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The FPL line-up lessons we learned from Gameweek 2

We again take a look back at the Premier League line-ups from the weekend just gone, analysing the systems and personnel used by the 20 top-flight clubs in Gameweek 2.

Arsenal v Burnley

Having not started any of his summer signings in Gameweek 1, Unai Emery brought in David Luiz and Dani Ceballos into his starting XI for the visit of Burnley. 

Luiz took the place of Calum Chambers at centre-back, while Ceballos effectively replaced the injured Granit Xhaka.

Starting as a number ten, Ceballos interchanged with Joe Willock throughout the game, with Emery saying afterwards:

With him, it’s for us to use his qualities in the best position in our team with our ideas. I spoke with him – before coming here – to play like an eight and a 10. Today he started like a 10, but a lot of times he was changing with Willock into the eight position, where he can feel better on the pitch.

Emery kept faith with a 4-2-3-1 and the only other change to the starting XI saw Alexandre Lacazette return up front, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan making way and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang moving to the right flank.

The half-time introduction of Nicolas Pepe for Reiss Nelson saw Aubameyang switch to the left to accommodate Pepe on the opposite wing.

The Burnley team news was much more straightforward, with Sean Dyche unsurprisingly naming the same starting XI that defeated Southampton on the opening weekend.

Charlie Taylor was on the bench for the first time this season, while Jay Rodriguez replaced Chris Wood for the final half an hour.

Arsenal XI (4-2-3-1): Leno; Maitland-Niles, Luiz, Sokratis, Monreal; Ceballos (Torreira 83′), Guendouzi; Nelson (Pepe 45′), Willock, Aubameyang; Lacazette (Kolasinac 71′)

Burnley XI (4-4-2): Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters; Gudmundsson (Lennon 72′), Cork, Westwood, McNeil; Wood (Rodriguez 61′), Barnes.

Aston Villa v Bournemouth

Dean Smith made just the one change from the defeat to Spurs, with Douglas Luiz replacing Conor Hourihane at the base of the midfield.

Villa were again in a 4-1-4-1 (or 4-3-3), with Jack Grealish and John McGinn getting well forward to support the front three.

Jota replaced Anwar El Ghazi late on, with Trezeguet switching flanks.

Eddie Howe ditched the wing-back system and went back to a tried-and-tested 4-4-2, with Chris Mepham the surplus centre-back to make way.

Harry Wilson came in on the opposite flank to Ryan Fraser, with Charlie Daniels replacing Diego Rico at left-back.

Aston Villa XI (4-1-4-1): Heaton; Elmohamady, Engels, Mings, Taylor; Douglas Luiz; Trezeguet (Davis 87′), McGinn, Grealish, El Ghazi (Jota 75′); Wesley.

Bournemouth XI (4-4-2): Ramsdale; Smith, Cook, Ake, Daniels; H. Wilson (Solanke 76′), Billing (Surman 46′), Lerma, Fraser; C. Wilson, King.

Brighton and Hove Albion v West Ham United

Brighton were again in the 3-4-3 formation that Graham Potter rolled out in Gameweek 1, with new signing Leandro Trossard coming in for Jurgen Locadia on the left flank.

New signings Neal Maupay and Aaron Mooy had to make do with substitute appearances, with Maupay replacing Pascal Gross on the right midway through the second half.

Manuel Pellegrini made five changes to the side that were beaten by Manchester City, the most surprising of which saw Angelo Ogbonna replace Fabian Balbuena at the heart of the defence.

Arthur Masuaku came in for Aaron Cresswell at left-back, while injured pair Felipe Anderson and Sebastien Haller were replaced by Robert Snodgrass and Javier Hernandez.

New signing Pablo Fornals made his first start, with Michail Antonio dropping out.

There was much rejigging of tactics from the Chilean during the game, with Snodgrass starting on the right and Fornals drifting in from the left.

The unimpressive Jack Wilshere, playing in between Declan Rice and the front four, was hooked at half-time, with Michail Antonio replacing him.

That change saw Antonio support Hernandez up top in what resembled a 4-4-2, with Fornals switching over to the right, Lanzini move to the left and Snodgrass pushed infield.

Brighton and Hove Albion XI (3-4-3): Ryan; Burn, Dunk, Duffy; March, D Stephens, Pröpper, Montoya; Trossard (Mooy 85′), Murray (Andone 74′), Groß (Maupay 67′).

West Ham United XI (4-2-3-1): Fabianski; Masuaku, Ogbonna, Diop, Fredericks; Rice, Wilshere (Antonio 45′); Fornals (Yarmolenko 77′), Lanzini, Snodgrass; Chicharito (Sánchez 83′).

Everton v Watford

Marco Silva’s only change was an enforced one, with Jean-Philippe Gbamin making his first start in place of the suspended Morgan Schneiderlin

Andre Gomes passed a fitness test to start alongside Gbamin in central midfield, with the Toffees again in a 4-2-3-1.

An injury to Lucas Digne saw Mason Holgate brought on at right-back and Seamus Coleman switch flanks to fill in for the departed Frenchman.

Javi Gracia also only made one change from the side that lost at home to Brighton, with Roberto Pereyra coming in for Andre Gray.

Pereyra was in his usual left-wing position as Gerard Deulofeu, who had occupied that role in the first half against the Seagulls, returned up front alongside Troy Deeney.

Danny Welbeck was thrown on midway through the second half for his first minutes in a Watford shirt.

Everton XI (4-2-3-1): Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne (Holgate 73); Gomes, Gbamin; Richarlison (Walcott 63′), Sigurdsson, Bernard; Calvert-Lewin (Kean 72′).

Watford XI (4-4-2): Foster; Femenia, Dawson, Cathcart, Holebas; Pereyra, Doucoure, Capoue (Gray 83′), Hughes (Welbeck 67′); Deulofeu (Cleverley 78′), Deeney.

Norwich City v Newcastle United

Daniel Farke’s only change saw Moritz Leitner step in for Kenny McLean in central midfield, with the Scotsman only fit enough for a place on the bench after being a major doubt for this clash with Newcastle.

Todd Cantwell kept his place on the left flank with Onel Hernandez having been ruled out for three months with a knee injury.

Steve Bruce kept the 3-5-2 shape that he used against Arsenal in Gameweek 1 but made two changes to his starting XI, with Emil Krafth replacing Javier Manquillo at right wing-back and Ki Sung-yueng ousting Sean Longstaff in central midfield.

Allan Saint-Maximin missed out with a hamstring problem.

Norwich City XI (4-2-3-1): Krul; Lewis (Byram 90′), Godfrey, Hanley, Aarons; Leitner, Trybull (Tettey 87′); Cantwell, Stiepermann (Vrancic 84′), Buendía; Pukki.

Newcastle United XI (3-5-2): Dúbravka; Dummett, Lascelles, Schär; Ritchie, Ki (S Longstaff 74′), Shelvey, Hayden, Krafth; Joelinton (Muto 67′), Almirón.

Southampton v Liverpool

The exertions of the Super Cup evidently had a bearing on Jurgen Klopp’s team selection at Southampton, with Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Joe Gomez all dropping out after 120-minute run-outs in Istanbul.

Georginio Wijnaldum, Roberto Firmino and Trent Alexander-Arnold – who all started on the bench in that midweek match – returned to the starting XI.

Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah were all in the starting line-up for the first time this season, as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made his first league start since April 2018.

Ralph Hasenhuttl dropped a forward – namely Danny Ings – and brought in an extra central midfielder in the form of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg as he switched from a 3-4-3 to a 3-5-2 in a bid to stifle their visitors; Hasenhuttl had used this system against the Reds at the back-end of 2018/19.

Maya Yoshida replaced Jack Stephens as the middle centre-half, meanwhile.

With the Saints trailing 1-0 midway through the second half, Oriel Romeu was sacrificed and Ings was thrown on up front as Hasenhuttl briefly reverted to his Gameweek 1 shape.

Summer signing Moussa Djenepo saw his first Premier League minutes as a late substitute.

Southampton XI (3-5-2): Gunn; Bednarek, Yoshida, Vestergaard; Valery, Ward-Prowse, Romeu (Ings 64′), Hojbjerg, Bertrand (Djenepo 77′); Adams (Armstrong 68′), Redmond.

Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson; Oxlade-Chamberlain (Henderson 89′), Wijnaldum, Milner (Fabinho 74′); Salah (Origi 79′), Firmino, Mane.

Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur

Pep Guardiola made four changes to the side that beat West Ham 5-0 last time out, with Sergio Aguero replacing Gabriel Jesus up top and Bernardo Silva – rested in Gameweek 1 as a precaution – ousting Riyad Mahrez on the right flank.

Nicolas Otamendi filled in for the injured John Stones at centre-half, with Ilkay Gundogan preferred to David Silva in central midfield.

City were in their usual 4-3-3, with all of Guardiola’s second-half changes like for like.

Mauricio Pochettino made only one alteration to his starting XI – Christian Eriksen in for Lucas Moura – but abandoned the diamond formation in favour of a more regimented 4-4-1-1.

Erik Lamela was the man tasked with supporting Harry Kane in attack, with Eriksen operating on the left flank and Moussa Sissoko on the right.

The introduction of Lucas for Harry Winks saw the Brazilian lead the line alongside Kane and Lamela move to the right wing.

Manchester City XI (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Zinchenko; Gundogan, Rodri (D. Silva 78), De Bruyne; Bernardo Silva (Mahrez 80′), Aguero (Gabriel Jesus 65′), Sterling.

Tottenham Hotspur XI (4-4-1-1): Lloris; Walker-Peters, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Rose; Sissoko, Winks (Lucas Moura 56′), Ndombele, Eriksen (Skipp 90); Lamela (Lo Celso 85); Kane.

Sheffield United v Crystal Palace

There were no surprises with the line-ups at Bramall Lane, with Chris Wilder sending the same 11 players out in the 3-5-2 system he used at Bournemouth.

In-game injuries to John Fleck and Callum Robinson saw Luke Freeman and Oli McBurnie replace them directly as the Blades kept their shape.

Roy Hodgson’s one alteration to his starting XI saw ‘out of position’ midfielder Wilfried Zaha come in for Andre Ayew up front, while Jeffrey Schlupp made his comeback from injury when replacing Max Meyer on the left midway through the second half.

Palace were again in a 4-4-2.

Sheffield United XI (3-5-2): Henderson; Basham, Egan, O’Connell; Baldock, Norwood, Fleck (Freeman 29′), Lundstram, Stevens; McGoldrick (Jagielka 89′), Robinson (McBurnie 56′).

Crystal Palace XI (4-4-2): Guaita; Ward, Dann, Kelly, van Aanholt; Townsend (McCarthy 70), McArthur (Wickham 82′), Milivojevic, Meyer (Schlupp 65′); Zaha, Benteke.

Chelsea v Leicester City

The Chelsea starting XI showed only one change from the side that took on Liverpool in midweek, with Mason Mount replacing Mateo Kovacic in midfield.

Pedro and Christian Pulisic flanked Olivier Giroud in the Blues’ attack, with Mount starting the match as a ‘number ten’ in a 4-2-3-1 but gravitating towards the left of midfield as Chelsea occasionally resembled a 4-3-3.

Ben Chilwell missed out with a hip injury, with his place at left-back being taken by Christian Fuchs.

That was Brendan Rodgers’ only change to the side that drew 0-0 with Wolves in Gameweek 1, so Ayoze Perez and James Maddison again supported Jamie Vardy in a 4-3-3.

Wilfred Ndidi was at the base of the midfield three, with Hamza Choudhury and especially Youri Tielemans more advanced.

Dennis Praet replaced Choudhury in the middle of the park in the final 20 minutes.

Chelsea XI (4-2-3-1) Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Zouma, Emerson; Jorginho (Kovacic 70′), Kante; Pedro, Mount, Pulisic (Willian 70′), Giroud (Abraham 61′).

Leicester City XI (4-3-3): Schmeichel; Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Fuchs; Choudhury (Praet 73′), Ndidi, Tielemans; Perez (Albrighton 79′), Maddison, Vardy.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester United

Having made nine changes for the second leg of Wolves’ Europa League tie against FC Pyunik, Nuno Espirito Santo reverted to the familiar-looking starting XI and 3-5-2 that drew 0-0 with Leicester.

Illness saw Matt Doherty replaced at wing-back by Adama Traore at half-time.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s only change saw Daniel James replace Andreas Pereira on the right flank.

Anthony Martial again led the line, with Marcus Rashford stationed out wide on the left of a 4-2-3-1.

Wolverhampton Wanderers XI (3-5-2): Patrício; Boly, Coady, Bennett; Jonny, Neves, Moutinho, Dendoncker, Doherty (Traoré 46′); D Jota (Neto 86′), Jiménez (Cutrone 90+1′).

Manchester United XI (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Shaw, Maguire, Lindelöf, Wan-Bissaka; McTominay, Pogba; Rashford (A Pereira 89′), Lingard (Mata 80′), D James (Greenwood 89′); Martial.


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Lessons learned from Gameweek 2

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  1. rohaansunil
    26 days, 17 hours ago

    TAA or Robertson. Who to keep?

    1. bigbudgie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      26 days, 17 hours ago

      Toss a coin

    2. Dont_Win_Friends_With_Salah…
      • 1 Year
      26 days, 17 hours ago

      Anybody's guess. TAA on set pieces so more likely to get attacking returns, but Robertson less likely to be dropped/rested. Depends if the reat of your defence is nailed

    3. mookie
      • 6 Years
      26 days, 17 hours ago

      I think I'll keep TAA. Another blank and Robbo will drop. Usually I don't play the money game but I think this season it will be important to do so.

      1. Warby84
        • 4 Years
        26 days, 17 hours ago

        For me Robertson is a set and forget then money doesn’t matter in the slightest

  2. Legend of Rosický
    • 1 Year
    26 days, 17 hours ago

    On a WC:
    A) Ryan B) Pope
    1) Kelly 2) Hanley

    Please select one from each, thanks

    1. rohaansunil
      26 days, 17 hours ago

      B1

    2. Galza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      26 days, 17 hours ago

      B1

    3. milanista10
      • 6 Years
      26 days, 17 hours ago

      On WC too, and gone B1

  3. allaboutthemagic
    • 3 Years
    26 days, 17 hours ago

    VVD and Rashford

    Or

    Kane and Suyuncu?!

    1. bigbudgie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      26 days, 17 hours ago

      what's the rest of your defence?

      1. allaboutthemagic
        • 3 Years
        26 days, 17 hours ago

        AWB Lund zin Kelly

    2. Galza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      26 days, 17 hours ago

      VVD + Rashford feels a bit better long term.
      I’d want Kane for this week though...

      1. allaboutthemagic
        • 3 Years
        26 days, 17 hours ago

        This is it.. it’s kane for this GW or the others longer term. What scores more you think?!

        1. Galza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          26 days, 17 hours ago

          Your choice mate.
          Do you need some quick points or are you happy to play the long game...

        2. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          26 days, 17 hours ago

          Long term first with defence in mind I’d say. I’m assuming you have Sterling and Mo who are both great captain options this time.

          1. allaboutthemagic
            • 3 Years
            26 days, 17 hours ago

            Yeh have sterling and mane
            In for long game. Think I hit the WC too early tho!!

  4. milanista10
    • 6 Years
    26 days, 17 hours ago

    A) Digne & Dunk
    B) Zinchenko & KWP

    Choose one lads!
    Fair to say B has better CS potential but A are more nailed & has an attacking Digne..

    1. Legend of Rosický
      • 1 Year
      26 days, 17 hours ago

      Easy A. Neither of B are nailed.

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      26 days, 17 hours ago

      A for sure

  5. Dont_Win_Friends_With_Salah…
    • 1 Year
    26 days, 17 hours ago

    I'm starting to think Perez may hold his value until the next gameweek. He has been on about - 97 all week

    1. waldo666
      • 9 Years
      26 days, 17 hours ago

      Here's hoping but I fear it's wishful thinking.

    2. dee_top
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      26 days, 17 hours ago

      Tonight he will lose 0.1 value

      1. Slouch87
        • 3 Years
        26 days, 17 hours ago

        He got to -99 yesterday but is at -97 now. Could hold on.

    3. Galza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      26 days, 17 hours ago

      Will be a lot who sell him today. There are rumours on here that he may be dropped too. Nothing fully substantiated though...

      1. Slouch87
        • 3 Years
        26 days, 17 hours ago

        Exactly just rumours on here , zero from the club.

        1. Galza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          26 days, 17 hours ago

          Thought I’d better chuck that last bit in.
          Didn’t want people throwing source all over me. 😉

  6. dee_top
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    26 days, 17 hours ago

    G2G with this team or any hits needed? 0FT, $0.0m

    Ryan
    Digne Zinchenko VVD AWB Lundstram
    Salah Sterling (c) Siggy KDB
    King

    Subs: Button Perez Greenwood Wickham

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 5 Years
      26 days, 17 hours ago

      i d play perez ahead of lundstram

      1. dee_top
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        26 days, 17 hours ago

        Why?
        Lundstram’s and Sheffield stats are way better than Perez’s and Leicester

        1. Slouch87
          • 3 Years
          26 days, 17 hours ago

          Sheff U have played a very disappointing Bournemouth and a dreadful Palace team who had no intention of attacking. Lundstram will play deeper due to the injury to Fleck . Leicester are the first proper test for Sheff U and I think will score a few..

    2. mookie
      • 6 Years
      26 days, 17 hours ago

      I'd start Perez over Lundstram and King.

      1. dee_top
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        26 days, 17 hours ago

        I have only 1 frwd

        1. mookie
          • 6 Years
          26 days, 17 hours ago

          Jeez! Haven't had my coffee yet.
          Perez ahead of Lundstram imo.

  7. mik-hail-tal
    • 1 Year
    26 days, 17 hours ago

    Hi guys I have a big X or Y that has been messing with me all week. I'm on wildcard:
    Digne - VVD - Martial - Lanzini - Firmino - Kane

    OR

    Coleman - Söyüncü - Rashford - Haller - Mané - Son

    1. wernerhedgehog
      • 1 Year
      26 days, 17 hours ago

      Bottom one has too many punts. Son (he can be streaky) and Haller.

      1. mik-hail-tal
        • 1 Year
        26 days, 17 hours ago

        Yeah the top one is in my draft as of now. Basically the only thing I don't like is that I don't have Mané/Salah and this is what it would take to bring Mané in...

        1. wernerhedgehog
          • 1 Year
          26 days, 17 hours ago

          hmm something like the first one?

          Using bottom team: Martial over Son, maybe Kane for Rashford. then build around this.

    2. Pompey and Circumstance
      • 8 Years
      26 days, 17 hours ago

      the first one is better

  8. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    26 days, 17 hours ago

    Obviously City game is not a great prospect but any reasons to stick with Callum Wilson ?

    1. tuvok
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      26 days, 17 hours ago

      I have the same dilemma. His next 3 fixtures aren’t great to be honest. If you can make an easy switch to someone in form like Rashford (I can’t) or Pukki (I already own) then i’d do it. Wilson is proven though, and has returns in tough fixtures in the past, so unless you have a great option i’d stick

      1. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        26 days, 17 hours ago

        He is a proven goalscorer and with his ownership dropping might turn to be a nice differential.

    2. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      26 days, 17 hours ago

      I m giving Fraser a little more time, a bit like Wilson prob slightly overpriced this season in hindsight but think both will score well over the season.

  9. KEEEEEZ
    • 2 Years
    26 days, 17 hours ago

    Morning all, how we feeling bout it?
    Double pool an issue but any others?

    Pope - Button
    Robbo - VVD - Montoya - Digne - Rico
    Salah - Sterling - Perez - Son - Dendoncker
    King - Pukki - Greenwood

    0FT, 0.8ITB
    Any help appreciated, cheers

    1. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      26 days, 17 hours ago

      Dont buy into double pool being an issue.

      Only 2 games without a CS and VVD has a goal. Be patient.

      Looks good.

      1. KEEEEEZ
        • 2 Years
        26 days, 17 hours ago

        Cheers mate much appreciated, best of luck!

    2. Tambling5
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      26 days, 17 hours ago

      Looks a good team. Thinking of getting Son in too, but not sure if he will start at the weekend or come on as late sub.

  10. Tambling5
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    26 days, 17 hours ago

    After using two free transfers my team is:
    Pope Heaton
    VVD/TAA/Digne/KWP/Lund
    Salah/KDB/Martial/Trossard/Dendoncker
    Kane/Pucci/Greenwood

    I have a very respectable 146 points score. However I am starting to get a bit freaked that everyone is wildcarding even with decent-looking teams. Is my strategy of waiting till I run into injuries, difficult fixtures or loss of form outmoded and if so why?

    1. KEEEEEZ
      • 2 Years
      26 days, 17 hours ago

      I like it, its a good strategy imo im sure given the decision most if not all would rather had held out longer for their WC if possible. We're also given more information to work with so no issue with me, games played over a whole season remember.

      1. Tambling5
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        26 days, 17 hours ago

        Thanks that’s reassuring. I understand that transfer activity can boost team value, but using a wildcard just for that seems a risky strategy, as unless there’s a two point rise, the gains are presumably illusory.

    2. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      26 days, 17 hours ago

      I am holding only two games played, new team setups & players, so template may swing wildly.

    3. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      26 days, 16 hours ago

      You're doing well - don't even think of wildcarding yet. You're right about waiting - in a few weeks things can change a lot for individual players ....... dropped/loss of form/injured/change of formation or position. When your team seems half full of those then maybe think of wildcarding. The other time is when there is a major shift in fixtures for several key teams.
      Good luck.

  11. Eat my goal!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    26 days, 17 hours ago

    Price changes coming thick n fast

    This is why I’ve always used an early WC

    Now like 4 targets are .1 more expensive, effectively 1/2 mil worse off

    1. Slouch87
      • 3 Years
      26 days, 17 hours ago

      I get targets but who are like targets ?

      1. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        26 days, 16 hours ago

        Lundstram, KDB, AWB, Mina

        All options that make things more difficult when switching about

    2. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      26 days, 17 hours ago

      Two weeks in & .7 team rise.

      1. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        26 days, 16 hours ago

        Fortunately I’ve a .6 rise myself but could be looking at 1mil

    3. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      26 days, 17 hours ago

      As long as you are confident they are the right players longer term.

      Statinv the bleeding obvious, but different players will be rising next week!!

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        26 days, 17 hours ago

        Yeah I can remember all then way back to McGinn 🙂

    4. COK3Y5MURF
      • 3 Years
      26 days, 17 hours ago

      I'll focus on getting points instead. Never focused on price changes and still ended on 105+ TV at the end of last season.

      1. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        26 days, 17 hours ago

        points over pounds always the sensible approach and the same argument persisits season on season!

        1. COK3Y5MURF
          • 3 Years
          26 days, 16 hours ago

          Exactly what you said below. Pick good players and the price rises come automatically. You will lose some, win some, but you will usually have a competitive TV.

          1. Eat my goal!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            26 days, 16 hours ago

            This is what I need to believe in to stay strong

    5. Galza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      26 days, 17 hours ago

      Same.
      Had exact money for a pearler of a team.
      If I’d held on, I would not of been able to get it.
      Had fallers incoming and players still on the rise in my W/C team.
      Can’t wait to unleash it...!! 🙂

      1. SPorting
        • 8 Years
        26 days, 17 hours ago

        Famous last words.....*wink*

    6. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      26 days, 17 hours ago

      Pick the best assets and you will never have to worry about TV...It will look after itself. Im on 100.7 with no WC or hits.

      1. HakimZyech
        26 days, 17 hours ago

        You are having a fun ride

        1. jia you jia you
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          26 days, 16 hours ago

          Yup, all downhill from here 😉

          1. HakimZyech
            26 days, 16 hours ago

            Uphill, I would say. I hope to join you there soon 😉

      2. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        26 days, 16 hours ago

        As above I’m .6 increase myself

        It does annoy me tho that if I were to drop pool defence and go for Kdb etc I’ll be spreading 1/2 mil about but next week pool defenders might look awfully rosey

    7. Lumberjack
      • 4 Years
      26 days, 16 hours ago

      I’d crept all the way up to 100.2, but back down to 100.000 after last night. Need to get going on this transfer malarkey:)

  12. SMOOTH
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    26 days, 17 hours ago

    hi, 2 questions on WC please

    A. Ceballos and rotate 2 of soyuncu dunk lundstram diop
    B. Coleman and rotate 2 of soyuncu dunk lundstram cantwell

    A. Barnes Coleman
    B. Martial Diop

    1. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      26 days, 17 hours ago

      I think I can guess your midfield if those are what you're choosing to run with at the back for 20 weeks or so.. 😉

    2. Legend of Rosický
      • 1 Year
      26 days, 16 hours ago

      B B

  13. Galza
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    26 days, 17 hours ago

    Is this the best W/C out there..??

    Pope
    AWB / VVD / KWP
    Sterling / Martial / KDB / Ceballos
    Firmino / Kane(c) / Pukki

    Button / Doug Luiz / Lundstram / Kelly

    Obviously no Salah/Mane could hurt, however I’m hoping Firmino can tick over nicely and it allows me a City double up in midfield.

    Hope you like it..??

    1. st4rty
      • 1 Year
      26 days, 17 hours ago

      Sorry. It's not, no.

      1. Galza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        26 days, 16 hours ago

        Fair enough mate.
        It is a bit Marmite...

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      26 days, 17 hours ago

      Like the Firmino punt but think it may be a couple of weeks early for Ceballos.

      1. Galza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        26 days, 16 hours ago

        I liked what I saw.
        At that price too, I can’t see many better options that would compliment the rest of my team. Ty

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          26 days, 16 hours ago

          Yeah - McGinn or Ceballos.

          1. Galza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            26 days, 16 hours ago

            One more good game from Ceballos and he’ll be in everyone’s team and 6+ before you know it...

    3. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      26 days, 16 hours ago

      Nope 😉

      Like it quite a bit but KWP rotating with Lund seems possibly short term to me given Poch and wingbacks. Ceballos could be gold provided Emery has given up entirely on Ozil but I'm not seeing that.

      Don't understand Douglas Luiz at all.

      Do like that front line mind.

      1. Galza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        26 days, 16 hours ago

        Cheers.
        I can see KWP probably being the first one to be transferred out, but he stays until/if he’s dropped.
        Doug looked good and I suppose it’s just a variation on the Dendonk 4.5 pick. Was 0.1 off Cantwell. 🙁

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          26 days, 16 hours ago

          Ah I see. I'll need to check Luiz out and put him on my watchlist for GW20 WC 😉

          1. Galza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            26 days, 16 hours ago

            I think he could be quite fun to own. You certainly won’t miss him when you’re watching Villa play.

  14. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    26 days, 17 hours ago

    Morning all, how we looking on this -4?

    Pope
    TAA VVD Digne Montoya
    Salah Sterling Mount Trossard
    Kane(c) Pukki

    4.0 Dendocker Greenwood Rico

    1. st4rty
      • 1 Year
      26 days, 17 hours ago

      I'm well, how are you? Well? I thought you were.

      Good team.

    2. Galza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      26 days, 17 hours ago

      Got big points written all over it. Nice...!

    3. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      26 days, 16 hours ago

      I have that team apart from Martial, Ceballos, KWP, Lundstram

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        26 days, 16 hours ago

        Kwp for Digne?

        1. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          26 days, 16 hours ago

          Trent, Trossard, Mount, Rico

    4. n14mul
      • 2 Years
      26 days, 16 hours ago

      Happy with no KDB?

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        26 days, 16 hours ago

        SSK vs SKK

      2. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        26 days, 16 hours ago

        Can't have them all.

  15. kraftwerk
    • 7 Years
    26 days, 16 hours ago

    Anyone else on wildcard brave/stupid enough to go without any 'pool for the foreseeable?

    Currently set on this lot:

    Pope Button
    Digne AWB Soyuncu Dunk Lundstram
    Sterling KDB Son Martial Trossard
    Kane Pukki Wickham

    I loathe to lose VVD but Digne/AWB have great fixtures for the next 5 and 4 respectively, while Soy and Dunk have decent H/A rotation. Sterling/Kane rotate beautifully as captaincy choices and like many I'm looking to get ahead of the curve with KDB and Son, leaving no space for 'pool attacking coverage.

    1. mikess
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      26 days, 16 hours ago

      I like it for a few gameweeks. You'll have to get some pool on eventually

    2. n14mul
      • 2 Years
      26 days, 16 hours ago

      Unfortunately I think either Salah or mane is a must. They could ship in any time

  16. mikess
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    26 days, 16 hours ago

    Gameweek 4 commences on 31st August and ends on September 1st.

    I'm presuming it will count towards August's monthly score?

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      26 days, 16 hours ago

      August

      1. mikess
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        26 days, 16 hours ago

        Cheers

  17. ppv
    • 8 Years
    26 days, 16 hours ago

    Salah 3 games more than Mane last season (176 minutes) 28 points more. Is he really worth 1.0m more?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      26 days, 16 hours ago

      He has pens and Mané massively overperformed his xG last season. Either he is a clinical finisher or he will regress statistically. The price difference was more significant last year.

    2. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      26 days, 16 hours ago

      Everyone was raving about Mane last year with the huge price difference, then the Christmas games happened.........

      1. mikess
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        26 days, 16 hours ago

        This year I don't think it's feasible to own both Salah and Mane. Last year you could own both

        1. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          26 days, 16 hours ago

          True, Ster & KDB take up over 1/5 of team value.

    3. HakimZyech
      26 days, 16 hours ago

      the only thing Salah has over Mané is his egyptian hair... and maybe set pieces

  18. fs.shaunlim
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    26 days, 16 hours ago

    G2G or any way else to improve? 0FT, 0.0itb, TV101.1

    Ryan (Button)
    Emerson, AWB, Lund (AMN, Rico)
    Salah, Sterling, KDB, Martial (Dendonk)
    Rashford, Barnes, Pukki

    Any help appreciated!

    1. Galza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      26 days, 16 hours ago

      Brilliant team!!

    2. n14mul
      • 2 Years
      26 days, 16 hours ago

      Very light at the back. Possibky sell one of your decent players and use it to strengthen 1 defender

      1. fs.shaunlim
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        26 days, 16 hours ago

        Yeah agreed. Would see how Mane performs this week and probably downgrade Salah to bolster the backline... hoping I won’t get priced out though!!

        1. n14mul
          • 2 Years
          26 days, 16 hours ago

          Same midfield 4 as me as I just shipped out Perez for martial. I think 1 if the 2 at United is enough for now.

          1. fs.shaunlim
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            26 days, 16 hours ago

            Cheers!

    3. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      26 days, 16 hours ago

      Lovely team but when Pool start to keep clean sheets you'll be a bit itchy.

  19. Greek Flair
    • 3 Years
    26 days, 16 hours ago

    Salah or Mane + 1m?

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      26 days, 16 hours ago

      Only if you need the 1m.

  20. Benny01_
    26 days, 16 hours ago

    Mina (already have Digne) or Zinchenko?

    1. Lingard’s Shin Guards
      26 days, 16 hours ago

      Zinchenko, Everton’s defence is solid but wouldn’t double up

  21. Lingard’s Shin Guards
    26 days, 16 hours ago

    Who scores the most?

    A) Digne, KWP, Montoya
    B) AWB, Zinchenko/Mina, Montoya
    C) Digne, AWB, Lundstrum
    D) VVD, Montoya, Pieters

    1. Benny01_
      26 days, 16 hours ago

      C

  22. Pompey and Circumstance
    • 8 Years
    26 days, 16 hours ago

    transfer in Pukki now? was going to wait for Norwich's fixtures to get better and stay with Wilson with favorable fixtures for Bournemouth; make the transfer?

  23. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    26 days, 16 hours ago

    Worth it to do king > pukki for a hit this gw or play king?

    1. n14mul
      • 2 Years
      26 days, 16 hours ago

      I did it

    2. Legend of Rosický
      • 1 Year
      26 days, 16 hours ago

      Easiest hit ever

    3. TheBrazilianRonaldo
      26 days, 16 hours ago

      He will rise again 0.1 this gameweek. Stats are good. Any sniff of anything this weekend and he’ll be at 7.2 this time next week

    4. FOO FIGHTER
      26 days, 16 hours ago

      Tough to take -4 hit but I got in Pukki. His price went up 0.3m so far and with many WC still on play surely his price is going up again.

      Same with KDB.

      Took a -8 hit to get them both, KDB was a long term move and if it goes wrong with Pukki I can fix it. I can live with -8 and still have my WC in tact.

      Unless you have cash available too cover price increases next GW then I guess you can wait but Pukki vs CHE and King vs City could be the swinging point for many.

  24. rohaansunil
    26 days, 16 hours ago

    B silva and siggy keep or sell to get sterling and trossard for a -4?

    1. kraftwerk
      • 7 Years
      26 days, 16 hours ago

      I'd take the hit.

  25. pokern1nja09
    • 6 Years
    26 days, 16 hours ago

    Anyone know if Everton have a press conference today?

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      26 days, 16 hours ago

      Scout tweets.

  26. Halmari Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    26 days, 16 hours ago

    Anyone know if son has been training the past 2 weeks. images everywhere for pre season however 0 news of him training after pre season

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      26 days, 16 hours ago

      Why wouldn't he be?

      1. Halmari Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        26 days, 16 hours ago

        Since there is 0 information on him and he didnt play the last pre season game however he played all of them before

        1. badgerboy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          26 days, 16 hours ago

          He hasn't been suspended from training. They played the final of the Audi Cup very close to the semi final, other players didn't feature in that game either.

          1. Halmari Tea
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            26 days, 16 hours ago

            i completely understand but would just feel better if someone has rock solid information whether he has been training / is match fit etc - theres nothing on spurs social media as well 😐

            1. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              26 days, 16 hours ago

              You're worrying over nothing, but Poch might give him a passing mention in his press conference if you wait a bit.

              1. Halmari Tea
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                26 days, 16 hours ago

                Would you happen to know if the presser is today? have the captain armband around him at the moment and have had a good start to the season. With 1.5% ownership 2 goals from him sky rockets me to top 10k

  27. Concrete
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    26 days, 16 hours ago

    Getting Martial this week isn’t worth a -8 is it?

    Will lose Zinchenko and Robinson

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      26 days, 16 hours ago

      No way.
      You wouldn't want to lose both of them anyway.

    2. n14mul
      • 2 Years
      26 days, 16 hours ago

      Unless youn know martial is on for a hatrick and you got him in tc other than that it's a no

    3. The Man Pastore
      • 5 Years
      26 days, 16 hours ago

      That would be a horrible move tbh

    4. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      26 days, 16 hours ago

      Your 6th year on here and youre asking that...lost for words

    5. TheBrazilianRonaldo
      26 days, 16 hours ago

      No way. -8 is like half a million ranking places

      1. TheBrazilianRonaldo
        26 days, 16 hours ago

        This time of the season

      2. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        26 days, 16 hours ago

        I took -8 without a thought. At this stage of the season it's as vital to get your team right as soon as possible.

        1. TheBrazilianRonaldo
          26 days, 13 hours ago

          Right for what though? Still a lot of guess work. Early signs are just that

  28. dashdriver
    • 4 Years
    26 days, 16 hours ago

    Adrián
    Walker-Peters / van Dijk / Lundstram / Zinchenko
    De Bruyne / Salah / Sterling / Ceballos
    Pukki / Kane

    Button / Dendoncker / Greenwood / Kelly

    How would you feel if this was your team?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      26 days, 16 hours ago

      Shakey with that defence, GK and bench

      1. dashdriver
        • 4 Years
        26 days, 16 hours ago

        You mean a defence with (so far) playing Spurs, Man City and Liverpool, a Liverpool GK (that will become Pope in a couple of weeks), and a bench that all seems to get minutes (except Button)?

    2. Tamagotchi Massacre
      • 5 Years
      26 days, 16 hours ago

      Absolutely fine. It would be freakish if all your gambles failed at the same time. So long as you are ok with the potential for your bench to come into play or to need to replace a couple of players in coming weeks then go for it.

      I'm on similar tbh. But not going for Salah. Gone for Martial and Son instead

      1. dashdriver
        • 4 Years
        26 days, 16 hours ago

        Cheers. Martial and Son sounds good too.

    3. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      26 days, 16 hours ago

      Presume its a WC team? If so I'd swap out Adrian and Kelly, Id also go KWP to Mina....No MUN a slight concern if they kick on but not bad at all.

      1. dashdriver
        • 4 Years
        26 days, 16 hours ago

        It is. Planning Adrián to Pope in a few weeks. Kelly have started so far. I want KWP istead of Mina, then transfer him out if Foyth or Aurier takes his place.

        1. jia you jia you
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          26 days, 16 hours ago

          fair nuff mate...GL!

  29. n14mul
    • 2 Years
    26 days, 16 hours ago

    Decent team I like it. Only issue would be for me is starting a 4m defender. But if there was a 4m defender to start you have the right one imo

    Good luck

    1. n14mul
      • 2 Years
      26 days, 16 hours ago

      Oops that was meant for above post!

      1. dashdriver
        • 4 Years
        26 days, 16 hours ago

        Thanks. I will need to start one of Lundstram, Kelly or Dendoncker. Don't think that's too bad when you get 4 big dogs out of it.

  30. Dare Do The Punt
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    26 days, 16 hours ago

    Does anyone know what the following FPL IDs are?

    -Who Got the Assist boys
    -Planet FPL boys