Scout Notes

Bournemouth make mockery of Brighton defensive assets

It was absolute carnage in the Fantasy Premier League community on Saturday afternoon as Brighton were thrashed 5-0 at home by Bournemouth.

It was their heaviest ever defeat at the Amex Stadium, which came at just the wrong time for Fantasy managers.

Not only were the Seagulls’ heavily backed for their Double Gameweek, but the Cherries had also been widely declared as ‘on the beach’ already.

What impact this shocking result will have on our plans is the focus of this latest Scout Notes article.

Brighton 0-5 Bournemouth

Goals: Dan Gosling (£4.7m), Ryan Fraser (£6.3m), David Brooks (£5.1m), Callum Wilson (£6.6m), Junior Stanislas (£6.0m)

Assists: Wilson x2, Fraser x2, Brooks

Bournemouth’s attacking assets made a mockery of the popular decision to back the Brighton defence in Double Gameweek 34. 46.17% of managers ranked 10,000 or higher currently own both Mat Ryan (£4.4m) and Shane Duffy (£4.8m) this weekend, with 22.72% handing the captain’s armband to the centre-back – and all of those are already one clean sheet down on the deal.

It was Bournemouth who started Saturday afternoon’s meeting at the Amex Stadium the better side. An achievement made all the more damning on Brighton’s defence considering how poor the Cherries have been on their travels this season. This was only the second time since Gameweek 11 that Bournemouth scored more than once on the road. The last time they did that in the selected period was at Huddersfield Town in Gameweek 30, who are now relegated from the Premier League.

Dan Gosling (£4.7m) found himself in far too much space in the first-half to slot past Ryan after being fed the ball by Callum Wilson (£6.6m). It was an impressive finish from Ryan Fraser (£6.2m) in the second-half that unlocked the Seagulls’ floodgates, but again, he was given far too much time to take his shot after picking the ball up from a poor pass at the back.

At that point, Bournemouth could smell the blood in the water and they swarmed around Brighton’s poorly defended goal like sharks. Next up it was David Brooks (£5.0m) who slotted home unchallenged before Wilson got his goal with minimal effort. Substitute Junior Stanislas (£6.0m), again in far too much space, completed the rout late on.

“We came up against a very dynamic Bournemouth side and couldn’t handle them. We started okay but didn’t create much and then from our possession they scored four goals on the counter. We changed the shape but then went down to ten men (Anthony Knockaert red card) which makes it even harder. We found it very difficult to cope with them. It’s certainly not something we have experienced before. Anything like that would have been against one of the top teams (Liverpool 1-5, Chelsea 0-4).” – Chris Hughton

This result has put significant pressure on the Brighton defence to secure Fantasy returns at home to Cardiff on Tuesday night. Those who have captained Duffy will especially be carrying that weight over the next few days. The fact that the Bluebirds will be in more of a desperate need for points than their hosts midweek, after losing at Burnley on Saturday, it does not bode well.

“We have to take it on the chin, our worst defeat and worst overall performance. There is no doubt they (players) know how poor a performance it was today. Everybody will be looking, mostly me, to see the type of reaction from the team.” – Chris Hughton

Brighton have generally been better defensively at home this season compared to what they are capable of away. For that reason, interest in options such as Ryan, Duffy and the like for Double Gameweek 35 will have plummeted after Saturday’s heavy defeat. They must travel to Spurs and Wolves in that round of fixtures and, unless a positive result can be secured against Cardiff, they will do so with confidence at rock-bottom.

Not surprisingly, Brighton’s attacking assets barely troubled Bournemouth. The Seagulls came into this match joint-bottom for big chances in their four previous outings, and that trend continued. They managed just one shot on target

Those who had turned to Glenn Murray (£6.4m) were left disappointed as Chris Hughton’s tendency to rotate him in busy periods also continued. He was named on the bench with Florin Andone (£5.0m) handed the centre-forward berth. The veteran forward will probably start against Cardiff, but like most of his colleagues, has it all to do to make investing in him a worthwhile move.

Jurgen Locadia (£5.3m) and Anthony Knockaert (£5.2m) were the two wide attackers flanking Murray and Brighton’s chances of getting a result against Bournemouth, and indeed against Cardiff, were damaged by the latter’s frustration in the second half. He was sent off for a reckless and needlessly forceful late tackle on Adam Smith (£4.3m) in the 68th minute. Because it was a dismissal for serious foul play, it means that he misses the next three matches, which are Cardiff (home), Wolves (away) and Spurs (away).

“I have no idea what Anthony Knockaert is thinking. He is a second-and-a-half late. It’s a disgusting challenge and it could have been a career-ending tackle.” – Dion Dublin, BBC

“I’ve seen far worse challenges. I would accept it’s a reckless, emotional challenge. He is aware that he has let the team down.” – Chris Hughton

It was telling that Brighton’s first shot on target came from left-back Bernardo (£4.2m) late in the second half. They really offered nothing going forward and none of their players managed a higher expected goal involvement (xGI) score of 0.12, shared by Yves Bissouma (£4.6m) and Locadia.

By contrast, Bournemouth not only laughed in the face of claims that Brighton were in decent defensive form but were also defiant against suggestions that they are now ‘on the beach’. Despite winning just one game in their last nine, the Cherries turned on the style at the Amex Stadium, especially in the second half.

Josh King (£6.6m) had more shots in the box than any other player, Brooks created the most chances, with Fraser just one behind him for key passes, and Wilson showed all-round appeal with his goal and two assists. As plenty of managers expected to look at players with two fixtures in Double Gameweek, it might not be a bad move to consider a Bournemouth attacker for their home match against Fulham.

“Our goals today were trademark us, which was the pleasing thing. The first goal was a great team goal and it was nice to see Dan [Gosling] score. In the second half, we gelled and linked up well around the box so I’ll enjoy watching the goals back later tonight.” – Eddie Howe

Brighton and Hove Albion XI (4-3-3): Ryan; Bernardo, Dunk, Duffy, Montoya; Pröpper (Izquierdo 63′), Stephens, Bissouma; Locadia, Andone (Murray 58′), Knockaert.

Bournemouth XI (3-4-1-2): Boruc; Aké, S Cook (Simpson 87′), Mepham; Fraser, Lerma, Gosling, A Smith; Brooks; Wilson (Stanislas 83′), King (Solanke 76′).

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  1. Ginkapo FPL
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Duffy 2k19

    Still believe

    1. kime67
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 4 days ago

      I hope brighton go down after that horror show

    2. Codetto
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Number of likes you get = number Duffy goals he gets on Tuesday

  2. Eytexi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Non-wildcard Bench Boost (-8):
    Ryan & Foster.
    TAA, Robbo, (SPURS), Jonny & Chilwell.
    Sterling, Mané, Pogba, Eriksen & Son.
    Jiminez, Deeney & Wilson.

    How am I looking? Not made transfers yet (and don't plan to until after Champions League). Anyone crucial I'm missing? Cheers. 🙂

    1. HIT ME!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Aguero the obvious one but can't have them all. Looks good.

    2. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Sure for pogba?

      1. Eytexi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Definetly not selling for a hit.

  3. Dele
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Any chance Salah or Mane don’t play? So I get Fraser off my bench 🙂

    1. kime67
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Im praying. #1 on bench wilson #2 brooks

    2. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 4 days ago

      No chance

    3. Zim0
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Here's hoping. I've got pogba on the bench

    4. kime67
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Please jurgen, bench taa. Wilson 1st sub.

      1. Eat my goal!
          3 months, 3 days ago

          This entirely

          Although a taa cameo would be worse

      2. fusen
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        I'm fairly relaxed as Brighton, as others did I got Duffy in purely for cover in case he did well with no expectation that Brighton can actually defend as their form suggested they can't.

        I don't expect the Cardiff game to be similar but realistically it was always 50/50 that they'd not get cleansheets in these games.

        1. kime67
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Im fuming. Got brighton players for -points and left bournemouth players on bench..

        2. Syd.
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          I have had Ryan for a while now but I had no attention of adding more of that trash

          Them being described as assets in this article is a bit of a joke

        3. Do I Not Like Orange
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          If I hadn't captained Duffy, I would have captained Son or Vardy. Surely he still has a chance of matching that at home to Cardiff.

      3. HIT ME!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Looking at these moves for a hit.
        Kane + Duffy -> Aguero + Doherty.
        Current team is:

        Leno Ryan
        Robbo TAA Kola Duffy Bednarek
        Sterling Eriksen Pogba Son Jota
        Kane* Lacazette Jimenez

        Sound good?

        1. Schafsalat
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Yeah, sounds good. I'd consider a Man City defensive asset though instead of Doherty (if you can afford it obviously). Man City has been looking very solid recently and even with Aguero you only have 2 Man City.

          1. HIT ME!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Can't afford unfortunately. Cheers pal!

      4. Peter Ouch
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 4 days ago

        That was embarasing

      5. trustmeimpurple
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Knockeart> Redmond have exact find available?

        1. trustmeimpurple
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Funds*

        2. Peter Ouch
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Why not

        3. HIT ME!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Yay

        4. BEATaroundDEBUCHY
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 4 days ago

          What could possibly go wrong? 🙂

      6. Jacky boy
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Have 3x liverpool defence
        Don't know whether take a hit and bring in salah for gw36 or not
        Ideas?

        1. chrismoo75
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 4 days ago

          depends if you have used your TC and won't be using it next week? I have salah anyway

        2. thegaffer82
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          I’d be wanting Salah, or at least Mané to put the armband on in 36.

          Need to lose a DFer I’m afraid

      7. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Anyone did worse than 11 points?

        Thanks to my fellow GW34 wildcarders only managed to fall from 3.5k to 5.2k.

        Still some hope with Robbo, Mane, Sterling, Aguero, Deeney, Ryan & Duffy(c) to go.

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Yup, on 5(-4)
          Fraser and Boruc on bench

          1. Christina.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            😯

        2. Rash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          13 here

        3. TyroneGAA
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          On 9 but have aguero kdb Laporte mane Robertson Ryan and Duffy left

        4. captainjilflex
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          I’m on 11. Got Bolys bench points to come which = 20. Still 7 left to play so not panicking yet.

      8. GARY AND JAMIE
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Duffy capper ryan and moura owner. What you might call a mixed bag

        1. TLF
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Well done re Moura

          1. GARY AND JAMIE
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Cheers was genuinely close to capping. 42 point swing lol

            1. GARY AND JAMIE
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              21 i should say

      9. chrismoo75
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 4 days ago

        went from 50k to 30k after yesterday's drama. A Pool win with VVD, Salah, mane combos, and an uneventful game at Palace still needed

        1. Eat my goal!
            3 months, 3 days ago

            I also need a quiet palace game - well just don’t the usual suspects

        2. manu4life99
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Keep Vardy or sell for Jiminez?

          A) Vardy,Camarasa to Jimi,Jota(-4)

          B) Duffy,Camarasa to Bednarek,JWP(-4)

          1. HIT ME!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            A

          2. Concrete
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Not Jota

        3. Rash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Funny old game FPL after a great start to the season starting off with a gw rank of 16k then getting to a high point of 1.3k I have since dropped to my lowest rank of the season of 69k. Which would still be my best ever finish (1st year member probably helped) yet because of the start i had it feels like I've had a poor season..

          Damn you Brighton!

          1. circusmonkey
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Similar rank path. 352 at week 11, only down 5k to 63k with yesterday's smuzzle.

          2. GARY AND JAMIE
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            The worst bit was no Ryan save points as a crumb of comfort

            1. Kiwivillan
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              It's almost like his recent history indicated it yet I fell for the tsunami of groupthink

        4. Jacky boy
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Do you think deeney will play both dgw games more than 70 minutes?

          1. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            I reckon yes

          2. Chandler Bing
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Has to imo but will Deulofeu do it as well?

        5. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Will people waste a transfer on Valery if he's out ?

          1. Bielsa's Binoculars
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            According to Ben Dinner it was cramp, so at worst he would only miss one?

          2. Rhodes your boat
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Don’t think he’s a wasted transfer if he’s out and you’re bringing in a dgw player

            1. Ajax Hamsterdam
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              At his price range you wouldn't expect many points from his replacement though

          3. thegaffer82
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            If it turns out he’s out, I’ll swap to Bedy.

            But, think he’ll play, so it’ll be a moot point anyway

        6. Jacky boy
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Oh liverpool will likely have barcelona for next UCL round
          Possible rotations for them vs hudds gw36!

          1. theodosios
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Will they play on 30.04/01.05 or 07.05/08.05?

            1. Jacky boy
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              30 + 7 I guess

          2. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Can't afford to with the prem title being within grasp

            1. Jacky boy
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              Hudd too easy for them

              1. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                Nah, he would kick himself harder than me after this gameweek if they did drop points

                1. Rupert The Horse
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 3 days ago

                  A lot said that about Spurs squad. Proven wrong.

                  1. KAPTAIN KANE
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 3 days ago

                    They're fighting for top 4, not the title

                    1. Rupert The Horse
                      • 6 Years
                      3 months, 3 days ago

                      Same train of thought.
                      I’ll be hearing another similar theory next week.

                      1. KAPTAIN KANE
                        • 2 Years
                        3 months, 3 days ago

                        WE'LL SEE RUPERT

          3. Jamizz
              3 months, 3 days ago

              I don't think so. LIV play HUD on Friday, they can afford a minimum of over 3 days rest.

              1. Jacky boy
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                14 april chelsea
                17 april porto
                21 april cardiff
                26 april (hudds)
                30 april barca
                5 may newcastle

                I think that is too much

          4. TyroneGAA
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            After yesterday’s score of 9 and a rank drop from 23k to 32k would someone like to call round and hug me and whisper into my ear that’s it’s going to be ok!

            1. The Point About It Is
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              I think there are many of us who need group therapy after the carnage of this season.

          5. 1justlookin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Any Eriksen owners comsidering selling him?

            1. HIT ME!
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              Absolutely not

            2. COK3Y5MURF
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              What for?

            3. RFCSPACE
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              No chance

            4. Syd.
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              There are no really good alternatives.

              Will be keeping him for the remainder of the season

            5. Rupert The Horse
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              I will be.

          6. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Looking forward to another stressful day of fpl with 'As ifs' with swearing and smashing pottery

            1. The Pesci challenge
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              Yep it’s what it’s all about

          7. Bielsa's Binoculars
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Which one would you ditch next week for either Deeney, Jimenez or Laca?

            A) Murray

            B) Vardy

            1. Jacky boy
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              A

            2. RFCSPACE
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              Definitely A.

            3. RamaJama
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              A

            4. Super Saints
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              A

            5. Zim0
                3 months, 3 days ago

                A for sure

            6. HD7
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              Guys who are you buying in for Camarasa?

              Was between JWP and Delofeu and JWP was winning but maybe now I should include Redmond in the mix...

              Have Deeney*

              1. RamaJama
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                Can only afford Højbjerg

                1. HD7
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 3 days ago

                  At least you dont have to think it 🙂

                  1. RamaJama
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 3 days ago

                    Hard to separate between them when looking at attacking returns the latest GWs

                    1. HD7
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 3 days ago

                      Think I will go with one of JWP/ Redmond...
                      Have Deeney, Delofeu aint even sure to play in both games in 35. And around 37 I wont need Watford anymore - they will surely think more about the final. Saints have Hudds in 37...

              2. Super Saints
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                Deulofeu

                1. HD7
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 3 days ago

                  Interesting... dont you think he will be rotated

            7. RFCSPACE
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              Hoping for a Laporte and Sterling rest today and a Mendy and KDB masterclass 🙂

              Reckon all 4 will play though to be fair.

              1. Codetto
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                nooo sterling please, rival has him captain

            8. Vobinho In Wengerland
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              If Cardiff get a result, it’ll be 50/50 who stays up after that horror show from Brighton.

              1. Syd.
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                I would prefer to see Brighton go down.

                Cardiff have been hard done by in some serious dodgy decisions this season

                1. Ask Yourself
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 3 days ago

                  West Ham have had more they need to learn to deal with it. Karma for trying to back out if paying for Salah

                2. Vobinho In Wengerland
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 3 days ago

                  I’d love to see Brighton go down - just desserts for the scoutcasters portrayal of “Fair play it’s only Cardiff” - pot kettle black coming from two brighton supporters who’s team are now in a direct fight with them.

            9. Super Saints
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              Can afford Pereira to any defender for the DGW for a -4, who should I go for?

              1. HIT ME!
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                Laporte or Walker maybe?

                1. Super Saints
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 3 days ago

                  Tempting but even IF they play both can't see a clean sheet v Spurs or United can you? And if that's the case won't even break even with a 2 pointer from Pereira.

            10. Bielsa's Binoculars
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              I own Jota but no Watford, choose only one for next week:

              A) Jimenez

              B) Deeney

              1. RamaJama
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                B

              2. Super Saints
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                B

              3. Zim0
                  3 months, 3 days ago

                  Q

                  1. Zim0
                      3 months, 3 days ago

                      Sorry typo.

                      A*

                • Super Saints
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 3 days ago

                  G2G for BB35? Don't really want to take any hits as I'm flying up the ranks but tempted on selling Ryan or Pereira for a -4?

                  GUNN RYAN
                  Luiz Taa Pereira KOLA DOHERTY
                  Salah Hazard POGBA SON DEULOFEU
                  JIMENEZ (c) Wilson Rondon

                • Fantasy Gold
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 3 days ago

                  Do you think Lukaku > Auba/Laca is worth it for free?

                  1. Hazz
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 3 days ago

                    Wait till after Watford/Napoli. They have a fairly quick turnaround of games.

                    Mon - Thurs - Sun - Weds - Sun

                  2. The Pesci challenge
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 3 days ago

                    Yep for Lacazette

                • Bielsa's Binoculars
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 3 days ago

                  Is anyone considering captaining Deeney next week?

                  A nailed player with Huddersfield as one of his games has to be a consideration surely? Also high confidence ?

                  1. The Pesci challenge
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 3 days ago

                    Really want to but may have to bring in aguero instead

                • b82rz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  3 months, 3 days ago

                  Non Wildcarder (thankfully 😉 )
                  Kola or lindelof in for Perreira, will be in for remainder of season, leaning towards Kola

                  1. The Pesci challenge
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 3 days ago

                    You’re leaning in the right direction