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The effect Copa America 2019 could have on the upcoming FPL season

The 2019 edition of the Copa America is now just over a week away and could have some impact on the start of the new Fantasy Premier League campaign.

This year, South America’s international tournament runs from June 14 to July 7.

That means that any FPL assets who go deep into the tournament could be late back to their respective pre-season training regimes, as they usually take a leave of absence after being released by their country.

Fantasy managers faced this issue on a much bigger scale last summer with England, Belgium and France, all heavily reliant on Premier League players, getting to the advanced stages of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

That competition reached its conclusion on July 15, which left options such as Harry Kane, Eden Hazard, Paul Pogba and many others touch and go for Gameweek 1.

The Copa America won’t have as much of an effect on FPL as the World Cup did

This year, thankfully, there are eight more days in which the returning Copa America stars can get back to normal, although they will have travelled a considerably further distance given the competition is taking place in Brazil.

With just 12 teams in the Copa America, there is also hope in the fact that even players who make it to the semi-finals and final will have played fewer games than if they had been at a 32-team World Cup.

Either way, such options will almost certainly miss a portion of their respective team’s pre-season programme, which could count against them when it comes to Gameweek 1 selection.

Furthermore, with important games on the line for most of the teams at Copa America 2019, some players could come back with injuries – so we’ll be tracking those throughout the tournament.

Here is the list of FPL assets who have been selected for their countries at the Copa America:

Arsenal

  • Lucas Torreira (Uruguay)

Bournemouth

  • Jefferson Lerma (Colombia)

Everton

  • Yerry Mina (Colombia)
  • Richarlison (Brazil)

Leicester City

  • None

Liverpool

  • Alisson (Brazil)
  • Roberto Firmino (Brazil)

Manchester City

  • Ederson (Brazil)
  • Nicolas Otamendi (Argentina)
  • Fernandinho (Brazil)
  • Sergio Aguero (Argentina)
  • Gabriel Jesus (Brazil)

Manchester United

  • Antonio Valencia (Ecuador)
  • Alexis Sánchez (Chile)

Newcastle United

  • Miguel Almirón (Paraguay)
  • Salomón Rondón (Venezuela)

Tottenham Hotspur

  • Juan Foyth (Argentina)
  • Davinson Sánchez (Colombia)

Watford

  • Adalberto Peñaranda (Watford)
  • Roberto Pereyra (Argentina)

West Ham United

  • Fabian Balbuena (Paraguay)

Manchester City are definitely the most likely to be affected by the Copa America this summer.

No Premier League team has more than their five players present at the tournament.

Several of them are extremely important options for Pep Guardiola too.

Both of his strikers Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus will be representing their countries in Brazil.

In fact, the Selecao and Argentina are the two favourites to win the tournament, so it’s entirely possible that they end up meeting in the final.

If both Aguero and Jesus do miss a portion of Manchester City’s pre-season matches, the first is on July 17, it would give us an opportunity to see who Guardiola might start up-front in their absence.

Also competing for either one of the two Copa America favourites are goalkeeper Ederson, midfielder Fernandinho and centre-back Nicolas Otamendi.

Aguero has not played for Argentina for a while, but will return to their ranks for the Copa America

The presence of those players should have less of an effect on Manchester City with ample cover in defence and midfield, while Ederson’s role as a shot-stopper should see him require less pre-season training before being ready for the new season.

Liverpool could find themselves having to ease Roberto Firmino back in too, if Brazil get to the latter stages of the Copa America.

The alternative in his position, as things stand, are Champions League final goal-scorer Divock Origi – as well as maybe any summer recruits brought in by Jurgen Klopp, with Daniel Sturridge confirmed for the exit door.

As is the case with Ederson, the Reds’ manager can probably worry a lot less about Alisson‘s availability as he’s Liverpool’s goalkeeper.

The Spurs contingent at the Copa America probably solidify the credentials of Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld ahead of Gameweek 1.

The only players in Brazil Mauricio Pochettino will have to concern himself with are defenders Juan Foyth and Davinson Sánchez, playing for Argentina and Colombia respectively.

Meanwhile, Manchester United’s representatives are unlikely to be in with much of a chance of starting Gameweek 1 anyway.

They are Antonio Valencia (Ecuador) and Alexis Sánchez

Historically, Mexico have been regular competitors in the Copa America as a guest country.

However, this time around, it clashes with the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the major international tournament in the Tricolor’s home confederation.

That means Wolves forward Raúl Jiménez will not be involved at the Copa America, but could still have to wait a while before his return to Wolves training, as the Gold Cup also reaches its conclusion on July 7.

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90 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Ginkapo FPL
    • 7 Years
    20 days, 23 hours ago

    Her name was Lola

  2. diesel001
    • 2 Years
    20 days, 23 hours ago

    Going to be an interesting Copa America with Japan and Qatar in it. Hard to see past Brazil though.

  3. diesel001
    • 2 Years
    20 days, 23 hours ago

    Highly owned players in ICC Fantasy Cricket World Cup today:

    AUS - Warner (46%), Smith (14%)
    WI - Russell (35%), Hope (28%)

    1. Chucky
      • 5 Years
      20 days, 22 hours ago

      I am using my bowling machine today...Expecting 200+ points from Starc Cummins Zampa Stoinis Thomas and Russel(VC)....

      1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
        • 1 Year
        20 days, 20 hours ago

        Bowling chip is king!

        Has anyone found someone who has done an equivalent to ragabolly's livefpl? It's a nightmare trying to look at ownership.

        How's everyone's team doing? Just Warner for me today, concerned.

        1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
          • 1 Year
          20 days, 20 hours ago

          Eo should probably factor in the fact that anyone captaining is almost certainly tcing too. Kohli yesterday easily over 100

      2. diesel001
        • 2 Years
        20 days, 18 hours ago

        Australia are going to need a good bowling performance.....

      3. diesel001
        • 2 Years
        20 days, 14 hours ago

        Chucky was right to ignore Coulter-Nile for his bowling at least. But those 92 runs might be worth more than the Aussie wickets.

  4. Wild Rover
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    20 days, 23 hours ago

    Shinji Okazaki is no longer a Leicester player 😉

    1. Diva
      • 4 Years
      20 days, 22 hours ago

      And Valencia has played his final game for Manchester United and his contract will expire before the Cope America tournament concludes... so saying he's "unlikely to be in with much of a chance of starting in Gameweek 1" is a bit of an understatement.

    2. Wild Rover
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      20 days, 22 hours ago

      Deleted now I see. No need to thank me, it's my job. Oh wait...

  5. Geoff
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 6 Years
    20 days, 21 hours ago

    How do you expect/would you like England to lineup tonight against the Netherlands?

    1. avfc82
      • 9 Years
      20 days, 21 hours ago

      I was just reading an article which suggested Southgate is considering resting the Champions League 7, so Gomez, TAA, Henderson, Rose, Dier, Alli and Kane.

      That's possible in defence (Walker, Stones, Maguire, Chilwell is solid) and in the forward positions (Sancho, Sterling, Rashford) but its too thin in midfield. You'd have to role with Delph, Rice or Lingard and Barkley... that could be an issue so I hope one of Alli, Dier or Henderson will be involved from the start - hopefully the latter.

      1. The Rumour Mill
        • 2 Years
        20 days, 21 hours ago

        Its seems bizarre to me to rest the only players who have played a competitive match in the last 4 weeks but there we go. I'm no sports scientist so I don't know the cutoff point where being rested starts to turn into losing match fitness, but 4 weeks can't be good, can it?

        1. avfc82
          • 9 Years
          20 days, 20 hours ago

          Maybe but it shouldn't be too much of an issue, and it's only a few it applies to as City (Stones, Walker, Sterling) and Dortmund (Sancho) played on 18th, Barkley featured in the Europa League final on 29th etc.

          I think Southgate was saying the CL final was unique, it has emotional and physical implications and the fact said players only arrived on Tuesday when a lot of tactical work has already been done. Hard to argue with him really.

          1. The Rumour Mill
            • 2 Years
            20 days, 19 hours ago

            Good points well made 🙂 Yeah I'd be be more concerned about the Spurs players than the Liverpool ones! I'm not sure any of the Spurs players deserve a place in the England team anyway, based on current form.

    2. asquishypotato
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      20 days, 20 hours ago

      Youngsters up top or Rash, sterling and Sancho.

      Interesting to see if the Liverpool or spurs boys start. Although with the form of some (TAA) that may be what is required to work through the tourney.

      Slab head at the back for sure.

    3. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      20 days, 20 hours ago

      Pickford
      TAA Stones Maguire Chilwell
      Henderson Delph Alli
      Sancho Rashford Sterling

      I would like to see England play a mobile team that can press and win the ball back quickly. Kane would usually start ahead of Rashford, but he just looked unfit to me in the CL final.

      1. Bissaka Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        20 days, 17 hours ago

        This looks about right. But with the 3 Spurs/Pool players out, with Walker and 2 crappy mids in. I miss Winks and RLC...

  6. Thomas Jerome Newton
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    20 days, 21 hours ago

    I had assumed Jimenez was playing also. Have to admit, I thought Mexico and U.S.A took part...

    1. Dont_Win_Friends_With_Salah…
      • 1 Year
      20 days, 20 hours ago

      If Japan and Qatar are allowed in I am sure Mexico and USA could make a case for participating.

    2. Andy'81
      • 1 Year
      20 days, 19 hours ago

      They've both played in it before (the US has even hosted it recently) but they'll never be full time participants as they're both under different federations (Concacaf, Conmebol).

    3. el polako
      • 1 Year
      20 days, 19 hours ago

      USA and Mexico will clash on the wall.

  7. Slouch87
    • 3 Years
    20 days, 19 hours ago

    So enjoyable watching this Aussie batting.

    1. Wild Rover
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      20 days, 19 hours ago

      Smith taking one on the helmet and falling on his stumps would be nice

      1. Slouch87
        • 3 Years
        20 days, 19 hours ago

        Yes please.

        1. Kane Toads
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          20 days, 19 hours ago

          ...settle...

  8. Ole Trafford
    • 6 Years
    20 days, 19 hours ago

    Peñaranda being from Watford and eligible to play in the Copa America is strange right 😉

    1. mad_beer ✅
      • 4 Years
      20 days, 19 hours ago

      Watford is a lovely South American country. 🙂

      1. Peter Ouch
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        20 days, 19 hours ago

        Watford is a continent

        1. Amey
            20 days, 13 hours ago

            Watford forever !!

    2. Ole Trafford
      • 6 Years
      20 days, 19 hours ago

      A man left for work one Friday afternoon. Instead of going home, he stayed out the entire weekend hunting with the boys and spending all of his wages. When he finally got home on Sunday night, he was confronted by his very angry wife. After two hours, she stopped nagging and said, “how would you like it if you didn’t see me for two or three days?” He replied, “that would be fine with me.” Monday went by and he didn’t see his wife. Tuesday and Wednesday came and went with the same results. Thursday, the swelling went down just enough for him to see her out of the corner of his left eye.

    3. Vobinho In Wengerland
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      20 days, 19 hours ago

      Takes out Australia batsmen for Round 3... Bumrah & Chahal will have a field day.

      1. diesel001
        • 2 Years
        20 days, 19 hours ago

        Did you go big on Australia?

        1. Vobinho In Wengerland
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          20 days, 19 hours ago

          No, only Cummins so very happy so far as I'm not losing any ground.

          Had Smith & Warner in a draft though so won't be doing that now. Drafting in Chahal & Bumrah now to go with Boult & Henry. Might stick with my India batsmen and get Root & Roy instead.

    4. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      20 days, 19 hours ago

      So with Sturridge out there must be a plan, a replacement, behind it. Origi can't be the only alternative.

      1. diesel001
        • 2 Years
        20 days, 18 hours ago

        Hope it is Fraser and Wilson from Bournemouth.

        Alisson
        TAA Gomez VVD Robbo
        Henderson Keita Wijnaldum
        Salah Firmino Mane

        Mignolet
        Clyne Matip Lovren Lewis
        Milner Fabinho Ox
        Fraser Wilson Origi

        Get rid of Karius, Moreno, Lallana, Shaqiri, Sturridge, Ings

        1. Peter Ouch
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          20 days, 17 hours ago

          Fabinho is irreplaceable. He is amazing and he will be a key player next year.
          Don't get fooled by Henderson, he only had 1 month of proper football in his career.
          He has to stay on the bench and give the armband to Vvd.

          And ox mate, ox has to play.

        2. Slouch87
          • 3 Years
          20 days, 16 hours ago

          Can't possibly see why either would join Liverpool as bench players.

      2. Warby84
        • 3 Years
        20 days, 17 hours ago

        Greizmann

    5. FPL Virgin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      20 days, 18 hours ago

      Can anyone show me where the new flat track bully feature is in the members area is please?

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        20 days, 16 hours ago

        There's a few public tables for it, create one instead.

      2. DavidMunday815
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 1 Year
        20 days, 14 hours ago

        You can find it next to the cost filter in tables and underneath the Gameweek ranges in the comparison tool. We'll have some content on it out tomorrow

    6. boc610
      • 7 Years
      20 days, 17 hours ago

      Kane to be rested so there's a vacant spot in VVD's pocket tonight. Who wants it?

      1. Bissaka Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        20 days, 17 hours ago

        Kane wouldn't have been in VVD's pocket, Kane plays on the halfway line 😉

    7. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      20 days, 17 hours ago

      West Indies throwing this away with their poor bowling and fielding since the 30th over

      1. diesel001
        • 2 Years
        20 days, 17 hours ago

        Wow! What a catch by Cottrell. Made a terrible ball into a wicket.

      2. Wild Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        20 days, 17 hours ago

        Lol, timing. That’s the second best catch of the tournament

        1. diesel001
          • 2 Years
          20 days, 17 hours ago

          But still overall terrible bowling and fielding since the 30th over. 79-5 to 252-7 is not good.

          1. diesel001
            • 2 Years
            20 days, 17 hours ago

            I make Australia favourites now, which is crazy from where they were.

            1. Vobinho In Wengerland
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              20 days, 15 hours ago

              Umpire having a shocker, two reviews overturned

              1. Wild Rover
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                20 days, 15 hours ago

                The catch was fair enough, the lbw awful

                1. Vobinho In Wengerland
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  20 days, 13 hours ago

                  Is he Australian?... another one! And Gayle's wicket looked down leg - more than enough doubt not to give it.

                  1. Wild Rover
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    20 days, 13 hours ago

                    No idea but they’ve both been overruled twice now

      3. diesel001
        • 2 Years
        20 days, 14 hours ago

        West Indies relying on Hope in the same way Australia relied on Smith.

        1. Wild Rover
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          20 days, 14 hours ago

          No Hope if he continues at under 3 an over

    8. cravencottage
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      20 days, 16 hours ago

      I will be happy when this forum gets back to Football and away from cricket. I have zero interest in it, but this place is so dead that I suppose there needs to be discussion about something

      1. Wild Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        20 days, 16 hours ago

        Should be plenty of England haters on tonight

      2. Slouch87
        • 3 Years
        20 days, 16 hours ago

        Log off then.

        1. cravencottage
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          20 days, 13 hours ago

          or you could join a cricket forum

      3. Geoff
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 6 Years
        20 days, 14 hours ago

        Yeah, not a lot else going on! But Nations League tonight, and I know some won't watch but I'm looking forward to the Women's World Cup

        1. Wild Rover
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          20 days, 14 hours ago

          Women’s football is enjoyable if you have realistic expectations. It’s daft, but many do compare it to the men’s game

          1. Geoff
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 6 Years
            20 days, 14 hours ago

            Yeah, Eliteserien, Allsvenskan, and MLS are different from the PL but that doesn't make them bad to watch.

            The WWC is competitive. And Canada are in it 😀

            1. Diva
              • 4 Years
              20 days, 14 hours ago

              Are you Canadian, Geoff?

              1. Geoff
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 6 Years
                20 days, 13 hours ago

                I am yeah

                1. cravencottage
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  20 days, 13 hours ago

                  NHL finals are excellent this year. As a Canadian, I assume you are following? Im loving it

                  1. Geoff
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    • 6 Years
                    20 days, 13 hours ago

                    I am! I'm not a Boston fan.. they've beaten us (the Leafs) too many times for me to ever want them to win. I'm not a fan of Marchand or Chara.

                    I can be objective about lots of things but not the Leafs 😀

                    1. cravencottage
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      20 days, 13 hours ago

                      Life long Red Wing fan. Im not enjoying our fall from grace, but do love the Stanley Cup playoffs. Agree about Boston!

                      1. Geoff
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 6 Years
                        20 days, 13 hours ago

                        Yeah they're my second team! I like Chicago and liked them a lot in their strong period under Quenville.

                        But the Wings from 1997 under Bowman were amazing. I loved the Detroit / Colorado rivalry

                        1. cravencottage
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          20 days, 13 hours ago

                          That was so much fun. Yzerman vs Sakic. Lemieux vs mcCarty. roy vs Osgood.......so much fun.

                        2. Wild Rover
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          20 days, 13 hours ago

                          What a hypocrite 😀

                        3. cravencottage
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          20 days, 13 hours ago

                          true- just like hockey better than cricket!

                        4. Geoff
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • Has Moderation Rights
                          • 6 Years
                          19 days, 21 hours ago

                          Yeah Lidstrom, Shanahan, Kirk Maltby.. Fedorov, Holmstrom! Loved that team

                    2. Diva
                      • 4 Years
                      20 days, 12 hours ago

                      Is there anyone the label beaten the Leafs "too many times" doesn't apply to?! :p

                      1. Geoff
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 6 Years
                        19 days, 21 hours ago

                        Haha shhh. Fair enough, but not in the playoffs! We rarely get there and whenever we do, there are the Bruins

                2. Diva
                  • 4 Years
                  20 days, 12 hours ago

                  Cool. I'm based there. 🙂

                  1. Geoff
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    • 6 Years
                    19 days, 21 hours ago

                    Nice 🙂 Where?

                    1. Diva
                      • 4 Years
                      19 days, 13 hours ago

                      Vancouver. Are you still in Canada or based in the UK now?

    9. CloudSky
      • 2 Years
      20 days, 15 hours ago

      Hazard deal all but confirmed. Chelsea too the last offer of £88 mil + (easily gettable) bonuses which should put the total at around £120 mil.

      Welcome Eden!

      1. Bury94
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        20 days, 15 hours ago

        All aboard the Hudson-Odoi train next season

        1. Wild Rover
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          20 days, 15 hours ago

          *RLC

          1. CloudSky
            • 2 Years
            20 days, 15 hours ago

            Both injured. 😀

            1. Wild Rover
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              20 days, 15 hours ago

              But not dead, season is two months away. Pulisic any good? Probably will be overpriced for a new player

    10. Nice to Finally Michu
      • 5 Years
      20 days, 15 hours ago

      Netherlands to knock England about tonight -- 3-1 with a Wijnaldum strike he'll celebrate like crazy for

      1. Wild Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        20 days, 15 hours ago

        Haterz arriving early for a good seat 😀

    11. Jᴀʀᴠish
      • 4 Years
      20 days, 14 hours ago

      Shai Hope or Hope Solo?

      1. Diva
        • 4 Years
        20 days, 14 hours ago

        Help us Hope Solo, you’re our only hope.

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

        All Hope gone now?

        1. Wild Rover
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          20 days, 12 hours ago

          It is now