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International Scout Notes – Thursday

Arguably the most imbalanced international break of the season, involving both vital World Cup play-off matches and friendlies of questionable relevance, kicks off with significant wins for Switzerland and Croatia.

But it is events off the pitch that are of more interest as injuries continue to stack up to trouble Fantasy managers.

Here are the first set of notes from the November international break.

The injuries pile up

An almost farcical spate of withdrawals is in danger of tipping England’s friendly with Germany the wrong side of meaningless tonight.

The latest member of Gareth Southgate’s increasingly beleaguered squad to pull out was Stoke City keeper Jack Butland, who broke a finger in training.

The stopper, in 3.2% of FPL teams, will be assessed by his club today ahead of a pair of attractive trips to Brighton and Crystal Palace.

More significantly, the 8.8%-owned Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen will miss Belgium’s friendly with Mexico this evening after picking up an ankle injury.

The centre-half has played every minute of Spurs’ league season so far and is our preferred route into the Spurs defence in light of compatriot Toby Alderweireld’s hamstring injury and coach Mauricio Pochettino’s consistent rotation of wing-backs.

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez was quick to play down the extent of Vertonghen’s problem.

“Jan won’t be in the team tomorrow. He is suffering a little pain in the ankle, but it isn’t serious.”

All eyes will now turn to Belgium’s second friendly of the break, against Japan on Tuesday, for the involvement, or otherwise, of Vertonghen.

Spurs travel to Arsenal for the north London derby on Saturday lunchtime.

Vertonghen’s international team-mate Michy Batshuayi will play no part in either of Belgium’s friendlies, however.

The Chelsea striker has a foot injury and has now returned to his club ahead of next weekend’s away match against West Brom.

Welcome break for Salah…

There are no such concerns for Mohammed Salah, who remains in Merseyside over these two weeks.

The Egyptian is now owned by 39.7% and they’ve been treated to a fine recent run of form in which he’s hit three goals and provided an assist over the last three Gameweeks.

As a result, he’s the most purchased player of Gameweek 12 to date, with more than 134,000 snapping him up.

Salah has been a key component of the Reds attack this season – he’s been involved in all 11 league matches, and a further six Champions League fixtures, thus far.

With Egypt’s friendly in the United Arab Emirates, scheduled for last night, postponed, Salah called to be omitted from their squad for their final World Cup Qualifier with Ghana on Sunday.

Head coach Hector Cuper duly obliged, with Salah left at home for what is a somewhat irrelevant fixture. Egypt have already secured their place at Russia 2018 – courtesy of a Salah penalty.

His owners will now look forward to seeing a well-rested Salah available for next Saturday’s Anfield clash with Southampton, an encounter which follows his season-high 15-point return against West Ham.

Elsewhere…

West Brom trio Jonny Evans, Gareth McAuley and Chris Brunt all started Northern Ireland’s World Cup qualifying play-off first leg with Switzerland.

Southampton midfielder Steven Davis also played for the Ulstermen, whose chances of making it to Russia next year were dealt a major blow by a 1-0 home defeat.

Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka and Stoke midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri played the full 90 minutes for the Swiss, with the latter’s shot leading to the controversial handball decision that settled the tie from the penalty spot.

Should Northern Ireland fail to overturn the deficit, veterans McAuley and Brunt could well retire from international football to boost their Fantasy appeal.

Croatia all but booked their place in next year’s finals with a 4-1 home play-off win over Greece in which Liverpool defender

Dejan Lovren was involved throughout. Everton winger Nikola Vlasic was handed a late run-out for the Croats.

The second legs of both play-off ties take place on Sunday.

Scotland lost a home friendly with the Netherlands 1-0.

Liverpool full-back Andrew Robertson and West Brom midfielder Matt Phillips started for the Scots, while the Dutch fielded a strong Premier League contingent of Virgil van Dijk, Nathan Aké, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Daley Blind and Georginio Wijnaldum.

On-loan Crystal Palace defender Fosu-Mensah played 72 minutes, while Brighton midfielder Davy Propper missed out having picked up a “minor ankle injury”. Dutch manager Dick Advocaat expects Propper to be back in contention for a friendly against Romania in Bucharest on Tuesday.

Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser came on for the Scots after 71 minutes.

The international break actually started with two Wednesday friendlies.

Burnley midfielder Johann Berg Gudmundsson played the full match as Iceland lost 2-1 at home to the Czech Republic. Everton’s Gylfi Sigurdsson was an unused sub.

Meanwhile, Huddersfield striker Steve Mounie played 88 minutes for Benin in a 1-1 draw away at Congo.

924 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Team Cruel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    12 days, 7 hours ago

    Buzzing for tomorrow! Got 8 players. Captain Kane in the early kick off or Lukaku in the late one?

    1. fedolefan
      12 days, 7 hours ago

      Captain GroB in the MNF game.

    2. foley200
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      12 days, 7 hours ago

      What’s happening tomorrow?

  2. Kalju75
    12 days, 7 hours ago

    Fabianski-Elliot
    Kolasinac-Jones-Davies-Mee-Mbemba
    Salah-Sterling-Richarlison-Gross-Carrol
    Kane-Aguero-Firmino

    2 FT 0.4 in the bank
    Davies&Mbemba->Daniels&Moreno good move?

  3. Lone Wolf
    12 days, 7 hours ago

    Bored? Fancy a small fantasy game for today?

    here details - http://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/comment/16922903

    1. Skull And Gnomes
      12 days, 7 hours ago

      Rules please?

      1. Lone Wolf
        12 days, 7 hours ago

        same as FPL. basically pick 11 players from games posted in my post. max 3 from one team. no captain, no baps. all data like scorers, assisters etc are according to flashscore.com to make it easy and fair for all. what else you want to know?

        1. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          12 days, 7 hours ago

          When can I play my WC ?

          1. Lone Wolf
            12 days, 7 hours ago

            today! 🙂
            post full team for free! no minus poitns 🙂

        2. Lone Wolf
          12 days, 7 hours ago

          you can pick your own formation as in FPL so is up to you if you want 3,4 or 5 defenders

          1. el polako
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            12 days, 7 hours ago

            Might give it a go.
            Polands line up:
            Artur Boruc – Thiago Cionek, Kamil Glik, Jarosław Jach – Bartosz Bereszyński, Jacek Góralski, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Maciej Rybus – Jakub Błaszczykowski, Kamil Wilczek, Kamil Grosicki

            1. Lone Wolf
              12 days, 7 hours ago

              I wonder how we play without Lewy..

              1. el polako
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                12 days, 6 hours ago

                Yeah me too, dont have high hopes to be honest.

                1. Lone Wolf
                  12 days, 6 hours ago

                  yep, same..

    2. Skull And Gnomes
      12 days, 7 hours ago

      Do I post my team here?

      1. Lone Wolf
        12 days, 7 hours ago

        no. first of all we need to wait for the lineups to pick all starting players as no bench.
        I will make new post in about half an hour (will put link to it here too to make it easy to find) and post your team there

        1. Skull And Gnomes
          12 days, 7 hours ago

          Thank You.

    3. Pierce34
      12 days, 6 hours ago

      Do you class Candreva as a defender or mid?

      1. Lone Wolf
        12 days, 6 hours ago

        to check anything like that go flashscore.com
        he is mid there so mid

        1. Pierce34
          12 days, 6 hours ago

          So Darmian also a mid then?

          1. Lone Wolf
            12 days, 6 hours ago

            no. he is classified as def at flashscore.com
            click on a player name to check his position

            1. Pierce34
              12 days, 6 hours ago

              Oh right, I was just looking at the lineups, thanks.

    4. Lazaretti
      12 days, 6 hours ago

      I might join.

      1. Lone Wolf
        12 days, 6 hours ago

        sweet

  4. fedolefan
    12 days, 7 hours ago

    If there's no injuries (big if), I will have at least one player playing in each of the kickoffs on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

  5. Jesus's Eyebrows
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    12 days, 6 hours ago

    Anyone considering Gross(C) with Richarlison(VC) ?

    1. royals forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      12 days, 6 hours ago

      No I don’t so

  6. royals forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    12 days, 6 hours ago

    On WC

    Who is the best option out of

    Mkhitaryan
    Fabregas
    Ramsey

    Any ideas would be welcomed

    1. Drieet
      12 days, 6 hours ago

      I'd go with Ramsey out of those 3

    2. Dog and Fox
      12 days, 6 hours ago

      Dont like any of them

    3. RealSocialDads
      12 days, 6 hours ago

      Not really a fan of any of them. Zaha has good fixtures and Richarlisn is a good pick for cheaper

  7. Drieet
    12 days, 6 hours ago

    My defence needs sorting or I might not have 3 playing:

    Otamendi, Luiz, Davies, Mee, Mariappa

    Looking to transfer out either Luiz or Davies for Jones, but which one is least likely to play?

  8. CptCrunch OF FASHANU ZEALAN…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    12 days, 6 hours ago

    Sweden
    Krafth, Granqvist, VNL, Augustinsson
    Claesson, Ekdal, Seb Larsson, Forsberg
    Toivonen, Berg

    1. CptCrunch OF FASHANU ZEALAN…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      12 days, 6 hours ago

      Olsen in goal.

    2. Tears for Fers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      12 days, 6 hours ago

      Ravelli in goal?

      1. CptCrunch OF FASHANU ZEALAN…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        12 days, 6 hours ago

        He was awesome but no....

        Bengt 'zamora' Nyholm ftw.

  9. Fantasy Gold
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    12 days, 6 hours ago

    Do Argentina play tonight?

  10. Batigol
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    12 days, 6 hours ago

    Loftus-Cheek playing for a place in my wildcard team tonight (well, the bench). Let’s see what you’ve got Ruben 😉

  11. shotgunnufc
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    12 days, 6 hours ago

    hodgson should have played his free hit for this blank GW