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Fabianski injury latest as Moyes fails first real West Ham test

Sheff Utd 1-0 West Ham

Goals: Oli McBurnie (£5.7m)

Assists: John Fleck (£4.9m)

Bonus Points: Fleck x3, Enda Stevens x2 (£5.1m), McBurnie x1

West Ham failed their first real test under new manager David Moyes as they lost 1-0 at Sheffield United on Friday night.

Following a 4-0 win over out-of-form Bournemouth last time out, and FA Cup progress at the expense of League One Gillingham, there was plenty of interest in Hammers assets ahead of Double Gameweek 24.

However, after a miserable performance at Bramall Lane, and fresh injury concern for Lukasz Fabianski (£4.9m), Fantasy Premier League managers may well be removing West Ham players from their radars already.

There was short-lived interest in Masuaku during West Ham’s defeat at Sheffield United

Lined up in a 3-4-2-1 formation, presumably to match Sheffield United’s 3-5-2 system, Moyes’ men offered very little in the way of creativity for most of Gameweek 22’s opener, until Robert Snodgrass (£5.2m) emerged from the bench in the second half.

There was some excitement among the Fantasy community when Arthur Masuaku (£4.2m) was named as an attacking wing-back as the Gameweek 22 deadline passed but he was virtually anonymous all evening.

Furthermore, his presence in the team meant that Aaron Cresswell (£4.7m) was a member of the back-three and Pablo Fornals (£6.0m), who had shown some form coming into Gameweek 22, was left on the bench with Snodgrass.

Masuaku did have one moment of note in the first half when he found some space behind George Baldock (£5.0m) but could only blaze his shot horribly wide.

He was then replaced by Snodgrass in the 69th minute as Moyes did away with the 3-4-2-1 line-up and moved back to a more traditional 4-2-3-1.

Snodgrass provided some impetus for West Ham in the closing stages

It was in this set-up, with Snodgrass in the side, that West Ham did ask some questions of the Sheffield United defence but arguably it was too little too late.

As soon as he came on, Snodgrass delivered a perfect free-kick to the far-post which Sébastien Haller (£7.0m) hooked back across goal and into the net, only to have it correctly ruled out for offside.

“I’ve been quite impressed by Seb(astien Haller) especially. Trying to get him more support, we tried to do that tonight. I thought in the first half he had a great couple (of) chances. Overall, I have been pleased with him.” – David Moyes

Later in the game, Snodgrass thought that he had scored a stoppage-time equaliser, only for the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) to rule it out for a handball against Declan Rice (£4.7m) in the build-up.

Admittedly, West Ham did not deserve a great deal from the game anyway although they were not helped at all by another injury to first-choice goalkeeper Fabianski.

West Ham fans will once again sweat on the fitness of Fabianski

He only returned from a long-term hip injury in Gameweek 20 but looks likely to have suffered a recurrence of that problem after taking a goal-kick on Friday night.

“It looks like a recurrence of his hip injury. He felt something in his thigh. He was a big miss when we didn’t have him before and I’m hoping that he won’t be out for long but obviously until we get the scan we won’t be able to say conclusively what it is.” – David Moyes

However, the fact that his absence caused issues for the team is no mere mitigating circumstance for another poor team performance as far as Fantasy managers are concerned. It has become very clear this season that Fabianski is one of the most important players at West Ham, the rest of the team prone to crumbling when he’s not around.

Roberto‘s (£4.4m) performances have been nothing short of dreadful this season while David Martin (£4.1m) has hardly been blameless either. In fact, it was the latter’s mistake that cost West Ham any share of the spoils on Friday night.

Sheffield United scored their only goal of the night as Martin and Balbuena got their wires crossed

In the 54th minute, Martin misplaced a ball out of the back to Fabian Balbuena (£4.3m), his pass overshooting the centre-back and winding up in no man’s land. That allowed John Fleck (£4.9m) to pounce on the scraps and bear down on goal, only needing to square to Oli McBurnie (£5.7m), who stabbed it home under the retreating goalkeeper.

Seeing the Hammers look so poor without Fabianski once again should arguably make us feel a little for Manuel Pellegrini. Had the Polish goalkeeper remained fit this season, he might still be in the job and Moyes will certainly have his work cut out if the former Arsenal goalkeeper is out for any great length of time.

Should Fabianski still be injured by the time Double Gameweek 24 comes around, it will be very hard to justify including any of his colleagues when they are set to face two of the best teams in the league, Leicester and Liverpool.

In fact, the absence of Fabianski could come as a huge blessing to Fantasy managers who had been considering the Triple Captain chip for Double Gameweek 24.

Having seen mistakes from both Martin and Roberto this season, the prospect of Mohamed Salah (£12.3m) and Sadio Mané (£12.3m) facing a Fabianski-less West Ham defence is arguably the stuff of FPL dreams.

It will be interesting to see if Moyes moves for another goalkeeper now that the transfer window has opened. He was asked about resigning Darren Randolph on Friday night and indicated it was a possibility.

“Well I’m only just here so I’m still finding my way in terms of what the players can do but I think it’s been well-documented that having another goalkeeper to choose from might be a good thing to have.” – David Moyes

“(Asked about signing Darren Randolph): I’m not sure because we’re just waiting on a small injury that is improving so hopefully (that situation) will improve soon.” – David Moyes

Up next for West Ham’s uninspiring attack is a home meeting with Carlo Ancelotti’s new-look Everton side.

In order for any Hammers assets to receive serious consideration for the Double Gameweek, huge improvements will have to be made. As already mentioned, it’s hard to read much into recent wins over Bournemouth and Gillingham, and in the Hammers’ first testing outing, they fell woefully short.

Lundstram was unfortunate not to get attacking returns against West Ham

It must be said that Sheffield United were not exactly at their best either, which to some extent, is more of a damning indictment of how poor West Ham were.

“Yeah, it was a little bit (flat) so we had to grind it out a little bit. It’s a huge three points for us. We were caught in between whether to press or drop off an protect. We didn’t react or anticipate or get players out of tight situations. In the second half, I wanted us to be more physical.” – Chris Wilder

Either way, the Blades still rewarded those invested in their defence, providing an eighth clean sheet of the campaign. At close of play on Friday night, this put them level with Leicester for shut-outs in 2019/20.

This latest clean sheet was Sheffield United’s fifth from a possible 11 at Bramall Lane this season. While Manchester City are the next side to frequent Sheffield, the fact that Bournemouth (Gameweek 26), Brighton (Gameweek 27) and Norwich (Gameweek 29) are among the next four visiting sides at Bramall Lane should help maintain interest in the likes of John Lundstram (£5.1m) and Dean Henderson (£4.9m).

The former had another outing in which he was, to some extent, unfortunate not to get any attacking returns.

Lundstram’s late eighth-minute run into the box saw him nearly connect with a Fleck cross at the back-post and 10 minutes later, he saw his close-range effort turned away from Balbuena.

Lundstram in action against West Ham

Towards the close of the first period, Sheffield United’s dynamic number seven found himself on the right flank, turned Rice inside and played a sweeping cross to the back post with his left foot, which was just short of some definitive contact from McBurnie.

After the hour-mark, Lundstram had another chance to assist, playing a clever through-ball to an overlapping Baldock, whose shot at the near-post was blocked and put out for a corner by Cresswell.

Lundstram was replaced by Muhamed Bešić (£4.4m) in the 70th minute, having taken some criticism but banking his clean sheet, although, with the help of VAR, his colleagues also cashed in on that too.

“We try to play out with the three (in midfield). With their system today we should have got Basham and O’Connell out a lot more with Ollie Norwood but, to be fair, they jumped on him a little bit. I didn’t think, from our point of view, our midfield players were at their best with the ball. They gave it away cheaply. They’re a lot better than that usually but the energy that they give us and the structure that they give us (is good). In this system, if teams are playing three at the back then one of them has got to go and release onto the third centre-half. Fleck did that better second half and Lundstram did that better second half.” – Chris Wilder

It must be said that there were a few moments during the game in which Sheffield United were lucky to hold onto their clean sheet, John Egan (£4.5m) inadvertently at fault both times.

In the 29th minute, the centre-back failed to properly deal with a forward pass from Martin, his header allowing Felipe Anderson (£6.6m) to bear down on Henderson through the middle. Although it would have been completely against the run of play, the Brazilian really should have scored but he screwed his effort wide.

Henderson made two important stops but one was one short of earning save-point

In the closing stages, Henderson was forced into two excellent stops from Manuel Lanzini (£6.2m), the first coming from a well-placed free-kick, the second a close-range effort after Egan’s slip had allowed the Argentinian into the penalty box unopposed.

Finally, we should discuss Fleck, who was arguably the best player on the pitch. It was his pressing that led to the opening strike, the resulting assist his sixth attacking return of the campaign, and he easily could have been involved in more goals.

In the 49th minute, Fleck had two rasping efforts on goal from the edge of the box after an Oliver Norwood (£4.9m) cross was cleared, the first blocked and the other fizzing just wide.

In the 73rd minute, the midfielder played a perfectly-weighted through-ball to McBurnie on the edge of the box, the centre-forward executing a clever dummy, which sent substitute Lys Mousset (£4.8m) through on goal, although he could only aim an effort at Martin.

Sheffield United XI (3-5-2): D Henderson; O’Connell, Egan, Basham; Stevens, Fleck, Norwood, Lundstram (Bešić 70′), Baldock; McGoldrick (Mousset 59′), McBurnie (Sharp 84′).

West Ham United XI (3-4-2-1): Fabianski (Martin 15′); Cresswell, Ogbonna, Balbuena; Masuaku (Snodgrass 69′), Rice, Noble, Zabaleta; Anderson, Lanzini (Fornals 84′), Haller.

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804 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Orion
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Hope my Kun C will come the best 🙂

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Hope he starts for ya, could be huge if he starts

      1. Orion
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        I need a differential that’s why I’ve risked 🙂

    2. Syd.
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Great pick

      Good luck

    3. DAZZ
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Good luck, you had the bollocks not only to go with him but to (C) as well, so i hope he returns for you

    4. Whats the Huth
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Good luck. My ml rival has sold Kun. So he can score all he wants for you. Haha

    5. COLLIN QUANER
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Brilliant choice, Ori. Best of luck

  2. pavlev
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Anyone any view on whether Gomez new first choice CB even when others return, after all theyve stopped conceding since he came in... Would be great value long term

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      I think he probably is first choice now ahead of Matip and then Lovren

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      He looks really good, and they’ve just kept about 6 or 7 cleansheets on the bounce in league & CL with him - I think he’s first choice & only going to get better with age

      Matip is class too though, and with Allison back - it’s time for some serious points output from VVD, TAA, Robbo

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        What are your captaincy plans for DGW24? TAA? TC?

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Initially I was in the space of avoiding triple captain that week, and potentially even captaining a single GW player

          But I’m kind of warming to the idea of TAA now - he actually has an astonishing 24 attacking returns in his last 30 starts...

          There are strikers that would kill for that sort of attacking output, let alone midfielders

          Still undecided though

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Each/any clean sheet alone would be worth 20 points before you factor in appearance, bonus and any attacking returns. The ultimate risk/reward play.

            1. PlumaPiedra
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              How does 4 x 3 = 20?

              1. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                TC on TAA plus Robbo and VVD is 5 CSs potetially. 5x4pts equals 20pts

                1. PlumaPiedra
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Gotcha. Didn't realise it was triple defence. I don't think I could watch the doubles with triple defence.

                  Betting on them not conceding a lucky goal or a pen and that Mane and Salah do nothing.

                  Who are Robbo and TAA gonna be assisting exactly?

          2. PlumaPiedra
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            There's no way anyone would captain a single GW player when Liverpool have a double. Let's not pretend.

            1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Careful now 😉

              1. PlumaPiedra
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                I'm hoping loads of dead teams or people that forget leave captaincy on a single GW player.

                I really need something to get me back up the ranks!

  3. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Which scores most next GW:

    A) Alli (wat)
    B) Maddison (bur)
    C) Traore (sot)

    1. The 12th Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      B

    2. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      A

    3. Whats the Huth
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      B
      Watford back on form.
      Spurs are not.

      Traore is a 5th mid at best. He’s be chable

  4. The 12th Man
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    In Draft.
    I have Harry Kane.
    Bury him on the bench or bring the best available striker in which would be Deeney or C.Wilson?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Bring in best available striker - any other options?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        unless you have 5 great nailed mids

      2. The 12th Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Those are the best 2 available. Then it drops to McBurnie,Rodriguez and Kean.
        Squad-
        Kepa,Pope
        VVD,Gomez,Digne,Sidibé,Evans
        Pépé,Sarr,Mount,Traore,Moura
        DCL,Lacazette,Kane

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Would go Deeney then - you have a lot of good defenders so there can be plenty of weeks where you play 4 or 5 at the back. Issue is you will be putting Kane back into the pool for whoever to pick up come April but think it has to be done. Players like Pepe, Mount, Moura and Lacazette aren't guaranteed starters. Good luck.

          1. The 12th Man
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Thanks. Yeh think he has to go too. Might not even play again this season.
            I’ve been playing the market with midfield all season, just picking up ones who have good fixtures.
            Surprised I’m 2nd in the league to be honest. The guy who’s top has 4 Sheffield United defenders. Lol

  5. greggles
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Wildcard goalkeepers have gone well. Ramsdale last week, Fabianski this...

    Which is the best goalkeeper for about 5.0 that I can I just put there and forget about it?

    1. Jullepuu
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Ryan probably the best but Guaita can fo good as well

      • Whats the Huth
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Henderson by far the best

      • Drop the Dendoncker
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Ryan

      • Teomi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Took a punt on Leno

      • Evasivo
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Ryan or McCarthy

    2. DAZZ
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      So my ML rival benched Lundstram for some reason, and played Henderson and Baldock from his triple SHU defence. When Lundstram came off i was happy to have 6 points locked in, i was so gutted when West Hams goal was disallowed, he went from 12 to 4 to 12 in 1 minute 🙁

      1. The 12th Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Unlucky.

    3. Chelsea91
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Rash or Jimenez for ings guys?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        rash

        1. Chelsea91
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 8 days ago

          thanks ,mate

      2. The 12th Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Rashford

        1. Chelsea91
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 8 days ago

          thanks mate

      3. Whats the Huth
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Rashford

        1. Chelsea91
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Thanks mate

    4. Whats the Huth
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      I didn’t need a differential. I need to protect my rank. I’m concerned by how many people in my ML and top 10k has captained Vardy.
      I hope Salah scores. I should’ve gone Vardy to be safe

      1. Chelsea91
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 8 days ago

        if you want to improve your rank go for players , do not play via captain so risky.

      2. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Southampton have titghtened up recently. Vardy may not score any better than Salah this GW. Keep the faith.

        1. Whats the Huth
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Fingers crossed
          For some reason. Vardy didn’t jump out at me because of Saints form

      3. The 12th Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Your not going to lose your league by one weeks captain decision. Anyway you could be sitting there smug if Salah outscore Vardy. Which easily could happen.

    5. manu4life99
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      A) Martial > Mane (£5m itb)
      B) Go for Robbo/Gomez as 3rd Lpool instead and spread the cash

      Ramsdale
      TAA Soy Sidibe
      Salah KDB Grealish Martial Traore
      Vardy Maupay

      McGovern DCL Lund Rico

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 8 days ago

        I went Robbo team is better

      2. B.D.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 8 days ago

        A

    6. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Nice write up.

      Was really surprised Fornals dropped to the bench. West Ham fans couldn’t believe Lanzini was preferred over him after recent performances.

      Bit concerned by Lundstram’s performance, but I’ll take the 6 points.

    7. Tamagotchi Massacre
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Anyone else in a groove of horrible luck/choices?

      Absolutely disasterous WC last week that lost me 30 points. Ten minutes into this week keeper gets crocked, taking up my transfer for next week that'll ultimately cost me four points when I go to triple Liverpool

      Gnggngngnggg

      1. Whats the Huth
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Go Henderson

      2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        FPL is a cruel mistress

        I’m fully expecting a 91st minute spurs goal to ruin my treble pool cleansheet later, along with a Vardy blank & possibly season ending injury to make a mockery of my own WC 🙂

        1. JT11fc
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Not sure your going to have any nails left after the next couple of gameweeks haha 18+ points or 6ish, very nervy. its how the game should be played tho, good to go against the grain

        2. Tamagotchi Massacre
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Really regretting going Vardy captain tbh. Went with the numbers but feel like United are going to give Norwich a whumping

      3. DAZZ
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Yup i'm in a similar position. Dropped from 50K to 280K since mid December, coincidentally the time i played my WC. never mind

      4. Rash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        I feel I've turned a corner on the bad luck front.. brought in son captain for his red card l, replaced him with pogba captain for a cameo.

        Wildcard gameweek 20 and got a red arrow

        Didn't make a change and got my highest gameweek rank of the season.

      5. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 8 days ago

        In the last few weeks I’ve lost

        Hendo
        Rashford
        Ings
        Grealish
        Soy

        That’s not even counting taking TAA out over Xmas

        30 points I laugh at. I’m the king of self destruction

    8. FOO FIGHTER
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Ings or Rashford long term?

        1. Royal5
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Ings maybe the best value player in the game.

      • Royal5
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Anyone know the most captained players? Bit worried about Vardys % as I went KDB.

        1. FOO FIGHTER
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Think highest cap is Vardy.

          • JT11fc
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 8 days ago

            No idea but i wouldnt worry, 6 or 7 pointer at most for Vardy i think, 5 at the very least for KDB

            1. Royal5
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Vardy playing 90 just a couple of days ago and Southampton defense looking better atm made me go Kdb.

              1. JT11fc
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 8 days ago

                The right call i think. I hope.

          • diesel001
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Vardy Top 10k EO is 152%. So you want Vardy to blank

            1. Royal5
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Yeah, hope he stays quiet.

          • Chelsea91
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 8 days ago

            i think vardy will score atleast one

        2. diesel001
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Declan Rice says no players want VAR. For someone who was once playing for Ireland it seems he has a short memory and/or doesn't know his history. VAR would have stopped Thierry Henry cheating Ireland in 2009 (re his handball).

          VAR was not brought in to allow more goals. It was brought in to stop a lot of those dodgy goals. VAR has shown how poor humans have been at disallowing goals in the past.

          1. DAZZ
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            In defence of Rice here, i can't recall many dodgy decisions before VAR was introduced. That West Ham goal last night would have stood, and no one would have said anything. They might have looked at the goal afterwards, but it would be quickly forgotten about by both sides.

            The problem we have now is, if VAR is ultimately removed, sides will be complaining about all these little decisions that aren't going their way and saying " Well it wouldn't have stood if we had VAR" or "If we had VAR it would be offside"

            I think we're at the point of no return in terms of VAR.

            1. DAZZ
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              A perfect example is the infamous Beach Ball goal, Sunderland Liverpool. Everyone remembers, i wonder what would happen if it occurred in today's game? I imagine it would be disallowed.

              1. Corkyote FFS CWC Champion 2…
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                I don’t think the beach ball goal gets disallowed with VAR as no rules were broken.

              2. diesel001
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                But the 'beach ball goal' being disallowed would be the correct decision.

                Personally think a lot of it is the classic human resistance to change. In 2 years time VAR will be normalised in top level football. A few of the laws of football need changing, and they need to make VAR part of the entertainment of the game (you should see pictures, be able to hear the conversations between refs and VAR etc.), but IMO, it is better than the old days where more dodgy goals were being allowed.

                1. Bushwhacker
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    VAR is not the issue ; its the handball and offside laws. Beach ball goal would’ve stayed regardless.

                2. Azathoth
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  What about this

                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXL-YOlsDqw

                  with VAR (and SAF next to the ref) it would have stood?

                  1. Bushwhacker
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      Goal line tech would’ve solved that. No longer an issue.

                    • QuintonFortune25
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      Well the goal line technology would have picked this one up.

                      With regards to the point above about human resistance to change, a lot has changed in football over the last 5 years (such as goal line technology and playing a goal kick inside the 18 yard box) and nobody has complained about the positive changes. I think VAR will be a positive change to the game eventually, it's just the tightness of the offside and handballs that are taking away the spirit of the game.

                      I think that's what Rice is saying, its the law its self that needs reviewing not the actual technology.

                      1. diesel001
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 8 days ago

                        Direct quote from Rice is about VAR:

                        "I think they are the thoughts of every Premier League player, not just me - pretty much everyone doesn't want VAR in the game"

              3. Bird Raymond
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                It's probably not prominent in his mind. He would have been ten years old and he's not really Irish.

            2. Chelsea91
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Henderson
              Taa,Rico,Gomea
              Mane,Ali,Kdb,Maddy
              Jimmy,Vardy(c),Ings

              Button Cantwell Lund,Kelly

              Good to go guys for GW 23? ITB 2.3

              1. Royal5
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Yup. Wouldn't expect much from Rico though.

                1. Chelsea91
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  lund or rico to start?

                  1. Royal5
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    I'm in on Lund atm. Rico bench. Might sell Rico. No way he gets a CS against Norwich away. Bou look abysmal. Lund always has a chance of attacking returns.

                    1. Chelsea91
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      thanks mate, will play lund

            3. Evasivo
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Thoughts on WHU "assets" on watchlist for DGW?

              Imo I may be going in to DGW with none

              1. Chelsea91
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 8 days ago

                None, if you want o get WHU asset go for attacking , do not think they can keep clean sheet

                1. Evasivo
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Exactly, I need to replace Kiko so had a defender in mind but those fixtures and no Fab spells 4pts max.
                  Though are WHU haven't attacked of late, they now won't have any other choice

              2. DAZZ
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Only Mane, Salah, TAA for me.

                1. Evasivo
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  I have Robertson TAA Mane

              3. Sailboats
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                No one

                1. Evasivo
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  So disappointing isn't it?! Feel like a missed trick, but no decent options available

              4. Royal5
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                None.

              5. g40steve
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Three Pool & WHU keeper

              6. Whats the Huth
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Never once entered my thinking to own a West Ham player

                1. Whats the Huth
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  That’s a lie obviously. I half heartily dabbled with Henderson to Fab.
                  Glad I didn’t now

              7. ‘Tis the Season
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 8 days ago

                None after Fab injury

              8. PlumaPiedra
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                No way I'm wasting a transfer on that mess. I'd rather single gw options than them lot with those 2 games.

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

              Alli and Rashford >> Mane and Ings for free?? No brainer right?

              1. Chelsea91
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 8 days ago

                just done Rash to Ings , You can hold Ali

                1. Jurgen Flopp
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Should have waited until today's matches finish at least. What if Ings gets injured?

                  1. Chelsea91
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    hopefully he not injured mate

              2. Royal5
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Looks good.

              3. JT11fc
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 8 days ago

                No brainer.

              4. g40steve
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 8 days ago

                See how they play today, couple of goals & the sound of teams getting ripped up.

              5. Whats the Huth
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Do it

            5. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Decided on double Pool defence for 24, right or wrong?

              McCarthy
              Trent, Soy, Robbo,
              Salah, KDB, Maddison, Martial
              Vardy, Ings, Rashford

              Martin, Traore, Rico, Lundstram

              .3 bank.

              FT

              1. Whats the Huth
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Rash to a fodder. Martial to mane. Robbo to someone you can afford

                1. ‘Tis the Season
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  So taking out rash and Robbo to bring in mane. And you think that combo will bring in more points? Unluckily.
                  Don’t destroy your team.

                  1. g40steve
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    Looks better as I have it in my eyes?

                  2. PlumaPiedra
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    I believe it does. That doesn't feel like destroying the team at all.

                2. g40steve
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Double defence is my gut feeling.

                  1. ‘Tis the Season
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    Mine to and only way to keep a balanced team. I’ve seen few good teams with dbl mid but their TV is insane.

                    1. g40steve
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      So is mine 108+

              2. ‘Tis the Season
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Nice team. Save

                1. g40steve
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Cheers

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

              I didn't see the match - was The Lord having a bad game?

              1. g40steve
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Not his best

              2. JT11fc
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Only saw first half. Didnt look bad, had a decent chance. Not sure Besic would be better, Rodwell maaybe

              3. Duffy Dunk
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Pretty much yes, had a chance in the 1st half but not much else.

                1. Royal5
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Close to getting an assist i the 2nd half.

              4. PlumaPiedra
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Gave the ball away almost everytime he got it, but he's allowed a bad game, he's been so consistent all season.

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

                Thank you all gentlemen

            7. Whats the Huth
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Top 100 scored more points than top 10k average.

            8. arkom
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              McCarthy
              XXX / Aurier / Soy / Lundstram / Rico
              XXX / Salah / Mane / KDB / Cantwell
              Vardy / Ings / DCL

              A) TAA & Grealish

              or?

              B) VVD & Maddison/Richarlison

              1. Bushwhacker
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  A. Have to have TAA

              2. Albrightondknight
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Oh ffs. I just saw I still have Jimmy C with KDB VC but I was 100% certain I had swapped them and saved team.nothing to do about it now except hope it works out.

                1. Whats the Huth
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Could be a blessing in disguise.
                  I’m not certain KDB will line up how we would like him to. I think he will be deer

                2. Royal5
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Could be much worse. Raul has a very good chance of getting points against Newcastle. My VC.

                3. JT11fc
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Good non move me thinks

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

                  Hope ye are right all. Cheers

              3. FOO FIGHTER
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  In order not to rip my team up I can do Maddison to Mane and Rashford to ings and VVD to 4m range defender.

                  Think this will be the best option fitting Mane in...

                  Thoughts?

                  1. Whats the Huth
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    I like it.
                    But Maddison is special

                    1. FOO FIGHTER
                        1 month, 8 days ago

                        Mane will outscore him though.

                        1. Klein
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 8 days ago

                          Maddi playing wham though.

                        2. g40steve
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 8 days ago

                          Your betting on one very good player out scoring two very good players?

                    2. Holmes (specialist in failu…
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      Cant see any upgrade in that move

                  2. Nerdlinger
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    I completely missed that there was a game last night. Happily doing my transfers this morning and didn't even question the extra free transfer. Rashford and Sarr, welcome to my team 1 week too late!

                    1. Royal5
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      Who did you get rid of?

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

                        Kane, Zaha, so not the end of the world. Would rather of not had Kane in my team tho!

                        1. Royal5
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 8 days ago

                          Rash seems one week late as they got Pool next. Both had to go though. Sarr is interesting.

                    2. Whats the Huth
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      Oh blimey. Horrible transfers haha.
                      Have you got your three Liverpool ready?

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

                        Not yet. I've got 4.5m in the bank tho to draft them in

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

                          And I'm mostly writing this season off. Been a disaster so I'm not fussed about hits or taking a punt on differentials at this point.

                    3. Werkself - A Whole Lawro B*…
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      I like your attitude.

                  3. woodsy1970
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    who's on penalties with kane out

                    1. COLLIN QUANER
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      Probably Alderweireld but can't be sure

                      1. woodsy1970
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 8 days ago

                        Cheers

                    2. lilmessipran
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      I'd say Dele

                  4. dshv
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    1. Alli for Salah

                    2. Rico or kelly for TAA ??

                  5. Whats the Huth
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    At what point does any -4 you make. Get deducted from your total?
                    My rival has taken a -4 and trying to work out if his total point is now 4 points less. Or if it will only get deducted at the end of the GW

                    1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      Already deducted

                    2. Rash
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      At the 1st points update I believe.

                    3. Hakim Ziyech
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      Lol. You really don't love your rival in any circumstance 😆

                  6. fcsaltyballs
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    Henderson
                    TAA Soyuncu Lundstram Rico
                    KDB Mane Salah Grealish
                    Vardy Jimenez

                    McGovern Greenwood Dendoncker Kelly

                    2FT 1.3ITB

                    What’s the best use of transfers:

                    1. Kelly Greenwood >> Williams (or 4.1) DCL
                    2. Dendoncker >> Cantwell / Traore / Fleck (and save 1FT)

                    Thanks all!!

                    1. Whats the Huth
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      Can you not get Maddison in?!

                      Playing Rico will end in tears.

                      Dendoncker to Maddison. And play 3-5-2
                      Jiminez to ings or DCL would give you the funds?

                  7. ♤TeddyBear♤
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    Anyone have the link to Marks team?

                  8. bitm2007
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    Pope (Button)
                    TAA, Soyuncu, Kelly (Rico, Lundstram)
                    Salah (c), KDB, Alli, Traore, (Dendonker)
                    Vardy, Rashford, Ings

                    2 FTs, 1.3m ITB

                    I'm looking at ways to get Mane in for the DGW, what's my best option

                    A) Alli and KDB to Mane and Maddison
                    B) Alli and Rashford to Mane and Calvert-Lewin
                    C) Other what ?

                    1. Whats the Huth
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      Traore isn’t good enough as a 4th mid.
                      So Traore to mane. Alli to Maddison. Rashford to DCL

                      1. bitm2007
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 8 days ago

                        0.8m short