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Aguero proves worth to Argentina at Copa America

The weekend saw plenty of Fantasy Premier League assets continue their summer exploits on the international scene.

As the Copa America and Gold Cup close in on the end of the group stage, the opening round of matches got underway in the African Cup of Nations.

We’ve got all the latest news on who did and didn’t play as well as any injury updates.

Copa America

Ecuador 1-2 Chile

Alexis Sánchez has shown shades of his former self for Chile at the Copa America so far

Alexis Sánchez continues to hint at a return to form with another impressive game at Copa America.

After registering a goal and assist against Japan in the first round of matches, the Manchester United man found the net as Chile also beat Ecuador.

However, he will have to be careful for the remainder of the tournament in Brazil as he aggravated an ankle injury – although he still managed to play a full 90 minutes.

“I think I have a sprain, I hope it’s not too serious. At half-time they strapped it up, I played on with a bit of pain.” – Alexis Sánchez

Peru 0-5 Brazil

Roberto Firmino got his first goal of the tournament against Peru

Roberto Firmino finally delivered his first goal of Copa America 2019 as Brazil thrashed Peru 5-0.

After coming under criticism for their win over Bolivia and draw with Venezuela, the Selecao went up a gear for their final game of the group stage.

However, Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus, making his first start of the tournament, was denied a first-ever Copa America goal in stoppage time.

He saw his penalty saved by Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese.

After starting both of the first two matches, in which Brazil failed to get into their stride, Richarlison was dropped to the bench against Peru.

He was replaced in the starting line-up by Everton, who contributed a goal and an assist to proceedings.

Willian came on for the final 15 minutes and added the fifth goal – his first involvement at the Copa America.

Meanwhile, Ederson remained an unused substitute with Alisson keeping another clean sheet and Fernandinho missed out through injury – but has reportedly trained ahead of Thursday’s quarter-final.

Colombia 1-0 Paraguay

Having already secured the Group B top spot before this match, Colombia rotated for their 1-0 win over Paraguay.

That saw centre-backs Davinson Sánchez and Yerry Mina drop to the bench to be unused substitutes.

Coming in was Bournemouth’s Jefferson Lerma, who played 90 minutes in the central midfield trio of a 4-3-3 formation.

In action for Paraguay was Miguel Almirón in a number 10 role, while West Ham’s Fabian Balbuena was benched for the second match in a row after he was involved in the disappointing 2-2 draw with Qatar.

Qatar 0-2 Argentina

Aguero was benched for Argentina’s draw with Paraguay but came back for the win over Qatar

Sergio Aguero proved what a mistake it had been to bench him for the draw with Paraguay by scoring in Argentina’s 2-0 win over Qatar.

The much-needed result ensured his nation, who are yet to impress at the tournament, progressed to the quarter-finals.

He was deployed on the left side of a 4-3-3 formation, so not in his natural habitat, as Lautaro Martinez was deployed through the centre and Lionel Messi on the right.

Meanwhile, a first clean sheet of the competition came as Juan Foyth was handed his first start.

The Tottenham man was paired with Nicolas Otamendi at centre-back.

Roberto Pereyra was an unused substitute.

African Cup of Nations

Egypt 1-0 Zimbabwe

Salah and his Egypt colleagues tasted victory in their AFCON 2019 opener

Egypt may have won the opening game of the African Cup of Nations 2019 but it was hardly a classic.

Trézéguet scored the only goal of the game in the 41st minute but Mohamed Salah had plenty of chances to get on the score sheet.

The Liverpool man was deployed on the right side of attacking midfield in a 4-2-3-1, sharing a flank with Aston Villa’s Ahmed El Mohamady.

He forced Zimbabwe’s goalkeeper Edmore Sibanda into a decent save in the second half after putting several efforts wide in the first.

Meanwhile, Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny played the full 90 minutes in holding midfield.

DR Congo 0-2 Uganda

Arthur Masuaku and Yannick Bolasie were on the end of some criticism as DR Congo got off to a rotten start at AFCON 2019.

The Premier League pair manned the left flank in the defence and midfield respectively of a 4-1-4-1 formation.

However, they both played poorly as their nation suffered a surprise defeat at the hands of lowly Uganda.

It was the Cranes first AFCON win in 41 years.

Nigeria 1-0 Burundi

Alex Iwobi provided plenty of threat for Nigeria in their AFCON opener but the Super Eagles still made hard work of seeing off Burundi.

Captained by Saido Berahino, they are the lowest ranked side at the tournament but they held out until former Watford striker Odion Ighalo was introduced and scored in the 77th minute.

Wilfried Ndidi played the whole game in central midfield while Leon Balogun was an unused substitute.

Guinea 2-2 Madagascar

Naby Keita made his return from injury as Guinea were held by AFCON debutants Madagascar.

He sustained an adductor injury against Barcelona on May 1 and was initially ruled out for two months.

However, it would appear the central midfielder has come back ahead of schedule, as he featured as a 62nd-minute substitute.

There had initially been disagreement between Jurgen Klopp and the Guinea’s Football Federation president Antonio Souare over the extent of the injury.

If Keita’s comeback does cause further issues, there could be more said on the matter between the two men.

“The adductors [injury] is two to three weeks of unavailability. The Liverpool coach has to pull himself together, let the doctors do their job. Naby Keita belongs to a state before belonging to Liverpool. I remind the Liverpool coach a little bit of the rules if he does not know it. So it’s hasty and pretentious to make statements like this. What we do know is that Naby Keita will play at the African Cup of Nations 2019.” – Antonio Souare

Senegal 2-0 Tanzania

Idrissa Gueye was the only Premier League player to participate in Senegal’s 2-0 win over Tanzania.

Sadio Mané missed the encounter through suspension after picking up two yellow cards in his country’s qualifying campaign.

“[Mané’s] absence should not in any way bother us. Certainly, the presence of Sadio is beneficial but without him, we remain strong.” – Aliou Cisse, Senegal coach

Crystal Palace’s Cheikhou Kouyaté was an unused substitute.

Algeria 2-0 Kenya

Mahrez scored for Algeria very close to the time that colleague Aguero found the net for Argentina

There were just two Premier League representatives as Algeria saw off Kenya.

Manchester City midfielder Riyad Mahrez scored one of the goals for the Desert Eagles as they won 2-0.

On the wrong end of the result was Spurs midfielder Victor Wanyama.

Morocco 1-0 Namibia

Wolves’ Romain Saïss played in defence as Morocco beat Namibia 1-0 on Sunday.

CONCACAF Gold Cup

USA 6-0 Trinidad and Tobago

Christian Pulisic in action for the USA against Trinidad and Tobago

Christian Pulisic played an important role in the USA’s 6-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago.

Deployed in as a central midfielder in Gregg Berhalter’s 4-1-4-1 formation, he was involved in three of the goals.

The Chelsea man first assisted centre-back Aaron Long with a cross in the 41st minute.

In the second half, Pulisic set up centre-forward Gyasi Zardes for his second of the game, before finding the net himself in the 73rd minute.

Martinique 2-3 Mexico

Jiménez has been in excellent form for Mexico at the Gold Cup

Raúl Jiménez cannot help but continue his hot form at the Gold Cup.

After playing key roles in Mexico’s first two wins of the tournament, he did so again as Martinique were defeated 3-2.

The Wolves forward scored in the 60th minute before assisting Fernando Navarro in the 72nd.

Mexico are now the confirmed winners of Group A and will play in the quarter-finals on Saturday.

UEFA U21 Championships

England U21 2-4 Romania U21

England’s Under 21 side have already been knocked out of the European Championship after losing to Romania on Friday night.

There were goals from Fantasy assets Demarai Gray and Tammy Abraham but Aidy Boothroyd’s side continued to lack sufficient organisation at the back.

Having played poorly against France, much-hyped right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka was replaced by Jonjoe Kenny but the Everton man did not fare too much better.

However, the real surprise was Manchester City youngster Phil Foden, one of the better performers in the opening match, left on the bench – coming on only in the 57th minute.

Despite the onslaught, goalkeeper Dean Henderson still produced some impressive saves.

However, he was at fault for the crucial third Romanian goal, allowing Florinel Coman’s shot through his hands.

James Maddison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin were also among the FPL players who played the full 90 minutes, while Harvey Barnes was replaced by Ryan Sessegnon at half time.

Meanwhile, Chelsea’s Abraham featured only in the last 15 minutes, grabbing England’s second goal.

It seems that he is edging closer towards staying at Stamford Bridge this season and could prove a budget route into the Chelsea attack.

“I have been there, done that and now I have full confidence in my ability to score for Chelsea. I do feel ready. I really do. There is no better time for a young player to be at Chelsea. I am going to give it my all.” – Tammy Abraham

England U21 XI (4-3-3): Henderson; Dasilva (Abraham 76′), Clarke-Salter, Tomori, Kenny; Maddison, Dowell, Mount; H Barnes (R Sessegnon 45′ | Foden 57′), Calvert-Lewin, D Gray.

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393 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Premier League returns in...

    46 Days
    17 Hours
    15 Minutes

    1. Fantasy Gold
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Lovely stuff.

      Not long now.

      I’ve got a 2 week holiday in the middle of July so it’ll go even quicker for me 🙂

      1. Revival
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Forgot Liverpool match is a Friday 8pm kickoff so it is actually 45 days 23 hours 39 minutes from now

        1. Fantasy Gold
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          I love Friday night football.

          Needs to be more of them.

  2. FPL Virgin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    This is a great FPL blog by FPL Guidance: https://thesecondstriker.com/2019/06/24/player-analysis-virgil-van-dijk/

    Highly recommend all the articles so far.

    Much better than most of what FFS has put out so far in preseason, I'm afraid to say. I don't think what happens in Copa America 2 months before the game launches is of much value.

    Please raise your game FFS!

    1. Fantasy Gold
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Pretty sure I saw you praising a FFS article just the other day?

      Your trolling needs some work sir.

      1. FPL Virgin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        The xG article was excellent, but in the main the preseason articles have been below par. Hence the lack of activity and debate in the comments section.

        1. 32chickens
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          Virg
          All I can suggest is that you need a holiday
          ....me I'll get back to my ironing...

          1. FPL Virgin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            If there is one thing I know ... it is good FPL content.

            But I definitely do need a good holiday 😉

    2. 32chickens
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Another jester?
      Or are you looking to bite the hand that feeds?
      Given the build up I was expecting to open the link and find statistical magick
      What I got was back of a fag packet after a couple of cheeky pints
      Or have I missed something?
      Point it out please.

      1. FPL Virgin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Click on the homepage and read the last several articles. They really are very good indeed - especially the one on the opening fixtures. This is closer to the standard we should expect, I feel.

        1. 32chickens
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          Okay I will check once ironing pile has gone down

          1. FPL Virgin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            Why not read and iron? Paste the article in a text to voice tool.

            1. 32chickens
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              5 months, 16 days ago

              nice idea

      2. Geoff
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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        • 7 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        😀

    3. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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      • 10 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      😆

      1. FPL Virgin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Hand on heart, I'm not bothering to read some of the FFS preseason articles, but I read every single one on the second striker website without fail. That tells you something, surely.

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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          • 10 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          Information overload like last season, look how you did.

          1. Fantasy Gold
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            Keep jabbing him in the ribs TM.

            He’ll break eventually.

          2. FPL Virgin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            It's fine. The latest FPL pod from FPL Surgery, FPL General and WGTA tell you how to deal with information overload.

            The FPL surgery podcast came out just yesterday. It's a good one. Worth a listen.

            1. Fantasy Gold
              • 5 Years
              5 months, 16 days ago

              Is there an article published telling you how to breathe as well?

            2. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 10 Years
              5 months, 16 days ago

              Won't be listening to any pods until August, you should try it.

              1. FPL Virgin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                5 months, 16 days ago

                I have a dull office job. Pods get me through the day.

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

                  Try some other subjects. Pods 6 weeks out are hardly useful for the upcoming season.

                  1. FPL Virgin
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    5 months, 16 days ago

                    I'm listening to their top 10 tips for FPL success from the start of last season. They are still relevant.

                    1. TorresMagic™
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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                      • 10 Years
                      5 months, 16 days ago

                      You started the season great last season, it just came undone from GW2 onwards.

                      1. FPL Virgin
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        5 months, 16 days ago

                        That stings, TM. Low blow.

                      2. Fantasy Gold
                        • 5 Years
                        5 months, 16 days ago

                        😆

                      3. TorresMagic™
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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                        • 10 Years
                        5 months, 16 days ago

                        At least you beat FPL General, that's a plus.

            3. Lord Tachanka
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 16 days ago

              I can’t tell if this is meant to be ironic, cut through the noise by listening to three podcasts!

              1. FPL Virgin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                5 months, 16 days ago

                I like maverick solutions to problems.

                1. Fantasy Gold
                  • 5 Years
                  5 months, 16 days ago

                  Maverick solutions?

                  You once said you are one of Egghead’s patreons.

                  Nuff said.

                  1. Lord Tachanka
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    5 months, 16 days ago

                    Ooft, forget that whole community article Virg, we’ve found the real reason for your poor season.

            4. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              5 months, 16 days ago

              Are you trolling? Dealing with information overload by listening to not one, but three useless podcasts about information overload? 😆

              1. Fantasy Gold
                • 5 Years
                5 months, 16 days ago

                Couldn’t make this stuff up could you 😆

                Fwiw, I don’t mind Virg. A year ago his trolling was decent. Now it’s just stale.

                1. Brosstan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  5 months, 16 days ago

                  Tbf to him hes done a good job, Ive been thinking hes just a bit nutty 😆 but posts like the above cant be genuine.

            5. Christina.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              5 months, 16 days ago

              FPL general...

              He should be demoted to a cadet.

              1. baps sniffer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                5 months, 15 days ago

                Perhaps, but how many years can fpl virgin be virgin? Or is he keeping his "rank" since he "feels like a virgin" again and again when every new season starts?!?

    4. Kun Tozser
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Nice read but all very obvious though right? VVD, est 7m, great option but in the shadow of Robo and TAA

      1. FPL Virgin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Lots of things in there I didn't know. Like VVD completing the second most passes in the game last season and being the second all time points scorer for a defender.

        1. Geoff
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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          • 7 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          I think you'll find lots of things you don't know on FFS too

    5. Gnu Scott talent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      They haven't blocked you yet then?

      1. Fantasy Gold
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Won’t be long 🙂

      2. PDM (Top 1000) ANY Season L…
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Enjoy this great site, stop the bickering (have a hug) or a few beers. Then move on ......

        1. Gnu Scott talent
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          That for me?

          1. PDM (Top 1000) ANY Season L…
            • 10 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            Not you gnu ....

            1. Gnu Scott talent
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              5 months, 16 days ago

              Your aim is shocking.
              🙂

              1. PDM (Top 1000) ANY Season L…
                • 10 Years
                5 months, 16 days ago

                That’s what the wife says 😉

                1. Gnu Scott talent
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  5 months, 16 days ago

                  😆

          2. Lord Tachanka
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            It’s for GNU Not U

            1. Gnu Scott talent
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              5 months, 16 days ago

              Glad to see you're over your distressing top of the page post a few days back... 😆

              1. Lord Tachanka
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                5 months, 16 days ago

                It’s picking up in here now but I’d almost forget what a page 2 was 😆

                1. Gnu Scott talent
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  5 months, 16 days ago

                  😆

            2. Vardy McVAR Farce
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              5 months, 16 days ago

              he gnu that

    6. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Stopped reading at the "no player has dribbled past him" bogus stat.

      1. FPL Virgin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Are you sure its bogus? I was amazed by that. Is it not true?

    7. Geoff
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      I know that this alone isn't enough to be removed or for a ban, but this will have to stop going forward. People can disagree or (fake) outrage but you've been spoken to many times and you know the expectations I've shared with you privately

      1. Fantasy Gold
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Popcorn.gif

      2. Syd.
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Does sharing something with him privately mean he is no longer an FPL Virgin 😆

        1. Geoff
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          I'm not looking forward to his next username 🚨

          1. Lord Tachanka
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            Not being a virgin doesn’t automatically make one a slag 😆

      3. baps sniffer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 15 days ago

        It is summertime now. Nothing really actually happening and no public or too much to read here.
        So no harm done to business. And at least we can have our popcorn, beer and smile 😉

    8. Parm
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      I responded to your question on Mané yesterday btw, shame you didn't respond to add 'activity and debate to the comments box'.

    9. noquarternt
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      You should raise your trolling level.

    10. asquishypotato
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      This was a great read, shame no one referred to the ‘elite manager’ claim from yonder years ago

      1. asquishypotato
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 15 days ago

        A great read as in the comments section, not the article posted.

  3. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    England concede a goal in San Marino

    1. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      2-1 to England now.

      1. diesel001
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        2-2

        Really poor from England.

        1. G-Whizz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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          • 2 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          Croatia 2 England 3

        2. G-Whizz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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          • 2 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          3-3

          1. diesel001
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            Yep. These two have just given up on defending now.

            1. G-Whizz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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              • 2 Years
              5 months, 16 days ago

              Both had nothing to play for but that was way too casual and slack tbh 🙁

  4. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Sweden 1 Canada 0

  5. PDM (Top 1000) ANY Season L…
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Will there be any pre-season podcasts to come ...... ?

    Would be good see those familiar faces and their hunches and punts for the upcoming season.

    1. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Probably get one on the day FPL launches to deal with the initial reaction to how players are priced etc...

      Hopefully it dosen't launch on the 4th of July as Season 3 of Stranger Things drops that day 😀

    2. Geoff
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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      • 7 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Got a few lined up yeah 🙂

      Looking at organizing the first Scoutcast too

  6. Gnu Scott talent
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    I must have missed this one.
    I see Ola Aina signed for Torino for 9m after spending a year on loan.
    He was sounding like a really good prospect and seems strange considering Chelseas transfer ban.
    Chelsea fans will have a better idea if that was sound business or not.

    1. Rotation's Alter Ego
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      He had an 8.9m option to buy clause in that loan deal, so not much Chelsea could do - both Torino and Aina wanted the move so it went along pretty swiftly.

      He had a very good last season, but this was after that option to buy clause was organised, so can't really blame Chelsea - he had struggled prior to it and Chelsea were keen to get some money for a player who was older than many of his competitors for the full back position, ie Reece James is 3 years his junior.

      1. Gnu Scott talent
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Cheers, time will tell I guess.

  7. firetog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    I started my 2019 off season analysis last week and taking last years points and likely prices I ran the numbers of came up with this as a possible starting team. Player, Expect Price, Expected PPM (PPM Last Year)

    Ederson, 6, 4.4 (4.4)

    Robertson, 7.5, 6 (5.9)
    TAA, 7, 6 (6.4)
    Laporte, 6.5, 5.1, (5.1)
    Alonso, 6.5, 5.1 (5.2)
    Digne, 6, 5.1 (4.5) was averaging around 6ppm for the second half of the season.

    Salah, 13, 6.9 (6.8)
    Sigurdsson, 8.5, 5.1 (4.8)
    Midfielder TBC, 6, 4

    Wilson, 8.5, 5 (5.6)
    King, 6.5, 4 (4.0)

    Total Spend = 82m
    = 63.6 points per match

    1. Wild Rover
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Alonso? He’s history

      1. firetog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        yeah quite possibly. Statman Dave thinks he's a starter under Lampard

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYGAUo1NU98 skip to 3.55m

    2. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Didn't you put up Josh King as a value pick last season too? I think he is a player who flatters to deceive in FPL.

      1. firetog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        I dont remember, but either way a 6.5 striker returning 4ppm is decent value. King had the 13th highest ppm last year (for forwards). and they start the season against Sheffield and Villa.

    3. Ghost Gooner
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      No City attacker 😯

      1. firetog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Cant afford one in this configuration. In the 442 formation there's room for a 9.5 mid, so KDB possibly

        1. Ghost Gooner
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          I'd get Sterling in even if it means getting rid of Ederson and downgrading King and going without subs

          1. firetog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            well Salah could become Sterling but cant have both, not without sacrificing a lot of points from elsewhere.

            The algorithm I used tries to determine the optimum way to spend the funds, then I try to add realistically priced players to those price points. Two Elite midfielders does not appear to yield the same points as what I have here

            1. Ghost Gooner
              • 6 Years
              5 months, 16 days ago

              I'm assuming you'd captain Salah the vast majority of the time then

              1. firetog
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                5 months, 16 days ago

                yes the program takes the highest PPM from the data and doubles that one players points.

    4. firetog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Its also worth noting that if you manage to average 63.6 ppm every week you would have finished inside the top 5000 this past year.

      Obviously players wont play every game so you have to take that into consideration and also this does not take into account any chips and double game weeks nor transfers

    5. Queenofthestoneage
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Nice Firetog. I've done a similiar analysis. Please note that I am creating a perma-team and won't be making any transfers during the season. Only chips will be used. So I really need all my players to play as much as possible, which I have accounted for.

      Pickford
      VVD(pVC),Robertson, TAA, Laporte, Digne
      Sterling(pC), Fraser, Milivojevic
      Vardy, Jimenez
      4.0, 4.5, 4.5, 4.5

      PROJECTED VALUE
      5.5 4.0 (9.5)
      7.5, 8.0, 7.0, 6.5, 6.0 (35)
      12.0 7.5 7.0 4.5 4.5 (35.5)
      9.0 8.0 4.5 (19)
      £100m

      GAMES STARTED 18/19
      38
      38 36 29 35 35
      34 38 38
      36 34
      X, +30, +30, +15

      PLAYED MINUTES 18/19
      3420
      3384, 3216, 2460, 2964, 3056
      2770, 3420, 3165
      2726, 3112
      X, +3000, 3000, 1500

      This team has an average of 63 PPG. Also a top 1k position last season without a single transfer OR chip.
      Perma-cap Sterling, VC Virgil.

      1. Queenofthestoneage
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Can also do like this

        Ederson
        VVD(pVC),Robertson, TAA, Laporte, Digne
        Sterling(pC), Fraser, Sigurdsson
        King, Jimenez
        4.0, 4.5, 4.5, 4.5

        But i kinda prefer Vardy/Mili/Pick before King/Siggy/Ederson

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

        Very similar fund allocation, which is basically the objective of my analysis.
        If you can’t change your players then the chips aren’t going to be much use. Can’t use WC or free hit, bench boost will boost your fodder. So only really TC is in play.

  8. Parm
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    I seriously hope FPL do something about the scoring system to aid strikers. A 'fantasy football' game where 5-4-1 is genuinely a mainstream tactic should never happen.

    1. Pasqualinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      The pricing for the toop defenders will more than likely dissuade this next season. I would be disappointed with FPL Towers if they didn't throw a few curveballs in there to inconvenience those who think they already have their squad structure sorted.

      1. Parm
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        You never know with FPL but I doubt they'll be proactive, they haven't fixed the assist rule for about 5 years.

        1. Marmalade Forest
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          I’d like to see a point for an “assist to the assist”.

          I think it’s worth a point.

          I also think that the BPS should be worth 0 if the action scores an actual point.

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

            Some assists aren't even worth 1 point but get 3.

      2. Wild Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Imagine if they separate CB’s and FB’s/WB’s and you have to have two of one and three of the other. That would scupper a fair few plans

        1. Ghost Gooner
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          They can do that with pricing though

          1. Wild Rover
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            No they can’t, it would still allow people to get 5 wing backs

        2. Parm
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          If they do that then they might as well separate 'wingers'/'wide attackers' from the forwards/midfielders section.

          1. Wild Rover
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            There’s certainly a reason to do this or at least change the way dm’s are awarded points. Atm they are useless unless they take pens

            1. Parm
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              5 months, 16 days ago

              DMs will stay useless forever at this rate, probably for the best.

              This is more for players like Salah, who are glorified forwards playing slightly wide so classed as in midfield. They're benefiting from a point per goal and clean sheet over proper 'forwards' which to be honest in the modern game makes zero sense.

      3. Lovren an elevator
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        This.
        Would love a Robbo & TAA/VVD double up but the truth is, it's likely to ruin any chance of affording a decent team

    2. Ghost Gooner
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      The bps system should be altered to punish forwards less harshly when they miss chances so they can compete when their team gets a clean sheet.

      I've lost count the amount of times a fwd is no where in the final bps when a defender gets a clean sheet and the striker scored but missed a bunch of chances.

    3. noquarternt
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Why not? Shows the game is evolving. For a few years the 'teams of the season' have been heavy on defenders. IE Conte's clean sheet run.

    4. Hedge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      I'm not too bothered about 5-4-1 being a mainstream tactic, but it is a shame that premium forwards are pretty much no-gos at the moment.

      The more players that are viable to more interesting the game.

      Bringing DMs into the game would help with that too.

  9. Zambian FPL Addict
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Algeria are not the desert eagles, they are the desert foxes

    1. The Danger Zone!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      The Desert Eagle is a semi-automatic revolver 🙂

  10. noquarternt
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Does anyone think Lampard will be a success at Chelsea?

    He might get a bit longer than other managers, but it's still one season or two as an absolute max if he pulls off a miracle. Then back to Derby?

    Look at OGS for reference. Combined with no spending and Chelsea's P45 trigger finger, can't see why he'd want to go.

    Stay at Derby for a year or two more, get them into the Prem or something. Plenty of time to go to Chelsea later and I think there will be better opportunities when they're in a better position (potentially with a new owner, no transfer ban etc)

    1. SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      'can't see why he'd want to go' - I've seen plenty of people saying this but I just can't understand it - almost Chelsea's entire defence and midfield would walk into Arsenal and United's teams and they have plenty of young talent coming through, they are on a par with Spurs imo. Top 4 and a cup is achievable for him, would that be deemed a success?

      Given most people's lowered expectations it's probably the perfect time imo

      1. Lovren an elevator
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        This 100%
        Chelsea have been written off because of their transfer ban and losing hazard. The truth is though, with a good start, they're sleepers

        1. noquarternt
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          They're a good shout for the top 4, certainly. But I can't see them getting close to the top 2.

      2. noquarternt
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Assuming he will be able to be manager of Chelsea whenever he wants, why would he take this opportunity when there will be better ones in the future? There's no rush, he'll get one or two seasons and then need a new job. Why take that so early on in his managerial career?

        I can't see why he doesn't want more experience before he takes them over.

        If he waits for a more opportune moment, he could maybe win the league and have a shot at the CL. We're talking about the next 15-20 years+.

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          With the transfer ban and loss of Hazard, he gets a free pass. If he nurtures some of the youth and Chelsea finish 10th, he'll keep his job. He'll get the time no other Chelsea manager gets. In the long run, with Lamps and Morris blooding decent kids and turning them into good footballers, it'll benefit the club and Lamps himself. Just don't look to Chelsea for FPL assets this season!

  11. Lovren an elevator
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    With RLC out, if Kovacic is sent back, Barkley goes straight in my team (if he's a good price)

    Wise or stupid words?

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

      If it's wise, he'll be in lots of teams on here. 🙂

    2. The Danger Zone!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Willian was pretty good that season they struggled. Think he went out of the team after family issues. Would like to see him have a good run in the team. Could prove useful at his price.

    3. The Danger Zone!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Will be interesting to see if any of Barkley, Pedro or Willian get a regular place.

    4. noquarternt
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Think it depends a lot on the new manager's tactics etc. Chelsea finished 3rd though, so can't see them getting any nice prices.

    5. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      Depends on whatever system the new manager roles with.

  12. MeatPieSausageRoll
    5 months, 16 days ago

    https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.express.co.uk/sport/football/1143347/Man-Utd-transfer-news-James-Maddison-Ole-Gunnar-Solskjaer-latest-gossip-rumours/amp

    Maddison has asked Ole if he can come to Utd.

    Could be our next Yorkeie - would be interesting from an FPL perpsective.

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

      Great comparison.

    2. Jacky boy
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Come back with a better source next time

    3. Hedge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      The 60 players Manchester United have been 'linked' with in the transfer window so far

      https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/man-utd-transfer-window-news-16370190.amp

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

    What price can we hope Tammy Abraham and Teemu Pukki start at?
    Surely these two budget forwards will be high on peoples list coming into the season. Pukki put up 29 goals and 10 assists last season compared to Abrahams 25 goals (5 penalties) and 3 assists. Making both good options to begin with if you have a full structured team to bench them in their hard games at the start of the season.

    1. Differential (c)
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Both at 6.0 imo.

    2. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      I like Pukki, but he'll be too expensive for an untried punt and Norwich have awful opening fixtures, so I can afford to sit back and observe. Pukki 6.5, Abraham 6.0

    3. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      I'd like to be proven wrong, but I can't see Abraham starting regularly.

  14. Queenofthestoneage
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Thinking around 5.5 for Abraham and 6.0/6.5 for Pukki.

  15. Differential (c)
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Any Birmingham Fans here? Is Che Adams as good as he sounds? Your club's holding out for about 20m, is he really worth the money? Nothing against your club, but he IS a championship striker. 20m seems a tad excessive.

  16. Bad Kompany
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Thoughts on Willian? Didn't like him much last year but with Hazard now gone he'll be playing on his preferred left flank. Last year he scored 5 goals and got 10 assists in just 23 appearances on the left compared to a mere 3 assists from the right.

    1. Kambo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      I think if he permanently slots himself into that position he will be a must have. Think he ranked 4th in creativity behind Hazard, Fraser and Maddison last season, and will most likely be on a lot of set pieces. Keep an eye on !!

    2. Jacky boy
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      CHO is a contender to play there too. Wait and see how new manager line up them

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Still injured - may miss pre-season and not be ready at the start.

    3. Slouch87 Scott Talent
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      Not much interest for me. I think that Chelsea will struggle for goals.

    4. SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      I can see myself starting with him for the first 4 weeks assuming he doesn't get a price hike

    5. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      If he's priced around 7m and starts on the left, he'll be hard to ignore, at least till Hudson-Odoi is back. He played the majority of the Europa League campaign on the left, and did really well. Think it was something like 3 goals and 7 assists in 10 games.

    6. Gnu Scott talent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      On my watchlist, 7m or below and he may well be in my squad.

  17. Bad Kompany
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Would you be willing to captain a (liverpool) defender next season?

    If premium defenders go up significantly in price it might be hard to fit in three or even two big hitters along with a few premium defenders and some midpriced midfielders. Also, TAA averaged over 8 points against the non top 6 in the second half of last season

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      No need. You don't generally captain 8m midfielders or strikers. Even with those 2 at the back, you'll still have one or two 10m+ premiums as captain material.

      1. Lord Tachanka
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        If the game made them £10m+ would that make it easier to captain?

        Remember we still expect them to be excellent value even at £7.5/8m

        Anyone who gets 200+pts a season has to be an option.

        1. circusmonkey
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          It wouldn't change the points they get, so it shouldn't make any difference. Going for reliable captains with a lower ceiling is an OK tactic.

          1. Lord Tachanka
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            Exactly but I wouldn’t say TAA is low ceiling, 9 double digit returns compared to Aguero’s 5. And it’s a fair comparison because they both missed a similar amount of the season!

    2. SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      18/25 of TAA/Robbo's assists came at home, most of them (especially TAA) against turd opposition - I don't know how well Salah scored in similar games but they seem decent options for the armband in those games

  18. Markus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Drmic interesting signing for Norwich. Looking very strong offensively, will be interested to see how they set up with him and pukki.

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      injury ridden player.

      1. avfc82
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 15 days ago

        This. Has struggled to settle at any of his previous clubs.

    2. Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      His history doesn't look particularly inspiring, one to keep and eye on maybe

    3. Differential (c)
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      Formed my first impression of hin in the 2014 World Cup. Looks like a worse Javier Hernandez. Fox In the box-esque.
      I wouldn't want him for fantasy. Glass legs dont help.

      1. Markus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 15 days ago

        Yeah more bothered by his impact on pukki, who has big fantasy potential

        1. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 15 days ago

          there won't be any

  19. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 15 days ago

    ENG vs AUS: England won the toss and will bowl first

    1. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      Good start by Australia, even though Warner has just got out.

  20. Kopkloppers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 15 days ago

    How much will this team cost?
    Fab 4 (9.5)
    TAA Robbo Digne 4.4 4 (27.5)
    Sterling Mane Son 5.5 4.5 (40)
    Auba Vardy 5 (24.5)

    101.5 est total
    I think the lower priced assets will be more difficult to find this year.
    Trippling up on both Citeh and Pool will be very hard.
    I cannot think of a player from the EPL I would consider at this moment in time outside of a cheap back or keeper.
    United and Chelsea will not be on my wish list.

    1. SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      a lot more than 100 imo

      1. Kopkloppers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 15 days ago

        For sure more but around 102 I think.

        1. SADIO SANÉ
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 15 days ago

          if that's less than 105/6 I'll be suprised tbh

          1. Kopkloppers
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 15 days ago

            You could be right but Defenders at 7.5, Mids over 11 are not that common place.
            Price hikes are usually inspired by limited markets.

    2. The 5% Team
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 15 days ago

      104.5 - 105 I'm guessing

      regarding finding lower priced assets, we still aren't even in pre-season so lots more information to become available I reckon.
      Who of us would've put players as Doherty, Fraser, Wilson, Jimenez or AWB in our squad this time last season. A few options will emerge during pre-season or in first few GW's I'm sure.

      1. Kopkloppers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 15 days ago

        I am sure they will but the players you mentioned were on my Radar outside of Doherty. I see no others atm.

    3. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 15 days ago

      Son misses the first two.

      1. Kopkloppers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 15 days ago

        He does but thinking of a team I would like medium term. Probable Everton replacement.

    4. firetog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      I suspect you’ve underpriced quite a few players. I estimate more like 105m

      Fab 5
      TAA 7
      Robertson 7.5
      Digne 6
      Sterling 11.5
      Mane 11
      Son 8.5
      Auba 11.5
      Vardy 9.5

      4, 4.4, 4, 5.5, 4.5, 5
      104.9

      1. Kopkloppers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 15 days ago

        TBH I think TAA and Robbo .5 cheaper or they will change the game and move the type of player to midfield.
        Mane 10.5 Auba 11 Vardy 8.5 to 9
        I expect major re classifications.

        1. Lord Tachanka
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 15 days ago

          TAA & Robbo are proper fullbacks, not wingbacks and definitely not left midfielders who used to be defenders like Alonso under Conte

          There is no way they could move position to midfield

          1. Gnu Scott talent
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            5 months, 15 days ago

            Also this.
            Good old fashioned full-backs.

      2. Gnu Scott talent
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 15 days ago

        This...which makes it all a bit pointless I'm afraid.

    5. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 15 days ago

      I’m not ruling Chelsea out. Obvs a lot depends on ore season, manager and prices but both Luiz and Azpi are potentially interesting to me.

      I’m a tad sceptical of Everton defence. My guess is that their record next season will pretty much match last seasons - but simply be less uneven. I still see Everton as being just about best of the rest - not in top 6 territory. If that’s the case there may not be anything much between Luiz and Digne say - just like last time.

      1. Kopkloppers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 15 days ago

        I tend to agree. I think Everton will have tidied up their act this year. Cut off half of last year an they will be best of the rest. I am staying away from Wolves but will end up with a Bournemouth, Palace and maybe Soton.

      2. firetog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 15 days ago

        It’s Everton first 14 fixtures that are so appealing, but after GW1 Chelsea have a nice run too. I might have defenders from both of them

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 15 days ago

          After Robbo and TAA, my third premium defender will either be Digne or Zinchenko.
          I'll be busting much of the budget of Liverpool and City, like everyone else, and I'm happy to forgo any Arsenal, Chelsea or United assets, but the problem is Spurs. They'll be sat in 3rd once the season settles and stay there, but I don't see any of their players being sufficiently good value.
          You wouldn't spend more on a Spurs defender than on one from Everton or Wolves; you wouldn't spend more on a Spurs midfielder than on one from Leicester (unless they sell them) or Wolves, and Kane will be too expensive.

          1. firetog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 15 days ago

            I’m really intrigued with a Spurs/Arsenal rotation. I know it’s a luxury that I won’t be able to afford but look at the home fixtures
            AVL,BUR,NEW,TOT,CRY,AVL,SOU,BOU,WAT,CRY,WOL,
            SHU,SOU,BOU,BHA,BUR

          2. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            5 months, 15 days ago

            I’m considering Lloris.

            Spurs are capable of 16 plus cs under Poch and maybe the new home could become a fortress. I’d certainly play him ahead of Pickford if they come in at the same price.

            1. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              5 months, 15 days ago

              Lloris over Pickford okay, but would you want to save 0.5m and forgo Alisson or Ederson who'd bag you far more points? I'm proceeding on the assumption Spurs don't get 16+ clean sheets - that seems excessive for all but the top 2. Only if I go for 6 outfield City/Pool assets would I turn to Lloris.

              1. pingissimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                5 months, 15 days ago

                It goes Ederson Fab Lloris right now for me.

                I can’t see 3 City outfield being anything like affordable before 2nd wc

                1. Andy_Social
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  5 months, 15 days ago

                  Yeh, I've got an eye on Zinchenko and Foden as very long shots, but I'm expecting to settle for Ederson myself.

    6. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      Quite similar to my draft, altho I'll have Ederson as my 3rd Citizen. I'm trying for Salah and higher-quality midfield, and keep my front line cheap with King as the most expensive one. Reckon I'm on 104-105m at the moment.

      1. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 15 days ago

        I think Ederson will be the best value City defender, but it's whether you want to spend £6m on a keeper.

        If Heaton is £4.5m and nailed on he could be a great choice, especially a Burnley without Europa League games to worry about.

        1. firetog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 15 days ago

          Will be interesting to see if Maguire goes to City and if the transfer happens after FPL launches then he will have a Leicester price tag. I hope not otherwise everyone will have him.

          1. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            5 months, 15 days ago

            Leicester are looking very exciting at the moment but they won't if they lose Maguire and Maddison together with Tielemans. Shame.

            Nomar - a couple of seasons ago you could justify a Fabianski or suchlike in terms of value, but now even at 6m Ederson or Alisson will get you more points per million.

  21. firetog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 15 days ago

    Previous FPL launch dates
    2018 Monday July 9th
    2017 Thursday July 12th
    2016 Tuesday July 19th

    1. SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      last year was the 5th I think? but yeah not too long left

      1. The 5% Team
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 15 days ago

        and we will get a few player prices before that time as well, right?

        1. SADIO SANÉ
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 15 days ago

          only the day before I think

          1. firetog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 15 days ago

            2 years ago they released prices for over several days and everyone got pissed off, last year they did it for just one day. So hopefully this year they will do the same.

      2. firetog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 15 days ago

        Yes you’re right, just went back through pages of FFS articles and found the launch announcement page

    2. Elfozzie 42
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      Ooh, so you think it's launching already next week?

      1. firetog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 15 days ago

        Could be end of next week but more likely start of the following week. But yeah, not long to go.

    3. Kopkloppers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      I tend to look at when the season starts rather than a fixed date.
      They market differently now and we will get player prices released over a few weeks.

    4. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      Season starts August 3rd so it would almost certainly have to be next week it relaunches to give you the best part of 4 weeks to prepare.

      1. firetog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 15 days ago

        Last year the first game was Aug 10th MUN vs LEI
        This year it’s Aug 9th LIV vs NOR

  22. Jacky boy
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 15 days ago

    For prices, will you a player which is priced more than you think and 0.5/1 more than reasonable price?
    I mean you wanted a player, but when prices are out you see he is overpriced
    For example so many people want digne at 6.0
    Imagine he is 6.5
    Does this 0.5 difference put you off?
    Or sterling for example, I see people expecting a 12.0 price tag
    Will you still buy him at 12.5 ? What if 13 considering city's fixtures ?
    Last season sterling was considered over priced and few managers had gone for him from the start

    1. Jaws
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      For premium players (captains) I pay whatever it takes, but for the other players I'll look into cheaper alternatives.

    2. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      Depends. Have to price up all the players I want. If I'm 5m over I will need to prune back some of the ones I want but are over-priced. Can't say who I keep and who goes until I've got the whole picture.

    3. firetog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      If the Liverpool Defense comes in at 8m, I'll have to have a rethink.

      I'm hoping Salah drops to 12.5 since his points last year were 85% of the previous season.
      I can only justify one of Salah and Sterling so I'm leaning towards Salah until I see the prices.

  23. CloudSky
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 15 days ago

    Derby County can confirm that they have granted permission for Chelsea to speak to Frank Lampard about the vacant managerial position at Stamford Bridge.

    https://twitter.com/dcfcofficial/status/1143474009285234688?s=19

    1. Wild Rover
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      Madness. At least he has the ready made excuse that they lost their best player and couldn’t buy anyone. I wish him luck anyway

      1. diesel001
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 15 days ago

        I think this is what makes it the perfect time to try Lampard. Pressure is off and if he can get some of the youngsters to come through and perform that would be a massive win for Chelsea.

        1. Wild Rover
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 15 days ago

          The pressure is never off at Chelsea, hence the managerial merry go round

      2. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 15 days ago

        Right, he'll get a free pass to take Chelsea to 10th. I won't need to waste my time looking at Chelsea assets to go along with ignoring Man United. Small FPL pool this year.

      3. Little fekirs
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 15 days ago

        Think everyone is underestimating Chelsea.

        There team is better than at least 14 others in the league,I’d argue better than Arsenal and United as well but the debate is there.

        Gets a change to promote some young and promising players into the team until they are able to purchase players again.

        We have seen guys like Dele Alli, Kane, Rashford make rapid improvement when given opportunity and change the makeup of their teams. Not saying Chelsea will necessarily have players get to this level this season but who knows.

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 15 days ago

          But consider how experienced the managers are of clubs in the top half - managers of Leicester, West Ham, Wolves, for example. Solskjaer, after his initial burst, has come up short tactically, and I can see Lampard's lack of experience being taken advantage of by plenty of wilier managers.

          If he can blood some of the youngsters whilst treading water this coming season, I think the club and fans will take a 10th place, trusting the club with him at the helm will push on in the 20/21 season.

          1. Little fekirs
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 15 days ago

            Out of interest who are the 9 teams you see ahead of them.

            I think something would have to go terribly wrong for them to finish 10th.

            1. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              5 months, 15 days ago

              I think 4th to 9th will be incredibly competitive this season actually. My current prediction is this:

              1 Manchester City
              2 Liverpool
              3 Tottenham
              4 Arsenal
              5 Everton
              6 Leicester
              7 Chelsea
              8 Manchester United
              9 Wolves

              (Wolves will probably finish higher - I'm just worried about the Europa effect)

              1. Gnu Scott talent
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                5 months, 15 days ago

                Not unreasonable prediction and would make FPL quite interesting apart from the 3 Pool & 3 Citeh.

              2. ritzyd
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                5 months, 15 days ago

                No chance! Will be the same top 6 as always. The gulf is too wide to bridge.
                Think Wolves will be mid table, agree with Everton and Leics fighting for 7th & 8th.

        2. Wild Rover
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 15 days ago

          I’m not underestimating Chelsea, I’m doubting Lampard’s readiness .

          1. Little fekirs
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 15 days ago

            It’s definitely a risk. I wonder what other managers they have wanting to take the job.

            I honestly don’t know if there is many ‘high-quality ‘ managers putting their hat in the ring.

            1. circusmonkey
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              5 months, 15 days ago

              If Chelsea get this ban, they could have some quite cheap but decent players getting a run of games.

      4. Giggs Boson.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 15 days ago

        The alternatives aren't great though - just more of the same. Hire an experienced mercenary manager who brings temporary success, and slowly erodes the soul of the club. With Pep and Klopp raising the bar, I don't think that's enough anymore.

        Appointing a legend will boost support and increase revenues - it will ignite passion in the fans. Lampard is an intelligent man with vast experience at the club, I think if he was given time he could build something. I like the appointment if it happens.

  24. Black Panther
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 15 days ago

    Do you think FPL will price some midfielders at 4.0 like they did with some youngsters added late last season?

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      No.

  25. Business Cat
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 15 days ago

    Is the #19 for Brazil in the pictures for this article really called "Everton"?

    Clearly a future Liverpool player 😆

    https://cdn.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/2019-06-22T193616Z_1343185303_RC12299044D0_RTRMADP_3_SOCCER-COPA-PER-BRA-min-1024x698.jpg