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There were several eminently predictable outcomes: Sergio Aguero (£11.3m) got his token goal and was withdrawn just after the hour mark, City’s defence recorded a clean sheet, Benjamin Mendy (£6.3m) registered an assist, the league champions racked up more big chances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. maglia rosa
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    At last a new page.

    Do you guys and girls agree with the weakest squad members and the priority of dispatch for upgrades?

    Hennesey Button

    Alonso Robbo Bennett Mendy AWB

    Salah Lennon Fraser Richarlison Hazard

    Mitrovic Jiminez Aguero

    1. AWB
    2. Hennesey
    3.Lennon

    1. Phil's Stamps
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Think AWB is a season keeper at that price, no need to upgrade.
      Hennesey defo most urgent for me.

      1. maglia rosa
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Cheers Phil's Stamps.

    2. TorresMagic™
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      • 12 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Richo and Jimenez are issues if you play them every week. You can hide AWB.

      1. maglia rosa
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Interesting TM.....Cheers Laddo.

  2. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    How they didnt yet update tables and calculated points. It was just one game todaY?

    1. TorresMagic™
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      • 12 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Either later this morning or after the game tonight.

  3. squ1rrel
    • 7 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Ederson | Hamer
    Alonso | Robbo | Mendy | S. Cook | AWB
    Haz | Mane | Ozil | Fraser | Guendouzi
    Aguero | Mitro | Ings

    1 FT, 1.4 ITB

    Any ideas? Thinking of getting rid of Ederson and bringing in KDB for Ozil.

    1. Phil's Stamps
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      DEFINITELY get rid of Ozil, but maybe wait one more week for KDB. I think a Liverpool double up in defence is a good idea at the mo, maybe Ederson to Alisson?

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

    33K have bought Laca before he has even played!

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

      Enter Slabhead.

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

      At least 30k of those are expecting to get his juicy Leicester points

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

        Haha yeah, highscoring game tonight 4-2 i'm predicting!

  5. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Salah is only player in overall dream team who doesnt have a single bonus point. Interesting.

  6. maglia rosa
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    So i didnt see the Everton game today as i'm on nights. How did Ricarlison look? Pass the eye test or reverting to last seasons ineffectivness?

    1. TorresMagic™
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      • 12 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Members area tells the story.

      1. maglia rosa
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        • 10 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        No wifi at work so on a hot spot thats not reliable wifi wise....hence asking Tm

        1. TorresMagic™
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          • 12 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          http://prntscr.com/l8syro

          Not good.

          1. maglia rosa
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            • 10 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            Thanks TM but that means diddly squat to me 😆

            1. TorresMagic™
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              • 12 Years
              2 years, 8 months ago

              Basic members area info. Worse numbers for the season.
              Lowest influence, hardly creative and lowest threat.

              1. maglia rosa
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                • 10 Years
                2 years, 8 months ago

                Many thanks

    2. noahzark22
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      • 3 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      He's not a striker playing in the striker position.

      1. maglia rosa
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        • 10 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Cheers

    3. BananaNose Maldonado
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      • 6 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      He doesn't really pass the eye test when played up top. It just doesn't suit his skill set, because he needs space and time to be effective. When he got moved out wide - after Tosun's introduction - you could see a little more of the spark he can provide. Given the uneven fixtures for Everton coming up, I'd be worried if Silva continues to deploy him up top.

      1. maglia rosa
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        • 10 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Good stuff BM....many thanks.

    4. doy
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      • 3 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Indecisive and useless, plus he has a really bad attitude. Time to flog!

      1. maglia rosa
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        • 10 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        So it seems, thanks Doyeon

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

    Are they even going to update it tonight or am I just wasting my time waiting for it? bunch of lazy lumps working at fpl towers..

    1. TorresMagic™
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      • 12 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      You were always better off going to sleep then seeing it in the morning.

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

        Too late for that now... am an insomniac anyway back to work...

  8. Stoichkov#8
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    If you could have only one:

    A) Robertson (and Laporte/Ederson)
    B) Mendy (and VVD/Alisson)

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

      A seems more "nailed"

    2. Ghost Gooner
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Mendy VVD

    3. noahzark22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Cheaper keeper and Robertson and Mendy

    4. Phil's Stamps
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      • 10 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Mendy Alisson, but you kind of need Robbo too.

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

    any updates on Mane broken thumb ?

    1. Kub3
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      I don’t think it’ll keep him out long. I’ve been trying to figure out a way to get him in for Cardiff at Anfield. See what happens after the CL in midweek though.

  10. Ghost Gooner
    • 7 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Wait for CL presser and game

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

    which one seems more sensible?

    A. kane + dilva >>> arnie + salah
    B. kane + siggy >>> arnie + salah

    whoever stays, will likely stay for some time.

    dilva (tot SOU MUN whu BOU wat che)
    siggy (mun BHA che CAR liv NEW WAT)

    1. Pep says
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Depends what you could do with the extra money during this time.

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

      the above transfer will not be for hits.
      planning to upgrade my 4.5 gk to either alisson/ederson for the following week (have mc carthy - henny whose fixtures turn sour)

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

    VVD/Cairney to TAA/Rich was a loss this week but hoping it pays off long term

    Moves for GW10? 1Ft, 0ITB

    Ryan
    Alonso* TAA Mendy Doherty
    Salah Maddo Fraser
    Firmino* Aguero Mitrovic

    (Fab Rich AWB Kante*)

    *on the block

    A - Kante to Kayal to pocket cash
    B - Alonso to Laporte, Firmino to Laca (-4)
    C - Roll FT

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

      So the second best performing player in the game who costs a mere 7.0 is on the chipping block.
      Don't ever lose Alonso was the lesson I learnt last year.

      I would roll the FT - Firminio should play and his fixture can't be much better and hope TAA does too.

      1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 4 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        This

      2. Duffy Dunk
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        • 4 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        I strongly agree on keeping Alonso. I was finding weird for people to consider it before CHE-MUN, then saw once again in how advanced positions he gets, no way getting rid of him.
        He's good at free kicks too! So many ways for him to get you points.
        If he was a bit luckier he could have hauled vs MUN.

  13. Albrightondknight
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    • 5 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Would like some feedback on this team please.
    Normally I have a very poor bench but with hard fixtures ahead for BOU and Wolves and not really wanting to lose Wilson Fraser and Bennett I think I need to rotate my bench a lot. Can this work? Team from next week below - Stephens will be the only total fodder.

    Ederson Hamer

    Alonso Robertson Mendy Chilwell Bennett

    Salah Hazard KDB Fraser Stephens

    Wilson Mitro Iheanacho

    1. cylus11 ( Manager) - Russia…
      • 10 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Is that a WC.
      No Spurs cover.
      Monitor KDB and then decide. Go with Bilva or D Silva. Cheap mids like Pererya too.
      Martial could be a differential.
      Aguero still looks essential.

      1. Pep says
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Spurs cover is not needed at any level, similar to United cover

    2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Lovely team mate, should work IMO, is Iheanacho nailed though?

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

        I am afraid of Gray returning taking minutes but not it's not too bad.

    3. TorresMagic™
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      • 12 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Gray returning hurts Iheanacho, looks decent otherwise.
      Mitro may be an issue soon looking at his Cardiff stats.

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

        Thanks Arnie might be a decent Mitro replacement when fixture change I think.

    4. The Big Fella
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      I arrived at the same conclusion, especially with City rotation. Why Iheanacho? I like your midfield and defence.

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

        Iheanacho was really a huge enabler of other moves as the downgrade was a huge one from Kun.

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

      Thanks for all replies.Not a WC.
      Team this week has Son and TAA but I can afford KDB and Mendy in for them next week with .5 to spare.
      Only got Iheanacho in this week. Probably a bit rash with Gray returning and Kun was the one to go. Haz and Salah will do for C for now. If Iheanacho gets minutes I think he is great value with the fixtures ahead.
      Not worried about utd or Spurs cover. Trippier was close to essential for a few weeks but probably not going forward.

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

    Current Lineup
    Patricio/ Hamer
    Robertson/Tripper/Mendy/ AWB/ 3.9m
    Salah/Hazard/Richarlision/Knockaert/Mane
    Vardy/Wilson/ Quaner

    Suffered 2 price drop each for Mane and Salah. Determine not to sell to lose value. Any advice ? 1.1m itb

    1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Seriously need to improve bench here mate!
      maybe 3.9 to Newcastle defender/Duffy or someone else

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

      Nice team. Bench is so bad especially with Palace fixtures you really don't have a bench.
      3.9 to Duffy I think?
      Trippier fixtures not good he probably needs to go too.

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

        Oh and I hope you patience is rewarded with some big hauls in the coming week. GL

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

        i will probably keep him for his assists.
        ok, 3.9m to playable def sound legit. will probably choose Brighton or Newcastle defender

  15. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Early thoughts here?
    Patricio (Button)
    Alonso Mendy Robertson TAA (AWB)
    Hazard Mane Richarlison Fraser (Walcott)
    Kane Mitrovic (Kamara)
    1 ft 0.1 itb
    Thinking of Kane to Arnie with FT but should I be taking a hit for Walcott to Maddison? or Kamara to Vardy maybe, if TAA doesn't play Walcott comes on..

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

      I like Kane and Kamara to Vardy and Arnie but then you got a headache.

      Could you go Kane to Vardy and Walcott to KDB?

      1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 4 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Yes I can do that!
        But Walcott to KDB isn't worth a hit for this weel, so I'll just do that next week?
        And do you prefer Vardy to Arnie?

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

          Yeah KDB can wait a week. Will be nice to see what kinda minutes he gets before jumping in too.

          Not sure if you think Arnie can do better and you can use the 2 mil go for it.

  16. Manumana
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Next gw play

    A..Trippier
    B..Richarlson

    Thx

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

      A

    2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      B

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

      imo, B.
      cant really see spurs keeping their CS.
      in the other hand, mun def isn't great.

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

        I see Richarlison blanking at MUN, while Trippier may have a chance for clean sheet points, while he takes set pieces too.

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

        though everton won yesterday, imo... they were poor. so A

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

      b

    5. Nice to Finally Michu
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      B, attacker always

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

        Thx for all your replies. Appreciate it cheers

  17. Nice to Finally Michu
    • 7 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Patricio (Hamer)
    Bennett Doherty Duffy (AWB Peltier)
    Maddison Salah Schurrle Hazard (Stephens)
    Arnautovic Aguero Kane
    2FT, 0.1 ITB

    A)Kane and Peltier > Firmino and Alonso/Mendy/Robertson
    B) Kane and Peltier > Mitrovic and TAA (enough cash ITB to do Schurrle > Mane/KdB next week for free)
    C) Other suggestions?

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

      A. could be decent but B must still be too risky with TAA

      Not matter what you do with a triple Wolves attack you will have a few tough weeks.

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

        Defence 🙂

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

      Triple WOL at the back not for me.

  18. Trovsmash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Thoughts on Hennessey (Hart other GK) to Ryan & Fraser to Pereyra for free?

    Pereyra's next 3 are delicious. Would also be a wicked differential in my cash league.

    1. Nice to Finally Michu
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Wouldn't ship Fraser before the next match

  19. cylus11 ( Manager) - Russia…
    • 10 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Gw 10:
    Patricio
    Alonso, Doherty, Robbo
    Mane, Hazard, D Silva, Fraser
    Wilson, Ings, Kane
    Sub's : Trippler, Seri, Boly

    Should I start Trippler and bench whom?
    Thoughts plz

    1. Nice to Finally Michu
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Bench trip

  20. FC Hakkebøf
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Hennesey
    Alonso Trippier Doherty
    Salah Hazard Richarlison Maddison
    Aguero Firmino Jimenez

    Hamer AWB Obiang Peltier

    1 ft 0.2 itb

    A) Hennesey --> Ryan
    B) Trippier --> Mendy/Robertson
    C) Save FT
    D) ...

    Leaning towards A.

    1. Nice to Finally Michu
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Either B to Robertson or save

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

      i'd save.

    3. FC Hakkebøf
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Thanks guys

    4. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      B with Robertson

    5. The Big Fella
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      B Robertson

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

    2 FTs/0.8 ITB and I’m considering not using either. Mad?

    Ryan/Button

    Alonso/Robertson/TAA/Doherty/AWB

    Salah/Hazard/Maddison/Richarlison/Billing

    Kun/Mitrovic/Wilson

    1. FC Hakkebøf
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      AWB --> Bennet is an option

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

      looks good! just monitor any injuries/lineups from the CL fixtures

    3. waldo666
      • 10 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Get rid of the headache that TAA is becoming?

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

        I may. But figure he’s worth holding for another GW

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

      TAA->Laporte?

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

        Saving my funds for Wilson to Arnautovic.

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

      AWB to Duffy. Brighton double up might work ok.
      If TAA does not play again you can get rid of him next week when you still got 2FT but worth holding in case he plays.

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

        Thats how I’m thinking.

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

          Re: TAA.

          But not sure I’m keen on a BHA double up even after back to back CS

  22. Duffy Dunk
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Having kicked Mendy out of the team earlier in the season, I think MCI clean sheet cover is needed.
    Which way to get it though?
    Patricio/Hennessey to Ederson? (I own Doherty and Bennett)
    Chilwell to Mendy/Laporte?

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

      mendys becoming city's safest captain choice

  23. The Big Fella
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    For this week I have 2FTs.
    1) I can either change my goalkeeper from Hennessey to either Ryan or Fabianski and carry the other FT
    2) Sell Fraser and Richarlison for Maddison and Knockhert

    Thoughts?

    1. FC Hakkebøf
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Fraser --> knockaert alone possible?

      1. The Big Fella
        • 4 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Of course. I just don't think it is worth selling Fraser this week. I will consider it next week. I am also debating Martial in for Richarlison....

  24. GnT
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Anyone tempted to kneejerk Lovren? Klopp clearly favours him and great price

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

      It’s tempting especially since he picked up max bonus points in both his games.

    2. fclackless [Brazil Nuts]
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Yep

  25. white lightning
    • 7 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    I'm thinking I can save my ft in gw10 so I can bring in Mendy in gw11. I have 1ft & 1.1itb

    Patricio (Henn)
    Alonso, Robertson, Holebas (Doherty, Bennett)
    Salah (c), Hazard, Maddison, Fraser (Billing)
    Aguero, Mitrovic, Wilson

    The only thing I would change is playing Doherty instead of Holebas but Holebas up against Hudd at home has got to be a cs & a good chance of attacking returns. My only doubt is if the crap Watford team turn up as they are inconsistent.

    Thoughts & thanks.

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

      Triple WOL at the back not for me.

      1. white lightning
        • 7 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Once I get Mendy in & sell Holebas I'll have 3 definite set & for get starters Alonso, Robertson & Mendy. Plus I can play Doherty when he has a sweet fixture. Bennett is never played because he's just an enabler. I'll be getting Fabianski in soon for Hennessey to play when Patricio has bad fixtures.

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

          Understood. Best of luck.

          1. white lightning
            • 7 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            Cheers man & you too.

  26. Klein
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Would you
    A) Change F anderson?
    B) Change jeminez?
    C) save ft

    1. RNGD Shobby
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      save

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

        Thanks

  27. RNGD Shobby
    • 9 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Anyone willing to talk me out of Fraser to Martial?
    Has form on his side, fixtures aren't terrible.

    Other option is Bernardo and one of Maddison or Richarlison to Hazard and Hojbjerg. Was lucky enough to forget to transfer this week so missed the blank.

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

      Frazer has almighty fulham next. Its gonna be a fest. Dont do it buddy.

    2. The Big Fella
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      I have been looking at Richarlison to Martial. Not sure though......

    3. Kub3
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Wouldn’t get rid of Fraser until after next weekend at the earliest.

    4. white lightning
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Martial has Sanchez & Rashford all vying for the same position. MU have plenty of m/f options who all demand game time. Anyway Fraser up against Fulham this week I would sell him just yet. Plus Martial scored 2 goals from 2 shots which won't happen every week.

      1. white lightning
        • 7 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        lol "would" should be "wouldn't"

  28. Kub3
    • 2 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Someone mentioned it earlier but Hazard has an injury so I would wait until later in the week before doing anything. He’s a doubt for GW10 apparently.

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

      He’s a doubt for Thursday.

  29. Klein
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    How were rich and siggy yesterday? Went for siggy. Did he get chances?

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

      Siggy looked good. Richarlison less so.

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

        Thanks buddy

  30. The Big Fella
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Why hasn't Gross been playing?

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

      Injured I think