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Latest injury updates on Werner and Pulisic as James stars in Chelsea win

Brighton 1-3 Chelsea

  • Goals: Leandro Trossard (£6.0m) | Jorginho (£5.0m), Reece James (£5.0m), Kurt Zouma (£5.0m)
  • Assists: Tariq Lamptey (£4.5m) | Timo Werner (£9.5m), Jorginho, R James
  • Bonus Points: R James x3, Jorginho x2, Trossard x1

Nearly half of all Fantasy Premier League managers will hang on every word Frank Lampard says in his next press conference following a slight injury to Timo Werner (£9.5m) on Monday night.

The Chelsea forward, owned by 48% worldwide, sustained a dead leg in winning a penalty at the Amex Stadium. Even though he was able to finish the game, the knock reportedly restricted much of Werner’s movement during his Premier League debut.

However, that fact arguably holds encouragement for his owners, as the former RB Leipzig man was still Chelsea’s best attacking asset against Brighton despite those mitigating circumstances.

In a relatively unconvincing team performance, it was Werner’s pace and guile that asked the most questions of the Brighton defence. Even though Jorginho‘s (£5.0m) 22nd-minute pass was marginally overhit, Werner was still quick enough to chase it down and win the foul for the penalty.

It was this contact with Mathew Ryan (£4.5m) in the 23rd minute that restricted Werner for the rest of the match, but even carrying the knock, he still offered exciting penetrative runs. If he is fit and available for the Liverpool game, his owners may enjoy watching him operate against a defence with even more space behind it than Brighton offered.

“We saw (signs of how dangerous Werner can be). We know that. I love the way Timo pops up in different areas. He’s not a front-man who attaches to centre-backs so much. Sometimes he starts from a little bit deeper but when he goes, he goes. We saw that with the burst of pace (for the penalty).” – Frank Lampard

“Timo took a knock when he won the penalty so it’s more of a dead leg, we hope. I would like to think if it is a dead leg we have got a bit of time to get for him to get back (for the Liverpool game), and he obviously finished the game.” – Frank Lampard

“(The dead leg) was from the penalty. The knee of the goalkeeper hit me directly. It was hard and for the rest of the game, it hurts a lot. I (couldn’t) do some movements because of the muscle goes very hard. Of course, (I will be available for the Liverpool game). For games like this, you are always fit.” – Timo Werner

Injuries appear to already be the recurring theme for key Chelsea assets, as Christian Pulisic (£8.5m) missed out on the trip to Brighton, and currently boasts a yellow flag ahead of Gameweek 2. The American midfielder was originally in contention for Monday night, but Lampard revealed that he had suffered a setback in recovering from the fitness issues that troubled him at the end of Project Restart. Pulisic is, therefore, another player to listen out for in the next round of press conferences.

“Christian (Pulisic) was training with us last week but he had a little bit of discomfort a couple of days ago where he was trying to train with us and be in contention for today. He has had to just take a few steps back, so we’ll have to see.” – Frank Lampard

It was obvious that Chelsea missed the driving runs and shot-volume of Pulisic at the Amex Stadium and the absence of Hakim Ziyech (£8.0m) limited how much insightful creativity was on display.

As a result, there was criticism of Kai Havertz (£8.5m) and Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£6.0m) who were deployed on the right and middle of an attacking midfield trio behind Werner. The latter was especially poor in possession, too pensive on the ball and guilty of either taking too long to find a pass or simply lose the ball entirely.

Lampard has typically been a fan of 4-3-3 but, to some extent, his personnel shortages forced the switch to 4-2-3-1 on Monday, which struggled to offer much threat in the first hour or so. Perhaps when their key men are fit and available, things might be different.

“I don’t really want to pin us down to that one. We have the capabilities to play that way. We have maybe three or four players who would want to play number 10 for us but it won’t always be that simple. I want us to be adaptable and I think when you look at Kai, Reuben, Mason and Ross, we’ve got a lot of players. We’ve got Pulisic and Ziyech coming back. I have to work on that one. I want us to look fluid. It could be a 4-2-3-1 at times, and sometimes a 4-3-3. I want that movement within us. The players are still trying to work each other out a little bit. I thought today we weren’t as fluid as we could have been. We couldn’t find those passes between the lines. If we work on it, I want us to have a lot more movement up-front than we had today.” – Frank Lampard

It was this shoe-horning of Chelsea’s players into a slightly unfamiliar formation that stunted Havertz’s performance on Monday night.

The £8.5m man has already been sold by 45,000+ managers for Gameweek 2 off the back of a largely anonymous display, but some of his owners may be prepared to show slightly more patience.

It was clear that Havertz was not particularly comfortable on the right-hand side of midfield but it must also be remembered that he has only been training with Chelsea for roughly a week.

Furthermore, Havertz also produced some promising off-the-ball runs in the first half, the sort of thing that does not always get noticed by a cursive eye-test or in the statistics either.

In the opening exchanges, Werner found space down the right flank and squared a sweeping ball for Havertz, who was arriving in the six-yard box. The ball flashed past him by only a few inches, before the play was called back for offside, but seeing Havertz dash in like a centre-forward is certainly encouraging.

The former Bayer Leverkusen man made a similar run in the eighth minute before Mason Mount (£7.0m) tried to play him down the middle. The Englishman slightly overhit his pass, but had it been spot-on, Havertz would have been clean through in a one-on-one with Ryan.

Then after the goal, Werner found some space on the left-hand side this time and, while he was going up against Tariq Lamptey (£4.0m), Havertz made a promising untracked run into the box, which you can see below.

Source: Sky Sports Football’s YouTube Channel

As you can see, the midfielder was ghosting into the box largely unmarked, almost like we used to see with Lampard during his playing days. Had Werner elected to cut his shot back, Havertz would have been free to fire a first-time effort on goal from a central position. Runs such as the ones discussed here could prove fruitful against a Liverpool backline playing a higher defensive line on Sunday afternoon.

“I liked (Havertz against Brighton). It’s not a game where you come away and go ‘here are 10 vintage moments’ but I thought there were moments of real quality and calmness. It’s a big ask, there’s a lot on his shoulders for the sum. The fact that he’s young, coming to a different league. He plays the game at such a pace, in terms of his quality. I thought we saw a few glimpses of that. We also saw him sprint back 80 yards to make a defensive interception having given the ball away so everything I’ve seen about him in terms of his character was spot on. His quality is going to come through.” – Frank Lampard

While Kepa Arrizabalaga (£5.0m) continues to cause issues for Chelsea clean sheet potential, interest in their defenders is likely to increase in the coming days, especially once the Liverpool game is out of the way.

Reece James (£5.0m) put in an exceptional display going forward, netting a stunning goal from distance as he stepped into midfield from his right wing-back berth. His second-half corner helped the former Wigan loanee to an assist for Kurt Zouma‘s (£5.0m) deflected 66th-minute strike.

However, it will be interesting to see how often James will start at right-back for the remainder of the season. His start was partially influenced by an injury to Ben Chilwell (£5.5m) while Cesar Azpilicueta (£6.0m) was declared fit enough only for the bench. When both of those players are fully available and Chelsea get stuck into their European campaign, predicting which of their four full-backs will start each Premier League match may prove more difficult. Furthermore, when Ziyech is back on the team, he is likely to take corners away from James.

Meanwhile, even though it took some time for Brighton to get into the game, it was in the wider areas of defence that they had the most joy against Chelsea’s defence, which still has just one away clean sheet across the 2019/20 and 2020/21 campaigns.

After Steven Alzate (£4.5m) broke through the middle in the 34th minute and unleashed a powerful effort which Kepa batted away, Solly March (£5.0m) was completely unmarked in James’ zone, allowing him the time to line up a shot before it was blocked.

Immediately after half-time, the versatile left wing-back got all the way around the back of James, whipping a cross into the box that cannoned off Aaron Connolly (£5.5m) at the front post and into the side-netting.

Moments later Lamptey had the beating of Alonso, much as March had of James just before. The right wing-back, who continues to look promising as an FPL asset based on his advanced positioning, got into the box only to see his fierce shot blocked by Zouma.

“(Lamptey) was fun to watch. Such energy and enthusiasm for the game. He’s been like that since he came. He’s young and still has much to learn but his approach to football is refreshing.” – Graham Potter

However, Lamptey got a well-deserved assist in the 54th minute, when his pass to Leandro Trossard (£6.0m) found its way into the bottom corner, courtesy of a well-placed distance effort from the Belgian midfielder.

Four minutes later, Trossard’s cross from the right-hand side found an unmarked Lewis Dunk (£5.0m) at the back post. The centre-back made contact but managed to nod his effort wide when he really should have scored.

Generally speaking, Chelsea looked fragile to set-pieces once again at Brighton. That is perhaps no surprise, considering Norwich (12) were the only side to concede more goals from set-plays than Lampard’s men last season (10). Meanwhile, when Trossard’s goal went in, it meant Kepa had conceded nine of the last 13 shots on target Chelsea had faced. Combining those facts with how often Brighton’s wing-backs were able to carve out opportunities in wide areas on Monday night, bodes well for the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m), Andrew Robertson (£7.0m) and Virgil van Dijk (£6.5m) in Gameweek 2 – as well as Mohamed Salah (£12.0m) and Sadio Mané (£12.0m).

Meanwhile, there are also some encouragements for those invested in Callum Wilson (£6.5m) and Allan Saint-Maximin (£5.5m) for Gameweek 2, as Newcastle host Brighton on Sunday afternoon.

The Seagulls lost two key men to injury on Monday, Adam Lallana (£6.5m) forced off inside the first half, before centre-back Ben White (£4.5m) sustained a knock in the second.

“I’m not sure (about the injuries) yet, to be honest. We’ll have to wait. Hopefully, they’re not too bad but it’s too early for me to give you anything.” – Graham Potter

Brighton and Hove Albion XI (3-5-2): Ryan; Webster, Dunk, White (Groß 79′); March, Alzate (Jahanbakhsh 79′), Bissouma, Lallana (Connolly 45′), Lamptey; Trossard, Maupay.

Chelsea XI (4-2-3-1): Kepa; Alonso, Zouma, Christensen, R James; Jorginho (Azpilicueta 85′), Kanté; Mount, Loftus-Cheek (Barkley 61′), Havertz (Hudson-Odoi 80′); Werner.

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1,294 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Ask Yourself
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 days, 13 hours ago

    Omg check out this WCGW3 draft and tell me you’re not WCing next GW

    Pope // Peackock-Farrell
    TAA James Saiss // Targett Williams
    Salah JRod Foden Soucek // Bissouma
    Aguero Werner Martial

    Wow.

    1. The Head-Ake
      • 3 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      Yeah, prolly not

      1. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 days, 13 hours ago

        Wrong

        1. The Head-Ake
          • 3 Years
          8 days, 13 hours ago

          Ok, I'm sorry then

    2. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      I'm not WCing next GW

      Also nice to see that I'll have the exact front line, JRod and Sterling over Salah

      1. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 days, 13 hours ago

        Very nice from you, fair play

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          8 days, 13 hours ago

          To be fair, I'm sitting on 46 points without Salah so not as great as it sounds 😛

          Thanks though, confident I can more than make that difference up in the coming weeks. Aguero (C) hattie should help!

          1. Ask Yourself
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            8 days, 13 hours ago

            It was GW3 last year that turned my season around with that Aguero (c) hat trick. Only fair he does it for us again x

            1. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              8 days, 12 hours ago

              Sounds like a plan to me

    3. Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      Im WCing in GW3 and going a lot different.

      1. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 days, 13 hours ago

        Many many options, mine is just most likely the best

    4. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 5 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      Get Jimmy in there

      1. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 days, 13 hours ago

        I know I probably should but I just can’t see it yet. Looked very essential vs SHU though I must admit

    5. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      Don't like it personally.

      1. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 days, 13 hours ago

        It looks worse than i thought I would, sorry for taking up your time

    6. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      James, Rodriguez and Foden no thanks. Where is kdb?..

      1. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 days, 13 hours ago

        James I’m ok with until chilly is back bc wba, CPL is definitely hail material. Rodriguez is amazing silly why you coming for him? Foden could be okay with Targett and Bissouma on bench. If Aguero doesn’t at least come on vs wolves I go the KDB/Sterling route instead and shift Foden

    7. Destroyer of teams
      • 2 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      No thanks

  2. The Head-Ake
    • 3 Years
    8 days, 13 hours ago

    Right so just got on here, not the best week! Any suggestions or do I just roll the transfer? Thanks

    1. The Head-Ake
      • 3 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      McCarthy
      Davies | Justin | TAA | Mitchell
      Son | Salah | Havertz | Auba
      Werner | Mitrovic

      Martin | Bissouma | Walker-Peters | Davis

      1. Chandler Bing
        • 4 Years
        8 days, 13 hours ago

        Mate, this is not bad. At least you had Salah. I'd look at Havertz to Rashford/Bruno if you have fund. Otherwise James Rodriguez.

        1. The Head-Ake
          • 3 Years
          8 days, 13 hours ago

          Would it be better to wait and watch this week?

      2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        8 days, 13 hours ago

        Havertz is the only issue there.

  3. Atimis
    • 4 Years
    8 days, 13 hours ago

    Ings to Martial vs Ings Son to DCL Bruno is killing me.
    Can make plenty arguments against and for both options...

    1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      Ings to Martial for me

  4. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    8 days, 13 hours ago

    Please let Puli be fit

    1. The Head-Ake
      • 3 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      Ikr

    2. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      Looks unlikely tbh sounds like he's suffered a setback

      1. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        8 days, 13 hours ago

        A few steps back sounds scary...

  5. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    8 days, 13 hours ago

    Leeds fans.

    Who would you recommend - Klich or Harrison?

    1. Chandler Bing
      • 4 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      Not a fan but I heard Klich is on penalties. That makes him the better pick for me.

      1. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        8 days, 13 hours ago

        Thanks. How is your WC shaping up?

        1. Chandler Bing
          • 4 Years
          8 days, 13 hours ago

          Will look something like this. Might have Bruno + Son instead of Auba and Barnes.

          McCarthy/4.0
          Digne Saiss Lewis/Taylor Ayling Ferguson
          Auba KdB Rodriguez Barnes Bissouma
          Martial Jimenez DCL

  6. Chandler Bing
    • 4 Years
    8 days, 13 hours ago

    Which is the better duo until GW6? Becomes Salah + Zaha/Grealish then.

    A. Bruno + Son
    B. Auba + Barnes

    B would mean I'd have to captain Martial GW2.

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      B and captain Auba GW2 instead? Lol x

      1. Chandler Bing
        • 4 Years
        8 days, 13 hours ago

        Lol should be "A would mean"*

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      B

    3. RED_ARMY
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      A

  7. The FPL Wire - Episode 3
    Lateriser 12
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    8 days, 13 hours ago

    New Episode Alert

    "Why did you have to ask me first?" - The FPL Wire Ep 3

    Zophar, BigManBakar & I discuss GW1 Observations, Spurs Assets, Early Wildcards, Mo, Everton, Chelsea, Liverpool, Budget Strikers, Fixtures, Cleansheets, Caps & Our Teams.

    Hope you Enjoy 🙂

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    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      Max respect for all you guys. You may just be the first FPL podcast I ever listen to x

    2. waltzingmatildas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      Exciting! Any suggestions on Mané/pulisic on the pod?

      1. Lateriser 12
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 days, 13 hours ago

        Yes on Mane no on Puli.

        1. waltzingmatildas
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          8 days, 13 hours ago

          Great, I'll listen in. Thanks!

    3. Chandler Bing
      • 4 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      Finally! Was waiting for your reaction to the GW. I also gambled on no Salah and unsurprisingly broke the record of my worst ever GW score.

      1. Lateriser 12
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 days, 13 hours ago

        Atleast we can hog some free green arrows hopefully

    4. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      Thanks LR. A must watch for me every week at the moment!

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

        Thanks GB hope you're keeping well

        1. Munchen KFC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          8 days, 8 hours ago

          Three episodes in and I love this podcast.
          Feel like somebody with some money to invest in the stock market.
          Give it to Lateriser and get rich quick or go busy.
          Give it to Zophar and Bigmanbakar and watch it grow slowly.
          Which way do you like to invest?
          Great show guys!

          1. Munchen KFC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            8 days, 8 hours ago

            bust not busy

    5. Make America Greta Again
      • 6 Years
      8 days, 8 hours ago

      Great listening guys, enjoyed while scoffing some IPA and crisps.

    6. Albrightondknight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 days, 5 hours ago

      These are great looking forward to this one. Keep up the good work.

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

      appreciate the love guys

  8. Better Call Paul
    • 4 Years
    8 days, 13 hours ago

    Right guys hope everyone had a good first GW!

    I actually got 94 points and pretty happy with myself

    My team is this

    Ramsdale (steer)

    TAA James Ayling Saïss (KWP)

    Salah Aub Son ASM (Bowen)

    Lacazette Adams (Davis)

    Going for a 442 this GW or maybe a 352 with Saïss on the bench

    Any glaring transfers of should I stick?

    Really want Fernandes but will have to take hit to get him is as want to keep salah and aub long term

  9. waltzingmatildas
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    8 days, 13 hours ago

    My two major concerns are Mané and pulisic, although I do also have ings and Adams as well.
    Which one(s) need addressing first?

    1. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      Depends a lot on Pulisic being available I guess.

      Two Soton strikers certainly seems too much. I have them too and looking sell Ings for Martial or DCL.

    2. Shaw Manc Redemption
      • 4 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      Mane will come good - so really the Pulisic injury issue is your main thing to watch. Ings will come good - can't believe people are so quick to reject him. Adams was always a bet.

    3. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      Mane should not be a concern.
      Pulisic depends on availability
      Ings and Adams will at least play.
      So the biggest concern out of those 4 has to be Pulisic based on injury news.

    4. waltzingmatildas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 days, 12 hours ago

      Cheers guys. I'll just hold off for now

  10. Russell
    • 7 Years
    8 days, 13 hours ago

    Wow never seen someone go to such lengths to justify having a player in their team, highlighting off the ball runs! Better to accept he will take a while to adapt and is young than convince yourself he's still a good pick.

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      Quite ridiculous cherry picking. Havertz was complete garbage no way around that fact

    2. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      Such lengths?

      The £8.5m man has already been sold by 45,000+ managers for Gameweek 2 off the back of a largely anonymous display, but some of his owners may be prepared to show slightly more patience.

      Really searing commentary there

      1. Russell
        • 7 Years
        8 days, 13 hours ago

        Don't quite understand what you're trying to say tbh. There are 4 pictures of him standing in the box, and roughly another 7 paragraphs. The line you highlight plus a small bit of commentary would have sufficed.

        1. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          8 days, 13 hours ago

          I’m saying I think it was a fair and measured take

          I love how all the good picks are always the player, but the bad picks are FFS fault.

          1. Nightcrawler
            • 1 Year
            8 days, 12 hours ago

            Where is he blaming ffs? If an article about havertz came out before the match and he made this comment it would be different. Theyre just pretending he had a good game now

            1. The Suspended One
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              8 days, 12 hours ago

              You were both clearing insinuating he was a bad pick and didn’t deserve more than a mention

          2. Russell
            • 7 Years
            8 days, 12 hours ago

            I don't actually have Havertz .

    3. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      Instead of making assumptions about people's intentions, and reading between the lines, why don't you take them by their actual words? He literally posts visual evidence (which was awesome), and statistical evidence, showing the good and bad parts about Havertz's display. So what did you disagree with in this article?

      Constructive criticism is great, I'm a big fan of it, but this is just empty drivel. I thought this was one of David's best articles!

      1. DandyDon
        • 1 Year
        8 days, 13 hours ago

        This. I don’t have Havertz but noticed his runs early on in the game and have him down as a target for Chelsea’s easier games. Having paid so much for him we know Chelsea will give him a good run of starts.

      2. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 days, 12 hours ago

        You can make similar arguments for literally everyone. It's disingenuous. Havertz was shite and this article makes it sound like he's a valid pick

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          8 days, 12 hours ago

          Also if he was going to post a balanced and stats based analysis of Havertz, where is the heat map that shows his average position was less advanced than Jorginho..

          1. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            8 days, 12 hours ago

            It’s on there; he said he was largely level with zouma on the night...

          2. Giggs Boson
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            8 days, 12 hours ago

            Literally, the first thing it shows in the member's part of the article is positional maps highlighting and criticising his deep position... 😆

      3. Russell
        • 7 Years
        8 days, 12 hours ago

        I'm not having a go at the article which is very detailed and has many interesting snippets, I just feel too much attention was paid to one player who was not as good as everyone expected.

        1. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          8 days, 12 hours ago

          Shouldn’t the most popular picks be the focus? Lots of Havertz owners will be selling or wondering whether to give another chance, if he scores vs Liverpool on one of the highlighted runs, I would think this insight would prove very valuable. A hell of a lot more valuable that 100 keyboard warriors saying they don’t rate anyone who they didn’t pick or didn’t score in GW.

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            8 days, 12 hours ago

            Well said

        2. Giggs Boson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          8 days, 12 hours ago

          That's fair and valid criticism.

          But accusing him of trying to justify a bad pick he made is just an assumption. He might not be doing that. He genuinely might be trying to get to the bottom of that performance. There's a good player in Havertz somewhere. We all raving about his arrival a few days ago...

          I'm sorry if I'm a little harsh about this, it's just I've seen an anti-David agenda on here before, and any hint of group bullying gets me angry. It really bothers me. I know in those situations having just one person stand with you makes you all the difference.

          1. Russell
            • 7 Years
            8 days, 12 hours ago

            Yes I have absolutely no issue with the author and didn't realise there may have been issues in the past. Thanks for this post, noted for next time I comment 'negatively' to actually think about what I'm trying to get across - admittedly I should never start with a wow as that is quite aggressive. My bad, but glad you realised that wasn't my intention by the end.

          2. Kamara Police
            • 2 Years
            8 days, 11 hours ago

            good points...well made, as always..top poster

    4. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      Couldn't have said it any better myself

  11. The Suspended One
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    8 days, 13 hours ago

    Lampety 4.0 again huh?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      They're getting more frequent these pricing errors in articles

  12. KUNingas
    • 4 Years
    8 days, 13 hours ago

    A) Alli -> Bruno
    B) Mitro/Adams + Alli -> Martial + James (-4)

    1. n-doggg
      • 8 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      A

  13. Strchld
    • 4 Years
    8 days, 13 hours ago

    Theres a good change that Martial rise tonight. Any reason why I wouldnt Make this transfers now?

    Ings and Alli >> Rodriguez and Martial

    1. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      Those look good moves to me, but you could just wait on tonight’s cup games in case anything else comes up.

      1. Strchld
        • 4 Years
        8 days, 13 hours ago

        Yes, of course im waiting those games

  14. AuFeld
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 days, 13 hours ago

    Is Jamal Lewis nailed as the LB for Newcastle?

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      Yep, literally have no one else

      1. AuFeld
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 days, 13 hours ago

        Lol. That is reassuring. Thanks.

    2. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      Yeah.

  15. FPL ElasticO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    8 days, 13 hours ago

    G2g for GW 2??

    Ryan
    Justin / TAA / Coleman / Saliba
    Auba(c) / Salah / Bruno / ASM
    Werner / Adams

    Bench:: McCarthy / Saiss / Bissouma / Davis

    1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      8 days, 12 hours ago

      Looks good. You want to risk Saiss against City if Saliba does not play? Or the fact that Saliba might just make a cameo and give you 1.

  16. Baravan
    • 7 Years
    8 days, 13 hours ago

    Hey you casuals, Saiss doesn't get 15 points every week, James doesn't score 14 points the next week, Willian doesn't make 3 assists till the end of his career.
    Don't complain about your bad luck later.

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      I can hear the cries now

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      Saiss isn't gonna get 570 points this season?

  17. n-doggg
    • 8 Years
    8 days, 13 hours ago

    I’ve already decided to sell son. Question is, which Utd asset to go for. I still have Salah and will probably use him to make way for kdb instead of Auba. So, 0.5itb

    A. Son to rashford
    B. Son and Adams to Bruno and Davis
    C. Son and Adams to martial and Foden
    D. Son and dcl to martial and James

    1. ElliotJHP
      • 8 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      I'm weighing up doing A and I think Rash is the best option especially ahead of a home game and without a hit

    2. International Richard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      I like A

    3. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      8 days, 12 hours ago

      A

  18. aircraft1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    8 days, 13 hours ago

    Evening.

    Werner & Son > Richarlison & Bruno for a - 4pt

    Yah or Nah?

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      Nah

  19. Pep Roulette
    • 2 Years
    8 days, 13 hours ago

    Harrison/Klich or Podence?

    1. Alonso The Great Midfielder
      • 8 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      im going with leeds midfielder

    2. Wild Card this...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      Harrison is City player on loan....Klich is probably on pens and Podence will be rotate. Probably Polish guy.

    3. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      8 days, 12 hours ago

      Kilch

    4. Pep Roulette
      • 2 Years
      8 days, 10 hours ago

      Cheers everyone

  20. Alonso The Great Midfielder
    • 8 Years
    8 days, 13 hours ago

    Any leeds fan here? Im.watching highlight from championship and does Dalas play various position last season? Im.thinking bringing him.in together with harrison/clich

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      I like Dallas but Ayling more nailed

      1. Alonso The Great Midfielder
        • 8 Years
        8 days, 13 hours ago

        thought dalas play all games last season

        1. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          8 days, 13 hours ago

          He did, but was moved around more; it was suggested here he may get some time in mf against weaker teams

          I definitely prefer him and would be willing to take slight rotation risk if it comes

          1. Alonso The Great Midfielder
            • 8 Years
            8 days, 13 hours ago

            yeah tq for comment. Definetely will bring him.in

    2. ElliotJHP
      • 8 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      Not a Leeds fan but what I followed it is the case, looks pretty nailed at left back at the moment though.

      Got him in my team coming in for this GW

      1. Alonso The Great Midfielder
        • 8 Years
        8 days, 13 hours ago

        yeah perfect replacement for saliba for me. If Bielsa can play him at midfield for some games than can be a germ.like.lundstram

      2. Jordan.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        8 days, 12 hours ago

        not a leeds fan either,i might be soon though ,so much energy ,poles apart from spurs...

  21. Pukki Blinders
    • 1 Year
    8 days, 13 hours ago

    A) Salah + Antonio --> Bruno + Jimi
    B) Havertz + Antonio --> 7.0 mid + Martial

    Determined to take a hit to remove Antonio and bring in a United asset...

    1. Alonso The Great Midfielder
      • 8 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      i think hit at early season is not gonna hurt

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        8 days, 13 hours ago

        that's what I reckon, which looks better?

        1. Alonso The Great Midfielder
          • 8 Years
          8 days, 13 hours ago

          b until.havertz find some of his magic

  22. Apwilkin
    8 days, 13 hours ago

    What do we think. If Alli starts in Europa league Thursday, does that mean Jose has relegated him to the B team? Or is that more likely that he will get minutes in PL this weekend?

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      You know the answer to that

      1. Apwilkin
        8 days, 13 hours ago

        Ya... just trying to keep myself optimistic that Alli isn’t a total bust in my squad.

        1. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          8 days, 13 hours ago

          But Jose loves him! Lol. I’d move on

    2. zizoo10
      • 4 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      who cares get him out

    3. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      You’ll be 2nd guessing either way and he’s going to drop in price, id hop off I think lo celso could come in he’s got more energy

      Then again after that gw my opinion is pretty irrelevant

      1. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        8 days, 13 hours ago

        Lo Celso is playing too deep, I’d like him as a 10

  23. aaroncfc
    • 4 Years
    8 days, 13 hours ago

    TAA & Son OUT
    Shaw & De Bruyne IN

    Yay or nay?

    1. Apwilkin
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      I think you will regret TAA

      1. axos86
        • 4 Years
        8 days, 13 hours ago

        nay

    2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      8 days, 12 hours ago

      Naa

  24. Rhodes your boat
    • 4 Years
    8 days, 13 hours ago

    Best option?

    A) havertz martial
    B) rashford ings

    1. Alonso The Great Midfielder
      • 8 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      b because need havertz to settle down first

      1. axos86
        • 4 Years
        8 days, 13 hours ago

        b

    2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      8 days, 12 hours ago

      B

  25. axos86
    • 4 Years
    8 days, 13 hours ago

    Leno (Steer)
    TAA KWP Davies White Mitchell
    KDB Salah Son Pereira Saka
    Mitro Werner Adams

    1FT Saka out and keep the rest of the team?

  26. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    8 days, 13 hours ago

    Looking increasingly like I may need to make moves earlier than planned because of price changes. Which looks best?

    A) Ings > Martial (FT)
    B) Havertz, Ings > Bruno, DCL (-4)
    C) Havertz, Ings > Martial, JRod (-4) + 1.0itb

    0.5itb
    McCarthy, Steer
    TAA, Davies, KWP, Taylor, Mitchell
    Salah, Auba, Havertz*, ASM, Soucek
    Werner, Ings*, Brewster

    I'd like to be able to give Ings another chance but he definitely didn't light up the world and he's needed in the moves to ensure I get 1 MUN asset (necessary imo).

    The other issue is the defence - KWP looks to have been a unnecessary double up and yet to be seen if Taylor/ BUR will deliver - but this doesn't feel an immediate priority.

    Cheers!

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      A

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 days, 12 hours ago

        You have faith in Havertz? I have no doubt he is a talent but wondering if it’s too soon from FPL perspective until he beds into the system and finds his place and Frank has full faith.

        The Everton lads looking very good (can’t believe I just said that - *pukes*)

  27. CelticBhoy1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    8 days, 13 hours ago

    A) Son and Ings

    B) J Rod and Vardy

    1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      8 days, 12 hours ago

      B

  28. zizoo10
    • 4 Years
    8 days, 13 hours ago

    has jrod taken siggys spot? or will they both start eventually? im just scared jrod will get rotated, thats just the type of player hes always been

    1. Pep Roulette
      • 2 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      Are you serious? I can't see him being rotated at Everton!

  29. LewanGOALski
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    8 days, 13 hours ago

    looks like Arkadiusz Milik might join Tottenham in the next couple of days

    1. Pep Roulette
      • 2 Years
      8 days, 13 hours ago

      Source?

  30. fylde2022
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 days, 13 hours ago

    I tried to be clever and left Salah out.
    I always start slow, in the FPL.

    Would you ship Robbo, to free up funds, for the next few GWs?

    McCarthy
    TAA Robertson Egan
    ASM Havertz Alli Aubameyang Stephen's
    Martial Mitrovic

    Steer, Mitchell, Saiss, Werner