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. squirrelbean
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 11 days ago

    Thoughts on my backline playing 4 most weeks.

    TAA/Robbi undecided / VVD / Digne / Montoya / Zouma

    Considering swapping Zouma for a 4-4.5 til I see how Chelsea settle in.

    1. royals forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      Go with Zouma from the start why waste a transfer

  2. royals forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    6 months, 11 days ago

    For this team what should I do this GW

    Pickford Button

    Van Dijk Wan-Bissaka Robertson Zouma Targett

    Salah Sterling Perez Tielemans Dendoncker

    Wilson Ings Wesley

    Wesley (tot) in a 3-4-3
    Dendoncker (lei) in a 3-5-2
    Zouma (mun) in a 4-4-2

    Any ideas would be welcomed

    1. Holteenderinthesky
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 11 days ago

      I prefer Guilbert from Villa. Has looked very good with some attacking returns. Not a fan of the Leicester double.

    2. fplchampzzz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      I won't go with Ings and Wesley together as they are both 6.0, making upgrade difficult if one of them fails or a 6.5/7.0 option emerges. I will go for a 6.5 striker (eg. from watford) or Kean. Can get the extra value from downgrading targett/ Pickford

      1. fplchampzzz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 11 days ago

        Can consider downgrading Tielemans to Trossard as well

  3. Nomar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    6 months, 11 days ago

    Torn between Wilson and Moutinho (own Fraser) or Jiminez and 6m mid (Probably Grealish or Trossard).

    1. royals forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      Jimenez and Trossard

  4. TheCardinal
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 11 days ago

    Pretty much my last decision lads!

    a) Jota
    b) Deeney
    c) Delou

    Help me!

    1. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      A

    2. DAVESAVES
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      A

    3. Azathoth
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      B

  5. Albrightondknight
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 11 days ago

    Digne 26%
    Coleman 3.5 %
    Was there always such a disparity or fear of Aidibe made it worse?
    Coleman becomes a diff or a really bad pick depending on your view I suppose
    Can Coleman hold the place or at best there will be rotation?

    1. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 11 days ago

      No need for differentials now - get whichever you think scores the most points.

      I think both are nailed but Coleman has slightly more game time risk

    2. Over Midwicket
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      Digne blows Coleman out of the water in terms of chances created. He underperformed his xA which implies he had the capacity to vastly outscore him this season.

      1. Albrightondknight
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 11 days ago

        K but when it means
        Digne and absolute fodder bench
        Or
        Coleman and 4.5 playing defender younsay risk the fodder?

        1. Over Midwicket
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 11 days ago

          Find the .5 another way.

          1. Albrightondknight
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 11 days ago

            The old .5 dilemma and every time we solve it we create another one for ourselves 🙂

    3. HaydenXL
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      I think Coleman isn't as nailed, didn't Everton sign a new defender? I could be wrong. Digne is just more nailed and performs better imo.

    4. Mr. Wizard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      Digne, much more secure option, and has that free-kick option.... you'll regret it otherwise

    5. Albrightondknight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      Thanks for the feedback looks like holding Digne it will be

    6. CHRISFF
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      Ryan button
      Robertson VVD zichenko digne

      Salah sterling Pérez Silva Sigurdsson

      King

      Lundstrom wickham Greenwood

      What you guys think

  6. manu4life99
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    6 months, 11 days ago

    Any final tweaks?

    Heaton(button)
    VVD TAA Digne (montoya,lundstrom)
    Salah Sterling Perez Moura (Hayden)
    King Wilson Ings

    1. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      No 4m looks guaranteed. Hanley the most

  7. Flynny
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 11 days ago

    Morning. Would you make any changes here? Thanks

    Pope
    Robbo vvd digne guilbert rico
    Salah sterling fraser perez trossard
    Wilson jota Greenwood

    1. Rinseboy
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      Fraser to Moura for first few weeks and Gilbert to Montoya

      1. Flynny
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 11 days ago

        Fraser to moura def an option.

        Expect him to lose his place after 2 weeks tho...

        1. Rinseboy
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 11 days ago

          great player to start with though and then plenty of options in Fraser Martial etc.

          1. Flynny
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 11 days ago

            Thanks

  8. Fernando Torres
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 11 days ago

    A) KDB, TAA, King
    B) Sterling, VVD, Rico

    Which one is better

    1. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      Rico not nailed starter

  9. Origi-nal
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 11 days ago

    Bottomed

    A) AWB & Lucas

    B) Robbo & Trossard/Barkley (have VVD)

  10. Nomar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    6 months, 11 days ago

    Spurs genuinely beginning to look too rich for my budget this season.

  11. DAVESAVES
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 11 days ago

    A ) Duffy & Lowton

    B ) Wan Bissaka & Montoya

    ?

  12. john25
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 11 days ago

    Repost.

    Hey guys, why does it say Pope can be “rested” on the watchlist? Is he equally nailed on as Heaton?

    Cheers

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      You got an answer..

  13. Azathoth
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 11 days ago

    If you have in your team a player who was loaned to a championship club,like Norris (GK,Wolves),there's no fear that his price is gonna drop,right?

    1. Evil Genius
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      He'll be red flagged and unlikely to drop.

  14. AnfieldLad
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 11 days ago

    This look okay?

    Heston (button)
    TAA VVD Zinch Digne (Rico)
    Salah Sterling Kdb Perez (Dendoc)
    Jota King (Nket

  15. Evil Genius
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 11 days ago

    Final piece of the puzzle:

    King or Wood?

    1. The Man Pastore
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      Wood or Jota are the best 6.5 option imo

    2. DAVESAVES
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      King if no Wilson. Otherwise Woody

      1. Evil Genius
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 11 days ago

        Have Fraser but no Wilson

        1. DAVESAVES
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 11 days ago

          I prefer King over Wood. B’mouth do score alot

    3. HaydenXL
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      I think king, even if you have Wilson. Those 2 opening fixtures look juicy. Hense why I have 3 Bournemouth. I could switch Frazer to Lucas, but I just got this feeling Frazer will score more

  16. llopesso19
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 11 days ago

    ok last doubt. do I risk Greenwood to drop the price in the first 4 weeks or managers will have another concerns to deal?

  17. The Man Pastore
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 11 days ago

    Which one do you prefer for a 2x4.5 rotation :

    A) Taylor / Guilbert
    B) Dunk / Guilbert
    C) Taylor / Diop
    D) Any other ?

    1. Bonita
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 11 days ago

      B.

    2. De Gea is GOAT
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      A

  18. The Curse of Falcao
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 11 days ago

    A) KDB & Jota
    or
    B) B.Silva & Wilson

    (have King so B would mean a double up on Bou attack, but A would mean 2 6.5 attackers, with Greenwood on the bench).

  19. Pieterke30
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 11 days ago

    What is more likely?

    A. Wesley getting attacking returns vs Spurs, away
    B. Cathcart getting a CS vs BHA

    1. Azathoth
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      B

  20. Mr. Wizard
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 11 days ago

    Ings (A) or Jota (B)?

    1. Bonita
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 11 days ago

      Jota.

  21. The Overthinker - I blame R…
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 11 days ago

    Anyone having Salah and not captaining him?

    1. Bonita
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 11 days ago

      I've got him but captaining Auba instead.

  22. daitheboot
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 11 days ago

    A - Vardy, King & Deeney (or Westwood)
    B - Kane, King & Greenwood

    Keep changing my mind

    1. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      A if all three are starters, B if Greenwood is bench fodder.

  23. bitm2007
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 11 days ago

    A) Leporte, Wilson, Jimenez (Hayden)

    B) Trossard, Kane, King (Kelly)

  24. Atimis
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 11 days ago

    Have like 3 options:

    1) Haller Wesley Dendo
    2) Wesley Green Moura
    3) Jota Kean/Abraham Dendo

    1. Pieterke30
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      2

  25. Over Midwicket
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 11 days ago

    Who's the best 4.5 defender for the first few weeks? Ideally a good fixture GW2. Thinking Guilbert or O'Connell?

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      Guilb I think

  26. The Tinkerman
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 11 days ago

    A) Martial and start with .5ITB
    B) Bilva

    The latter will start in the front 3 of the team most likely to be top scorers this season. Trying not to over think it...

    Pope
    Robbo, TAA, Digne, Guilbert/Montoya
    Salah, Sterling, _____, Perez
    Wilson, King

    Button; Dendo, Greenwood

    1. Over Midwicket
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      Moura or Fraser imo and assess Tony

      1. The Tinkerman
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 11 days ago

        Don’t want treble BOU attack and Moura would be gone after GW1, so passing on both of those. I like the look of Martial, with Lukaku gone he should be good value this year

        1. Over Midwicket
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 11 days ago

          How about Fraser and King to Jota/Woody/Delboy

          1. Over Midwicket
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            6 months, 11 days ago

            Followed by* rather than and

    2. DAVESAVES
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      Martial

    3. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      I was about to post about martial. Is he playing up front and is he now nailed?

      1. DAVESAVES
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 11 days ago

        No Lukaku makes him even more nailed imo. Central striker or left/right forward.

    4. Goonsquad245
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      United most likely to be top scorers? A bit early to be on the beers

  27. manu4life99
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    6 months, 11 days ago

    A) 343 with Ings (lundstrom fodder)
    B) 442 with KWP/Zouma rotation
    C) 442 with AWB/Zinc (montoya sub)

  28. BusbySwede
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 11 days ago

    27.5£ on 4 players (two mid two fw), which ones? Fraser, Perez, Sigurdsson, Iwobi, Barkley, Kean, Che Adams, Wood, Abraham or someone else?
    Have Wilson, Salah, Sterling and a 4.5 mid.

  29. Zion
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 11 days ago

    Not seeing that many Felipe Andersons in teams posted here. What is the consensus? I have him in my team, but I'm getting a bit worried that I should go for Barkley instead.

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      He ought to be in more. Maybe too many people are freaked by GW1 and not looking longer term. From GW2 his fixtures are very tasty and if he gets an assist tomorrow there'll be a rush on him.

    2. markus808
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      I had him but changed my mind, also I guess Yarmolenko will do better this year. Felipe is not a proven asset, go with Sigurdson or someone with a proven track record, you will get someone from Chelsae for the same money, let's wait for few gameweeks and then see.

      1. abaalan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 11 days ago

        Like the look of whu this season, but looking at lanzini or fornals for .5 cheaper or Haller up top

  30. markus808
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 11 days ago

    I think Chelsea offers most value picks this year, but the question is, do we already know who is going to start and do well for them, or should one wait for a few gameweeks?

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      It's a gamble. I'm not waiting. I'm confident enough that Pulisic and Abrahams will start, and I do think Barkley is worth the risk if you have cover on the bench.