Frisking the Fixtures

Which teams have the best and worst upcoming fixtures?

Our regular “frisk” of the Premier League fixture list returns ahead of Gameweek 5.

In this semi-regular feature, we assess the top-flight clubs with the strongest and weakest runs of league matches over the coming weeks and offer our thoughts on the stand-out Fantasy assets where appropriate.

Although our primary focus will be on a six-Gameweek lookahead, we will scrutinise the long-term fixtures beyond that point where relevant.

The Strong

Manchester City

Next six: nor | WAT | eve | WOL | cry | AVL
And then: SOU

Many Fantasy managers will consider Manchester City assets “fixture-proof” but a favourable run of matches doesn’t do any harm, either.

Pep Guardiola’s side sit top of our Season Ticker over the next half-dozen Gameweeks and are the only Premier League club to avoid a ‘big six’ club during that time.

City’s next two opponents have yet to keep a clean sheet this season and indeed Watford’s 16-match shut-out drought extends back to February, although the re-appointment of the pragmatic Quique Sanchez Flores might help solidify the Hornets at the back.

Norwich City, Watford, Everton and Aston Villa, four of City’s next six opponents, sit in the bottom six for big chances conceded this season.

From a defensive perspective, all bar Norwich of the Citizens’ next half-dozen opponents are scoring at a rate of one goal per game or worse.

No team has scored as few goals as Watford this season.

All six of the sides that Guardiola’s troops face between now and the end of October sit in the bottom half of the table for big chances created.

Burnley

Next six: bha | NOR | avl | EVE | lei | CHE
And then: shu | WHU | wat | CRY

Having been bottom of the Season Ticker in Gameweeks 1 to 4, Burnley’s schedule is about to get much more favourable.

Gameweek 5 marks the start of a ten-game sequence in which the Clarets meet only one of the ‘big six’ and even that fixture is against an unconvincing Chelsea side.

No other top-flight club has fewer meetings with last season’s top six teams between now and the end of November.

For those interested in Ashley Barnes (£6.7m), Chelsea and Norwich are two of five clubs yet to keep a clean sheet in the Premier League this season.

Daniel Farke and Dean Smith’s newly promoted teams have are in the bottom four for shots on target conceded, meanwhile.

The Clarets pose a real threat in the air and in the Canaries and Villa, Sean Dyche’s side are facing two of the five teams who have allowed the most headed chances in 2019/20 – although Brighton, Everton and Chelsea have been less obliging from crosses.

The medium-term fixture list is perhaps not quite as kind from a defensive perspective but no club has allowed fewer big chances than Burnley this season, despite their unfavourable start.

Arsenal

Next six: wat | AVL | mun | BOU | shu | CRY
And then: WOL | lei | SOU | nor | BHA | whu

Arsenal’s favourable fixture run goes on even longer than Burnley’s and we can expect to see the north London club regularly appearing in this series of articles over the coming months.

In their next dozen Premier League matches, the Gunners face only one other ‘big six’ side: the Gameweek 7 meeting with Manchester United preceding a sea of blue on the Season Ticker until mid-December.

Unai Emery’s side face all three newly promoted clubs in this time and five of last season’s bottom ten.

Watford are first up and are without a clean sheet in 16 league matches, although the appointment of the defence-first Quique Sanchez Flores perhaps comes at an inopportune time for the Gunners.

The Hornets, Villa and Bournemouth, three of Arsenal’s next four opponents, sit in the bottom six for big chances conceded.

No FPL forward scored more goals than Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.0m) against non-big six sides last season (19 in 26 games).

Tottenham Hotspur

Next six: CRY | lei | SOU | bha | WAT | liv
And then: eve | SHU| whu | BOU

Spurs face only one of the ‘big six’ in the next ten Gameweeks, with a trip to Anfield the one obvious off-putting fixture.

Even better, the Lilywhites’ next six home matches are all against sides who finished in the bottom half of the Premier League or who were in the Championship last season.

Spurs’ upcoming half-dozen away games are perhaps not quite so appealing, with meetings against five of last year’s top ten plus a trip to a Brighton side that has performed fairly well in 2019/20 so far.

No FPL asset banked more attacking returns on the road than Harry Kane (£11.0m) in 2018/19, however.

Spurs’ next two opponents could make life hard for their attackers, as Palace and Leicester are among the five teams who have allowed the fewest big chances this season.

Roy Hodgson’s side have conceded the fewest goals in the top flight in 2019/20 (two), with Leicester having shipped only one more.

From a defensive perspective, there is encouragement: Spurs’ next five opponents all sit in the bottom half of the table for shots on target in 2019/20.

Everton

Next six: bou | SHU | MCI | bur | WHU | bha

Everton have just two meetings with ‘big six’ clubs from Gameweeks 5 to 14, with the visit of Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur the only dots of red on the Season Ticker.

Even those games against City and Spurs may not be too much of a deterrent, with Everton having kept four clean sheets in home matches against the ‘big six’ last season.

The Toffees have recorded shut-outs in ten of their last 15 league games but the fixture list is perhaps less welcoming from a defensive perspective, given that they face three of the four teams who have recorded the most big chances this season (City, West Ham and Brighton).

Away trips to Bournemouth and Burnley, with Callum Wilson (£7.8m) and Ashley Barnes (£6.7m) to deal with, will pose tricky tests, too.

Goals have started to flow at the other end of the pitch, at least, with seven being scored in the last two league and cup games – more than Everton had managed in their previous ten matches dating back to the start of pre-season.

Moise Kean (£6.9m) and Alex Iwobi (£5.9m) were both handed their first Premier League starts in an Everton shirt in Gameweek 4 and both delivered attacking returns.

In Bournemouth and West Ham, Everton are facing the two sides who have conceded the most big chances this season.

Those two clubs and Brighton have shipped a combined 22 goals this season, although 12 of those were conceded to Manchester City.

Bournemouth

Next six: EVE | sou | WHU | ars | NOR | wat

Ryan Fraser (£7.3m), Callum Wilson (£7.8m) and Josh King (£6.4m) have all lost hundreds of thousands of FPL owners over the last month and dropped in price in doing so.

Wilson has ticked over with exactly five points in each Gameweek but the better value elsewhere so far has prompted many managers to move on their Bournemouth assets.

The Cherries’ upcoming fixtures are perhaps among the best in the division, though, certainly from an attacking perspective.

Everton, West Ham, Norwich and Watford, along with Bournemouth themselves, sit in the bottom five for big chances conceded this season.

All bar the Toffees of Bournemouth’s next six opponents sit in the bottom ten for shots in the box and efforts on target conceded, meanwhile.

ALSO CONSIDER

Chelsea (wol | LIV | BHA | sou | NEW | bur) are riding high in our Season Ticker but fixtures against Wolves and Liverpool immediately after the international break slightly dent their appeal – even if Nuno Espirito Santo’s side and the Reds aren’t perhaps as watertight as they were in 2018/19.

The Blues themselves are still without a clean sheet and interest in their Fantasy assets may instead be focused on the likes of Mason Mount (£6.4m) and other forward-thinking players.

Chelsea will feature more prominently in the next article in this series: the Blues face only Manchester City of the ‘big six’ between Gameweeks 7 to 15.

Aston Villa (WHU | ars | BUR | nor | BHA | mci) have some appealing home matches ahead but their run of away fixtures between now and Gameweek 15 is the worst in the division.

Still, meetings with West Ham, Arsenal and Norwich should offer encouragement for their midfielders and forwards: these three clubs sit in the bottom five for shots in the box conceded this season.

The Weak

Leicester City

Next six: mun | TOT | NEW | liv | BUR | sou

Leicester face three of last season’s top six between now and the October international break and sit bottom of our Season Ticker as a result.

There is an appealing home fixture against Newcastle within this run, although the Magpies beat Brendan Rodgers’ side at the King Power Stadium at the back-end of last season and the Foxes have not really convinced against wing-back systems in 2019/20.

It should be noted, of course, that 31 of Jamie Vardy‘s (£8.9m) 83 Premier League goals have come against ‘big six’ teams.

The schedule eases considerably after the trip to Anfield, with the Foxes only facing one ‘big six’ club from Gameweeks 9 to 17.

Crystal Palace

Next six: tot | WOL | NOR | whu | MCI | ARS
And then: LEI | che | LIV

Fourth-place Crystal Palace may be a team in form but are another club who face three ‘big six’ sides in the next half-dozen Gameweeks.

Chelsea and Liverpool then follow in Gameweeks 12 and 13.

With eight of Palace’s next nine opponents finishing in the top half last season, the Eagles are firmly rooted to the bottom of our Season Ticker from Gameweeks 5-13.

Martin Kelly (£4.1m) has been a popular budget asset this season but even if he recovers from injury and keeps his place at the heart of the defence, his owners likely won’t be using him for anything other than bench fodder between now and the end of November.

Even the “winnable” games within this run come against teams who have impressed from an attacking perspective so far this season: Norwich and West Ham, for example, sit in the top six for shots on target so far in 2019/20 (despite having both faced Manchester City).

Those two teams (and perhaps a clean sheet-less Spurs and a Europe-occupied Wolves) can be got at defensively, of course, but Palace’s attacking assets haven’t really convinced this season – only Watford have scored fewer Premier League goals.

Jordan Ayew (£5.1m) could be a decent, benchable third striker for the coming months but Palace’s medium-term role in the Fantasy world maybe more about how much they can frustrate our other FPL assets: the Eagles have conceded fewer goals than any other Premier League team this season.

Newcastle United

Next six: liv | BHA | lei | MUN | che | WOL

Fantasy managers have largely avoided Newcastle United assets this season – and not just because of their fixture run.

The Magpies are in the bottom three for big chances created and goals scored in 2019/20 so far, although the backs-to-the-wall display at Spurs may offer hope that the defensive solidity of the Rafael Benitez era hasn’t totally evaporated.

Steve Bruce’s side have already played the two north London clubs in the opening month of the campaign and now face three other ‘big six’ sides between now and Gameweek 9 – starting with a trip to Liverpool.

Third-place Leicester also host the Magpies in this period.

Newcastle sit bottom of our Season Ticker for attack over the next six Gameweeks but they, like Palace, may play a significant role in how more popular offensive assets from the likes of Liverpool, Leicester and Chelsea do over the coming Gameweeks.

Watford

Next six: ARS | mci | wol | SHU | tot | BOU
And then: CHE

Winless and bottom of the table, Watford’s fixtures don’t get much easier in the medium term.

The Hornets face five clubs who finished in the top seven in 2018/19 over the next seven Gameweeks, although home matches against Sheffield United and Bournemouth appeal more.

Watford will be hoping for some kind of new manager bounce following the appointment of Quique Sanchez Flores, whose pragmatic reputation will hopefully – from their point of view – address the obvious defensive problems at Vicarage Road.

The Hornets have not kept a league clean sheet since February, a run that stretches back 16 matches.

No side has scored fewer goals in 2019/20, meanwhile.

The next five Gameweeks at the very least could be an audition period for Watford’s assets and tell us more about Flores’ preferred system and personnel, as well as what effect he is having on their underperforming squad.

ALSO CONSIDER

Liverpool‘s mixed fixture run (NEW | che | shu | LEI | mun | TOT) has to be acknowledged but, like Manchester City, the Reds are one of a handful of teams that Fantasy managers may consider “fixture-proof”.

Their three ‘big six’ opponents in the next half-dozen Gameweeks, Chelsea, Manchester United and Spurs, have hardly fully convinced this season, either.

From a defensive perspective, matches against Newcastle and Sheffield United offer decent clean sheet opportunities: only Watford have scored fewer goals than the Magpies this season, while the Blades are ranked bottom for shots on target.

The Reds’ other four opponents during this run are all in the top half for goals scored and shots attempted, however.

At the other end, Chelsea and Spurs haven’t kept a clean sheet between them this season – although all bar the Lilywhites of Liverpool’s next six opponents sit in the top half in terms of fewest expected goals conceded.

Sheffield United (SOU | eve | LIV | wat | ARS | whu ) themselves have a mixed bag of fixtures, although John Lundstram (£4.2m) is their only outfield first-team regular who is owned by more than 1% of FPL bosses and is eminently benchable for the tough defensive tests after Gameweek 5.

Manchester United, Southampton, Wolves, Norwich and Brighton all face two meetings with ‘big six’ clubs over the next half-dozen Gameweeks but have some more appealing fixtures around that so the picture doesn’t quite look so bleak at that quintet of clubs.


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2,083 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Dutchy
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 28 days ago

    Any thoughts on this different wildcard. Firmino to cover pool attack and few differentials which I like and have reasoning.

    Pope
    TAA / Digne / Kolasinac
    Sterling / KDB / Eriksen / Ceballos
    Firmino / Haller / Pukki

    Button / Lund / Kelly / Cantwell

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      Quite like it. Kolasinac maybe not though with Tierney nearing a return? I’d be tempted to maybe go with someone like Söyüncü over him, and go Son over eriksen? Good team though, and is different

      1. Dutchy
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 28 days ago

        Yeah thats the risk with Kola. But short term fixtures look great. Any other way to get Son over Eriksen

        1. Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          10 months, 28 days ago

          Barnes over Haller?

          I brought in the former this week and kept some ITB rather than going for Haller

    2. Bram
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      Not convinced Firm has ever really covered Pool attack especially if armband considered but without armband he's probably reasonable pts/million to get you Eriksen without killing the rest of your side.

      Kolasinac I don't get though - OK yes nice fixtures but same price as Otamendi with Tierney back in training seems iffy especially considering Arsenal's defensive credentials.

      1. Dutchy
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 28 days ago

        Yeh fair enough, will probably revert to Salah, just testing different teams.

    3. baggs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      kolas a no-go for me he trolled me for weeks last season and Arsenal are woeful at the back

    4. Max City
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      Too many Arsenal players?

  2. Zilla
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 28 days ago

    It will be one of those GWs

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      If by “those” you mean a great one, I hope so too.

      I have a feeling you don’t though 😆 had a bit of a pish one last week, so hope to reverse that this week

    2. The Overthinker - I blame R…
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      Captain kane kinda week

  3. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 28 days ago

    Fingers crossed all these “hot takes” are just bollocks and KDB, Sterling, Zinchenko and start and haul this weekend! 😆

    (and preferably that Sterling and maybe KDB if possible outscore Kun, too 😉 )

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      all start** oops

    2. jdp219
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      As a City fan, I want them all to haul. As a Kun non-owner, I wouldn't mind if just KDB and Raz haul.

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 28 days ago

        Oh yes. The latter 😉

    3. Bram
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      KDB and Sterling hauls but not as big as Salah's please - need a captain to go my way after Kane's 2 and Sterling's 3. Afraid the City def haul is going to Otamendi though for his set piece headed brace from KDB assists 🙂

      Agree Kun fail would be great although I aint confident there!

  4. Sadio
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 28 days ago

    I have Laporte, Sterling and KDB.

    Which option?

    A) Laporte - > Otamendi
    B) Laporte, Firmino, Rashford - > Toby, Aguero and Barnes

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      Just A. Would hang onto Firmino for now at least. Not sure on Rashford though.

    2. jdp219
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      A

    3. Bram
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      A

    4. baggs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      a

  5. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 28 days ago

    Otamendi to be sent off for a foul on Pukki, who’ll calmly step up and put the ball in the back of the net from the spot.

    It’s written in the stars.

    1. Bram
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      Those stars are clearly circling your head cartoon style due to concussion ;p

    2. Balls of Steel
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      That would do nicely

    3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      This man knows

  6. dee_top
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 28 days ago

    Hi guys!
    1. Cap:
    A) Salah
    B) Sterling

    2.Play one:
    A) AWB
    B) Lundstram

    1. Balls of Steel
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      A
      B

  7. Gentlemens club
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 28 days ago

    Cathcart ---> Otamendi or any other suggestions? Thanks in advance.

    1.1 ITB and 1FT

    Pope
    TAA VVD Digne Lundstram
    Salah Sterling Lanzini Mount
    Pukki Vardy

    Heaton/Dendonk/Wickham/Cathcart

    1. Bram
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      Can't fault getting Ota although that's a very serious defence and a selection dilema!

      You could just roll the free to give you options when you finally succumb to KDB after another haul this gw though.

      1. Gentlemens club
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 28 days ago

        Yeah... that's what im thinking. Too heavy in the back.

      2. sunzip14
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 28 days ago

        This. Getting Ota looks good but the Defense will be too heavy!

        1. The Overthinker - I blame R…
          • 3 Years
          10 months, 28 days ago

          Doesn't really matter if it gives points

  8. sunzip14
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 28 days ago

    2FTs, 0.2 itb. Which one looks better?

    A) Kane+Rashford> Aguero+Haller ( Have KDB, Sterling, Lanzini & Martial)
    B) Just Diop>Pieters and save a FT

    1. Bram
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      Wait for OGS presser for Martial news.

      Looking at the attack you've got there Diop to Pieters is probably valid as you probably don't have much of a def (unless you don't have Salah/Mane I guess).

      1. sunzip14
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 28 days ago

        I have VVD, Digne, Montoya, Diop and Rico at the back. Yes, no Salah or Mane. I am going 3-5-2 with Mount as my 5th mid.

        1. Bram
          • 11 Years
          10 months, 28 days ago

          Martial fitness probably decides it either way then.

  9. Pep Roulette
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 28 days ago

    On WC! Have Kun & DSilva but no Arsenal/Spurs/Everton

    A. Iwobi & Pepe
    B. Ceballos & KDB
    C. Ceballos & Son

    1. Bram
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      B - not convinced at Ceballos minutes but it's the only option with KDB in it! Spurs and Arsenal do have nice fixt but so do City and can't have everyone.

    2. Max City
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      B

  10. baggs
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 28 days ago

    What did Pep do this time last season with rotation and the CL group stages? Kun played in the league but what about Sterling?

    1. Bram
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      I forget which was which - he missed one after an int break played the other both with CL after. Obviously last year he'd also had a world cup summer though.

  11. pakornk
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 28 days ago

    Lanzini or Yarmolenko?

    1. Bram
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      Price no object I'd go Lanzini but must admit I'm tempted by Yarmelenko myself - always rated him. Antonio broken and can't see Snodgrass really threatening his minutes.

  12. Andy_Social
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 28 days ago

    Thought my wildcard squad was settled, but this article shows me I've overlooked Arsenal. Damn!
    Now I've lost Mane to get Auba, and I've even got in Sokratis at the back 🙁

    1. Bram
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      I get the Auba love but Arsenal defense doesn't appeal in any fixture really.

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 28 days ago

        Yeah, I get that. Thing is, I've got triple City attack and triple Burnley already, so there's no defender costing 5m or less that appeals, so might as well go for the one with the best fixtures overall.

        1. Bram
          • 11 Years
          10 months, 28 days ago

          Yeah I get that - strangest season I can remember for options of reasonably priced (i.e. under 5.4m) defs.

      2. Joggers Nipple
        • 11 Years
        10 months, 28 days ago

        Agree, Auba a great shout, get ahead a get on the points coming not the ones gone. Leave the ARS def imo

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          10 months, 28 days ago

          But who do you recommend for 5m or less that doesn't play for Burnley?

          1. RECKLESS
            • 7 Years
            10 months, 28 days ago

            Soyuncu

            1. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              10 months, 28 days ago

              I've actually taken him out in my WC shake-up. Those fixtures.
              I might add, Sokratis will be benched for Cantwell in a number of fixtures.

              1. RECKLESS
                • 7 Years
                10 months, 28 days ago

                Check Lei defensive stats in team stats of members section. They have been quite unlucky looking at how low big chances they conceded. I actually brought in Cantwell this gw for Perez especially for next 4 gw after Mcity. Looks worth playing every match surely 🙂 Now confused if King to Haller is worth a -4 against highest headed shots conceded AVL. Your thoughts?

                1. Andy_Social
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  10 months, 28 days ago

                  I've had Cantwell since GW2. He'll start more often than not, but benched v City, natch.
                  I like Haller a lot - had him in my WC draft but had to downgrade him to Barnes to afford the rest.
                  With BOU at home and Hammers away, I wouldn't take the hit now. Fixtures-wise, it's GW8 when they turn in Hammers' favour v Bournemouth.

              2. Bram
                • 11 Years
                10 months, 28 days ago

                I'd be tempted to just go for someone cheaper who fits the odd gw you need to play him and some spare cash even in a side that can't defend either. After this gw would you really play an Arsenal def over Cantwell for a while? Must admit my wc side has nothing at the back priced between Lunds and 5.4m lol.

                1. Andy_Social
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  10 months, 28 days ago

                  That's my problem. I've got TAA and Matip as my nailed starters, with Pieters and Lundy who can make up a back 4 without any real worries. I had Masuaku for bench duties and I could even go for Rico and bank a million in change. I'll keep thinking on it.

                  1. Bram
                    • 11 Years
                    10 months, 28 days ago

                    I'd go Rico +1m and just play Cantwell I think - would get you Haller back as an option although I like Barnes too. I have similar a headache of about 10m for my last def and a mid and currently undecided whether it'll be Matip and a scumbag mid or Rico permabench and a decent mid. Leaning to the former as also have TAA and at least In know Gomez aint going to rotate for both at once.

                    1. Andy_Social
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      10 months, 28 days ago

                      Cheers, I've done Sok>Rico but I'm getting Robinson as I'm happy to keep Barnes. I'm more than happy with TAA and Matip as my main defenders although disappointed I can't afford a third Liverpool player.

    2. RECKLESS
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      One thing I have learned since post sanchez times is dont trust Arsenal. Very erratic and you will have a 10mn+ striker you will uncomfortable captaining because of nervousness of which Arsenal mood will show up. Their players are over priced as well for a team which will only compete for 4th place compared to similar level Manutd and Chelsea

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 28 days ago

        I'm playing the next few fixtures. I won't captain Auba as I have Kun, Raz and Kevin ahead of him.

        1. Pieterke30
          • 4 Years
          10 months, 28 days ago

          Go for Pepe then maybe?

        2. RECKLESS
          • 7 Years
          10 months, 28 days ago

          Agree with Pieterke. Pepe will atleast give you chance to upgrade to a Liv asset like Mane/Salah

          1. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            10 months, 28 days ago

            No, I think Auba is a PL known quantity. I like what I've seen of Pepe so far, but we've not seen enough, imo.

            1. De Gea is GOAT
              • 3 Years
              10 months, 28 days ago

              This!

            2. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              10 months, 28 days ago

              Actually, s0d Sokratis. He can be 4m Ricofodder and Guendouzi can > Robinson the Blade. Just Auba from the Gunners then.

    3. Nabs Kebabs
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      I would almost certainly take auba on a WC...sokratis however is probably one of the worst defender picks in the game..

    4. RIDZ
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      I am looking for people who may convince me that losing Ota for Sokratis is a good move as I can upgrade Kelly to 4.5 def. And you're the one that bring Sokratis on WC like me. Thanks mate

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 28 days ago

        Woah, no!!!! You absolutely cannot chuck a nailed City player! And I've changed my mind re Sokratis!

  13. Wakanda
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 28 days ago

    Seeing how delicate martial is.. if I am ogs, I will not start him this week
    And then I will get him in if Son disappoint me this week

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      Let's hope Son doesn't disappoint Ole then 😉

  14. white lightning
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 28 days ago

    So now Cathcart (don't own) is flagged for Watford. Arsenal are going to do a job on them imo. The new mgr will be even more focused on defense if Cathcart is out so there may be less attacking pressure on Arsenal.
    Who would you leave out of these 4 options this gw:
    (a) Pukki or
    (b) Lundstram or
    (c) Maitland-Niles or
    (d) McGinn

    Thoughts & thanks.

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      Not the striker - Pukki can still nab a goal in a 1-8 defeat. I'd like to play all 4 but if one has to drop out, (b)

    2. Joggers Nipple
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      B, reluctantly

  15. steven8991
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 28 days ago

    How is this WC team?

    Pope
    VVD Digne Otamendi
    Mane Sterling KDB James
    Wood Haller Pukki

    1. Joggers Nipple
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      Ok but need bench to really judge, personally not sold on james and dont really like Wood

    2. Ivor Mac
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 28 days ago

      Looks good but don't like the Wood pick.

    3. lilmessipran
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      James plus wood to Barnes + mcginn

      1. Valar(Keith)
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 28 days ago

        This. And a bench.. Thay team will look spectacular if so

      2. FALSE PROFIT
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 28 days ago

        YES

    4. Max City
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      I owned Wood since GW1 and sold him for Pukki in GW3.
      Then this GW I just exchanged Origi (out) with Barnes (in).

      1. Bram
        • 11 Years
        10 months, 28 days ago

        I did Wood to Pukki gw2. Unfortunately I think it's probably the last thing I've done right this season lol having gone on to cap Kane gw3 and Sterling gw4 lol.

        1. Max City
          • 3 Years
          10 months, 28 days ago

          I wish I'd done it!
          Didn't do it for the sake of saving an FT.

  16. De Gea is GOAT
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 28 days ago

    Last WC dilemma guys!!

    Is it worth doing Lowton, Mane, Digne to Rico, Ota and Salah. Honestly think its not a good move but if its to fit Salah and a city defender in then it could be worth it? Thanks guys!

    Pope
    TAA Digne Lowton Lunds Mings
    Mane Sterling KDB
    Auba Barnes

    Button Hayden Cantwell Green

    1. RIDZ
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      Should be worth it

    2. Max City
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      Depends on how your guts telling you about Otamendi and Digne..

      I'd personally pick Ota

      1. De Gea is GOAT
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 28 days ago

        Digne is almost a season keeper unless his form dramatically drops imo. But City is CS magnet so i'm really not sure. Gut feeling is telling me to stick with it for now. I'm also without a set starter if i was to go with Rico over Lowton.

  17. MgM
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 28 days ago

    Salah+Wickham > Pepe+Firm (-4)?

    Gives me
    Pope
    Digne Robbo Lundstram
    Pepe KDB Sterling Lanzini
    Pukki Barnes Firmino

    Heaton KWP Kelly Dendoncker

    1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      Selling Salah for a hit? Big No
      Could consider that move with FT next week though.

    2. Max City
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      If Pepe + Firmino score 4 more than Salah + Wickham this GW then it's a sideway move

  18. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 28 days ago

    RMT
    G2G?
    Pope(Button)
    TAA VVD AWB Digne(Rico)
    Salah Sterling KDB Ceballos (Dendoncker)
    Pukki Barnes(Greenwood)

    1ft, 0.4 itb.
    AWB to Otamendi could be an option..

    1. RIDZ
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      AWB to Ota should be good

    2. Max City
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      nice team!

  19. RIDZ
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 28 days ago

    On WC, Pope or Adrian? Already have Pieters means double up on Burnley, but no Liverpool defender.

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 28 days ago

      Get yourself Taa first

      1. RIDZ
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 28 days ago

        can't fit TAA as I have 4 premium mids.

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          10 months, 28 days ago

          I won't do that personally.
          Pope for me bdw

          1. RIDZ
            • 3 Years
            10 months, 28 days ago

            I keep Digne on WC but lose all of my Liverpool defenders. That 1.1 between Digne and TAA makes me upgrade my bench

            1. Amey
              • 1 Year
              10 months, 28 days ago

              GL

    2. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      Pope has a decent run of fixures; Adrian could be replaced by Alisson any time soon.

    3. Carlton_Goal
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      Pope, don't really know how long until Allison is back and Adrian is on the bench

    4. ^Freedom Fighter^
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      Pope

  20. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 28 days ago

    Just had a dream Firmino scored 2 at the weekend

    Don’t know where that came from, as there is no way he’s making it anywhere near my team

    One was a straightforward shot straight at Dúbravka that he makes a bollocks of and squirms into the net

    Bloody dreams eh!

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 28 days ago

      Nice
      Hopefully those were assisted by the selfless Mo salah 😛

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 28 days ago

        Can’t remeber 🙁

        I think it was a win to nil though, and the Firmino goal from Dúbravka mistake was into the kop

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          10 months, 28 days ago

          Cool
          I can imagine him doing some weird dance after scoring too 😀

          1. KujaliaFC
            • 8 Years
            10 months, 28 days ago

            With a hand over one eye.

  21. Bob.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 28 days ago

    To WC or not to WC. I have two FT and 1.6 in the bank. I could use my two ft for players for just this gw and then WC next. Team is

    Heaton
    Robertson Digne KWP Montoya
    Salah Sterling Perez*
    Kane Pukki Greenwood*

    Pope Cantwell Dendoncker Diop

    Thinking Perez and Greenwood to McGinn and Barnes. Or would you WC if you were me? Cheers

    1. RIDZ
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      I wouldn't WC if I had 2 FT. What about Perez to Mount and KWP to Ota?

      1. Bob.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 28 days ago

        Yeah that's my thinking too now. Team won't be that bad with two ft really. I fancy Norwich to score so don't think I'm gonna get Ota in this week. Mount could be good tho!

    2. Amey
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 28 days ago

      Kwp Oerez >> Lundstram D Silva

      1. Bob.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 28 days ago

        Nice. I like the look of this one. Means I'd have to play Cantwell/Den and Pukki tho

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          10 months, 28 days ago

          Why ??
          Lundstram home to Southampton
          Play him

          1. Bob.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            10 months, 28 days ago

            Yeah I'd still be stuck with playing one of Greenwood/Cantwell/Dendoncker, which I guess I could gamble on.

            1. Amey
              • 1 Year
              10 months, 28 days ago

              Ohh
              My bad. Didn't spot that
              I'd play Dendonker out of those

              1. Bob.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                10 months, 28 days ago

                I cracked it. I did Diop and Perez to Lund and Silva for a 5-3-2. Cheers!

  22. DS29
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 28 days ago

    Haller or barnes or Abraham?

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 28 days ago

      Haller

    2. rainy
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      One from the first two at the moment. Abraham looks good from GW7.

    3. Carlton_Goal
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      Barnes probably has the best immediate fixtures but from GW7 onwards Abraham looks the best bet

    4. KujaliaFC
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      Haller looks the business.

    5. ^Freedom Fighter^
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      Abraham
      Haller
      Barnes

  23. DS29
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 28 days ago

    Martial keep or sell?

  24. Amey
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 28 days ago

    Currently have Digne.
    Last gw when I was on WC was constantly changing between him & Zinchenko.
    Now I'm thinking Otamendi if nailed can be great too. Looking the games this gw carefully now.

    What do we think about Digne to Otamendi next gw if he's nailed ??
    Can allow Rico to become Soyuncu too

    1. RIDZ
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      Not sure with that, Digne has bigger chance to make assist and goal.

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 28 days ago

        Yeah
        Cheers mate

      2. Bob.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 28 days ago

        Yeah I would fancy holding on to Digne too

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          10 months, 28 days ago

          Thank you 🙂

    2. Carlton_Goal
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      Would hold on to Digne, Everton still have a great run of fixtures

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 28 days ago

        Yeah
        City Defender for 5.5 is too tempting 😀
        Cheers mate

        1. Carlton_Goal
          • 4 Years
          10 months, 28 days ago

          That's true, it's a great price for a City defender. Are there any other ways you could get one in without losing Digne?

          1. Amey
            • 1 Year
            10 months, 28 days ago

            Sadly No

    3. SirT83
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      I decided to go without Digne on WC last week. I was constantly afraid of Digne making me regret it. If I had the chance to do it over, Digne would be my go to guy from Everton.
      But looking at it from the other side, it would make me go without City defense, which really sucks as well. Tough choice. I'd stick with Digne, even though it's a close call.

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 28 days ago

        Thank you bro
        Agree with all that

    4. Valar(Keith)
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      Hey amey. I'm saving a transfer and downgrading mount or haller for ceballos/mcginn/Kean etc to free up cash for soy to ota next week. Maybe try the same and upgrade dunk to Ota?

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 28 days ago

        Yep
        Saving FT this gw for sure
        Cheers buddy

    5. ^Freedom Fighter^
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      Ota if nailed

  25. RIDZ
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 28 days ago

    My final team for WC

    Pope
    Digne Ota Pieters
    Salah Sterling KDB Eriksen
    Pukki Abraham Ayew

    Button Lunds Kelly Guendo
    0.2 itb

    Quite confidence with Eriksen as differential, he could be swapped to anyone after 2 gameweek when he doesn't perform well. Rather than having Greenwood for 3rd striker who only give 1 point per game, I keep Ayew as his stats fancy me (2 goals+6 baps in 2 games).

    Still not sure Abraham or Haller, but if I get Haller means downgrade somewhere else due to sort of 0.1.

    Any thoughts welcome......

    1. Max City
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      I like it.
      I like the Eriksen move too.
      Can't afford KDB myself without a hit or a WC, so good luck with this team.

      1. RIDZ
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 28 days ago

        Thanks mate. KDB force me to WC due to what he did on international break.

    2. Bob.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      Looks good. No Liverpool wingback is all that's missing

      1. RIDZ
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 28 days ago

        I had Robertson before and it disappointed me. TAA must fancy everyone, but I stick on Digne due to they have similar chance to assist and 1.1 difference allowed me to upgrade somewhere else.

        1. Bob.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          10 months, 28 days ago

          Fair enough. I guess that's the sacrifice you have to make to get Eriksen and go off template!

    3. Valar(Keith)
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      You can get the 0. 1 from pieters to Lowton or deadwood Kelly to deadwood Rico (who almost has to start this week due to injuries and could nail a spot if he plays a blinder)

  26. Carlton_Goal
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 28 days ago

    Really struggling to decide between Mount, Lanzini and James. Each has their own strengths and it's hard to pick who is best.

    Lanzini: Most chances created per game of the three. Lowest shots per game but same shots in the box per game as Mount.

    Mount: Most shots per game, but takes more from outside the penalty area than in it. Less chances created than Lanzini but significantly more than James.

    James: Most shots in the box per game so probably best goal threat. By far the least chances created per game.

    Don't really think any one of them has significantly better fixtures than the others either. Should I just go Mount as he looks like he can score and assist?

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 28 days ago

      If i had to choose this gw, i would get Lanzini/James.
      Mount next two aren't too attractive

      1. Carlton_Goal
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 28 days ago

        That's true, could always switch to Mount later when his fixtures get better

    2. RIDZ
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      How come you said no one has better fixtures? Chelsea has the best fixtures among of them. I'm on WC and don't wanna lose that fixtures, that's why I'm on dilemma between Abraham or Mount. But Eriksen fill my 4th mid then I go with Abraham.

      1. Carlton_Goal
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 28 days ago

        Wolves away then Liverpool in the next two. From GW7 onwards they definitely have the best fixtures of the three of them though. West Ham fixtures not bad until GW12, United the only "big 6" team they play in that time

  27. SirT83
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 28 days ago

    As Liverpools fixtures get a little bit tougher I am thinking of doing something about Salah.
    After this week I'm looking into making Salah and Abraham to Pepe and Firmino..
    Arsenals fixtures are too good to go without any Arsenal players IMO.
    Am I mad?

    1. ^Freedom Fighter^
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      Well I was thinking doing the same about Sterling .. but MCI fixtures are nice so maybe worth it....
      Me did it before arsenal game and he grabbed 2 goals punishment so..if you get Firminho then it might work
      Not mad at all

  28. fplfansss
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 28 days ago

    GTG?

    Ryan
    Zinch, TAA, Pieters
    Salah, KDB, Sterling, James
    King, Abraham, Pukki

    Bench: Button, Lundstram, Cantwell, Kelly

    0.4 ITB

    1. ^Freedom Fighter^
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      G2H

      1. ^Freedom Fighter^
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 28 days ago

        G2G*

  29. ^Freedom Fighter^
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 28 days ago

    Hello all
    Captain please ? Also bench right?

    Henderson
    Dunk. Lowton. Rico/(Guilbert Kelly)
    Salah. Sterling. KDB. Mount
    Kun Joeilinton. Haller

    Thanks gents and good luck.

  30. MOZIL
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 28 days ago

    Lucas Moura or Lamela for this week??

    1. ^Freedom Fighter^
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      Personally I prefer Moura

    2. HUATSHOOTER
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 28 days ago

      Not this two