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. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Any hope at all of Cancelo starting this week?

    1. Thescaff
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Well it's only Fulham, so could get a run out

    2. NATSTER
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      90 minutes on midweek with Walker and Mendy fully rest.

      Only chance would be Mendy gets injured again, I guess.

    3. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Of course.

      I'd get rid of him as soon as possible though. Pep fullback rotation is a killer.

  2. King Kun Ta
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    No City in my team scares me....but what to do? I have to buy a GK (or go without?) for -4 so a Cityplayer will cost me -8!

    Martinez* Martin*
    Chilwell Justin Robbo (Ayling Mitchell*)
    Jota Son Bruno (c) Ziyech (Grealish)
    DCL Vardy Bamford

    A buy GK and go without City
    B no GK and Ziyech/Son -> Mahrez (-4)
    C buy both (-8)
    D other suggestion

    Ta lads and gl this GW!

    1. NATSTER
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      I wouldn't care much with GK.

      1. King Kun Ta
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        Hard to predict which cheap GK will get me my point back.

      2. King Kun Ta
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        Ziyech or Son to Mahrez?

  3. Puntillimon
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Cancelo
    Martinez
    Forster
    Mitchell
    Grealish
    Watkins

    These are my non-playing players this week. Which 2 should I ship out for?

    1. NATSTER
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Cancelo
      Mitchell

      1. Puntillimon
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        Dallas and lamptey?

        1. Puntillimon
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 18 days ago

          Blank GK?

          1. NATSTER
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 18 days ago

            Yes, blank for me as I think GK has low ceiling while the likes of Dallas and Lamptey could earn some attacking points.

    2. The Tinkerman
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Is Cancelo injured? Or just don’t trust pep roulette?

      1. Puntillimon
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        Pep roulette. Mendy started and scored last game, fully rested midweek. Cancelo other way round

  4. Merlinho
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Martinez owners, what are we doing

    1) Transfer him out (maybe a hit to Mendy)?
    2) Get a playing bench keeper in and have funds stuck there (Johnstone or McCarthy)
    3) take zero this week?

    1. Thescaff
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Zero for me

    2. screamer73
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      3 likrly

      1. jaywills
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        3

    3. NATSTER
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      3

    4. Rasping Drive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Take a zero

    5. King Kun Ta
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      3

    6. Sharkytect
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      For me it's a or b depending on whether villa's double gameweeks are coming up soon.

      It's worth noting that mendy is likely to get cleansheets but less likely save points or bonus' - so might be worth simply swapping Martinez for a 4 5. Meslier, McCarthy or Johnstone could all be on similar points by end of season

    7. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      2 johnstone

    8. grumpyman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      B. taking a zero now gives me one extra double game week player, whenever the doubles are.

  5. screamer73
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Ziyech to Mahrez (C) for free?
    A. Do it!
    B. Nah. Save FT.

    1. jaywills
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Do you have Lpool cover and how long do you intend to keep mahrez?

      1. screamer73
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        Have Salah and Jota but no City. Will keep Mahrez as long as he gets starts. Like the fixtures.

    2. korbendallas82
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      b

  6. jaywills
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Hello All,

    Would really appreciate the help. Currently only fielding 9/10 men:

    Team
    Mccarthy,
    Cancelo, James Justin, Chillwell (Mitchell, Johnson)
    Soucek, Zaha, Son, Fernandes (Grealish)
    Vardy, Werner (Watkins)

    I have 1 FT and my wildcard. What would you do:

    A) Play WC
    B) Cancelo - James
    C) Cancelo -> James, Zaha -> Mahrez (-4)
    D) Cancelo -> James, Zaha -> Jota (-4)
    E) Johnson (3.9 WH defender) -> James
    F) Johnson (3.9 WH defender) -> James, Zaha -> Jota (-4)

    Thanks!

    1. West End Exile
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Zaha to Jota and upgrade Mitchell to Dallas?

  7. Bruno Commando
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Trying to ship out Mitchell and Jimi, both who wouldn't be playing for some time.

    Which move to prioritise first? The other one to be made next week..

    1) Mitchell -> Bednarek (SOU has a good GW11 fixture)
    2) Jimi -> Bamford

    1. jaywills
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      1

    2. West End Exile
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Mitchell to Dallas - better fixtures coming and easier Christmas schedule.

  8. FPL Kaka
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Which goalkeeper to get from now?

    A) Mccarthy

    B) Johnston

    1. jaywills
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      a

    2. Thescaff
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      B

    3. Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      A

    4. Rasping Drive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Isn’t there a risk that the Toon WBA fixture next week will get postponed as well? In which case, McCarthy

    5. West End Exile
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 18 days ago

      A

  9. Thescaff
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Sterling to Salah or hold?

    1. zon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Do it

    2. West End Exile
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Get Salah!

  10. unitednations
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Morning dzz, really don't want to lose Grealish but can't see any other viable option. only have 8 starters and importantly 0m itb

    Martinez -- Forster
    Chilwell James Lamptey -- Mitchell Lewis
    KDB Bruno Son Grealish -- Burke
    DCL Kane Watkins

    Suggestions? Only options i think of are
    A: Martinez + Watkins >> Meslier + Bamford (-4) but dont like gk transfers
    B: Burke + Watkins >> Raphina + Brewster (-4). unsure about going 352
    C: Grealish + Mitchell >> Jota + Dallas (-4)
    D: Grealish + Kane >> Salah + Bamford (-4). only 9 starters but avoids hit to get salah next gw

    1. jaywills
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      C or D out of that lot

  11. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    A) Son and Bamford
    B) Mahrez and Jesus (-4)

    1. zon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      A

    2. Puntillimon
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      If only short term, B could be gold and worth the hit. But prob don’t look past 2-3 GWs. A is for the assuredness of starts

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        If I do B i have to keep them until at least gw15 and take any rotation on the chin

        1. Make United Great Again
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 18 days ago

          Not worth it.

          1. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 18 days ago

            much better fixtures than Son

    3. Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      A long term.

      B has to be short term. Both could easily be benched

  12. zon
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Morning lads, what do you reckon with this lot

    Mendy
    Chilwell Justin KWP
    Bruno Son Jota Bissouma
    Kane DCL Bamford

    4.0 Grealish Targett Mitchell

    A) Grealish -> KDB(c) -4
    B) Son -> KDB(c) -4
    C) WC to

    Mendy Forster
    Chilwell Dier KWP Dallas Taylor
    Salah KDB Bruno Jota Grealish
    DCL Bamford Brewster

    1. Thescaff
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      B

    2. Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Who would you captain without KDB?

      I think Son has a good fixture

      1. zon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        That's the trick. No stand out option so am keen to get KDB

  13. The Tinkerman
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    1) FT to get a playing goalkeeper
    2) FT to get a playing defender
    3) -4 to do both

    No GK
    Cancelo, Chilwell, Coufal
    KDB (C), Grealish, Fernandes, Ziyech
    Vardy, DCL, Brewster

    Martinez, 4.0; Grealish, Kilman, Mitchel

    1. Thescaff
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Kilman likely plays this wknd. So poss gk change

    2. West End Exile
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 18 days ago

      1

  14. Hotdogs for Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Roll the free transfer or take the opportunity to shift Struijk?

    Captain Vardy ot KDB?

    McCarthy
    Chilwell, Cresswell, Regulion
    James Rod, Bruno, Son, KDB
    Bamford, Vardy, DCL

    Meslier, Kilman, Romeu, Struijk

    1. Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      KDB

    2. King Kun Ta
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Bruno?

      1. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        I have too many captain options - doing my head in 🙂

    3. Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Actually, just seen you have Bruno.

      Bruno (C)

  15. Sharkytect
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    The Martinez conundrum.

    I have 1ft and enough cash to either upgrade my non playing keeper or i could sell martinez for someone like mendy.

    For me, the decision to keep Martinez with another playing keeper (and have value tied up between the sticks) would only be to navigate Villa's double gameweeks if they are on the horizon.

    So...does anyone know when either of these might be played?

    1. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      No

    2. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Nope

    3. Rasping Drive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Reasonable chance they both get played between GW17 and GW19

  16. King Kun Ta
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Son or Ziyech to Mahrez -4? Otherwise i have no Cityplayer this GW...scary situation!

    Ta!

    1. Thescaff
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Nope

      1. King Kun Ta
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        No City then?

    2. Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Same situation. I think Son is a good pick this week. Hold

      1. King Kun Ta
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        Same with Ziyech?

        1. Make United Great Again
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 18 days ago

          Oh nah. Sold him for Jota 2 weeks ago

        2. Make United Great Again
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 18 days ago

          I’d take a punt and sell Ziyech for Mahrez yeah

          1. King Kun Ta
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 18 days ago

            Ta!

  17. aapoman
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Martinez*
    Coufal Lamptey KWP
    Salah KDB Sterling Son Grealish*
    DCL Watkins*

    Forster; Brewster, Ayling, Kilman

    A. Watkins -> Adams
    or
    B. Sterling -> Bruno

    1. Thescaff
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Quality team, b

    2. Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      B

    3. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      B for sure

    4. RIDZ
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      is it for free? I will save FT and give one more week to do B

  18. Make United Great Again
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Is Salah explosiveness concerning? Only 2 double haul’s this season. Compared to Bruno’s 5.

    Planing on going Bruno(C) and Salah(vc)

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 18 days ago

      The fact that he has 2 open play goals in the last 10 is more concerning than any mythical "explosiveness".

      1. Make United Great Again
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        Welp. Those aren’t nice stats at all. Bruno it is.

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 months, 18 days ago

          This includes CL btw but yeah it is concerning. Think Moyes will frustrate United, not sure what Wolves will do. May be more exposed in a 4ATB, maybe not. Bruno's phenomenal away form makes him an excellent cap candidate either way

    2. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Not concerning for me at all yet imo. He's still averaging 8.11 points per game which is on par with his best season. Arguably Liverpool didn't have a great run of fixtures for the first 10 gameweeks too(they were ranked bottom half according to Attack FDR). I think with their fixtures improving now he'll start getting the double digit hauls. He was cms away from double haul last week too.

  19. Bruno Commando
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Is it me or is FPLStatistics not loading properly? Can't see the price change % now..

  20. Sloane426
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 18 days ago

    What scores more this GW?
    (A) Mahrez (c) + Son
    (B) De Bruyne (c) + Bissouma

    1. Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      A

  21. Help Me!
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Mitchell WBA(A), Cresswell MUN(H), Bissouma SOU(H)

    What should be the order of playing them this week?

    1. RIDZ
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      bissouma - cress - mitchell

  22. RIDZ
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Need suggest for starting XI without available bench due to bgw
    0.5 itb 1 FT

    Mitchell to who?
    a) Nathaniel Phillips
    b) Neco Williams
    c) 4.5 def don't know who

    1. Help Me!
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Bednarek?

    2. Ritchies Magic Hat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      for this week Bednarek maybe? Dallas surely the best 4.5 pick long term

  23. fcsaltyballs
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    To free up funds to do JamesR >> KDB, which option:

    1. Robertson >> Vestagaard / Lamptey
    2. Vardy >> Adams / Bamford

    Cheers guys

    1. RIDZ
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      1 Lamptey

      1. Help Me!
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        This

    2. Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Vestergaard

  24. Hotdogs for Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Vardy, Bruno or KDB for captain ... thoughts

    Vardy & KDB have ownership under 30% so just owning will likely give a green arrow even if not captaining either

    Bruno up over 40% ownership so if loads load the captaincy on him, then just owning him may not mean a rise in rank if he scores

    Does this make sense ? captain Bruno and see a rise in rank no matter which of the three haul this week ?

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 18 days ago

      I prefer captaining the player who I believe will get the most points. In this case, I chose KDB.

    2. The 12th Man
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      I have all 3.
      I’m captaining KDB. Easiest fixture at home.
      All three will probably return something . I never go on percentages /ownership. Just on who I think has the best chance of scoring the most.
      Can see the logic in your thinking though.

      1. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        yes, I was on KDB but Bruno away at WHU is so tempting without even considering ownership ... so is Vardy too ... I don’t know who will score the most so I thought I may ‘hedge my bet’

    3. Machine_Gunnerz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 18 days ago

      KDB gonna haul. I think hammers goin to upset united which is tired after mid-week game. Bruno played the full game as well. Vardy might do well but it isnt as good as being home to Fulham

      1. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        yip I agree with that, but every time I use such logic it back fires 🙂

    4. RIDZ
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Vardy, he didn't play mid week. We know Leicester not in form but they play against Sheffield, that's my most concern in captaining

      1. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        KDB had a rest midweek too ... Vardy is a Sheff Wed fan too 😉

  25. FPL_octopus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 18 days ago

    In a draft league I have Bale, but Bernardo Silva is available.

    Do I make the trade?

    In favour of Bale:
    - Has delivered, unlike Bernardo
    - Building fitness, could be explosive, and have enough midfielders to hold him in meantime

    In favour of Bernardo:
    - Playing more than Bale at the moment
    - City have great fixtures and are dangerous in attack

    1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Keep Bale, atleast he has a high ceiling if it clicks for him

      1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        I would still have someone like Foden or Torres over Bernardo in draft, at least if they get minutes you know they will get points, can't say that with Bernardo in FPL

        1. FPL_octopus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 18 days ago

          Yep, already have Foden!

          I expect Bale to get more minutes through time, and with Tottenham's fixtures over Christmas looking very nice, I'll hold

  26. Ritchies Magic Hat
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    The 'can't have them all' conundrum:
    Who do people think are the premium players you can most afford to go without, out of Kane, Vardy, Salah, KDB, Fernandes?
    With DCL/Wilson/Bamford etc providing good value up front I'm leaning towards having the big 3 in midfield.

    1. gibson1314
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      I got rid of Kane and kept Son. Have KDB n Salah

  27. as33
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Any1 transferring out Sterling?

    1. as33
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Bought him last week over Rashford and captain 🙂

  28. PP6
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Sterling and Grealish -> KDB and Jota -4?

    Really tempting me.

    1. RIDZ
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      tempting but not for a hit maybe

  29. RIDZ
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Who has bigger chance to play this gameweek?
    Neco or Phillips?

  30. West End Exile
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Anyone else looking to strengthen their bench following the Villa v Newcastle postponement and a busy Christmas schedule looming?

    Mine is looking very thin:

    Peacock-Farrell (yes I know), Mitchell, Kilman, Brewster.

    I have 2 FT's and 1.0 ITB - McCarthy and Dallas to replace Peacock-Farrell and Mitchell is favourite at the moment.

    Thoughts?

    Any better options?

    Thanks.