Scout Notes

Guardiola plants clues to Chelsea selection in Watford win

Pep Guardiola frustrated Fantasy Premier League owners with his team selection on Tuesday night.

Several key players were absent from the Manchester City side as they beat Watford 3-1.

We’ve got all the Fantasy talking points in this latest Scout Notes article.

*FPL prices are accurate at the time of writing (Tuesday PM).

Watford 1-2 Manchester City

Goals: Abdoulaye Doucouré (£5.9m) | Leroy Sané (£9.4m), Riyad Mahrez (£8.5m)

Assists: Mahrez

The team Pep Guardiola put out for their trip to Watford provided some clues to his rotation policy ahead of the busy winter period. Several of the players who missed out on the 3-1 win over Bournemouth came back in at Vicarage Road. David Silva (£8.7m), Riyad Mahrez (£8.5m), Fabian Delph (£5.3m) and Kyle Walker (£6.5m) were the headline changes to the side.

Meanwhile, Raheem Sterling (£11.5m) was left on the bench for just the third time this season. Some rotation for him should not come as too much of a shock, though. He played the full 90 minutes against Bournemouth amid Guardiola’s recent comments that Mahrez was breathing down his neck to rotate with him.

With the Algerian in excellent form when he does play, Guardiola can be confident playing him whenever he needs to give Sterling a rest – which could be quite often over the next month. In Mahrez’s last four Premier League starts he has amassed a total of three goals and two assists now as he was the top FPL scorer at Vicarage Road (13 points). Sterling owners can probably be confident of a start at the weekend though, with Tuesday’s rest under his belt.

Leroy Sané (£9.4m) continued his excellent form by scoring the fourth goal in his last five appearances, taking his points per game over that time to 9.2. As has been said plenty of times, his place in the side does feel more secure than those around him because of Benjamin Mendy’s relatively long-term absence. However, there can be no ignoring of the fact that the German international has now played 180 minutes across the last two fixtures. That may be enough for Guardiola to consider benching him for Chelsea, although it is a big game for Manchester City.

“Now we try to recover our legs and minds and go to Chelsea on Saturday and play our game. We know how difficult it is at Stamford Bridge, but first, we must rest and recover.” – Pep Guardiola

Also out of the side was Aymeric Laporte (£6.1m) who finally missed a match this season. That reconfirmed that nobody in this Manchester City side is safe from Guardiola’s rotation policy. The French centre-back had played every single minute in the Premier League up until the trip to Watford. He will probably come back in for the Chelsea match but this benching shows that over Christmas he may not necessarily be as nailed on as his owners might hope. Frustrating for his owners he came on for a one-point cameo in the closing stages. Responding to Watford’s late flurry, Guardiola introduced him for Gabriel Jesus (£10.1m) to sure things up.

Calling the full-back selection may be easier to call based on Manchester City’s line-up at Watford. Delph may have to continue at left-back with Zinchenko’s nose injury, but the fact that he played only the last half an hour against Bournemouth should mean he is rested enough in Guardiola’s mind. Walker also missed that one which means his 90 minutes in Hertfordshire shouldn’t jeopardise a start ahead of Danilo (£5.1m) at Stamford Bridge.

Prior to that were some clues about the options Guardiola wants to safeguard for the trip to Stamford Bridge in Gameweek 16. David Silva was replaced in the 73rd minute by Ilkay Gundogan (£5.4m) in a clear sign that the Spanish midfielder is needed this weekend. It is possible that Vincent Kompany (£5.2m) will be able to keep his place after coming off in the 83rd minute. The Belgian international had to leave the pitch limping, holding his hamstring, but Guardiola confirmed it as nothing more than cramp post-match. Kompany will face competition from both Laporte and Nicolas Otamendi (£6.1m), who combined for just nine minutes of normal time in Hertfordshire. Having played 90 minutes, John Stones (£5.3m) is unlikely to hold onto his place.

As expected, Sergio Aguero (£11.5m) missed out once again after his recent struggles with injury. The Argentinian did not travel with the matchday squad and neither did Oleksandr Zinchenko (£4.8m), and Guardiola was not prepared to give an update on their condition in the aftermath of Tuesday night’s win.

“I don’t know (if Aguero will be fit). I don’t have the report right now.” – Pep Guardiola

Overall, it was not a hugely comfortable win for Manchester City, especially as Watford fought back late on. However, they did have plenty of chances to kill the game earlier on but didn’t take them. It is possible that six changes were what removed the ruthless edge. A testament to the quality in their ranks was the fact that even with the likes of Sterling and Aguero, Manchester City sill secured the three points.

“We had the chances to kill the game and score a third and then maybe a fourth, but we missed them. It is what it is. We knew it. We are not new in this league and we know it happens.” – Pep Guardiola

Javi Gracia made three changes to the side that lost at Leicester at the weekend. Christian Kabasele (£4.4m) returned at centre-back, coming in for Adrian Mariappa (£4.2m), Troy Deeney (£5.9m) replaced Gerard Deulofeu (£5.4m) up front while Nathaniel Chalobah (£4.5m) slotted in for the suspended Etienne Capoue (£5.0m).

“We tried to find the best option with Capoue out. It was the best option in my opinion – trying to be strong and compact in the middle with three players there plus Roberto, Troy and Isaac ready when we recover the ball to counter-attack. I think he played well. I think he needs to play more times to show what he can do but I think he showed a very good level.” – Javi Gracia

Will Hughes (£5.0m) was forced out of the game in the second half with a knock and was replaced by Domingos Quina (£4.4m), who made his first ever Premier League appearance.

“(Quina) is training well. He’s a young player but with high quality. I think he has a very good present but he will have a great future. Today is a special day for him because he has done his debut against City and played very well in my opinion.” – Javi Gracia

“(On Hughes) I think it’s the same pain as in the last games – in the hip. We’ll see in the next games but I’m confident he’ll be ready for the next game.” – Javi Gracia

Manchester City XI (4-3-3): Ederson; Delph, Stones, Kompany (Otamendi 83′), Walker; Fernandinho, D. Silva (Gundogan 73′), B. Silva; Sane, Mahrez, Jesus (Laporte 88′).

Watford XI (4-4-2): Foster; Holebas, Kabasele, Cathcart, Kiko Femenia; Pereyra, Doucouré, Chalobah (Deulofeu 63′); Hughes (Quina 51′); Deeney, Success (Gray 75′).

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1,300 Comments Post a Comment
  1. EL tridente
    • 1 Year
    10 days, 21 hours ago

    Have 3.1 in the bank
    A) Arni and Fraser to Wilson and D Silva (Will play with 4 midfielders)
    Or
    B) Arni and Gunnarson to Succes and Sane (Will keep Fraser and Will play with 5 ind the mid)

    1. DA Minnion
      • 6 Years
      10 days, 21 hours ago

      Keep Fraser.

    2. BenDavies
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 21 hours ago

      a

  2. La Roja
    • 6 Years
    10 days, 21 hours ago

    Sane won’t be benched vs Chelsea I hope

    1. BenDavies
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 21 hours ago

      Would be a lot of games in a short space of time for him.

      1. La Roja
        • 6 Years
        10 days, 21 hours ago

        Yeah. It’s a big game though. You never know

      2. Jam0sh
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        10 days, 21 hours ago

        Could see him getting rest in UCL

    2. Tshelby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 21 hours ago

      I think he will be but I hope not

    3. NOMONEY
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 days, 21 hours ago

      he is a young player, dont think it will be a big issue for him

  3. TaiwanHC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    10 days, 21 hours ago

    Repost

    Thoughts on this WC team? 0.1 ITB.

    Fabianski - Button
    Alonso - TAA - Digne - Doherty - AWB
    Sterling - Son - F Anderson - Richarlison - 4.3 (1 point every match)
    Kane - Aubameyang - Wilson

    A lot of value locked in on Wilson since I got him early.

    Your thoughts would be highly appreciated!

    Thanks.

    1. HIT ME!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 21 hours ago

      Brilliant

    2. MGD
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 21 hours ago

      Nice.

      Close to mine, see below 🙂 I have Kepa instead of Alonso, Laporte instead of Digne and Sane instead of Sterling

  4. applebonkers
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 9 Years
    10 days, 21 hours ago

    now 8 starts 8 returns for sane this season, still 'not-out'

    1. BenDavies
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 21 hours ago

      underwhelming 7 points yesterday still

      1. ZeBestee
        • 4 Years
        10 days, 21 hours ago

        It was always going to be a difficult game at Vicarage Road.

      2. fclackless [RoboKlopp]
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        10 days, 20 hours ago

        better than zero I guess ...

  5. Hansel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    10 days, 21 hours ago

    For Christmas:

    A) Schindler, Schurrle, Kane + 0.4 ITB

    B) Trippier, Eriksen, Mitrovic + 1.1 ITB

    C) Schindler + Son + Lacazette + 0,7 ITB

    1. buzzkill
      • 3 Years
      10 days, 21 hours ago

      The one with Kane.

  6. MGD
    • 2 Years
    10 days, 21 hours ago

    WCed this yesterday to catch price rises. Decent?

    Kepa / Hamer
    Robertson - Alonso - Laporte - AWB
    Hazard - Eriksen - Martial - Richarlison - Stephens
    Auba - Arnautovic - Wilson

    To this:

    Kepa / Hamer
    TAA - BELLERIN - Laporte - AWB
    SANE - SON - FANDERSON - Richarlison - Stephens
    Auba - KANE - Wilson

  7. tucaoneo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    10 days, 21 hours ago

    Is Chicharito too much of a punt? Sick of Arnautovic. Don't have Felipe Anderson.

    1. BenDavies
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 21 hours ago

      Would be worried about Perez now. I am steering clear of any of that nonsense.

      1. tucaoneo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        10 days, 21 hours ago

        Yeah it seems they can score with pretty much anyone given those fixtures. Really hard to nail.

        1. BenDavies
          • 5 Years
          10 days, 21 hours ago

          I have both Arnie and Anderson but am definitely not going to be messing around with Chicarito. It's adios to Arnie for GW16.

  8. Champions united
    • 1 Year
    10 days, 21 hours ago

    Bottomed

    Thinking or over thinking plz tell me
    If haz and kane both have 12+(i own both)
    Then i can hold wc for 2 more weeks as both have very good fix

    Yes or no

    fab/foster
    Alonso dunk roboo doherty awb
    Dsilva haz sterling camarsa hoj
    Kane arnie Murray

    1. BenDavies
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 21 hours ago

      Arnie is dodgy. Would prioritize getting him out. Wait to see how Hazard does today. If he blanks, I would seriously consider Hazard and Arnie out for Auba and another mid.

      1. Champions united
        • 1 Year
        10 days, 21 hours ago

        Thnks

  9. Jamb0
      10 days, 21 hours ago

      Hmmmm... Arnie + Salah -> Auba + Alli? (already have Kane)

      1. JammySprat
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        10 days, 21 hours ago

        Will you be able to sell Salah after Inc haul 🙂

    • ...al - Leave your comments…
      • 9 Years
      10 days, 21 hours ago

      Can’t believe Auba went up 3 days in a row and is 10% to a rise again

      Wtf

      1. BenDavies
        • 5 Years
        10 days, 21 hours ago

        Hardly surprising. Aguero has been shipped out by 1 million managers over the past 2 gameweeks. That is serious numbers. Most of them will gravitate towards Auba as he is less expensive, many can't afford Kane. It's an easy FT to make.

      2. Jon Snow ☻
        • 2 Years
        10 days, 20 hours ago

        Wouldn't happen if Aguero was fit. It's a probably the most logic/obvious move

    • mr. inconspicuous
      • 9 Years
      10 days, 21 hours ago

      Can someone help on the best way to upgrade Arnie to Aubameyang?

      Patricio Fabianski
      TAA Alonso Laporte AWB Bennett
      Salah Hazard Richarlison Fraser Hojberg
      Kane Arnie Wilson

      0.4 in the bank, I stupidly missed out on the rise last night to go Anie Salah to Aubamayeng Sane which was 0.1 short.

      1. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        10 days, 21 hours ago

        Eriksen

    • Sharkytect
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 21 hours ago

      Team is plummeting down the rankings. Any suggestions?

      Fabianski, patricio
      TAA, alonso, digne, bennett, AWB
      Salah, hazard, richarlison, anderson, Kayal
      Arnautovic, aubameyang, mitrovic

      1FT 1.1itb

      Have 3 players injured or not getting picked, all annoyingly cheap, so don't kniw whether to deal with them or try and get city players or Kane.

    • Jam0sh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 days, 21 hours ago

      Which one would you downgrade to get Arsenal attacker:

      A) Laporte
      B) Robertson

      1. Hansel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        10 days, 21 hours ago

        B

      2. NOMONEY
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        10 days, 21 hours ago

        A

      3. applebonkers
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 9 Years
        10 days, 21 hours ago

        A

      4. Becks
        • 1 Year
        10 days, 21 hours ago

        A

      5. Jam0sh
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        10 days, 20 hours ago

        Cheers all

    • TaiwanHC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 21 hours ago

      1. Is Sterling worth the extra cash over Sane?

      2. Is Alonso worth the money?

      3. Is having Kane, Aubameyang and Sterling too much?

      Thanks guys!

      1. tucaoneo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        10 days, 21 hours ago

        Yes
        Yes
        No.

      2. J T
        • 1 Year
        10 days, 21 hours ago

        Having both is ideal.

        Alonso, Yes.

        No.

      3. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
        • 1 Year
        10 days, 21 hours ago

        no
        yes
        not really.But laca sane for aubs sterling my preference

        1. Jules Rimet
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          10 days, 21 hours ago

          Whats your current OR rank?

          1. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
            • 1 Year
            10 days, 20 hours ago

            4592 y?

    • Viper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 days, 21 hours ago

      Morning all.

      How does this look?

      Ederson & Arnautovic - > Fabianski & Aubameyang (-4).

      I need to do the Ederson move for funds. Nit that it matters but it'd be my first hit since gwk 4

      1. ZeBestee
        • 4 Years
        10 days, 21 hours ago

        Nice. Fabianski should get a lot of save points with those fixtures but Westham can't keep a CS.

      2. mr. inconspicuous
        • 9 Years
        10 days, 21 hours ago

        100% yes

    • ZeBestee
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 21 hours ago

      Nice words from Pellegrini on Lucas Perez yesterday, anyone considering him as Arnie replacement with those fixtures ahead? Carroll back though.

      1. tucaoneo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        10 days, 21 hours ago

        Chicharito was taken off at 64'. Probably means he will start again? On the other hand, Chicharito had 0 shots in that game, which means he was poor? Didn't watch the game.

        1. ZeBestee
          • 4 Years
          10 days, 21 hours ago

          Came on and scored 2 goals. Perez is a decent player and has a nice left shot, can see him do well if he gets a run of games with Arnie out.

          1. tucaoneo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            10 days, 21 hours ago

            That front line is a bit of a mine field. Maybe I will get Felipe Anderson for more security.

      2. BRKFCTrueRover 42
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        10 days, 17 hours ago

        Probably avoid hammers strikers for now to uncertain.

    • fedolefan
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 21 hours ago

      My God, Cardiff's defending on that first Perez goal is Sunday League quality.

      1. fedolefan
        • 4 Years
        10 days, 21 hours ago

        Lol, and then there's the absolute joke of West Ham conceding.

    • SPorting
      • 7 Years
      10 days, 21 hours ago

      Was quite happy with my set-and-forget Ryan/Button combo until yesterday.

      Ryan to Fab an option?

      1. ...al - Leave your comments…
        • 9 Years
        10 days, 21 hours ago

        Might do it myself depending on today. Sick of Ryan and his conceding

        1. J T
          • 1 Year
          10 days, 21 hours ago

          Fab conceded also..

          1. SPorting
            • 7 Years
            10 days, 21 hours ago

            Yes but WHU fixtures stay decent and BHA turn iffy.

            Plus we've seen that Fab is a save and bap magnet and he saves pens

      2. SPorting
        • 7 Years
        10 days, 21 hours ago

        Would mean a double up with Balbu

    • Tshelby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 21 hours ago

      Any word on Ings? Need him to be fit next weekend.

    • Lallama
        10 days, 21 hours ago

        Why have the updated scores in FFS Cup 2nd round (GW14), been of GW13 again instead?

        https://members.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/cup/18/rounds/2/

      • FPLGraham
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        10 days, 21 hours ago

        5.4ITB so probably gonna do Arnie -> Auba this week.

        Means a strikeforce of Kane - Auba - Lacazette for GW16!

        Wasn't planned but.... exciting eh? Until two of them get benched anyway.

        1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
          • 3 Years
          10 days, 21 hours ago

          Amazing. Looks ace.

        2. Jules Rimet
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          10 days, 21 hours ago

          rest of team must be wack

          1. SPorting
            • 7 Years
            10 days, 21 hours ago

            *weak

          2. FPLGraham
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            10 days, 20 hours ago

            No City mids - will get for EVE/PAL though, sacrificing Laca.

      • StrykesToWatchOutFor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        10 days, 21 hours ago

        Thoughts on this wildcard much appreciated.

        Fabianski, button
        Trippier, Robertson, taa, Doherty, schindler
        Sterling, sane, alli, dsilva, gunnarsson
        Auba, jiminez, mitro

        Got 0.4 spare. Not sure about the mitro call but with arnie possibly out and wilsons fixtures I don't know where else to go except ings if he's ever fit again.

      • manu4life99
        • 8 Years
        10 days, 21 hours ago

        A) Duffy > Holding
        B) Duffy,Arny > Kola,Mitro(-4)
        C) Hold

        Fab
        Laporte Robbo Doherty Digne
        Haz Anderson Salah(vc) Rich
        Wilson Aub(C)
        SUBS: Arny*,Duffy*,Bacuna*

      • ZoumasBloomers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 1 Year
        10 days, 21 hours ago

        I physically cheered when Otamendi came on over Laporte...

        A long, grumpy night reflecting on my 11 from 5. Next GW can not come soon enough

        1. ZeBestee
          • 4 Years
          10 days, 21 hours ago

          Many games yet to play.

        2. HIT ME!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          10 days, 21 hours ago

          Not looking forward to next GW myself. Got benching headaches, or maybe rather playing headaches

        3. FPLGraham
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          10 days, 21 hours ago

          That's unfortunate - I've done OK but am still fuming about the worst goal in PL history robbing the West Ham clean sheet.

      • HIT ME!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        10 days, 21 hours ago

        How does this sound for -8? Madness?

        Alonso, Brooks, Arnie OUT

        Kolasinac, Siggy, Mitrovic IN

        1. KGFC
          • 2 Years
          10 days, 21 hours ago

          Not for -8. Like Kola, Siggy and Mitro but also Alonso

          Can you do Arnie to Mitro for now or max take -4?

          1. HIT ME!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            10 days, 20 hours ago

            Cheers mate. Maybe yeah, will look into it!

        2. Jamb0
            10 days, 21 hours ago

            Naaaaah

          • HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
            • 1 Year
            10 days, 21 hours ago

            would work next week but alonso would burn u after that in the easy games

            1. HIT ME!
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              10 days, 20 hours ago

              I'm not so sure. Owned Alonso since GW3 but right now I feel a bit concerned about Chelsea's (fan) and Alonsod form.

              1. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
                • 1 Year
                10 days, 20 hours ago

                Alonso plays even when out of form and doesn't look like droppable by sarri and always gets fpl points somehow irrespective of our form

        3. Winston.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          10 days, 21 hours ago

          A. Hazard and Richarlison to Sane and Son
          B. Arnie and Hazard to Kane and Snodgrass

          Best option? Thanks.

        4. Indalo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          10 days, 21 hours ago

          Already have Fraser but very tempted to bring in Wilson for Arnie. He's in flying form and Bournemouth look good shouts to score in almost every game, regardless of the fixture.

          1. Jules Rimet
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            10 days, 20 hours ago

            this

        5. bigdip
          • 6 Years
          10 days, 21 hours ago

          Fabianski (Patricio)
          Doherty Alonso, ROBERTSON (AWB, Cook)
          Sterling Fraser Richarlison, Hazard (Cairney)
          Auba (C) MURRAY ARNIE

          1FT with 1.0mn ITB

          Got so many players with injury doubts (Robertson, Murray & Arnie)

          Any suggestions?

        6. Feed tha Sheep
          • 6 Years
          10 days, 21 hours ago

          Would you WC this squad?
          Fab Foster
          Alonso Robertson Doherty Duffy WB
          Sane Salah Richarlison Cairney Stephens
          Kane Wilson Arnie

          Main priorities would be Auba and Sterling in but other than that I would change too much so don’t know if it warrents a WC?

          1. HIT ME!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            10 days, 21 hours ago

            Nah take a hit or two if needed.

        7. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
          • 3 Years
          10 days, 21 hours ago

          What are Richarlison owners doing after the next game?
          A. Selling for...
          B. Keeping
          C. Delaying decision until afterwards

          Thinking of Rich to Anderson but a few pennies short

          1. Indalo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            10 days, 21 hours ago

            B