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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. balint84
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 14 days ago

    Antonio or Adams in dgw?

    1. In Bale We Trust
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Antonio.

      1. Milkman Bruno
          3 months, 14 days ago

          If fit

          1. FPL.team
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Surely that goes without saying.

      2. Brehmeren
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Antonio won't play both matches

        1. bitars
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Not 90 minuts but he can well figure in both.

          1. Brehmeren
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            He is being managed very carefully by Moyes, and I would surprised if he plays more than 90 mins over the two games.

    2. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Big night for Mark Sutherns, needs a Liverpool masterclass to recover his rank after his team's abysmal weekend. Salah (C), Mane, TAA.

      1. Olson
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        he actually has that team going forward now too. dodgy wild card

        1. Captain_Shirokov
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          won't be dodgy if Liv smash it tonight

          1. Olson
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Given most people own salah and a defender he'll probably be very lucky to break even with those around him.

      2. Naby K8a
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Always overthinks his WC does Mark

      3. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        It did well last week.

      4. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Mark lives in your head rent free.

        1. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Now where have I seen that before?

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Seems I live in yours rent free too!

        2. BenDavies
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          I love the guy! 😀 Just playful banter

        3. Olson
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          A good manager to keep an eye on. Always exciting ideas, often brilliant manager. Dod-geeey Wildcard ;-0

      5. Granville
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Mark did well last week because 3 of the top 4 owned players had their games postponed and Mark owned none of them. Son, Kane, DCL.

        1. Olson
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          was just about to point this out. We all deserve a bit of luck now and then but when evaluating a WC, that luck more likely than not mitigated a double hiding

    3. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Why are so many people crying about Soucek points for Adams? What is the point of a bench other than to come in for someone who isnt playing....

      My soucek point is stuck on the bench but whatever, just glad i have the option to play him

      1. Captain_Shirokov
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Finally some sense! Huzzah!

    4. Captain_Shirokov
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      God I never knew getting points of your bench would make so many people on here angry.

      The reason I have points on my bench in the first place is because I want to make sure I have a very strong squad overall, I like the benching headaches that arise.

      Makes moments like these (where one of your starters doesn't get minutes for whatever reason) all the sweeter.

      1. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        looks like we have the same thought process haha

        1. Captain_Shirokov
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Maybe they aren't actually being serious with their comments, that would make more sense to me!

          1. Scholes Out Forever
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            its just the same people making multiple comments

      2. In Bale We Trust
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Ignore it. In recent years schadenfreude has become as important as taking joy from your own team.

        Everyone benefits from jammy bench points from time to time. It’s part of the game.

      3. Ian & Zen
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Totally agree - If I have players on my bench scoring it shows I've got the right inform players & cannot wait to get them in next week.
        They are also likely to rise in value.
        Just ignore the moaners - they are just attention seekers - don't waist your time on them, you cannot please everyone.

      4. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Isn't that all part of the game? Fair play, I say.

      5. Milkman Bruno
          3 months, 14 days ago

          I’m getting Cresswell in for Taylor. All part of having a decent squad. Most likely bitterness or jealousy

          1. Milkman Bruno
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Although, I’m sure some are just kidding

        • Egg noodle
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          How many points will Robbo score tonight?

          A. 9
          B. 12
          C. 15

          1. Scholes Out Forever
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            D. 30

            8)

          2. PastaConcerto
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            2

            1. JJO
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Big minds...

          3. JJO
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            2

          4. jimmyabs1987
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            2

          5. TheDragon
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            I fancy a 12 pointer

          6. Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            2

          7. mox81
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 14 days ago

            A+B+C hopefully

          8. Baps hunter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            2

        • jimmyabs1987
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Just the 20 points I need from Salah and Robertson tonight to advance in the cup! Going to be tough!!

        • Nimby
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          The bitterness on this website is so pathetic. Telling people they must have a strong bench when they have starters missing, then calling them lucky or crap at FPL when their high-scoring sub comes on. Guess you just can't win. And before you say anything, I started Soucek. So shut up.

          1. jimmyabs1987
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            You ok hun?

            1. Nimby
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Yeah I'm fine. It's obvious who the emotionally incontinent are on here.

          2. Qaiss
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            You can’t call people bitter and then tell people you don’t know to shut up. When people say they got lucky bench points, most of the time it’s tongue in cheek.

            1. Nimby
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              I'm not displaying bitterness. And they should shut up.

          3. Olson
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            It's almost like there are different opinions on this site and the users are hopeless addicts with no emotional maturity

          4. ‘Tis the Season
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Love the drama lol 🙄

        • Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Let's see what the Zambian Witch Doctor is really made of.

          1. Baps hunter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Yes, if Salah blanks it's probably better to trust his witchcraft 😉

        • HonestBlatter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Where is Adams?

          1. Neeskens Under Matip
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            This, very annoying, Soucek already autosubbing for someone else!

            1. Neeskens Under Matip
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Concussion apparently...

        • The Train Driver
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Anguissa > Smith Rowe and save 2FT for DGW19 or Ayling+DCL > Dias+Watkins both ready for 19.

          1. The Train Driver
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Will have 11 for gw18 either way. One sub (Mitchell) In first scenario.

        • Hazardous1983
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Got.mitchel dias bruno podence son kane and watkins

          Should i fh or jus take a hit by doing zouma and salah out for cancelo and kdb

        • AzzaroMax99
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          How's this FH team looking?
          Any suggestions?

          Darlow
          Dier Dias Tierney
          KDB(C) Bruno Rash Grealish
          Kane Wilson Laca

          Forster* SmithRowe Mitchel Kilman

          0.1 IDB

        • Naby K8a
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Klopp againt deep blocks like WBA and Newcastle. Brexit MF with creative midfielders on the bench.

          Klopp against high press side like Southampton. All creative MF and midfielders at CB.

          Make it make sense

          1. Inazuma X1
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            United will win the title

          2. ZimZalabim
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            he picks who is fit and available

        • Inazuma X1
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Damn all these jammy points off the bench this GW

          The jam is real

        • aborg
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Guys just a word of advise. Don’t hit that FH button till you hear Boris Johnson address the nation regarding Covid in 30 mins time.
          The situation is not looking good and there are rumors that The UK could go to the same lockdown as it was in March. Sky news are saying this may be the situation due to the alarming increase of cases which can flood the NHS over the next 3 weeks.

          1. Qaiss
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Football is carrying on to keep spirits up. Also, if a footballer gets covid, non of them go to hospital. So they aren't contributing to 'flooding the NHS'. It'll continue but footballers who break rules should just be punished by their clubs, cause some of them don't learn.

            1. Olson
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              It's an infectious disease though, and managers and club staff are not elite sportspeople, or young. Along with much of the general population

              1. Qaiss
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                Okay, so you think football should be cancelled then? Something which keeps millions going just stopping? And the point I made, there should just be stricter bubble measures. Footballers having parties over Xmas, should be a complete no no and they should face consequences.
                It is an infectious disease but you do realise it's here forever now and it'll take years to vaccinate the whole world.

          2. FPL.team
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Look at BBC reports and current status in Scotland. Elite sports aren't stopping anytime soon.

        • jdp219
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Two really dumb decisions I've made this season:
          1) Dropping Son ahead of those "tough" fixtures (gw9-13)
          2) And this week, starting Wilson over Soucek because Leicester concede the most penalties.

          1. TomSaints
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            2) is really annoying as I did the same thing. I also expected better from Everton.

            I think its one of those ok decisions, bad outcomes

          2. Jon Walter's Hatty
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Try dropping Son after gw1

        • rowdog24
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Craig Dawson:

          1) Kicked poor Che in the head so he can’t play today.

          2) All good though, Balbuena with the West Ham cleanie off the bench.

          Thank you Craig.

          1. Alisson WondHaaland
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Balbuena didnt play

            1. Twisted Saltergater
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              😆

            2. rowdog24
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Yes that was joke, Dawson killing my team all round.

        • Alisson WondHaaland
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          I lowkey hope Salah doesnt do too well today, will convince loads of people to ditch him for KDB and then I can enjoy his 100 pointer in GW19

        • HippY
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Bring me those sweet, sweet, Soucek points

        • BoomXhakaLaca1
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Are most people free hitting for next week? Surely I'm not the only one with half a team haha

          1. camarozz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Idk. Il have 8 + Brewster with my 2fts so probably gonna roll with it. FH might be better down the line.

            1. BoomXhakaLaca1
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Ya I don't really want to use it but at max I'd get 8 players by taking a -4

              1. camarozz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                If u have

                Kane/Son/kdb/villa/

                a utd and arsenal defender what else do u really need?

                1. BoomXhakaLaca1
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  Have Kane and son out of those haha and rashford but ya could just take a -4 for a bit more in the locker

            2. Qaiss
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              It will be better when the FA Cup blank comes in 29 or so. If you don't have it then, you might struggle big time, unless you use your wildcard straight after and build a team for that week.

          2. Alisson WondHaaland
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            A mixed bunch. Many people are fielding 8/9 players with 0/1 hits, others are just freehitting.

            1. BoomXhakaLaca1
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Ah okay at least there is a mix. Don't really want to use it myself for what'll more than likely be a poor scoring gameweek

          3. FPL.team
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Have you not seen all the RMFHTs yet?

            1. BoomXhakaLaca1
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Nah don't come on here too often bar pre season and the odd time I'm bored

          4. AzzaroMax99
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            I used my FH. Only 4 bgw players, built my squad for dgw19.

        • camarozz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          19pts frm Robbo + Salah and il hit 100 this wk.

          So expect 4 tonight

          1. rowdog24
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Hahahaha

        • Powell
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          I’ve got a free hit theory if anyone (literally anyone) is interested.

          I think 37 weeks of FPL are skill, luck, game theory and stats. But Free Hit is the roulette table. I play Draft Kings and this is the one chip which resembles Draft Kings. If you want to win big (which I need to this week. Top 200 last season, but **cough** not Top 200 this season), this is the moment to go for it.

          All the drafts I’ve seen are double Spurs, all the Arsenal players who played well against West Brom and the usual suspects.

          Obviously I can’t avoid Bruno and KDB... but after that, I’ll be aggressive. Mina looks good against a team who can’t defend corners. Zaha loves playing at The Emirates. Triple City attack is being wildly overlooked (basically everyone on the bench in the FA Cup)... Villa midfielders (people are acting as if this is last season. Villa could win this)... and then there’s Aubameyang. Yes, Aubameyang. It looks stupid. But what a differential. What an opportunity for Free Hitters. My advice is to do your own thing, even if you fail.

          1. TheDragon
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Why doesn’t that apply to every single gameweek?

            1. Reedy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              It applies whenever you choose to FH, but you can only do that once, ofc.

              But this is kind of why I wanted to save it...see if there's a better week to attack, since I'm covered for the blank week already.

          2. FPL_Motty
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Kind of get your point. But alot of teams already own Kane, Son, Kdb, Bruno, city def, grealish etc. I already do so a free hit only gets me about 3 new players. Certainly not worth it. If your team doesn't then go ahead, but I still think the value of a free hit is really diminished this week because every free hit team will have the same premiums, what gains are there when everyone's team is the same. Maybe you punt on auba, but thats just 1 player and not going to make much of a dent even if he scores big

          3. Reedy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Yeah I like the FH for this reason. It's basically Daily Fantasy Sports for a week.

            1. Powell
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              If you’re top 1k or even top 5k, probably keep Spurs... but if you’re floundering like me, live a little. Surely. Sink or swim. Aubameyang, Sterling and dare I say it, Aguero, could be game changers for relegation fodder for me.

              What if Spurs win 4-0? What then? I stay at the bottom of the ocean. No drama.

        • Herman Toothrot
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Come here to get bench order advice.

          Come here to ask about transfer advice.

          But Christ on a bike...

          Don't come here to talk about your successful bench order.

          Don't come here to talk about success of transfers.

          1. Ginkapo FPL
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Dont do the first two either. No one cares

        • Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Boris knows football will continue and has already played his free hit and caught price rises

          1. Duke Silver ☑
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Boris played his Free Hit by accident in week 1 and he only changed 2 players.

        • Captain Vantastic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Adams out with concussion

        • Surfeit of Lampteys
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          I've been misspelling Alisson for ages. My bad.

          1. Bolivian Seaman
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            I hope she's not too annoyed, you've spelt it wrong again

        • Make United Great Again
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Soucek for the DGW looks great as a 5th midfielder.

          Was initially set on Raphinha

          1. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Toss up between the 2 for me as well, Raph was missing against spurs

          2. Olson
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Even as a proud owner through this streak, it will be so much funnier to see him blank twice and get booked

            1. Qaiss
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Typical FPL for West Ham to concede in both games tbh

        • Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 14 days ago

          On wc

          For the foreseeable

          A. Souceck
          B. Raphinia

          1. brianutd-why always we? 20
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            See above

        • Iceball
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Go Salah Mane Robbo!

          1. Firminoooo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            On 33 points. Please save me.

        • I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 14 days ago

          SmithRowe worh a hit for Bissouma to field 10 next GW?