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How Premier League clubs have fared in their behind-closed-doors friendlies

The restart of the 2019/20 season draws ever nearer and Premier League clubs have been ramping up their preparations with some behind-closed-doors friendlies.

The details have been frustratingly sketchy, with the lack of press representation a bit of a hindrance.

While some clubs have provided us with match reports, others have barely acknowledged that matches have taken place and we’ve instead had to rely on word of mouth from ‘in the know’ sources.

We’ll round up all we have heard so far in the below article.

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Having first held an intra-squad friendly, Liverpool played Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday and hammered the Championship side 6-0.

Sadio Mane (£12.5m) scored and then assisted Takumi Minamino (£6.0m)’s strike, with Naby Keita (£5.8m), Joel Matip (£5.2m), Ki-Jana Hoever (£4.0m) and Leighton Clarkson also on target.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (£6.2m) reportedly picked up a minor knock, while Mohamed Salah (£12.7m) and Andrew Robertson (£7.0m) missed out altogether.

Widespread media reports suggest their absence was merely precautionary, however.

Jurgen Klopp said after the match:

It was not only a workout; for us, it was a really important test and we wanted the players to go for 45 minutes [but] because of a few little issues we couldn’t do that, so we didn’t have enough ‘first-team players’, I would say, so that’s why we decided to let three players go for 60 minutes. 

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Arsenal followed up a 6-0 thrashing of Charlton Athletic with a 3-2 loss at the hands of Brentford, with both games staged at the Emirates.

Budget FPL forward Eddie Nketiah (£4.4m)bagged a hat-trick in that opening game, with Alexandre Lacazette (£9.4m), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.1m) and Joe Willock (£4.7m) also on the scoresheet.

Willock and Lacazette were the scorers in the defeat to the Bees.

Having been used as a left-back by Mikel Arteta, Bukayo Saka (£4.7m) was reportedly deployed in more advanced, central positions in that Brentford game, with Aubameyang again stationed in wide roles.

The fit-again John McGinn (£5.4m) was handed minutes in Aston Villa’s 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion, with Jack Grealish‘s (£6.4m) superb solo goal in that game captured on camera.

Villa then took on Leicester City in two training matches at Villa Park and the King Power Stadium, although no results and scorers were officially released (social media rumours suggest Villa won one game 3-0, with Leicester 1-0 victors in the other).

Leicester Live had an educated stab at compiling the Foxes’ line-ups in both games and reported that Ayoze Perez (£6.2m) missed out through injury.

A solitary Pedro (£6.8m) strike was all that separated Chelsea and Reading on Wednesday, with our very own Rotation’s Alter Ego doing some detective work on the line-ups based on stills and video footage of the game.

Reece James (£5.1m) and Callum Hudson-Odoi (£5.2m) were reportedly absent with minor injuries but again, nothing official has been announced.

West Ham United were in action on the same day against QPR, with Football London reporting that the Hammers ran out 4-1 winners – the ‘out of position’ Michail Antonio (£6.9m) among the scorers.

No official word emerged from Sheffield United’s friendly against Hull City in midweek but unverified suggestions that John Lundstram (£4.9m) scored a brace in a 4-0 win have been doing the rounds.

The Athletic reported that Billy Sharp (£5.6m) and David McGoldrick (£5.4m) were on target in two other 60-minute warm-up matches against Huddersfield Town.

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Teemu Pukki (£6.5m) found the net in a six-goal thriller between two Norwich City teams last weekend, while Luke Shaw (£5.4m) confirmed eight goals were shared in a kickabout involving two Manchester United sides.

The left-back himself scored a brace, while Bruno Fernandes (£8.6m) and Marcus Rashford (£8.8m) were also involved in at least two goals each.

The Athletic’s Tim Spiers reported that Wolves lost 2-0 to Nottingham Forest in an unofficial friendly at Molineux on Tuesday, meanwhile, with a mix of first-teamers and under-23 players taking part.

Joelinton (£5.5m) was on target both in Newcastle United’s intra-squad friendly and subsequent 3-2 win over Middlesbrough, with Steve Bruce afterwards saying that the club had been working with the much-maligned Brazilian on his positioning.

We’ll bring you another round-up on Monday with anything we’ve heard over the weekend.

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472 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Netters2018
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 3 hours ago

    BB30 WC31
    Fill th3 gap 5.1m and need a keeper or open to other suggestion

    Leno xxx
    Taa doherty targett oconnell egan
    Saka kdb grealish fleck sterling
    Auba aguero samatta

    Any advice on 5.1m gk?

    1. Forza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 hours ago

      Samatta out for a SGW striker (Ayew/Maupay, or Pukki if you get Basham in for O'Connell), and go for Reina. Sheffield have scored just 30 this season, which is the sixth-worst record in the league.

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 47 mins ago


  2. Bojangles
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 3 hours ago

    RMT FH team please
    KDB, Grealish,Ozil,Sterling,

    Subs Targett,Simpson,Amartey

    1. Dr. Agabuse
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 2 hours ago

      Ozil not a sure starter imho

  3. Udo
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 2 hours ago

    Any update on Sane? How are the chances on him playing DGW?

  4. Udo
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 1 hour ago

    Would you rather go for?
    A: Sane
    B: Mahrez

    1. 7shadesofsmoke
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 53 mins ago


  5. johndoe090
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 51 mins ago

    DGW team, last 3 slots for my BB team

    A) Ederson, Stevens, Max Aarons
    B) Henderson, Mendy, Saiss

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 48 mins ago


  6. _Ninja_
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 49 mins ago

    Should i go Sterling over Mane on a FH?

    TAA Baldock Lunstrum
    KDB Mane Grealish Saka
    Kun Auba Jimenez

    1. _Ninja_
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 47 mins ago

      Would then go Leno/Hendo over Ederson

      1. Devo-McDuff
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        With Hendo. I'd alsp fancy Stevens over Baldock.

    2. Devo-McDuff
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago


  7. Visionaries
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 43 mins ago

    Apologies for my ignorance as I'm only just back in the game, 2 questions.

    1 I assume prices are currently on a freeze?
    2 Why am I seeing so many freehits when there's unlimited free transfers?


    1. Indpush
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      1. Correct
      2. Many have no WC to bring their team back from so many double game players they don't want after this game week.

  8. timmyotool
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 40 mins ago

    Can I make transfers to prepare my team for gw31, then freehit my team for gw30?

      • 5 Years
      2 months, 39 mins ago


      1. timmyotool
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 38 mins ago

        Thanks, assume any transfers I make before free hit will be voided?

        1. Wolves Ay We
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Yep. They'll be wiped out.

  9. johndoe090
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 39 mins ago

    Any suggestions here for GW30+ using BB? I have WC and FH remaining as well.

    Ederson Leno
    Stevens Lundstram Targett Aarons Lascelles
    Sterling KDB Pepe Grealish Fleck
    Auba Samatta Jimenez

    0 ITB

    (I bought Jime at 7.1, so can't really get him out would lose to much value for my WC GW30+)

  10. Bruno FC
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Saka or Cantwell?

      And is this worthy of a BB?

      McCarthy Justin Cantwell/Saka Lasc

      1. Devo-McDuff
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        I'd punt on Saka but I wouldn't BB that.

    • masyuris
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Super subs for BB 30, please choose:

      A. Egan - Hanley
      B. Targett - Lascelles
      C. Saiss - Kiko Femenia

    • Pépé Pig
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago


      A) Salah
      B) Mane

      1. HVT
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago


    • Who are all Lukakus
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Please rate my BB team.
      Stuck with high value of TAA and Ings.

      Ederson Leno
      Baldock Stevens Oconnelll Target TAA
      KDB (C) Sterling Grealish McGinn Bruno
      Auba Jota Ings

    • stephen paul holtham
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      If I BB does it go back to my old. team? As it does with FH

      1. melvinmbabazi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago


      2. Zogzeg
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        No. You keep your BB team in 31+.
        Most managers that still have their second WC are planning to use it in 31+ (having played BB in 30+).

        If you FH in 30+ your team in 31+ will revert to your players from GW38.
        This means that you will miss out on the unlimited transfers that are currently available in 30+.
        On the positive side, you won't lose any value on players you sell for DGW30+.

    • Tony Martial
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Is Saka really worth it?

      Best midfielder option for 4.7?

      1. joker14
          1 month, 27 days ago

          He's not a sure starter given that tierney and kola are back fit.
          Plus both are tough away games.
          I'd rather go for cantwell 😡

      2. albie.s
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        A. Aubameyang & Sako
        B. Nketiah & Pepe

        1. albie.s
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Saka sorry

          1. Devo-McDuff
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            A by loads

      3. ratski
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        I just can’t face a BB as will lose too much TV.
        So Fh it is.

        For me it comes down to...
        A. Sterling and fleck
        B. Ozil and mahrez

        Leno (burton)
        Stevens, o Connell, Taa, (Targett, Lascelles)
        Kdb, Sterling, fleck, Grealish, (Saka)
        Aguero, aug. Jimi

      4. Miguel Cafuquena
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Egan/David Luiz/Targett/

        Leno/Douglas Luiz/Alexander-Arnold/Lascelles

      5. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        So to kickoff the restart - everyone hoping for a 0-0 in SHU-AVL for 4x CS’s, followed by a 12 goal thriller in MCI-ARS with KDB, Kun, Sterling, Laca, Auba, Lolzil all heavily involved?

        Won’t be a massive disappointment at all I’m sure

        1. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Yeah it's bound to happen just like that. We'll all be looking at 170 point game weeks. 😀 (in our dreams)

      6. JurgenRocks
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Which Man C defenders are most likely to play?