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Salah tests positive for coronavirus – Egyptian FA

Mohamed Salah (£12.4m) has tested positive for coronavirus while on international duty with Egypt.

The Egyptian Football Association announced on Friday that the Liverpool midfielder returned a positive test ahead of their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Togo but is asymptomatic.

The (translated) statement read:

The medical swab conducted on the mission of our first national football team showed that our international player, Mohamed Salah, the star of Liverpool, was infected with the coronavirus after his test came out positive – although he does not suffer from any symptoms.

[He] was subject to the medical protocol after the coordination of the national team doctor, Dr Muhammad Abu Al-Ola, with his English club, Liverpool, in addition to isolating him in his room and also isolating all contacts.

In a later announcement, Egypt confirmed that a second test backed up the findings of the first:

At the time of writing, Liverpool have yet to confirm the news.

Barring any further developments, Salah will now have to undergo a period of self-isolation and will very likely be unavailable for the Gameweek 9 visit of Leicester City.

The Reds are already injury-ravaged heading into that fixture, with Joe Gomez (£5.4m) joining Virgil van Dijk (£6.3m) on the sidelines and Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.4m) also a major doubt with a calf problem.

Sadio Mane (£12.0m) of course tested positive for coronavirus last month, returning to training at Melwood after a 10-day period of self-isolation and featuring for the Reds in the Merseyside derby, 15 days after his initial diagnosis.

Salah could feasibly return in Gameweek 10, then, if a similar timeframe of recovery, isolation and return to training pans out – although there is also the small matter of a flight back to England in between.

We have already seen West Bromwich Albion’s Callum Robinson (£5.5m) withdraw from the Republic of Ireland squad after returning a positive test of his own.

Wolves’ Conor Coady (£5.0m) is also self-isolating after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Earlier on Friday, Ireland revealed that Alan Browne had returned a positive coronavirus test after playing against England – although the Football Association of Ireland added that “no close contacts of the player” had been identified.

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  1. Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    15 days, 7 hours ago

    I've got Martinez in goal so looking to bringing in KWP at some point to benefit from McCarthy clean sheets. A good move?

    1. Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      15 days, 7 hours ago

      Yup. Same reason I got Vest. I'll rotate him in for those games with a high CS likelihood, while Mart stays locked with his better fixtures

      1. Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        15 days, 7 hours ago

        KWP is already close to a suspension, mind

        1. Wolves Ay We
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          15 days, 7 hours ago

          Good point. May get Vest.

    2. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      15 days, 7 hours ago

      Southampton's fixture list is horrifying

      1. Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        15 days, 6 hours ago

        Not that bad until GW16. They have Brighton and Fulham Away and Sheff U at Home.

  2. Slitherene
    • 2 Years
    15 days, 7 hours ago

    On a WC, help needed!

    Martinez Forster
    PvA Lamptey Justin Taylor Lewis
    Salah/Mane KdB Bruno Soucek Berge
    Werner/Vardy Richarlison Watkins

    1. Bench : Salah
    Play : Werner (new), Soucek vs Berge
    GW 10 : Werner -> Vardy (FUL)

    2. Play : Mane vs Vardy & Soucek
    GW 10-11 : Mane -> Salah
    Probably miss Werner's haul..

    1. Alchim1sT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      15 days, 7 hours ago

      get Mane and Werner and hold Mane further on ... had pretty good stats
      sideway moves are barely good transfers

    2. behindthegoals
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      Justin under threat with Pereira, Castagne fit

  3. Sanchit
    • 5 Years
    15 days, 7 hours ago

    Have Reguilon Son and Kane with 1 FT.
    Who would you take out first?

    1. Alchim1sT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      15 days, 7 hours ago

      depends on the rest of your team ...
      if you have the money for Reg to Chilwell ... its this route 😉

    2. Arn De Gothia
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      15 days, 6 hours ago

      Have same 3, keeping for now

    3. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      15 days, 5 hours ago

      depends who you have on your bench and if you have Salah ... I have all three and will sell Salah for Bruno Fernandes, but was all set to sell Son, play Kane and bench Reguilon

  4. popcoin
    • 8 Years
    15 days, 7 hours ago

    Tried to do a comparison of Watkins v Bamford.

    First of all, this season (Watkins v Bamford):
    Goals: 6 v 7
    Assists: 1 v 2
    xG+xA/90: 0.78 v 0.66
    shots/90: 2.57 v 3.86
    Games xG 0.2, 0.7: 3 v 2

    Looking at this and also the xG of all their chances (https://understat.com/player/822), the story so far this season seems to be that the two players have scored almost the same number of goals and assists, but Watkins from fewer but bigger chances, and Bamford from a greater number of smaller chances. They've both had similar numbers of games with low, medium and high xG's. They've both scored a hat-trick, but Bamford has scored points in 5 games, whereas Watkins has hauled in 3 games (but has played one fewer).

    Looking at which teams each payer has scored points against, there seems to be a slight pattern, although not conclusive. As we all know, Bamford has been faring better in the 'away' games. His higher xG games have come against Leicester, Villa, Sheffield and City, having scored in the Villa and Sheffield games - he's also scored against Palace, Fulham and Liverpool, in all of which his xG was

    1. popcoin
      • 8 Years
      15 days, 7 hours ago

      fail, the rest got cut off

      1. Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        15 days, 7 hours ago

        The < and > signs only work on FFS if you put a space between them and other characters

        1. popcoin
          • 8 Years
          15 days, 6 hours ago

          ah, cheers

      2. Deulofail
        • 4 Years
        15 days, 6 hours ago

        In that case, you should be able to go 'back' and find your comment to copy and paste what you need. Click on a 'reply' button if neccessary to find the comment in the cache. Possibly too late now

        1. popcoin
          • 8 Years
          15 days, 6 hours ago

          legend - found it. Will post below

          1. Deulofail
            • 4 Years
            15 days, 6 hours ago

            Excellent news!

    2. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      15 days, 7 hours ago

      Waiting for part 2

    3. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      15 days, 7 hours ago

      Thanks mate, I’ve gone with bamford personally - just got him in this week

    4. popcoin
      • 8 Years
      15 days, 7 hours ago

      can't be bothered to type it all out again.

      Watkins:
      Mins Goals Assists G+A/m x1000
      Villa 20/21 630 6 1 11.11
      Brentford 19/20 4430 26 3 6.55
      Brentford 18/19 3127 10 8 5.76
      Brentford 17/18 3531 10 5 4.25
      Exeter 16/17 3732 15 11 6.97
      Exeter 15/16 1397 8 4 8.59

      Bamford:
      Mins Goals Assists GA/m
      Leeds 20/21 672 7 1 11.90
      Leeds 19/20 3464 16 2 5.20
      Leeds 18/19 1450 9 2 7.59
      Borough 17/18 2119 11 0 5.19
      Borough 14/15 3005 17 2 6.32
      Derby 13/14 1270 8 3 8.66

      1. Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        15 days, 6 hours ago

        So which one would you go for?

        1. popcoin
          • 8 Years
          14 days, 21 hours ago

          Both. But if only one, Bamford

    5. popcoin
      • 8 Years
      15 days, 6 hours ago

      Conclusion: both great options at £6.0m, why not get both. Bamford, at 27 years old, has a slightly more proven track record but Watkins, at 24, looks to be developing into quite a clinical finisher. The next Jamie Vardy?... Your choice depends on how you interpret a striker with more smaller chances or fewer bigger chances, plus the fixtures. Villa have good fixtures on paper but Watkins has suited the tougher games - will this continue? Bamford and Leeds certainly pass the eye test and I'd be confident of more returns to follow. I'd also be happy giving Watkins the chance in this 'easier' fixture run, given his finishing ability and the fact that Villa surely have to end up creating chances in these games. Also depends on if you're happy going triple Villa. But I usually say treat each player individually, plus Grealish and Martinez seem like season keepers even if Villa's form does drop off.
      Overall I think I would go Bamford simply because of Leeds' playing style, but penalties is convincing me of Watkins

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        15 days, 6 hours ago

        Prefer Antonio to both myself

      2. Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        15 days, 6 hours ago

        That was quick. 😀

      3. Deulofail
        • 4 Years
        15 days, 6 hours ago

        I thought Bamford was about 22

  5. pundit of punts
    • 7 Years
    15 days, 7 hours ago

    Martinez
    Coady - Mitchell - Taylor
    Salah - Bruno - Ziyech - Grealish
    Martial - Jimenez - Richarlison

    Button - Lamptey - KWP - Bissouma

    Good to go? Decent bench if none of Mitchell, Coady, Salah are fit?

    Hit needed?

  6. sirmorbach
    • 4 Years
    15 days, 7 hours ago

    Lads, what should I do regarding Salah? Hold, take a - 8, or WC?

    Mendy
    Chilwell, Lamptey, KWP, Dallas, Mitchell
    Bruno, James Rodríguez, Grealish, Harrison, Salah*
    Kane, DCL, Bamford

    1. AnfieldLad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      15 days, 7 hours ago

      Hold for me

      1. sirmorbach
        • 4 Years
        15 days, 6 hours ago

        Cheers, mate

    2. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      15 days, 6 hours ago

      Sell

      1. sirmorbach
        • 4 Years
        15 days, 6 hours ago

        If I may: take a - 8 (took a hit already) or WC?

        1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          15 days, 6 hours ago

          Another hit I reckon. At his price point you should expect to be paid back those points. Not guaranteed of course but expected.

          1. sirmorbach
            • 4 Years
            15 days, 6 hours ago

            Much appreciated, sir!

          2. Olson
            • 6 Years
            15 days, 6 hours ago

            Not so sure

            Blanks:

            Bruno: 3/7
            KdB: 4/6
            Sterling: 4/9
            Auba: Urgh

            And that's just blanks, there's plenty of these games where players didn't score enough to exceed a hit and a 2 point sub.

            Not saying a transfer is a baaad idea, just that covering your costs looks kinda 50/50 at best. But then with Bruno a haul is also not far short of 50/50

            1. Olson
              • 6 Years
              15 days, 6 hours ago

              *sterling 4/6

            2. sirmorbach
              • 4 Years
              15 days, 4 hours ago

              Thanks for that, very useful indeed

    3. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      15 days, 6 hours ago

      Sell as per info that he will also likely miss the Brighton game

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        15 days, 6 hours ago

        Need more info. Is he symptomatic or asymptomatic? If the former, he may be in a weakened state for a while.

  7. AnfieldLad
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    15 days, 7 hours ago

    McCarthy
    Cancelo Chilwell Kilman
    Son Grealish Soucek Bissouma
    Kane DCL Werner
    (4.0 Salah* Shaw* Ferguson*)
    0FT 1.2ITB

    Subject to injuries:
    A) G2G
    B) Shaw -> Coufal (-4) play over Biss

    Thinking B because I can’t see having the chance to make that move for free at any point and can’t play Kilman every week

  8. JURGENAUT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    15 days, 7 hours ago

    How many playing assets do people have on their bench?

    Currently only have 1. Looking to make that 2.

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      15 days, 6 hours ago

      2

    2. AnfieldLad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      15 days, 6 hours ago

      None

    3. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      15 days, 6 hours ago

      2, though Brewster could be benched for Fleck.

    4. Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      15 days, 6 hours ago

      3: Vest/Coufal, Kilman, Brewster

      1. Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        15 days, 6 hours ago

        As someone with such a bench, it has just occurred to me that I can simply keep Salah

        As long as he is asymptomatic, that is

    5. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      15 days, 6 hours ago

      Used to have zero in previous seasons. Have somehow managed to get 2 this time. They are 2 points at best though.

    6. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      15 days, 6 hours ago

      2

    7. Black Knights
      • 8 Years
      15 days, 6 hours ago

      None cos it’s now Wilson, TAA and Salah. Bissouma, Dier and Saiss into the XI.

    8. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      15 days, 6 hours ago

      4. Might end up needing all of them.

  9. Major League Shocker
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    15 days, 6 hours ago

    Is Holding nailed for Arsenal when fit? I see he has missed 3 games, but thought he was probably injured.

    I'm trying to rotate four 4.5 or cheaper defenders for 2 slots.

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      15 days, 6 hours ago

      That's an interesting strategy, what's your reasoning?

      1. Major League Shocker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        15 days, 6 hours ago

        I just want to play a bit of a differential wildcard and try and make up some ground. A cheap defence enables a KDB+Jesus double-up in attack, as well as Bruno and Salah or Mane.

        1. Major League Shocker
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          15 days, 6 hours ago

          Walsh tried to do this a while back, and I think he might have been successful but he plowed all the money into midfield, forcing himself to start Brewster every week, and he doubled up on Salah and Mane when their fixtures were just okay. And he got Pulisic. Thankfully I dodged that one!

    2. Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      15 days, 6 hours ago

      Coufal, KWP, Kilman and Holding?

      1. Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        15 days, 6 hours ago

        And yeah, Holding is nailed

      2. Major League Shocker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        15 days, 6 hours ago

        Right now it's Coufal, Targett, Holding, and Phillips (one needs to be 4.0 and I didn't get in on Kilman when he was ultra-cheap). McCarthy in goal so I don't want to double up with KWP, and Targett has better fixtures.

        1. Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          15 days, 6 hours ago

          Nice

          Consider Deulofail's concern below about Holding, though. My issue with Phillips is that he might get 3 GWs max, as TAA isn't out for that long... If Phillips even successfully replaces Milner at that RB position, that is

          1. Major League Shocker
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            15 days, 6 hours ago

            Phillips is a CB, not a TAA replacement. I asked about that last night and it sounded like he would play with Matip with Fabinho staying CDM in the league.

            1. Ze_Austin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              15 days, 5 hours ago

              Oh sorry. I thought of Williams

              My bad

              Good luck, then

    3. Deulofail
      • 4 Years
      15 days, 6 hours ago

      He was injured but he's not nailed. Luiz is competition, and it's not guaranteed they continue with 3 at the back every game (not that that is a massive factor here). There's also the imminent return of Mari and Chambers to contend with. He's probably first choice behind Gabriel for most games right now, but I wouldn't go as far as to say he's nailed. All Arsenal CBs also seem injury prone too.

      1. Deulofail
        • 4 Years
        15 days, 6 hours ago

        So I don't think you can rely on him for a long-term rotation policy. That said, since you have depth from the rotation strategy, the cost of him missing a game or 3 isn't going to be very high, so he probably IS a good choice if you ignore the fact he has no attacking threat 🙂

        1. Major League Shocker
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          15 days, 6 hours ago

          Cheers Deulofail, very helpful! I think I'll risk it and hope they stay with the back 3.

          1. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            15 days, 6 hours ago

            I considered Holding, but he doesn't have the best fixtures just now. If he's still nailed in a few weeks he'll be my choice for next defender transfer.

  10. tbhogal
    • 11 Years
    15 days, 6 hours ago

    Non Bruno owners who you gonna captain ?

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      15 days, 6 hours ago

      DCL

    2. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      15 days, 6 hours ago

      Mane

    3. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      15 days, 6 hours ago

      It’s on Grealish.

    4. Kun Tozser
      • 5 Years
      15 days, 6 hours ago

      Ziyech

    5. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      15 days, 6 hours ago

      DCL

    6. Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      15 days, 6 hours ago

      Got it on Grealish atm

    7. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      15 days, 6 hours ago

      I own Bruno but going Kane

    8. DAZZ
      • 6 Years
      15 days, 6 hours ago

      Kane

    9. djoker_nole
        15 days, 4 hours ago

        Timo

    10. ShaunGoater123
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      15 days, 6 hours ago

      Already taken a -4 and planning on wildcard next week, should I move salah on for Mane for -8?

      McCarthy
      Chilwell/ Dallas / bellerin
      Salah / Fernandes / ziyech / soucek
      Kane / Vardy / Watkins

      Button / Justin / bissouma / mitchell

      1. GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        15 days, 6 hours ago

        No.

      2. AnfieldLad
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        15 days, 6 hours ago

        Definitely don’t -8 then wildcard next week. Either just stick (I would) or wildcard this week

      3. Pep bites Kun
        • 4 Years
        15 days, 6 hours ago

        Will you keep Salah on wc? If so, then no. Play Bissouma

    11. thegaffer82
      • 9 Years
      15 days, 6 hours ago

      This Salah covid thing is the perfect excuse to get rid now IMO.

      Pool's DF is absolutely decimated, which will likely have a knock-on effect on their performances. Plus, I can't see myself captaining Salah until the Fulham game at the earliest whereas, I can now get Bruno & KDB who look better options for the next 3 anyway.

      Oh, and I'm super glad that I learned my lesson from the last IB and have held my transfer until after I hear the pressers after IB has finished. I was all set on Son > Bruno and my fingers were getting twitchy.

      1. Olson
        • 6 Years
        15 days, 6 hours ago

        Stay patient. More players could go down and change your best direction

    12. Jeremy Corbyn
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      15 days, 6 hours ago

      I'm asking for all the members here: when is RMT updated? Salah still a captain option...

    13. Watkins vs Bamford
      popcoin
      • 8 Years
      15 days, 6 hours ago

      Repost after formatting fail...

      Tried to do a comparison of Watkins v Bamford.

      First of all, this season (Watkins v Bamford):
      Goals: 6 v 7
      Assists: 1 v 2
      xG+xA/90: 0.78 v 0.66
      shots/90: 2.57 v 3.86
      Games with xG below 0.2: 2 v 3
      Games with xG above 0.2, below 0.7: 2 v 3
      Games with xG above 0.7: 3 v 2

      Looking at this and also the xG of all their chances (https://understat.com/player/822), the story so far this season seems to be that the two players have scored almost the same number of goals and assists, but Watkins from fewer but bigger chances, and Bamford from a greater number of smaller chances. They've both had similar numbers of games with low, medium and high xG's. They've both scored a hat-trick, but Bamford has scored points in 5 games, whereas Watkins has hauled in 3 games (but has played one fewer).

      Looking at which teams each payer has scored points against, there seems to be a slight pattern, although not conclusive. As we all know, Bamford has been faring better in the 'away' games. His higher xG games have come against Leicester, Villa, Sheffield and City, having scored in the Villa and Sheffield games - he's also scored against Palace, Fulham and Liverpool, in all of which his xG was < 0.5. Missed a couple of chances against Leicester. His goals suggest he might prefer the smaller teams and 'away' games, but his xG against Leicester and City was good.

      Watkins' 3 scoring games have come in his 3 highest xG games, against Liverpool, Arsenal, Saints. Perhaps a clearer pattern of getting big chances on the break against teams who like to play up the pitch.

      So what does their history say? Bamford is 27 with a mixed history. After a full season at Championship club Middlesbrough in 14/15, scoring 17 and assisting 2, he had 2 seasons on the bench in the top flight, before scoring 11 goals for 'borough in 17/18. He then joined Leeds, scoring 9 and 16 before promotion.

      Watkins is 24 and his story is more one of steady improvement in his formative years. In 2 years at Exeter and 3 years at Brentford, he scored 8, 15, 10, 10 and 26 goals respectively. Assists varied from 3-8 per season, except for 11 at Exeter in 16/17.

      The final column below shows their Goals+Assists per minute (x1000 for ease). I've only included seasons in which they've played over 1000 minutes, meaning Bamford's 15/16 and 16/17 seasons are excluded.

      Bamford:
      Leeds (20/21) Mins: 672 Goals: 7 Assists: 1 GA/m: 11.90
      Leeds (19/20) Mins: 3464 Goals: 16 Assists: 2 GA/m: 5.20
      Leeds (18/19) Mins: 1450 Goals: 9 Assists: 2 GA/m: 7.59
      Borough (17/18) Mins: 2119 Goals: 11 Assists: 0 GA/m: 5.19
      Borough (14/15) Mins: 3005 Goals: 17 Assists: 2 GA/m: 6.32
      Derby (13/14) Mins: 1270 Goals: 8 Assists: 3 GA/m: 8.66

      Watkins:

      Villa 20/21 Mins: 630 Goals: 6 Assists: 1 G+A/m: 11.11
      Brentford 19/20 Mins: 4430 Goals: 26 Assists: 3 G+A/m: 6.55
      Brentford 18/19 Mins: 3127 Goals: 10 Assists: 8 G+A/m: 5.76
      Brentford 17/18 Mins: 3531 Goals: 10 Assists: 5 G+A/m: 4.25
      Exeter 16/17 Mins: 3732 Goals: 15 Assists: 11 G+A/m: 6.97
      Exeter 15/16 Mins: 1397 Goals: 8 Assists: 4 G+A/m: 8.59

      They both seem to have started this season very well, so expect both to revert to the mean to some extent. Their track records per minute are also remarkably similar, with Bamford performing slightly better in the last 3 seasons while they've both been playing in the Championship. However the similarity is perhaps impressive for Watkins given he is 3 years younger. What stands out is that 19/20 was a real step up for Watkins, during Brentford's excellent 80-goal season. The question for Watkins seems to be whether it was a one-off or a breakout season - his age suggests it is the latter as he is developing and finding his feet at a higher level, and he has hit the ground running this season. His numbers were impressive at Exeter and dropped off slightly in his first 2 seasons in the championship before that 19/20 season. Bamford has a slightly more proven track record at a higher level. Bear in mind though, only 2 of the seasons shown above involved 3000+ minutes. Might he be the one slightly more prone to rotation when GWs 13-16 come thick and fast? Bielsa only seems to remove him once he has scored, but Leeds fans may be able to help.

      What about fixtures?

      Bamford: ARS, eve, che, WHU, NEW, mun
      Watkins: BRI, whu, NEW, wol, BUR, wba

      Bamford's fixtures are mixed, but so are his numbers from different difficulties of games so far. Personally, I can see him scoring against Arsenal and Everton - Chelsea and West Ham may be tough, but I'd fancy him against Newcastle and away at United. Hard to tell form game to game so as long as Leeds continue to create chances, owners will feel confident. Watkins' fixtures are good on paper, so it depends how strongly you interpret the indication that he performs better against better teams. Brighton, West Ham, Wolves and Burnley might be very tricky to break down. However, Watkins has penalties which Bamford does not and that could be a deciding factor.

      Finally, having watched the games, Bamford certainly passes the eye test with the chances he gets, even though his finishing can be either world class or a bit erratic. For Watkins, the eye test and his stats suggest he is becoming quite a clinical finisher. Overall, I think it's a very tight decision and it may come down to each fantasy manager's style and how they interpret the more+small/fewer+big chance frequencies. The worry with Watkins might be that if the chances dry up just a little bit, he may not produce returns, however good his finishing might be. Is he another Jamie Vardy? The concern with Bamford might be that his finishing ability could be a bit erratic and not sustainable. Someone suggested to me that missing chances can affect a striker's confidence - although Bamford seems like a pretty resilient guy. Personally, I think the bottom line is they're both very good picks, and why not get both if team structure allows? They certainly beat any £6.0m options in midfield and I would be confident that there returns don't dry up at least in the mid-term. If I had to choose, I might suggest Bamford simply because of Leeds' style of play, and not wanting to triple up on Villa just in case their form as a team starts to drop. Having said that though, I do prefer to treat players individually, plus Grealish and Martinez seem like season keepers. However, penalties might just persuade me to Watkins.

      What do you think?

      Note: my season so far has been pants so don't take my advice.

      1. Deulofail
        • 4 Years
        15 days, 6 hours ago

        I would go for Watkins due to fixtures and my general agreement that duobling and tripling up is only a psychlogical block with no influence on your actual likelihood for points - in most cases. - Which I think is what you were saying... 😀

        1. Black Knights
          • 8 Years
          15 days, 6 hours ago

          Yes I’m going Watkins. Those fixtures are too juicy.

        2. popcoin
          • 8 Years
          15 days, 6 hours ago

          indeed! thanks for putting it more succinctly

        3. Polar_Bear
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          15 days, 6 hours ago

          I'm thinking bith and Antonio on the WC. Watkins and Antonio have the fixtures and are quality, while Bamford can score in any game. Then go heavy in midfield. The £6m forward bracket is dense with great options

      2. Black Knights
        • 8 Years
        15 days, 6 hours ago

        TL;DR - get Mitrovic.

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          15 days, 6 hours ago

          Very popular in Scotland right now.

      3. Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        15 days, 6 hours ago

        My take:

        If you have one already, don't sell for the other. It's a sideways move

        If you're about to choose one, an easier method for your psyche (so you don't blame yourself) is a simple coin toss

        If you want to go head to head and choose based on logic, it will still end up having something to do with your style as a manager, as pointed out in this post

        I like talismans who get lots of opportunities and know how to put them away, while spreading out the teams in my XI in a highly unpredictable season

        Martinez is a lock for me, since GW2. I also have Steer as a reliable backup until Heaton returns (I'll sell with a FT then), and then there's Grealish. So Bamford vs Watkins was never a thing for me, and I got Bamford

        Does this make one better than the other? Not really. I'd actually suggest both, if you can. As he goes into a fixture run of low-block defences, Watkins can't keep scoring only against "big" teams that come out to attack with a confident defence he can exploit, can he? Will Bamford ever calm the hell down, and will his fixtures count against him?

        crystalball.exe returned an error there

        Good luck

      4. Daniel - Go Granville
        • 11 Years
        15 days, 6 hours ago

        Bot for me. Bam Bam now in order not to triple up on Villa and then DCL goes to Watkins and gives me money to get KDB. Boom. Done

      5. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        15 days, 5 hours ago

        tl:dr

        Bamford 🙂

    14. Finding Timo
        15 days, 6 hours ago

        Hi would you do son and sterling to ziyech and Bruno for -4 or just one of those ? Other option is to sell salah for one of those?

        1. drughi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          15 days, 6 hours ago

          I would keep Sterling for sure

        2. Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          15 days, 6 hours ago

          It's very possible to hold Sterling for 10 GWs and have him outscored by other premiums by up to 30 points

          It's also possible to hold him and have him outscore every other premium by the same margin

          With Raheem, there's no crystal ball. There's no long term form

          You just have to make your decision if you're selling and stand by it. If he hits that ultimate purple, ignore your ego and buy him back

          That's what I think

          About the transfers here: yes, I would. But I'm a hitman

          1. Ze_Austin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            15 days, 6 hours ago

            *ultimate purple patch, ffs

      • Freund88
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        15 days, 6 hours ago

        Best TAA replacement?

        Got Robbo Chilwell Saiss Mitchell

        Yup...defence is a bit of a mess!

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          15 days, 6 hours ago

          Cancelo or Dias. Risk vs Reward.

        2. GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          15 days, 6 hours ago

          Coufal. You've a lot of money tied up in that defence.

        3. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          15 days, 5 hours ago

          PVA - fixtures & pedigree

      • The Big Fella
        • 4 Years
        15 days, 6 hours ago

        I am in quite the pickle. I am on a WC and Salah having got the rona means that I am a player down for the next 2 GWs. Salah's sale price is 12.2 for me. If I sell him for Fernandes, Mane or Jota then I won't be able to buy him back unless he falls to 12.2. What is everybody else doing?

        1. Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          15 days, 5 hours ago

          Never worry about the price or TV - go for the points. Which players will return the most points through fixtures? You can buy Salah back later and will find/plan a way to do it. Some player picks work out/some don't

          1. The Big Fella
            • 4 Years
            15 days, 5 hours ago

            I am definitely going to want him back though

            1. Pep bites Kun
              • 4 Years
              15 days, 5 hours ago

              Bench for 1-2 weeks on wc or give KDB/Sterling a run for the money. Don't know your mf, but loads of good options available for Salah value

        2. jtreble
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          15 days, 5 hours ago

          Imho you might want to consider a WC team that allows for a healthy amount of cash in the bank.

          1. The Big Fella
            • 4 Years
            15 days, 5 hours ago

            Money in the bank is points not on the pitch

            1. jtreble
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              15 days, 4 hours ago

              GL. 🙂

        3. Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          15 days, 5 hours ago

          sell and ensure I have a way to get him back easily ... all you need to do is squeeze .2 itb as part of your WC 😉

          1. The Big Fella
            • 4 Years
            15 days, 5 hours ago

            Or 0.1 and hope he falls........

      • bigdip
        • 8 Years
        15 days, 5 hours ago

        Best TAA replacement with no budget constraints (I currently have Coady, Lamptey, KWP, Mitchell)
        A) Robbo
        B) Chilwell
        C) Walker
        D) Any other suggestions?

        1. NB 1
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          14 days, 9 hours ago

          B or C

      • Jeremy Corbyn
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        15 days, 2 hours ago

        Why is skypsports saying he's "a doubt"?

        https://www.skysports.com/football/news/12010/12132489/mohamed-salah-liverpool-forward-a-doubt-for-leicester-clash-after-second-test-confirms-covid-19

        Are there scenarios where Salah can actually play Leiceister?

      • bdoher2
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        14 days, 13 hours ago

        A)Ziyech & Vardy or
        B) Debruyne & Bamford
        A or B?

      • standoggingmore
        • 2 Years
        13 days, 7 hours ago

        Considering a hit...

        Current line up

        McCarthy

        Chilwell, Doherty (swap for Mings/Coufal/KWP), Lamptey

        Barkley(Grealish), Son, Fernandes (c), Ziyech(v)

        Kane, DCL, Bamford (Watkins)

        Bench: Ryan, Ayling, Mitchel, Mendy(lei) 4.6itb

        In coming weeks all (players in brackets) are my expected swaps.

        Deffo swapping Doherty with a free now but who is best out of the shortlist?Also is it worth swapping either Grealish for Barkley or Bamford to Watkins for the hit?

        Next decision is what to do with the circa 3.3m extra and upgrade Mendy over the next few weeks.