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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  1. jason_ni
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    I think I am done.. gonna leave it as it is, took kdb out.. brought him back at expense of wilson down to king
    4 4 2 with rotating 4.5s
    Ryan 4.0
    Robbo TAA Digne Taylor (Diop)
    Salah sterling kdb perez (dendonk)
    King deeney (greenwood)

    Is this too template? Or good to go

    1. GS456
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Taylor might not play mate

      1. jason_ni
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Is he a risk? Thought he was nailed..cheers may look at changing him!

    2. Game Over
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      it starts off template, then goes off piste

  2. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Best West Ham 4.5 m defender mainly as first on bench between

    A Balbuena
    B Diop

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Fredericks

      1. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Is he nailed?

    2. gooner_112233445566
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Diop

    3. Ekip
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Balbuena

  3. teddypicker
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Anyone else think it's a bad idea to own Greenwood, the highest TSB% 4.5m? When midprice striker bandwagons come by, everyone will be dropping him and his price will go down, no?

    1. Guvnor
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I'm avoiding. Going for Wickham as fodder instead

    2. ArseneAllTheWay
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Yep, I've gone wickham

    3. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      CHO of last season IMO

    4. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I think going with 4.5 forward is madness as none are nailed for game time

      1. teddypicker
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        We know that, it's about keeping them as bench fodder until WC time and hoping they haven't devalued by then

    5. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      On the other hand, he comes off the bench and scores the winner against Chelsea, and everyone’s all over him. Just depends how much of an impact you see him making really.

    6. F4L
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      not if he gets minutes

      1. teddypicker
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        True, as he's sitting on bench anyway don't think I'll take the risk.. thanks

    7. Ekip
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Parrott instead - should get minutes when Kane gets his ankle injury

      1. avfc82
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Doubtful - Son, Moura able to lead the line if Kane is out.

    8. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I think with no Lukaku replacement he will get some decent playing time as sub and will score goals

    9. Old Bull
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      There was a hint by the manager that he could start against Chelsea. If that were the case, I’d fancy him to score.

      1. Kiwivillan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Source? Quote?

  4. gooner_112233445566
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Best 4.5 defender??

    1. DENZ
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Montoya

    2. Guvnor
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Montoya or Dunk

  5. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Best 5.5 mid? Would be my 4th mid.

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      McGinn or Cebellos

      1. jdp219
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        cheers

  6. TopwithKlopp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Who is a sure thing for 5,5 in Spurs defense? Vertongen and Alderweireld.. Sanchez?

    1. Atters
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Vertonghen

  7. Guvnor
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    A) Digne King
    B) Wilson Montaya (or other 4.5m def)

    1. Orion
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      A for me

      1. Guvnor
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Cheers

  8. Old Bull
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Who is the best prospect 5m midfielder or 5M defender in GW1?

    Cheers.

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Zouma.

  9. co11ingwood
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Evening all, first post of the season here, RMT please - Im concerned Ive too many 4.5s but suggestion of swaps to make if you agree please?

    Ryan/Heaton
    VVD Digne Robbo
    Siggy Sterling Moura Drinkwater
    Jota Vardy Auba

    Rico Montoya Dendoncker

  10. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Robbo or Trent?

    Suicide going with no Bournemouth?

    1. NED KELLY
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Coin flip.. I'd go at least one Bournemouth

      1. NED KELLY
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        I like Fraser

    2. ...al - Leave your comments…
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I've Trent in atm but the ownership of Robertson and VdV concerns me

      At least one Bou

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Struggling to find space?

        Pope,
        Trent, Virgil, Montoya, Digne
        Salah, Sterling, Perez, Robinson,
        Jota, Kane

        Button, Guilbert, Dendo, Greenwood

  11. teenagemutantheroskrtels
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Any good fpl league codes lads ta

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Old hot topic has a few.

  12. Nunoooooooooo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    So any good FPL leagues worth joining?? Codes please guys! Already in LMT and FFS leagues but looking to join some more please....! 😀

  13. TGNC
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    One final RMT before Norwich beat Liverpool tomorrow. 🙂 All help appreciated

    Heaton
    TAA Robbo Digne Montoya
    Salah Fraser Sterling Pulisic
    Wilson Jota

    Subs: 4.0, Drinkwater, Greenwood, 4.0

    Any better option than Jota at 6.5m?

    1. Nunoooooooooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Solid and no! Gtg

      1. TGNC
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Cheers mate.

    2. benbro
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      The only thing I would consider here is VVD & Abraham

    3. AndyCook
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Switch to a 4-5-1 and get Pérez? Montoya a bit weak to play every week too

  14. DVassell
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Good to go?

    ______________Ryan______________
    Robbo________Zouma__________TTA
    Salah(c)_Perez_Martial_Moura_Sterling
    _________Wilson____Jota__________

    Subs: Button, Greenwood, Lundstram, Kelly

    1. Croaker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Yes

    2. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Yes very good- assume you mean TAA as not sure who TTA might be?

  15. J.Litmanen
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Downgrade Kane so I can upgrade Hayden?

    Pope
    VVD - Zouma - KWP
    Sterling - Salah - Peréz - Hayden
    Kane - Wilson - Jota

    Button, Montoya, Dendo, Rico

  16. Sgt Frank Drebin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    So the difference between the 4-4-2, 3-5-2 and 3-4-3 is basically whether choose 5.5 defender midfielder or forward for me. So by my own judgement 3 best options from those positions seem to be Zinchenko, Robinson, and this guy from Villa whose name I don't quite remember but it was Wesley probably. So what can we expect from them?

    Zinchenko realistically looking should most probably get from 2 to 4 clean sheets and maybe add 1 assist to this if we are optimistic. So the worst case scenario would be 2 clean sheets that's 20 points from 6 games without bonus (I would need to check how was he doing bps wise in those games he played last season.) Optimistic scenario is 4 clean sheets + 1 assists what gives 34 points if we assume he gets let's say 3 bonus in those games. So we can we have a range from 20 to 34 points. The advantage here imho is that clean sheets when it comes to City and Lfc have a similiary high possibility in all games (let's say 50% generally) so I would judge the possibility of a streak of let's say 6 games without a clean sheets at very small rate of 1,5%. However odds for only 1 clean sheet would be 10% calculating from binomial distribution (assuming experiments are independent). In case of Robinson and Wesley the problem is in my opinion the number of goals we expect from the teams they play for. My best bet would be that both Aston Villa and Sheffield get 6 goals from first 6 games (what do you think about it?). In such teams forwards usually have high goal involvement so let's assume something like 40%. Optimistically they both get 3 goals. Bad scenario would be let's say 1 goal and 1 assist. So that's a range of 20 to 30 (assuming 3 bonus) for Robinson and 19 to 27 for Wesley.
    So conclusion based on this this would be that Robinson and Zinchenko are quite good options and Wesley a little bit less due to the fact that forwards only get 4 points for goals. However it is all based on the assumption that Zinch is 100% nailed - of which I'm not completely sure. Also Sheffield seem to me to be a little less attacking side than Villa and they may as well score fewer goals. Villa however has a lot of new signings which is also a worry.

    Who do you think is the best 5.5 option regardless of position?

    1. Point-one short
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Like your analysis, though city also start with easier fixtures so would imagine higher chance of more CS above the mean than simply season avg x games.

      There is also the psychological possibility of newly promoted teams getting beaten in a run of say 3 games and the whole team slumping a la Fulham and so the forwards underperforming.

      Personally I would stick to forwards fron better teams initially at a slightly higher price bracket, or defenders around that price. Zinchenko, Stones, Gomez, Coleman...

  17. gooner_112233445566
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 14 days ago

    A) Montoya (any 4.5 defender), Jimenez

    B) Maguire (any 5.5 defender), jota

    1. GS456
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      B but not Maguire

  18. Dakes.
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    BSilva or Richarlison to complete this mid?

    Salah Sterling Perez ___

    1. GS456
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Considered Moura or Siggy?

    2. nibby
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I am on the same situation. Leaning towards Bilva or Fraser. Purely to the fact that richarlison didnt have much of preseason games. Maybe transfer him in once he looks sharp.

  19. Orion
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Which one is looking better?
    A) Rico+Sterling
    B) Laporte+KDB
    Cheers

  20. Clueless_91
      1 month, 14 days ago

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

    • james 101
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      So...

      How confident are you going into the new season?

      A. 100%
      B. 75%
      C. 50%
      D. 25%
      E. 0%
      F. What’s lower than 0%...?

      1. GS456
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        B

        1. james 101
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Yeah. I’m about there too.

          Pope
          VVD Robbo Digne
          Salah Sterling Fraser Perez
          Wood Wilson Jota
          (Button Dendonc Lunds Kelly)

      2. ninja
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        B

      3. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        D

        1. james 101
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Ha.

          Overthinking it?

    • Oscar Slater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      How can anything go wrong?...

      Lloris

      TAA VVD Zinc Laporte

      Martial Moura Sterling Salah

      King Ings (the penalty kings)

      Template 17m Bench

      Cleanies, Assists, Goals, BAPs absolutely EVERYWHERE!!! 😀

      1. Croaker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Like it

    • Fultz20
        1 month, 14 days ago

        One last rmt before the deadline, any advice welcome

        Pope/Heaton
        Robbo/VVD/Zinchenko/Coleman/Diop
        Sterling/Salah/Fraser/Perez/Dendoncker
        Wilson/Jota/Greenwood

        1. Gentle_Turks
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Solid. Only doubt is Zinchenko.

          1. Gentle_Turks
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Ok and Coleman too now from what I've heard.

      • Gentle_Turks
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Silly question alert.
        Is the deadline 7 or 8?

        1. Jacky boy
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          7

        2. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          7

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            One hour before kick off as always

          2. Gentle_Turks
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Cheers all. So that means the time on the FPL site now auto adjusts to where your logging in from? I'm in Europe and it says 8 for me.

        3. HamezMace
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          7.
          Always one hour before the first kick off of the GW.

      • llopesso19
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Pope, Button;
        Robertson, Dijk, AZ, Zintchenko, Lundstram;
        Salah, Sterling, Sigurdsson, Perez, Dendoncker;
        Jota, King, Ings;

        Should I trust algorithm?

      • Jacky boy
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        I'm going with Soyunju. You think it's ok? I feel lonely in this case. A 4.5 nailed leicester defender seems good value to me

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          No idea who he is but if he's nailed then 4.5 not bad for Leicester. Though I think they are more goalscoring than stopping goals kind of team

        2. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          I really like the prospects of Guilbert as a 4.5, especially with their fixtures after GW1

          1. Gentle_Turks
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Like him a lot if he starts, and had him in my time from the start, but have now switched to a 4.0. But will monitor...

            1. Gentle_Turks
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 14 days ago

              *team

      • Winners900
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Help please, appreciated..

        For the first 3 gmw's:

        A) Sterling+King
        B) Fraser+Kane/Aubamayang

        1) Kane
        2) Aubamayang

        1. GOTHAM City F.C.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          A1

      • KAPTAIN KANE
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Not an exciting final decision to make, Rico or Lundstram for the 5th defender spot?

        1. Jacky boy
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          I've gone rico. Likely to start gw1 at least

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Cheers Jacky, that's what I'm thinking. Then I can start him ahead of Guilbert (Spurs away)

        2. Gentle_Turks
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 14 days ago

          I've gone Rico. Seems more nailed for start of season while Lundstram is a doubt from what I've heard.

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Cheers mate

      • Union_Jacks
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Ryan
        Robertson, Trent, Digne, KWP
        Salah, Sterling, Fraser, Perez, Trossard
        King

        Button, Kean, Greenwood, Lundstam

        1. Union_Jacks
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Kean bench for GW1 in anticipation of him being benched for this one in real life.

          Ready to go for GW2!

      • Monya Meow Meow
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Have 1.5 ITB, should I...

        A) Upgrade Trossard to a 7.5 mid and who?
        B) Upgrade Greenwood to a 6.0 fwd and who?

        Rest of the front line are Salah, Sterling, Perez, Dend, Haller, Wilson

        Thanks!