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Scout Notes

Palace create FPL selection dilemma and Pedro strikes again

It is becoming harder to discern which Crystal Palace assets will be the best ones to own in Fantasy Premier League for 2018/19 as they continue to impress during pre-season.

Meanwhile, Pedro (£6.5m) has made it two goals in as many matches as Fantasy managers flock to the mid-price Chelsea midfielder.

In this latest Scout Notes article we’ll see what some of the weekend’s goals, assists and line-ups mean for our Gameweek 1 preparations.

BIRMINGHAM CITY 1-1 BRIGHTON

  • Goals: Yves Bissouma (£5.0m)
  • Assists: None

Glenn Murray (£6.5m) appears to have put a pre-season ankle injury behind him as he registered another 75 minutes for Brighton in a 1-1 draw at Birmingham City on Saturday. Although the former Crystal Palace forward believes he is still behind the rest of the squad when it comes to fitness, as a result of the week that he missed with the knock. Murray’s chances of starting Gameweek 1 at Watford are still good though, as Jurgen Locadia (£5.5m) is sidelined and Florin Andone (£5.0m) yet to be involved in a pre-season match through a groin injury. Tomer Hemed (£5.0m) looks the most likely to fight for his place as he has registered more minutes and is Brighton’s top-scorer of pre-season with two goals.

“That injury put me a week behind the rest of the squad, and I had my first 60 minutes against Charlton in midweek. The biggest positive for me was I got through 75 minutes pain free and I’m eager to kick on now.” – Glenn Murray

Manager Chris Hughton only made three substitutions at St. Andrews Stadium, instead of the large swathe of changes pre-season matches have become known for. That lends credence to the idea that the line-up he named was close to the XI he wishes to start at Vicarage Road on August 11.

Shane Duffy (£4.5m) and Lewis Dunk (£4.5m) were paired together at centre-back for the first time this summer, although new signing Leon Balogun (£4.5m) came on for the latter with 15 minutes left. The Nigerian’s late return to the squad and Duffy’s injury earlier this month have made it difficult to asses exactly who looks set to be the first-choice pair. Dunk has played more minutes than the other two and looks the most likely in terms of preparation, hence why he is the most popular of the trio so far (3.8 percent ownership). Brighton have just FC Nantes to play at Amex Stadium on August 3 now, which we hope will give us final clarification over who the preferred pairing is.

“I just put in my best and that’s all I can do. Then you hope it is enough. Of course, I can’t come here and say I played in the World Cup and now I’m going to play from the start. I have to earn it and that’s what I’m trying to do.” – Leon Balogun

Mat Ryan (£4.5m) looks set to be between the sticks from the off, now that he has completed his first 90 minutes since returning from the World Cup. The Australian registered 51 minutes against Portsmouth last week before playing all of the draw in Birmingham.

New signing Yves Bissouma (£5.0m) got the goal in this game, netting a last-minute free-kick he had won himself after Birmingham had gone ahead through Maikel Kieftenbeld in the first-half.

BRIGHTON XI (4-4-1-1): Ryan; Bernardo, Dunk (Balogun 74’), Duffy, Bruno; March, Pröpper, Stephens, Knockaert; Groß (Bissouma 70’); Murray (Hemed 74’).

BURTON ALBION 1-5 CARDIFF CITY

  • Goals: Own-goal, Kenneth Zohore (£5.0m), Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (£5.0m), Bobby Reid (£5.5m), Callum Paterson (£5.5m)
  • Assists: Junior Hoilett (£5.5m), Joe Ralls (£5.0m), None, Neil Etheridge (£4.5m), None.

Bobby Reid (£5.5m) scored his third goal of pre-season against Burton Albion on Saturday to further his case for a Gameweek 1 start against Bournemouth. However, it was another match where the former Bristol City man was used on the right wing of attacking midfield, slightly frustrating considering he is a forward on Fantasy Premier League. If he is not going to be used as a striker, he will have competition from Josh Murphy (£5.0m), the Bluebirds pre-season top-scorer and Junior Hoilett (£5.5m), who got an assist at Burton.

On the injury front, right-back Lee Peltier (£4.0m) was taken to hospital after a clash of heads. The local press has suggested that manager Neil Warnock prefers Peltier to Jazz Richards (£4.0m) in that position so it will be worth keeping an eye on his fitness in the coming days. He is currently the most popular Cardiff defender with 2.5 percent ownership. If his head injury will put him on the sidelines for some time then Richards, the same price, provides a decent alternative at Cardiff, although Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£4.0m) still looks the most viable option in this price bracket.

“He’s gone to hospital now, he can’t remember being knocked out so that’s always a precautionary thing we do so we’ll see what the doctor says. It was a sickening clash, it sounded hollow so hopefully he’s okay.” – Kevin Blackwell, assistant manager

Elsewhere in the Cardiff back-line, Sol Bamba (£4.5m) got his first 90 minutes of pre-season although he should still start in Gameweek 1. According to local press, Warnock likes to manage Bamba’s minutes in pre-season so that he’s at his best for the season proper. In this particular match, the former Leeds man played as well as he did last term, alongside Sean Morrison (£5.0m).

New signing Greg Cunningham (£4.5m) is slowly but surely winning the battle for the left-back spot over last season’s first-choice Joe Bennett (£4.5m). The former Preston man has started the same number of matches as the latter (three each), but has now completed 90 minutes on two occasions with Bennett not managing more than 60 so far. In fact, Cunningham has registered a total of 315 minutes in pre-season compared to Bennett’s 180, and has three assists to show for it.

Neil Warnock left the match early to catch a flight and meet a transfer target. According to Blackwell, Liverpool are the ones who need to make the next move on whether Marko Grujic will be coming back to Cardiff following a successful loan period last season.

“Marko was an absolute credit to himself here and we’re hoping that we can complete the deal. It’s in the hands of Liverpool and his agent and if it was up to Marko, he’d have been here yesterday.” – Kevin Blackwell

CARDIFF CITY XI (4-2-3-1): Smithies (Etheridge 45’); Cunningham, Bamba, Morrison (Ecuele Manga 62’), Peltier (J Murphy 70’); Ralls, Gunnarsson (Damour 62’); Hoilett, Mendez-Laing, Reid (Paterson 62’); Zohore (Madine 62’)

INTER MILAN 1-1 CHELSEA

  • Goals: Pedro (£6.5m)
  • Assists: Alvaro Morata (£9.0m)

The return of several World Cup players has added more depth to Chelsea’s pre-season squad as they prepare for their first campaign under Maurizio Sarri. With this just Chelsea’s second match of pre-season those who have only just come back haven’t missed too much action and should probably be in the frame for a start in Gameweek 1 and even Sunday’s Community Shield.

Several options who have started the first two matches have made strong cases for their inclusion in Sarri’s first-choice XI, though. Not least mid-price midfielder Pedro (£6.5m) who now has two goals in as many matches from the right-flank of the front-three, benefitting from the continued absence of Eden Hazard (£10.5m) and Willian (£7.5m), both of whom are linked with moves away. Interestingly, the Spaniard still has just 1.7 percent ownership while his aforementioned team-mates have 9.6 and 7.2 respectively.

Perhaps the main competition for Pedro may actually come from Victor Moses (£6.0m) who replaced him just after the hour-mark. Now that Sarri has done away with 3-4-3 and installed his 4-3-3 system, the Nigerian may well return to his previous role of right-winger as he did against Inter Milan. That would be a hugely exciting prospect for Fantasy managers with him classed as a defender in FPL. Moses managed three goals and six assists as a wing-back last season and could be capable of much more if stationed higher up the pitch and with less of a defensive role.

Callum Hudson-Odoi (£4.5m) still has an outside chance of an early season start after he featured from the beginning for a second-match in succession. He followed up his first performance of pre-season, in which he registered an assist, with another fine display on the left-flank of the attack.

David Luiz (£5.5m) looks increasingly like the cheapest reliable Fantasy option for anyone looking to get in on the Chelsea defence. He has started both pre-season matches alongside promising young FPL midfielder Ethan Ampadu (£4.5m) so far and is the more likely of the two to hold onto a starting berth with the return of Antonio Rudiger (£5.5m) and Andreas Christensen (£5.5m), who were their replacements in the 64th minute. The latter, who struggled with injury last season was reportedly limping towards the end of this latest match, suggesting that he may be worth avoiding again in 2018/19. Gary Cahill (£6.0m) is yet to return to the club after his involvement with England at the World Cup.

Marcos Alonso (£6.5m) and Davide Zappacosta (£5.5m) started on the flanks of the back-four again, the former the more likely to hold onto his place come Gameweek 1. Emerson Palmieri (£5.5m) wasn’t introduced until the hour-mark this time around having come on for Alonso at half-time beforehand, while Cesar Azpilicueta (£6.5m) played the last 25 minutes at right-back in Zappacosta’s place. Alonso and Azpilicueta remain the most popular Chelsea defenders with 16.9 and 16.1 percent ownership respectively.

There was another start in the midfield for Ross Barkley (£6.0m) and his replacement Tiemoue Bakayoko (£5.0m) had a poor performance – another reason why the Englishman could benefit from a run in the team in absence of N’Golo Kante (£5.0m) early on.

Despite his name being bandied about in transfer negotiations over Gonzalo Higuain, there was another good performance from Alvaro Morata (£9.0m). Starting a second match in a row with Olivier Giroud (£8.0m) still on leave, he got the assist for Pedro’s goal. If he remains in London and Higuain does not join the Blues he is worth considering for the early part of the season at least.

Academy goalkeeper Marcin Bulka started the match with Willy Caballero (£5.0m) replacing him at the break, amid speculation over Thibaut Courtois’ (£5.5m) future at Chelsea.

CHELSEA (4-3-3): Bulka (Caballero 45’); Alonso (Emerson 64’), David Luiz (Rudiger 64’), Ampadu (Christensen 64’), Zappacosta (Azpilicueta 45’); Barkley (Bakayoko 45’), Jorginho, Fabregas (Drinkwater 45’); Hudson-Odoi (Piazon 82’), Morata (Abraham 64’), Pedro (Moses 64’).

READING 0-4 CRYSTAL PALACE

  • Goals: Alexander Sørloth (£5.0m), Wilfried Zaha x2 (£7.0m), James Tomkins (£4.5m)
  • Assists: Zaha, Patrick van Aanholt x2 (£5.5m), James McArthur (£5.0m)

Fantasy managers will have a hard time choosing between which Crystal Palace players to include in their Gameweek 1 squads as the Eagles won another pre-season match comfortably, this time at Reading.

Wilfried Zaha (£7.0m) understandably remains the most popular asset (31.9 percent ownership) after his brace and assist at the Madejski Stadium. The former Manchester United man now has three goals and an assist in three matches and appears one of the most viable options among mid-price forwards. Marko Arnautovic (£7.0m) has a slightly improved record of five goals and one assist in four outings so far but the West Ham has an arguably harder run of games to open the 2018/19 season compared to Zaha, whose Palace side sit top of our Season Ticker for attack in the first six Gameweeks. With very little to inspire in the forwards category at all in the early weeks, owning both could prove a decent strategy.

Palace also look hugely appealing in defence with a number of options in a strong position for FPL investment. Having now started three matches together, the back-four looks completely locked in. Patrick van Aanholt (£5.5m) added two assists to his two pre-season goals in this one, James Tomkins (£4.5m) found the net, Wan-Bissaka started for the fourth time and could have had two assists were it for better finishing, while Mamadou Sakho (£5.0m) can be a Bonus Points System champion in 2018/19.

However, the goalkeeper situation remains unclear as Wayne Hennessey (£4.5m) replaced Vicente Guaita (£4.5m) for this fixture. The Welshman oversaw Palace’s first clean sheet of the summer and overtook the new signing for pre-season minutes, he now leads the way 225 to 180.

FPL defender Jeffrey Schlupp (£4.5m) continues to play out of position, making his fourth start as a left-midfielder against Reading on Saturday. He has just one goal to his name so far but was dangerous against the Royals. Alexander Sørloth (£5.0m) continues to offer the potential for another discount way into Palace’s attack, making his fifth start at centre-forward and increasing his pre-season record to two goals and three assists. Both Schlupp and Sørloth sit in 0.5 percent of Fantasy squads but their pre-season performances could set them up as extreme differentials.

Luka Milivojevic (£6.5m) came on at half-time for Jairo Riedewald (£4.5m) in the centre of midfield and is now in contention for a start in Gameweek 1.

CRYSTAL PALACE XI (4-2-3-1): Hennessey; van Aanholt, Sakho, Tomkins, Wan-Bissaka; Riedewald (Milivojevic 45’), McArthur (Williams 82’); Schlupp, Zaha, Townsend (Puncheon 82’); Sørloth (Wickham 72’).

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921 Comments Post a Comment
  1. ponsio22
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 20 days ago

    When’s the next scout cast?

  2. Jacky boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 20 days ago

    BREAKING NEWS

    Fulham and Swansea agree fee for defender Alfie Mawson, Sky Sports News understands.

    1. Stoichkov#8
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      4.5 and he is in my team!
      please!!!!

      1. Cofinho
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 20 days ago

        Dream 🙁

      2. Pieterke30
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 20 days ago

        5.0 for sure

        FPL pedigree and proven goalthreat

      3. Midlands Saint73
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 20 days ago

        And mine and everyone else's, 5.0 is probably right price and is tempting at that.

    2. ⚽️ Trevor Letcombe Bass…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      whats it all about Al-feeeeee?

      1. Stoichkov#8
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 20 days ago

        and what is in your throat bro? 😉

    3. Jacky boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      5.0 for a fulham defender? You joking

      1. Stoichkov#8
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 20 days ago

        yeah. 4.5 too low, 5.0 too much....we will see

        1. Jacky boy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 20 days ago

          4.5 even too much for a CB that plays for fulham

          1. Stoichkov#8
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 20 days ago

            oh cmon

    4. Jigger & Pony
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      Nice one!

  3. Cofinho
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 20 days ago

    Mitros price gonna be 6.5 or?

    1. Stoichkov#8
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      yeah, most probably. not a chance for 6.0

    2. Brosstan
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      Hoping for 6.0. Relegation team, his record in the PL is bad. 6.5 would be overpriced I think. Austin is 6.0

      1. Cofinho
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 20 days ago

        10 goals is not bad for first season in PL 🙂

        1. Clickzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 20 days ago

          True, Austin managed 18 goals and started at 5.5/6

    3. Jacky boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      6.0

    4. Fletcher Moss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      Premier League very different to Championship and Newcastle didn’t exactly fancy him despite poor alternatives. I think 5.5m would be reasonable but suspect it’ll be 6m. I’d say 6.5m would make him a no go until he proves himself - that’s almost Zaha or Arnautovic. Wood only 6.5m after a season to prove himself.

    5. Jigger & Pony
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      5-5-6.0m hopefully. Will be tempting at that price.

    6. The Pesci challenge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      6 I think, tempting but can’t seem to fit in my front (auba, firmino & zaha)

  4. Clickzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 20 days ago

    Someone enlighten me on this Jota fellow? I know he's only a cheap option at £5.0. but why in so many drafts? Just an enabler?

      1. Clickzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 20 days ago

        Great, thanks

    1. Stoichkov#8
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      he is more attacking pick than 5.0 enablers
      not sure about him as didnt saw him playing but in my team atm as look like OOP and scored in pre season already

    2. Jean Claude Edam
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      Wolves top goal scorer last year with 17 goals.

      They’re predicted to go well this year with the bookies.

    3. ⚽️ Trevor Letcombe Bass…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      6.5 - jota that down!

    4. Jean Claude Edam
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      £6.5m isn’t he though?

    5. Y26 Royal
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      Jota is 6.5. You mean Neves? or Costa?

    6. Clickzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      Haha my apologies guys, haven't looked much into the newly promoted sides, duly noted XD

  5. It’s just Jim
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 20 days ago

    A) Shaw & B.Silva
    B) Bailly & Pedro (0.5ITB)

    1. Cofinho
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      B

    2. Stoichkov#8
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      B

    3. ⚽️ Trevor Letcombe Bass…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      B

  6. Fletcher Moss
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 20 days ago

    How do people see the Fulham goalkeeping situation now that Fabri has signed?

    I had Bettinelli in to rotate with Fabianski. Could go for Patricio instead now that I’ve had to get rid of one of my first picks, Barry Douglas.

    1. Cofinho
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      I really think that Bettinelli is gonna be first gp

    2. ⚽️ Trevor Letcombe Bass…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      defence looks dreadful even with mawson, would avoid.

      1. Fletcher Moss
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 20 days ago

        It’s true that there’s been a lot of turnover in defence which hasn’t helped. Losing Fredericks to West Ham was a blow. If they can get Targett back it’ll help, while Mawson is a definite upgrade on Odoi.

        May be wise to switch and monitor. Thanks.

    3. Jigger & Pony
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      Fabri should be first choice

      1. Fletcher Moss
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 20 days ago

        Cheers. I think any doubt in a goalkeeper’s starts should mean a change.

    4. The Pesci challenge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      Fabri was a champs league gk last season so I wouldn’t see him coming to Fulham unless he was first choice

      1. Fletcher Moss
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 20 days ago

        Yeah, that’s a fair point. I don’t know much about Fabri so that’s good to know.

        I think you’ve all made up my mind. Cheers!

  7. Keep Calm and Play On
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 20 days ago

    I see a lot of posts hating on people with limited bench assets (4.0-4.0-4.5-4.5) or something like that, but is this not the time of the season to take that cash and put it into a strong 11 that you will play for the first 2-3 gws without worrying about transfers. I understand that teams may not be settled due to WC and injuries may happen but with the transfer window closing before the season we should have a fairly good idea of how teams will line up. I've personally never tried this strategy (weak bench) myself and perhaps that's the reason I've never finished top 10k but I just find it odd to spend extra money on a bench that we may not end up using if we are smart with our initial picks. For example if we pick players we feel have a good chance at being nailed why would we spend the extra .5 or 1m on a player who most likely be on our bench anyway, considering if we wait 2 wks we can have 2 FT and the ability to use a WC if things are really bad...Adding on to that if a 4.5m or 4.0m defender is going to get 2pts and the 5m and 4.5m options may get 5 points every 3 weeks and 2 the others...the odds of us nailing that start to get pretty slim as opposed to spending on say a 5.5m>6m defender a 6m>6.5m midfielder or a 6.5m>7m forward, no?

    1. Jean Claude Edam
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      My eyes, my eyes!

    2. Y26 Royal
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      I've got 4.0 / 4.5 / 5.0 as i want something half decent with 2 City players in my 1st eleven. Think if you've got a or 2 punts in ya first eleven you gotta have something half decent on the bench. Plenty of 4.5 / 5.0 players around for that.

      1. Jean Claude Edam
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 20 days ago

        Sounds right

    3. Brosstan
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      I see much more hating of those who have a little bit more than standard on the bench. The template is probably just 0.5 more than the absolute minimum on the bench.

    4. Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      Nothing wrong with spending no money on the bench if you're comfortable with the nailedness of the XI and especially if the base price players are nailed too.

      With unlimited FTs, though, I like to take advantage of the luxury of picking players to cover other players' poor fixtures. If I were wildcarding after we had more information, I would be more tempted by your idea of streamlining the bench and picking the absolute highest scoring XI that I could.

      But then again, if I wildcard closer to Christmas I might want a strong bench to cope with rotation during that period.

      Each to their own. Nothing wrong with it, as I say.... 🙂

  8. Pieterke30
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 20 days ago

    Where are Mark and Jonty?

    Find it weird they dont write or post anything.

    1. Brosstan
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      Theyve been told to stay away by the marketing company that has taken over FFS. Soon some young screaming youtube guy will be the face of FFS, thats what appeals to the masses.

      1. Pieterke30
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 20 days ago

        Cant really say if you’re being sarcastic or if it’s true

  9. Stoichkov#8
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 20 days ago

    One of those days: day off, beer, music, makin replys on FFS 🙂

    1. KAPTAIN KUN
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      RMT?

  10. Garlana
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 20 days ago

    Thoughts on this draft? Better option than quaner at 4.5?

    Foster/Fab

    PVA, Robertson, Cedric
    Salah, mane, dsilva, Pedro, Richarlison
    Aubam, zaha

    Jagielka(or other 4.5), wan-bas, quaner.

    1. Cofinho
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      Very good

      1. Garlana
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 20 days ago

        Thanks

    2. Stoichkov#8
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      ont like dsilva as pep said he will be rotated due to age so this will be a transfer waiting to happen. got Sane/Mahrez or even Bsilva

  11. tuvok
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    6 months, 20 days ago

    Do people still think Aguero is an option?

    Man City's Brazilians were back in training today, the same day as the Argentina boys.

    For those like me who had Aguero on the basis that he would return earlier, this is annoying. Now it's a coin toss between him and Jesus I would say.

    You can see a video of today's training session on Man City's twitter feed. For those that don't know, Mahrez has also been declared fit and set to return to training in the next few days.

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      Though one isn't it ....wait for community shield to see what happens ...

    2. Cofinho
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      I will go for Sane

      1. Brosstan
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 20 days ago

        Where was Sane in the training video anyway? Couldnt see him there

        1. tuvok
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          6 months, 20 days ago

          Yeah I thought that too. His situation is strange, he's not been featuring much despite being fit & available. The new post touches on this. https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2018/07/30/more-man-city-injuries-as-world-cup-stars-return-to-training/
          I think I'm more set on Mahrez

  12. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 20 days ago

    Bobby Reid anyone ?

    1. The Pesci challenge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      Nope

  13. Deulofail
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 20 days ago

    Is it against the PL rules for a player to be contracted to play for more than one club during the same period of time? E.g. for 2 clubs to share a player one week here, one week there; or month to month; or half a season each?

    Currently, players can move for half a season during the transfer periods, and free agents, I believe, can be picked up any time. As far as I'm aware there are not footballing rules about contract lengths (feel free to correct me), but is there anything stopping teams from sharing a player?

    1. Y26 Royal
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      Players have to be registered and can only be registered to one club as far as i'm aware. There's a cap on how many teams you can play for in a season too (as in loan moves).

      1. Deulofail
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 20 days ago

        Cool. Thanks.

    2. Norman Conquest
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      A player may only be registered with one club at a time. Players may be registered with a maximum of three clubs during one season. During this period, the player is only eligible to play official matches for two clubs

    3. Parm
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      Don't think you can sign a free agent if they become a 'free agent' whilst the window is shut.

  14. Kalju75
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 20 days ago

    Is my defence and goalies too weak if i go with this team???

    4.5-4.0
    Robbo-Tomkins-Cedric-4.5-4.0
    Salah-Sane-Eriksen-Jota-Ward
    Auba-Tosun-Zaha

    1. Clickzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      I'd want to rotate GKs 4.5/4.5 and have two premium defenders with 4.5/4.5 to switch with each other too. That's my template anyway

  15. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 20 days ago

    Sorlath gotta be a cheap option now right?

    1. varun619
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      Yup, I would prefer Zaha for the extra 2.0m, but Sorloth is a lot better than the 5.0m midfield options

  16. Kalju75
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 20 days ago

    I think you are right.need to try again i guess.

  17. korbendallas82
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 20 days ago

    De Gea
    Coleman Robertson Lowton Alonso
    Salah Sanchez Sane Jota
    Zaha Wood

    Boruc Kamara Neves Peltier

    Neves and Jota looks very interesting. I was hyped by will Hughes, but he was not even on bench in last training match.

    So real question, downgrade Salah to Mane, and upgrade Jota to Hazard? If Hazard seems Happy close to season start.

  18. hspin
    6 months, 20 days ago

    Bailly has to be a great pick?

    1. korbendallas82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      Yes. He was so solid befor injury. But there is still some question early on.

  19. Nuno’s Dream
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 20 days ago

    Is it too risky to go with both Arnie & Zaha in your front 3 with just 1 premium (eg. Kun/Auba)??

    Or should you get a firmino or lacazette in for one of the 7.0s and take a hit in midfield??

    Thoughts chaps!

    1. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      personally think the 7m fwds are better than the 7m mids
      AND
      the 9-9.5m mids are better than the 9-9.5m fwds

  20. BIG TONES
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 20 days ago

    Chances of Sturridge playing if Firmino isn't back?

  21. Kristobal
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 20 days ago

    Does anyone think that Vardy will start gameweek 1?

    1. Sterling is £11Mill..…
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 20 days ago

      dont see why not? He didnt do anthing at the world cup, but thats the extent of my research though. Im sure his goal tally will be reduced however without Mahrez and Albrighton is injured as well

      1. Kristobal
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 20 days ago

        Maybe. But Maddison might offer some assists for him.

  22. Kristobal
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 20 days ago

    Anyone heard if Mendy is back for gameweek 1?

    1. liam2190
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      wait for charity shield this weekend

  23. Pilgrim62
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 20 days ago

    RMT
    Ederson, Speroni
    PVA, Robo, Bailli, Sako, 4.0
    Salah, Mane, Ericsen, Richarlison, 4.5
    Kun, Arni, 4.5

    Any advise?

    1. Pilgrim62
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      Cedric instead PVA

  24. Kristobal
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 20 days ago

    A) Bellerin

    B) Bailly

    1. Jealous Viper
      6 months, 20 days ago

      A if you can overlook first 2 games

    2. liam2190
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      B

  25. Jealous Viper
    6 months, 20 days ago

    Coleman and Wan B or Mee/Burnley def and Sclupp

  26. Kristobal
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 20 days ago

    Best combo?

    A) Alisson & Mendy

    B) Ederson & Robbo/VVD

  27. Cmondown
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 20 days ago

    RMT please.... bench weak and relying on too many budget players in starting 11, dont know who to change?

    Pickford
    ward alexander mendy
    neves kenedy salah erikson sane
    firmino auby(kun GW3)

    speroni wan-bis peltier kamara

  28. aydeepee69
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 20 days ago

    Anybody considering Keita as a differential as a cheaper second Liverpool midfielder? Looks tempting but really low ownership - unless there's something Im missing???

    1. varun619
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      Yup, he's going to be chipping in with goals and assists. Second best option at 7.5 after Ramsey.

  29. Elly88 > Jammy Fox 33-37
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 20 days ago

    Best Burnley defender?

    1. william prunier
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      Tark