Pre-Season

Atsu on penalties, Richarlison impresses and Heaton gets minutes

Fantasy Premier League managers got their first indication of the penalty-taking pecking order at Newcastle in the latest round of pre-season friendlies.

Meanwhile, Tom Heaton got some more minutes under his belt in Nick Pope’s absence, and Richarlison impressed for Watford.

We’ve got all the latest goals, assists and Fantasy talking points from pre-season.

Burnley 0-1 Shrewsbury Town / Burnley 0-2 Blackpool

  • Goals: None
  • Assists: None

Tom Heaton (£5.0m) registered another hour of football for Burnley with Nick Pope (£5.0m) still yet to return following the World Cup. The former Manchester United man was involved in one of two concurrent friendly matches played behind closed doors at the Clarets’ training ground on Tuesday.

First team players were split evenly across the two pitches but neither XI could find a breakthrough against League One opposition.

Daniel Agyei was the most dangerous for Burnley against Shrewsbury but in the end a Charlie Taylor (£4.5m) own-goal was the difference.

On the other pitch, Sam Vokes (£5.5m) and Nakhi Wells (£4.5m) went closest but Joseph Dodoo and Harry Pritchard got the goals for Blackpool.

The only players other than Pope not to be involved in either match were Robbie Brady (£5.5m), Steven Defour (£5.5m), Ashley Barnes (£6.0m) and Johann Berg Gudmundsson (£6.0m), although the latter is now back in training after returning from World Cup duty with Iceland.

BURNLEY XI v SHREWSBURY: Heaton (Legzdins 60’); Taylor, Long, Tarkowski, Lowton; Koiki (Chakwana 60’), Westwood, O’Neill, Lennon; Agyei, Wood.

BURNLEY XI v BLACKPOOL: Legzdins (Lindegaard 45’); Ward, Mee, Dunne, Bardsley; Walters, Cork, Hendrick, McNeil; Wells (Massanka 45’), Vokes.

ST. PATRICK’S ATHLETIC 0-2 NEWCASTLE UNITED

  • Goals: Sean Longstaff, Christian Atsu (£5.5m)
  • Assists: Matt Ritchie (£6.0m), Dwight Gayle (£6.0m)

Christian Atsu (£5.5m) appears to have the advantage in the Newcastle United penalty-taking pecking order after the club’s first pre-season match.

The Magpies were 2-0 winners over St. Patrick’s Athletic, with Atsu scoring the second from the spot after Dwight Gayle (£6.0m) was fouled.

As a precautionary measure, Jamaal Lascelles (£5.0m) did not take part in the match due to muscle tightness. Jacob Murphy (£5.0m), Paul Dummett (£4.5m) and Martin Dubravka (£5.0m) were all absent too.

For the first goal, Ayoze Perez (£6.5m) pounced on a loose ball, drove forward and played in Joselu (£5.0m), whose shot was saved. Matt Ritchie (£6.0m) gathered the rebound and his deflected cross fell to central midfielder Sean Longstaff, who struck the back of the net.

Exciting attacking midfielder Kenedy (£5.0m) had two chances in the second-half, hitting the post and forcing a good save out of Saints goalkeeper Barry Murphy, furthering his appeal for the new FPL season.

The result was settled late on when Gayle was fouled in the penalty area after being put through by Atsu. The latter took the spot-kick and dispatched it confidently.

NEWCASTLE UNITED XI (4-2-3-1): Darlow (Sels 45’); Manquillo (Clark 45’), Lejeune (Roberts 45’), Yarney, Fernandez (Yedlin 45’); Diame (Shelvey 45’), Longstaff; Aarons (Kenedy 45’), Pérez (Armstrong 45’), Ritchie (Atsu 45’); Joselu (Gayle 45’).

FC KÖLN 1-1 WATFORD

  • Goals: Andre Gray (£6.0m)
  • Assists: Richarlison (£6.5m)

Andre Gray (£6.0m) and Richarlison (£6.5m) were the brightest players in Watford’s first match of pre-season, which they drew 1-1.

The pair linked up well going forward and both had good chances to score, with the Brazilian stationed on the left-flank but constantly drifting in to support Gray.

It was the two of them who combined for the Hornets’ only goal of the match in the first-half. Will Hughes (£5.0m) won possession and put Richarlison through, who then slid the ball across to Gray to finish at the far post.

Gray had the chance to make it two when, again, Hughes won the ball in midfield and this time released Daryl Janmaat (£5.0m). His cross was close to the former Burnley man, but it was turned behind for a corner.

Heurelho Gomes (£4.5m) came on for Ben Foster (£4.5m) at half-time and could have done better for Köln’s equaliser. Salih Oczan’s low cross from the left was easily turned into the empty Watford net by Jhon Córdoba after a poor decision from the Brazilian.

WATFORD FIRST-HALF XI: (4-1-4-1): Foster; Masina, Kabasele, Cathcart, Janmaat; Capoue; Richarlison, Pereyra, Hughes, Sema; Gray.

WATFORD SECOND-HALF XI (4-2-3-1): Gomes; Holebas, Britos, Mariappa, Femenia; Hoban, Wilmot; Success, Sinclair, Lukebakio; Deeney.

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632 Comments Post a Comment
  1. TAT
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Tinkering with a second draft: How does this look?
      Fabianski - Patrício
      Robertson - Cédric - Peltier - Keane (or other 5.0 def) - Tomkins
      Salah - Sessegnon - Jota - Sané - Milivojevic
      Aubameyang - Quaner - Firmino

      playing 3-5-2 or 4-4-2. One of the 6.5m kids can be downgraded to Deulofeu for money to spent upgrading GK/def or one mid.

      1. Mayor of Flair
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Not bad. Would have a Burnley defender as your 5.0

        1. TAT
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Have Mee in my first draft, but EL worries me a bit.

      2. Zladan
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Rating out of 10:

        McCarthy
        Robertson PVA Cedric
        Sanchez Willian Salah Martial
        Tosun Agüero Austin

        Patricio Wan-Bissaka Masuaku Bennett

        1. phild22
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          8, decent team but i wouldnt have sanchez and martial, maybe downgrade martial and upgrade austin

          1. Zladan
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Cheers for the feedback.

            I quite fancy the Saints to start well. Austin not 100% nailed though.

            Martial should start, and like Sanchez possibly OOP. Plus good fixtures. I don’t think it’s as strange on paper as it looks.

            Martial + Austin is only 13.5m. Hard to find a decent upgraded forward without making Martial’s replacement an absolute fodder.

            Arnie, Zaha are no goers for me. (Unless United sign Arnie).

        2. Tube!!
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          I would look at your GK....Gunn just signed so they have 3 who could start.

          Downgrade Sanchez / Martial as you will want Arsenal attack GW3

          1. Zladan
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Cheers. Didn’t know about Gunn.

            Ramsey most likely replaces Martial in my team GW3 once those horrible Arsenal fixtures are done.

        3. jwong23
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          7

      3. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Time and time again I end up with Siggy coz I have 7.5m to spend.

        🙁

        1. Boris Bodega
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Compare Siggy with Ramsey and it will solve your problem.

          1. Christina.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            I know. That was last season.

            Besides I have Auba.

        2. Ask Yourself (Lenin is dead…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Grow a willy

      4. CostaCoffee
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Out of 10?
        Ederson (4.0)
        Azpi Robertson Coleman (Tomkins, Bennett)
        Sanchez Mkhitaryan Mahrez Jota (Stephens)
        Aguero Zaha Tosun

        1.5m itb

        1. phild22
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          7, no liverpool attackers with their fixtures would worry me

        2. Tube!!
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Salah

        3. jwong23
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          9

      5. Lucackadoodledoo
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Hi Folks,

        Hopin you could RMT.

        Foster (Fab)
        Robertson \ Coleman \ PVA \ (Cedric) \ (4.0)
        Siggy \ Salah \ Willian \ Martial \ Ramsey
        Tosun \ Firmino \ (Sorloth)

        1m ITB

        Swaying towards this 3-5-2 however bit concerned I've no Auba or Aguero but really like the midfield.

        Thoughts?

        1. phild22
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          looks pretty good but personally would downgrade either willian or martial and upgrade your strikers

          1. Tube!!
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            ^

        2. jwong23
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Not a fan of the midfield. Not sure on the ant of game time for Siggy, Martial and Wiilian. Not keen on Foster too

      6. Boris Bodega
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Anyone care to have a guess at Arsenal's starting 11 against Man City?

        1. Boris Bodega
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          As far as I can make out looks like a 4-2-3-1 formation.

          1. Revival
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Would love to see Arsenal line up like this, Ozil as a No 10 and Mkhi and Auba as wingers in a front 3. Prob won't happen do!

            Leno
            Lichtstenier Mavropanos Sokratis Monreal
            Torreira Ramsey
            Ozil
            Mkhi Laca Auba

            1. Fassy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 4 days ago

              No love for Bellerin?

              1. Revival
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 4 days ago

                not from me, has been poor since start of 2017 so hopefully Lichtsteiner is the perfect competition for him. Bellerin needs to earn his place first.

        2. phild22
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          leno
          bellerin sokratis mustafi kolsainac
          ramsey xhaka ozil
          mkhi laca auba

          1. Boris Bodega
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            No Torreira? I thought he would be a shoe in to start.

        3. SW6
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Leno
          Bellerin....Sokratis....Mustafi......Monreal
          ..........Ramsey...Xhaka...Torreira
          ....................Mkhi...Ozil
          .........................Auba

          1. Boris Bodega
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Looks nice. Would Ramsey, Xhaka & Torreira all start?

        4. TAT
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Lacazette and Aubameyang looks to be a good partnership up front. Throw in Mkhitaryan on the right hand side, and you have a great trio.

            Leno/Cech (not completely sure Leno will be nailed on from the start)
            Bellerín - Sokratis - Mustafi - Monreal
            Ramsey - Torreira
            Özil
            Mkhitaryan - Lacazette - Aubameyang

            Depending on formation, you'd expect Xhaka to play, and Kolašinac/Lichsteiner will probably get games as well. Monreal is also linked with a move to Spain.

            Chambers, Holding, Mavropanos and Maitland-Niles can also start games if needed, so that Arsenal defence is not something I'd consider - with the exception of Sokratis perhaps. He's no stranger to bookings, from what I've heard.

          • DARE
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Okay, I'll have a swing at it....

            Leno
            Bellerin - Mustafi - Sokratis - Monreal
            Xhaka - Torreira
            Ramsey
            Özil - Lacazette - Aubameyang

            ....this is my guess, as of right now. Problem would be if the WC- players don't arrive in time to get a proper pre-season (Xhaka, Torreira, Özil).

            I hope Lichtsteiner plays instead of Bellering though.
            Also, Mkhitaryan could play on the left and Auba on top (Lacazette bench).

        5. phild22
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          hey guys let me know what you think please
          ederson (boruc)
          coleman pva douglas (cedric) (peltier)
          salah dilva martial cairney (stephens)
          aubamayang firmino arnie

        6. Russell
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Is Keita being overlooked?

          Seems to have a decent goal scoring record and could be better value than most £7.5m players. I guess an option for the Salahless team!

        7. schmileyg
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Please kindly RMT

          Foster / 4m

          Mendy Shaw Coleman / Cedric 4m

          Mane Siggy Sane Martial / Cairney

          Aguero Firmino Tosun

          Thanks

          1. MyBall MyRules
              1 month, 4 days ago

              No salah. Rid yourself of shaw asap unless he is a filler until young returns.

          2. JamTart
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 4 days ago

            If Chelsea get Higuain how much do you reckon he'll be? 9.5/10 Along the lines of Laca?

            1. MyBall MyRules
                1 month, 4 days ago

                Higuain, laca, firmino
                What a bargain front 3

            2. Athletic Bilbo
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              Another day, another poor quality article.

              Atsu is not ahead in the pecking order on penalties: look at who was actually on the pitch at the time.

              I can forgive the lack of any wit or style in the writing, but the constant gaping holes and misguided claims in the articles over this summer are unacceptable. My third season playing fpl and I was set on a membership for the season, but I’m not about to pay for exclusive articles that I have to pick apart myself to glean any useful info.

              Sorry to complain but it’s been getting to me since the World Cup predicted lineups (apparently the result of ‘weeks of painstaking research’), which included Bustos in the predicted Argentina team (he wasn’t even in the provisional 35-man squad). Please don’t let this guy get his hands on the weekly team news.

              It seems like the site is becoming more concerned with sensational headlines and telling everyone how great it is, whilst forgetting what made it so valuable in the first place. People use this resource for its claimed insight and expertise but Mr Munday’s articles are more of a case of the blind leading the vision impaired.

              Hopefully Mark, Joe, Wardale and other quality writers will be back soon for the new season. If things continue into the season in the current vein then there will be a huge loss in credibility and far more widespread backlash.