Scout Notes

Deeney forces rethink as Wildcard week worsens

Covering Watford’s two fixtures in Double Gameweek 35 became a lot harder after the events of Monday night.

There was a no-show from injured midfielder Gerard Deulofeu (£5.6m), while Troy Deeney (£5.9m) will now miss the next three matches after being sent off.

We’ve got all the effects of Arsenal’s 1-0 win at Vicarage Road in this latest Scout Notes article.

Watford 0-1 Arsenal

Goals: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.9m)

Assists: None

Andre Gray (£5.9m) may receive some transfer attention in the build-up to Watford’s involvement in Double Gameweek 35. He now looks the most likely of the Hornets forward players to start both matches next week, which see them travel to Huddersfield and host Southampton.

That’s because Deeney is now suspended for three matches following an elbow to the head of Lucas Torreira (£4.7m) in the first half. His sending off was a truly devastating development for those on Wildcards in Double Gameweek 34, when it was already looking bleak anyway. Deeney was selected in 43.59% of Wildcard squads among the top 10,000 managers this week, only Raúl Jiménez (£6.9m) and Sergio Aguero (£11.7m) achieving more backing at that level. Those managers all now have at least one transfer booked in for Double Gameweek 35.

They are probably best holding off for a few days though just to get more information on the fallout. Watford manager Javi Gracia was adamant in his post-match press conference that the referee had made the wrong decision in sending Deeney off, and an appeal could potentially be forthcoming.

“I don’t agree but I respect the referee’s decision. It’s maybe a yellow card. He doesn’t have to explain to me anything. I could see the play. I could see the contact with his arm but never his elbow. I don’t understand that decision. I never saw an aggression in the movement. I don’t understand why the referee took that decision.” – Javi Gracia

Meanwhile, Deulofeu was not in the matchday squad after picking up an ankle injury in Watford’s FA Cup semi-final earlier this month.. He now has just two starts in the last four matches and is now even less likely to get significant game-time in the Double Gameweek. Obviously, we should wait and see what Gracia says in the coming days but for now the situation does not look too positive for him, furthering the claims that Gray is perhaps the best option to look at. In the last six Gameweeks, Deulofeu is the only Watford player to boast better minutes per chance than Gray.

Gracia initially diverted from his usual 4-4-2 formation to line the Hornets up in a 3-5-2. Daryl Janmaat (£4.9m) joined Christian Kabasele (£4.4m) and Craig Cathcart (£4.5m) in the back-three with Adam Masina (£4.3m) and Kiko Femenía (£4.2m) flanking central midfielders Will Hughes (£4.9m), Etienne Capoue (£4.8m) and Abdoulaye Doucouré (£5.9m).

The latter has been considered as a viable option for investing in Watford’s upcoming pair of fixtures based on his security of starts and two goals in Double Gameweek 32. In the last six Gameweeks, he is also top for goal attempts, shots in the box and joint-top for efforts on target among Watford players. Also of encouragement for those looking to Doucouré in Double Gameweek 35, was that he took up some advanced positions in the early exchanges on Monday night. That ended as soon as Deeney was sent off and Gracia had to change shape, but it could be something he has the licence to do next week.

Ben Foster (£4.6m) was at the heart of the only goal of the game ahead of expected significant involvement in Double Gameweek 35 Bench Boost squads. Receiving a pass back from Kiko Femenía, he completely underestimated the pace of Aubameyang, who closed him down in time to block the goalkeeper’s clearance and direct it into the net. That obviously won’t inspire a huge amount of confidence in Foster owners, but he does have the benefit of playing goal-shy Huddersfield Town in the first of his Double Gameweek matches at least.

“I’ve gone to kick it and before I know it he’s bloody on me. To be fair, he’s absolutely rapid. I spoke to Bernd Leno at the end of the game and he said ‘it’s not your fault, he’s too quick’. I’m gutted for the lads, though.” – Ben Foster

Unai Emery pulled the rug from under the feet of Fantasy managers once again as he benched Alexandre Lacazette (£9.4m) for Monday night’s game. The Frenchman seemed the more likely of Arsenal’s senior strikers to start the match considering it was him who had his minutes managed against Napoli last Thursday, not Aubameyang. It was simply another example of how unpredictable Emery’s team selections are this season.

His decisions on the back-four ensured that Arsenal kept their first clean sheet away from home this season when their most popular defender was on the bench. Sead Kolasinac (£5.0m) was left among the substitutes, with Nacho Monreal (£5.4m) deployed at left-back. That meant Konstantinos Mavropanos (£4.7m) earned his first start of the season at centre-back alongside Laurent Koscielny (£5.4m), with Sokratis Papastathopoulous (£5.1m) suspended. Shkodran Mustafi (£5.4m) was used at right-back again and was arguably one of the better players on the field, top of clearances, block and interceptions among Arsenal players in the match.

Arsenal lost a little bit of control in the second half when Emery started to make changes. He went to a back-three of Monreal, Mustafi and Koscielny but in bringing on young midfielder Matteo Guendouzi (£4.4m) for Mavropanos only caused confusion at the back, which Watford thrived on. Emery then had to revert back to a four-man defence by bringing Ainsley Maitland-Niles (£4.4m) on for Aaron Ramsey (£7.1m).

“I didn’t do these decisions to get all the control I want. I changed to a 4-2-3-1 with Ainsley. The anxiety in our team was also because in the second half they can take some moments to score. We worked well on set pieces and second actions.” – Unai Emery

As for that clean sheet itself, Arsenal probably owe it to a combination of Deeney’s dismissal and an impressive performance from Bernd Leno (£4.9m). Watford were obviously limited to a certain extent in their captain’s absence and a man down but still fashioned chances, hence why Arsenal’s goalkeeper was called into action regularly. After a shaky start to life in north London, Leno has gone from strength-to-strength in recent weeks. He made some excellent saves from Cathcart and Capoue to earn huge praise from the local press and by the end of the evening, the Arsenal fans were chanting his name.

“(Leno) has confidence and helps us a lot. He is competitive with Cech, giving them two competitions. They are both giving us a lot in goal.” – Unai Emery

Emery will now be sweating on the fitness of Torreira after he had to come out of the game at half-time. It was reported after the match that he was feeling some pain in his groin and that he might miss the Europa League quarter-final second leg in Naples. To stress his contribution to the team, Torreira won the ball back 10 times at Vicarage Road, more than any of his team-mates, despite playing just 45 minutes.

“It was a very physical match today but we can respond well. Torreira is the same problem like Thursday. It’s the same problem as Thursday.” – Unai Emery

Watford XI (4-3-1-2): Foster; Masina (Sema 86′), Cathcart, Kabasele, Janmaat; Doucouré, Capoue, Kiko Femenía (Success 59′); Hughes; A Gray, Deeney.

Arsenal XI (4-2-3-1): Leno; Monreal, Koscielny, Mavropanos (Guendouzi 59′), Mustafi; Xhaka, Torreira (Özil 45′); Iwobi, Ramsey (Maitland-Niles 68′), Mkhitaryan; Aubameyang.

1,180 Comments Post a Comment
  1. #FPLBhuna
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 6 days ago

    think I'm going ings

    really dont fancy gray

    1. Chucky
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      is he nailed?

      1. #FPLBhuna
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

        probably not, but you'd expect him to get at least 60 minutes in the first and 30 in the other

        and then play in subsequent gameweeks, the fixtures are pretty nice too

        gw36: bournemouth H
        gw37: west ham A
        gw38: huddersfield H

        1. Chucky
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 6 days ago

          cheers... will go with redmond then...

    2. Miniboss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Don't. Even sgw Wilson with -4 will be better option.

  2. The 12th Man
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 6 days ago

    Use BB this week with a -4 or -8 to sort Deeney,Dunk out or play 11 below and play BB later?

    Lloris
    TAA, Doherty,Valery
    KDB,Son,Erikson, Jota,Salah(c)
    Jimenez,Aguero

    Foster,Deeney,Duffy,Dunk 0.0m itb

    1. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      BB 36 imo

  3. Inazuma X1
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 6 days ago

    Mendy an option now?

    1. Arfaish
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Yes I think so, not as secure as Laporte but gold if he hits early season form. One for the chasers

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

      I'm really considering. A little worried he may out play both PL games but will do the job long term with attacking returns if he stays fit

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

        May not***

  4. Arfaish
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 6 days ago

    Options to replace Vardy?
    A) Llorente
    B) Rashford
    C) Firmino (-4)
    D) Don't, he has West Ham

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      B could be great

      1. Arfaish
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

        Worth the risk of Vardy performing against West Ham? I suppose two bites at the cherry is always better then one..

    2. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      C

    3. MikeBravo
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 6 days ago

      D

  5. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 6 days ago

    Eriksen injured?

    1. #FPLBhuna
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      source?

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

        It was a question. I seen him getting transferred out by people on here

        1. Ask Yourself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 6 days ago

          Oh ffs go away

        2. #FPLBhuna
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 6 days ago

          lol for god sake.

          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 6 days ago

            Sorry haha

    2. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Don’t I will pummel you

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

        Hard man in the house 🙂

      2. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

        ME?

        1. Ask Yourself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 6 days ago

          No animals like us deserve love and care x

    3. Miniboss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 6 days ago

      source?

    4. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      ah rafa don't say these things

    5. Chucky
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      typical of my season...

    6. Eytexi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Source?

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

      Rumour

    8. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      All, It was a question. I seen him getting transferred out by quite a few people on here

      1. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

        Ban

      2. Amey
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 6 days ago

        Hey bro,
        Thank you for the Newcastle match call this gw.
        I've avoided Vardy + FT & directly got Bobby.

        Re Eriksen, people are selling as least enticing option in the template WC team to get some money after Deeney RC to get some new players as most have 0 it. & Not many options on Deeney price bracket

        1. donlobatto
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 6 days ago

          This exactly

          I don't like it but he is the most obvious option for raising funds if you already have Son

        2. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 6 days ago

          All clear. Who you looking at?

          1. Amey
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 6 days ago

            Nahh
            I'm not selling.
            Just letting you know the consensus 😉

    9. Jarvish Scott Talent
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      BAN 😉

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

        Haha 🙂 probably would if I’d missed the question mark off

    10. GARY AND JAMIE
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Would make my plans easier if so...

  6. Eytexi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 6 days ago

    Know this is a bit early but how does this bench boost look for gameweek 38?

    Gunn - Huddersfield (H).
    Foster - West Ham (H).

    TAA - Wolves (H).
    Robertson - Wolves (H).
    SPURS - Everton (H).
    Valery - Huddersfield (H).
    UNITED - Cardiff (H).

    Sterling - Brighton (a).
    Mané - Wolves (H).
    Pogba - Cardiff (H).
    Eriksen - Everton (H).
    Son - Everton (H).

    Jiminez - Liverpool (a).
    Wilson - Palace (a).
    Deeney - West Ham (H).

    Thoughts appreciated; cheers. 🙂

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      BB in GW38 planned now is risky as many teams who have nothin to play for really don’t bother trying and put out reserves. Here you risk teams having secured UCL spot, safety or even the title so not the biggest fan

      1. Eytexi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 6 days ago

        Good point, well made.

    2. Arfaish
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Looks very good, only concern is double Pool against a wolves team with that record against the top 6. Having said that Liverpool keeping a clean sheet at home is hardly ridiculous

      1. Eytexi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 6 days ago

        Thanks. Very true they could concede, but even if Jiminez grabs one then I have him, and both the Pool full backs have the potential to grab an assist or two as well.

    3. Miniboss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Not a fan. Save BB and use on GW1 next season.

      1. Eytexi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 6 days ago

        If i could, i would haha.

        1. Miniboss
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          6 months, 6 days ago

          😉

    4. kalmoffit
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      All those forwards away, wouldn't expect much.

      1. Eytexi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 6 days ago

        Deeney not away. If Wolves blank that's a double Liverpool clean sheet bagged. Wilson away just awful, didn't get 15 points away to Brighton or anything. 😉

  7. Nuno
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 6 days ago

    Risk going Deeney>Success this week so that I can go Duffy>VVD next week without hits (0.1m short of Robertson)

  8. The Pope
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 6 days ago

    1FT, £4m ITB

    Boruc

    Robertson Bednarek Pereira

    Sterling Eriksen Son JWP

    Aguero Vardy Wilson

    Guaita Barnes Shaw AWB

    Planning to do Barnes + Vardy > Deulofeu + Jimenez (-4)

    BB GW 38

    Good moves?

    1. Soonmixdin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 5 days ago

      Deulofeu a great move if he's not injured!

  9. Rahulio
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Deeney Replacements for 6.4 mil?

    • the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Thoughts on these moves?

      a. Vardy >Wilson & Camarasa > Pogba/Fraser for a - 4

      b. Keep Vardy V WHU and just do Camarasa > Pogba / Fraser

      any feedback appreciated

      Cheers

      1. MikeBravo
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 6 days ago

        B

    • tibollom
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      so many issues with my team.. would you postpone BB for another GW or take a -4 to Deeney to Gray?

      Ryan Foster
      Laporte Robbo Duffy Doherty Bed
      Erik Mane Redmond Sterling Docoure
      Jim Kun Deeny

      1. MikeBravo
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 6 days ago

        Take hit

    • Jimjam
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Fabianski (Boruc)
      Alexander-Arnold, Kolasinac, Mepham (Schar, Wan-Bissaka)
      Salah, Sterling, Son, Tielemans (Hayden)
      Aguero, King, Rondon

      1FT, 1.8 in bank

      (A) Rondon / King --> Jimenez
      (B) Tielemans --> Martial
      (C) Schar / Mepham --> Trippier

    • ScotDougie
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 5 days ago

      .