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Raphinha “expected back” in time for Gameweek 8 as Watford appoint Ranieri

We’ve two more Premier League fixtures to bring you up to speed with from Saturday: Leeds United v Watford and Burnley v Norwich City.

For a briefer summary of Saturday’s games click here, while the recap of Sunday’s four matches is available here.

LEEDS UNITED 1-0 WATFORD

  • Goal: Diego Llorente (£4.5m)
  • Assist: None
  • Bonus: Llorente x3, Junior Firpo (£4.8m) x2, Liam Cooper (£4.5m) x1

XISCO DEPARTS, RANIERI ARRIVES

Raphinha "expected back" in time for Gameweek 8 as Watford appoint Ranieri

You wouldn’t have got great odds on Watford to be the first Premier League team to change head coach this season and the kneejerking Hornets board have again lived up to their ruthless reputation by dispensing of Xisco Munoz, just seven games into the season.

The Spaniard’s dismissal came after Saturday’s limp defeat at Leeds, where they registered fewer shots on goal than any other team in Gameweek 7.

Replacing Munoz is Claudio Ranieri, the former Chelsea, Leicester City and Fulham manager.

We’ll have a full Scout Report on the veteran Italian on Tuesday, asking what it means for the likes of Ismaila Sarr (£6.3m).

SARR’S APPEAL ON THE WANE?

Raphinha "expected back" in time for Gameweek 8 as Watford appoint Ranieri 2

Watford’s appealing three-game stretch finished with a whimper against Leeds but despite Sarr blanking, the mid-price midfielder still managed to rack up 25 points from Gameweeks 5-7.

Ranieri will have to bring the fabled new manager bounce with him as the Hornets’ fixtures are about to turn very iffy indeed and Gameweek 8 Wildcarders would be forgiven for overlooking Sarr, despite the excellent value he has provided so far in 2021/22:

The Gameweek 5 win over Norwich is starting to look anomalous when we analyse Watford’s other attacking stats this season:

v Norwichin the other six Gameweeks combined
Big chances62
Expected goals2.463.30

Four of Sarr’s five big chances this season indeed came against the Canaries and it was lacklustre attacking displays against Newcastle and Leeds that helped see off Munoz.

There is one glimmer of hope for those retaining the Senegal international’s services: his biggest-ever Gameweek score came at home to Liverpool in 2019/20, when he plundered 19 points against the champions-elect.

RAPHINHA: WILL HE PLAY IN GAMEWEEK 8?

Raphinha "expected back" in time for Gameweek 8 as Watford appoint Ranieri 1

Raphinha (£6.5m) produced a first blank in three matches against Watford but he was the main dangerman again for the Whites, firing in another five shots to take his total to 13 attempts in the last three Gameweeks, a tally that no other FPL midfielder can better.

The question for existing and prospective owners now is: will he be available for Gameweek 8?

The Leeds winger is part of Brazil’s squad for their three World Cup qualifiers over the October international break, the last of which kicks off at 1.30am next Friday morning – that’s 37.5 hours before Leeds v Southampton gets underway at Elland Road.

The new quarantine rules mean that he will techinically be free to face Ralph Hasenhuttl’s troops but the logistics of getting back to England in such a short space of time suggests that involvement against the Saints seems unlikely. However, the Yorkshire Evening Post report that Raphinha is expected to be available for selection.

‘Available’ and ‘starting’ are two very different beasts, of course, so much doubt lingers over whether he’ll be part of Marcelo Bielsa’s line-up a week on Saturday.

“It’s not common [for a flair player to work like that]. He’s a player that stands out. Due to standing out he does not demand privileges. All the opposite he takes on more obligations, even more so. That’s why he’s a player that’s valued so much by all of us due to his humility and his capacity of effort. [That’s] Not common when accompanied with that talent.” Bielsa on Raphinha, on Saturday

As for Leeds as a whole, the weekend win over Watford was a lot like last season in a nutshell: Stuart Dallas (£5.3m) was shooting at will, fit-again match-winner Diego Llorente (£4.5m) helped solidify the backline in open play, chances were spurned going forward and there were hairy moments defending set plays, including a Watford leveller that was disallowed for a foul on Liam Cooper (£4.5m).

It’s a small step forward after a so-so start and, unlike Watford, the Whites have plenty more decent fixtures ahead, streatching through to the beginning of December.

Dallas hobbled off on Saturday, meanwhile, but Bielsa said after full-time that it was too early for a prognosis on the Northern Ireland international.

Burnley 0-0 Norwich City

Raphinha "expected back" in time for Gameweek 8 as Sarr's FPL appeal wanes
  • Bonus: Charlie Taylor (£4.4m) x3, Tim Krul (£4.5m) x2, Grant Hanley (£4.4m) x1

The minnows of Burnley played host to the whipping boys of Norwich City on Saturday, making them both seem defensively adequate.

The Gameweek 7 match at Turf Moor saw the previously porous Clarets and the Canaries pick up their first clean sheets of the season, which was more of an indictment of both sides’ attacks than it was a credit to their defences.

Norwich have looked a bit more solid in their last two matches, largely being successful in suffocating Everton last week (only succumbing to two defensive errors) and reducing Burnley to just one clear opening here – and even that didn’t result in a shot, with Dwight McNeil (£5.9m) unable to react when the ball fell his way at close range.

Owners of semi-popular bench fodder options Billy Gilmour (£4.5m) and Brandon Williams (£4.0m) weren’t able to enjoy the clean sheet points, however, with the former benched for the third time in four Gameweeks and the latter losing his place at left wing-back to Dimitris Giannoulis (£4.4m).

Latterly playing in Gilmour’s spot at the base of the Norwich midfield has been new signing Mathias Normann (£4.5m), who has impressed in his three outings. He is top among Daniel Farke’s squad for shots (all outside the box, admittedly) and chances created in that time, also assuming control at direct free-kick situations and on indirect set plays. He is a name to consider in the bargain-bin midfield pond, then, for those managers looking for an emergency substitute.

As for Burnley, who were without Ben Mee (£4.9m) and who lost Matej Vydra (£5.3m) thanks to minor injuries, they were sorely missing the spark of Maxwel Cornet (£6.0m), who would have been an intriguing differential for this fixture based on his eye-catching exploits so far.

A clean sheet against the Premier League basement club doesn’t convince us that they’re reliable picks at the back again just yet (four shut-outs in their previous 25 top-flight fixtures is a better gauge) but, as we discussed last week, pairing the likes of Matthew Lowton (£4.4m) with a budget Arsenal defender does give the following run of favourable fixtures right the way through to the end of the calendar year: CRY, sou, BRE, WAT, CRY, NEW, wol, new, SOU, WAT, lee, nor, WOL.


Burnley XI: Pope; Taylor, Collins, Tarkowski, Lowton; McNeil, Westwood, Brownhill, Lennon (Gudmundsson 60); Vydra (Rodriguez 35), Wood (Barnes 80). 

Norwich City XI: Krul; Kabak, Hanley, Gibson; Aarons, Lees-Melou (Rupp 79), Norman, McLean, Giannoulis; Sargent (Idah 89), Pukki (Rashica 79). 

509 Comments Post a Comment
  1. 03farmboy
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Hwang or Jimenez?

    Grealish or Saka?

    1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Saka Hwang

    2. acidicleo
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Grealish Hwang

    3. Diddly Squat
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 17 days ago

      None of those 4

      1. 03farmboy
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Who would you suggest? I already have Lukaku and Antonio

      2. 03farmboy
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Who would you suggest?

    4. Camzy
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      On WC I'm not interested in any of them.

      Hwang maybe if I desperately need funds somehow

  2. Eastman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    On WC
    A.Gray
    B.Townsend
    C.Doucoure

    1. FCSB
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Pot luck really

      Is this your 5th mid?

      1. Eastman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        No he’d play

    2. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Prefer Mbeumo or ESR at that price- But Gray from these 3 Everton options

      1. Cheeto__Bandito
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 17 days ago

        now way is ESR above those imo, especially if you have good bench options to rotate

  3. Minty1337
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Any thoughts on this WC:
    Sanchez - ramsdale
    Trent, rudig, white, Duffy, livra
    Salah, raphinha, saka, foden, brownhill
    Lukaku, jiminez, antonio

    I could take foden out for someone and get Cancelo?

    1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      I’d do that. Double Arsenal defence is too risky for my liking.

  4. squ1rrel
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Anything here worth a hit?

    Sa
    TAA - Azpi - Cancelo
    Salah - Saka - Sarr - Benrahma
    CR7 - Jimenez - Antonio

    Steele - Livra - Allan - Williams

    0.1 ITB, 0 FT

    1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Not yet

    2. mox81
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      No hits required, would play livra over sarr this week

  5. Ronnies
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Worth a -4 ?

    Ronaldo, Greenwood > Lukaku, Son

    Cheers.

    1. Eastman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Yes

    2. waldo666
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      No

    3. Wild Rover
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Maybe

    4. Amartey Partey
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Tricky one. Ronaldo better option than Lukaku, but Son better option than Greenwood.

      1. FantasyClub
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 17 days ago

        How is Ronaldo better option than Lukaku?

        1. REDMOND IN SANDALS
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Better goalscorer playing against the worse defense?

        2. PastaConcerto
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Lukaku has a much lower pts expected than Ronaldo GW 8, if you believe the algorithm. GW 9 is Lukaku time.

    5. PartyTime
        3 months, 17 days ago

        No brainer

    6. WhatWouldYourZlatanSay
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Ramsdale / Sanchez

      Rüdiger Marcal Cancelo Tomiyasu Tsimi

      Salah Son Saka Benrahma Townsend

      Lukaku Hwang Antonio

      Ok as 1st draft WC?

      1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        One WHU player too many.

    7. jackruet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Ronaldo, sarr, benrahma, jimenez, christensen
      >>>>>
      Lukaku son mbuemo toney Cancelo
      Seems good?

      1. FantasyClub
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Looks good but I’d get the Brentford players after the CHE game so GW 9 and I’d monitor Son til GW12

    8. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Team with Gk under 5m, defenders under 5m, mids under 7m and fwds under 8m.

      ***No double or triple ups***

      Reckon this would not be too bad.

      Ramsdale
      Duffy Pinnock Livramento
      Gray Raphina Zaha Benrahma
      Ings Jimenez Wilson

      1. jackruet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 17 days ago

        This will be a disaster when premiums start to fire

        1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Must have enough ITB to get anyone in with one move.

          1. jackruet
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Is there Only 1 premium?

        2. FOO FIGHTER
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Just an example of cheap players who hold extreme value.

          Was not meant to be for picking squad purposes lol

      2. Wild Rover
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        People should find other interests during the IB, otherwise this is the outcome.

        1. FOO FIGHTER
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Ha ha

        2. jackruet
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Yes. Why not play FIFA 22

    9. Kryptonite666
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Ronaldo, Sarr to Son and Antonio worth a -4 ?

      1. Ron_Swanson
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        No

      2. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        I read that as 'Ringo Starr's son - and Antonio.'

        Time to sleep I think!

      3. FantasyClub
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 17 days ago

        I don’t mind taking hits but I don’t think that’s worth it mate

    10. Team Bobcat
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Is Torres going to play again for city. Seems strange o me a manager drops his only number nine after his best haul of season. I don't see how even Pep considers that good management

      1. Kryptonite666
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        I think he gets a game against Burnley.

        1. Team Bobcat
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          I am not so sure. To have been dropped like a hot potato to getting a game against Burnley and having all his midfielders now fit again seems to me a stretch too far but it is pep we are talking about so who knows

      2. jackruet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 17 days ago

        He was given enough chance this season. Just 1 return. Foden kdb sterling they got to play Too

        1. Team Bobcat
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          I accept others were/are back but the timing of his dropping was harsh on him at the very least and footballers are a fickle bunch after all

          1. Ze_Austin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            See what Pep did to Bilva, then Laporte, after seasons where each was the best player

            Pep doesn't care, for better or worse. He moves on quickly

            I mean, see Mahrez

          2. jackruet
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Happens When you have bunch of quality players

    11. Wardinator
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Hows this WC look?

      Ramsdale. Foster.
      Cancelo. Dias. Rudiger. TAA. Duffy.
      Salah. Raphina. Mbuemo. Townsend. Smith-Rowe
      Lukaku. DCL. Antonio.

      Funds spread right across bench so will have a few benching headaches in midfield but also protection from injuries and rotation which is useful leading up to Xmas

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Not a fan. I usually go 4.0 4.0 4.5 on the bench so I get max money on the pitch. Players like Livra are perfect for this.

    12. dlrowssoB
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Just done Ronaldo to Lukaku in case FPLstats is accurate (spoiler - it won’t be) and realised it’s Brentford next not Norwich. Whoops

      1. Dynamic Duos
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Whoops

      2. Wild Rover
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Good move anyway

      3. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        yes but then its liverpool for united vs norwich for chelsea

    13. Dynamic Duos
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Save here ? 1.5itb

      Sanchez
      TAA Cancelo Rudiger
      Salah Raphina Saka Gray
      Lukaku Antonio Jimenez

      Foster Livramento Marcal Sissoko

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Save. You have good subs in Livra and Marcal.

    14. pundit of punts
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Foden or Grealish on WC?

      1. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Foden higher ceiling but more chance of cameo
        fixtures are there but hard to know who plays vs sits

      2. Bobby Digital
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Foden

      3. out for a goalkick
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Grealish seems to offer limited upside at the minute…. Foden ‘feels’ like it has more explosive impact?

    15. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Early days with international games to follow, but what are the suggested moves here with 2FT, 2.8m itb?
      Looking at Semedo to City defender

      Notes:
      - With Brentford looking decent at both ends I could just hold James and hope he plays and then reassess Chelsea defender situation for Norwich in gw9
      - Go for Raphinha or wait another week with potential 2ft in gw9?
      - Can I incorporate Saints players this week
      - Will worry about replacing Gilmour if/when I need to

      Guaita
      Trent James White Semedo*
      Salah Jota Sarr Gray
      Lukaku Antonio
      Steer Armstrong Livra Gilmour

      1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Since you have 2 FT and 2.8m itb I would just wait and see. Unless you are set on long term plans that could mean you will miss out by .1/.2 there is no real panic.
        There is bound to be a few injuries over the break.

        If it was my team I would be looking to get rid of Sarr and Samedo.

        1. HMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Yeh head says Dias over Cancelo but will forget price changes and wait til deadline
          Sarr not super urgent to replace. Liverpool been a bit shaky defensively lately so we'll assess. Raph has the fixtures coming up - can't see any obvious targets right now

      2. Bobby Digital
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Why get rid of Semedo? Nice upcoming fix.

        1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
          • 12 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          I assume the OP sees Norwich in a couple of gameweeks for Man City? And Cancelo could have a field day.

        2. HMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Don't think avl lee EVE are great fixtures for CS potential and the attacking returns just aren't there
          Jimenez is gaining confidence but more upside in City defence

    16. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
      • 12 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      I always like to look ahead and have a rough team structure made for the following month just to give me some sort of plan/guideline

      By gw13 I hope to have the following team. With 1.0 itb at the moment for price fluctuations. Plan to play a 4-3-3 or 4-4-2

      TAA - Rudiger - Cancelo - James - (Livramento)
      ESR - Son - Salah - Rafinha (Allan)
      Lukaku - Toney (Hwang)

      My reasoning is as follows

      Sanchez (Steele)

      I think I am stuck with these two until my next WC. Fixtures do not look too bad long term though.
      --
      TAA - Rudiger - Cancelo - James - (Livramento)

      Assume most will have a similar defence by then no surprises here

      --
      ESR - Son - Salah - Rafinha (Allan)

      Hopefully Son will have really hit form along with Rafinha by then. Nice run of fixtures for both,
      --
      Lukaku - Toney (Hwang)

      Again I hope the fixtures kick Lukaku and Toney into top form.
      Big risk selling Antonio - but West Ham's really nice run of fixtures is gw16 - gw27

      1. Camzy
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Seems sound. I will say that taking a -4 for the emerging GK is probably worth doing on a swing week. Doing it in GW9 for instance to buy Ramsdale the same week Sanchez plays City will almost certainly be worth it long term.

        Funny that I learnt that lesson from FPL General last season when he started with Ramsdale (lol) and kept him for so long because he had no free FT to fix him when if he just took a -4 for Martinez in one week even though it might not pay off immediately, will have been worth it long term by like 20 points.

        Ramsdale looks like he's the one to get. Arsenal's defensive numbers are really good since he's started. I do think you'll want to board this train and GW9 seems like a good opportunity.

        1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
          • 12 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Unfortunately I have two transfers planned for
          gw9
          Rafinha in for Sarr
          and J
          ames in for Coady -4

          So the Brighton keepers are likely to stay.
          I did consider Ramsdale on my gw4 WC but thought it too risky. In fairness Brighton are not doing too bad defensively at all..

          Funny thing is last season I had Martinez who was flying. Made the mistake of getting Johnstone in as a playing sub keeper when Martinez was suspended for a -4. Benched Martinez the following week for Johnstone as well. Ended up costing me 20 points over all or something like it.
          So maybe that is at the back of my mind now. Leave the keepers alone.

          You are probably right about Ramsdale though. He looks good for save points as well (unlike Sanchez).

    17. dshv
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      WC

      sanchez
      Taa cancelo rudiger white livra
      Salah son raphinha mbuemo townsend
      Antonio lukaku?

      Son or jesus ?

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Son

    18. AdamJ91
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Has anyone found a WC team with Salah, Lukaku & Ronaldo in or are we definitely losing Ronaldo?

      Obviously rest of team would have cheaper players but some have decent enough value for price.

      1. Esalman
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        I did WC this week and I have those trio. I did pretty well despite two of them blanking thanks to last minute Chilwell pick and planned Arsenal defense double up. Going forward I'm debating losing Ronaldo to get Son but I'll hold FT this week.

        1. AdamJ91
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Obviously they're a good chunk of the budget gone and perhaps losing Ronaldo is the way to go but it's not just anyone, it's Ronaldo who can produce against anyone.

          1. Esalman
            • 12 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Yep even though I just WC, I kind of want Son and Vardy now. But still just not going to take Ronaldo out for a hit. I'll wait and see.

      2. EffPeeEll
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Not yet

        Looks like a potential Garth Crooks strikeforce in an upcoming team of the week though.

    19. Cheeto__Bandito
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Ederson worth it with spare cash on WC, seems like he will print 6 pointers with their fixtures

      1. RedRo
          3 months, 17 days ago

          6m keepers very rarely work out but I'm tempted as just seem to have 6 defenders I want for 5 slots and this seems to be an alternative

      2. The-Red-1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        How's this wacky WC with no Trent?

        McCarthy Foster
        Chilwell Rudiger Dias Cancelo Livramento
        Salah Son Raphinha Mbuemo Allan
        Lukaku Antonio Pukki

        1. RedRo
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Mostly good. I wouldn't be touching Pukki on WC though.

        2. Kane5
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          WC team - keen for other's thoughts. Cheers

          Raya (Foster)
          TAA James Dias (White, Livramento)
          Salah Grealish/Foden Raphinha Saka (Sissoko)
          Lukaku Antonio Armstrong

          1. RedRo
              3 months, 17 days ago

              It's good - slight concern that bench is maybe a touch light for James + potentially Foden in the starting lineup (I'd change the lineup rather than the bench)

              1. Kane5
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                Thanks yeah didn't think too much about the potential rotation but you raise a good point. Definite risk with City and Chelsea assets

          2. Will1988
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 17 days ago

            I'm still not sure if i need to wildcard, but this is a WC draft.

            .4 left

            Ramsdale,Foster
            Cancelo,Rudiger,White,Livramento,Manquillo
            Salah,KDB,Raphinha,ESR,Luiz
            Lukaku,Antonio,Toney

            Thoughts appreciated

          3. Cojones of Destiny
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Jota + Marcal to Townsend/Douc + Cancelo for a hit yay or nay