Scout Notes

How latest Europa League matches affect Gameweek 30

Fantasy Premier League managers were given more clues about transfers to make for the Blank Gameweeks after Thursday’s Europa League action.

Arsenal’s problems were exploited by French side Rennes as their assets continue to lose their appeal.

Meanwhile, a 3-0 win for Chelsea has helped point us in the right direction for the options available at Stamford Bridge.

Rennes 3-1 Arsenal

Goals: Alex Iwobi (£5.4m)

Assists: Nacho Monreal (£5.4m)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang‘s (£10.9m) chances of starting Arsenal’s Gameweek 30 meeting with Manchester United now hang in the balance, just like the last time the Gunners were in continental action. The forward had to start Thursday night’s Europa League last-sixteen first-leg tie in Rennes with Alexandre Lacazette (£9.5m) still seeing out a suspension. He played 79 minutes before being replaced by Sead Kolasinac (£5.1m) in a less than impressive performance.

Perhaps as a result of that missed penalty against Spurs in Gameweek 29, Aubameyang look devoid of confidence in France and was criticised by the local press. He was unfortunate at times with the balls played into him, but the former Borussia Dortmund man should have done better with his first touch. At this point, it has become clear that Aubameyang seriously struggles when playing away from home, having found the net just twice on his travels in all competitions since November 25.

Aubameyang was benched for the following league match the last time he played a Europa League tie in Lacazette’s absence, featuring only as a second-half substitute against Southampton in Gameweek 27. For that reason, and the fact that he played quite poorly, there does seem to be a chance that Lacazette will lead Arsenal’s attack against Manchester United on Sunday afternoon, having had the week off from competitive action.

Alex Iwobi (£5.4m) continues to prove his worth as Arsenal’s most appealing midfield option as he put in one of his best performances for the Gunners. A rare shining light for Unai Emery’s men on Thursday night, he scored their only goal and nearly set up a second shortly after. The only reason he was unable to push Arsenal on in the second half was because of their man disadvantage…

Once again, it was defensive issues that cost Arsenal. This time it was Sokratis Papastathopoulos (£5.1m) who was the chief culprit as his accumulation of fouls led to a second yellow card in the 41st minute. The first booking was for a clumsy tackle on Hatem Ben Arfa, the second for a pull-back on Ismaila Sarr, meaning a third red card in four weeks for Arsenal. Even worse, the resulting free-kick from the foul on Sarr was what led to Benjamin Bourigeaud’s stunning equaliser. Emery’s response to Sokratis’ dismissal, and Rennes subsequently dominating the game, also raised some eyebrows.

“(Asked if Arsenal have a discipline problem): No. We can analyse individually these three red cards.” – Unai Emery

For the second match in a row, centre-half Shkodran Mustafi (£5.4m) was deployed at right-back. He did not play too bad defensively but offered very little pushing on into offensive positions. In fact, the local press likened his efforts to join Arsenal attacks to an episode of Dancing On Ice. However, Mustafi’s stint on the flanks did not last long as it made sense to tuck him back into the middle once Sokratis had been sent off. However, in making that switch, Ainsley Maitland-Niles (£4.4m), a natural wide defender, was surprisingly left on the bench by Emery.

“(Asked why Maitland-Niles was left on the bench): Mostly because we were coming from Southampton with a big performance with this back four. After the red card, I wanted to keep the positioning with the players, we needed the players fresh to help in offensive moments, to take chances and options.” – Unai Emery

Instead, right-back duties fell to Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£6.8m), which stunted what he was able to offer offensively. The Armenian has been in fantastic form of late, two goals and three assists in his last three Premier League outings, but playing in defence was an unfamiliar role for him. To his credit, Mkhitaryan did not disgrace himself at right-back, although the final goal did involve a Rennes’ break down his flank.

“They really didn’t create a lot of chances to score the second goal. Mkhitaryan worked well, there was no problem with him. His 50 minutes playing as right-back, he played well. We only had three changes. We needed to decide who were these changes. Mkhi is playing well. If he was not playing well maybe he could have come off.” – Unai Emery

While Sokratis will be held responsible for putting Arsenal at a disadvantage, Nacho Monreal (£5.4m) was at the heart of Rennes’ second and third goals. The French side took the lead in the 64th minute when the Gunners’ back-line switched off to a ball threaded out to the right, where Mehdi Zeffane, operating in Monreal’s left-back zone, was afforded too much space. His cross into the box was then deflected into the net by the Spaniard.

It was even worse for Rennes’ third and final goal as they broke on a late Arsenal attack. Substitute James Lea Siliki was dispatched down the left flank and his cross into the back-post was converted by Sarr, who had all the time in the world to line up his diving header. Replays showed that left-back Monreal was around the half-way line at this point, Aaron Ramsey (£7.1m) desperately racing back in vain to cover for him.

Arsenal now face a tough task at the Emirates Stadium to get through to the next round of the Europa League, which they will have to take on without Sokratis and Lacazette through suspension. That could be positive news for their attacking assets as the season winds to a close. A European exit next Thursday would mean they have no more commitments outside of the Premier League, which could see less rotation of Aubameyang or Lacazette for appealing fixtures between Gameweek 32 and 38.

Arsenal XI (4-2-3-1): Cech; Monreal, Koscielny, Sokratis, Mustafi; Xhaka, Torreira; Iwobi (Guendouzi 53′), Özil (Ramsey 70′), Mkhitaryan; Aubameyang (Kolasinac 79′).

Chelsea 3-0 Dynamo Kyiv

Goals: Pedro (£6.3m), Willian (£7.1m), Callum Hudson-Odoi (£4.2m)

Assists: Olivier Giroud (£7.7m), Ruben Loftus-Cheek x2 (£5.2m)

Fantasy managers looking to sign Eden Hazard (£10.8m) or Gonzalo Higuaín (£9.6m) ahead of Blank Gameweek 31 were given the all clear after they both had the night off in Chelsea’s latest Europa League win. Their involvement in the tournament this season has been minimal, which should mean neither get any minutes in the second leg next Thursday either, with the Blues already 3-0 to the good.

Last night’s victory did give us some helpful pointers as Chelsea prepare for fixtures against Wolves and away at Everton in the Blank Gameweek.

Pedro (£6.3m) was in exceptional form against Dynamo Kyiv, scoring an excellently worked first goal and very much at the forefront of every attack. In all honesty, he probably should have scored more than just his one goal as he had four shots on target that all looked certain to end up in the back of the net. However, whether the Spaniard is the right option to sign for Gameweeks 30 and 31 is another question.

“He played very well, also in the defensive phase. He missed two or three goals, but he played a very good match.” – Maurizio Sarri

With Hazard and Higuaín to make up two-thirds of Chelsea’s attack over the next two Premier League matches, there is just one spot up for grabs in the front three. Having played 90 minutes on Thursday, and benched in two of the last four domestic matches, Pedro looks likely to miss out to Willian (£7.1m). The Brazilian has also only started two of the last four league outings for Chelsea but was taken off in the 78th minute in the Europa League, perhaps in preparation for Wolves’ visit to Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.

Maurizio Sarri continues to crush the dreams of Fantasy managers hoping that Callum Hudson-Odoi (£4.2m) will get regular game-time in the Premier League. For the third consecutive Europa League match at Stamford Bridge, the youngster found himself on the score-sheet, despite limited game-time. Every time he has come on as a substitute in this competition he has hugely impressed and Chelsea fans continue to call for his inclusion in starting line-up more often. However, Sarri insists Hudson-Odoi is still not ready for that, despite strong interest from Bayern Munich.

“He has to do anything to convince me. He has convinced me he is a very great player. I have my opinion. He cannot be at the top yet. He needs to improve because he can arrive at the top only at 22 or 23, like every other player. So I now think we need to improve without the pressure of the media, without the pressure of the fans, without the pressure of the club. But he is in my mind for every match. In England, I think he’s the only to be born in 2000 to have played 16 times. I don’t know. He’s very good in the dressing room and in training, really very good. I think it’s very dangerous, at 18, to have this pressure. You have to improve, tactically, mentally and physically, at that age. So it’s dangerous for you. I don’t like to speak about him for this reason.” – Maurizio Sarri

Central midfielder Jorginho (£4.7m) did well in the space that was afforded to him against Dynamo Kyiv but there is still little to endear him to Fantasy managers. It was rare for him to have so much space and it has become a staple of their Premier League matches for him to be put under pressure. Even against Kyiv, he did not track back particularly well in the moments when the Ukrainian side got behind him.

It is now three back-to-back clean sheets at home for Chelsea in all competitions, although this was another that was secured fairly easily. Just as was the case against Huddersfield in Gameweek 25, Kepa Arrizabalaga (£5.4m) was practically a spectator. Wolves and Everton may ask a lot more of the Chelsea defence than Huddersfield or Kyiv did.

“We were able not to concede a goal at home, which is very important in this competition. So it’s okay now. We have to be careful. We have to play the second leg and go there with a very good level of attention and application because we want to qualify.” – Maurizio Sarri

David Luiz (£5.9m) has been considered by managers building squads for the Blank Gameweeks and he showed his attacking potential again on Thursday night. While he had little to do from a defensive perspective, Luiz put his stamp on the game with his exceptional delivery. Direct diagonal balls to the front three are starting to become an important part of his game and he could have come away from the 3-0 win with an assist after threading Pedro for one of his chances.

Meanwhile, Marcos Alonso (£6.4m) is not showing enough to convince us to go back to the left-back for these Blank Gameweeks. Against Kyiv, he offered little going forward after a blocked shot in the first half and did not have much to do defensively. As already explained, Wolves and Everton might get in the only thing he could offer right now in clean sheets.

Chelsea XI (4-3-3): Kepa; Alonso, D Luiz, Christensen, Zappacosta; Barkley (Loftus-Cheek 62′), Jorginho (Kanté 62′), Kovačić; Willian (Hudson-Odoi 78′), Giroud, Pedro.

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1,074 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Bubbles1985
    • 2 Years
    14 days, 23 hours ago

    Who to captain...

    A Mane
    B Sterling
    C Vardy

    Currently on Mane!!

    1. Tshelby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      14 days, 23 hours ago

      B

    2. DA Minnion
      • 6 Years
      14 days, 23 hours ago

      B

    3. Brakos2k
      • 6 Years
      14 days, 23 hours ago

      B

    4. Bubbles1985
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 23 hours ago

      Worried about Sterling's minutes...

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        14 days, 23 hours ago

        I wouldn't be... had his rest the other week and KDB's injury will push B.Silva back into midfield.

    5. Would Ed Woodward
        14 days, 23 hours ago

        Currently on C, will probably end up on B.

      • I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        14 days, 23 hours ago

        B

      • Brehmeren
        • 8 Years
        14 days, 23 hours ago

        I'm going with Vardy

      • S.Kuqi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        14 days, 23 hours ago

        B

      • Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        14 days, 22 hours ago

        C

      • -GK22-
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        14 days, 22 hours ago

        Isn’t Vardy injures?

        1. gdeane491
            14 days, 22 hours ago

            Rodgers said yday that he's fine

        2. HD7
          • 2 Years
          14 days, 22 hours ago

          C

      • Kompany You Keep
        • 3 Years
        14 days, 23 hours ago

        Is Simpson (BOU) any chuck? Looking for a cheap defender to get me through 31.

        1. Magic Bean Hunter
          • 1 Year
          14 days, 23 hours ago

          Unlikely to start again im afraid

      • Brakos2k
        • 6 Years
        14 days, 23 hours ago

        Who to bench from:

        a. Rondon
        b. Anderson
        c. Pogba?

        Currently thinking Anderson due to poor performance but then again they are playing Cardiff...

        1. S.Kuqi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          14 days, 23 hours ago

          A

        2. Just Kreuzing
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          14 days, 22 hours ago

          C

        3. Just Kreuzing
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          14 days, 22 hours ago

          Boruc or Fab
          Hazard or Mane

      • Fraser v Brooks
        joeydelucchi
        • 2 Years
        14 days, 23 hours ago

        i'm really surprised to see the lack of love for Fraser on this site.

        Hes having a great season, his lack of form has coincided with their best goalscorer being out (amongst 2-3 others , Lewis Cook, Brooks) AND the poor run of fixtures, since Gameweek 11 they have played the top 6 almost twice each!

        I checked him vs Brooks and over the season he is slightly better (recently Brooks has been slightly better), but going back to when bmouth have had the big victories he is pretty much always involved, not to mention his great delivery into the box. Bmouth fixtures have changed so i can see more assists ahead.

        im not saying Brooks isn't a good an option, he clearly is but with all the Fraser v Brooks Polls on here i'm surprised its so unanimous towards Brooks....i guess i should be glad as when Fraser hauls he'll be a better differential 🙂

        1. Flapjack ✅
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          14 days, 23 hours ago

          Brooks

          1. Zombanksy
              14 days, 22 hours ago

              Lol yep

          2. teriyaki 69
            • 2 Years
            14 days, 23 hours ago

            lacks form, boy have been trash of late.

            1. teriyaki 69
              • 2 Years
              14 days, 23 hours ago

              Bou

          3. Brakos2k
            • 6 Years
            14 days, 23 hours ago

            I will probably get Fraser in next week... Think he will do well in next run of fixtures.

          4. Totally Hammered
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            14 days, 23 hours ago

            You can do a lot with the spare change from Brooks!!

            1. Latch86
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              14 days, 22 hours ago

              This

          5. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            14 days, 23 hours ago

            Brooks for me - Fraser's form has massively tailed off recently.

            1. I Member
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              14 days, 22 hours ago

              As opposed to Brooks who hasn't even been playing?

          6. EMBOLOFAN
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            14 days, 22 hours ago

            fraser stats last 6 weeks are abysml

            1. I Member
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              14 days, 22 hours ago

              Bournemouth's last 6: MCI, ars, WOL, liv, car, CHE.

              I'd say it's understandable.

              1. EMBOLOFAN
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                14 days, 22 hours ago

                theyre abysml even in light of that

          7. I Member
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            14 days, 22 hours ago

            I'm confused by this as well. Brooks was out injured and has only been back for one game yet he's almost unanimously favoured over Fraser on here. Is it because a lot of people can't afford Fraser for 1.1m more so they're saying Brooks is the better option? I may well end up with Brooks myself but I don't understand why he's seen as by far the better option.

            Personally I'm going to see how they look against Huddersfield before deciding.

            1. I hate Moreno
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              14 days, 22 hours ago

              Herd mentality more than anything. Brooks usually a 60-70 mins player max. Just a slightly cheaper Harvey Barnes

          8. Brosstan
            • 4 Years
            14 days, 22 hours ago

            Brooks cheaper. Fraser terrible form last 10 or so game weeks.

            1. I Member
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              14 days, 22 hours ago

              I don't get the form argument. He's in bad form so it's better to get somebody who's been out injured and therefore has no form at all?

              1. DandyDon
                  14 days, 22 hours ago

                  Fraser did almost score last week put through on goal. Not the worst option in the world

                  1. Norseman
                    • 1 Year
                    14 days, 22 hours ago

                    And Fraser is not to blame for King`s missed penalty which would have given Fraser an assist.

                • EMBOLOFAN
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  14 days, 22 hours ago

                  yes. and hes more of a threat than fraser in general

                  1. I Member
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    14 days, 22 hours ago

                    Fraser is more creative, on set pieces and gets more minutes.

                    1. EMBOLOFAN
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      14 days, 22 hours ago

                      lower xgi and those involvements more likely to be assists

              2. joeydelucchi
                • 2 Years
                14 days, 22 hours ago

                I Member gets it...

                People saying his form has been bad are basically just looking at his recent matches and seeing blanks and thinking he is off form. hahaha

                his form/lack of hauls has many variables lack of wilson, tough fixtures, even lack of Lewis Cook and Brooks himself......all are back now (bar cook) and fixtures ease up. we'll see guys 🙂

                1. EMBOLOFAN
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  14 days, 22 hours ago

                  hes had 6 shots and 0 big passes in 6 weeks but keep laughing

                  1. joeydelucchi
                    • 2 Years
                    14 days, 22 hours ago

                    you didnt get my point...

                    if the team doesnt play well then youre not gonna get shots on goal or get any assists, when you play in midfield and your trying to string those key passes together , make assists or get shots its so frustrating..youre playing with different players now, things arent going as smoothly as when your mate wilson was playing or brooks cos you get an understanding the importance of which is so underestimated by people that follow football and people on here

                    in the last 6 games they've played against arguably 5 better teams (especially since they are so bad away from home too)

                    wilson brooks king and fraser are back together again and they now have good fixtures ...my money is on bmouth to get back to the way things were

                    (btw this is all based on bournemouth playing the blanks at home, away they are trash! )

                    1. EMBOLOFAN
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      14 days, 22 hours ago

                      most of those have only all played together a few times this season. wilson is always injured and brooks has been used sort of sparingly. its not an excuse

                      1. joeydelucchi
                        • 2 Years
                        14 days, 22 hours ago

                        I wanted to check to see if you are right, and if my assumption is the following players have some kind of understanding: Fraser, King, Brooks, Wilson ...and i'll include stanislas as he has been involved in some of the good victories although to a lesser extent.

                        The line up in the following recent losses/poor performances has included ONLY King and Fraser out of this group (utilising ibe, mousset and solanke instead) :

                        Wolves
                        Arsenal
                        Liverpool
                        Cardiff

                        Now look at the line up in the below good results for Bournemouth:

                        Chelsea - Fraser, King, Brooks, Stanislas
                        West ham - Fraser, King, Brooks, Wilson
                        Watford (3-3 draw but had no issues scoring goals) - Fraser, King ,Brooks ,Wilson
                        Brighton - Wilson, King, Stanislas, Brooks

                    2. Regin
                      • 1 Year
                      14 days, 22 hours ago

                      who cares? just get fraser if u want to.

                      1. Deulofail
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        14 days, 20 hours ago

                        Probably most people who clicked on this HT care. You must be in the wrong place.

                        1. joeydelucchi
                          • 2 Years
                          14 days, 20 hours ago

                          thanks Deulofail...I just chose to ignore the comment 🙂

            2. JasonG123
              • 5 Years
              14 days, 22 hours ago

              Good post. Personally I don't think there's enough information to make a decisions yet with Brooks/Wilson just coming back from injury and they're fixtures being drastically different in the next few weeks compared to the last few weeks.

              I'm going to bring in one next week, and it will be mostly based on how they perform this week.

              1. joeydelucchi
                • 2 Years
                14 days, 20 hours ago

                Thanks Jasong 🙂 ..(actually my very first HT)
                I agree although i have already brought in Fraser as i think he will do well regardless because the fixtures change, but thats just my gut talking.

                now im looking this weekend if they are worth the double up with 1 of Brooks/wilson/king

            3. scubasmithy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              14 days, 22 hours ago

              Both decent options, not convinced either one is better than the other..... but one comes in at £1 million cheaper - it's not rocket science.

            4. Deulofail
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              14 days, 20 hours ago

              I could be off the mark here, so feel free to offer an alternative perspective, but I'd also add that the returning Wilson and Solanke are in competition with Brooks, along with King, for 2-3 slots in the team, and you could even add Ibe to that if Brooks were play wide (5 players competing for 3-4 slots), whereas Fraser, I think, is relatively unopposed. If Brooks were to be considered for the left flank, I'd think Fraser has the slight edge for inclusion due to set piece responsibilities.

              1. Deulofail
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                14 days, 20 hours ago

                + StanTheMan = 6 players for 3-4 slots

                1. joeydelucchi
                  • 2 Years
                  14 days, 20 hours ago

                  yes thats a very good point actually, although i do think Brooks is in Howe's favourite first 11..other elements may come in to play which will make his minutes managed. i.e 'its not working after 60 mins swap brooks for stan....or 'because this opponent is particularly weak on the flanks, lets try bigger men up top and start King and Wilson in a 4-4-2 instead of Brooks' ...Fraser on the other hand is their Talisman.

                  1. Deulofail
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    14 days, 19 hours ago

                    Yeah agreed 🙂 I'm not looking at either option at the moment, though that's in part because I already have Boruc, Clyne and Solanke 😀

            5. melvinmbabazi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              12 days, 10 hours ago

              Called it

          9. Brehmeren
            • 8 Years
            14 days, 23 hours ago

            For the last three pages not a single answer has been given to any question raised

            1. Hands Guber
              • 3 Years
              14 days, 23 hours ago

              Really?

            2. Brehmeren
              • 8 Years
              14 days, 22 hours ago

              Scratch that. On mobile they're just collapsed. Weird.

            3. Becks
              • 1 Year
              14 days, 22 hours ago

              Klick "show replies"

            4. Patrick Bateman
              • 1 Year
              14 days, 22 hours ago

              Yeah there is a 'Show replies' button at the top of the page which you've obviously accidentally hit. I've done the same before and thought I was going crazy...

              1. Brehmeren
                • 8 Years
                14 days, 21 hours ago

                Cheers!

          10. S.Kuqi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            14 days, 23 hours ago

            Is Jimenez -> King worth doing?

            1. Hands Guber
              • 3 Years
              14 days, 23 hours ago

              Nope, reckon Wolves have every chance of scoring against Chelsea and he's red hot at the minute.

              1. EMBOLOFAN
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                14 days, 22 hours ago

                chelsea conceded 1 in 5 including 120mins vs city and spurs

                incredibly low xgc last 6 homes games

            2. Tshelby
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              14 days, 23 hours ago

              Could be that if you are able to get him back

            3. Royal5
              • 7 Years
              14 days, 23 hours ago

              Depends on when you bought imo. I paid 5.7 so don't think I want to sell.

              1. S.Kuqi
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                14 days, 22 hours ago

                Not much value tied with him

                1. Royal5
                  • 7 Years
                  14 days, 22 hours ago

                  I'd consider it then, although Raul is in great form and usually does well against the top teams.

                  1. S.Kuqi
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    14 days, 22 hours ago

                    Happy to have him this gw. Probably more valuable to save ft at this point.

            4. ZimZalabim
              • 2 Years
              14 days, 22 hours ago

              I would probably wait a week

              Wolves been good vs top 6 sides and chelsea not the best def

              1. EMBOLOFAN
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                14 days, 22 hours ago

                what??

                1. ZimZalabim
                  • 2 Years
                  14 days, 22 hours ago

                  not saying they are the worst def but clearly not the best

                  depends what mood they turn up in

                  They conceded to fulham last week and 4 away at bournemouth so as i said chelsea not the best def

                  1. EMBOLOFAN
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    14 days, 22 hours ago

                    chels conceded 2 in last 6 home matches in league. 2 in 8 in all competitons. and a cs at wembley vs man city for 120 mins

            5. S.Kuqi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              14 days, 22 hours ago

              Cheers all

          11. MikeBravo
              14 days, 23 hours ago

              Bench Brooks or Jimenez (his turn for rotation?)... and is it any wonder that Aubamayang has a lack of confidence when he's constantly rotated or played wide?

              1. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                14 days, 23 hours ago

                Bench Jim

              2. Hands Guber
                • 3 Years
                14 days, 23 hours ago

                Bench Brooks you mad yoke. Jiminez is on fire and doesn't look like showing any signs of stopping.

                1. EMBOLOFAN
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  14 days, 22 hours ago

                  chelsea defence is on fire

                  bench jiminez

                2. MikeBravo
                    14 days, 22 hours ago

                3. MikeBravo
                    14 days, 22 hours ago

                    I'm just worried Gruber, it might be his turn to be rested this week, after last week's rotation of Doherty, Jonny, Patricio...if he plays, I would definitely back him to score.

                  • jtreble
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    14 days, 22 hours ago

                    Bench Brooks IMHO.

                4. ZimZalabim
                  • 2 Years
                  14 days, 23 hours ago

                  hi guys
                  what to do with this lot ?

                  Fab
                  Robbo, Doherty, AWB
                  Salah(c), Hazard, Pogba, Anderson, Snoddy
                  Aguero, Jiminez

                  Hamer, Rondon, Bednarek, Bamba

                  1ft

                  A. Save
                  B. Pogba to Fraser/brooks
                  C. Anderson to Fraser/brooks
                  D. Bamba to Luiz
                  E. B or C with D for -4

                  1. EMBOLOFAN
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    14 days, 22 hours ago

                    d

                  2. Keeneddie79
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    14 days, 22 hours ago

                    Whats your chip situation look like?

                    1. ZimZalabim
                      • 2 Years
                      14 days, 22 hours ago

                      FH 32
                      WC 34
                      BB 35
                      used TC

                5. Ole Gunnar be juan winner
                  • 3 Years
                  14 days, 22 hours ago

                  Whats 1 things spurs and city have in common ?

                  1. how now brown cow
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    14 days, 22 hours ago

                    Ability to identify plurals?

                  2. EMBOLOFAN
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    14 days, 22 hours ago

                    corluka

                6. Tshelby
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  14 days, 22 hours ago

                  Which one would you rather have this week? Only about this week:

                  A) Son against Southampton (a)
                  B) Pogba against Arsenal (a)

                  1. Miguel Sanchez
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    14 days, 22 hours ago

                    b

                  2. Holmes
                    • 5 Years
                    14 days, 22 hours ago

                    B

                    1. Tshelby
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      14 days, 22 hours ago

                      Even, hypothetical, Matic doesn't play so Pogba needs to drop deep?

                  3. EMBOLOFAN
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    14 days, 22 hours ago

                    a

                  4. I hate Moreno
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    14 days, 22 hours ago

                    A

                    1. I hate Moreno
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      14 days, 22 hours ago

                      Son 13/8 for a goal. Pogba 5/2.

                      1. Tshelby
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        14 days, 22 hours ago

                        Mmm interesting

                      2. Wakanda
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        14 days, 8 hours ago

                        where did you get the bookie stats ?

                7. HD7
                  • 2 Years
                  14 days, 22 hours ago

                  GW30: Right order of starters and bench?

                  Fab
                  AWB Pereira VVD Robbo
                  Salah Pogba Son
                  Higuain Vardy King

                  Subs: Button, Ake, Camarasa, Jota

                8. PT1996
                    14 days, 22 hours ago

                    HELP!
                    Current 11
                    Fabianksi
                    Chilwell Wan Bissaka Arnold Robertson
                    Pogba Son Salah (C) F Anderson
                    King Vardy
                    Bench: Rice, Fraser, Jimemenez
                    Do I put Rice in for someone and if so who?

                    1. MikeBravo
                        14 days, 22 hours ago

                        Stick

                    2. Ribus
                      • 5 Years
                      14 days, 22 hours ago

                      Rashford -> King now (for free) or next gw?

                      1. Paddington Bear
                        • 1 Year
                        14 days, 22 hours ago

                        Next

                    3. Ole Gunnar be juan winner
                      • 3 Years
                      14 days, 22 hours ago

                      Man city are and Pep are going to pepper Watfords clart

                    4. kuzser
                      • 1 Year
                      14 days, 22 hours ago

                      Who to play from those 3 (currently on Luiz)?
                      1) Luiz (WOL)
                      2) Lejuene (EVE)
                      3) Jimenez (che)

                      Team is:

                      Fab
                      Robbo awb pereira X
                      Salah pogba anderson barnes
                      Higuain Aguero X

                      1. MikeBravo
                          14 days, 22 hours ago

                          2

                      2. ZimZalabim
                        • 2 Years
                        14 days, 22 hours ago

                        Rank these for best mid for 30,31 and 33

                        A. Fraser
                        B. Brooks (hud, NEW, BUR)
                        C. Snoddy (cardiff, HUD, chelsea)
                        D. Anderson

                        1. MikeBravo
                            14 days, 22 hours ago

                            Badc

                        2. Guidinho
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          14 days, 22 hours ago

                          Afternoon chaps, which option would you go with:

                          a) Lloris/Camarasa
                          b) Lloris/Brooks
                          c) Boruc/Camarasa

                          Thanks!

                          1. MikeBravo
                              14 days, 22 hours ago

                              B

                              1. Guidinho
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 8 Years
                                14 days, 21 hours ago

                                Cheers, ultimately might be decided if Boruc gets a price rise tonight as wouldnt be able to do my transfers next week

                          2. Monkey Hanger
                            • 5 Years
                            14 days, 22 hours ago

                            Don't know why FFS bother with Howe's presser. That man speaks with a forked tongue. 🙂

                            1. bench boost for every gamew…
                              • 1 Year
                              14 days, 22 hours ago

                              What he says about Wilson is exactly the same like last week, and it has gone a week which means he has trained for a week. That means closer. Then he says he will be tested which means they are not 100% certain because there are a difference between training and match. He wasn´t in the squad last week, so with the situation described in almost the same manner means most likely not more than bench. Keyword here is "light training" but add Howe´s more positive phrasing now than last week.

                          3. Atimis
                            • 2 Years
                            14 days, 22 hours ago

                            Been thinking about taking hits but maybe only do Puncheon to Brooks?

                            Would give me:

                            Fab
                            TAA/Shaw/Pereira
                            Salah/Hazard/Mane/Pogba/Brooks
                            Kun/Jim

                            Hart/Doherty/Barnes/Bednarek

                            And next week Shaw Jim to Azpi Vardy?

                            1. kuzser
                              • 1 Year
                              14 days, 22 hours ago

                              good moves, totally agree

                          4. Jellyfish
                            • 6 Years
                            14 days, 22 hours ago

                            G2G?

                            Fab
                            Luiz TAA AWB
                            Mane Salah Pogba Son
                            Jummy Vardy Aguero (c)

                            Bench: Camarasa Doherty Bednarek

                            1. MikeBravo
                                14 days, 22 hours ago

                                Yep

                              • HD7
                                • 2 Years
                                14 days, 22 hours ago

                                Yep
                                Hard choice for Captain...

                            2. HIT ME!
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 2 Years
                              14 days, 22 hours ago

                              For GW 30-31, Who scores more?

                              A) Salah, Jimenez
                              B) Mane, Higuain -4

                              1. TopwithKlopp
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                14 days, 22 hours ago

                                a

                              2. HIT ME!
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 2 Years
                                14 days, 22 hours ago

                                *For GW30*

                              3. MikeBravo
                                  14 days, 22 hours ago

                                  A

                              4. Catastrophe
                                • 8 Years
                                14 days, 22 hours ago

                                Fabianski
                                Robertson, Kolasinac, AWB
                                Salah, Sterling, Mane, Pogba, McNeil
                                Higuain, Jimenez

                                (Speroni, Bednarek, Doherty, Kamara)

                                1 FT, 2.5 ITB. Planning FH32.

                                Thinking Kamara -> King this week and then Doherty & Sterling -> Hazard & Luiz BGW31 (leaving me 9 players). Any other ideas?

                                Cheers.

                              5. TopwithKlopp
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                14 days, 22 hours ago

                                Which 3 should start?

                                a Jota against Chelsea away
                                b Lascelles against Everton home
                                c Mkhitaryan against United home
                                d Zaha against Brighton home
                                e Wan Bissaka Brighton home

                                Appreciate the input!

                                1. ZimZalabim
                                  • 2 Years
                                  14 days, 22 hours ago

                                  cde

                                2. HIT ME!
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 2 Years
                                  14 days, 22 hours ago

                                  D, E and either C or B

                                3. MikeBravo
                                    14 days, 22 hours ago

                                    Bde

                                4. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 8 Years
                                  14 days, 22 hours ago

                                  No fernandinho again for city? Will consider taking care off sterling if that's the case

                                  1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 8 Years
                                    14 days, 22 hours ago

                                    *Captaincy

                                    1. Jᴀʀᴠish
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 4 Years
                                      14 days, 22 hours ago

                                      Phew - thought you were doing a Harvey Keitel impression for a moment.

                                5. Ghost86
                                  • 2 Years
                                  14 days, 22 hours ago

                                  Play one

                                  A) Snodgrass (car)

                                  B) Digne (new)

                                  1. Jᴀʀᴠish
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 4 Years
                                    14 days, 22 hours ago

                                    Snoddy the Shoddy

                                  2. ZimZalabim
                                    • 2 Years
                                    14 days, 22 hours ago

                                    a

                                6. GW 30 News Roundup
                                  Rotation's Alter Ego
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                                  • 7 Years
                                  14 days, 22 hours ago

                                  What we learnt in the runup to Gameweek 30…

                                  Manchester City

                                  KDB is not fit and Stones is also not ready. Laporte is training, but still rated a doubt. Fernandinho is out.
                                  https://twitter.com/jamesrobsonES/status/1104012347973255169

                                  Liverpool

                                  Lovren trained fully for the first time yesterday (Thursday), but Klopp will have to see how fit he is. Gomez is now at 100%, whilst Milner will be a doubt.
                                  https://twitter.com/JamesPearceEcho/status/1103959969483886592?s=20

                                  Tottenham

                                  Trippier will probably be out, whilst Winks will get a late assessment. Alli has returned to training earlier this week.
                                  https://twitter.com/AlasdairGold/status/1103639298618859520?s=19

                                  Manchester United

                                  Martial, Herrera and Matic will all return to the United squad, which might be great news for Pogba owners
                                  https://twitter.com/samuelluckhurst/status/1103958542581747712?s=19

                                  Arsenal

                                  No new injuries, whilst Torreira is out suspended.
                                  https://www.arsenal.com/news/team-news-latest-ahead-manchester-united-h

                                  Chelsea

                                  Sarri’s post match presser will be his only one this week, with the majority of it focused on the game that had just happened. He mentioned that Hudson-Odoi still needs to improve which suggests he still will remain behind the 3 other wingers in the pecking order.
                                  https://twitter.com/SiPhillipsSport/status/1103925719506145280?s=19

                                  Wolves

                                  Patricio will return in goal, with everyone else fit.
                                  https://twitter.com/JoeEdwards_Star/status/1104010902427365382

                                  Watford

                                  All Watford players are available for selection.
                                  https://www.watfordfc.com/teams/first-team/team-news-manchester-city-1

                                  West Ham

                                  Both Cresswell and Balbuena should be ready for selection. MP refused to rule out Wilshere for the season.
                                  https://twitter.com/FFScout/status/1103636214509432832?s=19

                                  Everton

                                  Baines is still not ready and Jagielka missed the last two training sessions (Quote taken Thursday afternoon). Everyone else is ok.
                                  https://twitter.com/Adam_Jones94/status/1103672493246726144?s=19

                                  Leicester

                                  Vardy took a bad knock in the Watford game and required stitches in his tongue but has trained well and is fine.
                                  https://twitter.com/LCFC/status/1103658560129560576?s=19

                                  Bournemouth

                                  Wilson has been doing some light training all week, so could push for a start this weekend, but Howe said that it’s a similar situation to last week. Lerma is back from a ban, but Stanislas is out. Solanke is a doubt. Steve Cook will be out for 5 to 6 weeks after his groin injury and the injection he received became infected.
                                  https://twitter.com/solentsport/status/1103948385093062656?s=19

                                  Crystal Palace

                                  First time I can find nowt to report on. Will update if anything comes out!

                                  Newcastle

                                  Longstaff will, sadly, likely miss the rest of the season through injury
                                  https://twitter.com/NUFC/status/1103591181106245632?s=20

                                  Brighton

                                  Only Gross is out for Brighton, with Balogun now back in training. Gross might be ready for Millwall, but isn’t yet training.
                                  https://twitter.com/OfficialBHAFC/status/1103647426718650370?s=19

                                  Burnley

                                  Defour has had an operation and will therefore likely be out for the rest of the season.
                                  https://twitter.com/SkySportsNews/status/1104007879365980160

                                  Southampton

                                  Ings will be out until after the IB, but Lemina is back for Southampton
                                  https://twitter.com/SouthamptonFC/status/1103670213311188992?s=19

                                  Cardiff

                                  Bamba will be out for the season, plus a gaggle of other knocks. Camarasa is now a lot better after playing last week whilst not at 100%.
                                  https://twitter.com/BenDinnery/status/1103972538953154560?s=19

                                  Fulham

                                  No new injuries, but Mawson, Bettinelli and Schurrle will all miss out – Schurrle might return next week.
                                  https://twitter.com/FulhamFC/status/1103643303218741250?s=19

                                  Huddersfield

                                  Probably quicker to list the players who aren’t carrying knocks for Huddersfield. Duhaney, Diakhaby, Mbenza are all out, Smith is suspended, Hogg’s injury could take time, Depoitre hasn’t trained, Stankovic has been having problems but should be ok. Puncheon is available despite rumours of a fallout.
                                  https://twitter.com/FFScout/status/1103638257429086211?s=19

                                  As always – any extra sources / info on specific players, let me know down below.

                                  1. EMBOLOFAN
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    14 days, 22 hours ago

                                    thanks a lot for this

                                    1. Rotation's Alter Ego
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • Has Moderation Rights
                                      • 7 Years
                                      14 days, 22 hours ago

                                      No worries, happy to help 🙂

                                  2. HamezMace
                                    • 4 Years
                                    14 days, 22 hours ago

                                    Palace;

                                    On Wilfried Zaha: "He is a very important player for us. Every team has players who are important.

                                    "He is the obvious one to bring forward when it comes to Crystal Palace.

                                    "He has been scoring goals and his general play has been good.

                                    "It is important that he produces a good performance, because he can cause major headaches for other teams."

                                    Hodgson on his 300th game in English football: "I look forward, but the present day occupies my thoughts, and the game against Brighton.

                                    "I try very hard to live in the present day. I don’t look back too often."

                                    1. Rotation's Alter Ego
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                                      • 7 Years
                                      14 days, 22 hours ago

                                      Yeah, just some waffle about how he likes Zaha, Palace and is focused on the derby.

                                      Hoped for some news on goalkeeper situation but to no avail.

                                      Same old same old in terms of injuries. Sakho is out, Souare is building fitness.

                                      1. HamezMace
                                        • 4 Years
                                        14 days, 22 hours ago

                                        Yes, that's all that was reported from the press conference, I don't think he's going to confirm the goalkeeper situation unfortunately.

                                        1. Rotation's Alter Ego
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                                          • 7 Years
                                          14 days, 22 hours ago

                                          I've been spoilt by Nuno and OGS in the last few weeks 😉

                                          1. HamezMace
                                            • 4 Years
                                            14 days, 22 hours ago

                                            Well we know PVA plays FPL, maybe he's had a word with Roy about giving too much information away.

                                  3. Corgzzzz
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 3 Years
                                    14 days, 22 hours ago

                                    Thank you

                                  4. brianutd-why always we? 20
                                    • 7 Years
                                    14 days, 21 hours ago

                                    Hard work RAE thanks

                                  5. rainy
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                                    • 3 Years
                                    14 days, 3 hours ago

                                    Cheers 🙂

                                7. J0E
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • Has Moderation Rights
                                  • 9 Years
                                  14 days, 22 hours ago

                                  Press Conference Round Up Stream

                                  Join @FFScout_Joe and @SkontoRigga at 2:30pm for the latest line up and injury news

                                  Link now available - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKxYKQ8pgJ7V8wwh4hLsSXQ/live

                                8. Park the bus
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 7 Years
                                  14 days, 22 hours ago

                                  start Digne or Jimenez?

                                9. balint84
                                  • 2 Years
                                  14 days, 22 hours ago

                                  sell Son or Richarlison?

                                  1. HD7
                                    • 2 Years
                                    14 days, 22 hours ago

                                    Richa this GW for a 31/33 player and Son next GW

                                10. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
                                  • 3 Years
                                  14 days, 22 hours ago

                                  Did Woy say anything about the goalkeeper situation?
                                  I'll play Guaita, but need to switch Button to Fabs/Boruc/Heaton to get a 30/31/33 keeper for sure.

                                  1. Park the bus
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 7 Years
                                    14 days, 22 hours ago

                                    Hennesey's spot to lose now surely

                                  2. Rotation's Alter Ego
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                                    • 7 Years
                                    14 days, 22 hours ago

                                    Trying to find this, but I don't think anything was said