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World Cup of FPL – Group F

Clint Dempsey, Gareth McAuley, John Terry and Luiz Suarez are the latest Fantasy Premier League alumni up for nomination in our World Cup of FPL tournament.

In this series, we’re giving Fantasy Football Scout site users the chance to vote for the greatest FPL asset of all time.

We’ve placed 32 of the most popular players into eight groups of four, with the top two most-voted-for assets qualifying for the knockout rounds in each instance.

Readers are permitted two votes in each group, with the active polls to be found at the bottom of this article and in the sidebar of the homepage.

Eight players have already progressed to the last 16 and you can check out our analysis of the Group E candidates via this link.

Group AGroup BGroup CGroup D
1. Frank Lampard1. Thierry Henry1. Harry Kane1. Cristiano Ronaldo
2. Robin van Persie2. Gareth Bale2. Didier Drogba2. Trent Alexander-Arnold
3. Branislav Ivanovic3. Steven Gerrard3. Gylfi Sigurdsson3. Eden Hazard
4. Patrice Evra4. Carlos Tevez4. Romelu Lukaku4. Andrew Robertson
Group EGroup FGroup GGroup H
Marcos AlonsoClint DempseyCesc FabregasAlexis Sánchez
Nemanja VidicGareth McAuleyJamie VardyMohamed Salah
Raheem SterlingJohn TerryKevin De BruynePetr Cech
Wayne RooneyLuis SuarezLeighton BainesSergio Aguero

Our latest article below takes a closer look at each option in Group F.

Clint Dempsey

To paraphrase Rami Malek in the No Time to Die trailer: Clint Dempsey‘s skills have survived long after he has gone.

Perhaps best remembered by those outside of the Fantasy world for being the man whose shot Rob Green fumbled into his net in the 2010 World Cup, we FPL managers of a certain vintage are more likely to think back to his exploits for Fulham in the 2011/12 campaign.

Dempsey had ticked along nicely before that high point, hitting 20 goals across three seasons at the back-end of the noughties.

Priced up as a £7.0m midfielder in 2010/11, Dempsey hit double figures for goals for the first time in England (registering 12 goals and three assists in all) and was subsequently handed a price rise to £8.5m the following campaign.

That still proved to be a bargain, however.

The 2011/12 season saw Dempsey finish as the highest-scoring FPL midfielder (ahead of the likes of Gareth Bale and David Silva) on 209 points, with the USA international racking up 17 goals, seven assists and 22 bonus points in the process.

A hat-trick and a 20-point haul against Newcastle United in Gameweek 22 of that campaign was a stand-out highlight but there numerous other double-digit returns beside that, three of which arrived in quick succession in Gameweeks 31 to 33.

Dempsey’s ownership and price soared as the season went on, with the American reaching a high of £9.8m in Gameweek 37, and his occasional ‘out of position’ tag – he deputised as a central striker in several matches – only added to his appeal.

Unable to offer the same kind of value as a £9.5m midfielder at Spurs the following season, Dempsey nevertheless still contributed seven goals and six assists before departing for his homeland, briefly re-emerging at Craven Cottage on loan in 2013/14.

Gareth McAuley

Given that the likes of Aleksandar Kolarov, Michu, Christian Eriksen, Joleon Lescott, Yaya Toure and Aaron Ramsey failed to make the cut in our World Cup of FPL, it’s perhaps a surprise to see an ageing West Bromwich Albion centre-half feature alongside some bona fide Fantasy luminaries.

Indeed, Gareth McAuley didn’t once make the end-of-season FPL Dream Team.

While the recently retired Northern Ireland international never troubled the leading FPL points-scorers list, he did offer decent value for money in the budget/mid-price defender bracket.

His best-ever Fantasy season was in his penultimate campaign at the Hawthorns.

Playing under the pragmatic Tony Pulis, it was perhaps the prospect of clean sheets that provided the initial incentive for investment.

Ultimately, however, it was the stopper’s abilities at the other end of the pitch that saw him rack up a career-best 131 FPL points in 2016/17 and make this site’s Team of the Season.

Starting out at a bargain £4.5m, McAuley went on to register six goals – including the infamous unwitting header against West Ham United in Gameweek 25 – and an assist that season, finishing as the third-best value-for-money defender based on points per million.

The Northern Irishman had clocked up double figures for clean sheets in his previous two campaigns, meanwhile, and had been an underpriced £4.0m enabler in his first-ever Premier League season in 2011/12, breaking the 100-point mark and starting all but one match from Gameweeks 6 to 38.

John Terry

No FPL defender has featured in FPL’s end-of-season Dream Team on more occasions than John Terry (six).

In fact, former teammate Frank Lampard is the only player in any position to have made more appearances in this elite XI than the long-serving Chelsea centre-back.

The beginning of Terry’s career in west London pre-dated the start of FPL, with his Premier League debut coming at the back-end of the last century.

When Fantasy Premier League was eventually launched in its current guise, Terry made the Dream Team in three of the first four seasons, with his score of 196 points in 2004/05 ultimately proving to be a career-best.

Chelsea kept a record 25 clean sheets en route to their first league title in 50 years and Terry was on the pitch for all of them, supplementing his defensive contributions with three goals.

Another 20 shut-outs and four goals arrived in the following season and, even in an injury-affected 2006/07 campaign, the centre-half still racked up 16 clean sheets in 27 starts.

The England international’s best years in FPL coincided with Jose Mourinho’s time at Stamford Bridge.

On top of the mid-noughties golden era, the Special One’s second spell in west London also improved Terry’s output.

The Blues’ club captain plundered eight goals, 33 clean sheets and 349 FPL points across Mourinho’s two full seasons in charge, featuring in the Dream Team in both 2013/14 and 2014/15.

Terry was still a force to be reckoned with even without Mourinho at the helm.

In every single one of his 15 seasons in FPL did Terry find the back of the net, with his best tally being six goals in 2011/12.

His starting price didn’t dip below £7.0m for the best part of a decade, which was a fair reflection of the esteem in which he was held in Fantasy circles.

Luis Suarez

Before Mohamed Salah’s remarkable debut year at Anfield, Luis Suarez held the record for most FPL points in a single season.

The Uruguay international racked up 295 points in the 2013/14 campaign, registering 30 goals, 25 assists and 40 bonus points en route to his landmark total.

Suarez wasn’t even available for the first five matches of the campaign as he served a suspension for biting but went on to plunder 18 goals and 11 assists in the subsequent 12 Gameweeks.

An astonishing 77 points arrived in Gameweeks 14-17 alone, with four of Suarez’s 13 double-figure returns being registered in this period.

A 24-point haul against Norwich City (Suarez being involved in all of Liverpool’s goals in a 5-1 win over the Canaries) was a standout moment, although the Uruguayan almost matched that total just two games later with a brace and three assists in a 5-0 win at Spurs.

Averaging 8.9 points per match and blanking in only six of his 33 starts, Suarez was owned by over 51% of FPL managers by the time the campaign drew to a close.

Not that the Barcelona forward was a one-season wonder in the Premier League.

Suarez had made the FPL Dream Team in the previous campaign, too, chipping in with 23 goals, ten assists and 34 bonus points on the way to a score of 212 points – enough to see him finish joint-third in the overall FPL standings.

There were hat-tricks against Norwich and Wigan along the way, with the first of those trebles helping him to a Gameweek 6 score of 20 points.

Suarez had begun that season as a £9.5m FPL forward but had risen sharply to £11.2m not long before he sank his teeth into Branislav Ivanovic.

The Uruguayan had contributed 11 goals and three assists in his first full season on Merseyside but it wasn’t until Brendan Rodgers replaced Kenny Dalglish in the Anfield hotseat in June 2012 that we really saw the best of Suarez as a Fantasy asset.


120 Comments Post a Comment
  1. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Suarez and Terry probably. Dempsey makes it tough

    1. Avon calling
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Suarez and Terry definitely.

      1. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Terry over Clint? You did play through the Dempsey era , right?

    2. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      For FPL joy and value Clint has gotta go through

    3. FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      No McCauley? 😆

    4. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Captain America should win it all.

  2. Hot Toddy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Suarez and Deuce.

    1. Devo-McDuff
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Deuce haha. Didn't he give himself that name?

      1. Hot Toddy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Think so yeah. It's burned into my brain from playing FMLS for a few seasons.

    2. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Best centre back in the Premier League era. Himself and Carvahlo were unreal. Nothing git by them in one piece.

  3. NOMONEY
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    McAuley lol

    easily the odd one out from the 32 picks

    1. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      In the day I would have picked him over Evra. Played for a dogged West Brom under Pulis, awful to watch but a nice few cleansheets and a bit of a goal threat. Tthat West Brom were effective but ugluly! Cheaper than Evra who was a classier player in a classy team playing lovely football.

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        One of the things that makes FPL great is that managers like Pulis & Dyche, even though they play anti-football - they (and by extension their players - like McAuley etc) can still contribute as much, if not more, to the game and to FPL managers than high profile names like Guardiola, Klopp etc

        It's always interesting as a season progresses to figure out the different way managers set up their teams, and whether that presents any FPL opportunity - look at Chris Wilder this season too, another great example, or Nuno coming up from the Championship

        FPL is a great leveller, and players from the smaller teams, more negative teams, less financially blessed teams are often as important to an FPL manager as the Salah's, Kun's & TAA's etc

        Still not sure McAuley should be in there from a "World Cup" perspective mind you lol but I view him perhaps as a symbolic figurehead for the FPL underclass - the salt of the earth FPL defenders/midfielders/strikers on whom we've relied so heavily over the years

        JT & Suazza qualify I'd say though

    2. circusmonkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      It isn't best player award, it is best FPL player. He was a bargain. I went for him and Saurez.

  4. Bury94
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Interested to see what FPL do today when it's announced the season is further suspended

    1. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Is their news on the season expected today?

      1. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        *there

      2. Bury94
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Yeah, meeting today

    2. RECKLESS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Definitely this season postponed till Aughst and next season null/void so the games can be spaced when coronavirus comes back in fall flu season again

      1. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Yer rigjt

        1. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          right ?

          I heard that it would cost them 3 billion to cancel next season. I am sure next one takes priority personally .

  5. kennethrhcp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Morning lads, I saw a few ppl mention FTs weren't being added when they used theirs... did they forget it was a long break between game weeks or has there been a change?

  6. Hakim Ziyech
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Dempsey & Suarez. No brainer

    1. DOG GOD IT - KEANE 15
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      This.

  7. Little Red Lacazette
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Terry Suarez

  8. FPL Pillars
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    I went for McCauley out of pity.

    Let’s get him to 2%

    🙂

    1. Avon calling
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      You pity the fool?

  9. RECKLESS
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Best 2 defenders upto 5.5mn who is not Liv/Wolves defender
    I feel
    1) Taylor(Bur)
    2) Maguire or Shaw/Bissaka better?
    3) Other?

    1. FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Can’t really say at the moment mate.

      1. RECKLESS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        I have to burn a transfer so asking

        1. Major League Shocker
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 8 days ago

          I got Maguire. Considering getting Lundstram back (seems high risk but potentially high reward).

    2. Soto Ayam
      3 months, 8 days ago

      I'm making transfers purely on fixtures, if that helps at all

  10. denial
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Suarez and Demps

  11. No Pirlo No Party
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Not looked at my team since things were postponed. But anything worth using these FT's to tidy up while I can?

    Ryan - Button
    TAA - Robertson - Boly - Lundstram - Stephens
    Salah - KDB - Barnes - Grealish - Dendoncker
    Jimenez - DCL - Ings

    Possibly shift Dendoncker to free up a Wolves spot?

    £3.6 ITB and 2FT

    1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Get a second playing keeper and a better 5th mid for bench boost maybe??

  12. Poseidon.
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Out of loyalty to Utd I cant bring myself to vote Suarez.

    McCauley and Dempsey

    1. Berbs
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      😆

    2. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Im negating all your pro UTD bile ;-).

      1. Poseidon.
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 8 days ago

        We’re not a club bro, we’re a religion

        1. Hot Toddy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 8 days ago

          So antiquated and unnecessary.

        2. Right In The Stanchion
          3 months, 8 days ago

          never been to a game.com

    3. RECKLESS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      You have to vote for Terry then as without his legendary slip Manutd wouldnt have won UCL. Always thankfulnto Terry

    4. Right In The Stanchion
      3 months, 8 days ago

      deluded united fan alert

  13. Seamy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    So it turns out I accidentally sold TAA instead of Robertson to get in Doherty last week.
    That was silly!

    1. FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Doesn’t matter.

      May as well sell Salah for Fred for some bants

      1. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Fred looked quite good in last few games to be fair.

  14. onceuponatyne
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    So out of the loop.

    I have transfers to burn, and NO idea what to spend on.

    My team was totally geared towards the BGW.

    Any thoughts on what I should be looking to alter?

    I'm top of my league, so I don't need to be too "out there".

    Pope/Henderson
    Robbo/TAA/Doherty/Williams/Lascelles
    Salah/KDB/Martial/Traore/Fernandes
    Jimi/Ings/Ayew

  15. GreennRed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    http://radio.garden/visit/albuquerque-nm/XL9NeYpB/channels

    Click on location for local radio stations worldwide.

    There's a Radio Garden app too.

  16. GreennRed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Not sure how many nationalities are on now but here goes.

    1. Name your favourite national sportsperson ever in international sport.

    2. Who is the top sportsperson in your country right now in international sport.

    3. If either or both are footballers name the next most famous footballer and vice versa, if you haven't named a footballer put one in.

    My own nominations, not necessarily the best, my own favourites:

    1. Tony McCoy.

    2. Shane Lowry.

    3. Paul McGrath.

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

      1. David Beckham
      2. Ben Stokes
      3. Wayne Rooney

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

        Hold a couple of other nationalities (Brazil and Italy) so will add them:

        Ayrton Senna
        Neymar
        Ronaldo

        Fabio Cannavaro
        Sergio Parisse
        Alessandro Del Piero

    2. Poseidon.
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 8 days ago

      1. LeBron James

      2. LeBron James

      3. Clint Dempsey

    3. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      1. Irena Szewinska
      2. Robert Lewandowski
      3. Zibi Boniek

    4. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 8 days ago

      1. Ronnie O’Sullivan

      2. Ben stokes or Lewis Hamilton but driving a car isn’t a sport

    5. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 8 days ago

      1. Steve Collins
      2. Katie Taylor
      3. Robbie Keane

    6. TONY123
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      1. Gilles Muller
      2. Bob Bertemes
      3. Miralem Pjanic (at least half of him)

    7. El Presidente
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Ayrton Senna

      Marc Márquez

      Cristiano Ronaldo

  17. FPL Pillars
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/52140204

    Goodbye 19/20 season...

    1. Scott Talent
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Read the article. The implication from it is quite the opposite.

      1. FPL Pillars
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Suspend indefinitely?

        They’re getting ready to delete the season IMO. Reboot and restore settings for next season. Longer this goes on for the easier it is to do.

        1. Scott Talent
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          I don't think so. There are many issues to take into account and it is way too simplistic to assume that the season will be just be voided.

    2. Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Too many pessimistic people on here wanting the season to end because their teams are doing rubbish. Can't wait for the season to start so I won't have to here the negative comments anymore.

      1. Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        @hear

      2. FPL Pillars
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        I am too 10k dude, you got your head in the skies if you can see it finishing normally.

      3. Berbs
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        I find it sickening that some are suggesting they're putting health first by wanting to void a season, when we all know it's to do with their own team and rival teams respective seasons. The very same people will be the first to laugh at teams doing well in the case of null and void.

        Sad times really.

        1. Prisoner B5160-8
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          It is, very sad. It's not just an issue of titles either. I'd have taken safety over relegation in a heartbeat for Newcastle at the start of the season. A top ten finish may very well mean nothing to the likes of Liverpool or City, but if there's a chance of us battling it out now for that finish then I want us to get it stuck in.

  18. Forza Papac
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    What's your all time Premier League left footed 11?

    1. FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      That’s a left field question.

    2. Cahill
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      RVP Fowler
      Giggs D.Silva VDV Bale Salah
      A.Cole Laporte Evra
      Cech

    3. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 8 days ago

      I’ve got a bit to do today so I’ve left this until later

    4. Berbs
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Charlie Adam counts as 11 people

    5. Ser Davos
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Ginola and Cazorla as my ambidextrous top two

    6. Poseidon.
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Has to be Giggsy

    7. TONY123
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Antonio Valencia has to be in there, best left foot ever seen in the Premier league.

      1. Gnu Scott talent
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        No one biting?

  19. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    I bet nobody will ever again complain about International Break on here...

    1. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Yes they will.

      It will be forgotten quickly enough.

  20. Jafooli
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    PL should play remaining fixtures in North Korea - no Covid-19 cases.

    Problem solved. I thank you.

  21. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    So.. people who think this season should be finished and not canceled..

    What do you propose happens to PL football for the rest of the 2020/21 season once the games from 19/20 are finished in september/october? Seems like a terrible solution, much better to just void it and start anew over the summer.

    1. Wild Rover
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      They can't cancel it atm, otherwise they could lose CL and Europa spots next year.

      https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-52145230

    2. Berbs
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      They'll try their best to finish this season and delay next season if needs be, but obviously there would be a date by which next season has to start in order to complete it.

      Let's see what PL say today. Worth noting WR point about UEFA, they want seasons complete otherwise could refuse CL and EL entry.

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Seems like an empty threat. Cant see UEFA ever barring English clubs from entering. Advertisers and TV rights owners would be furious

        1. Berbs
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          I definitely agree. Biggest issue from PL perspective would be the TV deal, I think it's at around 750m

    3. Prisoner B5160-8
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      The lockdown period itself will dictate when next season starts, not the rescheduling of nine game weeks (which will ultimately prove the easiest to sort out).

    4. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Finish it before December. Then 2 seasons from February to November to sync European clubs for Qatar World Cup. Post that World Cup give players a decent break. Start 23/24 season in February, with a summer and winter break and then 24/25 back to the regulat clusterfk of fixtures.

      1. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        I was thinking something similar to this until the Euros were moved to next summer, my solution would have been to finish this season in the autumn, play the Euros in Nov/Dec, then the 2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons from Christmas to early October, with the 2022 World Cup after the second of those in Nov/Dec as currently scheduled. The problem would have been getting the season back to the winter in the future, what you suggested for this sounds sensible.

    5. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      North and south leagues maybe with the winners meeting in a two legged final, it both shortens the season and help reduce the spread of the Coronavirus which is likely to flair up again next winter. If you make this season null and void, you could easily end up losing two seasons.

    6. CARROW ROAD
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Id like to see Liverpool crowned Champions and the season to be stopped now, end the speculation of starting again and let everyone start planning for the next season. I dont care / know what they will do about relegation or champions league qualification but the answer is not finish this season unless it can be done by end of June. The idea of starting again seems odd.

    7. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      They may opt to have a shorter 2020/21 season.

      They’ll figure something out, so no need to worry about it now, IMO.

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Its just so boring.. The season is over.. Just give Liverpool the bloody title and let us start another season.

    8. Jet5605
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Here's an idea. How about they play out the last nine games and the results of between the teams who will stay in the PL ALSO count towards the 2020/21 season? It should keep every team motivated to win every game until all nine games are played out so no fielding weakened teams or laying over.

    9. Klaren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Most likely outcome seems like Liverpool being given the title and no relegation given that it is unlikely any football will be played before August/September.

      TV deal is a potential issue but if it means sacrificing the following season or the remaining 9 games, the more profitable option will be the second one. They could then try to reach a settlement with all parties taking a part of the hit and perhaps try to find alternative solutions like letting Sky/BT televise more PL games in the following seasons or option to extend the current TV deal for a year with a discounted price.

      1. BobB
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        You can't "give" someone the title

        1. Klaren
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Well, Belgium just "gave" the title to Club Brugge...

          I'm a Man Utd fan so couldn't care less personally but I don't think a team that essentially won the league would be denied the title even if rest of the season is not played.

  22. Optimus.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Jesse Lingard tests positive

    https://tinyurl.com/tlybe7b

    1. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Good at pillow fights.

    2. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      😆

    3. FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      He’s been positive since he turned pro pretty much 😆

      How he’s at Man Utd and getting paid triple figures each week is beyond a joke.

      1. CARROW ROAD
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        This! and the Utd shirt got him in the England team! He would struggle in the championship

    4. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      That site is brilliant 😆

  23. Ser Davos
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Going from memory, Dempsey was immense from the DGWs of the back end of 10-11 and then just being Fulham's next American hero after Brian McBride during 11-12.

    McAuley actually flattered to deceive I think (may just be my perception). Useful as a 4m starter under Hodgson in 11-12. 15-16 and 16-17 under Pulis always promised so much, but actually often failed to deliver, even under the context of a bargain price defender.

  24. Villa Velour
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Can anyone confirm if the free transfer still rolls over?

    Believed I had 2 FT last week, used 1 and now I only have 1 for this week?

    1. FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Same for me. Looks like they froze them?

    2. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      It’s a 2 week long GW, so if you only used 1 FT then you have 1 left. If you use it before the deadline ends then you will have used your 2 FTs this GW.

      I’m in the same position, by the way.

      1. Villa Velour
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Ah yes that makes sense. Thanks mate.

  25. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Probably pointless use of transfer options.

    Krul (Button)
    Soyuncu TAA Doherty (Stephens, Holgate)
    KDB Salah Barnes Bruno (Dendo)
    Ings Jimenez Auba
    1.2itb 2ft

    A) Button to Pope or McCarthy
    B) Soyuncu to AWB
    C) Ings to DCL
    D) Stephens to Egan
    Will most likely to all eventually.

  26. Ser Davos
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Old poster nostalgia random posts:

    Reinaman

    https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2013/08/07/moving-target-loic-remy/?hc_page=4&hc_sort_by=comment_date#hc_comment_5183169

    PORTSMOUTH BUBBLEJET
    'Of all time' = 'from 1992 onwards'
    I love the assumption behind these statistics that no English top-flight football existed pre-1992, whereas the Premier League is just the continuation of the same competition with a much more unequal distribution of finances to lower-league clubs.
    No, I wasn't getting at you at all. I just find it amusing that the Premier League marketing team churn out an endless swathe of statistics which imply that time started in 1992 - 'best striker in Premier League history' etc.
    It's the same English top division as pre-1992, but with added neo-liberal greed and self-aggrandizing quasi-Scientology PR.

    Tosey (can't find a bookmark for him)

  27. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Thoughts on this in the coming weeks? - / is the players I would be getting

    D.Henderson / Leno
    Cahill / AWB
    B.Williams /Jaanmat/Hanley
    Mané / Sané
    Jota / Rashford
    Fleck/ J.Henderson

  28. Rotation's Alter Ego
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    PL Statement - "It was acknowledged that the Premier League will not resume at the beginning of May – and that the 2019/20 season will only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so. The restart date is under constant review with all stakeholders, as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic develops and we work together through this very challenging time."

    If you're interested - https://www.premierleague.com/news/1651836

    Not much of significance though. No date nominated for the league to resume, just really confirmed what we already expected. What will FPL do now?

    1. Rotation's Alter Ego
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      As for player wages:

      "In the face of substantial and continuing losses for the 2019/20 season since the suspension of matches began, and to protect employment throughout the professional game, Premier League clubs unanimously agreed to consult their players regarding a combination of conditional reductions and deferrals amounting to 30 per cent of total annual remuneration."

    2. Hect.OR 98th
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      I think they'll end the FPL season, won't they? Now they've pursued the policy of "backing up" the gameweeks into what would have been a small number of super-gameweeks, they only have two alternatives. Continue down that route so that GW38 comprises 90 games(!) or unwind everything done since the suspension and resume in GW30 when football starts.

      The latter option looks overly complicated, so I suspect they'll just end this FPL season prematurely.

      1. Rotation's Alter Ego
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Still think the most likely scenario is to add more gameweeks. but there's so many potential landmines. Hopefully we'd get some sort of idea soon, but doubt it.

        1. Hect.OR 98th
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Yes, that's an option, but I wonder if they have the inclination (or the resources) to segment what will be a packed schedule of continuous football into gameweeks. The suggestion is that there will be three games every day for a month. If that's the case, there would have to be deadline on every fourth day (after each round of ten fixtures) and on most of those days the deadline would be squeezed between two matches! It will be similar to a world cup playing schedule. You'd have a deadline at 4pm after the 2pm kick-off and before the 5pm kick-off, then the next deadline would be four days later at 1pm, etc etc. An absolute nightmare to fit FPL around and they'd have to do something like that to ensure most, if not all of the teams, play in every gameweek.

          The only way round it would be to completely change the FPL format so that gameweeks are arbitrary and there's a free hit or semi-free hit every week. That would be nonsensical bolted onto the results from 29 normal gameweeks.

          Maybe they'll end the FPL season early and set the remaining games up as a mini-FPL game, giving league admins the chance to aggregate the scores from each if they want to.

          It's a mess. An interesting mess though.

    3. Hect.OR 98th
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      To continue would mean undoing all transfer and chip activity since suspension and creating a whole load of tightly-compressed gameweeks to deal with what looks like being 90 games being played in a 30 day period. Can't see that happening.

      1. Legomané
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        FPL options imo.

        1. Abandon altogether. This makes little sense unless game coding is such that further options are unavailable - or the league is abandoned.

        2. Suspend - fit all remaining matches between GW36-38 (or even suspend sooner and recommence one GW between now and GW36)

        3. As (2) above, but add additional GW's following GW36, as required to avoid anything above a "Double" Gameweek.

        4. As (3) above, but allow the full compliment of 38 GW's to elapse (with FT's received in present manner) before commencing GW39 afresh as and when the league restarts.

  29. BobB
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Premier League still in denial about no space to complete the season. Delaying the inevitable.

    1. Poseidon.
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Lol

    2. Berbs
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Lol