Pre-Season

Zaha plays out wide as Southampton persist with back-three

Wilfried Zaha was deployed as a wide-forward in Crystal Palace’s first pre-season friendly, after playing as a striker last season.

Fantasy managers will be hoping that changes after his change of classification in Fantasy Premier League for 2018/19.

Elsewhere Southampton’s experimentation with a back-three continues to leak goals against lesser opposition although Nathan Redmond continued his impressive pre-season form.

Liverpool continue to largely use youth players with plenty of their key individuals still on holiday from the World Cup, while Wolves and Huddersfield got their summers off to a positive start.

In this edition of Scout Notes we’ve got all the goals, assists and Fantasy talking points from latest pre-season friendlies ahead of the 2018/19 FPL campaign.

FC HELSINGØR 2-2 CRYSTAL PALACE

Goals: Alexander Sørloth (£5.0m), Mamadou Sakho (£5.0m)

Assists: Sullay Kakikai, James McArthur (£5.0m)

Wilfried Zaha (£7.0m) made a second-half appearance on the left side of a front three as Crystal Palace drew with Danish side FC Helsingør. That is slightly wider than Fantasy managers were expecting after his striker’s role last season caused him to be reclassified as a forward in FPL.

Alexander Sørloth (£5.0m) scored the first goal for the Eagles after they had fallen behind to a Douglas header in the third minute.

Sullay Kaikai’s good feet allowed him the space to play a ball across to Sørloth to convert easily, making it 1-1 at the break.

Defender Jairo Riedewald (£4.5m) was deployed in midfield but had a poor game.

Julian Speroni (£4.0m) replaced goalkeeper Vicente Guaita (£4.5m) at half-time, with Wayne Hennessey (£4.5m) not involved in the match.

Also coming on for second-half displays were centre-back pairing James Tomkins (£4.5m) and Mamadou Sakho (£5.0m), as well winger Andros Townsend (£6.0m). All three of them played important parts in the match’s subsequent goals.

Sakho, who dictated play from the centre-back position, was the one to find the net for Palace, with just his second touch. Townsend’s corner was met by Christian Benteke (£6.5m) whose effort was flicked on by James McArthur (£5.0m) for Sakho to bundle the ball into the net.

Palace could have extended their lead soon after, but substitute Patrick van Aanholt (£5.5m) hit the side-netting when put through by Zaha.

Tomkins was unfortunate to score an own-goal in the 83rd minute, directing the ball past Speroni when trying to clear his lines.

CRYSTAL PALACE XI (4-4-2): Guaita (Speroni 45’); Souaré (van Aanholt 58’), Jach (Sakho 58’), Kelly (Tomkins 58’), Wan-Bissaka (Ward 58’); Schlupp (Lokilo 45’), Kirby, Riedewald (McArthur 58’), Puncheon (Townsend 58’); Kaikai (Zaha 58’), Sørloth (Benteke 58’).

Jiangsu Suning 2-3 Southampton

Goals: Manolo Gabbiani (£6.0m), Nathan Redmond (£5.5m), Sam Gallagher

Assists: Stuart Armstrong (£5.5m), Steven Davis (£5.0m)

Nathan Redmond (£5.5m) scored his second pre-season goal as Southampton beat Jiangsu Suning in China. The former Norwich City man continued to get forward as often as possible and was a constant threat, while manager Mark Hughes experimented with a back three again.

Manolo Gabbiadini (£6.0m) was given the nod to start ahead of Charlie Austin (£6.0m) and even netted in the 26th minute. New signing Stuart Armstrong (£5.5m) crossed the ball in from the right-wing for Gabbiadini to head back across goal to score.

Left-back Ryan Bertrand (£5.0m) was deployed at centre-back alongside Jack Stephens (£4.5m) and Wesley Hoedt (£4.5m) again. One of them is expected to drop out in light of Jannick Vestergaard signing from Borussia Mönchengladbach. Matty Targett took up the left wing-back role.

The hosts took advantage of the back-three in the 29th minute, a through-ball from Gao Tianyi opened them up for Zhang Lingfeng to score. Richmond Boakye picked up the scraps from a poorly cleared corner five minutes later to give Suning the lead.

Redmond’s 43rd minute effort from range, in the aftermath of a corner, put the Saints back on level terms just before half-time.

Substitute Sam Gallagher won it for Southampton in the second-half after a smart pass from Steven Davis (£5.0m).

Alex McCarthy (£4.5m) started in goal again, with Fraser Forster (£4.5m) coming on at half-time. New arrival Angus Gunn (£4.5m) is yet to form part of a match-day squad for the Saints.

SOUTHAMPTON XI (3-5-1-1): McCarthy (Forster 45’); Bertrand (Reed 63’), Hoedt, Stephens; Targett (McQueen 45’), Lemina (Clasie 63’), Ward-Prowse (Davis 63’), Romeu (Hojbjerg 45’), Redmond (Sims 63’); Armstrong (Gallagher 63’); Gabbiadini (Austin 45’).

TRANMERE ROVERS 2-3 LIVERPOOL

Goals: Rafael Camacho, Sheyi Ojo, Adam Lallana (£7.0m)

Assists: Sheyi Ojo, Naby Keita (£7.5m), Ryan Kent

New signing Naby Keita (£7.5m) made it two assists in two matches for Liverpool as they beat Tranmere Rovers 3-2 at Prenton Park.

The Guinean international lined up alongside fellow new arrival Fabinho (£6.0m) for the first time as they anchored a 4-2-3-1 formation in the first-half.

It was in the opening 45 minutes that Liverpool looked stronger with Rafael Camacho, Sheyi Ojo and Adam Lallana (£7.0m), playing in a number 10 role, scoring the goals.

Keita got the assist for Ojo, who had provided the pass for Camacho to break the deadlock. Ryan Kent, who scored against Chester, set up Lallana for his first goal of pre-season.

Tranmere were able to come back into the game in the second-half, after Jurgen Klopp had made 11 changes.

Ollie Norburn’s free-kick was spilled by Loris Karius (£5.0m) in the 72nd minute allowing Johnny Smith to easily find the net. Such a mistake from the goalkeeper, especially after his Champions League final display, will not give Fantasy managers confidence in the Liverpool defence. Klopp has been trying to find a replacement for Karius over the summer but opted to give Danny Ward a chance in the first-half, with Simon Mignolet (£5.0m) still at the World Cup with Belgium.

James Milner’s (£5.5m) slip in the 82nd minute allowed Amadou Soukouna to get a second for Tranmere, but Liverpool were able to hold on for the win.

LIVERPOOL FIRST-HALF XI (4-2-3-1): Ward; Robertson, Klavan, Phillips, Camacho; Fabinho, Keita; Kent, Lallana, Ojo; Solanke.

LIVERPOOL SECOND-HALF XI (4-2-3-1): Karius; Moreno, Chirivella, Gomez, Clyne; Woodburn, Milner; C Jones, Sturridge, Wilson; Origi.

BASEL 1-2 WOLVES

Goals: Rafa Mir (£4.5m), Diogo Jota (£6.5m)

Assists: Ivan Cavaleiro (£5.5m), Matt Doherty (£4.5m)

Wolves’s budget options were involved in the goals as the newly-promoted side beat FC Basel 2-1 this week.

Former Norwich City striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel opened the scoring with a header but Nuno’s side were soon level.

It was Rafa Mir (£4.5m), starting the game up front, who got the goal, side-footing into the roof of the net following an Ivan Cavaleiro (£5.5m) corner.

A full change of personnel at half-time saw another 11 players line up in a 3-4-3 formation after the break. Notably, defenders Barry Douglas (£5.0m) and Matt Doherty (£4.5m) were deployed in the midfield four.

Not surprisingly, Doherty soon provided an assist, setting up Diogo Jota (£6.5m), operating on the left-flank of the front three, to score the winner.

WOLVES FIRST-HALF XI (3-4-3): Ruddy; Hause, Batth, John; Giles, Goncalves, Watt, Buur; Ashley-Seal, Mir, Cavaleiro.

WOLVES SECOND-HALF XI (3-4-3): Norris; Boly, Coady, Bennett; Douglas, Gibbs-White, Neves, Doherty; Jota, Bonatini, Costa.

BURY 0-4 HUDDERSFIELD

Goals: Alex Pritchard (£5.0m), Rajiv van la Parra (£5.0m), Abdelhamid Sabiri (£4.5m), Matty Daly

Assists: Phillip Billing (£4.5m), Chris Lowë x2 (£4.5m), Collin Quaner (£4.5m)

Left-back Chris Lowë (£4.5m) put up two assists as Huddersfield Town recorded a routine pre-season win over League Two side Bury.

Alex Pritchard (£5.0m) gave the Terriers the lead in the first-half when Phillip Billing (£4.5m) pounced on a loose-ball and fed the former Norwich City man with an incisive pass.

It was the players brought on for the second-half who put the game out of reach for the hosts, though. Lowë’s cross was volleyed into the net by Rajiv van la Parra (£5.0m) shortly after the restart.

12 minutes later Lowë was the provider again, his cross this time headed into the net by midfielder Abdelhamid Sabiri (£4.5m).

Youngster Matty Daly scored the fourth and final goal, unmarked on the back-post after a cross from Collin Quaner (£4.5m).

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN FIRST-HALF XI (4-2-3-1): Hamer; Williams, Kongolo, Schindler, Hadergjonaj; Billing, Bacuna; Ince, Pritchard, Scannell; Mounié.

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN SECOND-HALF XI (4-2-3-1): Coleman; Lowë, Hefele, Stankovic, Smith; Hogg, Sabiri; Quaner, Daly, van la Parra; Depoitre.

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  1. Patch
      3 days, 19 hours ago

      Fox cruelty back on the cards...

      The Tories have voted that animals can't feel pain as part of the EU bill, marking the beginning of our anti-science Brexit...

      1. Boris Bodega
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 days, 19 hours ago

        Tories won't last past the next GE...I hope

        1. Patch
            3 days, 19 hours ago

            I do think you are right...losing support left right and centre...

        2. CptCrunch
            3 days, 19 hours ago

            Da fuq....

          • Sechwa
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 day, 21 hours ago

            I'm pretty sure that's not what they actually voted for.

        3. Boris Bodega
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 days, 19 hours ago

          Mad to go with both Ryan and Bettinelli? They seem to rotate well.

          1. My heart goes Salalalalah
              3 days, 19 hours ago

              Not mad no

          2. My heart goes Salalalalah
              3 days, 19 hours ago

              Repost
              How does this draft look? Please give me some input

              Ederson
              Robbo Coleman Bailly
              Walcott Dilva Salah Cairney
              Kun Wood Firmino
              Speroni Tomkins Costa Peltier

              0.0itb. Will tinker as gw1 gets closer

              1. Boris Bodega
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                3 days, 19 hours ago

                Quite like it, not keen on Dilva personally, I don't think he'll feature much this season. Wallcott is no doubt a great pick, but he has burnt me so many times I getting a nervous twitch whenever I see his name on RMTs...

                1. My heart goes Salalalalah
                    3 days, 19 hours ago

                    Cheers Boris. Yes Dilva to Mkhi/ Ramsey in gw3. And by then the rest of the rotating City mids will be back in full swing

                    1. Boris Bodega
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      3 days, 19 hours ago

                      Personally I've gone for Sané, I think he's worth the extra 1m.

                      1. My heart goes Salalalalah
                          3 days, 18 hours ago

                          Yeah with Dilva or Kun downgrade that is food for thought. Gw3 for me though

                  • BigBarn
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    3 days, 19 hours ago

                    Oooh, that's good. I might even swap Wood + Walcott for Jiminez and Ramsey and have a genuine think about that squad. Cheers.

                    1. My heart goes Salalalalah
                        3 days, 18 hours ago

                        Hope to capitalize on Burnley opening fixtures and see how EL influences them

                  • CFM
                      3 days, 19 hours ago

                      What transfers are you making for WC fantasy? Just want to see what transfer strategies people are doing

                    • Top Mark.S
                        3 days, 19 hours ago

                        Wuote from klopp

                        "Bobby will be in for the second camp.
                        “Then we have the English guys, Simon [Mignolet] and Dejan [Lovren] will come another week later – we’ll already be back from France and will have exactly one week to prepare the game [against West Ham United]. That’s no problem.”

                        Conclusion: henderson, taa mignolet and lovren will not start gw 1

                        Ward
                        Clyne matip vvd robertson
                        Fabinho
                        Keita lallana
                        Salah bobby mane

                        1. mikess
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          3 days, 19 hours ago

                          Nice side. Hope Lallana breaks into the side again

                        2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                            3 days, 19 hours ago

                            Liverpool 4 - 0 West Ham

                            Salah 13’ (Bobby assist)
                            Mané 38’ (Bobby assist)
                            VVD 65’ (Salah assist)
                            Salah 76’ (Robertson assist)

                        3. mikess
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          3 days, 19 hours ago

                          Who are your key transfer targets for FWC?

                          Belgium look likely to be unchanged apart from Menuier after reading a few articles. Rose, TAA and Dier likely to come in for England. We will be blessed with lineups tomorrow afternoon.

                          Croatia and France unchanged. Many will have Trippier. Few will have Young. Kane looks off pace

                          1. Cruz
                              3 days, 18 hours ago

                              I’ll load my team with french defenders and change Pickford for Lloris (the other one is Courtois).
                              The rest is dependent in the starting 11s, but I may ditch Kane to make room for Mbappé.

                          2. ANISH_T28
                              3 days, 19 hours ago

                              Is Jagielka nailed on

                              1. Gregor
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • Has Moderation Rights
                                3 days, 19 hours ago

                                Doubt it, they should be looking to sign someone else to play there unless Silva takes a liking to Holgate.

                            • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                                3 days, 19 hours ago

                                This time 4 weeks the crazy will be reaching critical levels... only 28 days to go!!

                              • ANISH_T28
                                  3 days, 18 hours ago

                                  Pick 2 out of these 3

                                  Sane
                                  Mahrez
                                  D.Silva

                                  1. danhardy01
                                      2 days, 3 hours ago

                                      Sane and D Silva are more assured starters. I imagine Mahrez will be in and out all season but we'll see.

                                  2. mcgrejam
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    3 days, 18 hours ago

                                    First draft..

                                    Ederson
                                    Coleman, Bellerin, Robertson, Smalling
                                    Mane, Miki, Walcott
                                    Firmino, Aubameyang , Aguero

                                    Subs - no good subs

                                    Is this good enough without Salah?

                                    1. Jealous Viper
                                        3 days, 18 hours ago

                                        If you're braving it without Salah, you need to have a decent bench

                                    2. England23
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      3 days, 18 hours ago

                                      A. Wilson, Sane

                                      B. Firmino, 6.0m (Bolaise?)

                                      I have Salah and Robertson along with Aguero and Mendy

                                    3. eboeagles
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      1 day, 23 hours ago

                                      Why is no one going with Keita? Looks a good pick with great stats from last year. He fits into a flowing Liverpool team especially when Salah will be getting rough treatment from everyone.

                                      I was considering a Salah & Keita pairing especially with their opening fixtures. I haven't got Mane or Firmino.