Scout Notes

Salah and Firmino get first pre-season minutes as Chelsea assets impress

Mohamed Salah (£12.5m), Roberto Firmino (£9.5m) and Alisson (£6.0m) featured for the first time in pre-season as Liverpool beat Lyon 3-1. 

Three of the other ‘big six’ teams were in action on Wednesday evening, too, with Chelsea’s attacking assets particularly impressing in a 5-3 win over Red Bull Salzburg.

West Ham United beat Hertha Berlin by the same scoreline, with Sebastien Haller (£7.5m) and Pablo Fornals (£6.5m) scoring their first goals for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.

Our Scout Notes article below explores all five matches in detail.

Liverpool 3-1 Lyon

  • Goals: Roberto Firmino (£9.5m), own-goal, Harry Wilson
  • Assists: Ki-Jana Hoever, Bobby Duncan

Jurgen Klopp used 27 different players as Liverpool bounced back from a 3-0 hammering by Napoli with a fairly comfortable win over Lyon.

Sadio Mane (£11.5m), who returns to training next week, is the only member of the Liverpool squad yet to feature in pre-season.

As well as Salah, Firmino and Alisson getting their first minutes on the board, Xherdan Shaqiri (£6.5m) and Naby Keita (£6.0m) also returned from injury to feature.

The Reds had struggled to carve out too many opportunities in the defeat to Napoli but were understandably a lot sharper and more creative with some of their big-hitters up front back.

Speaking after the match, Klopp said:

I think Mo is naturally fit and he can sprint all day, which helps us of course. It opens up the pitch, you can play much more football – not always between the lines, if you from time to time chip the ball in behind the line then Mo makes these offers which is very important for us.

Bobby in between the lines and in the box, present, really important.

Shaq did well and Naby Keita enjoyed the game as well, so that was really cool. With Mo it helped us a lot and with Bobby. 

Asked if Salah, Firmino and Alisson would be ready to feature against Manchester City in Sunday’s Community Shield, Klopp added:

I don’t know yet in the moment, so that’s how it is. We have to see. I don’t say 100 per cent not, there’s a chance that they will play, yes. They will be involved whenever, from the start, maybe we cannot make these changes like today after half an hour or whatever, that’s maybe not possible in that game so we have to see.

We have to see how they react tomorrow, now training is not the highest intensity anymore, now training is about the detail [and] we really need to prepare the game.

Firmino soon got off the mark when pouncing on a deflected Shaqiri cross to fire low past the Lyon goalkeeper and, while Salah’s shooting boots were left back in the changing room, the Egyptian nevertheless looked lively down the right flank.

Salah was withdrawn at half-time, with Firmino – along with Shaqiri – having been substituted after just half an hour.

Lallana Deep

Not for the first time in pre-season, Adam Lallana (£6.0m) was used in a deeper role in central midfield.

The former Southampton midfielder impressed as a ‘number six’, with Klopp opting to go without a recognised anchor in the centre of the park.

The tactic may be one Klopp considers in ‘easier’ fixtures, as the German coach was quick to point out the defensive drawbacks of such a set-up:

It helped a lot how Adam Lallana played in that position; it is difficult to play in that central position when you have such a good footballer who wants each ball.

It’s not too cool when you lose a ball there, to be honest, but all the rest was brilliant.

Today he looked really fresh, so for him the pre-season was very successful. On the position, it depends to the opponent and to the alternative and what you have. In a friendly, you can accept you can lose a ball there, but in a proper match, I am not sure.

He is a very smart footballer – a very, very smart footballer. He likes it but it is not his only position now, we don’t say he is a number six or nothing. 

Alisson’s Aim Not True

Following the trouble of Liverpool’s first-choice back four – especially Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.0m) – in the defeat to Napoli, it was the turn of the normally dependable Alisson to drop a pre-season clanger.

The Brazil international fumbled an innocuous low cross from Liverpool’s right flank and then fouled Moussa Dembele when trying to retrieve the ball, with Memphis Depay converting the subsequent penalty.

Klopp wasn’t too concerned, saying:

We conceded an interesting goal with the penalty, that’s how it is [and] you can see in these situations that all the boys need to adapt to it again. It was only three weeks but now Ali is two days in training like Mo, like Bobby, like Naby and like Shaq, so that means they need just a bit of time but you see the natural quality of them as well and that helps us of course. All round it was a much better performance, but again, I said that will happen. 

Alexander-Arnold, along with Virgil van Dijk (£6.5m) and Andrew Robertson (£7.0m), emerged as a 62nd-minute substitute and underscored his attacking threat, teeing Jordan Henderson (£5.5m) up for a chance and then seeing a free-kick sail just wide.

Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Alisson (Mignolet 62′), Hoever (Van den Berg 46′, Alexander-Arnold 62′), Gomez (Matip 62′), Lovren (Van Dijk 62′), Larouci (Robertson 62′), Lallana (Henderson 62′), Keita (Lewis 46′, Wijnaldum 62′), Shaqiri (Milner 30′, Fabinho 62′), Salah (Duncan 46′, Elliott 62′), Wilson (Oxlade-Chamberlain 62′), Firmino (Brewster 30′, Origi 62′).

Red Bull Salzburg 3-5 Chelsea

  • Goals: Christian Pulisic (£7.5m) x2, Ross Barkley (£6.0m), Pedro (£7.5m), Michy Batshuayi (£7.0m)
  • Assists: Pedro, Pulisic, Barkley x2

With not one of their players costing more than £7.5m in Fantasy Premier League, Chelsea always looked as if they could potentially offer us up some bargain assets in 2019/20.

Wednesday’s eight-goal thriller in Salzburg would only have furthered the cause for optimism, with the Blues producing a slick attacking display at the home of the Austrian champions – although there are still question marks over the defence.

Mid-price Midfield Candidates

Saturday’s final pre-season friendly against Borussia Moenchengladbach may be the ultimate signpost to Frank Lampard’s Gameweek 1 line-up but the starting XI against Red Bull Salzburg may not be too far away from the one we see at Old Trafford.

With N’Golo Kante (£5.0m) still injured, Chelsea again lined up in a 4-2-3-1 with Jorginho (£5.0m) and Matteo Kovacic (£5.5m) as the deep-lying midfield pair.

The FPL midfielders we are most interested in are further forward, of course, and, in the absence of Willian (£7.0m), it was Pedro (£7.0m), Ross Barkley (£6.0m) and Christian Pulisic (£7.5m) who got the nod to line up behind lone striker Tammy Abraham (£7.0m) in Austria.

Pedro and especially Pulisic were excellent on the flanks but it was arguably Barkley who caught the eye most in ‘the hole’, producing two superb assists for his fellow attacking midfielders and scoring from the spot after Pulisic had been felled.

Pulisic said of Barkley’s raking pass for his second goal of the night:

I wasn’t even sure he was going to see me! That was the one I kind of received with my face, it was funny, but what an amazing pass and obviously I did the rest.

Our midfield has amazing quality, and the passes they can make and the movement in there is really good. It helps me so much with my game.

I’m really enjoying my football at the moment. Being at a new club is amazing, I’m really happy to be here, and the guys have been really welcoming. I have enjoyed every moment of it so far.

Barkley’s assist for Pedro’s goal was perhaps overshadowed by the Spaniard’s wonderful backheel lob but the winger paid tribute to Barkley after the game, saying:

Ross’s was a great ball to me and it was a special touch and a beautiful goal and I am very happy to do this.

Pulisic’s pace in behind the opposition backline caused plenty of problems, with a backpedalling Salzburg defence unable to do anything about the American’s two goals and then forced into bringing him down for the penalty award.

Lampard said of Pulisic’s display:

He showed his quality and I love the nature of his goals where he has an intention to run behind the line and not come short, and the finishing was good.

It is what he is going to have to do because he is going to play in the Premier League and the Champions League, this is the top end. A winger has to have the desire not just to be tidy but to be getting in behind people and then with his quality he can be a really big player for us.

He is a big signing for us with big potential but the big question is he has to adapt to a different league, but I have seen already a really good attitude and a willingness to listen to information. He is 20 years of age so we have to remember he is young. I am happy to work with him, I want him to improve him.

Don’t bank on Barkley for penalties

With Jorginho on the field, it was perhaps a surprise to see Barkley step up and take the spot-kick that Pulisic won in the first half.

It remains to be seen if the England midfielder is ahead of the absent Willian in the penalty-taking running order, however, with ‘in the know’ Twitter account CarefreeYouth suggesting that the Brazilian remains at the front of the queue.

William is not guaranteed to be a regular starter, of course, and as Salah proved last season, a deputy penalty-taker can still have plenty of joy from 12 yards.

Defensive Wobbles

While there was much to be positive about in attack, there were more problems at the back.

Kurt Zouma (£5.0m) and David Luiz (£6.0m) struggled at centre-half after the break, while Chelsea’s vulnerability at set plays was again apparent when they conceded from a corner early in the second half.

Salzburg’s second goal came from the penalty spot, while their third strike followed some hesitant defending in the Chelsea box.

Lampard said of the game:

Some really good play from us, some good goals, good combinations. Great attacking of the line from front men and wingers, which is a huge thing for me, and obviously conceding some goals with some sloppy moments from us.

They tested us on the ball, we succeeded at times and not at other times but I am pleased generally. Conceding in pre-season is something you don’t want to do but it is not the worst as it gives you things to address before the business starts.

Forward Thinking

Much uncertainty still surrounds the striker’s role at Chelsea.

Abraham got the nod to lead the line on Wednesday and has more pre-season minutes to his name than any other Chelsea striker but he was one of the Blues’ least-effective players and posed little goal threat.

Michy Batshuayi (£7.0m) came off the bench to grab Chelsea’s fifth goal so all eyes will be on Saturday’s starting XI to see which of Lampard’s three forwards he favours ahead of Gameweek 1.

Chelsea XI (4-2-3-1): Kepa, Azpilicueta (Zappacosta 82′), Zouma, David Luiz (Tomori 75′), Emerson (Alonso 75′), Jorginho (Kenedy 75′), Kovacic (Christensen 81′), Pedro, Barkley, Pulisic (Mount 75′), Abraham (Batshuayi 75′).

Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 Bayern Munich

  • Goals: Erik Lamela (£6.0m), Christian Eriksen (£9.0m)
  • Assists: Georges-Kevin Nkoudou, Harry Kane (£11.0m)

Spurs lifted the Audi Cup after defeating Bayern Munich in a penalty shootout after the two sides drew 2-2 in normal time.

This was Spurs’ second game in two days following their win over Real Madrid and Mauricio Pochettino again restricted most players’ game-time to 45 minutes or less, with the exception of Moussa Sissoko (£5.0m) and Lucas Moura (£7.5m).

Line-up Lessons

Pochettino again favoured a 4-2-3-1 for this match, with an ‘out-of-position’ Lucas leading the line in the first half.

Dele Alli (£8.5m), who has operated in increasingly deeper midfield positions in the last year or so, was back in the number ten role and was flanked by Erik Lamela (£6.0m) and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou in the midfield three behind Lucas.

It was the two Spurs wingers who combined for the opening goal, with Lamela – one of the Lilywhites’ stand-out performers in pre-season so far – getting on the end of an excellent low cross from N’Koudou in the 19th minute.

Nine changes followed at the interval as Harry Kane (£11.0m) was brought on to lead the line, with Lucas dropping back into a wide role.

Son Heung-min (£9.5m) was stationed on the opposite flank and had two presentable chances when running through on goal, while Christian Eriksen (£9.0m) looked brighter than he had been against Madrid in ‘the hole’ and scored his first goal of pre-season when Kane teed him up in the Bayern box.

Kane was predictably more involved than Lucas had been as the spearhead of the attack, seeing a fierce shot parried over by Sven Ulreich and setting up Son for his best chance of the game.

Right-back developments

Spurs conceded two second-half goals to force the match into a shootout but a bigger concern for Pochettino would have been the loss of Juan Foyth (£5.0m) to injury.

With Serge Aurier (£5.0m) sidelined and Kieran Trippier sold, Foyth – who is admittedly suspended for Gameweeks 1 and 2 anyway – was one of two remaining options for the problem right-back slot.

The Argentina international was again deployed in this position in the second half but had to be substituted in the final quarter of an hour with an ankle injury.

The severity of the issue is yet to be determined by Pochettino said after full-time:

I need to talk with the doctor now. He twisted his ankle but at the moment I cannot update. I saw when he was leaving the pitch and he said to me it was his ankle and it was very painful. I don’t know but for sure we will get an update in the next few hours or few days.

Kyle Walker-Peters (£5.0m) remains the front-runner to start in the opening two Gameweeks and a medium-to-long-term injury to Foyth would only strengthen his hold on the position, barring further recruitment.

Spurs first half XI (4-2-3-1): Lloris, Walker-Peters, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Rose, Winks, Sissoko, Dele, Lamela, Nkoudou, Lucas.

Spurs second-half XI (4-2-3-1): Gazzaniga, Foyth (Marsh 77′), Alderweireld, Tanganga, White, Sissoko (Georgiou 84′), Skipp, Lucas (Roles 70′), Eriksen, Son, Kane.

Hertha Berlin 3-5 West Ham United

  • Goals: Pablo Fornals (£6.5m), Manuel Lanzini (£6.5m), Sebastien Haller (£7.5m), Grady Diangana (£4.5m), Michael Antonio (£7.0m)
  • Assists: Haller, Fornals, Robert Snodgrass (£5.5m), Carlos Sanchez (£4.5m), Javier Hernandez (£6.0m)

West Ham United doubled their pre-season goal tally in one fell swoop in Germany on Wednesday.

Sebastien Haller (£7.5m) and Pablo Fornals (£6.5m) both emerged from the match with a goal and an assist to their names, with Manuel Lanzini (£6.5m) also on target.

Fornals opened the scoring after being teed up by Haller and then freed Lanzini on the edged of the box for the Hammers’ second goal.

Haller himself scored West Ham’s next strike – their third equaliser of the match – when his header from a Robert Snodgrass (£5.5m) free-kick crept across the line.

Grady Diangana (£4.5m) ran onto a Carlos Sanchez (£4.5m) pass to put West Ham ahead for the first time before Michael Antonio (£7.0m) finished the scoring when rifling in from inside the Hertha box.

Injury updates

Angelo Ogbonna (£4.5m) returned from injury as a substitute in this match but there was still no sign of Mark Noble (£5.0m) or Ryan Fredericks (£4.5m).

The pair, who have a dead leg and a groin injury respectively, are not expected to remain sidelined for long.

Lukasz Fabianski (£5.0m) was a late withdrawal from the starting XI against Hertha but initial reports suggest his groin strain isn’t serious.

Line-up lessons

West Ham are blessed with a multitude of attacking options in midfield but the fact that Lanzini, Fornals and Felipe Anderson (£7.0m) started behind Haller for the second game running might be significant come Gameweek 1.

Anderson was again stationed on the right with Lanzini on the opposite flank, meaning that Fornals was free to roam behind Haller in a central position.

There were certainly promising signs in the attacking positions, with some lovely interplay between the Hammers’ front four.

Jack Wilshere (£5.0m) and Ben Johnson (£4.0m) were arguably the placeholders for Noble and Fredericks in the 4-2-3-1, while Roberto (£4.5m) filled in for Fabianski between the sticks.

Defensive Struggles

As slick as West Ham were in possession, they were worryingly fragile at the back – good news, perhaps, for owners of Manchester City assets ahead of Gameweek 1.

Declan Rice (£5.0m) was often left exposed as the sole defensive midfielder in the side, although Wilshere dropped deeper to help him out as the game went on.

Fabian Balbuena (£4.5m), arguably West Ham’s best centre-back, had an unconvincing game while budget FPL defender Johnson also struggled at times.

Roberto, meanwhile, didn’t fill his backline with much confidence and has now conceded nine goals in pre-season to Fabianski’s one.

In essence, little has seemingly changed from last season: only relegated Fulham and Huddersfield kept fewer clean sheets than the Hammers and there is no real sign that the defensive frailties have been addressed by their attack-minded manager over the summer.

West Ham United XI (4-1-4-1/4-2-3-1): Roberto, Johnson (Zabaleta 71′), Balbuena (Ogbonna 60′), Diop, Cresswell, Rice (Sanchez 60′), Wilshere (Snodgrass 60′), Anderson (Yarmolenko 60′), Fornals (Antonio 60′), Lanzini (Diangana 71′), Haller (Chicharito 71).

Angers 1-1 Arsenal (3-4 pens)

  • Goals: Reiss Nelson
  • Assists: Eddie Nketiah (£4.5m)

Alexandre Lacazette (£9.5m) wasn’t involved as Arsenal defeated Angers on penalties in their penultimate pre-season friendly.

The French striker had injured his ankle in Saturday’s defeat to Lyon but the news sounds fairly positive despite his lack of involvement in France last night, with media reports suggesting he has already returned to full training.

Mesut Ozil (£7.5m) and Sead Kolasinac (£5.5m) were also not part of Arsenal’s latest matchday squad, a week after they were the victims of an apparent carjacking attempt.

Young Gunners

From a Fantasy perspective, Arsenal’s match was possibly the least useful of the five friendlies contested on Wednesday night.

Unai Emery’s starting XI was a mixture of academy prospects and second-string players, although Nacho Monreal (£5.5m) could feasibly be part of the Gameweek 1 line-up.

The young Arsenal side never really clicked into gear and registered just two shots on target all match – one of which was their 49th-minute equaliser.

Reiss Nelson was the scorer of Arsenal’s only goal of the game, firing in the rebound after Eddie Nketiah‘s (£4.5m) shot had been blocked.

The likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.0m), Ainsley Maitland-Niles (£5.5m), Sokratis (£5.0m) and Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£7.0m) made it onto the pitch in the second half as Emery chased the game.

Aubameyang – on as a striker after several run-outs on the right flank this summer – had a goal ruled out for offside and ballooned a shot over, with both chances being created by Mkhitaryan.

The Gabonese striker, along with Maitland-Niles, Granit Xhaka (£5.5m) and Joe Willock, all scored from the spot in the subsequent penalty shootout but Mkhitaryan missed.

Pepe latest

Emery was asked about new signing Nicolas Pepe after the game, saying:

He played here in Angers a few years ago, and then in Lille. He has progressed as a player. We are speaking about a lot of players, we want to select on players who can really help us, give us big performances and improve our squad. We have different options.

Yes [he can play with Aubameyang], first because he is left-footed. We have a left-footer in Bukayo, a young player who has a big future for us. For example on the winger one left-footed player can play on one side or the other. It can give us different options.

Arsenal XI (4-2-3-1): Martinez; Chambers (Maitland-Niles 46′), Mustafi, Medley (Sokratis 46′), Monreal (Thompson 46′); Guendouzi (Mkhitaryan 63′), Burton (Xhaka 46′), Martinelli; John-Jules (Willock 46′), Nelson (Olayinka 82′), Nketiah (Aubameyang 63′).

741 Comments Post a Comment
  1. LewanGOALski
    • 10 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    Pepe good for Auba pick?

    1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      could be

    2. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Means Laca gets subbed at 45 so Auba gets 45 mins at striker he wouldn’t otherwise have had

    3. pingissimus
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      The key probably lies in penalties. If Pepe gets them then he’s the one to be on I suspect. His open play returns very closely match Zaha and I’m assuming he won a decent number of the 9 he scored last season

      1. inactive
        • 11 Years
        2 years, 5 months ago

        Do you think you'll keep Zaha then? I saw an article suggesting Napoli were going to bid.

        1. pingissimus
          • 3 Years
          2 years, 5 months ago

          Parish will fight it to the end. 80 mill cash down or nothing. It’s the cash down that is the killer and presumably why Pepe is in red and white today.

    4. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Pepe Laca Auba will function in much the same way as Salah Bobby Mane I suspect

      Now all Arsenal need to do to replicate Liverpool is get a commanding CB, and fill the midfield with ball winners rather than flair players

    5. Rostah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      i think it's better for Laca personally. When all three play Laca should be leading the line.

    1. DA Minnion (Former great)
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      This is my year.

    2. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Made the final 22 last year

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 12 Years
        2 years, 5 months ago

        Tweaked the numbers out this season so GW36 (semi final) is a lot easier.

  2. chaser123
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    Any tips on where to save 0.5m?

    Pope Button
    TAA VVD Digne Zinchenko (Lundstram)
    Salah Sterling De Bruyne Anderson (Dendoncker)
    King Deulofeu (Greenwood)

    1. sirmorbach
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Digne to Coleman
      Or Anderson to Pérez/Tielemans

    2. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Digne > Coleman

    3. Rostah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Digne > Coleman or VvD > Matip/Gomez (whomever starts the community shield)

  3. adammono1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    Rate my team:

    Pope, Heaton
    Van Dijk,Gomez, Wan Bissaka, A.Smith
    Barkley, Perez, Salah, Sterling
    Wilson, Kane

    Subs: Hayden, Greenwood, Stearman

  4. Mauricios Cappuccino
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    Hello Everyone.

    First time on here since end of last season.

    Can anyone point me in the direction of leagues? Preferably money entry

    Cheers

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Hot topic.

  5. JJeyy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    A) KDB + Barkley

    B) Fraser + Moura

    Best option here u think?

    1. aapoman
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      A is more exciting imo

    2. Mauricios Cappuccino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      I like B

    3. BrazilianGooner
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      B for first weeks.

  6. essexboy93
    • 2 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    Hi all love the content on here I am running a Barclays FF league with mates and other football fans please join and invite your freinds League code: yzcu10

    1. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Premier league hasn't been sponsored by Barclays since 2016.

  7. Lav
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    A Salah-less team can be so so good.

    Can fit Robbo, TAA, Digne, Sterling, Fraser, Siggy, Kane, Vardy easily.

    1. aapoman
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Just do it

      1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 5 months ago

        Impossible is nothing

        1. Limbo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 years, 5 months ago

          Beanz meanz Heinz

    2. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      I can get 5 of those players + Salah in my team

    3. pingissimus
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Try this as an alternative to the KSS teams that have a 2.5 hole somewhere

      Heaton
      TAA Vvd Zinc Coleman
      Sterling Fraser Perez Barkley
      Kane Auba

      That’s obviously still not quite in balance but in week 3 it could be

      Heaton
      TAA vvd zinc coleman
      Sterling Fraser Perez Son/KdB
      Kane Haller

    4. Steve The Shrewdie
      • 11 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Pope
      Heaton
      Trent A A
      Van Dijk
      Laporte
      Zinchenko
      Lundstram
      KDB
      Perez
      Tielemans
      Dendoncker
      Hayden
      Aubameyang
      Firmino
      Vardy

      1. Steve The Shrewdie
        • 11 Years
        2 years, 5 months ago

        4-3-3

  8. aapoman
    • 8 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    TAA or VVD? TAA forces me to have double 4.0 defenders + Greenwood on the bench where as with VVD allows me to have one 4.5 def on the bench.

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      It doesn't force you - you've made some bad decisions. TAA is better but 2x4m players is disastrous.

      1. aapoman
        • 8 Years
        2 years, 5 months ago

        Nah it forces me. Unless I'm willing to get a 6m striker.

      2. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 5 months ago

        I would hardly call double 4m disastrous.

        Also, definitely TAA. He's the boss.

    2. Rostah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      The only thing 'forcing' you to have 2x 4m defenders is decisions elsewhere in your team. If you see downgrading TAA to VvD as where you can save money I think you're concentrating on finding budget in the wrong part of your team.

      1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 5 months ago

        I agree with this. Whilst I don't think 2*4 is a problem (unless you've chosen people who are big rotation risks), taa isn't where you should look to save. First name on my teamsheet

      2. aapoman
        • 8 Years
        2 years, 5 months ago

        Well I like this team the most so far... Only reasonable way I can see getting a slightly better bench is to downgrade TAA

        Pope (4.0)
        Robbo TAA Zinchenko (4.0 4.0)
        Salah Sterling KDB Perez Barkley
        King Jota (4.5)

        1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
          • 3 Years
          2 years, 5 months ago

          I really like this team. Just don't spend money on the bench. Taa outscores vvd by more than the sub will earn you if someone has a no show.

        2. Rostah
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 years, 5 months ago

          Barkley -> Dendonker + 4.0 -> Coleman gives you a starting midfielder for your bench + a defender with great opening fixtures/attacking threat. Or else Perez to Den opens up even more funds to spread around.

          TAA -> Matip/Gomez if you're set on downgrading a Liv defender opens up an extra 1m over getting VvD. Whichever one starts community shield should be nailed for the start of the season.

          If there are 2x4m starting defenders then that's certainly not a bad strategy, but it sounds like a big risk/transfers or WC waiting to happen to me personally.

        3. Dr. Rog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          2 years, 5 months ago

          very close to mine. i agree you need a bit better bench would want more than one 4 in defence

    3. I’ve Got a Cream for …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      TAA got absolutely torched by Insigne during the Napoli match. I’d go VVD.

      1. Yank Revolution
        • 10 Years
        2 years, 5 months ago

        TAA is not on the pitch for his defensive work

  9. Richarlidad
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    Would Martial be in your team if he was 100% nailed? It's the only thing stopping from putting him in my team. I know he looks in favour atm but still feels dodge.

    1. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      plenty of good options around 7-7.5 if it doesnt pan out

    2. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      I think 80% of the time he will start every time

      1. pingissimus
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 5 months ago

        How many of those 80%s would he remember to perform?

        1. Richarlidad
          • 4 Years
          2 years, 5 months ago

          His PPM in the last two seasons have been very solid.

          1. pingissimus
            • 3 Years
            2 years, 5 months ago

            Haven’t look at his stats. Are those consistent ppm figures or streaky ones as per Son and Pogba?

            I recall being warned off him heavily around second WC time

    3. inactive
      • 11 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      He would be in my thinking if he was nailed. I don't think he is though.

    4. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      For me, yeh.

    5. Rostah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      I think the only threat to his starting place is Sanchez finding his feet. Him being fantastic and keeping his spot feels way more likely than Sanchez finding form to me.

      1. Dr. Rog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        2 years, 5 months ago

        this, and he could also challenge Rashford for the #9 position

    6. Maddamotha
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      He’s nailed

    7. Zim0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      He is nailed.

  10. Drip Doctor
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    Announce Pepe.

    1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Pepe!

  11. Tsparkes10
    • 3 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    Salah, Sterl or Kane. Who to leave out... Hmmm

    1. Drip Doctor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Kane.

    2. DAZZ
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Im leaving out Kane, and going for KDB. Gives me the opportunity for KDB > Son in future.

    3. pingissimus
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      And to think none of your choices look like a particularly good captain in week 2!!!

    4. Pinturicchio10
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Kane

  12. DAZZ
    • 7 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    Digne vs Coleman is an interesting one. Is Digne really worth an extra 0.5M. Can come in handy elsewhere

    1. Al Moon Yeah
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      I'd say he is. 4 goals 5 assists. But his creativity was way higher than all the defenders so he really should have had more assists I think. Remains to be seen. Coleman hasn't really impressed the last 2 years.

      1. LarryDuff
        • 6 Years
        2 years, 5 months ago

        Having your leg broken will do that to you

        1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
          • 3 Years
          2 years, 5 months ago

          Excuses excuses

    2. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      yes he is worth 0.5m extra - they are identical from a value perspective (points per game / price).
      essentially you get what you pay for and one is not better than the other when price is taken into account

    3. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Isn't digne also on set pieces ?

  13. Al Moon Yeah
    • 7 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    Hello. I was curious if anyone has an answer to this. If say for some reason you don't register your team for a season of fpl and one year passed then you register your team for the following year, would you still be renewed for the old private leagues you were in provided the admin for each league renews them?

    1. fclackless [Brazil Nuts]
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Why wouldn't you just register to find out unless for some reason you don't want that to happen?

      1. Al Moon Yeah
        • 7 Years
        2 years, 5 months ago

        Well, just want a fresh start. New account new leagues just this season. Would revert to my old one the next.

    2. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Only takes a year to find out 😉

    3. Pinturicchio10
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      No you'll be tossed from all leagues.

  14. Richarlidad
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    Aubameyang looks like the best captaincy option in GW2 by a mile. Who you planning to captain?

    1. pingissimus
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Auba

    2. Andy'81
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Salah.

    3. Drip Doctor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Pepe.

    4. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Best player in the game. Trent.

      1. pingissimus
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 5 months ago

        How does he hold up in away fixtures?

    5. LewanGOALski
      • 10 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      him

    6. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Got Kane and Salah so looks like Salah at the moment

    7. Pinturicchio10
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Sterling

  15. Lovren an elevator
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    Best punt to keep all season?

    A. Trossard
    B. Mount
    C. Robinson
    D. McNeill
    E. JWP

    1. sirmorbach
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      I'm with C myself, but would sure go (B) if I knew he was playing or (A) if he was also 5.5 like Robinson

    2. BrazilianGooner
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      prob Mount.

    3. Hairy Potter
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Villa have extremely favorable fixtures until mid October, so one of them could be worth a punt until then and then jump to someone else.

      1. Lovren an elevator
        • 6 Years
        2 years, 5 months ago

        Who's 100% nailed on in villa midfield though?
        Or maybe just punt on wesley?

        1. Hairy Potter
          • 6 Years
          2 years, 5 months ago

          McGinn maybe. I don't know much about Wesley but his goal numbers don't look that impressive.

        2. pingissimus
          • 3 Years
          2 years, 5 months ago

          I suspect it’s now just Grealish who is 100%. If there’s a run of poor results there are a lot of names that could enter the frame.

          Supposition only. But poor results do tend to result in the lack being reshuffled and it’s a big pack.

    4. MyBall MyRules
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      None seem like season keepers. Mount could prove to be the best value though.

  16. sirmorbach
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    Adams, Wesley, or Ings?

    1. Barca_Rover
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      The 6.0 million dollar question lol

      Probably Adams !!

      1. sirmorbach
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 5 months ago

        You got that right!

    2. AuFeld
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      1. Wesley for fixtures.
      2. Ings for PK's

    3. Studini
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      I'm planning for Adams GW1 then maybe move to Wesley due to fixtures.

  17. LewanGOALski
    • 10 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    Which MID for up to 5.5?

    Currently on Robinson from Sheffield but not 100% convinced

    1. sirmorbach
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Currently on Robinson from Sheffield myself as well
      but not 100% convinced myself as well

    2. BrazilianGooner
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Moutinho or Dendoncker for me.

    3. sirmorbach
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      There are also McGinn and Ceballos, but I have my doubts on them too

      1. LewanGOALski
        • 10 Years
        2 years, 5 months ago

        Ceballos not a certain starter, wait and see, no go for now for sure IMO

        1. Studini
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 years, 5 months ago

          I have no idea where I read it, but I saw somewhere that part of his loan agreement was guaranteed playing time.

    4. Penguin
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      I wouldn’t touch shef Utd players, tinpot club with a tin pot manager, they won’t score many be straight back down.

    5. AuFeld
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Mountinho or Westwood.

      1. Corgzzzz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 years, 5 months ago

        The Blunts are a trap.....dont touch. Worse than Fulham by a country mile !!! .....

    6. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      I'd go mouthino

  18. Gabriel Agbonlahor
    • 10 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    Which one for the start of the season?

    A) Bilva & Barkley (No wolves player)
    B) KDB & Dendonker (No chelsea player)

    1. sirmorbach
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Dendoncker bench or starting in your team?

      1. Gabriel Agbonlahor
        • 10 Years
        2 years, 5 months ago

        All of them will be starting 11

        1. sirmorbach
          • 5 Years
          2 years, 5 months ago

          Do you have Sterling?

  19. DAZZ
    • 7 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    TAA captain for GW1 isn’t the worst idea. Tempting

    1. BrazilianGooner
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Sure.

    2. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      I'm never captaining a defender again after the Duffy (C) fiasco of last season

    3. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Salah.

  20. Budweiser
    • 7 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    Spurs in talks with Bruno Fernandes now..

    1. inactive
      • 11 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Reported from anyone in England? Portuguese journalists aren't worth listening to.

      1. Budweiser
        • 7 Years
        2 years, 5 months ago

        Sky sports

        1. Respect My Authoritah
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 years, 5 months ago

          Also not worth listening to

    2. AuFeld
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Probably shopping the Manchester United deal.

  21. BAGGIE BOY
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    What do you think? GTG?

    Ryan
    Coleman - VVD- Digne - zinchenko
    Salah - Sterling - perez
    King- kane - jota

    Nothing on the bench really.

    1. Chazz69
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Nice XI, unsure about Zinchenko....

  22. sirmorbach
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    If you had to put money on it, would you say it's Barkley or Mount?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Barkley

    2. Respect My Authoritah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Barkley

    3. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Mount

    4. Pinturicchio10
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      I'd say it's not worth gambling on.

    5. Lovren an elevator
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Barkley. Looks like Frank might try to squeeze mount in somewhere though, but the no.10 appears to be Barkley's

    6. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Barkley for the first few games at least.

  23. amit1964
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    pop or ryan?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      pop

    2. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Popovich

    3. Pinturicchio10
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Pope I think.

    4. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Pope not injured?

  24. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 7 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    Thoughts on this ?

    Ryan Elliot
    Vvd azpi targett/Taylor 4.0
    Salah kdb Perez doucoure dendon
    Kane firmino wood

    Thank you .

    Doucoure could become barkley or mount when we know more about the Chelsea line up

  25. Corgzzzz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    I think Frank has made it clear from pre season. Barkley starts and Mount on after 60 mins.......I will avoid both till picture clear.....

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Probably best to

    2. Richarlidad
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      I hope he's been on the phone to Mourinho. He was singing the praises of Abraham & Zouma.. two other potentially really good value options.

  26. Lovren an elevator
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    Luke Shaw nailed?

    1. Respect My Authoritah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Yeah

  27. Tom Heat-is-on
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    I am wondering between 433 and 442.

    433
    ryan (button)
    taa robertson digne LAPORTE (lundstram)
    salah sterling perez (dendoncker romeu)
    wilson jota DEULOFEU

    442
    ryan (button)
    taa robertson digne ZINCHENKO (lundstram)
    salah sterling perez FRASER (dendoncker)
    wilson jota (greenwood)

    So simply which of these combinations is better?
    A) laporte, deulofeu
    B) zinchenko, fraser

    1. Pinturicchio10
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      442 team is better

      1. Tom Heat-is-on
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 5 months ago

        I may agree with you.

    2. AuFeld
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      B. 442

    3. Treadstone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      B 442

  28. sirmorbach
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    Just saw Sheffield signd Oli McBurnie. Maybe our 5.5 punt Robinson is not a sure starter

    1. Tsparkes10
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Never was and we were always signing Mcburnie. Still most nailed for that position as on fire so be fine for now.

      1. sirmorbach
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 5 months ago

        Thanks for the insight!

        If I may.. as a fan, how confident are you on his PL success?

  29. Tsparkes10
    • 3 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    This mental?

    Hendo
    Laporte Robo TAA
    Sterl Robinson KDB Perez
    Deeney Jota Laca
    (Stek, Dendonk, Diop, Greenwood)

    2 mil itb for KDB to Mane?

    1. sirmorbach
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Laca to Wilson, Robbo to VVD, whatever you need to make KDB-Salah

      1. Tsparkes10
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 5 months ago

        Loving Laca tbh. Can do Laporte to 5.5, KDB to Salah but want Mane tbh.

    2. pingissimus
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      When do you want Mane? From KdB in week 2?

      1. Tsparkes10
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 5 months ago

        Potentially. But then will want KDB after he hauls grr