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. Pepe Le Pukki
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Now Fabianski is fit to start, can he be a good set and forget option ?

    1. TorresMagic™ - bcvy39
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Of course.

  2. Grievez
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Iwobi to Everton on a 5 year deal. Anyone? Anyone? Beuller?

    1. Bullet Eder
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Gonna be great value at points this season, watchlist for now for sure.

  3. Johnny Drama
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Feeling quite settled!
    Thoughts?

    Pope-(Henderson)

    Digne-TAA-KWP-AWB-(Lundstram)

    Salah-Sterling-Trossard-Robinson-(Dendoncker)

    Kane-King-(Greenwood)

    1.0 itb

    1. Mayanyi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Quite nice team considering all of Salah-Sterling-Kane. Punty with trossard/robinson which could work out. Would maybe consider upgrading one of them with the extra cash, for example Trossard to Perez but quite a few alternatives there.

      1. Johnny Drama
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Thx for input mate!

  4. Jam0sh
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Evening guys. Which one of the following combos you'd prefer:

    A) Coleman, Van Dijk, Fraser
    B) Digne, Robertson, Perez

    1. RS333
      2 months, 15 days ago

      B

    2. Neves say Neves
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 15 days ago

      B easy

    3. sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      B

    4. LangerznMash
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      B

    5. Jam0sh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Cheers all. Little surprisingly unanimous

  5. abaalan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Is Iwobi now a decent option at Everton at 6.0??

    1. LosBlancos
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      He wouldnt be a decent option in City, still Iwobi 😆

    2. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Can't be worse than Bernard.

  6. Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    A) Wesley Moura/Lo Celso/Fraser (preferably a Spurs one)
    B) Haller Trossard

    Which punts to start?

    1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      I don't think I could look myself in the mirror tomorrow if I backtrack on Haller now, so that one 🙂

  7. LosBlancos
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Everton sign Iwobi instead of Zaha.

    But... Why?

    Have they not seen Iwobi play?

    1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      he's a good player

      1. LosBlancos
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        I dont rate him much, think he starts ahead od Bernard?

    2. Scratch
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      He's not bad, could be good for Everton

    3. Nigel Knows
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Because it’s everton

  8. The_FF_King
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Best 4.5 defender??

  9. Scratch
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Think i'm actually quite happy with this

    Pope / Heaton
    KWP / Robertson / Diop / Rico / Cathcart
    Moura / Hayden / Salah / KDB / Dendoncker
    Auba / King / Firmino
    £0.5m itb

  10. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Are you getting Jimenez or Jota. Jimenez for me, worth 1m more IMO.

    1. FOMFF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      I would if i had the budget

    2. QUEN
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Opted for jota myself. Can’t find the extra 1m

    3. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Thinking of swapping Wilson for Jota/Jimi GW3.

  11. adstomko
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Is it worth spending my extra 0.5m on Maddison over Pérez?

    1. QUEN
      2 months, 15 days ago

      No

  12. QUEN
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Was Chelsea’s conference today or is it tomorrow?

    1. Gravless are for Kinnear
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Depends which part of the world you live in

      1. QUEN
        2 months, 15 days ago

        I’ll rephrase, has it happened yet? 🙂

        1. The Train Driver
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          No

  13. sminkypinky
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Would you rather have
    Kdb and King or
    Moura and Wilson?

    1. gooner_112233445566
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Kdb and king so easily

    2. QUEN
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Tough
      KDB king long term

    3. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Latter. And I have. 🙂

      1. sminkypinky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        King will have to do well to match Wilson. Then again Kdb is a long term option.

  14. n-doggg
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    A. Barkley and ings
    B. Robinson and jota

    1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      B).

      1. n-doggg
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        You love the jots

        1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          I do. But I can't afford him, just yet. 😐

    2. royals forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      B with Ings + 0.5

    3. LangerznMash
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      A

    4. QUEN
      2 months, 15 days ago

      B

  15. gooner_112233445566
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Which one guys??

    A) vvd, Montoya, kdb, jota
    B) Robertson, Montoya, b silva, Jimenez
    C) Robertson, Maguire (any 5.5 defender), b silva, jota

    1. royals forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      C

    2. QUEN
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Tough. All good options tbh,

      I like b silva as a choice but as I’m biased With my own team I’ll say A

    3. Mayanyi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Without knowing rest of your team - C

  16. royals forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    In your opinion who is the best 5.0 DF to have out of

    Zouma
    Walker-Peters

    for the first few (2-4) GWs

    Any ideas would be welcomed

    1. KGFC
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Zouma, better fix

    2. TorresMagic™ - bcvy39
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      The one with more chance of playing all 4.

  17. KGFC
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    How many and which Liverpool defenders are you getting?

    1. Dannyb
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Virg and Robbo

    2. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Just the one, Mrs. Wembley. Van Dijk.

    3. royals forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      VVD and Robbo

    4. UnitedFan
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      TAA and VVD at the moment. Debating Robbo over Trent though.

    5. Do I Not Like Orange
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Just Trent.

    6. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Vvd

    7. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Trent and Robbo

  18. Dannyb
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Rp
    Best of these?
    A
    Heaton
    VVD Robbo AWB Montoya
    Salah Sterling Perez
    Wood King Auba
    Button Rico Donkey Hayden

    B
    DDG
    VVD Robbo Digne
    Martial Perez Salah Sterling
    Wood King Jota
    Bench same as above

  19. gooner_112233445566
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Best 7.5 forward?
    Best 6.5 forward?

    1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      The Wolves chaps and Big Boss Haller

    2. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Jimenez
      Jota

  20. Squeaky Bum Time
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Left it ridiculously late this year so this is my first draft. Please be gentle:

    Lloris
    Robertson / AwB / KWP
    Salah / B Silva / Martial / Perez
    Kane / King / Jota

    Pope / Cathcart / Dunk / Hayden

    1. The Pesci challenge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Good but not liking martial, I think there’s better options

      1. Squeaky Bum Time
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Yeah it's def a gamble but he's oop and someone needs to get the goals for them. I'll be quick to pull the trigger on him if they look like crap on Sunday.

  21. Mayanyi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    First RMT this year:

    Pope/Heaton
    TAA/VVD/Digne/Zinch/Montoya
    Siggy/Salah/KDB/Perez/Dendoncker
    Wilson/King/Wickham

    1.5 ITB

    Left quite alot ITB... crazy? Thought being will be easier to adapt team when we know more after initial GW's and avoid hits if possible. Have had Sterling in all my teams so far, so afraid of leaving him out. But liking the balance and flexibility of this. Where would you upgrade/downgrade? Double BOU attack will obviously change down the line but they have a sweet start to the season. Could be upgraded to heavy hitter or switched to for example abraham/rashford...whoever seems to be firing.

  22. sym95
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 15 days ago

    No big hitters up front a concern?

    Ryan | (Button)
    Van Dijk | Robertson | Zinchenko | (Kelly) | (Simpson)
    Salah | Sterling | Martial | Moura | Perez
    Jimenez | King | (Greenwood)

    1. Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Your bench is the concern mate

      1. sym95
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Don't think there will be much rotation at the start of the season though, may downgrade moura to upgrade a sub defender

  23. adstomko
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Thoughts on this?

    Heaton
    Trent, Van Dijk, Digne, Walker-Peters
    Salah, Lucas, Pérez
    Aubameyang, Vardy, Wilson

    1. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Lack of Man City an obvious concern. KWP and Moura could be transfers waiting to happen and Leicester double up is a bit much imo.

    2. KGFC
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      No City can really hurt, otherwise solid team

  24. rnrd
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Does bésic to SHU ends the Lundstram 4.0 option in def ?

    1. Slouch87 Scott Talent
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      yes

    2. Paul Psychic Octopus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Who knows? He's performed well in pre-season, doesn't;t deserve to lose his place (yet).

      1. Slouch87 Scott Talent
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Hardly kicked a ball in the championship. He's gone as an option.

  25. Paul Psychic Octopus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Don't wish to pick on Iwobi. But £28-34m for an underperforming, overrated player shows just how insane the PL is. I doubt he will be selected in many fantasy teams.

  26. Codetto
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    A) sterling + king

    B) kane + fraser

    1. Dannyb
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      A

  27. bjarnia87
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Perez or Barkley?

    1. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      I've both at the moment.

    2. Neves say Neves
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Perez no contest

  28. Salt'N'Pepe
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Thoughts on my final draft?

    Ryan
    Coleman Ake VVD
    Salah Perez Sterling KDB Fraser
    Wesley Wilson

    Button Greenwood Lundstram Kelly

  29. PL Ball
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Who is more nailed on..

    Dendoncker or Stephens?

    1. Paul Psychic Octopus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      These questions are impossible to answer on eve of new season. But I'm going with Dendoncker.

  30. olebo
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Heaton - Button (4-5-1)
    Digne - Robbertson - TAA - Zinchenko - (Lundstram/Rico)
    Grealish - Fraser - Siggy - Salah - Sterling
    King - Wickham - Greenwood

    Fraser and Greenwood -> Wilson and Hayden/Dendoncker?
    This would give one safe starter on bench at least