As we approach the new year mark, a lot of Fantasy Premier League managers will be starting to think about their winter Wildcard over Christmas. FPL managers should be aware that there is the African Cup of Nations international football tournament happening in Gabon during January and February 2017. This means that some Premier League players will be unavailable for 3-4 gameweeks, depending upon how far their nations progress through the tournament. In order to help you not get caught out transferring in players who are going to miss matches, we’ll cover all you need to know about the 2017 African Cup of Nations from a Fantasy Premier League point of view.
African Cup of Nations 2017
What is the African Cup of Nations?
The African Cup of Nations is the international football championships for the African football Confederation. (CAF) Confederation of African Football.
Where is the 2017 African Cup of Nations?
The 2017 African Cup of Nations is taking place in Gabon.
When is the 2017 African Cup of Nations happening?
The African Cup of Nations will take place 14 January to 5 February 2017
Which Premier League players are playing in the 2017 African Cup?
There are 20 Premier League players going to the African Cup of Nations. This Cup competition will impact Fantasy Premier League teams during Gameweeks 22-24. Here is a list of players by club, who are going the African Cup of Nations.
Arsenal Mohamed Elneny (Egypt).
Bournemouth Max Gradel (Ivory Coast).
Burnley Tendayi Darikwa (Zimbabwe).
Crystal Palace Kwesi Appiah (Ghana), Bakary Sako (Mali).
Everton Yannick Bolasie (DR Congo), Idrissa Gueye (Senegal), Arouna Kone (Ivory Coast), Oumar Niasse, (Senegal).
Hull City Ahmed Elmohamady (Egypt), Dieumerci Mbokani (DR Congo).
Leicester City Riyad Mahrez, Islam Slimani (Algeria), Daniel Amartey, Jeffrey Schlupp (Ghana), Yohan Benalouane (Tunisia).
Liverpool Sadio Mane (Senegal).
Manchester City None.
Manchester United Eric Bailly (Ivory Coast).
Middlesbrough Adama Traore (Mali).
Southampton Sofiane Boufal (Morocco).
Stoke City Wilfried Bony (Ivory Coast), Mame Biram Diouf (Senegal), Ramadan Sobhi (Egypt).
Sunderland Papy Djilobodji (Senegal), Wahbi Khazri (Tunisia), Lamine Kone (Ivory Coast), Didier Ndong (Gabon).
Watford Nordin Amrabat, (Morocco), Brice Dja Djedje (Ivory Coast), Adlene Guedioura (Algeria).
West Bromwich Albion Brendan Galloway (Zimbabwe), Allan Nyom (Cameroon).
West Ham United Andre Ayew (Ghana), Sofiane Fehgouli (Algeria), Cheikhou Kouyate, Diafra Sakho (Senegal).
Which Premier League Clubs are most impacted by the 2017 African Cup of Nations?
There are 3 Premier League teams that will potentially have 4 players unavailable due to these competitions.
Leicester City look like they will be the most impacted, with 3 starting eleven players unavailable. Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani are both important attacking players for them. Sunderland also lose 3 starting eleven players, with Papy Djilobodji and Lamine Kone important parts of their defensive line. Everton, who’s biggest loss will be midfield enforcer Idrissa Gueye, will also be without four players. (remember Yannick Bolasie is injured for the rest of the season anyway). Although Liverpool only lose 1 player, Sadio Mane is a central part of their all-action attacking football and will be a big loss for them.
Which players leaving are selected in the most Fantasy Premier League teams?
Liverpool’s Sadio Mane is selected in the most player in Fantasy Premier League teams that is playing at the African Cup of Nations, featuring in 1 in 5 teams. There will be a lot of transfers out of Sadio Mane approaching January, so don’t get caught out. Riyad Mahrez & Eric Bailly also have relative high ownership. Managers should start planning ahead for their replacements or cover during the tournament gameweeks.
|Riyad Mahrez||Leicester City||9.80%|
|Eric Bailly||Manchester United||6.40%|
|Allan Nyom||West Bromwich Albion||1.40%|
|Andre Ayew||West Ham United||1.10%|
|Islam Slimani||Leicester City||1.00%|
|Cheikhou Kouyate||West Ham United||0.90%|
|Wilfried Bony||Stoke City||0.80%|
|Sofiane Fehgouli||West Ham United||0.70%|
|Mame Biram Diouf||Stoke City||0.40%|
|Ahmed Elmohamady||Hull City||0.20%|
|Daniel Amartey||Leicester City||0.20%|
|Jeffrey Schlupp||Leicester City||0.20%|
|Brendan Galloway||West Bromwich Albion||0.20%|
|Diafra Sakho||West Ham United||0.10%|
|Bakary Sako||Crystal Palace||0.00%|
|Dieumerci Mbokani||Hull City||0.00%|
When can I play my winter Wildcard?
The January Wildcard can only be used after Gameweek 19 starts on December 30th, 19:00 GMT.
Additional African Cup of Nations Details
See the Wikipedia page for the tournament Here.