Scout Notes

Hazard all set for Gameweek 37 after Europa League benching

As per usual, the latest Europa League action has helped give us clues about the next round of Fantasy Premier League.

Most notably, Eden Hazard (£10.9m) was left on the bench ahead of a hugely appealing home fixture against Watford, with the Chelsea man potentially the key differential captain this weekend.

Meanwhile, the waters were muddied further at Arsenal as both of their centre-forwards were heavily involved against Valencia.

We discuss all the Fantasy talking points from the semi-finals in this latest Scout Notes article.

Arsenal 3-1 Valencia

Goals: Alexandre Lacazette x2 (£9.4m), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.8m)

Assists: Aubameyang, Xhaka, Sead Kolašinac (£5.0m)

Alexandre Lacazette (£9.4m) was the star for Arsenal as they beat Valencia on Thursday night. He scored twice as his partnership with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.8m) proved too hot to handle for the Spanish visitors. The Frenchman’s first goal of the night was netted after a square-ball from his Gabonese colleague, who added a crucial strike in stoppage time.

Lacazette’s goals came at just the right time for the Gunners as his exploits turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead in just seven minutes. He was by far the most threatening player on the pitch and could have arguably netted at least a hat-trick, maybe more. Lacazette spurned several big chances, including a close-range header and two opportunities that brought saves from Valencia goalkeeper Neto. The volume of shots he had in the match certainly suggests he could offer serious points potential in Gameweek 37 – after all, you have to all the way back to Gameweek 16 for the last time Lacazette blanked in a home match.

“I had two more chances where I could have done better but thankfully Aubameyang scored the third one. If we can go to Baku [for the Europa League final] it will be special.” – Alexandre Lacazette

However, calling which of Arsenal’s front men will start their Premier League encounter with Brighton on Sunday afternoon remains something of a coin toss. With both Lacazette and Aubameyang playing the full 90 minutes against Valencia, it is very difficult to second guess Unai Emery at this point. After all, he very recently substituted Lacazette roughly an hour into a Europa League tie, suggesting he would start the following Premier League match, but the Spanish manager ended up benching him.

It certainly seems as if Emery will not be resting on Arsenal’s laurels in the second leg of this semi-final, which might impact the game-time of his attacking players in Gameweek 37. When asked how he would approach the return trip to Spain, the Gunners boss insisted that attack will be the best form of defence. The Europa League continues to increase in priority for Arsenal as they bid for Champions League football in 2019/20. Three consecutive defeats in the Premier League have seriously damaged their top-four chances and are two points short of Chelsea with two games to go. Therefore, it’s possible that both Lacazette and Aubameyang will have their minutes managed against Brighton with that second leg in Valencia in mind. That said, 27 of the Frenchman’s 35 goals in all competitions for Arsenal (77%) have come at home, so perhaps it might be him who starts against Brighton and is benched for Valencia.

“We need to play there thinking to win, thinking to score, thinking to take our moment in attack. They are going to feel strong with their supporters there. Aubameyang and Lacazette played very well. We managed to get in dangerous situations near their goal, and in the first half towards the end, we got in four to five times out wide. I still believe that the tie is in the balance, we know how tough it will be to beat Valencia again. And they will be looking to respond.” – Unai Emery

Despite the positive result, Arsenal still looked defensively vulnerable at stages of this semi-final first leg, especially in the first half. Ezequiel Garay missed from a few yards out, then Rodrigo was given the space to head across goal to set up Mouctar Diakhaby for the opening strike. Soon afterwards a loose Ainsley Maitland-Niles (£4.4m) header allowed Goncalo Guedes a chance.

“We started a bit nervous because we lost the last three games, I think that’s normal. We are human, but after that, we had a good reaction.” – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

There were further clues to Arsenal’s potential line-up against Brighton on Thursday night. Laurent Koscielny (£5.4m) might be touch and go for Gameweek 37 after he was taken off in the 82nd minute against Valencia, Emery now hoping he will be okay for Sunday. Meanwhile, Sead Kolaśinac‘s (£5.0m) 90-minute outing, plus a full match at Leicester in Gameweek 36, might see him rotated out of his left-back berth for Nacho Monreal (£5.4m), who only played 10 minutes against Valencia.

“I hope Koscielny will be ok for Sunday, I don’t know. But I don’t know for the second leg away he was very tired. He ran back 50 metres doing a sprint and it’s normal he can be tired and struggling. I prefer to change him to give also Nacho Monreal ten minutes after his small [calf] injury. Ten minutes helps us and him.” – Unai Emery

Meanwhile, Lucas Torreira (£4.7m) featured only as a second-half substitute for Matteo Guendouzi (£4.4m). That should probably see the Uruguayan start against Brighton.

“I was thinking with Matteo, he can have that and also with the combination with Mesut. After the first half, it was not playing like I was thinking. But, it is good for us and our composition with the team, the set up I think was for controlling the possession also. This is the reason. Matteo and Lucas can help us at the beginning or having an impact. Also, giving us different qualities. Both can play together, can play also one another. It depends on the match. Today I decided with Matteo to play the passes ahead for Mesut, for the strikers, also one side to another side. Maybe the match in the second half can be different.” – Unai Emery

Arsenal XI (3-4-1-2): Cech; Koscielny (Monreal 82′), Sokratis, Mustafi; Kolašinac, Xhaka, Guendouzi (Torreira 58′), Maitland-Niles; Özil (Mkhitaryan 75′); Aubameyang, Lacazette.

Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1 Chelsea

Goals: Pedro (£6.2m)

Assists: Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£5.2m)

Chelsea fans might have been disappointed to see Hazard on the bench for their trip to Eintracht Frankfurt, but it was a development that will be particularly pleasing to his Fantasy owners. Maurizio Sarri opted not to start the Belgian to ensure that he had ample rest for the remainder of the season, with Watford up next. The 30 minutes that Hazard got under his belt on Thursday, which featured an energetic display, should see him fresh and ready for an appealing fixture that has firmly established him in the Gameweek 37 captaincy debate.

“Eden was on the bench because, in the last period, he played 10 matches in a row. It’s impossible to play that many. For us, this was match No59 I think, and Hazard also played eight matches in the national team. For a player, it’s impossible to play 70-75 matches in a season. And so, sometimes, Hazard like all the other players needs to rest. Or not to rest, but not to play for 90 minutes. This is the first reason. The second is that Eden usually is able to change the match from the bench, and so, for me, it was better to start with Willian and then to try, in the last 30-35 minutes, with Eden. But for Eden, it’s impossible to play 75-80 matches in a season.” – Maurizio Sarri

Alternative sources of investment to Hazard at Chelsea have been hard to come by in recent weeks but Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£5.2m) has been making a case for himself. The England international was arguably the Blues’ best player on Thursday night, coming back into the side after featuring only as a substitute against Manchester United. He inspired the fight-back after Chelsea went 1-0 down, forcing a save out of Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp before playing in Pedro (£6.2m) to equalise. Subsequently, Loftus-Cheek had two more excellent opportunities to score and will have done his chances of starting against Watford no harm at all.

He was replaced by Mateo Kovačić (£5.7m) in the 82nd minute with cramp, so is not really nailed on to start against Watford. Maurizio Sarri revealed once again that the club are still managing a back issue for him but given that he played just 14 minutes last weekend, he is still in with a shout of starting on Sunday afternoon.

“Loftus-Cheek is a very important player. He improved a lot during the season. When he is at the top, physically, he’s a very important player. He’s always in trouble with his back, and it’s not easy for him to have training with consistency. But in this match he was really fit. He played a very good match. He had a cramp in the last 10 minutes so he called me for a substitution.” – Maurizio Sarri

Meanwhile, Pedro has now been involved in seven goals in his last six starts in the Europa League. The Spaniard has scored four of his own and provided assists for another three, but very much remains off the Fantasy radar. That’s because his heavy involvement in European competitions has meant just one start in the last six Premier League matches.

“It’s very difficult because we have to play again in the Premier League in 62 hours, so it’s not easy to recover, especially in a very competitive championship like the Premier League. You risk to pay.” – Maurizio Sarri

David Luiz (£5.8m) offered plenty of goal threat against Frankfurt and will be disappointed not to have come away with attacking returns. He rattled the cross-bar with one of his textbook free-kicks before directing a headed effort from Hazard’s cross straight at the goalkeeper.

Chelsea XI (4-3-3): Kepa; Emerson, D Luiz, Christensen, Azpilicueta; Loftus-Cheek (Kovačić 83′), Jorginho, Kanté; Willian (Hazard 61′), Giroud, Pedro.

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  1. donlobatto
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Last RP - will probably go with the majority answer as I think it's so close!

    Bench ONE of these:

    A) Wilson (TOT)
    B) JWP (whu)
    C) Mili (car)

    Thanks all - I sense a GW with a lot of tears of joy and upset!

    1. Stimps
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      JWP

    2. Hansel
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      JWP

    3. Amey
        1 month, 21 days ago

        A

      • how now brown cow
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Jwp

      • pingissimus
          1 month, 21 days ago

          JWP

          Soton aren’t really any better away than Bournemouth at home - their recent hauls have been at home and Wilson is the one who could hurt you most.

          Mili plays anyway I think.

        • lilmessipran
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          JWP

        • donlobatto
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Looking like a resounding benching for Ward-Prowse (sorry Amey!)!

          1. Amey
              1 month, 21 days ago

              Hopefully Wilson outscore Jwp bro 😉

              1. donlobatto
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 21 days ago

                Not likely to be much in it imo. Both will be open games with teams trying to attack

        • Jonny HOW SON?
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          I'm winning my ML comfortably and want to have a bit of fun.
          Is Mane to Pogba just silly or should I go for it?

          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            It’s fun yeah

        • Who Ate All Depays?
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Guys what do you suggest with 1FT and 0.4m itb?

          Lloris
          Robertson, TAA, Valery
          Mane, Sterling, Son, Eriksen, Jota
          Aguero, Jimenez
          (Foster, Long, Duffy, Masina)

          A) Duffy -> Shaw
          B) Eriksen & Son -> Hazard & Martial/Siggy/Moura (-4)
          C) Eriksen & Lloris -> Hazard & Boruc (-4)
          D) any other suggestions

        • RAFA THE GAFFA
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          45 clear in main league. 3 clear in head to head. Would you do this move?

          Gray+Eriksen+Duffy >> Rashford+Pogba+Kelly (-4)

          Foster
          Laporte. TAA. Doherty
          Sterling. Mané. Eriksen. Son
          Agüero(C). Jiménez. Gray
          (Ryan, Højbjerg, Bednarek, Duffy)

          1. PascalCygan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 21 days ago

            I'd be hesitant about getting in Rashford but as a Pogba owner already I'd advocate that. So maybe just Eriksen to Pogba?

            1. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              What about the above hit with Zaha?

              1. PascalCygan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 21 days ago

                Possibly, yeah. Cardiff look shot. Good shout.

        • AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Anyone considering Sane this week?

          1. Prison Mike
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Yeah thinking Eriksen to him or Martial as a punt

        • LǝgleSs e|even
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Best Vertonghen replacement for GW37 and 38?

          1. fr3ddy
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Robertson

          2. Mingo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            TAA always popular. Laporte if you don't have any City defence. Digne, Shaw or PvA if you fancy rolling the dice.

        • Hansel
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          A) Trippier -> TAA, save FT

          B) Trippier + Eriksen -> TAA + Pogba

          C) Trippier + Eriksen -> Dann + Hazard

        • Powers106
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          1FT and still have WC

          Ederson - Boruc
          Robertson - TAA - Digne - WBA - Duffy
          Redmond - Mane - Haz - Son - Brooks flagged
          Jimi - Aguero c (Wilson 1st bench)

          A) Ederson to DDG = hot Vardy, v Huddersfield
          B) Son to Pogba

          Thanks for the help!

          1. Mingo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            How and why do you still have your WC? Do you have a plan to use it or are you just going to effectively free hit next week? I'd be a bit nervous about trying to predict which 11 players will start.

            I'd keep Ederson, Son to Pogba is a decent punt. Are you playing Brooks over Wilson?

            1. Powers106
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              Brooks is flagged so also on the bench ahead of Duffy, behind Wilson.

              I think WC will be great for final week, but just mostly only needed one or 2 changes max each week, crazy never wanted to use it for a -4, though I did have a -8 , seems more like a -16 thing!

        • rnrd
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Would you do sané & Kdb out for hazard and bilva in? For free?

          (Bilva or pogba maybe btw)

          1. Hansel
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Definitely!

        • Dosh
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          A. Salah + Gray --> Hazard + Rashford
          B. Salah + Moura --> Hazard + Pogba
          C. Moura + Gray --> Redmond + Rashford
          D. Salah + Moura + Gray --> Mane + Hazard + Long (-4)
          E. Kolasinac --> Shaw and save one FT for next week

          Hazard is really tempting but selling Salah is probably not the best idea? Dont want to sell Kun, Sterling or Son either.

          Best option here? Thanks!

        • Drogba Legend
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 21 days ago

          What to do with 1FT:

          Lloris
          TAA - Laporte - Valery
          Son - Eriksen - Jota - Mane
          Kun (C) - Jimenez - Firmino**

          Foster - Camarasa - Duffy - Dunk

          Since Firmino is healthy/unflagged thinking Duffy/Dunk > Digne/Shaw/Doherty, thoughts?

          Will BB this week too as I'm in the semis for my H2H playoffs

        • Marko1985
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Stuck with this lot.
          1FT and 2.1mil in the bank.

          Foster (Boruc)
          TAA VVD Doherty
          Son Deulofeu Salah Sterling
          Jiménez Aguero Wilson
          Subs Bednarek Cathcart Holland

          Want to upgrade Deulofeu and narrowed down my options to:

          A) Deulofeu > Bilva
          B) Deulofeu + VVD > Mane + Valery (-4)
          C) Deulofeu + Cathcart > Pogba + 3.8 defender (-4)

          Thoughts?

        • LewanGOALski
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Which FWD in for up to 7.5?

          A) Rashford
          B) Zaha
          C) Wilson
          D) Mitrovic

          thx!

          1. DAVESAVES
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Rash

        • Amey
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Any important press remaining ??

            1. Rotation's Alter Ego
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              No.

              Rafa now, Hughton soon (if I'm still sane by the time he finally starts)

              1. Rotation's Alter Ego
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                Oh and Watford at 5

                1. Amey
                    1 month, 21 days ago

                    Lol
                    What is with Garcia & 5 pm god knows.
                    Always the last one.

                    Cheers

                2. Amey
                    1 month, 21 days ago

                    Thank you Sir 🙂
                    Will do my FT now and relax.

                3. HamezMace
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  Pep now. Nuno, Rafa, + brighton and huddersfield.

                  1. Amey
                      1 month, 21 days ago

                      Cheers mate
                      Nuno press done i guess 😮

                      1. HamezMace
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 21 days ago

                        Was reportedly at 1:30pm

                4. OptimusBlack
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  Best Mid Player with 7.1 M or lese ?

                  1. OptimusBlack
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 21 days ago

                  2. Mingo
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 21 days ago

                    People seem to be keen on Redmond, Mili could still score well in the final 2 games.

                5. RC16
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  Hi all

                  Any opinions on which to start - JWP or Vardy?

                  Thanks!

                  1. how now brown cow
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 21 days ago

                    Vardy for me. If Leicester do score it's most likely him.

                    1. RC16
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 21 days ago

                      That was my thought too.

                      Thanks, appreciate the response!

                6. manu4life99
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  Salah to Haz/Sterling or save FT?

                  Lloris
                  TAA Kola Doherty
                  Mane Salah Son Jota
                  Jiminez Zaha Aguero

                  Redmond,Valery,Duffy,Foster

                7. pelle9
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  Best pick:

                  Both a -4

                  A) Eriksen & Duffy >>> SIggy & Laporte

                  B) Eriksen & Duffy >>> Pogba & Digne

                  Thanks guys.

                  1. Dosh
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 21 days ago

                    B

                8. DAVESAVES
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  1) Jota and Pogba (Gray)

                  2) Rashford and Eriksen (Redmond)

                  3) Rashford Pogba (Martial)

                  Cheers

                9. Oggle22
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  G2G
                  Ryan
                  Doherty Shaw TAA Kolasinac
                  Salah Mane Son Sterling
                  Kun Long

                  Hammer Llorente Valery Hudson-Odi

                  Cheers

                10. Holteenderinthesky
                    1 month, 21 days ago

                    Struggling with this lot.
                    Ryan
                    TAA, Trippier, Doherty
                    Salah, Son, Mane, Sterling
                    Llorente, Jimenez, Vardy

                    Foster, JWP, Koscielny, Valery
                    Worried about Aguero
                    A) Vardy>Rashford
                    B) Vardy&Son>Aguero&Jota/Mili. -4
                    Or anything else?

                  • HamezMace
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 21 days ago

                    "I don’t know. Next Monday he is not available, I don’t know about the future," said Pep when asked about injured playmaker Kevin De Bruyne.

                    As for whether Fernandinho is fit, he added: "I don’t know. I didn’t speak with the doctors because when they start to go to the training pitch and run, that’s when you realise they are coming back soon. But they are still in the gym."

                    No KdB or Fernandinho then.

                    1. Amey
                        1 month, 21 days ago

                        Cheers mate
                        Bilva in Midfield then

                        1. HamezMace
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 21 days ago

                          More than likely.

                    2. Fantasydreamer
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 21 days ago

                      Is mane and son to sterling and redmond/Babel for a -4 a stupid plan? 30 points clear in ML and second place has sterling and Babel (no son or mane)

                    3. corderz
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 21 days ago

                      What changes this week? (2FT + £0)

                      Ryan Gunn
                      Trippier TAA Doherty Duffy Valery
                      Sterling Mane Son Pogba Deulofeu
                      Aguero Jimenez Llorente

                      1. corderz
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 21 days ago

                        Any advice massively appreciated

                    4. burkeyoa
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 21 days ago

                      Best Triple Captain option over the last 2 GWs?

                      1. HamezMace
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 21 days ago

                        Aguero/Sterling/Rashford/Hazard in 37.
                        Aguero/Sterling in 38

                        I'd say.

                    5. Eastman
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 21 days ago

                      Eriksen/Son > Haz/Milivojevic?

                      1. OptimusBlack
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 21 days ago

                        Same here 😀
                        But sure get Hazard

                    6. OptimusBlack
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 21 days ago

                      A-Son & Long
                      B- Mili & Zaha

                      1. OptimusBlack
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 21 days ago

                        B Guys Is better ,Right ?

                    7. makaveli123
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 21 days ago

                      Haven't watched Everton in a while. Who is the best pick between Richarlison and Sigurdsson? Cheers

                      1. TheSteel
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 21 days ago

                        Digne apparently

                      2. Amey
                          1 month, 21 days ago

                          Siggy was, is and forever will be the best pick !
                          I watched the 4-0 thumping of us 🙁
                          Also highlights of few gw's. Regret selling Siggy in gw 27

                      3. dunas_dog
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 21 days ago

                        What move to make? Put off United after press conference uncertainties so with 1 free transfer

                        A Eriksen to Siggy
                        B Eriksen to Hazard and Son to Redmond/Milivojevic-4
                        C Save

                        Loris
                        TAA Doherty Robertson
                        Sterling Son Mané Jota Eriksen
                        Aguero Jimenez

                        Foster Long Duffy Yoshida

                        1. Eastman
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 21 days ago

                          I’m thinking Eriksen/Son to Haz and Mili for -4 too

                      4. Jones Bond
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 21 days ago

                        I bought martial on my wild card before the double it’s obviously proved to be a rubbish punt.
                        I still own him, should I play him or Wilson this week?
                        A.martial
                        B.wilson

                        1. Eastman
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 21 days ago

                          May as well play him this week if you’ve kept. Decent 2 fixtures

                          1. Jones Bond
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 21 days ago

                            Cheers for reply I really am in 2 minds about it, its Huddersfield but don’t trust him.

                            1. Eastman
                              • 1 Year
                              1 month, 21 days ago

                              Probably comes down to if u want to take risks or play safe