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FPL Team News – De Bruyne set for return as Klopp guarded on Salah

Kevin de Bruyne could change the landscape of Fantasy Premier League very soon after Pep Guardiola confirmed he is once again in contention for Manchester City.

The Belgian midfielder has been on the sidelines since August but has recovered from his injury in time to be considered for the side set to face Burnley.

However, Guardiola admitted that he did not know whether or not he would start the match or simply be involved from the bench. At the very least, he should be watched by Fantasy managers in the coming weeks now that he has fallen to £9.7m.

Meanwhile, the Man City manager revealed that Ilkay Gundogan would be out for two to three weeks with an unspecified injury.

In the same breath, he announced that Fabian Delph was available again, which could cause some concern for Benjamin Mendy owners, or anyone tempted to purchase him.

While the Frenchman has had more game-time in recent weeks, Guardiola is always prone to rotation, especially in favourable home fixtures.

There was some frustration for owners of Liverpool assets as Jurgen Klopp was typically non-committal when referring to the ongoing injury saga at Anfield.

Naby Keita was the only player he was prepared to rule out claiming that some of Mohamed Salah (muscle), Sadio Mané (thumb), Virgil van Dijk (rib) and James Milner (hamstring injury) had trained and that they were all facing late fitness tests.

Reports in the media this week have been positive as far as Salah and van Dijk are concerned with less certainty expressed over Mané and Milner.

It was a similar story at Bournemouth where Fantasy managers were hoping for a clearcut statement on Ryan Fraser from manager Eddie Howe.

Instead, they got the following:

“We’ll have to see with Ryan. He’s been carrying a hamstring injury for a few weeks, we’ll have to see and make a late decision on him, but he’s certainly a doubt.” – Eddie Howe

Howe went on to clarify that if Fraser were to miss the Gameweek 9 visit of Southampton he would almost certainly be fit for Gameweek 10.

Junior Stanislas looks first in line to claim Fraser’s place if he does not feature on Saturday.

Howe also revealed that Josh King was struggling with an ankle injury sustained on international duty with Norway but that he was hoping not to rest him considering his current form.

Things were a little more straightforward at Chelsea where most of the injury concerns are either minor or concerning players less in the Fantasy spotlight.

Ethan Ampadu will be out for a few weeks while Maurizio Sarri says he “thinks” Antonio Rudiger and Mateo Kovacic will recover from their knocks in time to face Manchester United. Ross Barkley was also revealed to have a minor injury that could only keep him out for one or two days and is therefore not ruled out of Saturday’s lunchtime match.

Marco Silva announced that Idrissa Gueye is a doubt for Gameweek 9 but revealed that he may be able to include Yerry Mina, Andre Gomes and James McCarthy in his matchday squad.

Wilfried Zaha remains a doubt for the Crystal Palace side visiting Goodison Park on Sunday. Roy Hodgson revealed that the Ivory Coast international had not trained since picking up his injury and that he was touch and go to train on Saturday.

On Thursday, Tottenham broke the news that Christian Eriksen had recovered from his abdomen and that, along with Mousa Dembele, he was available for Gamweek 9. Dele Alli, Danny Rose and Jan Vertonghen remain ruled out.

Finally, Marko Arnautovic‘s fitness was given another vote of confidence by West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini who explained that he does not have an injury. However, he did make reference to the fact that he has to be “careful” with his knee.

This is just a round-up of some of the bigger Fantasy Premier League talking points from the Gameweek 9 press conferences. Get the full team news and predicted line-ups on our TEAM NEWS page.

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648 Comments Post a Comment
  1. g40steve
    29 days, 8 hours ago

    Is Barkley an option after last week?

    Holebas & Wally to Barkley & Mendy?

    1. Rash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 8 hours ago

      Injury doubt

    2. DARE TO BISCAN
      29 days, 8 hours ago

      Not been a regular. Monitor for now

  2. JurgenRocks
    • 3 Years
    29 days, 8 hours ago

    Patricio,
    Laporte, Doherty, Alonso, TAA,
    Salah (75% injured), Maddison, Hazard
    Aguero, Mitrovic, Murray

    Hart, Hojberg, Fraser (75% injured), AWB

    I have two FT, but a pretty solid team. The only change I can really see is selling Salah, but their next three fixtures are quite good if he gets better.

    Sell or stay the same?

    1. child of God
      29 days, 8 hours ago

      Keep

    2. Gonna mesut up
      • 5 Years
      29 days, 8 hours ago

      I would leave Salah in, maybe you can use a transfer on awb to bennet or something øike that so that you are set up for later?

    3. Camzy
      • 8 Years
      29 days, 7 hours ago

      He's like 90-95% chance to play imo. Keep Salah.

    4. DARE TO BISCAN
      29 days, 7 hours ago

      Keep Mo. Hart to Fabianski?

  3. Sir Edo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    29 days, 8 hours ago

    Late Wolves presser today, any Jimenez late arrival news?

  4. Bill Haverchuck
    • 6 Years
    29 days, 8 hours ago

    Any thoughts on this WC are appreciated.

    Patricio Hamer
    Laporte TAA Robbo Bennett AWB
    Haz Sterling Richarlison Knockaert Billing
    Aguero Mitro Firmino

    1. child of God
      29 days, 8 hours ago

      You're good to go

      1. Bill Haverchuck
        • 6 Years
        29 days, 7 hours ago

        Cheers dude

    2. Stonerrocks
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      29 days, 7 hours ago

      2 Liverpool defenders?! TAA a slight risk too since he's been benched since Lovren came back with Gomez shifted to FB.

  5. Austin 3:16
    29 days, 7 hours ago

    Zaha gonna drop tonight??

    1. Ghost Gooner
      • 5 Years
      29 days, 7 hours ago

      fplstatistics.co.uk/Home/IndexAndroid

  6. Va Fa NGolo
    • 3 Years
    29 days, 7 hours ago

    Ederson (Hamer)
    Alonso Doherty Robertson Trippier (AWB)
    Hazard (VC) Richarlison Mane (Maddison)
    Kun (C) Wilson Mitrovic

    1FT 1.2 ITB

    Cant afford Mane to Sterling (by.2) Rollover and do next week? Something else?

    Ta

    1. Hazard is an FPL legend
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 7 hours ago

      would roll as u have maddy as bench cover

      1. Va Fa NGolo
        • 3 Years
        29 days, 7 hours ago

        This is sensible. Think I will do. Ta

  7. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    29 days, 7 hours ago

    Current team below. 2 FTs. 1.0 ITB:

    Patricio
    Alonso / Robertson / Doherty
    Salah / Hazard / Richarlison / Fraser*
    Aguero / Mitrovic / Zaha*

    Hamer // AWB / Tomkins / Neves

    As part of a -4 with Mendy in for Tomkins, which of the below looks best?

    A) Neves/Zaha > Murphy/Wilson
    B) Neves/Zaha > Knockaert/Jiminez
    C) Neves/Fraser > Kenedy/Brooks
    D) Neves/Fraser > Murphy/Brooks
    E) Neves/Fraser > Kenedy/Murphy
    F) Neves/Fraser > Knockaert/4.4m
    G) Other?

    For C/D/E/F, I would look to do Zaha > Arnie the following week..

    1. Stonerrocks
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      29 days, 7 hours ago

      B

    2. Hazard is an FPL legend
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 7 hours ago

      a

  8. Hazard is an FPL legend
    • 1 Year
    29 days, 7 hours ago

    What would you do with this team?Have a few injury doubts

    1ft, 0.9m itb, WC in hand

    Patricio
    Alonso - Mendy - Doherty
    Salah* - Hazard - Richarlison - Fraser*
    Aguero(c) - Mitrovic - King*

    Fabianski - Wanbisakka - Chilwell - Stephens

    A)Roll free transfer and awb first sub
    B)Roll free transfer and chilwell first sub
    C)Stephens to kenedy or murphy or camarasa for bench cover
    D)Any other moves

    thoughts??

    1. Desperately Seeking Dusan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      29 days, 7 hours ago

      I would go with A. Not sure about Fraser but the others I'm confident will play.

      1. jtreble
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        29 days, 7 hours ago

        Agree.

      2. Hazard is an FPL legend
        • 1 Year
        29 days, 7 hours ago

        thnks.Leaning to it too.2fts would be handy next week.Lot to assess regarding many teams this week

    2. Stonerrocks
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      29 days, 7 hours ago

      Maybe Fraser to Maddison or King to Arnie.

      1. Hazard is an FPL legend
        • 1 Year
        29 days, 7 hours ago

        fraser to maddy not possible.Need to make a decision on mitro or king to arnie by gw11 so i want time to assess that

        1. Stonerrocks
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          29 days, 7 hours ago

          Don't get rid of Mitrovic, his upcoming fixtures are excellent! King out for Arnie would be a great move on paper.

  9. spikkis
    • 1 Year
    29 days, 7 hours ago

    Would you take a hit to transfer out hennessy? Already going to transfer out trippier to Robertson and zaha to arnie. I dont think hennesy would get a cs and need to transfer him out annyway next gw

    1. Hazard is an FPL legend
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 7 hours ago

      have a feeling cpl will be very defensive if no zaha and go for a 0-0.Wont ship him out for a hit tbh

    2. Stonerrocks
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      29 days, 7 hours ago

      No

  10. Arlo
    • 3 Years
    29 days, 7 hours ago

    a) Zaha to Wilson
    b) Mane to Sterling

    Both for -4

    or just a)

    Would probably rather have Mane over Sterling next week though

    1. Stonerrocks
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      29 days, 7 hours ago

      a

      1. Arlo
        • 3 Years
        29 days, 7 hours ago

        Cheers, it's where I'm at right now.

        Only half way through a bottle of red though, so things may change 🙂

  11. Dosh
    • 4 Years
    29 days, 7 hours ago

    A) Fraser --> Stanislas FT

    B) Save and play Bennett

    1. MMN
      • 4 Years
      29 days, 7 hours ago

      Save for sure

    2. Sharpe Shuffle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      29 days, 7 hours ago

      Don’t get Stanislas - he won’t play enough

  12. MMN
    • 4 Years
    29 days, 7 hours ago

    0 FT 3.8m ITB, anything worth a hit with 3 doubts?

    Pat (WAT)
    Alonso (MUN), Doherty (WAT), Robbo (hud)
    Hazard (MUN), Mane* (hud), Bilva (BUR), Richa (CRY), Fraser* (SOU)
    Aguero (BUR), Zaha* (eve)

    Hamer- AWB - Kamara - Peltier

    I'm thinking either (benching Zaha in both cases) ...

    A) Kamara > Arnie/Mitro
    B) Peltier > Mendy

    Don't want to sell Mane or Fraser as I want them for GW 10.

  13. SPorting
    • 7 Years
    29 days, 7 hours ago

    Burning an FT this week. Feels wrong.

    First world problems.

    1. badgerboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      29 days, 7 hours ago

      Auction it off. Plenty on here taking a hit.

    2. twoplustwo
      • 4 Years
      29 days, 7 hours ago

      B******

  14. Sharpe Shuffle
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    29 days, 7 hours ago

    2 FTs. Kane and Son to...

    A) Sterling and Laca
    B) Salah and Mitro

    1. twoplustwo
      • 4 Years
      29 days, 7 hours ago

      A for me

  15. twoplustwo
    • 4 Years
    29 days, 7 hours ago

    Chaps, Razza and Gomez + or Robbo and KDB? Medium term.

  16. Dosh
    • 4 Years
    29 days, 6 hours ago

    Robbo Alonso Digne (Bennett AWB)
    Hazard Sterling Rich Fraser* (Cairney*)
    Aguero Laca Mitrovic

    2FT. 0.7ITB

    A) Fraser --> Stanislas/Murphy and save other FT
    B) AWB --> Balbuena in preparation for future GWs and save other FT
    C) AWB + Fraser --> Mendy + 4.3 fodder

    Thoughts appreciated!

  17. SPorting
    • 7 Years
    29 days, 6 hours ago

    Play one:

    A) Fraser - injury doubt
    B) Knockaert - Gross out
    C) Jimenez - Watford rout

    1. Chucky
      • 4 Years
      29 days, 6 hours ago

      C.. Jimenez haul incoming

  18. SPorting
    • 7 Years
    29 days, 6 hours ago

    Need to use an FT somewhere.

    How about AWB -> WHU

    A) Grab a Zaba
    B) Bal-bueno
    C) Mr. Rice Guy
    D) iop

  19. AsemBraik
    29 days, 5 hours ago

    what about Sane? would he be on the Line-Up 2morrow?

  20. Cheese Pizza
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    29 days, 4 hours ago

    Hi guys, thoughts on what I should do this week?

    I have Salah, Mane and Fraser all under injury cloud and only Ederson as City cover.

    1. Mane + Trippier to Sterling + Jonny (-4)
    2. Tripper to Mendy
    3. Mane to KDB
    4. Bank FT

    Thanks

  21. Calvin Valance
    • 9 Years
    28 days, 21 hours ago

    Is Kante the new Ramires?

  22. Whitburn34
    • 2 Years
    28 days, 17 hours ago

    I've got Robertson and Mendy in defence and don't know whether to play Trippier or Alonso (or both and put Schurrle on the bench). Input appreciated

  23. silvxo
    • 2 Years
    28 days, 17 hours ago

    Hennessey
    Alexander-Arnold | Bennett | Alonso
    Richarlison | Salah | Fraser | Hazard
    Arnautovic | Mitrovic | Agüero (C)

    Hart | Steve Cook | Wan-Bissaka | Hudson-Odoi

    G2G?