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Arteta’s Arsenal show signs of defensive improvement in United victory

Arsenal 2-0 Manchester United

  • Goals: Nicolas Pepe (£9.1m), Sokratis (£4.9m)
  • Assists: None
  • Bonus: Sokratis x3, Bernd Leno (£5.0m) x2, Pepe x1

Earlier this week we wrote about the green shoots of recovery shown by Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal in their defeat to Chelsea.

There was further encouragement on New Year’s Day, with the Gunners deserved winners over the Jekyll-and-Hyde outfit that is Manchester United.

The matches in Gameweeks 20 and 21 followed a similar pattern, with the difference this time being that Arsenal had established a more comfortable two-goal cushion by the time their energy levels were depleted.

The north London side look much hungrier under their new head coach, with their all-action, high-pressing approach clearly borrowed from the Manchester City playbook.

It’ll take a while for Arteta to fully get his methods across to this Arsenal squad, who are, by their own admission, not fit enough to carry out their manager’s demanding gameplan for a full 90 minutes.

The Gunners were gasping for air in the second half, with a flagging Alexandre Lacazette (£9.3m) pleading to be substituted and Lucas Torreira (£4.7m) scoffing an energy bar as his own limbs seized up.

Interviewed after the game, David Luiz (£5.7m) said:

We have to be honest and admit physically we are not ready, but you have to show heart and this team is ready to change a lot of things.

Arteta himself added:

That wasn’t the plan [to sit back in the second half], I have to admit, but at the moment we are suffering a little bit to maintain the intensity we had in the first half. I think it will come, it is part of the process, the way we train, but at the moment we don’t have much time to do so.

It might be that we don’t really see the fruits of Arteta’s labour until 2020/21, then, after the Gunners have had a full, intensive pre-season under their new boss.

The impact has been immediate, though, and Fantasy managers will be watching with interest ahead of some appealing fixtures for the Gunners in Gameweeks 25-32.

We FPL bosses have largely dodged the Arsenal defence for a while now but it is at the back where the Gunners look most improved, with the sight of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.8m) diligently covering his left-back and even Mesut Ozil (£7.2m) tracking back from the number ten role summing up the collective approach to defending.

It was only an error from Bernd Leno (£5.0m) that let Chelsea back into the game last Sunday and, with the Gunners not shooting themselves in the foot this time around, United never seriously looked like getting back into the game.

Names we have all smirked at over the past couple of years – Luiz, Sokratis (£4.9m), Sead Kolasinac (£5.2m) and Ainsley Maitland-Niles (£4.6m) – were all superb at the back, with Torreira and Granit Xhaka (£5.1m) covering expertly in front of them.

Carry on like this and we may even have to start considering them for the weeks and months ahead.

Nicolas Pepe (£9.1m) was named in the starting XI for the first time by Arteta, impressing down the right flank and opening the scoring when converting a deflected cross from Kolasinac.

Pepe later struck the upright and created chances for Lacazette, Aubameyang and Torreira in an eye-catching 62-minute showing.

Arsenal’s two premium FPL forwards contributed majorly to the cause without having too many sights of goal, with Lacazette screwing his best chance wide after making a fool out of Harry Maguire (£5.2m) and Aubameyang volleying his only shot of the game off-target.

Mesut Ozil (£7.2m) continues to sparkle in ‘the hole’, meanwhile, but there is a sense that he might not be the most explosive FPL asset in the mid-price midfield bracket, given that he’s had only one shot since Arteta took charge.

After back-to-back wins over Newcastle United and Burnley, the Red Devils treated us to one of their meek away-day specials at the Emirates.

For the money that we pay for the likes of Anthony Martial (£7.9m) and Marcus Rashford (£9.1m) in FPL – not unsubstantial but hardly top-dollar, either – we have become accustomed to swallowing the occasional dismal display in the knowledge that a haul may be just around the corner.

United started the brighter of the two teams, with Rashford forcing Leno into a save early on, but a positive opening ten minutes gave way to a fairly poor performance, with Maguire’s close-range header on the stroke of half-time as close as the Red Devils came to finding a way past Leno.

Martial indeed didn’t have a single shot, while Rashford was wasteful and Daniel James (£6.1m) and Jesse Lingard (£6.3m) were anonymous as the United attack failed to click.

The likes of Maguire and Luke Shaw (£5.4m) were pretty ropey at the back, too, as they have been for much of 2019/20.

Still, bottom-of-the-table Norwich (who the Red Devils play next in the league) offer Rashford and co an immediate chance at redemption, just as Newcastle did after the Gameweek 18 loss to Watford.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s troops will likely be without Paul Pogba (£8.4m) when they next play in the Premier League, with the United boss saying of the Frenchman in his post-match presser:

He’s injured now and he’ll probably need an operation on his foot. And let’s see how long it takes for him to get back.

We’ve had scans and while it’s nothing major, it’s something that has to be sorted and dealt with, within a timeframe. He’s been advised to do it as soon as possible.

It’s a big blow that Paul is out now – he’ll probably be out for three or four weeks – and Scott will be out for a few months. Scott has been magnificent and we hoped Paul could come back. He can’t – he’ll be back within a month or so. 

On the injury front at Arsenal, Sokratis, Xhaka and Kolasinac were back in the starting XI after recent absences, although the latter seemed to aggravate his ankle problem before being substituted in the second half.

Dani Ceballos (£5.2m) was on the bench, too, but failed to get on.


Arsenal XI (4-2-3-1): Leno; Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Luiz, Kolasinac (Saka 69′); Torreira, Xhaka; Pepe (Nelson 63′), Ozil, Aubameyang; Lacazette (Guendouzi 82′).

Manchester United XI (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, Matic (Mata 81′); James (Greenwood 59′), Lingard (Pereira 59′), Rashford; Martial.

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1,148 Comments Post a Comment
  1. fpork
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Alli + Pieters -> Sarr + Robertson
    Good move?
    Considering Grealish instead of Sarr.

    1. HurriKane
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Good move with Grealish over Sarr

    2. Trophé Mourinho
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Yea get Grealish I think. Sarr looks good but Grealish more reliable it feels. Sarr in comparison looks
      Like a risk not worth taking it, besides deulo and deeney offer decent alternatives into Watford attack you could look at later.

  2. OldBenKenobi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Did a risky early move of Alli and Maupay > Martial and Ings for -4

    I’m playing too safe at the mo and keep missing out.

    Other than the risk of early transfers how do those moves sit with you lot?

    1. Trophé Mourinho
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Like ings, not overly keen on martial when maddison and Greslish frankly look much better/safer options.

    2. DantheManinaPan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Not a huge fan myself, but there's potential.

      Given the fixtures over the next two GWs, I wouldn't be surprised to see Maupay outscore Ings - I'm thinking of making the switch around GW26 personally.

      I brought Martial in last week, and I think he's an improvement on Alli at the moment, but I wonder whether Maddison might be a better investment now...

  3. Bury94
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Should be interesting this game tonight, wouldn't surprise me at all if Sheff Utd sneaked a point

    1. DantheManinaPan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      We were so incredibly close to it in the home leg, but for a Hendo blunder. Liverpool seem to have improved a lot since then though, so I'm not expecting anything other than defeat as a fan (though I'm still hopeful!)

    2. drughi
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Think Liverpool will blow them out of the water, 3-0

  4. AzzaroMax99
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Any news about Lundy’s injury?

    1. DantheManinaPan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      There will be this evening.

  5. HurriKane
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Everton vs Brighton Next week is Final Audition time for DCL vs Maupay

    Who you reckon comes on top ?

    1. XABI 15
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      I have Maupay and want to swap him to DCL

    2. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      DCL

    3. Gunner Boy
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      am probably doing Kane > DCL.

    4. DantheManinaPan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Calvert-Lewin seems to be winning both the stats and the points battles over the last few weeks. Haven't watched both players enough to tell who wins the eye test

      1. HurriKane
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Interesting. Cheers

    5. Jullepuu
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Always wise to favour the home team. They both have good fixtures coming up but I think that DCL has better fixtures than Maupay

  6. No Pirlo No Party
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Ryan - Button
    TAA - Soyuncu - Lundstram - Rico - Kelly
    Salah - KDB - Martial - Grealish - Dendoncker
    Vardy - Abraham - Ings

    2FT with £1.3 in the bank.

    Thoughts on where I can improve this team?

    1. Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Martial and Grealish to Mane and Maddison

      1. No Pirlo No Party
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        I wish I could! £4.6M short.....

    2. Bubbles1985
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Dendo to Adama?

      1. No Pirlo No Party
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        I did look at this but it creates a benching headache every week. I would much rather keep a cheap midfielder as a price point to maintain the team structure (and have less decisions).

        1. Bubbles1985
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Fair point.
          I am struggling this week too, we have the same squad except my front 3 are Vardy, Kane, Greenwood.

          I have resisted Ings so far but I may swap Kane to him?!

    3. Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Abraham and Martial to DCL and Mane?

  7. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Pope(Button)
    Rico,Soyuncu,Sidibe,Lundstram(Willems)
    Salah,Mane,KDB,Maddison,Grealish
    Tammy,Vardy(Connolly)

    How do I get TAA into this team? Really tough

    1. Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Grealish to Dendoncker., Connolly to Greenwood and then one defender to TAA

    2. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Rico to TAA

      1. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Or Willems of injured. Tammy to Ings

    3. arkom
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Downgrade Tammy or even KDB?

    4. DantheManinaPan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      It is really tough that... I wouldn't really want to drop any of that front seven at the moment...

      If it was a long term move then I'd suggest losing one of Mane or Salah, but of course you'd want all three for the DGW!

      I really don't know, sorry!

    5. Rasping Drive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      If you downgraded Tammy to Greenwood, could you do Rico to TAA? You’d have to play 4-5-1 but it would mean keeping that sexy
      midfield.

      1. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        I could do that, the other move I was thinking was Tammy to DCL then Sidibe to TAA. Don’t want to lose Sidibe tho

  8. Atimis
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Do you think that Mane Salah is a better option for DGW than Mane Robo, and, if so, would you keep these 2 prime Pool mids long term?

    1. Trophé Mourinho
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Nah after the double will move from mane and salah to two pool defenders probably until the end of the season.

    2. Rasping Drive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      I would keep them. Fixtures after the double are ridiculously good

  9. DantheManinaPan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Apologies for the repost - bottomed last page! Happy to return advice!

    Across the next three weeks I'm planning four transfers. The question I have atm is when I do each.

    OUT: Kelly, Targett, Sterling, Rashford
    IN: TAA, Holgate, Mane, DCL

    Full team:
    Hendo, Martin
    Lund, Soy, Aurier, Kelly, Targett
    Salah, Sterling, KDB, Martial, Cantwell
    Vardy, Rashford, Maupay

    Current plan is:
    GW22: Targett -> Holgate
    GW23: Kelly + Rashford -> TAA + DCL -4
    GW24: Sterling -> Mane

    Any issues or suggestions? I fancy making the Holgate move this week as his fixture easily trumps Kelly's, Aurier's and Targett's

    1. Will Kane
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      All good moves and the timings look right to me. Good luck!

      1. DantheManinaPan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Thank you!

    2. XABI 15
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Always difficult to plan moves 2-3 weeks in advance as a lot can change. We seem to have similar issues and I am not sure I would want a forward line of Vardy, Maupay and DCL. I would only want one of the latter 2.

      Sterling to Mane you can do whenever. Liverpool best team in the league so max exposure is always good.

      1. DantheManinaPan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Totally agree with you.

        If I was setting up for the long term, I think Salah + Mane is a bit too much in midfield to have alongside TAA, and I'd lose one of these rather than Rashford to avoid that front line.

        But because of the DGW, I think it's almost essential to have all three of the big Pool boys, and I think removing one of my United players is the best way to do it. I would not be against moving Maupay + Salah out in GW26, say, for Ings (with cracking fixtures) and someone like Maddison. Hard to plan this far ahead though!

    3. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Sounds like a good plan, DCL nice fixture run ends in 26, Maupay ends in 29. That´s about when the blanks and dgw starts . I´m not saying Maupay over DCL but that is something i´ve kind of counted in while i went maupay, that i probably not going to need to make a transfer in 27, while with DCL you prob want to. Maupay plays Villa then Bou in that period.

  10. arkom
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Pope
    Kelly / Aurier / Soy / Lundstram / Rico
    Salah / Mane / KDB / Willian / Cantwell
    Vardy / Ings / Jimenez

    2 FT
    0,7£ ITB

    A) Pope --> Fabianski
    B) Aurier --> Sidibe or Gomez
    C) Willian --> Maddison or Grealish
    D) Willian & Aurier --> VVD & Grealish

    1. XABI 15
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      A and C and Maddison

    2. Bavarian
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Downgrade Willian and bring TAA

    3. ragnarlookbrood
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      get rid of aurier asap

  11. XABI 15
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Hi All, would really appreciate help here. Having one of my better seasons and with a current rank of 20k. Had a terror gameweek 20 dropping from 8k to 20k.

    Have 2ft and 4.0m itb.

    Pope Button
    TAA Lund Soy Rico Kelly
    Salah KDB Grealish Cantwell Alli
    Vardy Jimenez Maupay

    Would you do all the below for a -4? If not which of the 2 for free. Many thanks
    1. Pope to Fabianski
    2. Alli to Maddison/Mane
    3. Maupay to DCL

    1. Tshelby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      1 and 2 look good

      1. XABI 15
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Mane or Maddison if money is no issue

        1. Tshelby
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Mmm Mane

    2. Will Kane
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      With a rank of 20k you don't need advice from me 🙂

      But, as you asked, I'd say there's no need for a -4. I'd consider doing 2 and 3 for free and do Fabianski at a later date.

      Interesting call between Maddison and Mane. I went Mane and Salah on my WC 2 weeks ago and am waiting/hoping for this to really pay off. I really want Maddison, he's just so steady and consistent and so heavily involved in everything Leicester do. In your position I might be tempted to go Maddison and then double up on Pool defence....

      1. XABI 15
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Advice is always appreciated! Mane/Maddison is a tough one, as if I go Maddison I can get Ings instead of DCL...

        Double pool defence is definitely another option. I am just really exposed to Mane and his hauls..

  12. Tshelby
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Which option is the best?

    Alli -> Maddison
    Soy and Alli -> Grealish and Robbo ( for free )

    1. XABI 15
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Keep Soy offers great value in a top defence. I would just do Alli to Maddison

      1. Tshelby
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Sorry it needs to be Kiko instead of Soy

        1. XABI 15
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          I then like 2! Gives you another Liv player and double gameweek player + an inform midfielder

          1. Tshelby
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Yeah I'm also liking that option. Had earlier this year double Pool defense and it didn't really pay off

  13. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Fabianski or Ryan... Ryan or Fabianski..

    A. Ryan
    B. Fabianski

    1. Tshelby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      B for me

    2. potatoace'scott talent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Fun pick says Fab.
      But I expect Ryan would do better long term

    3. XABI 15
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      B

    4. Stoichkov#8
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      A

  14. AzzaroMax99
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Is it crazy to get rid of Tammy and Tomori for DCL and Kiko (if fit)?
    Che playing BUR and Eve vs BRI.
    Can see points in both games but I must sell Tomori, he frustrates me too long.
    Other possibility is to sell only Tomori for Kiko and then next week Tammy+Rash to Dcl+Ings so that I can get Salah and Robbo for dgw24.

    Rams
    Digne Kelly Soy
    Mane Alli Kdb Grealish
    Vardy Tammy Rash

    Button Tomori Hayden Lundy

  15. Trophé Mourinho
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Captains lately been so hard to call. Just when I thought I couldn’t go wrong with KDB he makes
    Kane look like a goal hanger -_-
    Literally captaining deulofeu this week and ings vice, at least they won’t end up being centre backs or something

  16. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    This week’s naked flame to which several moths are looking curiously:

    Ings: lei, WOL, cpl, liv
    DCL: BHA, whm, NEW, wat

    So an Ings> DCL GW22 / DCL > Ings GW26 Hokey gives:

    BHA, whm, NEW, wat, BUR, avl, WHM, NEW, nor

    Surely little decisions like this are what FPL is all about 🙂

    1. Trophé Mourinho
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Lol don’t do that Ings will destroy you

      1. Trophé Mourinho
        1 month, 20 days ago

        One thing I add as well, what I learnt this season and should have learnt last season but ignored is this:
        Don’t ever try and predict when an in form player will go out of form, when you see bad fixtures it’s logical to expect them to do worse and you get tempted to move them out. Moves like this have never ever worked out for me or very rarely. Just don’t take out an in form player until they start blanking imo, bad fixtures is not a good enough reason.

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          As the old saying goes - only a fool deals in absolutes 🙂

          There is rarely a place for phrases that begin with “Never” or “Don’t ever” in FPL

          Within reason of course 😉

          1. Trophé Mourinho
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Yea, just I have been stung by those moves so many times and never learn.

    2. HurriKane
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Ings can score against any team at the moment. Wouldn't even bother.

      Dont you realize He's the 2nd top scorer behind Vardy?

      1. HurriKane
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        He's Fixture proof and already scored against chelsea, Liverpool, arsenal, wolves and spurs twice

      2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        He was in my GW1 team, and had him most of last year

        I’m well aware of his abilities 😉

    3. Le Bluff
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      I've had Ings for most of his run and have contemplated getting rid the last couple of GWs, but Southampton have turned a corner and Ings is absolutely integral to them.

      They're also great away from home, so the games against Leicester and Palace especially won't hold any fear.

      I'm keeping.

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        I think 99.5% of his owners will keep

        It’s another contributing factor to the potential upside/downside

    4. The Bad Seed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      But that alone is a -8 and some $ lost.

      DCL will have to outscore Ings by 8 (2 goals) over 4 games to make ANY gains. That and any value tied up that you will then have to repay.

      Worth it..?

      I'd fancy DCL as a 3rd budget striker if you want to opt for a 343.

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        It’s not a -8 if you use a FT though... but yes DCL would have to outscore Ings over those 4 to make ANY gains... but I think he has a good chance of doing that before Ings comes back in after those 4

        1. The Bad Seed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          that move would personally cost me 0.5 now. A bit too for 4 weeks and a bad pedigree like DCL.

          I might be able to make back 0.1-0.2 back considering Ings goes a bit down and DCL rises a bit... but not worth it.

          Also, even with me sitting on 2 FTs, I just know i'll absolutely need them. hard to imagine anybody has such a luxury...

          I know the FT vs Hits school of thought, but I tend to always consider an FT as a -4, hit or not. An FT spent is a Hit waiting to happen, and a Hit done is an FT saved. so works both ways.

          Just makes it easier to calculate returns.

          Again 343 could work, I might do Tammy>DCL to enable the Salah/Mane double.

    5. DantheManinaPan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Agree with the other commenters I'm afraid. Nice idea, though

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        It’s an interesting pulsing of a cross section of the community sentiment for sure 🙂

    6. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 20 days ago

      My solution is to have Ings and DCL on WC ...

    7. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      apart from liv what fixtures does look bad for ings? Wolves are not watertight, Leicester good but conceded vs Norwich which are worse than Saints, cpl is down the bare bottom with injuries.

      DCL got nice fixtures so for me, get both or Maupay who´s got nice run all the way to the blanks and doubles, including Villa and BOU after Everton, where he can be played or benched according to your other options. Those two after Everton are as juicy as they gets from an attacking pov.

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        It's all relative

        Bad is the wrong word to use

        Better is the right word 🙂

        No such thing as a guarantee of anything of course

  17. HaffNanner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Have to make a downgrade somewhere to do Alli to Salah. Already doing Rashford to Ings. Which other transfer to make?

    A. Rico to non-playing 3.9
    B. Grealish to Traore
    C. Something else I'm not seeing

    Henderson
    TAA Soyuncu Lunstram (Kelly Rico)
    KDB Mane Alli Grealish (Hayden)
    Vardy Abraham Rashford

    1. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Tammy to DCL?

      1. HaffNanner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Good shout haven't considered him. Thanks.

    2. puhd
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Keep Grealish. Ship Alli or Abraham.

      1. puhd
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        I mean Downgrade Abraham to enable Alli to Salah.

  18. hustler7
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Kane to DCL or Jiminez? Or maybe even Aguero although unsure on his mins?

    Current team:

    Guatia
    TAA/Soyuncu/Holgate
    KDB/Maddison/Martial/Mane
    Ings/Kane/Vardy

    Button/Lundstram/Dendoncker/Kelly

    1. Trophé Mourinho
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Probably downgrade to DCL or Deulofeu with the mind of using that money to enable Salah in a week or two

    2. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Jimenez or Firmino

    3. puhd
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      DCL

    4. Old Gregg
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      2FT.

      1)Tammy > DCL
      2)Tammy > Maupay
      3)Tammy > Jimenez

      a) Alli > Sarr
      b) Alli > Traroe
      c) Alli > Martial

      1. Old Gregg
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        opps fail.

  19. puhd
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Greenwood to DCL worth a hit?

    1. Stoichkov#8
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      who you play instead atm?

      1. puhd
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Fleck

  20. HamezMace
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Best budget striker to bring in for Kane (which allows the Salah/Mane/TAA triple axis DGW dream)

    A. Ings
    B. Abraham
    C. Haller
    D. Jimenez
    E. Other

    1. HamezMace
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Team for reference,
      Fabianski
      TAA - Söyüncü - Kelly - Lundstram - Femenia
      Mane - KdB - Alli - Zaha - Grealish
      Vardy - Greenwood - Kane

    2. Old Gregg
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      It's tough.

      A+ D Good options. Plus E - DCL/Maupay

      B: I would forget
      C: fixtures are tough

      1. HamezMace
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        C is just for the DGW appeal, and new manager bounce seems to actually apply...thought Moyes might be the one to buck that trend!

        I’m just not able to get excited about any of them really.

    3. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Ings or DCL

      1. HamezMace
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Ings seems the most obvious

    4. Trophé Mourinho
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Probably ings

      1. HamezMace
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        You’re probably right, I’m just being stubborn

    5. DantheManinaPan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      I'd deffo go Ings

      1. HamezMace
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        It seems like I’ve been saying ‘surely he can’t maintain this form...and surely he’ll break down soon’ for a few weeks now...and honestly I’m still saying it to myself.
        I always have this feeling when I feel like I’ve missed the boat on certain players.

    6. edmac
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Ings

      1. HamezMace
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        have I missed the boat though?

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Did you question Mahrez Ramsey King Yaya Toure? Ings looks close to them re FPL ... 😉

          1. HamezMace
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Actually I did question Mahrez!
            In fact I remember posting on here after the first few games of the season Leicester won the league something like...

            ‘Do all the people on here who are transferring Hazard out for Mahrez really think Mahrez will outscore him over the season!?’

            Should have retired then.
            Or changed my username at least.

            1. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 20 days ago

              I am stubborn myself not having Ings ... and will get him after LEI

  21. Old Gregg
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    2FT.

    1)Tammy > DCL
    2)Tammy > Maupay
    3)Tammy > Jimenez

    a) Alli > Sarr
    b) Alli > Traroe
    c) Alli > Martial

    1. Trophé Mourinho
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Probably 1. Other question not sure, got madd and grealish already?

      1. Old Gregg
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Thanks
        yes got both Madd and Grealish. Which has obviously been great this weekend.

      2. Old Gregg
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Tempted by 1/A

        1. Trophé Mourinho
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Yea sarr isn’t bad, the other options also good tho. Hard call

    2. DantheManinaPan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Maddison instead of abc?

      Dunno for the first question tbh, probably DCL. I assume your other two strikers are Ings and Vardy (and if not, get one of those!)

      1. Old Gregg
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Thanks.
        Yes tempted by DCL.
        Have maddy and Grealish already.

        1. DantheManinaPan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Fair enough - nice team then!

          I'd be looking at getting whichever one of Mane/Salah/KDB you don't have.

    3. HamezMace
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      3A
      But you know I’m having similar issues!

    4. marzo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Not sure I am sold yet on removing Abraham.
      Some nice fixtures coming.

    5. Ason Willa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      I did 1)

      I think Alli can wait another week and that gives a chance to see Dilva...

  22. DarkSideOfTheLoon
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Team shaping up to look like this for DGW 24:

    Ryan
    TAA Gomez Digne Soyuncu
    Mane KDB Maddison Grealish
    Vardy Auba

    Button Dendoncker Rico Greenwood

    Looks ok?

  23. Johnny Drama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    For all of you who is planning for a Pool defense double up in GW 24, how will your five-man backline look?
    Are you dropping one of Lundy/Soy? Or are you upgrading one of your budget defenders, Rico/Kelly?
    The latter one would mean a starting team of four defenders, but that may not be an issue?

    1. Make America Greta Again
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      I've got got TAA, Vvd, Fab and Cresswell in defence. May bench boost!

    2. Trophé Mourinho
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Think Rico and Kelly’s days both numbered so taking one of those two out in the same move might be two birds one stone.

    3. Snevitz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      TAA, Robertson, Van Dijk, Lunstram, Rico

      1. Johnny Drama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        No Mane or Salah? Interesting one mate. Could pay off!
        Then TC TAA?

    4. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Rico TAA Robbo Söyüncü Sidibé/Lund ... removing Aurier for Robbo is the move

  24. Tshelby
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    What are the opinions on going double pool defense? Trent and Andy?

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 20 days ago

      My original intent but still wondering whether VVD or even Gomez could well do the job ... currently only TAA in the team

  25. Corgzzzz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Big decision..... I need to remove Kane subject to more news on hamstring injury........and I am now contemplating adding Firminio to my Mane and TAA for GW24, however not great short term fixtures but don't want to waste a transfer in and then out again in two weeks on an Ings or Jimenez ??........what do you think ??

    1. Yankee Toffee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Wait til after scans

  26. Lets VARdy Party
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 20 days ago

    2 FT

    Exact money

    A. Periera and Traore to Rico and Maddison

    B. Periera and Greilish to Sadibe and Maddison

    C. No change

    1. The Head-Ake
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      A

  27. Babit1967
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Looking forward to tonight’s game

    Taa, Bobby and Mo (c), hoping for lots of goals

    1. Yankee Toffee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      And a CS!

    2. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      As a Trent, Mane and Salah (c) owner I'd love to see it, but Sheff Utd setup so well away from home, I'd be surprised if Liverpool score more than two.

    3. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Stats suggest otherwise.

  28. Ibra
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 20 days ago

    I already did Kane -> Ings yesterday so my team is at the moment:

    Gazzaniga
    TAA - Lundstram - Rico
    Salah - KDB - Maddison - Grealish
    Vardy - Ings - Abraham

    Button - Willems - Kelly - Dendoncker

    1ft, 4.3itb

    How does this plan look like?

    GW 22 - Dendoncker -> Martial
    GW 23 - save ft
    GW 24 - Maddison + Abraham + Willems -> Mane + Greenwood + Kiko Femenia (-4)

    Then I would have this team in dgw:

    Gazzaniga
    TAA - Lundstram - Rico
    Salah - Mane - KDB - Martial - Grealish
    Vardy - Ings

    Button - Greenwood - Kelly - Kiko Femenia

    1. Yankee Toffee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Good plan but surely things will change

    2. The Head-Ake
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Plans looks sound. Though I don't think you'll have 3 weeks to play those tranfers?

  29. Ragnar Lothbrok
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Changes to make? Aurier out?

    Ryan (Button)
    Aurier / TAA / Chilwell / Kelly (Lund)
    Mane / Salah / KDB / Cantwell (Dendon)
    Rash / Vardy (Greenwood)

    1. Yankee Toffee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Yeah but for who?

      1. Ragnar Lothbrok
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Everton have good fixtures, maybe Sidibe? Aurier out leaves me with 6m

    2. The Head-Ake
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Aurier to Sidibe for now?

    3. Johnny Drama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      You feel confident about having Cantwell as your 4th mid?

      1. Ragnar Lothbrok
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Not particularly, but hes given me a couple of good returns recently

    4. Bavarian
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Aurier to Sidibe

  30. Yankee Toffee
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Who are mangers getting for Kane? DCL, Ings, Jimi, others?

    1. Ibra
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Ings

    2. potatoace'scott talent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      For you, I'd get Ings.

      1. Yankee Toffee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Haha, cheers