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Scout Notes

Two goals for Pogba but United struggle ahead of Double Gameweek 35

We continue our write-up of Saturday’s games with a look at events at Old Trafford and Craven Cottage.

Manchester United are the primary focus of the Scout Notes article below and we assess how their players fared in victory over West Ham, with Fantasy managers considering the Red Devils’ assets going into Double Gameweek 35.

We also run the rule over Fulham’s surprise win over Everton and highlight the excellent form of one midfield differential for Gameweek 36 and beyond.

Manchester United 2-1 West Ham United

  • Goals: Paul Pogba (£8.7m) x2 | Felipe Anderson (£6.9m)
  • Assists: Juan Mata (£6.1m), Anthony Martial (£7.2m) | Manuel Lanzini (£6.4m)

Paul Pogba (£8.7m) scored twice from the spot to hand Manchester United a welcome three points but the Red Devils were far from convincing ahead of their Gameweek 35 double-header against Everton and Manchester City.

Even Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted that his troops were fortunate to overcome a spirited West Ham United side on Saturday evening, saying:

We got away with it, you can put it that way. I know it’s not easy because we played a game on Wednesday and there were a few changes that we had to make. So, we got away with it. They deserved their goal, but then again we’re allowed to have a good goalkeeper.

Away from home, especially the Wolverhampton and Arsenal games [defeats], I’ve stood here and been pleased with the performances, when we’ve played well and created chances but didn’t get what we deserved.

In the last two games here at home, against Watford and now West Ham, we’ve probably got more than we deserved. But it’ll even itself out over the season. Sometimes you can’t always be on your game and we have to be honest that today and in the Watford game we have been poor. We haven’t performed, we’ve been too open, our shape wasn’t good enough.

The visitors had more attempts on goal and shots in the box than Solskjaer’s side and were deserving of their equaliser when the excellent Felipe Anderson (£6.9m) converted Manuel Lanzini‘s (£6.4m) cross at the far post just after half-time.

The hosts rode their luck throughout as Anderson earlier had what looked like a legitimate goal chalked off for offside before flashing a header narrowly wide from a Robert Snodgrass (£5.0m) corner.

Even after their goal, West Ham continued to press: substitute Michail Antonio (£6.8m) crashing an effort off the woodwork before forcing David de Gea (£5.7m) into a superb flying save with a header shortly after.

The Red Devils, by contrast, didn’t offer much of an attacking threat against the team that has conceded more big chances than any other Premier League team in 2018/19.

Pogba’s first-half penalty was United’s only shot on target until substitute Marcus Rashford‘s (£7.4m) arrival on 55 minutes, with the England striker immediately testing Lukasz Fabianski (£4.8m) with a low effort and then nodding over from close range shortly afterwards.

Pogba’s brace may have rekindled interest in him from a Fantasy perspective, while his underlying stats (six penalty box touches, four shots from inside the area) were better than they have been in some time – although two converted spot-kicks slightly skew those numbers.

It should be said, though, that Pogba was generally stationed deeper than ever and there have to be reservations about his appeal for Double Gameweek 35 and beyond.

The France international took up a role in the double-pivot alongside Fred (£5.3m), with those two players complementing each other well in Solskjaer’s 4-2-3-1.

The position was one Pogba often occupies for his national team and Solskjaer had previously talked of deploying him in such a way after the win over Watford a fortnight ago.

Speaking after full-time on Saturday, Solksjaer said:

He’s practising penalties. He knows he’s on them and he just makes up his mind. He’s got a good goal ratio. Paul’s got a great mentality, I don’t think he’s fazed by anything. He’s got a good personality, he loves football, he plays it for the right reasons.

He played a different role today and I thought at times he played really well, but at times we struggled to have a good shape. Paul and Fred did really well in midfield.

With Rashford benched, Victor Lindelof (£5.0m) rested and full-backs Luke Shaw (£5.0m) and Ashley Young (£5.7m) both suspended, there were opportunities for United’s squad players to stake a first-team claim and perhaps force themselves into the debate for Double Gameweek 35.

Impressive displays were thin on the ground, however.

Anthony Martial (£7.2m) and Juan Mata (£6.1m) were largely ineffective apart from the “Fantasy assists” they banked when being fouled for Pogba’s two penalties, while Jesse Lingard (£6.7m) disappointed again and looks some way short of the form he exhibited before aggravating his hamstring injury in Gameweek 27.

Romelu Lukaku (£10.8m), meanwhile, spent a lot of the game drifting out to the right flank and didn’t register one shot from inside the West Ham box.

The front four that started on Saturday (Lukaku, Martial, Mata and Lingard) indeed only recorded two shots between them.

Deputy full-backs Diogo Dalot (£5.3m) and Marcos Rojo (£4.9m) did little to suggest that Young and Shaw won’t reclaim their positions when available for selection again, meanwhile.

While Fantasy managers will perhaps be far from convinced about United’s players for the season run-in, there may be even fewer interested in West Ham’s players.

The Hammers only have one fixture in Double Gameweek 35 and face tricky away games at Spurs and Watford thereafter, as well as hosting two improving sides in the form of Leicester and Southampton.

After receiving much criticism in recent weeks, however, West Ham were far better at Old Trafford.

Anderson reserved one of his best performances in months for Saturday, which, as sod’s law dictates, came at a point when his FPL ownership was at the lowest it had been since Gameweek 14.

The Brazilian winger registered more attempts on goal, shots in the box and penalty box touches than anyone on show in Manchester and indeed more than any other FPL midfielder so far in Gameweek 34.

Snodgrass created five chances on his return to the starting XI while Arthur Masuaku (£4.3m) turned in an unexpectedly fine performance at left-back as he deputised for the sidelined Aaron Cresswell (£5.0m).

Cresswell missed out with a knee injury, while Marko Arnautovic (£6.8m) was unavailable due to illness and Lucas Perez (£6.2m) didn’t feature because of a minor fitness issue.

West Ham also lost Lanzini to a second-half injury, with the Argentinean midfielder set for a scan on his groin later this week.

Reflecting on the game after full-time, Pellegrini said:

Frustrated, of course, because we deserve more but in football, the team that plays better doesn’t always win. For me, it was a pleasure to see the team play the way they did against Manchester United at their home stadium.

Unfortunately for us, there were some decisions by the referee – very difficult decisions so I am not complaining about him – but with the VAR, I am sure this game would have seen a 1-0 for us. Felipe is onside and if you review that, it is a goal.

After that, it was not a penalty off Robert [Snodgrass], but it was a difficult decision. Then we finish with the second goal for Man Utd, he was offside when the last pass was made.

But I repeat also, they were marginal mistakes. The decisions went for United in this game.

Manchester United XI (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Dalot, Jones, Smalling, Rojo (Pereira 75′); Fred, Pogba; Lingard, Mata (Rashford 55′), Martial; Lukaku (Greenwood 75′).

West Ham United XI (4-2-3-1): Fabianski; Zabaleta (Fredericks 76′), Ogbonna, Balbuena, Masuaku; Rice, Noble; Snodgrass, Lanzini (Diangana 62′), Anderson; Hernandez (Antonio 73′).

Fulham 2-0 Everton

  • Goals: Tom Cairney (£4.6m), Ryan Babel (£5.5m)
  • Assists: Ryan Babel, Aleksandar Mitrovic (£6.3m)

Newcastle’s win over Leicester and Bournemouth’s thrashing of Brighton sent tremors through the Fantasy community over the past few days but relegated Fulham’s 2-0 victory over in-form Everton ran them close for the most eye-catching result of Gameweek 34 so far.

The Cottagers came into Saturday’s fixture off the back of a nine-match losing streak, while Marco Silva’s improving side had kept clean sheets in all but one of their previous six Premier League games and won four of them in the process.

Fulham had also conceded two or more goals in all 13 of their top-flight fixtures contested in 2019 before this weekend and kept fewer shut-outs than any team in the division this season.

It’s all too easy to dismiss a side with relatively little to play for as being “on the beach” when they lose a match such as this in the season run-in.

Similarly, we can rush to proclaim an already relegated club as freed from their previous anxieties after one surprise victory.

In truth, you pay your money and you take your chance at this stage of a Premier League season.

Fantasy managers investing in teams and players with little meaningful to compete for could just as easily be rewarded with a goal bonanza as they could a series of dismal defeats and blanks.

Unpredictably and chaos are major players in FPL at any time of the year, of course, but they seem to have a greater impact in the final weeks when there are a number of factors – experimentation with system and personnel with an eye on the following season, for example – that add to the instability.

Whatever the reason for Fulham’s victory over Everton on Saturday, the west London club deserved it.

Scott Parker’s side registered more attempts on goal, shots in the box, efforts on target and big chances than the Toffees, with home goalkeeper Sergio Rico (£4.4m) only being called into action on one occasion to deal with a weak first-half effort from Bernard (£5.9m).

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£5.4m) also trundled an effort agonisingly wide via the outside of Rico’s left-hand post and headed over a presentable chance from close range, with this match another reminder that the budget FPL forward is not a natural goalscorer despite his undoubted other qualities.

The striker wasn’t the only player to disappoint in an Everton shirt, with Richarlison (£6.5m) and Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.4m) not registering a single shot between them.

The Icelandic playmaker did supply the excellent chance that Calvert-Lewin hit the post with but both he and Richarlison had off-days before being replaced late in the second half.

The usually reliable Lucas Digne‘s (£5.3m) end product was also missing (the Frenchman was successful with only two of his 11 crosses), although he did register 14 more touches in the final third than anyone on show and more than Richarlison and Sigurdsson did combined.

Everton deserve to be cut some slack after their fine displays of recent weeks but Silva acknowledged that their fast-paced, high-pressing approach was absent in west London, saying:

We did not start the match well, our first half was not good, even if we had one or two moments in attack and created some problems for them.

But we were not aggressive enough, with or without the ball. We were not moving the ball fast enough to disorganise them.

Silva’s decision to stick with Gameweek 33 match-winner Phil Jagielka (£4.3m) over the fit-again Michael Keane (£4.8m) was admirable for its loyalty but ultimately looked like a misstep, with Aleksandar Mitrovic (£6.3m) bullying the veteran centre-half and Everton’s backline in general with a dominant performance.

The Everton boss defended his team selection after full-time, adding:

It was a tactical choice, it was my choice to put Jagielka on the pitch. After he played like he did last week, I kept the same line-up.

It’s easy to look just at one player. If you want to say that we lost because of Jagielka, you are completely wrong. It was not.

The team didn’t perform, and if you want to look for just one player it’s a big mistake. In general, we didn’t perform the way we needed to.

With no goals in his last ten Premier League appearances, Mitrovic has long ceased to be a sought-after mid-price FPL forward and his display on Saturday was his season in a microcosm: impressive on the underlying stats front, underwhelming in terms of goal conversion.

More than half of Fulham’s 12 attempts on goal came courtesy of the Serbian striker, with all seven of his efforts coming in the first half.

No FPL striker has had more efforts overall or shots in the box than the former Newcastle striker in 2018/19 but three league goals in 20 starts tells everything there is to know about Mitrovic’s lack of a clinical streak.

The Serbia international tested Jordan Pickford (£4.9m) with two early shots before heading a Ryan Babel (£5.5m) cross straight at the Everton goalkeeper, later going on to clip the bar with a stinging drive from inside the Toffees’ box.

Mitrovic at least registered what was only his third attacking return of 2019 with a fine assist for Fulham’s second goal, which was confidently dispatched by the pacy Babel on 68 minutes.

The Dutch winger also teed up Tom Cairney (£4.6m) for Fulham’s opener and he has very quietly gone on about delivering consistent attacking returns since joining the Cottagers in January, despite being on the losing side in ten of his 12 appearances.

Just seven FPL midfielders have a better points-per-match average than Babel (5.0) in 2018/19 and all of these players are premium assets priced at £8.7m or above.

No Fantasy player in Babel’s position, indeed, has been presented with more big chances since the Netherlands international’s debut in Gameweek 23.

Home games for Fulham against Cardiff and Newcastle are potentially appealing for those looking at a real midfield differential (Babel is currently owned by 0.4% of FPL bosses) once Double Gameweek 35 is done and dusted.

After experimenting with a three-man backline in his two recent games, Parker reverted to a 4-2-3-1 for this encounter with Babel, Cairney and Ryan Sessegnon (£6.0m) playing behind Mitrovic in the hosts’ attack.

Calum Chambers (£4.2m), meanwhile, was back “out of position” in central midfield.

Parker said of his side’s performance:

It’s been a while since we’ve won a match and it was fully deserved today.

The players took the front foot and that got the crowd behind us. From the start to finish, I thought we were superb. If ever the focus was on this team, it was now.

After getting relegated it would have been quite easy and the questions have not been asked of me in my press conferences and you wonder if your players are still up for it, up for the fight or are they on the beach. Ultimately, today they answered those questions.

It would have been easy to not perform but the players proved that wrong really, showing real fight and determination.

Fulham (4-2-3-1): Rico; Fosu-Mensah (Christie 66′), Ream, Le Marchand, Bryan; Chambers, Anguissa (Odoi 89); Sessegnon, Cairney, Babel (Seri 83′); Mitrovic.

Everton (4-2-3-1): Pickford; Coleman, Jagielka, Zouma, Digne; Gomes, Gueye; Richarlison (Tosun 84′), Sigurdsson (Walcott 74′), Bernard (Lookman 84′); Calvert-Lewin.

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  1. Flapjack ✅
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    No rotation for me this week.

    Kinda wish Brighton had 😉

    1. fr3ddy
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Seems like most things go your way lately, flap

      1. Flapjack ✅
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        7 days, 10 hours ago

        Next weeks the key week however. Don’t want that BB being wasted

    2. Would Ed Woodward
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Same, not going for an Arsenal player was one of my earliest WC decisions, it's even worse than waiting for Pep's line up.

      1. Flapjack ✅
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        7 days, 10 hours ago

        Yeah it felt good avoiding them. And to a lesser extent delu and trippier. I mean if they were nailed I’d have wanted them all ! But alas they aint

        1. Would Ed Woodward
          7 days, 10 hours ago

          Decided what you're doing with Brighton players yet?

          1. Flapjack ✅
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            7 days, 10 hours ago

            Waiting for tomorrow but I’m certain Dunk becomes Valery or a watford defender. Then I’m gonna ponder if I wanna do a hit to remove Ryan or Duffy. That’s a tough decision really. Duffy capable of a goal and a hit for a keeper is probably stupid.

            But definitely removing one of them.

            What are your thoughts ?

            1. Would Ed Woodward
              7 days, 10 hours ago

              I'm thinking the same, definitely removing one for sure but the obvious moves mean doubling up on either Watford or Saints which scares me, can easily be no cleansheets. I'm probably going Kiko and then maybe Yoshida, gives me a little spare cash in case I need it as well.

              1. Flapjack ✅
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                7 days, 10 hours ago

                Yeah same guys I’d be looking at really. I don’t mind the double up to be honest and past next week they’ll just be bench fodder anyway !

                1. Would Ed Woodward
                  7 days, 10 hours ago

                  I did have a radical idea that I probably won't do but...if I did decide that I definitely won't be getting Salah in 36 then Dunk/Eriksen to VVD/Moura could work out.

                  1. Flapjack ✅
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    7 days, 10 hours ago

                    That’s very interesting actually.

                    I quite like it ! Just a shame no double for VVD eh!

                    1. Would Ed Woodward
                      7 days, 10 hours ago

                      Yeah, you'd expect close to certain CS in his next two at least though with attacking threat and BAPS, I'll let you know if I go mad and decide to do it.

                      1. Flapjack ✅
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        7 days, 10 hours ago

                        I actually really like it.

                        I’ll keep an eye out for what you do. It’s quite tempting for me.. but I suppose moura could get rotated ? Eriksen could haul and then it blocks Salah ?!

                      2. Would Ed Woodward
                        7 days, 10 hours ago

                        That's the risk yeah, I know I have him but I'm not sure how much I like Eriksen as an FPL player, I prefer more of a lethal streak rather than the creator mentality if that makes sense?

                        Salah is gonna be such a headache for me with my money situation, if I get I'd wanna double with Mane and it basically means either losing both Son AND Eriksen or Aguero.

  2. wernerhedgehog
    • 1 Year
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Can we assume Laca plays next DGW? Or more deceptions.

    1. Wild Rover
      • 8 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      We can assume he will play a part, yes

    2. FPLinho
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Tbh yes, this is with Napoli very much in mind. Emery has shown most of the season that he thinks Auba has better conditioning so does leave him on the pitch longer and rest him less (bar those few games when he was sick/injured) imo

    3. wernerhedgehog
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Alright let me eliminate the options. So if Auba plays Napoli, I should be wary of rotation for Aubs

  3. Toothless
    • 5 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    No Laca is too good to be true with Redmond first on my bench. 1 point cameo on the way right?

    1. CostaCoffee
      • 5 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Yeah no way he doesn’t come on

    2. DMil
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Aye I’d expect him to come on, never know with Unai you might see him at half time

    3. kalmoffit
      • 5 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      You can *hope* for more.

    4. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      100% he comes on

    5. Fossit
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      He will come on no doubt

  4. Stoichkov#8
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Is Kelly nailed now in CP defence?

    1. Holmes
      • 5 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      As long as Sakho is out, yes

  5. BEATaroundDEBUCHY
    • 1 Year
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Have Kolasniac and Lacazette.... and VVD waiting on bench. Hopefully Kolasniac keeps his arse there!!

    1. fr3ddy
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Both likely to come on imo

    2. Fossit
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Good luck 🙂

  6. Iceball
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Doucoure hattrick coming up

  7. Forza
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Javi Gracia, 3 days ago: “Kiko [Femenia] trained all this week and Gerard [Deulofeu] as well.” 😡

    1. COK3Y5MURF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Troll

    2. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Kiko is playing though

      1. Forza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        7 days, 10 hours ago

        I just included the bit about Kiko for context. In light of the second part of the quote, either Gracia lied or Deulofeu's fitness somehow mysteriously regressed.

        1. Hernandez Lynam
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          7 days, 9 hours ago

          Why is he definitely lying? Could have trained all week and then got a last minute knock or just not selected/risked (strange as that would be). Trained doesn't guarantee a place in the squad.

          1. Forza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            7 days, 9 hours ago

            I didn't say that he's definitely lying. "or Deulofeu's fitness somehow mysteriously regressed" accounts for the possibility that he has a knock.

    3. Amey
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      He has just entered in Howe category for me.

  8. Brosstan
    • 4 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Deulofeu seems injured for real then.. Regret picking him.

    1. Royal5
      • 7 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Whos your first sub?

      1. Brosstan
        • 4 Years
        7 days, 10 hours ago

        Didn't expect him to start because he was just recently back in training, so I have him on bench for next gw. But completely missing out makes me worried he won't be fit next week either.

        1. Royal5
          • 7 Years
          7 days, 10 hours ago

          Aha. Got to wait for news then.

    2. Amey
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Bloody hell.
      Very frustrating mate 🙁

  9. Amey
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Going for Firmino + Deulofeu instead of Mane + Deeney has gone well on WC for me 😀

    Jota coming in with his 2 pointer for Deulofeu now.

  10. DrCongo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Chances of Lacazette no show? Fraser B1

    1. Royal5
      • 7 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Slim to none imo

    2. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Low. Can see him getting at least 15 mins to keep him ticking over.

    3. kalmoffit
      • 5 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      If Arsenal go two or three up, maybe.

    4. Fossit
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      7%

  11. g40steve
    • 1 Year
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Would you remove Vardy & Duffy?

    Who for & any changes needed?

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

    Foster - Deulofeu - Doherty - Valery

    1. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Duffy yes. Vardy is a 50/50 call IMO.

    2. g40steve
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Add Deulofeu to Duffy & Vardy 🙁

  12. Mysterion
    • 1 Year
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Kiko 😮 😮 P

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

      Wish he was nailed. A nifty little player.

      1. Mysterion
        • 1 Year
        7 days, 10 hours ago

        BPS magnet too...

  13. Al Moon Yeah
    • 4 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Y'all thought Lacazette was nailed on for this game cuz Emery subbed hime early in Europa. Glad I benched Kolasinac now

  14. Lucackadoodledoo
    • 1 Year
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Team line ups: who cares? Game of thrones yeeeeeooooooo

    1. Holmes
      • 5 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      More like ewwww

    2. DrCongo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Ned Stark dies

      1. Mysterion
        • 1 Year
        7 days, 10 hours ago

        Reported

      2. BenjoBD
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        7 days, 10 hours ago

        If its anything like last season it'll be rubbish...like my last game week...

      3. Deulofale
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        7 days, 10 hours ago

        Ned? I don't know a Ned

        1. Mysterion
          • 1 Year
          7 days, 10 hours ago

          Ed Harken!!

          1. Deulofale
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            7 days, 10 hours ago

            😆

    3. Brosstan
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Turned to trash in season 5 after gradually declining. Consumer sheep wont agree.

      1. Lucackadoodledoo
        • 1 Year
        7 days, 10 hours ago

        Gotta disagree. Season 6 and seven were epic

      2. Would Ed Woodward
        7 days, 9 hours ago

        Similar to the books then.

  15. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Just checking in - is Kola playing?

    1. Sergeant Slaughter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Hope not. VVD first off the bench.

    2. Holmes
      • 5 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      On bench

    3. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      On bench

    4. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Well I'll throw my latest 'For fudge sake' in now. Stupid pick and many warned me to be fair.

  16. George James
    • 4 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    As a Bennet and Mariapa owner I am concerned as they have both been benched in GW34

    What would you do?

    A) Leave them
    B) Sell Mariapa
    C) Sell Bennet
    D) Sell both

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

    Admit it, you get more joy from players you were worried about not owning being benched than you do from anything your players do.

    1. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      My players never do anything so I’ve got to get my pleasure where I can!

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

        For real. And even when someone does score for you, it is just “get another!”. Nothing can match the feeling of a late cameo for a player you don’t own.

    2. Holmes
      • 5 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Why would you be worried about not owning someone, just get them if thats the case... 😮

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

        Can’t have them all, unfortunately. Even if you decide it isn’t worth the money having a very highly owned player, it doesn’t mean you don’t worry they will haul and wreck your rank. Salah non owner since week 5.

  18. Slouch87
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Pretty comical when people use the trolling excuse when a player they have picked who is a prime candidate for rotation gets benched. It's happens , you know it's going to happen sometimes. Get over it or just don't pick these players.

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

      Yeah, I bet there's a fair few who have all three of Laca/Kola/Deulo though. You'd probably be prepared for 1/2 to not take part, but unlikely for all three.

  19. Chucky
    • 5 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Will Kolasinac start against palace ??

    1. ZICO SENNA
      • 7 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Not sure, seems to get rested a lot and minutes curtailed lately

    2. Al Moon Yeah
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Probably not if he plays europa.

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

      Ask Unai

  20. melvinmbabazi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Fraser might come on for me if Kola dosen't get subbed on

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Think you get Valery 2 points unfortunately

      1. DrCongo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        7 days, 10 hours ago

        This

  21. JRO093
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Late move from KdB+deeney to Laca and Deulofeu looks pretty stupid now

  22. Magumbo
    • 7 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Would Love it if Kola and Laca come on for 1 point cameos

    Love it!!

    1. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      This and a Deeney hattrick

    2. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      That’s a bit nasty !

    3. *sigh*
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Ha, see below!

    4. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Still a red arrow for me, having no players in tonight's match 😎

      (At least its a smaller one.)

  23. Hotdogs for Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    So the idea that I see often on here that ‘... they are chasing a top 4 spot, why wouldn’t [insert name of manager] pick the strongest team possible ...’ just isn’t the case 🙂

  24. potatoace
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    I really really suck at wildcard.

    1. *sigh*
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Join the club mate.

  25. manu4life99
    • 9 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Still worth using BB with these?

    Lloris(BHA,mcy)
    Hojberg(new,wat)
    Valery(new,wat)
    Duffy(wol,tot)

    1. Shakshuka
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      When are you getting a better one?

  26. crease123
    • 4 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Pick one player to drop from this midfield/attack for GW35:

    Fraser Deulofeu Mane Sterling Son

    Deeney Jimenez Aguero

    1. wolvesmad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Fraser

      1. crease123
        • 4 Years
        7 days, 10 hours ago

        I thought Fraser too at the beginning, just because he doesn't have a DGW. And then I saw how that Fulham conceded the most amount of goals away from home, and Bournemouth scored the most at home outside of the top 6, and this put serious doubt into my plan.

  27. *sigh*
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Well was going to watch the match but unfortunately I have Lacazette, Kolasinac and Maitland-Niles. May just tune in on 89th minutes to watch all 3 coming off the bench for a cameo appearance. Youve just gotta laugh haven't you.

  28. andrewe63
    • 7 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Ghost ship since January.

    https://fantasy.premierleague.com/a/team/4584086/event/34

    Where's the justice ;(

    1. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Should have played Redmond over Alonso

      1. Mysterion
        • 1 Year
        7 days, 10 hours ago

        Alonso escaping justice yet again

    2. *sigh*
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Now that's what I call forward planning.

    3. Make Arrows Green Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Overall Rank:
      2,519,689

      Would you swap places?

      What happens to people's heads during WC time?

    4. g40steve
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Will get a shock when he gets the prize email?

    5. Al Moon Yeah
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 10 hours ago

      Well at least he doesn't get the Redmond pts. But don't be a cry baby about it. Loo at his ran. How many baf gameweeks did he have to get a rank like that? In all honesty one gameweek of megahaul means very little.

      1. Hernandez Lynam
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        7 days, 9 hours ago

        Sticky K key? Or as you would type, 'sticy ey'

  29. Mo Mané Mo Problems
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Auba and Lascelles out
    Duffy and Jimenez in (-4).

    Managing to make worse and worse transfers each week.

  30. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    7 days, 10 hours ago

    Laca on the benchy wenchy. Wooooo!