Scout Notes

Doubts remain over United and Chelsea assets for season run-in

Manchester United and Chelsea both have two “blue” fixtures on our Season Ticker in Gameweeks 37 and 38.

Chelsea’s matches against mid-table Watford and – especially – Leicester City are far from straightforward, of course, but United face two clubs in the bottom three in the form of Huddersfield Town and Cardiff City.

Any Fantasy managers considering players from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Maurizio Sarri’s sides would have had a keen eye on Sunday’s meeting at Old Trafford but, save for a promising early start from the Red Devils, there wasn’t a great deal to get excited about as the two Champions League-chasing clubs played out a 1-1 draw in the final match of Gameweek 36.

United’s two remaining fixtures may be reason enough to invest in their players, while Chelsea – far better at home in recent times – next face a Watford side at Stamford Bridge that has conceded more “big chances” than any other Premier League team in 2019.

It is probably fair to say that the primary reason we as Fantasy managers would consider players from either Chelsea or (particularly) United would be less about their own qualities and more to do with the calibre of their upcoming opponents.

We reflect on the action from the Sunday tea-time game in our Scout Notes below and round up the latest injury news.

Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea

  • Goals: Juan Mata (£6.1m) | Marcos Alonso (£6.2m)
  • Assists: Luke Shaw (£5.0m) | Antonio Rudiger (£5.9m)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said “inconsistency” and tiredness were factors as his side delivered a mixed display in their 1-1 draw with Chelsea.

United came racing out of the blocks in the first quarter of the game, pressing Chelsea high up the pitch and taking an early lead as they briefly resembled the side that excelled in Solskjaer’s ‘honeymoon period’.

The Red Devils were very clearly leggy in the second half, however, with perhaps the physical exertions of Double Gameweek 35 and the demands of their manager’s high-intensity tactics catching up with them.

The concession of an equaliser to Chelsea just before the interval also seemed to be a hammer blow from a confidence point of view.

Reflecting on the game, Solskjaer said:

Today, I was very happy with the start, maybe it’s been inconsistency because we were flying in the first half, creating chances, on the front foot, play and run, and I think everyone was very pleased with the performance.

Of course, we’re disappointed to come in at half-time with a draw. The mood in the dressing room was very good, backing each other, said the right things.

Second half, it was just a scrappy game. Never got the quality from either team, we certainly didn’t get the intensity and quality in our pressing and the ball suddenly started to go two or three touches rather than one or two in the first half.

We were tired towards the end of the game, that’s for sure. We’ve addressed that issue before, we have just got to take one step at a time.

And there were periods today you feel when Scotty [McTominay] comes on we get those legs again, legs going, and we depend on everyone being fresh and fit.

There was a 40-minute period in the second half where United didn’t register a single shot on goal, before substitute Marcos Rojo (£4.9m) forced Pedro (£6.2m) into a goalline clearance in injury time.

Romelu Lukaku (£10.7m) epitomised United’s display: powerful and pacy in the opening exchanges but already flagging after half an hour.

The positives for United is that they will face far less taxing tests in the form of Huddersfield and Cardiff and, following the three-game week they have just endured, now have a seven-day break before they take on the rock-bottom Terriers.

The “Huddersfield Effect” can’t be underestimated, while a deflated Cardiff could very well be relegated by the time they entertain United in Gameweek 38.

Certainly, there were positive signs in the first half of Sunday’s match at Old Trafford.

Juan Mata‘s (£6.1m) goal was beautifully crafted by Paul Pogba (£8.5m), Lukaku and Luke Shaw (£5.0m), while Lukaku had earlier spurned another excellent opportunity when played through by the United left-back and Eric Bailly (£5.0m) nodded an Ashley Young (£5.7m) corner inches wide on 28 minutes.

Shaw is someone we had picked out in a top 10k differentials piece yesterday, with United next up against the two lowest-scoring teams in the top flight.

The full-back has shown he can supplement (or compensate for a lack of) clean sheet points with occasional attacking returns this season and his assist for Mata’s goal was his fifth of 2018/19.

The early “big chance” he created for Lukaku helped him to maximum bonus yesterday, despite United being deprived of a clean sheet for the ninth Premier League match in a row.

David de Gea (£5.7m) was again culpable for the goal that United conceded, spilling Antonio Rudiger‘s (£5.9m) shot and unable to stop Marcos Alonso (£6.2m) from converting the loose ball.

Asked about his under-fire goalkeeper after the game, Solskjaer said:

He’s been in the spotlight for the right reasons for so long and now he’s going through a period where he probably feels he could have done better.

I don’t have any worries about him because he’s a strong character.

I’ll sit down and speak to David as I’ve done when he’s played well. He’s not the reason why we’re in the sixth position at the moment.

You cannot say there is any complacency, David is not the type to sit down and be complacent. He is a competitor and he wants to be the best.

David knows he could have done better with the goal, there’s no reason hiding that, but there’s no chance any of us will point fingers because he’s saved us so many times.

Marcus Rashford‘s (£7.3m) barren run continued and the England striker has only one attacking return in the last 11 Gameweeks.

Paired alongside Lukaku in a 4-4-2 diamond, Rashford had more penalty box touches than anyone on show but his one shot on goal was an ambitious 30-yard effort from distance.

The England striker had the lowest pass completion rate of any starting outfield player yesterday and the belief that he can, at times, be selfish in possession would only have gained traction yesterday.

Solskjaer revealed that Rashford had been struggling with a shoulder injury before the game and he was indeed withdrawn just after the hour mark, with the Norwegian saying:

Rashy’s struggled with his shoulder and he came through an hour, but couldn’t do more.

Bailly was also helped from the field with a knee injury and Solskjaer said of the Ivorian defender’s condition:

He will need a scan tomorrow but I don’t think it is the worst knee injury you can have. He will be out for the rest of the season, I don’t think we will see him again before next season.

Pogba began the match on the left-hand side of the midfield diamond and was better than he had been in recent weeks but his deeper role continues to be a deterrent from a Fantasy perspective – the Frenchman didn’t register a single shot or key pass and touched the ball just once in the Chelsea box.

Pogba now averages 3.3 FPL points per match in the last ten Gameweeks and that figure would be even worse were it not for the two goals he scored from the penalty spot against West Ham.

Pogba’s penalty-taking responsibility is still worth considering for Gameweeks 37 and 38, however: Huddersfield and Cardiff have conceded 15 spot-kicks between them this season.

This was another Chelsea away performance that won’t live long in the memory, with the Blues having just three shots on target – two of which led to their goal.

Gonzalo Higuain‘s (£9.0m) stoppage-time “big chance” was the only other time that de Gea was called into action.

Higuain, whose only attacking returns have come against sides in the bottom six, disappointed again and frustrated by repeatedly getting caught offside.

The injured Callum Hudson-Odoi (£4.2m) and the benched Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£5.2m) were arguably missed, with Willian (£7.1m) and Mateo Kovacic (£5.7m) offering little of note in their stead.

Willian was one of two Chelsea players to be substituted with an injury, with Rudiger – just back from a knee problem – also limping off.

Maurizio Sarri said of his injured players:

I think the most serious situation is Rudiger, with his knee. Willian at the moment is in trouble but I think it is only a knock so we can try to recover him. For the next match in the Europa League, probably Antonio will be out.

The stats may show that Chelsea had more than twice as many shots as United but there were few clear-cut opportunities within them and half came from outside the area.

Sarri admitted that his side had struggled in the first half, saying:

If I look at the first 20 minutes I am very happy [with a point], but if I look at the last minute when we had the goal opportunity, the most important in the second half, I am not happy.

But to play here in Manchester against United I think is very difficult for us and every team. They played very well in the first 25 minutes, we were in trouble. We were in trouble as we did not have the right distances between the striker, Higuain, and the midfielders. We were in trouble to cover the ball to the defenders. The ball was always a free ball, and they are really very happy when they are dangerous when they can have space and attack behind the line.

We were better in the last part of the first half and better in the second half and we didn’t risk anything in the second half, except for the corner in the last five minutes.

A draw is not too important for us as we need to win the last two matches, otherwise, we are at risk with the goal difference I think.

The fit-again Alonso scored his first goal since Gameweek 2 but owners of Leicester assets will be encouraged by Chelsea’s overall defensive deficiencies ahead of their meeting at the King Power Stadium in Gameweek 38: this was the eighth successive away league game in which they have failed to keep a clean sheet.

With Chelsea in Europa League semi-final action this week and next, it will be also interesting to monitor Sarri’s team selections in Gameweeks 37 and 38.

Whether the Blues’ boss would even consider handing Eden Hazard (£10.9m) a breather against Watford remains to be seen, with a top-four place not yet secure but with the visit of the Hornets falling in between that double-header against Eintracht Frankfurt.

The Belgian was not at his scintillating best yesterday but much of Chelsea’s play flowed through Hazard and he had far more touches in the final third (49) than any other player at Old Trafford.

Hazard has no goals and one assist in his last nine Premier League appearances on the road and his remaining Fantasy appeal would be largely for Gameweek 37, given that Chelsea are away at in-form Leicester on the final day.

Speaking of Hazard and his future, Sarri said:

I don’t know anything new at the moment. But in this moment for me, it is not really very important. I am very happy with Eden, he is playing very well and he fights on the pitch, so I am really very happy. As I say in every press conference, I want to respect his decision.

Manchester United XI (4-1-2-1-2): De Gea; Young, Bailly (Rojo 70′), Lindelof, Shaw; Herrera; Pogba, Matic; Mata (McTominay 80′) Lukaku, Rashford (Sanchez 65′)

Chelsea XI (4-3-3): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger (Christensen 64′), Luiz, Alonso; Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic (Loftus-Cheek 75′), Hazard, Higuain, Willian (Pedro 83′).

520 Comments Post a Comment
  1. kuzser
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Managed to almost close the gap in a ML (from 90 points to 6), but 3rd place is just 8 points behind me.
    ML leader's key differentials: Sterling, fraser, Vardy (no MU)
    3rd place's key differentials: kola,laporte, pogba, Fraser, rashford, vardy (no city attackers)

    My team for gw37:
    Foster (Ryan)
    Taa Doherty Vertongen (Duffy valery)
    Son jota mane Salah(Redmond)
    Jimenez Wilson Aguero

    What is the best move now? 1ft, 0.4itb
    1) save ft and play current team
    2) salah-> sterling
    3) mane/son->pogba
    4) Salah wilson -> Rashford Sterling for -4
    5) duffy-> kola/ shaw
    6) wilson ->zaha

    1. Goodnight Kiwi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      5 maybe, otherwise hold. You wouldn't be playing Duffy anyways.

      1. kuzser
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

        thanks. no ManU vs Hud is not an issue?

        1. Goodnight Kiwi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          11 months, 14 days ago

          Yeah, I'm wondering who to pick but they don't have a standout Talisman right now. I would say DEF: Shaw, MID: Pogba, FWD: Rash - however, I like who I am playing this week as much if not more, so hard to make a change for a 1 week punt.

    2. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      You don't fancy Haz mate?

      I would be tempted by Mané or Son > Haz

      1. kuzser
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

        Unfortunately not enough £ itb.can do only for a hit. And for some reason I expect him to do well only vs Wat, not Leicester

        1. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          11 months, 14 days ago

          I agree that WAT is the key one for him. But that may be enough to sway me to get him and maybe cap him

  2. Goodnight Kiwi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Feels weird holding a trade in the penultimate Gameweek, but I am happy with my team and may just do so. Unless you can see any worthwhile transfers? No money itb

    Lloris (Foster)
    Laporte, TAA, Doherty (Valery, Duffy)
    Salah, Mane, Son, Jota, JWP
    Aguero, Jiminez (Ings)

    Appreciate any thoughts/replies

    1. fridge
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      I have the exact same team except Robbo and Dunk for four Trent and Laporte. I'm thinking might save or do

      A) Son > Pog
      B) Lloris & Mane > Guita & Haz

      1. Goodnight Kiwi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

        Ha, classic. Yeah, Son to Pogba is a good option.
        Son away to BOU then home to EVE
        Pogba away to HUDD, home to CAR.

        Looks like a worthwhile trade on paper

        1. Goodnight Kiwi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          11 months, 14 days ago

          Also now looking at Doherty to Shaw....

          1. kuzser
            • 3 Years
            11 months, 14 days ago

            Doherty vs FUL could be gold. Reckon save a ft this week and have 2 next one

            1. Goodnight Kiwi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              11 months, 14 days ago

              Shaw v Huddersfield could also be gold 🙂

  3. HamezMace
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Jimenez owners planning to keep him for the Liverpool game?

    1. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      nope

      1. HamezMace
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

        Got anyone in mind?

        1. Holmes
          • 6 Years
          11 months, 14 days ago

          Not many, just Zaha and Rashford on list

          1. HamezMace
            • 5 Years
            11 months, 14 days ago

            That's my list too, with maybes over Wilson, and even Perez as a last day differential punt.

    2. Goodnight Kiwi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      I mean, if anyone is going to score against them.....

      1. HamezMace
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

        He does have a decent record against the top six, and there could be some jitters around Anfield too, but I feel there are some better options on the last day.

    3. Jimmy Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Had him from GW1 and he excels in games where you expect nothing from him, so yes

      1. HamezMace
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

        Excellent pick, you've got to show him some loyalty after all he's done for you this year then.

    4. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Probably bench him as JWP is my fifth mid and plays HUD.

      1. HamezMace
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

        JWP is my 4th, is he'll be playing both the next two (after I just benched him for Camarasa)

        Not sure I'd want to take the risk having him on the bench, final day bench points would bug me the whole summer.

        How about that Villa/Leeds game at the weekend, crazy stuff!

        1. avfc82
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 10 Years
          11 months, 14 days ago

          Yeah that is true. Another option is to bench Wilson, but the form he's in would make that difficult.

          Never seen anything like it at Elland Road! Fair play to Bielsa. On the other hand Bamford can do one - suspension incoming!

          Would love to see us play Leeds in the play off final - 2 proper clubs with fantastic support.

          1. HamezMace
            • 5 Years
            11 months, 14 days ago

            Also true, I've tipped Palace/Bournemouth to be the GW38 goalfest game.

            Yes, clearly play acting. Also the centre back who tried to stop the equaliser, what was he playing at?!

            Agreed, I'd like to see you both in the final, as you say, two well supported clubs, good history, and would have a decent shot of staying up in the PL too.

    5. Goat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Bench

      1. HamezMace
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

        Liverpool fan?
        ...although could you imagine anything worse, Jimenez scores the goal to deny you the league, and he's your first sub in FPL!

        1. Goat
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          11 months, 14 days ago

          Yes but I’ve a strong 3-5-2 line up that week anyway

  4. fenixri
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Eriksen, Firmino -> Mili, Aguero for -4?

    Or wait last week and save FT?

    1. ResultatFar
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 14 days ago

      I would do that!

  5. Neetan
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Want to get Pogba in, who to sell:

    A) Son
    B) Eriksen

    1. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      I'd sell Eriksen.

    2. Kung Fu Football
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      B

  6. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    2FT ... 0.1ITB
    Eriksen Son - > Hazard Jota?

    Lloris
    Robertson Laporte Valery
    Sterling Mane Eriksen Son
    Kun, Jimenez, Wilson

    Foster Deulofeu Yoshida Dunk

    1. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Yeah I like those moves a lot.

      1. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

        Cheers

  7. Vpan
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    I really don't know what to do with Firmino.

    9.3 for a striker and 1FT.

    a) Firmino -> Higuain

    b) Firmino -> Rashford (and maybe Duffy -> Laporte for -4)

    c) other

    d) save

    1. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Just wait until we have better info

      I have him also but I'm not shipping him until I know for certain he won't play, which we will be closer to knowing I hope by Friday.

      If he is out then the usual suspects of Wilson, Rash or Zaha are on the list although all have their drawbacks!

  8. Keep Calm and Play On
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    At this point who do you guys feel is more crucial to have in your team?

    A) Sterling (LEI, bri)
    B) Salah (new, WOL)
    C) Both but at the expense of Aguero

    1. ResultatFar
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Salah + Aguero

    2. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Probably Sterling.

  9. Daniel100Maerkl
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Shaw or Wilson to bring in this week?

  10. Perthite
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    1FT 0.8m

    A: Lacazette out
    B: Formino out
    C: Son out
    D: Ssve FT for use in the usual GW38 carnage?

    Ryan Foster
    Robertson Doherty Valery AWB Bednarek
    Salah(c) Sterling Son Jota Camarasa
    Firmino Jimenez Lacazette

    1. ResultatFar
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Firmino + Laca -> Aguero + Zaha -4

      1. Perthite
        • 9 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

        Thanks - yeah a possible.
        Lacazette has a nice fixture but don't trust he will even start, let alone score. Firmino's health status is also an issue.
        Don't know how much (if any) time Son will get with CL & the part of the last Tottenham game he didn't seem that dangerous.

  11. Kalou
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Looking for some inspiration my ml rival is 5points behind me and I have 1 ft and 1.2m itb
    Loris/Ryan
    Val/yosh/Laporte/doch/cath
    Jwp/mane/ster/Son/Erik
    Aguero/Jim/mitro
    Thanks!

  12. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    RP on new article for some different opinions

    IF Bobby looks to be out, which move would you prefer to see out the last 2 GWs?

    A) Son, Firmino > Sterling, Wilson (-4)
    B) Son, Firmino > Haz, Wilson/ Rash/ Zaha (-4)
    C) Firmino > Wilson/ Rash/ Zaha (FT)
    D) Something else

    1FT 0.4itb
    Lloris
    Robbo, Laporte, Doherty
    Salah, Son*, Jota, Mili
    Kun, Jimi, Firmino*
    (Foster) (JWP, Valery, Yoshida)

    If it seems like he will play I think I'd be tempted to just save FT this week and go into the final GW with 2FT and a week's more form info to inform my final transfers.

    Thanks!

    1. HamezMace
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      C, but I'm torn on who, probably Rashford if he's fit.

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

        You don't think would get burnt by having no Haz or Sterling?

        Rash if fit seems obvious but he has looked so far off his game and playing in a team that is not helping him flourish - would make me nervous as I need a strong finish

        1. HamezMace
          • 5 Years
          11 months, 14 days ago

          I wouldn't worry about no Hazard at all.
          Sterling yes, but you have Aguero, and I wouldn't want to take a hit to get him at this late stage personally.

          To be fair United looked bang up for it in the first half, and played very well up until the error from De Gea, then they just lost all momentum, and looked deflated in the second half.
          ...but for fixtures, you couldn't ask for better for Rashford.

          1. Don Kloppeone
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            11 months, 14 days ago

            I think you're right and if we get definitive news that Bobby is out and Rash is fit then that will be my no-brainer move I think.

            Spurs have plenty to play for still and so Son may well be worth keeping, especially with so many dumping him

            1. HamezMace
              • 5 Years
              11 months, 14 days ago

              I've never considered dropping Son to be honest, playing Bournemouth next, and should be assured a start with no CL midweek.

              1. Don Kloppeone
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                11 months, 14 days ago

                Yes although he will have the 2nd leg (which he is not suspended for right?) 4 days after the BOU match

                But yeh I agree he is more likely than most to play most of the match

                Whether he will actually return is another matter!

                1. HamezMace
                  • 5 Years
                  11 months, 14 days ago

                  Yes he's only suspended for the first leg, but it's hard to think that he won't start the Bou game after not having played Saturday just gone, and they don't really have any other options.

                  Returns against Bournemouth are about as likely as they come right now, defensively very weak right now.

                  1. Don Kloppeone
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    11 months, 14 days ago

                    Ha you're in a competing sales pitch with AVFC82 and Pingissimus who are advocating getting in Haz for Son

                    Both are good arguments!

                    1. HamezMace
                      • 5 Years
                      11 months, 14 days ago

                      I don't want to argue with AVFC82, if he were a Stonecutter he'd be no.1.

                      1. Don Kloppeone
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        11 months, 14 days ago

                        He’s having an unbelievable season!

    2. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      C Zaha

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

        As above to Hamezmace, you don't think it's stupid to have neither Haz or Sterling for run in?

        Zaha could be great because of fixtures - although I do have Mili already...

        1. Pukki Party
          • 2 Years
          11 months, 14 days ago

          Spurs fixtures are good too

          1. Don Kloppeone
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            11 months, 14 days ago

            This is very true and they have plenty to play for so holding Son when many are dumping could be a good idea!

    3. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      I'd be really tempted to make the move including Hazard.

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

        It's definitely tempting. From a fixtures perspective, if Rash is fit then bringing in Haz and Rash seems obvious.

        Let's not forget though how much of a mega-troll Hazard really is ... he has never been good to me!

        Another consideration, Spurs have plenty left to play for and holding Son when so many are ditching could work out well also.

        It's a very tough one!

        1. avfc82
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 10 Years
          11 months, 14 days ago

          I'm a bit off Spurs at the moment. Think now is the time to get rid with CL commitments and a tough last game of the season against Everton who have really improved defensively.

          1. Don Kloppeone
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            11 months, 14 days ago

            I do hear that

            Do you trust Haz enough though?
            Clearly he is still the funnel through which anything decent at Chelsea passes but .... in FPL terms he is pretty pants for his price tag - for me the only thing going for him is this last home fixture tbh

            1. avfc82
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 10 Years
              11 months, 14 days ago

              I think so, his home form is good - 7, 16, 14 and 10 in the last 4.

              1. Don Kloppeone
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                11 months, 14 days ago

                Who do you prefer as a max 7.5m Bobby replacement if that is my chosen path to Haz?

                1. avfc82
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 10 Years
                  11 months, 13 days ago

                  Sorry, only just seen this. Probably Wilson, or maybe even Calvert-Lewin.

                  1. Don Kloppeone
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    11 months, 13 days ago

                    Don’t worry!

                    DCL is a very punty one!

                    I guess I’ll wait for Rash fitness news and then decide. Wilson definitely has the form but I also just took him out so bit painful to reverse!

            2. pingissimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              11 months, 14 days ago

              He’s very decent for his price tag imo.

              He’s the second highest scorer overall, in form and distinctly cheaper than Mo and Raz too nowadays. Factor out Mane who everyone has and Pog and I’m not seeing a premium mid I’d want more in 37.

              1. Don Kloppeone
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                11 months, 14 days ago

                You're doing a decent sales pitch 😉

                Now I just need Bobby to be confirmed out otherwise finding the £1.8m I need to get Haz for Son will be tough!

          2. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            11 months, 14 days ago

            Agreed.

            If you look past the Huddersfield match and the CL thing then their attack seems very ordinary. A goal here and a goal there.

            1. Don Kloppeone
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              11 months, 14 days ago

              Cheers mate

              With that in mind what do you think re. my options above (obv dependign on Bobby fitness)?

              1. pingissimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                11 months, 14 days ago

                Perhaps A

                I’m on B but have no vacant city spot. Should add that I’m looking for potential hauls - both Hazard and Raz could do that. And I’ve been lucky with both all season when I’ve had them. Biased

                1. Don Kloppeone
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  11 months, 14 days ago

                  Sterling is indeed likely to haul in one of the next 2 but Haz is at least unobstructed in the Chelsea team by teammates that will take returns away from him!

                  My main issue with A is Wilson who I literally just dumped for Firmino in GW36 (I know I know) so it would burn to reverse that!

                  1. pingissimus
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    11 months, 14 days ago

                    Ha

                    Maybe not Wilson then. Mitro?

                    If it helps I’m busy reassembling a hybrid of my pre WC team and those I cut at the last minute.

                    1. Don Kloppeone
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      11 months, 14 days ago

                      Hmmm you still think Sterling is the better pick over Haz despite already having Kun and Laporte? It's only really the home fixture at Stamford Bridge vs WAT that interests me about him!

                      1. pingissimus
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        11 months, 14 days ago

                        I prefer Sterling over the two matches. Haz away rarely seems to do much and the home one is so close to Europe tie.

    4. kuzser
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      A or C mate. wait until Friday definitely. If Firmino is out, then wait and have 2 ft next week.

      What would you do in my case (post on top of the page)

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

        Thanks mate - just replied to yours

        I think I have discounted A. I have Kun and want to spread myself across a couple more teams going into the last 2 to capture opportunities! Also I only just took Wilson out (wrongly.... for Firmino!) so getting him back would be painful

        I am between B and C pending injury news from Bobby and Rash basically

  13. Lignja
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Im on best rank this season so far would like to try 10k, and i kinda won both mini leagues(70 pts lead)so i can risk i think. Any ideas?

    A. Son to Pogba
    B. Aguero to Lukaku (c)

    Gunn
    Taa, Valery, Doherty
    Salah, Sterling, Son, Mane
    Aguero, Wilson, Jiminez

    Ryan, Dendoker, Yoshida, 3.9

    1. Kung Fu Football
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Not B!!

  14. Murder On Zidanesfloor
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Someone on the last page said Hazard might be rested this weekend. Why on earth??

    1. fenixri
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      2 days to recover from EL semis

      1. fenixri
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

        And they are traveling to Germany, so there is a reason to think about it but I doubt he will get rest.

    2. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      europa

    3. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Just depends on Europa League

      Fortunately we will know what has happened before the deadline and will just decide based on pressers

    4. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      It'll probably be his last PL game at Stamford Bridge - I'd be really, really surprised if he's benched. Playing Thursday, Sunday, Thursday won't be an issue.

      1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 14 days ago

        Agreed.

    5. Murder On Zidanesfloor
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Thanks, this makes my (c) decision easier

      1. avfc82
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

        Great pick, I'm looking at ways to get him in.

        1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
          • 1 Year
          11 months, 14 days ago

          i did salah + vardy > Hazard + Kun

  15. Lord Flashheart
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    what to do with vardy?

    a - lukaku?aguero? (both will cost -4)
    b - anyone else below 10.4 for free?
    c - keep

    1. Baines on Toast...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Keep as he’s the in form striker in the league

  16. Bubbles1985
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Am I best to hold transfer this week or try upgrade in defence??

    Chasing ML by 12 points!

    Lloris
    Robertson Laporte Doherty
    Salah(vc) Son Sterling(c) Jota Camarasa
    Rashford Jiminez

    Foster Gray Bednarek Duffy

    I have 0.8m itb and 1ft...

    1. grumpyman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Defence is the same as mine, so you don't need an upgrade 😉 Camarasa > JWP?

      1. Bubbles1985
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

        ML rival has both JWP and Wilson.

        Which is a shame as I have exact cash to do Gray > Wilson!

        Need to wait and see if Rashford is fit I guess.

      2. Bubbles1985
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

        Could also use my transfer this week to dump Foster and bank more cash for final week flutter!!

  17. bigdip
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Help pls:
    Lloris (Foster)
    Valery TAA Doherty (Duffy, Yoshida)
    Son Deulofeu Salah MANE Jota
    Aguero Jimenez (GRAY)

    1FT 0.3mn ITB

    A) Mane & Gray to Pogba & Rashford
    B) Mane & Gray to Sterling/Haz & Long
    C) Son & Gray to Richarlison/Bilva & Rashford
    D) Son & Gray to 8.0 mid & Zah

  18. Benditlike
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    If nothing new happens during the week. What do you think about this?

    A) Llorente & Højbjerg > Quaner & Jota
    B) Duffy & Eriksen > Robertson & Jota

    Current team
    Ryan
    Doherty, TAA, Laporte
    Mane, Son, Sterling, Eriksen
    Aguero, Jimenez, Llorente

    Gunn, Duffy, Valery, Højbjerg,

  19. Crazygopher
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Help needed please

    Erik to pog. Then either trip to shaw. Free up funds for gw38 or cath to shaw Have robo lap and doh.

    A trip to shaw
    B cath to shaw

  20. Murder On Zidanesfloor
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 14 days ago

    If Cardiff don't beat Palace this weekend then its curtains for them, which means that there is a high possibility that brighton will have nothing to play for in the final GW. perfect time to TC kun or sterling

    1. Baines on Toast...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Imagine they’d still want to end a bad season on a high in front of their own fans.

      1. barracuda
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

        That mean nothing. Trophy does.

        1. Baines on Toast...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          11 months, 14 days ago

          It doesn't mean nothing.

      2. drughi
        • 10 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

        plus nerves for city, easier said then done to close up shop

        1. barracuda
          • 3 Years
          11 months, 14 days ago

          Not after their 4th in the 1st half

      3. Murder On Zidanesfloor
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 14 days ago

        more likely that they will be on the beach after a night at the pub

    2. HamezMace
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Curtains for them anyway, they won't win both of their games, which is what they need, a win and draw won't keep them up.

      1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 14 days ago

        2 wins is still a possibility

        1. HamezMace
          • 5 Years
          11 months, 14 days ago

          As bad as United are, I don't see Cardiff beating them...and beating Palace.
          I'm actually agreeing with you, I think Brighton will be safe on the last day, and will be TC Aguero myself.

          1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
            • 1 Year
            11 months, 14 days ago

            hahah yeah i get that, the point was that if cardiff beat palace, brighton will not take things for granted and will still park the bus vs city. If cardiff dont win at palace, brighton will be at the beach vs city

      2. Murder On Zidanesfloor
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 14 days ago

        brighton will still park the bus against arsenal

  21. barracuda
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Would you avoid Man Utd?

    1. HamezMace
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Not although.
      Due to fixtures I still think they have some good assets.

    2. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      if you have some non-performing player, might as well take a punt on best set of fixtures. Its season end afterall.

      I have gone with only shaw, no space for their attacking assets.

    3. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      The next 2 fixtures are a dream, but United are terrible. Yesterday's goal from Mata was the first time they'd scored from open play in ages. I'd avoid.

    4. Crazygopher
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Everyone is going on how they had lost 7 in 9 in all competitions.But look who they played. They have hud and card Can see them going mad and getting lots of points triple man u for me

      1. avfc82
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

        I think there is more to it than simply saying they've played tough opposition. There is a massive lack of creativity in the team. Chelsea went into yesterday's game having conceded 2 against Burnley and 3 against Slavia Prague, they were there for the taking. Other teams have shown you can score past City and Everton, but United simply weren't up to it.

    5. Marv25
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Yes. Form over fixtures

  22. Chucky
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Triple cappo Jimmy? 😀

    1. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Jimmy Fix It.......too soon?

      1. Chucky
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

        jaf in the house ... 😀

  23. Bambi
    • 8 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Son + Deulofeu --> Mane and Camarassa for 2FT?

    1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 14 days ago

      no way

  24. #FPLBhuna
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    seeing a lot people removing/ considering removing son

    seems hazardous to me..

  25. SoShy
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    TC on Aguerooooooo (still hurts as a UTD fan)

    1) Leicester at home
    2) Brighton Away

    1. Marv25
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      I'm on Aguero TC for lei.

      Beast at home!

    2. Murder On Zidanesfloor
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 14 days ago

      2) see my post above

  26. CAPA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Like lots of others here, ML is tight going into the last 2 GWs with the top 2 core teams A and B very similar. Only 10 points in it with all chips played.

    Ignoring the same players leaves:-

    A v B

    Lloris - Bou (A) v Gunn - WHU (A)
    Kolasinac - Bri (H) v Sterling - Lei (H)
    VVD - New (A) v Robertson - New (A)
    Eriksen - Bou (A) v Salah - New (A)
    Redmond - WHU (A) v Ward-Prowse - WHU (A)

    Which bunch of players would you prefer?

    Thanks

    1. CAPA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Help would be appreciated with this?

    2. grumpyman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      ABBBB

      1. CAPA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 14 days ago

        Thanks Grumpyman - that's encouraging as I'm B!

  27. Marv25
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Is Erikson to Sterling worth a -8?

    Involves downgrading my Bench Boost fodder

    1. Ribus
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Damn no

  28. what's my name
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    one move i’m tinkering around to catch the lead in ML
    son + liorente-> mili + kun for a hit thoughts y/n?

  29. The Head-Ake
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    I became ML leader and am looking to play it safe. Dude who's second has Pogba and Rashy and will 95% retain them. They have good fixtures too and though I'm aware this isn't how it is supposed to be done, this move seem alright? :

    Eriksen + Son + Vardy --- Haz + Pog + Rashy (-4).
    Can also do : Eriksen + Son + Vardy --- Haz + Sterling + Long (-4)

    Which should I do?

  30. seewhyaxe
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    shucks I did my transfer early, forgetting about the UEFA fixtures in midweek.

    1. Ribus
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Even with those fixtures, gaining value doesnt matters at this point of the season.