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. Babit1967
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    This is my time, might be a bit heavy in defence and light up top but I keep coming back to it, what yous think?

    De gea

    Laporte Trent VVD Digne

    Salah Sterling Martial Pérez

    Jota. King

    1. Scholes Out For Summer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Downgrade DDG to a 5.0M or 4.5M keeper? No need to invest that heavy in GK this early.

      Love the Martial pick - really looking to how I can get him in

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

      I'd swap Martial for Fraser and Jota for Wood. Rest is solid.

      1. Babit1967
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 5 months ago

        Cheers lads yeah martial I just feel could do it this year

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

          nah

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

      I think save 1.5 off one of your defenders and then get Wilson instead of king. I reckon that could make a difference.

      Looks good, though

    4. European Bob
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Very nice, almost good as mine. I've managed to squeeze Ederson and Barclay in though

  2. Scholes Out For Summer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    Any thoughts appreciated on the first draft. Main concern is bench is basically all fodder and no flexibility in the formation - stuck in 442

    Ryan - Button
    TAA - Robbo - Coleman - O'Connell - Kelly
    Sterling - Salah - Barkley - Tielemans - Hayden
    Kane - King - Greenwood

    Thanks!

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

      I think Salah+sterling+Kane just gives you one too many below average players.

      Reduce just one and you could probably get Digne instead of Coleman, Wilson or Barry instead of king, or maybe even a decent 5th mid/3rd striker

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

        If you go Kane Auba Sterling you don’t just get 1.5 for the missing player you get a Gw 2 captain

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

          example of a team with those 3 in it?

        2. Scholes Out For Summer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 years, 5 months ago

          Thing is that would mean no Salah for the sake of a GW2 captain. I'd be keen to captain Salah against southampton away in GW2

      2. Scholes Out For Summer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 years, 5 months ago

        That's what I'm thinking, however who though? It's looking like Sterling --> KDB (but Sterling as a striker is delicious)

        Kane as a 11M in hot form is too good t opass up. Salah is a lock.

        Decent enough thought process here?

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

    Man City reported that Laporte is a doubt for sunday's game.

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

      Ancient news

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

        nice

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

    Liking this draft. 3-5-2

    Ryan
    Dign - TAA - VVD
    Salah - Sterling - Barkley - Tielemans - Siggy
    Wilson - Jota

    Button - Wickham - Kelly - Lundstram

    Obv fault is the bench, but what you think?

    1. Typo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      No love?

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

      Love

      1. Typo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 years, 5 months ago

        Sweet

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

      Only thing i don't like about 352 is that none of 4.5m strikers play.
      I'd swap one of the Midfielders to a 6.5 m striker (wood/Deulofeu) & get Donkey/any other 4.5m Midfielder

      1. Typo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 years, 5 months ago

        Thanks

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

    Villa fans, will Heaton start from the get go?

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

    Now Sane looks to be going, does this make Bernardo a better pick?

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

      Yes.

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

        Also have not seen if KDB will help bernardo get forward more, as Sane been playing in the friendlies

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

      Mahrez' time to shine at 8.5

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

      I think it's good news for Zinko too.....

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

      Intriguingly it may mean Sterling is a worse pick if he gets shunted out to the left if I understood the community article correctly.

      It’s a fascinating read - I just skimmed so far so might be out.

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

    Anyone else getting a rubbish RMT score for GW2?

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

      54 for me GW1 62

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

        What’s your team?

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

      Same, all the players I want got great fixtures in GW1 but some dodgy fixtures in GW2. Not too bothered about the fixtures if the team scores well in gameweek 1.

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

        Hmm yeh I guess but maybe we need to be less focussed on GW1!?

  8. owen1251
    • 2 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    I've got three team choices

    A) ALL OUT ATTACK
    Ryan
    Ake, Holebas, KWP, AMN, Boly
    Salah, Sterling
    King Auba Kane

    B) PARK THE BUS
    Ryan
    Roberston TAA Digne Laporte Walker
    Salah Sterling Fraser
    Deulofeu King

    C) BENCH BOOST
    Alisson/Lloris
    Ake Zinchenko KWP AMN Holebas
    Siggurdson Moura Zaha B.Silva Fraser
    Firmino Vardy King

    Opinions?

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

      None tbh. B if any

      1. owen1251
        • 2 Years
        2 years, 5 months ago

        Elaborate!

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

      Definitely not A.
      C looks the best balanced but I would prefer B. Premium defenders can easily be downgraded to jump on a inform cheap midfielder or Forward around GW2 or GW3.

  9. abcdef3
    • 3 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    Stuck between these two.

    A) Sterling + Barkley
    B) Bernardo Silva + De Bruyne + 0.5m

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

      B for me.

  10. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    De Bruyne and B.Silva both nailed?

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

      Obvi

  11. Purse83
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    Who would you go with guys?

    A) De Bruyne, Wilson, Wesley

    B) Barkley, King, Kane

    Cheers

    1. abcdef3
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      B

  12. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    RMT tool not giving this team an amazing score, what do you guys think of it?
    Ryan
    TAA,VVD,Coleman,Zinchenko
    Salah,Sterling,Perez,Robinson
    Kane,King

    Button,Dendoncker,Greenwood,Lundstram

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

      Wouldn't worry about it. It predicts it doesn't guarantee. No form for it to go off anyway. If you're happy that's good enough.

  13. Arsenal97
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    RMT :
    Ryan
    TAA Robertson Digne zinchy
    Salah Sterling Fraser Robinson Vardy King
    Subs: Button Dendo Rico Greenwood

    Sterling Robinson Ryan
    Or
    KDB Zaha Pickford
    Or
    Bilva Zaha (2.5m itb)
    Or
    Bilva Barkley Aguero (for Vardy)

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

    Didn't realise Kun was back in training already. Sterling on left looking likely, cut in and curl top bins time

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

      Scruffy toe poke from a yard out more like. They all count though.

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

      Have you read the community article on how Sterling on the left with Bilva on the right might be problematic?

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

        Nope

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

        I read it, it backs up what I saw last season. People should take note

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

      No problem Sterling playing on the left ....pretty sure he got his hatty last season from that position.

  15. balint84
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    which pair sounds better?

    A) DeBruyne+Wilson (+nice fixtures)
    B) Zaha+Kane

    (have also Aguero)

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

      A

  16. Azzastaan
    • 3 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    Ederson
    Vvd Coleman Robertston Dunk
    Salah sterling fraser barkley
    Kane Greenwood

    Rmt

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    • 2 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

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

      Just like the FFS Members area.

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

    Ahhh I was set. Now Ive told myself I need Lacazette.

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

      Same. I feel pepe enhances him more than aubameyang

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

        Yup. Difficult one

      2. Jay Jay Okocha
        • 8 Years
        2 years, 5 months ago

        Why? Pepe draws PKs the same way Zaha does

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

      Not wanting to dampen any enthusiasm - I've got Laca in my team too - but we don't know what state of fitness Pepe is in yet and whether he'll even be ready for GW1...

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

        True. I like Laca for 1 and 2 but not great for 3 and 4. Difficult one, does like a goal in big games tbf

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

          I wanted him for the first couple too, but I reckon the real gold is from GW5 onwards - they've got a decent run then right up to GW16.

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

            Truee. Maybe go without for the start

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

    Top 5 clean sheet teams this season?

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

      Pool, City, Chelsea, Spurs and Burnley.

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

        Nice answer. Why are you confident in burnley?
        And how safe would this be....
        TAA, Laporte, Emerson, Walker-Peters, C. Taylor

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

          Not confidence, Utd would have been my fifth and probably will be in the end. Just fancy Burnley to tighten up again. You going 4 at the back?

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

            4 or 5 depending on fixtures. Mainly want to punt on emerson but concerned about his nailed-ness?

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

              Keep an eye on Chelsea's last friendly. Walker-Peters could be gold, but could equally go pear shaped. Poch and his full backs can be a nightmare.

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

                KWP for 2-3 GW should be good. Trippier gone, Aurier injured, Foyth suspended.

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

          Burnley minus Europe could return to the defensive form they showed two years ago. It's a good shout.

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

      Liverpool, City, Spurs, Burnley and Leicester

      1. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 years, 5 months ago

        Not confident about us keeping too many clean sheets - Rodgers likes to attack.

  20. KUN_DE_BRU_YNE
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    A) start with Barkley(mun) + KWP & transfer
    KWP > Chelsea 5.0£def next week

    Or,

    B) start with Robinson (bou) + Holebas
    & Transfer
    Robinson > Barkley next week

    1. abcdef3
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      A

  21. Arsenal97
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    RMT :
    Ryan
    TAA Robertson Digne zinchy
    Salah Sterling Fraser Robinson Vardy King
    Subs: Button Dendo Rico Greenwood

    1. Grand Thibauto
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Template, shouldn't expect any different response. Would probably try for a better 5th mid

  22. balint84
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    are there any who plays with Kun&Kane?

    Kane doesn't like to score in August does he?

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

      Kun seems unlikely to be ready for GW1 if that makes any difference to you

      1. Wild Rover
        • 11 Years
        2 years, 5 months ago

        Why? He’s back in training already

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

          I stand corrected. Haven't there even been articles talking up Sterling at CF tho?

          1. Wild Rover
            • 11 Years
            2 years, 5 months ago

            There was talk on here last week, no idea where it came from

    2. Wild Rover
      • 11 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Both is too much. Kane scored twice and assisted last August.

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

      Kun's minutes would be a worry for me. He got subbed off in 23 of his 31 starts last season. Basically if he hasn't done anything by the 60th minute he is in danger of being taken off for sure.

    4. Irish Madridista ⭐
      • 11 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Love it

  23. WHY ALWAYS MESUT?
    • 8 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    Toying with 5 at the back to start the season.

    Lloris / 4m
    Robertson / TAA / Coleman / Zinchenko / KWP
    Salah / Sterling / KDB / Barkley / 4.5m
    King / 4.5m / 4.5m

    I still have 0.5m in the bank which I would like to use to upgrade someone.

    What do you think? Any suggestions?

    1. Grand Thibauto
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      KWP Zinchenko (rotation risks) and 2x4.5 strikers who will never get a start. Downgrading just one of the three midfielders to someone like Perez makes the squad so much better

    2. Irish Madridista ⭐
      • 11 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      the only 4.0m 3rd bench fodder you can get is a defender, so would go 4 at the back, downgrade the rotation risk KWP and upgrade your frontline with the extra mill.

      I'd try stretch a 4.5 to Wesley

  24. The 12th Man
    • 8 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    4-4-2 Salahless!?!?

    Pope
    Digne,TAA,VVD,Zouma
    Sterling,Fraser,Perez,Barkley
    Kane,Aubamayang

    4.0,Dendonker,Greenwood,Lundsdrum

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

      Veeerry similar to my latest draft. I essentially have

      Martial - Fraser
      Pulisic - Barkley
      Guilbert - VvD
      Coleman - Digne

      1. The 12th Man
        • 8 Years
        2 years, 5 months ago

        Martial is an interesting pick. Just hope he’s motivated this year.
        I can’t get away from Digne.
        Pulisic is probably more nailed than Barkley but 1.5m more.

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

          Yep he's a complete punt to be honest. Considering Pogba / Rashford too.

          Fair, he's a great option, I'm biased as I love Seamus.

          Absolutely. Barkley is a great enabler if he plays, maybe on pens too.

    2. Grand Thibauto
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      Don't see any reason to go for Zouma even if he is nailed. Chelsea defense is a shamble right now, and our first match is Man Utd away. Go for 4.5x2 defensive rotation instead (Kiko/Dunk/Diop)

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

        Chelsea's defence is a shambles, but so are the three teams you mentioned 😉

        1. Grand Thibauto
          • 7 Years
          2 years, 5 months ago

          Yes, but you can at least rotate for best fixtures and choose fullbacks like Kiko Guilbert. Zouma will have to face off competition from Luiz, Christensen and possibly Rudiger, and we are conceding 2 goals every match on pre season it seems. If alonso was nailed, that could have been a good pick, but Zouma is a no-nonsense center back.

          1. The 12th Man
            • 8 Years
            2 years, 5 months ago

            Zouma > Guilbert seems reasonable. Then upgrade Lunds

          2. Irish Madridista ⭐
            • 11 Years
            2 years, 5 months ago

            Yep agreed.

            For the record, I'm not going for Zouma either, but do think he's decent value if nailed.

            I'm starting with Guilbert and 2 or 3 premiums at the back. Can't be bothered with Brighton / West Ham even for good fixtures.

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

      Nah fam. Gonna be gutted when he smashes Norwich.

      1. The 12th Man
        • 8 Years
        2 years, 5 months ago

        and Kane and Auba could smash it too.

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

          k but I have Salah and Kane. Not worried about Auba atm. Good Fixture but don't trust Arsenal

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

      Ha

      Posted the almost identical side earlier. 5.5 5.5 in defence over Digne Zouma. Can we start a new template?

      I’ll be going for it if I can convince myself of Barkley. It trumps the KSS sides imo when you factor in week 2 and overall strength.

      Auba Barkley becomes KdB Son plus Haller or Chelsea forward in 3 perhaps.

      1. The 12th Man
        • 8 Years
        2 years, 5 months ago

        I’m liking the idea of Son in gw3 but don’t know about a Kane,Son double up.
        Yeh Barkley is the key. Dare we?

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

          My previous variation might tickle you. It’s now plan B

          Henderson
          TAA VVD Shaw Zinch
          Fraser KdB Perez
          Wilson Kane Auba

          1. The 12th Man
            • 8 Years
            2 years, 5 months ago

            No Everton though?
            I like KDB but if I have no Salah then think Sterling is needed, and vice versa.
            I get the Kane/Auba captain rotation and the argument of not needing another premium because wouldn’t captain but Sterling/Salah still good cash banks and good for points.

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

      Boom or blast
      GL

      1. The 12th Man
        • 8 Years
        2 years, 5 months ago

        True

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

      I like it

      Just have a nagging feeling the strikers will make a strong comeback to the shock of many here

      1. The 12th Man
        • 8 Years
        2 years, 5 months ago

        Yeh think the strikers will be better this season as well but Salah/Sterling still top picks.

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

        Premium strikers never went away.

        One transfer from Kane to Kun last season when Kane got injured in 22 resulted in the exact same points haul as Sterling!

        1. The 12th Man
          • 8 Years
          2 years, 5 months ago

          Yeh hitting them at the right time could be key. Think it could be a mistake not to have at least one of Aguero/Kane/Auba from the start just for structure purposes.

  25. mackan
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    What do u guys think about this?
    Ederson
    Taa robbo Digne 4,5
    Sterling Salah Barkley Perez
    King Vardy

    Think Barkley has been looking great and should definitely be nailed?

  26. The Royal Robin
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    A) Robbo & Wood
    B) VVD & Tammy

    1. korbendallas82
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      A.

    2. Irish Madridista ⭐
      • 11 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      A by a mile and a half.

    3. J ⚒ Gimme ur Mané
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      A.

      Can switch to Tammy once you know more.

      1. The Royal Robin
        • 6 Years
        2 years, 5 months ago

        Fair enough.

  27. Jay Jay Okocha
    • 8 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    A) KDB, Wilson
    B) Perez, Kane/Auba
    C) Bernardo, Lacazette

    1. korbendallas82
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      A.

    2. Irish Madridista ⭐
      • 11 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      B for me

      1. Jay Jay Okocha
        • 8 Years
        2 years, 5 months ago

        That's the way I'm leaning too

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

    A) Ederson, Rico (and Lundstram)
    B) Pope, Zinchenko (and Lundstram)

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

      B

  29. adstomko
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    Thoughts on this squad guys?

    Pope / (Button)
    Alexander-Arnold / Van Dijk / Coleman / Walter-Peters / (Lundstram)
    Salah / Sterling / Tielemans / Barkley / (Dendoncker)
    Kane / King / (Greenwood)

    1. Scholes Out For Summer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 5 months ago

      This is legit my team right now. Do you think Salah Sterling Kane is too much and affects your team balance, mainly your bench?

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

        That's my issue. I have another draft where Sterling is replayed by KDB for extra funds. It's a very tough call. If Sterling plays upfront this weekend, I'm probably choosing the above draft

  30. JJO
    • 9 Years
    2 years, 5 months ago

    A) Ederson + Dunk
    B) Ryan + Walker