Opinion

Why I’m considering a Liverpool defensive double-up

The festive period is always an exciting time of the season for FPL managers but boy was it hectic.

It feels good to return to normality now with more time to mull over our transfer decisions each week.

Time to double up on the Liverpool defence?

The Reds have been rock solid defensively this season with Virgil van Dijk (£6.4m) keeping everything under control and Alisson (£5.9m) performing much better than his predecessors.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have conceded just ten goals in their opening twenty-one matches and they face just one of the current top six in the next ten Gameweeks (Manchester United away in Gameweek 27).

A defenesive double up looks good on paper with any combination of Andrew Robertson (£6.6m), Trent Alexander-Arnold (£5.2m), van Dijk or Alisson likely to bring home the clean sheet points for managers between now and the next international break (yes there is another one).

Will Eden Hazard troll his owners again?

The Belgian has frustrated his backers in recent weeks with three blanks in his last four appearances against Leicester, Crystal Palace and Southampton.

Patience is required with Eden Hazard (£11.1m) as often has been the case. He’s an FPL asset that must be held long term to reap the benefits as his hauls are unpredictable. Watch him bag a brace this weekend to stick it to the sellers.

Despite three blanks in the last four, Hazard ranks first alongside Richarlison (£6.9m) among midfielders for shots in the box (10) over the same period as well as creating ten chances for his team mates. Some would say he’s due…

Why sell Richarlison before Bournemouth at home?

The Brazilian is the second most-transferred out player ahead of Gameweek 22 with more than 110,000 sales. Only his fellow countryman Felipe Anderson (£7.4m) has been shipped by more managers this week.

Selling Richarlison ahead of a plum home tie is risky business. The Cherries have conceded eighteen goals in the last six Gameweeks!

The Toffees looked jaded in the 1-0 defeat to Leicester back in Gameweek 21, but a rest for some of their first-team players in the FA Cup should see them looking much fresher in Sunday’s matchup at Goodison Park.

Raheem the dream differential?

Raheem Sterling (£11.3m) has eighteen attacking returns (nine goals, nine assists) in eighteen appearances in 2018/19, yet is owned by just 10.2% of managers ahead of Monday’s home tie against Wolves.

For those managers who are down the rankings or are chasing a lead in a mini-league, the Englishman could prove to be a devastating differential over the coming weeks.

Manchester City gave us a timely reminder of what they can do to teams with a 9-0 thrashing of Burton Albion in the EFL Cup midweek. Sterling was an unused substitute in that match which makes him even more appealing for Gameweek 22, maybe even as captain.

Is Marcus Rashford being overhyped?

The young striker has been excellent since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took the reins at Old Trafford, scoring 31 FPL points, but is his place in the starting XI as secure as most people seem to think?

There’s a lot of competition for places at United. Romelu Lukaku (£10.7m) isn’t going to be content with a place on the bench and will be pushing for starts.

Will Solskjaer play them both up front together, or could we see Rashford moved back to the wing where he would be in competition with the likes of Anthony Martial (£7.3m), Alexis Sanchez (£10.0m), Jesse Lingard (£6.8m) and Juan Mata (£6.2m).

For now, Rashford looks to be Solskjaer’s number one striker but all it takes is a poor display or two and we could see some positional/personnel changes.

Aaron Wan-Don’t-Bench-Me-Bissaka

Arguably the greatest £4.0m FPL asset of all time has picked up three clean sheets in the last five Gameweeks.

Crystal Palace have looked a lot more stable defensively in recent weeks since Vicente Guaita (£4.2m) took over from Wayne Hennessey (£4.5m) between the sticks.

Five of the next six fixtures look good for  Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£4.5m) to get starts in our teams rather than having to look at his points on the bench.

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418 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Cadenza
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 7 days ago

    Best set and forget GK sub 5.0?

    1. Boz
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 7 days ago

      I'm looking at shifting Fab this week and considering Etheridge

  2. Fantastisk
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 7 days ago

    Who do you think will win the League?

    A. Liverpool
    B. Man City
    C. Someone else

    1. Boz
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 7 days ago

      B

    2. mrmrscott
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 7 days ago

      B

    3. La Roja
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 7 days ago

      A

    4. Arch Stanton
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 7 days ago

      A

    5. Warby84
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 7 days ago

      A

  3. Boz
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 7 days ago

    Play one, bench one:

    Awb / Jiminez

    1. Fantastisk
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 7 days ago

      Always play the attacker.

      1. Midlands Saint73
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 7 days ago

        Always this. It takes 90 mins for a clean sheet (60 in special circumstances) but only a few seconds for attacking returns

    2. GARY AND JAMIE
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 7 days ago

      Same issue here - I think AWB is a great first sub, can see Watford scoring though...

      1. Boz
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 7 days ago

        Hate seeing his points on the bench especially as he's a BP magnet. Jimi in form and scored against Liverpool albeit in the Cup. Tricky one...

        1. GARY AND JAMIE
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 7 days ago

          Yeah I think I'm on Jim for tactical ML reasons really, most rivals have him and i'd rather match them and let my other players play theirs...

  4. Benditlike
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 7 days ago

    Which front 7 looks best:

    A)
    Salah, Felipe.A, Richarlison, PEREYRA
    Kane, Rashford, AUBA

    B)
    Salah, Felipe.A, Richarlison, HAZARD
    Kane, Rashford, JIMENEZ

    1. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 7 days ago

      I prefer B.

    2. SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 7 days ago

      could go either way

  5. Wizard of Özil
      6 months, 7 days ago

      If you had both, who would you captain this week:

      A) Auba
      B) Salah

      1. lugs
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 7 days ago

        i have both, but i'm captaining Aguero :lol:, between those 2 for this week i'd probably choose Auba tho

    • GARY AND JAMIE
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 7 days ago

      Can't make myself captain Harry this week - bad track record at Wembley v minnows... 🙂

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

        Agree, that’s why I’m shipping Kane out for this GW.

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

          ... much better options elsewhere.

          1. SADIO SANÉ
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 7 days ago

            kinda agree, getting back next week?

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

              Yup.

    • La Roja
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 7 days ago

      Arnie bandwagon derailed?

      https://mol.im/a/6578095

      1. Whazza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 7 days ago

        Think he will go in the summer

        1. Nomar
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 7 days ago

          Set himself up for life. Don’t blame him.

          1. Warby84
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 7 days ago

            And totally forgotten about, Chinese League is a load of rubbish, he easily could have moved to a Champs league team..

            1. Whazza
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              6 months, 7 days ago

              Too injury-prone

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

            How much would he have got if he had gone to United though? Probably been about the same amount and he could have challenged for CL and maybe titles too.

      2. GARY AND JAMIE
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 7 days ago

        I'd say with his me me me attitude he is more likely to be shop-windowing....selfish is good in FPL...

    • teneighty
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 7 days ago

      2 FT and no pressing issues. Might take a one week punt on Calvert-Lewin.

      1. La Roja
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 7 days ago

        So you’ll have pressing issues next GW

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

          Exactly! 😀

    • Warby84
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 7 days ago

      A. Eriksen/Richarlison

      B. Hazard/Redmond

      1. noonan357
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 7 days ago

        I'd go A based on fixtures

    • Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 7 days ago

      Is it safe to go with Guaita as your only playing keeper on WC?

      1. SADIO SANÉ
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 7 days ago

        I did, not sure if safe is the right word but I think it's worth the risk

        1. Whazza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 7 days ago

          Will require money in the bank to get a playing keeper if he stops playing... Then there's the bench boost chip. Hmm

          1. SADIO SANÉ
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 7 days ago

            yeah bench boost could be an issue (I got Guaita on my first wildcard) - maybe just get two playing keepers on 2nd wildcard so bench boosting is easy when the time comes

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

        No, but who wants to play it safe anyway?

    • Chris Kish
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 7 days ago

      This confirmed Holebas (out) to TAA (in), thank you!

    • JURGEN FLOPP #BOTTLEJOB
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 7 days ago

      Son + Balbuena -> Sigurdsson + TAA 2FT

      Son is going after this GW till February

      Balbuena is out for 6-8 weeks

      Yes or No

      1. Arnauto
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 7 days ago

        moves look good

    • Rinseboy
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 7 days ago

      best move this week?
      A - Schindler to TAA
      B - Son and Fanderson to Salah and Camerasa -4
      C - Hazard and Schindler to Salah and TAA -4?
      D - Hazard and Son to Salah and Sane -4?
      E - Son and Schindler to Sterling and TAA -4 (Hazard to Salah next week)

      Pat
      Digne AWB Schindler
      Pogba Rich Hazard Son FAnderson
      Kane Rashford
      Hamer Jiminez Doherty Zaba
      3.8ITB.

      1. Steiger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 months, 7 days ago

        Save, then do 'D' next week for free.

      2. COYfootball
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 months, 7 days ago

        Quite like B?

    • Arnauto
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 7 days ago

      2FT. Have exactly the money to do Anderson, Kamara > Camarasa, Rashford? Will probably be priced out next week, but not 100% sold on the transfers imo. Yay or nay

      1. JURGEN FLOPP #BOTTLEJOB
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 7 days ago

        moves look good in the long run

    • COYfootball
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 7 days ago

      I'm torn this week. Not having Salah hurt me a bit, but I'm reluctant to ditch Alonso this week with Newcastle at home.

      Fab - Ryan
      Alonso - Robertson - WanB - Digne
      Sterling - Haz (c) - Richarlison - Brooks
      Kane - Rashford

      Snodgrass - Jimi - Doherty

      0.3ITB, 2FT

      A) Sterling + Alonso ---> Salah + Kolasinac
      B) Sterling + Alonso + Snodgrass ---> Salah + TAA + Camarasa (-4)
      C) Snodgrass --> Camarasa, and Sterling/Haz + Alonso to Salah + TAA next week?
      D) Any other thoughts?

      Thanks guys.

      1. BOATIES FC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 months, 7 days ago

        C

    • Giroud Depardieu
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 7 days ago

      Hi all,

      Quick(hopefully) question on Schindler's points last GW.

      He got 'awarded' -3pts

      Minutes Played (40) = 1pt
      Red Card 41st min = -3pts
      Goals conceded 2 (40th & 74th min) = -1pt
      Total = -3pts

      Why was he deducted a point for conceding 2 goals, when he was only on the pitch for 1 of them??

      1. SADIO SANÉ
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 7 days ago

        yeah, still get points deducted for goals conceded after a red card

        1. Giroud Depardieu
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 7 days ago

          Very harsh! There wasn't much he could do about the 2nd goal!

          1. SADIO SANÉ
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 7 days ago

            haha true, but the goal may not have happened if was on the pitch - he should still be punished for it, think it's fair

            1. Giroud Depardieu
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 7 days ago

              I agree, but surely -3pts is enough pain for Schindler owners!

    • GARY AND JAMIE
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 7 days ago

      Anyone on the Ryan/Button combo? Bit painful for next couple of weeks but after that looks really good almost till last couple of games of season...

      1. GARY AND JAMIE
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 7 days ago

        ...bar a change for BB chip I guess...

    • phrampton534
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 7 days ago

      Who scores more this week:

      A) Alison & FAnderson
      B) Sane & Fabianski

      Thanks??

      1. lugs
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 7 days ago

        A

      2. Warby84
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 7 days ago

        B

      3. fenixri
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 7 days ago

        B) Fab sneaky penalty save to punish sellers 😉

    • Rash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 7 days ago

      Martial to richarlison?

      Have Pogba & rashford.

      1. SADIO SANÉ
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 7 days ago

        yeah, Pog and Rash look better atm

    • vardys party
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 7 days ago

      Lloris (Button)
      Rudiger Robertson Young Balbuena Bennett
      Hazard Richarlison Anderson Kenedy Hojbjerg
      Rashford Kane Aubameyang

      2FT
      0.4 itb

      What shall I do? I think I need salah

    • T96
        6 months, 7 days ago

        Out of;

        Hazard - Eriksen - Pogba - Sane - Rich

        Which two would you consider dropping to fund Salah?

        Or, is it worth keeping that midfield and going without?

        Fab
        Alonso - Robbo - AWB
        (Above)
        Jim Aub

        Hamer Doherty Kamara Kiko

        1. VeryHairyBabyParade
            6 months, 7 days ago

            Pogba

            1. T96
                6 months, 7 days ago

                Which TWO?

                Pogba and....

            2. GARY AND JAMIE
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 7 days ago

              Erik

          • CRO KLOPP
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 7 days ago

            Fabianski
            Alonso Digne AWB
            Hazard Son Pogba Richarlison
            Kane Auba Jimenez
            Hamer Doherty Lovren Hojbjerg
            0.1 itb 1 FT

            A) Save
            B) Lovren and Fabianski to TAA and Foster (-4)
            C) something else

          • noonan357
            • 9 Years
            6 months, 7 days ago

            Stumped....

            Fab/Ryan
            Digne/Maguire/Bennett/Zabaleta/AWB
            Salah/Dele/Pogba/Rich/FAnderson
            Jiminez/Kane/Quaner

            2.6 ITB 1ft

            Can take out Alli for Haz/sterling but like spurs fixtures. Same for pogba
            Or
            Save the 2.6 to upgrade Zabaleta to Trippier and keeper upgrade.
            Any other ideas or taughts

            1. CRO KLOPP
              • 1 Year
              6 months, 7 days ago

              Save

          • My heart goes Salalalalah
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 7 days ago

            WHU releases statement saying Arnie not for sale - Sky

          • Wizard of Özil
              6 months, 7 days ago

              Best 4.9 defender for next 2/3 until Lovren/Gomez back?

              A) Kola
              B) Holebas

              Thanks

            • Stimps
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 7 days ago

              Any update on Pogba and Arnie?

              1. Wizard of Özil
                  6 months, 7 days ago

                  West Ham United say that Marko Arnautovic "has recovered from the minor back problem which saw him replaced midway through the first half against Birmingham."

                  Not sure about Pog yet

                • Brosstan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  6 months, 7 days ago

                  Arnie will be on strike soon. Or sulking for the rest of the season.

              2. Woody01
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                6 months, 7 days ago

                TAA or Perreira?

                1. Wizard of Özil
                    6 months, 7 days ago

                    TAA

                2. Four Season Wonder
                  • 5 Years
                  6 months, 7 days ago

                  Is Cedric nailed under new manager?

                3. T96
                    6 months, 7 days ago

                    Eriksen - Pogba - Fab

                    TO

                    Salah(c) - Camarasa - Guaita

                    ?
                    to give..

                    Guaita
                    Alonso-Robbo-AWB
                    Haz-Salah-Sane-Rich-Cam
                    Jim-Aub

                    4.0 - Doherty Kamara Kiko

                  • tbhogal
                    • 9 Years
                    6 months, 7 days ago

                    Guys, which moves are best for my team let me know pls? 2Ft's 2.3 itb

                    A) Patricio for Guaita & FAnderson for Sane
                    B) Lovren for TAA
                    C) Lovren for TAA & FAnderson for Eriksen

                    Patricio (Hamer)
                    Digne, Lovren, Alonso (AWB, Bennett)
                    Pogba, Anderson, Rich, Salah (Hojberg)
                    Rashford, Kane, Jimenez

                    1. CRO KLOPP
                      • 1 Year
                      6 months, 7 days ago

                      B