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. Gabbiadini
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    most nailed 4.0 defenders and 4.5 fwd?

    1. tuvok
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Non-nailed but (defs) Lundstrum & Rico likely to start the season; (fwds) Greenwood only one likely to get any minutes

    2. Hazardouss
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Druze, I’m thinking wickham, Or greenwood but of course, everyman and his dog has greeny.

      4.0 Defs, Rico or Kelly?

  2. Hazardouss
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Thoughts on 1 or 2 please?

    2 x 4.5 gkp, Vvd, AWB, Barkley and Kane

    Or

    1 x 4.5 gkp, TAA, Digne, Moura and Wilson

    Cheers all, good luck!

    1. L Ron Cupboard
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      2

  3. CHRISFF
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Ryan

    VVD zichenko Robertson digne

    Salah sterling Pérez Sigurdsson Silva

    King

    Bench Ryan greenwood Lundstrom wickham

    Any thoughts?

    1. Crazygopher
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Ryan on bench ?
      Hope all your out players play. You might want a player on you bench with nailed game time.

  4. FPL Kaka
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Which is less risky for my team?

    A) Pope and a 4m GK

    B) Owning a 4m defender but all others are nailed

    1. CHRISFF
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Both seam v little risk

    2. Cricket_Badger
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Same (little) amount of risk as Pope and other 4 defenders are all going to play.

    3. Swanremainsthesame
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Depends if you are playing 4-x-x or 3-x-x & if you can pick a 4.0 def who actually gets solid gametime
      If 3-x-x then have a goalie backup, if 4-x-x then a def backup
      Or just wing it like most people.

  5. The Man Pastore
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Went with 3 premiums, any thoughts on this team ?

    Henderson
    VVD Digne Taylor
    Sterling Salah Moura Perez Mcginn
    Aubameyang Jota

    Button Guilbert Lundstram Greenwood

    Cheers!

    1. CHRISFF
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I like the team, prefer Kane to Aubameyang though

    2. PogBruno
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      whoz taylor

      1. Cricket_Badger
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Burnley

      2. The Man Pastore
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Burnley def

  6. Brunsvigeren
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Okay, I think im settled

    Pope,
    TAA, Digne, KWP
    Salah, Perez, Sigurdsson, B. Silva, Fraser
    King, Firmino

    Ryan, Zinchenko, Long, Kelly

    Think its quiet balanced, I really wanted Firmino, så downgraded Wilson to King

    Thoughts?

    1. CHRISFF
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      TAA is a rotation risk for Gw2 with super cup midweek

      1. Brunsvigeren
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Hmm, don't think så

        1. CHRISFF
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          You think here play 3 games in a week?

      2. Cricket_Badger
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Can't see them taking the Super Cup that seriously.

        1. HMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          LIV will definitely field strong team. Its in Istanbul and they wont want to lose to english team

  7. QUEN
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 1 month ago

    King or jota

    1. CHRISFF
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      King

    2. RIDZ
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      king

    3. Exeterslowly
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Jots is a great player. He made three assists yesterday just think his position will be under threat from more European games so King is the best choice here

    4. Fernando Torres
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Jota for sure

    5. Pino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Start With King, switch to Jota later

  8. RabMac
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    RMT for GW1 please.

    Ryan

    Robertson KWP VVD

    Siggy Sterling Salah (C) McGinn

    King Vardy Deulofeu

    Krul, Dendoncker, Lundstram, Kelly

    1. McGowan
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Like it. But if kwp stops playing 0 cover with 2 4m defs

      1. RabMac
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Do you think KWP is at risk of losing his place?

  9. Fero1905
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Pope
    Wan bissaka digne vvd kyle pieters
    Salah kdb martial moura
    Wilson wood

    Button lundsram jota dendoncker

    2 mio left

    What do you think? Wich player i should upgrade

    1. McGowan
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      If you're starting jota on the bench maybe downgrade to 6m or 5.5m. Up wan-b to Robertson and save 1 mil?

      1. Fero1905
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Do you think it is nice to have 2 expensive defenders from one team?
        maybe you are right

  10. RIDZ
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Which one better:

    a) Jimenez (lei MUN BUR)
    b) Wood (SOU ars wol)

  11. FPL Kaka
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    I’m trying to play as safe as possible do I :

    A) Get Hart with Pope (two 4.5m GKs)
    B) Get a 4m defender but ensure other defenders are nailed

    Just asking what is historically safer I suppose

    1. Herman Toothrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Fabianski & Button

  12. llopesso19
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Pope; Robertson, Dijk, Walker; Salah, Sterling, Sigurdsson, Martial, Perez; Jota, King;

    Button, Lundstram, Rico, Greenwood;

  13. McGowan
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Last one before the deadline:
    Thoughts? Suggestions? HELP ty

    Alisson
    VVD, Walker-Peters, Digne
    Martial, Barkley, Salah, Sterling, Perez
    Wood, King

    McGovern, Locadia, Rico, Zouma

    1. McGowan
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Got 0.5 itb

    2. Cricket_Badger
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Looks good, maybe upgrade Zouma perhaps?

      1. McGowan
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Starting Chelsea def at 5m I'm hearing? Think that's pretty tasty

        1. Gravy_Davey
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Sounds good when you say it like that but their defence has been poor pre season and Lampard wasn’t exactly known for having a tight defence at Derby.

        2. Cricket_Badger
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Is he definitely starting? Rudiger / Christensen / Zouma fighting out for 2 spots?

  14. as33
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Zinchenko or Coleman?

    1. CHRISFF
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Both good picks, I’d say zinchenko though

      1. as33
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        But he wont get any assist or goal

    2. Cricket_Badger
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Both could be nice. Zin could be rotated after a couple of matches though but can be moved around to another 5.5m

  15. Exeterslowly
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    It’s difficult now as Coleman has serious competition and zinch might not be nailed on. Even Lundstram the 4.0 budget is under threat from Besic coming in. All of which requires further team tinkering

    1. Cricket_Badger
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Similar position to you. I've gone for Digne + VVD instead of TAA + Coleman now. Feels wrong, but safer.

      I've gone for Rico as my 4.0 instead of Rico but not really worried about my 5th defender tbh.

  16. Fernandito
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Last thing (ithink) and id be GTG

    A Siggy & VVD
    B Moura & TAA

    Thanks lads!

    1. CHRISFF
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      A Moura will need to go at some point as never cements his place, so A

  17. dee_top
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Guys! Do you think my starting squad with this risky bench is worth it?

    Ryan
    Robbo | VVD | Digne | Zinchenko
    Salah | Sterling | Siggy | Perez | Bilva
    King

    Subs: Button | Rico | Greenwood | Wickham

    1. Pino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Bench is fine

    2. CHRISFF
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Literally my exact starting team see above, are you copying me?

      1. CHRISFF
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        So yeah I think our team looks good

        1. dee_top
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Thnx bro! No, I have this team for last 3 days

          1. CHRISFF
            • 6 Years
            1 year, 1 month ago

            Hope we both have a great game week, doubt are change my team now unless press conferences say anything of interest

    3. Cricket_Badger
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Pretty standard bench I think, which looks fine to me for now. Great team.

  18. Fernando Torres
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

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

    First to 2. All would start.

    1. Pino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      A, it lets you also swap KDB for Son/Pepe later on

      1. Fernando Torres
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Thanks

  19. sturdys
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    So I have one final decision to make. Either Option 1. Zouma, Perez and 4.5 striker playing a 451. Option 2 Montoya 4.5 Dendonker and Kean (everton) up front playing 4 4 2 thoughts would be appreciated.

    1. Cricket_Badger
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I'd do the latter but not with Kean - prefer Jota or King and use the 0.5m to upgrade elsewhere.

  20. FALSE PROFIT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    a Heaton/Pope or just one?
    b Digne or Maguire/WanB?
    c 2 of Martial, Maura and Fraser? (I have Wilson)
    d Taylor or Holebas?
    f Do you need a good bencher with risks such as Martial, Zinchenko, Ings(Injury) Maura? I have McGinn

    1. Cricket_Badger
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      1. One for me - set and forget
      2. Digne for me - want to see how Utd do first.
      3. Moura and Martial. Prefer Fraser to both but you have Wilson.
      4. Holebas for attacking returns.
      5. I would say so. Tay/Hol can cover Zin. Martial and Moura likely to get rotated after a while. You might have totally different midfield by that time though.

  21. The Man Pastore
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Which GK would you pick as the only 4.5 and why?

    A) Henderson
    B) Pope
    C) Heaton

    1. Laurel and Vardy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      D)Ryan

    2. Danstoke82
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      B) Pope

  22. otty10
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Fine tuning here....

    A. Trossard and walker

    Or

    B. Robinson or Laporte

    Or

    C Zouma and Zaha

    So many options, thoughts appreciated.

    1. Danstoke82
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      B

    2. sturdys
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      A for me. Maybe Dignie if you don't have him as walker potential rotation.

  23. Fernando Torres
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    TAA or VVD?

    1. Cricket_Badger
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Pretty close but I've gone for VVD due to possible rests for TAA.

  24. The Man Pastore
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Do you like the Dunk / Guilbert rotation? Or do you suggest another one?

    1. Cricket_Badger
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Don't quote me on it but Diop / Taylor apparently?

  25. Mr. Mystic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Siggy or Martial?

    1. Gringo Kid
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Siggy is better pick long term, not sure for GW1

    2. CHRISFF
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Siggy

    3. Cricket_Badger
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Siggy for me. Dislike Martial as you never seem to know what he or United will do. Personally staying away from Utd attackers until I see how they're playing.

  26. Cricket_Badger
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Anybody else dislike their team but not sure what to do with it?

    Pope
    VVD | Digne | Zinchenko
    Salah | Sterling | Perez | Barkley
    Kane | Wilson

    Button | Dunk | Rico | Wickham

    1. CHRISFF
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      3 premiums is to much ditch one of salah sterling or Kane upgrade others

      1. The Man Pastore
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        no it is not. Love my 3 premium team (see above)

    2. The Man Pastore
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      your missing a player

      1. The Man Pastore
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        you're

      2. Cricket_Badger
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Generic 4.5m - Dendoncker / Drinkwater, unfortunately.

    3. FALSE PROFIT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I like Barkley.

      1. CHRISFF
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Barkley is not a good player

        1. FALSE PROFIT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          At his price, points per minute and a Lampard favorite; who care if he is good or not.

          1. Cricket_Badger
            • 8 Years
            1 year, 1 month ago

            This is my logic, but obviously it is Barkley. Think he will start at No. 10?

  27. Adambailey7
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Hopefully last draft. G2g?

    Pope
    VVD, TAA, KWP, Digne
    Salah, Sterling, Perez, Robinson
    Kane, King

  28. King Huth
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Best 4.5 def to play everygame?

    A. Cathcart
    B. Diop
    C. Dunk/Montoya
    D. Other??

    Thanks in advance guys!

    1. CHRISFF
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Dion for fixtures, but you can’t trust any of those defences

    2. crossfox
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Wouldn't go near west ham def.. Cathcart?

    3. King Huth
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      no love for brighton boy? seem to have most atk potential also?

      1. crossfox
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Think Brighton def is a big risk tbh

  29. llopesso19
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Pope;
    Robertson, Dijk, Walker, Az;
    Salah, Sterling, Sigurdsson, Martial;
    Jota, King;

    Button, Rico, Dendoncker, Greenwood;

    1. crossfox
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Swap Azp for a non Chelsea def

      1. llopesso19
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Thank you

  30. shelvey33
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Guys, I need your opinion! Which option is better for the the next 3 games?

    A) Siggy - King
    B) Wilson - Ayoze

    1. Cricket_Badger
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Think it'll be pretty close. I currently own B.