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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. ClothedinSun
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Current team is:

    Kepa,
    Trippier, Rico Lewis, Shaw,
    Saka, Bruno, Odegaard, Rashford,
    Haaland, N'Ketiah, Kane

    Ward, Mitoma, Botman, Mee

    G2G for the DGW?

    Cheers.

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

      Jee too jee

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

      Looks good. I have the same front 8 but I think I'm probably going to bench Bruno for Mitoma

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

        It's a luxury but I've been toying with the same move, Brighton's play and Mitoma's goalscoring form is edging it for me atm too but with Marsch getting the boot and Utd/Bruno's form snowballing rn it is going to be a tough call right up to the deadline!

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

    2 free transfers, best move? Or even tell me to rule out what's awful.

    A) Schar -> Aké/Akanji and roll
    B) Martinelli + Almiron -> Saka + Dasilva (bench)
    C) White + Mitrovic -> Lewis + Nketiah
    D) Martinelli + Mitrovic -> Grealish + Nketiah
    E) Almiron + Mitrovic -> Mahrez + Ferguson (bench mainly)
    F) Martinelli + Mitrovic -> Mahrez + Nketiah -4 (also downgrade Almiron/Schar)

    Kepa - Ward
    Trippier - Shaw - White - Schar - Bueno
    KDB - Rashford - Martinelli - Odegaard - Almiron
    Haaland - Kane - Mitrovic

    2 FT 0.2 itb

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

      B

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

      Martinelli to Saka and Mitro to Ferguson?

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

        Could do, would mean starting one of Ferguson/Almiron, they'd be first sub in the other options

  3. g40steve
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Leeds sack manager, wow

    1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      What, already?!

  4. DA Minnion (Former great)
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Leeds imploding again. Where to now.

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

      Form wise you guys hit rock bottom so fortunately the only way is up

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

      Relegated, along with Southampton

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

    Captain Saka (BRE, MCI) or Haaland (AVL, ars)?

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

      Haaland

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

      Haaland

    3. g40steve
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      If Hauland didn’t have Villa would be all over Ode/Saka

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

        Is Villa that poor?

        1. g40steve
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Leicester put 4 past them

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

            Hmm fair point but think they were too adventurous at home. Should give City a pretty hard game but maybe that's just me

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

      Think I first need to see a replay of the Villa game to find out what happened there, but I'm strongly considering Saka

  6. Sailboats
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Bruno to who? I already have 3 Arsenal players and Rashford

    a) KDB
    b) Mahrez
    c) None. Keep him.

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

      C

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

        Im inclined to do this

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

          You should 🙂

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

      A

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

      C

    4. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      I’m half tempted by A, not sure why though to be honest

    5. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      C

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

      I am planning to keep him, but at least we have very good situation to scout him vs Leeds before deciding. KdB I have and my plan was to get Mahrez, but since Pep subbed him early when they were chasing, I don't expect him to start next one. Arsenal isn't easy fixture either should he start that one.

      1. Camino Aleatorio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        BAPS, you believe in Mitoma?

        I like Mahrez, but seems his Peppings are about to begin. Totally non-scientific opinion. But there is no science to explain Peps mysterious ways.

        I want to say that Pep will dig deep and ride Gundo and KDB to catch Arsenal.

    7. Bobby Digital
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      A

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

      Easy C.

      If you want a City mid find another way.

  7. THFC4LIFE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Martinelli and Mitrovic to Mahrez and Nketiah for free?

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

      Without doubt

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

      Definitely if for free, considering it for a hit

    3. Weak Become Heros
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Yes sir.

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

      Yeah i'm gonna do it -4. Two more duds banished from my team after Almiron and KdB left this week.

    5. Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Odegaard and Toney?

      But your move seems solid. Martinelli could haul 15 points any day. But seems more likely to share a job with Trossard soon.

  8. hustler7
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    For those who didn't play the TC on Rashford this week what is your plan on when to use it? Haaland is obviously still an option for the double next week or is it better saved for another double or a single plum fixture like Haaland v Bournemouth?

    My bench this week could be Ward Shaw Andreas & Patterson but I could upgrade Patterson to a player who doesn't blank in 25, 28 & 32 and bench boost?

    Decisions, decisions! Any info/help appreciated.

    1. Feanor
      • 15 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Currently have it on Haaland

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

      Not all TC users put it on Rashford this game week by the way

      1. Sad Pablo Arsecobar
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        You tell him dead balls!!

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

      I think there'll be better TC opportunities down the line, probably 2 more Haaland DGWs to choose from. BB looks a bit meh tbh, think you could do much better in a DGW.

      1. hustler7
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Thanks all. Currently have it on Haaland but will wait and see how I feel until nearer the deadline...

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

    Still feeling bitter about Mahrez getting subbed early after hitting the crossbar. Pep doesn't have a clue what he's doing this season.

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

      He thinks he's a genius

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

      He never did. His tactics boil down to getting the best players in the world, pass around, and then fouling the opposition team when they have the ball to stop their attacks.

      1. KDB4PREZ
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        You can’t be serious zimo lol

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

          😉

    3. Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Why bench a Marquee player like KDB?

      Why is he playing with 2 holding mids?

      How is Lewis better than Gundo or Silva as a holding and dynamic mid?

      Pep is still going to catch Arsenal, I am afraid.

  10. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Marsch gone: comment from club.
    The club have gone on record to thank the manager but now, in order to give them the best chance of survival, Richmond FC are looking for a new man to lead the team forward.

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

      Marsch gone in February

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Should put a Spring in their step.

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

      Ah. Leeds playing at Selhurst Park. That would be interesting

    3. Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Marsch is all right. Good coach. Too bad.

      Imagine Klopp with Marsch's players. Pep with Marsch's players.

      Now give Marsch, Pep's kids.

      Full disclosure. I am American. But I am usually way critical of everything American, related to soccer.

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

    Botman or Shaw for this week?

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

      Botman, Leeds can score, Casemiro suspended

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

        I was thinking this but other considerations are Shaw has attacking return potential and I have Trippier and Pope already playing.

    2. Gunners in Haaland
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Shaw

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

        How come? Chance of an assist?

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

      Botman

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

        Even if Tripps and Pope were also in the starting 11 of my FPL team?

        1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Spread the risk imo, Shaw

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

      Bot

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

        Would you do it as part of a Newcastle defensive triple up?

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

          Against Bournemouth? Yes.

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

          Yep. If you've got it, use it on Bournemouth!

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

      Botman

  12. Sad Pablo Arsecobar
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Imagine the scenes. Lampard to Leeds

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      It’s odd that he keeps getting PL jobs. He doesn’t have experience.

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

      Lampard gerrard should never touch any any PL in the future.

    3. DA Minnion (Former great)
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      That would be horrible. He's one of the most downbeat men I've seen .

    4. Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Lamps needs to give up coaching. Just be a legend.

      If he could not win at Chelsea, then why torture himself with mid-and-low tier clubs.

      He's going to start looking like Sam Allardyce. An old pirate with a permanently scumbag face.

      Same for Gerrard

      On the other hand...

      James Milner, John Terry, and Nicolas Anelka need to be managers.

  13. g40steve
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    How’s everyone dealing with BGW 25?

    Really want Mitoma but that just adds another blank player to the list?

    Team,

    Ederson
    Trippier, Shaw, White, Botman
    Bruno, Rashford, Ode, Saka
    Hauland, Kane,

    Ward, Toney, Andreas, Bueno

    1.9.

    1FT

    1. DA Minnion (Former great)
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Glad I got Mitoma last week. He's having one of those seasons.

    2. snow pea in repose
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      All set for GW23 and can field 10 for GW25 without a hit. My issue is do I have the patience to sit and miss other points while sticking to my plan?

    3. Pipermaru
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      You have 6-7 blankers already, I would go to one of Fpl planners and decide if you want/have to play FH in Gw25 or not.

  14. Bobby Digital
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Yes get rid of Bruno. More points for me!

  15. Fantasyfreakstephen
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Mitro < Alvarez, keep Bruno ?

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

      Quite like that move if for free

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

        But on the other hand Fulham have Forest at home which should be a good game for them but Forest have looked better recently

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

      No.

    3. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      I wouldn't trust Pep to start Alvarez

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

      Don't think Alvarez is more nailed than KDB and Mahrez, so no.

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

      Not sure about his mins this week. If you want to get creative/fancy with Alvarez as part of a big squad rotation, I don't mind it, but I would look for when City play against a back 5 as that's where Pep said he'd use him in place of KDB. Could change of course but he did follow through on his word this week

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

        Ya some valid points here guys. Appreciate the feedback. It would be a bit of a punt short term.
        Mitro not bad fixtures next week and 25 so maybe he’s a hold for now.

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

      I am actually considering Toney to Alvarez/Gnonto to get funds for Martinelli to Saka.

  16. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Don't think a third City is worth a hit here is it?

    Kepa
    Trippier Akanji Saliba
    Bruno Rashford Saka(vc) Odegaard Mitoma
    Haaland(c) Kane

    Raya Schar Shaw Gnonto 0FT 1.3 ITB

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

      Nah g2g

    2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Agree

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

      Nope, lovely as it is

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

      GTG

    5. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Cheers all - Bruno shall be staying put

  17. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    1 ft, so Castagne to?

    A) Ake
    B) Akanji
    C) Lewis

    Thanks

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

      A

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      A

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

    Which option would you go for?

    A) Almiron/Bruno to Saka/KDB
    B) Toney/Almiron to Nktiah/Mahrez
    C) Almiron/Martinelli to Nktiah/Saka
    D) Toney/Almiron/Martinelli to Nktiah/Saka/Mahrez for -4
    D) Toney/Almiron/Martinelli to Nktiah/Saka/KDB for -4

    Only City is Haaland, and have Martinelli and White from Arsenal. 2 FTs and 5.2 mill. in the bank

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

      B for me

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      A

    3. Biggsy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      I think if you want to shift Martinelli this is the week to do it, even if for a hit.

      I would not lose Bruno for KDB. Mahrez's possibly game time is worrying and Nketiah is a transfer you may need to make between blanks. That said, I think B or D (first one) is probably ok, especially as it removes two blanks for two players who will play in 25.

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

      B i think. its tough

      If avoiding Man City rotation then C

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

      Was going to say C but then realised it doesn't work. Suppose that would have to be Toney & Martinelli out? I think I'd go for that anyway, although it does just kick down the road the inevitable Almiron sale.

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

      Cheers! C could be Almiron/Martinelli to Ødegaard/Saka

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

    I have three Arsenal players, including Martinelli, and 2 City players. I know everyone's in a hurry to sell Martinelli, but I feel like I would be better off getting a third City player with my free transfer and can't see Saka scoring enough to be worth the hit compared to keeping Martinelli. Thoughts?

    Ward
    Lewis White Botmann
    Rash Martinelli Odegaard Bruno F
    Kane Haaland Darwin

    Leno Robinson AWB Murphy

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

      1st thought is: play Leno!

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

        Right!

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

      Bruno -> KDB?

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        This!

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

        That's what I'm planning for my free transfer

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

      The problem for me is that even though that transfer isn't worth it for this dgw only, it should be done earlier or later. So just postponing the hit doesn't help if you have to do it later anyway.

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

        Surely Martinelli will get at least 70 minutes across the two matches, right? Then I can just sell him for GW 24 without the hit. RMT tool has him predicted to score less that 1pt lower than Saka. Doesnt seem worth it to me.

  20. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    The potential punishments awaiting Manchester City:

    Ban on playing matches
    Point Reductions
    Replay matches
    Expulsion from the PL
    Heavy fine
    Unregister some players
    Any other sanction the PL deems appropriate

    (Source: @skysports)

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

      For what now?

      1. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        More than 100 charges of financial breach over 4 year investigation

    2. Biggsy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Suspect once their lawyers are involved, the likely list of possible punishments will be:

      Be asked nicely to stop doing it please pretty please
      Stand in the corner and think about what they've done
      Be told the Premier League isn't angry, just disappointed
      No story before bedtime

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

        It's one big club and we ain't in it

        Oil money, laundering, sponsorship, corruption, inflation, central banks, war machines, deep state yadda yadda yadda.

        And no, not tin foil hat stuff.

        Real life.

  21. fivetothree
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 4 months ago

    1FT this week:-

    DDG
    Shaw, Schar, Trippier
    Martinelli, Odegaard, KDB, Rashford
    Nketiah, Kane, Haaland

    Subs

    Ward, Almiron, Ream, Bueon

    1) DDG to Ederson
    2) DDG to Kepa
    3) Almiron to Mitoma
    4) Roll

    Thanks

    1. The Wheeler Dealer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Almiron to Mitoma, get riiiiiid.

  22. The Wheeler Dealer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    De Zerbi telling us never to bench Mitoma, yet how how can I start him over Haaland Kane Nketiah Martinelli Saka Bruno or Rashford?

    1. Biggsy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Click the little yellow square with the red and green arrows next to one of those players in you starting line up, then click the one next to Mitoma. Thats how to start him.

      1. The Wheeler Dealer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Now here's the alpha I keep paying the big bucks for over here!

        1. Biggsy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          If you want some actual advice, given you've done nothing to deserve the sarcasm, I have no idea! Tough choice. It probably does have to be Bruno if you are going to play Mitoma.

          1. The Wheeler Dealer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 year, 4 months ago

            it's a horrible choice, feel like i'll get punished whichever way I pick it. If Bruno has a dud game against leeds on wednesday then i'll keep mitoma in the team i suppose...ergh

            1. Biggsy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 year, 4 months ago

              You know one of the doublers will blank and both will haul. Dammed if you do, dammed it you don't.

    2. RICICLE
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Haha has he come out and said that to FPL’ers?

      1. The Wheeler Dealer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        All presser comments are akin to direct correspondence as far as I'm concerned.

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

          Ahhh ok cheers 🙂

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

      Between him & Bruno for me too (almost identical attack). Had planned to bench Mitoma this week but now I'm leaning the other way

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

    How is this looking?

    Pope
    Gabriel* Trippier Akanji*
    Bruno Rash Mahrez* Saka* Ode*
    Kane Haaland(c)

    Ward Shaw Ferguson Bueno 0ft 0.5m itb

    1. The Wheeler Dealer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      looking pukka mate, look pretty clear for gw25 blanks too!

      1. Boly Would
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        6 players isn't what I'd really call pretty clear

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

          Ugh I think you'll find I have 9 (including Bueno who is a ? I suppose)

          I'll have 11 with no trouble

          But thanks for your input

          Have a nice day now

        2. The Wheeler Dealer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          honestly compared to many, 6 is not too shabby, and with a few more FTs can definitely get 11 out on gw25.

          I've already used my FT to shift Doherty onto Kilman this week but still have Rashford Bruno Trippier Botman Shaw and Mitoma!

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

            I....

            Have....

            Nine.

            Say it out loud people.

            He...has...9.

            May I suggest some visitors to the site invest in some reading glasses?

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

              Clearly meant 6 blankers

              1. Boly Would
                • 7 Years
                1 year, 4 months ago

                You'd think it was pretty obvious wouldn't you?

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

                  Must admit I was a little tempted to continue winding him up though

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

                And I clearly meant 9 players

                Which clearly corroborates with the comment that I'm well set for the BGW

                Who cares. Moving on

            2. Boly Would
              • 7 Years
              1 year, 4 months ago

              He... has...6...who....blank.

            3. The Wheeler Dealer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 year, 4 months ago

              u wot m8?

    2. RogDog_jimmy
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Looks great. 6x doublers.
      Ain't no-one worth moving for a hit to me.

  24. Yes Ndidi
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Play one from
    1. Gnonto (MUN)
    2. Andreas (NFO)
    3. Perraud (WOL)
    4. Lewis (AVL,ars)
    5. Play 2 & bench Botman (bou)
    6. BB

    De Gea
    Trippier Botman Gabriel
    KdB Bruno Rashford Odegaard
    Haaland Kane

    Also, for 25, play Ward (which is what he's there for) or bring in another kepa, probably for a hit

    Many thanks

    1. The Wheeler Dealer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      you'd be out of your mind to use that bench for BB, Lewis.

      1. Yes Ndidi
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        I know, it was an afterthought that I needed talking out of. TY

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Play the doubler

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

    Would you do Bruno > Odegaard ?

    1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Yes

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Y

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

      For free - maybe. But not 100% yes.

    4. The Wheeler Dealer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      I think it might seem like an obvious option, but if Bruno is in a great run of form too and has Leeds (one of the worst defences in the league) 2 games in a row, and has better xGI over the last 4 games than Odegaard.

      Would certainly wait to see what happens after wednesday.

  26. N00B
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Arsenal fans and White owners: don't you think he will be replaced next game with Tomiyasu?

    White hasn't played so well in recent games. Now versus Brentford, I'm thinking Arteta will start with the Japanese also because of his height. I'm considering whether it's worth taking a hit this week to replace him with Gabriel.

    1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      White owner here
      Have my doubts also. Most likely getting rid of him, mainly because I want second Arsenal attacker.
      Not sure it's worth a hit to get Gabriel instead.

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

      Last time he was subbed at half time was because of his yc. He has more secure minutes than Martinelli. Therefore I am reluctant to take -4 just because of something that may or may not happen. Having players like Toney, Bueno, Martinelli and Mitrovic in my team White isn't priority out for me.

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

      The difference in height is 1cm - could be crucial? 😉

      Not an Arsenal fan but watch most of their games in full. Would stick with White. Being on a YC v Rashford is a horrible position, and against Everton I don't think he did anything worthy of Mr Consistency Arteta even considering dropping him

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

      Nah. White is fine, the reason we're doing so well is because we have a fit squad and Arteta is keeping things simple with the team, forming a great chemistry. Compare that with Guardiola who's trying to put square pegs in round holes, benching his best (or second best) player in a big game and all the other tinkering he's doing every week.

      And you say White hasn't played well but it's just been 2 games. Compare that with how well he's played in the other 18 games this season. He'll get a rest at some point I'm sure but we're still in Europa League and Zinchenko is quite injury prone, so Tomiyasu will get his share of minutes eventually.

  27. RogDog_jimmy
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    all set on rolling this week - then using FT to deal with bgw25.

    Ederson*
    Gabriel*, Trippier, Botman
    Mahrez*, Odegaard*, Martinelli*, Rashford, Bruno
    Haaland*, Kane

    Ward, Gnonto, Shaw, Bueno
    1ft. 0.9itb.

    Anyone see something worth moving for?

    1. Biggsy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      I'd roll that, solid team and I think 2FT will be better used to shift some funds/players around before blank

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

      GTG

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

      Lovely

    4. Hotdogs for Tea
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Yes roll

    5. RogDog_jimmy
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      fingers crossed for a green arrow out of this lot. have been building a little momentum since wc20 for me.

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

        I was jealous and wondering how your team can be that much better than mine, but WC explains it 🙂

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

      Since you can't sell Martinelli for Saka without acceptable downgrade elsewhere, it's easy save imo. With 2 ft:s next week Mahrez out may be needed for example.

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

    Would you start Bueno or Cucurella?Kepa is my gk.Bueno probably won't start.

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

      Chilwell could get a start

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

        Is it worth to take a hit and sell Cucurella?

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

          can't buy Ars/ManCity players/Trippier.

        2. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          If there is someone who helps you in 25/28 (Tarkowski or Mings) then maybe but I wouldn't really advocate a hit for them this week

    2. Biggsy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      I'd hope you'd know this as a fan, but wasn't Ait Nouri just played as he is adept at pocketing Salah? Literally linked in the article above.

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

    1) White, Marti, Toney > Rico L, Saka, Nketiah (-8)
    2) Martinelli + Toney > Saka + Gnonto/Alvarez (-4)
    3) Martinelli + Toney > Mahrez + Nketiah (-4)
    4) Save

    Choice 3 looked like a no brainer until I realised that both Mahrez and Nketiah both are likely booked transfers out soon. Many seem to have similar dilemmas.

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

    1. Biggsy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      I'd be tempted to roll and look at getting Kane in by downgrading in midfield.

      1 is a big hit with 2 sideways transfers and City defence which suck.

      2 Leeds now in turmoil - Gnonto could lose place by 25 with new manager and you'd be benching so why take the hit? Alvarez not nailed enough and thats just another hit down the road.

      3 Probably not for reasons you've said

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

        Thx. Just annoying that barring injuries there probably is no good way to attack this dgw. With hindsight things will probably change though 😉 And with little luck Martinelli could outscore Saka short term.

        1. Biggsy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          With Arsenal playing City, always risk that your gains are limited - Haaland goal cancels a Gabriel clean sheet for example. Add some Pep Roulette and Mikel "59 minutes" Arteta and you've got a recipe for disappointment.

  30. putana
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Jesus was seen doing running exercises. Not sure I want to bring in Nketiah if he isnt going to start in 25.

    1. Biggsy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      I've also seen all the choccy eggs in the shops which probably means he is returning soon

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

        I'm already on my third pack of Mini-Eggs of the year

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

      No interest in Jesus or just too many transfers?

      1. Biggsy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        I guess issue is the likely shared game time around 25-28. Jesus has been out a while and won't be straight back in. But likely he'll limit Eddie's minutes (probably to 58 knowing Arteta) and suddenly you're trying to manage one of the few assets you hoped would play through the blanks

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

          Shame its tricky to manage as its a great fixture run to exploit with triple attack. I'm going to give it a go anyway. Maybe there's one game I end up benching Nketiah out of uncertainty but I think its worth it

          1. Biggsy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 year, 4 months ago

            Arguably it is. He should be certain to start vs Villa in 24, Leicester in 25 and Bournemouth in 26 at least. Even if you take a hit after that you've got to hope he's done you well. I am still tempted.

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

          I agree, that's the issue. And MCI still isn't easy fixture (like Liv) and Ars attacking points are spread. Quite many also have triple Arsenal atm, so getting Nketiah would cost -4 now and then there is that transfer out probably too soon. Nketiah is no Kane or Bruno in current form.