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Line-up Lessons – Gameweek 35 – Part Two

Marko Arnautovic retains the lone striker role and continues to profit by netting a tenth goal of the season in West Ham’s defeat at Arsenal. Paul Lambert rolls out a 4-4-2 as Stoke go on the offensive in their bid to beat the drop, while the in-form Salomon Rondon denies Liverpool the points at The Hawthorns.

After assessing the first eight teams yesterday, we turn to part two of Line-up Lessons, checking out the teamsheets and formations from the Gameweek 35 encounters and FA Cup semi-finals, with an eye on what’s to come from the midweek European ties and beyond.

Everton

Starting XI: Pickford; Coleman, Jagielka, Keane, Baines; Schneiderlin (Davies 52), Gueye; Walcott, Rooney, Bolasie (Calvert-Lewin 59); Tosun (Niasse 85). Subs not used: Robles; Martina, Funes Mori, Baningime.

  • What we saw: Sam Allardyce named name the same side that drew 1-1 with Swansea City for the home encounter against Newcastle United. Everton lined up in a 4-3-3, with Wayne Rooney and Idrissa Gueye stationed in central midfield in front of Morgan Schneiderlin. Having started on the right and left respectively, Theo Walcott and Yannick Bolasie switched flanks during the second half.
  • What we learned: Schneiderlin was forced off with a dead leg shortly into the second half, and will be assessed ahead of Saturday’s trip to Huddersfield Town, although the midfielder himself is confident of being available. Tom Davies and Beni Baningime provide the alternative options should they be required. Meanwhile, Dominic Calvert-Lewin is pushing for a recall out wide in place of Bolasie, but other changes appear unlikely as Everton bid to end the season strongly.

Current Status: Settled
Risk Areas: Central midfield, left flank

Newcastle United

Starting XI: Dubravka; Yedlin, Lejeune, Lascelles, Dummett; Ritchie (Murphy 79), Diame, Shelvey (Merino 83), Kenedy; Perez; Slimani (Gayle 63). Subs not used: Darlow, Clark, Hayden, Manquillo.

  • What we saw: Rafa Benitez only made one alteration for the trip to Everton, but it was significant, with Islam Slimani handed his first start in place of Dwight Gayle in the lone striker role in the usual 4-4-1-1 system.
  • What we learned: With the Magpies facing a short turnaround before entertaining West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, Benitez may decide to restore Gayle to the starting line-up in place of Slimani. If the Newcastle boss does decide to introduce some fresh legs elsewhere, Jacob Murphy could be an option out wide, while Mikel Merino provides an alternative in the middle of the park.

Current Status: Very Settled
Risk Areas: Lone Striker

Stoke City

Starting XI: Butland; Johnson (Zouma 59), Shawcross, Martins Indi, Pieters; Shaqiri, Allen, Ndiaye, Bauer (Ireland 69); Diouf (Campbell 75), Crouch. Subs not used: Haugaard, Cameron, Fletcher, Ramadan Sobhi.

  • What we saw: In what was a crucial match for the Potters at home to Burnley, Paul Lambert opted for an attacking 4-4-2 formation, pairing Mame Biram Diouf and Peter Crouch up front. Xherdan Shaqiri (right) and Moritz Bauer (left) started out wide, while Glen Johnson returned from injury to replace Kurt Zouma at right-back.
  • What we learned: The Potters are still four points from safety following their 1-1 draw with Burnley, and also boast an inferior goal difference, while up next is a testing trip to Liverpool in Gameweek 36. Therefore, Lambert faces a tough decision as to whether to stick with the attacking 4-4-2 or to switch to either a 4-4-1-1 or perhaps a 4-3-3 formation at Anfield. Ramadan Sobhi provides a more attacking alternative to Bauer on the left wing, and if the Egyptian does start, Bauer could shift to his natural position at right-back. Johnson’s departure just before the hour-mark may indicate that he continues to be troubled by injury, so Zouma could well be forced to deputise at Anfield. Should Lambert opt to bring in a holding midfielder, Geoff Cameron could return to the starting XI, perhaps given Joe Allen more freedom to join the attack. Youngster Tyrese Campbell is the main alternative up front for the Potters, with Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting yet to return following a groin injury.

Current Status: Slightly Unsettled
Risk Areas: Right-back, left wing, forwards

Swansea City

Starting XI: Fabianski; van der Hoorn, Fernandez (Bartley 67), Mawson; Naughton, King, Ki Sung-yueng (Clucas 65), Carroll, Olsson (Abraham 75); J Ayew, A Ayew. Subs not used: Dyer, Nordfeldt, Routledge, Roberts.

  • What we saw: Carlos Carvalhal reverted to a defensive 5-4-1 system for the trip to Manchester City. The Swans boss handed a recall to Mike van der Hoorn in central defence, with Kyle Naughton moving to his usual position at right-back. Andre Ayew started on the right side of midfield, with Tom Carroll stationed on the opposite flank. Sam Clucas made his return from injury as a second-half substitute, playing on the left wing, allowing Carroll to move into central midfield. Swansea ended the match in more of a 3-4-3, with Tammy Abraham brought on to join Andre Ayew and Jordan Ayew in attack, with Carroll then moving to left wing-back, and Clucas to central midfield.
  • What we learned: Federico Fernandez had to be withdrawn after taking a kick to his knee, but the defender is hopeful he will be available for Saturday’s home clash against Chelsea. Kyle Bartley will be on standby to replace the Argentine in central defence. After getting 25 minutes under his belt, Clucas could return to the starting XI against the Blues, with either Ki Sung-yueng or Carroll likely to drop to the bench. Tammy Abraham will be ineligible to face his parent club, limiting Carvalhal’s options in attack.

Current Status: Fairly Settled
Risk Areas: Central defenders, central midfield, left wing

Tottenham Hotspur

Starting XI: Vorm; Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies (Lucas Moura 68); Dier, Dembele (Wanyama 78); Eriksen, Alli, Son Heung-min (Lamela 86); Kane. Subs not used: Lloris, Alderweireld, Sissoko, Aurier.

  • What we saw: Mauricio Pochettino stuck with his favoured 4-2-3-1 formation for the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United, keeping faith with cup goalkeeper Michel Vorm at the expense of club captain Hugo Lloris. Dele Alli was deployed in the No 10 role, flanked by Son Heung-min (left) and Christian Eriksen (right). After falling 2-1 behind, the Spurs boss switched to more of a 4-1-4-1 system, bringing on Lucas Moura to play on the right wing. The Brazilian’s introduction saw Jan Vertonghen move to left-back, and Eric Dier to centre-back, leaving Mousa Dembele as the holding midfielder before the Belgian was replaced by Victor Wanyama.
  • What we learned: With a break until Spurs host Watford next Monday, and given that Pochettino’s side need to win with Chelsea still pushing for a top-four finish, he is likely to name his first choice starting XI once again. So Kieran Trippier and Ben Davies could again be favoured in the full-back positions. Lloris will return in goal, while Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura are possible alternatives to Son, although the South Korean is the favourite to get the nod alongside Alli and Eriksen.

Current Status: Settled
Risk Areas: Full-backs, flanks

Watford

Starting XI: Karnezis; Mariappa, Cathcart, Kabasele, Holebas; Hughes (Gray 79), Doucoure, Capoue, Pereyra (Richarlison 55); Deeney, Okaka (Femenia 70). Subs not used: Gomes, Janmaat, Britos, Sinclair.

  • What we saw: Having failed to score in three of their previous five matches, Hornets head coach Javi Gracia switched to a 4-4-2 formation for the visit of Crystal Palace. Stefano Okaka was recalled up front, while Will Hughes moved to the right side of midfield. Kiko Femenia and Daryl Janmaat both dropped to the bench, with Adrian Mariappa preferred at right-back, while the fit-again pair Christian Kabasele and Jose Holebas started at centre-back and left-back respectively.
  • What we learned: With Watford facing a trip to Wembley in Gameweek 36, Gracia is expected to revert back to a 4-2-3-1 formation. But the Hornets may well be without captain Troy Deeney, who may miss the rest of the season with a foot injury picked up against the Eagles, according to reports. Okaka could start as the lone striker, then, with Andre Gray the other alternative. Roberto Pereyra will be assessed ahead of the Spurs clash after being forced off with a groin injury last weekend, with Richarlison likely to be on standby to start on the left. Hughes could move back into the No 10 role, with Femenia then the likely starter on the right flank. In defence, Mariappa may again be preferred to Janmaat at right-back given the Hornets were able to keep a clean sheet against Palace. Sebastian Prodl missed out against the Eagles due to illness, but the Austrian could struggle to get straight back into the starting XI unless Gracia considers a move to a three-man defence with wing-backs.

Current Status: Fairly Settled
Risk Areas: Right-back, centre-half, flanks

West Bromwich Albion

Starting XI: Foster: Nyom, Dawson, Hegazi, Gibbs (Burke 76): Phillips, Livermore, Brunt, McClean (Evans 71): Rodriguez (Robson-Kanu 89), Rondon. Subs not used: Yacob, Myhill, Krychowiak, Field.

  • What we saw: Caretaker manager Darren Moore unsurprisingly named the same side that beat Manchester United 1-0 Liverpool’s visit to the Hawthorns, with the Baggies again lining up in a 4-4-2 system. Jonny Evans made his return from injury coming on as a second-half substitute at left-back.
  • What we learned: After another encouraging performance, Moore is likely to stick with a very similar starting XI for Saturday’s trip to Newcastle United. Evans could push for a start in central defence, though, with Craig Dawson moving to right-back in place of Allan Nyom. On-loan forward Daniel Sturridge was ineligible to face his parent club but will be back in contention to face the Magpies. But the form of Salomon Rondon and Jay Rodriguez, combined with his lack of match fitness, mean that he is an unlikely starter.

Current Status: Settled
Risk Areas: Right-back, central defenders

West Ham United

Starting XI: Hart, Rice, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Zabaleta, Kouyate, Noble, Masuaku (Carroll 86), Fernandes (Lanzini 60), Joao Mario (Hernandez 60), Arnautovic. Subs not used: Hugill, Adrian, Evra, Cullen.

  • What we saw: David Moyes once again named an unchanged starting XI for the trip to Arsenal, with the Hammers lining up in a 3-4-2-1 system. He resisted the temptation to hand a recall to Manuel Lanzini, although the Argentine was, along with Chicharito, introduced on the hour mark. Lanzini was stationed in a No 10 role behind Chicharito and Marko Arnautovic in a 3-4-1-2 formation. Moyes sent on Andy Carroll as a final roll of the dice, seeing Lanzini (left) and Arnautovic (right) operate out wide in a 4-4-2, while Aaron Cresswell moved to left-back.
  • What we learned: After getting 30 minutes under his belt as a substitute, Lanzini should be ready to return to the starting XI for Sunday’s home clash against Man City. He is likely to replace Edimilson Fernandes in a straight swap, although Joao Mario’s start may also be at risk. Other changes appear unlikely unless James Collins is available again following a hamstring injury. If fit, he would be an option to replace Declan Rice in the three-man defence. Joe Hart made a number of impressive saves at the Emirates but will miss out in Gameweek 36 as he is ineligible to face his parent club Man City with Adrian earning a recall.

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

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

    Still not sure as to how big the FH value is during a blank week. Loads did score well but many (myself included) got a good enough score for a green arrow. Lacazette was the major difference and even then he was close to being a 2 pter.

    1. fkmzcgp
        1 month, 3 days ago

        I agree, got pretty lucky. Not sure I like the FH because I could really use that FT right now 🙂

      • BigRedDog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Put it this way without the FH you'd have been stuck with Auba rather than Laca like I was.

      • Holmes
          1 month, 3 days ago

          It was easy to deal with GWs around GW35 without any headache...

        • Ghost Gooner
            1 month, 3 days ago

            The benefit is in not disrupting your dgw plans and diluting your WC. Also means you don't take hits

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

              Until the week after anyway...

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

                Agreed. My rival who used his FH is now having to take hits this week to get in players he would have got in last week.

        • fkmzcgp
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Bottomed -

            Which combo will score more for rest of the season?

            A) Sanchez and Barnes (+4)
            B) Jesus and Mahrez

            1. FC Hakkebøf (FC Chop…
                1 month, 3 days ago

                B

            2. Rhodes your boat
                1 month, 3 days ago

                Laporte likely to be dropped?

                1. Chicken Bhuna FC
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 3 days ago

                  negative

                2. Jersey
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 3 days ago

                  none of their centerbacks feel nailed.

                3. Nacho Novo
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 3 days ago

                  Don't think so

                4. Sailboats
                    1 month, 3 days ago

                    Dropped? Otamendi got dropped for him lol

                5. LALLANAS IN PYJAMAS... the …
                    1 month, 3 days ago

                    Anyone else using FH in GW 37?

                    1. Pegboy
                        1 month, 3 days ago

                        I had planned to for weeks; created an elaborate a full proof strategy...and then bottled it at the last minute.

                        Really wish I'd kept it now.

                      • BRAGAZETI
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        1 month, 3 days ago

                        \o/

                    2. semiconductor
                        1 month, 3 days ago

                        Is that a good team for WC this week and BB next week? What would you change?

                        Ederson-Mcarthy
                        Smalling-Yedlin-VDH-Chilwell-Dummet
                        Salah(Eriksen next week)-Alli-Sterling-Lingard-Carroll
                        Auba-Kane-Jesus

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

                          Is VDH centre-back? Could lose his place if fernandez comes back from injury, don't know when that'll be though.

                          1. Coot
                              1 month, 3 days ago

                              He's been playing in a three with Fernandez and Mawson.

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

                                Didn't know this, thanks.

                        2. Gruu
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          1 month, 3 days ago

                          Who need to go for City mids?
                          Mahrez or Willian?

                          1. fkmzcgp
                              1 month, 3 days ago

                              Willian

                            • Stimps
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              1 month, 3 days ago

                              The one who is a rotation risk imo

                            • Jersey
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              1 month, 3 days ago

                              Willian

                            • Spike ⚽️
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              1 month, 3 days ago

                              Willian. Threw his teddy out of the pram when he got subbed agst Southampton

                            • toblerone52
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              1 month, 3 days ago

                              Mahrez out

                          2. Stimps
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            1 month, 3 days ago

                            Who'll score more for the DGW

                            A) Jesus, Gross, Naughton (-8)
                            B) Ayew, Willian, Valencia

                            1. Nacho Novo
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              1 month, 3 days ago

                              B

                            2. Ghost Gooner
                                1 month, 3 days ago

                                B

                            3. Chicken Bhuna FC
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              1 month, 3 days ago

                              Lloris
                              Baines - Klavan - Smalling
                              Salah - Arnie - Dsilva - Sane - Kenedy
                              Kane(c) - Jesus
                              Bench: Fabianski - JAyew - Yoshida - Mustafi

                              If Salah is confirmed out by AE this week:

                              A) Play JAyew
                              B) Salah > Haz (-4)

                              Plan to bin Salah for Haz for dgw37 regardless as I'm chasing in ML (will reverse transfer in 38)

                              1. fkmzcgp
                                  1 month, 3 days ago

                                  Hazard?? Why?

                                  1. Chicken Bhuna FC
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    1 month, 3 days ago

                                    why not?

                              2. PrettyDick
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                1 month, 3 days ago

                                Alonso owners:

                                What are your plans? Holding him for the DGW or selling? If you are selling, for who then?

                                1. Holmes
                                    1 month, 3 days ago

                                    Holding, not enough FTs unfortunately...

                                  • Jersey
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    1 month, 3 days ago

                                    keeping for 37. i think he gets both games.

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

                                      cheers. Think I'll have to do the same even though it is luring to transfer for a spurs defender now..

                                2. Zlatnight rises
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  1 month, 3 days ago

                                  I need a 3rd striker iv got jesus and kane

                                  1. FC Hakkebøf (FC Chop…
                                      1 month, 3 days ago

                                      Really no one that is appealing imo.. Lukaku might be too expensive, Auba less expensive but also less appealing.. maybe another midfielder is the way to go

                                      1. Zlatnight rises
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        1 month, 3 days ago

                                        Iv erikson, kennedy mane and lingard who else???

                                        1. FC Hakkebøf (FC Chop…
                                            1 month, 3 days ago

                                            Sterling, willian, kdb, hazard, sane etc many good options

                                      2. toblerone52
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        1 month, 3 days ago

                                        Jordan Ayew

                                        1. toblerone52
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          1 month, 3 days ago

                                          Or Austin

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

                                        how can this be answered not knowing your whole team, how much money you can afford, etc.?

                                    • Feanor
                                        1 month, 3 days ago

                                        We will get the starting lineups before the GW38 deadline? I might save my WC until then.

                                        1. Spike ⚽️
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          1 month, 3 days ago

                                          You might get a few hints but it didn't happen last season

                                      • FC Hakkebøf (FC Chop…
                                          1 month, 3 days ago

                                          Could Mendy be an option for the dgw? Gw36 might come a bit to soon, but as they have already won the league, I find it likely that he will give him time on the pitch in dgw37-sgw38 to get him fit and also give him the option to compete for the french WC squad?

                                          1. Ghost Gooner
                                              1 month, 3 days ago

                                              Not worth the gamble imo

                                              1. FC Hakkebøf (FC Chop…
                                                  1 month, 3 days ago

                                                  Prolly not, but he is so fun to watch

                                            • dumblebee
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              1 month, 3 days ago

                                              Anybody fancying Bednarek of Southampton (4.1m) for Alonso?

                                              It would mean skipping Vertonghen but then having a load of extra cash. 3.0m to be precise.

                                              I will be BB'ing in 37 and need to make some serious changes further up the pitch either way with no City and plenty of out of form players atm.

                                              DDG.
                                              Lowton, Morgan, Naughton.
                                              Mahrez, Son, Willian, Salah.
                                              Kane (c), Barnes, Vardy.
                                              Fab, Gross, Fernandez, Alonso.
                                              1ft, 0,0m.

                                              1. Pierce34
                                                  1 month, 3 days ago

                                                  He'd be a great enabler but unfortunately Stephens is coming back from suspension so he wouldn't be nailed.

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

                                                    ahh- then maybe there goes that!

                                                • Ghost Gooner
                                                    1 month, 3 days ago

                                                    When is Stephens back?

                                                • Hotdogs for Tea
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  1 month, 3 days ago

                                                  If Liverpool reach the final of the CL, which games is Salah likely to play in ? (rough dates give or take a day)

                                                  21-Apr WBA (played)
                                                  25-Apr CL semi
                                                  28-Apr Stoke
                                                  02-May CL semi
                                                  06-May Chelsea
                                                  13-May Brighton
                                                  16-May CL Final

                                                  1. toblerone52
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    1 month, 3 days ago

                                                    CL final is 26th May I think?

                                                    1. Hotdogs for Tea
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      1 month, 3 days ago

                                                      yes it is, my mistake, means Chelsea & Brighton are safe fixtures.

                                                      just that Stoke fixture is the tricky one it seems

                                                  2. dmkp
                                                      1 month, 3 days ago

                                                      He will every game, the stoke game he might not start.

                                                      1. FC Hakkebøf (FC Chop…
                                                          1 month, 3 days ago

                                                          This

                                                      2. Adams6
                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                        1 month, 3 days ago

                                                        CL final 26th May isnt it?

                                                      3. Ghost Gooner
                                                          1 month, 3 days ago

                                                          Could get 65' per game

                                                        • I Member
                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                          1 month, 3 days ago

                                                          I don't think he'll miss any games, whether they get to the final or not.

                                                        • bitm2007
                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                          1 month, 3 days ago

                                                          depends on the result of the Chelsea game, if Pool lose that one then one more slip up and Chelsea can pip them to a CL spot.

                                                          1. FC Hakkebøf (FC Chop…
                                                              1 month, 3 days ago

                                                              If liverpool beat stoke, they only need one point more to progress to CL regardless of Chelsea result

                                                              1. bitm2007
                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                yes which means that can't afford to slip up against Stoke or Brighton if they loss the Chelsea game.

                                                                1. Hotdogs for Tea
                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                  1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                  Chelsea will most likely drop some points in their other games

                                                                  1. bitm2007
                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                    1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                    true but swa, HUD, new doesn't look bad on paper.

                                                        • toblerone52
                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                          1 month, 3 days ago

                                                          For 37 would you rather have:

                                                          A: Smalling and David Silva (have DDG, Sterling and Jesus already)

                                                          B: Alli and Naughton.

                                                          I'm thinking A just wary that united and city may rotate in the double gameweek

                                                          1. Spike ⚽️
                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                            1 month, 3 days ago

                                                            B are more nailed. I'd love to get Silva but will he play out the remaining games?

                                                          2. Jersey
                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                            1 month, 3 days ago

                                                            B

                                                          3. toblerone52
                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                            1 month, 3 days ago

                                                            Just realised I could even extend to Eriksen and van der horn so I think B may actually be better!

                                                        • Chicken Bhuna FC
                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                          1 month, 3 days ago

                                                          If Salah is out of weekend action

                                                          A) Play JAyew
                                                          B) Salah > Hazard (-4)

                                                          Plan to bin Salah for Hazard for dgw regardless

                                                          1. Holmes
                                                              1 month, 3 days ago

                                                              A

                                                            • dmkp
                                                                1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                So if Salah scores against Stoke and Chelsea. Do u think hazard will gain u more points

                                                                1. Team Bobcat
                                                                    1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                    City Spurs or ManU mid more attractive

                                                                2. Team Bobcat
                                                                    1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                    Salah owner dilemmas. Join the club. How is this happening

                                                                3. Scotty B
                                                                    1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                    Who needs Anfield Express when you've got Scotty B...

                                                                    Karius
                                                                    Trent
                                                                    Lovren
                                                                    Van Dijk
                                                                    Robertson
                                                                    Ox
                                                                    Hendo
                                                                    Milner
                                                                    Salah
                                                                    Firmino
                                                                    Mane

                                                                    Full scale attack ⚽

                                                                    1. Spike ⚽️
                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                      1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                      Tonight's line up ?

                                                                    2. Ghost Gooner
                                                                        1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                        Wijnaldum? 😕

                                                                    3. Spurs over rotating City for the run in?
                                                                      TLF
                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                      1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                      Just posted this as a scout cast question but curious to hear what you lot think too.....

                                                                      There is a lot of focus on getting in City assets which makes sense but with the risk of rotation looming, could a Spurs triple up with the nailed 3 of Eriksen, Alli and Kane not be a viable alternative ? I own Alli and Kane. If Salah doesn't start this week, a move from him to Eriksen looks very tempting.

                                                                      1. J0E
                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                        • Has Moderation Rights
                                                                        1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                        If Salah is benched this weekend Eriksen - not Sterlng is my top choice too.

                                                                        But beware rotation can lurk anywhere, as Alli owners found out the other day.

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

                                                                          Thanks for the response Jonty. Yes I am an Alli owner and suffered that misfortune in 34. I really think Eriksen is as good as any City mid for remainder of the season. I'll look forward to your musings on the scoutcast, lots to consider, cheers.

                                                                        2. Pegboy
                                                                            1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                            We can cope without Alli. We cannot cope without Eriksen. I'd be astounded if he's rested in any games.

                                                                            1. Spike ⚽️
                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                              1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                              So true mate

                                                                            2. Pierce34
                                                                                1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                I remember having Eriksen in my bench boost team last year - he ended up being rested for the second match! But yes, I agree he's more essential than Alli.

                                                                          • Chicken Bhuna FC
                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                            1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                            yeah possibly

                                                                          • Hotdogs for Tea
                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                            1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                            Davies, Eriksen, Kane
                                                                            Sterling, Jesus and maybe Ederson

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

                                                                              You not concerned about Davies rotation ? I'm very nervous about the prospect of not buying Jesus but I may just end up with Sterling from City !

                                                                              1. Hotdogs for Tea
                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                not really, Rose is as delicate as a ... mmm .. petal ... and I think will punt on Davies getting some attacking points in Kane's chase for goals

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

                                                                                  Well we all know what Davies is capable of, could be a great option, good luck.

                                                                          • Pierce34
                                                                              1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                              If I were wildcarding now I'd triple up from both teams (not all attack though - one defence from each). As it is, I'm going with Sterling and a Spurs triple up (Vertonghen, Son, Kane).

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

                                                                                I dont fancy Spurs def but can understand your thinking.

                                                                            • Pegboy
                                                                                1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                I'll have Vert, Son + Kane (what I own now, otherwise I'd get in Eriksen) and Sane + Jesus. Might try and squeeze in Sterling too but unlikely.

                                                                              • Team Bobcat
                                                                                  1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                  Spurs assets barr davies whom i own are pretty much nailed. City risk rotation until the end of the srason and liverpool likewise short term. Same can be said of arsenal amd man u....

                                                                                • Goalosaurus
                                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                  1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                  On WC I've got Kane, Eriksen, and Son. Worried about rotation but don't think its too bad a roll of the dice.

                                                                                  I've do have a very cheap def though.

                                                                                  1. Pegboy
                                                                                      1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                      I wouldn't get Son on WC (spoken as an owner), but it could pay off big style.

                                                                                  2. Witty Pun: The Casual
                                                                                      1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                      Don't like owning Alli, but am happy with Eriksen, will Kane, and Davies is my big risk big reward punt

                                                                                    • Shinned it
                                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                      1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                      I can't do that. I've made my Son, Vertonghen and Kane-shaped bed already.

                                                                                    • asquishypotato
                                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                      1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                      Remember when Eriksen was benched for the last few games? Cost me my mini league, especially when my rival went Dele Ali.

                                                                                      Tread with caution any player that will be playing in the World Cup.

                                                                                      1. Pegboy
                                                                                          1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                          Ahhhh, not quite sure how I forgot Denmark qualified. Ignore comment above. There is a chance Eriksen is rested once/if CL qualification is guaranteed.

                                                                                          1. Garth Marenghi
                                                                                              1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                              There’s a month before the world cup starts..Is this really a thing that happens?

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

                                                                                                Injuries as a potential - imagine how Elneny feels about potentially missing out on the World Cup after being injured in essentially a dead rubber game.

                                                                                              2. Pegboy
                                                                                                  1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                                  We've played him in every game bar Southampton away (when injured). I'm not saying he's definitely rested, but there's a chance we manage his minutes more (once/if CL secured).

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

                                                                                                Unfortunately so, I want eriksen but it’s removig Salah and a points hit which seems a bit much.

                                                                                          2. Ajax Hamsterdam
                                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                            1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                            city assets probably a bit more explosive than eriksen and alli. i have eriksen and will get kdb and sterling for gw37

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

                                                                                              KDB more explosive than Eriksen? Not sure about that, KDB tends to be consistent but not necessarily explosive. Stats certainly argue a case for Eriksen. That said Sterling or Sane on their day could be incredibly explosive, I agree.

                                                                                          3. Hungry Singh
                                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                            1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                            I think City are playing with so much freedom now, that even with rotation, they're capable of hauls.

                                                                                            All their opponents are capable of shipping 4 or 5 goals, and they're in the frame of mind and form to do it.

                                                                                          4. Thiga
                                                                                              1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                              I've owned Eriksen since GW22 and currently have Kane and Son as well. Even with the Spurs triple up, I still feel like I need a City mid so it will probably be Mahrez making way for one.

                                                                                            • Balotellitubbies
                                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                              1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                              But Spurs are not in their best form. Got Kane and Son and I will probably keep those 2, but I'm a bit reluctant to triple up. Although City players are risks it is equally risky to go without them. Sterling is gonna be in lots of teams, I'm probably going for him and possibly Jesus.

                                                                                            • arndff_
                                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                              1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                              I was about to be priced out, so last night took a massive -8 hit and made these transfers:

                                                                                              Ryan, Willian, Lukaku to 3.9, Sterling, Jesus.

                                                                                              Hope I won’t regret this.

                                                                                              1. AnzhiBabakin
                                                                                                  1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                                  Looks good to me

                                                                                              2. Postman7
                                                                                                  1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                                  So much depends on your relative mini-league position (are you chasing others or comfortably ahead etc), but in my mind the safe plays are:
                                                                                                  TOT - Vert, Eriksen & Kane
                                                                                                  MCY - Ederson, Sterling, Silva, KDB, Jesus
                                                                                                  Everyone else in either team is likely to be rotated, or at least runs that risk. With lots still to play for, I'd rather play it safe with say Vertonghen than risk highs/lows with Davies as an example, but each to their own.

                                                                                                • Ibracadabra
                                                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                  1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                                  City score 3 goals per game; Tottenham don't and have looked sluggish in recent weeks. Already own Kane and outside of Eriksen, less interested in Alli or Son (Lamela/Moura threatening). Sterling can outscore Eriksen with a 0.5m+ savings even in 3 games versus 4.

                                                                                                  City have scored 98 goals this season = 3 goals per game.

                                                                                                  Tottenham 66 goals. = 2 goals per game.

                                                                                                  4 games left = 12 City goals and 8 Tottenham goals if the averages are right.

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

                                                                                                    You could well be right there. I think I'll be brining Sterling in regardless. For me it's more about whether or not I bring in another City mid alongside him or Eriksen.

                                                                                                • Dybala10
                                                                                                    1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                                    Owned three Spurs for a while and just brought in two City players for this week. Vertonghen, Son, Kane, Jesus and Sterling.

                                                                                                    Ideally I would have Alli or Eriksen over Son but they are the best options imo. City rotation will happen, but they've proven they can do enough in one game to beat the likes of Willian or Mahrez.

                                                                                                  • JurgenRodgers
                                                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                    1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                                    Eriksen got rested in DGw37 last season..

                                                                                                    Don’t think any player bar goalkeepers are 100% safe

                                                                                                  • Rash
                                                                                                      1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                                      As it stands I have 3 city (sterling Silva Jesus) and son from spurs with view to getting Kane this week.. if salah is confirmed put I'll be tempted with a switch to the great Dane

                                                                                                  • Fantasydreamer
                                                                                                      1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                                      For DGW need some advice

                                                                                                      A - Jesus and a 7.2 mid (b.silva, arnie, Ramsey?)

                                                                                                      Or

                                                                                                      B - sterling and another mid asset 9 or below (Ali, sane or d.silva?)

                                                                                                      1. dmkp
                                                                                                          1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                                          Ideally u would want Jesus & 2 city midfielders. There will be goals galore in the dgw

                                                                                                          1. Fantasydreamer
                                                                                                              1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                                              Love too but not sure if would be worth the extra hits with rotation risks

                                                                                                        • Sadio
                                                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                          1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                                          I have bench boost and triple captain left as chips.

                                                                                                          I think TC on a Spurs player this week could be the move.

                                                                                                          Better off in 37?

                                                                                                          1. Pegboy
                                                                                                              1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                                              Totally depends what your bench will look like each week. If you've got three Burnley/Palace as your cheapies, play it this week and TC in 37. If you can get 4 playing DGW subs in 37, play BB then.

                                                                                                          2. Gearoid
                                                                                                              1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                                              No Kane or City assets and Alonso suspended but saving FT this week.

                                                                                                              DDG
                                                                                                              Long Mustafi Cedric
                                                                                                              Salah Son Willian Mahrez Gundmunsson
                                                                                                              Lukaku Firmino

                                                                                                              Bench, Ryan, Murray, Morgan, Alonso

                                                                                                              Will take a hit for Jesus and either Kane/Eriksen in DGW37 with TC.

                                                                                                              GTG?

                                                                                                              1. Spike ⚽️
                                                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                                                That's not bad. Willian could be benched after his reaction to being subbed and Lamela could get the nod over Son who was awful agst Man U

                                                                                                            • V I Lenin
                                                                                                                1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                                                So why aren’t Anfield express releasing the line up then?

                                                                                                                1. Hotdogs for Tea
                                                                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                  1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                                                  don't want to give an advantage to Roma

                                                                                                                2. dmkp
                                                                                                                    1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                                                    Every Liverpool/football fan knows the lineup tonight. The only question is who starts between milner and wijnaldum

                                                                                                                    1. FC Hakkebøf (FC Chop…
                                                                                                                        1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                                                        Milner is a no brainer.. experience, super hard working, totally bossed city's midfield

                                                                                                                      • toblerone52
                                                                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                        1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                                                        Milly gets the start for me, Klopp trusts him in big games

                                                                                                                    2. jarvish
                                                                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                      1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                                                      Dunno - different CL protocols mean they cannot obtain the info maybe?

                                                                                                                    3. Ghost Gooner
                                                                                                                        1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                                                        Doesn't want to get blamed if they lose. Don't see the big deal as Roma would have plans in place for any kind of lineup

                                                                                                                    4. Scheister
                                                                                                                        1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                                                        G2G? 0 FT for Sterling or Salah, maybe next week. Cheers!

                                                                                                                        DDG
                                                                                                                        Vertonghen Christensen Lowton
                                                                                                                        Alli Mahrez Willian Lingard
                                                                                                                        (K)ane Jesus Barnes

                                                                                                                        Ryan, Gross Tarkowski Morgan

                                                                                                                        1. FC Hakkebøf (FC Chop…
                                                                                                                            1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                                                            Christensen was dropped in the semi final, could be dropped again?

                                                                                                                            1. Scheister
                                                                                                                                1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                                                                Agreed. Tark and Morgan not terrible options off the bench here...

                                                                                                                          • FC Hakkebøf (FC Chop…
                                                                                                                              1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                                                              (DIFFERENT FANTASY GAME - basically same point system)

                                                                                                                              Would you rather have Sane or Alli for the remainder of the season? (Already have Kane, Eriksen and Jesus - can't afford Sterling)

                                                                                                                              1. QuintonFortune25
                                                                                                                                  1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                                                                  Sane, especially given you have Kane and Erikson but one 1 City

                                                                                                                                  1. FC Hakkebøf (FC Chop…
                                                                                                                                      1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                                                                      Yeah your prolly right

                                                                                                                                    • FC Hakkebøf (FC Chop…
                                                                                                                                        1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                                                                        Thanks QF

                                                                                                                                  2. Witty Pun: The Casual
                                                                                                                                      1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                                                                      Cant wait to get off my moral high horse on Friday from looking down at all those pile making exact money transfers now, and then realising I'm 0.1 from my required move...

                                                                                                                                    • toblerone52
                                                                                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                      1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                                                                      Having no free hit to use may have cost me points last week but it is nice to have got in Sterling and Jesus already whilst people struggle to think how to fit them in this week. 🙂 and I saved 0.1 on them both which is incredibly important at this stage of the season obviously....

                                                                                                                                      1. Witty Pun: The Casual
                                                                                                                                          1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                                                                          Not sure if the last part is sarcasm 😛

                                                                                                                                          1. toblerone52
                                                                                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                            1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                                                                            I don't know what you are talking about 😉

                                                                                                                                        • Ghost Gooner
                                                                                                                                            1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                                                                            If Pep hints at Sterling rotation then you are in trouble 😆

                                                                                                                                          • Hotdogs for Tea
                                                                                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                            1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                                                                            non FHers took hits last week to bring in a few players, this week the FHers will have to do the same if they want City players ... its all still a cost of the FH though 🙂

                                                                                                                                            1. toblerone52
                                                                                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                              1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                                                                              Yeah the hits will even out this week from last week I reckon. I'm actually looking to save a transfer and then do 3 moves for a hit for 37 🙂

                                                                                                                                        • Champions united
                                                                                                                                            1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                                                                            For a hit
                                                                                                                                            Mahrez to ali can backfire

                                                                                                                                            1. Champions united
                                                                                                                                                1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                                                                                Sryy
                                                                                                                                                Its mahrez to sterling

                                                                                                                                                1. dmkp
                                                                                                                                                    1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                                                                                    Yes, he could end with 20 points between now end of season

                                                                                                                                              • Geezer
                                                                                                                                                  1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                                                                                  What to do with Bailly?
                                                                                                                                                  A: Keep
                                                                                                                                                  B: Sell

                                                                                                                                                  1. Spike ⚽️
                                                                                                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                                    1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                                                                                    Sell. There are better options that are guaranteed starts

                                                                                                                                                  2. Pegboy
                                                                                                                                                      1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                                                                                      I can bench him easily this week, but I'll sell in 37 to raise funds for Jesus.

                                                                                                                                                  3. ZeBestee
                                                                                                                                                      1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                                                                                      Kane has played in part, in the last 2-3 games off Son (who was ahead of him as a number 9). Looks like his lack of pace sometimes goes against him, more so if not sharp enough after the injury layoff. This tactic can be repeated for the rest of the season and Son (if he starts both the DGW games) might be the biggest beneficiary. The more i read comments in here and link them to the previous Spurs games i have watched i feel i might just give Sterling/Jesus the TC come DGW37. What do you fellows think?

                                                                                                                                                      1. Pegboy
                                                                                                                                                          1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                                                                                          Poch has experimented for 10-20 minute periods recently playing Kane #10 behind Son and it's been horrible to watch.

                                                                                                                                                      2. bitm2007
                                                                                                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                                        1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                                                                                        If Pool lose to Stoke at the weekend Chelsea will have their CL fate for next season back in their own hands. So surely Pool have got to field a strong starting lineup this weekend.

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

                                                                                                                                                          Big guns on the bench if needed

                                                                                                                                                          1. bitm2007
                                                                                                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                                            1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                                                                                            risky

                                                                                                                                                        2. Pierce34
                                                                                                                                                            1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                                                                                            I agree, though I think Klopp would expect to beat Stoke even without a full-strength team. A bit like he played West Brom without Firmino and a second-string defence.

                                                                                                                                                          • Ajax Hamsterdam
                                                                                                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                                            1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                                                                                            mmh cant see stoke winning even with a weakened pool side. anfield express will provide all the answers hopefully 🙂

                                                                                                                                                            1. bitm2007
                                                                                                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                                              1 month, 3 days ago

                                                                                                                                                              Pool have first game of GW again, so I will be keeping a close eye on the Anfeild Express twitter feed on Friday.