Scout Notes

Another home blank for Abraham but chances continue to arrive

Chelsea 1-0 Newcastle United

  • Goals: Marcos Alonso (£6.2m)
  • Assists: Callum Hudson-Odoi (£6.0m)
  • Bonus: Alonso, Hudson-Odoi x3, Kurt Zouma (£4.7m) x1

Chelsea continued their impressive start to the 2019/20 Premier League season with a hard-fought victory over Steve Bruce’s Newcastle United, a result that lifts Frank Lampard’s side into third.

The Magpies came into the game having secured upsets against ‘big six’ opposition in the current campaign – namely Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur – yet the compact system deployed by Bruce fell marginally short of its intended ambition with Lampard’s side battling to a 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge. 

Although another clean sheet for Chelsea will be pleasing for owners of players such as Fikayo Tomori (£4.7m), who has emerged as a starting budget defender under Lampard, this was an afternoon of sheer disappointment for owners of the highly-popular Tammy Abraham (£7.7m) – the most popular selection in our Gameweek 9 captaincy poll with over 30% of the vote. 

Abraham squandered a number of golden chances, including hitting the bar and being denied when in on goal with just DeAndre Yedlin (£4.4m) to beat, but the American defender put in a remarkable block to deny the England striker any attacking returns. 

In a Gameweek where a number of non-premium forwards attracted considerable captaincy interest, including Callum Wilson (£8.0m) against Norwich who also blanked, Abraham’s performance will be a source of considerable frustration for managers who handed the mid-price striker the armband. 

This was the England striker’s fourth blank in five home matches this season.

Although Abraham was unable to get on the scoresheet, defender Marcos Alonso (£6.2m) delivered a goalscoring performance that was a reminder of the Spaniard’s attacking abilities, even if he is unable to reach the standards he has previously set for himself in the Premier League. 

Alonso’s goal came after Callum Hudson-Odoi (£6.0m) set up the defender, and the performance from the 18-year-old will have given his manager food for thought after yet another assist. 

This was Hudson Odoi’s second successive start for the Blues in the league, and including his substitute appearance against Brighton in Gameweek 7, the forward has now registered three consecutive assists in the Premier League. 

Given the competition for places in Chelsea’s squad alongside the form that the likes of Willian (£7.0m) are exhibiting, it is difficult to determine whether Hudson-Odoi is likely to retain his starting berth in the Chelsea XI.

Yet at a price of £6.0m, the England international’s performances are certainly worthy of monitoring for Fantasy managers who may be looking for a differential to complement the likes of Abraham. 

Lampard confirmed how pleased he was with Chelsea’s attacking performance in his post-match comments. 

We were upbeat, we had urgency, the tempo was good, and that got us the win. We want to score goals. You can see the fans – I think they’re happy with what they’re seeing at the moment. We want more.

Although lately it has been Mason Mount (£6.8m) who has been grabbing the headlines with four goals and an assist so far this season, in the game against Newcastle the Englishman was unable to deliver any attacking returns and was substituted by Lampard in the 64th minute at the expense of Christian Pulisic (£7.2m). 

Ross Barkley (£5.6m) left the pitch in the 43rd minute, with Mateo Kovacic (£5.4m) coming on in his place, and Lampard confirmed after the game it was an ankle injury and it will be assessed in the coming days. 

It’s an ankle injury. We need to assess it and see how bad it is.

For Chelsea’s defence, although Newcastle seldom troubled their backline, a second clean sheet in two games and just one goal conceded in their last three will be promising news to those managers in ownership of their defensive assets, although Tomori was booked late on to reduce his score to five points. 

Whilst Chelsea will be ruing both their misfortune and inefficiency in front of goal, this was a defeat for Newcastle that underlines the disinterest in their players as Fantasy options in 2019/20. 

A lack of attacking returns has become a familiar tale on Tyneside in the current campaign, and unless Bruce is willing to compromise the Benitez-esque tactical principles whilst playing away from home against typically ‘bigger’ sides, the likes of Joelinton (£5.8m) are unlikely to prosper within Newcastle’s set-up – despite the Brazilian scoring against Spurs in Gameweek 3 when a similar counter-attacking system was deployed away from home. 

Easier tests await though and Bruce confirmed in his post-match comments that the upcoming run of fixtures for Newcastle will be hugely influential in determining the outcome of their 2019/20 campaign:

We’ve had a really tough start. We’ve now got a run of games against teams who are going to be in and around us. Hopefully, we can get a few points.

A fifth successive win for Chelsea points to the momentum they are gathering under Lampard, and although today marked a blank for Abraham, those managers in ownership of the striker should not be deterred the lack of returns in today’s fixture. 

The Englishman was both the creator and recipient of a number of chances throughout the game, and given his price, he is likely to continue to offer exceptional value as an attacking option at an in-form team who now sit third in the Premier League table. 

Chelsea XI (4-2-3-1): Kepa; Alonso, Zouma, Tomori, Azpilicueta; Jorginho, Barkley (Kovacic 43′); Hudson-Odoi (James 90+2′) Mount (Pulisic 64”), Willian; Abraham.

Newcastle United XI (3-4-3): Dubravka; Clark, Lascelles, Schär; Willems, M Longstaff, S Longstaff, Yedlin; Saint-Maximin (Gayle 85′), Joelinton (Atsu 83′), Almirón (Carroll 70′).

Members Analysis 

Players involved in Chelsea v Newcastle United sorted by expected goals (xG)

Abraham was the second-highest underachiever of xG (-0.66) of all players involved in Gameweek 9, behind only Aston Villa’s Anwar El Ghazi (-0.73). 

Players involved in Chelsea v Newcastle United sorted by chances created (CC)

Hudson-Odoi created the most chances (five) of all players on the pitch, whilst also registering the highest baseline bonus points score (23) of all midfielders in action on Saturday in Gamweek 9. 

Players involved in Chelsea v Newcastle United sorted by attempts on goal

Willian posted some eye-catching numbers, creating three chances and matching Abraham for attempts on goal.

Alonso’s total of six penalty box touches is the second-highest among FPL defenders in Gameweek 9 so far. Since his return to the Chelsea team in Gameweek 5, no defender has registered more touches in the opposition area.

Team-wise, Chelsea won the joint-most aerial duals (24) of all teams in action on Saturday. This again underscores Newcastle’s weakness in the air – only Norwich have allowed more headed chances than the Magpies (29) this season.

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929 Comments Post a Comment
  1. rozzo
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Haller and Cantwell to Connolly and KDB worth a hit?

    1. Ritchies Magic Hat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 19 days ago

      To get Kevin yes probably

    2. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Any other way of you getting KDB?

      If you’ve held Haller for this long then you don’t want to be selling him before two home games v Sheff U and Newcastle...

    3. Tony Martial
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Would you hold Haller one last week against SHU?
      You could do it for free then?

    4. Pep Roulette
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Yes!

  2. Ritchies Magic Hat
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Maupay as Pukki replacement? Seems nailed, next two fixtures look good and Trossard fit again improves Brighton attack

    1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      I think he’s a great pick. He’s my Haller replacement in a couple of weeks

  3. Slitherene
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Looking fwd to the 1st hit of the season.

    Pope (Heaton)
    Digne Diop Lascelles (Soyuncu) (Tomori)
    Salah KdB Son* Mount (Stephens)
    C.Wilson Pukki* Vardy

    Son (liv) + Pukki (MUN) -> Martial (nor) + Lacazette (CRY), for a - 4 makes sense?

    1. Pu-li-sick (sic)
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Hmmm, not totally sold but can't argue with the calibre of players in, there

    2. Blunder fc
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Laca isn't 100% nailed as he's coming back from injury. Dont want -4 fornsomeone on the bench

      1. Slitherene
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        I'll be priced out if Pukki/Son fall again.have exact money.
        I can afford if Laca is benched for the next GW.

  4. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Anyone else need a Robbo and Salah blank, Mané haul and Pool clean sheet?

    1. Pu-li-sick (sic)
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      I need points. Don't care how they come.

    2. Jurgen Flopp
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Pool clean sheet = Robbo blank?

      1. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        Let's not complicate things 😆 57min replacement. No goal/assist. TAA 15 pointer. VVD 15 pointer. Mané 18 pointer. Too much to ask for?

        1. Slitherene
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 19 days ago

          Hope you're having fun in La La Land.

    3. Gunner Boy
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Robbo blank and Pool cleansheet, how?

    4. PlumaPiedra
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      I need a 1-1 with no well owned scorers. No Pool owner :-/

  5. Sanchitos6
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 months, 19 days ago

    This is my first season and loving it. There is so much info, any basic tips strategy to follow?

    1. ...al - Fireteam Zulu
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Trust no b!tch

      1. FOO FIGHTER
          5 months, 19 days ago

          Lol

      2. Pu-li-sick (sic)
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        Patience is a virtue

      3. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        Always think long term with your picks. Dont do hits unless injuries.

      4. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        Play all your chips early and take lots of hits.

        Every person for themselves.

        1. fusen
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 19 days ago

          This site's Moto - Do as what I say, not as what I do.

      5. Paul Scholesy Scores Goals
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 19 days ago

        Pay close attention to what elite players are doing - the likes of Ville Ronke, Mark and Poseidon

        1. Ógie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 19 days ago

          Followers are not leaders.

          1. Paul Scholesy Scores Goals
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 19 days ago

            What if you’re in 1st place and the person you’re following is last and you’re about to lap them. Then the follower is the leader

        2. Slitherene
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 19 days ago

          What is Ville Ronke's ID?

      6. fusen
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        Every single point is actually important.

        At the end of the season, yellow cards or midfielders losing their cleansheet point, every single point lost can add up to be 20-30 lost points which can decide a minileague or a top 10k/outside top10k place.

        Think things through twice before making a choice

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 19 days ago

          Agreed - you’ll often see people justifying bad decisions with “oh it’s ok it’s only 2 points”, or “oh it’s ok, it’s only a FT and I had nothing else to use it on” and any number of other excuses trivialising a reckless or sloppy or lazy approach to the game

          Avoid this thinking like the plague - each and every single point matters, each and every single FT matters, each and every transfer decision needs to be planned, thought about, tested and critically analysed & defended from multiple different angles

          Treat the small decisions with the respect they deserve, make sure you’re not making those decisions based on an emotion (be it rage, excitement, FOMO, a desire for a quick “hit” of the chance of a single GW haul) - and the results will follow

          And less is always more when it comes to changing your team - sometimes the best action is to take no action 🙂

          1. Lucy2019
              5 months, 19 days ago

              You don't get invited to many parties, do you?

              1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                5 months, 19 days ago

                I left the Pukki party to join the Vardy Party this weekend! 🙂

                I actually tried to get invites for several other skeptics but alas they didn’t want to come 🙁

                Think they’re trying to sort out invites for next week now though 😉

        2. Bilbao Baggins
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 19 days ago

          Collect as much information as you can through this site, Twitter, Instagram etc on players and what's happening. Watch live games/match of the day.

          Choose players who are important to their team and who register goals and assists and who play for top teams who score the most goals. Sounds dumb, but you'd be surprised how far this can get you.

        3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 19 days ago

          Measure twice, cut once 🙂

      7. Pep Roulette
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        Thoughts on Tielemans, Harvey Barnes & Perez?

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 19 days ago

          I thnik all of them are decent picks but Id rather have CHO

          1. Pep Roulette
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 19 days ago

            CHO is a must! But I am thinking of getting Firmino instead of Vardy from GW13 and getting one of these 3 Leicester midfielders for their amazing fixtures!

          2. Ask Yourself
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 19 days ago

            Yep pretty much. Probably doing Perez > CHO this week unless I know he is starting for certain Friday night then I’ll give it a week.
            Trossard another great pick at that price range when he finally plays which should be this weekend with Mooy suspended

        2. ...al - Fireteam Zulu
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 19 days ago

          Tielemans will get the most baps from them 3

        3. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 19 days ago

          Maddison

      8. Link
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        Wickham to Connolly worth a bash or save the transfer and wait and see if Trossard benches Connolly?

      9. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        Guy whose tweet I shared about salah now gone to private so either knows he is talking poo or is getting annoyed by notifications.

        1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 19 days ago

          What did they say, just logged in

          1. Ask Yourself
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 19 days ago

            Some saying not in squad. Only a small group so far we’ll find out soon enough

            1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 19 days ago

              Cheers. Not that we can do anything now. Just a bit of gossip for us non owners to cling to 🙂

              1. Ask Yourself
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                5 months, 19 days ago

                Gathering pace now. Issue seems to be he’s not been at the team hotel but Robbo has done this before when playing in Manchester. Cantwell 3 pointer for me if not which isn’t the end of the world I guess ffs

                1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  5 months, 19 days ago

                  Three points would be tied third for my best performer. I'd take it 😉

                  1. Ask Yourself
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    5 months, 19 days ago

                    My second highest I’m all over it x

                    1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      5 months, 19 days ago

                      Well I paid 12m for my second highest of five so don't get too jealous :p

          2. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 19 days ago

            That Salah didn’t travel with the squad

            1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 19 days ago

              Thanks

        2. fusen
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 19 days ago

          Whether it is true or not, if he wanted to start a rumour then it's a very good way of doing it

          1. Ask Yourself
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 19 days ago

            Yep some love the attention. Says a lot about the people who start rumours

        3. I hate Moreno
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 19 days ago

          Would be the nail in the coffin of another s**** gameweek. Come on down Dunks 1 point.

      10. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        Greenwood to Jiminez and Sterling to DSilva worth -4? Sterling only 2 points ahead of Sterling overall and 4.5 m price difference.....,

        Gives me 1.7 m in bank and this team

        Pope
        TAA Soyuncu Otamendi
        Salah DSilva KDB Mount
        Vardy Jiminez Abraham

        McGovern Rico Cantwell Diop

        1. Ask Yourself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 19 days ago

          Personally would want to keep sterling but also would want to lose greenwood. Think Rico can start over him this week anyway. Hold FT and sort it out for free next week. Sterling next week is the type of player you can captain and fly up the ranks at this stage where people are confused thinking he’s poo when he is really playing well

          1. dunas_dog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 19 days ago

            Thanks, yes Rico in team for next week at present so probably most sensible plan to wait.

        2. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 19 days ago

          They are 4.5 mil apart for a reason. Not saying he's not a decent pick, but it's a downgrade.

        3. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 19 days ago

          I'd wait for dilva midweek minutes

      11. MoManeTaa
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        TAA is gonna rise again 🙁

        1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 19 days ago

          He is the resurrection and he is the light

        2. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 19 days ago

          Not after the mighty United fire 3 past Pool

          1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 19 days ago

            Thanks for the chuckle

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 3 Years
              5 months, 19 days ago

              The question is, if that did miraculously happen. Would TAA still rise?

              1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                5 months, 19 days ago

                Tough to say isn't it. You'd think everyone who just thinks he's fixtureproof already has him, doubters may not be swayed

      12. MGD
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        Time to move Otamendi and King on?

        1. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 19 days ago

          In retrospect, it's well overdue.

        2. ...al - Fireteam Zulu
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 19 days ago

          Same boat. King one more week but Ota might be on the chopping block.

          Wondering if it's time for the Mendy train, or ride the Tomori express

          1. MGD
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 19 days ago

            Do you know why they were benched?

            1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 19 days ago

              King was benched after a big international break playing 180 minutes. I'd definitely hold him with his upcoming schedule!

      13. FOO FIGHTER
          5 months, 19 days ago

          Damn, cannot wait any longer for the match!

          My blood is Red and Pool going to smash UTD.

          1. Paul Scholesy Scores Goals
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 19 days ago

            Everyone’s blood is red

            1. Hakim Ziyech
              • 1 Year
              5 months, 19 days ago

              +1

            2. Ask Yourself
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              5 months, 19 days ago

              Hahahahaha how did I not see this. Probably the best thing ever said

        • Dr Van Nostrand
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 19 days ago

          Does anyone have the foggiest of when Silva's charge will be resolved?

          1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 19 days ago

            I don't think so, which is indicative of how seriously it's being taken

          2. Paul Scholesy Scores Goals
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 19 days ago

            Think they’ve forgotten about it

            1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 19 days ago

              All eyes on Bulgaria now. Who cares that it's happening in England...

          3. Dr Van Nostrand
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 19 days ago

            Cheers it was an absurd charge. Wish I hadn't naively brought it Mahrez in TFF b/c of it

            1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 19 days ago

              I don't think it was an absurd charge.

              1. Lucy2019
                  5 months, 19 days ago

                  Others do, the joys of opinions.

                  1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    5 months, 19 days ago

                    There's free speech and there's hate speech. This isn't the latter, but the former shouldn't be used to justify it either.

                    1. Lucy2019
                        5 months, 19 days ago

                        Thanks for sharing your opinion.

              2. bench boost for every gamew…
                • 3 Years
                5 months, 19 days ago

                Think it was 21th, tuesday

            2. LewanGOALski
              • 8 Years
              5 months, 19 days ago

              which duo?

              A) Cantwell + Vardy
              or
              B) Maddison + Pukki

              1. VAR-SENAL
                • 1 Year
                5 months, 19 days ago

                For me it would be clearly A

            3. Pep Roulette
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 19 days ago

              Planning to have triple Liverpool from GW13! Which one would you prefer?

              A. Robbo, TAA, Salah, Vardy, Cantwell
              B. Soyunucu/Tomori, TAA, Salah, Firmino, Tielemans

              1. Ask Yourself
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                5 months, 19 days ago

                A by far assuming cantwell can rotate with another bench boy

              2. Dr Van Nostrand
                • 4 Years
                5 months, 19 days ago

                A

              3. VAR-SENAL
                • 1 Year
                5 months, 19 days ago

                A

              4. Lucy2019
                  5 months, 19 days ago

                  A but get Mane over Salah and invest the spare change.

              5. Regin
                • 2 Years
                5 months, 19 days ago

                On another day, kdb and Tammy could have had a brace. I would have then got 35 points more.

                1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  5 months, 19 days ago

                  That day will come

              6. Paul Scholesy Scores Goals
                • 1 Year
                5 months, 19 days ago

                Need Liverpool to beat us 2-1 with Salah 2 goals and no points from anyone else significant (goal from someone like Matic for us)

                1. Ask Yourself
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  5 months, 19 days ago

                  Said like a true Red, you’ll never walk alone MPSR

                  1. Paul Scholesy Scores Goals
                    • 1 Year
                    5 months, 19 days ago

                    Cheers bro

                2. fr3d
                  • 2 Years
                  5 months, 19 days ago

                  Thoughts on 3-2, Matic x3 and Salah x2?

                  1. Paul Scholesy Scores Goals
                    • 1 Year
                    5 months, 19 days ago

                    We’d end up keeping Ole longer then though 🙄

                    1. fr3d
                      • 2 Years
                      5 months, 19 days ago

                      😆

                3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  5 months, 19 days ago

                  Is there actually an uncomfortable case to be made that a heavy, heavy, hammering of a defeat is actually in the long term interests of the club, as painful as it would be in the very short term?

                  It might ellicit the fundamental change that’s so badly needed... scraping through a one or two goal defeat, or even nicking a draw or (lol) a narrow win - does it just paper over the cracks?

                  1. Paul Scholesy Scores Goals
                    • 1 Year
                    5 months, 19 days ago

                    Definitely see what you’re saying but I would struggle seeing a big defeat as Liverpool are big rivals and I am a bit of a die hard Utd fan. I would need a lot of FPL points to enjoy that

                  2. Marvin de Milo
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    5 months, 19 days ago

                    If decisions are being made off the back of single results then there is no hope.

                4. Regin
                  • 2 Years
                  5 months, 19 days ago

                  How about a taa own goal?

              7. pjanns
                • 3 Years
                5 months, 19 days ago

                1 FT - 4 mill ITB.

                A. Son --> Mane
                B. Wildcard
                C. Something else?

                I've got several players, that I want to bring out, but most of them are on the bench.

                Pope
                Soy - Lundstram - Rico
                Sterling - KDB - Son - Mount
                Vardy - Abraham - Haller
                (Button - Cantwell - Montoya - Diop)

                1. pjanns
                  • 3 Years
                  5 months, 19 days ago

                  any opinions? 🙂

              8. Cruz88
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                5 months, 19 days ago

                Pukki and Sterling to Auba and D. Silva a bad idea?

                1. El Presidente
                    5 months, 19 days ago

                    yes

                  • pjanns
                    • 3 Years
                    5 months, 19 days ago

                    yes, it is.

                  • Lucy2019
                      5 months, 19 days ago

                      Pukki needs to go. I will be using an FT to get Jiménez.

                      1. Cruz88
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        5 months, 19 days ago

                        That's my other option yep, just not sure if Newcastle away is a good fixture. And strangely enough Pukki at home to United could be!

                  • fachada
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    5 months, 19 days ago

                    Targett - Would you say he is nailed? Why was Taylor playing over him the first 6 games? was Targett injured?

                    1. Ask Yourself
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      5 months, 19 days ago

                      Smith wanted to keep things familiar to start the season (played Elmo over Guilbert first few too). Then he realised they weren’t PL level anymore. Targett did have an injury for the first 3 or 4 too

                  • Al Moon Yeah
                    • 5 Years
                    5 months, 19 days ago

                    Hahaha, those guys at fpl towers really punishing DeBryune sellers who owned him at base value. So not only did his price not drop and hence sellers lost value, it rose by 0.1 forcing sellers to get him at a higher price.

                    1. Ógie
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      5 months, 19 days ago

                      Pity Kevin did not give em a spanking also.

                    2. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      5 months, 19 days ago

                      Anyone who sells kdb is clearly a masochist anyway. Probably enjoyed it.

                      1. Al Moon Yeah
                        • 5 Years
                        5 months, 19 days ago

                        Agree

                  • MaticMVP
                    • 1 Year
                    5 months, 19 days ago

                    Should I do:

                    Digne, Mcginn and Greenwood to Fredericks/Diop, Dendoncker and Jimenez for -4?

                  • BigBillyBass
                    • 1 Year
                    5 months, 19 days ago

                    Kun + Mahrez + McGinn > Sterling + KDB + Connolly (-8)??

                    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                      • 5 Years
                      5 months, 19 days ago

                      Most definitely not . Captain aguero and enjoy the points 🙂

                    2. fr3d
                      • 2 Years
                      5 months, 19 days ago

                      You think Kun and Mahrez will be benched forever?

                    3. BigBillyBass
                      • 1 Year
                      5 months, 19 days ago

                      Feels very risky not having Sterling and KDB

                  • Ajax Hamsterdam
                    • 5 Years
                    5 months, 19 days ago

                    Ryan (button)
                    Taa otamendi lundstram (mings lowton)
                    Mane kdb yarmolenko cantwell (mcginn)
                    Aguero vardy Abraham

                    1ft 0 itb

                    Save ?

                    Thanks

                  • VanDijksToWatchOutFor
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    5 months, 19 days ago

                    *Takes "he won't play United every week" comment out of the box, and starts polishing it ready for later.*

                  • Tsparkes10
                    • 1 Year
                    5 months, 19 days ago

                    How's everyone feeling? Wildcard a success for me so far, just gotta hope Mane does better than Sterling (not difficult) and Lundstram outscores Rico & Tierney (Very difficult)

                    1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      5 months, 19 days ago

                      Let down by digne after I finally remove him, wanting a Liverpool cs for my triple up, happy that David silva is so overlooked. Sentimentality rules supreme.

                  • Fudgy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    5 months, 19 days ago

                    Wanted to captain Mane all week but got pressured into Abraham... Please don't haul Mane, for my mental health

                    1. Marvin de Milo
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      5 months, 19 days ago

                      Same here pal.

                    2. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      5 months, 19 days ago

                      Glad to see you free from your captors and posting again. What were they going to do to you if you didn't captain him? 😉

                    3. DGW Sane TC Fail....
                      • 9 Years
                      5 months, 19 days ago

                      i wanted to captain Tammy but it didn't save my team. It stayed on Aguero and he didn't play any mins so it's on my vice Mane. I don't normally have this lust so am expecting Mane points. Oh and Tammy blanked. I also have greenwood first on the benched blocking Rico's eight points ..If he doesn't play the gods are looking after me this week 🙂

                  • Sotamendi84
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    5 months, 19 days ago

                    if there is no salah or milner on the pitch who takes pens?

                    1. Marvin de Milo
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      5 months, 19 days ago

                      Bobby I would imagine.

                    2. Ask Yourself
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      5 months, 19 days ago

                      Fabinho has a really good record but missed his only pool one so far he is in with a shout. Anyone but mane I hope though really.

                    3. FOO FIGHTER
                        5 months, 19 days ago

                        TAA?

                      • fr3d
                        • 2 Years
                        5 months, 19 days ago

                        It's rock paper cissors between TAA and Robbo

                      • Lucy2019
                          5 months, 19 days ago

                          Mane.

                      • -SANDSTORM-
                        • 2 Years
                        5 months, 19 days ago

                        My mate who works behind scenes at Anfield assures me that MATIP is playing today ahead of Lovren and also ALLISSON is ready to start back in goal vs Manscumchester Utd

                        1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          5 months, 19 days ago

                          Does he pin the team sheets to the wall?

                          1. -SANDSTORM-
                            • 2 Years
                            5 months, 19 days ago

                            Not exactly but any inside info is helpful isnt it ? Full team is ALISSON , TTA , MATIP , VVD ROBBO
                            G.WIJ , HENDO , FABHINHO
                            FIRM , SALAH , MANE

                            1. KAPTAIN KANE
                              • 3 Years
                              5 months, 19 days ago

                              Thanks, hulk this

                            2. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 2 Years
                              5 months, 19 days ago

                              It definitely is. Will pin this and come back to you next week if it's right. Cheers

                            3. el polako
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 2 Years
                              5 months, 19 days ago

                              If this is wrong you gonna have to change your nick to shitstorm.

                            4. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 10 Years
                              5 months, 19 days ago

                              So Salah starts?

                              Interesting, most interesting....

                            5. Jurgen Flopp
                              • 6 Years
                              5 months, 19 days ago

                              Sh1tstorm

                            6. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 2 Years
                              5 months, 19 days ago

                              Oh dewr

                        2. fr3d
                          • 2 Years
                          5 months, 19 days ago

                          That's a really mature post

                        3. Paul Scholesy Scores Goals
                          • 1 Year
                          5 months, 19 days ago

                          I’m big mates with Van Dijk’s cousin and he confirmed regarding Matip

                        4. el polako
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          5 months, 19 days ago

                          Thought they playing at Old Trafford...

                          1. -SANDSTORM-
                            • 2 Years
                            5 months, 19 days ago

                            Didnt say any other , just telling you full starting team for Liverpool 2 hours b4 start

                            1. Marvin de Milo
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              5 months, 19 days ago

                              Virtually anyone could have predicted this lineup.

                        5. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          5 months, 19 days ago

                          Did he mention Salah by any chance

                        6. el polako
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          5 months, 19 days ago

                          Citizen Dusan's friend owns a dog and his dog confrimed that...

                        7. Murder On Zidanesfloor
                          • 1 Year
                          5 months, 19 days ago

                          Dusan is that you??

                        8. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          5 months, 19 days ago

                          Thanks for posting this.

                          How come this is the first time you posted a pool lineup?

                          1. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 7 Years
                            5 months, 19 days ago

                            Or anything?

                      • BigBillyBass
                        • 1 Year
                        5 months, 19 days ago

                        So obviously Aguero will start on Tuesday against Atalanta so presumably Jesus will keep his place against Villa after scoring yesterday?

                        1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          5 months, 19 days ago

                          If only it was that simple

                        2. Ajax Hamsterdam
                          • 5 Years
                          5 months, 19 days ago

                          I just cannot see him missing 2 pl starts in a row

                        3. FOO FIGHTER
                            5 months, 19 days ago

                            Glad I do not have this headache anymore.

                            1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
                              • 1 Year
                              5 months, 19 days ago

                              The people who can win against this headache are the ones who will get top 10K this year

                            2. PlumaPiedra
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              5 months, 19 days ago

                              Just get 3 of them and have a good bench (Rico) and you're fine 🙂

                          • Murder On Zidanesfloor
                            • 1 Year
                            5 months, 19 days ago

                            Nah. Aguero always starts the juicy home game.

                            1. Ask Yourself
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              5 months, 19 days ago

                              Except the last home game

                              1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
                                • 1 Year
                                5 months, 19 days ago

                                It was away. He started the last home game

                                1. Ask Yourself
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 3 Years
                                  5 months, 19 days ago

                                  Forgive me lol he was so poor that game I forgot he even played x

                            2. Maddamotha
                              • 3 Years
                              5 months, 19 days ago

                              Has nothing to do with home games or away games. Pep studies the opponent and the defenders the strikers are facing, and evaluate Jesus' and Aguero's qualities against the players they are facing. So there is no way for us to know. Ofc also taken into consideration is fatiuge etc.

                          • Weasel Boy
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 7 Years
                            5 months, 19 days ago

                            I'd be more worried about Sterling not starting against Villa.

                          • PlumaPiedra
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            5 months, 19 days ago

                            Yes. It's so obvious as it has been all season.