Dugout Discussion

Sessegnon replaces the suspended Son as Potter rings the changes

The first of nine matches to take place on Boxing Day kicks off at 12:30 GMT, with Brighton and Hove Albion the visitors to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

With this being the first of two Fantasy Premier League deadlines in the space of 48 hours, we FPL managers will be anticipating a shock benching or two today.

The damage isn’t too bad from a Tottenham Hotspur perspective, with one of Jose Mourinho’s two line-up changes being enforced.

Spurs’ appeal to get the Gameweek 18 dismissal of Son Heung-min (£9.9m) overturned has failed, so the South Korea international will now sit out the Lilywhites’ next three league matches – starting with this one.

Son’s place on the left flank has been taken by Ryan Sessegnon (£5.4m), who makes his first league start of 2019/20.

Eric Dier (£4.9m) drops to the bench, meanwhile, with Harry Winks (£5.2m) promoted to the starting XI.

There are starts for popular FPL buys Harry Kane (£11.0m), Dele Alli (£8.9m) and Serge Aurier (£5.1m), who maintain their ever-present Premier League appearance records under their new manager.

There are five changes for the visitors, however.

Shane Duffy (£4.8m), Ezequiel Schelotto (£4.0m), Bernardo (£4.3m), Aaron Connolly (£4.6m) and Steven Alzate (£4.5m) are all brought into the team, with Martin Montoya (£4.5m), Leandro Trossard (£5.8m), Davy Propper (£4.9m) and Neal Maupay (£5.8m) dropping to the bench.

Lewis Dunk (£4.7m) is absent from the matchday squad altogether as he is suffering from illness.

Christmas-led rotation is perhaps only one of the reasons for Graham Potter’s tinkering.

Albion look to be adopting a three-man central defence, with Potter perhaps having witnessed the joy that Wolves and Chelsea got against the Lilywhites when playing a similar formation recently.

Tottenham Hotspur XI: Gazzaniga, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Winks, Sissoko, Lucas, Dele, Sessegnon, Kane.

Brighton and Hove Albion XI: Ryan, Schelotto, Webster, Duffy, Burn, Bernardo, Stephens, Mooy, Gross, Alzate, Connolly.

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1,772 Comments Post a Comment
  1. seewhyaxe
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    RMWCTP - draft 1

    Ryan, Button
    Rico, Kelly, Lord, Soy, Aurier
    Salah, KDB, Alli, Richarlison, Grealish
    Aguero, Vardy, Greenwood

    1. seewhyaxe
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      sorry for top post 🙁

    2. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Dont like it, put more season keepers like rashford and abraham

      1. seewhyaxe
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        I'd like to get of the Chelsea train with my wc though

    3. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Need a Liverpool defender imo

      1. seewhyaxe
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        getting back after gw25!

    4. Sailboats
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Aguero is dead as a FPL option

    5. Devo-McDuff
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Downgrade Kun and get Mane in along Salah

  2. Liberate HK - antichinazi
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Grealish + Cantwell attacking return plsssss

  3. The Enlightener
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Super Frankie Lampard takin the pi$$ today I see

  4. arkom
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Camooon Tammy & Willian!!

  5. jia you jia you
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    SHU v WAT delayed for ten mins

  6. BNMC
      1 month, 23 days ago

      SHU-WAT delayed a bit?

      1. Trophé Mourinho
          1 month, 23 days ago

          I think so, but idk why lol

          1. Daniel S.
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            please make it more double GW's!!! hope they don't play and postpone it.

      2. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Sidibe or Digne will be a tough choice.

        1. BNMC
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Waiting until the new year to choose.

          • Daniel S.
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Mina for me

            1. Daniel S.
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              on the other hand their fixtures aren't that good, we have to act fast or not at all

              1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 23 days ago

                I’d say it’s a case of act fast, or act not at all or act after another few games

          • Kepa's at the wheel
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            How's Sidibe looking. Lining him up as my Tomori replacement this week

        2. Daniel S.
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          I am tempted by Inggs captain next week. he will surely start and can easily get his first hat trick

          1. Hits from the Bong
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Except he's playing Palace. I'm tempted by Tammy..

            1. Daniel S.
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              Tammy against Arsenal?

              1. Hits from the Bong
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 23 days ago

                Yep

          2. Old Man
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            doubt it - Palace are fairly frugal, even away from home.

          3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Never captain against a Hodgson team

        3. Daniel S.
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Inspired transfer by Mark

          24 Dec 21:13 Greenwood in Connolly out

          Looks to me that he is back and is preparing something big!!! Making money for future unleash of a mini WC

          1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Just in time for connolly’s return To he first team too

            1. Daniel S.
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              He will be top 1K for the second half only starting from GW20. Only second half league. We need it. I am positive he will win it easily.

              Season of two halves

              1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 23 days ago

                Not unless he comes to terms with his pathological aversion to the best player in the game

                Stubbornness kills in FPL

                And sometimes Mark is too stubborn in FPL

                It’s his weakness and it’s bitten him before

        4. Mo Salah No Mane
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Nnnnnnoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

        5. Subzero (-4)
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Tammy -> ings for free? Anyone see the Chelsea game? Has he been unlucky or are these blanks deserved? thank you

        6. ‘Tis the Season
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Bring in TAA for Maddy or Tammy?