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Five-time top 1k FPL finisher Tom Freeman’s Gameweek 13 plans

Gameweek 12 has drawn to a close, and all in all, it was a pretty good one for me.

A total of 75 points has seen my overall rank rise to 57,377, and though it’s early days, it’s been a positive start.

Mohamed Salah (£13.0m) led the way with 16 captain points but there were also returns for Ben Foster (£4.1m), Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.8m), Antonio Rudiger (£5.9m), Joao Cancelo (£6.6m) and Adam Armstrong (£6.0m), who has started to pick up some form in recent weeks.

Now, as focus shifts to Gameweek 13, I thought I’d write-up some observations from Steven Gerrard’s first match in charge of Aston Villa, plus my own transfer/team plans for the weekend.

VILLA UNDER GERRARD – FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Steven Gerrard got off to a winning start at Aston Villa on Saturday, with a 2-0 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion. Lining up in a 4-3-3 formation, Gerrard’s preferred shape during his time at Rangers, Villa were much improved, especially at the back. As a result, they limited Graham Potter’s side to just 0.52 expected goals (xG) – their second lowest xG total of the season so far – with 0.28 of that figure arriving from one Tariq Lamptey (£4.4m) attempt during the first-half.

While Albion had a lot of the ball with 63% possession, they rarely looked like scoring, something Gerrard touched on after the game:

“Brighton had a lot of possession, but it was in the areas we wanted them to have the ball, so I’m really pleased for the players, proud of them, but it’s only a start, we need to go and back it up now.”

Ollie Watkins (£7.3m) and Tyrone Mings (£4.9m) got the goals on the day, but which players could benefit most from Gerrard’s appointment in Fantasy Premier League (FPL)?

Five-time top 1k FPL finisher Tom Freeman on Villa under Gerrard and his Gameweek 13 plans 1

Aston Villa’s average position map v Brighton and Hove Albion in Gameweek 12


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  1. Ruinenlust
    • 3 Years
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    Will Raph play?

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Once he doesn't have Covid, he should.

      1. Finding Timo
        • 1 Year
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        Has that been confirmed?

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          11 days, 19 hours ago

          No, we don't know. Bielsa should be helpful in his presser.

  2. Gandalf
    • 11 Years
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    Presume Alonso would remain Chilwell's replacement and the Azpi sub just to give him some minutes?

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Alonso needs minutes too. It's an annoying one for Alonso's potential.

    2. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Think Azpi starts vs Utd ahead of Alonso.

  3. Boss Hogg
    • 12 Years
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    So, if I’m selling Chilwell, do I buy:

    a. Alonso
    b. Azpi
    c. Reguilon
    d. Someone else

    (Got James and Cancelo)

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Rudi or Regui

    2. RamboRN
      • 10 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Alonso or even rudiger could be good. Reguilon for more of a gamble as most have stacked Chelsea defense

    3. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Reguilon

  4. Jon Walter's Hatty
    • 8 Years
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    Azpi has done LWB before. No trust in Alonso for United but maybe a cert for Watford

    1. mynameisq
      • 8 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Even CHO can be a wingback, from memory that's usually on the right side but I'm sure he's been given a go on the left too

      1. Alexis Nonsense
        • 5 Years
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        R. James surely due a rest now too?

        1. Frosti
          • 9 Years
          11 days, 19 hours ago

          He's not going to be rested against Utd.

        2. Eh, just one more thing ...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          11 days, 19 hours ago

          I think James starts. And Azpi prob edges it in ahead of Alonso.

  5. Chandler Bing
    • 5 Years
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    Did the Chillwell injury look bad?

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Yeah

    2. Gazza2000
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Yep

    3. dabber7
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      It LOOKED very bad, the ref called for a stretcher but in the end it wasn't used and he hobbled off supported by two physios, obviously we can only speculate but the commentators themselves, said he that clearly won't be playing in the ManU game.

    4. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 8 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Id guess medial ligs rather than just impact

    5. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Apparently

    6. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Sadly, it did. Let’s wait and see.

    7. Sgt Frank Drebin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Could be even couple of months out

  6. OptimusBlack
    • 8 Years
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    Chilwell out for
    A- TAA
    B- james

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      A

    2. Bam Saka Laca
      • 2 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      TAA

    3. HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      B

    4. Alexis Nonsense
      • 5 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      James should be rested for Man U or Watford (maybe both)

      He's played a lot of minutes now

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 12 Years
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        Alexis Nonsense

      2. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        Watford or St Petersburg take your pick...

      3. BrazilianGooner
        • 9 Years
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        He is maybe the best player on the team actually. Then now PL is a priority.

      4. HonestBlatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        He is young and recovers fast.

    5. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      A

    6. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Really depends.

      If you are on 4 at the back already then it might be worth a downgrade to fund a Jota move.
      If you are on 3 at the back a sideways shimmy is probably in order.

      If he is out for 2-3 weeks might also just be a hold fire, or some sort of hokey cokey. I quite like both Regu and Ait-Nouri short term.

    7. BrazilianGooner
      • 9 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Get both.

    8. OptimusBlack
      • 8 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Thhhx All

  7. Well you know, Triffic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    Re. knee injuries. Walking off doesn't really mean anything. People with MCL / ACL injuries can sometimes walk. I'd wait on Chilwell's scan before deciding whether to keep or not. I've got a bad feeling he might be out for a while.

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Yeah Virgil walked around Goodison.

      Hopefully not anywhere near as serious but it looked bad.

  8. Dr. Rog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    Its better for the game this way.

    1. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      How is it better for FPL? Everyone still wants Chelsea defence.

      Ronaldo/Lukaku/Kane all firing and Salah blanking is what would be good for FPL.

      1. dabber7
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        100% agree. Surely it's better for the game if we have MORE key players that managers want to pick, rather than less.

    2. Atimis
      • 5 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Shameful words

  9. Pompel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    Going Chilwell over James is killing me slowly. 0.1 off direct swap without a hit now

    1. HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Strumming my pain with his fingers
      Singing my life with his words
      Killing me softly with his injury

      1. Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        ^this
        😛

  10. Jon Walter's Hatty
    • 8 Years
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    Bring back international breaks less bloody dangerous

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Haha!

  11. Salah’s Sonnet
    • 10 Years
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    Just popped on to scream "can you believe it with Chillwell!!!"

    Eurghh, the rage. Got him in a double up with James, would you just switch Chillwell > Rudiger?

    Thanks

  12. Finding Timo
    • 1 Year
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    A) Chilly to James or b) play livra & GW13 then chilly to James GW14?

  13. Bam Saka Laca
    • 2 Years
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    Hoping Chilwell injury isn't too serious. Best replacement up to 6.0?
    Own TAA, Regui, Cancelo and Livra

    1. HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      James

      1. Bam Saka Laca
        • 2 Years
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        0.1 short mate

      2. Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        Sadly hr is 6.1 now

  14. Eh, just one more thing ...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    Werner LOL

    1. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      James assist

      1. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        Sorry mistype

  15. FCSB
    • 5 Years
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    Reece rested on the weekend now?

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Maybe, it's their easiest game for a good few weeks.

    2. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      The don’t play untill 4.30pm Sunday now, surely he starts, maybe rested against Watford

      1. HonestBlatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        This

    3. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      No way.

  16. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    Rudiger in ridiculous position again.

    James pinger!

  17. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    Werner scoring. Leagues f**ked.

  18. Atimis
    • 5 Years
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    If it is serious, would you take -4 to get rid Chilwell or just play Mbeumo?

    1. Bam Saka Laca
      • 2 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Play Mbeumo

    2. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Play Mbeumo

  19. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    Lukaku, Ronaldo or Kane?

    1. Bam Saka Laca
      • 2 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      When?

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        After gw13

    2. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      James

  20. FCSB
    • 5 Years
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    Oh wow, did Chilwell get injured… what sort of injury?

    1. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Knee. Looked bad. Hobbled off. Fingers crossed it’s not as bad it looked.

    2. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Long term injury possibly.

      1. FCSB
        • 5 Years
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        Jeez what a buzz kill, get well soon Chilly

        1. Eh, just one more thing ...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          11 days, 19 hours ago

          I was loving my back fab four … won’t be the same without Chilly.

          1. FCSB
            • 5 Years
            11 days, 18 hours ago

            Me too mate, gutted

    3. S.Kuqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Pretty much dead.

    4. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      A course of leeches this week for sure

  21. drughi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    0.1 off Chilwell>james just typical, Guess foden>Jota has to fund it. From saving a transfer to taking a hit.

    1. Bam Saka Laca
      • 2 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Same here mate

  22. Flynny
    • 6 Years
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    If chilwell is out for a while, alonso is nailed right??

    Was planning dias to chilwell

    Might hold dias this week and move to alonso if chilwell out

    1. dabber7
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Not neccesarily, Alonso didn't come on for Chilwell tonight, Azpi did.

    2. Yozzer
      • 4 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Of course not. Did Alonso come on for Chilly tonight?

      1. Flynny
        • 6 Years
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        They were 3 up tho. Game won. Alonso saved for when he is really needed

        1. McGazza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          11 days, 18 hours ago

          This would be my reading also. Tuchel was happy with Alonso at start and Chilly had to be real patient. Then he came back, scored every game and Alonso didn’t get a chance since. But tuchel has established that the wing backs are free to bomb on and become forwards. And Alonso does that far better than Azpi on left or anyone else. I would guess it’s Alonso’s again until chilly recovers

  23. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    387k transfers in already for Chilwell + James + Rudiger before today. Early transfers are risky business!

    1. Robson-Canoe
      • 6 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Have all three been injured?

      1. The Knights Template
        • 8 Years
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        You need all three to get max. points last week.

    2. S.Kuqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      All the best for Chillwell but don't mind early transfers to be punished.

      1. Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        Well, I was briefly weighing up Chilwell to James early transfer, but priced out after latest rise now

  24. 824545201
    • 5 Years
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    Can Azpi play left wingback?

    1. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      I'm sure he could but why?

    2. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      yes

    3. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Pretty sure he's played there in the past
      Alonso isn't that bad though

    4. Ruinenlust
      • 3 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      A team with eleven Azpis could win the Champions League

    5. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Literally came on to play LWB. I'm not as confident he starts ahead of Alonso immediately like some others are posting though.

  25. Flair
    • 1 Year
    11 days, 19 hours ago

    Alonso is a huge opportunity for those who can get him. Should start the next few and a fantastic WB who will get many opportunities in this Chelsea system, currently low EO, the perfect differential for those looking to break the template - he won't be one for long.

    1. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Nobody is loking to break the template. Heretic!

      1. Flair
        • 1 Year
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        Sorry 😆

    2. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Not going there again

    3. FantasyClub
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        You don’t think Azpi will take Chillys spot this week considering he was given minutes?

    4. Gandalf
      • 11 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      A. Rudiger double up with James
      B. Reguilon

      1. The Knights Template
        • 8 Years
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        A

    5. Boss Hogg
      • 12 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Alonso or Reguilon?

      1. The Knights Template
        • 8 Years
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        Too soon.

    6. jackruet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Alonso and azpi will start at lwb and rwb. James is due a rest. Don't jump into him

      1. The Knights Template
        • 8 Years
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        I think you're due a rest

    7. Finding Timo
      • 1 Year
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Do people think Chelsea can keep a cleansheet v Utd ?

      1. The Knights Template
        • 8 Years
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        Yes

      2. Flair
        • 1 Year
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        I'd be surprised if they don't

        1. Finding Timo
          • 1 Year
          11 days, 19 hours ago

          45% chance apparently- it’s just Man Utd new interim manager bounce ?!!

      3. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 12 Years
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        4 goals all season.

        1. Finding Timo
          • 1 Year
          11 days, 19 hours ago

          If so chilwell to James no brainer then

      4. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        Yep

    8. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
      • 9 Years
      11 days, 19 hours ago

      Any news on Sarr.

      1. The Knights Template
        • 8 Years
        11 days, 19 hours ago

        That's not how you spell Chilwell.