Scout Notes

Coverage of pre-season matches commences

The Fantasy Premier League pre-season programme is about to kick into overdrive as we edge closer to Gameweek 1 of the new campaign.

Everton and Crystal Palace have already played their first matches (detailed below) and there are more to come in the next few days.

Fantasy managers are reminded to stay tuned into our pre-season page to get all the latest updates and talking points from the summer’s friendlies.

We will be producing Scout Notes articles regularly between now and Gameweek 1 on the matches played by the top-flight sides.

Not only will we be on the lookout for the next Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.5m), the Scout editorial team will be tracking pre-season minutes of every FPL asset.

That way, when we publish our predicted line-ups for Gameweek 1, they will be based on as much information given to us by the respective Premier League managers as possible.

We have already made a start on our spreadsheets which, this season, will be publicly available to you throughout the summer as we update them on a special page of its own.

For now, we have embedded the sheets below for all teams with a fixture between now and Sunday to give you a taster.

In order for desktop users to navigate these sheets, select the embedded window and use the arrow keys to scroll across.

Mobile users can simply drag the sheet across to navigate fully although we should point out that they are best viewed on a desktop device.

As already mentioned, Everton started us off on Saturday as they flew to Kenya for their first pre-season game.

Kariobangi Sharks 1-1 Everton (4-3 on penalties)

Everton began their pre-season campaign in Kenya

Goals: Joe Williams

As it was their first pre-season friendly it is hard to read too much into Everton’s 1-1 draw with Kariobangi Sharks over the weekend.

Only a handful of first-team players were involved for the Toffees as Marco Silva simply gave his players a run-out.

Lucas Digne (£6.0m), Gylfi Sigurdsson (£8.0m) and Jordan Pickford (£5.5m) were among the big names absent for Everton, while Richarlison (£8.0m) was busy winning the Copa America with Brazil.

Of those priced up by FPL for the new season, only Leighton Baines (£5.0m), Maarten Stekelenburg (£4.0m), Theo Walcott (£6.5m), André Gomes (£6.5m), Tom Davies (£5.5m), Morgan Schneiderlin (£4.5m) and Ademola Lookman (£5.0m) were involved against the Sharks.

All of them played no more than 45 minutes, with the latter featuring for just 15 as he went off with an injury.

Lookman left Kenya with the help of crutches after twisting his ankle against the Sharks and Everton confirmed afterwards that his knock would require a scan.

“Ademola Lookman will undergo a scan this afternoon after sustaining an ankle injury against Kariobangi Sharks.” – Everton press release

The performance against Kariobangi was by no means impressive, but that shouldn’t bother Fantasy managers at this point.

With Digne not back in pre-season training at the time, Baines started at left-back

As already mentioned, most of the key personnel were absent from the match-day squad while those who did play were still building up their fitness.

Nairobi, where the fixture took place, is also a high-altitude location, which would have made it harder for Everton’s players, just six days into pre-season training, to look as sharp as they will probably be when Gameweek 1 comes around.

Mason Holgate, not currently priced up by FPL, but with history on the game, had a particularly poor afternoon, looking especially off the pace and at fault for the Sharks’ opening goal.

Stekelenburg did not look in the kind of form to stand a chance of ousting Pickford from his number one spot as he was less than impressive.

Meanwhile, Jonas Lössl (still not priced by FPL) made his first appearance in an Everton shirt.

The Toffees were much better in the second half as youngster Joe Williams equalised from a free-kick but they still went on to lose on penalties.

12 months ago, Everton began pre-season with a 22-0 win against an unheard of European minnow – and the advice was not to read too much into it. The same should be said about this performance as there is still a long way to go.

Up next for Silva’s men is a trip to FC Sion on Sunday afternoon and with Digne, Pickford and Michael Keane (£5.5m) now back in training as of Tuesday, we could see more of a meaningful encounter in that one.

“It was good, a good experience. We’ve come out here and do what we were supposed to do which was more about fulfilling our obligations. The game at the end of a long week was a nice way to round it off. I enjoyed the short time we had out here. It was a good experience for the younger players to come out and good for the Kenyan lads as well. I’m sure that will be something that will stay with them. The game was a fun type of game and that’s what it was supposed to be.” – Leighton Baines

Everton XI: Stekelenburg (Lössl 45′); Baines (Robinson 45′), Connolly (Astley 45′), Gibson (Markelo 88′), Holgate (Feeney 72′); Davies (J Williams 45′), Schneiderlin (Baningme 45′), A Gomes (Adnerian 45′); Lookman (Broadhead 15′), Niasse (Hornby 45′), Walcott (Bowler 45′).

FC Luzern 1-1 Crystal Palace (5-6 on pens)

Roy Hodgson returned to the country where he made a name for himself in the 1990s

Goals: Christian Benteke (£6.0m)

Assists: Max Meyer (£5.5m)

In contrast to Silva, Roy Hodgson used the majority of his senior first-team players in Crystal Palace’s trip to FC Luzern in Switzerland.

Only five FPL assets were absent for the Eagles and most of them were not involved due either to injury or international duty.

Mamadou Sakho (£5.0m) and James Tomkins (£5.0m) are still sidelined with knocks sustained last season, while Wilfried Zaha (£7.0m) and Cheikhou Kouyaté (£5.0m) are competing for Ivory Coast and Senegal respectively at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Vicente Guaita (£5.0m) was not in the match-day squad and, as yet, there has been no official explanation for his absence, but there’s still plenty of pre-season matches to play.

The match got off to a quick start as Christian Benteke (£6.0m), leading a 4-4-2 formation alongside Connor Wickham (£4.5m), opened the scoring in the second minute.

He rose highest in the air to meet a Max Meyer (£5.5m) cross with his head and find the back of the net.

Max Meyer was one of Palace’s most creative players against Luzern

In the aftermath of Wan-Bissaka’s departure from Selhurst Park, there has been keen interest in who will replace him at right-back.

Youngster Sam Woods, traditionally a centre-back, played the entire 90 minutes in this position while Joel Ward (£4.5m) was used at centre-back and Martin Kelly (£4.0m) joined him at the heart of defence at half-time, to allow Jairo Riedewald another chance to push forward into central midfield.

Obviously, there is only so much we can read into Hodgson’s decision to start Woods at right-back at this early stage, but it’s worth keeping an eye on that position throughout the summer.

As has been mentioned before, we certainly shouldn’t rule out recruitment in that area of the team.

Also getting a 90-minute run-out was Wayne Hennessey (£4.5m). He was unable to stop Luzern equalising in the sixth minute.

It is worth tracking how often he plays during pre-season compared to Guaita, given that he can offer a £0.5m saving on the Spanish goalkeeper.

Meyer and Benteke proved to be the main threats for Palace in the match, the former pulling the strings and the latter asking questions of the Luzern defence.

Neither of them could contribute to another goal for the Eagles though and the encounter finished 1-1 before a 6-5 win on penalties for Palace.

James McArthur (£5.5m), Ward, Kelly, Jeffrey Schlupp (£5.5m), Alexander Sørloth and Nya Kirby all netted their spot kicks with Hennessey only stopping Luzern’s sixth in sudden death.

Crystal Palace XI (4-4-2): Hennessey; van Aanholt (Mitchell 65′), Riedewald, Dann (Ward 45′), Woods; Meyer (Kirby 65′), Milivojevic (McArthur 45′), Dreher (Kelly 45′), Townsend (Schlupp 45′); Benteke (Daly 65′), Wickham (Sørloth 45′).

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881 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Rupert The Horse
    • 6 Years
    9 days, 8 hours ago

    Highest points per game is a great indicator of where we should perhaps focus are money on.

    Sterling 6.9. 12m
    Salah 6.9. 12.5m
    Mane 6.4. 11.5m
    TAA 6.4. 7m
    Aguero 6.1. 12m
    Robbo 5.9. 7m
    Mendy 5.9. 6m

    1. Brooksy86
      • 2 Years
      9 days, 7 hours ago

      Interesting to see Aguero v Sterling the year before when KDB played more?

    2. COK3Y5MURF
      • 2 Years
      9 days, 7 hours ago

      No sh*t

    3. Brian Boitano
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      9 days, 7 hours ago

      Nothing too surprising here - except it confirms premium defender strength.

  2. jayzico
    • 8 Years
    9 days, 8 hours ago

    So few teams with Kun. He makes my team easier to play around with.

    Is the main reason his minutes/comp with Jesus?

    1. Differential (c)
      • 3 Years
      9 days, 8 hours ago

      That's the thing that does it for me. Jesus in form and getting the no. 9.

    2. The 5% Team
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 8 hours ago

      I have Kun as well

      His price being the same as Sterling makes it an easier choice for people to switch. If only they made Aguero 11m just like Auba and Kane

    3. Rupert The Horse
      • 6 Years
      9 days, 8 hours ago

      Loads and loads of reasons.
      Jesus' form.
      Kun's price.
      The high price of more explosive mids.
      The high price of the best value players.
      Lack of general value.
      Kane coming in at 1m cheaper.

      1. Brooksy86
        • 2 Years
        9 days, 7 hours ago

        I'd rather my two big boys from Pool and City...

        1. asquishypotato
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          9 days, 7 hours ago

          Agreed. No idea why the Kane love. Champions league final proved he can detriment spurs as well as improve them.

          August historically not great, so hopefully recovering from injury.

          Fixtures swing in a way that I’m not happy with owning him for.

          Unproven asset at the new home.

          Too many variables outside of a city side that smashes teams early on, or Fortress Anfield.

          1. Brooksy86
            • 2 Years
            9 days, 7 hours ago

            Just need to work out the rest now!

            1. asquishypotato
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              9 days, 7 hours ago

              For me, my big hitters are Salah and Sterling.
              Quite confident those two will be up there again for top scorers, especially with a bit of rest.

              1. Brooksy86
                • 2 Years
                9 days, 7 hours ago

                Can't not start with Kun me... Gunna give him the first two GWs and see what's happening.

                Easy switch if I've made a hash of it.

    4. Goodish
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 7 hours ago

      Every time I put Kun in, I immediately want to change him to Kane.

    5. jayzico
      • 8 Years
      9 days, 7 hours ago

      Pretty decisive answers. May have to try a 3,5,2 for first time ever

  3. Differential (c)
    • 3 Years
    9 days, 8 hours ago

    Who is the better 5.0 defender? Holebas or Ake?

    1. The 5% Team
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 8 hours ago

      Ake

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • 2 Years
      9 days, 8 hours ago

      Ake probably but Bournemouth are very unpredictable

    3. Witty Pun: Tʜᴇ Cᴀsᴜ…
      • 2 Years
      9 days, 7 hours ago

      Would never buy either. Probably a Burnley defender would be better.

    4. asquishypotato
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      9 days, 7 hours ago

      Difficult, neither team really like a clean sheet. Holebas has good attacking stats, Ale he good fixtures. At that range for me it’s either go up and spend 0.5 more, or go down and save.

      Ake if I had to though.

    5. DantheManinaPan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 days, 7 hours ago

      I think Koscielny's name needs throwing around a bit more for his price. Not saying you should get him, but worth considering

      1. Alli 3',17',64�…
          9 days, 7 hours ago

          Koscielny? Really? You might chuck in xhaka while you’re at it

    6. The Rumour Mill
      • 2 Years
      9 days, 8 hours ago

      Couple of comments from me that hopefully the mods can address:

      1. In the article above, its a positive development to see those sheets embedded, I think they will be very useful. However, I believe it is incorrect to use "GW1" as the code for the first pre season friendly, as its easy for this to be confused with the actual GW1 in early august. Could you use "P1" or "PS1" as the code for pre season friendlies? With perhaps "CS" & "SC" for the community shield and super cup respectively?

      2. The video from yesterday lunchtime which David and Joe produced is not accessible/not working on youtube. I think Joe needs to re-upload it or convert it into a different file type and publish it on the website here instead.

      1. TorresMagic™ - bcvy39
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        9 days, 8 hours ago

        I'll pass on the GW1 etc.
        Is the video from yesterday still on there?

        1. The Rumour Mill
          • 2 Years
          9 days, 7 hours ago

          Cheers TM 🙂 No its not on there, if you click on it you just get a black screen saying the video was removed or doesn't exist.

      2. Rupert The Horse
        • 6 Years
        9 days, 8 hours ago

        Yep.

      3. Rotation's Alter Ego
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 7 Years
        9 days, 8 hours ago

        Number 1 I can't comment on, but I'll pass along.

        Regarding number 2, what I heard was that there were some technical issues when Joe uploaded it, causing it be pretty much unwatchable. As a result it was taken down and scrapped. I think he might be planning to rerecord it later.

        1. Rotation's Alter Ego
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 7 Years
          9 days, 8 hours ago

          Ah, TM beat me to the punch!

        2. Skonto Rigga
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 1 Year
          9 days, 7 hours ago

          Yeah, David and Joe re-recording a video tomorrow. I watched the stream live and it was (mostly) fine but something went wrong in the upload and it was a write-off.

          1. Rotation's Alter Ego
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 7 Years
            9 days, 7 hours ago

            Cheers Neale! 🙂

          2. The Rumour Mill
            • 2 Years
            9 days, 7 hours ago

            That's great to hear, thanks Neale!

            1. Skonto Rigga
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 1 Year
              9 days, 7 hours ago

              No problem, folks!

        3. The Rumour Mill
          • 2 Years
          9 days, 7 hours ago

          Cheers. Ah ok cool, thanks for explaining 🙂 Shame it didn't work, it sounded like they covered some interesting topics it would be useful to get their insight on. Hopefully a rerecord happens or the content can be included into another video.

        4. J0E
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 9 Years
          9 days, 7 hours ago

          Seems to be an issue with YouTube as it happened in the only part of the process that we can’t control - when YouTube automatically turns a live stream that has just finished into a video. David and I are investigating tomorrow and hopeful it was a one off glitch.

      4. Skonto Rigga
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 1 Year
        9 days, 7 hours ago

        Cheers for the feedback! I'll pass this on to David, see if we can retitle those columns.

        1. The Rumour Mill
          • 2 Years
          9 days, 7 hours ago

          No worries, appreciate the response from you and all the mods so swiftly! Yeah I think it would just aid clarity, especially once the actual GW1 has occurred and there will be 2 lots of minutes with the same "GW1" code on the sheet potentially.

    7. Miguel Sanchez
      • 2 Years
      9 days, 8 hours ago

      Are the downgrades or Robbo to VVD and Laporte to a 4.5 worth it to upgrade KDB to Sterling?

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • 6 Years
        9 days, 8 hours ago

        I dont think so.

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • 2 Years
          9 days, 8 hours ago

          Cheers

      2. Pep Pig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        9 days, 7 hours ago

        I think you could make an argument for Robbo > VVD. I think he will get a couple more goals this season. He starts more or less every move. Rarely gives the ball away and wins everything. An animal off set pieces. For me he's my no.1 defender on the game. I currently own KDB but there's no right or wrong way with your choices pal so don't be put off from Rupert. City can still concede in games and Sterling as we all know can haul

      3. asquishypotato
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        9 days, 7 hours ago

        Not for me, thinks KDB could be the first player to rise dramatically in value for city, like sterling and sane always do.

        1. yakirh
          • 3 Years
          9 days, 6 hours ago

          This is an option but with Sterling ownership only 24%, I can see Sterling getting to 12.5 very fast as well

      4. Witty Pun: Tʜᴇ Cᴀsᴜ…
        • 2 Years
        9 days, 7 hours ago

        Maybe. Depends which 4.5

    8. donlobatto
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 8 hours ago

      Am I mad to be considering going Robbo + VVD and forgoing TAA?

      Virgil is just such a lynch pin for us and tends to do quietly very well in FPL terms. Robbo has the edge over TAA for me because of consistency (not sure I buy all the people that say TAA being one year old will be a game changer)

      Should I jsut go TAA and Robbo like everyone else and lose 0.5 elsewhere?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • 2 Years
        9 days, 8 hours ago

        I would rather spend the extra 0.5 for the greater assist threat of Robbo/TAA.

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • 6 Years
          9 days, 8 hours ago

          Without a shadow of a doubt.

      2. The 5% Team
        • 1 Year
        9 days, 8 hours ago

        ?
        You just made your point why you don't have TAA in your team

      3. Rupert The Horse
        • 6 Years
        9 days, 8 hours ago

        Hardly mad.
        But Taa will almost certainly have a lot more minutes this season. I he gets anywhere near VVD's minutes he'll significantly outscore him. Robbo started the season with a bit more consistency because he didn't have any injuries.
        Once TAA sorted out his niggles he absolutely stormed the last 10-12 games.

        1. Skull And Gnomes 9
          • 1 Year
          9 days, 7 hours ago

          I don't think so, well at least the "significance" part anyway.
          There were so many Virg. near misses last season and he's a comfort blanket for the guaranteed start.

          Trent is not.

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • 6 Years
            9 days, 7 hours ago

            Well Trent wasn't, but I don't think we knew quite what we had on our hands at first. Once we realised he really was that good, the rotation stopped. VVD did have a few near misses, but TAA is only going to improve. Still can't believe he accrued 13 assists.

            1. Skull And Gnomes 9
              • 1 Year
              9 days, 7 hours ago

              Yes, but you have to equate that with the Gomez injury, which is significant.

              Gomez will have a significant part to play this season.

              1. Rupert The Horse
                • 6 Years
                9 days, 7 hours ago

                Good point.

        2. ...al - Leave your comments…
          • 10 Years
          9 days, 7 hours ago

          Had Robertson from the first to last week all season and regretted not swapping him for Trent toward the end with during a wc.

          Cost me a fair few points

          Old Trenty was first in my draft this year

          1. Witty Pun: Tʜᴇ Cᴀsᴜ…
            • 2 Years
            9 days, 7 hours ago

            I owned both fullbacks and was very happy

            1. ...al - Leave your comments…
              • 10 Years
              9 days, 7 hours ago

              Yea that was also one draft with both that would have smashed it

              Not sure I can invest in both at the start but I’m going Taa over Robertson and Virgil at the minute

      4. donlobatto
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        9 days, 7 hours ago

        Thanks all! Good for thought!

      5. Peter Ouch
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        9 days, 7 hours ago

        Currently on vvd robbo myself. Not sure if taa will play more than 30 games this year

      6. asquishypotato
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        9 days, 7 hours ago

        With the way TAA has played, he’s going to get more minutes, more responsibility, and more corners.

        To me, that’s more points from attacking and BPS. Virg will tick along nicely and score from corners but I don’t tube that compares to what tAA offers.

    9. Dacra
      • 4 Years
      9 days, 8 hours ago

      Any chance of Solanke playing at Bournemouth?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • 2 Years
        9 days, 8 hours ago

        Not significantly until something happens to King or Wilson

      2. asquishypotato
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        9 days, 7 hours ago

        No, and he’s not really the goal scorer we are after either, so not sure he would be worth the punt

    10. TheRealDonaldTrump
        9 days, 8 hours ago

        Ryan (Button)

        Robertson VVD Digne (Kelly) (Gibson)

        F. Anderson Zaha Salah Sigurdsson Sterling

        Deulofeu King (Janssen)

        help with this team brothers?

        1. theswallow1965
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          9 days, 7 hours ago

          Not enough up front for me personally. I tried Salah and Sterling but was so hard to get a decent balance. I downgraded Sterling and got Kun up front. Consider Kane for 11m too.
          Sterling > 5m (your midfield looks decent enough, could even consider Tielemans/Maddison/Fraser)
          Janssen > Kane/Kun?

      • Kung Fu Football
        • 4 Years
        9 days, 8 hours ago

        Presuming that Zincenko appears to have the spot nailed down after pre-season at MCI and also that the Fraser/Wilson partnership stays intact at BOU, which combo do you prefer here? Thanks :

        A - Fraser / Zincenko
        B - Brooks / Laporte

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • 2 Years
          9 days, 7 hours ago

          A

        2. ...al - Leave your comments…
          • 10 Years
          9 days, 7 hours ago

          A if Zinc nailed.

          A 5.5 city lb nailed would be the dream

        3. Witty Pun: Tʜᴇ Cᴀsᴜ…
          • 2 Years
          9 days, 7 hours ago

          A, but Zinchenko will not be nailed even if it looks like it.

      • Miguel Sanchez
        • 2 Years
        9 days, 7 hours ago

        Which from:

        A) Laporte, Siggy, KDB
        B) Coleman, Pererya, Sterling

        Suspect I may know which way this will go

        1. CROCosta
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          9 days, 7 hours ago

          B

        2. Queenofthestoneage
            9 days, 7 hours ago

            A

          • Witty Pun: Tʜᴇ Cᴀsᴜ…
            • 2 Years
            9 days, 7 hours ago

            A. Pereyra especially is not good enough.

        3. CROCosta
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          9 days, 7 hours ago

          pick 1:
          A) Wilson, VVD, Pope/Ryan
          B) King, TAA, LLoris/Kepa

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • 2 Years
            9 days, 7 hours ago

            B

          2. ...al - Leave your comments…
            • 10 Years
            9 days, 7 hours ago

            Wilson and ‘Ol Trenty then a 4.5 keeper

        4. Dacra
          • 4 Years
          9 days, 7 hours ago

          How are we looking?

          Ryan/Pope (4.0)
          Coleman / Van Dijk / TAA / Walker (4.0)
          Salah - Sterling - B.Silva - Siggy (4.5)
          King - Jota (4.5)

        5. Rupert The Horse
          • 6 Years
          9 days, 7 hours ago

          This year could be the year of the Jesus. In sparkling form and this could be when Aguero's minutes are managed a lot more.

          1. Witty Pun: Tʜᴇ Cᴀsᴜ…
            • 2 Years
            9 days, 7 hours ago

            This is what will happen:
            Jesus plays just enough that Aguero is no longer a viable option, and we see enough of Jesus that he's not priced as a bargain next season, when Aguero leaves. The end of season points totals will be:
            Aguero: 127
            Jesus: 89

            1. Rupert The Horse
              • 6 Years
              9 days, 7 hours ago

              This is probably more likely.

              1. Andy_Social
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                9 days, 7 hours ago

                Right, Kun played so much last season because Jesus was off the pace and Pep couldn't afford to drop a point. Jesus has had a good S. American tournament, better than Aguero, suggesting his form has returned. To me it suggests Pep will be happy to rotate them more - Kun still with the lion's share of playing time but Jesus starting more often and getting more sub minutes than last season. So I agree, it will impact on Kun's points haul and therefore Sterling becomes the go-to offensive City option.

                1. The 5% Team
                  • 1 Year
                  9 days, 7 hours ago

                  so FPL have overpriced Aguero this season...should have been 11m like Auba and Kane?

                  1. Rupert The Horse
                    • 6 Years
                    9 days, 7 hours ago

                    Even 11.5 could have worked, but 12m is pretty pointless.

                  2. Andy_Social
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    9 days, 7 hours ago

                    To be fair, the prices are based on last season and were out before the A American tournie.

          2. Misteak
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            9 days, 7 hours ago

            This is problematic for me. I'm currently on Aguero + Salah because I can only afford two big hitters and I want both City and Liverpool coverage the flexibility of a big ass striker so I can switch over to Kane/Aubamayang if needs be

            1. DantheManinaPan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              9 days, 6 hours ago

              You can switch with 2FT from Sterling anyway. It's not a huge inconvenience to get an almost undoubtedly better fpl point scorer

        6. DirtySanchez
          • 5 Years
          9 days, 7 hours ago

          RMT please!

          Fab/4.0

          TAA/ Robbo/ Mendy/ Laporte/ Wan B
          Salah/ KDB/ Zaha/ Milli/ Hayden
          King/ Jiminez/ 4.5

          Mendy/Wan B dependant on pre-season

          1. Witty Pun: Tʜᴇ Cᴀsᴜ…
            • 2 Years
            9 days, 7 hours ago

            Wan-Bissaka is a waste of money now, pending further evidence. Mendy is tasty though. Don't like King at all, and there's a lot of money on your bench.

            1. DirtySanchez
              • 5 Years
              9 days, 3 hours ago

              Is there?

              4.0, Wan B, Hayden, 4.5

              17.5 on the bench seems okay to me!

        7. Fordy40
            9 days, 7 hours ago

            Anyone think f a 4.0 starting defender or are we waiting for pre season to tell us more ?

            1. Witty Pun: Tʜᴇ Cᴀsᴜ…
              • 2 Years
              9 days, 7 hours ago

              Kelly will get some games assuming Sakho and Tomkins stay injured. Nobody will be nailed.

            2. Differential (c)
              • 3 Years
              9 days, 7 hours ago

              Someone said Hanley might play now that zimmerman is injured, but someone elae interjectef that no he wont.
              One to watch out ofr.

          • GlassShaw
              9 days, 7 hours ago

              Would really appreciate a RMT!

              Ederson/Ryan
              TAA/Luiz/Walker/Dunk/Kelly
              Mane/Zaha/Tielemans/Nevez/Kante
              Aguero/Wilson/Jota

              Thanks!

              1. theswallow1965
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                9 days, 7 hours ago

                Looks good, but If you are playing Ederson as set & forget, then downgrade Ryan to 4m to use extra 0.5m elsewhere. Will you ever play Ryan over Ederson?

                1. Misteak
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  9 days, 7 hours ago

                  This. Neves and kante are absurd picks as well. Downgrade one to a 4.5 then use the remaining funds to beef up the other. Also, doubling up on any defence other than Liverpool is unadvisable. Better spend 0.5 to turn Walker into VVD or Digne/Coleman.

                  Otherwise good.

                  1. GlassShaw
                      9 days, 6 hours ago

                      Agree I should downgrade Kante and also Walker to VVD, but not sure on who to go for over Neves with 6.0 available. Any tips?

                      1. Misteak
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        9 days, 5 hours ago

                        6.0 is an awkward price point. I think that for midfielders you either go 4.5 bench fodder or 6.5. In between the only one I'd consider is Moutinho. Try find the funds to do Neves > Perez/Tielemens if you can. Otherwise Moutinho

                  2. GlassShaw
                      9 days, 6 hours ago

                      Thanks, that’s a great point. Will go for Button

                2. Queenofthestoneage
                    9 days, 7 hours ago

                    Ederson.
                    VVD. Robo. Laporte. Azpi. Digne.
                    Salah. Siggy.
                    Vardy. Jimenez. King.
                    4.0 5.0 5.0 4.5

                    1. DantheManinaPan
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      9 days, 6 hours ago

                      Decent

                  • Disturbed
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    9 days, 7 hours ago

                    Better option?

                    A. Coleman ake
                    B. Digne dunk

                    1. Miguel Sanchez
                      • 2 Years
                      9 days, 7 hours ago

                      B

                    2. Witty Pun: Tʜᴇ Cᴀsᴜ…
                      • 2 Years
                      9 days, 7 hours ago

                      B, any day. I think Bernardo will be better than Dunk this season though because of attackibg returns, Potter will surely use him over Bong as he fits an attacking system much better.

                    3. theswallow1965
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      9 days, 7 hours ago

                      B

                    4. Misteak
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      9 days, 7 hours ago

                      Coleman Dunk

                  • Witty Pun: Tʜᴇ Cᴀsᴜ…
                    • 2 Years
                    9 days, 7 hours ago

                    This season, Burnley will be good at defending again.

                    1. Miguel Sanchez
                      • 2 Years
                      9 days, 7 hours ago

                      Hopefully they continue to force lots of shots from distance and their first choice keeper will be a great option.

                      1. Witty Pun: Tʜᴇ Cᴀsᴜ…
                        • 2 Years
                        9 days, 7 hours ago

                        Indeed. I hope they keep Heaton as No. 1, who imo is a smidge better than Pope

                        1. The 5% Team
                          • 1 Year
                          9 days, 7 hours ago

                          Pope did have a great season 2 years ago...so wouldn't be a bad choice as well if Heaton leaves

                  • Queenofthestoneage
                      9 days, 7 hours ago

                      A) Salah + Laporte
                      B) Sterling + TAA

                      1. Miguel Sanchez
                        • 2 Years
                        9 days, 7 hours ago

                        B

                      2. DantheManinaPan
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        9 days, 6 hours ago

                        I need all four

                    • NVP
                        9 days, 7 hours ago

                        Guys I need help to buff up my two poor substitute defenders, who to cull?

                        GK:
                        Heaton

                        Def:
                        Robertson
                        Mendy
                        Wan-Bissaka

                        Mid:
                        Sterling
                        Salah
                        Kanté
                        David Silva

                        Fwd:
                        Ings
                        Kane
                        Deulofeu

                        Sub:
                        Button
                        Hayden
                        Kelly
                        Simpson

                        1. NVP
                            9 days, 7 hours ago

                            If i could just get 0.5 I could get Aarons (4.5/NOR) who is a regular... But how? Chop David Silva?

                          • theswallow1965
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            9 days, 7 hours ago

                            It's the Salah plus Sterling issue. It unbalances the team I think, I tried it too but downgraded Sterling and spread the funds.
                            Not too keen on the D Silva pick either for some reason.
                            How about:
                            Sterling > KDB
                            Silva > Siggy
                            Will leave you about 2m to upgrade elsewhere.

                            Just my thoughts.

                          • theswallow1965
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            9 days, 7 hours ago

                            Or you could do Kane > Kun if you want City attack. Would still give a valuable 1m to upgrade those defenders.

                            1. NVP
                                9 days, 7 hours ago

                                I like both options, especially the aguero choice.

                                I thought:

                                D. Silva > Moutinho (WOL)
                                Hayden > Hernandez (NOR)
                                Kelly > Aarons (NOR)
                                Simpson > Taylor (BUR)

                                All regular starters, but I'm losing out the points between Silva and Moutinho...

                              • NVP
                                  9 days, 5 hours ago

                                  I've ended up going with:

                                  D. Silva > Tielemans (LEI) 
                                  Hayden > Dendoncker (WOL)
                                  Kelly > Aarons (NOR) 
                                  Simpson > Taylor (BUR)

                              • pingissimus
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                9 days, 5 hours ago

                                Dilva feels very dodgy for consistent starts imo. Heck of a player of course.

                            2. Jarvish
                              • 4 Years
                              9 days, 7 hours ago

                              Gollum setting the bar low I see by saying Greenwood will get more game time. Would be better off shipping him out on loan to a mid-table Championship side as that is clearly more his level at the moment.

                            3. CROCosta
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 1 Year
                              9 days, 7 hours ago

                              A) King + Fraser + FAnderson
                              B) Wilson + Zaha + Chicharito

                            4. Witty Pun: Tʜᴇ Cᴀsᴜ…
                              • 2 Years
                              9 days, 7 hours ago

                              I'm bored so, although I usually don't post RMTs, here's one for you guys

                              Heaton/Pope
                              TAA Robertson VVD Digne Coleman
                              Sterling Eriksen Sigurdsson Moura
                              Vardy
                              4.0 | Andone | Dendoncker | Greenwood

                              My only uncertainty so far is Bernardo and Adams over Coleman and Andone, which I will go for if for whatever reason Andone doesn't look 1st choice. I also like Gomez but am worried about Matip poking through where her isn't wanted, and anyway wouldn't know which Liverpool defender to drop for him.

                            5. Rupert The Horse
                              • 6 Years
                              9 days, 7 hours ago

                              Just signed up to football index, anyone ever used it?
                              Seems perfect for an FPL player.

                              1. Would Ed Woodward
                                  9 days, 6 hours ago

                                  I dunno if it's a requirement but do not register your phone number if you have the option, their marketing is very aggressive.

                              2. Kizza_10
                                • 4 Years
                                9 days, 7 hours ago

                                How’s she looking, I know the bench isn’t the best but I’m willing to take a punt on it for the early part of the season.

                                Any advice on how to improve the team is welcome.

                                Ryan
                                Wan B VVD Walker Robertson Azpi
                                Tielemans KDB Salah Sterling

                                1. Kizza_10
                                  • 4 Years
                                  9 days, 7 hours ago

                                  Ryan
                                  Wan B VVD Walker Robertson Azpi
                                  Tielemans KDB Salah Sterling
                                  King

                                  Subs: Button, Dendoncker, wickham, greenwood

                                  1. Witty Pun: Tʜᴇ Cᴀsᴜ…
                                    • 2 Years
                                    9 days, 7 hours ago

                                    Vardy + 7.0 mid > KdB + King

                                    1. Kizza_10
                                      • 4 Years
                                      9 days, 7 hours ago

                                      I like that thought, Vardy & Zaha maybe ?

                                2. Witty Pun: Tʜᴇ Cᴀsᴜ…
                                  • 2 Years
                                  9 days, 7 hours ago

                                  Let me guess, Jiminez Wickham Greenwood

                              3. scoreonemore
                                • 3 Years
                                9 days, 7 hours ago

                                Can I get a thought please? Thanks.

                                Ederson
                                TAA Robertson AWB
                                Salah KDB Perez Zaha Barkley
                                King vardy Jota

                                Norris - dunk - Dendocker - diop

                              4. True Deadzoner
                                • 7 Years
                                9 days, 7 hours ago

                                Salah + Deleofeo

                                or

                                KDB + Vardy?

                              5. Wild Rover
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 8 Years
                                9 days, 7 hours ago

                                Cricket is really exciting 😀

                                1. Miguel Sanchez
                                  • 2 Years
                                  9 days, 7 hours ago

                                  Incredible game. So close to heroics from Dhoni.

                                2. Witty Pun: Tʜᴇ Cᴀsᴜ…
                                  • 2 Years
                                  9 days, 7 hours ago

                                  The answer to the question: What lie do you tell most often to your more elderly family members?

                                3. Skull And Gnomes 9
                                  • 1 Year
                                  9 days, 7 hours ago

                                  I still don't like cricket.
                                  I love it.
                                  I still really hate it actually.
                                  Fun to play mind you, but watching it_ Meh!

                              6. The 5% Team
                                • 1 Year
                                9 days, 7 hours ago

                                What are the chances City will line-up with a 2 striker formation (Kun and Jesus)...didn't they do this a lot 2 seasons ago?

                                1. avfc82
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 9 Years
                                  9 days, 7 hours ago

                                  They used a 3-1-4-2 / 3-5-2 once or twice last season, and sometimes went with two forwards when chasing a game, but the squads build for a 4-3-3, so I'm not expecting any changes. With Pep, you never know tho.

                                2. Witty Pun: Tʜᴇ Cᴀsᴜ…
                                  • 2 Years
                                  9 days, 7 hours ago

                                  Wouldn't this be nice:
                                  Kun Jesus
                                  Sterling
                                  KdB Bernardo
                                  Rodri
                                  Mendy Laporte Stones Walker