Scout Notes

Hazard still carrying Chelsea attack despite the return of injured trio

Harry Kane gave Tottenham Hotspur a slender advantage going into the second leg of their EFL Cup semi-final against Chelsea in a fortnight’s time.

We recap the main Fantasy talking points, relevant manager quotes and headline injury news from Spurs’ hard-earned 1-0 win at Wembley.

Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Chelsea

  • Goal: Harry Kane (£12.6m)
  • Assist: None

Pedro (£6.3m), Willian (£7.2m) and Olivier Giroud (£7.7m) all returned from injury to ease Maurizio Sarri’s fitness concerns in attack, although it was once again left to Eden Hazard (£11.1m) to provide much of Chelsea’s threat going forward.

Hazard was back in the “false nine” position for this encounter but cut a frustrated figure at times, regularly dropping deep to influence the game and visibly showing his exasperation at the failings of his surrounding team-mates.

The Belgian was often mesmeric on the ball but this cup tie only served to reinforce everything we previously thought about his Fantasy appeal: Hazard is still the excellent player he always was but there is legitimate concern about the hindering effect of the players around him.

Spurs, of course, would have posed a bigger test than Newcastle United likely will when they visit Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Debate still rages over whether Hazard is more effective when deployed on the left flank or centrally but there is little doubt that Alvaro Morata (£8.4m) doesn’t complement his playing style when in the Chelsea starting XI and the positive news on that front is that the Spaniard was sidelined for last night’s match after sustaining an injury in training.

Morata was said to have picked up a “minor hamstring problem” ahead of the trip to Wembley, though speculation mounts regarding his future in west London with a move to Sevilla mooted in the media.

It should be said that Chelsea were by no means anonymous in attack and registered almost three times as many shots (17 to six) as their hosts, though eight were speculative efforts from distance – the distinctly average Ross Barkley (£5.3m) being the worst offender on that front.

N’Golo Kante (£4.9m) impressed at both ends of the pitch and struck the outside the post with Chelsea’s best chance in the first half, while Andreas Christensen (£5.0m) spurned a glorious opportunity after the break when poking wide from six yards.

While Mauricio Pochettino heralded Paulo Gazzaniga‘s (£4.5m) performance after full-time, in reality, the Spurs goalkeeper’s five saves – two of which were from stinging Hazard shots – were fairly comfortable in nature.

Willian joined Barkley in putting in an ineffectual showing, though Callum Hudson-Odoi (£4.2m) was a bright spark on the right flank before Pedro’s introduction: the young winger tested Gazzaniga early on before whistling a shot over, later seeing a deflected cross pushed onto the woodwork by the backpedalling Spurs custodian.

Sarri offered his thoughts on Hudson-Odoi, who has been linked with a move to Bayern Munich this week:

Hudson-Odoi in the last week has been very normal. I saw him every day in training and he was really very normal.

He is improving, in the last match he played very well and also today a very good match. He played like a player of 25, 26 years. A very good match with application, very good in the defensive phase, but he has been completely normal. Maybe he does not read anything [media speculation].

The Chelsea coach also shared his views on the game in general, highlighting the positives of his side’s display and their defensive solidity:

We deserved more because in this match we played better than the opponents. We were in control of the match and defended well against a team dangerous in the offensive phase, so we deserved more.

We played about 70 balls in the opposition box against 11 balls of Tottenham in our box, 18 shots against seven I think, five goal opportunities against two, so we deserve more. So I am really disappointed with the result but very happy with the performance, one of the most important of the season from my team.

We played with a very good level of application and determination, with the head and with the soul, and we played this way with continuity for 95 minutes. Usually, we have defended very well for 60 minutes and then we have had problems with the last 15, 20, 30 minutes. This time the level of application was the same for 95 minutes so I am very happy with this.

Marcos Alonso (£6.8m) once again attracted plenty of attention on social media after another below-par performance, with even Hazard showing frustration with his Spanish colleague.

The clamour among sections of the Chelsea support for Emerson Palmieri (£5.2m) to be handed a start is nothing new, of course, and Alonso hasn’t been rested once in the Premier League this season.

Even though Alonso flattered to deceive for much of the evening, he could still have registered an attacking return: it was the Chelsea left-back’s cross that Kante turned onto the post and the much-maligned Spain international was prominent in the Spurs box late on, seeing one goalbound effort blocked by Kieran Trippier (£6.1m).

That potential to haul even when turning in substandard displays is what keeps many FPL managers interested in Alonso, though it is now ten league matches without an attacking return for the premium defender who registered seven assists in the first 11 Gameweeks of the season.

This was a restrained performance from Spurs, with the Lilywhites posing little attacking threat all evening and having to soak up plenty of pressure in the second half as they hung on to their one-goal advantage.

Gazzaniga apart, this was Spurs’ strongest available line-up but the likes of Son Heung-min (£8.8m), Dele Alli (£8.9m) and Christian Eriksen (£9.3m) didn’t have a significant impact on the game – save for a bright start from the Korean midfielder – as the hosts only saw 42% of possession.

Son and Alli didn’t register a single shot on goal or key pass between them, while Kepa Arrizabalaga (£5.6m) comfortably dealt with Eriksen’s only attempt on target from distance.

This was an EFL Cup semi-final first leg, of course, and Pochettino highlighted the different approach his side had to take for this encounter:

I think we were playing a final. Of course, it’s a different approach when you’re playing the Carabao Cup or Premier League or Champions League.

I think we need to give the credit to Chelsea. We’re talking about players like Kante, Jorginho, Barkley, Hazard, Willian, unbelievable players who when they want to play, when they feel the energy, when they need to push, they give the extra, they are great players. We need to see that we were playing against one of the best teams in the last five years or ten years. I think Chelsea were the club that won the most titles in England and Europe.

Of course we are from the beginning competing in this type of level and of course we need to feel very happy and of course today we competed on the same level as one of the best teams in Europe.

Harry Kane (£12.6m) was Spurs’ match-winner on Tuesday evening, the Spurs forward scoring from the spot after Kepa had upended him.

The intervention of VAR, set to be introduced in the Premier League in 2019/20, yet again hinted just how important designated penalty takers could be to our FPL squads next season.

Kane battled manfully with little service up top, stinging Kepa’s hands with a bicycle kick in the opening exchanges and then a decent effort from distance after half-time.

The England striker earned more praise from his manager after the game:

Yes, I think [Gazzaniga] was very good. I am so happy with his performance. For me, he was the man of the match, and with Harry Kane of course who scored the goal, I think he was so good.

Kane himself added:

For me, it’s just about staying fit and healthy. It was a tough year last year, a lot of games, coming off the back of a World Cup, not much rest. It was just about staying fit and healthy.

If I’m on the pitch, I feel like I can score goals.

We’re in a busy period, it’s just to stay as fresh as I can.

While Gazzaniga was lauded by his manager, Toby Alderweireld (£6.0m) deserves credit for his commanding display at the back alongside Davinson Sanchez (£5.8m).

Kieran Trippier (£6.1m) made a few early surges forward and provided the cross for Kane’s overhead kick along with two other chances, though he and Danny Rose (£5.8m) were pegged back in the second half and had little chance to impress in an attacking sense as the game wore on.

Erik Lamela (£6.1m) returned from illness and injury as a 79th-minute substitute, with Son the man to make way and possibly being preserved for his final Spurs appearance before his departure for the Asian Cup.

Tottenham Hotspur XI (4-4-2 diamond): Gazzaniga; Trippier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Rose; Winks (Skipp 89′), Sissoko, Eriksen (Llorente 90+1′), Alli; Kane, Son (Lamela 79′).

Chelsea XI (4-3-3): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Christensen, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Barkley (Kovacic 75′); Willian (Pedro 63′), Hazard, Hudson-Odoi (Giroud 79′).

 

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  1. Flapjack ✅
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    9 days, 15 hours ago

    Still no Salah sighted in my squad. Day 39 begins.

    1. RedArrows
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 15 hours ago

      He's in mine. I can send you a photo if you like.

      1. Flapjack ✅
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        9 days, 15 hours ago

        No thanks mate unless you’ve had multiple top 10k finishes.

        1. Tamagotchi Massacre
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          9 days, 15 hours ago

          This place is grim

        2. Subzero (-4)
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          9 days, 15 hours ago

          Is this a serious comment?

          1. Flapjack ✅
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            9 days, 15 hours ago

            Was his ?

            1. Subzero (-4)
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              9 days, 15 hours ago

              Unsure, he could have meant his team?

              1. RedArrows
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                9 days, 15 hours ago

                Nice name btw 🙂

                1. Subzero (-4)
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  9 days, 15 hours ago

                  Fair enough, just sounded very arrogant to not want to entertain you unless you had multiple high finishes. People can still have very good insight and knowledge without a ten year history etc... My mistake if it was just banter. Difficult to interpret over text.

                  1. Flapjack ✅
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    9 days, 15 hours ago

                    It was banter and I thought his was too ! Apologies if I came across badly and offended anyone.

                    1. RedArrows
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      9 days, 15 hours ago

                      TBH mine was banter, the premise being "I have Salah and so I'm willing to give you a little glimpse" XD

                    2. Dokdok666
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      9 days, 15 hours ago

                      You should never apologize to people who don't understand humour. If he needs a /s to navigate the internet he can go to reddit

                      1. Brosstan
                        • 4 Years
                        9 days, 15 hours ago

                        This.

                    3. The Big Fella
                      • 2 Years
                      9 days, 14 hours ago

                      You didn't. I thought it was funny. Then again, I have a sense of humour

                  2. My heart goes Salalalalah
                    • 2 Years
                    9 days, 15 hours ago

                    It was a joke champ

                2. Subzero (-4)
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  9 days, 15 hours ago

                  Ha ha, goes over must people's heads I think 😉

            2. RedArrows
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              9 days, 15 hours ago

              It was at least friendly.

              1. Flapjack ✅
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                9 days, 15 hours ago

                Well I wasn’t trying to be unfriendly. Just don’t want photos from 40% of fpl 😉

                1. RedArrows
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  9 days, 15 hours ago

                  lol ok

        3. RedArrows
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          9 days, 15 hours ago

          Eeeh, I do OK.

          You?

        4. Wingate
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          9 days, 15 hours ago

          Given his consistency and his team’s form he seems to be the best regular captaincy option currently and certainly making up for early season.. on track to get close to his 300 Pt haul...
          that said if you use the $$ effectively elsewhere you don’t need him

          1. Flapjack ✅
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            9 days, 15 hours ago

            Yep it’s squeaky bum hole time for us without.

            1. Tamagotchi Massacre
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              9 days, 15 hours ago

              Humblebrag

    2. farmerfat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 days, 14 hours ago

      Ownership sky rocketing . Could be a scary GW

  2. Wingate
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    9 days, 15 hours ago

    Hazard to Sane anyone? You just know the week you get rid he gets a huge haul... but is he captain material now given his inconsistency?
    Anyone know if Giroud could start any time soon? He seems to compliment Hazard much better..

    1. dannyboy25
        9 days, 15 hours ago

        think its last chance hotel for Hazard this week

      • Flapjack ✅
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        9 days, 15 hours ago

        I’d prefer Sane if you have a plan for the cash saved.

        Beware that Mendy back end of month though of course.

      • danishdynamite
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        9 days, 15 hours ago

        I was all set for keeping Haz and sacrificing someone else for Salah, but I increasingly easily could be convinced to do Haz to Salah instead

        (Scarlett Johansen would do this job particuarlyu well, I feel)

    2. dannyboy25
        9 days, 15 hours ago

        when does team news get updated?

        1. Skonto Rigga
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 1 Year
          9 days, 15 hours ago

          From tomorrow onwards! We'll get our first batch of pre-weekend pressers on Thursday morning/afternoon so it'll be gradually refreshed from that point.

        2. tisza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          9 days, 15 hours ago

          normally when pressers start thurs & Friday

        3. dannyboy25
            9 days, 15 hours ago

            brilliant thanks

        4. Burger
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          9 days, 15 hours ago

          Thoughts on this WC?

          Guaita, Hamer
          Robertson, Alexander-Arnold, David Luiz, Bennett, Wan-Bissaka
          Richarlison, Eriksen, Salah, Pogba, Camarasa
          Aubameyang, Agüero, Jiménez

          ?

          1. RedArrows
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            9 days, 15 hours ago

            Really nice. Not sure Kun is worth it though. If you want to save money at any point then he would be the best place to start.

          2. marco_atk85
            • 6 Years
            9 days, 15 hours ago

            button instead of hamer

            1. Burger
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              9 days, 15 hours ago

              both very valid points, thanks!

          3. AuFeld
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            9 days, 15 hours ago

            Robo ~> TAA
            Bennett ~> Pereira

          4. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
            • 1 Year
            9 days, 15 hours ago

            Im struggling between haz + kamara and aguero + camarasa my self..

            You could opt for sterling though instead perhaps? Or Sane to free up cash. Endless possibilities

          5. MysticMac17
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            9 days, 14 hours ago

            Change Hamer to Button. Very nice team

        5. vassiriki
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          9 days, 15 hours ago

          pick one to play, the other will be benched

          a) Camarasa (HUD)
          b) Jimenez (mci)

          1. RedArrows
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            9 days, 15 hours ago

            Such a tough one. City concede every game and Jimenez can score against the best, but it's hard to look past that fixture for Camarasa...

            1. marco_atk85
              • 6 Years
              9 days, 15 hours ago

              I know. The other options are Richarlison (BOU), F.Anderson (ARS), Mitrovic (bur)

              all of them have nice fixture to give a shot.

              1. RedArrows
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                9 days, 15 hours ago

                Do you have two accounts? 🙂

                I'd probably play Camarasa by the way but either would be OK.

              2. Holmes
                • 5 Years
                9 days, 15 hours ago

                😮

          2. Salah'd n Sauce
            • 2 Years
            9 days, 15 hours ago

            I think in this case Camarasa. But, I also reckon Jiminez is a pretty good shout given City at the back.

          3. Holmes
            • 5 Years
            9 days, 15 hours ago

            A

          4. Ready Player One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            9 days, 15 hours ago

            A

        6. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
          • 1 Year
          9 days, 15 hours ago

          Aguero (3-4-3) or Haz (3-5-2) ?

          1. marco_atk85
            • 6 Years
            9 days, 15 hours ago

            what is the rest?

          2. Subzero (-4)
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            9 days, 15 hours ago

            Difficult to say without full team mate

            1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
              • 1 Year
              9 days, 15 hours ago

              Why? Its a Aguero vs Hazard question regardless of the team

              Camarasa will be paired with Aguero
              Kamara paired with Haz

              If that is what you needed to know

              1. Subzero (-4)
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                9 days, 15 hours ago

                Well do you have Man City midfielders?

                If you want a straight answer between them two then hazard. Main man in the team, no risk of rotation and involved in most of Chelsea's goals. Very unpredictable is the baggage though. Aguero more of a rotation risk and will share a lot of points with city mids. Still a fantastic player but unfortunately seems incapable of bracing. Since gameweek 2.

                1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
                  • 1 Year
                  9 days, 15 hours ago

                  Dont have any city mids, but could do martial to sane by downgrading elsewhere later on

                  1. Subzero (-4)
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    9 days, 15 hours ago

                    Fair enough. City look tidy again and could do some damage over the next 3 games. Yo can't cover every team though and if your happy you can get more points with alternatives then Its still a strong team. I don't have spurs attacker and really worried but feel as though sterling will outscore Kane over next 3 at least.

        7. gunner79
          • 3 Years
          9 days, 15 hours ago

          Kane or Aguero,

          Salah Bsilva or Mane Sterling?

          Thanks Guys

          1. AttStack
              9 days, 15 hours ago

              Kane Salah Bilva

            • FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
              • 1 Year
              9 days, 15 hours ago

              Kane and Salah without Bilva

            • Subzero (-4)
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              9 days, 15 hours ago

              Wildcard choices? Or -4 transfers etc. difficult to answer without context mate

              1. gunner79
                • 3 Years
                9 days, 15 hours ago

                Wildcard after to many beers.

                1. Subzero (-4)
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  9 days, 15 hours ago

                  Lol, fair enough mate. Salah 100% and Kane and bilva of that's your only option based on team structure. Would probably be better to try and stretch to at least sane if you can though or ideally sterling

          2. AttStack
              9 days, 15 hours ago

              I have Auba and Kane. Probably captaining Auba this week.
              I've been considering Sterling, Anderson -> Salah, Pereyra or Sterling, Fraser -> Salah, Kante
              I currently only have 1FT so this would cost a hit and leave me with no city players. I think the right decision is to give Sterling this week and do one of the above for no hit next week. Thoughts?

              1. rocrocodile
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                9 days, 15 hours ago

                Should be safe to roll that FT. I would do a lot to get Salah in, but don't think it's that important to do it before the Brighton match.

            • Benditlike
              • 4 Years
              9 days, 15 hours ago

              Im going to do either A or B:

              A) Hazard, Alonso > Salah, TAA
              B) Auba, Pereyra, Alonso > Jimenez, Salah, TAA (-4)

              If you had to choose one, A or B? 🙂

              1. AttStack
                  9 days, 15 hours ago

                  A

                • rocrocodile
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  9 days, 15 hours ago

                  I think I have to lean towards A), even though I have Hazard and not Auba myself.

                • Holmes
                  • 5 Years
                  9 days, 15 hours ago

                  A

                • JoeSoap
                  • 5 Years
                  9 days, 15 hours ago

                  A for me

                • Benditlike
                  • 4 Years
                  9 days, 14 hours ago

                  Thanks for the reply guys.

                • CROCosta
                    9 days, 14 hours ago

                    b

                • Un De Sceaux
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  9 days, 15 hours ago

                  1) remortgage the house, no college for the kids and eat beans and toast for a month TO GET Salah

                  2) kill the wife, rob a bank and go back to dealing heroin TO GET Salah

                  3) go without Salah

                  1. Jᴀʀᴠish
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    9 days, 15 hours ago

                    1) is most of Britain anyway in modern times isn't it?

                  2. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
                    • 1 Year
                    9 days, 15 hours ago

                    If you put it that way you simply just dont want Salah. Simples

                  3. SPorting
                    • 7 Years
                    9 days, 15 hours ago

                    1 for peace of mind
                    2 for peace in your life
                    3 to get peaced off every GW

                  4. VeryHairyBabyParade
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    9 days, 14 hours ago

                    Bye bye wifey, hello Salah 😀

                • SPorting
                  • 7 Years
                  9 days, 15 hours ago

                  How's about this WC then?

                  Ethridge (Button)
                  Alonso, TAA, Doherty (AWB, Bednarek)
                  Salah, Haz, Eriksen, Rich (Camarasa)
                  Kun, Rashford, Jimenez

                  Have the exact pennies to do it...

                  1. MaticMVP
                      9 days, 15 hours ago

                      Great team to be honest. Can easily downgrade Eriksen or Alonso as well if they don't deliver to upgrade anywhere else.

                      1. SPorting
                        • 7 Years
                        9 days, 15 hours ago

                        Cheers. Liking the look of it too. Might give it another day to think it over.

                    • Subzero (-4)
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      9 days, 15 hours ago

                      Very strong. Why aguero over sterling out of curiosity? I'm in the same boat btw and am currently on aguero as well. Had a look at the stats on comparison and sterling comes out on top in most areas frustratingly.

                  2. diesel001
                    • 2 Years
                    9 days, 15 hours ago

                    I'm not sure why there is so much anti-Alonso sentiment. Chelsea's issue doesn't seem to be their defence. It appears to be scoring goals.
                    Another game, another blank. If Alonso is playing poorly, then surely it is also time to get rid of Morata, Giroud, Barkley, Kovacic, Willian and Pedro from the first team, given these guys are meant to be scoring the goals.

                    1. Dybala10
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      9 days, 15 hours ago

                      Not really proving value for money is he? My first time owning him (just after his hauls in the first 4 weeks) and he has been steady and unlucky not to score more. But when you have a defender previously around the 7.0 mark you are expecting a regular stream of assists and goals. Add in the mix the amount of options we now how to chose from, I can see why people are downgrading to Luiz for example.

                    2. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
                      • 1 Year
                      9 days, 15 hours ago

                      He is too expensive just for CS. If chelsea wont score, he wont be getting any attacking returns

                      Or did you mean in general.and not fpl wise'

                      1. diesel001
                        • 2 Years
                        9 days, 15 hours ago

                        I'm talking about real life football. Not FPL. From the article:

                        "Marcos Alonso (£6.8m) once again attracted plenty of attention on social media after another below-par performance, with even Hazard showing frustration with his Spanish colleague.

                        The clamour among sections of the Chelsea support for Emerson Palmieri (£5.2m) to be handed a start is nothing new, of course, and Alonso hasn’t been rested once in the Premier League this season."

                        1. Skonto Rigga
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • Has Moderation Rights
                          • 1 Year
                          9 days, 15 hours ago

                          I think the criticisms of Alonso are different in FPL circles than they are among Chelsea fans.

                          For FPL owners, it's a bemoaning of his lack of attacking returns in the last ten Gameweeks.

                          From a Chelsea perspective, Alonso has long been viewed as a defensive liability and they are keeping clean sheets in spite of, rather than because of, his performances. Not that Emerson offers much different (he also seems to be much better offensively than without the ball) but I think many are wondering why he hasn't at least been given a chance in the Premier League given how substandard Alonso has been of late. Sarri has come out in the past and highlighted the reasons (presence at set pieces being one) why Alonso remains pivotal to his plans, though, so a drop doesn't seem to be forthcoming.

                          1. diesel001
                            • 2 Years
                            9 days, 14 hours ago

                            Even if Alonso is under par and dropped, that doesn't change the issue that Willian, Pedro and co are the real underperformers. Yet I see noone highlighting how poor they have been. Chelsea have RLC, CHO in the squad. Countless others on loan (e.g. Batshuayi). None of them are getting a go. Fix the real problem rather than blaming a left-back - classic case of misdirection IMO.

                            1. Ask Yourself
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 2 Years
                              9 days, 14 hours ago

                              Yeah the reason that system is failing is because the left centre mid doesn’t know their role. That is 100% the cause of the failure imo. Barella comes in and then we see a whole new chelsea imo

                            2. Skonto Rigga
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • Has Moderation Rights
                              • 1 Year
                              9 days, 14 hours ago

                              Mentioned above that Willian and Barkley were poor. Alonso does seem to get a disproportionate amount of criticism from Chelsea fans (to be fair, Willian gets a lot of flak too) but the issues with him are completely separate to the team's creative issues.

                    3. The 5% Team
                        9 days, 15 hours ago

                        All those other guys aren't as highly owned as Alonso, so don't have real fantasy value.

                        As for Alonso, being the most expensive defender in the game, you really want to get attacking points out of him and not just occasional clean sheets

                      • Ask Yourself
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        9 days, 14 hours ago

                        Emerson is worse than Alonso. Alonso won’t be dropped sarri hates Emerson. Zappacosta has been far more impressive the calls are to move Azpi to left back and have Zappa zapping down the right his defending, crossing and even shooting has been a threat whenever he has played. Like how we would expect Alonso to be playing

                        1. The Big Fella
                          • 2 Years
                          9 days, 14 hours ago

                          If this happened, I'd bring in Zappacosta in a flash

                      • The Big Fella
                        • 2 Years
                        9 days, 14 hours ago

                        He is due though!

                    4. JoeSoap
                      • 5 Years
                      9 days, 15 hours ago

                      Any suggestions or G2G? Have 2fts & 1m

                      FAB
                      Robertson, Alonso, Digne, AWB
                      Pogba, Salah, Richarl, Anderson
                      Kane, Rashford
                      Hamer, Jiminez, Doherty, Hojb

                      1. Basist
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        9 days, 14 hours ago

                        Exactly my team, except I got Hazard and not Salah.

                        I had to ship Richarlison and Fanderson to fit Salah in, but I did it with a heavy heart.

                        I think you are g2g.

                        1. JoeSoap
                          • 5 Years
                          9 days, 12 hours ago

                          Thanks. Was thinking of getting Hazard in last week though went against it, thankfully. Was thinking of either Jiminez> Arni or just using FT to do Hojb>Westwood

                    5. It’s gonna Ben Mee
                      • 5 Years
                      9 days, 15 hours ago

                      Point average before Hasenhüttl: 2,13
                      Point average under Hasenhüttl: 5,16

                      An attacking return this GW and Redmond is in my team I think. Form, fixtures and price. The holy trinity!

                      1. Dynamic Duos
                        • 5 Years
                        9 days, 15 hours ago

                        You don't prefer Deulofeu?

                        1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
                          • 5 Years
                          9 days, 15 hours ago

                          Think I'm getting both.

                          1. Dynamic Duos
                            • 5 Years
                            9 days, 15 hours ago

                            Oh Ok, 3rd and 4th?

                            1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
                              • 5 Years
                              9 days, 15 hours ago

                              I'm playing them in a 3-5-2 as my 4th and 5th.

                              1. Dynamic Duos
                                • 5 Years
                                9 days, 15 hours ago

                                Could work that, good luck with it

                                1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
                                  • 5 Years
                                  9 days, 15 hours ago

                                  Cheers!

                    6. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
                      • 1 Year
                      9 days, 15 hours ago

                      He is too expensive just for CS. If chelsea wont score, he wont be getting any attacking returns

                      1. Holmes
                        • 5 Years
                        9 days, 15 hours ago

                        He is probably talking about real life...

                    7. unitednations
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      9 days, 15 hours ago

                      Who do you reckon will score more points this gw only:

                      A: Fanderson (ARS) + Son (MUN)
                      B: Redmond (lei) + Salah (bri) (-4)
                      C: Schindler (car) + Salah (bri) (-4)

                      close between A and B but leaning towards A and do Son > Salah next gw for free

                      1. Yordan Letchkov
                        • 2 Years
                        9 days, 15 hours ago

                        I assume you already own Fanderson and Son and could save the transfers by not bringing Salah in, correct?
                        In this case and if you do not Salah (C), then I would personally go for A and take Son out of your team next week.

                    8. Yordan Letchkov
                      • 2 Years
                      9 days, 15 hours ago

                      Need some help here:

                      2FT. 0.1itb

                      Zabaleta and Lingard to:

                      A) Bednarek and Richarlison (+0.3)
                      B) Alexander-Arnold and Redmond (+0.7)
                      C) Alexander-Arnold and Doucouré
                      D) Alexander-Arnold and any other MF up to 5.9

                      Thanks guys.

                      1. dbeck
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        9 days, 15 hours ago

                        e) Cedric and Richarlison

                        1. Yordan Letchkov
                          • 2 Years
                          9 days, 15 hours ago

                          Thanks. Thought about that but Bednarek the safer option imo, because Valery looks nailed and Bertrand will be back soon. Yoshida not available as well for CB position...

                          1. dbeck
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            9 days, 15 hours ago

                            I agree, Cedric is riskier pick due to nailness. In my suggestion i made the assumption this would be your 5th defender spot so perhaps more open to a risky pick. Part if this is backing Cedric to win his place back (experienced international and proven prem player), plays wing back and he is a baps magnet

                    9. OBAMA
                      • 4 Years
                      9 days, 15 hours ago

                      Thoughts on my WC?

                      Foster / Guaita

                      Femenia / Digne / TAA / AWB / Bednarek

                      Salah (c) / Sane / Deulofeu / Richarlison / Camarasa

                      Kane / Aguero / Rashford

                      Thanks in advance!

                      1. _figu
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        9 days, 14 hours ago

                        A bit too top heavy for my liking.

                        1. Fossit
                          • 2 Years
                          9 days, 14 hours ago

                          Good for BAPS, top heavy... get it... hehe

                    10. AnyLaporteinastorm
                      • 9 Years
                      9 days, 15 hours ago

                      Auba or Kane
                      Son or pogba
                      Kun or sane?

                      1. AuFeld
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        9 days, 15 hours ago

                        Auba
                        Pogba
                        Sane

                    11. rabo91
                      • 1 Year
                      9 days, 15 hours ago

                      Bit of help please..

                      Aubamayang / Son ----- Mane / Aguero (-4)

                      Aubamayang / Son / ----- Salah / Wilson (-4)

                      1. farmerfat
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        9 days, 14 hours ago

                        I would definitely hold this week , do B for free next week. Selling Auba this week could hurt a lot !

                    12. Fantasyamateur
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      9 days, 15 hours ago

                      Fabianski
                      Bissaka - Digne - Robertson
                      Salah - Felipe - Hazard - Pogba - Camarasa
                      Kane - Rashford

                      Bench: Button, Jimenez, Doherty, Yoshida..

                      1M ITB and 2FT. Any suggestions on what I should do here?

                    13. Acrux66
                        9 days, 15 hours ago

                        Hello its look G2G?
                        Fab
                        Pereira/Digne/TAA
                        Hazard(c)/Salah/Pogba/FA
                        Auba/Rashford/Jimenez

                        Hammer | Torreira/WB/Doherty

                      • Tobs
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        9 days, 15 hours ago

                        Sorry to do this but i'm struggling to see sense! on a WC - A or B (or neither)?

                        (A) Foster / Speroni
                        TAA / Shaw / Doherty / AWB / Bednarek
                        Pogba / Hazard / Sane / Redmond / 4.2
                        Auba / Rashford / Kane

                        (B) *Ederson / Speroni
                        TAA / Shaw / Doherty / AWB / Bednarek
                        *Salah / Hazard / Sane / Redmond / *Brooks
                        Auba / Rashford / *Ings

                      • #FPLBhuna
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        9 days, 15 hours ago

                        with willian, pedro, giroud all back and fit

                        hazard(c) could be gold this weekend

                        what do you lot think?

                        1. Ask Yourself
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          9 days, 15 hours ago

                          Agree yes we need giroud back to disrupt the Newcastle system

                        2. AuFeld
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          9 days, 15 hours ago

                          Could be good. Who else do you have as captain options?

                        3. avfc82
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          9 days, 14 hours ago

                          As a Hazard owner, I hope so, but I'm not sure it's that simple. If I remember rightly, they were all fit for the Leicester home defeat before Christmas, which they lost 1-0.

                        4. Subzero (-4)
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          9 days, 14 hours ago

                          Depends on your other options obviously but i would still stay clear of captaining. You just can't predict at the moment. He used to be so reliable at home almost to the point where he got almost all his points at home but this season is odd for him.

                      • ZoumasBloomers
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 1 Year
                        9 days, 15 hours ago

                        Shift Haz or Auba for Salah? West Ham’s defence looks terrible but Haz is playing superbly

                        1. AuFeld
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          9 days, 14 hours ago

                          Not sure if it's worth it this week.

                        2. Benditlike
                          • 4 Years
                          9 days, 14 hours ago

                          Same dilemma and right now pretty convinced of doing Haz for Salah

                      • AppleDunk
                        • 5 Years
                        9 days, 14 hours ago

                        Do you think Aguero can match Salah's points for the rest of the season?

                        1. Ready Player One
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          9 days, 14 hours ago

                          Not if his minutes are still being managed

                        2. AuFeld
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          9 days, 14 hours ago

                          Not a chance.

                        3. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
                          • 1 Year
                          9 days, 14 hours ago

                          no chance

                      • De Gea is GOAT
                        • 1 Year
                        9 days, 14 hours ago

                        Using my WC this week. Kane & Auba could be swapped for a mid in the near future. Any Help would be much appreciated guys. Need to catch up in mini league asap.

                        Button Guaita
                        Robbo AWB TAA Digne Doherty
                        Salah Hazard Sterling Pogba Camarasa
                        Calvert Jimenez Barnes

                        1. danishdynamite
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          9 days, 14 hours ago

                          I'm lost - why on earth would you use your WC on that team ? It's solid AF U

                          nless that's the team you're gonna WC to. Probably is now I think about it

                          Still, I'd strongly suggest leaving your WC til DGW32, or later

                        2. _figu
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          9 days, 14 hours ago

                          I'd prefer Sane over Sterling for price. Seems a bit too much on defence. I would Digne to 3.9 and upgrade Calvert-Lewin to Rasford. Dont think you'll need your 3rd sub. Wasnt needed in Xmas fixtures once.

                          1. De Gea is GOAT
                            • 1 Year
                            9 days, 14 hours ago

                            Its the team im going with after using my WC sorry i wasn't clear enough haha Bit of a change however:
                            Button Guaita
                            Robbo AWB TAA Cedric/Bednarek Doherty
                            Salah Hazard Sterling Pogba Richarlison
                            Locadia Jimenez Barnes

                            GTG? thanks a lot guys

                            1. BitefromBarcelona
                              • 3 Years
                              9 days, 14 hours ago

                              Sterling to Sane

                              Locadia to Rashford

                      • Postbox12
                        • 4 Years
                        9 days, 14 hours ago

                        Patricio - Button

                        Alonso - Robertson - Digne - Doherty - Wan Bissaka

                        Salah - Hazard - Pogba - Richarlison - Romeu

                        Kane - Jiminez - Kamara

                        0.0 ITB 1 FT. Keen on getting some City back in for their good fixtures, any thoughts how?

                      • aircraft1
                        • 7 Years
                        9 days, 14 hours ago

                        Afternoon all

                        Who would you have for this weekend?

                        A Barnes
                        B Wilson

                        Thanks

                      • bored by december
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        9 days, 14 hours ago

                        What do.

                        Pereyra and Kammy or Jiminez and Cammy

                        For WC?