Scout Notes – Gameweek 37 – Monday

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Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge grab a goal apiece as Liverpool race to a three-goal lead at Selhurst Park. Dwight Gayle emerges from the bench to notch twice and help snatch an unlikely draw which all but ends the Merseysiders’ hopes of clinching the title:

Suarez and Sturridge Both in the Goals
Handed a brief sub role in the previous Gameweek, Daniel Sturridge went into last night’s encounter as a doubt after failing to train for much of the week. Passed fit for the vital Selhurst Park showdown, the England international’s return to the Liverpool starting XI saw Brendan Rodgers shift away from a 4-3-3 and roll out a midfield diamond behind the “SAS” front two, with both the Merseysiders’ front men amongst the goals. Sturridge’s strike was his first since Gameweek 31 and, having plummeted in price from 10.7 to 9.8 in recent weeks, he looks set for a major bandwagon for Sunday’s home encounter with Newcastle.

Suarez is also likely to earn new owners. Sold by over 76,000 Fantasy managers due to the double Gameweek, he had struggled with illness prior to the match but still managed to fire his 31st strike of the season before the Reds somehow blew a three-goal lead late on. With the likes of Sergio Aguero and Wayne Rooney struggling for fitness, many will move back to the Uruguayan and hand him the armband as Rodgers’ side attempt to recover from last night’s capitulation.

Gerrard in the Points Again
After producing blanks in each of the previous two Gameweeks, the Reds skipper delivered a pair of assists for his Fantasy owners in a pulsating 3-3 stalemate. With 13 goals and 13 assists this season, Gerrard has now surpassed last season’s tally of 185 points and has moved up to 194 – just six behind Eden Hazard in the FPL midfield standings. Raheem Sterling’s role in “the hole” behind the front two helped the youngster to an assist against the Eagles – indeed, his withdrawal on 71 minutes proved crucial and allowed the hosts to claw back a three-goal deficit. Priced at just 6.2, Sterling is another who looks poised for investment as Rodgers’ side look to go on the attack against a Magpies side that has lost six of their last seven.

Reds’ Porous Defence Proves Costly
Whilst Suarez and Sturridge have wreaked havoc on top-flight defences and delivered 52 goals between them, Rodgers’ backline has proven to be Liverpool’s Achilles heel. Last night’s result means the Reds have now conceded two or more goals in each of their last four matches, and although two of those fixtures resulted in victories, there’s no getting away from the fact that Liverpool desperately need to tighten up at the back next year. The 3-3 draw means they have now conceded 49 goals this term – that’s one more than 15th-placed Hull and some 23 more than third-placed Chelsea, for example.

Supersub Gayle Dents the Reds’ Title Hopes
A bit-part player under Tony Pulis, the summer signing’s 22-minute cameo off the bench looks to have handed City the title on a plate. Gayle had featured just three times in the previous 15 Gameweeks – all brief second-half sub appearances – but his two-goal salvo is set to have a huge effect on the race for the title. Liverpool may be a point ahead of City, but a win for Manuel Pellegrini’s men at home to Villa on Wednesday would give them a two-point advantage at the summit, and with a superior goal difference to the Merseysiders, it now looks City’s title to lose.

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  1. Aguero & Rooney owners, what to do?

    1. Sell.

    2. wait for team news ofcourse, keep if only doubts

    3. Swap for Decko and VP.

    4. Giroud in

      1. Giroud might be rested.

        1. oh yeh the cup. thanks for reminding me.

    5. get rid of.. can't take another gw hoping they play and thinking that they should only to find out they are not!

      I've also got ramsey that I might need to move out.

    6. no idea. Going to have to wait until weekend presser's i'd guess.

      Sturridge + Dzeko look like the most obvious options...but not sure.

      i've also got Rambo, Chester, Azpi, Noone to worry about

      1. Sounds like your team is similar to mine. Carnage.

    7. You really think aguero will want to risk playing and missing world cup? Can't see him playing. I know city going for the title, but if they win tomorrow they only need a point. Can see him being on the bench 'just in case'.

      1. Agreed.

    8. Don't think either will start with the WC to play for....unless by miracle City don't win vs Villa.

    9. Too early to say.

      United and City still have a game. Silly question.

      1. But neither of them are playing in it...Hence the question.

        1. Many more pressers though.

      2. Guess I'll wait until Sunday.

    10. It's all gone to hell, might as well buy Lukaku...he usually scores 5 goals on the last day (fact)

    11. One week left - 80 points in front of 3rd, 120 off first place.

      I don't care anymore. Roll on the world cup.

    12. Sturridge & ... ?

      Wait till last hour only transfer.

  2. Anybody with Mata captain ? Let us pray

    1. Will he start?

      1. Well, he was one of the few to play with spirit ...

        1. I know. Worried about what old Giggs thinks though. If the last two games are anything to judge by don't think he thinks too much of him...

    2. No, but I have him. My rival doesn't.

    3. Yes, me. A deliberate differential compared with the popular choice of Aguero(C) in the hope of making a late but unlikely entry into the top 1k.

  3. Silva and Sturridge in the template transfers then?

    1. Not Silva. Not sure about Sturridge either.

    2. Good idea.

    3. Arnautovic, perhaps?

  4. Aguero > Dzeko the standard transfer this week then.

    1. Maybe Sturridge over Dzeko. Newcastle are worse

      1. True but sturridge hasn't exactly been setting the world alight recently.

  5. I have 49 pts lead.

    Me left to play. Mannone Zabs Yaya (Rooney)

    My rival Zabs Yaya (C) Dzeko

    Whos gonna win??


    1. You better hope Yaya doesnt go craaaazy ;)

      1. This is my worry

        1. You still got Yaya tho, so he have to score loads for you to loose that 49 point lead.

    2. He'll win this week, but you'll still be fine overall.

      1. Yeah he already has won this week

    3. with a 49 point lead, obv you

      1. Unless Yaya goes nuts :(

  6. I now need RvP and Mata(C) to have a stormer to compensate for Azpilicueta, Ramsey and Rooney out with only Bacuna and Ward coming in... :?

  7. Beric, my CL semifinal opponent got so lucky there with his Suaz (C) :evil:

    1. You got lucky he didn't get more.

      1. Think Kun would have run rampage against leaky Villa :(

    2. He accidentally (c) him, did you know?

      1. He did? Thought it was pretty odd.

        1. Said so last night.

  8. wow rooney and aguero out! Suarez ends ip beating their scores... The year of the casual continues

    1. Am I missing something? Didn´t Agüero get 5 points, same as Suarez?

    2. wow what a shock, two players out injured who've been in & out of the side all year, you'd think people who arent casuals might be aware of this & not risk picking them

  9. This could be my worst gameweek ever. Just at the critical time too

    33 with Nasri, Demi, Aguero (C) out, Ferdinand, Mata, Mannone

    Oh and Rooney but looks like he is out. Plus I took a -8

    1. No hits here but stuck with Aguero & Rooney.

    2. 30 here

      Whos your VC?

  10. looking at selling aguero and rooney for the likes of dzeko, sturridge and adebayor... That will leave me over 6m in the bank that i can only use if i want to make an 8 point hit

  11. Aguero and Rooney owners - you might want to look into this to soothe your over-rolled eyes:

  12. As a Aguero, Rooney, Ramsey, owner, what should I do?

      1. I am mostly going to take a -4, possibly not a -8 on the last GW! 4th in a row if it were to happen

    1. Sell 2 probably. Depends on squad & news.

    2. I reckon Aguero is able to play but they are just not risking him due to Liverpool's result. I personally would just wait until Saturday and you get news of who is/isn't fit. Unless you intend on getting RVP selling Rooney and/or Aguero is going to let you buy whoever you want, so value not really an issue.

  13. These type of posts are pretty stupid but :P

    Who's more likely to win?

    A : Yaya + Dzeko + Nasri + 25 points

    B : Evra + Mannone + Demi + RVP + Wickham

    Doesn't look too good :/

    1. A no brainer.

      1. Looks like it unfortunately

      1. Yeah :(

        He captained Yaya, I went with Kun. Bad choice. Well, hopefully I make it up next week! 25 points include his Overall lead on me btw.

      1. Glimmer of hope :) Unless you're just trolling me ;)

  14. Him: 15 points
    Me: Nasri + Dzeko

    Is there any hope of me winning?

    1. Just. Damn you!

  15. how many points lead would you be fairly comfortable with going into gw38?

    1. You're obsessed.
      Seek help.

      1. I know mate. Just cant bare the thought losing ML after being top for so long. Think I need to quit this game.

        1. Let it go. You don't control anything until the GW is over.

    2. About 24pts. Depends a lot on number of differentials.

    3. the 101 and i had 2 weeks ago which has now twindled.

    4. I would say 50 but it really depends on your team and their team.

  16. Would you guys play Glen Johnson for England at the World Cup?

    Probably first choice right back currently, can't defend for shit, bit of a winger really....

    His Liverpool connection is a benefit, but you can just picture Suarez roaming with freedom in behind him vs Uruguay

    1. all 3 goals were directly his fault last night imo.

      I think leave him here

    2. What are the alternatives?

      Kyle Walker is crocked, Phil Jones an option - not fluid going forward though

    3. he's terrible but the options in that position are a bit thin. i dont think it'll matter who plays there

  17. So:

    all probably out. Already given up 15 point lead to chasing rival this week. He's got Sterling + Gerrard...what on earth do i do!?

    1. Azpi could easily play. Selling 2 minimum it seems.

      1. thanks TM.

        can't believe this week. Rambo, Azpi + Chester added to Rooney/Aguero has been a real kick in the teeth. Probably mini-league deciding.

        Sterling + Sturridge could be on the cards (and just hope Gerrard does nothing)

  18. KoL

    Ageuro Rooney and Ramsey to Sturr Dzeko and Eriksen/Sterling for -8 looks likely :(

    1. HVT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

      Fwiw , im in same boat Kol so similar moves afoot here too.

  19. Mata Rooney Aguero ---> Hazard RVP Sturridge?

  20. I have Aguero, Chester, Ramsey, Mata, Azpi, Distin

    Only 45 from Salah, and a 0 from Mapps.

    I rule at FPL :cool:

  21. HVT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member

    Off topic / for anyone who hasn't seen " True Detective " I'd highly recommend it , fantastic actors / script - it's 8 episodes long and really compelling , I couldn't put it down once I started watching it.

    1. Will watch it sooner or later.

  23. New post sorry lol

  24. 60 points Behind in mini league for €350 to 1st place! Need to go for broke and pray for a miracle with a -12

    Vergini Azpi Stones
    Mata Ramsey Nasri Yaya
    Suarez Aguero Rooney

    Boruc Baker Chester Parker

    Rooney ---> Sturridge
    Aguero ----> RVP
    Mata -----> Hazard (C)
    Ramsey ---> Eriksen

    Vergini Azpi Stones
    Hazard (C) Eriksen Nasri Yaya
    Suarez Sturridge RVP

    Boruc Baker Chester Parker

  25. So much for nobody taking hits GW38..

  26. No Azpi
    Ramsey injured
    Rooney injured
    Aguero injured
    Chester injured
    Ki injured

    Ward & John coming off my bench for a massive total of 2 points..

    1. This is a "template" killer week :D

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