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Guardiola talks rotation as City’s schedule looks set to result in more uncertainty

Fulham 0-3 Manchester City

  • Goals: John Stones (£5.3m), Gabriel Jesus (£9.2m), Sergio Aguero (£10.3m)
  • Assists: Joao Cancelo (£6.2m), Ferran Torres (£6.9m)
  • Bonus: Cancelo x3 Stones x2 Jesus x1

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola initiated full Fantasy troll mode for his side’s (eventually) routine win over Fulham.

Even for a boss who’s not picked the same side in the league for two games running all season, his decision to switch to a back three was something of a surprise, and partnering Gabriel Jesus (£9.2m) and Sergio Aguero (£10.3m) up front for the first time in over a year was a full-blown eyebrow-raiser.

The benching of both of the team’s most-owned attacking assets in FPL – Ilkay Gundogan (£6.2m and 38.5%) and Kevin De Bruyne (£11.9m and 18.6%) – while excluding Raheem Sterling (£11.5m) from the squad entirely was particularly hurtful to Fantasy managers.

A net 178,899 had brought in De Bruyne for the Fulham game, a more modest 51,783 went for Gundogan. Neither player saw a minute of action.

Roulette It Be

Guardiola made seven changes in all for the Craven Cottage clash, and his justification for that confirmed what we already knew – Pep Roulette remains as valid as ever in 2021.

What we have done the last two, three, four months, everybody is involved. Sometimes the players don’t believe me, I want everyone involved. Sometimes it is difficult, but everyone has to make a contribution to win games and we will arrive at the end of the season fighting as best as possible.

In further ominous quotes released later, the City boss said:

Everybody wants to be involved from the beginning. Now it’s perfect as we rotate six or seven players from the beginning every game. Everyone is fit. To win the Premier League and all the titles we need everyone, everyone, everyone.

At present, that fighting remains stretched across four fronts. With the Premier League title now a matter of when, not if, it seems reasonable to assume that competition might take its fair share of the rotation.

And the fact that City now have just three matches over the next five Gameweeks further dampens the appeal of their big-name stars.

Back in the Groove

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Defensively, things are only a tiny bit more settled, with Ruben Dias (£6.1m) now up to 2,393 minutes of pitch-time – only Ederson (£6.1m and 2,610) has more – and Joao Cancelo (£6.2m) closing in on the 2,000-minute mark achieved by just four other City players so far this campaign.

Saturday’s major hauls came from defenders, with opening goal scorer John Stones (£5.3m) notching 14 points and Cancelo, who set up the centre-half’s strike, earning the maximum bonus award to record 12.

Stones’ points-per-match average in 2020/21 is now up to a remarkable 6.8, which is superior to that of any of his team-mates.

Not that those performances were enjoyed by all – Cancelo was sold by 181,431 managers, and Stones by 93,806, heading into the Gameweek.

But for a side with a league-leading 16 clean sheets to their name this season, defensive options look like being the safest Man City investment over their final eight matches.

Fulham Force

Fulham’s improvement at the back over recent weeks has been there for all to see, which made their loss to City both unsurprising and atypical at the same time.

The match was a curious mix of their own excellent team organisation, the visitors’ first-half struggles to adapt to a novel formation and a series of preventable errors that led to the post-interval goals.

But the key takeaway was that a Fulham side with five clean sheets from their last eight matches looks well worthy of investment for the hugely-reduced Gameweek 29 schedule, when they’ll host Leeds.

Home boss Scott Parker went all Guardiola on his team by benching Josh Maja (£5.5m) and deciding midfielder Ademola Lookman (£5.1m) should lead the line; a role he played with more enthusiasm than finesse.

Goals remain an issue – only West Brom and Sheffield United have managed fewer than the 22 they’ve scored this season – and they’re even more toothless at home, with a league-worst eight from 15 matches.

That further confirms defenders as the go-to Fulham options for Gameweek 29 and, arguably, the three fixtures (avl WOL ars) that then precede a Gameweek 33 blank.

Fulham XI (4-3-1-2): Areola; Aina, Andersen, Adarabioyo, Tete; Lemina (Onomah 73), Reed, Anguissa, Loftus-Cheek (Mitrovic 63); Lookman, Cavaleiro (Robinson 80). 

Man City XI (3-4-3): Ederson; Laporte, Dias (Garcia 75), Stones; Mendy, Rodrigo, B Silva (Fernandinho 67), Cancelo; Torres, Jesus, Aguero.

Crystal Palace 1-0 West Bromwich Albion

  • Goals: Luka Milivojevic (£5.6m)
  • Assists: Wilfried Zaha (£7.1m)
  • Bonus:  Milivojevic x3 Vicente Guaita (£4.8m) x2 Joel Ward (£4.3m) x1

In terms of footballing excitement and spectacle, Crystal Palace v West Brom was the Fantasy equivalent of… Crystal Palace v West Brom.

Two squads with a total FPL ownership of 48.6%, or, as it’s properly known, nearly all of a Patrick Bamford (£6.8m), produced a ‘spectacle’ in which the stats accurately reflected the two sides’ respective states.

The Baggies under Sam Allardyce have shown a tad more willing to attack, but have a crippling lack of quality up front. As a result, against Palace, they had 12 attempts, of which only one was on target.

The Eagles, meanwhile, are a Roy Hodgson side that makes the most of the scraps on offer and they tested Sam Johnstone (£4.5m) in the visitors’ goal with four of the six shots they managed.

The West Brom keeper, whose 2.6% ownership makes him the team’s most popular starter, was only beaten by Luka Milivojevic‘s (£5.6m) penalty, given for a handball by Darnell Furlong (£4.5m).

The decision was correct, even if the result was harsh on the home side, while the award of an assist was fortuitous for the 8.8% of managers who had stuck by Wilfried Zaha (£7.1m) through his five-match injury lay-off.

But it was a measure of how ordinary the encounter was that the key talking point involved Zaha’s decision not to take the knee before the start, preferring instead to ‘stand tall’ in the anti-racism fight.

Back in Fantasy land, Palace have now kept three clean sheets in four matches, with the likes of Joel Ward (£4.3m) providing some cut-price returns.

They could be further bolstered by the return of some of their walking wounded – maybe even the mythical Nathan Ferguson (£3.8m) – after the international break, with Hodgson saying:

We are still without five, I think, players that we regard as regular players in our squad.

I’m really hoping that three of those will be back after the international break. All that can happen now is we’ve got to through the international matches and hope the guys that go away come back in one piece.

But if they do I think our squad is going to look a bit stronger after the international break because at least three of the players who have been injured will become fit again, and the two that probably won’t be will be the two centre-halves, Tomkins and Sakho, but we’ve long-since accepted that their injuries are long-term ones and we’ve got to be patient.

A schedule that involves Everton, Chelsea, Leicester and Man City over the next five matches does not make investment in that solidity look overly wise, however.

Neither the Eagles nor West Brom have a Gameweek 29 fixture, with the latter then facing a fixture list including the tough (Chelsea, Leicester and West Ham), the tricky (Aston Villa, Arsenal and Leeds all away) and Southampton.

Strange things do happen in football – Allardyce was once the England manager, after all – but it will take a miracle for West Brom to survive and their players to find their way into our Fantasy teams as the season heads down the final straight.

Crystal Palace XI (4-4-2): Guaita; van Aanholt, Cahill, Kouyaté, J Ward; Eze (Schlupp 74), Milivojevic, Riedewald, Ayew (Townsend 84); Zaha, Benteke. 

West Bromwich Albion XI (4-1-4-1): Johnstone; C Townsend, Bartley, O’Shea, Furlong; Yokuslu; M Phillips (Snodgrass 71), Maitland-Niles, Gallagher, M Pereira (Robson-Kanu 63); Diagne. 

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163 Comments Post a Comment
  1. fr3d
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 21 hours ago

    Who do you even want on a FH29?

    I can see Fulham, Villa and West Ham all keeping clean sheets

    1. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 21 hours ago

      All teams can keep a CS this week

    2. Shark Team
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 21 hours ago

      Spurs and Leeds are gonna score imo

      1. Konstaapeli
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 21 hours ago

        Think Arse will score too

    3. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 21 hours ago

      I see Spurs keeping a CS. Newcastle Brighton might end 0-0. Fulham Leeds will be low scoring. Probably a 1-0 either ways. West Ham Arsenal will both concede.

    4. DavidBadWillie
        2 months, 21 hours ago

        No chance West Ham keep a clean sheet v Arsenal.

      • Jellyfish
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 21 hours ago

        Spurs will keep a cs imo - just not sure on which DEF to go with

      • pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 20 hours ago

        Think you need to add Brighton in as a strong possibility

        Their cs record under Potter over this season and last has been very unpredictable - they are no Burnley where 50% cs record against bottom 10 is a given - but that said Newcastle is prime.

        Odds to me say that having conceded to Palace Burnley and WBA in the last 6 they are due one of their irregular bottom 10 cs. Not a given but a very strong possibility as Newcastle will value the draw almost as much as the win.

    5. Muscout
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 21 hours ago

      Lost on last article, thoughts appreciated

      Martinez
      Dallas, Dier
      Raph
      Kane, Watkins

      Mccarthy, Cancelo, KDB, Salah, Gundo, DCL, Barnes, Shaw, Rud

      2 FT, 0.6 itb

      A) KDB and Barnes to Bale and Lingard?
      B) Also add in Cancelo to Cresswell -4?

    6. Parsnips
        2 months, 21 hours ago

        Need some good fh drafts. Pls...

        1. fr3d
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 21 hours ago

          Martinez
          Konsa - Aina - Dallas - Dunk - Cresswell
          Lookman - Trossard - Lingard
          Watkins - Antonio

          1. Jersey Boy
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 21 hours ago

            So you genuinely don’t want Harry Kane ahead of any of those 10 players?

            1. fr3d
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 21 hours ago

              Plays for a trash team unfortunately

              1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 21 hours ago

                *rubbish

          2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 21 hours ago

            I am planning to have zero Villa in my FH team.

            1. Brehmeren
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 20 hours ago

              This

          3. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 20 hours ago

            Put in Kane over Lookman and I could almost buy that one.Villa cs better today than yesterday for sure.

            This is one week where 5-2-3 could actually add up.

      • Slitherene
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 21 hours ago

        Injury & rotation prone team!

        Martinez
        Reguilon* Holding* Coufal
        Son* Auba* Saka* Lingard
        Kane Bamford* Antonio

        FH this bunch?

        1. Jersey Boy
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 21 hours ago

          Maybe a -4 should be fine

        2. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 21 hours ago

          Lol you have close to a full team why would you FH

      • Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 21 hours ago

        People bringing in 2/3 players for the blank, who are you going for? I was tempted by Bale and possibly a Spurs def but not at all convinced by their performance yesterday. Nothing really jumping out at me!

        1. HMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 21 hours ago

          If you’re playing Martinez, a double up with targett could be a shout.
          Actually no idea who I’ll captain

        2. Silver_and_Gold
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 21 hours ago

          Look at GW30 fixtures, will help you make your mind. I went for Dallas for Pereira for the time being. Will also consider Spurs defender (Sanchez?). They have toothless Villa followed by Newcastle.

      • Plagued by indecision
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 21 hours ago

        I suspect Dias will be the only City player I get on my GW31 wildcard. Selling Cancelo and Gundogan this week. Madness?

        1. Karan14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 21 hours ago

          Not madness but don't be surprised if they score points as City's fixtures are still decent.

        2. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 21 hours ago

          Doing the same this week, won’t miss them

        3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 21 hours ago

          Keeping until Leeds GW31 then they're both probably gone before blank GW33 as long as nothing else mad happens between now & then

          Wolves defenders/Shaw as Cancelo replacement

          Neto/Jota as Gundo replacement

        4. Lokomotiv
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 21 hours ago

          My exact thoughts.

      • Shark Team
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 21 hours ago

        Would you sell for a hit any of Mount Son Auba for Lingard/Bale/Trossard or Bamford(if out) for Antonio?

        1. Konstaapeli
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 21 hours ago

          Son to Bale

        2. Karan14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 21 hours ago

          Son to Lingard if he's injured.

      • Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 21 hours ago

        Stones to Dunk?

        1. HMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 21 hours ago

          Surely won’t score again?
          They find ways to concede and play United in 30

        2. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 21 hours ago

          Yes

      • Aster
          2 months, 21 hours ago

          Dallas or Trossard cap?

        • Dirty Harry
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 21 hours ago

          So maybe 5 players this GW might suffice

        • Shaw must go on
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 21 hours ago

          Pfeizer or Astrazeneca??and reasons why??
          Thanks folks

          1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 21 hours ago

            Lucky you have a choice.

            1. Shaw must go on
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 21 hours ago

              haha,was reading an article about it..and when came the part of reasons why? i only could think about lads keeping asking here,why this or why that...

          2. Konstaapeli
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 21 hours ago

            weird place to ask such question.

            1. Shaw must go on
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 21 hours ago

              in all honestly i´ve see way weird things being asked here.. 🙂 you must be a new around...

          3. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 21 hours ago

            Neither

          4. Aster
              2 months, 21 hours ago

              Neither

            • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 21 hours ago

              AstraZeneca for the blood clots

            • CobraKai
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 21 hours ago

              If its from the NHS you wont get a choice.

            • DavidBadWillie
                2 months, 21 hours ago

                I had the AZ and was ill for a day. Not liking these reports of blood clots.

                1. Shaw must go on
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 21 hours ago

                  hope you feeling great by now...all the best

                  1. DavidBadWillie
                      2 months, 21 hours ago

                      Had it over a month ago. Feel fine now.

                      Got some anti vac friends who have made me feel unsure on getting it.

                      1. Shaw must go on
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 21 hours ago

                        nevermind them...i think it´s safer to trust in Doctors!!!
                        how do you feel??Any secundary effects?

                  2. Baps hunter
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 20 hours ago

                    Amount if them is still minimal. Take aspirin with 2nd dose. Even if there was risk of dying from vaccine, Benteke is more likely to score two hatties in a row 😉

                    1. Baps hunter
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 20 hours ago

                      And brace afterwards 😉

                2. LSK
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 21 hours ago

                  Had the AstraZeneca one a few weeks back. Still alive at the minute.

                3. MightyGar
                    2 months, 21 hours ago

                    Both for a -4

                  • adam wigan
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 20 hours ago

                    I’m a doctor in the NHS- having looked after quite a few Covid patients I’d recommend you have whichever is available!
                    You will likely feel a bit rough for a day or so afterwards because the vaccine is making your immune system kick in. It will be nothing compared to how you’d feel if you actually got Covid. Also the risk of blood clots is much higher if you catch Covid- that’s a common problem with inpatients.
                    Even if you think you are likely to be fine yourself, it’s a good idea to have it to protect family and friends who might be more vulnerable to illness.
                    Plus the sooner people are vaccinated, the sooner we can get back to something like a normal life.

                    1. Steve The Spud
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 20 hours ago

                      I thought you could catch and pass it on with the vaccine anyway, so are you actually protecting your family if they’ve all had the jab as well?

                      1. Baps hunter
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 20 hours ago

                        It should reduce the risk of passing it. And not everyone gets 100% immune with the vaccine.

                      2. Baps hunter
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 20 hours ago

                        So yes.

                      3. adam wigan
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 20 hours ago

                        Yeah true, a friend of mine caught it despite having the vaccine. It reduces the risk of being unwell with it though, and makes you less likely to pass it on like baps hunter said

                  • DIMITRIS
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 20 hours ago

                    Pfeizer - as it gives you 95% chance of getting a immunity, while Astrazeneca only has a 60% chance according to the studies.

                  • GROBARI
                      2 months, 20 hours ago

                      You have 2FTs?

                      1. Debauchy
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 20 hours ago

                        :LOL:

                  • Karan14
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 21 hours ago

                    If Burn is fit would you sell Cancelo or Digne for Cresswell this week?

                    1. Shaw must go on
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 21 hours ago

                      digne

                    2. Holmes
                      • 7 Years
                      2 months, 21 hours ago

                      Cancelo

                    3. Silver_and_Gold
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      2 months, 21 hours ago

                      I would sell Cancelo. Everton is due another DGW. Might be DGW30 - CRY/avl

                      1. Karan14
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 21 hours ago

                        Yeah thats what makes me think I should keep Digne. But if they dont get that DGW in 30 then ill have to keep starting him and lose out on point by not having a Chelsea/United defender as he's struggling to get attacking returns and Everton clean sheets are so unpredictable.

                        Getting rid of Digne for Cresswell this week makes that decision easier as id sell Cancelo for a Rudiger/Azpi or Shaw next week.

                    4. Camzy
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      2 months, 20 hours ago

                      If you have double City defense then Cancelo.

                      Digne might have DGW in 30 and it's a favorable fixture too. Cancelo international duty risk (don't think Digne starts for France?)

                      1. Karan14
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 20 hours ago

                        Yes I have Dias too. I think both will get similar mins over IB not sure if either of them are first choice for their respective national teams.

                  • Pukki Blinders
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 21 hours ago

                    Brighton have 6 CSs in the last 7 meetings v Newcastle.

                    Brighton defenders essential.

                    1. Holmes
                      • 7 Years
                      2 months, 21 hours ago

                      due...

                    2. Shaw must go on
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 21 hours ago

                      captain even...

                    3. DavidBadWillie
                        2 months, 21 hours ago

                        I got in Burn this GW. Really annoyed by his injury

                    4. Fpl_elstatto
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 21 hours ago

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                      Use our free to use and download gameweek planner to plot your squad and planned transfers.

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                    5. Fpl_elstatto
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 21 hours ago

                      With GW28 almost over (hooray I hear many say!) lets look ahead to the smallest GW of the season.

                      If you are on a FH or not, here who you should be looking at targeting*.

                      *written prior to weekends games.

                      https://jumpersforgoalposts.info/fpl-bgw29-player-options/

                    6. Karan14
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 21 hours ago

                      Tempted to go Lingard over Bale as my Gundo/Son replacement this week for the following reasons:

                      - West Ham have better long term fixtures
                      - Their stats are similar
                      - Lingard will get more mins and doesn't have a fixture pile up like Spurs
                      - Bale could get injured while on International Duty
                      - Spurs could struggle without Son's creativity and even if he's fit a triple up on Spurs attack doesn't seem worth it.

                      Thoughts?

                      1. Pukki Blinders
                        • 1 Year
                        2 months, 21 hours ago

                        Can’t see WHU scoring v Arsenal tbf. Long term yes I would

                        1. Karan14
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 21 hours ago

                          West Ham can score against anyone imo
                          Arsenal looked shaky yesterday and will be playing EL on Thursday too.

                          1. Pukki Blinders
                            • 1 Year
                            2 months, 21 hours ago

                            Their performance v United wasn’t very promising

                            1. Karan14
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 5 Years
                              2 months, 20 hours ago

                              Highly doubt they will park the bus against a team like Arsenal.

                        2. Big Mac 24
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          2 months, 20 hours ago

                          Only Fulham and Man United have kept them off scoresheet in last 11, in which time they’ve scored 3 at Villa snd also netted away at City too.

                      2. JONALDINHO
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 21 hours ago

                        Agree with all your points. I still think Antonio is the better option though and I’m not confident doubling up

                        1. Karan14
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 20 hours ago

                          I dont have Antonio thats why im considering Jesse.
                          Dont think its worth selling DCL for Antonio.

                      3. Tonyawesome69
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 20 hours ago

                        I'm tempted to go with Lingard over Antonio as my WHU attacker. Antonio is more holding the play up rather than playing on the last man. Lingard is playing close to Antonio will be looking for the flick-on similar to Lingard's first game with WHU

                        1. Karan14
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 20 hours ago

                          Yes I agree with the point you make. Even their heat maps tell the same story. Plus he's more of a differential and not injury prone like Antonio.

                      4. pingissimus
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 20 hours ago

                        Adds up to me

                        Have them both and I'd sooner lose Bale given events yesterday. Your point on IB here and the other thread is a really good one.

                        1. Karan14
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 20 hours ago

                          Cheers mate!
                          If he starts both qualifiers for Wales I think there is a decent chance he might even be benched against Newcastle as their is only a 3 day gap between those games.

                          1. pingissimus
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            2 months, 20 hours ago

                            MBP made the great point that any or all of the Spurs 3 could miss the slam dunk match against SHU in 34.

                            I've made my characteristic mistake of overplanning and was factoring that one and possible DGW 32 in when I went for there triple up.

                            Think I'm now prioritising defensive transfers in the short term and simply living with what I get from my attackers.

                            1. Karan14
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 5 Years
                              2 months, 20 hours ago

                              Agreed there are a lot of points on offer in defence.
                              I don't own a West Ham, Chelsea or United defender and I think I will use 2 of my next 3 Fts to correct this mistake.

                    7. Nay08
                        2 months, 21 hours ago

                        Right now I have 7 BGW29 players with 2 FT.
                        only have a Wildcard left and my initial plan is to use those 2 FT to field 9 players and Wildcard on GW30 or 31.

                        but now Son, Bamford, and Bertrand Traore injured. so if those 3 ruled out, I can only field 6 players.

                        so, the questions are,
                        1. Any update on those 3 injuries?
                        2. Should I use the Wildcard?

                        I will definitely wait until closer to the deadline, but just want to hear some initial thoughts on this. cheers.

                        1. antis0cial
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 20 hours ago

                          We don't know. Bamford likely just a knock and will be fit. If Son is a muscle injury he could be out for a few weeks. I'd say Traores was probably short term too but these are just guesses.

                          Wait and see but I think you will get through fine with 2ft and not using WC

                      • Jellyfish
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 21 hours ago

                        Son > Lingard
                        Lowton > Veltman
                        Stones > Regullion (have Dias)

                        worth a -8? Gives me 9 starters for the gw

                        1. Pukki Blinders
                          • 1 Year
                          2 months, 21 hours ago

                          Who says Reguilion even starts?

                        2. GoonerSteve
                          • 11 Years
                          2 months, 20 hours ago

                          Is it worth taking an 8pt hit for two defenders? Even if they both got a clean sheet you might only make 4pts.

                          1. Jellyfish
                            • 9 Years
                            2 months, 20 hours ago

                            yes true, its probably got more downside

                      • cruzex
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 21 hours ago

                        Why didnt Auba play yerterday?

                        Will he play next GW?

                        1. Pukki Blinders
                          • 1 Year
                          2 months, 20 hours ago

                          In the naughty corner

                        2. antis0cial
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 20 hours ago

                          Discipline issue, I expect him to start next week but who knows

                        3. No end product
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 20 hours ago

                          turned up late without a note

                      • Pukki Blinders
                        • 1 Year
                        2 months, 20 hours ago

                        Which of the following are worth a hit before a WC31?

                        A. DCL -> Kane
                        B. Cancelo -> Dunk

                        1. KAPTAIN KANE
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 20 hours ago

                          A

                          1. Pukki Blinders
                            • 1 Year
                            2 months, 20 hours ago

                            Bias.

                        2. Tonyawesome69
                          • 2 Years
                          2 months, 20 hours ago

                          Maybe B as Everton potentially have a double in 30.

                          1. Pukki Blinders
                            • 1 Year
                            2 months, 20 hours ago

                            Will mean Moura/Bale over Kane then. Hate Kane this season so don’t mind it

                            1. KAPTAIN KANE
                              • 4 Years
                              2 months, 19 hours ago

                              How can you hate Kane this season? :O

                        3. antis0cial
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 20 hours ago

                          A

                      • DIMITRIS
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 20 hours ago

                        Whom to get out of these three:
                        1) Lookman
                        2) Soucek
                        3) Lingard

                        1. No end product
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 20 hours ago

                          3

                        2. Tonyawesome69
                          • 2 Years
                          2 months, 20 hours ago

                          3

                        3. Pukki Blinders
                          • 1 Year
                          2 months, 20 hours ago

                          1

                        4. antis0cial
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 20 hours ago

                          3

                          1. DIMITRIS
                            • 2 Years
                            2 months, 20 hours ago

                            Thanks to all. Lingar it is.
                            Wish me luck

                      • You Must Be Jokin Ere
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 20 hours ago

                        Is it not time for FPL to re-think their "Hamstring Injury - 75% chance of playing" policy ? I've done the stats - it's 2.1%.

                        1. Pukki Blinders
                          • 1 Year
                          2 months, 20 hours ago

                          Was 0% last time and still played no?

                        2. No end product
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 20 hours ago

                          says muscle injury

                        3. Baines on Toast...
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          2 months, 20 hours ago

                          They can only go on what managers say, not what we see.

                      • Steve The Spud
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        2 months, 20 hours ago

                        Has Antonio lost his pace ?

                        1. Brehmeren
                          • 10 Years
                          2 months, 20 hours ago

                          No

                      • antis0cial
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 20 hours ago

                        1 FT, thinking Sterling out for Auba/Bale which still only leaves me with 7, anything worth a -4 beyond that? I do have FH available

                        Areola
                        Veltman Coufal
                        Raph
                        Kane Antonio

                        No Game: Meslier Dias Digne Lowton Salah Sterling Bruno Gundo Brewster

                      • boc610
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 20 hours ago

                        Bale owners not worried that something has broken down in relationship again between him and mou? Bale didn't even look at him when subbed off and mou talked of players hiding.

                        1. The Rumour Mill
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 20 hours ago

                          Possibly, but he has son out injured and lamela suspended. Who else is there?

                          1. JONALDINHO
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            2 months, 20 hours ago

                            Kane up top with Lucas and Bergwin either side

                      • BobB
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 11 Years
                        2 months, 20 hours ago

                        Ederson and Dias are the only City assets who will reliably play every game

                      • Andrew
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 20 hours ago

                        For those of you with no FH how many players are you managing to field this GW.

                        I was looking ok but now currently have Grealish, Son, Bamford flagged its now looking a bit dodgy.

                        1. JONALDINHO
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          2 months, 20 hours ago

                          With my 2FT I’ll have 10 without any hits but that includes El Mo, Son and Bamford

                        2. Nimby
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          2 months, 20 hours ago

                          9 if Son and Bamford play which I'm pretty sure they won't. I have two free transfers so may take a hit to get a full xi out.

                        3. Karan14
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 20 hours ago

                          Ill be happy with 6-8 players without hits.

                        4. Tonyawesome69
                          • 2 Years
                          2 months, 20 hours ago

                          Quality over quantity. With key players out like Son I expect it to be a low scoring GW. Differential is probably CS

                        5. pingissimus
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          2 months, 20 hours ago

                          Have 9 plus Son and may well roll the FT

                          I'm looking at the logic that the FT is better in 30 post IB and with potential DGW than this week. 8/9 should be plenty to tread water anyway.

                        6. Baines on Toast...
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          2 months, 20 hours ago

                          9 inc Son and Bamford. Considering a hit to do Son > Bale if Son is out a while.

                      • cruzex
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 20 hours ago

                        KDB + Gundo + Soyuncu OUT

                        Auba + Raphinha + Reguilon IN

                        -8?

                        Martinez
                        elmohamady reguilon
                        Saka son Auba (c) Raphinha
                        Kane Watkins

                        9 players...

                        1. cruzex
                          • 8 Years
                          2 months, 20 hours ago

                          Sorry. -4, i have 2 fts this gw

                      • Steve The Spud
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        2 months, 20 hours ago

                        Lucas moura is a nice differential on free hit especially if he doesn’t play Thursday

                        1. Karan14
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 20 hours ago

                          Think Villa will set up to frustrate Spurs attackers.

                          1. Steve The Spud
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            2 months, 20 hours ago

                            Aye mate, thing about this week is same can be said of all games

                            Fulham, arsenal, Newcastle and villa could all play defensively

                            1. Karan14
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 5 Years
                              2 months, 20 hours ago

                              Yes but Villa don't get hammered when they play like that unlike Burnley & Palace.

                              Arsenal aren't a bad defence under Arteta. Don't know how people were expecting Arsenal to just bend over against Spurs.

                        2. Would Ed Woodward
                          • 2 Years
                          2 months, 20 hours ago

                          Shame he's rubbish.

                          1. Steve The Spud
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            2 months, 20 hours ago

                            Lol, he’s not fantastic but he’s certainly not rubbish

                        3. GROBARI
                            2 months, 20 hours ago

                            He is in my radar for sure

                        4. WHUFCSmith23
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          2 months, 20 hours ago

                          Only have 5 blank game week players and 2 free transfers. Anybody think it's worth a minus 4 for a long term pick?

                          1. Karan14
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            2 months, 20 hours ago

                            Depends for who.

                            Only good long term picks I see this week are West Ham def, Lingard/Antonio & Kane.

                          2. pingissimus
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            2 months, 20 hours ago

                            Agreed with Karan

                            The only rider I'd add that this could be a decent week to find a long term fodder defender or second keeper. But that's wholly chip and team dependent.