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FPL Daily: Liverpool win Carabao Cup as Jota and James return

We round up the key Fantasy Premier League (FPL) talking points of the day in FPL Daily.

LIVERPOOL WIN CARABAO CUP FINAL

In an entertaining clash at Wembley, Liverpool won a dramatic penalty shoot-out 11-10 after a goalless draw with Chelsea.

The headline news from an FPL perspective was the returns of Diogo Jota (£8.3m) and Reece James (£6.2m) from injury, who both appeared as second-half substitutes.

The latter is of particular interest in light of Chelsea’s potential double-header in Gameweek 28, which you can read more on here.

James is averaging 5.7 points per match this season, and a defensive double-up alongside Antonio Rudiger (£6.1m) is certainly appealing, given the lack of options further forward.

On the injury front, Hakim Ziyech (£7.3m) failed to make the squad for today’s match, along with Andreas Christensen (£4.6m) who has an issue with his achilles. Elsewhere, Cesar Azpilicueta (£5.6m) was forced off shortly before the hour mark with an injury, while Thiago (£5.3m) missed out for Liverpool after picking up a knock during the warm-up.

Chelsea XI: Mendy (Kepa 120), Chalobah, Thiago Silva, Rudiger, Azpilicueta (James 57), Kante, Kovacic (Jorginho 105), Alonso, Mount (Lukaku 74), Pulisic (Werner 74), Havertz

Liverpool XI: Kelleher, Alexander-Arnold, Matip (Konate 90), van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson (Elliot 79), Keita (Milner 80), Salah, Diaz (Origi 97), Mane (Jota 80)

BIELSA SACKED

The FPL Round-up: 8

Marcelo Bielsa has been sacked by Leeds United after a poor run of form that saw his side suffer several heavy defeats.

The Whites have taken just one point from their last six matches (see below) to leave them outside the relegation zone by only two points. During that time, they have conceded a whopping 21 goals and slumped to a 4-0 defeat at home to Tottenham Hotspur in Gameweek 27.

LEEDS UNITED’S LAST SIX MATCHES:
  • Leeds United 0-4 Tottenham Hotspur
  • Liverpool 6-0 Leeds United
  • Leeds United 2-4 Manchester United
  • Everton 3-0 Leeds United
  • Aston Villa 3-3 Leeds United
  • Leeds United 0-1 Newcastle United

At the time of writing, American coach Jesse Marsch is the bookies favourite to take over, with the club expected to announce their replacement as soon as Monday.

Notably, there is potential for their new manager to hit the ground running, given that they have an appealing run of forthcoming fixtures coming up, which includes a double-header against Leicester City and Aston Villa in Gameweek 28.

READ UP ON ALL OF THE WEEKEND’S FPL ACTION

West Ham’s defence, Antonio’s creativity, Jimenez benched: FPL notes

There is still one match to go in Gameweek 27, with Burnley taking on Leicester City on Tuesday, but you can read up on all of the FPL action so far via the links below.

Aston Villa, Leeds United, Newcastle United, Southampton, Watford and Wolverhampton Wanderers all feature and double in Gameweek 28, with several differential options emerging over the weekend.


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1,041 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Junglist95
      5 months, 20 days ago

      No need for a -12 for Kane if I have Son right?

      Feel like I shouldn't rip my team up for Kane as much as I want him in

      1. Holmes
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 20 days ago

        not sure why you would do that

        1. Junglist95
            5 months, 20 days ago

            Not owning Kane is frightening again

            1. Junglist95
                5 months, 20 days ago

                Worse than watching MSM for 36 seconds

          • Junglist95
              5 months, 20 days ago

              Means losing Foden and Bowen, and looking at the likes of Gordon and Brownhill and switching formations

              Seems mad.

              Bringing in on a WC sounds better at some point

            • Biggsy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              5 months, 20 days ago

              Why would you want a Spurs double up?

              1. Junglist95
                  5 months, 20 days ago

                  Never mind then

                  1. Biggsy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    5 months, 20 days ago

                    Its a genuine question.

                    Personally, on a WC, i'm possibly going for Kane because he is getting back into form and there are no good midfield options. But Son is enough cover, and certainly not for a -12 even if the other moves are going to pay it off.

                    1. Junglist95
                        5 months, 20 days ago

                        One is form, one is fixtures.

                        Simps

                        1. Biggsy
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          5 months, 20 days ago

                          Easy to look at the Leeds game and think they'll walk over easier teams, but they struggled vs Burnley and Wolves.

                          As I said, I would certainly go for one of Son or Kane, but don't see value in having £23m tied up in 2 players for a side who are not consistent enough.

              2. TimoTime
                • 3 Years
                5 months, 20 days ago

                Any Newcastle attackers worth getting if on WC this week?

                BB 29 is also the plan

                1. Biggsy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  5 months, 20 days ago

                  Wood out of form. ASM might be back from injury, but habit of getting injured again. Probably Fraser or Willock would be the popular picks

                  1. Junglist95
                      5 months, 20 days ago

                      Joelinton? Plays 90 and just scored

                      1. Biggsy
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        5 months, 20 days ago

                        I think he plays a lot deeper these days. Goal was a break from the norm

                        1. Junglist95
                            5 months, 20 days ago

                            Ok

                      2. TimoTime
                        • 3 Years
                        5 months, 20 days ago

                        Yeh I had initially been on Joelinton, struggling to see who might be a better option as a forward on WC with BB29 in mind.

                        My other forwards are currently Dennis and Broja...

                        Problem I see with Fraser or Willock is that they take up a mid spot which is already hard to choose between!

                    • Holmes
                      • 8 Years
                      5 months, 20 days ago

                      Probably Willock

                    • WVA
                      • 6 Years
                      5 months, 20 days ago

                      Willock

                      He cost me my ML last season

                    • The Mentaculus
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      5 months, 20 days ago

                      I think Ryan Fraser is being overlooked. Really impressed me the last few weeks - looks sharp, confident & super motivated atm, and stats-wise, his xGI is on par with Saka & Bowen over last 6 matches (only behind Liv/Mci mids, Sancho Bruno & Son)

                  2. cheese XL
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    5 months, 20 days ago

                    Bench boosting this week, which of these moves would you do?

                    Sa
                    TAA VVD Digne
                    Salah Son Saka Bowen Coutinho
                    Laca Jiminez

                    Foster White Coady Broja

                    A) Bowen ➡️ Raphinha
                    B) Bowen & Laca ➡️ Havertz & Watkins (-4)
                    C) Bowen & White ➡️ Mount & Bednarek

                    Thanks in advance.

                    1. Biggsy
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      5 months, 20 days ago

                      I'd fancy a Havertz punt, but not if it left you with a Villa triple up (may have a game in 30, but poor fixtures to follow so its transfers waiting to happen). A kinda depends on the Leeds situation. New manager may shake things up so perhaps a gamble for any of their assets.

                      1. cheese XL
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        5 months, 20 days ago

                        Thanks

                    2. The Mentaculus
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      5 months, 20 days ago

                      Can you afford Bowen - Mount/Havertz alone? Think I'd stick with Laca & White til 31

                      1. cheese XL
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        5 months, 20 days ago

                        .1 short of mount

                  3. HD7
                    • 5 Years
                    5 months, 20 days ago

                    Can I hear your opinion on this subject, mates?:)

                    Cant decide WC now or in 35 is better...

                    From one point I dont like most teams who have DGWs now - Villa, Leeds, Wolves, Watford etc

                    by taking -8
                    I could have 5 or 6 DGws in 28 + the players with nice singles

                    In 29 7-8 DGWs...

                    so I dont see the urge to WC.

                    From another point of view... I saw the program of the teams in the last 3-4 games of this season ... and they dont look so great either

                    1. Biggsy
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      5 months, 20 days ago

                      If you're happy with some hits and think you are well set up for 28 and 29 (what about 30?) then don't play WC just because others are.

                      I'm doing it because my team was shocking (2xUnited, 2xBrighton, Antonio to name but a few) and needed a refresh

                      1. HD7
                        • 5 Years
                        5 months, 20 days ago

                        By doing De Gea Ronaldo Bowen to Sa Jimi Son (-8) I can get in 28:

                        Sa*
                        TAA Robbo Cancelo Livra*
                        Salah Foden Saka Ramsey* Son
                        Jimi*

                        Steer Tierney King Scarlett

                        Then in 29 I would have 6DGWs + the single game strong army

                    2. The Mentaculus
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      5 months, 20 days ago

                      With the obvious "team dependent" caveat, I personally feel that waiting so late reduces the benefit from your most powerful chip as you're kind of subordinating WC to BB (if this is the plan?) / just targeting 2 GWs with it

                      1. HD7
                        • 5 Years
                        5 months, 20 days ago

                        Im thinking more like WC after 30 and hoping games in 33 and 36 overlap so that we can have a good team from 31 to 38 and using the BB in the process.

                        I am also not sure if FH is better in 30 if you have lets say 8 players or in 33 - and 33 is a mistery for me. Is it a blank or DGw or mixed...

                        1. The Mentaculus
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          5 months, 20 days ago

                          33 is likely to be a mix - BGW for teams in FA Cup SF (& their league opponents that week). DGW virtually guaranteed for Leicester, possible for Ars/Eve/Bur/Nor/Che. I'm highly likely to FH that, mix of blanks & doubles is perfect for FH imo

                          1. HD7
                            • 5 Years
                            5 months, 20 days ago

                            Yeah I think I get a strategy in my head now...

                            Make a team up to 30.
                            28 - 6 DGWers
                            29 6 DGWers
                            30 have 7-8 players

                            WC around 31 with thinking about 36 BB and. FH in 33 carefree

                          2. HD7
                            • 5 Years
                            5 months, 20 days ago

                            Thanks for the 33 input, bro. It really enlightend me

                    3. Arteta
                      • 6 Years
                      5 months, 20 days ago

                      I'm wildcarding because I want to change more than half of my team, take advantage for longer period and attack upcoming set of fixtures. I don't really know why people act like you can't properly prepare for following double gameweeks in last 8 gameweeks. We have free transfers and we can take hits. You already own some players who will have DGW later as well. There isn't a perfect recipe how to play FPL and when to use chips, so you might as well make your own strategy and don't stress too much about what others will do.

                  4. WVA
                    • 6 Years
                    5 months, 20 days ago

                    Can't believe I'm seeing Joe Linton mentioned on here

                    1. Holmes
                      • 8 Years
                      5 months, 20 days ago

                      😀

                      1. WVA
                        • 6 Years
                        5 months, 20 days ago

                        They are probably ranked higher than me too lol

                        1. TopBinFC
                            5 months, 20 days ago

                            I actually thinking of him, just for the bench, not much else cheap forward options who play the 90 most weeks. I want to make room for James, Jota etc so something has to give

                      2. The Mentaculus
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        5 months, 20 days ago

                        Was a great header at least. And I think being POO is weirdly beneficial this season! Fraser's the man if I do end up getting any New in though.

                      3. Razor Ramon
                        • 6 Years
                        5 months, 20 days ago

                        Joelinton has been brilliant this season, but not sure about his FPL appeal.

                        1. tokara
                          • 8 Years
                          5 months, 20 days ago

                          Brilliant for championship maybe

                    2. melvinmbabazi
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      5 months, 20 days ago

                      Would you WC this lot? Have 1 FH

                      1FT 0.7 ITB

                      Ramsdale
                      Cancelo TAA Livra
                      Salah Bruno Son Bowen
                      Weghorst Broja Dennis

                      DDG Dawson Dalot D.Luiz

                      Thanks

                    3. Disturbed
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      5 months, 20 days ago

                      Is this worth a BB?

                      Lloris tierney saka gray

                      1. FPL_Crisis
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 12 Years
                        5 months, 20 days ago

                        Probably needs more context as it’s easy to put players on bench to justify BB 🙂

                        You got wc left? On face value I wouldn’t BB that with spurs defence and everton. Also depends what your expectations are with the chip…

                        1. Disturbed
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          5 months, 20 days ago

                          This would be my team after -8. Worth it to take the hits and BB. Or better to WC?

                          Foster
                          Taa cancelo digne coady
                          Salah mane mount
                          Laca dennis broja

                          Lloris saka tierney gray

                          1. FPL_Crisis
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 12 Years
                            5 months, 20 days ago

                            Each to their own of course
                            See my post on page 1, I’m considering -12 for BB. Just feel there’s too many choices right now for WC (which does create opportunity) and in a week or 2 that could change.

                            Final decision for me based on gw30 fixtures

                    4. DavvaMC
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      5 months, 20 days ago

                      Thinking of bringing in a Newcastle player, thoughts on the below please.

                      A. Willock
                      B. Fraser

                      Thanks

                      1. Razor Ramon
                        • 6 Years
                        5 months, 20 days ago

                        Both decent options. I'd chose Willock over Fraser due to greater goal threat.

                      2. The Mentaculus
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        5 months, 20 days ago

                        B for me. Written a little more about him above. Also on stats comparison over last 6 matches, xGI:
                        Fraser 2.58
                        Willock 1.61

                    5. Peter O'Hanraha-hanrah…
                      • 5 Years
                      5 months, 20 days ago

                      .