Interview

Meet the Manager: Ex-pro footballer with two top 5k FPL ranks talks Gameweek 9

Joe chats to another Fantasy Premier League (FPL) veteran with a strong track record in the game in his long-running series.

Former Ukrainian league footballer Vanya Guchev has played at youth and professional level and is still a semi-pro in his home city of Kharkiv.

Midfielder Vanya, who once turned down an offer to join Champions League regulars Shakhtar Donetsk, was a professional at Gelios Kharkiv and an academy player at Metalist Kharkiv. He still plays semi-pro for Brightgrove, also in Ukraine, and his footballing idols include Chelsea legend Frank Lampard.

Vanya also happens to be very good at Fantasy Premier League management.

Over his ten-year career, he’s had two top 5k finishes, including one within the top 2,000, and has only finished outside the top 100k once.

This season he could be set for another strong finish, going into Gameweek 9 sitting inside the top 4k.

With his experience as a player and skill as an FPL manager, he arguably has a unique perspective on the game, which he has put to good use to identify the Premier League’s most ‘efficient players’.

He chats to Joe about why some players have not impressed him and why others have become essential picks, due to their ability to conjure up big chances, going on to discuss his plans for Gameweek 9 and beyond.

Their chat takes in issues around hits, captaincy and risk. It was recorded on Monday 19 October, just ahead of Gameweek 8’s final match, between Arsenal and Crystal Palace.


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

    Chilwell injured?

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Just a rest

    2. Bam Saka Laca
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Rested?

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

        Means Alonso won't start vs Norwich then..?

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          I expect it will be Chilwell

  2. Lindelol
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Toney or Jimi?

    1. Lindelol
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      have Mbeumo

  3. ‘Tis the Season
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    ‘ In addition, his faith in Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku (£11.7m) as a captain is also revealed ’

    Sure that’s changed now..

    1. Lindelol
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      How long could he be out? any wild guess?

      1. ‘Tis the Season
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        3/4 weeks with a rolled ankle

      2. Murder on Zidane's Flo…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Depends on the grade of the injury

  4. Devos
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Lukaku and Benrahma to
      a) Vardy and Mount (-4)
      b) Auba and Havertz (-4)
      c) other combo worth 18.1

      or just Lukaku to
      d) Vardy
      e) Auba

    • DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Will Greenwood start at the weekend?

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Yes. Only front 4 spot depends on Rahsford/Pogba/Sancho off the left.

      2. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Retired from rugby a long time ago

        1. Eh, just one more thing ...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          I see what you did there.

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Perfect picture for the article!

    • Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      (C)hilwell (NOR) this weekend?

      1. La Roja
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Not sure if he starts

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Would have Alonso (vc)

    • CrouchDown
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      James to start?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Should do

      2. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Mibbes ayes mibbes naw …. One would think so though.

    • Atimis
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      If Lukaku is out, thinking about WC - thoughts?

      Sanchez/Steele
      TAA/Cancelo/James/Duffy/Tsim
      Salah/Foden/Benrahma/Sarr/Raphinha
      Lukaku/Antonio/Scarlet

      Would make like 10 changes here.

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Got me thinking now

      2. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        10 changes is always a WC.

      3. Ginola
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Go for it.

    • F4L
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Please let United draw PSG in the round of 16

    • Royal5
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Did a fan just try to attack Ronaldo?

      1. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        No … not attack … think he wanted a cuddle.

      2. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Pulling him for a quick pic.

      3. Bam Saka Laca
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Wanted his shirt I guess...

        1. Royal5
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Probably. Looked a bit angry though.

      4. F4L
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Ben Foster with his GoPro?

    • Bam Saka Laca
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Lukaku to:

      A) Toney (own Mbeumo)
      B) Kane
      C) Daka
      D) Auba
      E) Other

      1. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Kane

      2. La Roja
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Edouard

      3. F4L
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Toney and bank the cash

    • manu4life99
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      A) Ronaldo > Kane
      B) Ronaldo,Sissoko > Toney,Son(-4)
      C) Save FT

      Sanchez
      Tierney TAA Cancelo Rudiger
      Salah Raphinha Mbuemo
      Ronaldo Jiminez Antonio

      steele, gray semedo sissoko

    • Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Which from:

      A) Auba (AVL) -4
      B) Sissoko (eve)
      C) Duffy (MCI)

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        A looks better still

      2. Bam Saka Laca
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Auba

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

      Ole In! Tactical masterclass yet again.

      1. ‘Tis the Season
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        They should extend his contract another 5 years!

      2. Bam Saka Laca
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        ...

    • as33
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Would u sell Ronaldo?

      1. GE
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Not sure, can see him scoring against Liverpool

      2. Bam Saka Laca
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Would you?!

    • Sid07
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Lukaku to firmino??

      1. GE
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Vardy?

      2. Bam Saka Laca
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        If 4 chairs turn would you do it?

    • Milkman Bruno
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Can’t see anyone beating Bayern to the trophy this season.

        1. ‘Tis the Season
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Master class ole might..

          1. Milkman Bruno
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Ole will somehow still bottle the group

              1. ‘Tis the Season
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                The man is better than his mentor for sure

          2. lilmessipran
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            They always look nearly unstoppable in the group stages and then kinda "choke" in the knockouts

            1. ‘Tis the Season
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              His incredible tactics will overcome all

        2. AC/DC AFC
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Any drama's tonight?

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Scott and Bailey just started on ITV 3

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Any good?

              1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Not my thing, but Endeavour before was quality as always and like an old Poirot too.

        3. timawflowers
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          vardy and bernardo in for lukuku and saka, yay or nay?

          1. GE
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Why the love for Bernardo?

            1. timawflowers
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              think hes in great form

          2. BrockLanders
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Not for me

        4. Finding Timo
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Am I missing something more transfers in for Sanchez than mcarthy assume people think save points over cleansheets next 2 gameweeks?

          1. JBG
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            If they think that they are going to be disappointed... Sanchez doesn't do save points. But people are just looking at who did good last GW without looking at the fixtures coming up.

            1. Finding Timo
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Yeh seems odd given city snd Liverpool next so I am thinking of getting rid for mcarthy

        5. GE
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Wildcard-time? Or just use a FT or take a hit somewhere?

          (1FT, 0.1 itb)

          Sanchez
          TAA/Cancelo/Shaw
          Salah/Greenwood/Benrahma/Saka
          Ronaldo/Antonio/ASM

          Bench: Steele, White, Gilmour, Williams

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            If you had Kaku I would have said yes

            1. GE
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Vardy?

        6. Ginkapo FPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          I take it Daka didnt do enough to oust Vardy. Still waiting for that

          1. JBG
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Pfff.. 4 goals? That's way too easy, Vardy does that in his sleep.

          2. Kante Touch This
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Not Vardy, but could he oust Nacho?

            1. Ginkapo FPL
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Doubt it, Vardy and Daka cover the same position

        7. Amartey Partey
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Did Chilwell come off? What minute?

          1. BrockLanders
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            66

            1. Amartey Partey
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Thanks!

        8. dunas_dog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Alonso…..

          A Keep
          B Transfer to James
          C Transfer to Chilwell

          1. BrockLanders
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            A

          2. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            C

          3. kusasi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            C

        9. Auba Xhaka Laca Saka Laca
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Lukaku to Vardy or Kane? Alonso to James?

          1. BrockLanders
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Why swap Alonso? Good chance he'll start this week with all the injuries

        10. BrockLanders
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          I'm 75% sure Alonso starts over Chilwell this weekend. Who's with me?

          1. drughi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Why take chillwell off then ?

          2. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Was more confident before Chilwell was subbed after 66 minutes mate (Alonso owner)

          3. Jimmers
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Alonso plays in the Carabou Cup next midweek, Chilwell starts at the weekend

            1. BrockLanders
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Good chance Alonso may play with all these injuries

          4. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            I’m not - Alonso probably starts vs Southampton next Tuesday in Carabao cup

          5. dunas_dog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Fact he came off on 62 minutes makes me think Chilwell gets Norwich and Alonso the Caribou cup game

          6. Sun Jihai
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Chilwell is first choice now
            Early sub practically confirms him starting this weekend

        11. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Wtf happened to Lukaku. Didn't watch the game. Just saw he went off. Are we all getting rid now?

          1. La Roja
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Rolled ankle, can’t see him being fit for 2-3 weeks minimum

          2. Eh, just one more thing ...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Ankle knock … looked like he rolled it. Mass selling has started already …. Despite no diagnosis ….. and Werner went off injured to … hammy apparently …

          3. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Got clattered winning a penalty. Ankle knock but probably out for the weekend at a minimum. Wait for news of course.

        12. jackruet
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 10 days ago

          6 goals in 8 matches for ronaldo. 1 sub appearance. But he is flop according to fpl managers.

          1. BrockLanders
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            He is.

        13. CMIUK (Catch Me If U Kane)
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Play livramento or get kane for a hit for kaku

          1. kusasi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            I'm doing both ...