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. Five Season Wonder
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Kane and Lucas overkill right?

    1. Dannyb
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Yes

    2. theswallow1965
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      For GW1 it’s ok I think but not long term

  2. Bruce Lee
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 10 days ago

    these are the fun times where there are pages of pure posts and 0 replies because people don't have time before it goes to the next page

    1. Bruce Lee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 10 days ago

      b

      1. NED KELLY
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        True I can't keep up

        1. Bruce Lee
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 10 days ago

          i can say anything and nobody will see because the next page will be here

          i love you x

          1. NED KELLY
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            b

            1. Bruce Lee
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 10 days ago

              rmt

  3. Pegilagi
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Montoya sure starter?

    1. conorbon
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Not after they signed the new right back today

      1. DAZZ
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        New RB goes straight to the youth team, look into it.

        1. conorbon
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Don’t have to with your superior knowledge

  4. Lfcni1986
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Hi guys, first season playing FPL, normally a sun and sky sports player so go easy on me, is there a point to having a strong bench?

    So for instance if Kane was my main pick and Ings on bench, if Kane was rested can I bring Ings on to start?

    1. Robe Wan
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      It happens automatically

    2. The Danger Zone!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Auto subs. Make sure 1 or 2 of bench play 90 minutes.
      Can sub defender for striker (in case didn't know)

    3. Five Season Wonder
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Kane won't be rested

    4. The Danger Zone!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      1st position on bench cones on first unless defence is going less than 3 fwd's less than 1 etc then the appropriate position will come on ahead.

    5. QUEN
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Would recommend having a cheap bench with players that play. For instance if you do 3-4-3, have a player like dendoncker at 4.5m on your bench - cheap but should play and cover any rests in your main 11

    6. Front 442
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Hi
      Its not so important to have a strong bench in the form of value but at least players who you think are going going to play. It's not always easy, especially at the start of the season when injuries, new players and new players are adjusting to the start of the season.
      I had a shocking bench last year, pre wild card which I did in early December, but managed to get constantly score good points.
      Obviously team value plays a part when a player you own isn't playing regular too, so there's that to bare in mind.
      If one of your staring Xl doesn't play in a game week then he is automatically subbed for one of your substitutes.
      Good luck and welcome to the best competition.
      Matt

    7. theswallow1965
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Typically you’ll see most having a bench of 4.0 def and 4.5 Mid/Striker

  5. RichieW
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    A) TAA Siggy Pogba

    B) AWB Perez Sterling

    1. Robe Wan
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      B

    2. Bruce Lee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 10 days ago

      b

  6. Hakim Ziyech
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Who would Iwobi replace in the starting xi at Everton?

      1. Dannyb
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Bernard maybe

      2. Bruce Lee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 10 days ago

        the ref should allow everton to play with their normal 11 + iwobi because it won't make a difference

        it might even help the other team

        1. The Danger Zone!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Ooh, harsh....

      3. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Some guy on the bench

      4. ALegendJ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Look below 😀

    • ddfc
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Is Button the best 4.0 option, or will he price drop so better off going for someone else?

      1. Five Season Wonder
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        he's the best when you have Ryan combo

        1. The Danger Zone!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          ... Otherwise choose less popular.

    • Clueless_91
        3 months, 10 days ago

        4 5 1
        Ederson Button
        Robertson KWP VVD Montoya Rico
        Bilva Salah Sterling Martial Moura
        King Greenwood Wickham

      • EgyptianKing
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Mates, which duo to start with?

        A) Lucas Wilson

        B) KDB Jota (or Deulofeu)

        Cheers!

        1. conorbon
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          A

          1. EgyptianKing
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Cheers!

        2. theswallow1965
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          A

      • shearer9
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Shaw nailed?

        1. Dannyb
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Yes

        2. Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Should be

      • sthelenslad92
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Getting rid of Zinchenko, best replacement?

        A) AWB
        B) KWP
        C) 4.5 eg Montoya & Save

        Rest of defence: Robertson - VVD - Digne - Rico

        1. lfc6
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Awb long term

            Same defence as mine looks solid

        2. Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Haller... why or why not?

          1. FlyingWithoutIngs
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Want to see what he’s like first give it a couple games I’d say

          2. Super-Hans
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            I watched a lot of Frankurt games last season, and he was really good. Along with Jovic, Kostic and Rebic. Considering starting with him myself....

            1. Four Hit Wonder
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              Does he have Jovic and Rebic now

        3. FlyingWithoutIngs
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Pope
          KWP*** Robertson digne zinchenko
          Salah sterling trossard Robinson**
          Wilson Kane**

          Button dendonker greenwood lundstram

          Plan is to do the Hokey Cokey with Kane and auba, trossard is a place holder for 6m Chelsea mid as is KWP for Chelsea defender and Robinson can become ceballos or McGinn after the first 3.

          OR

          Pope
          TAA*** robbo digne zinchenko
          Salah Sterling siggy*** trossard
          Wilson jota***

          1. Tambling5
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Really good plan for the first team. Christensen and Zouma nailed until Rudi back. What do the second team asterisks mean

            1. Tambling5
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 10 days ago

              Oh I see. Silly me. I think the second team is safer, but the first team with the plan of action could hit it big!

        4. ALegendJ
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          I do not see where Iwobi would fit in the Evertons side, he plays same position as Richarlison and Barnard!

          1. FlyingWithoutIngs
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            formation change possibly

          2. Drip Doctor
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            He can play on the left or as a CAM. Rotation.

        5. Super-Hans
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Anyone know if Gary Cahill will start this weekend? Or is it to early? Loves a tackle, and can score a couple of goals on set pieces....

        6. gooner_112233445566
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Opinions on my team? Any changes you’d make?

          Pope (button)

          Robertson, digne, Montoya, (rico, lundstram)

          Sterling, bernardo, Perez, salah, (dendoncker)

          Rashford, Jimenez, King

          1. conorbon
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Very strong side

        7. conorbon
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          I feel like this is the one!
          Pope.
          Zouma, Digne, VVD.
          Tielemans, Pulisic, B Silva, Salah.
          Joelinton, Wilson, Kane.

          Heaton, McGinn, Diop, Kelly.

          1. Siggy in the Middle
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Too punty

            1. conorbon
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              Where?

              1. Siggy in the Middle
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 10 days ago

                Joelinton, Pulisic, McGinn

                1. conorbon
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 10 days ago

                  Who would you replace them with?
                  I’m not a template guy

          2. PeteMorr
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            I like it!

            1. conorbon
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              Thanks buddy

        8. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          What’s the reason that most have VVD as one of 2 Pool defs, and not both Robertson and TAA?

          1. Drip Doctor
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            The .5 difference obviously.

            1. RamaJama
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              So not worth the extra 0.5?

              1. Drip Doctor
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 10 days ago

                What is this!?

                Is Kane worth the Extra 3m over Wilson, yes, but we don't have an unlimited budget. Sacrifices need to be made, Robbo > VVD shouldn't be too big a sacrifice.

                1. Olivier Bernards watch
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 10 days ago

                  bizarre response. whether they are worth the extra 0.5 depends on whether their expected points per million is greater than that of the cheaper player. In this instance that's not the case (I'd say)

          2. Siggy in the Middle
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Price

          3. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Only if all 3 were the same price.

          4. LFC4EVER
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            0.5 mil

          5. Collie01
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            0.5, goal threat.

          6. Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            VVD most nailed of the three and almost same score as Robbo last season for 0.5 less

          7. blivy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            PPG there wasn’t much in it between them, so Robertson probably not worth the extra 0.5

        9. blivy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Anyone considering triple captain Salah? Chance to be ranked 1st after GW1?

          1. NED KELLY
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Me

          2. barracuda
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Owner, not captaining Salah

        10. Burger
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Which one would you go with out of:

          A. Almiron & Wilson

          Or

          B. Bilva & King

          ?

          1. Siggy in the Middle
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            B

            1. Burger
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              Thanks!

        11. Drip Doctor
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Where is DON MARK?

          1. Berbinho's Forehead
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Visiting a drip doctor.

        12. CFC1990
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Anyone tempted by Zouma/Christiensen at 5m?

          Rudiger is coming back earlier than expected but I would think he is several games away yet.

          1. FlyingWithoutIngs
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Plan to get one in after the first game or two

          2. AJ24
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Wait until know who’s playing for Chelski

        13. AJ24
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          A. Bern Silva and Siggy
          B. KDB and Perez

          1. FlyingWithoutIngs
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            A

        14. Gerhardinho
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          1 or 2

          1- Robertson Fraser CWilson ?

          vs

          2- Trossard King Aubameyang ?

          1. FlyingWithoutIngs
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            A

            1. FlyingWithoutIngs
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              1*

          2. AJ24
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            1

          3. NED KELLY
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            1

        15. MillsAU
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Zinchenko Vs Trossard Vs Ings

          Pick 1 for first four weeks.

          1. FlyingWithoutIngs
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Zinchenko

            1. STEP ROVERS - BLAME IT ON R…
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              Agreed

          2. The Pesci challenge
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Trossard

        16. DMP
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Rico or Lundstram?

          1. Gentle_Turks
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 10 days ago

            As I understand it Lundstram is no longer nailed, and Rico is as good as nailed. Can anyone put me right?

        17. Marco Ni Motet
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Heaton
          TAA-Robbo-Digne-Zinchenko
          Salah-Sterling-Fraser-Robinson
          Wilson-Haller

          Button-Dendonker-Lund-Wickham

          GTG?

        18. Jam0sh
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Thoughts about Bournemouth attack double up versus Leicester attack double up? Perez & Vardy combo probably looks better than King & Fraser but Bournemouth fixtures look tastier

          1. Collie01
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Why not mix and match? Vardy and Fraser, or Wilson and Perez for example?

            1. Jam0sh
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              It's possible. I was thinking to include Vardy and King and possibly either Fraser or Perez

        19. Nice to Finally Michu
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Planning on going cheap at the back - Which line would you rather have?

          A) TAA Montoya Diop Rico Gibson
          B) Gomez KWP Zouma Soyoncu Rico

          Cheers

        20. How I met your Mata
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Kiko nailed??