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Is it time to sell Barnes as Wood hits form for Burnley?

Ashley Barnes (£6.6m) has now gone four consecutive matches without an attacking return.

With so many blanks in a row, his owners are likely looking at whether they should be offloading the Burnley forward ahead Gameweek 8.

That said, the Clarets do face another favourable fixture this weekend as Everton come to Turf Moor. The Toffees have conceded at least twice in each of their last five matches.

However, the complicating factor in assessing Barnes’ potential is the recent form of Chris Wood (£6.2m).

Since the former Brighton and Plymouth Argyle striker last found the net, Wood has scored three times.

Is that a trend that will continue in Gameweek 8? We’ve assessed some of the most recent matches to find out whether Barnes is worth holding or if his colleague Wood is hogging the spoils at Burnley.

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Lessons Learned from Gameweek 7

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  1. L'Aeroplanino
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    For GW9-12:

    a. Vardy + Son + Soyuncu (max 5.1 def)
    b. Auba + Mount/Maddi (max 7.2 mid) + Ota

    thanks

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      A

    2. Daniel Exeter
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      Personally I prefer B

      Vardy, Mount, Ota?

    3. Ask Yourself
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      B but not Ota

  2. Jullepuu
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 14 days ago

    Which one is it?

    A) save transfer
    B) Aguero to Auba for free
    C) Aguero to Auba and Wickham to Abraham for -4

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      C if you have to play Wickham

      1. Jullepuu
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 14 days ago

        I don't. Abraham would probably replace Cantwell or maybe McGinn.

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • 4 Years
          10 months, 14 days ago

          Then B or save if you are confident Kun starts

    2. tinear
      10 months, 14 days ago

      Im leaning towards B

      1. Jullepuu
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 14 days ago

        So am I!

    3. mojoindojo
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      Save

  3. Weerman
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 14 days ago

    Ryan
    TAA VVD Alonso Zinchenko
    Salah Sterling DSilva Mount
    Abraham Pukki

    Button Rico Dendoncker Greenwood
    0.0 itb, 1 FT, WC intact.

    Most pressing issue? Want to downgrade VVD and maybe go for a Pépé punt, maybe WC'ing next week

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      Avoid Pepe - looks terrible so far

      1. Weerman
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 14 days ago

        at home vs BOU, goals incoming 😮

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • 4 Years
          10 months, 14 days ago

          If WCing next week it could work then

    2. tibollom
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      Same team as you apart from Alonso (Ota) Zichenco (Lunds) Dsilva (KDB) and Mount (McGIN) , 1FT and WC intact.. I am holding my FT for next week to get rid of VVD and somehow upgrade Haller

  4. Miguel Sanchez
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    Assuming both start who scores more this GW:

    A) Auba (BOU)
    B) Kun (WOL)

    1. MoManeTaa
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      A

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      10 months, 14 days ago

      Question should be who scores more GW8 to 16?

      I am thinking Auba. Kun will be like ping pong with Pep.

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 14 days ago

        Think now is the time to lose Kun. Jesus is clearly now a rotation threat and will eat into minutes.

        1. FOO FIGHTER
          10 months, 14 days ago

          I agree and Kun looks like he needs lots of shooting practice.

    3. MoManeTaa
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      Without kdb man City luk less threatning as proven last night and against Norwich

      1. Daniel Exeter
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 14 days ago

        Wasn't first 11 tbf - when Sterling came on within 10 mins he scored.

        I think it's a toss up, I guess I'd say Kun, I think he's more explosive, but I have no stats to back that up with

        1. Gunner Boy
          • 5 Years
          10 months, 14 days ago

          Kun might be benched though

      2. Herman Toothrot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 14 days ago

        Luk

      3. baps sniffer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 14 days ago

        Was there a theory/stats that Sterling is much better without KdB?

        1. Daniel Exeter
          • 8 Years
          10 months, 14 days ago

          I think it was Aguero

        2. avfc82
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 10 Years
          10 months, 14 days ago

          I don't think Sterling is much better without De Bruyne, but his output has improved slightly in the past.

          Aguero's numbers absolutely take a hit without De Bruyne.

    4. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      That's a tough one.

      Auba has been consistent this season, but at the same time not all that explosive at the Emirates. In fact, I don't think he's scored a brace in the league, at home in 2019.

      Aguero comes with a bit of risk. Will he start? He played 89 mins last night, and Jesus started the same fixture last season, scoring twice. His appeal also takes a bit of a hit if De Bruyne is confirmed out.

      I still think Aguero edges it, but its close and could go either way.

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 14 days ago

        Cheers for the insights. If it's close between them this GW then I think Auba is the better bet seeing as he is guaranteed to start. Kun's minutes midweek already mean I wouldn't be comfortable captaining him in any case.

        1. avfc82
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 10 Years
          10 months, 14 days ago

          Aguero does have time off after Wolves tho, Jesus doesn't.

          1. Christina.
            • 10 Years
            10 months, 14 days ago

            Jesus had off last night though

            1. avfc82
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 10 Years
              10 months, 14 days ago

              Yep that's true, Jesus played 66 mins on Sat tho 🙂

              Tough one to call, and it makes giving Aguero the armband a bit of a risk. Glad I don't own him this week to be honest.

              1. Christina.
                • 10 Years
                10 months, 14 days ago

                I do and now Im nervous since I also own kdB who will miss out.

                I'm very keen to bet against the EO template in top 10k this week.

                😉

  5. Rains of Castamere
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    Just saw that Spurs won on xG last night 1.69-1.27 😀

    I've now got images of Brent and Finchy shouting about "the real quiz".

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      6 legs or 8 legs?

      1. Rains of Castamere
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 14 days ago

        Fray Bentos.

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • 4 Years
          10 months, 14 days ago

          What's your cutoff?

    2. Pat Bonner
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      Oh yeah, bayern are just sad little men. Spurs have thrown a kettle over a pub. What have they ever done

  6. Daniel Exeter
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    My defence for GW8

    TAA Tamori Lundstram

    Benched: VVD, Hanley

    Is it wise to bench VVD in favour of Lundstram?

    1. Rains of Castamere
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      Hell no.

      1. Daniel Exeter
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 14 days ago

        If TAA covers the pool defence tho? I can definitely see Lei scoring, so wondering if worth spreading the risk, especially as Lundstram plays in mid vs that Watford team

        1. Rains of Castamere
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          10 months, 14 days ago

          Personally I can see a Liverpool clean sheet. Even United kept Leicester out. Leicester aren't great at breaking down organised defences; I can see a 1-0 or 2-0 Liverpool win and I own both VVD and TAA. Lundstram first on my bench to cover KDB.

          1. Christina.
            • 10 Years
            10 months, 14 days ago

            livp def aren't organised

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      10 months, 14 days ago

      I would rather bench Tomori

      1. Daniel Exeter
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 14 days ago

        Cheers
        Sot look toothless, but maybe Ings gets a sneaky one

  7. Noah’s Ark
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    Hi folks. Was hoping to save ft this gw but with the KDB news I may be forced into a transfer.

    Pope
    VVD, Otamendi, Lundstram
    Salah, Sterling, Kdb*, Mount, Cantwell
    Haller, Pukkhi

    Button, Soyuncu, Aurier*, Wickham*

    1ft 2.1 itb

    1. Daniel Exeter
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      Why can't you save and play Soy?

      1. Noah’s Ark
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 14 days ago

        I can but no other playing bench if anyone else was to pick up a knock/illness or rotation.

    2. Jullepuu
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 14 days ago

      Aurier to Tomori?

    3. baps sniffer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      Ditch Aurier now, why wait?!?

      1. Noah’s Ark
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 14 days ago

        I had pencilled in other transfers but I suppose that’s the obvious move

  8. bootsmanus
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 14 days ago

    Thinking of using my 2FT to get in Vertonghen and Eriksen - think it's their time to shine after the bashing of last night. Sterling and Zinchenko out to facilitate?

    1. Hy liverpool
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      Good moves

    2. Daniel Exeter
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      lol

    3. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      Do it.

    4. Lingard’s Shin Guards
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 14 days ago

      Think the battering will be more demoralising than inspiring. I’d avoid Spurs

    5. Offs!de
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      Sterling out? Ha ha

  9. Ask Yourself
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    Ffs KDB now i’m Going to have to keep salah unless I want hits I am disgusted

  10. internal error
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    If only Mahrez was benched last night. That would make this mess a little easier to deal with

    1. Ask Yourself
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      He has to start I think, will get his rest over IB

      1. Ask Yourself
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 14 days ago

        Or perhaps not if selected lol

      2. baps sniffer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 14 days ago

        He plays for his national team imo.

      3. Jordan.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 14 days ago

        wont be seen again till palace on oct 19th

    2. Hy liverpool
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      He may start again against wolves but tbh city players are annoying atm.

      1. Ask Yourself
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 14 days ago

        There are no alternatives at the price tho

        1. baps sniffer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          10 months, 14 days ago

          Bilva and Dilva?

          1. Ask Yourself
            • 4 Years
            10 months, 14 days ago

            That aren’t city I mean

    3. baps sniffer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      Yes it certainly would. But this is fpl.

  11. Berbs
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    Poch's job has to be put into question. Last night was the culmination of his excuses, ego and inconsistency with team setup. The money excuse isn't going to work either, he's been backed heavily this summer and most of his stars got extensions - with absolutely nobody worthy of note being sold.

    Ultimately he's been there 5 years and won 0 trophies.

    1. baps sniffer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      Ole to Spurs and Poch to ManU 😉

      1. Berbs
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 14 days ago

        That would be ideal - more turmoil for both! 😀

      1. Berbs
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 14 days ago

        His words come across excuses.

        19/20: N'Dombele 60m, Lo Celso 50m, Sessegnon 30m. No big players sold.

        Admittedly no players signed in 18/19, but worth mentioning Liverpool didn't sign anybody this summer either.

        17/18: Sanchez 40m, Moura 30m, Aurier 25m, Llorente 15m, Foyth 15m. Only note worthy sale was Walker 52m.

        If you ask me, that's some pretty nice backing considering they had to fund a spanking new, shiny stadium.

        1. avfc82
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 10 Years
          10 months, 14 days ago

          Poch has already said he isn't in charge of transfers at Spurs tho?

          1. Berbs
            • 9 Years
            10 months, 14 days ago

            I don't think many managers are. Directors of Football choose targets these days - Txiki and Edwards do so at Liverpool. I think Poch is proving to be a world class development coach, but a not so special manager. The public handling of the 'rumoured' Vertonghen issue has been poor too.

            1. Berbs
              • 9 Years
              10 months, 14 days ago

              at City and Liverpool*

            2. avfc82
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 10 Years
              10 months, 14 days ago

              Think is with Pep and Txiki is they are very much on the same page. I guess that's the same at Liverpool with Klopp and Edwards? I'm not so sure the same can be said about Poch and Levy. That's the impression I get anyway.

              1. Berbs
                • 9 Years
                10 months, 14 days ago

                Perhaps so, but I don't get the impression that someone as savvy/stingy as Levy would ever sanction 50m+ signings on players his manager doesn't approve - especially when they need to pay for the stadium.

                1. avfc82
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 10 Years
                  10 months, 14 days ago

                  Could be right, tough times at Spurs, form has fallen off a cliff in 2019.

        2. mookie
          • 6 Years
          10 months, 14 days ago

          That was preseason.

        3. mookie
          • 6 Years
          10 months, 14 days ago

          Just compare the salaries at Spurs vs. the other top six.
          Eriksen earning the same as Lingard... He probably has offers every month with double that amount of wage.

          1. Berbs
            • 9 Years
            10 months, 14 days ago

            His top players, while being underpaid in comparison to United and co, are still at the club though. I don't think he's hands are tied, anymore.

            1. Nigel Knows
              • 2 Years
              10 months, 14 days ago

              Or are united overpaid?

              1. Berbs
                • 9 Years
                10 months, 14 days ago

                Yeah this. But I do agree a lot of Spurs players are underpaid.

              2. Nailed Jesus
                • 3 Years
                10 months, 14 days ago

                not sure united players are overpaid...the club generates a lot of commercial revenue.

    2. Tinkermania
      10 months, 14 days ago

      What do you expect when your star striker is only waiting for a pen or tap in? No wonder no teams are queuing about to buy him.

      1. Berbs
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 14 days ago

        Aye, he's the reason they lost the CL final too. The difference in Son/Lucas CF against the top teams than Kane is very telling.

        Given their crisis', you would have imagined bids from United and Madrid by now, if Kane was really worth what Levy would ask for him.

        1. Christina.
          • 10 Years
          10 months, 14 days ago

          Berbs, whats your take on livp vs leic?

          Score?

          1. Berbs
            • 9 Years
            10 months, 14 days ago

            2-0 or 1-1

            Tight game, uncomfortable imo

            1. Christina.
              • 10 Years
              10 months, 14 days ago

              Thks. I also think its gonna be tough.

              2-1

    3. juho
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      Vert has to take some blame if rumours are true

      1. Ask Yourself
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 14 days ago

        This is definitely the reason in fairness

    4. internal error
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      Tbf, 2 of his signings this summer are injured. I think if he was backed a couple of seasons ago, like Klopp was, then they might not be in this mess

  12. Pat Bonner
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    Which do you prefer:

    A Hayden to Mcginn free - bench kdb and captain Aguero
    B kdb and Aguero to sterling Aubameyang (-4) captain sterling

    Feels wrong to take Aguero out for a hit but thinking I might’ve called it wrong going him over sterling on wc 2 weeks ago

    1. Gunner Boy
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      thinkng about doing B myself.

      Afraid WC last week taking out Sterling was a bad move

    2. Concrete
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      A....no point taking KdB yet and you can reassess over the break

      I went with sterling 2 weeks ago and then wanted Aguero, it’ll keep on changing as per with City assets

  13. Gunner Boy
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    Current team: 1FT, 0.3 itb

    Adrian
    Otamendi Tomori Lundstram
    Salah Son KDB* Cantwell
    Aguero Pukki Abraham

    subs: McGovern McGinn Rico Soyuncu

    Kun > Auba?

    1. Pat Bonner
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      That’s basically my team. Think I’d stick with Aguero but see how Aubemeyang looks on Thursday and how many minutes he gets

  14. Ask Yourself
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    Gonna hope martial is back then for a cheeky KDB > Martial job done. If not I get mount I guess

    1. Bubz
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      Dont you want to keep KDB

      1. Ask Yourself
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 14 days ago

        Not post injury will be wrapped up tightly

  15. SADIO SANÉ
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    I think people often go overboard labeling things a disgrace these days, but Cardiff City really are one - if I was a fan I'd be ashamed of them

    1. MTPockets
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      Why is it a disgrace? If there's a legal avenue to avoiding the payment I'd take it too

      1. SADIO SANÉ
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 14 days ago

        oh dear

    2. COK3Y5MURF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      Unlucky to get relegated last season. Brighton deserved to go down more.

  16. Benteke Fried Chicken
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 14 days ago

    Don’t own auba, so my captaincy is between Sterling Pukki and mane.

    Silly to go Pukki?!

    I smell goals between Norwich and villa

    1. _Ninja_
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      Sterling imo

    2. Alonso The Great Midfielder
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      sterling for safety as city will always score a goals

  17. grandemessi
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    Cresswell looks like a great replacement for Aurier. But will he keep his place? Any hammers fans with an inside track here? Or is it anyones guess..?

    1. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      I’ve watched both Cresswell and Masuaku this season and found both looked shaky at times.

    2. Christina.
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      avoid. Fab's leg fell off

      1. Nigel Knows
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 14 days ago

        Hips Don’t lie

    3. MTPockets
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      Doubt he keeps it often enough to be fpl reliable. Note that Fabianski's out for a while

  18. _Ninja_
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    1FT, 1.7m ITB

    Best move here? Barnes to CWilson or save? Cheers

    Pope
    TAA - Zinch - Lund - Soy Montoya
    Sterling - KDB - Mane - Mount - Cantwell
    Pukki - Tammy - Barnes

  19. Beehindyou
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    Each week I’ve been happy enough with my team but I’ve been slowly dropping down the ranks (1.8m currently)

    Pope
    TAA / Digne / Lund
    Salah / Sterling / KDB / Cantwell
    Tammy / Pukki / Haller

    (Mings / Rico / Dendonk)
    2FTs 0.1ITB

    Time for something a bit more adventurous?

    A. Salah + Haller to Auba & Mount (with Pukki to Vardy next week)
    B. Simple Digne to Soy/Pereia/Tomori/Ota and re-evaluate after international break?
    C. Something else?

    1. Concrete
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      B is sensible, A is risky and something I’ve considered too

    2. Alonso The Great Midfielder
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      keep salah he tend to be a home guy this season

    3. Beehindyou
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      The only thing holding me back are the fixtures for Pukki / Haller:

      P: AVL - bur - MUN - bha - WAT
      H: CRY - eve - SHU - NEW - bur

      They look about as good as they're ever going to get, especially Haller.

      But Vardy and Aub fixtures are solid as well. Too many good options...!

  20. jtreble
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    Sterling has had 871K transfers out. I’d guess a lot of those were for KDB. This might sting a bit.

    1. Nigel Knows
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      871k transfers out when. I mean over what period?

      1. Christina.
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 14 days ago

        since week 7 started

        1. Christina.
          • 10 Years
          10 months, 14 days ago

          sorry ignore me

          1. Nigel Knows
            • 2 Years
            10 months, 14 days ago

            Ok

      2. jtreble
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 14 days ago

        The season - mostly the last three weeks though.

  21. pjomara
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    Should I wildcard this team?

    Pope
    Digne*, Zinc*, Montoya*
    KDB, Sterling, Cantwell, Salah*, Son*,
    King, Pukki*
    Sub: Heaton, Lundstram, Rico, Wickham*

    TO:
    Pope
    Söy*, Otam*, TAA*
    KDB, Sterling, Cantwell, Yarmo*, Mount*
    Vardy*, Aubameyang*
    Sub: 4.0, Lundstram, Rico, King

    (Or could downgrade Yarmo to Saka and get in Abraham?, but not 100% convinced Abraham is better value than King)

    1. Concrete
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      WC team is very good

      1. Concrete
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 14 days ago

        Scary with no Liverpool attack though.. fomo

    2. MTPockets
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      Could do but doesn't seem ideal week to sell Salah, Son, Pukki, Zinchenko

      1. pjomara
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 14 days ago

        Yeah not great for gw8, but thinking long term.
        Selling Pukki is the main risk, as Vardy has a much tougher task in gw8, but Vardy has decent record in tough games.
        I don't mind losing Son, Salah and Zinch for gw8 so much, as they're replaced by Auba, Yarmo and Otamendi, so it's much of a muchness there for points potential this gw, but after this week Bournemouth and Leicester fixture list looks sweet.

    3. Alonso The Great Midfielder
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      i save until ib

      1. pjomara
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 14 days ago

        Hmm. Might do that. Could depend on price falls and rises, although I do have 0.2 of wiggle room.

  22. Concrete
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    Pope Button
    TAA Otamendi Lowton Lund Rico
    Salah Sterling KdB Mount Cantwell
    Abraham Pukki Barnes

    How’s this looking? Like many other teams I think it looks decent but it just isn’t getting the points. Will our luck turn?

    How to get Vardy after the break? Barnes and who else out?

    1. Alonso The Great Midfielder
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      maybe get maddison instead of vardy as so many option for striker there

  23. Alonso The Great Midfielder
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    Which one transfer to do if KDB cant make it??
    1) matip to otamendi or cheaper(has robbo)
    2) dendo/douglas luiz to mcgin/yarmo
    3) get mane in for kdb (would be for a hit)

  24. Link
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    Zinchenko not in the squad (again) last night. Is he done or can I squeeze one more week out of him?

    1. Alonso The Great Midfielder
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      maybe will play in league? i keep this week

      1. Link
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 14 days ago

        It's the maybe that's worrying - coupled with KDB injury and my dodgy bench

    2. MTPockets
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      Mendy just played 90 so would guess another week

      1. Link
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 14 days ago

        Angelino a worry? Zinny been pretty poor every time I've watched him. Not sure why he didn't even make bench last night

        1. MTPockets
          • 11 Years
          10 months, 14 days ago

          No idea tbh. He played EFL but then Zinchenko was back vs everton

          1. Link
            • 9 Years
            10 months, 14 days ago

            Am also thinking CIty LB will be up against Traore who is lightning and a bit of a powerhouse. Might want more physicality there (Mendy)

            1. MTPockets
              • 11 Years
              10 months, 14 days ago

              Fair point. He made Digne look terrible

    3. Dr. Mantis Toboggan
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      Wasn't in the squad for the EFL Cup game last week and then started that weekend.

      Feels to me like Mendy is being eased back in to get back up to speed.
      Think post-IB would be the time to give him a league start after a spell with Pep on the training ground, so I'm optimistic that Zinch gets one more week.

  25. internal error
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    Kane's quality of shots on target can't really be criticised if you look at Vertonghen's face

    1. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 14 days ago

      Lol

  26. Bernardo Silva charged - what are your City plans?
    avfc82
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    Bernardo Silva has been charged with an "aggravated breach" of FA rules for his Mendy tweet. Whenever punishments have been handed out for this kind of breach in the past, it's included a ban, small fine and "face-to-face" education.

    Via Sam Lee.

    1. internal error
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      I might get Mahrez in then

    2. Berbs
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      I'm not sure what to make of the situation. I didn't find his picture offensive, but I did find his video offensive. I suppose people are offended in different ways, and some aren't at all.

      1. Tamagotchi Massacre
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 14 days ago

        tbh it doesn't really matter whether you, I or absolutely anyone is offended. Those kind of images and jokes have traditionally been used to actual, tangible effect that goes way beyond mere offence. I don't think for a second Bernardo intended that, or even to offend, but there is no place whatsoever for them anymore in this country so it is right that he (and Pep for his dreadful response imo) should be subject to the rules and disciplinary structure we have to prevent them.

      2. Biancazzurri
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 11 days ago

        I totally agree with you. There was nothing offensive in the comparison. The 'lookalike' culture had more absurd and bizarre comparisons and everyone was fine. And now it's - guys, let's just not do this anymore and pretend it's wrong. Was Mendy offended? Mbappe seemed to like the post. But the FA's Big Brother decided for everyone that they should feel collectively offended. And I totally understand Pep being pissed about it both in football and social terms. You must wear a poppy, but God forbid you wear a yellow ribbon. And now his player must apologise, be chastised and 'educated' like a child instead of playing. (What video?)

    3. Alonso The Great Midfielder
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      mahrez-wagon??

      1. internal error
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 14 days ago

        He has until 9th October to appeal. So any ban could be delayed till then?

        1. MTPockets
          • 11 Years
          10 months, 14 days ago

          assume so

    4. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      How many games??

      1. avfc82
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 14 days ago

        We'll find out next week.

    5. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      He's got till next Wednesday to respond, so I guess that means he'll be in the squad vs Wolves. Mahrez could be a huge bandwagon post international break tho.

    6. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      Flagged for HT and Twitter.

    7. MTPockets
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      Official statement: http://www.thefa.com/news/2019/oct/02/bernardo-silva-charged-with-misconduct-021019
      "Bernardo Silva has been charged with misconduct for a breach of FA Rule E3 in relation to a social media post on 22 September 2019.

      It is alleged that the Manchester City player’s activity breaches FA Rule E3(1) as it was insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute.

      It is further alleged that the activity constitutes an “Aggravated Breach”, which is defined in FA Rule E3(2), as it included reference, whether expressed or implied, to race and/or colour and/or ethnic origin.

      The midfielder has until 9 October 2019 to provide a response."

      1. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 14 days ago

        Banardo Silva*

    8. pjomara
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      Isn't any charge related to racism got a minimum 6 match ban?

      1. MTPockets
        • 11 Years
        10 months, 14 days ago

        yep

      2. RECKLESS
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 13 days ago

        No. The 6 match ban is for face to face racism. For social media its situational and lot depends on intent. Could go off lightly with 3match ban as he dint have any malice in the video tweet, just ignorance.

      3. Forza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 13 days ago

        The 6-match minimum only applies to incidents that happen during matches.

    9. L'Aeroplanino
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      Mahrez wagon

    10. Nigel Knows
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      Doubt he’ll post a picture of the cartoon character Kun then

    11. Geoff
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 13 days ago

      'Silva has until 9 October to respond.'

    12. ViperStripes
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 13 days ago

      It's nuts that if it was the other way around and Mendy had compared Mahrez to say Snap, Crackle or Pop, because it was White vs White wouldn't be deemed racist.

      The video earlier in the year about naked because dressed in black is racist, but the comparing Mendy to a character on a packet of spanish sweets isn't. IMHO of course.

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 13 days ago

        If Bilva is banned for a bit, it enhances the chances of playing time for Sterling, Kev if fit and Mahrez.
        I'm not doing anything until the international break when I know more about Kev, but my earlier plans were to swap Sterling for Mahrez to free up funds. That's still my plan and Bilva's issue makes me more confident about sufficient game time.

      2. Forza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 13 days ago

        I think it's because in predominantly white countries, 'black people look the same' is a much more recognisable racial epithet than 'white people look the same'. One is seen as more unacceptable than the other because it's been used to justify malicious racism enough times for it to become more controversial.

        Maybe 'racially insensitive' is a more accurate category for Silva's case though.

      3. Biancazzurri
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 11 days ago

        I think a comedian could possibly pull the joke that Silva tried to off. I mean the clothes bit.

        But do we really need an outside arbiter to preach how two buddies should and shouldn't joke around? Was the problem that Silva made that joke public? Is Western society being over-sensitised to respond to certain triggers? Does Silva, or anyone, still has the right to a bad joke?

  27. Colby
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    Morning all. This was my 4-4-2 lineup last week:

    Pope
    Otamendi Vert Söyüncü Lowton
    Sterling Mane Son Lanzini
    Auba Abraham

    Thinking of moving Vertonghen and Dendoncker our for Rico/Kelly and Burundi’s as I’ve no Norwich coverage. That would give me:

    Pope
    Otamendi Lowton Söyüncü
    Sterling Mane Son Lanzini Buendia
    Aubameyang Abraham

    What you guys think? Is Rico/Kelly nailed-on?

    1. Alonso The Great Midfielder
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      i wouldnt mind too much for norwich 'coverage'

    2. Sloopy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 13 days ago

      Why not get Caldwell and hold some cash in the pocket?

  28. BinManJack
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    Hi all,

    Team is currently:
    Pope / Button
    TAA / Soyuncu / Aurier / Lundstram / Otamendi
    Salah / Sterling / KDB / Mount / Cantwell
    Pukki / Abraham / Greenwood

    Which of these do you think is best for this week?
    a) Salah & Greenwood > McGinn and Auba (captain Auba) (-4 point hit)
    b) Aurier > Diop
    c) Hold FT

    Thanks

  29. Marmalade Forest
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    Sorry if this has been asked and answered.

    I’ve got a FT. Do I ditch Salah for Sterling this week for the next five weeks? It was always my plan?

    1. kennethrhcp
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      if it's your plan & you're still ok with it belt away.

      either can score well. Yes pool's fixtures aren't all green on the ticker but I'm expecting returns still from Salah tbh

  30. How will Spurs respond?
    Sebastes
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 14 days ago

    Own both Son and Kane and was planning to hold both for at least a couple of weeks, but not so sure anymore. Do we think Spurs will kick back and go to Brighton determined to prove a point, or was last night more demoralising and is there risk for a free fall?

    1. Hy liverpool
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      Just Kane to auba

    2. kennethrhcp
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      I was going to do Kane to Vardy... but gonna hold 2 more weeks at least... fixtures too good.

      feels like i'd regret selling & missing out on points more than keeping & blanking... if that makes sense

    3. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      Away form has been a concern for quite a while now.

    4. Wilshere Knowledge
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      They were embarrassed last night but Kane and Son still both scored.

      Arsenal are atrocious, but people still want Auba.

      1. Berbs
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 14 days ago

        Tbf Arsenal are in the top 4 after going to Anfield and OT in their first 7, they would have taken that before GW1 I think.

        1. Wilshere Knowledge
          • 7 Years
          10 months, 14 days ago

          Scaping past sun-standard opposition.

          Complete detachment between the front 3 and the rest of the team, and still one of the worst defensive units in the league.

          I really believe Emery is one of the worst managers in the top 10.

        2. COK3Y5MURF
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          10 months, 14 days ago

          They wouldn't have thought United would be this bad before GW1.

      2. Sebastes
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 14 days ago

        Yeah agree the scoreline was embarrassing, but Bayern scored with pretty much every shot they took. So question is if Spurs can come back from it. I'm not convinced about Auba at that price. Fixtures are obviously ridiculously good, but I think he suffers from Lacazette being out. And I preferred Spurs fixtures to Arsenal up until last night..

        1. Tamagotchi Massacre
          • 6 Years
          10 months, 14 days ago

          If Auba is having his best season to date and offers better value than almost all premium defenders, does it matter if he would be better with Lacazette?

          1. Tamagotchi Massacre
            • 6 Years
            10 months, 14 days ago

            *defenders should read players

        2. Mingo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          10 months, 13 days ago

          I think he benefits from Lacazette being out. Would he have been central against United to slot home the equaliser, or would he have been shunted out to one of the wings?

    5. Alberto Tomba
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      Neither are impacted by Spurs' defensive frailties, unless you bought Son for his 1point CS potential..

      I own both too, as they continue to offer attacking returns, and now Eriksen is up and running, why would you switch either out because of defensive frailties? If Spurs have to score 10 to win a game, I'll take it 🙂

      1. avfc82
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 14 days ago

        This is a good point, despite performance taking a dip, those two seem to be ticking over.

        1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
          • 2 Years
          10 months, 13 days ago

          They will not be rolling over teams anytime soon though. And the fact that the opposition scores against them decrease their chances of BAPS as well. They are too expensive for 5-7 pointers for single attacking returns, we have McGinn and Mount for that.

          1. avfc82
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 10 Years
            10 months, 13 days ago

            They beat Palace 4-0 a couple of weeks ago, and play Watford at home GW9. I'd be very surprised if they don't roll them over.

            1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
              • 2 Years
              10 months, 13 days ago

              Looked like a one-off at palace by the looks of it. Mediocre before and after that.

              1. avfc82
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 10 Years
                10 months, 13 days ago

                ... but they're still scoring goals regardless - two against Bayern, two against Saints with ten men for 60 mins etc.

                There are clearly issues at Spurs, but Watford are dreadful. I can see why Kane/Son owners would hold for the next two, then reassess.

                1. avfc82
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 10 Years
                  10 months, 13 days ago

                  ... but at the same time, I wouldn't be rushing to bring them in.

                  1. The Overthinker - I blame R…
                    • 3 Years
                    10 months, 13 days ago

                    No need to remove them too.

                    As they are giving points, irrespective of how they are playing

                2. Murder On Zidanesfloor
                  • 2 Years
                  10 months, 13 days ago

                  Yes, your attackers are likely to get 1 attacking return most likely without baps, if they keep scoring 2 and also conceding.

                  1. avfc82
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    • 10 Years
                    10 months, 13 days ago

                    There are issues at Spurs, we know that, but if they can hit two against an in form Bayern side, two against Saints with ten men for the majority of the game and four against Palace previously, they can do damage against Watford.

                    In a GW where Arsenal travel to Sheff United, Man City travel to Palace and Liverpool travel to United, I can see the merits in keeping them a little longer, that's all I'm saying.

                    1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
                      • 2 Years
                      10 months, 13 days ago

                      Fair. I'm probably getting rid of Son for Mount this to free up funds for Lei assets next week

                      1. avfc82
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 10 Years
                        10 months, 13 days ago

                        I do think Son is at risk of rotation GW9, and thats the one you want him for, so I can see why you'd make that move... but I also see why some would hold... if that makes sense 🙂

                      2. mookie
                        • 6 Years
                        10 months, 13 days ago

                        Stop trying to talk sense with this guy. He clearly has a deep hate towards Spurs(probably Arsenal fan) and been waiting years for this moment. I'd bet he won't drop Son as he's suggesting.

                      3. Murder On Zidanesfloor
                        • 2 Years
                        10 months, 13 days ago

                        Which of my points made you think I have a deep hate towards them? I own and have always owned spurs assets and to good use. This year they are not freely attacking (except at palace) and Kane and Son are not worth it since they are unlikely to get you Mega hauls, Mount and McGinn are getting similar points and are much cheaper price points.

                        Also, they provide me with plenty of moments to make fun of them, this is not a one off. Its Spurs mate not Mancity.

                      4. Murder On Zidanesfloor
                        • 2 Years
                        10 months, 13 days ago

                        And I even told AVFC82 that his point is fair, so it was less of an argument.

                        premature judgments make you foolish sir.

          2. Alberto Tomba
            • 7 Years
            10 months, 13 days ago

            Fair point, McGinn and Mount are good options too.
            Kane though has baps in each of his last two games, and I think Spurs' attack is just revving up having missed Son at the start of the season (& preseason), and Eriksen being distracted for the first few weeks by am impending exit from the club.
            I struggle to see what impact a big loss in the CL has on their PL attacking potential. Kane and Son owners don't need 3-0 wins, 3-3 draws will do just as well.. (12pts vs 10pts, I'll still take em).

            1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
              • 2 Years
              10 months, 13 days ago

              Its not just a big loss, there is internal turmoil at the club and its there for everyone to see. The big loss is more a consequence of that than something that will cause consequences.

    6. Murder On Zidanesfloor
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 14 days ago

      Yeah time to get rid IMO

    7. mookie
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 13 days ago

      The question should be, will Eriksen play regularly?
      They scored 14 goals in 630 minutes, 13 of them in the 425 minutes Eriksen was on the pitch. 1 in 205 minutes without him.

    8. The Overthinker - I blame R…
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 13 days ago

      Son too essential for Spurs.

      Brighton will be up for spanking

      1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 13 days ago

        Brighton will be up for spanking?
        Brighton at home this season - 3 games, 2 goals conceded.

        1. The Overthinker - I blame R…
          • 3 Years
          10 months, 13 days ago

          When a club like Spurs loses like the way they did , you expect a huge reaction from the players. And they will be itching to go on the field and get back to winning ways.

          1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
            • 2 Years
            10 months, 13 days ago

            It can go that way, or they could go in freefall. Historically bottlers, after all

            1. The Overthinker - I blame R…
              • 3 Years
              10 months, 13 days ago

              Agree

        2. mookie
          • 6 Years
          10 months, 13 days ago

          4 goals conceded against WHU, Soton and Burnley. They were down to ten men when they lost 0-2 to Soton.

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

        Or this

    9. Ranger3
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 13 days ago

      Not sure if I want to keep Son too.. I have a free transfer and could bring in Mahrez for him..