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
    3 months, 12 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
      3 months, 12 days ago

      A1

    2. The Danger Zone!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 12 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
      3 months, 12 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
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Thanks for the answers. On A1 at the moment.

    5. theswallow1965
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 12 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
    3 months, 12 days ago

    Busy on here tonight

    1. Bruce Lee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 12 days ago

      natural

      like cows eating grass

      it's gonna happen

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

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

      1. SADIO SANÉ
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

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

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

      Like it a lot.

      Are you confident on Laporte playing?

  5. Dannyb
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 12 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
      3 months, 12 days ago

      A is quality

  6. Neves say Neves
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 12 days ago

    For first 2 game weeks

    A) Lucas Moura
    B) Fraser

    1. Athletic Nasherbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      B

    2. theswallow1965
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      B
      Don’t like Moura v City in GW2

  7. Jay Jay Okocha
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

    A) Zinchenko + Digne
    B) Zouma + Laporte

    1. Robe Wan
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      A

  8. SADIO SANÉ
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 12 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
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Why not Coleman in 4 4 2?

      I rate Ings > Zin

      1. SADIO SANÉ
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        maybe yeah, cheers

  9. Caboose
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 12 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
      3 months, 12 days ago

      B

  10. OneMan
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

    Robinson & Jimenez

    Or

    7m Mid & King ??

    1. sthelenslad92
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      The latter

  11. Tactical Focus
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 12 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
      • 49 Years
      3 months, 12 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
        3 months, 12 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
          • 49 Years
          3 months, 12 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.

  12. NED KELLY
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

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

  13. BIELSA
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 12 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
      3 months, 12 days ago

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

  14. Nespinha
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 12 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
      3 months, 12 days ago

      No looks good

      1. Nespinha
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

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

    2. ElBuffalo20
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Zouma to kwp I would say

      1. Nespinha
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        kwp isnt nailed, zouma is from now on

    3. Neves say Neves
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 12 days ago

      kane>aguero

      1. Nespinha
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 12 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
          3 months, 11 days ago

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

          1. Nespinha
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            thanks man

  15. Nice to Finally Michu
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

    5.5 for Cancelo Holy shite

    1. LosBlancos
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 12 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

  16. JoeJitzu +42
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 12 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
      3 months, 12 days ago

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

      1. BIELSA
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Cancelo is a rb

    2. Caboose
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      B

  17. Rocky.007
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 12 days ago

    Rico more nailed than Lundstram?

  18. sthelenslad92
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 12 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

  19. ManTree(v2!) or just JAY!
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 12 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
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Solid 7/10

      1. ManTree(v2!) or just JAY!
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        thx

  20. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 12 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
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Montoya

    2. dilksymatey
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Dunk

    3. theswallow1965
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      I like Montoya

  21. kj3llern
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

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

    Anyone else?

    1. KAR
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      No

    2. theswallow1965
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

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

  22. pablo discobar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 12 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?

  23. Smurf
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 12 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
      3 months, 11 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.

  24. andymck
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 12 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
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Upgrade zinchenko to wor perez imo

  25. dilksymatey
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 12 days ago

    Opinions please?

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

    Button - Simpson - Gibson - Greenwood

  26. Bojan Horsemack
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

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

    1. barracuda
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Does it matter?

      1. Bojan Horsemack
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

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

        1. Four Hit Wonder
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          When was he central?

  27. JustPark
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 12 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

  28. gooner_112233445566
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 12 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
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Deeney?

  29. How I met your Mata
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

    Kiko and Pope
    Both nailed??

  30. Yeboahs Yorkshire Puds
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

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