Scout Notes

Salah and Fernandes blank again as focus shifts to defensive assets

Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United

  • Goals: None
  • Assists: None
  • Bonus points: Alisson (£5.9m) x3| Luke Shaw (£4.8m) x2| Harry Maguire (£5.4m) x1

Premium assets Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) and Bruno Fernandes (£10.9m) frustrated owners by blanking again in a tight game at Anfield.

With more than 1,200,000 Fantasy Premier League players captaining Salah, the sight of him delivering no attacking returns for the fourth game in a row will have caused them great concern.

And the 80,000 players using their Triple Captain chip on Bruno Fernandes in Double Gameweek 19 will now be wondering if they’ve wasted it.

Mo Salah, Mo Problems

The “Egyptian King” cut a frustrated figure after his fourth blank in a row at Anfield on Sunday night.

With around 150,000 FPL managers choosing to play Triple Captain chips on Salah, the wide man was barely involved in the game, seeing a shot in the box deflected wide.

With Salah occupying a position in nearly 40% of all FPL teams, eyes will now turn to Liverpool’s second fixture of the Gameweek, at home against Burnley.

Should Salah fail to deliver for the fifth time in a row, then many managers will consider it time to move him on, which would have been unthinkable after the first few Gameweeks.

Delving into the stats, Salah is simply not having as many attempts on goal as he was earlier in the season.

He still leads the way for attempts in the box this season, one above teammate Mane, which shows how he got off to a fast start.

Even Liverpool legend Graeme Souness was underwhelmed by Salah’s performance.

“Trying to be a neutral, the Liverpool trio didn’t get me on the edge of my seat and nine times out of 10, they do. There was an incident in the second half where Salah could’ve gone one-on-one with Shaw, but he chose to come in and take the easy option. I think that says a lot about his performance today.”

Graeme Souness

It remains to be seen if this is just a blip for Salah, who holds the record for most FPL points scored in a single season, or if these numbers are more indicative of a permanent downward slide.

Should Salah blank again against Burnley, then attention is likely to shift towards the likes of KDB and Spurs assets in the next few weeks.

Firing Blanks

Salah is not the only Liverpool player having problems in front of goal.

Sunday’s 0-0 draw was the third game in a row where Liverpool failed to find the back of the net.

Roberto Firmino (£9.3m) missed Liverpool’s best chance of the game, firing wide from close range, while Sadio Mane (£11.9m) toiled without much success.

When asked about his side’s problems in front of goal, Klopp insisted Manchester United’s tactics proved difficult for Liverpool to break down.

“We tried to play football, tried to do it, force them back into their own box. The worst thing you can face in the world, in football, is you play against a side with world-class players and they all defend with all they have, deep in the box and only counter-attack. It’s really difficult, that’s the biggest challenge.”

Jurgen Klopp

While Klopp’s comments do have some merit, a look at Liverpool’s expected goals (xG) tells a different story.

The Reds have only scored on goal in four games in open play, but according to the xG table, they should have put at least four away.

This will be an encouraging sight to FPL players planning to stick with Salah and Mane going forward.

“We have nothing to worry about but obviously we work on it. It’s not that we ignore the fact and just hope that it will be good again. The only possibility you have to score goals is to create situations – to be ready to fail and then do it again. That’s a massive different between when you are flying when you score with pretty much each chance you have. You deal with the missed chance better then.”

Jurgen Klopp

However, while Liverpool should have scored more than one goal in four games, they are not delivering the impressive attacking numbers they were at the start of the season.

Ever confident, Klopp predicted Liverpool would be back scoring goals again very soon.

“I saw my team playing tonight and I saw a really good football team with a clear idea, with super passes, great counter-press, great desire to score – but we didn’t score. We will create chances and we will score.”

Bruno Rest?

Another Triple Captain pick to blank was Fernandes, although his game went differently to Salah’s.

The Man United number 10 saw a free-kick flash wide of the bost, then forced Alisson into an excellent save from close range.

Bruno currently sits at second for underachieving players in Double Gameweek 19, below Jamie Vardy (£10.1m), so Triple Captainers of Bruno will still be feeling confident ahead of United’s trip to Fulham on Wednesday.

That being said, there will still be lingering doubts about Bruno’s attacking points potential with Paul Pogba (£7.7m) in the team.

With Pogba starting the last four games, Fernandes has blanked twice and delivered single returns in the other two matches.

Bruno owners will also be worried by Solskjaer’s post-match comments, indicating Fernandes could be due a rest soon.

It was a tactical decision. Bruno has obviously been running his socks off for us. He’s been here and been running more or less every game. So towards the end we felt Paul’s physical presence in there might be a chance for us. And Mason, when gets a chance, can score in the blink of a second. So it was a bit of a throw of the dice to get Mason on even though he had to defend against Robertson.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Fernandes has played more than 85 minutes in Man United’s last five games, who face a quick turnaround to play Fulham on Wednesday.

One more yellow card will also result in Bruno facing a one-match suspension.

All of the above points to Fernandes potentially missing one of United’s upcoming games.

Shaw-ing Things Up

Once the figure of mockery, Manchester United’s defence is beginning to put in some stellar performances.

Fans had pointed to the return of Eric Bailly (£4.9m) injecting some pace into their backline as the main reason for their upturn in performances.

But Victor Lindelof (£4.8m) returning to the team appeared to have no adverse effect, with the Red Devils producing another stellar defensive display.

Lindelof’s centre-back partner Harry Maguire had an impressive game, recording the highest number of Clearances, Blocks and Interceptions (CBI) so far in the Gameweek, and picking up a Bonus Point.

Special praise was reserved for Luke Shaw, who did an impressive job in preventing Salah from having an impact on the game.

The left-back also came away with the two Bonus Points for the second time in a row.

Solskjaer, who previously described Shaw as the best left-back in the country, was delighted with his performance.

“Luke has improved immensely. I thought today he showed his strength, quality and composure on the ball. Delighted with his performance, definitely.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

The arrival of Alex Telles (£5.5m) in the summer appears to have lit a fire under Shaw, who has made the left-back slot his own after a string of impressive performances.

With upcoming games against Fulham (away) and Sheffield United (home), Shaw looks a cracking differential option with clean sheet and Bonus Point potential.

While the majority of FPL managers focus on bringing in Manchester City defenders, Shaw has flown under the rader with only a 1.7% ownership.

A New Out-Of-Position Forward?

Solskjaer surprised pundits and FPL managers by playing Marcus Rashford (£9.6m) through the middle against Liverpool.

It appeared from his pre-game selection that Rashford would once again be playing on the right-side of the attack, flanked by Pogba, with Anthony Martial (£8.8m)through the middle.

But Solskjaer changed the script, playing Rashford through the middle and Martial on the left.

Solskjaer confirmed in his post match comments that his plan was to use the pace of Rashford against Liverpool’s makeshift central defence pairing.

But whatever his plan was, it didn’t work.

Rashford only managed to touch the ball eight times in the first half, and spent the majority of the match drifting over to his favoured left-hand side.

Ole abandoned the experiment an hour in, introducing Edinson Cavani (£7.8m), with Rashford moving to a more familiar wide position.

Judging by the results, it is unlikely Rashford will be deployed as a lone centre forward again in the near future.

After an unconvincing performance on the right, it appears Rashford carries the most attacking point potential playing on the left-side of attack.

Time for Diallo?

Scout Report - Amad Diallo

Solskjaer yet again changed Man United’s right side attacker, this time opting for Paul Pogba.

Although the Frenchman did deliver some good moments, and should arguably have scored when he fired his shot straight at Alisson (£5.9m), he did not fully convince when playing on the right.

This is just the latest change in United’s right attacking position.

Rashford, Juan Mata (£5.8m) and Dan James (£6.2m) have all been trialled there with limited success, and Mason Greenwood (£7.0m) has failed to repeat the form he showed last season.

But has the answer to the troubled position now arrived at the club?

As highlighted in a Fantasy Football Scout piece, Amad Diallo has now arrived at the club from Atalanta.

Playing predominantly off the left-hand side, Diallo’s game is built on taking on using his pace to take on the full-back and cut inside on his left foot.

With his attributes, Diallo looks to be perfectly built to play on the right of Man United’s 4-2-3-1 system.

After exhausting most of his options, Ole may now be forced to turn to the 18 year-old, who could give them a huge boost as they battle for the Premier League title.

Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Henderson, Robertson; Shaqiri (Jones 76), Thiago, Wijnaldum (Milner 89); Salah, Firmino (Origi 85), Mane

Manchester United XI (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, McTominay; Pogba, Fernandes (Greenwood 89), Martial (Cavani 61); Rashford

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376 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    4 at the back all the way baby.

    1. Right In The Stanchion
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Neeeeeiiiiggggghhhhhh

    2. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      3-4-3 is the way I find best.

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Statistically you are right Prince if memory serves.

      2. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Problem is there’s less and less options up front and defenders are doing so well.

        1. Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Keep faith in Antonio, Wilson and Bam Bam if you have them.

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Wilson is Watkins for me.

            1. Little Red Lacazette
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              OK, I take back my words and rephrase.

              Keep faith in Antonio and Bam Bam.

              1. Rupert The Horse
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Ha.

              2. markus808
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                The thing is Kane is about as valuable as your cheap forward this year, He is involved in almost every goal. I'm all against expensive forwards, this is how you realize value, using cheapos. But this year Kane has been good, and Sterling/KDB not performing, and cheap Son, justifies having someone like Kane. But the biggest mistake is to have Vardy and Kane, unforgivable really.

                1. Little Red Lacazette
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  Vardy + Kane would make your team real light elsewhere.

                  1. Would Ed Woodward
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 23 days ago

                    I have Vardy and Kane, probably until GW23, no Salah atm.

                    1. John Nerdelbaum
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 23 days ago

                      An unforgivable mistake apparently
                      Your punishment is a box from Pumpy Pro

                2. John Nerdelbaum
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  I have Vardy and Kane and it's allowed me to have Oli Burke, I wouldn't call that a big mistake... oh wait

                  1. Would Ed Woodward
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 23 days ago

                    I'll have the last laugh when I'm the only one that gets Dale Stephens' point/s.

                    1. John Nerdelbaum
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 23 days ago

                      Is it Dale Stephens who's in Pumpy's box?

                3. John Nerdelbaum
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  There's about 4 half decent striking options

          2. Nomar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Theme's my front 3.

            And yes, keeping for now. Would only ditch if I could afford Kane.

      3. Jon Walter's Hatty
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        5-4-1...lets go crazy....

    3. Ibralicious
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Crazy how this season started with attacking hauls everywhere and not a CS in sight. And now it almost seems double City/double WHU and now even United defence has become essential...

    4. abhirup780
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      I'll be going next few GW with 5 at the back. Robbo Cancelo Dias AWB Coufal.

  2. Right In The Stanchion
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Holding brace tonight lads. It’s happening again.

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 23 days ago

      yesss! And I suppose non owners will call it ‘luck’ again

    2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      If that happens I would desperately want James to not feature again. Holding first sub.

  3. THE KING CANTONA
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 23 days ago

    First

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Just 5 minutes out.

    2. Studs Up
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 23 days ago

      lol

  4. McPollolocco
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Which player for a 5 or longer week term?
      a) Gündogan
      b) Foden
      c) Barnes

      1. Differential (c)
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        I think Gundogan.

        1. JBG
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Gundo is on fire. So him

      2. JBG
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Would say Foden, but for some reason Pep rarely gives him 2 or more matches in a row, from start that is.

      3. Il Capitano
          2 months, 23 days ago

          A for security of starts, B for the highest ceiling C for shouting at the telly as he misses umpteen 1v1s. A just about I think.

        • Fulchester's New Centr…
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Barnes playing up front, seems fairly nailed now, nice fixtures

        • Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          C. Most nailed.

          1. pavlev
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            barnes is a great shout i think i'm getting him in maybe even for salah, to fund bam for kane

            1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Salah vs Burnley the final test.

        • mojoindojo
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          C

        • tomasjj
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          c

        • FDMS All Starz
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          A been in good form

      4. Al Moon Yeah
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Smith Rowe do me proud tonight and justify my benchboost!

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Oh god yes.

          1. Al Moon Yeah
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Amen!

        2. MoSalad
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Just hope he starts, been one of our best players recently just don't know if he will shift formation at all.

      5. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        WILSONNNNN!

        1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Yes please x3

        2. Bojam
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          ??

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Just practising

            1. Bojam
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Cool. Hoping for a brace tonight! Or a Holding cleansheet. Seems likely I'll win one way. Wilson's goal involvement is so high that if he blanks, fingers crossed, Holding will get a good return.

        3. Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Lineup not yet announced.

        4. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          You lost your ball?

        5. Jon Walter's Hatty
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Thats Steve Bruce shouting out to try and find him on the pitch

      6. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Burn the witch!!

        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          How may I contribute

      7. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Rashford not quite up to scratch smh. Hope he bangs vs Fulham though

        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          He will come good soon. The boy is talented.

          1. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            He is fast, thats about it. Really tired of owning that useless turd...

            1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Who are you replacing him with?

              1. Brosstan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                No one, stuck with him and his big nose for the time

      8. aleksaa2
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Absolutely, Diallo will alone win the league for United, ffs.

        1. Fulchester's New Centr…
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Agreed. Hasn't he only played 10 minutes for Atalanta 1st team or something.

          1. aleksaa2
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            This season something like that, yes, and had 3 appearances in the last season. He is a great talent, but bore off with him being a factor immediately.

        2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          The hype! Unnecessary

      9. DAZZ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Best Trent replacement? Thinking potentially United defence, or Digne. My backline is TAA Dias Stones KWP Coufal. Evertone have nice fixtures moving forward. Who are you eyeing up at the back?

        1. Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Formation?

        2. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Digne very nice option imo.once fixtures get harder for city I might lose one of Dias or stones as well.

        3. Fulchester's New Centr…
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Maybe getting back on Chelsea, or Mitchell of course.

        4. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Mia Malkova mainly.

        5. ivantys
            2 months, 23 days ago

            James but if you're getting another premium, KWP and Coufal will probably not start any game after.

          • JeGro
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Hi guys, first message ever here.

            I personally like the double defense city-united with players such as Shaw, AWB, Stones, Dias combined with someone like Mitchell. But Coufal and Justin are great picks too

            1. Fulchester's New Centr…
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Welcome

        6. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          ADRIAAANN

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            AAADRIIAANNN!!

          2. The Train Driver
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Calm down Rocky the horse...

            1. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Ooh now that’s quite clever.

          3. Jon Walter's Hatty
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Allison doubt?

        7. Esalman
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Bought Cancelo instead of Stones and TC Salah. Season over?

          1. Bojam
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Totally finished! Pack your things ;P

          2. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            I fear not owing Salah. Could easily get you 45 points on Thursday.

          3. FPL_Motty
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 23 days ago

            No. Because Salah has another game, which was always the better game anyway. Clearly it shows anything can happen in football, stones 21pt haul, but next game is another game and Salah may Haul and a fail turns into success just like that

          4. chrismoo75
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            12 greens in 13 have got me from 2.2 million to 6k so never over

            1. Jon Walter's Hatty
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              14 in 15

        8. El Lobito 10
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Excellent article, thank you

        9. King Kohli
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          From now till gw 24, which differential/semi differential picks do you think can help cover up ground on template teams?

          I feel Antonio and Chelsea defence are good options

          1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Chelsea defense, yes. Vardy maybe. He has good fixtures. Even United defense if you don't have any.

            1. pavlev
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              does DCL count as a differential yet?! with digne and james back and reasonable fixtures i don't see why he won't start banging them in again.

              1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Logical. Fitness + two performances at least to judge.

          2. waltzingmatildas
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Chilwell, barnes, utd def, Pogba ?!

          3. Team Bobcat
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            I have been pondering this my self. I think Maddidon or Zaha would be a decent shout

        10. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Fixture swing for big hitters around GW 23 and GW 24. Best time to WC. The DGW would also be announced by then. Thinking correct?

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            I hope so

            1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Let's see how it goes.

          2. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Yes. Wild card around 24-5. Then bench boost 26. Free hit 29

            1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Yes. Thanks!

            2. ThisTimeNxtYrRodney
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Rupert the clairvoyant. Yeah that's my plan.

              1. Rupert The Horse
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Should do very well.

        11. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 23 days ago

          What’s everyone thoughts on Rüdiger ? Is he a legit way into Chelsea defence if he starts the next game ?

          Already have Cancelo stones and slab head so don’t really want any more cash in my defence and it’s an easy move from holding or coufal

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Do we know why he played? Did Zouma do a Kyle Walker or a Wes Brown or something?

            1. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Assuming its tactical, their defence was in meltdown

            2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Walker has no competition

              1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Heard Big Sam could still teach him a thing or two.

                1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  The Jedi Master!

            3. NateDogsCats
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Lampard said he needed players with character on the pitch (gave the same reason for playing Giroud over Abraham or Werner) so it doesn't sound great for Zouma tbh. We'll have to just see how tomorrow goes but I think Rudiger has done himself well so he might be dropped for a bit

            4. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Wait and see tomorrow if he starts again over Zouma before moving

            5. Team Bobcat
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              I think it can be a silly time of the year. All of a sudden players that havent featured all year get a run out. I suspect it is more to do with the tranfer window open thananything else. Maybe they are reminding teams he is available for loan or other

          2. Original Pirate Material
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Enjoyed my BB this week up to now (87 with 13 left to play). However, inevitably its caused a major benching headache next week!

            Which 3 would you play out of the following:

            A. Kane (LIV)
            B. Son (LIV)
            C. Dawson (cpl)
            D. Soucek (cpl)
            E. Bamford (new)
            F. Raphina (new)

            1. Wild Rover
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Lol, like you are really considering benching the Spuds! Also start Bamford

              1. Original Pirate Material
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                I know but its Jose. He’d gladly take 0-0 against Liverpool.

                Form over fixtures though, I know.

            2. aleksaa2
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              A B E

            3. Kryptonite666
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 23 days ago

              since you are seriously looking for answers - play CDF

            4. KAALI_DAAL
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Kane Son Bamford

                Not a tough pick mate.

              • Il Capitano
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  ABE

                • fn.jota
                    2 months, 23 days ago

                    A C E

                • tuturututu
                    2 months, 23 days ago

                    Thoughts on Firmino, Fabianski and Soucek out for Sterling, and two fodders for -8?

                    Would give me this

                    Meslier
                    Robbo, Stones, Justin, Coufal, Alioski
                    Salah, Sterling, Bruno, Rashford, Maddison
                    Bamford, Giroud

                    1. Fred54
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 23 days ago

                      Firmino really?!
                      I think Sterling could be an expensive headache and front line is well light.

                    2. Fulchester's New Centr…
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 23 days ago

                      Looks pretty nice.
                      No qualms with Bobby out, but Fab and Soucek for minus 8 sounds bad.

                    3. Little Red Lacazette
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 23 days ago

                      1st time I am commenting on a post where a manager has Firmino. A -8 is too much especially for Sterling. Maybe see if you can get Vardy in for your attack?

                    4. TheDragon
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 23 days ago

                      No way - that’s a -8 to just get 1 player. That’s not gong to be +EV

                  • aleksaa2
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 23 days ago

                    Hell no, Giroud and Firmino out

                    1. aleksaa2
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 23 days ago

                      Reply fail to Tutu

                  • Steve The Spud
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 23 days ago

                    big drop in covid cases in PL is good news

                    the fear mongering on here a couple of weeks ago was a gross over reaction as expected

                    1. TheDragon
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 23 days ago

                      Yes entire squads having Covid leading to cancelled games and closed training grounds with reports of footballers having parties was a gross over reaction ....

                      1. Steve The Spud
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        2 months, 23 days ago

                        What’s that got to do with on here?

                        Seem to remember you saying ‘the worst is yet to come’

                      2. The Train Driver
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 23 days ago

                        Weren't you all like "the end of the world is near" a few days ago?

                    2. Brosstan
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 23 days ago

                      Im in tears here as I spent my life savings on a home style bunker preparing for the inevitable apocalypse after reading comments on here. Now Im finding out people on here dont have the ability to predict the future?

                      1. TheDragon
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 23 days ago

                        Use it to practice your sand wedge

                    3. Olson
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 23 days ago

                      Tell Steve Cotteril about fear mongering when he gets out of hospital

                      The 'fear mongering' was very well justified. It's the response of the PL to put their fingers in their ears that has been misjudged

                      1. Steve The Spud
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        2 months, 23 days ago

                        For all you know Steve will agree with me, don't assume to know his position.

                        1. Olson
                          • 6 Years
                          2 months, 23 days ago

                          Who said anything about what steve Cotteril or his family think. They have (presumably) zero to qualify them in judging decisions about what is happening now. Sadly they do have some experience in the consequences

                  • Kryptonite666
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 23 days ago

                    what to do with this team lads

                    Martinez
                    Cancelo Stones Coufal (KWP) (Dier)
                    Salah KDB Bruno Son Soucek
                    Antonio Bamford (Wilson)

                    1.2 ITB, 1 FT.

                    1. TheDragon
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 23 days ago

                      Subtle ‘I had stones for his 21 pointer’ brag 🙂

                      I’d save the FT and be smug about all the points I have

                      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 23 days ago

                        I had stones for his 21 pointer

                      2. Kryptonite666
                        • 1 Year
                        2 months, 23 days ago

                        Salah was captain and Cancelo was benched so could have been better 🙂

                    2. Fulchester's New Centr…
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 23 days ago

                      I'd be happy with that - Martinez definitely fit?

                      1. Kryptonite666
                        • 1 Year
                        2 months, 23 days ago

                        no idea. Should be def back by next week though.

                    3. markus808
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      2 months, 23 days ago

                      Print it out and frame it

                      1. Studs Up
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        2 months, 23 days ago

                        Nice

                  • Hotdogs for Tea
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 23 days ago

                    More covid cases - BBC

                    The Premier League says 16 players and club staff have tested positive during the latest rounds of testing for Covid-19.

                    The league conducted 3,115 tests across two rounds over the past week.

                    Between 11 and 14 January there were 10 new positive tests and six more were found during testing between 15 and 17 January.

                    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 23 days ago

                      Getting better then.

                    2. Brosstan
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 23 days ago

                      I wonder what the false positive rate is for these tests.

                    3. Olson
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 23 days ago

                      this sham will be of little comfort to Steve Cotteril's family, as he has been in ICU and is still is hospital. 'We are rooting for you Gaffer' they tweeted. Yeah cheers, that'll help

                    4. Steve The Spud
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 23 days ago

                      just need the players to behave themselves and we should be fine.....

                      1. Olson
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 23 days ago

                        'players behaving themselves' is a convenient evasion by the PL for the disgraceful decision to send people to work during a pandemic and to put them and the rest of club staff at risk of lifelong effects of a new and poorly understood virus, just to keep the money rolling in. Sure, it's frustrating that players and managers seem unable to comprehend the risk and to follow simple instructions but they are not the real criminals here.

                        1. Nomar
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 11 Years
                          2 months, 23 days ago

                          Preach, bro.

                        2. jammie26
                            2 months, 23 days ago

                            Olson, you believe all football should be suspended then?

                    5. KUNingas
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 23 days ago

                      Is Mitchell now nailed?

                      Too risky to take -4 for defender? Could do Holding + Dallas -> Mitchell + Dias and double up City defence.

                      Other defs are Stones, Coufal and Chilwell.

                      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 23 days ago

                        Seems to be, random braces aside, City defs seem to be worth hits and Dallas has probably peaked.

                        1. KUNingas
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 23 days ago

                          Thanks. I have same feelings.

                      2. John Nerdelbaum
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 23 days ago

                        You don't need to do that this week for a hit.
                        You can play Stones Dallas and Chilwell

                        1. KUNingas
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 23 days ago

                          Yeah I know, I will be priced out tomorrow however.
                          Maybe I will just save my FT for now

                          1. John Nerdelbaum
                            • 8 Years
                            2 months, 23 days ago

                            Definitely not worth a hit. Don't sweat it, something else will come up

                            1. KUNingas
                              • 5 Years
                              2 months, 23 days ago

                              Thanks!

                      3. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 23 days ago

                        Mitchell has been doing well. Should keep his place. Even if he misses a few, I am sure you have four regulars apart from him.

                        1. KUNingas
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 23 days ago

                          Yeah and would be my 5th def. Or could well play him as Palaces fixtures looks nice

                          1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 23 days ago

                            Do it then.

                    6. MoSalad
                      • 7 Years
                      2 months, 23 days ago

                      Tbf I'm playing 5-4-1 this week and it seems to be working a treat, my defence has been the highest scoring assets in my whole team the past 3 weeks. Easier to get more premium defenders over forwards, will probably stay 4-4-2 now as there's only a few good budget forward options and I like having a playing bench.

                      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 23 days ago

                        Agree

                      2. Kryptonite666
                        • 1 Year
                        2 months, 23 days ago

                        who are your 5 - double city, west ham, justin and ?

                        1. MoSalad
                          • 7 Years
                          2 months, 23 days ago

                          Cancelo, Stones, Cresswell, Coufal & AWB at the moment.

                      3. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 23 days ago

                        Yes. Not too many attackers returning regularly. Number of clean sheets have increased. 4 4 2 for now

                    7. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 23 days ago

                      Any news on the Covid situation at Villa? Hope people have Steere as a back up in case Martinez does not feature.

                      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 23 days ago

                        Scenes when Heaton makes a dozen saves inc. a pen

                        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 23 days ago

                          I thought Steere was number 2.

                          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                            • 3 Years
                            2 months, 23 days ago

                            Jed not in squad last 3, Heaton no. 2 now fit

                            1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                              • 4 Years
                              2 months, 23 days ago

                              Aah! Didn't notice that. Was too busy counting Martinez's points.

                      2. John Nerdelbaum
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 23 days ago

                        Imagine Heaton will probably play if Martinez doesn't

                        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 23 days ago

                          Yaa? So Steere is a true fodder?

                          1. John Nerdelbaum
                            • 8 Years
                            2 months, 23 days ago

                            The truest of all the fodders

                      3. Jon Walter's Hatty
                        • 7 Years
                        2 months, 23 days ago

                        Bought a bum Steer

                    8. SIGGYMETIMBER
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 23 days ago

                      Tierney haul tonight?

                      1. Steve The Spud
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        2 months, 23 days ago

                        don't own but as a ESR and Lacazette owner im hoping he plays so they have a bit more bite going forward

                      2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 23 days ago

                        Brom revisited. Don't own him. But wouldn't mind it being an Arsenal fan.

                    9. Amey
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 23 days ago

                      Jurgen complaining about something ...
                      LOL
                      He's trying to take attention away from Pool's poor attacking form !

                      1. John Nerdelbaum
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 23 days ago

                        Why are you always on Klopp's back?

                        1. Camzy
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          2 months, 23 days ago

                          Cause he's a United fan. Come on now, it's not hard to figure out!

                          1. John Nerdelbaum
                            • 8 Years
                            2 months, 23 days ago

                            Thanks Camzy, I had an inkling but I wasn't completely sure.
                            It makes perfick sense now

                        2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 23 days ago

                          The answer is in the picture!

                        3. Amey
                          • 2 Years
                          2 months, 23 days ago

                          You want to see a raw version of this ??
                          Check United thread 😆

                          1. John Nerdelbaum
                            • 8 Years
                            2 months, 23 days ago

                            I don't like checking that thread. It's toxic and it makes me feel sad

                            1. Amey
                              • 2 Years
                              2 months, 23 days ago

                              LOL

                      2. Jon Walter's Hatty
                        • 7 Years
                        2 months, 23 days ago

                        Never ever saw Fergie do that

                        1. Amey
                          • 2 Years
                          2 months, 23 days ago

                          Klopp is constantly taking swipes at United. Maybe it's part of mind games but I'm not sure it's helping

                          1. Hy liverpool
                            • 7 Years
                            2 months, 23 days ago

                            It's not mind games, it's obvious for everyone you just don't see that.

                            1. Amey
                              • 2 Years
                              2 months, 23 days ago

                              He mentioned United's penalty stats in a press where United wasn't even involved. Even though Leicester Brighton have more/same number of Pens as United.

                              He's saying that United defended deep. Yes they did. But im second half they created more chances. Had 2/3 big chances which I don't remember Pool having yesterday. I'm not trolling here if you feel i am. 🙂

                    10. RoysCallerAnne
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      2 months, 23 days ago

                      Interseting stats in this article. But stats can't explain what exactly has happened to Liverpool 🙁

                      The big worry was the CB situation but they've done really well since big Virg was GBHed. Fabinho has looked better than most natural CBs in the league.

                      Trent burnt out?
                      Firmino has turned from no-look goals to... look, no goals!
                      Salah and Mane completely off form.
                      Badly missing Jota.
                      Fabinho and Hendo badly missed in midfield - meaningful transitions not happening as Gini not that type of player.
                      VVD set piece threat also badly missed, as are his rakingly accurate long passing.

                      Oppo managers simply figured them out?

                      Thiago will hopefully be the key to finding some attacking form.

                      1. Ibralicious
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 23 days ago

                        “Look no goals” 😀 absolute banter

                      2. Amey
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 23 days ago

                        Need a creative CM in order to reduce creative burden from Robbo & Taa IMO.
                        Thiago is good. Maybe playing more aggresive midfielder in ox can work out.
                        Clear cut chances have become an issue over last 4 GW's.

                        It's not like they've been unlucky. They're creative few chances.

                      3. Hy liverpool
                        • 7 Years
                        2 months, 23 days ago

                        "VVD set piece threat also badly missed, as are his rakingly accurate long passing" add to that his personality and what he adds in the dressing room + the connection with other defenders

                        And the big factor is Liverpool really missed their fans more than other clubs, the anfield isn't that scary anymore without the fans.

                      4. Brosstan
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 23 days ago

                        Thiago is actually the key to why Liverpool are so crap at the moment. He has the tempo of a snail, slowing down the midfield to a sunday stroll through molasses

                        1. RoysCallerAnne
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 11 Years
                          2 months, 23 days ago

                          Not sure if serious. He was the only one actually speeding things up for Liverpool yesterday.

                    11. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 23 days ago

                      The key is Henderson.

                      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 23 days ago

                        Reply fail to royalcallersanne

                    12. DannyDrinkVodka
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 23 days ago

                      My defenders are Robbo TAA Coufal Dallas and Mitchell:

                      TAA>Cancelo, Dallas>Stones for a -4?

                      1. KUNingas
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 23 days ago

                        I would after seeing TAA last games

                      2. Ibralicious
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 23 days ago

                        Maybe just do one of those transfers and bring stones in at first. Take Dallas out if you need improvement, or TAA out if you need the funds.

                        1. DannyDrinkVodka
                          • 1 Year
                          2 months, 23 days ago

                          It would be TAA out, but I would rather take Cancelo for the upside! Surely he's more likely to haul than Stones?