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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
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Her name was Lola

  2. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

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

  3. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 14 days 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
      5 months, 14 days ago

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

      1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 13 days 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
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 13 days ago

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

      2. diesel001
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 13 days ago

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

      3. diesel001
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 13 days 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
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Shinji Okazaki is no longer a Leicester player 😉

    1. Diva
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 14 days 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
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 14 days 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
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 13 days ago

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

    1. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 13 days 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
        5 months, 13 days 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
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 13 days 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
            5 months, 13 days 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
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 13 days 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
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 13 days 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. Giggs Boson.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 13 days 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. The Danger Zone!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 13 days 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…
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 13 days ago

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

    2. Andy'81
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 13 days 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
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 13 days ago

      USA and Mexico will clash on the wall.

  7. Slouch87 Scott Talent
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 13 days ago

    So enjoyable watching this Aussie batting.

    1. Wild Rover
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 13 days ago

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

      1. Slouch87 Scott Talent
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 13 days ago

        Yes please.

        1. Kane Toads
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 13 days ago

          ...settle...

  8. Ole Trafford
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 13 days ago

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

    1. mad_beer ✅
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 13 days ago

      Watford is a lovely South American country. 🙂

      1. Peter Ouch
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 13 days ago

        Watford is a continent

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 13 days ago

          Watford forever !!

  9. Ole Trafford
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 13 days 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.

  10. Vobinho - Holly's Hams…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 13 days ago

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

    1. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 13 days ago

      Did you go big on Australia?

      1. Vobinho - Holly's Hams…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 13 days 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.

  11. Peter Ouch
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 13 days ago

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

    1. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 13 days 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
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 13 days 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 Scott Talent
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 13 days ago

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

    2. Warby84
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 13 days ago

      Greizmann

  12. FPL Virgin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 13 days 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
      5 months, 13 days ago

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

    2. DavidMunday815
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 13 days 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

  13. boc610
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 13 days ago

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

    1. Giggs Boson.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 13 days ago

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

  14. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 13 days ago

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

    1. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 13 days ago

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

    2. Wild Rover
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 13 days ago

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

      1. diesel001
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 13 days ago

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

        1. diesel001
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 13 days ago

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

          1. Vobinho - Holly's Hams…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 13 days ago

            Umpire having a shocker, two reviews overturned

            1. Wild Rover
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              5 months, 13 days ago

              The catch was fair enough, the lbw awful

              1. Vobinho - Holly's Hams…
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                5 months, 13 days 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
                  • 9 Years
                  5 months, 13 days ago

                  No idea but they’ve both been overruled twice now

    3. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 13 days ago

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

      1. Wild Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 13 days ago

        No Hope if he continues at under 3 an over

  15. cravencottage
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 13 days 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
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 13 days ago

      Should be plenty of England haters on tonight

    2. Slouch87 Scott Talent
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 13 days ago

      Log off then.

      1. cravencottage
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 13 days ago

        or you could join a cricket forum

    3. Geoff
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 13 days 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
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 13 days 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
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 13 days 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
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 13 days ago

            Are you Canadian, Geoff?

            1. Geoff
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 7 Years
              5 months, 13 days ago

              I am yeah

              1. cravencottage
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                5 months, 13 days 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
                  • 7 Years
                  5 months, 13 days 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
                    5 months, 13 days 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
                      • 7 Years
                      5 months, 13 days 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
                        5 months, 13 days 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
                        • 9 Years
                        5 months, 13 days ago

                        What a hypocrite 😀

                      3. cravencottage
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        5 months, 13 days ago

                        true- just like hockey better than cricket!

                      4. Geoff
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 7 Years
                        5 months, 12 days ago

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

                  2. Diva
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    5 months, 13 days 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
                      • 7 Years
                      5 months, 12 days ago

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

              2. Diva
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                5 months, 13 days ago

                Cool. I'm based there. 🙂

                1. Geoff
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 7 Years
                  5 months, 12 days ago

                  Nice 🙂 Where?

                  1. Diva
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    5 months, 12 days ago

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

  16. CloudSky
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 13 days 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
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 13 days ago

      All aboard the Hudson-Odoi train next season

      1. Wild Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 13 days ago

        *RLC

        1. CloudSky
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 13 days ago

          Both injured. 😀

          1. Wild Rover
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            5 months, 13 days ago

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

  17. Nice to Finally Michu
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 13 days 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
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 13 days ago

      Haterz arriving early for a good seat 😀

  18. Jarvish Scott Talent
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 13 days ago

    Shai Hope or Hope Solo?

    1. Diva
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 13 days ago

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

    2. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 13 days ago

      All Hope gone now?

      1. Wild Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 13 days ago

        It is now