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FPL Q&A: How to fit in Salah, Lukaku and Ronaldo, best Everton mid and Leeds picks

The template is finally being shaken up, with Michail Antonio (£7.9m) and Bruno Fernandes (£12.0m) having been shipped by nearly a million managers this week.

With that in mind, I thought it would be a good time to use the tools and data in the Fantasy Football Scout Premium Members Area to help answer some questions from the FPL community.


Q: Who is the best Everton midfield option? (@smallccapitalt)

A. Everton have a bunch of good midfield options – Demarai Gray (£5.7m), Andros Townsend (£5.4m) and even Abdoulaye Doucoure (£5.5m) have already notched multiple attacking returns. Out of the three, I think Gray is the standout. As the below table from the last three Gameweeks shows, despite scoring three goals from as many shots on target, he is top amongst their midfielders for expected goals (xG, 0.78) and third for chances created (three). With Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£8.2m) injured, Benitez is likely going to look from goals from his midfielders and I think Gray offers great value at just £5.7m. 

Q: Who is the best forward under £6.5m to replace Ivan Toney? (@anathelana)

A: There’s very limited choice in the £6.5-and-below striker price bracket. Allan Saint-Maximin (£6.5m), Adam Armstrong (£6.0m) and Emmanuel Dennis (£5.2m) are some of the candidates but the standout in my opinion by some distance is Teemu Pukki (£5.9m). Norwich have failed to impress so far but it is worth mentioning that the Canaries were bottom of the Season Ticker for Gameweek 1-4. However, as the below image shows, they are top of the same ticker for Gameweeks 5-8. Norwich’s season starts now and Pukki is clearly their talisman. At just £5.9m and with very low ownership, he’s a great pick for the next four weeks. 

Q: Who would you pick between Patrick Bamford or Raphinha as a Leeds asset for the next three fixtures if you’re only going with one? (@FPLPHD)

A: Without going into the value/price argument, first let’s compare their numbers using the Comparison Tool in the Premium Members Area, starting off with assist potential. As the below image shows, it’s no shock that Raphinha (£6.5m) leads the way for chances created (seven to two) but the Brazilian’s numbers are not that great in isolation. Seven chances created over four matches is less than two a game and only one of those was deemed to be a ‘big chance’. 

In terms of goal threat, Patrick Bamford’s (£7.9m) numbers are impressive. He has been afforded nearly double (23 to 12) the penalty area touches compared to Raphinha and has taken 10 shots in the box to the Brazilian’s three, more than triple. The fact that Raphinha averages less than one shot in the box is not great.

When you add penalty-taking duties to Bamford’s repertoire, I think it’s pretty clear that despite the difference in price, the forward is the superior Leeds’ attacking asset. Raphinha’s numbers are likely to improve with the easier run of fixtures, of course, and he’s also a good asset in isolation. 

Q: Differential punts for Wildcarders in each position? (@FPLJames23)

A: I’ll skip the goalkeepers and start in defence. I think Nelson Semedo (£4.9m) is a great pick, his numbers versus Marcal (£4.6m) have been covered in detail in this piece by Neale. The fact that the Brazilian outscored him significantly last week means that the Portuguese will continue to go under the radar. If Semedo is too mainstream for you, then I would suggest Kieran Tierney (£4.9m). Arsenal switch to a back three in possession with the right-back tucking in to help the defence, so Tierney plays pretty much as a left-winger.  

In midfield, my pick would be Ismaila Sarr (£6.0m). Watford could not have asked for better opponents in the next three matches: Norwich, Newcastle and Leeds. As the below image shows, they are three of the five worst sides for open play goal attempts conceded over the first four matches:

Up top, Pukki is a great differential for the reasons mentioned earlier in the piece. Raul Jimenez (£7.4m) is also one to consider: he’s yet to find the back of the net this season but is posting good underlying numbers, indicating that a haul is just around the corner.

Q: Is Conor Gallagher a must-have? (@KaartikKrishFPL)

That’s it from me for now, hope you found the Q&A useful. We discussed a lot of the topics above and more on this week’s episode of The FPL Wire, so check it out below:

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

    Fun facts

    - Bamford loves playing on friday 4G 1A in 2 games last season.
    - Salah and mane never blanked vs palace at Anfield.
    - Jiménez will finally score this week.

    1. DannyDrinkVodka
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      A) Toney>Bamford FT
      B) Toney>Bamford, Antonio>Jimenez for a hit

      1. Mozumbus
          1 month, 4 days ago

          A

        • Yank Revolution
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          A if good bench replacement, B if not.

    2. @ocprodigy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      This is going to be an interesting weekend with so many changes being made and hits being taken.

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

        And then there's me who is saving his FT

      2. Joey Tribbiani
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Bit nervous having taken a -8, but still leaves me inside top 10k :/

    3. toystory2wasok
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      still torn between jimi and bamford. having raphina and no wolves attack makes me lean to the former, but it's so hard :

      1. DannyDrinkVodka
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Really tough one, I would go with Jimenez if I were you

      2. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Leeds really do not look like a team to double up on right now but Bamford in isolation is still a far better pick than Jimenez

      3. Silecro
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        If you have no Antonio and no money, Bamford gives you option of straight swap next week

      4. Hansel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Same situation here. Leaning Bamford atm

      5. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        I went Bamford. More direct goal threat.

    4. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Start Veltman (LEI) over Coufal (MUN) right?

      1. Jambot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        I think I’d go Coufal. Don't see a clean in either. I think Coufal more likely to get an attacking return.

        1. Ask Yourself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Without Antonio I don’t see anyone for Coufal to aim an attacking return at

      2. sirmorbach
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        I would, yes.

        1. Ask Yourself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Thanks for confirming my bias

      3. The Frenchie
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        I will start Coufal. When you have a 5.0 defender he need to play. And Coufal can do an assist against any team.

        1. Ask Yourself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          But when he’s a 5m defender playing against the best striker in the league then maybe the cheaper defender against an insanely out of form attack is better

          1. The Frenchie
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Then I think its better to only get some 4.0 defender in your team like Williams, Duffy and Livramento and use the money somewhere else.

            And by the way Veltman will not have an easy game against Leicester neither. I will personally start Williams over Duffy for this GW.

            1. Ask Yourself
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              I have livramento too but not wanting to play him vs mci, happy enough with Veltman I like Brighton defence

    5. The Frenchie
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      GTG?

      Meslier
      TAA - Semedo - Williams
      Salah (C) - Raphinha - Benrahma - Gray
      Ronaldo - Lukaku - Bamford

      Gunn - Duffy - Livramento - Bissouma

    6. jackruet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Lukaku+coady+grey
      or
      Antonio+shaw+jota

    7. sirmorbach
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      I know it's basically a toss-up really, but I'd like to hear your thoughts and reasons: Salah (c) or CR7 (c)?

      1. Goonsquad245
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        It's not close to a toss up

        1. sirmorbach
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Who you picking and why, if I may?

          1. Goonsquad245
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Mo

            Is better than Ronaldo at a baseline level all else equal (largely because he is a mid)
            Plays a worse team
            Plays at home

      2. Jambot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Salah for me. I think he scores more points. I think he’s more likely to explode. I like the fixture more. He gets an extra point for a goal if they both score. He gets a clean sheet point if they keep one.

        1. sirmorbach
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Well, I think Salah it is then. Cheers!

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

      Zoph's team doesn't look too far off mine, good luck all! Sold Shaw and Greenwood for TAA and Doucoure (-4)

      Sanchez
      TAA James Ayling
      Salah(C) Benrahma Sarr Doucoure Sarr
      Ronaldo Lukaku

      Steele Livramento Tsimikas *Antonio 0.1 ITB 0FT

      1. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Selling Greenwood and holding Antonio is bold, GL !

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

          Antonio has a couple of nice fixtures after his suspension.

          1. Ask Yourself
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Sure just a fully rested Greenwood in his form is interesting to pass up, assuming one of your Sarr’s is a Traore or alike you’re looking good x

          2. Gunneryank
              1 month, 4 days ago

              This right here. Hammers are fine until GW 10. But then....oh boy get away.

        2. Goonsquad245
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Don't think that's his team - just what it would be if he wildcarded and was forced to have Salah/Ronaldo/Lukaku

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

          Second Sarr is Sissoko

        4. Eat my goal!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          too much Sarr for my liking!

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

            Sarry about that

        5. Little Red Lacazette
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Good luck. Mid a little light though but the power forward should make up for it.

      2. zizoo10
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Pretend it’s GW6, who would u bench?

        A) Torres (che)
        B) Dennis (NEW)
        C) Benrahma (lee)

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

          B

        2. FOMFF
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          I think C

        3. Indpush
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          B

      3. DannyDrinkVodka
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Reply fail…

        A) Toney>Bamford FT
        B) Toney>Bamford, Antonio>Jimenez for a hit

        1. Crunchie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          A

      4. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        At the GW 7/8 fixture change are you getting

        A) 2 Chelsea defenders and 1 Man City defender
        B) Just 2 Chelsea defenders
        C) one of each

        1. Goonsquad245
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Likely James/Cancelo. Maybe Rudiger too for 4 at the back.

          1. RamaLangaDingDong
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Consider Pereira at Leicester - good fixtures and 2A already...

        2. Bobby Digital
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Thinking Lukaku and Grealish

        3. Indpush
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          James and Rudiger

      5. McSauce
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        G2G? No hits 0FT and 0.5m ITB

        Sanchez
        White TAA Shaw
        Benrahma Salah(c) Bruno Greenwood
        Bamford Ings Jimenez

        1. Mozumbus
            1 month, 4 days ago

            G2G

        2. RamaLangaDingDong
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Hi dudes,
          I'm sure this has been raised already but do we know why Reece James is price locked?
          He is suspended not injured...?
          (- I could really use that £0.1m...!)

          1. Goonsquad245
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Red to clear in one jump = price locked for a week

          2. Gunneryank
              1 month, 4 days ago

              I'm pretty sure his price was never locked, but i could be very wrong. I think he just didn't move.

          3. Gunneryank
              1 month, 4 days ago

              Pep asked for more City fans to come to the Etihad to cheer them on as his players are, and i quote 'tired.' No I'm not making this up.

              1. Toby Lerone
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 4 days ago

                Tin pot club

            • Strchld
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              Any reason why I shouldnt hit the button?
              Antonio > Bamford for free. If Antonio falls or Bamford rise I'll be priced out.

              1. Boxwoods
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 4 days ago

                Can you get both and just bench Antonio this week?

                If you're OK losing Antonio, then sure, do the move.

                1. Strchld
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 4 days ago

                  No, dont like hits.
                  I think Im fine losing Antonio, still have WC in pocket too.

                  1. Khark
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 4 days ago

                    im hovering on that exact same move, lets do it together

                    1. Strchld
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 4 days ago

                      Oh yes. I think theres many more with us.

            • Boxwoods
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              A. Greenwood
              B. Grealish

              1. Gunneryank
                  1 month, 4 days ago

                  Greeny

                • MaRooney 5
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 4 days ago

                  Greeny next 2
                  Jack long term

              2. MaRooney 5
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 4 days ago

                Would you WC this:

                Sánchez, x
                TAA, Shaw, Ayling, Veltman, Amartey,
                Salah, Raphinha, Jota, Benrahma, Bissouma
                DCL(!), CR7, Perica(!)?

                3.3m ITB
                Already on -4
                Thanks in advance!

                1. PLerix
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 4 days ago

                  Yes, maybe. You can also ditch Veltman, Amartey, Benrahma. Make sure you bring a CFC defender, and you’re set for gw7+

                2. kempc23
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 4 days ago

                  Maybe. Playing a 4-5-1 with Bissouma and Veltman isnt ideal. Plus you can use up the money you have in the bank and get it on the pitch.

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

                Pick:

                A) Gallagher + Rudiger
                B) Doucoure + James

                1. Boxwoods
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 4 days ago

                  A for me. But it's tough.

                2. Gunneryank
                    1 month, 4 days ago

                    A

                3. Whits
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 4 days ago

                  Digne and Barnes. Keep or move to Semedo and Pepe for a hit?

                  1. Gunneryank
                      1 month, 4 days ago

                      Why Pepe?

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

                        Very attacking against Norwich and could've easily had 3 assists and a goal. He was superb end of last season and with arsenal fix he's a good differential

                  2. Mr Ozil
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 4 days ago

                    Hi All,

                    DCL > ?? For free

                    A- Bamford
                    B- Jiminez

                    1. KunDogan (B.D.)
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 4 days ago

                      A

                    2. Eat my goal!
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 4 days ago

                      A - already firing, good underlying stats, more likely to return twice in a single fixture! The old Jimenez loved a goal but rarely picked up all the bps or a combo!

                  3. suddenorgan
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 4 days ago

                    any love at all for DCL -> Richarlison? Not sure about a Raphinia/Bamford double up with Leeds' form

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

                      Been burnt so many times in the past by Richarlison but I don't hate the move. He'll be on penalties now too.

                  4. PLerix
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 4 days ago

                    A) Lukaku -> Ronaldo (back in gw7)
                    B) Antonio -> Bamford
                    C) save and play Williams (and Sarr)

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

                      C

                    2. Indpush
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 4 days ago

                      B

                  5. Threat Level Midnight
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 4 days ago

                    Just to confirm this is how it works....

                    If I am extremely pleased with my side then I am due for a stinker, correct?

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

                      Always the way

                    2. Toby Lerone
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 4 days ago

                      Yup brace yourself

                  6. Champions League Varane
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 4 days ago

                    Would you play williams or sissoko this week?z

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

                      Sissoko

                    2. Hint
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 4 days ago

                      I have the same decision I think and going Sissoko

                  7. Christina.
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 4 days ago

                    This is the weekend the Fab Four blow the template to pieces.

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

                      John, Paul, George and Ringo?

                    2. Joey Tribbiani
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 4 days ago

                      Good luck with your Doucoures, Gallaghers and others, you need it 😉

                    3. Eat my goal!
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 4 days ago

                      What constitutes an explosion - all achieving double digits?

                    4. Threat Level Midnight
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 4 days ago

                      Fab 4?

                    5. zøphar
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 4 days ago

                      They did say they wanted a revolution

                      1. Christina.
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 11 Years
                        1 month, 4 days ago

                        What does your mate call it...?
                        "upside chasing"..?
                        😉

                    6. Ask Yourself
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 4 days ago

                      All you need is luck

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

                        I do love to buck a trend. Last week I took hits to bring in Lukaku and Ronaldo. This week I'm taking a hit and getting rid of Ronaldo. That's not a thing you'll see in many posts.

                        1. Indpush
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 4 days ago

                          Good reason why we wouldn't too.

                  8. Giggs Boson
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 4 days ago

                    West Ham XI away v Zagreb:
                    Fabianski, Cresswell, Diop, Zouma, Fredericks, Rice, Soucek, Fornals, Lanzini, Vlasic, Antonio

                    Coufal, Benrahma, Bowen benched.

                    1. suddenorgan
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 4 days ago

                      that's a keep on Benrahma then

                      1. mynameisq
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 4 days ago

                        Not if his replacements outperform him

                    2. Giggs Boson
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 4 days ago

                      Quite a strong side. I hope Rice and Soucek get 90 to weaken them for Sunday.

                    3. RogDog_jimmy
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      1 month, 4 days ago

                      love this side.

                      excited to see Fredericks get a run, Zouma in.
                      Hope the midfield 3 finds some chemistry too.

                      I suspect this means it's Bowen up front for Antonio on the weekend and Benrahma in the 10.
                      And tat they'll have to do a lot of work. Like their pace on the counter against MU.

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

                        Woah, they're going out there to win the match. Could be tired legs v United.

                  9. Weilong7
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 4 days ago

                    Sanchez 4.0
                    Shaw Digne TAA Sanchez Coufal
                    Barnes Greenwood Jota Salah 4.5
                    CR7 Antonio 4.5

                    Sanchez (Spurs) for Coady or any 4.5 defender?
                    Barnes for Gray/Gallagher/Raphinha?

                    1. Mozumbus
                        1 month, 4 days ago

                        Sanchez to Coady yes
                        Barnes to Raphina yes

                    2. Mozumbus
                        1 month, 4 days ago

                        Best defender under 6, other than from Liverpool?

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

                          Have you heard of Chelsea or Manchester City?

                          1. Mozumbus
                              1 month, 4 days ago

                              Yes. I meant who's the best defender to transfer in under 6, other than TAA?

                          2. JoeSoap
                            • 8 Years
                            1 month, 4 days ago

                            Probably Chelsea defender

                          3. Gunneryank
                              1 month, 4 days ago

                              Rudiger (5.5) and James (5.6) from Chelsea are almost risk free and great value. Rudiger is their best cb, and starts almost every game. James is a first choice wingback on the opposite side from Alonso/Chilwell, and will start most games unless he needs rest from fixture congestion.

                              1. Mozumbus
                                  1 month, 4 days ago

                                  Thanks a bunch

                            • gonzalocampos
                              • 6 Years
                              1 month, 4 days ago

                              1 - Gray + Bamford for a -4 play with 11
                              2 - Keep Fernandes play with 10

                              1. Maxed
                                  1 month, 4 days ago

                                  1

                              2. Big Ronnie
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 8 Years
                                1 month, 4 days ago

                                Even though Barnes has been poor I'm tempted to give him another week. Thoughts on below options? 1 FT and £0 ITB.

                                Sanchez
                                TAA, Shaw, White, Coufal
                                Salah, Greenwood, Torres, Benrahma, Barnes
                                Ronaldo

                                Steele, Tsimikas, Richardson, Antonio*

                                A) Barnes to Raphinha
                                B) Coufal to Semedo
                                C) Both for A & B for (-4)
                                D) Coufal & Benrahma to Marcal & Raphinha (-4)
                                E) Save

                                1. JoeSoap
                                  • 8 Years
                                  1 month, 4 days ago

                                  B