Scout Notes

Pulisic emerging as best Chelsea option after latest haul

Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace

Goals: Tammy Abraham (£7.9m), Christian Pulisic (£7.4m)

Assists: Willian (£7.1m), Michy Batshuayi (£6.6m)

Bonus Points: Fikayo Tomori x3 (£4.8m), Abraham x2, Willian x2

Christian Pulisic (£7.4m) continues to force Fantasy managers to reconsider their investment in the Chelsea attack after scoring in the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.

Since breaking into the first-team in Gameweek 10, the USA international has found the net five times, at least three more than any of his colleagues.

With 50.77% currently in possession of Tammy Abraham (£7.9m), 35.7% ownership for Mason Mount (£6.8m) and 25.3% of managers overall including both players in their squads, Pulisic is increasingly asking us to make tough decisions about our teams.

Over the last three matches in which he has locked down the left-wing position at Chelsea, he has performed better than Mount both in terms of the eye-test and statistically.

Compared to the Englishman, Pulisic has registered more shots in the box, big chances, shots on target and chances created in that time.

“He played some games early on and the pace of the Premier League is tough for anyone to improve in the game. But with Christian, I always believed that he has huge talent and will be a big player for us and he has shown that. I thought he was first class today. His energy, movement of the ball, slipping past people, moving passed people and the quality of getting in areas again, scoring in and around the six-yard box. I think is a huge thing for any wide player.” – Frank Lampard

Pulisic is really starting to make his mark on this Chelsea team

Thankfully for Fantasy managers, an immediate move for Pulisic does not seem particularly pressing, unless one is worried about missing out on a price rise or two.

That’s because after the final international break of 2019 is out of the way, Chelsea’s next Premier League fixture takes them away to Manchester City in Gameweek 13.

Furthermore, Frank Lampard reported after the win over Crystal Palace that Pulisic had sustained a slight hip injury which will need to be assessed.

“The only frustration is he comes off with a bit of an injury. He was going to be subbed off before he got his goal, he has got a bit of a hip issue. I am hoping it’s not too bad because the way that he is in full flow at the minute is great to see.” – Frank Lampard

Abraham did not have his best game for Chelsea but still scored his first home goal since Gameweek 4

Following this week’s research into his recent Stamford Bridge misfortunes, Abraham finally got his first goal at home since Gameweek 4.

However, this was not a performance that will have encouraged his ever-increasing Fantasy ownership.

It was a display partly influenced by a decent defensive showing from Crystal Palace, especially in the first half. Centre-backs Gary Cahill (£4.5m) and James Tomkins (£5.0m) marked Abraham tightly and did a good job of repelling balls into the box.

The centre-forward was a little unlucky not to connect with a Pulisic cross towards the end of the first half but other than that, the opening 50 minutes were quiet for him.

Just as it was looking as if Abraham might have to be hauled off and replaced by Michy Batshuayi (£6.6m) or Olivier Giroud (£6.6m), he was finally played in for a first big chance of the afternoon.

A clever flick-on from Willian (£7.1m) sent him through on goal and made for a simple finish beyond Vicente Guaita (£5.0m).

Even after that, Abraham was not at his best and was indeed hauled off for Batshuayi in the 73rd minute, the Belgian international providing the assist for Pulisic’s goal.

While Abraham is unlikely to lose his place in the team, this performance, coupled with a tricky Gameweek 13 trip to Manchester City, might certainly be enough to hold off signing him over the international break.

“(Abraham) needs to be better in the first half. I suppose with Tammy in some games, he’s a striker and there are games in the Premier League that will frustrate you because good defenders won’t give you much space behind and then maybe not in front because their midfield are in front. It’s a problem to solve and as you say he was quite quiet but if you look at any top striker you expect a lot. You expect everything: goals, hold-up, run behind, etc. it’s not always possible but you need to do it, stay in the game, stay bright and lively and keep trying and keep running, which he did. And he gets his goal, which he takes very clinically, so a great game from Tammy, even if it might not be his best game in the showreel. When you think about tough games and you get the goal that puts you in front to win the game, that’s just as important.” – Frank Lampard

Mount came through his yellow flag to start against Crystal Palace

The same probably goes for Mount who is increasingly falling into Pulisic’s shadow.

The former Derby County man did come through his midweek injury scare well and did not particularly show any rusty signs, although did not look particularly likely to score either; primarily offering potential from his set-pieces.

He took a direct free-kick which struck the wall although shared such duties with Willian and Emerson Palmieri (£5.5m) who kept Marcos Alonso (£6.3m) out of the team once again.

The relatively disappointing displays from both Abraham and Mount could potentially be explained by Jorginho‘s (£5.1m) absence from the team.

Chelsea certainly missed his passing abilities in the midfield as they struggled to show too much quality, especially in the first half. Still, Pulisic and Willian were still able to play well without him.

Kanté was back for Chelsea against Crystal Palace

Furthermore, Chelsea fans will have been happy to see N’Golo Kanté (£5.0m) back in the side for the first time since Gameweek 8.

“We’ve worked with N’Golo because he was getting niggles so we had to give him a bit of time. We feel he had enough in his legs for Ajax but we just have to be careful.” – Frank Lampard

As per usual, the performances of Pulisic and Willian, as well as Mount’s quick recovery was frustrating news for owners of Callum Hudson-Odoi (£5.9m).

The exciting winger was named among the substitutes for the third match in a row and has registered just 35 minutes since Gameweek 10.

Right now, it seems unlikely Hudson-Odoi will break free from his role as an impact substitute. As already mentioned, Pulisic now has five goals in the last three matches on the left, while Willian has five attacking returns in the last six Gameweeks for Willian, who started each one of those matches and was even handed the captain’s armband for this meeting with Palace.

Reece James is starting to play his way into Lampard’s first-team plans

Of particular note was a first-ever Premier League start for promising right-back Reece James (£5.0m).

His inclusion in the starting XI caused the biggest stir when the team news dropped as it came at the expense of club captain and ever-present option Cesar Azpilicueta (£5.9m).

Almost immediately, James showed his quality, slotting into the first team seamlessly. On more than one occasion he provided some width and excellent delivery and, with experience of playing central midfield with Wigan, drifted into the centre to ask questions of the Palace defence there.

Furthermore, the 19-year-old handled the marking of Wilfried Zaha (£6.7m) with a composed head, completely unfazed by the prospect on his Premier League debut. The Palace winger did not get much of a look-in all day and, because of James’ advanced positioning was actually pinned back himself having to defend against the Chelsea man.

“I’m proud of them and I believe in them, especially Reece. I respect Azpilicueta, he’s the captain, he’s a great leader for the club and so important for us. I just felt it was time we could get Reece in some minutes because he’s deserving them the way he is training and playing. With Zaha, I thought what better a test? Every team has players that can hurt you on the counter-attack, Zaha is one of the best. But I thought, can we hurt them the other way? Make him run back more than he could get forward. I trust Reece defensively and he’s going to get much better.” – Frank Lampard

However, whether James can be relied upon as a regular starter at Chelsea yet does remain to be seen though.

It is clear that the right-back possesses an incredible talent and is likely to be first-choice for the Blues long-term but we cannot say for certain how long it will take for him to assume the mantle from Azpilicueta.

“(Azpilicueta) is a model of consistency and I spoke with him because I have huge respect for him. I think he’s a legend for this club. He is the captain, he is huge in what he delivers. It’s more that I’ve got two choices at full-back there. Reece has done well, Azpilicueta’s is in great form as well so it’s a nice time to give Reece some minutes.” – Frank Lampard

Tomori claimed all three bonus points on Saturday afternoon

It must be said that this line-up was good news both for owners of Kurt Zouma (£4.7m) and Fikayo Tomori (£4.8m).

There had been a suggestion that James coming into the first team might push Azpilicueta back into centre-back, where he played under Antonio Conte, admittedly in a three-man defence at the time.

Seeing the Spaniard drop to the bench rather than push one of Zouma or Tomori out of the team is certainly encouraging for Fantasy managers.

That said, we still will have to wait and see which one of those centre-backs will be replaced by Antonio Rüdiger (£6.0m) when he returns from injury.

Either way, this was another good afternoon for Chelsea’s defence as they recorded a third consecutive clean sheet at home. While they have to travel to Manchester City next time out, West Ham, Aston Villa, Bournemouth and Southampton are the next four to come to Stamford Bridge.

Not only is that encouraging for Chelsea defensive assets, but Tomori also furthered his appeal against Crystal Palace by taking home three bonus points on top of his clean sheet.

Ward had to come off injured just before half-time at Stamford Bridge

Meanwhile, the story of the game from a Crystal Palace Fantasy perspective was that of injuries.

Zaha managed to complete the 90 minutes but Roy Hodgson reported a foot injury after the final whistle.

“Yeah he got caught on the foot, which can happen sometimes and that can be very painful. Sometimes we forget that, the further we get from the field of play, having someone stand on your foot you think that players should shake it off, but it can be painful. At the moment he is icing that part of his foot and we will have to wait and see if anything more serious has been done to him. One hopes it is just a painful moment.” – Roy Hodgson

Also picking up a problem was right-back Joel Ward (£4.5m), who was forced off with a hamstring injury just before half-time.

While we don’t know how long he will be out for, especially with the international break coming along, it could present an opportunity for Martin Kelly (£4.1m) to return as a viable option.

The budget man had not featured since Gameweek 8 but saw out the remainder of Palace’s trip to Stamford Bridge at right-back. He and Ward are certainly ones to monitor, although it is a meeting with Liverpool in Gameweek 13.

Chelsea XI (4-3-3): Kepa; Emerson, Tomori, Zouma, R James; Kanté, Kovačić; Pulisic (Hudson-Odoi 80′), Mount (Gilmour 86′), Willian; Abraham (Batshuayi 73′).

Crystal Palace XI (4-3-3): Guaita; van Aanholt, Cahill, Tomkins, Ward (Kelly 44′); Kouyaté (McArthur 82′), Milivojević, McArthur (Schlupp 69′); Townsend, Ayew, Zaha.

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2,930 Comments Post a Comment
  1. what's my name
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 4 days ago

    thoughts on this move lads ;
    raz + soy -> madds + robbo for a hit Y/N
    selling soy to triple up on lei attack (Vardy, Tiel, Madds)

    1. Maddamotha
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 4 days ago

      I wouldnt do it this gw.

      1. what's my name
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 4 days ago

        care to explain why?

    2. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 4 days ago

      City got Chelsea who cannot defend and i suspect that´why he said it

      selling one of the value defender seems strange, he is going to be 5.5 in some weeks, sell then for much larger profit

    3. Ready Player One
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 1 day ago

      Hold. Can see Sterling doing some damage against Chelsea. And Soy could easily get a cleanie.

  2. Destroyer of teams
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 4 days ago

    Made my 2 changes last night before the Sterling drop and Robbo rise, how am I looking?

    Pope Button

    Digne Tomori Robbo Lunds Rico

    Mount Mane Martial Maddison KDB

    Tammy Vardy Jiminez

    I feel I’m primed for a bench boost in a couple of weeks time.

    1. The Legend Squad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 4 days ago

      Front 8 a benching nightmare!

      1. Woy_is_back
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 4 days ago

        Not really. Would bench atleast Martial every time

        1. Destroyer of teams
          • 1 Year
          9 months, 4 days ago

          I captained him this week lol

      2. Destroyer of teams
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 4 days ago

        Nice to have options though 🙂

    2. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 4 days ago

      valid way to own Martial is to have 8 very good options as he will crumble any time soon

  3. Maddamotha
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 4 days ago

    Hate getting 50/50 wrong. Soy on the bench. So annoying lol. Runining a good gw for me.

    1. Sarri-ball
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 4 days ago

      +1 i should of learned had soyu bench last week aswell for

      diop 0 last week
      rico 1 this week

    2. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 4 days ago

      yeh that sucks, but away to Palace seems a bit strange to bench and even home to Arsenal? depends for whom of course

  4. HurriKane
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 4 days ago

    Jules Breach from FPL Show having a very decent season so far currently 19K. Mark might be playing on behalf of her?

    Btw what a stunning looking bird she is 😀

    1. Team Cruel
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 4 days ago

      Get a grip

    2. Fitzy.
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 4 days ago

      She can't be having a decent season on her own merits then?

      1. HurriKane
        • 8 Years
        9 months, 4 days ago

        Nahh she certainly could. My bad should have ommited the mark part.

        1. HurriKane
          • 8 Years
          9 months, 4 days ago

          Didnt mean to degrade her at all. She's an fpl addict like us all and i love listening to her on fpl show

    3. olidooley
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 4 days ago

      She’s a normal looking woman.

      1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 4 days ago

        agree to disagree

        1. Pieterke30
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 4 days ago

          I see hotter women almost every single day

          1. jia you jia you
            • 3 Years
            9 months, 4 days ago

            agree, don't get the appeal, very ordinary looking imo but I still would...

            take FPL advice from her this season!

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

            She talks FPL though. Adds to her appeal

            BT sport anchor as well

            1. jia you jia you
              • 3 Years
              9 months, 4 days ago

              but can she cook 😉

              1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
                • 2 Years
                9 months, 4 days ago

                Wouldnt be surprised 😉

                1. jia you jia you
                  • 3 Years
                  9 months, 4 days ago

                  🙂

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

      you should follow her on insta 😉

    5. IRBOX ⚽
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 4 days ago

      The only thing more annoying than people putting her on a pedestal solely because she is in the public eye, is her voice. No thank you

    6. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 4 days ago

      Ridiculing someone for not having FPL skills (and in the meantime the persons abilities) and then adding a comment on how they look, hm.. she has been involved with FPL SHOW and many great players, learning and picking up things from them is probably the reason don´t you think?

  5. fc_skrald
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 4 days ago

    Anyone using the free hit chip in gw 18 when Liverpool have no game? I have 2 Liverpool players at the moment and my bench is kind of non existing.

    1. Team Cruel
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 4 days ago

      GW18 has terrible fixtures for most teams. I wouldn’t

    2. kysersosa
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 4 days ago

      Id try and sort your bench out before then. I think that would be a waste. If WH had viable assets too then yes, but not for 2 players. there's also no big team with an easy fixture.

      1. fc_skrald
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 4 days ago

        Thanks - will save the chip and try to get one more playing bench player before gw 18 then.

        1. kysersosa
          • 5 Years
          9 months, 4 days ago

          Even if you only field 10. Hold it.

    3. Mingo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 4 days ago

      Theoretically what would your team be and how much do you think it would score over the average. I'll have triple liverpool by then and I'm not overly worried as I think it will be a low scoring week. City have Leicester and Spurs have Chelsea and Arsenal are away at Everton. The only top side with a decent fixture is United away at Watford and I wouldnt triple up and trust us to deliver points currently.

      1. fc_skrald
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 4 days ago

        Yes, I might also have 3 Liverpool players at that time. I will just ignore the fact they dont play this gw then 🙂

        1. Mingo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          9 months, 4 days ago

          Most engaged players will be in a similar situation. Even if you are loaded with City, Leicester & Chelsea etc, how much ground can you gain. It's a bit template but I feel that free hits are best saved for blank / DGW season.

    4. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 4 days ago

      just be sure you don´t have any West ham players and you have most likely a full team to field

      free hit could be sound but fixtures that week is difficult. I think it´s better to have a strategy where you carefully picks your players with 18 in mind, either by picking some from now on or/and save for transfer for gw17 to have 2ft in 18.

      If double up on Mané/Salah i would perhaps lose one for that gw but if two defs i would leave them on bench and make sure i have 3 valid defenders, Lund is one and some of the cheap options like Newcaste/Villa/Wolves/Bou could be fine to have that week.
      I´m aiming at doing a little re-jig in defense with that in mind, Aurier/Pereira and Boly will prob be gone by then, or pereira might stay but that depends on how i go for Pool. i have Son as my cash cow and i might sell before United to re-structure my team a bit, ideally i would like to do that now but West ham and Bou next two, the way they defend is good for Son

  6. el polako
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 4 days ago

    Bacon & egg cobs whulst watching Motd - love Sunday mornings.

    That move for Leicester's 1st goal was very Arsenal-esque(of old).
    Looks like Spurs, Arsenal and Chelsea will battle for 4rd spot.

    1. Pieterke30
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 4 days ago

      Looks like Spurs and Arsenal will battle for 5th, you mean.

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

      Would be hard for either of those teams to keep up with Chelsea.

  7. fpork
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 4 days ago

    Got 1 FT and 2.0ITB. What would you do?
    Pope (Button)
    Söyüncü, Lundstram, Alexander-Arnold (Rico, Pieters)
    De Bruyne, Mount, Maddison, Mané (Cantwell)
    Vardy, Abraham, Rashford

  8. kidzac
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 4 days ago

    Took a - 12 last week bringing in tammy vardy(c) pulisic maddison, in place of connoly ings kdb sterling. Do you guys think it has already paid off? Would have benched Connoly anyway this week and played ayew with mane as captain if I didn't make those transfers.

    1. el polako
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 4 days ago

      You will know after City game.
      Long term good moves albeit bit late.

      1. kidzac
        • 8 Years
        9 months, 4 days ago

        Sickening thing was I played my WC on the week leicester trash soton. And I had none of their players because of city vs villa and soton on the next two.

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

      looks good now but -12 does indicate no points from Mané, KDB and Sterling, low scoring game tonight and you are fine but a goal for each or just two of them will make it close. Most importantly how do you feel going with that move in the next gws? selling Ings now, tempted to buy but no Abraham is tough so can see why and selling both City attackers also a risk. i have to say if i owned Ings i would have not sold even for Abby as Everton without Gopmes is trash, Arsenal away is a nice fixture for attackers and then a really nice run after that. Injury prone though, but seems more fit now than last season.

  9. fc_skrald
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 4 days ago

    What would you do with this team - I have my wildcard but would like to keep it untill the end of December. If Greenwood gets some time today I would be tempted to just take a -4 points hit:

    Hudson-Odoi + Pukki -> Maddison + Greenwood

    Heaton
    TAA, Lundstram, Rico
    Salah, Sterling, KDB, Hudson-Odoi
    Pukki, Vardy, Abraham

    McGovern, Tomori, Reid, Elneny (0.0 million in the bank)

  10. kysersosa
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 4 days ago

    Just watch the Arsenal Leister game. How do I get 5 Leicester players in my team?

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 4 days ago

      Vardy Soyuncu Tielemans Mahrej Drinkwater

      1. kysersosa
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 4 days ago

        Touché

  11. Arteta
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 4 days ago

    Roberto McGovern
    Lundstram Soyuncu Tomori Rico Williams
    Sterling de Bruyne Son Mount Saka
    Aubameyang Vardy Abraham

    So I have 2FT and 0 in the bank. I'm prepared to sell any of them except Vardy, Abraham and Lundstram. I wanna see what would you do if this was your team so I'm not gonna write what my transfers would be.

    If anyone cares to reply, just know I appreciate it. Have a good day!

    1. HollywoodXI
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 4 days ago

      I’d change formation to 352, downgrade Auba to upgrade Saka to Mane.

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 4 days ago

      Am watching MOTD and not sure about Roberto... time to move him on?

    3. fpork
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 4 days ago

      Sterling->Mane? Keep Auba for next 2 games at least.

    4. Ruud000
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 4 days ago

      Change Roberto to Pope this GW.
      Then Auba to Jiminez plus
      Son to Mané.

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

      Roberto blanks in 18 so need a plan to that, a little too inflexible with 5 cheap defenders, no Liv attack needs to be dealt with and Saka is useless going into christmas, Auba is a nutty as selling before that 3 next is above sillyness but at same time you need some money somewhere

      Keeper and defense can be saved for next week, decent enough fixtures for that. Auba is damn hard but i would lean towards keeping as you have Vardy/Abra, so for me Mané in for Sterling and save one- or just get rid of Auba, get Jimi or even Jota, beef up def with one of TAA/Robertson, and just might do Sterling to either one of Mané/salah
      so either a re-structure with Auba out or just Mané.

  12. unitednations
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 4 days ago

    Morning dzzz, is it worth Wildcarding my current team to get my ideal team?

    Current team:
    Pope -- HEATON
    Taa Lundy Rico -- LASCELLES Tomori
    STERLING Kdb Mount* MARTIAL -- CANTWELL
    Tammy Vardy RASHFORD

    WC team:
    Pope -- BUTTON
    Taa Lundy ROBBO — Rico Tomori
    MANE Kdb MADDISON Martial -- ELNENY
    Tammy Vardy INGS

    1. unitednations
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 4 days ago

      Meant to be MOUNT* and not martial

    2. Dr. Rog
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 4 days ago

      I prefer the top team to be honest. I wouldnt sell Sterling unless there is an injury

  13. Dr. Rog
    • 10 Years
    9 months, 4 days ago

    A) Allison, Martial, Pulisic
    B) Pope, Salah, Fodder

    _____ (Button)
    TAA Robbo Soy Lund (Kelly)
    Sterling KdB Maddison ____ ____
    Vardy Tammy (Greenwood)

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 4 days ago

      I'd be tempted to say B but your bench isn't most attractive. A would be wise choice team balance wise mate

  14. PUP02
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 4 days ago

    I can do Yarmo to Madds, be left with 2.0 itb and a front 8 of...

    Mane KDB Mount McGinn Madds
    Vardy Abraham Jimenez

    Do I really want that benching headache??

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 4 days ago

      Worse problems to have. Could bench Mount at Man City.

      1. PUP02
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 4 days ago

        Yeah, it's just the run of games soon after that. Tough one

  15. Miguel Sanchez
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 4 days ago

    Thoughts for any moves here? 1FT 0.4 ITB might try and get Pulisic in for Mount soon. Captaincy?

    Pope
    TAA Pereira Lundstram
    Mané KDB Son Mount
    Vardy Abraham Jimenez

    McGovern Rico Dendocker Boly*

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 4 days ago

      A) Mané (cpa)
      B) KDB (CHE)
      C) Son (whu)
      D) Vardy (bha)

      1. Jullepuu
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 4 days ago

        I have a feeling that Mane will do great against Palace so A

        Save this week and do get Boly out next week.

    2. Amey
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 4 days ago

      Vardy ©
      Save FT

  16. Sailboats
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 4 days ago

    Sterling and Mount > Maddison and Martial for free?

    1. Pieterke30
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 4 days ago

      Absolutely not.

      With Pulisic instead of Martial, yes maybe.

      1. Sailboats
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 4 days ago

        What about just Sterling > Maddison for free then? I hope Im wrong but I dont think Sterling is worth his price tag, for now.

  17. Jullepuu
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 4 days ago

    What should I do with my team? Just save?

    Pope - Button

    TAA - Robertson - Soyuncu - Lundstram - Reid

    Sterling - Mane - KDB - Mount - Hayden

    Vardy - Abraham - Connolly

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 4 days ago

      Upgrades Connolly to SHU striker (4.9 i guess)

      1. Jullepuu
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 4 days ago

        Would require a downgrade somewhere. Mousset is definitely on my watchlist

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          9 months, 4 days ago

          Save then
          Good team

          1. Jullepuu
            • 1 Year
            9 months, 4 days ago

            Cheers!

  18. Dr. Rog
    • 10 Years
    9 months, 4 days ago

    STERLING 14 games 12 goals across all competitions. Highest XGi by far. Plays for a team that can win any game 6-0.
    And folks are selling him? Will be top FPL scorer this season barring injury.

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 4 days ago

      I'm selling for Salah.
      Hokey cokey
      Will get back in gw 18

      1. IRBOX ⚽
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 4 days ago

        Switching between premiums is always very dangerous

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          9 months, 4 days ago

          Yep
          Agreed about dangerous point

      2. Dr. Rog
        • 10 Years
        9 months, 4 days ago

        that does makes sense if you have no other pressing needs for the team.

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          9 months, 4 days ago

          Yep
          Team atm is
          Pope Button
          Taa Soyuncu Lundstram Rico Lascells
          Mane Raz* KDB CHO* Donkey
          Vardy Tammy Jimenez

          Raz CHO will be Mo Tielemans

    2. jia you jia you
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 4 days ago

      Haven't considered selling him yet myself but can see why some have.

    3. IRBOX ⚽
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 4 days ago

      Completely agree. Do people really think City will stop scoring goals? Their xG is phenomenal, like off the charts phenomenal they are that far ahead of their next statistical attacking rival (Chelsea)

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 4 days ago

        It's not like we can't get him back once we sell.
        Fixtures for Mo great till GW 17 IMO. So, I'm all IN for Raz out

        1. IRBOX ⚽
          • 3 Years
          9 months, 4 days ago

          Would much rather sell KDB in that case. Sterling has hat-trick potential and we saw a similar narrative play out last season with those who ditched Salah around this period. Huge red arrows

          1. Amey
            • 1 Year
            9 months, 4 days ago

            Really ??
            We have different opinions about Kdb & Raz then mate. Whenever i watch City, Kdb looks like hauling. He's a bargain & going nowhere unless breaks down again.

            Also, funding KDB to Mo is impossible in my current team structure

            1. Dr. Rog
              • 10 Years
              9 months, 4 days ago

              selling KdB doesnt make sense because you wont be able to buy him back for the same cost.
              also he is this years Mane. underpriced from the start - just keep.

              1. IRBOX ⚽
                • 3 Years
                9 months, 4 days ago

                That’s the fear of losing value rather than keeping the asset with the most attacking potential. If you have to keep just one of Sterling or KDB, it’s a no brainer

                1. bench boost for every gamew…
                  • 3 Years
                  9 months, 3 days ago

                  potential could be debated as kdb got more double digit and more points than Sterling so far, both points returns and value points at KDB not Sterling, so it´s more this expectation that City goes mad that sways people at the assumption that Sterling got great potential, he is going to get above 200points for sure but KDb on track for the same and there is more players around who will get close to 200 for less than 12million. I don´t buy that fixture thing when it comes to City and LIverpool, fixtures for them are not hard, it´s tough for opponents-). That´s why i said keep Mané when people said they don´t wanted Liv attack from gw8 til now, well Mané more points than most during this run, LIv joint with City for goals in that period, more than most other teams.

              2. Amey
                • 1 Year
                9 months, 4 days ago

                Same feeling mate

            2. IRBOX ⚽
              • 3 Years
              9 months, 4 days ago

              You should try running a comparison between the two. Sterling has such a high ceiling, and with the central defensive issues at City as well as the defensive midfield injuries KDB may have to be restrained. Will be interesting to see his positional play later today

              1. Amey
                • 1 Year
                9 months, 4 days ago

                Well yeah, since Rodri is broken KDB is playing CDM.
                Agree on that. Hopefully he's fit again sooner than later.
                Food for thoughts for sure
                Cheers IRBOX
                GL 🙂

                1. IRBOX ⚽
                  • 3 Years
                  9 months, 4 days ago

                  Same to you mate, praying for green arrows!

                  1. Amey
                    • 1 Year
                    9 months, 4 days ago

                    They will come for sure.

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

                this is something which is very important to note, so that is a case for Sterling. Rodri expected back after IB could have an impact the other way again though.

    4. FALSE PROFIT
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 4 days ago

      I sold for Mane and already due to pricing. Still doubt my own move though.

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 4 days ago

        Great move

    5. Sailboats
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 4 days ago

      Im tired of Pep's rotation and December will be a rotation nightmare with so many games being played. Also he has not been scoring well for his price tag and they have bad fixtures.

      1. Jullepuu
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 4 days ago

        City doesn't care about fixture difficulty rankings.

        1. Sailboats
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 4 days ago

          Agreed. But there are better options for captaincy during the next few games.

          Man City next 5 EPL fixtures
          CHE (H)
          NEW (A)
          BUR (A)
          MUN (H)
          ARS (A)

          Can you really trust Sterling with the armband for any of these games? What is the point of having a premium player if you can't trust him with the armband.

          1. Dr. Rog
            • 10 Years
            9 months, 4 days ago

            none of those teams are great defensively.

            1. Sailboats
              • 4 Years
              9 months, 4 days ago

              Would you captain Sterling against Chelsea?
              Newcastle are solid at home. At most 1 goal conceded in all home games.
              Burnley has 4 cleansheets at home
              Man Utd has one of the best defensive stats in the league
              Yeah Arsenal are bad.

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

            I'm captaining Raz vs Chelsea

            1. Sailboats
              • 4 Years
              9 months, 4 days ago

              But you said you want to sell Sterling in your earlier post?

          3. Jullepuu
            • 1 Year
            9 months, 4 days ago

            I don't have to captain him in any of those games. I have Vardy, Mane and Abraham for the C but captaining a City attacker is never a bad choice. There are now so many budget players performing that you can hold Sterling.

          4. bench boost for every gamew…
            • 3 Years
            9 months, 3 days ago

            Chelsea home could be candidate imo, and Arsenal away-)
            Those three in between is not Sterling type of games, feels like Jesus/Kun games, packed defenses. Not a abad run of fixtures as people like to point out. That said, having Chelsea attackers against that City defense is not wrong imo.

    6. el polako
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 4 days ago

      Not reliable captain pick so far.
      Apart from GW1 haul his returns are underwhelming for 12m priced player.
      1 yellow card away from suspension.
      Great run of fixtures for Mane & Salah - without rotation risk.

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 4 days ago

        Sh.t tbh
        4 times blanked © for me. (Raz)

    7. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 4 days ago

      Be careful with those stats - it’s very important when assessing Sterling to remember that Atalanta have almost the worst defence statistically in Serie A at the minute, (most teams in the bottom half of Serie A have better defences than them!) Dinamo Zagreb are a cartoon team, Bulgaria are as bad if not worse, and Kosovo are pretty much milkmen and postmen.

      Also, whilst city do score lots, they divide those goals across a wider spread of attackers more any other side in the league:

      Man City/Sterling attacking returns:

      GW1-11: 66 / 8 = 12%
      GW2-11: 56 / 5 = 9%

      His form has been in the absolute toilet for 10 games for a 12.0, and he has an imminent 1 match ban approaching when that 5th yellow arrives, plus two England starts next week into he bargain

      Holding him honestly looks like a case of people being unbelievably stubborn at the minute - very little logic to holding for next 4-6 imvho when owners could just sell and get him back for 11.5 in GW18 (IF he’s snapped out of he malaise)

      But who knows, it’s a funny old game maybe he’ll get 50 points across : [liv, GER, cze, CHE, SHA(CL), new, bur, MAN, zag(CL), ars, CC(QF), LEI, wol] and owners will be able to successfully captain him for those 50 into the bargain

      1. IRBOX ⚽
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 4 days ago

        I love how you constant post the same stats and extrapolate them to suit your argument. Sterling has hat-trick potential, storms the xGi and the team with the highest xG by a HUGE margin. Haul imminent. Think I’m going to drop KDB of the two if I decide to move off their attack at all

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • 10 Years
          9 months, 3 days ago

          I’ve lost count of the amount of times you’ve referenced Man City’s XG as somehow being justification for holding Sterling - zero acknowledgement of the run of fixtures that generated that XG (33) or their goals scored (34), and zero acknowledgement of the fixture run they’re about to enter, no reference to the upcoming ban, zero acknowledgement of the state of Atalanta’s defence (against whom he got about 6 returns in one game)... etc, etc

          It’s giving me this weird sense of deja vu to about 3 weeks ago when someone had clicked sort on a stats table and concluded Vardy was “a trap”:

          https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/comment/21013076

          Holding Sterling at the minute is stubbornness, make no mistake, and it’s got a very high chance (not a guarantee, there are almost no guarantees in FPL) of continuing to kill his owners for another 4-6 gameweeks

          Stubbornness can kill in FPL - my advice - don’t be stubborn with Sterling like you are/were with Vardy. You don’t have to sell him forever, and he could be a good pickup out in GW18/19 timeframe for significantly cheaper than he is now into the bargain

          Do with this advice as you will 🙂

          1. IRBOX ⚽
            • 3 Years
            9 months, 3 days ago

            I’m merely highlighting the inherent bias in your post. You can’t dismiss a hat-trick just because it wasn’t in the premier league and it provides clear justification as to the validity of Sterling’s strong attacking statistics. Two sides to every argument sunshine

            1. IRBOX ⚽
              • 3 Years
              9 months, 3 days ago

              Also, I’ve done very well not owning Vardy with Maddison almost covering his points over the past 3 GW’s

              1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                • 10 Years
                9 months, 3 days ago

                Everyone is biased - if you have a brain you are biased - and bias is not an automatic negative depending on how it is informed

                Don’t fall into the trap (again) of using stats tables to justify a dubious FPL decision

                No one is saying Sterling is a bad player

                They are saying he is a bad FPL hold in the short term - there is an overwhelming amount of evidence stacked up to support this

                And not having Vardy has killed you (and every other non-owner) and has a very high chance (not a guarante, again there are almost no guarantees in FPL) don’t hide from that either by bringing Maddison into it - they’re not mutually exclusive players 🙂

                1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                  • 10 Years
                  9 months, 3 days ago

                  And yes for FPL purposes I am not attributing significance to Sterling’s hattrick against a team that has one of the worst defences in Serie A

                  In the same way that if he had scored a hattrick against Genoa, Sassuolo, Sampdoria or Brescia (the only teams to concede more than them in Italy after 11 league games) it wouldn’t outweigh the many negatives he has in his immediate FPL horizon either

                  I will however, keep monitoring him with great interest with a view to GW18-ish, plus or minus a GW or two

                  Sunshine 🙂

    8. FOO FIGHTER
      9 months, 4 days ago

      All competitions not relevant to FPL.

  19. fc_skrald
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 4 days ago

    I only have 12 playing players - and still I managed to leave Tomoris 9 points on my bench. I´m too good at this 🙂

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 4 days ago

      Lol
      I'm Benching Soyuncu for last 2 gw's 😀

  20. Dacra
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 4 days ago

    I'm still annoyed by Vardy.

    Owner, non cap, went estimated rank 28k before he did stuff.

    It was a rubbish party.

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 4 days ago

      Nope
      It was a great party.
      You didn't had VIP pass only 😉

      1. Dacra
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 4 days ago

        Ahhh, next week I'll get my vip pass!

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          9 months, 3 days ago

          Great 😀

  21. FOO FIGHTER
    9 months, 4 days ago

    Why do people want to justify having Sterling for his stats?

    He should not be an asset to have that you are not willing to captain!

    1. IRBOX ⚽
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 4 days ago

      I would feel comfortable captaining him in every single upcoming fixture. Statistics are the very basis of solid FPL decisions so I can’t fathom that argument?

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        9 months, 4 days ago

        Vardy is outperforming Sterling by a long shot. No stats needed.

      2. FOO FIGHTER
        9 months, 3 days ago

        Salah is one point behind Sterling. Are his stats better or worse than Sterling's?

        I have not once used stats this season to pick my players.

        The eye test tells me Vardy is a must have. No stats are going to make me change my mind.

        I just shipped out Jimenez as when watching Wolves play they just seem to be very average going forward.

        Jimenez will get goals but by the look of it using my eyes, not many.

        He could prove me wrong today though. Hoping he hauls as a send off 🙂

        1. IRBOX ⚽
          • 3 Years
          9 months, 3 days ago

          They are comparable and should yet again finish one and two this season. The eye test tells me that Vardy is rarely involved in matches and is on a run of unsustainable conversion rates. He will do well but regression will occur 100%. You shipped Jimenez for a -4 with their run of fixtures and before an international break? Now that’s interesting.. but you’re new here so I’ll let you off the hook

          1. clodhopper
            • 6 Years
            9 months, 3 days ago

            Prety new yourself

            1. IRBOX ⚽
              • 3 Years
              9 months, 3 days ago

              My contributions over the years speak volumes. The generation of hot topics is impressive

              1. FOO FIGHTER
                9 months, 3 days ago

                You have Jota. What is his stats like?

          2. FOO FIGHTER
            9 months, 3 days ago

            Vardy does not need stats to justify picking him. You just need to have a look at his FPL record.

            He is Mr Leicester. Why do I need stats to pick him when he does not need hundereds of chances to put it into the back of the net?

          3. FOO FIGHTER
            9 months, 3 days ago

            Yeah I did. I brought in Maddi and Mousset for Perez and Jimenez.

            I do not believe those were bad moves. Mousset far better value than Jimenez.

          4. FOO FIGHTER
            9 months, 3 days ago

            And I am playing Mosset vs UTD. I do not sit on the fence with my picks 🙂

        2. Jullepuu
          • 1 Year
          9 months, 3 days ago

          Your going with 3-5-2 then? Just curious

      3. Christina.
        • 10 Years
        9 months, 3 days ago

        So why dont you own Pulisic then? His stats are far superior to Sterling in the last 4.

        1. FOO FIGHTER
          9 months, 3 days ago

          Oh dear. No reply...

  22. kysersosa
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 4 days ago

    Has to be Mane and Robertson in right?

    Pope
    TAA, Diop*, Soy, Tomori, Lundstram
    KDB, Sterling*, Maddison, Mount, Cantwell
    Tammy, Vardy, Jimenez

    2 FT, 2.5 ITB

    * out for Robertson and Mane

    Thoughts?

    1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 3 days ago

      Seems unnecessary with Robbo. Bench headache each week between Lund Soy and Tomori

    2. Jullepuu
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 3 days ago

      Yeah I think so

    3. clodhopper
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 3 days ago

      Going to miss a lot of bench points with that defence

    4. Pjota Lamas
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 3 days ago

      Nice to have a great bench come GW18,

  23. Dacra
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 4 days ago

    Auba. Wish he didn't have good fixtures, he'd be easy to drop.

    1. Jullepuu
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 3 days ago

      Auba is a troll at this point

  24. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 4 days ago

    Got two decisions wrong this week so far.. Benching Soy in order to play Lundstram. And Abraham (C) over Vardy. Costly points. But people did warn me. So fair play. My plan was to do either Soy, Tom or Lundstram to Robbo. But their value is off the charts. Both Chelsea and Leicester have proved themself capable of keeping CS of late. Lundstram is the highest scoring defender.

    Which move do you prefer?

    A) Soy to Robbo
    B) Lundstram to Robbo
    C) Tomori to Robbo
    D) Son to Sterling (just sold the latter but got a instant feeling of regeret)
    E) Mount to Martial

    1. clodhopper
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 3 days ago

      None

  25. Dacra
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 4 days ago

    TAA, KdB, Salah today.

    Martial, Rashford, Mane blanks please.

    (or Mane hat trick, Liverpool win is priority!)

    1. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 3 days ago

      Mane, Sterling, KDB and TAA here. Hoping for a high scoring game with a couple of TAA assists!

    2. Concrete
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 3 days ago

      Liverpool will win v City’s B team

    3. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 3 days ago

      City's "B team" is quite decent though.

      1. Concrete
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 3 days ago

        You’re right, ‘we’ have a very good squad but not one who can cope with Liverpool at Anfield.

        No Ederson, Laporte and Rodri is huge...although Rodri is apparently having a late fitness test

  26. CONNERS
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 3 days ago

    Will be interesting to see how Chelsea do against City next GW. I'm thinking it will be a reality check.

    1. Concrete
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 3 days ago

      Depends on injuries for City

      If 6 first team player# are still out it’d be tighter

      Sterling booking today and he’s out too

    2. Jurgen Flopp
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 3 days ago

      Not really. Will be a close encounter.

    3. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 3 days ago

      May do the Salah swap if he's booked.

  27. pundit of punts
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 3 days ago

    Who would you get in this gw?

    A. Laca
    B. Son
    C. Maddison

    1. Concrete
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 3 days ago

      C

  28. RED_ARMY
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 3 days ago

    Mount to:
    a) Martial
    b) Maddison
    c) Pulisic

    1. Concrete
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 3 days ago

      B or C

  29. Roysgotnoboys
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 1 day ago

    KDB & Greenwood > Maddison & Jiminez is tempting... would I regret it? Still have Sterling?

  30. ToooooooOon
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 1 day ago

    Not really liking the look of my team for the next fixture any ideas on how could use free transfer? Feel like I'm to Chelsea heavy for city fixture. Thinking of benching tomori selling mount and playing Abraham. Might yet play free hit chip and get the likes of vardy and richarlason in for this week. Thoughts?
    Gazza
    Lundstram - TAA - tomori - Willems
    Sterling - Mane(c)-Mount Martial
    Aubamayang - Abraham
    Bench - button, guendouzi, greenwood,ried