African Cup of Nations and AFC Asian Cup

As we get we approach the middle of December, many Fantasy Premier League managers will be starting to think about their winter Wildcard. But also just for general transfers, it’s important to know that there are two international cup competitions running in January and February 2015 that will mean some Premier League players will be unavailable for 3-4 gameweeks. To help you know what is going on and which players/clubs are impacted, we’ve provided this overview. Don’t get caught out with half your team unavailable!

African Cup of Nations

2015 Africa Cup of Nations Logo

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 African Cup of Nations?

The The African Cup of Nations is taking place in Equatorial Guinea. It was originally scheduled to be hosted in Morocco, but moved because of the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa.

When is the African Cup of Nations happening?

The The African Cup of Nations will take place 17 January to 8 February 2015.

Which Premier League players are playing in the 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.
Crystal Palace Adlene Guediora (Algeria), Yannick Bolasie (DR Congo)
Everton Christian Atsu (Ghana)
Hull City Mohamed Diame (Senegal)
Leicester City Riyad Mahrez (Algeria), Jeff Schlupp (Ghana)
Liverpool Kolo Toure (Ivory Coast)
Manchester City Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast)
Newcastle United Mehdi Abeid (Algeria), Papiss Cisse (Senegal), Cheick Tiote (Ivory Coast)
Southampton Emmanuel Mayuka (Zambia), Sadio Mane (Senegal)
Stoke City Mame Biram Diouf (Senegal)
Swansea Wilfried Bony (Ivory Coast)
Tottenham Nabil Bentaleb (Algeria)
West Ham United Alex Song (Cameroon), Cheikhou Kouyate (Senegal), Diafra Sakho (Senegal)
West Bromwich Albion Youssouf Mulumbu (DR Congo)

2015 AFC Asian Cup

2015 AFC Asian Cup Logo

What is the AFC Asian Cup?

The AFC Asian Cup is the international football championships for the Asian Football Confederation. (AFC) Asian Football Confederation. The winner will be the champions of their Confederation and thus qualify for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.

Where is the AFC Asian Cup?

The AFC Asian Cup is taking place in Australia, who are hosting the Asian Cup for the first time after moving Confederations a few years ago. Games will be played in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Newcastle.

When is the AFC Asian Cup happening?

The AFC Asian Cup will taking place between the 9 January to the 31 January 2015.

Which Premier League players are taking part in the AFC Asian Cup

There are 7 Premier League players selected in preliminary squads for the AFC Asian Cup. This Cup competition will impact Fantasy Premier League teams during Gameweeks 21-23. Here is a list of players by club, who are going the AFC Asian Cup.

Aston Villa Chris Herd (Australia)
Crystal Palace Mile Jedinak (Australia)
Liverpool Brad Smith (Australia)
QPR Yun Suk Young (QPR)
Southampton Maya Yoshida (Japan)
Swansea Ki Sung Yueng (Korean Republic)
West Bromwich Albion Jason Davidson (Australia)

Which Premier League Clubs are most impacted by the African Cup of Nations and AFC Asian Cup?

There are 4 Premier League teams that will have 3 players unavailable due to these competitions. Crystal Palace will miss their Captain Mile Jedinak who also captains the Australian Socceroos. Jedinak made the most tackles by a Premier League player last season, and has also scored 5 goals this season for Palace. Newcastle will be missing their midfield muscle Cheick Tiote and Papiss Cisse who has scored 7 goals in his limited playing time. Southampton will also be missing 3 players, including centerback Maya Yoshida and pacey winger Sadio Mane. But while those three clubs of 3 players unavailable, you could argue that only 2 are clear starters. West Ham are probably the most effected by these cups, losing their Barcelona midfielder Alex Song and new arrivals Cheikhou Kouyate and Diafra Sakho who have hit the ground running this year. Here’s a combined list of, by club, of players going to either the African Cup of Nations or the AFC Asian Cup

Aston Villa Chris Herd (Australia)
Crystal Palace Adlene Guediora (Algeria), Yannick Bolasie (DR Congo), Mile Jedinak (Australia)
Everton Christian Atsu (Ghana)
Hull City Mohamed Diame (Senegal)
Leicester City Riyad Mahrez (Algeria), Jeff Schlupp (Ghana)
Liverpool Kolo Toure (Ivory Coast), Brad Jones (Australia)
Manchester City Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast)
Newcastle United Mehdi Abeid (Algeria), Papiss Cisse (Senegal), Cheick Tiote (Ivory Coast)
QPR Yun Suk Young (QPR)
Southampton Emmanuel Mayuka (Zambia), Sadio Mane (Senegal), Maya Yoshida (Japan)
Stoke City Mame Biram Diouf (Senegal)
Swansea Wilfried Bony (Ivory Coast), Ki Sung Yueng (Korean Republic)
Tottenham Nabil Bentaleb (Algeria)
West Ham United Alex Song (Cameroon), Cheikhou Kouyate (Senegal), Diafra Sakho (Senegal)
West Bromwich Albion Youssouf Mulumbu (DR Congo), Jason Davidson (Australia)

Which players leaving are selected in the most Fantasy Premier League teams?

Swansea’s Wilfried Bony is selected in the most Fantasy Premier League teams, followed by Mile Jedinak and Yaya Toure. Here’s a look and which players leaving for the African Cup of Nations or the AFC Asian Cup are selected in the most Fantasy Premier League teams

Name Club % Teams In
Bony Swansea 10.7%
Jedinak Crystal Palace 10.1%
Y.Toure Manchester City 9.0%
Sakho West Ham 4.4%
Ki Swansea 3.1%
Diame Hull City 2.4%
Yun QPR 2.1%
Bolasie Crystal Palace 1.7%
Tiote Newcastle 1.7%
Cisse Newcastle 1.4%
Bentaleb Spurs 0.7%
K.Toure Liverpool 0.6%
Schlupp Leicester City 0.5%
Diouf Stoke 0.5%
Mahrez Leicester City 0.3%
Yoshida Southampton 0.3%
Mane Southampton 0.2%
Song West Ham 0.2%
Kouyate West Ham 0.2%
Mulumbu West Brom 0.2%
Atsu Everton 0.1%
Abeid Newcastle 0.1%
Herd Aston Villa 0.0%
Guediora Crystal Palace 0.0%
Jones Liverpool 0.0%
Mayuka Southampton 0.0%
Davidson West Brom 0.0%

When can I play my winter Wildcard?

The January Wildcard can only be used after Gameweek 20 starts (1 Jan 11:30 GMT) until Gameweek 23 ends (7 Feb 11:30GTM).