Scout Notes

Away form a cause for concern for Liverpool’s attacking assets

The final match of a largely dispiriting Gameweek 29 was suitably underwhelming.

Many Fantasy managers endured an awful Saturday and there was to be little consolation on Sunday evening for those hoping for goals at Goodison Park.

While Liverpool’s defenders returned yet more clean sheet and bonus points for their owners in a goalless Merseyside derby, the Reds’ attacking assets once again flattered to deceive on the road.

The Reds’ next away match happens to be in Blank Gameweek 31, when many FPL bosses will be opting for a Liverpool double or triple-up – but there may be nagging doubts creeping in regarding the captaincy credentials of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane after this latest showing.

The fact that Fulham have conceded at least two or more goals in each of their last four home matches offers plenty of hope that Liverpool’s lean spell away from Anfield will come to an end, though the Cottagers did deliver a spirited showing in the west London derby on Sunday.

Liverpool’s form in their last five away league matches now reads: P5, W1, D3, L1, F3, A3.

The record of the Reds’ first-choice front three – Salah, Mane and Roberto Firmino – in those fixtures is exactly the same: five appearances, one goal, no assists.

Liverpool’s remaining four away fixtures (Fulham, Southampton, Cardiff and Newcastle) look a darn sight more appealing than the five they have just contested (trips to both Manchester clubs and a Merseyside derby among them) but their subdued attacking displays on the road in 2019 give legitimate cause for concern.

When all 20 top-flight clubs are filtered by their last four away matches, the Reds (who most recently faced Brighton, West Ham, an injury-hit Manchester United and Everton) sit in the bottom half of the table for goals scored, overall goal attempts and shots on target, while they sit tenth for efforts in the opposition box.

Their latest muted performance is the subject of our Scout Notes piece below.

Everton 0-0 Liverpool

Mohamed Salah (£13.5m) delivered his fifth blank in six Gameweeks on Sunday afternoon.

When penalties are stripped away, the Egyptian has three goals and two assists in the last 11 Gameweeks.

Salah’s only attacking return away from home in 2019 was indeed from the penalty spot in the victory over Brighton in Gameweek 22.

There is little wrong with the 2017/18 Player of the Year’s underlying stats, however, even on the road.

Salah sits top or joint-top among FPL midfielders for attempts in the box, shots on target and big chances over the last six away matches and completely outshines Sadio Mane (£9.7m), whose figures are only half as good as the Egypt international’s or worse over the same period.

Sunday’s showing at Goodison Park was another one of Salah’s “almost” displays.

Two of Liverpool’s best chances in the Merseyside derby fell at the feet of Salah, who spurned a one-on-one opportunity against Jordan Pickford (£4.9m) in the first half and then later dithered long enough in a similar situation to allow Michael Keane (£4.8m) to stage a last-gasp intervention.

Salah’s touch has always been inconsistent – even in his phenomenal 2017/18, the Egyptian’s tendency to get dispossessed, dribble down cul-de-sacs or waste “big chances” saw him repeatedly penalised on the Bonus Points System.

When Liverpool aren’t creating as many opportunities to mask those failings, Salah’s shortcomings are all the more apparent.

As one would expect, Jurgen Klopp defended the Egyptian after full-time:

When you see the situation, he’s doing everything right [until] the last moment. We had our moments. There’s no reason for taking it or not taking it.

There’s all different things. It’s really the pitch sometimes. The boys are able to score situations like this but it’s an inch on the boot.

On another day, he scores two or three and today not. That’s all that happened. Absolutely stay cool and play football, fight for everything and everything will be fine in the end. That’s how it is.

The time will inevitably come, perhaps in the next few Gameweeks, when Salah will convert a couple of those “big chances” into another double-digit haul.

The fear of missing out on those returns is what inevitably drives Fantasy managers to retain the Egyptian’s services in spite of the barren run, with Salah still the most-owned player in FPL.

Mane’s ownership has rocketed over the last few Gameweeks as his form at Anfield demanded attention but the Senegalese midfielder’s recent record on the road is just as bad as Salah’s: on Sunday, the former Southampton winger didn’t register a single shot or key pass and touched the ball just once in the Everton area, despite playing as the “centre-forward” in Klopp’s 4-3-3.

The contrast between Liverpool’s form at Anfield and their recent record on the road is stark but Klopp prickled when a reporter suggested that he may have shown more ambition on Sunday:

Do you think we didn’t take enough risks today? Was there any draw where we didn’t try to win? Bring on an extra attacker and football changes? It is not like that. We are offensive enough, football doesn’t work like that.

You need the right things in the right moment and that doesn’t only work if another striker [is on the pitch]. You cannot start with four or five strikers in a striker way with nothing else to do than to try to score. We are an offensive team and that’s absolutely OK – we take a risk, no doubt about it, but it is not like that.

You cannot play in the Premier League like that; we play next week against Burnley and if we play only offensive, they [will] kill us on the counter-attack, 100 per cent. We take all the risks, but you cannot take more than 100 per cent risk. It’s not about ‘going nuts’, it’s not about that.

Liverpool did have their openings on Sunday: as well as Salah’s two gilt-edged opportunities, Fabinho (£5.5m) should have done better with what Opta deemed a “big chance” from a set play, while Joel Matip (£4.9m) headed a corner wide and Mane could only nod a Roberto Firmino (£9.2m) cross back across goal when well-placed.

The fit-again Firmino was only among the substitutes for this encounter but, along with James Milner (£5.6m), was thrown on with 27 minutes to go.

Klopp explained his decision to start both players on the bench ahead of kick-off:

Millie just felt a little bit his hamstring. If Millie gives a warning sign… I think he would have been fine but the last two days he felt it still. So there is no reason for risk, especially when we have options on the bench, which we had in the last game.

Hendo is a very, very important player for us, so it’s good he can be back.

Bobby trained yesterday and it looked really good, so he is on the bench because he could be an option. I didn’t think it was necessary to bring him immediately after the good game we played on Wednesday.

While their attacking assets toiled, Liverpool’s defence racked up their 17th clean sheet of the season – as many as they registered in the whole of 2017/18.

Virgil van Dijk (£6.6m) was sublime at centre-back, while Trent Alexander-Arnold (£5.4m) banked maximum bonus points despite his delivery from dead-ball situations being not quite as on-point as it was against Watford in midweek.

Not that Everton didn’t have their chances: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£5.3m) produced a tame header from a pinpoint Lucas Digne (£5.2m) corner, while Bernard (£5.9m) was inches away from connecting with a low Richarlison (£6.5m) centre as the hosts pushed for an unlikely winner.

Richarlison had been dropped to the bench for this encounter, with compatriot Bernard replacing him on the left flank, but looked hungrier than he did against Cardiff when thrown on as a second-half substitute.

This wasn’t really a match to gauge Everton’s attacking assets from a Fantasy perspective but Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.2m) grafted admirably in “the hole”, while the Toffees’ backline were uncharacteristically solid after their recent struggles at home.

It’s back-to-back clean sheets for the blue half of Merseyside following their win in South Wales and Marco Silva was content at full-time:

In my opinion, in the second half we were better and in the final 20-30 minutes, we controlled the game.

We had a good chance with Bernard but so did they with Mo Salah. It was a very good moment for Michael [Keane] dealing with that.

We spoke at half-time about how we wanted to press higher and improve how we applied our pressure in midfield.

We had a few moments where had we had made a different decision in our attack, it could have give us the chance to win the match.

But it was a clean sheet in a tough match against a strong side. We did well, it is just unfortunate we couldn’t get all three points.

Everton XI (4-3-3): Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Zouma, Digne; Schneiderlin (Andre Gomes 76′), Gueye; Walcott (Richarlison 59′), Sigurdsson, Bernard; Calvert-Lewin (Tosun 74′).

Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum (Milner 63′); Salah, Mane (Lallana 84′), Origi (Firmino 63′).

1,314 Comments Post a Comment
  1. HamezMace
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 6 days ago

    If you didn't need them for GW31/33, which players would you like to get out of your team right now.

    1. Fuddled FC
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Yedlin, Firmino, Periera

      1. HamezMace
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Feeling the pain with Periera. I brought him in three GWs ago when Wan Bissaka was ruled out with an injury. For a hit as well, I justified it, as it meant I'd have 11 players for GW31....of course Wan Bissaka has still managed to outscore Periera despite being injured!

    2. altan8797
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Salah 😀

    3. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Alonso probably

      1. HamezMace
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Good differential for GW31 though.
        But yes, amazed people still have him.

        1. Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 6 days ago

          When Chelsea went out of the cup he became less of an issue to sell.

    4. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Arnautovic 🙁

      1. HamezMace
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        The move to China has really backfired on him, well except for getting a better contract!
        Watched the game on Saturday night, he looked thoroughly miserable the whole time, and when he came on, his team mates were not keen to give him the ball.

        1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          9 months, 6 days ago

          Super frustrating! Thought I'd got ahead of the curve.

          1. HamezMace
            • 5 Years
            9 months, 6 days ago

            I was very close to making the move when Rashford was out of the Palace game in midweek, mostly with GW31 in mind, luckily I didn't.

    5. MaticMVP
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Pereira and Rondon

    6. XABI 15
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Anderson

      1. altan8797
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        this too.

    7. Amey
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Mo Salah

      1. HamezMace
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Impossible to take him out before that GW31 fixture, his ownership, and captaincy will be 250%

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          9 months, 6 days ago

          Definitely.
          Double pool defense + Mane is very enticing imo
          Can free up a lot of funds too

          1. HamezMace
            • 5 Years
            9 months, 6 days ago

            It could, but doubt anyone has the luxury of having spare transfers to swap Salah to Mane, and another FT to upgrade defenders.
            If you have Salah now, you have to keep him for Fulham.

            1. Amey
              • 1 Year
              9 months, 6 days ago

              Definitely. Have triple pool atm
              Salah+mane+Robbo
              So keeping as it is
              Cheers mate

    8. Bada Bing
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Salah, Rich, Rondon, schär, fanderson...

    9. Berbinho's Forehead
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Pretty much my whole team except double Pool defence.

      1. HamezMace
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        That bad?!
        How many do you have for GW31?

    10. Carlton_Goal
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Salah and Arnautovic

    11. Sad Anthony (Kanchelskis)
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Westwood and Mee

    12. b82rz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 6 days ago

      anderson

      1. HamezMace
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Lots of love, if you can call it that, for Anderson

    13. dicky2014
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Richarlison

      Its painful

      1. HamezMace
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        I'm sure it is, have you been keeping him all this time just for GW31?
        ...when I say all this time, I mean since January time.

        1. dicky2014
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          9 months, 6 days ago

          I have had him since Novemeber 🙁

          When his form dipped i kept him just for this GW 31.

          Big mistake but too late now.

          1. HamezMace
            • 5 Years
            9 months, 6 days ago

            Well he should be a major differential for GW31.

            1. dicky2014
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              9 months, 6 days ago

              MAJOR.

              He even came on yesterday to block Chambers goal off my bench 🙁

    14. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Schindler, Yedlin, Rondon, Salah, Mane

      1. HamezMace
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Thank you! I knew I couldn't be the only one with Schlinder in my team, although he did get 6 points two weeks ago, let's hope he can replicate that form in 31.

    15. Flapjack
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Not a single one

      I guess Puncheon is technically a 31/33 but he will go I’m sure

      1. HamezMace
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Really?
        How many GW31 players do you have?...and you're happy with them all?

    16. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Just Pereira I think

      1. HamezMace
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        I hate Pereira. He's a poor mans Wan Bissaka.

        *a poor man who just won the lottery and doesn't know how to spend the money wisely.

        1. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 6 days ago

          Lol like the analogy

    17. Kopkloppers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Digne Richa Barnes Almiron

      1. HamezMace
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Digne did well for me yesterday, but I agree I'd probably have sold him in not for GW31 planning.

  2. Netters2018
    9 months, 6 days ago

    Thoughts on two best GK's to bring in for GW35 (ignore 31,32,33) as FH in 32 and will take out alisson in 34.

    1. Sad Anthony (Kanchelskis)
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Palace (whichever one is playing) and Foster?

    2. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Need to know the doubles to decide that

  3. AFC49
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 6 days ago

    Any ideas?

    Fabianski
    TAA, Shaw, AWB
    Salah, Sterling, Pogba, F Anderson
    Auba, Jiménez, Rondon

    Button, Doherty, Digne, Højbjerg

    1FT, 1.0 ITB

    1. XABI 15
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Auba to Higuain

      1. MaticMVP
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 6 days ago

        +1

      2. AFC49
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Not Aguero?

        1. XABI 15
          • 3 Years
          9 months, 6 days ago

          Higuain plays in 31 + 33 and probably has a double in 32. 5 games in next 4 weeks vs 3 for Aguero

    2. Sad Anthony (Kanchelskis)
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      I did Auba > Hig before last round for these reasons. Happy, I did.

    3. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      I agree re. Higuain - really happy I got him in 2 GWs ago - is a good pick imo

  4. Eytexi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 6 days ago

    Hearing Harvey Barnes was largely ineffective yesterday. Do we think he starts next week?

    1. Zladan
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      He looked poor enough. Gray will be pushing for a starting spot, so he could make way.

      1. fr3d
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Gray was worse

        1. Zladan
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 6 days ago

          I agree, the first thing he did was give the ball away in a dangerous position.

          But I feel Rodgers will give him a fair chance next match. Never easy coming into a game.

    2. MaticMVP
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Gray(Leicester version) did look lively when he came on, but difficult to say tbh. Watford pretty much nullified Leicester attackers throughout the match, that Vardy goal was a slip up in marking in a otherwise impressive defensive match from Watford, imo.

    3. HamezMace
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      I've said it for a few weeks now, and I've not changed my opinion.
      Harvey Barnes is not PL ready yet, he get into good positions, and has good energy, but his quality is just not quite there yet.

      Even his assist last week, was just a rushed/scuffed shot.

      One for next season perhaps.

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Was thinking about getting him.
        After reading all these comments looks a stupid buy. Can't get Maddison.
        One from Tielemans/Gray on the cards now

      2. Eytexi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Unfortunately already bought him, but with current plans I'll have a transfer to burn next week before FH32 so Barnes to Tielemans is on the cards.

  5. XABI 15
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 6 days ago

    Was Guaita dropped on Sat?

    1. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      "Tactical change" which some Palace fans say makes no sense. I got him for Pat for -4

      1. XABI 15
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        interesting thanks. That did come out of the blue, he seemed to be playing pretty well

    2. Simmoo
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      https://www.football.london/crystal-palace-fc/players/crystal-palace-news-hennessey-guaita-15912769

      This from Hodgson is ambiguous enough to mean I will probably give Guaita another week to see if he comes back in. Doesn't sound great though.

      Considering I took a -4 to bring Guaita in after I found out Patricio would be dropped, its been disasterrific for me.

    3. Bada Bing
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      That was a nasty surprise as my other keeper, Pat, was also benched. 🙁

      1. Simmoo
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Same, bad times indeed, and a dilemma this week. Hopefully Nuno is explicit about whether or not Patricio will play against Chelsea.

        1. Bada Bing
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 6 days ago

          I already pulled the trigger and got rid of Pat for good ol' flappy hands, as I needed a keeper for gw31 anyway. Pat's form hasn't been good for a long while now and he seems to be allergic to clean sheets.

  6. Zladan
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 6 days ago

    Bennett & Pogba to TAA & Brooks (-4)?

    1. circusmonkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      yes

    2. Sad Anthony (Kanchelskis)
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Depends on strategy and value you have in Pogba, but in the abstract looks pretty good.

      1. Zladan
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        I bought Pogba, sold Pogba and then bought him back again at 8.7m. So little tied up in him now. With Arsenal, a blank and even casuals disappointed in the pen miss he could fall a little.

    3. Deeney-is-a-god
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Pogba is suspended in CL and will therefore be fully fit for the arsenal match. He also is a good counterattacking player (arsenal tend to give away space to counter in) and he has done well in other top matches under OGS. For a hit I would not do it

  7. Berbinho's Forehead
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 6 days ago

    Which 2?

    A) Maddison
    B) Fraser
    C) Felipe Anderson
    D) Brooks

    1. danishdynamite
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      A & B

      1. circusmonkey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Prabably agree A and B. Is Lanzini also worth considering?

        1. Berbinho's Forehead
          • 9 Years
          9 months, 6 days ago

          Minutes may be managed given the severity of his injury.

          1. Carlton_Goal
            • 3 Years
            9 months, 6 days ago

            He did just play the full 90, plus there's plenty of time between the next few games. Would expect him to complete 90 in most of them

            1. Berbinho's Forehead
              • 9 Years
              9 months, 6 days ago

              Hm. Do you think he's worth getting?

              1. avfc82
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 9 Years
                9 months, 6 days ago

                Was just looking at Lanzini stats. 2 shots, both outside the box, and 0 key passes vs Newcastle. I'm not saying if he's worth getting or not, just that the stats don't reflect too well. The eye test is important though and I didn't see the game.

                1. HamezMace
                  • 5 Years
                  9 months, 6 days ago

                  I did watch the game, and the stats are reflective in this case.
                  Obviously he's well short of match fitness.

              2. Carlton_Goal
                • 3 Years
                9 months, 6 days ago

                He would be a risk but it could pay off. I wouldn't be surprised if he grabs a few goals and assists between now and the end of the season. I would have suggested Antonio until he got rotated last game, as he has been the one in form and getting the goals recently

    2. Zladan
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      That is also my question below if you wouldn’t mind taking a look.

      Brooks & Maddison/Lanzini I am leaning towards.

      1. Zladan
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        I mentioned Lanzini as an alternative you may have overlooked. He is now back and is a great FPL asset.

        If you have Vardy, then look to diversify with WHU.

        Otherwise Maddison could be the one for you to accompany Brooks.

    3. HamezMace
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      To play - A/C.

    4. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      BD

  8. Tsparkes10
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 6 days ago

    Aubam, Moutinho, Shaw, Pogba to King, Hazard, Mane, Diop ? - 8

    then FH in 32?

    1. danishdynamite
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Not sure I'd so that all in one more mouthful - could Pogba wait til next week ?

    2. Berbinho's Forehead
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Don't need to do Pogba to Hazard this week.

  9. circusmonkey
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 6 days ago

    In terms of which of Pogba or Rashford to sell to fill your team for 31 and 33, I favour Pogba. There is a bigger price drop to his likely replacements than for Rashford, so I can upgrade elsewhere.

    1. Sad Anthony (Kanchelskis)
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Agreed. Shame that Lukaku's resurgence seems to be at Rash's expense though.

  10. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 6 days ago

    If the Liverpool and city cup situations were reversed (so no city blanks, Liverpool blanks and dgws), what do you think salah's ownership would look like right now?

    Can't help but think many are holding less out of fear than because he doesn't seem like their top priority.

    1. Goat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      I wouldn’t have him anyway

    2. Tev
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Yeah that's it, he has Fulham and Southampton in the blanks. Keeping is basically a no brainer.

    3. Moosie the Staggie
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      It not holding out of fear, it's necessity.
      It impossible to argue for taking out one of the Premier Leagues best players for a probable hit is the right course of action atm.

      1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 6 days ago

        I don't see why it would be a hit. You could buy absolutely any player directly.

        And he may be one of the best players, but he's certainly not one of the best fpl players lately.

        1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          9 months, 6 days ago

          And I think the argument would be that anyone who has avoided him the last six weeks has almost certainly gone up the rankings.

  11. PeteMorr
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 6 days ago

    Do you spend 1FT when you play the FH chip?

    1. Goat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      You will have 1 FT the GW after

    2. frenchfries
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      yes

  12. Goat
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 6 days ago

    Have 9 GW31 players. Which 2 shall I get to have a full 11?
    A) Barnes & Fraser
    B) King & Ake
    C) King & Brooks

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 6 days ago

      A

    2. Sad Anthony (Kanchelskis)
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Which Barnes?

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 6 days ago

        That who can't be ignored 😉

      2. Goat
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Striker

    3. Sad Anthony (Kanchelskis)
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Barnes and Brooks?

    4. Moosie the Staggie
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      C imo

    5. danishdynamite
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      If you mean Leicester Barnes then I wouldn't bother after yesterday - I don't think he's nailed in that formation with Gray knocking on the door

    6. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      C

  13. EMERGING STAR
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 6 days ago

    GW31 team - 8 players with good ceiling
    ---------------
    Fabianski
    Robertson TAA
    Salah Hazard Brooks
    Arnautovic

    GW32 (no hits) - BenchBoost or TC based on final schedule.
    ------------------
    Fabianski
    Robbo TAA Doherty*2 Bednarek AWB*2
    Sterling*2 Hazard*2 Sane*2 Brooks Pogba*2
    Jimenez*2 Rashford*2 Auba*2

    I will cancel BB/TC if Chelsea and Palace are not getting double32

    BB/TC 35 (If available)
    WC 36
    TC/BB 37 (If available)
    FH 38 !

    Worth a strategy to go with ?

    1. MTPockets
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Arsenal don't have dgw in 32

      1. EMERGING STAR
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Hm..Their DGW is in 35 ?

  14. Zladan
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 6 days ago

    Looking for 2 GW31 midfielders to go alongside Hazard, Salah & Mané.

    Pick 2 midfielders with a £12.2m budget:

    Brooks £5.0m
    Snodgrass £5.0m
    Fraser £6.1m
    Lanzini £6.4m
    Maddison £6.7m
    Anderson £7.2m
    Sigurdsson £7.2m

    Notes:
    No Vardy and cannot fit him in.
    1 BOU spot available

    Boruc
    Clyne Digne Pereira TAA
    Hazard Salah Mane
    Rondon

    1. Sad Anthony (Kanchelskis)
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Brooks and Maddison (keep the change)?

      1. Zladan
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Thanks again for input. Yes Brooks is 99% going in.

        Lanzini v Maddison I feel for other spot.

    2. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Have you considered tielmans? Touch of class. And I'd probably add a Bournemouth lad to that.

      1. Zladan
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        I saw a fair bit of Tielemans in France, but I don’t feel he is attacking enough for me in the Leicester set up.

        He can score some absolute raspers from outside the box. Would love to see that in the PL.

        1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          9 months, 6 days ago

          Ah, that's a good bit of info, thanks. First time watching this weekend and he looked great. I see him playing that long ball on the break to vardy a couple of times.

    3. Carlton_Goal
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Definitely Brooks. Lanzini could be worth a punt, or perhaps Sigurdsson?

      1. Zladan
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Thank you.

        Yes Brooks is 99% going in before the next TAA price rise (as part of a -4).

        Lanzini or other option would be a week later, so more time to think of that one.

        1. Carlton_Goal
          • 3 Years
          9 months, 6 days ago

          Sounds like a solid plan, Lanzini only just completed his first 90 minutes and Maddison has only had 1 game under Rodgers so not much to go off

  15. TeddiPonza
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 6 days ago

    This week week I am selling Son and Richa to Mané and one of Brooks/Fraser.

    If I bring in Fraser it means Vardy for gw 31. If I bring in Brooks it means I will be able to bring in Higuain. So which one should it be - Brooks or Fraser?

    Thanks.

    1. Carlton_Goal
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      I think Brooks might be the better option regardless, Fraser hasn't got a return in his last 8 games

      1. avfc82
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Fraser has been close though. If King scores his second penalty against Wolves, he would have had an assist, and he looked threatening against Arsenal. If it wasn't for a good Leno save he'd have scored.

    2. Sad Anthony (Kanchelskis)
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      I would be inclined to Brooks and Hig. Vardy doesn't seem to ever score more than 1, but I think Higuain can.

      1. Latch86
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        True, but I prefer Vardy's fixtures

    3. Super Saints
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      I'd like Brooks and Vardy

  16. MaticMVP
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 6 days ago

    Jota and D.Ward to Fraser and FAnderson(or other options) for -4? Really wanna keep Pogba and Jimenez cause I lose a lot of value if I sell them now.

    1. Sad Anthony (Kanchelskis)
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Just Jota to Brooks? As Carlton says above, Fraser not performing of late (and neither is Anderson).

      1. MaticMVP
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Yeah maybe for the best and Brooks is cheaper as well. But I am really considering Jimenez to Vardy, would give me a team of.

        Fab
        Robbo-Pereira-Luiz*
        Salah-Mane-Brooks-****
        Higgy-Vardy-Rondon

        For gw31.

  17. Ole Trafford
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 6 days ago

    What to do here folks?

    Guita
    Pereira, Lascelles, Duffy
    Salah, Sterling, Pogba, Jota
    Aguero, Arnie, Rashford

    Etheridge, Lindleof, Bednarek, Puncheon

    1ft 1.5 itb

    1. Latch86
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Sling Jota?

    2. Sad Anthony (Kanchelskis)
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Jota to Brooks?

      1. Ëð
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        This

  18. Amey
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 6 days ago

    That Ashley Barnes goal has kept me alive in the FFS cup 😀
    +4 for me & -7 for cup opponent (awb starting for him).

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      small margins 🙂 well done !

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Yep
        Thank you sir.
        Have you entered your team mate ?

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 5 Years
          9 months, 6 days ago

          yes I have I think i went through too but like you only by a few points 🙂

          1. Amey
            • 1 Year
            9 months, 6 days ago

            Ha ha
            Great. Good Luck 😉

  19. Gharvey
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 6 days ago

    Does anyone know when all the remaining dgws will be confirmed?

    1. Jarvish Scott Talent
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      After GW31

    2. MTPockets
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      When the cup results are known. During GW31

    3. Latch86
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      After 31

  20. Super Saints
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 6 days ago

    Is this OK for bgw31? No hits but would love Vardy!

    Boruc
    TAA Pereira Keane Rice
    Salah Hazard Westwood
    King Rondon
    Ryan Aguero Son Pogba Kola

    1. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Take a coupe of hits and get more points ...

      1. Latch86
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Agree

      2. Super Saints
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Who do you think is worth a hit? Want Aguero Son and Pogba for rest of season.

  21. PlayPercentage
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 6 days ago

    Surely Vardy is a must have for the next few fixtures.
    Fulham at home, next with 2xBGW coverage.
    Auba -> Vardy

    1. Latch86
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Vardy or Higuain (likely to have the DGW in 32)

      1. PlayPercentage
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        I have Hazard as Chelsea coverage. Which makes Vardy even more appealing.

        1. Latch86
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          9 months, 6 days ago

          Same here. Exactly the reason I went for Vardy over Higuain. Plus the guy snapping at my heels in my league has Vardy so also a defensive move to stop any gains

    2. Sad Anthony (Kanchelskis)
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      I was torn between him and Higuain. Went Hig, but could easily have done the other. Vardy does not seem to do so well in "easier" games.

      1. PlayPercentage
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Brendan is a fan of Vardy's. The team will get the ball up to him.

        1. Sad Anthony (Kanchelskis)
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 6 days ago

          The budget Suarez thing did occur to me. Just sad that I can't afford both now.

  22. dicky2014
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 6 days ago

    Are we playing Doherty away to Chelsea?

    1. SPorting
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      We are not planning to.

      1. dicky2014
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        We sure?

    2. MTPockets
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      nope

    3. Sad Anthony (Kanchelskis)
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      No. If I do make a transfer this week (still undecided) will probably be Doherty out.

    4. Amey
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Nope

    5. Moosie the Staggie
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      I wouldn't unless I had to

    6. Carlton_Goal
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Personally no, as my other defenders have better games and I wouldn't expect a clean sheet

    7. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 6 days ago

      I don't think so. I wouldn't be shocked if he got another rest and there are enough teams with an easy fixture. May even roll with rice.

  23. SPorting
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 6 days ago

    2FTs

    Son + Player X -> Maddison + Higuian

    Player X = Rashford (DGW32) or Lacazette (GW33)?

    1. Latch86
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Depends how much value is tied into them for me. I got Rash at 6.7 so have kept him and transferred Laca

      1. SPorting
        • 8 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Rash 7.0 -> 7.3
        Laca 9.3 -> 9.4

    2. Sad Anthony (Kanchelskis)
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      I'd lose Laca

  24. Ëð
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 6 days ago

    Wanted a few more opinions on this:

    A) Pogba & Jimenez -> F. Anderson & Vardy (-4)
    B) Jimenez -> King
    C) Save FT and play either Jimenez (che) or Camarasa (WHU)

    Fabianski, Boruc
    Robertson, Luiz, Doherty, Pereira, AWB
    Salah, Mane, Pogba, Fraser, Camarasa
    Aguero, Jimenez, Barnes

    £1.2m ITB

    1. arndff_
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      C) with Jimenez IN

      1. Ëð
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Thank you!

    2. MTPockets
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      C if you're ok with playing Pereira and AWB, then 2FT for 31 with more form info on King/Anderson

      1. Ëð
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Great, good thoughts, thank you!

    3. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Anderson has 8 shots and only 1 on target last 9 games. I'm sure there's many that bought for Fulham fixture wish they hadn't

      1. Ëð
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        He looked quite sharp yesterday though.

        1. Kiwivillan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          9 months, 6 days ago

          That's not what comments on here during match reflected.

    4. Carlton_Goal
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      B could be good since you need players for the blanks, plus a great fixture for bournemouth

      1. Ëð
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Only issue is that takes a slot away from either Vardy or Higuain for GW31 & 33. Might still get him in though just next GW instead of one of those two.

  25. arndff_
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 6 days ago

    Wondering who to go for:
    A) Vardy
    B) King
    C) Wilson (if fit)

    Have to choose ONE of these three. Won't be able to sign any of the others 2.

    1. Ëð
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      A

    2. Latch86
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Debating this as well, except I'm also considering Arnie (if he ever started anymore!)

      1. arndff_
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        I already own FAnderson, so not looking at Arnie. Gotta be ONE of these three for me.

      2. Latch86
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Slight edit... have Vardy already, so considering the other 2 (plus Arnie). I'd take Vardy over the others

    3. PlayPercentage
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      B and C could rotate.

      1. arndff_
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Did they rotate at any point of the season?

  26. Toniopolo
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 6 days ago

    Have exact funds to do Fanderson and Pogba -> Lanzini and Mane for a hit. Worth it or too sideways?

    1. arndff_
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Not worth it.

  27. Game&Watch
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 6 days ago

    Best cap for GW30?

    A) Salah
    B) Sterling
    C) Kun
    D) Other?

    1. Srv210
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Currently on kun

    2. Moosie the Staggie
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      I'm going for Salah, locked and not moving.

      1. Game&Watch
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Currently on Salah as well, but really not sure.. I guess Salah is the "safest" option but City pair could haul big time this GW..

  28. Longlatini
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 6 days ago

    Best def for 31 and 33 that isn’t Liverpool Luiz or Pereira?

    1. Longlatini
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Money non issue

      1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Prolly a bou or whu defender.. not keen on anyone tho

      2. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Or Azpi

        1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          9 months, 6 days ago

          Azpi to gonzalo looking like a nice understanding. Good call.

        2. Longlatini
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 6 days ago

          Hmm, Chelsea double up in defence could work

    2. MTPockets
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Maybe Ake/whu, but I'm not keen on any of the other teams

    3. Moosie the Staggie
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      I might punt on Alonso

      1. Longlatini
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Not worried about his minutes?

      2. danishdynamite
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        I wouldn't. Azpi's the main man now

  29. Srv210
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 6 days ago

    Is this good for gw31???...I'll make 3 transfers next week(-4) to get this team

    Fab
    Pereira,TAA, Luiz
    Salah,mane,hazard,almiron
    Higuain,Barnes,king

    1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Good

    2. Zladan
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Out of interest, which strikers are you selling to get this?

      I am opting for a 4-5-1 to keep Jimmy & Aguero due to the value I have tied up in them.

      1. Srv210
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Aguero and Kamara...don't have value tied on both of them has made it easy to switch

    3. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Almiron hype died down yet?

      1. Srv210
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Yeah..but kind of stuck with him till I hit the WC.

      2. Srv210
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Should I go with Vardy+Fraser or hazard + king ??

  30. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 6 days ago

    GTG this week? 0 FT

    Lloris
    Rob Pereira Digne
    Salah Hazard Mane Fraser Barnes
    Higuain Arnie

    Hamer Jimenez Doherty Peltier

    Considering playing Jim over Arnie for some reassurance of a starting berth

    1. danishdynamite
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      GTG, nothing there worth a hit, that's for sure