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Injury updates on Rudiger, Lukaku, Jota and more: Early Gameweek 8 team news

As always seems to be the case over international breaks, the injury flags are stacking up in Fantasy Premier League (FPL).

The pre-Gameweek 8 press conferences on Thursday and Friday will hopefully tell us more about the condition of the Premier League players who have picked up knocks, muscle strains and illnesses over the international fortnight but for those Fantasy managers thinking of making early transfers, we’ll round up what we know already here.

ROMELU LUKAKU

Romelu Lukaku (£11.7m) played no part in Belgium’s UEFA Nations League third/fourth play-off against Italy on Sunday, withdrawing from his national team’s squad ahead of that fixture with “muscle fatigue”.

Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez said of the issue in his pre-match press conference:

“Romelu Lukaku is suffering from muscle fatigue, same as Eden Hazard. They’re not in best conditions to play. They’re leaving the national team camp due to these problems – I don’t know how long it will take.”

ANTONIO RUDIGER

Antonio Rüdiger (£5.8m) missed Monday’s World Cup qualifier against North Macedonia with back problems.

The Chelsea stopper was absent from Germany’s final training session before that game but national team coach Hansi Flick had played down the severity of Rudiger’s injury:

“Antonio Rudiger didn’t train as a precautionary measure, he received treatment and was doing well today.

“It was a precautionary measure. The final training was more a matter of regeneration anyway. So it was okay for him in the hotel.”

DIOGO JOTA

Diogo Jota (£7.6m) missed Portugal’s win over Qatar on Saturday and has subsequently withdrawn from his national team’s squad.

Portuguese website SAPO Desporto initially reported that the Liverpool man hadn’t trained with his compatriots ahead of that international friendly “due to muscle problems” but comments from Portugal head coach Fernando Santos on Monday seemed to imply that Jota isn’t too badly injured:

“He trained a while ago, increased the intensity today with [the physio] but he didn’t train with us. The probability [that Jota will play] will be little. I’ll talk to him and see how he feels.

“If we see that he is in any condition to be on the bench and then he can come in, that’s fine. If we don’t, we won’t take the risk with a player who hasn’t been able to train with us for a long time. I’ll make the decision shortly, and if he can’t play, he’ll head back to Liverpool.”

RAPHAEL VARANE

Raphael Varane (£5.5m) picked up a muscle injury in Sunday’s UEFA Nations League final against Spain, limping off shortly before half-time.

The defender was subsequently pictured with ice on his right thigh and, on Tuesday, was ruled out for “a few weeks” by his club.

Owners of Jamie Vardy (£10.5m) will be watching with interest as Manchester United could be without both first-choice centre-halves for the clash with Leicester City, as Harry Maguire (£5.4m) remains a doubt for Gameweek 8.

LUCAS DIGNE

Missing out on France’s Nations League final success altogether was Lucas Digne (£5.3m).

The Everton left-back had previously withdrawn from his country’s squad due to a minor hamstring injury, despite being on the bench for Les Bleus’ 3-2 win over Belgium on Thursday.

The last update from the Toffees on Friday said that he would “return to USM Finch Farm to be assessed by the club’s medical team.”

VLADIMIR COUFAL

Vladimír Coufal (£4.9m) withdrew from the Czech Republic’s squad last week due to a minor groin injury – presumably the same problem that initially rendered him a doubt for Gameweek 7.

West Ham United’s Head of Medical, Richard Collinge, said:

“Vladimir has a slight groin injury that has caused him some discomfort. Both ourselves and the Czech Republic medical team agreed that it would be beneficial for him to get some rest during this period, and we will manage his recovery carefully with a view to him being available for selection again as soon as possible.”

OTHER INTERNATIONAL BREAK INJURIES/ILLNESSES

Kristoffer Ajer (£4.5m), Johann Berg Gudmundsson (£5.5m), Josh King (£5.5m), Mathias Normann (£4.5m), Che Adams (£6.8m), Jonny Evans (£5.4m) and Kalvin Phillips (£4.9m) have also all withdrawn from their respective national team squads but haven’t yet been ruled out of Gameweek 8.

Francisco Sierralta (£4.3m) will miss the upcoming Gameweek with a hamstring injury that forced his withdrawal from the Chile squad, however, while Francisco Trincao (£5.9m) must surely be a doubt for Wolves’ trip to Aston Villa after testing positive for Covid-19 while away with Portugal last Wednesday.

Curtis Jones (£5.0m) recovered from groin tightness to be on the bench for the England under-21s’ clash with Andorra on Monday, while Kelechi Iheanacho (£7.0m) had shaken off a knock that he picked up against Central African Republic on Thursday to feature against the same opposition on Sunday.

LATE RETURNEES?

As reported in our international break bible, there are 17 FPL assets representing South American nations over this two-week window.

Raphinha (£6.6m), Gabriel Jesus (£8.6m) and Emiliano Martinez (£5.5m) are among them.

Since that article, the head coaches of both Argentina and Brazil have confirmed that the Premier League contingent would not be returning to their clubs early and would instead be involved in World Cup qualifiers in the early hours of Friday morning, barely 36 hours before Gameweek 8 gets underway.

“There was never that possibility [of them returning to England early]. They were called up for the three games.” – Tite, Brazil manager

“We are not going to do the same as last time with the Premier League players. Before the game with Venezuela [in the September break] I said that they came to play all three games but the players raised a difficult decision for me and I understood it, I released them.

“Now the players are here to play the three games. Under no point of view, they will leave earlier.” – Lionel Scaloni, Argentina manager

RETURNING TO ACTION IN GAMEWEEK 8?

Thursday and Friday’s pre-match press conferences will be a must-watch not just for updates on the returning internationals but for the latest on the previously sidelined players who were earmarked for a comeback after this domestic football-less fortnight.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m), Richarlison (£7.4m), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£8.0m), Patrick Bamford (£7.8m) and Ilkay Gundogan (£7.2m) are among the more notable names who could be poised for a Gameweek 8 return.

Klopp previously said that he “expected” Alexander-Arnold back after the international break and he has indeed been pictured in training as of Tuesday, while Pep Guardiola was “hopeful” on Gundogan and Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.3m) likewise being available.

Bielsa’s timeline of a month for Bamford suggests he could be nearing a return in Gameweek 8, while Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison had already been on the grass around the time of Gameweek 7 so should be close to a playing comeback.

A raft of Newcastle players, including Callum Wilson (£7.3m), were also anticipated to be back on the training ground.

322 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Mind över Mata
    • 10 Years
    9 days, 8 hours ago

    Please finish my WC:

    Ramsdale
    XXX, XXX, TAA, Cancelo, Livramento
    ESR, Son, Salah, Raphinha, Brownhill
    Lukaku, Toney, Antonio

    A) Chilwell, White
    B) Rudiger, Duffy

    1. TheBiffas
        9 days, 8 hours ago

        A

      • RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        9 days, 8 hours ago

        Flip a coin. Probably do Chilwell and Duffy myself.

        1. Mind över Mata
          • 10 Years
          9 days, 8 hours ago

          In that case I could upgrade ESR -> Mbueno

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

            Really like that.

          2. Winston.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            9 days, 8 hours ago

            In that case Chilwell and Duffy. James should be fit soon I suppose, 0.1 cheaper than Chilwell. But you probably want Chilwell I suppose.

      • Bobby Digital
        • 4 Years
        9 days, 8 hours ago

        Rudiger White

        1. Mind över Mata
          • 10 Years
          9 days, 8 hours ago

          0.1 short

      • Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        9 days, 8 hours ago

        B. That is one of my WC drafts man for man.

        Which is why I'm tempted to be more ambitious and go without TAA as a differential for a few weeks.

      • I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
        • 2 Years
        9 days, 8 hours ago

        why ppl think suddenly Chilwell is nailed?

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          9 days, 8 hours ago

          He isn't nailed. Played well in the last league game. He has a high ceiling and most WC teams are choosing him along with a cheap playing bench option

        2. RogDog_jimmy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          9 days, 8 hours ago

          I get the sense most think that he’s slightly preferred long term to Alonso.

          Truth is it’s a gamble with huge upside for either - and he’s now 0.4 cheaper than Alonso.
          A pretty reasonable punt for me.

      • Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        9 days, 8 hours ago

        B is my preferred WC defence at the moment

      • sandman58
        • 2 Years
        9 days, 7 hours ago

        Why White if u have Ramsdale?
        Double Arsenal defence....not for me
        Maybe Veltman with Chilwell
        Though Chilwell not a cert starter

    2. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      9 days, 8 hours ago

      Thoughts on Watkins?

      I have Raph, Lukaku, Rudi, Jimenez and if 2 of them look like missing out I think I might use my FT.
      Don’t really want to lose any of the other three so likely it would be Jimenez > Watkins.

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        9 days, 8 hours ago

        I don't hate it.

      2. TheTinman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        9 days, 8 hours ago

        I'm keen on Watkins too. Could be shrewd

      3. Winston.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        9 days, 8 hours ago

        What about Bamford if fit?

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

          I have 0.0 itb so anything from Jimenez is maxed out at 7.4.

          Toney is another thought but I’m likely to do Benrahma > Mbuemo next week so don’t feel like doubling up in Brentford attackers.

          If I roll the transfer I could be keen on Bamford with a double move. Would like to see Leeds play well for a week before over committing on them - super disappointing so far.

    3. Best Jota Replacements
      Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 8 hours ago

      Jota owners, if he’s confirmed out for this game and possibly the next - who will you sell him for or will you hold?

      Been doing some analysis on the mids on the bracket just below 6-7m

      Best option appears to be saka or mbeumo assuming you already own Raph

      I would prefer not to go mbeumo until next week so perhaps saka, arsenal though

      1. TheTinman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        9 days, 8 hours ago

        If out for 2 weeks I'd go for Foden. If you can't go above then yeah, probably Mbeumo

      2. I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        9 days, 8 hours ago

        I'll probably go Foden but I really wanted to use my FT on Cancelo this week.

      3. RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        9 days, 8 hours ago

        Yeah that price range is tough - Mbuemo seems the obvious choice post-Chelsea.

        Torres is another one but not sure that actually gets you a playing player.

        I’d bite the bullet on Mbuemo I think in the end - Chelsea haven’t looked amazing and Brentford at home could steal something.
        I’m considering starting Duffy over Rudiger even.

        *Jota non-owner.

        1. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          9 days, 8 hours ago

          For me I also have sarr

          So thinking of jota to saka this week then sarr to mbeumo the week after

          1. RogDog_jimmy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            9 days, 7 hours ago

            Oh I like that then.

            My cheap midfield rankings go

            Raphinha
            Mbeumo
            Benrahma (only if you had him from 6.0)
            Saka
            Everton (Gray probably)
            ESR

            Or something like that.

            1. Sharkytect
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              9 days, 7 hours ago

              I think the whole bracket are dependent on fixtures. So for me benrahma is right down the bottom of the list and all the rest roughly tied below raphinha in first place!

      4. Joey Tribbiani
        • 1 Year
        9 days, 7 hours ago

        For me its Saka, Gallagher or Mbeumo, in that order probably

      5. DAZZ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        9 days, 7 hours ago

        Thinking Foden to be honest. Also have a bonfire called Traore that needs putting out. Mbuemo next week

      6. Sloopy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        9 days, 5 hours ago

        Mount for me. Give em 2 weeks and if it doesn’t work out sell for Mbeumo.

      7. Mince n Tatties
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        7 days, 1 hour ago

        Jota is in - Spud Jacket is on

    4. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      9 days, 8 hours ago

      How do we think Tuchel will handle Rudiger if he still hasn't signed a new contract by January?

      https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11095/12431425/antonio-rudiger-defender-assessing-options-as-contract-runs-down-but-chelsea-stay-still-possible

    5. CrouchDown
      • 9 Years
      9 days, 8 hours ago

      Is Jimenez a doubt?

      1. RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        9 days, 7 hours ago

        Just rumors about a late return from Mexico duty.

        I thought I saw somewhere saying they had an agreement he’d leave early - but I can’t be sure anymore.

        1. RogDog_jimmy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          9 days, 7 hours ago

          Should say it’s fear of a late return more so than rumors of a late return.

          Normal for folks to assume the worst.

    6. Sz21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 days, 8 hours ago

      On a -4 atm but still have some dodgy picks for the GW ahead.
      Leaning towards WC to just make some necessary changes now.

      1. WC and just get the squad sorted out properly with decent back up!
      2. Just leave it as it is and hope for the best this GW.

      Sanchez.
      Alonso, Rudiger, Cancelo, TAA.
      Salah, Raphinha, Gray.
      Jimenez, Anto, Lukaku.
      Bachmann, Benrahma, Bissouma, Tsimikas.
      0.2m ITB, -4 taken already

      1. RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        9 days, 7 hours ago

        That’s tough - team is awesome except for the weak last two bench spots. Yet you could conceivably have TAA, Alonso, Rudiger, Raphinha, Lukaku all out. (Or only 1-2 of them too).

        I might leave it as is and just hope the injury/late return stuff isn’t so bad.

        If you were to WC next week you’d almost chose this team with different cheap players. One week of pain might be worth saving the WC.

        Maybe.

        1. Sz21
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          9 days, 7 hours ago

          Cheers- yes similar thought process here.

          I've been making some drafts atm and they are looking sweet too. Just really tough to decide. Feeling a little behind WC'rs atm + not sure if there will be decent opportunities later which is something that is nagging at me too.

        2. Bruno Commando
          • 7 Years
          9 days, 6 hours ago

          this

    7. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 days, 8 hours ago

      These IBs are too long. I’m actually savouring the Saturday morning injury panic as we all beg around for last minute news on at risk players before pulling the trigger on potential transfers just to get 11 players out.

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        9 days, 7 hours ago

        Definitely the best way forward with Liverpool in the early KO with potential leaked line up and embargo from pressers

    8. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 days, 7 hours ago

      How many of your starting 11 need to be confirmed out before you are forced into the FH very much against your will …. You going with 10 players … 9,8,7 ….?

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        9 days, 7 hours ago

        Similar thinking to a BGW, if you have 7-8 players and cover the core/ highly owned players then you can get away with not using the FH.

      2. Holmes
        • 8 Years
        9 days, 7 hours ago

        If I have got 5-6 players after -8, then it's time to FH (if out for one week)

        If they are out for long, then FH won't solve the problems, it would just delay it.

      3. fish&chips
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        9 days, 7 hours ago

        I never think it's worth using the FH outside of the doubles / blanks. It's too valuable. Even with 4 or 5 out you can put a team out with a -8 or -12 which you should easily make from the FH.

        Having said that, I'm getting exhausted from these recent injuries. Team's been hammered ever since my GW5 WC.

        TAA, James, Jota, Bamford, Raphina, Shaw, Gilmour. It's been absolutely relentless.

      4. Tic Tacs
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        9 days, 7 hours ago

        I've pressed the Free Hit button already, I like the fixtures of City and Spurs this week along with Liverpool so am going in heavy on those without the risk of holding long-term. I also am happy with my team from GW9 onwards so it made sense for me this week, I've always used it in blanks and doubles but because most others do too it never feels as exciting.

    9. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
      • 2 Years
      9 days, 7 hours ago

      my current WC draft:
      Ramsdale
      Dias, Cancelo, Rudiger, Azpli
      Salah, Raphinha, Saka, Foden
      Lukaku, Antonio
      Foster, Livra, Hwang, Dougas Luiz
      ITB 0.8M

      gtg? I could get Hwang -> Toney but then no money in the bank and Brentford next two are hard scoring games for them. In the otther hand im priced out when Toney rises and its happening soonish and their fixtures are quite good after 2 games.

      Any other suggestions?

      1. mentaculus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        9 days, 7 hours ago

        I would just get Toney. Sounds like you want him when fixtures turn, so just bench him v Che, then Lei is not a bad fixture at all with their leaky defence at the moment

      2. Holmes
        • 8 Years
        9 days, 7 hours ago

        You can start with Brownhill instead of Luiz, gives you 0.1 cushion.

      3. RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        9 days, 7 hours ago

        Fun team for me.

        If you want Toney long term and are benching Hwang anyway I’d go straight to Toney.

        Money ITB doesn’t score you any points.

      4. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        9 days, 7 hours ago

        I'd get Toney right away.

      5. Pep bites Kun
        • 5 Years
        9 days, 7 hours ago

        I don't see Lei as an overly-tough fixture for Bre. Lei def hasn't been solid. I'd prefer Toney over Hwang, as you don't have Mbeumo.

      6. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
        • 2 Years
        9 days, 7 hours ago

        thanks guys. I will get Toney

    10. Flynny
      • 6 Years
      9 days, 7 hours ago

      Hi all...been sat on this wildcard draft since Friday and would appreciate any views please

      Brought son in on Friday night for 10m ahead of his rise. This draft is exact cash so taking it as a sign!! Thanks

      Ramsdale foster
      Taa cancelo rudiger duffy livra
      Salah son raphinha mbuemo brownhill
      Lukaku antonio hwang

      1. Holmes
        • 8 Years
        9 days, 7 hours ago

        Not much can be done with that set-up. Looks good.

        My personal preference are Dias over Cancelo, Raya over Ramsdale. Other than that, all set.

        1. Flynny
          • 6 Years
          9 days, 7 hours ago

          Thanks v much

          Think I'm happy with cancelo and ramsdale

          Dias will step in for trent if he looks set to miss gw8

      2. RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        9 days, 7 hours ago

        Yah a classic looking WC to me.

        For me it’s easier to drop TAA down to Dias when getting Son - use that money to upgrade Hwang. But this is great.

      3. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        9 days, 7 hours ago

        You're all set with that team.

      4. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        9 days, 7 hours ago

        Hopefully you have enough cover for TAA Rudiger Raphinia Lukaku

        1. Flynny
          • 6 Years
          9 days, 6 hours ago

          Expect lukaku and rudiger to be fine

          Will get dias if trent out

          Duffy can cover raph for 1 game

      5. TheTinman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        9 days, 7 hours ago

        This seems go be the template

      6. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        9 days, 7 hours ago

        Pretty sound to be fair …. Comfortable sitting on that, check late news Friday evening, and if you do nothing, your team is set.

      7. SKENG
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        9 days, 6 hours ago

        I think I prefer Jimenez and Armstrong over Antonio and Hwang, if you can make that work. Just something to think about.

      8. Mozumbus
          9 days, 6 hours ago

          It's a great team I'd say

          1. Flynny
            • 6 Years
            9 days, 6 hours ago

            Thanks v much for comments

            I'm not sure I have the balls to lose antonio given the ownership

            Good luck all!

      9. Athletico Underachieving
        • 1 Year
        9 days, 7 hours ago

        Ramsdale,
        TAA, Rudiger, Cancelo, Livra, Lowton
        Salah, Raph, Sarr,Gallagher, Sissoko
        Lukaku, Antonio, Jimi

        Was set on Sarr - Grealish, but given the various flags plus Raph, is the sensible moving upgrading Lowton? Marcal is an easy swap

        1. Holmes
          • 8 Years
          9 days, 7 hours ago

          Let's see who is fit. If Trent is good to go, you can roll with 4-3-3 and still do Sarr move.

          Lowton move is a luxury transfer which I wouldn't bother with as long as you can field full XI.

          1. Athletico Underachieving
            • 1 Year
            9 days, 7 hours ago

            Fair point…I just fear minus points from Lowton. That said, might be a few -4s done anyway!

            1. Holmes
              • 8 Years
              9 days, 7 hours ago

              Just stick him on last bench spot.

      10. MountainBeach
        • 9 Years
        9 days, 7 hours ago

        Sanchez
        TAA Rudiger White
        Salah Saka Benny Greenwood
        Antonio CR Jimenez

        Foster Coady Allan Williams.

        Didd Sarr to Saka earlier this week due to Raph's risk of not playing. Thinking of doing Greenwood to Foden this week for a hit. And then CR to Lukaku next GW. Thoughts?

      11. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        9 days, 7 hours ago

        Mexico playing 3am Thursday. Is Jimmy going to get enough time to recover to play on Saturday? I doubt it annoyingly as I really wanted him on WC

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          9 days, 7 hours ago

          50/50 for me so I’m transferring him to Hwang.

          1. Ask Yourself
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            9 days, 7 hours ago

            Not a fan of Hwang personally but never tried so may be convinced

            1. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              9 days, 6 hours ago

              Use butter

      12. Zilla
        • 4 Years
        9 days, 7 hours ago

        Anyone getting Vardy on WC?

        1. Ask Yourself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          9 days, 7 hours ago

          Maybe with Varane and Maguire out for GW8 against him and nice fixtures thereafter

        2. baggins46
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          9 days, 7 hours ago

          Yes - but keep quiet or they all will ....

        3. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          9 days, 7 hours ago

          Have got him in - no WC

          The rage is for Son who is also a good pick but really there is nothing between them fixture wise in the next 4. Son does look better after that. Can see myself moving onto him as well around 12.

          Part of my argument for Vardy is his record of being a form player. His returns in the last few seasons have come in spurts generally and you strike while he's hot. They're both outperforming underlying stats but Vardy has the more interesting stats for me.

          1. Zilla
            • 4 Years
            9 days, 6 hours ago

            It's between Vardy and Son for me as well and this was my reasoning too.

      13. Hint
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        9 days, 7 hours ago

        This season has been ridiculous. I bought DCL and Bamford in for them to be immediately unavailable. James too was rested and then played 30 mins. This week I have TAA, James, Rudiger, Raphinha, Jota, Lukaku. Will it stop?

        1. TheTinman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          9 days, 7 hours ago

          I think 4 of those will play. Good luck!

      14. RedWolf
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        9 days, 7 hours ago

        Thoughts on this?

        Ramsdale Foster
        TAA Azpi Cencelo Dias Livramento
        Salah Son Raphinha Mbuemo Luiz
        Antonio Jesus Toney

        No Lukaku but can't have the lot!

        1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 12 Years
          9 days, 7 hours ago

          Too much Brazil.

      15. Water_Pink
        • 11 Years
        9 days, 7 hours ago

        Laporte or Walker ?

        1. RogDog_jimmy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          9 days, 7 hours ago

          Laporte for me.

          1. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            9 days, 7 hours ago

            He's a real tempter

            Really wasn't that long ago he was rated pretty much equal to VVD as a threat for random CB attacking returns. He's the one with the history of getting all but 180 points in a season.

      16. I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        9 days, 7 hours ago

        Will wait for team news obviously but is it madness to be considering Free Hit if I've got TAA, Reece James, Jota, Raphinha and Lukaku?

        1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 12 Years
          9 days, 7 hours ago

          Depends on the other 8 outfield players.

          1. I Member
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            9 days, 7 hours ago

            It's probably totally unnecessary but somewhat tempting to triple on City with KDB on a FH.

      17. EL tridente
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 7 hours ago

        Who to start?
        A) Sarr
        B) White

        1. Bobby Digital
          • 4 Years
          9 days, 7 hours ago

          B

      18. We Go Again
        • 7 Years
        9 days, 7 hours ago

        Sanchez Steele
        TAA* Rudiger* Tierney Marcal Livra
        Salah Jota* Raphinha* Gray Sissoko
        Lukaku* Ronaldo Scarlett

        So many doubts going into the next GW.... 2 FT 0 itb no wc, any ideas?

        1. RogDog_jimmy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          9 days, 7 hours ago

          For me I’d ask who I wanted to keep medium-long term vs willing to let go.

          So I’d move TAA and Jota.

          Plenty of options if you do that.

          Obviously I’d keep anyone who is playing though.

        2. I Member
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          9 days, 7 hours ago

          Got to hang tight and wait for team news for a clearer picture. I have pretty much the same doubts in my team (James instead of Rudiger) and no idea what to do yet.

      19. Oggle22
        • 4 Years
        9 days, 7 hours ago

        How's she looking?

        Ramsdale
        Rudiger Christensen Laporte
        Salah Raphina ESR Townsend
        Antonio Lukaku CR7

        Foster Luiz Livramento Manquillo

        Cheers

        1. Water_Pink
          • 11 Years
          8 days, 7 hours ago

          Good team

      20. House Frey Wedding Planner
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 7 hours ago

        Who would be the better premium differential on a WC from this lot if Lukaku is ruled out:

        A - KDB
        B - Son
        C - Vardy

        1. ANGRY PERSON
            9 days, 7 hours ago

            A or C

          • RogDog_jimmy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            9 days, 7 hours ago

            Vardy so you can get right back to Rom for the Norwich game if you want.

            1. ANGRY PERSON
                9 days, 7 hours ago

                This

              • pingissimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                9 days, 7 hours ago

                Fair point

                The other one is that if you look below the premium category and want to downgrade in a few weeks there are way more alternatives up top in the 8.0 range than there are in midfield.

                In principle I'd prefer to be putting money up top.

            2. Zilla
              • 4 Years
              9 days, 7 hours ago

              If it's 1 match I'd consider Kane. If not, C.

            3. House Frey Wedding Planner
              • 3 Years
              9 days, 7 hours ago

              Cheers all

          • sirmorbach
            • 5 Years
            9 days, 7 hours ago

            What do you think, ladies and gentlemen?

            Ramsdale / Foster
            TAA / Cancelo / Dias / Rüdiger / Livramento
            Salah / Raphinha / Zaha / Townsend / Luiz
            Lukaku / Antonio / Toney

            1. Water_Pink
              • 11 Years
              8 days, 7 hours ago

              Good to see zaha in a team

          • I Member
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            9 days, 7 hours ago

            Trent's ownership down to 22% and continuing to drop. Looking forward to him being a differential.

          • SKENG
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            9 days, 7 hours ago

            This is an easy save this week with 0 ITB right?
            I know Harrison & no TAA is a problem, but better to reconsider next week with 2 FTs?

            Ramsdale
            Cancelo Azpi Rudiger
            Salah Son Raphinha Harrison
            Lukaku Jimenez Antonio

            Foster Livra Williams Brownhill

            1. Geordie19
              • 5 Years
              9 days, 6 hours ago

              Yes hold if possible

            2. bitm2007
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              9 days, 6 hours ago

              Hold. Your D looks good for the next 4 GW's, then find a way of getting TAA in for one of the Chelsea boys.

          • pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            9 days, 7 hours ago

            Prevailing orthodoxy appears to be fixtures trump form. Praps a decent starting point but here is part of my argument for Vardy. I'm not sure he bets the rules 😉

            Last season 17 goals - including 13 goals in 14 weeks
            Season before 23 goals - including 16 in 13 weeks
            Season before that 18 goals - including 11 goals in 11 weeks

            This season so far 6 goals in 7 weeks.

            1. pingissimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              9 days, 6 hours ago

              *obeys

            2. Max City
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              9 days, 6 hours ago

              Would you have him instead of Lukaku?

              1. pingissimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                9 days, 6 hours ago

                Right now the only fixture for Lukaku I'm sold on is week 9 and that's largely a captaincy thing and I have an easy enough route to hold them both then with a power defence. My compromise has been to ditch to Antonio which could of course backfire but there we go.

                There's nothing inevitable about Vardy at all of course. That's part of the joy of owning him. His pricing means that he's pretty much always a slightly offbeat choice and typically only becomes template quite a long way into one of his runs.

                For me it partially comes down to trust. Vardy is a player I know I'm able to hold through some blanks without worrying about lack of returns and he's unlikely to push me Into a knee-jerk transfer. He'll go when I reckon the golden run is over and is in anyway for a stretch.

                I don't have the same relationship with Lukaku who's also decently more expensive. Right now he's one to hit a fixture or two or three and see what happens.

          • dshv
            • 4 Years
            9 days, 6 hours ago

            On WC

            1. Smith roe
            2. Townsend
            3. Hwnag (3-4-3 without 1and 2)

            1. Geordie19
              • 5 Years
              9 days, 6 hours ago

              Hwang for me but like ESR

          • Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            9 days, 6 hours ago

            That’s good news on jota from the Portugal manager, sounds like he’ll at least be in with a shout for Watford

            1. I Member
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              9 days, 6 hours ago

              Doesn't sound like he has a clue to me.

              1. Steve The Spud
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                9 days, 6 hours ago

                Well he trained and increased the intensity

                That’s a lot better than being in the swimming pool

          • Geordie19
            • 5 Years
            9 days, 6 hours ago

            Thoughts on Ramsdale vs Raya on wildcard?
            Also, if Raph is out, may start with Torres for the next 2 but don’t like booking a transfer.

            Currently at: (0.6 ITb)
            Xx (Foster)
            TAA Dias Cancelo Azpili (Livra)
            Torres ESR Salah (Mbeumo, Bhill)
            Lukaku Antonio Toney

            1. Max City
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              9 days, 6 hours ago

              Both are good, pick one then forget

          • Max City
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            9 days, 6 hours ago

            Lukaku Son Hwang for Sarr ASM Ronaldo, yes or no?

            1. Meechoo115
                9 days, 6 hours ago

                Son not for me given good options in defence