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Five-time top 1k FPL finisher Tom Freeman on Liverpool defence, Spurs and Villa

One of the world’s best FPL managers, Tom Freeman (aka avfc82), discusses Trent Alexander-Arnold, Son-Heung min, Aston Villa and more before revealing his own team plans for Gameweek 5.


So, where were we?

The last time I checked in, Gameweek 3 had drawn to a close and I sat 453,222nd overall. I talked up Solly March (£5.0m) and Stuart Dallas (£4.5m), and also touched upon each club’s most creative player so far.

Since then, Mohamed Salah’s (£12.2m) 26-point captaincy haul, combined with returns for Alex McCarthy (£4.5m), Kyle Walker-Peters (£4.5m) and James Rodríguez (£7.8m), contributed to my Gameweek 4 score of 68 points, which has seen my overall rank rise to 271,739.

So, in this my latest column, I thought it might be useful to address some of the bigger talking points that have dominated discussion in the FPL community during the international break. The topics I cover are not only relevant to my team, but probably yours too, and I hope by putting forward my thoughts on them, it can help a few of you out.

SHOULD I SELL TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD AND BUY HIM BACK ONCE ALISSON RETURNS?


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369 Comments Post a Comment
  1. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Ramsdale (Fabri)
    TAA,Dier,Taylor,Mitchell (KWP)
    Salah,KDB,Hamez,H.Barnes (Bissouma)
    Mitrovic,Werner (Adams)

    2FT, £1.3 ITB

    A) Werner to Kane (save FT)
    B) KDB+Bissouma to Son+Pulisic (for free)

    1. Dirty Leeds
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      B too risky. Is KDB ruled out and will Puli start?

  2. Alchim1sT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    A little RMWCT would be appreciated

    1. Alchim1sT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Martinez, 4,0
      Robbo, Chilwell, Saiss, Ayling/Dallas, 4,0
      Salah, KDB/Sterling, Son, Pulisic, Soucek
      DCL, Maupay, Watkins

      0,1 ITB

      Maupay to Antotnio for GW 8 on the horizon ... am i missing something? Yes Pulisic is a punt, but i can easily "run away" (shoutout to Joe) to Hamez, Grealish or whoeever emerges in that bracket

      Another version had Kane upfront instead of Watkins with KDB swapped to Grealish ... at least for the next 4
      Feedback highly appreciated

      1. Reeker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Nothing wrong with the wildcard, just have to wait press conferences for new on De Bruyne, Chilwell and Pulisic

      2. @FPLMason
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Seems fine to me. Just wait until after the pressers to finalize matters.

  3. davies
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Which option?

    A) Saiss Watkins
    B) Dallas Wilson

    1. Alchim1sT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      A ... maybe Dallas and Watkins

    2. Dirty Leeds
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      I like B

  4. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    I don't care about threat, shots in the box , shots on target, big chances etc.
    I have to say 2 things:

    1) Vardy never ever started a PL season without scoring in his first 3 home games.
    2) 4 goals in 2 matches vs Villa last year

    I picked him in gw1 mainly for this fixture
    I'm gonna captain him despite being an owner of Son Kan

    YES!

    1. Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Might as well put your life savings on Vardy AGS

  5. Alchim1sT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    A little RMWCT would be appreciated

    1. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      I like it

    2. Amey
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Need Aguero

    3. FALSE PROFIT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Michu?

    4. Pumpy Pro
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Different from the crappy boring template on here. I like it

    5. The Road to Turfdom
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      I for one like seeing Modou Barrow back in

    6. Alchim1sT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      thanks guys 😉

      Michu is a nice shout!

  6. Pepeye
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Like Alchim1st team. Good balance

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      LOL
      This is funny. Fail while Joking at another fail 😆

  7. Zrinkec
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Martinez/Forster
      RObertson/CHilwell/Semedo/Dallas/4.0m
      Salah/Son/Grealish/Zaha/Soucek
      Kane/DCL/Maupay

      What you guys think about my wc, and any defender that can get in future position in starting lineup of some team for 4.0m?

      1. Dirty Leeds
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Solid team. Maybe Ferguson

        1. Zrinkec
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Yeah i am thinking same, but aftr they signed Clyne idk anymore at all lol. But really no options at 4.0m from what i see.

        2. HMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          would find a way to improve zaha, feels its a transfer waiting to happen

      2. Dirty Leeds
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Ramsdale / Steer
        TAA / Taylor / Davies / KWP / Ferguson
        Podence / Salh / Barnes / KDB / Bissouma
        Mitro / Werner /Martial
        2FT. 0.4 ITB

        Having my worst season ever. Which move would you go for? Cheers

        A) Martial, Werner to DCL, Kane
        B) KDB, Martial to Kane, Son
        C) Any other suggestions are welcome

        1. Rassi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          B if KDB confirmed out. Otherwise I would just do sth like Martial -> Watkins and bank 1 FT.

      3. Sharkytect
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Filling in the last slots of my wildcard team:

        A) Grealish, Klich + Walker-Peters
        B) Barkley, Trossard + Saiss

        What do you think?

        1. Dirty Leeds
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          B all the way

        2. Boly Would
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          I like the Trossard pick, so B

        3. Alchim1sT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          B by far

      4. @FPLMason
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Morning, everyone.
        Currently sitting just inside the top 4k with 2 FTs and 1.4 itb.
        Thought I'd post my team here and see what you'd suggest.
        McCarthy (Nyland)
        TAA Justin Taylor
        KDB Pereira JRod Salah
        Kane Wilson Mitrovic
        Subs: Bissouma - KWP - Lascelles
        My logic involves be keeping Mitrovic until GW8-9.
        Same with Pereira, but a bit less fussed about it.
        Any suggestions would be appreciated.

        1. JonP
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          yeah i lost faith with mitro and there seems better options at the same price in bamford or ollie.

          1. @FPLMason
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            I like Ollie. Not too sure about Bamford. However, I keep looking at Mitro's next 3-4 fixtures and I keep telling myself That I could wait until. I transfer him out for Antonio come the second IB.

        2. Holmes
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Good week to sort Lascellas, him to Saiss can work

          1. @FPLMason
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Cheers for the insight, Holmes

        3. Jordan.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          well played your in good shape
          ,lascelles to van aanholt
          and fulham are so crap nobody feeds mitrovic so him to watkins..

          1. @FPLMason
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            We've yet to see PvA play, so I'll wait on that and see what comes up in the pressers!
            No Mitro considerations for the next couple of weeks with Sheffield, Palace and Brom in their next 4?

      5. TB303
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Is Konsa nailed long term?

        1. Holmes
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          yep

        2. TB303
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Many thanks

      6. drughi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        McCarty
        TAA Justin Ayling
        KDB(C) Salah(VC) Son Jrod
        Jimenez Watkins DCL

        Button Taylor KWP Bissouma

        on a -4 already, anything worth a look ? Only dilemma is which defender to bench out of Justin/ayling/Taylor. Who would you bench ?

      7. JonP
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        KDB and watkins or grealish and kane?

        struggling to let go of KDB...

        1. Holmes
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          GK, can always switch back after 4 weeks

        2. @FPLMason
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Grealish and Kane for me.

          1. JonP
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Yeah i think i’m now leaning that way. maybe I can use frenandes to KDB at a later date with a million from somewhere.

      8. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Rate this WC /10.

        Martinez
        Semedo • Ayling • Ward
        Salah • KDB • Son • James
        Kane • DCL • Brewster
        (4.0 / KWP / Masuaku / 4.5)

        Will rotate between 442 / 343 with Brewster.

        1. The Road to Turfdom
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          8- think Semedo is overpriced and would want someone slightly better to rotate with Brewster. Otherwise like a lot

      9. abaalan
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Martinez, 4.0
        Chilwell, Saiss, KWP, Dunne, Mitchell
        Salah, Sterling, Son, Grealish, Trossard
        Kane, Maupay, Brewster

        On WC, too many knee jerks?? (AVL and BRI players)
        0.5 ITB

        1. The Road to Turfdom
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Yeah don't think you need both Maupay and Trossard

        2. Boly Would
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Maupay to Watkins, Grealish to JRod/Pulisic?

      10. Reeker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Digne picked up a slight injury. A doubt for Saturday

        https://twitter.com/GregOK/status/1316654539634737152

      11. 03farmboy
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Aubameyang out for Son a good move?

        Or

        Harper bench fodder for Jorginho?

        1. 2OLEgend
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Auba -> Son sounds nice

        2. Bubz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Just seen Digne’s yellow flag... anything serious?

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Just a knock, should be fine

          2. @FPLMason
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Check @ reeker's comment. More insight there with a tweet regarding his injury.

            1. Bubz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              Wheres that?

            2. Bubz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              Ah found it

        3. onoz9
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          I'm on wildcard atm:

          A)
          Martinez Nyland
          Lamptey Robertson Dallas Mitchell Chilwell
          Salah Grealish Foden Son Hamez
          DCL Kane Brewster

          B)
          Martinez Nyland
          Lamptey Robertson Dallas Mitchell Dunne
          Salah Grealish Foden Pulisic/Havertz Hamez
          DCL Kane Maupay

          A or B?

          1. 2OLEgend
              4 months, 15 days ago

              A out of those.
              B screems benching headache

          2. Pedram
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Start Mitchell or Justin?

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              justin

            2. @FPLMason
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              Justin

          3. aapoman
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Wildcard thoughts?

            Martinez
            Robbo Castagne Lamptey
            Salah Sterling/KDB Hamez Trossard Barkely
            Kane DCL

            4.0; Brewster, Ayling, Kilman (fodder)

            1. 2OLEgend
                4 months, 15 days ago

                Looks solid. Barkely could be a troll though

            2. CrouchDown
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              Any word from Arteta on Auba?

            3. Rasping Drive
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              Best two defenders - 10.5m to spend. Quite like the look of Regulion; Chilwell in the mix, Semedo as well.

              Any other suggestions appreciated, thanks

            4. Baines on Toast...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              Jimi > Kane for a hit? Wolves look poor, Spurs do not.

              1. wulfranian
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                No for me.

              2. waltzingmatildas
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                Not for me

              3. Jink
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                Yes if he’s your captain.

                1. Baines on Toast...
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  interesting...

              4. Goodricke
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                Yes, Kane has a great record v west ham

            5. waltzingmatildas
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              Which do you prefer this week?
              A) Sterling to Son
              B) Adams to Antonio

              1. Big Hippo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                Wait for pressers

              2. PrettyDick
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                B

            6. Rasping Drive
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              Ziyech to make his debut against Saints. Chilwell expected to start. Mendy
              unlikely to; according to the Athletic.

              1. Big Hippo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                Guess that means no James?

                1. Rasping Drive
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  I guess so, which is a pain but can’t go through all this will he/won’t he every week so gonna have to get rid.

                2. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  He might just play if they decide to hold Chilwell or Azpi back even for the Champions League and United games that follow. But agree he is an issue now and prob time to get rid.

              2. PrettyDick
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                Thanks for the update! Just to clarify if some people might not have access to the Athletic:

                (I know you didn't say he's set to start but I think it should be pointed out if anyone misinterpreted it that way,) emphasis on debut, not "full debut" so could be off the bench + Chilwell is expected to be *fit* to start, but it also says that there's a possibility that Lampard wants to rest him for the CL game mid week.

                1. PrettyDick
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  Thought it was interesting that there wasn't any mention of Pulisic, even under the headline "Any other Chelsea team news?"

            7. wilson007
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 15 days ago

              McCarthy Steer
              TAA Justin Taylor Mitchell Vinagre*
              Salah KDB* JRod Soucek Bissouma
              Werner Martial* DCL

              Does KDB, Martial -> Son, Kane (-4) make sense?

              I havent used WC yet and I am thinking the next IB might be a good time.

              Based on the next 4 fixtures alone, plus form.. I think this makes sense?

              Any other ideas?

              Thanks guys.

            8. SomeoneKnows
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              Best 5th midfielder to own that costs less than 5.5?

              A) Jorginho
              B) Soucek
              C) Neto

              1. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                B

              2. The Mandalorian
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                B

            9. The Mandalorian
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              I think Eve v Liv will be a high scoring game, both defences leaking goals while attacking players are getting goals.

              1. Rasping Drive
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                0-0 incoming then.

                1. The Mandalorian
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  Achelotti has beaten Klopp in the CL but it was a low scoring game so we may get a repeat. But Salah and Lewin are both inform so I'd expect them to score.

              2. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                Last three PL games at Goodison have been 0-0

              3. Joey Tribbiani
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  Agree but, isnt there a stat that last 3 derbys at Goodison ended 0-0?

                • Klaren
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  Liverpool played against Ancelotti’s teams 4 times last season (2 Napoli, 2 Everton) and there were only 5 goals scored in total.