Dugout Discussion

Saint-Maximin and Barnes return as Newcastle host Burnley

St James’ Park will play host to a number of returning mid-priced assets on Saturday evening.

After missing the trip to Spurs with an ankle problem, Allan Saint-Maximin (£5.4m) is back in the Newcastle side for Gameweek 4.

He sits on the flanks of midfield as Steve Bruce looks to match Burnley’s formation with a 4-4-2 of his own.

The only Newcastle asset coming into this weekend with more Fantasy support is Callum Wilson (£6.4m), who still has the backing of 10% of managers.

The former Bournemouth man is Newcastle’s top scorer thus far, having netted twice, once from the penalty spot.

Sean Dyche is probably the more relieved of the two managers at Newcastle tonight as he welcomes back both James Tarkowski (£5.4m) and Ashley Barnes (£6.0m) to his starting line-up.

The centre-back pushes Jimmy Dunne (£4.0m) to the bench, as he features alongside Kevin Long (£4.5m), while Chris Wood (£6.5m) and Barnes are paired up-front for the first time this season.

Newcastle United XI (4-4-2): Darlow; Lewis, Schär, Fernández, Krafth; Hendrick, Shelvey, Hayden, Saint-Maximin; C Wilson, Joelinton.

Burnley XI (4-4-2): Pope; C Taylor, Tarkowski, K Long, Bardsley; McNeil, Westwood, D Stephens, Brownhill; A Barnes, Wood.

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1,159 Comments Post a Comment
  1. TAT
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    This 4m ranked team needs an overhaul. Thinking KDB, James and Foden to Sterling, J Rod and a 5.0 or less def for a -8 is worth it? Alternatively KDB, Foden and James to Sterling Jorginho and Robertson.

    Martínez
    Alexander-Arnold - James - Saïss
    Foden - Podence - De Bruyne - Salah
    Calvert-Lewin - Ings - Jiménez
    (Button - Mitchell - Lamptey - Anguissa)

    1. Whats the Mata?
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Don't chase points.

      1. TAT
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        This team doesn't get points either, so…

    2. FPL_trail_runner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 23 days ago

      you have a more than decent team

      Only missing Hamez and not needed next week. Just point chasing with those moves

      Id target next weeks potential players

      E.g Kane Barnes etc

      1. TAT
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Don't really fancy Kane as an asset with these cheaper strikers delivering. Barnes is a potential move, on the other hand.

        1. FPL_trail_runner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Its a short term move. Try to predict. Longterm I like other strikers than Kane, for one week captain its different

          I may do it myself (sell Sterling)next week to try and get the top10k as he has the best captain type match

          1. TAT
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            I don't know. Had so many bad experiences captaining Kane. He's the type of player to blank when you're certain he'll going to do great. Can't afford him either unless doing Foden > 5.6 or less mid.

    3. Amey
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Deep breaths !

      1. TAT
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Would be easier if every gameweek wasn't a failure.

    4. F_Ivanovic
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      KDB to Sterling is stupid

      1. F_Ivanovic
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        when it's part of a hit at least ^

      2. TAT
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Well, I feel I got nothing to lose by the move at this point. Strangely enough, KDB isn't that much owned in the mini leagues I'm in either, so a goal from Sterling (like tonight), and a KDB blank, is really hurting my chances.

    5. Bank$y
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      You need to make at least two of those three moves. Shipping KDB is not essential. Pep just has to remember that he's his best player and not Kante.

      1. TAT
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        KDB playing that deep is a waste of space, IMO. Not an essential move, but when you have other options it's tempting to just chase a potential upside.

  2. Dynamic Duos
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Did Iheanacho to Ashley Barnes In my draft, happy

  3. Mr. Chimes
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 23 days ago

    What do we know about Jorginho's place in the XI? I did not watch the game so I don't know how well he played. Plus Kante could very well return after the break.

    1. Ain't No Holebas Girl
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Kante played today

      1. Mr. Chimes
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Ahh.. so there's still Kovacicto contend for the spot. Thx

    2. fleagle1888
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      All predicted line-ups I saw had Kante-Kovacic playing but Jorginho had a great game! Kante went off with a niggle I think.

  4. adstomko
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Jimenez (C). Licking my lips.

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Salah (c)

      1. adstomko
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Either of those, or Vardy. Feels good

        1. Dynamic Duos
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Salah's EO

          1. adstomko
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Villa away is much tougher than Fulham at homr

          2. Albrightondknight
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Wtf 11.5 EO in the top 10k can that even be correct? Wow

    2. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Let's not hope for too much. A goal and some bonus will do.

    3. FPL_trail_runner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Sterlings 18 in the bank looks better 🙂

    4. Bartowski
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Are these two things connected?

  5. fr3d
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Difficult for Pep when he's no longer getting carried by Messi or Arteta

    1. Konstaapeli
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      😆

  6. Alan The Llama
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Cheering on Dale Stephens is a brand new experience

    1. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Scored a goal and came off my bench two seasons ago.

    2. lilmessipran
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      In the same boat mate

  7. Daniel - Go Granville
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    I think we need little bit cooldown for 2 weeks.. it would come nice

    1. FPL_trail_runner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 23 days ago

      This place isnt great for FPL.

      The odd bit of advice and away should be it. It polarises everything and has in general terrible takes and kneejerk overreactions

      Speaking as someone who is had an excellent start.

  8. JURGENAUT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Zaha owners, what are your thoughts on him going forward?

    1. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 23 days ago

      keep for now, that was always the plan and he has achieved expectatiosn so afr really. I wont keep forever though, keep an eye on him.

      1. JURGENAUT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Yeah, juicy fixtures after IB. Hoping for goals.

    2. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Well he's better going forward than defending for sure

      1. Daniel - Go Granville
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Keeping his next 2 or 3 fixtures and reassess

        1. Trophé Mourinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Yea this, if he blanks next 2 then almost certainly out. But not before then

  9. Salan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Don't be too frustrated. Even "professional" FPL game players are struggling. Not few.

    1. Queens of the South Age
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Agree with this. Finished 2nd overall last year and started this week at 3 million! 49 points after bonus today so hopefully moving in the right direction.

      1. Bank$y
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        That's a big haul for just 3 games.

        1. Queens of the South Age
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          James, DCL and sterling (c) doing me well. Had a shocking start so makes a nice change.

  10. Forza Papac
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    3.07M > 1.35M OR today. Expecting Salah to spoil the party.

    1. Jack Burton
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Same 1.6 mil to 800000 should be happy but expecting a nightmare tomorrow enjoy it while it lasts mate

  11. Sgt Frank Drebin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Really considering ditching KDB to get Kane...

    1. ItOnlyTook9Years
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Kane plays deeper

      1. Sgt Frank Drebin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Than KDB?

      2. SuperG
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Erm no. Midweek Kane got three and an assist.

    2. Daniel - Go Granville
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      I am considering the same. I really like Kane this year. It was him vs KDB on my WC, went foolishly KDB at the end. So be it

    3. curious_zombie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Have both. Capped KDB today. Fullly expect Kane to disappoint as well...and to get them all I've left out the Everton assets 🙁
      That would be a swift correction now...

  12. S.Kuqi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Foden owners. Whats the plan? One more gw or ship him out now?

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 23 days ago

      I’ve already done James to robbo so I’ll keep him for arsenal unless anyone has a better idea

      1. S.Kuqi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        I'll probably do Havertz -> Son (c) and take a hit for Foden -> Trossard

    2. Mr. O'Connell
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      I own Werner, Podence and Saiss on top of him. No idea.

      1. Bank$y
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Time to WC for you I think.

    3. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      James needs to go first so will keep for next week

  13. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 23 days ago

    We need wood to pop up and lift the mood in here

  14. Yome
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    I should have stick to a home captain like DCL who I had in mind last weekend. You easily get influenced by the community who were saying City were bound to react, etc. But KDB is the league’s best player so hardly anything wrong in captaining him.

  15. Phlajo
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Anyone else really needs Auba (C) to haul tomorrow? 🙂

  16. SuperG
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    So happy I didn’t jump too early on the WC after one week of City. Going early is madness - you simply don’t have enough data.

    KDB is clearly the best player in the league. But I’d never give him the armband. So spending 11.5 just isn’t on the cards IMO.

    1. Mr. O'Connell
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Showing your inexperience there

    2. MSTRKRFTSMN
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      KEB is till a great captain shout when City have strikers to feed

    3. FPL_trail_runner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Its not.

      I wildcarded week 2. At 20k with 7 players left this week

      For every bad example there is a counter example. All depends on selections.

  17. Mr. O'Connell
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Anyone played their wildcard and in the top 1m?

    1. The Legend Squad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Me! Around 350k after this week. Funny how I’m happy with that rank

  18. flynner25
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Where are the best sites for price rise/fall info?

    In years gone by Totalfpl and Fiso were always pretty accurate. They seem to have stopped over the last couple of years.

    I played my wildcard this week and was trying to use the FPLStatistics as my guide. However I found it pretty unreliable when players reached over 100% in rises or falls, with changes often not happening at all.

    Is there a more accurate site?

    Much appreciated

    1. MSTRKRFTSMN
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Nah that’s as good as it gets. It’s right more of often than it isn’t

    2. Bartowski
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      I think the problem with fplstatistics is that it can't differentiate between normal transfers and ones on a wildcard (which don't affect price rises) so it's always quite volatile at the start, with more people playing their wildcards, and settles down as the season goes on.

  19. MSTRKRFTSMN
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Nope. Made a team but got talked out of it today actually.

  20. Bruce Lee
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Rodrigo owner 😎 shame it is the Man City one

  21. lilmessipran
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Martinez Steer
    Castagne Coady James Lamptey Mitchell
    Salah Raz KDB Barnes Stephens
    DCL Jimi Brewster

    1 FT, which one to get rid for Son in order to upgrade Reece to Taa/Robbo in gw6

    A Salah
    B KDB
    C Raz

  22. Jet5605
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Hey guys, 1 FT and 4.4 ITB. Havertz to who?

    Don't like Hames' or City mids next few games. Is it Salah time? Pool's fixtures seem to be turning and Mane should be back after the IB

    McCarthy - Steer
    Saiss - Egan - Mitchell - Digne - Taylor
    Bruno - Son - Soucek - Havertz - ASM
    Werner - DCL - Martial

  23. MSTRKRFTSMN
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Come on Jimi captain tomorrow!!! Will cap off another nice weekend

    1. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 23 days ago

      It will be 76 mins into the Wolves game tomorrow, everyone will be saying why did I captain Jimi! Then at 84 boom JIMI, and everyone loves him

      1. MSTRKRFTSMN
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        I nearly played my wildcard such we’re my pre-gwk Jimi jitters. But held firm. After Hames haul today I’m more optimistic it’s all gonna work out ok

        1. Trophé Mourinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Jimi is great, cant bring myself to captain him tho. Has the ceiling of a hobbits house

          1. MSTRKRFTSMN
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Tomorrow will be the exception. Then back to his steady Single returns For 10 weeks

    2. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Jimmy hat trick tomorrow

      1. MSTRKRFTSMN
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Feeling it too

  24. SuperG
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Genuine question: is Pep the biggest myth in football history.

    At Barca he has a number of the greatest players in history all at the peak.

    At Bayern he arguably took them backwards. Remembers the won UCL the year before he came and got nowhere with Pep in charge.

    At City he took over a top team but are they really that much better? He’s never got anywhere in UCL and despite spending £400m on defenders alone (that’s not a misprint) they are stil prone to getting turned over by bang average teams.

    He’s clearly a great coach - maybe the best ever. But manager? I’m really not so sure - for the money he’s spent and they players he’s managed I’d argue he’s underperformed if you take his career as a whole.

    1. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 23 days ago

      You are right

    2. JIMMY764
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      If only football was that simplistic.

    3. tambourineman
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      If City were a "top side" prior to him arriving how did they manage to finish behind Leicester, Arsenal and Spurs in 15-16?

      1. SuperG
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        They had Kompsny, Aguero, Silva. And the year before had won the league.

  25. FPLShaqiri
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    So I guess I should start Ayling every week? Seems so attacking, almost like Doherty last season. Because he’s 4.5 he’s my first bench player, but might need to reconsider that.

    1. Zilla
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Doherty got some CSs

    2. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Yes. I have both Ayling & Dallas. I play one at least every gw but I might need to reconsider that as well. Maybe find a good gw to start both

  26. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Wood looking sharp

    1. Tony Martial
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Good!

  27. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Come on Wood pal

    1. Bartowski
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      I don't want to do that. Keep your weird fetishes to yourself please.

  28. mr messi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Will Werner drop tonight?

  29. lilmessipran
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Has Stephens scored yet?

  30. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    KdB and Foden to Salah and Jrod for a hit? 2.3itb