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Latest defeat eases sale of Everton assets for Blank Gameweek 27

Another defeat for Everton has made preparation for Blank Gameweek 27 a little easier for Fantasy Premier League managers.

The Toffees do not have a league fixture until Gameweek 28 now, but their rotten run of form has dramatically reduced interest in their assets for the long-term.

Meanwhile, Southampton suffered their third league defeat under new manager Ralph Hasenhüttl against Cardiff.

Watford 1-0 Everton

Goals: Andre Gray (£5.9m)

Assists: Will Hughes (£4.9m)

Richarlison (£6.7m) and his Everton colleagues ensured they would be ditched en masse ahead of Gameweek 27 after a 1-0 defeat at Watford on Saturday. For the third match in a row, the Brazilian did not register a single shot, despite operating in his preferred position on the left flank of attacking midfield again. With no fixture in the next Gameweek, and Liverpool and Chelsea to come soon afterwards, it does look as if the time is up for Everton assets.

The Toffees continue to slump down the attacking charts in the Premier League, no team creating few big chances than them across their last four matches. Meanwhile, just three teams recorded fewer shots inside the box than them over that period. Cenk Tosun (£6.5m) has recently been recalled to the side as Marco Silva tries to find a new formula for attacking play, but his shot-shy nature has only contributed to the Toffees problems in front of goal. The Turkish international has mustered just four shots since Gameweek 23, although three of those did come against Watford on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.3m) continues to be Everton’s primary goal threat with 12 shots on goal in the last five matches. However, his chance creation has dropped off massively, playing just two key passes in that time.

“I knew before I came in that this team has problems creating chances. We changed it in the first months of the season but now we are having problems to create again and it is up to us to find ways to change.” – Marco Silva

There might be a case for holding onto Lucas Digne (£5.3m) as he finished the trip to Watford as the most creative player on the pitch and still managed an effort on goal. His price makes him a little more benchable than his other colleagues, while he could be rotated on and off the bench with Cardiff (away) and Newcastle (away) awaiting Everton in Gameweeks 28 and 30 respectively.

However, defensive returns are hard to predict in those fixtures, with just two clean sheets in 14 matches. The Toffees have won just three times in that run, with only Fulham and Huddersfield, the Premier League’s bottom two, picking up fewer points since the start of December. Furthermore, in their last four, Everton have shipped the third-worst number of big chances.

To make matters worse, they will also be without Kurt Zouma (£5.0m) for their next Premier League fixture in Gameweek 28, against Cardiff on February 26. He was shown two yellow cards after the full-time whistle at Vicarage Road for complaining about a refereeing decision in the build-up to Watford’s goal.

That was scored by Andre Gray (£5.9m), finding the net for the first time since Gameweek 6. The centre-forward was making just his second appearance since Gameweek 15 when he came on for Ken Sema (£4.6m) at half-time, in a move which could facilitate a change of shape in future from Javi Gracia.

“In that moment we decided to change the shape because playing with Troy and Gerard we didn’t find the way to attack well. I prefer in that moment to play with Troy and Andre, and with Gerard on the left because we weren’t precise. I think the way to attack was directly and be ready for the second balls.” – Javi Gracia

Gray has not had much of a look-in since Gerard Deulofeu (£5.5m) began to play as a second striker alongside Troy Deeney (£5.9m) back in the autumn, but against Everton, Gracia made the decision to push the midfielder onto the left flank and allow the former Burnley man to play up front. He played well and found himself in the right place at the right time to convert Will Hughes‘ (£4.9m) cross.

“I was very pleased for him. He deserved his reward today. I think he helped the team a lot in the second half and when he scored, I was very, very happy for him.” – Javi Gracia

Watford’s recent upturn in defensive returns is worthy of note for Fantasy managers. The Hornets now have clean sheets in three of their last four outings and back-to-back shutouts at home. That has put Ben Foster (£4.6m) in a position to average seven points per game in that time, mainly because Watford are still allowing a high number of chances. Just four teams have conceded more shots in the box since Gameweek 23 than the Hornets, which could indicate the clean sheets will dry up soon, with Liverpool and Manchester City two of their next four opponents, but it has meant Foster has been able to secure additional points. In the selected period, he has made 15 saves, earning points for them in each of the last four and bonus in three matches.

“I think the team is defending a high level. Not only the defensive line and not only the goalkeeper, but all of them have played really well, defending well as a team. It was very demanding, but they did it.” – Javi Gracia

These defensive returns have also benefited Jose Holebas (£4.8m), but the full-back should be avoided for at least the next couple of Gameweeks. After picking up his 10th yellow card of the season against Everton on Saturday, Holebas is now suspended for two league matches. One of those will be Watford’s trip to Cardiff City in Gameweek 27 and the other will be the away match at Liverpool’s Anfield in Gameweek 28, where Mohamed Salah (£13.6m) scored four times against Watford last season. He will return for the home match against Leicester in Gameweek 29.

“Yes, [it’s a shame to have Holebas suspended] but I prefer not to complain about the players I don’t have. In this case, we have other players like Adam Masina who are ready. We will have to do something different, but we didn’t have Kiko [Femenía], Roberto Pereyra, Sebastian Prödl and Isaac Success and the team keeps going.” – Javi Gracia

Kiko Femenía (£4.2m) was due to play in Gameweek 26 but was not risked in the end with a hamstring injury. Gracia provided an update on him after the win over Everton, as well as on Roberto Pereyra (£6.1m), who has missed the last two with the same problem as Femenía.

“Yesterday before training, I thought Kiko was ready but after that, we decided it was better to wait,” said Gracia. “Pereyra is in his process, he’s improving. I’m not sure if he will be ready for the next game or whether we will wait.” – Javi Gracia

Watford XI (4-4-2): Foster; Holebas, Cathcart, Mariappa, Janmaat; Sema (A Gray 45′), Capoue, Doucouré, Hughes (Chalobah 90′); Deeney, Deulofeu (Cleverley 81′).

Everton XI (4-2-3-1): Pickford; Digne, Zouma, Keane, Kenny; A Gomes (Walcott 63′), Gueye; Sigurdsson (Calvert-Lewin 74′), Davies, Richarlison (Bernard 66′); Tosun.

Southampton 1-2 Cardiff City

Goals: Jack Stephens (£4.2m) | Sol Bamba (£4.6m), Kenneth Zohorè (£4.6m)

Assists: Charlie Austin (£5.5m) | Callum Paterson (£5.0m), Víctor Camarasa (£4.6m)

It was the second blank in a row for James Ward-Prowse (£5.1m) on Saturday as Cardiff snatched a late victory at Southampton. However, the midfielder continues to be the Saints’ most appealing player as he finished the game with more key passes than any other player. Having played nine of them in the last four matches, Ward-Prowse, back in a central role against Cardiff, could still offer potential as a fourth or fifth midfielder.

Also re-announcing himself to the Fantasy world was Charlie Austin (£5.5m), who arrived on the pitch all guns blazing as a second-half substitute. With Danny Ings (£5.4m) still out injured, the former QPR man replaced Shane Long (£4.7m) in the 72nd minute but finished the match with more than double the shots in the box of any other player. His energetic 18-minute display earned him the assist for Jack Stephens’ (£4.2m) dramatic equaliser. If Austin can work his way back into the side and keep up that level of goal threat, he would be worth considering.

However, the fixtures now turn for Southampton with Arsenal (away), Man United (away) and Spurs (home) three of their next four opponents, likely to reduce any interest in their assets for some time. The Gameweek 31 trip to Watford is also still up in the air, potentially set for a postponement if the Hornets beat QPR in the FA Cup.

Interestingly, it might actually be the case that Ralph Hasenhüttl and Southampton might actually prefer those tougher fixtures compared to their recent so-called ‘six-pointers’. With just two points from a possible nine against other sides in the bottom eight in the last three Gameweeks, it is possible that the Saints are struggling to come to terms with being the dominant team in a fixture.

Under Hasenhüttl, Southampton have become big on high pressure on their opponents and hitting them on the counter-attack. That type of tactic is not quite as effective against sides like Cardiff, who allowed their hosts to have a greater share of possession on Saturday. Neil Etheridge (£4.7m) was the busier of the two goalkeepers at the St Mary’s Stadium, but the Saints were largely restricted to long-distance shots as the Bluebirds sat back. Conversely, in three matches played against top-six sides so far this season, Hasenhüttl has four points from a possible nine, suggesting there will be more space to exploit against Arsenal, Man United and Spurs.

“Dominance is not interesting because it is not the way we want to play but against this opponent, you have more ball possession than normal. It is not what counts in the end. In the end, they scored twice and we scored once so it is not enough.” – Ralph Hasenhüttl

Also, it should be noted that Southampton continue to struggle defensively. They have recorded just one clean sheet since Hasenhüttl took over, averaging 1.4 goals conceded per game. Cardiff came to the south coast with just seven goals in 12 away matches but left having found the net twice. For those reasons, budget enabler Jan Bednarek (£4.0m) is likely to remain on our benches for some time.

Meanwhile, Neil Warnock’s team selections get harder to predict with each passing week. Against Southampton, he opted for a three-man defence featuring Sol Bamba (£4.6m), Bruno Ecuélé Manga (£4.4m) and Lee Peltier (£3.9m). Joe Bennett (£4.4m) and Callum Paterson (£5.0m) were the wing-backs in a 3-4-1-2 system.

There was a return for Víctor Camarasa (£4.6m) from injury as he replaced Oumar Niasse (£5.0m) in the 83rd minute. He provided the assist for the winning goal. That was scored by fellow substitute Kenneth Zohoré (£4.6m), who until Saturday was yet to score a Premier League goal this season.

“I thought we were super after that. I’m really pleased for Ken and Victor [Camarasa] – both the subs helped for the winning goal.” – Neil Warnock

“Scoring the goal felt good. Everybody knows that I’ve had a tough year with injuries and not playing so much, so for me to come on and get the winner was a big thing for me and the team.” – Kenneth Zohoré

Southampton XI (3-5-2): McCarthy; Vestergaard (Elyounoussi 72′), Stephens, Bednarek; Bertrand, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Højbjerg, Valery (Gallagher 83′); Long (Austin 72′), Redmond.

Cardiff City XI (3-4-1-2): Etheridge; Bamba, Ecuélé Manga, Peltier; Bennett, Ralls, Gunnarsson (Bacuna 62′), Paterson; Arter; Niasse (Camarasa 83′), Reid (Zohoré 62′).

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501 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Bury94
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Manchester United's ex-manager José Mourinho is to host his own show on Russian TV channel RT, formerly known as Russia Today, the station says.

    Mourinho, 56, will provide analysis of Champions League games in the fortnightly football programme.

    1. Jᴀʀᴠish
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Champions League analysis? Damn - was hoping for some stand-up and some comedy sketches.

    2. Lord Tachanka
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I’m picturing “I’m on Setanta Sports”/“Special One TV”

      Wayne Rooney to co-host?

    3. tisza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      after this only markets left for him will be China or Christmas island

  2. Giggs Boson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    That cover photo is perfect.

  3. SOTHPAW
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 12 days ago

    I know its a way off and things can change but is this looking ok for Week 27?

    Guaita

    TAA Pereira Trippier Shaw

    Salah Pogba Son (C) Anderson (V)

    Rashford Jiminez

    Boruc Aguero* Richarlison* Luiz*

    0 FT 0 ITB

    1. The 5% Team
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Looks decent. Still have doubt about Trippier, misses the odd game here and there....and Spurs play Chelsea a few days after the Burnley match.

    2. kuzser
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Yes

    3. Kopkloppers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      You can't move out Trippier now so:
      Look to move one of the subs.
      Probably Richa for money.
      My side is same mids and forwards

  4. Jᴀʀᴠish
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Rich looks like a 16 year old who's just been on the spice up the local rec.

    1. Capoue Propper Mings
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Why are the kids putting spice in the rectum.

  5. tattywelshie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Speak to me about Harvey Barnes from Leicester, really good stats recently, is the fella nailed? Anyone else looking at him?

    1. V-2 Schneiderlin
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      like their fixtures but not one of their players is returning decent points as far as I can see. Even Vardy not interesting me

    2. Holmes
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      end product looks like an issue at the moment, other than that he looks good...

    3. Nomar
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Apparently someone on here on Sunday said he looked like a Sunday League player

      1. tattywelshie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Oh poo, might stay away then!

      2. RealSocialDads
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        That's rubbish he's actually quality and a great prospect, he got into a lot of good positions and the finishing will come with confidence, he was banging them in at west brom

      3. #FPLBhuna
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        that's bullshit, he's going to be the next big thing imo

        class class player, watched him throughout his loan at wba

        looks a great talent

    4. BigBillyBass
      1 month, 11 days ago

      He couldn't hit a barn door with a shovel

  6. MTPockets
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Are you sure that one of Holebas' suspension will be in the Cup?

    It's not clear from the new competition-specific rules whether they mean specific in terms of accumulation and/or suspension
    http://www.thefa.com/football-rules-governance/discipline/suspensions

      1. MTPockets
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Would be helpful if someone could clarify.
        Rule could matter for other players in future

        1. DavidMunday815
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Hey MTPockets, thanks for touching base on this one. It's a confusing subject as the rule change wasn't explained in that much detail over the summer! As you know, players have been banned from cup matches because of suspensions picked up in the Premier League fairly regularly all season. However, in light of the article you've spotted (thanks for posting it here btw!) we've done the necessary digging with the relevant parties and confirmed that the Watford Observer journalist is correct. Yellow card bans are tournament specific, whereas reds can affect multiple domestic competitions. My original understanding was that it only meant bookings in the cups weren't added to a player's season total for accumulation, but in clarifying things I've learned it also means Premier League accumulation bans cannot affect the cups either. So, Holebas will indeed be available for the FA Cup match this weekend and will miss Gameweeks 27 and 28 instead. Will sort that in the article now!

          1. MTPockets
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Thanks for that David. Had a look through the FA site but couldn't find a non-confusing outline of the rule (lots of articles but no source). Appreciate you taking the time to dig and clarify.

  7. kuzser
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    What option looks better here guys?
    1) Hazard, Kamara, Digne-> Auba, Hayden, Lejeune for -4.
    Gw28: son->sterling
    2) digne-> Lejeune
    Gw28: hazard kamara-> Kun, hayden

    Current line up for 27:
    FAB
    Robbo awb Pereira Schindler
    Son Salah Anderson pogba
    Rashford Jimenez

    Hazard** Digne** kamara

  8. liverpool01
    1 month, 12 days ago

    A)
    Salah
    Aguero
    Pogba
    Felipe Anderson

    B)
    Sterling
    Aguero
    Pogba
    Mane

    A or B?

    1. Amey
      1 month, 12 days ago

      B
      On current form

      1. liverpool01
        1 month, 12 days ago

        cool

    2. V-2 Schneiderlin
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      B

    3. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 12 days ago

      a not even close

    4. TheTinman
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I think Pogba works better with A than B

  9. Nomar
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    "With just two points from a possible nine against other sides in the bottom eight in the last three Gameweeks, it is possible that the Saints are struggling to come to terms with being the dominant team in a fixture."

    Or it might just be a case that they're struggling because they're crap!

  10. NUFCAndrew
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Use my free hit on Sterling to get someone else in for this GW?

    1. The Wise Owl
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      You want to use a free hit, to get one player in?

      1. Jᴀʀᴠish
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Guess he meant FT 🙂

        1. Jᴀʀᴠish
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Or at least I hope he did 😉

          1. Amey
            1 month, 12 days ago

            😀

    2. Amey
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Nope
      Bench him

    3. altan8797
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      yes and than TC your sub goalkeeper in GW28

  11. Nomar
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Whose going down with The Town (Huddersfield) then, chaps?

    1. Capoue Propper Mings
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Hudds are staying up.

    2. wulfranian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Fulham and one of Cardiff,Burnley,Brighton.

      1. Nomar
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Hudds and Fools are down.

        Think it's between Cardiff and Saints for final Championship place.

        Cardiff are actually good at getting results against the sides around them. That might save them.

        1. wulfranian
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Brighton's fixtures are tough.But i think they could get 13 points until the end.If they do they'll have 40 points.

    3. Amey
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Fulham for sure. Their defense is awful.
      I hope Cardiff avoid the relegation.

    1. Nomar
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      RIP.

  12. Capoue Propper Mings
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Oblak
    Ram Raph Rug
    Sal Pog San Son
    Firm Mbap

    Or something likes that.

  13. wasp3000
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Danilo -->> Kolasinac done and dusted.

    0FT left but still have 1.2m ITB. Anything worth a hit?

    Fabianksi (Patricio)
    Robbo Kolasinac Doherty AWB (Digne)
    Salah Son Pogba (Gudmundsson Richarlison)
    Aubameyang Jimenez Rashford

    A) Digne -->> Pereira (-4)
    B) Richarlison -->> Maddison (-4)
    C) Richarlison -->> F.Anderson (-4)
    D) Something else?

    1. Capoue Propper Mings
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Danilo had so much DGW potential.

      1. wasp3000
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Stop lad. Wasted 2 FT on bringing in Danilo and Sane (C). No Aguero. OR drop from 2.5 - 13.4 k.

        1. Capoue Propper Mings
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Did the same and had Siggy trips.

          Will take a few seasons to get over this.

    2. Baked baines
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Exact same scenario with bringing in Danilo. Hopefully Kol scores no more OG

  14. MysticMac17
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Is it worth bringing in Auba for Firmino for a one week punt for a -4 hit when I'll give him the armband?

    1. Capoue Propper Mings
      1 month, 12 days ago

      No.

    2. The 5% Team
      1 month, 12 days ago

      why not for 2 weeks?

      1. MysticMac17
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Because of Aguero

  15. Atters
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Better Ederson replacement than Dubravka?

    1. wulfranian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Etheridge or Ryan next gw.

    2. Capoue Propper Mings
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Heats long term.

    3. Baked baines
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Fabianski

  16. OneDennisBergkamp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Time to ditch Richarlison?

    1. wulfranian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Yes

    2. STRANGER INGS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      you are 6 weeks late mate

  17. The_Bucc
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Fabianski
    TAA - Pereira - AWB - Schindler
    Salah - Pogba - Son - Gunarsson
    Rashford - Jimenez

    (Rich, Digne, Aguero)

    1 ft, 2.2m in the bank.

    A) Digne to Kolasinac
    B) Rich to Mane, Digne to Lejeune/Manga (-4)
    C) Save FT, play Gunarsson and Schindler.

    Thoughts?

    1. yuva247
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      keep digne and do richa to fanderson

    2. RealSocialDads
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Schindler and Gunnarson both have okay fixtures, so it's not worth taking a hit imo but definitely use your FT. Either Digne to Kola or Rich to Felipe

    3. The_Bucc
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Thanks guys

  18. TheTinman
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Ings to Rondon looks a no brainer

  19. The Gambler.
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Holebas ban is annoying.

    Only have 9 players for this GW.

    a) Take a hit to play 11 (after all the hits are only 2 points lol)
    b) Just use one TF and pray that all 10 play
    c) Free hit
    d) Wildcard

    Fabs
    Robbo - WanB - Doherty
    Salah - Pogba
    Jiminez - Rashford - Aubameyang

    (Guita - *Holebas - *Sterling - *Richarlison - * Danilo - **Ward)

    1. RealSocialDads
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Take Richarlison out for sure and Danilo needs to go too, may be worth taking the hits for them since you otherwise wouldn't have players playing

  20. GreenShark1
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Here's my UCL team for anyone playing? How we looking? Any thoughts much appreciated, thanks.

    Ederson / 3.7 fodder
    Guerreiro / Militiao / Laporte / Marcelo / Santon
    Pogba / Salah / Sterling / Rakitic / Sancho
    Rashford / Messi / Benzema

    1. Zladan
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Ramos a better option than Marcelo given VAR and on penalties.

      Rakitic could be upgraded/downgraded as an enabler.

      Who are your captain picks?

      1. GreenShark1
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Captains :

        1 - Pogba
        2 - Benzema
        3 - Messi
        4 - Sterling

        1. Zladan
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Same 4 as me.

          Not predicting to change from Messi.

  21. RealSocialDads
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    My team for 27:

    1FT 0.0 ITB

    Fab
    Robbo Pereira Doherty Bednarek
    Salah Pogba Moutinho Gunnarson
    Rashford Jiminez

    Button Aguero* Sterling* Holebas*

    A. Sterling -> Son (c) then Son -> Sterling next week
    B. Save, play Bednarek (ars)

  22. MINUS FOUR
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    The latest defeat doesn't ease the sale of Everton assets, it hastens the sale of Everton assets. It does however ease doubt and/or regret over the sale of Everton assets. Just saying.

  23. LewanGOALski
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Jota or FAnderson?

    1. yuva247
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      jota who has three good fixtures comig up and wolves are a team who does well in away games too

    2. RealSocialDads
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Jota

    3. G-Whizz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I went Anderson and Fraser over Jota...

  24. yuva247
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Please suggest a good midfield option for gw27 who gonna play in BGWs for price upto 5.5

    is snodgrass a starter for whole season?
    someone from leics?
    cardiff and newcastle?

    1. RealSocialDads
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Brooks? Not sure about his BGW situation though

      1. yuva247
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        he is currently injured and not gonna play in gw27?

        want to replace richa before he goes under 6.5s

  25. UCL Fantasy Matchday 7 - Overhaul Thoughts?
    Zladan
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    UCL Fantasy Matchday 7 - Overhaul.

    The overhaul (unlimited transfers) is currently active and we have hours left until the deadline.

    Which teams will you be loading up on?

    Who are the best enablers?

    Who are your 4 captain choices?

    1. Give The Todd Some Love
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      My team atm is

      Ederson, Olsen
      Ramos, Lenglet, Walker, Hakimi, Militao
      Mane, Pogba, Sancho, Sterling, Eriksen
      Messi, Aguero, Vinicius

      Gone surprisingly heavy on PL teams, didn't really expect that

      1. Zladan
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Olsen injured and will fall in price for next week.

        Bale back could mean Vasquez/Vinicius will be fighting for place.

        Nice City quad. They are bookies faves to progress. Maybe better options than Walker though?

    2. Zladan
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      With VAR now being used, penalty takers could dominate our teams. Here’s the list of pen takers:

      Man City: Aguero
      Schalke: Bentaleb
      Juventus: Ronaldo
      Atletico: Griezmann
      Barca: Messi
      Lyon: Fekir
      Ajax: Tadic
      Real Madrid: Ramos
      Liverpool: Milner
      Bayern: Lewandowski
      Dortmund: Reus*
      Spurs: Kane*
      Porto: Marega*
      Roma: Perotti*
      Man United: Pogba
      PSG: Neymar*/Cavani*

      * injured/suspended

      1. Pierce34
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        What's wrong with Marega? He was immense for my team in the group stages!

        1. Zladan
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 12 days ago

          He got injured v Guimares and is out for 2 months.

          1. Pierce34
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            🙁

            Thanks, that changes plans. Might go big up front with Messi, Aguero and Dzeko and see who I can fit in elsewhere.

            1. Zladan
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 12 days ago

              I’m on the following at the moment.

              Ederson Mirante
              Kimmich Alba Ramos Guerreiro Kolarov
              Sterling Pogba Son Zaniolo Sancho
              Messi Benzema Rashford

              £1.3m itb.

              1. Pierce34
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                That looks really good. Annoying that United and Roma play on the same day because I really want Dzeko in my team but that messes up captaincy options.

                1. Zladan
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Even having 3 captaincy options is enough. Especially if they’re as solid as Messi.

              2. Winter_is_coming
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Almost same team, my thoughts:
                - don`t trust Bayern (no Kimmich), Laporte instead
                - Braimi instead of Pogba
                - Dzeko instead of Rashford

                1. Zladan
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Laporte over Kimmich could be my move.

                  Kimmich can be OOP and I fancy Bayern to go through. He has a lot of attacking threat.

                  Pogba on penalties and on form was a must for me.

                  1. CROCosta
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    pogba is the best option for today's captain and i would not dare going without him
                    kimmich is too expensive, he is dangerous in attack but bayern concede a lot, for a visit to liverpool i would go without him and maybe consider him for second leg, honestly only premium (6.0+) defender i consider worth the buck is jordi alba

                    1. Zladan
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      Not even Ramos for 6.4m?

                  2. Winter_is_coming
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    You just make me rethink better and I buy Pogba and Pique over Alba and Brahimi. Looks like not so much team value as you, because also have Carvajal instead of Ramos.

      2. CROCosta
        1 month, 11 days ago

        also in place of injured/suspended players the following should be on pens:
        dortmund: 3 regular takers out so most likely who earns it will take it
        spurs: eriksen
        porto: alex telles
        roma: kolarov or de rossi if playing
        psg: mbappe

    3. CROCosta
      1 month, 11 days ago

      1) Which teams will you be loading up on?
      - city 4x and bvb 2x, all rest spread out
      2)Who are the best enablers?
      - gk: any 3.7 eliminated, mirante 4.0
      - def: kehrer 4.2, militao 4.5, hakimi 4.7, tagliafico 4.7
      - mid: zaniolo 4.7, larsen 4.9, mckennie 4.9, sancho 5.0, cristante 5.3, milner 5.4, gnabry 5.4
      - fwd: dolberg 4.7, vinicius jr 5.8, rashford 6.8
      3) Who are your 4 captain choices?
      pogba, benzema, messi/salah, sterling

      1. Zladan
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Great budget picks there. Would recommend people view that. Zaniolo Rashford Vinicius Hakimi. Mirante at 4.0 will start this week. Milner for pens.

        Surely Messi over Salah (c).

    4. CROCosta
      1 month, 11 days ago

      current team:
      ederson - 3.7 fodder
      guerreiro - kolarov - walker - zinchenko - militao
      salah - sterling - pogba - son - sancho
      messi - benz - tadic
      0.0 itb
      current ranking 407th

      which option would you prefer:
      a) tadic, son, salah, militao
      b) ronaldo, di maria, cristante, hakimi

      leaning towards a for this leg then switch to b for second leg (without militao-hakimi swap)

      1. Zladan
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 11 days ago

        B probably.

        Ronaldo > Salah (premium options)
        Di Maria = Son
        Hakimi > Militão

        Then will Ajax get anything from Madrid to justify Tadic (on pens)? I don’t think so. I would swing toward B.

        1. CROCosta
          1 month, 11 days ago

          i think ajax will score 2-3 goals at home, madrid rarely keeps cs and ajax has been on fire this season i would not even be surpirsed if they eliminate real, that is mostly the reason i went with tadic instead of rashford (penalties are just icing on the cake). ziyech was another one i considered but found extra cash from laporte to zinchenko and went with son instead

          1. Zladan
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Fair. Madrid have found their form now after impressive results at Barca and Atleti. I feel they have turned a corner... but as you say, they’re prone to conceding.

            Bale now back too.

            1. Dammed Utd
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Think Ajax will do well to get a draw in there game against Madrid. But Ajax do have some great young players and have a great tradition in the European cup

      2. Zladan
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 11 days ago

        407 rank is very good. Well played. I’m back at 2088 with 388 points.

        I think you’re 4th in a league I am 16th in, judging by the name.

        1. CROCosta
          1 month, 11 days ago

          yep 🙂 thanks, yea lost a couple of points on forgetting to sub my bench players but still doing good, my goal is top10 home country, currently 13th

      3. Rihanovic
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 11 days ago

        I think Real will beat Ajax, plus UEFA has flagged Tagliafico as a doubt.

    5. Rihanovic
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 11 days ago

      My team
      Ederson - Mirante
      Young - Alba - Guerreiro - Marcelo (Ramos) - (Melitao or Tagliafico)
      Pogba - Son - Mahrez - Sancho - Coutinho
      Messi - Jesus - Rashford

      Mirante, And the listed defenders are all good enablers.
      Not sure if Zaniolo and Vinicius are nailed.
      Wanna fit Dzeko in some how but can't.
      The plan is to get Reus for Son in the 2nd leg if fit with exact funds in the bank for it.
      I think Jesus and Mahrez will start both legs, it's a relatively easy game and they haven't been involved much lately.
      Captains are Pogba, Son, Messi and Jesus\Mahrez.

      1. Zladan
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Zaniolo started the last 4 matches. Best value player in the game imo. Loves a yellow card, but he has a hand in the goals.

        Like the Mahrez pick. Not sure I want to play Pep Roulette though.

        Reus makes a good pick when back. I would look to do the same move.

      2. CROCosta
        1 month, 11 days ago

        solid team, like the jesus pick, not sure about mahrez

      3. Rihanovic
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Thanks guys, I'll take my chances with City, VAR will certainly make Ramos more interesting than Marcelo and I will give Zaniolo a thought.

    6. Pierce34
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      So I've ended up with Tagliafico as a budget enabler on defence - anyone at 4.7 or less that has a better chance of points?

      1. Zladan
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Hakimi if you don’t mind a BVB double up against a depleted Spurs attack?

        1. Pierce34
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Cheers, already have Guerreiro in my draft so I'm not sure - at the moment it looks like this:

          Alisson - Mirante
          Kolarov - Walker - Guerreiro - Ramos - Tagliafico
          Sterling - Son - Pogba - Di Maria - Sancho
          Messi - Dzeko - Rashford

          I guess lots of things can be improved by downgrading Di Maria but it's just a hunch.

          1. Pierce34
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Also Alisson is just a placeholder at the moment - really unsure about my first keeper.

            1. SuperHam
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Lack of real Madrid given their fixture? And Roma too

              1. Zladan
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Ramos and Benzema for me.

              2. Pierce34
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                I have Ramos and Dzeko from those teams.

            2. Zladan
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Alisson I would change for sure.

              Dzeko a nice pick and captain option over United assets.

              I was talked out of Walker earlier but tapping into City defence is key. I’m tempted to triple up there.

              1. Pierce34
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                I think I'm too boring to triple up overall!

                Would you captain Dzeko over Pogba and Rashford? I think I'm leaning that way at the moment.

                1. Zladan
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  I couldn’t find a way to stick Dzeko in as Rashford offered very good value, while I want Messi and Benzema.

                  He is certainly a better captain option than anyone at United v PSG.

          2. SuperHam
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Ederson, Olsen
            Florenzi, Semedo, Ramos, Guerreiro, Laporte
            Sterling, David Silva, Coutinho, Vazquez, Partey
            Benzema, Messi, Rashford

            Olsen is in the squad so has a chance of playing, but I'll see the team sheet beforehand anyway
            Have 4 good captains (Rashford, Benzema, Messi, Sterling) lined up too.

            Any issues?

            1. Zladan
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 11 days ago

              CroCosta raised a good point about Olsen. He will fall in price this week as he isn’t playing. We can get him back cheaper next week.

              The midfield could be stronger. All City options are nice choices but are they nailed?

              Is Coutinho nailed?

              Is Vazquez nailed? I think with Bale back he is most likely to miss out.

              You need certainty in my opinion and your midfield doesn’t offer that.

              1. SuperHam
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                What do you mean re: Olsen? There's a chance he will play tonight given he is in the squad. If he's not in the team I'll just swap him for the backup before the deadline- am I missing something?

                Seems unwise to avoid city altogether for fear of rotation given the nice fixture- who is safe of all the mids and fwds?

                I don't know too much regarding Madrid and Barca, I could go for Pogba instead but again I'm steered by fixtures

                1. CROCosta
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  nah just wait for the deadline before deciding on olsen, build team in case he plays and upgrade ready in case he does not and you go for mirante if have one in mind

          3. CROCosta
            1 month, 11 days ago

            ederson without a doubt best gk to have for this and next leg, if do not like him then sczesny would be my second pick.
            i do not mind double bvb defense, consider this: either son scores and you get points or he doesnt and you get 2 clean sheets, i do not see a scenario exept maybe 1-0 spurs eriksen goal when you lose points on all 3, besides guerreiro and hakimi are serious attacking threats so might end up in points even if they concede, tagliafico will concede 2 for sure so only points might come from assist/goal.
            rest of the team looks solid, dzeko has been awful in serie a this year but has been good in ucl so might do well
            rest of the team really solid

            1. Pierce34
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Thanks, much appreciated. Might go with Szczesny I think.

              1. Zladan
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Do you fancy Juve to progress? Keepers aren’t positions I’d like to have to use an xfer on.

                I’m picking Ederson as I fancy City to go far.

                1. CROCosta
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  i fancy juve to win this season

                  1. Zladan
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    The Ronaldo effect. 4 in a row?

                    1. CROCosta
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      ronaldo + rock solid defense is all you need, solid midfield and backup players for rotation is helpful as well. rooting for liverpool and bvb but realisticly think juve/barca or maybe city will take it

    7. Pierce34
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Should we drop Sancho from our teams after this?

      https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/47214558

      1. Zladan
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 11 days ago

        I imagine he arrives in time,

    8. Zladan
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Dani Alves RW is interesting.

      Zaniolos, Kolarov, Mirante, Rashford, Pogba all start.

      Think I will stick with what I have.

    9. Mr. Hindsight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Bit late to the party but still..
      I've loaded up on Dortmund as enablers, with Guerreiro, Hakimi & Sancho. The way Spurs have been playing in the league for the past 3-4 matches, I think Dortmund should make short work of them. Dortmund have a good defensive record in CL this season (admittedly they faced typically low-scoring teams) & having watched Spurs since Son has come back, most will agree that they have been a bit lucky since.
      Besides that, I've filled all slots for Man City as they have one of the easiest ties, expect them to trounce Schalke over 2 legs. Filled up the rest of the team with some usual prospects in Messi, Pogba (didn't captain him yesterday, so happy about it), Rashford, Salah, Robbo, 1 Juve defender etc.

    10. CROCosta
      1 month, 11 days ago

      my thoughts and prayers are with comrades who captained pogba, unchangable captain for -2 (effective -10) destroying this matchday. fighting off current depressive mood and hoping to not drop bellow top 5k by the end of the matchday.

  26. El_Gigante
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Team needs some serious repairs. What to prioritize?

    Fab / Pat
    Alonso / TAA / Doherty / S Cook / AWB
    Salah / Son / Pogba / Sane / Billing
    Rashford / Ings / Auba

    1FT, 0.0itb

    Ings > Rondon probably first. Need to free up funds though, so a hit for Alonso > Pereira or Sane > Fanderson ?

    1. Amey
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Sell Sane !!

      1. El_Gigante
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Maybe Ings > Jimenez, Sane > Fanderson (if Wolves go out of the FA Cup this weekend) ?

  27. #FPLBhuna
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    repost from previous article

    best combo

    a) fanderson + rondon/king/arnie
    b) fraser + rondon/king/arnie
    c) jota + rondon/king/arnie
    d) maddison + rondon/king/arnie

    1. RealSocialDads
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Jota + King

    2. Tosa86
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      anderson king

    3. Lord Tachanka
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      FAnd + Rondón for GW27 only

      Jota better mid if looking further ahead

      Maybe Arnie as FWD as well actually.

  28. gelisiguzel
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Does it worth getting a hit for Shaw-> Pereira

    Lloris (Speroni)
    Shaw - Doherty - Robbo (AWB, Bednarek)
    Salah - Mane - Son - Pogba - Fanderson
    Rashford - Jimmy (KUN)

    Cheers

    1. Zladan
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      You could wait one week on Shaw to Pereira.

      1. yuva247
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        we are starting to look good on the defensive front as well especially in away games...shaw is a keeper for d season now imo as he is close to getting some assists as well

        1. Zladan
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 12 days ago

          He looks good value. Not sure he is season keeper status.

          Good alternatives such as TAA, Kola, Pereira in and around his price point to switch between.

        2. yuva247
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 12 days ago

          n it wouldnt surprise me if we manage to keep a CS against liverpool with Degea having one of those games as he did vs spurs

          1. Zladan
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 11 days ago

            LFC can’t keep getting penalties and offside decisions in their favour...

  29. Tosa86
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    I'll play WC in GW28, my idea is below:

    Etherdige - Fabianski
    TAA - WBA - Pereira - Doherty - XXX
    Salah - pogba - sterling - son - Gunnarsson
    Kun - Jimenez - YYY

    10.9 in the bank, who are XXX and YYY, any suggestion?
    the rest of team is good?

    King at third forward and 4.5 defender.???