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Possible Alisson return highlights shortage of budget goalkeepers

Like many Fantasy Premier League managers, I am heading into Gameweek 9 hoping to end a run of frustrating misfortune.

With the international break over for another month, I’ve had enough time to reflect over Gameweek 8 in order to refocus for this weekend.

I was hoping to carry over my free transfer but, like a large number of managers, decided to act on impulse when news of Kevin de Bruyne’s (£10.0m) injury broke out.

This gave me an opportunity to redistribute funds and my last transfers involved me selling the Belgian and Jordan Ayew (£5.1m) for Andriy Yarmolenko (£6.0m) and Tammy Abraham (£7.7m) with a -4 hit for good measure.

Unfortunately, Ayew unexpectedly ended his run of booking-inspired one-point hauls by somehow scoring and getting three bonus points, whereas Yarmolenko failed to deliver and in turn adopted yellow card duties.

Kevin de Bruyne has caused Fantasy managers some distress over the international break

Abraham’s goal provided damage limitation by softening my red arrow but essentially my hit failed.

I now oversee a team without de Bruyne who could be back sooner to Manchester City’s first team than initially anticipated – but I have a number of other issues to consider.

Firstly, I have been keeping a close eye on the much-anticipated return of Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson (£5.8m) who looks to be very close to starting for Jurgen Klopp’s men again.

With Adrian (£4.6m) and the non-starting David Button (£4.0m) currently in my team, this position has automatically become the main area that I need to address for Gameweek 9.

I’ve got £1.3m in the bank so I can sign any replacement up to the value of £5.9m which, thankfully, is most goalkeepers in the game.

Many of the more expensive goalkeepers have better colleagues in defence right now

Leicester have a great run of upcoming games and Kasper Schmeichel (£5.1m) could be an option. Usually, I’d rather buy a super cheap goalkeeper and upgrade one of my defenders to buy Ricardo Pereira (£6.2m) – after all he has scored two goals in his last three games.

Similarly, I considered Kepa Arrizabalaga (£5.5m) due to Chelsea’s generous fixtures, but if I wanted their defensive coverage, Fikayo Tomori (£4.7m) or Marcos Alonso (£6.2m) would make more sense.

Unfortunately, there isn’t much on offer for goalkeepers in the budget range at the moment. With Hugo Lloris’ (£5.5m) unfortunate long-term injury, Paulo Gazzaniga (£4.4m) became an overnight option.

He’s almost like the go-to Adrian replacement. But with confirmation that Michel Vorm (£4.5m) has re-signed for Tottenham on a free transfer, his place could also be at risk with a few inconsistent performances.

After all, Spurs have hardly been playing their best football during this campaign and have been mercurial at best. If anything, I want to avoid their players but might be almost forced into buying Gazzaniga.

The fact of the matter is that there’s no goalkeeper priced in or around £4.5m with a long run of decent games. Mat Ryan (£4.6m) could be an exception between Gameweek 9 and 18 but Gameweeks 12 to 15 are difficult on paper for him.

In the end, I went for Schmeichel as I wanted a long-term, relatively cheap goalkeeper that I would not need to see until the end of the year. Out of all the options above, he seemed the best to me.

Picking captains has been tough this season – and Gameweek 9 is no different

Many seasoned FPL managers will tell you that if you can nail your armband selection more often than not then your overall rank will almost take care of itself.

Unfortunately, in a season characterised by captain blanks for most of us, I am yet to make the highest FPL points’ scorer in my team my skipper for any given Gameweek in 2019/20.

For this weekend, Abraham (at home to Newcastle United) would have been an almost automatic pick but a shock win against Manchester United for Steve Bruce’s men last time out has put a question mark over that way of thinking.

Raheem Sterling (£12.1m) looked crisp during the international break and could be a good shout too. I can’t overlook Sergio Aguero (£12.2m) either, even if the spectre of Gabriel Jesus (£9.5m) makes him a rotation risk waiting to happen.

However, fitness permitting, Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) could be an interesting captain option. David de Gea (£5.6m) picked up an injury on international duty and is poised to miss the match this weekend.

Liverpool have won every Premier League game since August with Manchester United having their worst start in decades. The only thing missing for Liverpool is Salah at his goalscoring best and this could be the match in which he comes back with a bang as Liverpool try to widen the gap between them and Manchester City.

My Gameweek 9 team although I might make a late call on the captaincy

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2,676 Comments Post a Comment
  1. jia you jia you
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Do you ever feel if you followed your own advice on here that you'd make top 5k every season haha 🙂

  2. rohaansunil
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Captain kun or tammy?

    • Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Highest Point Scores this gw ??

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Scorer*
        Auto correct

        I'd say Ake 21 pointer myself

      2. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        PVA laughing at me from my bench 😉

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 18 days ago

          😀

      3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Wilson surely has to read the script - it’s all lined up for him

        Although if Liverpool click, they could be set for big scores at both ends of the line

        Allison back, Utd scoring something like 17 in their last 20... the Utd injuries etc

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Yes
          Good shout

        2. FPL Bloody Hell !!!!
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Klopps Liverpool haven't scored many at OT - and almost Everytime we had suffered injuries for this tie for some reason

          1. Amey
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Last season 3 substitute in first 45 minutes i guess ??

          2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            No doubt... but what’s different this year is that Utd have once again deteriorated (for about the 6th year in a row) and Liverpool have once again improved (for about the 5th or 6th year in a row)

            Eventually that gap is going to translate into a hiding - hopefully not Sunday, but would you bet against it?

      4. FPL Bloody Hell !!!!
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        King 2 penalties

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 18 days ago

          My V© atm
          😛

          1. FPL Bloody Hell !!!!
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Hehe

    • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      How bad could this game get for Utd on Sunday?

      For my money, it has to be a damage limitation exercise as the gulf in class is too large (who’d have thought 5-6 years ago we’d be saying that ahead of a game at old Trafford)

      A damning indictment of where the club has gone these last few years

      1. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        1,1,2,0,1,2,1,0 (goals conceded)
        We have been surprisingly solid defensively considering how shocking our midfield is...although agree that LIV is a different beast!

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Yep - I look at the fixtures they’ve played and there’s no one even remotely near the class of Liverpool... yet they still sit struggling in 12th

          I think it’s a case of hoping the form book goes out he window, and/or a freak occurrence to keep the result respectable, let alone the scoreline

          1. jia you jia you
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Its the first time ever that I've brought in an asset that's upcoming fixture is at OT and I did Son to mane this GW so that says a lot 🙁

            1. Amey
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Thinking about © him too (back of the mind)
              Hate to see United falling so far behind

      2. Amey
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 18 days ago

        I fear the worst
        0-3 got one Manager sacked last time.....

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Is there actually case to be made that a heavy, heavy defeat is actually in the best interests of the club longer term?

          As painful as it would be to concede a bucketload, It might finally ellicit some sort of fundamental change - massive changes needed

          1. Amey
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Sadly agreed
            Since we're@ it, read an article yesterday that Kevin Glazer (one of 6 co-owners) has converted his Class B shares to Class A (Man United shares)
            That loses his voting power but allows him to sell those shares.

            Maybe the Glazers have sucked all the money they could have now & will free us 😮
            Hopefully they sell the Club to a guy who loves Football more than ££

    • Perthite
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Bench ok?

      Heaton (Pope)
      VVD Robertson Otamendi
      Salah Sterling KDB Mount Traore
      Pukki Abraham
      (Rico Lundstram Greenwood)
      0.1m 1FT

    • Mc3
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Rank these please...
      A) Rico 
      B) Lund 
      C) Lowton

      1. mcrayeps
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        right in order

        1. La Roja
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          What he said

    • 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Anyone have have Jimenez here?
      Maybe he could be good differential.

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        I like the way his price has dropped... but already huge competition for forward slots at the minute in Tammy, Wilson, Pukki and Vardy, Auba, Kane, Kun

      2. mcrayeps
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        on a WC, considering Jimenez here, but his stats didnt convince me yet..

    • mcrayeps
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      on wc and i had a headache considering :

      A) Soy / CHO / Sterling / Jimenez
      B) Pereira / Mount / Mahrez / C.Wilson

      Need help from community here guys....

      1. Taegugk Warrior
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 18 days ago

        B

    • Mortiis
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Current wildcard team, any suggestions?
      Gazzaniga
      Otamendi, Soyuncu, Tomori
      De Bruyne, Mane, Maddison, Mount
      Aguero, Abraham, Wilson

      Ryan, Dunk, Lundstram, Cantwell

      1. Taegugk Warrior
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 18 days ago

        To much city cover

        1. Emp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          lol

    • waltzingmatildas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Gtg?
      Pope
      Robbo digne pereira
      Mane kdb maddison cantwell
      Aubameyang(vc) pukki abraham(c)
      Heaton lundstram dendoncker Cathcart

    • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Lots of Rico first subs this week, myself included - cue the lesser-spotted clean sheet & fortuitous attacking return to have double figures locked on the bench

      1. zøphar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        I wouldn't mind a clean sheet for Rico on the bench tbh, would mean that the Pukki sale didnt backfire

      2. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        I've Cantwell, PVA & Pieters on mine and can see a freak haul or two there also!

      3. Amey
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 18 days ago

        We've got Raz too though 😉

      4. Ole Trafford
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Yeah first sub for me also. Fearing the same.

      5. FPL Bloody Hell !!!!
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        I wud start him

    • Mortiis
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      I don't trust Maddison to return consistently but not sure who to replace him with

    • Lav
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      GTG?

      Pope
      Taa Ota Soy
      Sterling Mane KDB Maddison McGinn
      Wilson(c) Tammy

      McGovern Connolly Lund Baluta

      1. zøphar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        looks good dude, I like that as a fellow chelsea fan you've gone for Wilson cap over tammy too

        1. Lav
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Cheers. Always get worried capping Chelsea players, especially this season despite the decent start!

      2. Emp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        you know it is

    • subhojit123
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Play one -
      1. Rico
      2. Saka

      1. Taegugk Warrior
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Rico

        1. subhojit123
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Thanks buddy

    • La Roja
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      How’s she looking?

      Roberto
      TAA Ota Rico
      Mane Yarmolenko Mount Sterlo(C)
      King(VC) Tammy Auba

      McGovern Lundstram Cresswell Dendoncker

      0.6 ITB & no hits

      1. Ole Trafford
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Very nice

      2. Amey
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Beautiful
        Thinking about Raz© too now

        1. La Roja
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          I reckon he gets 10+ pts

      3. IRBOX ⚽
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Why would King deserve the (vc) let alone a place in your XI? Members are reveals all

        1. FPL Bloody Hell !!!!
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Just because he has Norwich and Watford coming up next

          1. IRBOX ⚽
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            He’s not even playing striker and has a non-penalty xG per 90 of close to 0

    • seewhyaxe
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      That Salah drop and Mane rise.. 🙁

      1. FPL Bloody Hell !!!!
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Loved it

    • FPL Bloody Hell !!!!
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      0.0 ITB

      Need 0.2 from somewhere to upgrade Son to KDB - Could u please suggest where to get it from ? (Want to keep cantwell for the season as 5th mid)

      Patricio
      Lund Soy OTA
      Mount mane son Sterling
      Auba King tammy (c)

      Cantwell Pieters kelly

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Cantwell to Donkey
        No use of having ££ on the bench bro

        1. FPL Bloody Hell !!!!
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Ok bro then this will be move 🙂

      2. Mortiis
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Patricio to Ryan or Pope?

        1. FPL Bloody Hell !!!!
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Feels better having a wolves keeper than pope/heaton/Ryan 🙂

          1. IRBOX ⚽
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Really? Pope is currently the best keeper in the league according to many sources. Great FPL asset at that price

            1. FPL Bloody Hell !!!!
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              But I think wolves wud keep more clean sheets than Burnley for the remainder of the season - what do u think ?

              1. IRBOX ⚽
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Absolutely not. Wolves have a tendency to frustratingly concede 1 goal (remember last season). It’s going to be difficult with Europa league only 2-3 days before their league fixtures and Turf Moor is an absolute defensive fortress for the Clatets

                1. FPL Bloody Hell !!!!
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  Ok mate will give him 2-3 weeks and see who they go 🙂

                  1. IRBOX ⚽
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    Not a bad shout.. good luck

    • seewhyaxe
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Is this the best game week thus far for a cheeky captaincy punt?

      Feeling positive for a Jimenez (c)

    • TuplaPukki
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      How do i look???

      Pope
      TAA-Otamendi-Aurier-Souyncu
      Salah-Sterling-Pepe-Mount
      Abraham-Pukki

      Button, Cantwell, Lundstram, Greenwood

      1 FT, 1.8 itb
      A. Pepe to KdB
      B. Cantwell to Hudson-Odoi
      C. A+B for a hit
      D. Save

    • IRBOX ⚽
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Someone convince me Mane is worth just 0.6 less than Salah.. I’m open minded and intrigued

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Most intriguing option now IMO is Salah Mane double up from gw 13.
        Can easily get that with KDB as Lone City attacker.

        1. IRBOX ⚽
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          It’s an option but also risky if Pep restores order to City attack. Also need to be mindful of Liverpool blank in GW18

      2. FPL Bloody Hell !!!!
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Wud take Salah at current prices

        1. IRBOX ⚽
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          100%. He has better stats and wins both xG and xA. Furthermore, how much of a premium is penalties worth? At least 1.0-1.5 in my eyes

          1. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Didn't take the last one.

            1. IRBOX ⚽
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Was not on the pitch though was he? Also boring James Milner won’t play the majority of fixtures in a fully fit squad

              1. TorresMagic™
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Would he have taken it if he was and Milner was?

                1. IRBOX ⚽
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  I don’t know.. he may have commanded it. Milner might always be first choice when on the pitch but no point speculating. Milner won’t be on the pitch majority of the time Liverpool are awarded a pen will he?

                2. Fitzy.
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  May not have even been a penalty if he was on the pitch, game may have played out completely differently than it did.

      3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Even at 1.0 I’d still prefer Salah, probably even 1.5

        Salah was always going to be cold on the opinion polls at the minute due to his last two (league) games combined with Mane’s haul last time out - but the guy doesn’t really do extended periods without a goal very regularly...

        (And even Mané has 2 blanks in his last 3)

        The 5 game drought from GW27-31 for Salah last year seems a very strange period now in hindsight given his 10 goals & 3 assists in the 11 games preceding that spell, and his 5 goals & 3 assists in the 6 games directly following it

        That being said - Mané is an absolutely lethal forward, no question there... he had multiple premier league hattricks under his belt before even arriving at Liverpool after all

        But for pure FPL purposes i’d still back Salah to come out on top... time will tell!

        1. IRBOX ⚽
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          It’s like people forget what a beast Salah has been over the past 2 seasons breaking records and setting new standards for FPL. I fear managers are far too myopic for their own good and fail to see the possibility of points in future GW’s whilst wanting to buy a shiny new toy that is over-performing. Salah is ahead in stats and is on set-pieces. That’s a no brainer for me. Both are great assets but those swapping from Salah > Mane is just mystifying

          1. Fitzy.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Lol at "a shiny new toy that is over-performing." He's been outperforming Salah for a good while now. Is there a stat that shows how many selfish shots Salah takes and misses instead of passing to a player in a better position?

            1. IRBOX ⚽
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              I wish there was because Mane would top that metric. Have a look at his assists over the past 3 seasons. Absolutely abhorrent

              1. Fitzy.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                And yet he has kept pace with, and probably outscored Salah for a good while now - it's a festivus miracle!

                1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  Since Salah joined their points totals are interesting over different ranges, Mané has accelerated his points scoring rate considerably

                  Since Mo joined:
                  Mo 617 points in 82 apps
                  Mané 435 points in 73 apps

                  Since beginning of last season:
                  Mo 314 points in 46 apps
                  Mané 288 points in 46 apps

                  Since beginning of this season:
                  Mo 55 points in 8 apps
                  Mané 57 points in 8 apps (1 sub obvs)

                  The members area comparison is very interesting though in that p, even when setting the comparison range solely for the last 8 games, Salah comes out on top quite heavily in terms of underlying stats (higher XG, higher open play XG, higher XGi, more penalty box touches, more shots on target etc. etc)

                  Who knows though... stranger things have happened than a changing of the guard from Salah to Mané as Liverpool’s #1 FPL threat

                  I still think Salah has too many strings to his bow to play second fiddle to Mane for long from an FPL perspective though - set pieces and penalties straight away act as a nice buffer to his scoring over longer periods, as well as that selfish streak which sometimes leads him to shoot or attempt to beat another man rather than pass

                  The price differential looks too small imo & may not be long reversing

                  1. Fitzy.
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    How about for the second half of last season? Say GW20 - GW38?

                    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 18 days ago

                      I’ve done my bit - surely it’s only fair you share your findings? 🙂

                2. IRBOX ⚽
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  See below.. he certainly hasn’t ‘outscored’

                  1. Fitzy.
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    See above.. he probably has

                    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 18 days ago

                      Hmmm... from GW32-38 Mané got 5 goals in 7 games... It looks like Mo got 5 goals and 3 assists in that same spell though?

                      1. Fitzy.
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 18 days ago

                        That's only a short spell though. I think from GW20 - GW38 it's all Mane (15 goals vs 10, 1 assist vs 3, not sure on baps, but should be way ahead there too?). My point (which Irbox is disputing) is that Mane has been outscoring Salah 'for a good while now'..

                        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 18 days ago

                          Hmmm, again I’m not sure on the arbitrary gameweek range of half a season being valid, yet both longer ranges and shorter ranges being invalid - but even at that - is it really ‘All Mane’?

                          15G 1A vs 10G 3A? 16 returns vs 13 is a gap, but not a resounding one - and the sustainability of Mane’s output really has to be questioned

                          See more analysis here to continue the discussion - which is good by the way 🙂

                          https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/comment/21027295

                        2. Fitzy.
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 18 days ago

                          Well, again I go back to the point I was trying to make that Mane has been outscoring Salah 'for a good while now', which has been disputed. He didn't outscore him over the whole of last season obviously, but did so over the second half and has continued (albeit slightly, but with less game time) to do so this season.

                        3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 18 days ago

                          I think it’s probably the terminology that’s causing the confusion - ‘a good while now’ is possibly not the most objective of measurement periods and begs the proposal of several time periods, both recent and historic, over which Salah has outscored Mané which would contradict the point - but for sure over the last 20-25 GW’s Mané has been in red hot form

                          On direct attacking returns, he does appear to be reaching a level of output that all but the highest echelon of elite FPL players would find unsustainable (19 G 3A in his last 23 starts)

                          Delving deeper into the statistics also shows a trend that could be interpreted as ‘over performance’ in comparison to Salah - statistically it is actually quite one sided between the two in Salah’s favour

                          (Despite being 2 FPL points behind Mané season to date - Salah actually BETTERS him for a host of underlying stats - XG, Non-penalty XG, XA, XGi, Shots on target, Penalty Box touches, Goal attempts, attempts in the box etc etc...)

                          And with Salah also having the traditional FPL points boosters of a share of set pieces and penalties, you’d have to think he is well positioned to continue delivering at his quite frankly astounding level of consistency since joining liverpool - in (84 league games) he has only ever went more than 2 consecutive games without an attacking return on 7 occasions

                          5 of these patches were simple 2-game droughts, and after all 5 he scored a goal in the following game

                          The sixth was a 5-game drought from GW27-31 last year, which was followed by 5 goals & 3 assists in the subsequent 6 matches

                          This is his 7th such lean spell - fascinated to see how it ends 🙂

            2. HMC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Big chances missed?

          2. The Red Devil
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Well, when I went Salah to mane on WC, it saved me about a million & helped improve my overall squad, that's something we shouldn't overlook, I WCed in GW 7, but yeah, salahs price is quite tempting now,
            But I think you should consider it as mane + player X vs Salah + player Y

    • Klopp For The Kopps 😆
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      A) Auba and Madisson
      Or
      B) Jimenez and Mane

      1. IRBOX ⚽
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        A comfortably. I hope you have Salah though?

        1. Klopp For The Kopps 😆
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Nah I don't, does that change anything?

          1. IRBOX ⚽
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Still A until liverpool play city then

    • Taegugk Warrior
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 18 days ago

      A. 3 CHE + 1 LEI (Tomori, Mount, Tammy, + Maddison)
      B. 2 CHE + 2 LEI (Mount, Tammy, + Soy, Maddison)

    • Zlat-man
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Play which one of-

      1.
      a. Pope
      b. Gazza

      2.
      a. Rico
      b. Creswell

      1. IRBOX ⚽
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        AA

      2. Taegugk Warrior
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 18 days ago

        BA

      3. FPL Bloody Hell !!!!
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        BA

      4. The Units
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        AA

    • rmt this, rmt that so i sai…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 18 days ago

      if chasing who’d it be with an armband willing to take a punt to get max points

      a. Willson
      b. Aguero
      c. Mane
      d. KDB

      appreciate replies

      1. FPL Bloody Hell !!!!
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        It's too soon to be thinking about chasing imo

        A wud be my captain regardless

        1. rmt this, rmt that so i sai…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 18 days ago

          agree was talking about chasing in ML as we have monthly bonus giveaway s according to ur rank

      2. The Units
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        D

    • The Units
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Which one do you reckon is the transfer to make?

      Pukki => Wilson

      Or

      Cantwell => El Ghazi

      Or hold?

    • Ole Trafford
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      How’s it looking? Captain?

      Pope
      Otamendi, Soyuncu, Aurier
      Salah, Sterling, Mahrez, Mount
      Vardy, Abraham, Haller

      Button, Rico, Cantwell, Lundstram .6itb -4

      1. The Units
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Looks great and Tammy for C.

        1. Ole Trafford
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Thanks.

      2. ZICO SENNA
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Not tempted to captain Vardy?

        1. IRBOX ⚽
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Don’t think Vardy is a guy you can ever captain let alone on current form

          1. Ole Trafford
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            I actually had it on him until now 😆

            1. ZICO SENNA
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              It’s going with the feeling of who you think will do good regardless, has scored 2 only game before last

    • Firefoxed
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Choose 1 set

      A. Dunk, Mane, Vardy, Tomori
      B. Auba,Trent, Tomori, Madisson

      1. The Units
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        A by a whisker

    • Rik Waller
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Salah or Raz out for KDB? Or hold for now?

      1. The Units
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        I would hold but Raz out if you really want to.

      2. IRBOX ⚽
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Definite hold

    • sidmhr
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      On WC....how's the team looking?

      Confused between having 2 premium forwards or droping one and spreading it around

      Ryan
      Pereira Rico Lundstram
      Mane Maddison McGinn KDB
      Aguero (c) Tammy Auba

      Subs: Button, Stephens, Kelly, Reid
      Itb 0.01M

      1. The Units
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        I like the front line and is what I would like! But can you get mount over Madison?

        1. sidmhr
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          I had Mount, but got drawn in by Leicester fixtures

          Mount and Tammy wouldn't be overkill?

    • drughi
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      So this is my final wildcard team, 0.2 itb to do kane>auba next week. Thoughts ?

      Ryan
      Boly TAA Soyuncu
      Sterling KDB Maddison Mount
      Kane(C) Abraham Jimenez

      button rico lundstram dendoncker

      1. Ole Trafford
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Very nice