Scout Notes

Arnautovic injury opens door for more striker changes

An injury to Marko Arnautovic may cause further widespread changes among Fantasy Premier League squads.

His owners will be sweating on a hamstring problem in the coming days and will have their eyes on alternatives already.

Meanwhile, there was disappointment for Felipe Anderson owners as a host of differential options helped West Ham to their latest win.

West Ham United 3-1 Cardiff City

Goals: Lucas Perez x2 (£6.2m), Michail Antonio (£6.8m) | Josh Murphy

Assists: Robert Snodgrass x2 (£5.3m), Arthur Masuaku (£4.3m) | Sean Morrison (£4.7m)

Marko Arnautovic (£7.2m) could be the next player to leave the Fantasy Premier League template after he was taken off injured in West Ham’s win over Cardiff. The Austrian forward went down clutching his hamstring and it seems unlikely he will feature too much over the Christmas period. The return to fitness of Andy Carroll (£5.4m) as well as the form of Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez (£6.2m) and Lucas Perez (£6.2m) mean that Manuel Pellegrini has plenty of options to replace him. If he is set for some time on the sidelines, the popularity of Callum Wilson (£6.9m) and Aleksandar Mitrovic (£6.6m) should rise accordingly.

“It is a hamstring injury, we will see tomorrow.” – Manuel Pellegrini

Also stepping up as a potential alternative option at West Ham was Robert Snodgrass (£5.3m) who recorded two assists in the win. Since returning from suspension in Gameweek 14 he has started two matches in a row while Grady Diangana (£4.5m) has featured for just 14 minutes. The Scottish international was also subbed after 75 minutes at the London Stadium suggesting that Manuel Pellegrini is keen to use him again in Gameweek 16. Snodgrass’ two assists were a delivery on the creative promise he’s shown this season. In the last four Gameweeks, he had created more chances than Felipe Anderson (£7.1m), who came out of the 3-1 win with just two points.

The only reason that Lukasz Fabianski (£4.5m) did not get his first home clean since Gameweek 6 was because of a scrappy late Cardiff City goal. The Bluebirds had not particularly threatened in the match and the Hammers were certainly on course for a well-deserved shut-out. In contentious circumstances, Josh Murphy (£4.8m) bundled the ball over the line deep into stoppage time with Fabianski obstructed from being able to make a save. However, his owners will still be content with his first-half penalty save and eight-point haul.

Fabian Balbuena (£4.4m) missed out on the match with his recent injury problems. He was considered a doubt for the encounter but was fit enough for the bench, although he did not come on.

Michail Antonio (£6.8m) got his first goal of the season, a header from one of Snodgrass’ corners. It was an impressive display from him but Fantasy managers looking at West Ham options should probably exercise caution. The midfielder was deployed at right-back, not for the first time in his Hammers’ career, allowing first-choice Pablo Zabaleta (£4.3m) could have a rest. With Ryan Fredericks (£4.6m) still out injured, Antonio may well be the preferred alternative to Zabaleta at right-back during this busy period where rotation will be rife.

Meanwhile, Jack Wilshere (£4.8m) was entirely absent from the matchday squad having sustained a minor pain in his ankle.

“Jack (Wilshere) has a small pain in his ankle, not the one he injured before. If he is not 100 per cent then I was not going to select him.” – Manuel Pellegrini

Joe Ralls (£4.7m) announced himself as Cardiff City’s penalty taker but his time in that position may be short-lived after seeing his poor effort saved.

It was a poor night for Cardiff and their Fantasy options. A number of them are still playing out-of-position, so to speak with Callum Paterson (£5.3m) the centre-forward once again and Victor Camarasa (£4.6m) deployed on the right flank of the attack.

Murphy has now featured only as a substitute in two of his last three matches while, as we already mentioned, the circumstances of his headed goal were fortuitous at best.

West Ham XI (4-4-2): Fabianski; Masuaku, Ogbonna, Diop, Antonio; F Anderson, Rice, Noble, Snodgrass (Diangana 75′); Arnautovic (L Perez 40′), Chicharito (Carroll 64′).

Cardiff XI (4-1-4-1): Etheridge; Bennett, Bamba, Morrison, Ecuele Manga; Gunnarsson; Hoilett (Murphy 64′), Arter, Ralls (Mendez-Laing 64′), Camarasa; Paterson (Harris 73′).

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1,129 Comments Post a Comment
  1. FPLGraham
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Can I have my wildcard back please?

    1. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      You can have mine if you want I don't really need it that bad

      1. Gravless are for Kinnear
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        humble brag

    2. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Used mine GW4 i think

      Just took a massive hit to rework the whole team

    3. Little Red Lacazette
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Just wait about 3 1/2 weeks for a new one

  2. Skull And Gnomes 9
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Saints have turned a corner.
    Really fancy them to keep a tired Spurs quiet.

    1. fedolefan
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Diver in chief Danny Rose is back.

    2. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      I reckon Spurs are going to destroy them

      1. Skull And Gnomes 9
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Might nick one .

        Dier from a set piece.

    3. Tshelby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Spurs will want to show something after that NLD

    4. mgilbert86
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      You dont own kane do you?

      1. Skull And Gnomes 9
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 18 days ago

        🙂

    5. Gravless are for Kinnear
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      On what basis have they turned a corner for the better?

    6. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 18 days ago

      When did they, swear I saw them in the same place round the corner from the rest of the prem teams

  3. Gravless are for Kinnear
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    I hope tonight is as exciting as last night in FPL. Plenty of goals. Hatrick for Kane and brace for Hazard

    1. Amsterhammer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      That would please me greatly.

    2. elchilangles
        2 months, 18 days ago

        I'd just be happy with Mané and Robbo starting!

    3. Montyville
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Actually contemplating a punt on Rashford to replace Arnie...

      Don't like Wilson fixtures
      Mitrovich on 4 yellows...

      If united to improve then he could be the catalyst?

      Thoughts

      1. Gravless are for Kinnear
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        *spits out green tea

      2. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Risky! Wilson can score against anyone and season keeper for me unless injured

      3. elchilangles
          2 months, 18 days ago

          big "IF" there

      4. pakornk
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Does Hazard scoring tonight change anything?

        1. Montyville
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          He made way for Sane at the weekend

        2. Tshelby
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Not for me. Hazard will keep on scoring this season but he will also keep the dry spell over the season

        3. Top Lad Dakes.
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          would certainly be nice!

          i may keep anyway, unless he's atrocious. take a look at fixtures post-city

        4. mgilbert86
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          If he doesnt score, I may not be bringing him in after man city

        5. Eat my goal!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 18 days ago

          yes, regret for many

      5. Tshelby
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Will Pogba start tonight after Mourinho's comments?

        1. Eat my goal!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Hopefully not - he and Mourinho can jog on

      6. Tomthewise1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        As a Bournemouth fan never thought I would see the day when Callum Wilson is the second highest owned player in FPL

        1. La Roja
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Him and Fraser

          Bargain of the season

        2. Gravless are for Kinnear
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Relish the moment. Always nice to see small teams do well

          1. La Roja
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            "small teams"

            ouch

            1. Gravless are for Kinnear
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              was waiting for someone to pick that up 😆
              I actually had a different word for small but opted against using it

              1. Tomthewise1
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Hahaha we have the smallest stadium in the Premier League, so don't think I can dispute!

        3. Top Lad Dakes.
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          mental.

          good value though

        4. Eat my goal!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 18 days ago

          I look at my team all the time and wonder what he is doing there!

      7. pakornk
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Help guys.
        A. Hazard and Jimenez
        B. Anderson and Auba
        C. Son and Lacazette

        1. Amsterhammer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          B

        2. Suave EU
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          B

      8. Four Season Wonder
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        What should I make priority looking at this team?
        Got the obvious (Arnie) issue. Any transfer now, would be for a hit too...
        A). Auba > Wilson (-4) ... only issue is BOU v LIV
        B). Salah > Sterling (-4)
        C). Leave as is and wait until next GW to make changes

        Henn
        Alonso - TAA - Digne - Doherty
        Salah - Sane - Kenedy
        Kane - Auba(c) - Arnie(i)
        -------------------------------------------------
        Subs: Button; AWB, Brooks, Hojbjerg
        -------------------------------------------------

        1. Four Season Wonder
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Sorry A). should say Arnie > Wilson

        2. Montyville
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          leave as is

        3. Little Red Lacazette
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Hold for now.

      9. Inazuma X1
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Sigurdsson a better pick than Richarlison?

        1. Kopkloppers
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Yes. See my Grav. And I have Richa!!!

      10. Pieterke30
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Kenedy 4.9 or Cairney 4.8

        Who is the best 5th mid out of those two you reckon?

        1. Dee Lixon
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          I got Kenedy, mostly because he's on penalties (I hope)

        2. dmkp
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          I've had Kenedy for about 6-7 weeks now. Apart from one assist, he hasn't returned anything. Luckily he is on the bench vast many of times

          I can't comment on Cairney

          1. Four Season Wonder
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            WoW!

            I mean, someone may look at this and think that I had copied you...

        3. Four Season Wonder
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          I have owned Kenedy since GW9 and all I've had from him is a solitary assist (In 7 GWs)...

          Cairney

      11. Strchld
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        How about Arnie to Zaha or King? Have Wilson.
        Dont like Mitro, Jimenez etc picks.

      12. jdp219
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Arnie, Hazard > Auba, 7.7m (-4)
        Who is the 7.7?

        1) Bilva (have Raz)
        2) FAnderson
        3) Siggy (have Rich)
        4) Martial
        5) Willian
        6) Ramsey

        1. Suave EU
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          2,4,6 my order

          1. jdp219
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            thanks!

        2. Citizenkane91
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          3 (proven), 2, .............. ocean of space .............. 4 .....................

          Martial ahead of Felipe if you have a rotation alternative to Martial for their few trickier games.

      13. Brosstan
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Big Troy a decent punt to replace Arnie? Like him more than Jimenez tbh

        1. Eat my goal!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Where's the room..... Wilson Kane Auba/laca

          1. Brosstan
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Kane waste of money

            1. Eat my goal!
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 18 days ago

              maybe - time will tell

              still haven't got over last season when I felt the same and took him out before the two hat tricks Xmas time

              So thought this year i'd try the opposite

              1. aspilcueta
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 18 days ago

                I did exactly the same. One was against us, so I fully expect the same antics again tonight against us.

        2. Tshelby
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Isn't Success claminig his place?

        3. Amey
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Fixtures are great 😮
            Will he play all matches though ??
            Thinking about success for Same reason

          • Skull And Gnomes 9
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 18 days ago

            I'm in.

        4. Inazuma X1
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Should I wait or just do Ryan to Fabianski right now?

          1. Leo10
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Wait until after tonight's games. No need to make do it just now when prices can't change until later on anyway.

        5. Lizardprime
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Who do you all think is the best option out of Perez and Hernandez, if you really wanted a West Ham striker to replace Arnautovic? I accept and agree it would be better to get Anderson and restructure but assuming for the sake of argument that won't work.

          1. aspilcueta
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Chicha!

        6. mgilbert86
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          how is fraser ownership so low?

          He has same points as salah/hazard, ppl 2X more expensiv

          1. Eat my goal!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 18 days ago

            ask the powers that be

          2. Tshelby
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Fixture shift in GW 11 made him lose alot of owners

          3. Gravless are for Kinnear
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            If he cost 10m he'd have higher ownership.

        7. bigdip
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Thoughts guys:

          Fabianski (Patricio)
          Doherty Alonso, Robbo (AWB, COOK)
          Sterling Fraser Richarlison, Hazard Snodgdy
          Auba (C) Murray ARNIE

          0FT with 0.5mn ITB

          -4 hit for Arnie to:
          A) Chicharito (although I just brought in Snoddy in the mid)
          B) Wilson
          C) Mitro

          OR
          -4 hit for Cook to:
          D) Digne
          E) Balbuena
          F) Any other 5.0mn def

        8. Nuno
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          RMWCT

          Fabianski Steele
          Alonso Robertson TAA AWB Kiko
          Sterling Sane Richarlison Fraser Gunnarsson
          Kane Aubameyang Jimenez

          How does this lot look?
          Lots of talk about dropping Alonso and Robertson, even Auba to Laca?
          What would you do with the extra money though?

        9. Fork-In-Hell
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Any leaked line ups so far for today's matches?

        10. DA Minnion
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Chances of Bennett starting tonight.

          1. Jᴀʀᴠish
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            37%

          2. Fantasy Gold
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            100%

        11. as33
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          When its best to use WC?

          1. Amsterhammer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            GW19

          2. TaiwanHC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Now

        12. Keyser soze 4321
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          This seems a no brainer but will put it to the vote
          Laporte+Arnie->Balbuena+Auba
          -4 hit
          A.yes
          B.no

          1. fakelund
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Do you have any other City defence? if so, 100% yes

            1. Keyser soze 4321
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              No other city defence,Robbo/Alonso/docherty/wb

        13. pakornk
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Do you prefer Laca or Auba?

          1. jdp219
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Prefer Auba.
            Funds may mean Laca.

        14. DAZZ
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Anyone mentioned Arnies instagram story? “Ill be out for a while” hes confirmed himself.

          1. Jᴀʀᴠish
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            The opposite of what Arnie usually says.

          2. Brosstan
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Red flag and mass exodus incoming

        15. Ludde
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 18 days ago

          What is the best option for 25.5M? Need 2 midfielders and one attacker.
          Already have Sterling, Richarlison, Billing, Wilson and Auba. Thinking of Sane, Eriksen and Mitrovic or Schurrle, Sane and Laca

          1. Top Lad Dakes.
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            the first option

            1. fakelund
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Agree with this

        16. Top Lad Dakes.
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Salah Arnie --> Richarlison Kane for free look decent, depending on today's games?

        17. Eat my goal!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Has any watch a meet the manager where the manager is actually doing well this year?

          1. Dynamic Duos
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Can't remember. What was your ft?

            1. Eat my goal!
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 18 days ago

              D Silva > Sterling

        18. Fantasy Gold
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Any word on if Robbo has travelled with the squad to Burnley?

        19. TaiwanHC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Please RMWCT

          Fabianski - 4.0
          VVD - Trippier - TAA - Doherty - AWB
          Sterling - Sane - Richarlison - Snodgrass - Stephens
          Kane - Aubameyang - Wilson

          Thanks guys!

          1. Old Man
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Pretty good for a top heavy team. I'm not so sure that Snoddy will last long in the first team but he could be a real winner. No Chelsea or Pool attack is a slight worry but you can have all the shiny toys!