Scout Notes

Chelsea’s Europa League exploits hand advantage to Vardy and Leicester

Wins for Chelsea and Arsenal on Thursday ensured that four Premier League clubs will have major European finals at the back of their minds in Gameweek 38.

We have examined the two matches to see if their exertions in the semi-finals of the Europa League and further commitments could potentially hand advantages to Leicester and Burnley respectively.

Also, the post-match press conferences for both clubs acted as the media commitments for those Gameweek 38 matches, so we have also included any pertinent information from those.

Chelsea 1-1 Eintracht Frankfurt (2-2 on aggregate, Chelsea win on penalties)

Goals: Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£5.2m)

Assists: Eden Hazard (£11.0m)

Owners of Jamie Vardy (£9.0m) will be pleased both by the fact that Chelsea were forced all the way to extra-time and penalties on Thursday night, as well as Maurizio Sarri’s comments after the game. After the physical exertion of 120 minutes and the emotion of the occasion, it is clear the Blues will not be as ready for Sunday as Brendan Rodgers’ fresh and rested Leicester side. Sarri himself admitted that his side was very tired will not have been able to recover 100% by the start of Gameweek 38. He also hinted that there could be rests for some key players, which would further play into the Foxes’ hands.

“We were not able to score the second goal in the first half and were in trouble in the first part of the second half. We did better after that and, in extra-time, we were really very tired. Also, the opponents were very tired. I think it was a wonderful match.” – Maurizio Sarri

“It’s not easy for an English team to arrive in the last month in a very good condition, physically, because here we play more than in the other countries. We played the match No61 today. In Italy you can play 50/52 matches, but it’s a big difference. 10 matches of difference is a big difference. Two and a half months without training, so a big difference.” – Maurizio Sarri

“For sure, it will be very difficult for Sunday, I think. But we need to consider that our best match, in my opinion, was here in Stamford Bridge against Tottenham, three days after 120 minutes in the cup final against Manchester City. Of course, now it’s more difficult, I think. We played 61 matches, so it’s very difficult. We need to rest, of course. It will be a very difficult match, physically but also mentally. Especially mentally. Physically we can recover. No 100%, but we can recover.” – Maurizio Sarri

It was fitting that Eden Hazard (£11.0m) scored the winning penalty for Chelsea with what could prove to be his final touch for the club at Stamford Bridge. Once again, he was involved in attacking returns in open play providing the assist for Ruben Loftus-Cheek‘s (£5.2m) first-half goal. However, we should remember, as we highlighted recently, that Belgian is without a goal on his travels in the Premier League. Let’s not also forget that he could be one of the players Sarri manages the minutes of considering the top-four is already secured for Chelsea and there is the Europa League final to look forward to.

Despite Loftus-Cheek’s impressive displays of late, following two goals and two assists in his last four domestic home matches with another Stamford Bridge strike on Thursday, he may not play a part in Gameweek 38. He was removed from the field in the closing stages of normal time with a muscle injury and unfortunately, Sarri did not provide much of an update after the game.

There was also a further boost for those looking at Vardy for Gameweek 38 as Andreas Christensen (£5.0m) was forced off in the 74th minute. With Antonio Rüdiger (£5.9m) ruled out for the rest of the season, Sarri will have limited options at centre-back and may have to make changes when he takes his Chelsea side to Leicester. Gary Cahill (£5.0m) could come in for one last start, although the solution Sarri used on Thursday night was the bring Davide Zappacosta (£5.0m) at right-back and slide Cesar Azpilicueta (£6.4m) into the centre-back role.

“We lost [Andreas] Christensen, we lost [Ruben] Loftus-Cheek. We started the match with three injuries, two injuries during the match. Not a serious problem [with Loftus-Cheek], he had the usual cramp after 75 minutes.” – Maurizio Sarri

It is worth saying though that Chelsea still defended admirably even after being forced into changes. Sarri admitted that he wanted to play a tighter game in the closing stages as he was confident his team would not get the next goal and did not want to leave Chelsea exposed to a good counter-attacking team by trying to push for it. With his team tired from Thursday night, the Italian could set up in a similar fashion given Leicester’s strengths on the counter. That period featured some impressive goal-line clearances from substitute Zappacosta and David Luiz (£5.8m).

“It was clear we were not able to score the second goal in the first half, the match was difficult. Also because, if you are not very, very compact on the pitch, they are dangerous. In an open match, they become really very dangerous. Or you are able to take control of the match for 90 minutes, to stay high and play in the opposing half, otherwise they are very, very dangerous.” – Maurizio Sarri

Perhaps the only other concern for Vardy owners, even if he does have a formidable record at home of late, will be penalties. The Englishman has missed only one spot-kick this season but on Sunday will be facing a man who got plenty of practice under pressure on Thursday in Kepa Arrizabalaga (£5.4m). The Chelsea goalkeeper was one of the heroes of the shoot-out as he saved two of Frankfurts’ penalties, from Martin Hinteregger and Goncalo Paciencia.

Chelsea XI (4-3-3): Kepa; Emerson, D Luiz, Christensen (Zappacosta 74′), Azpilicueta; Loftus-Cheek (Barkley 86′), Jorginho, Kovacic; Hazard, Giroud (Higuaín 96′), Willian (Pedro 62′).

Valencia 2-4 Arsenal (3-7 on aggregate)

Goals: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang x3 (£10.8m), Alexandre Lacazette (£9.4m)

Assists: Lacazette, Lucas Torreira (£4.7m), Ainsley Maitland-Niles (£4.4m), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£6.6m)

Predicting Unai Emery’s team for the Gameweek 38 trip to Burnley should prove to be harder than ever after their Europa League exploits on Thursday night. Despite travelling to Valencia with a 3-1 aggregate lead, Unai Emery deployed the strongest team possible, including a front-pairing of both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.8m) and Alexandre Lacazette (£9.4m).

The two have started the last two league games in a row alongside each other, despite Emery balancing domestic competitions with the Europa League so in that sense, both of them could line-up at Turf Moor on Sunday. However, with top four an extremely unlikely target for Arsenal now, winning the Europa League is the only realistic route into the Champions League for 2019/20, as well as a real possibility to win a trophy. For that reason, it would not be too surprising if several key players were rested or had their minutes managed in a game which is effectively a dead rubber. The Europa League final is admittedly 19 days away but given the short turnaround between the trips to Spain and Lancashire, Emery may want to avoid any unnecessary injuries as a result of over-exertion.

“We have two possibilities to qualify. One we lost. The second is the Europa League here. Our objective is to go to the Champions League but also it is one title. I think matches like today with this atmosphere are amazing. Every player, every club wants to play in it.” – Unai Emery

“We lost the chance to be in the top four on Sunday. We know it was going to be difficult but we took the possibility. We were strong in our minds to prepare, in our focus and to work hard. We can be proud of the players. our supporters here today with us. It’s not finished yet. It’s one step more to play the final. We are happy but also it’s continuing to be difficult to win.” – Unai Emery

Despite producing some fairly abject performances on the road in the Premier League this season, Arsenal may take heart for 2019/20 from securing this result at the home of Valencia. On Thursday night, the Spanish side lost for only the second time in 22 matches in front of their own supports (won 15, drawn five) and conceded four goals there for the first and only time this season. Replicating displays like this one would certainly help Arsenal improve on their away record during this Premier League campaign, which has so far seen more defeats than wins and a negative goal difference.

“Not one team has scored four against Valencia and only one time Atletico Madrid scored three goals and we did that last week. Valencia are a very good team. A very difficult team and we showed in these moments we can do that.” – Unai Emery

Part of Arsenal’s control of the fixture stemmed from one of the best link-ups between Aubameyang and Lacazette all season. The Gabonese international netted a hat-trick, while the Frenchman got a goal of his own as well as an assist. It is nights like this that suggest that the two strikers are now displaying an understanding that warrants starting both of them regularly in the Premier League in 2019/20.

“Yes, they are very good strikers. I am proud of them, how they work defensively. We need big players today. When their commitment is like today, defensively also working to help us it’s amazing. And after their attacking moments was coming. I think all our players did perfect.” – Unai Emery

“We have talked a lot about our relationship and it is a pleasure to play with him, above all when you win games like this.” – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Arsenal conceded twice but to some extent there was no shame in the goals they allowed. It should come as no surprise that Kevin Gameiro got them both as he has been in incredible form at the Mestalla Stadium in the Europa League this season, finishing the campaign with 11 goals in 12 starts there in that competition.

After letting in the second, Arsenal began to control the game and manage their hosts with the maturity that we have seen with increasing regularity in European competitions under Emery this season. Right wing-back Ainsley Maitland-Niles (£4.4m), who also got an assist for one of Aubameyang’s goals, had Goncalo Guedes under wraps for most of the evening before the Portuguese winger was eventually substituted. In the end, Valencia had double the shots that Arsenal did but fewer on target.

Arsenal XI (3-4-1-2): Cech; Monreal, Koscielny, Sokratis; Kolasinac (Mustafi 71′), Xhaka, Torreira (Guendouzi 80′), Maitland-Niles; Özil (Mkhitaryan 62′); Lacazette, Aubameyang.

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  1. Iain Dowies Love Child
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Son replacement:

    A) Redmond
    B) Fraser
    C) Babel
    D) Anyone else?

    1. The Mighty Whites
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Bernardo

    2. #FPLBhuna
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      A

    3. Magic Zico
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      1 month, 16 days ago

      Fraser Redmond then Babel for that lot

    4. AC Yew
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Bilva?

      • Jᴀʀᴠish
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Are you replacing me dad? 🙁

        1. Iain Dowies Love Child
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Haha - irreplaceable Jarvish!

      • 007 [RoboKlopp]
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Fraser

    5. GW 38 News Roundup
      Rotation's Alter Ego
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      1 month, 16 days ago

      What we learnt in the runup to Gameweek 38….

      Whoever decided to put 18 pressers on one day is evil.

      Manchester City

      KDB could be involved on Sunday, having taken part in training in the last 2 days. Fernandinho is out.
      https://twitter.com/Sammy_Goal/status/1126827472388009985

      Liverpool

      Robertson is “fine” and Salah “looked good” having been running outside and will be part of training today. Firmino, however, will miss out it seems.
      https://twitter.com/neiljonesgoal/status/1126783070001037312?s=19

      Chelsea

      Just a post match conference for Chelsea. RLC had to be withdrawn due to cramp, a repeat occurrence now for the midfielder. Christensen played down the severity of his injury, but still looks set to be a doubt for the Leicester game.
      https://twitter.com/NizaarKinsella/status/1126779427264892928

      Tottenham

      Son lost his ban appeal so will miss the end of the season, as will Foyth. Aurier and Lamela are fit, Rose and Wanyama are doubts, but Vertonghen is out for Sunday. Sanchez will continue with his rehab
      https://twitter.com/Dan_KP/status/1126818558414073856

      Manchester United

      OGS will give “one or two of the kids” a start Sunday, with a number including Greenwood training with the first team this week. OGS hopes to give Valencia a farewell appearance, if he is fit enough to make the matchday squad. Lingard could return, whilst Lukaku, Sanchez and Martial are doubts. Bailly is out.
      https://www.manutd.com/en/news/detail/man-utd-team-news-update-for-last-game-v-cardiff-city

      Everton

      Silva revealed Calvert Lewin is injured and Richarlison will miss the game too; Gomes is back from suspension. Coleman is a doubt and will be assessed.
      https://twitter.com/philkecho/status/1126830030506602496

      Watford

      Only Quina and Prodl are out for Watford, who are boosted by the return of the now available Capoue from injury. Gracia also confirmed he wouldn’t be resting players with the FA Cup final on the horizon.
      https://www.watfordfc.com/teams/first-team/team-news-west-ham-united-0

      West Ham

      Nasri is fit, but Carroll, Reid and Yarmolenko remain out, despite Yarmolenko being in full training now. Anderson and Rice are back from illness, whilst Snodgrass is no longer suspended. MP also hinted that Wilshere could get a rare start.
      https://twitter.com/Sam_InkersoleTM/status/1126813782083297280?s=19

      Crystal Palace

      Dann might have picked up a small knock in training and is being monitored, other than that it’s the same injuries as last week, which would include Benteke.
      https://twitter.com/CPFC/status/1126826904974168066?s=19

      Bournemouth

      Begovic will not be in the squad, having been given the weekend off – this might mean another start for Travers. Howe doesn’t expect any of his injuries to return, meaning that Brooks and Gosling look set to miss out again.
      https://twitter.com/afcbournemouth/status/1126765078085136384?s=19

      Newcastle

      Ki has a small knee injury that isn’t serious but Rafa doesn’t want to take any risks. “More or less” the same problems as before
      https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/rafa-benitezs-press-conference-newcastle-16255895.amp

      Southampton

      Hasenhuttl said he is likely to make any changes to his team, with him allowing Gunn to make a return in goal. When asked if he could share any injury news – “I could but I don’t want to”. Brilliant.
      https://twitter.com/SouthamptonFC/status/1126828288041803776?s=19

      Cardiff

      Cardiff’s loan duo – Camarasa and Arter – have likely played their last games for Cardiff. Warnock says they’re doubts for Sunday - Camarasa has a nasty dead leg injury, whilst Arter still struggles with his calf injury and is almost certainly out. Warnock thanked both for their services this year.
      https://twitter.com/philblanche/status/1126784192715603968?s=19

      Huddersfield

      “Nearly the same squad” for Siewert this week as last. Durm won’t play as he can’t train, Zanka similarly couldn’t train properly and Lowe also has a small problem. Coleman will start in goal (4m keeper).
      https://twitter.com/htafcdotcom/status/1126819755049013248?s=19

      I’ll add more as it comes out, 6 teams missing from this list for a variety of reasons. Bit mad today.

      1. Jᴀʀᴠish
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Cheers RAE - great work on these this season 🙂

        1. Rotation's Alter Ego
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          • 7 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Cheers Jarv 🙂

      2. TheDragon
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 16 days ago

        So Robbo will start?

        1. Rotation's Alter Ego
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          • 7 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          He's fine.

          Take it with a big pinch of salt, wouldn't be overly surprised to see him rested

      3. Bubz
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        "Hasenhuttl said he is likely to make any changes to his team, with him allowing Gunn to make a return in goal."

        What does this mean? He is likely or is likely to make no changes?

        1. TheDragon
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 16 days ago

          The big question:

          Is there a missing ‘not’ or has ‘many’ become ‘any’. I hope for the first one!

        2. Rotation's Alter Ego
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          • 7 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          This was me misreading a tweet, writing unlikely, realising my mistake, and changing it to likely but not having time to proof read.

          Nice.

          He will make changes

          1. TheDragon
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 16 days ago

            So which is it?! And you have an edit post feature?! 😮

            1. Rotation's Alter Ego
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              • 7 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              I don't have an edit post feature, or I'd change it.

              I write these over the span of multiple hours - when I first wrote it I wrote "Unlikely to make any changes", but realised an hour or so later I had misread it. I then changed it to "likely to make any changes" but it never clicked that this, in fact, makes no sense.

      4. Ready Player One
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Ledge! Thanks for this!

        • Lazaretti
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Thank you. Very useful. Spurs - Everton might be full of rotation. Maybe Kenny as a RB for Toffees. Tosun upfront? Lookman maybe getting start. Walker-Peters starting for Spurs...?

          1. avfc82
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            I see goals in this one.

            1. Rotation's Alter Ego
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              • 7 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              I was pretty tempted by Siggy midweek, but will likely go "safe" with Moura. Spurs have a real reputation for fireworks on the last day.

              Last 3 seasons:
              Lost 5-1
              Won 7-1
              Won 5-4

              1. avfc82
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                For sure, I posted about it earlier. Tempted to bring someone in from Spurs, but its hard to pick one. Dele could be an option.

                1. Rotation's Alter Ego
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                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Ah sorry missed that!

                  Yeah definitely some punt potential there. Fairly content with keeping it all safe and steady in what will already be a wild week, so haven't given him much thought honestly!

              2. Lazaretti
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Siggy has been my favorite Son replacement whole week - not sure anymore. If Jagielka get's final game that would be good for Moura though Everton has been good in recent weeks

              3. Whats the Mata?
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                If you go with "history", I don't think they have a great one playing a P match after a midweek UCL match.

        • seewhyaxe
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          wow shucks DCL is out?

          means I'm kinda forced to do a -4 unless I wanna play Duffy/Dunk

          1. Rotation's Alter Ego
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            • 7 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Came out of nowhere for me that one! Lots will have bought him recently *cough Mark*, you won't be alone taking hits there I think 🙂

        • Rotation's Alter Ego
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          1 month, 16 days ago

          Brighton

          Izquierdo and Propper miss out, but everyone else is available. This will be Bruno’s final game after a long stint at the club, so wouldn’t be surprised to see a farewell appearance.
          https://twitter.com/OfficialBHAFC/status/1126839581834391552?s=19

        • Magic Zico
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          1 month, 16 days ago

          No rest for Watford players, so Deulofeu is back on the card!

          1. Rotation's Alter Ego
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            • 7 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            That presser was great news for anyone with Watford assets 🙂

        • fclackless [RoboKlopp]
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          • 1 Year
          1 month, 16 days ago

          +1

      5. BoomBoomShacktheroom
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Play Gunn or Lloris??

        1. Ready Player One
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Gunn

          • We Will Klopp you
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Gunn - better fixture, poorer defence, no clean sheet since gw32
            Lloris - tougher fixture, better defence, Everton have no richarlison or DCL, feels like the type of game that could end 1-0 Spurs with 3 saves and bonus points for Lloris.

            Might be overthinking but I'm leaning towards Lloris.

        2. The Mighty Whites
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          With a defense of Robertson, Doherty, Valery, Yoshida & Dunk would you:

          A - Play Robertson, Valery & Yoshida and hope for the best
          B - Get TAA in for a -4 (both rivals have TAA)
          C - other

          1. Flynny
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            This is exactly my defence

            In wondering as a final gamble is worth dunk to vvd- 4

            Rival has TAA...

        3. Toby Lerone
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Morning all a little advice. transfer correct? No idea who to captain

          Leno
          TAA Digne Yoshida
          Sterling Mane Eriksen REDMOND
          Wilson jimenez Aguero
          Foster Jota Doherty Duffy

          Doing son > Redmond

          Worth doing Jimenez > vardy(C) -4

          1. Better off with a pin and a…
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            I think if I could afford that move I would. Would be a -8 for me so not an option. btw I'm benching Jimi and playing Jota. Not sure about it though!

        4. #FPLBhuna
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          transfers done, 2ft used, gtg? and bench order?

          foster
          trent - robertson - laporte
          mane(c) - eriksen - mili - sterling
          kun - zaha - ings

          ryan - jota - valery - yoshida

          1. Plymouth
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Strong bench right there

          2. Plymouth
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Looks good yeah

        5. Flynny
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Hi - I am 7 pointed behind rival. I have 0ft and 2.5mitb and a poor defence this week.

          Apart from sterling mane and kun, our teams are completely different.

          Is there anything here worth a hit or 2 as final gambles??

          Maybe jiminez to zaha and bench jota? - 4

          And or:

          Dunk to VVD (who rival doesn't have - for another - 4)

          Lloris
          Robbo yoshida valery (doherty dunk)
          Sterling mane (c) bsilva deulofeu jota
          Kun Wilson (jiminez)

          Thanks

          1. Toby Lerone
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Looks ok tbh hopefully yoshida plays

            1. Flynny
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Cheers

        6. Plymouth
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          No love for Pogbalicious?

          1. Lazaretti
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Droppalicious attitude

          2. Benteke Fried Chicken
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Poghideous atm.

          3. rnrd
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            play:

            A- Andre gray (WHU)
            B- Jimenez (liv)

            ?!

          4. TRASH BOAT
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            If Robbo is out/rested I assume its the pen snatcher Milner at LB?

            1. Annie
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              • 6 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Robbo will start

          5. The Mighty Whites
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Play Jimenez or Hojbjerg?

            1. QuintonFortune25
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Jimenez probably

          6. QuintonFortune25
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            So Robertson being "fine" doesn't really help anyone, I would rather know for sure that he is definitely injured so I can bring in Laporte and be done with it.

            Would you still bring in Laporte for a -4pts or take the chance that Robertson plays and have either Dunk or Boly off the bench?

            1. TONY123
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Taking hits for defenders rarely pays off. It's tempting but I wouldn't do it.

              1. QuintonFortune25
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Yep very true. Plus it's a must win game for Liverpool so if Robertson is only 75% fit surely he plays? Cant see Klopp trusting Moreno when he hasn't really all season.

                1. TONY123
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Milner could also play LB, but you're right - I'm convinced Robbo will start

                2. Do I Not Like Orange
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Would be Milner surely.

          7. Scotty B
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            De Gea
            Cathcart VVD Bednarek
            Salah Son Babel Mane
            Lacazette Jimenèz Wilson

            Gunn Richarlison Doherty Dunk

            0.7 ITB & 1 FT

            Son & Richarlison > Moura & Alli for -4?

          8. Z3US
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Son --->

            A) Pogba

            B) Fraser

            C) Bilva

            Am 33 pts ahead of nearest ML rival - he has both Pogba and Fraser, so that would at least block one of those - but Bilva am more tempted by...

            Thoughts?

            1. QuintonFortune25
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              If you're ahead, play it safe and go A. He's got the highest potential to hurt you I feel.

              1. Victor6359
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Yip A or B

          9. My heart goes Salalalalah
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Anyone putting the armband on Vardy? Or is owning him enough?

            1. Royal5
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              He barely touched the ball against City, why so confident?

          10. Rhodes your boat
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Start foster or lloris?

            1. mataave
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              was literally about to ask the same question.. haha

            2. 007 [RoboKlopp]
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              And I'm gonna ask that question too 🙂

            3. Blueberg
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              I'm doing lloris due to my league rival having a spurs defender, so covering bases. Probably best to flip a coin though... could go either way.

            4. TRASH BOAT
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Lloris as Everton are without some key attacking threats. Gomes to maybe play as a warm up for FA Cup?

            5. Boxwoods
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Wrestling with this too. Leaning Hugo just b/c he is the far better keeper.

          11. Warby84
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Anyone else think Fraser and Wilson will come good again this weekend? Got a feeling about, so bought Wilson in for Jiminez

            1. QuintonFortune25
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              It's going to be either a 2 pointer or a 15 pointer for each of them, seems always the case. Probably worth a punt if you're chasing and others in your league dont own.

            2. My heart goes Salalalalah
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              You already made the move. Doesn’t matter now

              1. Jᴀʀᴠish
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Make the kid feel better and just say yes 🙂

                1. My heart goes Salalalalah
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Yes I like them for this weekend for sure. So just to make them sleep better tonight...YES! Wilson captain too

            3. avfc82
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Maybe, but I don't think it'll be as high scoring as some think. Only Man City and United have scored more than 2 at Selhurst all season, and Fraser will probably be up against AWB which is a tough match up.

          12. SomeoneKnows
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Foster
            Laporte, TAA, Valery
            Sterling, Mane, Ward-Prowse *SON
            Aguero, Jimenez, *FIRMINO

            (Ryan, Jota, Doherty, Duffy)

            A) Salah + Long
            B) Vardy + Fraser
            C) Vardy + Pogba
            D) Other ideas

            1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              B or C

          13. 007 [RoboKlopp]
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            A or B?
            A. Robbo, Fraser
            B. Valery, Pogba
            Ta.

            1. Dakes.
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              A if Robbo had been fully confirmed fit. Probably B?

          14. #FPLBhuna
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            is eriksen + robbo > salah + fodder def (-4) worth it? If I decide to captain salah?

            otherwise captaining mane

            1. #FPLBhuna
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              not even -4, it would be -8!!!!!
              lol

            2. Dakes.
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              I’m okay captaining Mane tbh. Would maybe just ditch eriksen to someone else

          15. Dakes.
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            A) Doherty Son —> TAA Fraser (-4)
            B) Robbo Son —> TAA BSilva (-4)
            C) Son —> BSilva/Fraser

            Full team linked. Chasing (he has TAA)

            1. Dakes.
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Or D) Son Jimenez to BSilva Wilson, forget TAA and hope Robbo starts and Bednarek does well

          16. Marknlard
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            My end of season tip.

            If you're only looking for OR, do not take a hit. There'll be gambled hits galore this weekend as people look to win MLs or just get lucky one last time. Most will fail. Yours probably will too.

            So don't do it.

            Good luck!

            1. seewhyaxe
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              i'm 23k now, it's really top10k or nothing actually.

              so i'm gonna captain Deulofeu this week, or Arnautovic if I bring him in for Jimenez

              1. Marknlard
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                May you be an exception. Good luck!

          17. Simmoo
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            So is Son's appeal against his red not a thing anymore?

            1. avfc82
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Son lost his appeal, 3 game ban.

          18. "DC"
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Who scores more points Pogba or Rashford ?

              1. Dakes.
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Probably Pogba if they can get a pen

              2. Blueberg
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                I'd guess Pogna.

              3. TONY123
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Pogba as it seems like Greenwood's gonna get a game up front

            • beetlejuice
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Leading my ML by 4 points; rival has Jota, Jimenez and Wilson

              A-) Jimenez > Arnautovic (Playing Jota)
              B-) Son > Pogba (Playing Jota or Jimenez)
              C-) Jimenez > Wilson (playing Jota)
              D-) Doherty > TAA (Playing Jota or Jimenez)

              Thanks!

              1. Victor6359
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 16 days ago

                C Wilson been great away

            • dunas_dog
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Are Yoshida owners playing and hoping he starts?

              1. The Mighty Whites
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                That's the dilemma :/

              2. Flynny
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                I think so....

            • Bubz
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Would you play Rice (wat) or Doherty (liv)?

            • steryder2002
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Transfer in Vardy or Wilson for Firmino? Currently chasing leader in ML by 14 points. Struggling to chose between the two.

            • Flapjack ✅
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Fraser seems pretty nailed. That seems good to me

              Pogba and Redmond seem risky

              1. Pat Bonner
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Redmond will play

            • donlobatto
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 16 days ago

              FT done - how do they look?! Agree with bench/ order?

              0FT 0.6itb
              Lloris
              Robbo, Laporte, Valery
              Salah (C), Sterling, JWP, Mili, Babel
              Aguero, Wilson
              (Foster) (Jimi, Yoshida, Doherty)

              3 of the 4 above me in my (70 person) cash ML have TAA. Would you take a -4 to do Doherty > TAA and play him over Valery?

              Cheers and GL!