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Salah unfortunate not to score big against Burnley

Gameweek 30 proved to be another unfortunate round of action for Mohamed Salah (£13.4m).

Captained by more managers than any other player this weekend, he came away from Liverpool’s 4-2 win over Burnley with just an assist.

As Liverpool options are going to be hugely important for Blank Gameweeks 31 and 33, we’ve assessed their key players after their latest win.

Liverpool 4-2 Burnley

Goals: Sadio Mané x2 (£9.8m), Roberto Firmino x2 (£9.2m) | Ashley Westwood (£4.6m), Johann Berg Gudmundsson (£5.5m)

Assists: Mohamed Salah (£13.4m), Daniel Sturridge (£5.6m) | Matej Vydra (£5.6m)

Salah was very close to a hat-trick of assists on Sunday afternoon but managed to secure just one against Burnley. After seeing his squared ball to Roberto Firmino (£9.2m) reach its intended destination, despite touches from Tom Heaton (£4.8m) and James Tarkowski (£4.7m), the Egyptian’s later opportunities for assists resulted in him being dispossessed.

For both Sadio Mané‘s (£9.8m) first goal and Firmino’s second, Charlie Taylor (£4.4m) tackled Salah just as he was either about to pass or shoot. Because he was unable to do either of those actions in both cases, there was no assist for each one.

From a statistical perspective, Salah’s performance was, again, close to what his owners would be looking for. No player had more goal attempts at Anfield than the Egyptian, and he was joint-top for chances created too. As he is still finding himself in dangerous positions, Salah will still be considered as a big part of Blank Gameweek 31 when Liverpool travel to Fulham, both for transfers in and for the captaincy.

“Today, for me Mo Salah was the best player on the pitch and he did not score. I’m not sure that you will see that in a lot of ratings, because he’s a striker and didn’t score so then you make of it what you want. But we have no problem with confidence.” – Jurgen Klopp

Either way, Salah was still outperformed in yet another home match by Sadio Mané (£9.8m). Not only did the Senegalese international score nine more points than his colleague, scoring twice, his underlying statistics were also better. While Mané and Salah had the same number of goal attempts at Anfield on Sunday afternoon, the former registered double the number of efforts in the penalty box. Mané also had two shots on target to Salah’s one too.

That was not a huge surprise as it continued the trend of Mané proving the better option Anfield-based Premier League encounters. In the four home matches prior to Gameweek 30, he had the same number of shots as Salah but registered, more in the box and more on target too. You have to go back to Gameweek 19 for the last time Mané failed to score at home, and since then he has found the net eight times in six matches in front of the Kop.

Whether Mané can replicate that sort of form away from home will be the key to his success in the Blank Gameweeks. Liverpool are set for trips to Fulham and Southampton, neither of which have earned much faith in their defences admittedly, but the Reds have fared much better at Anfield as they have on their travels of late. Mané himself has scored just once in the last six away matches, in stark contrast to his home form.

Scoring a brace against Burnley, Firmino has thrown his name into the hat at the eleventh hour for Blank Gameweek 31 consideration. The first of his two goals was the first time he had found the net since Gameweek 23, although the Brazilian has only started once in the last four Gameweeks because of injury. Even though he is almost certain to feature from the beginning at Fulham, Firmino may have his work cut out in convincing managers he is a better option than Salah or Mané. In the last six Gameweeks, his minutes per chance is inferior to both of his attacking colleagues.

The fact that Liverpool conceded two at home to Burnley could suggest that doubling-up on their attack is more advisable than their defence for the Blank Gameweeks. There was certainly an element of fortune about the Clarets’ first goal of the afternoon though. It found its way into the net direct from Ashley Westwood‘s (£4.6m) corner, while Tarkowski was clearly fouling goalkeeper Alisson Becker (£6.0m), unbeknownst to the officials. It was the first goal the Brazilian had conceded in 518 minutes of football. Burnley’s second goal was snuck across the line by Johann Berg Gudmundsson (£5.5m) in the closing stages after a rare foray forward for the visitors.

“One of them was the early goal we conceded; usually it would have been disallowed if Andre [Marriner] has a better view of it, I don’t know exactly. I saw in the first moment it was a foul and now I have seen pictures you cannot treat the goalie like this, it should not happen, but they scored.” – Jurgen Klopp

While there are plenty of reasons to double-up on Liverpool’s defence, days like this one remind Fantasy managers of the potential shortfalls of doing so. Of some encouragement though is the fact that Burnley’s expected goals (xG) score for the afternoon was 0.48, with them having just one shot inside Liverpool’s box. If the Reds come away from Craven Cottage having faced similar statistics then there will most likely be a strong chance of keeping a clean sheet there.

Klopp continued to make changes among his central midfield trio, this time handing Adam Lallana (£6.9m) a start at the expense of Jordan Henderson (£5.3m). It was the former Southampton man’s first time in the first XI since Gameweek 25, and he added plenty of energy and creativity to Liverpool’s midfield.

“If you have five sessions a week, everybody can show up and Adam was exceptional during the week. So, in a situation where you think a little bit how you can adjust one or two things, it’s smart. He trained well for a while already but this week was especially well – that’s the reason why he starts.” – Jurgen Klopp

Meanwhile, James Milner (£5.6m) was unable to overcome his muscle injury to be involved. It appears that this was the reason why Dejan Lovren (£4.9m) was included on the bench having not appeared since Gameweek 21. Klopp did not sound too confident that the Croatian was fully fit to be involved, implying that he was only among the substitutes for numerical reasons.

“We have again little injuries, (Milner) was not able to be involved today, Dejan (Lovren) was not planned to be involved today but he was on the bench after training only twice but we had nobody else – well, the kids, but they played for the U23s.” – Jurgen Klopp

Burnley offered much less attacking threat than usual in their trip to Anfield. It probably shouldn’t put us off their options as they also embark on two Blank Gameweek involvements. As already mentioned, they had just one shot in the Reds’ penalty box but in the last six Gameweeks, the Clarets have averaged 8.8 per game.

The in-form Ashley Barnes (£5.7m), with goals in five of his last six, had a quiet afternoon at Anfield. He did not register a single effort on goal and touched the ball in Liverpool’s box just twice all afternoon. However, in the last six Gameweeks, just three players have registered more penalty box shots as Barnes, only four recording more accurate efforts too.

Youngster Dwight McNeil (£4.4m) continues to keep the likes of Gudmundsson and Robbie Brady (£5.4m) out of the team. It was his 11th consecutive start in Gameweek 30, which means his chances of acting as a cost-effective fifth midfielder in Blank Gameweek 31 remain high.

“Dwight McNeil was outstanding so, strangely, there were a lot of good things, which sounds mad when you lose 4-2.” – Sean Dyche

After going eight matches unbeateen between Gameweeks 20 and 27, it is now three defeats on the spin for Burnley. In those matches they have conceded a total of an average of three goals per game, which could encourage those with Leicester assets for Blank Gameweek 31. Despite organising themselves as we have come to expect under Sean Dyche, the Clarets have made several errors in recent outings which could prove costly against the Foxes next weekend.

“You can’t give away mistakes like we did today, definitely three out of the four (goals) and you could argue all four. You can’t give away errors anyway in the Premier League, but certainly not at places like this. That’s my only gripe because a lot of the performance was very good, and the mentality was spot-on.” – Sean Dyche

Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Robertson, van Dijk, Matip, Alexander-Arnold (Sturridge 86′); Fabinho, Lallana (Keita 77′), Wijnaldum (Henderson 68′); Mané, Firmino, Salah.

Burnley XI (4-4-2): Heaton; Taylor, Tarkowski, Mee, Bardsley; McNeil, Cork, Westwood, Hendrick (Gudmundsson 79′); Wood (Crouch 79′), Barnes (Vydra 86′).

921 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Paul 'The Party Animal…
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 6 days ago

    Got a dilemma, really want to win my H2H and I know my rival has FH this week? Do I...

    A) TC Salah

    B) Save and hope I best him

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

      I play overall so don't understand the point unless specifically in H2H only cash league

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

      B unless you're only playing a one-week game vs rival

    3. Big Ping
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 6 days ago

      A. Will only gain you 3 extra points. So B 😉

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

    bottomed - and need the advice

    current team (ft used)

    fab
    robbo - X - X
    salah(c) - mane - hazard - barnes
    vardy - rondon - chicharito

    1 or 2 hits for the 2 defenders? moves I am considering are:

    a) pva > azpi/luiz (-4)
    b) pva + doherty > luiz + emerson (-8)
    c) pva + doherty > luiz + chilwell (-8)
    d) pva + bednarek > luiz + balbuena (-8)

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

      how much you lose on Doh? I'm pro taking hits for attackers this week but not sure a -8 for 2 def;s are worth it.

      a

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

        i'd lose 0.5 tbf

        bought at 4.4

        cool cheers, what do you think then got a bit of a choice for the defender I do bring in

        azpi, luiz, maguire, chilwell, pereira, west ham defender, emerson, rudiger

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

          one of the first 2 I reckon

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

            ...or maybe Aké?

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

              not for me

              i'd have possibly considered it had I not owned rondon, but definitely not whilst owning him

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

            appreciate the advice

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

      A

      It's too easy for defenders not to pick up the 2 points - see Liverpool this week.

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

        valid point, see my comment above

        which defender in your opinion is the best shout?

    3. Hasselbaink Forever - UJFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      A

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

    Doherty Jim to Azpi Wilson -8 would give me:

    Fab
    TAA/Pereira/Azpi*
    Salah/Mane/Hazard/Brooks
    Barnes/Wilson*/Vardy

    Hart/Pogba/Bednarek/Shaw

    Go for it?

  4. Shark Team
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 6 days ago

    Fraser
    Or Wilson
    For NEW H and BUR H
    ?

    1. TONY123
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Wilson

    2. Tube!!
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Wilson

  5. Runaway
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 6 days ago

    I seem to have an 11 players with 1 one hit if Lascelles plays. If he is confirmed out, which one would you choose:

    A) Puncheon > Brooks for another -4
    B) Jimenez > Wilson for another -4 and loose 1.1 tied value (0.5 net value)
    C) Do not take another hit and play 10 men
    D) Other

    Team atm:

    Fabianski
    TAA Pereira Digne Lascelles
    Salah Hazard Mane Fraser
    Higuain Vardy

    Hamer Jimenez Doherty Puncheon
    -4 taken already, 2.1 ITB, all chips in tact

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

      a/b. Depends how much that Jimenez value matters to future plans

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

        I will absolutely want him back in FH32 and WC34 but the problem is I can not simulate a team to see how tight the budget is because of the uncertainties of fixtures. 0.5 net is not small though.

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

          Some most likely DGW32 fixtures looking like: MCI - ful/CAR, MUN - WAT/wol, CHE - car/BHA, WOL - bur/MUN

          Don't think I'll have Jimenez if that happens, but maybe for 35. It's a risk though given uncertainties, as you say

  6. Hasselbaink Forever - UJFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 6 days ago

    9 starters for GW31 and 2FT -

    Fabi
    TAA / Robbo / Digne
    Salah / Hazard
    Vardy / Rondon / Arnie

    Ryan / Pogba / Doherty staying on my bench

    Will transfer out Son & one of AWB/Camarasa

    A) Son & Camarasa > Maddison & Fraser/Brooks
    B) Son & AWB > Maddison & Azpi / Luiz / Clyne / Ake
    C) Two of above and take Arnie out for -4

    Which combo would you go for?

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

      A

  7. Live Scoutcast Tuesday at 9:30pm - Leave your questions here
    J0E
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    • 10 Years
    9 months, 6 days ago

    Live Scoutcast 9:30pm Tuesday

    Which Gameweek 31 players, teams and issues should we discuss? Anderson perhaps? Best Liverpool or Chelsea assets? Let us know here.

    Subscribe here - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKxYKQ8pgJ7V8wwh4hLsSXQ

    1. the Penman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Liverpool have been done to death for blanks and doubles lately, as have Leicester with Rogers’ appointment - what about Burnley? Is this a blip? Will their underlying stats come good in some easy fixtures over the next 3? Can we trust their defence, or should we all get back on board the Barnes train?

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

        Good question

    2. The Overthinker - I blame R…
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Arsenal assets . Lacazette and auba in particular. With Europa league, it'll be hard to own one of them if one of those two is benched

      1. J0E
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        • 10 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Apologies - I've tweaked the HT to focus more on GWK 31. I think that has to be the focus of this one but hold that thought re Arsenal for a future one - esp when a double is announced.

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

          If you’re focusing on 31 could it still be relevant to factor in a discussion of which assets to bench? Lots of people on here are dealing with 31 and 32 in tandem

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

        United - Pogba and Rashford in particular. Lots are keeping for value. Do their recent returns - especially Rashford - warrant this?

        1. J0E
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          • 10 Years
          9 months, 6 days ago

          Will definitely discuss this issue. I think overthinker tho was thinking of benching in terms of actual benchings due to Europa, where as with Man Utd its in terms of cashing in or benching.

          Its something I've actually changed my mind about today. Will discuss further tomorrow.

    3. Vobinho - Holly's Hams…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Can you do a comparison for King v Wilson and Fraser v Brooks?

      Seems Wilson passed the eye test but King had the stats? - could possibly go either way for 31

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

        yes this would be handy

    4. The Rumour Mill
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Wilson for player, is an attacking double up of him and Fraser worth it for 31 and 33? Fraser is 3rd top assister in Europe this season and Wilson has impressive expected and actual goals and assists. They also on the eye test appear to bring out the best in each other.

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

      1. Salah, can we trust the captaincy on him or do we look at alternatives such as Mane, Hazard, Vardy etc.
      2. Chelsea. Form not that great, up and down.
      3. How many players to have in GW31 if not using FH chip?

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

        3. Additionally, team value (TV) vs form and fixture players. Example: removing Pogba for Mane for GW31 and bring back later. Is losing TV worth it?

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

          3. Midfielder vs Forward picks for GW31. Are we overlooking forwards such as Higuain and Firmino and opting for midfielders such as Mane and Hazard.

    6. -Red Wasabi-
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      What are your plans moving forward? Which players should we ditch or keep for Gwk 31?

    7. kopite65
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      higuain or vardy?
      captain salah or mane as most will have these two, or any other?

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

        This... can't decide

        And Salah (c)

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

      The age old question! Those of us that own underperforming / benched BGW assets, (looking at you Anderson, Pereira, Arnautovic) should we look to move them on for hits or are we commited to keeping them for 31/33?

      Are West Ham this years first, "beach" team?

      1. The Rumour Mill
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        West Ham still have a chance of European football so not on the beach yet IMO.

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

      Bournemouth should be the team - 4 players to pick from in midfield and attack - Fraser, Brooks, Wilson and King - how many and which ones?

      1. The Rumour Mill
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        I think they did bournemouth last week, although most of what they said there is already out of date as Wilson is back and is better than King and Fraser just scored 13 points to Brooks 3 points lol.

    10. The Rumour Mill
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Here's a question for the talking point thats relavent:

      "How much profit in a player makes you keep and bench him rather than sell him in a blank gameweek?"

      I.e. Pogba. He's currently £8.9m. If you bought him at £7.8m would you keep and bench him? What about if you got him at £8.2m? What about £8.5m?

      I know lots of factors come back into it, like would you want him in a GW34 WC squad etc, but it would be good to hear you guys discuss it and possibly come up with a "rule of thumb" that can be applied now and in the future.

      1. FP Elephant
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 5 days ago

        Good comment. Joe/FFS, this is a good question to address. +1 for this. Would even add another factor which is the -4 (or -2 given non player BGWers like Pogba) if you need to take a hit to move players.

        Lots of Wolves and ManU players in our lineups that probbably have both good TV built up in them as Rumor Mill asks about plus will take hits go from 9 or 10 playing players to a full team in GW31 and 33. And these are pretty valuable players so the guys we could get in with the funds are significant (e.g., Chelsea, Leister, Bournemouth players).

    11. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Which are the best Bournemouth assets to own? King or Wilson, Fraser or Brooks or do we go for a defender such as Ake with the cherries promising defensive record at home?

    12. Ich bin Klopp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Which is the best Leicester midfield asset for the blank and upcoming fixtures, Tielemans or Maddison?

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

      Discuss hits for players who play in 31 (and 33).

      I guess the clue is not how many hits you should take, but whether each individual hit is worth it. If you expect the player to score 4 points or more it's worth a hit. Nice occasion to highlight the RMT tool 🙂

      1. RedLightning - January to M…
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        • 9 Years
        9 months, 4 days ago

        The RMT tool will be more useful after the new dates for rearranged fixtures are announced and it can give updated figures for those players who will have a second match in a DGW.

        Until then, it is not easy to estimate how many points players are likely to score in DGW32, and that is useful to know for those who have not yet decided whether to Free Hit in BGW31 or DGW32.

    14. J0E
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Any questions regarding GWK 31 goalkeepers and defenders?

      If so feel free to leave them here.

      1. The Rumour Mill
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        I don't think there's much goalkeeper discussion to be had - the majority own Fabianski already, and those free hitting will surely target the most attractive defensive fixture, which is Huddersfield at home......which also happens to be Fabianski.

        A more interesting question would be is a west ham defensive double up worth a punt? Perhaps Fabianski plus Rice or Diop? From a personal point of view, has anyone got any insight on Balbuana? Would be great to have him back for this fixture.

        Perhaps a ranking of the defensive attractiveness of the fixtures in GW31 would be useful. I.e. which teams have created and conceded the most big chances home/away amongst the sides in question. This will help quanity whether its better to have a Liverpool defender away to Fulham or a Bournemouth defender home to Newcastle, for example.

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

          The West Ham double up question is a good question. I am currently heading towards a Bournemouth defender over the double up but it is a close call.

      2. Demel
        • 8 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Just asked this below..

        Would you pick a Chelsea defensive asset away to Everton? If so, which one is the best choice?

      3. FP Elephant
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 5 days ago

        Fabianski vs. Boruc (esp. when Bournemouth play at home... are they solid enough at the back?). I chose Fab in GW 30 and should have played Boruc.

        Defensively is Liverpool worth it for clean sheets after giving up 2 goals to Burnley? Too late (or too many hits) for those of us doubled up on 'Pool defenders to change our minds and move to Salah AND Mane up front?

    15. ktk_interista
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      What is your plan if the GW31 blanks are not rescheduled for GW32 but GW35. It doesn't have to be all or nothing either. What if there are DGW 32 for only 4 or 6 teams rather than the whole lot? Do you still FH in 32? A lot of people assumed all the GW31 blanks will be in 32 so we will have a mega DGW in 32. The problem is that is not necessary true.

      1. RedLightning - January to M…
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        • 9 Years
        9 months, 4 days ago

        The TV companies will have a big say in this, and they will probably prefer to split the matches fairly evenly between the two DGWs.
        I expect there to be 8-10 teams playing twice in DGW32, 6-8 in DGW35, plus the possibility of another DGW (probably BHA v CAR) in GW36 or 37.

    16. Demel
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Would you pick a Chelsea defensive asset away to Everton? If so, which one is the best choice?

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

      Still worth a Hammers triple up? For those selling players with lots of value - are there any golden rules to think about eg will you buy them back in a WC? Is there a max amount of value losing on a player?

    18. Big Hands Barry
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Which players are worth a point hit - or are we better playing without 11 players to avoid the -4s (is any defender worth a -4 for example with fairly low ceiling for points).

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

      For those free hitting 31, how do we rise up the rankings with this chip? Everyone free hitting has a similar team, so which 'shields' are droppable from the Free Hit Template, and which 'swords' should we get in.

      I'm thinking a one-week punt on Salah/Mane/Firmino triple up on my free hit.

      Are any West Ham attackers worth the risk?

      Which bournemouth assets?

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

        Was thinking the same.. however i think the key will also be West Ham assets as they face Hud at home. Most people will overlook WH due to their poor form however everyone will have a combo of Liv players more likely Robertson/TAA/Mane/Salah so you can only gain by adding Firmino.

      2. Giggs-Tosun Particle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        If we consider that we're allowed maximum 7 attackers, we have a rejuvenated Bournemouth at home to NEW (worth 1-2 attackers), Liverpool at Fulham (worth at least 2 attackers) and Chelsea at Everton (worth 1 or 2 attackers) and Vardy (with a case for Maddo/Tiel/Barnes, I really can't see any space for attacking Hammers in that lot.

        But as West Ham are the only team at home to toothless opposition it makes sense to double or even triple up on them on their defenders. Can see pretty much everyone doing this - nothing else makes sense.

    20. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Best strikers for the blanks 31 & 33?
      What would be the order of priority for those who can't own all?

      For those playing FH32 this might be imorptant that they also look at the GW33 fixtures.

    21. Matty_floyd
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      When do you think the double game weeks are going to be announced?

    22. DeadStar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 5 days ago

      I think you need to discuss West Ham assets ahead of Huddersfield at home. They hardly keep clean sheets and their attackers are useless. But despite that, which of their players are worth investing in this week? 🙂

    23. Alchim1sT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 5 days ago

      Team(s) to talk: Bournemouth and Leicester ..... Pool and Chelsea are quite clear for this blank GW

      Players: Differentials for free hitters!

      Issues: Best Freehit Team selcented by the scoutcast 😉

      gl hf everyone

    24. Basil1977
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 4 days ago

      My first question I really want answering

      Is this a good week to triple captain?

      With a lot of people having 7/8/9 players this week or people taking hits to field XI players this week. Also a lot of people using the free hit in 32 and bench boasting 35 in the 2 double game weeks, leaving the triple captain chip to be used in a single game week. This could be a good week to steal a march and use the triple captain chip on Salah/Mane v Fulham.

      1. jtreble
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 4 days ago

        Post a new thread. It’s easier for managers to see and answer.

  8. the Penman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 6 days ago

    So, Leicester v Burnley this week - the stoppable force meets the movable object. Which way is it going to go? The Barnes train to pick up speed again, or Burnley’s errors to continue to ship goals? Super Heaton to step up or Pereira to finally actually score multiple points for a change?

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

      score draw

      1. the Penman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Ugh, probably. Would reeeeally appreciate Pereira being involved in a goal in that case!

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

          I've already filed him away under failed disaster pick

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

      But he picked up 2 this week. That’s almost as much as VVD Robbo combined. He’s a super asset.

  9. DAZZ
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 6 days ago

    Any defender up to 6.3 to replace Kolasinac/Jonny this week, who’d you have?

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

      Azpi

    2. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 4 days ago

      I wouldn’t be shipping Kola ...

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

    Really need some help guys. Got 2FTs but know I will want Aguero back for DGW so don't really want to sell? Brought Jimenez for 5.5 but happy to keep Wilson for rest of season. So confused.

    Thinking Jimenez + Son > Wilson and Maddison?

    Boruc
    TAA Pereira Keane
    Salah Hazard Maddison Westwood
    Wilson Rondon
    Ryan Aguero Pogba Kola Jonny

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

      Have same issue with Aguero, Pogba Jimenez.
      Would probably do what you suggest, or similar

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

      I'm ditching Pogba and Aguero this week. I will have to downgrade F. Anderson as part of WC 34 to facilitate Aguero's return, but I'm cool with that, can't play a 2 - 5 -3 formation anyway.

      I can't justify getting rid of Jimenez given the price differences. I'll lose about 0.8m buying back Aguero and Pogba, but won't get Pogba back straight away.

  11. liverpool01
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 6 days ago

    Vardy captain over Salah? Salah has been sh#t!

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

      Salah/Mane will be so highly captained that I wouldn't bother taking the gamble

      1. liverpool01
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 6 days ago

        1 goal in 5 games is terrible. I'll probably take Vardy's form over Salah. He looked poor against Burnley couldn't keep the ball

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

          Agree but don't fancy getting it wrong vs the majority

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

      I wouldn't

      bit of a difference between burnley defence and fulham

      1. liverpool01
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Shame I don't have Mane would make it so much easier.

  12. Five Season Wonder
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 6 days ago

    Lads, Lads, Lads. And everybody!

    What is worth taking a hit for when you look at this?

    ......................................................(guaita) (button)
    TAA - ROBERTSON - DIGNE........(doh) (awb)
    SALAH - FELIPE - FRASER........ (pogs) (mgw)
    VARDY......................................... (kun) (rashford)

    I've fallen so badly down the ranks the last 7GWS its embarrassing

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

      yes

      1. Five Season Wonder
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Lol. Care to elaborate?

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

          Yeah misread. GK, mid + fwd

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

      Button to Boruc...Boruc plays twice in 31/33, so 4 point hit instantly repayed just by playing.

      1. Five Season Wonder
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        If Palace lose FA cup tie then Guaita becomes available...

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

          True, I'd still play Boruc in 33, ahead of Guaita.

          1. Five Season Wonder
            • 5 Years
            9 months, 6 days ago

            Do you trust BOU defence? I know they got a CS v Hud but they are an attacking team who (usually) leak goals.

            Then again, so have Palace been that recently lool

            1. the Penman
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              9 months, 6 days ago

              They’ve got Lerma back, he really makes a difference. Plus they’re at home both games aren’t they? It makes for bettter odds too.

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

              2 CS last 4 home with Boruc including Chelsea then 1-1 Wolves 1-0 City

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

              Palace terrible at home for CS Bournemouth terrible away for CS

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

              What they said 🙂

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

        Boruc was my FT last week and switched to playing Guaita 10 mins before lockout :facepalm:

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

          Same, Lloris to Boruc was a forced transfer with GW31 plans in mind.
          First time GW31 planning worked in my favour.

    3. JT11fc
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Rashford to wilson

      1. Five Season Wonder
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Hazard essential?

    4. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      9 months, 6 days ago

      I’d be tempted by the Rondo Boruc double up. It’s eithrr a cs or an attacking return in all probability.

  13. The Overthinker - I blame R…
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 6 days ago

    Want to remove anderson from my team . He has been sh!t .

    In comes Fraser

    1. Five Season Wonder
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      I wish I had the luxury of ditching Felipe.

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

      Who was that poster that kept warning people about Anderson stats before 27? 😆

    3. kopite65
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      been poor, only keeping because of blanks, cant really waste a transfer on him as i have others to move on !

    4. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 4 days ago

      You must have a good GW31/33 team to be able to ship Anderson ...

  14. Stryder05
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 6 days ago

    Aguero to Higuain or Wilson? Already got Hazard & Brooks

    1. liverpool01
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Wilson

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

      Think I'm getting Wilson. There's an additional argument for Higuain - in early for potential DGW32 - but that's not enough appeal yet for me

      1. Five Season Wonder
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Chelsea DGW32 you say?

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

    front 5 for GW31;

    Salah, Anderson and Wilson

    +

    A. Hazard and Vardy
    B. Hazard and Mane

    Thanks all.

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

      b

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

      Mane Vardy

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

      B

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

      Thanks all.

  16. MGD
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 6 days ago

    For how many points would you "sell" your chips for with the team you have now?

    Mine:
    FH: 30 pts
    WC: 25 pts
    BB: 15 pts
    TC: 8 pts

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

      40 points for my WC. Without it 35 would be a disaster.

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

        Hmm. true 🙂

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

      i'd be desperately disappointed if my WC only left me 25pts better off. WC should be influencing your squad for a 3-4 week period at least.

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

        True, i think i understated the points from WC. Maybe up close to 40-50.

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

      Excellent way of looking at it

  17. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 6 days ago

    I haven't had Salah since GW13 but wondering wether to cash in my chips and sell Mane for him this week. I'm concerned that he is due a big score and if it comes this week when literally everyone will have him as captain, it would send me plummeting down the rankings.

    1. liverpool01
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Lol don't sell Mane for Salah, Mane is on form. Salah was so poor against Burnley!

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

        Risk management exercise

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

      Silly and have both

    3. Big Ping
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Being 'due' is a myth, his points returns have been poor because he's off form and is showing the composure of a loaf of bread. The Burnley game didn't indicate that this appears to be changing either!

  18. ShaunGoater123
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 6 days ago

    Lloris > Kepa for a -4?

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

      Yuck. Boruc and Fab more likely to CS

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

      Prefer cheap keeper

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

    Taken a -4 for Vardy and Hazard already.

    Worth another -4 for Wilson or Fraser to take me to 11 players for the week? Would be Puncheon or Success being shipped out.

  20. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 6 days ago

    God sake why is Vardy yellow flagged? He finished the game!

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

      Feral?

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

      he's not

    3. #FPLBhuna
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      ban

    4. Printing Mane
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Rumour spreader

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

    Gentlemen,

    Who do you believe is more nailed?

    A. Azpilicueta
    B. David Luiz

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

      Azpi

  22. Tube!!
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 6 days ago

    Who goes to bring Azpi in....

    A - Lindelof
    B - Doherty

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

      Doherty overvalued and scoring like trash for ages

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

      the one with less value.

  23. Hypnos
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 6 days ago

    Bit late to the party but, Pogba > Hazard or Mane?

    xxxx
    Luiz Schindler Yedlin VvD Chilwell
    Salah Anderson Brooks Pogba*
    Wilson
    (xxxx; xxxx,xxxx,xxxx)

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

    Better option?

    a. TAA
    b. Firmino

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

      T

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

      B

  25. #FPLBhuna
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 6 days ago

    Nothing quite like a game against vs fulham to get the juices flowing

    ...with that in mind, I really don't think it's a bad gameweek for TC Salah

    is anyone else considering it?

    1. Burkey21
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      I think Salah could haul, although ive been saying that for weeks. I will be captaining him this weekend. You?

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

      Will say it again - at this stage I would rather punt on TC Mane

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

      Huddersfield at home in GW36 is the time to TC Salah imo. Liverpool have 3 games this week. I rather captain him in a week where there's one game and where you know Klopp isn't going to field one of the Brexit midfielders.

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

        very valid point

        cheers berbs

      2. Team Cruel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Huddersfield play proper Brexit hoofball. Only way to counter that is with a Brexit midfield.

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

          This is why I voted remain.

    4. Vobinho - Holly's Hams…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Salah has been getting the chances - that's the worry.

      Doesn't matter which defence it is, if you can't put chances away then you won't score points.

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

        It's not rocket science. See it in my 5 a side. Best player in the team in complete funk lately

  26. Burkey21
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 6 days ago

    I currently have 2 FT & FH

    Wanting to FH for this weekend, does this chip use a free transfer?

    Or if i FH will i still have 2 FT for GW32?

    TIA

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

      No you lose. How bad are 31 numbers that you want to FH this week?

      1. Burkey21
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Lose both FT?

        I have 8 players for this gameweek, although 1 75%, got 4 DGW players for 32 already to was looking to strengthen squad and make some ground for this gamweek

        Just seen that GW33 will potentially have more blanks

        if BHA beat MIL
        if WAT beat CRY
        if CRY beat WAT

  27. theodosios
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 6 days ago

    Luckily his face is covered, but that headline is disgusting

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

      Agreed. Not 'unlucky' at all.

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

        or 'unfortunate' 🙂

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

    Be good for Fpl if Swansea beat City in the cup!

    Everyone selling Sterling and Aguero before Cardiff at home

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

      Ban

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

        🙂

  29. #FPLBhuna
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 6 days ago

    what's the better hit

    a) out of form chicharito > wilson (-4) - downside: chicha may still start
    b) pva > azpi (-4)

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

    FH Team:

    Heaton,

    Robertson, Rice, Ake

    Salah, Mane, Hazard, Fraser

    Wilson, King, Arnautovic

    Thoughts?

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

      Just realised this has 4 Bournemouth lol...

      In which case Luiz instead of Ake

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

      Wouldn't get King and Arnie.. Would be more tempted by a Vardy with someone els combo and Rice -> TAA

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

      Vardy not Arnie. Not starting and looks disinterested