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Rotation and frustration for FPL managers but City bounce back with win

Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester City

  • Goals: Gabriel Jesus (£9.5m), David Silva (£7.6m)
  • Assists: Bernardo Silva (£7.9m), Raheem Sterling (£12.1m)
  • Bonus: David Silva, Joao Cancelo (£5.3m) x3, Jesus x1

For the third time this season and the second time in three Gameweeks, Sergio Aguero (£12.2m) was dropped to the bench for a league match by Pep Guardiola.

The Argentinean striker didn’t even make it onto the field as a substitute as Gabriel Jesus (£9.5m) played the full 90 minutes and scored his side’s opening goal, taking his tally to three for the season.

The fact that the City boss is prone to rotation is hardly headline news but this was a particularly eyebrow-raising selection decision from Guardiola, given that Jesus had played 178 minutes for Brazil in Singapore over the last fortnight and that Aguero had been granted a breather over the international break.

The logic that the more rested Aguero would get the nod over his positional rival was turned on its head by the reigning champions’ head coach after full-time, with Guardiola saying:

We have two incredible strikers and Sergio is so important for this club. Gabriel came back from Brazil, Sergio was ten days without rhythm in training, that’s why I decided. But both are important.

When Sergio plays he plays a good level and when Gabriel plays he plays a good level. After that, I will take a decision. It depends on many, many things.

In fresh quotes released on Sunday evening, the City boss added:

Gabriel was always good from the beginning. Unfortunately, he had two tough injuries and after the World Cup, it was not easy for him.

He is a strong number nine of Brazil. The club bought an incredible young player for an incredible price – one of the best signings. When he arrived, he had an incredible impact and then after his injuries.

He’s good. He fights with Sergio Aguero; Sergio fights with him for one position. I’ve said many times: to compete with Sergio is the most difficult thing. Sergio is incredible – a legend; outrageously amazing. Sometimes, I need Sergio for many things; sometimes, I need Gabriel. That’s all.

The reason why (I picked Gabriel over Sergio at Crystal Palace) was because I thought Gabriel was in rhythm. When you play games with the national team, always you have the pace. Sergio was with Argentina for one week, came back and trained just three or four days. That’s the reason why.

He is young and he can improve. Like, in the last action he had, he had to pass to Kevin De Bruyne, but he is so young. There is more to come – from him and everyone.

I don’t know what will happen (who of Sergio or Gabriel will play) in the next game.

Aguero started every match from Gameweeks 1-13 last season, with that run only broken by injury.

Six of the seven Premier League matches that he failed to start in 2018/19 were either because of injury (Gameweeks 14-16 and 33) or came off the back of an injury (Gameweeks 17-18).

That security of starts is evidently a thing of the past, with Jesus playing much more of a prominent role domestically.

The Brazilian was a livewire throughout this match, too, producing some nimble footwork and highlighting his underrated strength in the air by registering six headed attempts on goal – one of which found the net for City’s opener.

Aguero’s owners may face a keep-or-sell dilemma, then, although they will be tempted to wait till Gameweek 12 before making a decision, with a double-header against Aston Villa and Southampton to come at the Etihad next.

The Argentina international is, after all, still the second-highest scoring Fantasy Premier League asset of 2019/20 despite three benchings.

Aguero is not alone in facing a rotation threat, of course.

At this stage last season, four City players were still ever-presents in the league; this time around, only Ederson (£6.1m) has made the starting XI in all nine of City’s league games.

Riyad Mahrez (£8.7m) was another to drop to the bench at Selhurst Park, although his demotion was perhaps less of a surprise given that he started City’s three matches in league and cup before the international break and considering that this may well have been Guardiola’s last chance to call upon Bernardo Silva (£7.9m) on the domestic front for a little while, given that the outcome to his FA charge is expected this week.

The two most-owned City players didn’t particularly have a field day in their teammates’ absence.

Raheem Sterling (£12.1m) did collect an assist for his role in David Silva‘s (£7.6m) goal but both he and Kevin De Bruyne (£10.1m) ought to have emerged from this encounter with more points.

Sterling was occasionally found hugging the left-hand touchline in the first half of Saturday’s match (something many observers have pointed out over recent weeks) but he was more prominent after the break, having four presentable chances from central positions inside the Palace box – the first hitting the post before three shots were skewed badly wide.

The fitness of Benjamin Mendy (£5.9m) could be key to Sterling’s goal threat when he plays on the left, with the Frenchman offering the natural width that the other left-bank candidates sometimes struggle to match.

Guardiola highlighted Sterling’s profligacy when asked about the winger’s fine assist:

Yeah. it was an incredible assist. At the same time, his mates gave him assists and he could not score a goal. But next time he will do it.

We created a lot of chances and their keeper made a lot of saves. It’s okay, hopefully we can be more clinical in the future, but it was a good result.

De Bruyne didn’t have his best game on his return from injury, with his distribution for once not inch-perfect and his first touch occasionally lacking.

That said, he ought to have emerged from this game with at least one attacking return, being completely overlooked by Jesus with the goal at his mercy and then heading agonisingly off the post from an Ilkay Gundogan (£5.2m) cross.

It was David Silva who ended up top-scoring for the hosts, with the veteran midfielder registering his fourth double-digit haul of the campaign – more than De Bruyne, Sterling and Aguero have managed.

To compound the misery for many Fantasy managers, City’s three most-owned defenders missed out on their fourth clean sheet of the campaign.

Kyle Walker (£6.0m) and Nicolas Otamendi (£5.6m) were sidelined through illness and injury respectively, while Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.4m) was overlooked in favour of Mendy.

Zinchenko has now failed to start three of the last four league matches.

Two midfielders, Rodri (£5.5m) and Fernandinho (£5.2m), deputised at centre-half and were everything that Otamendi hasn’t been of late: cool, composed and quick-thinking, able to sniff out danger before a footrace from the halfway line was required.

While City still have an obvious weakness at set-piece situations – Ederson having to pull off a world-class save to tip Christian Benteke‘s (£5.7m) header onto the bar – Palace weren’t much of a threat from open play and it’ll be interesting to see how Guardiola shapes his defence up in Gameweek 10 after this display, should all of his centre-half options be available.

The City boss said of Rodri and Fernandinho:

Thank you so much for the effort because it is not their position. But our build-up is faster and both were incredible. Rodri didn’t train one day in that position but he is intelligent and smart.

The season is long. Everyone will play. It’s another option but we knew it at the beginning.

Palace’s role in the Fantasy world over the next four Gameweeks may be that of party-poopers, with the Eagles next facing Arsenal, Leicester, Chelsea and Liverpool.

They are an admirably well-organised and stubborn side and had kept City mostly at bay before the visitors’ quick-fire double effectively killed the game just before half-time.

Over half of City’s ‘big chances’ arrived in the final quarter of an hour, with Palace having little option but to throw bodies forward.

Palace had only conceded one home goal before Saturday’s match and we can expect them to be a space-constricting barrier for the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.1m), Jamie Vardy (£9.0m), Tammy Abraham (£7.7m) and Mohamed Salah (£12.4m) in the weeks ahead, with defending very much Roy Hodgson’s side’s strong suit.

The Palace manager said after the game:

We were defending well, the defenders worked hard to follow the game plan. To make certain we seal off the space that their players need and want to use. But it’s hard to seal them off completely because of the quality of their players. We weren’t exactly conceding a goal chance every few minutes. But at 0-2, the ability and composure they have to keep the ball, it was going to be very tough.

We’d have needed an early goal [in response] to shake them, and the longer the game went on that didn’t happen. But we kept going, and kept trying, and made Ederson make two or three very good saves. We had the ball in their penalty area a lot more in that half, and I’m afraid that’s the best we could do in the game.

First-choice goalkeeper Vicente Guaita (£5.0m) and popular budget FPL defender Martin Kelly (£4.1m) missed this game through injury, with Hodgson saying later:

Vicente Guaita has been complaining about a slight groin problem for a period of time. We thought he possibly would recover but he didn’t. There was a thought we could have taken a risk with him. He was not far off from being fit.

Martin Kelly was in yesterday’s training session, he felt a slight twinge in his groin. As with Guaita, I’m not sure, I’m hoping it won’t be a long-term injury.

Crystal Palace XI (4-3-3): Hennessey; van Aanholt, Tomkins (Dann 83′), Cahill, Ward; Milivojevic (Benteke 76′), McArthur, Kouyate; Schlupp (Townsend 55′), Zaha, Ayew.

Manchester City XI (4-3-3): Ederson; Cancelo, Rodri, Fernandinho, Mendy; D Silva (Stones 79′), Gundogan, De Bruyne (Foden 90′); B Silva, Jesus, Sterling.

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899 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Would Ed Woodward
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 7 days ago

    I just looked through my captain returns this season and was utterly disgusted.

    24, 12, 4, 6, 4, 10, 10, 4, 4

    1. HurriKane
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 7 days ago

      Thats cute. Ive got 7 blanks from 9 😉

      1. Would Ed Woodward
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 7 days ago

        My non-blanks weren't exactly hauls, I can't believe how tough it's been to get right.

    2. The_Fish
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 7 days ago

      24, 12, 16, 6, 4, 0 (34 VC), 4, 4, 4

      Not as bad as I remembered tbh, but the recent run excluding the KDB spawn is painful reading.

    3. Noah’s Ark
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 7 days ago

      24, 6, 16, 6, 4, 10, 6, 4,16

    4. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 7 days ago

      I've got 4 blanks and yo-yo-ing between 500K and 100K ...

    5. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 7 days ago

      6 blanks from 9 here. Only one haul (Salah gw1). Awful

      1. Would Ed Woodward
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 7 days ago

        I can't imagine a more painful one this season for me than GW3, was on Salah but switched to Kane who I brought in for a hit. 30 to 4, ruined my team as well.

    6. Arteta
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 7 days ago

      C | VC
      24 | 40
      12 | 6
      16 | 30
      6 | 12
      18 | 4
      0 | 16
      14 | 4
      4 | 4
      ? | 4

  2. TeddiPonza
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 7 days ago

    2 FT . Which option?

    A. VvD, Dendo and Pukki to 3,9m def KdB and Connolly (-4)
    B. VvD, Yarmo and Pukki to Soyuncu, KdB and Connolly (-4)
    C. Kun, Yarmo and Pukki to Auba, KdB and Connolly (-4)
    D. Pukki, Salah and VvD to Auba, KdB and Soyuncu (-4)
    E. Kun and Dendo to Jimenez and KdB (bench Pukki)

    Pope (Button)
    VvD Tomori Rico (Lundy Hanley)
    Salah Sterling Mount Yarmo (Dendo)
    Kun Tammy Pukki

    Thanks,

    1. The_Fish
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 7 days ago

      E

  3. HurriKane
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 7 days ago

    Since Brendan Rodgers' first Premier League game in charge of Leicester, Jamie Vardy has scored 15 Premier League goals - two more than any other player. #Opta

    Leicester Next 8 fixtures- sou cry ARS bha EVE WAT avl NOR

    Vardy is the best striker to own for next 8. Imo . Agree?

    1. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 7 days ago

      Agreed. Definitely coming in for Pukki in my team.

      1. HurriKane
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 7 days ago

        Same. Ditching Pukki Party for Vardy Party

        1. thomashl
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 7 days ago

          Think I’ll join this transfer plan!

    2. The_Fish
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 7 days ago

      Yup.

    3. Arteta
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 7 days ago

      He and PEA.

      1. HurriKane
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 7 days ago

        Yh ive already got PEA.

        But Vardy doesn't play in europe and is central focal point. Laca being back may shift Auba to wing

  4. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 7 days ago

    was 100% going to keep and captain aguero but in view of pep s comments i wonder if aguero to auba might not be more sensible...

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 7 days ago

      Could be Jesus playing couldn't it? Tough ...

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 7 days ago

        fixtures are so good though , aguero could easily haul if he plays. i might keep for next 2 and reassess.

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 7 days ago

          Well, fixtures can be gold but if our players did not pop up then we end up with grunge 😀

    2. AC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 7 days ago

      Hold for the next 2 then reassess after when the fixtures turn. I’m taking the chance and will captain in the next 2 but then he probably goes for Vardy

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 7 days ago

        Thanks

  5. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 7 days ago

    Hello folks,

    Ryan
    Boly TAA Lundstram
    KDB [C] Mane Maddison Mount
    Kane Tammy Wilson
    Bench: Gazza Rico Soyuncu Saka

    Will save on this or any worth FT? Will do after all midweek games ...
    A. Kane to Rashford
    B. Kane to Vardy

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 7 days ago

      a as you have maddison

    2. HurriKane
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 7 days ago

      B

    3. JoeSoap
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 6 days ago

      A could be a good differential though prefer Vardy

  6. Karan14
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 7 days ago

    Best mid under 7.4m?

    Have Mount and triple Chelsea.

    1. HurriKane
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 7 days ago

      Maddison

    2. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 7 days ago

      I'd say Trossard for next two.

      1. EMBOLOFAN
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 7 days ago

        is he fit again?

        1. Would Ed Woodward
          • 1 Year
          1 year, 7 days ago

          Was on bench yesterday, annoyingly the sending off meant he didn't come on.

          1. Would Ed Woodward
            • 1 Year
            1 year, 7 days ago

            Sat I mean.

            1. EMBOLOFAN
              • 2 Years
              1 year, 7 days ago

              maupay still slightly ahead on underlying numbers. really want a brighton player but concerned about potter routlette

  7. RECKLESS
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 7 days ago

    I was getting quite good odds for Manutd to get relegated at 6000/1 but looking at Liv match looks its simple waste of money..Looked a 5th place side keeping up with a 1st place side

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 7 days ago

      haha no chance they were going to get relegated . bear in mind it was against liverpool and its a game like no other for them. i bet you norwich will beat them next gw.

      1. Would Ed Woodward
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 7 days ago

        I said that to my mate after the game yesterday.

    2. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 7 days ago

      Eveb if they go at this rate theyll edn up with 40+ poonts so no chance of relegation

    3. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 7 days ago

      They will not be relegated ... if close then Zlatan will be brought in ... then they will be fine 😀

    4. Poseidon.
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 7 days ago

      Call yourself a Utd fan...

      1. RECKLESS
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 6 days ago

        Never bring emotions in money Meat ...it will serve yoh well to absorb that

    5. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 6 days ago

      They only look good against sides that are naive and press high allowing space on the counter. They'll be back to looking trash against Norwich.

      Klopp got his tactics wrong. He even said in the pre match interview that what he was concerned about was the pace of Rashford, James and Martial. Then he went and played right into their hands with his tactics..

      1. Slouch87
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 6 days ago

        So you're saying that Liverpool under Klopp are a naive side ?

  8. marcus2704
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 7 days ago

    G2G for coming weekend?

    Pope
    Rico - Söyüncü - Lundstram - Tomori
    Salah - Mane - Sterling - KDB (C)
    Vardy - Abraham

    Subs: Kelly, Greenwood, Elneny

    1. HurriKane
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 7 days ago

      Good luck with that defence

      1. marcus2704
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 7 days ago

        My cheap back three got me 15 points this weekend which Im pretty happy with. I usually start the season with a expensive defence and almost always sacrifice them for mids/attack, generally I just don't think its worth it. So long as they play, there is a chance of a clean sheet, and thats good enough for me 🙂

        1. HurriKane
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 7 days ago

          Id rather prefer CHO Robbo Jimenez over Salah Kelly and Greenwood

    2. Pirlø's Pen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 6 days ago

      That attack :O.

      I like it. The value in defence can allow for this.

  9. andre_c
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 7 days ago

    City triple for the next two?
    Aguero, Mahrez and KDB (already have Kun and Mahrez, will somehow bring KDB in)

    1. Rasping Drive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 7 days ago

      Under normal circumstances, abso-ferkin-lutely.

      However, with nobody seemingly immune from Pep’s rotation roulette, we can’t be surprised if at least one of the 3 is rested for one of the games.

      I am tempted to shift Kun but clinging onto the fact that he normally starts at home. If he plays midweek, it’s going to take some willpower not to shift him out.

      1. andre_c
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 7 days ago

        Will have to wait and see what happens in the CL. Honestly, I don’t mind if one of them is rested for 1 game. Others could still get big points, and I’m also a city fan so....

  10. Tmel
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 7 days ago

    Jimenez, Haller, Wood or Ings?

    1. golfboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 7 days ago

      Probably Jimenez out of that bunch. Most reliable

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 7 days ago

        Hopefully Europa does not 'kill' him ...

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 7 days ago

      Wood's got nice 4 fixtures ahead and relatively cheap ...

    3. JBG
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 7 days ago

      Haller for the next to gws. Jimenez after that.

    4. EMBOLOFAN
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 7 days ago

      haller

  11. golfboy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 7 days ago

    2FT in the bank and contemplating

    Sterling + Pukki >> Hudson-Odoi + Aguero

    Too risky? Sterling looked so poor yesterday

    1. EMBOLOFAN
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 7 days ago

      he got a great assist, hit the post and had a bunch of chances. did you watch the game?

  12. Gooner97
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 7 days ago

    Ryan
    Otamendi* TAA VVD Lundstram (KWP)
    Salah* Sterling Mount Stephens (Cantwell)
    Wilson Pukki Abraham

    0ITB, 1FT.

    What would you do?

  13. Slitherene
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 7 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. FALSE PROFIT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 7 days ago

      fair

      1. Slitherene
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 6 days ago

        Cheers

  14. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 7 days ago

    How's it looking?
    Pope
    Lundstram TAA Boly
    CHO Mount Mane Kdb
    Kun Vardy Abra
    Bench: Button Rico Soy Dendy

    Have the money for a defender upgrade to Tierney or Matip. No ft.

    1. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 7 days ago

      Looks fine mate.

      1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 7 days ago

        Cheers Ed. Any moves this week? Congratulations on the doh assist! 🙂

        1. Would Ed Woodward
          • 1 Year
          1 year, 7 days ago

          Nah I'm saving, gotta decide whether to start Soy, Rico or Lund. That was very jammy, hoping he starts next week,

  15. AYLD28
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 7 days ago

    RMT for GW10 and next few GWs

    Pope
    TAA Boly Tomori
    Sterling KDB Mane CHO
    Jimenez Vardy Abraham

    Button Lundstram Rico Cantwell

    0.0 ITB

    Thank you in advance 🙂

    1. FALSE PROFIT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 7 days ago

      good

  16. FOO FIGHTER
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 7 days ago

    It is amazing how FPL makes you chop and change your mind. Makes you brainstorm, lose sleep and continously fiddle with your team. Bloody wrecking my brain 😀

    1. Cesc Pistols
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 7 days ago

      Until you reach that point of the season where you swear you're not going through it all again next season -- just for you to indeed come back next season.

      1. Rasping Drive
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 7 days ago

        and the following 5 seasons after that. Reckon there’s money to be had in setting up a therapy group.

  17. FALSE PROFIT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 7 days ago

    My team of differentials.
    Gazza/Leno
    Tierney Willems Emerson Mina Schar
    CHO Martial Llalana Dacoure Trossard
    Jimi Maupay Lacazette
    This lot will no doubt outscore me every week

    1. Whats the Huth
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 7 days ago

      Horrible

      1. FALSE PROFIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 7 days ago

        Bookmark it and compare with your side next week. Of course it is horrible

        1. Whats the Huth
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 6 days ago

          It won’t outscore my team

    2. Slitherene
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 6 days ago

      Put Richarlison playing as a number 9 in there. Lallana won't be getting many minutes! 😛

      1. FALSE PROFIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 6 days ago

        Already changed to Iwobi and Put Emerson/Alonso rotating.
        Joking apart I watched a lot of football over the weekend and Iwobi, Llalana, Dacoure, Del Boy and Jiminez all played well enough for a spoy in my side. Dacoure, in particular is going places if he gets a chance.

  18. Cesc Pistols
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 7 days ago

    After a staggering 20pt weekend and dropping deep into the 1M OR, I think it's time for some hits as it can't get any worse than this:

    Adrian, Ryan
    VVD, Ota, Digne, Lundstram, Kelly
    Salah, Mahrez, Mount, Cantwell, Hayden
    Kun, Wilson, Tammy

    Plan: Adrian, Digne, Mahrez ➡ Leno/Pope, Tomori, KDB (-8)

    Yay or nay?

    1. EMBOLOFAN
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 7 days ago

      it can and will get worse if u take hits

      1. EMBOLOFAN
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 7 days ago

        for example how do you expect pope (che) to outscore ryan (EVE) by an average of 4 points

        1. Cesc Pistols
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 7 days ago

          Sorry, read Button instead of Ryan as my 2nd goalie.

          (Told you the situation was critical!)

          1. EMBOLOFAN
            • 2 Years
            1 year, 7 days ago

            just sort adrian and leave the rest

            1. Cesc Pistols
              • 6 Years
              1 year, 6 days ago

              Yep, guess that's what I'll do. No hits and a lot of praying.

      2. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 7 days ago

        This, I thought that sticking or minor changes only for few weeks will produce better outcome

        1. Cesc Pistols
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 6 days ago

          Obrigado, Zico.

    2. Whats the Huth
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 7 days ago

      Your team desperately needs to be wildcarded
      Use it!!

      1. Cesc Pistols
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 6 days ago

        Lol

    3. Rasping Drive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 7 days ago

      If Mahrez explodes you’ll be in a loony bin by 3 o’clock Saturday. Best to sit tight I reckon.

      1. Cesc Pistols
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 6 days ago

        Do you think he's gonna start next week, though?

    4. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 6 days ago

      Adrian out seems like a must do to thing. Then you have to look out for what happens in midweek. The way i see it is that youhave digne who is perfectly playable vs Brighton away, Lundstram can be played and if Pep plays Otamendi you have 4 defenders with decent fixtures. Kelly you must wait for news later. Salah, Mahrez and Kun will hopefully sort it self out midweek, iF salah on bench or plays vs Genk then fine, and with City you just have to stick with it or if thins looks like it might give you 9 players i would maybe take one hit. Very low probability that both Mahrez and Kun does not play vs Villa. Bilva ban could solve your Mahrez problem also

      1. Cesc Pistols
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 6 days ago

        Great tips, man. Thanks a lot!

  19. Atimis
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 7 days ago

    If I do Cantwell to Maddy this week, would potential double up with Vardy make sense? Basically I'm asking whether it is fine to bring Maddy if I also want Vardy, should I spread the risk?

    Pope
    TAA/Ota/Tomori/Soy
    Mane/KDB/Mount
    Auba/Abraham/Wilson

    Button/Cantwell/Lund/Hayden

    1. Cesc Pistols
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 7 days ago

      I'd happily just take Maddi and keep rest as is.

    2. AYLD28
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 7 days ago

      I’ve gone Vardy only myself, I prefer one of the two I think

    3. EMBOLOFAN
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 7 days ago

      spreading risk isnt a concept that applies meaningfully to fpl

    4. Whats the Huth
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 7 days ago

      I have both
      Double up in attack is ideal I reckon. Especially for their fixtures and form.

      Maddy will become a 4.4 bench fodder and upgrading a defender to Robbo as soon as fixtures swings

    5. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 6 days ago

      i would deal with Otamendi first if i were you. If he plays he will concede and if he does not what´s the point having 5.6 defender who is benched?

      With that set up you have i´m really not sure why you need Maddison for Cantwell. Is it not better to do Vardy for wilson and then maybe Cantwell to CHO?

  20. SomeoneKnows
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 7 days ago

    Decision must be made today...

    A) McGinn > Maddison
    B) Wilson > Vardy *

    * With B I could do McGinn to Hudso-Odoi next week, but would mean 3 Chelsea attackers

    1. AYLD28
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 7 days ago

      Vardy

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 6 days ago

      Any reason for getting rid of Wilson this week? Watford ...

      1. SomeoneKnows
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 6 days ago

        Just the price rises :/

    3. EMBOLOFAN
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 6 days ago

      a

  21. Powell
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 7 days ago

    I'm going to downgrade HALLER in GW12. Just looked at the members area and season ticker... looking like DANNY BLOODY INGS will be the best option. Unbelivable. Doesn't feel right, but numbers are looking good.

    1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 7 days ago

      What's this to fund? Also, how about Chris wood?

      1. Powell
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 7 days ago

        Getting Liverpool midfielders back in. Potentially both. Need a striker under 6.5.

        Chris Wood looks good, but Ings has better fixtures from GW12.

        1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 7 days ago

          Saints do have a habit of scoring it seems. Ings is famously an injury magnet though. Would you consider a formation change and use the money on Hudson odoi or is there not a midfield spot?

          1. Powell
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 year, 7 days ago

            No, he'd be the second striker. I don't play 3-4-3. I need seven midfield spots if anything!

    2. EMBOLOFAN
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 7 days ago

      fixtures

  22. shawry
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 7 days ago

    Hi,

    Thoughts on Otamendi & Pukki to Tomori & Vardy. Leaves me with:

    Pope (Button)
    TAA, Soyuncu, Rico, Lundstram, Tomori
    Salah, Sterling, Mount, Maddison, Cantwell
    Abraham, Wilson, Vardy

    Cheers!

    1. HurriKane
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 7 days ago

      Great moves

    2. EMBOLOFAN
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 7 days ago

      if ota fit no reason to lose him before 2 home games. CHO could be better option than tomori

    3. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 7 days ago

      Like it

  23. Overlooked 'third' players
    VanDijksToWatchOutFor
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 7 days ago

    Overlooked "third" players at clubs.

    4 points apart but 0.3 difference in price between trent and robbo.

    I think there are a few of what we might call third options from clubs being overlooked, David silva might be another.

    What are your thoughts on these players, and who else is being overlooked in favour of higher profile options at their clubs?

    1. EMBOLOFAN
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 7 days ago

      historical record and underlying numbers simply suggest taa is going to be better value than robbo. dilva offers reasonable value but people cant mentally handle the rotation and end up selling him the second he gets a 10 minute cameo. picking 3 of tomori/mount/cho/tammy seems to be the most interesting point of contention

      1. Whats the Huth
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 7 days ago

        This.

        Debate over.

        1. Slouch87
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 6 days ago

          Debate never started.

      2. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 6 days ago

        I think I'm saying that taa and one of the Liverpool mids constitute the big two at that club, but that some people are overlooking Robertson. Even when he's performing at a comparable level. I do think taa is brilliant though. Nice to see the rotation talk around him has died down a little.

        It seems limited to not handle David silva's cameos though. His ppg is still strong. Surely this qualifies as overlooked, especially with many looking at a defensive player for their third city slot.

        Chelsea is a good question. CHO is interesting for people who got on tammy and mount early too because there's a chance he could start outperforming one of them.

        1. EMBOLOFAN
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 6 days ago

          yeah i agree, im just saying there’s psychological reasons these players are overlooked. in addition to trends away from premium defenders, people are generally averse to doubling up on defences, which has reduced interest in robbo. people also dont have good intuitive understanding of how many minutes (and how many points) rotation risks like dilva, bilva and mahrez will likely end up with because its a slightly more complicated thing to forecast, and the feeling of an 8m+ player being sat on the bench simply bothers people emotionally

          1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 year, 6 days ago

            That's fair. I wonder if, let's call them less enthusiastic players, actually do better for this sort of thing because they just sort by points.

            I've never understood a reluctance to double up on a defence, myself. I don't make many transfers in that position so am looking at a long stretch in the team for each of them. And if Liverpool keep the most clean sheets by season's end it doesn't matter that you had some dreadful weeks where they both got nothing. The points just come in waves rather than a steady stream.

            You're right that it's a psychological reason, I'm just pleased to benefit from such players by myself. Robbo and David saved my week.

    2. Slitherene
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 7 days ago

      Firmino, Dilva, Jorginho & Pereira

      1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 6 days ago

        Firmino is another Liverpool who doesn't get enough love, agreed. And jorginho is a really interesting one to me. So often we focus on highest scoring rather than best value picks, especially at top clubs. Kante has been good ppm the last few years too. With pens I think jorginho is another such option flying under the radar.

        1. Slitherene
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 6 days ago

          He'll get a price rise the day he scores a penalty!

          1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 year, 6 days ago

            Definitely. Someone in my ML has him and he keeps getting points or so it seems. Definitely one to watch.

    3. HurriKane
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 7 days ago

      Tielemens ?

      Vastly ignored for Maddison. Think tielemens might be equally good option

      1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 6 days ago

        I really liked tielemans from last year and he really passed the eye test. Even perez was touted over him preseason though. Good shout.

    4. Lateriser 12
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 6 days ago

      CHO. Bargain of the season potential.

      1. Brimble82
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 6 days ago

        Concur.

      2. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 6 days ago

        Breaking a tomori/mount/Abraham triple you think?

        The first two are such good value, it'll be interesting who drops out for most people or if cho will just remain a differential with many unwilling to lose built up value.

        1. Brimble82
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 6 days ago

          I was on Tomori/Mount/Abraham.
          But CHO looks too good not to have.
          Decided to go bold and hope they score more than they stop and have gone AOA!
          Only time will tell if it was the right choice.

      3. doy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 6 days ago

        Do you think he could be a trap in that he could be benched soon?

    5. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 6 days ago

      Edit: NB. Robertson is actually only 1 point behind Trent. I must have looked before bonus was added yesterday. Rookie error.

    6. Alberto Tomba
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 6 days ago

      Ederson.
      The most likely person to feature for the most rotated top team. Fixture proof, doesn't give you a headache if blanking two games in a row and then facing decent sides.
      An easy mainstay generally overlooked.

      1. Alberto Tomba
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 6 days ago

        Willian has also been playing great footy this season, effectively OOP in a front three. Seems 'overdue' according to xG

    7. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 6 days ago

      Mahrez has higher value (season) stats than either Aguero or Sterling atm.

  24. Rinseboy
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 7 days ago

    Should I be concerned with no pool cover this week? Sterling to Mane madness this week? or stick and have 2 FTs following week?

    Pope
    TAA Otta Soyuncu
    Sterling KDB Mount Yarmolenko
    Auba Vardy Tammy
    Button Lunds Rico Cantwell.

    1. Whats the Huth
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 7 days ago

      Madness!
      Sterling is a easy captain this week.

      I’d say save.

  25. Powell
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 7 days ago

    I know this is crazy impulsive and tough to correct if it's a mistake (because of value lost)... but I feel super tempted by Mount to CHO. Anyone else? CHO looks electric. Really looks a key and permanent part of the team. Mount must be due a rest or rotation with Barkley soon?

    1. Whats the Huth
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 7 days ago

      I’m the same.
      Could be worth cashing in on Mount.
      I feel Mount is nailed though.

      Going to give it a couple more games yet.

      1. Powell
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 6 days ago

        Mount has been unbelievable. I just can't shake the feeling CHO could be special. The Bayern Munich bids suggested he was a talent, but I didn't expect him to come back from injury looking this sharp, this quickly.

        End product needs some work, but even on a profligate day it looks like he's guaranteed a goal or assist.

        1. Whats the Huth
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 6 days ago

          Agreed

    2. Slitherene
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 7 days ago

      You could be right, time will tell.

    3. EMBOLOFAN
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 6 days ago

      underlying numbers slightly favour CHO over a smaller sample, and i have considered it myself, but think i’ll wait for now and keep an eye on it

    4. AYLD28
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 6 days ago

      As a Chelsea fan I can tell you that CHO is our “replacement” for Hazard on the left.

      Mount is also Lampard’s boy. Pulisic and RLC (when he’s back) will rotate with Mount in the CAM position I feel. Pulisic can also play RM and LM but frank likes him in the CAM off the bench.

      Tomori, Kante, Jorginho, Kepa, Abraham, CHO and Willian are the nailed players currently imo

      1. Slitherene
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 6 days ago

        Tomori, CHO & Willian are not as nailed as you think they are.

    5. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 6 days ago

      Both imo as long as you don’t have Tammy. Picking one or other potentially going to be like the salah or mane debate or even the ali or eriksen debate from seasons gone. Just get both and no Tammy

    6. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 6 days ago

      This is a really interesting one, I agree. Cho could definitely outperform from here, although I don't think mount is necessarily due a rest. That sort of policy only seems to apply to city (how often is the Liverpool front three the same). I'm also reticent to triple up on Chelsea in attack. Definitely a good option for those not yet invested or who invested late though.

    7. Belalugozi78-When Owen Gets…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 6 days ago

      CHO looks great and last few games Mount played deeper. He is not at wing anymore. Still has corners and FK's though. For now it is a bit of risk. One or 2 weeks and we'll see if CHO defends his place in starting 11.

    8. Brimble82
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 6 days ago

      The value in CHE is too much to ignore.
      For me, there’s four options - which we can’t have all of - and the thought of not owning CHO at the moment is giving me chills.
      I’m on WC and just went classic FIFA and activated All-our-attack!

      Now watch Tomori rack up the CSs!

    9. Sir EFO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 6 days ago

      Chelsea are the third best attacking team and I go the three attacking from them, already took Cho before the 9-th 🙂 add sterling and kdb and I'm looking to take Salah when better times come ... if I could hold Firmino, but looks impossible

  26. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 7 days ago

    So people still have that sterling guy?

    1. Whats the Huth
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 6 days ago

      Why wouldn’t you?

    2. EMBOLOFAN
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 6 days ago

      i still have this weeks highest scoring premium player so far yes

      1. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 6 days ago

        Say that again without crying this time

  27. JoeSoap
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 6 days ago

    A. Sterling/Dilva (current)
    B. KDB/Dilva (upgrade Pukki>Vardy)
    C. Sterling/KDB (downgrade Pukki>Greenwood)

    Heaton
    Tomori, Robbo, Soyu
    Sterling, Salah, Dilva, Mount
    Pukki, Abraham, Wilson
    Pope, Kelly, Robinson,Montoya

    1. JonP
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 5 days ago

      B, but A is also ok.

  28. Bubbles1985
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 6 days ago

    Heaton
    TAA Digne Lundstram
    Sterling(vc) Salah(c) Mount Cantwell
    Haller Auba Pukki

    Button Saka Pieters Kelly

    I am holding 0.1itb and 2ft.

    Digne + Pukki > Reid + Vardy

    Saving WC until next month...
    Decent transfers for a short punt or do I need to try and get KDB over Vardy?!

    Cheers!

    1. Slouch87
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 6 days ago

      That leaves a very weak defrnce with only 3 starters and 2 mids whose places will be under threat too. No thanks.

  29. NewcastleToon74
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 6 days ago

    1FT with 0.5 itb
    Maddison & Jimenez > Vardy and McTominay

    1. NewcastleToon74
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 6 days ago

      Should I do it or no?

    2. Mingo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 6 days ago

      I wouldn't Jiminez could be a nice differential over the coming weeks. Would you even play McTominay?

  30. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 6 days ago

    Imagine how smart I felt having sold Salah for Mané when the team sheet came out, only for it not making a difference anyway