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Free Hit managers set to snap up Sterling as Man City declare him fit for Blank Gameweek 18

Raheem Sterling (£11.4m) looks set to be available for Manchester City as they host Brighton in Blank Gameweek 18.

The premium Fantasy Premier League midfielder missed out on the FA Cup win over Birmingham on Sunday because he was “not fully fit” but Pep Guardiola gave a more positive update in his Tuesday afternoon press conference.

The Manchester City manager did not mention Sterling by name but, after ruling out Aymeric Laport (£6.0m) and Nathan Aké (£5.4m), as well as reminding us who is currently self-isolating, he declaring the rest of his squad were “okay”.

“(Aymeric) Laporte is injured, Nathan (Aké) is injured. Eric (Garcia) is solitary, Cole Palmer is solitary. The rest, maybe I forget someone, but the rest are okay.”

Pep Guardiola

That is apart from Sergio Aguero (£10.3m), of course, who Guardiola revealed to be in quarantine. Pep added: “Aguero is in quarantine. I think after nine or ten days he will be back.”

Those interested in Manchester City assets will be encouraged by Graham Potter’s latest injury update.

Brighton will be without two forwards in Danny Welbeck (£5.5m) and Aaron Connolly (£5.2m) for the Blank Gameweek 18 trip to the Etihad Stadium.

Central midfield could also prove a problem for them with Yves Bissouma (£4.5m) suspended, Adam Lallana (£6.2m) ruled out and Steven Alzate (£4.3m) a slight doubt. If Ben White (£4.4m) were to step into the position alongside Davy Pröpper (£4.8m) that could see Dan Burn (£4.2m) return to the back-three even after a torrid time against Wolves last time out.

Everton’s attack could arrive at Wolves at less than full-strength based on Carlo Ancelotti’s injury update on Monday. 

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Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.8m) has been ruled out of Blank Gameweek 18 by a hamstring injury that he carried through the Gameweek 17 defeat to West Ham.

While the Everton manager revealed it was not an “important” injury, he wants to protect the player from doing any further damage, considering he supposedly has very little experience with hamstring problems.

Meanwhile, Richarlison (£7.8m) is a doubt for Blank Gameweek 18, requiring a decision after this week’s pre-match training session regarding an unspecified problem.

“Pickford is okay. Richarlison we have to wait at training today to make a decision. Calvert-Lewin is not available. Hamstring problem. No (there is no timescale). I think soon he can recover. He never had this kind of injury, he was not able to judge himself. He played all the (West Ham) game. This means that’s not an important injury but we want to keep him safe and when he comes back to be 100%.”

Carlo Ancelotti

Wolves are not without their own injury issues with Willy Boly (£5.4m), Marçal (£4.8m) and Daniel Podence (£5.5m) ruled out of Blank Gameweek 18 along with long-term absentees Jonny (£5.4m) and Raúl Jiménez (£8.2m).

Manager Nuno Espirito Santo revealed: “We still have Jonny (injured), Willy Boly out and Marcal out. We have some problems.”

The best Arsenal players to consider for a Blank Gameweek 18 Free Hit squad

Any Fantasy managers worried about Rob Holding‘s (£4.5m) chances of starting in Blank Gameweek 18 can take encouragement from Mikel Arteta’s most recent injury update.

During his Monday press conference, the Arsenal manager revealed that centre-back Gabriel (£5.0m) would have to be assessed ahead of Thursday’s meeting with Crystal Palace considering, at the time, he had not yet returned to training following his period of self-isolation.

“He’s missed a few weeks of training because he had to isolate. It’s better now. We expect him to be training with us and couple of days and we will make an assessment whether we can have him or not on Thursday.”

Mikel Arteta

Considering Holding has started 10 of the last 11 Premier League matches for Arsenal, his place seems safe, while Pablo Mari (£4.4m) has featured in each of the last three when Arsenal took nine points from a possible nine.
The Gunners’ front-four of Alexandre Lacazette (£8.3m), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.3m), Emile Smith Rowe (£4.4m) and Bukayo Saka (£5.3m) is likely to go unchanged for Blank Gameweek 18 too.
That’s because the Gunners still did not know enough about Gabriel Martinelli‘s (£4.9m) ankle problem on Monday.

“Well, we don’t know how bad (the ankle) is. (Martinelli) is getting a scan this morning. We didn’t look after the game because he was in a lot of pain. Yesterday he tested a little bit better. So let’s hope, we have a scan today, that it’s not serious and we can have him back soon. But we will know more tomorrow certainly.”

Mikel Arteta

Meanwhile, Thomas Partey (£4.9m) could be involved after building up match fitness in the wake of his self-isolation.

“Thomas (Partey) has been in full training for the last four or five days. He’s completely asymptomatic. It would (have been) a little rushed to play him against Newcastle but I think he will be ready for Thursday.”

Mikel Arteta

Manchester United will be able to recall Luke Shaw (£4.8m) and Victor Lindelöf  (£4.8m) for their trip to Burnley tonight as the two players completed a full training session on Monday.

The return of the latter could be well-timed considering Eric Bailly (£4.9m) could only manage partial participation in training following a neck injury in the FA Cup and requires assessment ahead of Blank Gameweek 18.
Meanwhile, Marcus Rashford (£9.6m) could enjoy a welcome return to his favoured left-attacking-midfield role as Paul Pogba (£7.7m) is also a slight doubt for the Burnley game.

“All of them trained today. Paul (Pogba) and Eric (Bailly) didn’t do all of it but Luke (Shaw) and Victor (Lindelof) did, so I’ve got a decent amount of players to pick from. Let’s see with Paul and Eric how they are tomorrow.”

Mikel Arteta

Sean Dyche will have Nick Pope (£5.4m) back in goal when Manchester United visit Turf Moor tonight but will have to make late calls on left-back Charlie Taylor (£4.5m) as well as Jay Rodriguez (£5.8m) and Dwight McNeil (£5.7m).

“Nick Pope is fine, Charlie Taylor is touch and go, along with Jay Rodriguez and Dwight McNeil. We’re still waiting on news for Kevin Long’s ankle knock.”

Sean Dyche

Central midfield could present a problem for Burnley as Dyche must “wait and see” whether Ashley Westwood (£5.3m) and Josh Brownhill (£4.9m) can be involved. Josh Benson (£4.5m), Dale Stephens (£4.3m) and Jack Cork (£5.0m) are available but combine for just 480 Premier League minutes this season.

“We’ll wait and see on Ashley Westwood, Josh Brownhill, Jimmy Dunne and Bailey Peacock-Farrell, but we’re really hopeful.”

Sean Dyche

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder kept his cards close to his chest ahead of the visit of Newcastle to Bramall Lane, grouping George Baldock (£5.0m), Enda Stevens (£5.0m), Phil Jagielka (£4.0m), Billy Sharp (£5.5m) and Lys Mousset (£5.8m). together in one blanket, rather unhelpful, update.

“We’d like to think some of those five will be (available). It will be touch and go on a couple. Hopefully, all five will be available for the weekend. We don’t know on two or three of those players if Tuesday night comes too early for those players.”

Chris Wilder

There were very few injury updates to come out of Spurs and Fulham’s press conferences. Erik Lamela (£5.7m) appears to be available but Jose Mourinho wants to make a decision on him considering the recent off-the-field issues while Giovani Lo Celso (£6.9m) remains out for several weeks.

“He’s injured. He’s out [for] a few weeks.”

Jose Mourinho

Meanwhile, Scott Parker revealed that there were no injury updates in the Fulham camp.

“Everyone is fine. There isn’t an injury update as such. The lads coming back from injury (Onomah, Kongolo and Tete) came out well on Saturday.”

Scott Parker

Crystal Palace’s pre-match press conference for their trip to Arsenal is due to take place on Wednesday – after the Blank Gameweek 18 deadline.

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1,140 Comments Post a Comment
  1. burnhilla
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Does Leeds have a DGW19 or is it still unclear?

      1. TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        We won’t know before deadline.

        I’d say 80% likely fixture is delayed

        1. burnhilla
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Thanks a lot!

        2. Rains of Castamere
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Looking unlikely

        3. Bad Kompany
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Have it for now but match vs Southampton could be moved. Unclear

        4. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          I think they will go to a SGW

      2. Bad Kompany
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Chances of martial and Foxes starting?

        1. Bad Kompany
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Foden

        2. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Foxes?

          1. Bad Kompany
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Foden. Stupid autocorrect

        3. Pukki Party
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          No game for Leicester unfortunately

      3. BobbyDoesNotLook
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Steffen or Ederson starting?

        1. Bad Kompany
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Ederson

      4. yanky
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Lloris
        Stones Tierney Maguire
        KDB Bruno Son Saka

        a) Cancelo Rashford Kane
        b) Sterling Wilson Lacazette

      5. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        What are the odds Cancelo starts tomorrow?

        1. Rains of Castamere
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          80%

        2. Pukki Party
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          90%

        3. FantasyHero
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Why wouldn't he start ?

        4. In Bale We Trust
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          80%

      6. Klip Klopp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Thoughts on my final FH draft?

        Leno
        Dier, Stones, Cancelo
        Son, Saka, Bruno, KDB
        Kane, Laca, Wilson

        Bench: Foster, Yedlin, Lookman, 4.0 defender

      7. Tarzan
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Rate my FH team
        Darlow - 4.0
        Maguire - Tierney - Stones - Mitchel - 3.8
        KDB - Rashford - Son(C) - Neto - Saka
        Lacazette - Kane - Wilson

        1. OLLY G
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Darlow might not start.....

        2. dark91
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Which of the front 8 will you bench?

      8. Reacher
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Lloris
        Cancelo, Stones, Tierney, Shaw
        KDB, Bruno,Son,
        Kane(c), Laca, Wilson

        ESM first on my bench, the rest are fodder

        Thoughts?

      9. Westfield Irons ⭐️
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Is Luke Shaw too risky for a Free Hit?
        WIll he start?

        1. Pukkipartyy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Wondering same!

      10. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Best option out of these?

        A. Tierney ESR
        B. Holding Saka

        1. Cowboy John
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          A

      11. Atimis
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Rashford, Martial or Laca as a final call?

        1. The Road to Turfdom
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Rash

      12. Abaddon
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Help please.

        A) Smith Rowe and Cresswell
        B) Saka and Coufal

      13. The Red Devil
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Laca or Wilson? (For this GW only)

      14. ShaunGoater123
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Fabio Silva or Andy Carroll in a 3-5-2?

        i know both are horrendous so lesser of two evils please!

        1. The Rumour Mill
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Big Andy!

        2. Pukki Party
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          I'm not answering this

          1. ShaunGoater123
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            ha ha, kinda fair enough!

            alternative is 4-5-1. basically comes down to:

            A) Ramsdale / Holding - 4-5-1
            B) Leno / Silva or Carroll 3-5-2

      15. All about the galacticos
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Which scores more
        A) Dias & Saka
        B) Gundogan & Saiss

      16. wantsharptv
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        A. Yedlin Stones Sterling
        B. Tierney Cancelo Rashford

        I'm torn

        Thanks

        1. Spg76
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          B looks like more points on offer

      17. FantasyHero
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        The person I'm facing in H2H will likely use his FH which would cancel out all my players. Worth taking a risk and captaining Cancelo or Wilson?

        Cancelo Dier Mitchell
        Son KDB Bruno
        Kane Wilson

        I got this team after a -8 hit

      18. Jellyfish
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Locked in...

        Leno
        AWB Saiss Stones
        Son KDB* Bruno Rash Saka
        Kane Laca

        Good luck everyone..

        1. Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Lloris and Holding over Leno and Saiss?

      19. Gazwaz80
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 18 days ago

        https://apple.news/AKc20OqDxTzyYgMdDLgPDMw
        I’m confused about Cancelo, will he play the full 90 or not :/

        1. OptimusBlack
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Same Question

        2. Machine_Gunnerz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 18 days ago

          He will start for sure

      20. Weasel Boy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Sterling worth getting in now he's fit?

        1. Pukki Party
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          He's in my team.

          1. Weasel Boy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Cool

        2. Avery
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Massive upside to it

      21. Slim25
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Thoughts on this FH team?
        Lloris
        Tierney, Cancelo, AWB
        Bruno, KDB (C), Son, Gundo, Saka
        Laca, Kane

        Cheers!

      22. Obi Wan Elokobi
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        I’ve just seen Free Hit is trending on Twitter. Fantasy is very serious this year

      23. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Locked in. GL all.

        Lloris (4.0)
        Cancelo Tierney a Saiss (Yedlin Bogle)
        KDB(c) Bruno Son Gundogan (ESR)
        Kane Lacazette Wilson

        🙂

        1. Tsparkes10
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Very similar. GL 🙂 hopefully Wilson blanks

      24. Van der Faart
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Repost.

        G2G FH?

        Lloris
        Saiss Cancelo Tierney (AWB Mitchell)
        KDB Son Bruno Gundo Neto
        Kane Wilson (Brewster)

        1. Hog Roast Junkie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Looks good

      25. Tsparkes10
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        A) Shaw/AWB, Lloris
        B) Aurier/Dier, De gea

        1. Van der Faart
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          A with AWB

      26. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Best forward that has two games in gw19?

      27. Tinmen
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Will Foden be back to the bench guys ?

        1. FPLShaqiri
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          No idea. I'd guess start if forced to guess

      28. Hog Roast Junkie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Which order would you pick these in?
        A. Maguire (bur)
        B. Saiss (EVE)
        C. Saka (CPL)

        1. FPLShaqiri
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          CAB

      29. FPLShaqiri
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Got 0.1 extra to spend on FH. What is the best way to spend it?

        Lloris
        Stones Dias Tierney
        KDB Bruno Rashford Saka
        Kane Laca Wilson
        (Verrips/Yedlin/Anguissa/Mitchell)

      30. BinManJack
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        a) Saka & Holding
        b) ESR & Dier

        Already have Tierney

        1. Weasel Boy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          B