Scout Notes

Southampton uninspiring in audition for Gameweek 38

West Ham 3-0 Southampton

Goals: Marko Arnautovic x2 (£6.7m), Ryan Fredericks (£4.5m)

Assists: Mark Noble (£4.8m), Arthur Masuaku (£4.2m), Jack Wilshere (£4.8m)

Bonus: Arnautovic x3, Fredericks x2, Issa Diop x1 (£4.2m)

Southampton assets endured a rotten audition for the final day of the season as they lost 3-0 at West Ham. The Saints have been targetted for investment in Gameweek 38 as they are the only side remaining yet to host Huddersfield Town in 2018/19. However, on the basis of this performance, their Fantasy options may find it hard to live up to their form of recent weeks – and let’s not forget the Terriers’ spirited display against Manchester United on Sunday.

Ralph Hasenhüttl followed through on his promises of rotation leaving Nathan Redmond (£5.4m) and James Ward-Prowse (£5.1m) on the bench to experiment with a traditional 4-4-2 formation that saw Stuart Armstrong (£5.1m) and forgotten man Mohamed Elyounoussi (£6.0m) on the flanks of midfield. Furthermore, Angus Gunn (£4.3m) watched from the sidelines as Fraser Forster (£4.2m) got his first start since the 5-2 defeat to Spurs on Boxing Day 2017, 494 days previously.

While Redmond failed to start the match, he did offer some hope for next week as he made an impact replacing Danny Ings (£5.4m) at half-time. Despite playing just 45 minutes, the Southampton midfielder finished the match joint-top for shots in the box and given how poor the Saints were without him, should come back into the starting line-up for Gameweek 38.

What will be of some concern for Fantasy managers invested in Southampton was Hasenhüttl’s comments about the manner of the defeat. The Saints were quiet in the opening period, the pairing of Ings with Shane Long (£4.7m) offering little, before a resurgence in the second half was cut short by two quick-fire goals in the 69th and 72nd minute. Their manager cited the exertions of recent weeks as the reason for their poor performance, and with little riding on Sunday’s visit of Huddersfield, there are fears that Southampton are now ‘on the beach’ so to speak.

“The last, very hard four or five months has cost us a lot of energy for this team and we didn’t have enough energy to fight back after a horrible mistake in the first half. We tried but the team has invested a lot in trying to stay in the league and the power was a little bit gone. We had a few good chances but it was [the case that] the last good decision in front of goal,t the power to score wasn’t here – I think the concentration wasn’t 100%. If you come here in a tough game after investing a lot in the last weeks and concede the first goal it takes a lot of energy to fight back. We didn’t have that today.” – Ralph Hasenhüttl

However, the other way of looking at Hasenhüttl’s admission is that Southampton will now have a point to prove in their final game of the season, which will take place in front of their own fans. The Saints manager has already committed to putting on a better display in Gameweek 38.

“The target is to end in the best way possible, getting the energy back and mentally being ready to finish the season with a good win. It would be a good ending to this season if we can do that against Huddersfield.” – Ralph Hasenhüttl

The shortfalls of Southampton’s defence were laid bare once again, with those invested in budget-man Yan Valery (£4.1m) still waiting for his first defensive returns since Gameweek 32. The Saints have now conceded three times in three of their last four matches, the two most recent featuring failed switches to a four-man defence. They have admittedly been enforced with injuries to Jannik Vestergaard (£4.6m) and Maya Yoshida (£4.1m), but it is clear that they fare better with a three-man back-line.

Southampton’s defensive issues allowed Marko Arnautovic (£6.7m) to score his first goals since January when he netted a brace against Brighton. Having started the last three matches in a row, the Austrian may be back to the form he demonstrated in the early part of the season. He assisted Michail Antonio‘s (£6.8m) winner against Spurs in Gameweek 36 and was the primary goal threat against Southampton. In fact, the Saints have become one of his favourite sides to face. He now has four strikes in two games at the London Stadium against them and has put more Premier League goals past them than any other club (five).

“We hope (Arnautovic is back to his best). With this team, with Marko, a complete season that is quiet, calm and just playing football I think it is a player who makes a difference. Last season, for different reasons, he started bad but after that he demonstrated what he can do. This season, exactly the same, when he was mentally involved he played the same and made the difference and I hope that next season, he will be involved in doing a complete season. I am sure this season for him will have been a good lesson, he learned some things and I am absolutely convinced next season we will see a great Marko.” – Manuel Pellegrini

Also of note, was the fact that West Ham kept a clean sheet and now have back-to-back shutouts in the Premier League for the first time this season. It also marked just the second time in 2018/19 that they kept out a side outside the top six at home. As already mentioned, Southampton’s slightly experimental line-up probably contributed to the clean sheet but West Ham are the only club so far in Gameweek 37 to have two players score 11 or higher for Clearances, Blocks and Interceptions (CBI), namely Issa Diop (£4.2m) and Fabian Balbuena (£4.2m).

“It is an issue that we still must continue improving, we have conceded too many goals for me this season. As you said, we are able to do it two games in a row so it is a matter of concentration and intensity. Not just the defenders, for the whole team. When we don’t have the ball we must be in a position to recover, with a high pace and when we have the ball we need to play. That is why I think we have been a consistent team these last four games.” – Manuel Pellegrini

The fact that West Ham were able to comfortably cruise to a 3-0 win was made all the more impressive given who was absent. Declan Rice (£4.5m) and Felipe Anderson (£6.9m) were both missing through illness, while Robert Snodgrass (£5.0m) had to sit out through suspension.

“Well, I did that because we had two players sick with Declan Rice and Felipe Anderson who couldn’t play. The other rotation was for Robert Snodgrass who had a one-game ban so we were forced.” – Manuel Pellegrini

That allowed some fringe players and others coming back from injury to get involved. Jack Wilshere (£4.8m) came on for Grady Diangana (£4.5m) in the second half and got himself an assist for Ryan Fredericks‘ (£4.5m) first-ever Premier League goal. Carlos Sánchez (£4.3m) also got some game-time, 12 minutes in the place of Mark Noble (£4.8m) his first involvement since Gameweek 6.

“Today I thought Pedro Obiang had a good game, Carlos Sanchez came on after so long to play minutes, Jack Wilshere demonstrated how good he is as a player, he played well so I am happy with the squad.” – Manuel Pellegrini

West Ham United XI (4-2-3-1): Fabianski; Masuaku, Diop, Balbuena, Fredericks; Noble (C Sánchez 78′), Obiang; Antonio, Lanzini (L Pérez 83′), Diangana (Wilshere 68′); Arnautovic.

Southampton XI (4-4-2): Forster; Bertrand, J Stephens, Bednarek, Valery; Elyounoussi, Højbjerg, Lemina (Romeu 75′), Armstrong (Ward-Prowse 67′); Ings (Redmond 45′), Long.

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189 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Özil
    • 3 Years
    13 days, 23 hours ago

    If Sterling and Aguero blank this will be my lowest GW score ever.

    *smiling through the pain*

    1. kime67
      • 1 Year
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      Aguero penalty miss and red card please. Sterling 7 goals

      1. Dthinger
        • 2 Years
        13 days, 23 hours ago

        Despite Aguero being my captain, I would still be okay with this.

    2. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      Ahh Ozil yeah been a tough old season. For us Arsenal supporters many more to come unfortunately. Always have maintained that Kronke is the problem.And no way Arsenal will reach any heights again with him around. When all were baying for Wegner out did they not fn realise how much his hands were tied.

    3. kime67
      • 1 Year
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      The problem is emery. If you dont win europa league hes the one to blame.

  2. JohnRoss
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    13 days, 23 hours ago

    Squashy bun time. Mini league lead down to 3 points. He's all out this week. I need Laporte and sterling to do something pleeese....

  3. Victor6359
    • 1 Year
    13 days, 23 hours ago

    Would you do Son, Doherty and Valery to Fraser, Laporte and TAA for -4?

    Rival has those 2 defenders and trying to protect very small lead.

    Cheers

    1. kime67
      • 1 Year
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      no minuses on last gw.

      1. Victor6359
        • 1 Year
        13 days, 23 hours ago

        Yeah, you’re probably right. Might just bring in TAA, just trying to block opponent

    2. FPLinho
        13 days, 23 hours ago

        I don't think Valery v HUD is a bad option but there's not much of a reason not to take a -4 this week as opposed to any other. If the player you bring in scores 5 points or more than the one you sell then it's worth it, just slightly risky

      • kime67
        • 1 Year
        13 days, 23 hours ago

        id replace son because he wont feature. There could be rotation

    3. kime67
      • 1 Year
      13 days, 23 hours ago

      Is pogba an option anymore?

      1. Victor6359
        • 1 Year
        13 days, 23 hours ago

        I’m still considering him, however Man U looking terrible

      2. kime67
        • 1 Year
        13 days, 23 hours ago

        me too but they are so bad and i worry rotation aswell.

        1. Victor6359
          • 1 Year
          13 days, 23 hours ago

          Yeah, there’s that do, think I’ll give them a miss

          1. Victor6359
            • 1 Year
            13 days, 23 hours ago

            *too

      3. Dthinger
        • 2 Years
        13 days, 23 hours ago

        I think he's gonna get benched

    4. Gringo Kid
        13 days, 23 hours ago

        Firmino to who for a hit?

        1. Victor6359
          • 1 Year
          13 days, 23 hours ago

          Wilson?

          1. Victor6359
            • 1 Year
            13 days, 23 hours ago

            ...great away form

        2. TONY123
          • 3 Years
          13 days, 23 hours ago

          Vardy, Arnautovic, Wilson, Zaha all great options. My money's on the Arnienator.

        3. Wild Rover
          • 8 Years
          13 days, 23 hours ago

          He's not even ruled out yet

        4. kime67
          • 1 Year
          13 days, 23 hours ago

          no hits

        5. kime67
          • 1 Year
          13 days, 23 hours ago

          but zaha if you have to

      • Pras United
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        13 days, 23 hours ago

        Son + Jimenez -> Salah + Long sound good?

        1. Victor6359
          • 1 Year
          13 days, 23 hours ago

          Yeah

        2. kime67
          • 1 Year
          13 days, 23 hours ago

          i think long is on the bench

          1. Pras United
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            13 days, 23 hours ago

            Is this some cocktail pun I am missing?

      • Victor6359
        • 1 Year
        13 days, 23 hours ago

        Bilva or Fraser?

        1. kime67
          • 1 Year
          13 days, 23 hours ago

          bilva

        2. Karan14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          13 days, 23 hours ago

          Bilva out of those I think.

          1. Victor6359
            • 1 Year
            13 days, 23 hours ago

            Cheers fellas

      • Maddamotha
        • 2 Years
        13 days, 23 hours ago

        You think Delu will start next game?

        1. Victor6359
          • 1 Year
          13 days, 23 hours ago

          I don’t think so

        2. kime67
          • 1 Year
          13 days, 23 hours ago

          they coul rotate beacause of the final

        3. Debauchy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          13 days, 23 hours ago

          Yes, need to get the relationship with Deeney going strong. Off at 75 likely though

          1. Debauchy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            13 days, 23 hours ago

            After a goal and assist. Play him

            1. Maddamotha
              • 2 Years
              13 days, 23 hours ago

              I will believe in you! Cheers

              1. Debauchy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                13 days, 23 hours ago

                Cheers Madd we go down together

                1. Christina.
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  13 days, 23 hours ago

                  how did you get into Nirvana?

      • Debauchy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        13 days, 23 hours ago

        I have Pogba , am I lucky that no one wants him any more lol

        1. kime67
          • 1 Year
          13 days, 23 hours ago

          Could be at maledives already

          1. Debauchy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            13 days, 23 hours ago

            Yeah that's the point really

          2. The Shoonchy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            13 days, 22 hours ago

            Unlikely, haven't seen him around here

      • Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        13 days, 23 hours ago

        Lloris
        Robbo - Shaw - Valery
        Sterling - Mane - Eriksen - Son!!
        Aguero - Ings - Jimenez

        (Ryan / Jota / Bednarek / Doherty)
        2FT & 0.2m

        A) Son & Jimenez to B.Silva & Zaha/Mitro/Rondon
        B) Son & Doherty to B.Silva & TAA (442)
        C) Son & Jimenez to Vardy & Fraser/6.7m

        Really like both B.Silva & Vardy but have to choose one of them.
        Thoughts on the above options?

        Cheers! 🙂

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          13 days, 23 hours ago

          B and play Jimenez

      • La Roja
        • 7 Years
        13 days, 23 hours ago

        Dear Raheem

        Sort yourself out tonight, brace please.

        1. Debauchy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          13 days, 23 hours ago

          No

          1. La Roja
            • 7 Years
            13 days, 23 hours ago

            rman.

        2. The 12th Man
          • 5 Years
          13 days, 22 hours ago

          Brace of yellows

          1. La Roja
            • 7 Years
            13 days, 22 hours ago

            Behave.

            1. The 12th Man
              • 5 Years
              13 days, 22 hours ago

              Sorry.

      • chaser123
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        13 days, 23 hours ago

        Am I likely to go up or down in OR today?

        I have Sterling (C) and Aguero....

        1. La Roja
          • 7 Years
          13 days, 23 hours ago

          Depends on your rank.

          But I reckon you’ll be moving up either way as I feel Sterlo hail inevitable with the way Lei is playing

          1. Debauchy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            13 days, 23 hours ago

            I differ, Kun haul maybe otherwise a low 1 0

          2. chaser123
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            13 days, 23 hours ago

            8k. Do most have Aguero (C) then?

            What's the best place to see effective ownership stats?

        2. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          13 days, 22 hours ago

          In top 10K, you will gain approx 1.1 points for every point Sterling makes and suffer 0.3 points for Aguero point, in relative terms to others around you ... then other impact from City defence and Vardy ownership ...

          1. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 9 Years
            13 days, 22 hours ago

            0.11*

            1. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              13 days, 22 hours ago

              He is captaining Sterling

              1. Magic Zico
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                13 days, 22 hours ago

                Or she ... sorry 😉

      • Debauchy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        13 days, 23 hours ago

        All about chasing or holding. In a one off random the cheapest options can outscore the popular picks. Seen it many weeks when the dream team has a TV of 100 or less. Risk and reward give it a go

        1. Ginkapo FPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          13 days, 23 hours ago

          John Barnes World in Motion

          1. Debauchy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            13 days, 23 hours ago

            Wood also good

      • New Post
      • Lacasweat
        • 7 Years
        13 days, 23 hours ago

        Goal - STERLING
        Assist - LAPORTE

        Man city 1-0 Leicester (1 mins)

        #MANLEI #FPL

        This is exactly the way i want the evening to start 😉

        1. THFC4LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          13 days, 22 hours ago

          I’ll take that

      • THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        13 days, 22 hours ago

        Best replacements for Son and Jimenez?

        A. Hazard and Long
        B. Fraser and Ayoze Pérez (punt?
        C. Fraser and Vardy
        D. You tell me.....

        Foster
        TAA Laporte Robertson
        Sterling Mane Deulofeu *****
        Kun Zaha *****

        Ryan Valery Martial Doherty

        Cheers all

        1. Lacasweat
          • 7 Years
          13 days, 22 hours ago

          arnie and bilva

      • Goodish
        • 1 Year
        13 days, 22 hours ago

        what would you do here? 1 ft. 0.1 itb
        Lloris Hamer
        Robertson TAA Valery Laporte Shaw
        Salah Sterling Son Jota Redmond
        Jimenez Aguero Llorente

        Could play 5 atb as they all have decent fixtures but seems stupid on the last day. Could play Llorente as he will probably play with no Son or play a Wolves player. Son out is obvious but who for? And should I take a hit to reinvest the change and upgrade elsewhere?
        Any help will be appreciated

      • 32chickens
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        13 days, 22 hours ago

        Trying to spot the smaller teams to be with next weekend
        A) WHU got to be a good thing away to a distracted WAT.
        B) SOT final home match against a pitiful HUD.
        C) Revived FUL final home game worth a punt against NEW
        D) BUR at home to show shattered ARS that it's tough up north.
        E) EVE away against a shattered TOT
        Have I got any of these wrong?

      • bigniv
        • 8 Years
        13 days, 22 hours ago

        Apologies for the ramble below, but...
        Aubameyang - how is he only one point behind Aguero in FPL? I know, I know, 20 goals, 7 assists, but whenever I have owned him he didn't seem to do a lot (12 games owned, captain 5 times, 67 points). I am reading him wrong? He is obviously effective from an FPL point of view, so am I being unfair to him?

        Only one double figure haul since gameweek 19, but is he a season-keeper because of his consistency? Should we keep a 11m player who 'only' averages just over 5 points per match?

        Contemplating a strong midfield next season with Salah, Sterling, Fraser (assuming Hazard goes), Mane with 4.2m bench fodder with only big front player being Aguero and then 2 cheapies. Is there room for Aubameyang, Firmino, Vardy or Laca if they keep getting significantly less than the midfielders?

        I figure I am just a victim of bad-timing player-owning bias, makes me think I just have to be a bit more aware of when to jump on and jump off certain players. Anyone else have a view on Auba?

      • Niho992
          13 days, 22 hours ago

          TC Aguero here, but come on Leicester please play draw at least.