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The FPL line-up lessons we learned from Gameweek 1

With new signings, new managers and indeed three new teams clouding the water, anticipating the Gameweek 1 line-ups was always going to be tricky.

Our pre-season coverage helped point us in the right direction and there weren’t as many shocks as there might have been in the various starting XIs.

There were still lessons to be learned, though, so we will discuss each team selection on a match-by-match basis in the article below.

Liverpool v Norwich City

Liverpool were in their tried-and-tested 4-3-3, with Divock Origi patrolling the left flank.

Sadio Mane, late back from the Africa Cup of Nations, emerged as a 74th-minute substitute to replace the Belgian on the wing.

Alisson began the match in goal but budget FPL goalkeeper Adrian – listed above – came on for the injured Brazil international in the first half.

As happened in the Community Shield, Joe Gomez was given the nod over Joel Matip alongside Virgil van Dijk at centre-half.

Norwich were short on fit centre-halves, so Ben Godfrey and Grant Hanley were the pair selected at the heart of the defence.

Kenny McLean was chosen over Mario Vrancic and Moritz Leitner in the double-pivot, although the latter came on before the hour-mark.

£4.5m midfielder Todd Cantwell, who has also featured in place of Marco Stiepermann in pre-season, edged out Onel Hernandez on the left flank.

Hernandez came on late in the game, with Cantwell moving inside and indeed completing 90 minutes.

Analyse Liverpool v Norwich in detail here

West Ham United v Manchester City

Leroy Sane injured, Raheem Sterling – as happened in the Community Shield – shifted over to the left flank and Gabriel Jesus led the line in a 4-3-3.

Sergio Aguero replaced the Brazilian midway through the second half.

With Bernardo Silva nursing a minor muscle problem, Riyad Mahrez was promoted to the right flank despite not kicking a ball in pre-season – the Algerian having been involved with his country at the Africa Cup of Nations.

There were no great surprises elsewhere, with Oleksandr Zinchencko and Kyle Walker at full-back – Joao Cancelo only match-fit enough for the bench – and John Stones preferred to Nicolas Otamendi at centre-half.

With West Ham without the injured Mark Noble, Jack Wilshere dropped back alongside Declan Rice in the double-pivot.

Despite Pablo Fornals having started the last three pre-season friendlies, it was Michail Antonio who joined Felipe Anderson and Manuel Lanzini in the attacking trident behind Sebastien Haller.

Antonio, who had started the game on the left flank, was hooked at half-time and replaced by ‘number ten’ Fornals, with Lanzini moving across to the left wing.

Anderson was again deployed on the right flank in Manuel Pellegrini’s 4-2-3-1.

Analyse West Ham v Manchester City in detail here

Bournemouth v Sheffield United

Perhaps the biggest formation surprise of the weekend was Eddie Howe opting to go with a 3-4-3 against Sheffield United, although the unavailability of wingers Arnaut Danjuma and David Brooks perhaps forced his hand.

Josh King and Ryan Fraser played either side of Callum Wilson, with Adam Smith and £4.0m-rated Diego Rico used as wing-backs.

Goalscorer Chris Mepham joined Nathan Ake and Steve Cook in a back three, with Aaron Ramsdale getting the nod over Bournemouth’s other three senior goalkeepers between the posts.

There were no real shocks in the visitors’ starting XI, with a wing-back system one Chris Wilder used in the Championship last season.

FPL defender John Lundstram was brought in alongside John Fleck and Oliver Norwood to bolster midfield in a 3-5-2, with attacking midfielder Luke Freeman thrown on for Lundstram on 78 minutes as Wilder chased the game and reverted to a 3-4-1-2.

Analyse Bournemouth v Sheffield United in detail here

Burnley v Southampton

It was as you were for Burnley, with Sean Dyche sticking with the 4-4-2 that he has favoured for much of his tenure at Turf Moor.

Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood kept up their ever-present league record in 2019 up top, with Johann Berg Gudmundsson back on the right wing having played second fiddle to Jeff Hendrick for much of this calendar year.

Charlie Taylor still wasn’t quite match-fit enough so Erik Pieters made his Burnley debut at left-back and collected two assists.

Having started pre-season in a 4-2-2-2, Southampton finished the summer in a similar wing-back system that Ralph Hasenhuttl rolled out in 2018/19 and indeed a 3-4-3 was used again in Lancashire.

Che Adams had featured on the right flank over the summer but it was Danny Ings who was moved wide to allow the ex-Birmingham striker to feature centrally, with Nathan Redmond stationed on the left.

Illness apparently kept Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg on the bench for most of the game, with James Ward-Prowse and Oriel Romeu playing in tandem in central midfield.

Jack Stephens got the nod over Maya Yoshida at centre-half but was sacrificed for Hojbjerg late on as Hasenhuttl reverted to a back four.

Analyse Burnley v Southampton in detail here

Crystal Palace v Everton

Roy Hodgson started this season as he finished last, with Palace in a 4-4-2.

Jordan Ayew was paired alongside Christian Benteke in attack, with Wilfried Zaha brought on alongside the Belgian midway through the second half.

Scott Dann and £4.0m defender Martin Kelly saw off the challenge of Gary Cahill at centre-half.

Everton were also in a familar shape to last season, with Richarlison and Bernard on the right and left respectively of a 4-2-3-1.

All of the players in the starting XI were on the books last season, although Moise Kean replaced Dominic Calvert-Lewin up front midway through the second half and Jean-Philippe Gbamin was brought on for the injured Andre Gomes just before half-time.

Morgan Schneiderlin was sent off and will miss Gameweek 2.

Analyse Palace v Everton in detail here

Watford v Brighton and Hove Albion

Gameweek 1 featured something we hadn’t seen last season: Gerard Deulofeu starting a Premier League match on the wing.

Now an FPL forward, of course, Deulofeu was sacrificed for Roberto Pereyra at the break, with the Argentina international still working his way back up to full match-fitness after the Copa America.

Craig Dawson was included at centre-half and was the only starter on either side who wasn’t at his club in 2018/19.

Graham Potter had trialled a 3-4-3 in the final two games of pre-season and that was indeed the formation that he deployed on Saturday.

Leandro Trossard remained an unused substitute as Pascal Gross and Jurgen Locadia flanked Glenn Murray in attack.

Florin Andone and Neal Maupay replace the latter two players in the second half and both scored.

Solly March and FPL defender Martin Montoya were used as wing-backs.

Analyse Watford v Brighton in detail here

Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa

Spurs started Saturday’s game in a 4-4-2 diamond, with Erik Lamela playing just off Harry Kane and Lucas Moura in attack.

The introduction of Christian Eriksen for Harry Winks saw Lucas and Lamela pull wide and Kane lead the line in a 4-2-3-1.

Villa were in their familiar 4-1-4-1 shape, with Conor Hourihane starting at the base of the midfield but later replaced by new recruit Douglas Luiz.

Trezeguet was preferred to – and eventually replaced by – Jota on the right.

There was a surprise in the full-back department, with last season’s first-choice pairing of Neil Taylor and Mohamed Elmohamady preferred to 2019 signings Matt Targett and Frederic Guilbert.

Only Targett made the bench, with Guilbert not among the substitutes.

Analyse Spurs v Aston Villa in detail here

Leicester City v Wolverhampton Wanderers

Brendan Rodgers opted for a 4-3-3 as he attempted to put pressure on Wolves’ back three.

Ayoze Perez played on the right of a front three with Jamie Vardy and James Maddison.

Hamza Choudhury was sacrificed in the second half as substitute Harvey Barnes took over on the left flank, with Maddison moving infield alongside Youri Tielemans in a 4-1-4-1.

Wolves were as they were for much of last season, with Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez stationed up top in a 3-5-2.

Patrick Cutrone replaced Jota for the final 15 minutes.

Analyse Leicester v Wolves in detail here

Newcastle United v Arsenal

Matt Ritchie recovered from injury to take up the same left wing-back role he occupied last season, with Newcastle United in a 3-5-2.

Ritchie moved infield when Jonjo Shelvey limped off, with Jetro Willems taking over on the left.

An ‘out of position’ Miguel Almiron partnered Joelinton up front, with substitute Allan Saint-Maximin joining them in a front three late on.

Unai Emery mostly used a 4-2-3-1 in pre-season and indeed that was the formation favoured on Tyneside, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leading the line after a stint on the right flank this summer.

Alexandre Lacazette, only just back from an ankle injury, was an unused substitute.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson started in the attacking midfield positions behind the Gabon international, with summer signings Gabriel Martinelli, Dani Ceballos and Nicolas Pepe replacing them in the second half.

Pepe took up a left-wing role.

With new signing David Luiz also not called upon on the bench, Calum Chambers started at centre-half.

Analyse Newcastle United v Arsenal in detail here

Manchester United v Chelsea

United and Chelsea both lined up in a 4-2-3-1, as they had ended pre-season.

FPL midfielder Anthony Martial led the line for the hosts, with Marcus Rashford stationed on the left.

Andreas Pereira and Jesse Lingard started the game in the hole and on the right respectively, although interchanged on occasion.

Paul Pogba was positioned on the right of a central midfield two, having played almost exclusively on the left last season.

Frank Lampard sacrificed Christian Pulisic to fit both Mason Mount and Ross Barkley into the same starting XI, with Barkley occupying the left-wing role and Mount playing just off striker Tammy Abraham.

Pulisic replaced Barkley on the hour-mark, with Mount finishing the game.

Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic lined up in the double-pivot, with N’Golo Kante replacing the former in the last 20 minutes.

Analyse Manchester United v Chelsea in detail here


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Lessons learned from Gameweek 1

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  1. Respect My Authoritah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Mount throws his hat into the ring for that 6.0 mid slot

    1. @fpl_phenom
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      wow! Really really impressed by that kid!

  2. Naby K8a
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Adrian (C) locked in

    1. Alright wee yin
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Serious question... have you ever captained a goalkeeper?

  3. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Ox was out of his depth today. What has happened to Shaqiri?

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

      Ox was clueless, feel sorry for him still after the injury

      1. Alright wee yin
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 3 days ago

        I agree, just looks way short of where was before injury.

        Not at level which Liverpool need.

        Hope he remains fit and starts to capture his ability back.

        Looked horrendous at murrayfield- so did Origi (yet I still threw him in v Norwich l) but wouldn’t even consider watch listing Ox

    2. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Shaqiri doesn't work nearly as hard as Chamberlain which is a big factor for Klopp. Shaqiri much the better attacking footballer but Klopp wants players to press relentlessly. Chamberlain still needs a lot of games to get back up to the match fit levels required.

  4. fr3d
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Sterling C

  5. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    If Leicester win on Sunday does Jose get a phone call from Roman for his old job back?

    1. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Transfer ban should be on managers too 😆

    2. Alright wee yin
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Jose is the manager: he sits in a hotel room and makes contact with the bench

    3. Bushwhacker
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Chelsea were better than United for long stretches and matched Liverpool at times tonight ; I don't think Lampard needs replacing, just some of Ole's good fortune.

  6. @fpl_phenom
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Tammy rounded off a horrendous night in style there... I fancy Giroud leading the line going forward for Chelsea...

    1. Ógie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      I think Batshuayi deserves a chance.

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

      He doesn’t have the legs to lead the line

    3. F4L
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Lampard is just going to chop and change for a while. Wouldn't be touching Chelsea attacking assets right now

    4. Yome
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      I am so upset by Lampard giving so much faith to Abraham to kick the last penalty. The kid is too young and hasn’t got enough experience.
      Giroud has to start or Lampard needs to give minutes to Michy.

    5. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Giroud is trash too. Why isnt Bats given a proper chance, he has a bit of history scoring goals in the PL at least.

      1. @fpl_phenom
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Giroud is not Trash ... His goals got them into the champions league

        I'd have him ahead of tammy anyway for sure ...

        Strange Bats isnt given more chances

  7. ElBuffalo20
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Would it be worth starting origi this gw? He should get about 30 mins?

    1. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      I have no idea what his situation will be

      1. ElBuffalo20
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Between him and Trossard, mane played a lot of minutes there, he could be hooked early in 2nd half, guessing game though

    2. Alright wee yin
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 3 days ago

      I think he’ll get 20mins but I’m still gonna pick him and bench zinch.

      It’s a gamble but hoping Kane scores and Origi gets some attacking returns v Soton off the bench. I’d take 5 point Origi right now.

  8. F4L
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    can Arsenal fans tell me the likelihood of Pepe starting this weekend? Or will Emery take his time to implement him into the team?

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

      You would expect him to start given the money they paid for him

    2. SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      80%

    3. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      EMery's alternative is literally youngsters who have hardly played with the main team. Makes no sense not to just get Pepe going.

    4. F4L
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      cheers all, does seem logical he would get the nod

    5. noquarternt
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Depends what formation he wants to play with. But would be pretty sure of him getting more mins than last week. Good chance of a start.

  9. Naby K8a
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Thought Kante was outstanding tonight. Chelsea's only WC player

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Kante is a casual WC pick

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

    I'm a lot more confident in having Pulisic tonight, double Liverpool defense... not so much.

    1. Licky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      after tonight*

    2. Bushwhacker
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Liverpool haven't had their defense play for more than 20 minutes this season/pre-season ; until Alison is back all bets are off.

  11. Ask Yourself
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    We underrating Gudmundsson lads? Looks a great option for GW5 onwards one to keep an eye on over the next few weeks. Had an impressive PPM last year for a 6m mid. Set pieces n that too.

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

      Possibly but fixtures aren't great (ars wol LIV)

    2. Tamagotchi Massacre
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      But he's basically never been anything but just about adequate. It's really hard to see him stepping up significantly

    3. TheBrazilianRonaldo
      1 month, 3 days ago

      On the radar

    4. Fit of Pique
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      I like him a lot, think he's underrated as an FPL asset when fit. His fixtures are against him right now but when they turn he's an option in my opinion

  12. MrCloppity
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Perez out for Zara?

    1. Licky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      I'd hold personally.

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

      Good move

    3. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      No.

    4. Alright wee yin
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Was Zara the ref tonight?

    5. ZICO SENNA
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      why would you do that?

  13. Tamagotchi Massacre
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    This has Liverpool let-down written all over it. How often do we see a determined team with more energy put the kybosh on a better team who played mid week. I have 3 'pool, as I imagine do most, but I don't like this one bit. That C is going on sterling, every day of the week.

    1. Licky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Southampton at home will not be an easy game. I'm not looking forward to it.

      1. Tamagotchi Massacre
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        I would not be at all surprised by a draw or a relatively sucky attacking returns

      2. BlackSwan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Aren’t they away?

        1. Alright wee yin
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Southampton at home ( it says)

          1. BlackSwan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 3 days ago

            As in Liverpool are away. I think we are saying the same thing.

            1. Alright wee yin
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 3 days ago

              It would have been clearer writing playing Southampton away at St Mary’s but was written as in Southampton are at home and it won’t be easy for Liverpool.
              Despite that I fancy pool 0-2 win

    2. TheBrazilianRonaldo
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Yep but they won.. again

      1. Tamagotchi Massacre
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        What does that have to do with the price of fish.

        This is about Captain choice

        1. TheBrazilianRonaldo
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Winning lifts people mentally and physically. So yeah, I’m saying maybe Liverpool will be like ‘we’re winners’. Maybe they won’t. If I was doubting Salah I’d not be looking to Sterling versus Spurs. I’d go to another game

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

      Conceding worries me more than goals. But also on Sterling

    4. Klaren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      I agree, was planning to captain Salah but changed it to Sterling. Not even sure Salah will start anymore, could be a Mane, Firmino, Origi front line with Salah coming in 2nd half.

    5. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      A determined team with more energy against a better team. I think they'll both concede but Pool will win.

      1. Tamagotchi Massacre
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        I think e can say one thing with more confidence than 90 minutes ago. It's unlikely that Liverpool are going to run riot. I'm more concerned about the injuries that could be in the pipeline after a grueling 2.5 hours in that heat, 72 hours before a PL game

        1. GreennRed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          2 hours. This is their job. They're well conditioned for heat. Will you make same assumptions for CL and Europa League players after midweek games? I didn't say they'd run riot either, maybe win by a goal. Southampton aren't great but will be fired up after losing last one. Alexander starting will bring a lot more threat than Gomez at right back.

          1. Tamagotchi Massacre
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Yes and I have posted extensive statistics to back of the slumps

          2. Tamagotchi Massacre
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Tottenham for example, over a period of a couple of years averaged a goal a game less in games following midweek fixtures

        2. TheBrazilianRonaldo
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Salah looked fine. If anything Mane and Henderson looked out of breath by much more

    6. BlackSwan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 3 days ago

      I’m also wavering. The other two of the front three were rested for parts of the 120 mins. I wonder if Salah starts.

      1. Dakes.
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Surely starts

        1. BlackSwan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Why surely? That was a tough 120 mins in high temperature conditions over 4 hours from Liverpool, and they need to get down to Southampton for Saturday. Mane and firmino did not do the full 120 mins.

        2. Tamagotchi Massacre
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          I don't fancy his chances of getting more than 70 minutes if he does and I think given the options available, we can't be certain at all that he'll start.

          1. TheBrazilianRonaldo
            1 month, 3 days ago

            If Che Adams gets a hat trick I’ll settle for losing two cleans sheets

    7. noquarternt
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Strange, but it’s your team. Can see Liverpool spanking Southampton. Got the drive to win the prem this year after coming so close last year.

      1. Das Boot
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Aye, after losing by 1 point they won't wan't to drop anything. I would expect them to go full tilt against the Saints. Klopp will demand nothing less

        1. Tamagotchi Massacre
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          They just played 120 mins and pens in Istanbul late in the evening 72 hours before the game. Their two most important players players along with fabinho played to the end. You can demand all you like but it's not as simple as the manager demanding it and the team turning it on. Do you remember Liverpool last year? There were lots of 1 and 2-0 games where people were let down by big money attackers. It's a marathon, not a sprint. If I were a betting man, my money would be on an 'uncharacteristicly lethargic' performance, where the sheer gulf in quality will see them through

          1. Alright wee yin
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Time will tell

    8. shearer9
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      But Spurs unlikely to concede many? Don't think Salah has to be full fitness to put one past Sotn.

      1. Tamagotchi Massacre
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        19 goals in the last 6 games between these teams including spurs conceding 4, 4 and 3

        See no issue there

  14. Dakes.
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Raz or Mo for the captaincy if you’re between them? Why?

    Great form, tricky fixture v decent-ish form, good fixture but possible fatigue..

    1. Maddamotha
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Salah

      1. Dakes.
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Why? He’s my current captain but beginning to be swayed

        1. Maddamotha
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Just because they play Spurs. But I see Liverpool play saturday already, so I might switch to Raz. Gonna give it a couple of days.

    2. skilldave
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Raz for me

  15. Maddamotha
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Robbo rested or injured?

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

      wasn't injured

    2. @fpl_phenom
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      rested.... Wasnt fantastic though was he?

      Neither was Liverpools defending AGAIN...

      not sure how much longer I can ignore the elephant in the room....

      GW3 I may drop Robbo to free up funds

      1. Dakes.
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Thinking similar with one of VVD/TAA

      2. Maddamotha
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        I said Liverpool’s defence didnt look good in pre season didnt look good, and probably one defender was enough. Of course people here told me off, because pre season doesnt matter at all appearantly. But yes I agree they dont look that good, and I think City will win the league again much more comfterably this year.

        1. @fpl_phenom
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          its a double whammy... pre-season was a warning but you cant take it as gospel... but we have seen it now in 3 competitive games... combine that with no allison and you've got a lot of money on not such a sure thing anymore...

          Iv got Robbo and VVD , at the moment VVD looks more dangerout on set pieces atc....

          Robbo to AWB or possible even a £4.5M def and really push money into midfield or upfront...

          I like Pulisic , Martial, Kane at the moment...

          2 free transfer and maybe a hit in GW3 as a mini wildcard is what im looking at

      3. RichardNixon
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Chelsea repeatedly got in or threatened to get in behind the back for, especially in the first half. Giroud goal, Pedro crossbar, two goals which were just offside, and quite a few times out wide which resulted in poor crosses into the box. It's early in the season but for now they are looking very vulnerable at the back.

        1. RichardNixon
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          *back four

  16. Alright wee yin
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Klopp is nuts!

    1. Recklesss
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      y

  17. skilldave
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Who to score most points this weekend?

    A: Perez (che)
    B: Lundstram (CRY)
    C: Dendoncker (MUN)

    1. SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      A

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

      B

    3. Maddamotha
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      B

    4. @fpl_phenom
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      B if he starts

  18. Zim0
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Is Mane actually a better option than Sarah? He did start to score more than him by the end of the season. And 2 goals here again

    1. Zim0
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Salah*

    2. @fpl_phenom
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      I think it seems like a luxury transfer GW2

      may be later if funds are tight....

      1. Dakes.
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        This

      2. Zim0
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Yes not doing it this week but for future is it better? I think it'll allow me to have Debruyne with Sterling Mane. And i can interchange him with Son and Pepe if they do better

        1. Zim0
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 3 days ago

          And i won't have to make concessions in other places to get him like i would have if I had salah

    3. Yome
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      I think he is, we saw it last season. That 1.0 can be really useful for our squads.

    4. Netley Lucas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Could be if he ups his away form.

    5. Zim0
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Okay so is Salah Jimenez Laporte a better option or
      Mane Debruyne Zinchenko

      1. Wolfman180
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        I'd say in the short term I'd pick Mane KDB and Zin

  19. @fpl_phenom
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Guys who would you prioritize picking up on fantasy football DRAFT ?

    Mount or Lo Celso ?

    1. Maddamotha
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Mount

    2. Netley Lucas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      LC, I think he'll be nailed once he starts.

    3. Dakes.
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Lo Celso could do brilliantly if he starts GW3 onwards

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

      Lo Celso

    5. F4L
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Lo Celso. Spurs' attack this season could be brilliant if Eriksen stays, and they can get firing on all cylinders

    6. @fpl_phenom
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      judging by this no one sees Lo Celso starting GW2 ...

      I think he might given Alli's hamstring and Sons suspension...

      Not a great fixture though unfortunately... With DRAFT you only get 1 chance generally to get a player in your squad...

      I have Pulisic so I think ill spread the risk and try to get Lo Celso ...

      Cheers for the feedback managers.

      1. Dakes.
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Oh sorry I think he will start GW2, but more interested in him due to fixture swing GW3 onwards

        1. @fpl_phenom
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          yes absolutely fixtures turn great!!

  20. I Member
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Ryan
    Robertson, van Dijk, Digne
    Salah, Sterling, Sigurdsson, Perez, Barkley
    Wilson, Jota

    Button; Lundstram, Greenwood, Rico.

    A) Barkley -> 6m mid (Mount/Buendia/McGinn)
    B) Save

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

      B

    2. Dakes.
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Save this week and assess who to ditch Barkley for next week

    3. BlackSwan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Save. Maybe play lundstram.

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

      Thanks guys.

  21. Chaballer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Another repeat reminder for any Career Hall of Fame Top 1K ranked managers to join the new league. So pls invite any others you may know who’s qualified...many thanks...“Top 1K Career HoF” code = (beeps2)

  22. Dakes.
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Shouldn’t be a chance Pep rests Sterling... right?

    1. Maddamotha
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      No chance

    2. ZICO SENNA
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      No chaance, 100% starts

    3. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      About as much chance as the game being cancelled

    4. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Large chance I think...

    5. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      No chance

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

      It's pep

    7. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      50/50 in all honesty.

    8. F4L
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      its meaningless to try and second guess Pep. I'll be more concerned when the CL games kick in.....

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        He always starts that game unless injured of course.

    9. TheBrazilianRonaldo
      1 month, 3 days ago

      He’s he most nailed after Emerson, but he literally has two full A teams, so he can pick whoever he wants. Cities depth is their nightmare for Fantasy managers. In Sterling’s favour is his youth and style of play. Against is the bench burning a hole in the back of their heads and Peps love of the ‘team always being more important than the individual’. I sometimes think he benched players when they suck or are too good. Team first

      1. TheBrazilianRonaldo
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Ederson not Emerson

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

      As nailedness in a pep team goes, he’s pretty good. But you never know 100%

  23. Sadio
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Do you think Emerson will start on Sunday?

    1. Netley Lucas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Yep, his spot to lose now.

  24. Rotation's Alter Ego
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Lot more optimistic about Danny Ings Vs Liverpool than what I was before...

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

      (C)?!

      1. TheBrazilianRonaldo
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Braveheart moment

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

          🙂

  25. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Chelsea absolutely ROBBED by VAR. I would be furious if I were a Chelsea supporter. Whats the point of penalty rules and VAR if its not going to be used for blatant rule violations??

    1. Jarvish
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Sounds like you are furious not being a Chelsea fan too.

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Im FURIOUS and demand JUSTICE for FRANK

    2. Marvin.com
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      I don't think the keeper coming off the line is something var looks at if that's what you're talking about. That could just be in the premier league though.

      1. Maverick NILRG
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        It does though. Aguero this weekend.

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          No, that was encroachment by Rice

          1. Maverick NILRG
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            You're right. He was also off the line though. Or at least that was the talk if encroachment wasn't called I believe.

        2. Marvin.com
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          That was retaken for encroachment by Rice.

    3. F4L
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      same could be said about the penalty Chelsea received in ET. At the end of the day, VAR isn't infallible

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        The penalty was unclear. The Adrian step out was crystal clear.

    4. Longlatini
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      100% agree, it’s a farce

    5. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Make it even better that he was a bit off the line 🙂

      State of their regular pen evens things out.

  26. FCRS BGD
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Guys
    Who whould you rather have in Fpl DRAFT?
    A) Redmond
    B) Mount
    C) Daniel James

    Thanks

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Probably A because hes nailed.

  27. Gudjohnsen
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Stupid question I know but start Rico or Dendoncker?

  28. ElBuffalo20
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Few rises tonight, Man U duo go up and Sterling

    1. Alright wee yin
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Tonight?? Or last night?

      1. ElBuffalo20
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Just spotted them just now but could have been last night

        1. TheBrazilianRonaldo
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Last night

    2. TheBrazilianRonaldo
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Origi only one looking to rise tonight maybe

  29. Dakes.
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Folks with no Spurs players... who (if either!) are you looking more at getting from GW3 or so onwards when they have nice fixtures?

    A) Son
    B) Kane

    and what is your plan to get said player?

    1. F4L
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      A for sure. Need to find 2 mil to upgrade Moura to Son.

      1. Dakes.
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Yeah I’m more leaning towards A. Means likely losing Siggy, but it’s an easy double move if I downgrade Wilson to a 6.5 or TAA to AWB, for example

    2. shearer9
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Thought Son's output was poor when playing alongside Kane?

      1. Dakes.
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Is it? Couldn’t tell ya

    3. noquarternt
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      None if my current players keep performing. Need to see what happens. Both great.

  30. shearer9
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Think I'll keep Ings one more week. Think he could have some joy against a tired Pool defence - assuming he starts...

    1. TheBrazilianRonaldo
      1 month, 3 days ago

      After that it’s Brighton. Saints will get going. I’ve got Che so here’s hoping they get their shooting boots on

      1. shearer9
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Yeah I heard they played better in pre season when Ings was down the middle and Adams was wide. So helpfully they revert to that and we both profit haha.

        1. TheBrazilianRonaldo
          1 month, 3 days ago

          I really hope so. Che bullied loads of goals on the championship and he has swagger. I’m pretty confident he’ll get going and if Ings stays on the pitch he’ll score for sure

          1. shearer9
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Brighton away could be tough though and then it's Man U next. Just so tempted by Pukki and his fixtures. But we'll see.