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FPL review: Bueno benched + why De Zerbi “never” subs Mitoma

Three more of Saturday’s matches are assessed as we look back on the key Fantasy Premier League (FPL) talking points from the weekend.

It’s Aston Villa v Leicester City*, Wolverhampton Wanderers v Liverpool and Brighton & Hove Albion v Bournemouth that we’re focusing on here.

The numbers you see in this article are taken from our Premium Members Area, where you can access Opta player and team data for every single Premier League fixture.

*Words on Aston Villa v Leicester City provided by Tom Freeman (avfc82)

LOUSY LIVERPOOL

The footballing equivalent of Barney Gumble losing his diaper played out at Molineux on Saturday as Liverpool’s disastrous 2022/23 campaign hit a new low.

The Reds were 2-0 down to the division’s lowest scorers within 12 minutes, going on to concede a third in the second half. Not since March 2022 had Wolverhampton Wanderers scored three goals in a top-flight game.

Wolves had averaged 1.05 big chances per match before Gameweek 22; they were allowed six such opportunities against Liverpool.

There are problems all over the park for Klopp to solve but it’s at the rear where things have really gone to pot, with just one clean sheet arriving in the last 10 matches. Even that was a lucky one, against Chelsea in Gameweek 21.

Yes, the away form (two wins from 10) is considerably worse than the home form. But even at Anfield, Liverpool are ranked 19th for big chances conceded this season.

“It’s really difficult to summarise. The team is not full of confidence, you can see that – the first 12 minutes were obvious, but it was about defending, being compact, being active. Do you need a lot of confidence for that? I am not so sure. Put your body between the ball and the opponent, block the ball and these kind of things, avoid the cross. You saw Stefan Bajcetic full of confidence, he plays football for as long as we kept him on the pitch. All the others, started a bit different, but second half, with low-confidence levels, playing this kind of game, I think nobody would have been surprised if we scored here, that we could have scored once and twice and then let’s have a look at the game. I know it is hypothetical, 100 per cent, but that was possible. We caused the problems ourselves, how can that happen? I cannot always cover things, it was obvious – we do it in public, that’s why everyone can see it.” – Jurgen Klopp

The underlying numbers are actually decent at the other end of the pitch. Even at Molineux, they racked up 22 shots and an xG of 1.96. But profligacy has dogged them all season: they have wasted 74.2% of their big chances in 2022/23, the worst rate in the division. Darwin Nunez (£8.7m), who failed to score from five shots on Saturday, has missed his last eight such opportunities.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.3m) can’t catch a break as a result. Not only is he deprived of clean sheets (and he cops a share of the blame for that), his team-mates’ wastefulness means he is failing to compensate at the other end of the pitch.

Above: FPL assets sorted by worst xGI delta (actual returns minus xGI) in 2022/23

A brief word on a quiet Mohamed Salah (£12.7m), whose tally of five shots in Gameweeks 19-22 is his worst four-match total since he joined Liverpool in 2017.

BUENO BENCHED

Julen Lopetegui has 10 points on the board from his first six league matches in charge, only tasting defeat to the two Manchester clubs so far.

The underlying numbers should serve as a bit of a warning, as Wolves are ranked 18th for expected goals conceded (xGC) and 17th for xG in Lopetegui’s first half-dozen games at the helm.

Easier tests now await, however, and you’d expect those, er, ‘expected’ totals to improve:

The arrival of two defensive-minded midfielders (something Wolves didn’t really have before that) in the transfer window, Mario Lemina (£4.5m) and Joao Gomes (£4.5m), should also hopefully help on the clean sheet front. Lemina was excellent on Saturday, with Gomes yet to make his debut. It might even free Ruben Neves (£5.4m) to play further forward, and the Portuguese schemer – typically a deep-lying playmaker – made a decidedly un-Neves-like run into the box to score Wolves’ third goal against the Reds.

One player who didn’t benefit from Saturday’s shut-out points was Hugo Bueno (£3.9m), Wolves’ most-owned asset in FPL. He was benched for the first time in the league since Gameweek 11, with Rayan Ait-Nouri (£4.2m) taking his place at left-back. Even when Ait-Nouri was taken off, it was Jonny (£4.3m) who was thrown on as his replacement.

Ait-Nouri being a Salah specialist may have been a reason for his inclusion but Bueno’s rotation risk status is another headache that owners could well do without, especially if he’s needed in Blank Gameweek 25.

Lopetegui at least tantalised us with the faint possibility of a recall in Gameweek 23:

“The next match we might change three or four and they all have to be ready. This is very important in each squad. I want them ready and able to play in each moment, but when they don’t play they have to be ready to help the team also.” – Julen Lopetegui

“YOU CAN NEVER SUBSTITUTE” MITOMA

It’s now five attacking returns and 42 points for Kaoru Mitoma (£5.2m) from Gameweek 18 onwards, with the Japan international scoring the late winner at the Amex on Saturday. Cue much wailing and gnashing of teeth from the medium-term planners amongst us, who may be overlooking Brighton because of their blank in Gameweek 25 (and likely blank in Gameweek 28).

For existing and prospective owners in FPL, Roberto De Zerbi’s post-match words would have been music to the ears regarding game-time:

“Mitoma is a great player. He has a natural quality.

“He didn’t play a fantastic game like against Liverpool or Leicester. But when you have on the pitch Mitoma, you can never substitute [him] because you always expect one goal, one-to-one. He’s a very good player for us, very important player.” – Roberto De Zerbi

We spoke last week about the fine margins separating Mitoma and Solly March (£5.2m) and the latter’s owners were again left bemoaning their lot after Danny Welbeck (£6.5m) spurned a clear opening that March had created. Mitoma does, as we wrote after March’s 19-pointer in Gameweek 20, look the more exciting prospect, it has to be said.

This game was a good advert for Evan Ferguson (£4.6m), who missed out with a knee injury. Welbeck and, playing behind him, Deniz Undav (£5.1m) were instead charged with providing Albion’s goal threat but contrived to miss five big chances between them, the three of Undav all falling in the same move.

De Zerbi said after the match that he hopes Ferguson will return to train this week.

A second successive home clean sheet was perhaps a little fortunate, with Bournemouth causing a few heart-stopping moments.

Dango Outtara (£5.0m) again shone on the right flank and had four shots, while bargain-bin FPL midfielder Hamed Traore (£4.5m) was promising in a support striker role on his debut.

The fact is, however, that it’s now six matches without a win, 11 goals conceded and just one scored for the Cherries since the restart.

EMERY: ‘MISTAKES COST US’

Aston Villa suffered only their second league defeat under Unai Emery on Saturday, with mistakes costing them at the back. Before the weekend, Villa had conceded just two goals in the last four Gameweeks. However, they had at times pushed their luck, often looking uncomfortable playing out from defence. Here, that was more apparent than ever, with Boubacar Kamara (£4.8m) twice caught in possession for Leicester City’s first and third goals, while a missed Alex Moreno (£4.5m) interception was to blame for the fourth.

“We have to learn to try to break the pressing. They came here to push us and press us high. We can play long ball, long ball, long ball but I don’t want to do it. We can do it sometimes but I want to control better the second action. We work on both but, after the first goal, we were confident. We started the match winning and I want to keep doing it and to continue building up and to play with our goalkeeper. Maybe sometimes we have to mix and to create our style with one process. Of course, I want players with personality to try and play and to improve and be one step ahead.” – Unai Emery

As for Moreno, he was surprisingly replaced by Lucas Digne (£4.6m) in the starting XI, potentially due to the Frenchman’s superior crossing ability. He did, however, appear at half-time, and despite being at fault for Leicester’s fourth goal, put up some decent attacking numbers.

MORENO V LEICESTER

Total (match rank)

  • Minutes: 45
  • Shots: 2 (5th=)
  • Crosses: 6 (2nd=)
  • Penalty box touches: 7 (2nd=
  • Final-third touches: 24 (3rd)

Above: Alex Moreno’s touch heatmap v Leicester

In an attacking sense, some of Villa’s play was very impressive – they had 19 shots overall, which carried a combined expected goals (xG) value of 1.71.

Ollie Watkins’ (£7.1m) goal, assist and bonus continued his fine form under Emery, which has seen him blank in just two of his seven Premier League outings.

WATKINS UNDER EMERY
CompetitionOpponentVilla’s resultMinutesGoalsAssists
Premier League (GW22)Leicester (h)2-49011
Premier League (GW21)Southampton (a)1-09010
Premier League (GW20)Leeds (h)2-131 (inj)00
Premier League (GW19)Wolves (h)1-16600
Premier League (GW18)Spurs (a)2-09001
Premier League (GW17)Liverpool (h)1-39010
Premier League (GW25)Man Utd (h)3-17701


With Manchester City and Arsenal up next, Villa assets won’t be afforded much attention, but it’s worth noting they do have guaranteed – and good – fixtures in Blank Gameweeks 25 and 28, with some decent games in between, too.

TETE’S IMPACT/MADDISON CENTRAL

Leicester’s new winger/inside-forward Tete (£5.5m) was excellent on his debut at Villa Park, scoring on the cusp of half-time. The Brazilian added a new dimension to the Foxes’ attack, registering three shots and six successful take-ons, with his role on the right wing allowing James Maddison (£8.0m) – who scored his eighth Premier League goal of the season – to operate in more central areas.

Maddison didn’t see as much possession as he would have liked, touching the ball just 10 times in the final third, but you’d expect him to kick on now, especially if Brendan Rodgers sticks with this new 4-2-2-2/4-2-3-1 system.

“I’ve heard the gaffer speak about it, it’s nice to have that direct width. I’m a player who’s best centrally, and I’ve been playing off the right a little bit, and I’ve played well. I’ve kind of learned the role, and I’m happy to play there. But I’m best centrally. My skill set, I’m at my best when I’m in the middle, I think, in them areas. So, to have Tete come in and be that threat, and he was absolutely brilliant today. It was a real fiery debut, and hopefully he can continue that, but with him and Harvey [Barnes] on the wings, keeping that high width, them runs in behind. When I play off the side, I have to play a little bit differently. My skill set is not that of a winger, so we kind of mould the team a little bit differently when I’m off the side, but it’s nice to be back central, have the pace and the width from them two, and I think it worked well.” – James Maddison

Kelechi Iheanacho (£6.1m), meanwhile, started just his second Premier League game of the season and looked perfectly suited to the central striker role, with Tete’s inside runs hitting the space he vacates when coming short to link play. Here, he scored a goal and set up two others, highlighting his potential when handed minutes.

“Tete was what I’ve been talking about for about 18 months, a right winger who can take the ball, pass the ball, look after the ball, make runs, and work. What a debut for him. It was really good. Because of that, because you have wingers and balance in the team, it allows Kels [Iheanacho] then to play in the spaces we created. The three of them were very good.” – Brendan Rodgers

It must be said Brendan Rodgers’ side were incredibly efficient on the day, scoring four times from just nine shots, but when their fixtures improve they could potentially serve up some interesting FPL prospects.

Their attacking approach did cause problems for their defence, however, which was sometimes left short on numbers. Still, they generally coped well, with another new boy Victor Kristiansen (£4.5m) impressing at left-back and also taking all of Leicester’s corners on the day.



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  1. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Best move here with free transfer

    A Roll and play double City and triple Arsenal
    B Bruno to Mahrez
    C Patterson to 2 Akanji or 2 Lewis and play over Shaw
    D Shaw (removing blanker) to Akanji

    Kepa
    Trippier White Shaw
    KDB Saka Bruno Rashford
    Haaland Mitrovic Nketiah

    Ward Botman Andreas Patterson

    1. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      I was thinking Mahrez for one week, but am now thinking Martinelli to Saka or Odegard.

      But C is good planning.

      I dont want Shaw or Bruno after GW24. GW 26 looks ok but I have 2 GW25 starters and Patterson at the moment. One of them is Mitoma, and he isn't going anywhere, so I think SHaw and Bruno will be gone

    2. TheFridge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 4 months ago

      I'd go with C for the extra two weeks. If you don't need the funds between now and 25, you can make a choice whom to bench between White, Shaw, and your MC defender.

    3. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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      • 2 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      A. Not sure Bruno - Mahrez is worth it. If you think you definitely need a City defender in 25, then I guess you might as well get someone in now & play for the DGW. But if there's any doubt, just play Botman & give yourself another couple weeks to decide if you want one or would rather go for Chelsea/Villa/Everton defence

    4. wulfrunian
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      b

    5. agueroooooney
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      C

  2. TONEY HONEY
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Christian Atsu (Hatayspor player) is under debris after the earthquake in Turkey. No contact for 12 hours. Hope to hear good news..

    1. FCHaalandaise
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 4 months ago

      It's awful stuff out there. Shocking scenes.

    2. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      What a terrible tragedy for all. I hope they get to as many people asap.

      7.8 on the Richter scale is 10^7.8 which is almost 100000000 stronger than a Richter scale of 1 which is 10.Then you x time by 1.5 for the energy released about being so shallow. It is horrific

      1. Crunchie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        * times that to the power of 1.5 for the energy released. It is a massive one 🙁

  3. I Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Why is Martial not flagged?

    1. Black Knights
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Why is he ever unflagged, is the more pertinent question?

    2. Skonto Rigga
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      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      I assume they'll flag him if he's ruled out of/misses the second DGW match, as ten Hag's update on Saturday was a bit vague in terms of timeframe

  4. Touré De Force
    • 13 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Madisson one to watch for sure

    1. The Mentaculus
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      • 2 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Don't recall the exact numbers right now, but if you look at his last 30 games or so he's basically giving you premium level returns for only 8m. I know value means little to nothing this season but effective premiums are in short supply & I think of him as a secret one. Will bide my time for a week or two given fixtures & the strength of my current squad but its just a case of when to move.

    2. Zimo
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Yeah but he blanks in 28 probably 🙁 and I'll already have Mitoma, Rashford, Haaland who'll likely blank.

      1. Black Knights
        • 12 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        I'm getting him in for Bruno as part of the BGW25. Will worry about 28 when we get to it.

        1. Zimo
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Oh I got Saka for Bruno. So can't do that.

        2. Zimo
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          This will be my attack in 25.

          Saka KDB Odegaard
          Haaland Kane Nunez

          Rash and Mitoma on bench.

          So can't get to Maddison without hitting out KDB in 24 🙁

    3. NABIL - FPL otai
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      I think many James (Maddy, Tark and Recce) will become FPL relevant again sooner rather than later

      1. Crunchie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Maddy is definitely on the radar

    4. Nate(U)dog(ie)
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Pretty sure I'm getting him in in GW25, so reliable

  5. confused01
    • 14 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Would you do Stones + Martinelli > Ake + Saka for -4 ?

    1. agueroooooney
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      No

  6. Ze_Austin
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Good stuff here, Neale. Thanks 🙂

    1. Skonto Rigga
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      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      And Tom, too, live from Villa Park!

      (Thanks Ze!)

  7. royals forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 14 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    In your opinion who is the best 9.0 ST to have next few GWs for this team

    Kepa Ward

    Trippier Botman Shaw White Ake

    KDB Rashford Mount Saka Andreas

    Nketiah Haaland xxxxxxxxx

    Any ideas would be welcomed

    1. Haa-lala-land
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Not really one that stands out. Watkins perhaps, or gamble on Felix? Toney and Mitrovic are both fine options bound to be in the points soon.
      Most seem to be switching to 352 for the loads of good mid options.

  8. Crunchie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Kane and downgrade Mount

    1. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Reply fail to RF

      1. Alan The Llama
        • 14 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        RF to RF?

        1. NABIL - FPL otai
          • 11 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          RF²

          1. Crunchie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 year, 4 months ago

            lol

  9. NABIL - FPL otai
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Easy save right? 1 FT, 0.1 itb

    Kepa Ward
    Shaw Trippier Botman White* Bueno
    Bruno Rashford Mahrez* Saka* Andreas
    Haaland* Kane Nketiah*

    1. The Mentaculus
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      • 2 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Yes

      1. NABIL - FPL otai
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Cheers. Who should I start in defence alongside Tripper? Thinking Shaw and White but unsure

        1. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          White has double, I'll start him.

          1. NABIL - FPL otai
            • 11 Years
            1 year, 4 months ago

            Indeed, but benching Shaw vs Leeds could be tricky

        2. The Mentaculus
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          • 2 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Botman & White for me. Casemiro & Bruno G are both significant absences, but Leeds are still creating plenty of chances & playing better than the results suggest - can see us nicking a goal more than Bournemouth

          1. Crunchie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 year, 4 months ago

            Yeah agree with this, we'll have a good idea after Wednesday. Man Utd played with 4 Centre Backs for a reason when Casimero went off with 10 men

          2. NABIL - FPL otai
            • 11 Years
            1 year, 4 months ago

            Sound reasoning. Thanks all

  10. Boom XhakaLacaSaka
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    1FT 1.9itb
    Kepa
    Trippier Tete Akanji
    Rashford Odegaard Martinelli Andreas Bruno
    Haaland (c) Kane

    Ward Toney Shaw Patterson

    A) Toney + Bruno > Nketiah + KDB (-4) which was my original plan
    B) Bruno > Mahrez

    Or can someone see any better options?

    1. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Or Toney to Nketiah and drop Andreas?

      1. agueroooooney
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        This

    2. NABIL - FPL otai
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Just Toney to Eddie

  11. La Roja
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Ex everton and newcastle player Christian Atsu is not reachable and her relatives worried he is under a building collapsed in Turkey 🙁

    1. La Roja
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      His*

    2. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      🙁

  12. Crunchie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Emerson (Ward)
    Shaw, Trippier, White (Cucurella, Patterson)
    Rashford, Bruno, Martinelli, Mitoma (Andreas)
    Haaland, Kane, Nketiah

    1FT 3.9m ITB

    Was all set to do Andreas to Mahrez or Bruno to KDB but not so sure now.

    Got hacked for a FH GW15 so have to tread carefully, and Cucu and Patterson are not nailed for GW25 either (although i think Chilwell wont start GW25)

    Have to sell Shaw and Bruno before GW25 as they blank GW28

    A. Martinelli to Saka
    B. Bruno to KDB
    C Andreas to Mahrez
    D Patterson To Man City Defender
    E Roll

    Cheers

    1. The Mentaculus
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      • 2 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Tempting to A here but not sure if you have too many blankers to deal with. Think I would pass on City mids & either go early for someone like Maddison instead or just roll for now.

      1. Crunchie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Thanks

    2. rdpx
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Why do you feel you need to sell 2 in form players just because they don't have a match?

      1. Crunchie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Because they all blank in GW28 and possibly GW32 as well. I'd be getting in Botman for Shaw for example, but a Man City midfield (might ) be OK, it just guessing who the right one is.

        Mitoma, Trippier, and Rashford are the most inform players for me, and the ones who i want on the bench. Shaw is the only one I got money in (bought for 4.8) and without Casimero, not so great but does have assist potential

    3. agueroooooney
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      B

      1. Crunchie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Thx

    4. NABIL - FPL otai
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      When in serious doubt, roll

      1. Crunchie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Thank you

  13. rdpx
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    GOOD IDEA or a BAD IDEA?:

    IN: N'Ketiah & Mahrez
    OUT:. Mitro & Martinelli

    (-4)

    1. NABIL - FPL otai
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Just Mitro to Eddie

      1. Black Knights
        • 12 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Might need to do marti to free up the arsenal spot.

        Something i am probably going to do. Gets rid of two more duds from my squad.

    2. agueroooooney
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Considering the exact same, not sure if I should give Martinelli another shot, Nketiah is a bit hit and miss as well and has Jesus to contend with in the future. Even Mahrez isn't guaranteed minutes. Could be a great move but equally could backfire

  14. Goat
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    My current FPL watchlist:

    Watkins, Tarkowski, Kilman, Paqueta, Buendia, Mings.

    Blank gameweeks really mess with your brain

    1. agueroooooney
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      If Buendia played for a better team I'd get him in, Paqueta too probably

  15. Jet5605
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Hi all, 2 FT and 2.8 ITB

    A - Marti & Toney > Saka & Nketiah
    B - Bruno & Toney > Saka & Kane
    C - Other suggestion?

    Kepa
    Gabriel - Trippier - Shaw
    Bruno - KDB - Martinelli - Rash - Almiron
    Haaland - Toney

    Ward - Schar - Greenwood - Patterson

    1. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      B

    2. The Mentaculus
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      • 2 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      B

      1. Jet5605
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Thanks. I think the potential Leeds manager bounce makes the Bruno > Kane premium switch more appealing

        1. The Mentaculus
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          • 2 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Even without it, those moves look pretty clear cut to me. DGW for one of the best mids in the game & Kane plays his favourite team

        2. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Bruno has been in form though. I am personally tempted to keep him and considering selling KdB to fund Kane next week. You could also do just Martinelli to Saka and roll the other ft to sell KdB for Kane next week.

          1. Jet5605
            • 9 Years
            1 year, 4 months ago

            Yeah that's not a bad plan although I was intent on shipping Toney this week now his fixtures turn and my next move was to ship Almiron as I clear out most BGW25 players. I get your point on Bruno though and wouldn't mind keeping him. Will wait to see how he does v Leeds midweek

            1. Baps hunter
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 year, 4 months ago

              Yes, should he haul, he is easy keep, if he doesn't look dangerous, then easy sell. It'll probably be something between though.

          2. Jet5605
            • 9 Years
            1 year, 4 months ago

            Having said that holding KDB until GW26 doesn't appeal too much either

    3. agueroooooney
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      B

  16. Kane Train
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Which option?

    A) Bruno > Odegaard
    B) Perraud > Tarkowski
    C) Trippier > White/Saliba/Gabriel

    1. Goat
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      C

    2. agueroooooney
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      A by a mile

  17. Zimo
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Jesse March sacked

    1. Zimo
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Leeds new manager bounce?

    2. The Mentaculus
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      • 2 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      🙁

      Think we could have given him a bit more time. Carlos Corberan touted as replacement (West Brom manager who worked for us under Bielsa previously)

      1. Crunchie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Bielsa to coach U21's ?

        Leeds are underperforming.

        As a Palace fan, i am now worried too about getting dragged in.

        1. The Mentaculus
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          • 2 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          I think the U21 thing was just for Everton because he wants time to drill them in a spot of murderball first. Seen him linked to a couple of national teams but would welcome him back

        2. Qaiss
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          As you’re a Palace fan, can I ask why Jordan Ayew starts every week and is not replaced, whether that be from someone on the bench or transfer market? Whenever I’ve seen that guy play, he is absolute bang average and doesn’t really impact the game

          1. Crunchie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 year, 4 months ago

            Yes, for sure. Ayew after getting in Albert Lokonga and Naouirou Ahamada (who looked great when he came on against Utd, from Stuttgart), will give Cheick Doucouré some protection in centre midfield as we have been overrun quite easily since Gallagher returned and Jimmy Mac (James McArthur, most underrated non stop running and tackler we have had since Geoff Thomas), got injured and now back in training. We have no press and no one who can run it out of defence. Ayew is the only player who can run the ball out of defense (when counter-attacking and playing into midfield). He played some last season (mainly away) to ease Olise in. But Olise is the main starter now. What's been disappointing is Schlupp is not a CM, (8 or 6) and Eze has just been plain awful. So has Zaha. But it all stems from not having one proper CM this year and not being able to press or dominate possession or play counter attacking football either.

            I just see Ayew getting more cameos now and Schlupp/Eze being much more attacking and being given a lot more freedom upfront.

            1. Crunchie
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 year, 4 months ago

              now we have both two new players in, i think Ayew doesn't need to start

      2. Nate(U)dog(ie)
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Thought the same from the outside, but from what I've read something big turned this weekend within the fanbase

        1. The Mentaculus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Hmm yeah its understandable since this result really puts us in a relegation scrap, and we seemed increasingly clueless chasing the game towards the end. But such fine margins - performances have been decent & if we'd just been converting some of these chances recently we could easily be comfortably midtable.

          Its probably also fair to say that there's no real plan B. But I can't see any incoming manager turning this squad into a defensive powerhouse, and the current style of play suits the players we have & can be really challenging for some of the bigger teams to deal with.

          1. Nate(U)dog(ie)
            • 3 Years
            1 year, 4 months ago

            That's going to be the big issue for sure, hard to see this team at any stage carving out 1-0 wins often, they've been moulded by Bielsa and Marsch to attack and keep pressure up at the top of the field. I feel like they must have an idea of a replacement now if they've made the move but finishing off games where they're on top will be key

    3. Drumandbaines123
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      He's been given his Marsching orders

    4. Qaiss
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Whoever replaced the genius of Bielsa, was always doomed to fail

    5. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Hmmm. Not sure that was the best decision but what do I know.

  18. Vasshin
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Which is the best transfer?
    1. Andreas and Mount to Mahrez and Saka/Odegard
    2. Andreas/mount and Martial to Mahrez and Nketiah

    2 seems sensible for me as i could get rid of martial once and for all but seeing Jesus’s training picture says he might be reducing nketiah’s minutes and playing chances

    I have haaland,kdb, white and Martineli

    Thanks

    1. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Go 2 and see when Jesus, is training with the 1st team again. I assume he is not already?

    2. agueroooooney
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      1 with Saka, you'd want to get rid of Mount just as much as Martial

  19. Shark Team
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    March brought the whole USMNT in Yorkshire and now sacked. Just before 2 games in a row vs ManU

    1. DBW - Slug's Mortgage …
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Thought the same but had a look. There's only 3 USA players at Leeds

      1. Dthinger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Harrison's sort of American, isnt he?

  20. The Mantis
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Roll or upgrade Almiron to Saka?

    Kepa (Ward)
    Trip / Shaw / Schar / Lewis (Bueno)
    Ode / Rash / KDB (Almiron / Pereira)
    Nket / Haaland / Kane

    1. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Upgrade

      1. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        I agree

    2. agueroooooney
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Up grade

  21. Baps hunter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Kepa / Ward
    Trippier, Shaw, White, T Silva / Bueno(*) Rash, Bruno, KdB, Øde, Martinelli*,
    Haaland, Mitro(*), Toney*
    1 ft, 0.7 itb

    My original plan was to sell Toney and Martinelli for Nketiah and Mahrez. However seeing Mahrez being subbed off early (again) is everything but a good sign and Jesus is training already. I also remember too well TC Sane "tragedy" when he was subbed of when chasing and then dropped for dgw. Martinelli to Saka is something to consider, but it would be for a hit. Not sure I want punt on Alvarez for example. I'd like to find a decent attacking plan, but is rolling and selling KdB or Bruno to get Kane later best choice? Sorry for reposting after 3-4 hours.

    1. NABIL - FPL otai
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      I'd stick with the plan

  22. Tshelby
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Looking ahead to next week. What would you do?

    Bruno and Mitro to Mahreze and Kane?

    2ft / 2.9 ITB

    Ward, Kepa
    Gabriel, Trippier, Bueno, Shaw, Schar
    Martinelli, Bruno, KdB, Odegaard, Rashford
    Mitro, Haaland, Greenwood

    1. Drumandbaines123
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Martinelli to Saka

      1. Tshelby
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Cheers

    2. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      I don't expect Mahrez to start next one. As mentioned above, I might only upgrade Martinelli to Saka and roll the other ft.

      1. Tshelby
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Yeah true.. Maybe not buy in to this double gameweek of City. For the first time this season I feel like it's time to bring in Kane or is it something that can wait?

        1. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          I'd like to bring him in too. However I am far from certain that he outscores Bruno. And Mahrez' minutes can't be trusted and Arsenal is not easy fixture either. So I wouldn't be surprised to see Mahrez getting only 3 pts for example and being asset that needs to be sold sooner than later. Martinellii to Saka at least shouldn't backfire long term.

    3. agueroooooney
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      I like the move you have mentioned

  23. DARK SIDE OF THE LOON
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Is Iversen + Toney to Ederson + Nketiah for free the right call for this team:

    Ward Iversen
    Trippier Shaw White Bueno Digne
    Bruno Rashford Mahrez Odegaard Bailey
    Kane Haaland Toney

    Thanks!

    1. agueroooooney
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Looks good to me

    2. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      I'm not really a fan of the Ederson move tbh. He could be the top scoring GK this week but doesn't really haul / get bonus / save pts, so I think you're probably looking at something like 8pts. Would prefer to get a GK for the long-haul like Raya (awkward timing though) or just Kepa.

      1. DARK SIDE OF THE LOON
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Still don't trust Chelsea. Raya, like you said is awkward timing.

    3. KingZamalek
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Yes.

  24. Zimo
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Worse possible time for a new manager bounce 😆 United have to face Leeds twice

    1. Zimo
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      That and no Casemiro. At least now I'm pretty sure I'll be benching Shaw for Botman.

      1. DBW - Slug's Mortgage …
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Leeds are so bad, it's two easy wins no matter what.

        1. Zimo
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Yes but clean sheet prospects for Newcastle feel more secure to me. They might score.

    2. The Big Fella
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Was thinking this but they won't have a manager in place in time for Wednesday, I am sure

      1. Zimo
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Hmm true true

    3. Limbo
      • 13 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      No chance they can get someone in on time

      1. The Big Fella
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Me too - somebody will be getting a brown paper bag at some point

    4. Limbo
      • 13 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Lampard/Gerrard free agents 😀

      1. Zimo
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Haha they're trying not to get relegated 😆

      2. The Mentaculus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        OMG no, please no

  25. SKENG
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Thoughts on this team?

    Kepa
    Trippier Shaw Martinez
    Odegaard Martinelli Rashford Salah Andreas
    Haaland Kane

    Ward Gnonto Bueno Patterson - 1 FT, 3.6M ITB

    Was considering Salah & Andreas > Saka & KDB -4 but not sure now after the City news.

    1. sirmorbach
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Think I'd still do it.

  26. Scalper
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Man City big big trouble.

    1. DARK SIDE OF THE LOON
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      What happened?

      1. The Big Fella
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Over 100 counts of financial misdemeanors

    2. Limbo
      • 13 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      And they're do absolutely fek all about it.

      1. Limbo
        • 13 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        *they'll

    3. NABIL - FPL otai
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      I highly doubt it

    4. agueroooooney
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Will anything actually happen? Or just a big fine?

      1. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Points may be deducted

  27. NABIL - FPL otai
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    I hope Sam Allardyce takes over at Leeds and do a Dyche against Manchester United, twice.

  28. sirmorbach
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Any thoughts here lads?

    Ramsdale / Ward
    Trippier, Shaw, Burn / Castagne, *Stones*
    Bruno Fernandes, Saka, Rashford, Martinelli, Mitoma
    Haaland, Kane / Greenwood

    £4.8 in the bank

    I thought I wanted Greenwood-Nketiah, but I am not too sure I should bench Mitoma. Stones to Aké, perhaps?

    1. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Yes, but Mitoma is in a derby, but Nketiah is still a good move, or Gabriel?

      1. lespaul
        • 14 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Brighton isn't in London

        1. Black Knights
          • 12 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          They still hate each other.

  29. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Bruno to saka for free? Cheers.no other arsenal mid only nketiah

    1. Zimo
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      That's my move this week. I approve.

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Thank you 🙂

    2. sirmorbach
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Yes.

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Thanks

  30. OptimusBlack
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Ramsdale (Ward)
    White Tripper Shaw ( Mee Patte)
    Mahrez Ødegaard Rashford Bruno Mitoma
    Kane Haaland ( Mitro)
    3.2 M itb
    A- Patterson > Aké
    B- White & Bruno >
    Aké & Saka for -4
    C- Ramsdale & Bruno >
    Kepa & Saka for -4
    D- Other transfer

    1. sirmorbach
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      C for me.

    2. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      C