Scout Notes

West Ham assets disappoint ahead of Blank Gameweek 31

West Ham United warmed up for Blank Gameweek 31 in underwhelming fashion on Saturday.

The Hammers fell to a 2-0 defeat at relegation-threatened Cardiff City, a side that had lost all three of their previous Premier League fixtures and who had conceded ten goals in the process of doing so.

This was West Ham’s sixth away match without a victory.

There was more concern for Felipe Anderson‘s owners after the Brazilian winger was hooked at half-time but the positive news for those Fantasy managers with West Ham assets in their squads is that Manuel Pellegrini’s side are at home in Blank Gameweek 31 and are unbeaten in five at the London Stadium.

The Hammers’ latest defeat on the road is the primary focus of this Scout Notes article, while we will also run the rule over the Crystal Palace v Brighton and Hove Albion below.

Cardiff City 2-0 West Ham United

  • Goals: Junior Hoilett (£5.0m), Victor Camarasa (£4.6m)
  • Assists: Josh Murphy (£4.8m)

Manuel Pellegrini said Felipe Anderson‘s (£7.2m) half-time substitution on Saturday was tactical in nature, allaying any fears of an injury for the Brazil international ahead of Blank Gameweek 31.

While concerns over fitness will have been assuaged, there will still be unease among the 15.8% of Fantasy Premier League managers who own the attacking midfielder ahead of the hugely appealing home fixture against Huddersfield Town next Saturday.

Anderson has been an ever-present in the league this season and is clearly a favourite of Pellegrini’s but the fact that he was withdrawn at the interval after yet another sub-par display must be a worry.

As is the fact that the Hammers are now blessed with attack-minded options ready and waiting for a start: Michail Antonio (£6.8m), Samir Nasri (£5.2m) and Marko Arnautovic (£6.8m) all began Saturday’s game on the bench and came on as substitutes in the second half.

Pellegrini said of Anderson’s withdrawal:

Just a tactical change because we didn’t create chances in the first half and, at least in the second half, Marko had a shot which was blocked by the goalkeeper and we had another shot from Declan Rice off the post.

Cardiff didn’t create too many chances also, but they scored their two goals.

We didn’t have many chances in the first half and that’s why we tried to make tactical changes, first with Marko Arnautovic and after that with Nasri and Antonio.

We improved a little bit but we didn’t create the amount of chances you need if you want to win away.

Anderson has registered just two shots in the last six Gameweeks, neither of which was on target.

The Brazilian midfielder has only created three chances in the last four Gameweeks, meanwhile.

On Saturday, Anderson didn’t register a single shot, key pass or penalty box touch.

He wasn’t alone in turning in a poor performance, however.

Javier Hernandez (£6.1m) also failed to register a goal attempt or create a chance in his awful 90-minute showing up front, while Manuel Lanzini (£6.4m) – who only sporadically flickered into life – did likewise before being substituted just before the hour mark. Robert Snodgrass (£5.0m) was similarly ineffective on the right flank.

West Ham had only two attempts on goal in the first hour and it wasn’t until Arnautovic stung Neil Etheridge‘s (£4.7m) palms after 74 minutes that the visitors registered a shot on target.

The Austrian striker was perhaps one of the few winners out of this defeat, as it would surely only serve to further his chances of a start in Gameweek 31.

Given that bottom-of-the-table Huddersfield visit the London Stadium next weekend, Pellegrini may even decide to play Arnautovic alongside Hernandez in a 4-4-2 and abandon the 4-1-4-1 system he has used recently.

“Out of position” defender Declan Rice (£4.6m), who was on the scoresheet in Gameweek 29, struck the upright from open play in the second half with West Ham’s only real other serious attempt on goal.

The Irons were repeatedly exposed at the back, too, with Lukasz Fabianski (£4.8m) called on to make five additional stops.

Pellegrini said of West Ham’s ongoing struggles away from home:

More than a disappointing result, it was a disappointing performance. We must review what we are doing when we are playing away because in four [of the last five] away games we didn’t score one goal and we conceded too many.

We knew that today we would find a team that was in a difficult moment with three defeats in a row that are fighting against relegation, but they didn’t have to do much to score two goals.

We were not concentrating for both goals. You can play badly but you can at least draw nil-nil. I think that was a very bad performance.

Maybe we improved a little bit in the last 15 minutes of the first half, but we didn’t create chances. We had two in the second half with Marko and one shot hitting the post but this was not enough to win a game away against a team fighting against relegation.

The good news for owners of West Ham assets is that the Hammers face Huddersfield at home in Gameweek 31 – and Pellegrini’s troops are a different prospect at the London Stadium than they are on the road.

The Irons are unbeaten in five matches on home soil and the below comparison of their goal threat in their last six home fixtures (left) versus last half-dozen away games (right) emphasises their more potent attacking menace in east London:

Andy Carroll (£5.4m) missed out on Saturday, meanwhile, with Pellegrini explaining his absence thus:

Andy was not considered for this game. He has some problem in his ankle, so he was not in the [squad] list.

Cardiff assets now take back seat in Blank Gameweek 31 and with both Chelsea and Manchester City to come thereafter (potentially in a Double Gameweek 32), there will be few Fantasy managers interested in their assets despite this much-needed win.

As bad as West Ham were, the Bluebirds were much improved on their recent dismal showings.

Neil Warnock’s side got about their visitors with real venom in the first half, bullying their opponents from the off and showing plenty of attacking intent.

Josh Murphy (£4.8m) and Junior Hoilett (£5.0m) were recalled on the flanks as Warnock reverted to a 4-4-1-1 and it was those two wingers who combined for Cardiff’s opener after just three minutes.

The excellent Victor Camarasa (£4.6m), back in the “number ten” role, bundled in his side’s second goal after the restart and could have had another strike of his own when Fabianski made a terrific double-stop from both the Spaniard and Oumar Niasse (£5.0m).

Niasse also scuffed an excellent one-on-one opportunity wide as Cardiff were well worthy of their first win since Gameweek 26.

Camarasa and Joe Bennett (£4.4m) both limped off in the second half and Warnock provided updates on the pair after full-time:

Victor has got cramp. It’s quite physical to play for us. He apologised when he went off but I said: ‘Don’t worry, you did enough in an hour!’

Joe has just snicked a hamstring, nothing serious. But it’s three weeks until the next game, so he should have an opportunity there.

Warnock praised his side’s performance, meanwhile:

There are a lot of positives today, a lot of answers for the critics. That’s our eighth clean sheet, I would like to see how many other teams in the bottom half have eight clean sheets this year.

The centre-backs and full-backs were fabulous then you go into midfield with Gunnarsson running the show.

Arter got the crowd involved with his energy, Camarasa oozed class and Oumar played a part, the centre-halves knew they were in for a tough game today.

I asked the wide players to contribute to goals and you couldn’t have asked for much more. Wingers always get criticised but today I thought they were fantastic.

Cardiff City XI (4-2-3-1): Etheridge; Peltier, Morrison, Manga, Bennett (Bacuna 62′); Murphy, Gunnarsson, Arter (Paterson 84′), Hoilett; Camarasa (Ralls 68′); Niasse.

West Ham United XI (4-1-4-1): Fabianski; Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Rice; Snodgrass, Noble (Nasri 58′), Lanzini (Antonio 58′), Anderson (Arnautovic 45′); Hernandez.

Crystal Palace 1-2 Brighton and Hove Albion

  • Goals: Luka Milivojevic (£6.3m) | Glenn Murray (£6.3m), Anthony Knockaert (£5.2m)
  • Assists: Andros Townsend (£5.9m)| Lewis Dunk (£4.4m), Dale Stephens (£4.3m)

Crystal Palace and Brighton are without a league fixture in Blank Gameweek 31, as both teams are in FA Cup action this coming weekend.

Saturday’s “M23 derby” was the two clubs’ final league fixture before the international break and there is the very real prospect of both sides having a Double Gameweek 32 when the domestic action resumes at the end of March.

Brighton’s victory over their rivals was much-needed from their point of view but it meant a frustrating afternoon for owners of Crystal Palace assets, with the Eagles yet again demonstrating familiar failings on home soil.

Roy Hodgson’s side have the second-worst home record in the Premier League this season, with only Huddersfield having lost more games on their own patch.

Defensively, they are fairly solid: only six teams have conceded fewer goals on home soil and the Eagles were only beaten on Saturday by two superb strikes from Glenn Murray (£6.3m) and Anthony Knockaert (£5.2m).

Brighton, indeed, only had four shots on goal all game.

Palace’s goal threat is letting them down at Selhurst Park, though: again, only Huddersfield have scored fewer home league goals this season.

The hope for owners of Wilfried Zaha (£6.9m), Michy Batshuayi (£6.5m) et al ahead of this match was that the visit of Brighton would be the perfect opportunity to remedy that problem, as the Seagulls had conceded two or more goals in each of their last five away league matches.

Palace had also scored more goals in the preceding eight Gameweeks than all teams bar Manchester City and had been on the scoresheet in every one of their Premier League fixtures in 2019.

However, Palace again found it difficult to overcome a side that set out to defend.

As blistering as they are on the counter-attack away from home, Palace lack inspiration when their opposition are camped inside their own box.

Their only goal on Saturday came from the penalty spot, with Luka Milivojevic (£6.3m) dispatching his eighth spot-kick of the season after Andros Townsend (£5.9m) had been felled.

Clear-cut opportunities for Palace were few and far between, with Jeffrey Schlupp (£4.5m) – again playing “out of position” in central midfield – blazing the best of their chances over in stoppage time.

A long-distance attempt from Batshuayi and a looping James Tomkins (£4.3m) header were the only efforts that Mathew Ryan (£4.4m) had to deal with, as Brighton’s solid backline blocked seven of the hosts’ 15 shots.

Hodgson reflected on Saturday’s performance compared to their more impressive recent displays:

It’s a poor performance in the sense that we weren’t able to do enough with the amount of possession that we’d got. But they are such different games so I don’t know quite how you compare them. The last two games, we were playing against teams where we’d had 40% of possession against a team that’s had 60% of possession.

We’d had great opportunities to use our counter-attacking threats and to use those opportunities whereas today of course we were up against a packed defence who had the benefit from 15 minutes into the game to be sitting on a 1-0 lead. I don’t quite know how the performances can be compared particularly. Can we play better? I suppose we can.

Chris Hughton meanwhile paid tribute to his centre-back pairing of Lewis Dunk (£4.4m) and Shane Duffy (£4.7m), who played a large part in keeping Palace at bay:

I thought Lewis was very good. Both him and Shane needed to be. Anything less from our two centre-halves and I don’t know if we end up winning the game.

They were put under a lot of pressure, a lot of balls into the box, and they had to stay on their feet. I thought Lewis defended particularly well.

Murray wasn’t even meant to be starting on Saturday but his replacement in the Brighton XI, Florin Andone (£5.0m), suffered a thigh injury in the warm-up.

The veteran striker lashed in a brilliant half-volley from a difficult angle to give Brighton the lead, after Tomkins had misjudged an up-and-under from Dunk in the swirling wing.

Hughton said of his strike options:

Glenn had been playing recently and we have good competition up there. We had Andone on the bench in our last game and he changed the game with the winning goal. He deserved the start.

Sometimes if it’s early in the warm-up, you know you’re making a change, but this was very late, almost as the players were coming off.

If Andone starts, he might have done well and got the winner. But equally if you have to make that change late before the game, Glenn’s not a bad option to bring in.

Away from home you need to try and stretch the team, more so. Andone probably would be stronger at that because he’s got more pace than Glenn so he’d give us more dynamic stretching of the team but Glenn’s clever. He’s very clever in the way that he does it and he works [hard].

Knockaert’s winner was a brilliant curling strike from distance but the winger was perhaps fortunate to still be on the pitch after a first-minute tackle on Milivojevic.

Hodgson said, magnanimously:

He committed a bad foul early on but I don’t think it was a malicious foul. It was a winger’s tackle, wasn’t it? Trying in a derby game to show his commitment. It was over the ball of course and it was a bad foul of course but I presume the referee gave him the benefit of the doubt on that one.

You’d have to ask the referee. We were incensed by the challenge of course, I thought it looked like a very dangerous one. I was very pleased to see Luka Milivojevic get to his feet again. My first thought was to turn to Cheikhou Kouyate and to tell him to get warmed up. I had visions of him not being able to carry on.

Crystal Palace XI (4-3-3): Guaita; Wan Bissaka, Tomkins, Dann, Van Aanholt; McArthur (Benteke 77′), Milivojevic, Schlupp; Townsend (Meyer 77′), Batshuayi, Zaha.

Brighton and Hove Albion XI (4-5-1): Ryan; Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bernardo; Knockaert (March 75′), Bissouma, Stephens, Propper, Jahanbakhsh (Locadia 90′); Murray.



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  1. beetlejuice
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 5 hours ago

    Rondon or Wilson for blanks ?
    Have King and Fraser already. But Rondon GW33 is unsure yet.

    1. simong1
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 5 hours ago

      I'd go with Wilson myself - nice confidence boost from the last game

    2. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 5 hours ago

      Wilson

    3. Super Saints
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 4 hours ago

      Wilson
      Rondon gw33 unsure?

  2. BigBillyBass
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 5 hours ago

    On a free hit guys. G2G?

    Fab (Boruc)
    Luiz Pereira Rice
    Salah Mane Haz Fraser
    Vardy Firmino Wilson

    Bench: Diop Barnes Lejeune

    1. simong1
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 5 hours ago

      Looks good to me! Who's you captain?

      1. BigBillyBass
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 5 hours ago

        Thanks. Mane captain

    2. #FPLBhuna
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 5 hours ago

      looks good but i'd rather double up on chelsea defence than go pereira!

      1. BigBillyBass
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 5 hours ago

        Yeah fair point, Pereira in there for his assist potential more than anything!

    3. Ole Trafford
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 5 hours ago

      Leicester will concede surely based on recent results I’d just play Diop. You not keen on pool defence? I can see the logic in Firminio up against one of the worse defences in the league though.

      1. BigBillyBass
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 5 hours ago

        I think Pool will concede on Sunday, but will score a few! Hence the 3 attack 🙂

        1. Hakim Ziyech
            9 months, 5 hours ago

            Ryan Babel might be eager to that

      2. Super Saints
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 4 hours ago

        That's insane other than Pereira!

        1. BigBillyBass
          • 1 Year
          9 months, 4 hours ago

          Thanks mate, I’ll look at alternatives for Pereira

    4. simong1
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 5 hours ago

      Fabianski – Button
      Robertson – TAA – Perreira – Doherty – AWB
      Salah – Son – Hazard – Maddison – F. Anderson
      Jimenez – Vardy - Crouch

      Will be doing FH32 and WC34. 1FT, 0.9 ITB.

      Thinking of going Jimenez > Wilson with the FT. Should I do an additional transfer for a hit? Such as Son > Fraser? Thanks!

      1. beetlejuice
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 5 hours ago

        yes i would do it. actually that's what i did.

      2. fenixri
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 5 hours ago

        It will pay of in 31 and 33 with just appearance points

        1. simong1
          • 1 Year
          9 months, 5 hours ago

          I will also have a FT in 33 though so could hang on until then. Which would you advise is better?

      3. Debauchy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 5 hours ago

        Why the Crouch love. If you have value tied up in Jimenez I would rather do son and Crouch out for Fraser and Wilson and hold Jimi

        1. Debauchy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          9 months, 5 hours ago

          2 good fixtures for Bournemouth so should pay

          1. simong1
            • 1 Year
            9 months, 5 hours ago

            Good idea, thanks. Was just thinking of holding Crouch cos he doesn't blank whereas Jimenez does. Have only 0.2 value tied up in Jimenez. Removing Crouch still the better idea with that in mind?

            1. Debauchy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              9 months, 4 hours ago

              Would rather focus on prime assets given gw 31 and 33 count. Worth the hit Gl

    5. Mixed Bag
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 5 hours ago

      Sorry if this has already been asked, but I couldn't find a post about it:

      I am going to Free Hit this week but have 2 free transfers. If I use the 2 free transfers separately before I make the Free Hit chip active, what team do I end up with the following week?

      A) The original team before the 2 free transfers with 1 free transfer for the new GW.
      B) The original team before the 2 free transfers with 2 free transfers for the new GW.
      C) The team after the 2 free transfers with 1 free transfer for the new GW.
      D) The team after the 2 free transfers with 2 free transfers for the new GW.

      1. Ole Trafford
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 5 hours ago

        A

        1. Ole Trafford
          • 7 Years
          9 months, 5 hours ago

          Any transfers you make will be irrelevant if you hit the FH after. The team goes back to your gw 30 team and you will only have 1ft.

        2. Mixed Bag
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 5 hours ago

          So I basically lose 2 transfers for playing my free hit? That seems a bit unfair.

          1. Ole Trafford
            • 7 Years
            9 months, 5 hours ago

            Well you lose 1ft. You will have 1ft going into gw32 not 2ft.

            1. Mixed Bag
              • 2 Years
              9 months, 5 hours ago

              Yeah, but I would have had the 2 this week and 1 next week (3). Now I just have the 1 next week. Think I played it wrong. Thanks for the advice though.

    6. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 5 hours ago

      There's always hope for fallers, chuck a few shields and gather the swords 🙂
      Make sure they're the sharp ones though . What the hell give it a go yeah.

      1. MTPockets
        • 10 Years
        9 months, 5 hours ago

        Does Silva the magician beat shielded Salah?

        1. Debauchy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          9 months, 5 hours ago

          Aye , not yet though

        2. Debauchy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          9 months, 5 hours ago

          Salah facing many demons shields are conspiring against him at the MO

    7. Aubamazette
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 5 hours ago

      Vardy Higuaín or Barnes/wood just for next gw?

    8. thegaffer82
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 5 hours ago

      How’s this FH team looking? I’d appreciate the feedback. I’m not really ‘on it’ this season (2 kids!), and my rank is pretty poor. So any advice from the sages on here would be well received.

      ...............Fab
      ......Rice - TAA - Pereira
      Mane(c) - Salah - Haz - Fraser
      ...Wilson - Vardy - Higuain

      Bench: 3.9GK - Ogbonna - Punch - 3.9
      0.1ITB

      Any improvements you’d make?

      1. Mixed Bag
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 5 hours ago

        Looks good. Probably Boruc on your bench just to be safe. He's only 4.0.

        1. thegaffer82
          • 8 Years
          9 months, 5 hours ago

          Good call, I’ll do that now.

          Thx for the reply

    9. WesMantooth
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 5 hours ago

      Gotta ask again because I didnt Get a lot of feedback last time around.

      Why is BB35, seemingly, such a given amongst people on ffs, twitter and pods?

      We know its gonna be a big dgw (8-10 teams), but we dont know exactly how they will be arranged.

      My view is that the rearrangement matters a lot. Especially for those with all chips left. The effect of the BB should be largely influenced by whether theres a lot of cheap players with good fixtures or not. So much so, that I see ways where the fixtures land in such a way that perhaps TC35+sgwBB makes more sense than BB35+sgwTC.

      What's your views?

      1. Flapjack
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 5 hours ago

        There’s always cheap options around. Most of us also want a simple version and that’s the simple way. It’s why I was surprised so few used TC during the city DGW

        1. WesMantooth
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          9 months, 5 hours ago

          Is it the simplest way though?
          Wouldnt it be simpler to manage 34-36-37-38 if you could have a couple of players thats not a part of the dgw35selection? TC35 would give you the possibility to do this, perhaps while gaining ground rather than losing ground with regards to the combined rewards from the TCandBB

          1. _figu
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            9 months, 2 hours ago

            It's easiest for the masses as there is so much information available. People who don't REALLY manage their own teams and only follow these influencers (pods, youtubers, fpl shows etc) and make their transfers with a tunnel vision made by the effect of those things. I think the less decisions you do by yourself the bigger the change for that chip strategy as it is being discussed most and easy to follow ('sheep'). Best managers look at their own team and created a transfer/chip strategy based on their unique situation. Comparing all the variotions is practically impossible.

            I opted for alternative route (WC28, BB30, FH32, TC35) as I was chasing in my money leagues (top of my priority). From position of strenght I would've probably done something different.

            1. WesMantooth
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              9 months, 1 hour ago

              Yeah, largely agree. But that doesnt explain why those "influencers" are taking bb35 as a given.

      2. MTPockets
        • 10 Years
        9 months, 5 hours ago

        There are only 2 DGW than we know about and 35 gives the option to WC just before, limiting the risk of injuries etc.
        But you're right that without actually knowing the fixtures it's still somewhat random right now.

        If I still had TC would probably play it differently

        1. WesMantooth
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          9 months, 5 hours ago

          Without the TC its certainly the right play. If you got them all im not that certain.

          1. MTPockets
            • 10 Years
            9 months, 5 hours ago

            I don't really understand why FH32 evolved into default for most with TC remaining, but suits me tbh

            1. WesMantooth
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              9 months, 5 hours ago

              I do. Its because the benefits are likely to be bigger than the effects of BB/TC sgw v dgw use.

      3. Ole Trafford
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 5 hours ago

        I’m TC in gw32. I see the TC chip on a sgw being a waste. The BB35 looks great for those still with their wildcards. Easily get 14/15 dgw players.

        1. WesMantooth
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          9 months, 5 hours ago

          Definately easy to Get 14-15dgwkrs in 35. But it might not be desired once we Get to know the fixtures.

      4. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 5 hours ago

        That's where the GW31 FH'ers have the advantage, they can BB GW32, TC GW35 or visa versa, GW34 FHers can only use one of BB or TC in a major DGW.

        1. WesMantooth
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          9 months, 5 hours ago

          Yeah. But if they FH 31 they are gonna have a tough time maximizing BB32 with FTs

          1. bitm2007
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            9 months, 5 hours ago

            You can prepare for it, if Brighton beat Millwall it's already been announced that Spurs v Palace will be in DGW32, which almost certainly means that Chelsea v Brighton will be as well.

            1. WesMantooth
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              9 months, 4 hours ago

              You cant prepare for this in one gwk alone. And a few gwks ago when you had sufficient time to plan for it, you didnt have the information.

              Planning the bb32 with FT's must have been a nightmare for those trying.

      5. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 5 hours ago

        I think many are quite flexible really and will decide when the fixtures are released ... well I will anyway ....
        a BB is only as good as your players but gives 8 extra games in a DGW, TC in a double gives you 2 extra games potentially but from a better player

        Of course there may be a triple gameweek or maybe even 3 double gameweeks to come, just to confuse things 🙂

        1. WesMantooth
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          9 months, 5 hours ago

          For sure. But i think the part about 8 games vs 2 games is whats giving people tunnelvision. If the possibility of playing them both in a dgw is gone, than it needs to be dgwTC+sgwBB vs sgwTC+dgwBB and not just bb35 v tc35.

          1. Hotdogs for Tea
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            9 months, 4 hours ago

            I agree, but TC36 looks good, which many are planning

            1. WesMantooth
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              9 months, 4 hours ago

              BB37 doesnt look to shabby either

              1. Hotdogs for Tea
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                9 months, 4 hours ago

                Lots of choices 🙂

                1. WesMantooth
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  9 months, 4 hours ago

                  Yup, but the way people are talking it doesnt ssem like it is

                  1. Hotdogs for Tea
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    9 months, 4 hours ago

                    Just a bit lazy maybe, having to answer the same questions a million times about chips perhaps

                    1. WesMantooth
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      9 months, 4 hours ago

                      Yup, agree with you. Lazy. If your not gonna look at it with fresh eyes, then why talk about it at all.

    10. EL tridente
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 5 hours ago

      Higuan or Vardy in a FH team?

      1. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 5 hours ago

        Vardy seems the safer bet by now

      2. Fook You Phil Jones (FYPJ)
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 5 hours ago

        Both

    11. Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 5 hours ago

      Madrid are taking a leaf out of United's book and hiring a former player.

      1. Would Ed Woodward
          9 months, 5 hours ago

          Like Solari?

        • Jarvish Scott Talent
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 5 hours ago

          Not exactly a new concept

      2. The Yorkshire Pirlo
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 5 hours ago

        Which two to bring in?

        A) Vardy, Luiz (11 playing)
        B) Higuain, Luiz (11 playing)
        C) Firmino, Fabianski (10 playing)

        Alisson
        Robbo/Pereira
        Salah/Hazard/Anderson/Almiron/Brooks
        King

      3. HD7
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 5 hours ago

        How are your GW31/33 teams shaping up, mates?

        Mine is:

        Fab
        Pereira Ake VVD Robbo
        Salah(C) Brooks Hazard
        Higuain Vardy King

        Subs: Button, Pogba, Camarasa, AWB

        1. Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 5 hours ago

          Mine and my ideas are below 🙂

          Yours looks good

        2. Steve Stiffler
          • 3 Years
          9 months, 4 hours ago

          Co city?

          1. Steve Stiffler
            • 3 Years
            9 months, 4 hours ago

            No*

          2. HD7
            • 2 Years
            9 months, 18 mins ago

            City most probably blank in 31/33

      4. Ambrosiana Inter
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 5 hours ago

        Schemicheal
        Trakovsky,Alex Arno,Lescelles, Luiz
        Richarlison,Hazard,Salah
        Higuain,Arnie

        Thoughts%?

        1. Ambrosiana Inter
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 5 hours ago

          Jimmy to Wilson or stick with 10?
          Want jimmy for double gw

          1. Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            9 months, 5 hours ago

            Keep Jim in that case. Was contemplating the same move but I think I’ll keep him and stick on 9/10 players

      5. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 5 hours ago

        Hey all. 1FT 1.0 ITB. Thinking:

        Sterling Camarasa to Mane Fraser (-4)

        To give:

        Fabianski/Boruc
        Robertson Pereira
        Salah Mane Anderson Fraser
        Higuain Vardy

        Meaning I can keep Pogba and Jimenez. Not fussed taking bits for defenders (Doherty AWB Bednarek) unless someone convinced me of a good option!!? Anyone?

        Cheers in advance 🙂 will wait til after Liv UCL time is over for the moves

      6. CarrollsPonytail
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 5 hours ago

        Pick one:

        A - Rudiger & Wilson
        B - Rudiger & Hazard

        The latter leaves me with only Arnautovic and Barnes upfront. I alreayd own Luiz so am doubling up on Chelsea defence.

        1. Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 5 hours ago

          Wouldn’t be confident doubling Che defence.

          Honestly A

          1. CarrollsPonytail
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            9 months, 5 hours ago

            Food for thought. I don't see much clean sheet potential this week, perhaps Bournemouth at home to Newcastle could keep be an option.

            I agree with Wilson. Seems like a more explosive option for this week.

      7. EL tridente
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 5 hours ago

        Rate this FH team please:

        Fabianski, Lossl
        Robertson, Azpilicueta, Aké, Diop, Stankovic
        Salah, Mane, Hazard, Fraser, Hayden
        Arni, Wilson, Vardy

        1. Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 5 hours ago

          Pretty much what you’d want

        2. Debauchy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          9 months, 5 hours ago

          Top of the pops imo, really !

          1. Debauchy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            9 months, 5 hours ago

            For FH of course

      8. Tmel
        • 8 Years
        9 months, 5 hours ago

        Boruc
        Rice TAA Robertson
        Fanderson Salah Almiron
        Vardy

        Currently have 8 GW31 players and 1FT - which is the best option? (FHing in GW32)

        a) Sterling & Rash > Haz & Wilson (-4)
        b) Sterling, Rash & Jimenez > Haz, Hig & Wilson (-8)

        1. Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 5 hours ago

          A comfortably.

        2. Patrick Bateman
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 5 hours ago

          As a Chelsea supporter I can confirm Higuain is not worth an extra hit. A

      9. Yank Revolution
        • 8 Years
        9 months, 5 hours ago

        Patrice Evra trolling PSG, and then they file a ridiculous complaint against him w UEFA. Lulz.

        https://deadspin.com/mr-i-love-this-game-patrice-evra-has-apparently-pissed-1833201736

      10. Jacky boy
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 5 hours ago

        Captain varsy or wilson?
        Or even arnie?
        No mo.

        1. Jacky boy
          • 3 Years
          9 months, 5 hours ago

          Vardy*

        2. Ole Trafford
          • 7 Years
          9 months, 5 hours ago

          Arnie 😉

        3. Patrick Bateman
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 5 hours ago

          Mane if you have him. Out of your options I would say Vardy

        4. Debauchy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          9 months, 5 hours ago

          Of those and on gut ,Arnie

        5. Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 5 hours ago

          Willy

      11. Patrick Bateman
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 5 hours ago

        Anyone get worse than 24 points for the GW just gone? Worse GW this season, dropped from 2,081 to 6,843 OR. Salah got my only points...

        1. Debauchy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          9 months, 5 hours ago

          Wow that's tough. Smallish drop though considering, keep the faith

        2. Ole Trafford
          • 7 Years
          9 months, 5 hours ago

          Top 10k average must have been low then. I dropped from 36k to 41k with 50points!

      12. Me Spurs
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 5 hours ago

        all set on kun Doherty for Vardy Luiz, but would u do McNeil to Fraser -4 or stick?

        1. Debauchy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          9 months, 5 hours ago

          Do all 3 , I would

      13. Gazpilicueta
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 5 hours ago

        What to do, what to do?!

        Fabianski, Patricio
        Robertson, David Luiz, Wan Bissaka, Bennet(wolves) Mee
        Hazard, Sterling, Pogba, Westwood, Hojberg
        Aguero, Higuain, Jimenez

        2 Free transfers and 1.1mil in thank, Thoughts please!

        I want to get Mane, but not sure how. I want to keep all my players! lol.
        Jimenez... best value in the game in my opinion, Aguero/Sterling, liable to Hatrick, Pogba back to CAM, Higuain, seems to have a bit of form, and has fixtures for all the blanks.
        I know it seems like I have 3 Chelsea cos I am a chelsea fan, but this is actually the first time all year Ive had more than 1 chelsea player, I just got a couple more in for the blanks.

      14. Ole Trafford
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 5 hours ago

        Charlie Taylor or Harvey Barnes first sub?

        1. MTPockets
          • 10 Years
          9 months, 5 hours ago

          Sub? You must have a good team. Barnes b/c I'm playing him

          1. Ole Trafford
            • 7 Years
            9 months, 5 hours ago

            Well I’m on FH

            Thoughts on this gw31 XI:

            Fabianski
            Robertson, Azpi, Rice
            Salah, Hazard, Manè, Fraser
            Vardy, Wilson, Arnie

            Boruc, Barnes, Taylor, 4m

            1. MTPockets
              • 10 Years
              9 months, 5 hours ago

              Nice. Arnie seems risky, and I'm not as confident about whu cs/form as most

            2. DA Minnion
              • 7 Years
              9 months, 5 hours ago

              I've Barnes instead of Arnie and Ake instead of Azpi

      15. hogree
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 5 hours ago

        Bit late to the party - what teams are nailed for games in both 31 and 33?

        1. Forza Juventus
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 5 hours ago

          31 is 100% guaranteed as the following:

          Bournemouth vs Newcastle
          Burnley vs Leicester
          Everton vs Chelsea
          Fulham vs Liverpool
          West Ham vs Huddersfield

        2. Forza Juventus
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 5 hours ago

          33 has some games for certain (see below list for certain) and then the list underneath that is dependent on future results:

          Certainty:

          Chelsea vs West Ham
          Everton vs Arsenal
          Bournemouth vs Burnley
          Southampton vs Liverpool
          Huddersfield vs Leicester

          Dependent:

          City vs Cardiff (Blank if MCI beat SWA)
          Tottenham vs Brighton (Blank if BHA beat MIL)
          Watford vs Fulham (Blank if WAT beat CPL)
          Newcastle vs Palace (Blank if CPL beat WAT)

          1. hogree
            • 2 Years
            9 months, 5 hours ago

            Absolute champion of the people cheers bro

            1. Forza Juventus
              • 4 Years
              9 months, 4 hours ago

              No problem my dude, good luck!

      16. Longlatini
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 5 hours ago

        Would you FH to get rid of this team?

        Only got 1 FT otherwise so would be looking at one hit at least

        Heaton

        Robertson Taa Luiz Pereira

        Mane Almiron Anderson

        Barnes

        Non playing Aguero Sterling Pogba Jiménez Doherty Hamer

        Was trying to plan for gw31 using transfers but now not so sure

        1. L S P
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 5 hours ago

          Do not even think about using your FH when you have 9 31ers

      17. Forza Juventus
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 5 hours ago

        Out of these 3 teams which do you guys think would be the best option to get a GW31 and GW33 defender from?

        Bournemouth (NEW, BUR)
        Leicester (Bur, Hud)
        Newcastle (Bou, CPL)

        Fixtures are better for Bournemouth and Leicester, but they are far more leaky than Newcastle. Tough call, thoughts?

        1. Ole Trafford
          • 7 Years
          9 months, 5 hours ago

          BOU I think. Newcastle are not great away from home really and both home games.

          1. Forza Juventus
            • 4 Years
            9 months, 5 hours ago

            Yeah the home fixtures make it appealing. It's worrying that Bournemouth have conceded 54 goals though, the only teams worse than that are Fulham with 68, Burnley & Cardiff with 57 and Huddersfield is close with 53. That's the bottom 4 teams in the league...worrying.

            1. Ajax Hamsterdam
              • 5 Years
              9 months, 4 hours ago

              they do okayish at home though

        2. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 5 Years
          9 months, 5 hours ago

          bournemouth are ok at home from what i gathered i d go for them.

          1. Forza Juventus
            • 4 Years
            9 months, 4 hours ago

            Yeah i'm going to study their home form shortly and see what i think.

      18. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 5 hours ago

        Are there any defenders that are actually worth a hit (total -8 including other moves then) this week? Doherty AWB Bednarek my squad players.

        Would have to be max 5.8m, and I have 3LIV already

        1. CarrollsPonytail
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          9 months, 5 hours ago

          Possibly Ake. Will play through both sets of blanks and has a good home fixture in both. I am trying to justify it to myself.

          1. Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            9 months, 5 hours ago

            Could be a good shout tbh. Rest of my plan above, what do ya think?

            1. Debauchy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              9 months, 5 hours ago

              Enough said 🙂

        2. Debauchy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          9 months, 5 hours ago

          Gut only but if you're short a player then go for Ake. 2 good homes and the boy due a goal. Plays 31 and 33 so a - 1 at the very worst

        3. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 5 Years
          9 months, 5 hours ago

          do you field 10 players ? i d keep it that way i wouldnt take it an extra hit for a defender

          1. Debauchy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            9 months, 5 hours ago

            Why not risk a -1 for a decent upside ?

          2. Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            9 months, 4 hours ago

            9

            1. Debauchy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              9 months, 4 hours ago

              No brainer Tops

      19. CarrollsPonytail
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 5 hours ago

        Is triple Liverpool, West Ham and Bournemouth a bit excessive?

        1. Jarvish Scott Talent
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 5 hours ago

          Depends how much you trust them to do well I guess.

        2. DA Minnion
          • 7 Years
          9 months, 5 hours ago

          3 Liverpool
          3 Bournemouth
          2 West ham
          1 Chelsea
          1 Leicester
          1Burnley
          Done.

        3. Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 5 hours ago

          I’ll have 3 LIV by choice. Fabs is okay but stuck with Anderson now. Boruc on the bench, getting in Fraser and may get Ake since not selling Jim

        4. Hakim Ziyech
            9 months, 4 hours ago

            If they are all attacking assets. I believe they will do good

        5. Morph - UJFC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          9 months, 5 hours ago

          “If Brighton win their FA Cup quarter-final match on Sunday 17 March we [Spurs] shall play Crystal Palace on Wednesday 3 April and Brighton on 23 or 24 April.
          “If Brighton lose their FA Cup quarter-final match on Sunday 17 March we shall play Brighton on 6 or 7 April (subject to Champions League scheduling) and Crystal Palace on 23 or 24 April.”

          https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/mar/08/tottenham-new-stadium-first-match-brighton-crystal-palace-champions-league

          1. DA Minnion
            • 7 Years
            9 months, 5 hours ago

            So whatever that mean in double game week terms.

            1. Morph - UJFC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              9 months, 5 hours ago

              3rd is GW32; 23rd/24th is GW35

          2. Pukki Party
            • 2 Years
            9 months, 4 hours ago

            So? Brighton win=Spurs-Palace gw32
            Spurs-Brighton gw35

            Brighton lose=other way around. Am i correct?

            1. Mysterion
              • 1 Year
              9 months, 4 hours ago

              Yeah

              Brighton win = Spurs DGW32 (liv, CRY) & DGW35 (mci, BHA)
              Brighton lose = Spurs DGW35 (mci, CRY)

              1. Jarvish Scott Talent
                • 4 Years
                9 months, 4 hours ago

                Brighton lose and Palace get through to the FA Cup semis and are picked to play in the Saturday game by the BBC would also mean Palace v Newcastle is likely to move to another GW (as Newcastle are playing Monday GW32 so would have to play Palace on the Thursday, which would be very unlikely to happen if Palace are playing at Wembley on the Saturday).

                1. Mysterion
                  • 1 Year
                  9 months, 4 hours ago

                  Ah cheers what a fustercluck... didn't consider Palace at all, shouldn't have bothered 😛 I'll just wait for confirmation then

        6. Pukki Party
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 5 hours ago

          I could get this team for 32 for a -4, and use TC on Aguero or Sterling. How far away is it from your FH32 team? Thinking if it's better to use FH or TC that week.
          *=single game player

          Guaita
          Alonso Doherty Kiko
          Pogba Hazard Sterling Brooks*
          Aguero Jimenez Zaha

          Alisson* TAA* Gunnarson Digne

          1. L S P
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            9 months, 4 hours ago

            impossible to know my FH32 team until fixtures are announced.

          2. Super Saints
            • 3 Years
            9 months, 4 hours ago

            I can also get a fairly decent side out instead of fh32 but not sure yet