Scout Notes

Cardiff’s aerial weakness offers owners of Brighton players hope

Cardiff City are one of two clubs with a Double Gameweek 34 but, like those backing Brighton and Hove Albion assets, any Fantasy managers investing in the Bluebirds’ players would have been left disappointed by their initial returns on Saturday.

Burnley all but ensured their Premier League safety with a 2-0 win over Neil Warnock’s side, who now face the Seagulls at the Amex on Tuesday night.

We run the rule over the Welsh side’s performance and look ahead to their trip to Sussex in the Scout Notes article below.

Burnley 2-0 Cardiff City

  • Goals: Chris Wood (£6.3m) x2
  • Assist: Dwight McNeil (£4.4m)

While owners of Glenn Murray (£6.3m) et al would have been left crushed by Brighton’s abysmal display against Bournemouth on Saturday, there were encouraging signs in Lancashire that the second game in the Seagulls’ Gameweek 34 double-header could prove more fruitful by way of FPL returns.

Cardiff visit the south coast on Tuesday night having conceded six big chances to Burnley at the weekend, with only Watford allowing more gilt-edged opportunities when Premier League sides are filtered by their last six matches.

More pertinently for those Fantasy managers who own the likes of Murray and Shane Duffy (£4.8m), the Bluebirds are looking particularly suspect in the air.

Eight of Burnley’s 14 chances were headers on Saturday, meaning Cardiff have now conceded more headed opportunities than any other top-flight club when filtered by their last half-dozen games.

No Premier League team has allowed more attempts from set plays in that time, either.

Both of Chris Wood‘s (£6.3m) goals were headers, the first coming from a Dwight McNeil (£4.4m) corner after half an hour.

Wood then doubled Burnley’s lead in stoppage time when another McNeil cross bobbled up into his path via touches from Bruno Ecuele Manga (£4.4m) and Neil Etheridge (£4.7m).

There were other chances from dead-ball situations, too, with Wood hitting the post in the first half before Ben Mee (£4.6m) tested Etheridge with a 76th-minute header.

The below graphic shows where Burnley’s chances came from; all eight around the six-yard box were headed opportunities.

Even from open play the chances came, with Ashley Westwood (£4.6m) spurning two excellent one-on-one opportunities and Ashley Barnes (£5.7m) unable to convert when attempting to round Etheridge.

The fact that Cardiff pretty much have to beat Brighton on Tuesday in order to keep their survival hopes realistically alive would certainly seem to bode well for an open game and Warnock’s side were not without their chances either.

Harry Arter‘s (£4.9m) curling effort clipped the top of Tom Heaton‘s (£4.8m) crossbar and Junior Hoilett (£5.0m) ballooned a presentable chance over in the second half, while Cardiff had three penalty shouts after the interval – one of which was actually awarded as a spot-kick before Mike Dean overturned the decision.

We can perhaps expect to see Oumar Niasse (£5.0m) back up front in midweek after Kenneth Zohore (£4.6m) flopped on a rare start, while Victor Camarasa (£4.5m) was the not as effective as part of a midfield three rather than a “number ten” and didn’t register a single shot or indeed touch in the Burnley box.

As Cardiff’s penalty-taker, of course, Camarasa would have had the chance to register his third goal in five matches had Dean not made a U-turn on the aforementioned spot-kick award.

Warnock was understandably incensed by the decision:

My lads should surround the referee really, they should get round him; [Burnley] had three lads in his ear straight away.

Can I say I’m lost for words? The linesman gave it, the fourth official told me Mike [Dean] didn’t see it and yet Mike must have seen something because he’s gone over and told the linesman that it’s hit a part of his body so it can’t be handball.

It’s baffling really. I’m so gutted for my players. I thought Darren [Cann] made the right decision but I think Mike has talked him out of it.

Warnock paid tribute to his players though for their second-half effort, saying:

I thought the lads were super, especially in the second half and our fans were also fantastic. They’re a great bunch and I can’t fault any of them, but we were punished and it’s hard playing Burnley when they’re 1-0 up because it’s difficult to get into the flow.

At half-time, I told the lads that we can play better than we had and if we moved the ball quicker and got into their box – we could win the match, but it’s frustrating when one thing after another goes against you.

Dyche, meanwhile, lauded his own team:

I think in the first half we were really good, the game should have been done. We had a brilliant chance from Woody when he hits the post, a good goal from Woody and Westy has two one v ones.

And then in the second half, credit to Cardiff they threw caution to the wind and almost went 2-4-4 and got the ball forward earlier.

The ball was coming in from everywhere and I thought the resilience of the team was important because they had the upper hand without a doubt.

Then we just started to slow it down and turn the tide slightly in our favour and then saw the game out as we have done many, many times.

Despite the excellent FPL form of McNeil and Wood, Burnley’s assets will likely be in short demand given that they face Chelsea, Man City, Everton and Arsenal in their remaining four fixtures.

The Burnley boss hailed McNeil’s latest contribution, adding:

Fantastic, he’s a real talent. His calmness at the end [for Wood’s second goal] to cross it into a dangerous area, his calmness before that to dribble out of trouble. He’s a really good player and he can only mature. I’m pleased for him, for the work he puts in.

On Wood, Dyche said:

There’s other parts of his game today weren’t as good as he can be but two goals, you want strikers scoring, him and Barnesy have been scoring. Really pleased with them.

Dyche also confirmed that he thinks Phil Bardsley (£4.2m) “will be right this week” after missing his second successive game with a gashed leg.

Burnley XI (4-4-2): Heaton; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Hendrick, Westwood, Cork, McNeil; Barnes, Wood.

Cardiff City XI (4-3-3): Etheridge; Peltier, Morrison, Manga, Bennett; Gunnarsson, Arter (Reid 80′), Camarasa; Hoilett (Mendez-Laing 73′), Murphy, Zohore (Niasse 78′).

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  1. TheDragon
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 4 days ago

    Arnie has to go as first priority - Deeney is a good option but see how he plays tonight first

    1. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 4 days ago

      Reply fail 🙁

      1. kysersosa
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 4 days ago

        Got it anyway! Agreed. See how it goes tonight. Though as long as he doesn’t get injured etc, I think he still comes in.

  2. Nightf0x
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    Siggy vardy to

    A) redmond - fraser
    B) laca - wilson - deeney - firmino

    1. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 4 days ago

      Redmond and Deeney

    2. JohnnyMagrinho
      • 49 Years
      5 months, 4 days ago

      If you can take out 2 players and get 4 in return I'd definitely do that

      1. Skull And Gnomes 9
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 4 days ago

        😆

  3. Maddamotha
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    Anyone know anything about Valery’s injury. Likely to be involved in the next game?

    1. Nightf0x
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 4 days ago

      People in here saying it was just a cramp

    2. Skull And Gnomes 9
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 4 days ago

      Invited to Winehouse pad.

      In rehab.

    3. Maddamotha
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 4 days ago

      Cheers

  4. Simmoo
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    Patricio

    TAA, Luiz, Duffy

    Salah, Mane, Hazard, Son

    Rashford, Jimenez, Wilson.

    Roll a transfer?

  5. simong1
      5 months, 4 days ago

      Looking to replace Siggurdson. Better to bring in Deulefeu or Mane this week?

      Could hold on bring Mane in (for Eriksen) until his match against HUD. Only have TAA as Liverpool coverage at the moment.

      1. KINGS
          5 months, 4 days ago

          Deu

        • the german
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 4 days ago

          Mane

      2. Nightf0x
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 4 days ago

        Siggy vardy to

        A) redmond/raser laca/firmino/wilson/deney
        B) sterling deney

        1. KINGS
            5 months, 4 days ago

            B

        2. Rains of Castamere
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 4 days ago

          Camarasa and Vardy to:

          A) Sterling and Jimenez
          B) Jota and Aguero
          C) Deulofeu and Aguero
          D) Sterling and Deeney

          Head's all over the place with this one.

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

            A

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

          Wildcarded last week and brought in JWP, worth doing JWP > redmond for free?

          Nothing else to address

          1. Bring the Cavalry
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 4 days ago

            No

          2. dbeck
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 4 days ago

            No that’s points chasing

          3. Skull And Gnomes 9
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 4 days ago

            Nothing else to address?

            Show your team.

            1. Catsandhats
              • 3 Years
              5 months, 4 days ago

              Current team for bench boost:

              Gunn, Ryan
              Duffy, Trent, Laporte, Doherty, Valery
              Son, Erickson, Mané, Sterling, JWP
              Aguero, Deeney, Jimenez

              0.7itb

              A little concerned over valery but can’t see a better option

          4. Pukki Party
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 4 days ago

            Stick

        4. Athletic Nasherbo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 4 days ago

          At 7.00pm Friday bang on deadline I did Boly, Sterling and Deeney > Laporte, Deulofeu and Lukaku...disaster.

          Desperately need Deulofeu to do something tonight!

          1. diesel001
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 4 days ago

            You know what is coming though.....

            1. Athletic Nasherbo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 4 days ago

              A Deeney hat-trick probably

          2. Rains of Castamere
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 4 days ago

            I was very, very close to doing Wilson to Aguero, but didn't. So I guess between us we restored the world's equilibrium.

          3. Pukki Party
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 4 days ago

            Thanks for the tip, i'll bet a tenner on Deeney to score.

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

            Ouch!
            I sold Salah, TAA, Pogba, Wilson & Brooks on wildcard to make you feel better.
            Not even bothered to calculate the points I lost.

            1. Athletic Nasherbo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 4 days ago

              Oh I got rid of Pogba and Wilson on mine.

          5. Skull And Gnomes 9
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 4 days ago

            Sterling sale was like having unprotected sex with Hilary Clinton.

            1. Athletic Nasherbo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 4 days ago

              Yes mate I have performed awfully in FPL for two years and seem to not have learnt...Sterling had to stay 100% but the Aguero hat-tricks earlier on in the season has scarred me. 150K now my aim is simply top 100k.

        5. Disco Stu
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 4 days ago

          Keep Moura for another week, or just be happy I had him for the hat trick and move him on this week to any of Sterling/Mane/Salah?(Have KDB and Son)

          Also would you rather have Deeney or Laca for next week and the remaining weeks?

          1. Pukki Party
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 4 days ago

            What's the downgrade elsewhere to get Salah?

            1. Disco Stu
              • 7 Years
              5 months, 4 days ago

              Vardy > Deeney instead of Laca. Left myself enough in the bank after my WC to make this kind of a move

              1. Pukki Party
                • 2 Years
                5 months, 4 days ago

                I'd be very tempted then, Deeney a good option and Salah has looked good.

          2. MANGE TOUT RODNEY
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 4 days ago

            Whatever you do, well played on Moura this week

        6. Pukki Party
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 4 days ago

          One of the following forth a FT this week? Probably doing both next week anyway.

          A) Trippier to TAA
          B) Sane to Mane

          1. Gríma Wormtongue
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 4 days ago

            B

        7. Gríma Wormtongue
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 4 days ago

          Pick one for GW35

          A) Boly
          B) Doherty
          C) Redmond
          D) Ward-Prowse
          E) Doucoure

          1. Pukki Party
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 4 days ago

            D

        8. Ole Trafford
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 4 days ago

          Guita, Pereira, Tielemans, Vardy and Batshuayi to Foster, Kolasinic, Sterling, Jiminez and Deeney. -16 😆

          1. The 5% Team
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 4 days ago

            haha why not 🙂

        9. Wolves Ay We
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 4 days ago

          The RMT Tool is giving me a score of 108.09 for DGW35.

          How about your team?

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

            107.55

            But honestly looking at the fixtures and rotation don't think it's going to be such a high scoring week.

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

            108.58. I'd be delighted, 100+ scores in DGWs seems a distant memory.

          3. Printing Mane
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            5 months, 4 days ago

            106.6 + 21.2 BB = 127

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

          Duffy -> Doherty worth a hit yeah?

        11. Concrete
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 4 days ago

          CityTV

          Doesn’t look like Aguero was with the group today in training

        12. manu4life99
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 4 days ago

          A) Duffy, Laca, Hojberg
          B) Duffy, Firmino, Hojberg
          C) Laporte, Jiminez, Redmond (-4)