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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. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 4 days ago

    Is anyone keeping Pérez?

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 4 days ago

      No, gone

    2. sovietrockettes
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 4 days ago

      defo

      1. sovietrockettes
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 4 days ago

        for 1-2 games

        1. In a Rush
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 4 days ago

          Gone for me

    3. tissae
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Yea, his last chance to prove smth for me.

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        Thinking that too. Just annoying asf that he’ll drop in price

    4. Freddiebell
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      He went 2 days ago and I'm pleased because he's falling tonight

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 4 days ago

        This

      2. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        Not worried he’ll return points these next two games?

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 4 days ago

          Will take it on the chin, no sign from the first two GWs and want to be ruthless on-boarding more potential players

    5. Dynamic Duos
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      I'm eating and then showering on it lol, but I'm pretty sure atm that by the time I go sleep Mount will be in my team.

    6. In Bale We Trust
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Got rid. He’s look very poor it has to be said, and too many other tempting midfield options with form, fixtures and price rises

    7. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Selling him could easily backfire, but the same goes for any player who isn't injured or suspended. Sheffield definitely isn't the new A. Madrid, but I expect some stifling to occur again, maybe even more than what Chelsea could muster. So the fixture doesn't scare me as much as the usual "vs promoted team" hype. This leaves the Bournemouth game, funnily enough, as the highest chance of a haul between now and GW6

      Also, his positioning and involvement for both games have been worse than many full-backs

    8. Conor1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      I am. I think he will get plenty of goals and assists. I signed for long term, not two weeks. Very cheap and potential out of position also.

    9. Tamagotchi Massacre
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      There's no justification whatsoever to keep him other than the hope that something changes

    10. SHOOTER MCGINN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Yes, unfortunately. I don't want to take a -4 to lose him. The next 2 fixtures are theoretically much better for Leicester so hopefully patience will be rewarded.

      1. TheBrazilianRonaldo
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 4 days ago

        This thumbs up

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

      Keeping for 2 more games, I was between ditching him for Son or Wilson for Kane this week and opted for later, Perez has better fixtures this and next week

  2. MosF94
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 4 days ago

    On WC

    I have the following players locked in:

    Pope (Woodman)
    TAA, Digne, ?, ? (Lundstram)
    Sterling, KDB, Martial, Grealish (Cantwell)
    Kane, Pukki, ?

    Which of the following options (first 2 names of each option are starters, last name is on the bench) rounds out my squad the best?

    A) VVD, AWB, Wickham (0.8 itb - still think Liv defence should come good)
    B) Robbo, AWB, Wickham (0.3 itb)
    C) Robbo, Adams, Kelly (0.4 itb - waiting for a starting 4.4 def to emerge)
    D) AWB, Haller, Kelly (0.4 itb - very punty, but I love West Ham's fixtures)
    E) AWB, Adams, Zinchenko (0.4 itb; 12 startable players, with 1 benched each week depending on fixtures)

    Quite like E, but don't like leaving money on the bench! Though C might be my favourite, I love the idea of having arguably the 3 most attacking defenders in the league (aside from Doherty, I guess) in my XI, and Adams is my kind of gamble too. I just wish there was someone viable in defence at 4.4... Almost tempted to bring in Targett, surely a player as desperately average as Neil Taylor can't continue to start for a PL team?!?!

    Also, any suggestions I might not have thought about who would fit nicely into my structure? Cheers!

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 4 days ago

      To start with, I would be hesitant to go double Pool at the back but none of their attackers

      1. MosF94
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 4 days ago

        I've decided to go Salahless (and Maneless) till GW 13 - could change my mind half-way through, but with Sterling and Kane's captaincy rotation I don't see myself veering from that, and 12.5m is too much to spend on a player you're not captaining, I think

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 4 days ago

          Ok, your call, I am not convinced Harry will score more than Mane/Salah during that run ...

          1. MosF94
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 4 days ago

            We'll see, it's a risk, I reckon he will but I could very easily fall flat on my face!

        2. Marmalade Forest
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 4 days ago

          You decided to have your first team after weeks of planning, are happy to ditch it after two weeks.

          Good luck getting to GW13

          1. MosF94
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 4 days ago

            Wildcarding before GW5 is an extremely common strategy. 500,000 people WCd this week. Many of them know what they're doing

    2. Hairy Potter
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      A for me. Not sure about Grealish or the lack of Salah/Mane though.

      1. MosF94
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 4 days ago

        A leaves me the most room for manoeuvre, it's the one I'm currently on. Grealish I explained in a reply below, really liking the look of his BPS potential especially, as well as returns, think he's being overlooked by a lot of people tbh! Salah/Mane I've also explained below, but it's a big risk, no doubt

    3. Forever In Our Shadow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Grealish? Hmmmm.

      1. MosF94
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 4 days ago

        Yep. IMO the most underrated player among the FPL community. Very good returns at the end of last season under Dean Smith (McGinn had very good returns too), but Grealish is less prone to bookings, and has the 3rd highest baseline BPS of all midfielders so far, and 2nd most chances created among midfielders (would like to see more big chances there though). I'm very happy to own him over Mount and Ceballos, I think he's a player who will slowly become a popular pick

    4. Snevitz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      E makes it almost exactly the same as my WC team so that gets my vote.

      1. MosF94
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 4 days ago

        What would the difference between our teams be if I go for E? Robbo instead of TAA?

    5. Conor1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Get Mo Salah in.

  3. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 4 days ago

    Very handy article to have, cheers!

  4. Lingard’s Shin Guards
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 4 days ago

    Digne + Lundstrum (Lundstrum starting)

    Or

    Zinchenko/Mina + Montoya

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      A

  5. SMOOTH
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 4 days ago

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

    1. sovietrockettes
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 4 days ago

      A by a hair

    2. In a Rush
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Ceballos

      1. In a Rush
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        The one with

    3. CROCosta
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 4 days ago

      B

  6. Deeney-is-a-god
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 4 days ago

    What about wilson, siggy, robbo -> vvd, son, pukki (-4)?
    Both siggy and wilson looks like dropping tonight

    1. sovietrockettes
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 4 days ago

      good moves

    2. Mind över Mata
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Yes

      1. In a Rush
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        Go for it

    3. Tamagotchi Massacre
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Wilson is going to keep scoring points

      1. Deeney-is-a-god
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        Maybe, but not the best fixtures and dropping in price, also think these transfers all together make sense. Leaves me with 2 itb and already know where those can come to good use

    4. Catastrophe
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Yeah go for it!

    5. Deeney-is-a-god
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Thanks for the replies, just did the transfers. Hope son starts this week, but he will hopefully come good either way

    6. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 4 days ago

      No, just Wilson Pukki

  7. Starky22
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 4 days ago

    Play 1:
    A. King
    B. Dendoncker

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      King and hope VAR are nice.

    2. In Bale We Trust
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      King and hope for a pen I guess

    3. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Controversial? Dendoncker to play!

  8. Mind över Mata
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 4 days ago

    Last decision for WC defence?

    A) Robbo/TAA and Zinchenko
    B) VVD and Walker

    Walker seems more nailed. Any thoughts?

    1. L S P
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Yes, B.

  9. Jo72
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 4 days ago

    Who is your captain?

    1. kime67
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Mr Sterling

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Kane

      1. In a Rush
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        Kane/sterling!

    3. Forever In Our Shadow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Kane. Sterling vc

    4. Conor1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Kane.

    5. MeatPieSausageRoll Scott Ta…
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Sterling

    6. Hairy Potter
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Sterling with Kane VC

    7. TheBrazilianRonaldo
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Martial

  10. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 4 days ago

    Who to start?
    - Wood (WOL)
    - Dendoncker (BUR)
    - Montoya (SOU)

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Wood

  11. Daghe Munegu
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 4 days ago

    Am I G2G ?

    Lloris
    TAA VVD Coleman Zincheko
    Salah Sterling Martial Lanzini
    Rashford Adams

    1. Jo72
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Missing kane

      1. Daghe Munegu
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        What would you do? 1ft 0itb

  12. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 4 days ago

    People like McGinn as an option? Good, nailed, pretty attacking and a good enabler too.

    1. El Lobito 10
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Lots. Him or Ceballos

    2. kime67
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Naah

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        Pourqoui?

      2. Kiwivillan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        Equal most shots for mid as Sterling last week(6) one more on target(3) Bournemouth keeper made some great saves

        1. MeatPieSausageRoll Scott Ta…
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 4 days ago

          Why did you say naaah then? Surely that’s an argument for him being a good option

          1. MeatPieSausageRoll Scott Ta…
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 4 days ago

            Nevermind - got confused what with you both having the same grav!

    3. L S P
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      i'm going to keep at least until he gets an attacking return when he's in my starting 11.

    4. Professor Abel X
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      McGinn still as good an option now as he was pre-season. Non-owner

  13. Four Hit Wonder
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 4 days ago

    So, VAR.

    Apparently you can handle the ball in the box but no pk will be given if it's not intentional.

    If you were touched in the box and then you do your theatrical dive and/or drag your foot, or even intentionally make the opponent "foul" you, it is a pk.

    The latter is a problem, IMO. Intentionally drawing a foul can still get you an easy goal, and I thought this is something we want to remove from the game. Divers rejoice.

    1. Four Hit Wonder
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Have a look at today's three CL qualifiers highlights (and the previous BPL round) and you'll see these decisions are persistent.

    2. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Is this really anything to do with VAR?

      It's the laws of the game that VAR is helping to enforce.

      A lot of the new interpretations are not great in my opinion, but it's not VAR.

      1. Four Hit Wonder
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        Handling the ball used to be a pk whenever noticed. It is no longer so.

      2. Four Hit Wonder
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        The laws of the game also say diving is a yellow card offense, and that intensity needs to be present in a foul in order for it to be a pk.

  14. In Bale We Trust
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    6 months, 4 days ago

    Expectations for Moura this weekend? I’ve decided to hold in the hopes he starts, although 30 mins off bench might enough for Newcastle

    1. Professor Abel X
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Subbed for Martial

    2. kime67
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Doesnt sound too exiting

    3. Four Hit Wonder
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Maybe an accidental assist.

    4. Hairy Potter
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Off the bench as Spurs strive to get a consolation goal.

    5. TheBrazilianRonaldo
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 4 days ago

      If he starts then likely >4 shots and >3 key passes. So yeah keeping. Newcastle are going down unless they lose Bruce

  15. Slitherene
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 4 days ago

    1 FT, 2.5 ITB

    Pope
    VvD Digne Zinchenko Soyuncu
    Zaha* KdB Salah Sigurdsson
    Jimenez* Wilson*
    Heaton Diop Stephens Greenwood

    A) Zaha -> Son
    B) Jimenez + Wilson -> Pukki + Kane (-4)

    Thoughts on these options? Thanks in advance!

    1. Professor Abel X
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      C) Hold

      1. Slitherene
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 4 days ago

        If one just had to go, from the 3, which one would it be?

  16. SOTHPAW
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 4 days ago

    Otamendi to play now Stones injured?

    1. Hairy Potter
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Probably and a decent threat from set pieces.

    2. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Probably

    3. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Yeah, Stones should be fit again post IB, maybe even for Brighton.

  17. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 4 days ago

    What about Sigurdsson. Anyone keeping at least another week? He also looks set to drop in price.

    1. Jo72
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      No way

    2. L S P
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      sold for kdb

    3. Four Hit Wonder
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      He's no good.

      Soft player who avoids duels and does most of his business from set pieces.

      And Digne is getting a larger percentage of these now. So what you have left are penalty kicks, and Everton can't draw these.

    4. SAY MY NAME
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      think I'm keeping, Everton have to start scoring sometime surely 🙂

    5. IRBOX ⚽
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Might be wise to keep. Villa have second worse defensive stats in the league

    6. Hairy Potter
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      He's playing Villa so decent chance of getting points.

    7. TheBrazilianRonaldo
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 4 days ago

      If I had I’d keep regardless of price drop. 98 players dropped in price already. Can’t dodge them all

  18. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 4 days ago

    Norwich v chelsea predictions?

    1. MeatPieSausageRoll Scott Ta…
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 4 days ago

      1-1

      1. MeatPieSausageRoll Scott Ta…
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 4 days ago

        With Pukki scoring all 3 goals

    2. In Bale We Trust
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      2-2

    3. Harper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      3-2, Pukki brace

    4. Hairy Potter
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      2-2

    5. Dynamic Duos
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      O God this is actually comical , Chelsea 2-0. Fan of Pukki btw and getting him gwk4.

    6. Snevitz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      2-2

    7. L S P
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      folks are drunk on pukki kool aid

      1. Yank Revolution
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        Everclear + Tropical Punch Kool Aid = Jungle Juice baby!

      2. Kiwivillan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        Yeah that 17pts he got me was intoxicating

        1. L S P
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 4 days ago

          just give him the golden boot now i guess

    8. Gazza2000
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      1-2

    9. SHOOTER MCGINN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      1-3. Probably Pukki.

    10. Four Hit Wonder
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      0-1 half time, 2-1 full time.

      1. Four Hit Wonder
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        Cantwell, Stiepermann | Pedro

  19. boogle
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 4 days ago

    Best back 5 for 25.1 mil.

    Go!

    1. Snevitz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      AWB, Coleman, Zinchenko, Lundstram, Montoya

      1. boogle
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        Nice

    2. Four Hit Wonder
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      KWP, AWB, Kelly, Digne, Lundstram

      1. boogle
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        Like it, only worry is Kelly as not first choice?

        1. Four Hit Wonder
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 4 days ago

          Oh you want to play all 5? Still...need to go with two 4.0s or you can't get any semi-premiums in.

      2. Four Hit Wonder
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        If you got Lundstram before the price rise, you can upgrade KWP to Zinchenko.

  20. Jo72
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 4 days ago

    Mount or Ceballos?

    1. Four Hit Wonder
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Ceballos. Arsenal will be free scoring this season, and Chelsea are poor.

  21. How About Baked Beans?
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 4 days ago

    Who to pick? Delofeu (Stuck with him for another week at least) or Douglas Luiz?

  22. Shardlow
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 4 days ago

    Replace Mkhitaryan with Trossard in draft? long term move, wouldn't play either this weekend.

    1. In a Rush
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Yes

    2. Four Hit Wonder
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Definitely. And you should play Trossard

    3. Shardlow
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Great, thanks! got my waiver ready

  23. Tower Bridge
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 4 days ago

    Why are we not getting any information on price rides or falls on the site. It hasn’t been updated since 16th August?

    1. Tower Bridge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 4 days ago

      That should be rises (bloody autocomplete)

    2. In a Rush
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      I’ve still ridden a couple!

    3. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Widget is a bit sick. Doctor going to have a look.

  24. El Lobito 10
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 4 days ago

    Harry Kane. Two goals in seven games v Newcastle.

    1. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Bruce manager now

    2. In a Rush
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Is that right!? He must be due then!

    3. El Lobito 10
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Sterling averages about a goal a game v Bournemouth, including a hat trick

      1. In a Rush
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        Yes was his 1st season the hat trick?
        Anyway he could be the one even though I’ve bought Kane in.

      2. Harper
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        Salah really nice record vs Arsenal too

    4. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      About to make it 4 in 8

    5. Hairy Potter
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      He also has a nasty habit of injuring Newcastle defenders with late challenges that put them out for months. If he does it this weekend then hopefully it'll be picked up by VAR.

      He'll probably score though, but can't bring myself to captain him ahead of Sterling.

  25. Gazza2000
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 4 days ago

    Thoughts here?

    With B I have to play two of Lundstrum, Dunk, Soyu and Cantwell every week so leaning towards A atm...

    Pope Button
    AWB ** Dunk ** Lundstrum
    Sterling ** KDB Martial **
    ** Pukki Wickham

    a) Laporte, Digne, Salah, Ceballos, Barnes

    or

    b) Soyu, Zinchenko, Mane, Cantwell, Kane

    1. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Mane Kane train

    2. Jo72
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      B

    3. The FPL Gods Must Be Crazy
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      B

    4. Gazza2000
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Cheers all

  26. Jay Jay Okocha
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 4 days ago

    2 baffling trends:

    1) Perez sellers
    2) People with double Liverpool defense keeping VVD over TAA/Robbo

    1. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Baffling trend getting Perez in first place. I did but had many reservations

    2. IRBOX ⚽
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Conversely,

      Perez has looked poor with minimal goal threat and certainly not OOP.

      The extra 0.5 can go a long way to bolster the attack.

      Many ways to look at things differently

    3. MeatPieSausageRoll Scott Ta…
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 4 days ago

      I’m finding it more baffling how many people can’t get their head round people selling Perez

    4. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      LIV double up was huge preseason bandwagon. Even as a pool supporter I chose VVD over the other 2. Better value imo and prefer to spend funds elsewhere.
      Pérez yes I regret starting with him but you can’t get everything right-live and learn

    5. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      nothing baffling about it

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

      We're only two games in people. Two. Robbo and TAA all the way for me.

      1. Yank Revolution
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        1/19th of the season gone!

    7. Maddamotha
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Ditching Robbo makes me get Kane

  27. Killersquad
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 4 days ago

    Wildcard team - Any thoughts?

    Pope | Button

    Laporte | Digne | KWP | Lundstram | Kelly

    Sterling | KDB | Martial | Mount | Cantwell

    Kane | Rashford | Pukki

    1. Jo72
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      No Liverpool Mid? You can put Mane and downgrade your Forwards, Kane and Pukki would be enough

    2. SHOOTER MCGINN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      I like it. I've also gone without Liverpool attack but no Liverpool defence either is brave.

    3. Marmalade Forest
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Looks like it would have scored you well in GW1-2, but those points are gone.

      Good luck for it to carry on.

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

        Most fixtures are good for next gws as well though!

  28. Bartowski
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 4 days ago

    Crikey who are all these people who have so few problems with their them they're swapping Salah for Mane .

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      I did Robinson (bench) to Ceballos (bench).. now how boring is that?

    2. TheBrazilianRonaldo
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 4 days ago

      It’s bizarre. Salah still the best in Liverpool team

  29. Bobby Digital
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 4 days ago

    Someone was compairing Ceballos to Fabregas. 5.5m midfielder and 200pts let's go!

    1. Four Hit Wonder
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Santi Cazorla too

  30. Kante FC
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 4 days ago

    As a Laporte owner I am very much looking forward to the imminent return of Mendy to kill off the Zinchenko bandwagon. So many teams going to have zero nailed City defensive assets...

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 4 days ago

      The other way around for me 😉

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      With Mendy back in training today he's likely to be injured again by the end of the week.

    3. Marmalade Forest
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Ederson is at 23%

    4. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Think he might get a start v Brighton, Pep likes to throw him in straight away.

      1. SHOOTER MCGINN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 4 days ago

        Agree that Brighton game is excellent on paper but it's a prime opportunity to rest Sterling etc. and bring back Mendy.

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 4 days ago

          Rest Sterling for what?

          A week after bou and just before the IB.

          1. SHOOTER MCGINN
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 4 days ago

            For no reason whatsoever.

          2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            6 months, 4 days ago

            just because it's pep, he does weird things

          3. TheBrazilianRonaldo
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 4 days ago

            Because he has the best team and 2nd team in the league and he has to play some of these superstars to keep them happy. And he can because they are all brilliant. So he might, be might not

    5. ...al - Fireteam Zulu
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Problem is he'll be injured in 5 mins

    6. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 4 days ago

      Less CS when Mendy plays.