Scout Notes

Goals for Sterling and Jota as Wan-Bissaka exhibits attacking threat

There were five Premier League teams in action early on Wednesday afternoon, with Manchester City, West Ham United, Newcastle United and Wolverhampton Wanderers all taking part in the Premier League Asia Trophy and Manchester United facing Leeds United in Australia.

We’ll round up the main Fantasy talking points in the Scout Notes article below, while the updated pre-season minutes spreadsheet can be viewed here.

West Ham United 1-4 Manchester City

  • Goals: Mark Noble (£5.0m) | David Silva (£7.5m), Lukas Nmecha, Raheem Sterling (£12.0m) x2
  • Assists: Felipe Anderson (£7.0m) | Adrian Bernabe, Leroy Sane (£9.5m), Kevin De Bruyne (£9.5m)

Raheem Sterling (£12.0m) took less than half an hour of his first appearance of pre-season to remind Fantasy managers of his goalscoring credentials.

With Sergio Aguero (£12.0m) and Gabriel Jesus (£9.5m) on an extended break following their participation in the Copa America, Sterling led the line for City in the second half of their meeting with West Ham and recorded a brace as Pep Guardiola’s side emerged as 4-1 winners.

Introduced off the bench at the interval, the England international raced on to a Leroy Sane (£9.5m) pass to slot in his first goal and was then teed up by fellow substitute Kevin De Bruyne (£9.5m) to cap off City’s victory.

Pep Guardiola gave youth a chance in the first half, with David Silva (£7.5m), Aymeric Laporte (£6.5m) and debutant Rodri (£5.5m) effectively the only first-team regulars on show – although Claudio Bravo (£5.0m), Danilo (£5.0m) and new signing Angelino (£5.0m) were also handed run-outs.

The left-back position is perhaps the most difficult to call in Guardiola’s squad but Angelino didn’t get his second spell at City off to the best of starts, struggling against Felipe Anderson (£7.0m) down the West Ham right and conceding the penalty from which Mark Noble (£5.0m) converted.

Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.5m) replaced the Brazilian full-back in the second half, with the absent Benjamin Mendy (£6.0m) reportedly still receiving treatment for a knee injury.

David Silva, in his final year at City, pulled his side level with a superbly taken goal from an equally excellent pass by winger Adrian Bernabe before Lukas Nmencha won and converted a spot-kick to put Guardiola’s side in front.

The cavalry arrived at half-time with Sterling, De Bruyne, Sane and Bernardo Silva (£8.0m) all thrown on and there was no surprise that City looked more potent as a result, with Sane, in particular, catching the eye down the left flank.

The German winger has been linked with a move away from Eastlands this summer but Guardiola – as one would expect – was full of praise for his mercurial midfielder:

He’s a great player with incredible quality. I want people to want to stay here – the club is there so the desire to have him is always there. The club made him an offer for the past year. I have said many times that we want people to be happy here and we want to help him to reach his potential.

Rodri won’t appeal to many Fantasy managers but he had a decent enough debut in the ‘Fernandinho (£5.5m) role’, earning praise from his manager after the game:

He is a young, typical defensive midfielder who thinks very quickly. I hope he is here for a long time. Rodrigo is tall, which for a short side like ours is very good. He is great at set-pieces but we didn’t buy him for that. Ever since we arrived here we have tried to buy players who are 21, 22 or 23 years old. [Rodri] is a Spain national team player and there they call him ‘the next Busquets’. I think he is a very good player.

With De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan (£5.5m) on the field either side of Rodri, Bernardo was again pushed forward into a front three alongside Sterling and Sane – food for thought, perhaps, for any FPL managers considering the Portuguese midfielder as a cut-price route into the City midfield.

The summer signings of Sebastian Heller (£7.5m) and Pablo Fornals (£6.5m) have given cause for optimism at West Ham and there are a number of their Fantasy assets who appeal early in the season, with the Hammers top of our Season Ticker from Gameweeks 2 to 12.

This was perhaps a reminder of the work still to be done in east London but there were positives to take away from this defeat, with Anderson, in particular, impressing in attack.

The busy Michail Antonio (£7.0m) was again ‘out of position’ as a central striker before being replaced by Javier Hernandez (£6.0m) at the break although the midfielder’s run up front is surely coming to an end following the capture of Haller.

Manuel Pellegrini still namechecked Antonio, however, when discussing his new signing and his striking options this season:

So we needed to find a new one [a striker], we have different options now. He is not only a box player, he will play well outside of the box. It will be his first season in England and I know he will be a good striker for our team. We also have Michail Antonio, Javier Hernandez too.

Manuel Lanzini (£6.5m) also caught the eye cutting in off the left flank, with Jack Wilshere (£5.0m) perhaps the placeholder for when Fornals is match-fit following his exertions at the European Under-21 Championship.

The strength of Pellegrini’s first-half XI was arguably an early indication of who he might favour for Gameweek 1, although the likes of Lukasz Fabianski (£5.0m), Fabian Balbuena (£4.5m), Fornals and Heller, of course, are still to be integrated into the team.

The Hammers were unsurprisingly not as much of a threat after the break as their second-string players were given a run-out and Pellegrini highlighted the contrast between the two halves after full-time:

I think that was a clear game of two different matches of 45 minutes. In the first half, we played well and created chances in their box but then we conceded two goals in two minutes and, of course, when you are playing against Manchester City you cannot afford to concede those goals. In the second half, they improved a lot when they changed some players, while we wanted to give some minutes to some players and we had some players who have just returned from long injures, so they made a difference. Also, I thought we made some mistakes in our defending and they capitalised. I was happy with the offensive system and the way we played in our attacking, yes, because we created more chances than Manchester City, but we must be more concentrated in our defending.

Defending was an issue last season, with only relegated Fulham and Huddersfield recording fewer clean sheets than the Hammers.

 
On this evidence, there is still much to be addressed and it’s stating the obvious to say West Ham’s attacking assets appeal more than their defence.
 
Pellegrini added:

We are working on our technical side and it’s important that we have Wilshere, Lanzini and Yarmolenko this season as we didn’t have them for long periods last season due to injury. With them, we will have more balance in midfield and I think we are going to be a good attacking team. We are going to create chances, but we need to improve our defending.

Manchester City XI (4-3-3): Bravo, Danilo (Walker 63′), Harwood-Bellis, Laporte (Stones 63′), Angelino (Zinchenko 63′), Rodri (Aleix Garcia 71′), David Silva (De Bruyne 46′), Doyle (Gundogan 63′), Bernabe (Sane 46′), Poveda-Ocampo (Bernardo Silva 46′), Nmecha (Sterling 46′).

West Ham United XI (4-2-3-1): Roberto, Fredericks (Zabaleta 62′), Diop, Ogbonna (Reid 68′), Johnson (Cresswell 62′), Rice (Sanchez 46′), Noble (Obiang 62′), Lanzini (Diangana 62′), Wilshere (Snodgrass 46′), Felipe Anderson (Yarmolenko 46′), Antonio (Chicharito 46′).

Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-0 Newcastle United

  • Goals: Diogo Jota (£6.5m) x2, Morgan Gibbs-White (£5.0m), Tom Allan own-goal
  • Assists: Jonny (£5.5m) x2, Leander Dendoncker (£4.5m), Ruben Vinagre (£4.5m)

Diogo Jota (£6.5m) hit a first-half brace as Wolves demolished a dismal Newcastle United in their Premier League Asia Trophy semi-final on Wednesday.

Jota produced a smart finish from the edge of the box after collecting a Jonny (£5.5m) pass to open the scoring, later capitalising on an error from Isaac Hayden (£4.5m) to score his second and Wolves’ third.

The Portugal under-21 international, carrying on where he left off at the end of 2018/19, looked sharp in a 65-minute showing and was again deployed as a striker in Nuno Espirito Santo’s now-familiar 3-5-2.

Speaking after the match, the Portuguese attacker said:

Scoring goals always gives you an extra boost in terms of confidence and you have to take advantage of that and keep working hard to be 100 per cent for the first match. For the second goal, I tried to react fast to the loss of the ball. Fortunately, I scored and it was good for me and the team that we were able to make it 3-0 very soon.

In the absence of Raul Jimenez (£7.5m), who was handed a breather following his exertions in the CONCACAF Gold Cup this summer, Jota was paired up front by an ‘out of position’ Morgan Gibbs-White (£5.0m).

Wolves will surely recruit a backup striking option this summer but it was interesting that Santo turned to Gibbs-White as a makeshift forward with Jimenez unavailable.

That said, had Matt Doherty (£6.0m) not been injured and Adama Traore‘s (£5.0m) services not been needed at wing-back, then the speedy Wolves utility man may have been given the nod alongside Jota instead.

Gibbs-White found the back of the net in between Jota’s two strikes, with Jonny collecting another assist.

The newly reclassified FPL forward said of his partnership with Gibbs-White:

It was different, Raul plays in a different style, Morgan isn’t as strong as Raul is, but we linked together very well and tried to do the best we can.

Santo added on Gibbs-White:

He did well. It’s not his natural position but he gives certain things and this is the versatile players that we have and that we must have because we are a short squad, we want to maintain, so players must do more than one position on the pitch.

Except for the missing Jimenez and Doherty, Wolves were pretty much at full strength and their extra week of pre-season – their Europa League campaign begins next week – was telling as they swatted aside the rudderless Magpies.

The regular back three of Willy Boly, Conor Coady and Ryan Bennett (all £5.0m) were handed 90 minutes each, while the now first-choice midfield three of Leander Dendoncker (£4.5m), Ruben Neves (£5.5m) and Joao Moutinho (£5.5m) played the bulk of the game.

Dendoncker caught the eye and it was from his run and cross that Jota scored his second, while the all-action Jonny excelled from wing-back.

Traore hasn’t always convinced (from a defensive perspective, anyway) when asked to deputise for Doherty on the opposite flank but he was another to impress in Nanjing on Wednesday.

Bennett said of his teammate:

Adama’s done brilliantly, I think he’s been spot on and you can’t fault him at all. You talk to him, the manager speaks to him and everything that everyone says, he really wants to learn. He just takes it on board. Tracking back is a bit unusual for him but he’s got stuck in. Then when he gets the ball he’s devastating, so we need to try and give it to him as much as we can. His attacking threat is unbelievable.

As for Newcastle, who appointed Steve Bruce as manager shortly before the game, this was an entirely predictable defeat ahead of what potentially could be a very difficult season.

While Wolves had the advantage of being further down the line with their training regime and United named several second-string players in their starting XI, there was no mitigating the gulf in class between the two clubs.

Stand-in manager Ben Dawson couldn’t call on the Magpies’ potent front three of last season for various reasons – Miguel Almiron (£6.0m) is on a break after international duty, while Ayoze Perez (£6.5m) and Salomon Rondon are no longer on the books – and Newcastle were limp in attack, barely mustering a shot of note.

Having been reclassified as an FPL defender this summer, Matt Ritchie (£5.5m) was stationed on the left wing but, with Newcastle in disarray, there’ll likely be few Fantasy managers interested in the first few Gameweeks of the season (and beyond) despite the ‘out of position’ tag and set-piece responsibilities.

Having posed little threat in attack, the Magpies were also wobbly at the back and Wolves’ fourth strike, a comical own-goal from youngster Tom Allan from a Ruben Vinagre (£4.5m) corner, summed up their afternoon.

Newcastle United XI (4-5-1): Darlow (Woodman 46′), Sterry (Manquillo 46′), Clark (Watts 59′), Lascelles (Fernández 46′), Lazaar (Bailey 63′), Murphy (Allan 63′), Hayden, Colback (M. Longstaff 63′), Shelvey (Ki Sung-yueng 59′), Ritchie (Aarons 55′), Muto (Sorensen 63′).

Wolves XI (3-5-2): Rui Patricio (Ruddy 46′), Adama (Perry 65′), Bennett, Coady, Boly, Jonny (Vinagre 65′), Neves (Taylor 81′), Moutinho (Cundle 81′), Dendoncker (Hong Wan 81′), Gibbs-White (Sanderson 65′), Jota (Ennis 65′).

Manchester United 4-0 Leeds United

  • Goals: Mason Greenwood (£4.5m), Marcus Rashford (£8.5m), Phil Jones (£5.0m), Anthony Martial (£7.5m)
  • Assists: Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.5m), Scott McTominay (£5.0m), Andreas Pereira (£5.0m), Tahith Chong (£4.5m)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has teased the prospect of budget FPL forward Mason Greenwood (£4.5m) being involved in the Gameweek 1 clash with Chelsea.

Speaking after the 4-0 win over Leeds United in Perth, the Norwegian said:

He’s got a chance to start that one, definitely. He’s more than capable. He’ll always be there in and around the box, creating chances, and I won’t say that’s not a possibility. No, it’s a good possibility if he keeps going as he does. It’s difficult to keep players out who perform well.

Greenwood had lined up on the right flank of a 4-2-3-1 for United’s latest pre-season friendly success, in what was unquestionably the stronger of the two teams that Solskjaer sent out in either half.

The teenage forward opened his United account with the game’s opening goal on seven minutes, tucking in Aaron Wan-Bissaka‘s (£5.5m) low cross following fine work from Paul Pogba (£8.5m) in midfield.

Solskjaer said of Greenwood after full-time:

Of course, we’ve been delighted with the goal he scored. It’s important for scorers to get that goal, even though I’ve always said we know he’s capable of scoring goals. The first one is going to be a weight off his shoulders. I think with his movement and his cleverness, he’s going to be a very good player, the young boy. He can play all of the front-three positions, or across the front four, as he can play no. 10, no. 7, no. 11 and no. 9. He’s a natural footballer with his left foot, coming in, but he’s got two feet and can play anywhere along the front. He’s just a natural. When he takes a penalty with his right, then takes a penalty with his left, free-kicks with his left, free-kicks with his right. He is almost what you’d call 50-50, maybe 51-49 left-footed. You can see we’ve got a talented boy there and he’s every opportunity to make it as a Manchester United player. Of course, it’s also going to be about luck. He must stay clear of injuries, be professional and I’m sure he’s going to grab his chance. Everything is there for him.

Greenwood was part of a lively front four for United in the first half, with Daniel James‘ (£6.0m) searing pace causing problems on the opposite flank – although the summer signing from Swansea was still a mixed bag when it came to end product.

Juan Mata (£6.5m) looked better in what is clearly his best position in the hole but it was some Fantasy favourites of 2018/19 who perhaps warranted the most attention.

Marcus Rashford (£8.5m) made it two goals from two games when scoring United’s second, racing onto Scott McTominay‘s (£5.0m) pass and producing some nimble footwork before firing low past Kiko Casilla.

Rashford had earlier hit the post and looked sharp as the spearhead of the attack, with United’s speed on the break and ferocity of pressing a refreshing antidote to the one-pace team of 12 months ago.

The England striker said after full-time:

There’s a lot to improve on still but, for us, it’s about getting the pictures in our heads. It’s been a while since we’ve been a real pressing team and I feel that now, in this pre-season, we’ve laid down the fundamentals of how we’re actually going to press. The first game against Perth, the way we pressed in the first half was brilliant. It’s tough going for 90 minutes but we’ll improve and we’ll get better at it.

Wan-Bissaka impressed up and down the right flank, displaying more attacking threat than we have become accustomed to seeing at Palace.

We voiced concerns about Wan-Bissaka’s assist potential in our recent Moving Target article because of the fact that United funnelled most of their play down the left-hand side of the pitch last season: no coincidence given that Pogba, so heavily involved when the Red Devils have possession, was mostly stationed in that zone.

We have seen the Frenchman on the opposite side of central midfield in pre-season, though, which could boost Wan-Bissaka’s Fantasy appeal significantly.

The pair’s respective roles in Greenwood’s goal underscored the impact Pogba could have.

The supposedly wantaway France international was nearing something like top form in this encounter although the fact that he seems set to play as part of a deeper central midfield two in future will be off-putting to some Fantasy managers.

Still, Pogba got forward to have several cracks at goal from the edge of the Leeds box and whistled a free-kick narrowly wide too.

Solskjaer changed all 11 players at half-time, with Anthony Martial (£7.5m) leading the line in the second half and scoring from the spot after a foul on Tahith Chong (£4.5m).

Phil Jones (£5.0m) had added a third before Martial’s penalty, nodding in an Andreas Pereira (£5.0m) corner.

David de Gea (£5.5m), Luke Shaw (£5.5m) and Romelu Lukaku (£8.5m) all missed out with minor problems and Solskjaer didn’t seem unduly concerned after full-time, saying:

David just fell ill today so he didn’t feel right. We’ll wait until the Inter Milan game [on Saturday] for him. They’re not ready, the others, either [Lukaku, Shaw and Lee Grant]. Of course, it’s not ideal when you miss a training session and he [Lukaku] was missing towards the end of yesterday’s session. He missed the game again and it’s two chances to play 45 minutes at this stage of the pre-season. It’s important for everyone to get fit and hopefully, he’ll be available soon.

Manchester United first-half XI (4-2-3-1): Romero, Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Lindelof, Rojo, McTominay, Pogba, Greenwood, Mata, James, Rashford.

Manchester United second-half XI (4-2-3-1): J. Pereira, Dalot, Smalling, Jones, Young, Matic (Garner 78), A. Pereira, Chong, Gomes, Lingard, Martial.

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2,114 Comments Post a Comment
  1. shirtless
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 26 days ago

    Is Noble a viable enabler in a 3-5-2. Thinking of having Long as first sub, binning Jota, which frees up 1.0m after I upgrade Dendoncker...

    1. internal error
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      Is he nailed to start every game?

      1. shirtless
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 26 days ago

        I'm not sure such a thing exists much anymore but I'd have thought so. Pen taker too.

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 26 days ago

          People are saying Haller will take pens. He does seem to be fading from the improving Hammers midfield.

          1. Ask Yourself
            • 4 Years
            1 year, 26 days ago

            Yep fornals signing and Wilshere fit both streets ahead of what noble can do

    2. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      I don’t think we will be starting Noble much this year.

      Jorginho better.

    3. shirtless
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      Thanks gents, I'll steer clear.

    4. Ask Yourself
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      Norwood the only nailed 5

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 26 days ago

        And Donkers, who should be priced 5 or 5.5. Bit of a free hit there.

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • 10 Years
          1 year, 26 days ago

          It's good that we have dendonckers big willy wonkers at 4.5 alright, hopefully greenwood also starts getting regular appearances

  2. supersham
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 26 days ago

    Morning troops. Any honest feedback would be appreciated.

    Beg

    Zink Robbo Vvd Digne

    Salah Sterling Zaha Perez

    Vardy King

    Button Greenwood Dend Kelly

    1. ElliotJHP
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      I'd monitor transfer saga Zaha.

      Is Begovic nailed on?

      1. supersham
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 26 days ago

        I believe he is

      2. The 5% Team
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 26 days ago

        Zaha might indeed be a bit unmotivated if he plays for Palace in GW1

    2. Zladan
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      You: Zaha Perez Vardy

      Me: KDB James Giroud

      I’m not fussed on Leicester at all given their fixtures, but I don’t like my Giroud pick either.

      1. supersham
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 26 days ago

        James is a ballsy pick.. best of luck with that

        1. Zladan
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 26 days ago

          Having watched him in pre-season he is fairly making that position his own.

          From what I’ve seen we’re just looking to fill in the x’s below:

          DDG
          AWB Lindelöf x Shaw
          x Pogba x
          James Rashford x

          I feel the above are locked in.

    3. The 5% Team
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      other than Begovic it's pretty template...so good to go

      Would go Pope myself

    4. Please Answer Me
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      you convinced of Zink? Even though Mendy is out maybe Danilo will start?

  3. Zladan
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 26 days ago

    Thoughts?

    Begovic
    TAA VVD Digne Zinchenko
    Salah Sterling KDB James
    Giroud King

    Button Dendo Greenwood Kelly

    Not sold on Giroud still but not sure how to spend the 7m there.

    1. OFord
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 26 days ago

      Digne to Coleman & Jimenez or Haller?

      1. Zladan
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 26 days ago

        My only condition for removing Siggy was to keep set piece specially Digne. I think he is more nailed on in my team than VVD to be honest. I’d sooner switch VVD to Matip/Gomez.

        I’m really struggling to find decent cheap strikers. Baller is one to consider though, but maybe he is more of a wait and see.

        Thanks for input, it’s something to consider.

  4. Rasping Drive (BSC Small Bo…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 26 days ago

    Does anyone have a different squad from the norm? Template really seems to have kicked in.

    1. Zladan
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      Laporte to Zinchenko means people have £1m extra and teams are looking much better for it. The template is too strong right now.

    2. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      My current draft:

      GK 9% (zero on this site)
      Defender 2%
      Striker under 1% ownership.

      Yeh.

    3. ElliotJHP
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      We're almost at the point where having a premium keeper is enough to be different from the norm.

      For all the moaning about prices I think it is easy to get a really strong side together.

    4. Galza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      Ryan
      Coleman Cathcart Ake
      Yarmo Salah Sterling Perez
      Vardy King Kane

      Button Dendonk Fredericks 4.0

      Got a boring 4-4-2 to fall back on...

    5. The 5% Team
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      I'm playing with a team with players under 5% owned, so it's very different 🙂

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 26 days ago

        Oh, your username is quite literal then? That's interesting.

        1. The 5% Team
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 26 days ago

          yes haha

          usually I can only form my final team a few days before the season starts, as ownership changes as everyone is still making changes
          If a player goes over 5% ownership, I will FT him out the next GW

          1. LangerznMash
            • 4 Years
            1 year, 26 days ago

            Wow that must be very difficult. You'll have to post your team, I bet it is full of punts.

            1. The 5% Team
              • 2 Years
              1 year, 26 days ago

              yeah, I find it very fun for let's say the first half of the season...after that your rank just plummets every GW 🙁
              For now:

              Pope Foster
              Alonso Vertonghen Gomez Coleman Zinchenko
              Sane DSilva Alli Gross James
              Giroud Ings Haller

              2.5 ITB

              1. -GK22-
                • 8 Years
                1 year, 26 days ago

                What a great idea. I may do this. So much more choice

                Patricio, Leno
                Gomez, vert, Jonny, Alonso, Pereira
                Antonio, Ali, Sane, dilva, mata
                Adams, giroud, Haller

                1. The 5% Team
                  • 2 Years
                  1 year, 26 days ago

                  haha like I said, it's fun...until that point in the season you're team consists of only punts/differentials, which is still fun, but your rank won't agree 🙂

  5. Fibonacci
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 26 days ago

    KDB (2017/18 points) + Zaha > Sterling + Dendoncker by 70 points.

    Assuming Dendoncker minutes double in 2019/20, gap reduces to 22 points.

    1. Klein
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      But is kdb back to his best?

    2. I Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      Very few people are planning to play Dendoncker every week.

    3. Podge
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      How many points he gets on my bench isn’t really relevant

    4. Fibonacci
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 26 days ago

      Been mulling over this;

      A

      Ederson
      TAA Robbo Digne Zinchenko
      Salah Siggy Gross Sterling Dendoncker
      Wilson

      Button Greenwood Kelly Nketiah

      B

      Ederson
      TAA Robbo Digne Zinchenko
      Salah Siggy Gross KDB Zaha
      Wilson

  6. Klein
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 26 days ago

    Sheffield united fans is moore nailed?

    1. internal error
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      Dean Hendo looks likely loan signing

      1. Klein
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 26 days ago

        Looks like a good set and forget option

  7. Harmonica1967
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 26 days ago

    Verdict on the below:

    Heaton
    Robertson-VVD-Laporte-Digne
    Sterling-Siggy-Maddison
    Kane-Wilson-Jota

    Button, Dendonker, Chalobah, Kelly

    1. Kiwi Don
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      I really like it, very solid. One big omission in Salah.

      1. Harmonica1967
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 26 days ago

        Yeah, realise its playing with fire not having Salah, but the above is the happiest combination I've had so far.

  8. LangerznMash
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 26 days ago

    Remember when Ozil registered 19 assists. Where did it all go wrong?

    1. Ask Yourself
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      I have no idea lol I think it traces back to when erogan gained power

      1. LangerznMash
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 26 days ago

        oooo politics and football don't mix well

        1. Ask Yourself
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 26 days ago

          They do well with it in Germany however everyone is too sensitive here

          1. Rasping Drive (BSC Small Bo…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 year, 26 days ago

            Haha. That Erdogan chump was even best man at Mesut’s wedding.

    2. Galza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      If I was guaranteed that kind of money every week, I don’t think I would be that bothered if I played or not.
      If he was at my work, he would be the guy that only has sneeze and he’s taking a week off... 🙂

  9. Kiwi Don
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 26 days ago

    Any 4m defenders likely to start gw1?

    1. Ask Yourself
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      Some are likely none are certain.
      Rico, kelly and Hanley are all likely.

    2. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      Outside shot of Kelly if both of Palace's 2 CBs are still injured. Other than that, not likely.

      1. Kiwi Don
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 26 days ago

        No Wan-Bissaka this year then

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 26 days ago

          Nope, No AWB or Bennett. Started with both last season I did.

        2. Ask Yourself
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 26 days ago

          Rico coulda the AWB if he nails that place

          1. Teddy Brewski
            • 6 Years
            1 year, 26 days ago

            Can Rico play elsewhere other than LB. Surely they didn't sign Kelly for 13m to sit on the bench?

            1. LangerznMash
              • 4 Years
              1 year, 26 days ago

              Rico cost more than Kelly.
              Kelly can also play centreback, they could at times play back5
              Rico Kelly Cook Ake Smith

              1. Teddy Brewski
                • 6 Years
                1 year, 26 days ago

                Ah right, didn't realise Kelly could play CB too. Does make Rico interesting then. 10.7m for Rico apparently.

                Daniels still lurking though remember....

                1. avfc82
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 10 Years
                  1 year, 26 days ago

                  I was looking at one of the Bournemouth forums earlier this morning and the general consensus was that Rico was poor in the recent friendly and is devoid of confidence, whilst Kelly looked comfortable. Stacey also impressed a lot of them, so Adam Smith could also see minutes at left back. One to monitor over the next few friendlies.

                2. avfc82
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 10 Years
                  1 year, 26 days ago

                  Daniels won't be fit for the start of the season.

            2. Ask Yourself
              • 4 Years
              1 year, 26 days ago

              I think kelly was a just in case ake leaves signing

    3. Podge
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      Didn’t get any of AWBs pre Xmas points last year anyway

  10. AriseSirGiggsy
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 26 days ago

    Quick poll

    A) Sig + Laca
    B) Pog + Vardy
    C) KDB + Wilson

    Have DCL, Sterling and King also in the draft

    1. Klein
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      D) Sig + wilson + 1.5

    2. Kiwi Don
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      C for start of the season then maybe B

    3. LangerznMash
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      B - penalty takers

      1. Klein
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 26 days ago

        VAR myth though. Its debunked.

        1. AriseSirGiggsy
          • 9 Years
          1 year, 26 days ago

          Is it?

          1. Sgt Frank Drebin
            • 3 Years
            1 year, 26 days ago

            Yeah no difference in other leagues after VAR has been introduced. But England reffereses can't use it so you never know...

            1. Sgt Frank Drebin
              • 3 Years
              1 year, 26 days ago

              In the number of penalties awarded of course.

        2. LangerznMash
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 26 days ago

          Regardless of VAR - having penalty takers is still good for extra goals.

          1. pingissimus
            • 1 Year
            1 year, 26 days ago

            But only when they are regular scorers otherwise

        3. Ask Yourself
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 26 days ago

          How do you know when it’s never happened in the premier league before. Very different animal to the other leagues without such a horrific media pressure

    4. pingissimus
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 26 days ago

      A - to complete the set

      Laca could be a great move early and Siggy is a keeper if you have him.

  11. RUUD!
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 26 days ago

    Best 5.0 defender?

    1. Ask Yourself
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      They’re spew worthy this year

    2. LangerznMash
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      Maitland-Niles until Bellerin returns.

      1. Ask Yourself
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 26 days ago

        Would be a great shout but bellerin back in training already :/

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 26 days ago

          If it's Arse you're after save your money and take holding for 4.5

        2. LangerznMash
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 26 days ago

          Good to hear, Bellerin flies the vegan flag!

    3. Stimps
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      Stevens, Holebas

  12. Kobayashy
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 26 days ago

    Which one is the better option?

    A. Aguero & Brooks + 0.5m

    B. Salah & King

    Keep in mind, 'A' would allow the possibility of a triple Pool defence (TAA, VVD and Robertson).

    1. Kiwi Don
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      B

    2. GanonTEK
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      B

  13. RONHAAR (AUSTIN POWERS)
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 26 days ago

    I am playing a Auction based Draft game based on FPL scoring and all other FPL rules

    My team has been offered a Trade.

    We own

    Kane
    Felipe Anderson
    Michael Keane
    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

    They are giving
    Jimenez
    Fraser
    Siggy
    Fabian Schar

    Rest of my team looks like this

    Leno Guaita
    Digne DLuiz Otamendi Foyth
    Sane Redmond Moura
    Lacazette Calvert Lewin

    What's better

    1) Kane Anderson Keane Oxlade-Chamberlain

    2) Jimenez Fraser Siggy Schar

    Opinions pls.

    1. Kiwi Don
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      You need strikers and midfield so probably a good trade. Only worry is getting rid of Kane.

    2. Ask Yourself
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      OMG that’s not even worth considering reject the f out of that

    3. CROCosta
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      Try counter offer withour Keane and Schar, so just Kane, Anderson and Ox for Jimenez Fraser Siggy - if he accepts you are good

    4. The 5% Team
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      looks like a decent trade. Key thing in draft is getting many of those nailed-on players

    5. Klein
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      How does this really work? How do you get first team?

  14. ElliotJHP
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 26 days ago

    Is that Zinchenko gonna be nailed? Pep is the devil.

    If SO, what do we prefer my fellow soldier spies?

    A) Zinch, Coleman (5-3-2)
    B) O'Connell, Jota (4-3-3)

    Already have Ederson and Digne

  15. Kimmich
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 26 days ago

    If anybody was interested Chelsea lined up with this today.

    Caballero, Alonso, Luiz, Zouma, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kovacic, Mount, Kenedy, Pedro, Batshuyai

    0-0 HT.

    1. Little fekirs
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      Jorginho great first half,made some great passes.

  16. The King
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 26 days ago

    So far I'm here, what do you think? 0itb

    Ryan
    TAA - Robbo - Targett - Kelly
    Salah - Sterling - Perez
    Aguero - King - Jota

    Subs: Button, Hayden, stearman, dendonker

    Obviously need to sacrifice someone to upgrade defence but unsure of who.

    Hate not having Wilson

    Want fab in goal too so need .5 for that.

    Decisions....

    1. Teddy Brewski
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      Targett and Kelly in your starting XI every week is obviously the stand out issue.

      Downgrade Robbo and Jota/King to VVD to DCL. Upgrade Kelly and Stearman to 2 x 4.5's with attacking potential that rotate well with Targett? Play 2 and bench one

    2. GanonTEK
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      I'd drop Aguero. You have Sterling. You can't have a good balance with 3x 12m or higher players.

    3. Sgt Frank Drebin
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      One of Salah, Sterling or Aguero for sure. Your choice

    4. Klein
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      Close you eyes, take a deep breath and kun

  17. The Overthinker - I blame R…
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 26 days ago

    Hello World

    1. GanonTEK
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      World says hi

      1. The Overthinker - I blame R…
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 26 days ago

        🙂

    2. Klein
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      You are overthinking again.

  18. The Overthinker - I blame R…
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 26 days ago

    A) Luiz and Perez
    B) Richarlison and cathcart

    1. Sgt Frank Drebin
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      A...

    2. Klein
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      A

  19. Strchld
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 26 days ago

    How about this 5-4-1 looks?

    4.5
    TAA - Robbo - Zinchenko - Coleman - Digne
    Salah - KdB - Sterling - Perez/another 6.5
    King

    Really would like to get Salah, KdB and Sterling in, but then 5 at the back looks only way to do it.

    1. Sgt Frank Drebin
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      OK I guess

    2. Strchld
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      Also could downgrade one of Robbo or TAA to VvD and upgrade Perez to 7.0 or Zinchenko to 6.0 If he doesnt look nailed.

    3. Zladan
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      I have:

      Begovic
      TAA VVD Digne Zinch
      Salah Sterling KDB James
      King 7.0

      Button Dendo Kelly 4.5

      1. Strchld
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 26 days ago

        Doesnt look bad.

    4. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      Starting XI looks excellent, but you don't show your bench. If you've got 2x4.5 strikers, you're really stuck when you need to change things.

      1. Strchld
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 26 days ago

        Thats true, but probably will use a WC early like every year.

    5. The 5% Team
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      for a team with that core trio, not bad

      personally not a fan of Coleman/double Everton, so I might maybe downgrade or change him

  20. BigBillyBass
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 26 days ago

    How's she looking?

    Ederson (Button)
    TAA Robbo Digne (Dunk Simpson)
    Salah Sterling Brooks Tielemans (Dendoncker)
    King Jota Deulofeu

    1. Sgt Frank Drebin
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      Fine

    2. Zladan
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      5.5m Zinch looks a better way into City defence than 6m Ederson.

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 26 days ago

        Ed's 100% nailed though.

      2. BigBillyBass
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 26 days ago

        Not nailed and not worth the risk for me

        1. Zladan
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 26 days ago

          Didn’t Zinchenko play the last 13 matches for City last year and they won them all conceding only 4 times?

          Mendy now injures for first month makes Zinch the man.

          1. BigBillyBass
            • 2 Years
            1 year, 26 days ago

            They've re-signed Angelino. Zinch isn't the man

            1. Sgt Frank Drebin
              • 3 Years
              1 year, 26 days ago

              I doubt Angelino will jump straight into the first team

              1. BigBillyBass
                • 2 Years
                1 year, 26 days ago

                How can you be that certain? You can't. This is Pep we're talking about here

                1. Sgt Frank Drebin
                  • 3 Years
                  1 year, 26 days ago

                  It takes time to adapt to Pep's style of play. Zinchenko is in the team for like two years now? I can't be sure, but I would be really surprised if Angelino started any of the 6 first games

                  1. BigBillyBass
                    • 2 Years
                    1 year, 26 days ago

                    If Pep rates him enough he'll put him straight in

                    1. Markus
                      • 11 Years
                      1 year, 26 days ago

                      Like laporte/bilva?

              2. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
                • 4 Years
                1 year, 26 days ago

                He looked awful in the match vs WH. Anderson made him look bang average and error laden

    3. Bob Vrabkab
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      Good but don't like having a city slot free. Maybe switch an attacker for Laporte?

      1. BigBillyBass
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 26 days ago

        I am definitely considering this

      2. BigBillyBass
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 26 days ago

        Which attacker would you drop of the 3?

        1. Bob Vrabkab
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 26 days ago

          Deulofeu

  21. Bob Vrabkab
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 26 days ago

    A) Siggy and Jota
    B) Moura and Giroud
    C) Zaha and Haller

    Which looks best? Thanks

    1. Sgt Frank Drebin
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      A for me

      1. Bob Vrabkab
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 26 days ago

        Cheers, currently favouring it

    2. The Overthinker - I blame R…
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      B

      1. Sgt Frank Drebin
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 26 days ago

        I doubt Giruod is nailed frankly speaking

        1. The Overthinker - I blame R…
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 26 days ago

          He'll probably be the first choice

          1. Sgt Frank Drebin
            • 3 Years
            1 year, 26 days ago

            I don't think he will suit Lampard's style with his pace or rather lack of it. I would rather say Batshuayi is higher in the pecking order. But here will be rotation at the start of the season surely

  22. Dannyb
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 26 days ago

    Rp.
    A - Ederson and Diop
    B - Leno and Zinc

    1. The Overthinker - I blame R…
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      B

    2. bluenose1878
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 26 days ago

      A. Arsenal always leak goals. Must be beter option for price? Zinchenko nailed?

  23. The Overthinker - I blame R…
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 26 days ago

    How much will you rate this team out of 10?

    Suggestions welcome.

    Lloris
    Cathcart* Kolasinac Coleman TAA Robertson
    Bilva Richarlison* salah
    King Kane

    Button yarmolenko dendoncker Greenwood

    * Might change the combo

    1. The 5% Team
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      decent

      Kolasinac is not nailed, but you have bench I see
      Yarmolenko is a wait and see for me, too punty maybe

      1. The Overthinker - I blame R…
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 26 days ago

        Who else to play at LB?

        Yarmolenko will be fine.

  24. bluenose1878
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 26 days ago

    A) Gunn (4.5) / Dunk (4.5) / Vardy (9.0)
    B) Pickford(5.5) / Walker (6.0) / Deulofeu (6.5)
    C) Ederson (6.0) / van Aanholt (5.5) / Deulofeu (6.5)

    Opinions please.

    1. Mitch3ltje
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      C in my opinion.

  25. haynes92
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 26 days ago

    Weak as a twiglet or powerful like a mountain lion? What are your thoughts?

    Ederson
    TAA - Pereira - Zinchenko - Robbo
    Fraser - Salah - Sterling - Perez
    Deulofeu - Jota

    Button - Dendo - Greenwood - Kelly

  26. Longiss
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 26 days ago

    Pope/Heaton (Button)
    TAA - VVD - Zinchenko - Digne
    Salah - KDB - Perez - Pereyra (Dendoncker)
    Kane - Wilson (Greenwood)

    Please, rate my team

  27. Kimmich
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 26 days ago

    Chelsea v Kawasaki Frontale

    Starting Xl: Caballero, Alonso, Luiz, Zouma, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kovacic, Mount, Kenedy, Pedro, Batshuyai

    HT 0-0.

    Second Half Xl: Caballero, Emerson, Luiz, Christensen, Zappacosta, Jorginho, Kovacic, Mount, Kenedy, Barkley, Giroud

    Batshuyai had a quiet first half, reports say Jorginho and Luiz were impressive in particular.

    1. Rotation's Alter Ego
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      I keep some notes for the Chelsea preseason games, jotted this down:

      Caballero quiet, couple needed saves but nothing strenuous. Defence not really facing a big task, but Azpi occasionally overloaded at RB – might cause problems down the line. Fullbacks not convincing me going forwards, Alonso quiet but a couple good crosses. Azpi not quite clicking down the right for me. Luiz and Zouma decent enough, Luiz fairly solid, some nice passes launched forwards. Jorginho excellent, some good passing and pressing. Kovacic good showing, Pedro decent too. Kenedy struggled, looked like he was struggling to get involved in play - probably better suited to other wing, repeatedly cutting in looking for the ball. Mount another good performance, working hard and looking dangerous and involved. Batshuayi a bit below average but working hard.

      1. Rotation's Alter Ego
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 26 days ago

        Also, Drinkwater on for Jorginho and Bakayoko for Kovacic at 56 mins

      2. The Overthinker - I blame R…
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 26 days ago

        Views about Pedro? Will he be a regular?

        If you had to choose between Luiz and azpi, who would you go for?

        1. Kimmich
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 26 days ago

          Luiz is looking good in preseason however Azpilicueta is always solid and reliable in FPL. Honestly I’d say either if you want a Chelsea defender.

          Pedro will start whilst CHO is Injured, all to play for then.

          1. The Overthinker - I blame R…
            • 3 Years
            1 year, 26 days ago

            Thanks .

            Chelsea attackers are to be considered and kept an eye on.

            Luiz has given me lot of points in past, so it'll probably be him .

            Thanks for updating about the match

        2. Rotation's Alter Ego
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 9 Years
          1 year, 26 days ago

          Pedro - Probably not, will be competing with Pulisic at RW in all likelihood, but have seen Pulisic training on the left, I guess in case Willian isn't ready.

          Luiz - had some great underlying stats last season, not convinced by Azpi going forwards (crossing was a bit off so far today).

          1. The Overthinker - I blame R…
            • 3 Years
            1 year, 26 days ago

            With cho, Willian, Pedro, pulisic - can we say it's roulette wheel kinda situation?

            Luiz it is then. With kante back to his preferred role , chelsea will be solid me thinks .

            Thanks for constant updates. Much appreciated

    2. Pep Pig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      Has to be said Mason Mount again has looked very impressive going forwards. I think he's going to start this season and could even be given a 6m tag?

      1. Rotation's Alter Ego
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 26 days ago

        The longer FPL take, the more he'll cost. Start of year I'd have said 5m, now edging towards that 6m price

        1. Pep Pig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 26 days ago

          Exactly my thoughts RAE. If he's in the starting lineup in the Super Cup then I'll definitely take the punt. Mount and Luiz both look like they're high up the pecking order for free-kicks

        2. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 26 days ago

          He'd have to be nailed to get him at 6m. I'd waver at 5.5 if he's rotated.
          Chelsea are a vastly unknown quantity in PL start of this season, which is why no one priced high. But I'll still only be looking at the bargain bucket for assets I can bench - maybe Zouma, Christensen, Zappa. Mount and Batty would need to be priced kindly but even then I don't think I'd get Batty in place of Jota right now.

  28. Roy Rovers
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 26 days ago

    Where would you spend the extra 0.5 mill??

    Ederson
    TAA. VVD. Laporte. Cathcart. Diop.
    Salah. KDB. Perez. Jorginho. Dendonker.
    Kane. King. Wickham.

    1. Bob Vrabkab
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      VVD to Robbo

      1. Roy Rovers
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 26 days ago

        My apologies....VVD is Robbo.....typo

        1. Roy Rovers
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 26 days ago

          Would you downgrade Laporte to upgrade Jorginho??

    2. Sgt Frank Drebin
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      Find some founds elsewhere and upgrade Jorginho

      1. Roy Rovers
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 26 days ago

        Would have to downgrade TAA.

  29. Zladan
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 26 days ago

    Can someone enlighten me on why every seems to have one or more Leicester asset in their team?

    Half of their opening 8 matches are against top 6 sides.

    It’s hard enough trying to fit in 3 LFC, 2+ City players as well as capitalising on Everton & Bournemouth’s great fixtures.

    Where do people find the money to prioritise Leicester players?

    And why are people prioritising Leicester players?

    1. LangerznMash
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      Perez - 12 goals last season and OOP.
      Maddison - most creative player (created more chances than Hazard) last season
      Tielemans - end of season form was superb.
      Vardy - need no explanation

      1. Zladan
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 26 days ago

        They’re all very good points to own those players at some point in the season. I just don’t understand how now is the right time. I will confidently say I will own 2 LCFC players at the same time at some point, likely GW9-17, but certainly not yet.

    2. Sgt Frank Drebin
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      Price? 6.5 for a player from a site competing for 7th place or even 6th is what makes people choose them I guess...

      1. Zladan
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 26 days ago

        But why now? Why in the opening 8 weeks?

        I get that at some point they will be good options, but how are they in people’s teams now? So many more attractive options. We don’t even know how they will line-up yet.

        1. The 5% Team
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 26 days ago

          with only one FT per week, you can't play the fixtures too much I guess

          And with prices of 6.5 - 7.0, if Leicester perform decent, you expect their prices to rise pretty quickly as well

          1. Zladan
            • 3 Years
            1 year, 26 days ago

            But that’s my point, you can’t just transfer them out every week, you need to look at fixtures in small phases and target players based on those.

            I see no appeal in LCFC assets until GW9-17. (Or maybe start bringing one in at GW7).

            I don’t imagine their prices rise given they shouldn’t perform too well at the start. Prices only rise when people transfer them in, and to transfer them in they need form or fixtures.

    3. Podge
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      Baffling me too

      1. Zladan
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 26 days ago

        I’m so confused. I’m glad I’m not the only one.

        Certainly not ruling them out as good options this season, but not yet for me.

    4. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      Those 'Top 6' are man U, Chelsea and Spurs. Foxes need not be scared of any f their defences. Brendan's got a strong attacking line up and FPL has priced them very nicely indeed.

    5. How I met your Mata
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      If you look at Vardy stats he tends to do well against big teams, personally hes enough coverage for me however can understand the love for perez

      1. Zladan
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 26 days ago

        I know he very often personally performs v big teams, but it’s always a risk to go for a player with bad fixtures over someone with much easier fixtures with potential for more points.

        1. How I met your Mata
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 26 days ago

          yeah understand why people wouldn't go for him although I think with VAR penalties will blow up and perez seems the sort of boy who could win some along with vardy

    6. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      They beat Wolves at home, Chelsea away and Bournemouth at home last season. They also play Sheffield United in GW3 so the opening four fixtures look okay to me, hence many are investing.

      1. LOL LINGARD SCORED
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 26 days ago

        Top half team, very capable to holding their own against top teams and love to attack but can also defend. Even with "bad" fixtures, they shouldn't be overlooked.

        1. LOL LINGARD SCORED
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 26 days ago

          meant to be a reply to main post 🙂

    7. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      Vardy is fixture proof. The others I personally am steering clear of for the time being.

    8. Cheshire Duck
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      Nobody expect leicester to win all these games. But whith players of that quality, they can score in every of those matches

    9. Brian Boitano
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      Who else are people going to get in their teams? Once you have 5 Liverpool/City players, you have to choose from 'big teams' who are either in complete flux (Chelsea, Arsenal, Man Utd) or for whom every single 'big hitter' has dropped in ff points for the last three seasons (Spurs - Kane, Eriksen and Aili). Then you are left with the best of the rest. I would put Leicester alongside Everton and Bournemouth at offering great value. Wolves just dont have any decent midfield options.

      So my question to you is, who else should you prioritise over Leicester players (presumably Maddison, Perez, Tielemans and Vardy)?

      1. Zladan
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 26 days ago

        It all depends on how you’ve gone about picking your LFC & City players as well as your fodders.

        I’m left with 25.5m to pick 4 starting outfielders. (After picking Salah Sterling KDB TAA VVD Zinchenko).

        Bournemouth & Everton are surely to be picked ahead of Leicester in the opening weeks.

        Once I’ve picked even the basic Digne and King who offer better value than any LCFC player, there’s not enough cash to bring in Leicester players unless you start fielding fodders in your XI.

        So do I really sacrifice Sterling or KDB to get a Leicester player? No chance.

    10. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      Fixtures not as bad as you think:

      LEI : WOL 54 che -367 shu 50 BOU 257 mun -134 TOT -138 NEW 135 liv -566 BUR 238

      1. Zladan
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 26 days ago

        Are these based on last season stats?

  30. How I met your Mata
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 26 days ago

    With all this love for greenwood is it just because he plays for man united? For I feel that at 4.5 Wickham has a far better chance of playing, fans love him, injuries have always ruined his seasons and with Zaha heading out I could see him featuring in a lot of games this season.

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      For me, Mason's an incomparably better player and Ole intends to give him game time. United are a side that do score goals; Palace, frankly, don't.

      1. Klein
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 26 days ago

        At 4.5 its more about starts though. I am looking more towards arsenal. Emery said he wants to develop youngsters.

    2. Kane Toads
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      I saw Greenwood play (at the ground) here in Perth, Australia twice in the last 5 days -impressive vs Glory and Leeds... 2 x 46 mins

      1. Kane Toads
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 26 days ago

        + 1 x Goal

      2. How I met your Mata
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 26 days ago

        aww don't get me wrong I think Greenwood is very good and will eventually be streets ahead of wickham I just think at 4.5 your looking more for playing points and I feel wickham should get more though jut my opinion

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 26 days ago

          Maybe if Zaha goes. Palace have got Benteke, i.e. no strikers at all. But I'd expect them to panic buy someone.

          Arsenal - I read they're thinking of loaning out Nketiah.

          1. Zladan
            • 3 Years
            1 year, 26 days ago

            Where’s Sørloth? Saw he started a pre season friendly,

    3. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 26 days ago

      My 4.5 forward is 3rd on my bench. I don't see myself transferring him out any time soon. This means I am less concerned with points straight away and more with potential points later on. IF Greenwood forces his way to the right wing starting position (realistic considering the lack of options Ole has for that position) then I'll be happier with him than Wickham, who will reinjure himself within a few weeks.

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 26 days ago

        If he does what you say, you and I will be spitting our teeth out with Mason bagging all those points on our bench. And when his price rises we'll not benefit as we won't be selling! I'm actually going to start him some weeks. If Ole does, of course!

        1. How I met your Mata
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 26 days ago

          yeah nothing worse than your third sub banging in goals, brings me back to the capoue days

        2. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 26 days ago

          I actually don't mind benched points that much unless it was a 50/50. I'll happily restructure my team to see him get a few starts if he nails a position.