Scout Notes

Groundhog Day for Aguero as Sterling sits out City’s rout of Burnley

Our second set of Scout Notes from Gameweek 9 focuses on two matches contested on Saturday afternoon.

Sergio Aguero is now the leading goalscorer among Fantasy Premier League forwards after he scored his sixth of the season in Manchester City’s 5-0 win over Burnley, but the Argentinean forward once again had his minutes managed.

Raheem Sterling, meanwhile, watched the match from the bench as an unused substitute.

There were blanks for Ryan Fraser, Callum Wilson, Joshua King and Danny Ings as the defences won out in a stalemate on the south coast between Bournemouth and Southampton.

Manchester City 5-0 Burnley

  • Goals: Sergio Aguero (£11.3m), Bernardo Silva (£7.6m), Fernandinho (£5.4m), Riyad Mahrez (£8.6m), Leroy Sane (£9.2m)
  • Assists: David Silva (£8.5m) x2, Fernandinho, Benjamin Mendy (£6.3m)

It was a match of few surprises at the Etihad on Saturday afternoon, though Pep Guardiola’s midfield rotation policy left another set of Fantasy managers frustrated at missing out on the Manchester City goal bonanza.

There were several eminently predictable outcomes: Sergio Aguero (£11.3m) got his token goal and was withdrawn just after the hour mark, City’s defence recorded a clean sheet, Benjamin Mendy (£6.3m) registered an assist, the league champions racked up more big chances than any other Premier League side this weekend and Burnley conceded the most shots on target in Gameweek 9.

What wasn’t quite as anticipated was the omission of Raheem Sterling (£11.2m) from Guardiola’s starting XI for this routine victory over the Clarets.

Sterling had been transferred in by over 220,000 FPL managers ahead of Gameweek 9 (and was the most-bought City asset of this round), following a run of six successive league starts and a brace in England’s 3-2 win over Spain last Monday.

Those international exertions might have played a part in Guardiola’s thinking, of course, with Sterling racking up more minutes for his national team than any of the other options available to the City coach in midfield or attack yesterday. That the Citizens now have to travel to Ukraine for an infinitely trickier-looking Tuesday night encounter with Shakhtar Donetsk may have been at the front of Guardiola’s thoughts, too.

A couple of poor displays from Riyad Mahrez (£8.6m) and Leroy Sane (£9.2m) on the flanks might have softened the blow for Sterling’s owners regarding the frequency of his future involvement but the two wingers were among several star performers at Eastlands yesterday.

Mahrez especially was a strong contender for man of the match, scoring City’s fourth with a sublime curling shot and making four key passes – two of which were superbly crafted “big chances” spurned by Aguero early in the first half.

The Algerian international, who missed a penalty in the 0-0 draw with Liverpool a fortnight ago, was once again at the centre of City’s attacking play, trailing only Aguero for efforts on goal and shots in the box at the Etihad yesterday.

No player on show in Manchester created more chances than Mahrez, either.

Speaking of the Algerian midfielder, Guardiola said:

He [Mahrez] played so good at Anfield, that’s why I decided to play him again. It was not easy playing there with a lot of personality, football can happen but only takers can miss penalties.

He scored an incredible goal [vs. Burnley], but an aggressive approach with the ball to go to the full-backs, the movement between the full-backs, especially in the second half with Phil, [Foden] was so good. The second half Bernardo [Silva] moved better in that position and we made a good performance.

But we knew it. [Mahrez] is a talented player and a guy who likes to play with the ball and he doesn’t miss balls. In the box, he is a dangerous guy because he can go to the byline or score with his left or his right, he is a good signing for us.

Sane meanwhile had more penalty box touches than anyone in this rout of Burnley, scoring City’s fifth goal with one of his three attempts and terrorising Matthew Lowton (£4.8m) throughout – though was lucky to avoid a red card for a late kick out on the Burnley right-back.

Sane’s goal came from a low Mendy cross and this was the first match this season in which the two left-footed players had been paired together on the same flank.

Mendy delivered more crosses than anyone else at the Etihad yesterday and created three chances, but it’s stating the obvious to say his numbers are somewhat inferior playing in a back four with a natural wide-man in Sane ahead of him to the attacking KPIs he recorded when lined up in a 3-5-2 earlier this season. Mendy’s number of touches in the final third, touches in the opposition half, passes received in the final third, penalty box touches, goal attempts and crosses were down by 50% or more on the numbers he posted in the Gameweek 2 demolition of Huddersfield.

The numbers are all relative, of course, and despite the drop-off in underlying statistics Mendy still created more chances this weekend than all other FPL defenders bar Joe Bennett (£4.5m).

For the 51.7% of FPL managers who own Aguero, Saturday was Groundhog Day. The Argentinean forward was withdrawn after 65 minutes for the third Gameweek running having again only scored once.

There is nothing wrong with Aguero’s underlying statistics: the long-serving striker had more goal attempts, efforts in the box and big chances than any player on show at the Etihad and indeed all other FPL forwards on Saturday.

That he emerged from the rout over the Clarets with another single-digit (below ten points) FPL return – his eighth in nine Gameweeks – was all the more frustrating, then, particularly given that he was once again the overwhelming captaincy choice this weekend.

His match was summed up when one of his four big chances – a rebound from a saved David Silva (£8.5m) header – ended up drifting out for a throw-in.

Fantasy owners could look at Aguero’s displays and underlying stats in one of two ways: that one big haul in nine Gameweeks and 65 minutes per appearance simply isn’t good enough for a premium forward, or that he is reliably ticking over ahead of an imminent repeat performance of the one he delivered in Gameweek 2 against Huddersfield. Cashing in on Aguero would certainly be a brave move given his sky-high ownership.

There will be those FPL bosses who immediately move Sterling on after his no-show yesterday – the England winger is already the third-most-sold midfielder of this round – but as David Silva and Bernardo Silva (£7.6m) have proven this season and again yesterday, it is perhaps advisable to just stick with one City midfielder for an extended period of time and accept that the occasional rest will happen.

Bernardo scored City’s second goal after a David Silva cut-back, with the diminutive Spaniard’s underlying creativity finally paying dividends for his owners with two assists (the other being for Aguero’s opener). No midfielder has created more chances than David Silva this season, but the long-serving City schemer hadn’t registered a league assist in 2018/19 before Saturday.

The two Silvas lined up in a midfield three with Fernandinho (£5.4m), who top-scored in this fixture with a goal and assist of his own.

Kevin De Bruyne (£9.7m) will soon be another name to contend with in those central midfield positions and the Belgian playmaker made his long-awaited comeback from injury with a 32-minute cameo.

Speaking of the influential De Bruyne’s return, Guardiola said:

Kevin is quick. There is no pain, he is so strong. He needs minutes that is why playing 30 minutes is important.

We will see about Shakhtar. We have three years together, so when we say something he knows straight away what to do.

He is a guy who will help us achieve. Our first target is the result, which we feel is a consequence of how we play. And since the beginning, we said that.

The City backline recorded their fifth straight clean sheet and sixth shutout of the season overall, with Ederson and Aymeric Laporte (both £5.7m) keeping up their ever-present record and maintaining their statuses as the safest – if not the most exciting – routes into the Sky Blues’ defence. Kyle Walker‘s (£6.6m) owners missed out on the clean sheet points, though, with the England defender missing from the match-day squad with a reported groin problem.

There will seldom be easier days for Ederson: the Brazilian wasn’t forced into a single save, with two Sam Vokes (£5.3m) headers from Johann Berg Gudmundsson (£6.0m) deliveries the closest the visitors came to troubling the City goal.

Steven Defour (£5.4m) made his Premier League return from injury in central midfield, meanwhile.

Joe Hart (£4.6m) at least compensated for his loss of clean sheet with another save point, with Burnley’s defence once again offering little protection to their goalkeeper in allowing 24 shots on goal – ten of which were on target.

The porous nature of the Clarets’ backline should at least offer plenty of encouragement for Eden Hazard (£11.4m) and co. when Chelsea visit Turf Moor next weekend.

As well as bemoaning the controversial nature of City’s second goal (the ball looking like it had rolled out for a goal kick before Silva’s pass) and several other refereeing decisions, Dyche highlighted the naivety of his side’s defending in stopping play in the build-up to that Bernardo strike:

I’ve seen it back. With the best view we can get of it the ball was out of play – forget about everything else. The biggest learning curve, I was saying to the players afterwards, you have to stay focused and then afterwards remonstrate.

The problem was we were that locked in that moment we didn’t let it go and then they scored from a really soft corner and the game’s gone then. We’re not getting back here at 3-0.

Manchester City XI (4-3-3): Ederson; Stones, Kompany, Laporte, Mendy; B Silva (De Bruyne 58′), Fernandinho, D Silva (Foden 75′); Mahrez, Aguero (Jesus 66′), Sane.

Burnley XI (4-4-1-1): Hart; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Lennon (Westwood 69′), Cork, Defour (Barnes 75′), Gudmundsson; Hendrick, Vokes (Wood 69′).

Bournemouth 0-0 Southampton

Ryan Fraser (£6.0m) once again shrugged off a fitness concern that curtailed his involvement over the international break to start for Bournemouth in the league – but there was to be no repeat of the 18-point heroics of Gameweek 5 at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Scottish winger indeed failed to test Alex McCarthy (£4.5m) in the Saints goal and only created one chance for his team-mates before being withdrawn on 77 minutes.

Fraser was far from alone in being below-par, with Bournemouth not really posing the threat they had exhibited in recent weeks when putting four past goals past both Leicester and Watford.

Eddie Howe said:

We didn’t get going. It is frustrating because we know we can play better than that. We have to look at ourselves and analyse that game and come back better. A draw is probably a fair result.

Howe had named an unchanged side for this encounter with Southampton after that win over the Hornets before the international break, but with Junior Stanislas (£6.0m) and Jordon Ibe (£5.1m) waiting in the wings, the concern over Fraser and David Brooks‘ (£5.1m) security of starts going forward may have crept up a level or two following this stalemate on the south coast.

Brooks, who had scored two goals in as many matches coming into Gameweek 9, shanked his only effort wide in the first half and for the second time in three league fixtures was substituted before the clock had passed 60 minutes. Both he and Fraser only recorded one penalty box touch apiece.

Callum Wilson (£6.4m) posed little threat in attack, heading his only half-chance wide, and it was Joshua King (£6.4m) – in keeping with the underlying statistics we highlighted last weekend – who represented Bournemouth’s main outlet up front.

The Norwegian striker, who had himself been an injury doubt coming into this match, sliced the best of his three chances wide in the second half after a Wilson cut-back.

Nathan Ake (£5.0m) demonstrated his threat from set pieces by nodding a Fraser corner straight at McCarthy, but the fact that Bournemouth’s best chance of the match – an air-kick from Adam Smith (£4.5m) when well-placed in the first minute – didn’t even result in a shot on goal said much about the Cherries’ struggles on Saturday.

Wilson, who has a league-high seven assists to his name in 2018/19, at least demonstrated his knack of compensating for a lack of goals by creating both of his side’s big chances.

Bournemouth fared well in our international break assessment of defensive KPIs but they were indebted to several stops from Asmir Begovic (£4.5m) and some profligate finishing from Southampton.

Much like their hosts, two of Southampton’s best chances won’t actually have been recorded as shots: Charlie Austin (£5.5m) dribbled wide when one on one with Begovic, before substitute Stuart Armstrong (£5.1m) kicked air when seeing the whites of the Bosnian goalkeeper’s eyes.

Fellow replacement Manolo Gabbiadini (£5.6m) had perhaps the game’s best opportunity, nodding over in stoppage time with the Bournemouth goal unguarded.

This was the fourth league match in a row in which Southampton had failed to score and their ineffectiveness in front of goal – only Huddersfield Town have a worse conversion rate this season – was writ large here. Austin and Danny Ings (£5.6m) failed to muster a single shot from inside the Bournemouth box, with Ings’ only effort being from outside the Cherries’ area.

Ings dropped in price this week and his remaining owners will have been perturbed by his insistence on drifting wide and deep yesterday. The budget forward indeed didn’t touch the ball once in the Cherries’ box.

Hughes at least seemed pleased with his side’s ability to carve out chances, highlighting the roles that he wants wide-men Nathan Redmond (£5.3m) – who created Gabbiadini’s opportunity – and Mohamed Elyounoussi (£6.3m) to play going forward.

Hughes said:

[The chances] come from people getting out in wide positions and getting good balls into the box.

We’ve talked about trying to get more service to our front men. It’s important if we get in good areas we shouldn’t ignore the actual ball into the box.

Clearly, we want to up our numbers in terms of crosses and good-quality balls into the box.

The clear-cut chances came from good deliveries from wide areas, so that’s something we’re going to build on and make sure we’ve always got in our game.

Those FPL managers who own Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (£4.5m) as a fifth midfielder at least have a budget asset on their hands who isn’t afraid of a shot: the Danish international had three sweetly struck efforts on goal, the best of which forced Begovic into a flying tip over.

Hughes reverted to a back four for this match, with Jack Stephens (£4.3m) partnering Wesley Hoedt (£4.4m) in a new-look central defence.

The Saints manager was pleased with his side’s defensive performance, highlighting the work the club had done over the international break in tightening up:

The pleasing part was the way the guys embraced what we talked about during the week.

We did a lot of work with the back four and I think probably some were a little bit surprised with the selection in terms of personnel, but it was a consequence of really the good work that had been done in the week and I felt confident that Wes, Ryan and Jack understood totally what we’re trying to do and I think that helped the rest of the guys, because they were able to press higher up the field.

We had good numbers and were always in connection with each other, and that’s what we were trying to achieve.

Hughes was hopeful that a knee injury picked up by midfielder Mario Lemina (£5.0m) isn’t too serious.

Hughes said:

He got a bang on his ribs just before half-time and went up for a ball and hyperextended his knee as he came down.

He was able to carry on so that would suggest he’s just going to be sore for a couple of days we hope, but we will just have to wait and see how the next two days go. Hopefully, it will just settle down.

Bournemouth XI (4-4-2): Begovic; Francis, S Cook, Ake, Smith; Brooks (Stanislas 59′), Lerma, L Cook, Fraser (Ibe 76′); King (Gosling 85′), Wilson.

Southampton XI (4-4-2): McCarthy; Cedric, Hoedt, Stephens, Bertrand; Elyounoussi, Hojbjerg, Lemina (Armstrong 66′), Redmond; Austin (Long 79′), Ings (Gabbiadini 79′).

 

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1,718 Comments Post a Comment
  1. The Royal Robin
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Providing he gets through tomorrow unscathed, would you swap Kane for Vardy for -4?

    1. Fantastisk
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      No.

      1. The Royal Robin
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Why's that?

        1. Fantastisk
          • 3 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Not worth a hit. Only for a free.

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Depends on who the money is funding.

      1. The Royal Robin
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Well, I did Trippier > Robertson before last night's price rise fwiw.

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Nascimento has the answer.

    3. Fantasy Gold
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      No. Would you?

    4. #FPLBhuna
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Not for a minus for free yes

    5. Nascimento
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Not in isolation

    6. Snooze ya lose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      If he scores a load!

    7. ZeBestee
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Yes for me. Good fixtures for Vardy while Kane looked slow and jaded again yesterday. I own both.

  2. Sco
    • 7 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Trippier to Laporte or Alonso to Robertson?

    Need to do one of these to fund a 4.5 mid to Hazard

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Keep Alonso imo

    2. LWO23
      • 11 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Either looks good to me. Fixtures better. Losing Alonso scarier, but Robertson probably his equal. Don’t love immediate fixtures for Spurs, although I am a Trippier fan. I think either is solid.

    3. Fantastisk
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Trippier to Robertson.

      1. BananaNose Maldonado
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        I don't think that works for him.

    4. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      pick 3 of (RAMT) + Doherty + or(AwB,Balb)
      cant have them all!

  3. XabiAlonso
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Is martial a good option going forward seems to have won his place back

    1. Snooze ya lose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Could be an inspired choice

      1. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Could also not be, unless you expect a player to score with every shot they take

    2. Nascimento
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Not yet imo - don't trust Mou

      1. XabiAlonso
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Neither do I but I don't trust richarlison either

        1. Nascimento
          • 5 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          There is that!

    3. Ne0
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      I wouldn't trust Mou.

      1. clodhopper
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        This

    4. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Exciting move, however I wouldn't do it

  4. Ne0
    • 7 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    What's my best move?
    A) Kane, Bednarek -> Lacazette/ Vardy/ Mitro (?), Mendy
    B) Kane, Mane -> Vardy/ Mitro (?), Salah
    C) Kane, Mane, Bednarek -> Mitro, Salah, Mendy (-8)
    D) Wildcard
    E) Something else

    The team is:
    Patricio, Fabianski
    Alonso, Robbo, Doherty, Bednarek, WBA
    Hazard, Mane, Fraser, Schurrle, Stephens
    Aguero, Kane, Wilson

    1. Sco
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Kane > Arnautovic
      Mane > Salah

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Isn't Mane fit?

        1. Ne0
          • 7 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Not sure. Wouldn't want to risk not having any Liverpool attack with them playing Cardiff next.

      2. Ne0
        • 7 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        I was favoring Mitro because of fixtures, but I guess Arna could be the better option since I already have Schurrle. Thanks!

    2. Nascimento
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      I'm assuming A and B are for a -4 given that C's for a -8. Though the team's not bad I think I'd wildcard. There's enough there to change.

      1. Ne0
        • 7 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Oh, my bad, C is for a -4. Does that change your opinion?

        1. Nascimento
          • 5 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Probably not tbh. I think given the swings in fixtures you could do enough with that side to make the wildcard worthwhile.

          1. Ne0
            • 7 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            Gotcha thanks! To be honest, I do not want to WC on a week when I have 2 FTs. Also, I've already lost out on Mendy's rise yesterday.

            1. Nascimento
              • 5 Years
              2 years, 8 months ago

              Yeah, definitely get that. Especially the two fts part - I delayed my WC for the same reason. I think B is the best alternative

  5. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Who to play?

    Ryan home to Wolves or Fabianski away to Leicester?

    Logic says Ryan however after 2 C's in a row I kind of feel it is time them to concede and Fabianski to do his heroics when we don't expect.

    Thoughts?

    Please help I lost 3 hails in a row benching the wrong one.

    Thanks

    1. Demel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      This is why I don't like rotation in keepers. Spending an extra 0.5m and then often getting it wrong. I just have Ryan sat in goal for better or worse.

    2. Fantasy Gold
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Ryan

    3. Nascimento
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Ryan for me

  6. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Salah scoring the only goals in 1:0 win and 0 BP, isn't that worry for his value?

    His captaincy potential also is decreased...

    Still not convinced about him long term when we have Hazard and Kun for the armband.

    1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      You get him because you think he will score more than 1 goal.

    2. Ne0
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      He has been in dangerous position and has been getting chances though.

    3. Balotellitubbies
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Thats quite common when thre's a cs. Besides, we know Salah isnt exactly a bps machine so this we already know.

  7. AnfieldLad
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Feels odd transferring out the joint highest scorer of the GW but Pickford -> Ryan the best move this week?

    Pickford Stek
    Alonso Robbo Shaw Doherty WB
    Salah Hazard Rich Madds Stephens
    Agüero Mitro Ings
    1FT 0.2ITB

    1. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      on another day he doesnt save the peno and gets 2 pointer

    2. Balotellitubbies
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Yeah

  8. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 12 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Score prediction for Spurs vs Man City if all get through midweek?

    1. Pieterke30
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      1-3

      1. Nascimento
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Woah

    2. Nascimento
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      1-3

    3. AnfieldLad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      0-3

    4. ZeBestee
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      1 - 3 to City.

    5. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Lloris saved us a few times yesterday so I’d have to go 2-1/3-1 City

    6. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Same as last season but with a couple for Kun.

    7. #FPLBhuna
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      2-2

    8. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      0-1

    9. XabiAlonso
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      2-1 spurs

    10. Ne0
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Spurs 1 - 1 City

    11. fr3d
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      0-4

    12. Fantastisk
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      0-5

    13. Totalfootball
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      0-3

    14. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      0-2

    15. #FPLBhuna
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Hilarious predictions on this thread

      1. Fantasy Gold
        • 7 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Wait for midweek games and we should know more.

      2. Fantastisk
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        They'll tuck you in m8.

      3. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Nearly as hilarious as believing in coverage in FPL.

        1. #FPLBhuna
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          You’re a class A moron

          1. Fantasy Gold
            • 7 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            😆

          2. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            +1

    16. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      0-2

    17. Zilla
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      0-3

    18. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Sp*rs 1-6 City

    19. WesMantooth
      • 10 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Bookies odda suggest a 1-2.

      Team total for Spurs is close to evens at 1.0, for city the line is close to evens at 1.75.

  9. Jelder
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Mane - stick or twist?

    Possibly going down in price again (already lost .1). Points or pounds?

    1. ZeBestee
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Definitely stick.

    2. Nascimento
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Points

    3. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Stick till the presser at least.

    4. Balotellitubbies
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Points, always. If you kept Mane until now I really dont see the reason to ship him now with Cardiff and Fulham in the next 3. Brace against Cardiff and boom, he will go up in price again.

    5. Kun Tozser
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Keep until Fulham 😉

  10. Balotellitubbies
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Pat - Hamer
    Alonso - Rob - Doherty - Asmith - AWB
    Salah - Hazard - Rich - Fraser - Masuaku
    Aguero - Arnie - Mitro

    2FT & 0.8ITB. What on earth to burn a FT on here?

  11. Mikel Arteta
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Is Mahrez an option now? He is on form, 8.6. I think he will continue to play on right with Sterling on left.

    1. Fantastisk
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      No

    2. Nascimento
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      I agree with the latter part. I just think he's still the most vulnerable to rotation and at 8.6 is a little too expensive for that

    3. ZeBestee
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Yes on good form but might be rested every now and then. If you have enough cover then a good option now.

    4. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Yes, if you think Bernardo and Sane don't start every other week if Sterling plays on the left.

    5. MTPockets
        2 years, 8 months ago

        What if Sane's on left, like yesterday?

      • Regin
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        ALL city midfielders are prone to rotation with KDB back. if u want to play safe, get fernandinho- he got a goal and assist.

    6. Kun Tozser
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Pick 2 from

      KDB
      Sterling
      Mahrez

      1. Lovren an elevator
        • 6 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Kev
        Mahrez

      2. Fantastisk
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        KS

    7. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      1 game today and the OR and mini leagues still haven’t been updated, wtf?

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        FPL Towers still trying to get over AWB losing his CS.

      2. ZeBestee
        • 6 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Less games means less time to update.

    8. Lovren an elevator
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Hammers and Leicester fixtures coming up are great, but who to bring in as investment, Arnie and Maddison?

      1. S3
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Both IMO

      2. gauzah
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        I have acquired both of them 😉

      3. Sharkytect
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Yeah

    9. S3
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Is Salah a must have in game against Cardiff?......me think Hazard (C) may deliver similar returns in next GW...any thoughts?...was pondering losing sterling for salah for a -4 hit but not convinced....

      1. MTPockets
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Not a must have (I have though)

          1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            I’m in same boat there mate!!! Currently have the armband on Hazard coz will want Sterling for Southampton at home the week after(and hope plays-haha)may change my mind and get Salah because it feels the safe thing to do I guess

      2. barton fc
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        what to do with TAA (odds on him starting this weekend)? looks like lovren has got his spot back (so trent and gomez will be rotated).
        just wildcarded so have no other problems him to lovren a good move?

        1. MTPockets
            2 years, 8 months ago

            Hope, but wouldn't pick any of those 3 on a wc.

            1. barton fc
              • 3 Years
              2 years, 8 months ago

              liverpool defence is a great source of point already had robbo and given there fixtures i wanted a double up.

        2. dunas_dog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Do we know why game not updated yet?

          1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 12 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            I'll press the button now.
            10pm for everything.

          2. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            Still showing same points as yesterday for me, yet got three from Richy?

        3. gauzah
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Opinions on Fabianski from this week? Makes a lot of saves and WHU fixts are beautiful.

          1. Pierce34
            • 5 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            1 clean sheet in 9... Either West Ham are due or they're completely hopeless 😀

        4. Origi-nal
          • 4 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Horror week. Would you WC this or try and hold until GW13?

          Hennessy
          Walker Robbo Jonny Alonso
          Sterling Hazard Maddison
          Zaha Aguero Wilson

          Hamer AWB Walcott Stephens

          1. S3
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            Zaha to Arnie and i think should be fine

          2. danishdynamite
            • 10 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            Nothing wrong with that team. Save WC til 14-15

        5. Original Pirate Material
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Kane to who? I akready hold Aguero and Wilson.

          1. gauzah
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            Arnie

          2. fr3d
            • 3 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            Arnie or Vardy

        6. Fantasy Gold
          • 7 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          As a TAA owner, that Pool cs was painful.

          Now I have to hope for a Lovren/Gomez injury in midweek or it’ll be the same again next weekend against Cardiff

          1. Atimis
            • 4 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            Why u sure about TAA being on bench?

            1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 12 Years
              2 years, 8 months ago

              Precedent.

              1. Atimis
                • 4 Years
                2 years, 8 months ago

                But as far as I knew, nothing rly happened what would justify TAA being completely dropped

                1. Fantasy Gold
                  • 7 Years
                  2 years, 8 months ago

                  He’s not been dropped.

                  Klopp clearly views him as more important to save for the CL games.

                  1. BananaNose Maldonado
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 years, 8 months ago

                    This is optimistic. Arguably, their biggest match this season was against City, and Klopp started Lovren and Gomez.

                2. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 12 Years
                  2 years, 8 months ago

                  Watch the CL game.

                  1. Fantasy Gold
                    • 7 Years
                    2 years, 8 months ago

                    Obviously.

                    1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • Has Moderation Rights
                      • 12 Years
                      2 years, 8 months ago

                      I mean the ones they have played.

          2. jtreble
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            Considered nailed LIV backend: Robertson, VVD or Alisson?

        7. Atimis
          • 4 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Save FT and next week Hart Trippier to Button Mendy?

          Ryan/Hart
          Alonso/Trippier/TAA/Doherty/WB
          Hazard/Richa/Maddison/Salah/Hojberg
          Wilson/Kun/Mitro

          1. fr3d
            • 3 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            Trippier to Robertson this week

            1. Atimis
              • 4 Years
              2 years, 8 months ago

              No funds

          2. CRO KLOPP
            • 3 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            Save

          3. CRO KLOPP
            • 3 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            Btw, who's on your bench?

            1. Atimis
              • 4 Years
              2 years, 8 months ago

              This week should be Doherty

        8. Totalfootball
          • 4 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Which pool defender to go for ? have exactly 5.2 itb

          A) TAA
          B) Gomez
          C) Lovren

          1. Fantasy Gold
            • 7 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            Gomez. He can play two positions so is the safest.

            1. Totalfootball
              • 4 Years
              2 years, 8 months ago

              Isn't TAA likely to get some games ?!

              1. Rainer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 years, 8 months ago

                Yes. Thats why none are ideal picks.

          2. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            Wait till after Red Star but Gomez can fill two roles and has been great this season so makes the most sense in that bracket.

          3. DortmundisLove
            • 6 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            Wait for the CL games. Pick whoever doesn’t start in that game.

        9. Football Heaven
          • 4 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          I want to wildcard next week but I’m really struggling on who to bring in since I want too many players. Are mendy and Alonso essential? Especially mendy since he has a couple of tough fixtures it’s just that Southampton fixture is really tasty. Are Salah and kdb essential?

          1. Corgzzzz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            Keep Mandy....not a defender but one of the most attacking mids for City and as good as nailed

            1. Fred54
              • 6 Years
              2 years, 8 months ago

              'Oh Mandy
              Well you came and you gave without taking
              But I sent you away, oh Mandy. '

          2. Puncheon Guly
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            Not sure there are many essentials this season. Hazard, Robbo probably, and I'd add Mendy. Alonso isn't quite there for me. I've got and not looking to shift, but the money could be better spent elsewhere potentially

        10. pmos
          • 3 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Have you seen Huddersfield run of fixtures? Anyone worth considering? We've seen against Liverpool they can play football.

          1. bOttOmEdpOstrEpliEr.
            • 7 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            Lowe, Sobhi, Depoitre, Mounie, Mooy. Which one you consider?

        11. Puncheon Guly
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Looking for a seven-point-four-a
          To replace Lucas Moura...

          1. dunas_dog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            Maddison or Martial if feeling brave

        12. The Baby-faced Assassin
          • 8 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Providing no injuries midweek, thoughts on this for a -4?

          Tripper & Knockaert > Gomez & Maddison

          Or just Tripper out for Gomez and play Bennett?

          1. DortmundisLove
            • 6 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            Why Knockaert out? Surely he’s been picked due to the great fixtures. Patience.

            1. The Baby-faced Assassin
              • 8 Years
              2 years, 8 months ago

              Benched in the game yesterday and they won so can see another bench appearance

        13. Football Heaven
          • 4 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          One week punt on pereyra?

          1. DortmundisLove
            • 6 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            One week punts dont work when you put the games most consistent scorer up against the leagues weakest defender...

          2. Fantasy Gold
            • 7 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            Why one week?

            Pereyra has decent fixtures. I’m considering him as my Moura replacement.

        14. EgyptianKing
          • 2 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Really awfull GW for me....

          I would need Lacazette (C) and Maddison, combined, to score 30 points for me to win against ML rival.

          See a > 2% chance of happening?

        15. Rust Cohle
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          How should Newcastle midfield assets be ranked for upcoming fixtures:

          A. Ritchie

          B. Shelvey

          C. Kenedy

          1. DortmundisLove
            • 6 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            A

            C B

          2. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            A. Crap

            B. Crap

            C. Crap

            B is the only decent player form those but isn’t a great FPL pick

            1. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 years, 8 months ago

              From*

          3. Dreaming of glory
            • 5 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            I think c is good at 4.9. Not a bad diff and not much to lose at that price, had a few shots in the game yday as well

          4. Atimis
            • 4 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            None none none

          5. BananaNose Maldonado
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            ABC, if price isn't an issue. C probably jumps the other two on price.

          6. Legomané
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 3 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            Not worth paying above Kenedy