Scout Notes

Hazard stars in Chelsea win but poses Gameweek 38 dilemma

Chelsea 3-0 Watford

Goals: Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£5.2m), David Luiz (£5.8m), Gonzalo Higuaín (£9.0m)

Assists: Eden Hazard x2 (£10.9m), Pedro (£6.2m)

Bonus: D Luiz x3, Hazard x2, Loftus-Cheek x1

Eden Hazard (£10.9m) duly delivered on his Gameweek 37 promise as he was comfortably the best player at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon. Providing two assists and securing two bonus, the Belgian emerged with an 11-point haul to help those using him as a differential on the top 10k. He had effective ownership in that bracket of just 22.06% for Gameweek 37 in a week where the average score without a chip in the top 10k currently stands at just 30.98.

For that reason, those in possession of Hazard might have hoped for a little more considering how well he played against Watford. No Fantasy asset managed more shots in the box or created more chances than him, most of which came in the second half. Chelsea started the game quite poorly as Watford set up with a high-press, so had the Blues played the first half as they did the second it is possible that Hazard might have scored too.

“I think that, in the first half, we were in trouble because we were tired: physically and mentally. Then, in the second half, they lowered their intensity so we were in control of the match. We were lucky, of course, because we scored after two minutes. After the first goal, probably we improved mentally and we were able to play very well for 30-35 minutes. In the first half, we were tired and in trouble, I think tired more mentally than physically. But it’s not easy to play after 60 hours. In the past, after a match away in the Europa League, we won only one match.” – Maurizio Sarri

Furthermore, Hazard’s owners find themselves in something of a quandary ahead of Gameweek 38. His recent success has been almost exclusively in front of his own supporters, and not been replicated on the road. Despite four double-figure hauls in his last five home league matches, the Belgian has eight blanks in his last nine away. In fact, the last time he found the net on his travels in the Premier League was at Watford in Gameweek 19. With Leicester also proving quite effective in defence since Brendan Rodgers took over, it does seem somewhat unlikely that Hazard will be able to sign off his FPL season in a similar fashion to Gameweek 37.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is looking like a decent FPL prospect for next season

Once again, Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£5.2m) showed his potential to be a serious asset worth considering in 2019/20 with another fine performance. He did not start the match as Maurizio Sarri continues to manage his minutes due to an ongoing back problem but he Chelsea were much better for his introduction. As ever, it was Loftus-Cheek’s drive from central midfield that got Chelsea going and in the end, only Hazard completed more successful take-ons than him at Stamford Bridge.

Crucially, despite limited game-time this year, the England international has managed to record the same minutes per touch (1.1) as Hazard and his minutes per pass received of 1.7 is just shy of his colleague’s 1.6. Also in the last four home matches, Loftus-Cheek has averaged more big chances and higher expected goals (xG) than Hazard.

Chelsea’s chances of success both in the Europa League and on the final day of the Premier League may very well depend on what progress N’Golo Kanté (£4.9m) can make this week. He was forced off in the 10th minute with a hamstring injury and Sarri currently does not know the severity. It does seem likely that the Frenchman will miss the next two matches, even if he can recover, as the Chelsea manager seemed to regret not resting him for the Watford game.

“I don’t know. The problem is with his hamstring. But I think that I made a mistake because, probably, today he had to rest. Sometimes it’s very difficult to put on the bench a player so important like Hazard, like Kante, but you have to do it. Otherwise, you risk, and I have to say that I made a mistake. I don’t know (the severity). We have to wait until tomorrow morning, I think, but I think it’s very difficult to recover him for the next two matches. But we want to play in the final, so he’s lucky. We have to try and recover him for the final in case (we get there).” – Maurizio Sarri

David Luiz added Chelsea’s second goal, just minutes after they had opened the scoring

Meanwhile, David Luiz (£5.8m) rewarded his 11.6% ownership with an impressive 15-point haul. Not only did he keep a clean sheet and score the second goal of the game, but he also secured three bonus in the process. He did come off in the 89th minute but that was not connected with an injury at all. As it was the last home league game of the season, and the result was secure, Sarri took the opportunity to allow Gary Cahill (£5.0m) the chance to come on for a final appearance at Stamford Bridge ahead of a probable departure this summer.

“Today was his last match for Chelsea, so it was important for him to be on the pitch, only for a few minutes but I still think it was really very important for the fans and for him. Here, Gary won everything. And so I think he had to say goodbye to the stadium, to the fans, to the club.” – Maurizio Sarri

Watford actually began this encounter as the better side. Their high press limited Chelsea’s attack most effectively, with the Blues not managing a single shot above 0.5 xG until the second half. However, the Hornets were unable to sustain their pressure beyond the break and were ultimately undone by their biggest weakness this season: set pieces.

“It felt like we played very well in the first half and a bit of a lack of concentration killed the game for us. It’s a lesson learned for this season, we have to be very ruthless in both boxes.” – Nathaniel Chalobah

“I think the result was very, very tough for us,” said Gracia. “In my opinion, we didn’t deserve that result. We had some good moments in the first half, a good performance, creating chances, dominating the game, recovering the ball with a good attitude and playing in the opposition half. We didn’t take our chances, we didn’t confirm [our superiority]. We have to be more clinical in that situation and be more aggressive in both boxes. It is difficult as I am happy with the performance but I am not happy losing 3-0.” – Javi Gracia

Gerard Deulofeu (£5.7m) continues to prove a more effective threat in away matches than he does at home. He may have failed to find the net at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon but he had more efforts on goal than any other player, although none were on target.

The Spaniard was reunited with strike-partner Troy Deeney (£5.8m) up front, who was back after his three-match suspension. With the FA Cup final later this month looming large, Javi Gracia opted to preserve the pair by bringing Isaac Success (£4.5m) and Andre Gray (£5.9m) on for them in the 83rd minute.

The two substitutes were involved in an unfortunate turn of events for Watford in the closing stages. Success headed the ball towards Chelsea’s goal following a ball in from a set piece, but it inadvertently hit Gray, who was standing in an offside position, before going in the net and being disallowed.

Chelsea XI (4-3-3): Kepa; Alonso, D Luiz (Cahill 89′), Christensen, Azpilicueta; Kovačić, Jorginho, Kanté (Loftus-Cheek 10′); Hazard, Higuaín (Giroud 79′), Pedro.

Watford XI (4-4-2): Foster; Holebas, Cathcart, Mariappa, Kiko Femenía; Pereyra, Doucouré, Chalobah (Cleverley 67′), Hughes; Deeney (A Gray 83′), Deulofeu (Success 83′).

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426 Comments Post a Comment
  1. kuzser
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    What is the best move for next week guys? 1FT, 1.6itb
    ML leader's differential is Sterling vs mine Salah. 

    1) Son Jimenez-> sterling long for-4 and bench jota
    2) doherty-> laporte and play either jota or Jimmi
    3) son-> bilva /pogba/ mili and play either jota or jimmi
    4) jimenez-> Zaha and play jota

    Foster (Ryan)
    Taa Shaw Valery
    Jota mane Salah Redmond 
    Jimenez Wilson Aguero
    Subs: Son doherty duffy

    1. Crispo
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      1

    2. wolvesmad
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Jota and or Jiminez can score against Liverpool

  2. Ginkapo FPL
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Hey Fantasy Gold, why havent you deposited the cash in my account yet?

    1. Fantasy Gold
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      😉

  3. Amey
      1 month, 11 days ago

      If the deadlock is not broken in first half, it's going to be a nervy match for City 😮
      Leicester in awesome form atm

      1. Debauchy
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Yep not sure what to expect

        1. Amey
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Raz hattrick is my expectations 🙂
            Straight as .... !!

            1. Amey
                1 month, 11 days ago

                One of*

              • VanDijksToWatchOutFor
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 11 days ago

                I’ll take a brace if one of them comes from a kun missed penalty rebound 😉

                1. Amey
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Amen

                2. Debauchy
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Please...... not, Kun cpt no Raz sweating..

                  1. Amey
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      😮

              • VanDijksToWatchOutFor
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Fear not, I don’t see this being nervy so much as frantic. Way more entertaining.

                1. Amey
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    I had a long day. Traveling 😕
                    Hopefully it will be an entertaining game

                    1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      Where were you going? Will it be worth it?
                      Yeah I hope so. I’ll take 4-2

                      1. Amey
                          1 month, 11 days ago

                          I was talking about my day & need this to be a good match for relaxing home 🙂

                          1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
                            • 1 Year
                            1 month, 11 days ago

                            Got it.

                  • Magic Zico
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    What if Vardy scored first at 60th min?

                    1. Amey
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        Will be watching on mobile. Late night. Battery low already 😀
                        If this happens I'd charge my phone & watch all the match.
                        Would be great watching Pep team chasing a match

                  • Jinswick
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    What would you do here?

                    A) Doherty & Son -> Laporte & Moura
                    B) Doherty & Son -> Valery & Sane
                    C) Son & Jimenez -> Bilva & Rashford
                    D) Son & Jimenez -> Pogba & Zaha

                    Foster
                    Trent, Virgil, Doherty
                    Sterling, Mane, Son, Redmond
                    Aguero, Jimenez, Wilson

                    Ryan, Jota, Duffy, Dunk
                    Bank 0.0m, 2FTs

                    1. Debauchy
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      A But Laporte and Babel 🙂

                  • Collie01
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Anybody know Sterling and Agueros EO for tonight? Thanks

                    1. Collie01
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      In the top 10k

                      1. RamaJama
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        Think Sterling 89% and Aguero above 100%

                    2. Amey
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        Raz 89
                        Kun 137
                        Combined 50.89 % players own both

                        1. Collie01
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 11 days ago

                          Thanks both

                        2. g40steve
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 11 days ago

                          🙂

                    3. Ginkapo FPL
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      Has anyone seen the City team bus? Wanna know if Aguero was on it.

                    4. Vlad Tepes
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      Come on Raz save me in my ML, I gambled and saved my TC chip for this week instead of using it last GW on Mane. Hope it pays off

                    5. The 12th Man
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      Anyone saving there FT next week?

                      1. The 12th Man
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        *Their

                      2. Debauchy
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        Sure to be some saving TCS and bbs too

                      3. FPL Pillars
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        I’m sure MANY million will. (Ghost teams)

                      4. Amey
                          1 month, 11 days ago

                          Missing Deadline could be possible 😀

                      5. Squib
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        Help a brother out lads.
                        What would you do?

                        Patricio Ryan
                        TAA Perreira AWB Duffy Bennett
                        Mane Son Pogba Sterling Redmond
                        Aguero Jiminez Arnautovic

                        1FT
                        0 ITB

                        Trying to cling on to last cash prize place in a mini league.

                        1. Debauchy
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 11 days ago

                          Well set, punt Son to Babel

                      6. FPL Pillars
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        Vardy is being scouted for tonight. Terrific form, can he do it on the big stage tonight?

                        1. Numb
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 11 days ago

                          He can, he’s done it before

                          1. FPL Pillars
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 11 days ago

                            Yes indeed, tough one to call a score on. Personally I hope he puts on a good performance but blanks as I have Laporte.

                        2. Debauchy
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 11 days ago

                          Yep, hope not with Laporte

                      7. balint84
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        babel or tieleman

                        1. Numb
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 11 days ago

                          The Tower

                        2. Debauchy
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 11 days ago

                          I believe in Babylon..

                          1. Daniel - The Veteran
                            • 9 Years
                            1 month, 11 days ago

                            Babbel

                            1. Debauchy
                              • 6 Years
                              1 month, 11 days ago

                              Babelula baby

                      8. Waylander
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        Kun cappers form up on me!

                        1. Eddie`
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 11 days ago

                          Pardon?

                          1. Waylander
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 11 days ago

                            Haha, just getting some hype going. Need a big haul to regain my Mini-League lead.

                        2. Debauchy
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 11 days ago

                          Here fella

                        3. Debauchy
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 11 days ago

                          Form a circle ?

                          1. Waylander
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 11 days ago

                            Let's go, Kun!

                        4. Amey
                            1 month, 11 days ago

                            Too many dead teams !!
                            Can you take them all 😉

                            1. Debauchy
                              • 6 Years
                              1 month, 11 days ago

                              😆

                            2. Waylander
                              • 2 Years
                              1 month, 11 days ago

                              All are welcome to join the party!

                        5. Pras United
                          • 7 Years
                          1 month, 11 days ago

                          Son + Jimenez -> Salah + Long look ok?

                          1. Debauchy
                            • 6 Years
                            1 month, 11 days ago

                            Yep , Cpt Salah then

                            1. Daniel - The Veteran
                              • 9 Years
                              1 month, 11 days ago

                              Will Salah be 100%?

                              1. Pras United
                                • 7 Years
                                1 month, 11 days ago

                                Yes - he can’t play Barca since it is not allowed for 7 days after a concussion. But Sunday is ok.

                            2. Pras United
                              • 7 Years
                              1 month, 11 days ago

                              It’s for free so don’t really need to.. if City win tonight then it will be Kun/Sterling. If not, then Salah

                              1. Debauchy
                                • 6 Years
                                1 month, 11 days ago

                                Salah still wants golden boot, wont let up

                                1. Pras United
                                  • 7 Years
                                  1 month, 11 days ago

                                  Wolves better than Brighton though

                        6. Daniel - The Veteran
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 11 days ago

                          Will Sterling, Aguero and Laporte start?

                          1. Amey
                              1 month, 11 days ago

                              Yes
                              Unless someone is Injured of course 🙂

                            • J - Gimme your Mané …
                              • 4 Years
                              1 month, 11 days ago

                              9 minutes......

                            • theplayer
                              • 5 Years
                              1 month, 11 days ago

                              Point in asking now when you can find out the lineup at 7?

                          2. Niho992
                              1 month, 11 days ago

                              Aguero TC but come on Leicester !!

                              1. La Roja
                                • 7 Years
                                1 month, 11 days ago

                                Nice grav

                                1. Debauchy
                                  • 6 Years
                                  1 month, 11 days ago

                                  Elitist

                                  1. La Roja
                                    • 7 Years
                                    1 month, 11 days ago

                                    :mrgreen:

                                    1. Debauchy
                                      • 6 Years
                                      1 month, 11 days ago

                                      🙂

                              2. FPL Pillars
                                • 2 Years
                                1 month, 11 days ago

                                Ummm...

                              3. Eddie`
                                • 6 Years
                                1 month, 11 days ago

                                That's the spirit. My mini league could come down to Kun scoring for me, but I'd love to see City crumble at the death.

                            • La Roja
                              • 7 Years
                              1 month, 11 days ago

                              No Mata 😮

                            • Flapjack ✅
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 6 Years
                              1 month, 11 days ago

                              2 mins to go

                              Keep your hands in the vehicle at all times and no hands below the waist.

                              1. EMBOLOFAN
                                  1 month, 11 days ago

                                  mctominay my first sub so for once in my life hoping one of my city players doesnt start

                                  1. Magic Zico
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    1 month, 11 days ago

                                    He cannot replace your City defender, can he? 😉

                              2. EMBOLOFAN
                                  1 month, 11 days ago

                                  hope kompa starts vs vardy 😀

                                  1. Pras United
                                    • 7 Years
                                    1 month, 11 days ago

                                    Pep must really hate Sane a lot for him not to move Bilva in mid.

                                    1. Old Man
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 7 Years
                                      1 month, 11 days ago

                                      More a case of him loving Bilva

                                • EMBOLOFAN
                                    1 month, 11 days ago

                                    XI | Ederson, Walker, Kompany (C), Laporte, Zinchenko, Gundogan, Silva, Foden, Sterling, Bernardo, Aguero

                                    1. EMBOLOFAN
                                        1 month, 11 days ago

                                        pep hates sane lol

                                      • Magic Zico
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        1 month, 11 days ago

                                        Foden!

                                    2. Flapjack ✅
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 6 Years
                                      1 month, 11 days ago

                                      XI | Ederson, Walker, Kompany (C), Laporte, Zinchenko, Gundogan, Silva, Foden, Sterling, Bernardo, Aguero

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

                                      1. Ask Yourself
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 3 Years
                                        1 month, 11 days ago

                                        All my babies are starting

                                        1. Pras United
                                          • 7 Years
                                          1 month, 11 days ago

                                          Yes all 4 of em - fly like the eagle!

                                    3. The 12th Man
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 5 Years
                                      1 month, 11 days ago

                                      Best use of my FT ? 0.7m it’s.

                                      Lloris
                                      TAA,Valery,Yoshida
                                      Salah, Hazard,Redmond,Jota,Sigurdsson
                                      Aguero,Lacazette

                                      Foster,Jimenez,Duffy,Doherty

                                      Can’t transfer in Rice,Mane,Sterling,Bilva,Luiz as their in my rivals team and will probably be behind after tonight.

                                      1. My heart goes Salalalalah
                                        • 2 Years
                                        1 month, 11 days ago

                                        Jota to Moura for a gamble

                                        1. The 12th Man
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 5 Years
                                          1 month, 11 days ago

                                          Thanks, yeh he could be an option.

                                    4. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
                                      • 3 Years
                                      1 month, 11 days ago

                                      Let's go Raheem

                                      1. La Roja
                                        • 7 Years
                                        1 month, 11 days ago

                                        This

                                    5. Jurgen Flopp
                                      • 5 Years
                                      1 month, 11 days ago

                                      A Vardy party with an invite for Sterling would be pretty sweet.

                                      1. Dakes.
                                        • 2 Years
                                        1 month, 11 days ago

                                        Invite for Aguero and you got a deal!

                                    6. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
                                      • 8 Years
                                      1 month, 11 days ago

                                      ⚽ Team News 📰
                                      MCI: Ederson, Zinchenko, Laporte, Kompany, Walker, Foden, David Silva, Gündogan, Sterling, Agüero, Bernardo Silva
                                      Subs: Muric, Otamendi, Stones, Danilo, Jesus, Sané, Mahrez

                                      LEI: Schmeichel, Chilwell, Maguire, Pereira, Evans, Maddison, Choudhury, Albrighton, Ndidi, Tielemans, Vardy
                                      Subs: Ward, Morgan, Fuchs, Mendy, Barnes, Gray, Iheanacho

                                    7. Hybrid.power
                                      • 9 Years
                                      1 month, 11 days ago

                                      Let's go captain Aguero

                                      1. Hybrid.power
                                        • 9 Years
                                        1 month, 11 days ago

                                        But also city to drop points would be nice

                                      2. liverpool01
                                          1 month, 11 days ago

                                          Let's go!

                                      3. Jam0sh
                                        • 7 Years
                                        1 month, 11 days ago

                                        Sterling triple captain 😎

                                        1. TorresMagic™
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • Has Moderation Rights
                                          • 10 Years
                                          1 month, 11 days ago

                                          How's your season going former LMS winner?

                                          1. Jam0sh
                                            • 7 Years
                                            1 month, 11 days ago

                                            Not bad, but not that great. Hasn't been able to commit as much as I'd wish to but all fine. 🙂 Hopefully could get closer to top 10k and some ML success in the end after sailing between 15k-30k almost the whole season 😀

                                            What about you TM, satisfied with your season?

                                            1. TorresMagic™
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              • Has Moderation Rights
                                              • 10 Years
                                              1 month, 11 days ago

                                              Been a disaster from GW25 onwards until the WC.
                                              Last 2 GWs have been a bit ugly too.

                                      4. Flapjack ✅
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 6 Years
                                        1 month, 11 days ago

                                        The city team is easier to know than the Pool one lately

                                      5. La Roja
                                        • 7 Years
                                        1 month, 11 days ago

                                        Mendy injured again?

                                      6. Hazz
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 1 Year
                                        1 month, 11 days ago

                                        I am still royally pissed I chickened out of Son > Bilva this week 🙁

                                        1. TONY123
                                          • 3 Years
                                          1 month, 11 days ago

                                          It made more sense to keep Son tbf.