Scout Squad

The Scout Squad picks for FPL Gameweek 5

We have submitted our Scout Squad selections for the much-anticipated Gameweek 5.

In this regular piece, our four members of staff – editorial’s Paul, David, and Neale as well as community manager Geoff – each send in an 18-man squad of Fantasy assets (with the focus on the coming Gameweek) and elaborate on their notable inclusions/omissions.

The 72 nominations listed below will then be narrowed down to a squad of 14 (with the starting XI not exceeding a total cost of £83m) ahead of the Gameweek 5 deadline at 11:30 BST on Saturday morning.

As we discussed last week, we are making some slight tweaks to the way we do Scout Squad and Scout Picks this season.

We have placed stricter regulations on our panelists: there are requirements for at least one £4.5m goalkeeper, at least one £4.5m or cheaper defender, at least one midfielder priced £6.0m or below and at least one forward priced at £7.0m or lower.

As was the case last year, each panelist is restricted to no more than three players from the same team.

We have also be added a captaincy to the Scout Picks this season, with details explained on Friday.


 DavidNealePaulGeoff
GKDean HendersonHugo LlorisHugo LlorisHugo Lloris
 Nick PopeNick PopeDean HendersonDean Henderson
 Kepa ArrizabalagaDean HendersonNick PopeNick Pope
DFTrent Alexander-ArnoldVirgil van DijkTrent Alexander-ArnoldTrent Alexander-Arnold
 Andrew RobertsonTrent Alexander-ArnoldAndrew RobertsonAndrew Robertson
 Oleksandr ZinchenkoJohn LundstramOleksandr ZinchenkoNicolas Otamendi
 Lucas DigneAaron Wan-BissakaLucas DigneLucas Digne
 John LundstramJames TarkowskiJohn LundstramJohn Lundstram
MFRaheem SterlingMohamed SalahMohamed SalahMohamed Salah
 Mohamed SalahRaheem SterlingRaheem SterlingRaheem Sterling
 Daniel JamesDavid SilvaChristian EriksenChristian Eriksen
 Mason MountMason MountRicharlisonGylfi Sigurdsson
 Nicolas PépéJohn McGinnJohn McGinnJohn McGinn
FWSergio AgueroSergio AgueroSergio AgueroSergio Aguero
 Ashley BarnesDiogo JotaRaúl JiménezSébastien Haller
 Sébastien HallerAlexandre LacazetteSébastien HallerRaúl Jiménez
 Jamie VardySébastien HallerAshley BarnesWesley
 Pierre-Emerick AubameyangAshley BarnesWesleyAshley Barnes

Most popular picks: Dean Henderson, Nick Pope, Trent Alexander-Arnold, John Lundstram, Raheem Sterling, Mohamed Salah, Sergio Aguero, Ashley Barnes, Sebastien Haller (four), Hugo Lloris, Lucas Digne, Andrew Robertson, John McGinn (three)

DAVID SAID…

Selecting a goalkeeper for the Scout Squad seems to get harder and harder each week.

For Gameweek 5, I’ve gone with Dean Henderson as the marginally best option ahead of Southampton’s visit to Sheffield United.

The Blades’ goalkeeper has got a good record for saves and his side has largely kept things tight so far this season.

In defence, I’ve gone with a double-up on Liverpool options in their most favourable fixture for some time.

Newcastle come to Anfield with very few goals to their name so far in 2019/20 (three), while we saw glimpses of the Reds returning to their best at the back against Burnley last time out.

I’m not completely convinced Manchester City will keep a clean sheet at Norwich but if they are to do so, Oleksandr Zinchenko has shown in recent weeks that he is a good option.

The same games for Lucas Digne as I think Bournemouth’s attack will cause Everton some problems, but the left-back has enough offensive potential to make up for it.

John Lundstram completes my defensive submissions given his clean sheet potential and creativity so far this season as a central midfielder.

In midfield, I’ve gone with Raheem Sterling as the best option, despite his poor showing against Brighton. He showed just how much of a world-class option he is on international duty and ultimately, I think he’s got the much better fixture than Mohamed Salah this week.

While Newcastle demonstrated the ability to frustrate with banks of bodies behind the ball in their Gameweek 3 win over Spurs, Norwich are yet to show any defensive know-how this season and have by far the worst record at the back so far.

Daniel James has impressed me with his penalty box presence and other goal threat underlying statistics, while Mason Mount looks like Chelsea’s most likely to score points in midfield.

If I was Wildcarding this week, I’d go Kevin de Bruyne over Sergio Aguero, but as we are only selecting for one Gameweek with the Scout Squad, I’ve gone with the Argentinian in my selection.

Despite limited minutes this season (which is part of my concern long-term), Aguero is level with Salah for shots in the box and just one behind Sterling for shots on target. Given how poor Norwich’s defence is, I’d expect him to rack up the points here.

Ashley Barnes is also a great inclusion ahead of a trip to Brighton based on his eight shots on target thus far this season, only Teemu Pukki has more.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pépé are included as my outside bets as I think the change of management at Watford has occurred too late for them to prevent Arsenal scoring big at Vicarage Road.

NEALE SAID…

I was talked out of a Manchester City attacking triple-up when it came to the Scout Picks last week but I’m not wasting a City slot on a defender in Gameweek 5, particularly with Aymeric Laporte sidelined and with Norwich unlikely to curb their attacking instincts too much when Pep Guardiola’s side visit Carrow Road.

Kevin De Bruyne was irresistible on Monday night and I own the Belgian midfielder myself in FPL but I’m a mite concerned that he could be handed a well-earned breather over the coming week (hopefully in the Champions League), so for that reason alone I’ve gone with the rested David Silva along with the obligatory duo of Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero – ‘El Mago’ has the same xA as De Bruyne this season and is the only fit attacking midfielder on City’s books who didn’t represent their country over the international break.

Liverpool look the likeliest source of a clean sheet this weekend and I’ve opted for Virgil van Dijk alongside Trent Alexander-Arnold, with Newcastle’s vulnerability to set-piece situations and headed chances (they were bottom of the table for both in 2018/19) the logic behind that double-up. The two defenders, indeed, combined for a goal at St. James’ Park in May.

Outside of Liverpool, I struggled for defenders this week.

John Lundstram is the obvious budget pick given that a well-organised Sheffield United defence are up against Nathan Redmond-less Southampton, who have scored from just one of their nine big chances this season. Che Adams, meanwhile, has yet to register a shot on target.

Manchester United’s defence hasn’t been that bad this season: they have the second-best xGC in the division and no side has conceded fewer big chances.

Should he be fit and up against James Maddison (as I suspect might happen), Aaron Wan-Bissaka should get plenty of tackles in to aid his cause on the Bonus Point System. Stop Maddison and Leicester’s creativity suffers, so I’m taking a leap of faith with the United right-back given his history of nullifying in-form wide midfielders.

Burnley have coped very well against wing-back systems this season (a clean sheet against Southampton and only a last-gasp penalty conceded against Wolves) so I’ll root for one of the save-accumulating Nick Pope or the goal-threatening James Tarkowski against a potentially Trossard-less Brighton in the Scout Picks – two players we discussed at length in this week’s Scoutcast.

I’m hoping Mason Mount gets a run-out on the left flank this weekend, as he’ll be up against Adama Traore at Molineux – the pacy wing-back is excellent going forward but leaves a lot to be desired defensively, while Wolves will also be without the suspended Willy Boly.

Chelsea’s defensive problems are well-documented and I can see goals in this fixture, with a relatively rested Diogo Jota (no start in his last three games for club and country) capable of wreaking havoc in the visitors’ backline with his driving runs.

Alexandre Lacazette should be fit for Sunday’s trip to Watford and, as the central striker in Arsenal’s attack, I’m backing the Frenchman over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in my Scout Squad: Lacazette had six shots to Aubameyang’s one while both players were on the field in the north London derby and has the best minutes-per-chance average among FPL forwards who have played more than 100 minutes this season.

PAUL SAID…

Pinpointing the best options among the Liverpool and Man City contingents could be decisive as both have very favourable Gameweek 5 fixtures.

I’m backing both sides at both ends of the pitch, with Oleksandr Zinchenko’s attacking potential a big factor in his selection.

The City left-back has been far more creative on his travels in the opening four matches.

Away from home, his six key passes ranks top among FPL defenders, compared with his single chance created at the Etihad Stadium.

The influence of Christian Eriksen could be vital if Spurs are to break down a stubborn Crystal Palace side.

Despite starting only two of the first four Gameweeks, the Dane’s five shots on target and eight chances created both rank top for Spurs.

Added to his appeal is Eriksen’s goal and assist in a 2-0 home win over the Eagles last season.

I’m backing Raul Jimenez to extend his return to form at home to Chelsea.

The Wolves striker has scored in each of the last two Gameweeks and has a decent record against his visitors, netting in both their meetings last season.

Despite a collective lack of faith that has earned him over 618,000 transfers out, Jimenez is level with Roberto Firmino, for example, for both shots on target (five) and expected goals (1.79).

Goals look on the agenda at Villa Park on Monday evening.

Both Aston Villa and West Ham have conceded 46 shots inside the box – only Norwich, with 47, have been less resilient.

Sebastien Haller seems the attacker most likely to profit, though the hosts’ frontman Wesley is a decent cut-price differential with ownership under 2%.

The Brazilian bagged a goal and maximum bonus in his last home fixture and has fired seven shots in the box, more than any team-mate.

GEOFF SAID…

Hugo Lloris has a good chance at his first clean sheet against Crystal Palace, who failed to score in Gameweek 1 against Everton and Gameweek 2 against Sheffield United. 

With that clean sheet against Crystal Palace in Gameweek 2, Dean Henderson has a 50% clean sheet return rate at home, and hosts Southampton who have failed to score in 50% of their away games.

Nick Pope is my third pick despite failing to keep a clean sheet in the last three matches. He did, however, play teams from last season’s top seven over that period, keeping a clean sheet against Southampton on opening weekend.

I’m going with a Liverpool defensive double up at home to Newcastle, opting for the attacking threat of Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson

While Zinchenko looks a good option I’m banking on attacking threat from Nicolás Otamendi, after Laporte’s injury.

Lucas Digne already has two clean sheets this season and I predict that will continue away to Bournemouth. John Lundstram rounds out my defence as a nice OOP budget option at home to Southampton.

Mohamed Salah and Raheem Sterling shouldn’t surprise anyone at the top of my list. Fellow Scout Paul has convinced me of the merits of both Christian Eriksen and Gylfi Sigurdsson this week: a look at Eriksen’s shots on target and chances created, and Sigurdsson’s key passes and shots on target, is quite convincing. 

John McGinn has attacking returns in two out of four Gameweeks, and West Ham have already conceded nine times this season.

Up-front, I’m counting on a Sergio Aguero start, with Norwich’s injury problem growing by the week. With three goals in the last two matches, Sébastien Haller claims my second slot. Three strikers with good fixtures round out my picks: Raúl JiménezWesley Moraes, and Ashley Barnes.

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1,242 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Amsterhammer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Guys looking for advice. I have Laporte - who to replace with? Already own TAA, Digne, Lundstrom, Pieters.

    A) Van Dijk
    B) Robertson
    C) Otamendi

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

      C

    2. The_Bucc
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Otamendi

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

      C

    4. Legend of Rosický
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 2 days ago

      C

    5. Amsterhammer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Wow, was expecting more varied answers. I might go Liverpook defender for one week then switch to OTA then.

      1. Warby84
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        I’m doing this

      2. Athletic Nasherbo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        What’s the point asking?

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

          To get people's opinions. What a silly question.

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

        Waste of a transfer

      4. Legend of Rosický
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Just get Ota straight away

      5. wasp3000
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        dont waste the transfer

    6. Warby84
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      I’ve gone A

    7. Kopkloppers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      With those 4 you can afford a less expensive player. Pieters perfect to GW9. I know Spurs have not performed but I think far too much hype over them. Also Arsenal defenders all are staying away from but I believe their fixture run is good enough to take on a 5 mil player from them too. I know someone who has Pieters and Tark but overkill if you have Pope.

    8. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      4.0 and spend money up on midfield or forwards.

    9. Amsterhammer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Thanks all.

  2. Riders of Yohan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Bottomed:

    Having the same Salah vs Sterling captain debate.

    Who plays LW if Sterling gets rested? Is Sterling guaranteed minutes until Jesus or sane back fully fit?

    1. Legend of Rosický
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Jesus is fit isn't he? Thats what I've heard

    2. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      No one can play on LW as good as Sterling in that City team.
      Specially not Mahrez or Bilva.
      They cant score half the amount of goals Sterling does.

      1. Legend of Rosický
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 2 days ago

        The only player capable of playing Lw in as an inverted winge similar to Sterling is Jesus. He has done it in the past...but that only matters if Pep plays the same system, who's to say he doesn't shift to 352 with walker RCB and Cancelo RWB...Pep is capable of it.

        Only time will tell though

        1. Karan14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          352 seriously?
          He hasnt played that formation since more than a year if im not wrong.
          And now he'll suddenly change formation to rest Sterling?
          Sterling rotation is just over hyped here. It was always going to be like this when CL kicked in.

          1. Legend of Rosický
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 2 days ago

            I just said he's capable of it and has done it in the past.

            1. Karan14
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              He's capable of anything no doubt but most of the time we've been proved wrong only.
              Ive seen enough of Sterling rotation being over hyped here past 2 seasons.

              1. Legend of Rosický
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 2 days ago

                Agreed. That's what discussion on this page is all about...us fantasy nerds mostly overthinking.

                You would be here as much if everyone posting had the same opinion as you

                1. Legend of Rosický
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  would'nt

          2. Kopkloppers
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Let us see when Mendy is back.

    3. Legend of Rosický
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 2 days ago

      For what it's worth - If I had Salah, It would be an easy choice for me...With Pens as well, he is a fantastic choice.

      The problem I have is Mane vs Sterling and its the toughest till now this season.

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Mane vs Sterling is easy. Salah vs Sterling is tough

        1. Legend of Rosický
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Oh you mean Sterling is the clear winner there?

          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Yes

            1. Legend of Rosický
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 2 days ago

              wish I was as convinced as you

        2. COK3Y5MURF - Unbelievable J…
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          That's nonsense.

          1. Legend of Rosický
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 2 days ago

            what is? not easy to know what you are referring to

            1. COK3Y5MURF - Unbelievable J…
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              That Mane v Sterling is an easy choice but Salah v Sterling isn't. People obsessing over pens. Lol this is funny to me. Relying on your captain to win a pen is a fool's errand. They're unpredictable and can come randomly in any game. With VAR, they're being awarded less often too. He'll score around 5 pens tops in the season and you'll be lucky to catch 3 of those. Treat pens as a bonus that can come randomly and don't rely on them.

              1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                When did I mention anything about Pens? I just think Salah has better points potential this weekend than Mane. I just think he’s an all round better player and Captain pick and the only one who comes close to Sterling

      2. Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Same problem here. Swapped Salah for Mané to afford Kane/Auba , but tempted to revert back to Salah. Thinking now he's more reliable than Mané, especially given he's on pens

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

        Yeah that's tough. I'd probably go Sterling. But it's so close really. I just think Sterling is only 75% to start. If he were to be rested, this ain't a bad fixture to have him come off the bench.

  3. The Overthinker - I blame R…
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    I might consider kane as captain to avoid S&S confusion

    1. Squeakybum99
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 2 days ago

      That's overthinking 😛 The confusion is only about Sterling and his minutes, should be a safe Salah if one has doubt about Raz and has Salah.

    2. Legend of Rosický
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Living up to your name there friend

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

      I think I’ve spotted the confusion.

  4. Hansel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    A: Get Haller with funds to do Trossard -> James/H.Wilson after next week when fixtures turn

    B: Get Barnes with funds to do Trossard -> Lanzini after next week when fixtures turn

    1. Athletic Nasherbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Haller better option than Lanzini.

      1. Hansel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Agreed, but long-term it's basically Haller + James or Barnes + Lanzini which I find very tricky

        Same way as Haller is better than Lanzini, Barnes is a better option than James IMO

    2. MTPockets
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      That's a tough choice. Probably A

      1. MTPockets
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Although Barnes + James is quite appealing too

        1. Hansel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          True, but think I prefer Haller over Barnes atm

  5. Hakonlan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Kane and Lanzini or KDB og Haller?

    1. Hansel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      KDB and Haller

    2. Squeakybum99
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 2 days ago

      The latter by a mile for me.

  6. HurriKane
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Case for Yarmolenko. Thoughts?

    If nailed Yarmolenko could be absolute bargain for 5.9 in an attacking westham lineup

    - Exceptional goalscoring record in ukraine.

    - Showed he can cut it in top league as he was involved in 11 goals in 18 starts for dortmund in all competitions in germany

    - Done well in europe. ,(Involved in 34 goals in 72 european games cl+ el)

    If nailed Honestly think he can top the players in his price range (Trossard James Mount McGinn Cebalos buendia tielemans lanzini etc).

    1. Warby84
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      He was on my radar before that Achilles injury, but maybe him and Haller could be too much...

      1. HurriKane
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Doubling up is no concern if they both in form nailed with good fixtures at a reasonable price.

        Dont think there is a team outside top 6 with an attack better than westhams

    2. The_Bucc
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Definitely, wait and see atm tho

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

      I like him, had him and Anderson in draft last year and wasn’t left disappointed but he has the ability

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

        Was left*

    4. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      I like Yarmo. He's fantasy football gold. He's on set pieces, extremely attacking etc. However, in this WHam side I'm not convinced he's first choice and he gets pulled a lot. If he starts getting 90 mins consistently, I'll think about it even if he doesn't immediately return.

    5. FPL Virgin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Think he is a great option. Antonio being out for 4 months helps too.

  7. The_Bucc
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Best sub 9m striker?

    1. The_Bucc
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Bar Pukki, I guess.

    2. Warby84
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Haller

    3. FOO FIGHTER
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Vardy

      • Legend of Rosický
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Vardy comfortably

      • pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Vardy by a mile.

        (Have Haller)

      • Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Vardy. But in terms of value, probably Haller.

    4. balint84
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      is Martial fit or what? swap to Richarlison? I would rather save him.

      1. FOO FIGHTER
          1 month, 2 days ago

          And no show for another week? Then hope and pray he can stay fit if he does make a comeback...

        • Squeakybum99
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Wait for presser

      2. FOO FIGHTER
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Re City defence, Stones still flagged so if he is not fit, Pep could switch to 3 at the back?

          Fernandinho Ota Walker?

          Not sure Walker will be a good idea in a back 4 alongside Ota at CB. Pep could also go Fernandinho alongside Ota?

          If Pep decides 3 at the back, then he very well could go Jesus pending fitness and Kun up top GW5.

          Guess this is the risk of owning premium City. Kun and KDB City attack all the way...

          You just do not know what Pep has hidden up his sleeve.

          1. The_Bucc
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 2 days ago

            3 at the back may mean Sterling misses out. Then again, no point second guessing that lineup

          2. Legend of Rosický
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 2 days ago

            KDB for me is the most likely to get a rest, with his injury record

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

              Agree but you worry less about this because he is still worth having over the season and he doesn’t get the armband much

              1. Legend of Rosický
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 2 days ago

                Yes certainly

            2. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              I don't think so. With Gundogan out, he doesn't have a good replacement and his creativity is really needed in these sort of matches.

              It's Sterling that will get rested more likely imo.

              1. Legend of Rosický
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 2 days ago

                It can easily be Dilva and Bilva in midfield with Rodri with Mahrez and Sterling in midfield.

                City don't lack creative talent, event Foden could get a run. KDB has been injured in the past due to exertion

                1. Legend of Rosický
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  Mahrez and Sterling on the wings

                2. Camzy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  Don't remember the last time they played Bilva in CM and especially with Dilva in as well. Bilva just isn't box to box the same way KdB is.

                  I don't see it. If Gundo was fit, I can see KdB getting rested, but the team lacks balance with just Rodri at the base, and then there's also the fact that Dilva and Bilva are both left footed. I dunno, it just doesn't seem likely to me. Team feels imbalanced like that.

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

            Stones is back. Flag will go soon.
            The fact you asked for any of the 3 and Stones fit is enough not to touch at all until later.

            1. FOO FIGHTER
                1 month, 2 days ago

                Stones may well be back but will Pep throw him back in straight away?

                1. Kopkloppers
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  Straight away or not, do you want the rotation risk?

                2. Legend of Rosický
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  Yeah I wouldn't be surprised, given Laporte is injured

            2. Stuck Matip In
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 2 days ago

              So because Stones is flagged he won't play but Jesus is flagged and he will?

          4. Dacra
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            This decent for my final WC team?

            Just need either James or Abraham to rise again to make profit to afford it..

            Pope (4.0)
            TAA - Matip - Digne - Otamendi (Lundstram)
            Salah - Sterling - KdB - Mount (Cantwell)
            Pukki - Haller (Greenwood)

            1. Kopkloppers
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Fair team for 4 4 2.
              Not so fond of Mount though.
              Hope Ota works out for you.

            2. Legend of Rosický
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Thats so good. Jealous

            3. Captain the FWD playing Nor…
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Matip will be rotation risk with CL games starting ?

              1. Legend of Rosický
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 2 days ago

                I think Matip is more likely to start the PL games with his strength, height and physicality.

              2. Dacra
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                I'm not so sure, dont think we'll disturb the pairing of VVD/Matip - TAA/Gomez more likely to rotate. Having both TAA and Matip though there is definitely a chance one wont play, Lundstram/Cantwell can do a bench job.

              3. Skloppy Kops
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                So are TAA and the rest of City players i would say..

            4. AndyCook
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Might as well go Greenwood to 4.4 if not, plenty of bench and he’s hardly getting minutes anyway

          5. Captain the FWD playing Nor…
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Adrian
            AWB Digne Zin
            Mane Sterling KDB Mount Cantwell
            Aub Pukki

            (Lund Kelly Greenwood)

            I want to offload Auba - with 0..6ITB which players should I bring in ?

            1. The_Bucc
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Auba/Kelly to Vardy/TAA?

              1. Captain the FWD playing Nor…
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                I am gonna get Allison when he is back and thinking to stick with just him from Liverpool backline?

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

                  I would forgoe Alisson personally

                  1. Captain the FWD playing Nor…
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 2 days ago

                    though he is available at 5.8?

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

                  Considering the same

            2. Kopkloppers
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Always compare with my side:
              Pope has great fixtures and I no worry about Alisson.
              AWB. I have TAA and United 1 cleanie in 15.
              Mount too early in Chelsea side with injury issues.
              Auba fair punt. I have Firmino to save bucks. Could go to Son later an get Haller

              1. Captain the FWD playing Nor…
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                IAM thinking mount to son and auba to Haller

                1. Kopkloppers
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  Very good. It is where I am heading

            3. Offs!de
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Auba & Greenwood to Barnes+Haller and bench Cantwell

          6. The_Bucc
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Looking forward to getting Emerson after LIV.

            1. Captain the FWD playing Nor…
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Chelsea look set to keep least CSs in top 10

              1. The_Bucc
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 2 days ago

                Wait until Rudiger is back.

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

                Rudiger and Kante to make a difference hopefully

            2. nadman89
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              rotation with cl n cups its tough

          7. Trovsmash
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Which pair would you have in draft?

            A.Trossard & Mendy

            B. Pogba & Kola

            1. Trossard or not Trossard
                1 month, 2 days ago

                A by miles but only in theory. Little is known yet about Trossard's injury and Mendy is.. well, Mendy

              • nadman89
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                kola wont start when tierney is fit , pogba is the best player out of all 4 though so id go with pogba and rotate defenders in with transfers

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

              I can't afford Haller and already own Pukki and Barnes. I can, however, afford Chris Wood. Do you think a Burnley double up in attack could be fruitful? At least in the short term...

              1. Karan14
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                You'd rather double on their def tbh.
                They arent going to score too many goals.
                But when they do one of them should be involved.

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

                Not for me, it’s like the King, Wilson of GW1

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

                Burnley have averaged a goal a game for the last 3 seasons. Not exactly a prolific attack.

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

              Surely the lack of centre backs makes Sterling more nailed this week? The weakness is the lack of defenders, therefore need the players on the pitch who will win the game and get 3 points for them.

              1. Here Comes The Son ★
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                Yeah I agree. I've had my doubts about Sterling starting but it does seem risky to bench him. I think it makes more sense to blow Norwich out the water early on, and then bring his key players off.

                Inb4 edgy 'stop second guessing Pep' post

            4. balint84
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              predicted winners of gw5: Son & Pepe

              1. Karan14
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                Yeah having a feeling they will pop up soon.
                But hard to justify spending 9.5m on them

              2. Skloppy Kops
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                Pepe has been the biggest disappointment till now.. With the number of opportunities he's wasting.

                1. Legend of Rosický
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  He will soon find his feet.

                  He has just made the jump from Ligue 1, had very limited pre season, has a 70+ million price tag which probably doesn't help ease the pressure.

                  I think he just needs a goal to find his bearings

            5. The_Bucc
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Fun fact, Zouma has played 4 games (360 mins) and is on 1 point total.

              1. Karan14
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                WOW!
                Stoke City calling.

              2. Legend of Rosický
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 2 days ago

                I would take him at Arsenal lol

              3. Skloppy Kops
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                I still wonder why the lack of faith in Christensen.. He is far better but still 3rd choice every season.

            6. The_Fish
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 2 days ago

              A) Vardy and Martial to Barnes and KDB (-4)
              B) Robbo and Martial to Lowton and KDB (-4)
              C) Hold

              1. Offs!de
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                B but after this GW, let Robertson play agt NEW

            7. YoungPretender
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Perez to;

              A) Mount
              B) James
              C) Caballos
              D) Tielemans

              1. The_Fish
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 2 days ago

                A probably safest.

                I have C.

            8. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Can i ask this witout geting leg in my face ? 😀 Who to play ?

              Pukki or Lundstram ?

              1. Captain the FWD playing Nor…
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                Puk

              2. The Man Pastore
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                Same dilemma here and currently playing Lund...

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

                100% Pukki

              4. FOO FIGHTER
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  Rule no 1, do not bench an inform strker for a defender.

                • Ajax Hamsterdam
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  Pukki definitely

              5. Big Weng
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 2 days ago

                WC GTG?? 0.9 ITB

                Pope (Button)
                Digne | TAA | Ota | Lund (Soy)
                Mane | Sterling | KDB | Mount (Cant)
                Barnes | Haller (Greenwood)

                1. The_Fish
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  Yeah proper template.

                  I'd find the 0.1 to get Salah instead of Mane though

                  1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 2 days ago

                    Aye definitely.

                  2. Big Weng
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 2 days ago

                    Cantwell or McGinn?

                2. nadman89
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  soyuncu to guilbert will get you that 0.1 , hes a good option at 4.4

              6. The Man Pastore
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                Am I G2G:

                Pope
                VVD Otamendi Lowton Lund
                Salah(C) Sterling KDB Mount
                Barnes Haller

                Bench: Button Pukki Cantwell Kelly

                1. Invincibles
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  Pukki in for Lowton

              7. Ajax Hamsterdam
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                A pope and lowton/mings rotation
                B Pope and dunk/soyuncu
                C Ryan and lowton / mings

                Button 2nd keeper

                Thanks a lot

                1. liverpool01
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  b

                  1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 2 days ago

                    Thanks

                2. nadman89
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  pope + guilbert save the 0.1 and more attacking

              8. Invincibles
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                Any hits required here?

                Heaton
                TAA Digne Zinc Lund Maitland-Niles
                Salah Sterling Mount
                Aguero Barnes

                subs: Cantwell Dd Gwood, 4.0
                £0.8itb

                1. liverpool01
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  nah looks good

              9. liverpool01
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 2 days ago

                Ryan
                Soyuncu, Taa, Zinchenko, Digne, Lundstram
                Mane, Son, Sterling(C), Kdb
                Pukki

                Button, Cantwell, Greenwood, Wickham

                Gtg?

                1. nadman89
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  looks good but might go for cantwell over soyuncu think united will score

                2. Invincibles
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  Definitely, great mid.

                  1. liverpool01
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 2 days ago

                    Thanks man, Nadman89 already have Pukki on, so taking a punt on Soyuncu

                    1. nadman89
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 2 days ago

                      haha no hate but im a bit biased as im a united fan haha , well for your sake i hope united win 2-1 and soyuncu scores leicesters only goal

                      1. liverpool01
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 2 days ago

                        lol thanks good luck to the both of us!

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

                  Just Love the mids.

                4. Kopkloppers
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  Move out Zin. You might have to sooner rather than later. Get in Iwobi for Cantwell and you will score more mids points than anyone.

                5. Kopkloppers
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  If you want to keep Zin then Noble going under the radar, on penalties and maybe .3 worth more than Cantwell.

                  1. liverpool01
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 2 days ago

                    Thanks will probably move Son to James and Wickham to Haller once I get 2 free transfers

              10. nadman89
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                ryan
                vvd - digne -guilbert
                mcginn -salah (C) - bsilva -kdb - martial
                king - aguero

                lundstram 1st sub waiting to see on martial

                a) king to ashley barnes
                b)save ft

                1. Camzy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  If you save what is your plan next week?

                  If you're gonna do King > Barnes next week anyway, just do it now.

                2. liverpool01
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  A King does have some decent fixtures but Barnes should score more points

              11. The Units
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                How about this WC lot?

                Pope / Button
                Digne / TAA / Lundstram / Pieters / Kelly
                Salah / Sterling / Mount / McGinn / Cantwell
                Kun / Pukki / Greenwood

                1. nadman89
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  i have aguero , but id rather have kdb + barnes over mcginn + aguero but thats just my opinion

                  1. The Units
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 2 days ago

                    Normally always have a premium striker so a bit nervous about not having one.

                    1. The Units
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 2 days ago

                      Pope / Button
                      Digne / TAA / Lundstram / Pieters / Kelly
                      Salah / Sterling / KdB / Cantwell / Moint
                      Greenwood / Pukki / Haller

              12. Kopkloppers
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                A team, for various reasons I would not want to own.
                Adrian
                Ota Zin Stones Rose AWB
                Pepe Mount Ceballos Dilva James
                Kun Abraham Auba

                All are talking points and all can fail.
                Look at this list before posting n RMT

                1. The Units
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  Cant avoid them all

                  1. Kopkloppers
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 2 days ago

                    Sure you can
                    Pope 4.0
                    Digne TAA Pieters Schar Lund
                    Son Iwobi Mcginn KDB
                    Barnes Firmino Pukki/Haller

                  2. Kopkloppers
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 2 days ago

                    And I missed Mane whi I could afford as another mid too

                2. nadman89
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  aguero and aubamayeng dont really ever fail . the rest im with you

                  1. Kopkloppers
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 2 days ago

                    Agree but the pricing is restrictive

                3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  Agreed on absolutely every one of them

                  With two exceptions

                  Kun - who I still won't own but it's in a rich vein of form over his last 35 games has something like 27G 11A... Sterling & KDB all the way for me though, the treble up would be nice... But Jesus will get more minutes this year id imagine - but I can definitely see the merits of Kun

                  Mount - he's getting 90 minutes in an attacking mid role in a Chelsea team for 6.0 - that in & of itself is priceless. He's also obviously a gaskets boy & Lamps sees him as a pet project - very good value imo. If CHO/RLC returns start eating into his minutes he can result be resassesed

                  1. Kopkloppers
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 2 days ago

                    I hear you and Kun is fine for a few weeks then rotation/Injury sets in or 60 minutes at 12.0 i don't feel great about.
                    Mount price is his only virtue. In a Chelsea side struggling with injury and too little to work on atm, I would rather have a more forward player like Iwobi.

                    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 2 days ago

                      Chelsea may be struggling with injury, and also struggling defensively... but they don't seem to be struggling to score goals which keeps mount ticking over I would imagine

                      1. Kopkloppers
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 2 days ago

                        For sure I can see his merits but I think he is getting too much praise. His goals have been from far away and opportunistic. He plays deep. As I said no ignoring his value but there are, as you said, a couple of players coming back to threaten him.

                        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 2 days ago

                          Yeah but there's definitely a devil's advocate position that says he'll continue to score from long range due to his ability - he's easy above average in terms of long range shooting ability - scored 9 from outside the box last season and at that age he is improving with every game

                          I can see him going through lean periods for sure (as every sub 10.0, and some 10.0+'s do) but at 6.0 as a 4th mid I really wouldn't have him on a list of 'never own' players just yet, and I think he's actually edging his way towards an 'absolute bargain' tag

                          Iwobi had never scored a header before his last game then he scored 2 in 90 minutes! Everton also struggling to score goals to a larger degree than Chelsea, so I do think all things considered mount is currently looking very good

                          All can change fast in FPL though as we know

                          1. Kopkloppers
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            1 month, 2 days ago

                            Yep Maximus, I think we can call it a draw. I believe i can take the merits of your argument and strike Mount off my not to do list. I will have a quite laugh if Iwobi points per minute is higher than Mount. Ha Ha.

                            1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 9 Years
                              1 month, 2 days ago

                              A draw would indicate we are on opposing sides 🙂

                              Whereas I think broadly speaking we agree on the vast majority of this topic 🙂

                              Watch that XI above go & score 120 points this weekend now lol

                              1. Kopkloppers
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 5 Years
                                1 month, 2 days ago

                                You are so right! We both put fair comments forward on the good and the bad.

              13. nadman89
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                who would you play guilbert or lundstram , the fact that guilbert on monday makes him more interesting to me for absolutely no reason . (if martial doesnt play i have to play both )

                1. Kopkloppers
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  I like the"Monday" thought process. I only have Digne and Mcginn after Saturday. One reason I have not moved Mcginn to Iwobi just yet

              14. Abraham seed
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                Hi, so if you are on 8 point hit, and you suddenly decide to play free hit chip while making more transfers, the team restores to the squad before the previous deadline right?

                1. Kopkloppers
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  goes back to original squad