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FPL Gameweek 8 injury and team news: Updates on Raphinha, Torres and more

We’ve got all the Gameweek 8 team news so far in our latest injury round-up of the pre-match press conferences, with Raphinha the headline act from Thursday’s conference calls.

Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa was one of six Premier League head coaches to face the media on Thursday, while a further 13 top-flight bosses are set to provide us with injury updates on Friday.

New Watford head coach Claudio Ranieri spoke to reporters yesterday and you can find updates on the Hornets’ injury latest here.

We’ll round up the key updates from today’s pressers in the article below. Don’t forget to keep checking our Predicted Line-ups page and Injuries and Bans tab, which will be gradually updated between now and Saturday’s Fantasy Premier League (FPL) deadline.

LEEDS UNITED

Raphinha’s involvement against Southampton looks in some doubt and will partly hinge on how many minutes he racks up for Brazil in their World Cup qualifier against Uruguay on Friday morning.

Marcelo Bielsa said that there were “many aspects to consider” when evaluating whether Raphinha would feature, citing game-time and travel as factors.

“The options that he has to participate in the game on Saturday depends on whether he plays this final [Brazil] game tonight, how many minutes he plays, how he finishes the game, after he has participated in it, how efficient the rest he can have in the next 36 hours is considering that a third of those will be spent flying, and if there’s any risk that the fatigue could cause injuries, then we won’t risk him. There are so many aspects to consider that I can’t offer you any certainties either way.” – Marcelo Bielsa on Raphinha

Robin Koch (pelvis), Patrick Bamford (ankle) and Luke Ayling (knee) remain out but Bielsa confirmed on Thursday that Adam Forshaw (thigh) and Crysencio Summerville (illness) have been passed fit, while Kalvin Phillips (calf) “has chances” of being able to play after withdrawing from the England squad over the international break.

“Bamford won’t play. He has a problem in his ankle which we informed previously. His recovery is subject to the evolution of the injury. I anticipated a date [for him to return], it wouldn’t be because I have arguments to do so. The evolution we have to control is on a day-to-day.

“Kalvin [Phillips] has chances of being able to do so.

“Koch is in the US where he will undergo a simple procedure to try and solve his problem in the pubis. Ayling is at the halfway stage of his process of recovery. Forshaw and Summerville are available again.” – Marcelo Bielsa

BURNLEY

Ben Mee will miss the trip to Manchester City after testing positive for Covid-19, while Matej Vydra and Charlie Taylor are doubts after picking up knocks over the international break.

Maxwell Cornet‘s hamstring injury looks to have cleared up, however, with the winger jetting off to join up with the Ivory Coast squad in the last week and then rejoining training today.

“The only one we’ve got missing, not because of injury but because of Covid, unfortunately, is Ben Mee. He’s fine but he’s tested positive so he has to go through the protocols before he comes back in.

“A few knocks, Vyds come back with a bit of a knock, so we’ll wait and see on that one. Probably touch and go. Charlie Taylor has had a couple of knocks, a little bit touch and go on him. Maxwell [Cornet] has come through fine, he’s trained today.” – Sean Dyche

ARSENAL

Granit Xhaka (knee) is a long-term absentee but aside from a “minor injury” that renders Gabriel Martinelli a doubt for the visit of Crystal Palace, Mikel Arteta said that he had no fitness concerns following the end of the October international break. 

“Not any bad news, at the moment everybody seems to be OK. Granit [Xhaka] is progressing really well but obviously, we know that it’s a long-term injury.

“We haven’t had the players here yet. Some of them because they’re still traveling and they’ve not been assessed by the medical staff.

“Unfortunately, [Martinelli] got injured last week – it’s a minor injury and we don’t know if he’s going to be available for Monday.” – Mikel Arteta

SOUTHAMPTON

Che Adams (muscle) has joined Jack Stephens (knee) on the sidelines for Southampton’s clash with Leeds, although the striker’s injury – unlike that of Stephens – isn’t a serious one.

Tino Livramento was among the Southampton players who were representing their countries over the October international break but, Adams aside, Ralph Hasenhuttl has reported no fresh concerns from his returning squad members.

James Ward-Prowse begins a three-match ban, however.

“Jack Stephens is still out. We have Che Adams returning back from the internationals with a muscle injury. It’s not too serious but for this game on the weekend, he is definitely out.

“I’ve not seen everybody back so far but the reports have been quite positive for the rest, that they are all well.” – Ralph Hasenhuttl

BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION

Steven Alzate (ankle) and Danny Welbeck (hamstring) are both set for spells on the sidelines after undergoing surgery but Brighton have been handed a boost by the return of Enock Mwepu (groin), Adam Webster (hamstring) and Yves Bissouma (knee) to training.

“Both Danny Welbeck and Steven Alzate suffered injuries in the Crystal Palace match which require surgery, and therefore both players will be out for a significant period of time.

“Enock Mwepu, Adam Webster and Yves Bissouma are back in training, and all three have a chance of being available for selection this weekend.” – Graham Potter

BRENTFORD

Thomas Frank confirmed late this afternoon that Kristoffer Ajer (hamstring) and Vitaly Janelt (thigh) should both be fit to play for Brentford against Chelsea after missing out in Gameweek 7.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS

Aside from the six official pre-match pressers, there was also news emerging from Spain that Ferran Torres is set to miss up to six weeks of action with a foot fracture. Manchester City confirmed the midfielder is injured but haven’t put an exact timeframe on his recovery.

Everton boss Rafael Benitez was speaking to the club’s in-house media, meanwhile, and said of his walking wounded:

“The international break is an opportunity to bring back players. Alex Iwobi was training and [so were] Digne and Coleman – that is good news for us – they have started training with the team.

“The others are improving and we will see in the week how they are. Lucas [Digne] had an issue and for two or three days was under treatment but he has started training.

“Fingers crossed [for Yerry Mina], hopefully everything will be fine in the last game [for Colombia], then we will see.” – Rafael Benitez

914 Comments Post a Comment
  1. AYLD28
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Thoughts on this wildcard? Pretty differential…

    Ramsdale
    TAA James Chilwell Cancelo (Livra)
    Salah Son Foden Mbeumo ESR
    Lukaku Armstrong (4.5)

    I was all set to go 3 up top but I don’t hate the rolling 4-4-2 / 3-5-2

    Thoughts?

    1. Big_Andy_GAWA
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Like it. Some defence!! Haha. Wouldn't take the risk with Chilwell, TBF. Like it other than that...

      1. AYLD28
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        It’s basically

        Hwang + Duffy
        in a rotating 3-4-3/3-5-2

        Or

        Laporte/Chilwell + 4.5 dudd
        In a rotating 4-4-2/3-5-2

    2. Albrightondknight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Risky but you have Livra and a mid to cover from the bench each week.
      I think I would definitely go “safer” with Rudiger over one of the 2 Che defenders spots.
      Well actually I would rather have a second City defender like Dias over two Che defenders but cost is probably the issue.

      1. Albrightondknight
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Overall I don’t mind 4 big defenders at the back there just needs to be some risk balance.
        I have even considered a big 5 at the back but starting to think that Livra might be too much of a gift to pass on.

    3. Redhawk
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      I was considering 4 big at the back on a WC, but after thinking about it for ages decided on just 3 as I also had 3 up top and it would mean 343 every week or benching headache.

      I don't mind benching a Duffy or Livramento!

    4. DandyDon
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      To much money in defence, like Andy says Chillwell or James to big a risk. Could be odd week both don’t play!

    5. Amartey Partey
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Not a fan of Armstrong, and if I was on a WC I'd possibly go with a one-week punt on Mahrez.

  2. Albrightondknight
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Not just for this week as James May be out, Would you have a second Chelsea defender like James or ESR?

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Ah that’s a shame.
      The Grand Tour won’t be the same.

      1. Albrightondknight
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        🙂
        Can’t even get away with a capital added by autocorrect round here!!
        Good one 🙂
        As to the question I tried to pose?

  3. dshv
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    If i have ramsdale than
    Duffy is better pick than white?

    1. chelseabrad
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Yes

    2. DandyDon
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Depends how much of a risk taker you are. Not sure I could trust Aresenal yet for a double up so Duffy probably better considering it Norwich.

  4. Redhawk
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Why is Trent still flagged?

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Flag will probably come off when he actually plays.

    2. Amartey Partey
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Klopp hasn't given press conference yet.

  5. VIVA_RONALDO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    a) TAA, Saka, Jimmy
    b) Dias, Son, Armstrong/Toney

    1. chelseabrad
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      both good but b

  6. chelseabrad
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Lukaku 3 blanks in a row, why has everyone still got him in their wc teams?

    1. Big_Andy_GAWA
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      'Cos he plays Norwich next week and Brentford this one...

      1. Konstaapeli
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        And then its new & BUR

    2. DandyDon
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Cos he’s gonna explode!

    3. Little Red Lacazette
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Upcoming fixtures

    4. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      It’s a secret. Don’t get him.

    5. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      His fixtures couldn't get much better

    6. Redhawk
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Was very tempted to drop and spread the cash but everyone in my league will have him and captain at least once in the next few weeks, if he gets a brace or more in those, it would put me further behind

    7. Amartey Partey
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      4 blanks in a row.

  7. Little Red Lacazette
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Decided to save WC and go with this. Good luck all.

    Sanchez
    TAA Rudiger White
    Salah(C) Jota Greenwood Sarr
    Jimenez Lukaku Antonio

    Steele Livramento Brownhill Amartey

    1. Albrightondknight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Did you have Greenwood and Sarr before WC. I would take a second look at those 2 positions and see what you could do instead.
      Just my opinion but there is no way I would WC right now and not have 1 or maybe 2 City defenders they are petty much points in the bank.

      1. ZimZalabim
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        hes saying hes saved his wc not used it or on it and is going ahead with this team

  8. Konstaapeli
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    I'm actually considering Werner+Lukaku combo on WC. Fixtures are unbelievable.

    1. DandyDon
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      I would love to be brave enough to have gone for Werner…think we need to see him start a few more games. Tuchel doesn’t seem to know his best formation yet.

    2. NateDog
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      I can see Werner being benched against Brentford for Havertz, they'll be a lot tighter at the back and won't play a high line like Southampton

      1. Konstaapeli
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Risky for sure. But tempting...

  9. George James
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Guys some help Appreciated for my team “Flagged FC”

    A) Semedo >> 5m Def

    B) Raphina >> 6.6m mid

    C) something else 1FT 0.1itb

    D) leave it and pray

    Sa
    TAA* Rudiger* Livramento
    Salah Doucoure Jota*Raphina*
    Antonio Ronaldo Jimenez

    Steele / Semedo / Sissoko / Williams.

    1. Redhawk
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Why change Semedo??

    2. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Rudiger to James. It isn't that sideways?

      1. George James
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        I did James to Rudiger last game week. Rather delete my team than do it back 🙂

  10. Kay317
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    First sub to cover Raphinha?
    A) Livra
    B) Semedo

    1. DandyDon
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Livra all the way this week. I’m starting him.

    2. Little Red Lacazette
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      A

    3. Il Capitano
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      A

  11. sirmorbach
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Is Mbeumo + Toney just too much?

    1. DandyDon
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      This week yes!

    2. Redhawk
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      In a couple of weeks their fixtures could be gold

  12. Sid07
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Wildcard draft suggestions??

    Sanchez foster
    TAA cancelo rudiger livera white
    Salah grealish raphina mbeumo brownhill
    Lukaku jimi Antonio

    0.0 ITB

    1. FantasyHero
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Love it

    2. Albrightondknight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Pretty template looks good.

    3. PompeyUpNorth!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      I’d have Steele as back up then defo guaranteed a keeper but looks good

    4. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      I like it, but Guiata may have more BPS in him.

      Rudi to James and Sanchez to a 4.6?

      V good though

  13. Big_Andy_GAWA
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Raphinha (that how you spell it?! Lol) is surely not gonna play, is he?! Brazil's match is early tomorrow morning UK time, and he then travels back to England. Tough to see how he starts that game,.TBH. Hmmm...

    1. Dexters Laboratory
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Very Doubtful.. I'll still have him and Livermento off the bench

      1. I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Not worried he makes a sub appearance or would you prefer that to starting Livra?

        1. Big_Andy_GAWA
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          I'm starting Livra, anyway.

        2. Dexters Laboratory
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 21 days ago

          I'd probably wait to see what they say in the pressers tomorrow.. I'd start Livermento if I thought he wasn't starting

          1. Crunchie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Presser is in the main page 🙂

  14. Dexters Laboratory
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 21 days ago

    WC locked in except for the last position.. who should be my 7th attacker
    A) Hwang (3-4-3)
    B) Smith Rowe (3-5-2)

    1. ArseneAllTheWay
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Esr

    2. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      B

  15. Colby
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Evening everyone.
    Can you appraise my wildcard squad please?

    Ramsdale || Foster
    Laporte || James || Llorente || Duffy || Liveramento
    Salah || KDB || Raphinha || Saka || Mbuemo
    Lukaku || DCL || Archer

    1. FantasyHero
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Like it

      Different

  16. Alex1995
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Best midfielder for 7.9 or less on WC?

    Currently have Salah, Raph and Mbuemo

    1. Dexters Laboratory
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Foden, Saka

      1. Dexters Laboratory
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Probably add Grealish to that list

    2. Redhawk
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Do you have enough cover to punt on Foden?

      1. Alex1995
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Yeah I do

      2. Redhawk
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        I would be tempted if I had the chance. Couldn't get him in though

    3. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Foden, Mount or Saka.

      1. Eastman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Foden or Mount.

    4. Podorsky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Mahrez

      1. Podorsky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Sorry hes too expensive

    5. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Foden. Need Man City attack if on a WC.

  17. FantasyHero
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    What shall I do?

    Sanchez (4.0)
    Cancelo Alonso liv (marcal* Williams)
    Salah jota* Ben gray (sissoko)
    Ronaldo antonio jimmy

    1. Play liv & jota
    2. Marcal to Dias-4 and play Dias not liv
    3. Jota to grealish/foden -4

  18. RUUD!
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Would you go with Raphina if on wildcard? And if so are you starting him this week?

    1. Dexters Laboratory
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Yes and Yes unless we hear he's definitely out

    2. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Yes I would.

      I may bench him for White or Livra, not sure yet. Bit worried he could come on for a 1 pointer.

    3. The 12th Man
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      There’s plenty of cheap options you can get to cover a Raphinha no show. So I would, yes.
      Good fixtures after.

      1. Eastman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        I am

      2. Flynny
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        I may go saka instead.....

        I'll have cancelo and prob James on my wildcard who may not start

        I have Duffy and livra as decent cover but may also plump for saka who playa Palace before moving to raph....Will decide tomorrow night

    4. Amartey Partey
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      No. He's overhyped as an FPL asset right now IMO.

    1. Konstaapeli
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Wonderful player. Would hate to see him in City shirt. Or any other that is not Arsenal.

  19. sirmorbach
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Ramsdale / Foster
    TAA, Cancelo, Rüdiger, __________ / Livramento
    Salah, Raphinha, __________ / Mbeumo, Brownhill
    Lukaku, Antonio, __________

    A. Dias, Saka, Jiménez
    B. Dias, Zaha, Toney
    C. Duffy, Foden, Jiménez

    What do you say?

    1. Tinfoil Deathstar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      A out of those three. Would find a way to get Son though if on WC.

  20. Tinfoil Deathstar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Bench two of: Raphinha, Sarr, White, Livramento?

  21. Alex1995
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Really stuck between these 3 options on WC , any help appreciated..

    A)
    Ramsdale Foster
    TAA Cancelo Rudi Livra Manquillo
    Salah SON Raph Mbuemo GALLAGHER
    Lukaku TONEY HWANG

    B)
    Ramsdale Foster
    TAA Cancelo Rudi Livra Manquillo
    Salah FODEN Raph Mbeumo BROWNHILL
    Lukaku ANTONIO JIMI

    C)
    Ramsdale Foster
    Cancelo Dias Rudi Livra Manquillo
    Salah SON Raph Mbeumo BROWNHILL
    Lukaku ANTONIO TONEY

    1. Tinfoil Deathstar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Tricky. Wouldn’t sacrifice Trent so C a no go for me.

      Anyway of getting Son and Antonio in the same team? Not sure you need the Gallagher option on bench for A (benching headache every week) and you could save some funds by going James over Rudi.

      1. Alex1995
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Honestly I’ve tried haha, really struggling to find a way, would mean going with fodder third striker and fodder fifth mid and going 4-4-2

  22. Podorsky
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    What are City fans take on Mahrez starting, if and if not Jesus is back.

  23. Corona is not good 4 U
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 21 days ago

    What to do with this horror show?

    Sánchez, Foster
    Alexander-Arnold, Rüdiger, Shaw, Marcal, White
    Salah, Raphinha, Greenwood, Benrahma, Gilmour
    Ronaldo, Antonio, Saint-Maximin

    one free transfers and 0.2 in the bank.

    Thank you!

    1. Big_Andy_GAWA
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      It ain't that bad, surely!? Shaw to Cancello and you're pretty much GTG...

      1. Big_Andy_GAWA
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Apologies, you've not enough ££'s...

    2. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Downgrade Greenwood or Ronaldo and upgrade Shaw/Marcal?

  24. Collie01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    A player I haven't seen mentioned anywhere, even in detailed podcasts discussion about GKs, is Alex McCarthy.

    Southampton have been reasonably impressive defensively despite their tough opening fixtures. They have conceded 10 goals which isn't bad considering they had Man United, Chelsea, Man City, Everton and West Ham in that run. Conceded vs Chelsea when down to 10 men. In fact, of their 7 opponents so far, Newcastle are the only team not ranked in the top 7 for xG so far this season. And even Newcastle have been relatively decent in terms of attacking.

    Their next 5 fixtures (3 home 2 away) are all against teams in the bottom half of the xG table. Including Leeds next who are probably without Bamford and Raphinha.

    I don't think I or many other managers will realistically end up with McCarthy, mainly due to other decent looking options such as Raya, Ramsdale and Sanchez. Also a lot of managers can tap into the good fixtures with Livramento. I just think it's interesting to note that there are non-template options out there and it wouldn't surprise me at all if McCarthy was one of the top scoring keepers over the next 5.

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      He rotates really well with Ramsdale for nearly all of the remaining season if you do the 2x 4.5m GK strategy

      1. Collie01
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        This is true. A few years ago two rotating keepers was almost the norm, now I don't see anybody using it.

    2. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Too many managers don't even think seriously about goalkeepers. Just witness the number of managers that have complained about Sanchez, but still stuck with Sanchez on a WC, whether it's out of superstition (he'll punish me if I sell him!) or fear of ownership, or any other reason.

      1. Collie01
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Yes I agree that even this year, there's a growing feeling that a keeper transfer is purely for WC only. So people not even looking at fixtures and just resigned to having the same keeper for 20-30 GWs. Not saying that's necessarily a bad strategy, it's just surprising how pervasive that thinking has suddenly become.

        After this week for example, Sanchez to McCarthy for a FT could definitely pay off.

  25. Eastman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Finding my wildcard a bit of a nightmare. Really want TAA, Rudi, Raph and Lukaku but all doubts.

    1. Pedersen
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      James over Rudi ?

      1. Eastman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        You think he definitely starts?

        1. Pedersen
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Even if he don't, you would still have better fpl potential next gw regardless

    2. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Not much you can do until there is presser news.

      1. Eastman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        True

    3. Konstaapeli
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Think TAA and Lukaku will start

    4. Tinfoil Deathstar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Lukaku back in training. Likely just rested for Belgium as only mention of ‘muscle fatigue’ not an injury.

      TAA already confirmed fit to start.

      Raph will miss one game, tops.

      Rudi hasn’t trained today so might miss out, but James/Chilwell more exciting options anyway?

      1. Eastman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Thanks all. May we’ll opt for another Chelsea or even stretch to Azpi

  26. chaser123
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Ramsdale
    Cancelo Dias Rudiger Alonso
    Salah Saka Benrahma
    Lukaku Antonio Jimenez

    (Foster Raphinha Livramento Brownhill)

    A) Alonso to Trent
    B) Benrahma to Foden
    C) Save FT

    1. Gold Monster
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      A

  27. ZoumasBloomers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Settled on

    Ramsdale
    TAA Cancelo Azpilicueta (livra manquillo)
    Saka Salah Foden Mbuemo (brownhill)
    Antonio Lukaku Jimenez

    0.1 in the bank on WC. Tear it apart!

    1. tomasjj
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      decent, no complaints here.

    2. Alex1995
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Pretty good in all fairness, no Son is about the only flaw but you can’t have them all!

    3. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Nothing to tear apart really. It's quite solid and template.

      Personally I'd like another top defender instead of Manquillo. But I know it's difficult with funds. I might go for something like Manquillo and Jimi to Chilwell/James/Laporte and Armstrong or Hwang.

    4. Tinfoil Deathstar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      I like it. It’s a well balanced team. Still not sold on the Foden pick but I’ve been burnt by Mahrez and Torres this season so that’s probably my bias coming out there.

  28. Milkman Bruno
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Yikes. I’ve Alonso, Rudiger, Raphina, Jota and Dcl… and Bissouma

    • Well you know, Triffic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Is TAA essential on WC?

      1. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Andy is bringing him in this week, that's all you need to know.