Football Index

Why fixture difficulty can be important in Football Index

The new season is already underway, as is my debut campaign betting on Football Index (FI).

As mentioned previously, I’m going to be dipping my toe into the potentially lucrative FI waters all year, hoping to build a modest budget into something a little showier.

We ran over the basic rules of the game in that first article, so today I’m going to start looking a bit deeper into how I might be successful betting on the football stockmarket.

One other thing of note is Premier League bias. We will mostly be looking at Premier League players this season so we can tie FI coverage into our FPL content.

However, FI runs across five major European leagues – England, Spain, Italy, Germany and France – as well as the two UEFA club competitions, so we’ll be removing our Little Englander blinkers from time to time, and especially when there’s a player or Euro event that just can’t be ignored.

And so onwards to…

Will Cheap = Cheerful?

At the most basic level, betting and trading in shares requires you to buy low and sell high.

With that in mind, a good place to start looking for FI bargain bets is among the unknowns, either in terms of their overall (lack of) celebrity among football fans or as a first-time Premier League performer.

In other words, who will be this season’s Teemu Pukki?

Well, first up it’s wise to remember that a breakthrough striker from the Championship is not an every-season phenomenon. Don’t try to force players into pre-conceived narratives. Instead, discover the narrative that fits a player.

Last season, in FPL, that included both Pukki’s early goals and the out-of-position delights of John Lundstram.

This term, my eyes are being drawn to Leeds United.

Manager Marcelo Bielsa is not nicknamed ‘El Loco’ because of his singular devotion to steam trains, so it’s highly unlikely the Whites are going to be shunted into the sidings of dull irrelevance, to mix a metaphor or two.

There’s a feeling of all or nothing about him and his team. They could crash and burn, or they could win hearts, minds and a fine haul of points with a heady mix of high pressing at home and counter-attacks on the road.

Record signing Rodrigo Moreno has already caught my eye – mainly because he’s currently available for about one quid a share. For context, the most expensive player in FI at present is a certain Borussia Dortmund youngster available for well over £14.

Should Moreno quickly find his feet in a Leeds team with, it must be said, a tricky opening set of games, then the striker’s value is not going to stay so wonderfully low.

‘Should’ is doing all the heavy lifting in the previous sentence, mind, so we shall see.

The Fixtures ‘N’ Form Boys

If Leeds’ early schedule is not the easiest, there’s always another team with a brighter immediate outlook.

That leads me on to an FI tactic probably the closest to standard FPL practice – pinpoint a player with a great schedule and tap into it, and them.

With FI, the upsides of this are many.

As well as getting in-play dividends (see below) early doors, they’re in with a chance of the usual match day and team of the month bonuses.

And, if they’re doing the business consistently, they’re also likely to feature heavily in the press, which opens up opportunities to win media dividends on a daily basis.

Success should also breed success, with more fellow managers buying into your prescient pick and bumping up his overall value.

Chelsea have one of the kindest opening set of fixtures, with ‘opening’ here meaning ‘all the way through to Christmas’. Of the biggest teams in the league, Frank Lampard’s men will face only Liverpool (at home) and Man United (away) across their first 14 matches, running into the dim and distant future that is December 19.

Tapping into the wealth of Chelsea’s attacking options seems wise, therefore, with their most expensive FI asset, a certain new striker from the Bundesliga, setting you back close to £6 a share.

Their other major summer transfer business involved Hakim Ziyech, who looked good in the pre-season game at Brighton before succumbing to a knee injury. That has knocked quite a bit of value off him, so he could be worth a look at the mid-£3 mark if he recovers sooner rather than later.

Another team with a great initial schedule is Manchester United.

As you might expect, there’s a lot of money tied up in their key assets, but at around £3 a share, a certain French striker looks well-priced.

If he can continue last season’s fine form – he was United’s leading scorer in FPL with 200 points – then he looks under-valued, particularly with Champions League football to further sweeten the deal.

In-play dividends

This is the closest FI comes to an FPL-style short-term bet.

Some managers might buy a player in for a specific Gameweek. That’s some managers. It’s rare and, presumably, not overly successful, but many of us have eyed up an asset with a good run of, say, four fixtures before things turn nastier further down the line.

FI pays out in-play dividends to all players you bet for the 30 days following that purchase.

It is, potentially, a canny way to win in the short term. How long you keep these players after that initial burst of potential profit is, as ever, the key to longer-term success.

Again, Man United’s early run looks so tempting – Spurs, Chelsea and Arsenal should be their toughest tests in the first 11 matches, and all three of those are at Old Trafford.

Tapping into that schedule across the first 30 days of a bet could be lucrative if you buy a United player at the right time (and price, obviously).

Make a bet, for example, just before the early October home game with Spurs, and you’ll have opportunities to win in-play dividends from both domestic and Champions League football.

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671 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Gameweek 1 Rough with the Smooth
    Geoff
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 7 Years
    6 days, 1 hour ago

    How was your GW1?

    Were any of your players benched? Did you get any injuries? How did your bench perform? Did your captain return?

    Tell us your tales of joy and woe from Gameweek 1, here:

    1. shirtless
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 days, 1 hour ago

      Rough; Nuno tucking me up with Vinagre. Worst thing was Saïss was my no1 replacement but decided to keep maximum spare funds in the bank. Loads of 1 & 2 pointers but expected that with Bruno and Taylor benched I had to wheel out the dross.

      Smooth; Salah(c) what a great start to the season especially as I didn’t own Sterling for his last year. Auba, Werner, KWP getting away with that red was a bonus and Mitchell subbing in for Vinagre for 68 points. Solid start.

    2. Little Red Lacazette
      • 3 Years
      6 days, 1 hour ago

      Went ok. 71 points with Mitchell coming off the bench. Werner on watch list.

    3. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      6 days, 1 hour ago

      Only captain returned. Rest all blanked. 28 points. Awful start.

      Took several risks with Vinagre, Pulisic and Martinez with Foden and Martial on the bench.

      Only good thing now is I have 2 Mancs for GW2 with 1FT banked.

      1. Long ago I drew a walrus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        6 days, 1 hour ago

        Wahey, I thought my 34 was the lowest of the lot 😀

    4. LAMELA_AND_CONSUELA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 days, 1 hour ago

      Best start ever:) Smooth Salah (C), Saiss, Zaha, Wilson and Aubemayang with points. 92 total.
      Rough: Justin and Mitchell on the bench.

      1. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
        • 4 Years
        6 days, 1 hour ago

        Nice score, congrats

        1. LAMELA_AND_CONSUELA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 days, 1 hour ago

          Thank you.

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

        excellent week, well done, really like the zaha pick

        1. LAMELA_AND_CONSUELA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 days, 1 hour ago

          thank you

    5. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
      • 4 Years
      6 days, 1 hour ago

      79 points for me, very nice start.

      Smooth: salah captain and romain saiss.

      Rough: Alli and Havertz were a bit rubbish. Also benched justin cause I'm dumb.

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

      76 points with Saiss really propelling me with a 15 pointer. I nearly fell into the vinagre trap. Saka not starting meant i jammed the mitchell 6 points from my bench. Pleased I have dallas and martial to come in off my bench for next gw2 to start and feel i made the right call with DCL as a season holder

      Issues are obviously saka and Pereira from WBA, have an eye on foden along with the wolves wingers (Podence and Neto) to come in, will give them both one week and bank my transfer

    7. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 days, 1 hour ago

      Smooth: Jimenez and Saiss goals in the first 10 minutes of Sheff Utd-Wolves. Love Wolves!

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

        thoughts on Podence and Neto, any worth it?

    8. waltzingmatildas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 days, 1 hour ago

      Woe
      Mane (C) - had good reasons, but it hurt!
      Double Saints fwds blanking
      45pts total
      No Man U/Man C benched

      Joy
      Reece James points
      Mitchell autosub for Pulisic
      Bissouma and Mitchell starting

    9. farmerfat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 days, 1 hour ago

      Smooth - Salah Captain, Wilson Goal, James return 84 points

      Rough - Removed Vardy, Saiss and James before deadline to fit Havertz in

      1. farmerfat
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        6 days, 1 hour ago

        Justin return*

    10. Donblaster
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 days, 1 hour ago

      Smooth: 80pts, very happy. mainly Salah (c) + Auba, Justin and Lascelles off the bench.

      Rough: looking at potential early price drops from no shows (eg Saliba) and underperformers (eg Son). Bit unlucky not to get a return from H.Barnes

    11. TiAgoFPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 days, 1 hour ago

      Rough: double saints attack , Alli , TAA 1pt
      Smooth: Mo Salah (c) Mitchell auto sub for vinagre

    12. Vobinho - Holly's Hams…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 days, 1 hour ago

      94 points, amazing start.

      Rough - Mitchell & Klich meaning 15 points on the bench
      Smooth - Salah (c), Auba, Digne, Tierney, Justin, Auba, Werner & Wilson all returned points.

    13. Vikram Solanki
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 days, 1 hour ago

      joy: held firm with Saiss despite naysayers here

      woe: had Wilson and Podence 5 mins before deadline but changed for Adams and ASM

    14. dicky2014
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 days, 1 hour ago

      Rough - My punt on Havertz going wrong, he looked totally lost. Vinagre not being a starter so a transfer coming.

      Smooth - Salah captain, Mitchell off bench, Justin.

      78 points, solid start.

    15. The Rumour Mill
      • 3 Years
      6 days, 1 hour ago

      Smooth: Auba Cap, Salah, Werner, Wilson, Robertson
      Hold/Low priority: McCarthy, KWP, TAA, Ayling, Burke, Bissouma
      Rough/High priority issues: Vinagre, Havertz, Mitrovic

      I think Mitrovic might turn out ok if he was just fatigued or slightly injured. Vinagre and Havertz are a big concern though. Havertz I thought was awful from watching the match, and this was backed up by the stats and his heatmap. Might need to get rid until he plays his way into some form and/or Pulisic and Ziyech become available instead.

    16. Joey Tribbiani
        6 days, 1 hour ago

        My best start to a season ever, 82 points. Thanks to Mark and Az for their Salah vs Auba stats, because that made me choose Salah as a captain. Holding off the bench for Vinagre. Can't complain.

        1. Az
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          5 days, 18 hours ago

          woo!

      • wulfranian
        • 3 Years
        6 days, 1 hour ago

        Rough.38 points.No Salah.I have Rudiger and Vinagre with Douglas(4.0) and Targett as my subs.McCarthy is my gk.I believed in Spurs so i tripled up with Kane,Son,Moura.Ings also blanked.Soy,Werner and Auba(c) the only good things.

      • Long ago I drew a walrus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        6 days, 1 hour ago

        I don't think I've ever had such a bad week - 34 points and I wasn't even trying to be maverick. Literally the only 'big' decision I made was to go without Salah. The rest of my team is actually quite template. And yet here I am with blanks from McCarthy, TAA, KWP, Vinagre (Ayling off the bench), Son, Havertz, ASM, Soucek and Adams. Auba (c) and Werner the only returns from the entire squad.

      • The_Lennonator
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 days, 1 hour ago

        Smooth: having Salah! Yay!
        Rough: not captaining him! Boo!
        Finished on 70, could have been 83 with right captain choice

      • Stats Don\'t Lie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        6 days, 1 hour ago

        I don't like to brag, but with a week like this I'm going to. My gw1 went smoother than Rob Holding's impression of Ronaldinho. It also showed how me how important learning from your mistakes in this game is.

        The entirety of pre-season I had been a firm advocate of going Salah-less, that is until Friday night. I thought back to what had let me down at the start of last season. I had started without Sterling who got a hattrick against West Ham and was a popular captain and I basically ended up WCing in gw3 to fit him in (after which he completely fell off a cliff). Suddenly having no Salah gave me a bad sense of deja-vu, so I made the switch to get him in. My reluctance towards early KO captains also meant I gave Salah the armband. Not only that but to fund Mo I had to make a downgrade in defence. I had been very keen to go big at the back and wanted to stay relatively true to this but to have Salah, Auba and Werner I couldn't go as big as I initially wanted. Luckily Ancelotti came in clutch and his press conference suggesting a likely start for Doucoure and Allan, enabled me to confidently downgrade Robertson to Digne and trust in an improved defensive performance from Everton. My favourite from last Season - The Saiss-mometer - also delivered on his promising attacking stats.

        All in all a stellar 103 pts!!!! and just my second ever sgw 100+ in 10 seasons. They're feeling like London buses right now, with the first coming thanks to Sterling and Antonio post lockdown. I feel like my season has peaked now, or maybe its a sign of things to come?

        1. Nanoelektronicar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          6 days, 1 hour ago

          Nice one, really regretting not having Digne.

        2. RedLightning - Top 10k Any …
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 10 Years
          5 days, 19 hours ago

          Are you the leader of my Opening Day League?
          He is also in his 10th season and scored 103 points, with Salah captain and his other biggest scorers being Saiss, Digne, Justin, Wilson, Aubameyang and Werner.

      • Apollo Sanchez
        • 6 Years
        5 days, 23 hours ago

        Smooth: transferred KWP to Justin about 30 minutes before the deadline

        Rough: Suppressed the urge to captain Salah because the majority would have it on Auba too

      • seanmcging
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        5 days, 23 hours ago

        Rough: Only 8 players this GW, with Pulisic, Saka & Vinagre not playing, plus 3 non players on the bench, so pretty bad start. At least I had Salah, but did not captain, that would have softened the blow a little..

      • Matjes_taet
        • 2 Years
        5 days, 23 hours ago

        Smooth: Decent start with 77 points. (Salah Cpt.)

        Rough: Digne & Lascelles on my bench.

      • Bullet Eder
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 days, 22 hours ago

        Rough: Switched Saiss, KWP and Lamptey to Vinagre, Egan and Taylor on Friday.

        Smooth: Salah captain, nothing else

      • AllGonePozzo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 days, 22 hours ago

        Rough: Ryan, TAA and Walker-Peters 1 pointers (arguably smooth given red card overturned) 3 others blanked.
        Smooth: Salah captain, Saiss, Jiminez, Auba, 84 points and 175k rank

      • Basil1977
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 days, 22 hours ago

        38 points Auba captain and Lampaty off the bench only highlights, 3 non playing players Pulic, Jota, Saka.
        Decided to play the wildcard sticking with my triple Liverpool defence thou.

      • Bury94
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 days, 21 hours ago

        Smooth - Salah captain

        Rough - basically everything else, Auba goal and Werner assist the only other points I got. 40 of my 67 points came from Salah, so the other 10 players averaged 2.7 points a player!

      • TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 days, 20 hours ago

        Solid meh. 59 points and fairly happy with all my picks bar being a stubborn idiot and picking mane over salah.

        I knew it was a bad idea but just wanted to be different haha

      • RedLightning - Top 10k Any …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        5 days, 19 hours ago

        Smooth: Mat K-Rul triple captained Mo Salah for a score of 134.
        He is 7th in the world and the early early leader in our Fantasy Football Scout mini-league.

      • lugs
        • 3 Years
        5 days, 18 hours ago

        rough, no Salah and only 40 pts

        Smooth, despite the bad start i actually quite like my team, the potential is there it just didn't happen for me this week

        team for next week

        McCarthy
        TAA, Tierney, Targett
        Auba, Havertz, Rodriguez, Foden
        Kane , Werner, Adams

        Steer, Bissouma, Davies, Buur

      • Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 days, 18 hours ago

        Smooth, my 3 Arsenal all returned and Willian was awesome.
        Rough, my 3 Spurs all flopped, Mitrovic didnt start, my bench boost was wasted and I dont have Salah.

      • Easy Cheesy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 days, 18 hours ago

        58 without salah.
        Rough: not having salah, and regrets over not trusting wolves
        Smooth: got better after salah haul

    17. CelticBhoy1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 days, 1 hour ago

      Hoe nailed is Reece James?

      Thinking of getting him now as he could be one for the season alongside TAA

      1. CelticBhoy1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        6 days, 1 hour ago

        *How

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

        He isn't nailed but should start most of the easier games which is what you want him for really

      3. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 days, 1 hour ago

        Nailedn’t

      4. Siva Mohan
        • 8 Years
        6 days, 1 hour ago

        Frank loves James .. could be rotated with Azpi for odd games

      5. lilmessipran
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        6 days, 1 hour ago

        I have him, even with his performance yesterday, not quite sure how they will setup once Chillwel is back and Azpi in the mix

    18. PogBruno
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 days, 1 hour ago

      Is Salah set for price increase before the deadline?

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

        Yes

      2. lilmessipran
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        6 days, 1 hour ago

        Aye

      3. Roy Rovers
        • 6 Years
        6 days, 1 hour ago

        He’s at 79.5% at the moment so good chance.

    19. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 days, 1 hour ago

      McCarthy
      TAA Ayling Justin
      Salah Auba Pulisic Soucek
      Werner Ings Adams

      (4.0 Taylor Bissouma Vinagre)
      0.0m

      A) Ings & Vinagre ➡️ Martial & 4.0m
      B) Ings & Pulisic ➡️ Martial & Rodriguez
      C) Anything else?

      1. Boberella
        • 3 Years
        6 days, 1 hour ago

        B for me from those options.

        1. Karan14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          6 days, 1 hour ago

          Anything else you would consider?

      2. K_UN_DE_BRU_YNE
        • 3 Years
        6 days, 1 hour ago

        -4 for only martial seems a bit nasty? B seems sthg great.
        Ings + pulisic > DCL + bruno?
        Oh you dont have extra 0.5 !"!

        1. Karan14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          6 days, 1 hour ago

          Not sure I definitely prefer DCL & Bruno over Martial & Rodriguez.

          I guess I just have to leave Vinagre in the bench now.

          1. K_UN_DE_BRU_YNE
            • 3 Years
            6 days, 1 hour ago

            Me too unlucky mate! Trying to make set n forget base for the defenders until wildcard but ends upon vinagre over saiss i had in another draft due to bruno quarantine rumours,now there is waste of transfer + value loss + point loss in vinagre, sthg disgusting.

    20. lilmessipran
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 days, 1 hour ago

      Ramsdale 4.0
      Taa Robbo James Kwp Ferguson
      Salah Auba Son Asm Bissouma
      Werner Adams Davis

      Planned transfers after gw2 with 2 FTs if no injuries/doubts, which sounds better

      1 Auba + Asm to Raz/KDB + Podence
      2 Taa + Auba + Asm to Saiss/Macaral+ Raz + Pulisic (if fit) for -4 hit.. (Getting rid of Taa could backfire but will still have Robbo to kinda cover for him and downgrade to Wolves defence will allow the Asm upgrade)
      3 Any other moves?

    21. shirtless
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 days, 1 hour ago

      I'm struggling to hold off Werner>Martial. Gives me a solid 1.5m ITB, two Utd and Auba/Salah. Next week deal with Adams, Mitro or Vineger with the money.

      I love the fact that Bruno and Martial are the cheapest premium picks in their respective positions. Plus you would expect Martial to return more than Werner this week and it possibly might make 0.2m in movement.

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        6 days, 1 hour ago

        I don’t like the sacrifice of Werner for Martial. Want to find a way to get both in

      2. Invincibles
        • 6 Years
        6 days, 1 hour ago

        Go for it. I'd want some chelsea cover though

      3. Kay317
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 days, 1 hour ago

        I'm contemplating the same thing. See below. Feel like martial is a good move and I want utd cover but ideally I want to see more from Werner first.

      4. shirtless
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        6 days, 1 hour ago

        I hear you. Always a transfer waiting to happen unless he hauled. Triggerlips called it. I don't trust a word these managers say anymore after Nuno last week. No point selling Vineger as I can park him third sub will just have to take the drop on the chin and maybe get Saiss at 5.1m next week. Not losing 0.1 on Werner though only to have him benched at the weekend. I've got Mitro likely dropping too! If there's any doubt I can't see him being risked with the amount of players they have.

    22. Invincibles
      • 6 Years
      6 days, 1 hour ago

      Took a -4. Looking all good?

      McCarthy
      TAA James Justin
      Bruno Salah Auba ASM
      Werner Wilson Mitro

      Sub: Nyland Mitchell Bissouma 4.0

      1. lilmessipran
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        6 days, 1 hour ago

        Is that James Justin or James Justin?

        1. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
          • 4 Years
          6 days, 1 hour ago

          I think its James Justin

        2. Invincibles
          • 6 Years
          6 days, 1 hour ago

          Clue: I'm fielding 11 players

    23. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      6 days, 1 hour ago

      How bad was the Werner injury? Thinking about switching to Martial.

      1. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        6 days, 1 hour ago

        Dead leg

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

        He will be fine for Liverpool game

      3. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
        • 4 Years
        6 days, 1 hour ago

        He'll he fine

      4. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        6 days, 1 hour ago

        Ok cheers

    24. Chilli Heatwave
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 1 hour ago

      Grealish new 5 year deal agreed 🙂

      1. lilmessipran
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        6 days, 1 hour ago

        Still won't be enough to keep them up

        1. Chilli Heatwave
          • 2 Years
          6 days, 1 hour ago

          As a villa fan, I couldn’t find a way to disagree more.

        2. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          6 days, 1 hour ago

          Naa i think they're good. Fulham, west brom, west ham to go down for me. Maybe Sheffield

          1. Chilli Heatwave
            • 2 Years
            6 days, 1 hour ago

            Think West Ham could be in trouble, club looks in a dire state

          2. Chilli Heatwave
            • 2 Years
            6 days, 1 hour ago

            Agree Fulham and West Brom and one other

          3. Invincibles
            • 6 Years
            6 days, 1 hour ago

            Agree, think Fulham will certainly go, all the omens are there for WHU too. A lot of poor teams down the bottom - WBA, Villa, Brighton all unimpressive, but Sheff Utd? surely not.

            1. Zim0
              • 2 Years
              6 days, 1 hour ago

              Brighton looked decent against chelsea and villa improved a lot last few matches of last season and have signed a good striker. Sheffields form started to drop last few matches of last season and without henderson (and with ramsdale) i don't see them having the same amount of clean sheets as last tim3

              1. Zim0
                • 2 Years
                6 days, 1 hour ago

                Oh it sent without me finishing. Sheffield also have no one who can score consistently for them so i think they're in trouble

      2. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        6 days, 1 hour ago

        Well no one was gonna buy him at that price. What else was he supposed to do 😛

        1. Chilli Heatwave
          • 2 Years
          6 days, 1 hour ago

          Could have forced a move if he fancied it, but never likely to do that to your boyhood club. Fair comment

          1. Zim0
            • 2 Years
            6 days, 1 hour ago

            Yeah. Good move from villa. And new signing of watkins and martinez(is it done yet?) should help a lot.

    25. Kay317
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 days, 1 hour ago

      Need a bit of advice...
      McCarthy
      TAA, Justin, Doherty
      Salah, Auba, ASM, Ali
      Werner, Adams, Wilson
      (Button, Walker Peters, Mitchell, Bissouma)

      Should I do:
      A) Werner to Martial
      B) Ali to Greenwood
      C) Doherty and Ali to Rashford and Shaw (-4)
      D) Ali and Werner to Rashford and Martial (-4)

      Other option is to hold and bring in KDB and Fernandes along with a 5mil defender for Doherty for a -4 next week.
      Any advice would be appreciated.

      1. SerieD
        • 3 Years
        6 days, 1 hour ago

        Alli out. That ia most important.

        1. Kay317
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          6 days, 1 hour ago

          Trouble is, of all those options, Greenwood is the least attractive to me.

      2. shirtless
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        6 days, 1 hour ago

        You can cover Utd with Martial and Chelsea with an Alli replacement. Not sure I'd take a -4 GW2 though.

    26. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 days, 1 hour ago

      Some talk of Brewster being allowed to go to Sheffield United on loan. See if it pans out. On paper looks a pretty poor place for his development and fantasy as they don’t score too many goals.

      1. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        6 days, 1 hour ago

        He'll score the goals

    27. Cheeto__Bandito
        6 days, 1 hour ago

        Son to Rashy for a hit?

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          6 days, 1 hour ago

          Probably not for a hit

      • ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
        • 5 Years
        6 days, 1 hour ago

        Will be interesting with the lack of pre season how many PL teams put out strong line ups in the League Cup this midweek..... Spurs in Europe too.... May be worth holding those transfers!

        1. Cheeto__Bandito
            6 days, 1 hour ago

            theyll all play reserves

        2. JenkoJunko
          • 2 Years
          6 days, 1 hour ago

          Morning all! Any Arsenal fans (or anyone else) on here have any idea what the deal is with Nketiah? I thought Arteta favoured him? I have him and don't know what to do with him? Ta very much!

          1. CHRISFF
            • 6 Years
            6 days, 1 hour ago

            He is not a nailed starter so I would get rid now as your not going to be sure about his minutes and is unlikely to start the next match.

            1. JenkoJunko
              • 2 Years
              6 days, 1 hour ago

              Thanks... I was leaning towards that! I just always like rolling the first transfer of the season. But i think you're right, think he'll be a headache

        3. Maddamotha
          • 3 Years
          6 days, 1 hour ago

          Wanted to save a FT, but don't feel good about my team tbh.
          Ings against Davies, Son against KWP, Werner against TAA.

          Save or make a move?

          Ramsdale
          TAA, Davies, Justin, KWP
          Son, Auba, Salah, ASM
          Ings, Werner

          Steer, Mitchell, Bissouma, Vassilev

          1. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
            • 4 Years
            6 days, 1 hour ago

            Save

            1. Maddamotha
              • 3 Years
              6 days, 51 mins ago

              Cheers homey

        4. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          6 days, 1 hour ago

          Plan was Salah > Bruno, but with Salah eagerness and Alli tumble, which one would you prefer?
          A. Save FT
          B. Alli > Rodríguez
          C. JWP > Doucoure
          D. Salah > Bruno as planned

          McCarthy (Steer)
          TAA Egan Davies (Taylor Mitchell)
          Alli Salah Auba JWP (Bissouma)
          Werner DCL Wilson

          1. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
            • 4 Years
            6 days, 1 hour ago

            Save

        5. unitednations
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          6 days, 1 hour ago

          Couple of decisions to make...have penned my thoughts but like your take

          A) Is Son >> Bruno worth it?
          - Son (sou, NEW, mun, WHU, bur, BHA, wba). Very good fix till gw9
          - Potentially captain option in gw3 when looking at other team fixtures
          - spurs didnt look great but he looked decent, on corners so g+a potential
          - However, will likely drop in price by saturday). BUT, if he hauls in gw2, great gw3 fixture so ppl will want to bring him in. if he flops in gw2, price will continue to drop further but one would be inclined to keep him for gw3....

          B) Is Salah + Adams >> Bruno + Martial (-4) worth it instead?
          - Salah has okkish fixtures. def won't captain him in gw2,3,5
          - the move takes out 1 big hitter and brings in 2 hitters which is the main attraction
          - Salah however looked phenomenal. onwership is sitting around 35%
          - Adams looked average, is not the main man in the team, might not even start gw2
          - If i take out Salah, i will bring him back in gw6 to the two home games.

          C) Is Son + Adams >> Rashford + DCL (-4) worth it instead?
          - Similar to A with the added benefit of getting DCL over Adams which is a big upgrade given Everton fixtures, how they played, more nailed on, price increase...
          - The question is whether Rashford is a big drop from Bruno? Bruno's ownership will be scary by the weekend
          - Comes back to the question whether it's ok taking out Son given the factors mentioned in A.

          1. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            6 days, 1 hour ago

            I like A

          2. Skloppy Kops
            • 5 Years
            6 days, 1 hour ago

            I'd go with A if you can fund the transfer without hits. But read somewhere that Bruno might be on quarantine threat, so its a wait and see.
            I like C also, as I can see Everton scoring some goals in their coming fixtures and DCL will surely be in the points.

          3. Wardinator
            • 5 Years
            6 days, 1 hour ago

            None of them, keep Son For at least 2 more games then decide

        6. nelluckram
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          6 days, 1 hour ago

          A) Son & Martial
          B) Rashford & Ings

          1. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            6 days, 1 hour ago

            A

          2. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            6 days, 1 hour ago

            Martial and Rash will score similarly, but see Ings scoring much more than Son especially if Son stays out wide

            1. nelluckram
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              6 days, 1 hour ago

              Yeah I'm leaning towards B...

          3. Tonyawesome69
            • 1 Year
            6 days, 1 hour ago

            B

          4. Vimes (No Arsenal Players)
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            6 days, 1 hour ago

            B

        7. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          6 days, 1 hour ago

          5-3 goal fest during the restart when Liverpool faced Chelsea... do we think we see another one ?

          1. CHRISFF
            • 6 Years
            6 days, 1 hour ago

            No i see a fiery game which liverpool win 1 nil

          2. Tonyawesome69
            • 1 Year
            6 days, 1 hour ago

            I expect a goal fest

          3. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
            • 4 Years
            6 days, 1 hour ago

            Won't be 5-3 again. I think 3-1 to liverpool. Chelsea still can't defend, kepa is useless and liverpool will probably give up 1 or 2 maybe on the break.

          4. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            6 days, 1 hour ago

            Nope.
            It was a must win game for Chelsea and Liverpool were getting the PL trophy.
            Excepting this one to be much more tactical and tight.

          5. Skloppy Kops
            • 5 Years
            6 days, 1 hour ago

            Can see goals both sides too.. 3-2 for LIV is my guess.

            1. Amey
              • 1 Year
              6 days, 1 hour ago

              This

        8. wolves_simmo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          6 days, 1 hour ago

          Is this worth a -4 for Rashford?

          Out: Ryan & Havertz
          In: 4.0GK & Rashford

          McCarthy
          Justin - TAA - Lascelles - KWP
          *Havertz* - Salah - Auba
          Werner - Wilson - Mitro

          Bench: *Ryan* - James - Podence - Bissouma

          1. Tonyawesome69
            • 1 Year
            6 days, 1 hour ago

            no

          2. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            6 days, 1 hour ago

            If you planned on a GK rotation then stick with it, don’t bail after 1 week

            1. wolves_simmo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              6 days, 1 hour ago

              I really want some United attacking coverage, the plan was for Greenwood but too much doubt over him.

        9. Tonyawesome69
          • 1 Year
          6 days, 1 hour ago

          Need some opinions on this.

          Havertz out
          A. Hamez
          B. Rashford
          C. - 4 downgrade TAA to Digne or Werner to DCL and bring in Bruno
          D. hold ft

          1.0itb
          McCarthy
          TAA Robbo Justin Ayling
          Auba Salah ASM Havertz*
          Werner Adams
          (Peacock Taylor Bissouma Vassilev)

        10. Nunoooooooooo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 days, 1 hour ago

          WC active! A or B guys?

          A) TAA - Justin - Saiss - C Taylor
          B) Robertson - Digne - Justin - Saiss

          A) With Bruno (Salah - KDB - Podence - Bissouma the rest)
          B) With Rashford

          B) McCarthy - fodder
          TAA - Justin - Saiss - C Taylor - Mitchell
          Salah - KDB - *Bruno* - Podence - Bissouma
          Martial - *Jiminez* - Brewster

          1. Nunoooooooooo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            6 days, 1 hour ago

            Ignore team at bottom, meant to delete that from the draft!

          2. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
            • 4 Years
            6 days, 1 hour ago

            Wow that didn't take long

            1. Nunoooooooooo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              6 days, 1 hour ago

              Had a shocker and got at least 4 fires to put out so not a lot of choice! 🙁

              1. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
                • 4 Years
                6 days, 1 hour ago

                Good luck, I wouldn't know who to out in a wildcard team yet

          3. Amey
            • 1 Year
            6 days, 1 hour ago

            B with Taylor

        11. alanduffin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          6 days, 1 hour ago

          How was your GW1? - 80 points

          Were any of your players benched? - Saka

          Did you get any injuries? - Werner
          How did your bench perform? - Mitchell (6) in for Saka

          Did your captain return? - Salah (40)

          Tell us your tales of joy and woe from Gameweek 1, here:

          Robertson looked good, Justin 9 points, TAA and KWP the other defenders.

          Salah, Auba, JWP and ASM. Need returns from JWP and ASM.

          Werner the lone striker.

          Other bench players Martial and Vassilev.

          Selling Saka and Werner this week for Bruno & Wickham and will play 4-4-5-1 or 5-4-1 till the international break then re-assess.

          Incidentally my first ever comment on FFScout.

          Cheers

          Alan

        12. farmerfat
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          6 days, 1 hour ago

          Any Sheffield United fans around here?

          Wondering if Burke will get a start anytime soon after the lacklustre display last night?

          1. Wılly
            • 7 Years
            6 days, 1 hour ago

            Impact sub at the most

            1. CHRISFF
              • 6 Years
              6 days, 1 hour ago

              They look likely to get Brewster and he will start for them

        13. Wılly
          • 7 Years
          6 days, 1 hour ago

          Pulisic to Rodriguez?

          Only Mitchell and Bissouma to cover if he doesn't play and looking unlikely right now

          1. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
            • 4 Years
            6 days, 1 hour ago

            Good shout

        14. Atimis
          • 4 Years
          6 days, 1 hour ago

          Do only Ings to Martial or worth going for Bruno - Son Ings and Bruno DCL ?
          DCL looking good considering the Everton's fixtures.

        15. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          6 days, 1 hour ago

          Havertz + Antonio -> 7.0 mid and Martial?

          If so which of Madds, Barnes, Grealish, Foden is best?

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

            Barnes or Grealish

        16. JollyGoodYellows
          • 1 Year
          6 days, 1 hour ago

          Is it worth saving the FT here or getting rid of Alli?

          Mccarthy (Button)
          TAA Davies Justin Holding (Mitchell)
          Salah Alli Auba (Soucek Bissouma)
          Mitro Werner Ings

          1. CHRISFF
            • 6 Years
            6 days, 1 hour ago

            Get rid

        17. Big Hippo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          6 days, 1 hour ago

          Can the RMT gurus please have another look at James Rodriguez? Projected points look too low to me. Thanks!

          1. Pompel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            6 days, 1 hour ago

            Shhh

          2. CHRISFF
            • 6 Years
            6 days, 1 hour ago

            He will be on pens imo and that is not taken into account looks a good pick

            1. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              6 days, 1 hour ago

              They had 1 pen last season...

              1. CHRISFF
                • 6 Years
                6 days, 1 hour ago

                that was last season much better team this season and pens will increase because of it

            2. CHRISFF
              • 6 Years
              6 days, 1 hour ago

              The whole team will want him to score asap other than maybe greedy Richarlison. So I see him getting his first goal this weekend with an assist aswell and feel he may even be a good differential captain pick

        18. phily4321
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          6 days, 1 hour ago

          Werner > martial with FT? It has been my plan but slightly doubting it now

          Mccarthy,
          Taa, doc, lascelles, KWP
          Salah, auba, havertz, alli
          Werner, Adams