) – 0.0
    Timo Werner (RB Leipzig) – 32.5
    Total Fee = 87.3

    Andre Ayew (Marseille) – 3.3
    Dario Benedetto (Tianjin Quanjian) – 2.3
    Joel Campbell (Bochum) – 3.1
    Franco Cervi (PSG) – 6.5
    Alessio Cragno (Nurnberg) – 1.1
    Fabian Giefer (Monaco) – 2.1
    Federico Ricci (Napoli) – 5.5
    Marcel Sabitzer (Celtic) – 7.5
    Aymen Abdennour (Everton) - 7.5
    Mohamed Salah (Swansea) - 18.0
    Edinson Cavani (Hull) - 35.0
    Total Fee = 91.9

    Although Erkifino did win 4 trophies last season, the only surprise was that Aston Villa didn't manage to push Swansea all the way for the title, finishing 6 points behind in 2nd place which spoiled Erkifino's return to the Dream Team League. A squad that contains Thomas Muller, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Eden Hazard, Neymar, Kevin de Bruyne, Angel Di Maria, Romelu Lukaku, David Alaba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Leonardo Bonucci, Leroy Sane and Manuel Neuer won't need much improving but Erkifino still added to the squad with the arrivals of Willian and Timo Werner. Quality is on high supply at Villa Park, so much that he can even afford to let Mohamed Salah and Edinson Cavani leave the club!

    PREDICTION: 1st - Firm favourites to win the title this time with that star studded squad!

    Andre Schurrle (Man City) - 17.5
    Petr Cech (Hull) - 0.0
    Breel Embolo (Southampton) - 14.0
    Jeffrey Bruma (Hull) - 9.0
    Philipp Ochs (Swansea) - 2.5
    Per Mertesacker (Man City) - 3.0
    Lukas Podolski (Man City) - 3.0
    Mario Mandzukic (Man City) - 3.0
    Bernard (Everton) - 3.5
    Kostas Stafylidis (Augsburg) – 0.3
    Gustavo Scarpa (Fluminense) – 0.5
    Michael Santos (Malaga) – 0.5
    Naoyuki Fujita (Sagan Tosu) – 0.0
    Rodrigo Caio (Sao Paulo) – 0.5
    Francisco Portillo (Betis) – 0.0
    Iver Fossum (Hannover 96) – 0.8
    Maciej Rybus (Lyon) – 0.2
    Thomas (Atletico Madrid) – 0.1
    Veton Berisha (Greuther Furth) – 0.8
    Alvaro Gonzalez (Villarreal) – 0.1
    Manu Garcia (Man City) – 0.1
    Olivier Ntcham (Man City) – 0.1
    Carlos Salcedo (Chivas) – 0.1
    Gustavo Gomez (Milan) – 0.2
    Total Fee = 59.8

    Michelangelo Albertazzi (Palermo) – 1.9
    Andrea Bertolacci (Shanghai SiPG) – 2.6
    Remy Cabella (Penarol) – 1.5
    Massadio Haidara (Lille) – 2.0
    Hector Hernandez (Sporting Gijon) – 4.3
    Adnan Januzaj (VfB Stuttgart) – 7.0
    Chancel Mbemba (Anderlecht) – 2.4
    Jesus Navas (Villarreal) – 2.2
    Andrea Ranocchia (PSG) – 2.4
    Ricardo Pereira (Rijeka) – 2.9
    Jens Toornstra (Cagliari) – 8.0
    Adrian Rabiot (Aston Villa) - 5.0
    Ciro Immobile (Aston Villa) - 5.0
    Giovani Lo Celso (Everton) - 0.0
    Michael Santos (Arsenal) - 1.0
    Alvaro Gonzalez (Arsenal) - 1.0
    Per Ciljan Skjelbred (Arsenal) - 1.0
    Hamza Mendyl (Arsenal) - 1.0
    Naoyuki Fujita (Arsenal) - 1.0
    Kostas Stafylidis (Arsenal) - 1.0
    Alvaro Negredo (Arsenal) - 1.5
    Adam Maher (Arsenal) - 1.0
    Mario Gomez (Arsenal) - 1.5
    Mario Mandzukic (Hull) - 5.0
    Tim Krul (Hull) - 0.0
    Gustavo Scarpa (Man City)
    Total Fee = 62.2

    After finishing 10th with Derby last season, you can certainly see that peaceboy is trying to improve the squad to finish higher in the table. The deadline day signing of Andre Schurrle looks to be the best signing of the lot for Derby whilst adding Petr Cech and Breel Embolo to the squad should offer more quality, particularly with Karim Benzema expected to lead the line once again and be fed by Erik Lamela and Bernard. It's interesting to note that although peaceboy made 24 signings, 6 (Alvaro Gonzalez, Naoyuki Fujita, Michael Santos, Gustavo Scarpa, Kostas Stafylidis and Mario Mandzukic) have already moved on!

    PREDICTION: 10th - Same again for the Rams as competition gets tough with 13 managers involved at this level.

    John Stones (Man City) - 0.0
    Donis Avdijaj (Man City) - 3.5
    Alex Mowatt (Man City) - 4.0
    Aymen Abdennour (Aston Villa) - 7.5
    Giovani Lo Celso (Derby) - 0.0
    Daniel Wass (Celta) – 4.0
    Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge) – 1.5
    Lei Wu (Shanghai SiPG) – 1.5
    Yosuke Ideguchi (Gamba) – 0.3
    Viktor Kovalenko (Shakhtar Donetsk) – 2.0
    Idrissa Toure (Schalke 04) – 4.1
    Kuki Salazar (Malaga) – 3.1
    Amin Younes (Ajax) – 2.6
    Bobby Wood (HSV) – 0.3
    Josh Tymon (Hull) – 0.1
    Sergio Rico (Sevilla) – 10.1
    Georges-Kevin N’Koudou (Tottenham) – 2.0
    Caglar Soyuncu (SC Freiburg) – 0.3
    Yassine Ayoub (Utrecht) – 0.1
    Frederik Sorensen (1.FC Koln) – 1.1
    Nampalys Mendy (Leicester) – 3.3
    Cengiz Under (Basaksehir) – 0.4
    Total Fee = 51.8

    Andrija Balic (Galatasaray) – 6.0
    Bartosz Bereszynski (Schalke 04) – 1.3
    Santos Borre (Valencia) – 2.8
    Alberto de la Bella (M’gladbach) – 1.0
    Pierluigi Gollini (Atalanta) – 5.5
    Will Hughes (Celta) – 8.5
    Kenneth Paal (Schalke 04) – 1.3
    Damian Perez (Sevilla) – 1.2
    Bouna Sarr (Werder Bremen) – 1.0
    Ignazio Abate (Portsmouth) - 3.0
    Lucas Evangelista (AFC Wimbledon) - 3.0
    Ante Coric (Man City) - 2.5
    Luan (Man City) - 6.5
    Bernard (Derby) - 3.5
    Vincent Kompany (Man City) - 0.0
    Total Fee = 47.1

    It's always interesting to see how a new face in the Dream Team League handles their first transfer window and upon being offered the chance to reshape the Everton squad, rakanj made an immediate start with 15 sales which included some big names such as Vincent Kompany and Bernard. The deal made with Man City for Kompany could be a shrewd move though as the 'young' replaces the 'old' with John Stones coming into the squad as arguably the best signing of the window for rakanj although the biggest transfer was the arrival of Sergio Rico for 10.1M. Everton finished 14th last season with rakanj in charge for less than half a season and you'd expect them to improve on that.

    PREDICTION: 11th - We're going for a definite improvement on 14th as rakanj gets a full season under his belt.

    Edinson Cavani (Aston Villa) - 35.0
    Mario Mandzukic (Derby) - 5.0
    Tim Krul (Derby) - 0.0
    Serge Aurier (Swansea) - 14.0
    Grzegorz Krychowiak (Tottenham) - 0.0
    Cesc Fabregas (Man City) - 10.0
    Victor Valdes (Portsmouth) - 2.0
    Thomas Vermaelen (Portsmouth) - 2.0
    Yaya Toure (Tottenham) - 1.5
    Guido Carrillo (Monaco) – 0.6
    Didier Ibrahim Ndong (Sunderland) – 0.0
    Nabil Bahoui (HSV) – 0.0
    Sofiane Boufal (Southampton) – 2.0
    Benjamin Andre (Rennes) – 0.0
    Tim Ream (Fulham) – 0.0
    Joseba Zaldua (Real Sociedad) – 0.3
    Numan Bostan (Toulouse) – 0.0
    Markel Susaeta (Athletic Bilbao) – 0.3
    Total Fee - 72.7

    Raul Albiol (Ajax) – 2.1
    Siem de Jong (Verona) – 2.0
    Mohamed Diame (PSV) – 2.7
    Rachid Ghezzal (Al Ahli (UAE)) – 1.2
    Emerson Hyndman (Lille) – 4.9
    Joselu (SC Freiburg) – 1.0
    Yosuke Kashiwagi (SC Freiburg) – 2.0
    Wahbi Khazri (VfB Stuttgart) – 4.4
    Hiroshi Kiyotake (Angers) – 1.0
    Marcelo Grohe (Benevento) – 1.8
    Lazar Markovic (Hebei China Fortune) – 4.5
    Clinton N’Jie (Benfica) – 5.5
    Jeremy Pied (Marseille) – 2.5
    Sandro (Nurnberg) – 2.0
    Gaku Shibasaki (Real Sociedad) – 3.3
    Jose Sosa (HSV) – 1.0
    Nenad Tomovic (Schalke 04) – 1.0
    Eduardo Vargas (Club America) – 6.5
    Kevin Wimmer (Fiorentina) – 4.5
    Simone Zaza (Milan) – 5.5
    Jeffrey Bruma (Derby) - 9.0
    Lucas Leiva (Man City) - 6.0
    Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham) - 0.0
    Petr Cech (Derby) - 0.0
    Total Fee = 74.4

    Having won his first taste of silverware with the League Cup in season 10, AMC will have hoped to build on that but ultimately missed out on further glories and finished 4th last season. For much of the transfer window, Hull were the chip leaders and still are with 43.4M remaining in the bank, even after spending 72.7M, the bulk of it on bringing Edinson Cavani to the club from Aston Villa for 35M! A front two of Alexandre Lacazette and Cavani will surely terrorise defences and AMC still has the luxury of calling upoon Kevin Gameiro, Mario Mandzukic and Carlos Bacca as well! The bargain signing amongst the faces surely has to be just 10M being spent on Cesc Fabregas from Man City?

    PREDICTION: 3rd - That front line will surely push Hull further in the league and for a cup win too!

    Gustavo Scarpa (Derby) - 0.0
    Max Meyer (Swansea) - 18.8
    Danny Welbeck (Norwich) - 15.0
    Vincent Kompany (Everton) - 0.0
    Lucas Leiva (Hull) - 6.0
    Jorginho (Southampton) - 12.5
    Oscar (Southampton) - 12.5
    Salvatore Sirigu (Portsmouth) - 8.0
    Ante Coric (Everton) - 2.5
    Luan (Everton) - 6.5
    Adam Ounas (Swansea) - 3.0
    Emil Krafth (Swansea) - 10.0
    Malcom (Swansea) - 10.0
    Domenico Berardi (Tottenham) - 12.5
    Kenny Tete (Ajax) – 5.5
    Andre Ramalho (Leverkusen) – 3.5
    Marcel Schmelzer (Dortmund) – 11.0
    Eloy Room (Vitesse) – 2.5
    Donis Avdijaj (Schalke 04) – 6.0
    Djibril Sow (M’gladbach) – 0.0
    Nicolas Albarracin (Deportivo Cali) – 0.0
    Bjorn Engels (Club Brugge) – 5.0
    Dennis Praet (Sampdoria) – 10.0
    Bilal Basacikoglu (Feyenoord) – 0.5
    Benedikt Howedes (Schalke 04) – 21.0
    Deniz Turuc (Kayserispor) – 0.0
    Hervin Ongenda (PEC Zwolle) – 0.0
    Total Fee = 182.3

    Dennis Aogo (Club Brugge) - 3.0
    Sam Byram (Liaoning Whowin) - 3.9
    Ciaran Clark (Shanghai Shenhua) - 2.9
    Jordi Codina (FC Bayern) - 1.0
    Dennis Diekmeier (Dusseldorf) - 2.2
    Robert Huth (Shanghai Shenhua) - 8.5
    Jan Kirchhoff (Frankfurt) - 2.4
    Pierre-Michel Lasogga (Dusseldorf) - 2.1
    Fernando Llorente (Athletic Bilbao) - 1.2
    Diego Lopez (Granada) - 1.0
    Lisandro Lopez (Kaiserslautern) - 1.6
    Vasco Regini (Dortmund) - 1.0
    Diafra Sakho (Galatasaray) - 5.5
    Sidney Sam (Duisburg) - 1.2
    Robert Tesche (Roma) - 1.0
    Philipp Wollscheid (Frankfurt) - 2.7
    Oskar Zawada (Tianjin Quajian) - 1.0
    Manuel Lanzini (Swansea) - 3.7
    Per Mertesacker (Derby) - 3.0
    Lukas Podolski (Derby) - 3.0
    Mario Mandzukic (Derby) - 3.0
    Ralf Fahrmann (Portsmouth) - 2.5
    Stefan Kiesling (Portsmouth) - 2.5
    Alex Mowatt (Everton) - 4.0
    Kevin Volland (Portsmouth) - 10.0
    Cesc Fabregas (Hull) - 10.0
    Joel Matip (Tottenham) - 17.5
    Ilkay Gundogan (Tottenham) - 17.5
    Donis Avdijaj (Everton) - 3.5
    John Stones (Everton) - 0.0
    Andre Schurrle (Derby) - 17.5
    Total Fee = 137.9

    The busiest manager of the transfer window award definitely goes to the new face on the block, Man City's new manager, GFRay86, who really has bought into the spirit of the haggling game in the Dream Team League. A whopping 137.9M was raised for spending and along with the outstanding balance that GFRay86 inherited, 182.3M was then spent on new faces! Moving on the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Andre Schurrle, John Stones, Mario Mandzukic and Stefan Kiesling was curious but GFRay86 certainly has a plan to follow and managed to add plenty of genuine quality to the squad, especially in the combined 42M auction deals for Marcel Schmelzer, Dennis Praet and Benedikt Howedes. Vincent Kompany, Oscar, Danny Welbeck, Jorginho, Max Meyer, Salvatore Sirigu and Domenico Berardi are all deals made with fellow DTL managers that made the Man City supporters optimistic about the season ahead, especially after a 17th place finish last season before GFRay86 was hired.

    PREDICTION: 9th - The surprise package of the season as GFRay86 has a season to remember with an easy top half finish.



    What on Earth is happening at Old Trafford? Janis89 has been one of the most prominent managers in the transfer market since the Dream Team League was formed but for the very first time, he had absolutely no involvement whatsoever which has left question marks over his future at Man Utd. Were it not for a Community Shield win at the start of last season, it would have been only the third time that Janis89 failed to win a trophy and with recent events (or lack of) in mind, you'd be forgiven for thinking that may well be the case this time around. Having said that, the quality at Man Utd is evident with Sergio Aguero, Koke, Paul Pogba, Diego Costa, Jerome Boateng, David Silva and others running the show but you can't help but feel that Man Utd will suffer this season.

    PREDICTION: 7th - Lack of involvement in the transfer market will see the club miss out on Champions League places as competition has grown at this level and improved squads will push Janis89 down the pecking order.

    Daniel Sturridge (Swansea) - 15.0
    Eric Dier (Swansea) - 17.0
    Tom Cairney (Fulham) – 0.2
    Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) –0.0
    Jonny Williams (Crystal Palace) – 0.0
    Josh Scowen (Barnsley) – 0.0
    Chris Solly (Charlton) – 0.0
    Steve Cook (Bournemouth) – 0.0
    John Ruddy (Norwich) – 0.0
    Harry Arter (Bournemouth) – 0.3
    Alfie Mawson (Swansea) – 3.0
    Josh Sims (Southampton) – 0.0
    Harry Wilson (Liverpool) – 0.0
    Seamus Coleman (Everton) – 5.0
    Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Southampton) - 4.0
    Alex Pritchard (Norwich) – 0.0
    Craig Cathcart (Watford) – 0.0
    Matthew Pennington (Everton) – 0.0
    Total Fee = 44.5

    Tom Cleverley (Jiangsu Suning) – 4.1
    Paul Dummett (LA Galaxy) – 1.3
    Ben Gibson (Frontale) – 2.6
    Conor Hourihane (Montreal) – 1.0
    Joe Ledley (Shanghai Shenhua) - 1.5
    Michael Mancienne (Guizhou Zhicheng) – 2.1
    Josh Murphy (Inter) – 1.2
    Boaz Myhill (Orlando City) – 1.0
    Charlie Taylor (Napoli) – 2.4
    Danny Welbeck (Man City) - 15.0
    Wes Foderingham (Swansea) - 0.0
    Total Fee = 32.2

    The British theme continues at Carrow Road where although ebfatz hasn't made as many deals as others in the Dream Team League, there have still been some excellent deals made in improving his squad at Norwich. Fresh from an impressive 6th place finish and European football on its way, ebfatz has definitely made strides forward in completing a double deal with Swansea to bringing Daniel Sturridge and Eric Dier to the club while the 5M deal for Seamus Coleman is definitely a coup. Danny Welbeck was surprisingly sold to Man City but the deal did fund a move for Sturridge and with Marcus Rashford, Jamie Vardy and Wayne Rooney also on the books, Welbeck may not have got much of a look in anyway.

    PREDICTION: 8th - It's a tough call to make but we simply feel that other teams have more about them to stop ebfatz from improving but we may just see ebfatz land Norwich their first piece of silverware in the Europa League.

    Lucas Lima (Santos) – 3.4
    Gregory van der Wiel (Fenerbahce) – 3.4
    Joris Gnagnon (Rennes) – 2.4
    Gideon Jung (HSV) – 1.3
    Andrea Consigli (Sassulo) – 1.7
    Hyuri (Atletico Mineiro) – 1.1
    Steve Mandanda (Crystal Palace) – 2.4
    Nathaniel Chalobah (Chelsea) – 4.2
    Douglas Santos (HSV) – 2.3
    Erick Gutierrez (Pachuca) – 1.2
    Kevin Akpoguma (Hoffenheim) – 0.7
    Yoan Cardinale (Nice) – 4.2
    Stefano Sensi (Sassuolo) – 7.3
    M’Baye Niang (Milan) – 6.7
    Mitchell van Bergen (Feyenoord) – 4.6
    Total Fee = 46.9

    Emil Balayev (Dortmund) – 1.0
    Aymen Barkok (Betis) – 1.0
    Andre Blake (Sevilla) – 1.1
    Thomas Delaney (Celtic) – 2.6
    Douglas (Levante) – 1.3
    Javi Garcia (Villarreal) – 3.6
    Andre-Pierre Gignac (Spartak Moscow) – 1.0
    John Guidetti (Spartak Moscow) – 3.9
    Brian Lozano (Basel) – 3.2
    Chisamba Lungu (CSKA) – 4.5
    Manoel (Hannover 96) – 2.2
    Omar Mascarell (VfB Stuttgart) – 2.4
    Admir Mehmedi (M’gladbach) – 6.5
    Yuki Muto (Barcelona) – 2.0
    Havard Nordtveit (Getafe) – 4.7
    Robert (Santa Cruz) – 1.0
    Jonathan Rodriguez (Villarreal) – 1.7
    Suat Serdar (Heerenveen) – 4.2
    Gen Shoji (FC Toyko) – 3.7
    Patrick van Aanholt (Ajax) – 1.8
    Total Fee = 53.4

    The curious case of pyromyst... After a long battle in taking Plymouth from League Two to the top flight, pyromyst returns having left Fulham there where he'd periodically struggled to compete with the big boys. Plymouth came up via 2nd place last season and pyromyst set about preparing for life in the top flight by selling 20 players but brought in only 15 replacements, all through the auction process as pyromyst didn't engage in any deals with his fellow competitors. Some of those sales were certainly interesting given that they played a big part in getting Plymouth to this stage but there's no denying that most of the players brought in should help Plymouth to stay up. M'Baye Niang should easily cope at this level along with Gregory van der Wiel, Lucas Lima and Nathaniel Chalobah. The defence certainly has question marks though despite the existing presence of Cristian Ansaldi and the purchase of van der Wiel. Many Plymouth fans certainly expected to see better calibre in the heart of defence.

    PREDICTION: 16th - It'll be a struggle at times with alarm bells ringing at certain stages but Plymouth will be OK in a season of consolidation.

    Sandro Wagner (Swansea) - 7.0
    Kevin Volland (Man City) - 10.0
    Kenneth Vermeer (Southampton) - 4.0
    Fabinho (Southampton) - 12.5
    Ignazio Abate (Everton) - 3.0
    Fernandinho (Swansea) - 9.0
    Ralf Fahrmann (Man City) - 2.5
    Stefan Kiesling (Man City) - 2.5
    Ezequiel Garay (Man City) - 5.0
    Fernando Tobio (Boca) – 0.0
    Nicolai Muller (HSV) – 0.0
    Tsiy William Ndenge (M’gladbach) – 0.0
    Davide Zappacosta (Torino) – 30.0
    Total Fee = 85.5

    Ismail Azzaoui (SC Freiburg) – 1.7
    Dodo (Pescara) – 1.5
    Fernando (Sassuolo) – 2.4
    Andreu Fontas (Schalke 04) – 2.2
    Ruben Garcia (Heerenveen) – 3.2
    Valere Germain (Werder Bremen) – 5.5
    Alberto Grassi (Fiorentina) – 2.0
    Felipe Gutierrez (Penarol) – 1.8
    Dominique Heintz (Sanfrecce) – 2.9
    Ruben Pardo (Shanghai Shenhua) – 3.2
    Ruben Perez (Sanfrecce) – 2.4
    Yussuf Poulsen (Sampdoria) – 8.5
    Rafinha (Wolfsburg) – 1.3
    Samir (Fiorentina) – 1.9
    Moses Simon (Beijing Guoan) – 6.5
    Stephane Sparagna (Dynamo Kiev) – 1.0
    Pascal Stenzel (1860 Munchen) – 2.0
    Seydou Sy (Changchun Yatai) – 1.0
    Callum Wilson (Vegalta) – 8.0
    Bruno Zuculini (Atalanta) – 2.8
    Victor Valdes (Hull) - 2.0
    Thomas Vermaelen (Hull) - 2.0
    Stevan Jovetic (AFC Wimbledon) - 6.5
    Salvatore Sirigu (Man City) - 8.0
    Total Fee = 80.3

    After masterminding Portsmouth's return to the top flight, trunky had a season to remember in finishing 5th in the table as well as winning the Europa League which will take some beating. Notorious for being heavily involved in the transfer market, trunky wasn't actually that involved this time around as he played an interesting game in the auctions, signing only three players for free before splashing out 30M on Davide Zappacosta who will undoubtedly be an asset to his squad. Having sold 24 players though, trunky was forced to bring in only 9 new faces in deals with fellow DTL managers. Still, Portsmouth have kept the base of the squad that did so well last season and you'd expect Marco Reus to shine once again along with Douglas Costa and the likes of Kevin Volland and Fabinho should add more competition to the squad to push for a top 4 spot.

    PREDICTION: 5th - It'll be incredibly tight but we think Portsmouth will have to settle for 5th place once again.

    Alex Berenguer (Osasuna) – 1.3
    Remi Walter (Nice) – 0.9
    Oliver Baumann (Hoffenheim) – 13.0
    Fede San Emeterio (Sevilla) – 1.2
    Kieran Tierney (Celtic) – 9.0
    Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea) – 3.0
    Youri Tielemans (Anderlecht) – 37.0
    Anto Grgic (VfB Stuttgart) – 0.0
    Total Fee = 65.4

    Santiago Arias (Tianjin Quanjian) – 2.4
    Danilo (Tianjin Quanjian) – 13.5
    Issa Diop (Nice) – 3.1
    Jose Izquierdo (Ajax) – 3.4
    Iker Muniain (Kaiserslautern) – 6.5
    Cristian Pavon (Tianjin Quanjian) – 7.0
    Jairo Samperio (Liaoning Whowin) – 4.9
    Samu Garcia (Shanghai Shenhua) – 3.6
    Pablo Sarabia (Club Brugge) – 4.7
    Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Norwich) - 4.0
    Dale Stephens (Hannover 96) – 3.7
    Fabinho (Portsmouth) - 12.5
    Breel Embolo (Derby) - 14.0
    Kenneth Vermeer (Portsmouth) - 4.0
    Jorginho (Man City) - 12.5
    Oscar (Man City) - 12.5
    Total Fee = 112.3

    It seems that Dermotron concluded his business early on after spending all of his cash on the acquisition of Youri Tielemans, Kieran Tierney and Oliver Baumann. Despite selling 16 players, only half of that was brought in as replacements so you do wonder how Southampton will cope having finished 7th last season. The players already at the club such as Gonzalo Higuain, Lucas, Toni Kroos, Gerard Pique and Sergio Ramos suggests that Southampton have more than enough about them to improve on 7th but the problem with Dermotron's men isn't quality but consistency.

    PREDICTION: 6th - We just can't predict how things will go with Southampton this term, especially with so many genuine competitors up there nowadays but we do think there'll be a slight improvement and therefore we'll go with 6th.

    Wes Foderingham (Norwich) - 0.0
    Mohamed Salah (Aston Villa) - 18.0
    Manuel Lanzini (Man City) - 3.7
    Steven Berghuis (Watford) – 2.3
    Mats Hummels (FC Bayern) – 68.7
    Emre Can (Liverpool) – 12.1
    Nadiem Amiri (Hoffenheim) – 4.2
    Ludovic Blas (Guingamp) – 3.3
    Mikel San Jose (Athletic Bilbao) – 0.3
    Nikola Vlasic (Hajduk) – 0.1
    Total Fee = 112.7

    Filip Kostic (Barcelona) – 6.5
    Diego Laxalt (Pescara) – 3.1
    Alberto Moreno (Atletico Madrid) – 8.5
    Nolito (Barcelona) – 10.0
    Roberto Pereyra (Benfica) – 2.0
    Sergio Romero (Tottenham) - 5.0
    Philipp Ochs (Derby) - 2.5
    Adam Ounas (Man City) - 3.0
    Emil Krafth (Man City) - 10.0
    Malcom (Man City) - 10.0
    Fernandinho (Portsmouth) - 9.0
    Eric Dier (Norwich) - 17.0
    Sandro Wagner (Portsmouth) - 7.0
    Daniel Sturridge (Norwich) - 15.0
    Serge Aurier (Hull) - 14.0
    Max Meyer (Man City) - 18.8
    Total Fee = 141.4

    Armed with a huge pot of money and top quality in the squad already, it was no surprise to see Redknapp69 simply bide his time throughout the transfer window and only make minor adjustments to the squad. Swansea have waved goodbye to stalwarts Max Meyer, Fernandinho, Eric Dier, Daniel Sturridge and Emil Krafth who have played their part over the past few seasons but Mohamed Salah, Mats Hummels and Emre Can are more than adequate replacements for them along with, for just 0.3M(1), a snip of a signing for Mikel San Jose. We fully expect that Alexis Sanchez, Robert Lewandowski, Luis Suarez, Marco Verratti and co. will once again engage in a two way battle at the top with Aston Villa once more.

    PREDICTION: 2nd - After a long and tough battle, the trophy will be passed on very narrowly this season to Aston Villa but Redknapp69 will still pick up other trophies across the board.

    Jan Vertonghen (Hull) - 0.0
    Joel Matip (Man City) - 17.5
    Ilkay Gundogan (Man City) - 17.5
    Sergio Romero (Swansea) - 5.0
    Yannick Gerhardt (Wolfsburg) – 14.0
    Grzegorz Krychowiak (PSG) – 12.0
    Ruben Neves (Porto) – 10.0
    Tin Jedvaj (Leverkusen) – 1.0
    Wylan Cyprien (Nice) – 0.3
    Rodrigo Bentancur (Boca) – 1.0
    Gokhan Tore (Besiktas) – 0.0
    Total Fee = 78.3

    Angel Correa (Basel) – 10.0
    Dede (Sporting) – 1.8
    Gomes (Al Faisaly) – 1.0
    Emiliano Insua (Juventus) – 1.1
    Sebastian Jung (1.FC Koln) – 2.2
    Max Kruse (Shijiazhuang) – 4.2
    Adem Ljajic (CSKA) – 1.2
    Gaston Pereiro (Shandong Luneng) – 7.5
    Rick van Drongelen (Wolfsburg) – 1.7
    Yaya Toure (Hull) - 1.5
    Faouzi Ghoulam (Aston Villa) - 5.0
    Shkodran Mustafi (Aston Villa) - 5.0
    Lars Stindl (Aston Villa) - 5.0
    Domenico Berardi (Man City) - 12.5
    Nacho Fernandez (Aston Villa) - 8.0
    Grzegorz Krychowiak (Hull) - 0.0
    Total Fee = 67.7

    Last season's disappointing 8th finish and failure to win a trophy for the first time in 6 seasons means that Tottenham won't be talked about as one of the favourites for the title. Perhaps that'll take some pressure off for AJ who is another manager who hasn't made a huge amount of changes to his squad. 16 players have been sold whilst 11 have come in and you do get the feeling that AJ has started to replace fringe players with quality. There weren't any particularly big names departing, Domenico Berardi excepted perhaps, but the arrivals of Jan Vertonghen, Joel Matip, Ilkay Gundogan and Yannick Gerhardt will surely lead to improvement this season. Alvaro Morata is expected to run riot and will be well supplied by Ivan Rakitic and Arturo Vidal.

    PREDICTION: 4th - Although Spurs won't challenge for the title, we do think that AJ will lead them straight back into the Champions League with a 4th placed finish.

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    Great work El Capitano!

    Give yourself a big pat on the back and maybe an Arsenal badge to add to your player list

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    amazing piece of writing Mark. Thank you so much for your time, trust and existence in general.

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    Nice one Mark. No pressure... Hopefully I can settle on a formation earlier this season and give that chump... I mean champ... a run for his money!

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    Wonderfully written even if you question my ambition!

    I will be the league winners i tell ya

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    what an amazing article Mark. looking forward to the new season....good luck to everyone/.

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    Mark, with all the 'make AJ member of the month' that went around last couple of weeks, I almost felt guilty for putting my vote on you. But seeing how much commitment you've put in this, I know that I voted for the right guy! Great piece of work mate!

    And I HAVE to spend the most money, I'm Man City ffs!
    Go check out my YouTube channel with lots of CM 01-02 related video's!

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    Great work Marko. And some very good predictions I think.

    I fear you are right and Norwich peaked last season. We won't be up there this year.
    Add as for the European League, I know what will happen. I'll draw a human manager in the first knockout round and that will be that!!

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    Stellar stuff Mark

    The detail and info collated and provided back in these write up's is a credit to how much you skive at work

    Awesome stuff as always - everyone loves DTL!

    Can't argue with those predictions!
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    Marky Mark. You a god amongst men. This is easily a highlight of my week. I love you. Yesterday i tried to explain to the wife what i do all day, what the excel sheets are for etc. She looked at me with equal parts disgust and confusion.

    God i love this.

    Roll on Season 12!!!

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    So i ran an obligatory holiday. Just once to see what the results were...

    As expected Swansea and Villa fought it out all the way... with the Swans just pipping them at the end. A few disappointing performances (Hull in particular) but on a personal note i was thrilled with my Derby's 6th place. Here are the average ratings...

    In the Championship, Mark's Arsenal didnt have it as comfortable as maybe thought - as he finished 3rd behind Liverpool and Palace. However, he did get through in the play offs. On a positive note - ex Derby players Negredo and Gomez scored 19 and 17 goals respectively.

    In the cups:

    Champions League: Swansea beat Hull
    UEFA cup: Portsmouth beat Norwich
    FA cup: Norwich beat Everton
    League cup: Villa beat Man U.

    Obviously, this is just one run and doesnt mean a thing, but its interesting nonetheless. I'd love so see other peeps holiday results.

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    Spurs 12th? BS bro

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    It's probably higher than I will really finish!

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    haha good one peaceboy.....everton 11th as mark predicted

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    Thanks guys, I thought I'd kick things off with a nice summary of what's gone on since the end of season 11. Sets us up nicely!

    Must admit that although I went with 1st as the only human manager in the Championship, it'll be a lot tougher than I may think with the old squads left from Liverpool, Palace, Leeds AND West Brom! Same goes for Newcastle and West Ham looking like they'll be tricky opponents for you lot to face in the Premier League!

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    Saints are nailed on for 6th or 7th

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    Outstanding write up Mark, 3rd is a big ask I think but we shall see.

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    Following on from peaceboy's run through. I holidayed with Villa left on the 532 defensive and the misfits I picked for the friendlies so that'll obviously lead for different results. I'm surprised though. Ass man stuck to it for the most part with most playing 40 games+.

    Gomes and Negredo got 20 and 17 respectively

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    Bet my strikers won't get double figures after these tests

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    I ran a holiday test as well with the 4-5-1 formation I'm going to play this season with Man City. The rest of the teams are on default 4-4-2.

    Here are the results.

    Go check out my YouTube channel with lots of CM 01-02 related video's!

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    I think what these tests are showing is any tactic is better than 442!

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    Any tactic is better than the AI's

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    I'll take peaceboy's effort.
    FA Cup win and a Europa League final.

    I'd take that.

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    Unlike you bunch of lazy layabouts, and the fact that I have lots of spare time on my hands, I have run a season with the proper formations, or the last known ones, with the proper players.

    A few things to point out.

    Drk gets the sack quite early thus making Wimbledon's results a bit skewed.

    Peaceboy also gets the sack even though Derby survive.

    It looks like Erk's Villa experiment falls a bit short and I have no idea what happened to Swansea as I set the proper formation, last season's title winning one. The least said about Portsmouth the better

    In the Championship, Mark was running away with it before a few loses made it look a little closer than it actually was. Still won by 14 points though.

    As far as the other competitions went...

    And Europe...

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