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Fixtures

How many minutes FPL assets played over the festive period last season

While we’re still over a month away from the festive fixture congestion starting in earnest, many Fantasy managers will have one eye on the Christmas calendar and be weighing up just how strong their squads are going into this turbulent period.

Those Fantasy Premier League bosses who still have their Wildcards in play and are planning on deploying the chip for the much-discussed “fixture swing” of Gameweeks 15/16 will be particularly focused on the late-December/early-January matches at this advanced stage, as a squad overhaul also gives them the opportunity to clear out unusable bench fodder and ensure they have 13 playing outfielders in time for Christmas and New Year.

There is plenty of congestion before we get to the business end of the festive season, of course, with a midweek round of games in Gameweek 15 to contend with plus Champions League, Europa League and EFL Cup ties to contest over the next four weeks too.

For this study, though, we will concentrate on Gameweeks 19-22 of 2017/18 (a period spanning from Friday 22 December to Thursday 4 January) to see how key FPL assets fared in terms of game-time over the festive period and how their respective managers approached the fixture congestion.

The equivalent period this season will be Gameweeks 18-21, which runs from Friday 21 December to Thursday 3 January.

Manchester City

Player Starts Subbed off Subbed on Unused sub Not in squad Mins played
Aguero 3 1 1 0 0 324
Sterling 3 0 1 0 0 303
Sane 3 1 1 0 0 254
David Silva 2 0 0 0 2 180
Bernardo 2 2 2 0 0 198
De Bruyne 4 2 0 0 0 332
Walker 4 0 0 0 0 360
Otamendi 4 0 0 0 0 360

Pep Guardiola’s side was relatively settled last Christmas, with Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane all getting three starts and Kevin De Bruyne, Nicolas Otamendi and Kyle Walker ever-presents.

Aguero and Sterling were both rested to the bench on New Year’s Eve in the Gameweek 21 clash against Crystal Palace, though the Argentinean striker was soon called into action midway through the first half when Gabriel Jesus was forced off through injury.

Sterling also came on after 57 minutes of this encounter, with the game finishing goalless.

Aguero registered three goals and one assist in his three starts, with Sterling doing exactly the same. It is also worthy of note that Sterling lasted 90 minutes in all three games in which he featured in the starting XI.

Sane’s rest came on Boxing Day at Newcastle United, with Sterling moving over to left flank and Bernardo Silva lining up wide right.

Kevin De Bruyne and Fernandinho started all four matches in central midfield, with the Belgian midfielder having his minutes managed in the form of late substitutions in two fixtures.

David Silva missed Gameweek 20 and 21 but of course, had more important things on his mind at the time following the premature birth of his son. The Spaniard was granted compassionate leave throughout December and January, with Ilkay Gundogan stepping into his shoes when “El Mago” was absent.

The reason we highlight Nicolas Otamendi’s starts is that the Argentinean stopper was the bedrock of the City defence last season, much in the same way Aymeric Laporte is in 2018/19.

Otamendi played every minute of City’s festive schedule, with Vincent Kompany, John Stones and Eliaquim Mangala rotating around him.

Kyle Walker also started all four matches, with Danilo and Fabian Delph sharing game-time at left-back.

Benjamin Mendy was, of course, injured for much of 2017/18 and it will be interesting to see how involved he is over Christmas if he recovers from his knee injury in time. Mendy’s availability could also have an effect on who plays on the flanks, as it has done with Sane in the past.

Like this season, City had Premier League, Champions League and EFL Cup games every midweek in the month leading up to the Christmas period.

Liverpool

Player Starts Subbed off Subbed on Unused sub Not in squad Mins played
Salah 3 2 0 0 1 242
Mane 3 3 0 1 0 224
Firmino 3 1 1 0 0 266
Alexander-Arnold 2 0 0 2 0 180
Robertson 3 1 0 1 0 255

Rotation was rife among Jurgen Klopp’s side in Christmas 2017, with defensive midfielder Emre Can the only Liverpool player to start all four of their matches from Gameweeks 19-22.

Mohamed Salah might well have joined him as an ever-present but missed the New Year’s Day clash with Burnley with a knee injury.

That Gameweek 22 match was particularly chastening for Fantasy managers, with Salah absent and Andrew Robertson and Roberto Firmino benched.

Dominic Solanke, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Adam Lallana were all given starts alongside Sadio Mane at Turf Moor.

Mane’s one game as an unused substitute was the 5-0 win over Swansea City on Boxing Day, which added to his owners’ misery as Firmino, Salah and Philippe Coutinho ran riot.

Salah registered three goals and as many assists in his three starts, with Mane only involved in two of Liverpool’s strikes (one goal, one assist).

Firmino, whose stock has fallen considerably this season, matched Salah for goals scored and chipped in with an assist too.

Robertson’s benching against Burnley was the only game the Liverpool left-back failed to start between Gameweeks 15 and 32.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, as was this case last season, is not quite as “nailed” as Robertson in the Liverpool defence, though is appearing with more frequency than he was in 2017/18.

The England right-back started two of Liverpool’s four festive fixtures, which was symptomatic of his rotation risk status throughout much of last year: Alexander-Arnold started 18 Premier League matches and was an unused substitute on 16 other occasions.

With Xherdan Shaqiri now added to the mix, it could well be that Liverpool’s front three record even less pitch-time over Christmas than they did in 2017/18.

The good news for owners of Liverpool assets is that the Reds’ fixtures this winter are more spread out than any other club, with their Gameweek 18 clash against Wolves taking place on Friday 21 December and their Gameweek 21 encounter with Manchester City scheduled for Thursday 3 January.

If rotation is to occur, then the Boxing Day match against Newcastle United at Anfield – the one fixture we’d like our Liverpool assets for – might be the game in which Klopp wields the axe; Arsenal and Manchester City subsequently follow in Gameweeks 20 and 21.

Spurs

Player Starts Subbed off Subbed on Unused sub Not in squad Mins played
Kane 3 0 1 0 0 292
Alli 4 2 0 0 0 351
Eriksen 4 0 0 0 0 360
Trippier 1 0 0 3 0 90
Davies 3 1 0 1 0 262

Spurs’ festive schedule in 2017/18 is tough to analyse, given that the Lilywhites had a blank in Gameweek 21 followed by a double in Gameweek 22.

That being said, the Spurs team was a relatively settled one, despite facing two matches in 48 hours against Swansea and West Ham.

Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-min started all four fixtures in the attacking midfield positions over Christmas and New Year, while Eric Dier, Davinson Sanchez, Jan Vertonghen and Hugo Lloris were ever-presents too.

Harry Kane, scorer of two hat-tricks in Gameweeks 19 and 20, came off the bench in the Gameweek 21 fixture against Swansea having suffered from illness in the build-up to that match.

Injuries and a lack of squad depth were undoubtedly contributing factors to the stability of the side, however.

Lucas Moura was yet to become a Spurs player, while Erik Lamela was not the in-form option he is now.

At the back, Toby Alderweireld was sidelined with a hamstring injury, while Danny Rose picked up a knee complaint midway through the festive calendar.

There was rotation in the right-back department, though Kieran Trippier only started one of these four winter 2017/18 games with Serge Aurier preferred. Trippier has since established himself as Spurs’ undisputed right-back of choice in the Premier League, having started the last 11 matches, but it would be a major surprise if he wasn’t rested for at least one match over Christmas given that there are just two days rest between each of Spurs’ four festive fixtures.

Spurs’ case is one we will have to revisit closer to the time, with Eriksen and Alli still being reintegrated into the team following injury. At this stage, it would seem unlikely that the premium midfield pair would be ever-presents over Christmas as they were last season, particularly with Lucas Moura and Lamela genuine alternatives for Mauricio Pochettino to consider.

Kane might well end up registering the most minutes out of Spurs’ attack-minded assets over the festive period, though whether he is worth the steep outlay is a question for another day.

Arsenal and Chelsea

Both Arsenal and Chelsea’s Fantasy assets played under different head coaches last season, so any analysis of their respective fixtures over Christmas 2017 would be largely irrelevant with regards to looking for precedents for this winter.

For posterity, Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta played every minute of every match, while Eden Hazard was an unused substitute in the 5-0 win over Stoke City in Gameweek 21 but started the other three fixtures.

Alexandre Lacazette lined up in all four of Arsenal’s matches (one of only two FPL forwards to do so), with Mesut Ozil playing 270 minutes and missing out in Gameweek 21 with a minor knee injury.

The Serie A match calendar in December is much less packed than that of the Premier League, but for what little it’s worth, Maurizio Sarri made only one change (an enforced one, at that) to his Napoli starting XI between their fixtures on December 23 and 29 last season.

Unai Emery’s Paris Saint-Germain side, meanwhile, had two-and-a-half weeks off for their winter break.

Other Notable FPL Players Under the Same Manager

Bournemouth had a fairly settled side under Eddie Howe last Christmas.

Callum Wilson started all four games up front, scoring two goals, and indeed played more minutes (337 out of a possible 360) over the festive period than any other FPL forward.

Ryan Fraser started three of those four games and only missed out on the New Year’s Day draw with Brighton and Hove Albion due to injury. The pint-sized Scottish midfielder indeed also played 90 minutes in the EFL Cup match against Chelsea on Wednesday 20 December prior to that fixture pile-up.

Fraser scored twice in the Gameweek 21 win over Everton.

For those FPL managers looking for omens regarding David Brooks, there is potentially welcome news: Howe stuck with then-first-choice winger Jordon Ibe on the opposite flank for all four matches.

Richarlison started all four of Watford’s Christmas 2017 fixtures under Marco Silva, only being substituted in one of those matches (in the 82nd minute) and registering two assists.

That possibly bodes well for the Brazilian’s Fantasy owners, with the pair now reunited at Everton.

Paul Pogba played all 360 minutes of the matches in Gameweeks 19-22 under Jose Mourinho, which could be something to note given the appealing nature of Manchester United’s fixtures over Christmas and New Year this season.

Wilfried Zaha and Johann Berg Gudmundsson also played every minute of Crystal Palace and Burnley’s games in this period under Roy Hodgson and Sean Dyche respectively. Eight of Dyche’s outfielders started all four games.

Glenn Murray had his minutes managed, starting two of Brighton’s four festive fixtures under Chris Hughton and coming off the bench in the other two.

Rafael Benitez tinkered with his midfield and attack over Christmas 2017, with Jamaal Lascelles and DeAndre Yedlin the only Newcastle United outfielders to start all four matches.

The only match Jamie Vardy failed to start in the whole of 2017/18 came on New Year’s Day against Huddersfield Town, though his absence was injury-enforced.

Harry Maguire also played all 360 minutes of Leicester City’s Christmas fixtures under Claude Puel last season.

Matt Doherty started (and lasted 90 minutes) in all four of Wolves’ Christmas/New Year fixtures for Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Championship, with Willy Boly, Ruben Neves and Conor Coady also ever-presents.

Ryan Bennett came on as an early substitute in the one game the budget defender failed to start.

Nuno Espirito Santo also resisted the urge to rotate at left wing-back, with Ryan Douglas playing all 360 minutes.

Other Notable FPL Players Under Different Managers

Under David Moyes, Marko Arnautovic played every minute of three of West Ham United‘s four festive fixtures, missing the match against Spurs in Gameweek 22 through illness.

Whether the Austrian’s bothersome knee can withstand the rigours of four games in 12 days this winter remains doubtful, particularly with Arnautovic currently missing training immediately after his Premier League appearances in order to manage the ongoing issue.

Gylfi Sigurdsson didn’t have the best of seasons under Sam Allardyce but still lasted 90 minutes of Everton’s three matches in late-December 2017 before watching the entirety of the New Year’s Day defeat to Manchester United from the bench.

We will revisit this piece closer to Gameweek 18 before the frenzied festive schedule commences.

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  1. Better Call Salah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    18 days, 13 hours ago

    Captain Salah, Kun or Richa ?

    1. Legomané
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      • 1 Year
      18 days, 13 hours ago

      Kun or Mo iMo

    2. Eytexi
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      18 days, 13 hours ago

      Very stuck on the same question. Just switched it from Kun to Salah, and honestly have no clue where it'll end up when the deadline arrives.

      1. Eytexi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        18 days, 13 hours ago

        Now put in back on Kun ๐Ÿ™‚

    3. fr3ddy
      • 1 Year
      18 days, 13 hours ago

      50/50 between Kun and Richa

      1. Legomané
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        • 1 Year
        18 days, 13 hours ago

        Salah's last match v Wat he had 5x attacking returns...rule him out at your peril ๐Ÿ™‚

        1. COK3Y5MURF - Neville Wears …
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          • 2 Years
          18 days, 13 hours ago

          Irrelevant really. That was a different season, a different Salah and a different Watford. They were whipping boys in the weeks leading up to that game. Now they're 7th in the league. And Salah's conversion rate this season is significantly worse.

    4. Good Kompany
      18 days, 13 hours ago

      Rich is too streaky so between Kun and Salah for me... currently on Kun myself

    5. Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      18 days, 13 hours ago

      On Rich right now, whether I can hold my nerve to Saturday remains to be seen. Will be Kun if I change my mind

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 1 Year
        18 days, 12 hours ago

        Salah for me but I'm a Pool fan so alot of emotion attached to it.

    6. dalinkwentriders
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      • 6 Years
      18 days, 12 hours ago

      Richarlson...form and fixture.

    7. Ynwalfc
      • 2 Years
      18 days, 11 hours ago

      Check out Salah and Kuns points scored away this season it’s not that good. I’m on Richie

      1. Skonto Rigga
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        • 1 Year
        18 days, 10 hours ago

        Cheers bud ๐Ÿ™‚

        1. Skonto Rigga
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          • 1 Year
          18 days, 10 hours ago

          Gaaah, reply fail. Meant for Legomane below!

        2. ClassiX
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          18 days, 9 hours ago

          Yup - thanks Skonto - great article - helps answer a question I asked a few days ago.

  2. Legomané
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    • 1 Year
    18 days, 13 hours ago

    Facinating article ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. wildnothing
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    • 1 Year
    18 days, 13 hours ago

    Would you play the below XI or take a hit to get for example Richarlison or Siggy in for Murphy. 0 ft 4.8 itb.

    Fabianski
    Doherty TAA Robertson
    Hazard Salah Kenedy Martial
    Agüero Arnautovic Jimenez

    4.0 - Murphy Balbuena AWB

  4. Parm
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    • 6 Years
    18 days, 13 hours ago

    Yep yep yep, as suspected rotation is massively overhyped by the usual FFS scaremongers. Lee Peltier coming in.

  5. shawry
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    • 8 Years
    18 days, 13 hours ago

    Very good article!

    Got 1 FT this week, and a few flags โ›ณ๏ธ!

    Hart (Hennessy)

    Alonso Robbo Dohertyโ›ณ๏ธ (Wan-Bโ›ณ๏ธ Mendyโ›ณ๏ธ)

    Hazard Salah Brooks (Ward Maddisonโ›ณ๏ธ)

    Aguero Arnie Ingsโ›ณ๏ธ

    Want Mendy + Maddison out.

    Thinking Digne/City def & Richarlison/Martial.

    Thoughts?

    1. Legomané
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      • 1 Year
      18 days, 13 hours ago

      Stones/TAA + Rich?

  6. Skull And Gnomes 9
    • 1 Year
    18 days, 13 hours ago

    Can we wear are Xmas hats now? ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Skull And Gnomes 9
      • 1 Year
      18 days, 13 hours ago

      our*

    2. Wild Rover
      • 8 Years
      18 days, 13 hours ago

      Should be banned before December

      1. Legomané
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        • 1 Year
        18 days, 13 hours ago

        Agreed ๐Ÿ˜†

      2. Old Man
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        • 7 Years
        18 days, 13 hours ago

        Agreed - everything associated with the C word should be banned until December.

      3. Skull And Gnomes 9
        • 1 Year
        18 days, 13 hours ago

        ๐Ÿ˜† Cheers!

  7. fr3ddy
    • 1 Year
    18 days, 13 hours ago

    Wan-B is soon back on the menu boys. Anyone plan to play him vs Burnley and Brighton? Looks like a good couple of weeks for 5-at-the-back

    1. how now brown cow
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      • 4 Years
      18 days, 13 hours ago

      I've kept him but not sure I'll be starting him too much. Not a fan of 5 defs.

    2. Good Kompany
      18 days, 13 hours ago

      He’s been waiting patiently on my bench and will probably come in for Doherty whenever the fixtures allow (ie. Chelsea in a few weeks)

    3. Hotdogs for Tea
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      • 3 Years
      18 days, 12 hours ago

      He is a good bench player to have, may push out my 4th or 5th mid though

    4. Fossit
      • 2 Years
      18 days, 12 hours ago

      starting him vs Burnley

  8. acidicleo
    • 2 Years
    18 days, 13 hours ago

    Captain?
    A) Haz
    B) Richarlison
    C) Martial
    D) Sterling

    TIA...

    1. how now brown cow
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      • 4 Years
      18 days, 13 hours ago

      B or D. B maybe

    2. Kroneek
      • 4 Years
      18 days, 13 hours ago

      This is Africa?

      I ms between Siggy (if fit) and Sterling. Probably Sterling.

    3. Riders of Yohan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      18 days, 13 hours ago

      Sterling surely

  9. Riders of Yohan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    18 days, 13 hours ago

    Current team after taking out mendy, any obvious upgrades for a hit?

    0FT £1.9ITB

    Patricio / Foster
    Alonso / robbo / Digne / bennet / AWB
    Salah / Hazard / Anderson / Fraser / hoijberg
    Aguero / arnie / jiminez

    1. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      18 days, 13 hours ago

      No

      1. Riders of Yohan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        18 days, 13 hours ago

        Blunt. I like it

    2. Fossit
      • 2 Years
      18 days, 12 hours ago

      gtg

  10. Sergio vamos
    18 days, 13 hours ago

    Looking for a Jonny replacement.

    Do I upgrade to Doherty or gamble on Vacation and spend the money on a Maddison replacement?

    1. Sergio vamos
      18 days, 13 hours ago

      *vinagre not Vacation. Although one would be nice.

      1. how now brown cow
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        • 4 Years
        18 days, 13 hours ago

        Depends on rest of team. Vinagre could be good in sort term but presumably is a transfer waiting to happen and will want a playing bench at Xmas.

    2. how now brown cow
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      • 4 Years
      18 days, 13 hours ago

      Off to vegas? Can holiday winnings be spent on fpl?

      1. Sergio vamos
        18 days, 13 hours ago

        If my betting form is anything like my fpl form i would be coming back broke

    3. Legomané
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      • 1 Year
      18 days, 13 hours ago

      Doherty, though I am giving Vinagre some consideration.

    4. Sergio vamos
      18 days, 13 hours ago

      Think I'll probably end up going Doherty presuming he's fit. Purely because I've never actually seen vinagre play, and it never seems to go well when I rely on word of mouth.

  11. how now brown cow
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    • 4 Years
    18 days, 13 hours ago

    Did Jimenez not play last night? Was he just rested?

    1. Rotation's Alter Ego
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      • 7 Years
      18 days, 13 hours ago

      Rested. National team respected a lot of clubs wishes and allowed some players to travel home early, instead using more Mexican based players (I think!).

      1. how now brown cow
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        • 4 Years
        18 days, 13 hours ago

        Thanks. Probably getting him in today.

        1. Legomané
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          • 1 Year
          18 days, 13 hours ago

          What's the rush? Unlikely to rise..

          1. how now brown cow
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            • 4 Years
            18 days, 13 hours ago

            Mendy drop. Need to do Wilson to Jimenez to afford Mendy to Alonso.

      2. Skull And Gnomes 9
        • 1 Year
        18 days, 13 hours ago

        Travelled home early.

        Marvelous! ( c )

    2. tucaoneo
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      18 days, 13 hours ago

      He went back to England early. Buy buy buy.

    3. Irbox โšฝ
      • 1 Year
      18 days, 13 hours ago

      Has there been confirmation he was granted a rest? Could be an injury - wait for presser

  12. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 4 Years
    18 days, 13 hours ago

    Help please

    A vardy and Mendy to Jimenez and digne for free
    B add Kenedy to sane for -4

    Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Legomané
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      • 1 Year
      18 days, 13 hours ago

      There's always a risk bringing in a city middy, but the hit looks tasty... a little unconvinced on Digne personally

    2. Skull And Gnomes 9
      • 1 Year
      18 days, 13 hours ago

      B floats my boat.

    3. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 4 Years
      18 days, 13 hours ago

      Thanks all ๐Ÿ™‚

    4. ShaunGoater123
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      18 days, 13 hours ago

      B is exactly the same moves for me except I'd be moving Obiang on instead of Kenedy.

      Fingers crossed for us both!

  13. Rossaldinho
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    • 9 Years
    18 days, 13 hours ago

    Is Delph likely to get the nod to replace Mendy?

    1. Legomané
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      • 1 Year
      18 days, 13 hours ago

      Probably, but Zinchenko and switch to a back 3 are also options Pep could consider..not to mention playing Laporte as a makeshift LB ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

      1. Legomané
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        • 1 Year
        18 days, 13 hours ago

        Oh and Danilo ๐Ÿ™‚

      2. Rossaldinho
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        • 9 Years
        18 days, 13 hours ago

        Thanks Legomane

        1. Sergio vamos
          18 days, 13 hours ago

          Imagine having a team where Danilo is your absolute last resort

    2. Rotation's Alter Ego
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      • 7 Years
      18 days, 13 hours ago

      Suspect the order seems to be Mendy, Delph, Zinchenko, Laporte - I can see both Delph and Zin playing over the festive period.

  14. Dunk mee Jesus
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    • 1 Year
    18 days, 13 hours ago

    Over the next few gameweeks who would u consider a must have striker? Im currently on aguero, Arnautovic and Jiménez? Tho iv also david silva and laporte, and with city i feel its a gamble to have the 3 cause of rotation risk,

    1. how now brown cow
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      • 4 Years
      18 days, 13 hours ago

      Laca and kane will soon become popular again.

      1. how now brown cow
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        • 4 Years
        18 days, 13 hours ago

        *in 2 or 3weeks

        1. Dunk mee Jesus
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          • 1 Year
          18 days, 13 hours ago

          Thank its a matter of time for kane personally, tho as soon as il drop aguero he'l score a hattrick lol

      2. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 4 Years
        18 days, 13 hours ago

        Kane would mean getting rid of Salah for me . Tough one

        1. Dunk mee Jesus
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          • 1 Year
          18 days, 13 hours ago

          I can just about squeeze the two in

        2. how now brown cow
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          • 4 Years
          18 days, 13 hours ago

          Yeah. Fixtures look so good. Got to start hauling to get moneys worth though if involves major rejig.

          Laca more on my radar.

          1. Dunk mee Jesus
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            • 1 Year
            18 days, 13 hours ago

            I can have a forward line off kane, Arnautovic, Jiménez and a midfield of salah, hazard, d.silva then im left with 6.3 for another midfielder

  15. Trippier Hazard
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    • 1 Year
    18 days, 13 hours ago

    Start Brooks (home to ARS) or Arnie (home to MCI)?

    1. Irbox โšฝ
      • 1 Year
      18 days, 13 hours ago

      I’m starting Fraser and Wilson over Arnie. I think Bournemouth could do well on the counter against the high defensive line that Arsenal are employing. By that logic, play Brooks

      1. Trippier Hazard
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        • 1 Year
        18 days, 12 hours ago

        Thanks, some good reasoning, Brooks is on fire right now. But i wouldn't bet on Arnie not scoring against MCI

  16. Irbox โšฝ
    • 1 Year
    18 days, 13 hours ago

    Never been so keen for press conferences!

  17. J T
    • 1 Year
    18 days, 13 hours ago

    So excited for this weekend..
    Finally bought a house after years of saving, got my broadband fitted, Global Tv installed yesterday, so for first time in years I can sit back and watch all premier league matches from my arm chair.. bring on Xmas ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Fantasy Gold
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      • 4 Years
      18 days, 13 hours ago

      Congrats on the house mate.

      A very stressful process.

      1. J T
        • 1 Year
        18 days, 13 hours ago

        Thanks man. Been a long old process but well worth it!

    2. Skull And Gnomes 9
      • 1 Year
      18 days, 13 hours ago

      I just bought some new blinds for my Council flat kitchen, fed up looking at the scrap yard cranes.

      Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

    3. Irbox โšฝ
      • 1 Year
      18 days, 13 hours ago

      Well done mate, hopefully with a beer in hand. Bring on the green arrows!

    4. Jafalad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      18 days, 12 hours ago

      Congratulations, JT. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I take it you will not be alone in your new home?

      1. J T
        • 1 Year
        18 days, 12 hours ago

        No with my partner ๐Ÿ˜€

        1. Jafalad
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          18 days, 12 hours ago

          Excellent. Remember not to hog the remote ๐Ÿ˜‰

    5. rainy
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      • 3 Years
      18 days, 12 hours ago

      Well done. Nice way to close out the year ๐Ÿ™‚

    6. J T
      • 1 Year
      18 days, 12 hours ago

      Thx guys so kind

    7. ZoumasBloomers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 1 Year
      18 days, 12 hours ago

      Congrats!!

    8. MegNuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      18 days, 11 hours ago

      Yes J T. It's a great feeling.
      Massive congratulations too. It's getting harder and harder to get on the ladder these days. Have a brill weekend ๐Ÿ˜€

      1. J T
        • 1 Year
        18 days, 11 hours ago

        Thanks man really appreciate it! You’re a lovely bunch ๐Ÿ˜€

  18. konrad.sygula95
    • 1 Year
    18 days, 13 hours ago

    Would you do Maddison to Richarlison for - 4?

    Patricio
    Digne Dunk Robertson Pereyra
    B Silva Hazard Salah
    Success Arnie Aguero

    Subs: Fabs Hojberg Awb Maddison

    1.7mln itb 0ft

    1. J T
      • 1 Year
      18 days, 13 hours ago

      Yeah I think I would but it’s not necessary

    2. Jafalad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      18 days, 13 hours ago

      Not for a hit. You have sufficient cover for this week.

    3. Sergeant Garcia
      • 3 Years
      18 days, 12 hours ago

      I probably would

    4. MegNuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      18 days, 11 hours ago

      I must admit Success is risky at the minute now Deeney has minutes under his belt.
      I'd definitely take the -4 and have an assured starter in Rich. He scored again for Brazil the other night.
      Unfortunately I don't own him and can't afford the same switch, but one I fear this weekend. I do own Madison however so will be waiting for tomorrow's presser for the update... so maybe just sit tight for a day. Good luck

  19. Atimis
    • 2 Years
    18 days, 13 hours ago

    Would you play one from WB, Balbuena or do Mendy to Robbo for another -4?

    Currently have no Pool def and only Mendy from City def.

    1. Jafalad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      18 days, 13 hours ago

      Generally, taking a hit for a defender is frowned up. However, Robbo is presumably a long term investment given his form so I would invest now.
      Of course, it is Sod's Law that he gets rested this weekend for the CL game next week.

      1. Atimis
        • 2 Years
        18 days, 12 hours ago

        Haha, right with his possible rest but thinking long term probably should be good decision, thanks

  20. FlockofSeagulls
    • 1 Year
    18 days, 13 hours ago

    Not much love for Newcastle defenders?

    I've done Mendy -> Fernandez

    Let's see what happens. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Irbox โšฝ
      • 1 Year
      18 days, 13 hours ago

      Strange move but good luck with it. Yedlin or Lasclles would have been better options, however, would have avoided Newcastle regardless of their fixtures

      1. FlockofSeagulls
        • 1 Year
        18 days, 12 hours ago

        They'll keep a few clean sheets in the next few fixtures and Fernandez doesn't mind a bonus point or two.

        All you can ask for a 4.4mil defender who'll likely be benched most of the time. Spending more than 4.4mil on a NEW defender is more strange to me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        1. Irbox โšฝ
          • 1 Year
          18 days, 12 hours ago

          They probably will - Benitez has them well drilled. If you use the funds wisely it could work well

    2. Jafalad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      18 days, 12 hours ago

      No cs, no attacking returns, no baps: what's not to like about them? ๐Ÿ™

      1. FlockofSeagulls
        • 1 Year
        18 days, 12 hours ago

        None of the is actually true, but ok. ๐Ÿ™‚

    3. Captain Kakaroto
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      18 days, 12 hours ago

      Thats was also my plan but decide to get in laporte instead. I think its good transfer. NEW are very defensive team and with burnley next and other great fix it could be gold. GL

  21. LC1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    18 days, 12 hours ago

    Could really do with some suggestions for this team please?

    Ederson
    Alonso Bennett TAA
    Mane Hazard Lamela Fraser
    Arnie Vardy Kun

    Hamer Trippier Hojbjerg Wan-Bissaka

    1 FT & 0.3 ITB.

    Want to rid of Trippier but not sure to and whether to wait until next week as I'm quite happy with current starting XI.

    Any advice is much appreciated!

    Thanks

    1. Jafalad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      18 days, 12 hours ago

      Vardy, Lamela, Mane, TAA, Ederson all concern for me for various reasons.

      Vardy could be Wilson or Jimenez to free up money.
      Salah needs to come in for Mane.
      TAA needs to be Robbo.
      Lamela needs to be Richarlison.
      Ederson is poor value for a gk. Get Pat.

      Do you have a WC to play?

      1. LC1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        18 days, 12 hours ago

        Cheers for response mate.
        Nope no WC available.

        I'm giving Vardy 1 more week so I'll probably save FT and downgrade him to upgrade someone else next week.

        Will give me funds to bring in Robbo & Richarlison.

    2. Sergeant Garcia
      • 3 Years
      18 days, 12 hours ago

      Got tricked by Lamela too unfortunaly ๐Ÿ™
      I'd go Lamela > Richarlison for this GW.

    3. Old Gregg
      • 1 Year
      18 days, 12 hours ago

      Spurs fixtures change GW 15. I personally wouldn't be in rush to get rid of Trip. Unless of course he is out for a while.

      Probably Hold or do something like.

      Vardy > Jimenez
      Hojbjerg > Upgrade the week after. Richa/Martial

  22. Sergeant Garcia
    • 3 Years
    18 days, 12 hours ago

    Patricio (Hart)
    Robbo Laporte Duffy Jonny (AWB)
    Hazard Salah Richa Lamela (Hoj)
    Wilson Aguero (Arnie)

    What to do here? 0.5 itb

    A) Jonny > Doherty (the dull move)
    B) Jonny, Lamela & Wilson > Alonso, Brooks & Jimenez (-8 but exciting) ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Jafalad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      18 days, 12 hours ago

      A. Dull but a necessity.

    2. Irbox โšฝ
      • 1 Year
      18 days, 12 hours ago

      A, depending on his messy facial (injury) haha. Højbjerg > Kenedy is a left field option

      1. Sergeant Garcia
        • 3 Years
        18 days, 12 hours ago

        Yeah, could bench Lamela in that scenario probably ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Pablo Escoballs
    18 days, 12 hours ago

    Sterling or Hazard for the xmas period ?

    1. Sergeant Garcia
      • 3 Years
      18 days, 12 hours ago

      Hazard still

    2. Irbox โšฝ
      • 1 Year
      18 days, 12 hours ago

      Hazard. Nailed. No European football to be worried about. On pens, Baps magnet

  24. Dunk mee Jesus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    18 days, 12 hours ago

    Kane or aguero?

    1. Pablo Escoballs
      18 days, 12 hours ago

      Augero

    2. Irbox โšฝ
      • 1 Year
      18 days, 12 hours ago

      Kun

  25. Mackans
    • 1 Year
    18 days, 12 hours ago

    What would you do with 2 free transfers?

    Patricio (Button)
    Alonso Robbo Mendy Doherty (Zabaleta)
    Salah Hazard Richarlison Deulofeu (Obiang)
    Agüero Wilson Jimenez

    1. Jafalad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      18 days, 12 hours ago

      Mendy->Digne to upgrade Delafool. Digne or Laporte. Rest look good.

  26. Pablo Escoballs
    18 days, 12 hours ago

    Martial or F Anderson after this gameweek?

    1. Irbox โšฝ
      • 1 Year
      18 days, 12 hours ago

      Martial, especially if you’ve got Arnie

    2. Sergeant Garcia
      • 3 Years
      18 days, 12 hours ago

      F. Anderson

  27. Fantasy Gold
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    18 days, 12 hours ago

    I feel like not doing FAnderson > Rich for -4 will punish me massively.

    Looks like a Rich haul to me and he’s so highly owned that I may just do the move to cover myself.

    1. Sergeant Garcia
      • 3 Years
      18 days, 12 hours ago

      Kane vs. Cardiff scenario looming ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Fantasy Gold
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        18 days, 12 hours ago

        Yeah, probably. ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Gudjohnsen
    • 1 Year
    18 days, 12 hours ago

    Which three should I play this weekend?

    A. Ings
    B. Bennet
    C.Chilwell
    D. Duffy

  29. Dacra
    • 4 Years
    18 days, 12 hours ago

    Why are people selling Hazard?

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 1 Year
      18 days, 12 hours ago

      Season keeper for me.

    2. Jafalad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      18 days, 12 hours ago

      They have no patience or belief. Usual destructive reasons.

  30. Mackans
    • 1 Year
    18 days, 12 hours ago

    Link to Mark's FPL team pls