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. Druze
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 11 days ago

    most nailed 4.0 defenders and 4.5 fwd?

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

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

    2. Hazardouss
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 11 days 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
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 11 days 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
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 11 days ago

      2

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

    Ryan

    VVD zichenko Robertson digne

    Salah sterling Pérez Sigurdsson Silva

    King

    Bench Ryan greenwood Lundstrom wickham

    Any thoughts?

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

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

  4. Dare Do The Punt
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 11 days 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
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      Both seam v little risk

    2. Cricket_Badger
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

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

    3. Swanremainsthesame
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 11 days 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
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 11 days 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
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      I like the team, prefer Kane to Aubameyang though

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

      whoz taylor

      1. Cricket_Badger
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 11 days ago

        Burnley

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

        Burnley def

  6. Brunsvigeren
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 11 days 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
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      TAA is a rotation risk for Gw2 with super cup midweek

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

        Hmm, don't think så

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

          You think here play 3 games in a week?

      2. Cricket_Badger
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 11 days ago

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

        1. HMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 11 days ago

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

  7. QUEN
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 11 days ago

    King or jota

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

      King

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

      king

    3. Exeterslowly
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 11 days 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
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      Jota for sure

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

      Start With King, switch to Jota later

  8. RabMac
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 11 days ago

    RMT for GW1 please.

    Ryan

    Robertson KWP VVD

    Siggy Sterling Salah (C) McGinn

    King Vardy Deulofeu

    Krul, Dendoncker, Lundstram, Kelly

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

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

      1. RabMac
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 11 days ago

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

  9. Fero1905
      6 months, 11 days 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
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 11 days 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
            6 months, 11 days ago

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

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

        Which one better:

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

      3. Dare Do The Punt
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 11 days 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
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 11 days ago

          Fabianski & Button

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

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

        Button, Lundstram, Rico, Greenwood;

      5. McGowan
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 11 days 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
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 11 days ago

          Got 0.5 itb

        2. Cricket_Badger
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 11 days ago

          Looks good, maybe upgrade Zouma perhaps?

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

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

            1. Gravy_Davey
              • 6 Years
              6 months, 11 days 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
              • 7 Years
              6 months, 11 days ago

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

      6. as33
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 11 days ago

        Zinchenko or Coleman?

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

          Both good picks, I’d say zinchenko though

          1. as33
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 11 days ago

            But he wont get any assist or goal

        2. Cricket_Badger
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 11 days ago

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

      7. Exeterslowly
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 11 days 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
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 11 days 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.

      8. United2603
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 11 days ago

        Last thing (ithink) and id be GTG

        A Siggy & VVD
        B Moura & TAA

        Thanks lads!

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

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

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

          Bench is fine

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

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

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

            So yeah I think our team looks good

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

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

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

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

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

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

        First to 2. All would start.

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

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

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

            Thanks

      11. sturdys
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 11 days 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
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 11 days ago

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

      12. Kopkloppers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 11 days 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
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 11 days 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.

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

          D)Ryan

        2. Danstoke82
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 11 days ago

          B) Pope

      14. otty10
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 11 days 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
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 11 days ago

          B

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

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

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

        TAA or VVD?

        1. Cricket_Badger
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 11 days ago

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

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

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

        1. Cricket_Badger
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 11 days ago

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

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

        Siggy or Martial?

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

          Siggy is better pick long term, not sure for GW1

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

          Siggy

        3. Cricket_Badger
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 11 days 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.

      18. Cricket_Badger
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 11 days 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
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 11 days ago

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

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

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

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

          your missing a player

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

            you're

          2. Cricket_Badger
            • 7 Years
            6 months, 11 days ago

            Generic 4.5m - Dendoncker / Drinkwater, unfortunately.

        3. Kopkloppers
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 11 days ago

          I like Barkley.

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

            Barkley is not a good player

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

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

              1. Cricket_Badger
                • 7 Years
                6 months, 11 days ago

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

      19. Adambailey7
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 11 days ago

        Hopefully last draft. G2g?

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

      20. King Huth
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 11 days ago

        Best 4.5 def to play everygame?

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

        Thanks in advance guys!

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

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

        2. crossfox
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 11 days ago

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

        3. King Huth
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 11 days ago

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

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

            Think Brighton def is a big risk tbh

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

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

        Button, Rico, Dendoncker, Greenwood;

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

          Swap Azp for a non Chelsea def

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

            Thank you

      22. shelvey33
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 11 days 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
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 11 days ago

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