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The Promoted – Burnley

Having run the rule over Middlesbrough earlier this month, our assessment of the promoted clubs continues with a look at Championship winners Burnley.

After a lengthy three-horse race with both Middlesbrough and Brighton, the Clarets were able to seal promotion back to the top flight in their penultimate fixture against QPR, before claiming the title on the final day thanks to victory at relegated Charlton.

Sean Dyche will take his squad back into the Premier League at the first time of asking, then, having suffered relegation in 2014/15 with a 33-point total, just three points off bottom-placed QPR.

The Statistics

PWDLFAGDPCS
Total46261557235+379320
Home2315623814+245112
Away2311933421+13428

CS = Clean sheets

The statistics offer little argument against Burnley’s credentials as champions. Dyche’s attack was joint-top for goals scored (72) in the division, while the Clarets defence ranked second only to Middlesbrough’s robust rearguard: Burnley allowed just 35 goals and kept 20 clean sheets over the campaign.

Their away form was particularly significant. While they were strong at Turf Moor, Burnley netted more times than any other side on the road and allowed the fewest goals, recording eight clean sheets. It meant that Dyche’s side suffered just three defeats on their travels all season.

The overall pattern of Burnley’s results is of particular interest as it highlights their ability to achieve almost predictable results. The Clarets won all their matches home and away against sides who finished 18th or below. In clashes with the rest of the eventual top eight, however, they triumphed on just three encounters, drawing eight times and losing three.

It would appear that, in the bigger matches against stronger opponents, Dyche set up his side up to be hard to beat. Burnley failed to win any of their road trips against the top eight – a surprising statistic for the best away side in the division.

Nonetheless, the Clarets ended the season on a 23-match unbeaten run, setting a club record as Dyche’s well-drilled side sacrificed a degree of attacking style for a robust invincibility. Ultimately, it won them the title and promotion.

Now back in the Premier League, Dyche will continue to keep things tight at the back as Burnley maintain their results-driven approach.

The Manager

Taking the reins at Turf Moor back in October 2012, Dyche led the Lancashire outfit to an eleventh-placed finish in his first year at the helm.

Burnley were promoted to the top-flight as runners-up to Leicester in 2013/14 but lasted just one season, finishing nineteenth and scoring on just 28 occasions. Dyche’s men registered just 41.6% possession that year, an average better than only one other side.

Relegation to the Championship saw Dyche lose key players such as Danny Ings, Kieran Trippier and Jason Shackell last summer but the acquisition of record signing Andre Gray and free agent Joey Barton prove pivotal to their success.

Despite the drop down in division, Burnley continued to utilise a counter attacking style of play, combining Gray’s pace with the aerial prowess of strike partner Sam Vokes in a default 4-4-2 formation.

An average of 94 long balls per match was second only to Ipswich, with the Clarets’ 48.2% possession only eighteenth highest in last term’s Championship. It’s also worth noting that, in spite of ending the campaign as joint-top scorers, Burnley averaged just 11.9 shots per match – a tally better than just four other sides.

The Promoted Squad

Dyche used just 25 players throughout the campaign and the consistency of his starting lineup was cited as a key factor in their success.

The spine of the side is strong, with Tom Heaton a proven shot-stopper of great pedigree, playing in front of the blossoming central defensive talent that is Michael Keane.

While Barton’s departure to Rangers will leave a void in central midfield, Scott Arfield could offer a reliable and productive mainstay in that position if Dyche moves him off the left flank.

Meanwhile, up front, the Clarets have a potentially potent attacking duo in Vokes and Gray. That pair combine power and pace to great effect and have the ability and understanding to mirror the impact of Watford’s Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo, who claimed 13 and 16 Premier League goals last season.

Listed below are the players who made at least five appearances and are still currently with the club.

Tom Heaton (46 starts) – awarded the captaincy for the 2015/16 campaign, Heaton furthered his burgeoning reputation with another outstanding season which culminated in his first international cap in England’s friendly with Australia last month. The 30-year-old is arguably at the peak of his career and could prove to be a major attraction for Fantasy Football managers. Heaton was the second ranked keeper in the Fantasy Premier League despite Burnley’s relegation in 2014/15, earning ten clean sheets and registering 130 saves, including two spot-kicks. He’s sure to be a pivotal figure in his second Premier League season and if classified in the budget bracket as expected, he’s likely to be a prime target for our Gameweek 1 squads.

Matt Lowton (25 starts, 2 sub appearances, 1 goal, 3 assists) – snapped up from Aston Villa last summer, the right-back missed the start of the season through injury but nailed down a regular role from December onwards. Lowton offers limited attacking threat – managing just five attempts all season – though his tackles and interceptions could prove beneficial in Fantasy games that reward defensive actions.

Michael Keane (44 starts, 5 goals, 1 assist) – the departure of Shackell allowed the former Man United youth player the chance to cement a regular role in the heart of the back-four. Keane’s threat in and around the box saw him score on five occasions and produce an eye-catching 34 attempts on goal – an effort every 114 minutes is near-identical to Palace’s Scott Dann last year.

Ben Mee (46 starts, 2 goals, 1 assist) – started the season at left-back but was shifted into the heart of defence at the turn of the year and his partnership with Keane proved vital to Burnley’s unbeaten run. Mee just edges Keane for Clearances, Blocks and Interceptions, though offered less goal threat and fired 23 efforts, with a shot every 179 minutes. He’s also more likely to incur the referee’s wrath, having collected nine cautions to Keane’s three.

Stephen Ward (23 starts, 1 sub appearance, 1 goal, 4 assists) a peripheral figure at the beginning of the campaign, Mee’s winter move into central defence allowed the Irishman the chance to nail down the left-back berth. Although he offers more creative threat than fellow full-back Lowton, Ward fares poorly when compared to Keane and Mee for CBI and may struggle to earn our attention.

Tendayi Darikwa (21 starts, 1 goal, 1 assist) started the campaign as the first-choice right-back ahead of Lowton but the latter’s rise to prominence means the summer signing from Chesterfield faces a tough task to break into the first XI this time around. Given his side’s defensive displays over the final few months of 2015/16, it’s fair to say the Clarets boss will be reluctant to unnecessarily tinker.

Dean Marney (7 starts, 5 sub appearances, 2 assists) a peripheral figure over the course of last season, bench-warming duties seem the likeliest scenario as Dyche looks to strengthen in the centre of the park to compensate for Barton’s departure. The latter’s ball-winning presence will clearly need to be addressed – he made more successful tackles than any Burnley player.

Scott Arfield (46 starts, 8 goals, 6 assists) – the Scotsman fired a shot every 67 minutes from his role on the left, quicker than any of Dyche’s preferred midfield four. Arfield sat second for key passes and, having played a part in more goals than any Burnley midfielder, could be one to consider in the budget bracket when the player lists are announced next month.

David Jones (39 starts, 2 sub appearances, 1 goal, 7 assists) – number one for set-pieces and corners, the central midfielder supplied a key pass every 63 minutes, quicker than any team-mate. Jones offered little goal threat, though – an effort every 136.9 minutes is indicative of his reluctance to raid forward.

George Boyd (42 starts, 2 sub appearances, 5 goals, 5 assists) a cult favourite around these parts back in 2014/15, Boyd may struggle to catch the eye this time around – an average of 93.6 minutes per key pass and 71.6 minutes per attempt on goal was bettered by Arfield on the opposite flank on both accounts. The duo’s work-rate on the wing is crucial to Burnley’s style of play – Boyd and Arfield sat second and third for successful tackles across the Championship winning season. The right winger is second to Jones for free-kicks and has a share of corner duties.

Michael Kightly (12 starts, 6 sub appearances, 2 assists) a back-up option on the left who mainly earned his starts when Arfield was forced to cover in the middle. Providing Dyche buys an adequate replacement in the centre of the park, though, Kightly looks destined for a sub role at best.

Fredrik Ulvestad (1 start, 4 sub appearances, 1 assist) made his first start in the final fixture of Burnley’s 2014/15 Premier League campaign but has failed to cement a spot in Dyche’s plans. Was afforded just five outings in last term’s Championship and looks too far down the pecking order to be considered a potential replacement for the now-departed Barton.

Sam Vokes (39 starts, 4 sub appearances, 15 goals, 4 assists) restricted to just five starts in 2014/15 due to injury, the fit-again Vokes proved a vital part in sealing his side’s top-flight return. It’s fair to say that Burnley’s penchant for playing long balls relies on Vokes’ aerial abilities, with the frontman winning a massive 329 successful headers. Put into perspective, strike partner Gray won 14, whilst Troy Deeney’s 231 was first amongst forwards in last term’s top-flight. Vokes produced just 11 shots less than Gray and slightly edged his strike partner for key passes (40 to 34), though is likely to remain under the radar due to the latter’s more prolific displays.

Andre Gray (41 starts, 23 goals, 8 assists) – top scorer in last season’s Championship after bagging 23 goals in his debut year at Turf Moor. Gray’s shot every 31.3 minutes was quicker than any team-mate, whilst a total of eight assists underlines his Fantasy potential. Number one for spot-kicks, he could well prove this season’s star turn amongst the promoted sides’ attackers.

Rouwen Hennings (3 starts, 23 sub appearances) – joined from German outfit Karlsruhe last summer after finishing the 2014/15 campaign as top scorer in Bundesliga 2. Hennings has been restricted to role of impact sub due to the performances of Gray and Vokes and, injuries aside, that situation doesn’t look like changing any time soon. Nonetheless, he looks ahead of the like of Chris Long (1 start, 9 sub appearances), Lukas Jutkiewicz (3 starts, 2 sub appearances) and Ashley Barnes (1 start, 7 sub appearances) as Dyche’s go-to option up top in the latter stages.

Potential Targets

Whilst it’s fair to say that Dyche can be expected to strengthen his squad, the Burnley chief executive David Baldwin pleaded patience in the search for new faces. Pointing to last summer’s late arrivals as an example, Baldwin is reluctant to splash the cash just for the sake of it:

“At the end of the day it’s what is right for Burnley Football Club and it’s what is right to fit into Sean’s DNA. From our point of view, we’re very busy behind the scenes because it’s really important that we tee up and get really good knowledge on the players that we want to go after. It’s very much a case of making sure they fit in to a group, environment and culture that’s already here and established at the club. I feel confident with time and patience that will occur. One good illustration of that is last season, it’s fair to say that both Andre and Joey had a big impact on the season that we had, yet neither one of them was in the building by the second week of August. We certainly shouldn’t be hitting the panic button on July 1st, that’s for sure.”

Prior to any incoming deals, Dyche will have to fend off mounting interest in Michael Keane from champions Leicester. The Foxes have cash to burn after clinching the Premier League crown last term and have now tabled two bids for the defender with a £15m deal rejected earlier this week. Having featured for the King Power club on loan back in 2012/13, Keane has already worked with Claudio Ranieri’s assistant and head of recruitment Steve Walsh, who is determined to acquire the highly-rated centre-half. Keane’s possible departure would clearly have an effect on how we assess Dyche’s defence and clean sheet potential for the season ahead.

Sheffield Wednesday’s Tom Lees is a rumoured target should Keane depart. The centre-half bagged three goals and an assist last season and may well be considering his options after The Owls were beaten by Hull in the Play-Off final.

Central midfield is an obvious weakness and most of the current transfer rumours have focused on this area of the pitch. Growing reports have linked Dyche with a move for Charlie Adam as a result of Barton’s move to Rangers. The Scot has plenty of top-flight experience and racked up 192 points for Blackpool back in 2010/11 – he could also be handed dead-ball duties at Jones’ expense if he opts to make the move from Stoke, where he’s no more than a fringe player under Mark Hughes.

Brighton’s Dale Stephens bagged seven goals and five assists last term and is regarded as a favourite of Dyche’s, whilst elsewhere in the Championship, the likes of Henri Lansbury and Oliver Norwood are also targets. Third for interceptions in last year’s Championship, Norwood made more successful tackles than any midfielder in the Euro 2016 group stages and has the work-rate to make an immediate impact.

Palace’s Joe Ledley is also a reported target, though with five goals and two assists in the last three seasons, offers little attacking threat.

Burnley have also been eyeing up QPR winger Matty Phillips – another player with Premier League experience. His arrival could potentially allow Arfield to move inside and solve Dyche’s conundrum in the centre of the park.

Given Dyche’s consistency of selection over the course of 2015/16, it’d be a major surprise if he chopped and changed from one match to the next. Although he has plenty of cash to strengthen, the Burnley manager’s penchant for a settled side suggest that, barring one or two necessary additions, he’s likely to rely on the majority of last term’s regulars once again.

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

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  1. Winston.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 years, 15 hours ago

    A. Ozil and Gomez/Morata
    B. Kroos and Muller
    C. Ozil and Muller (by downgrading backline)
    Thanks.

  2. Liastro ⭐️
    • 7 Years
    3 years, 15 hours ago

    0.3m, WC not used. Thoughts on the following team.

    Neuer Hart
    Dier Hector Djourou Rami Meunier
    KDB Payet Perisic Ramsey Kroos
    Bale Lukaku Giroud

    1. Forza Papac
      • 3 Years
      3 years, 15 hours ago

      I'd replace Djourou with the likes of Walker (4.9). Ramsey and Kroos are your only real differentials, could probably be looking at getting another in.

  3. Stoichkov#8
    • 3 Years
    3 years, 15 hours ago

    RP. 0.5 M over budget. Who downgrade?
    Rui, DDG
    Dier, Rami, Munier, Chester, Howedes
    KDB, Perisic, Ramsey, Kroos, Payet
    Ronaldo, Giroud, Bale

    Maybe Kroos --> Nainggolan/Alli/Draxler
    All nailed right?

    1. Stuart_UK
      • 5 Years
      3 years, 15 hours ago

      Not keen on Patricio. Howedes a rotation risk. Giroud to Milik maybe, and have 0.5M to upgrade Howedes to Hector.

  4. sthelenslad92
    • 3 Years
    3 years, 15 hours ago

    A) GIacherini, Ozil, Ramsey, Blaszczykowski, Lukaku, Groud
    B) Strinic, Ozil, Ramsey, KDB, Lukaku, GIroud
    C) Walker, Kroos, Dzsudzsak, KDB, Ronaldo, Milik

    1. Forza Papac
      • 3 Years
      3 years, 15 hours ago

      B

  5. Forza Papac
    • 3 Years
    3 years, 15 hours ago

    BOTTOMED

    Gone for something relatively different. Thoughts?

    Neuer - Hennessy

    Rami - Glik - Meunier - Dier - Walker

    Fabregas - Payet - Rakitic - Hazard - Ozil

    Bale - Gomez - Eder

    4.0ITB

    1. Winston.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 years, 15 hours ago

      Upgrade Eder and Glik...and Walker to Hector.

    2. Pirlø's Pen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 years, 15 hours ago

      Front 3 bar Bale is pretty pants.

  6. NUFCAndrew
    • 3 Years
    3 years, 15 hours ago

    RMT Thanks guys! 0.9 ITB

    Neuer Hennesey

    Chester Rami Hector Dier Meunier

    Payet KDB Perisic Blaszczykowski Kroos

    Morata Bale Lukaku

    Should I swap out Blaszczykowski and/or Morata?

    1. A message to you Rudi
      • 3 Years
      3 years, 15 hours ago

      Awesome minus morata imo.

      Very nice

      1. NUFCAndrew
        • 3 Years
        3 years, 15 hours ago

        Who instead of Morata then?

    2. A message to you Rudi
      • 3 Years
      3 years, 15 hours ago

      Morata 》 Malik
      Blasz 》 Ozil

      ?

      1. NUFCAndrew
        • 3 Years
        3 years, 15 hours ago

        You recommend that over Morata & Blaszczykowski?

  7. A message to you Rudi
    • 3 Years
    3 years, 15 hours ago

    A.
    Hennesey{1}
    Jedrzjczyk{2} Munier{2} Hector{2}
    Perisic{1} Payet{2} Ozil{2} Ramsey{1}
    Muller{1} Bale{1} Kalinic{1}

    (Hart{3}, Rami{2}, KDB {2}, Walker{3}) *0.5m spare*

    Captains:
    1. Bale/Muller
    2. Payet/KDB
    3. Walker

    or

    B.
    Hennesey{1}
    Jedrzjczyk{2} Howedes{2} Hector{2}
    Perisic{1} Payet{2} Kroos{2} KDB{2}
    Milik{1} Bale{1} Ronaldo{1}

    (Hart{3}, Rami{2}, Dzsudzsak{2}, Walker{3})

    Captains:
    1. Bale/Ronaldo
    2. Payet/KDB
    3. Walker

    1. sthelenslad92
      • 3 Years
      3 years, 15 hours ago

      B, 1.

    2. NUFCAndrew
      • 3 Years
      3 years, 15 hours ago

      B

    3. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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      • 10 Years
      3 years, 15 hours ago

      Muller is a 2

      1. A message to you Rudi
        • 3 Years
        3 years, 15 hours ago

        Ooops.

        Which one Torres?

        1. TorresMagic™
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          • 10 Years
          3 years, 15 hours ago

          Will Howedes start?

          1. A message to you Rudi
            • 3 Years
            3 years, 15 hours ago

            Im not so sure.. feel like i need double germany def tho 🙁

  8. SeantheYank
    • 3 Years
    3 years, 15 hours ago

    Thoughts:

    Fabianski (1)/ Courtois (2)

    Jedrzejzcyk (1)/ Boateng (2)/ Hector (2)/ Meunier (2)/ Koscielny (2)

    KDB (2)/ Vieirinha (1)/ Payet (2)/ Ramsey (1)/ Kroos (2)

    Bale (1)/ Lukaku (2)/ Morata (3)

    I've got 0.2 available, and also got my wild card going forward. Was thinking of switching Courtois out for Neuer, but I'm thinking both get clean sheets this round and I'd rather have Courtois vs Wales than Neuer vs Spain/Italy. Would like to add a 3rd day defender/mid as well.

  9. Stuart_UK
    • 5 Years
    3 years, 15 hours ago

    De Gea, Hennessey
    Hector, Rami, Dier, Jedrzejczyk, Meunier
    KDB, Payet, Ozil, Perisic, Ramsey
    Bale, Muller, Milik.

    Wildcard intact. Template team overall I'm guessing?

    My team is currently 0.3M over budget, any suggestions? Thought about Ozil > Kroos but I'm not keen on that after seeing Kroos playing so deep.

    1. Tommytour
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 years, 15 hours ago

      Kroos to Alli perfect last day sub

  10. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 years, 15 hours ago

    Should I pick either

    A Ronaldo/ Kroos
    B Ronaldo/Fabregas
    C Bale/Ozil

    Other strikers Morata and Giroud
    Rest of midfield KDB, Perisic,Ramsay, Payet

    1. Madderegern
      • 5 Years
      3 years, 15 hours ago

      B... Fabregas looking sharp

  11. Madderegern
    • 5 Years
    3 years, 15 hours ago

    This with no WC - too risky with Croatia and Spain?

    Neuer / DDG
    Jaun Fran / Hector / Meunier / Srna / Rami
    Fab / Kroos / Payet / Perisic / Rakitic
    Muller / Morata / Bale

    1. Tommytour
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 years, 15 hours ago

      Got to take risks at this point and yours are calculated

    2. Slouch87
      • 3 Years
      3 years, 15 hours ago

      Same boat as you and I have 4 x Spain & 3 x Croatia. Gambling is more fun , either way the results are spectacular.

      1. Madderegern
        • 5 Years
        3 years, 15 hours ago

        Hehe... Im 20 points ahead in my mini-league for a 6-pack...
        Could spread my eggs more...so to say...

  12. sthelenslad92
    • 3 Years
    3 years, 15 hours ago

    A) Lukaku
    B) Gomez
    C) Milik

    Gomez or Milik would allow me to upgrade Strinic.

  13. Hurricane Gilbert
    • 3 Years
    3 years, 15 hours ago

    What strategy do you think is the most optimal in the knock out stages?
    Primarily I think it's important to load up on players that you think will score well, and secondly it's important to get players from teams that you think will advance.

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      3 years, 15 hours ago

      If the players score well, they probably advance 🙂

    2. Spencer - American Dycho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 7 Years
      3 years, 15 hours ago

      Agree. Get the players that score well and the ones that advance. Almost certain to do well then. 😉

    3. Slouch87
      • 3 Years
      3 years, 15 hours ago

      Gamble on which teams you think will progress.

  14. Tmel
    • 8 Years
    3 years, 15 hours ago

    For Ro16 only, how would you rank the following in terms of clean sheet likelihood?

    1) Germany
    2) England
    3) Poland

    1. Big Sum
      • 8 Years
      3 years, 15 hours ago

      1) Germany
      2) England
      3) Poland

    2. Madderegern
      • 5 Years
      3 years, 15 hours ago

      Germany
      Poland
      England

    3. SweepaKeepa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 years, 14 hours ago

      As you have it.

  15. GoBelgium
    • 3 Years
    3 years, 15 hours ago

    Is Kalinic nailed? After the last game he should be starting right?

    1. Dušan Citizen SPC Ch…
      • 5 Years
      3 years, 15 hours ago

      Mandzukic will start, but Kalinic will possible be moved to the wing.

      1. Big Sum
        • 8 Years
        3 years, 15 hours ago

        that means brozovic is out?

        1. Dušan Citizen SPC Ch…
          • 5 Years
          3 years, 15 hours ago

          --------Modric----Brozovic------
          Perisic-----Rakitic-------Kalinic
          -------------Mandzukic------------

          1. Big Sum
            • 8 Years
            3 years, 15 hours ago

            damn. I have brozovic in my team. I don't think I want him as a CM

  16. Spencer - American Dycho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 7 Years
    3 years, 15 hours ago

    Evening guys,

    Just wondering how you're all finding the Euros? Not necessarily from a fantasy perspective, but more from a pure footballing one.

    I'll be honest and say that I haven't managed to watch much of it, but what I have seen has been pretty entertaining.

    1. andy85wsm
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      • 8 Years
      3 years, 15 hours ago

      Have enjoyed it so far, been some good goals, some good matches.

      Not enjoyed watching England mind you

      1. Spencer - American Dycho
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        • 7 Years
        3 years, 15 hours ago

        England will come good now!

    2. sinik
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 years, 15 hours ago

      I've enjoyed it. Have found that the new format allows for the minnows to be taken seriously and also makes the third groupstage matchday still relevant as topping a group can have a larger 'prize' than before.

      1. Spencer - American Dycho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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        • 7 Years
        3 years, 15 hours ago

        The minnows have played a lot of good stuff.

        1. sinik
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 years, 15 hours ago

          Agreed, they've proven they won't roll over and go at teams, no matter their 'stature'.

    3. JÆKS ⭐
      • 4 Years
      3 years, 15 hours ago

      Hmm not sure, watched all of the games so far I think and find it a bit boring from time to time, compared to Copa America or the WC or even previous EC. Very surprised by Hungary, great team to watch, that game against Portugal was superb. A bit dissapointed in England and Belgium so far.

      Hoping from now on, team will play more attacking and we (Belgium) will get far in this tournament 😀

      1. Camp No No
        • 5 Years
        3 years, 15 hours ago

        I fear you will. 🙁 Fear, because I'd like to see this Belgium team to unleash its potential, play some fantastic attacking football that it could, and win gold.

        Looking at the knockout tree I fear Belgium really end up letting Wilmots ruin the best years of what is probably the best generation of players in his nation's history. I'm quite sure that if he manages to beat Hungary and Wales/NIR (btw, Belgium didn't score a goal against Wales in 2 qualifier matches, did they?), he'll be rewarded for a good progress of making it to the semis, even if he still has lost every competitive match against a big nation. After 2018, chances are that this generations winning window is closed. Maybe 2020 the last chance saloon if Wilmots is sacked 2018.

        1. Camp No No
          • 5 Years
          3 years, 15 hours ago

          A similar case of "good" results fooling the football federation to keep an inept coach was already affirmed when Vrba was announced to remain in charge for the World Cup 2018. There were hopes when Czechs were eliminated that easily with three awful performances, but apparently the bloody obvious didn't catch Pelta's eye after Vrba somehow managed to claim the credit for the Croatia draw and blame his _players_ for slacking.

          Fortunately the current generation is not amazing, and the upcoming generation will still be young after 2 years, so the damage is not as great as in Wilmots' case. However, the group that Czechs have in World Cup qualification would definitely be doable with a decent coach.

    4. Slouch87
      • 3 Years
      3 years, 15 hours ago

      Enjoyed it a great deal . England have been pretty sterile but the team spirit and the fans of both Irish teams and Wales has been great to see.

  17. sinik
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 years, 15 hours ago

    thoughts fellas? 3.5m to spare, no WC available

    Henn - DDG
    Dier - Hector - Pazdan - Meunier - Rami
    Hazard - Ramsey - Kroos - Payet - Perisic
    Bale - Nani - Morata

    1. Madderegern
      • 5 Years
      3 years, 15 hours ago

      Nani = no go for me....100 % no go.

      1. sinik
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 years, 15 hours ago

        Care to explain? Cheap and always threatening, finds himself regularly in the box getting service from Ronaldo.

        1. SweepaKeepa
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 years, 14 hours ago

          Agreed. I have him for the same reasons.

    2. DAN DARE
      • 5 Years
      3 years, 15 hours ago

      Maybe Muller and Giroud for Nani and Morata. For the fixtures if nothing else

  18. GoBelgium
    • 3 Years
    3 years, 15 hours ago

    Hazard + Alli + Milik

    OR

    De Bruyne + Kroos + Kallinic

    I have WC

    1. Tommytour
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 years, 15 hours ago

      Top option

  19. Tommytour
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 years, 15 hours ago

    Do transfers carry over in the knock outs?

    1. Madderegern
      • 5 Years
      3 years, 15 hours ago

      Id like to know too....

    2. Karan14
      • 3 Years
      3 years, 15 hours ago

      No free transfer can be carried forward once the knockoutstage begins.

  20. Karan14
    • 3 Years
    3 years, 15 hours ago

    Most likely to be final team. No wildcard. What do you think guys well balanced?

    Hennessy
    Glik - Rami - Hector
    Payet - Ramsey - Perisic - Rakitic - KDB
    Bale - Mueller

    Neur - Vardy - Dier - Meunier

    1. Spencer - American Dycho
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      • 7 Years
      3 years, 15 hours ago

      Looks pretty decent to me.

  21. sthelenslad92
    • 3 Years
    3 years, 15 hours ago

    A)
    Neuer - Hennessey
    Rami - Hector - Meurnier - Jędrzejczyk - Strinic
    KDB - Ramsey - Ozil - Payet - Perisic
    Bale - Giroud - Lukaku

    To upgrade Strinic I can either:
    1) change Ozil to Kroos
    2) change Giroud to Milik
    3) change Lukaku to Gomez

    B)
    Neuer - Hennessey
    Rami - Hector - Meurnier - Jędrzejczyk - Walker
    KDB - Dzsudzsak - Kroos - Payet - Perisic
    Bale - Ronaldo - Milik

  22. BB-8
    • 3 Years
    3 years, 15 hours ago

    Which one?
    A. Giacherrini, Dzsudzsak, Gomez
    B. Meunier, Ramsey, Milik

    McGovern, De gea
    Hector, Dier, Rami, Jerdzejczyk, X
    KDB, Perisic, Payet, Kroos, X
    Ronaldo, Bale, X

  23. Karan14
    • 3 Years
    3 years, 15 hours ago

    B for sure.

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  25. NUFCAndrew
    • 3 Years
    3 years, 15 hours ago

    A: Milik & Ozil
    B: Morata & Blaszczykowski

    1. sthelenslad92
      • 3 Years
      3 years, 15 hours ago

      A)

    2. Karan14
      • 3 Years
      3 years, 15 hours ago

      A

  26. Forza Papac
    • 3 Years
    3 years, 15 hours ago

    Whats the option in Italy's midfield?

    1. Camp No No
      • 5 Years
      3 years, 15 hours ago

      Candreva or nothing.

      • 3 Years
      3 years, 15 hours ago

      Giaccherini 😉

      1. Camp No No
        • 5 Years
        3 years, 15 hours ago

        ....is a defender. 😉

          • 3 Years
          3 years, 15 hours ago

          Which is even better, isn't it? 😀

          1. Camp No No
            • 5 Years
            3 years, 15 hours ago

            Of course, but he asked for midfield options.

              • 3 Years
              3 years, 15 hours ago

              Or she.

  27. sthelenslad92
    • 3 Years
    3 years, 15 hours ago

    A) DDG, McGovern & Ramsey
    B) Neuer, Hennessey & Dzsudzsak

  28. Stoichkov#8
    • 3 Years
    3 years, 15 hours ago

    Ramsey or Perisic?

  29. What's a Morata
    • 3 Years
    3 years, 12 hours ago

    A - MEUNIER / HART
    B - STRINIC / LORIS

    A OR B?

  30. GoBelgium
    • 3 Years
    3 years, 7 hours ago

    Hey. Bit new to fantasy here. When and how do you you a WC? Thanks.