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FPL Daily: Havertz injury news, Schmeichel to play in Gameweek 38

We round up the key Fantasy Premier League (FPL) talking points of the day in FPL Daily, a series that services weekdays where there is no press conference round-up or Premier League match.

Most of today’s updates come from the pre-match media gatherings ahead of Thursday’s final round of Gameweek 37 matches.

SCHMEICHEL TO START IN GAMEWEEK 38

Owners of Kasper Schmeichel (£5.0m) might have been sitting uncomfortably after reading Brendan Rodgers’ previous comments that he will start Danny Ward (£4.0m) in two matches in the run-in.

Ward featured against Watford on Sunday and been pencilled in for last week’s win over Norwich, only for fitness issues to put paid to that.

The idea that Ward might get either the Chelsea or Southampton game as his second run-out would have unnerved those FPL managers with Schmeichel in their squads but Rodgers again reiterated in his pre-match presser (which was actually held yesterday) that the big Dane would line up on Thursday and Sunday.

“Kasper will play. I said the other day that the plan was for Kasper to play in the final two games. Unfortunately, Danny [Ward] couldn’t play in the Norwich game (a match the back-up goalkeeper was meant to start), but he proved he’s an outstanding goalkeeper. I’ve told Kasper he’ll play against Chelsea and Southampton.” – Brendan Rodgers

Youri Tielemans (£6.4m) is a doubt for the trip to Stamford Bridge after a clash of knees, while Ricardo Pereira‘s (£5.2m) fitness will be assessed after a return to training.

Nampalys Mendy (£4.3m) was substituted because of illness in the 5-1 win over Watford but should be fine to return at Stamford Bridge on Thursday, while Jonny Evans (£5.4m) was merely withdrawn because of fatigue.

HAVERTZ STILL A ‘QUESTION MARK’

Chelsea have injury problems ahead of their meeting with Leicester, some of which could drag into Gameweek 38.

Kai Havertz (£7.9m) is the closest of the walking wounded to recovery but Thursday may come too soon.

“Kai [Havertz] tries today in training, he did individual training yesterday, was not in team training, so is still a big question mark. Timo [Werner] is still out with a hamstring. Kova had a big swollen ankle after the [FA Cup final] and did not train yesterday, so not sure he will be available. Not sure yet if [Christensen] is involved tomorrow or on the weekend.” – Thomas Tuchel

The sight of Ben Chilwell (£5.6m) in full training may also have unsettled a few Marcos Alonso (£5.7m) owners ahead of the final day but Tuchel suggested that the fit-again England defender will first need to get a pre-season under his belt before being considered for selection again.

“Ben Chilwell is back in team training… but of course, he’s not available for the match. He will need pre-season, he will need our patience and our support. This will start from July on.” – Thomas Tuchel

END-OF-SEASON UNCERTAINTY AT CHELSEA

That wasn’t the only quote of interest to emerge from Tuchel’s presser.

Arsenal’s defeat to Newcastle United means that Chelsea have nothing meaningful riding on their final two fixtures, as Champions League qualification is already assured.

The Blues boss was asked about how the dead-rubber nature of Chelsea’s last two games might influence his team selections.

“Not sure, now that you ask me. I’m normally used to doing what’s best for the next game. The situation changed slightly for us: now we are safe since Newcastle beat Arsenal.

“We come from a big cup final, we have players who are out through injury, who will be out next season. Everybody deserves to play, for example, Toni [Rudiger] would deserve to play, there’s no need to not give him the last matches. Let’s see who is hungry to perform, this will be the most decisive factor in the line-up.” – Thomas Tuchel

OTHER TEAM NEWS

Steven Gerrard confirmed that Ezri Konsa (£4.9m) will be out for up to 16 weeks with the knee injury he picked up on Sunday. The Villa boss also hopes that Emi Martinez (£5.5m) will recover from a “small issue” to face Burnley on Thursday.

As for the Clarets, Johann Berg Gudmundsson (£5.4m), Ashley Westwood (£5.2m) and Matej Vydra (£5.2m) have season-ending injuries but James Tarkowski (£4.9m) and Jay Rodriguez (£5.1m) have a chance of recovering for Thursday’s match against Aston Villa. Ben Mee (£4.6m) is slightly behind in his recovery, while Erik Pieters (£4.1m) and Dale Stephens (£4.4m) missed the narrow loss to Spurs as a precaution.

In the other Gameweek 37 fixture, Patrick Vieira confirmed that Michael Olise (£5.3m), James McArthur (£4.3m), Nathan Ferguson (£4.5m) and James Tomkins (£4.3m) will not be involved against Everton on Thursday.

Ben Godfrey (£4.7m), Michael Keane (£4.6m), Donny van de Beek (£5.7m) and Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.7m) are all fit for the Toffees but Salomon Rondon (£6.0m), Andros Townsend (£5.2m), Nathan Patterson (£4.1m), Yerry Mina (£4.9m), Fabian Delph (£4.2m) and Jarrad Branthwaite (£4.0m) are all out through either injury or suspension.


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196 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Mozumbus
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Who will score more:
      A. Toney + Trossard + Jansson (no city defense)
      B. Nketiah + Brownhill + Cancelo (have Eriksen)
      Thanks

      1. Holmes
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Probably A

        1. Mozumbus
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Thanks

        2. HurriKane
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          A

          1. Mozumbus
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Thanks

          2. CAVEAT KING
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            IMO you will lose a little ground without Citeh, Pool and Chelski. If you are hanging in there I would have 1 of those defenders each with a taste of Sessegnon maybe.

          3. Hiiler
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 8 days ago

            A

        3. Disturbed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Mount or Maddison?

          1. Holmes
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Mount

          2. Mozumbus
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Mount if starts.
              Maddison played against Watford this GW, Mount can repeat that next.

            • CAVEAT KING
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Both if you can. I have Maddi and looking to get Mount too; even at the expense of Kane. A hard one for many. The engaged managers will be picking players to either cover of differentiate from their closest ML rivals. -4 tends not to work on the final day though. Good luck in your choice.

              1. Disturbed
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Cheers bud. Has to be one of mount or Maddison. Taking a hit to replace watkins/ weghorst > toney.

                1. CAVEAT KING
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  I hear you but Watkins? Will Toney get 4 points more than him? In other words will Toney get a haul? Not so sure. Weg maybe if you have to play him.

                  1. De Gea is GOAT
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    I think Toney gets a haul! I'm thinking of bringing him in myself

            • De Gea is GOAT
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Very tough one. Id go Mount based on opponents and CHE is a better team than LEI

            • Hiiler
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 8 days ago

              I myself have Maddison. But Mount would be better. I myself don't have him because I can't get him without a hit and I'm not sure if taking a hit for Mount is a good idea. Would transfer out Saka probably then, although Maddison and Barnes are options as well.

          3. CAVEAT KING
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            A new FOMO
            "Fear of my opposition"
            Who are you most scared of? Son at +150% EO, Kane who can upset, Salah being declared fit or maybe a Chelski wing back hurting.
            There are 5 players within 5 points in my ML (Some because of copying pundits: GRR), so for me I am going with gut, covering Son and choosing low owned mids.

            1. Holmes
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Man City assets, mainly Kevin and Cancelo. Dont really have FOMO since I think it will be a tight affair but they have obviously got the potential and ownership to hurt the rank.

              1. CAVEAT KING
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                As I said above, nice to cover a defensive asset in the top 3. All can knock you but maybe unlikely.

            2. NorCal Villan
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Pundit copiers eat babies

                1. CAVEAT KING
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  With Gravy! LOL

            3. DavvaMC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Thoughts on bringing in Puliisic as a punt?

              Would be Mahrez > Puliisic

              Thanks

              1. Holmes
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                only if likes of werner and havertz are still out

            4. DavvaMC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Would you start Gelhardt over Nketiah as a punt for last game?

              1. Holmes
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                nope

              2. DavvaMC
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Thanks 100% starting him then 🙂

              3. CAVEAT KING
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                I have them and Gerhardt first bencher and Nketiah second. I would rather play Richa TBH

                1. CAVEAT KING
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  That is if Everton need something from the game.

            5. HurriKane
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Has there ever been a season with Brutal FPL swings in dgw's when you had to chose between two good options from the same team?

              DGW21- Bowen- 21 points / Antonio 9 points

              DGW22 Bruno 23 points / Ronaldo 2 points

              DGW26 Saka 11 points / Martinelli 2 points

              DGW28 Coutinho 28 points / Watkins 6 points

              DGW28 James 18 points / Rudiger 6 points

              DGW29 Kane 14 points / Son 5 points

              DGW33 + DGW34 Ronaldo 33 points / Bruno 4 points

              DGW34 Alonso 19 points / James 2 points

              DGW36 KDB 30 points / Foden 8 points

              DGW36 Mount 13 points / Havertz 1 point

              Have been wrong end of 7 of the 10 pairs. Call it variance but i transferred in and got players that fitted by team structure.

              There was nothing much in it where you thought the other option would outscore by a huge margin

              1. CAVEAT KING
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                I got 7 wrong too. GW1 without Bruno hurt me but it turned out a blessing.

                1. HurriKane
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Ings over Watkins this gw could be another added to the list 😉

                  luck factor is often undermined by some

                  1. Boberella
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    Game week not over for ings/Watkins yet though

                    1. HurriKane
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      Hope Ingsy gets a start tonight and scores.

                      Went against the popular captaincy option in Richarlison (own him though)

              2. mox81
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Don't think it's fair to compare James (explosive risk) with Rudiger (steady return). Or KDB (fpl gold) vs Foden (tease). Saka and Bowen clear picks over Antonio and Martinelli.

                You can have Cout vs Watkins, Ron vs Bruno, Hav vs Mount

              3. FPL Insanity
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 8 days ago

                It's all if/buts/maybe's isn't it! I would have had top score (227) from DGW36 if... I'd have kept Sterling (after owning him for his 2 x blanks), not bought Salah in for a -4 and not TripCap him. If I hadn't, I'd have kept Sterling (+28) and TripCap De Bruyne (+60) on top of my score.

            6. tibollom
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Currently 16pts ahead of my ML rival, both have players left for today's game...

              Me: Pick, Digne, Cash, Andersen, Zaha, Richa, Vardy
              Him: Alonso, Myko, `brownhill, gordon, richa

              Do you think i'll have a 25+ gap for GW38? He's got a better team right now for 38 

              1. De Gea is GOAT
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                i think theres a good chance. Whose your cap?

                1. tibollom
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  well I stupidly changed my Captain last minute from Vardy to Kane.. luckily he has put KDB as Captain..

                  1. De Gea is GOAT
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    I probably wouldve done the same mate. Those extra captain points can make a big difference come the end of GW38

                    1. tibollom
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      yea i really hope so, coming back from being 30pts behind him..just worried that hes got richa and Son for 38 and I dont, but will look to bring Son in at least for Salah most likely..

                      1. De Gea is GOAT
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 8 days ago

                        I'm in the same boat. Made up a 70 point lead with KDB triple cap. Feeling the pressure now haha wouldn't worry too much about Richa mate. So inconsistent.

                        1. tibollom
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 8 days ago

                          amazing, well done mate!!

            7. Mayo for Sam
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Best Coutinho replacement?

              A Bowen
              B Maddison
              C Guimarães
              D Saka

              1. DavvaMC
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 8 days ago

                B.

              2. tibollom
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                A or B

              3. HurriKane
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                b all day long

              4. Alcapaul
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 8 days ago

                B

              5. Little Red Lacazette
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                B

            8. gellinmagellan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Nothing to lose. 20 points this week LOL

              1 FT 2.1 ITB

              Pope
              TAA Cash Cancelo James Cash
              Zaha Gordon Saka Son Gordon
              Ings Jesus Nketiah

              What should I do here?

              1. George James
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Ings + one of your Gordon’s to Toney and Maddison

                1. gellinmagellan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Hahaha that's Kulu

            9. George James
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Play 2 for GW38?

              A) Zaha
              B) Davies
              C) Richarlison
              D) White.

              1. DavvaMC
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 8 days ago

                If Everton still not safe I would star Rich, I would also star Davies.

              2. Little Red Lacazette
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                AC

              3. FPL_ UP_Down
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                BC

                I think A gets RC

            10. Little Red Lacazette
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              1FT 1.5ITB

              Which should I do?

              A. Ramsey -> Eriksen
              B. Watkins -> Toney

              Sanchez
              TAA Cancelo Alonso Mykolenko
              KDB Son Mount Saka
              Richalison Watkins

              Pickford Ramsey Broja Schar

              1. Boberella
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Like Eriksen this week, if only 1.

            11. gellinmagellan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Nothing to lose. 20 points this week LOL

              1 FT 2.1 ITB

              Pope
              TAA Cash Cancelo James Cash
              Zaha Gordon Saka Son Kulu
              Ings Jesus Nketiah

              What should I do here?

              1. tibollom
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                well you've got Cash twice for starters.. I'd get rid of Cash maybe, rest looks good.. question mark on Jesus starting?

                1. gellinmagellan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Urgh, in my previous comment I repeated Gordon! The second Cash is Alonso actually

                  1. tibollom
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    😉 yea i'd probably get rid of Cash, unless you can afford to do Gordon to Mount/Bowem/Madds?

            12. DagheMunegu
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 8 days ago

              FH
              Anything you would change ?

              Dubravka
              TAA Cancelo Alonso Sessegnon
              Son Mount Diaz Maddison
              Kane Vardy

              1. tibollom
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                looks decent mate...

            13. tibollom
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Would you do any of these moves (Depending on Salah) for -4pts? 1 FT, 1.5 ITB.. small lead in my ML but rival has Son, Salah + KDB

              a. Salah to Son
              b. Salah + KDH to Son + Mount/Bowen -4pts

              Schmeicel Foster
              Taa cancelo laporte Matip Alonson
              Salah Kulu Saka KDB KDH
              Nketiah Pukki Dennis

              1. De Gea is GOAT
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                100% A if Salahs not fit. B with Mount is also decent. Does have Mount?

                1. tibollom
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Nope he doesnt (but maybe he will transfer him in).. his team is:

                  Rams Foster
                  Taa cancelo alonso myko fofana
                  brwnhill salah kdb son gordon
                  nketia richa dennis

            14. Kryptonite666
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Pickford (Ramsdale)
              Robertson Cancelo Matip James (Laporte)
              Son Jota Saka KDB Coutinho
              Richarlison (Nketiah) (Mateta)

              Thinking of

              Coutinho + Richarlison to Mount + Toney for -4. Yay or Nay ?

              ML rivals have Mount. Trying to protect a slender 20 point lead.

              1. tibollom
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                you sure you want to take a -4 if you only have a slender lead? Maybe just Saka to Mount?

            15. DavidBW
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 8 days ago

              My strikers are Nketiah, Watkins and Richarlison. Not happy starting any at the moment.

              Can sell any with top budget of around 8.4m. Anyone worth it in that bracket?

              1. tibollom
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                not a huge amount of choice - you ve got Wilson, Toney and that's pretty much it (including watkins ings richa pukki nketia)

                1. DavidBW
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Might go Toney, never really considered him but must be a good option.

                  1. tibollom
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    yea only thing is Toney and WIlson play potential relegated teams but that maybe means there will be goals both ends

            16. Warby84
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Watkins and Gordon to Diaz and Toney -4??