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How De Bruyne’s new Man City role affects his FPL credentials

Wolves 1-3 Man City

  • Goals: Raúl Jiménez (£8.5m) | Kevin De Bruyne (£11.6m), Phil Foden (£6.5m), Gabriel Jesus (£9.5m)
  • Assists: Daniel Podence (£5.5m) | Raheem Sterling (£11.5m), De Bruyne
  • Bonus points: De Bruyne x3, Foden x2, Jesus x1

Kevin De Bruyne‘s (£11.6m) new role at Manchester City looks set to have a massive impact on Fantasy Premier League managers this season.

Having spent much of 2019/20 in a central midfield trio, the Belgian was deployed as an out-and-out number 10 in Monday night’s 3-1 win over Wolves, something that heavily influenced his 13-point haul.

De Bruyne registered a goal and assist at Molineux, spending the evening causing unending problems for a defence that has been the Premier League’s best since Gameweek 25 of last season.

In that time, Wolves had ranked best for shots in the box conceded, big chances conceded, shots on target conceded, expected goals conceded (xGC) and clean sheets. But De Bruyne’s more attacking role helped Manchester City dismantle Nuno Espirito Santo’s men with relative ease.

The Belgian’s number 10 duties were facilitated by the addition of Nathan Aké (£5.5m) to Pep Guardiola’s squad. That meant, despite Aymeric Laporte (£6.0m) missing the game, that Fernandinho (£5.5m) was free to return to midfield, where he formed a defensive patrol alongside Rodrigo (£5.5m).

“Fernandinho will be really important. He’s 35 years old and he cannot play every three days. Last year he struggled a lot to be fit for most of the season but he played really well with Rodri [against Wolves]. They were both good with and without the ball.” – Pep Guardiola

They were an effective pair in terms of protecting Manchester City’s back-four from Wolves’ attackers for most of the game, allowing De Bruyne to focus only what was in front of him. As already mentioned, the result was a man-of-the-match performance from the premium midfielder, as he tormented Wolves all night long, scored a fifth penalty in all competitions since February, and threw himself into the captaincy conversation for a Gameweek 3 visit to the Etihad Stadium for Leicester City.

“Not just today but since we came back, every training session I feel (De Bruyne) is incredibly committed. Right now, he is an incredibly important player for us. He always was but with the situation, we are in now he is so important. He played really well, shot an incredible penalty, he was strong and he did it perfectly. The amount of assists, how he runs. He played really well, like the whole team.” – Pep Guardiola

The question is, will Guardiola continue to use De Bruyne as a number 10? It is always impossible to second-guess the Manchester City boss, of course, but considering how effective his 4-2-3-1 formation was at Molineux, it would make a lot of sense to deploy it against Leicester too.

In many respects, Guardiola will be restricted in how much he can tweak his team selection for Gameweek 3 considering the number of absent players right now. Bernardo Silva (£7.5m) is out until the international break, while Ilkay Gundögan (£5.5m) has tested positive for coronavirus.

“Joao (Cancelo), Bernardo (Silva), Oleks(andr Zinchenko) and Sergio (Aguero) will be longer probably after the international break. That is the situation today but it will maybe change a little bit.” – Pep Guardiola

Those absences should leave Guardiola with no option but to roll with Fernandinho, Rodrigo and De Bruyne in midfield against Leicester. Meanwhile, the City manager has done his Fantasy counterparts a favour in terms of peace of mind, by revealing on Monday night that the Thursday-evening EFL Cup match would mostly feature younger and academy players instead of key first-teamers.

Meanwhile, Aguero’s ongoing absence boosts the FPL credentials of Gabriel Jesus (£9.5m), who got his first goal of the season in Monday night’s win.

While Raheem Sterling (£11.5m) and Phil Foden (£6.5m) still have to compete with Riyad Mahrez (£8.5m) and new signing Ferran Torres (£7.0m) for starting berths on the flanks of attacking midfield, there is a lot more certainty of starts for Jesus until Aguero returns.

The Brazilian made the most of his first outing of the campaign at Wolves, acting as a tireless member of the attack and going close to finding the net before his stoppage-time goal.

In the 42nd minute, he provided an excellent cushion header for De Bruyne to ghost past Willy Boly (£5.5m) and get one-on-one with Rui Patrício (£5.5m). The Wolves goalkeeper produced a fantastic save to deny the Belgian, who would have earned an assist for Jesus.

In the 52nd minute, De Bruyne played an outside-of-the-boot pass to Jesus, who came back across Conor Coady (£5.0m) and saw his left-foot shot saved by Patrício again.

Then, late in the game, the striker surged forward on the counter-attack and fired a powerful shot from distance that Patrício did well to tip around the post. It looked as if it would be a night of bad luck for Jesus owners in terms of attacking returns, until De Bruyne rolled the ball to him on the edge of the box, allowing him to blast home a deserved goal.

With Leicester, Leeds, Arsenal and West Ham the next four matches for Manchester City, an attacking double-up would certainly have its merits. As already mentioned, Jesus looks the most nailed-on option outside of De Bruyne for anyone looking for such a set-up.

As much as Manchester City kept Wolves at bay for most of the game, the home side did force their way into proceedings during the last half an hour, a spell which helped fine-tune how best to invest in their assets moving forward.

Nuno’s men face an excellent run of upcoming games, putting them against West Ham (away), Fulham (home), Leeds (away), Newcastle (home) and Crystal Palace (home) between now and Gameweek 7.

Perhaps the safest bet has to be Raúl Jiménez (£8.5m), whose headed goal against Manchester City means he has two in as many appearances at the start of this season.

But with his price still causing a few issues for the big spenders in midfield, Fantasy managers are considering Daniel Podence (£5.5m) for their teams, and with good reason.

Like Jiménez, Wolves’ number 10 has two attacking returns in two. In his case, they are both assists but Podence’s first goal of the season does not look a long way off.

In the 53rd minute, makeshift wing-back Adama Traoré (£6.5m) got the better of Benjamin Mendy (£6.0m), squaring the ball early to an unmarked Podence hovering in the middle of the box. His shot on the turn was off-target, but this passage of play was indicative of the positions Podence has been drifting into from the flanks of Wolves’ front-three.

Pedro Neto (£5.5m) found some joy behind Mendy a few minutes later, cutting back to Podence in the box. While he let the ball run for Ruben Neves (£5.5m) with a dummy, it was another promising position taken up by Wolves’ number 10.

Then in the 59th minute, Podence was put through one-on-one with Ederson (£6.0m) and came close to finding the net with a lob that landed on the roof of the net.

And nobody will forget the way Podence helped put Wolves back in the game. It was him who produced the exceptional cross for Jiménez’s header… just seconds after nutmegging De Bruyne (?!).

Podence’s ability is there for all to see and we are likely to see investment in the £5.5m man over the next few days based on form, price and fixtures.

However, it is worth just keeping our readers informed of the caveats that come with transferring the former Olympiacos man for Gameweek 3.

It seems fair to say that Podence’s chances of further starts are, to some extent, reliant on the shape Nuno chooses each week. So far, he has operated in a 3-4-3 formation, which accommodates two wingers, while a switch to 3-5-2 could put Podence in competition with Neto and Traoré for the right wing-back slot.

While Wolves are without a recognised like-for-like replacement for Matt Doherty (£6.0m) in that position, a new signing at right wing-back could also put Traoré back into contention for a place in the front-three.

Meanwhile, Vitinha (£5.0m) offers competition on the flanks of attacking midfield, and Wolves are expected to unveil the signing of Nelson Semedo very soon.

For the short-term, Podence has probably earned a start in at least the next match based on merit, although it is interesting to note that, despite two strong performances, Nuno wants him to improve moving forward.

“I think (Podence) is improving. It’s about the complicity with his teammates. He has more knowledge and the talent of Daniel is huge. He is very talented, has quality and is a fighter. He did well. He must improve like everybody. He must be more clinical in the box and that will be beneficial for us. We are going to work. Every day is a day to improve. Of course, the more games, the more complicity, the better we can be.” – Nuno Espirito Santo

Meanwhile, options in the Wolves defence took an interesting turn in Gameweek 2. After it appeared Ruben Vinagre (£4.4m) had lost his place from the start of the campaign, Marçal (£5.0m) was forced off with an unspecified injury eight minutes into the Manchester City match.

Nuno could not reveal the extent of the problem post-match, but anyone still holding Vinagre should pay close attention to his Gameweek 3 press conference later in the week for updates.

“We must assess (Marçal’s injury). It was just at the beginning of the match. He felt something and now we are going to assess. Let’s see. He said that he felt something and was not able to continue, so we immediately made a substitution so things didn’t get worse.” – Nuno Espirito Santo

Wolverhampton Wanderers XI (3-4-3): Patrício; Saïss, Coady, Boly; Marçal (Vinagre 8′), Neves, Moutinho (Dendoncker 78′), Traoré; Neto (F Silva 78′), Jiménez, Podence.

Manchester City XI (4-2-3-1): Ederson; B Mendy, Aké, Stones, Walker; Rodrigo, Fernandinho; Sterling (Torres 82′), De Bruyne, Foden; Jesus.

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3,103 Comments Post a Comment
  1. doher.ty
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Werner needs to drop!

      1. Tcheco
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Might well do so before the GW. I'm thinking of captaining

    • Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      On Wildcard, Foden or Barnes?

      I can currently have:
      - Guaita / TAA / Foden
      - Guaita / Robertson / Barnes
      - Martinez / TAA / Barnes

      I am 0.2m short of having Barnes with option A currently. Could gain 0.1m tonight if Justin rises. Could gain another 1.0m from Zaha/Bamford but less likely.

      With Option A there is the very real chance Foden could rise 0.2m over the next 1-2 weeks. (I think I prefer Barnes due to heatmap and attempts, but the opposition is a factor.)

      1. Aidan269
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        B

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

          Thanks, that's an option although this is more of the merit between having Foden & having Barnes (and Guaita vs. Martinez).

      2. Tcheco
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Martinez TAA Foden & enjoy the extra cash 😉

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

          ... but the urge to use all my cash (lol).

          1. Tcheco
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Then Martinez TAA Barnes it is

        2. LeSof
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 3 days ago

          This

      3. The Mandalorian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Foden

    • Cheeto__Bandito
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Werner vs KDB/Salah captain such a dice roll. KDB probably safest but know i'll end up risking Werner.

        1. Tcheco
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Same. He's become a differential in my mini leagues all of a sudden & it's beautiful before WBA

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

          I have all 3 and I'm going Werner

      • Dynamic Duos
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Is this worth a -8 ?

        Aubameyang , ASM and Egan to KDB, Podence and Reece James?

        1. Agger
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          I never like a -8, can’t you bench Egan?
          Auba to KDB and ASM to Podence sounds good

        2. Tcheco
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Did the same except for Egan to James. I'll just play Mitchell

        3. Dynamic Duos
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Cheers lads, I have Ben Davies, but some think he may not start.

          1. Agger
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            On that, Davies’ best position is in a back 3. Doherty’s best position is RWB. Reguillon’s best position is LWB.
            Jose’s got Dier, Alderweireld and Sanchez who can play in a back 3.

            Surely that’s how’ll they set up soon

          2. Tcheco
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Not worth the extra -4 imo. I think Davies starts this one at least

        4. Pulp Minion
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          I wouldn't take Egan out for a hit, the other 2 look good.

          1. Dynamic Duos
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Then I got to hope Ben Davies starts

        5. Dynamic Duos
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Thanks again all, Egan to James I will do next time

          1. Tcheco
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Apologies in advance for James getting a 15 pointer this week

            1. Dynamic Duos
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Don't say that lol

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

          Should pay u back on those duds

      • It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        A) Mee Fuchs Tomori Cash
        B) Koch Ake Ajayi
        C) Matip Burn Ajayi

        1. NoName
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          A

      • NoName
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Either of these worth a hit?

        Bruno to Son or Sterling
        Martial to Jesus

        1. OLB
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Bruno to Son worth the hit

      • Agger
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Captaincy pick this week is tough right?
        I’m on Kane but I’ve had it on Salah and Sterling already this week xD

        1. Dynamic Duos
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          You went Sterling over KDB?

          1. Agger
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Yeah. I don’t agree with people thinking KDB is now a number 10. He even said it himself after the game that he played that position because City wanted to match Wolves’ back 3 so played 3 attackers in that central area.
            KDB will play deep, on the right and as a 10 depending on opposition, he’s still going to be amazing. I just like Sterling for his higher ceiling of goals, better captaincy

            1. Dynamic Duos
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Sterling was my thinking before the Wolves game, I don't think it changed anything much tbh , pen and dubious assist.

            2. Puntillimon
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Nice. Well done! Stick with your guns

        2. Puntillimon
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Arsenal are solid defensively (weird saying that....) I’m going kane.. for now

          1. Agger
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Mark was talking on Black Box about the guy who got the most points from captaincy last season. Most of the points came from players vs the bottom 6 or thereabouts (which is fairly logical) - but he’s right, Kane v Newcastle trumps Sterling vs Leicester and Salah vs Arsenal

      • Feedtheyak
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        FPL statistics has about 50 players to drop?

        1. Scots Gooner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Lots of wildcards on play I imagine

        2. Dthinger
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Yeah! And lots of them are players I’m surprised anyone ever owned, like Yedlin

      • Mind över Mata
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Evening gents,

        I’ve used a -8 (to bring in Saiss, JRod, KDB, Jimi):

        Ryan
        TAA, Saiss, Taylor, Walker-Peters
        Salah, JRod, KDB
        Jimi, Werner, Mitro

        4.0; Ayling, Soucek, ASM

        Does anyone think this is worth a WC, or should I stick with the -8?

        1. Tcheco
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Stick & play Soucek 🙂

      • A Betting Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Thoughts on Podence being affected negatively by Semedo transfer? How soon? Presume Semedo is ready to go but I see heavy rotation incoming.

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

          Heavy rotation not as required when not in Europe etc.

          Semedo decreases the spaces up top due to Traore & you're right, that's a risk.

          Fortunately I'd say there is actually a plethora of 5.5/5.6m mids available with good short-term fixtures.

          For example, himself, Neto (if favoured), Leeds midfielders (Klich, Harrison, Costa) and even Armstrong.

          If you want Podence go for it. I don't think it will be too difficult to shift if it ends up failing.

      • RedWolf
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Too risky?

        Martinez Steer
        TAA James Saiss Mitchell 4.0
        Son KDB Mane Zaha Hames
        Jimi Mitro 4.5

        1. Tcheco
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          I love it. You'll probably want another striker for Mitro after this week but if you hold out for 2 GW's he has lovely fixtures

      • SuperDan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Pick one:
        A) Robertson & Salah
        B) TAA & Sterling

        1. Tcheco
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          B

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

          I hate captaining Sterling, whereas ah is generally more reliable and predictable. Therefore, A.

      • dmcnam12
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Start Charlie Taylor (SOU) or Barnes (MCI)?

        1. Puntillimon
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Taylor

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

          Barnes. Taking lots of shots. City aren't water-tight.

          Southampton's issue is their high line and fact they commit to the attack a little too much. I can see Saints scoring.

        3. yakirh
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Barnes

        4. Snevitz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          I wouldn't bench a £7m mid for a £4.5m defender unless the defender had a really good fixture. Southampton is not a even a good fixture.

      • Klopp For The Kopps 😆
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Auba dropping tonight?

        1. Dthinger
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Not likely

      • PepSala
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Who scores more going forward:

        Robbo Sterling Brewster
        Lamptey Salah Mitrovic

        1. PepSala
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Sry Bad formatting:

          A) Robbo Sterling Brewster
          B) Lamptey Salah Mitro

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

            Probably B since there's three starters over just the two.

      • Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Alright... I have Ezri Konsa in my current WC draft. I think it's time for bed.

        1. Dynamic Duos
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Great shout him mate

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Ideal to rotate with Lamptey. Goal threat. Him or Dallas maybe is the ticket.

        2. K_UN_DE_BRU_YNE
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          On goal no martinez?

      • MosF94
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        I just moved Werner to Jimenez for a -4, right before the former plays WBA. It looks a bit crazy, and it might be, but my main two reasons for this are:

        a) Jimenez is playing in a more attacking Wolves team than ever before who have impressed early on, whereas Werner is playing in a Chelsea team without two of their main creative forces (Pulisic, Ziyech), where the other big new signing (Havertz) has yet to impress, and where the whole team is yet to click

        b) Werner looks likely to fall either tonight or soon after, and Jim to rise before the end of the week. If I wait, the likely price fluctuations would price me out of the next move I want to make - I now have (after selling Werner) 2.5m ITB, which will allow me to upgrade either Ayling or KWP to Robbo next week (or this week, if my knee jerks again!) which is an opportunity I didn't want to miss

        Having said this, I'm now quite terrified of watching the WBA vs Chelsea match!

        1. Carky
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          "Werner is playing in a Chelsea team without two of their main creative forces (Pulisic, Ziyech), where the other big new signing (Havertz) has yet to impress, and where the whole team is yet to click"

          ...and Werner should still have 2 assists despite all you've said. I think you'll regret it personally, but im talking from someone who holds on to players normally in the hope my loyalty is rewarded.

          1. MosF94
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Fair enough, could well regret it, am certainly not expecting Jim to outscore him by 4 (if at all) this GW! But based on what I've seen so far, over the next 5 or six matches I'd favour Jimenez to score more than Werner, and the money saved allows me to make what looks like a massive defensive upgrade (Robbo vs 4.5), so I think the move makes sense in this context?

        2. Scots Gooner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Jiminez will pay that back over the next 5 games.

          Chelsea are still gelling and haven't looked that great, don't see them smashing West Brom.

          1. MosF94
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Cheers, hope you're right!

      • Carky
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Don't normally like to take hits, but with money in the bank i can afford...

        Wilson & Willian - Son & Bamford (-4)

        What we think?

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

          Could work but the players you have could haul too.

      • yakirh
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        What do you prefer long term?

        A. Werner+Mahrez
        B. Ings+Rashford

        1. Carky
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          A

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

          B

        3. osceola31909
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          B

      • fcsaltyballs
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        McCarthy
        TAA Saiss Davies Justin
        Salah KDB Son ASM
        Werner Ings

        Button Bissouma Mitchell Brewster

        0.5 itb, 0 FT

        1. ASM >> Podence (-4)
        2. Hold

        Thanks all

        1. wulfranian
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          2

          1. fcsaltyballs
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Play Mitchell over ASM ?

            1. wulfranian
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              That's what i saw.I think Mitchell is an ok first sub if ASM is out.

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

        GTG? 0FT & 0.5ITB

        Ramsdale - (Button)
        TAA - Digne - Davies - Taylor - (Mitchell)
        Salah(c) - Sterling - Harrison - (Diangana - Bissouma)
        Martial - Werner - Adams

        Cheers!

        1. wulfranian
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Good to go.

        2. Carky
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Cheers, Son's crying now.

          Like it but if Son and Kane continue to click you're gonna need one of.

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

            Yeh. I had Son originally but swapped him to Martial at the start...
            Can get Kane or Son easy in 2 transfers. Giving Werner & Martial this week..

      • MaRooney 5
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Any worth a hit:

        McCarthy, Steer
        Aylin, Bellerin, Mitchell, TAA, Vinagre
        ASM, J Rod, KDB, Salah, Son
        Adams, Timo, Brewster?

        1FT, 0.5m ITB

        Thanks in advance!

        1. MaRooney 5
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          No FT

      • Dynamic Duos
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Egan will drop before the week is out?

        1. Major League Shocker
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Yes

      • jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        This FPL season looks go be more exciting (and likely frustrating) than recent season. No matter how I set up my wildcard there are at least three assets that I really want! (at the moment it's Werner, second City asset & Liv defence...but can't have them all)

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

          I feel ya fam

        2. Major League Shocker
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 3 days ago

          You are aggressive and take a lot of hits, right? This season should suit you well, hits should be likely to pay off with all the heavy hitter options you can bring in for the right fixtures.

          1. jia you jia you
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            yeah pretty much, some seasons it works others a disaster, the season I finished top 5k I'd taken 88 points hits

            1. jia you jia you
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              this is my 5th season playing anyway seriously and I've had two great seasons and two poor ones playing the same style for the most part

      • Tim Canterbury
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        The season was nice while it lasted...

        https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/54258226

        Question is what are they gonna do this time. Can’t play 35 game weeks in August

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

          Strong bench I feel maybe needed.

        2. Scots Gooner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          They won't cancel the season unless things gets really out of control.

          Man City had 2-3 players test positive and they played last night.

          You'll see this happen fairly frequently this season I imagine, but things won't be cancelled unless things get really bad.

        3. Wonderful Wizard Hazard
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Hehe no clue how this will be managed. I think this uncertainty is a good reason to keep your WC.

        4. Dynamic Duos
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          West Ham v Wolves getting postponed ?

          1. G-Whizz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Nope...

        5. G-Whizz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          One or two positive tests won't stop a team from fielding a side so can't see the season being over as quickly as some might think...

        6. Seanigula
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          They already played Hull after those tests, so calm down

      • osceola31909
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        What percentage of PL matches will Ake start?

        1. Scots Gooner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Not enough to justify picking him.

          1. Snevitz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Don't you think he is the preferred pairing with Laporte?

            1. Scots Gooner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              They're both LCBs, Laporte will replace Ake when back. Got Koulibaly signing imminently too.

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

          21.6%

      • LSK
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Quick question. Am I dumb enough to go without Liverpool on wildcard?

        Martínez/Steer
        James, Saïss, Digne/Lamptey, Ferguson
        KDB, Son, Hamez, Zaha/4.5
        Werner, Jesus, Jimenez

        1. Seanigula
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Maybe, what did you score on the GED?

          1. LSK
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Don’t know what that means, so probably that’s a yes!

          2. PDM (Top 1000) ANY Season L…
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            🙂

          3. PDM (Top 1000) ANY Season L…
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Gotta remember most aren`t from your side of the pond - so they won`t understand GED !!

        2. Snevitz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          I have no Liverpool on mine either, it's only for a while and they are easy enough to get back in when necessary.

          1. LSK
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Ah! I’m not the only one. Big risk but could work out for us.

        3. Bees4Lyf
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          No Liverpool is brave

          1. LSK
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            I know. I’ll probably chicken out, but I do like this team tbh

          2. G-Whizz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            It's Crabtree in disguise! 😆

        4. G-Whizz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Quick question. Is your date of birth 22/09/2020?

          Seriously, not something I would do but if you like your team then go with it!

          #PlayYourOwnGame 😉

          1. LSK
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            I wish it was! But no, I’m old enough to have more sense.

            1. G-Whizz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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              • 3 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              😆

              You do you bruv, fingers crossed whatever you decide to go with works well for you!

      • Bees4Lyf
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Bench atm is Ferguson*, Bissouma and Davis

        Do I do ASM to Podence (-4)

        Took a hit last week which backfired.

        So I’m not sure.

      • Reyson
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Already on -4 , should i -4 to get podence for asm?

        1. The Mandalorian
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Get Foden if u can afford him. He will play more minutes

        2. Dthinger
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Nah. Looks like he might be okay to play

          1. Reyson
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            But still vs spurs. I wont be starting him also. At least podence fixtures easier

        3. jia you jia you
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          guess than depends if you have playing bench cover for ASM?

          1. Reyson
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Because right now i am starting 5 defenders... kwp james taa digne awb. Thats why thinking of selling asm for podence.

            No money for foden

            1. jia you jia you
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              it's marginal as to whether it's worth the hit but go with your gut, you'd be sick if Podence hit DDs (Klitch another option than could do very well and justify the hit)

      • Carlton P
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Any of the following worth a hit?
        A) Bruno > son
        B) Bruno > sterling (have KDB)
        C) martial > jimi
        D) Werner > jimi