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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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1,035 Comments Post a Comment
  1. I Member
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

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

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

      I will be, Burnley defence is awful

    2. Sharkytect
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 5 hours 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
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        Same.

    3. Amey
      • 1 Year
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Between Vardy & Son for me

    4. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Sure Kevin will be the popular pick?

      1. I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

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

      2. Gazpilicueta
        • 5 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

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

        1. GloryManUnited
          • 1 Year
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          Does Michael Jordan still have his hoop earring in?

    5. Me Spurs
      • 1 Year
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Ings for me

  2. Sharkytect
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 days, 5 hours 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
      3 days, 5 hours ago

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

    2. Amey
      • 1 Year
      3 days, 5 hours 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
      3 days, 5 hours 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
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Ings should have scored three last game.

    5. Roll The Dyche
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      I ain't complaining!

  3. lindeg
    • 1 Year
    3 days, 5 hours 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
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      7

    2. ONGO GABLOGIAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

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

      1. lindeg
        • 1 Year
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        Why not a fan of Richarli?

        1. ONGO GABLOGIAN
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 days, 5 hours 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
            3 days, 4 hours 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
    • 2 Years
    3 days, 5 hours 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
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      B

  5. Link
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 days, 5 hours 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
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Keep this week, out next?

  6. Patrick Bateman
    • 2 Years
    3 days, 5 hours 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
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      B for sure

    2. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      B

    3. MidTableFantasy
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      B for sure

    4. Patrick Bateman
      • 2 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Thanks all

  7. whosBenj
    • 1 Year
    3 days, 5 hours 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 (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

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

      1. whosBenj
        • 1 Year
        3 days, 4 hours ago

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

    2. Abra Dubravka
      • 1 Year
      3 days, 4 hours ago

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

      1. whosBenj
        • 1 Year
        3 days, 4 hours ago

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

  8. THFC4LIFE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 days, 5 hours 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
      3 days, 5 hours 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
    3 days, 5 hours 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
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Could do Kelly to Holgate, otherwise GTG.

  10. ONGO GABLOGIAN
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 days, 5 hours 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
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      b

    2. Over Midwicket
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      A

      So sick of Maddo

      1. ONGO GABLOGIAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

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

    3. Amey
      • 1 Year
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Tony for me.

      1. ONGO GABLOGIAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        the badge gives it away

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          Sighhh
          😀

    4. MidTableFantasy
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      A for as long as he plays OOP

    5. Easy Cheesy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 days, 4 hours 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
        3 days, 4 hours ago

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

        1. Easy Cheesy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 days, 4 hours 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
      3 days, 4 hours 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
      • 2 Years
      3 days, 4 hours 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
        3 days, 4 hours ago

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

  11. rmt this, rmt that so i sai…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 days, 4 hours ago

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

    thx

    1. MidTableFantasy
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Tempted to get Son in myself

    2. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 days, 4 hours ago

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

    3. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      A

  12. MidTableFantasy
    • 4 Years
    3 days, 4 hours ago

    A) Soy Salah CHO
    B) VVD Martial Alli

    Have Mane and TAA...

    1. zotter
      • 10 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      over 23 and 24? I would say A

      Longer term B

  13. Quackadoodz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 days, 4 hours 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
      3 days, 4 hours 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
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        Cheers m8, comprehensive input!

        1. zotter
          • 10 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          And in terms of haulability

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

  14. zotter
    • 10 Years
    3 days, 4 hours 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
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      B
      1 or 2.

      1. zotter
        • 10 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        Thanks. I’m on b2

        1. amit1964
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          b2

    2. ritzyd
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      I'm on B2

    3. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      b1

    4. The 12th Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      B 2 or 3

  15. Roll The Dyche
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 days, 4 hours ago

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

  16. Rains of Castamere
    • 4 Years
    3 days, 4 hours 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
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Hardly worth it tbh

  17. The 12th Man
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 days, 4 hours 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
      3 days, 4 hours 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
        3 days, 4 hours 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
          3 days, 4 hours 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
          3 days, 4 hours 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
            3 days, 4 hours 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
    3 days, 4 hours 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
      3 days, 4 hours 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
        3 days, 4 hours 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
          3 days, 4 hours 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
      3 days, 4 hours 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
        3 days, 4 hours 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
      • 2 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

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

  19. TB303
    • 2 Years
    3 days, 4 hours 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
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      I would replace pope

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

    2. TB303
      • 2 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Thanks

  20. DragonSquad
    3 days, 4 hours 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
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Itb?

  21. Roll The Dyche
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 days, 4 hours ago

    Sterling (C) v Palace anyone?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Looks good if you have him already

      1. Roll The Dyche
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 days, 4 hours 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
          3 days, 4 hours ago

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

          1. Roll The Dyche
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 days, 4 hours 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
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Not a chance

  22. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 days, 4 hours ago

    Captain:

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

    1. zotter
      • 10 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Has to be A if you have him

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

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

    3. Warby84
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      C

    4. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 days, 4 hours ago

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

  23. vincentwsho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 days, 4 hours ago

    Which 2 to play this week?

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

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      bench Aurier

    2. Reiger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Steph & Lundy

    3. zotter
      • 10 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

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

  24. BrutalLogiC
    • 4 Years
    3 days, 4 hours ago

    Interesting article

  25. ManUnitedComeBack
    • 3 Years
    3 days, 4 hours 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
      • 2 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Prob c

      1. ManUnitedComeBack
        • 3 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        Thanks

    2. zotter
      • 10 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

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

      1. ManUnitedComeBack
        • 3 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        Thanks

  26. OldBenKenobi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 days, 4 hours 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
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Argument to play Lund over cathcart

      1. OldBenKenobi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

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

        1. zotter
          • 10 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          Bench martial

          1. OldBenKenobi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            I am? Your confusing me 😆

      2. OldBenKenobi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        What? I am (on the bench)

    2. Warby84
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Moot bench for martial..

      1. OldBenKenobi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

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

    3. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Martial over Mooy

      1. OldBenKenobi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        As well as Rashford away to Pool?

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 days, 4 hours 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
            • 2 Years
            3 days, 4 hours ago

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

    4. Amey
      • 1 Year
      3 days, 4 hours 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
        • 2 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        0.0 ITB
        believe it or not my WC is active 😯

  27. NorMina
    • 1 Year
    3 days, 4 hours ago

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

    1. zotter
      • 10 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      I would say firmino

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      I prefer Robbo since Liverpool tightened up at the back

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        3 days, 4 hours ago

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

        1. zotter
          • 10 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

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

          1. Amey
            • 1 Year
            3 days, 4 hours 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
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Robbo

    4. sovietrockettes
      • 1 Year
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Firmino...but it’s very close

  28. GE
    • 3 Years
    3 days, 4 hours ago

    Max 5.6 def:

    1) Gomez
    2) Sidibe
    3) Other?

    1. zotter
      • 10 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      2 if ignoring the double

  29. HamezMace
    • 5 Years
    3 days, 4 hours 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
      3 days, 4 hours ago

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

      1. HamezMace
        • 5 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

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

      2. Amey
        • 1 Year
        3 days, 4 hours 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
          3 days, 4 hours ago

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

          1. Amey
            • 1 Year
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            😀

        2. Would Ed Woodward
          • 1 Year
          3 days, 4 hours 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
      3 days, 4 hours 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
        3 days, 4 hours 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
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          No information on that, sorry

    3. Yank Revolution
      • 8 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

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

  30. zotter
    • 10 Years
    3 days, 4 hours 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
      3 days, 4 hours 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
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        Lol.
        Burnley fan?

        1. Would Ed Woodward
          • 1 Year
          3 days, 4 hours ago

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

      2. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 days, 4 hours 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
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Not unreasonable at all. Fancy West Ham might do better

    3. The 12th Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 4 hours 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
      • 2 Years
      3 days, 3 hours 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