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. Hobolicious
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 20 days ago

    Probably the most dull questions in here, but I feel quite settled elsewhere:
    A) Rico
    B) Lundstram

    1) Greenwood
    2) Wickham

    1. LosBlancos
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      A1

    2. The Danger Zone!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      Wickham for less ownership and as long as not expecting either to play every week.

    3. blivy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      Today’s dealings (or lack of) have pushed me to A1. Sheffield United brining in a new DM and the lack of a replacement for Lukaku.

    4. Hobolicious
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      Thanks for the answers. On A1 at the moment.

    5. theswallow1965
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      I’m on A1 but could really be any of those combos if you’ve no intention of playing them. I’m wary of Greenwood’s ownership though as mentioned before so may change to Wickham.

  2. NED KELLY
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 20 days ago

    Busy on here tonight

    1. Big Troy Deeney
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 20 days ago

      natural

      like cows eating grass

      it's gonna happen

  3. LosBlancos
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 20 days ago

    KDB and Lamela (to become Barkley/Mount later) in a 4 5 1
    Vs
    Wilson and Moura (to become Martial or Barkley/Mount) in a 4 4 2

    Help.

    The 4 4 2 seems more balanced (Dendonker vs Wickham on bench), but thats the only way Ill get KDB, and really want KDB even though I think Wilson Moura could expload gw1.
    Also, if I get Wilson Im switching Henderson to Pope 😆

    1. SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      442 I think, move Moura on for Martial or whoever in GW2/3/4

      1. SADIO SANÉ
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 20 days ago

        tbh either one could work, some viable 6m mids too

        1. LosBlancos
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 20 days ago

          5.5m McGinn and Ceballos too
          6.5m Lanzini and Fornals
          6m Yarmolenko
          Etc..
          I like that slot

      2. LosBlancos
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 20 days ago

        Another option is 4 4 2 with KDB and Ings / Che, but that doesnt allow me to get a Che mid easily.
        Hmm.

  4. Ed
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 20 days ago

    Finally come to a set up I like. What do you think?

    Ryan Button
    VVD Robertson Digne Laporte Rico
    Salah Sterling Perez Maddison Dendoncker
    Wilson Jota Wickham

    Assess Perez & Maddison over the first couple of weeks then move onto whoever gets the nod at CAM for Chelsea.

    1. sirmorbach
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      Like it a lot.

      Are you confident on Laporte playing?

  5. Dannyb
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 20 days ago

    Repost
    Best of these?
    A
    Heaton
    VVD Robbo AWB Montoya
    Salah Sterling Perez
    Wood King Auba
    Button Rico Donkey Hayden

    B
    DDG
    VVD Robbo Digne
    Martial Perez Salah Sterling
    Wood King Jota
    Bench same as above

    1. Neves say Neves
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 20 days ago

      A is quality

  6. Neves say Neves
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 20 days ago

    For first 2 game weeks

    A) Lucas Moura
    B) Fraser

    1. Athletic Nasherbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      B

    2. theswallow1965
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      B
      Don’t like Moura v City in GW2

  7. Jay Jay Okocha
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 20 days ago

    A) Zinchenko + Digne
    B) Zouma + Laporte

    1. Robe Wan
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      A

  8. SADIO SANÉ
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 20 days ago

    Zinchenko (Greenwood 3rd sub) 442
    OR
    Ings (Rico 3rd sub) 343

    kinda liking the 5.5 defenders this year...wouldn't mind having 2/3 of them

    1. LosBlancos
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      Why not Coleman in 4 4 2?

      I rate Ings > Zin

      1. SADIO SANÉ
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 20 days ago

        maybe yeah, cheers

  9. Caboose
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 20 days ago

    Sorry, bottomed. Would love your thoughts:

    A) Pope + 6.0 MID (Tross / McNeil)
    B) Ederson + 4.5 MID (Hayden)
    C) Laporte + 4.5 MID + find 0.5 somewhere else

    Thanks!

    1. JoeJitzu +42
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      B

  10. OneMan
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 20 days ago

    Robinson & Jimenez

    Or

    7m Mid & King ??

    1. sthelenslad92
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      The latter

  11. BillionairesClub
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 20 days ago

    Just take a look at Chelsea's predicted line-up, its genuinely awful? They're like a top half team just about.

    1. Semaj1990
        9 months, 20 days ago

        Are you new to football or maths? Chelsea only lack a top class striker. The rest of the squad are easily better than arsenal and probably united too. That should result in 4th. Top half consists of 10.

        1. Siggy in the Middle
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 20 days ago

          Not really though. Pulisic is new to the league while Pedro and Willian are inconsistent. Barkley is decent but injury prone, Mount doesn't have PL experience and they've lost their star player in Hazard. I don't think it's unreasonable to think it might be hard for them to make top four.

          1. Semaj1990
              9 months, 20 days ago

              I agree Siggy. It is tough to make top 4. As it is every year. But to say they are awful and just about top half is plain idiocy.

      • NED KELLY
        • 8 Years
        9 months, 20 days ago

        Who's remembers when the FPL site crashed an they give us an extra wildcard.. crazy times

      • BIELSA
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 20 days ago

        Ryan
        TAA - Robertson - Zinchenko
        Salah - KDB - Siggy - Perez Fraser
        Wilson - Jota

        Button - Greenwood - Montoya - Diop

        Think im settled on this but feel free to tear it apart

        1. Four Hit Wonder
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 20 days ago

          Looks good except fpr Siggy. Everton seem to be awful again/still.

      • Nespinha
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 20 days ago

        Good to roll? or is this totally unbalanced?

        Pope
        Robertson, VVD, Zouma
        Salah, KDB, Siggy, Buendia/Trossard
        Aguero, King, Wesley

        1. JoeJitzu +42
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          9 months, 20 days ago

          No looks good

          1. Nespinha
            • 4 Years
            9 months, 20 days ago

            I think its worth a punt, but ive received some negative feedback

        2. ElBuffalo20
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          9 months, 20 days ago

          Zouma to kwp I would say

          1. Nespinha
            • 4 Years
            9 months, 20 days ago

            kwp isnt nailed, zouma is from now on

        3. Neves say Neves
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          9 months, 20 days ago

          kane>aguero

          1. Nespinha
            • 4 Years
            9 months, 20 days ago

            agueros my favorite player so ill keep him, the rest good enough to advance?

            1. Neves say Neves
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              9 months, 20 days ago

              Yh for sure!
              Love the Buendía pick, he looks like a sleeper.

              1. Nespinha
                • 4 Years
                9 months, 20 days ago

                thanks man

      • Nice to Finally Michu
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 20 days ago

        5.5 for Cancelo Holy shite

        1. LosBlancos
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 20 days ago

          If he nails a place everyone will have him, so its just a question of who will risk it first and whether he gets rotated or not

      • JoeJitzu +42
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 20 days ago

        Would love your help if that’s ok?

        A (4 4 2)

        EDERSON
        Robertson VVD Digne ZINCHENKO
        Salah Sterling Perez Moura
        Jota King

        McGovern DENDONKER Montoya Wickham

        B (3 5 2)

        HEATON
        Robertson VVD Digne
        Salah Sterling Perez Moura MARTIAL
        Jota King

        McGovern Montoya RICO Wickham

        1. sthelenslad92
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 20 days ago

          Zinchenko's position isn't safe after Cencelo signing.

          1. BIELSA
            • 4 Years
            9 months, 20 days ago

            Cancelo is a rb

        2. Caboose
          • 9 Years
          9 months, 20 days ago

          B

      • Rocky.007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 20 days ago

        Rico more nailed than Lundstram?

      • sthelenslad92
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 20 days ago

        Getting rid of Zinchenko, best replacement?

        A) AWB
        B) KWP
        C) 4.5 e.g. Montoya

        Rest of defence - Robertson - VVD - Digner - Rico

      • ManTree(v2!) or just JAY!
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 20 days ago

        RMT PLEASE!

        Pope
        VVD / TAA / Holebas / Lundstrom / Kelly
        Salah / Sterling / Perez / Martial / Dendoncker
        Kane / King / Greenwood

        1. Uncle John from Jamaica
          • 7 Years
          9 months, 20 days ago

          Solid 7/10

          1. ManTree(v2!) or just JAY!
            • 9 Years
            9 months, 20 days ago

            thx

      • dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 20 days ago

        First on bench as safe 4.5 m defender

        A Montoya
        B Guilbert
        C Balbuena
        D Diop
        E Cathcart
        F Dunk

        1. LFC4EVER
          • 5 Years
          9 months, 20 days ago

          Montoya

        2. dilksymatey
          • 1 Year
          9 months, 20 days ago

          Dunk

        3. theswallow1965
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 20 days ago

          I like Montoya

      • kj3llern
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 20 days ago

        I'm seriously considering using my TC on Salah first game.

        Anyone else?

        1. KAR
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 20 days ago

          No

        2. theswallow1965
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 20 days ago

          No, generally wait and use it later in the season for a DGW

      • pablo discobar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        9 months, 20 days ago

        GK Heaton/4 Mil
        DEF Robertson ,VVD, Wan Bis, Zouma, Rico
        MID Salah, Perez, Sterling, Barkley, Deondonker
        FWD Kane, King, Greenwood

        Been a bit of a struggle, started to panic about no Liverpool Fullback, Siggy was sacrificed which is upsetting.

        Hows it looking?

      • Smurf
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        9 months, 20 days ago

        There’s been some decent content on here over preseason, but the new feature with a breakdown of each players minutes played in preseason split between games etc has been immense. Hats off for implementing that and I hope we have that each and every preseason moving forward. For me it’s been invaluable to deciding on the nitty gritty areas of my team.

        1. Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          9 months, 20 days ago

          Agreed! I do think, however, that managers use pre-season to give fringe and younger players valuable game time; the players with the most minutes are not more nailed, which is a common misconception.

          Typically, the final pre-season game is the most valuable at predicting competitive lineups.

      • andymck
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 20 days ago

        0.5 ITB, where to put it?

        Pope (Button)
        Robertson TAA Digne Zinchenko (Kelly)
        Salah Sterling Fraser Perez (Dendoncker)
        Wilson Ings (Greenwood)

        1. KAR
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 20 days ago

          Upgrade zinchenko to wor perez imo

      • dilksymatey
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 20 days ago

        Opinions please?

        Henderson
        TAA - Robbo - Stacey
        Salah - KDB - Sterling - Moura - Tielemans
        King - Wesley

        Button - Simpson - Gibson - Greenwood

      • Bojan Horsemack
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 20 days ago

        Any thoughts on the chances of Sterling moving back out wide, with Sane and Mahrez out?

        1. barracuda
          • 3 Years
          9 months, 20 days ago

          Does it matter?

          1. Bojan Horsemack
            • 6 Years
            9 months, 20 days ago

            Good question. Has there been a comparison of his output central / wide?

            1. Four Hit Wonder
              • 2 Years
              9 months, 20 days ago

              When was he central?

      • JustPark
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 20 days ago

        1) Townsend, Locadia(flexible 352, 343, 442)

        2) boring 4.5 mid, Wood(343, 442)

        Rest front 8: Sterling, Salah, Fraser, Perez, Jota, King

      • gooner_112233445566
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        9 months, 20 days ago

        Best 6.5 midfielder apart from a Leicester player

        Best 6.5 striker apart from king or jota

        1. theswallow1965
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 20 days ago

          Deeney?

      • How I met your Mata
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 20 days ago

        Kiko and Pope
        Both nailed??

      • Yeboahs Yorkshire Puds
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 20 days ago

        Settled with this thoughts appreciated
        Pope
        Zinchenko van Dijk KWP
        Salah(c) Tielemans Sterling Sigurdsson Moura
        Jota Wilson
        Heaton Greenwood Kelly Lundstram