Scout Notes

Aubameyang nets brace as Lacazette and Hazard have night off

Chelsea and Arsenal both won their first Europa League matches of the season on Thursday night.

The line-ups named by both managers have already given us early indication of which players will feature in Gameweek 6.

We’ve gone over the two matches to find the best Fantasy Premier League talking points in this latest Scout Notes article.

PAOK 0-1 CHELSEA

Goals: Willian (£7.4m)

Assists: Ross Barkley (£5.8m)

As expected, Eden Hazard (£10.9m) played no part in Chelsea’s 1-0 win over PAOK in the Europa League. While fellow captain candidates Mohamed Salah (£13.0m) and Sergio Aguero (£11.4m) were involved for their clubs in the Champions League, Hazard should be completely fresh and ready for his Gameweek 6 trip to West Ham.

It was Pedro (£6.8m) and Willian (£7.4m) who started the match as wide forwards in Maurizio Sarri’s 4-3-3 system. The two players have been going head-to-head for preference in the Premier League with room for just one of them in the Chelsea front-line when Hazard is around.

On Thursday night, Willian may have secured the advantage in what looks like an ongoing see-saw between him and Pedro. After registering a 10-point FPL haul on Saturday, the Brazilian also scored the only goal in Greece. Meanwhile, former Barcelona man Pedro was forced out of the game with an injury late on, although Sarri does not believe it is too serious.

“I don’t know. The problem is the shoulder, but I don’t know exactly the situation. I have spoken with the doctor, but only for a few seconds. The doctor told me that probably it’s not a very serious injury.” – Maurizio Sarri

Pedro also took to Twitter on Friday morning to allay any fears over the knock he sustained.

 

 

Crucial to his battle with Pedro, Willian was handed the captaincy on Thursday night, suggesting that Sarri does hold him in high regard. It was the first time he had skippered the side in a competitive setting, having last done so in a pre-season friendly against Lyon. Sarri is yet to announce his official club captain, although he is unlikely to pick Willian for the role. Cesar Azpilicueta (£6.4m) has worn the armband in every league match so far and took it from Willian when he came on for a 24-minute appearance.

Azpilicueta was one of just five players to drop out of the starting XI on Thursday. The others were Hazard, David Luiz (£5.5m), Mateo Kovacic (£6.0m) and Olivier Giroud (£7.8m).

There was some concern over Marcos Alonso (£6.8m) starting, but Sarri did the gentlemanly thing and took him off unharmed on 66 minutes, Azpilicueta his replacement. This was presumably to give the left-back some rest ahead of Sunday’s trip to West Ham.

Jorginho (£5.2m) was substituted at the same time as Alonso although N’Golo Kanté (£5.0m) played the full 90 minutes. The fact that both of Chelsea’s key central midfielders started the match did come as a surprise, and some Chelsea followers believe it was a risk to name such a strong team. Especially considering Ethan Ampadu (£4.4m) and Callum Hudson-Odoi (£4.3m) not even in the match-day squad, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£5.3m) an unused substitute. Journalists asked Sarri why he did not rest more players ahead of a Sunday’s London derby.

“I don’t know. For an English team, the Europa League is a very difficult competition. For example, in Italy, if I play in Greece on Thursday I can ask to play on Monday night. Not in England. We have to play again in 63 hours, on Sunday morning. I don’t know in the future. It’s not a big problem now. We have played only six matches. Now it’s not a problem. I hope to qualify before the last one or two games.” – Maurizio Sarri

It is possible that Sarri took the risk of starting so many key players in order to get Chelsea off to a good start in Europe. A trip to PAOK away was probably the hardest test of the group, with BATE Borisov and MOL Vidi still to come. Going a little heavy-handed with team selection ensured that Chelsea got three points and eased pressure on the remaining fixtures.

That said, Chelsea could have won the game by a larger margin. Those who have watched all their matches so far in 2018/19 have revealed that the Blues are often lacking a killer instinct. The win in Greece was not the first time this season that Chelsea dominated possession but failed to make it show on the scoreboard. Last night they had 68% possession and fired off 22 shots, but just five were on target and they only scored once.

Part of the reason for such profligacy in front of goal was down to Álvaro Morata (£9.0m). The Spaniard did not have a particularly poor game as a whole, but his contribution will be largely remembered for missed chances. There was a first-half header in particular that he really should have buried.

“Alvaro has to gain confidence with one, two, three goals. I am not able to give him confidence. In this match, he has had three, four opportunities. He was unlucky. I hope for him that in the future I can try to help him, but the confidence can become only with goals. With two goals in two matches. I don’t know. I have to say also, for maybe the first time in this season Alvaro was ready in the box. He was on the ball and was active.” – Maurizio Sarri

Finally, there was an interesting story involving left-back Emerson Palmieri (£5.3m). Sarri left the Italian defender out of the match-day squad for the trip and did not explain why in his post-match press conference. Emerson then took to Twitter to explain that he wasn’t injured, before deleting the post shortly afterwards.

Chelsea XI (4-3-3): Kepa; Alonso (Azpilicueta 66′), Christensen, Rüdiger, Zappacosta; Barkley, Jorginho (Fabregas 65′), Kanté; Willian, Morata (Giroud 81′), Pedro

ARSENAL 4-2 VORSKLA

Goals: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang x2 (£10.9m), Danny Welbeck (£6.5m), Mesut Özil (£8.3m)

Assists: Alex Iwobi (£5.5m), Henrikh Mkhitaryan x2 (£7.1m), Stephan Lichtsteiner (£4.7m)

The stage looks set for Alexandre Lacazette (£9.4m) to light up Gameweek 6 for Arsenal after he was given the night off on Thursday. The Gunners ran out 4-2 winners over Ukrainian side Vorskla with the Frenchman an unused substitute.

He should line-up alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.9m) for a third league match in a row on Sunday after Unai Emery substituted the Gabonese forward in the 57th minute.

However, there was much to be frustrated about for some Fantasy managers. Firstly, Aubameyang found the net twice in an impressive performance, having taken his time to find his stride when FPL points are on the line.

Furthermore, Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£7.1m), once owned by 20% of Fantasy managers, returned to the starting line-up and demonstrated his credentials by registering two assists. A return to the Premier League first-team still seems a little unlikely though as he sustained a knock to his ankle against Vorskla. Alex Iwobi (£5.5m) had his minutes managed in the second half, while Mkhitaryan played the whole match. Also, Mesut Özil (£8.3m) was restricted to a 33-minute substitute’s appearance in which he scored his second goal in as many matches.

Emery made eight changes to the side that beat Newcastle in Gameweek 5. Aubameyang, Nacho Monreal (£5.5m) and Sokratis Papastathopoulous (£5.3m) were the three to keep their places. The latter performed well according to local press but the Gunners are still without a clean sheet this season after they conceded two goals late on.

“We are speaking before each match about having the mentality to not concede easy chances. Today was a good opportunity not to concede goals. But the last 20 minutes we need to do better on this competitive aspect. It was our disappointment today. We are conceding a few chances, it was the same in Newcastle and we need to continue to improve in this. In the last minute at Newcastle and in the last 20 minutes tonight two goals. Our challenge is to be competitive for 90 minutes, it is one thing to improve.” – Unai Emery

There was the first start in Arsenal colours for summer signing Lucas Torreira (£4.9m). The Uruguyuan central midfielder ran the show in the middle of the park until coming off with a knock in the 57th minute. The fact he was forced off is a great shame for Arsenal fans who are yet to see Torreira start regularly this season. He is now a doubt for Gameweek 6, but when he returns to full fitness he could be the key to transforming Arsenal.

Torreira arrived in north London with a reputation as a ball-winner but took on the role of a deep-lying creative player on Thursday night. Whether he can replicate that against a better quality of opposition remains to be seen, but he clearly has the ability to orchestrate and improve Arsenal’s attacking play. While he may be too much of a deep option to warrant consideration for inclusion in FPL squads, it’s clear he has the ability to improve the Fantasy prospects of the more forward-thinking assets at Arsenal. He also took set pieces and nearly scored from a direct free-kick.

“Lucas played well. He is playing with passion in his performance, each minute he plays he does very well. Torreira he got two hits on his leg. I hope tomorrow and Saturday he is good to be OK for Saturday.” – Unai Emery

Bernd Leno (£4.8m) also made his first competitive start for the Gunners.

“For Leno it was his first match also. We conceded two goals but not from a mistake from him. For him, he got minutes in the game and he can take confidence to also because he is continuing to play matches in the next week.” – Unai Emery

ARSENAL XI (4-2-3-1): Leno; Monreal, Holding, Sokratis, Lichtsteiner; Elneny, Torreira (Guendouzi 57′); Iwobi (Smith-Rowe 70′), Mkhitaryan, Welbeck; Aubameyang (Özil 57′).

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1,946 Comments Post a Comment
  1. onceuponatyne
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    29 days, 11 hours ago

    I've had Mendy since GW1, think I'll stick.

    Captain wise, I've got Salah/Aguero and Haz.
    Been torn between Salah and Haz all week...

    Aguero's just signed a new one year contract.

    I think that may have tipped me onto Aguero to be honest.
    He's going to be in a great mood, and it's Cardiff. Even if he only plays 35mins, I see goals.

    1. onceuponatyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      29 days, 11 hours ago

      one year extension, sorry. 2021 now.

  2. NorwichCityLad
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    29 days, 11 hours ago

    Which one??

    A) Monreal
    Or
    B) Mustafi

    1. _figu
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 11 hours ago

      c) neither

      1. NorwichCityLad
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        29 days, 11 hours ago

        C is not on the script

        1. _figu
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          29 days, 11 hours ago

          Monreal if you must

    2. COLLIN QUANER
      • 2 Years
      29 days, 10 hours ago

      AVOID Arsenal defenders

  3. Deulofail
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    29 days, 11 hours ago

    Daym Bottomed. RP

    Running outta time. Gotta get packed and drive cross-country. Any thoughts on my WC team? Bearing in mind that I like it, are there any small changes you would personally make? Anything I have clearly over-looked?

    Patricio
    Alonso Yedlin^ AWB
    Hazard Pogba Ozil Ramsey
    Aguero Lacazette Vardy

    Hamer* | Doherty^ Jonny^ Hudson-Odoi**

    0.0 ITB

    * Not sure who the best 4.0 to get is
    ^ I'd likely improve a defender before GW11 & 12 to avoid Wolves & Newcastle's poor fixtures (e.g. get Mendy back).
    ** Can't afford a 4.4m mid without getting Bettinelli or Bennett or something else.

    1. Pras United
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      29 days, 11 hours ago

      Replied on prev post

    2. Ghost Gooner
      • 5 Years
      29 days, 11 hours ago

      Wouldn't get triple Arsenal (drop Ramsey?)

      Get someone who plays instead of CHO

    3. Badgevilla
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      29 days, 9 hours ago

      Triple Arsenal? You're nuts!!!

      No pool or spurs will hurt you.

  4. Winners900
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    29 days, 11 hours ago

    Why are people taking out Mendy? He can come back next week and is a must have when fit. In addition he has gone up 0,5 in price if you got him from the start.

    Easy hold for me.

    1. dee_top
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 11 hours ago

      For me too. I had him from the start

    2. clodhopper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      29 days, 11 hours ago

      Said a bone injury could b a blag but if so not good

    3. Dthinger
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 7 hours ago

      The only reason I'm thinking about it is to finance Hazard on a wild card.

    4. The Pesci challenge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      29 days, 5 hours ago

      Absolutely

  5. _figu
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    29 days, 11 hours ago

    Looking for a replacement for Pedro. Any love for Pogba? I don't really feel Richarlison/Maddison.

    1. NorwichCityLad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      29 days, 11 hours ago

      I think pogba is a good option

  6. dee_top
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    29 days, 11 hours ago

    The best captain pick:
    A) Aguero
    B) Mane
    C) Hazard
    D) Lacazette

    1. _figu
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 11 hours ago

      Not much between them, go with your gut.

  7. BhavinB
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    29 days, 11 hours ago

    Bit of advice please if you would...

    A) David Silva & Maddison
    B) Sane & Fraser

    ...?

  8. Ghost Gooner
    • 5 Years
    29 days, 11 hours ago

    With all these vague Mendy reports I'm not going to put him on the bench or sell. I'd cry if he played v Cardiff after taking a hit

    1. #FPLGuru
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 11 hours ago

      Vague?

      He is out as out can be. Lol

      1. Ghost Gooner
        • 5 Years
        29 days, 11 hours ago

        Ok, conflicting would have been a better description.

  9. Monkey Hanger
    • 5 Years
    29 days, 11 hours ago

    BBC saying Mendy has a 'damaged' metatarsal. Not necessarily broken. Any more specific info on this injury anywhere? Big difference between bruising, and a break. And recovery time of the two.

    1. Ghost Gooner
      • 5 Years
      29 days, 11 hours ago

      That's why I am not taking him out.

  10. SADIO SANÉ
    • 3 Years
    29 days, 11 hours ago

    Pedro & Arnie -> Sane & Success (-4) (442) is almost definitely a terrible idea, but I'm tempted - wonder what the timeline on Mendy is...

    1. barcaa7
        29 days, 11 hours ago

        Arnie might play

    2. Old Gregg
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 11 hours ago

      Pat/Fab

      Boly - Mendy* - Robbo - Pva - Wan Bis
      Mhki*-Pedro*-Salah-Haz-Ward
      Kun-Ings-Wilson

      I think a hit could be in order.

      a) Pedro+Mhki > Fraser + Maddison
      b) Pedro+Mhki > Fraser + Richarlison
      c) Mhki + Ings > Fraser + Mitro
      d) Any other?

      1. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        29 days, 11 hours ago

        Just Mhki > Rich

    3. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      29 days, 11 hours ago

      Do I need to take a -4 here to replace Cairney to Maddison?
      I can field 11 but
      - Arnie is a doubt
      - Shaw rotation risk with Young
      - Bench is beyond awful

      Patricio
      Shaw, AWB, Alonso, TAA
      Salah (C), Mane, Richarlison
      Arnie*, Aguero, Wilson

      Hamer, Mendy**, Cairney**, Hudson-Odoi

      1. barcaa7
          29 days, 10 hours ago

          No

      2. Cadenza
        • 4 Years
        29 days, 10 hours ago

        Best GK rotation on WC?

        1. A Manager Has No Name
          • 3 Years
          29 days, 10 hours ago

          Henn & Pat

      3. Tshelby
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        29 days, 10 hours ago

        Mendy to Holebas to safe some money for a rainy day?

      4. A Manager Has No Name
        • 3 Years
        29 days, 10 hours ago

        Whom to get of the two to complete my midfield?

        Hazard Mane Fraser Richarlison

        A. David Silva
        B. Pogba

      5. Jammydodger2018
          29 days, 10 hours ago

          Might go with Auba as Captain this weekend. I have Hazard/Mane/Aguero. Thoughts?

          1. jtreble
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            29 days, 10 hours ago

            Auba isn't in great EPL form.

            1. Jammydodger2018
                29 days, 10 hours ago

                Neither was Hazard, when it kick starts that’s when you need to be the first in line. Nobody really has him and he is slowly improving. I think he’s less of a risk than Salah, I did dump Salah at gameweek 2. Current rank 5192 so want something different to get me into the top 1000

                1. jtreble
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  29 days, 10 hours ago

                  Good luck.

                  1. Jammydodger2018
                      29 days, 10 hours ago

                      Thanks

            2. hammersp2000
              • 5 Years
              29 days, 10 hours ago

              with Mendy confirmed as injured should i play Shaw or Wan Biss?

              Thanks

            3. Demel
              • 7 Years
              29 days, 10 hours ago

              Next 3 fixtures...

              Mendy - Blank - Blank - liv
              Trippier - bha - hud- CAR

              A Free Transfer trade makes sense to me.

            4. TRHero
              • 2 Years
              29 days, 9 hours ago

              Hey guys

              I need some help.
              My team:
              Foster
              Alonso shaw AWB robbi
              Mane Walcott B.Silva
              Aguero King Vardy

              Bench: Hart Mendy Pedro Odoi

              First - my bench players won't play. And I am quite certain B.Silva won't start and likely shaw as well. And don't know how much Walcott can do against arsenal.
              What do I do?
              I have 1FT and €2.5M in bank.

              Not a fan of taking hits but looks like I got no choice. Or use WC? Any suggestions are appreciated

            5. Gamer18
                29 days, 9 hours ago

                Should I make any changes?
                Rui
                Robertson Davies Mendy
                B Silva Maddison Mane Salah
                Aguero Arnautovic Wilson

                Speroni WB Peltier Stephens
                1 FT
                0.2 ITB
                All chips available including wildcard

              • Albrightondknight
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                29 days, 6 hours ago

                So Pedro says he is ok but won't get minutes this weekend?

                Mendy 5th metarsal is that a few weeks at least?