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Line-up Lessons – Gameweek 30 – Part Two

Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus return for Man City’s win over Stoke City as Sergio Aguero misses out through injury.

Son Heung-min profits from a move up front thanks to Harry Kane’s early withdrawal at Bournemouth. Meanwhile, Marcus Rashford steers Manchester United to a home win over Liverpool in his first start since Gameweek 20.

After checking out the first ten teams yesterday, we turn to part two of Line-up Lessons, assessing the teamsheets and formations from Gameweek 30, with one eye on what’s to come over the midweek European encounters, weekend league and cup matches, and beyond.

Manchester City

Starting XI: Ederson; Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Zinchenko; Fernandinho, D Silva, De Bruyne; Sterling (B Silva 85), Jesus (Gundogan 90), Sane. Subs not used: Bravo, Danilo, Laporte, Stones, Toure.

  • What we saw: Raheem Sterling and Fernandinho both returned from injury for the trip to Stoke City, while Gabriel Jesus started in place of the injured Sergio Aguero. The Brazilian played as the central striker in the usual 4-3-3 system, with Sterling stationed on the right of the front three. Fernandinho returned in his usual defensive midfield role, while the other change saw Vincent Kompany replace Aymeric Laporte in central defence.
  • What we learned: City now face an extended break, with their next match seeing them travel to Everton in Gameweek 32. They will then play the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final on either the Tuesday or Wednesday that follows before playing Manchester United on Saturday April 7 in a match when they can potentially secure the title. The Toffees match-up could be a potential hot spot for rotation, then, with the likes of Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva pushing for starts at Goodison Park. Aguero is likely to remain doubtful for Gameweek 32, so Gabriel Jesus may retain his start in attack. Fabian Delph should be available and vie with Oleksandr Zinchenko or Danilo at left-back, though Benjamin Mendy is back in training and could even be considered for minutes by that point. Laporte and John Stones remain viable alternatives in central defence.

Current Status: Unsettled
Risk Areas: Central defenders, left-back, central midfield, flanks, central striker

Manchester United

Starting XI: De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Smalling, Young; Matic, McTominay; Mata (Lingard 88), Sanchez (Darmian 90), Rashford (Fellaini 70); Lukaku. Subs not used: Romero, Shaw, Lindelof, Carrick.

  • What we saw: Paul Pogba missed the home meeting with Liverpool due to a knock, so Jose Mourinho switched to a 4-2-3-1 formation. Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford were handed recalls on the right and left of the attacking midfield trio respectively, while Alexis Sanchez was used as a support striker. The other change saw Eric Bailly recalled in central defence at the expense of Victor Lindelof. The introduction of Marouane Fellaini for Rashford saw Mourinho switch to a 4-3-3, with Sanchez moving to the left of the front three. The Chilean made way for defender Matteo Darmian late on as Mourinho looked to ensure that his side preserved their 2-1 lead.
  • What we learned: The performance of Bailly on his return to the side, apart from his own goal, should ensure he returns as the first choice centre-back moving into the final months of the campaign. United face Sevilla in the Champions League tonight before facing Brighton in the FA Cup on Saturday. Their next league encounter is a home clash against Swansea City on March 31. Anthony Martial is fit to return in tonight’s tie, while although Pogba is still a slight doubt, he is expected to be in contention by the time Gameweek 32 comes around. With Fellaini back and Ander Herrera (muscle problem) also close to a return, Mourinho suddenly looks to have a wealth of options available to him. Defenders Phil Jones, Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo could also be close to first-team returns. It is worth noting the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals take place in the week following the Swansea fixture, so that match may be a potential hot spot for rotation should United progress past Sevilla.

Current Status: Slightly Unsettled
Risk Areas: Central midfield, flanks

Newcastle United

Starting XI: Dubravka; Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett; Ritchie, Shelvey (Merino 82), Diame, Kenedy (Atsu 78); Perez; Gayle (Joselu 69). Subs not used: Darlow, Clark, Murphy, Manquillo.

  • What we saw: Rafa Benitez reverted back to a 4-4-1-1 formation after experimenting with a three-man defence in the 2-0 defeat to Liverpool. Paul Dummett returned to left-back, while Kenedy was stationed on the left side of midfield. Jonjo Shelvey started in the middle of the park following a knee injury, while Matt Ritchie and Ayoze Perez were handed recalls on the right wing and in the support striker role respectively.
  • What we learned: Following the impressive 3-0 win, Benitez is expected to name a similar starting XI for Newcastle’s next match at home to Huddersfield Town in Gameweek 32. Mikel Merino and Christian Atsu are the main alternatives in central midfield and out wide, while Joselu provides cover in attack. The next few weeks should allow Islam Slimani the chance to fully recover from a thigh injury, and he could finally make his Newcastle debut either against the Terriers or in the matches that follow.

Current Status: Very Settled
Risk Areas: None

Southampton

Starting XI: McCarthy; Cedric Soares, Stephens, Hoedt, Bertrand; Hojbjerg, Lemina (Sims 46); Ward-Prowse, Tadic (Long 46), Redmond; Carrillo (Gabbiadini 66). Subs not used: Forster, Romeu, Boufal, Bednarek.

  • What we saw: Mauricio Pellegrino again rolled out his favoured 4-2-3-1 formation for the trip to Newcastle, although he did make a couple of personnel changes following the goalless draw with Stoke City. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg was preferred to Oriol Romeu at the base of midfield, while James Ward-Prowse was recalled on the right of the attacking midfield trio in place of Josh Sims. But with his side trailing 2-0 at half-time, Pellegrino decided to bring on Sims and Shane Long at half-time, switching to a 4-4-2 system. Sims played on the right side of midfield, seeing Ward-Prowse join Mario Lemina in the middle of the park, while Long partnered Guido Carrillo, and, latterly, fellow substitute Manolo Gabbiadini up front.
  • What we learned: The Saints face a trip to Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup quarter-finals this weekend, before travelling to take on West Ham United in a crucial league meeting in Gameweek 32. After Pellegrino was dismissed on Monday night, several players who were out of favour are now likely to have more of a chance to get back into the side. Certainly, after failing to find the back of the net once again last weekend, changes are likely in the attacking positions. Long and Gabbiadini should push for roles up front, with Carrillo’s start under threat, though Charlie Austin (hamstring) is more likely to return later next month. Sims and Sofiane Boufal are viable alternatives on the flanks, while Romeu may come into contention for a recall in central midfield. The change of manager could also see Fraser Forster to return in goal in place of Alex McCarthy.

Current Status: Very Unsettled
Risk Areas: All Positions

Stoke City

Starting XI: Butland; Bauer, Zouma, Martins Indi, Stafylidis; Ndiaye, Cameron (Sobhi 88), Allen; Shaqiri, Jese Rodriguez (Crouch 63), Choupo-Moting. Subs not used: Haugaard, Johnson, Adam, Shawcross, Fletcher.

  • What we saw: Paul Lambert was forced into making one change for the visit of Manchester City to the bet365 Stadium, with Jese Rodriguez his choice to replace the injured Mame Biram Diouf. The Spaniard started as the lone striker in the 4-1-4-1 system, with Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting remaining on the left wing. The Potters boss switched to a 4-2-3-1 late on, with substitute Ramadan Sobhi joining Choupo-Moting and Xherdan Shaqiri in the attacking midfield berths.
  • What we learned: Stoke face a quick turnaround, with a home clash against Everton looming on Saturday. Lambert has favoured a settled starting XI, and is unlikely to make too many changes this weekend. Crouch is an option to replace Jese as the lone striker, with Choupo-Moting another alternative, which would potentially allow Sobhi to start on the left side of midfield. Darren Fletcher, Ryan Shawcross and Erik Pieters have been out of favour of late, but if Lambert wants to freshen up his side, they could challenge for starts in place of Geoff Cameron, Bruno Martins Indi and Konstantinos Stafylidis respectively.

Current Status: Settled
Risk Areas: Left wing, lone striker

Swansea City

Starting XI: Fabianski; Naughton, van der Hoorn, Fernandez, Mawson, Olsson; Ki Sung-yueng (Carroll 89), King; Clucas; J Ayew, A Ayew (Abraham 73). Subs not used: Nordfeldt, Narsingh, Dyer, Bartley, Roberts.

  • What we saw: Carlos Carvalhal stuck with the same starting XI that beat West Ham United 4-1 for the trip to Huddersfield Town. They lined up in more of a 5-4-1 formation, though, which became a 5-3-1 following the sending off of Jordan Ayew. Ki Sung-yueng moved across slightly to cover the right side of midfield, while Andre Ayew played as a deep-lying forward.
  • What we learned: The Swans face Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup quarter-finals this weekend, before travelling to Man United in their next league encounter in Gameweek 32. Without the suspended Jordan Ayew, brother Andre could start as the lone striker in a 5-4-1, with Nathan Dyer coming in on the right side of midfield. Alternatively, Andre Ayew could continue in a deeper role, with Tammy Abraham operating as the lone forward. Other changes appear unlikely, although Renato Sanches (hamstring) may have an outside chance of being able to return among the substitutes at Old Trafford.

Current Status: Settled
Risk Areas: Right wing, lone striker

Tottenham Hotspur

Starting XI: Lloris; Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Rose (Trippier 80); Wanyama, Dembele; Eriksen, Alli (Sissoko 85), Son Heung-min; Kane (Lamela 34). Subs not used: Vorm, Dier, Llorente, Lucas Moura.

  • What we saw: Mauricio Pochettino handed starts to Danny Rose and Victor Wanyama at left-back and in central midfield respectively against Bournemouth on Sunday. Ben Davies was rested due to fatigue, while Eric Dier dropped to the bench having been an injury concern pre-match due to an elbow injury suffered against Juventus last week. Son Heung-min retained his start on the left of the attacking midfield trio at the expense of Erik Lamela. But after Harry Kane suffered an ankle injury during the first half, Pochettino switched to a 4-3-2-1 system. Christian Eriksen dropped back into central midfield, while Son played as the lone striker, with Dele Alli and substitute Lamela occupied central attacking midfield roles. Rose was struggling with fatigue towards the end of the match and was replaced by Kieran Tripper. The former Burnley player was stationed at right-back, while Serge Aurier moved across to left-back. Alli was withdrawn late on after picking up a knock, with Moussa Sissoko brought on in his place.
  • What we learned: Spurs now travel to Swansea in the FA Cup on Saturday, before heading to Chelsea for their next league match in Gameweek 32. Confirmation regarding the severity of Kane’s ankle injury should come over the next few days, but he is certainly an early doubt for the clash at Stamford Bridge. Should he be ruled out, Pochettino could again field Son as the lone striker, with Lamela and Alli, providing he’s fit as expected, in advanced midfield roles in a 4-3-2-1. Fernando Llorente provides a different option in attack. Dier will likely return in place of Wanyama in central midfield, while Davies should start at left-back ahead of Rose. Aurier’s performance against the Cherries means he may get the nod over Trippier at right-back. The next few weeks should allow Toby Alderweireld the chance to return to full fitness, but he might have to be patient for his opportunity to start in central defence.

Current Status: Unsettled
Risk Areas: Full-backs, central defenders, central midfield, attacking midfield, lone striker

Watford

Starting XI: Karnezis; Janmaat (Britos 80), Prodl, Mariappa, Holebas; Femenia (Hughes 63), Doucoure, Capoue, Pereyra (Okaka 67); Richarlison, Deeney. Subs not used: Sinclair, Gray, Carrillo, Bachmann.

  • What we saw: Hornets head coach Javi Gracia made one change for the trip to Arsenal, with Kiko Femenia recovering from illness to start in a slightly unfamiliar role on the right of the attacking midfield trio in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Richarlison moved into the No 10 berth, seeing Roberto Pereyra operate on the left flank. Then, after falling 2-0 behind, Gracia brought on Stefano Okaka, who joined Troy Deeney up front in a 4-4-2, with Richarlison moving back out to the left wing, while substitute Will Hughes was stationed on the right side of midfield.
  • What we learned: Up next for Watford is a daunting trip to Anfield in Gameweek 31. It’s likely that Gracia could stick with Femenia in an attacking role on the right given the extra protection he can provide in front of right-back Daryl Janmaat. Miguel Britos offers cover in central defence and is another option should Gracia move to a three-man backline. Meanwhile, Hughes offers an alternative in the attacking midfield spots. But given the limited options available to the Watford boss, there aren’t expected to be many changes unless any of the injured contingent are ready to return.

Current Status: Settled
Risk Areas: Central defenders, right wing

West Bromwich Albion

Starting XI: Foster; Nyom, Dawson, Hegazi, Gibbs; Livermore; Burke (Robson-Kanu 83), Krychowiak (Field 59), Brunt, Phillips (Rodriguez 70); Rondon. Subs not used: Myhill, Yacob, McClean, McAuley.

  • What we saw: Alan Pardew used more of a 4-1-4-1 formation for the home encounter against Leicester City, with Jake Livermore stationed in the defensive midfield role. Oliver Burke was handed a rare start on the right side on midfield, while with Jonny Evans missing out due to illness, Allan Nyom returned in the back four. Nyom played at right-back, seeing Craig Dawson move into central defence. Albion ended the match in more of a 4-3-3, with substitutes Jay Rodriguez and Hal Robson-Kanu combining with Rondon in attack, while Sam Field joined Chris Brunt and Livermore in a three-man midfield.
  • What we learned: Pardew will hope to have Evans available for Saturday’s trip to Bournemouth, with Nyom expected to drop to the bench should the Northern Ireland international return. Grzegorz Krychowiak’s start looks under threat after his reaction to his withdrawal at the weekend, so Field may come into contention, with Gareth Barry another option providing he recovers from a knock. A formation change to a more attacking 4-4-2 or 4-2-3-1 would make Rodriguez and Robson-Kanu possible starters.

Current Status: Slightly Unsettled
Risk Areas: Defence, central midfield, flanks, forwards

West Ham United

Starting XI: Hart; Zabaleta, Collins, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Antonio; Kouyate, Noble; Joao Mario (Chicharito 71), Lanzini; Arnautovic. Subs not used: Adrian, Hugill, Evra, Cullen, Rice, Browne.

  • What we saw: David Moyes opted for a 3-4-2-1 formation for the visit of Burnley to the London Stadium, using Marko Arnautovic as the lone striker. Joao Mario was handed a recall in the attacking midfield spots, while Michail Antonio replaced Patrice Evra at left wing-back. Angelo Ogbonna and James Collins both returned in central defence after missing the 4-1 defeat to Swansea, while Joe Hart was recalled in goal at the expense of Adrian. After falling 2-0 behind, Moyes made his only substitution of the match, bringing on Chicharito for Joao Mario. The Mexican joined Arnautovic up front, with Manuel Lanzini taking up the No 10 role in a 3-4-1-2 system.
  • What we learned: Without a fixture in Gameweek 31, West Ham’s next match sees them entertain Southampton after the international break. Unless any of the injured players are ready to return, Moyes doesn’t look to have a great number of options available to him, particularly if he sticks with a three-man backline. Chicharito and Arthur Masuaku, who is available again after completing his six-match ban, are the players who could come back into the side. Masuaku could return at left wing-back, allowing Antonio to play in a more advanced role. Chicharito is the other attacking option, with Joao Mario the player most likely to drop to the bench. If the Hammers boss considers using a four-man defence, Cresswell or Masuaku would provide the two options at left-back, allowing Antonio to play further forward. Hart was at fault for Burnley’s third goal but, after making the decision to switch, Moyes may hand the England stopper a chance to redeem himself against Saints.

Current Status: Fairly Settled
Risk Areas: Goalkeeper, left wing-back, attacking midfield, forward

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  1. speedyboyzz
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    Final striker
    A)Benteke
    B)Mounie

    1. Legomane
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      mou

      1. Legomane
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        but i'd have tosun and king ahead of both

        1. speedyboyzz
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 12 days ago

          Have Bobby and Wilson. Getting Stanislas,that rules out King. And have Walcott,don't want to double up on Everton.

        2. Elly88 > Jammy Fox 33-37
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 12 days ago

          Tosun, scored in the last two

    2. DJ1000
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Mounie for me. Had the most shots in last 4

  2. Legomane
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    Thoughts much appreciated 🙂
    Planning to WC33, 2FT 0.2 ITB
    _
    A. Kane > Firmino and:
    1. Alonso > Coleman/Baines
    2. Eriksen > Zaha or Stanislas
    3. Eriksen RLC > Zaha Stanislas (-4)
    [Aguero Wilson > Lukaku Aubameyang (-4) GW32]
    _
    B. Kane Aguero RLC Ogbonna
    > Firmino King Zaha Baines (-8)
    [Wilson > Auba GW32]
    _
    [Pope Elliot]
    VVD Schindler [Alonso Chilwell Ogbonna]
    Salah Milivojevic RLC* [Eriksen Son]
    Wilson [Kane Aguero]

    1. speedyboyzz
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      A3

    2. J - Gimme your Mané …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      B 😎

    3. BigBarn
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 12 days ago

      If you're definitely WCing in 33, I think you have to stay away from Everton defenders.

  3. HD7
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 12 days ago

    Kane and Siggy updates please

    1. Syd.
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      BRB

    2. potatoace
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Kane: still to much swelling hoping to scan tomorrow

    3. The Wise Owl
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Siggy is apparently out for the season

      1. potatoace
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        I think that's still speculation.
        But probably turn out true

  4. BAMBAA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 12 days ago

    Which Spurs def(s) are you looking into for doubles?

    1. Stimps
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      None for me

    2. Syd.
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Vert

      1. BAMBAA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 12 days ago

        I think he is the only one that would be even close to nailed? But I don't see enough value for the price..

    3. Holmes
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      None, meh fixtures... Maybe for 2nd DGW

    4. potatoace
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      None

    5. Karan14 - (CWT Balegium)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      None till the first double.

  5. Pierce34
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    UCL Fantasy - after Mane and Kane fails, this is take 3 at getting my captain right. Tonight's options aren't exactly inspiring: Ben Yedder (at Man U), Banega (same), and Perotti (home vs. Shakhtar). Any opinions? I have no idea personally!

    1. FULHAM 4 LIFE
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      as long as you have the safety net of Messi tomorrow it doesn't really matter imo. Perotti for me out of that lot though

      1. Pierce34
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Yes, you'd think a serious team would have Messi, wouldn't you? I wish I had an explanation like 'I was too busy and hit auto-fill' but I honestly don't know what I was thinking going Messi-less for this round! 😀

        In my defence, having Neymar instead of Messi was a good move for the group stages.

        1. J T
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 12 days ago

          Messi won’t get much tomorrow boys ;D

          Hazard(C)

          1. Pierce34
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 12 days ago

            Irrelevant as I don't have Messi 😆 To be honest Hazard would be a much better option than any of my remaining players.

            1. J T
              • 1 Year
              6 months, 12 days ago

              Haha I hope so but if I’m honest I don’t expect much 😀

      2. Pierce34
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        And thanks btw - will go for Perotti. If that fails too, my 'safety nets' if you can call them that are Robben (who will have nothing to play for and may be rested), Tosic, Talisca (both vs. Bayern!) and (gulp) Zappacosta.

  6. fridge
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    Not including any Liverpool, which players do people think are worth a -2?

    1. potatoace
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Maybe Shaq and Stan

    2. drughi
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      the ones that will score or assist or get a cs

    3. Karan14 - (CWT Balegium)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Shaqiri & Stanislas. Maybe Zaha.

    4. yemzinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Shaqiri, Stanislas, Wilson and Mounie

  7. Karan14 - (CWT Balegium)
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    King or Mounie?

    1. drughi
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      the moon

      1. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        +1

    2. speedyboyzz
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      King

  8. wellies
    6 months, 12 days ago

    de dea/hennessy
    otamendi dunk hegazi kenny Davies
    eriksen salah Sterling Ibe RLC
    Kane ayew firmino
    2ft and 0.2 itb
    all chips still in tact. what would you all suggest as to when to play them or changes to squad?

    1. badgerboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2018/01/30/navigating-the-blanks-and-doubles/

      Read this article. That should give you some ideas.

  9. DeadStar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    For the last double game week FPL made changes to the price system which stopped the DGW options rapidly rising. I remember owning 6 DGW players that didn't really increase in price much despite being the most transferred in. Will be interesting to see if they do something similar this week. Maybe some players with blanks won't drop as much too?

    1. potatoace
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Wish they would put a stop to those trasfering in players that don't have a game. Son already risen. Aub next. So irritating

      1. The Wise Owl
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Unfortunately it won't happen

        1. potatoace
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 12 days ago

          I know. They could at least build in a "Are you sure" primer into the program for the week. Something along the lines of..
          " listen moron, you do realise the guy youre selecting hasn't got a game this week"

          1. Magic Bean
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 12 days ago

            Let them buy players that aren't playing. Our advantage

            1. BigBarn
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              6 months, 12 days ago

              It's quite possible they're buying them now, thinking they can then FH and keep them after this GW. Still amazed at the number of people who've found their way to this site who are still asking that question. I think if your OR is 'under-par' for the season you could be about to see a very healthy jump over the next few weeks.

  10. Elly88 > Jammy Fox 33-37
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    Ramsey and Ayew to Shaqiri and Tosun today (I have exact funds). Yay or nay?

    1. Pras United
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Wait for Friday pressers at least. If you are priced out there are other options eg. Stanislas / King / Mounie

      1. Elly88 > Jammy Fox 33-37
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        The problem with Mounie is that his team does not score goals a lot

        1. ThisTimeNxtYrRodney
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 12 days ago

          He doesn't play palace every week though. His chances are plenty but I agree he needs to convert them. I'm backing him for gw31.

  11. pjomara
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    Have Salah, Son, Sterling and Mahrez in mid.
    I got Son and Mahrez recently and Sterling and Salah ages ago.
    Who should I transfer out (won't be getting them back in for GW32)?

    1. Pras United
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Do you have a WC left?

      1. pjomara
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        yip for gw33 prob

    2. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Sonaldinho

      1. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Or play FH

    3. JohnnyMagrinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 12 days ago

      I think Son is class I really do, but looking at fixtures for the next couple of weeks (let's face it they're all as good as each other regarding PPM and form, goals scored and assists etc...) I'd have to say to get rid of him.

      I'd say either him or Mahrez. Leicester do have really nice fixtures though, so I don't know.

      It's a tricky one because they're all so similar, but I suppose you'd have to think who is more likely to play more games and what will those games be.

      Sterling and Salah are just too good to take out (8.05 and 9.32 points per 90 minutes respectively) in my opinion.

      1. Are you Surman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Sterling playtime is still a BIG (?) with champions league left and nothing to play for in the league when they have almost won.

        1. BigBarn
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 12 days ago

          Having kept him, I know really don't know what to do with Sterling. He has Everton next and you'd assume he'll start but, yeah, after that he either has very tough fixtures or is a rotation risk. Think I'll keep him through 31 just for that Everton game and then reasess.

          1. Eoin Jess
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 12 days ago

            I reckon that you're overthinking it. Easy to do with this game. Sterling is fit,he started the last game and he's fantasy gold. No brainer for me until he's rested

        2. JohnnyMagrinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 12 days ago

          Thing is, both Sterling and Son haven't played a load of minutes this year but have both scored big when they have done.

          Sterling: 179 points in 2001 minutes (15 goals 11 assists)
          Son: 154 points in 1859 minutes (12 goals 7 assists)

          They have similar BPS too (18-16).

          Sterling is more efficient in terms of PPM but both are susceptible to rotation. With that info and the upcoming fixtures I'd be more inclined to get rid of Son.

          It's probably a coin toss though, but I don't think CL has much to do with it - I think Pep wants to win as much as possible and Sterling clearly doesn't want to let up any time soon.

  12. fridge
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    How likely is Quaner to start? I should just keep him and hope he starts this week right? Use my 2FTs to get in a midfielder and defender instead...

    1. The Wise Owl
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Are you wildcarding?

      1. fridge
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        32 or 33, not sold on which yet though

    2. RealMenWearPink
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Got the same issue with Depoitre. I'm just going to keep him for his inevitable 1 point. Better to take out players who definitely won't play. I'm wildcarding next week tho.

    3. JohnnyMagrinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 12 days ago

      I would.

      Other than Firmino I'm not really sure who I'd want up front. Maybe one of King/Wilson but other than that I'm not confident about the points return.

      I'd be wary of defenders - I don't think there will be many clean sheets. I feel like Bournemouth have highest chance of CS and goals scored, but they're not exactly the pinnacle of stability these days so I wouldn't count on it.

      I don't think this week will be a massive high scorer, but at the same time you could easily lose 20-30 points on people if you don't play enough. Just weigh that up against your hits - with 2FT as long as you don't get ridiculous players you should be fine (even if that means going along with everyone else).

      1. fridge
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Yeah agreed, team is currently:

        Schindler, VVD, Kenny
        Salah, Mili, Walcott
        Firmino, Quaner

        So think I'm just going to get in Stanislas and Ake/ Coleman

        Sound good or would you go for anyone else?

        1. JohnnyMagrinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 12 days ago

          I think Stanislas is a very safe bet. He's got a good points return for minutes played this season (better than Shaqiri at least) and has a very good fixture. If you're not WC next week he's also got good fixtures for next couple too. Makes him a good option.

          I like Ake but maybe Lewis Cook? He got an assist last week and as far as I'm aware should start this week too.

          Coleman is not a bad shout but Baines will be on set pieces/pens and is cheaper so I'd probably go for him.

          I think you're perfectly fine with Stan + one of those defenders to be honest. I'm not going all out this week myself, think I'll have 9 in total:

          Lossl; Zanka, Coleman, Ake; Mili, Salah, Mane, Stanislas; Firmino, Wilson/King (undecided as of now)

          1. JohnnyMagrinho
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 12 days ago

            And I just realised that will be 10 if I do that. I meant to say I have 9 currently but may go up to 10.

            My strikers atm are Vardy, Firmino and Jayew so he needs to go anyway (would be for a hit for but will in effect be -2).

          2. JohnnyMagrinho
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 12 days ago

            And what I mean by not going all out this week is that I have had some of these players for last few weeks (Zanka for example I've had for about a month same as Ake) and brought in Lossl last week.

            Only transfer I've made so far this week is to replaced Arnie with Stanislas.

  13. pelle9
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    pickford - elliott
    alonso - coleman - mee - ogbonna - daniels
    salah - mane - shaqiri - walcott - stephens
    kane - firmino - wilson

    0.9M ITB & 1 FT

    Worth a -4 ?
    kane > mounie
    ogbonna > bauer

    Tnks guys.

  14. Dele
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 12 days ago

    Anyone else doubling up with King & Wilson?

    1. JohnnyMagrinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Stanislas + King or Wilson.

      Waiting till Friday for news on who is more likely to start/play more.

    2. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Thinking about it. Already have Wilson, will be adding King or Stanislas. Not sure which yet.

  15. AFC49
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    Not looking good atm for GW31. Would a -8 be too much? Want to save my FH.

    Pope*
    Schindler, VVD, Kenny
    Salah, Shaqiri
    Wilson

    (Adrian, Davies, Maguire, Eriksen, Arnie, RLC, Kane, Aguero)

    1FT, 1.2 ITB

    1. fridge
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      I'd just to Aguero and Erik > Firmino and Stanislas

      Then you're looking good

    2. Euro Raiders
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Go for it. Worth a 8 point hit imo, you will get 4 back and it will be more interesting. No defenders though: suggest Zaha, Mane, Benteke or Firmino - all worth a risk and good another game or two.

  16. ThisTimeNxtYrRodney
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    Please !!! When dgw fixtures are announced, give us one game outside of wks 34 and 37. Then it would give the option of playing TC that week (If suitable fixtures) and playing WC33, BB34, FH37. I'm sure I could get a decent team out in 35 without FH chip. Again, please !!!!

    1. Gravless are for Kinnear
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Request accepted

  17. pelle9
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    is ogbonna > bauer or schindler worth a -4 ? would mean 11 GW 31 players.

    Tnks guys.

    1. The Wise Owl
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      I'd pick Schindler over Bauer good longer term fixtures

    2. Roten Teufel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Not for a hit. You're already ahead of most with 10 players.

      1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Could be ahead even more after the GW.

  18. HD7
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 12 days ago

    For next GW:

    1) Zaha or Walcott
    2) Mounie or Tosun
    3) Baines or Coleman
    4) its better to take non defender for a hit right?

  19. Captain Kakaroto
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 12 days ago

    Score prediction for today games?
    Man united - Sevillia 2-1
    Roma -Shakhtar - 3-1

    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      0-1
      2-1

    2. Nascimento
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      5-0 (Go Go United!!)
      3-1

    3. mookie
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      2-2
      2-2

  20. Stevie B
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    Worth to bring any defender in? Bookmaker odds mean that Bournemouth and Stoke will maybe get a clean sheet (beside Liverpool). Thank you!

    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Any of the home teams.

      1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        And Coleman.

    2. Oscar Slater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      It's odds against either getting a clean sheet individually but a shade odds on that one of them actually does (if that makes any sense!).

      1. Oscar Slater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        ...in other words if you had both a Stoke and a Bournemouth defender it's around 4/6 you'll get one cleanie.

  21. Henning
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    Can get one more gw 31 player for free, should i use free hit even If I dont have the wc left?

    Pickford
    Salah Shaqiri Can
    Firminho

  22. Turns
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    Good enough for GW31 fellas? Any changes would require a hit.

    Foster
    VVD Bauer Schindler
    Salah (C) Stanislas Zaha Walcott
    Firmino DCL

    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Get 11 players.

    2. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Yeah that's good enough.

    3. mookie
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Good enough imo

  23. HD7
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 12 days ago

    Good plan?

    6 players so far:

    VVD
    Stanislas Shaq Salah
    Firmino Wilson

    Had to do Siggy to Stanislas with the FT so...

    Any players worth a hit so that I have 7-8 players this GW

    Alonso to Baines
    Obiang to Zaha/ Wallcott
    or Kane to Mounie for -12

    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      As above. Roll the dice and get 11 players.

      1. I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        I can't tell if you're trying to sabotage or what. Why on earth should he take 20 points in hits to get up to 11 players?

        1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 12 days ago

          Because after appearance points that number is down to 10 points worth of hits.

  24. Pras United
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    Anyone know how/why teams announced early for Man U v Sevilla?

    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      They can announce them any time.

      1. Pras United
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Usually its an hour before. Thats why we have the FFS deadline typically an hour before.

        This one came an hour and 10 mins earlier.

        1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 12 days ago

          This is what I mean they just submit them when they are ready, they don't have to be 1 hour exactly before.

    2. Syd.
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      UEFA rules are different from PL

    3. Pras United
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Ok, perhaps. Never seen them announced before. Even in UCL games.

  25. Syd.
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    Sanchez starts

    He must have a clause in his contract that he starts all games

  26. Henning
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    Is it possible to see If anyone in my mini league have used free hit or tc?

    1. Pras United
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Go to GW history of any player

      1. Henning
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Aha thanx

  27. Halftime
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    Any chance of Martina regaining his start for Everyone?

    1. JJO
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      2% chance if Baines feels tired after those 90mins completed

    2. badgerboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Unless Baines gets injured again or is deemed not fit enough yet to start two games in a row, no.

    3. Halftime
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Ok, thanks all

  28. Halftime
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    *Everton