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. Artorias
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Thoughts on this team . Any suggestion will be appreciated

    Henderson 4m
    VVD Zouma KWP Diop Rico
    Sterling Salah Martial Trossard Perez
    Kane King Greenwood

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Is Zouma nailed?

      1. gemmalmr92
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Presume he will be now Luiz has gone

      2. GinjaWhinja
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        100%

      3. Dr. Rog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        who else have they got?

        Rudiger (injured)
        Zouma
        Christensen
        Tomori

        and I think that will be the pecking order

        1. The Sociologist
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Who drops out once Rudiger is back? Is the Chelsea defence a wait and see for now to see how leaky they might be?

    2. TAT
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Heaton + Zinchenko or Ederson + Kiko (or other 4.5 options)?

      ?* (Button)
      VvD - TAA/Robbo - Digne - ?* (Lundstram)
      Pérez - Fraser - Salah - Sterling (Dendoncker)
      Jota - Wilson (Wickham)

      1. Aubaaaaa
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Prefer ederson + kiko

        1. TAT
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Leaning that way right now, as Ederson is a sure starter. The issue is that it will be 6.9 tied to a GK…

          1. TAT
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 11 days ago

            6.0*

      2. The Sociologist
          1 month, 11 days ago

          You've got no other punts in your team as all are pretty safe picks, so I'd be tempted to take a chance on Zinchenko

          1. TAT
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 11 days ago

            I can see that point; Got Dendoncker to come on of course, in case Zinchenko doesn't play. It's a transfer waiting to happen though.

      3. Aubaaaaa
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Teams with Pope, confident that he’ll start ahead of Hart?

        1. Yank Revolution
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Hasnt it been announced? Pope starts?

          1. fantasyfog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            hey loser...who is my grav,?

            1. Yank Revolution
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              You're about to get reported. Back off

              1. fantasyfog
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                hahaha that would be a......FIRST.... hahaha

      4. DantheManinaPan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Soyuncu looks a gem

        1. _nod
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Agreed

        2. squirrelbean
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Why?

          1. _nod
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Maguire replacement @ 4.5m

        3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          leicester are not great at defending, not sure if i trust him even at 4.5

        4. The Sociologist
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Will he okay over the other CB, Benkovic?

          • The Tinkerman
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Yeah he is nailed for the start at least

        5. Gudjohnsen
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          A. Dendoncker, Jimenez
          B. Fraser, Greenwood

          Greenwood and Donkey benchfodder.

          Have Wilson

        6. Don Van White Jam
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          RMTs should be barred.

          1. BadgersBoys
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Why?

          2. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            You wanna have a chat instead? Nahhhhhhh

          3. Jammydodger2018
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 11 days ago

            RMT

            Ryan
            Digne Robbo VVD KWP
            Fraser Salah Sterling Moura Perez
            Wilson

          4. gooberman
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Fully agree. All I ever see here is people posting teams and asking for comments. Yawn yawn. Just so tedious and boring. People just do your research and pick a team FFS.

          5. gooberman
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Fully agree. All I see here are people posting teams and asking for comments. Yawn yawn. Just so tedious and boring. People just do your research and pick a team FFS!

        7. pol
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Thoughts on this team:

          Ryan (button)
          TAA Digne VVD Taylor (Diop)
          Sterling Salah Fraser Moura (Dendoncker)
          Wilson Jota (Greenwood)

          1. gemmalmr92
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Prefer Guilbert to Taylor for assist potential but looking decent

          2. The Sociologist
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Looks good! No obvious punts, playing it safe. Moura is a transfer waiting to happen once Son is fit I'd imagine.

              1. pol
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Yeah Moura > Martial or Leicester is likely

          3. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Thoughts on this lot?

            Ederson

            TAA, Gomez, Digne, Walker-Peters

            Salah, Sterling, Lucas Moura, Pérez

            Wilson, Jota

            Subs: Button, Greenwood, Leitner, Lundstram

          4. D1B
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Hello, been through the RMT computer and it hates my 4.0 Defenders. So I'm curious to see y'all take on my team.

            3-5-2

            Henderson | Pope (Rotating based on fixture)
            Digne | Robertson | Zinchenko
            Salah (C) | Sterling | Perez | Moura | Trossard
            Wilson | Kean

            Bench: Rico | Wickham | Lundstram | 0.5 ITB

            Kean is a punt but I want to save a future transfer as he is my main attacking Everton cover for their incredible fixtures.

            Thoughts?

            1. Bird Raymond
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Ignore the RMT computer. Looks great.
              I'm keen on Kean but may be better to wait and switch to him when he starts firing.
              Could make that easier by replacing Zinchenko who is a transfer waiting to happen.

            2. JaiLeR11
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Very similar team to me. So I like it!
              I have a plan to get Kean in for Wk 3 after assessing.

          5. _nod
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            A) Pope + Jiménez
            B) Lloris + Jota

            1. Gold Monster
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              B

          6. Willos Wanderers
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Does Drinkwater now become a viable alternative to Dendo/Hayden?

            1. Yank Revolution
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Negatory

              1. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Don't be so quick to judge. Wouldn't start with him but he's now an absolute turd footballer - he just isn't good enough for Chelsea. Could emerge as a decent option.

                1. Hazz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  He's not*

                  ... not "he's now"!

                2. Yank Revolution
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Oh I am and I have.

                  Drinkwater isnt an offensive player worth considering. He has 5 goals to his name since 2014/15.

            2. ringwraith
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              He is going to eventually add steel to Burnley's midfield and help the defense. Their defensive assets will be a tad better. I wonder why they didn't get him a full season loan? Lampard playing it safe in case of injury.

          7. ddfc
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Is this GTG?

            Pope
            Robertson VVD Digne KWP
            Salah Sterling KDB Perez
            Jota King

            Button Montoya Dendoncker Greenwood

            Comments appreciated?

            Thanks.

          8. Yank Revolution
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            AWB/Maguire or Zinchenko

            Nailed, nailed, not nailed (but possibly better overall defense).

            1. El Tel
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Zin

            2. Willos Wanderers
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Prefer Shaw personally

              1. Yank Revolution
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Thanks for responses gents.

          9. Barnes Owl
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Pick one:

            A - KDB, KWP, Deu

            B - TAA, Siggy, Adams

            Cheers all!!

            1. El Tel
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              B

          10. Operation FPL
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            G2G?

            Ederson
            Digne VVD TAA
            Moura Perez Salah Sterling
            C.Adams King Wood

            Button/Montaya/Lundstram/Dendonker

            1. BadgersBoys
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              g2g, I like that team.

            2. El Tel
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Yes

              1. Operation FPL
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Many Thanks and good luck.

            3. JaiLeR11
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Don't particularly like the forwards.
              However the rest of the XI are very strong.

          11. Fantasydreamer
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 11 days ago

            A. Zink and Barkley
            B. Zouma and josh king (have Wilson)

          12. RED_ARMY
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            a) Martial + Robbo
            b) Siggy + VVD

            1. Willos Wanderers
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              A

          13. Atimis
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            18.0 ITB to fill 3 spots, can’t really decide, any suggestions?

            Pope/Button
            Robo/Digne/AWB/Montoya/Rico
            Salah/Sterling/Martial/Perez/XXX
            Wilson/XXX/XXX

            Any chance Ceballos will start?

            1. Operation FPL
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Vardy Greenwood Dendo

            2. El Tel
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Adams Greenwood Fraser

              1. El Tel
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Or Robbo to VVD and change Adams to Jota

          14. Our Tiny Servant
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Lordy. Three different fantasy games. Three different teams. I’m exhausted. Thanks for all your help everyone.

          15. Old Gregg
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Just cannot decide.

            A) 4-4-2 with wood
            Or
            B) 4-5-1 with Moura

            Heaton
            Vvd-Taa-Zinc-Digne
            Salah-Sterling-Perez-Fraser
            Wilson

            Bench does suffer going 4-5-1. Will have x2 4.5m Forwards & Lundstram.

            4-4-2 = Dendoncker x1 4.5m Forward and Lundstram

            1. tbeans22
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              4-5-1 with Moura and Wood. Not keen on the BOU double-up. Feels like a trap. Extra money to spend on your bench or as you see fit.

              1. Old Gregg
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Thanks. Double Bournemouth- I think your right.

            2. Willos Wanderers
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Not a fan of 2x4.5 forwards. If Wilson doesn’t play for whatever reason you will only have 10 on the pitch...

              1. Old Gregg
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Very good point. Thanks.

          16. GloryManUnited
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Ryan
            VVD/Wan Biss/KWP/Montoya
            Sterling/Salah/Robinson/Camarasa
            Kane/Auba

            Button/Dendoncker/Greenwood/Rico

            Changes would be Sterling/KWP/Robinson>>KDB/Digne/Perez .5

            Have went back and forth 5 times at least...…………………………………………….

          17. gilean
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Is Drinkwater to 4.5 mill a good bench fodder option?

            1. The Tinkerman
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              No way of knowing yet.

          18. The Tinkerman
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Montoya. Know nothing about him, but he has got into my team.

            Why should I keep him? Is he nailed?

            1. BadgersBoys
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              He's in my team. I also know nothing about him apart from the raving on here about him.

            2. Whazza
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Should be nailed yes in a wing-back system

              1. The Tinkerman
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                His pre season minutes look good. I think I’ll keep and rotate with Mings or Guilbert.

            3. El Tel
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Soyuncu has taken his place in my team

          19. Villa Velour
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Think I’m finally done, this team looks fierce. What you think?

            Pope, (Button);
            KWP, Robbo, Digne, Rico, (Lundstam);
            Pérez, Salah, Sterling, (Donk, Hayden);
            Jota, Aubameyang, Wilson.

            1. The Tinkerman
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Bit risky at the back, but nice forward line.

              Villa fan presumably? Which of Mings or Guilbert is the better choice?

              1. Villa Velour
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Guilbert looks like he could be a serious option.

            2. Bird Raymond
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              You'll be wasting early transfers in defence. If you are going to play it that risky may as well go the whole hog and have 3 X 4.0 Def's and use the 1.0 to upgrade elsewhere.

              1. Bird Raymond
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                ...i.e. KWP to Kelly or somebody.

                1. Villa Velour
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Would that not just be adding more transfers to make? I’m happy with KWP for first couple weeks.

          20. StevieBerko
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Any advice would be much appreciated please!

              Pope

              Digne / TAA / Walker Pieters / Wan Bissaka

              Sterling / Salah / Perez / Robinson

              Kane / King

              Bench:
              Heaton / Montoya / Greenwood / Dendocnker

            • RealSocialDads
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              I'm here to ask the big questions...

              Cathcart or Kiko?

              1. LewanGOALski
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                I am risking with Kiko

              2. Yank Revolution
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Neither, but most RMTs Ive seen have gone Cath I believe.

            • Typo
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Starting with no gambles this year, template as it gets:

              Pope
              Vvd, taa, dign, zin
              Salah, sterling, fraser, perez
              Wilson, jota

              Heaton, rico, dendo, wick

              Figure its zinchencos place to lose. If he starts getting rotated its no prob moving him along. The others are nailed.

              1. El Tel
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                The perfect template, and I like it!

            • ZakyJ
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              I think iv finally got it, so please RMT and try and improve it:

              Pope / Button
              Zouma/ KWP / VVD / Montoya (Rico)
              Salah / KDB / Perez (Haydon & Dendo)
              Kane / Auba / Jota (Wickham)

              Thanks for any rating or input

              1. Typo
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                I like this! Kudos if you go for it.

              2. BaasB
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                I would like 16 players aswell

                1. ZakyJ
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Ha, no Wickham in there

              3. GloryManUnited
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 11 days ago

                I like it. I snuck Sterling in for Kdb myself.

                Ryan
                VVD/Wan Biss/KWP/Montoya
                Sterling/Salah/Robinson/Camarasa
                Kane/Auba

                Button/Dendoncker/Greenwood/Rico

            • LewanGOALski
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              got tempted to go for one of Deeney/Deulofeu over Wood - stick or switch to one of D (which)?

            • Whazza
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Forget King, is Wilson worth 1.5M more than Jota?

              1. BadgersBoys
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                I think so, yes.

              2. Typo
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Yes. But get both