February
05

Back-to-back home clashes against West Brom and Swansea in the upcoming Gameweek have already earned Liverpool’s Fantasy assets significant investment. As mentioned in last night’s Digest, though, the following week’s blank also plays a part in our transfer policies prior to this Saturday’s deadline – load up on too many Liverpool and Swansea players and you’re left with a depleted squad for Gameweek 27, potentially facing points hits in order to field a starting XI. While Fantasy managers contemplate their tactics, we run the rule over the Reds:

The Prospects

Brendan Rodgers’ side prepare for the double Gameweek with the best home defensive record in the Premier League. Having conceded six goals in their first three games at Anfield, with City, Arsenal and United all notching twice, Liverpool have subsequently shipped just four goals in the following nine, with seven clean sheets accrued along the way. Their last six home games have harvested three or more goals on four occasions for the hosts – offering plenty potential at both ends of the pitch, then.

The Baggies arrive on Merseyside next Monday evening in dire away form – Steve Clarke’s side have lost five of their last six on the road and conceded two or more in all of those defeats. They have failed to score twice in that run, away to Arsenal and United and have notched once at Swansea and Everton – of the two fixtures, this certainly looks the most appetising in terms of goals for Liverpool.

Swansea look a tougher nut to crack. With just 10 goals conceded in 13 games on their travels, Michael Laudrup’s side are joint-top along with City for best away defence. The Swans have shipped just three goals in their last six away matches, producing three clean sheets, but have scored in only one of those six fixtures – suggesting that, while they may limit Liverpool’s attacking potential, they may struggle to break down the Reds’ rearguard.

The Likely Lads

Pepe Reina appears on the radar mainly due to the blank Gameweek 27. With the Spaniard on board, you could have five players for the double, subbing one out with your free transfer to leave the remaining four on the bench for Gameweek 27 – given there are doubts over Michel Vorm’s fitness for Swansea, Reina seems the safest keeper option, thus utilising all of your squad over the upcoming two Gameweeks.

Glen Johnson and Jose Enrique offer the best potential of points at both ends of the pitch. The full-backs have produced a goal and four assists apiece thus far, with Enrique slightly edging it by six bonus points to five. Having recently returned from a hamstring injury, Enrique made his first start since Gameweek 20 at City last weekend and although he was subbed off on 74 minutes, this was purely down to stamina issues as he continues to build up his match fitness. Having returned 4.2 points per game to Johnson’s 3.9 (albeit with a couple of appearances up front) Enrique’s kinder Fantasy Premier League (FPL) price tag of 5.7 to 6.4 could sway many.

After a couple of lacklustre campaigns, Steven Gerrard has returned to Fantasy form of old with a series of outstanding displays taking him to second in the FPL midfield standings. The Reds’ skipper has now scored or assisted in 10 of the last 12 Gameweeks; a clear sign of his consistency heading into the double. Gerrard has returned three goals, four assists and seven bonus points in his last four home matches and with spot-kick duties, in addition to a share of set-pieces and corners, an ownership of 10% is climbing steadily now.

Second top scoring FPL forward, Luis Suarez has also impressed in recent Anfield matches. The Uruguayan has produced four goals, an assist and eight bonus points over his last three home fixtures and is the most popular Liverpool player by some margin, with over 34% Fantasy managers already snapping him up. While Gerrard offers a viable armband alternative, a big Gameweek for Suarez could prove problematic for those who choose to overlook him, given his superior ownership. Despite a recent change in role, Suarez still seems to be delivering – he has scored in two of his three starts alongside Daniel Sturridge, either from the left in a 4-3-3 or in “the hole” in a 4-2-3-1.

The January move from Chelsea has had an immediate impact on Daniel Sturridge’s Fantasy potential. He’s scored or assisted in all four of his league appearances already, with goals against United and City highlighting his ability to deliver regardless of fixture. Sturridge’s appeal is also boosted by the fact he is cup-tied for Liverpool’s upcoming Europa League games against Zenit St Petersburg – the first leg, in Russia, comes three days after the West Brom game and three days before the Swansea fixture. Coming in at 7.6 in FPL to Suarez’s 10.7, he’s far more budget friendly, providing he shrugs off a thigh problem that has forced him out of England’s midweek friendly with Brazil.

Cheeky Punt

The last few matches have seen Jordan Henderson stake a claim for inclusion after a series of strong displays. The former Sunderland man has started five of the last six and has chipped in with a couple of goals, a pair of assists, four bonus points and two sets of double figures – for 5.3 in FPL, he’s proven decent value for money of late.

Stewart Downing has seemingly cemented a regular role under Rodgers over the past few months. While the likes of Raheem Sterling drift slightly out the picture, Downing has now started each of the last 10 and has produced attacking points in two of his last three home fixtures. Like Henderson, a modest price tag of 5.7 may appeal to those struggling to free up cash for big-hitters.

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  1. Hey guys this DGW is do or die! I'll ave 5 DGW players it took a 4pt hit. GW27 will be tricky prob need to take an 8 or 12 pt hit but if my Liv/Swans players score me 50pts it will be worth it.

    Sold Baines & Tevez don't think they will do much, for GJ & Suarez.

    DGW GJ, B Davies, Michu, Suarez, Sturridge(c), 50pts in total, but could be an 8pt or 12pt hit in GW27!!

    I reckon
    GJ, 8pts
    B Davies 6pts
    Michu 15pts
    Suarez 18pts (-4pt hit)
    Sturridge 18pts

    = 61pts -8pt hit for GW27 = 53pts! WISHFUL THINKING!!

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
  2. Why do people discourage others from bringing in six double gameweek players?

    Locing watching the competition take endless hits , and the forum hangover going to be highly entertaining, once people realise they only fielding five players next week

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
  3. Any help would be appreciated on the below..?

    A) Suarez + Sturridge
    B) Suarez + Gerrard
    C) All three for a -4 hit

    I already have Michu and Suarez.

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. will u have to take a 4 point hit next week to fix it?

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
      1. Yes, unless I go 5-4-1 which is not appealing with my cheap defence

        • 1 year, 8 months ago
      • 1 year, 8 months ago
    2. I'd roll the dice with C

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
  4. See if you are top of your mini league like quarter1,2.3 and 4 do you get prizes??

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
  5. Want liverpool defence. Is enrique nailed on???

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. Yes. He has some match fitness now so should play both games.

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
  6. Q

    I have what seems to be a stupid question :D
    Is the formula of price changing known to any one here ? O.o

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. You mean NTI and NTO's?

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
  7. Which 3rd defender to start?

    Already have Zab (sou) and Davies (dgw) nailed on.

    Dawson (new), Harte (sto), O'Brien (AVL)?

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. O'Brien for me.

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
  8. Last question before price rise while i can still afford it. Fellaini > Gerrard and Evra > Enrique for -4 hit? Will cost -4 hit (or -8, depending on Wilson injury) to ship them in next GW.

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
  9. AFTER DGW.

    I HAve RVP

    should i double up on united with ROONEY or Get aguero?

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
  10. will caragher start both games????

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. it looks likely he should be rested for europa

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
  11. sturridge has gone up 0.2 mill already

    i usually await till midweek fixtures are done for injuries before making my trannys but i'd advise getting stuzz in before he hits the 8.0 mil mark

    i have opted for williams, davies and the mich from swanny hoping for a good first game against the baggies
    and up top the suarez/stuzz combo from pool.

    i want gerrard and i am debating my second free tranny for mata but that leaves me with only one tranny next gameweek....risky when currrently fighting the tops of my mini leagues.

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. if you have waited for studge until now wait till the deadline he will only go up 0.3 max

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
  12. Worth taking a -4 hit? I currently only have Davies, Suarez and Sturridge.

    A) Fellaini > Michu
    B) Bale > Gerrard
    C) Samba > Enrique

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
    1. C (if Fella is fit, otherwise A)

      • 1 year, 8 months ago
  13. Is Jose Enrique going to start both games?

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
  14. Worth to do Taarabt -> Downing for a hit? Have already brought in Enrique & Sturridge for free. Planning on doing Downing -> Sissoko next week in that case.

    • 1 year, 8 months ago

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  • Fabianski
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  • Dawson
  • Bertrand
  • Sánchez
  • Sterling
  • Eriksen
  • Tadic
  • Pellè
  • Aguero
  • Berahino
  • Vlaar
  • Chadli
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Last updated: 22 Oct, 2014 8:17am
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No Change Forster SOT A, Vs
Up Lloris TOT B, Vs
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No Change Szczesny ARS C, Vs
Up Adrián WHM B
Up Guzan AVL B
Down Schmeichel LEI B, Vs
No Change Mignolet LIV C
Up Foster WBA C
Down Heaton BRN C, £

Defenders

Last updated: 22 Oct, 2014 8:19am
Player Club Factors
No Change Baines EVE A, Vs
No Change Bertrand SOT A, Vs
No Change Ivanovic CHE B
Up Chambers ARS C, £
Up Kaboul TOT B, Vs
Up Vlaar AVL
Down Tomkins WHM B, Inj
Up Robertson HUL B, VsX
No Change Lovren LIV C, Vs
Down Schlupp LEI B, Rest, OoP, £
Up Kompany MCI B
Up Dawson WBA B
Down Shawcross STO B
Down Trippier BRN B

Midfielders

Last updated: 21 Oct, 2014 12:16pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Sterling LIV A, Vs
No Change Tadic SOT A, Vs
No Change Di María MUN A, VsX
Up Sánchez ARS A, Vs, Rest
Down Sigurdsson SWA B, VsX
No Change Fábregas CHE A, VsX
Up Chadli TOT B, Inj
Up Downing WHM B, Vs, £
Up Eriksen TOT A, Vs
Up Hazard CHE B, VsX
Up Mane SOT B, Vs
Up Henderson LIV B, Vs
Down Silva MCI B
No Change Puncheon CPL B
No Change Milner MCI B, Rest, £

Forwards

Last updated: 20 Oct, 2014 1:20pm
Player Club Factors
Up Aguero MCI A, Vs
Up Pellè SOT A, Vs
Down Diego Costa CHE A, VsX, Inj
No Change Welbeck ARS A, Vs, Inj
Up Falcao MUN B, VsX
Up Sakho WHM A, Vs, £
Up Berahino WBA A, £
Down Ulloa LEI B, Vs, £
Up Naismith EVE B, Vs, £
No Change Bony SWA B, VsX
Up Cissé NEW A

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Vs Favourable Fixtures
VsX Unfavourable Fixtures
Rest Rotation Risk
Inj Injured/Returning from Injury
OoP Out of Position
£ Potential Bargain
Sus Suspended/Near Suspension

The Suspension Tightrope

Player Team YC
Bardsley STO 4
Reid WHM 4
Diego Costa CHE 3
Fábregas CHE 3
Barry EVE 3
Naismith EVE 3
Robertson HUL 3
Moore LEI 3
Moreno LIV 3
Fernandinho MCI 3
Y Touré MCI 3
Dunne QPR 3
Henry QPR 3
Pellè SOT 3
Schneiderlin SOT 3
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Cattermole SUN 3
Dorrans WBA 3
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