Opinion

The Knee Jerk – Gameweek 1 – Saturday

A classic knee jerk in the making, Mohamed Salah owners were already fidgeting by half-time at Vicarage Road.

Fresh from four goals in pre-season, he had endured an inauspicious start to life back in the Premier League. A toe-poked skyward effort when through on goal, packaged up with several over miscues and errant first touches totalled a miserable first 45 minutes for Salah.

In contrast, Sadio Mane had sparkled and smartly converted Emre Can’s flick to peg back a plucky first half Watford showing.

Shifted to the left flank by Salah’s arrival, it looked as though Mane had adjusted to already demonstrate that he was back as the go-to guy among the opulence in Liverpool’s attack.

But things were to turn dramatically.

Just through sheer pace and endeavour, Salah first won a penalty via Heurelho Gomes’ clumsy telescopic arms and then sprinted to convert Roberto Firmino’s chipped effort from two yards out.

He ended on 11 points and was quickly installed as the top transfer target from those in action on the day.

He tallied five shots, all in the penalty area and eight touches in the box – more than any other midfielder in Gameweek 1 so far. Just as we expected, the statistics are Salah’s friend and will likely reinforce his case throughout the season.

Mane, who picked up a booking, was left trailing and, on today’s evidence, will clearly have his work cut out to justify his billing as the most expensive option in Jurgen Klopp’s armoury.

Owned by 23.5% to Salah’s 23.3%, that narrow gap is closing as Philippe Coutinho owners bail out, turning to the Egyptian as their replacement.

It is, of course, early days and it’s back at Anfield where Mane has previously been so potent.

Nine of his 13 goals arrived on Merseyside last season and he will have Crystal Palace in his sights for Gameweek 2.

Firmino also deserves our recognition. With Klopp relegating James Milner to his bench, the Brazilian was again on penalty duties and expertly converted following Salah’s tumble.

With the assist to follow, Firmino waltzed his way to the maximum bonus points, already benefiting from his new classification as a forward.

If Milner is to remain out of favour – presumably now discounted as a left-back – then Firmino will surely prosper.

Liverpool won eight penalties last season, with all but one converted by Milner. Firmino scored 11 goals regardless.

We have no reason to expect that Liverpool’s penalty count will regress. Indeed, with Salah adding his pace to Mane’s bursts, there’s every chance it will be maintained or even increased.

The conclusion is that Firmino’s stock is on the rise and that suddenly, Mane is in danger of slipping further down our Liverpool attack pecking order.

Mark Mark created the beast. He's now looking to tame it.”

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  1. Weasel51
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Forster
      Alonso, Stephens, Daniels
      De Bruyne, Salah, Willian, Redmond, T.Carroll
      Lukaku, Kane

      Elliot, Suttner, Long, McBurnie

      G2G for next week or shall I use my FT?

      1. diesel001
          1 month, 9 days ago

          G2G.

        • Unsuccessful
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Yup hold hold hold.

      2. Wild Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Dafuq? Highest points scorer has Cahill first sub and Lukaku second. And he's coming on 😀

        1. RedArrows
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Lol, just proves that the GW1 table id never, ever, topped by anyone who knows what they are doing!

          1. RedArrows
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 9 days ago

            *is

        2. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Ha ha, what a fluke!

        3. COK3Y5MURF - Emre Canada
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Cahill comes on

          1. Wild Rover
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 9 days ago

            I know, maybe my post wasn't clear 🙂

      3. Tabbara
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Guys
        Mounie price seems to be raising tonight,i'm thinking to bring him in for Abraham.To do that i have to get rid of Danilo
        So Cedric and Mounie for Danilo and Abraham
        Worth the hit ? or hold?

        1. FISSH
            1 month, 9 days ago

            You had weeks to make a a team. Stick to it

          • twoplustwo
              1 month, 9 days ago

              At least watch today.

              Wouldn't be taking -4 for an unnailed defender and Championship striker.

            • Bafana
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Very tempting, but dangerous to already let the FOMO play with you

                1. Tabbara
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  yeah i made the promise this year that i wont be taking many hits i dont know that promise seems to be gone .I'll think i'll hold my free transfer this week

                  1. Jallegre
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Devil's advocate... if you were to take a hit.. that would be good transfers; Mounie and Cedric have great fixtures

                    1. Tabbara
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      the problem is danilo after yesterday i doubt he starts next week,i knew he was a short term option but thought he'll do an assist at minimum yesterday,

              • FantasyNik123
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Mounie will not be rising tonight, maybe midweek but not today according to fpl statistics.co.uk

              • immybob
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Who's best replacement for Fabregas.? I was looking at Ramsey or possibly Willian.?

                  1. Lord Flashheart (sportsguy)
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    ritchie?

                • Sturridge Wars
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    is it worth getting a -4 to get the price risers?

                    1. Business Cat
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      Only if it drastically improves your team

                    2. Unsuccessful
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      Hold a transfer will give you three (-4) bandwagons to jump on next week if you need to

                      1. Shearer & Sutton
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        This

                    3. noquarternt
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      No

                    4. HVT
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        I have no problem with it, a good time to take a hit imho.

                    5. Better Call Paul
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        Danilo stick or twist?

                        1. Pino
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          Stick

                          1. Better Call Paul
                              1 month, 9 days ago

                              Was concerned he may not play next match

                              Then again I have mee on the bench to come on if not

                              1. twoplustwo
                                  1 month, 9 days ago

                                  Exactly

                            • TFP
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              1 month, 9 days ago

                              Stick, unless possibly Trippier turns out to be fit for spurs and they do very well.

                              Danilo is a risk of course but not big enough to justify a hit right now.

                              1. Better Call Paul
                                  1 month, 9 days ago

                                  I have free transfer lol

                                  1. TFP
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    1 month, 9 days ago

                                    Not really, if you use it now you'll have one fewer potential transfers next week , think about opportunity cost.

                              2. Dr Van Nostrand
                                  1 month, 9 days ago

                                  Deffo stick got you a cleanie didn't he

                              3. MANGE TOUT RODNEY
                                  1 month, 9 days ago

                                  Going to try very, very hard to save my FT this week. 2 FTs going into GW3 would be lovely.

                                  1. Better Call Paul
                                      1 month, 9 days ago

                                      Agreed

                                    • Unsuccessful
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      1 month, 9 days ago

                                      Stay strong!

                                  2. FootballFace
                                      1 month, 9 days ago

                                      Best replacement for Iwobi ?
                                      5.5

                                      Thx

                                      1. Better Call Paul
                                          1 month, 9 days ago

                                          Xhaka looked good

                                        • S.Kuqi
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          1 month, 9 days ago

                                          Not sure about best but I'm looking at Gross, Brady and perhaps Mooy

                                        • Bafana
                                            1 month, 9 days ago

                                            Definitely Mooy. He does everything on the pitch: creates chances but also has loads of defending qualities. Immediately put him on my watchlist after seeing his first 60 minutes

                                          • Unsuccessful
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            1 month, 9 days ago

                                            See how Atsu (5.0) looks later

                                            1. S.Kuqi
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              1 month, 9 days ago

                                              This. Fixtures favors Newcastle aswell.

                                            2. FootballFace
                                                1 month, 9 days ago

                                                Yes. I will make a desicion after the newc game. Thx

                                          • Pino
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            1 month, 9 days ago

                                            Did you miss on a draft league and want to join?

                                            FPL "Football Manager" Draft league starts from GW2: 732056-166971

                                          • Stoneytq1
                                              1 month, 9 days ago

                                              Just done Iwobi > Groß, Iwobi was dropping fast and no money ITB. Decent trade?

                                              1. twoplustwo
                                                  1 month, 9 days ago

                                                  No, but Iwobi was your first error

                                                  1. Stoneytq1
                                                      1 month, 9 days ago

                                                      Can't see anyone better at 5.5 and I'm not taking a hit.

                                                      1. twoplustwo
                                                          1 month, 9 days ago

                                                          Might as well go 4.5m then?

                                                        • william prunier
                                                            1 month, 9 days ago

                                                            Why not wait for today's games?!

                                                      2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                        1 month, 9 days ago

                                                        Pray for no midweek injuries, or do u have a strong bench?

                                                      3. Legomané
                                                          1 month, 9 days ago

                                                          Price changes only happen overnight..no need to rush into a morning with matches to play in the afternoon IMO. Fingers crossed you don't get any injuries in your XV today.

                                                          1. Legomané
                                                              1 month, 9 days ago

                                                              *morning 'transfer'

                                                              1. Stoneytq1
                                                                  1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                  Yeah I should have waited really! Hopefully no injuries to Kane or lukaku!

                                                                  1. Legomané
                                                                      1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                      Learn to control the jerk 🙂

                                                              2. noquarternt
                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                Oh dear. Better hope there aren't any injuries to your other players.

                                                            • twoplustwo
                                                                1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                The fixtures we selected our teams based on (at least in part) look so good in the next few weeks. Stick with them and save an FT this week unless you've got a Fab-shaped gap.

                                                              • Dare2Zlatan
                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                Tonight's transfers:

                                                                Luiz & Quanar > Hegazi & Mounie

                                                                Transferring in for form and fixtures for next few weeks...

                                                                DDG (Elliot)
                                                                Kolasinac Luiz Danillo Yoshida(Long)
                                                                KDB Salah Willian Milivojevic (Carroll)
                                                                Kane Lukaku(Quanar)

                                                                1. twoplustwo
                                                                    1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                    Hit for a West Brom player???

                                                                    1. Dare2Zlatan
                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                      1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                      And Mounie... gives me an extra playing player too

                                                                  • william prunier
                                                                      1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                      Hegazi ain't nailed buddy

                                                                      1. Dare2Zlatan
                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                        1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                        He is until the int break.

                                                                        Playing well so I doubt Macauley walks straight back into the team...

                                                                        Or does he in your opinion?

                                                                    • noquarternt
                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                      1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                      This is ridiculous.

                                                                      Luiz?! He scored! You've got Danilo who's about to be benched. Palace were trying a new system and got found out- no way Mounie is getting a brace every week. Hegazi isn't a bad transfer in though.

                                                                      Danilo->Hegazi if you must.

                                                                  • Better Call Paul
                                                                      1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                      Where are the price risers website?

                                                                      1. Dare2Zlatan
                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                        1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                        FPLSTATISTICS

                                                                    • diesel001
                                                                        1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                        Hegazi speaks good English. That'll be good for WBA. Need good communication in defence.

                                                                        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                          1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                          By all accounts it sounds like he had a great game & Pulis could have made a great find with him. 4.5 is a lovely price point in FPL too, esp with those fixs

                                                                      • Beatle
                                                                          1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                          Everyone needs to chill with making rash transfer decisions based on 1 game. Should give it another week imo

                                                                          1. Alan_T
                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                            1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                            You say that, but at the start of the season it's more justified IMO

                                                                            We may have drafted a player that'd not a starter, or drafted someone who is playing reverse OOP.

                                                                            Or a palace defender!

                                                                            1. Beatle
                                                                                1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                                Appreciate that but I'm taking more about the muted 8/12 point hits

                                                                            2. MANGE TOUT RODNEY
                                                                                1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                                Yes agree

                                                                            3. RECKLESS
                                                                                1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                                Need list of League codes for public leagues like FFS , LMS etc

                                                                              • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                                Points predictions today - 24 about right for these lads?

                                                                                DDG - 7
                                                                                Kane - 8
                                                                                Lukaku - 9

                                                                                1. RECKLESS
                                                                                    1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                                    I see Lukaku scoring and assisting...11pts....DDG may just get 6 as dont see WHAm troubling Manutd without Antonio...Kane score a goal or two so could be 6 or 13 pts

                                                                                    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                      1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                                      I'd be happy with that... to be honest I'd be happy with 2's from Kane & DDG, if Lukaku were to get a brace. He needs to score today to stave off transfer talk with every other striker in the game it seems doing well

                                                                                  • G-Whizz
                                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                    1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                                    😆

                                                                                  • There's Always One!
                                                                                      1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                                      Hopefully AllI does something too. It was him or Salah for me!

                                                                                    • noquarternt
                                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                      1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                                      Haha. 2 2 2 more like.

                                                                                  • There's Always One!
                                                                                      1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                                      Whats the Best price tracker to use?

                                                                                      1. Deus
                                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                        1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                                        fplstatistics.co.uk
                                                                                        http://fantasyfootballfix.com/price/

                                                                                        1. There's Always One!
                                                                                            1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                                            Cheers

                                                                                      2. Ibracadebruyne
                                                                                          1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                                          What to do with Iwobi?

                                                                                          A. Keep (then I have to play either Iwobi, Mee or Carroll)
                                                                                          B. Sell for other 5.5...

                                                                                          Cheers!

                                                                                          1. thepeen555
                                                                                              1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                                              Well iwobi isn't dropping yet so I wouldn't worry too much ATM

                                                                                          2. thepeen555
                                                                                              1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                                              Just looking at FPL stats site and Costa gone down 52.8 - why did people actually have him in their teams?

                                                                                              1. william prunier
                                                                                                  1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                                                  Auto select?

                                                                                                  1. thepeen555
                                                                                                      1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                                                      Yeah poss but if u auto select then why make transfers after

                                                                                                  2. RECKLESS
                                                                                                      1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                                                      He is class player and people thought Conte would know to manage better as he is still Chel player and can utilize him

                                                                                                      1. thepeen555
                                                                                                          1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                                                          That sort of thing would happen cause it makes sense - they don't see sense

                                                                                                      2. Dare2Zlatan
                                                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                        1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                                                        Casuals and idiots

                                                                                                        1. Sturridge Wars
                                                                                                            1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                                                            where did u finish overall last season Dare2Zlatan

                                                                                                        2. noquarternt
                                                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                          1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                                                          Casuals

                                                                                                      3. Oddjobleff
                                                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                        1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                                                        I see BBC have jumped on xG now too. How do we use it again? Are we hoping it predicts upturns in form and imminent regressions?

                                                                                                        1. noquarternt
                                                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                          1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                                                          Statsbomb.com should answer it all for you.

                                                                                                          1. Oddjobleff
                                                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                            1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                                                            Noted. Thanks

                                                                                                      4. Alan_T
                                                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                        1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                                                        Which of the following denders would you downgrade for a draft league?

                                                                                                        PVA or Trippier?

                                                                                                        Need to think long term ideally

                                                                                                        1. william prunier
                                                                                                            1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                                                            Pva then

                                                                                                          • G-Whizz
                                                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                            1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                                                            Trippier

                                                                                                          • G-Whizz
                                                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                            1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                                                            Sorry misread it. PVA

                                                                                                        2. Mr Wizard
                                                                                                            1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                                                            Just watched the highlight of the West Brom game.

                                                                                                            Hegazi... thoughts?

                                                                                                            Unit. Can see him being the target at all set pieces. 4.5.

                                                                                                            Francis > Hegazi?

                                                                                                            1. william prunier
                                                                                                                1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                                                                Beware of Johnny evans

                                                                                                                1. Mr Wizard
                                                                                                                    1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                                                                    Oh! Your right. Forgot about him. Haha

                                                                                                                2. Dare2Zlatan
                                                                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                  1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                                                                  I liked him, but some saying he will lose his spot when McAuley returns.... any baggies fans give their opinion?

                                                                                                                  Can't see him losing his place if he's playing like that though!

                                                                                                              • Lord Flashheart (sportsguy)
                                                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                                                                is fpldicovery starting at some point? is there an alternative?

                                                                                                                1. G-Whizz
                                                                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                  1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                                                                  Give it a week or so and it should be up and running is what I've seen banded about here.

                                                                                                                  1. Lord Flashheart (sportsguy)
                                                                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                    1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                                                                    ok

                                                                                                              • Gjelstads eleven
                                                                                                                  1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                                                                  Early thoughts: Worth changing from 4-4-2 to 4-3-3 before GW3 (2FT) by doing these moves (just a plan, can change)?? 🙂

                                                                                                                  Kdb -> RLC
                                                                                                                  Quaner -> Firmino

                                                                                                                  Leaves me with:

                                                                                                                  Foster
                                                                                                                  Alonso/Kompany/Stephens/Daniels
                                                                                                                  Alli/Willian/Zaha
                                                                                                                  Lukaku/Jesus/Firmino

                                                                                                                  Bench: Elliott, T. Carroll, RLC, Mbamba

                                                                                                                  1. noquarternt
                                                                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                    1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                                                                    Lol. You had me at KDB->RLC.

                                                                                                                    1. Gjelstads eleven
                                                                                                                        1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                                                                        I know it's lol 😉

                                                                                                                  2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                                                                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                    1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                                                                    Saving FT really does look the way to go, with BOTH the transfer deadline & international break approaching.

                                                                                                                    E.g. If you save the FT, after the game updates next Saturday morning you will have 2x FT's usable for GW3. If you only use one (before GW3 deadline), then you will have 2x for use between 27th Aug & 9th Sept.
                                                                                                                    , to try account for international injuries or good/bad transfer dealings by he clubs

                                                                                                                  3. Internal Error
                                                                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                    1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                                                                    Just seen a rumour that Spurs want Martial. Might we see a swap deal involving Rose?

                                                                                                                    1. Andy_Social
                                                                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                      1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                                                                      Spurs can't afford to lose any first team players. They've got money and Martial is a bit peripheral at United.

                                                                                                                      1. Internal Error
                                                                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                        1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                                                                        Just wondering what their stance is on Rose. Will they let him go for 50-60mil given his outburst this week?

                                                                                                                        1. Differentiator
                                                                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                          1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                                                                          No

                                                                                                                    2. There's Always One!
                                                                                                                        1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                                                                        If José sells martial he wants a kick in the hole!

                                                                                                                        Martial is far better than Rashford and Lingard

                                                                                                                        1. Internal Error
                                                                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                          1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                                                                          He is but he doesnt rate him

                                                                                                                      • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                                                                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                        1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                                                                        Possibly... maybe more likely Utd sign Prerisic with Martial funds

                                                                                                                    3. Aarono23
                                                                                                                        1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                                                                        52 with a failed Jesus Captain isnt too bad. Kaku and Eriksen left. Need Kane to keep quiet

                                                                                                                      • Beatle
                                                                                                                          1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                                                                          How did Cedric play yesterday? Offer much going forward??

                                                                                                                        • MH
                                                                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                          1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                                                                          What to do with PVA?

                                                                                                                          1. Differentiator
                                                                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                            1 month, 9 days ago

                                                                                                                            Need more evidence. Keep and play vs Pool