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The Tipster: Mike Hammond's team

Published: Monday 25 November 2013, 13.08CET features

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Published: Monday 25 November 2013, 13.08CET

The Tipster: Mike Hammond's team

With just two matchdays to go in the UEFA Europa League group stage, we have reached a critical juncture, not only in the competition itself but also in the fantasy world.

Eight clubs have already qualified, seven have been eliminated, but the majority of the 48 participants are still unsure as to whether they will be waving goodbye to European football before Christmas or making further plans for the spring.

As a fantasy manager, it is important that you check out the group standings and ensure that the players in your team a) have something significant to play for on matchday five and b) are likely to be selected. This link should be of use to you in that respect.

Fitness and form are, as ever, crucial factors, and make sure that on the day of the game you check out whether any of your chosen players are injured, or likely to be rested, before you make use of the transfer facility.

I will certainly make one change as Dieumerci Mbokani, one of my strikers, is suspended from FC Dynamo Kyiv's game at KRC Genk following his red card on matchday four. With Jonatan Soriano and Christian Eriksen both injured, it looks like I shall also need to name a new captain.

My midfield and attack certainly need shaking up after a weak matchday four, when it was only the excellence of my defence (34 points between the five players, including 12 from new signing Oleg Kuzmin) that saved my blushes.

Look out for my tweets during the build-up to the games on Thursday, when I shall be dishing out further advice.

Enjoy matchday five!

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