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Higuain makes league debut but doubts remain over Chelsea’s FPL assets

Our round-up of the Gameweek 24 matches continues with two fixtures contested on Wednesday evening.

We’ve got the main Fantasy talking points, headline injury news and salient manager quotes from the two games played on the south coast last night.

Bournemouth 4-0 Chelsea

  • Goals: Joshua King (£6.3m) x2, David Brooks (£5.1m), Charlie Daniels (£4.2m)
  • Assists: David Brooks, Joshua King, Junior Stanislas (£6.0m), Jordon Ibe (£5.0m)

After the acquisition of Gonzalo Higuaín (£9.5m) and the manner of Chelsea’s Carabao Cup semi-final, second leg performance against Spurs last week, Fantasy managers who owned Eden Hazard (£11.0m) and co. would have been optimistic that a corner had been turned in the Blues’ season.

While it is far too early to make a judgement call on Higuaín after his mediocre Premier League debut, there is something unquestionably rotten in the Chelsea camp at the present moment.

The eye-catching scoreline apart, Wednesday night’s match had a depressingly familiar feel to it for the 31.5% of FPL managers who own Hazard.

Despite total dominance of the ball for much of the opening 45 minutes and beyond (the Blues enjoyed more than two-thirds of possession), Sarri’s side could do very little with it.

The matches against Southampton, Crystal Palace, Newcastle United and Arsenal were again brought to mind on the south coast, with Bournemouth content to soak up pressure and comfortably dealing with anything the Blues threw at them.

Except for an early Mateo Kovacic (£5.7m) header that Artur Boruc (£3.9m) pushed onto the bar, Chelsea created little of note – the visitors’ subsequent attempts on goal being speculative efforts from the edge of the box or outside of it that Boruc easily dealt with.

Only two shots on target followed after the interval as Chelsea capitulated at the back, with the Blues recording their heaviest league defeat in 23 years.

Hazard could probably still have emerged from this encounter with an attacking return, having recorded a match-high five key passes and carved out presentable chances for Cesar Azplicueta (£6.3m) and Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£5.2m) late on.

This was deja vu for Hazard’s owners, though, a fifth successive Premier League match without a goal and another fixture in which he patrolled the edge of the opposition box, repeatedly finding himself crowded out or frustrated at a lack of movement ahead of him.

Higuaín suffered a disheartening evening too, not registering a single shot on goal or key pass. The on-loan striker only touched the ball once in the Bournemouth area.

Jorginho (£4.7m) provided his critics with more ammunition with an ineffective display, while the usually solid centre-back partnership of David Luiz (£5.9m) and Antonio Rudiger (£6.0m) were repeatedly ripped apart.

Marcos Alonso (£6.5m) was benched for the first time in the league this season but his remaining owners can take some solace in that Emerson Palmieri (£5.2m) suffered a tough evening from a defensive perspective – not that Alonso would likely have fared much better.

Sarri commented on Chelsea’s display:

It’s very difficult to have an idea about the performance because we played very well in the first half. In the second half, we conceded a goal after two minutes and we stopped playing.

In the offensive phase we played not as a team but 11 players, so it’s very difficult to understand why because after what I saw in the first half there was the possibility to solve the problem.

We had 43 minutes to play so we could solve the problem, but not with that kind of reaction. I tried to understand. I spoke with the players after the match but it was also difficult for them to say why so I will try again tomorrow. I need to understand why because I need to solve this problem.

They are always able to react very well against big teams. When we play against a big team we are usually able to play with a very big level of motivation, but in this match, I think the problem was different because in the first half I saw a team with a very high level of motivation.

Maybe it’s my fault, maybe I’m not able to motivate them. But the team is very strong, it is also able to win without the coach.

A home fixture against Huddersfield in Gameweek 25 might be the last hurrah for Chelsea assets in many of our FPL squads but Sarri’s words about a lack of motivation in matches against inferior opposition are a worry, with some Fantasy bosses no doubt ready to pull the trigger even before this weekend.

All credit to Bournemouth, though, who were superb at the back and incisive on the break, with Joshua King (£6.3m) and David Brooks (£5.1m) working beautifully in tandem for the Cherries’ opening two goals.

Junior Stanislas (£6.0m) then teed up King for the Norwegian’s second goal before Charlie Daniels (£4.1m) applied the cherry on the cake with a header from fellow substitute Jordon Ibe’s (£5.0m) delivery.

All this was done without top scorer Callum Wilson (£6.5m), who Eddie Howe gave an update on at full-time:

He’s just had a very minor knee operation just to clean out the knee. We don’t think he’ll be out very long, three to four weeks.

Brooks would have attracted more Fantasy attention after a man-of-the-match display and double-digit FPL haul but the summer signing from Sheffield United was forced from the field of play with an injury of his own on 68 minutes.

Howe said of the Wales midfielder:

David did a brilliant job beyond his years with his diligence, and then he showed his class at the other end as well so I’m pleased for him.

I need to speak to the physios and to David to find out the extent of his injury.

Ryan Fraser‘s (£6.1m) owners would have been slightly miffed to miss out on the points bonanza and indeed the Scottish winger didn’t register a single shot or key pass all game.

Owners needn’t worry too much: despite those statistics, the mid-price FPL option has still created more chances than any other midfielder in the last six Gameweeks.

Nathaniel Clyne (£4.4m) and Nathan Ake (£5.0m) were excellent and Howe paid tribute to his team’s defensive work after a second successive clean sheet:

The clean sheet is something we had to improve on. The whole team defended so well. You wouldn’t have thought we had struggled in that respect this season. Artur Boruc made a brilliant save which was pivotal, the two full-backs were brilliant as well as the centre-backs.

David Brooks and Joshua King were a threat going the other way, but also in dealing with Jorginho and in executing our tactical plan.

Bournemouth XI (4-4-1-1): Boruc; Clyne, Cook, Ake, Smith; Stanislas (Mepham 90′), Surman, Gosling, Fraser (Daniels 90′); Brooks (Ibe 68′); King.

Chelsea XI (4-3-3): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Emerson; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic (Loftus-Cheek 77′); Pedro (Willian 61′), Higuain (Giroud 65′), Hazard.

Southampton 1-1 Crystal Palace

  • Goals: James Ward-Prowse (£5.0m)| Wilfried Zaha (£6.7m)
  • Assists: Matt Targett (£4.2m)| Andros Townsend (£5.8m)

Crystal Palace’s draw at St Mary’s came at a cost ahead of their Gameweek 25 meeting with Fulham, with James Tomkins (£4.3m) and Cheikhou Kouyate (£4.7m) picking up injuries and Wilfried Zaha (£6.7m) being sent off for two bookable offences.

Roy Hodgson said of his crocked players:

I don’t know yet, both with Kouyate, who jarred his ankle and played on bravely for 20-odd minutes, and with Tomkins, who was feeling his hamstring. I couldn’t possibly tell you today. We probably have to wait until tomorrow when they’re assessed.

Zaha, who had earlier scored his first goal in four months, was dismissed in the dying stages of Wednesday’s match, his second booking being dished out for the sarcastic applauding of his first caution.

Hodgson said of the Ivorian’s sending off:

Well, I think it’s disappointing that the player who perhaps provided some of the best entertainment during the 90 minutes with his performance was consistently fouled throughout the game wasn’t able to contain his frustration with that consistent fouling.

Protests over a foul which is not given which probably should have been, but then once he applauds the referee’s decision to give him a yellow card the referee, under the rules of the game and the instructions they are given he’s got no option but to send him off so there’s not much one can say about it.

Palace didn’t create much from open play in this encounter, though Mamadou Sakho (£4.9m) wasted two excellent opportunities from dead-ball situations: the French centre-back hasn’t scored this season and these were his first attempts on goal since Gameweek 6.

Vicente Guaita (£4.2m) returned from injury to take his place between the sticks, with the fit-again Wayne Hennessey (£4.5m) only among the substitutes.

Guaita made fairly routine saves from Danny Ings (£5.5m), Stuart Armstrong (£5.1m) and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (£4.4m) but was beaten when Matt Targett (£4.2m) crossed for James Ward-Prowse (£5.0m) to score.

This was Ward-Prowse’s third goal in as many league matches and the budget midfielder seems to have consolidated his position in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side, having started the last five Premier League fixtures.

These returns appear unsustainable, however, with Ward-Prowse having scored from all three of his shots on target over the period in question.

His goal against Palace came from his only penalty box touch of the night and indeed after he had been switched over to right wing-back in the second half.

Targett is a name that can perhaps be added to the budget defender watchlist, particularly while Hasenhuttl favours a wing-back system: the left-sided defender’s average position on Wednesday was higher up the pitch than any Palace player and no asset on show came close to matching his 48 touches in the final third.

The return of Ryan Bertrand (£4.8m) is one to watch, of course, but Hasenhuttl has shown admirable faith in several of his youngsters since his appointment.

The Saints boss said of his side’s display:

We knew that it would be difficult today and they gave us less chances to win the ball early, always long balls and didn’t really play football or build-up.

For us, it’s always dangerous as we have to build up the game with patience and therefore we need to be in the right shape which takes time.

It doesn’t make any sense if the crowd tries to push us forward, they can be sure we always want to play forward but sometimes it is not possible against such a team.

Therefore we need to have time to find the right space and find the right moment and the goal showed that this moment will come.

Southampton XI (3-4-2-1): McCarthy; Bednarek, Vestergaard (Elyounoussi 75′), Stephens; Valery (Amstrong 62′), Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Targett; Hojbjerg (Slattery 84′), Redmond; Ings. 

Crystal Palace XI (4-3-3): Guaita; Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins (Dann 90′), Sakho, Van Aanholt; Kouyate (Schlupp 71′), McArthur, Milivojevic; Townsend, Ayew, Zaha.

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  1. #FPLBhuna
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    bench 1 from each:

    A) awb (ful h)
    B) pva (ful h)
    C) doherty (eve a)

    1) ings (bur a)
    2) jiminez (eve a)

    1. #FPLBhuna
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      oh ffs the most hated man on here gets a top post again.. this does not bode well! ffs

      1. Subzero (-4)
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        A1

      2. Tshelby
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Since when are you claiming the title of "most hated man"?

        1. #FPLBhuna
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          lol since i've been proposing the use of BB in a sgw last few days

          1. Tshelby
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Hope you learned your lesson proposing such nonsense on here 😉

            1. #FPLBhuna
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              well..... i am giving it strong consideration again for gw26... i've quite a juicy looking bench haha

              1. Tshelby
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 17 days ago

                Good luck on that!

      3. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        I have you covered. 😉

        1. #FPLBhuna
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          i'm giving you a run for your money sir, 😉

      4. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Man?

        1. #FPLBhuna
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          oh leave it out you w Hore se

    2. Tshelby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      B1

    3. kalmoffit
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      A1

      1. Robbo121
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        A1 - double palace seems a bit much and PVA more attacking

    4. The 5% Team
      1 month, 17 days ago

      A1

    5. HamezMace
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      A1

    6. SPorting
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      1A

      1. CliveTilds
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Bench boost

        1. #FPLBhuna
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          LOL

          1. nico05
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 17 days ago

            A-1 for me

  2. Subzero (-4)
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Aright guys.

    Who would you captain out of sane, sterling and aguero?

    Is sane the more likely of starts, he seems to be the popular choice ATM. Cheers

    1. #FPLBhuna
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      it's a mindfield really, i'd be tempted to (c) aguero if i owned him, but only have sterling, sane

    2. kalmoffit
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Sterling

    3. J - Gimme your Mané …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Sane

    4. Man Getting Hit By Football
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Would be tempted by Sane, came off slightly early on Tuesday, should have the best chance of 180 minutes I think.

      Although they are all good options. Good luck with your decision.

    5. Dybala10
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I would be more assured with Aguero or Sterling personally. Probably favour the forward.

      1. nico05
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 17 days ago

        I have Sane and Aguero and Im unsure myself

    6. donlobatto
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I have Sané and Aguero and have armband on Sané at the moment as I think more likely to have more minutes.

      Jesus is fit and playing well atm and Sterling has Mahrez waiting in the wings

    7. altan8797
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      currently going with aguero (have sterling as well). Trying to convince myself he will start at least against arsenal, considering his previous performances vs top 6. Also have feeling that at least one of KDB, sterling, sane is gonna suffer massively from their poor performances in midweek.

  3. Adriano
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Who here prefers Sane to Sterling as captain? Sane has played around 70 mins in the last 3 games and he looks much more likely to score. I guess it will depend strongly on Mendy's availability....

    1. Dybala10
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Could argue he came off early because Pep wasn't impressed vs Newcastle and therefore more prone to being benched for Mahrez.

    2. SUPER 11
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Mendy should play 60 mins next two games after last defeat

  4. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    For those who missed it last night.

    Last Man Standing GW24 🏆 (769 teams)

    Safety score = 35
    Top score = 78
    LMS average = 43.7

    83 eliminated, 686 through to GW25
    Minimum 69 out next GW.
    Congrats to all the survivors 🙂

    https://www.livefpl.net/LMS

    1. SPorting
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Bang average me

    2. Slouch87
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Riding my luck atm. Onwards and upwards.

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Well done.
        The % out increases every GW after the next one.

        1. Slouch87
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Its only a matter of time !

    3. #FPLBhuna
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      the last team out, with 38(-4)

      NOOOOOOOOOOOOO 🙁

      1. Paddington Bear
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 17 days ago

        You shoulda bench boosted you’d be through

    4. ZoumasBloomers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Still scraping along!

    5. SMEE_HEEE
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      cheers!

      38 for me. Rancid but enough.

      1. SMEE_HEEE
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 17 days ago

        sorry *39. still awful

    6. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      "It's been a long time without you my friend. I'll tell you all about it when I see you again..."

    7. BRKFCTrueRover 42
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Still hanging on

  5. ankil2009
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Hazard to Sterling on a FT ? (already have Sane)

    1. Man Getting Hit By Football
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I would be tempted, what's your plan regarding City mids post gw25?

      1. ankil2009
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        I was thinking maybe move either one to Son depending on performances or worst case hold them as i can do Richa to Son he is my only other GW27 blanker

  6. ZoumasBloomers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Alisson
    AWB Laporte Holebas
    Sane (c) Hazard Salah Richarlison Pogba
    Mitro Rashford

    Hamer Jimenez Doherty Schar

    Good to go?

    1. SUPER 11
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Sane captain ... hope Mendy dont play with Sane on bench

  7. AnfieldLad
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    What’s the Brooks flag about ?

    Alonso Richarlison Wilson -> Bednarek Brooks Aguero (-4)

    Y/N ?

    1. yakirh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Why sell Richarlison before DGW?
      Alonso will be back to the lineup IMO, worth keeping for 1 more GW
      Aguero won't play both games IMO

  8. Bullet Eder
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    I'm going totally without City in DGW25 and I'm fine with that. Am I the only one?

    1. yakirh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Yes, you probably the only one.

    2. circusmonkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Actually my ML rival joins you, ha. I have Ederson and Sane.

    3. Runaway
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      You are not the only one without City bu probably you are the only one one being fine with that.

    4. Dybala10
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I've only got Sane.

      Was looking at Ederson or Laporte but just not worth it, especially for a hit and their games.

  9. Fantasyamateur
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Ok, in need of some advice here boys! Have this squad available:

    Alisson
    AWB - Robertson - Doherty
    Salah - Pogba - Richarlison - Hazard
    Jimenez - Auba - Rashford

    Bench: Button, Camarasa, Digne, Yoshida

    2FT and 1.2M ITB

    Alternatives:
    A: Aubameyang and Camarasa to Llorente and Sterling/Sanè
    B: Aubameyang and Digne to Agüero and Laporte.
    C: Any other ideas to implement more DGWers?

    Leaning towards B as it would make it easier to make transfers post GW 25 with Son for Hazard and Auba for Agüero.. But not sure about Agüeros gametime for GW25...

  10. CliveTilds
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Are we allowed to lol at Ederson owners?

    1. yakirh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Its a free world

    2. #FPLBhuna
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      BAN

      1. CliveTilds
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Bench boost

    3. Make Arrows Green Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      um... why?

    4. Amey
      1 month, 17 days ago

      What happened ??

      1. CliveTilds
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Apparently out with a cut

        1. Amey
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Ohh

        2. #FPLBhuna
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          source?

          1. CliveTilds
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Google

    5. Ganso
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Why don't you try to help someone instead?

      1. CliveTilds
        1 month, 17 days ago

        I see so much bad advice on here I’m not sure people are actually ever trying to help.
        I just let people know of a potential injury, that’s help in itself. You’re welcome.

        1. HamezMace
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Whether or not the advice turns out to be good or not, I believe the majority of people on here are offering advice in good faith.

          Laughing at the misfortune of others doesn't help anyone.

    6. Make Arrows Green Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Don't listen to the doubters mate.

      I'd say go ahead if all your FF picks have gone perfectly this season. Have they?

      Congrats on being #1 overall if so!

    7. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Are you trying to get a reaction?

    8. kalmoffit
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      It must be hard, standing around in this weather. Keeping busy playing Russian Roulette with his defenders is not the answer

    9. Jᴀʀᴠish
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Cheers for the info - was strongly considering him this week.

    10. Dele
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      ouch!

  11. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Ideas on this bunch?

    Patricio Fabianski
    Alonso Kolasinac Doherty AWB Schindler
    Sane Salah Hazard Pogba Richarlison
    Rashford Jimmy Kamara

    2 FTs, 2.8m in bank

    Cheers in any help.

    1. yakirh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Schindler -> Laporte and bench Kola/Doherty?

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Kola bench, do you trust their defence though?

        1. yakirh
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Against Hud & Sou I trust Kolasinac attacking potential

    2. HamezMace
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Depends on your thoughts about the double, Hazard to Sterling seems an obvious consideration.

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Yeah, Chelsea are more of a mess than City atm.

    3. Hy liverpool
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Fab/Pat to Ederson
      And probably hazard/pog to sterling/son

      1. HamezMace
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Ederson is an injury doubt for the weekend.

    4. Midlands Saint73
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Alonso, Kamara out to almost anyone you like.

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Kamara will likely to Auba soon. Would only have about 7m to spend.

    5. RustyBz
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      What's your appetite for DGWers?

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Really don't know, no more Everton is all I know.

        1. RustyBz
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Alonso -> Laporte and roll the other FT would be my suggestion if you don't fancy taking out Hazard for Sterling. Or... Pogba to David Silva if he's out?

    6. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Cheers all.

    7. CALLOFDUTY 1 (2003)
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Just copy Mark....you usually do!

  12. JamieC180
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Auba --> Aguero for free to capitalize on DGW?

    1. Make Arrows Green Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Not worth it IMO. He might not play much more than 90 mins.

    2. Pooodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Think it could work nicely if you're going to get Auba back the week after.

    3. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      No

  13. Brosstan
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Sane (TC) ?

    1. kalmoffit
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Sure, why not

    2. Amey
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Yep

  14. YoungPretender
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Hazard & Martial > Same & Son for free?

    1. YoungPretender
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Sane

    2. Make Arrows Green Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Dunno about Martial. He just signed a new contract so [insert piece of cod psychology here].

    3. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I am with FAnders

    4. Pooodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Hard to argue against those

  15. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Haz+FAnders+Digne >> Sané+Son+Laporte (-4)? Leaving....

    Fab
    Doherty • Laporte • AWB
    Sané • Rich • Salah • Son • Martial
    Rashford • Aguero
    (Button / Bednarek / Kola / Kamara)

    1. Dele
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Hello Rafa,

      My thinking is don't bother with Laporte. Sane, Aguero is enough imo.

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Thanks mate

  16. What is the case for a City DGW25 Triple Captain?
    Pep Pig
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    I think there could be a case for TC this double GW.

    I believe City will bounce back against Arsenal and if they win, I think the Pep roulette could calm down for the Wednesday night game against Everton as they need that momentum again. With this theory, say Sterling scores against Arsenal, I think his chances of playing against Everton is high. Same goes for Sane and Aguero.

    As a Sterling owner, I'm tempted to put TC on him. FH in GW 33 and BB in GW 35.

    Any thoughts on this strategy as I used my 2nd WC?

    1. #FPLBhuna
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      you make a compelling case

    2. Amey
      1 month, 17 days ago

      +1
      Sane TC locked IN

      1. Pep Pig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        I haven't locked it in myself. But I'm very tempted.
        I made the error of TC on Kane last season in a DGW and it was a huge fail.
        Fortune (sometimes) favours the brave

        Good luck pal

        1. Amey
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Thank you !!
          GL to you too buddy 🙂

    3. Dybala10
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Worth a shot but I won't be joining you.

      1. circusmonkey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Man City are highly likely to get to the FA Cup QF, so will have another DGW: Opponents would be mun and either ful or TOT ( I think).

        1. Pep Pig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Yes mate. I think the Arsenal game could be very interesting for City assets despite their poor form as such. Cardiff although only having 29% possession had 19 shots at goal compared to 15. For one, Arsenal will not be able to dominate possession at the Etihad and "IF" Sterling plays, I'd be excited to play the TC

    4. Pep Pig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      For the record, I've convinced myself today that it is the right time to hit the TC button. Sterling it is.
      Also for me personally, it was nice to see Sterling scored in both reverse fixtures earlier in the season.
      This on top of the fact Arsenal conceded 19 shots at home to Cardiff, Man City could well make this a very one-way game (if bouncing back) Like I said, this is a "must win" game and quite possibly their biggest game of the season yet. Class is permanent they say

      Time will tell

      1. HollywoodXI
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Good luck. It’s a brave call but your reasoning is sound.

        1. Pep Pig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Cheers Hollywood. Though I think the TC chip is the one which comes with the biggest risk whenever it is played.

          1. Make Arrows Green Again
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            It's the worst chip, without doubt.

      2. FOMFF
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        I admire the cajones! Very logical move. I have all my chips and WC intact. Tempted myself

    5. FOMFF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      The only one worth a spin on TC would be Sterling. No one with any form going into the GW

      1. Pep Pig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        He's the only one I own. Though I believe one of Sterling, Sane or Aguero could score big against Arsenal. And with the above logic, I feel whoever does score well against Arsenal would be a shoe-in for the Everton game. Momentum is key this week more than ever

      2. Teddy Brewski
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Bit harsh on Sane! 10, 8, 12, 2 last 4 gameweeks. Reckon that counts as form

        1. Pep Pig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          I agree Teddy

    6. ViperStripes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I'm going to TC one of Rich, Sterling or Sane. But waiting for Captain Sensible article before deciding which one and also to check the % ownership statistics, lower is more likely to receive armband.

      1. Pep Pig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Good luck mate. I've also flirted with bringing David Silva in this week but not sure whether it's hit worthy

    7. Billybigspuds
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Good post and I agree I think there is a strong argument for making either Sterling to Sane TC.

      Aguero is too much of a risk with Jesus on the sidelines and having played 90 mins vs Newcastle.

      I have both Sterling & Sane so problem I have is which one to pick. Keep flip flopping between the two and will probably continue to do so right up to Saturday morning!

      1. Pep Pig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Thanks pal. I still believe if Aguero scores, the same logic would apply and he would be required again on Wednesday.

        If I owned all 3, I'd be really happy going into this GW. Choosing the correct captain is one thing.... TC another 😉

        Though it's definitely a risk I'm willing to take. Good luck

    8. wernerhedgehog
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      yeah doing it. the liverpool result should give them some impetus. they're too good to lose momentum now, and with most players back (im looking at you Chelsea and Spurs)

    9. Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I think this sounds like a sound plan. I'm only worried about Pep roulette, he can't be second guessed I'm afraid but time to take some risks!

    10. Kopkloppers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Absolutely not!!!!!!!!!!!!

      1. Pep Pig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        I didn't think for a second it would be for everyone pal. Though put it out there as a viable option

        1. Kopkloppers
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          I was just trying to save you. (smile)

          1. Pep Pig
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Haha appreciated pal 😉

    11. Most likely to succeed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Already TC´ed Agüero. Felt good

      1. Pep Pig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Good luck mate

    12. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I'm not confident enough in them to TC

      Imagine they had a DGW against any two of Newcastle, Crystal Palace, Leicester, Chelsea... it would look great on paper, but those games did not go well for city, they are quite beatable of late

      1. Pep Pig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        I'm quietly confident that City will open up Arsenal quite easily which they couldn't do against more defensive disciplined teams who were willing to bust a gut to defend their goals

    13. lugs
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Bilva could be worth a shout, he has scored in his last 2 games against Arsenal, was rested midweek so should play, and he has arguably been City's best player this season, he could be an ultra maverick captain that could pay off 🙂

      1. Pep Pig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        I wouldn't be maverick enough to put the TC on B Silva mate but certainly a differential. Good luck mate

    14. Goonsquad245
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I'm convinced. City have struggled vs Palace, Leicester, and Newcastle but neither Arsenal nor Everton have it in their locker to play that way. Could be 7-8 goals over the course of the two games.

      1. Pep Pig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        It's exactly how I see it. Certainly Arsenal haven't got that defensive discipline which those teams have. Good luck pal

        1. The King Wilson return
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Just wondering what you guys make of the Arsenal performance against Chelsea where they played with 3 defensive mids

    15. Sickboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I’m in. Will have KDB, Sterling (TC) and Sane.

      Liverpool failing to win last night gives them a big opportunity to pile the pressure on.

      I think Pep will consider these next few fixtures pivotal.

      Good luck!

      1. Pep Pig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Agreed mate. Good luck

        1. Robbo121
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Almost convinced

    16. FFPro
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I won't consider TCing Sane unless Mendy is ruled out.

    17. Ajaxeeding
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Warning to all Sterling owners...I have just brought Sterling in for Hazard and will be captaining him this week. So based on my luck, he will get a red card or not even play, while Hazard goes on to get a hatty against HUD.

    18. InSaneMan-e
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I think there is a case. City have a chance to be 2 points behind liverpool come the end of the gw (liverpool with a game in hand).
      Pep and city will want a reaction.
      And looking at that arsenal defence I can genuinely see City beating them 4/5-0.
      In some ways it's good its arsenal and Everton because city will line up with a strong team both games.

      1. Pep Pig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        I agree mate. If it was better on paper, i.e. Huddersfield and Cardiff, rotation would be much more likely.
        Anyway, it will either pay off or not. Fingers crossed and good luck this week

    19. shearer9
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      I wish I'd listened to this haha.

  17. yakirh
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    So.. Digne to Laporte no brainer?

    Team:
    Fab
    Robbo Alonso Digne
    Salah Sane Hazard Pogba Richarlison
    Rashford Jimenez

    (Hamer AWB Doherty Kamara)

    1FT 1.2ITB

    I think in for next GW: Alonso & Hazard to Kolasinac & Son (-4)

    1. Duffy Dunk
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Nah. Better get a cheap def with good longterm fixtures.

      1. Gomolon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Such as ? Pereira is the obvious shout but any others?

  18. Brosstan
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Ederson TC train derailed

    1. #FPLBhuna
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      has there been news? if so, source?

        1. #FPLBhuna
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          cheers holmes

  19. Amey
    1 month, 17 days ago

    How us the team looking guys ??
    Fabs
    Robbo, Doherty, AWB
    Salah,Siggy,Jota,Pogba,Sane(C)
    Auba,Rash
    Hamer,Kiko,Kamara,Digne

    Cheers for replying !!

    1. CliveTilds
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Fab could be out. Other than that all good.

      1. Amey
        1 month, 17 days ago

        😮
        Thank you mate.
        Will look into it.
        Boruc can come in for Hamer

      2. fenixri
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        What?

    2. HamezMace
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Don't you mean Sane (TC)?
      But yeah, looks fine, do you have any FTs or money?

      1. Amey
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Yeah.
        0FT, 2.5 m itb
        Sane (TC) is on atm 😛

    3. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      got rid of hazard i see 🙂 for sane ?

      1. Amey
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Yes.
        He should have scored yesterday. Nwxt fixtures + blank turned my head.
        Will get him back in gw32 if they get a dgw.

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          thinking of doing the same to be honest. something not right at chelsea. i have sane already so might get sterling. good luck !

          1. Amey
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Yes.
            Manager fell out of favor Earlier than usual 3 years cycle there.
            Good luck to you too mate 🙂

    4. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Very nice. I’m looking to get Sane too

      1. Amey
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Thank you Rafa 🙂

  20. jmcclory123
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Anderson -> Richarlison

    Or

    Mitro -> Jimenez

    Too late to get Rich?

    1. jmcclory123
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Or sig?

    2. Pieterke30
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Yes too late

  21. Gravless are for Kinnear
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    I like real life football transfers. Mixes things up a bit

  22. SUPER 11
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Niasse for next 4 GW's ?

    1. HamezMace
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Wait until transfer deadline - Austin rumoured to be a Cardiff target.

  23. circusmonkey
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Got Ederson in for Hamer (spuffed my spare cash), Fab got 2 more points, now Ed could be injured 🙁

    1. CRO KLOPP
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      +1

    2. Pierce34
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      So could Fabianski, if you're extremely unlucky.

    3. #FPLBhuna
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      how about me

      hamer + pereira > ederson + digne (-4) for gw24

      cruel game 🙁

  24. Goodbye My Löwe
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Irrespective of injuries, Pat (eve) or Fab (LIV) this week?

    1. Make Arrows Green Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Paté

    2. kalmoffit
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Fab and hope he saves pen

  25. Pooodle
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Is there any point in keeping Hazard?

    I know he has an incredible (on paper) fixture this week but Chelsea just look terrible.

    Very tempted to ditch him to bring in Aguero, which would then allow a move to Aubameyang the following week.

    1. nico05
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I have Hazard myself and Im very tempted to ditch him but I think I'll hang on one more week with the great fixture they have

      1. Pooodle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        That's the approach I've taken for most of the season and it hasn't worked at all.

        He's averaging me 4.1 points this season across 14 games. Embarrassment.

      2. FOMFF
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        He gone. Will undoubtedly score this weekend but I've given him too many chances. Boring.

    2. FPLGraham
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I'm keeping as already have double City, but if I didn't I'd be very tempted to punt on Sterling for the double... although Raz hasn't been a whole lot better lately.

      1. Pooodle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        I only have Sane but could get in Aguero or Sterling for free... Think it's probably the right decision considering Chelsea's form, despite the fixture

      2. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Why not sane?

  26. Park the bus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    seems daft using my transfer in a DGW on a SGW player but think I will do Digne to Doherty. Max 5.0 to spend, anyone better?

    1. Holmes
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      doherty is 5.2

    2. Pooodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Keane?

    3. Amey
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Jonny 4.3

    4. CarrollsPonytail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I'm probably going to be doing the same as he has good fixtures coming up. I wasn't even looking at City or Everton assets to be honest. Also looking at PvA and Bamba.

  27. Slitherene
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Play which PAIRING, this GW?

    A) TAA*, Trippier, Luiz / Firmino
    Bench : Pereira, Camarasa*, Digne*

    B) Tomkins*, Trippier, Luiz / Firmino
    Bench : TAA*, Pereira, Camarasa*

    C) TAA*, Tomkins*, Luiz / Aguero
    Bench : Pereira, Camarasa*, Digne*

    Someone needs to crack it!
    I'm so confused.

  28. SUPER 11
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Its Beast Benjamin Mendy time............

    1. nico05
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Do you think he will get regular minutes now then?

      1. SUPER 11
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 17 days ago

        He will be heavily relied for Manchester City back on top

  29. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Is Digne > Laporte worth a -4?

    Likely to do Haz+FAnders > Son+Sané with my 2FTs

    1. Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Easily

    2. RustyBz
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      No probably not. Do you have a half decent sub to replace Digne with? Wiping out a clean sheet return makes Laporte far less interesting

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Doherty/AWB/Digne/Kola/Bednarek so not really as Kola, Digne and Bednarek are all terrible / poor fixtures

        1. SADIO SANÉ
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          he's only missing the Wolves game, Bednarek has Burnley

    3. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Just do 2FT imo

    4. SADIO SANÉ
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      nope

  30. Whazza
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    TC Sterling, Sane or Aguero?

    1. Brosstan
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Think both Sterling and Sane are safer than Kun

    2. FOMFF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I'd only consider Sterling. 50/50 chance for me. Sorry