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Line-up Lessons – Gameweek 32 – Part Two

Son Heung-min and Erik Lamela are both trialled as “false 9s” as Harry Kane returns to action off the bench in Spurs’ win at Chelsea.

Southampton striker Charlie Austin is back in contention for the first time since Gameweek 19, Richarlison drops to the Watford bench, while Jose Mourinho shuffles his central defence for the 2-0 win over Swansea City.

After checking out the first ten teams yesterday, we turn to part two of Line-up Lessons, assessing the teamsheets and formations from
the Gameweek 32 matches, with one eye on what’s to come from the midweek European matches and beyond.

Manchester City

Starting XI: Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Kompany, Laporte (Danilo 87); De Bruyne (Gundogan 77), Fernandinho, D Silva; Sterling (B Silva 64), Jesus, Sane. Subs not used: Bravo, Adrabioyo, Zinchenko, Nmecha.

  • What we saw: Pep Guardiola continued with his favoured 4-3-3 formation for the trip to Everton, handing a start to Aymeric Laporte in the slightly unfamiliar position of left-back. Laporte was forced off late on with a foot injury, however, seeing Danilo finish the match on the left side of the City defence.
  • What we learned: The City boss chose not to rotate at Goodison Park, but now faces two matches against Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, along with Saturday’s Manchester derby, in the space of seven days. With Kompany a probable starter on Wednesday night, he could miss out to either Laporte or John Stones (concussion), providing either player is passed fit. Fabian Delph is expected to be available for midweek, and certainly the weekend, so he, Danilo and Oleksandr Zinchenko provide options at left-back. Should the City boss look to freshen things up against Jose Mourinho’s side, Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva should come into contention, with the likes of David Silva, Raheem Sterling or Leroy Sane potentially rested. Regardless of whether Sergio Aguero starts against Liverpool in midweek, Gabriel Jesus would seem likely to lead the line against United.

Current Status: Fairly settled
Risk Areas: Central defenders, left-back, central striker

Manchester United

Starting XI: De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Lindelof, Young; Matic, Pogba; Mata (McTominay 90), Lingard (Herrera 75), Sanchez (Rashford 75); Lukaku. Subs not used: Pereira, Bailly, Shaw, Martial.

  • What we saw: Jose Mourinho recalled Paul Pogba for the home clash against Swansea City, with the Frenchman joining Nemanja Matic in the double-pivot in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Juan Mata (right), Jesse Lingard (No 10) and Alexis Sanchez (left) formed the attacking midfield trio, while Victor Lindelof was somewhat surprisingly preferred to Eric Bailly in central defence. Mourinho switched to a 4-3-3 following the introductions of Ander Herrera and Marcus Rashford, with the Spaniard helping shore up the midfield on his return from injury.
  • What we learned: Up next is the Manchester derby at the Etihad, with Mourinho likely to have something up his sleeve tactically in order to try and nullify Pep Guardiola’s rampant City side. Herrera, Scott McTominay or possibly Marouane Fellaini could be options to start in central midfield in a slightly more defensive 4-3-3, with Mata the player most likely to drop to the bench in such a scenario. But if he sticks with a 4-2-3-1, Rashford or Anthony Martial may be options to replace Mata out wide. Bailly is expected to return in central defence at the expense of Lindelof. A three-man defence could also be an option, with all three centre-backs then in with a chance of starting. Phil Jones offers another alternative.

Current Status: Fairly settled
Risk Areas: Central defence, central midfield, flanks

Newcastle United

Starting XI: Dubravka; Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett; Ritchie (Atsu 67), Shelvey, Diame (Hayden 79), Kenedy; Perez; Gayle (Slimani 75). Subs not used: Clark, Murphy, Manquillo, Darlow.

  • What we saw: Rafa Benitez named the same side that beat Southampton in the previous league match for the visit of Huddersfield Town to St James’ Park, with the Magpies lining up in a 4-4-1-1 formation. Islam Slimani was fit to make his Newcastle debut as a substitute, replacing Dwight Gayle as the lone striker.
  • What we learned: Following another victory, Benitez could again name the same starting XI for Saturday’s trip to Leicester City. On-loan forward Slimani is ineligible to face his parent club, so Gayle should again spearhead the Newcastle attack. Christian Atsu and Jacob Murphy provide possible alternatives to Matt Ritchie on the right flank.

Current Status: Settled
Risk Areas: Right wing

Southampton

Starting XI: McCarthy; Cedric Soares, Stephens, Hoedt, Bertrand; Tadic, Lemina, Hojbjerg, Redmond (Boufal 67); Austin (Carrillo 83) Gabbiadini (Long 46). Subs not used: Forster, Yoshida, Romeu, Ward-Prowse.

  • What we saw: Mark Hughes stuck with the 4-4-2 formation that yielded a 2-0 win over Wigan Athletic in his first match in charge for the trip to West Ham United. The Saints boss was able to call upon Charlie Austin, who returned from injury to partner Manolo Gabbiadini up front. Dusan Tadic and Nathan Redmond started out wide, with Sofiane Boufal only appearing as a second-half substitute.
  • What we learned: Following a bitterly disappointing display and result, Hughes is likely to make some changes for Sunday’s trip to Arsenal. If he sticks with a 4-4-2, Shane Long or Guido Carrillo may replace Gabbiadini, while in a 4-2-3-1, Boufal could be a viable starter in place of the Italian. James Ward-Prowse provides a different option both out wide and in central midfield, while Oriol Romeu offers another alternative. Changes are perhaps less likely in defence, but Maya Yoshida could be considered at centre-back.

Current Status: Unsettled
Risk Areas: Central midfield, flanks, attacking midfield, forwards

Stoke City

Starting XI: Butland; Johnson, Shawcross, Martins Indi, Pieters; Allen, N’Diaye; Bauer, Shaqiri, Sobhi (Crouch 79); Diouf (Berahino 61). Subs not used: Ireland, Cameron, Haugaard, Campbell, Sorensen.

  • What we saw: Paul Lambert opted for a 4-4-1-1 formation for the trip to Arsenal, with the fit-again Mame Biram Diouf stationed as the lone striker. Xherdan Shaqiri started in a central support role, while Moritz Bauer operated in a slightly unfamiliar position on the right side of midfield. At the back, Bruno Martins Indi and Erik Pieters replaced the injured Kurt Zouma (knee) and Konstantinos Stafylidis (broken rib) at centre-back and left-back respectively. Stoke ended with substitutes Saido Berahino and Peter Crouch up front, with Shaqiri given a free role in more of a 4-3-1-2.
  • What we learned: Another encouraging display failed to produce any points for the Potters, but given the lack of options available to Lambert, few changes are expected for Saturday’s home clash against Tottenham Hotspur. The Stoke boss has favoured Diouf in attack when the Senegal international has been available, but following his knock at the Emirates Stadium, both Berahino and Crouch could be considered for starting berths. Shaqiri would provide a more attacking option on the right wing, which would then leave Bauer and Glen Johnson competing to start at right-back. If Zouma and Stafylidis remain out, the rest of the back four could stay unchanged. Geoff Cameron provides the main alternative in the middle of the park.

Current Status: Unsettled
Risk Areas: Defence, right wing, forwards

Swansea City

Starting XI: Fabianski; Naughton, van der Hoorn, Fernandez, Mawson, Olsson; Dyer (Abraham 46), Ki Sung-yueng (Carroll 46), King; Clucas (Routledge 55); A Ayew. Subs not used: Narsingh, Nordfeldt, Bartley, Roberts.

  • What we saw: Carlos Carvalhal rolled out his defensive 5-4-1 formation for the trip to Manchester United, with Andre Ayew preferred to Tammy Abraham as the lone striker in the continued absence of the suspended Jordan Ayew. That meant Nathan Dyer was handed a start on the right side of midfield. But following an ineffective first-half display from Dyer, he made way for Abraham at half-time. The substitute played as the lone striker, with Andre Ayew moving to an inside right position. Carvalhal’s final change saw Wayne Routledge replace Sam Clucas on the left, after the latter suffered a twisted knee.
  • What we learned: After impressing off the bench, Abraham is likely to be recalled for Saturday’s trip to West Bromwich Albion in the continued absence of the suspended Jordan Ayew. His brother Andre could start on the right, then, with Tom Carroll, Routledge and perhaps Dyer options to line up on the left should Clucas be ruled out. Carroll also provides cover in the middle of the park for the Swans.

Current Status: Fairly Settled
Risk Areas: Central midfield, flanks, lone striker

Tottenham Hotspur

Starting XI: Lloris; Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier (Wanyama 81), Dembele; Lamela (Sissoko 88), Alli, Eriksen; Son Heung-min (Kane 73). Subs not used: Vorm, Rose, Aurier, Lucas Moura.

  • What we saw: After making a swift return following an ankle injury, Harry Kane was named among the substitutes for Spurs’ trip to Chelsea. Son Heung-min started as the lone striker in a 4-2-3-1 formation, while Kieran Trippier was preferred to Serge Aurier at right-back. Mauricio Pochettino changed things around at half-time, though, with Son moving out to the right, seeing Lamela take over as a false nine. Kane made his comeback with 17 minutes left, replacing Son, seeing Lamela return to a position on the right flank.
  • What we learned: While Pochettino revealed Kane still has some work to do before returning to full fitness, it’s likely the striker will push for a start for Saturday’s trip to Stoke City. That would leave Son and Lamela battling for one spot in the attacking midfield positions. Aurier could push for a start at right-back in place of Trippier, but unless Pochettino looks to rotate further, other changes appear unlikely.

Current Status: Fairly Settled
Risk Areas: Right-back, flanks, lone striker

Watford

Starting XI: Karnezis; Janmaat, Mariappa, Prodl (Cathcart 64), Holebas; Capoue, Doucoure; Femenia (Richarlison 81), Hughes (Okaka 75), Pereyra; Deeney. Subs not used: Gomes; Gray, Lukebakio, Ndong.

  • What we saw: Javi Gracia kept faith in the usual 4-2-3-1 formation for the visit of Bournemouth to Vicarage Road, but he did make one headline selection. The Hornets head coach dropped Richarlison to the bench, with Will Hughes recalled in the No 10 role. Roberto Pereyra (left) and Kiko Femenia (right) completed the attacking midfield trio. Watford finished the match in a 4-4-2, with Stefano Okaka joining Troy Deeney up front, while Richarlison was brought on to replace Femenia on the right wing.
  • What we learned: Gracia has stuck with a fairly settled side since taking charge back in January, and he’s likely to name a similar starting XI for Saturday’s home fixture against Burnley. Hughes impressed on his return to the side and should retain his start, so Richarlison may have to settle for a place on the bench once more. Sebastian Prodl was replaced last weekend mainly due to being on a yellow card, but Craig Cathcart and potentially Miguel Britos, providing he recovers from illness, offer alternatives in central defence.

Current Status: Settled
Risk Areas: Central defenders, flanks

West Bromwich Albion

Starting XI: Foster; Dawson, Evans, Hegazi; Nyom, Livermore, Yacob, Brunt, Gibbs (Phillips 46); Rodriguez (Burke 74), Rondon. Subs not used: Myhill, McClean, Gabr, Krychowiak, McAuley.

  • What we saw: Alan Pardew named the same side that lost 2-1 to Bournemouth for the home encounter against Burnley, with the Baggies lining up in a 3-5-2 system. But Pardew opted to bring on Matt Phillips for Kieran Gibbs at half-time, switching to a 4-5-1, with Phillips (right) and Jay Rodriguez (left) operating out wide. The change saw Allan Nyom move to left-back, with Craig Dawson lining up at right-back.
  • What we learned: After West Brom parted company with Pardew yesterday, it was announced that first-team coach Darren Moore will be in charge of first-team affairs until further notice. The interim boss is likely to be at the helm for Saturday’s home meeting with Swansea City, then, with changes likely against the Welsh outfit. If Moore plays with wingers, the likes of Phillips, Oliver Burke and James McClean could push for recalls, while if he’s passed fit, Sam Field may be an option in central midfield. Gareth McAuley provides the main back-up option in central defence but looks an unlikely starter. Hal Robson-Kanu had seemingly been out of favour under Pardew, but he is another who could come back into the fold. Both Nacer Chadli (thigh) and Daniel Sturridge (hamstring) are close to first-team returns and may be back in contention.

Current Status: Very Unsettled
Risk Areas: All Positions

West Ham United

Starting XI: Hart; Zabaleta, Rice, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Antonio (Fernandes 9), Noble, Kouyate (Cullen 89), Masuaku; Joao Mario, Arnautovic (Hugill 80). Subs not used: Adrian, Evra, Pask, Diangana.

  • What we saw: Hammers boss David Moyes stuck with a 3-4-2-1 formation for the home meeting with Southampton. Marko Arnautovic was stationed as the lone striker, supported by Michail Antonio and Joao Mario in the central attacking midfield spots in the absence of the injured Manuel Lanzini. Arthur Masuaku returned from his six-match ban at left wing-back, while Declan Rice started on the right of the three-man defence, with James Collins ruled out with a hamstring injury. But Moyes was forced into making an early change after Antonio had to be replaced due to a hamstring injury. The returning Edimilson Fernandes took his place, providing a slightly more defensive option in midfield, leaving Mario and Arnautovic in attack.
  • What we learned: With Antonio reportedly ruled out for the rest of the season, Moyes will be forced into making at least one change for Sunday’s trip to Chelsea. Given how well the team played against Saints, there could be a temptation to start Fernandes. But if Lanzini (knee) is fit to return, he will surely get the nod. Collins remains more of a doubt, but if he is passed fit, the Welshman is a possible alternative to Rice in the back three. Chicharito missed out at the weekend due to illness, but he could be back on the bench at Stamford Bridge.

Current Status: Settled
Risk Areas: Central defenders, attacking midfield

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  1. LewanGOALski
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 23 days ago

    UCL Fantasy:

    Team is:

    Ederson – Ulreich
    Alaba – Otamendi – Kolarov - ___ - ___
    KDB – James – Milner - ___ - ___
    Messi – Firmino - ___

    Which for my 5 transfers in for the QF’s?

    A) Umtiti – Carvajal | Iniesta – Florenzi | G.Jesus
    or
    B) Umtiti – De Sciglio | S.Roberto – 4.0 non-playing | Lewandowski

    ??

    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      I'm not fluent in morse code otherwise I'd help.

      1. LewanGOALski
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 23 days ago

        - .... .- -. -.- ...

        1. TRASH BOAT
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 23 days ago

          Braille is hard work on a monitor...

  2. ludaslol
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 23 days ago

    Bench order this week?
    DDG/Hennessey
    Alonso Mustafi Robbo Morgan Dummett
    Salah Mahrez Willian Mkhi Kenedy
    Lukaku Kane JAyew

  3. Nesvy_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 23 days ago

    Which looks better for DGW34 ?

    a/ Kane + Lingard
    b/ Lukaku + Son

    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      I wouldn't want to go without either Kane or Lukaku but B at a push.

  4. Aubaaaaa
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 23 days ago

    Which one?
    A. Christensen Willian Vardy
    B. Alonso Alli Barnes

  5. ludaslol
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 23 days ago

    What would you do with Mkhi now? Bench him (favorir for Morgan) for GW34 and hope he plays 35? I have no FH and Will likely have 2 FTs going into 34?

    1. lugs
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 23 days ago

      play him , at worst he'll come on as a late sub and get 1 point less than Morgan 😆

    2. JogaSemmedo
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      In the same boat and it's a conundrum. Monitoring Son situation too atm with Kane return to starting imminent. Also have Aubameyang who I may keep.

  6. Scotty B
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 23 days ago

    How nailed is Willian?

    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      Superglue at best.

      1. Skloppy Kops
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 23 days ago

        No dont think so.

    2. It's gonna Ben Mee
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      Like post-it

    3. HamezMace
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      Not nailed.
      Willian v Pedro

  7. jay01
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 23 days ago

    I’m definitely triple captaining in gwk34.. who’s the best option though? Is it mad to triple captain mahrez?

    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      Who would you captain? Go with the same person.

      1. jay01
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 23 days ago

        I want to triple captain either mahrez Kane or hazard

        1. jay01
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 23 days ago

          Getting hazard in means no Kane and vice Versa

          1. nevins84
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 23 days ago

            Hazard has been horrible to own

            1. HamezMace
              • 4 Years
              6 months, 23 days ago

              Yes!
              Don’t captain Hazard.

        2. Rostah
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 23 days ago

          Out of Mahrez Kane & Hazard I'd probably go Mahrez. Kane faces City in the DGW and has an FA Cup tie right after it, just back from injury, major rotation risk. Hazard has the FA Cup also, with pretty much nothing to play for in the league, another big rotation risk. Any of the 3 could do well but Mahrez feels the 'safest option', albeit with a lower ceiling

          1. Kings of Lyon ★
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            6 months, 23 days ago

            Kane will never ever be a major rotation risk

            1. GreenWindmill
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              6 months, 23 days ago

              Bookmarked for 10 years time when he's 34.

              1. Kings of Lyon ★
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                6 months, 23 days ago

                🙂 he'll be in the championship by then 😉

                1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  6 months, 23 days ago

                  As a Villa fan I'm looking forward to having him and Terry on the same team attempting to get promotion again.

                  1. Kings of Lyon ★
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    6 months, 23 days ago

                    You've got Snodgrass you'll go up through the playoffs this year 🙂

                    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      6 months, 23 days ago

                      He was our worst player last game, but I hope you're right. 😀 I'm getting far used to football in the Championship.

                      1. Kings of Lyon ★
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        6 months, 23 days ago

                        Was he? Ive not seen much of Villa this year but looking at Snoddys underlying stats he seems to be doing a job.

                        Aye I think you could easily get comfortable in the championship look at Sheffield Weds

                      2. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        6 months, 23 days ago

                        Yeah, we rely on him and Adomah far too much. When one/both have a bad day we struggle. I think if we don't go up this season we may settle down there.

          2. jay01
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 23 days ago

            Does mahrez really have a lower ceiling though?

            1. Rostah
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 23 days ago

              Mahrez - Double digits 5 times, 4 of which were 10 or 11 points.
              Kane - Double digits 8 times, all of which were 12 or above
              Hazard - Double digits 6 times, 2 of which were below 15

    2. Bunk Moreland
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      I'd bring in Lukaku and slap it on him.

      1. jay01
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 23 days ago

        I predict trollkaku to return

    3. JogaSemmedo
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      Same I'm TC in gw34 and Lukaku is first choice atm for me.

  8. England23
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 23 days ago

    No FH for 35,

    Firmino to Vardy? I have 9 players for 35 with Firmino

  9. timPgoodwin
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 23 days ago

    Looking to make 3 changes that set me up for the DGW's. Any advice welcomed.

    0.2M ITB

    Karius - Fabianski
    Hegazi - VvD - Coleman - Maguire - Daniels
    Salah - Mahrez - Son - Gross - Mili
    Lukaku - Auba - Mounie

    1. Skloppy Kops
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      Karius 》 DdG
      VvD 》 Vert
      Hegazi 》 Tarko

      1. timPgoodwin
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 23 days ago

        That would put me -1.2m in the red unfortunately.

        1. Skloppy Kops
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 23 days ago

          Then you'll have to sacrifice VvD and Coleman.. for Lowton and Christensen

  10. grooveymatt65
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 23 days ago

    Hi guys I need abit of feedback please, my team is the following and I have 1ft and 1.1 itb:

    Pope/ Joel Pereira

    Alonso/ Smalling/ Simpson Naughton/Rangel

    Salah/Sane/Mahrez/Mkhitaryan Loftus-Cheek

    Firmino/ Lukaku/ Wilson

    I have used my Free Hit already and plan to wildcard GW 35 so essentially im building towards a double game week 34 team.

    Options are:

    1. Wilson to Barnes and Firmino to Aubameyang for -4 (i can't bring it Aub for free)
    2. Wilson to Murray
    3. Alonso to Lowton and Firmino to Kane for -4
    4. Save ft

    thanks alot guys! 🙂

  11. nevins84
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 23 days ago

    Am I right in thinking the last of the fixture rearrangements are expected today?

    1. Skloppy Kops
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      Great timing.. just posted it myself.

  12. Skloppy Kops
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 23 days ago

    Are the GW37 fixtures set to be announced today!

    1. HamezMace
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      I thought so

  13. BigRedDog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 23 days ago

    This is fantastic - Danny Murphy and Bellamy talking about who England should/may pick for Russia. Bellamy annoyed me when I first started watching these Big Debate thingies but he's actually got great insights.

    Then Danny Murphy probably my favourite pundit at the moment.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwYshNxdDuQ

    1. Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      https://youtu.be/RwYshNxdDuQ?t=6m45s

      Oh Danny you saucy minx

      1. BigRedDog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 23 days ago

        Haha!

  14. smix
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 23 days ago

    DDG Ryan
    Christiansen Lowton Tarkowski Morgan Dunk
    Salah Son Willian Mahrez Lingard
    Auba* Vardy Murray

    Will do Auba to Kane in GW 34

    GTG?

    1. joeydelucchi
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 23 days ago

      Are we sure it’s safe to lose auba for
      Gwk 34...what’s people’s opinions?

  15. It's gonna Ben Mee
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 23 days ago

    19 years ago to the day the event portrayed in my avatar took place.

    1. Kings of Lyon ★
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      Great celebration !

      1. It's gonna Ben Mee
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 23 days ago

        It was different then

        1. Kings of Lyon ★
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 23 days ago

          It was more laid back and much more fun back when money hadnt ruined everything

        2. GreenWindmill
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 23 days ago

          Was it? Didn't he get banned for a month and a massive fine or something?

          1. It's gonna Ben Mee
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 23 days ago

            I think he was but I bet it wouldn’t happen today with the sponsor money flying around.

        3. RedArrows
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 23 days ago

          It was more acceptable to be a disgusting homophobe back then too. He had an eventful six weeks back in 99.

          1. It's gonna Ben Mee
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 23 days ago

            Yup, lots of things have changed to the better.

  16. Scheister
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 23 days ago

    Anyone considering Jones on WC?
    Or too much a rotation risk now?
    ...he seemed to be nailed when healthy all season long

    1. Skloppy Kops
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      No ManU def looks nailed except DDG and Valencia imo

    2. It's gonna Ben Mee
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      Don’t go near any Man U defenders other than Valencia and DDG. It’s an expensive trap. /Bailly owner

    3. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      Everyone still ignoring Smalling.

      LoL

      1. Skloppy Kops
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 23 days ago

        Laugh now.. u may laugh green come dgw.

  17. Bullet Eder
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 23 days ago

    I've got just four DGW34 players at the moment- two from Leicester and two from Bournemouth with no free hit to navigate BGW35.

    BB, TC and WC all still intact. Can anybody offer some advice about the best way to approach the remainder of the season?

    1. Skloppy Kops
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      WC?
      Without WC i'd go TC in 34, FH in 35 and try get as many dgwers for BB in 37

      1. Skloppy Kops
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 23 days ago

        Oups. I read it wrong. Thiught u dont have WC.
        Then you can WC now. Or go FH for 34 and WC 35

        1. Bullet Eder
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 23 days ago

          I don't have free hit but I have all the other chips.

          1. Skloppy Kops
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 23 days ago

            Tc 34, WC 35 and BB37 then.. imo.

    2. Bunk Moreland
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      Sounds like you should wildcard now then. Otherwise you will lose a lot of ground in 34.

      1. Bullet Eder
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 23 days ago

        Thanks. I am not too fussed about overall rank. More concerned with mini-league rivals, both of which have exactly the same chips left as me.

        1. Weasel Boy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 23 days ago

          Team not concerned about OR myself. Just want to win ML.
          My rival has used his WC and I've just 27 pts behind.
          Considering
          FH in 34
          10-11 players 35 TC
          WC in 36
          BB/TC 37
          TC 38

          1. Weasel Boy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 23 days ago

            Post fail

    3. Kings of Lyon ★
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      Id WC then BB 34 and TC in 37

      1. Bullet Eder
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 23 days ago

        Thanks. The tricky bit is fielding enough DGW34 players for bench boost and still getting enough players out in 35.

        1. Skloppy Kops
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 23 days ago

          Yeah prob will be to field sone players in 35 with this strategy.

        2. JJO
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 23 days ago

          Then just go like me
          WC now
          Choose 10/11 players with DGW and rest with good fixtures in GW34 and GW35
          Save transfer and bring 2/3 more for GW35

      2. shotgunnufc
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 23 days ago

        i’d definitely WC now to set up a team that can see you through to 37. I’ve no FH and doing TC34 and BB37, it’s a higher risk but means my team for BGW35 looks much stronger. you could do it the other way around though.

        1. Bullet Eder
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 23 days ago

          Nice one. Guessing you've gone 3x Burnley and 3x Liverpool- which other teams would be a priority with your strategy?

          1. shotgunnufc
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 23 days ago

            teams to target arsenal/Newcastle/Swansea/Burnley/Liverpool

        2. shotgunnufc
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 23 days ago

          my team is

          DDG fabianski
          lowton dummet mustafi christensen Morgan
          salah son Willian mahrez kenedy
          vardy auba firmino

          DGW 34 - lukaku for auba and TC, 9dgw players
          BGW 35 vardy/lukaku/son to sterling/ayew/auba -4 and field 9
          DGW 37 firmino/kenedy/lowton to kane/lingard/DGW def -4 to field 14dgw with bench of fab/ayew/lingard/defender bench boost

          that’s the rough plan

          1. Bullet Eder
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 23 days ago

            Looks like a very solid plan. Couple of hits but worth it overall. Are you worried about going without Kane until 37?

            1. shotgunnufc
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              6 months, 23 days ago

              that’s the risk. but i can see him having minutes managed in the dgw34 and he has no game gw35.
              in gw36 he has Watford and could bring him in for a hit then if worried

              1. shotgunnufc
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                6 months, 23 days ago

                actually can get in kane for gw36 with just a FT

  18. Cruz88
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 23 days ago

    Saved my wildcard and all my chips thus far, and was intending to WC this week. Though I have actually got a good team (see below) assuming I swap Stanislas for someone who will play...so now I don't know what to do. I'd rather not WC and add in Man Utd players (who play City) and remove Arsenal and Liverpool players who have a good fixture this week. Anyone else in the same boat? Suddenly 3 chips and a wildcard to use in the next 6 weeks seems a trickier proposition...

    Foster
    Alonso Davies Robertson
    Salah (Stanislas) Sterling Mahrez Mkhi
    Auba Firmino

    1. ZoumasBloomers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 23 days ago

      Tc 34, FH 35, WC 36 BB 37

      1. Cruz88
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 23 days ago

        Or potentially go for a cheeky TC on the final day when Salah will potentially be looking to confirm the golden boot against Brighton? Not a DGW but maybe that's ok, still think his 4 goal return recently would beat most DGW TC's...

    2. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      Same dilema with this team and torn whether to use WC.

      Foster
      Ota Robert Maguire Salah Sane Sterling Mhki Aubam King Firm
      Elliot* Small Schindler Stan*
      1ft

      1. Weasel Boy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 23 days ago

        not concerned about OR myself. Just want to win ML.
        My rival has used his WC and I've just 27 pts behind.
        Considering
        FH in 34
        10-11 players 35 TC
        WC in 36
        BB/TC 37
        TC 38

    3. joeydelucchi
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 23 days ago

      I’m in a similar boat in that I have alonso Robertson monreal instead of Davies, salah Sterling Mahrez Ramsey instead of miki , auba firm ...but I have no WC but 2 free transfers to use for DGW

      I really want to bring in lukaku or Kane and maybe Lingard....but I just don’t know how and who to lose as I really like my team?!?

  19. Scheister
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 23 days ago

    On WC and currently have Alonso at 7.0 and Robertson at 4.8
    Am I crazy to be getting rid of both?

    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      Depends what you are doing with the Alonso money.

      1. Scheister
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 23 days ago

        In a nutshell, Willian to Alli and Kenedy to Lingard

        1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 23 days ago

          I think I prefer that then, but it will be tough viewing watching Chelsea without Alonso.

        2. 007 [BALEGIUM]
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 23 days ago

          Good moves imo

    2. Kings of Lyon ★
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      Alonso is only 7.2 sp not that crazy. I got Robertson at 4.6 and im probably shifting. Doubles much more fun

      1. Scheister
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 23 days ago

        True

    3. Skloppy Kops
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      Keep them both

  20. ludaslol
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 23 days ago

    Play Morgan or Kenedy this GW? Must be Kenedy for the higher ceiling right?

    1. ZeBestee
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      Kenedy

    2. toblerone52
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      I'm playing Morgan

  21. ZoumasBloomers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 23 days ago

    Torn between double Chelsea def, or benching one for Lowton. Any shouts one way or the other?

    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      I prefer the Chelsea defence.

      1. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 23 days ago

        morgan or chrisnensen in my case ? 🙂

        1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 23 days ago

          I reckon Leicester are more likely to get a clean sheet.

          Attacking Chelsea defenders > Leicester defence > Other Chelsea defenders

          1. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 23 days ago

            this is what im doing, thanks

    2. GreenWindmill
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      Play both Chelsea imo.

    3. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      same position as me, but im playing alonso and morgan over christensen

      1. ZoumasBloomers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 23 days ago

        I'm going with Azpi Christensen Morgan

    4. ZeBestee
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      Chelsea double.

  22. Scotty B
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 23 days ago

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated

    Foster
    Baines Ake Alonso
    Walcott Salah Eriksen Shaqiri
    Aubamayang Lukaku Deeney

    Elliot VLP TAA Schindler

    0.3 ITB & 1 FT

    1. tsintisin
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 23 days ago

      Wildcard?

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

    GW 33 - right order of 11 and bench?

    Ryan
    Alonso Lowton Morgan
    Salah Mikhi Willian Mahrez
    Murray Vardy Auba(C)

    Subs: De Gea, Gudm, Tark, Baily

    1. Skloppy Kops
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      I'd be tempted to play Bailly over Morgan though.

      1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 23 days ago

        You reckon Brighton have more of a chance of a clean sheet than Leicester?

        1. Skloppy Kops
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 23 days ago

          Yep BHA looks good for a CS imo, but we can never be sure. And ManU will also park the bus and hold imo.

  24. 007 [BALEGIUM]
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 23 days ago

    Hi, still cant decide between Firmino and Vardy.
    Really want Vardy but my ML rivals all have Firmino.
    Any thought guys?
    Is Vardy for dgw 34 is no brainer?
    Cheers

    1. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      if you are chasing get vardy, i mean, get vardy its more fun 🙂
      no vardy no party 🙂

    2. Mjgrea
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      I've got BobbyF out for Vardy on WC this week. Leicester fixtures great. Can see Bobby being rested.

      Only downside is Everton away is a very Firmino type game

    3. Skloppy Kops
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      Yeah Vardy will outscore Bobby in dgw.

  25. pressdpm
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 23 days ago

    Am I right in saying you can make a ton of transfers in a gameweek, but then play your wildcard and it will cancel out the point hit?

    1. Mjgrea
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      Yup

  26. JogaSemmedo
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 23 days ago

    Mkhitarayan to Arnautovic? Don't have FH so need to think of gw35 and he's nailed on and pop. Lingaard another option obv has double but rotation risk and no gw35

    1. JogaSemmedo
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      *playing as oop as a striker

    2. Aubaaaaa
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      Mkhi also have dgw and plays in GW35. Find someone else to sub arnautovic for?

      1. JogaSemmedo
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 23 days ago

        Son maybe ahead of gw34? Rotation risk but suppose Mkhi is too but doesnt have gw35

  27. Aubaaaaa
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 23 days ago

    Which option is the best?
    A. Christensen Willian Vardy
    B. Alonso Alli Barnes

    1. Skloppy Kops
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      A

    2. JogaSemmedo
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      A

  28. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 23 days ago

    After doing 4 million hours over a crazy Easter weekend I can finally pull the trigger.
    Although everyone I want has risen in the past couple of days.

    1. Kings of Lyon ★
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      I wanted Jesus too 🙁

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 23 days ago

        bu dum tiss.

  29. ADucksBehind
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 23 days ago

    Silly Question #1

    Is there only 1 DGW left this year?

    1. Aubaaaaa
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 23 days ago

      No, 2. One in 34, one in 37.

      1. ADucksBehind
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 23 days ago

        Brilliant! Thanks a lot.

        I assume the prevailing tactic is TC GW34 and WC 36 BB 37

  30. Skloppy Kops
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 23 days ago

    Guys, can you plz rate this WC team on 10..
    75pts behind ML leader and want to hit big in gw34.

    DdG - Lloris
    Chilwell - Azpi - Mustafi - Tarko - Dunk
    Salah - Willian - Mahrez - Gudmunsson - Young
    Lukaku - Kane - Barnes