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The FPL Digest: Is Mane an option for a Liverpool triple-up?

Our Gameweek 23 coverage ends with this critique of a player, team and discussion point that attracted our interest in the weekend’s matches.

A perhaps overlooked Liverpool asset and Unai Emery’s tactical changes are analysed, while we take yet another look at chip strategies for the months ahead.

The Player – Sadio Mane

The early-season notion that Sadio Mane (£9.5m) might be a way of “covering” Mohamed Salah (£13.6m) in 2018/19 appears to have been debunked over the last few months, with the Egyptian’s six double-digit hauls in eight Gameweeks, captaincy popularity and effective ownership punishing the majority of those who went without Salah – owning Mane or otherwise – over the festive period and into January.

Despite costing over £4.0m more in FPL, Salah is still proving to be better value than Mane at this stage of the season, returning 13.1 points per million spent compared to Mane’s 12.1.

So if the Senegalese midfielder is not a viable midfield alternative to Salah, might the former Southampton winger instead be a way of supplementing Salah’s points in the weeks ahead?

Tripling-up on Liverpool assets has been a source of discussion in the Fantasy community over the last week or so, particularly after the Reds were dumped out of the FA Cup by Wolverhampton Wanderers – thus guaranteeing them a Premier League fixture in the blank Gameweeks of 27, 31 and 33.

Salah, Andrew Robertson (£6.7m), Virgil van Dijk (£6.5m), the soon-to-be fit-again Trent Alexander-Arnold (£5.2m) and the in-form Roberto Firmino (£9.3m) are, of course, stand-out options from which to perm three FPL assets from.

With Eden Hazard (£11.0m) flattering to deceive at Chelsea, Spurs assets either unavailable or playing in an understrength side and Manchester City set for a blank Gameweek 27 (the return of Benjamin Mendy (£6.1m) potentially impacting on Leroy Sane‘s (£9.7m) game-time, too), could Mane re-enter the premium midfield equation?

The Reds rank top of our Season Ticker for ‘attack’ over the next eight Gameweeks and have scored more goals than any other Premier League side since the start of December.

Since returning to the starting XI in Gameweek 17 following injury, Mane has scored on three occasions – a figure dwarfed by Salah (six goals, three assists) and Firmino (five goals).

Hazard (three goals, two assists), Sane (two goals, four assists) and Raheem Sterling (£11.3m – two goals, three assists) can all beat Mane’s output, too.

It should be said, though, that Liverpool have played Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City during the period analysed – no other “big six” club had it so tough.

Over the seven Gameweeks in question, Mane is matching Salah for attempts on goal and shots in the box – Richarlison and Paul Pogba are the only two FPL midfielders to have registered more of either.

Again, Pogba and Salah are the only two players in Mane’s position to have recorded more shots on target from Gameweeks 17-23.

Mane’s expected goal involvement (xGI) is sixth-best among FPL midfielders over that period despite the tricky nature of some of Liverpool’s fixtures, with the Senegal international being sandwiched by Sane and Sterling (there being little to separate that trio).

On Saturday, Mane was deployed on the right flank in a 4-2-3-1 as Naby Keita (£7.2m) took up the Senegal midfielder’s usual role on the left wing.

The experiment didn’t really pay off as Keita turned in a disappointing display and Mane struggled to get into the game in the opening 45 minutes.

Mane became increasingly prominent after a switch to the left flank in the second half and the withdrawal of Keita, going on to score a stoppage-time goal and rack up more attempts on goal, efforts on target and shots in the box than any player on show.

Mane also matched Salah’s penalty box touch count for the day.

Fantasy managers would be understandably hesitant to gamble on Mane just yet given the other premium options available but with his FPL ownership now at its lowest since Gameweek 1, the Senegalese midfielder is – if not quite a “differential” – an alternative name to add into the mix as we attempt to navigate the blanks ahead.

The Team – Arsenal

Arsenal sit second in our Season Ticker for the next five Gameweeks and enjoy home matches against Cardiff City, Southampton and Bournemouth during that period, also travelling to West Yorkshire to face bottom-of-the-table Huddersfield Town.

The Gunners warmed up for their appealing run of fixtures with an eye-catching victory over Chelsea at the Emirates on Saturday, their second success over a fellow “big six” club in the six league matches contested in 2018/19.

Unai Emery has been malleable with his tactics this season as he gets to grips with the abilities and limitations of his new charges, switching from a 4-2-3-1 to a 3-4-3 and back again – often during matches.

Saturday saw the north London side line up in a 4-3-1-2/4-4-2 diamond, with Aaron Ramsey (£7.2m) starting as an attacking midfielder in behind a front two of Alexandre Lacazette (£9.3m) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.3m).

The system is an appealing one on paper from a Fantasy perspective and especially for those with one of Arsenal’s premium forward pair, given that rotation (or a reverse “out of position” deployment) wouldn’t be quite the worry it is when the Gunners play with one central striker.

There wasn’t too much wrong with Lacazette and Aubameyang’s underlying attacking stats in this system either, with the pair racking up a combined 11 penalty box touches and six attempts on goal – decent enough KPIs in a match of this magnitude.

The reasons for adopting this system against Chelsea would have been varied but there was little doubt that a primary objective of this formation was to stifle Jorginho in the “regista” role, with Emery aware that the Italian midfielder – on a good day – is crucial to the tempo of the Blues’ play.

Emery said:

We worked to do the pressing on their centre-backs and Jorginho. You can get closer to their blocks, transition very quickly and control the match with the ball in this pressure.

A criticism of this formation is that it leaves Arsenal very narrow and exposed down the flanks, particularly given that their full-backs – Hector Bellerin (£5.4m) and Sead Kolasinac (£4.9m), in this case – are attack-minded in nature and not renowned for their defensive aptitude.

Bellerin and Kolasinac fared well enough in that regard against Chelsea but the system was heavily reliant on some industrious work from Matteo Guendouzi (£4.4m) and Lucas Torreira (£4.9m) in covering their respective full-backs, with both defensive midfielders forced wide when out of possession.

The formation was perhaps ideal for Gameweek 23, with Arsenal enjoying only 35.4% of possession and reliant on the solidity of a central midfield three to render Chelsea’s dominance of the ball largely meaningless – the Blues having only one shot on target.

Is Emery likely to roll out this system against the likes of Cardiff, Southampton and Bournemouth, though?

Three defensive midfielders seems a little excessive for those forthcoming home fixtures and in the brief moments we have seen the formation previously used, Arsenal have struggled to break down resolute defences.

The Gunners lined up in a 4-3-1-2 against Brighton on Boxing Day and mustered only seven shots on goal, with the Torreira-Xhaka-Guendouzi midfield axis seeming like overkill given that Arsenal enjoyed 68.7% of possession.

So, then, Fantasy managers must be prepared for another possible system change against Cardiff next Tuesday.

That doesn’t necessarily mean Lacazette and Aubameyang won’t line up in the same starting XI, of course: a 3-4-1-2 would allow the two premium forwards to continue their partnership up top, while a 4-2-3-1 or 3-4-3 may see Aubameyang move over to the left flank to accommodate Lacazette centrally.

After Saturday’s match, Emery discussed the future prospects of his two strikers playing together in attack:

It depends [on] each match. It wasn’t the same match as against West Ham and it won’t be next week against Manchester United either or against Cardiff. I’m working for the best balance with every player. Sometimes they can play together and other matches it is impossible because maybe there is another idea with a system and we only play with one attacking player.

We are very happy with them. I think also they can help us in defensive situations. Aubameyang can play also on the right or left. When he plays there the most important thing is his attitude and his mentality because when I asked him, he said ‘yes, I am going to do that’. But his best most preferred decision is like an attacking player.

Any Fantasy owners of Kolasinac that were worried about a potential drop-off in his attacking numbers would have been heartened to see some of his numbers.

Despite the Gunners seeing just over a third of possession, Kolasinac racked up 25 final third touches (the second-highest number of all Arsenal players), four penalty box touches, three successful crosses, two key passes and a shot on goal.

A 4-3-1-2/4-4-2 diamond doesn’t actually seem that bad a fit for the Bosnian or his FPL owners, given that Arsenal are still reliant on him providing natural width due to the narrow nature of their midfield.

A season-ending injury to Bellerin could be significant to how Emery lines his teams up in future, though: the Spanish full-back ruptured his ACL in that win over Chelsea and will be out for six to nine months.

Stephan Lichtsteiner (£4.5m) or Ainsley Maitland-Niles (£4.4m) could stand to benefit from Bellerin’s extended absence, though it’s fair to say neither is such a natural fit in the all-action right-back/wing-back role.

The Talking Point – Chip Strategy

Ben Crellin’s excellent two articles on this site last week first laid out the likelihood of when the FPL blanks and doubles may occur and what some of the different chip strategies might be as we approach Gameweek 27 and beyond.

The two Carabao Cup semi-finals tonight and tomorrow (one, of course, a dead rubber) and the FA Cup fourth-round fixtures this weekend will give us even more information on which teams will have fixtures in Gameweeks 27, 31 and 33.

There could even be an announcement thereafter regarding when our first double Gameweek may occur, with Manchester City and one of Spurs/Chelsea set to be without a Premier League fixture in Gameweek 27.

The picture may, therefore, be a lot clearer by the time next Tuesday’s Gameweek 24 deadline rolls around and we could perhaps start thinking about shrewdly using our allocated transfers to ensure we have a competitive starting XI in place ahead of the first blank of the season.

It ought to be said, though, that too much emphasis can be placed on concerning oneself with the other blanks and doubles on the horizon – especially in mid-January.

Speaking personally, this writer was guilty of focusing too much, too soon on the decimated Gameweeks last season and not enough on those teams with excellent fixtures around them.

If Spurs progress to the final of the EFL Cup, do we go without representation from Mauricio Pochettino’s side for their triple-header at Wembley before Gameweek 27? The Lilywhites’ current injury crisis might make that easier to answer but an earlier-than-anticipated return for, say, Son Heung-min (£8.6m) would be tough to ignore.

Similarly, for those asking which is the best chip strategy to use going forward: there isn’t one. At least, not until hindsight comes into play.

Quite simply, no-one knows right now. There are a number of attractive options likely to be used by a lot of FPL managers, including FH32, WC34 and BB35 (with TC used on another mini-double Gameweek), but we are yet to even ascertain the extent of the double Gameweeks so committing that far in advance seems like folly at this stage.

Gameweek 27 should be slightly more easy to navigate given that only four teams will blank and by that point, we will know the identity of the FA Cup quarter-finalists, too.

At that stage, it will be important to be thinking about a chip strategy.

There will be plenty of noise coming from social media and beyond but FPL managers needn’t be afraid to be different: last season, Yusuf Shiekh wildcarded in Gameweek 25, bench boosted in Gameweek 37 and used his triple captain chip in Gameweek 38, and ended up winning the whole thing.

With a “template” squad beginning to form after Harry Kane‘s (£12.5m) injury, a well-thought-out chip strategy can be as good as several differential assets in the season run-in.

A double Gameweek 25 (a slim possibility but a possibility nonetheless), of course, would really throw the cat among the pigeons…

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  1. Whats the Mata?
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Guess I'm the only one doing FAnderson + Richarlison to Jota + Sane for a hit while everyone are panicking and selling Sane with Mendy coming back.

    1. Nomar
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Well done to you!

    2. Saint Steve-O (@EliteFPL)
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Good moves

    3. mattyb09
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Bad week to take Richarlison out

      1. Whats the Mata?
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Been saying that since 7 weeks now.

        1. Nomar
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          This.

    4. VeryHairyBabyParade
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Jota is a bit shite though isnt he? I'd leave it be.

      1. Whats the Mata?
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        His stats, price, fixtures and the eye test are all amazing. What's not to like?

        1. VeryHairyBabyParade
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 24 days ago

          The shiteness..

    5. Freddiebell
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Not for me

    6. Dribbles
        1 month, 24 days ago

        The shrewdies have Jota. I obviously dont.

    7. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      14 blanks in the last 19 GW's is Mane all over. He could have a few hauls coming up though who knows.

    8. Amey
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Nice article !!

        1. Skonto Rigga
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Thanks very much!

      • Brosstan
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Mane looks like a good differential to me.

      • Skull And Gnomes 9
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 24 days ago

        MANEEEEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeee!

        Keep it quiet yer.

      • Sterling Malory
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        How's this looking, currently rolling my FT.

        Etheridge
        Robbo Digne Doherty
        Salah Hazard Sane Brooks
        Rash Auba (C) Jiminez

        Fab Holebas Camarasa AWB

        Gtg?

        1. Nomar
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          GTG

        2. AuFeld
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Starting Brooks vs CHE?

          1. Sterling Malory
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Think so, either that or Holebas at Spurs?

        3. Narcos Alonso
            1 month, 24 days ago

            AWB ?

        4. SuperDan
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Yay or nay?
          Richarlison & Fanderson > Sterling & Moura

          1. Nomar
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Sterling yes. Not so sure on Moura

        5. GhaithNahhas
            1 month, 24 days ago

            TBH Mane is a good player but he has bad luck so i will not bring him into the team.

            1. Skull And Gnomes 9
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 24 days ago

              But we've just had a Wolf Blood Full Moon.

          • Witty Pun: Tʜᴇ Cᴀsᴜ…
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Any Gorillaz fans?

            1. Ask Yourself
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Yes why u askin

              1. Witty Pun: Tʜᴇ Cᴀsᴜ…
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 24 days ago

                No particular reason, just got around to listening to The Now Now and enjoyed it

                1. Ask Yourself
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Saw them live in the summer they are a great watch. Love Damon Albarn and the majority of what he does musically

            2. Holmes
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Hehe, even Gorilla has fans 😛

            3. Ógie
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Only RuthNZ

            4. LarryDuff
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Hell yeah

          • ritzyd
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Surely 4 teams blank in 27, not 2?

            1. Holmes
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Yep

            2. DGW Sane TC Fail....
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              yes

            3. G-Whizz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Cheers Ritzyd!

              Sorted 🙂

              1. Skonto Rigga
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Yep, complete and utter brainfart from me. Fixed now, cheers Ritzyd!

          • Nomar
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Is it me or has this been the quietest January transfer window for a long time?

            1. Ógie
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Yeah it seems kinda quite but then again it is towards the end of the window that is usually goes mental when the negotiations stand offs are tested on the 11th hour.

              1. The 5% Team
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  yes, I think there will be a few more rumours and actual transfers the coming 8 days

              2. Gravless are for Kinnear
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Uncertainty due to Brexit

                1. Ógie
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Is there anything that is not getting blamed on Brexit these days?

                  The whole frenzy reminds me of the children's fable Henny Penny,the one where the sky is falling down.I bet when it does happen that all the hysteria over it will die down and make the people making bold claims of impending doom look like the idiots that they are.

                  1. AuFeld
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Trump has yet to blame Brexit for the US Government shut down, but there is time.

                    1. Ógie
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      Trump is another one that people are getting very bad over.

                      Every time i turn the news there is some form of Trump bashing going on.There are many worse country leaders out there why is Donald getting all this attention?

                      The media have left themselves down very badly in recent years with some of the crap they are reporting on.

                      1. Game Over
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 24 days ago

                        Trump is a troll.

                  2. FPL Opinion
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      Chicken Licken

                  3. Freddiebell
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Get the hell out of EU. The EU have ruined vast parts of Europe with their crap immigration policies. Anyway back to football;-)

                    1. Game Over
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      Well the UK did it unilaterally before even joining the EU.

              3. fenixri
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                I would rather have double pool def or Firmino upfront

                1. VeryHairyBabyParade
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Snap

              4. JohnBlack
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Any toughts what should I do with this team? 2FT, 0.9ITB

                  Pat
                  Robbo TAA Digne
                  Salah Sane Pogba Martial Rich
                  Auba Jimenez

                  Fab Doherty WanB Kamara

                  A) Martial&Kamara > Puncheon&Rashford
                  B) Fab/Pat > 4.0 and bank the money
                  C) Other ideas?

                  1. jimmy.floyd
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    A

                  2. Freddiebell
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    A imo

                • Henning
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  City winning by 3 goals tonight?

                  1. Holmes
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Based on last game, yes

                  2. Sim Simma
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    7 goals

                  3. Freddiebell
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    I reckon 0-2

                • ChickenTikkaMoSalah
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Thinking of Kamara as a captain for this GW. Just bought him in, could be a great differential.

                  1. Ógie
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    I think he might be oop out in the wing.

                    Prison wing that is.

                  2. Rupert The Horse
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Is his a joke?

                    1. Calderano FC
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      Is your reply a joke?

                      1. Rupert The Horse
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 24 days ago

                        I meant ‘he’.

                  3. bitm2007
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Looks like he's banned indefinitely from all club activities.

                    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/46978891

                    1. Ógie
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      ABH is a serious charge and he could do a spell behind bars for something like that.

                      I suppose the club have a right to sue him for breach of contract and release him.I wonder if they will do this right away and make him a free agent so he might be picked up by another club?

                    2. G-Whizz
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • Has Moderation Rights
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      Now that's worth a hulk imo...

                  4. maimar
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    He has been arrested and banned by the Club today

                    1. Game Over
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      Presumably as a precursor to having his contract voided.

                    2. Rupert The Horse
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      Wow

                  5. jtreble
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Kamara is reportedly undergoing an “assessment”. He won’t be playing for Fulham any time soon.

                • Sim Simma
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Kamara will be a viable bench option if he drops in price by 0.4m

                  1. bitm2007
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    See my comment above.

                  2. FPL Opinion
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      Won’t be viable for good managers who want decent ranks and have chips including bench boost left

                  3. Halas it's Salah
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Any changes needed here?

                    Fabs
                    Robbo Digne AWB
                    Salah Pogba Sane Siggy
                    Aubameyang Jimenez Rashford

                    Button/Doherty/Holebas/Puncheon
                    1.6 ITB

                    1. JT11fc
                        1 month, 24 days ago

                        Id play doherty over awb

                        1. Halas it's Salah
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 24 days ago

                          Cheers for the advice I think I was just looking at Southampton tag, but in reality they have been so much better recently.

                          1. Halas it's Salah
                            • 5 Years
                            1 month, 24 days ago

                            Also looking to captain Auba?

                            1. JT11fc
                                1 month, 24 days ago

                                Risky, if your chasing its def worth considering

                      • Saint Steve-O (@EliteFPL)
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 24 days ago

                        Evening

                        At 1830 we will be interviewing world ranked 225th

                        If you wanna join in and ask Jack any questions, just come along to the the live chat, link here

                        youtube.com/elitefplpodcast

                        Cheers

                        1. Sim Simma
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 24 days ago

                          Link doesn't work

                        2. G-Whizz
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • Has Moderation Rights
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 24 days ago

                          This page isn't available. Sorry about that.

                          Try searching for something else.

                      • JT11fc
                          1 month, 24 days ago

                          Which 2 looks best
                          1 mane(in for rich) + jiminez
                          2 jota + firmino(in for jiminez) -4

                          Current team
                          Fab (steele
                          Digne doh trent (bednarek awb
                          Salah haz sane pogba rich
                          Rashford jiminez (kamara

                        • Daghe Munegu
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 24 days ago

                          What would you do with 2ft and 1.1 itb?

                          Pat
                          VVD TAA Shaw
                          Salah Hazard Sterling Alli
                          Rashford Jimenez Barnes

                          X Diop Gunnarson x

                          1. Our Tiny Servant
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 24 days ago

                            Alli to Sane for starters.

                          2. Halas it's Salah
                            • 5 Years
                            1 month, 24 days ago

                            Alli > Sane for 1

                          3. bitm2007
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 24 days ago

                            Alli to Pogba

                          4. Daghe Munegu
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 24 days ago

                            And the second? Replace Barnes?

                          5. Freddiebell
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 24 days ago

                            Alli to pogba

                        • andrewe63
                          • 7 Years
                          1 month, 24 days ago

                          Wayne Hennessey charge with bringing the game into disrepute [just in case you are about to draft him in]

                          1. Game Over
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 24 days ago

                            Ridiculous. At worst he's just messing about. Unless... unless... he's actually a secret N@zi.

                          2. Ógie
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            1 month, 24 days ago

                            Was that picture just bad timing on Wayne's part?

                            I am sure he not part of a defunct political party that has been banned since the 40s.

                        • Our Tiny Servant
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 24 days ago

                          Playing the Sun Fantasy too. Do you think we should expect any of the following to play tonight? I’ve not got my hope up.

                          A: Edersen
                          B: Laporte
                          C: De Bruyne
                          D: Bernardo Silva
                          E: Sterling
                          F: Sane
                          G: Aguero

                          1. andrewe63
                            • 7 Years
                            1 month, 24 days ago

                            De Bruyne definitely but none of the others?

                            In Other News:
                            Mendy likely to start which is of interest.

                          2. Skull And Gnomes 9
                            • 1 Year
                            1 month, 24 days ago

                            D

                            1. Come on you Kante
                                1 month, 24 days ago

                                What about Stones ?

                          3. Dirty Harry
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 24 days ago

                            Rich or Felipe to Sane?

                            Rich playing OOP but hasn't put the ball in the net in four games. Good run of fixtures coming to an end. Everton suck.

                            Felipe looking more lively than Rich. Also hasn't returned in four games. Fixtures more favourable after Liverpool game.

                            Felipe Anderson and Richarlison compared over the last four game weeks shows that Felipe is better off in 67% of the stats. Felipe way more ball involvement and distribution and BPS. Richarlison more shooting/threat.

                          4. tucaoneo
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            1 month, 24 days ago

                            If only Son drop £0.1 more I can fit in Mane + Son. Not happening.

                            1. Teahupo'o
                              • 7 Years
                              1 month, 24 days ago

                              Son at -69 on fplstats

                          5. Teahupo'o
                            • 7 Years
                            1 month, 24 days ago

                            Too early for a punt on Mendy? Looking at Pereira out this gw.

                            Speroni
                            TAA Pereira Digne
                            Salah Sane Hazard Pogba Martial
                            Firmino Rashford

                            (Foster, AWB Bednarek Kamara)
                            1FT 1ITB

                          6. manu4life99
                            • 9 Years
                            1 month, 24 days ago

                            First 11 selection ok?

                            Fab
                            Robbo TAA Digne
                            Rich Sane Salah(C) Haz(vc) Pogba
                            Rashford Jiminez

                            Subs: Doherty,Holebas,Long

                          7. Eat my goal!
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            1 month, 24 days ago

                            Has there ever been such a pointless game as tonight’s?!

                            1. EmreCan Hustle
                              • 6 Years
                              1 month, 24 days ago

                              People with City cover won't want an injury. So I guess in that sense it's a very important game.

                            2. diesel001
                              • 2 Years
                              1 month, 24 days ago

                              They have to play the second leg though. It will be like a friendly though IMO. Neither team will want to pick up injuries.

                            3. BOATIES FC
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              1 month, 24 days ago

                              World cup 3rd place playoffs?

                          8. gellinmagellan
                            • 1 Year
                            1 month, 24 days ago

                            Patricio Button

                            Robertson AWB Kola Digne Bennett

                            Salah Pogba Sterling Alli Camarasa

                            Rashford Jiminez Success

                            1 FT and 3.3 ITB. Success to Firmino and Alli to someone below 7.4 for a hit was what I was thinking. Any alternatives? Also who should the mid be?

                            1. DDGs Snipped Ponytail
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              1 month, 24 days ago

                              Alli to Siggy

                            1. Lovren an elevator
                              • 3 Years
                              1 month, 24 days ago

                              Jesus to start weekend, then kun playing against Newcastle you think then?

                              1. Lord in Wengerland
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 4 Years
                                1 month, 24 days ago

                                Works for me. Can you tell Pep please.

                          9. It’s gonna Ben Mee
                            • 5 Years
                            1 month, 24 days ago

                            That’s right Pep! Give Sterling his rest 🙂

                            1. Costa Nostra
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              1 month, 24 days ago

                              And Sané!