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The FPL Round-Up: Pep on Cancelo, Lampard to rotate and Richarlison update

Arsenal 3-1 Chelsea

  • Goals: Alexandre Lacazette (£8.2m), Granit Xhaka (£5.2m), Bukayo Saka (£5.1m) | Tammy Abraham (£7.2m)
  • Assists: Kieran Tierney (£5.3m), Saka, Emile Smith-Rowe (£4.4m) | Callum Hudson-Odoi (£5.7m)
  • Bonus: Saka x3, Lacazette x2, Bernd Leno (£4.9m), Xhaka x1

A much-changed, and much-improved, Arsenal saw off Chelsea to ease the pressure on manager Mikel Arteta.

The result meant a third straight away loss for the Blues, incurring the wrath of boss Frank Lampard, who branded his players ‘lazy’.

Fantasy managers were ill-served by Lampard in the run-up to the match, with injury doubts over full-backs Ben Chilwell (£6.1m) and Reece James (£5.2m) prompting many to sell them on.

As it happened, both started and promptly handed their remaining owners another day without clean sheet points – Chelsea have managed just one shut-out in their last five games.

The team’s most popular attacking player, the 15.3%-owned Timo Werner (£9.3m), made it seven starts without a goal, although his opportunities were severely limited when Lampard hooked him at half-time:

Timo today wasn’t giving us enough with or without the ball and some of it we have to give him time because it is a different league, but also we have to get there quickly. So we’ll see about his tiredness. I will have a conversation with him, but it was a decision I just felt I had to make.

Werner won’t be the only player nervously checking the teamsheet for Gameweek 16’s visit from Aston Villa on Monday either:

I will have to rotate players, I will have to see after Arsenal where players are in their fitness, every individual is different, we will do our best to get the turnaround right.

Arteta has an extra day to plan for the Gunners’ trip to Brighton, with the immediate future of the benched Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.4m and 7.4%) the main Fantasy concern.

In his absence, Alexandre Lacazette (£8.2m), Granit Xhaka (£5.2m) and Bukayo Saka (£5.1m) got the goals, while Emile Smith-Rowe‘s (£4.4m) energy caught the eye.

Tammy Abraham (£7.2m) managed a late consolation goal – his third in two matches – and Bernd Leno (£4.9m) then saved a Jorginho (£4.8m) penalty, but the hosts deserved their win, with the outstanding Saka bringing in maximum bonus points for his 2.4% ownership.


Arsenal XI (4-2-3-1): Leno; Tierney, Mari, Holding, Bellerín; Elneny, Xhaka; Martinelli (Pepe 71), Smith Rowe (Willock 65), Saka; Lacazette (Mustafi 90+2). 

Chelsea XI (4-3-3): E Mendy; Chilwell, T Silva, Zouma, R James; Mount, Kanté (Havertz 74), Kovacic (Jorginho 45); Werner (Hudson-Odoi 45), Abraham, Pulisic.

Manchester City 2-0 Newcastle United

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  • Goals: Ilkay Gundogan (£5.4m), Ferran Torres (£6.9m)
  • Assists: Raheem Sterling (£11.4m)
  • Bonus: Gundogan x3, Joao Cancelo (£5.6m) x2, Nathan Ake (£5.4m) x1

A routine win for Manchester City came with another unremarkable score from the team’s most popular Fantasy asset, Kevin De Bruyne (£11.8m).

More than 189,000 managers sold on the 23.8%-owned Belgian heading into the match after a run of just one assist from three starts.

And a further blank on Boxing Day has prompted another 58,000+ to put him in the top three for Gameweek 16 sales, including (presumably) some of the 561,821 who captained him against Newcastle.

With Gabriel Jesus (£9.1m) ill and Sergio Aguero (£10.3m) still being eased back from injury, City manager Pep Guardiola handed the striker’s role to Ferran Torres (£6.9m), who steered home the team’s second goal of a predictably one-sided contest.

But it was Raheem Sterling (£11.4m) who had he most penalty area touches (12) on the day, and from one of those he set up Ilkay Gundogan (£5.4m) for the opener.

That was the midfielder’s second goal from his last three starts, and although he later picked up a knock, he played it down post-match.

I got a couple of kicks on my foot, but it shouldn’t be that bad. I should be able to go again on Monday.

Based on Guardiola’s penchant for rotation, that confidence looks ill-advised.

And the manager’s comments on Joao Cancelo (£5.6m), who impressed at both ends of the pitch on the way to a fourth clean sheet in five matches, should send shivers down the collective spine of his 6.1% ownership:

He’s a player with incredible quality, and his regeneration and physicality is incredible. He could play tomorrow!

Newcastle, meanwhile, came to defend, did that well, but not well enough and then left, with their main attacking threat, Callum Wilson (£6.6m) missing out with a knock – and boss Steve Bruce’s desire not to risk him after four matches in 12 days.

The next two will take place over five days and involve visits from Liverpool and Leicester, ensuring interest in Newcastle assets – aside from the 15.7%-owned Wilson – remains the wrong side of meh.


Manchester City XI (4-2-3-1): Ederson; Cancelo, Dias, Stones, Ake; Gundogan (Foden 90+1), Rodrigo (Fernandinho 57); De Bruyne, Bernardo, Sterling; Torres (Aguero 77).

Newcastle United XI (5-4-1): Darlow; Yedlin, Schar, Fernandez, Clark, Ritchie (Lewis 66); Murphy, Hayden, M Longstaff, Almiron (Gayle 82); Joelinton (Carroll 71).

Sheffield United 0-1 Everton

  • Goals: Gylfi Sigurdsson (£6.8m)
  • Assists: Abdoulaye Doucoure (£5.3m)
  • Bonus: Sigurdsson x3, Michael Keane (£5.1m) x2, Yerry Mina (£5.5m), Mason Holgate (£4.8m) x1

Everton made it four wins on the bounce – three involving clean sheets – with a hard-fought victory over an increasingly desperate Sheffield United.

‘Desperate’ also adequately describes those (few) Fantasy managers still hoping for returns from Blades players, so after a quick mention of yet another blank for the 6.6%-owned Rhian Brewster (£4.5m), it’s back to Carlo Ancelotti’s side for the rest of this report.

Gylfi Sigurdsson (£6.8m) scored the winner, his third return in those four victories, from an Abdoulaye Doucoure (£5.3m) assist in the 80th minute.

The fact that was the first shot on target in the second half spoke volumes as to the attacking play on offer from both teams.

Then again, with both James Rodriguez (£7.7m) and Richarlison (£7.8m) still out for the visitors, that was no great surprise as the 60.9%-owned Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£8.0m) blanked for the first time since Gameweek 10.

Ancelotti confirmed that Richarlison would not be ready to return against Man City on Monday:

There is no possibility to prepare the team. We have to think about the players who can recover in two days. After that, we have to rotate some players. Richarlison is following his concussion protocols and has to stay out.

That could prompt plenty of Calvert-Lewin sales – he’s currently sixth for Gameweek 16 transfers out – as the striker struggles for goals without the Brazilian in the team.

And with a clean sheet a tall order against Guardiola’s troops, it’s no surprise to find zero Everton players in the top 30 for purchases either, despite such a fine run of recent form.


Sheffield United XI (3-5-2): Ramsdale; Basham, Egan, Robinson; Baldock, McGoldrick (Norwood 63) Osborn, Ampadu, Stevens; Brewster (Mousset 76), Burke (McBurnie 45). 

Everton XI (4-5-1): Pickford; Holgate, Keane (Coleman 66), Mina, Godfrey; Doucoure, Davies (Gomes 74), Sigurdsson, Gordon (Bernard 55), Iwobi; Calvert-Lewin.

FPL Lessons Learned from Gameweek 15

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4,308 Comments Post a Comment
  1. aleksios
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Any hits here or g2g? 0.9itb.

    --Martinez
    --Robbo--Dias--Coufal
    --Salah--Bruno--Son--Soucek
    --Kane--Bam--DCL

    --Johnstone--KWP--Mitchell--Burke.

    Thanks guys.

    1. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Looks good

    2. Stupendous
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Hammer over Saints def?

      Why?

  2. fcsaltyballs
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Is Justin relatively nailed, even with Pereira’s pending return??

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      as of now, yes. who knows what happens after 3-4 GWs.

    2. Gabbiadini
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      I can't see how they fit them both in with Castagne available.
      I think probably not.

      1. fcsaltyballs
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Ffs... wish I bought Taylor in now! Grrr

  3. Ibralicious
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Start 2 from these:

    A) Dallas (WBA-A)
    B) Bednarek (WHU-H)
    C) Coufal (SOU-A)
    D) Taylor (SHU-H)

    Cheers!

    1. Tsparkes10
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      AD

      1. I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        This.

        1. Ibralicious
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          Cheers

      2. Ibralicious
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Your avatar checks out, thanks!

  4. Tsparkes10
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Think there will be early news about Vardy tomorrow? Swap to Aguero stupid if he sounds like he’s rested?

    1. Stupendous
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Confident he doesn't play personally

  5. smix
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    KDB to Mane or Son ?

    McCarthy
    Justin Dallas Chilwel
    Salah(c) KDB Bruno Neto
    DCL Bamford Adams
    Martin Bowen PVA Lamptey

    1. Stupendous
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Son

  6. Gun gun
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Anybody trying saka or martinelli? Will be selling asm for either 1... but will take a hit

    1. lugs
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      yeah i will be bringing Martinelli in pretty soon, he's quality, and as soon as he gets up to full speed fitness wise he will be undroppable imo

  7. Stupendous
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    All set?

    Martinez
    Bednarek Robbo Chilwell
    Grealish Salah Son Mahrez
    Kane(c) Bamford DCL

    Martin Soucek Coufal Kilman

    1. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Good to go. Hope Mahrez starts for you

      1. Stupendous
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        I'm finally 100% convinced he starts a game this week

        Then it's goodbye forever!

  8. Von Lipwig
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Start one:

    A) Zouma (AVL h)
    B) Taylor (SHU h)

    Usually wouldn't consider benching CHE defender, but....

    1. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      A

    2. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Still A

    3. Von Lipwig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      thanks both

  9. Slitherene
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Plan to use no chips in GW 18 & 19

    Martinez ¦ Forster
    Coufal Taylor Holding
    Salah KdB Bruno Grealish* Soucek
    Vardy* Watkins*
    ¦ Wilson Ayling Lascelles

    A) Grealish, Watkins -> Brewster, Son
    B) Grealish, Vardy -> Saka, Kane

    Which option for free?

    1. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      A

  10. bso
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Any reason why Reece James won't start next game?

    1. Stupendous
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Coz they got spanked and rotation can hit anyone anyway.

      Could easily be benched a match

      1. bso
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        OK thanks

  11. Purefection
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    McMcarthy

    Dias Robbo Cresswell

    Son Bruno Grealish Salah

    DCL Adams Bamford

    Sub: Steer, Podence, Mitchel, Dunne

    Grealish to Soucek and then DCL to Kane the next game? How’s the team looking lads?

  12. Live Lad
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Wanna get a Chelsea defender for DGW. Wanna get Chillwell but is he really injury free? Lampard talked about rotation. Zouma more likely to start this GW?

  13. La Roja
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    2 FT’s and I haven’t got a clue on what to do;

    Martinez
    Zouma Dallas Taylor
    Son Salah Mahrez Bruno
    Kane DCL Bamford

    Forster* Stones Coufal Burke

    0.2m ITB

    1. Tsparkes10
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      DCL, Burke to Adams, Soucek if you bb in 19

    2. Stupendous
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Forster to Johnstone to burn one but use for DGW?

      1. La Roja
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Not enough cash for that

    3. Canadian Football
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      at first glance id say get rid of Mahrez. That said i bet he starts tomorrow

      1. La Roja
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Exactly my thoughts

    4. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      whats the chip plan? You can downgrade Mahrez and get cash ready

      1. La Roja
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        FH18 and TC19 me thinks

  14. Canadian Football
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Quick Poll for GW 19

    1. TC
    2. BB
    3. Neither

    1. Tsparkes10
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      2

    2. djman102
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      2, but I just used WC

  15. Corona is not good 4 U
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Pick two (to play) from Dallas, Raphinha and Soucek this week? Thank you!

      1. Tsparkes10
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Tricky. Dallas and probs raphina

      2. Live Lad
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Dallas and Soucek, assuming you have Bamford. Wouldn't double up against WBA at home.

    • MOZIL
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Sterling keep or sell??

    • ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      I have Rodrigo in my team (don't ask how...)

      Surely gotta keep him for West Brom right?

      1. Tsparkes10
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Yup... good option tbh

      2. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        yeah

    • bso
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Which 3 defenders are likely to bring in the most points in the next 4 gwks?

      1. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        I guess Tarkowski, Robertson, Cancelo

        1. bso
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          Thanks Holmes...I have Taylor and Stones. Just cannot bring myself to spend 7.2m on Robertson...LIV are not up to par.
          It is a tough call figuring out the defense. May go for Dier, not that Spurs are playing too brilliantly either!
          All the best to you.

    • Nice to Finally Michu
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      A) Kane + Coufal
      B) Martial + TAA

      1. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        A

        1. Nice to Finally Michu
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          Thats what i'm on, thinking you're right

    • SHOWSTOPPERRR
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Guys what to do here?

      Martinez
      James kwp balbuena dallas lamptey*
      Salah kdb bruno grealish bisso
      Kane bam adams

      1ft 0.1m itb

      A) save
      B) kdb to son
      C) James and kdb to son robbo -4?

      1. djman102
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Depending on your 18/19 plans, I'd do A and possibly C the following week for free.

    • McMurphy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      DCL to Kane worth a hit? Wasn't very impressed with Spurs today but those fixtures...

    • Akshatjazz
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Matip to James ? ( Or keep matip untill further announcement) have 1ft & .4 itb

      McCarthy
      Dias, Dallas, Kwp, Matip
      Salah, Son, Kdb, Bruno, Grealish
      Bamford

      Martinez, coufal, Rodrigo, Brewster

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Get rid of that glass man Matip. Will only cause you more headaches

        1. Akshatjazz
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 15 days ago

          Then who to bring in ?

          1. McMurphy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 15 days ago

            Burnley have 2 great fixtures now and an OK DGW. Maybe Taylor and bank the rest?

            1. Akshatjazz
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 15 days ago

              how abt tripling on Southampton with bringing in bednark ( already have McCarthy & Kwp) ??

    • Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Grealish to who?

      A. Maddison
      B. Mount

      1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        A

      2. DannyD
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        A.

      3. C_Manan
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Keep

    • DannyD
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Hi all,

      I have the following dilemma & would really appreciate some advice. Please bare in mind I've already used my FH chip + 1st wildcard:

      Martinez
      Robbo James Dallas
      Son Bruno Salah (C) Grealish
      Wilson DCL Bamford

      Subs: Nyland Neto Cresswell Säiss
      1FT
      0.1 ITB

      A. Grealish -> Madison
      B. Grealish + DCL -> Soucek + Vardy (-4 also exact funds)
      C. Save

      1. Canadian Football
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        i think you have to play your WC before the start on GW16 (tomorrow). might has well use it

        1. DannyD
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          Already used my first WC 🙂

          1. Canadian Football
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 15 days ago

            sorry miss read

      2. Tsparkes10
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Grealish, Wilson work with B?

        1. DannyD
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          £1.1m short 🙁

    • C_Manan
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Grealish + Robbo >> Bruno + 5.0m Defender
      Best pick at 5.0m ??

      1. DannyD
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Coufal

        1. C_Manan
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 15 days ago

          Have Coufal, Dier, Dallas

          1. DannyD
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 15 days ago

            Justin

    • Gabbiadini
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      All these casuals offloading DCL...

      1. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        5-6pts wouldnt hurt

        1. C_Manan
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 15 days ago

          Flop without Rich and Hamez

          1. Gabbiadini
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 15 days ago

            blanked once in the last 5.

    • Apwilkin
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Dallas or soucek start this week?

      1. Corona is not good 4 U
          3 months, 15 days ago

          I would start Dallas.

          1. Gabbiadini
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 15 days ago

            +1.

        • DannyD
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          Dallas

      2. Corona is not good 4 U
          3 months, 15 days ago

          Is this team good to go (after wildcard)? Or is a Burnley double too risky? Correct bench?

          Mc. Carthy (Johnstone)
          Robertson, Taylor, Dallas, Lowton
          Salah (C), Fernandes, Son (Raphinha) (Soucek)
          Kane (VC), Bamford, Adams

          Thank you!

          1. EmreCan Hustle
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 15 days ago

            I wouldn't start a defender ahead of an attacker

          2. Tambling5
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 15 days ago

            I have almost identical front eight on wc (Barnes for Raphina), tho not very happy about Adams with Ings out. However I ditched Robbo on WC with eye to DGW folding lots of players with two games and have atm Dier, Maguire Justin Coufal and Alioski as defence (Planning to switch Dier for Matip if fit just beforeDGW). I also have different keepers for similar reasons and have picked Fab and Meslier. I don't know what's better between our two approaches, but thought it might help with your thinking, as there's some hours till deadline. All the best with it.

        • EmreCan Hustle
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          Good morning DZ.

          Dallas + Bissouma >> Taylor + Martinelli (-4)?

          Current team

          Martinez
          Robertson Dallas Dier
          Salah KDB Bruno Soucek
          Kane Bamford Watkins
          ----------------------------------------------------------
          Button Stones Bissouma Ferguson
          1ft, 0.3M.

          Could play Martinelli over Watkins this GW and will give me 8 players in GW 18.
          Thoughts?

          Thanks.

        • Tsparkes10
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          Last post before bed... wc team look good??

          McCarthy Johnstone
          Dallas Robo Justin Balb Coufal
          Son Salah Bruno Soucek Raphina
          Vardy Bamford Adams

          1. EmreCan Hustle
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 15 days ago

            No GW 18 keeper?

            1. Corona is not good 4 U
                3 months, 15 days ago

                He will then use the "Free hit" chip.

            2. Corona is not good 4 U
                3 months, 15 days ago

                Similar to mine. You have Justin, Balbuena and Vardy. I have Taylor, Lowton and Kane.

                Who will you start?

                Why you have not Brunley players? They have two good fixtures (Sheffield and Fulham, both at home).

                Thank you!

                1. Tsparkes10
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 15 days ago

                  Just realised that mate... done Balbuena to Taylor :). May change Vardy if it seems he isn’t going to start