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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. philm33
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Mendy -> Laporte, Bilva -> Hazard & Vardy -> Jimenez for -4?

    1. Ole Trafford
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      I like it

    2. Kingtekkerz
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Yes

  2. pelle9
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Please pick 1:

    Mendy >>>> ?

    A) Doherty

    B) Digne

    Thanks guys.

    1. Ole Trafford
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      A

    2. Kingtekkerz
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      A

  3. Ole Trafford
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    If I sell Mendy to a 5.2 or less def I can bring in Sterling for Manè the following week (own Salah also). Is this the right strategy? Or would you try downgrade elsewhere in order to upgrade Mendy to Alonso? Thoughts appreciated thanks!

    1. Ole Trafford
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Team is:

      Patricio
      TAA, Trip, Doherty
      Salah, Hazard, Mane, Martial
      Arnie, Wilson, Jimenez
      Hennessy, Fraser, WB, Mendy .3itb

    2. Bavarian
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Alonso essential imo

      1. Ole Trafford
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 4 days ago

        Yeah I believe he is also but can it wait with his fixture this gw?

  4. joeydelucchi
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    no offence but didnt really think much of this article, imo its a subject matter that changes too much from one season to the next to take anything at all from these findings

    1. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      ... wanna bet Laporte plays every game until the end of the year as this article suggests? I’m happy to do escrow.

  5. Bavarian
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Just save the 1FT? 0.6 ITB

    Patricio (Fabianski)
    Alonso-Robertson-Bennett (Duffy-AWB)
    Salah(C)-Hazard-Richarlison-Fraser (Hojbjerg)
    Aguero-Arnautovic-Jiminez

    1. Kanchelskis
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Save

  6. Dunk mee Jesus
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 4 days ago

    GTG

    Patricio
    Luiz, dunk, laporte
    Salah(vc), hazard(c), d.silva, fraser
    Kane, Arnautovic, Jiménez

    Bench, hamer, bennett, awb, stephens

    1. Bavarian
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Bennett over Dunk?
      same dilemma here (Have Duffy and Bennett)

      1. Dunk mee Jesus
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 4 days ago

        That mean's a double up on wolves defence?

        1. Bavarian
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 4 days ago

          That's what i'm thinking to do with this easy fixture

          1. Dunk mee Jesus
            • 1 Year
            7 months, 4 days ago

            Might be a good shout

  7. Lignja
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Fabianski, Hamer
    Robertson, Alonso, Doherty, Bennett, Wb
    Salah, Hazard, Richarlison, Shaqiri, Hojberg
    Aguero, Wilson, Arnautovic

    A. Save
    B. Shaqiri and Wilson to Martial and Jimenez -4

    1. Kanchelskis
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Save

  8. TaiwanHC
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Extreme hype about Martial here. Will he even play?

    1. b82rz
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Back in training

  9. Dunk mee Jesus
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Peoples thots on morata?

    1. boc610
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      The biggest cheat in the prem league

    2. Pointsonthebench
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Average striker playing in a very good team.

    3. Pieterke30
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Lots of potential and skill but the mental strength of a kitten

  10. wolves_simmo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    £5.2M to spend.....Should I double up on Liverpool Defenders with bringing in TAA or go with Digne?

    Current defense;

    Patricio
    Robertson - Duffy - Trippier - Doherty - 5.2

    1. Parm
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Peltier and spend the money elsewhere

    2. ZeBestee
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Why not? Liverpool are very solid. Rotation issue with TAA is a slight concern though.

  11. Willmissudimitrypayet
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Best option this week?
    A) Boly
    B) Ruben Vinagre
    C) Duffy

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

      Have Doherty and Ryan

    2. Bavarian
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 4 days ago

      A

    3. skodaole2
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      C

  12. KennyKickIt127
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 4 days ago

    What is a good Fantasy Team Analysis site to use? Someone shared a really good one on here 3/4 weeks ago but then I lost it.

    I like the Rate my Team option in the members section on here, but I liked the idea of getting a summary of stats based on my team performance throughout the season. Gives a fresh perspective.

    1. Goat
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Fantasy football fix? I’m personally not a fan but this may be what you’re looking for

      1. KennyKickIt127
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 4 days ago

        Yeah I've seen that, the one I am looking for was a simpler one tbh, you just enter your team ID and it gives you all the stats on one page.

        Thanks for the suggestion though.

    2. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      The other ones are all shite IMHO. Report back if you find a good one though. Good luck.

      1. KennyKickIt127
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 4 days ago

        I found one called FPL tools, but it's still not the one I'm looking for. Maybe it was just a temporary site and they took it down....ergo you are right that they are rubbish lol!

    3. KennyKickIt127
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Ah, Found it guys (and gals), its FPL Statistico....https://www.anewpla.net/fpl/report/

      Simple enough to do the job. Maybe it ain't for everyone but I like the idea of having the stats in front of me.

  13. skodaole2
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Any news on Maguire? He was to miss England's games and return after int break but cant find anything useful. FFS has his return date as unknown although the injury wasnt reported as long term. Any LEI fans perhaps know more about it?

    1. avfc82
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Not a Leicester fan but the last I heard was from Puel's pre Burnley press conference...

      "We will see after the international break if they can come back in the team. Maguire’s is a little more serious than Maddison’s. We will see."

  14. Kingtekkerz
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Fab
    Alonso Robbo Mendy Doherty
    Salah Haz Richarlison Fraser
    Kun Ings

    Hamer Arnie AWB Stephens

    Which move would you do?
    A) Mendy—>Laporte
    B) Mendy, Fraser—>Digne, Martial (-4)

    1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      A. Keep Fraser imo

    2. Bavarian
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Fraser is a season keeper for me

    3. Kanchelskis
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 4 days ago

      A. Fraser "essential".

    4. Pointsonthebench
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      A.

  15. EgyptianKing
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Feedback on this team please? G2G?

    Patricio
    Alonso, Robertson, Holebas
    Mane, Hazard, Sterling, Martial, Rich
    Kun, Jimenez

    Hamer, Bissaka, Balbuena, Kamara

    Cheers!

    1. Pointsonthebench
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Yep all good. Good luck

      1. EgyptianKing
        7 months, 4 days ago

        Cheers! Thank you mate

    2. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Strong mid, gtg

      1. EgyptianKing
        7 months, 4 days ago

        Hope it pays off!

        Thank you mate

  16. 007 [RoboKlopp]
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Bench one for this week
    A. Bennett vs HUD
    B. Arnie vs MCI
    Ta.

    1. Pointsonthebench
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Tricky one that. Probably Arnie.. just...

    2. Bavarian
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Arnie will score

    3. Kanchelskis
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Arnie. City only seem to concede from pens nowadays and Noble still Hammers' first choice I believe.

  17. Auboomerang
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 4 days ago

    There seems to be a lot value in defence this year. Anyone going full budget mode next month and investing more in attack? I'm looking at something like this in GW15/GW16:

    Fabianski
    Digne, Stones, Doherty
    Martial, Sterling, Hazard, Richarlison
    Arnautovic, Kane, Lacazette

    Hamer, TAA, AWB, Camarasa

    Only defender I'd be worried about not owning is Alonso. Although he's probably the one I will keep hold of and downgrade somewhere in attack.

    1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Stones and TAA not 100% nailed.

    2. EgyptianKing
      7 months, 4 days ago

      That is in fact a great team from mid onwards. Lots of power.

      However I consider some defence prenium options as very good assets - Alonso and Robertson namely. CS potential is always good, both (almost) 100% nailes I would say, both represent a great attacking threat and bonus points magnets.

      1. Pieterke30
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 4 days ago

        Agreed. That would be an astonishing team with Alonso in it

    3. Vobinho In Wengerland
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      I've got a very similar draft to you, but opted for No Hazard, included Alonso and came up with this :

      Lloris
      Alonso Trippier Digne
      Martial Richarlison DSilva Sane
      Kane Laca Arnie

      Hamer, Paterson, Doherty, Wan Bissaka.

      Tempted to have Ederson instead of Lloris, but I reckon Spurs have great fixtures and will probably keep a fair few clean sheets

  18. davies
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Which team?

    A)
    Patricio
    Alonso Robertson Trippier Doherty AWB
    Hazard Mane Sterling Richarlison Hojbjerg
    Aguero Arnie Kamara

    B)
    Patricio
    Alonso Robertson Doherty 4.3 AWB
    Salah Hazard Silva Richarlison Fraser
    Aguero Arnie Kamara

    Cheers.

    1. Pointsonthebench
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      B

      1. davies
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 4 days ago

        Which 4.3?

        1. Pieterke30
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 4 days ago

          Vinagre

          1. davies
            • 4 Years
            7 months, 4 days ago

            Triple wolves?

    2. Kanchelskis
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 4 days ago

      B

  19. bluee
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Anyone still repping the Fabianski / Foster crew?

    Who you playing?

    1. samidace
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Fab for another 6-9 saves

    2. Totti
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      i'm torn between foster and fabianski
      but probably will play fabianski

  20. Flynny
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Intrigued by the richarlison captaincy option this weekend.

    Who do you think is the better option for armband?

    A....richarlison

    B...salah

    Thanks

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

      Want to risk with A but head says B, cant decide yet...

    2. Pieterke30
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Will be one of them for me, dont know which as of yet

      Guts say Doherty but I wont dare to

    3. Kanchelskis
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 4 days ago

      A leading the poll quite comfortably at the moment, but just seems wrong somehow.

    4. samidace
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 4 days ago

      I remember tempted to captain richy vs fulham (H), glad i dodged the bullet, he's upfront now, but seems Iike I will end up with 'boring' pick, so B

  21. Miguel Sanchez
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Can I get away with this XI this week? Need to start fixing the bench starting with Mendy to Trippier for GW 15

    Ryan
    Alonso Robertson Doherty
    Salah Hazard Sterling Richarlison (c) Fraser
    Arnautovic Wilson

    Hamer AWB Kamara Mendy* 0FT 0.3 ITB

    1. Pointsonthebench
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Yep , if anything it's a really strong team this week.

    2. Kanchelskis
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 4 days ago

      So long as Doherty plays (I assume he will) then looks great.

    3. Miguel Sanchez
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Thanks - who knows, Kamara might even come into favour under Ranieri

      1. Kanchelskis
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 4 days ago

        I hope not. He is just not very good (Craven Cottage semi-regular).

  22. Atimis
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Would you play Hart or Ryan?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Ryan

    2. skodaole2
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Ryan

    3. Atimis
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Was on Ryan, thanks all 😉

    4. Pointsonthebench
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      50/50, probably Ryan as I think there is more save points in it for him.

  23. boc610
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    slain abaile oneill and keane.

    you came , you saw, you gave colourful press conferences and told brian clough anecdotes.

    thanks.

  24. Totti
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Am I bonkers to captain jimenez next gameweek? 🙂 🙂

    1. Pieterke30
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Could work, he is always involved. But misses too many chances. The game he misses them all could very well be the game for which you captain him

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

        🙂
        so keep away then 🙂

    2. Kanchelskis
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Probably. Depends on your other options though.

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

        front 8

        hazard sterling mane fraser richarlison
        aguero wilson jimenez

        probably will bench fraser 🙂

        1. Kanchelskis
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 4 days ago

          Front 8 too good, this is the problem with having Jimi. Rich (c) this week, Aguero (c) next?

        2. Pieterke30
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 4 days ago

          Well you cant expect to look like a genius captaining Jiménez if at the same time you are benching an in-form Fraser vs a very porous Arsenal defense.

  25. The Big Fella
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Cheap enabler replacement for Stephens: Kayal or Camarasa? And why?

    1. skodaole2
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Kayal may lose his place with Gross back havent played together so far

      1. The Big Fella
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 4 days ago

        I did think this. I thought with his attacking contributions he may have earnt a permanent place but the below says they were flukey. Cheers.

    2. Kanchelskis
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Camarasa. Kayal's goal and assist were a bit flukey and might be back to bench when BHA first choice mids all available. Cama seems pretty key to Cardiff.

      1. The Big Fella
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 4 days ago

        Thanks! I will take your advice. I hadn't seen Kayal play, just his contributions and the forthcoming fixtures.

    3. samidace
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Camarasa, better stats
      https://www.premierleague.com/stats/player-comparison

      1. The Big Fella
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 4 days ago

        Cheers for the link and the reply mate

  26. tim
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Yo!

    Patricio

    Robertson Alonso Laporte Bennet

    Richarlison(C) Fraser Mane Salah(VC)

    Aguero Arnie

    GTG?

    1. Kanchelskis
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Good enough

  27. EgyptianKing
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Captain choices:

    Kun
    Sterling
    Martial
    Mane
    Richarlison

    What is the best choice mates?

    1. Kanchelskis
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Poll says Rich

  28. boc610
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    anyone else tempted to play FH chip?

    1. samidace
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Why? seems not the best time to use it

  29. Hernandez Lynam
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Considering three different hits this week so would really appreciate any thoughts as to my best move. Thanks in advance

    Team before transfers

    Patricio
    Alonso, Robbo, Doherty
    Salah, Hazard, Shaqiri, Kenedy
    Aguero, Arnie, Wilson
    (Billing, AWB, Mendy*)

    A Mendy & Kenedy > Balbuena (rotate with AWB & Doherty) & Richarlison (-4)
    B Mendy & Shaqiri > Digne & Richarlison (-4) keeping 1.7 ITB for upcoming fixture swings
    C Mendy & Shaqiri > Laporte & Richarlison (-4) 0.5 ITB

    B & C mean playing 433 this week and benching Kenedy

  30. El Rey de Fantasy
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 4 days ago

    Is Wolves likely to keep cleansheet vs Huddersfield(h) and Cardiff(a)...??

    1. Goat
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 4 days ago

      I think they’ll keep 1. First game

    2. Hernandez Lynam
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 4 days ago

      Hope so as going double this week