The England trio are the top three best-selling defenders in the FPL ahead of Premier League games this weekend
Fantasy Premier League managers will have cursed their misfortune in recent days as a number of popular Premier League stars succumbed to their injuries.
When things start to unravel at FPL they usually do so in pretty spectacular ways and that was certainly the case before Gameweek 7 as managers now have to put their best transfer plans on hold for the time being in order to respond to an everlasting response. growing injury list.
Gareth Southgate was not exactly friendly last week either, as the English coach will have to do without some key members of his squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Hungary next week. However, judging by England’s recent performances against these two nations, an understaffed squad should have more than enough to score six points.
This weekend’s Premier League matches are the last before the next international break and like last time it looks like the quarantine bureaucracy could wreak havoc again with a number of countries still on the UK’s red list Government stand for travel.
At the time of writing, the top three best-selling defenders ahead of this week’s FPL transfer deadline are all English full-backs. It is a good job that Southgate has a wide range of options in this particular area of the pitch.
Luke Shaw (£ 5.5m) is in the process of sticking to its status as the most selected defender in the game, despite having been sold by just under half a million managers since Gameweek 6. when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer refused to exclude him from Saturday’s game against Everton.
“Lukas [Shaw] feels better, ”said Solskjaer. “He was sick, but he still has the shoulder injury. We have to make a decision about him. “
Next up on the list of discarded defenders is Trent Alexander-Arnold (£ 7.5m) who is the second most popular player in his position. Unlike Shaw, Alexander-Arnold is sure to miss the Liverpool 7th game against Manchester City after Jurgen Klopp admitted that the groin injury he sustained during training was more serious than initially thought.
Reece James (£ 5.6m) completes the triumvirate of hapless English full-backs after sustaining an ankle injury in Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat by Manchester City last Saturday. James kept playing before hobbling away. “Maybe Reece goes with the water polo teams when he’s training in the pool,” joked Thomas Tuchel on Friday after the right-back was called up to join the Southgate squad.
In better news for Tuchel and Southgate, Masonic Mountain (£ 7.4m) is available this weekend and during international break after Chelsea missed the previous two games in one fell swoop. “Mason is back, it wasn’t a long injury, it was a minor injury and we’re glad he’s back,” said Tuchel.
Southgate is also having problems at the defense center, with Harry Maguire (£ 5.4m) excluded from England’s upcoming games. “Harry is more or less definitely out [against Villarreal] and it doesn’t look good, ”said Solskjaer. “It’s Harry’s calf and it may take a few weeks.” AC Milan’s Fikayo Tomori has been called up to replace Maguire for the first time in two years.
Patrick Bamford (£ 7.8m) made a senior team debut in the final round of internationals but was excluded by Marcelo Bielsa due to an ankle problem. Lukas Ayling (£ 4.5m) is out as he needs minor knee surgery, but Raphinha (£ 6.5m) is no longer showing on the FPL despite having been dropped off early in each of Leeds’ last two games with a hip problem.
N’Golo Kante (£ 4.9m) may not be a desirable FPL asset itself – despite scoring against Spurs in Gameweek 5 – but his presence in midfield certainly helps Chelsea’s defenders and strikers earn points. The Frenchman tested positive for Covid-19 and will have to isolate himself for 10 days, excluding him from clashing with Southampton this weekend. Southamptons Stuart Armstrong (£ 5.8m) on the verge of a return but not in time to face Chelsea.
Ilkay Gündogan (£ 7.2m) will miss City’s trip to Liverpool after Pep Guardiola confirms he will return from a blow after the international break. Arsenal will also be without an influential midfielder Granite Xhaka (£ 4.9m) will be sidelined for three months after suffering ligament damage to his knee in the north London derby.
David Moyes believes there is a “chance” that Vladimir Coufal (£ 5.0m) will play against Brentford after missing West Ham’s Europa League win over Rapid Vienna.
Soaring Brighton will be without it Steven Get up (£ 4.9m), while manager Graham Potter confirmed Danny Welbeck (£ 6.0m) will see a specialist this week. There will also be a late night fitness test for Yves bissouma (£ 4.6m) who currently makes up 14.2 percent of all FPL teams, albeit as a banking option rather than a regular starter.
Watfords Peter Etebo (£ 4.5m) tore a hamstring muscle and falls out until after Christmas, while Burnley CEO Sean Dyche says: Matej Vydra (£ 5.3m) has a “strong chance” to play, however Maxwel Cornet (£ 6m) will likely be missing.
Leon Bailey (£ 6.4m) was thrilled on his previous Aston Villa appearance against Everton but will not be available against Spurs. “I hope he will start training during the international break and we will judge him then,” said Dean Smith.