Scout Notes

Rashford and Martial reward patience in big win over Newcastle

Manchester United players rewarded the patience shown by owners in Gameweek 19.

Despite losing at Watford and going behind against Newcastle, they went on to win 4-1 at Old Trafford.

Meanwhile, owners of Sheffield United defenders were left disappointed by Watford getting a breakaway goal at Bramall Lane.

We’ve got all the latest Fantasy Premier League talking points from those two matches in this Scout Notes article.

Man United 4-1 Newcastle

Goals: Anthony Martial x2 (£7.7m), Mason Greenwood (£4.3m), Marcus Rashford (£9.1m) | Matthew Longstaff (£4.5m)

Assists: Andreas Pereira (£4.9m), Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.3m) | Joelinton (£5.6m)

Bonus Points: Martial x3, Greenwood x2, Wan-Bissaka x1

Manchester United attacking assets went some way to disproving the theory that they can only deliver against bigger clubs as they thrashed Newcastle 4-1 on Boxing Day.

Following a disappointing 2-0 defeat at Watford, Fantasy managers were perhaps a little less trusting of Marcus Rashford (£9.1m) and Anthony Martial (£7.7m) but, despite a disappointing start to their Gameweek 19 match, the Red Devils responded ruthlessly.

Martial bagged himself a brace for a 15-point haul and arguably could have netted a hat-trick while Rashford nodded home his 11th league goal of the campaign and scored six points.

While Newcastle did gift two goals to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men, seeing them take apart a side that had, to some extent, set themselves up to defend should encourage owners of Manchester United attackers.

They had been accused of not being able to break down compact sides recently but did it perfectly at Old Trafford.

Crucially, the fact that Manchester United were 4-1 up around the hour-mark provided Solskjaer with the opportunity to rest Rashford and Martial in the final 30 minutes – all but securing both starts and relatively fresh bodies for the two players ahead of their Gameweek 20 trip to Burnley.

Owners may feel considerably more positive about that match after Manchester United’s Boxing Day exploits. Not only did they punish Newcastle, Burnley have also conceded at least three times in each of their last four against last season’s top-six.

Solskjaer’s men could be further boosted at Turf Moor by a first start since returning from injury for Paul Pogba (£8.4m).

For the second league match in a row, the Frenchman featured as a second-half substitute at Old Trafford on Boxing Day but an injury to Scott McTominay (£5.1m), as well as 45 minutes against Newcastle, may see him come into the team on Saturday.

“Paul (Pogba) it’s too early to demand too much of him. He’s worked really hard but then it’s been a long lay off. We’ll have to drip feed him in and gradually play him more and more.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Having said that, Solskjaer did hand starts on Boxing Day to Andreas Pereira (£4.9m) and Mason Greenwood (£4.3m) in more attacking roles than was afforded to Pogba.

“Andreas (Pereira) and Mason (Greenwood) have done well and they’ll give us fresh legs.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Therefore, with McTominay potentially out for a prolonged period, as is possible, Pogba may well find himself deployed in a deeper role than Fantasy managers would like.

“(McTominay) has done his ligament in the knee. Don’t know how bad. Biggest heart of the lot. Played until half-time. Not sure if he will be fit for Saturday. Probably not.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United XI (4-2-3-1): de Gea; Shaw, Maguire, Lindelöf, Wan-Bissaka; Fred, McTominay (Pogba 46′); Rashford (Lingard 63′), A Pereira, Greenwood; Martial (Mata 67′).

Newcastle United XI (3-5-2): Dúbravka; Lejeune, Fernández, Schär (Krafth 88′); Willems, Almirón (Yedlin 63′), S Longstaff, M Longstaff, Maquillo; Gayle (Atsu 59′), Joelinton.

Sheffield United 1-1 Watford

Goals: Oliver Norwood (£4.9m) | Gerard Deulofeu (£6.1m)

Assists: George Baldock (£5.0m) | Nathaniel Chalobah (£4.4m)

Bonus Points: Norwood x3, Chalobah x2, Baldock x1

Amid heavy backing for Gameweek 19, the Sheffield United defence was let down by a rare lapse of concentration against Watford.

As per usual, the Blades gave little quarter in their latest Premier League match, restricting the Hornets, typically goal-shy anyway, to just five shots, three in the box and two on target.

Despite that, and registering 12 penalty area shots of their own, Chris Wilder’s men were unable to find a way to win.

The roughly 80,000 Fantasy managers who captained John Lundstram (£5.2m) can certainly feel somewhat unfortunate not to get returns at either end of the pitch.

As already mentioned, Watford managed to make the most of their only big chance of the game, Gerard Deulofeu (£6.1m), deployed on the flanks of attacking midfield, converting at Dean Henderson‘s (£4.8m) near-post after going through on goal from a Nathaniel Chalobah (£4.4m) pass.

By comparison, John Egan (£4.5m) had four chances inside the Watford box but could not get any of them on target, while Ben Foster (£4.8m) did well to stop Oli McBurnie (£5.7m) twice.

“My players were really not at it today as well as they have been. These are precious points in the Premier League and we will take one and move on. We have a positive result even if it was not one of our best and most positive performances. We never played with our drive and energy that got us into this position. If you’re not at full tilt, you will not get the result you want.” – Chris Wilder

While Sheffield United were disappointed not to win at Bramall Lane, Nigel Pearson continues to be pleased with the progress being made at Watford since he took over.

During his short tenure, the Hornets have claimed four points from a possible nine against Liverpool, Manchester United and this season’s surprise package in the Blades.

With Gameweek 20 pitting Watford against Aston Villa who, despite a Boxing Day clean sheet at home to Norwich, have been poor at the back this year, we should keep an eye on their assets as they continue to improve.

“We were far from at our best today. But what should give us encouragement is even when we have not been playing as fluently as we can do, we get something out of it. We still have enough time and games to affect our own season, and it is as simple as that in my view.” – Nigel Pearson

Sheffield United XI (3-5-2): D Henderson; O’Connell, Egan, Basham; Stevens, Fleck, Norwood, Lundstram, Baldock; McGoldrick, McBurnie (Mousset 63′).

Watford XI (4-2-3-1): Foster; Femenía, Cathcart, Kabasele, Mariappa; Hughes, Capoue; Deulofeu, Chalobah (Dawson 89′), Sarr (Pereyra 46′); Deeney (A Gray 80′).

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2,334 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Stef rocks
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Any Watford fans here - how was Sar looking yesterday? Also he is flagged inFPL but I guess he will play right?

  2. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Cobsidering Mousset > DCL, should I be concerned about gametime?

    1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Nope

    2. FPL_Sponge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Sounds decent

    3. Rio9
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      cant say for sure yet. only one game in the sample space under carlo. but the goal does swing things in his favour.

    4. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 29 days ago

      From GW22 yes

  3. Abaddon
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Morning. So tired of not owning TAA

    Pope (Button)
    Rico, Soy, Kelly, Lund, Dunk
    Mane, Salah, KDB, Cantwell, Alli
    Vardy, Ings, Tammy

    What to do?

    A) Kelly and Tammy to TAA and Mousset/Greenwood
    B) Go without
    C) Sell one of the expensive ones? And who?

    1. sfsfsfe
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      You could do salah or mane and get Taa and Robbo or VVD. A triple Liverpool looks strong and having 2 defenders+1 mid looks better than 2 Mids

      1. Abaddon
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Yeah. Hate that I bought Salah for Son this round. Really was the wrong move

    2. Rio9
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      your team looks solid. TAA will not return 23 every GW. I'd suggest trying to catch the streak of a player who might on a run. See if you can consider from everton (Sidibe, DLC for Kelly and Ings but only after new year) or brighton (maupay) or utd (martial/pogba).

      1. Abaddon
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Thanks. Was such a crappy round. And not owning TAA really hurts. But it feels like chasing points for sure

  4. Udo
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Quick vote please on:
    A: Digne & Ayew
    B: Sidibé & DCL
    Whereas most weeks the two forwards would be the 1st/ 2nd sub, and Sidibé would be a regular starter?

    1. Throwback
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Sidibe + Ayew.

      1. Udo
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Thank you, that would save me a bit too!

    2. Rio9
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Ayew may not return consistently. Palace a low scoring team in general. Maupay in the equation?

      1. Udo
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        True.

  5. kopite65
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    brigton & bourne have some good fixture coming up
    wilson, maupay worth a punt? have tammy & jimi, their fixtures are a bit of a mix coming up

    1. Rio9
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      bourne needs to get their mojo back. Even with fixtures turning not so sure they will be scoring more. but now that king is back to partner wilson up front, things might turn. Maupay a better bet

  6. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Better move this week?
    A. Tammy to Rash
    B. Tammy to Ings/Maupay
    C. Pogba to Maddison/Martial/other sub 10m

    1. B.D.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Keep Tammy for a couple of game weeks

    2. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      With B Maupay I can upgrade Pog to Sterling. Hmm.

    3. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      What about Deulofeu? Rash is the obvious move though

      1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Would you keep pogba with Rash now that I have him?

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Yeah, give him one more run out. He did look good tbf

    4. Rio9
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      I'd hold if i were u. Not the best GW to take out playing players. Arsenal might be an open game and chelsea does well in these. Tammy will play a part even if limited minutes. Pogba is priming for a start and with mctominay out, i see him starting the next..

  7. Neo-Viper
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Ryan, Pereira, Lascelles, Mousset

    to

    Ramsdale, Soyuncu, Kelly, Ings

    on Wildcard will give me this :

    Ramsdale Button
    Taa Soy Lundstram Rico Kelly
    KDB Madds Mane Grealish Norwood
    Vardy Kane Ings

    0.4 ITB

    Good?

  8. Joe_Carman
      1 month, 29 days ago

      mount and cants out for maddison and dendo?

      1. B.D.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Why not if it is for free

        1. Joe_Carman
            1 month, 29 days ago

            I've got 2 free transfers and 1.2itb.

            can't think of any better options

            current squad:
            pope, button
            rico, kelly, soy, trent, lundy
            mane, kdb, alli, mount, cants
            vardy, tammy, ings

      2. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Deulofeu could be a nice pick for the next two at least

        1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          I like Sarr too.

          1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Villa Wolves Bournemouth next. Interesting. An attacker under Nigel Pearson though

            1. S.Kuqi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              This. Played well against United aswell. Easy swap for Ings if it fails 🙂

      3. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Who would you captain of this lot?

        A) KDB (SHU)
        B) Vardy (whu)
        C) Mané (WOL)
        D) Ings (CRY)
        E) Alli (nor)
        F) Tammy (ars)
        G) TAA (WOL)

        1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          B or C for me. I'd go A but can see a rest might come

          1. Don Kloppeone
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Thanks mate. I could see any of the 3 of them being rested that’s the issue.

            I’d expect WHU to be easier to break down than Wolves though so maybe Vardy is the way.

            I have Maddison, Lunds on the bench to help with rotation though.

            1. Rio9
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Monitor KDB's minutes today. If he is taken out early, most likely starts against sheffield. A would be the best then. Rest all have a risk of rotation except for ings and alli

              1. Don Kloppeone
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Cheers. At least I have Maddison and Lunds on bench as contingency!

      4. ZeBestee
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Had a strong gameweek of 75(-4).

        What will you change here? 1FT 1.1M itb

        Pope
        Kelly TAA Aurier
        Alli KDB Richarlison Grealish
        Kane (C) Vardy Rashford

        1. ZeBestee
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Cantwell Lundy Hanley

        2. Holmes (specialist in failu…
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Assuming you are not in hurry to get a LIV mid, it's good enough to save

          1. ZeBestee
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Thanks, is Salah essential given he was withdrawn early on with 2 double home games coming up?

      5. Rash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Sidibe looked really dangerous yesterday, digne on set pieces and aurier very attacking also. I need to pick 2 from 3 on wildcard.

        Sidibe
        Digne
        Aurier

        1. ZeBestee
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Sidibe Aurier

        2. ChrisPire
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Still keeping LEI defender ?

        3. Pukki Party
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Digne didn't take corners yesterday

      6. Atimis
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        GTG? Would you play Soy or Rico?

        Henderson
        TAA/Targett/___
        KDB/Mane/Dele/Grealish
        Vardy/Rash/Tammy

        1. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Soy

          1. Atimis
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Sounds reasonable

      7. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        2FT 2m ITB, Best move here? Cheers

        A Tammy -> Rashford
        B Maddison/Tammy -> Salah/Greenwood

        Pope - Button
        TAA - Soy - Lund - Kelly - Rico
        Mane - Alli - Maddison - KDB - Grealish
        Vardy - Tammy - Ings

        1. ZeBestee
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          A and analyze with 2 FT

          1. _Ninja_
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Cheers

      8. liboo
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Anyone think that maybe KDB rest tonight?

        1. ZeBestee
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Very low chance imo.

        2. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          He better not!

          He’s my Captain and Tammy Vc!

        3. I hate Moreno
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Hope not. Got no bench points to fall back on.

        4. Devo-McDuff
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Much bigger chance the next game I reckon. Wolves away is tough and already beaten City well this season, I think Pep will play the strongest line-up for tat.

      9. FantaCity
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Alli & Richarlison to Salah & Grealish -4 ???
        Looks like being my only route to Salah. Have Mané & TAA

        1. jason_ni
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          I like this move.. latter will def bring more points and capt option

      10. jason_ni
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Who goes 1st?
        A) Tammy
        B) Zaha

        Could bring in firminho for tammy, or any mf up to 8.5, thinking either martial, or grealish and upgrade elsewhere.

        1. RyanMK
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 29 days ago

          B

        2. FantaCity
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Tammy first out for me

      11. matiakez
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Ricardo and Tammy to TAA and ings worth a minus 4?

        1. ZeBestee
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          No, could backfire. Do it after for free

      12. YoungPretender
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        On WC;

        Alli & Rashford
        OR
        Maddison & Kane

        1. RyanMK
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Alli and Rashford for me

        2. ChrisPire
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Alli + Rashford

      13. RyanMK
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 29 days ago

        1. Maddison to Martial
        2. Maddison + Abraham to Grealish + Rashford
        3. Neither. Keep Maddison and Abraham

      14. Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Repost. Tammy > Ings worth a hit?

        1. RyanMK
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Not for a hit for me

        2. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          No

      15. TAA - Straight back in?
        andy85wsm
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Does Trent Alexander-Arnold need to come straight back into our teams?

        GW19 was brutal for lots of people without Trent, especially those of us who have sold for hits in recent weeks.

        We knew he had this kind of haul in him, just wasn't necessarily expected v Leicester (a)

        Does he need to come straight back in? What about if it's for a hit?

        Wolves is the final game where he could get himself suspended through yellow cards. Will Klopp use this as an opportunity to rest him over this heavy period? Or is that just wishful thinking?

        1. ZeBestee
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Depends on your team, if you have a good defence capable of CS's then save and bring him in for free after Gw20

        2. S.Kuqi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Liverpool have finally starting to cleen sheets. He is a must have.

          Bring him in even if it requires hits

        3. ChrisPire
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 29 days ago

          With how good he looked yesterday yes. As non-owner on WC he was immediately in.

          Form of Liverpool was also good.

        4. Wilshere Knowledge
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          No.

          The points have already been missed.

          He’s a good option as he always has been, but yesterday changes nothing imo.

        5. HMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Milner is the only real option right now to fill in so highly doubt he is rested
          He probably should straight in but many finding it difficult to fund this in 1 move (more like 3 moves for me)
          Still think it’s not worth doing for hits and by waiting a week you’ll know for sure re any suspension
          That being said if you can afford to bring him in either on wildcard or free now then do it

        6. Pompel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          You present good arguemtns that he can wait. Problem might be price increase, and if you think yoou'll bring him in later you'll want a placeholder, for which there is only Robbo at similar price. Unless you plan a double swap to make room later, which is ties you hands. I'm on wild card, so will bring him in anyway, though wary about resting/yc's. So my conclusion if wanting him long term, just get him now.

        7. dunas_dog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Straight back in for me - did Aurier to TAA in free last night. Cannot see him being rested particularly as Gomez played last night too

        8. Lindelol
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Enjoyed his haul but I think he might not keep a clean sheet till GW 25. So I don't see why there is a need to bring him back now.

        9. FPL Pillars
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          He should have never left your team!

        10. Peter Ouch
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 29 days ago

          He is a season holder and when you want a player in your team long term...you need to get him asap

          1. yakirh
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            This. Just like KDB

          2. andy85wsm
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            24 point haul seems unlikely to repeat itself next week though, is he worth a hit to play Wolves?

            1. Lindelol
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Absolutely not.

            2. Forza
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Unless you're wildcarding soon, it isn't just about whether it's worth a hit. Getting him in for a hit saves the free transfer that you'd otherwise use to get him in later. So if you're guaranteed to get him at some point, doing it for a hit effectively gives you an extra free transfer to spend on another move. It's worthwhile in the long run.

        11. Weffie von Wobbegong
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          The yellow card totting up rule has changed I think, must be 5 yellows in first 19 games I think, so it's already skipped to 10 yellows as the next target. Tonight's match apart.

          1. Vobinho - Holly's Hams…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Trent has played 18 matches though not 19 due to the West Ham fixture

            1. Weffie von Wobbegong
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Ah, forgot about that. Thank you.

        12. tisza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Genuinely don't remember a non-captained player having such a destructive week on my rankings in 10 years of playing. Just got to keep remembering it's about point gaps still.
          He was coming in this GW as thought Leicester would score at least 1. Chilwell against City made me nervous but never saw this coming.
          Yesterday was a perfect storm. You'd struggle to argue he was worth his price for the 1st 18 GWs. Bringing him back in is going to mean taking 2-2.5m from elsewhere for most teams.

          1. HollywoodXI
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            I feel your pain. My OR was smashed to pieces, literally undoing ten straight weeks of good work and climbing up the ranks. A harsh lesson!

            1. Tired and weary
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Exact same here, was slowly crawling back to respectability of top 100k

        13. Collie01
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          I brought him back in for free last night. Fixtures are largely irrelevant to Liverpool this season and they seem to finally be coming into some CS form

          1. andy85wsm
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            That clean sheet form also seems to have coincided with Gomez getting a run of games

            1. Collie01
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Gomez definitely seems to be back in form. But Liverpool were unlucky not to have more CS earlier in the season, conceding a single goal on 12 occasions.

            2. panda07
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Liverpool got the majority of their clean sheets last season in the first half of the season- when Gomez was playing. Matip offers more going forward with his runs out of defence and his forward passing. It will be interesting to see who starts when Matip is fit again.

        14. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          He's set and forget for the season. Get him back when you can if you sold imo.

          1. andy85wsm
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            But how quickly should that be? At all costs - i.e hits! Or when you have a free transfer.

            Do the fixtures matter?

            1. tisza
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              after last night fixtures can't matter. (even though next 4 look testing).
              Go to a top 3 side (that hasn't blanked for 14 GWs) win 4-0.
              BUT
              He's probably not scoring those 24 points again.
              1st 18 GWs were nothing special for the price.

              If you take the previous 18 GWs into account is it just chasing points based on 1 GW?
              In the history of the game defender 16+ pt hauls are so rare.

              I wanted to get Sidibe in. Looks great option if he stays in midfield but....

              Need to clear my head and not kneejerk. This is where Xmas schedule is a killer with games so close together

        15. Bird Raymond
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          I've missed his haul, in which he got a quarter of his seasons points in one match. He is unlikely to immediately repeat this, so it doesn't seem worth compounding matters by losing another 4 points to bring him in when there is a chance he is either going to be rested or suspended for one of the next two. (I'm going to look like a right prat when he does it again on Sunday!)

          1. andy85wsm
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            If he gets another 24 point haul in GW20 I'll bow down to him

        16. Ginkapo FPL
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          You either have him or you dont.

          This hot topic is silly. Make a choice and stick to it.

        17. Waterwheel Inc.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Ridiculous knee-jerk conversation. Get over it.

        18. The Sociologist
            1 month, 29 days ago

            I think before you bring him straight back in you should assess what made you move him out in the first place. Was that thinking flawed or did you have justifiable reasons that you can still back up?

            For me, Trent always has this kind of haul in him regardless of the fixtures. With Gomez coming back in lately and seemingly shoring up the defence, he's a season keeper for me.

          • Rash
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            A hot topic to solve your own personal crisis? Can I have one for my wildcard squad please?

          • MissouriMarten
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            As an aside, was his haul the biggest by any player so far this season?

          • Throwback
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Depends on your team structure + manager style. I got burnt on transferring out KDB the week of his big haul. Took the medicine straight away and bought him back for a hit.

            Held TAA so will look for a 4th mid/3rd def punt instead

          • Chemical76
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Ings is the only player to score more and cost less then TAA.

          • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            If I had sold him I’d definitely get him back in instantly, and for a hit if necessary, without a second thought

            He is too dangerous not to own if you value your OR (and your sanity!)

            Note - this is not he same as saying he is guaranteed to haul vs Wolves, as he blatantly isn’t, no one is guaranteed to haul in any game, no matter how easy on paper and likewise with blanks, no matter how difficult on paper

            It’s why making such short term orientated decisions in FPL is oh so risky

            On Sunday - Wolves will kickoff at anfield less than 45 hours after the final whistle vs city tonight. It’s their 33rd game of the season. They have no Wily Boly. Liverpool have an extra days rest. Wolves *MAY* even play a ghost team to freshen their first teamers, and all they’re losing by doing so is the slight chance of a point that might exist were they to put out the first team.

            TAA has a very realistic chance (not a guarantee, they don’t exist 🙂 ) of another 20 points - he’ll be taking every DFK, he’ll be on corners, he’ll be putting in crosses like a madman, he’ll be shooting from play... provided Klopp doesn’t decide to rest him that is

            But he’s been doing this in every game all season, it’s nothing new - this has been coming, and unfortunately FPL has zero respect for how difficult a fixture is on paper

            So if he goes BOOM again vs Wolves, it’s not as if the warning signs weren’t there 🙂

            1. zøphar
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              I'm totally on board with this idea, and I did take a hit to get Trent in especially with the DGW announcement. Only watched one game all season without owning Trent, and it was awful. Not going through that again

              1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 27 days ago

                He’s the type of player FPL was made for

          • BRKFCTrueRover 42
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            I've brought him straight back lesson learned DGW at some point don't even care if he's benched this week.

          • St. Joseph
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Does klopp have options at RB?

            1. Chilli2k
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Yes, Milner.

          • shirtless
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Bit late now, he just had a 25 pointer... Madness removing in the first place for one week.

        19. LewanGOALski
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          1) Dendo ➡ Cantwell - Yay or save FT?

          2) play: Rico (bha) or Kelly (sou)?

          1. ZeBestee
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Save
            Kelly

          2. RyanMK
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 29 days ago

            1. Save FT
            2. I have both and going with Rico. If it matters I also have Ings

          3. Pukki Party
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Who will you play if you don't get Cantwell?

            1. LewanGOALski
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              I’d play Jimenez (liv)

              Rico/Kelly first on the bench followed by Dendo and Lund

              1. Pukki Party
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Play Jimenez. Save transfer. I'm playing Rico over Kelly i think if i don't upgrade Kelly, but i have Guaita in goal.

          4. Peter Ouch
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Save
            Kelly

        20. Pukki Party
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Thoughts here? Have 1ft and 2.6itb. Don't like the Palace defensive double up even though their defence looks good, upgrade Kelly or Do something with attack?

          Guaita
          Trent Aurier Kelly
          Salah Alli KDB Mount Cantwell
          Vardy Tammy

          Martin Lundstram Rico Greenwood

          A) Kelly to Digne
          B) Mount to Maddison/Antonio
          C) Greenwood to Pukki (bench Cantwell)

          1. HMC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Chelsea double up has to be first priority
            Tammy to Ings I like
            Mount to Grealish or anyone would be beneficial too

            1. Pukki Party
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Tammy has two good fixtures though. He has scored 7/11 goals away from home this season, ars, bri look like good games for him. Mount goes before Tammy i think.

          2. Wigflex
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Cantwell to Grealish?

            1. Pukki Party
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Fixtures turning for Villa though?

          3. Throwback
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Bench Kelly for Rico to spread the risk.

            Mount transfer out seems the best move . Chelsea out of form, game time is a concern too

        21. Peter Ouch
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Which one would you prioritise

          A Targett to Taa
          B Madison to Alli

          1. DV8R
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            A

            Maddison has good fixtures why get rid?

            1. Peter Ouch
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Alli got better and Madisson offers only assists

              1. DV8R
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                I would still aim to get in TAA asap.

                1. Peter Ouch
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  Thanks

          2. Throwback
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            It’s Xmas do both

        22. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Do you think Robertson could produce the same kind of display that taa did yesterday?

          1. Peter Ouch
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 29 days ago

            No

          2. ZeBestee
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            He could, but probably getting over 20 is far fetched. 15+ is a possibility.

          3. dark91
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            'Could' = yes
            'Would' = I don't think so

            1. Hakim Ziyech
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 29 days ago

              I love this

          4. Throwback
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            No 15pt is prob Robbo max

        23. Lanley Staurel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Any manager press conferences today?

          1. dark91
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Only Pearson and Wilder

        24. DV8R
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Best 4.4m or less defender on a WC? I already have Kelly.

          I have Ramsdale and I don't want to double up with Rico.

          Kiko maybe? Holgate?

          1. teneighty
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            I would go with Kiko or maybe Webster.

          2. The Sociologist
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Webster I think.

          3. Whats the Huth
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Where’s the Sidibé love in coming from?

            1. Pukki Party
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Played RM yesterday

              1. Whats the Huth
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Oop?
                Now I understand

                1. Pukki Party
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  Yes

            2. ZeBestee
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Played as a RM, and Everton are solid with new Manager bounce. Also fixtures are really good after City.

          4. S.Kuqi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Don't understand plp bringing Rashford. United got lucky last night, they still have the same problems with build up game and strugles teams defending deep. Rarely gets more than a goal.

            1. ZeBestee
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              I think Rashford is still a really good option. Pogba back, fixtures are still good was rested early and still on form. If you already, keeping is easier.