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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  1. JamesObZ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    8 days, 11 hours ago

    Play Pereyra against a solid Palace defence or Jimenez away to the best team in the league?

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

      I would risk it with Jimenez.

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

      Jim. CRY has conceded less goals at home then MCI 😮

    3. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
      • 1 Year
      8 days, 11 hours ago

      pereryra surely

  2. GoonerByron
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    8 days, 11 hours ago

    Start Pereya or AWB this GW?

    1. AuFeld
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 days, 11 hours ago

      AWB. CRY at home has only conceded nine goals which is the same amount as TOT, but CRY has played one more game at home.

    2. Four Season Wonder
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 days, 11 hours ago

      AWB for me

  3. PogBooom
    • 2 Years
    8 days, 11 hours ago

    Play 1:
    AWB
    Holebas

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

      AwB for me.

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

      I'm starting both. AWB between the two at home.

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

    Aaron Wan Bissaka,
    4 million Aaron Wan Bissaka,
    Aaron Wan Bissaaaaakaaaa
    4 million Aaron Wan Bissaka!

    (To The tune of "One Arsene Wenger/Ryan Mason/whatever")

  5. Athletic Nasherbo
    • 1 Year
    8 days, 11 hours ago

    What to do here? 1FT 1.8ITB

    Fabianski
    Alonso Robertson Digne WB
    Hazard(C) Son Pogba Richarlison
    Kane Rashford

    Button Lingard Doherty Kamara

    1. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 days, 11 hours ago

      Save. Good team

    2. CRO KLOPP
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 days, 11 hours ago

      Save

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

      I'd hold, and then take off Son + Jlingz next week on 2 FT

      1. Athletic Nasherbo
        • 1 Year
        8 days, 11 hours ago

        Maybe get rid of Lingard but United fixtures good- rotation risk of course.

        Thinking Hazard + Son + Kamara > Salah + Redmond + Jiminez -4 next week.

    4. KUNingas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 days, 11 hours ago

      Save and Son out next week

    5. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 days, 11 hours ago

      Yep save

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

    Help me guys, I am lost.. 2FTs and 0.2 ITB

    Fab
    Robertson, Pereira, Digne, AWB
    Salah, Hazard, Pogba, F.Anderson, Richarlison
    Kane

    3.9, Kamara, Ings, Bennett

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

      Far from lost, team looks decent.

    2. fenixri
      • 2 Years
      8 days, 11 hours ago

      Great team. I would do one transfer, either change Fabianski or downgrade one of your defenders to bednarek for some extra funds.

      1. KUNingas
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        8 days, 11 hours ago

        Thanks! Both were on my thoughts.

  7. DF
    • 5 Years
    8 days, 11 hours ago

    Is Schindler banned for his red?

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 days, 11 hours ago

      No.

  8. Whats the Mata? (RobboKlopp…
    • 4 Years
    8 days, 11 hours ago

    Start Digne(BOU) or AWB(WAT) ?

    Starting Wilson if that makes any difference.

    1. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      8 days, 11 hours ago

      Who else you got?

      1. Whats the Mata? (RobboKlopp…
        • 4 Years
        8 days, 11 hours ago

        Trent, Robertson, Doherty, Lmao.

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

      100% of people have chosen Digne when given the option according to my shallow and brief study on the matter.

      1. Whats the Mata? (RobboKlopp…
        • 4 Years
        8 days, 11 hours ago

        Who would you go for?
        I'm quite sure Bournemouth will score. But Digne could get a 17 pointer again.

        1. Deulofail
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          8 days, 11 hours ago

          I'm going to play Digne and pay heed to my crowdsourcing. I don't think Everton's defence are bad, but Pickford will find a way to wipe out the cleanie whether Bournemouth play well or not. Clean sheets are too hard to predict, though, unless there's a huge difference between the match-ups, so I'm just going to stick with the more advanced player. AWB is great for bonus, but Digne can be too.

    3. Four Season Wonder
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 days, 11 hours ago

      Play both

  9. CRO KLOPP
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 days, 11 hours 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/Guaita(-4)

    1. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 days, 11 hours ago

      Save

  10. THFC4LIFE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    8 days, 11 hours ago

    Think I can get away with saving this week? Plan to get rid of Son/Ings next week for Richarlison/Rashford

    Fabianski
    Robertson Digne Kolasinac AWB
    Salah(c) Hazard Pogba Son
    Kane Jimenez

    Hamer Doherty Ings Hojbjerg

    Cheers all

    1. CRO KLOPP
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 days, 11 hours ago

      Yes, save

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

      To be honest, Ingsy has a good fixture run. Wouldnt be in a hurry to ship him out.

      1. The 5% Team
          8 days, 11 hours ago

          but Rashford as well...think he will get more points

        • THFC4LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          8 days, 11 hours ago

          I agree the fixtures are nice but he’s injury prone and I think Rashford is a better pick

      2. The 5% Team
          8 days, 11 hours ago

          looks very good to me

        • TRASH BOAT
          • 5 Years
          8 days, 11 hours ago

          Do you not think Son for Rich is best done this week with his fixture versus a very bad defence?

          1. THFC4LIFE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            8 days, 11 hours ago

            Possibly but United defence isn’t great either tbf

            1. TRASH BOAT
              • 5 Years
              8 days, 11 hours ago

              Yep - one of those where its double the regret if it goes wrong....

        • Amey
            8 days, 11 hours ago

            Absolutely.
            Save.

          • Athletic Nasherbo
            • 1 Year
            8 days, 11 hours ago

            Save

          • THFC4LIFE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            8 days, 11 hours ago

            Cheers all

        • Deulofail
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          8 days, 11 hours ago

          Who wouldst thou commit unto thine benchatorium, gentle subjects of Commentium Sectium?

          A) Martial (tot)
          B) AWB (WAT)

          1. Deulofail
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            8 days, 11 hours ago

            Whom*
            Bollox

          2. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            8 days, 11 hours ago

            AWB innit

            1. Deulofail
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              8 days, 11 hours ago

              XI exclusio

          3. diesel001
            • 2 Years
            8 days, 11 hours ago

            Martial. Deciding between Martial and Anderson myself. If Sanchez is fit, I can see Martial being benched.

            1. Deulofail
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              8 days, 11 hours ago

              I would probably play Anderson against Maitland-Niles/Bellerin and which ever lame CB he comes up against.

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

          Seeing all these teans with Kane is scaring the daylights out of me.

          1. Amey
              8 days, 11 hours ago

              You will get away with it this gw mate.

            • Debauchy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              8 days, 11 hours ago

              Courage oh timorous beastie

              1. Debauchy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                8 days, 11 hours ago

                I would be quivering next gw though

            • TRASH BOAT
              • 5 Years
              8 days, 11 hours ago

              He is rubbish v minnows....

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

              Why?

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

                Cuz he aint in my team. Rank killer if he goes berzerk.

            • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              8 days, 11 hours ago

              I honestly can see a rare 3 or 4 goal haul for him - OGS does not fill me with confidence defensively, I'd imagine they will definitely fall into the trap of thinking 'we are 1990's man utd' and go all guns blazing - giving Kane A LOT more space than he has gotten in the last 12-18 months where most defences are petrified of him.

              Kane + Space = absolute destruction so we could be in for a very entertaining game - 5 or 6 or possibly even more goals i reckon

          2. konrad.sygula95
            • 1 Year
            8 days, 11 hours ago

            What would you do with this team ?

            Fabianski
            Wan-Bis/Digne/TAA
            Salah/Sane/Siggy/F.Anderson
            Kane/Mitro/Jimenez

            Subs: Hamer/Laporte/Jonny/Gunnarson

            1 FT 1.1 ITB

            1. The Rumour Mill
              • 1 Year
              8 days, 11 hours ago

              Nice

            2. jason_ni
              • 3 Years
              8 days, 11 hours ago

              Wow.. so he wants to leave a decent pl team fight for "titles" in China
              Be a man and just admit you want the $$$ than spout that crap.

              1. Corgzzzz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                8 days, 11 hours ago

                I love Arnie but if he wants to leave us for what is reported to be 300k a week......good luck to the fella and thanks 4 everything.

          3. Steirish
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            8 days, 11 hours ago

            Is arnutovich likely to start this week?

            1. Deulofail
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              8 days, 11 hours ago

              Yeah he's always on the verge of a fight

          4. The Rumour Mill
            • 1 Year
            8 days, 11 hours ago

            "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."

            Have no doubt that Everton will be better and fresher than in their last few outings, but this sentence is misleading. The only fully rested first 11 players v Lincoln were Coleman, Keane, Digne and Walcott. Richarlison and Gomes both played reduced minutes but still were on the pitch. everyone else had pretty much a full game. It wasn't the widespread rotation we saw from the likes of Arsenal, Leicester etc.

            1. Amey
                8 days, 11 hours ago

                Agreed.

              • TRASH BOAT
                • 5 Years
                8 days, 11 hours ago

                Doesn't always pan out that way but it smells of goals this game...

                1. The Rumour Mill
                  • 1 Year
                  8 days, 11 hours ago

                  totally agree, second successive 3-3 draw for Bournemouth?

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

              Robertson + Fabianski -> Alisson + TAA too sideways?

              1. Amey
                  8 days, 11 hours ago

                  No.
                  But I'd like to keep robbo if possible

                  1. KUNingas
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    8 days, 11 hours ago

                    Thanks. Yeah if I go cheaper GK. Fed up with Fab now

              2. vardys party
                • 3 Years
                8 days, 11 hours ago

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

                2FT
                0.4 itb

                What shall I do? Mini wildcard?

              3. Fantastisk
                  8 days, 11 hours ago

                  AWB

                  1. Deulofail
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    8 days, 11 hours ago

                    Cheers mate

                    1. Jᴀʀᴠish
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      8 days, 11 hours ago

                      He's on commission 😉

                      1. Jᴀʀᴠish
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        8 days, 11 hours ago

                        RF

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

                        I want a slice of that pie

                • fc_skrald
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  8 days, 11 hours ago

                  I have two free transfers so I think I have to do something - but what?

                  a. Kiko -> Brednarek only to save some money
                  b. new goalkeeper, max price 4.6 million
                  c.Digne -> TAA

                  Foster
                  Robertson, Digne, Doherty
                  Pogba, Richarlison, Salah, Hazard, Anderson
                  Kane, Jimenez

                  Speroni, Kiko, Kamara, Peltier

                  0.1 million in the bank

                • jtreble
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  8 days, 11 hours ago

                  “Premium Dilemmas: which £11m+ players to own?”. Another great article by TopMarx. FFS member’s are spoiled.

                  1. Deulofail
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    8 days, 11 hours ago

                    Go to the article and tell him 🙂

                • boc610
                  • 7 Years
                  8 days, 11 hours ago

                  arNaUTaviC. He never changes.

                • Robbieblob
                  • 2 Years
                  8 days, 11 hours ago

                  A. Pogba and Hudson odoi
                  B. Martial and camarasa

                • jason_ni
                  • 3 Years
                  8 days, 11 hours ago

                  Gw 13 wc decision to move out wb after having since gw1 was a bad move!
                  Lured by Coleman's false potential

                • jdp219
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  8 days, 11 hours ago

                  Current team:
                  Fab, Button /// Robbo, Doherty, Luiz, AWB, Bednarek
                  Pogba, Son, Hazard, Anderson, Pereyra /// Kane, Jiménez, Kamara
                  1FT and 4.0itb

                  Salah requires a hit, and Son is the fall guy as he's going to be out anyway.

                  Who gets downgraded to afford Salah?
                  1) Pereyra
                  2) Anderson
                  3) Luiz
                  4) Robbo
                  5) Other
                  6) Son > Sterling instead

                • ANISH_T28
                  • 3 Years
                  8 days, 11 hours ago

                  Son + Balubena -> Sigurdsson + TAA 2FT

                  Son will be out till Feb after this GW

                  Balbuena out for 6-8 weeks after surgery

                  Yes or No ?

                • Here's Tom with the We…
                  • 7 Years
                  8 days, 10 hours ago

                  Hi Guys, need some advice

                  Alisson
                  AWB Digne Alonso
                  Martial Salah Haz Pogba Camarasa
                  Aubameyang Jimenez

                  Speroni Ings Doherty Balbeuna

                  A Ings to Deeney
                  B Martial and Jimenez to Richarlison and Arnie -4
                  C Jimenez and Ings to Arnie and Kamara -4
                  D Martial to Siggy
                  E something else

                  0.6 ITB 1ft

                • Rinseboy
                  • 7 Years
                  8 days, 10 hours ago

                  is Son to Sterling worth a -4 this week?

                • TheKeeker
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  8 days, 10 hours ago

                  Alexander-Arnold or Digne?