Frisking the Fixtures

How much rest will Premier League teams get over Christmas this season?

Spurs, Arsenal and Manchester City have the most gruelling festive fixture schedule in the Premier League this season.

That’s because the three clubs are set for a higher frequency of shorter rest times between matches compared to the rest of the division.

Now the Premier League has revealed the December television schedule, we can analyse the gaps between each Gameweek in more detail.

That includes measuring the distance between each team’s fixtures, so we can assess who will be the most and least likely to rotate during the Christmas rush.

Site regular and moderator Legomané has put together the FPL Matrix to visualise this information and help with our winter planning, which you can see below.

In order to assess the FPL implications of these fixtures, we have created three festive categories in which to place the teams.

  • The Ebenezer Scrooge category: Teams with the shortest rest periods and those working the most over Christmas. Bah humbug.
  • The John McClane category: Teams with medium rest periods. Things are quite balanced here. Yes, their situation is not ideal but, deep down, they put on a brave face and enjoy the relentless destruction for what it is.
  • The Buddy the Elf category: Teams with the longest rest periods, those who treat every day like it’s Christmas and stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.

Accordingly, this article starts with assets to be wary of in terms of rotation, before finishing with the more reliable starters.

THE SCROOGES

Arsenal

Arsenal: RAP | tot | dun | BUR | SOU | eve | MCI | CHE | bha

No team will suffer a harder test than Arsenal during the Christmas period as they face no fewer than nine fixtures between December 1 and December 29.

It is the Thursday nights that will haunt the Gunners like the Marley brothers, as it means they face rest periods of just two days on SIX occasions.

Every team will have tough turnarounds between Gameweeks 12 and 14 but Mikel Arteta’s men don’t get much time to prepare for the Christmas Past or Christmas Yet to Come either side of that run.

There are just two days between a trip to Dundalk on December and a hosting Burnley the following Sunday.

And just two days after travelling to Everton on December 19, Arsenal host Manchester City in the EFL Cup quarter-final.

Thankfully, Arteta’s men are playing so poorly at both ends of the pitch that whatever rotation comes their way, it should not affect our Fantasy teams too much.

Tottenham Hotspur

The FPL impact of Reguilón's benching on Kane and Son

Spurs: las | ARS | ANT | cry | liv | LEI | stk | wol | FUL

While our love is gone for the Gunners, Fantasy managers still hold a torch for Harry Kane (£10.9m) and Son Heung-min (£9.5m).

They have been dealt a similar deal to Arsenal, and we can expect Spurs to be working harder than a young Ebenezer Scrooge during Fozziwig’s rubber chicken factory Christmas party.

Their festive schedule is also chained up with Thursday-night commitments, making for five different occasions where Jose Mourinho will have just two days to prepare for the next game.

While Kane and Son are usually relatively rotation proof for the Premier League matches, assets such as Sergio Reguilón (£5.6m) and Gareth Bale (£9.5m) might be the main assets at risk.

But the Premier League games Spurs must play are challenging indeed, sitting third-bottom on the Season Ticker between Gameweeks 11 and 15.

Manchester United

Man United: PSG | whu | lpz | MCI | shu | LEE | eve | lei | WOL

The beginning and end of Manchester United’s Christmas journey looks the most difficult, as they face two-day rests between facing PSG, West Ham and Leipzig.

Then between Gameweek 13 and 16, it’s another gruelling run of two-day gaps between Sheffield United, Leeds, Everton, Leicester and Wolves.

In total, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men face six two-day gaps during this period which could seriously test Bruno Fernandes‘ (£10.9m) run of starts.

The presence of Donny van de Beek (£6.7m) may become more important during this run, while Edinson Cavani (£8.0m) and Anthony Martial (£8.7m) are sure to split centre-forward duties too.

With a few stand-in options on the flanks, Marcus Rashford (£9.5m) may even find himself deployed up-front in order to rest Cavani and Martial.

Manchester City

Man City: por | FUL | MAR | mun | WBA | sou | ars | NEW | eve

Pep Guardiola is unlikely to have much sympathy for Fantasy managers trying to guess his Christmas team selections. 

‘Are there no poor houses?’ he’ll ask nonchalantly, upon watching the FPL community descend into decay at yet further benching for Raheem Sterling (£11.4m).

At no stage during the festive run will Manchester City get more than three days to rest ahead of a game and, while they get fewer two-day gaps than their city rivals (three), they must contend with just one day between the Gameweek 15 home clash with Newcastle and the Gameweek 16 trip to Everton.

Looking at their schedule is like staring into the formless face of the ghost of Christmas Yet to Come for owners of João Cancelo (£5.6m) and Riyad Mahrez (£8.3m).

Considering Manchester City rotate considerably anyway, their hectic schedule is sure to place more emphasis on the Bob Cratchetts in their team, reliable starters such as Kevin De Bruyne (£11.7m) and Rúben Dias (£5.6m). 

After all, the Citizens are top of the Season Ticker between Gameweeks 11 and 16.

Leicester City

Leicester: zor | shu | AEK | BHA | EVE | tot | MUN | cry

Leicester are another team who follow up three two-day gaps with a one-day rest period between Gameweeks 15 and 16.

They face Manchester United (home) and Crystal Palace (away) in those matches, a run in which it would be hard to predict two starts for the veteran Jamie Vardy (£10.2m).

It is the European fixtures that put the spanner into the works for the Foxes, although considering Vardy appears to be the only one trusted with hefty ownership right now, the knock-on effect may only be on Harvey Barnes (£6.9m) owners, who have already felt the effects of Christmas rotation in Gameweek 10.

More than ever, Brendan Rodgers could do with having Tiny Timothy Castagne (£5.7m) back fit to help the cause.

Chelsea

Wasteful Werner shows promising signs for FPL owners

Chelsea: sev | LEE | KRA | eve | wol | WHU | ars | AVL

It’s the start of December that looks the most challenging for Chelsea as they face three two-day rests and one three-day turnaround between their Champions League trip to Sevilla and a Gameweek 13 trip to Wolves.

Then they get five days and four days sandwiched between Gameweeks 13, 14 and 15 thanks to their elimination from the EFL Cup – but then it’s just one day in the middle of facing Arsenal (away) and Aston Villa (home).

Christian Pulisic (£8.2m) is back in the fold now so Timo Werner‘s (£9.5m) minutes could be managed while Olivier Giroud (£6.7m) is sure to surface to provide rest for Tammy Abraham (£7.2m)

Frank Lampard certainly has the option to rotate Reece James (£5.1m) and Ben Chilwell (£6.2m) if he so chooses, while even Kurt Zouma (£5.5m) and Thiago Silva (£5.5m) have dropped in and out of the side this year. 

Considering Chelsea sit rather uninspiringly in the middle of the Season Ticker between Gameweeks 11 and 16, there might only be one more sleep until Fantasy managers start dismantling their triple-ups.

Liverpool

Liverpool: AJX | WOL | mid | ful | TOT | cry | WBA | new

Liverpool squeeze their way into football’s version of the Christmas Carol, making a Beaker-esque cameo appearance.

That’s mainly because of the sheer number of fixtures they face. Unlike many others in this category, they have a five-day wait between fixtures against Crystal Palace (away) and West Bromwich Albion (home) in Gameweeks 14 and 15 respectively and there are four days between a Tuesday meeting with Ajax and Wolves’ Gameweek 11 trip to Anfield.

However, there’s still a lot on Liverpool’s plate across the whole period, their eight fixtures only eclipsed by the north London and Manchester clubs. And, of course, the injuries continue to pile up at Anfield.

THE MCCLANES

Everton and Newcastle

Does early FPL team news really provide an advantage?

Everton: bur | CHE | lei | ARS | MUN | shu | MCI

Newcastle: avl | WBA | lee | FUL | brt | mci | LIV

Everton and Newcastle’s involvement in the EFL Cup is the reason for their rather middling schedule. The two clubs might think twice about scaling such a tall building (in this case, a cup-run) again at this rate.

They each have two two-day gaps while Everton have just one day between Sheffield United (away) and Manchester City (home). While the former looks a nice fixture, will Carlo Ancelotti want to waste his best team on that with Guardiola’s men to come? All things equal, they’d probably rather be in Philadelphia.

As for difficulty, Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.9m) owners might want to consider using the emergency channel – provided it doesn’t sound like they’re ordering a pizza. Across Everton face Chelsea (home), Leicester (away), Arsenal (home) and Manchester City (home) between Gameweeks 12 and 16, putting them fourth-bottom of the Season Ticker for December. 

Meanwhile, the Magpies can probably enjoy a trip to the coast, get together and have a few laughs. Despite the turnaround of that Cup tie, they still face West Bromwich Albion, Leeds and Fulham between Gameweeks 12 and 14, favourable fixtures indeed.

Palace and Southampton

Crystal Palace: wba | TOT | whu | LIV | avl | LEI

Southampton: bha | SHU | ars | MCI | ful | WHU

Southampton and Crystal Palace might feel like they’ve been invited to a Christmas party by mistake this year.

Their gaps at the start and the end of the month are relatively favourable but in the middle of December resembles crawling through the vents of a terrorist-infested skyscraper.

Two days after hosting Southampton, Che Adams (£5.9m) and Alex McCarthy (£4.6m) will visit Arsenal and two days after that Manchester City visit the Etihad Stadium. 

The fact that the Saints’ goalkeeper has played a starring role in recent weeks could be exceptionally pertinent over Christmas with tough fixtures and rotation threat.

Meanwhile, Gameweeks 12 to 14 pit Crystal Palace against Spurs (home), West Ham (away) and Liverpool (home), each fixture two days from the last.

Provided Wilfried Zaha (£7.3m) is back to his best at that point, he could be the only outfield player likely to feature significantly as Roy Hodgson has options to cover central midfield, the wingers and most positions in the back-four.

Brighton and Burnley

Brighton: SOU | lei | ful | SHU | whu | ARS

Burnley: EVE | ars | avl | WOL | lee SHU

Brighton and Burnley have similar rest periods during December, each facing just one day between Gameweeks 15 and 16 while they are both afforded two five-day gaps between fixtures earlier in the month.

However, the Seagulls have a better deal when it comes to the difficulty of these fixtures, a Gameweek 12 trip to Leicester the only fly in the ointment.

They face Fulham, Sheffield United and West Ham between Gameweeks 12 and 14 and, based on his eye test and an injury to Neal Maupay (£6.3m), we could be saying “welcome to the party, pal” to Danny Welbeck (£5.5m).

Burnley have hardly inspired Fantasy ownership in a big way this season so festive meetings with Arsenal (away), Aston Villa (away) and Wolves (home) are unlikely to change that any time soon.

Fulham and Sheffield United

Fulham: mci | LIV | BHA | new | SOU | tot

Sheff Utd: LEI | sou | MUN | bha | EVE | bur

Fulham and Sheffield United were close to trading Nakatomi Plaza for the north pole with their relatively kind rest periods on offer.

However, it looks as if they’re stuck with Argyle for a chauffeur as their tough fixtures keep them in the world of Die Hard in December.

Fulham, who have an eight-day gap between Gameweeks 11 and 12 must also endure meetings with Manchester City (away) and Liverpool (home) respectively while the Blades face Leicester, Southampton, Manchester United and Everton.

THE BUDDIES

West Ham United

West Ham: MUN | lee | CRY | che | BHA | sou

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is by singing loud about West Ham’s festive schedule for all to hear.

No Premier League team can offer as much rest as the Hammers this December, afforded two five-day rest periods and two four-day gaps to boot.

If Michail Antonio (£6.2m) can regain his full fitness soon, he looks as nailed-on as any asset during Christmas while defensive options such as Arthur Masuaku (£4.5m), Vladimir Coufal (£4.6m) and Aaron Cresswell (£5.2m) will bring comfort to their owners based on this run.

The fixtures themselves are a little mixed, especially when going up against Manchester United (Gameweek 11) and Chelsea (Gameweek 14).

However, facing Leeds (away), Crystal Palace (home), Brighton (home) and Southampton (away) could be as fun as pelting teenage kids with snowballs in Central Park.

Leeds United

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Leeds: che | WHU | NEW | mun | BUR | wba

Leeds certainly weren’t on the naughty list this year as their Christmas looks as tasty as the world’s best cup of coffee.

Two five-day gaps, one four-day and one three-day rest period is helpful enough, before we consider how dedicated Marcelo Bielsa is to his first-team players.

While the formations and shapes often fluctuate at Leeds, their manager rarely makes changes to the personnel involved, if he can help it.

Kalvin Phillips‘ (£4.9m) return from injury has boosted the defensive potential of Illan Meslier (£4.5m), Stuart Dallas (£4.5m) and Luke Ayling (£4.5m) while Patrick Bamford‘s (£6.1m) league form surely make a benching unlikely during the festivities.

Wolves

Wolves: liv | AVL | CHE | bur | TOT | mun

Wolves have the honour of being the only Premier League team afforded THREE periods of five-day resting this year.

That certainly goes a long way to boosting the likes of Pedro Neto (£5.6m) and Max Kilman (£4.3m), provided the latter can reclaim his place.

But, son of a nutcracker, do the fixtures themselves look difficult. To say the run itself is kind to Nuno Espirito Santo’s men would be to sit on a throne of lies.

Between Gameweeks 11 and 16, Wolves sit bottom of the Season Ticker, as they face Liverpool (away), Chelsea (home), Spurs (home) and Manchester United (away).

Aston Villa

Aston Villa: NEW* | wol | BUR | wba | CRY | che

Following the postponement of Aston Villa’s Gameweek 11 meeting with Newcastle, there is a lot up in the air about their Christmas schedule.

On the surface, it looks promising, even if they were to face the Magpies at the back-end of Gameweek 11. The Villains would still be handed one five-day rest period and another lasting four days.

Although, until things are confirmed, I would feel like a cotton-headed ninny muggins by handing out too much Villa advice.

Either way, Jack Grealish (£7.7m) is an immovable object in the Villa team at the best of times so his place in our teams looks relatively locked in for Christmas.

Ollie Watkins (£6.1m) has not faced much competition for his place this season but, as the fixtures take their toll on squad fitness, Dean Smith could be tempted to use the recovering Keinan Davis (£4.3m) or Wesley (£6.0m) if they can get in time.

West Bromwich Albion

West Brom: CRY | new | mci | AVL | liv | LEE

Two five-day rest period and one four-day is a relatively sweet deal for West Bromwich Albion.

However, the task that awaits the Baggies is akin to convincing a hard-nosed New York book publisher that an elf-like man-child is his son.

The Baggies sit second-bottom on the Season Ticker during this period, as they face Manchester City and Liverpool between Gameweeks 13 and 15, as well as a derby encounter with Aston Villa in between.

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1,662 Comments Post a Comment
  1. The King
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    Not doing a minus this week could be a massive advantage with so many taking hits. Especially over those taking hits to bring in a playing keep or taking son/vardy out to fund other moves

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Maybe. Places like this forum are their own microcosm though.

      1. The King
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 19 days ago

        Had to look that word up haha

    2. Dirty Harry
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Planning on saving my transfer and roll into next week with two. Can field 10 this week and hoping atleast people above me in my ML will be taking a hit or two.

    3. noone
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Why are people taking out Vardy?

      1. Dirty Harry
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 19 days ago

        No idea to be honest. Hold for next two games surely.

      2. komodosam
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 19 days ago

        Crazy. He's a double-figure week waiting to happen.

  2. Puyol Pants Up
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    What are people doing with Watkins?

    Who's the replacement to go for, Bamford or Adams?

    1. Prison Mike
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      I have 1 FT and 0 on the bank so it’s either get Adams or play Bissouma...

      1. Puyol Pants Up
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 19 days ago

        Similar to me except with 0.1 itb

        So It's either get Adams/Bamford or play Riedeweild (who only played 20 min last GW)

        1. Prison Mike
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 19 days ago

          For you bamford is probably the best bet, it will have to be adams for me who i wouldn’t want to keep after the next 2 whereas bamford is long term

    2. El Fenomeno R9
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Interesting pick after this GW with 2 DGWs

    3. komodosam
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 19 days ago

      They are both very decent third strikers to have.

  3. Mile Plankton
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    Pedro Neto or Podence?
    Or someone else in that price range?

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Neto

  4. Lestat
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    A -Grealish and Vardy to KDB and Antonio for 4 point HIT

    OR

    B - Fernandes to KDB with no HIT.

    ??

    1. The King
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Definitely not a

    2. komodosam
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Neither. Don't panic.

  5. Rhinos
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    Ah I've figured out why I want to sell KDB. It's coz I reallly want to buy and captain Werner (for Vardy or Kane) but deep down I know that's not better than saving free transfer so in order to justify the move I'm selling a premium mid and getting Werner via Brewster instead. Need to reasses

    1. Mile Plankton
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Think you are already heavily invested in forwards with Vardy and Kane. Werner would be total overkill.

  6. Sepp Blattered
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    Anyone else worried about bringing Johnstone in with Newcastle their next game?

    1. The King
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      I'd be worried if I was doing that

    2. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Yes

    3. Arctic monkeys
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Would definitely not bring him

    4. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      They're called West Bromwich Awful for a reason

    5. Ruth_NZ
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      You need to bring him in alongside Martinez, not instead of. 🙂

  7. Vazza
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Which duo is better

      A. Salah, Cooper
      B. Mane, Dallas

      I already have Jota by the way

      1. Vazza
          4 months, 19 days ago

          Anyone please? It’s the second time I’ve posted the question.

          1. nod_dinho
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 19 days ago

            Can you do salah and dallas? Mane would be more of a differential. What's the rest of your team like?

            1. Vazza
                4 months, 19 days ago

                I have limited funds so can only go for one or the other

                1. nod_dinho
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 19 days ago

                  Cooper will be played through Christmas you'd imagine and salah is on pens and technically has had a rest (albeit through getting covid). I'd go salah option, have him myself.

          2. dunas_dog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 19 days ago

            Salah Dallas would have been ideal- A but don’t really rate Cooper. Rather Charlie Taylor or Balbuena or even Alioski if set on Leeds

            1. Vazza
                4 months, 19 days ago

                Thanks mate. Completely agree with you. Alioski is a fun pick but comes with rotation risk. I don’t rate Cooper at all to be honest. Who would you go for out of the ones you mentioned. Need one of these defenders for game weeks 12 to 15

            2. Mile Plankton
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 19 days ago

              Salah option, no doubt.

            3. komodosam
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 19 days ago

              Mane+Dallas, but then find a way to get Salah in the next gameweek or two.

          3. dunas_dog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 19 days ago

            Mourinho says “he believes Kane will be fit but not sure as on treatment.... “ Is Kane to Jesus a good option this week for -4 as big differential to captain?

            1. wulfrunian
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 19 days ago

              Yes if you don't have another strong captaincy option.No if you have a strong captain.Mainly because of the next fixture(away to ManUtd).

            2. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 19 days ago

              I don't recall where Jesus has really ever gone on a goal streak, or tallied up a massive GW score.

              Not impossible he won't, but it just doesn't happen all that much.

              Beat Burnley 5-0. Played the full 90. Came out with an assist.

          4. Dirty Harry
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 19 days ago

            If you had Vardy and KDB, who would you pick for captain?

            1. Vardy (shu) - Great away form 7G/2A (Away) - 8G/3A this season. Sheffield the whipping boys at the moment.
            2. KDB (FUL) - Could explode, City could score well, Fulham not as whipping as usual? Only 1G/5A this season.

            1. UNDERWORLD7
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 19 days ago

              Very sporadic scorers in that city side, I think Leicester could want to amend for that embarrassment last weekend against an equally poor Fulham. It is between those two for captain for me anyway, I’ll probably go KDB as I reckon there’s a penalty in that game for City and a few assists to boot.

              1. UNDERWORLD7
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 19 days ago

                Equally poor Sheff utd*
                Apologies

              2. Dirty Harry
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 19 days ago

                So hard to pick, I feel people are over looking Vardy. Vardy ownership is also higher than KDB at the moment.

                1. UNDERWORLD7
                  • 9 Years
                  4 months, 19 days ago

                  It is, it really is such a tough choice. Also seems if we be too clever we get punished. Probably just safe to go KDB on this one I reckon.

                2. komodosam
                  • 1 Year
                  4 months, 19 days ago

                  Yeah, you could be right. I think it's because he let a lot of people down after last week. Although he should do much better as this game is away. I've got Bruno as captain, but that game is hard to call too. Honestly, all three players should score/assist this week.

            2. GREEN JUMPERS
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              4 months, 19 days ago

              Have both and going for Vardy myself. Plays nearer the goal and he's a Wednesday fan.

          5. mlm
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 19 days ago

            Ziyech or Mahrez(-4)?

          6. OBAMA
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 19 days ago

            we thinking kane is gonna be fit for NLD?

            1. Sco
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 19 days ago

              Yes

            2. LSK
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 19 days ago

              Hope so.

          7. yanky
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 19 days ago

            Podence > Mahrez worth -4pt hit???

            1. Prison Mike
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 19 days ago

              Yes I’d say so

            2. Hart-ake
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 19 days ago

              Capping?

              1. yanky
                • 11 Years
                4 months, 19 days ago

                nope cap KDB

          8. Prison Mike
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 19 days ago

            Semedo -> Dias (-4)

            Yay or just play Semedo against Liverpool away...

            1. Hart-ake
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 19 days ago

              Would be worried about Dias's mins this week.

            2. yanky
              • 11 Years
              4 months, 19 days ago

              dias yup, hell make up the 4pts in one week and will be better hold longer term

          9. kobewan
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 19 days ago

            Did a Son | Stephens > Jota | Mahrez on FT and save on selling Grealish, then just realized both Jota and Mahrez are rotation players.. Kane and Roberston yellow flagged also, preparing for a low score GW11

            1. El Fenomeno R9
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 19 days ago

              Maybe thats good,when my team is perfect and expect hauls everywhere i end up with 25-30 points

          10. El Fenomeno R9
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 19 days ago

            Holddddd Salah dont do KDB

          11. The Hunt
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 19 days ago

            After learning in GW2 that you can't be too Gung Ho in someone else's manor, Fulham have been much more cautious on their road trips and in their 4 games since they have conceded 1, 1, 1 & 1. Sure, they've not met any of the big guns yet but Wolves & Leicester are both in the top 7 and Jiminez & Vardy have an eye for the odd goal.

            Manchester City beat Burnley 5-0 last weekend but Bailey Peacock-Farrell (what a posh name btw) was absolutely hapless and if Pope was fit the final score would probably have been much closer to the xG result (1.70 - 0.49).

            My point? I don't think Manchester City are going to roll Fulham over and shaft them from the rear so don't waste any transfers bringing in the likes of Sterling, Mahrez or Jesus. KDB's enough.

            1. UNDERWORLD7
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 19 days ago

              I agree, but City could on the other hand be 3-0 up at half time and then put another 4 past em 2nd half. I think the thumping of Burnley was just what they needed to prove to themselves they CAN do it after all.

            2. Major League Shocker
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 19 days ago

              Exactly. Too many FPL managers don't trust the stats, but the stats they showed on BlackBox demonstrated that City are still having problems despite the Burnley result.

            3. Rhinos
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 19 days ago

              Who you trying to convince? Vardy and Jiminez may be good strikers but the rest of their team's attackers are pretty rubbish
              compared to city

            4. Mile Plankton
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 19 days ago

              Can't really agree with everything, but yes, KDB is enough for me.
              Can see City score at least 3.

          12. Sanchit
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 19 days ago

            Best forward option apart from Kane and Vardy?
            Max 10.0

            1. Mile Plankton
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 19 days ago

              Maybe Jesus for this week.
              But I'd go for someone cheaper and spend money in midfield.

              1. Sanchit
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 19 days ago

                On WC, my midfield looks like
                Salah KdB Bruno Mahrez Jota
                And I'm fairly settled on that.
                Playing 4-5-1 so have decent defenders too.
                Just not able to find that one nailed on strike which I like

                1. Mile Plankton
                  • 8 Years
                  4 months, 19 days ago

                  Yeah, that's a great midfiled.
                  DCL has been the most consistent, apart from Kane.

          13. Hart-ake
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 19 days ago

            McCarthy in for Martinez for a hit or just hold.?

            1. LSK
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 19 days ago

              Definitely not for a hit.

          14. Sloane426
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 19 days ago

            Any thoughts here?

            -McCarhy-
            -Robertson*-Chilwell-Justin-
            -Fernandes-Son-Jota-Grealish*-
            -Kane*-DCL-Watkins*
            Bench -Taylor-Bissouma-Mitchell- 3.8m itb

            Options I’m considering:
            (A) Watkins > Jesus (Start Taylor)
            (B) Son > De Bruyne (Start Taylor + Bissouma)
            (C) Wildcard

            1. Sanchit
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 19 days ago

              Kane and Robbo will play

          15. Vazza
              4 months, 19 days ago

              Best defender for 4 to 5 gameweeks

              A. Balbuena
              B. Alioski
              C. Taylor

              1. Mile Plankton
                • 8 Years
                4 months, 19 days ago

                Think A is the best and the most nailed on.

            • Mile Plankton
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 19 days ago

              I have 4 players missing from AVL-NEW game (Martinez, Targett, Grealish and Hendrick)
              This is a perfect chance to lose Guaita and Hendrick (don't ask me why I have them)

              So these are few options:
              A) Guaita & Hendrick -> Ryan & Pedro Neto (-4) exact cash
              B) Guaita & Hendrick -> McCarthy & Podence (-4)
              C) Hendrick -> mid up to 5.1 (Soucek, Romeu, Dendonker, ?)

              0.1 short of McCarthy & Pedro Neto

            • Silent Friend
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 19 days ago

              Made 3 transfers with only 1Ft but it only shows -4, they give us 1 FT for postponed game?

              1. Vazza
                  4 months, 19 days ago

                  No they don’t. You must have had 2 FTs. Or it has actually cost you 8 points. Check again

                  1. Silent Friend
                    • 9 Years
                    4 months, 19 days ago

                    I made 2 transfers 3 days ago. Now I want to make 1 transfer more but it shows -4?

                    1. Mile Plankton
                      • 8 Years
                      4 months, 19 days ago

                      It's just another -4.
                      They'll add it up.

                    2. Sanchit
                      • 5 Years
                      4 months, 19 days ago

                      -4 has already happened.
                      -4 will happen now on this transfer

                      1. SmasherLagru
                        • 1 Year
                        4 months, 19 days ago

                        Defo -8 that buddy

              2. Vazza
                  4 months, 19 days ago

                  Best defender out of the following for gameweeks 12 to 15

                  A. Lewis (WBA, lee, FUL, mci)
                  B. Taylor (ars, avl, WOL, lee)
                  C. Alioski/Cooper (WHU, NEW, mun, BUR)
                  D. Balbuena (lee, CRY, che,BHA)

                  1. SmasherLagru
                    • 1 Year
                    4 months, 19 days ago

                    B. Out of them

                • Ragabolly
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  4 months, 19 days ago

                  Risers: Cavani (8.1) Adams (6.0) James (5.2)

                  Fallers: Digne (6.1) Tuanzebe (4.3) Williams (4.2)

                  1. Vazza
                      4 months, 19 days ago

                      Thanks

                    • Mile Plankton
                      • 8 Years
                      4 months, 19 days ago

                      Cheers

                    • kobewan
                      • 1 Year
                      4 months, 19 days ago

                      wow, Cavani

                    • UNDERWORLD7
                      • 9 Years
                      4 months, 19 days ago

                      Cheers Ragabolly

                    • KUN_DE_BRU_YNE
                      • 3 Years
                      4 months, 19 days ago

                      Cheers !!!

                    • Flair
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      4 months, 19 days ago

                      Cheers Ragabolly and James.

                    • Giggs Boson
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      4 months, 19 days ago

                      Thanks Ragabot.

                      James' output has been lower than I thought it would. Had hoped to gain an advantage before he became popular, but he's not picking up the attacking returns like I thought he would. Hopefully soon...

                  2. kobewan
                    • 1 Year
                    4 months, 19 days ago

                    Any thoughts?

                    McCarthy ( Martinez)
                    Robertson, Chilwell, Cresswell (Kilman, Mitchell)
                    Bruno, Hamez, Jota, Mahrez (Grealish)
                    DCL, Kane, Bamford

                    Did a Son | Stephens > Jota | Mahrez on FT
                    who to Captain

                    A. Mahrez
                    B. DCL
                    C. Bruno

                    1. Tsparkes10
                      • 2 Years
                      4 months, 19 days ago

                      A

                      1. kobewan
                        • 1 Year
                        4 months, 19 days ago

                        is he nailed?

                        1. UNDERWORLD7
                          • 9 Years
                          4 months, 19 days ago

                          If you don’t think he’s nailed then why bring him in? Certainly wouldn’t of got rid of Son. Bruno cap from that lot or KDB if you have him. Best of luck

                          1. kobewan
                            • 1 Year
                            4 months, 19 days ago

                            that was my thought exactly after doing the transfer I was focused on saving Grealish and looking a good 5th midfield so i could still play 4 Stephens is flagged.. probably was a bad idea on my part..

                  3. Tsparkes10
                    • 2 Years
                    4 months, 19 days ago

                    A) Hamez to Mahrez
                    B) Podence, Vardy to Mahrez, Cavani
                    C) Hamez, Werner to KDB, Bamford

                    1. SmasherLagru
                      • 1 Year
                      4 months, 19 days ago

                      C

                    2. Joggers Nipple
                      • 11 Years
                      4 months, 19 days ago

                      c

                    3. KAPTAIN KANE
                      • 4 Years
                      4 months, 19 days ago

                      C if for free

                    4. ZimZalabim
                      • 4 Years
                      4 months, 19 days ago

                      A

                  4. Sz21
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    4 months, 19 days ago

                    Best 4.5m (or less) option moving forward on a WC?
                    Have Dallas already.

                    Targett, Taylor, A Robinson, Kilman a few options.
                    Would be either rotating with Dallas or benched most GW's.

                  5. john25
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    4 months, 19 days ago

                    Hey guys, is it confirmed that AVL fixture won’t be postponed by just a few days and still remain in this GW?

                    Cheers

                    1. UNDERWORLD7
                      • 9 Years
                      4 months, 19 days ago

                      Nah, is definitely postponed and won’t take place in this GW

                      1. Kloppen Schloppen
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        4 months, 19 days ago

                        Do you have a source for that? Asking as I haven't seen anything confirmed to that effect

                  6. Mile Plankton
                    • 8 Years
                    4 months, 19 days ago

                    Think I'd go for Mahrez.
                    Bruno is on monster form, but WHU are tough.
                    I don't trust Everton and DCL against Burnley.
                    So Mahrez. It's a punt, but he's up for it.

                    1. Mile Plankton
                      • 8 Years
                      4 months, 19 days ago

                      Reply fail to Kobewan.

                      1. kobewan
                        • 1 Year
                        4 months, 19 days ago

                        bracing..

                  7. Tsparkes10
                    • 2 Years
                    4 months, 19 days ago

                    Don't be fooled by Vardy.... We'll have a fit defence this weekend and our problem is scoring goals not conceding them 😉 just a reminder.

                    1. KUN_DE_BRU_YNE
                      • 3 Years
                      4 months, 19 days ago

                      Away runs of leicester boys are incredible,could easily smash 2-3 goals !!!