Scout Notes – Gameweek 35 – Monday

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Sergio Aguero grabs a goal and assist as City return to winning ways at home to West Brom. David Silva is stretchered off with his recurring ankle injury, whilst Yaya Toure is expected back in training ahead of the weekend trip to Palace. Pablo Zabaleta and Martin Demichelis also find the net, though a strike from Graham Dorrans ensures the hosts have failed to register a shut-out in five attempts:

Aguero Steers City to Victory
Manuel Pellegrini dropped Alvaro Negredo and handed Edin Dzeko a start alongside the Argentine in a 4-4-2 formation last night. Back amongst the goals for the first time since Gameweek 23, Aguero supplied the assist for City’s opener and netted the second before being withdrawn just after the hour mark, as his manager continues to court caution with his game time. With the maximum bonus also accrued, Aguero’s display highlights the fact that, whilst he may not be given the full 90 minutes just yet, he’s more than capable of delivering the returns regardless. As doubts hang over City’s other main men, his appeal is set to rise ahead of the upcoming double as the clamour for his acquisition intensifies amongst Fantasy managers.

Silva Concern for Pellegrini
After being all but ruled out by his manager in Friday afternoon’s press conference, David Silva made a rapid recovery in time for yesterday evening’s encounter. The Spaniard’s night lasted 69 minutes before a challenge from the Baggies’ Morgan Amalfitano saw him land awkwardly on the very ankle that forced him to miss last week’s home clash against Sunderland. Stretchered from the pitch in some discomfort, there will be real question marks over Silva’s chances of making next weekend’s trip to Palace, and with Pellegrini previously admitting his playmaker is unable to feature twice within a week, many owners may be looking for an exit route.

After the game, Pellegrini rolled out an update on Silva’s situation:

“Hopefully it will be a short-term injury. It is hard to tell without the doctors giving their assessment. David played the last games with pain in his ankle. That is why it was impossible for him to play against Sunderland because after three days he can’t recover from his problem. We will see tomorrow [Wednesday] what happens with him. His injury started with a kick some weeks ago and every week he plays in the last game with pain.”

Reports suggest Yaya Toure is due be back in training tomorrow, though, with the Ivorian potentially in line for a return to action in time for Sunday’s trip to Selhurst Park, providing he can step up his recovery from a groin problem.

City Defenders in the Points
It’s five games without a clean sheet for Pellegrini’s charges after the Baggies breached Joe Hart’s goal last night. City’s defensive regulars still managed to pick up the points, though, with Pablo Zabaleta and Martin Demichelis each grabbing a goal, whilst Vincent Kompany chipped in with an assist and a single bonus point – whilst their defensive resolve has certainly lessened, owners will be content for now after last night’s returns. The same can hardly be said for Aleksandar Kolarov, though – omitted from the starting XI for the fourth time in the last six games, the Serbian was afforded a two-minute cameo just before the final whistle, thus depriving Fantasy managers of a replacement off the bench. For many, last night’s frustrating turn of events may well be the final straw.

Dorrans in the Goals Again
The Scot grabbed his side’s consolation in last night’s 3-1 defeat, taking his tally to a couple of goals in the last four fixtures. With the maximum bonus points also picked up, Dorrans’ 10-point haul was his highest of the season and suggests that, at 4.4, he could be worth considering for the upcoming double Gameweek 37 as a means to free up cash elsewhere. With upcoming home showdowns against West Ham and Stoke also still to follow, his contribution could be key for a Baggies side that had won three and drawn one of the five matches prior to last night’s defeat.

Defensive Concerns for Mel
The Baggies were without Gareth McAuley for the Etihad encounter after the Northern Ireland international picked up a calf problem in training late last week. Pepe Mel’s problems at the back continued after Liam Ridgewell sustained an ankle injury which could even keep him out for the rest of the season. Chris Brunt owners won’t be too pleased by the news that he is expected to shift into the left-back berth if Ridgewell is indeed ruled out for the weekend game against West Ham.

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  1. semi repost seeing as man utd have 3 bottom half teams in the next 2 gameweeks and many think giggs can't do any worse than moyes:

    record against the bottom half this season:
    played 17, won 14, drew 2, lost 1.
    aggregate score: 41-12. goals scored per game: 2.4 goals against per game: 0.7
    rooney's record: 13 starts, 2 sub apps, 11 goals, 10 assists.

    1. I'm getting Rooney for the double for sure.

      1. Lukaku to Rooney this week, still unsure about Mata

        I prefer my mid to be Eriksen-Yaya-Nasri-Ramsey

        1. HVT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member

          Nasri > Mata for me , flatters to deceive IMO.

          1. he will be the key playmaker if Silva is out, setup all three goals last night

    2. Wow. Interesting stats... which in part answers my post below! Thanks.

    3. KoL

      United 6/1 to win their remaining fixtures

  2. With Gibbs back this week supposedly....how is this....

    Gibbs Ivano Koscielny
    Gerrard Ramsey Eriksen Mata
    Rooney Suarez Aguero

  3. Team this week:


    Cahill | Coleman | Zabaleta

    Lallana | Nasri | Mata | Ramsey

    Suarez | Aguero (C) | Lukaku

    Bench: Howard | Collins | Ward | Bacuna

    Already made my FT for the week to bring in Ramsey, 2.2m in the bank.
    Considering taking an 8 pointer to bring in Rooney for Lukaku but can't figure out if it's worth it… options seem to be:

    (a) Lallana -> Eriksen / AJ / Sterling
    (b) Coleman -> Sagna / Koscielny / Smalling
    (c) Howard (deadwood) to a 3.9m GK and play Mannone (which I plan to anyway)
    (d) One of the above for -4 and bring in Rooney next week.

    Thoroughly unsure! Thanks

    1. KoL

      Id go for C

      1. Tempting just to make most of TV but isn't it a waste spending -4 on someone who won't play? The other options at least have some future benefit (e.g. extra DGW player or slight form upgrade)

        1. KoL

          True, im just thinking that having that much on your bench is a waste. You can make a case for each of them tbh but I think id want Rooney this week

          1. Thanks KOL

  4. Has there been any news on Demel? I should play him over Azpi this week right..?

    1. I played Demel over Coleman this week and almost regretted it. I would always play the better defender or the defender in a better overall defense.

    2. HVT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

      He was dick , I believe ,
      Still id play Azpi

  5. Best option?

    A) GW36: Puncheon -> Nasri (4 points)
    GW37: Distin -> Demi

    B) GW36: Distin -> Demi/a sub 6m MUN defender (4 points)
    GW37: Puncheon -> Nasri

    C) GW36: Distin -> Smalling (4 points)
    GW37: Puncheon -> Yaya

    Baines, Terry, Chester
    Mata, Ramsey, Eriksen, Puncheon
    Aguero, Suarez, Rooney

    Gazzaniga, Distin, Williamson, Gnabry
    Bank 4.1m

    1. Team not linked anymore?

      1. Nah, too many watching eyes!

        Have scrambled up to 3,650th.

    2. F5
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member


  6. Moyes

    seems like a decent, honest hard-working guy. He couldn't really turn down the job, but it's obvious it was too big for him. I hope he does well wherever he ends up next.

    1. Remember reading a quote from him a while back saying he'd like to manage in the Bundesliga at some point.

  7. Luke Weston are only 2 pts above number two, what a shame for The Silva Surfers if he's caught up in the last 3 GW's, considering he's been number 1 in the world 17 of the last 19 GW's! :shock: Incredible performance

    1. I hope no 2 wins.


      1. I know you love no 2 Steen.

    2. Curse of the Scoutcast if that happens?

  8. Will eriksen keep his scoring up away at stoke and west ham? Contemplating switching him to ramsey.

      1. I'm feeling left out without him :)

  9. F5
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member

    Lads, help me to pick 2 defenders

    Baines XXX XXX
    out of Flanagan, Cahill, Ward, Chester


  10. HVT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member

    ' Casual ' Template Team for the run-in ?
    Zabaletta / Jones / Kosc / Azpi / Chester
    Yaya / Rambo / Eriksen / Mata / Sterling
    Aguero / Rooney / Suarez
    Any thoughts ?

    1. Nothing casual about a good template team. Just get it in advance, not in arrears!

  11. who to bench out of:

    Sterling CHE
    Johnson CAR
    Eriksen sto
    Puncheon MCI


  13. Suarez :arrow: Podolski. Hear me out. I'm not being THAT crazy..

    Liverpool play Chelsea at home, and then away to Palace.. The two tightest defences in the league probably.
    Arsenal play Newcastle at home ( :lol: ) and then West Brom that just conceded 3 to a City side pretty much without Silva or Yaya.

    Podolski has scored 4 goals in the last 2 games.
    Suarez has scored 2 goals in his last 5 games.

    Podolski is SIX MILLION cheaper than Suarez, that extra 6 mil pretty much allows you to get the best of the best in most positions.

    Literally the one thing stopping me from doing it, is that Suarez has Newcastle GW38, and last day of the season matches are always crazy, Liverpool might have already won the league by then.

    I think Podolski will outscore Suarez over the next two games as I see two big home wins for Arsenal, but I'd have to ditch Rooney in GW38 to get Suarez back in...

    1. I've been through all of this.

  14. GW36
    Smalling Evra Koscielny
    Ramsey Eriksen Lallana Gerrard
    Suarez Aguero Rooney(c)

    DGW 37
    SMALLING EVRA Koscielny
    Ramsey NASRI YAYA AJ

    Koscielny Skrtel Johnson
    Ramsey Yaya A.j Eriksen
    Suarez Rooney Aguero

  15. Thoughts on Silva,Gerrard and Lukakau > Rooney, Ramsey and Mata for -8?
    Would I better off just doing 2 out of the three proposed?

  16. Repost.

    Thanks for your reply Christina, hoping to get some more opinions gents.

    Note - I'm inside the top 500 in the overall rankings, so don't want big risks.


    Mannone. Boruc

    Baines. Coleman. Ivan. Ward. Whittaker

    Ramsey Gerrard Erikson Mutch Sterling

    Suárez Lukaku Aguero

    £6.8m in the bank. 1 FT.

    What would you change this week, if anything?

    Lukaku - Rooney?



  17. Quick one:

    Silva, Lukaku & Baines to Rooney, Yaya & Chester

    Silva prob dropping but Baines rising today . Rooney rising today (prob)

    Should I wait closer to the weekend (i've got 0.2 ITB) or just pull the trigger on this now?

  18. Who would you start this week?

    A) Terry (liv)
    B) Chester (ful)

    Currently starting Terry on the basis both will concede but he has a bigger goal/bap threat

  19. Begovic, Davis
    Zaba, Azpi, Cahill, Stones, Chambers
    Hazard, Lallana, Eriksen, Sterling, Silva,
    Suarez, Lukaku, Sturridge

    Hazard -> Ramsey or Mata? = 0pt hit
    Hazard+Silva -> Ramsey+Mata = -4pt hit
    Hazard+Silva+Sturridge -> Ramsey+Mata+Aguero/Rooney = -8pt hit

    Which seems the best? Thanks!

  20. Anyone else see Januzaj getting some game time?

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