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Raphinha, Jesus, Firmino and more Brazil players may miss FPL Gameweek 4

Eight more Fantasy Premier League (FPL) players could be stopped from featuring in Gameweek 4.

Raphinha (£6.5m), Fabinho (£5.4m), Roberto Firmino (£8.8m), Alisson (£6.0m), Ederson (£6.0m), Gabriel Jesus (£8.6m), Thiago Silva (£5.4m) and Fred (£5.0m) may all miss out this weekend as a consequence of their non-involvement with Brazil over the international break.

That’s because, under FIFA law, players not released to their respective countries can be banned for five days after the international window ends – and that period spans September 10-14 in this case, which includes Gameweek 4.

Those sanctions will only occur if a national football association requests FIFA to invoke them, something the Brazilian FA have done this afternoon.

Curiously, though, the BBC reports that Brazil have not asked for Everton’s Richarlison (£7.5m) to be prevented from featuring against Burnley on Monday night in an act of goodwill, as the Toffees previously allowed their forward to be called up for Olympic Games duties when not obliged to do so.

The football federations of Mexico, Paraguay and Chile have also asked for punishment to be meted out, meaning that Raul Jimenez (£7.4m), Miguel Almiron (£5.4m) and Francisco Sierralta (£4.4m) may not be allowed to play this weekend.

We’ve yet to have an official response from the Premier League or the clubs affected, and we’ll bring you more news on this as and when we get it.

Anyone travelling to a red-list country faces quarantine for 10 full days in a managed hotel on their return to the UK, and Premier League players are no exception.

As far as we’re aware, there are only five such FPL assets that fall into this category in the September international break.

Emiliano Martinez (£5.5m), Emiliano Buendia (£6.4m), Davinson Sanchez (£4.5m), Giovani Lo Celso (£5.9m) and Cristian Romero (£4.9m) had all previously been given permission by their clubs to head to South America and all of them will miss Gameweek 4 as a result.

The quintet are available for their countries’ first two World Cup qualifying matches but will not take part in the third international fixture – meaning that their quarantine periods will have ended by the time Gameweek 5 comes around.

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  1. @theFPLScorpio
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Tierney or White?

    1. Catastrophe
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Tierney if you don't need the money.

      1. @theFPLScorpio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        I think I need the money lol.

        It's just White offers nothing going forward and I can't remember if Tierney actually does.

        1. Catastrophe
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          He very much does!

    2. DannyDrinkVodka
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      If White falls again I might just get him at 4.3

  2. Catastrophe
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    A) Torres, Greenwood, Jota, Gray, Rudiger
    B) Lukaku, Raphinha, ESR, Gray, Coady
    C) DCL, Greenwood, Jota, ESR, Coady

    For B, if Raphinha is out I'll go Traore/Sarr/Benrahma for one week.

    Cheers.

    1. @theFPLScorpio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      I don't know if this messes things up for you, but what about:

      D) Lukaku, Traore, ESR, Gray, Christensen

  3. Jimjam
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    How does this WC look?

    Sanchez (Steele)
    Alexander-Arnold, Christensen, Marcal (Livramento, Williams)
    Salah, Jota, Torres, Raphinha (Sissoko)
    Ronaldo, Calvert-Lewin, Antonio

    0.2 in bank

    1. Catastrophe
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Looks good.

    2. @theFPLScorpio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Yep, nice mate.

      You confident with Marcal's minutes? I don't know how much he offers offensively so you could switch to an alternative defender.

      1. Jimjam
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Thanks - Coady might be a more secure Wolves option, or Dier from Spurs.

    3. Iceball
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Are you confident in Raphinha and Calvert Lewin this week? Not sure on Marcal, Coady rather or White?

      1. Jimjam
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Not confident in either to be honest - this draft is very much subject to those questions. I am planning my WC draft but haven't hit the button yet, just in case!

  4. Saubi
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 9 days ago

    An alternative perspective - Free Hit in GW4?

    With the news of players missing due to the ban and also other players might have quarantine issues and not play ( https://www.football.london/west-ham-united-fc/news/west-ham-southampton-coronavirus-vaccine-21467332 ) is FH worth it for GW4?
    Also considering the Ronaldo /Lukaku situation and people ripping their team apart or playing Wildcard to get them (especially Ronaldo for the Newcastle game), is it safer to just play the Free Hit and ride out the storm, because Free Hit gives us the opportunity to do that.

    Pros :
    1. Player bans by the international teams (Raphinha). Also, Fabinho and Alisson out means less chances of Cs for Liverpool.

    2. Quarantine issues (players missing out if they are not fully vaccinated)

    3. Ronaldo /Lukaku - lukaku has a good fixture in GW 4 before some tough fixtures on paper in GW 5 and 6. Also, Ronaldo has Newcastle home and those who have FOMO about that game can do that and even possibly field Lukaku and Ronaldo together via the Free Hit for 1 GW.

    4. Chance to assess Bruno's role with Ronaldo in the team before shipping him out. Similarly, assessing Ronaldo for 1 GW before taking the decision to transfer him in.

    5. For those considering Wildcard, it gives a chance to assess 1 more GW, and remembering that we picked players in GW 1 for some reasons and some of them might still be worth holding onto.

    6. Teams having Raphinha, Tsimikas, other non playing players(like Perica) might have to play with 10 players, or take hits, or play 4.5 mil mids. Playing the Free Hit might be considered an Upside Chasing.

    Cons :

    1. The usual stuff like better to use during Blanks/Doubles.

    2. Similar carnage can happen in the upcoming international breaks.

    What your thoughts about this? Will you consider Free Hit in GW4 or save it for later?

    1. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Obviously team dependent, but I don't think this is enough carnage tbh.

      1. Saubi
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 9 days ago

        True. definitely team dependent

    2. @theFPLScorpio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      I think the Cons outweigh all of the rest. Free hit should be saved for the second half of the season where you team is tuned but you need to get out of a sticky situation.

    3. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      No Raphinha doesn't sound good for Leeds attack.

      1. Saubi
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 9 days ago

        No Raphinha vs No fabinho and No Alisson - Hmmm....

        1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 12 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          James will save the day.

    4. The Mandalorian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      I think I could turn this post into a drinking game 🙂

      1. doher.ty
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Gold

      2. Saubi
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Cheers!

    5. Joey Tribbiani
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 9 days ago

      already on it.

    6. Mo Mane
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      I am very adamant that getting rid of Bruno for Ronaldo before he plays his first game is a huge gamble and I, for one, am waiting. Bruno could excel with Ronaldo in the team, and you have got to give Ronaldo a couple of weeks to settle in. Yes, they are only playing Newcastle, and Ronaldo could bag points, but does that really mean Bruno won't.
      I could be wrong, and many seem to think so, given the transfers in and out of both players, but I think Jumping the gun too soon is a risk.

      1. Saubi
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 9 days ago

        True. Bruno has been the talisman for Manu, so it will be interesting to see what happens with Ronaldo in the team.

    7. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      I pondered in a post last night that there might be a rash of last-minute panic free hits in the event of a worst-case scenario. It's still looking feasible.

      1. Saubi
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Exactly. Looks like a lot of last min hits.
        As I said, FH in GW 4 is just an alternative approach.

  5. OneDennisBergkamp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    ESR is flagged?!

    1. Crazy Train
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Yep - sent home feeling unwell. Not covid related according to reports

    2. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Hold him for 3 weeks just for this Norwich match and he doesn't even play. Would be typical.

  6. fronczu
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Hi, witch squad looks better in your opinion?

      1: Raya
      TAA Varane Semedo
      Salah Gray Benhrama Torres
      DCL Cr7 Antonio

      Subs: Sanchez, williams, coufal, moder

      2: Sanchez
      TAA Semedo Coufal
      Salah Son Benhrama Torres
      Dennis Cr7 Antonio

      Subs: Steele, Williams, Livra, Moder

      1. fronczu
          1 month, 9 days ago

          which, sory!!!

        • @theFPLScorpio
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          A witch like Hermione?

        • @theFPLScorpio
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          1 for the record

        • Azurri
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          1

      2. Andrew
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Are people that brought in Ronaldo also captaining him even though there is a small chance that he starts on the bench?

        1. JVALDEZ
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          na he'll defo start trained most of the week.

        2. @theFPLScorpio
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Yeah man. Don't believe the Sun's rubbish.

        3. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 12 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Super sub, just misses out on 2 extra points.

        4. Avery
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Even 30 mins off the bench against tired legs is appealing

        5. Joey Tribbiani
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 9 days ago

          yea, f it

        6. jason_ni
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          i think he starts, but still leaning towards Salah over him as best captain pick this gw.

        7. El Presidente
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          No way he starts on the bench and yes, I'm definitely captaining him!

      3. Jdpz
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Son, Raphinha...

      4. Kun Tozser
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Glad I’ve not made my transfers yet this week!

        1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 12 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Same & still might WC 😆

        2. Mo Mane
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          I know many transfer in early for the price rises, but looking at the players who may be banned (probably!) I am sure there are a few people kicking themselves. especially if you have the lowest of the low on your bench.
          Patience........wish I had some! LOL

      5. Ppss90
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Thoughts on WC

          Sanchez / foster
          Shaw semedo TAA (livra, williams)
          Torres salah jota gray (sissoko)
          Ronaldo antonio richarlison

          Had jimenez but with recent news iv gone for richarlison- also tempted by bamford however would have to downgrade torres to traore, keep semedo or diversify with tierney

          1. JVALDEZ
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Looks fairly template, don't think it's worth a wildcard unless your team was a mess.

        • unitednations
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          What would you guys do here with 2FT and 0.8m

          Sanchez
          Taa Shaw Veltman -- Ayling Tsimi
          Salah Benrahma Greenwood Bruno -- Gilmour
          Toney Antonio Ings

          A: Tsimikas + Bruno + Ings >> Livramento + Jota + Ronnie (-4) and keep toney till WC8.
          B: Bruno + DCL + Ings >> Sarr + DCL + Ronnie (-4)

          1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 12 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            B) would be for free.

            1. Mozumbus
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Step 1: Bruno + DCL >> Rolando + Sarr
                Step 2: Ings > DCL
                This way -4 is possible. When you're obsessed with the hit!

              • @theFPLScorpio
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Lol

              • unitednations
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Yes if i want to.

                Its tricky because Jota is great if nailed but that leaves me with a Toney problem. Also, i dont really rate Sarr and raphinha wont be avaiallbe.

                1. Mozumbus
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    I thought there was a UN Resolution against transferring in and out the same player especially for a hit (hint: have a relook at B please!)

            2. cruzex
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Jimenez is out next GW???

              1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 12 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Won't know til Friday/Saturday.

              2. Pork Pie Sausage Roll
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Sounds like it

            3. King Kohli
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Which two would you sell this week?

              A. Son
              B. Wilson
              C. Ings

              1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 12 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Depends on the injuries.

              2. Mozumbus
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  C

                • Mo Mane
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Wow! You have a dilemma there king!
                  Glad I don't have that decision, so wish you luck!
                  Also depends on the rest of your team, and free transfers?
                  Could really be a case of waiting until Friday press conferences/injury updates and deciding then?

                  1. Mo Mane
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Ignore that, I thought it read Keep, not sell!
                    I would keep Son if you have cover, think he will score more out of the 3 if not injured too long...

                • El Presidente
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Well, A & B might be injured

              3. DannyDrinkVodka
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Is White going to drop before Saturday?

                1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 12 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  In the -90s.

              4. Rupert The Horse
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                NEW ARTICLE POSTED

              5. Zenith UK
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Right, final tinkers & I'm coming down to this;

                XXX, Steele
                Trent, Alonso, Marcal, Duffy, Williams
                Salah, XXX, Traore, Gilmour, XXX
                Ronaldo, Lukaku, Antonio

                A) Sa, Benrahma, Allan = 0.3 ITB
                B) Sanchez, Fornals, Gray = Exact Funds

                1. Fpl_Ludwig
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  I would say B, but maybe Sarr instead of fornals now that sarr is going on pens as well.
                  But that’s only my opinion, do what you think is the best

              6. Scotty Hutch
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Thoughts on:

                Sa
                Duffy - Matip - Marcal
                Jota - Torres - Salah - Traore
                Ronaldo - Antonio - Lukaku

                Steer - Bissuoma - Liveramento - Amarty

              7. Old and Slow
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Any word yet on lukaku?

                1. Fpl_Ludwig
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Nope, Tuchel will probably say something in the press conference on friday

                2. bso
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Lol...just asked the same question...

              8. bso
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Any update on Lukaku injury? You would think he would have had the scan by now.
                Thanks guys

                1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  They couldn’t fit his leg into the MRI machine apparently

              9. Egyptian Giza
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                How likely will son start?

                1. Rassi
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  91.7 %

              10. cobybaby
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 9 days ago

                All options pending last-minute injuries, etc., with the assumption that Raphinha will be suspended by FIFA

                Team:
                Sanchez / Foster
                TAA / Shaw / Coufal / Livramento / (Amartey)
                Salah / Fernandes / Greenwood / Benrahma / (Raphinha)
                Ings / Antonio / (Obafemi)

                A) Out: Ings & Fernandes / In: Ronaldo & Jota
                B) Out: Ings & Fernandes / In: Ronaldo & Torres
                C) Out: Ings, Fernandes & Obafemi / In: DCL, Ronaldo & Allan (-4)

                1. cobybaby
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Forgot to include: 2 FT, 1.0 ITB

              11. sergioaguero67
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Lukaku injured?
                Will definitely start this weekend right?
                Help

              12. stevehaigh84
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                I pulled the trigger on my wild card at the start of the international break and I still can't decide between:

                A) Lukaku and Greenwood
                B) Ronaldo and either Gray or Traore

                B would leave me 0.5 in the bank and I can bring Lukaku and James in for GW7.

                Also, thoughts on Raphina bench for potential 1 game suspension or transfer out?

              13. nxh84
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Please help me choose:

                a) Politics
                b) Business

                Unfortunately there’s no option c because sports is dead.

                1. RogDog_jimmy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Sports are political.
                  Sports are business.

                  1. nxh84
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    That’s not right. If politics = sports = business, then by right politics = business and this wouldn’t happen.

                    1. RogDog_jimmy
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      I don’t follow. Politic is to do with people, business is to do with capital.

                      Sports have both those aspects.
                      Business has both those aspects.
                      Politics has both those aspects.

                      Things contain multitudes, things aren’t absolutes.

                    2. Harry the Hack
                      • 12 Years
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      A) Politics = Corrupt
                      B) Business = Corrupt
                      C) Sport = Corrupt

                      Therefor A=B=C

                      1. nxh84
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 8 days ago

                        This!

              14. sarnshawn
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                2 free transfers

                Martinez (Foster)
                Shaw Digne TAA Livramento Tsimikas
                Mount Salah Fernandes Hojbjerg Bissouma
                Ings Antonio Toney

                Hojbjerg & Toney > Benrahma & Dennis?

              15. jackoasean
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Thoughts? I know it’s Risky going without Ronaldo but I think Kane will start knocking a few in.

                Raya
                TAA Dier Duffy
                Salah Torres Benrahma Greenwood
                Kane (C) DCL Antonio

                Bench livremento Williams ayling

                I have 1mill ITB to play with and will have 2 free transfers to play with for next game week

                1. jackoasean
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Would have done Torres to Jota but I’m 0.2 mill short

                  1. jackoasean
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    Sorry I mean Benrahma to Jota

              16. chudleighcannons
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 7 days ago

                Any know why Iheanacho hasn't been playing much? He did well in WCQ

              17. Bobby's Teeth
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 7 days ago

                Hey legends, would love your opinion on both:

                A) Sarr or Traore?
                B) Sarr/Traore DCL vs Torres Jimenez

              18. Coast94
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 7 days ago

                Right… think it’s GTG? 0.2 ITB for Shaw > James.

                Sanchez, Steele

                TAA, Shaw, Tierney, Marcal, Livra

                Salah, Torres, Raph, Traore, Sissoko

                CR7, DCL, Antonio

                Not sold on Traore, but those fixtures are simply too good.