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FPL Gameweek 8 round-up: Saturday review, injury news and the things we learned

You’d have been lucky to avoid at least one of your players suffering a benching in Fantasy Premier League (FPL) on Saturday, with usual suspects Pep Guardiola and Thomas Tuchel joined by plenty of others in throwing teamsheet curveballs aplenty.

Elsewhere on a busy day of FPL, Mohamed Salah (£12.7m) continued his red-hot form, Chelsea and Manchester City kept yet another clean sheet, and bargain-bin options Shane Duffy (£4.4m) and Tino Livramento (£4.2m) reminded us of their worth with solid defensive returns.

Our usual, more detailed Scout Notes will follow for all of the day’s games but in the meantime, our resurrected Scoreboard series rounds up the key goings-on from the day’s Gameweek 8 fixtures.

The graphics below are taken from LiveFPL, Ragabolly’s excellent and ever-expanding website, and our own Premium Members Area.

GOALS, ASSISTS, PROJECTED BONUS

INJURIES AND BANS

It was a fairly quiet day on the injury front, with few fresh concerns reported so far.

Marcelo Bielsa did however confirm after full-time that Kalvin Phillips (£4.9m) had missed out through a combination of hip and calf issues, while Junior Firpo (£4.8m) was absent with muscle problems.

Anthony Martial (£7.6m) sat out Manchester United’s defeat to Leicester City with a minor injury picked up while on duty with France but teammate Harry Maguire (£5.4m) made a swift return to playing action – and probably wished he hadn’t.

THE THINGS WE LEARNED

PERMA-CAPTAIN SALAH?

Mohamed Salah (£12.7m) is 27 points clear of any other FPL player after his fifth double-digit haul of the season; he managed just six of those 10+ returns in the whole of 2020/21.

The Egyptian is a remarkable 35 points ahead of where he was at this stage in his record-breaking 2017/18 campaign and is now averaging over 10 points per match this season.

All of Liverpool’s front three were among the points in the 5-0 win over Watford but unfortunately for Diogo Jota‘s (£7.6m) owners, he wasn’t part of that attacking trio. His omission was all the more galling given that Roberto Firmino (£8.8m) scored a hat-trick of goals from point-blank range, central areas where Jota has been getting – and spurning – chances in recent weeks.

EVEN DIAS ISN’T ROTATION-PROOF

Only one ever-present starter remains among Pep Guardiola’s squad following Ederson‘s (£6.0m) anticipated no-show and rather less expected benchings for Jack Grealish (£7.9m) and Ruben Dias (£6.2m) on Saturday.

The rest for Dias was a particular bolt out of the blue as he was the mainstay of the City defence last season: the centre-half was a substitute in only one league match from his Gameweek 4 debut to Gameweek 30 (the point at which Guardiola started focusing on the Champions League and FA Cup, with the domestic title sewn up), and even that was because he had just recovered from illness.

Joao Cancelo (£6.2m) is the last man standing when it comes to bench evasion, having started all eight of the Citizens’ league fixtures in 2021/22.

He has racked up more clean sheets (six) than any other Fantasy asset and now sits top of the FPL defenders’ table on a half-century of points. Not only that but despite his premium price tag, he sits fourth for ‘value’ – a metric typically dominated by budget assets – when points are divided by cost.

RONALDO/LUKAKU ARE TESTING OUR PATIENCE

Three straight blanks for Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.6m), four consecutive two-pointers for Romelu Lukaku (£11.7m)… how different the Fantasy landscape looks now following the clamour to crowbar both strikers into our teams a month or so ago.

Lukaku huffed and puffed to no avail at Brentford and now has had just six shots in the last four Gameweeks.

Ronaldo’s opportunities have dried up a tad, too, and he hasn’t had a single Opta-defined ‘big chance’ in his last three outings.

Jamie Vardy (£10.5m) has outscored both of them combined now this season, and his strike against United was his fifth in four matches. No forward can better the Leicester veteran for shots or penalty box touches over the last four Gameweeks.

WHY RAPHINHA MISSED OUT

It was always going to be a tough ask for Raphinha (£6.6m) to start after racking up 71 minutes of pitch-time for Brazil on Friday morning and, in the end, the Leeds winger didn’t even make Marcelo Bielsa’s matchday squad, let alone the starting XI.

The Leeds boss said of his star midfielder after full-time:

“Raphinha, we had decided that he was going to fly after his game, without knowing how many minutes he was going to play on the Friday. In the end, he played 70 minutes, flew 15 hours and today at midday he wasn’t in conditions to take on board even a part of the game. Given that he wasn’t in conditions to respond, we didn’t risk because it’s possible in circumstances like this, injuries can occur.”

MBEUMO IS OWED SOME LUCK

Bryan Mbeumo (£5.5m) blanked in the late kick-off against Chelsea and despite two goals in the last four Gameweeks for the ‘out of position’ midfielder, his luck appears to be right out in 2021/22.

No Premier League player other than the Brentford attacker has hit the woodwork more than once this season – but Mbeumo has been thwarted by the frame of the goal on six occasions, twice on Saturday.

A total of 16 of his 19 shots have been technically off-target but it’s hard to chastise his finishing ability too much when we’re talking millimetres on those half-dozen occasions.

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STAT WATCH – GAMEWEEK 7

Raul Jimenez (£7.6m) and Adam Armstrong (£6.0m) were among the high-profile names who were on bench-warming duties on Saturday.

While the jet-lagged Mexican’s cause was helped by a limp Wolves attacking display from open play (Bruno Lage’s side scoring three times from set pieces late on), Armstrong’s owners would have been concerned to see Armando Broja (£5.0m) turn in a match-winning display in his stead.

Broja is top for shots in the box in Gameweek 8 so far, while no forward could better his total of 10 penalty area touches.

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s rotation policy continues to bemuse but given his price and fine display, the Albania international is an intriguing prospect.

He’s long ceased to be an option for many of us but it’s worth highlighting Bruno Fernandes‘ (£11.9m) recent creativity, with his Gameweek-high total of seven chances created taking him to a total of 22 over the last four Gameweeks – that’s 10 more than any other player has managed.

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2,080 Comments Post a Comment
  1. stevehaigh84
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 23 hours ago

    Thoughts on the following:

    1) Armstrong - Iniacho ft 0.3 left in Bank.
    2) Armstrong - Eduardo. 0.8 left in Bank.
    3) Roll transfer 1.3 in bank and improve poor bench options of both Gilmore and Willams (Norwich).

    1. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 23 hours ago

      3

    2. Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 23 hours ago

      Whats wrong with Armstrong?

    3. Bleh
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 23 hours ago

      3

  2. Boss Hogg
    • 12 Years
    10 months, 23 hours ago

    Buying Cancelo. Sell...

    a. Alonso
    b. Duffy

    ???

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 23 hours ago

      A

    2. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 23 hours ago

      A

    3. stevehaigh84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 23 hours ago

      A Chilwell looks in favour at the moment.

    4. F4L
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 23 hours ago

      If Alonso starts midweek you could confidently sell him. Otherwise you know the potential upside...

    5. Bleh
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 23 hours ago

      I did A last week. Poor decision to bring him in in the first place.

    6. Il Capitano
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 23 hours ago

      A

  3. FCSB
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 23 hours ago

    Fellow James owners, shall we console eachother, anyone?

    1. FPL_Crisis
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 23 hours ago

      Haha is their a support group?

      What a crap week it turned out to be

      26 from Salah
      42 from the whole team
      Really need Ars v Cpl to be 0-0

      1. FCSB
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 22 hours ago

        Crazy isn’t it, I thought we were in store for a high scoring week after Salah

        Do you have James?

        I feel Arsenal Palace could be a 0-0 ya know

        Ps at least Foden started and got some points for us. Hope he’s rested midweek now (fingers crossed*)

        1. FPL_Crisis
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          10 months, 22 hours ago

          Yep was glad he started.
          Had James and Dias cameos, hopefully doesn’t happen too often again
          After being annoyed at not starting Armstrong he didn’t even play at all so got Livra cs for Jota but the rest of the team stank
          Have Guaita and White to come hence hoping for 0-0

          1. FCSB
            • 6 Years
            10 months, 22 hours ago

            Ha yeah saw Armstrong on the bench and thought of you.

            Although not a great week for us this week hopefully pays off in the long run, everyone seems to think James will come in as ‘mostly’ nailed RWB

  4. gonzalocampos
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 23 hours ago

    Is Mbuemo going up in price tonight?

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 23 hours ago

      Predicted to on FPLstats but interestingly only on 58% on FFFix.
      Was a lot of WCs in play this GW and that could have still distorted things if people were bringing him in before the deadline this AM

  5. F4L
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 23 hours ago

    James is really starting to look like a poor pick, I mean Tuchel chose to hand Sarr his debut at a tough away ground instead of moving Azpi to CB. I'm starting to worry Tuchel sees Azpi as his #1 RWB now.

    So having said that, if you had the cash you'd 'upgrade' James to Azpi right?

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 23 hours ago

      I am avoiding the whole CHE defence.

    2. Melania
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 22 hours ago

      He’s coming back from an injury...

    3. Mr. O'Connell hates DG…
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 22 hours ago

      Chelsea been very lucky. And yes, James is an awful pick. You'd probably go as far to say he's the worst FPL pick of the last 10 years.

  6. g40steve
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 23 hours ago

    Is Alonso dropping tonight?

    1. Il Capitano
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 23 hours ago

      Should be safe

  7. Fish up a tree
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 23 hours ago

    Would get Vardy & Chilwell but keep Semedo
    Stones not nailed at all

    1. Fish up a tree
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 23 hours ago

      Ffs reply failure

  8. DavidBW
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 23 hours ago

    What kind of haircut is that Rashford??

  9. Bleh
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 23 hours ago

    Ronaldo > Lukaku or Vardy?

    Vardy looks the better pick long term but Lukaku vs Norwich is tempting.

    1. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 23 hours ago

      I did Ronaldo to Vardy and have Lukaku

    2. Abaddon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 23 hours ago

      Vardy

  10. Il Capitano
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 23 hours ago

    1FT - 0m ITB - WC available

    Sanchez
    TAA Livra Cancelo
    Salah (C) Jota Sarr Raph
    Ronaldo Antonio ASM

    Steele - White Shaw Gilmour

    Shaw and Ronaldo need to go I guess and I think the mid could use a bit of freshening up.

    Could I get by with just Ronaldo to Lukaku or should I be considering the WC?

  11. Flynny
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 23 hours ago

    Early days - but what would you look to do with this lot for next week? 1ft. 0mitb

    James gets the Norwich game....Armstrong the clear issue

    Ramsdale
    Taa cancelo dias james (livra)
    Salah raphinha foden mbuemo (normann)
    Lukaku antonio (armstrong)

    A....save ft - with a view to getting toney gw10 somehow

    B.....Armstrong to broja

    C...something else

    Thanks

    1. BeWater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 23 hours ago

      I would save.

    2. Il Capitano
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 23 hours ago

      A

      1. Flynny
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 23 hours ago

        Thanks

    3. CABAYE4
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 23 hours ago

      A subject to injuries

    4. Fish up a tree
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 22 hours ago

      A
      If Lukaku flops again v Nor you could get Vardy & Toney for GW10

      1. Flynny
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 22 hours ago

        Cheers.

  12. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 23 hours ago

    Can I have 8 defenders and just 2 midfielders instead, please?

    1. CABAYE4
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 23 hours ago

      Who’s the 2nd one you’d have? I’m not inspired by anyone past Mo.

      1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 23 hours ago

        Mane

  13. Ibralicious
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 23 hours ago

    Vardy or Kane as Ronaldo replacement?

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 23 hours ago

      Vardy

    2. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 12 hours ago

      Vardy

  14. Gudjohnsen
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 23 hours ago

    Saka or Zaha?

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 23 hours ago

      Wait til Monday.

  15. FOO FIGHTER
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 23 hours ago

    Brighton's next 2 GW's are terrible.

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 22 hours ago

      I know yeah, even partly convinced Sanchez > Rays could be worth a hit haha

  16. FOO FIGHTER
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 23 hours ago

    Dunk at 5m looking decent.

    May get him in from GW11.

  17. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 23 hours ago

    What do we think to these ideas?? Exact money for option A, option B leaves 0.2….

    A- Ronaldo, Greenwood and Wood to Vardy, KDB and 4.4 forward from Villa
    Or
    B- Ronaldo, Greenwood and Wood to Lukaku, Vardy and Brownhil

  18. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 23 hours ago

    Who to captain next GW? Can Lukaku be trusted with the armband vs Norwich?

    1. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 22 hours ago

      Salah. I honestly would not trust Lukaku with the armband. Period.

  19. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 23 hours ago

    How would you feel if you were Watford manager and you knew your keeper was captaining the opposition talisman in fpl ?

    Tbh I think that stinks and really poor from him, just retire and play fpl if that’s what you want to do

    1. MagicMessi
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 22 hours ago

      Really amateur stuff

    2. FPL Theorist
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 22 hours ago

      Yeah, I'm surprised every manager doesn't ban it.

    3. maglia rosa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 22 hours ago

      Has this actually happened?

      1. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 22 hours ago

        Yes, captained him today

        Here’s his team link https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/4094663/event/4

        1. maglia rosa
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          10 months, 22 hours ago

          Mmmmmm......am i missing something? Lukaku?

    4. Qaiss
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 22 hours ago

      Maybe a mistake? He said in a video somewhere saying that stuff like that is a complete no no. But I don’t know..

      1. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 22 hours ago

        Argh, looks like it might be, I saw an account earlier with salah cap! Must have been a troll or something.

        1. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          10 months, 22 hours ago

          This one has salah cap, anyway, it’s not that important - https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/2128298/event/8

    5. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 22 hours ago

      Isn’t this his account? Lukaku (c) not Salah
      https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/4094663/event/8

      1. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 22 hours ago

        Posted above the one I saw but looks like you might be correct in which case Ben I take it back and I’m off to bed

        1. maglia rosa
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          10 months, 22 hours ago

          I should think so too 🙄

          1. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            10 months, 22 hours ago

            That one has the same name and salah cap tbf

        2. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          10 months, 22 hours ago

          Yeah think there’s a copycat one for some reason, but this is the real one I think as in some Watford player leagues etc. Probably did want to captain Salah though!

  20. Kiwivillan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 23 hours ago

    Is Silva nailed or Gundogan back from injury will be issue?

    1. JBG
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 22 hours ago

      Will probably rotate with Gundo

  21. DeuloRad
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 22 hours ago

    Early thoughts on next week's lineup?
    Not sure on who to bench and captain...

    Foster
    Cancelo James Tierney
    Grealish Foden Raphinha(v) ESR
    Lukaku Vardy(c) Jimenez

    Bachmann | TAA (mun), Odegaard (AVL), Livra (BUR)

    1. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 22 hours ago

      Would play all the bench players over Tierney and Jiminez probably

      1. FPL Theorist
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 22 hours ago

        But Jim has Leeds?

    2. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 22 hours ago

      Don’t bench TAA!

      1. DeuloRad
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 22 hours ago

        Then whom?

        1. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          10 months, 22 hours ago

          ESR or Tierney, see how both do this GW
          Pep might have your back anyway with Foden and Grealish!

    3. Fish up a tree
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 22 hours ago

      Play TAA somehow, tough one but maybe ahead of Tierney, check his form & ESR on Monday…

  22. Salah’s Sonnet
    • 11 Years
    10 months, 22 hours ago

    A little early help here if you could gents?

    Sanchez
    Dias - Alonso - Cancelo - Tierney
    Sarr - Salah - Benrahma - Raphinha
    Ronaldo - Lukaku
    ___________________________________
    Foster: Livramento: Allan: Scarlett

    1FT, 0.4 ITB

    Reckon Ronaldo + Alonso > Vardy + Azpilicueta worth a -4?

    Lots of things need to change with this side, but starting with the obvious.

    Many thanks.

    1. Fish up a tree
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 22 hours ago

      Ronaldo to Vardy is a no brainier.
      If Chilwell starts midweek I would keep Alonso for Nor as good chance he gets that game & you have Livra as backup.

      1. Salah’s Sonnet
        • 11 Years
        10 months, 22 hours ago

        Cheers buddy good points there, I’ll have an overspill of cash also so the Azpi move can wait or indeed be held off if Alonso looks likely to play against Norwich.

  23. POTATO
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 22 hours ago

    TAA Dias Duffy Rudi Alonso

    The left back position for Chelsea is the second-highest point scorer [62pts] in FPL after Salah. I own Alonso but I'm tempted to swap out Rudi for Chilwell so that I'm guaranteed a Chelsea LB each week. I'd start both LB each week with the expectation that Duffy will replace one of them from the bench.

    1. POTATO
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 22 hours ago

      ...so the defense becomes:

      > TAA Dias Chilwell Alonso [Duffy]

    2. Ryan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 22 hours ago

      Thats one really expensive defender and it leaves you with a reduced squad which could be an issue.

    3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 22 hours ago

      Enjoy the weeks where he subs one of them on for 1 pointers

      And enjoy the weeks where he subs one of them off before 60 even more

    4. Theholygoalie
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 21 hours ago

      I also considered this mate but have decided against it. Those weeks where he replaces one with the other for the last 10 minutes will hurt bad especially if the starter hasn't returned.

      A 2 & 1 pointer from nearly $12m of defenders would suck, even a 6 & 1 wouldn't be great. Christensen at 5 looks the way to go as even Kept will get games at some point.

  24. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 22 hours ago

    Ronaldo owners what are you doing ?

    Feel like I will kick myself if I don’t get kaku and he haul’s against Norwich but at the same time don’t want to be a sheep and give into tomo

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 22 hours ago

      Probably still selling for Lukaku as planned.

      Blessing he's stayed quiet till now.

    2. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 22 hours ago

      Have Kaku already. Ronaldo is whether it’s worth holding one more week to have 2 FT and use his funds, or if I move straight away. Quite interested in DCL if he’s confirmed to be fully fit.

    3. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 22 hours ago

      Holding for now. Need to get rid of Jota first.

    4. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 22 hours ago

      Avoid Lukaku. If you’re moving Ronaldo on for him, don’t fall into the trap the rest of us have.

    5. MountainBeach
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 22 hours ago

      Lukaku probs.

  25. Champions League Varane
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 22 hours ago

    Repost
    Guys I’m so very tempted.. please give me your thoughts

    Ronaldo Semedo B.Williams -> Stones Vardy and Chilwell -4

    1. I Must Break You
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 22 hours ago

      Stones far from nailed (yet?). I'd also wait to see which Chelsea LB plays in midweek before buying one at the moment

    2. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 22 hours ago

      And I’ll repost my reply:

      Wouldn’t be surprised at all if Stones and Chilwell didn’t start next GW. Wait for midweek games at least.

    3. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 22 hours ago

      Chillwell you know the risks, Stones?
      Ronaldo defo out though

  26. MountainBeach
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 22 hours ago

    Ronaldo to Lukaku?
    Got Rudiger too, wonder if i should sort that out.

    1. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 22 hours ago

      I’d honestly give Lukaku a swerve … I know he has Norwich next, but he’s been wretched frankly.

      1. MountainBeach
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 22 hours ago

        I'm not too sure about that. He hit the post vs Soton and could have had another. Today he scored an offside goal. He's been a bit unlucky, think he'll break the dry streak vs Norwich. Just too good of a fixture to pass.

  27. Eh, just one more thing ...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 22 hours ago

    I know I’ve only seen the highlights on MOTD but Chelsea looked gash. One shot on target and holding on for dear life for last 15-20 mins …

    1. Ryan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 22 hours ago

      Yes they were terrible. Lukaku isn't working out.

      1. Oscar Slater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 22 hours ago

        Lukaku's a donkey. He had a couple of good years in a Mickey Mouse league and everyone forgot about about how bad he was at Manchester United.

        I'm punting him after the Norwich game!

      2. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 22 hours ago

        Yes … I think I fell into a trap … I’ve never liked him as a pick, but that debut performance and those fixtures seduced me, I must have been drunk … oh well, me and millions of others.

      3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 12 Years
        10 months, 22 hours ago

        By the final whistle in the city game Lukaku had 3 goals in 5 league gams against city (obvs lol), Liverpool, Arsenal, Spurs, Villa.

        He then has a goal marginally disallowed for offside vs Southampton, has an effort come back off the post for chilwell’s goal in the same match, and is waiting for a tap in behind Werner from Azpi’s cross for Chelsea’s second

        Has another goal disallowed for offside today, in a quiet game

        The guy has scored hattricks for West Brom as a 20 year old and has Norwich, Newcastle, burnley next 3

        But yeah he’s not working out, sure

        1. Eh, just one more thing ...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          10 months, 22 hours ago

          8, 2, 13, 2, 2, 2, 2 …… not good enough for a 11.5m striker asset playing for one of the top teams … so for me, so far he’s not working out.

          1. Eh, just one more thing ...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            10 months, 22 hours ago

            Could all change of course … but underwhelming to say the least.

          2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • 12 Years
            10 months, 22 hours ago

            If he hadn’t been marginally offside, or had the effort come back off the post, or had Werner steal his tap in vs Southampton - would you still be saying that?

            1. Eh, just one more thing ...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              10 months, 21 hours ago

              Hitting a post, being offside, someone else getting a shot of that you think should have been yours are all ifs buts and maybes …. I’m looking at an average return of 4 points a match … which is underwhelming IMO. At the end of the day, in FPL, it’s what he puts on the board that matters … not what could have been if his finishing was more accurate, his runs were timed better, or his positioning was better than one of his team mates.

              1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                • 12 Years
                10 months, 21 hours ago

                That’s results orientated thinking though and absolutely destroys FPL teams, particularly the shorter the time horizon the results are taken from

                Do you think it’s more likely, for example, that he continues to be as unlucky as he was against Southampton?

                Or more likely that he continues to do what he’s done in his other 258 league appearances where has 160 goal involvements?

                When you factor in his next 3 fixtures being Norwich, Newcastle, Burnley?

                1. Eh, just one more thing ...
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  10 months, 21 hours ago

                  I think he will come good and I think Chelsea will look better going forward too …. But thus far, for me, he hasn’t been working out and has been underwhelming for his price …. Which is what I’m saying.

                  But the next three fixtures are just so good then that’s a real test. I think we will all be expecting some returns in those matches ….. but if fails to get a return in 2 of those 3 for example, then I think I would be looking at better options - who are delivering.

                  Regards him being unlucky … lots of players could be said to be unlucky … Mbeumo hitting the woodwork 6 times this season already for example … but I think I can stomach bad luck when the player costs me 5.5m as opposed to 11.5m.

                  Here’s hoping it all clicks for him and his owners are sing his praises when he record double digit hauls in the next three!

    2. Simon69
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 22 hours ago

      Isn't that Tuchel's brand of football though? Been a bit dour since day 1.

    3. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 22 hours ago

      Created 0.02 xG in the second half!

    4. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 22 hours ago

      3 blanks in a row from Lukaku was enough for me.

    5. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 22 hours ago

      I know owner in their right mind will sell him on before Norwich, but by god I’ve moved his sleeping bag into the garage and it stays there until after the Norwich match …. Whether he’s then back in the house or out on the street depends on him.

      1. Fish up a tree
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 22 hours ago

        Vardy has hauled in 35 in 4 weeks while Lukaku has got me a bad dose of the 2’s totalling 8!

  28. MountainBeach
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 22 hours ago

    Ronaldo dropping tn then?

  29. Atletico Junior
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 22 hours ago

    Lukaku or Vardy for free?

    1. BERGKOP
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 21 hours ago

      I'd go Vardy

    2. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 12 hours ago

      Vardy

  30. JariL
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 22 hours ago

    Jota to Raphinha is an easy FT, right?

    1. FPL_Crisis
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 22 hours ago

      I was going to do this but now tempted to roll ft and play Livra and possibly do it a week later.
      Although I think Jota dropping. Wouldn’t do anything post CL which means price drop happens in any case

      1. JariL
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 22 hours ago

        Yeah, I think I'll make the transfer already now because of the price drop.

        1. FPL_Crisis
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          10 months, 22 hours ago

          As I’m not priced out I’ll just wait, still contemplating rolling

    2. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 12 hours ago

      Yes