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FPL round-up: Gameweek 20 matches off, Covid updates and Boxing Day lessons

Our Scoreboard series rounds up the key goings-on from Boxing Day’s Gameweek 19 fixtures, from injury news to talking points.

With the swift turnaround between Fantasy Premier League (FPL) deadlines, the Scoreboard articles will take the place of the usual Scout Notes throughout December.

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

GOALS, ASISTS, BONUS

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INJURIES AND BANS

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There were numerous players who tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of Gameweek 19 who we didn’t previously know about.

Arsenal’s Takehiro Tomiyasu (£4.8m), Cedric Soares (£4.2m) and Ainsley Maitland-Niles (£5.2m), Southampton’s Nathan Tella (£4.7m), Jack Stephens (£4.4m) and Lyanco (£4.4m) and Brentford’s Vitaly Janelt (£5.0m) were all officially ruled out with coronavirus but others were suspected beyond that.

Crystal Palace, whose game against Spurs looked in some doubt because of a Covid outbreak at the club, declined to say who tested positive but they were without Christian Benteke (£6.4m), Michael Olise (£5.4m), Eberechi Eze (£5.9m), Vicente Guaita (£4.6m), Nathaniel Clyne (£4.3m) and Luka Milivojevic (£5.3m) for the trip to north London.

John McGinn (£5.9m) and Ashley Young (£4.7m) were both missing from the Villa matchday squad – with Steven Gerrard also absent from the dugout after testing positive for Covid – though there has yet to be an update on either player.

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At Brighton and Hove Albion, Shane Duffy (£4.1m) was a surprise absentee, which Graham Potter touched on prior to kick-off:

“A few Covid-related issues, one or two injuries. Shane’s in that bracket.” – Graham Potter

Manchester City said only that Rodri (£5.5m) and Kyle Walker (£5.5m) “weren’t fully fit”, which could also well have been code for an illness.

On the injury front, City were without John Stones (£5.3m) with an unspecified problem.

Opponents Leicester were without a host of players at the Etihad and Brendan Rodgers had some grim news on some of his absentees:

“Patson will be three weeks, Soyuncu will be out for three weeks, and Ricardo Pereira will be six to eight weeks. That’s so frustrating for him with how hard he has worked. For the referee not to see that, it’s a fractured fibula and he’s lucky it’s not worse. Ryan (Bertrand) twisted his knee in the warm-up, which was disappointing.” – Brendan Rodgers

Mount illness latest as

Thiago Silva (£5.6m) and N’Golo Kante (£4.9m) came off with injuries in the second half of Chelsea’s win over Aston Villa, with the Blues website saying that the pair are “unlikely to feature against Brighton on Wednesday”.

“N’Golo is very painful on exactly the same spot where he had his injury versus Juventus. Thiago came off with hamstrings, hopefully he went out before it became an injury. From there we try to continue and find a new squad and strong squad on Wednesday.” – Thomas Tuchel

Bryan Mbeumo (£5.4m) was replaced during the first-half at the Amex with a tight calf, with Thomas Frank suggesting it was a precautionary decision. The Bees could also be without Rico Henry (£4.5m) in Gameweek 20, as the wing-back missed out tonight due to a “minor grade” hamstring injury.

On the suspension front, Tyrone Mings (£5.0m), Christian Norgaard (£5.0m) and Declan Rice (£5.1m) will sit out their sides’ next fixture, having picked up their fifth bookings of the campaign in Gameweek 19.

Wilfried Zaha (£6.8m) also has a one-match ban after being sent off a Spurs.

GAMEWEEK 19 TAKEAWAYS

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TWO GAMEWEEK 20 MATCHES POSTPONED

Gameweek 19 isn’t even over yet but we’ve already lost two Gameweek 20 fixtures.

Leeds United v Aston Villa and Arsenal v Wolverhampton Wanderers have fallen by the wayside, with Leeds and Wolves having an insufficient number of players to fulfil their fixture.

The game at the Emirates had been the lunchtime kick-off on Tuesday, so the Gameweek 20 deadline will be pushed back to 13:30 GMT as a result.

KANE AND SON PRESERVED AS LUCAS SHINES

Harry Kane (£12.1m) and Son Heung-min (£10.4m) both found the back of the net on Sunday, with the Korean – who has averaged 9.0 FPL points per match in his last four outings – scoring seconds before being substituted in Tottenham Hotspur’s 3-0 win over Crystal Palace.

Antonio Conte will surely make a number of changes on Tuesday with the Lilywhites’ Gameweek 20 fixture kicking off 48 hours after today’s win but early withdrawals for Kane and Son will be of encouragement to their owners, as will their manager’s words after full-time:

“I tried to give a rest to Harry and Son. Especially Harry because he plays every game but he is such an important player it is difficult to think about keeping him on the bench.” – Antonio Conte

Lucas Moura (£6.4m) lasted the full 90 minutes to place his Gameweek 20 involvement in some doubt but at least scored more points than his two aforementioned teammates combined: having not delivered a single goal or assist under Nuno Espirito Santo, the Brazilian now has five attacking returns in Conte’s six league matches in charge.

His understanding with compatriot Emerson Royal (£4.9m) particularly caught the eye and Lucas was involved in all four of the big chances that Spurs created: two of his own, two supplied for others.

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MAJESTIC MADDISON

James Maddison (£7.1m) is FPL’s ‘form’ player, using the official site’s metric that averages scores over the last 30 days.

Boxing Day saw him collect his fourth double-digit haul in five appearances, with nine attacking returns arriving in that time.

Leicester languish towards the bottom of our Season Ticker over the next 10 Gameweeks but we need not look that far ahead with Maddison and the Foxes, should Double Gameweeks 21 and 22 materialise. Norwich and Burnley represent the appealing pre-scheduled opposition in those two Gameweeks, with outstanding fixtures against Spurs and Everton potentially to add into the mix.

In current form, Maddison will be a top target for those on a Free Hit or otherwise.

LIVERPOOL NEXT UP FOR LEAKY LEICESTER DEFENCE

It’s not quite so rosy at the back for Brendan Rodgers’ side. Hit by injury and illness in defence and elsewhere, the Foxes lined up at the Etihad with Daniel Amartey (£3.8m) and the out-of-sorts Jannik Vestergaard (£4.7m) at centre-half, adding Timothy Castagne (£5.3m) at half-time and moving to a back three.

City hit six goals past their visitors and Rodgers’s troops now rank 17th and 18th for goals conceded and clean sheets kept in 2021/22.

No side has allowed more shots in the box than Leicester this season.

Up next for the Foxes are a nicely rested Liverpool, the division’s joint-top scorers. FPL managers who kept hold of Mohamed Salah (£13.0m) or plan to swiftly recapture the Egyptian in Gameweek 20 will have had their appetite whetted by the nine-goal thriller at the Etihad and he’ll surely be leading the captain poll again heading into Tuesday.

FODEN AND GREALISH STILL ON THE NAUGHTY STEP?

Manchester City’s three most-owned midfielders, Bernardo Silva (£7.6m), Phil Foden (£8.1m) and Jack Grealish (£7.6m), managed just three FPL points between them despite their teammates running amok at the Etihad.

With Bernardo, there’s perhaps just some regression to the mean going on after weeks of overachievement (he didn’t manage a single shot on Boxing Day) but for the other two, it was successive benchings following their well-documented off-field antics of mid-December.

The rotation that often accompanies the Christmas games may well give them the perfect chance to dust themselves down from Pep Guardiola’s naughty step and fill their boots at Brentford but they picked an inopportune time to incur their manager’s wrath, missing out on all 10 of the goals scored by their club in Gameweeks 18 and 19.

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SUPER-SUB SMITH ROWE STRIKES AGAIN

Emile Smith Rowe (£6.1m) emerged as a substitute to score for the third successive Gameweek, while Bukayo Saka (£6.3m), Martin Odegaard (£5.6m) and Alexandre Lacazette (£8.5m) kept up their fine runs of form with attacking returns in a 5-0 thrashing of Norwich.

The most-bought Arsenal asset of Gameweek 19, Gabriel Martinelli (£5.3m), somehow managed to play a part in none of the five goals that the Gunners plundered.

Smith Rowe would probably have been in line for a start in Gameweek 20 had Arsenal’s fixture against Wolves not been postponed, with their first two post-Christmas matches separated by fewer than 48 hours.

Now, without a fixture in Gameweek 20 and facing Manchester City in Gameweek 21, Arsenal assets may be on the chopping block.

They do have three outstanding fixtures to rearrange, it must be said, so could very well end up getting a Double Gameweek 21/22.

But the fixtures within those potential doubles don’t look great and there’ll be likely be more appealing targets elsewhere, even factoring in the value that Smith Rowe and co have offered.

ANTONIO RETURNS

Michail Antonio (£7.8m) recovered from Covid-19 and scored for the first time since Gameweek 9 in West Ham’s otherwise disappointing 3-2 defeat to Southampton.

Antonio’s contribution came off the bench, too, so he looks good for a start in Gameweek 20 as David Moyes will surely ring the changes given that only 48 hours separates the Hammers’ two festive fixtures.

Armando Broja (£5.1m) wasn’t on the scoresheet but was excellent again, winning Saints’ penalty and underscoring his budget FPL credentials – although positional rivals Che Adams (£6.8m) and Adam Armstrong (£5.8m) both recovered from injury to make the bench, so the spectre of rotation in Gameweek 20 looms large given the quick turnaround.

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TIME ALMOST UP FOR JAMES AND CHELSEA ASSETS

A first-half own-goal, followed by a tactical switch which saw him deployed as a right-sided centre-back, meant that it was a day to forget for Reece James’ (£6.3m) owners. As a result, the England international ended Gameweek 19 without a single point, with Fantasy bosses surely now looking to move him and his team-mates on after Wednesday’s home clash against Brighton.

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Elsewhere, penalties keep adding up for Jorginho (£5.8m), who converted another two at Villa Park. That means he is now Chelsea’s top goalscorer in all competitions in 2021/22, with six of his nine strikes arriving in the Premier League, leaving him just one short of Mason Mount’s (£7.7m) total. His goal threat from open play, however, is somewhat limited, with just eight shots in the box across his 16 league outings – which includes penalties.

BRIGHTON BACK TO WINNING WAYS

Heading into today’s encounter, Brighton and Hove Albion had failed to win since all the way back in Gameweek 5, a run which had seen them score just seven goals in 11 matches. However, tonight’s victory leaves them only five points behind sixth-placed West Ham United with a game in hand.

In a much-improved all-round display, they came out on top thanks to excellent first-half goals from Leandro Trossard (£6.2m) and Neal Maupay (£6.4m). That means the Frenchman has now netted three in his last three starts, though with some mixed fixtures leading up to their Gameweek 24 blank, it’s unlikely he’ll see too much Fantasy investment.


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1,254 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Hulk Smash
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Thoughts on these moves for -4?

    Lacazette > Wilson
    Ramsdale > De Gea
    Bernardo > Sterling

    1. MikeS
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      I like them, other than wilson

    2. DA Minnion (Former great)
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Sterling could be rested

    3. mr messi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      I'm trying to get rid of Wilson!

    4. iL PiStOlErO
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Like it except Wilson. Maybe someone cheaper and save the money

    5. Tonyawesome69
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Ignore Wilson

    6. ilikewud
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 20 days ago

      Wilson went off injured

  2. MikeS
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Where does the extra free hit appear for those of us who haven't used it?

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      I think it will just replace the first one when you use it thats why you cant see it before

      1. MikeS
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 20 days ago

        Thanks mate

  3. iL PiStOlErO
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Need some good advice here...so yesterday I've done Salah to Son. Have 2ft and 2fh chips and now dont know what to do. Already have 11 players so no point in playing fh for this week and plan was to bring back Mo after afcon anyways but that Lei defence is making me nervous...what would your transfers be in this situation? Should I bring Mo back or just bite the bullet and cpt Jota? Also like all starting 11 games this week so maybe even burn a transfer or thats just mad?

    DDG
    TAA Rudi Cancelo
    Son Jota Bilva Bowen
    CR7 Broja Dennis

    3.9. White Tierney D. Luiz

    2ft, 2.3itb

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Bite the bullet and go without Salah. I would look to do Tierney to Spurs/United def

      1. iL PiStOlErO
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Would rather use White for that and keep Tierney. Cheers.

    2. Diamondgeezer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      I think Jota captaincy is a risk now Firmino is back. Going without Salah is Scary but it cost two transfers that are precious right now if you bring him in to ship him again.
      It is a risk to go without, but Son could match him this week. Salah will get points but the alternatives may also.

      1. iL PiStOlErO
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Feels good to hear, I am thinking in the same way. If I had more players out for this week I would FH with Mo in but have the team prepared already and think it is quite good to not be that scared. Cheers amigo.

  4. Oscar Slater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Wildcarding opinion please. Would you transfer out James or Rudiger...or both? Thanks.

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      James out. Rudi should play almoust all games and bigger differential.

    2. Diamondgeezer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      I did both before the villa game and not regretting it. Spurs and United have cheap options right now.

    3. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Rudiger.

    4. Tonyawesome69
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Good time to jump odf Chelsea def

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Off*

    5. Oscar Slater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Thanks for the replies folks.

  5. Atimis
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Thoughts on Rambo Raph Laca to DDG Son Broja -8 to sort it out?

    Rambo/Foster
    TAA/Cancelo/James/Alonso/Duffy
    Foden/Jota/Raph/Bowen/Martineli
    Ronaldo/Laca/King

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Good long term move when you factor in arsenal's blanks and United's extra games

  6. Dark Side Of The Loon!
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Laca to:

    A) Antonio
    B) Firmino

    Thanks!

    1. George Agdgdgwngo
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Ant

    2. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      A

    3. The Ilfordian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      I’m planning Antonio but I read yesterday that Firmino has a better xGI per minute than Salah so could be a shrewd pick with AFCON around the corner

    4. Tonyawesome69
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Antonio - nailed starter

  7. Tonyawesome69
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Interested to know what you would do with this team with 0ITB

    1FT 0ITB
    Ramsdale*
    Cancelo James Alonso TAA
    Bernardo Gallagher Foden Salah Jota
    Antonio
    (Foster King Livramento Watkins*)

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

      I’d probably just roll tbh. Not sure taking a hit to bring in a reserve keeper would be worth it.

  8. Red Red Robins
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 21 days ago

    James gone up in price which has surprised me a little, tempted to use my free tfr to get Reguilon
    Start getting Spurs assets i think

  9. jimmy.floyd
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    A Ramsdale to DDG
    B Bilva to Jota

    Gunn is my backup GK

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Probably priorities the player that doesn't have a game

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      A

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

      Gunn will play won’t he? So not sure you need to make the GK transfer. I’d just pray Norwich don’t ship too many goals.

      Jota seems necessary while Salah is away at AFCON so would do that.

  10. The Ilfordian
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    I believe Leicester have the highest goals conceded from set pieces of any PL club? Does that play into Jota’s heading prowess?

  11. Gudjohnsen
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Worth getting a gk for a hit?

    Have Sá and Steer and 1.8 ITB

    Could upgrade Steer

  12. George Agdgdgwngo
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Sold Salah.

    What are the chances the Leicester game is cancelled?

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Hehehe

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

      Yeah I feel nauseous going into that game without him.

  13. Big Ronnie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    1FT and £2.9m ITB. Did Salah to Son for free last GW to leave the option to reverse for free. Not sure if I should do it now as I want Son longer term.

    A) Son to Salah
    B) Foster to playing cheap keeper
    C) Archer to Broja
    D) Save for doubles

    Ramsdale*
    TAA, Rudiger, James, Cancelo, Reguilon
    Son, Jota, Bilva, Mount
    Antonio

    Foster*, Wilson, Saka*, Archer*

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Keep Son now. And do C. P.s. when are the doubles?

      1. Big Ronnie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Cheers. Potentially GW21 and 22 I think.

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

    Broja or King? The saving on Broja *should* allow me to do Saka to Maddison in GW21.

  15. Jet5605
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Thoughts on my WC squad?

    DDG - Bachman
    TAA - Cancelo - Lamptey - Dier - Coady
    Salah - Son - Jota - Maddison - Bowen
    Antonio - King - Broja

    1. George Agdgdgwngo
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Salah off to AFCON. Needs CR7.

      Like the Lamptey punt

      1. Jet5605
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Salah becomes KDB after Leicester

  16. SHOWSTOPPERRR
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Wish mahrez sterling kdb all went for a Party after the win and in the bad books of pep, so that foden can come back and have a run.

  17. George Agdgdgwngo
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Which striker?

    Got CR7 & Watkins. Want to hold Watkins for his fixtures.

    Can only really think of Antonio

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Broja

      1. George Agdgdgwngo
        • 12 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Would prefer Antonio

  18. George Agdgdgwngo
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Why am I drawn to Burnley defenders?!

    1. Diamondgeezer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      I would seek medical help.
      It could be double gameweek fever.

  19. BobB
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Everton have 4 of there next 6 at home, plus Norwich away. DCL could be a w/c beast.

    1. BobB
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Sorry, "their" (grammar police!)

      1. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Well corrected, we are watching ....

    2. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ CMIUK
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Thinking of doing Laca to him this week

      1. Wild Rover
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Me too, but not expecting more than 60 mins.

      2. Diamondgeezer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Same here, I would have liked to wait a game or two to see if he is fit first, but Covid is forcing the issue.

      3. Milkman Bruno
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Likewise or Martinelli to Gray