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The FPL Pod: Wildcard wisdom

22 Sep 2022
FPL pod: International Break

Join three FPL experts as they review the season so far, and offer advice during the international break

The latest FPL podcast is here to discuss players who have not lived up to the heights so far and help Fantasy Premier League managers over the international break.

FPL experts Lee and Sam Bonfield (@FPLFamily) and Julien Laurens (@LaurensJulien) join host Kelly Somers as they discuss Son Heung-min's (£11.7m) return to form after his hat-trick against Leicester City.

The trio also discuss some of the standout picks so far, those players who have surprised this season and offer advice as to whether or not this is the right time to play your Wildcard.

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Running order:
- Intros (00m 33s)
- Son (07m 04s)
- Standout picks (08m 09s)
- Surprise assets (14m 28s)
- Disappointments so far (21m 48s)
- Wildcard chat (28m 33s)
- Budget enablers(41m 52s)

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Kelly Somers

Kelly Somers is a broadcast presenter and reporter who regularly presents a range of shows across the BBC including live Women's Super League, the Women’s Football Show and Final Score.

She is also BBC's men's England football reporter, having been embedded in the Three Lions squad during their run to the UEFA Euro 2020 final, and has recently been an integral part of the presenting team for UEFA Women's Euro 2022.

In addition, Kelly is Channel 4's England reporter, while she presents on BBC Radio 5Live and Amazon Prime, and includes Just Eat, the PFA and Barclays among her corporate clients.

She is, by her own admission, a football and Fantasy Premier League obsessive (who finished in the top 40k last season) and has hosted FPL content for the last six seasons. 

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Sam Bonfield

Sam is an experienced FPL pundit and one half of the popular YouTube channel the FPL Family with husband Lee.

In her 12 FPL seasons Sam has developed a keen eye for spotting differentials. However, she prefers making sensible decisions supported by underlying stats and the eye test wherever possible, to help her find those all-important green arrows.

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Lee Bonfield

Lee is half of the FPL Family with wife Sam. He has played FPL for over 10 years and has a best rank of 1.7k. He loves that the popularity of the game is growing and this is making it more and more of a challenge each year. A Liverpool supporter, Lee sometime can’t help that Mo Salah captaincy bias! He likes to primarily watch the games and play FPL based on the "eye test", rather than go deeply into the stats. Although, in the last couple of seasons, his passion for a good ICT Index or xG stat has enhanced his love of the game.

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Julien Laurens

Julien is a French football journalist based in London, reporting on the Premier League for RMC Sport, BT Sport, BBC Radio 5Live and ESPN.

He is a keen FPL player who likes to get ahead of the curve by spotting high-performing differentials, with Raphinha and Aaron Ramsdale just two examples of his shrewd early tips over the course of the last two seasons.

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