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Scout Notes

International Scout Notes – Tuesday

Big players perform and big teams progress as October’s international break finally comes to an end with World Cup triumphs and tears in full flow.

Eden Hazard, Gabriel Jesus and Romelu Lukaku all score, but the half-time substitution of Sead Kolasinac prompts further concerns over Arsenal’s already threadbare backline.

Here are the notes from a big Tuesday night across the world.

Big names make big news

A week might be a long time in politics, but the last 24 hours has produced some seriously significant Fantasy developments.

Hot on the heels of the news that Sergio Aguero is back in light training for Man City just 11 days after his Amsterdam misadventure, his team-mate and fellow striker Gabriel Jesus was reminding us all of why he’s the second most purchased Fantasy Premier League asset ahead of Gameweek 8.

Jesus scored a brace for Brazil, one of which was set up by Willian’s industrious five-minute substitute appearance, in a 3-0 win that killed off Chile’s hopes of qualifying for next year’s World Cup finals in Russia.

The result leaves Alexis Sanchez to concentrate on the league with Arsenal – or maybe City should he jump ship in the January transfer window.

Meanwhile, in Europe, Belgium’s 4-0 win over Cyprus came courtesy of a double from Eden Hazard as the 3.6%-owned Chelsea star bigged up his differential credentials ahead of a trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The match also confirmed the availability of Romelu Lukaku, who played the last 24 minutes and scored his 16th goal in all competitions since the start of the season. The striker powered through a hapless Cypriot defence, muscled his marker off the ball and struck a sublime low drive into the corner. It was the mark of a confident and fully fit player.

That will come as a huge relief to his 59.4% ownership ahead of Man United’s Saturday lunchtime trip to Liverpool, although the trend is to sell the big Belgian – 101,000+ have done just that his week, whereas just over 67,000 have brought him in.

Jesus, by contrast, is undeniably in demand.

Close to a quarter of a million managers have secured his services as Pep Guardiola’s men prepare to host Stoke City, although it will be a surprise if he lasts the entire match having put in two 90-minute shifts for Brazil over the international break. Indeed, he has yet to make it past the hour-mark at the Etihad this season.

The 16.7% who own Kevin De Bruyne will be feeling rather more confident of their man’s minutes as the midfielder only came on for a late cameo against Cyprus, replacing Hazard.

Thibaut Courtois, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Nacer Chadli all played the full match against Cyprus, with Simon Mignolet, Kevin Mirallas and Steven Defour unused subs.

Kolasinac sparks new Gunners scare

Sead Kolasinac was substituted at half-time as Bosnia and Herzegovina won 2-1 in Estonia.

There are currently mixed reports as to whether the move was tactical or in response to an injury. Thursday’s press conference with Arsene Wenger may well be the first opportunity to get clarity on that.

Shkodran Mustafi already limped out of Germany’s 5-1 win over Azerbaijan earlier in the international break, and with Laurent Koscielny missing the Gameweek 7 victory over Brighton with ongoing Achilles problems, an already-stretched Gunners’ defence can barely afford to lose Kolasinac.

Rob Holding is already looking highly likely to start the weekend trip to Watford, but Arsenal’s defensive resources are thin enough that should the big Bosnian be injured, Wenger might have to change formation, with Nacho Monreal moving to left-back in a flat back four.

Liverpool centre-half Ragnar Klavan started and finished the match for Estonia, with Asmir Begovic doing likewise for the visitors, while Muhamed Besic was an unused sub.

Key assets rack up the minutes and miles

The traditional end to an international break brings with it the guessing game of who might miss out domestically thanks to their gruelling schedule for their countries.

Top of the list might well be City centre-half Nicolas Otamendi, who played 180 minutes for Argentina, including last night’s 3-1 win in Ecuador – at altitude – which confirmed La Albiceleste’s place in Russia. However, with Vincent Kompany still to return to full fitness, Guardiola may not have the defensive options to preserve Otamendi.

Man United back-up keeper Sergio Romero also put in a full shift, while his team-mate Antonio Valencia had the night off as he was suspended for the hosts. Despite a long-haul flight, that should strengthen his chances of starting at Anfield in the early kick-off.

He will likely face Liverpool stars Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino, who were both involved in the Brazil win, the former playing 87 minutes before being replaced by the latter.

The pair now appear likely to start against United now that Sadio Mane has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury.

City midfielder Fernandinho was given eight minutes at the end of the match, while team-mate Danilo was an unused sub and club-mate Claudio Bravo played the full 90 minutes in the Chile goal.

Among the other much-travelled South and Central Americans, West Brom’s Salomon Rondon started and finished Venezuela’s 1-0 win in Paraguay, David Ospina and Davinson Sánchez did likewise as Colombia drew 1-1 in Peru, but West Ham striker Chicharito had the night off as a much-changed Mexico lost 3-2 in Honduras.

Elsewhere…

Olivier Giroud started, finished and scored as France confirmed their World Cup finals place with a 2-1 win over Belarus.

Hugo Lloris also played the full match, Moussa Sissoko was given a 12-minute run-out from the bench, while Alexandre Lacazette was an unused sub.

Holland beat Sweden 2-0, but it wasn’t enough to stave off their World Cup elimination.

Virgil van Dijk, Nathan Aké and Daley Blind played the full 90, while Georginio Wijnaldum was given 71 minutes before being replaced by Davy Klaasen, with Daryl Janmaat coming on at the same time.

Maarten Stekelenburg and Wesley Hoedt watched from the bench.

Portugal consigned Switzerland to the play-offs with a 2-0 win in which Man City’s Bernardo Silva provided an assist.

José Fonte, Cédric Soares and Silva played the full match, while Swansea City’s Renato Sanches was an unused sub. Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri completed 90 minutes for the Swiss.

Brighton keeper Mat Ryan started and Huddersfield’s Aaron Mooy came on after 11 minutes as Australia beat Syria 2-1 to confirm their place in a play-off with Peru for a place at Russia 2017.

DeAndre Yedlin played 90 minutes, but Geoff Cameron stayed on the bench, as the United States crashed out of next year’s finals following a shock 2-1 loss in Trinidad and Tobago.

Spurs’ Son Heung-min scored a penalty and played 80 minutes of South Korea’s 3-1 friendly loss to Morocco. That offers some reassurance to Ben Davies’ owners concerned that Mauricio Pochettino may again elect to deploy Son at left wing-back, resting the Welshman with the midweek tie with Real Madrid in mind.

Finally, Palace’s Chung-long Lee played the full 90, though Swansea City’s Ki Sung-yeung was afforded just 28 minutes following his recent injury.

Ghana won 3-0 in Saudi Arabia in another friendly, with Leicester City’s Daniel Amartey captaining the visitors.

922 Comments Post a Comment
  1. BananaMan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Following some advice received above.

    My wildcard team currently sits as follows:

    Elliot - Fabianski
    Bavies - Stones - Cedric - Mee - Wimmer
    Hazard - Silva - Shaqiri - RLC - TC
    Kane - Jesus - Vardy

    0.5 ITB

    Any further tinkering required??

  2. raoulduke71
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Good to go?

    I'd like to upgrade Naughton to Maguire/Jones - thoughts?

    Elliot
    Monreal Naughton BDavies Azpili
    Coutinho Carroll D Silva
    Kane Lukaku Jesus

    .07m in the bank
    Carroll to rotate with RLC (when fit)

    1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      2 months, 2 days ago

      You could do 4.0 defender to Mee and bench carroll?

    2. raoulduke71
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Forgot to mention I have Fellaini//RLC on the bench

  3. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    2 months, 2 days ago

    RP
    Need more opinions on this 🙂
    A)Evans to Otamendi and Play Tom Carrol by benching Morata
    B)Morata to Jesus and play Evans

    1. GAMBIT
      2 months, 2 days ago

      B

      1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Cheers buddy 😀

    2. LosBlancos
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Can't you wait for the press conference and then do B if Morata won't play for longer than one game, and reassess?

      1. LosBlancos
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 2 days ago

        I'm holding on Morata, bought him at 10m though so the price drop tonight won't really effect me

      2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Thanks,Guess I will do that 🙂 So If Morata returns next week I should do it?

        1. LosBlancos
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 2 days ago

          My plan is if Morata is out for longer than the Crystal Palace game I will transfer him out. I suggest the same.
          If he is fit he stays, he is simply class.
          So it's more like:
          A) Morata is fit, plays Crystal Palace - you play Morata
          B) Morata will be fit next week, do Evans->Otamendi and play TCarrol
          C) Morata needs more than two weeks to recover, do Morata>Jesus and play Jesus

          1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Thanks a lot!1 Just what I needed will reasses after presser!

  4. VizziJ
    2 months, 2 days ago

    So why is Mbemba rising? Thought he was out of the team now, something im missing?

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Filter 4m defenders on FPL.

    2. LosBlancos
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 2 days ago

      we don;t know why he wasn't on the teamsheet
      people looking at highest scoring 4.0 and buying him I guess

  5. milezeemilner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 2 days ago

    New member so poppin my cherry so to speak but advise would be welcomed please

    Current team is:
    Foster
    Kolasinac Davies Cedric Jones
    Silva Miki Salah
    Kane Jesus Chicharito
    (RLC, Alexander Arnold, Mbemba)

    Should i take out salah who has 2 tough games next and replace him?
    I want to put Otamedi in given city's friendly fixtures too but unsure who to replace Salah with or take hits to get hazard in.
    Finally chicharitoo has been a constant pain but west ham have good fixture run and no doubt he'll score loads if i take him out!!?

    Sorry for going on, any advise at all please...

    1. Funkyav
      2 months, 2 days ago

      hi there Milezee

      looks good, id be tempted to do Kola to Otamendi then you can upgrade Salah or Chicharito next week

      1. milezeemilner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Thanks man, may well just do that.
        Appreciate it bro.

    2. Doggenham
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Chica to Vardy

      Miki to Richarlison worth a hit imo

    3. rilo17
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 2 days ago

      That looks like 6 defenders, no?

  6. LosBlancos
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 2 days ago

    When are the Arsenal/Chelsea press conferences? Friday I assume?
    And will there be open training sessions where we might gain insight on the training of Morata and Kolasinac?

    1. Markus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Arsenal one is tomorrow I think. Not sure on Chelsea.

  7. cjhewitt92
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Worth playing free hit chip this week to bring in Batshuayi Hazard Alonso and other to replace Salah Mkhi Lukaku and Jones

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      2 months, 2 days ago

      You'll just want to get a Chelsea trio next GW if they do well.

  8. LosBlancos
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 2 days ago

    This website needs a football journalist as a mod.

    1. Funkyav
      2 months, 2 days ago

      depends who that football journalist is

      some of them are pathetic, letting their own bias and thirst to be first come ahead of actually reporting and debating football news

  9. pundit of punts
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Glad I didn't get Jesus before his price rise.

    Aguero is the main man and he's back.

    1. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Lukaku -> Kun ?

      1. pundit of punts
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Yep

        1. Pompel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 2 days ago

          I'd wait until presser , at least.

    2. Slouchinho
      2 months, 2 days ago

      I would be very surprised if he started against Stoke.

  10. LosBlancos
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 2 days ago

    What does the rapid return of Aguero mean for Sterling?

    1. william prunier
      2 months, 2 days ago

      There is no rapid return

  11. Jumping Jurgen
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Brady or Chupo?

  12. Blonded
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 2 days ago

    WC Team

    ----Elliot-----
    Cedric / Azpi / Otamenti / Ward
    Eriksen / Hazard / silva
    Kane(c) / Jesus / Abraham

    Bench: Krul / stephens / Carroll / Mbemba

    Any further ways to strenghten?

  13. ZaZaZu
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Video footage of Aguero shows him jogging in training. If he was just seeing a physio, I wouldn't have expected to see that. I think there is a good chance he will get minutes on Saturday. That whole 'broken rib' story seemed a little fishy, no real confirmation of his injury, sounded like speculation and media hype.

  14. Ser Bronn of The Blackwater
    2 months, 2 days ago

    So Aguero returns to light training after over 700k removed him and over 100k brought in Jesus. FPL is cruel 🙁

    1. Slouchinho
      2 months, 2 days ago

      It's pretty meaningless tbh and press speculation. Light training is very different to full training.

  15. rilo17
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 2 days ago

    On a WC, first time posting - what are we thinking to this bunch?

    Pope/Elliott
    Davies/Alonso/Cedric/Naughton/Hunemeier (buried 3rd sub)
    Hazard/Sterling/Silva/Choupo/Carroll
    Kane/Jesus/Joselu

    Had Alonso from the off. Feel a haul coming.

    Ability to downgrade Davies/Alonso in a couple of weeks to allow Silva or Sterling > Coutinho or Salah. Maybe.

    Not over the moon with Joselu but feel squad has decent balance.

    Thoughts?

    Eagerly await your expert opinions...