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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
    3 months, 15 days ago

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

    1. fedolefan
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Captain GroB in the MNF game.

      • foley200
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 15 days ago

        What’s happening tomorrow?

    2. Kalju75
        3 months, 15 days 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?

      • Lone Wolf
          3 months, 15 days ago

          Bored? Fancy a small fantasy game for today?

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

          1. Skull And Gnomes
              3 months, 15 days ago

              Rules please?

              1. Lone Wolf
                  3 months, 15 days 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
                    3 months, 15 days ago

                    When can I play my WC ?

                    1. Lone Wolf
                        3 months, 15 days ago

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

                    2. Lone Wolf
                        3 months, 15 days 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
                          3 months, 15 days 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
                              3 months, 15 days ago

                              I wonder how we play without Lewy..

                              1. el polako
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                3 months, 15 days ago

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

                                1. Lone Wolf
                                    3 months, 15 days ago

                                    yep, same..

                      • Skull And Gnomes
                          3 months, 15 days ago

                          Do I post my team here?

                          1. Lone Wolf
                              3 months, 15 days 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
                                  3 months, 15 days ago

                                  Thank You.

                            • Pierce34
                                3 months, 15 days ago

                                Do you class Candreva as a defender or mid?

                                1. Lone Wolf
                                    3 months, 15 days ago

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

                                    1. Pierce34
                                        3 months, 15 days ago

                                        So Darmian also a mid then?

                                        1. Lone Wolf
                                            3 months, 15 days ago

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

                                            1. Pierce34
                                                3 months, 15 days ago

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

                                      • Lazaretti
                                          3 months, 15 days ago

                                          I might join.

                                          1. Lone Wolf
                                              3 months, 15 days ago

                                              sweet

                                        • fedolefan
                                            3 months, 15 days 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.

                                          • Duffy Dunk
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            3 months, 15 days ago

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

                                            1. royals forever
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              3 months, 15 days ago

                                              No I don’t so

                                          • royals forever
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            3 months, 15 days ago

                                            On WC

                                            Who is the best option out of

                                            Mkhitaryan
                                            Fabregas
                                            Ramsey

                                            Any ideas would be welcomed

                                            1. Drieet
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              3 months, 15 days ago

                                              I'd go with Ramsey out of those 3

                                            2. Dog and Fox
                                                3 months, 15 days ago

                                                Dont like any of them

                                              • RealSocialDads
                                                  3 months, 15 days ago

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

                                              • Drieet
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                3 months, 15 days 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?

                                              • CptCrunch OF FASHANU ZEALAN…
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                3 months, 15 days ago

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

                                                1. CptCrunch OF FASHANU ZEALAN…
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  3 months, 15 days ago

                                                  Olsen in goal.

                                                2. Tears for Fers
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  3 months, 15 days ago

                                                  Ravelli in goal?

                                                  1. CptCrunch OF FASHANU ZEALAN…
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    3 months, 15 days ago

                                                    He was awesome but no....

                                                    Bengt 'zamora' Nyholm ftw.

                                              • Fantasy Gold
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                3 months, 15 days ago

                                                Do Argentina play tonight?

                                              • Batigol
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                3 months, 15 days ago

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

                                              • shotgunnufc
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                3 months, 15 days ago

                                                hodgson should have played his free hit for this blank GW