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Improved Villa defence brings goal difference into relegation battle

Aston Villa 1-0 Arsenal

  • Goals: Trézéguet (£5.2m)
  • Assists: Tyrone Mings (£4.4m)
  • Bonus Points: Mings x3, Trézéguet x2, Jack Grealish x1 (£5.9m), Ezri Konsa x1 (£4.3m)

Aston Villa put the club’s Premier League destiny in their own hands with a massive 1-0 win over Arsenal on Tuesday evening.

It was a result that took Dean Smith’s men above Watford, whose goal difference had taken a battering at the hands of Manchester City, setting up a relegation showdown on the final day of the season.

Villa will travel to West Ham knowing that a win will keep them up, as will bettering the results of Watford and Bournemouth.

The Hornets have perhaps drawn the short straw in that they travel to face an Arsenal side that might want to produce a reaction to their Gameweek 37+ defeat at Villa Park, while Bournemouth face an out-of-sorts Everton side.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.9m) is sure to have felt Tuesday’s loss most keenly, especially as it left him three goals short of Jamie Vardy‘s (£9.7m) tally in the Premier League Golden Boot race.

With Watford managerless and conceding a minimum of three goals in four of their last six outings, the Arsenal striker could be a force to be reckoned with on Sunday… We know Aubameyang is capable of man-of-the-match displays, as he showed in the recent FA Cup win over Manchester City.

“We need to transmit this enthusiasm and passion. There’s going to be some ups and downs but it’s good sometimes to see the reality and improve.” – Mikel Arteta

It was their continually improving defence that secured the win for Aston Villa against Arsenal, although they did ride their luck as Eddie Nketiah (£4.3m) struck the inside the post late on. 

Villa have now kept two clean sheets in the last three matches, each one leading to a massive three points for the team. Without the changes Smith made at the back, they would not be in the position they are ahead of the final weekend of the season. 

And now that goal difference is set to play such a key factor in the Premier League relegation battle, the Villans could play conservatively, opting to utilise the pace and guile of Jack Grealish (£5.9m) on the counter-attack as they did on Tuesday evening.

“We have to make sure we win at West Ham. We knew we had to show a lot of courage and work rate. It was a real team performance today. We defended the box very well, I don’t remember Pepe Reina making a save. The players all grew in stature tonight. Jack had his best game since the restart, Ezri has gone onto another level. It was a real team performance and it had to be.” – Dean Smith

If Villa were to execute their Gameweek 37+ gameplan at West Ham on Sunday, it could make life harder for assets such as Michail Antonio (£7.1m) and Jarrod Bowen (£6.4m), who have been in decent form of late.

However, relying on Villa for goals themselves might not be the smartest move for Fantasy managers in Gameweek 38+. After all, they have scored more than one goal just once since the return of Premier League football.

As much as Smith’s men managed the win over Arsenal well, there were few moments of real danger posed by their attackers.

Trézéguet‘s (£5.2m) winning goal was a stunning effort although it might be hard to replicate at the London Stadium.

Outside of that strike, Villa and their Arsenal counterparts were mostly feeding on scraps.

The home side came closest to pressing home their advantage in the 74th minute when Grealish went on a powerful counter-attacking drive. His pass into substitute Keinan Davis (£4.3m) was perfectly weighted to allow the striker to get one-on-one with Emi Martínez (£4.4m), only to pull his effort wide of the far post.

John McGinn (£5.2m) then had a powerful shot saved in the 77th minute, the Arsenal goalkeeper able to stand up to the effort.

Aston Villa XI (4-3-3): Reina; Targett, Mings, Konsa, Elmohamady (Guilbert 25′); Hourihane (Nakamba 73′), D Luiz, McGinn (Lansbury 90+3′); Grealish, Samatta (Davis 72′), Trézéguet.

Arsenal XI (3-4-3): Martínez; Kolasinac, D Luiz (Pépé 60′), Holding; Saka (Tierney 60′), Torreira (Xhaka 46′), Ceballos, Cédric (Willock 79′); Aubameyang, Lacazette, Nketiah.

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1,622 Comments Post a Comment
  1. The_Fish
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 2 days ago

    It's Bruno day!

    1. El Magico5
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      Think you mean Tony mate

      1. Martial Matas
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        *Marcus

        1. Bielsa's Blue Bucket
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 2 days ago

          All 3

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      Hattrick of assists of Rashford’s hattrick

      1. Captain Kakaroto (I blame R…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        Amen to this!

  2. EL tridente
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 2 days ago

    Mahrez and Ings to Silva and Kane?

    1. Legohair
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      Nooo. Mahrez 100% start against norwich

    2. altan8797
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      I'd go for it, assuming you're talking about dilva, not bilva

    3. aapoman
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      No way. Mahrez surely starts

    4. FPLord
      • 11 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      nope

  3. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 2 days ago

    Final move of this year?

    Get a better defender for Stevens as he faces Ings!

    Used my 2 FT KDB>Dilva, Vardy>Kane

    Aurier/Kane anyone up to 6.8

    Ederson
    Digne, #VVD/Aurier, Boly,
    Salah, D Silva, Fernandes, C Sterling, Martial,
    Ings, Kane

    Button, Greenwood, Lamptey, Taylor

    1.7

    1. Fantasyamateur
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      Aurier has a good fixture, no? I'm tempted tot bring in lol.

    2. beric
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      Whats the question

    3. The 12th Man
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      Think I’d leave it be.
      Looks good.

  4. altan8797
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 2 days ago

    Good morning,

    Confused for GW38 captaincy:

    a) auba (probably will be benched)
    b) dilva
    c) jesus

    good luck to all

    1. davidtbo
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      B

  5. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 2 days ago

    VVD

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      Fail

      1. The 12th Man
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        He doesn’t fail often.

  6. Fantasyamateur
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 2 days ago

    What's the best defender to get for maximum 5.8M for the last GW? Already playing Alonso and TAA, as well as Martinez in goal. Already got 3 from Man City and Man Utd.

    1. beric
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      Surely a burnley boy

    2. Kno
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      Burnley boi or aurier imo

  7. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 2 days ago

    How is this for FH team?

    McCarthy
    Aurier-Pieters-Bardsley
    Salah-Sterling(C)-DSilva-Mahrez-Martial
    Auba-Kane
    Greenwood, Branthwaite, fodder, fodder

    1. davidtbo
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      Auba => Ings
      Mahrez => KDB and/or Martial => Bruno
      I would like to have TAA or Robbo in my FH team

  8. The 12th Man
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 2 days ago

    Looks like Hojberg is set for Everton.

  9. Burger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 2 days ago

    Bruno or Son for final day showdown?

    1. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 2 days ago

      I would Son. Palace is dreadful atm.

      1. davidtbo
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        Son

  10. Kno
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 2 days ago

    Depending on how United do tonight, how many players are you looking to have from them on a FH?

    Looking over a dozen drafts or so I mostly only have one spot for either bruno or martial

    1. Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      I might go for Slab, chance of a set piece header. 2 conceded in the last 6 away.

      The attackers depend on tonight. If one of Martial/Rash ends the night on 19 goals they’ll be extra desperate to reach 20

    2. Puncheon Guly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      If united win tonight then they'll be pretty tight on Sunday and look to play on the break. Which means you've got a good chance of points from any of the front 4, but can't see multiple goals of double digits from them.

      See how tonight goes but I think Rashford is probably the best option but if you're on a free hit I wouldn't got with loads of United

    3. Dybala10
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      Martial and Rashford max.

  11. Messiah Hazard
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 2 days ago

    Lost on previous thread...
    Which one would you get for GW38+?
    A) Kane
    B) Aubameyang

    Who would you sacrifice?
    1) Vardy
    2) Jesus

    1. beric
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      A2

    2. Kno
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      A1

    3. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 2 days ago

      a1

    4. Boberella
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      A2

    5. aapoman
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      A1

  12. beric
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 2 days ago

    KDB or Mahrez?

    1. Jo Melon
        6 months, 2 days ago

        Mahrez is more certain to start

        1. davidtbo
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 2 days ago

          I prefer KDB, Pep will let him break Henry's record

          1. Astronautovic
            • 5 Years
            6 months, 2 days ago

            Henry’s record is 20 goals and 20 assists.

            1. Astronautovic
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 2 days ago

              24 goals even

        2. Nabs Kebabs
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 2 days ago

          you really think KDB won't start alongside his partner of crime fpr his final game? KDB much more likely to start than Mahrez imo

    2. Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      Why are people hyping up Sterling in the golden boot race? If he was in it the fraud wouldn’t have taken him off with 30 mins to play

      1. Burger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        This.

      2. Fitzy.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        Sterling probably cares more about it than Pep does?

        1. Team Cruel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 2 days ago

          Obviously he does but Pep isn’t going to aid him in that hunt as evident by last night.

          1. davidtbo
            • 7 Years
            6 months, 2 days ago

            I totally agree ! GB will be between Vardy or Ings or maybe Salah... depends if he scores big today

          2. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            6 months, 2 days ago

            Well if he starts and is on 2 goals after 60 mins, Pep will keep him on.

            1. davidtbo
              • 7 Years
              6 months, 2 days ago

              Maybe... Who knows
              Sterling needs to score 4 goals to reach Vardy.... nothing is imposible

    3. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      Which scores more:

      A) Vardy (MAN)
      B) Mahrez (NOR) -4

      1. beric
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        Could be either but i would keep vardy

      2. The 12th Man
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        Could be a close call .

    4. waltzingmatildas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      A) aurier and rashford
      B) vvd and ings

    5. NATSTER
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      Repost from last thread.

      Now hesitated on what to do with all these assumptions

      - Sterling likely to start and challenge golden boot
      - Jesus, Foden, B Silva played a rare 90 minutes and could be rested
      - KDB played 90 minutes in the last two and could be rested
      - Mahrez, D Silva rested and likely to start

      Salah - KDB - Bruno - Martial - Saka
      Vardy - Ings - Greenwood

      My original plan of Vardy > Jesus doesn't look good now and I don't trust Auba. Is Kane a good option? I didn't see him in last game.

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        KDB chasing assist record - one behind Henry's record of 20 so needs two to surpass it.

        1. NATSTER
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          6 months, 2 days ago

          Another reason to keep KDB then. It could be extra motivation for him.

      2. Traction Engine Foot
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        Would do Vardy to Kane

        1. NATSTER
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          6 months, 2 days ago

          It will require -4 to drop someone. Now, Salah > Sterling gives exact fund for Vardy > Kane.

      3. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        Mmm, I had a great night with my trio of Sterling, Foden and Laporte. I expect a full shift from them and Dilva for the last match. I'm happy to go without Kev and Jez.

        1. davidtbo
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 2 days ago

          Yeah ! Vardy to Kane is a good option !

        2. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 2 days ago

          Up front I'd say the best bests are Rashford and Kane. You have 3 United so it would be Harry for me. I'd prob not bother starting Saka though.

        3. Eat my goal!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 2 days ago

          Might move for Laporte

      4. dbeck
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        Saka to diliva and vardy down to bench guy. 352

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 2 days ago

          sounds like a plan.

        2. NATSTER
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          6 months, 2 days ago

          Umm.. I forgot to say that I will have BB chip activated in GW38, so it will be 553.

          Saka (WAT) doesn't look bad, but extra motivation of Watford to fight for survival might be important factor here.

          1. NATSTER
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            6 months, 2 days ago

            By the way, I tried the recommended option and found this.

            Saka -> D Silva
            Vardy -> 7.6m

            Only Wood (6.2m) looks interesting.

    6. T.Henry14
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      I'm glad I don't have players playing against Watford and Aston Villa.

      Tough games

      1. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        Agree, although Auba could still easily score

      2. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        I know they'll be tight early... but they'll surely need to come out fighting at some stage

      3. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        Maybe villa but not Watford..

    7. Traction Engine Foot
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      Is Jimenez and KDB to Kane and Dilva worth -4? Would captain one of them..

      1. davidtbo
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        I wouldn't lose KDB for a hit

      2. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        My 1st thought was yes... but like david said above its risky losing kdb on a hit

        1. Warby84
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 2 days ago

          I’m risking it to get sterling..

    8. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      Tough game for Utd tonight - hopefully they will bounce back from their shocking performance against Chelsea!

      1. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        I need bruno to do big things to try stay in a money league race

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 2 days ago

          Me too, or at least Martial not to outscore him. I've captained Bruno; rival Tony.

          1. kennethrhcp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            6 months, 2 days ago

            Ya martial has hurt me alot since lockdown

      2. Peter Ouch
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        4-4 with Martial 4 goals will be lovely

        1. Von Lipwig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 2 days ago

          woohoo. Preach!

      3. Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 2 days ago

        Need Bruno to stay quiet and Martial and Rash to run riot 🙂

      4. NATSTER
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        Need Martial and the wonder kid, Greenwood, to fire. 🙂

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

      On Fh

      A. Martinez, bardsley and Salah
      B. Pope, Tierney and aubameyang

      1. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        Tough but probably A

        1. kennethrhcp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          6 months, 2 days ago

          Its salah vs aubameyang really... so salah if tonight goes ok

          1. davidtbo
            • 7 Years
            6 months, 2 days ago

            A

            1. kennethrhcp
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              6 months, 2 days ago

              Cheers

      2. Von Lipwig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        swerve auba

      3. Boywiththesoupdragontattoo
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        A

    10. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      How's she looking? FH 38!

      Martinez
      Tarkowski Dunk Egan
      Mane Sterling Dilva Martial Antonio
      Kane Auba
      Martin Nketia Braithwaite Williams

      1. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        Tidy

        1. davidtbo
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 2 days ago

          Auba => Rashford or Ings and Egan => TAA or Robbo
          I woould also change Martial for Bruno

      2. altan8797
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        Watford surely looks dreadful but I'm pretty sure that Auba will be benched as they're done with the league and have an FA cup final to play. I'm an Auba owner myself but wouldn't get him on FH. Looks promising otherwise

    11. southcoastbeast
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 2 days ago

      Who gets more points in the last gk ?

      A) pope , digne and wood.

      B) martinez, tarkowski and jimmy.

      1. davidtbo
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        I like A

    12. The Man Pastore
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      Pick the best option for this GW :

      Patricio
      Doherty Tarkowski Keane
      Salah KDB Mahrez Bruno Martial
      Greenwood Ings

      Martin Nketiah Kiko Lascelles

      A) Bruno --> D.Silva
      B) KDB --> Sterling
      C) Doherty + Ings --> Aurier + Kane (-4pts)

      Thanks

      1. davidtbo
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        A but Martial

    13. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      0.2 off foden to diliva, where should I shave?

      Ederson
      Alonso Doherty TAA (maguire, Egan)
      Foden Sterling Antonio Bruno Martial
      Wood Vardy (Connolly)

      Def down to Burnley guy? Vardy down to Ings? Any other ideas?

    14. AC Yew
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      Desperately need the Man U -WHU match tonight to end 0-0. blanks all round for Man U attack

      1. Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 2 days ago

        Lol no chance

      2. Dybala10
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        Greenie goal!

        1. AC Yew
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 2 days ago

          I'll allow this lol

    15. King Kohli
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      Best way to downgrade 1.9m here?

      Pope
      TAA Doherty Long
      Salah Raz(c) Bruno Mahrez Dilva
      Rashford Greenwood
      Hendo DCL Gomez Taylor

      A. DCL > Connolly
      B. Doherty > 4.5 non Burnley def
      C. TAA > 5.6 def

      1. dbeck
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        A and move Gomez to first sub

      2. HurriKane
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        TAA --> Walker could be nice. cs amost guaranteed and walker good for attacking returns vs norwich

        1. King Kohli
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 2 days ago

          Already have 3 city .

          1. HurriKane
            • 8 Years
            6 months, 2 days ago

            get Tarkowski then

    16. HurriKane
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      Tough one. Which option do you prefer?

      A) Wood (BHA) ---> Jesus (NOR)
      B) Son (cpl) ---> Sterling (NOR)
      C) Martial/Bruno (lei) ---> Sterling (NOR)

      3.9m itb

      Martinez
      TAA Doherty Pieters
      Salah KDB Bruno Martial Son
      Wood Greenwood

      Button Connoly Lamptey Lascelles

      1. Peter Ouch
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        Son to Dilva and C him

        1. HurriKane
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 2 days ago

          why dilva over sterling?

          sterling has 4 double digit returns in his last 5 pl starts and is gunning for golden boot. (need to score 4 which is very possible against norwich)

      2. dbeck
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        C,I can see that game being tight like a cup final

        1. HurriKane
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 2 days ago

          surely united will breeze past a defence of morgan bennet justin and thomas no ?

      3. GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        Salah to Sterling. Son, Wood, Martial, Bruno in decent form.

        1. HurriKane
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 2 days ago

          salah faces leaky newcastle and is eyeing up golden boot

          1. GreennRed
            • 9 Years
            6 months, 2 days ago

            He needs a boot alright! He was poor against Arsenal. Missed two second half chances that he'd score in his sleep if he was on form. The other 4 in better form. See how he goes v Chelsea tonight bug Minamino looked way sharper than him when introduced. Minamino's well rested sure and Salah loked tired but he might do better tonight after a longer break between games.

    17. dee_top
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      Rate my FH 38+ team, guys!
      Martinez
      TAA Pieters Bardsley
      Salah Sterling (c) Mahrez D.Silva Antonio
      Ings Kane

      Subs: 3.9, Greenwood, Cresswell, 4.0

    18. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      Surely this "X is going for the golden boot" has to be one of the laziest justifications out there for getting (or avoiding) a particular player

      Do people really think any striker in the premier league doesn't step out onto the pitch absolutely chomping at the bit to score, in any fixture, whether they are involved in a golden boot race or not?

      We've all seen it - whether its in 5 aside, sunday league, conference level, right up to elite football - attackers want to score goals, period - it's hardwired into their personalities & has helped them pass through all those filters through cuthtroat youth setups & ultra competitive professional leagues on the way to where they are today (where hundreds & thousands of similarly talented rivals failed) - its not something they can switch on & off or turn up or down

      The Golden Boot in & of itself isn't a factor imo - it's a red herring from an FPL perspective

      1. Von Lipwig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        Agreed

      2. GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        One thing to be goal hungry. Another for a team with no worries like Southampton to try and set up Ings up with more chances than in a game with value. But you're spot on, a player should be as hungry and relaxed in a nothing game as a game that counts for a golden boot, Euro qualification ir relegation.

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          6 months, 2 days ago

          If you peel that back though - what's different with Ings when he's "going for golden boot" versus Ings for the remainder of the season? From an FPL perspective it's a non-factor imo - a total red herring

          1. GreennRed
            • 9 Years
            6 months, 2 days ago

            Yes, but for his price and form he's still a good pick. Social media and Sky Sports love those 'going for golden boit' 'must win game' 'relegation 6 pointer' tags so let them have their fun. Still unsure whether to go 5-2 or 4-3 for freehit.

            1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              6 months, 2 days ago

              That's my point - he's a good pick but not because he's going for the golden boot 🙂

      3. JJO
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        What about wingers 🙂 ?

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          6 months, 2 days ago

          Attackers 🙂

      4. hibster
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        well if someone isnt on pens & they need the goal for the golden boot they are more likely to be given it

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          6 months, 2 days ago

          Here is the current golden boot standing:

          Vardy 23
          Ings 21
          Auba 20
          Sterling 19
          Salah 19
          Mane 17
          Martial 17
          Rashford 17

          Which of these players are you now picking, that you wouldn't have picked before, because of the golden boot giving them penalties? Sterling? If so - I would say its his 8 goals & 4 assists in the last month or so, plus his fixture at home to Norwich that's making him a good FPL pick, and not the fact that he's "OMG GOING FOR THE GOLDEN BOOT"

          I'm still not having it as an acceptable justifcation for FPL decision making unfortunately

      5. Vertigo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        It's undeniable some players switch it up a level in certain games, especially with the golden boot on the line. We've seen it multiple times over the years. It's narcissistic, sure, and slightly disrespectful. But they keep doing it.

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          6 months, 1 day ago

          Do you have any examples? And how do you know that (a) they "switched it up" purposely (i.e. that it wasn't something that would have happened anyway) and (b) that the "switching it up" was due to the race for the golden boot?

          My point isn't that certain players perform better in certain games than others - it's that the golden boot as a factor is a glorified irrelevance & should be stripped away from the decision making process

          1. Corgzzzz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            6 months, 1 day ago

            Good afternoon Maximus. After last night are you still convinced that D Silva for TC or will you change to Sterling ??

            1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              6 months, 1 day ago

              Thinking hard about Sterling Corgzz, im not going to lie

              A teamsheet would help tremedously - if they both started i might lean towards Raheem... in the abscence of a teamsheet i think Dilva's security of start may have to lead though - not sure

              what about yourself...

              1. Corgzzzz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                6 months, 1 day ago

                Ditto.......was fully sold on DSiva.....but hard to ignore what Sterling is doing and if I had to 2nd guess my nearest rival in ML he will go Sterling.......tough call and a last minute decision i reckon..........

    19. Von Lipwig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      Please oh holy Science! Martial to haul and no one else!

      1. Ozils Nozle
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        x10