Scout Notes

The reasons why clean sheets have dried up for Liverpool

Liverpool’s title challenge faltered again on Monday evening as the Reds played out their second successive 1-1 draw.

There were unsettling similarities to the performance against Leicester City last Wednesday, with Jurgen Klopp’s side unable to build, or even hang, on to a one-goal lead and conceding sloppily from a set-piece situation.

We’ll review last night’s penultimate Gameweek 25 fixture from a Fantasy perspective, rounding up the goals, assists, key talking points, headline injury news and relevant manager quotes.

West Ham United 1-1 Liverpool

  • Goals: Michail Antonio (£6.8m) | Sadio Mane (£9.6m)
  • Assists: Felipe Anderson (£7.1m) | James Milner (£5.6m)

Liverpool’s defensive frailties were again exposed at the London Stadium last night as they conceded from a dead-ball situation for the third match in a row.

James Tomkins (£4.3m) and Harry Maguire (£5.4m) had headed their respective sides level in Gameweeks 23 and 24 but this latest equaliser at the Reds’ expense came from a cleverly worked routine on the deck that was coolly finished by Michail Antonio (£6.8m).

While West Ham, Antonio and assist-maker Felipe Anderson (£7.1m) deserve credit for the flawless execution, the ease with which Liverpool’s backline was bypassed underscored just how vulnerable they currently are at set plays.

Klopp’s troops rank fourth-bottom for attempts from set pieces conceded over the last three Gameweeks, with a whopping eight of West Ham’s 13 attempts on goal on Monday coming from free-kicks and corners.

Javier Hernandez (£6.1m) horribly spooned a volley into the clouds from a smart Anderson delivery ten minutes after Antonio’s leveller before Declan Rice (£4.4m) missed a gilt-edged headed opportunity from yet another free-kick from the Brazilian midfielder.

Issa Diop (£4.3m) glanced a header wide from Robert Snodgrass‘s (£5.0m) corner in the second half as Liverpool’s zonal marking once again failed to convince, while Hernandez, Aaron Cresswell (£5.0m) and Mark Noble (£4.8m) all narrowly fired off-target from open play as the visiting defence parted.

While some mischief-makers will point to a possible psychological problem with the Reds after their stuttering run-in during 2013/14, in reality only three of that squad remain – none of whom made it onto the pitch in east London.

This instead looks like a team desperately missing a handful of sidelined players.

While Joel Matip (£4.9m) didn’t have a particularly bad game, there doesn’t seem to exist a natural rapport between him and a below-par Virgil van Dijk (£6.5m) – especially at dead-ball situations.

It may be no coincidence that the Reds’ run of conceding goals from free-kicks and corners has happened in the three most-recent matches that Matip has started, though Liverpool’s chronic problems at right-back – Trent Alexander-Arnold (£5.2m) being injured in Gameweek 22 – are no doubt also a contributing factor.

As might be the largely second-string central midfield in front of the defence: Naby Keita (£7.1m) and Adam Lallana (£6.9m) flitted in and out of Monday’s draw and the presences of Georginio Wijnaldum (£5.5m) and perhaps even Jordan Henderson (£5.3m) were arguably missed.

Keita is another to have started the last three Premier League matches and continues to divide opinion: indeed, it was the Guinean midfielder who lost Antonio for West Ham’s equaliser.

Owners of Robertson and van Dijk will be disheartened by just one clean sheet in six Gameweeks but there may be encouraging news on the horizon, with Alexander-Arnold scheduled for a return to training this week.

The injuries that kept Henderson (muscle) and Wijnaldum (sore knee) out don’t appear too serious, either, with Dejan Lovren (£4.9m) also only absent because of a “slight muscle problem”.

Klopp cited those niggles and strains as a mitigating factor in his post-match press conference:

Yesterday night we trained and after the session, we had to change three positions, that’s of course not perfect. And you saw that around the set-pieces, especially with organisation.

Changing three players changes a lot and obviously, that didn’t work out and that’s my fault, that we could not explain it clear enough what we have to do in a situation like that.

I don’t moan about that, it is just a fact. It is not an excuse or nothing. I said we could have played better tonight, 100 per cent, but it’s the situation and it’s not perfect. We lost two players and Millie came back because he didn’t train yesterday. He came by himself to London because it was infectious.

That is all not perfect, of course. For me, it explains parts of the game, but we don’t look for these things.

It could be, then, that with the returning bodies we soon see a reversion to the mean Liverpool defence of the opening half of the season, a 19-match period in which the Reds kept 12 clean sheets.

Nevertheless, those who own Ryan Fraser (£6.1m) and watched Liverpool’s recent struggles at dead-ball situations will perhaps be stirred into fielding Bournemouth’s set-piece specialist in Gameweek 26 despite the Cherries having what would seem an otherwise daunting fixture away at Anfield.

Liverpool’s attack didn’t fare much better at the London Stadium.

The shot count shows that Lukasz Fabianski (£4.7m) had five saves to make but every one of them was comfortable in nature – even from Divock Origi‘s (£5.0m) glorious one-on-one chance in injury time.

Mohamed Salah (£13.6m) tested the Polish goalkeeper twice during a ten-minute period at the start of the second half but that was the only time in this match that the Egyptian really flickered to life, with his second effort coming off the back of a brilliant, slaloming run through the West Ham box.

Salah was otherwise anonymous back on the right flank, however, with Roberto Firmino (£9.3m) borderline awful as he led the line in a 4-3-3.

Klopp said of his side’s attacking display:

We had a lot of situations with passing through balls and our full-backs, especially Robbo in the first half, where we didn’t find the free player. And on the other side, similar, we didn’t find it. It was difficult again, creating against so many legs, honestly.

It was no real compliment to say Sadio Mane (£9.6m) was the pick of Liverpool’s attackers, with the Senegalese winger peripheral in the second half, but he kept up his FPL scoring purple patch by netting a third goal in as many Gameweeks midway through the opening 45 minutes.

Mane has twice the number of goals from open play as Salah (four to two) over the last seven Gameweeks and during that time is bettering the Egyptian for overall attempts on goal and shots in the box.

Mane’s goal arrived in controversial circumstances, with James Milner (£5.6m) – the latest midfielder to be turned into a makeshift right-back – clearly offside as he crossed for the former Southampton winger to smartly turn and finish.

Just as Leicester merited plaudits in midweek, West Ham deserve credit for their fast-pressing, counter-attacking performance that wholly warranted at least a point.

Anderson and Antonio were excellent on the flanks, with the Brazilian again the most eye-catching from a Fantasy perspective amid some workmanlike performances from his team-mates.

The Hammers sit at the top of our Season Ticker for the coming half-dozen Gameweeks, with five of their next six opponents currently sitting 14th or worse in the Premier League table.

Fabianski and Anderson obviously appeal for this run, while it will be intriguing to hear about Marko Arnuatovic‘s (£6.9m) injury prognosis – the Austrian was sidelined for this draw with a foot problem but would surely re-enter the mid-price forward debate if fit, given the fixtures ahead for the Hammers.

Pellegrini said of his side’s efforts:

I was pleased with the performance because I thought we played a very good game, but I’m disappointed with the result because they scored a goal which was clearly offside.

We missed three or four chances, especially in the first 35 minutes, which could have finished the game. We missed those opportunities so we had a draw in a game which we could have won.

We played with the pace we had shown in other games again. We worked similarly tonight to we did against Arsenal, but we created more chances today. We then lost three games away from home but I think the team we saw tonight is the team we must see from now until the end of the season.

We always work hard on the set pieces but it depends on the taker and the finisher. You must believe me that we worked on set pieces exactly as much as we did against Bournemouth, against Wimbledon, against every team.

West Ham United XI (4-1-4-1): Fabianski; Fredericks, Ogbonna, Diop, Cresswell; Rice, Antonio, Snodgrass, Noble (Obiang 79′), Anderson (Masuaku 89′); Chicharito (Carroll 79′).

Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Milner, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Keita, Lallana (Shaqiri 69′); Salah, Firmino (Origi 75′), Mane.

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  1. yakirh
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Any info about Chelsea DGW?
    When will we know the date of the Brighton game?

  2. EgyptianKing
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 16 days ago

    What is your opinion relatively to Sane and Sterling for Everton game?

    Both start? One is benched (who?) in your opinion?

    1. mikess
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Out of our hands. Teams already set in stone

    2. Flapjack ✅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Deadlines gone. I don’t waste time worrying about stuff I can’t affect. Nothing would surprise me.

    3. rnrd
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Hard to predict. The data we have is that Pep got bitten bad during his first season at Goodison Park (4-0) and although this is another team and time, he knows Everton is either all or nothing. So he will be on his guard (iola?)

      Last year City won 3-1 with both Sané, Aguero and Sterling starting.

      The gap between Pool and City has narrowed and it looks like Pool is losing their fotball under pressure so pep has a very good shot putting a lot of pressures on the reds so I have no doublt he will go full strength with his team against Everton even if there's chelsea in 4 days.

      Now, what's full strength away for Pep? I think both Sané and Sterling are safe to start. Aguero and Jesus i'd say it's 70/30

    4. SADIO SANÉ
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      no idea, thought the only way Sane would be benched was if Mendy played and if Mendy didn't play it would be Danilo and Sane - couldn't have been more 'wrong'. I think in 'theory' it will be Sane Jesus and Sterling/Mahrez but who knows

  3. Atimis
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Wanted Pool def but maybe now do only Hazard Sane to Mane Son for free and play 3 of Doh Shaw WB Bednarek Digne ? 😉

  4. Flapjack ✅
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Best GW ever

    1. Wild Card this...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      You've missed Top of the page 😉

    2. Fantasy Gold
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      I’m on 100 (-4) with 5 plus TC to go.

      Life is sweet.

      1. Flapjack ✅
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        107 with 4 and TC to go. Lets make 200! 😉

      2. Eric Banternaaa
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Overall Rank?

        1. Wild Card this...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Probably significantly better 😉

      3. b82rz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Don't believe anything you say anymore. Any more City injuries?

        1. Fitzy.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          😆

    3. Wild Card this...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      104 (-4) with only one DGW player...no chips used.

      1. Flapjack ✅
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Very nice. Aguero captain then Haz and JWP?

  5. farmerfat
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Jota yellow flag. Anyone got some news ? Planning on getting him in this GW

    1. Jᴀʀᴠish
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Is out of the midweek Cup match with a knock.

    2. Flapjack ✅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Don’t they have a potential blank soon ? Wolves that is

      Waiting to see if they do before considering tripling up

    3. Ynwalfc
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Nuno said it’s nothing serious he’ll be back for the weekend. I did the same and got rid of Richarlison

  6. Wild Card this...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Imagine Kun scores another hat-trick tomorrow 🙂

    1. Flapjack ✅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      I’m preparing for like 1 point tripled, but if he got another 51 I’d be cool with that

      1. Make Arrows Green Again
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        LOL that's very magnanimous of you my friend 🙂

    2. rainy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      I’m preparing for like 1 point doubled, but if he got another 34 I’d be cool with that

    3. Mo Mané Mo Problems
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      I’m preparing for like 1 point, but if he got another 17 I’d be cool with that

      1. Nomar
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        I’m preparing for no points from him.

        But that’s because I don’t own him.

    4. Flynniesta
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      I’ll puke (Kun non capper)

  7. Bielsa's Binoculars
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    I have 2 FTs, how does this sound moving forward?

    Sane, Hazard, Niasse —> Son, Moutinho, Aubamayang

    1. Jonny HOW SON?
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      looking similar to my proposed transfer. I think its good

  8. Jonny HOW SON?
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Opinion on:

    Luiz, Hazard, Mitrovic ---> Kolasinac, Son, Aubameyang (-4) ?

    1. Ynwalfc
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      I like it, especially with Arsenal having three good fixtures coming up

  9. Ynwalfc
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Etheridge
    VVD,Luiz,Bednarek
    Pogba,Salah(VC),Son,Jota
    Aubameyang(C),Rashford,Firmino

    Subs Guita,AWB,Pereira,Westwood

    GTG? Thanks guys

    1. Jonny HOW SON?
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      I'm selling Luiz this GW, but other than that team is decent

    2. Ynwalfc
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      He scored 15 points in the home fixture, so hoping he can get something again

  10. badhombres
      3 months, 16 days ago

      in which order for GW 26 and 27?
      A. Sane to Son
      B. Rich to FAnderson

      1. mikess
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        A then B I think

        1. badhombres
            3 months, 16 days ago

            thanks mate

      2. ZoumasBloomers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Who are your favourite post 27 teams? Chelsea and Brighton have the extra double of course

        1. SADIO SANÉ
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Bournemouth I guess

        2. mikess
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Liverpool

        3. Giggs Boson.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Leicester and Liverpool stand out for me.

          Will definitely be getting some Leicester defence. Maybe even Vardy too, if he can find his shooting boots. He's getting the chances. Crazy that he didn't score against United.

          1. Geoff
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Vardy looks a nice option, I've kept him in my watchlist along with Leicester defence. Sterling/Sane > Mane might be a good move too

        4. the Penman
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Newcastle start an incredible rum of fixtures now. If their new guy can score goals, they might become worthy of a def+fwd double up.

        5. Warby84
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Newcastle, going for Rondon 28 and 29 Huddersfield/Burnley

          1. Pipermaru
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Don't be late, it's GW27/28 actually 🙂

          2. Geoff
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Rondon in GW27 could be a big one! I have Auba, Rashford, and Jimenez and can't really see shifting them but Rondon does look good.

            Hopefully Almiron can play this GW, he could possibly be an option

        6. Pep Pig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          I think Leicester on paper looks fab. I hope Tielemans can nail down a spot because along with Maddison and Vardy, they could become a very attacking team. Chilwell looks fantastic as a wing back too. I'm looking at Firmino > Vardy in GW 27 as he's due a purple patch

      3. Ambrosiana Inter
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Alonso no goals or assists involvement in the last 14 games...astonishig really...and back down to its original price :)... could be a must have again soon

        1. Bunk Morrisonland
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          As has been pointed out by others, he isn't as attacking as he's been the past two Seasons. He's still a decent pick for me and I'd want him for a DGW if he seems to be first choice (I'm wondering if Emerson may play a few more games before the season is over). But I can't see him being a must have the way he was.

        2. Make Arrows Green Again
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          He mighty be priced at what he's worth next season.

        3. Giggs Boson.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Didn't Sarri say he was getting too far forward early on in the season?

          Not too long after I remember noticing him just sitting on the halfway line and not bombing forward like he usually would and sold him immediately. Missed only 2 assists in that time...

      4. child of God
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Anyone doing Kun to Auba?

          1. mikess
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            27

          2. the Penman
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Meeee

          3. DantheManinaPan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Likelily

        • Dream Killers 2.0
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Anyone using the free hit chip in GW27?

          1. HamezMace
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Shouldn't really need to.

          2. Sánchez
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            No. There's much worse bgw's to come

          3. VeryHairyBabyParade
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Only need to use it if you've planned horribly.

        • Mo Mané Mo Problems
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          I think the real winner this GW is Mathematics.

          Everyone knows their 17 times tables now, which is great.

          1. Bunk Morrisonland
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            They only know it up to three though.

            1. Mo Mané Mo Problems
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              That's all you need (in FPL).

        • Pieterke30
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Liverpool’s real problem is that Salah has looked average and not interested in the last two games.
          Cant figure out why though.

          If that doesnt change quickly they cant win the league

        • Dacra
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          How does this look for a blank plan?

          Patricio (Speroni)
          Robertson - Digne - Lindelof (Bennett, Bednarek)
          Salah - Son - Pogba - Sane - Sterling
          Chicharito - Ings (Niasse)

          This week: Sterling + Ings > Jota + Auba (-4)
          Next week: Sane > Mane

          1. QuintonFortune25
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Yeah like it.

            1. Dacra
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              Ta.

        • Feed tha Sheep
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          3 green arrows in a row before this week brought me into top 3k but didn’t have Agureo this week and capt Sane so back down I go!

          Best option for this week?
          A. Sane > Son
          B. Sterling & Firmino > Son & Auba (-4)

          1. QuintonFortune25
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Just A for me, but see how things go on Wednesday, you might wana do Sterling to Son.

          2. kuzser
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            B

        • QuintonFortune25
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Stick with my plan?
          Sterling and Richarlison to Mane and Son (2FT)

          Fab
          Shaw - Doherty - Kola
          Salah - Sterling - Pogba - Richarlison
          Auba - Rashford - Jiminez

          Hamer - AWB - Kiko - Gunarsson

          1. RustyBz
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            I wouldn't want to lose Sterling but those are decent transfers

        • Irbox ⚽
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Sane (c), Laporte and Rich to go.. has to be a green arrow right?

          1. RustyBz
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Depends on your OR 🙂 My guess is that you need Sané to outscore Aguero and Sterling.

          2. VeryHairyBabyParade
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Not necessarily

          3. Make Arrows Green Again
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            If you do I will. I have slipped from inside the top 20k to 130k in the last ten GWs. 8 red arrows in the last 10!

            Only difference for me is Bernardo instead of Laporte.

          4. Black Knights
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            I hope so because if you get one, i'm getting one too. Ederson, Rich, Sane, Aguero (C).

        • Tmel
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Ederson
          Robertson Doherty AWB Jonny
          Pogba Salah Haz Sterling
          Jimenez Rash
          (Guaita TAA Rich Kamara)

          a) Haz > Son
          b) Haz & Kamara > Hojberg & Auba (-4)

        • marco_atk85
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          A story of bunch of resentment

          This year is my worse season so for since 2011 thanks to my bunch early renunciations. This year I couldn't really figured out what is the borderline between stubburness and patience.

          I started the season with Moura, considering Son will be out. Only 3 shot attemps in 2 weeks wasn't impressive for me. After all, even Ben Davies had 5 shots in those games. Tot had Utd and Live games in horizon and Mhiki had a very impressive game against Chlesea. I swapped Moura for Mhki before GW3. After that Moura got 20 points in two games and I don't need to tell how Mkhi is dissapeared after that game.

          I also had King in starting lineup however it was a wrong bournemouth choice. Willson was the one who scores and get the points. I dropped King after 2 weeks. Then he earned 22 points following 3 GW.

          Next stop is Aubameyang. Even though he had a tough starting fixture, I had him in my season starting team. Even though he started to get points after that, he wasn't able to finish the games and constantly get substituted around sixtyish minutes. I had to downgrade him to Zaha in order to get Hazard in GW6. After that, Auba scored 65 points in 7 weeks whereas Zaha was a constant 2 pointers in most of time.

          Next one was TAA. I selected him over Robertson in August as he was 1m cheaper and I watched all time Robo got attacking returns whereas TAA get yellow cards. It was enough for me to see him not being used against Huddersfield and I took him out. Right after that, he returned to starting XI and he earned 35 points following 5 GW.

          Right after GW19 started, I used my WC and got Pogba first on saturday. Then I changed my mind on monday after watching Felipe Anderson's fluid offensive game against Southampton. Pogba was playing as number 10 but he could be play as 8 or even 6. Whereas Anderson was the heart of the team. It took 4 GW to reinstall Pogba on team and cost me 34 points and a hit.

          Whereas Felipe Anderson delivered only 11 points in 5 weeks without any attacking return. Even though West Ham has very tempting fixtures, it was enough for me to watch him not delivered against BHA, Bou, Wol and Bur. So I took him out this week for Siggy as he would be my only DGW player on saturday morning. Until then, Hazard was my captain and I gave the armband to Siggy just for the sake of DGW. If I haven't touched the team on saturday morning I would have 38 points from 2 players now I only recieved 17.

          So it is full of disappointing transfer for entire season for me. I keep my optimism as I keep all my 3 chips + WC before blank and DGW twists but I need to solve this stubburness / patience borderline.

          1. Make Arrows Green Again
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            My season is the same, really. Of course I have made some good decisions, and I am sure you have too, but most of the sensible decisions I made on paper have backfired, or so it seems anyway. He's a selection (all of which were 'good' ideas at the time):

            - Starting with King over Wilson
            - Picking KdB for GW1 when he got injured, putting him back in for him to get injured again.
            - Not starting the season with Aguero because I thought he would get rotated with Jesus. In theory, he really should have been

            And then some really stupid moves or lack of them

            - Going with Martial over Pogba. I was set on Pogba then overthought it on these forums
            - just *hoping* Son's purple patch would end.
            - taking a hit to remove Sane and Sterling ahead of Liverpool

            1. Make Arrows Green Again
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              Oh, and we won't know until tomorrow night but going with Sané over Aguero for this DGW and the TC chip. I gave it so much thought and Sané should have outperformed Kun for minutes played if nothing else!

              That's another feature of this season for me. It seems that when I have played it safe the maverick pick has performed, or my safe option has got injured (KdB).When I have gone maverick the safe option was the one to have gone for.

              Time to write this one off and look forward to August I think 🙂

          2. SADIO SANÉ
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Did a couple of these myself and the 'mistake' I made 4 weeks ago is still costing me points now (almost instant Kane injury and then the City DGW combined to punish me further), as with a lot of moves it can go either way - there will always be occasions when you just made a mistake, but most of the time it's largely luck-based. I think when people do well they should at least recognise the part luck has played, but that would be too damaging to their ego 😉

          3. b82rz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Could be worse. I triple captained Kane last year when he scored 1 point in the January double game week

            1. Make Arrows Green Again
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              FYI he got three - 1 then 2. I went with him too.

              At this rate, that figure will be better than the Sané triple captain score from this season :S

              1. HamezMace
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 16 days ago

                Same.
                He'll redeem himself this year though, or be forever banished from my team.

        • yuva247
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Which big players are guaranteed to have double gameweeks here onwards?

          1. HamezMace
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Hazard

            1. yuva247
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 16 days ago

              I just got rid of him after the huds game and will only get him for the DGW using free Hit

              Any other player to have DGW as I want to save my triple captain for that week?

              1. HamezMace
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 16 days ago

                Depends on how the FA cup goes.

                Look at the fixtures in GW31, any of the teams still in the cup in that week (and obviously their opponents) will have a postponement, and therefore a DGW later in the season.

                Quite likely, United v City, Wolves v Arsenal, and Spurs v Palace (this is what I'm hoping for, TC on Kane)...maybe also Everton v Chelsea, and Watford v someone?

                1. yuva247
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  Thnx mate will look into it and will look to get Kane for any DGW

                  1. HamezMace
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    No worries.

        • The Mighty Whites
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          2FT, 0.5 ITB, thoughts?

          Allison, Boruc

          Robertson, Doherty, Keane, Holebas, AWB

          Salah, Sane, Pogba, Richarlison, Stephens

          Aubameyang, Rashford, Jimenez

          1. yuva247
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Richardson Keane holebas OUT
            Son and def from Newcastle and Cardiff

          2. SirT83
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Sane and Rich out. Mane and Pereyra?

        • SirT83
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Fabs Hamer
          Doherty Shaw Pereira WB TAA
          Salah Son Sane KDB* Billing
          Auba Rash Barnes

          0.4 itb, 0 FT.
          Thinking KDB to Mane for a - 4 this week.
          Then Barnes to Rondon next week. Keep Sane for blank.

          Thoughts?

          1. FPLinho
              3 months, 16 days ago

              Pogba better value than Mane imo

              1. SirT83
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 16 days ago

                Yeah, I kinda agree. It's just I'm second in mini league and need to catch. He has Son, Salah, Pogba. Need to change it up a bit.

            • Warby84
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              I’m doing Kamara to Rondon next week

          2. mik-hail-tal
              3 months, 16 days ago

              Hazard + Agüero > Son + Aubameyang?

              So frightening but I think it's the right move.

              1. SirT83
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 16 days ago

                Sounds A ok in my book.

            • Please Answer Me
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              pogba or son ?

              1. Giggs Boson.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 16 days ago

                I couldn't imagine going without either tbh, but has to be Pogba, especially this GW. I consider him essential. Yes I said the e-word 😀

                Spurs face a tricky Leicester side, and United face Fulham.

            • child of God
                3 months, 16 days ago

                Bench one
                A. Bissaka( westham)
                B. Doherty (newcastle)
                C. Digne ( Watford )

                1. Atimis
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  C

                2. HamezMace
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  Play B, flip a coin between A, and C. I have the same dilemma.

              • #FPLBhuna
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 16 days ago

                this bench boostable if ings is fit (as unlikely as it is)

                fab (cry a)
                ings (car h)
                bednarek (car h)
                awb (whu h)

                1. b82rz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  thought you were doing this GW?

                2. The 5% Team
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    decent...banking on a scoreless Palace - WestHam game sounds risky. Really not interested in playing your BB in one of the DGWs?

                3. Berbinho's Forehead
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  Friendly reminder that Liverpool didn't act upon the transfer window, sacrificed 2 domestic cups and had a holiday to Dubai only to reduce their 7 point (was potentially 10 at Jan 3rd and then 5 last night) lead to 3 points.

                  I would be surprised if they won the league from here. Stubbornness, arrogance and complacency.

                  1. HamezMace
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    Wish this was top page as would love to see some discussion on it.
                    Unfortunately I think you might be right, about the league bit anyway, wasn't impressed last night.

                    1. Berbinho's Forehead
                      • 8 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      I haven't been impressed for several weeks. If VVD and Salah aren't at their best, Liverpool don't win games.

                      1. HamezMace
                        • 4 Years
                        3 months, 16 days ago

                        That's true, although VvD didn't do a lot wrong last night, the rest around him didn't cover themselves in glory.
                        Think Robertson might be suffering burn out?
                        Salah just didn't look at it at all, the moment he cut in from the left just inside the box, and then had the tamest shot, straight at the keeper, I thought it was a different player.

                        1. Berbinho's Forehead
                          • 8 Years
                          3 months, 16 days ago

                          Yep Robertson definitely needs time out. Salah could do with rest but that won't happen, I would like to see him play a little deeper and get on the ball more.

                          1. HamezMace
                            • 4 Years
                            3 months, 16 days ago

                            I also don't want him reclassified as a forward next year 😉

                  2. Warby84
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    Salah is better as the furthest forward, but first half he played deep right, seem to be coming back to try and get involved, 2nd half he looked more threatening playing central.. Firmino lost position too much and I think Shaqiri made a difference to there directness when he came on..
                    Wijnaldum is a big miss atm

                    1. Berbinho's Forehead
                      • 8 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      Agreed. I want to see a freshened up 11 at Bournemouth this weekend.

                      Alisson
                      Trent Fabinho VVD Moreno
                      Wijnaldum Henderson
                      Shaqiri Keita Mane
                      Salah

                      Although I prefer Shaqiri off the bench.

                      1. Warby84
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        3 months, 16 days ago

                        Maybe klopp should make his changes earlier! First sub in 69 and shaqiri looked hungry maybe if he made his subs around the 60 mark that extra 10 minutes may have given them a chance.. Origi chance at the end ouch