Scout Notes

Laporte the real star of Double Gameweek 25

It was a largely underwhelming conclusion for those with attacking assets in Double Gameweek 25 as Manchester City laboured to victory over Everton.

The defending champions were not their usual scintillating best at Goodison Park, with benchings and blanks for many of the midfield and forward players involved in the match.

Only those invested in the Manchester City defence will be pleased with Wednesday night’s events, especially owners of Aymeric Laporte (£5.9m).

Everton 0-2 Man City

Goals: Aymeric Laporte (£5.9m), Gabriel Jesus (£10.0m)

Assists: David Silva (£8.5m)

Double Gameweek 25 proved to be a complete anti-climax for those in possession of Leroy Sané (£9.8m). After missing out on Sunday’s 3-1 win over Arsenal altogether, the German international started at Goodison Park but was substituted in the 59th minute having offered little.

After 11 starts in 12 Premier League matches prior to Double Gameweek 25 as well as two goals and two assists between Gameweeks 21 and 24, Sané equalled his worst score across two top-flight games this season. He has not combined for one point between consecutive Gameweeks since the third and fourth matches of 2018/19. That feat happened to come when he was the most popular Manchester City option among the top 10,000 FPL managers, captained by 370,000+ overall and Triple Captained by 26,000+.

Manchester City did spend much of the opening hour of the match probing down the left, hoping to expose Jonjoe Kenny (£4.2m), who had come in for Seamus Coleman (£5.2m) at right-back. However, despite no player registering more penalty box touches than him, Sané was offside on a number of occasions and was the natural player to be replaced when Pep Guardiola wanted to introduce Raheem Sterling (£11.3m) in the second half.

A little over half an hour on the Goodison Park pitch for the Englishman was not enough time for him to truly make a mark on proceedings. Sterling shot just once, playing no key passes on the night. However, there was some encouragement to take for his owners as his short involvement in the match should mean he is in the frame to start when Chelsea visit the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Sergio Aguero (£11.4m) could not follow up his Sunday afternoon hat-trick as he was limited to just two efforts on goal in the game. Only one of those was in the penalty box and neither were on target. He was unlucky not to find the net in the first half when David Silva (£8.5m) fizzed a ball across Everton’s six-yard box, but Aguero’s pressurised touch turned it onto the bar. Despite proving a much better player at home compared to away this season, the Argentinian’s blank on Merseyside was his first on the road since returning from injury in Gameweek 18. Since then he has assisted at Leicester and Huddersfield, scoring at Southampton and Newcastle.

Aguero looks likely to start against Chelsea as he was substituted in the 78th minute, replaced by Gabriel Jesus (£10.0m). He has now started seven of the last eight Premier League matches, while his Brazilian colleague has featured from the beginning just once in that time. When Manchester City’s Blank Gameweek 27 is out of the way, Aguero may make a strong case for inclusion in our squads if he has reclaimed a regular starting spot. Jesus still reminded Guardiola of his credentials though, netting a stoppage-time goal from his own rebound.

“Many decisions could be better, that is my job. I analyse these decisions but it is important because Sergio scored three goals in the last game and I know how important the feeling is for the strikers to score. But before that Gabriel scores seven, eight, nine goals in a short time so I’ve got an incredible two strikers. Sometimes you see the spaces where the players should go. They play, I don’t play, but in general, I am so satisfied. In the last three months, it’s been game, game, game. Now in three, four days we have another against Chelsea. But I don’t know how far we will get, how far we arrive, maybe we will die on the road, or we are there. Game by game and we will prepare.” – Pep Guardiola

David Silva’s performance was also worth noting, as he was joint-top for penalty box touches on Wednesday night. Having started the last three in a row, he has assisted in two of those. However, on a night characterised less by intricate play in the box and more by hopeful crosses, David Silva only played one key pass on this occasion.

“We were not lucky because football is like this but to score in the last minute of the first half helps us and in the second half they pushed more and it was more difficult to make our game. Some people were tired but we did it.” – Pep Guardiola

Despite Aguero’s Arsenal hat-trick, the top scorer for Double Gameweek 25 was actually his defensive colleague Laporte. The Frenchman, deployed at left-back again, seemed to have an uncanny knowledge of the fact that Fantasy managers were turning to him this week. He had managed just one attacking return between Gameweeks 1 and 24 but recorded a goal and an assist across two matches in Double Gameweek 25. Laporte could have even netted a second had he been on target earlier in the first half when Jordan Pickford (£5.0m) was caught in no man’s land during a corner. Add into the equation a clean sheet and maximum bonus points at Goodison Park, and Laporte came away with 20 points.

After a run of eight Premier League matches without a clean sheet between Gameweeks 14 and 21, Manchester City now have three in their last five outings. That was also beneficial to Ederson (£5.6m), who scored eight points in the end.

However, some of the credit for Manchester City’s latest shutout does have to go to Everton who failed to create a single big chance on the night. There was much more effort and desire from the Toffees compared to their flat performance in the 3-1 defeat to Wolves at the weekend, but ultimately they caused little of trouble for the defending champions.

“Performance was completely different to our last game. Good attitude, strong answer, everything we needed. We should show this tonight, and in every game. It has to be our image as a team. Nothing to compare with our last game.” – Marco Silva

Marco Silva turned heads with a surprising team selection, opting to switch from 4-2-3-1 to a 4-3-3, which involved dropping Richarlison (£6.8m) and Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.4m) to the bench. This was just the fourth Premier League game this season that Richarlison has not started. Only once before this game was it by Silva’s choice too, the other two enforced following a Gameweek 3 sending off. In his initial absence, Everton fielded a front three of Bernard (£5.9m) and Theo Walcott (£6.0m) flanking Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£5.3m), with Cenk Tosun (£6.5m) also among the substitutes.

“I felt it was the best XI to start the match. We had a different profile of players in the middle zone.” – Marco Silva

There was a return in the midfield trio for Idrissa Gueye (£4.8m), who had recently been the subject of transfer speculation about a move to Paris Saint Germain. He was one of Everton’s key performers against Manchester City as they largely frustrated their play.

“Gueye’s performance showed to me, to all, how he is a fantastic professional. He did well despite not training the last few days. In general, the players gave me a good answer.” – Marco Silva

Wednesday’s defeat was the latest in a long line of matches characterised by Everton’s weaknesses to set pieces. After struggling to defend them against Wolves on Saturday, Manchester City’s best opportunities also came from such situations. As already mentioned, Laporte could have easily scored twice at Goodison Park. That could be good news for anyone still holding Jose Holebas (£4.8m) ahead of Everton’s trip to Watford in Gameweek 26.

“Big frustration to concede 47 minutes first half, 97 minutes second half. I don’t want to talk more about set-pieces. What I tell, I will tell to the players. I understand why you ask, but there is something inside the mind of our players. We have to work more.” – Marco Silva

Everton XI (4-3-3): Pickford; Digne, Zouma, Keane, Kenny; Davies, Gueye, A Gomes (Sigurdsson 63′); Bernard (Richarlison 72′), Calvert-Lewin, Walcott (Tosun 78′).

Man City XI (4-3-3): Ederson; Laporte, Otamendi, Stones, Walker; D Silva (De Bruyne 88′), Fernandinho, Gündogan; Sané (Sterling 59′), Aguero (Jesus 78′), B Silva.

884 Comments Post a Comment
  1. CRO KLOPP
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 11 days ago

    Kun to Auba for a hit it's not worthy if I plan to captain Salah?

    1. The Senate
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 11 days ago

      If you reckon Auba outscores Kun then you shouldn't need to captain him - he's the obvious captain for GW27 though so the hit will be repaid!

  2. SuperHam
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 11 days ago

    With a lot of people swapping Hazard and Kamara for Aubameyang and a cheap mid, who is the best choice right now and why? Ideally 4.6 or less.

    Camarasa, Hojberg, Cork, Romeu, Billing, McNeil, Bacuna, Dendocker, Puncheon, Hudson-Odoi are all viable options imo.

    I quite like McNeil (4.4) Bacuna (4.2) or Puncheon (4.2), but with their places far from nailed is it better to stick with the more secure options? Like most, the cheap mid will be permanently 3rd on the bench for me.

    Which cheap mids do you like and why?

    1. nevins84
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      A little more expensive but JWP could be a decent option...

      1. SuperHam
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 11 days ago

        yeah- he's got a far better chance of returns than this lot- but really I'm just looking for a benchwarmer, I don't think JWP is that player

    2. Amey
        6 months, 11 days ago

        The one i like & will bring in after 2-3 gw's is Brooks but he's injured atm

        1. SuperHam
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 11 days ago

          Would you ever bench him though? I'm really looking for someone who I would never consider playing in the starting 11 and just sit on the bench every week

          1. fenixri
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 11 days ago

            Ginns White

            1. fenixri
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 11 days ago

              Gibbs

      • kuzser
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 11 days ago

        Hayden. Great fixtures and occasional assits

    3. ASOUSA12
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 11 days ago

      2 FT, £2.3 ITB, OR 4,735

      Patricio
      Doherty / Bednarek / Robertson
      Salah / Hazard / Sterling / Richarlison / Pogba
      Jimenez / Rashford

      Speroni / Wan-Bissaka / Peltier / Kamara

      Which one would yo go for?

      A. Hazard + Richarlison -> Son + Mane
      Would get Mane for Blank GW31 and Son would be my GW27 captain keeping Kamara as bench fodder

      B. GW26 Hazard -> Son
      GW27 Richarlison + Kamara -> Aubameyang (C) + Mid Bench Fodder (ideally a GW31 / 33 starter)
      Would move to 3-4-3 formation

      C. GW26 Richarlison -> Son
      GW27 Hazard + Kamara -> Aubameyang (C) + Mid Bench Fodder (ideally a GW31 / 33 starter)
      Would move to 3-4-3 formation

      Difference between B and C would be which one to get rid first Hazard or Richarlison. Still think Richarlison could do more damage against Watford (A) than Hazard against Man City (A).
      Cheers.

      1. BOATIES FC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 11 days ago

        B looks pretty good

    4. Snipez21
        6 months, 11 days ago

        Fraser and Sane
        To
        Son and Felipe Anderson

        For free?

        1. SuperHam
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 11 days ago

          Yes!

        2. nevins84
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 11 days ago

          Looks decent

      • BOATIES FC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 11 days ago

        McCarthy
        TAA Doherty Shaw
        Salah (c) Sterling Sane Pogba Rich
        Mitro Rashford
        Hamer AWB Alonso Quaner
        2ft 1 million itb
        I'm a bit lost, there's far too many options.
        Sane Rich Alonso > mane Son Kola
        Sane > Son / Mane
        Sane Rich Quaner > Auba Puncheon jota

        I suppose main thing to decide is who is the priority to bring in Auba or Son

      • Rains of Castamere
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 11 days ago

        Licking my wounds after a tragic gameweek. What would you do with this sorry lot?

        Ederson - Hamer
        Doherty - Robertson - Kolasinac - Bennett - AWB
        Salah - Hazard* - Sane* - Pogba - Camarasa
        Rashford - Jimenez - Ings*

        Only 1 FT and three players I'd like to ditch. I will also need a GK next week when Ederson blanks as Hamer doesn't play.

        How does this look:

        GW26 - Hazard and Ings to Redmond and Auba (-4)
        GW27 - Hamer to Boruc

        1. BOATIES FC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 11 days ago

          It looks good though sane looks the bigger priority than Hazard to shift

          1. Rains of Castamere
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 11 days ago

            I'm tempted by a -8 tbh.

            Hazard/Sane/Ings to Son/Gross/Auba

            Thought I don't often do -8s.

      • King Kohli
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 11 days ago

        Is this worth 3 transfers over gw 26 & 27?

        Sterling + Sane + Ings > Anderson + Jota + Auba.

        1. Bojaninho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 11 days ago

          yes

        2. BOATIES FC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 11 days ago

          I personally would keep sterling.

          1. King Kohli
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 11 days ago

            That means no Auba and probably Rondon/Vardy to replace Ings.

          2. The Senate
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 11 days ago

            this

        3. Amey
            6 months, 11 days ago

            Yes mate.

            1. King Kohli
              • 6 Years
              6 months, 11 days ago

              Cheers buddy.
              Going to be hit central this week and next to fix my team.
              Last two weeks have been an absolute disaster

              1. Amey
                  6 months, 11 days ago

                  Same here

          • Bojaninho
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            6 months, 11 days ago

            top 3 players to own this week?

            1. Amey
                6 months, 11 days ago

                Salah+Auba+Pogba
                (IMO)

              • The 5% Team
                • 1 Year
                6 months, 11 days ago

                Mane, Pogba and Auba maybe

            2. The 5% Team
              • 1 Year
              6 months, 11 days ago

              So everyone is convinced that Sane won't start against Chelsea?

              1. Rains of Castamere
                • 4 Years
                6 months, 11 days ago

                I'm pretty sure he won't. His performance and body language yesterday was poor.

                1. The 5% Team
                  • 1 Year
                  6 months, 11 days ago

                  Kinda have that feeling as well, as most people looking at rate he is dropping.
                  Up until the Newcastle match he was looking like the best and in-form player for City...that's how fast it goes I guess

              2. Irbox ⚽
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                6 months, 11 days ago

                Pep wont start him for a good while following that effort at Goodison

              3. Lingard’s Shin Guards
                  6 months, 11 days ago

                  No? Has gotten his minutes managed and pep will want to play his best team, i think that includes Sane

                • Srv210
                  • 2 Years
                  6 months, 11 days ago

                  Don't know ,I just got him for DGW and it ended in chaos...and now I've given up on guessing pep, but sane' s performance at Everton and Newcastle has been poor so can be dropped

                  1. The 5% Team
                    • 1 Year
                    6 months, 11 days ago

                    yes. I am on a -4 already...so don't know if another hit to take Sane out is justified (even though his next 2 GWs aren't looking too good for him)

                    1. Srv210
                      • 2 Years
                      6 months, 11 days ago

                      If he plays at Chelsea can get some return...I can transfer out for free after Chelsea game .....but main issue is benching, I don't want a 9.7m player on for 0+59+0 minutes

                      1. Srv210
                        • 2 Years
                        6 months, 11 days ago

                        But fwiw ...I'm strongly considering sane to mane myself

                        1. The 5% Team
                          • 1 Year
                          6 months, 11 days ago

                          Yes, he seems like a good replacement. I am already at 3 Liverpool with Robbo, Salah and Firmino so that's not an option...at least not for this GW

              4. Irbox ⚽
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                6 months, 11 days ago

                I don’t understand the ‘behind the sofa’ hot topic.. all it does is emphasise the lack of quality assets in a particular squad. Superfluous information

              5. Lingard’s Shin Guards
                  6 months, 11 days ago

                  Are you guys using your FH in blank gw 31 or 33?

                  1. Irbox ⚽
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    6 months, 11 days ago

                    31 most likely

                  2. The 5% Team
                    • 1 Year
                    6 months, 11 days ago

                    for now 31...but much more will be clear after next weekends FA cup results of course

                  3. RIDZ
                    • 2 Years
                    6 months, 11 days ago

                    31

                • Eastman
                  • 2 Years
                  6 months, 11 days ago

                  Sané Aguero > Mane Auba (-4) ?

                  1. Srv210
                    • 2 Years
                    6 months, 11 days ago

                    Looks good on paper

                  2. RIDZ
                    • 2 Years
                    6 months, 11 days ago

                    Do you already have Son and Salah?

                    1. Eastman
                      • 2 Years
                      6 months, 11 days ago

                      Yep

                      1. RIDZ
                        • 2 Years
                        6 months, 11 days ago

                        Salah is enough. Anderson have strong fixtures ahead. Pogba maybe?

                • raskothekid
                  • 3 Years
                  6 months, 11 days ago

                  currently got

                  etheridge button
                  trippier, taylor, doherty, bednerek, TAA
                  hazard, salah, pogba, delefeu, brooks
                  aguero, rashford, llorente

                  want to get aguero out for lacazette this week and slowly bring in

                  son for hazard
                  higuain for llorente

                  Thoughts?

                  1. JONALDINHO
                    • 1 Year
                    6 months, 11 days ago

                    Why would you get Higuain over Hazard?

                    1. raskothekid
                      • 3 Years
                      6 months, 11 days ago

                      more profit to be made from him as on 3% of people have him + he's a differential in my league + he's cheaper + I reckon he'll match his output between now and the end of the season.

                    2. The Senate
                      • 1 Year
                      6 months, 11 days ago

                      IMO Hazard isn't worth the extra price

                • Tim
                  • 9 Years
                  6 months, 11 days ago

                  Richarlison or Lingard out for Son Please guys?

                  1. RIDZ
                    • 2 Years
                    6 months, 11 days ago

                    Richarlison as he will blank

                    1. Tim
                      • 9 Years
                      6 months, 11 days ago

                      Worried about Lingards game time. Plus Richarlison up against his old team

                  2. Amey
                      6 months, 11 days ago

                      Jesse
                      Bin richa after Watford If you have him now

                  3. RIDZ
                    • 2 Years
                    6 months, 11 days ago

                    KDB+Hazard+Kamara to Auba+Son+Moutinho for -4

                    yes or no?

                    1. Amey
                        6 months, 11 days ago

                        Yess

                      • raskothekid
                        • 3 Years
                        6 months, 11 days ago

                        definite yes

                    2. BenjoBD
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      6 months, 11 days ago

                      I'm 79 points of top in my mini league.

                      Is it realistic to think i could get close in 13 games?

                      What are peoples biggest (and worst) turn arounds from about here on in?

                      1. Rupert The Horse
                        • 6 Years
                        6 months, 11 days ago

                        I was 70 off top 2 weeks ago. Now I’m 13 clear. Easy

                    3. JONALDINHO
                      • 1 Year
                      6 months, 11 days ago

                      Sane, Richarlison and Kamara to Pogba, Rashford and Camarasa(-8) worth it? Stupidly did Pogba to Sane(C) in deadline panic.

                      1. Srv210
                        • 2 Years
                        6 months, 11 days ago

                        I also did Felipe to son instead I should have done sane to son.

                        Your moves look good...-8 can be recovered quick enough

                        1. JONALDINHO
                          • 1 Year
                          6 months, 11 days ago

                          Could just do Sane to Pogba for free but need Rashford and have lots of other pressing moves

                      2. JONALDINHO
                        • 1 Year
                        6 months, 11 days ago

                        Or Sane to Pogba for free

                      3. RIDZ
                        • 2 Years
                        6 months, 11 days ago

                        Hit for buyback is not a good idea, keep Sane. I think he will play

                    4. canucounttotenbilly
                        6 months, 11 days ago

                        0.5ITB

                        1. Aguero to Auba

                        2. Aguero to Auba, Richarlison to Son, Laporte to Jonny (-8)

                        3. Richarlison to Son, Laporte to Jonny (-4)

                      • RIDZ
                        • 2 Years
                        6 months, 11 days ago

                        Anyone not captaining Salah this weekend?

                        Auba looks tempting but I have no balls for it

                      • Cornholi0
                        • 9 Years
                        6 months, 11 days ago

                        Hello I need som advices on what`s the best strategy when I have all the chips intact except the "Free hit".

                        What would you do?

                      • CLASS OF 78
                        • 1 Year
                        6 months, 11 days ago

                        Is Auba really worth a -4 this week?
                        Have Firmino if don't use transfer.

                        1. Gringo Kid
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          6 months, 11 days ago

                          Hard to say that, can afford him only if I ditch Kun for a hit, not sure that is a wise move

                          1. CLASS OF 78
                            • 1 Year
                            6 months, 11 days ago

                            I think if I had Kun I wouldn't swap for Auba til the following week when I had to. But for Firmino, I'm really not sure even thouh he doesn't blank and I'd probably end up getting a 3rd Pool player in for aother -4 at some point too.

                      • CLASS OF 78
                        • 1 Year
                        6 months, 11 days ago

                        What do we think about pulling in Vardy with the usual suspect mid-price forwards (Jimi/Rash/Wilson) for Leicester's good run and spending the extra in mid? Would mean no Auba/Aguero/Kane/Laca etc.

                        1. CROCosta
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          6 months, 11 days ago

                          i am considering ditching rashford for vardy in gw30, will give me enough time to see how he is doing vs weaker teams, if he performs bad then wilson will be coming in. but i would still go one premium fwd either auba or agero

                          1. CLASS OF 78
                            • 1 Year
                            6 months, 11 days ago

                            Yeah, that's a good call going Vardy over Rash at GW30. Fixtures change for both around then. Wilson as backup is also a great plan! I was considering pretty much the same but without the premium forward.

                        2. Ramboros
                          • 8 Years
                          6 months, 11 days ago

                          Vardy is someone you should judge on form, not fixtures.

                          1. CLASS OF 78
                            • 1 Year
                            6 months, 11 days ago

                            Yeah, good point. Just 7 goals this season, I think, and should have really done better against Utd. I'll watch for a few games. Kinda thinking that Tielemans could make them more dynamic too. Again, needs a watch first.

                      • My heart goes Salalalalah
                        • 2 Years
                        6 months, 11 days ago

                        Play Shaw, AWB or Bennett? Will probably need the 1st on bench anyway

                      • SPorting
                        • 7 Years
                        6 months, 11 days ago

                        Seemed like a good idea last night with the doom and gloom of my Sané TC but how about now?

                        Rich, Sané, Kun -> Son, Mané, Laca (-4)

                        1. My heart goes Salalalalah
                          • 2 Years
                          6 months, 11 days ago

                          Mane downgrade to Fanderson. Laca to Auba. That I would do

                      • Spicy Mayonnaise
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        6 months, 11 days ago

                        What to do with this motely crew...

                        Fabianski (Hamer)
                        Doherty, Robertson, Lindelöf, Wan-Bissaka (Schindler)
                        Salah (C), Son, Pogba (V), Felipe Anderson (Lucas Moura)
                        Agüero, Jiménez (Kamara)

                        0.9ITB, 0FT, got all my chips

                        I want Aguero > Auba, (which was always the plan, but then...Sane) but don't know whether I should go with the -4 for it...or do it next week

                        This week looks fine, but i'm obviously not happy with the Moura(fail)/Kamara/Schindler setup, should I just ease them out slowly...or are these desperate times?

                      • Mind över Mata
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        6 months, 11 days ago

                        Which to do this week?

                        A) Aguero -> Auba
                        B) Sterling -> Son

                        1. Make America Greta Again
                          • 5 Years
                          6 months, 11 days ago

                          I'm reticent to bin Kun personally.