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Robertson injured as FPL players take part in Euro 2020 qualifiers

While this summer’s Copa America, Africa Cup of Nations and Gold Cup may have more significant ramifications for Fantasy managers in the first few weeks of 2019/20, there has also been a raft of European Championship qualifiers taking place over the last seven days.

Minutes played by Premier League players in early June will likely have little effect on their ability to feature in Gameweek 1 but any injuries picked up are worth monitoring.

Andrew Robertson was forced to miss Scotland’s 3-0 defeat to Belgium on Tuesday with a hamstring problem, the severity of which is yet to be determined despite some speculative reports suggesting he could be a doubt for Liverpool’s season-opening fixture in August.

Scotland head coach Steve Clarke said of the Liverpool left-back:

It’s disappointing to lose someone of Andy’s experience, certainly for a game like this.

He tried everything he could [to be ready], he did the training session last night, but he woke up and still felt it so no good.

There were some interesting quotes from Romelu Lukaku after that match, with the Manchester United striker saying of his future:

I have a contract with Man United. I’ll speak with my club and my agent Federico Pastorello to make the best decision.

I am going to enjoy my holidays with my family now. I know what I’ll do, but won’t say it. We’ll see. If I expect a busy summer? Yes.

Our group-by-group recap rounds up the key contributions made by any Premier League players in the European Championship qualifiers over the last week.

European Championship Qualifiers

Group A

In England’s group, Manchester City’s Ari Muric played the full 180 minutes as Kosovo took four points from away matches against Montenegro and Bulgaria.

Burnley’s Matej Vydra sat on the bench for the Czech Republic’s two victories over the same opposition. Chelsea’s Tomas Kalas also didn’t play a single minute.

Group B

Oleksandr Zinchenko, who we expect to be reclassified as an FPL defender next season, played 180 minutes for his country in his usual central midfield role as Ukraine picked up six points in wins over Serbia and Luxembourg.

Serbia were without the injured Nemanja Matic, while Luka Milivojevic continues to be overlooked after a fallout with national team coach Mladen Krstajić.

Group C

Leroy Sane‘s fine form for his country continued as he scored against both Belarus and Estonia.

The Manchester City winger opened the scoring for Die Mannschaft in Borisov as Germany ground out a 2-0 win, although Sane should have added gloss to the scoreline late on when striking the woodwork with a header.

Sane scored Germany’s final goal in an 8-0 thrashing of Estonia three days later, also setting up Serge Gnabry for his country’s second goal and seeing two other strikes disallowed for offside.

The winger played all 180 minutes of the two Euro 2020 qualifiers.

Sane has been strongly linked with a move to Bayern Munich but refused to comment on any transfer speculation after full-time.

Fellow Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan also found the back of the net in the demolition of Estonia, scoring from the spot after 26 minutes.

Gundogan was substituted after 53 minutes in that game, having had an 81-minute run-out against Belarus.

Antonio Rudiger‘s season-ending knee injury kept him out of the Germany camp, while Bernd Leno withdrew from the squad with a thumb problem.

Comments from Germany’s goalkeeping coach, Andreas Kopke, suggest the problem isn’t too serious:

I know that Bernd has had some pain in his hand recently. He is going to have a splint put on his thumb, so we won’t be able to play him in the two upcoming games.

Sheffield United’s Oliver Norwood wasn’t involved for Northern Ireland after a minor operation but there was plenty of Premier League representation for the Green and White Army as they kept up their 100% record in Group C.

Jonny Evans, Craig Cathcart and Norwich City’s Jamal Lewis all played 180 minutes in the Northern Ireland back four.

The Canaries’ goalkeeper Michael McGovern was an unused substitute in both matches.

Group D

Kasper Schmeichel, Andreas Christensen and Christian Eriksen played all 180 minutes of Denmark’s two Euro 2020 qualifiers.

Eriksen can’t get a look-in from 12 yards at club level but he continues to be the first choice for penalties with Denmark and the Spurs midfielder scored from the spot in the 5-1 win over Georgia, later wasting an excellent chance to add to his tally from open play.

Eriksen was relatively quiet in the 1-1 draw with the Republic of Ireland, having struggled to impose himself in the UEFA Champions League final earlier this month.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg also played 90 minutes in the thrashing of Georgia, having come off the bench as a 72nd-minute substitute against Ireland three days earlier to score the game’s opening goal.

Jonas Lossl, signed by Everton from Huddersfield Town this summer, and injured Southampton defender Jannik Vestergaard weren’t part of the Denmark squad.

Matt Doherty didn’t play a single minute for the Irish, with Seamus Coleman very much Mick McCarthy’s preferred option at right-back: the Everton defender featured in all 180 minutes of their two Euro 2020 qualifiers.

Shane Duffy also lasted the course in both matches and highlighted his threat from dead-ball situations when nodding in an Alan Judge delivery to salvage a point against Denmark.

There was a strong contingent from newly promoted Sheffield United, with Enda Stevens playing all 180 minutes at left-back.

Centre-half John Egan didn’t make it off the bench but David McGoldrick played all but two minutes of the qualifiers against Denmark and Gibraltar, claiming a ‘Fantasy assist’ in the second match after his shot was deflected in by Joseph Chipolina.

Scott Hogan, who was on loan at Bramall Lane from Aston Villa in the second half of last season, played alongside McGoldrick against Gibraltar having made a cameo substitute’s appearance three days earlier.

Conor Hourihane lasted 172 minutes across the two fixtures, with Jeff Hendrick playing the entirety of both games alongside him in central midfield.

Hendrick’s Burnley teammate, Robbie Brady, was thrown on as a 73rd-minute substitute against Gibraltar and scored against the minnows in injury time.

Brady had played 66 minutes of the 1-1 draw with Denmark.

The injured Michael Obafemi, Shane Long, Kevin Long and Mark Travers weren’t involved, with McCarthy saying of the young Bournemouth goalkeeper’s problem:

It is an injury that Alan Kelly and the doc have never seen. He’s got to go back and get it repaired if he wants to be ready for the start of the season.

Shane Long withdrew from the squad after picking up a hamstring strain, while Kevin Long is nursing a calf injury.

Group E

Dejan Lovren played the full match as Croatia beat Wales 2-1 in Osijek.

The Liverpool centre-back also played the first half of a friendly against Tunisia three days later.

Aston Villa goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic sat on the bench in both fixtures.

Martin Dubravka played 90 minutes of Slovakia’s 5-1 win over Azerbaijan.

Wales slumped to successive away defeats to leave their Euro 2020 qualification hopes in serious peril.

There were at least promising signs from two young Welsh prospects, with Bournemouth’s David Brooks emerging from the bench to score a consolation goal against Croatia and new Manchester United signing Daniel James looking bright in defeat to Hungary.

Brooks and James played 98 and 169 minutes respectively over the last week.

Wayne Hennessey was between the posts for the losses in Croatia and Hungary, keeping Leicester City’s Danny Ward on the bench.

Ben Davies also played 180 minutes, with Chris Mepham getting a 90-minute run-out against Croatia.

Ethan Ampadu played 78 minutes across the two matches, while Neil Taylor was an unused substitute on both occasions and the injured Paul Dummett and James Chester missed out altogether.

Group F

Joshua King played the whole match as Norway drew 2-2 with Romania before the Bournemouth striker watched on from the bench as his nation won 2-0 against the Faroe Islands.

Mohamed Elyounoussi didn’t see a minute of pitch-time, while Aston Villa goalkeeper Orjan Nyland still wasn’t fit to return after an Achilles injury.

A groin problem kept Victor Lindelof out of Sweden’s squad, while there was no place for Watford’s Ken Sema.

Kepa Arrizabalaga suffered the indignity of conceding a goal to the Faroe Islands but the Chelsea goalkeeper was otherwise relatively untroubled as Spain won 4-1 against the Group F minnows and subsequently beat Sweden 3-0.

David de Gea watched on from the bench as Kepa played the full 180 minutes, while there was no place in the squad for Cesar Azpilicueta, Jonny or Marcos Alonso.

Group G

Marko Arnautovic played 179 minutes as Austria secured much-needed wins over North Macedonia and Slovenia.

The West Ham United striker had finished the Premier League season in decent form after a difficult 2019 and he scored twice in the 4-1 win in Skopje, with one of his goals coming from the penalty spot.

Sebastian Prodl wasn’t part of the Austrian squad this time.

Lukasz Fabianski and Jan Bednarek both kept two clean sheets and played 180 minutes as Poland kept up their 100% qualification record with wins over Israel and North Macedonia.

Brighton’s Beram Kayal started both of Israel’s matches, being substituted in the second half of each game.

Group H

A desperately poor France lost 2-0 in Turkey before going on to record a routine 4-0 win over Andorra three days later.

Paul Pogba played all 180 minutes across the two games and, reprising the deeper role he occupies for his country, didn’t manage a single shot from inside the opposition box.

Les Bleus, indeed, didn’t muster a single effort on target in Turkey, with Olivier Giroud hooked on 72 minutes after recording only one attempt on goal.

Giroud came off the bench in the final 17 minutes of the win over Andorra.

The only Premier League player to be involved in any of France’s goals was Kurt Zouma, who prodded home from close range following a corner.

Lucas Digne lasted only 45 minutes of the defeat to Turkey before being replaced at half-time, while Moussa Sissoko played 116 minutes across the two matches after his exploits in the Champions League final.

Hugo Lloris lasted the full duration of both matches.

Pogba, Digne and Zouma were also involved in a 2-0 friendly win over Bolivia on June 2.

Alexandre Lacazette, Anthony Martial and Benjamin Mendy were all overlooked by Didier Deschamps, while N’Golo Kante was forced to withdraw from the squad with a knee injury.

Caglar Soyuncu didn’t make it off the bench in either of Turkey’s qualifiers, while Cenk Tosun missed out after sustaining a knee injury in the friendly win over Greece on May 30.

Gyfli Sigurdsson and Villa’s Birkir Bjarnason played all 180 minutes of Iceland’s victories over Albania and Turkey, while Johann Berg Gudmundsson started both matches before being substituted during the second half of each game.

The Burnley winger scored the winner against Albania.

Group I

Andrew Robertson completed 90 minutes of the win over Cyprus – scoring a rocket of a goal in doing so – before picking up the hamstring injury that kept him out of the defeat in Belgium.

Stuart Armstrong was another injury victim, hobbling off after 32 minutes in Brussels – the extent of the Southampton midfielder’s problem is yet to be determined.

Ryan Fraser replaced Armstrong in that match, testing Thibault Courtois with one of only two shots on target that Scotland could manage.

Fraser played the full 90 minutes against Cyprus three days earlier, providing the cross that Oliver Burke scored from at the second attempt.

Premier League central midfielders Scott McTominay, Scott McGinn and Kenny McLean played 101, 79 and 180 minutes respectively over the two matches.

Matt Ritchie and Robert Snodgrass again weren’t part of the national team set-up, while John Fleck was excused because of a clash with his wedding.

Kevin De Bruyne‘s FPL price next season will be interesting, given that he has had such an injury-ravaged campaign in 2018/19.

The Manchester City midfielder impressed against admittedly limited opponents in the form of Kazakhstan and Scotland, rifling in Belgium’s third goal against Clarke’s much-changed side and registering eight other shots.

De Bruyne had cracked the bar against Kazakhstan in the first Euro 2020 qualifier, producing another accomplished display from central midfield.

The same caveats about the quality of opposition that are given with De Bruyne also apply to Romelu Lukaku, who scored three goals over the two fixtures – all of which were from the edge of the six-yard box.

Lukaku, who was been prolific for his national team, missed several presentable opportunities along the way, including a tap-in against Scotland.

With Lukaku very much first choice for the one striking spot in Roberto Martinez’s 3-4-2-1, Michy Batshuayi had to make do with one 18-minute cameo. Divock Origi and Christian Benteke didn’t get any pitch-time whatsoever, meanwhile.

Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld each played 180 minutes at the heart of the Belgian defence, though Leander Dendoncker and Simon Mignolet didn’t make it onto the field.

Youri Tielemans lasted 100 minutes over the two games.

Group J

There is much hype surrounding Teemu Pukki after Norwich City’s promotion to the Premier League and the Finnish striker underscored his goal-getting ability with a brilliantly taken brace against Bosnia and Herzegovina, following up those two goals with a strike against Liechtenstein three days later.

Pukki played all 180 minutes of his country’s two fixtures.

Pukki’s teammate Mario Vrancic didn’t make it off the bench in either game for Bosnia, while Sead Kolasinac was a no-show because of injury.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan captained Armenia to Euro 2020 qualification victories over Liechtenstein and Greece, playing 180 minutes as a number ten but not getting on the scoresheet despite his side plundering six goals.

Arsenal teammate Sokratis lasted the course in both of his country’s matches, with his country losing 3-0 to Italy and 3-2 to Armenia.

Jorginho was the midfield fulcrum for Italy in the 4-3-3 system he is used to at Chelsea, with the Brazil-born ‘regista’ lasting 90 minutes in both fixtures.

Emerson Palmieri started both of his country’s matches at left-back, coming off after 68 minutes against Greece having earlier provided the assist for Leonardo Bonnucci’s goal.


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  1. Gravless are for Kinnear
    • 6 Years
    13 days, 1 hour ago

    The slow page begins

    1. MeatPieSausageRoll
        13 days, 1 hour ago

        No. Now it ends.

        1. Lord Tachanka
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          12 days, 20 hours ago

          3.6 comments every 18 minutes

          Not great, not terrible

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      13 days, 1 hour ago

      Can’t believe we could also have Matt Ritchie as a defender this year

      Back 7 anyone?

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

        If he's reclassified, he's straight in my team as a 5th defender

      2. Lovren an elevator
        • 4 Years
        13 days, 52 mins ago

        I would take him if Benitez says. All day long!

      3. Right back Atsu
        • 5 Years
        13 days, 46 mins ago

        Noice!

    3. TokyoRed 東京赤
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      13 days, 1 hour ago

      "For the first time in Premier League history, the clubs will get a short mid-season break in February.
      Over a two-week period, there will be only five matches on one weekend, with the other five games taking place the following weekend, ensuring that each team gets one week off."

      That's an added twist - we should know these weeks and fixtures tomorrow with the rest I suppose? Wonder if the fixtures computer plays fpl...

      1. Gravless are for Kinnear
        • 6 Years
        13 days, 1 hour ago

        One GW

        1. TokyoRed 東京赤
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          13 days, 1 hour ago

          Ah - yes that would be the logical solution wouldn't it 🙂

    4. Queenofthestoneage
        13 days, 1 hour ago

        If you were forced to perma captain a player for the entire next season, who would you pick and why?

        1. TokyoRed 東京赤
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          13 days, 1 hour ago

          Hmm. Salah was pretty undroppable and should be again as they'll be scrapping for every point. Salah or Kun probably.

        2. SADIO SANÉ
          • 3 Years
          13 days, 1 hour ago

          obv Salah, next best Sterling

        3. Zambian FPL Addict
          • 1 Year
          13 days, 1 hour ago

          Prince of Gabon!

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

          I'd take a gamble on TAA - if he does start majority of games he's a huge captain candidate

        5. Right back Atsu
          • 5 Years
          13 days, 52 mins ago

          TAA, phenomal output per game and feel Mo could go.

        6. Lovren an elevator
          • 4 Years
          13 days, 50 mins ago

          I can see only 4 that would be worthy...
          Salah, Kun, Sterling, Auba

        7. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          13 days, 47 mins ago

          Strikers seem to max out at about 200 points these last few seasons so would avoid Kane, Kun, Auba

          Midfielders seem to have no problem sailing past he 200 mark by comparison

          Overall - has to be Salah - it would possibly be be sterling but Pep seemed to rest him every 5 or 6 games and a below par Salah outscored him comprehensively last season - Mo was just nailed to bits

        8. Amey
            13 days, 14 mins ago

            Duffy
            😛
            (Mo Salah for sure)

          • Thomas Jerome Newton
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            12 days, 21 hours ago

            If it's for the whole season it has to the player you expect to have most points by the end.
            That's looking like Salah. Next fave now Hazard gone has to be Sterling.
            The only person I think that could set that

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

              ...would be Kane, if he's injury free, and could manage a 30 goal return.

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

          If the fixture leak is correct, a Salah Sterling captaincy rotation won't work.

          1. rocco10
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            13 days, 1 hour ago

            Pretty sure its fake

        10. Queenofthestoneage
            13 days, 1 hour ago

            If you knew for a fact that all three of
            Robo, VVD & TAA would end up with +200 points next season @ prices around £7-8m per player, would you then consider a triple pool defender line-up as a long term project?

            1. Vobinho In Wengerland
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              13 days, 58 mins ago

              Definately - gives for a seriously solid attack without spending on premiums Salah & Mane with Sterling being the only premium mid probably.

            2. Lovren an elevator
              • 4 Years
              13 days, 50 mins ago

              Without a doubt. I'm considering them anyway, even at that price

            3. rocco10
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              13 days, 48 mins ago

              Need to be able to C Salah/Mane IMO

              Double up

            4. Right back Atsu
              • 5 Years
              13 days, 47 mins ago

              Nah, would perma captain TAA, have Virgil and Mo/Mane. Should be a couple of more plum defenders like Laporte and Digne.

            5. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              13 days, 45 mins ago

              Yeah you’d have to - but in reality I think double elite pool defence plus Mo/Sterling covers the bases nicely including captaincy

              1. rocco10
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                13 days, 43 mins ago

                No premium FWD for you mate?

                1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  13 days, 37 mins ago

                  Very interested in Vardy with Rodgers there now - I think he’ll be his Suarez/Stevie G equivalent/talisman with an entire team setup to feed him...

                  Apart from him not many strikers on the watchlist at all - Pukki and Giroud are both interesting I think

                  But I look at Kane, Auba, Kun & find it hard to get excited about them to be honest - no doubt they’ll be very destructive at times but strikers almost seem to be at a disadvantage these days from a points perspective - even 11.0 price tags won’t really have me queuing to sign them - could all change VERY quickly though as we know in FPL lol

                  1. rocco10
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    12 days, 23 hours ago

                    Great post. I agree with you on Vardy, i might go do the same.

                    With Mane/Salah Sterling premium defs it will be tricky(impossible with a balanced team) to fit in. And Salah over Mane is probably a no brainer if the price diff is 2m or less with pens for Salah.

                    Bring on the fixtures!

            6. Amey
                13 days, 13 mins ago

                Taa Robbo + Mane/Salah for me

              • TLF
                • 3 Years
                13 days, 3 mins ago

                Not having Mo/Mane for captaincy is the only thing deterring me. Im still seriously considering the triple up in defence though. Will see how the fixtures look tomorrow and look at other arm band options.

            7. _sidney_will
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              13 days, 45 mins ago

              For the first time in Premier League history, the clubs will get a short mid-season break in February.

              Over a two-week period, there will be only five matches on one weekend, with the other five games taking place the following weekend, ensuring that each team gets one week off.

              Wonder how this will affect FPL ...

              1. _sidney_will
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                13 days, 44 mins ago

                *didnt see post above*

              2. Little Red Lacazette
                • 2 Years
                13 days, 36 mins ago

                Not sure, but those blank weeks put a spanner in the works. 2 Free Hits maybe?

              3. Game Over
                • 3 Years
                12 days, 23 hours ago

                would FPL turn both weekends into a single GW?

                1. SADIO SANÉ
                  • 3 Years
                  12 days, 22 hours ago

                  yes they would

            8. Queenofthestoneage
                13 days, 38 mins ago

                This ghost ship team, with not a single transfer or chip used would have gotten you a 2nd place in the world last season with 2608 points. How well do you believe it will stand next season, with the exception of Haz ofc.

                Pickford(VC)
                Robertson VVD TAA Laporte
                Sterling(C) Haz Siggy Frazer
                Aguero Wilson

                Lössl Jimenez Deulofeu Digne

                1. SAY MY NAME
                  • 2 Years
                  13 days, 21 mins ago

                  would do very well again I expect, but would it be affordable with price changes, I suspect not

                  1. TorresMagic™
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                    • 10 Years
                    13 days, 19 mins ago

                    Not even close even with 14 and no Hazard.

                    1. Queenofthestoneage
                        13 days, 17 mins ago

                        Please elaborate

                        1. TorresMagic™
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                          • 10 Years
                          13 days, 16 mins ago

                          100m isn't going to be enough for the 14 players as hazard would be playing.

                          1. TorresMagic™
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                            • 10 Years
                            13 days, 16 mins ago

                            won't*

                  2. Right back Atsu
                    • 5 Years
                    12 days, 23 hours ago

                    Could do well if the Bournemouth players move

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

                    The big thing to notice is that Salah is not in the team.....

                    1. Queenofthestoneage
                        12 days, 23 hours ago

                        259p @ £13m doesnt cut it when it comes to PPM.

                        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          12 days, 22 hours ago

                          PPM becomes more difficult, not easier, as you increase price - that’s why defenders & GK’s do so well on value - generally the cheaper the player the better the value

                          He actually pretty much matched Sterling for PPM - Sterling being a full 2.0 cheaper, which is phenomenal for Mo... and obviously far exceeded Kane, Auba, Kun

                          As long as he doesn’t get reclassified to forward, Salah at 13.0 is one of the biggest bargains in the game imo & joint first name on my teamsheet along with Sterling

                          1. Queenofthestoneage
                              12 days, 22 hours ago

                              Yes but you seem to be forgetting something. First of, thats a 200p VVD + £5.5m youre replacing for 260p. Two, Sterling missed not one, or two, or three, but four games last season. A bench player needs to cover that position. In this case Jimenez or Digne. Thats around 20p give or take added, along with £5-6m to spread around to cover those 60p between Salah and VVD. You feel me?

                              1. Queenofthestoneage
                                  12 days, 22 hours ago

                                  Theres a reason why Salah isnt in that ghost ship. Him being left on the sideline offers enough spare cash to not only cover but exceed his points. With that said, he could have a +300 season coming up, and mind you, with a perma cap on that its a wrap 🙂

                                  1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 9 Years
                                    12 days, 22 hours ago

                                    The ghost ship thing is interesting -’d Actually seen that somewhere before, Reddit I think - and it does highlight one of the big selection dilemmas for this season - i.e. does the third Liverpool slot after TAA/Robbo go to VVD or Salah... Salah & Sterling would seem a fairly “safe” duo to shoulder the captaincy burden in most weeks this season, u less something mad happens with fixtures

                                    But the practicality is that PPM definitely becomes more difficult as price increases - and for Salah to be within a few points of Sterling on PPM speaks volumes - although in fairness I’m not sure there are too many doubters of his ability at this stage after he’s notched the guts of 600 points in his last 75-odd FPL games

                                    Picking a ghost ship team for his season - maybe Salah’s there, maybe he’s not... picking an FPL team for this season, he’s there 😉

                                    1. Queenofthestoneage
                                        12 days, 22 hours ago

                                        Yes, bit what you seem to be forgetting, and I stress PPM here, is that Salahs cost rips your team apart thus forcing you to leave out many proven players that are certain to score a minimum amount of points. Also, asking to play both Salah + Sterling would be detrimental to the overall balance of your team imo

                                        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 9 Years
                                          12 days, 21 hours ago

                                          I’d have to disagree that Salah rips a team apart - that’s a very strange statement - he is expensive for a reason because he consistently scores the most points in the game

                                          My point is more that Salah is an FPL phenomenon, one of the best, (if not THE best) players ever to be available in the game - statistically he has a scary amount of room of improvement over last season, yet still outscored Mané & Sterling (who both had superb seasons) by 30-odd points - hence the price difference, and hence a more difficult PPM metric

                                          The end of season ghost teams are of course always mildly interesting, and constructed with the benefit of hindsight - personally I’d veer away from falling into the trap of avoiding Salah to chase value as it could lead to extremely sticky situations - but that approach won’t be for everyone, there’s more than one way to skin a cat

                          2. GUNNERINHO
                            • 5 Years
                            12 days, 13 hours ago

                            Hindsight is beautiful, if only I could start next season with hindsight.

                        2. Queenofthestoneage
                            12 days, 22 hours ago

                            Also, VVD will be 40% cheaper but garner only around 20% less in points than Salah did.

                            £5.5m is alot of extra money...

                            1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 9 Years
                              12 days, 21 hours ago

                              He sure will, and as pointed out above it highlights one of the big selection decisions for this season - i.e. does third Liverpool slot go to VVD or Salah - for me (assuming Salah is not a forward, and doesn’t go above 13.5) i’d have to veer towards Salah

                              I could see VVD’s attacking output potentially regressing (remember: his assist for origi’s bizarre last minute goal was his second attacking return in 2 & a half seasons of FPL at that stage - he was generally ridiculed as “not getting attacking returns” as recently as then)

                              Having Mo as a captain option was (and likely will be) a huge advantage - whilst he did get a baseline 259 points, he was a relatively consistent, if unspectacular captain in the first half of the season, then exploded with the extra 21 points at bourenmouth, the flurry of double figures/penalties over Christmas, and the extra 38 points for the many who TC’d v Huddersfield

                              His effective points for owners post-captaincy I’m sure would have been north of 500 - Sterling popped up with some hauls as well but i’d wager a captaincy adjusted PPM in isolation between Sterling & Mo wouldn’t have a huge amount of difference & those two should be the highest on that particular metric hence in the hot seats for captaincy this season

                              1. Queenofthestoneage
                                  12 days, 20 hours ago

                                  Well said! We can continue this conversation when the prices arrive in july.

                            2. FPL Virgin
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 2 Years
                              12 days, 21 hours ago

                              What time after 9am will the season tickers be updated tomorrow?

                              Can the powers that be guarantee that the members ticker for paying members will be updated first ahead of the free ticker?

                              1. Gravless are for Kinnear
                                • 6 Years
                                12 days, 21 hours ago

                                Why?

                                1. FPL Virgin
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 2 Years
                                  12 days, 20 hours ago

                                  Paying members should get priority. Last year the free ticker was updated first and the members ticker took ages to get done.

                                  1. TorresMagic™
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                                    • 10 Years
                                    12 days, 18 hours ago

                                    What's the rush? 😛

                            3. Lord Tachanka
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 2 Years
                              12 days, 20 hours ago

                              Do we reckon the £4m midfielders will be back at the start of the season.

                              If so will you get one as an enabler?

                              1. SADIO SANÉ
                                • 3 Years
                                12 days, 20 hours ago

                                no
                                yes (bench)

                            4. SAY MY NAME
                              • 2 Years
                              12 days, 18 hours ago

                              6hrs 21 mins till fixtures announced 🙂

                              1. Jacky boy
                                • 2 Years
                                12 days, 17 hours ago

                                So excited

                            5. Skull And Gnomes 9
                              • 1 Year
                              12 days, 15 hours ago

                              My motherboard has been infected and it is becoming very problematic to disinfect it before the start of the FPL season.

                              I've done my very best to sort it out, and sometimes it has been very uncomfortable, but no matter how hard I try, the truth keeps stomping on my head.

                              You're right! _ Maybe I can't handle the truth.