Dugout Discussion

Salah and Robertson start but Hazard, Shaw and Lacazette drop out

The final Fantasy Premier League deadline of the season passed at 14:00 BST today and now all we can do is sit and wait.

There are ten fixtures kicking off at 15:00 BST but there are essentially only two matches with anything riding on them – Brighton and Hove Albion v Manchester City and Liverpool v Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The team news from Anfield is a positive one for owners of Mohamed Salah and Andrew Robertson, with both fit to start after recovering from head and calf injuries respectively.

Roberto Firmino misses out as expected but the other popular FPL assets – Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Sadio Mane – all make Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI.

Nuno Espirito Santo has named a full-strength side for Wolves, with Raul Jimenez, Matt Doherty and Diogo Jota all starting.

The key Fantasy assets among Manchester City’s ranks are all on the team-sheet for their trip to Brighton.

Sergio Aguero leads the line and has Raheem Sterling to the left of him, with Riyad Mahrez a surprise starter on the other flank.

Bernardo Silva and David Silva start in central midfield with Aymeric Laporte at centre-back.

Manchester City face a Brighton side that does not raise too many eyebrows.

Bruno gets a start in his final appearance for the club and will be tasked with keeping the shackles on Sterling.

Glenn Murray starts up front and has the support of Pascal Groß behind him.

Romelu Lukaku, Ander Herrera, Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw miss out entirely for Manchester United but Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba and youngster Mason Greenwood all start.

Victor Camarasa and Harry Arter haven’t recovered in time to feature for Cardiff, meanwhile.

Chelsea’s exertions on Thursday night have indeed caused Maurizio Sarri to ring the changes for the trip to Leicester.

Eden Hazard has been named on the bench, as has goalkeeper Kepa Arrizibalaga.

That sees Pedro and Willian starting either side of Gonzalo Higuain, while Willy Caballero is between the sticks.

Leicester are unchanged from the Monday night game against Manchester City.

Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Lucas Moura all start for Spurs against Everton, with Kieran Trippier only on the bench.

The injured Seamus Coleman, Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin make way for Yerry Mina, Theo Walcott and Cenk Tosun for the visitors.

Danny Ings and Shane Long will be leading the line for Southampton, with Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowse supporting them from midfield.

Angus Gunn returns in goal and Yan Valery starts.

The dreaded pre-FA Cup final rotation hasn’t materialised at Watford, with Troy Deeney and Gerard Deulofeu again leading the line.

For West Ham, Declan Rice and Felipe Anderson have both recovered from a virus to start.

Like Sarri, Unai Emery has rotated with the Europa League in mind.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leads the line but his colleague Alexandre Lacazette finds himself among the substitutes.

Sead Kolasinac is also on the bench as Nacho Monreal takes up the left-back slot.

Konstantinos Mavropanos and Joe Willock are two youngsters trusted with a start at Turf Moor.

That could play into the hands of Burnley who, fresh from no midweek commitments name a full-strength side featuring Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood up front.

Owners of Bournemouth assets will be pleased to see that Crystal Palace are as short-staffed at the back as feared in the week.

Without James Tomkins and Mamadou Sakho already, Scott Dann is also missing from the starting line-up.

Martin Kelly and Joel Ward are the centre-back pairing today.

Patrick van Aanholt, a Gameweek 38 hero from last season, gets a start at left-back.

Wilfried Zaha also starts with Michy Batshuayi leading the line.

Bournemouth have included Callum Wilson, Josh King and Ryan Fraser in their starting line-up.

Fulham have dropped Ryan Babel to the bench in the only piece of noteworthy FPL news from Craven Cottage.


Brighton XI: Ryan, Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bernardo, Knockaert, Kayal, Bissouma, Jahanbakhsh, Gross, Murray.

Man City XI: Ederson, Walker, Kompany, Laporte, Zinchenko, Gundogan, David Silva, Bernardo Silva, Mahrez, Aguero, Sterling.

Burnley XI: Heaton; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Hendrick, Westwood, Cork, McNeil; Barnes, Wood.

Arsenal XI: Leno; Lichtsteiner, Mustafi, Mavropanos, Monreal; Elneny, Guendouzi; Mkhitaryan, Willock, Iwobi; Aubameyang.

Crystal Palace XI: Guaita; Wan-Bissaka, Kelly, Ward, van Aanholt; McArthur, Milivojevic; Townsend, Meyer, Zaha; Batshuayi.

Bournemouth XI: Travers; Clyne, S Cook, Simpson, Smith; Fraser, Lerma, Aké, Ibe; Wilson, King.

Fulham XI: Rico; Christie, Mawson, Le Marchand, Bryan; Chambers, Zambo Anguissa; Ayité, Cairney, Sessegnon; Mitrovic.

Newcastle XI: Dubravka; Hayden, Schär, Lascelles, Dummett, Ritchie; Ayoze Pérez, Shelvey, Diamé, Atsu; Rondón.

Leicester XI: Schmeichel; Chilwell, Evans, Maguire, R Pereira; Ndidi; Maddison, Choudhury, Tielemans, Albrighton; Vardy.

Chelsea XI: Caballero; Alonso, D Luiz, Azpilicueta, Zappacosta; Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho, Barkley; Willian, Higuain, Pedro.

Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Mane, Salah, Origi.

Wolves XI: Rui Patrício; Bennett, Coady, Boly; Doherty, Dendoncker, Rúben Neves, João Moutinho, Jonny; Jiménez, Diogo Jota.

Man Utd XI: de Gea; Young, Jones, Smalling, Diogo Dalot; Andreas Pereira, McTominay, Pogba; Greenwood, Rashford, Lingard.

Cardiff XI: Etheridge; Peltier, Morrison, Ecuele Manga, Bennett; Mendez-Laing, Gunnarsson, Bacuna, Murphy; De Cordova-Reid; Zohore.

Southampton XI: Gunn; Valery, Bednarek, Stephens, Bertrand; Ward-Prowse, Oriol Romeu, Højbjerg, Redmond; Long, Ings.

Huddersfield XI: Coleman; Smith, Schindler, Stankovic, Kongolo; Mooy, Bacuna, Hogg; Mbenza, Grant, Pritchard.

Spurs XI: Lloris, Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Dier, Davies, Sissoko, Eriksen, Dele, Lamela, Lucas, Llorente.

Everton XI: Pickford; Zouma, Keane, Mina; Walcott, Schneiderlin, Gueye, Digne; Sigurdsson, Bernard; Tosun.

Watford XI: Foster; Kiko Femenía, Kabasele, Cathcart, Holebas; Doucouré, Capoue; Hughes, Pereyra; Deulofeu, Deeney.

West Ham XI: Fabianski; Fredericks, Balbuena, Diop, Masuaku; Noble, Rice; Antonio, Lanzini, Felipe Anderson; Arnautovic.

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  1. Bob McMayday
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 days, 13 hours ago

    Final overall rank 9k. Almost slipped out of top 10k but just hung on. Anyone manage to sneak in last minute?

    1. Manani
      • 7 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      according to livefpl, it is either 8.2k or 4k after autosub?

      not sure how it is 4k after autosub as I don't even have sub

      1. Manani
        • 7 Years
        8 days, 13 hours ago

        was 13.5k the week before

        1. Bob McMayday
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          8 days, 13 hours ago

          Nice one

      2. pingissimus
        8 days, 13 hours ago

        There was a glitch there I think. Ignore the after auto sub thing - did the same to me (much lower down the food chain)

      3. Ragabolly
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        8 days, 13 hours ago

        Fixed now

    2. Maddocio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      Yep, got in 10k for first time in last GW

      1. Bob McMayday
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 days, 13 hours ago

        Congratulations, perfect timing

    3. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      I slipped in once 60 mins had passed. Fell out again when TOT conceded.

  2. FPL Pillars
    • 2 Years
    8 days, 13 hours ago

    Glad there is a break now, going on Holiday Wednesday for a week so can truly relax! Thanks to all in the community. Will be an interesting pre-season!

    Green arrow to end the season from 104 to 93 OR.

    Top 100 finish, over the moon.

    1. Gobigorgohome
      • 7 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      Nice work

    2. XabiAlonso
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      Well done that's an amazing rank

    3. Bob McMayday
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      Congratulations great achievement

    4. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
      • 3 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      Wish I had top 100, congratulations!

  3. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
    • 3 Years
    8 days, 13 hours ago

    I wonder if anyone has a better average finish than me over the last two seasons, 238 & 251

    :flex:

    1. Manani
      • 7 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      wow well played. What's your biggest advice?

      1. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
        • 3 Years
        8 days, 13 hours ago

        I'd need an essay or three. The problem (in my opinion) with most strategy advice is that it's all cosmetic, no one really focuses on understanding the fundamental theory of the game from which everything else comes. If you understand the theory, it doesn't matter what a season throws at you because your decisions will always be based on those principles. Recognising our own cognitive biases is really important as well.

        1. TheDragon
          • 1 Year
          8 days, 13 hours ago

          LOL

          Variance exists

          1. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
            • 3 Years
            8 days, 13 hours ago

            It does, so what?

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      If only you weren't so limited and mediocre 😉

      Smashing!

    3. FPL Flop
      • 1 Year
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      That’s freakishly good mate keep it up and you’ll get Ronka status

    4. Pras United
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      Start a pod and then we’ll take a 3 year avg :p

      1. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
        • 3 Years
        8 days, 13 hours ago

        I'm not a fan of pods personally, but am looking to put something together for August. Script currently at 25k words...

        1. Pras United
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          8 days, 13 hours ago

          Would love to read it. Platform?

          1. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
            • 3 Years
            8 days, 13 hours ago

            Udemy videos. Probs a tenner or something

            1. Pras United
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              8 days, 13 hours ago

              Nice - good luck!

    5. LǝgleSs e|even
      • 3 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      Subscribed!

  4. Gobigorgohome
    • 7 Years
    8 days, 13 hours ago

    Baps updated

  5. pingissimus
    8 days, 13 hours ago

    Is Rondon now the best value player over the season ?

    He must be close - especially if you factor in essentially all his points cane after GW11

    1. pingissimus
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      Forward/Mid only perhaps - TAA of course

    2. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      lol no

      1. pingissimus
        8 days, 13 hours ago

        Really?

        Over 150 points at 5 point something. He must be very close to best value

        1. Mysterion
          • 1 Year
          8 days, 13 hours ago

          27th best before bonus is added

          https://fantasy.premierleague.com/a/statistics/value_season

          1. pingissimus
            8 days, 13 hours ago

            Ah but second best forward and only beaten by 2 mids I think.

            As I say very close to best value

            1. EMBOLOFAN
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              8 days, 13 hours ago

              the season doesnt start in gw11

          2. pingissimus
            8 days, 13 hours ago

            But ty

            I’d never explored that button before

  6. Brosstan
    • 4 Years
    8 days, 13 hours ago

    Really feels like a huge waste of time in hindsight when you end up with a poor season. 83k and some measly prizes in a few leagues. Might not bother with leagues next year, they just make it so much less fun when you have a bad run.

    1. Manani
      • 7 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      I just ignore the league and play the OR game. Maybe just look at it for the last 5 GWs or so just to defend/chase

  7. shirtless
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    8 days, 13 hours ago

    Got my transfers right (Laporte & Redmond), Captain wrong though (Salah).

    59 a green arrow?

    1. Pras United
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      10k avg is 63 I think

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      I don't think it is. Depends where wee are in OR.

      62 here with a red of 700 places (from 11.5k).

      1. shirtless
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        8 days, 13 hours ago

        21k. Wanted to get back in top 20k but think Salah(c) kills me.

  8. Gorbitz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    8 days, 13 hours ago

    Please excuse me but, YES!

    Best ever finish, topp 400 OR.

    I lost 10 points on last minute captain switch from Mane to Sterling, but never mind.

    What a season. Thanks for the great forum this is. Cant wait to start preparing for 2019/2020.

    1. LǝgleSs e|even
      • 3 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      Gratz bud!

      1. Gorbitz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        8 days, 13 hours ago

        Thanks man

    2. XabiAlonso
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      Well done

      1. Gorbitz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        8 days, 13 hours ago

        Thanks a lot. Sorry for posting emotions

  9. The Train Driver
    • 3 Years
    8 days, 13 hours ago

    https://imgur.com/a/DCwGtLH

    Balotelli hanging with Trump back in the days...

  10. LǝgleSs e|even
    • 3 Years
    8 days, 13 hours ago

    Im just glad I didnt flinch to bring Origi in, and stuck with Rondon this got me to retain 2nd place in my ML

  11. Christina.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    8 days, 13 hours ago

    What a season.

    Win my ML, h2h and FA cup.

    £ 165

    Beating...

    -Torrestragic
    -Ville Wönka
    -Triggerlips
    -Jay

    Maybe I should write a book or start a pod?

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      Great achievement, especially beating those FPL legends

    2. XabiAlonso
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      Start a patreon aswell

    3. GOTHAM City F.C.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      Brilliant

    4. LǝgleSs e|even
      • 3 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      Subscribed!

  12. LǝgleSs e|even
    • 3 Years
    8 days, 13 hours ago

    Dont know who deserves relegation more, United or Cardiff.

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      Both managed by OGS.

    2. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      Brighton.

  13. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 days, 13 hours ago

    Jonjo Shelvey confirms in his post match interview that Mike Ashley had offered the players a trip to Las Vegas if they stayed up. He was at the match today and told them it was cancelled. Classic Mike Ashley. #NUFC

    https://twitter.com/MarkJDryden4/status/1127605623699509249?s=19

  14. Jordan.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    8 days, 13 hours ago

    made £300 this season 45k jolly good fun what a great cheap hobby..

    special mentions
    robertson
    doherty
    deulofeu
    fraser
    salah

    didn't own
    trent
    sterling
    siggy
    pogba
    milly
    aubameyang

    2 months off now ,have a great summer lads ,see ya in july...

  15. My Left Ankle
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    8 days, 13 hours ago

    What is the first tiebreaker for a league where top 2 are level on points? Total transfers on season?

    1. tricpic
      • 9 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      Yes lowest transfers wins

  16. tricpic
    • 9 Years
    8 days, 13 hours ago

    Given the number of players, it’s obviously getting tougher to get a top 10k finish.
    In 2010 I was 3740
    In 2014 I was around 5400
    This year 8800 or thereabouts.
    Trying to work out which is a better achievement. Probably this year.