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. Tsparkes10
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 12 hours ago

    As a Alli and Aurier owner and Kane bottler I'm quite happy with that tbf

    1. Destroyer of teams
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      I said the same thing, I Captained Salah, I was scared but no more!

    2. Destroyer of teams
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      Will Alli get 3bps as he got the winning goal?

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 12 hours ago

        Already got them.

    3. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      Also a bottler but happy with Alli goal, though he's not a long term pick I think. Need poggy to eat Newcastle now.

    4. ZeBestee
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      Happy with all and Kane(C). Could have been worse.

  2. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 12 hours ago

    Looking ahead - worth selling Tammy or Jimi, both or neither? 🙂

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      Tammy out of those two

    2. FDMS All Starz
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      Tammy will get back into form today...I’d hold with arsenal next

    3. Super Saints
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      Who for? I'm tempted on Abraham to Rashford but will see after today!

      1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 12 hours ago

        Formation change to 352 probably.

        1. Super Saints
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 12 hours ago

          Cheaper strikers scoring more points than cheaper midfielders so makes no sense!?

          1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 12 hours ago

            Well in my team it means Maddison over Jimenez for example

    4. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      Not the best time to sell Tammy with those fixtures. Jimenez is kind of a season keeper he gets regular returns.

  3. Super Saints
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 12 hours ago

    Alli MOTM, did they watch the game? Moura changed the game for them!

    1. Wilshere Knowledge
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      Moura dribbled up his own arse and lost the ball every 4 seconds.

      1. mynameisq
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 12 hours ago

        He did, Alli was similarly bad at least Moura was more tenacious second half

      2. Dele
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 12 hours ago

        Made me lol

  4. Stef rocks
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 12 hours ago

    How was Kane looking today - lively or floppy?

    Did he play in advance striker role or as a CDM again ?

  5. Coys96
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 12 hours ago

    Ings to come on in 85th to net 90th equaliser. Played him instead of Cantwell in the last few minutes before deadline

    1. Trophé Mourinho
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      I feel an Ings goal off the bench, I have Ings im not concerned

      1. Coys96
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 12 hours ago

        Hopefully

      2. Cruyff's Eleven
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 12 hours ago

        This ^

  6. phineedle
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 12 hours ago

    Is it worth getting Aurier still, rotates so well with Lundy

    1. tafrère
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      Not sure, next good home game is in GW24. Spurs can't keep clean sheets too...

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      I'm getting rid for an Everton def.

  7. Differentiator
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 12 hours ago

    Kane (C) + Alli + Aurier

    I'll take it

    1. tafrère
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      Perfect start to the gameweek.

      1. Differentiator
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 12 hours ago

        All downhill from here 😆

    2. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      Same 🙂

    3. Kepa's at the wheel
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      Ditto

    4. ZeBestee
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      Same here.

      1. Differentiator
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 12 hours ago

        Sounds like I'm an anti-differentiator now

  8. tafrère
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 12 hours ago

    Alli and Aurier finally pushing me inside the top 1m for the first time since GW4 (I know). Now I need something special from my differentials, Grealish, Henderson and Mané (C). Come on !

  9. Mikel Arteta
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 12 hours ago

    @MrAncelotti: "Sidibé will play a little bit forward, in the line of the midfielders."

    1. Dele
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      I like the sound of this

  10. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 12 hours ago

    I think KDB and Vardy get rested in either GW19 or GW20. But because everyone owns them I don't care. Everyone in the same boat. Same with Lundstram.

  11. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 12 hours ago

    21 points from 2 played...nice to have a good start for once

  12. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 12 hours ago

    Help here !

    Martin
    Soyuncu, Kelly, Aurier
    Mane, KDB, Alli, L.Moura
    Rashford, Vardy, T.Abraham

    Sub: Henderson, Cantwell, Lundstram, Rico
    1FT
    3.5 in the bank

    willing to make a hit for Salah !

    1. Alli and Aurier to Salah and Reid
    2. Moura and Abraham to Salah and Maupay

    ?

    1. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      Or something else...

    2. Woy_is_back
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      Wouldnt sell Alli ahead of Norwich

  13. FDMS All Starz
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 12 hours ago

    Sidibe playing as a RM, could be a gold fpl asset if Everton fix their defence and their attack

    1. InSaneMan-e
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      Agreed. Keeping a close watch there

    2. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      Yes

    3. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      Big fan of Digne but Sidibe OOP could be gold

  14. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 12 hours ago

    Wow didn’t realise Ings rested

    1. Luka - Man Like Serbia
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      His manager in the press conference said he cant not play every game, so was expected for at least 1 of the holiday fixtures at least.

  15. JOELIO8701
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 12 hours ago

    Lol I can’t beleive webster conceded 2, lost game and gets max

    1. TheSteel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      Youre leaving out a key achievement

    2. Super Saints
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      Very silly system however Kane getting 2 is right

  16. Super Saints
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 12 hours ago

    Why are the pundits so miserable?

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      Raining outside

  17. Woy_is_back
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 12 hours ago

    I just don't get how Pulisic doesnt start. Lamps just killed his confidence

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      He’s basically Walcott.

    2. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      Lampard doesn't like him. Very much in the same way that Howe doesn't like Rico.

      But in both cases, the player form made it hard to drop them. As soon as Pulisic went off form, Lampard was more than happy to take a player he dislikes out of the team for his mates (CHO, Mount etc.). Rico will be gone as well, as soon as Howe has an excuse to drop him.

  18. Hansel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 12 hours ago

    On WC

    A) Sidibe + Ings
    B) Kiko + Tammy

    Ramsdale Button
    TAA Lundstram Soy Kelly XX
    Salah KDB Maddison Alli Cantwell
    Vardy Rashford XX

  19. drughi
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 12 hours ago

    Ings rested for Palace, sweet

    1. Differentiator
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      Sorry dude, Kelly CS incoming

    2. Woy_is_back
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      Hopefully comes in and scores

    3. JamieNumber4
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      Sure he’a not not 1st choice anymore?

  20. InSaneMan-e
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 12 hours ago

    Kun (C) next week is so tempting. Especially as I think KDB gets rested

    1. InSaneMan-e
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      Next gw *

    2. Patio Kev
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      I’m thinking that too if Jesus starts tomorrow night

  21. Ask Yourself
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 12 hours ago

    Martial and (Reece) James > Sidibe + Siggy on the cards :O

    1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      Can I interest you in pogba? 🙂

      1. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 12 hours ago

        Not going anywhere near that one !!! 😉

        1. Ask Yourself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 12 hours ago

          Jokes xx
          It’s either
          A) Above
          B) Digne + Antonio
          C) Kiko + Pogba

          1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 12 hours ago

            Ooh. Tough. I like them all

            1. Ask Yourself
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 12 hours ago

              Haven’t got long to think about it either!!

  22. FDMS All Starz
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 12 hours ago

    Only player we can say with a 100% confidence won’t be rotated next week is Ings, so he will be a popular captain option right?

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      vs Palace? No.

    2. InSaneMan-e
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      I'd fancy a city asset personally. Maybe even spurs

  23. Kaiser123
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 12 hours ago

    Need to get rid of Gazz. Perhaps Hendon or Guiata.

  24. PocketZola
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 12 hours ago

    Kdb would be the ultimate superhero.

  25. MoManeTaa
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 12 hours ago

    Callum wilson bandwagon to kick start?

    1. PocketZola
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      #youjustdid

    2. tafrère
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      Could be, fixtures are really nice.

    3. Sailboats
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      10 blanks in a row

    4. Ninja Škrtel
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      triple captain next GW

  26. BNMC
    2 months, 12 hours ago

    Finally hit 1000 points!!

    1. Hansel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      GZ!

  27. tafrère
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 12 hours ago

    What are the things you most hope for with the 3pm games ?

    For me, an Abraham blank (I own him but rivals captained him), a Grealish goal/assist and a Sheffield clean sheet (defense double up).

    1. InSaneMan-e
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      Villa and Norwich to be a goal fest (pukki owned too)

      1. tafrère
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 12 hours ago

        Pukki could be a nice differential, I hope for goals in this game too !

      2. Trophé Mourinho
        2 months, 12 hours ago

        I chickened out of Pukki triple cap, Pukki hatti inbound

  28. Kaiser123
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 12 hours ago

    Happy I rested Ings today for Grealish.

  29. The Legend Squad
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 12 hours ago

    Hoping Ings gets a rest for the full 90 to be honest. Best goal scorer we have - need him against Palace.

    Chelsea assets could tear Saints apart today - feels like we’ve already conceded the 3 points.

  30. FIRMINOLOOKGOAL
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 12 hours ago

    Is Sidibe OOP and legit pick instead of Digne?

    1. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      Not if Digne is still on corners and direct freekicks.