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Early Double Gameweek 22 team news: Injury updates after the FA Cup third round

All 20 Premier League teams were in FA Cup action at the weekend, with 14 of them progressing to the fourth round.

We’ll be bringing you our pre-match press conference updates as usual on Thursday and Friday but with the early Fantasy Premier League (FPL) deadline on Friday leaving little time to dissect any fresh information, it’s worth taking an initial look at the fitness situations around the country.

Here we recap the stand-out injury and line-up information from the FA Cup third-round games, also rounding up anything we’ve heard ahead of the midweek Premier League and EFL Cup ties.

For a list of players currently involved at the Africa Cup of Nations, click here.

ARSENAL

Already without four players due to Africa Cup of Nations commitments, Arsenal had to make do without another quartet of squad members on Saturday – three of whom are first-team regulars.

Emile Smith Rowe was absent against Nottingham Forest due to a tight groin, while Takehiro Tomiyasu has a calf issue. Granit Xhaka and the Middlesbrough-bound Folarin Balogun, meanwhile, tested positive for Covid-19.

Gabriel Magalhaes served his one-match ban following a Gameweek 21 red card and is now available for selection.

“I don’t know. It will depend on the next few games and how he’s feeling.” – Mikel Arteta on if Granit Xhaka has any chance to be back for the EFL Cup tie on Thursday

“Again, it depends. They were injured and they couldn’t play. I’ll have to see in the next few days how they were.” – Mikel Arteta on if Emile Smith Rowe and Takehiro Tomiyasu will be in contention to play on Thursday

ASTON VILLA

Ollie Watkins returned to playing action on Monday night after his mystery absence in Gameweek 21, lasting 90 minutes of Villa’s cup defeat to Manchester United.

Leon Bailey (thigh), Marvelous Nakamba (knee) and Ashley Young (toe) remained on the injury list but there were no known fresh issues picked up ahead of Gameweek 22.

Steven Gerrard provided an update about whether Phillippe Coutinho would be involved against the Red Devils on Saturday and hinted where he would be playing:

“Philippe, he’ll be with us tomorrow (Tuesday) in terms of arrival. We’ll analyse him Wednesday morning to see where he’s at in terms of a physical point of view but, all being well in terms of how he’s feeling and what return we get with the physical data, will depend on how much he plays at the weekend.

“We knew we’ve got an injury with Leon Bailey in that area, and we knew we were going to lose two to the African Cup of Nations. We knew we would have been short in that area – and yes we’ve got some bright academy players but they’re still developing. It’s not fair to throw them in at the deep end at this level of competition and we’re still deciding on whether some of them will go out on loan. I’m still waiting to find out what Carney’s going to do in terms of his future – so there’s a lot going on in that No.10 area that we’re discussing and analysing at the moment.” – Steven Gerrard

BRENTFORD

The Bees were among four clubs who had another Gameweek 21 fixture to come before they considered their options in Gameweek 22.

Sergi Canos and Mathias Jensen were passed fit for Tuesday’s clash with Southampton but Canos suffered a recurrence of his hamstring injury and was substituted.

Rico Henry (hamstring) didn’t make it but the defender could return in Gameweek 22. Zanka (hamstring) is also partly back in training.

BRIGHTON

Enock Mwepu (muscle) joined Lewis Dunk (knee) and Jeremy Sarmiento (hamstring) on the Brighton injury list after complaining of tightness in the win over West Brom but the Zambian’s problem isn’t thought to be serious.

“I don’t think it’s too serious with the caveat that I have just come from the changing rooms. He didn’t feel anything go, it was more tightness I think, so fingers crossed for the next 24 to 48 hours. I think it was more precaution that he came off.” – Graham Potter on Enock Mwepu

BURNLEY

Burnley aren’t in great shape heading into Double Gameweek 22 and could only call upon 12 senior outfielders (the threshold for a Premier League postponement is 13) for their cup tie with Huddersfield.

Nathan Collins, Dwight McNeil, Charlie Taylor, Matej Vydra and Erik Pieters were all absent because of coronavirus while Johann Berg Gudmundsson (unspecified) and Ashley Barnes (thigh) were sidelined through injury and Maxwel Cornet is away at the Africa Cup of Nations.

The seemingly Newcastle-bound Chris Wood (groin) was also substituted as a precaution, while Connor Roberts was again missing but at least racked up minutes with the under-23s on Monday after an infection.

“He felt his groin and it was touch and go but at the present time we can’t be gambling too much with our centre forwards.” – Ian Woan on Chris Wood

CHELSEA

Thiago Silva and N’Golo Kante have both returned to training following the end of their Covid-19 isolation period, though Thomas Tuchel has admitted he will take a late decision on their involvement in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final at Spurs.

The duo tested positive last week and missed the 2-0 first-leg victory as well as the FA Cup win over Chesterfield.

“Right now I would say we have the guys we had in the FA Cup and no new injuries, which is good news for us.

“We have to wait on last-minute decisions on Thiago and N’Golo. They have cardiac tests and Covid tests to follow the protocols so we can bring them back to training so we have to wait to see if they can be involved and then see how they respond. It’s a gamble to play them so I’m not sure if we can do it and how much responsibility we can take there. We have to go step by step. I’m not even sure they will come to training but if they do, we can decide then.” – Thomas Tuchel

Reece James (hamstring), Trevoh Chalobah (hamstring) and Ben Chilwell (knee) remain out.

CRYSTAL PALACE

Conor Gallagher returned to playing action in the FA Cup at the weekend but James McArthur (hamstring) is still on the sidelines for now.

 “He started working on the field but the [FA Cup tie] is too early for him.” – Patrick Vieira on James McArtur

EVERTON

Demarai Gray was “playing through pain” in the extra-time win over Hull, eventually being substituted after 105 minutes.

Andros Townsend returned to fitness, meanwhile, after a recent spell out.

“You have to praise all the players but Demarai Gray was playing in pain until we made the substitution, he was working so hard.

“And Andros Townsend was injured but playing because he wants to help the team and that is the spirit we are expecting from our players.” – Rafael Benitez

Yerry Mina (calf), Richarlison (calf), Jarrad Branthwaite (hamstring) and Tom Davies (hamstring) were all sidelined, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin wasn’t risked after his Gameweek 21 comeback following a four-month absence.

“Dominic, we knew 90 minutes could be difficult for him, you are losing and you keep our striker on the pitch, that is what you have to do. We have to manage him so I don’t think he will be available for tomorrow but he is doing well, he is training and hopefully he can be ready for the next game.” – Rafael Benitez

LEEDS

On the cusp of a return from a hamstring injury, the luckless Patrick Bamford sustained a hip injury ahead of Leeds’ FA Cup defeat to West Ham and missed out.

Media reports suggest that the striker and Rodrigo (heel) should be back this weekend, however.

That still leaves Kalvin Phillips (hamstring), Liam Cooper (hamstring), Jamie Shackleton (Achilles), Charlie Cresswell (shoulder), Joe Gelhardt (ankle) and Pascal Struijk (knee) on the sidelines, while Diego Llorente and Tyler Roberts are suspended; Roberts is also out for a number of weeks with a hamstring injury.

Junior Firpo was substituted after a blow to the head last weekend but is expected to be fine for Gameweek 22.

LEICESTER

All eyes and ears will be on Brendan Rodgers’ pre-match press conference later in the week to see if there has been an easing of Leicester’s injury and illness crisis.

The Foxes were down to eight senior outfielders in their FA Cup tie against Watford at the weekend, five short of the threshold for a Premier League postponement – so Saturday’s match against Burnley may hang in the balance.

Wesley Fofana (leg), Jonny Evans (hamstring), Ricardo Pereira (leg), James Justin (match fitness), Ryan Bertrand (knee) and Jamie Vardy (hamstring) plus a trio of AFCON-bound players are all missing but there is a chance that Leicester could recover Caglar Soyuncu (hamstring), Patson Daka (hamstring), Timothy Castagne (thigh), Luke Thomas (unknown), Boubakary Soumare (illness) and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (calf) in the coming days.

“Patson Daka, Cags, Luke Thomas, Kiernan, we were hoping more towards Burnley for them. And then some of the other boys.

“We had good news, James Justin played 45 minutes for the Under-23s, which is great news for us, but of course he won’t be ready for the next game. We need to go back in there with the medical team, analyse where we’re at, and take it from there.” – Brendan Rodgers

LIVERPOOL

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Alisson were back in training as of Tuesday after their recent Covid-enforced absences.

There was more good news elsewhere, too, with Jurgen Klopp reporting a raft of false positives after last Thursday’s EFL Cup tie against Arsenal was called off.

Harvey Elliott (ankle), Divock Origi (knee) and Thiago Alcantara (hip) remain out but Elliott is back on the training ground.

“Trent [Alexander-Arnold] and Ali[sson] trained yesterday, Div [Origi] and Thiago not. All the others should be available. Robbo got a little knock in the Shrewsbury game but is fine.” – Jurgen Klopp, speaking on Wednesday

As a side note, Fabinho scored a penalty in the absence of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, who were away at AFCON, and with James Milner and Roberto Firmino not on the field.

MAN CITY

A decimated Manchester City squad saw off Swindon last Friday in the FA Cup, with positive Covid tests depriving the current league leaders of a number of key players.

“At the moment we have seven players unavailable and up to 14 staff, so it’s quite a big outbreak.” – Rodolfo Borrell ahead of the FA Cup win at Swindon

Phil Foden and Oleksandr Zinchenko had previously tested positive for coronavirus ahead of Gameweek 21 and were again unavailable, while Raheem Sterling, Ederson, John Stones, Fernandinho and Jack Grealish were also notable by their absences.

MAN UTD

Cristiano Ronaldo (hip) missed out on Manchester United’s FA Cup win over Aston Villa on Monday evening, although his omission, and those of Jadon Sancho (hamstring) and Phil Jones (calf), sounded very much precautionary in nature.

“They are having problems. I wouldn’t say that they are injured, but they have muscular problems.

“I spoke with Cristiano yesterday before training, he told me that he’s had some problems for the last couple of days. Minor problems, but in the end, we decided that it made more sense to not take any risks in a game that could easily last 120 minutes, so we just decided to rest him, not play him at all.

“I suppose he will be in the stadium but he had some problems with his hip, with his hip muscle, and we just decided that it would be better for him not to play this game.

“I don’t think it’s anything serious. He’s told me that he’s had that problem for the last couple of days. Again, in a cup game when you can play 120 minutes, I thought it would be better to not take any risks.

“With Phil Jones, he’s having some minor problems on the calf. Again in a cup game like the one tonight it doesn’t make any sense [to risk him] – even more so if it’s the calf muscle.

“[Jadon] was supposed to be in the squad. He had some issues with hamstrings on both sides so again it doesn’t make sense to take any risks.” – Ralf Rangnick

Harry Maguire also sat the game out with a rib problem but he is expected back for Double Gameweek 22.

“He’s still suffering a little bit from his rib contusion and again I hope to have him back for the Villa [Premier League] game on Saturday, but for tonight he was not available.” – Ralf Rangnick on Harry Maguire

NEWCASTLE

Allan Saint-Maximin made a return from injury in Saturday’s embarrassing cup exit but the Magpies will have to do without Callum Wilson (calf) for the next eight weeks.

Jamal Lewis (hamstring), Federico Fernandez (thigh) and Isaac Hayden (knee) are also on the treatment table, while Javier Manquillo will be suspended after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season. 

Karl Darlow and Ciaran Clark missed the match against Manchester United over two weeks ago through either Covid-19 or injury and weren’t involved against Cambridge.

NORWICH

Billy Gilmour could miss up to four weeks of action with an ankle injury, head coach Dean Smith revealed at his pre-West Ham United press conference on Tuesday morning.

Lukas Rupp (hamstring), Andrew Omobamidele (back), Christoph Zimmermann (ankle) and Mathias Normann (pelvis) remain out.

Todd Cantwell, who was absent on Sunday through illness, is expected to be available for the West Ham game.

“Gilmour has an ankle injury that puts him out for 3-4 weeks. He’s gone back to Chelsea for them to assess it and I hope he’ll be back for treatment over the next few days.” – Dean Smith

SOUTHAMPTON

Tino Livramento didn’t play a part in Southampton’s one and only Double Gameweek 21 fixture on Tuesday but is at least back on the grass after his recent knee issue.

“We are looking from day to day, the first steps in training now have shown no reaction from the knee which is good, there’s no new fluid and that gives us a little bit of hope. He’s still not in team training so we will have a look from day to day.” – Ralph Hasenhuttl

Kyle Walker-Peters (Covid-19), Alex McCarthy (hamstring) and Will Smallbone (calf) also missed the thrashing of Brentford.

Armando Broja impressed yet again in a goalscoring display, eventually being substituted shortly after receiving a blow to the face – although there was no mention of his withdrawal by Ralph Hasenhuttl in his post-match presser and all seemed OK with the Chelsea loanee as he left the field.

SPURS

Antonio Conte reaffirmed the prognosis on Son Heung-min ahead of Spurs’ EFL Cup tie against Chelsea on Wednesday, saying that the Korean wouldn’t feature before Gameweek 24.

“The update on Sonny is that for sure we have to wait until after the international break. It was a muscular problem and it was strange because he came off during the game and had no problem; the day after he felt a bit of pain.” – Antonio Conte

Cristian Romero (hamstring) and Steven Bergwijn (calf) are nearing a return, according to Conte on Tuesday.

“Bergwijn is… very close to coming back. I think that after the game against Chelsea, he can start having training sessions with us.

“Today Cristian had a little part of a training session with us. He’s very close, very close to coming back. We’re talking about anther important player for us.”

Eric Dier‘s availability remains uncertain but he was spotted in training on Monday.

WATFORD

Emmanuel Dennis (knock) is expected to be back for Double Gameweek 22 despite not featuring in the FA Cup.

“Emmanuel took a kick in the match against Tottenham, then I prefer to preserve him for the next matches. It’s not too serious but I want to preserve.” – Claudio Ranieri

Ben Foster (groin), Christian Kabasele (calf) and Kiko Femenia (hamstring) are all back in training but Nicolas Nkoulou (hamstring), Kwadwo Baah (ankle) and Peter Etebo (quad) remain out.

WEST HAM

David Moyes confirmed on Tuesday that Kurt Zouma wasn’t far from a return from a hamstring tendon injury.

“Kurt’s doing well. I couldn’t give you an idea exactly of when he’s going to be back, but I’ve got to say he’s doing very well and I’m looking forward to getting him back shortly if I can. We’re just trying to get him correct and in the right condition as well. Hopefully he’s not too far away.” – David Moyes

Angelo Ogbonna (knee) and Aaron Cresswell (back) were again missing during the FA Cup win over Leeds.

Moyes had previously said that Vladimir Coufal would be “close” to a return against Norwich on Wednesday after he sat out the weekend’s cup tie.

WOLVES

There’s nothing much new to report on the Wolves injury front, with Jonny (knee), Yerson Mosquera (muscle), Pedro Neto (knee), Hwang Hee-chan (muscle) and Willy Boly (calf) all missing the FA Cup tie against Sheffield United.

With Romain Saiss away representing Morocco, Marcal moved to centre-back and Rayan Ait-Nouri was brought in at left wing-back.


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199 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Coutinho's FPL Price
    robdag
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    15 days, 22 hours ago

    Phillippe Coutinho comes in at 7.0

    1. Wild Guus Chase
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      15 days, 22 hours ago

      You going to invest early on? Quite a decent price.

      1. robdag
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        15 days, 22 hours ago

        It's very tempting at that price

    2. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      15 days, 22 hours ago

      Play up!

    3. LarryDuff
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      15 days, 22 hours ago

      Oooh intriguing

    4. james 101
      • 9 Years
      15 days, 22 hours ago

      Fantastic value if he’s still able to produce here

    5. Sterling Archer
      • 4 Years
      15 days, 22 hours ago

      He hasnt played much, always a doubt if he'll be up to speed

    6. NateDog
      • 1 Year
      15 days, 22 hours ago

      About what I expected. Will be interested to see if he gets time against MU at the weekend to see where he slots in

    7. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      15 days, 22 hours ago

      Could be interesting, although I remember people on here raving about Buendia's value when it was announced at the start of the season

      1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        15 days, 21 hours ago

        Coutinho is a proven PL player!

        1. RedRo
            15 days, 20 hours ago

            So’s David Batty but you wouldn’t get him if Villa signed him tomorrow

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

              Probably because he's 53 and coutinho is 29

              1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                15 days, 19 hours ago

                Haha this

            2. Ginkapo FPL
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              15 days, 18 hours ago

              What price?

          • zeslinguer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            15 days, 19 hours ago

            aye 8 years ago!

      2. lilmessipran
        • 9 Years
        15 days, 21 hours ago

        Should have been 6.5

      3. TheTinman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        15 days, 21 hours ago

        Seems overpriced. 6.5m would have been right

        1. Camzy
          • 11 Years
          15 days, 21 hours ago

          I think he's well priced tbh.

          He's cheaper than James Rodriguez was last season and he had a spell where he was in everyone's teams.

    8. Wild Guus Chase
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      15 days, 22 hours ago

      Thanks Neale. Comprehensive as always. I think it would be foolhardy to invest in any Leicester players until we know more from Rodgers in his presser this week - even if they do have a DGW!

      1. james 101
        • 9 Years
        15 days, 22 hours ago

        Agreed on both counts!

      2. Skonto Rigga
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 4 Years
        15 days, 22 hours ago

        My absolute pleasure, as ever! Yeah, that Burnley v Leicester game looks the stand-out candidate for this week's postponement lottery given that both sides are struggling for numbers. They may both *just* get to 13 outfielders each but there won't be much in it.

        1. james 101
          • 9 Years
          15 days, 22 hours ago

          If it happens I predict goals!

    9. james 101
      • 9 Years
      15 days, 22 hours ago

      GW22 Free HitTeam. Lots of fun punts.

      What would you change?

      De Gea
      Alonso Emerson Rudiger
      Maddison Mount Tiels Lucas-Moura
      Ronaldo Kane Dennis

      3.9 TAA Bowen 3.9

      (I have 2 FHs still)

      May well play TAA over one of the Chelsea boys if I go with this team.

      1. james 101
        • 9 Years
        15 days, 22 hours ago

        Wouldn’t commit until pressers I guess

      2. CAVEAT KING
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        15 days, 22 hours ago

        Change your email address and start again (smile)

      3. mox81
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        15 days, 21 hours ago

        Definitely fun. Massive gamble with respect to TAA and Jota - given EO it'll cost you dear if either haul against Brentford.

    10. NateDog
      • 1 Year
      15 days, 22 hours ago

      "Jurgen Klopp ahead of the EFL Cup semi-final: "Trent [Alexander-Arnold] and Ali[sson] trained yesterday, Div [Origi] and Thiago not. All the others should be available. Robbo got a little knock in the Shrewsbury game but is fine.""

      1. NateDog
        • 1 Year
        15 days, 22 hours ago

        Oops just saw this was in the article!

    11. Jafooli
      • 9 Years
      15 days, 22 hours ago

      DGW22 can do one....sort it out FPL

      1. james 101
        • 9 Years
        15 days, 22 hours ago

        Lol

    12. Sterling Archer
      • 4 Years
      15 days, 22 hours ago

      Trent back in training boosts my hopes of fielding 11 players!!

    13. Atimis
      • 5 Years
      15 days, 22 hours ago

      For sure doing Broja to Dennis.

      The question now is whether Son to Maddison is worth a hit just for DGW? Recon I don't want him going forward so would you already bring City mid instead?

      1. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        15 days, 22 hours ago

        As ever, which City mid though?

        1. Atimis
          • 5 Years
          15 days, 22 hours ago

          Can bring anyone Foden, Sterling, KDB - Sterling could be nic punt with Mahrez away

      2. fish&chips
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        15 days, 22 hours ago

        I'm pondering the same. Tempted to go for Sterling but if it looks like the Leicester games will be on I'll probably go for maddison

      3. FourLokoLeipzig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        15 days, 21 hours ago

        Who would you play if you don’t take the hit? I’m avoiding it, as I’m happy for Gallagher to play if needed. None of the DGW mids are that inspiring

        1. Atimis
          • 5 Years
          15 days, 21 hours ago

          I could play Coufal, Martineli or Duffy who is not starting tho. Hit for City mid could be justified long term tho.

          1. FourLokoLeipzig
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            15 days, 21 hours ago

            I’d just play Coufal if he looks likely to start. Martinelli’s not a bad back-up even with a tough fixture. Not worth a hit imo

    14. fplgaruda
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      15 days, 22 hours ago

      Coutinho at his lowest price on FPL
      Even lower than Watkins
      Tempting.

      1. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        15 days, 22 hours ago

        4 years of doing very little will lower your price.

    15. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      15 days, 22 hours ago

      Very much wait and see of course but have 1ft to play...

      Bachmann**
      TAA Cancelo Rudiger** Davies**
      Jota Foden Maddison** Bowen
      King** Antonio

      Ramsdale Watkins White (Son)

      Had originally been hoping for a BB this week with a hit, but even now I'm unsure of starting XI or what to do.

      a) Son to Lucas
      b) Son & Antonio -> Lucas & Kane(c) -4
      c) Son & Antonio -> Lucas & Ronaldo(c) -4 if he's fit

      1. fish&chips
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        15 days, 22 hours ago

        A for me. B & C will likely involve another hit down the line to get Salah back I presume?

        1. how now brown cow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          15 days, 21 hours ago

          Yeah, it's true. Finding it hard to plan ahead - whenever I do it all changes anyway!

    16. jason_ni
      • 6 Years
      15 days, 22 hours ago

      Crazy to consider Kdb for Son?

      I dont really fancy any united mf for the double, and Leicester keep cancelling games, so its putting me off maddison!
      Currently have 3 dbl gw players, and happy with 3 west ham players vs leeds.

      6.7m itb 1FT
      DDG*
      Dalot* - TAA - Cancelo - Coufal
      Jota - Foden - Bowen - Son
      Antonio - King*
      Ramsdale - Watkins - Tomiyasu - Luiz

      1. fish&chips
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        15 days, 22 hours ago

        I'm considering similar but maybe sterling over KDB

    17. fish&chips
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      15 days, 22 hours ago

      Feels like a lifetime ago since the last West Ham PL game. Hoping for Antonio to outscore bowen again tonight but think I might be disappointed

      1. sulldaddy
        • 11 Years
        15 days, 20 hours ago

        Opposite boat here for Bowen vs Antonio.

        I capped Bowen and otherwise have had a terrible week

    18. Feed tha Sheep
      • 9 Years
      15 days, 22 hours ago

      Best move this week?

      A. Antonio/DCL > Dennis
      B. BSilva > Maddison
      C. Both -4

      1. ChelseaGuy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        15 days, 22 hours ago

        C if Madders do get a DGW

        1. King Kun Ta
          • 6 Years
          15 days, 21 hours ago

          this

      2. DannyDrinkVodka
        • 2 Years
        15 days, 21 hours ago

        I've got the same dilemma (only with Son instead of Bilva)..........thinking C with Antonio out........(assuming you have Bowen)

    19. Nomar
      • 12 Years
      15 days, 22 hours ago

      Digne going to Villa?

      Just. No.

      Been burnt too many times so not going near him.

      1. jackruet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        15 days, 22 hours ago

        No

      2. CABAYE4
        • 10 Years
        15 days, 21 hours ago

        When the first DGW goes in I’ll be tempted all over again!

    20. La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      15 days, 22 hours ago

      7m for coutinho. Bargain on paper tbh

      1. ChelseaGuy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        15 days, 22 hours ago

        Yea, I swear he cost 20x for Barca

        1. La Roja
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          15 days, 22 hours ago

          Barca only have themselves to blame for that. He’s a quality player and ironically proved against Barca when played for Bayern.

          1. ChelseaGuy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            15 days, 21 hours ago

            True that, was unstoppable at Pool

      2. Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        15 days, 22 hours ago

        But is he the same old brilliant Cout ?

        1. La Roja
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          15 days, 22 hours ago

          Maybe even better, who knows

      3. CAVEAT KING
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        15 days, 21 hours ago

        He scored some great goals and was certainly very good but even then he was inconsistent. playing for a lesser side with poor performances over 2 seasons, he could have been 6.5. pool were smiling all the way to the bank.

    21. JoTAA
      • 2 Years
      15 days, 21 hours ago

      Jürgen Klopp has confirmed Trent Alexander-Arnold and Alisson Becker have made a return to full training
      🙂

    22. DannyDrinkVodka
      • 2 Years
      15 days, 21 hours ago

      Counting on Ben Johnson for a 15 pointer to save my GW

      1. George James
        • 7 Years
        15 days, 19 hours ago

        Im just praying he starts...

    23. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 8 Years
      15 days, 21 hours ago

      Foster, TAA, Son, Ronaldo and Dennis all flagged. Would you:

      A) Use FH
      B) Only use FT and start Tierney and Canelo
      C) Take a -4
      D) Take a -8

      1. Catastrophe
        • 11 Years
        15 days, 21 hours ago

        Probably C, maybe D dependent on your Team. TAA and Dennis should be fine, presumably Ronaldo too! Not sure on the Foster situation but I wouldn't be basing chip decisions on probability of Watford clean-sheets!

      2. hustler7
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        15 days, 20 hours ago

        Wait until the deadline as all might be fit barring Foster.

      3. Shark
        • 2 Years
        15 days, 20 hours ago

        I reckon only Son will be out. I will be starting Cancelo.

    24. Little Red Lacazette
      • 5 Years
      15 days, 21 hours ago

      Buendia moves to bench to make way for Couts?

      1. The Train Driver
        • 6 Years
        15 days, 21 hours ago

        I would say Ramsey does, Buendia can play as one of the wider mids/wingers.

        Another option could be 4-2-2-2 with Ings and Watkins in front of Buendia and Coutinho.

        1. Pompel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          15 days, 21 hours ago

          Would e typical - I bought Ramsey + Targett in expectation of Villa double 🙁

      2. Bobby Digital
        • 4 Years
        15 days, 21 hours ago

        Buendia's been on fire tbh

      3. Hint
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        15 days, 21 hours ago

        More likely Ings IMO

    25. I am Fred
        15 days, 21 hours ago

        Like many, in a bit of a quandary as to what to do for gw22 given doubles and flags. Have already made one change, so no free transfers left

        Sanchez
        Cancelo, Coufal, Reguilon, TAA
        Bowen, Foden, Jota
        Broja, Antonio, Watkins

        Ramsdale, ESR, Livra, Son

        0 FTs, 5.2 itb

        a) No further changes
        b) Son > Maddison (-4)
        c) Broja > Kane (-4)
        d) both (-8)

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

          I am looking at b) myself.

        2. DannyDrinkVodka
          • 2 Years
          15 days, 21 hours ago

          you need a DGW captain, do you feel comfortable with Maddison?

          1. I am Fred
              15 days, 21 hours ago

              not massively. Ideally I want Kane (or could do CR7). But also don't want an injured Son sat on bench!

        3. ZAMUNDA
          • 5 Years
          15 days, 21 hours ago

          Help me make a decision here whether to WC or use 2FT as my team is collapsing with absentees and injuries (8 for now*):

          Sanchez - Bachmann
          TAA* - Cancelo - James* - Reguilon - Tsimikas
          Salah* - Son* - Foden* - ESR* - Mount
          King - Broja* - Gelhardt*

          Thank you!

        4. DV8R
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          15 days, 21 hours ago

          Best replacement for Salah with Son out? Already own Bowen, Gray and Jota.

          Thinking Maddison?

          1. Sho-kun
            • 4 Years
            15 days, 21 hours ago

            KDB?

        5. THE SHEEP HUNTER
          • 4 Years
          15 days, 21 hours ago

          Disgusting brainwashing going down as per usual in a post truth era.
          Just get a team out. Use the dozens on your books, use the u21's, u18's, u16's, academy players, maybe Polish Greta's son from the canteen, heard he's pretty good.
          What a load of Coddswallop! As per.

          1. RedRo
              15 days, 21 hours ago

              Why Polish?

            • Brehmeren
              • 11 Years
              15 days, 21 hours ago

              Grav checks out

              1. RedRo
                  15 days, 20 hours ago

                  Grav is The Joker, not The Village Idiot

                  1. Brehmeren
                    • 11 Years
                    15 days, 20 hours ago

                    Look again

            • ShaunGoater123
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              15 days, 21 hours ago

              Leaning towards getting Kane in for the double, but would have to do so tonight with price rises / drops. I have 2 FH, so if it goes belly up I would use one on Friday to rectify.

              Thought on Son & Toney > Lennon & Kane for a -4 (4.9 is the max I can afford hence Lennon - I expect nothing from him really)

              Leaves me with this team

              DDG
              Dalot / TAA / Cancelo / Royal
              Jota / KDB / Bowen / Lennon
              Ronaldo / Kane

              Bachmann / Broja / Ramsey / Williams

            • Bobby Digital
              • 4 Years
              15 days, 21 hours ago

              Points for everyone tonight!

            • DannyDrinkVodka
              • 2 Years
              15 days, 21 hours ago

              I've got Kane, DCL and Antonio, do I move for Dennis? Assuming Kane stays, do I axe Antonio?

              1. Drumandbaines123
                • 1 Year
                15 days, 21 hours ago

                As long as you've got Bowen then I wouldn't be totally against swapping Antonio for Dennis/King. I'd keep DCL.

                1. DannyDrinkVodka
                  • 2 Years
                  15 days, 21 hours ago

                  Cheers, I’ve got Bowen…….

              2. ksmith5666
                • 12 Years
                15 days, 21 hours ago

                FWIW, i have the same front 3 and am sticking, good fixtures going forward, will probably ship Kane for Watkins next GW if Villa have a DGW

              3. JBG
                • 3 Years
                15 days, 21 hours ago

                What if Antonio scores a brace/hattrick tonight? Would you still consider taking him out?

                1. DannyDrinkVodka
                  • 2 Years
                  15 days, 21 hours ago

                  I suppose so, Leeds will tighten up and I’m worried about missing out on Watford’s DGW

                  1. JBG
                    • 3 Years
                    15 days, 21 hours ago

                    I don't see them keeping a clean sheet. Unless Llorente, Cooper and Phillips are back for the WH match, which seems unlikely with the news we have now.

            • Camzy
              • 11 Years
              15 days, 21 hours ago

              Antonio out yeah.

              1. DannyDrinkVodka
                • 2 Years
                15 days, 21 hours ago

                Cheers, Camzy

              2. dunas_dog
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                15 days, 21 hours ago

                Where is this reported?

            • BrockLanders
              • 6 Years
              15 days, 21 hours ago

              Bowen hatrick too much to ask for tonight??

              1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                15 days, 21 hours ago

                Nah

              2. THE SHEEP HUNTER
                • 4 Years
                15 days, 21 hours ago

                Rested for Fornals. Deserved rest.

            • Bobby Digital
              • 4 Years
              15 days, 21 hours ago

              Why does Pool want Kounde? They have a bunch of good CBs.

            • Sho-kun
              • 4 Years
              15 days, 21 hours ago

              8 of 15 are flagged..

              DDG
              Cancelo/TAA/Reg/Marcal
              Foden/Jota/ESR/Sterling
              Watkins/Dennis

              Foster/Livra/Son/Gelhardt

              Should I either FH (have still 2) or Wildcard?

              1. Bobby Digital
                • 4 Years
                15 days, 21 hours ago

                Wait until Saturday

                1. Bobby Digital
                  • 4 Years
                  15 days, 21 hours ago

                  *Friday

              2. Bobby Digital
                • 4 Years
                15 days, 21 hours ago

                If Whu Leeds is off I will probably hit the FH button.

                1. Cammick
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  15 days, 21 hours ago

                  why will it be off?

                  1. Bobby Digital
                    • 4 Years
                    15 days, 20 hours ago

                    Leeds are missing a bunch of players

            • CrouchDown
              • 9 Years
              15 days, 21 hours ago

              At least there is less need to FH as Antonio should be back starting for the weekend

              1. JBG
                • 3 Years
                15 days, 21 hours ago

                There it is again, random mention of Antonio... wtf.

                1. CrouchDown
                  • 9 Years
                  15 days, 21 hours ago

                  You think there's no basis to avoid playing your most important player and only striker 3 times in 7 days, even considering his history of injuries?

                  1. Cammick
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    15 days, 21 hours ago

                    i hope he is rested 🙂

                  2. JBG
                    • 3 Years
                    15 days, 20 hours ago

                    I think people on this forum shouldn't write stuff about players being rested as it is a certainty or like they have insider knowledge of it. Sure I understand your thinking, but this is the 2nd or 3rd time I know read someone writing something similar about Antonio.

              2. Brehmeren
                • 11 Years
                15 days, 21 hours ago

                Should be back?

              3. dunas_dog
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                15 days, 21 hours ago

                There is nothing reported suggesting he will not play tonight

              4. Annie
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                15 days, 20 hours ago

                What’s the point?