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Further clean sheet joy for Pope but injuries continue to decimate Burnley squad

Crystal Palace 0-1 Burnley

  • Goal: Ben Mee (£5.0m)
  • Assist: Ashley Westwood (£5.5m)
  • Bonus: Mee x3, Nick Pope (£5.0m) x2, Charlie Taylor (£4.3m) x1

Nick Pope (£5.0m) and Burnley registered their 13th clean sheet of the season on Monday night, with the Clarets producing yet another heroic defensive display to edge Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Only champions Liverpool have registered more shut-outs than Sean Dyche’s side in 2019/20 and, taking the liberty to discount the 5-0 walloping by Manchester City in Gameweek 30+, Burnley have remarkably only conceded two goals in their last eight league fixtures.

It’s the record against the ‘also-rans’ that is particularly impressive.

In 19 meetings against the clubs currently ranked 10th or below, Dyche’s side have recorded 12 clean sheets and conceded on just 11 occasions.

That perhaps bodes well with games against struggling West Ham United, Norwich City and Brighton and Hove Albion to come between now and Gameweek 38+, while a Sheffield United side who haven’t scored in three post-lockdown league matches also face the Clarets this weekend.

Just how long can Burnley keep producing the goods with the odds stacked against them, though?

This was another match in which Dyche could only name five outfield substitutes on the bench, just one of whom, Kevin Long (£4.3m), has ever started a Premier League fixture.

Having already lost Chris Wood (£6.1m), Ashley Barnes (£6.1m), Johann Berg Gudmundsson (£5.5m) and Robbie Brady (£5.9m) to injury and waved farewell to the out-of-contract Jeff Hendrick (£5.4m), Aaron Lennon (£4.6m) and Joe Hart (£4.2m) this month, Dyche had to make do without the crocked Jay Rodriguez (£5.7m) and Matthew Lowton (£4.2m) for Monday’s game at Palace.

More wretched luck was to follow when Jack Cork (£4.9m) hobbled off with an ankle injury midway through the second half at Selhurst Park.

Dyche did hint at the possibility of a few players returning this weekend, at least, for the visit of the Blades:

[Cork’s injury was] his ankle, we’ll wait and see on that one. It’s not like him to have to come off, so that’s probably not a positive sign.

J-Rod has got a bit more of a chance for the weekend. Lowts, almost definitely not. Robbie [Brady] a maybe, Johann [Berg Gudmundsson] a maybe, Woody touch and go, I think, so there are a few maybes [for Gameweek 33] but nothing definite.

Burnley started this match with full-back Erik Pieters (£4.2m) operating ‘out of position’ on the left wing, central midfielder Josh Brownhill (£4.8m) doing a Hendrick and playing on the right, winger Dwight McNeil (£6.1m) deployed in the hole and fourth-choice striker Matej Vydra (£5.3m) ploughing a lone furrow up top.

They ended the game in a 5-4-1 almost by default, with centre-half Long the only available senior option to replace the stricken Cork in the final quarter of the match.

While the loss of Cork could be significant and their midfield and attack continue to be cobbled together with ill-fitting spare parts, Burnley do, at least, still have their first-choice goalkeeper and back four fit for selection.

While that remains the case, there is always the strong possibility of further shut-outs.

Monday’s match was almost a carbon copy of Burnley’s 1-0 win over Watford last Thursday, with the Clarets bossing the first half, snatching a goal against the run of play after the interval and then weathering the inevitable bombardment that followed.

In truth, Pope didn’t have to do a great deal to emerge with a nine-point haul.

The post-match stats will say four saves made but all were routine in nature, with two of them coming in stoppage time.

Most of the donkey work was done by the men in front of him, with Ben Mee (£5.0m) and James Tarkowski (£5.2m) immense at centre-half and veteran Phil Bardsley (£4.3m) doing a very decent job of nullifying Wilfried Zaha (£6.7m) down the Palace left.

A late Jordan Ayew (£5.2m) header that flew over was as close as the Eagles came to snatching a point, while James McArthur (£5.2m) also nodded wide before the break.

Owners of Palace’s defensive assets will have been left feeling more than a little bit miffed that they too didn’t emerge with a clean sheet, with the game having 0-0 written all over it until Mee stooped to nod home Ashley Westwood’s (£5.5m) 61st-minute free-kick.

Palace had racked up four straight clean sheets before their 4-0 shellacking at Liverpool in Gameweek 31+ and probably ought to have added to that tally on Monday, only for the usually dependable Guaita – who had earlier presented Pieters with a chance when flapping at a low cross – to make a hash of Mee’s optimistic header on the hour-mark.

While the Eagles possess one of the better defences in the division, five meetings with top-seven sides in the run-in does look off-putting.

That goes double for an attack that has scored fewer league goals than all bar Norwich City this season.

Ayew was the main danger against Burnley but his radar was misaligned, with one mazy run in the dying minutes culminating in a wild shot that sailed miles off-target.

The Ghanaian striker might even have seen red for an aggressive half-elbow, half-palm-off on Brownhill in the second half but the VAR deemed his actions not worthy of a dismissal.

Speaking after the match, Roy Hodgson said:

Seventeen shots is good but I don’t think we played anywhere near as well as we wanted to in the first half.

We were better in the second half but unfortunately, we conceded a goal from a set piece.

We did everything we could to find a way through but it didn’t work out for us.

It was a very good header and a good ball in, I’m not going to blame the goalkeeper. He didn’t have a lot to do. All goals are defensive errors somewhere along the line.

Crystal Palace XI (4-1-4-1): Guaita; Ward, Dann, Cahill, Van Aanholt; Milivojevic; Townsend (Meyer 77′), Kouyate (McCarthy 46′), McArthur, Zaha; Ayew.

Burnley XI (4-4-1-1): Pope; Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Brownhill, Westwood, Cork (Long 70′), Pieters; McNeil; Vydra.

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687 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Rinseboy
    • 8 Years
    12 days, 12 hours ago

    Hi All. My team is as below for a -4 this week. OR 40k but really want to get to 10k as only achieved it once before.
    Any tips for future transfers? Should I be patient with the squad below now?

    Pope Martinez
    TAA Maguire Doherty Fernandez Aurier
    KDB Salah Son Martial Bruno
    DCL Jimi Nketiah
    0ITB

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

      Its so congested between 40k and 10k with really similar teams it’s gonna take a couple of calculated gambles. Have a look ahead to the final gws and pick out some differentials you could include and possibly even captain to give yourself a shot.

      1. Dreaming of glory
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 11 hours ago

        Yea what he said, u need to take a couple of gambles very template if ur looking to make gains

        1. POLSKA GOLA
          • 6 Years
          12 days, 11 hours ago

          Team’s looking solid. No need to go too maverick with your team imho.
          I’m at 13k and it’s 7 points off top 10k and just -45 off 50k.
          Make sure you always pick the low 10k EO option for your captain.
          Nailing the captain down could make a difference with other players you have acting like shields.

    2. Rinseboy
      • 8 Years
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      thanks both. Might keep an eye on city and get some.players in a week or 2

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

      I don't really believe in differentials for the sake of it. But if you're aiming for top 10K double down on certain teams.

      Maybe go KdB + Mahrez/Foden. Or triple Pool. Or double Wolves/Everton defense instead of constantly spreading risk everywhere.

      Your team looks good right now although taking hits now is almost certainly going to not pan out given you have fewer games to recoup the value.

      1. Rinseboy
        • 8 Years
        12 days, 11 hours ago

        thanks Camzy good advice. Yeah need to stop the hits now. Son could be a good position I change up as well as Salah depending how things go

    4. POLSKA GOLA
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      Team’s looking solid. No need to go too maverick with your team imho.
      I’m at 13k and it’s 7 points off top 10k and just -45 off 50k.
      Make sure you always pick the low 10k EO option for your captain.
      Nailing the captain down could make a difference with other players you have acting like shields.

  2. rnrd
    • 5 Years
    12 days, 12 hours ago

    On a WC, i'm going for Jarrod Bowen as the differential. WHU are pretty bad but that play NOR and WAT, tw games thay can't afford losing.

    Plus, I though Bowen was playing quite well on this messed-up WHU team.

    1. BNMC
      12 days, 12 hours ago

      He's one I'm looking at - let's see what he can do against the Toon.

    2. kime67
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 12 hours ago

      would not buy anyone in relegation battle, theres a reason theyre there

  3. Stoic
    • 3 Years
    12 days, 12 hours ago

    I believe in Pope. You know which one

    1. Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      Those who turned to the devil must be kicking themselves, the red devil DDG. 😀

      1. Stoic
        • 3 Years
        12 days, 11 hours ago

        Guilty haha

  4. kime67
    • 2 Years
    12 days, 12 hours ago

    Can pulisic keep up with martial?

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

      He could but his injury record means he is unlikely to start all the remaining games for Chelsea

    2. Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      Certainly if they both go back to their old ways and become the last two in the trace. 😉

    3. kime67
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      well atleast hes cheaper

  5. DAZZ
    • 6 Years
    12 days, 12 hours ago

    Anyone believe Bruno could get reduced minutes tonight?

    1. DannyDrinkVodka
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      He might miss out entirely (which would be devastating to my BB)

    2. kime67
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      maybe taken off early if they lead like 3-0

    3. Kurupt FC
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      Mctominay could start ahead of him. Might get a 20 min cameo.

    4. kime67
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      theres no way he is benched...

      1. Pieterke30
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 11 hours ago

        Of course there is way. He will be. Im buying you a beer if he starts.

        1. Scott Talent
          • 4 Years
          12 days, 2 hours ago

          You owe him a beer.

    5. Pieterke30
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      Will be on the bench I think. If Utd winning he wont play at all. If they need him he might play last 20 or 30, but Id be surprised if he plays more than that.

      My hope - he doesnt play at all, Nketiah 6 goals come on from my bench, and Bruno plays 90 next GW vs BOU (H).

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

        I think that he starts. OGS won't risk any slip ups for ECL qualification challenge and where possible will play his strongest side.

        1. Rinseboy
          • 8 Years
          12 days, 11 hours ago

          this. I think they will go for goals early and then sub him as soon as possible. Otherwise could see utd struggling to break down Brighton and him coming on to change the game!

    6. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      I wouldnt be suprised to see a 3 from Pogba Fred McTomminey Matic start tonight.

      Bruno on 2nd half regardless of score.

  6. Kurupt FC
    12 days, 11 hours ago

    Hello All!

    Thoughts on this WC team please, thank you! :

    Patricio / Martin
    TAA / Doherty / Azpilicueta / Lascelles / Neco Wiilaims
    Salah / KDB / Bruno / Martial / Foden
    Rashford / Jimenez / Nketiah

    1. ElliotJHP
      • 8 Years
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      TV 108.9?

      1. Kurupt FC
        12 days, 11 hours ago

        103.8

        Most of these players I already had prior to price rises.

        1. ElliotJHP
          • 8 Years
          12 days, 11 hours ago

          Was a People Just Do Nothing joke!

    2. ALI_G
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      V.Good team

      CFC fan don't like Azpi as CS are scarce and some poor fixtures

      Pope over Pat but marginal (I have Pat)

      Neco Williams seems waste of Liverpool spot. Just get another 3.9 fodder. You never know if you want a third (mainstream) Liverpool player

      1. Kurupt FC
        12 days, 11 hours ago

        Thanks Ali G.

      2. Scott Talent
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 11 hours ago

        West Ham , Watford , Palace , Shefff Utd and Norwich are poor fixtures ?

        1. Fitzy.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          12 days, 11 hours ago

          They're great fixtures

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

            Exactly. He's talking bs.

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

    I like Saiss at 4.6 better than Patrício, if you want the Wolves double def.

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

      Reply fail to Kurupt

    2. Kurupt FC
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      Thanks Plerix!

  8. Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    12 days, 11 hours ago

    At what point do you stop worrying about rank and target winning your ML as the main priority, especially if you're behind the leader?

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      When you have an OR like mine. 720k. 🙂

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

      Depends who is in my ML, and if there is money involved. If it is important to win, I wouldn’t care to much about rank.

    3. WD27
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      Focus on winning the ML and your rank will follow.. i don't see it as an either/or

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 1 Year
        12 days, 11 hours ago

        this

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

        I did the opposite this year and now 5k - ML almoat won already

        1. WD27
          • 1 Year
          12 days, 11 hours ago

          I don't see how you focus on one or the other. Week in week out we aim to get as many points as possible to put it simply?

  9. grennans2
    12 days, 11 hours ago

    A or B better use of the 1 FT this week? Will prob do the other the week after.

    Martinez (Button)
    TAA - Doherty - Saiss - Lascelles (Simpson)
    Salah - KDB - Son - Fernandes (Guenduozi)
    Rashford - Jimenez (Nkietah)

    A) Martinez > De Gea
    B) Guenduozi > Foden (start Foden and bench Saiss then)

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

      Pretty similar to mine below. If you only have 1 ft I would save it and reasess.

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      B or save ft

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

    Seems a bit stale on here, so I’ll try a rmt for som advice;
    Martinez, Martin
    TAA, Doherty, Maguire Saiss, Lascelles
    Salah, KdB, Son, Fernandes, Guendozi
    Rashford, Jimenez, Nketiah
    2ft, 0.1 itb

    Currently top 2000 and leading ML, so maybe a punt or two to break into top 1000 🙂

    1. fish&chips
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      Prefer more city personally. It's a risk with rotation but Pep will give everyone game time to keep them match fit for the cups and they could score a shed load with their fixtures

    2. thehodge
      • 10 Years
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      That’s a solid squad to be honest. To break top 1000 it would come down to biking your captain choice in the coming weeks. If I was considering anything I’d look at maybe Lascelles to C.Taylor but that could be seen as a sideways move maybe.

      1. thehodge
        • 10 Years
        12 days, 11 hours ago

        *nailing captain choice

  11. wilson007
    12 days, 11 hours ago

    Pope
    TAA Doherty AWB
    Salah Rich Son Bruno
    Rash Jimmy DCL
    (Fodder bench)

    2FT 0.0 ITB

    Any ideas? TIA.

    Would like Rich -> Mahrez but requires a downgrade (which I cannot do via Bench Fodder).

  12. merin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    12 days, 11 hours ago

    How would you use these 2FTs?

    Pope Button
    TAA Doherty Fernandez Robinson Simpson
    KDB Salah Son Fernandes Hayden
    Jimenez Rashford DCL

    2FT, 0.1 ITB

    1. fish&chips
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      Looks like a decent team. Maybe wait to see player minutes in the Liverpool city and Brighton utd matches and switch some around depending on who plays most minutes to reduce risk of rotation in the plum GW33 matches

      1. merin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 10 hours ago

        Cheers. Good call.
        Liverpool might end up rotating a lot more now that they've won the league, so Salah might be changed for Martial or Mount/Pulisic. Depends on how MUN and CHE do this week

  13. fish&chips
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    12 days, 11 hours ago

    Any thoughts on this WC team (chasing top 100 from just inside 1000 so going a bit punty)

    DDG,
    TAA, VVD, Alonso, Doherty
    KDB, Salah, Mahrez, Foden, Martial
    Rashford

    Martin, Saiss, Nketiah, Connolly

    0.1m ITB

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      Is Foden a likely starter?

      1. fish&chips
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        12 days, 11 hours ago

        Think he's got a decent chance of minutes and I've got cover on the bench if he doesn't play

      2. MAXIMIN EFFORT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        12 days, 11 hours ago

        yes

    2. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      Like it but not sure about going big at the back.
      You could fit in another attacker like Son/Jesus/Bruno/Pulisic.

      1. fish&chips
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        12 days, 11 hours ago

        I hear you, I did toy with a city 3 of KDB, Mahrez, Jesus but I reckon Foden could match Jesus and he's half the price. Son I'm not convinced with. I'm a bit reluctant to drop Jimmy before Arsenal but kind of like the big guns at the back

    3. Shark
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      Not punty at all. I would rather be a hawk than a dove. I am 300k and have dropped TAA, Salah and Mane. Now have 3 x Man Utd attack, Jesus, Foden, Ederson. Son + Kane. Doherty, Taylor, Aurier, Gomez, Justin in defence. I have a decent bench for rotation run in and bb. Good luck to you sir.

      1. fish&chips
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        12 days, 11 hours ago

        Thanks mate, good luck to you too

      2. Boris Bodega: Holly's …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        12 days, 11 hours ago

        agree with this, go for it.

    4. Tonyawesome69
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      Not convinced with CHE defence. Alonso to Taylor and use money to upgrade Connolly

      1. fish&chips
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        12 days, 11 hours ago

        Yes me too but their fixtures are great. Unless I can save enough cash for someone like DCL I'm not sure it's worth it. May restructure to bring in DCL for the last 3 and move to a 3-4-3

    5. fish&chips
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      Thanks for all the responses guys, I appreciate it

  14. SkiLo72
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    12 days, 11 hours ago

    Is Origi worth a punt on a WC as a differential? He may get minutes as Klopp rests some regular starters.

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      Nope

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      Origi will get sub minutes.

  15. grennans2
    12 days, 11 hours ago

    Is Foden a good option at this point?

    Considering bringing him in as my 5th midfielder for Guendouzi. Would likely start him in most games then along with KDB. There is the fear of him only coming on for a 1 pointer. Still worth it though?

    1. MAXIMIN EFFORT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      I can see him starting all games after Pool, personally.

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      yes good option. If he does come on as a sub, he starts very quickly and always involved

  16. Berbs
    • 9 Years
    12 days, 11 hours ago

    Matip out for the season.

    Party celebrations must've been wild.

    If you know what I mean.

    1. POLSKA GOLA
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      Gomez a sure starter than?

    2. Shark
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      That makes my TAA to Gomez pick feel a little less wild.

      1. Hot Toddy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        12 days, 11 hours ago

        Really doesn't

  17. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    12 days, 11 hours ago

    McCarthy
    TAA Doherty Aurier
    Salah KDB Bruno Martial Richa
    Jimenez Rashford

    (3.9 Nketiah Holgate Cathcart)
    1 FT & 0.3m

    A) Richarlison ➡ Mahrez

    B) Richarlison ➡ Foden
    (Keep money for Nketiah to DCL/Ings or Jimenez to Jesus)

    Cheers!

    1. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      A

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      B

  18. WD27
    • 1 Year
    12 days, 11 hours ago

    Those with TC whats your current plan? Risks involved now

  19. FOO FIGHTER
    12 days, 11 hours ago

    Which GK would you rather have from now till the end?

    Patricio, Alisson or Pope.

    I reckon Alisson will keep clean sheets in all his remaining fixtures.

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      Pope - you can cover Wolves defence with Saiss or Boly and use the money somewhere else

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

    Hi all,
    Looking forward to tonight's game. Hoping rash keeps quiet, ML rivals have captained, but I have awb, Bruno and martial.

    My team
    Henderson Leno
    TAA Doherty awb lund egan
    Kdb Bruno son martial mount
    Jimenez dcl nketiah

    Which move looks best?
    A) mount to mahrez (no money to upgrade forwards)
    B) son to mahrez (money to upgrade to ings/jesus if needed)

    1. DAZZ
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      why are you so keen for Mahrez? He could get rotated now there’s not much to play for.

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

      Doesn't seem to be suffering from rotation too much and has looked brilliant since the restart.
      What would you recommend?

  21. Tinkermania
    12 days, 11 hours ago

    Am I missing something? People are getting triple City who have nothing to play for but avoiding Pool players who have a record to break. Confused.

    1. Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      You're just missing a small detail. Price. People don't have unlimited budgets

      1. Tinkermania
        12 days, 11 hours ago

        But many are saying they will rotate because title is in the bag.

        1. Team Cruel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          12 days, 11 hours ago

          Both teams will rotate. But KDB has the most points and costs 2m less than Salah/Mane so a benching here or there is easier to swallow. In addition you've got Foden who will be getting a lot of game time and only costs 5.2.

          The fact that City have other cups is a helping hand more than a hindrance. Players will be motivated because they'll be playing for places in the starting XI of knockout games. Liverpool don't have that kind of motivation. Yeah sure they want to break records but they'll be having half an eye on preparing for next season

          1. Tinkermania
            12 days, 10 hours ago

            I suppose you go for your narrative. I think it's a hindrance personally. Pep can wrap his prized assets in cotton wool. City rotation is not about competition for places anymore. It's about rest. I am not getting any city but go for it if it works for you.

            1. Sgt Frank Drebin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              12 days, 10 hours ago

              On the other hand they had a long rest during the lock down and now maybe Pep needs his players to get back in form? Anyway with City playing a game every 3 days my wild guess would be a key player getting rest every game out of 3 games

              1. Sgt Frank Drebin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                12 days, 10 hours ago

                Regarding Liverpool - the game vs Aston Villa should get us more information regarding the intentions of Klopp whether to break records or let 2nd team play. I can still see them playing full strength team vs City just to prove the're the best team in England

                1. Tinkermania
                  12 days, 10 hours ago

                  Of course both teams will be full strength on Thursday.

      2. baps sniffer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        12 days, 10 hours ago

        I have TAA, VvD and Foden atm. Salah at least is after Golden Boot, probably Mane also. Besides rotation Klopp has option to start good XI and manage minutes for Salah and Mane.

    2. Tinkermania
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      And City got other cups to chase and Pool don't!

    3. Scott Talent
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      Pool won't want to risk picking up unnecessary injuries for the start of next season. Records and a distant second .

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

        *are a distant second*

      2. Tinkermania
        12 days, 11 hours ago

        It's the only thing they have to play for and can be achieved in 4 games, then they can rest.

      3. Sgt Frank Drebin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        12 days, 11 hours ago

        On the other hand LFC doesn't play for anything anymore. Guardiola may want to rest his players for FA Cup and especially Champions League

        1. Tinkermania
          12 days, 11 hours ago

          Agree. As I said above. I am going triple Pool until they beat that record.

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

            High risk strategy

    4. andy85wsm
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 9 Years
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      My plan is to go with 2 Liverpool, 2 or 3 City.

      Not really ignoring either, but know there will likely be rotation for both.

      1. That Posh Bloke
        • 2 Years
        12 days, 30 mins ago

        I'm going 3 of each as they are the best teams in the country by a mile and consistently attain huge hauls. I will just ensure I have a solid bench. If they miss two games on the trot I'll change this. But at present, they're raking in the points and I'm not removing players who haven't missed a game yet.

  22. DAZZ
    • 6 Years
    12 days, 11 hours ago

    Henderson
    Doherty TAA AWB
    Salah Fernandes KDB Barnes
    Jiminez DCL Rashford

    Mccarthy Lascelles Cantwell Taylor

    1FT 0.2ITB

    With 12/15 home fixtures, and numerous favorable, im using BB, but can anyone see any obvious moves?

    1. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      For BB its only the fixtures for players you would bench that matters. I think 37 is good for that bench.

      1. Tinkermania
        12 days, 11 hours ago

        Nope. It's fixtures for ALL 15 players you have.

        1. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          12 days, 10 hours ago

          You would never bench the likes of Salah, TAA, KDB. Doherty, Bruno, Jimi, Rashford for Lascelles, Cantwell and Taylor anyway so their fixtures don't really matter.

          1. _Ninja_
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            12 days, 10 hours ago

            Possibly Barnes for Cantwell 1 week but thats an exception. BB is about fixtures for the players you would bench.

  23. aleksios
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    12 days, 11 hours ago

    Nyland to Pope for a hit?Or just play him?

    1. Pep Roulette
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      I'm playing Nyland. Save points incoming!

  24. Sgt Frank Drebin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    12 days, 11 hours ago

    Pope when I owned him:
    21 GWs
    75 points
    3.57 Points per game

    When I didn't own him:
    11 GWs
    72 points
    6.55 PPG

  25. FOO FIGHTER
    12 days, 11 hours ago

    How about my starting 11 fixtures for GW33 🙂

    Patrico (H) ARS
    Doherty (H) ARS
    TAA (H) AVL
    Alonso (H) WAT
    Aurier (H) EVE
    Salah(c) (H) AVL
    Mane (H) AVL
    Son (H) EVE
    Pulisic (H) WAT
    Martial (H) BOU
    Rashford (H) BOU

    Looking good, hopefully a mammoth score awaits...

    1. Tinkermania
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      Fairly template. Could be high score but small arrow, red or green.

    2. ElliotJHP
      • 8 Years
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      Another captain headache pending

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        12 days, 11 hours ago

        It is on Salah.

    3. FALSE PROFIT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 10 hours ago

      All home games. That is different. Then I must have 9 at least

    4. DannyDrinkVodka
      12 days, 10 hours ago

      Is Pulisic going to play?

  26. CroatianHammer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    12 days, 11 hours ago

    What are the chances that any postponed Foxes games get moved a full GW?

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

      They won’t, ground is secure, squad tested.
      BBC mention neutral ground if anything.

  27. OneDennisBergkamp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    12 days, 11 hours ago

    So whats everyone doing with their Liverpool and City players??

    1. Tinkermania
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      I am avoiding City.

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      I have triple LFC and intend holding. Cityless as well.

  28. Tinkermania
    12 days, 11 hours ago

    You mean moved to another gw where Leicester will have a double? If so, likely.

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

      Unlikely, according to BBC, neutral ground.

      1. Tinkermania
        12 days, 10 hours ago

        He said "if" postponed, what chances of playing in another game week?

  29. Strchld
    • 3 Years
    12 days, 11 hours ago

    I think I'll downgrade DCL > Nketiah and upgrade Guendouzi > Mount/Foden and play 3-5-2 instead 3-4-3. Which one would you have?

    A) DCL
    B) Foden
    C) Mount

    1. Offs!de
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      12 days, 10 hours ago

      Foden, if you have a decent bench

      1. Strchld
        • 3 Years
        12 days, 10 hours ago

        Foden is so cheap so I could upgrade Simpson > max 5.0 def.

  30. marzo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    12 days, 11 hours ago

    WC Team. Still have BB**

    4-5-1.
    Option A.
    Pope, Martinez.
    TAA, Alonso, Aurier, Saiss, Lascelles.
    KDB, Salah, Bruno, Mahrez, Pulisic.
    Rashford, DCL, Nketiah.
    0.0m ITB.

    Option B.
    Saiss-> Doherty.
    DCL- Long (or other 4.9m or less striker, Connolly).
    Long/ Nket will be bench fodder mainly except for the BB.