Scout Notes

Ivory Coast bench Zaha as Djenepo features for Mali

More Fantasy Premier League assets were involved in another day of international football on Monday.

The Copa America group stages came to a close while England Under 21s ended their involvement in the age-group Euros.

Meanwhile, there were some Fantasy talking points to emerge from the latest African Cup of Nations matches.

Copa America

Chile 0-1 Uruguay

Alexis Sánchez in action for Chile against Uruguay

Alexis Sánchez was the only Premier League player to feature in an eventual clash between Chile and Uruguay.

The Manchester United man had a chance to put his country ahead inside the opening 10 minutes, as Chile made a bright start to the encounter.

However, Uruguay felt their way into the match and won the game to top Group C when Edinson Cavani struck in the 82nd minute.

That means we now know the line-up for the quarter-finals of the tournament.

Hosts Brazil will face Paraguay at 01:30 BST on Friday June 28.

Later that day, Venezuela and Argentina will contest the second quarter-final at 20:00 BST.

Colombia vs Chile takes place at 00:00 BST in the early hours of Saturday morning before Uruguay play Peru at 20:00 BST that day.

AFCON 2019

Ivory Coast 1-0 South Africa

Jonathan Kodjia was rewarded for his patience against South Africa

Persistence paid off for Jonathan Kodjia as Ivory Coast, captained by Serge Aurier, edged past South Africa on Monday afternoon.

The Aston Villa striker scored the only goal of a pretty poor game but had already spurned two golden chances in the first half.

First, he was played through by Nicolas Pépé but failed to connect with the ball when swinging his shooting foot.

Later on, Kodjia had an even better opportunity as he found himself one-on-one with Ronwen Williams following a poor clearance but he could only fire it straight at the goalkeeper from close range.

In the end, the forward finally found the breakthrough when, played in by Max Gradel’s cross, he slotted under Williams from close range.

Curiously, despite being arguably their best player on paper, Wilfried Zaha continues to be used as an impact sub for Ivory Coast.

He added some threat down the left flank after he came on for Jean Michael Seri in the 69th minute.

He could start the next match for Ivory Coast though, against Morocco on Friday.

Winger Gradel had to come off with an injury in the 89th minute, and Zaha would be a perfect like-for-like replacement for the former Bournemouth man.

Mali 4-1 Mauritania

Moussa Djenepo (right) was booked and taken off after an hour for Mali on Monday night

Southampton’s new signing Moussa Djenepo was the only Premier League representative as Mali dispatched Mauritania 4-1.

As referenced in our Scout Report earlier this month, he was stationed on the left flank of a 4-2-3-1 as an inverted winger.

Djenepo was a lively option down that side of the pitch and had several opportunities in the first half but could not find the back of the net.

He did display something of a temper in the game, picking up a yellow card for a late tackle in the first half.

In fact, he was lucky not to get another booking for a similar challenge later in the match and was substituted on the hour mark.

Djenepo did appear a little too easy to wind up but seemed more frustrated by his own actions than those around him.

When failing to convert his chances, he was visibly angry not to have scored.

It will be interesting to see if that temper comes with him to the Premier League in 2019/20.

UEFA U21s Championship

Croatia U21s 3-3 England U21s

It was the same story for England Under 21s in their final match at the age-group Euros tournament.

Their attack showed decent form, this time featuring a return to the starting line-up for Phil Foden and Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham.

Leicester’s James Maddison started for the third match in a row and got his first goal of the tournament, after assisting Foden in the opener.

Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson also came into the side and scored an 11th-minute penalty.

However, the usual problem for Aidy Boothroyd’s side was in defence.

After a poor game in the opening match of the tournament, there was no return for Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka, with Jonjoe Kenny playing at right-back for the second game in a row.

The Everton man, set for a loan at Schalke in 2019/20, scored an excellent goal but was at fault for Croatia’s first of the encounter.

England U21 XI (4-3-3): Henderson; Kelly, Clarke-Salter (Konsa 49′), Tomori, Kenny; Foden, Dowell (Mount 56′), Maddison (Gibbs-White 73′); D Gray, Abraham, Nelson.

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171 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Giggs Boson.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    5th season in the Premier League for Zaha, performing at a consistently high level. Crazy how he's not starting every game for Ivory Coast.

    1. L Ron Cupboard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Unbelievable. Its almost as if he hasn't lived up to his potential

  2. SADIO SANÉ
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    deleting comments are we?

    1. Gnu Scott talent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      6 comments and I see only 2.
      Huh!

      1. Giggs Boson.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        1st
        2nd
        3rd
        4th

        were roughly the 4 comments before mine. The deletion has ruined my comment slightly 😀

        1. SADIO SANÉ
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          😀

        2. Gnu Scott talent
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Ya boo, the mods clearly don't appreciate art.

          1. Lord Tachanka
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 26 days ago

            I really wanted to see how high we could get it!

            1. Slouch87 Scott Talent
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 26 days ago

              Need some help ? ☺

              1. Lord Tachanka
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 26 days ago

                I was about to say it’s high and not long/big/red...

                But then I became mesmerised by the long head of your grav....and those round shoulders at the base....... 😉

                1. Gnu Scott talent
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 26 days ago

                  Slouch is clearly the most handsome from his group. Billy the Fish, Syd and Terry F'wit never stood a chance when Roger walked into the room.

                  1. Syd.
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    Leave me out of this

                    1. Gnu Scott talent
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      3 months, 25 days ago

                      😆

                  2. PUMPKINHEAD
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    . Terry was just s f***witted , f***wit.

                    Roger became irrelevant

                    It was all about Postie Plod

                    https://postmanplod.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/postman-plod.jpg?w=300&h=187

                2. Slouch87 Scott Talent
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 26 days ago

                  I'm the man on the tele.

                  1. L Ron Cupboard
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    You guys are clearly a bunch of arse holes and deserve to be deleted.

                    1. Wild Rover
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      3 months, 25 days ago

                      😀

                    2. PUMPKINHEAD
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      3 months, 25 days ago

                      Wash your mouth out young man. That would be ripping the heart and sole out of ffs. Look at what you would be left with..

                    3. Slouch87 Scott Talent
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 25 days ago

                      Just a bit of fun L RON. Apologies if it has annoyed you.

                    4. Gnu Scott talent
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      3 months, 25 days ago

                      Oh, you're the new guy that's the new soothsayer of FFS.
                      Sorry pal, I hope we shape up into something more to your liking.

                      1. Slouch87 Scott Talent
                        • 4 Years
                        3 months, 25 days ago

                        We all should know better. ☺

  3. Wild Rover
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Great comeback by England

    1. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Yes. Chasing 300 or less would be a good result after the start Australia made.

      1. Wild Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        And the sun’s coming out

    2. Vobinho - Holly's Hams…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Australia look very week once you get into Maxwell/Stoinis. Very weak middle & lower order. They've been lucky the opening partnership has got them out of trouble several times.

      1. Wild Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Need a bit of look from our own. Roy has a great record v Aussies in one day matches

        1. Wild Rover
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Oops

        2. Wild Rover
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          *luck

    3. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Uh oh

      1. G-Whizz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        lol 😀

  4. Zambian FPL Addict
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Wilf Zaha is good but not as good as Nicholas Pepe. it's no surprise to anyone who follows African football to see him benched.

    1. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Surely they can both play together.

      1. I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Pepe may be better than Zaha but Gradel and Kodjia aren't.

        1. Giggs Boson.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          This.

    2. Gnu Scott talent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      I think we all know that a comment from you has about as much substance as a Trump tweet.

  5. Game Over
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Game over at Lords

    1. Wild Rover
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      It is now

    2. Nightcrawler
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Not over but very unlikely now

    3. Nightcrawler
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Eng batting getting exposed again in tricky conditions. Probably shd not have prepared so many flat tracks in all those bilateral series they won

        1. diesel001
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Early bowling was too short by England. Starc and Behrendorff have pitched it up and the swing has done for England so far.

          1. Nightcrawler
              3 months, 26 days ago

              Yeah that too. Not a fan of English bowling

            • Nightcrawler
                3 months, 26 days ago

                Not sure what morgan was doing though. The 4 the over before paid off but was clearly the wrong mindset.

                aus openers tried to defend in the first 10 and wait for the bad ones

                1. diesel001
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 26 days ago

                  Terrible from Bairstow.

                  1. Nightcrawler
                      3 months, 26 days ago

                      Butler last hope

                      1. pingissimus
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        3 months, 26 days ago

                        It’s not going to happen but Woakes and Mo are the last hopes. Either one is capable of a big score

                        England bat deeper than any other team in the tournament.

            • asquishypotato
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 26 days ago

              Boggles the mind how Torreira isn’t used, he’s a proper combative midfielder, so how he isn’t used by Uruguay or Arsenal confuses me.

              1. RECKLESS
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 26 days ago

                Similarly boggling Icardi not even on bench for Argentina. Its really down to some super bad management that these South American teams not won World cup for about 18 years

                1. I Member
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 26 days ago

                  Not really. Icardi has a terrible attitude and hadn't played much for Inter in the second half of the season because of it.

                2. Differential (c)
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 25 days ago

                  He's off-field "antics" have antagonized him from his own teammates and the Argentina faithful, who have mostly sided with Maxi Lopez. Dont see him in the team anytime soon.

            • SAY MY NAME
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 26 days ago

              Another wicket, Bairstow goes, impossible for England now!

            • RECKLESS
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 26 days ago

              Wondering is ffs membership worth it if I am going to play half seriously after disappointing 1111 finish last season when I went all in and removing Salah and Sterling on wrong times cost me dear. Plus FPL projections helped me in first 20 GWs then failed me in second half

              1. I Member
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 26 days ago

                Terrible rank.

                1. Lord Tachanka
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 26 days ago

                  Could be total points 1111?

                    1. Lord Tachanka
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 26 days ago

                      Was mainly tongue in cheek, not sure there are many who would describe 1111 OR as disappointing though.

                      1. Wild Rover
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        3 months, 25 days ago

                        I doubt there are any tbh, maybe a bit disappointed to miss top 1k but not with the rank

              2. Wild Rover
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 26 days ago

                I guess you say it’s disappointing because you have been improving year on year but took a small step back this year? Did you really think that you would just better and better each year until you reached number one? It’s a great rank by any yardstick but I’m sure you already know that.

                1. RECKLESS
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 25 days ago

                  Agreed. Probably was just frustrated as generally in last 4-5gws I make a big push but this time just meddled around 1k for long time without much luck going my way

              3. Pras Scott Talent
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 25 days ago

                FF winner says FFS membership singlehandedly led him to victory. Rumour has it that Mark even flew down to NZ to discuss chip strategy with him.

                Think you should renew - but try to get more out of the membership next year.

              4. Slouch87 Scott Talent
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 25 days ago

                You must be a fabulous player with a rank like that - and to be disappointed too. Well played.

                1. RECKLESS
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 25 days ago

                  Well said bro. Thanks

              5. Fantasy Gold
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 25 days ago

                What a weapon.

              6. Brosstan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 25 days ago

                Seems like the cretins are returning as its getting closer to game release.

                1. RECKLESS
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 25 days ago

                  A cretin won't finish 1111 ovr forget crib about it. A highly critical, competitive and ambitious person like me does :p
                  Going to renew membership. Maybe can then call it end with 555 ovr finish next season 😉

                  1. Fantasy Gold
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    I’m surprised you can even move with a head that big.

                    Your parents must be so proud.

            • diesel001
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 26 days ago

              Time for Moeen Ali to be dropped now. Get Curran or Plunkett in.

              1. Fantasy Gold
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 26 days ago

                Curran. Seems to have the right mentality.

              2. Nightcrawler
                  3 months, 26 days ago

                  Big game tomorrow for both pak and England.

                  If newz somehow lose, game against India becomes a must win for England I reckon

                  1. Pras Scott Talent
                    • 7 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    They can still beat NZ in the final game and make it I reckon.

              3. B.V.B 09
                  3 months, 26 days ago

                  WTF trying to make transfers it says...

                  Game Over

                  This game has now finished. Thanks for your interest and come back in July for next season's game.

                  anyone eelse facing the same problems 😉 😉

                  1. Gnu Scott talent
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 26 days ago

                    Is this a wind-up?

                    1. Wild Rover
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      3 months, 26 days ago

                      A wind up only works if anyone believes it is genuine which obviously nobody woul.... oh wait 😀

                      1. Gnu Scott talent
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        3 months, 25 days ago

                        Not fair. 🙁

                    2. Brosstan
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 25 days ago

                      How could anyone fall for that!! 😉 😉 😉 😉

                  2. Eytexi
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    Probably a glitch - hopefully it's fixed before the deadline. 🙂

                • Gnu Scott talent
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 26 days ago

                  The main concern about Citeh coverage last season (for me at least) was high investment but with the threat of Peptation.
                  The early gesture of Jesus getting the '9' shirt is an Aguero concern.
                  I'm seeing Sterling as probably a nailed elite but where else will the value lie.
                  KdB looks promising depending on price, BSilva will be monitored by all,Laporte less so for me because of price and other prime defender picks ( Pool, Digne etc). Zinchenko might still be a bit premature punty.
                  So where is the Citeh value going to be in opening squads.

                  1. Ask Yourself
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 26 days ago

                    Laporte sterling and bilva/Ederson

                    All nailed and good.

                  2. SADIO SANÉ
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    I'll almost definitely start with Sterling, and can see Zinchenko being one of my early failed punts but he should either play or get autosubbed I'd have thought..

                    1. SADIO SANÉ
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 25 days ago

                      in fact I can see myself going rogue with Zinchenko and Joe Gomez, sort of dumb crap I do at the start

                      1. Brosstan
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        3 months, 25 days ago

                        Im licking my lips at Zinchenko. He should be the value pick of the bunch.

                      2. Gnu Scott talent
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        3 months, 25 days ago

                        Gomez is of interest, it'll be interesting to see how he's priced.
                        5m and he's a great punt.

                      3. SADIO SANÉ
                        • 4 Years
                        3 months, 25 days ago

                        ha don't encourage me guys, thinking TAA Digne Zinc Gomez (4.0) atm but will probably end up with Luiz Zinc Gomez (4.0 4.0) or something stupid

                        1. Eytexi
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          3 months, 25 days ago

                          That's how my defences usually end up looking, but hopefully I don't fall into that trap this time around. Thinking TAA, Digne and Robertson; but will probably end up with Ritchie if cheap.

                  3. Wild Rover
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    I don’t think Aguero wants number 9 otherwise I’m sure he would’ve got it when they gave it to Nolito. I think it was free last season but he still kept number 10

                  4. Pras Scott Talent
                    • 7 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    Bilva, Sterling, Laporte for me are the go to guys. Will likely go cheap in attack as no one screams value over the 9-10m bracket.

                    1. Gnu Scott talent
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      3 months, 25 days ago

                      sound moves.

                  5. Brosstan
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    Jesus only got the 9 shirt because no one had it. It was last worn by the City legend Nolito.

                  6. I Member
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    Sterling and Laporte are locks for me. Would like KDB or Bilva to complete a triple up if I can afford it.

                  7. Eytexi
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    Sterling and KDB are the first two names I'm looking at. Think I'd rather have double Liverpool defence and Digne than a City defender but obviously don't think any of the defenders are bad options.

                  8. Andy'81
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    As terrible as it sounds an injury to either Aguero or Jesus would make the Citeh attacker decision a lot easier as I can see their being more rotation at that position this season, from the mids you'd expect price rises to both Sterilng and Bilva so a fit KDB might offer better value to begin the season with.

                    1. Slouch87 Scott Talent
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 25 days ago

                      Quite possibly but they could just go out and buy another one.

                    2. Revival
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      3 months, 25 days ago

                      With Mahrez playing in ACON hopefully Pep gives him more rest in the first few weeks, making KDB or Bilva more appealing if pretty much nailed on to start.

                • Gringo Kid
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 25 days ago

                  If possible Ederson, Sterling and KDB for me

                  1. Gnu Scott talent
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    Reply fail 🙂
                    I've never or rarely had a premium goalie but Ederson might be a smart choice if I do.
                    Down to pricing perhaps but worth serious consideration.

                    1. pingissimus
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      3 months, 25 days ago

                      Ederson over Laporte is my thinking.

                      I don’t see any problem locking into two outfield players until budget allows.

                      Last season there was little difference in returns until Laporte struck gold in 34 on. I don’t see him as I do other premium defenders. So if Ederson comes in 0.5 or even a mill cheaper I’m happy.

                      1. pingissimus
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        3 months, 25 days ago

                        Long winded way of saying Ederson is my luck for a 4th premium defender

                      2. Slouch87 Scott Talent
                        • 4 Years
                        3 months, 25 days ago

                        This is pretty sound logic.

                        1. Fantasy Gold
                          • 5 Years
                          3 months, 25 days ago

                          Very sound.

                        2. pingissimus
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          3 months, 25 days ago

                          It also of course opens up the possibility of double City defence at some point.

                          Double City attack is preferable of course but if KdB doesn’t show up again and either Sterling or Kun go down then it’s

                          1. pingissimus
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            3 months, 25 days ago

                            On the cards

                  2. Norman Conquest
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    which ever is cheapest out of the playing liverpool/man city keepers/defenders i think otherwise we will be blowing half our budget on 5 players

                • Jacky boy
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 25 days ago

                  Everton have confirmed the signing of Portuguese midfielder Andre Gomes from Barcelona on a 5-year deal for a fee of £22m plus add-ons

                  1. Syd.
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    He doesn't like to put a shift in

                    1. Wild Rover
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      3 months, 25 days ago

                      Likes putting a leg in

                      1. Syd.
                        • 10 Years
                        3 months, 25 days ago

                        He certainly does

                  2. Fantasy Gold
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    Great news for Everton.

                  3. Revival
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    Should be a 5m FPL defensive midfielder, do he likes a yellow card so expect a string of 1 and 2 pointers. Still if he suits Everton's system and it gets more returns out of Siggy and Richarlison there may be a net gain for us FPL players.

                  4. The Danger Zone!
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    Will he be a regular? See he missed a few of the last games. Just an injury?

                    1. 32chickens
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      3 months, 25 days ago

                      Suspension as I remember.
                      Allowed the successful return of snide lynn

                  5. Differential (c)
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    Bargain.
                    An young English player of lesser quality and who plays ih the Championship would've costed roughly the same. The fact that the Toffees have got themselves Gomes at 22m is nothing short of brilliant.

                • Wild Rover
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 25 days ago

                  Japan v Netherlands is terrific 🙂

                  1. diesel001
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    Japan outplaying them. Netherlands will probably nick it.

                    1. diesel001
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 25 days ago

                      And on cue - Netherlands get a penalty, subject to VAR check.

                    2. Wild Rover
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      3 months, 25 days ago

                      Posted after pen awarded 😉

                  2. Wild Rover
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    This new handball rule is harsh. Not only did she have no way of getting out of the way she got booked for it too

                    1. SADIO SANÉ
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 25 days ago

                      it's a load of shite

                    2. The Danger Zone!
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 25 days ago

                      Some skilful attacking players could flick the ball up onto someones arm.

                      1. Lord Tachanka
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        3 months, 25 days ago

                        *will

                        We already see people hooking their own leg in between a defenders to get fouled, this is definitely going to happen!

                    3. Wild Rover
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      3 months, 25 days ago

                      Everyone talking about VAR and penalty takers but the new Han£ball rule could have a big effect

                  3. diesel001
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    England have nothing to fear in the bottom half of the draw.

                    But USA and France as potential semi final opponents will be another matter.

                • The Danger Zone!
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 25 days ago

                  The makeup of my GW1 team will depend when I choose to use the first WildCard. Eg: fixtures over 3 weeks, 6 weeks or longer.
                  Has anyone made up their mind when playing fixed WC or keeping it in reserve only to use when needed?

                  1. Wild Rover
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    No point in planning to use it in a particular week. Use it when needed. Having said that I always start the season with a view to using it early

                  2. SADIO SANÉ
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    GW4 fixtures are pretty decent for a lot of teams, a part of me is thinking BB GW4 and then WC in the international break to downgrade a couple of the defenders but we'll see

                    1. Duffy Dunk
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 25 days ago

                      Using BB that early feels like wasting it, when there'll be doubles later in the season and mainly, a lot more information by then, compared to as early as gw4.

                      1. SADIO SANÉ
                        • 4 Years
                        3 months, 25 days ago

                        yeah it does, and that's been my view previously, but I think it's just a distraction later on

                  3. firetog
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    I want to keep mine for as long as possible.

                    I plan to load up on teams with a good run of fixtures like Everton, good up until GW13 or 14 and fixture proof teams like city and pool. Chelsea also have a nice schedule after gw1 then Arsenal have a great run of easy games around GW8.

                    Hopefully I can jump on the runs with weekly transfers.

                    1. Andy_Social
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      3 months, 25 days ago

                      Pretty much the same here; however, I'm semi-planning on punting on differentials Zinchenko (if defender) and Foden in the gamble that they play regularly. If I'm wrong and need to bring in orthodox Citizens, I'll need a WC to regroup. In addition, Everton may turn out to be meh, and I may have got it badly wrong in overlooking any Chelsea, United, Spurs and Arsenal assets.

                  4. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    I generally use it early anyways, you can normally use it to lock in a team that’s worth 102.0-ish fairly easily early on given the mass of transfer activity with over 6 million fully active managers for the first couple weeks - this season I’m hoping to start with all 4 first choice Merseyside fullbacks and either Ederson or Laporte though - in theory should be relatively “fire & forget” so may inadvertently negate an early WC...

                    But then again we see time & again that those first few gameweeks can throw up some really unforeseen circumstances so the early WC always has to be on standby imo

                  1. The Danger Zone!
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    That would make Tottenham and interesting prospect!

                • Pinball Wizard
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 25 days ago

                  Are my price predictions looking realistic?

                  Allisson 6.5
                  TAA/VVD 6.5
                  Laporte 6.5
                  Digne 5.0
                  Salah 13.0
                  KDB 8.5
                  Richarlison 7.0
                  Brooks 5.5
                  Aguero 12.5
                  Wilson 8.0
                  DCL 5.5

                  1. Gnu Scott talent
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    In a word no.
                    About 4m + out I reckon.

                  2. The Danger Zone!
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    My guess:
                    Allisson 6.5
                    TAA/VVD 7.0
                    Laporte 6.5
                    Digne 5.5
                    Salah 13.0
                    KDB 9.0
                    Richarlison 7.5
                    Brooks 6.0
                    Aguero 12.0
                    Wilson 8.5
                    DCL 6.5

                  3. CloudSky
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    Around 4-5 mil off would be my guess.

                  4. Business Cat
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    GKs will still be pinned at 6.0m max if the last couple of seasons are anything to go by. DDG was 6.0m to start last year after a stellar campaign

                    Digne will be 5.5m

                    No way KDB is 8.5m...9.5m at least

                    Richarlison seems cheap at 7m...he's probably 7.5m

                    Brooks should get a bump to 6.0m after last season

                  5. firetog
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    I’d be willing to pay up to
                    7.5 for Liverpool defender
                    6.5 for Laporte
                    6.5 for Digne but hoping he’s at 6
                    9.5 for kdb
                    8.5 for Wilson
                    6.5 for DCL hopefully he comes in at 6

                    1. Pinball Wizard
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 25 days ago

                      Maybe Robbo and/or VVD go up to 7.5, but I doubt TTA goes up that much. 7.0 seems more likely imo

                    2. Andy_Social
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      3 months, 25 days ago

                      Agreed, esp with all 3 Liverpool defenders 7.5m.
                      Brooks 6m, Richarlison could be 8m, and could be reclassified as a striker.
                      I'm hoping to slip in DCL if he comes in at 6m.

                  6. Jacky boy
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    Totally wrong imo
                    Alisson 6.0
                    Robbo 7.5
                    TAA & VVD 7
                    Laporte 6.5
                    Digne 6.5 (or 6.0)
                    Salah 13 (or 12.5)
                    Kdb 9.5

                  7. Old Man
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    My guesstimates are much more pessimistic
                    Allisson 6.5
                    TAA 7.5
                    VVD 7.0
                    Laporte 6.5
                    Digne 6.0
                    Salah 13.0
                    KDB 9.0
                    Richarlison 7.5
                    Brooks 5.5
                    Aguero 11.5
                    Wilson 8.5
                    DCL 5.5

                    1. Old Man
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      3 months, 25 days ago

                      Maybe Allisson 6.0

                  8. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    Agree on Laporte/Salah/Brooks/DCL... the others, my guesses:

                    Allisson 6.0
                    TAA 7.0
                    VVD 7.5
                    Digne 6.0
                    KDB 9.5
                    Richarlison 8.0
                    Aguero 11.5
                    Wilson 8.0

                  9. Pinball Wizard
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

                • Pinball Wizard
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 25 days ago

                  Ouch,

                  at least Aguero could be lower than I thought

                • CloudSky
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 25 days ago

                  "Tanguy Ndombele is ready to become a new Tottenham player. Spurs have offered €62M + add ons and Olympique Lyonnais are ready to accept. The French midfielder will sign until June 2024 and will have medicals soon." - Fabrizio Romano

                  Great signing.

                  1. Parm
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    Best midfield talent in Europe and definitely PL ready, remember watching him tear through City's press in both games in the UCL group stage last year.

                  2. PUMPKINHEAD
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    Lovely stuff, bout time we actually bought someone It's never certain with Levy though. Wouldn't suprise me if he screwed it up last minute trying to go back and get an extra 10 million off .

                    Just hoping we aim higher than Zaha

                  3. firetog
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    Is he a replacement for Erickson ?

                    1. Andy_Social
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      3 months, 25 days ago

                      He seems to be a bit of a Pogba, maybe more of a replacement for Dembele. It would be a massive midfield if he played alongside Eriksen. If Eriksen leaves I think Dele Alli has to step up and dominate the front midfield a bit more.

                    2. PUMPKINHEAD
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      3 months, 25 days ago

                      Nope he is meant to be a step up from Dembele, Erikksen will stay I reckon. He was holding out for the Madrid move

                  4. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    Really fascinated to see how he adapts - although despite being 6 months younger than Alli, overall he hasn’t played many games in his career, hasn’t yet played 10 champions league games, has never played a single La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga or Premier League game, has never played outside of Ligue 1, and only made his first appearance for France less than a year ago

                    But undoubtedly he comes with many people endorsing his huge potential, and if Poch/Levy are willing to spend that kind of cash on him its probably a good sign

                    That transfer fee is eye watering though - and does no harm to Kante/Pogba’s current market values...

                    1. Slouch87 Scott Talent
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 25 days ago

                      It seems a to be a lot of money to pay for potential but it's not often that Spurs dig deep like this. As you say Spurs must really like him.

                      1. Andy_Social
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        3 months, 25 days ago

                        I really don't think Poch sees him as 'potential'. He'll put real steel and quality into midfield, more than Winks can offer, I think.

                • Bad Kompany
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 25 days ago

                  I know that VAR didn’t lead to an increase in penalties in the other leagues but I still kind of think that we’ll see in increase in penalties.

                  The handball rule now makes it so that if the ball hits a defenders arm, it is almost always a penalty. The natural position rule hasn’t been helping as even if it is just an inch away from the defenders body or the defender is moving his hands behind his back they’re still getting called for a handball.

                  Also penalties have been being given if the attacking player is touched inside the box no matter how soft it is. Replay makes any contact look worse than it is. Players will be flopping even more now.

                  1. Andy_Social
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    Remains to be seen if PL referees apply the same interpretations.

                • Jacky boy
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 25 days ago

                  Will you get laporte or maguire if latter moves to city?

                  1. Andy_Social
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    Pep never plays a new DC regularly from the off. Stones and Laporte had to wait to be eased in. Maguire will alternate with Stones, and probably not for a few weeks. I'd pay the extra for Laporte if I were going for one of them. As it is, I'm looking to Zinchenko as a budget differential (and risk!)

                    1. Jacky boy
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 25 days ago

                      I think maguire is better option as both bps magnet and goal threat
                      Pep simply doesn't rate stones

                  2. Amey
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    Maguire for me

                  3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    If Maguire was priced as a Leicester CB (maybe 5.5?) and got the city move he could become very useful

                    1. Old Man
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      3 months, 25 days ago

                      We don't want to sell him but it's looking increasingly likely he'll go. I agree with you ... @ 5.5 he'll be a good choice, although I wouldn't expect him to play every match.

                    2. Jacky boy
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 25 days ago

                      I don't like it. Then he will not be differential and everyone goes for him

                      1. Christina.
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        3 months, 25 days ago

                        So you want him priced high, not likely to play, not heavily owned....so that you can buy him.

                        OK.

                      2. Andy_Social
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        3 months, 25 days ago

                        I probably won't as I wouldn't expect him to start many games before Christmas.