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In-demand Jimenez, Rashford and Martial on the scoresheet in Europe

We round up the key Fantasy talking points from the three UEFA Europa League games that involved Premier League clubs on Wednesday and Thursday.

Manchester United 3-0 Partizan Belgrade

  • Goals: Mason Greenwood (£4.3m), Anthony Martial (£7.7m), Marcus Rashford (£8.5m)
  • Assists: Rashford, Ashley Young (£5.4m)

Manchester United waltzed into the knockout stages of the Europa League with two games to spare thanks to a performance of dynamism and flair from their front three.

Marcus Rashford (£8.5m) was the star of the show, his pace and directness causing havoc in the Partizan backline.

He set up United’s opener when his ball into the area was calmly dispatched by Mason Greenwood (£4.3m) and rounded off the scoring with an emphatic finish from an Ashley Young (£5.4m) pass.

In between came the goal of the night from Anthony Martial (£7.7m), who pounced on a loose ball from the visitors before beating two players, holding off a third and flicking the ball home as goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic advanced.

The scoreline should have been more emphatic.

United had seven shots on target to the Serbs’ zero and Rashford could easily have walked off at half-time with a hat-trick to his name were it not for Stojkovic’s saves and his own profligacy.

Whether manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is bold enough to field all three of the attackers in the league remains to be seen. Partizan’s defensive shortcomings need to be factored in, but the speed and chemistry of the trio produced a heady mix that will have many a Fantasy Premier League (FPL) boss considering a dabble.

The 13%-owned Rashford is finding some form coming in from the left flank, while midfielder Martial (6.9%) continues to be deployed as a central striker.

Both are in the top 20 for transfers-in ahead of Gameweek 12’s visit from Brighton.

As for Greenwood, his bargain bucket price tag prompted just over a million to invest in him by Gameweek 2, but limited minutes from the bench has produced no goals and a quarter of a million drop in ownership since then.

Solskjaer made only four changes to the side that lost at Bournemouth last weekend, with Daniel James (£6.2m) one of the few to miss out. He stayed on the bench last night and it would be a major surprise if Greenwood was preferred again on Sunday. James, after all, has scored 43 FPL points – second only to Rashford (58) at United this season.

The manager was just happy to praise all three of his starters post-match, saying:

We know they are a dangerous trio, with players behind them who can provide chances. Well done to Mason for a very, very calm finish. He was composed and waited for the keeper. The second one was from Anthony and was probably the skill of the night. Then it was great to see Marcus finishing with his left foot.

Despite denying the visitors a single shot on target all night, United’s backline rode their luck at times, with full-backs Young and Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.4m) pushed so high up the pitch that they left huge amounts of space for Partizan to exploit on the break.

Brighton might prove better equipped to punish a defence with just two league clean sheets – and none since Gameweek 5 – to their name, although the Seagulls have scored only once in their last four away matches.

They will face a backline down to its bare bones, however.

Marcos Rojo (£4.8m) replaced the injured Victor Lindelof (£5.4m) last night, while Harry Maguire (£5.4m) played the full 90 minutes despite picking up a knock in the second half.

Solskjaer provided an update on the centre-half, as well as influential midfielder Scott McTominay (£5.1m), who went off with an ankle problem after 75 minutes.

I think Harry will be okay. He finished the game anyway. Scott is more of a concern, so let’s see how he recovers in the next few days. He said he was going to be okay out on the pitch and he said ‘I’ll be fine’. He’s tough, but he had to come off. But I hope he’ll recover for Sunday, but I don’t know.

With Young suspended for the Brighton match, Solskjaer has limited options at the back and could well be forced to give young left-back Brandon Williams (£4.0m) his first-ever start in the league unless more seasoned performers prove their fitness.

Lindelof probably holds the key there. Should he be fit, Rojo could move across to left-back. Phil Jones (£4.8m) is another who could come in, although he’s not played a single minute in the league this season.

Solskjaer will hope the players further up the pitch can continue last night’s excellent form to offset those defensive concerns.

Fantasy managers buying into Rashford and Martial will be of exactly the same mind.

Manchester United XI: Romero, Maguire, Rojo, Fred (Garner 63), Young, Wan-Bissaka, McTominay (Lingard 75), Mata, Martial, Rashford (Pereira 67), Greenwood.

Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 Slovan Bratislava

  • Goal: Raul Jimenez (£7.3m)
  • Assist: Adama Traore (£5.1m)

A late winner from Raul Jimenez (£7.3m) edged Wolves ever closer to the Europa League’s final 32 on a tricky night at Molineux.

The striker headed home Adama Traore‘s (£5.1m) cross in the early stages of 12 minutes of time added on after Jimenez had accidentally kicked defender Kenan Bajric in the head.

Bajric had to be stretchered off with concussion and the Mexican’s later goal celebration was a muted and contrite affair, as is suddenly the trend among innocent-but-guilty offenders.

Wolves controlled much of the game, only to be frustrated by a resolute Bratislava, with visiting goalkeeper Dominik Greif setting the tone when he saved a Ruben Neves (£5.3m) penalty not long after the break.

That miss could have major Fantasy repercussions, as Wolves boss Nuno Espirto Santo explained after the match.

Today was Ruben’s turn, he didn’t make it, next time it’s going to be Raul (Jimenez), hopefully, he will make it – this is the moment that we have to decide. We practise a lot in the training sessions, we have designated penalty takers, today it was Ruben, he was not happy because he didn’t kick well, he’s conscious of that and he must work hard.

Jimenez, with two goals and as many assists from his last four league starts, is now up to 12.3% FPL ownership and in the top ten for Gameweek 12 transfers-in. His growing army of Fantasy fans will be delighted to hear he now has another string to his point-scoring bow.

Greif also did well to deny efforts from Joao Moutinho (£5.3m) and Matt Doherty (£6.0m) as the home side’s pressure threatened to come to nothing.

The fact that Doherty was even playing was a major plus point for his 3.2% FPL ownership, however, as the wing-back had been a doubt after picking up a knee issue in the Gameweek 11 draw at Arsenal.

Espirito Santo had made just three changes from that match, with striker Diogo Jota (£6.1m) an enforced one as he sat out last night’s tie due to European suspension.

He looks likely to return for the weekend derby with Aston Villa, as should wing-back Jonny (£5.4m), who only came on for the final five minutes against the Slovaks.

Wolves XI: Patricio, Kilman, Coady, Dendocker, Vinagre (Jonny 90+7), Neves, Moutinho, Doherty, Neto (Cutrone 69), Jimenez, Traore (Bennett 90+10).

Vitoria Guimaraes 1-1 Arsenal

  • Goals: Shkodran Mustafi (£5.2m)
  • Assists: Nicolas Pepe (£9.3m)

Arsenal’s defensive fragility was exposed once again as they conceded an injury-time equaliser that scuppered their chances, for now at least, of securing guaranteed progression from the Europa League group stages.

The Gunners dominated possession in Portugal on Wednesday, but did little with it until Shkodran Mustafi (£5.2m) headed home Nicolas Pepe‘s (£9.3m) free-kick with ten minutes to play.

That should have been that, only for the home side to produce a late rally and an even later goal that made it four matches on the trot that Arsenal have had to make do with a draw.

Manager Unai Emery made eight changes from the side that drew 1-1 with Wolves in Gameweek 11, handing the captain’s armband to defender Rob Holding (£4.5m).

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (11.0m), together with back-in-favour playmaker Mesut Ozil (£7.2m), didn’t even travel.

One of the few potential starters for Saturday evening’s tough trip to Leicester City, Kieran Tierney (£5.4m), played the full 90 minutes, although investing in any member of an Arsenal defence with just two clean sheets this season looks ill-advised at present.

In attack, Pepe also started and finished the match; worrying news for his 3.0% ownership after he was dropped in Gameweek 11, playing no part in a league game for the first time this season as a result.

The 1.7% who own Alexandre Lacazette (£9.3m) will have been rather more heartened to see their man given only a 25-minute run-out from the bench in Portugal.

Midfielder Daniel Ceballos (£5.4m) did start, but had to be replaced after 54 minutes with a hamstring problem and Emery couldn’t provide a positive assessment post-match, saying:

He has a small injury, but I don’t think he is going to be available this week.

The Gunners have indeed since confirmed that Ceballos will miss Gameweek 12 as further assessment is awaited.

Arsenal have a decent run of fixtures to come once the Leicester clash is out of the way, with a Gameweek 17 visit from Manchester City by far the toughest test they’ll face until after Christmas.

But a lack of attacking bite – they’ve been averaging just a goal a game over the last five fixtures – and that defensive frailty means few of their assets are attracting much Fantasy interest at present.

Indeed, while no Gunner is is the top 30 for Gameweek 12 purchases, both Aubameyang and Ceballos are experiencing relatively significant sales.

Arsenal XI: Martínez, Mustafi, Sokratis, Holding, Maitland-Niles, Willock (Torreira 78), Ceballos (Guendouzi 54), Tierney, Pépé, Martinelli, Saka (Lacazette 65).

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761 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Ady87
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    13 days, 18 hours ago

    Captain?

    A) Jiminez (AVL)
    B) Tammy (CRY)

    1. Tcheco
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 18 hours ago

      B only because Chelsea are score shiteloads every game

    2. NeverLucky
      13 days, 18 hours ago

      To add to complexity I also have Vardy. Who would you captain of 3?

      I am leaning to Jim....

      1. Tcheco
        • 2 Years
        13 days, 18 hours ago

        Vardy party if you have him

        Nail in Unai's coffin this weekend

        1. NeverLucky
          13 days, 17 hours ago

          Really tough one...:(

    3. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
      • 4 Years
      13 days, 18 hours ago

      Tammy for me

    4. Bada Bing
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      I've had Jimi as my captain all week but I'm having second thoughts as he played from start to finish in the Thursday league. So leaning towards Tammy now.

    5. iL PiStOlErO
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      I am going Tammy but If I had Jimmy would probably be him. Hope it helped.

  2. CelticBhoy1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    13 days, 18 hours ago

    Bench one:

    A) Soy

    B) Tomori

    C) Rico

    1. Jontharon
      • 1 Year
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      A

  3. England – who would you pick?
    avfc82
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 9 Years
    13 days, 18 hours ago

    England manager Gareth Southgate named his squad for the European Qualifiers against Montenegro and Kosovo yesterday.

    There was a return to the squad for Liverpool’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi, whilst the likes of Jack Grealish, Dele Alli and Kyle Walker missed out.

    Do the likes of Grealish, Alli and Walker deserve to be in the squad… and what about Dean Henderson and Aaron Wan-Bissaka?

    Should Southgate be looking at anyone else, possibly going under the radar?

    What eleven would you go with vs Montenegro?

    Squad in full…

    Goalkeepers: Heaton, Pickford, Pope
    Defenders: Alexander-Arnold, Chilwell, Gomez, Maguire, Mings, Rose, Stones, Tomori, Trippier
    Midfielders: Barkley, Delph, Henderson, Maddison, Mount, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rice, Winks
    Forwards: Abraham, Hudson-Odoi, Kane, Rashford, Sancho, Sterling, Wilson

    1. Thunder Warrior
      • 5 Years
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      IN Grealish, Walker, Alli
      OUT Winks, Gomez, Barkley

      1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
        • 1 Year
        13 days, 17 hours ago

        Winks deserves the spot imo. England played better with him in the 11.

        1. avfc82
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 9 Years
          13 days, 17 hours ago

          I agree Winks needs to be in. There is currently a real lack of quality holding players in this country, and he's prob the best of the bunch at this time.

          1. Nabs Kebabs
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            13 days, 17 hours ago

            Winks better than Rice? No chance mate. Winks brings nothing to the table except sideways passes. Rice brings tenacity in the middle of the park.

            1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
              • 1 Year
              13 days, 17 hours ago

              I trust winks on the ball way more than rice. In Southgates system the holding mid needs to carry the ball forward after taking it from the center-backs, turn, play the ball through the lines or hit the wide men. Winks does that better than Rice. You have hendo to partner him for that tenacity.

              1. Nabs Kebabs
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                13 days, 17 hours ago

                just don't think Hendo and Winks provide enough bite or ball winning ability in midfield. I don't see why Rice can't play simple passes and allow Hendo and Maddy to create. Maguire is also a great ball player out of defence.

                1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
                  • 1 Year
                  13 days, 17 hours ago

                  The two of them together provide enough imo, Winks, Hendo, Maddi much better in possession and more fluid, We will move the ball faster.

                  1. Nabs Kebabs
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    13 days, 17 hours ago

                    in games against the likes of Montonegro I'd say I actually agree it makes sense to have better players on the ball with more vision. But when push comes to shove, I hate the idea of playing Hendo and Winks against decent opposition.

            2. avfc82
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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              • 9 Years
              13 days, 17 hours ago

              Rice's performance vs Czech Republic was terrible, IMO. He wasn't alone tho. I think if you look at England's best performances recently (6-0 Bulgaria, Spain 3-2), Winks has been involved.

      2. avfc82
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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        • 9 Years
        13 days, 17 hours ago

        Good shout on Grealish - no English player has created more chances from open play this season.

    2. Murder On Zidanesfloor
      • 1 Year
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      I think Kyle Walker should get the nod before AWB, he is completely toothless going forward, needs to work very hard on that to be considered a world-class RB. Happy with the choice though, Trent and Trippier are the best 2, and fit Southgate's system very well.

      Happy that Alli has been left out.

      1. ElliotJHP
        • 7 Years
        13 days, 17 hours ago

        I agree, people banging on about Walker Trippier has been great in Madrid.

        I think it is good that Southgate has a squad of players he can trust, you need to build relationships with players. He only gets these players for a week or so every few months.

    3. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      Delph & Rice - how do they get in the squad?

      1. avfc82
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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        • 9 Years
        13 days, 17 hours ago

        Rice I don't understand. Not currently good enough as a holding player in a 4-3-3, which is the setup we seem to be using.

      2. T-BOX ⚽
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        13 days, 17 hours ago

        You do realise the importance of defensive mids in football?

      3. Nabs Kebabs
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        13 days, 17 hours ago

        Delph is kak but rate rice

    4. Kopkloppers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      Anyone other than Pickford.
      AWB Mings Maguire Chilwell
      Ox Winks
      Sterling Mount Sancho
      Kane
      Sancho and Sterling to swap around

      1. ElliotJHP
        • 7 Years
        13 days, 17 hours ago

        Surely that's not our best back four bloody ell

        1. Kopkloppers
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          13 days, 17 hours ago

          Tell me better. It is subjective and not our choice after all.

        2. Kopkloppers
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          13 days, 17 hours ago

          Look below. Same as mine outside of TAA who does not defend very well and our wings do his job anyway.. So I am not going round the bend.

          1. The 12th Man
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            13 days, 17 hours ago

            Could always play 5 at the back with AWB on the right of 3 centre backs.

    5. The 12th Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      Heaton
      TAA,Maguire,Mings,Chilwell
      Henderson,Winks
      Sancho,CHO,Sterling
      Kane

    6. Murder On Zidanesfloor
      • 1 Year
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      My 11 would be,

      Pickford
      TAA Mings Maguire Chilwell
      Ox Winks Maddison
      Sancho Kane Sterling

      1. avfc82
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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        • 9 Years
        13 days, 17 hours ago

        Yep, like this a lot.

    7. ElliotJHP
      • 7 Years
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      Heaton
      Trippier Tomori Stones Chilwell
      Hendo
      Ox Mount
      Sancho Rashford Sterling

    8. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      AWB the glaring omission IMHO.

    9. Pep Pig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      Must admit I don't like seeing names such as Delph and Barkley and even Winks when players like Grealish have shone this season. That said, I'm a massive fan of Southgate and I've no doubt he'll get the call-up next time if he keeps this form up. As far as I'm aware, he's fit for this weekend so it does seem harsh mind.

      I think our formation needs looking at as we don't appear to have the class at centre half to play 3.

      Pickford
      TAA Maguire Mings Chilwell
      Rice
      Henderson Maddison
      Sancho Kane Sterling

      Whilst typing it seems very harsh on Rashford

      1. The 12th Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        13 days, 17 hours ago

        Not harsh at all.
        Team looks good. Can’t play everyone , Rash can come off the bench.

    10. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 9 Years
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      Interesting to see Maguire and Mings as the preferred central defensive partnership, people really don't trust Stones do they.

      No shouts for John Lundstram either?!

      Anybody think Southgate should try and get Vardy back in, or is there enough depth up front already?

      1. The 12th Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        13 days, 17 hours ago

        JL as a defender or midfielder?
        Get it right. Lol

        1. avfc82
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 9 Years
          13 days, 17 hours ago

          Ha, I guess he'd be competing with Henderson for a starting spot 🙂

      2. Pep Pig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        13 days, 17 hours ago

        He threw the towel in too soon for me. I'd prefer picking the players who want to fight for their place. We have so many attacking options.

        1. avfc82
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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          • 9 Years
          13 days, 17 hours ago

          Agree, hard to see where he fits in.

    11. Nabs Kebabs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      what is that everyone sees in Winks? Just seems like a really poor mans Jordan Henderson.

      1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
        • 1 Year
        13 days, 17 hours ago

        He is the Carrick type.

        1. Nabs Kebabs
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          13 days, 17 hours ago

          except you already have Henderson as the Carrick. Who the heck wants 2 Carricks?

          1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
            • 1 Year
            13 days, 17 hours ago

            Hendo is more similar to winks than Carrick.

            1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
              • 1 Year
              13 days, 17 hours ago

              rice I mean** more similar to rice

      2. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        13 days, 17 hours ago

        Most replaceable player of all time

    12. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      Desperate for us to play 3 at the back so we can make the most out of our best player, TAA. I’d do something like this:

      Sterling Kane
      Chilwell Ox Hendo Mount TAA
      Mings Maguire Tomori
      Anyone but Pickford and Pope

      1. avfc82
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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        • 9 Years
        13 days, 17 hours ago

        We do look really vulnerable at times playing 4-3-3, so I think that's a pretty good shout.

      2. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        13 days, 17 hours ago

        Changed it featuring a proper keeper and Walker but otherwise it’s Gomez/Tomori in that spot. This is the best team vs tough opposition. Nabs Kebabs one below when we’re going for it:

        Sterling Kane
        Chilwell Ox Winks Hendo TAA
        Maguire Rice Walker
        Henderson

        1. Nabs Kebabs
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          13 days, 17 hours ago

          Don't mind that all, that's the only case where I wouldn't mind seeing Winks and Hendo. When you've got 3 CB's behind them.

    13. petefa
      • 10 Years
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      No Lundstram no party.

    14. Nabs Kebabs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      Pickford
      TAA Maguire Mings Chillwell
      Rice Henderson
      Sancho Maddison Sterling
      Kane

      1. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        13 days, 17 hours ago

        I like this a lot

      2. Nabs Kebabs
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        13 days, 17 hours ago

        could also play it as a 433 with Rice holding and Maddison as an #8 instead of #10. I just think Rice and Henderson provide a solid enough pivot to allow Maddy the extra freedom

      3. Murder On Zidanesfloor
        • 1 Year
        13 days, 17 hours ago

        2 holding mids would work better with someone like Sean Dyce or Steve Bruce, not Southgate.

        1. Nabs Kebabs
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          13 days, 17 hours ago

          This would play completely differently. 4231 with the wide forwards always high up the pitch and pressing intensely. It's not a deep 4411.

        2. The 12th Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          13 days, 17 hours ago

          Or 5-3-2/ 3-5-2

          —————Heaton
          ——AWB,Maguire,Mings
          TAA———Henderson——-Chilwell
          vvv——Maddison—Ox——-vvvv
          ————————Sterling
          ————-Kane——-vvvvv

    15. CostaCoffee
      • 6 Years
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      Heaton
      TAA Maguire Tomori Chilwell
      Winks Henderson
      Sancho Mount/Maddison Sterling
      Kane (Though Tammy deserves a start on club form imo)

      Surprised by the amount of people picking Ox, he’s been quite poor apart from the goals imo. Though I do understand there’s a huge lack of midfield options. If Loftus Cheek regains his form when he returns he should slot right into a midfield 3

      1. avfc82
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 9 Years
        13 days, 17 hours ago

        Really good shout on Loftus-Cheek.

      2. Murder On Zidanesfloor
        • 1 Year
        13 days, 17 hours ago

        Some seriously good goals though. We need goals to come from midfield, Ox and even RLC provide that.

    16. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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      • 9 Years
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      If Southgate wants to continue using a 4-3-3, I'd like to see something like this vs Montenegro...

      Pickford
      Alexander-Arnold, Maguire, Mings, Chilwell
      Henderson, Winks, Maddison
      Sterling, Kane, Rashford or possibly Sancho, Kane, Sterling

      1. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        13 days, 17 hours ago

        Sancho Kane Stelring is the one. It looks a great team on paper if he just picks the right players. That’s surely the 1st choice in Southgate’s mind we have a wonderful squad of players it’s nice to see

        1. avfc82
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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          • 9 Years
          13 days, 17 hours ago

          I worry about it defensively, but going forward surely no probs at all. Would obviously love to see Grealish in there too, but hopefully next time.

          1. Ask Yourself
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            13 days, 17 hours ago

            So do I but when facing teams like Montenegro there should be no problems with it.
            I agree but Henderson, from a long time hater, is irreplaceable on the right side of the centre mids. In most systems that suit us we then only have room for one creative midfielder. I really love grealish too but he’s competing with Maddison, Mount, RLC etc. If he was playing like this for Chelsea you bet he’d be straight in the 1st 11 though

            1. avfc82
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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              • 9 Years
              13 days, 17 hours ago

              Yep, loads of competition. If Southgate see's him as an 8, he's up against Mount, Maddison, Barkley etc, but then again he mentioned in his press conference his best performances recently have been further forward, which is true, so then he's competing with Sterling, Rashford, Hudson-Odoi and Sancho.

      2. Murder On Zidanesfloor
        • 1 Year
        13 days, 17 hours ago

        This is my first choice team but like I Posted above I would give Ox the nod vs Montenegro just because he is returning to the squad and will be nice to get a game under his belt after injury. Great form too

    17. DantheManinaPan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      As a Blade, Mings in ahead of O'Connell seems a bit harsh

      1. avfc82
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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        • 9 Years
        13 days, 17 hours ago

        Fair shout on O'Connell, I just wonder whether he went for Mings as he's regularly playing in a back four?

      2. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        13 days, 17 hours ago

        I’d love wilder to take over the England job we have the perfect squad for him and JOC would be great competition for mings in that LCB role

    18. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      On paper putting 3 of Sterling, AOX, Sancho, Rashford, CHO behind (or more like in front of!) Kane should work so well, especially with the likes of a TAA or a Chilwell running beyond them

      But the lack of a couple of world class central mids & Central Defs to solidify things & feed them possibly nullifies a lot of the threat of those pacier players

      What is England's footballing identity at the minute? Are they a possession based team? A counterattacking team? Something in between?

      1. avfc82
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 9 Years
        13 days, 17 hours ago

        I agree, there is a real lack of quality in central midfield.

        I think they want to be tactically flexible - 4-3-3, 4-2-3-1, 3-5-2 etc - press from the front and dominate the middle of the pitch, but I'm not sure we have the players available for the latter. Getting someone into the eleven like Maddison or Grealish would be a start, IMO.

    19. Bouncebackability
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      Any side without Pickford in it.

    20. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      13 days, 15 hours ago

      My lineup would be

      Heaton
      Trent Gomez Stones Chilwell
      Ox Hendo Maddison
      Sterling Abraham Rashford

    21. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      13 days, 11 hours ago

      Pickford
      TAA Gomez Maguire Chilwell
      Henderson Winks Delph
      Sancho Kane Sterling

      4-3-3- Liverpool style. Attacking full-backs, a functional and mobile midfield that isn't really creative and a dynamic front three with the forward dropping deep and being a playmaker.

    22. Ginkapo FPL
      • 8 Years
      12 days, 21 hours ago

      Joshua King

  4. Swills
    • 2 Years
    13 days, 18 hours ago

    Should I Free Hit this week?

    Ryan
    Willems Chilwell Lundstram
    Mane KDB sterling Mount Guendozi
    Aguero Tammy [c]

    Bench - Button, Rico Kelly Greenwood

    1. Noé Pamarot
      • 1 Year
      13 days, 18 hours ago

      No, hold on for a more fruitful gw, such as a double or one with multiple blanks.

  5. Silecro
    • 2 Years
    13 days, 18 hours ago

    Currently on WC, is this a good team to go forward? 

    Gazzaniga
    Trent/ Rico/ Lascelles
    Sterling/ Maddison/ Mane/ Martial
    Vardy / Jimenez/ Abraham

    Bench: Button/ Lundstram/ Soyoncu/ Dendoncker

    0.3 itb

    Maddison,Martial > Son, Trossard is also an option

  6. Tcheco
    • 2 Years
    13 days, 18 hours ago

    Repost because no replies 🙁

    A. Dilva to Martial

    B. Haller to Jimenez

    C. Both for -4

    1. KINGS
      13 days, 18 hours ago

      A

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      B

    3. Tshelby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      C

      1. Baked baines
        • 5 Years
        13 days, 17 hours ago

        D

    4. Whats the Mata?
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      A

    5. Tcheco
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      thank you

  7. KINGS
    13 days, 18 hours ago

    Bench Rico or Soy?

    1. Tcheco
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      Arsenal are more likely to score than Newcastle so bench Soy imo. Close though

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      Rico

    3. danishdynamite
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      Arsenal are all at sea, but I can still see them scoring, whereas I can more likely see BOU keeping a cleanie ...... plus Rico is on set pices

      I'm in the same situation, and currently have Soy benched

  8. MikeLowrey
    • 1 Year
    13 days, 18 hours ago

    A)
    VVD & Wilson to Rico & Vardy (-4)
    B)
    Sterling & Wickham to Maddo & Vardy (-4)
    C)
    Roll FT

  9. iL PiStOlErO
    13 days, 18 hours ago

    Bottomed.

    So I kept Auba and Son so this is why no Vardy and really don't know what else to do here. Pope also has good fixtures. Maybe reshuffle defence? Or do Connolly to Mousset? There is not much left to do actually.

    Pope
    TAA Soyuncu Lund
    Salah KdB Son Maddison Dendocker
    Auba Tammy (C)

    Button Rico Connolly Guilbert

    2ft, 0.4itb

    Thanks for any input.

    1. Klip Klopp
      • 4 Years
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      Auba to Jiminez and save a transfer

      1. DantheManinaPan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        13 days, 17 hours ago

        No way Jimenez is a better pick than Vardy at the moment

    2. Pep Pig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      I wouldn't advise getting rid of Auba just yet. I'd definitely play Rico ahead of Dendoncker.
      Though I can't see what you can do other than leave alone despite having 2FT.

      Whilst holding onto Auba, you're kind of stuck with this with 3 premium midfielders.

      I expect you to do well this week

      1. iL PiStOlErO
        13 days, 17 hours ago

        Thanks Pep. I totally agree with you, thats my thinking also. Don't know why no love at all for Auba. Even better if people keep selling him and he hauls. So leave it like this or punt on Mousset instead of Connolly just to not waste a ft?

        1. Pep Pig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          13 days, 17 hours ago

          I like the Mousset move mate. I overlooked that and think you should. 6 of their 7 games in December look great don't they. He looks like a confidence player and I hoe he does well

        2. Pep Pig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          13 days, 17 hours ago

          I also own Auba and have not been swayed to move him on for Vardy. I think they'll both do well but taking my chances like yourself at the minute. Lacca and Auba love each other as much as Yorke and Cole in the day.

          1. iL PiStOlErO
            13 days, 17 hours ago

            Thanks I will do that 3rd striker transfer. BHA hae awful fixtures. Btw I actually think if people can afgord it that Auba&Vardy would be gold next few weeks. But can't have them all. Cheers mate.

  10. Oggle22
    • 2 Years
    13 days, 17 hours ago

    Pope
    TAA Lundstarm Tomori
    Salah Sterling Mount Perez
    King Kun Abraham

    Button Rico Pieters Guendouzi

    1) King & Kun to Vardy Rashford
    2) King & Kun to Vardy Jiminez
    3)King& Kun Perez to Vardy Jiminez Martial
    4)King Kun Perez to Vardy Martial Rashford

    Cheers

    1. Klip Klopp
      • 4 Years
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      2. I like 3 but don’t shift Perez for a hit this week

  11. Noé Pamarot
    • 1 Year
    13 days, 17 hours ago

    Who would you bench from:

    Janmaat, Digne, Lund, Diop, Rico
    Saka
    Connolly

    Currently playing 442, and bench order is Connolly, Diop, Saka. Correct?

    1. Klip Klopp
      • 4 Years
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      Im confused

      1. Noé Pamarot
        • 1 Year
        13 days, 17 hours ago

        Apologies, poor post from me. I only listed the players from my squad who I would consider benching. Team is:

        Pope, Button
        Digne, Rico, Lund, Janmaat, Diop
        Sterling, Salah, KDB, Yarmo, Saka,
        Vardy, Abraham, Connolly

        Just checking who I need to bench, and am on Connolly, Diop, Saka in that order.

        1. Klip Klopp
          • 4 Years
          13 days, 17 hours ago

          Yeah good team, I would put Saka second, Unai will probably throw him on around 65 mins when we are behind to Leicester

          1. Noé Pamarot
            • 1 Year
            13 days, 17 hours ago

            Cheers, appreciated.

          2. iL PiStOlErO
            13 days, 17 hours ago

            Or this yes

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      Correct.

  12. Klip Klopp
    • 4 Years
    13 days, 17 hours ago

    Best captain choice:

    A. Jiminez
    B. Abraham
    C. Martial
    D. Vardy to crash Unai’s party

    1. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      D.

    2. Noé Pamarot
      • 1 Year
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      D

    3. iL PiStOlErO
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      A or B

    4. NeverLucky
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      Roll a dice with A/B and D :)? lol

  13. Cheshire Duck
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    13 days, 17 hours ago

    Otamendi + Ceballos > Rico + Tielemans (for a hit) ?

    1. Klip Klopp
      • 4 Years
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      Yes

  14. TheDragon
    • 1 Year
    13 days, 17 hours ago

    Thoughts please:

    1 FT 0 ITB
    Ryan
    TAA, Lundstram, Rico
    Salah, Sterling, KDB, Mount, CHO
    Abraham, Pukki
    Button l Mendy, Soyuncu, Greenwood

    A) Save FT
    B) KDB & Pukki -> Tielmans & Vardy (-4) - if I don’t do it this week I’ll do it for free next week.

    Bonus question. If I go for A, then out of 10 how crazy a decision is captaining Pukki?

    1. Patrick.22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      Go for A. Pukki after party is on! Lol

      1. TheDragon
        • 1 Year
        13 days, 17 hours ago

        B is the play it safe and have a moderate gameweek move

        A is the have a very volatile gameweek one way or the other....

  15. tbhogal
    • 10 Years
    13 days, 17 hours ago

    Salah owners are you getting rid for Mane? or holding for now?

    1. Klip Klopp
      • 4 Years
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      I’m holding. Have lost money on him but might as well asses over the international break. I think overall they will probably finish with roughly the same points

    2. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      Holding

      Him & Sterling are becoming big differentials.

      It’s an easy switch to Mane in the future if need be

      1. iL PiStOlErO
        13 days, 17 hours ago

        Also this is food for thought

    3. iL PiStOlErO
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      Was thinking but difference now is only 0.4 and you never know with this guys so not worth it. Stick just with one and gtg.

    4. trinzoo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      Captaining!

    5. DantheManinaPan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      Definitely holding, and capping too!

      He's still winning the stats battle.

      If I was on a wildcard, I might get Mane, but not worth spending a precious transfer on

  16. rnrd
    • 5 Years
    13 days, 17 hours ago

    Is Tiemelmans a good LEI cover?
    Can’t afford maddy and have already be burnt by ayoze this season..

    1. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      Not for me. 3 class FPL games. 8 not so good.

    2. Patrick.22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      Prefer Maddi but Tiels is a good pick. Nailed on starter and very creative/attacking

    3. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      I think he is just as good an option as Maddison.

      He was unlucky not to be in the points again last week

    4. Bada Bing
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      Timmelmans (or whatever his name is) is on my watch list for sure. He's a quality player for sure, but I'm not entirely sure about his FPL worth just yet.

    5. DantheManinaPan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      Since joining Leicester, Tielemans has consistently outperformed Maddison.

      I think this is one of those where people are swayed by price. If Tielemans was priced a bit higher to match Maddison, I think more people would be deliberating!

  17. FOO FIGHTER
    13 days, 17 hours ago

    How many matches are coming up for Son in the IB?

    1. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      2 for South Korea. Not sure about Son. 2nd is challenge match v Brazil on the Tuesday.

  18. Patrick.22
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    13 days, 17 hours ago

    For the triple up Liverpool fixture swing..

    A) Soy & Mount > Robbo & 4.4mid
    B) Mohamady & Sterling > Salah & 3.9def

    Already have TAA and Mane. KDB my only other City asset

    1. Bavarian
      • 1 Year
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      Keep Soy

  19. joelsprylar
    • 3 Years
    13 days, 17 hours ago

    Start two.

    Lundstram
    Soyuncu
    Hayden
    Diop

  20. Frank Koscielny
    • 3 Years
    13 days, 17 hours ago

    I was just recommended to do Salah + Greenwood to Vardy + 7.3 mid - Am I mad for considering this?

    1. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      Depends if Greenwood starts for you each week currently

      1. Frank Koscielny
        • 3 Years
        13 days, 17 hours ago

        Greenwood is currently benched. This would put Yarmolenko on the bench.

    2. joelsprylar
      • 3 Years
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      You are mad because it hasn't been done before.

    3. DantheManinaPan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      Yes.

      Personally wouldn't be even considering a team without Salah/Mane + Sterling + KDB + Abraham + Vardy.

      For me, any move to bring in Vardy would have to be at the expense of someone not in that list above.

  21. jez_wright
    • 7 Years
    13 days, 17 hours ago

    Bench one

    A) Lund
    B) Soy
    C) Mount

    1. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      B

  22. GreennRed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    13 days, 17 hours ago

    Dilva not 100% out of Pool game yet. Pep games?

  23. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    13 days, 17 hours ago

    Would you keep Mount on WC or transfer for Pulisic? (No great loss in value)

    1. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      I’d keep

      Mount is central to everything Chelsea do and is nailed.

      If Pulisic is nailed then he does become a very interesting option though

    2. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      Pulisic.

  24. Lev Yashin
    • 7 Years
    13 days, 17 hours ago

    2FTs + 1.6m so need to use one or lose one:

    Ryan
    TAA, Tomori, Lund, Rico
    KdB, Mané, Martial
    Vardy, Tammy, Jimenez

    Button, CHO, Mendy, Saka

    1. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      What’s your longer term plan? If you are planning on double Liverpool defence from next week then why not just do Mendy -> Robertson now go be you are benching Mendy anyway?

      1. Noé Pamarot
        • 1 Year
        13 days, 17 hours ago

        Actually, I like this.

    2. Noé Pamarot
      • 1 Year
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      CHO to Pulisic maybe? Then play him over Tomori.

    3. ElliotJHP
      • 7 Years
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      Ryan to Gazza

    4. MikeRyko
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      Mendy the obvious one - rotation risk still and too expensive to bench in general. Leicester defenders the obvious replacements I think.

  25. jtreble
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    13 days, 17 hours ago

    Latest Mount news? Can’t wait for CHE presser.

    1. Lev Yashin
      • 7 Years
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      I have CHO so I hope he's mOUnT.

  26. Jellyfish
    • 7 Years
    13 days, 17 hours ago

    Anyone know if Ciaran Clark is nailed on at Newcastle? Looks an interestring option at 4.3

    1. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      Seems to be. Some decent value in Newcastle defenders who have to rely on a tight defence if they hope to survive.

      1. MikeRyko
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        13 days, 17 hours ago

        Could be risky with Schar on the way back soon.

        1. GreennRed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          13 days, 17 hours ago

          Forgot about him! Lascelles, Dummet?

  27. si
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    13 days, 17 hours ago

    Kane 2% of captain votes on a weekend like this. Nuts.

    1. Noé Pamarot
      • 1 Year
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      Sheffield United aren't slouches in defence (or anywhere on the pitch particularly, surprisingly). I have captained both Salah and Auba against them this season - both fails.

      1. GreennRed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        13 days, 17 hours ago

        Per pounds paid the best team in the league. Wilder is a very good coach.

    2. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      Was fairly poor v a poor Red Star though in highlights was playing fairly deep.

  28. Bobby_Baggio
    • 8 Years
    13 days, 17 hours ago

    Morning all. Don't know where to use my 2FT? 0.1m ITB. Happy to use 1FT so i have 2 for IB. Cheers.

    Pope
    Cancelo - Robbo - Lund
    KDB - Sterling - Mount - James
    Kane - Abraham - Vardy

    McGovern - Rico - Soy - Nakamba

    1. Tierney Henry
      • 7 Years
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      Cancelo is the only one i'd thnk about swapping this week

      1. Bobby_Baggio
        • 8 Years
        13 days, 17 hours ago

        Lol only got him last week :). Who would you suggest?

  29. aotp009
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    13 days, 17 hours ago

    Guys,

    I currently hold Aguero, but I am bringing in Auba next week for the GW13-GW16 stretch. I still have a FT this week. Which would you suggest of the following two options :

    A) Keep Aguero for GW12 at Liverpool
    B) Bring in Aubameyang for GW12-GW16

    1. ElliotJHP
      • 7 Years
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      Tough, I reckon B

  30. Whats the Mata?
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    13 days, 17 hours ago

    Chances of CHO starting if Mount is fit?

    Note: Pulisic has started 4 consecutive games and incase he starts tomorrow, it'll be 5 starts in 14 days.

    1. ElliotJHP
      • 7 Years
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      I dont think CHO will start either way

    2. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      5 starts in 14 days isn't much for a young professional footballer. Was rested for games by Lampard too a few weeks back, can play wife or central. Himself and Odoi could both play.