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Is now the time to invest in Southampton’s FPL defensive assets?

If someone had told us back in October that we’d be talking up Southampton defensive assets by January, we would have assumed you were joking.

But here we are, nonetheless, on the verge of considering Saints defenders for our Fantasy Premier League teams.

Several months after the heaviest home defeat in their history, and the worst defensive showing this author has seen on any football pitch at any level, Ralph Hasenhüttl has completely transformed Southampton in one of the most impressive turnarounds we’ve seen in recent years.

With price depreciation naturally occurring across the Saints squad so far, Fantasy managers are now taking a look at the options available in Hampshire with great interest.

We have taken a closer look at their recent form to see if they truly are worth investing in.

As this article uses data from the Fantasy Football Scout Members Area, only those who have signed up for the full 2019/20 season, a monthly pass or a discounted package can access it in full.

What has Hasenhüttl changed?

The cause of Southampton’s recent defensive success can find its roots in a switch from a three-man defence to a back-four some point after that (in)famous defeat at Leicester – as well as a newfound consistency in team selection.

Hasenhüttl came into 2019/20 still a big fan of a three-man defence and flexible attacking formations around that base.

He used a 3-4-2-1 in Gameweeks 1, 5, 7, 9 and 12, a 3-5-2 was rolled out in Gameweeks 2 and 10 and a 5-3-2 in Gameweek 11.

The Austrian did dabble with back-fours at various stages, using a 4-4-2 in Gameweeks 3 and 4, a 4-2-3-1 in Gameweek 6 and a 4-3-3 in Gameweek 8.

However, the biggest issue, as you can probably tell, stemmed from the fact that his side was never settled.

Even when a back-four was used, there were some questionable decisions made about which players would occupy which positions, especially at full-back – although injuries did not exactly help.

Southampton formations

(Personnel included when a back-four)

  • GW1: 3-4-2-1
  • GW2: 3-5-2
  • GW3: 4-4-2 (L-R: Danso, Vestergaard, Bednarek, Valery)
  • GW4: 4-4-2 (L-R: Danso, Vestergaard, Bednarek, Cédric)
  • GW5: 3-4-2-1
  • GW6: 4-2-3-1 (L-R: Cédric, Vestergaard, Bednarek, Danso)
  • GW7: 3-4-1-2
  • GW8: 4-3-3 (L-R: Bertrand, Yoshida, Bednarek, Valery)
  • GW9: 3-4-2-1
  • GW10: 3-5-2
  • GW11: 5-3-2
  • GW12: 3-4-2-1

As we all know, Southampton’s defence was one of the most porous in the Premier League during this period, epitomised by their humiliating 9-0 defeat at home to Leicester in Gameweek 10.

Still, it was not until the Gameweek 12 home defeat to Everton that the death knell was sounded for Hasenhüttl’s initial tactics with a brand new version of 4-4-2/4-2-2-2 system debuted on the trip to Arsenal – which ended in a morale-boosting 2-2 draw.

This was the first match that Hasenhüttl selected a back-four consisting of Ryan Bertrand (£4.8m) and Cédric Soares (£4.8m) as traditional full-backs either side of Jan Bednarek (£4.4m) and Jack Stephens (£4.3m) in a two-man centre-back partnership.

These four players have been the first-choice defenders for each of the last 10 matches in a row and the team has arguably been much better for the consistency – each outing seeing them receiving protection from the same pair of central midfielders too in Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (£4.8m) and James Ward-Prowse (£5.8m).

It would still take some time for the Saints to register their first clean sheet in this configuration, although from Gameweek 14 onwards they only let in more than one goal on one occasion, the 2-1 defeat at Newcastle in Gameweek 16.

It is over the last four matches that Southampton’s improvements have really come to the fore, with clean sheets kept against Chelsea (Gameweek 19) and Spurs (Gameweek 21) while Leicester were successfully neutralised at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

In fact, as was widely reported, the Premier League’s Golden Boot front-runner and 2019/20’s shot-volume king Jamie Vardy (£10.0m) was restricted to a grand total of zero attempts on goal in Gameweek 22.

In order to find out whether this recent upturn in clean sheets is sustainable, and therefore a reliable source of points for Fantasy managers, we are digging even deeper, into the underlying statistics behind Southampton’s defence this season.

What does the underlying data say?

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1,036 Comments Post a Comment
  1. I Member
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Is this the week to captain Vardy as the masses turn to KDB?

    1. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      I will be, Burnley defence is awful

    2. Sharkytect
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Yeah. I captained KDB last week so hoping to win against the masses again (won by 4 points...wow)

      1. I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Same.

    3. Amey
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Between Vardy & Son for me

    4. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Sure Kevin will be the popular pick?

      1. I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        I think so based on the captain poll but could be wrong.

      2. Gazpilicueta
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        What about the wildcard of Aguero again? can he do it 2 weeks in a row?

        1. GloryManUnited
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 22 days ago

          Does Michael Jordan still have his hoop earring in?

    5. Me Spurs
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Ings for me

  2. Sharkytect
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Is it me or does Ings just seem to get so many lucky goals. Capitalising on defensive mistakes.

    It's a great habit to make, but I keep looking at videos of his goals to decide whether to transfer him in, and questioning whether it's sustainable

    1. GloryManUnited
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Quite the opposite IMO. He's been very unlucky if anything.

    2. Amey
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Don't overthink.
      He's in form of his life. Southampton press high which forces teams to commit some mistakes. If anything he's been unlucky in recent weeks not to get more goals

    3. Ole Trafford
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      4 blanks since gw7 would imply sustainable. I’ve only brought him in this week also don’t hold off any longer for logical reasons because it won’t make a difference

    4. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Ings should have scored three last game.

    5. Riedle Me This, Riedle Me T…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      I ain't complaining!

  3. lindeg
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Rate my team for GW24 from 1 to 10!

    Gazza

    TAA, Robbo, Lundstram, Kelly

    Mahrez, KDB, Mane, Richarlison

    Abraham, Vardy

    Ryan, Greenwood, Dendoncker, Simpson

    CHEERS!

    1. GloryManUnited
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 22 days ago

      7

    2. ONGO GABLOGIAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      6. Not a huge fan of Richarlison or Abraham currently, and you need a better 11th player.

      1. lindeg
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Why not a fan of Richarli?

        1. ONGO GABLOGIAN
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          I'm probably bitter as I brought him in for Son when he got a red card. Then transferred him out before his 2 goals recently.

          It's not that I don't like him, I just feel Martial and Maddison are better options at that price.

          1. lindeg
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 22 days ago

            Haha fair enough, think he's becoming a bit of a talisman for Everton, so fairly satisfied with him over the likes of Maddi and Martial.

  4. Lignja
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    A. Son, Rash ----- Salah, Ings
    B. Abraham, Rico --- Ings, Gomez
    C. Abraham, Rico, Traore --- Ings, Vvd, Hayden -4

    Pope, Martin
    Taa, Soyuncu, Lundstram, Kelly, Rico
    Mane, Son, Kdb, Traore, Dendoker
    Abraham, Rashford, Vardy

    1. wilson007
      5 months, 22 days ago

      B

  5. Link
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Despite only getting him last week - I think Maddison might be the one to make way to free up funds for the double. Not sure I fancy a double up with Vardy given Leicester patchy form. Question is when and for who?

    A. Keep
    B. Trossard (AVL, bou)
    C. CHO (new, ARS)
    D. Grealish (bha, WAT)

    1. whosBenj
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Keep this week, out next?

  6. Patrick Bateman
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Looking at ways to bring in Robbo for free:
    a) GW 23 Rashford > Ings, GW 24 Kelly > Robbo
    b) GW 23 Tammy > Maupay, GW 24 Kelly > Robbo

    1. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      B for sure

    2. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      B

    3. MidTableFantasy
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      B for sure

    4. Patrick Bateman
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Thanks all

  7. whosBenj
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 22 days ago

    For GW 24 would you go 4-3-3 to triple up on Liverpool?

    TAA - Soy - Lund - Kelly / Rico
    Salah - Mane - KDB
    Vardy - Rashford - DCL

    Martial, Maddison & Jimi > Mane, DCL & 4.5 mid with 3 FT.

    1. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Not sure about that if it means playing Kelly/Rico every week.

      1. whosBenj
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Cheers. Would look to bring in Holgate / other 4.5 option for one of them GW25.

    2. Abra Dubravka
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 22 days ago

      No for me. Martial Maddison and Jimenez our score Mane and DCL in my opinion. And better going forward

      1. whosBenj
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Thanks, had some haze going on there. Should've looked at it that way!

  8. THFC4LIFE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Bottomed

    Planning to do Pope and Jimenez to McCarthy and Ings this week for free, will be getting Sarr for Martial to fund Söyüncü to Robertson in gw24

    Shall I do the Sarr move this week or bench Martial and play Cantwell?

    Sorry if it’s confusing

    1. ONGO GABLOGIAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      play cantwell if you have him, bournemouth are a terrible football team.

      save the FT just in case Sarr gets injured etc.

  9. wilson007
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Ryan
    TAA Soy Lund Stephens
    Mane Salah KDB Grealish
    Vardy Rashford

    Button Greenwood Kelly Dendoncker

    1FT 0.0 ITB

    Any suggestions? G2G?

    1. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Could do Kelly to Holgate, otherwise GTG.

  10. ONGO GABLOGIAN
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    I've been going back and forth on this one for weeks. I'm trying to not let the value tied up in Maddison affect my decision. Saying that...

    Which is the better FPL asset until the end of the season?

    A) Martial
    B) Maddison

    Disclaimer: I don't have Rashford, if this makes a difference.

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      b

    2. Over Midwicket
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      A

      So sick of Maddo

      1. ONGO GABLOGIAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        he's playing much deeper now, lovely player but frustrating to watch FPL wise.

    3. Amey
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Tony for me.

      1. ONGO GABLOGIAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        the badge gives it away

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 22 days ago

          Sighhh
          😀

    4. MidTableFantasy
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      A for as long as he plays OOP

    5. Easy Cheesy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 22 days ago

      I spent ages on this during the week. I’ve gone A. I did have three leicester though which influenced my decision

      1. ONGO GABLOGIAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        I've had Maddison, Chilwell and Vardy for donkeys. Bored of triple Leicester now.

        1. Easy Cheesy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          5 months, 22 days ago

          Yep. If they can’t beat sou at home then three players seems too much

    6. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      I sold Maddison. Unlikely to keep Martial for the rest of the season but he has three good home fixtures coming up.

    7. kuzser
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Don’t get Martial this week. Ideally I’d keep Maddison until after WH game

      1. ONGO GABLOGIAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        I already have both. The question is who to sell before gameweek 24 for mane.

  11. what's my name
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    who d you rather get for say 3/4 gws ahead:
    a. son
    b. mahrez

    thx

    1. MidTableFantasy
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Tempted to get Son in myself

    2. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Son due to guaranteed starts and playing up front with Kane out.

    3. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      A

  12. MidTableFantasy
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    A) Soy Salah CHO
    B) VVD Martial Alli

    Have Mane and TAA...

    1. zotter
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      over 23 and 24? I would say A

      Longer term B

  13. Quackadoodz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Who would you guys cap as a safe pick and as a punt respectively from the following list?

    a. Salah (MUN - H)
    b. Mane (MUN - H)
    c. Ings (WOL - H)
    d. Vardy (BUR -A)
    e. KdB (CRY - H)
    f. Richarlison (WHU - A)

    Fire away!

    1. zotter
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Let me rank in terms of safeness!

      A. 7
      B. 7
      C. 6
      D. 8
      E. 10 (safe to get points maybe not haul)
      F. 2

      1. Quackadoodz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Cheers m8, comprehensive input!

        1. zotter
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          And in terms of haulability

          A. 9
          B. 7
          C. 4
          D. 8
          E. 4
          F. 7

  14. zotter
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Play one this week

    A. Martial
    B. Cantwell

    Captain one

    1. Vardy
    2. Kdb
    3. Salah
    4. Ings

    1. ONGO GABLOGIAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      B
      1 or 2.

      1. zotter
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Thanks. I’m on b2

        1. amit1964
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          b2

    2. ritzyd
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      I'm on B2

    3. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      b1

    4. The 12th Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      B 2 or 3

  15. Riedle Me This, Riedle Me T…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    In response to the main headline: I'm considering it.

  16. Rains of Castamere
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Any point in risking Fabianksi next week for the DGW? Will have McCarthy sub. But could end up being a SGW for Fab. I've got a feeling he'll be back in a week... their replacements are terrible and the quote was 'return WITHIN two weeks' which sounds positive.

    1. zotter
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Hardly worth it tbh

  17. The 12th Man
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    I’ve already done Jimenez >> Ings leaving me with this :-

    Ryan
    TAA,Soyuncu, Lundstrum
    Salah(c)KDB,Maddison,Cantwell
    Vardy,Rashford,Ings

    Button,Sarr,Rico,Kelly
    1FT 2.5m itb.
    Going double defence but which route?
    A)
    This week- Maddison > Mahrez
    Next - Soyuncu > VVD or Rico > Gomez
    B)
    This week- roll the FT
    Next-
    1. Rico,Kelly >> Williams,Robertson for free
    2. Soyuncu > Robertson and roll
    3. Rico,Sarr > Robertson,Snodgrass for free.

    1. zotter
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Hmm A is mighty tempting. Just slightly worried mahrez always one bad game from a benching. Or just being benched anyway

      1. The 12th Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        I kind of wished Maddison was ruled out last week. My finger was hovering over that transfer last week.
        I’m tempted again .

        1. zotter
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          I have no temptation of getting Madison. Double Liverpool, son , Moura even mahrez are more tempting for different reasons. Or Grealish Sarr for economic reasons

        2. Reiger
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          I’m also tempted to move Madds, but will likely hold. Though I may start Cantwell over him this week.

          1. The 12th Man
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 22 days ago

            Yeh at the moment I have Cantwell starting over Sarr but not happy about it.
            My original plan was Maddison,Rashford > Mane,Maupay but the double defence leaves the team more balanced.

  18. kingmeister
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    HI all, I am chasing in M (63 points behind). Thinking of:

    Jimenez to Ayew
    Vardy to Aguero (for a -4)

    I know the risks of Aguero being benched but IMO he's the best striker in the league and Ayew is actually not far of Jimenez (+ they have tough fixtures)

    Already have 3 Liverpool for DGW (TAA, Robertson, Salah)

    1. The 12th Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Vardy has Burnley next hen West Ham.

      I’m thinking about shipping too but not until after those two games.

      1. kingmeister
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Yes very true. He didn't have a shot on target v Southampton and I just wonder post his injury if he is going to maintain his unbelievable conversion rate (which let's be honest is not sustainable for an entire season). I guess I'm perhaps a gambler and see the transfers as a nice double differential and a move away from template forwards. But I would be nervous for Burnley game but also kicking myself if Aguero rips it up v Palace

        1. The 12th Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          Some are shipping him and the move could turn out to be gold if the right replacement is found.
          So expensive to get back though.

    2. zotter
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Do you think Tosun might threaten Ayew spot at some point ? Not sure he would join just to be perma bench

      1. kingmeister
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        an excellent point that I had overlooked...hmmm. I only would have 5.1m available and Ayew has been pretty consistently playing - if not consistently scoring

    3. TB303
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      If chasing I would go Kun
      Considering it myself if I can find funds

  19. TB303
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Dear all
    I was hoping not to have to ask but need help, need to catch up!

    1Ft, any hints, advice pls?

    Many thanks

    Pope (button)
    TAA, Lundstram, Robertson, soy (Kelly)
    cantwell, Richarl, De Bruyne, Salah, (Traore)
    Abraham, Vardy (Ayew)

    1. zotter
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      I would replace pope

      At some point I would also look at getting Lucas in.

    2. TB303
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Thanks

  20. DS29
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Rico to Williams for free .I have two ft and don't know where to use them
    Ryan
    Taa lund Sidibe
    Salah mane kdb Cantwell
    Ings maupay vardy
    Button Traore Kelly Rico
    I could do Traore to Grealish but I would have a benching headache then
    Thanks!!

    1. zotter
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Itb?

  21. Riedle Me This, Riedle Me T…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Sterling (C) v Palace anyone?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Looks good if you have him already

      1. Riedle Me This, Riedle Me T…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        I don't but I think he's going to be raring to go and might go crazy. I have Salah and KDB.

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          Does this involve any hits either this GW or next to get yourself three Liverpool players?

          1. Riedle Me This, Riedle Me T…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            5 months, 22 days ago

            Well I have two LIV players already so wouldn't make sense to get rid of Salah now.

    2. Reiger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Not a chance

  22. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Captain:

    A) Aguero (CPA)
    B) KDB (CPA)
    C) Vardy (bur)
    D) Ings (WOL)

    1. zotter
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Has to be A if you have him

    2. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      In your position I'd struggle not to go A. Probably B with C vice personally.

    3. Warby84
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      C

    4. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      B or C, the one you don’t C, VC.

  23. vincentwsho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Which 2 to play this week?

    Stephens (WOL)
    Aurier (wat)
    Lundstram (ars)

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      bench Aurier

    2. Reiger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Steph & Lundy

    3. zotter
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Last two because of attacking potential. Fancy none of them for sheets

  24. BrutalLogiC
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Interesting article

  25. ManUnitedComeBack
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Which combination would you choose for GWs 24 and 25?

    A) Anderson (lei, LIV, BRI) and Deeney (avl, EVE)
    B) Noble (lei, LIV, BRI) and Rashford (BUR, WOL)
    C) Grealish (WAT, bou) and Ings (cry, liv)

    1. OldBenKenobi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Prob c

      1. ManUnitedComeBack
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Thanks

    2. zotter
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      All have merits tbh. I would go with B if chasing. C if playing safe

      1. ManUnitedComeBack
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Thanks

  26. OldBenKenobi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    My bench order and outfield players about right?

    McCarthy
    TAA Robbo Stephens
    Salah(v) KDB(c) Cantwell Mooy*
    Vardy Rashford* Ings

    Pope Martial Lundstram Cathcart

    1. zotter
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Argument to play Lund over cathcart

      1. OldBenKenobi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Play both Rashford and Martial away to pool while Brighton are home to Villa?

        1. zotter
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          Bench martial

          1. OldBenKenobi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 22 days ago

            I am? Your confusing me 😆

      2. OldBenKenobi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        What? I am (on the bench)

    2. Warby84
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Moot bench for martial..

      1. OldBenKenobi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        ?
        Play both Rashford and Martial away to pool while Brighton are home to Villa?

    3. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Martial over Mooy

      1. OldBenKenobi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        As well as Rashford away to Pool?

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          Guess so - like Mooy personally but not from an FPL perspective. United will set up to counter Pool so Mashford could do well.

          1. OldBenKenobi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 22 days ago

            I’ve a feeling about Mooy against Villa. Only 0.6% owned too. Could be nice boost

    4. Amey
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 22 days ago

      How much is itb ?
      All players in the 11 looks good tbh. Maybe Lundstram over Mooy but it'll be close

      1. OldBenKenobi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        0.0 ITB
        believe it or not my WC is active 😯

  27. NorMina
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Have TAA and Mane... triple up with Robbo or Firmino for 24 ??

    1. zotter
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      I would say firmino

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      I prefer Robbo since Liverpool tightened up at the back

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 22 days ago

        They haven't i guess.
        Just been lucky.
        (DD owner*)

        1. zotter
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          Not especially ... no “luck” in keeping 7 sheets in a row

          1. Amey
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 22 days ago

            Watching them for last 3 weeks. They are lucky as players missed sitters !
            Not complaining though as a Taa Robbo owner 😉

    3. Amey
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Robbo

    4. sovietrockettes
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Firmino...but it’s very close

  28. GE
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Max 5.6 def:

    1) Gomez
    2) Sidibe
    3) Other?

    1. zotter
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      2 if ignoring the double

  29. HamezMace
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Looks like I need to make my Fabianski to.... decision tonight.

    I doubt it’ll really matter but does anyone have any strong reasoning for one over the other, McCarthy or Ryan.

    Cheers.

    1. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Not really, there's probably little difference so I'd take the extra money.

      1. HamezMace
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        That’s what I’m thinking...can’t see a way to use the extra funds though.

      2. Amey
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Always thinking about Money.
        So ed woodwordy 😀

        We're going to fluff the lines on Bruno transfer right ?
        He's training for Derby this weekend. If we sign him, United would be entertaining to watch for sure

        1. HamezMace
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          You’ll probably end up with the Sasha Baron Cohen character

          1. Amey
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 22 days ago

            😀

        2. Would Ed Woodward
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 22 days ago

          I think we're gonna get him, just pointlessly haggling atm until the last day of the window when we'll pay the exact amount that they originally asked for.

    2. Amey
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 22 days ago

      I'm go McCarthy myself next gw if nothing occurs injury wise.
      My reasoning might be strange but I'm looking for Dunk in fir Soyuncu after gw 24 so don't want to double up on Brighton.
      Ryan Stephens is also a good alternative though.

      All in all, I'm confused 😀

      1. HamezMace
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Thanks mate, yes I’ve considered future defenders as I also don’t like doubling in on budget defences.

        Do we know the likelihood of either playing missing the blank game week?

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 22 days ago

          No information on that, sorry

    3. Yank Revolution
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      I just did Pope to McCarthy. He looks to be a fine selection and has form and fixtures.

  30. zotter
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Predictions ...

    Watford v Spurs. 2-2
    Arsenal v Sheff U. 2-1
    Brighton v Villa. 2-0
    Man City v Palace. 3-0
    Norwich v Bournemouth. 1-0
    Saints v Wolves. 1-1
    West Ham v Everton. 1-2
    Newcastle v Chelsea. 0-2
    Burnley v Leicester. 0-2
    Liverpool v united. 3-1

    1. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Watford v Spurs. 2-1
      Arsenal v Sheff Utd 1-1
      Brighton v Villa. 2-2
      Man City v Palace. 2-0
      Norwich v Bournemouth. 1-1
      Saints v Wolves. 1-1
      West Ham v Everton. 0-0
      Newcastle v Chelsea. 1-3
      Burnley v Leicester. 0-18
      Liverpool v United. 2-1

      1. The 12th Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Lol.
        Burnley fan?

        1. Would Ed Woodward
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 22 days ago

          lol nah, Utd fan and Vardy capper, was a type though, meant 0-17.

      2. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        I ike the Turf Moor prediction (Foxes fan) but I fear that Burnley have to start getting results soon

    2. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Not unreasonable at all. Fancy West Ham might do better

    3. The 12th Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Watford v Spurs. 1-1
      Arsenal v Sheff U. 0-0
      Brighton v Villa. 3-1
      Man City v Palace. 4-1
      Norwich v Bournemouth. 2-1
      Saints v Wolves. 1-1
      West Ham v Everton. 1-2
      Newcastle v Chelsea. 1-1
      Burnley v Leicester. 1-3
      Liverpool v united. 4-0

    4. 1zverGGadeM
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Watford v Spurs. 1-2
      Arsenal v Sheff U. 2-0
      Brighton v Villa. 1-1
      Man City v Palace. 5-0
      Norwich v Bournemouth. 2-2
      Saints v Wolves. 1-2
      West Ham v Everton. 1-0
      Newcastle v Chelsea. 1-1
      Burnley v Leicester. 1-3
      Liverpool v united. 4-1