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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922 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Jacky boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    10 days, 14 hours ago

    4 mina

    1. Jacky boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 14 hours ago

      3 mins

    2. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 14 hours ago

      Pray4mina

  2. Eytexi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    10 days, 14 hours ago

    Need: Sterling starts, Aguero benched.
    Think: Sterling benched, Aguero starts.

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 14 hours ago

      Thisssss

    2. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 days, 14 hours ago

      Yes

  3. Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 days, 14 hours ago

    150.67 seconds

  4. HollywoodXI
    • 4 Years
    10 days, 14 hours ago

    Meltdown in t-minus 3 minutes...

    1. Eytexi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 days, 14 hours ago

      "could be" - how informative of them

  5. PÍE
    • 4 Years
    10 days, 14 hours ago

    What's your best maverick (C) pick for a game, and the reasoning behind it?
    A couple of years ago I put the (C) on a Def in a SGW - Chris Brunt was playing OOP for WBA, and had a home fixture against WAT in Gwk 14. He would get the odd goal, but it was really his assist potential along with being classified as a Def when he frequently played in Mid that made me do it.
    He bagged a goal, an assist and 3x BP's for a 28 point haul (14 x2) in a 3-1 win.

    That would have been great, except my vc was Sanchez who was playing for ARS away at WHU. He scored a hat-trick in the space of 1/4 hour late in the 2nd half, which gave him a total of 23 pts.
    Maybe there's something to be said for never (C) a Def in a SGW after all...

    1. MeatPieSausageRoll
        10 days, 14 hours ago

        Rashy

      • BigRedDog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        10 days, 14 hours ago

        Had Austin (C) for his hatty against WBA

      • diesel001
        • 2 Years
        10 days, 14 hours ago

        Firmino - GW1 last season.

    2. Mysterion
      • 1 Year
      10 days, 14 hours ago

      Dear Pep I wrote you but still ain't callin
      I blew my TC, my FH, and my WC now I've sunk to the bottom

      1. J - Gimme your Mané …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        10 days, 14 hours ago

        😆

        Great song!

    3. g40steve
      • 1 Year
      10 days, 14 hours ago

      I need Vardy & Duffy gone any preference?
      Any other changes or punts required, 27 points so far & losing out to pre WC team!

      Lloris - Foster
      Laporte - Trent - Duffy#
      Salah - Eriksen - Son - Jota
      Aguero - Jimenez - Vardy#

      Foster - Deulofeu - Doherty - Valery

    4. pompeyupnorth
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 days, 14 hours ago

      I’m on 12 points! Need Salah Aguero n Sterling to save me big time!!

    5. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 14 hours ago

      1 minute til SCENES

      1. Eytexi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        10 days, 14 hours ago

        Expect dissappointment.

    6. Eytexi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 days, 14 hours ago

      Come on Pep, make my weekend.

    7. BigRedDog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 days, 14 hours ago

      Are you JOKING?

    8. Demel
      • 7 Years
      10 days, 14 hours ago

      Sterling and Aguero both start

    9. Zladan
      • 1 Year
      10 days, 14 hours ago

      KDB starts!!!

    10. Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 days, 14 hours ago

      City XI | Ederson, Walker, Kompany (C), Laporte, Mendy, Gundogan, Silva, De Bruyne, Sane, Sterling, Aguero

      Subs | Muric, Danilo, Stones, Bernardo, Mahrez, Otamendi, Jesus

    11. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 14 hours ago

      City XI | Ederson, Walker, Kompany (C), Laporte, Mendy, Gundogan, Silva, De Bruyne, Sane, Sterling, Aguero

      Subs | Muric, Danilo, Stones, Bernardo, Mahrez, Otamendi, Jesus

      1. MTPockets
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        10 days, 14 hours ago

        lovely

    12. Dannyb
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 14 hours ago

      YESSSSSSSSS

    13. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 14 hours ago

      Oh god stay on that bench Bernardo

    14. Jacky boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 14 hours ago

      Damn

    15. Eytexi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 days, 14 hours ago

      Beautiful

    16. Kepa's at the wheel
      • 9 Years
      10 days, 14 hours ago

      3 for 3. Thank you Pep

    17. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 days, 14 hours ago

      Wow! Both start.

    18. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 days, 14 hours ago

      Pep has given up on the CL

    19. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 days, 14 hours ago

      It's mendy time!

    20. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 14 hours ago

      Everyone starts

      1. kalmoffit
        • 5 Years
        10 days, 14 hours ago

        Even Vincent

    21. Amey
        10 days, 14 hours ago

        Nice to see pep giving respect to Palace

        1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          10 days, 14 hours ago

          Agreed

      • MeatPieSausageRoll
          10 days, 14 hours ago

          Hope Sterling scores!!! Lol

        • HollywoodXI
          • 4 Years
          10 days, 14 hours ago

          OMG NO SCENES!

        • The Tinkerman
          • 3 Years
          10 days, 14 hours ago

          KDB and Aguero start! Save me from this shocking GW, you beautiful men.

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

          That's a strong XI!

          1. Eat my goal!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            10 days, 14 hours ago

            It is - no messing