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An interview with Fantasy Premier League world number one Chris McGowan

Top of not only the Fantasy Football Scout league but also number one in the world since Gameweek 23, Chris McGowan is having a dream season in FPL.

Chris, who goes by the name Queens of the South Age on the site, is 18 points ahead of his nearest challenger in the overall rankings going into the next wave of Gameweek 26 fixtures.

After a flirtation with the top 1k for much of the first half of the campaign, Chris made his move over Christmas, rising from an overall rank of 1,439th to 1st in just five Gameweeks.

A phenomenal start to 2020 (including a triple-figure score in Gameweek 22) saw him rack up 354 points in January, which only four Fantasy bosses across the globe could beat.

Armed with all four of his chips heading into the final third of the season, Chris is one of only two managers in the top ten who has yet to use his Triple Captain chip.

Chris was kind enough to give up some of his time to answer our questions on Thursday, in an interview you can read below.



Scout: For the legions of us who will never be world number one at any point in our lives, what does it feel like to be top of the pile? What is the overriding emotion?

Chris: It’s definitely a bit strange to see the number one against my name in all of the leagues I’m in. There’s normally a target you are chasing, whether it is trying to top your mini-league or chasing top 1k/10k etc, but never trying to stay top overall. I’m trying not to let it change how I’ve played the season so far, though, and I’m just doing my own thing and not letting other players influence my own team.


Scout: It sounds like a daft question but would you, with 12 Gameweeks still to go, say settle for a top ten place? Or is it first or bust?

Chris: I’d happily settle for a finish in the top 1k, to be honest, as that would be my best finish! I’ve hit a huge amount of luck recently with some player and captain choices and that has been the difference. The week I went top, my captain, Sergio Aguero, scored a brace and my goalkeeper, Nick Pope, saved a Jamie Vardy penalty, so that was a big points swing against the Vardy captainers. I’m well aware that luck can and probably will change at some point soon. The blanks and doubles will also play a big part in the closing weeks and if that goes wrong then there could be a big rank drop.


Scout: You mention luck, there, and much is made (mostly by those of us trailing in your wake) of the part that good/bad fortune plays in FPL. How much has luck favoured you this season?

Chris: There is a good amount of knowledge and judgement involved, whether based on the eye test or stats, but it just takes a good bit of luck for things to go your way to help climb to the top. It’s one thing to pick your own players that do well but another to have popular assets you don’t own do nothing at the same time.


Scout: Will reaching the summit – or has it already – changed your approach/outlook to FPL? Are you looking more at your nearest rivals, for instance?

Chris: Nope. I’m still trying to do my own thing and ignore what anybody else is doing. I wavered a little bit when it was the Double Gameweek for Liverpool. I was close to getting Sadio Mane in but I didn’t really want to and was feeling pressured into it. In the end, I stuck to my own plan and it worked out as I would have triple captained him had I brought him in. Instead, I captained Mohamed Salah and still have the chip to use.


Scout: Talk us through a normal week of managing your FPL team. Do you follow a usual routine in terms of research/transfers etc?

Chris: After the games, I tend to have a look at any potential transfers but I’ve been more patient this season and waited closer to the next deadline before making any. I only really make an early one if there’s a move I definitely want to do and I only have the exact funds to do it. I’ll keep an eye on the Fantasy Football Scout website or FPL subreddit for any injury news etc but not much else.


Scout: Have you done anything different this season to what you have done in the past?

Chris: The biggest change this season is trying to just play my own game and not be influenced by the “template” team and who I should be captaining. I’ve done that in the past and would find myself annoyed sometimes at some of the players I have in my team that I don’t actually want.


Scout: You still have all four chips left remaining for the second half of the season. Is this normal for you to have a full complement at this stage and what are your thoughts on chip strategy for the run-in, with many of the blanks and doubles still undetermined?

Chris: I think I had all the chips this time last season too but the one before I wasted my Free Hit early on. As of yet, I haven’t really thought of how I’m going to play them. I’m still waiting to get some more information about who is playing who and when.


Scout: You’ve taken three hits this season at a total cost of -12 but not one since Gameweek 14. Do you typically adopt a patient approach to transfers?

Chris: It’s a new approach this season. I’ve been very prone to a hit or two in the past but yeah, I’ve calmed down a bit this year. It kind of goes together with the high rank for most of the season, though. I’m less inclined to take hits when the team is doing well and getting the points in already.


Scout: You’ve had a premium, £10.0m+ forward all season (either Harry Kane or Sergio Aguero). Have you always favoured a heavy hitter in attack and is this a strategy you can see continuing in the run-in, with value options elsewhere?

Chris: Yeah, I tend to always have a premium forward in and try to find value alongside him, a bit like Danny Ings and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are doing for me at the moment. When Aguero is fit, I always look to get him in as he’s my favourite Premier League player. There were some doubts at the start of the season due to the Copa America but I got him in a Gameweek 4 Wildcard and kept him till he got injured. I was always planning on getting him back in as soon as he was fit again. Kane was just holding his place! I’m an Atletico Madrid fan so there was a time a few seasons ago where I went all-out premium up front with an ex-Atleti front line of Aguero, Diego Costa and Falcao – and that didn’t work out at all!

Harry Kane - An FPL Must Own Over Christmas

Scout: You’ve had Mohamed Salah and Kevin De Bruyne for the entirety of 2019/20 but never owned Sadio Mane or Jamie Vardy. Did you ever waver on those premium options or come close to getting in the other pair, particularly when they were bang in form?

Chris: Nope. I never doubted that Salah would come good and never had the luxury of a spare free transfer to do the sideways move to Mane anyway.  I’ve been there in past seasons, chasing points between the Manchester City midfielders, where the best option was just to pick one and forget – so I’m trying to adopt that strategy. Vardy is a different story. I’m not fond of the manager so I’m just boycotting Leicester players. It started off as a bit of a mini-league joke but I had to stick to it and it was brutal when he was scoring big nearly every game for a while.


Scout: Nick Pope has been your set-and-forget goalkeeper since Gameweek 1. Was this always your intention or have there been other fires to fight that stopped you making a goalkeeper transfer?

Chris: There were plenty of weeks before his recent heroics that I was trying to transfer him out but couldn’t manage it. I either only had one free transfer and couldn’t afford a change to Dean Henderson or yeah, there was a different transfer I had to prioritise. He’ll likely stay now until I Wildcard.


Scout: You have captained eight different players this season, with Gameweek 26 being the first time you have skippered Kevin De Bruyne. How do you approach your captaincy decisions and was there a reason for avoiding De Bruyne to date?

Chris: There’s been no real in-depth thought to it, really. It’s as simple as just who I fancy will score the most points that week, as stupid as that sounds.  I’ve not been trying to second guess who anybody else might be captaining and just going with my gut. I nailed a cracking differential Marcos Alonso captain earlier in the season just for a bit of banter with a work colleague. I felt like a goal was coming and didn’t fancy any other options that week. I tend to stick with the forwards for captaincy, though, and if I am going to be able to watch the game live that will sway my decision too as I like getting to see my captain play. I wasn’t too sure on Aguero this week but still wanted City so ended up with De Bruyne. I pretty much couldn’t make a decision and thought I’d go with him for a change.


Scout: Mohamed Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson was your Liverpool triple-up in Double Gameweek 24 but you’ve since ditched Robertson. Without giving away your transfer plans, can you see yourself revisiting the triple-up at some point and what do you think is the optimum trio?

Chris: Definitely. I’ll likely be getting Mane in soon which was why I got rid of Robertson. I wanted to have that spot free already but I’m not quite sure how I’m going to do it yet. Alexander-Arnold, Salah and Mane have got to be the optimum trio for potential points but it does hurt your team elsewhere, so I don’t think I’ll have the triple-up for too long.


Scout: Who do you think might be a breakout FPL asset in the final third of the campaign?

Chris: Son Heung-min hasn’t done as well as I’d expect yet this season and I brought him in this week for Riyad Mahrez, so I’m hoping that changes.


Scout: Is your fantastic overall rank now common knowledge amongst your family and friends? 

Chris: It would have been a waste of time telling my partner as she wouldn’t have cared! We have a mini-league in the office and they all knew about it. I also received an FPL goody bag for finishing in the top ten managers for January, so the T-shirt was worn with pride one day to the office and I make sure to stand up often when taking a drink out of the mug or water bottle just as a reminder!


Our thanks again to Chris, who we wish the best of luck for the remainder of the campaign.

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544 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Syd.
    • 10 Years
    11 days, 13 hours ago

    Dennis the Menace

    There will be a few nervous FPL players

    1. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      11 days, 13 hours ago

      Liverpool fans have a long journey tomorrow, and the City game was called off last weekend because of the trip West Ham fans had to make in stormy weather conditions. Not because of the conditions at the stadium itself. So it is a little worrying.

      1. Bubbles1985
        • 2 Years
        11 days, 11 hours ago

        The main reason was the metro being down and staff not being able to get to the stadium?

    2. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      11 days, 13 hours ago

      Dead right with Salah(c) & TAA(vc) - yes silly, I know - and Mane. Only KDB to offset these, Ings & MCarthy. I won't be alone but OR could take a huge dent.

      1. Gazwaz80
          11 days, 13 hours ago

          Compared to yesterday, the wind isn’t forecast to be as strong for the Liv v Norwich game...

      2. GARY AND JAMIE
        • 6 Years
        11 days, 13 hours ago

        Mixed emotions with cap and vice in the same game but 16 points incoming if it is called off. Normally never have cap and vice in same game, was caused by doing a very late transfer and being preoccupied with that. Schoolboy on my part.

      3. fcsaltyballs
        • 4 Years
        11 days, 13 hours ago

        Looks like the Norwich Liverpool game will be called off

        1. Gazwaz80
            11 days, 11 hours ago

            No it wont:’-(

      4. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        11 days, 13 hours ago

        No Leicester this season and still number one in the world, surprising considering how well they were going up to Christmas.

      5. Basil1977
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        11 days, 13 hours ago

        The world number 1 sells Mahrez, the same week i bring him in!!

        1. Queens of the South Age
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          11 days, 13 hours ago

          Hahaha. Not so sure about that move now. I was confident he wouldn't start but reckon he might now in the rescheduled fixture.

          1. Basil1977
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            11 days, 13 hours ago

            I almost put the captain armband on him this weekend, instead played it safe with Salah, and just put the vice on him, but if storm Dennis cancel's the Liverpool match it might be back to Mahrez.

          2. ppv
            • 9 Years
            11 days, 12 hours ago

            Do you ever ask for advice on here over who to captain or bench? I'm guessing probably not. Well done btw

            1. Queens of the South Age
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              11 days, 12 hours ago

              Sure I do. Not that often but sometimes you just get stuck on who to start and an opinion on here can help make the decision.

              1. ppv
                • 9 Years
                11 days, 12 hours ago

                Thanks for reply. I'm the same as you with that but not with your rank unfortunately.

                1. SCJ
                    4 days, 8 hours ago

                    Modest lad. I heard you came 24th in the world once.

        2. Tony Martial
          • 1 Year
          11 days, 13 hours ago

          Keeping GW 28 in mind what should I do?
          Henderson
          TAA Gomez Cahill
          Salah KDB B.Fernandes Fleck
          Kun Jiminez Ings

          Bench:McCarthy,Adama,B.Williams,Lascelles.

        3. marzo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          11 days, 13 hours ago

          Struggling to decide my next move here.
          Fancying Number 1 as I think Maupay will get his place back again.
          1. Holgate + Lundstram -> Boly + Taylor (injury is just a minor one).
          2. Lundstram + Maupay -> Taylor + DCL.
          3. Other moves.

          Hendo.
          TAA, Stephens, Williams.
          Grealish, KDB, Mane, Salah.
          Maupay, Ings, Aubameyang.
          Stek, Lundstram, Dendoncker, Holgate.
          2ft. 0.1m ITB. WC, BB, FH- my remaining chips.

          1. SirT83
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            11 days, 13 hours ago

            Not liking Maupay, how here DCL fixtures is everything but great.

        4. SirT83
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          11 days, 13 hours ago

          2 game punt on Wood as Burnley has 2 good fixtures upcoming. And Calvert Lewin 2 tough ones?

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            11 days, 13 hours ago

            Man U and Chelsea aren't as tough fixtures as they once were. I prefer DCL and the recent stats he has been posting over Wood.

          2. waltzingmatildas
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            11 days, 13 hours ago

            Same decision, to fund Mané. Also considering deeney.
            But dcl's stats are pretty impressive

        5. n14mul
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          11 days, 13 hours ago

          Morning,

          Looking ahead to the next 5 or 6 GW is Boly a viable option? Is he a starter, and will Europa league affect him or affect wolves?

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            11 days, 13 hours ago

            Boly is a good option and should improve Wolves defence. Most Wolves players will be subject to some rotation around the Europa League games but imagine the core of Patricio, Boly, Moutinho and Jimenez will be reasonably immune.

            1. n14mul
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              11 days, 13 hours ago

              Thank you

        6. Tony Martial
          • 1 Year
          11 days, 13 hours ago

          Should I get Mane back once fit?

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            11 days, 13 hours ago

            Do you have Salah? Do you see Liverpool smashing teams or seeing out narrow wins to see out the title?

        7. My heart goes Salalalalah
          • 3 Years
          11 days, 13 hours ago

          If the Pool game gets cancelled, or any cancellations for that matter, what score would you settle for this week?

          1. The 12th Man
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            11 days, 13 hours ago

            75

            1. My heart goes Salalalalah
              • 3 Years
              11 days, 13 hours ago

              DCL tc then?

              1. The 12th Man
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                11 days, 13 hours ago

                Lol , no.
                I do have him though.
                Probably 50 would be a reasonable score if Pool players out.

                1. My heart goes Salalalalah
                  • 3 Years
                  11 days, 13 hours ago

                  I'd say 50 will be great actually. 40ish should be ok

          2. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            11 days, 13 hours ago

            Depends on what Kun (c) can manage

            1. My heart goes Salalalalah
              • 3 Years
              11 days, 13 hours ago

              Oh sh!t ofcourse yes. Hoping for him to be benched :wow:

          3. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
            • 4 Years
            11 days, 13 hours ago

            4 players from pool and Southampton are the big risks. Kun (c). Anything north of 40 would be a good return but frankly 30 wouldn't surprise me.

        8. Woy_is_back
          • 2 Years
          11 days, 13 hours ago

          This article is a major jinx. You should have waited to get interviewed after gw 38 🙂

          1. The 12th Man
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            11 days, 13 hours ago

            No such thing

        9. Kopkloppers
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          11 days, 13 hours ago

          I read the Tweets. Santo not too clear on Traore playing. Anybody can give educated insight?

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            11 days, 13 hours ago

            Doesn't sound good but too late to do anything now.

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              11 days, 13 hours ago

              Just read on Sky Sports News that he is fit for tonight's game

              1. Kopkloppers
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                11 days, 12 hours ago

                Tnks. I see his flag removed too.

          2. TLF
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            11 days, 12 hours ago

            Adama Traore's shoulder won't keep him out of Leicester clash, says ex-Wolves physio | Express & Star
            https://www.expressandstar.com/sport/football/wolverhampton-wanderers-fc/2020/02/13/adama-traores-shoulder-wont-keep-him-out-of-leicester-tie-says-ex-wolves-physio/

            1. TLF
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              11 days, 12 hours ago

              Obviously this isn't club statement but worth a read

          3. TLF
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            11 days, 12 hours ago

            This has comments from Nuno saying he expects Traore to be fit to play.

            http://www.skysports.com/share/11933334

        10. Tonyawesome69
          • 1 Year
          11 days, 13 hours ago

          Need some opinions on the below.
          a. Grealish and Connolly > 6.0 mid and Jimi -4
          b. Save ft and do these moves in GW28

          Ultimately, do you think Jimi and -4 will outscore Grealish?

          1ft 2.8itb
          Pope
          Stephens TAA Lundstram
          Grealish* KDB (S)alah traore Mane
          Vardy Ings

          Ryan* Lascelles Rico connolly*

        11. Lindelol
          • 1 Year
          11 days, 13 hours ago

          Nice read

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            11 days, 11 hours ago

            Yes makes a change, someone who dosent take themselves too seriously.
            Definitley working for him this season.

        12. waltzingmatildas
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          11 days, 13 hours ago

          This article has inspired me to try something different.
          Ryan button
          TAA soy lund rico targett
          Kdb mane traore grealish mooy
          Vardy ings Aguero

          Thinking:
          Aguero and grealish to DCL and Mané
          Good move?

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            11 days, 13 hours ago

            u already have Mané

          2. waltzingmatildas
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            11 days, 11 hours ago

            Meant to be Salah. Mané on the brain!

        13. Lindelol
          • 1 Year
          11 days, 13 hours ago

          So he is no 1 without Vardy and pope permanent in goal - certainly there are many ways of playing this game then

          1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
            • 6 Years
            11 days, 13 hours ago

            Yep. Playing safe with template is just an easy way to finish with respectable rank.

          2. Jarvish Scott Talent
            • 5 Years
            11 days, 13 hours ago

            Of course, which is why the best players don't post constant RMTs/questions on here as they know all they will be told is to go more template.

            1. Lindelol
              • 1 Year
              11 days, 12 hours ago

              yes

        14. Stormbringer22
            11 days, 13 hours ago

            Very nice article. Just stands to show that it isn't always about what everyone else is doing and if you stick with your plan it pays off sometimes. Need to remember that next season instead of doing the silly transfers I have done this season on occasion.

            1. Jarvish Scott Talent
              • 5 Years
              11 days, 13 hours ago

              Depends if it is a good plan or not I guess!

              1. Queens of the South Age
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                11 days, 13 hours ago

                Yeah, only a good plan if it works. Otherwise you just look stubborn sticking with players doing nothing.

                1. Jarvish Scott Talent
                  • 5 Years
                  11 days, 12 hours ago

                  Your instincts have worked so far, so keep going with them! Hope you win the whole thing. Good luck 🙂

                2. Stormbringer22
                    11 days, 12 hours ago

                    Good luck mate!

            2. n14mul
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              11 days, 13 hours ago

              Sorry but what was the update on Troare, Nuno say anything?

              1. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                11 days, 13 hours ago

                It's in the scout tweets above but read on Sky Sports that he is available

              2. Holmes (specialist in failu…
                • 6 Years
                11 days, 13 hours ago

                He is OK

            3. Jet5605
              • 5 Years
              11 days, 12 hours ago

              Morning All,

              Should I take a hit to improve my defence (Holgate or Lundy > Boly or Stephens) or roll with this in GW27 and hope Lundy does something or Williams starts for Utd?

              Guaita
              TAA / Webster / Lund
              Salah / Grealish / Mane / Traore
              Vardy / Jimi / Ings

              Button / Williams / Cantwell / Holgate    

            4. Jullepuu
                11 days, 12 hours ago

                Is there a chance that some other games will be rescheduled for wednesday 19th or some other date that is still inside this game week?

                1. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  11 days, 12 hours ago

                  Think that would only be possible for the Saints Burnley game

                  1. Jullepuu
                      11 days, 12 hours ago

                      Cheers

                  2. fcsaltyballs
                    • 4 Years
                    11 days, 12 hours ago

                    No too short notice

                2. jb1985
                  • 1 Year
                  11 days, 12 hours ago

                  2FT - 0.1M itb not sure what to do for GW 27 - Currently deciding on playing BB chip with the below team:

                  Hendo,
                  TAA, VVD, O'Connell, C.Taylor,
                  Traore, Salah(c), KDB,
                  Auba, Jimi, Vardy

                  Pope, Grealish, Lascelles, Hayden

                  Ideally don't want to burn a a transfer but my next moves i am thinking of doing is C.Taylor, Grealish, Auba > Boly/ Evans, Son, DCL

                  1. Jullepuu
                      11 days, 12 hours ago

                      I would bench Taylor and play Grealish. If you don't want to play Grealish you could replace him with Barnes or Perez. Also would Auba to Ings give you enough money to get Son for Grealish? That could be good

                      1. jb1985
                        • 1 Year
                        11 days, 12 hours ago

                        I was going to use my BB chip though as all have relative good games. Cant get Ings as i am a Portsmouth supporter so no Southampton players allowed. haha.

                        Another move i quite like is VVD, Grealish & Auba > Boly, Mane, DCL

                        1. Jullepuu
                            11 days, 12 hours ago

                            Maybe I would just burn the ft and then do Grealish to Barnes/Perez. You got so many good options so hard to decide

                    • Stoic
                      • 3 Years
                      11 days, 12 hours ago

                      Hopefully Villa Spurs and Leicester Wolves are high scoring. Jack, son, Vardy and Jiminez for me. Make or break

                      1. Jullepuu
                          11 days, 12 hours ago

                          Yeah Salah C and Son vc for me and I also have all the others you mentioned

                        • fcsaltyballs
                          • 4 Years
                          11 days, 12 hours ago

                          Vardy brace please

                      2. FOO FIGHTER
                          11 days, 12 hours ago

                          I have randomly gone through the top 50. Does not look like any of those teams own Abraham and also looks like pretty much all of the top 50 own Ings.

                          1. bitm2007
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            11 days, 11 hours ago

                            None of the 50 have Abraham, 37 have Ings

                            http://www.fplstatistics.co.uk/Home/Top50

                        • kamdaraji
                          • 10 Years
                          11 days, 12 hours ago

                          I would like to know when Man City's DGW will be

                        • Arteta
                          • 4 Years
                          11 days, 12 hours ago

                          https://www.arsenal.com/news/team-news-kolasinac-saka-nelson-mari

                          We have a team news update ahead of Sunday's Premier League match against Newcastle United:

                          Sead Kolasinac
                          Available for selection following left thigh strain.

                          Pablo Mari
                          In full training following transfer from Brazilian pre-season. Aiming to be available for selection for Olympiacos (a).

                          Reiss Nelson
                          Available for selection following right hamstring strain.

                          Bukayo Saka
                          Available for selection after being substituted during Burnley (a) following knock to right leg.

                          Cedric Soares
                          Left knee. Progressing well with gym work. Aiming to be in full training by the end of February.

                          Kieran Tierney
                          Right shoulder. Dislocated right shoulder during West Ham Utd (a) on December 9. Good progress being made in rehabilitation process and has commenced participation in group training sessions. Aiming to be in back in full training by the end of February.

                          Calum Chambers
                          Left knee. Ruptured anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee during Chelsea (h) on December 29. Successful surgery completed. Rehabilitation process expected to take between six to nine months.

                        • fcsaltyballs
                          • 4 Years
                          11 days, 12 hours ago

                          Talksport just said they have sources suggesting both Norwich and Southampton games are very high risk of being postponed!

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

                            Que sera sera

                          2. Bird Raymond
                            • 8 Years
                            11 days, 12 hours ago

                            John Kettley?

                          3. DandyDon
                            • 1 Year
                            11 days, 12 hours ago

                            Honestly can’t even remember a pl game being postponed due to weather for years. Such high quality pitches. Crazy gameweek. Was so happy with city game being postponed initially and now could come back to bite as Salah captained. Not to bad with KDB as vice but not a great squad currently so options of the bench are bad. Most of us have a few pool players. Luckily I don’t have three at the minute!

                        • boc610
                          • 8 Years
                          11 days, 12 hours ago

                          1 months worth of rain to fall in one day tomorrow in the UK

                          Yikes.

                          1. Bird Raymond
                            • 8 Years
                            11 days, 12 hours ago

                            I think we get far too excited about the weather since they started naming storms and flashing weather warnings on our phones.

                            1. DandyDon
                              • 1 Year
                              11 days, 12 hours ago

                              This

                            2. Colonel Shoe 肝池
                              • 8 Years
                              11 days, 12 hours ago

                              Quality of pitches has nothing to do with it..... It's mainly a safety issue regarding conditions around or traveling to and from the game. Driving rain and 50mph gusts are not good

                              1. Colonel Shoe 肝池
                                • 8 Years
                                11 days, 12 hours ago

                                Reply fail to dandy don

                          2. potatoace'scott talent
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 8 Years
                            11 days, 12 hours ago

                            Hope its August.

                        • Stormbringer22
                            11 days, 12 hours ago

                            Are many of you considering going with Salah/Mane double-up? Fixtures seem great on paper but causes quite an unbalanced team when paired with KDB as well. Thoughts?

                            1. potatoace'scott talent
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 8 Years
                              11 days, 11 hours ago

                              Kept mane through the injury and intend to run with the double up for a while.

                              I don't think it causes too much of an imbalance.
                              I've also got kdb, kun taa, jimi, traore, ings going forward now. Not sure who else you would need.

                              1. Stormbringer22
                                  11 days, 11 hours ago

                                  Wow, team value must be great!

                                  1. potatoace'scott talent
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 8 Years
                                    11 days, 10 hours ago

                                    107.8.
                                    But I suppose it helps by having kdb and mane since the start.

                              2. Old Man
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 8 Years
                                11 days, 11 hours ago

                                I've all three and it seemds ok. Hoping that all three play this week but it's possible that none of them will.

                              3. bench boost for every gamew…
                                • 2 Years
                                11 days, 11 hours ago

                                had that for a while but now i went for the double up def instead, What could be good about double attack is that they prob get some rests and then you often will have one at least playing, and i think Liverpool will still win games and possibly play even more freely when they have secured it.

                              4. Stormbringer22
                                  11 days, 11 hours ago

                                  Thanks boys!

                                • Holmes (specialist in failu…
                                  • 6 Years
                                  11 days, 11 hours ago

                                  You can get a decent team. My team value is poor but can still get this:

                                  Ryan
                                  Robertson, Pereira, Stevens
                                  Salah, Mane, Kevin, Traore, Doucoure
                                  Jimenez, Ings

                                  Plus Fernandez on bench to cover Doucoure/Traore if required. I'm sure you can get better.

                                  1. Stormbringer22
                                      11 days, 11 hours ago

                                      Mine wouldn't be that far off to be fair

                                      Ryan
                                      TAA, Holgate, Soyuncu, Lundy, (Kelly)
                                      Salah, Mane, KDB, Traore, (Cantwell)
                                      Vardy, Ings (Martinelli for example)

                                      and will have £1.2 to sort out my defence in the future weeks

                                  2. DandyDon
                                    • 1 Year
                                    11 days, 11 hours ago

                                    Wish I’d kept him as Grealish has offered little. Plan to bring him back in alongside salah and KDB next week. Does limit striker options but Ings, DCL and jiminez offering good value currently. Might have to downgrade a defender or two to get in Tammy if I want to for DCL over next few weeks.

                                  3. SHOOTER MCGINN
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 4 Years
                                    11 days, 7 hours ago

                                    Yeah on it already and reading the #1 is planning for it too must be a good sign!

                                • DAZZ
                                  • 5 Years
                                  11 days, 11 hours ago

                                  Can non Salah owners please stop going on about how likely the games are to be cancelled tomorrow

                                  1. boc610
                                    • 8 Years
                                    11 days, 11 hours ago

                                    what difference does it make? a lot will have VC on KDB and he is due a haul

                                    1. Old Man
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 8 Years
                                      11 days, 7 hours ago

                                      It makes a load of difference when you have TAA(vc)

                                • Fuddled FC
                                  • 8 Years
                                  11 days, 11 hours ago

                                  which one would to drop to the subs bench?

                                  a) O'connell v BHA (H)
                                  b) Boly v Norwich (H)
                                  c) Maddison v MCI (H)
                                  d) DCL v ARS (A)

                                • Gobigorgohome
                                  • 8 Years
                                  11 days, 11 hours ago

                                  The first gameweek I own 3 liverpool players...

                                  and it happens. it is not even fair

                                  1. Fuddled FC
                                    • 8 Years
                                    11 days, 11 hours ago

                                    I think you are quite a pessimist

                                    1. My heart goes Salalalalah
                                      • 3 Years
                                      11 days, 11 hours ago

                                      His username suggests otherwise

                                  2. My heart goes Salalalalah
                                    • 3 Years
                                    11 days, 11 hours ago

                                    Will be rescheduled if called off no?

                                    1. Fuddled FC
                                      • 8 Years
                                      11 days, 11 hours ago

                                      Not in this gw, they play Atletico on Tuesday...

                                      1. My heart goes Salalalalah
                                        • 3 Years
                                        11 days, 11 hours ago

                                        Yeah didn't mean this week, but whenever. Cheers