Scout Notes

Clues to Wolves and Man City rotation in Portugal draw

Friday evening’s international matches gave some indication of which players will be fresher than others for Double Gameweek 32.

A lot of the attention was on disappointing results for Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, but we’ve looked deeper than the exploits of those worldwide superstars.

Euro 2020 qualifying

Portugal 0-0 Ukraine

  • Rui Patrício (£4.5m) – 90 minutes
  • Bernardo Silva (£7.5m) – 90 minutes
  • Oleksandr Zinchenko (£4.7m) – 90 minutes
  • Joao Moutinho (£5.3m) – 87 minutes
  • Rúben Neves (£4.9m) – 62 minutes
  • Diogo Jota (£6.1m) – 0 minutes

Portugal’s 0-0 draw with Ukraine held some clues to suggestions of rotation at Wolves in Double Gameweek 32, ahead of their FA Cup semi-final the following weekend.

Goalkeeper Rui Patrício (£4.5m) played the whole fixture, while Joao Moutinho (£5.3m) was involved for 87 minutes and Rúben Neves (£4.9m) was replaced in the 62nd minute.

Both central midfielders were rested the last time Nuno Espirito Santo rotated his side ahead of FA Cup action, so their heavy involvement for their countries could count against their hopes of two starts in Double Gameweek 32.

However, it was good news for Diogo Jota‘s (£6.1m) chances of significant minutes in the upcoming expanded round of fixtures. He was an unused substitute for Portugal after earning his first call-up to the senior side.

Manchester City options Bernardo Silva (£7.5m) and Oleksandr Zinchenko (£4.7m) both played 90 minutes themselves in their countries’ first matches of the international break, the former on the right of an attacking front three.

With Riyad Mahrez (£8.2m) an unused substitute for Algeria and Kevin de Bruyne (£9.7m) not on duty for Belgium but reportedly close to a return, Pep Guardiola will potentially have fresh options to rotate with Bernardo if he wishes. That may be important for him considering how busy Manchester City’s schedule is.

Albania 0-2 Turkey

  • Cenk Tosun (£6.4m) – 90 minutes
  • Caglar Söyüncü (£4.9m) – 0 minutes

Everton striker Cenk Tosun (£6.4m) had a productive evening against Albania on Friday as he played 90 minutes for Turkey, assisting Burak Yilmaz’s opening goal.

Meanwhile, Caglar Söyüncü (£4.9m) continues to be on the fringes of both Leicester City and his national side as he was an unused substitute.

Andorra 0-2 Iceland

  • Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.3m) – 90 minutes
  • Johann Berg Gudmundsson (£5.5m) – 83 minutes
  • Aron Gunnarsson (£4.4m) – 63 minutes

Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.3m) got a full 90-minute outing in the number 10 role for Iceland on Friday night, although was not involved in either of their goals.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson (£5.5m), who is still rebuilding to full fitness at Burnley, featured for 83 minutes and will be hoping it helps him make a second consecutive league start in Double Gameweek 32.

Aron Gunnarsson (£4.4m), who recently returned to regular starting action for Cardiff, managed 63 minutes before being replaced.

Moldova 1-4 France

  • Hugo Lloris (£5.4m) – 90 minutes
  • N’Golo Kanté (£5.0m) – 90 minutes
  • Paul Pogba (£8.9m) – 90 minutes
  • Olivier Giroud (£7.7m) – 81 minutes

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud (£7.7m) continued to prove he is ready to step into the lone centre-forward role if Maurizio Sarri requires his services. The Frenchman registered a goal in 81 minutes against Moldova. However, his chances of being involved in Double Gameweek 32 are of course affected by the fact that Gonzalo Higuaín (£9.6m) has not been on international duty with Argentina.

Meanwhile, Paul Pogba (£8.9m) also got himself assist playing, as he usually does with France, in the deeper midfield pair of a 4-2-3-1 formation. That’s the preferred position of compatriot N’Golo Kanté (£5.0m), who has been playing much further forward for Chelsea this season but got 90 minutes alongside Pogba against Moldova.

Everton defender Lucas Digne (£5.2m) was an unused substitute for France but appeared to pull out the squad on Saturday after reports of an injury. That should see him miss Monday’s clash with Sigurdsson’s Iceland.

“Very happy with yesterday’s result but disappointed not to be able to continue on this gathering.” – Lucas Digne

International friendlies

Argentina 1-3 Venezuela

  • Juan Foyth (£5.0m) – 90 minutes
  • Salomón Rondón (£6.0m) – 72 minutes

Newcastle striker Salomón Rondón (£6.0m) continued his scoring run as he netted in Venezuela’s friendly win over Argentina. That’s good news for anyone fielding him for his next two fixtures, against Arsenal (away) and Crystal Palace (home).

However, it was a much more disappointing night for Tottenham centre-back Juan Foyth (£5.0m). He was deployed in a back-three that could not contain Venezuela’s one-man attack or five-man midfield. The youngster has started just one Premier League match for Spurs since Gameweek 19 and his role in this defeat will have hardly helped his chances of a return to regular game-time.

As has already been reported, Sergio Aguero (£11.8m) was not on international duty with Argentina, handing him a fitness boost for Double Gameweek 32.

Peru 1-0 Paraguay

  • Fabian Balbuena (£4.2m) – 90 minutes
  • Miguel Almirón (£6.0m) – 90 minutes

It was a disappointing opening to the international break for Newcastle man Miguel Almirón (£6.0m). He played in central midfield for Paraguay as they were beaten 1-0 by Peru, thanks to a fourth-minute Christian Cueva goal.

However, it was good for West Ham centre-back Fabian Balbuena (£4.2m) out since Gameweek 18, to get 90 minutes for his country.

AFCON 2019 qualifying

Nigeria 3-1 Seychelles

  • Wilfried Ndidi (£4.9m) – 90 minutes
  • Alex Iwobi (£5.4m) – 73 minutes

Alex Iwobi (£5.4m) operated in a number 10 role but did not play particularly well, losing possession several times due to poor passing. According to local press, the Arsenal midfielder struggled to link with the strikers and, despite having the right ideas going forward, could not execute them. He was replaced in the 73rd minute.

Wilfried Ndidi (£4.9m) fared much better controlling the pace of the game for Nigeria and won the penalty that saw Odion Ighalo open the scoring.

Sudan 1-4 Equatorial Guinea

  • Pedro Obiang (£4.3m) – 90 minutes

West Ham midfielder Pedro Obiang (£4.3m) had an enjoyable evening on Friday. Equatorial Guinea and Sudan had already been eliminated from AFCON 2019 qualifying so played out a dead-rubber match in which Obiang scored the fourth and final goal for his country.

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703 Comments Post a Comment
  1. The 12th Man
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 16 hours ago

    Just listened to Always Cheating. Brandon’s FH included Kepa,Luiz and Azpi. Wasn’t interested in Hazard.

    1. The 12th Man
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      Don’t know if I’d triple Chelsea at the back but could pay off.

    2. Monkey Hanger
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      Will from the Hub also gone three Chelsea defence.

      1. The 12th Man
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 16 hours ago

        Meant he could get Kane in.

    3. Viper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      Not worth the risk in my opinion. He's one of the most explosive players in FPL and will be owned by most including non free hitters

    4. Amey
        1 month, 16 hours ago

        I'd have triple defense only if I'm going after Kane. But that's not happening

        1. The 12th Man
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 16 hours ago

          Aye. I have double Chelsea defence plus Sterling,Aguero and Kane as it stands so I’m happy.

          1. Amey
              1 month, 16 hours ago

              😮
              Nice

              1. The 12th Man
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 16 hours ago

                Kepa
                Luiz,Smalling,Laporte,Schlupp
                Hazard, Sterling, Pogba, Townsend
                Aguero,Kane

                Hamer,Stephens,Simpson,Quanar

                1. Amey
                    1 month, 16 hours ago

                    Great team & awesome SV.

                2. The 12th Man
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 16 hours ago

                  Might swap out Smalling to Lindelof with the news and upgrade Townsend to Mili

                  1. Brimble82
                      1 month, 16 hours ago

                      Impressive TV!
                      I would be £3m off that team. It’s pretty much a ‘no-Kane’ template... WITH KANE!

                      I salute you.

                    • Amey
                        1 month, 16 hours ago

                        I'd keep Townsend personally

            • Weasel Boy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 16 hours ago

              Is Lindo not a risk now?
              Surely he'll be off for a week or 2?

              1. potatoace
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 16 hours ago

                That's what I thought.

                1. Bag on your head
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  29 days, 14 hours ago

                  Nah, his job is football. In eight weeks time he can have some time off. Sleepless nights the only issue.

            • Viper
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 16 hours ago

              Kane draft. Madness?

              Ederson

              Azpi Lindelof Schlupp

              Hazard Sterling Pogba Townsend Pedro

              Aguero Kane

              1. The 12th Man
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 16 hours ago

                The only pick I’m not sure of is Pedro.
                Otherwise it looks ok.

              2. Debauchy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 16 hours ago

                Nice Kane draft better than most. Hardly madness

                1. Viper
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 16 hours ago

                  Strangely think Pedro is just the type of player that could pop up with an unexpected haul

                  1. Debauchy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 16 hours ago

                    Have a similar "sneaky feeling"

              3. Collie01
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 16 hours ago

                Must be a high team value, looks good

              4. Kopkloppers
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 16 hours ago

                I like Pedro in particular.

                1. The 12th Man
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 16 hours ago

                  Think he’ll start both games?

                  1. Debauchy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 16 hours ago

                    70 and 35 imo

                    1. The 12th Man
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 16 hours ago

                      Enough to do damage.

            • Debauchy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 16 hours ago

              All we hear is Lindelof or Milivojevic...

            • fc_skrald
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 16 hours ago

              What is happening? - Alonso has sneaked himself into my FH-team...

              a. let him stay there
              b. kick him out again

              1. Amey
                  1 month, 16 hours ago

                  B

                • Tshelby
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 16 hours ago

                  B

                • Halas it's Salah
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 16 hours ago

                  Bye Bye

                • _sidney_will
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 16 hours ago

                  B

              2. Halas it's Salah
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 16 hours ago

                Already have Aguero, Pog, Rash, Jiminez, Doh, Schlupp and Haz,
                Pick 1 more cannot afford Sterls!

                A.Dilva
                B.Bilva

                1. Debauchy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 16 hours ago

                  Coin flip. But would lose others to ensure Sterling in

                  1. Halas it's Salah
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 16 hours ago

                    I would rather do Hazard to Pedro then Dilva>Sterling

                2. Goat
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 16 hours ago

                  A

                3. DA Minnion
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 16 hours ago

                  Bernardo probably more chance of playing both

                  1. Amey
                      1 month, 16 hours ago

                      Yep

                4. puhd
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 16 hours ago

                  TC Hazard anyone?

                  1. The 12th Man
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 16 hours ago

                    Nah, used it already on Sane.

                    1. Debauchy
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 16 hours ago

                      Grrrrrr

                  2. DA Minnion
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 16 hours ago

                    Sterling.

                  3. Debauchy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 16 hours ago

                    On FH , but Tempted to Cpt

                  4. Amey
                      1 month, 16 hours ago

                      Great Differential

                  5. Karan14 - (RoboKlopp)
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 16 hours ago

                    Choose:

                    A) Zaha & Laporte

                    B) D.Silva & Duffy

                    1. Amey
                        1 month, 16 hours ago

                        A

                      • LSP FC
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 16 hours ago

                        one of my FH options includes B so i'll say that

                    2. Amey
                        1 month, 16 hours ago

                        Not the most enticing question,

                        A. Dunk
                        B. Tomkins

                        Who would you prefer ??
                        It has to be 4.3

                        1. Karan14 - (RoboKlopp)
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 16 hours ago

                          Think you already have a Palace def?

                          A if you want to spread the risk but Palace probably have a better chance of CS.

                          1. Amey
                              1 month, 16 hours ago

                              Nope

                              Kepa
                              Azpi Lindelof Dunk/Tomkins

                              1. Karan14 - (RoboKlopp)
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 3 Years
                                1 month, 16 hours ago

                                Then Tomkins.

                                1. Amey
                                    1 month, 16 hours ago

                                    Thank you buddy
                                    As said below i can afford Duffy actually 😮
                                    Definitely Duffy right ??

                            • LSP FC
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              1 month, 16 hours ago

                              B since Dunk is 4.4

                              1. Amey
                                  1 month, 16 hours ago

                                  Thank you mate for that
                                  I checked again i can spare 4.7 😮
                                  Stupid mistake

                                  Duffy no-brainer now ??

                                  1. The 12th Man
                                    • 5 Years
                                    1 month, 16 hours ago

                                    That’s a tough choice now. Duffy is a nice pick.

                                    1. Amey
                                        1 month, 16 hours ago

                                        Yeah
                                        Great goal threat actually.

                                    2. LSP FC
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 3 Years
                                      1 month, 16 hours ago

                                      I'd rather have Schlupp but Duffy over Dunk if you want BHA

                                      1. Amey
                                          1 month, 16 hours ago

                                          Schlupp not 100% nailed imo so i like BHA as they are in a relegation battle so might keep a CS.

                                          Thank you buddy !!
                                          Was thinking i had only 4.3 to spare

                                  2. The 12th Man
                                    • 5 Years
                                    1 month, 16 hours ago

                                    Tomkins if you don’t have a Palace defender already.

                                    1. Amey
                                        1 month, 16 hours ago

                                        Nope.
                                        Actually i made a mistake i can afford to get Duffy

                                  3. Gringo Kid
                                      1 month, 16 hours ago

                                      Shaw or Schlupp?

                                      1. Halas it's Salah
                                        • 5 Years
                                        1 month, 16 hours ago

                                        Schlupp for me.

                                    • Weasel Boy
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 6 Years
                                      1 month, 16 hours ago

                                      Son or Dilva?

                                      Will have no spurs is i go for Dilva.

                                      1. Karan14 - (RoboKlopp)
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 3 Years
                                        1 month, 16 hours ago

                                        Dilva

                                    • Dannywaz
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      1 month, 16 hours ago

                                      Kepa
                                      Azpi Laporte smalling Luiz
                                      Millil raz deulofuo pogba
                                      Kane kun
                                      ????

                                    • New Article
                                    • LeicesterNygaard
                                      • 3 Years
                                      1 month, 11 hours ago

                                      A. Laporte
                                      B. Batshuayi

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