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Pre-Season

How the World Cup will affect FPL: Chelsea attack could miss early Gameweeks

Several Premier League clubs will have their pre-season plans and team selections for early Gameweeks affected by the World Cup, which will affect Fantasy Premier League too.

In this the first of two articles on the subject, we discuss which players will be returning home late and how many minutes they chalked up whilst in Russia. In cases where FPL assets are likely to miss matches, we have put forward potential alternatives.

At the very least, we are expecting more disruption to the start of the 2018/19 season than we saw with the last World Cup. Four years ago, players involved in the semi-finals, third/fourth place play-off and the final had either 34 or 35 days to fit in a (likely) three-week break and some pre-season training before the first Premier League match. On average, they returned to their club sides in either Gameweek 2 or 3. This time around it will be either a 27 or 28 day gap, depending on which remaining World Cup fixture the player participates in, so we could see absences until at least Gameweek 4.

Even those who didn’t play any minutes in Russia were still part of rigorous training camps for the tournament and needed to be fully match fit when they would normally be on holiday. Those assets will still return to pre-season with their respective clubs later than usual and may well also see their minutes and performances limited when the 2018/19 campaign begins.

With all of these players we aren’t suggesting they will all miss out on playing in the first few Gameweeks, only that it might be a possibility. It is certainly conceivable that a lot of players will be overtired from a busy summer and will struggle to perform to the best of their abilities.

Our readers should follow the regular Scout Notes articles on pre-season friendlies to see who is playing and performing for their clubs ahead of the Gameweek 1 deadline.

In part one we are examining every team from Arsenal to Huddersfield. Leicester City to Wolverhampton Wanderers will be published on Friday.

ARSENAL

  • SEMI-FINALS: Danny Welbeck | 0 starts, 11 minutes
  • QUARTER-FINALS: Lucas Torreira | 3 starts, 304 minutes
  • LAST 16: David Ospina | 4 starts 399 minutes
  • LAST 16: Granit Xhaka | 4 starts 360 minutes
  • LAST 16: Stephan Lichsteiner | 3 starts 267 minutes
  • LAST 16: Nacho Monreal | 0 starts 0 minutes
  • GROUP STAGE: Mohamed Elneny | 3 starts 244 minutes
  • GROUP STAGE: Mesut Ozil | 2 starts 180 minutes
  • GROUP STAGE: Joel Campbell | 1 start 113 minutes
  • GROUP STAGE: Alex Iwobi | 1 start 64 minutes

Arsenal look set to be largely unaffected by this summer’s World Cup, furthering their Fantasy appeal in the early part of the season. The last player to return to pre-season training for them will be England’s Danny Welbeck (£6.5m), who made it as far as the semi-finals with England, but only played 11 minutes of football. His absence shouldn’t cause any issues for new manager Unai Emery, who is expected to start both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.0m) and Alexandre Lacazette (£10.5m) in the Arsenal forward line.

Hector Bellerin (£5.5m) looks set to benefit from new signing Stephan Lichsteiner’s (£5.0m) involvement at the World Cup. The experienced international started three of Switzerland’s matches as they made it to the last sixteen. Emery’s decision to sign Lichsteiner from Juventus appeared to be focussed on providing cover for Bellerin, so the rotation threat was minimal anyway, but the World Cup has cemented his starting berth for the first few weeks at least.

Nacho Monreal (£5.5m) may miss some training after going to the last sixteen with Spain but he did not feature in Russia so may still be fresh. Likewise, Alex Iwobi (£5.5m) started just one match for Nigeria as they were knocked out in the group stage while Mesut Ozil (£8.5m) was only involved twice for Germany’s shock first-round exit. Goalkeeper David Ospina (not on FPL yet) made it to the last sixteen with Colombia having played every minute for his country, but he is now firmly third choice behind Bernd Leno (£5.0m) and Petr Cech (£5.0m).

The only area of concern for the Gunners appears to be in holding midfield. Mohamed Elneny (£5.0m) and Granit Xhaka (£5.5m) both played every minute of their respective nations’ campaigns in Russia while new signing Lucas Torreira (£5.0m) made it to the quarter-finals with Uruguay. One of them will have to be in the starting line-up for Gameweek 1, without a full pre-season in north London. That is likely to be Elneny who may be back with Arsenal sometime next week, ahead of the other two.

BOURNEMOUTH

Bournemouth had no players at the World Cup.

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION

  • LAST SIXTEEN: Jose Izquierdo | 1 start, 70 minutes
  • GROUP STAGE: Mat Ryan | 3 starts, 270 minutes
  • GROUP STAGE: Leon Balogun | 3 starts 270 minutes

Brighton look set to be largely unscathed by World Cup absences this season. The Seagull that spent the longest at the tournament was Colombian midfielder Jose Izquierdo (£6.0m), who reached the last sixteen. Having left Russia shortly after July 3 after just 70 minutes of football, Izquierdo could still form part of Brighton’s Gameweek 1 first-team but he will, of course, be late back to pre-season training. Last season he was not always a first-team regular anyway, making just 23 starts.

New signing Leon Balogun (£4.5m)’s last match in Russia was on June 27 having played every minute of Nigeria’s Group D campaign. The centre-back left the tournament with enough time to have a break before returning to training not too late, so it’s worth tracking our Scout Notes over the coming weeks to see how often he features in friendlies. For now, Shane Duffy (£4.5m) and Lewis Dunk (£4.5m) look the go-to options in Brighton’s defence again.

Mat Ryan (£4.5m) was eliminated in the group stages with Australia giving him just enough to have a break before returning to training not too late. As a goalkeeper, he is less likely to miss out compared to Izquierdo and Balogun, although it’s still worth tracking how often he plays in pre-season.

BURNLEY

  • SEMI-FINALS: Nick Pope | 0 starts, 0 minutes
  • GROUP STAGE: Johann Berg Gudmundsson | 2 starts, 153 minutes

Nick Pope (£5.0m) is Burnley’s last active World Cup player, his return from Russia not due until after England have competed in Saturday’s third/fourth place play-off. While the Clarets’ goalkeeper has not played any minutes in Russia, he has still been heavily involved in England training when he would normally be resting. Tom Heaton (£5.0m) has also worked with the Three Lions over the summer, so the World Cup doesn’t really change the fact that either one of the two goalkeepers could be number one for Gameweek 1

The most likely to miss out on a place in the Burnley starting XI early on, is Johann Berg Gudmundsson (£6.0m). The Icelandic midfielder only started two matches, played 153 minutes and was knocked out in the group stage – but he sustained a muscle injury against Argentina which kept him out of the 2-0 defeat to Nigeria. Gudmundsson did return for their final group stage match but it is not known close to full fitness he was, with Iceland’s passage into the knockout rounds riding on their fortunes against Croatia.

Slight doubts hanging over Gudmundsson could open the door on the right of midfield for Aaron Lennon (£5.5m). If he is not involved in the first few weeks of the season, Robbie Brady (£5.5m) is the most likely to assume Gudmundsson’s set-piece responsibilities before his return to the side.

CARDIFF CITY

  • GROUP STAGE: Aron Gunnarsson | 3 starts, 253 minutes

The only Cardiff player at this summer’s World Cup was Icelandic midfielder Aron Gunnarsson (£4.5m). An important figure for both club and country, he started all three group stage matches before being eliminated at that stage.

CHELSEA

  • FINAL: N’Golo Kante | 6 starts 540 minutes
  • FINAL: Olivier Giroud | 5 starts, 465 minutes
  • SEMI-FINAL: Thibaut Courtois | 6 starts, 540 minutes
  • SEMI-FINAL: Eden Hazard | 5 starts, 428 minutes
  • SEMI-FINAL: Ruben Loftus-Cheek | 2 starts, 190 minutes
  • SEMI-FINAL: Michy Batshuayi | 1 start, 113 minutes
  • SEMI-FINAL: Gary Cahill | 1 start 90 minutes
  • QUARTER-FINAL: Willian | 5 starts, 359 minutes
  • LAST 16: Andreas Christensen | 4 starts, 306 minutes
  • LAST 16: Willy Caballero | 2 starts, 180 minutes
  • LAST 16: Cesar Azpilicueta | 0 starts, 0 minutes
  • GROUP STAGE: Victor Moses | 3 starts, 270 minutes
  • GROUP STAGE: Antonio Rudiger | 1 start, 90 minutes

Chelsea may rank highly for defence on our season ticker but the World Cup looks set to seriously damage their chances of keeping clean sheets in the first few Gameweeks. N’Golo Kante (£5.0m) will surely be absent early on, with France preparing for the final, and upon his return the former Leicester City man may not be at his absolute best. The defence will certainly struggle without him to provide his trademark protection from midfield.

Several defensive players will also be arriving back in London too; so many in fact, that a fair few will almost have to start Gameweek 1 without full pre-season preparation. Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois (£5.5m) should be okay to return to the side despite going all the way to the third/fourth place play-off with Belgium, but that’s on account of his position more than anything else. Gary Cahill (£5.5m) went deep with England although he only played in one match, as did Germany’s Antonio Rudiger (£5.5m) on his way to being eliminated in the group stage. Andreas Christensen (£5.5m) looks a risk having played 306 minutes on the way to the last sixteen with Denmark.

Accordingly, Marcos Alonso (£6.5m) and Davide Zappacosta (£5.5m) would be first-choice in the wing-back positions, that’s if Chelsea are still playing 3-4-3 under their new manager. Azpilicueta is renowned for his durability and will probably slot straight back into central defence alongside Cahill and Rudiger, with Christensen is unlikely to feature at least initially. With Antonio Conte now out of the job, David Luiz (£5.5m) may even get a look-in, given he’s had more rest than Cahill, Rudiger and Christensen this summer.

Further up the pitch, Eden Hazard (£10.5m), Willian (£7.5m) and Olivier Giroud (£8.0m) all going deep into the tournament opens the door for Pedro (£6.5m), Ross Barkley (£6.0m) and Alvaro Morata (£9.0m). The two midfielders feel more likely to be involved with Morata potentially on his way out of the club. Gonzalo Higuain has been linked with a move to Chelsea, and if that is completed before the start of the season than Giroud’s absence will mean he’ll slot straight in, having played just 132 minutes in Russia.

CRYSTAL PALACE

  • GROUP STAGE: Luka Milivojevic | 2 starts, 171 minutes

Crystal Palace will be largely unaffected by the World Cup with just one player involved in this summer’s finals. Luka Milivojevic (£6.5m) started just two matches in Russia and played 171 minutes before coming home after the group stages. He should be back with Palace next week, affording him enough time to not miss much Premier League action. In the unlikely event that he does miss a game or two at the start of 2018/19, Wilfried Zaha (£7.0m) might assume his penalty-taking responsibilities. Palace currently top our season ticker for attack in the first six Gameweeks so it’s worth investing in their midfielders and/or forwards.

EVERTON

  • SEMI-FINALS: Jordan Pickford | 6 starts, 609 minutes
  • GROUP STAGE: Gylfi Sigurdsson | 3 starts, 270 minutes
  • GROUP STAGE: Idrissa Gueye | 3 starts, 270 minutes

England World Cup hero Jordan Pickford (£5.0m) will have a very late return to the Everton camp this summer, although as a goalkeeper, he should be involved from Gameweek 1. In the unlikely event that Pickford does not play in the first few Gameweeks, Maarten Stekelenburg is available at £4.0m – so it’s worth seeing what happens in the Toffees pre-season matches.

Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.5m) and Idrissa Gueye (£5.0m) played every minute for their respective countries before both being knocked out in the group stages. Slightly late returns to training are expected but they are unlikely to miss out for Gameweek 1. Davy Klaassen (£6.0m) currently looks the only alternative to Sigurdsson and was not used much last season.

FULHAM

Fulham had no players at the World Cup.

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN

  • LAST 16: Mathias ‘Zanka’ Jorgensen | 2 starts, 229 minutes
  • LAST 16: Jonas Lossl | 0 starts, 0 minutes
  • GROUP STAGE: Aaron Mooy | 3 starts, 270 minutes
  • GROUP STAGE: Ramadan Sobhi | 0 starts, 56 minutes

Two of Huddersfield’s defensive players went to the second round of the World Cup with Denmark, although one looks more prone to rotation initially. Mathias ‘Zanka’ Jorgensen (£4.5m) made two starts in Russia playing 229 minutes of football, while Jonas Lossl (£4.5m) remained an unused understudy to Kasper Schmeichel (£5.0m).

Further up the pitch, Aaron Mooy (£5.5m) was a key player for Australia and feels more likely to be affected by his World Cup campaign than new signing Ramadan Sobhi (£5.0m), who didn’t make a single start and only played 56 minutes. But neither one is particularly likely to miss involvement in Gameweek 1 as a result of their exploits.

662 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Those colour pictures hurt my eyes... so used to black and white...
    :O

  2. Auboomerang
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Begovic
    Robertson, Tomkins, Coleman, Cedric
    Salah, Mane, Sanchez, Jota
    Aguero, Zaha

    Boruc, Daniels, Masuaku, Quaner.

    Any obvious changes to be made in that team? Ideally, I want more City in my team with their fixtures, but hard to pick 100% nailed players at this stage.

    1. Stefan1221
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Sane won't be nailed but should start most games cus he's not got as much competition at lw. Mahrez should start the first few games with Sterling being out. Would pick one of those in place of mane who's the most defensive out of the 3 Liverpool attackers

  3. Spokey
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    The starting fixtures for West ham are rough, but their transfers in are smooth. How will Yarmolenko (7.0) and Wilshere (5.0) do and where will they play? Will West Ham play with 4 at the back this season? This is how I would like to see the team as a non West ham supporter:

    Fabianski
    Cresswell - Ogbonna - Reid - Fredericks
    Noble - Wilshere
    Antonio - Lanzini - Yarmolenko
    Arnatovic

    1. MattB
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Lanzini out for pretty much the whole season

    2. Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Looks like a decent team Noble, Wilshere, Cresswell and Antonio must be cursing Big Sam's greed and wondering how they would have played in Russia...

  4. stat
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Most reliable 4.5M mid?
    Stephens from Brighton?

    1. Auboomerang
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Yeah he'll rack you up steady 2-3 points. Masuaku has an assist in him though for the same price (Just bad fixtures)

  5. Garlana
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Good balance or too light weight up top?

    Fabianski/foster
    Mendy, Robertson, azpi, Cedric
    Dsilva, Salah(c), willian, sane
    Firmino, zaha

    Kamara, masuaku, peltier

    Thanks

    1. MattB
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Id say a little light up top, if a couple of big hitters gets going it will hit you hard

      1. Garlana
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Maybe, or two transfers to move out a city mid for zaha. Thanks

  6. MattB
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Tear me apart:

    Ederson
    Bailly Bellerin Tark
    Sanchez Sane Willian Jota
    Aubameyang Arnie Firmino

    Stekelenburg cedric schneiderlin
    Peletier

    Thoughts?

    1. The Mighty Hippo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      great team....love the Sanchez pick.

    2. Ason Willa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Bellerin+Auba bad fixtures

    3. Ghost Gooner
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      I'd steer clear of Arsenal defence til gw3

  7. Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    There is a typo on Aaron Lennon's price in the above article.
    He is not 5.5.
    He is in fact even better value 5.0m!

    1. Brosstan
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      One of the first in every draft I make.

  8. Camzy
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Draft #2

    Ederson Speroni
    Kompany TAA Jagielka Ream Bednarek
    Salah Sane Yarmolenko Deulofeu 4.5m
    Lukaku Firmino Tosun

    Feeling a bit jittery on Kun for some reason. And I think this season Lukaku is gonna establish himself as the best CF in the league (maybe even better than Kane). Yarmolenko is an interesting punt. He's very attacking and is one of those fantasy goldmines that takes all the set pieces and penalties. 35 goals in 77 games for his country too.

    1. Auboomerang
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Yarmolenko's Dortmund stats put me off him. 3 goals and 2 assists in 18 games is pretty meh for that price. Combined with the fact that West Ham have awful fixtures... not for me.

      Like the rest of your team though, not template.

      1. Camzy
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Funny coz I usually end up with pretty template-y teams. Haven't read much lately though so just making something that makes sense to me.

        Yeah, Yarmo's stats at Dortmund suck, but that's likely because he simply couldn't get in the team with Reus and Gotze among others in similar spots.

    2. Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Yarmolenko just seems to be one those fellas who used to be good, but now his career is winding down.
      West Ham start of the slippery slope.

    3. Spokey
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Kompany, TAA and Lukaku are all unlikely to play GW1 because of the world cup.

    4. Ghost Gooner
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Lukaku and Kompany are not going to start gw1. Yarmolenko has terrible fixtures and is new to the league. TAA and Jag not nailed

      1. Camzy
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        TAA and Jag will be whatever 5.0 LIV and 4.5m EVE are gonna start. It has to be someone, we'll know closer to the time.

        I don't think just because they played in the WC they won't start GW 1. There's still a long time before the season kicks off. Obviously, if they don't start I'll take em out for whoever does start. Lukaku > Kun. Kompany > 5.5m whatever.

    5. Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Peltier (Cardiff) and Bennett (Wolves) are other options if Bednarek loses his place.
      Daniels better option then Ream? Clean sheet against Cardiff surely?

      1. Camzy
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Daniels is better. Thanks for that. Rotates well with Everton too. I was looking for a good team to rotate with Everton.

    6. Prøfeßor Bear …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      The defence needs working on. Kompany to Robertson and go from there, imo. I understand the appeal of Ederson and Speroni, but I think there is more value for money with the 4.5s (not to mention points for saves and bonus etc). Everton may sign Mina. Even if they don't, I wouldn't risk an ageing 4.5, get Coleman or Keane. There are some great 4.5 defenders. The midfield and attack looks very good (my personal opinion is there is more potential in the 6.5 midfielders but that's neither here nor there).

  9. stat
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Foster - Guaita
    Coleman - Robertson - Cedric - Tomkins - Peltier
    Salah - Ramsey - Siggy - Jota - Stephens
    Zaha - Aguero - Firmino

    Aguero vs Auba is a really tough decision. On the one hand, Auba is pretty much guaranteed to start every single game, but on the other hand, if we are looking at it in terms of short term fixtures, while Auba plays Chelsea away in GW 2, Aguero is at home to Huddersfield.

    Zaha over Tosun / Arnie is relatively more straightforward. Tosun's fixtures are good too, but Zaha ended the season very well and I don't want my team to be over-reliant on Everton.

    Jota's fixtures aren't the best, but Wolves are expected to do well and last season he started 10 games as a CF. At 6.5 he's probably one worth taking a risk on.

    Any major weaknesses?

    1. Ghost Gooner
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      I like it

    2. Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      The structure you went with seems to fit nicely.
      Crucially, bar Aguero you have picked fellas who are very likely to start,

      You don't need any help!

    3. Choupo Trap House
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      I'd dump Firmino for a 4.5 and upgrade that midfield

      1. Legend of Rosický
        4 months, 8 days ago

        this

      2. stat
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Do you mean spreading the funds among the midfield?
        Or for example, Firmino -> 4.5, Stephens -> Eriksen?

    4. BigBarn
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 8 days ago

      I totally see where you're coming from but the defence sticks out a bit for me. Robertson aside, it looks a bit reliant on occasional attacking returns and save points.

      1. stat
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        I was thinking of getting Azpi but Chelsea will be without Kante for a few GWs.
        Meanwhile there's too much choice in the City defence and the same goes for United.
        What would you suggest?

  10. Legend of Rosický
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Happy with this for now, haven't tinkered in a while
    RMT

    Patricio/ Speroni
    Azpi/ VVD/ Coleman/ Cedric/ Peltier
    Salah/ Sanchez/ Ramsey/ Walcott/ Cairny
    Aguero/ Zaha/ Kamara

    Any feedback appreciated

  11. Towns81
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Feedback on team? Not my GW1 starters, but lesser players on bench:

    Pickford
    Sokratis / Laporte / Ale-Arnold
    Willian / Eriksen / David Silva / Ramsey
    Zaha / Aguero / Tosun

    Begovic / Tarkowski / Jota / Sakho - 0 ITB

    1. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Bench is way too expensive. Downgrade it a bit and focus on your starting XI.

      1. Towns81
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Cheers

  12. TATTOOED_2
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    What does everyone make of this:

    Ederson/Fabianski
    TAA/Daniels/Cedric/Kolasinac/Vinagre
    Sane/Keita/Eriksen/Neves/Mkhi
    Aguero/Firmino/Zaha

    0.5m ITB

    1. feed feo
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Amazing how affordable when no Mo. I think Mo is essential.

  13. Legend of Rosický
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Cairney on pens?

  14. Foozeball
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Would it be madness to captain Aubameyang? Obviously tough fixture, but he's a proven goalscorer who ended last season in excellent form, and Arsenal will be desperate to get off to a strong start under their new manager

  15. MS DOS
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Call me mr tinkerman but I’m quite enjoying this draft. Very big hitter heavy but feel there are some big city and pool points in the first few weeks...

    Fab
    Robertson/PVA/Cedric/Daniels
    Silva/Sane/Salah/Delofeu
    Aguero/Firmino

    Hamer/Tomkins/McArthur/Kamara

    Too unbalanced or worth the risk to get an early shot towards the top end of things?

  16. sergioaguero67
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    A premium striker above 9m who is sure of regular starts?
    Apart from Kane and Firmino?
    How about Aguero?
    Please help

    1. The Laowai
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Aubamayang for now lacazette will start too

  17. Arceus
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Any starting 4.0 defenders?

  18. dayanpetrow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 7 days ago

    Initial DRAFT:

    Ederson (Hamer)
    Jones Tomkins Mee (Bednarek Daniels)
    Gudmundsson Sigurdsson Sanchez Eriksen (Gunnarsson or any 4.5 starter)
    Zaha Aguero Firmino

    1.5 iTB

    Notes:
    Willing to push the defense with a Chelsea/Spurs/Arsenal def (Azpi/Ver/Monreal)
    Son to Eriksen when Son is back in the team
    Sanchez and Firmino can be Salah and Arnautovic but I am somewhat reluctant to believe Salah can reproduce
    Auba to Aguero after GW2

  19. JohnR84
    4 months, 7 days ago

    Thoughts kind FPLers?

    DDG
    Van Aanholt / Matip / Daniels
    Mane (C) / Son / Fabinho / Mili
    Auba / Aguero / Barnes

    Bench:
    Fabianski / Deulofeu / Coleman / Tomkins 0.5ITB

    Trying to ensure I've got players that won't be rested from the WC. Few differentials in there. Think DDG is probably worth the price on balance. Bit of a gamble on Fabinho (only 6.0). Thinking Lovren will be rested for Matip for at least a couple of weeks. Mane bit of a differential. Coleman over Daniels for GW2, or potentially GW1 (undecided).

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    • 4 Years
    4 months, 7 days ago

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