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It’s been a mad season, results-wise, thus far, and the upcoming Premier League fixtures are not likely to calm anything down.

But as with any (relatively) chaotic event, a bit of preparation can lead to some major dividends. And in the case of Football Index, we mean that literally.

Football Index is a kind of stock market where people use real money to bet on football.

You buy shares in individual players whose value can rise or fall depending on their performance both on and off the field.

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I’m actively using Football Index this season with more than a nod to FPL, seeing which aspects of each game marry up, and which don’t.

FI Traders, just like FPL managers, will be planning feverishly for the next two rounds of matches.

The first, FPL Gameweek 18, is a reduced set of fixtures involving just 12 teams, which will be followed by a bumper Double Gameweek 19 during which another 12 sides will play twice.

Back To The Future

To help us navigate all of that, a look back at how certain players performed during the festive period is instructive.

First up, FI’s Star Player from the January 2nd fixtures – Arsenal left-back Kieran Tierney.

The defender racked up 18 points in FPL – the highest total of Gameweek 17 – and he was suitably lauded in FI as well, with his Match Day Dividends from the 4-0 win at West Brom boosted by a Media Dividend win the next day.

Tierney has really blossomed on FI through the Christmas period, with his price up from £0.54 per share on December 20th to a peak of £1.11 on January 4th.

Arsenal are one of those sides with a Gameweek 17 fixture, home to a Crystal Palace side that’s struggled for goals on the road this season. If we consider their 5-1 win at West Brom as an outlier, Roy Hodgson’s men have just six goals from their seven other away games.

They’ve also blanked in four of them, raising the prospects of defensive returns to add to Tierney’s recent improved attacking threat.

Double Delights

What Arsenal don’t have are two fixtures in Double Gameweek 19.

Some great prospects do, however.

Chief among them, as ever, is this season’s stand-out Premier League performer in FI, Bruno Fernandes.

We’ve written plenty about the Man United midfielder’s stellar FI work recently, but his consistency needs restating.

He’s averaged more Match Day points than any other player in the league over both the last four weeks and the last three months.

And for those hesitant to buy shares in a player with a hefty share price of around £8.00, his upcoming schedule suggests more price rises are on the way.

United play three times over the next two rounds of fixtures, all of them away. That suits both the player and the side down to the ground – Fernandes has blanked in just one away game since his move to England a year ago.

Which FPL players have performed well in Football Index over the last year?

Burnley, Fulham and Liverpool await, with the latter the obviously tricky encounter.

Across town, Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is turning heads.

Playing in a more advanced role of late, the Germany international has three goals from his last four starts, bringing in a Star Player award on Boxing Day and a Match Day score average second only to Fernandes among Premier League players over the last month.

Down to £0.49 a share on Christmas Eve, he’s now available for about £0.70. That’s a price that could keep on moving up if he continues to shine across City’s next three fixtures – Brighton, Palace and Aston Villa, all at home.

It’s also worth a glance at Liverpool’s Andy Robertson, who has more top five Match Day ranks than any other  Premier League player over the last month.

Priced at £1.38 in late November, the left-back will now set you back around £2.60 a share, with a Double Gameweek 19 involving that United match-up and Burnley, both at Anfield, to come.


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469 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Jon Walter's Hatty
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    For anyone on a WC (yes I gambled on setting up for 18/19 early) I am interested on the way to tackle it. In my opinion (I know people love that phrase):

    3 City - try to cover both weeks and long term
    3 United - try to cover both weeks and long term
    Least 2 West Ham as they have a good fixture run for a bit
    Least 2 Leeds - decent double, ok fixtures
    Least 2 Arsenal - best next 2 fixtures, good form

    It then becomes a question of how many is enough for GW18 to allow an attack on the doubles. This question was answered by Villa players but sadly not anymore. Getting a rearranged Leeds or Spurs fixture into 18 is now looking remote...

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

      ...Wilson is also a decent shout as he can play then be FT'd out to another fit 6.x doubler.

    2. Baines on Toast...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      So personally I will try to field 11 for 18. I don't think it makes sense to field 10 in 18 in order to have an extra double in 19 - you end up with the same number of fixtures.

      I have also thought about the Wilson transfer idea, but I am not sure planning transfers is a good idea right now - plus he has Leeds in 20. It's easier if you plan not to BB in 19, which seems high risk given the current circumstances, though it was my original plan.

      City and United have to be the spine, and agree Arsenal in the next 2 could outscore most with doubles.

      All of this said, I have paused my planning until Mon/Tues when we have more fixture clarity.

      1. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 7 days ago

        On wc myself and have taken a break from the planning, I think when I come back to it if villa miss a game it might be a case of finding a way to get Grealish to Rashford, if the villa game is off it’s tough for us

        1. Baines on Toast...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          It's tough because you'd want them back given how many fixtures to come - could even be worth just benching Grealish, and I'm not selling Martinez having had him since week 2. But at the same time anywhere I'd love to be able to punt on Rash.

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

      I would scrap the GW19 BB idea if you're on WC in 18. I'm already starting to wean off that idea due to how many random cancellations have popped up lately. BB26 seems like it would be better and the league will have either been canceled by then due to rampant cases or completely stabilized which would make for a better BB opportunity.

      1. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 7 days ago

        This is what I’m looking at right now, have to accept that activating the wc may not have been the best decision but use this chance to set up strongly across the board for the foreseeable

        Personally didn’t have any city and only 1 United player so could still work out to be a good move

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

          Same. Using FH still leaves no City if you had none going ibn and the way they look now swayed me to early WC

      2. The Rumour Mill
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Agree with this. The biggest threat we have as FPL managers at the moment is non appearances. In a normal gameweek we have a bench to come in, on a bench boost non appearances have no contingency unfortunately. We could well see teams go from having a double to having no games at all.

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

        Yep...BB is off the menu but still want to get a fair amount of doublers in. Key question will be how many points we think those decent sgwers from Arsenal/Spurs/Wolves can get in 19. Only issue with BB26 is Europe possible rotation but so be it.

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

          As a very very rough draft:
          Leno - Messier
          AWB Dias Cancelo Coufal Tierney
          Rashford Bruno KDB Soucek Neto
          Wilson Bamford Antonio

          ...gets 9 starters in gw18 and 11 dgwers in 19. The Arsenal and Wolves outfielders have 2 decent home fixtures so they may stay for 19. Wilson maybe to Adams but not an ideal move.

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

            That looks rather bench-boosty. It's too heavy on bench imo for a WC without the intention to BB in 19.

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

              Agree - I missed the fact I had 3m over lol!

              Stuck in :Laca for Antonio and that is actually 11 starters for gw18.

  2. jammie26
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Villa liverpool tonight is ON. Will be a youth team game.

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

        yes, this was said yesterday.

        1. jammie26
            3 months, 7 days ago

            No it wasnt. Its only just been confirmed.

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

          well i guess they were only ruomours but from reliable sources.

          1. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            It wasn't rumours. The news on this yesterday was the game would go ahead as long as the youth team provided a negative test and the results only came through this morning hence confirmation of the game today.

            1. ppv
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              It's just been officially confirmed ON

              1. Corned Beef Kelly Osbourne
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                tbf it was always on, the only news would have been that its off

                1. ppv
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  Splitting hairs. It was said that it was in doubt and now it has been confirmed on

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

        spurs-fulham in 18 would make things a lot easier.

      3. Earn your Spurs
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Have any specific Villa players names been mentioned as covid positive?

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

          Not that I’ve seen - I’m a Villa fan and have obviously been searching for info (interest & FPL)

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

          Only thing mentioned in articles is that the training ground has an outbreak. The outbreak is large.

          https://sports.yahoo.com/aston-villa-confirm-liverpool-fa-113731749.html

      4. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Would you be happy fielding these players for BGW18 or use the Free Hit assuming Villa vs Spurs is off and no other games are rescheduled for GW18?

        Dias Cancelo Kilman Mitchel
        Bruno KDB
        DCL Brewster

        1. Earn your Spurs
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          My dilemma too. I've 12 players if they play, otherwise 8 :-

          Ederson
          Maguire, Saiss, Stones, Lowton
          KDB, Bruno, Saka

          I think I'll save my FH unless we hear of more cancellations

          1. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Yeah you can definitely save the FH with that setup.

        2. thegaffer82
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          My initial thoughts are that I'm just going to try and get through 18 without chips, even if Spurs v Villa is off. Whatever happens, it's only one week of the season and many others will have left their team as is... so hopefully won't be too big a red arrow.

          I'll have...

          Cancelo - Mitchell - Holding
          KDB - Bruno - Sterling
          .....Brewster

          Awful (especially the lone striker 🙁 )

          1. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            The state of our teams is pretty similar for this gameweek.
            Its the Free Hitters we have to worry about mainly. They will will own the differentials like Sterling, Rashford, Laca/Auba.
            Otherwise im also tempted to save it for later as I can see more blanks and doubles causing chaos.

        3. Team Bobcat
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          It is as good as any whom are not Free hitting

          1. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Yes I agree with that. Just wondering if its worth Free Hitting to get differentials like Sterling, Rashford & Laca.

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        • 2 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

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

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

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

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

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

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              • 2 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

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          • 10 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

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        5. The Fantasy Doctor
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 7 days ago

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

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

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      6. BigKeith
          3 months, 7 days ago

          1ft 0.1itb
          Martinez (Steer)
          Mitchell, Stones, Coufal (Dallas, Dunne)
          Son, Salah, KDB, Rashford, Soucek
          Brewster, Kane (Bamford)

          Not using FH because I think I have a squad to survive GW18, should i though do Salah>Fernandes and then switch back for GW19?

          Cheers

          1. Team Bobcat
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            I think you should look at it closer deadline to see lay of the land. In similar boat and thats what I will be doing.

            You dont have a whole pile of wriggle room and salah out and back again might not be affordable. Assess next week

          2. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Yes I would do that move but when you say switch back, who do you plan to transfer out in 19?

            1. BigKeith
                3 months, 7 days ago

                it would have to be bruno unfortunately i wouldn't be able to afford salah otherwise

                1. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  In GW19 I would downgrade Kane to Watkins/ Rodrigo and upgrade Rashford to Bruno. Bruno, KDB and Salah are the 3 main players you need in your team imo

                  1. BigKeith
                      3 months, 7 days ago

                      Yeah if the spurs vs villa game is off i'll probs use the FH anyway, but you're right about those 3 for sure

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

              The real question is whether Villa v Everton will be on? Villa will have had no time to train if have to quarantine for 10 days

              1. Team Bobcat
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                The ground is shifting so fast and often that villa eve is almost too far away to think about. Story of this season sadly

                1. ppv
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  Indeed but I have 3 Villa players and will bench them if only playing Man City in DGW

            3. Little Red Lacazette
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              https://twitter.com/SkySportsNews/status/1347494594582294528

              Yeah, Villa-Liv game will go on tonight.

              1. thegaffer82
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                Doesn’t really give us any indication on the Prem game going ahead though.

                Villa won’t be as prepared to just field their U23’s in the Prem

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

                  Agree. Seems fair to play the kids in the cup as Liverpool had to last year - revenge?

                  PL is a diff matter though, expect the Villa game to be off at least this week.. waiting until deadline day to do any changes though

                2. Little Red Lacazette
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  That is true.

                3. Pegboy
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  Feels unlikely to go ahead at this point.

                4. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  True, but I think them willing to put out youngsters in this game lowers their buying power on getting the Prem game called off

                  1. ppv
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    Villa agreed to Newcastle game being called off. No way will they be forced to play U23 in PL

                    1. KAPTAIN KANE
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 7 days ago

                      Shame really, undermines what was thought to be originally agreed

                  2. Baines on Toast...
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    I don't think this will have any bearing.

                  3. thegaffer82
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    Perhaps, but I think the PL won't have a leg to stand on after allowing City & Fulham to call off theirs, with what sounds like lesser Covid outbreaks in their squad

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

                  Obviously safety is paramount, but the fixture pile up Spurs are going to face later on in the season is also unfair if they continue to progress in the cups.

                  I guarantee there won't be any sympathy to their situation when the time comes when they have to play something like 8 games in 17 days.

            4. King Henrik
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Free hit ..

              Ddg
              Tierney Saiss Dias
              Kdb Bruno Saka Son Foden
              Kane Lacazette

              Forster Mitchell Davis Douglas

              1. Pegboy
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                Needs a much, much stronger bench.

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

                  agree

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

              For those who had planned to bb in gw19.

              If that becomes impossible to implement, would you use triple captain instead (kdb - assuming villa play the 2nd of their gw19 fixtires)

              Thanks

              1. Karan14
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                I just dont feel like using any chips when there is a slight chance of any game being called off even after deadline.

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

                  Reasonable point. Frustrating to have prepared my squad for bb and for it now to be in jeopardy! Same for many of us!!

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

                Probably won't risk the TC chip.

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

                would rather risk the BB chip then the tc chip

              4. thegaffer82
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                I was always planning to TC in 19 anyway. But, I do want to say, that I'm still sticking to that.

                I'm gunna TC KDB, and perhaps a City game will get postponed, hell, maybe both will. But Covid isn't going anywhere for a while (until well after the season is done and dusted), so it's just an occupational hazard now.

              5. The Sociologist
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                Was always going to TC, probably still will.

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

              I am thinking that there is a chance of the match Villa vs Spurs in gw18 be postponed with not having the match Spurs vs Fulham. It means Spurs getting blanked in gw18. It may be more interesting.

              1. Karan14
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                There is a very high chance of this happening.

            7. rnrd
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              postponements/uncertainties aside, which is your preferred option from 19 included to 25?

              A - Salah + Che Adams
              B - Rashford + Ings

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

                B

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

                  as a saints fan (avatar?) aren't you worried about Ings game time?

                  Sou play on Jan 26, Jan 30, Feb 2, Feb 6

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

                    nope, and he'll far outscore adams

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

              How's this Free Hit GW18 looking (assuming all the fixtures remain on!)?

              Leno
              Holding, Shaw, Cancelo
              Bruno, Son, Saka, KDB, Sterling
              Martial, Wilson
              Bench: Sanchez, Yedlin, Brewster, Mitchell
              £0.4m ITB

            9. Baines on Toast...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Madness that Villa did not play Burnley in week one. Gave them both an extra fixture pile-up for no reason.

              1. Rupert The Horse
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                That’s some atomic hindsight.

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

                  Atomic Hindsight - great name for a band.

                  1. Rupert The Horse
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    Let’s do it. I’m on the pubic banjo.

              2. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                Man City v Villa and Man U v Burnley were the postponed games due to European games from last season and the Manchester clubs needing a minimum 3 week break.

                1. Black Knights
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  Yeah. Baines is saying they could've just made Villa and Burnley play each other at that point (as they had no reason for a further break) just to get the fixture out the way. Would leave just a Man derby to rearrange, rather than 2 games.

            10. Ginola14
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Why can Villa play Liverpool but Spurs game is in doubt?
              There is a feeling among Premier League clubs that there would be an issue with the integrity of the competition if Villa were forced to field a side of youth-team players against Spurs on Wednesday.

              1. Ginola14
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                Yeah its called double standards

                1. ppv
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  Desperation from a Spurs fan to play against Villa's kids rather than Grealish and co?

                  1. Ginola14
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    Not at all, i actually think villa shouldn't be forced to field their youth team in the cup and the league

                  2. Ginola14
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    Nice attempt at a strawman tho

                  3. ppv
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    No time to reschedule and only 3rd round. If it was a quarter or semi final maybe they'd find time to rearrange

              2. Rupert The Horse
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                It’ll just be cancelled if that’s the case. Fine for the cup as it’s just the cup.

                1. Ginola14
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  So what they're saying is the prem has integrity but the cup doesn't?

                  1. Rupert The Horse
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    Yes.

                  2. Rupert The Horse
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    In the PL it isn’t allowed to even field a weaker team. Managers get in big trouble over it. Whereas with cups you can just stick out whatever side you want, alluding to it be by definition less important.

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

                      Not any more, not as long as the bulk are from the 25-man squad.

                      1. ppv
                        • 10 Years
                        3 months, 7 days ago

                        Villa would have 0 players from 25 man squad available.Even the best kids have been training with the first team and are unavailable.

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

                          Depends on the next round of tests, doesn't it? Bodymoor Heath could quite conceivably be open tomorrow or Monday.

                          1. ppv
                            • 10 Years
                            3 months, 7 days ago

                            Don't the players have to complete 10 days quarantine?

              3. thegaffer82
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                To be honest, in the Cup, a lot of the Prem sides play their U23'S anyway. So, if the U23's are Covid free then it makes a lot of sense to just get the game out of the way.

                If they were then forced to do that in the Prem (where maybe one or two of the U23's might just get a place on the bench), then it would be massively unfair - especially considering Newcastle, City & Fulham have all been given a postponement due to Covid.

            11. Tomsk
                3 months, 7 days ago

                Is Gundogan a waste of Man City asset?
                Has his role in team changed in recent weeks as seems to be getting into the box a lot more? (seem to remember him getting goals when first at City).
                I still think better assets but he's very cheap and as nailed as most others.

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

                  I think they intend for Gundo to be the David Silva replacement in the short term. Prefer Foden as a cheap City asset personally.

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

                  Still think that City midfield could be a rotation minefield...

                3. Tomsk
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    Seems to have more of a license to get forward at moment. He also seems to know what he's doing when playing more offensively, he takes up good positions and good finisher. With Fernandinho knocking on I think he's pretty nailed(prob still more than Foden).

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

                  Assuming Tot vs Villa is off and Tot vs Ful is scheduled instead, would you FH this or save the chip for later? Will have 8 starters but that includes Taylor/Burke so effectively only 6. have 2FTs and 0m itb

                  Taylor, Stones, Cancelo -- Dallas Coufal
                  KDB, Bruno, Son, Burke -- Salah
                  DCL --- Bamford Watkins

                  A: FH18 and get 11 out in 19 with 1 hit
                  B: Salah + Watkins >> Rashford + Lacazette. but would mean taking 2 hits in gw19 to get 11 doublers

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

                    "and Tot vs Ful is scheduled instead"
                    This is a huge slice of wishful thinking. It won't happen. Fulham play the following Friday, Tottenham play the preceding Monday.

                5. Steve The Spud
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  If saving chips for 26/29

                  That’s about 7 weeks away, do we think the Covid situation would have improved a lot by then or it will just be the same lottery ?

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

                    Hopefully it’s improves, but who knows mate.

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

                    I think it'll be better by then. But hard to say right now in truth..

                  3. Party time
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    No one can give you an answer to this question except covid himself

                    1. Steve The Spud
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 7 days ago

                      We feast regardless?

                      1. Party time
                        • 2 Years
                        3 months, 7 days ago

                        We always do. We feast in abundance

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

                          Tends to be a lot of feasting and moving on here - must be a lot of indigestion about...

                          1. Party time
                            • 2 Years
                            3 months, 7 days ago

                            Lmaoo 😆

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

                    Have to wonder what the Europe implications are too...travel etc...

                  5. Karan14
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    It will hopefully improve.

                  6. thegaffer82
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    I think the Covid situation will improve with the weather. As it gets hotter, we go out more and out vitamin D levels increase, we get fresh air and generally people's immune system picks up.

                    Unfortunately waiting for the vaccine to sort everything out is not an option in the short term

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

                      Covid situation has already experienced a hotter weather once, the 2020 summer.

                      1. thegaffer82
                        • 9 Years
                        3 months, 7 days ago

                        Yep, and that was the best period we've had (R rate down, lockdown lifted, cases in community pretrty low) since Covid emerged.

                        I'm not saying Covid will dissapear with the good weather, just that things will improve.

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

                          And then a new strain came along, not sure that's weather related.

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

                    No one actually knows in this planet.

                  8. El Fenomeno R9
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    Yeah lottery,all follow Crelin but this is not normal season.
                    We can see fixtures moved a lot,dont know much but anything can happen even BGW29 could be normal GW if FA fixtures are moved...who knows

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

                    With Boris and Hancock at the wheel, what could possibly go wrong?

                6. Danno - Emre Canada
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  Just the 25m loss for Haller and at 4m per goal corrrr

                  1. Rupert The Horse
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    Yeah that’s pretty huge.

                  2. Miguel Sanchez
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    Spent cost. 25m is a great sale price for Haller given what he has done at West Ham.

                  3. The Sociologist
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    No one was ever going to pay what they paid given the season he’s had.

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

                  Wood->Arnautovic in gw19?

                  1. Party time
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    No brainer

                  2. thegaffer82
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    Is he match fit? Will he go straight into the team? Will he play anywhere near 90 mins?

                    I wouldn't risk it personally

                8. The VAR Team
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  If Spurs and Villa don't play this week I'll be left with 7 players without hits

                  Cancelo Holding
                  KDB Bruno Zaha Saka
                  DCL

                  Surely that's a FH even though I lose my 2 FT?

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

                    With two frees you can get to 9 players which is enough to see you through. I'd save.

                    1. The VAR Team
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 7 days ago

                      Sadly this team is after the free transfers haha. Otherwise I'd agree with you

                9. mcsteely
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  If Villa Spurs is off I lose three players from my carefully planned GW18 side. Would you free hit this?

                  (Mendy, Forster)
                  Cancelo, Stones (Dier, Targett, Cresswell)
                  KDB, Bruno, Rashford, Riedewald, (Son)
                  DCL (Adams, Bamford)

                  7 players have a game. Already taken a -4

                  1. thegaffer82
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    You'll have a slightly better team than mine

                    I honestly have no idea what I'm going to do if the Spurs v Villa game is off. I just know that I'm loathe to use the FH (or WC) when I've spent weeks fomenting my strategy and making transfers for no FH 18

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

                      same. if another game goes then will have to reconsider again but for now hold firm

                  2. Karan14
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    No. I think your team is good enough to save Free Hit.

                  3. The VAR Team
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    I would free hit this as you're already on a hit and team doesn't look great. Not sure Riedewald counts as a player 😉

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

                      you're right, he doesn't. So thats 6 players inc 3 City.

                      If I do Free Hit will have to take another hit next week to get cancelo in as already did that move

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

                  If you had told me just a month or so ago that my season would be crucially affected by Arsenal picks I would have laughed you out of town...funny old game...

                  1. thegaffer82
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    On the grand scheme of things - your season will NOT be crucially affected by Arsenal picks.

                    Your GW18 will be crucially affected, for sure. But Arsenal will probably win 1-0 / 2-1 and the Arsenal players you have will score a handful of points. Nice if you have them, not the end of the world if you don't. No biggie!

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

                      Was a bit melodramatic, very unlike posts on this site lol.

                      My season was probably more affected by Son to Bruno in GW2. Would of kept Son after his 4 goals and the rest is history (bad rank history).

                      1. thegaffer82
                        • 9 Years
                        3 months, 7 days ago

                        Haha... Yes, I did the exact same thing getting rid of Son.

                        I'm still sore with Maureen for making out like Sonny had done his hammy.

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

                          Every time Son scores and does that celebration it feels like it is directed purely at me!

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

                        Yeah... It's the decisions you make early on that have a big butterfly effect on future ones.

                        Picking Rashford over Bruno in GW6 cost me 50+ points I worked out. And for one week gaffes, Son > Mahrez in GW4 with the non-existent hamstring injury cost me a further 30 or so once you add up the knock-on effect of the extra hits I had to take to get Son back and the players I couldn't get due to further hits.

                        Painful.

                        I was on the right track with the bulk of my preseason homework but didn't follow-through correctly. Frustrating. Next season, I'm gonna wildcard early again, but not make as many early transfers and stick to my preseason homework.

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

                          Similar here. Talked up Jose second season effect in preseason but ditched Son hours before GW1. 50-70 points lost there, also led to me WCing GW3 and removing Vardy before his 17 pointer away at City. Brutal!

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

                            I know its early on but that move took me from 1.5m to 4.5m in one week. Has taken till now to reach GW1 rank.

                11. Party time
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  Keyser Söze. What a Lad! Absolutely essential

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

                    And I like that, he's gone

                    1. Party time
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 7 days ago

                      🙂

                12. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  What price (and position) would Arnautovic be if he returns to West Ham?

                  6.0 Forward?

                  1. Would Ed Woodward
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    Is that a serious rumour? I read that he's on 300k a week, he must be taking a huge pay cut to rejoin plus he left in acrimonious circumstances.

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

                      He did well under Moyes last time and not sure they can rely on Antonio's fitness

                  2. Party time
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    I don’t see that move happening but probably 7.0m Forward

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

                    zero chance

                  4. The Sociologist
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    Probably around the DCL price point

                13. aapoman
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  If(!) Spurs v Villa gets replaced by Spurs v Fulham is 7 players enough for gw18 after 2ft? Really would not want to use FH

                  1. thegaffer82
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    It's not gunna happen.

                    And you know how I know it won't happen?

                    Because that would be too good to be true, and life is just not like that 😉

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

                      If it won't happen I'll only have 5 players for gw18 after 2ft. Hoping for the best that I won't get cancelled!

                      1. thegaffer82
                        • 9 Years
                        3 months, 7 days ago

                        Oh don’t worry! Loads of us screwed if that game is off. My team in 18 will be a shambles

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

                    I keep reading this piece of wishful thinking. It only gives Fulham 2 days rest before their Friday fixture with Chelsea. It won't happen.

                14. bitm2007
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  Manchester City owner buys another trophy.

                  https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/55586021

                  It's the oldest surviving FA Cup.

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

                    Says the Chelsea fan lol

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

                  The legend Collin Quaner off to St Mirren...

                  1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    Looking at his career record, you wonder what they are thinking.

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

                  Class .Man City buying the first FA Cup trophy they won in 1904 and loaning it back to the National Football Museum where I hope to see it post lockdown

                  1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    before reading the article I assumed it was one taht had been one by PNE or Old Etonians or whatever that they were just going to sneak into the City trophy cabinet and hope nobody noticed.

                    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 7 days ago

                      Apologies for spelling. Not drunk.