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Injury latest on Ritchie as OOP asset outshines other Newcastle defenders

Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa

  • Goals: Dwight Gayle (£5.0m) | Ahmed El Mohamady (£4.1m)
  • Assists: Andy Carroll (£5.4m) | Conor Hourihane (£5.7m)
  • Bonus Points: Gayle x3, Matt Ritchie x2 (£5.3m), Jonjo Shelvey x1 (£4.9m), El Mohamady x1, Hourihane x1, Ezri Konsa x1 (£4.3m)

An entertaining draw with Newcastle led Aston Villa Dean Smith to decry an ‘annoying point’, while most Fantasy managers were just left annoyed.

Of the seven players who scored, assisted or were awarded bonus points, none of them were owned by more than 0.9% of FPL bosses.

Fantasy interest was instead concentrated on the 23.1%-owned Villa midfielder Jack Grealish (£6.3m), who blanked for a fifth straight match, and various members of Newcastle’s defence, which failed to keep a fourth consecutive clean sheet.

The game went full cliché by being of two halves. The first belonged to Villa, who went close through Trezeguet (£5.2m) and Mbwana Samatta (£5.6m), both from excellent deliveries from the right, while Newcastle looked much more threatening in the second once Allan Saint-Maximin (£5.4m) decided to come alive.

But it took Newcastle substitutes to break the deadlock, with Andy Carroll (£5.4m) holding the ball up wide on the right before feeding Dwight Gayle (£5.0m), who finished calmly for his first goal of the campaign.

Other than that, the Magpies’ brightest attacking spark was Matt Ritchie (£5.3m), classified as a defender in FPL this season but playing as a midfielder for the most part.

The Scotland international was joint-top for attempts and was a creative force as well, his all-round performance earning him a bonus point even though he had to go off with an injury after 67 minutes. Crucially, he was the only Newcastle defender to benefit from a clean sheet.

Midfielder Isaac Hayden (£4.4m) was another to succumb to a knock, with Newcastle manager Steve Bruce providing an update on both post-match.

“Both soft tissue. Well have to wait and see. We hope we’ve caught it, it’s more precautionary. We have to err with caution.” – Steve Bruce

Ritchie, in particular, remains an attractive Fantasy proposition in his current out-of-position role as the Newcastle defence is generally solid at present.

The Magpies’ schedule is good, although they do have Liverpool and Manchester City to play still, and Bruce is hoping his players will finish the season strongly.

“We can’t forget that we have a great opportunity to push on a bit now. Can we push on and catch the teams above us and finish the season looking upwards, rather than just looking over our shoulders?” – Steve Bruce

If investment in Newcastle’s backline therefore remains viable, Villa’s prospects, both real and Fantasy, are considerably less promising.

Ahmed El Mohamady‘s (£4.1m) late equaliser, from fellow substitute Conor Hourihane‘s (£5.7m) corner, was deserved, although it did involve a rare error from home keeper Martin Dubravka (£5.1m), who allowed the defender’s header to slip under his body.

But Smith was more interested in his side’s improved defensive performances since the resumption of top-flight football.

“We’ve been conceding too many goals and too many chances all season. It’s no surprise to me that the first two games back, on expected goals, we’ve deserved to win. The fact that we’re restricting good teams to so few chances can only be a positive.” – Dean Smith

‘Positive’ is not a word that can be applied to Villa’s run-in, however.

They have to face Wolves, Liverpool, Manchester United, Everton over the next five Gameweeks and with Grealish seemingly struggling through a points drought, few of the team’s others players are much more tempting for such a tough schedule.

Newcastle (4-3-2-1): Dubravka; Manquillo, Lascelles, Fernandez, Rose; Ritchie (Gayle 67′), Shelvey, Hayden (Bentaleb 86′); Saint-Maximin, Almiron (Lazaro 86); Joelinton (Carroll 64′).

Aston Villa (4-5-1): Nyland; Konsa (El Mohamady 77′), Hause, Mings, Targett; Trezeguet (Davis 70′), Douglas Luiz, McGinn (Nakamba 77′), El Ghazi (Hourihane 70′); Grealish Samatta.

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429 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Sometimes Goals are scored...
    MGD
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    What is your current rank, rank goal for the season and your rank this year compared to the previous year?

    Why have you succeeded or failed in this year compared to previous year?

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 9 days ago

      1.7m

      Top 1 million goal

      First year of fpl

      Failed mostly because of dicking around massively at the start

      1. MGD
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        I feel you may need a year or 2 to really get into it properly. Try to remember what you've done right/wrong and apply next season 🙂

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Current 15k
      Target top 10k
      Last four years 8k 42k 12k 20k
      Season has felt pretty disappointing despite being on target and mostly down to highest ever number of captain failures

      1. MGD
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Has captain decisions come down to wanting to chase?

        I feel that's where most captain mistakes come from.

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          I guess but looking back there weren’t too many mad punts - a Richarlison captaincy home to Arsenal aside

    3. Triple P
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Current rank: 9.977
      Year goal: 100k
      Last year rank: 423k

      Better rank now, finally made it to manage my team the second half of the season also. Less transfers, more patience and trust my team will deliver. Also less rushing in bringing in someone who scored 2 games in a row

    4. Make Arrows Green Again
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      46k, hoping to be in the top 40k by tomorrow (KdB, Jesus, McCarthy, Nketiah in play)

      Stretch goal will be 10k but I have never got there before (best finish 11.5k)

      To be honest, this is probably my level, it would appear! In my five years of playing properly I've been: 63k, 56k, 12k, 38k, 89k

      This year has been particularly brutal for waiting too long to jump on a bandwagon, just in time for the asset to dry up (Ings), and vice versa, holding under-performing players too long and then ditching them just before they hit form again (Pope, Vardy)

      1. teneighty
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        That's a nice consistency though!

        1. Make Arrows Green Again
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          haha I suppose. I think it proves that I'm an OK player with an inadequate appetite for risk 🙂

    5. MANGE TOUT RODNEY
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      currently 34k hoping to move higher

    6. King Kohli
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Current rank - 212k
      Target - top 50k
      Last few years - 47k,51k,872,6k,6k

      Reason for failure is not getting enough captain picks right and not jumping onto good bandwagons on time

      1. MGD
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Haha i myself is to stubborn to jump on bandwagons such as Lundstram etc..

        Nice previous ranks!

        1. King Kohli
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Cheers buddy, ranks are getting progressively worse each year.
          Can't believe TAA got the monster haul the week I removed him, not owning Lundstram all season..sigh

          1. HVT
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            I too sold TAA that week but I’m still 10k, you can afford a few blips granted just not too many of those!

      2. Johan Queef
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Similar position to me. What's your strategy to get there this year?

    7. Kurupt FC
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Rank: 2.0m
      Goal: 1 - 1.5m

      First year of fpl through mini league at work (currently 7th of 22).

      Failed due to lack of fpl knowledge and awareness of price changes.
      Hopefully next season i'll be more knowledgable!

    8. teneighty
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Current rank: 64k
      Rank goal: top 50k

      Finished last year on 58k. My best rank was season 16/17 when I finished on place 144. My other seasons are nothing to brag about.

      Can't really pinpoint what I have done different in other years. I do have a plan to play a lot more aggressive with hits in the first couple of gameweeks the coming season.

      1. MGD
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Damn that’s a fine rank! Will be though to beat 🙂

    9. nerd_is_the_werd
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Current rank 200k.
      First full season, hoping to break into top 1000s next season..

    10. Ain't No Holebas Girl
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      150k at the moment, be very happy with top 100k seeing as I've never finished higher than 35k. Think I'm just pretty average at this game but it's been enough to win plenty of mini leagues over the years so I must be picking the right competition! All good fun. Best of luck all with your goals.

      1. MGD
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Well 35k is jo bad rank and with a bit of luck 10k is definitely within reach!

        1. Ain't No Holebas Girl
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Cheers dude, good luck for the run-in!

    11. Forza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Currently 816, finished 960 last year. Can't call it a failure but I think some red arrows are looming. The goal is just to get back-to-back top 1k finishes, and not take crazy risks chasing #1 like I did last year.

      1. Brooksy86
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Woop!

      2. MGD
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Wow that’s a great back to back performance!

        Good luck 😉

        1. Forza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Thanks, good luck!

    12. Jafooli
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Current - 105k
      Goal - 50k
      Previous - 80k, 26k, 10k, 2k, 10k, 1k, 1k (251), 43k

      I’m basically getting worse every season 😆

    13. timmmuh
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Current: 95k
      Goal: 50k

      Last 3 years:
      2019: 24k
      2018: 16k
      2017: 371k (first year playing)

      1. timmmuh
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Many fewer hits this year ... maybe i should take more chances??!!?

        1. MGD
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Haha I’m never above 10 hits a season. Very riskminimizing in that regard

    14. JJeyy
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      current 20k
      goal top 10k
      Rank last year 4k

      Failed due o not being as focused on season restart, slacked research.

    15. abaalan
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Current rank: 142k
      Year goal: top 1k (start of season), now: top 10k
      Last year rank: 150 (3895 in 2018, 3834 in 2017)

      Terrible year so far - every 50/50 is going wrong + Covid trolled!

    16. backstreets
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Around 7k now with 4 to play this evening. Hoping to finish in top 5k or top 1k with a but of luck. Around 25k last year I think

    17. evilfish
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Current rank: 3,669
      Goal: top 10k
      Last year rank: 25,648

      196 points since the restart has seen me rise to the giddy heights of top 5k. Martial being a huge factor in this rise.

      1. Brooksy86
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Good on ya fella, keep it up.

    18. Collie01
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Current rank - 31k
      Rank goal - Top 10k
      Last season rank - 25k

      Feel like I've done ok this year, but definitely stagnated in the GWs after Christmas. Had just about broken into top 10k around Christmas but dropped to 57k near time of the Covid break. Lost a bit of interest and was busy at work so didn't have much time.

      I found the same the previous season about that plJanuary/Febuary period. There's a bit of a lull after Christmas and the DGWs and chip strategies are still not in play yet.

    19. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      -Currently 13k.
      -Goal 1st obviously.
      -Last season I played
      properly I finished 37k.
      -Usually do well when I play
      properly. Good at captain
      picks and I'm not afraid to
      deviate massively from the
      widely popular choices.

    20. Brooksy86
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      LY - 100k
      TY - 3.5k
      Goal - top 1k

      First season not making rash decisions on a Monday/Tuesday morning...

    21. Jack Burton
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      300000, 4000,250000,3500 and 150000 this year hoping for 100000k finish captains have killed me this season

    22. Bossworld
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Currently 2,409. Goal is top 10k. Last season finished 43,427, which didn't seem too bad for the first time I've taken it seriously (in terms of checking sites like this).

      Haven't taken many hits this year, have avoided bandwagons like Haller and Mount, and didn't wildcard until GW19 (which in itself was something of a disaster).

    23. Theo Walcat
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Current 100k (jumped from 500k last 2 GWs)
      Goal for the season under 35k to beat what I got last year
      The few years prior I took less seriously ranged around 250-300k

    24. chrismoo75
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      47k present

      Hoping top 50k - have no chips and team was set up for DGW so expecting to drop rank before picking up again

      3rd season playing Last 2 seasons have been 29k and 69k

      Big failure is to not listen to gut and giving too much weight to what people comment on here. Changed from Salah to Bruno 5 mins before deadline 🙁

    25. Indpush
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      38, 500 Rank
      1st Target

      1st season I was around 1.7 million I think
      2nd season around 6,500

      This is my 3rd season.

    26. G-Whizz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Now that last game has finished, my current rank is 94k.

      My OR goal I believe should always be top a 10k finish.

      Last year finished 4,044

      Not sure I'm on the failure list JUST yet, maybe not really nailing the captaincy pick each week has made a difference but with a WC in back pocket I still think I have a chance of reaching my goal

      1. MGD
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Agree, the goal is always within that 10k 🙂 On path for 3rd year in a row. Season before i ended at 15k..

        I think its still achievable for you, with a bit of risktaking.

    27. Greek Freak
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Who even knows any more, my goal is for my captain to score at least one goal between now and the end of the season.

      1. G-Whizz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        😆

    28. A Fat Spanish Waiter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Last year: 23k
      Current: 20k
      Year prior: top 3k
      Goal: top 10k

      I’ve made two major errors:
      1) selling Pope for Ryan
      2) not getting Martial for this week.

      Had I not done either of those, I’d be top 10k. Grrrr

      1. Hudsonyards
        1 month, 8 days ago

        wow I was curious about the Pope/Ryan thing so I checked and saw that from Weeks 23-28, Ryan outscored Pope by 38. that's pretty significant.

    29. L S P
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Current - 25k
      Target - Top 10k
      Last Year - 434k. I fell hard after 11k, 55k finishes the years prior.

      Even finishing at my current rank would be an achievement after steadily moving up this season and then jumping from 194k in GW28 to my season high of 25k.

      But, dayum, I’d be chuffed to finally finish in the Top 10k...

    30. Peteski29
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Last year: 3k
      Currently: 1,569

      Goal was top 10k but now want 1k. Started taking it more seriously last year, checking stats etc. Before last season I'd never finished higher than 280k

    31. ritzyd
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Current 19k, target top 10k

      First year i have really tried and i think mainly driven by consuming a couple podcasts each week on my commute.

    32. lugacun
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Current rank: 1,153 overall
      Rank goal: top 1K

      Finished last year on 4.9k. which was My best rank untill this year (this is my 5th season playing the game)

      I went with one goalie almost all season (Pope) with no second goalie, Salah&arnold and the lord , after a harsh start to the year i went step by step with a early WC and just had luck going with the rigth horses at the rigth time (Vardy/KDB/Jimenez)

      Liverpool Are Champions

      YNWA

    33. FPL Bielsa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Since restart gone from 178k to 40k with a bench boost and free hit, no more chips left now and got too many Sheffield defenders and Aguero so hanging on to current rank would be good.

      It’s been a poor season after three years inside top 10k (humble brag !)

    34. Top Mark.S
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      800k

      100k

      50k

      Just plain bad luck

    35. The Tinkerman
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      600k
      Top 100k
      80k

      Last year was my worst ever season, this season is worse. Missed out on a few key picks as I didn’t think they could sustain scoring (Pukki, Lundstram), worst TV I’ve ever had, and fell behind. Wasted TC on Mane for 1pt.

    36. ManUnitedComeBack
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Current - 92k
      History - 598k, 675k, 49k, 236k, ?
      Goal - new career high OR, so basically sub-50k

      1. MGD
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Definitely achievable.

    37. Kno
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Current rank: 4k
      Goal: 10k
      Previous seasons: 858, 3k, 374, 100k, 2k, 80k, 11k, 8k, 2k.

      Looking at this this, sheesh I have played this silly game for a long time.

    38. HVT
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      10k
      My goal is to hold this position and achieve my 6th top 10k finish since starting playing.
      Last year finished at 175k which was poor by my own standards.
      The difference this year;
      -Only 2 hits (-8)
      -Built TV which I feel has paid off over time.
      -generally got double digit returns from my (c)
      -Doherty/DCL (TAA/VVD/Jimmi) all scoring well for me
      -Pope/Lundy have been immense too

      Having the likes of these players at the right time, trying to get a little ahead of the curve and doing the simple things, per say following the crowd at times has helped too, sometimes all you need is 1/2 differentials and a decent return from your captain.

    39. Pat Bonner
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Having a shocking season 442k currently and I've never finished outside top 50k in 9 seasons. Might sneak into top 100k if lucky but not much to write home about.

      Hard to put finger on where it's gone wrong. FPL to me is all about timing of when to jump on and off certain players and I've not got that right a number of times this season....Aguero being the main culprit! Continued to captain him during his benchings around GW8-12 (he must play the next if he's just been benched was my theory). Don't underestimate the captaincy in this game and cutting losses and admit when you've got it wrong!

      1. Fitzy.
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Hang in there, will be tough to get another top 50k, but imagine the feeling if you do. You've got a great record mate.

        1. Pat Bonner
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Cheers fitzy

    40. Dreaming of glory
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      90k atm with goal of top 50k

      4 of first 5 seasons were top 50k (1 top 500), since then it's been all 6 figures bar 1 sub 50k year.
      Alot just missing out on top 100k and never any above 500k but would like to start to get under 100k again consistently.

    41. La Vida Latte
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Current rank 1565
      Goal top 5000 (would be my 6th top 5000)
      Would be nice to get into the top 1000 for the first time.

      Last year was one of my worst 140k something. This year I have dived deeper in the ocean of statistics, and watched more games.

    42. beetlejuice
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      OR is 871 . My aim is to finish #1 in the country and stay in top 1K.
      I have finished top 50K last year so its a big jump for me as of now.

      1. G-Whizz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Gwaan!!!

    43. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Current 13.5k
      Aim top 10k. Maybe top 5k depending on where I am in a few weeks

      64k last season

    44. Pep Pig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Current rank 2,656
      Goal was top 10k
      Last season finished 53,991

      My mindset towards FPL this season has changed completely. I put pressure on myself in previous seasons to make successful decisions. Then sulked when it didn't go my way.
      I was 1.6m back in GW16 and didn't panic so a more patient approach has definitely helped me this year

    45. Rains of Castamere
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Current Rank: 11k
      Target Rank: Initial target was top 1%, now it's Top 10k
      Last Year: 64k
      Best: 1,180 in 2016

      Hoping that a few differentials over the next few weeks (Nketiah, Doucoure, having Trent and Van Dijk) can take me into top 10k. My captaincy hit rate this season has been very poor.

    46. StinkinRich
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Current rank 66k

      Goal was to improve on last year...so not looking good

      Previous ranks (last few as played since 07/08 season) 3k, 75k, 5k

      Problem this year is never managed to get a streak of green arrows, ie consistency. Although captain picks been pretty good stubbornness to not move on certain “key” players has backfired

  2. Miguel Sanchez
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Not sure this captaincy choice is gonna get any easier?

    A) Doherty (avl)
    B) Jimenez (avl)
    C) Salah (mci)
    D) KDB (LIV)
    E) Bruno (bha)
    F) Martial (bha

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Thinking about KDB myself

    2. King Kohli
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Tempted to captain one of the Wolves!

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        They will be useful vices for sure

    3. syke63
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      KdB atm as he's my only player at home.

    4. Donnie D
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Jimenez

    5. Forza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      B or F

    6. Stimps
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      I've got mine on Auba, happy I kept

      1. PurpleMonster
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        I hope he scores a brace at least 🙂

  3. Jinswick
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Good to save here?

    DDG
    TAA, Doherty, Ritchie
    Salah, Son, Fernandes, Martial
    Jimenez, DCL, Nketiah

    Martin, Saiss, Guendouzi, Simpson
    Bank 0.1, 1FT, FH & TC available

    1. Pep Roulette
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Yes. Great team!

    2. King Kohli
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Great team, fancy Nketiah to start?

    3. Donnie D
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Sure. Team is g2g

  4. Pep Roulette
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Auba(C). Thoughts?

    1. sunnyh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      I have him and thats who im going with as well. Pointless to keep Auba if you dont even captain him against Norwich

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Arsenal play four times in the next 9 days and that is the most rotatable fixture for them/him

      1. Qaiss
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        He has not been benched once this season... And has been subbed off once this season with 10 mins to go... He is the captain... Our best player... He will play. Hehe

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          I have been told. Just fear not owning him this GW.

    3. MANGE TOUT RODNEY
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      I'm on him at the mo with Jiminez vice (see below)

    4. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Best pick on paper... But its Auba so it will be a let down

    5. PurpleMonster
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Probably I will ditch him after NOR.
      Best replacement?
      Rashford or Gabriel Jesús?
      I own Bruno and KDB.

  5. MANGE TOUT RODNEY
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Free Hit squad for 32+. Thoughts?

    Martinez

    Doherty - Alonso - AWB

    Pepe - Bruno - Mount - Traore

    Auba (C) - Rashford - Jiminez (V)

    Bench: Dubravka; Azpilicueta; Saint Maximin; Lascelles

  6. sirmorbach
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Lads, two quick questions if I may:

    Patricio
    TAA / Chilwell / Doherty / Aurier / Lascelles
    Salah / KDB / Son / Bruno / Dans
    Jiménez / DCL / Nketiah

    1) Good to go?
    2) Chilwell (eve), Aurier (shu), Saka (NOR), Lascelles (bou): Chilwell and Saka in the XI, right?

    1. I Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      I'd play Aurier over Chilwell.

  7. syke63
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    What would you do with Vardy? Have Rash and Jim already. Maybe Laca for Norwich and then Jesus but that's a little wild.

    1. Donnie D
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Sell. Leicester look very poor on Tuesday. Downgrade to somelike Ings or DCL or even further to Ngakia and play 3-5-2 formation. There are plenty options in midfield right now

    2. Mclean as a Whistle
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Jesus. Do it.

  8. ytg15
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Have a 65 point lead in league, but second place coming off strong Wildcard - my team needs a bit of work and think a hit may be worthwhile:
    Pope / Henderson
    Aurier / TAA / Doherty / Alonso / Taylor
    KDB / Richarlison / Salah / Saka / Sarr
    Jimenez / Jota / Calvert-Lewin

    Perhaps Salah & Jota -> Son & Rashford (-4)? Thanks mates

    1. AJ24
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Alonso to cheap defender such as Lascelles and use cash to upgrade Jota to Rashford

    2. FALSE PROFIT
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Spend 12 points and get close to your chaser. You will only know next week what choices he makes though.
      Obvious changes:
      Keepers (Pope in a demoralized side)
      Probably Alonso to get some money.
      Richa for sure
      Jota for sure

  9. AJ24
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Triple Captain options?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Salah vs Villa in 33

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Don't think he will be rested?

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Its a risk yes, could hold out for a City asset against Norwich at home on final day and hope for every team news

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            *early

    2. Donnie D
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Someone from City in last three gameweeks can be an option

  10. I Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Patricio
    TAA, Maguire, Lascelles
    Mane, KDB, Son, Fernandes
    Rashford, Jimenez, DCL

    Martin; Kiko Femenia, Guendouzi, Simpson.

    1 FT 0.0 ITB

    Easy save yeah?

    Would you play Lascelles (bou) or Kiko (SOU)? I usually favour the home team but Southampton look much more capable of scoring than Bournemouth atm.

  11. Hands Guber
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    122 last week and 98 with Martinez to come this week has seen me jump from 80k to 12k cowboys.

    Aside from the not so humblebrag the point is there are big gains to be made with so many people taking their eyes off the ball these coming weeks.

    1. King Kohli
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Great jump buddy, any differentials you would suggest to make up ground?

      1. Hands Guber
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Triple up on United and Wolves!

    2. FALSE PROFIT
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Same: Unfortunately it is my ML rival though!

  12. Pep Roulette
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Am I the only one who thinks Saka-Auba-Pepe is the best front 3 Arsenal should go with!?

    1. Qaiss
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Auba needs to play in the middle, with those 2 flank yes. Tired of all this Nketiah crap.

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Saka and Pepe will do brilliant on the flanks with Auba in the middle and Ozil behind him providing the creativity. Arteta should refresh his lineup.

        1. Garth Marenghi
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Yes then sell Laca and buy a real midfield

  13. SHOOTER MCGINN
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Sell Salah or Mane for Martial?

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Sorry what?

      1. SHOOTER MCGINN
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Gotta chase them points innit.

        But really I need to sell one to free up some funds and with City up next, league out of the way and potential rotation, it seems like the best time to do it. I'd much rather sell Salah/Mane than Fernandes, KDB, Jimi...

        1. FOO FIGHTER
          1 month, 8 days ago

          See what happens in BRI vs UTD. Return of Pogba may hinder Bruno.

        2. Fit_to_drop
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Monitor Bruno following Pogba arrival....

    2. Donnie D
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Stick with them and wait for some signs from Klopp and his intentions after they win the league

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        1 month, 8 days ago

        This

  14. FOO FIGHTER
    1 month, 9 days ago

    My planned team from GW33

    McCarthy
    TAA Aurier Boly Doherty
    Salah Mahrez Mane Son Martial
    Rashford

    Button Siass Nketiah Connolly

    All depends what happens by BRI vs UTD by seeing whether Pogba has stolen the show from Bruno.

    1. SHOOTER MCGINN
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Interesting. Just as I asked about which one to sell...

      Guess I have a bench boost still to go so that attack wouldn't work for me, but as a starting 11 that definitely works.

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        1 month, 8 days ago

        If you have both Salah and Mane then keep them.

        1. SHOOTER MCGINN
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          With this team and 2FT's, what would you look at doing, if keeping Salah and Mane?

          Pope McCarthy
          TAA Doherty Taylor Lascelles O'Connell
          Salah Mane KDB Fernandes Barnes
          Jimi DCL Martinelli

          Need to get rid of Martinelli at some point, and want rid of Barnes asap, but with only 0.4 in the bank I can't really shift around too much.

          1. Checko
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Traore for Barnes maybe?

    2. Fit_to_drop
      1 month, 8 days ago

      I like all bar keeper

  15. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Bruno captain fail still hurts a day later.

    Cmon now Pope. CS, pen save and max bonus will do 🙂

    1. FALSE PROFIT
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Yep. same. My lowest scorer by 3 points!

    2. abaalan
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Even more annoying when you change Martial -> Ricarlison at 4.59 on wc and then miss changing captain from Bruno -> Jimenez by 30 seconds 🙁

    3. Fit_to_drop
      1 month, 8 days ago

      +1 a bad call when there were so many other options...

    4. PurpleMonster
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Yes, it hurts!!
      I own Salah & Jiménez

  16. UnitedRthebest
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Pick one please. Have 2 wolves already.
    A)Pulisic
    B)Perez
    C)McNeil
    D)Traoré
    E)Gundogan

    Cheers

    1. FALSE PROFIT
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      A for fun next week

    2. UnitedRthebest
      1 month, 8 days ago

      For gw 33 btw

    3. FOO FIGHTER
      1 month, 8 days ago

      A

    4. Donnie D
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Traore for me. Wolves are going for it and he’s a beast.

      1. UnitedRthebest
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Thanks all:)

  17. Wild Rover
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Article correction

    Richie got 2 bonus, not 1

  18. Clickzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    People with Vardy - stick or twist?

    1. Fit_to_drop
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Get rid

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Take the broom and sweep

    3. Donnie D
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      I don’t have him but would rid him asap

    4. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      One more week, would have to be for a hit this one.

  19. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Worth a BB with this team in 32+ ? Unknown FA cup injuries adding to usual rotation the risk.

    Pope
    TAA Doherty Maguire
    Salah KDB Bruno Martial
    Jiménez DCL Jota

    Martinez Aurier Barnes Fernandéz

  20. abaalan
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    32 still best time to use FH if you have it left? Means avoiding Man C - Pool game (but only own TAA, Mane, KDB - so not loads of players)

    1. waddles mullet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      It's tempting isn't it? Could be a huge upside, especially if that game is low scoring with big guns blanking.

      Still a chance positive COVID tests really mess up a gameweek and create doubles though.

      Think safest to hold it, and use it GW 38 if everything goes smoothly. Hope for advance team news and a shitload of goals.

  21. Fuddled FC
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Would you do

    Doherty & Sarr > Saiss & Martial

    Yay or nay

    1. timmmuh
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Yay

    2. Stimps
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      No

  22. Thomas M.
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Current WC team...
    Pope
    TAA / Aurier / Saiss / Lascelles / Random pleb
    KDB / Salah / Bruno / Martial / Son
    DCL / Jimmy / Greenwood.

    Good to go?
    Keep as it is or downgrade Salah and upgrade defence + striker?

    1. Donnie D
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      I would stick with Salah for now. See how Burnley defense is going to look like tonight. If Watford scores a few, then loose Pope for Foster or downgrade to Martinez and use money elsewhere

  23. Stoic
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    It's
    Auba v Salah (11)
    Mahrez v Martial (21)
    For me tonight..
    Max point difference ?

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Who are you capping?

      1. Stoic
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        I mean for this GW. I captained Jimmy

  24. Zebrahimović
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Are people ditching KDB?

    1. timmmuh
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      No

      1. Zebrahimović
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        I mean I wouldn’t mind having Martial but I don’t think I’d want to part with Son/KDB. Risky.

        1. FOO FIGHTER
          1 month, 8 days ago

          I am KDB to Martial this week. Possibly Bruno to Mahrez start of GW32.

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Probably for GW32.

    3. Donnie D
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Why would we?

      1. Zebrahimović
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        To enable a midfield swap or to free up funds to improve elsewhere

        1. Donnie D
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Kdb is one of top 3 midfield picks throughout the season. He cannot be upgraded. And he’s also on pens now

  25. marzo
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    WC'ing in GW 33 so am looking for 2 punts for next GW.

    Pope.
    TAA, Saiss, Maguire.
    KDB, Fernandes, Salah, Barnes.
    Aubameyang, DCL, Jota.
    Stek, Holgate, Stephens, Dendoncker.
    2 ft's, 3.2m ITB.

    Some ideas. Which of these look best or any other suggestion?
    1. Barnes + Stephens -> Martial + Aurier or PVA. (442)
    2. Barnes + Jota -> Martial + Ings/Abraham/Giroud.
    3. Barnes + Jota -> Sarr + Rashford.
    4. Barnes + KDB -> Son + Martial.

    1. Easy Cheesy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Sinilar situation. Still think rash is better than martial

      1. marzo
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Rash will prob be in on the WC but difficult to get in for next GW.

  26. FOO FIGHTER
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Salah is chasing the golden boot. Do not expect him to slow down...

    Klopp will most likely give him a 10 minute rest here and there. If he is fit, he starts.

    1. Fit_to_drop
      1 month, 8 days ago

      I agree. I said that in another post. He is not the type that wants to sit around and watch games. He wants to play. And when you have a world class player like that in your team, the player has a certain amount of control over whether he plays or not. Its unspoken but its there.

      1. waddles mullet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Mane has equal standing in that squad though surely? Think Klopp has to treat them equally, won't see one getting rotated / rested while the other doesn't.

        So do both play out the rest of the season, or does he rotate and ease off on both?

        1. Jon Walter's Hatty
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Klopp loves Mane. Knows he is much more of a team player.

        2. Fit_to_drop
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Valid. Yes, I see them both playing a lot. Both starting games and coming off after 60-70 most likely outcome. No coincidence Liverpool clicked again last night with that trio up top and Fabinho in holding role....Their strongest team.

  27. Fit_to_drop
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Given the way the fixtures have been going and given the challenge of picking winners in the next GW (32+) is there any sense to playing a 5 man defence or is that never a good strategy?

    1. Donnie D
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Four defenders would be max for me. And i would want “defenders” like Trent, Doc, Alonso, Aurier - that are basically midfielders

  28. Rolls-Royce
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Would you bench any player out of this lot for Niketiah next GW?

    Mane Son Bruno Marital Rich
    Jimenez DCL

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      1 month, 8 days ago

      DCL?

      1. Fit_to_drop
        1 month, 8 days ago

        He is strong at home and Leic will give up chances

    2. Fit_to_drop
      1 month, 8 days ago

      hard to justify. I cant see anyone.

    3. Donnie D
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      No

  29. lordkippe
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Come on Martinez! Please dont get minus points! I pray for a big fat 0

  30. FOO FIGHTER
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Sou 2- 0 Ars / truck load of McCarthy saves 🙂
    Bur 0 - 0 Wat
    Che 2 - 1 City disallowed Jesus goal lol

    My predictions for tonight

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

      And know you can wake up from your dream. 😀

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Ha ha