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′).

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  1. donlobatto
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Morning gents

    These are the moves I am planning before GW31. The move in brackets is a (very unlikely) additional option:

    Jota, JWP > Brooks, Lanzini/ Maddison
    (Sterling > Haz)

    With this as my current GW30 team, would you do any of the above moves this week or hold and do both for GW31?

    1FT 1.0itb
    Fab
    Robbo, TAA, Luiz, Pereira
    Salah (C), Sterling (v), Pogba, Jota*
    Higuain, Jimi
    (Hamer) (Barnes, Doherty, JWP*)

    Advice appreciated!
    Cheers

    1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Why is it unlikely?

      1. donlobatto
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        I mean unlikely I’ll actually do it as Sterling has lovely fixtures after blank and Haz is a mega troll!

        1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Sterling has (quite likely) two blanks in his next four. But I hear you, Haz is a mega troll.

    2. Latch86
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      If you can get Maddison in for the FUL home game that seems a good move.

      1. donlobatto
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Agreed. Just not sure whether to go for him or take risk on Lanzini

        1. Kiwivillan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Amount of times I'm unsure and wait a week it more often than not works out better

          1. donlobatto
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            Has been same for me. I may get Brooks in now and next week make decision on Maddison vs Lanzini and whether I do Sterling > Haz

    3. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Don't see any reason not to do the moves now. The players want to bring in have better fixtures than the ones you want to sell this week.

      1. donlobatto
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Well the reason not to do both now is the -4 it would take

      2. Kiwivillan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Better choices reveal themselves next game?

    4. Pep Pig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      I like the Lanzini option although he hasn't shown anything as yet. Could be a great differential though mate.

      1. donlobatto
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        I agree. He’s clearly not back to his best though per his performance at weekend and stats

    5. Amey
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 20 days ago

      I'd get all 3 of them Brooks, Maddison & Hazard for gw 31

      1. donlobatto
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        You’d happily ditch Sterling for Trollzard?

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Next gw ??, definitely !!

          1. donlobatto
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            May just bring in Brooks this week and make a decision on Maddison vs Lanzini and whether to bring in Haz next week

            1. Amey
              • 1 Year
              7 months, 20 days ago

              Yep
              This is good imo

  2. Latch86
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Pick one to bring in for GW30-33:

    (1) Wilson
    (2) King
    (3) Arnie
    (4) Other

    Already have Vardy, not enough budget for Higuain. Bournemouth covered by Brooks, no West Ham coverage.

    1. MTPockets
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      2

    2. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      2

    3. Moosie the Staggie
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Not Arnie.
      I have suffered with him for weeks and I'm almost convinced he has been dropped.
      Why anyone would get him in this week I've no idea.

  3. Inazuma X1
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Best defender for 5.3 for DGW32?

    1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Depends on who gets double fixture

    2. MTPockets
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Maybe Shaw

  4. Inazuma X1
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Will Guaita start the next GW?

  5. The Mighty Whites
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    1FT, 0.2 ITB, thoughts?

    Allison, Boruc

    Robertson, Doherty, Periera, Keane, AWB

    Salah, Hazard, Pogba, Anderson, Stephens

    Aubameyang, Jimenez, Rondón.

    1. Latch86
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Auba out

    2. MTPockets
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Will Auba start? Europa on thursday, and following thursday

  6. TeddiPonza
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Who to get rid of first. Pogba or Son? The other will go out the week after.

    Thanks.

    1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Son as I wouldn’t ship Pogba

      1. Latch86
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Agree

  7. camarozz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Those of you with double or triple wolves what are your plans??

    Doherty/Jimenez/Jota here.

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Keeping Doherty
      Selling Jota for one of Barnes/Gray/Brooks/Tielemans

    2. MTPockets
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Feel a bit snookered actually.
      Have Jimenez/Aguero and want to keep both, happy to sell Doherty but don't want a 4th def for 31/33

    3. Eytexi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 20 days ago

      On Jonny & Jiminez (have had Doherty until last week, don't worry haha). Selling Jiminez, keeping Jonny on bench until GW34/35. I'd keep Doherty & sell the other two unless you want Jimi in GW32 & have value tied up.

    4. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      NOT A CLUE is my honest reply 🙂 would lose so much value with jimmy and doherty but question is do I want them back ? chelsea-blank-fh-blank in the next 4...and rotation clearly becomes an issue.

      1. camarozz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        As it stands I'm benching them all for Chelsea game. Prob should get rid of one at least.

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          i m tempted to do jimmy to king..will see 🙂

    5. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Got lots of value in Doherty (4.4) and jimenez (5.7) so they'll just sit on the bench through the blanks, play the doubles.

      Probably will bench Doherty against Chelsea though.

    6. Moosie the Staggie
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      I'd maybe keep Raul if you got him cheap. The other two are expendable imo.

    7. daveoafc77
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Jota going this week for me, will prob lose one of bennett or doherty this week too

    8. donlobatto
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Have the same 3 mate .... it's a tough one!

      Current plan is to drop Jota for Brooks (prob this week) and play Jimi but bench Doherty - got a far amount of value in those 2 so rather postpone any decision!

    9. Cruz88
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Sold Doherty this week. Keeping Jimi though. Can play against Chelsea (has scored against a few of big six this season), and in the DGW for same reason. Ill probably FH in DGW32 and will need some cheap players to get all the big hitters in. Think Jimi is one of those and if I sell him now I'd lose the value tied up in him

    10. Bird Raymond
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      I've got Doherty and Jiminez. Will sell Doherty this week for somebody with games in the blanks. Got him at 4.4 so will cost me and not sure I'll be minded to bring him back in for the doubles at 5.5 given recent rotation.

  8. MGD
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    A) What transfers are you planning to prepare for GW 31 FH32 and GW 33?

    I'm looking at:
    Pogba + Jimenez -> Hazard + Rondon, or:
    Pogba + Rashford -> Hazard + King

    B) With this strategy, when will you use the TC chip?

  9. Eytexi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Do we think Arnie is just lacking fitness or is out of favour at West Ham?

    1. b82rz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Bit of both, I think he was ill and then Chicarito had played well enough to keep his place. I think he will likely start next week though

      1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 20 days ago

        I'm dubious about the illness to be honest.

    2. Srv210
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      I was sure of Getty him...but his minutes have made me steer clear...will see how it goes this week first

    3. MTPockets
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Ego management. Not worth the risk imo but creates a problem in picking whu for the blanks

    4. Moosie the Staggie
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      As an owner I'm even thinking of ditching this week. I'm convinced he's been dropped.

    5. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 20 days ago

      As someone who bought him two weeks ago I'm very frustrated.

      Clearly lost his place over the transfer, but think that chicarito is now keeping him out on merit.

      Only plus for current owners is he'll be a huge differential if/when he eventually plays because everyone sensible will have been put off.

      1. Moosie the Staggie
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Yep.
        If it wasn't Cardiff this weekend then he might be gone for me already.
        Even 20 odd minutes versus their defense could be profitable.

        1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Yeah agreed. I'm hoping he can play his way in in the meantime. I only have seven bgwers at the moment though (including him) and whilst I'm planning to take hits for blankers, I'm not sure I can justify taking him out.

  10. Konstaapeli
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Will FH32 so these would be for GW 31 & 33.

    Pogba, Jimenez & Son to Hazard, Higuain & Brooks for -4?

    Would lose 0.5 on SV for the upcoming FH & WC. Still makes sense, right?

    1. b82rz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Looks solid to me

      1. Konstaapeli
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Thanks

    2. MTPockets
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Transfers look ok. Not sure they're all necessary this week though if that's what you mean

      1. Konstaapeli
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        I can wait and do that next week. Or could do one of Pog or Son to Haz or Brooks now and save me a hit.

  11. Dribbles
      7 months, 20 days ago

      I hate my team doing well. I feel a -2000 points hit coming on. Its more fun at the bottom 🙁

      1. daveoafc77
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        go for it, no-ones stopping you

    • b82rz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 20 days ago

      With transfers this will be my blank team:

      Boruc
      Robbo / Rice / Perreira / Lejeune
      McNeil / Salah / Mane / Fanderson
      Vardy / King

      Look alright?

      1. jtreble
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Still have your WC?

        1. b82rz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Nope. Will have two transfers for GW 34 though. Aguero and Pogba coming back in to team, Pat rotating with Boruc. Will be transferring out in different stages: Fanderson, Perreira, Rice, Vardy
          Mcneil will be 5th midfielder, Lejeune 5 defender.

    • FPL-(VAR)dy
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Adam smith or Issa diop ??

    • camarozz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Just realised my nearest rival (72pts behind me) has ONLY triple Pool for the blank GW.

      Both of us have all chips plus WC.

      Guess he's playing one of them chips nxt wk??

      With a hit il have 9 for gw31

      1. Kiwivillan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        If he uses FH it's game over

        1. camarozz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Game over for me or for him??

    • Srv210
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      I don't believe how arsenal are letting Ramsay go for free...in this inflated market they could have gotten a good amount for him..also he is in form whenever he is playing this season

      1. Kiwivillan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Can't sell a free agent

        1. Srv210
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          But club too didn't put efforts to keep him as I know..is it some bigger issue?

      2. Tsssst
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        he didnt want to sign a new contract

      3. Amey
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 20 days ago

        I think teams decides to toughen up against player's sometimes.
        Ozil prime example of player getting bumper wage packet instead of leaving ob free. It has bad impact on squad too.
        Felliani of all people did the dame last year.
        I read somewhere even United are refusing to give ddg wage parity with Sanchez.

        Club's need to be stronger sometimes/ smarter other times imo. So you keep some sell some. It's nit only about that player's salary/expectation, it's about every player whose contract is up causing havoc in the dressing room

      4. HamezMace
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Totally agree.
        Ramsey is a country mile the best midfielder in the current Arsenal team, and has been in any Arsenal team for the past 5 years at least.

    • Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Which would you go for in the BGW's 31 and 32?

      A) 9 Players including Higuain (but have to drop Anderson and Pereira)

      b) 11 Players including Anderson, Pereira and Barnes up front (No Higuain)

      1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        B

      2. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        7 months, 20 days ago

        B

    • Captain Warlock
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Is Arnuatovic worth keeping ??? Do I waste a transfer to swap him to King

      1. b82rz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 20 days ago

        I'd keep if I already owned him

        1. Captain Warlock
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          I know just sick of him being being unreliable

      2. Moosie the Staggie
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Keep 1 more week?
        As an owner I feel your pain.

        1. Captain Warlock
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Yeah last chance

    • The Mighty Whites
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      1FT, 0.2 ITB, thoughts?

      Allison, Boruc

      Robertson, Doherty, Periera, Keane, AWB

      Salah, Hazard, Pogba, Anderson, Stephens

      Aubameyang, Jimenez, Rondón

      GW30: (-4) Aubameyang to King & Jimenez to Higuain
      GW31: Stephens to H Barnes

      1. ThisTimeNxtYrRodney
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Sound strategy and good transfers. Obviously with few fixtures in 31 there will be a lot of similar teams.
        Marching on together, good luck for the rest of the FPL season and lets hope we are picking some of our own players next season.

        1. The Mighty Whites
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Cheers mate, yeah hopefully!

          Need Sheff Weds to do us a favour tonight!

      2. The Head-Ake
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Or just Auba to Higuain?

    • Tsssst
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Struggling with captaincy next gameweek... moreso as i have TAA, Mane & Salah vs Sterling & Aguero.. Obviously I'll end up picking the wrong one...

      CITY
      City ko 17.30 on Sat 9th home to Watford
      Watford conceded 22 away
      City scored 50 at home
      Watford away form WLDWL
      City have Schalke at home Tue 12th in CL (agg 3-2 up)
      Jesus back/KDB out

      LIVERPOOL
      Livepool ko 12.00 Sun noon home to Burnley
      Burnley conceded 27 away
      Liverpool scored 40 at home
      Burnley away form WDDWL
      Liverpool have Bayern Munich away Wed 13th in CL (agg 0-0)
      Firmino back

      Anything else to add/consider?

      1. MTPockets
        • 10 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Salah's form is awful so I'm on Aguero

      2. Zladan
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Just posed the same question.

        I’m edging towards Salah as LFC home record is very good.

        Aguero may get his rest everyone keeps talking about? Perhaps that will be v Schalke.

      3. Moosie the Staggie
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Salah for me but will tip Sterling in the captain's poll

    • Zladan
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Captain GW30?

      a) Aguero
      b) Salah
      c) Hazard
      d) Mané

      1. boc610
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        I don't think kun will start

        1. Zladan
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          If he is rested v Schalke, would that make him certain favourite for captain GW30?

          1. Zladan
            • 2 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            Wait, he plays Schalke week after. Aguero has a full week to recover?

      2. boc610
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        A

        1. boc610
          • 7 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Sorry , meant B!! 🙂

          1. Zladan
            • 2 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            I am thinking b.

            How long can Salah blank for?

            LFC at home are a machine.

      3. Eytexi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 20 days ago

        D

      4. Steiger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 20 days ago

        I'm going B

      5. Moosie the Staggie
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        B

    • boc610
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Are their some underlying stats on the cherries assets im missing?? I get it, no blanks but they are muck on the road no matter who they play and toons are no pushovers.

      1. MTPockets
        • 10 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Yep - waiting a week

      2. Zladan
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        I think it’s because the Toon are pushovers. As WHU showed us at the weekend.

      3. Pukki Party
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Home fixture both 31 and 33

      4. HamezMace
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Think it's more about the fixture swing, and players returning from injury should boost them also.

      5. avfc82
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Their away form has been woeful, but aside from Cardiff where you'd expect them to do better, they've played Arsenal, Liverpool, Everton, Man Utd, Spurs, Chelsea, Wolves and Man City in a row - thats brutal. Before that they'd beaten Fulham 3-0, Watford 4-0 and West Ham 2-1. I personally think they'll get back on track against Huddersfield, then they have a pretty good run, but can see why you'd avoid.

    • Pogs
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Quick question, I am playing FH for GW 31, can i use my transfer prior to playing the FH chip without it being lost after activation?

      1. Konstaapeli
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Nope. Team will reset to previous GW team after FH.

        1. Pogs
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Thanks, that is what i expected but hoped i was wrong

    • pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Hazard or Pog for next week?

      A Hazard and Brooks
      B Pog and Lanzini

      1. Pukki Party
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        If Matic/Herrera fit i'd go Pogba, if not Hazard.

      2. Zladan
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        A

      3. Jacky boy
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        A

    • Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Is Aguero worth it this week, if it means taking a -4 next week?

      A) gw30: Son, Rashford to Aguero, Brooks
      (Aguero, Gunnarson to Barnes, Siggy/Maddison -4 gw31)

      B) gw30: Gunnarson to Brooks
      (Son, Rashford to Barnes, Siggy/Maddison gw31 for free)

      A=Aguero C gw30
      B=Salah C gw30

      1. avfc82
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        I'd be tempted to give Aguero a miss if it's just for one week, and a hit.

        1. Pukki Party
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          His home form though..

      2. Zladan
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        B with Maddison.

        1. Pukki Party
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Cheers.

    • GOTHAM City F.C.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Any info if Antonio would be back next game?

    • Budweiser
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Keeping an injured TAA on my bench for 6 weeks was definitely worth it!

      1. HamezMace
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        I'm hoping to be able to say the same about Callum Wilson in a few weeks time.

      2. Konstaapeli
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        I did that too. My ML rival only bought him 2 weeks ago. Like a boss.

      3. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 20 days ago

        I'm with you! 0/

    • Stoic
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Thoughts on Aguero starting this weekend against Watford ? With CL midweek, Jesus could start in PL ?

      1. Zladan
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Aguero has a full week to recover. No reason he doesn’t start at home v Watford.

        1. boc610
          • 7 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Pep has said kun is wrecked and they need Jesus fit, which he now is. He played nearly the whole game against cherries And Jesus needs minutes. Watford at home prime fixture for that

          1. Steiger
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            7 months, 20 days ago

            This

      2. NLRED
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Jesus has only started twice in the EPL ahead of Aguero when fit. Once when he was replaced by Aguero on 55 minutes and once against Wolves. I would suggest that the Watford game is potentially more important for the big players to be part of than the Shalke game which is pretty much in the bag.

          Oh, and Jesus has started all 3 of the Champions League home games so far this season.

      3. The Head-Ake
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Boruc
        Luiz - Robbo - Shaw
        Son - Salah(c) - Pogba - Mane - Brooks
        Goalzalo - Rondon

        Patricio - Jiminez - Bednarek - Schindler. Who do I bench out of Jim and Ron? Is the team good otherwise?

        1. Zladan
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          I’m benching Jimmy

      4. Inazuma X1
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Is Mkhitaryan an option for the DGW32 instead of Auba/Laca?

        1. MTPockets
          • 10 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          They don't have a DGW32

      5. AFC49
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

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

        Button, Doherty, Digne, Højbjerg

        1FT, 1.0 ITB

        Auba > Higuain
        Shaw > Robbo (-4)?

        1. Zladan
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Auba out for sure.

          Shaw to Robbo or even Pogba to Mané.