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Saïss benched for Wolves as Mitchell misses Palace’s trip to Molineux

Gameweek 7 of Fantasy Premier League has started exactly as many had expected in this crazy, topsy-turvy season.

The top-scoring defender after six Gameweeks Romain Saïss (£5.3m) finds himself on the Wolves bench for a Friday-night clash with Crystal Palace, replaced in the starting XI by Rayan Aït-Nouri (£5.0m).

As predicted on our team news page, Max Kilman (£4.2m) retains his spot in the back-three though, joined there by regulars Conor Coady (£5.0m) and Willy Boly (£5.5m).

That should only serve to increase the budget man’s ownership, perhaps with those invested in Saïss preparing to make an easy switch already.

There was also some uncertainty over the role of Daniel Podence (£5.5m) in Wolves’ Gameweek 7 line-up but, as predicted by Neale, he earns yet another start flanking Raúl Jiménez (£8.5m), keeping Adama Traoré (£6.3m) on the bench for a fourth league match in a row.

Meanwhile, Wolves are not the only ones with bad team news for Gameweek 7 as the 25%-owned Tyrick Mitchell (£4.2m) misses out with the knock reported by Roy Hodgson this week.

The left-back has not made it into the match squad, let alone the bench, allowing Patrick van Aanholt (£5.4m) to come in for his first start of the season while Nathaniel Clyne (£4.5m) gets a second consecutive outing at right-back.

There will be plenty of eyes on Wilfried Zaha (£7.3m) tonight ahead of earning 26.9% backing for Gameweek 7.

The Eagles have won three of their last five league matches at Wolves, while both of Zaha’s double-digit hauls this season, have come on the road this year.

Wolverhampton Wanderers XI: Patrício; Kilman, Coady, Boly; Aït-Nouri, Neves, Dendoncker, Semedo; Neto, Jiménez, Podence.

Crystal Palace XI: Guaita; van Aanholt, Dann, Kouyaté, Clyne; Schlupp, Riedewald, Milivojevic, Townsend; Zaha, Batshuayi.

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1,449 Comments Post a Comment
  1. bso
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Have Cresswell coming in for Mitchell. Hope this does not go badly...

  2. Vazza
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Is Nathan Ferguson ever play this season?

      1. Paul Psychic Octopus
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        No thanks.

    • Hryszko
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Saiss & Jimmy > Cresswell & Bamford..

      Enabling more budget to bring in city assets in 2 weeks time?

      1. Paul Psychic Octopus
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Makes sense, but if any team looks capable of churning out clean sheets in this daft season, it's Wolves.

        1. Hryszko
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          is Saiss guaranteed a place though? Don't fancy keeping him if he's going to be benched..

          1. MikeBravo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Go boring. Go Boly, Coady, Jimi. Should be good points at the end of the season.

    • Vazza
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Thoughts on Martial as Jimenez replacement??

        1. Paul Psychic Octopus
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Once bitten...

      • MikeBravo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        If you know Jimi, you'll know he'll score for a couple of weeks and blank for a couple of weeks - that's the way it is, and close to 200 points later, the season ends...

        1. F_Ivanovic
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          i think people get bored of owning him. That's the only logical explanation for why so many are getting rid.

          1. MikeBravo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Could well have hit the nail on the head...

          2. JIMMY764
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            I don't get bored of consistent returns, but I wanted Kane for the next two. Jimi was shown the door for me, kept Ings instead. Jimi can come back any time, not in danger of being priced out are we.

            1. Mooster
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              You got bored for sure

      • abhirup780
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Will Bamford rise tonight or tomorrow?

        1. Kun Tozser
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Won't be tonight, plays Monday. Hopefully, people have the common sense to wait until he's played

      • Old Bull
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        I’d like this game a lot more if we didn’t have to have defenders

        1. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Would definitely be more fun to watch the matches 😆

      • Vazza
          2 months, 22 days ago

          I kept James Rodriguez this week hoping that he’ll be back in action next week. I should stick to the plan, right? I also have Jimenez, Saiss and Coady who I need to get rid of ASAP - any thoughts?

          1. Zim0
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Yeah keep

          2. Zim0
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Get rid of saiss and jimenez

            1. Zim0
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              Ings and creswell/coufal maybe? Chilwell if u can afford. Possibly kilman if u want cheap?

          3. Paul Psychic Octopus
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            I kept J.Rod, I reckon he'll be back next week - let others lose the TV.

            You DO NOT need to get rid of Coady - in fact I am thinking of transferring him in. Prioritise disposal of the other two, maybe even both for a hit.

            Forwards - am looking at Werner (now on pens?) and Vardy.

            1. Vazza
                2 months, 22 days ago

                Dude, you’re a legend. Thanks for taking the time to read my post and responding. All the best mate.

            2. MikeBravo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              You'd have to have balls of steel to keep Saiss, unlike Rodriguez... 😉

          4. aborg
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Who the hell is Ait-Nouri ? He seems to have come out of nowhere

            1. Paul Psychic Octopus
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              He hasn't. 19-year old French full back signed from Angers and is highly promising. He is the new Jonny.

              Shame he's priced at 5.0 and not 4.5m, but that FPL pricing at that before he had played a game for Wolves tells you something

              1. aborg
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 22 days ago

                Cheers mate

              2. MikeBravo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 22 days ago

                Call it psychic, but I had a feeling he'd start tonight...

          5. F_Ivanovic
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            I can't remember the last time I benched a premium defender but am strongly considering it this week.

            A) KWP (NEW)
            B) Lamptey (BUR)
            C) Podence (lei)
            D) Grealish (ars)
            E) Robertson (mci)

            Bench one out of these lot. Leaning towards E but I hate it.

            1. Gandalf
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              Podence

          6. HMC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Has Nuno actually come out and given a reason for Saiss not playing?
            Unlike many here I’m trying not to panic sell unless we know he’s lost his place (which seems really silly imo).

            If indeed he’s lost his place would you look to upgrade to Chilwell (this would take 2 moves as I can’t afford straight up) or downgrade to 4.5 west ham for cheap defence

            Backline is Martinez Robbo Saiss Taylor Ayling

          7. ReindeerHotdog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 22 days ago

            As a Jimenez owner myself I have that urge to get rid for someone like Werner or Ings.

            But only Kane, Mitro and Bamford have had more shots and only 4 FPL forwards have had more on target.

            Antonio and Richarlison are the only FPL forwards to have completed more dribbles and although he's scored the same as Maupay, Wilson and Ings, I'd be interested to see if Ings owners are as adamant as Jimi owners to get rid if he blanks this week, too.

            They both have 4 goals and 7 BPS and while Ings does have two assists to Jimi's none, they both ended up just shy of 200pts.

            Massive hindrance for Jimenez owners is the upcoming fixtures. The next two don't look too bad (lei, SOU) but ars, liv, CHE, TOT and mun in the 7 games to follow doesn't look too appealing. Still, he scored 17 goals last season and they do have exciting players like Neto and Podence to support him.

            Perhaps most concerning is how Traore and Moutinho (16 assists between them last season) aren't starting anymore. I'm sure someone could dig out the stats to show how directly involved they were with Jimenez's goals - I'm sure it would be quite telling.

            1. Vazza
                2 months, 22 days ago

                That’s a great post mate. I’m having the same dilemma - for some reason, I’m thinking about taking a punt on Martial. Any thoughts?

              • Original - Wolves Ay We
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 22 days ago

                Wolves didn't win any of their first 6 games last season. This year we have won 4 in 7. In Nuno we trust.

              • The Mandalorian
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 22 days ago

                Ings looks better Sou look capable of scoring against most teams

              • HMC
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 22 days ago

                You know what you get with Jimenez. 180pts 30bps
                (some people don’t like consistent non explosive)
                You don’t buy Jimenez for 1-2 games he’s either in for longer stretches and take his average.

                If you want to boost midfield buy dropping Jimenez makes total sense given how many striker options there are

                Was going to do Antonio but need to reassess strategy now

            2. The Mandalorian
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              Many of the top 10k are casuals I expect they will start panic selling Saiss next week, cant wait.

              1. Africa United
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 22 days ago

                All top 10-50 or most have Saiss yea

            3. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              Zaha owners do we keep patience or selling asap?

            4. huhhh
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              So everyone gonna sell saiss now or keep?

              1. grumpyman
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 22 days ago

                Selling this week. Have all the information I need.

              2. Indpush
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 22 days ago

                Sold for Coufal before deadline