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. Pilgrim62
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    GTG ?

    Ryan/Button
    VVD, Robo, Digne, Rico / Lund
    Salah, Sterling, KDB, Perez / Dendo
    Wilson, Wood / Greenwood

    1. L S P
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      rico and lund is a giant mistake you shouldn’t make

      1. Pilgrim62
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Only for two GWs. Then downgrade Wilson and upgrade one of them

        1. waldo666
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Wasteful for mine

        2. L S P
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          it’s your decision

    2. waldo666
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I don't reckon, not with 2 x 4.0 defenders that may or may not see gametime.

    3. la boneza
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Similar to mine..

      Pope - Button?/4.0
      TAA - VVD - Digne - Zinchenko - Lunds
      Salah - Sterling - KDB - Perez - Hayden
      King - Jota - Gwood

      Temped by KDB to Fraser/Pulisic /D.Silva and maybe downgrade Zinch to go 3-5-2 or upgrade Gwood.. thoughts..?

  2. Dare Do The Punt
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Calling any Southampton fans (or just anyone in the know!)

    Who is a better option Ings or Che Adams?

    1. L S P
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Ings until he gets hurt

  3. Albrightondknight
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Who does Praet threaten most in the Lei attack?

    1. FPL-(VAR)dy
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      all Brighton

      1. Albrightondknight
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        I take that very personally 🙂

    2. Dare Do The Punt
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      He isn’t an attacking mid, more box to box

    3. davies
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Albrighton/Barnes

    4. Albrightondknight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      K thanks all

  4. Kennedy
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Cant decide lads

    Pope
    Robertson TAA Digne KWP
    Zaha KDB Salah Perez
    Kane Jota

    Button Dunk Dendoncker Greenwood

    1. L S P
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      TAA->VVD
      Zaha->Fraser

    2. Kennedy
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      A - Keep as is
      B - Get King, Sterling & Fraser instead of Kane KDB & Perez

  5. davies
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Which defence do you rate higher?

    West Ham or Leicester?

    1. panda07
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Leicester

    2. Isaac.m94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      If you go off pre season then Leicester

  6. darkness
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Hi, NEED HELP! help me decide

      Team A

      Pope
      Zinchenko, van Dijk, Digne, Chambers
      Da Bruyne, Perez, Salah (c), Setrling (vc), Stephens
      Kane

      Bench
      Button, Lundstram, Greenwood, Wickham

      Team B

      Pope
      Zinchenko, van Dijk, Digne, Chambers
      Fraser, Perez, Salah (c), Setrling (vc)
      King, Kane

      Bench
      Button, Lundstram, Greenwood, Stephens

      1. TheCardinal
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        I like B better

        1. darkness
            1 month, 10 days ago

            cheers

        2. Pilgrim62
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          B more balanced

      2. TheCardinal
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        I know the defense is falling short..but I like the look of this midfield..thoughts guys?

        Ryan Button
        Robbo Digne Diop Rico Lundstram
        Salah Sterling KdB Fraser Perez
        King Delou Greenwood

        Also,
        a) KdB+King or
        b) BSilva+Wilson

        Much appreciated!

        1. L S P
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          downgrade fraser for DEF help

          can’t have rico and lund + greenwood

        2. Helia
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Yeah like the look of the midfield aswell but defence and bench is atrocious.

          Your going to have to make a sacrifice somewhere imo.

          Switch a mid to dendonks atleast and put someone in Greenwood’s place. That way atleast you’ll have 1 bench player that starts in Dendoncker... because greenwood won’t.

          1. Helia
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Rico Lund and greenwood, I’d only have one of them max. Preferably none of them.

          2. TheCardinal
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Hmm ..thanks Helia..would probably downgrade KdB to BSilva and bulk up that defense and bench a bit

        3. Pilgrim62
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Rico should start. I’m going to keep Rico and Lund for two GWs, then will upgrade

      3. S.Kuqi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        How does it look. Not so sure about Walker, Trossard and King.

        Pope (Button)
        Taa-Digne-Walker (Lowton, Lundstram)
        Salah-Kdb-Moura-Perez-Trossard
        Auba-King (Wickham)

        1. DV8R
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Walker is battling with Cancelo so you probably need to look for a replacement.

        2. The Man Pastore
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          I think Sterling is essential and I would get him by doing TAA - Walker - KDB - Trossard --> VVD - Guilbert - Sterling - Mcginn/Robinson.
          Also, I am not a fan of King and would prefer Jota/Wood

          1. The Man Pastore
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            But if you are happy without Sterling your team looks good. Maybe just Walker - Trossard --> Laporte - Mcginn/Robinson ?

            1. S.Kuqi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Not happy to start without Sterling but won't captain him in first two gws and I think Auba gives me better team structure and match Raheem in points

            2. S.Kuqi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              If I get Laporte, might aswell get Vvd for goal threat 🙂

              1. The Man Pastore
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Yep, looks good too. But it is nice having City coverage as well

          2. S.Kuqi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Cheers. Need to rethink. Good suggestion

            1. The Man Pastore
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              That might be a little light in defense but I chose this route. Without changing too much your team structure, I would try to get 0.5 to get Laporte instead of Walker. The best for me would be to downgrade Trossard

      4. TheCardinal
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        I know the defense is pathetic, but I like the look of this midfield..thoughts guys? Worth the risk or a big no ?

        Ryan Button
        Robbo Digne Diop Rico Lundstram
        Salah Sterling KdB Fraser Perez
        King Delou Greenwood

        Also,
        a) KdB + King or
        b) BSilva + Wilson??

        Help much appreciated!
        Cheers

      5. FPL-(VAR)dy
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        money not a problem
        Richarlison or Kdb?

        1. Najoman86
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          KdB

        2. Hint
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 10 days ago

          For sure KDB.

          Money no issue KDB or Vardy?

          1. Najoman86
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Assuming you have Sterling - I would go Vardy

            1. Hint
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Cheers. Been agonising over this one all week but I think you're right.

      6. 007 [RoboKlopp]
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        A or B guys?
        A. Moura, King
        B. Fraser, Jota

        Already have Wilson.

        Good luck all 🙂

      7. Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Barkley or Wood?

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

          Wood

      8. SomeoneKnows
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Ryan (Button)
        TTA, VVG, Digne, WALKER (Lundstram)
        Salah, Sterling, Fraser, PEREZ (Denoncker)
        WILSON, Jota (Greenwood)

        Or

        Ryan (Button)
        TTA, Digne, VVD, WALKER (Lundstram)
        Salah, Sterling, Fraser, PEREZ (Denoncker)
        WILSON, Jota (Greenwood)

        Or

        Ryan (Button)
        TTA, Digne, KWP, ZINCHENKO (Lundstram)
        Salah, Sterling, Fraser, MCGIN (Denoncker)
        AUBAMEYANG, Jota (Greenwood)

        1. SomeoneKnows
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Bahh copy paste fail, dillema between two options obviously

        2. Zlatanzo
            1 month, 10 days ago

            First

        3. davies
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Thoughts on the Kane/Auba hokey-cokey for GW2?

        4. steven8991
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Give me your thoughts and opinions about this team

          Ederson (Button)
          Robertson VVD Digne Rico Lundstram
          Salah Sterling Perez Trossard (Dendoncker)
          Wilson King Wood

          GW2: Wilson>Haller

          1. Mookty
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            No Jiménez

        5. Pilgrim62
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Wood or Jota

          1. SomeoneKnows
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            I'm going with Jota, he's in excellent form (another 3 assists yesterday!) and was withdrawn early so managed PL minutes or fatigue worry me less for GW1

        6. Zlatanzo
            1 month, 10 days ago

            A) rotating 4.5 DEFs + Wilson
            B) Laporte + King

          • Mookty
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            GTG?

            Pope
            Robertson, Zinchenko, Digne, TAA
            Salah, Steeling, Perez
            Jiménz, Wilson, King

            Button, Dendoncker, Lundstram, Hayden

            1. panda07
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              You can't afford that team so no

              1. panda07
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Oops yes you can so gtg

          • Crazygopher
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Does anyone know. If Abraham is nailed to play. Thanks

              1. L S P
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                he’s the likelier starter but far from nailed.

                1. Crazygopher
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    Thank you

                  • Crazygopher
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      Might go with zouma then

                2. Albrightondknight
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  One last time for the road tell me the bench is woeful and it's a stupid formation 🙂
                  Seriously any suggestions?

                  Heaton

                  Robbo VVD Digne KWP

                  Salah Sterling Fraser Moura Perez

                  Wilson

                  Woodman Laudstram Greenwood Nketiah

                  1. Jacky boy
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    I like it but moura, fraser, kwp and wilson are all shor terms. Only if you are WCing early

                    1. Albrightondknight
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      You nailed it!!! planning 3 transfers for a hit in GW2 hoping against hope I can hold KWP for a bit longer
                      GW1 has got to be a flyer

                  2. Jacky boy
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    Nketiah has gone. Get wickham or parrott

                    1. Kiwivillan
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      Wickham not in predicted line ups unless Zaha doesn't start

                  3. Jayv807
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    At least go Wickham over Nketiah who is on loan to Leeds.

                    1. Albrightondknight
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      Thanks guys just got home from work just read up on some transfers but never saw that.
                      Cheers

                  4. Albrightondknight
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    As I was saying last night the lack of flags on the my team tab is a joke.

                    1. Albrightondknight
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      Woodman gone too.

                  5. dukeigthorn
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    Nketiah is no longer a premier league player. Not a big fan of having one striker but starting 11 looks really good in all fairness.

                    1. Albrightondknight
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      Cheers. Thanks and I just noticed Woodman loaned too so got MCGovern

                3. DV8R
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  Thoughts on Norwood as a bench alternative to Dendoncker? Would play him when Montoya/Rico has a bad fixture.

                  1. PepSala
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    Just upgraded to him myself. Is he on pens and Free kicks? If he's not then I'm not sure hes worth the extra 0.5

                    1. DV8R
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      The set pieces page says he is.

                      1. PepSala
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        Then I'm going for him instead of dendo

                4. yer old da
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  Help a brother out with his last decision:

                  A. Stick with Laporte and Siggy
                  or
                  B. Upgrade Siggy to De Bruyne by swapping Laporte to a 5m defender?

                  1. Albrightondknight
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    A I think and if you got Sterling for sure

                  2. dukeigthorn
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    Who tho?

                5. shiek2134
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  Down to the wire. Any thoughts?

                  POPE Heaton
                  ROBBO VVD KWP Montoya Rico
                  SALAH (C) STERL MOURA ALMIRON DEND
                  WILSON WOOD Greenwood

                  Leaves 2.5 in the bank for some agility GW2.
                  - Upgrade anything (4th defender or MF)
                  - Thoughts on Wood punt...good form.
                  - Start Montoya or Send?

                6. steven8991
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  A. Wilson + King
                  B. Wilson + Wood

                  1. norab
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    B

                7. GunSlinger07
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  Basically set on this ...

                  GK • Pope
                  DF • AWB
                  DF • Digne
                  DF • Robbo
                  DF • Zinchenko
                  MF • Moura
                  MF • Martial
                  MF • Sterling
                  MF • Salah ©️
                  FW • King
                  FW • Wilson

                  0.5ITB

                  Should I put VVD in for Digne or GTG?

                  1. Albrightondknight
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    50 50 call I don't know
                    Or lose King up front and have both ?

                8. norab
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  A)KDB + King
                  or
                  B)Moura + Wilson

                9. steven8991
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  A. Ederson + Jota (no MCI defenders)
                  B. Pope + Jimenez + 0.5

                  1. norab
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    I like B

                10. Rude Reviewer
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  A. Trossard
                  or
                  B. Ings

                  Help!!!

                  1. norab
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    I've got A

                  2. HMC
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    Trossard 4th or 5th mid?
                    i like him better than Ings but not sure either are reliable

                11. money face bandwagon
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  King or murray for the first 3?

                  1. Kiwivillan
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    Neither

                12. Jacky boy
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  Who will start you guess?
                  Rico or Daniels?

                  1. Kiwivillan
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    If Daniels starts lot of upset people. Hanley seems most likely of 4m to start and Rico and Kelly no one knows

                  2. L S P
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    probably Daniels because of all these people picking rico/lund saying it'll be fine