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McCarthy returns as Walcott starts up-front for Southampton

Alex McCarthy (£4.7m) returns to the Southampton side following his period of self-isolation.

Despite just one Double Gameweek 19 fixture, the goalkeeper is still owned by 19.5% of Fantasy managers who have only seen him miss one Premier League match this season – the Gameweek 17 win over Liverpool.

McCarthy faces a Leicester side that rested Jamie Vardy (£10.2m) and James Maddison (£7.1m) in the FA Cup although the entire Saints squad were not involved in the third round due to Shrewsbury’s recent coronavirus outbreak.

Danny Ings (£8.3m) is missing due to his own period of self-isolation which means Theo Walcott (£5.8m) moves forward to start as a striker alongside the returning Che Adams (£6.0m).

With a number of long-term absentees on the flanks, Will Smallbone (£4.4m) comes in to provide width with Stuart Armstrong (£5.5m) while Ibrahima Diallo (£4.5m) is in for Oriol Romeu (£4.5m).

Leicester keep faith with Timothy Castagne (£5.7m) and James Justin (£5.0m) in the full-back positions although Ricardo Pereira (£5.9m) is back on the bench after a considerable length of absence.

Çaglar Söyüncü (£5.3m) is also among the substitutes as he continues ramping up to full match fitness, which means another start at centre-back for Jonny Evans (£5.5m) and Wesley Fofana (£5.0m).

Leicester City XI (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Castagne, Fofana, Evans, Justin; Ndidi, Tielemans; H Barnes, Maddison, Albrighton; Vardy.

Southampton XI (4-4-2): A McCarthy; Bertrand, J Stephens, Bednarek, Walker-Peters; Smallbone, I Diallo, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong; Walcott, Adams.

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1,331 Comments Post a Comment
  1. pundit of punts
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    At least we got Werner on FH.

    Imagine getting him for a hit. LR must be going nuts.

    1. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Sufferings of young Werner.

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      He’s doubling down on his punts at the minute and it’s not coming off. A minus 8 and still playing Keenan Davis is pretty scandalous.

      1. pundit of punts
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        This too

      2. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Davis is a one week thing I think, Mitchell starts for the next few but yeah he's getting a major red most likely

      3. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Also feel like he's basically ignored the DGW/BGW when that should be a ticket to major rank gains. Zoph handled it far better with a similar strategy

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          He has all his chips though which could be big come the season reckoning but he could be well down on the pack to really make a difference

    3. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Silver linings

    4. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      FPL player has bad season shock...happens to us all eventually.

    5. COK3Y5MURF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      We? Didn't even consider him on FH

  2. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Don't watch Leicester a lot, does James Justin overlap Albrighton sometimes ?
    Hoping for some attacking returns from young full back.

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Yeah he's very attacking

      1. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Fingers crossed then.

    2. Big Ronnie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Yeah gets forward lots. Probably last good week to own him though with Pereira back on the bench tonight.

  3. shady4revr
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Chilwell no assist given? Why?

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Wasn't a shot at goal.

      1. Bonus magnet
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Saw keeper punching it out , what was it ?

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          A cross

          1. PoldervogelsUit
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 12 days ago

            What happens if the goalie doesn't stop the ball? Then it's a goal. So this should be an assist in my opinion.

            1. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              It wasn't going in.

          2. Bonus magnet
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Genuinely asking though, how do we determine that it’s a cross?

            Chilwell may have had a weak shot

            1. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              A cross is something off target.

              1. Bonus magnet
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                But had keeper not punched, that ball it would have gone in so isn’t it on target

                Confused now

                Hope you don’t mind my direct responses to you -they are not personal but at least you’re responding to questions others just say no chance but not explaining

        2. @ocprodigy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Cross. Didn’t arrive at intended destination.

    2. Maddamotha
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Ridiculous rules. A rebounded shot is an assist, an actual try of an assist is rebounded and is not..

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        The GK helped the assist, without him, no goal would have happened.

        1. Bonus magnet
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          But without him, it would have been a goal had he left it

        2. Maddamotha
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Can you tell me why the VVD one was given then? Pickford also helped the assist.

  4. Deulofail
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Pretty pathetic response about distancing from Mount. Don't wanna take the passion out of the game. Celebrating a ball in a net is more important than stopping the spread of a world-crippling virus is it, you privileged twit?

    I don't really know what the effectiveness of social distancing is, given all the tests they go through and contact during the game, but he still needs to get his priorities right and demonstrate it to the world. Get some perspective etc.

    1. Traction Engine Foot
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I have to say, the stereotype of footballers being idiots is not completely unfounded..

      1. Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Bunch of spineless parrots!

    2. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Behave yourself. They get tested twice a week at least and are in a bubble whilst coming into close contact with team mates during training and games, this celebration thing is a nonsense and to appease the man in the street who can’t distinguish between a footballer in a bubble to them not being able to see family and friends

      1. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Sadly a lot of idiots can't though, so if they can help they should.

        Hats off to werner for avoiding the situation completely.

      2. Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        What do you mean? I didn't say they should be distancing (or that they shouldn't). That wasn't the point of my post.

        His response indicated that the team's priority should be to hug each other, regardless of the implications or effectiveness of distancing.

        And managers have backed up that sentiment by saying they think it's impossible for footballers not to hig and kiss each other in the moment of celebrations. Not very inspiring. We've reached the limit of human potential folks!

        Think that was Pep? And another manager? I heard it from pundits so you're welcome to correct me.

      3. Forever In Our Shadow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        It’s simply about the example of a public figure. Mount is a public figure. So are all footballers.

        1. Deulofail
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Not to mention that if he thinks the measures are good enough without restricting their celebrations, he could just say that instead of saying that celebrating was more important or too difficlut to stop. Unfortunately, I don't think many footballers will have put much thought into it, or how to respond to questions about it.

    3. BDA Shadow
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      You're being silly, simmer down.

  5. Dark Side Of The Loon!
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    DGW not going as per plan after the bumper non FH BGW. But then, all chips still intact in a run of 10 straight greens. Blip! Move on.

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      We move!

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Yessir!

    2. elwardio
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      What’s your team? Not linked

        1. elwardio
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Big guns still to come, good luck

          1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Seriously hope they fire. James benching was a big dent. Was counting on a minimum of 6. Good luck to you too!

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Comments solicited. Any chance I can avoid a red?

        1. elwardio
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Definitely. 4 down 18 to go

    3. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Happy for you. But not all of us can say that. FH fail last week and BB used this week with Johnstone + 3 x Leeds on bench.....

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        That's rough!

        1. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Oh it gets much worse. I took a -8 to get the team together. But then confirmed it and it turned out I’d inadvertently taken a -12....

          Possible candidate for my Worst GW ever in 9 years of playing the game

          1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            All the best from here on!

            1. Don Kloppeone
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Thanks mate. Can only get better from here!

          2. Firminoooo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            This season is a constant badbeat.

            1. Don Kloppeone
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              So bad it’s hilarious

      2. Neves say Neves
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Join the club!

  6. Jon Snow
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    4 gameweeks later and downgrading Chilwell to James easily looking like one of the worst decisions I've made this season

    1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I had an option of transferring in Cresswell in a double up with Coufal. Chose James.

  7. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    LMS safety score currently 5.

    https://www.livefpl.net/LMS

  8. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    God damn it where's our Chilwell assist?!

    /s

    1. Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      No assist. The goal was after GK contact

      1. Maddamotha
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Has nothing to do with GK contact? A shot rebounded by keeper and then scored by another player is an assist in FPL.

        1. Bonus magnet
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          That’s what I thought
          Remember seeing this in a Liverpool game last season involving mane I think

          1. Camino Aleatorio
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            That Liverpool example was not an assist either - I’m taking FPL assist

            Mane blasted into the keepers chest and then Salah scored the rebound - no FPL assist given

            Many contradictions have happened. So I understand the Chillwellian outrage - maybe they change it and give you some points and bonus

    2. Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Mark are doing his magic, just wait.

  9. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    What happened to Leeds?

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      2021

    2. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Look tired to me. Brighton went to extra time in the FA Cup and played Man City midweek and they were still running rings around Leeds in the first half.

      1. Jon Walter's Hatty
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Bielsa burnout

    3. Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Would not take shots, just passed the ball excessively

      Just no bite today

    4. Groot the Leveller
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Yup, they looked very tired
      I am now pondering Bamford future.

  10. JJeyy
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Trent owned by 3% of the top10k in a double gameweek, never thought i'd be hearing that at the start of the season

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Too expensive

      1. BDA Shadow
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Guy has 45 points from over 1200 minutes, it's not just a price thing.

    2. Deulofail
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I am the 3 %.

      No wait, I'm not in the top 10k.

      Or even the top 1000k.

    3. Alisson WondHaaland
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Cant see him doing well. Though Magnus Carlsen bought him this werk so maybe...

      1. JJeyy
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Can for sure do well, United and Burnley two decent CS chances. Especially if Ole keeps his defensive approach in big games

  11. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    That was a good defensive performance. I'm gonna get a 0 from Zouma and Bamford off the bench. Hooray.

    1. JJeyy
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Same happened to me with Balbuena, as he got rested a sudden Dawson resurgence.

    2. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Really?
      Thought Fulham looked dangerous before red card.
      Chelsea fortunate tonight imo

    3. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      That’s just really unlucky those guys were benched. You’d think Leeds players would be decent backup as well

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Yeah it's fine. It could've been way worse. I was contemplating a -8 and a bench boost. That would've been a disaster.

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Always a silver lining 🙂

        2. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          True. I’ve seen a few -12s to BB three Leeds players!

          1. Blzbobuk
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            I bench boosted with 2 Leeds and Johnstone

          2. Don Kloppeone
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Just don’t mate 😆

        3. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Rub it in why don’t you. I am that disaster this week 😆

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            If I did it, I'd effectively be bench boosting: Johnstone, Zouma, James and Dallas (assuming the two Chelsea defenders don't play the next one either) for a total of 2 points and still have Bamford in the XI.

            1. Don Kloppeone
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Camzy I can one up any disaster mate.

              I played what I thought was an unprecedented -8 to set up my bench boost. Confirmed it and it turned out I’d taken a -12....

              My bench on BB was Johnstone, Bamford, Raphinha, Dallas.....

              Possibly could be my worst shocker in all the years of playing

              1. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Sorry mate. Yeah all things considered, I'm okay with however this week turns out. Still time for disaster with a Salah TC but a lot of people would go down with me in that case.

                1. Don Kloppeone
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  It’s all good. Still many GWs to recover things even if the arrow is deep crimson this week.

                  Always hated the BB anyway 😉

  12. Alisson WondHaaland
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Already on a decemt sized green arrow despite taking a -8. Would really make my day if Mccarthy shuts out Leicester (and a cheeky pen save vs Vardy :))

  13. shady4revr
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Chilwell assist needed :/

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Wouldn't be fair tbh

      I didn't get a Podence assist earlier in the season which was much more of an assist.

    2. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      No chance I’m afraid!

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        It's right though

        It wasn't an assist

    3. DA Minnion
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Not really.

    4. Maddamotha
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      You guys should look up Liverpool vs Everton Origi last min goal and see the assist VVD was given. Also never an assist, but stil given.

  14. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 12 days ago

    3-3 Romeu Vardy hat-tricks ideally

    1. elwardio
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Odds on

    2. The Senate
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      wouldn't mind at all

  15. Dark Side Of The Loon!
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Azpi has reclaimed it or any chance of James becoming a regular again?

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 12 days ago

      James will take back the place imo, just needs his minutes managed after the injury

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Seriously hope he does. Thought this was a nice entry point for him in my team. Plan is ti keep long term.

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Azpi shouldn’t play again for a while after that performance. James still first choice

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I think so too. He was poor. Missed a few easy passes. Almost gave away a goal. But then, Its Lampard!

        1. BDA Shadow
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Probably his worst performance I've seen, certainly top 3. His pace is a real problem both forward and back, James will be back right away.

  16. yalala
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Clean sheets everywhere, this is a problem

    1. Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Seems the attacking is very challenged right now - across the board

      Even with possession domination- few goals

  17. CroatianHammer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    So I captained Antoni-gol, and you can imagine when he scored so early... thoughts back to that 4-0 demolition last season. Anyway, what points I missed out on from Johnstone and Taylor (Johnnyboy reportedly should be back for second game), I sort of offset by Frankie benching so many assets, and Chelsea being broadly rubbish anyway. Huzzah!

  18. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Who is your bus captain for next week?

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 12 days ago

      KDB. Bruno suffers w/ Pogba and West Brom are terrible.

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Good point - am also tripled up on United attack so captaincy on Bruno might be too too much

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Considering Rashford in for Son but not feeling it, will make a decision after this week's information

    2. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      KDB

    3. Forever In Our Shadow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      KDB. Unless he blanks this week. Then he is on borrowed time again

  19. Lindelol
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Does Mark owns Chilwell?
    He is our last hope

    1. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      No he has 6 Leeds players though

    2. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      *sigh*

    3. Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Link to his team?

      I must be doing things the hard way if there is a corrupt, greaseball, and venal angle to FPL

  20. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Needing a McCarthy CS to make BB worth it - 2 + 2 + 2 from Leeds 3 so far.... but on a positive I took -8 to plan team ahead a bit so should break even on that all being well!

  21. MoSalad
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Not seen one successful BB in MH any leagues I’m in. Anyone any joy?

    1. MoSalad
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      No idea what MH is lol.

    2. Drip Doctor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      No, feels like a mistake. Leeds and Johnstone have let many down.

      1. MoSalad
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Yeah mines failed miserably, done better in SGWs

    3. Team Bobcat
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Mine is still sound but that could change soon. BB the following

      Mendy Saka Holding Bednerek

  22. Pedram
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Anyone knows why Zouma didn't play?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Been a bit ropey recently - could come back to counter Vardy’ space on Tuesday

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        *Vardy’s pace

    2. Kellz86
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      No reason, just Lampard making decisions

  23. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Greedy chillwell owners would have had a 2 pointer if it wasn’t for a stupid tackle, should be chuffed with their CS points

    1. Team Bobcat
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Chuffed here 🙂

  24. Drip Doctor
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Will miss watching Ozil in the PL. He was fantastic for his first 3 or 4 seasons. A true artist, every touch, every pass made a different sound. Feels like the end of that kind of No.10, for now. Hopefully football goes back to appreciating these type of players than an attacking midfielder who runs around a lot.

    He was an fpl demon when he first arrived and in 15/16.

    1. SackWenger
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Couldn't disagree more. Has absolutely taken the P the last 4/5 years.

      You say it's end of that No.10 role - you only need to look at Bruno - he is everything Ozil should have been and more.

      1. Drip Doctor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Are you kidding? Ozil would have broken the assist record if Giroud/Walcott didn't let him down time and time again. He had at least 3 very good seasons at Arsenal.

        A kid who worked hard on his craft that he becomes a starter at 17 years of age, wins a trophy at Bremen, wins Madrid first league title in 4 years, helps Arsenal to end a 9 year drought, wins a World Cup with Germany, and bags of individual awards.

        Bruno and Ozil are different kinds of attacking mids. Ozil is much better at keeping the ball and a better creator, Bruno a better goalscorer.

        1. dogtanion
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          "At least 3 good seasons"..he's been there since 2013. Very talented player but awful attitude and that's why it will go down as a failure, particularly the last 5 years.

      2. Keeptrying
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        You forget how good Ozil was in his prime.
        Bruno has achieved nothing compared to Ozil yet.
        He also has to prove whether he can actually turn United into a winning club again. They have lost what, three domestic semis in a row?

      3. Party time
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        World cup champion, Top assist in the WC, CL, La liga, EPL, UEL, Buli.

        Bruno is a fantastic player but he is yet to achieve what Özil has already

    2. Forever In Our Shadow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Regardless of how good he was, he turned into a money grabbing leech who (like Bale I must add) Is the high end stereotypical modern footballer. Good riddance and I hope he never reaches his best form again to serve him right for his behaviour.

      1. Drip Doctor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        We don't really know what has gone on. It might be to do with him speaking out against china. He's cut his contract short and not taken a full pay off because he wants to play.

        1. Deulofail
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          He'll get paid at his new job too, and I believe he has plans to make money in other ways when he moves too.

          But I agree that we can't really judge without knowing what's happened, and even if we knew, it's not the same as being in the situation of the people involved. I know what it's like to have toxic working relationships, all the politics inside an organsitation, like a The Thick of It or a drama on a medieval monarchy, it can be a tricky mess, so we can hardly pretend we know enough to cast any aspersions.

          1. Drip Doctor
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Exactly. Just appreciate what he has done, this feels like the end of his career, most of us won't see him play again. The great and maybe last playmaker of the previous generation.

      2. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Arsenal are a despicable club that fired staff members in a pandemiconly to sign a garbage player like Willian, lying to players about the reason for wage cuts. They deserve it.

        1. Deulofail
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Hmm. We can all write our own narratives, pal. Strange that your narrative places significance on the quality of the player. If that's important, maybe those who were made redundant we also not good enough, given the club's future plans? They were clearly surplus to requirements.

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 12 days ago

            We can all be biased towards our own club, pal. We can talk about William's enormous wages instead and that the club lied to the players? 😆

            1. Deulofail
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              How am I biased? Those emplyees were Arsenal as much as their employers were. I'm just talking about a organisation, regardless of my footballing affiliation. You're the one taking about them being Arsenal and that that means something to you (that they are a despicable club). My reply would apply to any club that have done the same thing.

      3. Keeptrying
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I don't think Ozil did anything wrong. He never downed tools as far as I am aware of.
        Not his fault Arsenal froze him out.
        Fact that he is agreeing to terminating the contract instead of sitting it out is another thing to consider.

  25. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Is Zouma no longer part of Chelsea defence, Rudi had a good game?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      See my comment above

  26. Team Bobcat
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    My cup opponent has played the triple captain chip on Cresswell. Great choice but Ballsie at the same time

    Cresswell

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Two very possible clean sheets and attacking returns to boot. Defenders often do very well in doubles.

      1. Team Bobcat
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I am sure they do but very few captain them. Did you captain a defender? I sure didn't. Hats off to the lad

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Shame Duffy

  27. Jon Walter's Hatty
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Really hard game to call this. 2-2 I go for

    1. Team Bobcat
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      A scoreless draw would suit me nicely.

  28. Paulybaby123
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Where's Saiss assist for earlier? Clearly got the last touch for Bolys goal..

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Defender deserves the assist.

      2. SuperG
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        We’ve different opinions on the word ‘clearly’ old bean. The ball came off the defender last, not Saiss.

    • smix
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Come on FPL . Award Chilwel that assist

      1. Lord.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Read the rules

    • Meinhoff
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Come on Vardy let's go party!