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The best mid-price FPL forwards for 2022/23

We turn our attention to the best Fantasy Premier League (FPL) mid-price forwards as we continue to examine the price list.

Here, the focus is on those in the £6.5m-£8.0m bracket, with our look at premium options to follow.

With unlimited transfers allowed during the World Cup downtime and a Wildcard to use before then, we’re mostly focusing on Gameweeks 1-8 in this series.

Opta stats on the players featured in these articles are available in our Premium Members Area, where you can now get a full year’s subscription for just £2.49 a month.

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FPL pre-season: Trossard hits hat-trick from wing-back role 1

GABRIEL JESUS

Gabriel Jesus’ (£8.0m) impressive pre-season form has seen his ownership rise to a whopping 60.4%, making him the most selected player in FPL at the time of writing.

Barely 90 seconds into his Arsenal debut, the Brazilian found the net, and given that he will receive far more sustained game-time than he was afforded at Manchester City, it’s easy to see why he is proving such a popular initial pick.

In his three-friendly run-outs so far, Jesus has been the focal point of the attack, a role that could potentially transform him into a 20-goal-a-season striker.

However, he will be feeding off a different supply line at Arsenal, in a team that creates fewer chances than City, so some caution is still required. Additionally, Jesus has underachieved his expected goals (xG) in four of the last five seasons, which tells us he hasn’t been a particularly clinical finisher in that time.

SeasonGoalsxGxG delta
2021/22810.82-2.82
2020/2198.72+0.28
2019/201418.49-4.49
2018/19711.46-4.46
2017/181314.18-1.18

Arsenal, meanwhile, face just one of last season’s top six sides in their first eight matches, when they visit Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United in September.

As a result, the Gunners sit top of our Season Ticker between Gameweeks 1 and 8.

ALEKSANDAR MITROVIC

Aleksandar Mitrovic (£6.5m) managed just three goals in 2020/21, his last top-flight season in the Premier League.

However, he returns having netted a whopping 43 in Fulham’s Championship-winning campaign – breaking all sorts of goalscoring records along the way – and is now playing under a more attacking manager whose free-flowing set-up plays to his strengths.

READ MORE: What to expect from Fulham manager Marco Silva in FPL

It isn’t just goal threat Mitrovic offers, either: he produced seven assists in 2021/22, the most he has managed in a single season during his senior career, with the Serb regularly dropping into midfield to help his team’s build-up play.

Fulham may struggle for chances in the top flight, but what they do create will go through Mitrovic.

However, a tough early schedule perhaps suggests we should wait until around Gameweek 8 before investing, as the Cottagers face six of last season’s top 10 in their first seven fixtures.

READ MORE: What can we expect from Aleksandar Mitrovic and Fulham’s midfielders in FPL?

IVAN TONEY

Ivan Toney (£7.0m) finished fifth for points among FPL forwards in 2021/22, producing a respectable 12 goals in 33 appearances.

As the season progressed, the 26-year-old hit his stride, scoring seven of those goals in a run of four games in the spring. In fact, in his position, only Harry Kane (£11.5m) and Cristiano Ronaldo (£10.5m) scored more in 2022.

However, there are concerns worth flagging.

For example, the departure of Christian Eriksen (£6.5m) is a blow for Thomas Frank’s side, given his ability to create, while Toney’s threat from open-play was limited last season, with team-mate Bryan Mbeumo (£6.0m) posting a higher non-pen xG figure (8.78/8.69).

Saying that, a penalty-taking talisman who is one of the first names on the team sheet is appealing, especially given Brentford’s opening fixtures – they face only one of last season’s top seven in the opening seven Gameweeks.

OLLIE WATKINS

Ollie Watkins (£7.5m) scored 11 goals in the Premier League last season, three short of his 2020/21 tally (14).

Now, with playmakers Philippe Coutinho (£7.0m) and Emiliano Buendia (£6.0m) feeding him for a full season, he should have little trouble hitting double figures for a third successive campaign.

After a poor start under Dean Smith in 2021/22, Aston Villa improved under Steven Gerrard and ranked joint-seventh for goals scored (38) from his appointment in Gameweek 12 onwards.

Above: Aston Villa’s goal threat (averages per match) under Dean Smith (left) and Steven Gerrard (right) in 2021/22


In that time, Watkins registered more shots in the box than all forwards bar Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo.

For Villa, the opening four fixtures are pretty decent, with newly-promoted Bournemouth and Everton up first.

CALLUM WILSON

If he can stay fit, there is a decent chance Callum Wilson (£7.5m) will be one of the highest-scoring FPL forwards in 2022/23.

With 20 goals, six assists and 204 FPL points in 39 starts for Newcastle United, the potential is clear, but his fitness record is questionable.

Indeed, he only returned for the final three matches of last season after getting injured in December and played a part in less than half of the Magpies’ fixtures in 2021/22.

Notably, he was also absent from a recent pre-season training session as Eddie Howe looks to manage his load:

“Every day when we plan training we look at individual needs. We took Callum out and gave him some different work from the group. That was quite a high intensity drill early in the session and we didn’t want to expose him to that.

No one has ever doubted Callum’s ability. He is an outstanding striker, and he showed that coming back from a long injury and performing well at the end of the season. I would love him to have an injury-free campaign. We are looking for (15 to 20 goals) from our no 9, for sure – whether that’s Callum on his own or with Chris Wood. We need those goals from our front players. We believe they are capable of delivering those numbers.” – Eddie Howe

As for Newcastle, they certainly improved after they made five January signings, with only Man City and Liverpool picking up more points in 2022.

However, the opening fixtures are decidedly mixed, with Pep Guardiola’s side and Liverpool to come in the first five Gameweeks. That might be enough to put off any potential suitors, but if Wilson can stay fit, he will surely be a popular pick in Gameweek 6 once the schedule eases.

READ MORE: FPL 2022/23 ‘sleeper’ picks: Callum Wilson

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FPL pre-season: Martial and Solanke net again

After being handed an opportunity to lead the line in pre-season, Anthony Martial (£7.0m) has potentially emerged as Manchester United’s first-choice striker. The Frenchman has been one of United’s best performers against Liverpool, Melbourne Victory and Crystal Palace, scoring in each of the three friendly wins. A lot depends on Cristiano Ronaldo, who has yet to return to training amid concerns over his future. However, after seizing his chance with both hands, Martial does at least look likely to start the season up front for Erik ten Hag’s side.

Kai Havertz (£8.0m) was mainly playing as a centre-forward in 2021/22 and, as a result, has switched from a midfielder to a forward in FPL this season. A fairly modest 12 Premier League goals and 10 assists across his previous two campaigns is hardly anything to shout about, but Romelu Lukaku’s return to Inter Milan on loan does at least boost his minute expectations. However, it does look like there are superior forward options available to FPL managers in Gameweek 1, and it may be others who benefit most from Havertz’s ability to create space in the final third, like Raheem Sterling (£10.0m) and Mason Mount (£8.0m).

There won’t be many takers for the injury-prone Danny Welbeck (£6.5m) and often wasteful Neal Maupay (£6.5m) at Brighton and Hove Albion, despite some decent opening fixtures. Elsewhere, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if the likes of Raul Jimenez (£7.0m), Patrick Bamford (£7.5m), Michail Antonio (£7.5m) and Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£8.0m) enter the FPL conversation before the year is out, but for now, they all enter the season with a point to prove having mostly underwhelmed in 2021/22, be it through poor performances on the pitch or injury.

That leaves Julian Alvarez (£6.5m), who certainly impressed on his debut earlier this week, but minutes remain a real concern, even if Erling Haaland’s (£11.5m) fitness is still in question heading into Gameweek 1.

FPL pre-season: Trossard hits hat-trick from wing-back role 2

2,020 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Pariße
    • 7 Years
    14 days, 6 hours ago

    Anyone going for Heaton/De Gea combo?

    1. BigJarvishManmynameisq
      • 8 Years
      14 days, 6 hours ago

      Let me just check with the patients at Broadmoor

    2. SonnyPikey
        14 days, 6 hours ago

        decent but no

    3. Riska
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      14 days, 6 hours ago

      I know these questions are generally pretty redundant because we just don’t have enough data yet and it’s a craps shoot to some degree. My question is less about the individuals involved and more the idea of retaining money in the bank vs getting it out on the field.

      I’m tossing up Zinchenko +1m or James. The thing is, I’ve weighed it all up and righty now I wouldn’t use that 1m for GW1. I know keeping .5m is generally considered sound strategy but is 1m too much? I think Zinchenko is a relatively good punt in what is not a particularly punty team, but I can’t ignore James is playing Everton who aren’t having a particularly great time of it.

      What do people think?

      1. Tev
        • 5 Years
        14 days, 5 hours ago

        Don’t think £1m is necessarily too much if you are happy with your team. Allows flexibility early on (which is when you need it most with all the price changes).

      2. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        14 days, 5 hours ago

        You have to go with what you feel most comfortable with.

        Some of my drafts end up with £2.0m in the bank, which would be considered heresy by most people who post on here.

        I’ve also reconsidered my Chelsea defender and at the moment I’ve downgraded him to Botman, who I know is nailed.

        But that’s subject to change again anyway.

        If you have a good feeling about Zinchenko then go with it.

      3. NUFC1983
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        14 days, 5 hours ago

        Depends if you're happy with your team as it is.

        If so, then £1m in the bank is fine. If you're not comfortable with it, be better off spending it.

      4. Riska
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        14 days, 5 hours ago

        Thanks all, good to know that 1m isn’t generally considered to be too much to retain — think that mostly helps settle my thoughts.

    4. SonnyPikey
        14 days, 6 hours ago

        Meslier
        TAA Cancelo White
        Salah Son Rashford Bruno G
        Jesus Cilson B. Johnson

        Any good?

      • Moxon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        14 days, 6 hours ago

        What do you think is the most template team possible and where are you looking to gain an advantage?

        1. ᴋiɴɢ
          • 4 Years
          14 days, 5 hours ago

          Template team is all over FFS.

          By doubling and tripling up on top 3 teams against weaker teams

        2. seamusseamus
          • 8 Years
          14 days, 5 hours ago

          By going with one premium

        3. Tev
          • 5 Years
          14 days, 5 hours ago

          KDB

        4. seamusseamus
          • 8 Years
          14 days, 5 hours ago

          Aso by going with a premium goalkeeper - Ederson or Allisson.

          Good value way into top defences in a season where outfield players will be getting subbed more often

      • Tigger_7
          14 days, 6 hours ago

          Premium Selection??

          Ramsdale
          Cash, Trent, White, Johnny
          Salah, De Bruyne (Rotate Pereira/Murphy)
          Jesus, Watkins, Kane

          4.0, 4.0, 4.5, 4.5

          1. NUFC1983
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            14 days, 5 hours ago

            Gotta be honest, really don't like that! Looks a little lightweight overall to me.

          2. SonnyPikey
              14 days, 5 hours ago

              2 premium mids isn't enough

              1. Nomar
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 12 Years
                14 days, 5 hours ago

                There’s a thing called a budget…….

          3. ᴋiɴɢ
            • 4 Years
            14 days, 6 hours ago

            When is Laporte expected to be back?

            1. SonnyPikey
                14 days, 5 hours ago

                dunno

                1. Cruyff's Eleven
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  14 days, 5 hours ago

                  Hahaha... That made me laugh, thank you Sir.

            2. FPL E
                14 days, 6 hours ago

                otential no salah draft, 5-3-2, really like getting the extra city player without losing 3 pool. thoughts…

                Ramsdale
                TAA Robbo James Perisic Cancelo
                KDB Diaz Bailey
                Jesus Kane

                Other option is to bring in Salah, Bruno G, 5m defender for Robbo, KDB and Bailey

                Bench is all fodder

                1. Tev
                  • 5 Years
                  14 days, 5 hours ago

                  Love it. Not sure on Perisic’s minutes though. I’d go Gabriel and Neto over him and Bailey, for nailedness especially, but that’s just me. Could be any 5.0 defender.

                2. SonnyPikey
                    14 days, 5 hours ago

                    Wouldn't get Perisic

                3. NUFC1983
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  14 days, 6 hours ago

                  Interested in people's thoughts on Mahrez this season. With Sterling and Jesus gone, you'd guess he'd get more starts / playing time? At £8m he could be great value but always that concern around Guardiola's rotation. Currently got him as i've gone with Haaland and wanted somebody from Man City's attacking players. Just got that niggling doubt about him though that I can't shake.

                  1. SonnyPikey
                      14 days, 6 hours ago

                      City always rotate but probably gets more minutes

                    • Tev
                      • 5 Years
                      14 days, 6 hours ago

                      He’ll be great when he plays, but I just do not have the faith that he will play consistently yet. He only plays RW and Pep doesn’t seem to trust him in the PL. I have a feeling that Alvarez, Foden and Bernardo could all play there and eat away at his minutes.

                      1. NUFC1983
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        14 days, 5 hours ago

                        yeah - that's my thinking as well. I know I'll end up regretting it whatever decision i make!

                        Best alternatives? Diaz could be a great option, but already got Salah. Could downgrade to Rashford, save £1.5m and use that elsewhere but then midfield feels potentially a bit lightweight (would be Salah, Rashford, Bruno G, Neto, Andreas).

                        1. Tev
                          • 5 Years
                          14 days, 5 hours ago

                          Diaz a great pick, not sold on Rashy or BrunoG. I’ve been banging on about it and feel I’m getting boring but Diaz, TAA and Nunez are all such ridiculous value I’d consider getting rid of Salah. I know that’s not an easy decision to make.

                          1. NUFC1983
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 8 Years
                            14 days, 5 hours ago

                            I'm a Newcastle fan, so I have to go with Bruno G 🙂

                            Might well go with Diaz as think he'll pretty much be nailed on first choice. Rashford more of a gamble but if Ronaldo leaves, £6.5m for him might be a bargain.

                    • NUFC1983
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      14 days, 6 hours ago

                      *i've gone without Haaland

                    • Nomar
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 12 Years
                      14 days, 6 hours ago

                      Pep roulette, plus the presence of a genuine striker for City would incline me to believe he won’t be as productive as in previous campaigns.

                      But that’s just my opinion and, ultimately, it’s a decision you have to make yourself.

                      1. NUFC1983
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        14 days, 5 hours ago

                        Good point re Haaland which might see the goals shared around less - but potentially more assists?

                        I didn't have Mahrez until I decided to take Haaland out of my team and not go with him. Made me panic that didn't have any Man City attackers. Think might just have to accept not having any and replace Mahrez

                    • FPL_Humperdoo
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      14 days, 6 hours ago

                      Sam Lee from the Athletic has written that Foden has been telling people he wants to play RW next season, so may well take minutes from both Mahrez and Grealish.

                      I think City's best XI atm includes Foden + one of Grealish/Mahrez. That makes the latter two a problem imo.

                      1. NUFC1983
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        14 days, 5 hours ago

                        Yeah - i've gone off Mahrez now!

                        Just the problem of who to go with instead now!

                  2. Scrumper
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    14 days, 6 hours ago

                    My one and only pre-season RMT request:

                    A)
                    Ramsdale (4.5)
                    TAA, Robbo, Cancelo, James, (Neco)
                    Salah, Mahrez, Foden, Martinelli, (Andreas)
                    Jesus, Martial, (4.5)
                    £0.5 ITB

                    B)
                    Ramsdale (4.5)
                    TAA, Cancelo, James, Chillwell/Peresic (Neco)
                    Salah, Diaz, Mahrez, Foden, Martinelli
                    Jesus, (4.5, 4.5)
                    £1/0.5 ITB

                    I prefer A (assuming Ronaldo goes). Thoughts pls

                    1. NUFC1983
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      14 days, 5 hours ago

                      I'd probably go with A out of those two.

                      I've doubts about Martinelli though as think probably better / safer options than him around.

                      1. Scrumper
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        14 days, 5 hours ago

                        Thanks. Im an optimistic Arsenal fan who thinks Martinelli is going to bang early season. But yes, he might be one I move off early if it doesn't come to pass

                        1. TheKeitaSuccess
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          14 days, 1 hour ago

                          How’s has Marti looked in pre season? I’ve seen he’s got a few goals/assist but has he looked sharp?

                          1. TheKeitaSuccess
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 7 Years
                            14 days, 1 hour ago

                            Martinelli that is, not Martial haha

                          2. Scrumper
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            14 days, 53 mins ago

                            Not setting the world on fire, but looking decent. ESR not in full training yet, so place more secure for now. I think he has huge potential (but I don't know much!)

                    2. seamusseamus
                      • 8 Years
                      14 days, 5 hours ago

                      Decent but both Foden and Mahrez are rotation risks

                      1. Scrumper
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        14 days, 5 hours ago

                        Yeah. I factored in, hence having two (unlikely BOTH get benched?)

                        I also considered having KDB and Diaz instead of Salah and Mahrez/Foden

                        1. seamusseamus
                          • 8 Years
                          14 days, 5 hours ago

                          That would be fine as long as you have a decent bench but your strongest bench player is a 4.0 Nottingham Forest defender.

                          Better to just go with a nailed 8.0 midfielder and their points

                    3. Cruyff's Eleven
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      14 days, 5 hours ago

                      I think there's risks in playing 2 City midfielders.

                      Untill CR7 situation is resolved, Martial is a risk.

                      Chelsea defence is unknown so Chillwell is risky.

                      Only one striker is risky, as your bench player will come one as no striker isn't allowed.

                      FWIW, I think Diaz will outscore Martial.

                      1. Scrumper
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        14 days, 5 hours ago

                        All valid points. Thanks.

                        I agree Diaz will likely outscore Martial. It's more that I was looking for the security of a second FWD, and IF Ronaldo goes Martial seems decent value. Also easy to jump off to Watkins/Toney etc

                        1. Cruyff's Eleven
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          14 days, 5 hours ago

                          Indeed. If CR7 is gone, I too will play Jesus & Martial upfront.

                          Otherwise I'll have to consider Kane, which changes the structure of my team completely, so till then it's wait and see.

                          A 352, with Diaz and Martial is what I'm hoping to settle on.

                    4. Not again Shirley
                      • 5 Years
                      14 days, 51 mins ago

                      I prefer Lloris in goal to Ram. You can afford if you shift the 4.5 to 4.0.

                      1. Scrumper
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        14 days, 42 mins ago

                        Ah, yeah I agree long term. That 4.5 gk on the bench is a mistake - they are already 4.0. I think Rambo will do okay tho whilst Partey stays fit

                  3. CoracAld2831
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    14 days, 6 hours ago

                    Thoughts on this draft, please?

                    Sanchez
                    TAA-Cancelo-James-Zinchenko-Digne
                    Salah(c)-Bowen-Diaz-Neto
                    Kane(v)

                    Steele-Mateta-Pereira-Greenwood

                    1. Scrumper
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      14 days, 5 hours ago

                      Decent. And a bit different with Bowen, Digne and zinc

                      1. CoracAld2831
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        14 days, 5 hours ago

                        Thank you.

                  4. ᴋiɴɢ
                    • 4 Years
                    14 days, 6 hours ago

                    Where is John Stones?

                    1. FPL_Humperdoo
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      14 days, 6 hours ago

                      Not vaccinated.

                      Do you know how long Laporte is injured for?

                  5. pmletch
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    14 days, 6 hours ago

                    A) Grealish & Rashford
                    B) Mahrez & Bailey

                    A is stronger for me but Mahrez gives more access to other 8.0s

                  6. TheKeitaSuccess
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    14 days, 6 hours ago

                    Feel like this is the most balanced threemium draft I’ve come up with, just not sure if Martinelli can compete with Saka/Jesus??

                    Meslier,
                    Robbo, Cancelo, Zinchenko,
                    Salah, Sancho, Marti, Bailey, Neto,
                    Haaland, Kane

                  7. Stimps
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    14 days, 6 hours ago

                    Thoughts on this 343?

                    Sanchez
                    TAA Cancelo Trippier
                    Salah Diaz Neto Bailey
                    Kane (c) Jesus Wilson

                    Steele Gabriel Andreas Neco

                    1. Tev
                      • 5 Years
                      14 days, 5 hours ago

                      The Gabriel 15 pointer in GW1 is going to hurt.

                      1. Tev
                        • 5 Years
                        14 days, 5 hours ago

                        Great team though!

                      2. Float
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        14 days, 5 hours ago

                        I don't think Palace away is the banker everyone seems to think it is. Also Gabriel is hardly a major rank killer at 8.4% owned

                        1. Tev
                          • 5 Years
                          14 days, 5 hours ago

                          Didn’t mention rank. Having a 15-pointer on your bench would be painful regardless. You’re right, he’s the most sensible one to bench, I was just poking fun really. My bench is complete fodder.

                          1. Float
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            14 days, 5 hours ago

                            My bad, didn't notice he was benched, I thought you were just criticising him for not having Gabriel. Yeah, a 5.0 defender on the bench is poor optimisation - would not recommend.

                    2. Cruyff's Eleven
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      14 days, 5 hours ago

                      Neto and Bailey are pre-season bandwagons.

                      An 8M midfielder out of the usual suspects will outscore Wilson.

                    3. Bavarian
                      • 4 Years
                      14 days, 5 hours ago

                      Gabriel should be treated as a regular starter

                  8. So Troublesome
                    • 7 Years
                    14 days, 6 hours ago

                    One last hurrah for Vardy with no Europe? Differential?

                    1. sirmorbach
                      • 6 Years
                      14 days, 5 hours ago

                      I wasn't able to fit him in my team, but I like that idea.

                      1. So Troublesome
                        • 7 Years
                        14 days, 5 hours ago

                        The good thing with him, he's a set and forget. He always bangs them in.

                    2. Cruyff's Eleven
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      14 days, 5 hours ago

                      Will he play every week though?

                      1. So Troublesome
                        • 7 Years
                        14 days, 5 hours ago

                        Once a week pretty much. Looks easy enough

                        1. Cruyff's Eleven
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          14 days, 5 hours ago

                          Unless you are a 36 year old...

                  9. Peter O'Hanraha-hanrah…
                    • 4 Years
                    14 days, 6 hours ago

                    It seems the impact of Nunez at Liverpool is potentially being overlooked? Won't having a proper 9 change Salah's output significantly? Apologies if this has been discussed elsewhere.

                    1. sirmorbach
                      • 6 Years
                      14 days, 5 hours ago

                      I'd rather wait and see, and stick with safety for now — and safety is Mo Salah.

                    2. Tev
                      • 5 Years
                      14 days, 5 hours ago

                      That’s my thinking, really. Pool will create all sorts of chances for Nunez, so he’s a steal for £9m if minutes are secure. Salah did seem to be more of a creator last year than previous and maybe that’s something Klopp has in mind.
                      Doesn’t make Salah a bad pick, but when you can get TAA Diaz Nunez for £24.5m, there’s at least some calculation to be done…

                      1. Peter O'Hanraha-hanrah…
                        • 4 Years
                        14 days, 5 hours ago

                        Yeah definitely, post-Afcon Salah was underwhelming too, so there's lots to consider. Currently have KDB instead of Salah because of these reasons.

                    3. seamusseamus
                      • 8 Years
                      14 days, 5 hours ago

                      No change in formation so far preseason - Nunez was interchanging position with Diaz on the wing at points in their last run out, so unless they unveil a new formation in the CS I wouldn't worry.

                      If anything I half expect it to go the other way - more goals.

                      1. Peter O'Hanraha-hanrah…
                        • 4 Years
                        14 days, 5 hours ago

                        That's interesting, I thought Liverpool have brought him in to play predominantly through the middle. I guess only time will tell!

                        1. seamusseamus
                          • 8 Years
                          14 days, 5 hours ago

                          There's been a lot of talk of that and switch to a 4 - 2 - 3 - 1 formation but so far it hasn't materialised.

                          Liverpool always tend to have someone through the middle (Firmino, Jota, Mane at the end of last season), but there is a lot of interchanging between the front 3 so I don't think it will actually make much difference other than maybe pushing the central player a bit further forward than it would normally be if they were playing Firmino etc

                          1. Peter O'Hanraha-hanrah…
                            • 4 Years
                            14 days, 4 hours ago

                            Ah okay, thanks very much.

                    4. The Mentaculus
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      14 days, 5 hours ago

                      Hasn't actually been discussed much. All quite speculative, but you'd have to think there'd be some shift compared to Firmino especially, with Salah perhaps in more of an assisting role? I'm quite keen on going really leftfield with my Liverpool picks this season - Konate, Diaz & Darwin is quite appealing

                      1. seamusseamus
                        • 8 Years
                        14 days, 5 hours ago

                        Konate is a decent shout - took minutes off Matip last year and was a big goal threat in Europe, but again its a case of waiting for the CS to see who gets the nod.

                      2. Peter O'Hanraha-hanrah…
                        • 4 Years
                        14 days, 4 hours ago

                        Yeah the lack of discussion has surprised me, given Salah's dominance in fpl over recent years I thought it would've gained more traction. I agree on your point about him perhaps moving to a more creative role, but others seem to think he won't be affected much. Interesting one.

                  10. sirmorbach
                    • 6 Years
                    14 days, 6 hours ago

                    Please, friends:

                    A. Reece James, Andreas first sub
                    B. Ruben Dias, Andreas first sub
                    C. Cash rotating with Neto/Fornals/Soucek

                    1. Scrumper
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      14 days, 5 hours ago

                      A or B, depends on 1) if you have other city Def, and 2) if you're prepared to swap James quickly if Chelsea can't keep clean sheets

                    2. Peter O'Hanraha-hanrah…
                      • 4 Years
                      14 days, 5 hours ago

                      B for me, Chelsea underwhelming so far, Tuchel doesn't seem confident and change of formation is looking likely.

                  11. farmerfat
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    14 days, 6 hours ago

                    Please RMT, thoughts welcome 🙂
                    Meslier
                    TAA Cancelo Chillwell Digne

                    1. farmerfat
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      14 days, 5 hours ago

                      Messed that one up.....

                      Meslier
                      TAA Cancelo Chillwell Digne
                      Rashford Martinelli Salah Mahrez/Foden

                    2. Cruyff's Eleven
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      14 days, 5 hours ago

                      A few fries short of a happy meal.

                      1. farmerfat
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        14 days, 5 hours ago

                        I actually give up

                        1. farmerfat
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          14 days, 5 hours ago

                          Kane and Jesus btw

                  12. Emiliano Sala
                    • 6 Years
                    14 days, 6 hours ago

                    thoughts please:

                    A) Ederson + Bailey
                    B) Meslier + Martinelli

                    1. Pether
                      • 9 Years
                      14 days, 5 hours ago

                      A

                    2. Kaptenen
                      • 6 Years
                      14 days, 5 hours ago

                      I would pick A, Martinelli a wait and see for me, could be a rotation risk

                  13. Big_Andy_GAWA
                    • 10 Years
                    14 days, 6 hours ago

                    Hi Folks.

                    Thoughts on Foden? Will he start versus WHU? Would ideally like a City mid for GW2 against BOU. Bit of a lottery with who to pick, but Foden the riskiest at this particular stage...?

                    1. Emiliano Sala
                      • 6 Years
                      14 days, 5 hours ago

                      I would pick foden after kdb in that city midfield

                      1. Pether
                        • 9 Years
                        14 days, 5 hours ago

                        Agree - I have both

                    2. seamusseamus
                      • 8 Years
                      14 days, 5 hours ago

                      He hasn't been on the tour so less likely to start

                      1. Big_Andy_GAWA
                        • 10 Years
                        14 days, 5 hours ago

                        Yeah. Thinking that I'm liking Grealish more at the minute... 😮

                      2. Rohirrims
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        14 days, 5 hours ago

                        I highly doubt that. He's pretty much first choice on both wings IMO.

                  14. Kaptenen
                    • 6 Years
                    14 days, 6 hours ago

                    Which option would you prefer to start with?

                    A) Neto & Botman
                    B) Bailey & Trippier

                    1. Pether
                      • 9 Years
                      14 days, 5 hours ago

                      B

                  15. Pether
                    • 9 Years
                    14 days, 6 hours ago

                    Think I finally nailed it. Agree?

                    Mendy ( Klaesson)
                    TAA - Cancelo - Trippier - White (Neco)
                    KDB - Foden - Diaz - Neto (Andreas)
                    Nunez - Kane (Archer)

                    1. Cruyff's Eleven
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      14 days, 5 hours ago

                      White not nailed.

                      Nunez unknown.

                      No Salah.

                      1. Cruyff's Eleven
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        14 days, 5 hours ago

                        I'd go Salah plus Jesus over KDB and Nunez.

                    2. Tev
                      • 5 Years
                      14 days, 5 hours ago

                      Very similar to mine. Love it!

                  16. seamusseamus
                    • 8 Years
                    14 days, 6 hours ago

                    Which premium players are most likely to have their minutes managed? I think the 5 subs and WC could mean that we see the top teams basically attempt a goalrush - get 3 or 4 ahead and then sub players earlier than usual.

                    In my mind Haaland, Kane and KDB would be most at risk of this as they each tend to need more management of their fitness over the course of a season.

                    Followed by Salah, with Son perhaps most nailed for minutes?

                    1. Tev
                      • 5 Years
                      14 days, 5 hours ago

                      Haaland by far. Kane pretty much always plays 90 so I wouldn’t hold your breath there. KDB will probably be rotated a bit when CL starts, but not much. He’s their best player and looks fits and sharp.

                  17. Roy Rovers
                    • 8 Years
                    14 days, 5 hours ago

                    Quite liking this…..until tomorrow!!

                    Ramsdale
                    TAA Robbo Cancelo Trippier Cash
                    Salah Grealish Rashford
                    Kane Jesus

                    4.0 Andreas Dasilva Archer

                  18. Maeki2
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    14 days, 5 hours ago

                    A. MARTIAL, Grealish
                    B. Jesus, bailey

                    1. nico05
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      14 days, 4 hours ago

                      A

                  19. BerryMaze
                    • 5 Years
                    13 days, 23 hours ago

                    i decided on this team and further wait a week without changing. What do you think?

                    Sanchez (Steele)
                    James Robertson Cancelo Williams (Coufal)
                    Salah Mahrez Saka Neco (Andreas)
                    Jesus Kane (Greenwood)

                  20. bru10
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    4 days, 9 hours ago

                    haaland/diaz oder kane/mahrez?