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Hasenhuttl to aid Ings’ quest for the Golden Boot as Watford’s FPL assets flop

Watford 1-3 Southampton

  • Goals: Jan Bednarek (£4.4m) own-goal | Danny Ings (£7.3m) x2, James Ward-Prowse (£5.7m)
  • Assists: Jose Holebas (£4.6m) | Will Smallbone (£4.5m), Che Adams (£5.3m)
  • Bonus: Ings x3, Ward-Prowse x2, Oriol Romeu (£4.3m) x1

Sunday’s match at Vicarage Road was our bi-weekly reminder that football, and Fantasy Premier League, rarely goes according to the script.

Mid-table Southampton, sitting 10 points clear of the drop zone heading into Gameweek 32+, were meant to be in ‘on the beach’ territory, and Watford, hovering precariously above the bottom three, were the ones supposed to be scrapping for their lives.

But the Saints were hungrier, sharper, quicker to the second ball and just generally better than their hosts in every department this weekend, inflicting a fully deserved defeat on Nigel Pearson’s side.

Watford might well tick the ‘something to play for’ box with regards to motivation but they have also won just one of their last ten league fixtures (improbably against Liverpool), a run that includes six meetings with teams currently ranked tenth or below.

The triple-header against Norwich City, Newcastle United and West Ham United in Gameweeks 34+ to 36+ still holds great appeal but owners of the Hornets’ Fantasy assets are now facing the eternal ‘form versus fixtures’ quandary, with Watford ranked a lowly 18th when clubs are filtered by their last ten matches.

Pearson’s troops didn’t even manage a single shot on target on Sunday, with their goal coming courtesy of Jan Bednarek (£4.4m); the Polish stopper turning a Jose Holebas (£4.6m) cross past his own goalkeeper late in the game.

Ismaila Sarr (£6.3m) perhaps looked the likeliest to make things happening, seeing a close-range shot blocked just after the interval and twice getting into his now customary promising positions on the byline, but even he was well below-par and his searing pre-lockdown form seems a distant memory.

Troy Deeney (£6.2m) appeared more interested in winning free-kicks than staying on his feet and hasn’t forced any goalkeeper into a save since the Premier League resumed, while the home side’s hoofball tactics played right into the hands of Bednarek and the galumphing Jannik Vestergaard (£4.5m).

The hosts were poor at the other end, too, guilty of backing off their opponents and, in the case of Southampton’s second strike, gift-wrapping goals.

Pearson said of his side’s display after the game:

We were second best for too long. You can’t concede goals like we have, give gifts to the opponents. It makes the job harder.

We have to go back to showing a cohesion as a group of people. At the moment it is frustrating, because we are not achieving the performances we know we are capable of.

Southampton have been difficult to fathom this season.

Ranked fifth when clubs are filtered by their away results (this was their eighth success on the road in 2019/20), the Saints are rock-bottom when we look at home fixtures.

Their Jekyll-and-Hyde displays, something Hasenhuttl bemoaned in midweek, is perfectly encapsulated by their form in 2020: played 12, won six, lost six.

Sunday’s match was the Saints at their best, with the visitors aggressive in the press, tidy on the ball and robust at the back.

Bednarek and Vestergaard were superb at centre-half, blocking everything on the ground and imperious in the air, and right-back Kyle Walker-Peters (£4.4m) built on a promising 45 minutes at Arsenal with another impressive showing here.

The ever-present James Ward-Prowse (£5.7m), who hasn’t missed a minute of league football this season, showcased his set-piece expertise with a brilliant 81st-minute free-kick, meanwhile.

Admittedly not much of threat from open play these days as one of Hasenhuttl’s ‘number sixes’, seven of the nine goals and assists he has registered this season have been from dead-ball situations.

Onto the main event, though, and someone who has mostly been a reliable pick even through Southampton’s rollercoaster year.

Danny Ings (£7.3m) was by far the most-owned Fantasy asset in this fixture and he rewarded his remaining owners by scoring his 17th and 18th Premier League goals of the season, registering his joint-highest FPL haul of 2019/20 in the process.

Having racked up 177 minutes in Saints’ first two post-restart fixtures, many had thought that Ings was a candidate for rotation on Sunday.

Indeed, Hasenhuttl freshened up his side by making five changes, with the in-form Stuart Armstrong (£5.2m) benched because of worries over fatigue – how many times have we heard the Southampton boss use this reasoning for managing Ings’ minutes?

But Ings did start and went on to move within one goal of Jamie Vardy (£9.8m) in the race for the Golden Boot, with his first strike against Watford in particular illustrating his clinical edge.

His second goal, which stemmed from a poor Ben Foster (£4.9m) throw out, was Ings at his predatory, off-the-ball best; this wasn’t the first instance in which we have seen him force or capitalise on a defensive error this season.

The icing on the cake for Ings’ owners came in Hasenhuttl’s post-match press conference, with the Southampton boss suggesting he would field his striker (although he didn’t explicitly say ‘start)’ in all six of his side’s remaining games to help him in the pursuit of individual glory:

I think anything is possible [with regards to the race for the Golden Boot].

We will play with him the last six games and then he will have six chances to score.

If he gets the chance you can see how fantastic his finishing is at the moment. He seems fitter than ever.

He was very hard working in the shutdown and that gives him now fantastic physical options.

While the next three games for Southampton are tricky (both Manchester clubs and Everton) and may slow investment, Saints’ run-in of Brighton, Bournemouth and Sheffield United will likely boost Ings’ ownership figures further should he be still within a shout of the Golden Boot, as seems likely.


Watford XI (4-2-3-1): Foster; Femenia (Pussetto 79′), Dawson, Cathcart, Masina (Holebas 73′); Hughes (Welbeck 73′), Capoue; Sarr, Doucoure, Pereyra (Pedro 73′); Deeney.

Southampton XI (4-4-2):  McCarthy; Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Bertrand; Smallbone (Armstrong 65′), Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Redmond; Long (Adams 75′), Ings.

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841 Comments Post a Comment
  1. More Cowbell
    • 10 Years
    10 days, 7 hours ago

    Will the FA cup semi's create another double gameweek? thanks

    1. Whats the Mata?
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      Nope. It's in the midweek of gw36 and 37.

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      No

    3. More Cowbell
      • 10 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      cheers

    4. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      Although it hasn't been confirmed as far as I know, the cancelled PL games should just be shifted to the midweek afterwards and therefore should remain in the same GW.

    5. lilmessipran
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      no

  2. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 days, 7 hours ago

    Play one:

    A) Ings (MCI)
    B) Barnes (CPA)
    C) Fernandez (WHU)
    D) DCL (tot)

    1. Whats the Mata?
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      DCL.

      Everton and DCL in particular have been unlucky to not score post lockdown

      1. Whats the Mata?
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        10 days, 7 hours ago

        9 shots, 6 in the box for DCL.
        No big chances is a worry though

    2. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      Ings for me

    3. Jafalad
      • 10 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      Fernandez.

    4. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      Ings

    5. lilmessipran
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      A

    6. SHOOTER MCGINN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      Ings. Form player

  3. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • 4 Years
    10 days, 7 hours ago

    Worth squeezing Ings in here for DCL? Got 0.3itb and 2FTs. Would need to downgrade Son, Bruno, Jimmy or Doherty.

    Martinez
    TAA • Doherty • Lascelles
    Salah • Son • KDB • Bruno
    Jimmy • Rash • DCL
    (3.9, Holgate, Kiko, Guendouzi)

    1. Bam Bam Bigelow
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      Doherty > Jonny / Saiss / Boly / Coady?

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 4 Years
        10 days, 7 hours ago

        Yeah Jonny looked good! Saïss always decent too

        1. Bam Bam Bigelow
          • 4 Years
          10 days, 7 hours ago

          Aurier also has good fixtures

    2. Whats the Mata?
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      I wouldn't honestly. Not this week.

      1. Whats the Mata?
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        10 days, 7 hours ago

        If you had to, probably Son to Mahrez is the downgrade I'd do as you have 2fts to burn

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • 4 Years
          10 days, 7 hours ago

          Yeah. Was considering Son>>Mahrez and DCL>>Ings. Need to watch the games this week and see how Son and DCL do though. Still early in the GW. Thanks mate

          1. Whats the Mata?
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            10 days, 7 hours ago

            Yeah, still pretty early though.

            Good luck with the moves you make! Cheers.

      2. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 4 Years
        10 days, 7 hours ago

        Any advice with my 2FTs?

        1. Whats the Mata?
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          10 days, 7 hours ago

          Are you sold on getting Ings? Not saying he won't keep it up but he has surely overperformed in the last 3 when you look at stats. Also the next 3 fixtures aren't the best for attacking returns.

          To be honest, I'd not make any change in there but as you have 2 fts, I'd do Bruno to Martial as Martial just looks too good from open play racking up all the big chances and then assess later.

          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • 4 Years
            10 days, 6 hours ago

            Yeah, that could be a move. My main rival has Ings and has chopped my lead to 30pts which is also tempting me in

            1. Whats the Mata?
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              10 days, 6 hours ago

              Cheers. Good luck

    3. Dreaming of glory
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      Bring him in before city, eve, Utd with 2 always.......wouldn’t bother for now

  4. lilmessipran
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    10 days, 7 hours ago

    Any suggestions on how to get a city attacker with my team

    Patricio 3.9
    Taa Doherty Holgate Lascelles Kiko
    Salah Son Bruno Martial Hayden
    Rash DCL Jimi

    1 ft 0.5 itb

    1. Bam Bam Bigelow
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      downgrade DCL & Doherty?

    2. Whats the Mata?
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      Umm, none of those attackers are worth transferring out but probably Son to Mahrez if I had to. Gives you cash to do Ings in for DCL later on

    3. Dreaming of glory
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      Klopp says he will rotate now so Salah could be expensive if he’s benched in 2/6 games which could well happen. Could be a Chance to rotate big hitters with not much value changes or tied up?

  5. Rains of Castamere
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    10 days, 7 hours ago

    Ah, another rank decimation coming up courtesy of Nick Pope...

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      Pick some of the highest owned players as shields?

    2. Whats the Mata?
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      Big fat 1 pointer incoming

    3. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      As a Pope owner I’m not expecting more than 2-3 points tonight

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

      Got double Burnley defence this week, so I wouldn't worry if I were you.

  6. Patron
    • 1 Year
    10 days, 7 hours ago

    Totally irrelevant question.
    Was just wondering what do you think which is the average age of ppl on this site?
    It doesn’t seem to be low, since u can’t find many childish comments or “fights” as usual on the internet.
    Or is this just a healthy community heh.

    1. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      probably quite old, but with some oldies acting about 12 years old 😉

      1. Patron
        • 1 Year
        10 days, 7 hours ago

        Haha ye, can notice that sometimes 😀

    2. Whats the Mata?
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      Guess most are 30+?

      Just a wild guess.

      1. Patron
        • 1 Year
        10 days, 7 hours ago

        Thats what I thought too!

        1. Whats the Mata?
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          10 days, 7 hours ago

          I'm 24 myself, but yeah the general consensus would be 30+ although I've seen many 12 year olds here as well 😉

          1. Patron
            • 1 Year
            10 days, 7 hours ago

            25 here, anyways not a bad atmosphere on here Id say. Atleast didn’t see unhealthy club rivalry which is surprising.

            1. Whats the Mata?
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              10 days, 6 hours ago

              That's the best part here! Healthy banter but most importantly 95% pure FPL talk.

    3. More Cowbell
      • 10 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      Average age early-to-mid thirties?

      Mainly blokes, with desk jobs, trying to get a edge over thier friends or work colleagues. Probably playing for money.

      1. GRIMANDI [formerly boring M…
        • 9 Years
        10 days, 7 hours ago

        Tick tick tick tick

      2. Patron
        • 1 Year
        10 days, 7 hours ago

        Hahah made me laugh. I’m certainly doing that but I’m a bit younger so I guess it’s acceptable 😀

    4. Wally banter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      10 days, 6 hours ago

      30-40s i guess

  7. Bam Bam Bigelow
    • 4 Years
    10 days, 7 hours ago

    Chelsea def or mid till end of season?
    A - Azpilicueta
    B - Willian / Pulisic / Mount

    1. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      Cheksea midfield will be a lottery as the fixtures pile up

    2. Whats the Mata?
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      I'd just go Pulisic had he been fit. With injury issues I'd personally stay clear. There are better options in midfield and def elsewhere

  8. NoSalah’d
    10 days, 7 hours ago

    What do you guys reckon about my FH draft with 0.1m itb?
    DDG, 3.9
    TAA, VVD, Doherty, Lascelles, 3.9m
    Mane, KDB, Martial, Mount, 4.2m
    Jesus, Rashford, Maupay
    Cheers

    1. Whats the Mata?
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      Ideally I'd just go with a triple up of United Pool and City with some cheap Chelsea attack and Newcastle def to complete the team.

      Lookout for the team news though as City and Pool have just a 2 day rest period.

  9. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    10 days, 7 hours ago

    IF you have TC chip when you playing it?

    33 Salah vs Villa?

    1. Whats the Mata?
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      Villa have surprisingly been good defensively post lockdown but it's not a bad choice if Salah starts yeah

    2. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      will he even start ? nor long after the City game

  10. Giggs Boson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    10 days, 7 hours ago

    McCarthy - Button
    TAA - Soyuncu - Saiss - Lascelles - Ngakia*
    Salah(C) - Mane - KDB - Fernandes - Saka
    Rashford - Ings - DCL

    2FT, 0.9 itb

    I think I want Martial & Pulisic (if fit) in for Mane & Saka, then use the change to upgrade the defence. But Mane plays AVL this week, so I'll delay that 1 week.

    Therefore, I need to use a transfer this week in the meantime. So...

    A. McCarthy(MCI) ➡ Pope/Fabianski
    B. Ngakia ➡ Lowton/Diop/???

    1. Whats the Mata?
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      A

      1. Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        10 days, 7 hours ago

        Thanks WTM.

        1. Whats the Mata?
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          10 days, 7 hours ago

          Cheers! GL 🙂

  11. ShaunGoater123
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    10 days, 7 hours ago

    Got the exact money for Sarr > Martial, no brainer?

    Rest of team

    Krull
    Doherty / TAA / Lascelles
    KDB / Salah / Fernandes / Saka
    Jimenez / Kane

    Byland / Nketiah / Basham / Egan

    1. Whats the Mata?
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      I'd do it yeah

    2. SHOOTER MCGINN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      Yep

    3. Patron
      • 1 Year
      10 days, 6 hours ago

      I would

  12. RubeRx
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    10 days, 7 hours ago

    Anyone know if Guaita or Zaha will play tonight?

    1. Soto Ayam
      10 days, 6 hours ago

      I don't think quiata's injury is bad, muscle pull I think. If he's not back tonight, I'd expect him he 33 for sure

  13. Garam MOSALAH
    • 6 Years
    10 days, 7 hours ago

    2 FTs
    Vardy, Traore OUT for

    A) Ings/DCL Mahrez
    B) Jesus Mount

    or is it too early ?

    1. Whats the Mata?
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      I'd go A but would wait until the matches are played

      1. Garam MOSALAH
        • 6 Years
        10 days, 7 hours ago

        Ings or DCL ?

        1. Whats the Mata?
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          10 days, 7 hours ago

          I would personally go DCL now and get Ings alongside as well from gw36.

          Ings has had an xG of 0.91 in the last 3 games post lockdown and has scored 3 goals. I'm not very sure he keeps this over performance up with their next 3 fixtures being City Everton and United.

          Just my thoughts though, the next thing you know Ings bags a brace against City 😀

          1. Garam MOSALAH
            • 6 Years
            10 days, 7 hours ago

            Gotcha thanks

  14. Slitherene
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    10 days, 7 hours ago

    If the following players were to get benched. Who would be their backups?

    A) DC-L
    B) Sarr
    C) Aurier

    1. Whats the Mata?
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      A. Kean/Niasse
      B. Hughes/Welbeck
      B. Diet probably as he's played at rb earlier in his Spurs career

    2. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      All 3 are pretty important players so you'd imagine they'll play a part in every match, even if an early substitution.

      A. Moise Kean (Yeah...)
      B. Think all replacements are either injured, or banned because of covid exposure at a party.
      C. No one.

  15. JBG
    • 2 Years
    10 days, 7 hours ago

    For a hit..

    A) Guendozi + Auba to Son + Nketiah/Ayew

    Or

    B) Pulisic + Auba to Salah + Nketiah/Ayew

    Which one?

    1. SHOOTER MCGINN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      Prefer A

      1. JBG
        • 2 Years
        10 days, 7 hours ago

        Thanks!

    2. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      Wait and see how Aubameyang does this GW.

    3. Whats the Mata?
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      If I was a 100% guaranteed Salah starts against Villa and Pulisic would miss some weeks, I would get him.

      Else A looks the better option

      1. JBG
        • 2 Years
        10 days, 7 hours ago

        Thanks!

  16. SHOOTER MCGINN
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    10 days, 7 hours ago

    Pope
    TAA Doh Taylor
    Salah(c) Martial Bruno KDB
    Rash Jimi DCL

    McCarthy Lascelles Saka O'Connell

    1.1 ITB - anything for a hit?

    1. Whats the Mata?
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      Nope. Gtg

      1. SHOOTER MCGINN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        10 days, 7 hours ago

        Cheers!

  17. Vazza
    10 days, 7 hours ago

    Which duo is better -

    A. Mahrez, Ings
    B. Son, Jota

    1. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      A.

    2. SHOOTER MCGINN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      A - Jota is pants

    3. Whats the Mata?
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      A.

  18. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    10 days, 7 hours ago

    Anyone looking at a Man City attacking Treble up from GW34 onwards?

    Surely even with Pep that would help get at least 2 out of 3 starters and 1 sub for the fixture list - which looks like its going to see them score quite a few;

    NEW, bha, BOU, wat, NOR - even when adding in FA Cup & rest intervals it still looks pretty good:

    Wed 8th NEW
    3 days
    Sat 11th bha
    4 days
    Wed 15th BOU
    3 days
    Sat 18th FA CUP
    4 days (probably)
    Wed 22nd wat
    4 days
    Sunday 26th NOR

    Something like KDB, Mahrez, Jesus

    But Foden & even Sterling (lol) could also have merits - for anyone trying to make a late burst from deep for the top 10k, cash mini leagues etc could have very high upside to offset the higher risk

    1. Whats the Mata?
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 6 hours ago

      I think Foden will get a good run of starts.
      KDB+Mahrez looks the best duo to own in terms of gametime over the fixture congestion.

      I currently have 0 city players but will get Mahrez in for Sarr this week. Don't think any city players are worth a hit because they're not guaranteed starts

      1. Patron
        • 1 Year
        10 days, 6 hours ago

        I have 0 Man City players too. Initial plan was to bring back KDB back for after the Liv game, I guess that’s still the best option?
        Sterling and Mahrez might be good too.

        1. Whats the Mata?
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          10 days, 6 hours ago

          Yes indeed he's a great option. I can't quite stretch to Kdb without a hit thus going Mahrez.

          1. Patron
            • 1 Year
            10 days, 6 hours ago

            I think Its a good cover. I could stretch for KdB by selling Son, tho as u said in the comment bellow don’t know if its worth it. Mahrez is easier to get in, maybe for Bruno who, if doesn’t perform well again might go.

      2. Whats the Mata?
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        10 days, 6 hours ago

        Another question is is it worth dropping the likes of Salah Mane Rashford Martial Bruno Son Jimenez Ings to get the City assets?

        All play for teams either with some motivation in the league or having Golden Boot motivation for themselves in terms of Mane Ings and Salah

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          10 days, 6 hours ago

          Definitely risky. The way I'd group them, rightly or wrongly:

          Salah, Mane - not yet (maybe GW36 ejector seat for Salah - he has not been good away from home & with two away out of last 3 it might b ok to ditch after Burnely)

          Rashford, Martial - almost certainly worth holding till the bitter end - looking like the new Yorke & Cole & they're very reasonably priced for what you get (i.e. guaranteed starts & plenty of chances)

          Bruno, Son, Jiminez - *possibly* ok (or even prudent?) to get rid??

          Bruno - looking at turning him into Rashford this week via 2 FT for example...

          Son - pushed a little wider & deeper with Kane back, although he is just a terrific player & if had stayed onside vs. West Ham would be a mega-wagon - always a dangerous sell... but for non-owners maybe safe to swerve?

          Jimmy - Mr consistency - but does he really have the upside that could destroy you (famous last words lol) from those remaining fictures from GW34+? (shu, EVE, bur, CRY, che)

          1. Whats the Mata?
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            10 days, 6 hours ago

            With games being played behind closed doors, surely the home away factor doesn't apply much with Salah? Especially with him wanting to win the golden boot again.

            Agree with the Bruno part. I think Martial and Rashford are currently United's best 2 attacking assets and I would ditch Bruno to get Mahrez in.

            Son yes, pushed wide, but would start every game and that is something we would need now with 2-3 days of rest between games. Plus although he looked a bit wide in the first 2 games, he could've easily had a monster haul in both the games.

            With Jim it really depends on how you're playing - Safe or chasing.

            Thus I think triple city attack as much as is a good punt but comes with a caution. kDB and Mahrez the standouts. Mahrez Jesus if you're chasing.

            1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              10 days, 4 hours ago

              Yeah I’ve seen the “but home and away don’t matter under Covid” hypothesis a number of times

              It depends on whether you think the away dearth was due to klopp’s tactics, or due to the crowd

              Personally I reckon it’s the former rather than the latter, and not sure that Klopp will change his “away tactics” all that much, even in the absence of an away crowd

              No guarantees though, maybe Salah hattricks away on thurs night!

    2. Vazza
      10 days, 6 hours ago

      There might be a higher degree of rotation before/after the SF FA Cup game. Currently, I’m considering to put Mahrez in my team but would need to brace myself for one pointer cameos. Really not sure about this..

    3. Klaren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 6 hours ago

      I want KDB, Sterling and Mahrez but will probably do KDB, Sterling and Jesus as I don"t have enough slots in my midfield.

    4. KDF
      • 3 Years
      10 days, 6 hours ago

      I have moved early to get in Jesus and Foden , already had KdB.

      I am in a "fortunate" position where am nowhere near a pay out in my cash leagues so can do moves that are fun without worrying about the risk too much

  19. JohnRoss
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    10 days, 7 hours ago

    With Silva finishing up and games coming thick and fast, do you reckon pep will use the opportunity to blood Foden more you reckon? If he could average 60 minutes he would be worth a gamble especially with city's fixtures you reckon?

    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      10 days, 6 hours ago

      Think there's definitely a case to be made there for sure

      I'm liking the look of Mahrez, Jesus, KDB though asI'm not really strapped for cash anywhere

      But if TV necesitates it Foden could be a great shout, seems to have had a bit of a light-bulb moment of late in terms of his shooting boots too

    2. Whats the Mata?
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 6 hours ago

      I think Foden gets a good run of starts now yes

    3. JohnRoss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 days, 6 hours ago

      Cheers guys at the price he might be worth a punt

    4. Babit1967
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 6 hours ago

      I’m tempted to downgrade rich to Foden and go DCL to Jesus for free, exact funds but Jesus just seems a tad expensive considering he is not playing all the time

    5. Klaren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 6 hours ago

      I think he is a good option due to price but wouldn't expect him to play more than most other popular options. David Silva has been one of the most important players in the club's history and he will probably get decent game time in his last several PL games. And KDB should start most games anyway.

  20. Babit1967
    • 4 Years
    10 days, 6 hours ago

    Looking forward to the game tomorrow with Rashford captain, first I’ve captained him - fingers crossed

    1. Whats the Mata?
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 6 hours ago

      Good luck!

      1. Babit1967
        • 4 Years
        10 days, 6 hours ago

        Cheers mate, will take a goal and a couple of bonus

  21. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    10 days, 6 hours ago

    Worth for free?

    Salah/DCL to Mahrez/Jesus

    Also have kdb

    1. Whats the Mata?
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 6 hours ago

      Salah against Villa could hurt though if he starts. I'd personally hold and not make that transfer as City have the same number of rest days for gw33

  22. Looking forward
    Sam FPLFamily
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    10 days, 6 hours ago

    The mid-price forward options continues to give FPL Managers lots of choice. Danny Ings has scored in two of Southamptons opening three games, Jimenez likewise has return in 2 out of 3, with Rashford looking primed to hit a hot streak over United’s nice run of fixtures. Alongside these three Giroud, Maupay (even with the missed penalty) Nketiah and Joelinton have all looked promising in the cheap striker positions. Whilst the budget and mid price options look promising we are yet to see enough from the likes of Aubameyang and the premium strikers to seemingly warrant the price tag. How are you setting up your forward three from now until the end of the season?

    1. KUNingas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 6 hours ago

      Jimenez, Rash, Nketiah/DCL/Tammy

    2. Whats the Mata?
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 6 hours ago

      I'm currently on Jim DCL and Jota.

      Planning to either downgrade Jota to Nketiah and play 352 or take a punt on Jesus in a 343.

      Would ideally go Rash but already have Bruno Awb and Martial. Don't think it's worth a transfer getting them out.

      Also planning Inga in gw36. Tasty final 3 fixtures with motivation for the golden boot.

      1. Sam FPLFamily
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        10 days, 5 hours ago

        The three you have from United look great - they are one of the clubs that their are so many good assets from that it’s hard to pick between them

    3. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      10 days, 6 hours ago

      Jimenez / Ings / Abraham

      That allows for Salah, KDB, Martial and Son in midfield.

      Doherty, TAA, Alonso at the back.

      1. mynameisq
        • 6 Years
        10 days, 6 hours ago

        Abraham isn't first choice

      2. Sam FPLFamily
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        10 days, 5 hours ago

        How do you feel about Tammy & Giroud and the rotation risks there?

        1. diesel001
          • 3 Years
          10 days, 4 hours ago

          Taken the view that everyone will be rotated so going for players with fixtures and haul potential. Leicester look a bit out of sorts so avoided Vardy. Abraham has 5 double digit returns this season and that is with time out through injury. He has the potential to score big.

    4. Fantasy_Football
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 days, 6 hours ago

      I am on my Wildcard and contemplating if I want to go 4-4-2 or 3-4-3.

      If I go 4-4-2, then it will most likely be Rashford/Jesus + Jimenez in the front two with Nketiah as a good bench option.

      If I go 3-4-3, then it will be Rashford/Jesus + Jimenez + Tammy/Ings. I think Tammy is still first choice and Giroud has just been filling in to ease back Tammy from pre covid injuries. GW 32 team sheet for Chelsea might tell us more.

    5. Big Hippo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      10 days, 5 hours ago

      I have Rashford, Jimi & DCL in these spots and will most likely carry them until the end of the season as fixtures pretty good for all 3. Nketiah and Jesus on the watchlist, but the former would mean a switch to 352.

      The good thing about Aguero being out is there isn't really any forward I'm terrified of not owning at the moment.

      1. Flynny
        • 5 Years
        10 days, 5 hours ago

        Trying to find a way to squeeze kane in. Massive differential and sure to start all games. Looked better v west ham.

        Good option if chasing/ looking to climb rankings.

        One hit can give me front 8 of:

        Salah kdb martial fernandes foden
        Kane jiminez nketiah

        1. Sam FPLFamily
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          10 days, 5 hours ago

          That looks like a really nice front 8. Kane is rarely a differential pick, but I must say after the West Ham game he did make a good case for himself. Watching him closely in the Sheffield United game to see if he is worth the extra over the Spurs midfielders

    6. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 days, 5 hours ago

      Rash and Jimmy not going anywhere. Jota 3rd striker has been useless so far. Will either downgrade to nketiah and got 442 or go for Ings

    7. DantheManinaPan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 days, 5 hours ago

      Jimenez + Nketiah + 1 I imagine for most.

      For me the extra guy is currently Vardy, but will be Jesus from next week.

    8. Markus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      10 days, 5 hours ago

      Joelinton. Haha, nice one!

      I've got Jimenez, DCL and Jesus - but regretting the latter pick a little. Mid-price forwards always seem to be great options, and even more so now there's a good number of teams with out and out class centre forwards rather than sharing the goals all across a more fluid forward line

      1. Sam FPLFamily
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        10 days, 5 hours ago

        Jesus should be a good pick - but that Pep roulette is still so hard to call

    9. Boris Bodega: Holly's …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 5 hours ago

      At the moment I'm happy with my front three - Rashford, Aubameyang and Jimenez. Not looking to move them just yet.

    10. tricky80
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 5 hours ago

      Given Klopp's comments, Origi looks like he'll offer value. On Vardy Jimenez Rashford,

    11. Basil1977
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 days, 4 hours ago

      playing 3-5-2 with Rashford and Jimmy up top, the money saved by having only 2 mid priced strikers allows for a quality midfield and defence.

    12. The Rumour Mill
      • 3 Years
      10 days, 4 hours ago

      Currently playing 3-5-2 and on a front 3 of Nketia (benched most weeks), Jiminez and DCL. The obvious upgrade here is Rashford, given the fixtures for Man Utd and the fact Rashford will start to be backed with the armband from now on. Happy to sacrifice Richarlison to enable this, and was first considering Rich to a cheap mid like Saka or Foden to enable DCL to Rashford. However, playing Foden or Saka every week feels risky when I could instead switch richa to Pulisic or similar, and move Jiminez to Rashford. Wolves really aren't impressing me attacking wise, so I'm wondering if Jiminez is worth the money, especially as his plumb fixtures are now complete and he won't be heavily captained again.

      I guess it comes down to if I think DCL can match Jininez for 1.5m less money, and how much of an upgrade is Pulisic is over a Foden,for example.

    13. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 days, 21 hours ago

      I've gone Jimi, Kane, Nketiah.

      Jimi so consistent. I've had him most of the season and he's been great for me. Returns more often than he blanks.

      Kane is a risk but he has the FPL pedigree to potentially be a great differential. Fixtures look good and he had decent stats last game.

      Nketiah is a no-brainer 1st sub in the 4-4-2 or 3-5-2 I'll play most weeks.

    14. HashAttack
      • 3 Years
      9 days, 21 hours ago

      Currently have a front 3 of Kane, Rashford and Jimenez in a 3-4-3
      However I am thinking of switching to 3-5-2 by swapping Jimenez (and Saka) for Mahrez (and Nketiah)

    15. james 101
      • 8 Years
      9 days, 20 hours ago

      Personally I think a power 5 beats a front 3 as the way to go just now.

      1. james 101
        • 8 Years
        9 days, 20 hours ago

        KDB Son Fernandes Salah Martial
        Rashford Jimmi

        1. HashAttack
          • 3 Years
          9 days, 20 hours ago

          I'm risking no Salah or Mane - basicaly the above 7 but with Kane instead of Salah
          Upgrading to Salah would need another 1.7m which I feel is better spent elsewhere

      2. Blue Who
        • 2 Years
        9 days, 20 hours ago

        If the power five all start! correct?

        1. james 101
          • 8 Years
          9 days, 20 hours ago

          Got to keep a deep bench just now imo

  23. KUNingas
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    10 days, 6 hours ago

    Waiting Pool game but looking to ofload Mane..
    Already have Bruno and Rash from ManU

    A) Mane, Guendouzi, Robinson -> Mahrez, Mount, AWB (-4)
    B) Mane, Guendouzi -> Mahrez, Martial
    C) DCL + Guendouzi -> Nketiah, Mount

    1. Whats the Mata?
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 6 hours ago

      B looks good.

      1. KUNingas
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        10 days, 6 hours ago

        Yeah it looks. Just not sure if I want to tripple up United attack. AWB could spread the risk. Could save that Guendouzi -> Mount move and do it or something else next week for free

    2. The Strokes
      • 1 Year
      10 days, 6 hours ago

      B

  24. Stoic
    • 3 Years
    10 days, 6 hours ago

    Have Jimmy and Saiss and no Chelsea
    Which defender to get for GW33 onwards ?
    A) Doherty
    B) Azpi
    C) Alonso
    D) Aurier

    1. Whats the Mata?
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 6 hours ago

      D
      A
      C
      B

      In this order

  25. JohnRoss
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    10 days, 6 hours ago

    For the run in guys, would you prefer

    (a) Ederson & Gomez
    or
    (b) Patricio & VVD

    1. KUNingas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 6 hours ago

      B. Ederson will not have save or bonus points

      1. JohnRoss
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        10 days, 6 hours ago

        Cheers. A is safer I think...

        1. KUNingas
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          10 days, 6 hours ago

          How so? You think Gomez is more nailed than VVD?

          1. JohnRoss
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            10 days, 6 hours ago

            Sorry meant A of course!!

    2. Whats the Mata?
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 6 hours ago

      B easily

    3. The Strokes
      • 1 Year
      10 days, 6 hours ago

      A

  26. LC1
    • 5 Years
    10 days, 6 hours ago

    Morning all,

    Hope everyone had a good wee
    kend?

    Completely stuck on who to use my transfer / transfers on;

    Pope
    TAA Lascelles Soyuncu
    Mane KDB Son Bruno
    Rashford DCL Jimenez

    Saiss Guen Simpson

    (May start Saiss instead of Lascelles).

    2 FTs and 0.2 ITB.

    Any feedback / comments are much appreciated!

    Cheers!

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      10 days, 6 hours ago

      Not much you can do unless you sell KdB.

      Maybe use one ft to get rid of Soy.

      Target Mahrez/Martial I would say.

      1. LC1
        • 5 Years
        10 days, 6 hours ago

        Thanks for this.

        I was thinking Mane and Guendouzi to Mahrez and Martial, but don't want to get rid of Mane this week.

        Then I could downgrade DCL and bring in a fodder to upgrade defence.

        But can't do anything unless I rid of Mane this week

        1. KUNingas
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          10 days, 6 hours ago

          Same

        2. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          10 days, 6 hours ago

          KdB->Martial?

    2. Whats the Mata?
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 6 hours ago

      Soy to Aurier

      1. LC1
        • 5 Years
        10 days, 6 hours ago

        Meh.

        You're probably right... just seems boring. Especially before CPL at home for Leicester.

    3. Paul Psychic Octopus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 days, 6 hours ago

      Similar team to mine, especially the Midfield.

      It's about which teams have the most to play for and hence keep fielding their strongest sides. I've had Mane from Day 1 but am considering selling to get Mahrez, Sterling, Martial, Pulisic, Laporte, Maguire etc.

      Depends if you think Pep will still keep going for it in the League. I would want to extend exposure to Man U, Chelsea though.

      Shame that Wolves have become the new '1-0 to the Arsenal' club.

    4. FPLGraham
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 6 hours ago

      Son’s card should be marked.

      Not getting in the box enough at all. He’s the one you could sacrifice.

  27. Paul Psychic Octopus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    10 days, 6 hours ago

    In which order do you think these players will get the most minutes?

    A. Nketiah
    B. Greenwood
    C. Origi
    D. Foden

    1. The Strokes
      • 1 Year
      10 days, 6 hours ago

      A - D - C -B

    2. Whats the Mata?
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 6 hours ago

      A
      B
      D
      C

    3. dsc
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 6 hours ago

      A
      D
      B
      C

  28. dsc
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    10 days, 6 hours ago

    WC last week and left £3.0 ITB for flexibility. Plan is to BB 33.

    So, early thoughts, which do you prefer?

    A.) Son to Salah
    B.) Traore to Mahrez
    C.) Connolly to ?

    Pope
    TAA Doherty Aurier
    Son KDB Martial Fernandes Traore
    Rashford Jimenez
    Martinez Lascelles Soy Connolly

    1. FPLGraham
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 6 hours ago

      Son to Salah is the high ceiling move so I’d go for that.

      Not liking Son ATM, this will probably be his last week in my side.

      1. dsc
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        10 days, 6 hours ago

        Yeah this is probably the safest move. Just rotation worries but I guess that applies to many at the moment! Cheers

    2. ameisin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 days, 3 hours ago

      I have an almost identical team, but need to do DCL > Connolly to enable Son > Salah, which will mean a hit.

      I'm going to see what happens with TOT and MCI-LIV games this week then decide.

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

        I hope things become clearer for both of us!

  29. Christina.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    10 days, 6 hours ago

    Bobby F has not scored a single PL goal this season at home.

    1. Whats the Mata?
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 6 hours ago

      Defensive striker 😉

  30. Strchld
    • 3 Years
    10 days, 6 hours ago

    Would you downgrade DCL to Nketiah and upgrade Simpsons to Azpi/Alonso and play 4-4-2?

    So, DCL or Alonso/Azpi?

    1. Whats the Mata?
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 6 hours ago

      I'd still rather have DCL honestly