Scout Notes

Can FPL managers still rely on Liverpool assets for Double Gameweek 19?

SOUTHAMPTON 1-0 LIVERPOOL

  • Goals: Danny Ings (£8.3m)
  • Assists: James Ward-Prowse (£6.2m)
  • Bonus points: Ings x3, J Stephens x2, Bednarek x1

DOUBLE TROUBLE

Liverpool assets put in the worst possible audition for Double Gameweek 19 as they slumped to a 1-0 defeat to Southampton on Monday night.

During their last Premier League match before they host Manchester United and Burnley, the Reds struggled to offer much in the way of attacking quality, continuing a concerning trend ahead of the upcoming mini chip season.

Over the three matches that followed the 7-0 win at Crystal Palace, Liverpool have scored just one goal and taken two points from a possible nine. Such an achievement is all the more discouraging considering they faced West Bromwich Albion, Newcastle and Southampton.

For the first time since May 2018, Jurgen Klopp’s men have now failed to score in back-to-back league matches, having found the net in each of their 21 previous outings.

“What was disappointing (about the defeat)? How long have we got? We were not good enough. It’s our fault, my responsibility, that’s it.” – Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool can hardly protest at their misfortune either as they failed to register a shot on target until the 75th minute when Sadio Mané (£11.9m) finally found some space to shoot but tested Fraser Forster (£4.0m) only with a low, scuffed effort.

That was the longest the Reds have had to wait for an accurate effort in a Premier League match since December 2015, 89 minutes into a 2-0 defeat at Newcastle two months into Klopp’s Liverpool tenure.

“We were dominant in the right areas, had the moments but then the decision-making was not that good. The last pass, we missed the last pass. I heard now we only had one shot on target; we had a lot of shots next to the target which we did not finish, but even with them we probably did not have enough for the moments we had. Our fault, my responsibility and that’s it.” – Jurgen Klopp

ALWAYS CAPTAIN… WHO?

Fantasy managers considering Mohamed Salah (£12.6m) for the Double Gameweek 19 captaincy are almost certainly having second thoughts in the break between Gameweeks 17 and Blank Gameweek 18.

After scoring 16 points as a substitute against Crystal Palace, the Egyptian has now blanked in each of his last three Premier League appearances.

That is the longest he has gone without an attacking return in 2020/21 and, against Southampton, there was very little in the way of straws to clutch at.

Most of Liverpool’s play went down the left-hand side through Andrew Robertson (£7.4m) and Mané on Monday night, their crosses into the box well dealt with by Jack Stephens (£4.6m) and Jan Bednarek (£4.9m) before they could get through to Salah. As a result, Southampton now have more clean sheets in the last four matches (three) than any other side.

Kyle Walker-Peters (£4.8m) also impressed in his handling of Liverpool’s left-sided attackers and in one of the rare moments where Mané got the better of him, the cross was just too high for Salah to get over it, his effort going over the bar.

Meanwhile, the right-winger’s link-up with Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.3m) was virtually non-existent as the Englishman had one of his worst games in a Liverpool shirt to date. He gave the ball away 38 times against Southampton, the most of any player in one match this season – and he only featured for 77 minutes before James Milner (£5.3m) replaced him.

So then… what now for Salah as a captain candidate in Double Gameweek 19? After all, Kevin De Bruyne (£11.6m) scored a double-digit haul operating as a false-nine at Chelsea and faces Crystal Palace and Aston Villa in that round.

Meanwhile, both of Bruno Fernandes‘ (£11.3m) Double Gameweek 19 matches are on the road, where he has produced 10 points per game this season.

And the other advantage they have over Salah is another chance to impress. It is clear that Liverpool have serious attacking problems right now but the only chance Fantasy managers will have to assess whether or not they have made progress in solving them is a third-round FA Cup tie against Aston Villa on Friday.

However, how much we will be able to read into that match remains to be seen. Considering the busy December schedule, which does not let up in January, Klopp and Dean Smith are almost certain to chop and change their teams.

As a result, potential Salah backers have only the last three matches to rely on for their captaincy decision – and they were not encouraging.

By contrast, De Bruyne and Fernandes both feature in Blank Gameweek 18 bringing their existing form into relatively appealing matches likely to allow for encouraging Double Gameweek 19 captaincy auditions.

“They are football problems; yes, we are worried about that but football problems you solve with football and that’s what we are working on. We know about the situation, we are not silly, and we have to show a reaction, 100 per cent.” – Jurgen Klopp

SITTING ON DEFENCE

Liverpool’s Monday-night defeat did not do wonders for their defensive assets ahead of Double Gameweek 19 either.

Once again, they were patched up in that department, Jordan Henderson (£5.4m) dropping into centre-back alongside Fabinho (£5.4m) in Joel Matip‘s (£5.4m) continued absence.

However, a lapse in concentration during an early James Ward-Prowse (£6.2m) free-kick from Alexander-Arnold allowed Danny Ings (£8.3m) to nip in and find the net.

“His finishing is quality but he works hard for the team too. It is important that he is fit and he’s back.” – Ralph Hasenhüttl

Interest in Liverpool defenders had been relatively high for this game considering Southampton went three matches without scoring between Gameweeks 14 and 16.

They even came into Gameweek 17 with a number of key absentees including Alex McCarthy (£4.7m), Jannik Vestergaard (£4.8m), Oriol Romeu (£4.5m) and Che Adams (£6.1m) who missed out due to self-isolation, knee issues, a calf problem and concussion respectively.

“Oriol [Romeu], maybe one or two weeks out, so hopefully for the Leicester game he is back. Moussa [Djenepo], looks not so good. Che [Adams] is only out with a concussion, so hopefully also back as soon as possible.” – Ralph Hasenhüttl

They even lost Moussa Djenepo (£5.4m) to hamstring problem during the first half, making way for 21-year-old Nathan Tella (£4.4m), but still had enough about them to absorb Liverpool’s pressure and stretch the visitors’ defence on the counter-attack in key moments.

“(Djenepo) had a bad injury history with his muscles. It was maybe a setback. I said to him head-up, he will come back strong and I tried to give him a lift.” – Ralph Hasenhüttl

“We had so many injuries and still competed. I think the system works.” – Ralph Hasenhüttl

Southampton XI (4-4-2): Forster; Bertrand, Bednarek, J Stephens, Walker-Peters; Djenepo (Tella 32′), Ward-Prowse, Diallo, Armstrong; Walcott (Valery 82′), Ings (Nlundulu 77′).

Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Robertson, Fabinho, J Henderson, Alexander-Arnold (Milner 77′); Oxlade-Chamberlain (Shaqiri 57′), Wijnaldum, Thiago; Mané, Firmino, Salah.

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1,182 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 14 days ago

    Cavani isn't banned for GW18 right?

    I think he served one at Villa and then he has League Cup and FA Cup. Do I have that right?

    1. Would Ed Woodward
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Yes, he's available for Burnley.

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

        Ugh not gonna get Martial then. I do think he's potentially a rotation risk.

        1. Would Ed Woodward
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          I own Martial and he's definitely a rotation risk unfortunately, relying on him to actually perform to keep his place is frustrating with how inconsistent he can be.

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

      Yup, misses Villa, City, Watford

    3. KAMARA-COPY
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Yessir

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

      Hmm, I thought he missed the BUR game, might be an option now...

    5. jayzico
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      I think he's a great choice and value. I'm swapping out Laca for him `gw 19

    6. Oooo Matron
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      If you had to choose Cavani or Martial for DGW 19 who would you choose?

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

        Not gonna pick one. They have Liverpool a few days later. No idea who will start.

  2. King Kohli
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 14 days ago

    Surely it's very risky to use BB in gw 19 now even if you 4 dgw players on the bench?

    Could easily have 2-3 matches postponed with the rising number of cases

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

      Will see how things look in 10 days time.

    2. Stormbringer22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Yeah, no longer doing it personally. Abandoned that plan about a week or so ago. Still undecided on whether to use TC. If I did, it would be on KDB but I feel like it can be a bit risky as well since he may get in one of the 2 games

    3. the_duke
        3 months, 14 days ago

        It's 2% of tests....

        In a week where they have double the testing.....

        99% of staff, players etc unaffected

        1. King Kohli
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          If you see a similar number after 2 weeks again, couple or more matches will definitely be postponed.
          Not what you want on a BB

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

          98%

      • Fit_to_drop
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Im not doing it. Might consider KDB Triple Captaincy but even thats risky. Certainly not contemplating a BB. All your numbers need to come in for that to happen.

      • Blue&White85
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        I think the spike was always likely over the Christmas period with players spending more time with family etc. I would expect the numbers to reduce back to a more normal level before BB19, especially with the players being in their bubble and regular testing ongoing.

      • Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        TC chip for me 10 DGWS plus Brewster. I will make sure the VC is not from the same team.
        If games are called off and I do OK on the TC chip it should see me rocket up the rankings. If I lose on the TC chip because games are called off - hard luck. But less of chance of it going south than the BB - which would have cost me -8 anyway.

    4. PP6
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Was considering removing Son for Salah back in 19 (have Kane) I’m now wondering is that a bad move..

      Sheffield United > Burnley and United imo . Thoughts??

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

        Would always pick Salah vs Burnley and United over Son vs Villa.

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

          *vs Sheff Utd

        2. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          I am not sure about that I think there is a good chance that Son will outscore Salah in one game v his two. Burnley will set up a wall and Man United will be favourites to beat liverpool on form.

      2. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        In exactly same situation.

        Might keep the Spurs duo and ignore Salah after all

        1. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          After the last three games, rubbish at the back impacting on the fwds performance.

          1. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Yep noticed that. Very poor build up play nowadays

      3. Snooze ya lose
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        I’m considering salah to Kdb now

      4. NateDogsCats
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Personally I'm losing Son from GW19 (possibly 18), Spurs' form before the Leeds game was poor with them not finishing off teams when on top and then sitting back defending a lot. I don't see Sheffield Utd as a great fixture like most do (they're the type of team that would cause Spurs trouble and they don't tend to lose by much against most teams, although I do still think Spurs will win) and I don't love their fixtures after it. Not that I think Son won't get any returns after that by any means but I think for his price you can use the money better.

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

          Liverpool at home is different than Liverpool away. Fully expect them to come roaring back for the DGW.

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

            100% this. Their next game is a top of the table clash for heaven's sake. They will show up.

        • Black Knights
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          For me it's a case of needing to remove both Son and Kane to afford Salah again so i've definitely gone off the idea. Will take my chances with one of them and improving both Brewster and DCL instead of getting Salah back.

      5. PP6
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Was considering removing Son for Salah back in 19 (have Kane) I’m now wondering is that a bad move..

        Sheffield United > Burnley and United imo . Thoughts??.

        1. PP6
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Don’t know why it posted twice,sorry.

        2. WE GO FOR IT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          It's Salah. Kane is enough for DGW19.

      6. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Anyone brave enough to go with no Spurs on FH this week? Can't see Spurs scoring more than 1 goal

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

          Kane G Son A, then.

          If I was on FH I would.

        2. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Have you seen Sheffield play recently, I think they are going to get done over big time!

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

            thats next week

          2. THFC4LIFE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Playing Villa in 18

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

            thats why I have Wilson and Clark

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

          But what If they do and with that high ownership, yikes. Imagine being outscored by a non free hit team with 7 players

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Dammit that's a scary thought

        4. Pegboy
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Got to have at least Son, for me.

        5. Kudo Warrior
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Stop trying to convince yourself 😉

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

          see below

        7. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          FH with a template 11 during a blank week. If you have all the highly owned players, it's almost impossible to "lose".

        8. Wild Card this...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Hypothetically...
          1:0 for Spurs.
          11 points for Son
          7 points for Kane.
          I’ll take that anytime.

        9. WE GO FOR IT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          I was pondering over it. That game is tough to call and I was thinking of avoiding it completely. But might go with 1 of each in the end. Not sure who though. Depends on the budget and position.

        10. Saka_me_sideways
            3 months, 14 days ago

            I think both is too much, would much rather double up on the city mids.

        11. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Is it time to bin Salah & Robbo?

          Thinking KDB & Cancelo -4?

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Watch your knee

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

            Looking at fixtures and form i prefer KDB, Cancelo.

            1. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Cheers,

          3. Snooze ya lose
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Robbo defo. Thinking about dropping salah myself

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

          might just bet against Spurs on a FH.

          1. Party time
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            That is ballsy 😉

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

              its a fh.
              have fun.
              might even throw in Auba!

              1. Party time
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                Maybe at least Son. I would have the French delights in my team ( Laca & Martial) but definitely not Auba 😆

              2. Saïss doesn't mat…
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                I am getting auba

          2. Pep bites Kun
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Throw in dgw19 without Liv attack and I'll chip in for a bravery medal 🙂

        13. Runaway
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Guys please stop transferring in City (and other) players. I can't believe price rises are fluctuating like there is a game tomorrow. We have a whole week to next deadline and City will play 2 games until then and I am not even talking about the doubled number of positive tests since last week. I will probably have to swallow at least 0.5-0.6 price changes at this rate until the deadline day for my planned transfer of Salah+Lamptey>KDB+Cancelo. I am not sure anymore if it is worth to wait or go with the flow and see what will happen.

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

            Want to do those exact moves but James instead of Lamptey. Early price changes are frustrating but information is absolutely vital in this environment.

          2. drughi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            yeah crazy movement in prices. Cancelo and dias will be 6 mil by gw 18

          3. Stormbringer22
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 14 days ago

            It's quite frustrating isn't it? Most weeks I sit idly by and watch prices rise day by day as I wait to transfer my players the day before the deadline. End-up losing about 0.2 in TV on average

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

            This week is relatively safe for early moves as people (even those saving their FH) have the free hit to fall back on.

          5. NateDogsCats
              3 months, 14 days ago

              In the same boat, was hoping to keep Son for this week then get KDB back in for GW19, but I can see him going up 2-3 times by the time GW18 starts. Now I feel I have to decide whether to do the move now or not (will involve a hit but that's going to happen regardless with GW19 moves anyway so it's really about whether I do it now or not)

            • ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Only Bruno has risen hasn't he? FPL Statistics figures may be off with the FHs about, and some jiggery-pokery they tend to do on SGW /BGWs

            • Pep bites Kun
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              May as well tell the Pope to take it down a notch on the preaching 😉 Never gonna happen. Loads of good value out there, but may cost -4. I'm waiting and prepared to take the price hit. Risk for early moves is too high in the current circumstances and it's a potential differential in itself

          6. Pep bites Kun
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Anyone have an update on Fabianski? Latest I have is:
            Jan 01: "We lost Lukasz before kick-off with a thigh injury." Potential return Jan 16th

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

              "The 55-capped Poland international goalkeeper should be ready to return to the Hammers’ starting XI for our Premier League clash with Burnley at the London Stadium on January 16th."

              https://www.hammers.news/injury-news/west-ham-insiders-deliver-very-welcome-lukasz-fabianski-news/

              1. mynameisq
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                Cheers

              2. Pep bites Kun
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                Nice one Ninja

          7. Stormbringer22
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Can get the below team for a -4
            Martinez
            Lowton, Taylor**
            KDB, Bruno, Son, Grealish
            DCL

            Still not enough right? Better off using the FH?

            Cheers!

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

              It's enough for me, I would save FH

            2. Saïss doesn't mat…
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              I would not fh this

            3. Stormbringer22
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Cheers guys! Really surprised by this response, I must admit. Thought that with only 5-6 decent players, that wouldn't be enough. Interesting...

              1. Saïss doesn't mat…
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                I have 5-6 decent players (if brewster counts as decent) so I have no choice but to fh. you have a solid starting 8. save fh for later

                1. Black Knights
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  Brewster does not count as decent.

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

              I would definitely free hit.Only 3 maybe 4 of those mentioned will be in the template free hit teams.

          8. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Think rashford will tear apart the DGW19 template team.

            Plus he has Sheffield in 20. Salah who?

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

              rashford salah bruno raphina soucek, power 5 in dgw 19

              1. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                No KDB?

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

                  havent decided, son>rashford is easier. Son>KDB is tougher to manage and would have to lose vardy most likely

                  1. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 14 days ago

                    Yep same here, Son to rashford looking increasingly likely..

          9. Snooze ya lose
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Salah most transferred out this week!

            1. sunzip14
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              not surprising though, is it?

            2. drughi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              love it

            3. WE GO FOR IT
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              3 blanks and no game in GW18. Plus KdB and Son hauled. So, it's an easy move.

            4. Stormbringer22
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Keep in mind that a lot of people are doing the Salah > KDB this week and Son > Salah next week.

              1. g40steve
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                One way ticket for me

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

            Wow Football Covid cases rise from 18 to 40. Some games must surely be in doubt now

            1. bitm2007
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Yes we surely won't get through the next couple of GWs without postponements or worse.

            2. Danno - Emre Canada
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Yep, Xmas and New Year party’s kicking in

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

            The GW18 forwards are surprisingly difficult to choose.

            Kane - I think he's a must purely because the guys below aren't reliable. Still though, he's expensive so there's even an argument to leave him out if you want to pack the midfield...

            Lacazette - I think he might be the 2nd best forward for this week. Palace have the worst xGC in the last few matches (most of it was from that Liverpool game). Still think Laca is putting up good numbers though and is on form. Price is awkward.

            Wilson - He's the only 'budget' forward worth considering imo. He's on pens, playing vs Sheffield United who are certainly the worst team in the division. But still, it's Newcastle and using one of your 11 slots on him seems wasteful.

            Martial - If he finds form in the cups then maybe he's a nice pick, but Cavani returns for GW18 and they have a busy schedule. I can see him getting benched here especially with Liverpool as the next game.

            Cavani - Banned until this game which means we'll have no idea if he'll start or not. Not worth the risk imo especially when you can get Fernandes and Rashford instead.

            Richarlison/DCL - These guys are a bit punty. I kinda like Richarlison as a pick just for the pens and for differential potential but for just 0.4m you can get Lacazette who seems a much nicer pick.

            1. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              DCL to punish sellers and FHers

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

                Doubt it

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

              Prefer the 1st 3 if going 3 up top.

              As you say, Bruno/Rashford are a better way into Manu.

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

              Lacazette and Wilson would be my prime front two for the DGW.

              Laca vs an abysmal Palace side looks great for goals, Sheff Utd are very poor so I back Wilson to grab a goal and lock up the BPS - another classic 9 pointer. Then invest the rest of the money in midfield into Bruno, KDB, Rashford, Raz etc.

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

              Lacazette's playing time is even more awkward than his price, which kinda puts me off of him.
              I wouldn't worry too much for Cavani/Martial. Ole clearly said that Cavani will be a super-sub for some additional upcoming time, so I can see him starting in cups but definitely not in the league

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

                Liverpool upcoming though... I can definitely see Martial reduced minutes or even a sub appearance.

              2. WE GO FOR IT
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                But he's suspended for the cups and Liverpool game within a few days after the Burnley game. There's enough rest time so who knows but there is certainly a little risk.

            5. JBF X1
                3 months, 14 days ago

                Kane and Wilson for me. Torn between Lacazette in a 3-4-3 and Auba in a 3-5-2..

              • Stormbringer22
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 14 days ago

                DCL should receive more attention this week I think. Wolves were not doing a very good job defending set-piece situations and DCL thrives in these situations.

              • WE GO FOR IT
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                Kane Laca and Wilson are the 3 I am looking at.

                I'm keeping an eye on Kun for the next 2 cup games. If he starts vs United and comes on in the FA Cup as well, I might take a punt on him. It would be a big punt. But Brighton is exactly the kind of game, he could haul.

              • Pukki Blinders
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 14 days ago

                Kane at the bottom of that list for me. Son is the only Spurs coverage I'll consider this week

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

              So are most people FHing this week? I haven't had much thought in what chips to use and when, I've currently got everything left intact and this is my current team, I could field 9 if I don't use my FH this week, what would you do?

              Martinez
              Dier - Stones - Holding
              Bruno - Smith Rowe - KDB - Salah (won't play)
              Bamford (won't play) - Kane - DCL

              Bench all blanking this week.

              1. Saïss doesn't mat…
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                just salah to son

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

                  For a -4?

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

                I would save the FH here.

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

                  I could move Salah to someone, but I'd want him back next week?

              3. Major League Shocker
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 14 days ago

                Poll says only 45% of voters plan to FH.

            7. jesus jesus
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/932254/event/17
              https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/2670861/event/17

              Who you reckon should go through in cup ??
              Same score
              same goals

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

                Reckon the team that wins using the existing rules? Is it a virtual coin toss after a tie?

                1. jesus jesus
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  Yeah - but then its meant to go on goals conceded before its a virtual toss ?

                2. jesus jesus
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  I think fpl just being lazy to check goals conceded ??

                  1. Gleys11
                      3 months, 14 days ago

                      If you check the list view Goals conceded are 12-12
                      Although the team going through seems to have conveded more, Ryan didnt play so his 3 dont count. DCL had already been substituted, so that didnt count. De Bruyne also substituted before City conceded.
                      Ends up at 12-12 and a coin toss.

                      1. jesus jesus
                        • 9 Years
                        3 months, 14 days ago

                        Thanks very much for clearing that up Gleys - just couldn't work it out myself - theres always next year

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

                  Finding Timo won on the virtual coin toss (click on the score in the cup box on either team)

                  1. jesus jesus
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 14 days ago

                    Yes Jar but is it goals conceded for your defense or whole team after score and goals scored ??

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

                      I thought it was just keepers/defence, but you are right, that would put the other team through. Hmmm......

                      1. Major League Shocker
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        3 months, 14 days ago

                        It's got to be the entire 11, otherwise someone who plays 5 at the back would be at an unfair disadvantage having likely conceded more goals because they had more defensive players.

                        1. jesus jesus
                          • 9 Years
                          3 months, 14 days ago

                          Even so - less goals for entire 11 !!

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

                          Makes sense I guess.

                      2. jesus jesus
                        • 9 Years
                        3 months, 14 days ago

                        Knew I wasn't going mad lol - a touch aggrieved !

                  2. jesus jesus
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 14 days ago

                    I know it looks like i'm taking it bad - but rules are rules surely !!

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

                All 40 new Positive Covid tests are in the Premier League

              3. g40steve
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                With one hit in the next two weeks I can get this team for the BB DGW19?

                Johnson,
                Coufal, Stones, Zouma, Dallas
                Bruno C, Son, KDB, Soucek
                Kane, Bamford,

                Martinez, Cancelo, Ings, Grealish

                1. Snooze ya lose
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  Not bad. Can u improve zouma?

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

                  Looks good as long as Salah doesn't haul.

                  1. g40steve
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 14 days ago

                    Last three Pool as a unit have been awful, starting from the keeper through to Salah?

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

                On FH

                A) Sterling, Saka
                B) Rashford, Foden

                Got Bruno, Laca and KDB

                1. WE GO FOR IT
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  A

                2. Runaway
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  A

              5. Oooo Matron
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                What does anyone think about Antonio? Terrible injury record but could be very good if he's fit for DGW?

                1. WE GO FOR IT
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  If it was certain that he'd play 2 games, his ownership here would be 60%+ for sure.

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

                  The DGW might be a bit early for him to get back to prime fitness & form. Great fixtures tho

                1. mynameisq
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  Will they give people's free hits back

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

                    No is the answer based on feedback and previous experience.

                2. Stormbringer22
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  Scary title, but then it concludes the article with:

                  "With low numbers of positive tests across the overwhelming majority of clubs, the league continues to have confidence in its Covid-19 protocols, fully backed by the government, to enable fixtures to be played as scheduled,"

                  Out of our control really, all we can do is just wait and plan our teams ready to hit the transfer button nearer the deadline

                3. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  It would be good for me I am not using the FH chip.

              6. OneDennisBergkamp
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                are we ever going to get an update on Charlie Taylor??

                whens next Burnley presser?

                1. Stormbringer22
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  Yeah, would be useful! Have him too

              7. The Chief
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                2fts
                A. Salah + Caylor > KDB & Cancelo
                B. DCL + Caylor > Watkins & Dias

                Already hold Stones, not playing FH, don't have enough for Dias in A.

              8. Steve McCroskey
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                I have 2 FTs and am considering binning Salah for the DGW. Is it madness to consider Salah & Bissouma > Rashford & Saka? Both play in the BGW so would give me a team of:

                Martinez

                Stones Dias

                Son / Bruno / KDB / Rashford / Saka

                DCL

              9. Hryszko
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                Would you do Salah > Son here for -4? This will mean I can field 10 for the BGW...

                I could even possibly do Bamford > Wilson but that would mean doing a -8.. No playing subs here?

                Martinez
                Dier - Stones - Holding
                Bruno - Smith Rowe - KDB - Salah (won't play)
                Bamford (won't play) - Kane - DCL

              10. Sterling Malory
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                5th mid on a FH

                A) Martinelli
                B) Saka
                C) Smith Rowe

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

                  If you will start B is the best option, for bench warming C is good enough.

              11. bitm2007
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                40 more PL players and staff have tested positive for Covid 19, double the previous weekly high. No way I'm going to be using a chip in GW18 or GW19 if we get that far this month.

                1. jesus jesus
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  Still less than 2% though ??

                  1. Rupert The Horse
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 14 days ago

                    Sorry are you asking if it’s less or is it less?

                    1. jesus jesus
                      • 9 Years
                      3 months, 14 days ago

                      There was 1574 players and staff tested - 40 positive.
                      So i'm wrong 2.5%

                    2. jesus jesus
                      • 9 Years
                      3 months, 14 days ago

                      But thats non-playing staff too

                  2. bitm2007
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 14 days ago

                    but with less than half that number we have had postponement within 24 hours of the last two GW deadlines and lost popular players from other games as well.

                  3. WE GO FOR IT
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 14 days ago

                    Less than 1% have led to 4 games being postponed so far. So, there could be more games cancelled in the 2 GWs now. Add the FA Cup fixtures where teams will go outside the PL bubble. It's risky.

                2. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  If someone uses the TC chip DGW19 and those two games go ahead - for example. And a few others fall by the wayside it could see a massive jump up the rankings.
                  He who dares wins.

              12. BNMC
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 14 days ago

                Is it just me who is worried about the FA Cup and the potential of postponements there too? Unless they adopt a policy of "you can't play, you're out" and stick to it.

                1. NateDogsCats
                    3 months, 14 days ago

                    I'd be more worried about the FA Cup games resulting in more outbreaks with the lower league teams not getting tested as regularly as PL teams. Wonder if any have considered doing what Spurs did with Leyton Orient earlier in the season and paying for their opposition's tests to cover themselves.

                2. Ajax Hamsterdam
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  On WC

                  A Ings Rodrigo and Smith Rowe
                  B Wilson bamford and saka

                  Smith rowe would be on bench from gw20

                  Thank you

                3. The Frenchie
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  A) Meslier, Steele, Chilwell
                  -GW18: /
                  -DGW19: Meslier

                  B) Meslier, Martinez, Dallas
                  -GW18: Martinez
                  -DGW19: Meslier

                  Other idea? Actually I want to keep Meslier as number 1 and I’m not really comfortable to get Martinez on the bench. So maybe Is was thinking of Darlow for GW18 and then on the bench. Or should I just get Martinez as number 1?