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The Scout Squad’s best FPL players for Gameweek 30

The Scout Squad panel reassemble after a fortnight’s breather to pick out the most appealing players for Gameweek 30.

The final international break of 2020/21 came to a close on Wednesday evening but the assortment of World Cup qualifiers and friendlies will still have a significant say on the selections, with injury and fatigue factors to consider.

For those new to this feature, Fantasy Football Scout editor David, deputy editor Neale, video content manager Andy and Pro Pundit Tom each put forward an 18-man long-list of players and explain their notable inclusions and omissions below.

The assets listed will then be narrowed down to a squad of 15 (with the starting XI not exceeding a total cost of £83.0m) for the weekly Scout Picks selection ahead of the FPL deadline at 11:00 GMT on Saturday.

In each writer’s squad, there are requirements for at least:

  • One goalkeeper costing £5.0m or less
  • One sub-£5.0m defender
  • One midfielder listed at £6.5m or below
  • One forward priced at £7.5m or lower

Each panelist is also restricted to no more than three players from the same team, as is the case in FPL.

We will again be adding a captaincy to the Scout Picks, with details of that revealed on Friday.

DavidNealeTomAndy
GKEmiliano MartinezEdouard MendyEdouard MendyEdouard Mendy
Edouard MendyEmiliano MartinezHugo LlorisEmiliano Martínez
Robert SanchezFraser ForsterFraser ForsterLukasz Fabianski
DFCesar AzpilicuetaMarcos AlonsoMarcos AlonsoCésar Azpilicueta
Antonio RudigerLuke ShawLucas DigneAntonio Rüdiger
Lucas DigneLucas DigneLuke ShawLuke Shaw
Matt TargettStuart DallasStuart DallasStuart Dallas
Luke ShawCraig DawsonKyle Walker-PetersLucas Digne
MFRaphinhaSon Heung-minSon Heung-minRaphinha
Jesse LingardBruno FernandesBruno FernandesSon Heung-min
Bruno FernandesRaphinhaKevin De BruyneKevin De Bruyne
Gareth BaleRiyad MahrezRaphinhaLucas Moura
Son Heung-minLucas MouraKai HavertzBruno Fernandes
FWHarry KaneHarry KaneHarry KaneHarry Kane
Patrick BamfordPatrick BamfordPatrick BamfordPatrick Bamford
Dominic Calvert-LewinDominic Calvert-LewinDominic Calvert-LewinDominic Calvert-Lewin
Michail AntonioMichail AntonioDanny IngsOllie Watkins
Ollie WatkinsChe AdamsOllie WatkinsMichail Antonio

Most popular picks: Edouard Mendy, Luke Shaw, Lucas Digne, Raphinha, Son Heung-min, Bruno Fernandes, Harry Kane, Patrick Bamford, Dominic Calvert-Lewin (four), Emiliano Martinez, Stuart Dallas, Michail Antonio, Ollie Watkins (three)

DAVID SAID

Aston Villa and Chelsea are my favourite defences for Gameweek 30 as they prepare to host West Bromwich Albion and Fulham respectively.

Sam Allardyce’s men have scored in just two of their last seven league matches while Chelsea have conceded the fewest goals of any top-flight team in their last six.

Considering the goals have not flowed with the same regularity as clean sheets, I’m tripling-up at the back with Edouard MendyCesar Azpilicueta and Antonio Rüdiger, Chelsea’s three most-nailed-on defensive assets.

As for Aston Villa, they face a Fulham outfit who have failed to find the net in three of their last five outings, which bodes well for Emiliano Martínez and Matt Targett.

Lucas Digne is top among all Everton defenders for expected goal involvement (xGI) over the last six matches, suggesting he is the best to consider from the Toffees backline in Gameweek 30. 

Crystal Palace are his upcoming opponents, who are bottom of the whole Premier League for expected goals (xG) over the last six matches.

I am expected a lot of goals when Leeds host Sheffield United in a Saturday afternoon Yorkshire derby.

The Blades are still managerless since the departure of Chris Wilder and, over the last six matches, are bottom of the league for expected goals conceded (xGC) by quite a considerable margin.

Raphinha and Patrick Bamford are about as must-have as it gets for Gameweek 30, each one arguably in the captaincy conversation, too.


Jesse Lingard remains joint-top of the league over the last six matches for shots on target so I am backing the West Ham midfielder to continue his recent form against Wolves.

Newcastle look in serious danger of the drop right now, especially considering they sit in the division’s bottom five for xGC over the last six matches. They have also given up at least two goals in eight of their last 12.
That bodes well for Harry Kane and Gareth Bale, who should have the creative force of Son Heung-min back in the team for Gameweek 30.

Meanwhile, Crystal Palace are joint-worst in the Premier League over the last six matches for headed attempts conceded, so Dominic Calvert-Lewin should enjoy his Monday-evening meeting with the Eagles.

NEALE SAID

A two-week breather is no guarantee of a start this weekend, nor does considerable playing time during the international break necessarily mean that a benching is on the cards.

That is especially true of Manchester City assets, with Pep Guardiola having previously talked of the importance of “rhythm”.

Riyad Mahrez hopefully falls somewhere in the middle, with a decent rest preceding his one and only run-out for Algeria on Monday.

Mahrez has started eight of City’s last ten league matches and while next Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund further muddies the waters, I’m hoping that his recent form and track record against his old employers (four attacking returns in as many games) counts for something.

He has four goals and as many assists over his last six matches and is joint-top among FPL midfielders for shots in the box during that time.

Thomas Tuchel is proving to be just as hard to second-guess as Guardiola and again, it’d be naive to think that we can 100% count on the likes of Marcos Alonso just because of his fortnight off.

But with positional rival Ben Chilwell returning late after three hours of playing time with England (bear in mind that Chelsea are in action in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off) and that Alonso’s physicality might be a better match for Sam Allardyce’s Baggies, I’m taking a punt on the Spaniard.

Alonso has had more penalty box touches and shots in the opposition area than any other FPL defender in their last six matches, so he’s due one of his bi-annual hauls.

There will be no prizes awarded for originality by going big on Leeds United, Everton, Spurs and Chelsea this week, so I won’t waste much time in trying to justify why, for example, Raphinha is a shrewd acquisition ahead of the visit of managerless, bottom-of-the-table Sheffield United.

As for the less obvious picks, Craig Dawson gets the nod as my budget defender. As I discussed in my recent article, Wolves are both toothless in attack and prone to conceding from crosses and set plays – so that could be a match made in heaven for the West Ham centre-half.

Up top, I’ve plumped for Che Adams as my fifth forward.

On the scoresheet for Scotland in midweek and with three goals in as many Premier League matches to his name, Adams will be facing a Burnley side who have uncharacteristically kept just four clean sheets in their last 17 matches – only three teams have worse records from Gameweek 14 onwards.

TOM SAID…

I’ve doubled up on Chelsea’s defence ahead of their Gameweek 30 meeting with West Bromwich Albion.

In Thomas Tuchel’s ten league matches, the Blues have conceded on just two occasions – one of them being an own-goal from Antonio Rüdiger. Added to that, they have kept eight clean sheets with another four in their cup matches.

Edouard Mendy and César Azpilicueta are probably the safest routes in, but as a one-week punt, I like Marcos Alonso, who I fancy to start given Ben Chilwell’s involvement for England over the international break.

I’ve also called up Lucas Digne and Luke Shaw.

Everton’s opponents, Crystal Palace, have conceded 91 headed attempts this season, which is at least 12 more than any other side. That suggests Digne’s delivery from wide areas could be key, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin the likely beneficiary. Shaw has the potential to deliver points at both ends of the pitch too, having developed into one of Manchester United’s most important attacking outlets.

They’re joined at the back by goalkeepers Hugo Lloris and Fraser Forster, plus Stuart Dallas and Kyle Walker-Peters.

In midfield, Bruno Fernandes and Kevin De Bruyne are obvious inclusions, but it’s Son Heung-min I like most this week.

This season, Newcastle United have conceded a lot of chances from their right, so it was no surprise that two of Brighton and Hove Albion’s goals came from that side last time out. The data suggests it’s a weak spot, which is something Son can capitalise on, providing he is fit. It’s also worth noting that Steve Bruce’s side have managed just a single clean sheet in 14 attempts at St James’ Park this season, which backs up my decision to double up and include Harry Kane as my top forward pick.

Elsewhere, Kai Havertz also has the potential to do well if he avoids Tuchel’s rotation. The 21-year-old has had more success since being deployed closer to goal, where he has the freedom to roam and drop into pockets of space between the lines. And if he can get a bit more support in and around him, I’m backing him to return on Saturday.

The offensive list is completed by Leeds United duo Raphinha and Patrick Bamford, along with Danny Ings and Ollie Watkins.

ANDY SAID


Over the last six matches, no team has a better expected goals conceded (xGC) total than Chelsea’s 2.56. They were already a good defensive side under Frank Lampard and now they are at an elite level in the Thomas Tuchel era. West Brom won’t have an easy time scoring. I’d have liked to have opted for a punt on Marcos Alonso with my picks, but I’ve played it safe with those that I think are pretty much guaranteed to start.

Over that same timeframe, Sheffield United have conceded 14.01 expected goals. To show how poor that is, Crystal Palace are in second place with 9.74. Tripling up on Leeds United seems like a no-brainer. Only four players – not one of them a midfielder – can better Raphinha’s 3.86 xGI over their last six matches.

If Gareth Bale hadn’t missed out in Gameweek 29 then he’d easily be in my squad but I’m worried about his starting place now. Lucas Moura, by contrast, has started five of the last six and may have done enough to warrant a consistent starting spot. Over those last half-dozen matches, he’s had 10 shots in the box and created 11 chances. He might not be as explosive as Bale, but he feels like a safer starter at this point.

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244 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Bucket Man
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Martinez to Mendy or Konsa to Rudiger?

    Martinez
    Shaw, Dallas, Konsa
    Salah, Bruno, Mount, Gundogan, Rapha
    Kane, Bamford
    Watkins, Cresswell, Dias

    1. The Mighty Whites
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      B

      1. Bucket Man
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Thanks both was my first thought but always overthinking. Tempted by Watkins over Gundogan if Grealish back.

    2. Straobalno
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Konsa to Rud

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

      I’ve just seen the big boss at Bet365 earned 400m last year

      Which reminded me to get my bets on for this weekend

      😀

      1. Traction Engine Foot
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Donate to Denise.

    4. Please Answer Me
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Dias to Walker

  2. Atimis
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    How would you use 1FT with 5.3ITB?

    Maybe Martin Dunk out for a hit and play BB? May WC next week.

    Martinez/Martin
    Digne/Cancelo/Dallas/Dunk/Coufal
    Bruno/Bale/Raph/Gundo/Lingard
    Kane/DCL/Bam

    1. Ëð
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Dunk to Rudiger?

      1. Atimis
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Just thinking about BB before WC. If no BB, can just punt on anyone.

      2. Bucket Man
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Like this

      3. Better off with a pin and a…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Nice idea. With that much ITB you may as well get Azpi over Rudiger, though? Martin to Mendy for a -4 sets up a nice bench boost.

    2. Please Answer Me
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      hmm not sure

  3. Ëð
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Good to save FT this week? £0.9m ITB. Planning to WC in 34.

    Martinez
    Coufal, Dallas, Targett
    Bruno (C), Gundo, Son, Raph
    Kane, Bamford, DCL

    McCarthy, Aubameyang, Stones, Burn

    1. Bucket Man
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Yes save for sure

  4. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    We all own the scout squad. It's almost BGW29 players

  5. Please Answer Me
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Can someone provide a full exhaustive list of the pros and cons of wildcarding in 31 vs 34, covering the players with best xGI and deciding which week to wildcard based on currently having these players in your squad? Don't think I'm asking for much.

    1. Please Answer Me
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      not all at once please

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Safe to say no one will be providing that exhaustive list mate

      1. Mighty Wings
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Safe to say he was just joking

  6. Biggsy
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    No love for Meslier up against SHU...

    Maybe a differential option to the inevitable Martinez pick

  7. Earn your Spurs
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Bench 1 please

    a> Kane
    b> Bamford
    c> Watkins
    d> KDB
    e> Bruno
    f> Mount
    g> Lingard
    h> Gundo

    thanks 🙂

    1. Please Answer Me
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Kane

    2. Bucket Man
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      C or H. I’m on C will be H if Grealish back

      1. Better off with a pin and a…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Agree with this. I'm benching Gundo (though I don't have all the options you do).

        1. Bucket Man
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          I’ve got Watkins/Gundogan, Cresswell, Dias bench could go wrong but reckon I might need 1 or 2

      2. Mighty Wings
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        This.

  8. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Mendy
    Rudiger / Cresswell / Digne
    KDB / Bruno / Son / Raphina
    DCL / Kane (c) / Antonio

    3.9 / Dias / Lookman / White

    Good to go? Feels bad to bench Dias, but could easily imagine Leicester scoring or rotation.

    1. Bucket Man
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Think lots benching City this week. So many good options.

    2. Ooh Ah Cantona
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Play Dias ahead of Digne

    3. Cancelo Culture
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Martinez Mendy
      Rudiger Stones Dias Creswell Dallas
      Son Fernandes Gündo Lingard Raphinha
      Kane DCL Bamford

      Finally time to get rid of my bench boost! Used FT to bring in Mendy but anything worth a hit with 3.0m itb or gtg?

      1. Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        That looks a pretty frightening bench boost team. Some good fixtures this week. Good luck, can see that 15 doing well.

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

        Really nice BB squad that - Gundo one concern I suppose but not worth the -4

    4. Wild Guus Chase
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Thanks Mr Bielsa, very helpful (not!)

      1. Totti
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        what did he say?

        1. Wild Guus Chase
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          Only that the squad is healthy no indication on Bamford fitness

          1. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 4 days ago

            He's had 2 weeks rest.

            There was an intriguing podcast with him recently where he said he thought that he wasn't fit to play the Fulham game but Bielsa and the fitness man said he would be fine. Can't see that he will miss this one in light of that after 2 weeks recovery from a knock.

          2. Pukki Blinders
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 4 days ago

            If the squad is healthy then that means Bamford is healthy no?

    5. Gun gun
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Anybody trying jota for this week ?

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

        Nope. Will try him week after.

      2. Totti
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        not against arsenal

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

        Contemplating it

        Arsenal don't concede many but equally they don't keep clean sheets - they're behind Leeds there despite conceding way fewer goals.

      4. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Don’t have that luxury trade myself
        If Bobby is fit would imagine he starts as Jota played quite a bit for Portugal

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          Not sure Klopp has the luxury of resting form players.

          Lose - or even draw perhaps - and CL qualification becomes a long shot if Chelsea win. They'd be 7/8 points off 4th spot.

          One of my worries with Liverpool is what happens if/when CL is over (lose to Madrid) and 4th spot is a seemingly lost cause.

    6. Totti
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      who to bench? really a dilemma this week

      A) bamford
      B) raphinha
      C) lingard
      D) bale
      E) son

      1. Bucket Man
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        C

      2. Better off with a pin and a…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        I'd be tempted to bench Bale from those. Not an easy choice, though..

      3. Big Al Stankovic
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Lingard or Bale. Can’t really bench bale, so Jlingz it is.

      4. Traction Engine Foot
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        D

    7. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      How do Spurs line up in attack if Son is fit and Bale forgiven? Had thought Moura Bale was a binary choice but they both apparently started against Palace and Arsenal.

      1. Hazz
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Front 4 would be:

        Kane
        Son Moura Bale

    8. artvandelay316
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Bench one defender and one midfielder from these two lineups:
        Lineup 1:
        Stones, Cresswell, Dallas, Rudiger
        Salah, Lingard, Bruno, Gundo, Mount

        Lineup 2:
        Stones, Cresswell, Dallas, Azpi
        Mahrez, Lingard, Bruno, Gundo, Mount

      • Gun gun
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Do you think sterling and foden will start vs lei?

      • g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Play Mendy or Martinez

        Playing Rüdiger with Ollie on the bench.

        1. artvandelay316
            4 months, 4 days ago

            Mendy

          • Big Al Stankovic
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 4 days ago

            Mendy

          • Il Capitano
              4 months, 4 days ago

              Mendy

            • g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 4 days ago

              Unanimous 🙂

          • Rep Poulette
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 4 days ago

            Hi guys,
            How is this WC team looking?

            Martínez Mendy
            Tierney Rüdiger TAA Shaw Cresswell
            Salah Lingard Fernandes Jota Neto
            Lacazette Iheanacho Kane

          • Big Al Stankovic
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 4 days ago

            Happy easter everyone!
            Need some thoughts on the following.
            Going to wc in 31/32. So can afford some luxury transfers this week.

            Transfers:
            A) Salah out for Son
            B) Just get Alonso
            C) Get both for (-4)

            Captain:
            1) Kane
            2) Raphinha

            1. Gun gun
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 4 days ago

              Why need to do A? U so sure son is back? If u alr have kane i think is enough

              1. Big Al Stankovic
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 4 days ago

                No need for A really, just think son will be a better bet than Salah this week.

            2. Demba Demba
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 4 days ago

              B

              1. Big Al Stankovic
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 4 days ago

                Cheers

          • Gun gun
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 4 days ago

            Martinez
            Shaw rudiger dallas
            Bruno sterling mount lingard
            Bam dcl kane(c)

            Subs steer foden cresswell stones

            Gtg?

            1. Hy liverpool
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 4 days ago

              Have a feeling mount will be benched

              1. Gun gun
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 4 days ago

                Foden will start?

          • NateDogsCats
              4 months, 4 days ago

              Who should I play here?
              A) Dias
              B) Auba
              C) Andersen
              D) Antonio

              I was on Dias but starting to think Leicester will score, City only kept 1 clean sheet in last 5 and have 2 big games against Dortmund coming up so could have an eye on that. Tempted by Auba with Liverpool's defensive fragilities and since there are usually goals in that fixture but he was awful against West Ham and seems likely to play wide again.

              1. pingissimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 4 days ago

                Think he only plays wide if Laca is central - there really isn't much recent history for both starting together beyond GW29 and EL means as much - if not more - to them as CL does to City.

                1. NateDogsCats
                    4 months, 4 days ago

                    Thanks, it's a tough one. If I thought thought was like Bale where if he doesn't start he's likely to not make a cameo I'd be happy to put him in but I can't tell really what's the best choice. Then again Dias might easily be rested for Dortmund having played each of Portugal's games over the break

              2. Il Capitano
                  4 months, 4 days ago

                  1 FT - 8m ITB - TC remaining

                  Martinez
                  Stones Digne Cresswell
                  Raphinha Bruno Lingard Gundo
                  DCL Kane Bamford

                  Fabri - Targett ESR White

                  Worth shifting White/Targett to Azpi/Rudiger with the FT and benching Stones?

                  1. Hazz
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 4 days ago

                    I think your suggestion is a good one (seeing as Stones may well get benched anyway), but it's a bit annoying given Targett has a decent fixtures.

                    It's just double Villa defense wouldn't give anyone confidence at the moment.

                    Work out who rotates best for you over the next few weeks, then ship whichever defender it is. Whilst White has a good GW33 fixture which is important, all he offers is a CS and that is not guaranteed really.

                    Not that it's a danger per se, but there is the chance all of Gundogan/Stones/ESR could miss out at the weekend so keep thst in mind.

                    1. Il Capitano
                        4 months, 4 days ago

                        Yeah, Villa defence has hardly inspired confidence in the last few GWs, but like you say, nice fixture this week in case autosubs come into play. Targett also has a decent GW33 fixture plus a double yet to be rearranged hmm...

                  2. Sterling Archer
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 4 days ago

                    bench boost comes down to this...

                    Will Liam cooper start?

                    1. Pukki Blinders
                      • 2 Years
                      4 months, 4 days ago

                      Wouldn’t count on him starting

                  3. Hazz
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 4 days ago

                    Afternoon folks. 1 FT, 6.4 ITB (!)

                    Martinez
                    Digne / Shaw / Dallas
                    Fernandes / Bale / Lingard / Raphinha / Gundogan
                    Kane / Bamford

                    Sanchez // Antonio / Stones / Dunk

                    Any thoughts?
                    - Bale > Son tempting, but not if Bale starts
                    - Start Antonio over Gundogan (IB fixtures)?

                    I'd like a Chelsea defender (or Mendy for Sanchez) soon, but doesn't feel like the biggest priority this week.

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

                      If Son is fit I would get him as you will want him for 32 anyways.

                      Im leaning towards starting Antonio over Gundo now.

                      1. Hazz
                        • 4 Years
                        4 months, 4 days ago

                        I'll think about it. Earlier I didn't want to, but with Stones/Gundogan possibly missing out due to minutes played over IB, it's one to consider.

                        If Bale starts it'll be bloody annoying (I sold Son for Bale!).

                        Agree RE: Antonio.

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

                          If you decide to keep Bale you could get a Chelsea def for Stones/Dunk. That should work out long term but a benching headache for this week.

                    2. Hy liverpool
                      • 7 Years
                      4 months, 4 days ago

                      I would start antonio too.. And if son is fit do it otherwise save ft.

                    3. Nomar
                      • 11 Years
                      4 months, 4 days ago

                      See below. You could save your FT this week if you like.

                      Look at the players on the bench!

                  4. Nomar
                    • 11 Years
                    4 months, 4 days ago

                    2 FT, £0.4 ITB and WC still to use.

                    What on earth to do with this lot, can’t see anyone I want to bench! Maybe get different keeper, but that kind of negates the WC.

                    Pope
                    Shaw, Rudiger, Targett
                    Salah, Son, Raphina, Bruno, Gundogan
                    Bamford, Kane(c)

                    Areola, Stones, Veltman, Diagne

                    I want rid of Diagne but who would you bench this week to bring in a starter for him?

                    1. Hazz
                      • 4 Years
                      4 months, 4 days ago

                      I don't think there's anyone I'd want to bench apart from Gundogan, on the chance he's rested anyway.

                      Pope/Areola is a tough call IMO.

                    2. g40steve
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      4 months, 4 days ago

                      Look ahead, Coady?

                    3. artvandelay316
                        4 months, 4 days ago

                        Bench Salah?

                    4. Weeb Kakashi
                      • 5 Years
                      4 months, 4 days ago

                      Would you BB this?

                      Forster Auba Mount Toby

                      Have Cancelo and Bamford in starting XI.

                      1. Pukki Blinders
                        • 2 Years
                        4 months, 4 days ago

                        Yes

                      2. Traction Engine Foot
                        • 3 Years
                        4 months, 4 days ago

                        Yeah

                      3. Tonyawesome69
                        • 2 Years
                        4 months, 4 days ago

                        Yup

                    5. g40steve
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      4 months, 4 days ago

                      Watching the last three England games I know the opponents got stronger buy why was Lingard not deployed in the last two apart from bit parts?
                      As we have seen in the prem defenders cannot handle him & he is not only creative but has an eye for goal?

                      1. Hazz
                        • 4 Years
                        4 months, 4 days ago

                        Didn't Southgate say he was basically in the squad due to injuries elsewhere?

                        I don't think Southgate sees him as part of the 'main' XI, hence the other players he plans to play get minutes.

                        San Marino was an easy fixture, hence his minutes there.

                      2. Pukki Blinders
                        • 2 Years
                        4 months, 4 days ago

                        Lingard is only good when playing alongside average players

                      3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 11 Years
                        4 months, 4 days ago

                        I agree

                        They should abolish international football managers and simply auto select the players who scored the most goals in the 4-6 weeks preceding the international games

                    6. Jellyfish
                      • 9 Years
                      4 months, 4 days ago

                      Need to play 1 DEF from the following three (Shaw and Rudiger my other 2 playing DEFs):

                      1) Dias
                      2) Stones
                      3) Struijk

                      Which?

                      Struijk is strangely tempting me....

                      1. Tonyawesome69
                        • 2 Years
                        4 months, 4 days ago

                        Struijk, Stones and Dias in that order

                      2. artvandelay316
                          4 months, 4 days ago

                          Stones

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

                          Dias

                      3. artvandelay316
                          4 months, 4 days ago

                          Christensen or Rudiger more likely to start?

                          1. Pukki Blinders
                            • 2 Years
                            4 months, 4 days ago

                            Would say a rested Christensen for this week only, Rudiger long term

                            1. artvandelay316
                                4 months, 4 days ago

                                Cheers

                              • Thomas Magnum
                                • 5 Years
                                4 months, 4 days ago

                                Yeah this sounds about right

                              • Hazz
                                • 4 Years
                                4 months, 4 days ago

                                Fact Check: Christensen played 180 minutes over the International Break.

                                Silva is back fit, I think - and that adds to his competition.

                          2. Disturbed
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 7 Years
                            4 months, 4 days ago

                            Suggestions for this team folks? 1ft, 6.9m itb.

                            Martinez
                            Digne stones Dallas
                            Bruno son gundo raphina lingard
                            Kane bamford Antonio

                            Forster gundo coufal Dunk

                          3. Pukki Blinders
                            • 2 Years
                            4 months, 4 days ago

                            Cancelo to Alonso/Azpi for a -4? On a BB so need assured starters...

                            1. artvandelay316
                                4 months, 4 days ago

                                Yes, to Azpi

                                1. Thomas Magnum
                                  • 5 Years
                                  4 months, 4 days ago

                                  This, best move for security