Scout Notes

Injury to Gomez may aid FPL managers as Klopp’s rotation bites hard

Our latest Scout Notes article from the midweek round of Premier League fixtures focuses on events in Lancashire, where Jurgen Klopp wielded the axe and changed all bar four of his starting XI from the side that defeated Everton on Sunday.

There was precious little to cheer for owners of the Reds’ most popular Fantasy assets but Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino at least came off the bench to register consolation attacking returns as Klopp’s much-altered side made heavy work of defeating Burnley on Wednesday evening.

An ankle injury picked up by Joe Gomez will have soured the mood in the Liverpool camp but, at the risk of sounding callous and of course wishing the England defender a speedy recovery, we will discuss the possible silver lining for Fantasy managers in the piece below.

We’ll also cover the goals, assists, manager quotes and Fantasy talking points in our round-up of events from Turf Moor.

Burnley 1-3 Liverpool

  • Goals: Jack Cork (£4.6m) | James Milner (£5.6m), Roberto Firmino (£9.2m), Xherdan Shaqiri (£7.0m)
  • Assists: Ashley Barnes  (£5.6m) | Divock Origi (£5.0m), Virgil van Dijk (£6.1m), Mohamed Salah (£13.0m)

While a degree of tinkering was expected from Jurgen Klopp ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Burnley, the scale of his rotation came as quite the shock to the legions of Fantasy managers who were keenly anticipating the Reds’ encounter with one of the division’s worst defences.

Sadio Mane (£9.8m) and Andrew Robertson‘s (£6.5m) no-shows were anticipated after the pair picked up injuries in the Merseyside derby but the demotion of Mohamed Salah (£13.0m), Roberto Firmino (£9.2m) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (£5.3m) to the Liverpool bench for this fixture came as more of an unwelcome surprise.

Klopp made seven changes in all, with only Xherdan Shaqiri (£7.0m), Joe Gomez (£5.1m), Virgil van Dijk (£6.1m) and Alisson (£5.7m) retaining their starts from the win over Everton, and the mass-rotation looked to have been a huge miscalculation after an hour of Wednesday night’s clash in Lancashire.

Liverpool were disjointed in a goalless first half, with Joe Hart (£4.5m) only called into action to make two comfortable saves before the interval.

Worse was to follow on 54 minutes when Jack Cork (£4.6m) followed up parried efforts from James Tarkowski (£4.7m) and Ashley Barnes (£5.6m) to give the Clarets an unexpected lead, a goal that soon prompted the summoning of Salah and Firmino from the visitors’ bench.

James Milner (£5.6m) had drawn Liverpool level by the time the premium pair were introduced and in truth, the balance of the game had already shifted as Salah and Firmino took to the pitch, with Hart saving well from Daniel Sturridge (£5.8m) and Naby Keita (£7.2m) before Milner’s equaliser.

Salah and Firmino had only 25 minutes with which to influence the game but the consolation for their Fantasy owners was that the pair emerged from this hard-fought win with attacking returns – Firmino tapping home a cushioned pass from van Dijk with his first touch of the match and Salah setting up Shaqiri on the counter-attack in the dying moments to add gloss to the scoreline.

Salah might have had a goal himself after some beautiful combination play between the Egyptian and Keita, with both players being denied by the impressive Hart and Phil Bardsley (£4.2m) in the same move.

Rotation aside, the biggest storyline to come out of this fixture was the ankle injury picked up by Gomez midway through the first half.

The sight of the England defender being stretchered off looked ominous and Klopp suggested after full-time that the problem could be a serious one:

It was his ankle. Joe is injured and probably not only a little bit. We have to see, we don’t know in the moment. We sent him home.

The repercussions of a medium-to-long-term injury to Gomez could be significant, given that the England international has been used variously as a right-back and centre-half this season.

Gomez’s absence would leave only Nathaniel Clyne (£4.6m) – yet to play a minute of league football this season – as competition for Alexander-Arnold, while van Dijk’s status as the most “nailed” Liverpool defender would surely only be solidified further with his semi-regular central defensive partner sidelined.

Alexander-Arnold indeed appeared as if he would bank the most fortunate of clean sheets after replacing Gomez on 23 minutes, only for Cork’s opening goal to dash any hopes of a shut-out for his owners.

After almost two years without an attacking FPL return, it’s now two assists in as many matches for van Dijk, with the Dutch stopper providing the telling pass that led to Firmino’s strike.

The former Celtic and Southampton defender was a menace throughout at set plays, registering three headed attempts on goal from dead-ball situations.

Perhaps the pick of Klopp’s “second string” was Keita, who racked up more shots on goal and penalty box touches than any other player on show.

His manager said after the match:

Always when Naby had the ball, at least something changed a little bit. We all know Shaq can play much better – turn in situations, get the ball and be a bit more decisive. The only ones who really tried to do something was Millie with runs in behind and Naby with the ball. Hendo shouldn’t be involved in that – he had to protect all the runners.

So Naby made all the difference in a lot of moments. I think his blocked shot was the biggest chance we had in the first half, I’m not 100 per cent sure but at least it looked like a proper chance; Burnley blocked it. In the second half, the one-two with Mo [Salah] was a good finish and a bit lucky in that moment for Burnley. In the beginning it was really good and at the end. In the middle, we didn’t use him – I was shouting, ‘We have to use Naby!’ because he was not involved, we played long ball and big switches. Naby was constantly played over. When he was involved, he was really good.

The positive news for owners of Messrs Salah, Mane, Firmino and Robertson was that their understudies didn’t particularly impress, with Sturridge, Divock Origi (£5.0m) and Alberto Moreno (£4.2m) very much looking like second-rate versions of the players they replaced without doing too much wrong.

The hope for those hanging onto Liverpool assets over the festive period would be that Klopp has learned his lesson from making too many changes at once, though with seven matches to contest over the next 28 days there will inevitably be further disappointment in the form of a surprise benching in the coming month – as will no doubt be the case with Fantasy assets from other clubs.

Aside from a stoppage-time header from Ben Mee (£4.7m) that Alisson superbly clawed out, Burnley only really drew regulation saves from the Brazilian goalkeeper but Sean Dyche could at least take some pride from the manner of the defeat, given that the Clarets were still in the game past the 90-minute mark.

An ebullient Dyche said:

The mentality and framework and the energy and belief in made five changes and I felt that was necessary.

People sometimes question that, but before we worry too much about tactical shapes, we had to get the right bodies on the pitch tonight.

There were players who deserved a chance and I’m pretty loyal to the players here, but there comes a time when I have to shake the pack.

I thought that worked tonight, but of course it can’t just be about tonight. Those players have delivered and now it’s about taking it forward into the next game.

What we are doing flooded back into the group tonight.

We were knocking those performances out week after week last season and getting our rewards. We’ve come away from that this season, for many reasons. Now it’s about reminding ourselves that that’s what we do and as a performance marker it was important.

Those five changes Dyche alluded to saw Barnes, Tarkowski, Bardsley, Ashley Westwood (£4.5m) and Robbie Brady (£5.4m) come into the side in an admirably positive 4-4-2, with Steven Defour (£5.4m) missing through injury.

The heartening performance from the Clarets and Dyche’s upbeat words afterwards perhaps suggests the starting XI for the visit of Brighton on Saturday will closely resemble Wednesday night’s line-up, with Matthew Lowton (£4.7m), Aaron Lennon (£5.0m), Jeff Hendrick (£5.3m) and Kevin Long (£4.2m) seemingly unlikely to reclaim their positions after Dyche had previously talked of being “too loyal” to underperforming members of his squad.

Burnley XI (4-4-2): Hart; Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Gudmundsson, Westwood, Cork, Brady (Lennon 71′); Barnes (Vydra 83′), Wood (Vokes 71′)

Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Gomez (Alexander-Arnold 23′), Van Dijk, Matip, Moreno (Salah 65′); Henderson, Milner, Keita; Shaqiri, Sturridge, Origi (Firmino 65′).

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  1. Differential (c)
    • 3 Years
    6 days, 11 hours ago

    Start one:
    A) Success (vs EVE)
    B) Alonso (vs MCI)
    C) Brooks (vs LIV)
    D) AwB (vs WHU)

    Leaning towards Success, guy was subbef off at 74 mins, rested for the weekend?

    Cheers

    1. Amey
        6 days, 11 hours ago

        Success
        Alonso has fallen to a very far. Very sad to see that 🙁

      • kime67
        • 1 Year
        6 days, 11 hours ago

        b.

      • HurriKane
        • 6 Years
        6 days, 11 hours ago

        I normally wont bench alonso but this is one of the games you;d probably get away with it.

        id say start D

        1. GaabRop
            6 days, 11 hours ago

            Yes, this is the only time I will bench Alonso, for me it was a choice between him and Wilson.

            But out of those 4, I think I would still play Alonso

        2. Shteve
          • 9 Years
          6 days, 11 hours ago

          Id play Alonso, although it is close between all 4. Hard to see any of them getting much points

        3. avfc82
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          6 days, 11 hours ago

          B for me.

        4. Differential (c)
          • 3 Years
          6 days, 11 hours ago

          Cheers all, food for thought!

        5. aaroncfc
          • 2 Years
          6 days, 11 hours ago

          Play Alonso. He has more upside than any of the other three.

        6. Guba
          • 3 Years
          6 days, 11 hours ago

          Surprised by these answers. There's no way I'd bench Alonso, sure he's not as likely to get a CS but we've seen plenty of times over the last couple years where Alonso punishes hard the benchers by delivering attacking returns.

          Because of his ownership as well you'd be most hurt by his return compared to the others.

      • kime67
        • 1 Year
        6 days, 11 hours ago

        is hazard worth keeping?

        1. Jellyfish
          • 6 Years
          6 days, 11 hours ago

          Depends on how much you paid for him I would say. I think you need a strategy to bring him back in if you do

        2. GaabRop
            6 days, 11 hours ago

            I sold him this week and going without him rest of this year...might bring him back in January, but that´s a few GW ahead

          • KGFC
            • 2 Years
            6 days, 11 hours ago

            If you've kept him this long then won't sell now. After city, chelsea have good fixtures

          • avfc82
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            6 days, 11 hours ago

            I haven't owned him all season and don't currently have any plans to bring him in, so I'd consider moving him on if the money's reinvested well.

          • AuFeld
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            6 days, 11 hours ago

            Yes. Always involved and on PK's. Great run of fixtures starting GW17

          • kime67
            • 1 Year
            6 days, 11 hours ago

            im looking at son but dont know. is he leaving in january?

          • Eat my goal!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            6 days, 11 hours ago

            tempted to go hazard > sane

            just not for the weekend

            if the prem had VAR i'd keep since over the last couple he'd have hauled

        3. LC1
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          6 days, 11 hours ago

          Ederson Hamer
          TAA Alonso Laporte Bennet Wan-Bisakka
          Hazard Mane(!) Richarlison Fraser Hojbjerg
          Kane Arnie(!) Jiminez

          1 FT & 2.1 ITB.

          Thinking Mane & Arnie to Fanderson and Aubamayang(C) for a -4?

          Any other suggestions are much appreciated?

          Thanks!

        4. Jellyfish
          • 6 Years
          6 days, 11 hours ago

          RMWCT

          Fab Hamer
          TAA Alonso AWB Doherty Dunk
          Sane Sterling Rich Fanderson Stephens
          Auba Wilson Laca

          Transfer plan up to Christmas:
          Auba > Kane GW17 (1.7m banked)
          Fanderson >Martial GW18

          G2g or further work needed?

          1. avfc82
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            6 days, 11 hours ago

            I would move Dunk on, his home fixtures are terrible, maybe to Balbuena or Chambers if you want to go really cheap? I'd also switch Stephens > Camarasa, and probably just get Kane in now.

            1. Jellyfish
              • 6 Years
              6 days, 11 hours ago

              Thanks for the tips, cheers....and utv 😉

        5. HurriKane
          • 6 Years
          6 days, 11 hours ago

          If you were to chose one who'd you prefer ?

          A) Townsend

          B) Snodgrass

          Townsend is more nailed but Snoddy has better fixtures

          1. BoomBoomShacktheroom
            • 7 Years
            6 days, 11 hours ago

            Snod.

          2. Differential (c)
            • 3 Years
            6 days, 11 hours ago

            Snoddy, has impressed me more consistently than Andros.

        6. Disturbed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          6 days, 11 hours ago

          Repost. Best option here folks? Any other suggestions for this team? 1ft, 1.3m itb. Thanks

          a. jesus arnie > laca jiminez -4
          b. jesus > laca ft
          c. jesus hazard > laca dsilva -4

          Patricio
          Alonso LaPorte vvd
          hazard sane Eriksen richarlison
          jesus Wilson arnie

          McCarthy awb bennett ward

          1. Amey
              6 days, 11 hours ago

              A

            • kime67
              • 1 Year
              6 days, 11 hours ago

              why do you own jesus:D

              1. Disturbed
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                6 days, 11 hours ago

                Got him as a differential for kun last gw. Could have been gold had he converted the one on one chances he had.

          2. OptimusBlack
            • 5 Years
            6 days, 11 hours ago

            Who May get more time next GW ?

            A - Laca
            B- Auba

            1. Amey
                6 days, 11 hours ago

                Both will start

                1. OptimusBlack
                  • 5 Years
                  6 days, 11 hours ago

                  Huum okay then am getting Laca

              • Differential (c)
                • 3 Years
                6 days, 11 hours ago

                Laca, but Auba will score more long-term imo. Golden boot this season.

            2. Tsparkes10
                6 days, 11 hours ago

                What do we prefer for a 1 gw punt?
                A) Haz, Arni > Fanderson, Aubam
                B) Haz, Arni > Lacazette, Sane
                C) Haz, Arni > Sterling, Rash
                D) Arni, Alonso > Laca, Kolasinic

                1. Shteve
                  • 9 Years
                  6 days, 11 hours ago

                  A

              • Cruyff's Eleven
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                6 days, 11 hours ago

                How many more weeks do we think Salah "is gonna explode" until we all concede there's always next year?

                1. fenixri
                  • 2 Years
                  6 days, 11 hours ago

                  This week he will explode because i ditch him.

                  1. Cruyff's Eleven
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    6 days, 11 hours ago

                    Hahaha... I'm the same, itchy finger..

                  2. Pompel
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    6 days, 11 hours ago

                    Thanks for that, as I'm keeping this week before ditching for Sterling 😉

                2. Shteve
                  • 9 Years
                  6 days, 11 hours ago

                  I conceded last night and had him from start of the season!

                3. kennethrhcp
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  6 days, 11 hours ago

                  I'm giving him this week

              • shirtless
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                6 days, 11 hours ago

                I've finally arrived at a team I'm happy with, but now it's all Kane everywhere you look. Surely Aguero is still the most nailed front player for City though given the displays of Jesus? Less competition than the wingers. You've got KdB returning soon too. I'm at a loss for what to do next now. Still have my wildcard, and 2 FTs this week!

                Aguero & Salah > Kane & Sterling is the most obvious move. I'm not sure it's the best long term though....

                Ryan
                Doherty Laporte Robertson
                Salah Hazard Silva Richarlison
                Aguero Mitrovic Jimenez

                1. KingOllie
                  • 3 Years
                  6 days, 11 hours ago

                  Id much rather keep Salah for this week

                2. Eat my goal!
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  6 days, 11 hours ago

                  not the week to make the move imo

                  1. shirtless
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    6 days, 11 hours ago

                    Yes I agree gents. City away, and Salah will start.

              • Bubz
                • 5 Years
                6 days, 11 hours ago

                I still have my WC, but this is my team for this weekend. Any point in pressing the button and getting in some Arsenal/Spurs players etc?

                Allison
                TAA, Digne, Alonso
                Salah, Mahrez, Richarlison, Anderson
                Kane, Wilson, Mitrovic

                3.9, Doherty, Gunnarson, 4.0

                1. Berbinho's Forehead
                  • 8 Years
                  6 days, 11 hours ago

                  I would WC just for fun lol

                  1. Bubz
                    • 5 Years
                    6 days, 11 hours ago

                    Yeah well I need to use it sometime!

                    1. Jules Rimet
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      6 days, 11 hours ago

                      HODOR

                      Wildcard on christmas eve Bubz. A gift to yourself

                2. Tsparkes10
                    6 days, 11 hours ago

                    I'm in same boat... kinda want Laca or aubam in. I would also start Doherty over Alonso? I may just take a -4 hit and reassess next week because of CL midweek

                  • RAFA THE GAFFA
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    6 days, 11 hours ago

                    Good team to be fair. Depends if you want Auba/Laca and Sterling/Sane.

                    1. Bubz
                      • 5 Years
                      6 days, 11 hours ago

                      I do, I do

                  • RUUD!
                    • 6 Years
                    6 days, 11 hours ago

                    don't think Mahrez plays against Chelsea, also Alonso i would bench

                    1. Bubz
                      • 5 Years
                      6 days, 11 hours ago

                      Yeah Im rather concerned about Mahrez, he played so well though midweek

                3. #FPLBhuna
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  6 days, 11 hours ago

                  play 1 and bench order?

                  a) fraser (liv h)
                  b) success (eve a)
                  c) awb (whu a)
                  d) pereira (lei h)

                  thinking play B and bench ACD

                  1. BoomBoomShacktheroom
                    • 7 Years
                    6 days, 11 hours ago

                    Play A. BCD Bench

                    1. #FPLBhuna
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      6 days, 11 hours ago

                      yeah that's what I was on until I wrote this post, probably the right move

                      cheers

                  2. Holmes
                    • 5 Years
                    6 days, 11 hours ago

                    A

                    DBC

                    1. #FPLBhuna
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      6 days, 11 hours ago

                      lol

                      pereira has spurs at home not leicester**

                      you sure you want to put him first?

                  3. Simmoo
                    • 3 Years
                    6 days, 11 hours ago

                    Play Fraser, bench order Pereira, Wan-Bissaka, Success.

                4. Kalju75
                  • 2 Years
                  6 days, 11 hours ago

                  What to do with this?

                  Fabianski
                  Robbo-TAA-Alonso
                  Salah(c)-Hazard-Rich-Fraser
                  Kane-Wilson-Arnie

                  Patricio,WB,Bennett,Romeu
                  1FT 0 itb,really want do arnie to lacazette but just dunno how?

                5. KingOllie
                  • 3 Years
                  6 days, 11 hours ago

                  Price rises are absolutely filthy this time of the year, no1 waits for end of week

                  1. kime67
                    • 1 Year
                    6 days, 11 hours ago

                    agreed. auba is like 11.3 all of a sudden

                    1. KingOllie
                      • 3 Years
                      6 days, 11 hours ago

                      he was 10.9 literally 5 days ago 😀

                6. RAFA THE GAFFA
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  6 days, 11 hours ago

                  Mixed responses early and a tough one I know, but which one to downgrade from this attack to improve my defence is best? And why? Really struggling

                  Fabianski • Button
                  TAA • AWB • Doherty • XXX • XXX
                  Sterling • Sané • Richarlison • Son • FAnderson
                  Kane • Aubameyang • Kamara

                  1. Differential (c)
                    • 3 Years
                    6 days, 11 hours ago

                    Rich and Auba->Laca and someone else seems a sensivle downgrade.

                    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      6 days, 11 hours ago

                      Feel like Auba is a great Captain option though. Also Richalison is doing great. Hmm, thanks mate

                  2. kuzser
                    • 1 Year
                    6 days, 11 hours ago

                    I would do Son

                7. Berbinho's Forehead
                  • 8 Years
                  6 days, 11 hours ago

                  Got 2 freebies, any suggestions on what to do here?

                  Happy to give Kane a miss in all honesty.

                  Fabianski
                  Robbo Alonso Laporte Balbuena
                  Salah Hazard Sterling Richarlison
                  Arnie* Wilson

                  4m Doherty Kenedy KamaraGOD

                  Nowt ITB.

                  Was thinking Hazard + Arnie to Son + Laca but I'm .1 short..

                  1. RUUD!
                    • 6 Years
                    6 days, 11 hours ago

                    I'd be looking to downgrade Salah to fund Auba, that's what i have done this week.

                  2. wulfranian
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    6 days, 11 hours ago

                    Moura or F.Anderson?I guess with the latter you could do next gw Salah+Wilson->Sessegnon+Kane?

                  3. Holmes
                    • 5 Years
                    6 days, 11 hours ago

                    was considering same move and 0.1 short as well 😛

                    Robertson-Arnautovic-Kennedy to Wan Bissaka-Laca-cheapo is an option

                8. RUUD!
                  • 6 Years
                  6 days, 11 hours ago

                  Been a horrid last 4/5 GW's for me, finally got a green arrow this week. How is she looking for the weekend?

                  Hart (Foster)
                  Laporte TAA Doherty (WBA, Alonso)
                  Richarlison Hazard Fraser F.Anderson (Billing)
                  Jiminez Auba (C) Kane

                  1. Balotellitubbies
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    6 days, 11 hours ago

                    Think that looks pretty good. Haz -> Sterling soon?

                9. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                  • 2 Years
                  6 days, 11 hours ago

                  Just realized my pre WC team scored 70 points and Wc team got 62 damn

                10. rkpower1
                  • 7 Years
                  6 days, 11 hours ago

                  On a WC. How does this look?

                  Fabianski Button
                  Schindler, AWB, Doherty, Kiko Fem, Cedric
                  Salah, Sane, Fraser, Richarl, Billing
                  Kane, Auba, Rondon

                  0.1 ITB

                  1. fenixri
                    • 2 Years
                    6 days, 11 hours ago

                    Too weak in the back for my taste.

                  2. Balotellitubbies
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    6 days, 10 hours ago

                    Wouldnt have salah on wc, too much money in 4 players. Rondon, really?

                11. RAFA THE GAFFA
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  6 days, 11 hours ago

                  Also is Button it Steele most likely to play when Ryan is away in Jan? Any Brighton insights at all?

                  1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    6 days, 11 hours ago

                    Or*

                  2. socho
                    • 1 Year
                    6 days, 11 hours ago

                    I would say Button

                  3. avfc82
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    6 days, 11 hours ago

                    I was told yesterday Button lost his place on the bench due to a slight injury. He's fit now but not returned to the bench, and Steele has been the no2. Not really sure what this means for when Ryan is away though.

                    1. Do I Not Like Orange
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      6 days, 11 hours ago

                      If true it's probably academic as Steele will concede every time he sets foot on a pitch and won't get save points (he is incapable of making saves).

                      Sunderland fan here, so I speak from painful experience.

                  4. Do I Not Like Orange
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    6 days, 11 hours ago

                    Surely Button as Steele is utter toss.

                12. bengan1113
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  6 days, 11 hours ago

                  Can someone please fill me in on the laca/auba situation? Is laca nailed on from now on? Auba playing winger then?

                  A. Laca/fanderson
                  B. Auba/snoddy

                13. FootballFanatic365- BOOM Xh…
                  • 4 Years
                  6 days, 11 hours ago

                  sterling or Mahrez
                  who'll start vs Chelsea?

                  1. kime67
                    • 1 Year
                    6 days, 11 hours ago

                    both. sterling on left

                  2. KingOllie
                    • 3 Years
                    6 days, 11 hours ago

                    Sane and Sterling both start i reckon. Mahrez will come in at 60

                  3. RAFA THE GAFFA
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    6 days, 11 hours ago

                    Sterling for sure

                14. aaroncfc
                  • 2 Years
                  6 days, 11 hours ago

                  Anyone considering Gibbs-White as a 5th mid? I watched the full game and he was excellent against Chelsea last night.

                  1. Tsparkes10
                      6 days, 11 hours ago

                      I saw him on motd. Will give him 1 more gw as wc next week

                  2. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
                    • 6 Years
                    6 days, 11 hours ago

                    Bennett or Wan - Bissaka as first sub ?
                    Have Balbuena and Diop playing as wel...

                    1. Balotellitubbies
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      6 days, 11 hours ago

                      Bennett

                    2. aaroncfc
                      • 2 Years
                      6 days, 11 hours ago

                      Bennett. Wolves are due a CS

                  3. Balotellitubbies
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    6 days, 11 hours ago

                    Pat Hamer
                    Rob Alonso Doh Digne AWB
                    Salah Sterling Anderson Rich Fraser
                    Aub Arnie Success

                    1FT & 0.1ITB.Still got my WC but think I will save it for one more week. Arnie to a one week punt I guess, who?

                  4. Tsparkes10
                      6 days, 11 hours ago

                      Hazard looked lively on motd. Could've quite easily had 2 or 3 assists and a goal on another day? Just me?

                      1. Amey
                          6 days, 11 hours ago

                          Yes . he had great stat's

                        • Balotellitubbies
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          6 days, 11 hours ago

                          He looked decent. Whats worrying is that he seems to have gone back to the creator role and not going for it enough + Chelsea have looked slightly off lately. That could turn but considering his price City mids may be better going forward.

                        • Demel
                          • 7 Years
                          6 days, 11 hours ago

                          I would have to downgrade him to fund Auba and I am not as convinced as most it is a sensible move.

                        • wasp3000
                          • 4 Years
                          6 days, 10 hours ago

                          It will stay the same if the likes of Giroud Morata Willian Pedro are at the end of said passes

                      2. KAR
                        • 1 Year
                        6 days, 11 hours ago

                        help needed

                        fab (hamer)
                        alonso, robbo, chillwell, awb, bennett
                        sterling, haz, martial, rich, bacuna
                        kane, wilson, arnie

                        1FT 0.4 ITB

                        so here is the deal, i want to get rid on arnie cuz im done with all of his injurys and get auba in and give him the c for the next gw.

                        A. arnie + hazard -> auba + who? (f.anderson/fraser) for -4
                        B arnie + sterling -> auba + who? (f.anderson/b.silva) for -4
                        C. kane -> auba
                        D. arnie + martial(if he is ruled out) + alonso -> laca + f.anderson + doherty for -8
                        E. something else?

                        1. Tsparkes10
                            6 days, 11 hours ago

                            I'm considering A tbh. But only as i have my wc so will look to get hazard back in week after.

                            You could do Arni, Martial to Laca and someone cheaper? Idk how much money you'd have to play with though

                            1. KAR
                              • 1 Year
                              6 days, 10 hours ago

                              yeah i agree, im not going to transfer out sterling when he was rested last game. Kane is also in form atm.

                            2. KAR
                              • 1 Year
                              6 days, 10 hours ago

                              i can use my wc in january. yea i considerd doing arnie + martial to laca but just worried about his minutes, dont understand why he doesnt get more minutes and cuz of that i dont see him as good captaincy choise as auba. if i do that and that lefts me with 5.4m for mid, best optioins there is pretty much fernandinho/gundongan/seri/xhaka etc. so no good choises.

                          • Balotellitubbies
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            6 days, 11 hours ago

                            If you must have Auba then you need to chop Haz (to F Anderson?). But if Martial is out I think you just have to forget about him and sort out Arnie and Martial.

                            1. Balotellitubbies
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 1 Year
                              6 days, 11 hours ago

                              B&C is madness btw

                          • KAR
                            • 1 Year
                            6 days, 10 hours ago

                            if i do arnie + hazard -> laca + 8.7 mid (d.silva/son)

                        2. Dillonb93
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          6 days, 11 hours ago

                          Selling Salah for a spurs mid to afford Auba!
                          Can’t afford Eriksen
                          Can’t decide between Son & Alli?
                          What does everyone think??
                          Im thinking Alli will play a lot more but not sure

                          1. Balotellitubbies
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            6 days, 11 hours ago

                            Son for me, but a rotation risk obviously. Lamela out though

                          2. Kopkloppers
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            6 days, 11 hours ago

                            Do you have Kane?

                            1. Dillonb93
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 1 Year
                              6 days, 11 hours ago

                              Yep already have Kane!

                        3. Valar(Keith)
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          6 days, 11 hours ago

                          Ederson owners.. Are you getting a bit fidgety with Fabianski rising through the fpl ranks? Personally I don't want a West ham defender playing every week and citys fixtures are mint(and you have to Expect guardiola to iron out their one defensive lapse per game). I have to admit my knee is feeling a slight jerk though

                          1. Christina.
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 8 Years
                            6 days, 11 hours ago

                            Why don't you want Fab?

                            Best value in the game.

                            1. Valar(Keith)
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 9 Years
                              6 days, 11 hours ago

                              Hence my being fidgety.. I want him but it seems so sideways

                            2. Cruyff's Eleven
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              6 days, 11 hours ago

                              Because I don't have a City defender....

                              1. Cruyff's Eleven
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                6 days, 11 hours ago

                                Ederson is my City backline....

                          2. Demel
                            • 7 Years
                            6 days, 11 hours ago

                            Fab seems almost a no brainer to me. Nobody in the City backline tempts me at the moment.

                            1. Kopkloppers
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              6 days, 11 hours ago

                              This and wastes a city player

                        4. Klein
                          • 3 Years
                          6 days, 11 hours ago

                          I know its late already but is wilson essential?

                          1. Eat my goal!
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            6 days, 11 hours ago

                            no one is essential

                            but great value for returns

                          2. Demel
                            • 7 Years
                            6 days, 11 hours ago

                            Not for me with those fixtures. 4 really tough games out of 5 and the other fixture is a team who hardly ever concede more than 2 goals.

                          3. Balotellitubbies
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            6 days, 11 hours ago

                            No, but he's a good option even with the tougher fixtures.