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How much rotation can FPL managers expect from clubs involved in Europe?

After looking at the forthcoming fixture schedules for the seven Premier League clubs involved in European competition this season, we now focus our thoughts on possible rotation.

This article takes a look back at how Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, Unai Emery and Mauricio Pochettino approached the group stages of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League in 2018/19 to see if we can learn any lessons from their team selections.

This is uncharted territory for Nuno Espirito Santo and Frank Lampard at their respective clubs, of course, although Santo has experience of European competition with Porto and Valencia.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, meanwhile wasn’t ‘at the wheel’ for Manchester United’s Champions League group stage fixtures but did take charge of the Red Devils in the knockout round.

For this study, we will look at the period of Gameweeks 5 to 17.

The Champions League and Europe League group stages both started after Gameweek 5 of 2018/19, culminating before the games in Gameweek 17.

All bar one of the Gameweeks in question fell directly before and/or after a round of European fixtures, with the exception being Gameweek 15: that set of Premier League matches was the first ‘midweek’ round of league games of the season, however, so we’ll also include any findings in our results.

Manchester City – Pep Guardiola

Premier League appearances for Manchester City players in Gameweeks 5-17

Having won the Premier League in successive seasons, will Pep Guardiola’s focus be more on the elusive Champions League crown this year?

Fernandinho (£5.3m) was an ever-present in the league for City in Gameweeks 5-17 last season, highlighting just how important the Brazilain was to the cause – and the fact that the City boss had no like-for-like replacement for the veteran at the base of the midfield.

With Rodri‘s (£5.5m) capture, however, Guardiola has the capacity to rotate the two where he sees fit – although Fernandinho’s services may be needed on occasion at centre-half.

Despite featuring in all six Champions League group games from the start, Aymeric Laporte (£6.5m) started all but one league match during the time studied, with his rest coming in the midweek Premier League game in Gameweek 15.

Given his experience of playing as a left-sided centre-half, Nicolas Otamendi (£5.4m) may become the bedrock of the City defence in the league in Laporte’s stead – although the Frenchman, uncapped by his national side, had the benefit of recovering during international breaks in 2018/19, something Otamendi doesn’t have the luxury of.

The table above may say that Sergio Aguero (£12.1m) only started nine of the 13 league games in Gameweeks 5-17 but he was injured or recovering from injury in the final four of them.

Aguero only started two group matches in the Champions League and started every single league fixture from Gameweeks 5-13, although was substituted off in eight of those nine appearances.

Gabriel Jesus (£9.5m), by contrast, started four Champions League group fixtures and not a single league game between Gameweeks 5-13.

Raheem Sterling (£12.0m) started all six Champions League group fixtures and his FPL owners paid the price on three occasions, with benchings in Gameweeks 9 and 17 – both of those matches coming three days either before or after a European tie.

Sterling was also a substitute in the midweek Gameweek 15 fixture against Watford.

Only injury prevented Bernardo Silva (£7.8m) from being an ever-present in Gameweeks 5-17, illustrating just how important the Portugal international was to Guardiola last season.

Bernardo had his rests in the Champions League, sitting out three of City’s group games.

The mid-price FPL midfielder has already been benched twice in the league this season, however, suggesting he perhaps isn’t quite the ‘nailed’ option he was for much of 2018/19.

Given the options available to Guardiola in central midfield, we can likely expect plenty of rotation in the middle of the park this season.

David Silva (£7.4m), who turns 34 this campaign, is the obvious candidate for a semi-regular rest, with Ilkay Gundogan (£5.4m) and Phil Foden (£5.3m) waiting in the wings.

Silva had his minutes managed around the Champions League group games last season (of which he started five), being substituted in seven league fixtures and dropping to the bench on a further two occasions.

The anomaly here is Kevin De Bruyne (£9.8m), who was injured for a large chunk of last season and who didn’t make a league start in Gameweeks 5-17.

Looking back at 2017/18 instead, De Bruyne started City’s first 31 league games and started five of the Sky Blues’ Champions League group ties – although Guardiola will surely handle him more delicately this season following his injury problems of last year.

Liverpool – Jurgen Klopp

Premier League appearances for Liverpool players in Gameweeks 5-17

Having already tasted success in the Champions League, there is an argument to suggest that Jurgen Klopp’s focus will be more on the domestic front this year as Liverpool hunt for their first league title in 30 years.

Sadio Mane (£11.5m) and Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) started all six Champions League group stage matches last season and weren’t rested for any of the league fixtures around them.

The two league games that Mane missed altogether (Gameweeks 9 and 15) in the period studied were through injury, with a cut on his foot limiting his involvement to being a late substitute in the Gameweek 16 win over Bournemouth.

Salah’s only rest in the Premier League in the whole of 2018/19 came in that midweek Gameweek 15 win over Burnley.

Roberto Firmino (£9.5m) was benched in Gameweek 9 after returning late from international duty and, like Salah, was also handed a breather in Gameweek 15 as the Reds juggled three Premier League fixtures in seven days.

The Brazil striker was dropped to the bench in two of Liverpool’s six Champions League group games.

At the back, Virgil van Dijk (£6.5m) was an ever-present throughout this period and again looks the safest bet this season.

Having started all six Champions League group matches, Andrew Robertson (£6.9m) missed two Premier League fixtures in Gameweeks 5 to 17 – although one was enforced through injury.

Robertson was benched in the Gameweek 10 match against Cardiff, which came three days after a 90-minute run-out against Red Star.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.0m) was benched in Gameweeks 8 and 9 last season, with both matches coming four days either before or after the Liverpool right-back played 90 minutes in a Champions League group game.

Joe Gomez (£5.4m) deputised on both occasions.

Alexander-Arnold was also only a substitute for the Gameweek 16 win at Bournemouth, which was the third of three league matches that the Reds had to endure in the space of a week.

A foot injury ruled him out in Gameweek 17.

A start or two for Gomez at right-back in the coming months perhaps looks inevitable but Fantasy owners will be hoping that Klopp chooses the Champions League or Carabao Cup to hand Alexander-Arnold his feared breather.

Tottenham Hotspur – Mauricio Pochettino

Premier League appearances for Tottenham Hotspur players in Gameweeks 5-17

The situation was pretty straightforward for Harry Kane (£11.0m) last season, with the Spurs striker starting all six Champions League group games and being benched only once.

That came in Gameweek 16, which was not only the third of three Premier League fixtures that Spurs faced in the space of seven days but also came three days before the Lilywhites took on Barcelona in a crucial Champions League tie.

The picture is not quite so clear with Spurs’ midfield assets.

Christian Eriksen (£8.8m) started only five league matches during Gameweeks 5 to 17 but was suffering from an abdominal problem in this period, with Mauricio Pochettino handling his recovery very carefully.

To illustrate this point, Eriksen started every single one of Spurs’ final 21 league fixtures once his issue had cleared up, also starting all seven of the north London club’s Champions League knockout ties.

Following his involvement at the 2018 World Cup and then the Asian Games in August/September, it took Son Heung-min (£9.5m) until Gameweek 13 to nail down a starting spot in Spurs’ team.

Managed minutes were an issue even when Son was established in the team and the South Korea international was substituted in all seven of his starts in the period studied, having made the starting XI in five of Spurs’ six Champions League group games.

With those two players, Erik Lamela (£6.0m) and the hamstrung Dele Alli (£8.4m) struggling for fitness or form, Lucas Moura (£7.4m) was the main beneficiary: the Brazilian started 11 of Spurs’ 13 fixtures around the Champions League group games.

Given that Lucas, Eriksen, Son and Lamela are already up and running this season and the likes of Alli and Giovani Lo Celso (£7.4m) are gradually building their fitness through substitute appearances, rotation in the Spurs midfield will surely be a minefield around their forthcoming Champions League ties.

Pochettino has been a regular rotator of his full-backs in busy periods so we can likely expect to see more of the same this time around, with Toby Alderweireld (£5.5m) perhaps the most secure route into the Spurs backline – the Belgian defender started all but one of the 13 Premier League games around the Champions League group stage fixtures last season.

Arsenal – Unai Emery

Premier League appearances for Arsenal players in Gameweeks 5-17

Unai Emery used the Europa League group stages to mostly blood his second string, with stronger starting XIs not named until the knockout stage had commenced in February.

Emery made at least eight line-up changes in five of the six group games as fringe players were given a chance to impress, so fatigue-led rotation in the Premier League wasn’t the issue that it might have been had the Gunners been in the Champions League.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.0m) made only two starts in the Europa League group stage, with Alexandre Lacazette (£9.4m) making just the one.

Emery is a tinkerer of teams regardless of European involvement, however, as the above table shows.

It should be said that Aubameyang was about as ‘nailed’ as they come until Arsenal started to venture deep into the Europa League: the Gabon international started 23 of Arsenal’s first 25 league fixtures in 2018/19, with benchings in Gameweeks 8 and 9 seemingly less about preservation for Europe and more to do with Emery’s constantly evolving tactical preferences.

Lacazette started eight matches in a row between Gameweeks 5 and 12 but was less of a reliable starter through December as Emery favoured Aubameyang up top by himself – again, though, this had little to do with the Europa League.

Manchester United, Chelsea and Wolves – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Frank Lampard and Nuno Espirito Santo

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has taken charge of Manchester United in four Champions League knockout games and has shown previous when it comes to Europe-led rotation, resting Marcus Rashford (£8.5m) and Victor Lindelof (£5.5m) in Gameweeks 26 and 34 ahead of the PSG and Barcelona ties.

How Solskjaer will treat the ‘lesser’ Europa League, and the bloated group stage in particular, remains to be seen, however.

Nuno Espirito Santo is certainly giving the competition plenty of respect.

Leander Dendoncker (£4.5m), Diogo Jota (£6.4m), Jonny (£5.5m) and Joao Moutinho (£5.5m) have all been benched following Europa League play-off fixtures already and the settled Wolves side we could trust from a Fantasy perspective in 2018/19 looks anything but this season.

Frank Lampard is the great unknown as he gets set to manage in Europe for the first time (with the exception of the Super Cup) but Chelsea’s wealth of options in most positions should provide him with ample opportunity to rotate.

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Lessons learned from Gameweek 4

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  1. Amey
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 9 days ago

    This is amazing by Milner 😀
    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.express.co.uk/sport/football/1173104/liverpool-sadio-mane-mo-salah-james-milner-instagram/amp

    Missed it as I'm not active on social media. Post about Mane getting angry last gw.

    1. Yankee Toffee
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      nice one

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 9 days ago

        😀

  2. EMERGING STAR
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 9 days ago

    Anyone here with all of Salah-Mane-Sterling- KDB? I would love it but short of this team by 0.1.

    Adrian
    Zinchenko AWB Digne
    Salah Mane Sterling KDB Cantwell
    Pukki Ayew

    Button Lundstram Kelly Wickham

    1. Albrightondknight
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      Is this a WC?
      If so Zinch to Otamendi gets the cash and probably a better pick for now anyway.

      1. EMERGING STAR
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 9 days ago

        WC was already used in GW3. But above team can be achieved using my 2 FTs (Martial + Rashford -> Mane + Ayew)

    2. Amey
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 9 days ago

      Triple palace 😮

      1. EMERGING STAR
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 9 days ago

        But you know why i have Wickam and Kelly. Ayew is the only one who will be in Eleven. Occasionally Kelly too

    3. Yankee Toffee
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      I'd go Kun over one of Mane, Salah, Sterling

      1. EMERGING STAR
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 9 days ago

        I am a fan of Midfielders who score goals. And obvious extra points of goals and cleansheets along with nailedness over Kun.

    4. kidzac
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      Going to be funny as hell when you realize you need a pool defender and need to replace your gk as well.

      1. Big Steve
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 9 days ago

        Simple... downgrade 1 or 2 defenders (find 1.2m probably from Digne) to free up cash to get Alisson

        1. Freddiebell
          • 3 Years
          11 months, 9 days ago

          No way. Digne is a season keeper for me.

          1. Big Steve
            • 3 Years
            11 months, 9 days ago

            Zinchenko / Otamendi and AWB down to a 4.5 and 5.0 then if you would say keep Digne.

            Id prefer get rid of Digne....

            1. Freddiebell
              • 3 Years
              11 months, 9 days ago

              Zinc is a rotation risk. i just replaced AWB with TAA.

      2. EMERGING STAR
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 9 days ago

        I have that in my mind. My GK situation and lack of pool defender. But feel like Digne- WanB- Zinc will limit the damage in defensive points and i will get Pope for Adrian when Allison is back. On the attacking side i dont miss the big hauls of Mane.

    5. Big Steve
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      this is exactly what I have been looking at -
      Team 1
      Pope 4.0
      Otamendi TAA 3 x 4.5 (Soyunco Mings Lascelles)
      Salah Sterling KDB Mane Cantwell
      Pukki 4.4 4.4

      OR
      Team 2
      Adrian 4.0
      Otamendi Alderweireld 3 x 4.5 (Soyunco Mings Lascelles)
      Salah Sterling KDB Mane Mount
      Pukki 4.4 4.4

      1. Big Steve
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 9 days ago

        can rotate defenders and 5th mid to play 451 or 541 the it comes down to....
        Team 1 - Pope, TAA, Cantwell
        Team 2 - Adrian, Alderweireld, Mount

        1. EMERGING STAR
          • 4 Years
          11 months, 9 days ago

          I like Team1.

  3. white lightning
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 9 days ago

    So after scoring 42 in gw4 I sort of rage traded a -8 hit. Do you think I can get away with it:
    Jota out - Ayew in (ft)
    Rashford out - Haller in (-4 hit)
    Martail out - KDB in (-8 hit)

    Heaton
    VVD, Digne, Zinchenko, Lundstram
    Salah (c), Sterling, KDB, McGinn
    Haller, Pukki

    Ryan, AMN, Cantwell, Ayew

    I'm now thinking a -8 hit is a bit too much. Would you:
    (a) roll with the current -8 hit team or
    (b) use my free hit chip or
    (c) triple captain Salah

    Note - already used my wc in gw2.

    Thoughts & thanks.

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 9 days ago

      Relax 🙂
      Good moves in long term.
      Martial can be a great asset but can wait

    2. Albrightondknight
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      A.
      You just about have the exact same team as me so all good.
      Also I don't see why using chips has anything to do with it except making the situation worse with a chip fail. Chips which are needed for blank and double gameweeks
      Unless you want to be saying the following in about gw32
      I rage used my chip after a rage -8 hit.

    3. white lightning
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      Cheers boys I'm more relaxed now. I feel both KDB & Haller could both haul this gw.

  4. maratus
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 9 days ago

    Morning lads!

    On WC, 0.8 itb any ideas? Thinking upgrading one of the 4.5m´s for KWP if he is fit.
    Planning to play 433 or 343 depending on fixtures.

    Adrian (Pope)
    TAA, Digne, Mings, Söyüncü, Rico
    Sterling, KDB, Mount, McGinn, Cantwell
    Aguero, Pukki, Barnes

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      i feel the lack of pool attack is an issue. i wouldnt get adrian on wc as alisson should be back soon. id get button and spend the extra 1.4. maybe upgrade mcginn ?

    2. Freddiebell
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      Very nice team

  5. Albrightondknight
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 9 days ago

    What about this and thoughts on better option than Matip for 5.4 or less
    Would take 3 moves to get to this and exact cash now

    Heaton

    VVD Digne Matip Otamendi

    Sterling KDB Mane Son McGinn

    Haller

    McGovern Lundstram Greenwood Wickham

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      nice team. obviously only 1 playing sub but i assume you still have wc ?

      1. Albrightondknight
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 9 days ago

        Nah that's gone GW3 and now trying to get back to pretty much the team I WC away from
        Typical for me at least this year and last year.
        Zero patience 🙂

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 6 Years
          11 months, 9 days ago

          mmh not sure id go -8. whats your team now ?

          1. Albrightondknight
            • 5 Years
            11 months, 9 days ago

            Decided against this already
            Would have been Pukki Kelly Soyuncu
            To Wickham Matip and Otamendi

            Probably going to hold FT and next week do McGinn and Kelly
            to 4.5 mid and Otamendi for free to give

            Heaton

            VVD Digne Otamendi Soyuncu

            Sterling KDB Son Mane

            Haller Pukki

            McGovern Lundstram 4.5 mid Greenwood

    2. Freddiebell
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      That's the best 4×5×1 I've seen

  6. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 9 days ago

    please rate this wc team, thanks 🙂

    ryan (button)
    taa laporte lowton/mings (lundstram)
    salah kdb james(could be mcneil) ceballos (hayden)
    Aguero vardy pukki

    thanks a lot

    1. Albrightondknight
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      Laporte 🙂
      Typo ?

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 9 days ago

        haha yes otamendi 🙂 thanks

        1. Albrightondknight
          • 5 Years
          11 months, 9 days ago

          Nice 343
          Not saying Ceballos is not a good pick its just how many minutes he gets is the problem.
          Formation change for easier games should see him play but will probably be benched for the harder fixtures.

          1. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 6 Years
            11 months, 9 days ago

            thanks again. i hear you for ceballos but for his price range i feel he's not much of a gamble. could go mcginn instead as villa has nice fixtures. also not sure about

            taa and otamendi

            or

            vvd and digne ?

            1. Albrightondknight
              • 5 Years
              11 months, 9 days ago

              Yeah not many options I am looking at maybe losing McGinn soon he has had the returns but the stats don't back it up.

              1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                • 6 Years
                11 months, 9 days ago

                thanks again albrightondknight and gl to you 🙂

            2. Albrightondknight
              • 5 Years
              11 months, 9 days ago

              Ha I got VVD and Digne and have been tempted by exactly that move for a hit this week.
              On WC not sure which I would chose but Digne might swing it to him and VVD.

              1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                • 6 Years
                11 months, 9 days ago

                Thanks again

    2. QuintonFortune25
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      Really strong, I still prefer Sterling over Aguero in the long run, but whilst Jesus is injured i think its wise to go for Kun

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 9 days ago

        thank you.

  7. BeardedOldMan
    • 8 Years
    11 months, 9 days ago

    How did mount play last game for Chelsea?

    1. lilmessipran
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      On 2 feet apparently

      1. BeardedOldMan
        • 8 Years
        11 months, 9 days ago

        You’re kidding? I heard he was hopping most of the game, and that’s why his stats were so rubbish

        1. Albrightondknight
          • 5 Years
          11 months, 9 days ago

          The stats drop off was matched by the eye test.
          But could just be one week blip - hard to know.

  8. Lignja
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 9 days ago

    C. Aguero, Sterling or Salah? On Sterling atm..

    1. lilmessipran
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      Wait for international matches and the time raz gets

    2. QuintonFortune25
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      Aguero for sure

    3. Miguel Sanchez
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      Aguero - form, terrible defence, penalties, explosive, relative differential.

    4. Murder On Zidanesfloor
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      Atm Kun definitely

  9. lilmessipran
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 9 days ago

    From gws 6-8 if you could have only one out of this lot, who would it be

    A Vvd
    B barnes
    C pukki

    1. Lignja
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      I think Barnes

    2. QuintonFortune25
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      Pukki for me

    3. Whats the Huth
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      VVD

  10. QuintonFortune25
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 9 days ago

    Would you take a -4pts for AWB and Martial to TAA and D.James?

    Need to make it before being priced out (have exact), more than likely TAA rises.

    1. rainy
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      Not opposed to that hit

    2. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      good move yep

    3. Whats the Huth
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      I like it

    4. Murder On Zidanesfloor
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      Yes

  11. KDB4PREZ
      11 months, 9 days ago

      Madison&trossard- Martial(providing fit)/&Ceballos worth a hit ya reckon guys?
      Madison fixtures ain’t great and trossard injured

      1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 9 days ago

        Nah

    • Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      tough...maddison away to a leaky utd. maybe just trossard to ceballos ?

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 9 days ago

        oops reply fail for above

      2. KDB4PREZ
          11 months, 9 days ago

          Cheers buddy

      3. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 9 days ago

        What appears the better move?
        A. Drop Heaton to Button (have Pope) to fund Barnes (-4). Relatively weak bench (Rico/Den/Lund).
        B. Upgrade Vvd to TAA and have the cash for Rico to Soyuncu/4.5 def and Den to Cantwell over next few weeks (stronger bench).
        C. Dendoncker to Ceballos or Mcginn and Vvd to TAA. Could be done over 2 weeks or one (-4).

        Team.
        Pope (Heaton)
        Vvd Zinc Digne Lundstram (Rico)
        Salah Sterling Kdb Mount (Den)
        Haller Pukki (Gwood)
        1.7 itb 1ft

        1. QuintonFortune25
          • 4 Years
          11 months, 9 days ago

          B for me, I like the look of Soyuncu with Leicester's fixtures, TAA is a must have for me

          1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
            • 4 Years
            11 months, 9 days ago

            Leicester's fixtures turn from gw9 right? I would have to do Vvd to TAA before his rise for C but could wait for B.

      4. Jacky boy
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 9 days ago

        Do you plan to get in emerson after they faced liverpool or not?

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • 4 Years
          11 months, 9 days ago

          I have him already and have a bit of buyers remorse. Not sure Lamps can organise a defence.

        2. mookie
          • 6 Years
          11 months, 9 days ago

          Nope

        3. Whats the Huth
          • 5 Years
          11 months, 9 days ago

          I’d love him.
          But Ota at the same price point would be stupid to pass up. Especially with zinch close to being dropped for mendy

        4. Christina.
          • 10 Years
          11 months, 9 days ago

          no

      5. Oscar Slater
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 9 days ago

        Wildcarding. Matip +1.1m to invest wisely elsewhere or VVD? I'm thinking the former option just about edges it. Reasonable?

        1. mookie
          • 6 Years
          11 months, 9 days ago

          If you think Matip is nailed, then probably VVD is not worth the extra money over him.

        2. Murder On Zidanesfloor
          • 2 Years
          11 months, 9 days ago

          TAA and Matip probably best pool defensive assets if Matip nailed.
          I'm planning to get both, because Gomez would replace one if he plays of them but the other would always start

        3. Krionos
          • 10 Years
          11 months, 9 days ago

          VVD, no question about it. Did you by any chance read this article??

      6. mookie
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 9 days ago

        Any notable injuries yesterday? Or is it too early to ask.

        1. Whats the Huth
          • 5 Years
          11 months, 9 days ago

          Tross

          1. mookie
            • 6 Years
            11 months, 9 days ago

            Cheers
            Doesn't hurt my team or my plans. All good so far. 🙂

      7. NunchiTom
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 9 days ago

        What’s better -

        A.
        Firminio
        Son
        James
        Digne
        Greenwood

        B.
        Salah
        Haller
        Abraham
        Cantwell
        Lundstrom

        1. Holmes
          • 6 Years
          11 months, 9 days ago

          B

          1. NunchiTom
            • 5 Years
            11 months, 9 days ago

            Thanks

        2. Murder On Zidanesfloor
          • 2 Years
          11 months, 9 days ago

          B but Son could explode and break the template

          1. NunchiTom
            • 5 Years
            11 months, 9 days ago

            This is what I’m thinking... looked good against arsenal

      8. Miguel Sanchez
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 9 days ago

        Which do you prefer and why if possible:

        A) Ceballos (wat, AVL, mnu, BOU)
        B) James (LEI, whu, ARS, new)

        1. Whats the Huth
          • 5 Years
          11 months, 9 days ago

          Honestly.
          Neither.
          If I had to choose one. James, better team - will get more chance.
          I’d prefer Mount

          1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
            • 2 Years
            11 months, 9 days ago

            Better team????? Hahahhaha mate are you taking the p*ss?

            1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
              • 2 Years
              11 months, 9 days ago

              I can bet my house on Arsenal creating more goalscoring opportunities and scoring more goals over the course of the season

              1. mookie
                • 6 Years
                11 months, 9 days ago

                United are better defensively, Arsenal the better attacking team. But yeah, Arsenal should finish higher than United this season imo.

                1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
                  • 2 Years
                  11 months, 9 days ago

                  I'm not sure what he means by "chance", if it means starts then yeah maybe, but if it means United create more chances then that's bol**cks

                  1. mookie
                    • 6 Years
                    11 months, 9 days ago

                    He'll probably have more goalscoring chances as he plays higher up the pitch. That doesn't mean he'll outscore Ceballos though.

        2. Holmes
          • 6 Years
          11 months, 9 days ago

          None really, but if I have to, James. More likely to start I guess.

        3. Murder On Zidanesfloor
          • 2 Years
          11 months, 9 days ago

          Neither. Go Trossard or Lanzini

          1. Kiwivillan
            • 6 Years
            11 months, 9 days ago

            Groin injury in Belgium training. No mention of severity

          2. Murder On Zidanesfloor
            • 2 Years
            11 months, 9 days ago

            Ahh, didnt know about tross injury. Stretch to lanzini if possible

            1. Yankee Toffee
              • 5 Years
              11 months, 9 days ago

              Zini is a good shout

          3. Freddiebell
            • 3 Years
            11 months, 9 days ago

            Lanzini is the better pick

        4. Hakim Ziyech
          • 1 Year
          11 months, 9 days ago

          B

          1. Hakim Ziyech
            • 1 Year
            11 months, 9 days ago

            A* sorry... typo

        5. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 6 Years
          11 months, 9 days ago

          Have both on wc but might switch James . I'd go ceballos, he's cheap and enable you other good picks in your team, for his price I feel the gamble is minimal 🙂

        6. FOO FIGHTER
            11 months, 9 days ago

            Not keen on any of the two.

        7. Whats the Huth
          • 5 Years
          11 months, 9 days ago

          Antonio out for 4 months.
          Not good news for West Ham attack?

          1. Holmes
            • 6 Years
            11 months, 9 days ago

            Wont have much impact I guess

            Yarmelonko/Snodgrass-Lanzini-Anderson-Haller is probably their first choice attack.

            1. Whats the Huth
              • 5 Years
              11 months, 9 days ago

              Will have an impact on their attack.
              Lanzini and Anderson are fine. But they have just lost one of their biggest threat.

              1. Hakim Ziyech
                • 1 Year
                11 months, 9 days ago

                Just the work rate. Decision making in attack, Antonio is poor at those.

                1. tets mcgee (BSC Small boys-…
                  • 5 Years
                  11 months, 9 days ago

                  You cant question Antonio's work rate... the lad doesn't stop or maybe I read your post wrong.

                  1. Hakim Ziyech
                    • 1 Year
                    11 months, 9 days ago

                    Yes, You read it wrongly. This is why I used a comma and a full stop Lol just kiddin

              2. Holmes
                • 6 Years
                11 months, 9 days ago

                I dont consider him as a "threat" to be honest.

          2. mookie
            • 6 Years
            11 months, 9 days ago

            Not good imo, perhaps even FPL wise. Yarmolenko looks kind of selfish for me.
            As long as Lanzini and Anderson are okay, Haller should do just fine.

            1. Yankee Toffee
              • 5 Years
              11 months, 9 days ago

              ^

          3. Murder On Zidanesfloor
            • 2 Years
            11 months, 9 days ago

            Made of glass that lad

          4. JonBoy
            • 7 Years
            11 months, 9 days ago

            They've definitely lost goal threat in Antonio. And some shots per game in him too, but that could just bode even better for Haller.

            1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
              • 2 Years
              11 months, 9 days ago

              Dont think they depend on Antonio, hes injured most of the time anyway

          5. Soto Ayam
            • 1 Year
            11 months, 9 days ago

            Its definitely not good news. However, he's mainly a impact sub these days and certainly not starting 11 material since bilic's days. Still have lanzini, Anderson , yarmlenko, fournals and Snodgrass as attacking mids. He'll be missed, but it's not a tragedy.

          6. Amey
            • 1 Year
            11 months, 9 days ago

            They have ample of CAM/wingers i guess
            Still a loss as he was a goal threat for them

          7. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
            • 4 Years
            11 months, 9 days ago

            From a fan's perspective its very frustrating. He offers something completely different now that Pellers has bedded down a more fluid system he is an excellent sub and has a disproportionate goal involvement to playing time. We're still good for goals but less plan b's basically. We'd have not let Diangana go on loan too if it had happened early - both offer pace which west ham sometimes lack when Snod/Yarm etc play.

          8. Freddiebell
            • 3 Years
            11 months, 9 days ago

            Won't hurt west ham that much

        8. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 6 Years
          11 months, 9 days ago

          I have virtually not seem any Bournemouth attack players in any wc teams ( including mine 🙂 ) the fixtures are still great , c Wilson has.gone down in price ,h Wilson looks like a decent 6m pick, so why no love for the cherries ?

          1. Yankee Toffee
            • 5 Years
            11 months, 9 days ago

            Not a fashionable choice

          2. JonBoy
            • 7 Years
            11 months, 9 days ago

            Four forwards cheaper than CWilson who have more points.
            HWilson would get more attention with more minutes and a more settled place in the side I think.

          3. mookie
            • 6 Years
            11 months, 9 days ago

            Callum very high on my watchlist but the price is a big factor when Martial, Pukki and Barnes are keeping up.
            Also they didn't look very good so far.

        9. FOO FIGHTER
            11 months, 9 days ago

            Is Trossard injured? Seen some posts suggesting this.

            1. fr3d
              • 2 Years
              11 months, 9 days ago

              If posts say Trossard is injured then he’s probably injured

            2. Yankee Toffee
              • 5 Years
              11 months, 9 days ago

              Injured in training in Belgium

              https://www.theargus.co.uk/sport/17884636.amp/

          • Eat my goal!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            11 months, 9 days ago

            Pukki > Barnes? Or just incredibly sideways.

            Just feel Barnes fixtures is much more appealing

            1. Yankee Toffee
              • 5 Years
              11 months, 9 days ago

              Nah

              1. Eat my goal!
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                11 months, 9 days ago

                Boredom setting in

          • NunchiTom
            • 5 Years
            11 months, 9 days ago

            Ok -
            A. Lanzini & Abraham
            B. Haller & Mount

            1. FOO FIGHTER
                11 months, 9 days ago

                B

              • Murder On Zidanesfloor
                • 2 Years
                11 months, 9 days ago

                B

              • Soto Ayam
                • 1 Year
                11 months, 9 days ago

                A

              • Slitherene
                • 2 Years
                11 months, 9 days ago

                A

            2. Norsemen
              • 5 Years
              11 months, 9 days ago

              How does my WC-team look?

              Pope - Button

              TAA - Otamendi - Digne - Mings - Lundstram
              Cantwell - James* - Salah - KDB - Mount
              Agüero - Abraham* - Greenwood *

              * Not locked

              I am thinking about downgrading James, in order to get in pukki and barnes

            3. ZeBestee
              • 6 Years
              11 months, 9 days ago

              Anything to change here? Would you WC this team? 0.3 itb. 0 ft.

              Pope
              Robbo Ota Digne
              Sterling Salah (C) KDB McGinn Trossard
              Haller Pukki

              Button Greenwood Rico Gibson

              1. CONNERS
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                11 months, 9 days ago

                That's pretty much the team people are WC'ing to... so no. Could do Robbo to TAA if you have a free transfer I suppose.

              2. Ason Willa
                • 4 Years
                11 months, 9 days ago

                No but Trossard injured

            4. CONNERS
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              11 months, 9 days ago

              Hi

              Any thoughts on this WC team?

              Thanks

              Pope
              TAA - Digne - Zinchenko - Lundstram
              Salah - Sterling - Tielemans - McGinn
              Aguero - Barnes

              Button / Soyuncu - Cantwell - Nketiah

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

              Captain? Salah or Sterling ??

              I really want that thunder sterling against poor defence from Norwich
              But home Salah choice is smarter?

              Tell me your point??