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.

1,662 Comments Post a Comment
  1. fridge
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    What would you do with this lot? Obviously I would like to get KDB in but not sure if I should just save now to have 2 FT next week to get in KDB and Grealish. I do also still have my wildcard...

    McCarthy
    Chilwell. Lamptey. Taylor
    Bruno. Son. Ziyech. Jota
    Kane. DCL. Vardy

    4.0. McCarthy. Dallas. 4.0

    1. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      It's a good, good side IMO. Would save this GW.

  2. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    What do you think to this plan?

    GW11: Robbo, Stephens > Dallas, Jota (-4)
    GW12: Vardy, Ziyech > Wilson, Salah

    Would mean I have this team for GW12:

    Martinez, Forster
    Chilwell, Dallas, KWP, Cresswell, Branthwaite
    Salah, KDB, Bruno, Grealish, Jota
    DCL, Bamford, Wilson

    Or am I best to save FT this week, play 4-3-3 and take a potential -8 in GW12?

    Cheers

    1. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 27 days ago

      You have to take two hits either way, right? It's just a matter of two -4's vs a -8.

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Absolutely and whether any of the moves are necessary this week

        What do you think?

        1. Major League Shocker
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          10 months, 27 days ago

          No point in delaying if you're going to take two hits either way. If there's an option that avoids one of the hits, that might be preferable though.

          1. Don Kloppeone
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            10 months, 27 days ago

            I could ignore Jota altogether and save FT this week (play 4-3-3 with Cresswell) and then just do Vardy, Ziyech > Salah, Wilson for free next week with 2FT

  3. C_G
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    have 2 FTs and have Grealish, Watkins and Martinez.

    on my bench I have Forster, Cresswell, Mitchell and Riedwald.

    Rest of team:

    Chillwell Lamptey KWP

    KDB Bruno Ziyech

    DCL Vardy

    1. C_G
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      I have no idea what to do.

    2. C_G
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      also have 2.0 ITB

    3. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Nowt wrong with cresswell is there?

      Any cash?

      1. C_G
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        2.0

    4. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Martinez & mitchell to mendy and a starter?

      They seem solid medium term. Or shift watkins.

    5. Il Capitano
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 27 days ago

      You after Salah for GW12? If so you could do Watkins > Bam/Adams this week, play Cresswell for Grealish, then do Vardy + Ziyech to Salah + Watkins/other affordable FWD?

      1. C_G
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        what ab martinez

        1. Il Capitano
          • 1 Year
          10 months, 27 days ago

          You could move him out to Mendy/McCarthy along with the Watkins move this week if you don't mind taking a hit for Salah next week (assuming you don't want lose Bruno or KDB to get Salah for free)

    6. zman575
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 27 days ago

      what you guys think of vardy and burke to mahrez and bamford this week?

  4. FCRS BGD
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 27 days ago

    Guys
    In Fpl draft, who would you take?
    1) Raphinha
    2) Bale
    Thanks

    1. FPL_Motty
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Raphinha, great pick

      1. FCRS BGD
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Thanks

  5. efc444
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Martinez*
      James, Robertson, Justin
      Son, Bruno, Foden, Klich
      Vardy, Kane, Bamford

      Steer*, Saiss, Mitchell, Grealish*

      A) Saiss/Kane to Chilwell/Jesus -4
      B) Grealish/Robertson to Mahrez/Chilwell. -4
      C) Grealish/Kane to Mahrez/Jesus -4
      D) Any other ideas?

      Any advice appreciated? Cheers

    • lordkippe
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      1. Do we think Cancelo will play ?
      2. Do we think Sterling will play ?

      1. FCSB
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        1. hope pep surprises us with a 100%
        2. 50:50

      2. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        1. I don't know.
        2. I don't care.

      3. Klaren
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        1. No
        2. Maybe but less than 50% chance to start imo

      4. FCRS BGD
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        1. Not likely
        2. Likely

    • The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Chernobyl team - not great, not terrible! Not sure where to go though -- save FT?

      Having Soucek and Bissouma both starting if AVLvNEW postponement is not ideal.

      McCarthy
      Chilwell -- R.Dias -- Justin -- Targett**
      KDB (c) -- Fernandes -- Son
      DCL -- Kane -- Wilson**

      4.0 -- Soucek -- Bissouma -- Mitchell [1FT + 0.6m ITB[

      1. FPL_Motty
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Soucek is a good option, and bissouma is 2 more points than most peoples martinez 0. Nothing you can do with 1 ft so just roll with it. I've been playing soucek for weeks tbh, he's due a goal

        1. The Count of Monte Cristo
          • 9 Years
          10 months, 27 days ago

          Thanks, appreciate it. Should probably be happy to have some bench points this GW.

          Same here re Soucek - didn't play well at all last GW though.

          1. FPL_Motty
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            10 months, 27 days ago

            I expected that, villa are a good attacking side and keep possession well. Soucek had a lot of defensive tracking back to do but he did still make it into the box at times. Man utd won't be easy but they're not a possession heavy team and play on the counter alot, which means if west ham can get some of the ball soucek can ghost into the box. Id back him to make Harry Maguire trip over himself and score - theres a chance at least

            1. The Count of Monte Cristo
              • 9 Years
              10 months, 27 days ago

              Haha, well said. Will keep fingers crossed for us both.

    • FCSB
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      best Robertson replacement to free up funds for KDB, budget 4.9 ?? thanks

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Lamptey

      2. Honourvolley
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Lamptey or Dallas/Ayling

    • FCRS BGD
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Does anybody have any idea how long will Jimenez be out ?

      1. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        No. Injuries like that cant be rushed. I'd be surprised if they set a timeline.

    • Sgt Frank Drebin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Thoughts on Semedo to James? James is a better option probably, but maybe saving a transfer is a better idea?

    • timawflowers
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Grealish out for jota for a hit or play bamford?

      1. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        that's very simple play bamford
        i don't really get why people are moving out grealish let alone for a hit

        1. Sgt Frank Drebin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          10 months, 27 days ago

          Yeah that baffles me too

        2. The Count of Monte Cristo
          • 9 Years
          10 months, 27 days ago

          This. If I had him right now I'd keep him for sure.

          (Ditched him myself for KDB last week, go figure.)

        3. Klaren
          • 4 Years
          10 months, 27 days ago

          A) Watkins, Jimenez, Cancelo, Sterling to Jesus, Werner, Mahrez, 4.7 defender (-8)
          B) Grealish, Jimenez, Cancelo to Jesus, Mahrez, Neco Williams (-4)

          Any thoughts between these two options?

          1. Klaren
            • 4 Years
            10 months, 27 days ago

            Lol sorry this was meant to be a seperate post

          2. HMC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            10 months, 27 days ago

            is neco williams coming in as your 5th defender? won't be much of an option soon when trent returns
            I'd rather own Grealish over Watkins but probably A on that lot, suspect you'll be moving out Jesus and Mahrez in a few weeks though

            1. Klaren
              • 4 Years
              10 months, 27 days ago

              Yes Neco would only play vs Wolves, last place on the bench after that.

              If I go with A, I'd probably do Mahrez to Jota the following GW. I'm not happy about selling Grealish either but that option allows to save a -4 compared to the other one which could potentially be used to get Grealish back in 2 GWs (only have 0.2 saved up on him, so would be for a 0.1 loss).

      2. FPL_Motty
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Crazy even asking this. Most people are worried about playing bissouma, and you have Bamford sitting on your bench? Sigh

      3. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        fwiw i'm playing Soucek as Grealish cover this week
        Bamford already a starter for my team
        if you can field 10/11 players just take your medicine this week

    • Mikha In A Tutu
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      I took a hit to get cancelo. Do I need to take a hit to get him out? 🙁

      1. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        There's a moral to that story somewhere.

      2. The Count of Monte Cristo
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Not now - just hope Pep is kind.

        1. HonestBlatter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          10 months, 27 days ago

          This

    • D.Glynn
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Does Kane and Grealish to (K)DB and Adams make sense?

      McCarthy
      Robbo Chill Justin
      Salah Jota Ziyech
      DCL Bamford

      4.0 Bowen Taylor Strujk

      1. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Up to you. Kdb prime captain candidate against kane in a north london derby.

        Bowen is a decent starter

        1. D.Glynn
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          10 months, 27 days ago

          Fixtures say KDB will outscore Kane in the the next 5..

      2. Sgt Frank Drebin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        You can always captain Kane. Arsenal is a bit out of form

      3. The Sociologist
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        I'd be happy to play Kane and maybe Bowen this week.

        1. D.Glynn
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          10 months, 27 days ago

          It's more the fear and lack of KDB.

    • Bishopool
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Ffs. Isnt it madness to overthink that should I change Bruno to KDB?

      Objectivly KDB is in form and going to shine like hell.. i think im doing it for 1FT!

      Only alternative thing that is on my mind is Cancelo -> Chilwell

      1. FPL_Motty
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Yes, madness for bruno to kdb. Youre not going to gain anything there because they will both do well. Cancelo to Chilwell sounds like a great move

      2. The Sociologist
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Any other ways to get KDB? Bruno is the form player in the league right now.

      3. Pacer.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Objectively KdB is not in form in the premier league. He missed a penalty, he missed his chance to score and properly haul against Burnley. Since he hit 'form' he has 1 assist, 1 assist, blank, 2 assists. That is 5.25ppg. 200 points per season. That's not great for a top end premium and certainly not for a C. unless you are happy to consider one game, an absolute gimme against the team they always crush, form, it might be best to exercise caution.

        Bruno is the form player. He has battered KdB this season and has scored better than him since he arrived at united. That's form

    • Alli
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      A) Jimé > Cavani
      B) Jimé, Son > Bamford, KDB (-4)
      C) Jimé, Stephens > Brewster, Mahrez (-4)

      McCarthy - Nyland
      Zouma - KWP - Justin - Dallas - Mitchell
      Mané - Bruno - Son - Jota - Stephens
      Vardy - DCL - Jimé

      1. The Sociologist
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        B

      2. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        B is the only clear upgrade besides the fact Jimi is out injured
        i made this same move last week

      3. D.Glynn
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        B

    • manu4life99
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      A) Son > KDB
      B) Grealish > Mahrez
      C) Grealish,Robbo > KDB,Dallas(-4)
      D) Grealish,Kane > KDB,Jesus(-4)

      Martinez*
      Robbo* Chilwell Dias
      Bruno Son Grealish* Jota
      Kane* DCL Bamford

      steer* lamptey soucek mitchell*

      1. The Count of Monte Cristo
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Lamptey and Soucek good starting bench options so I would not ditch Grealish this week.

      2. The Sociologist
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        A), the rest is over-elaborating

        1. manu4life99
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          10 months, 27 days ago

          Slightly concerned ill only have 9 players?

          No GK
          Mitchell (dropped)
          Robbo (flag)
          Kane (flag)
          Dias (rotation?)
          Grealish (no fix)
          Jota (rotation)
          Kane (flag)

      3. D.Glynn
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        A

    • C_G
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      2 FTs, is this a good idea?

      Watkins ---> Adams
      Martinez---> McCarthy
      & play Creswell for Grealish

      1. The Sociologist
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Not super keen on Adams, but could work.

    • 1justlookin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Wonder if we'll see jiminez kicking a ball again this season, or even ever again. 🙁

      1. The Sociologist
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Sincerely hope so, what a player.

      2. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        You'd hope so.

        Ryan Mason shows how serious these things can be though.

      3. Sgt Frank Drebin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        I wonder if an outfield player can play in a protective helmet like Cech did?

    • Blue Moon Rising
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      How long can we rely upon Neco Williams?

      1. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Not at all probably

        1. Blue Moon Rising
          • 10 Years
          10 months, 27 days ago

          Play this week though, right?

          1. FPL_Motty
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            10 months, 27 days ago

            Might not even play this weekend, trents back

    • Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Martinez X
      James Van Aanholt Coufal Dias
      De Bruyne(C) Salah Zaha Son
      Vardy Calvert-Lewis

      Bissouma Brewster

      Exact money for Mendy but is it too much for a -8??

    • Dele
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      James and Chilwell too much Chelsea?

      1. FPL_Motty
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Nah. Conceded 1 goal in what, 5 gws? Can't argue with that

    • Jdpz
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Will Robertson and Zaha play this week?

    • Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Anyone else looking to switch Steer for a playing GK and bench Martinez?
      Even for a -4 it's practically a -2... Seeing it as an opportunity to free up a Villa slot as have Grealish as well. Will probably want Watkins when he has a dgw (two upcoming!).
      To the question:
      Who is best cheap keeper to rotate with Martinez?
      This site could really come up with a rotation tool for members 🙂

      1. The Sociologist
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        WBA keeper rotates okay-ish

        1. Whazza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          10 months, 27 days ago

          Cheers will have a look!

    • AnfieldLad
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      McCarthy
      Chilwell Cresswell Cancelo*
      KDB Bruno Soucek Bissouma
      Kane DCL Werner
      (Steer Kilman* Grealish* Ferguson*)
      0.0 1FT

      Thinking ahead for next week:
      KDB, Cancelo -> Salah, Dallas

      Is it worth doing the Cancelo switch this week even though Dallas plays Chelsea?

      Or hold out, hope Cancelo plays and have 2FT next week in case a better Salah route comes up?

      1. Dr. Ante Pavlovic
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Selling KDB? Just when he gots in form if he hauls vs Fulham?

        1. FPL_Motty
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          10 months, 27 days ago

          Lol I cant even answer questions like this, I have no words

          1. AnfieldLad
            • 7 Years
            10 months, 27 days ago

            Me? Selling KDB before United for Salah (c) before Fulham really isn’t that crazy

        2. AnfieldLad
          • 7 Years
          10 months, 27 days ago

          Yeah playing the fixtures/ captains - will lose either KDB or Bruno.

          Other option would be Kane DCL Bissouma -> Bamford Brewster Salah (-4)

          So leaning towards saving this week as otherwise the latter is a -8

    • Ronnies
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Best option;

      A) Son, Vardy > KDB (c), Bamford for -4

      B) Just Captain Bruno, and keep Son, Vardy.

      Thanks.

      1. No Professionals
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Put the glue down

        And just do b

        1. Ronnies
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          10 months, 27 days ago

          Lol

          Have you seen Man City's fixtures?!

    • myteamissheeeeeeeet
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Cancelo to:
      A. James (Own Chilwell)
      B. Walker

      1. Forever In Our Shadow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        A gives you extra to spend else where.

        1. Esalman
          • 11 Years
          10 months, 27 days ago

          A

      2. The Riders of Mohan
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        A I made this change too

        1. myteamissheeeeeeeet
          • 11 Years
          10 months, 27 days ago

          Cheers chaps.

          May aswell do the change tonight as James is going up!!!

    • Forever In Our Shadow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      What to do guys. Really have not got a scobbydoo. 0.2ITB 1FT

      Cheers in advance.

      Martinez
      Chilwell Coufal Justin
      KDB Bruno Salah Romeo
      Kane Bamford DCL

      Steer Mitchell Grealish Douglas.

      1. FPL_Motty
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 27 days ago

        You have a full playing team. Id just stick with martinez and save, or you can go for another 4.5 keeper

      2. The Sociologist
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Martinez > Leeds keeper as a long-term move?

      3. Forever In Our Shadow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Cheers guys. I might just go keeperless rather than waste a transfer or worse take a hit.

    • Better Call Raul
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Currently have 10 players for this GW, 2 of which are Cancelo and Kilman who I'm hearing are unlikely to start.

      So potentially I have 8 playing players with only 1 FT to sort it out.

      McCarthy
      Cancelo*-Kilman*-Chilwell-Coufal
      Ziyech-Bruno-Kdb
      DCL-Vardy

      4.0 - Grealish*-Targett*-Riedewald*

      WTF do I do?? 1.1m itb

      1. Better Call Raul
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Also have Watkins not playing ****

      2. Esalman
        • 11 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        I think it is justified to take a hit and fix the defence.

        1. Better Call Raul
          • 2 Years
          10 months, 27 days ago

          Would you take a -4 on Cancelo and Kilman to then field just 10 players though ?

          1. Esalman
            • 11 Years
            10 months, 27 days ago

            I'm thinking long term actually. Personally I have to play Brewster and Nico this week. Even if they don't show up the rest of the team is sorted for the following week so I'm not taking a hit.

    • Dr. Ante Pavlovic
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Can Arsenal keep a clean sheet against Spurs? I would say likely

      1. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Depends if spurs actually try to score this week.

      2. Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Ha, no chance

      3. Forever In Our Shadow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Not going to happen. They won’t keep Kane out. He looooves Ars

    • HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 27 days ago

      Any idea when AVL-NEW will be played?

      1. FPL_Motty
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 27 days ago

        Ben crellin reckons next year probably, no free slots before then most likely. Anyones guess when exactly tbh but not for a while

        1. HonestBlatter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          10 months, 27 days ago

          Ok so no DGW's this year then