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Budget midfielder Gundogan a goal threat in new role as De Bruyne stars as a striker

Chelsea 1-3 Manchester City

  • Goals: Callum Hudson-Odoi (£5.7m) | Ilkay Gundogan (£5.4m), Phil Foden (£6.2m), Kevin De Bruyne (£11.6m)
  • Assists: Kai Havertz (£8.2m) | Foden, De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling (£11.4m)
  • Bonus: Foden x3, De Bruyne x2, Gundogan, Foden x1

Manchester City chose an opportune time to deliver what was arguably their best Premier League performance of the season.

One of 12 top-flight clubs in action in Blank Gameweek 18 and then among a dozen teams who enjoy two fixtures in Double Gameweek 19, City are high on the Fantasy Premier League watchlist in early January.

And if their clash with Chelsea on Sunday was an audition of sorts, then Pep Guardiola’s troops passed it with flying colours.


Pepped Up

Manchester City’s defensive aptitude hasn’t been in doubt for some time.

Callum Hudson-Odoi‘s (£5.7m) late, late consolation goal for Chelsea on Sunday was the first time that an opposition player had scored against the Citizens since Gameweek 9 and ruined what would have been a sixth clean sheet in seven.

What has been called into question is their attacking prowess and the lack of value for money being provided by their FPL forwards and midfielders.

From Gameweeks 4 to 15, City scored one goal or fewer in nine of their 12 matches.

Even plum home fixtures against Fulham and Newcastle United returned only 2-0 wins; these were games in which City would have traditionally run riot and matches in which Fantasy managers would expect hauls from.

At Stamford Bridge, we saw the City of old return.

First-half goals from Ilkay Gundogan (£5.4m), Phil Foden (£6.2m) and Kevin De Bruyne (£11.6m) saw City sail into an unassailable 3-0 lead, while there were other chances beyond those strikes: De Bruyne spurned a one-on-one opportunity after a quarter of an hour, Gundogan flicked an effort wide from six yards just before the break and Rodri (£5.4m) wasted a De Bruyne assist with a 53rd-minute header.

Guardiola agreed that this display was more reminiscent of City of yesteryear:

We had a plan, we tried to play in a certain way that we did in the past and it worked. The players were incredible, fantastic in all departments.

We are a team that has to play in one certain rhythm. A lot of passes and, in the right moment, attack. We won Premier Leagues in that way, and we miss a little bit for many reasons this tempo, and today we got it. The way we won the League titles, it was because we were like today.

The question now, of course, is whether the “tempo” is here to stay and whether it can be as effective against teams who won’t employ Chelsea’s high, aggressive press.

Brighton, a more possession-based team who are not renowned for their backs-to-the-wall approach, might just well be the ideal Gameweek 18 opponents – Graham Potter’s troops lost by an aggregate score of 9-0 in their two league meetings with City last season.

Belgian Waffle

With City unable to call upon Gabriel Jesus (£9.1m) and Ferran Torres (£6.9m), and with Sergio Aguero‘s (£10.3m) game-time being carefully handled, Guardiola turned to De Bruyne to lead the line in west London.

We have seen the Belgian playing in a more advanced position anyway this season but this was a step beyond a number 10 role, with De Bruyne veering between ‘false nine’ and outright centre-forward.

Explaining his tactical decision after full-time, Guardiola said:

Kevin can play in many positions. We wanted more solid players in the midfield and Bernardo is more solid in those areas.

[De Bruyne] is so good, with his energy to run in behind. He did it really well. He can play there, as a winger, attacking midfielder. There is no doubt about this.

De Bruyne himself said of Sunday’s role:

A little bit bizarre in the beginning. I’ve done it a couple of times in my career. Obviously, there are lot of strikers, forward players who are out. The coach asked me to do this job, so I tried to do it the best as possible.

We have different players, so we play a little bit different this year and we adjust to the personnel we have. The team is finding the rhythm in the last month so we’re playing better and the difference today when we have the chance we took them.

In Formation, Entertainment

It should be pointed out, of course, that the deployment of De Bruyne as a striker may just have been a needs-must, one-off experiment.

Jesus ought to be back from self-isolation by Gameweek 18, with Torres likely available for Double Gameweek 19. Aguero may also be closer to a start himself by the time next Wednesday’s clash with Brighton comes around.

So long as the attacking swagger is here to stay, then starting positions might be less of a concern for Fantasy managers.

Indeed, De Bruyne had three fewer big chances in the whole of 2019/20 than he has managed in Gameweeks 2-17 of the current campaign, yet still found the net on 13 occasions, with five of his goals coming from outside the box.

What is worth keeping an eye on is Gundogan’s role within Guardiola’s team.

Part of the double pivot with Rodri for months in the more conservative 4-2-3-1, we have seen the German allowed a bit more attacking freedom of late.

Gundogan and the excellent Bernardo Silva (£7.4m) were the two number eights stationed either side of Rodri on Sunday, registering six shots in the box between them.

After the match on Sunday, Gundogan said of his more advanced role:

To be honest, in the last few games where I scored, I played more of a number eight than a number six. Before that, I played more of a holding midfielder role together with Rodri.

It is different and every position needs a little bit of adaptation. I think I am a player that can adapt quickly and well into a system and the manager knows I am quite flexible.

Also, me personally, even though I like to be included in rotating the ball, when I am playing as a number eight and more offensive position, I try to put myself in the spaces where I think something could happen or I feel like the space is not occupied by a player of ours or the opponent.

Both goals I scored in the last games were similar in the way they were from the right side and Raheem assisted me both goals and I tried to be in a space where I am free and able to get the ball and finish with one touch. It worked out quite well and as long as I am playing in that position I try to continue like that.

The Self-Isolating Six

The visitors were missing six of their squad because of positive COVID-19 tests.

The unavailability of Kyle Walker (£6.1m) and Jesus we were already aware of, while social media posts from Ederson (£6.0m) and Tommy Doyle (£4.4m) all but confirmed that they too were among those self-isolating.

Torres and Eric Garcia (£4.7m) have reportedly been added to that list, with the latter still struggling with injury, too.

Nathan Ake (£5.4m) was absent on Sunday because of “fitness issues”, while Aymeric Laporte (£6.0m) missed out because of a tight hamstring.

All of that meant a start for reserve goalkeeper Zack Steffen (£4.4m), who will drop to the bench once Ederson is fit again, and Foden, who featured in Guardiola’s XI for only the second time in 11 league matches.

Foden produced a superb display from the left flank, leading the way for chances created in Sunday’s game and having three shots in the box of his own.

The hard work starts now with players expected back from illness and Riyad Mahrez (£8.1m) waiting in the wings but Guardiola was enthused by the youngster’s display:

So proud. He never dropped one, nothing for his energy, how he helps. He can play up front in all four positions and again he has a sensational goal, he scored a fantastic goal. He is a guy, we rely on him incredibly, national team for England will be a top player because he’s so clever, so calm, he did a good performance today.

Got the Blues

While the wheels haven’t completely come off, the Chelsea bandwagon has been seriously derailed in recent weeks.

One clean sheet in seven, and four defeats in six, has seen FPL managers slowly drift away from previous high-achievers like Ben Chilwell (£6.1m) and completely desert the misfiring Timo Werner (£9.2m).

A bright start against City couldn’t be sustained and they had managed only one effort on target until second-half injury time, when substitute Hudson-Odoi popped up to ruin a clean sheet for Joao Cancelo (£5.7m) and Ruben Dias (£5.8m) – the former also seeing a projected bonus point go up in smoke.

A run-out in a central position couldn’t end an eight-match goal drought for Werner, while a hitherto solid backline – who were again missing the injured Reece James (£5.2m) – has now shipped seven goals in three matches.

Easier tests await, of course, starting with a Double Gameweek 19 home fixture against a Fulham side who have scored just two goals in their last five matches, which should provide encouragement for Fantasy managers still sitting on Chilwell.

Lampard cited youth and unavailability as mitigating excuses when interviewed after the match:

One month ago people were asking when I’m signing a new contract, and now people will be saying different things because in a tight, busy period we have lost four games of football in quick succession. The pressure remains constant in this job.

The reality is a lot of the players who have come in are new, are young, have been injured, haven’t played together. It was the first time I’ve been able to play Ziyech, Pulisic and Werner in the same team.

Without a doubt, we have the character to get out of it, because we went 16 games unbeaten. What we can control is what we do tonight and tomorrow and the next day and what we do against Morecambe and what we do against Fulham.


Chelsea XI (4-3-3): Mendy; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Silva, Chilwell; Kante (Gilmour 64), Kovacic (Havertz 77), Mount; Pulisic, Werner, Ziyech (Hudson-Odoi 64).

Manchester City XI (4-3-3): Steffen; Cancelo, Dias, Stones, Zinchenko; Gundogan (Fernandinho 75), Rodri, Bernardo; Foden (Mahrez 86), De Bruyne (Aguero 86), Sterling.

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867 Comments Post a Comment
  1. THFC4LIFE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Tempted by these moves to get out 10 players in 18,

    Meslier Chilwell Salah to Martinez Dias Rashford -4

    Will get Salah back in for 19

    1. rubberdignerapids
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Looks sound to me...how many DGW players will you have in 19?

      1. THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        10 or 11, will need to sell Son or Rashford for Salah in 19 and DCL to Watkins/Antonio to fund it

        1. CBonci
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          I’m thinking similar moves for l GW19

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      -4 for Salah back in too?

      1. THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Would have to be....

  2. rubberdignerapids
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 7 days ago

    How is this looking for a FH 18 squad?

    Darlow
    Stones / Holding / Clark
    Sterling / KDB(c) / Son / Saka / Bruno
    Lacazette / Kane

    Subs: Steer / Davis / Mitchell / Douglas

    1. KAMARA-COPY
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Template

      1. rubberdignerapids
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 7 days ago

        I haven't seen anyone post a team with that exact front 7...

  3. fc_skrald
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    I will save all my chips for later in the season and I would like to use only one of my two free transfers this gw - and quite determined to take the chance and go without ManC players for some time. With that in mind what to do?

    a. Burke -> Smith Rowe
    b. Taylor -> Holding
    c. something else

    Martínez
    Lowton, (Robertson), Taylor
    Son, Burke, Fernandes, Grealish
    Wilson, (Bamford), Kane

    Button, Salah, Coufal, Douglas
    2 free transfer, 0.1 million in the bank

    1. rubberdignerapids
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 7 days ago

      I don't find either of those a good use of your free transfer...consider Salah to KDB despite what you've said and then perhaps Son and Grealish to Salah and Soucek for free in 19?

      1. fc_skrald
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Thanks, I will give it a second think.

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      I think you're making a mistake honestly.

      Even though you have players for 18 they're bad ones. Martinez, Lowton, Taylor, Burke don't count as 'good picks' so you're technically rocking just Son, Fernandes, Grealish, Kane and Wilson.

      This is a FH imo. And then you're off a BB in 19 so I'd just TC.

      Sometimes you have to just adjust. Bubz is similar he's gonna FH in 18 even with 2 FTs and I suggest you do the same.

      1. JabariParkersEyelid
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 7 days ago

        I think this can be managed with 2 FTs. But it requires deviating from the stated no city strategy.

        KDB and a city defender in for the double Pool, then Salah back for Son in 19.

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          But you need a cash cow to trade up to Salah from Son. It's tough with his team. Would need to take hits and then you're still stuck with some really underwhelming picks like Lowton and Taylor.

          1. JabariParkersEyelid
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Robertson to Stones should give the required funds, but I take your point. The problem with the free hit is that you still have the problems you've mentioned for 19 as well (though that's also the case with my suggestions).

            1. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Maybe the solution is to WC in 18 actually... This team has some dross to take out like Lowton, Taylor, Burke and is missing some key players.

              1. fc_skrald
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                Thanks both! - You have given me new ideas!

      2. fc_skrald
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Thanks! You might be right. The plan was to transfer two transfer for the double gameweek and then do Kane + one of the defenders to Ings and Chilwell. Luckily I have another week before the final decision .-)

    3. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      B

    4. ThisTimeNxtYrRodney
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      No city players is very risky with their upcoming fixtures.
      Brighton
      Palace
      Villa
      Sheff utd ......all at home
      and
      WBA and Burnley away.
      Me thinks that you will spend more time behind the sofa than in front of it relaxing. You will be in the minority, I'm sure. Could make or RUIN your season.
      I agree with saving chips for next round of dgw/bgw but not going without city. Only my opinion. Good luck with whatever you do.

      1. fc_skrald
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Thanks. I promise, I'll not be watching the ManC games if I go without their players 🙂

  4. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Can I get away with these, swapped Salah to KDB?

    Worth adding another defender for a hit?

    Martínez
    Stones, ???
    Grealish, Bruno, Son, KDB
    Kane, Watkins

    1. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      What’s the defender transfer?

    2. Keeptrying
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Should be fine without!

      Would that be a defender you'd want / play afterwards?
      Problem is you'd need a clean sheet or an attacking return to make it worth it if in isolation.

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        This, no clean sheet into loss!

    3. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Dallas or Coufal > 5.4
      Zouma > 6.2

      1. THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Maybe the Zouma move to a City defender, fixtures couldn’t be better

      2. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        You need Coufal for gw 19 imo. Zouma to Cancelo or Stones is no brainer imo.

    4. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      I am planning to ditch Podence and Jamal Lewis for a hit this week. The idea is that since they need go, now is the time to do it. It is possible that the players I get in earn immediately hit costs back.

    5. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Cheers

  5. doher.ty
      3 months, 7 days ago

      FH or No?

      Martinez,
      Dias, Mitchell*
      Bruno, Son, Grealish,
      Martial, Brewster*

      Planning to bring KDB and a defender in for a -4

      1. rubberdignerapids
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 7 days ago

        No FH imo

    • The Mighty Hippo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      This feels like a dodgy move even as I write it, but here goes.... what do you think?

      Salah to KDB (-4 point hit). Yes or no?

      1. THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Do it

      2. MessiGOAT
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        No if you going to get him back for 19
        Yes if you not want Salah back

        1. FourLokoLeipzig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          This

        2. A.J.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          I don't agree. If it enables keeping FH for later it's well worth the -4.

          I will get Salah back as well as keeping KDB.

      3. CroatianHammer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        For GW18, and in truth for GW19 after, sure, fine... but only if your team overall is balanced.

      4. ritzyd
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Yep

      5. PastaConcerto
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        That is the move the majority of people not playing the FH are doing so not as risky.

    • The Mandalorian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Anyone picking Bruno as captain for GW18?

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        \o/
        II

      2. rubberdignerapids
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 7 days ago

        KDB for me

      3. FourLokoLeipzig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Can’t look past KDB this week, but expect he’ll be my VC

      4. Over Midwicket
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Me. And GW19 TC.

      5. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Prefer Brighton as an opponent so KDB (C)

      6. THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        KDB probably although Bruno good option aswel, just feels safer going with the home player

      7. Camino Aleatorio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        I have never been fortunate with a Captain at Burnley. So KDB for Me.

        But Bruno has really talented divers around him. Even Pogba is now good for dives, simulation, and disgrace. Bruno gets a goal for sure. Bruno won't blank.

    • waltzingmatildas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      How does this FH team look?
      Martinez
      Cancelo Tierney awb
      Kdb Bruno son rashford saka
      Laca watkins

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Beautiful

        1. waltzingmatildas
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Cheers! Awb might be a city defender, still don't trust our defence

          1. Amey
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Maguire doesn't interste you ?
            He's a genuine goal threat.

            Also try to fit Grealish. His EO would be 100% IMO. Can hurt you badly.

            1. waltzingmatildas
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Not really on maguire!
              The 4 ycs is putting me off grealish.....

              1. Amey
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                It's a FH ! 4 YC shouldn't matter you 😉
                GL. Don't go all template because everyone is.
                Pick whatever you think would kill it. It's the fun of FH!

              2. JabariParkersEyelid
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 7 days ago

                But it's a free hit, if anything he should be carefully avoiding a yellow.

            2. doher.ty
                3 months, 7 days ago

                He's not a goal threat though. Sure he's big and misses a lot of headers but I'm not sure 2 goals in the last year is a threat.

                I'm not a united hater, I own Bruno and Martial in FPL I just don't understand this threat narrative!

        2. drughi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          dont like laca and watkins, other then that it looks

          1. waltzingmatildas
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Really? Kane worth fitting in

            1. drughi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Yeah kane is a must for this week I would say

        3. rubberdignerapids
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Prefer Wilson over watkins, Dias over Cancelo, Darlow over Martinez and Maguire over AWB, Other than that it's fairly template

        4. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Not great imo.

          Martinez and Watkins vs Spurs? Surely you can do better. Wilson vs shu has to be better than Watkins. Martinez in goal also seems optimistic when you have Darlow and Leno as options too.

          I also think Kane is a must purely because I think he's easily the best forward option this week.

          1. waltzingmatildas
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Fair enough. Back to the drawing board!

          2. ritzyd
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            I fancy villa to beat spurs 1-0

            1. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Well if you think that, go for it! But Darlow vs Sheffield United seems a lot safer to me.

            2. Amey
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Me too.
              Too many managers downplay Villa. They're a wonderful team this season

              1. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                I think it could happen. But when the budget is the same/similar, why not just go for the safer Darlow?

                1. Amey
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  I agree with that. Saying too many downplaying Villa this GW*
                  Darlow is best pick as GK this GW no doubt. SHU haven't scored for last 123 years 😀

      2. drughi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Got this feeling salah will haul big tonight, like between 15-20 points

        1. kime67
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          yeah. gonna be a big win for liverpool tonight

        2. rubberdignerapids
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 7 days ago

          I think Mane will haul against his old club

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

          Bobby brace would be a beautiful thing!

        4. Camino Aleatorio
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          It would make sense for Salad to haul after he failed his holders and containers last week.

          I would have been about 10K with a simple goal

      3. BONZ
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Any news on why Podence was omitted from Wolves squad?
        Currently got 9 BGW players which includes him and 2 FT's....so trying to work on strategy for next 3 GW's.

        1. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          I read it's calf injury. But no idea whether he will be back. Long term planning doesn't always work 🙁

          1. BONZ
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            was only looking to consider sacking him if he gonna miss another game, as he not got a DGW either....

        2. PastaConcerto
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Read Podence was minor calf injury, was not risked. But Team News has him back starting with Neto in attack.

          1. Major League Shocker
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Team news hasn't been updated since before the deadline.

      4. kime67
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        painful gameweek. justin cancelo dias and mccarthy with a combined 5 points. I cant believe it...

        1. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Yeah very thin margins pal especially for Justin and City defenders owners.

      5. Jinswick
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        McCarthy/Forster owners - whatcha doing this week?

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          FH or (unlikely), WC.
          Not worried.

          1. Jinswick
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Nice. Think I’m likely gonna stick and go without a keeper this week

      6. Bury94
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        No FPL involvement for me tonight, a nice 1-0 Southampton win would be lovely

        1. kime67
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          you say there is someone without salah

      7. Shatner's Bassoon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        You can play BB or TC chip and still use FTs as normal, right? It's just the WC and FH chips that dump your FTs?

        1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Correct

          1. Shatner's Bassoon
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Cheers bro

      8. Flynny
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Evening. Any views on this free hit squad please?

        Leno
        Cancelo awb clark (mitchell 3.9)
        Sterling kdb bruno son grealish
        Lacasette Wilson (davis)

        Thanks

        1. ritzyd
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Pretty template so good i guess?

          1. Flynny
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Thanks!

      9. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Martinez
        Dallas Stones Lowton
        KDB Bruno Grealish
        Kane Watkins Brewster

        Should I Freehit or save?

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          9+Brewster
          Definitely save FH

          1. Inazuma X1
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Thanks

          2. Camino Aleatorio
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Brewster is going to light up somebody soon. Brace.

            Now way we get to have fun at his expense for an entire season.

        2. Inazuma X1
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Oops its Holding instead of Dallas btw

      10. marcos11
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Worth making transfers to take players out for gw18 and back in for gw19 if you have value tied up in them?

          Could take out Salah for gw18 but have 0.2/0.3 tied up in him

        • Forza Papac
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          94% EO for Salah in my rank tier. I own but haven't captained. Not entirely sure what I want from him.

          1. THFC4LIFE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Points

          2. ritzyd
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            You want him to score 20 goals . . . .

          3. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 7 days ago

            200 goals would be ideal.

            1. Long ago I drew a walrus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Not if he only has Salah. 200 goals would mean up to 200 assists for Mane, Robertson, TAA etc. on top of 1000 points for Salah. Would make for a nice monday evening though

          4. kime67
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            if he is the only one left to play for you, then you probably want southampton to win.

            1. Forza Papac
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              I have KWP and Robbo

          5. Scholes Out Forever
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            you want a hat trick

        • Konstaapeli
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          James to Dias or Stones?

          1. Kingtekkerz
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Dias if you dont need the money

        • manu4life99
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          A) Free Hit 18
          B) 8pts to field this team (but saves 4pt hit vs A gw19)

          Martinez
          Dias Cancelo Maguire Taylor
          Son Bruno Grealish KDB
          DCL

          1. JabariParkersEyelid
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 7 days ago

            It's hard to say without knowing the players already in your team. But I don't like minus 8s.

        • Corgzzzz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Guys, do we know if the EFL cup and FA cup count towards game played regarding yellow cards ?? i.e if Maguire who is on 4YC plays in both does this get him to GW18 and wipe his YCs ???

          1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            YCs are PL only, RCs are cross-competition

            1. Corgzzzz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Thank you. 

            2. Amey
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              FFS 😆
              Grealish Maguire
              2 players in my NAL squad are near the ban !

        • Kingtekkerz
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Can you make a case for dropping Salah for KDB for the next 4-5 matches?
          Salah have always struggled against Burnley and Manu and have Spurs in GW20

          1. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Think I will do it. Don't intend on captaining him for a while so kdb makes more sense imo..risky obviously

          2. Konstaapeli
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Dont think so. Doing Salah to KDB now but getting him straight back for the gw19

          3. Amey
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Salah has almost double of KDB points.
            He's different gravy.

            1. Amey
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              1.6 times* points

          4. Scholes Out Forever
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Dropping Salah for KDB in GW18

            Then Salah back for Son in 19

            1. doher.ty
                3 months, 7 days ago

                This is my plan exactly

          5. Niho992
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Please miss the game Adams

          6. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Hope Ingsy hauls today so I can feel happier about bringing him in for 19

            1. Amey
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Noooo
              Would bring whole lot of people towards him. I want him cheap + differential.
              A YC + blank today please

              1. Flair
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                3 months, 7 days ago

                He's already cheap and a differential!

          7. blind faith
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Front 3 for blank gw:

            A) Kane
            B) Lacazette
            C) Martial
            D) Calvert-Lewin
            E) Other

            1. blind faith
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              I'm leaning towards

              A, C, D

            2. rubberdignerapids
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 7 days ago

              A B and Wilson

          8. Jinswick
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Best use of a FT with 0.3m in 19?

            A) Bellerin -> 5.3 (James)
            B) Targett -> 4.8 (Coufal)
            C) Son -> 9.6 (Rashford)

            McCarthy
            Cancelo, Stones, Targett
            Salah, KDB, Bruno, Son
            Bamford, Watkins, Antonio

            Forster, Martinelli, Bellerin, Mitchell
            Bank 0.3m

            1. Pompel
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              James unlikely to play both, and Chelsea defensive resolve fallen off a cliff, so between B and C. I'd go B , don't lose Son vs shu.

          9. Subzero (-4)
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Best striker for this week other than Kane?
            Martial, DCL, Wilson? Any others?

          10. Openboxman
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Martinez
            Dias - Chilwell - Robbo
            Salah - KDB - Grealish - Son
            Adams - Bamford - Antonio

            Johnstone - Dallas - Holding - Soucek

            Gw19 bench boost all in order?

            1. doher.ty
                3 months, 7 days ago

                As good as it gets considering you have a lot of $ in your starting 11

            2. SHOWSTOPPERRR
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Guys 2ft, fh or not?

              Martinez *
              Robbo Dallas kwp lamptey balbyena
              Salah bruno * son * grealish * bissou
              Kane * bam adams

            3. Dark Side Of The Loon!
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              What does "Your OR" in livefpl mean? It shows 97.22% for me with respect to Salah.

              1. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                It means where you're ranked. In the top 10K Salah's EO is over 100 but at like 600K he would be lower.

                1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  Ok. So I assume every goal scored by him effects me negatively.

              2. Amey
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                Salah EO for managers who are around your Overall Rank

                1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  So it should be good news for me if he scores?

                  1. Amey
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    Slightly good news
                    Ha ha

                    1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 7 days ago

                      C'mon Mo! Hahaha.

                  2. Major League Shocker
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    Yes and no. It will improve your OR but also increase the gap between you and the top 10K.

                    Also if the goal is assisted by someone you don't own, you could get a rank drop.

                    1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 7 days ago

                      Got it! Thanks.