FPL summer friendlies – The weekends preseason matches part 2


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Here’s our FPL summer friendlies article with a brief description of selected matches from the weekend.  We’ve got lineups and some comments on key players of interest.  Included are Man City, Norwich, Arsenal, Chelsea, Sheffield United and Liverpool

FPL summer friendlies 2019 – The weekends preseason matches part 2

You can see more in our pre-season hub article which will be updated regularly.

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Time is not my friend today so it’s brief on selected matches



Yokohama 1 Man City 3

Goals;  De Bruyne, Sterling, Nmecha

Ratings from 90 mins

Starting XI: Bravo (7); Walker (4), Stones (5), Laporte (6), Zinchenko (6); Rodrigo (6), De Bruyne (9*), Silva (5); Bernardo (6), Sterling (7), Sane (6)

Substitutes: Gundogan (6), Foden (6), Nmecha (6), Angelino (5), Bernabe (6), Poveda-Ocampo (5), Danilo (5)

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So put Copa America restees Aguero in for Sane and Ederson in for Bravo and you have the full strength team.  I would be surprised if Ederson doesn’t make it for GW1 but Aguero is definitely cutting it fine.  Fernandinho and Otamendi are the other 2.  Fernandinho isn’t particularly FPL relevant and £5.5m Otamendi will be pushing it to get ahead of £5.5m Stones.  £5.5m Zinchenko at LB is the hopeful starter.

Bernardo Silva in an attacking wide right position,  I guess could still be under threat from AFCON returner Mahrez but that wasn’t the case last season.  If he was then the other midfield position would be between him and David Silva.  The Community Shield will be the tester.

De Bruyne was the star of the show while David Silva and Walker came in for criticism from the 90 mins match report.

See the Man City match report, the 90 mins match report and the

Luton 1 Norwich 5

Goals;  Drimic 3 Roberts, Stieperman

Norwich City: Krul, Aarons (Byram 60), Hanley (Godfrey 80), Klose, Lewis (Heise 60), Trybull (Leitner 73), McLean, Roberts (Hernandez 73), Stiepermann (Srbeny 60), Cantwell (Idah 73), Dmic. Sub (not used) Fahrmann.

So a mixed side against lower opposition isn’t of much interest to us.  £4.0m def Hanley started but hard to believe he will start GW1 still.

£5.5m mid Roberts is talked up in the opinion piece here.  Here’s a match report and a you tube video 

Barnsley 1 Sheffield United 4

Goals:  Robinson 2 Osborn Freeman

Blades: Henderson, Baldock, Stevens, Fleck, Basham, Lundstram (L.Freeman 64), Robinson (Morrison 75), Egan, Norwood (C), McGoldrick (Sharp 70) Osborn (Bryan 85).
Unused Subs: Jagielka, K.Freeman, Stearman, Moore.

Very close to a full strength team which gives hope to £4.0m def Lundstram.

Lundtram, Robinson and Osborn were praised by the player rater attached



Arsenal 1 Lyon 2

Goal:  Aubameyang

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A strong side.  I would imagine Torreira would play over Guendouzi. £4.5m Chambers as a CB and not in FPL Willcok as a CB were the surprises although Ozil’s absence was put down to the attempted car jacking that he and Kolasinac faced.

Yet to see how Ceballos fits in or Pepe assuming the signing completes.

Here’s a match report from Arseblog and the Evening standard

Reading 3 Chelsea 4

Goals Mount 2 Kenedy Barkley

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Were no closer to a finalised lineup for Chelsea and this game was certainly no help

£6.0m mids Barkley and Mason Mount were the standouts.

Here’s a match report and a  youtube video

 Liverpool 0 Napoli 3

The defence situation is getting a bit concerning.  I know Alisson was a big part of the defence but they’re not exactly inspiring confidence at the moment.

Mane is a no show for GW1 apparently so just the Community Shield to take a view on Salah and Firmino.

Here’s a match report

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