Team News

The headline FPL team news from Thursday’s press conferences

There were nine Premier League manager press conferences held on Thursday ahead of the start of the 2019/20 campaign.

The headline team news came from Liverpool, where Jurgen Klopp provided fairly positive news on Sadio Mane (£11.5m) ahead of Friday’s encounter with Norwich City.

Klopp said:

Looks fit. Yesterday was his first session with the team. Yesterday now with the team first time, looks absolutely OK, in good spirits. Yes he’s an option, but we will see.

The Reds’ boss said of James Milner (£5.5m):

Millie trained yesterday with the team, 100%. He will be fine.

The Reds opponents have problems at centre-half, with stoppers Christoph Zimmermann and Timm Klose (£4.5m) sidelined for Gameweek 1.

Defensive midfielders Alex Tettey and Ibrahim Amadou (both £4.5m) are also unavailable for tomorrow’s encounter.

On the subject of newly promoted clubs, Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder revealed a clean bill of health at today’s presser.

Dean Smith only ruled out James Chester (£4.5m), meanwhile, as Villa prepare to take on Spurs.

Robbie Brady (£5.5m) looks set to miss out for Burnley against Southampton, whose manager Ralph Hasenhuttl didn’t disclose any injury concerns.

Gerard Deulofeu (£6.5m) was passed fit by Javi Gracia but Danny Welbeck (£6.0m) won’t be ready to feature against Brighton.

The Seagulls will be without Jose Izquierdo (£5.5m) and Yves Bissouma (£5.0m).

Mark Noble (£5.0m) hasn’t recovered from a dead leg in time to face Manchester City but Lukasz Fabianski (£5.0m) is fit to face the reigning champions.

We’ll have updates on Friday’s 11 press conferences in advance of the 19:00 BST deadline.

 


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7,365 Comments Post a Comment
  1. diesel001
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Wonder how Zaha is going to react to not getting his move.

    1. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Probably sulk for a few days then post something on social media saying how he will give 100% this season for the club etc

      1. badgerboy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        And then put another one in in January.

        1. THFC4LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          No doubt, tbh can’t blame him for wanting to further his career but he only signed a long term last season

    2. The Rock
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Disappointed I'm sure!

      He will miss this weekend but then come back into the team and eventually get his move in January I'd guess. Palace will promise to let him go.

    3. BarrowAFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      A chance he could move abroad still?? Although Palace wouldn't be able to replace him.

  2. Yank Revolution
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    First! 😉

    1. Punter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      so close

      1. Yank Revolution
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        DAMMIT!!

    2. fantasyfog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      loser

      1. Yank Revolution
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        No, I win, consistently - unlike your grav...puke.

        1. fantasyfog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          who is my grav....winner???

          1. fantasyfog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            yep loser it is ; )

  3. L S P
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Third time's a charm?

    A) Zinc + Deeney (or any 6.5) + .5
    B) Laporte + Ings (or any 6.0)

    Feel like either way there's risk: Zinc, rotation and Ings, injury

    Cheers

    1. Punter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Zinch & Wood or King. I don't link Ings anyway

    2. Croaker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      I like B. When Ings inevitably gets injured hopefully we’ll have a better idea of alternative £6m value. Alternatively just go for Adams

  4. Neo-Viper
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Wilson Haller Greenwood

    Yaa that's my front three

    1. fantasyfog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      jimenez for haller see howc haller goes first

      1. Neo-Viper
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Jota instead?

        1. fantasyfog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          yeah either

  5. Manani
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Stones or Zouma?

    1. Beatle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Stones

    2. TMERC187
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Stones

  6. alexh87
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Thoughts on this first draft?

    Pope
    Zouma VVD Digne
    Sterling Salah Bilva Perez
    Jota King Deulofeu

    Subs: Button HWilson Montoya Lund

    Leaves 1m in bank to change striker to kean/haller after wk1.

    1. Punter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Not crazy about Bilva myself but I do like the squad and you have options to move around. Good stuff!

  7. Punter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    A) Vardy + King
    B) Wilson + Wood
    C) Wilson + Jota

    1. Punter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Woops B) and C) give me +1.0 ITB

    2. The Rock
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      C

    3. danlynch13
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      C

    4. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      C

    5. STEP ROVERS - BLAME IT ON R…
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      C

  8. nelluckram
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Help FFS community!

    A) KWP + Vardy 523
    B) Richarlison + Perez 442

    1. danlynch13
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      B

      1. nelluckram
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Was hoping you'd say A...

    2. Dybala10
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      B

  9. Angelic upstart
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Which is better in your humble opinion?
    A) Robertson, Lucas moura, pulisic, Haller & Ayew

    B) VVD, camarasa, ceballos, auba Jota

    1. Punter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Phwoar almost snuck Auba past us there. I'm gonna have to go with B my man

  10. Sting
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    thoughts on this team:

    pope (button)
    taa robbo digne kwp (kelly)
    salah sterling barkley perez (dendonck)
    rashford wilson (wickham)

    1. Punter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Good balance, I'm waiting to see on Barkley

  11. Clueless_91
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Thoughts?

      Ederson Button
      Robertson KWP Gomez Montoya Rico
      KDB Salah Sterling Martial Moura
      Murray Greenwood Wickham

      1. 1zverGGadeM
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Why so much love for Greenwood?

        1. Punter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          He's on the bench out of this squad surely, why not?

        2. The Rock
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Benchfodder. Should get some minutes from the bench.

          I don't like Murray and Wickham! Martial, Moura and KWP are all punty and possibly short term options. Gomez isn't likely to be a starter (rotation risk at best) Rico plays for a horrible defense.

    • danlynch13
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      A) Zinchenko
      B) 9.5 split between two and if so who

      Only need to play one.. any suggestions greatly appreciated

      1. Stokelona
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Zinchenko IMO, city will get double the clean sheets of the likes of villa and Burnley. Rotating on fixtures won’t make up the deficit and you can get it wrong leaving points on the bench.

        1. danlynch13
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Ya cheers will stick with him

    • Visionaries
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Final one, then I'm done..

      A Zouma, Ederson/Allison & 4.0 GK
      B Digne, Pope & Heaton

      1. All de Gea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        B - more exciting with Digne and a GK rotation

      2. theswallow1965
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        I’m on A, just waiting on news of Whether Ederson starts (but I have Digne too ☺️)

      3. ChelseaGuy
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        B with a 4.0gk

    • QSG
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Huge dilemma

      A) Perez / Aubameyang
      B) Vardy / Fraser

      1. danlynch13
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        V tough... do you have Wilson/king? If so prob a

        1. QSG
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Yes Wilson...

      2. Rocky.007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Theres a 1m difference between the two, where does that go

        1. QSG
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 13 days ago

          In midfield

          Ceballos -> Dendoncker

          1. Rocky.007
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 13 days ago

            A then, provided you don't play Dendoncker every week

      3. Greenbackbøøg…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        A

      4. QSG
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Thanks all!

      5. The Pesci challenge
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        A

    • Greenbackbøøg…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Would you rather

      A: Zouma + Ederson or
      B: Henderson + Laporte

      1. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        A

      2. Fring
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        B imo

      3. Aztec Kamara
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 13 days ago

        A

      4. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        B

      5. Rocky.007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 13 days ago

        B by a miles, Henderson being any other 4.5

      6. Greenbackbøøg…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        cheers guys

    • KAPTAIN KANE
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      RMT please:

      Pope
      VVD | Zinchenko | Coleman | Guilbert
      Salah | Sterling | KdB | Norwood
      Kane | King

      Button | Dendoncker | Lundstram | Greenwood

      Thanks!

      1. HIT ME!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Too many big hitters

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Really? I was thinking not enough 😉

    • NED KELLY
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Mo triple cap.. he's going to bag a hat trick.. you'll be off to a flyer.. an you won't have to worry about tha chip all season

    • RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Can Praet signing influence Perez’s point chances?

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Probably helps it tbh, if Perez remains up top in a front two.

    • GloryManUnited
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Is putting a team together with Sterling/Salah/Kane/Auba madness?

      1. Houldsworth Hatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Probably!

    • Galza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Going to squeeze one more RMT in there..

      Pope
      Coleman / VVD / Montoya
      Salah / Sterling / Martial / Perez
      King / Kane / Wood

      4.0 Dendonk / Lundstram / Rico

      Keep it nice and simple with a rating /10 as the pages have got a wind behind them... 🙂

      1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Not my cup of tea. Sorry. 6.

        1. Galza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Completely understand. It’s a bit marmite...

      2. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Nearly identical apart from 3 players. So 7/10 😉

        1. Galza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Cheers. I’m happy with it.

      3. BobbyDoesNotLook
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        8

        1. Galza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Wow. Ty

    • THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Need a 6m defender or midfielder, already have Digne,

      Azpi, Barkley, Trossard are what I’m thinking any good options I’m missing?

      1. dbeck
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Trossard I think is a great punt

      2. Veggente85
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        If you have to take a 6m player, any 6m defender is better of any 6m midfielder.

    • dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Ready to go, good luck all

      Pope
      VVD Robbo Zinch Coleman
      Moura Perez sterling Salah
      Wilson Haller

    • Prisoner B5160-8
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Anyone going to take a stab at predicting City's back line (long term)?

      1. Critical Observer
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Walker-Stones-Laporte-Cancelo/Mendy

    • Flynny
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      What is the nest option out of....

      A.....trossard in a 352

      ...AWB in a 442 with 4 expensive defenders. Additional 0.5m spent on 2nd cheap keeper

      Thanks

      1. dbeck
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        A just feels more fun

    • werthers11
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Auba & Adams

      Or Wilson, Adams & Jimemez

      ???

    • KGFC
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Is King worth the 1.5mn saving over Wilson?

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Value-wise, maybe. Wilson is still going to be the main man, I feel.

      2. dbeck
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        No imo, I don’t like owning a player who relies on pens

      3. Teomi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 13 days ago

        might be, he is on pens and now with VAR, there is a possibility of more penaltys

        1. dbeck
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          There’s also the possibility of less

      4. Dybala10
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        I had King in my draft for a number of weeks but I was only kidding myself.

      5. Prisoner B5160-8
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 13 days ago

        I think so.

    • Teomi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Will this weak bench bite me?

      Pope
      Robbo VVD Digne
      Salah Sterling KDB Perez Barkley
      Jota King

      Button rico kelly Greenwood

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Would have gone with this team if Wilson was there instead of King.

      2. L S P
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        yes because we don't know if barkley is nailed.

      3. DivocksHighSocks
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        we've got nearly identical teams. Digne and Kelly to say Zouma/Aké/Soyuncu would give you that little bit more leeway

    • Gudjohnsen
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Best 7,5 attacking player:

      A. Martial
      B. Haller
      C. Fraser
      D. Moura

      1. theswallow1965
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Fraser long term I think.

    • Wakanda
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      RMT

      Pope
      Arnold/Walker Peters/Zinchenko/VanDijk
      Sterling/Salah/Fraser/Perez
      Jota/Vardy

      Heaton/Greenwood/Dendoncker/Simpson

    • hnmfm
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Defender cum winger