Scout Notes

Fraser and Wilson blank as Emery experiments with wing-back system

Our second Scout Notes article from Gameweek 13 focuses on the events at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday afternoon, as Bournemouth slumped to a third successive 2-1 defeat and Arsenal extended their unbeaten league run to 11 matches.

Alexandre Lacazette was missing with a groin strain as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang proved to be Arsenal’s match-winner, while David Brooks demonstrated his value in midfield with an assist – though Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson emerged from the Cherries’ loss with nothing more than appearance points.

We round up the goals, assists, injury news, manager quotes and Fantasy talking points from an end-to-end encounter on the south coast.

Bournemouth 1-2 Arsenal

  • Goals: Joshua King (£6.3m) | Jefferson Lerma (£4.5m) own-goal, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.9m)
  • Assists: David Brooks (£5.1m) | Sead Kolasinac (£4.9m) x2

It seems to be every other week that we make mention of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang‘s (£10.9m) paradoxical performances in our Scout Notes.

The Gabonese forward, not for the first time this season, was peripheral for much of the match, feeding on scraps for long periods and wasting what few opportunities he was presented with.

Aubameyang had sliced wide from six yards from a corner-kick in the first half then blazed over from the edge of the box on 64 minutes, but once again the former Borussia Dortmund striker was to get on the scoresheet in the second half of a league match when he tapped in Sead Kolasinac‘s (£4.9m) low ball with a quarter of the game remaining.

Aubameyang has an incredible knack of popping up with a goal when delivering an otherwise so-so performance and his success is sometimes difficult to fathom from both an eye-test and underlying statistics perspective.

The Arsenal forward – who has admittedly been deployed on the left flank in recent months – has had less than half the number of attempts on goal and shots in the box that Sergio Aguero (£11.5m) has registered this season, but Aubameyang’s winning strike on Sunday moved him alongside the Manchester City striker at the top of the Premier League goalscoring charts.

Aubameyang was deployed centrally at the Vitality Stadium in a 3-4-3/3-4-2-1, with the injured Alexandre Lacazette (£9.4m) not risked by Unai Emery.

The Arsenal boss explained his decision:

Yesterday Lacazette felt a small injury and also we need Aubameyang and Nketiah. Today the most important thing for us is that not only did Aubameyang score for us, he was also working in the 90 minutes. He helped us in all the things, the tactical moments and the defensive moments.

The Gunners meet only Liverpool of the “big six” between Gameweeks 16 and 22, with their fixture swing likely to attract Fantasy investment over the Christmas period.

Aubameyang – and Lacazette – must surely enter the premium forward equation at this point, in spite of what we have often seen on the pitch and in the members’ tables.

Perhaps crucially, the Gabonese forward’s goal conversion rate is hovering – as it did last season – around 30%, marking him out as the most clinical big-money striker in the division.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£6.7m) and Alex Iwobi (£5.5m) flanked Aubameyang in attack, and those simply looking at the attacking KPIs from this encounter on the south coast would have been impressed with the Armenian midfielder’s numbers.

In reality, though, Mkhitaryan had an afternoon to forget.

Despite 11 penalty box touches and seven shots on goal, the former Manchester United man lacked any conviction or confidence in attack, only hitting the target with one of his efforts and fluffing his lines in several presentable situations.

Mkhitaryan’s afternoon was summed up on 69 minutes when Aubameyang sent him through on goal, only for the chance to go begging when the Armenian first took a heavy touch and then completely mishit a shot tamely wide.

Iwobi was busy down the left flank without ever looking a real menace and in reality, it was perhaps Lacazette who came out of this match with his reputation enhanced, with his presence missed in the Arsenal frontline.

It will be interesting to see if Emery perseveres with a 3-4-3 when Lacazette is fit, with Aubameyang set to move over to the left flank and one of Mkhitaryan or Iwobi to drop out in whatever system he chooses going forward.

A victim of this formation change is Mesut Ozil (£8.3m), who was only among the substitutes at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday.

While Ozil could potentially line up in one of the front three positions, he is undoubtedly more effective when playing in “the hole” behind a central striker. A 3-4-3 certainly doesn’t seem a good fit for Arsenal’s biggest wage-earner.

Emery said of the German midfielder’s omission:

We thought how we can be better in the match today which is very demanding with the physicality and the intensity – but every player is important. Also today we tried with three centre-backs like we’ve done at some stages this season and it’s another possibility for us to improve and find our best performance.

Two beneficiaries of Emery’s tactical experiment were their full-backs.

Kolasinac was the headline-grabber with two assists, with Arsenal’s opener coming from the Bosnian defender’s cut-back that Jefferson Lerma (£4.5m) smashed past his own goalkeeper.

No Premier League player in any position registered more penalty box touches than Kolasinac in Gameweek 12, underscoring just how prominent the Arsenal wing-back was in Bournemouth’s area.

Only Mkhitaryan had more touches in the final third than Kolasinac in this match, with the Bosnia and Herzegovina international firing into the side netting with a chance on 78 minutes having had a presentable opportunity with his head midway through the first half.

Hector Bellerin (£5.4m) got into plenty of threatening positions too, registering as many penalty box touches as Aubameyang and Callum Wilson (£6.8m) managed at the Vitality Stadium – though without much end product.

From an attacking perspective, both Bellerin and Kolasinac are tempting mid-price options for the fixture shift in Gameweek 16.

Unfortunately, though, the Gunners offer precious little in the way of clean sheet potential (it’s now just two shut-outs in 13 Premier League matches) and Emery’s side were often exposed down the flanks, particularly when the Cherries hit them on the break.

Bournemouth’s equaliser on the stroke of half-time indeed came from a counter-attack after an Arsenal corner.

Emery discussed his switch to a wing-back system after full-time:

We played like that in pre-season and in Qarabag, and it was an opportunity for us to find our best performance, best system and best combinations.

For example today there was Sead Kolasinac and Alex Iwobi which is a very interesting combination. Also when we are pushing with Hector Bellerin wide we need some players for balance.

The most important thing for us is finding balance in the defensive moments because we are conceding more goals than we want, but we don’t want to lose our good performances in attacking moments with scoring and the players performances.

But we need to improve and we need to do more.

From a Bournemouth perspective, their performance mirrored the one given in their 2-1 home defeat to Manchester United earlier this month: full of effort, occasionally threatening but ultimately outclassed.

Joshua King (£6.3m) came back into the side alongside Wilson up front, with David Brooks (£5.1m) moving over to the right flank to accommodate the Norwegian’s return to the Bournemouth attack.

Brooks and King combined for the Cherries’ leveller, building on good work from Wilson and Ryan Fraser (£6.2m) after a swift breakaway from the home side.

Brooks’ move back to the right of midfield didn’t dent his attacking threat too much and indeed he had what looked like a perfectly good goal ruled out for offside on eight minutes, before driving a low shot at Bernd Leno (£4.8m) that the German goalkeeper comfortably held.

The Wales international was also only a yard or so away from connecting with Fraser’s whipped cross after the break.

Brooks’ assist means he is now narrowly outscoring Fraser over the last eight Gameweeks, by 35 FPL points to 33.

Fraser’s performance, while full of industry and far from awful, was worrying from a Fantasy perspective, with the Scottish winger not registering a single key pass and only having one effort on goal – a free-kick from out wide – in his 90-minute showing.

That he only recorded one penalty box touch was indicative of how on the fringes he was when Bournemouth were mounting their attacks.

Set-piece duties remain a valued weapon in his armoury but the tricky Brooks looks the bigger threat in open play and, at £5.1m, is eminently more “benchable” for trips to Manchester City, Spurs, Manchester United and perhaps Wolves, plus the visit of Liverpool, in the next seven Gameweeks.

Wilson blanked on Sunday too, not really having any clear sights of goal and perhaps being outshone by King, though Howe paid tribute to both of his strikers after the game:

Joshua King did well physically today and added a different dimension to the front line, working well with Callum Wilson. I was very impressed, they were a threat in the opening period. They pinned the centre-backs back and gave them a problem in behind.

The goal was great from my perspective, defending deep and transitioning into a clinical finish at the end of a counter attack, so it’s a shame for them we didn’t get anything from the match.

Nothing went right for Lerma on Sunday, with the Colombian midfielder hitting the post from distance in the second half after his comical own-goal in the opening 45 minutes.

His afternoon was summed up when he picked up his fifth yellow card of the season, meaning that he will miss the trip to the Etihad next weekend.

Charlie Daniels (£4.2m) came in for the injured Adam Smith (£4.5m) in Howe’s only other change to his starting XI.

Emery meanwhile downplayed any injury worries surrounding Lucas Torreira (£4.9m), who had a solid game in central midfield before his withdrawal on 79 minutes:

He said to us that he was a little tired and that there was a possibility. He was giving us good balance but also we have to be clever because he played with the national team for two matches and sometimes you need to listen to the player when they sometimes need rest. This change was because we need to give him a rest.

Bournemouth XI (4-4-2): Begovic; Francis, Cook, Ake, Daniels; Brooks (Stanislas 72′), Gosling (Cook 72′), Lerma, Fraser; Wilson, King (Mousset 80′).

Arsenal XI (3-4-3): Leno; Mustafi, Sokratis, Holding; Bellerin, Torreira (Guendouzi 78′), Xhaka, Kolasinac; Mhitatyan, Iwobi (Ramsey 80′); Aubameyang (Nketiah 90′).

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  1. Syd.
    • 10 Years
    7 months, 29 days ago

    Wolves were shocking today

    Huddersfield were superb

    1. Nuno had a dream
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 29 days ago

      Can’t argue with this

    2. Ross From Friends
        7 months, 29 days ago

        Mooy is the new Jiminez/Doherty/Bennet/Johny/Neves/Jota

        1. Victor I Need Ya Bae
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 29 days ago

          Lol this

    3. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 29 days ago

      Hits galore

    4. RECKLESS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 29 days ago

      Can anyone please share link of hottopic/article on playing minutes of imp players in hectic boxing day from last season. Cant find it

    5. Team Bobcat
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 29 days ago

      Report from last article

      Anything worth doing here.

      Fab
      Laporte Alonso Taa AWB
      DSilva Salah Martial Rich
      Aguero Arnie

      Hart kennedy Mitro Digne

      1ft 0itb

      Basicall is it worth swapping DSilva for Sane. Fools gold perhaps??

      It would be at a (-4)

      DSilva Laporte > Sane Delph

      1. Big_Bear
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 29 days ago

        No. Absolutely not.

      2. antis0cial
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 29 days ago

        no

    6. DAZZ
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 29 days ago

      Hazard out for Sterling before this weekend for me. Despite fixtures. Especially if Sterling is rested midweek.

      Haz is bang out of form

      1. Team Bobcat
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 29 days ago

        Sterling looks hot at the minute. But Hazard is captain no.1 candidate next week...

      2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 29 days ago

        You could easily regret it

      3. Legomané
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 29 days ago

        Adam hopcroft identified that all Haz's goals this season have come with Giroud up top - mind blowing, but really not surprising when you think about it..

        1. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 29 days ago

          not that difficult to identify but if he was not injured vs utd could have hauled in last 2 matches even with morata

          1. Legomané
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 1 Year
            7 months, 29 days ago

            Maybe for a Haz obsessive 😉 but it hasn't occurred to me that Haz would regress so much without Giroud in the side. Of course, we can put this down to many other factors, but it's an interesting snippet nonetheless.

            1. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
              • 1 Year
              7 months, 29 days ago

              As a chelsea fan seeing morata and willain playing every week its pretty clear lol

            2. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
              • 1 Year
              7 months, 29 days ago

              but anyway if he got that penalty and scored no one would be discussing this but still if u are a non-chelsea fan and dont rate hazard as an fpl option u have to give him next 2 weeks vs 2 promoted teams to come to any form of assessment

      4. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 29 days ago

        hazard is a season keeper imo

        1. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 29 days ago

          this

      5. RECKLESS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 29 days ago

        Please do. Patient ones like me are getting the heat. Time to turn tables

      6. ZeBestee
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 29 days ago

        Hazard was their best player by far. Denied a pen as well. Loose at your peril.

      7. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 29 days ago

        please quickk hurryup

    7. Dont_Win_Friends_With_Salah…
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 29 days ago

      Lots of early transfers going on...

      A) Hazard to Sterling
      B) Martial + Alonso to Davies + Sane (-4)
      C) Martial + Arnie to Rondon + Sane (-4)
      D) Chill out and strap my knees down

      1. antis0cial
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 29 days ago

        Depends if hazard injured, if not I wouldn't sell before home game to Fulham, I'd cpt.

        D

      2. RECKLESS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 29 days ago

        D but with strapping fingers as I am sure you cant type with knees

        1. Victor I Need Ya Bae
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 29 days ago

          D wait for more definitive information on Haz

    8. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 29 days ago

      A bit tempted to get Bellerin instead of Alonso GW16 onwards, could really hurt though

      1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 29 days ago

        On WC that is

      2. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 29 days ago

        bread and butter of defenders is cs, alonso for me

      3. dmkp
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 29 days ago

        Too many options at the attacking fullback positions, you can't have them all

    9. Donster
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 29 days ago

      Reporter from last article.

      A: Martial, Vardy > Sterling, Success

      B: Vardy, Kayal > success, Dsilva(Sane)

      Patricio
      Robertson, Laporte, Alonso
      Martial, Hazard,Mane,Fraser
      Vardy, Aguero, Arnie, Kayal

      Sub: Hammer,Awb, Bennette

      1. Merlinsnose
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 29 days ago

        A

    10. Miguel Sanchez
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 29 days ago

      Captain next GW:

      A) Sterling (BOU)
      B) Hazard (FUL)

      1. RECKLESS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 29 days ago

        Hazarad easy. Even Soton can score 2 against this Fulham side

      2. Ross From Friends
          7 months, 29 days ago

          I'd say Sterling but Ful at home is just too delicious...hmm

          1. Victor I Need Ya Bae
            • 2 Years
            7 months, 29 days ago

            Sterling +1

        • Jamb0
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 29 days ago

          Even Altidore would be worth a punt against Fulham!

        • HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 29 days ago

          hazard

        • Rock n Grohl
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          7 months, 29 days ago

          Difficult one for sure but on Hazard at the moment. However if Sterling is rested midweek I'd be hugely tempted to switch the armband.

      3. TLF
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 29 days ago

        Any indications whether or not Hazard will be sidelined by the twisted ankle ? I am considering my first early transfer of the season from Mendy to TAA bit feels very risky with champs league and uncertainty around Haz.

        1. RECKLESS
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 29 days ago

          He twists it every week he said himself

          1. TLF
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            7 months, 29 days ago

            Not sure how reassuring that is ! thanks I didn't know he had said that.

      4. Nuno had a dream
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 29 days ago

        Which team do you prefer below please guys...

        A)
        Alonso - Robbo* - TAA - Doherty
        Hazard - Mane - Dilva* - Martial* - Richarlison
        B)
        Alonso - Laporte* - TAA - Doherty
        Hazard - Mane - Sterling* - Richarlison - Brooks*

        1. dunas_dog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 29 days ago

          B

        2. Bakra
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          7 months, 29 days ago

          B

      5. Riders of Yohan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 29 days ago

        Anderson + salah -> sane + sterling this week

        Aguero -> Kane next week

        Appreciate any advice

        1. Toby Lerone
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 29 days ago

          Looking to do something similar getting rid of rich and salah

        2. captainjilflex
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 29 days ago

          I’m planning similar moves. The only question is will Sterling/Kane outscore Salah/Aguero long term. I reckon they will

          1. Riders of Yohan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            7 months, 29 days ago

            Surely as well as sane?

            1. captainjilflex
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              7 months, 29 days ago

              Personally i wouldnt want to triple up on City attack even for one week, but thats just me...

      6. Syd.
        • 10 Years
        7 months, 29 days ago

        Anyone going double Wolves defence against Cardiff?

        1. #FPLBhuna
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 29 days ago

          Definitely...NOT

        2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 29 days ago

          Me sadly no other choice

        3. DA Minnion
          • 7 Years
          7 months, 29 days ago

          Yeah. Cardiff are woeful.

        4. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 29 days ago

          i think i am.Will play doch.Have 2 cactus options in fab and patricio .Maybe as well give pat last chance.

        5. Do I Not Like Orange
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 29 days ago

          Probably. I don't have a playing sub keeper, and Doherty IMO has a higher ceiling next weekend than my other benching options Ings & Fraser.

        6. SMEE_HEEE
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 29 days ago

          after today's fiasco no way

        7. F_Ivanovic
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 29 days ago

          Probably not as I have fabianski and would rather spread the risk as I think they're both about as likely to keep a CS.

      7. MANGE TOUT RODNEY
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 29 days ago

        My Yedlin/Kenedy MNF double up suddenly looks pretty enticing!

        1. Toby Lerone
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 29 days ago

          Need a kenedy brace

      8. Teomi
          7 months, 29 days ago

          Currently on wc... anything you would change?
          1,5 itb to change Aguero to Kane gw15.

          Fab
          Taa alonso Doherty awb Digne
          Haz mane sane Rich camarasa
          Kun arnie zaha

        • Miguel Sanchez
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 29 days ago

          Thoughts on this from GW15 onwards (-4)

          Ryan
          Alonso Robertson Trippier
          Sterling Sane Hazard Eriksen Richarlison
          Arnautovic Wilson

          Hamer Doherty AWB Kamara

          cheers

        • LewanGOALski
          • 7 Years
          7 months, 29 days ago

          Sane or D.Silva?

          1. DA Minnion
            • 7 Years
            7 months, 29 days ago

            Sane

          2. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
            • 1 Year
            7 months, 29 days ago

            sane for me especially bendy out

          3. Frank Black
            • 6 Years
            7 months, 29 days ago

            Both great options. Sanè is obviously more explosive and has scored 3 more points than Silva even though Silva has played almost twice as much as him.

            At the same time, Silva is the safest option, he has more chances of starting. Both of them are not really captaincy options(maybe Sanè is but only if you don't have Sterling too).

          4. Rock n Grohl
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            7 months, 29 days ago

            Sane only just though.

        • DA Minnion
          • 7 Years
          7 months, 29 days ago

          Best player to get in for mendy. Already have.
          Bennett Wan B Alonso Robertson.
          6.9 to spend.

          1. Bakra
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            7 months, 29 days ago

            TAA

            1. DA Minnion
              • 7 Years
              7 months, 29 days ago

              Already got 3 pool.

          2. badgerboy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            7 months, 29 days ago

            Wait for Trippier.

            1. DA Minnion
              • 7 Years
              7 months, 29 days ago

              How long will he be?

              1. badgerboy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                7 months, 29 days ago

                'Kieran Trippier (groin) continues rehab and is aiming to return to training before the end of the month'

                1. DA Minnion
                  • 7 Years
                  7 months, 29 days ago

                  Cheers B B.

        • Bakra
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          7 months, 29 days ago

          Need Yedlin points tomorrow to stop auto subbers from overtaking me

        • HD7
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 29 days ago

          GW17 Team plan:
          Thoughts?

          Fab
          Digne Alonso Bellerin TAA
          Sterling Richa Eriksen
          Aguero Arnie Kane

          Subs: Button, Kenedy, WanB, 4.2midf

          (+) Kane and Kun are great Captain material

          (-) No Liverpool, though their fixtures arent great around Christmas
          Defenders from average teams, though with good fixtures

          1. Albrightondknight
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            7 months, 29 days ago

            Nice but I would not risk Bellerin even with the fixtures.

        • anish10
          • 8 Years
          7 months, 29 days ago

          Mahrez > Sane
          or
          Mahrez > Silva?

          1. dunas_dog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            7 months, 29 days ago

            Sane

          2. Rock n Grohl
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            7 months, 29 days ago

            Sane.

          3. Bialystrzelec
            • 2 Years
            7 months, 29 days ago

            Stick to Mahrez

        • ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 29 days ago

          So is Mitro back?

          1. TorresMagic™ - bcvy39
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 10 Years
            7 months, 29 days ago

            If he scores vs Chelsea.

          2. Do I Not Like Orange
            • 6 Years
            7 months, 29 days ago

            I'm looking at him, but just noticed he's on 4 yellows. Won't buy til suspension is out of the way.

          3. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
            • 1 Year
            7 months, 29 days ago

            gw17 maybe

        • martyhan
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 29 days ago

          Thoughts on this WC team please
          Ederson hamer
          Taa Alonso Doherty AWB Digne
          Sterling Dilva mane Richarlison 4.4
          Arnie Jimenez Kane

        • HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 29 days ago

          better cleansheet prospect this week
          A)Wolves(patricio)
          B)west ham(Fabianski)

          1. dunas_dog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            7 months, 29 days ago

            B

          2. F_Ivanovic
            • 3 Years
            7 months, 29 days ago

            A

          3. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
            • 2 Years
            7 months, 29 days ago

            B

        • F_Ivanovic
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 29 days ago

          Madness the amount of knee jerk with Hazard.

          People are saying Hazard is off form; he blanked against United, Everton and Spurs - all fixtures you wouldn't be surprise if he blanked (except the Everton one maybe) and got a cameo assist when he returned back from injury vs Palace. Before then, he had 8, 11, 20, 3, 10, 14

          And now has Fulham at home. He's their talisman and on pens. He WILL deliver.

          1. grumpyman
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            7 months, 29 days ago

            I'm probably keeping all season, so the more people that sell the better.

          2. madame shelly
            • 4 Years
            7 months, 29 days ago

            He should deliver , but if he doesn't he's gone for me. Chelsea don't score freely like City do, so there is also an argument to bring Sterling in now, as he has a good fixture too..I can see why people are doing it.

          3. MTPockets
            • 10 Years
            7 months, 29 days ago

            But e.g. Chelsea didn't blank Utd/Spurs, he did.

            1. F_Ivanovic
              • 3 Years
              7 months, 29 days ago

              Can't expect any player to score every game though - all the premium options have blanked in tough games even when their team has scored.

              City do have a good fixture too next week but overall Chelsea's fixtures over the next 8 are by far better. And he won't be rotated at all.

              1. MTPockets
                • 10 Years
                7 months, 29 days ago

                His form isn't great but I wouldn't sell if I had him. Not buying him though.

          4. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
            • 1 Year
            7 months, 29 days ago

            i would have posted exactly this but would have been called biased but its ridiculuous

        • madame shelly
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 29 days ago

          Longest I've ever kept my wildcard and still no urgent need to use it as I'm fairly template.

          Best time over next month, bearing fixture swings in mind ?

        • Albrightondknight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 29 days ago

          Ok what ye think if this from 15/16
          10 from the top 4 plus Arnie
          Poor bench but ....

          Lloris

          Robertson TAA Laporte Alonso's Trippier

          Sterling Sane Hazard Eriksen

          Arnie

          Hamer Jimenez Stephens Kamara

          1. Albrightondknight
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            7 months, 29 days ago

            City Che and pool should keep performing
            And hit the Spurs and Hammers fixtures.

          2. F_Ivanovic
            • 3 Years
            7 months, 29 days ago

            Great first 11 but horrible bench and rotation over christmas will kill you.

            1. Albrightondknight
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              7 months, 29 days ago

              Cheers.
              I am coming to the conclusion that a lot of the rotation risk are the top scores - long term plan is take some bad weeks for lots of really good ones. But of course with rotation risks I would like a stronger bench.

        • nkhoughton
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 29 days ago

          Best forward replacement for Lacazette

          Arnautovic seems the go to but a doubt atm

          1. F_Ivanovic
            • 3 Years
            7 months, 29 days ago

            uh I wouldn't be looking to get rid.... Arsenals fixtures are great from week 16 onwards - spending a transfer to take out/bring back in over 2 weeks is not the way to go either.

          2. Albrightondknight
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            7 months, 29 days ago

            Arnie probably worth the risk. Fixtures amazing for so long and it's not like he is a bad option anyway.

        • grumpyman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 29 days ago

          Terrible game week. But seeing as I benched TAA in favour of Bennett I feel like I fully deserve my suffering. Lesson learned, roll on next game week.

          1. DA Minnion
            • 7 Years
            7 months, 29 days ago

            That would make me grumpy man.

          2. #FPLBhuna
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            7 months, 29 days ago

            Unlucky mate

            One to put behind ya and on to the next

            Dont dwell too much

        • #FPLBhuna
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 29 days ago

          5-3-2 viable here? (Will likely make transfers to bring sane and/or Hazard)

          henny
          alonso - robbo - doherty - awb - pereira
          salah - sterling(c) - mane
          jiminez - arnie

          hamer - ings - richa - fraser

          1. DAZZ
            • 5 Years
            7 months, 29 days ago

            Who are you removing for Hazard?