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FPL Daily: What Leicester and West Ham’s European exits mean for FPL

We round up the key Fantasy Premier League (FPL) talking points of the day in FPL Daily, a series that generally services weekdays where there is no press conference round-up or Premier League match – but we’re bringing you this European special tonight.

For a round-up of the day’s stand-out team news from Thursday’s pre-match pressers, click here.

CITY TO FACE FULL-STRENGTH WEST HAM IN GAMEWEEK 37?

West Ham United’s exit from the semi-final of the UEFA Europa League could be significant for the title race and owners of Manchester City assets.

The Hammers will face Pep Guardiola’s side in Gameweek 37 but had they beaten Eintracht Frankfurt over two legs, they would have had a Europa League final to contest three days after the City game – so we’d have surely seen some key players rested in the league.

Now, however, West Ham are free to focus their minds on the Premier League again and a push for either UEFA Europa League or Conference League qualification.

And David Moyes’s side potentially being at full strength in Gameweek 37 would, perhaps, make Free Hitters think twice about tripling up on City assets, particularly when five teams (of admittedly lesser quality) elsewhere are doubling.

LEICESTER’S ‘DOUBLE DOUBLE’ MORE APPEALING?

Not many Fantasy managers will be interested in West Ham assets at present, given their lack of a Double Gameweek, but Leicester are a different matter altogether.

They ‘double’ in both Gameweek 36 and 37, play four of the bottom six in the run-in and face Chelsea five days after the Blues have been in FA Cup final action.

Ongoing involvement in the Europa Conference League would have perhaps seen Brendan Rodgers handle some of his key assets carefully during the final three Gameweeks but the Foxes were dumped out of the competition by Roma on Thursday, so the focus now switches back to domestic matters.

A European qualification spot remains a long shot – they can, just about, still catch West Ham – but Rodgers is nevertheless intent on finishing the season strongly.

“Over the last couple of seasons, European football will have opened their eyes. A lot of them had never experienced that before. Especially this season, coming deep into a European competition is great experience for them.

“They’ll be reborn again next year with that notion that they can look to qualify for Europe and have many more nights. You lose, but you really learn, and I’m sure the players will learn tonight.

“We want to finish the season as strong as we can, as best as we can. We wanted to reach the final… we haven’t done that, but every game now is very, very important for us and we’ll look to show a good reaction and finish the season as high as we can.” – Brendan Rodgers

Managed minutes may still be the order of the day for some players this weekend, with the Everton game taking place less than 72 hours after this one, and it may be the case that injury-prone assets like Jonny Evans (£5.4m) are still handled carefully for the rest of the season.

After the Everton game, however, a Wednesday-Sunday-Thursday turnaround for the second part of Gameweek 36 and all of Double Gameweek 37 is fairly generous and should ensure plenty of game-time for James Maddison (£6.9m) and co.

Maddison and Jamie Vardy (£10.3m) both got lasted the full match in Rome, with Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (£4.4m) handed 77 minutes.

FOXES’ DEAD-BALL WEAKNESS

As any Leicester fan will tell you, defending set plays has been a real problem for the Foxes in 2021/22.

No side has allowed more chances to be created from dead-ball situations, while their expected goals conceded (xGC) tally from set plays is also a league-worst.

True to form, the goal they conceded against Roma was from a corner.

The ongoing fallibility and Rodgers’ rather defeatist comments about fixing it will perhaps be of encouragement to owners of Anthony Gordon (£4.6m), the corner-taking budget midfielder whose Everton side face Leicester on Sunday.

“The corner’s been an Achilles heel for us all season to be perfectly honest, so to concede the goal in that manner was hugely disappointing.

“It’s been an issue for us all season. We clearly lack physicality. The courage is there for the players, but clearly, within the team, especially with Wilf [Ndidi] missing, we don’t have the physicality in the team. That has been a problem for us all season. We’ve tried man-marking, we’ve tried zonal, but it’s too easy to score.” – Brendan Rodgers


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414 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Trovsmash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

    Pick one Keeper until the end of the season
    A. Martinez
    B. Pickford
    C. Schmeicel

    Cheers!

    1. Eric Banternaaa
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      C

    2. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      B

    3. redsallstars
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      C

  2. Eric Banternaaa
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

    Schmeichel Foster
    Alonso Laporte Cancelo Trent Robbo
    Salah Foden Mount Havertz KDH
    Watkins Pukki Dennis

    0 ITB. 2FT. 15 DGW Players. I’m thinking Laporte Havertz > Mahrez Castagne.

    Thoughts?

    Chip Strategy
    BB 36
    FH 37

    1. Donny_Rover
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Very punty, why are you thinking about selling Laporte? Mahrez has a decent upside but could also miss a game. Castagne will almost definitely only play one game.

      Not convinced by either Pukki or Dennis - I’d possibly be thinking about either Nketiah in or upgrading one to Richarlison.

  3. fertorres9
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

    Hi. Need help tempted to play Bench Boost this GW
    0.5 mil in bank. 2 free transfer

    Current team:
    Ramsdale, Dubravka
    TAA, Alonso, Telles, Amartey, Kilman
    Salah c, Maddison, Mount, Saka, Ramsey
    Kane, Inheanacho, Weghorst

    Need suggestion for good transfer option for this team. Thank you

    1. Big_Andy_GAWA
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Can you do Kilman to Clyne and Dub to Ederson?

      1. fertorres9
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Can. Should i sell Kane and upgrade one of my mid to KDB?

  4. FantasyClub
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 12 days ago

    Kane & Ramsey ➡️ Rich & KDB -4 ?

    Ramsdale/Foster
    TAA/Cancelo/James/Cash/RAN
    Salah/Kulu/Barnes/Mount/Ramsey
    Kane/Nketiah/Broja

    1 FH left

    1. Big_Andy_GAWA
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Looks good, though you'll want Kane for the final two fixtures of the season

      1. FantasyClub
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 12 days ago

        I’ve got the FH and I can always take a risk & drop one of KDB or Salah for the last fixture against NOR and just bring in Son

        1. Big_Andy_GAWA
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          In that case, it looks good couple of transfers. 🙂

  5. 007 [RoboKlopp]
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

    Pukki, Nketiah or Dennis?

    1. tokara
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Nke for me, team and player motivated

      1. noissimbus
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Agreed. Other two really have no incentive to perform.

    2. Kay317
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Kane, Zaha, Kulu to Nketia, KDB, Diaz?
      Worth a hit?

      1. Kay317
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Or keep Kulu and do Havertz to Diaz instead?

      2. Scheister
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Any chips left?
        First lot all look better in 37 and probably 38

        1. Kay317
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          I will free hit GW37. Really need to attack this double and worry about 38 nearer the time.

          1. Scheister
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            Understandable for sure. I’d keep Kulu

            1. Kay317
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 12 days ago

              I guess he's more likely to play 2 games than Dias. Spurs have some tough fixtures though.

    3. nanxun
        3 months, 12 days ago

        2 fts
        2.9 itb
        no chips left

        Schmeichel
        TAA - Cancelo - Laporte - Rudiger*
        Salah (c) - Son - Mount* - Saka - Kulusevski
        Toney*

        Foster - Mateta - White - Gelhardt*

        Which set of transfers to make?
        A) Geldhardt and Rudiger > Richarlison and Alonso
        B) Toney and Mount > Kane and Gordon

      • Scheister
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Hwang & Werner to Nketiah & Jesus for -4?

        Obviously better picks, put worth the hit?? …on BB as well

      • Scheister
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Ah this one’s better:

        Telles & Hwang to Digne/Mykolenko & Nketiah for hit?

        1. The Knights Template
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Remorseless

          1. Scheister
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            No time for remorse

          2. Scheister
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            …think either of these worth a hit?
            On BB

        2. DavidBW
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 12 days ago

          So many bad footballers in this post.

          1. Scheister
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            …any other suggestions on who to bring in for Telles and Hwang?

          2. Scheister
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Hahahahaha
            …went Myko and Nketiah

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

              Well done! Good to stick with your instincts. I couldn’t afford Matip so went Mykolenko

              1. Scheister
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 10 days ago

                Brilliant!

      • Kay317
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Thoughts on Jesus game time over next two?

        1. Gunnerssss
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          I think he start both game in gw36?

          1. Kay317
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            So hard to predict.

          2. bso
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            Hoping for this.

      • Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Jesus or Richarlison?

        1. Echoes
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Rich

      • Echoes
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        What's this rumour of Laporte being injured?

        1. The Knights Template
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          You need to do some basic research and provide a source when making comments like this.

        2. Kay317
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Isn't it just that he was struggling due to cramp near the end?

      • Ruinenlust
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Fellas. Any truth to the Laporte rumors?

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 13 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          What's the latest rumour now?

          1. Jebiga
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            Hes piece of shhhh

      • Gunnerssss
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Broja and havertz to jesus and gordon for -4???
        Or do i realy need a leicester asset. Dont have any lei player at the moment

      • DLLM
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Matip or matty cash??

          1. Kay317
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            If you don't have any chips left for 37 then Cash. If you have a free hit then Matip.

        • Kay317
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Worth a hit to get Maddison or Barnes in for Kulu? If so, which one?

          1. hungngo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            No

          2. tokara
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            no

          3. Gunnerssss
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            Barnes? U serious?

            1. Kay317
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 12 days ago

              Not really with Barnes, no. Just looking at their fixtures.

            2. fedolefan
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 12 days ago

              Before these serious posts just remember he plays Norwich and you don’t need a ton of time to score against them.

        • Jebiga
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Do you think white will play both games in dgw?

          Thinking of:

          1. White > Matip
          Or
          2. Greenwood (leeds) > Nketiah

          1. Holmes
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            press should give some idea but even if he does, 1st move makes sense. Good upside (unless you are BBing)

            1. Jebiga
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 12 days ago

              BB it is

              1. Holmes
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 12 days ago

                Then go for both, worth a hit

          2. bso
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            Did not sound like White would play first game. Got a hammy.

        • Holmes
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Iheanacho time!

          1. Klaren
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            It could be worth a punt but with Vardy fit, not for me.

        • Holmes
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          fwiw, Joshua King will be playing against his favourite team in DGW...

          8 goals in 10 games vs them!

          1. Bggz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            well thats the dgw wrapped up then

          2. Klaren
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            I’ve been saving my TC chip for this.

            1. Holmes
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 12 days ago

              Boom, go for it...

        • Lucky Z
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Schmeichel
          TAA | Matip | Dias
          KDB | Foden | Salah | Son | Saka
          Richarlison | Nketiah

          Guys, that is my final FH team - any comments on it?

          1. bso
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            Excellent. Like me...keep your fingers crossed that our MC assets start. I have Jesus and Cancelo.

          2. Cantonesque
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 12 days ago

            That's really tasty. Not seeing the Foden attraction much though. Like Diaz and maybe Mount more in that price range, or Mahrez with some funds rebalancing. Or down to Kulu with Richarlison to Jesus.

            Those are some of the questions I'm having with my FH that is currently looking almost identical to yours (TAA James Cancelo Dias KDB Son Salah Saka Rich Nketiah. Torn on Richarlison over Jesus, or instead 4-5-1 and Mahrez; the James/Alonso/Matip dilemma. Feel like it is a bad week for a free hit when it is so hard to see the best side but no choice!

            Also whether Pickford might be better than Schmeichel this week. Leicester might just be feeling like a deflated beach ball first game, and on the beach second game and they don't keep clean sheets on their best days. Will probably pick him anyway just because ML guy chasing me has him.

            1. Lucky Z
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 12 days ago

              Why not Foden? City will put all in to win PL, no?

              1. Cantonesque
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 12 days ago

                Coming off 120 minutes; but also, having started 12 out of last 13 PL games he got just 5 attacking returns (City got 30 goals in those games, so he got roughly 8% of attacking returns), the production hasn't been there.

                Of course he will go and prove me wrong now.

                Also my stats could be wrong, I am looking it up myself rather than using some actual stats site lol.

        • Donny_Rover
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Ramsdale
          TAA James Cancelo Laporte
          Salah (c) Saka Foden Mount
          Nketiah Richarlison

          Foster Robbo KDH Broja

          2 questions:

          1. Is it worth asking Ramsdale to Schmeichel or Pickford for a -4? Arsenal’s clean sheets seem to have dried up but also not particularly optimistic about either of those 2 outscoring even without a -4
          2. Robbo on the bench…I’m sure he’s rested for the Villa game but there are also doubts over James, Mount’s & Foden’s minutes, and he could haul vs Spurs - would you bring him into the XI for anyone?

        • Cojones of Destiny
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          better option:
          a. Mahrez + Jesus
          b. KDB + Nketiah

          1. Holmes
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            KN

          2. Dynamic Duos
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            A

        • Sharkytect
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Barnes came off at half time yesterday…anyone know why?

          1. Cojones of Destiny
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            was bad

          2. Holmes
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            as usual, he is not playing well

        • bso
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          BB and setting up for GW 38 (FH in 37) - Appreciate your comments!

          8ph to bring in Nketia for Mateta + Royal for White

          Ramsdale - Dubravka
          Alonso - Matip- TAA - White - Cancelo
          Saka - Mount - Son - Salah - DH
          Jesus - Dennis - Mateta

          Kane back in for Jesus in GW 38.

        • Josh.E
            3 months, 12 days ago

            Best pick till end of season?
            A. Kane and Mount
            B. Son and Richarlison

            1. Holmes
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 12 days ago

              KM

            2. bso
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 12 days ago

              B. Mount useless. Son goal machine.

            3. Dynamic Duos
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 12 days ago

              SR

          • JAYPEE
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            Thoughts on these for the next two weeks:
            For GW36 BB is active
            Raphinha and White -> Gordon and Laporte (-8)
            For GW37
            Kulu and Kane -> Son and Richarlison (-4)

            What you reckon?

          • FFFoxy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            Will Holgate play ahead of Keane in both?

          • DavvaMC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 12 days ago

            How do the below moves look? A and B for a -4 and plan to FH in 37.

            A. Mount or Havertz > Mahrez
            B. Pukki > Nketiah
            C. Mount or Havertz > Foden
            D. Keep Pukki

            Thanks

          • JoeJitzu +42
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            Would you do Kulu & Kane to Son & Rich (-4)?

            Schmeichel
            TAA Alonso Cancelo
            Salah Maddison Mount Gordon X1
            Nketiah X2

            Dubravka Robertson Amartey Weighorst

            1. Dynamic Duos
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 12 days ago

              No

          • Dynamic Duos
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            Sanchez to Pickford or Lamptey to Ake?