🗣️ Marcelo Bielsa on Raphinha: "The options that he has to participate in the game on Saturday depends on whether he plays this final [Brazil] game tonight, how many minutes he plays, how he finishes the game... [cont]"
🗣️ Bielsa on Raphinha: "...after he has participated in it, how efficient the rest he can have in the next 36 hours is considering that a third of those will be spent flying, and if there's any risk that the fatigue could cause injuries, then we won't risk him."
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🔒 | @FBLThinker | DEF | Angeliño
The Leipzig left wing-back has come into prominence since the team switched to 3 at the back and looks like capturing his past form. In the game against Bochum, he recorded 4 crosses, 1 shot, and created 1 big chance.
🎲 | @FBLThinker | DEF | Martin Hinteregger
A home game against Hertha who have found difficulty scoring means a clean sheet is possible. With 0.6 xG there is a good chance of him getting more goals with Hertha Berlin having conceded 2 goals from corners (XGA for corners 1.9).
Wolverhampton Wanderers have one of the best runs of fixtures in the division from Gameweek 4 onwards, stretching right the way through to Gameweek 14.
For Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers who prioritise fixtures over form, and especially for those on a Wildcard, Wolves’ defensive and attacking options are seriously worth considering.
Wolves sit top of our Season Ticker over the next 11 Gameweeks.
A manager losing their first three league matches in charge of a club is usually a cause for alarm but it doesn’t tell the full story here, as Bruno Lage has weirdly generated much optimism about his Wolves side after some well-rounded displays.
🔸 Trent Alexander-Arnold made it 7.75 points per match in his last 12 appearances with a double-digit haul against Burnley.
🔸 Kostas Tsimikas followed suit with an 11-point return but the presence of the fit-again Andrew Robertson on the Liverpool bench does perhaps signal that the budget defender’s run in the side could be coming to an end.
🔸 Brentford and Liverpool are the only two sides with two Premier League clean sheets to their names so far this season. The Bees have allowed just one big chance in 2021/22 to date.
🗣️ | Thomas Tuchel on Romelu Lukaku: "The week was a heavy load for him because he was in the group with the late starters from our guys. We are hoping that he is on the pitch for Sunday and things look like it."
🏥 | Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of GW1. Lacazette remains out but Aubameyang has since returned a negative test and will return to training to be assessed ahead of Sunday.
🗣️ | Nuno on Kane: "He trained today [Thurs] with the group of players that stayed in England. He trained well and he is going to train tomorrow and when we return he will join all the players and work as the group and Harry in it."
🗣️ | Nuno: "We need to be patient with all the [new] players. When a player changes country we need to realise that we have to support him. But honestly, I think with the quality and talent that Romero has, his adaptation will be very fast."
🗣️ Klopp on whether Firmino allowed Salah to score in GW34+ in order to help him in the Golden Boot race: "I hope the boys were not in that mood in that moment. It was just Bobby's football intelligence. He was not in the best position [to score]."
🗣️ Klopp on whether his players will help Salah win the Golden Boot: "You cannot have this kind of mindset, football is too quick. We all help each other. Sadio is another contender, with 16, not too close but it's not impossible. They all want to score goals."