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Barnes blanks again as Brighton change tactics to stifle Burnley

Brighton 1-1 Burnley

Goals: Neal Maupay (£6.0m) | Jeff Hendrick (£5.4m)

Assists: Solly March (£4.9m) | Matej Vydra (£5.4m)

Bonus Points: March x3, Maupay x2, Hendrick x1

Ashley Barnes (£6.7m) blanked for the second match in a row as Burnley were forced to strike late to avoid defeat at Brighton on Saturday.

The Clarets started the match brightly but tailed off after Aaron Lennon‘s (£4.9m) 37th-minute effort.

After losing 3-0 to Liverpool in Gameweek 4, the international break did not do much to reinvigorate Sean Dyche’s side, who spent large portions of their time at the Amex Stadium on the back foot.

Barnes managed just a single shot, taken from outside the penalty box and falling off target. However, there may be mitigating factors for his bad day at the office.

Barnes has now blanked for two matches in a row

Brighton manager Graham Potter continues to prove himself a pragmatic tinkering tactician as he tweaked his side to negate Burnley’s strengths.

The former Swansea City boss went big at the back in an attempt to counter the Clarets’ long-ball capabilities, deploying Lewis Dunk (£4.6m), Shane Duffy (£5.0m) and Adam Webster (£4.4m) in the back-three and shifting six-foot-seven centre-back Dan Burn (£4.5m) out to left wing-back.

While Bernardo (£4.4m) missed out with a knock, Martin Montoya (£4.5m) was also absent with tonsilitis, which saw Solly March (£4.9m) to right wing-back, having spent most of the season on the opposite flank.

Even though Brighton’s defence has not looked to sure of itself this season, this was the first match in which they remained very tight for most of the afternoon, lasting until the 91st minute.

The very tall Dan Burn was shifted to left wing-back in order to counteract Burnley’s aerial threat

“Definitely not (asked if Brighton should move away from playing out from the back). Defensively we have only got one clean sheet and there have been times where we could have done better in avoiding goals, but there have been moments which have influenced the outcome. We don’t seem to be getting that bit of luck to consolidate positions at the moment. It’s hard to find the reasons for that some times. It’s hard to find why those patterns happen and sometimes you get the rub of the green and sometimes you don’t, so you have to just keep working hard until it changes.” – Mat Ryan

It was only after Dyche made a tactical change of his own that Brighton let their guard down. Chris Wood (£6.3m), who was quiet once again, was replaced by Jay Rodriguez (£5.7m) in the 66th-minute, while Matej Vydra (£5.4m) was added to the equation as a third centre-forward in the place of Jack Cork (£5.0m) in the 78th.

With Brighton set up to defend the skies, Vydra’s movement helped Burnley outmanoeuvre them on the ground, setting up fellow substitute Jeff Hendrick (£5.4m) place an effort beyond Mat Ryan (£4.6m) from outside the box.

That said, this situation is not one that the Clarets will have to face every week. With them hosting Norwich in Gameweek 6 and travelling to Aston Villa after that, there are certainly some fixtures that can perhaps return Barnes to his early-season goal-scoring form.

However, Dyche admitted that he might be tempted to make changes to his largely consistent team selection when he meets Norwich next weekend.

Referring to all three subs, Hendrick, Rodriguez and Vydra, he explained he was impressed with their impact on the game, which certainly should concern owners of Wood, perhaps Barnes less so.

“All three of them affected the game so I was pleased with that. I’ve told them there will be certain players (rotated), obviously defenders it doesn’t change as much, but you have to keep everyone involved. I think that’s the important thing here, we’ve always worked on a group mentality, so I want to keep everyone’s mind on it.” – Sean Dyche

“You can score in this league and all our strikers know that, it’s just about when it does come, you have to be ready to put it in the back of the net. I’m not worried about it. We’re playing good as a team, playing well as a strike partnership so I can’t be too down about it because I’m ready. Five years ago you’d get more worried about it but, for me, as long as the team’s creating chances, the goals will come. The stats are telling us the team’s creating a lot more chances than in previous seasons. It’s dropping to Barnesy at the moment and he’s finishing them fantastically so we can’t argue with that.” – Chris Wood

Maupay has benefitted from the departures of Locadia and Andone in terms of pitch-time

For most of the game, Brighton stretched Burnley’s back-line and will certainly feel unfortunate not to have taken all three points.

They achieved that with a front-three of Glenn Murray (£5.8m) and Pascal Groß (£6.5m) supporting Neal Maupay (£6.0m) who finally got his first home goal of the season.

The former Brentford man used his pace to cause Burnley problems while Murray and Groß spent much of the afternoon providing the ammunition for him.

Solly March’s versatility has been useful for Potter so far

Also crucial to Brighton’s attacking play was the effort of the versatile March. Capable of playing in a number of positions, including number 10 and winger, he was used as a right wing-back and it was his pass that set up Maupay for his goal.

While it is still frustrating to see him playing out-of-position as an FPL midfielder operating at wing-back, if he can get more involved in the goals for his team, March could still offer some value at £4.9m. Manager Potter believes there is more to come from him.

“When he has too much time to think, I’m not sure it’s the best for him. We spoke about that. I think he’s got talent, he’s a good player, he has got quality. He just needs to play with a bit of freedom. If you look at the last two or three games, he has played left wing-back, he has played right wing-back and he has played pretty much as an extra midfield player, as a ten. That tells you we think he is a football player and that he can play in a lot of positions. The key thing for him is he needs to contribute in the final third, the attacking third, more than he has because he has got the quality to do that. Obviously, it was nice for him to do that (on Saturday) and give support for Neal. But I think there is more to come from Solly.” – Graham Potter

Meanwhile, Yves Bissouma (£5.0m) edges closer to his first minutes of the season following a shoulder injury. He featured on the bench for the first time against Burnley but remained there as an unused substitute.

Once he is back to full speed in Potter’s mind, the Mali international should present an additional option to rotate in and out of the team for either Dale Stephens (£4.5m) or Davy Pröpper (£5.0m) when he wants to make tactical changes.

“I think it was more just to help him reintegrate with the group. It was good for him to be out there but, at the same time, with the way the game was going, I didn’t feel it was the right time to put him on.” – Graham Potter

Aaron Mooy (£4.9m) also awaits further game-time since signing for Brighton on loan from Huddersfield Town. There had been suggestions that he would come straight into the side and take over set pieces, but as yet, that has not occurred.

The Australian featured as an 80th-minute substitute in the place of Murray against Burnley and has just 15 minutes to his name in 2019/20. Compatriot Ryan believes he will feature more often at some stage, but it is not clear when that will be.

“(Mooy) is a quality player. He’s demonstrated that in the time he has had in the Premier League, for Australia and throughout his career. We are blessed to have quite some depth in the squad and he is working hard each day to try to make the most of the minutes he is getting. I am sure over the course of the season he is going to be right up there with the appearances. I am sure he will start some games here and there too but that is obviously up to the gaffer.” – Mat Ryan

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Brighton and Hove Albion XI (3-4-2-1): Ryan; Webster, Dunk, Duffy; Burn, Pröpper, D Stephens, March (Bong 90′); Murray (Mooy 80′), Groß; Maupay (Connolly 84′).

Burnley XI (4-4-2): Pope; Pieters, Mee, Tarkowski, Lowton; McNeil, Cork (Vydra 78′), Westwood, Lennon (Hendrick 59′); Wood (Rodriguez 66′), A Barnes.

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Lessons learned from Gameweek 5

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  1. Rhodes your boat
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 25 days ago

    On wc

    Pope
    X mings soy Lund Rico
    Salah sterling x x Cantwell
    X Abraham Pukki

    A) taa son kdb Connolly
    B) Matip son/kdb Hayden auba
    C) Matip son d.silva haller

    1. Tshelby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      A or B. Would go for B for now on short term with Auba

      1. Rhodes your boat
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 25 days ago

        If I go B would you prefer son or kdb?

        1. Tshelby
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          9 months, 25 days ago

          Depends on long or short term. Maybe KdB as I think he is more consistent than Son but will probably not get 15+ hauls in my opinion.

    2. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      I’d go B. Would want son and Aubameyang. I’m tempted to wc as well and looking at possibly losing salah over next 4/5. His price isn’t gonna move so can get back in. Basically comes down to son and Aubameyang vs salah and Haller/Wilson

      1. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 25 days ago

        Means you can have taa son kdb sterling and Aubameyang

        1. Rhodes your boat
          • 3 Years
          9 months, 25 days ago

          Not sure about losing salah myself, burned me many times before!

          1. Pat Bonner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            9 months, 25 days ago

            Yes I’ve been burned before but think the fear of salah is overdone. I took him out last before his hatrick at Bournemouth which hurt but still finished with a decent rank

            1. Rhodes your boat
              • 3 Years
              9 months, 25 days ago

              Same here which was part of a move to bring auba in aha involving a hit, no idea what I was doing!

      2. Rhodes your boat
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 25 days ago

        Thanks guys, if I could have TAA in B then think that’s what I’d do but not sure about losing him with him having such high ownership

    3. liverpool01
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 25 days ago

      B

  2. AdamJ91
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 25 days ago

    Stuck what to do with this lot..

    Ederson - Button
    TAA - VVD - Digne - Soyuncu - Hanley
    Salah - Sterling - KDB - Cantwell - Dendoncker
    Haller - Pukki - Greenwood

    2 FT & 0.1 ITB

    Thinking of maybe losing Ederson or VVD or even both to free up some funds elsewhere, anyone else have any decent suggestions?

    1. Turns
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      Tough one. Downgrade VVD and Ederson this week, and Greenwoood -> Tammy next week?

  3. nadman89
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 25 days ago

    whats people think about mcneil ? just curious i know there are better options but looking for a small differential

    1. Le Bluff
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      Did well for me last year when the blanks were in full force so I have fond memories of him.

      Might get you the odd 5 or 6 pointer but I wouldn't expect massive returns. Saying that though, he seems to be nailed, on set pieces, offers a decent assist potential, a minor goal threat and has good fixtures.

      Problem though is Mount (injury permitting) and James are more exciting and explosive picks.

    2. Hint
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 25 days ago

      I brought him in last week. Didn't do anything for me but I'm going to give him a couple of games and then may move on for Mount or similar.

  4. Turns
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 25 days ago

    On WC. Which do you prefer?

    (A) Salah, Auba
    (B) Mane, Sterling

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      A

    2. Rhodes your boat
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      Salah sterling but that’s morn helpful aha

    3. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      B

    4. SOTHPAW
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      C, Salah and Mane

      1. what's my name
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 25 days ago

        this^

  5. Goat
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 25 days ago

    McGinn to Djenepo as a 1 week punt before WC?

    1. MTPockets
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      No idea if he's nailed but why not if just a punt. Guess it depends if Arsenal concede as many shots at home as they just did away (probably not)

    2. what's my name
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      will he even play?

  6. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 25 days ago

    Before I WC I need another two/three weeks to decide the following, any others?

    Mane or Salah?
    Sterling or Aguero?
    Auba?
    Haller?
    Aurier?
    Mount?
    Pool defence?

    1. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      Same, currently have double pool defence so gw9 could be a good week to wc if i still have two by then.

    2. eazy
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      Same. Can't seem to pull the WC trigger since I'm having a headache trying to figure out who's the real deal and who's not.

  7. Pukki Party
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 25 days ago

    Worth investing in Palace attacking assets before WOL NOR whu? Haven't seen a game this season, anyone know how Zaha has looked?

    1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      Haven't watched much of them tbh, but he could be a fun punt.

    2. chilli con kone
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      Zaha has struggled in general. Played wider than last season and has been doubled up on and fouled constantly but in wide areas. No palace assets worth your time imo

      1. Pukki Party
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 25 days ago

        Cheers

    3. Klein
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      All 3 are very unpredictable. I can easily see 3 shut downs there

  8. Tshelby
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 25 days ago

    I wish I had my wildcard back..
    Suggestions?
    1FT
    0.0 ITB

    Pope
    TAA, Digne, Otamendi, Soyuncu, Lundstram
    Sterling, Salah, KdB, Mount, Hayden
    Barnes, Haller, Ayew

    1. chilli con kone
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      With the lack of cash itb I would save and look at Beijing in Abraham next week

  9. IRBOX ⚽
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 25 days ago

    Who is getting relegated this season!? Watford, Villa, Sheffield for mine..

    1. chilli con kone
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      Newcastle will be in there ahead of Watford imo

      1. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        9 months, 25 days ago

        +1

        Southampton will prob be in the mix as well

      2. avfc82
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        9 months, 25 days ago

        Yeah I was going to say Newcastle will be in a scrap too.

    2. Wild Rover
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      Newcastle, Brighton, Sheff U

    3. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      Newcastle? I know Bruce is a clown but our squad is pretty solid

      1. chilli con kone
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 25 days ago

        Decent enough squad but all 20 teams have that and the lack of goals which could be your undoing. Can’t rely on worldies and set pieces. Joelinton looks very good but won’t get the service needed and just don’t see Newcastle grinding out the 1-0s. I actually like Bruce but they don’t have the tools

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 25 days ago

          I disagree but you might be right. We have played Arsenal, Spurs and Liverpool in the first 5 games

    4. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      Really tough call this season, but for an outside bet I'd put the Toffees in the mix.

      1. Wild Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 25 days ago

        I'll take your money if you fancy a bet

        1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 25 days ago

          Odds?

          1. Wild Rover
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            9 months, 25 days ago

            You'd get better odds at the bookies 🙂

            https://www.oddschecker.com/football/english/premier-league/relegation

            1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
              • 2 Years
              9 months, 25 days ago

              50/1 Cheers!
              I'll lay a little fun money on that. 🙂

    5. Andy'81
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      Brighton, Villa and Sheff Utd.

    6. Klein
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      Probably watford, wolves(if they go far in europa) and i have a fear for brighton/everton just because they did poor in a long list of each fixtures.

      1. Klein
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 25 days ago

        Scrap evertion

        1. Klein
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 25 days ago

          Everton ugh

    7. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      Newcastle - Sheffield I'd be fairly sure of. It's the other one, between Watford and Villa currently.
      Palace and arguably Norwich are one injury away from danger just because of how important Zaha and Pukki are.

  10. arndff_
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 25 days ago

    Does anyone know anything about Hanley, Kelly? Who's better and why?

    May go for: Robbo & Greenwood to 4.2 & Abraham.

    0.1 short of signing Lundstram, so he isn't an option for me.

    1. chilli con kone
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      Hanley is the better option simply as he has more chance of playing regularly but don’t expect any clean sheets.

      Extent of the Kelly injury not clear yet but Sakho back and Tomkins can’t be far behind

  11. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 25 days ago

    Morning all

    What do you think of these moves?

    VVD, Mount, Haller > TAA, Cantwell, Wilson (-4)

    Would give me this team:
    0.9itb
    Heaton
    TAA, Zinch, Digne, AWB
    Salah, Sterling, KDB, Cantwell
    Pukki, Wilson
    (Button) (Lunds, Dendo, Greenwood)

    Potentially would then look to switch to 3-4-3 and get Abraham next week by dropping a def to a 4.0

    Thoughts?

    1. chilli con kone
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      Looks a very good hit to me

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 25 days ago

        Thanks. And the plan for the following week (obv just a plan that will prob end up changing!)?

    2. MTPockets
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      Depends on Mount situation

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 25 days ago

        It does but that move funds the others and I’d plan to get in Abraham if CHE still looking good from attacking perspective

        1. MTPockets
          • 11 Years
          9 months, 25 days ago

          Wouldn't that involve then selling TAA/Wilson or multiple hits?
          Could still work out though and if you prefer it then cool

          1. Don Kloppeone
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            9 months, 25 days ago

            No I would wait until next week and drop maybe Digne to Rico and upgrade Greenwood to Abraham

            1. MTPockets
              • 11 Years
              9 months, 25 days ago

              Yeah I missed your 0.9m itb

    3. danishdynamite
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      Why do you wanna lose Haller ? His fixtures are similarly decent to Wilson's, and IIRC his stats are beter than Wilson.

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 25 days ago

        Actually. I think I included the Wilson move when tinkering but obv not needed and would avoid the hit

  12. chilli con kone
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 25 days ago

    Any ideas on how I can burn a transfer here?

    Open to using both if it’s a decent move for the mid term

    2FT. 0.1ITB

    Pope
    Trent / Digne / Lund
    Sterling / KDB / Mané / Cant / Dendo
    Kun / Pukki

    Bench: Button / Mings / Kelly / Greenwood

    Dendo > Hayden the only thing I can see currently

    1. Klein
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      How many mins do you think kdb will play in coming weeks? If you think he play more champs and rests for league maybe replace for son? Rest looks good. Could think the same for kun and auba.

      1. chilli con kone
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 25 days ago

        It’s hard to say really but I think that can wait a week given they have Watford at home. He is the one I would look to downgrade to upgrade Greenwood or Dendo though next week

    2. FFMOTM
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      Kun to aubameyang would free up funds and arsenal have great fixtures with auba nailed up top

      1. chilli con kone
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 25 days ago

        Certainly something I will consider but Kun has been so consistent as a captaincy option

  13. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 25 days ago

    Captain from:

    A) Auba (AVL)
    B) KDB (WAT)
    C) Son (lei)

    1. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      I'd prob go Aubameyang out of those options.

    2. MTPockets
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      A

    3. Lingard’s Shin Guards
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 25 days ago

      Auba

    4. Tshelby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      KdB home form is very good.
      AVL and lei seems to know how to defend.

      1. Klein
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 25 days ago

        But with a more defensive manager taking over might see wat park it out?

        1. Tshelby
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          9 months, 25 days ago

          Okay yeah that could also be true. Auba then but think I'm going with Sterling or KdB

  14. trustmeimpurple
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 25 days ago

    Should I WC this team? 0ITB 1FT

    Heaton
    TAA Robertson Digne
    Dilva Salah Sterling Mount James
    Wilson Pukki

    Steklenburg /Lundstram /Greenwood /Rico

    If not which transfer/s would you do?

    1. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      No need to WC, IMO.

      The Mount news could dictate your strategy, so wait on that.

    2. chilli con kone
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      I’d be tempted to in order to cash in on City’s attack and deal with Mount, especially if David Silva gets a lot of minutes tonight.

      Alternatively the hit would be to downgrade a Liverpool defender and upgrade Mount to Kevin

  15. danishdynamite
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 25 days ago

    After a stellar 18/19 season I'm having a stinker. Current OR around 2.6m, and WC'd last week (see below.) leaving me around 90 points off the top 1k.

    I'm sure it's not insurmountable, not last as top 1k means very little at this stage of the season (IMHO) but I am torn between a "slow and steady" approach, or a "he who dares, Rodneys" approach to getting back up the ranks.

    Any thoughts on which is the better of the two approaches for those like me who've had a rotten start to the season?

    More specifically, my nothing but diffs (pinch of salt on what is a diff,perhaps) will see med hold this week, then do Digne, Salah & Barnes (probs) > Soy, Son & Auba with the (C) rotating between Son & Auba for quite a few weeks.

    Current team, FWIW
    Pope / Chaff
    TAA / DIgne / Ota / Lowton / Lund
    Salah / Sterling / KDB / Cantwell / Luiz
    Pukki / Haller / Barnes

    1. MTPockets
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      Del's he who dares never actually worked though
      Team looks good, just unlucky (same story for me)

      1. MTPockets
        • 11 Years
        9 months, 25 days ago

        The moves are fine if happy without Liv attack and no plans to captain, although not yet comfortable with it myself

        1. danishdynamite
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          9 months, 25 days ago

          Thanks

          I'm not expecting to (C) Saah for quite a while, and had therefore convinced myself it was a risk worth taking, given the circumstances

    2. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 25 days ago

      team looks good. better to make bold moves when you have info to hand. right now players who are “essential” here on a friday find themselves being sold on a saturday. things haven’t settled. managing fixture pileups and blanks and minimizing hits from december onwards will give a big edge (with a bit of luck).

      1. danishdynamite
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 25 days ago

        As posted above, it's largely about the (C) - I was planning to move Salah on for Pepe this week, but then I watched the Arsenal game last week and had a change of heart (attack)

        1. EMBOLOFAN
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          9 months, 25 days ago

          did you see the second half?

          1. danishdynamite
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            9 months, 25 days ago

            Yes - why ?

            1. EMBOLOFAN
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              9 months, 25 days ago

              arsenal getting battered by watford - not something you have to worry about with city/lfc. not exactly sure when laca returns but when he does auba could find himself out wide again too

              1. danishdynamite
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                9 months, 25 days ago

                Ah, yes I agree - hence the cold feet of going through with my origonal plan for Salah > Pepe

                Auba wide is a slight worry but he still scores from there, and is on pens. But yeah, it's a wee risk

      2. EMBOLOFAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 25 days ago

        son/auba captain rotation sounds ominous to me

        1. danishdynamite
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          9 months, 25 days ago

          Auba seems (C) Gold for some time, and I'll always have Sterling as a (C) option if SOn gives me cold feet.

          But yeah - this is the same logic that got me to OR 2.6m so I'm not feeling confident about anything, tbh

  16. Fuddled FC
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 25 days ago

    Would you prefer a backline of

    a) TAA - Soy - Ota - Lowton - Lund
    b) Matip - Digne - Ota - Lowton - Lund

    1. Fuddled FC
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      Basically

      a) TAA & Soy
      b) Matip & Digne

      1. Wild Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 25 days ago

        Matip will get you more cs's than Soy but TAA more attacking points than Digne so hard to call

      2. Tshelby
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 25 days ago

        A

      3. soup natsi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 25 days ago

        A

    2. danishdynamite
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      Assuming you are WC'ing?

      1st one much better, but I'd be tempted to swap TAA for Matip, and use the cash elsewhere, gettign him back when their pants run ends in GW13

      1. Fuddled FC
        • 8 Years
        9 months, 25 days ago

        Yep considering it...

        I think Digne could do well though so would like to keep him

  17. simong1
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 25 days ago

    Does Tammy Abraham become less appealing now that Mount will be out for a period?

    1. soup natsi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      Don’t think so

    2. Wild Rover
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      Well he didn't assist any of Tammy's 7 goals so far

    3. BoomXhakaLaca1
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      I think they'll lack creativity but a striker only needs 1 chance to score so it's hard to know

  18. soup natsi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 25 days ago

    Sterling, Martinelli > Aubameyang, Cantwell for free

    A. Yay
    B. Nay

    1. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      Nope, Sterling out before Watford at home could be disastrous with him leading the captain poll.

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      A

    3. Tshelby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      B. Sterling out before playing home against Watford seems really a bad call. If you really want Aubameyang wait one more week imo

  19. jayzico
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 25 days ago

    sorry, lost on last page:

    Kun for abraham or pukki

    or

    not

    own de bruyne, sterling +abraham

  20. Andrew
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 25 days ago

    Is it WC time??

    Ryan (Button)
    VVD Zinchenko Lundstram (Rico KWP)
    Salah Sterling Tielemans Ceballos (Dendocker)
    Auba Pukki Haller

    1. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      I don't think so. There are a few issues to fix tho - do you have any free transfers?

      1. Andrew
        • 8 Years
        9 months, 25 days ago

        Yes 1 FT and £0 ITB

        1. avfc82
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 10 Years
          9 months, 25 days ago

          I'd prob look at moving Walker-Peters on this week then, which means you won't have to start Lundstram.

          Tielemans also a bit iffy but with Newcastle at home next week, no harm in keeping a little longer. Ceballos okay for this week too but one to monitor.

          1. Andrew
            • 8 Years
            9 months, 25 days ago

            Yes Ceballos and Tielemans are definitely on the last chance saloon list.

    2. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      No way, Ceballos Kwp worth sorting out i think but nothing a few FT won't sort out.

  21. Forza Papac
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 25 days ago

    Is there a case to be made for keeping Pool defensive double up if the pairing is Robbo + TAA as opposed to VVD + fullback? Both TAA and Robbo have looked liked scoring.

    xGI
    Trent - 2.49
    Robbo's - 1.33
    VVD - 0.33

    1. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 25 days ago

      xg not the best measure in such a small sample, as one easy chance can sway it - shots and touches inside box a better indicator, esp for robbo.

      i’ve had vvd and trent all season, and likely will for most of the season, but losing the former to accommodate tammy after this week

  22. BoomXhakaLaca1
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 25 days ago

    Who's a good differential to replace Mount? James and Ceballos are obvious candidates but I'm looking for someone different. Djenpo(Southampton) is interesting but his minutes aren't the best.

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      Buendia

      1. BoomXhakaLaca1
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 25 days ago

        Have Cantwell already I'm afraid

        1. Wild Rover
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          9 months, 25 days ago

          If Cantwell was going to be on your bench then save the tranny. He won't be out long if at all

          1. BoomXhakaLaca1
            • 7 Years
            9 months, 25 days ago

            Ya could do that, only recently had an ankle injury myself so I have a fair idea of how lengthy and dodgy they can be. He mightnt be right for a few weeks is my concern

        2. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 25 days ago

          Guendouzi

      2. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 25 days ago

        Good shout, with most on Cant. and the better player imb.

    2. Ole Trafford
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      Saving myself and benching hopefully back for Brighton the following week. Lamela could be an option if your set on it.

  23. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 25 days ago

    Embarassing from Chelsea and pool in europe. English football needs manu back in ucl asap

    1. BoomXhakaLaca1
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      Embarrassing having those 2 in Europe even though they won the 2 European trophies between them, good logic there.

      1. Wild Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 25 days ago

        He's a wum. Ignore

        1. BoomXhakaLaca1
          • 7 Years
          9 months, 25 days ago

          Fair

    2. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 25 days ago

      😉

    3. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 25 days ago

      what is man u?

    4. Little Red Lacazette
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      Mid table clubs do not play in the CL.

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 25 days ago

        Yawn. Most ucl finals in last 11 years after real and barca

        1. Little Red Lacazette
          • 3 Years
          9 months, 25 days ago

          LFC been there back to back. Man U is worthless right now.

          1. Nightcrawler
            • 1 Year
            9 months, 25 days ago

            08 and 09 also back to back. Daft to compare team with no premier league titles to us anyway

            1. Klein
              • 4 Years
              9 months, 25 days ago

              10 years ago. Classic case of james bond and john wick.

            2. Little Red Lacazette
              • 3 Years
              9 months, 25 days ago

              You are one of those folks that see their worth in the past right? Btw, are Man U playing in the Europa League?

    5. Klein
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      Man utd? Lol. Still living in history pal?

  24. Ole Trafford
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 25 days ago

    Long term ignoring Mounts injury. Which looks better?

    A) Manè and Mount
    Or
    B) Kdb and Son

    Salah, Sterling, ____, ____, Cantwell

    Cheers

    1. Wild Rover
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      B easily imo

    2. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 25 days ago

      B easily

    3. Ole Trafford
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      Thanks

    4. liverpool01
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 25 days ago

      B

  25. Peter Ouch
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 25 days ago

    Why aurier is out of tonight's match?

    1. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      Left behind with Rose. Poch did it quite often with certain players last season in Europe.

      1. Peter Ouch
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 25 days ago

        So only tactical reasons behind it?

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          9 months, 25 days ago

          Looks like it. Could be

          KWP for Olympiakos and in the Carabao Cup next week
          Aurier for Leicester and Southampton in the league

        2. avfc82
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 10 Years
          9 months, 25 days ago

          Yeah tactical, fitness, that kind of thing.

  26. DontPiqueTooSoon
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    9 months, 25 days ago

    My head is saying hold for one more week & keep the faith. My devil is saying wildcard to catch price rises/falls. Stars for players thinking of moving on soon.

    Current Team:
    Ryan* (Button)
    TTA, Digne*, Zin* (Lundstrom, Kelly*)
    Salah, Sterling, KDB, Mount*, Cantwell
    Pukki, Haller* (Greenwood)

    WC Team:
    Pope (Button)
    TTA, Aurier, Soy (Lundstrom, Hanley)
    Mane, Sterling, KDB, Son, Cantwell
    Pukki, Abrahams (Greenwood)

    Thoughts?

    1. MTPockets
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      Not enough difference or this-week fixture advantage to wc now imo.

    2. liverpool01
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 25 days ago

      Hold

  27. Little Red Lacazette
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 25 days ago

    On WC. Heaton or Pope?

    1. Tshelby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      Pope for me but I have seen all my decisions this season falling the wrong way so Heaton probably

    2. liverpool01
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 25 days ago

      Pope

  28. Tshelby
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 25 days ago

    If Mount is out this weekend what should I do?

    A) Play Hayden - BHA (H)
    B) Play Lundstram - EVE (A)
    C) Get rid would lose no value

    1. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      Depends how long he's out for, if its just one Gameweek, I'd hold, just not sure who I'd play, RMT says Hayden.

      1. Tshelby
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 25 days ago

        Also have Soyuncu in the mix but think I will bench him.
        Currently got Hayden in the starting XI if Mount is out.

        Thanks!

  29. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 25 days ago

    Zinch should still play this GW right?

    Trying to work out what my minimum required moves should be!

    1. Lingard’s Shin Guards
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 25 days ago

      I’d say so - see what happens tonight

    2. Klein
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      Mendy has travelled with the squad. I guess reduced mins this gw. Should play 60.

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 25 days ago

        Thanks. I guess I’ll keep an eye on what happens tonight

  30. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    9 months, 25 days ago

    The facts that both Liverpool & Chelsea got bad results last night that they'll want a reaction to, combined with the almost 1 week recovery time, combined with their respective defensive struggles of late...

    Do these point us towards a goal fest on Sunday?

    Will be interesting to see - Mo captain could be a good sneaky choice this week

    1. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 25 days ago

      It means they'll be desperate not to lose. 0-0 1-0 most likely

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        9 months, 25 days ago

        I don't know if Chelsea really do clean sheets under lamps

        Adrian will do his best to ensure Liverpool concede as well you'd imagine

    2. GARY AND JAMIE
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      I suspect it will be City that will want to put on a show in the league..

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        9 months, 25 days ago

        They're definitely in that bracket as well, although play Europe a day later and premiership a day earlier so a more truncated recovery period which may or may not impact freshness levels and/or team selection decisions

        They really can't afford any more injuries either

    3. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      Fair points, but the biggest reaction will come from City's loss to Norwich. Kun (c)

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        9 months, 25 days ago

        I'm fascinated to see how they deal with the quicker turnaround

        I'm suprised Pep hasn't been giving out about having to pay europe a day later than Liverpool and Premier league a day earlier than Liverpool - that could be huge

        You'd imagine it almost certainly becomes a factor from both a fitness and team selection standpoint also

        City should be smashing Watford though regardless of who they decide to start in the attacking slots, will be interesting to see if the new manager bounce syndrome does anything crazy to Watford as well though!

        1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 25 days ago

          Watford already have that bounce, to a man they were playing like their lives depended on it, totally out-scrapped those water pistols.
          Should be a great game and not too bothered about the turnaround. Can't wait to see tonight's team sheet mind.

          1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            9 months, 25 days ago

            Yeah I think when you're anywhere within the first week or two of a new manager appointment all bets can sometimes be off - certainly city will be MASSIVE favourites though - even if they do decide to give Jesus or Mahrez some minutes, either from the start or from the bench

            I reckon we'll hear Pep getting vocal soon enough about the unfairness of the turnaround though - watch this space 😉

            1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
              • 2 Years
              9 months, 25 days ago

              No doubt.
              Even though he has practically two Prem teams.....Bar the centre backs though! 🙂

              1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                9 months, 25 days ago

                Yep, there's certainly the possibility that Peps temptation to test the Kun vs Jesus and attacking mids lineups will be stretched to the max 🙂

                1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
                  • 2 Years
                  9 months, 25 days ago

                  32 Red.

    4. Amey
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 25 days ago

      It will be
      If Raz plays 90 I'd go with Mo ©