Scout Notes

Coverage of pre-season matches commences

The Fantasy Premier League pre-season programme is about to kick into overdrive as we edge closer to Gameweek 1 of the new campaign.

Everton and Crystal Palace have already played their first matches (detailed below) and there are more to come in the next few days.

Fantasy managers are reminded to stay tuned into our pre-season page to get all the latest updates and talking points from the summer’s friendlies.

We will be producing Scout Notes articles regularly between now and Gameweek 1 on the matches played by the top-flight sides.

Not only will we be on the lookout for the next Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.5m), the Scout editorial team will be tracking pre-season minutes of every FPL asset.

That way, when we publish our predicted line-ups for Gameweek 1, they will be based on as much information given to us by the respective Premier League managers as possible.

We have already made a start on our spreadsheets which, this season, will be publicly available to you throughout the summer as we update them on a special page of its own.

For now, we have embedded the sheets below for all teams with a fixture between now and Sunday to give you a taster.

In order for desktop users to navigate these sheets, select the embedded window and use the arrow keys to scroll across.

Mobile users can simply drag the sheet across to navigate fully although we should point out that they are best viewed on a desktop device.

As already mentioned, Everton started us off on Saturday as they flew to Kenya for their first pre-season game.

Kariobangi Sharks 1-1 Everton (4-3 on penalties)

Everton began their pre-season campaign in Kenya

Goals: Joe Williams

As it was their first pre-season friendly it is hard to read too much into Everton’s 1-1 draw with Kariobangi Sharks over the weekend.

Only a handful of first-team players were involved for the Toffees as Marco Silva simply gave his players a run-out.

Lucas Digne (£6.0m), Gylfi Sigurdsson (£8.0m) and Jordan Pickford (£5.5m) were among the big names absent for Everton, while Richarlison (£8.0m) was busy winning the Copa America with Brazil.

Of those priced up by FPL for the new season, only Leighton Baines (£5.0m), Maarten Stekelenburg (£4.0m), Theo Walcott (£6.5m), André Gomes (£6.5m), Tom Davies (£5.5m), Morgan Schneiderlin (£4.5m) and Ademola Lookman (£5.0m) were involved against the Sharks.

All of them played no more than 45 minutes, with the latter featuring for just 15 as he went off with an injury.

Lookman left Kenya with the help of crutches after twisting his ankle against the Sharks and Everton confirmed afterwards that his knock would require a scan.

“Ademola Lookman will undergo a scan this afternoon after sustaining an ankle injury against Kariobangi Sharks.” – Everton press release

The performance against Kariobangi was by no means impressive, but that shouldn’t bother Fantasy managers at this point.

With Digne not back in pre-season training at the time, Baines started at left-back

As already mentioned, most of the key personnel were absent from the match-day squad while those who did play were still building up their fitness.

Nairobi, where the fixture took place, is also a high-altitude location, which would have made it harder for Everton’s players, just six days into pre-season training, to look as sharp as they will probably be when Gameweek 1 comes around.

Mason Holgate, not currently priced up by FPL, but with history on the game, had a particularly poor afternoon, looking especially off the pace and at fault for the Sharks’ opening goal.

Stekelenburg did not look in the kind of form to stand a chance of ousting Pickford from his number one spot as he was less than impressive.

Meanwhile, Jonas Lössl (still not priced by FPL) made his first appearance in an Everton shirt.

The Toffees were much better in the second half as youngster Joe Williams equalised from a free-kick but they still went on to lose on penalties.

12 months ago, Everton began pre-season with a 22-0 win against an unheard of European minnow – and the advice was not to read too much into it. The same should be said about this performance as there is still a long way to go.

Up next for Silva’s men is a trip to FC Sion on Sunday afternoon and with Digne, Pickford and Michael Keane (£5.5m) now back in training as of Tuesday, we could see more of a meaningful encounter in that one.

“It was good, a good experience. We’ve come out here and do what we were supposed to do which was more about fulfilling our obligations. The game at the end of a long week was a nice way to round it off. I enjoyed the short time we had out here. It was a good experience for the younger players to come out and good for the Kenyan lads as well. I’m sure that will be something that will stay with them. The game was a fun type of game and that’s what it was supposed to be.” – Leighton Baines

Everton XI: Stekelenburg (Lössl 45′); Baines (Robinson 45′), Connolly (Astley 45′), Gibson (Markelo 88′), Holgate (Feeney 72′); Davies (J Williams 45′), Schneiderlin (Baningme 45′), A Gomes (Adnerian 45′); Lookman (Broadhead 15′), Niasse (Hornby 45′), Walcott (Bowler 45′).

FC Luzern 1-1 Crystal Palace (5-6 on pens)

Roy Hodgson returned to the country where he made a name for himself in the 1990s

Goals: Christian Benteke (£6.0m)

Assists: Max Meyer (£5.5m)

In contrast to Silva, Roy Hodgson used the majority of his senior first-team players in Crystal Palace’s trip to FC Luzern in Switzerland.

Only five FPL assets were absent for the Eagles and most of them were not involved due either to injury or international duty.

Mamadou Sakho (£5.0m) and James Tomkins (£5.0m) are still sidelined with knocks sustained last season, while Wilfried Zaha (£7.0m) and Cheikhou Kouyaté (£5.0m) are competing for Ivory Coast and Senegal respectively at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Vicente Guaita (£5.0m) was not in the match-day squad and, as yet, there has been no official explanation for his absence, but there’s still plenty of pre-season matches to play.

The match got off to a quick start as Christian Benteke (£6.0m), leading a 4-4-2 formation alongside Connor Wickham (£4.5m), opened the scoring in the second minute.

He rose highest in the air to meet a Max Meyer (£5.5m) cross with his head and find the back of the net.

Max Meyer was one of Palace’s most creative players against Luzern

In the aftermath of Wan-Bissaka’s departure from Selhurst Park, there has been keen interest in who will replace him at right-back.

Youngster Sam Woods, traditionally a centre-back, played the entire 90 minutes in this position while Joel Ward (£4.5m) was used at centre-back and Martin Kelly (£4.0m) joined him at the heart of defence at half-time, to allow Jairo Riedewald another chance to push forward into central midfield.

Obviously, there is only so much we can read into Hodgson’s decision to start Woods at right-back at this early stage, but it’s worth keeping an eye on that position throughout the summer.

As has been mentioned before, we certainly shouldn’t rule out recruitment in that area of the team.

Also getting a 90-minute run-out was Wayne Hennessey (£4.5m). He was unable to stop Luzern equalising in the sixth minute.

It is worth tracking how often he plays during pre-season compared to Guaita, given that he can offer a £0.5m saving on the Spanish goalkeeper.

Meyer and Benteke proved to be the main threats for Palace in the match, the former pulling the strings and the latter asking questions of the Luzern defence.

Neither of them could contribute to another goal for the Eagles though and the encounter finished 1-1 before a 6-5 win on penalties for Palace.

James McArthur (£5.5m), Ward, Kelly, Jeffrey Schlupp (£5.5m), Alexander Sørloth and Nya Kirby all netted their spot kicks with Hennessey only stopping Luzern’s sixth in sudden death.

Crystal Palace XI (4-4-2): Hennessey; van Aanholt (Mitchell 65′), Riedewald, Dann (Ward 45′), Woods; Meyer (Kirby 65′), Milivojevic (McArthur 45′), Dreher (Kelly 45′), Townsend (Schlupp 45′); Benteke (Daly 65′), Wickham (Sørloth 45′).

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889 Comments Post a Comment
  1. paulfantham
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Would you rather:
    A. Jorginho
    B. McGinn
    C. Shoot your own face off with a harpoon

    1. Hart-ake
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      McGinn for sure.

    2. BoomXhakaLaca1
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      C

    3. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      How much is the harpoon?

    4. Goat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      B, C, A in that order

    5. Priceystar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 13 days ago

      This has made my day!

      1. LangerznMash
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        you don't take much pleasing

    6. FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Tough choice but C is on set plays so I’ll go for the harpoon in your position.

    7. jayzico
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      A for sure

  2. Hart-ake
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Sterling and Deulofeu or KDB and Vardy

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      This is my dilemma and am currently on Vardy and KDB

    2. PurpleCobra
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 13 days ago

      KDB, Vardy. Just a gut thing.

    3. Warby84
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Vardy/Sterling

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Gotta be. Go cheap elsewhere.

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Salah sterling and Vardy makes the rest of the team bad surely?

          1. Warby84
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            I’m not sure it does...

            Pope
            Robertson Trent Digne Cathcart
            Sterling Salah Moutinho Tielemans
            Vardy Wilson

            Button Fredericks Hayden Greenwood

            Just Moutinho who has less fpl appeal but still got 8 assists last season...

            1. Lord Tachanka
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              And Cathcart

              1. Pillson
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                wilson to 6.5 gives you 1.5m to make upgrades there

            2. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Awful...

      2. IrishRed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        This is what I want but can't do it without downgrading my defence!

    4. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      B easy

      1. BoomXhakaLaca1
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Agreed

    5. Super Saints
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      This is tough, all depends on KDB

    6. Super Saints
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Looking at it I think it's better to start with Sterling and Deulofeu as KDB is such an unknown, if KDB looks good two free transfers to swap them. Especially with so much value in the Leicester midfield and Sterling's likely high ownership.

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        KDB is an easy straight swap for son in gw3 of he looks like a lackluster pick.

    7. aapoman
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      This question gets asked on every page lol. But it is a tough one and I'm currently on KDB + Kane

    8. IrishRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      I've gone for KDB + Vardy atm. The main factor behind Sterling is captaincy but I feel confident captaining Salah for most of the start of the season. I also really fancy Vardy to start the season well. Much will depend on how KDB looks in pre-season however

  3. PurpleCobra
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 13 days ago

    RMT of the first draft?

    Ederson (Button)
    TAA, Robbo, Laporte (Kelly, Rico)
    Siggy, Tielem, Bilva, Salah, Brooks
    Vardy, King (Wickham)

    Zero bench but looking to wildcard in GW4 after winning the mini league first MOTM.

    1. Pep Pig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      It's set nicely mate with the early WC planned. I've always adopted the same strategy but this season I'm going to hold onto the WC until December if possible. That way I can prepare well for the Xmas fixture pile-up and not feel forced into an early January 2nd WC

  4. Kimmich
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Posted slightly late in the old article so repost.

    Last draft for now, think I’m settled.

    Lloris
    VVD - Digne - Zinchenko
    Salah - KdB - Perez - Brooks - Yarmolenko
    Aguero - Deeney

    Have gone for Lloris/Digne/Brooks over Ryan/Coleman/Siggy at the minute. Only thing left for debate is really the 6.5m FWD position, Watford have decent fixtures so happy to risk him and jump on whoever at the start.

    KdB to Siggy would raise another 1.5m but not sure on that one at all.

    Opinions appreciated.

    1. Warby84
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Or KDB to Bernardo, could raise funds for Deeney to Wilson, not sure on Perez to start, would monitor maybe go tielemans instead.

    2. jayzico
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Nice team bar Deeney and possibly Zink

      1. Kimmich
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Not liking many of the 6.5 options so not really sure who I’d go for. previously had a similar team with Jimenez -Lloris. Zinchenko is one I’m monitoring for now.

  5. GARY AND JAMIE
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Kelly is not 4.5, he is 4

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Nice catch.

  6. Nice to Finally Michu
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Grant Hanley to play for Norwich in Zimmerman’s absence?

    1. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      I don't think so, I think it'll be Godfrey... unfortunately.

      1. NMTD
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Godfrey's nailed on regardless. Klose I expect to feature more this year but he also has a niggle so Hanley may well have a good chance to begin with.

        1. avfc82
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          A 4.0 starting defender, even if its just for a few weeks, would be lovely. Will monitor.

  7. Over Midwicket
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Anyone doubling up on LEI mids? I have Tielemans and Perez in my team, both at 6.5 offer incredible value.

    Vardy at 9mil seems overpriced in comparison.

    1. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Vardy could easily superate 20 goals this season. I'm very happy keeping him at his price. Perez might not be nailed if we sign another winger (we may not, however). Tielemans is class, but I'll always be nervous relying on deeper midfield assets.

    2. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Not interested in any

    3. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Agree on Vardy overpriced. Hard to fit in for me and I don't even have both Salah and Sterling. I'd rather have Maddi/Yarmo than Tiels/Perez. Perez in particular is too much of a rotation risk as I see it.

      1. ritzyd
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 13 days ago

        This for me too.

    4. IrishRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      I've got Vardy in atm but like yourself I'm wondering if the mids offer better value.

      The reasons I have Vardy in arm are for flexibility as he's my only expensive forward and because he's the most sure of returns in that attack. I'd hold question marks over the rest.

  8. NUFCAndrew
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    A: Maddison + VVD
    B: Robertson + Tielemans/Perez

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      B

    2. ritzyd
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 13 days ago

      A

    3. Edge
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      A

  9. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Afternoon all! A or B please?

    A) KdB & Tielamans/Perez
    B) Sterling & Dendoncker

    Thanks

    1. NUFCAndrew
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Sterling & find the cash

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Cheers

  10. Skull And Gnomes 9
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Great Stuff Scouts!
    These articles are invaluable.

  11. Captain Knackered
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Pick the bones out of this one please:

    Ryan
    TAA, VVD, Digne, Laporte
    Sterling, B.Silva, Salah, Fraser
    King, DCL

    Button, Dendoncker, Kelly, Greenwood
    0.0ITB

    1. CROCosta
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Like the team, maybe Siggy over Bilva but lookin good

    2. OneMan
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Ryan is not a great pick. Ederson will prob pick up 50 more points over the season for 1.5m more.

      1. CROCosta
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 13 days ago

        For extra 1.5 i would much rather upgrade Silva to KDB or King to Wilson then use it on Ederson, I think 9.5 is the absolute max you should be spending on both keepers, 5.5 keepers like Kepa, Lloris or Pickford could easily match Ederson within 10points to him during whole season for 0.5 less.

  12. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    get in my team sam woods

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Yeah, you go get yourself some wood.

    2. Jarvish Scott Talent
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Easy Tiger.

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Exactly how easy is this tiger?

    3. Giggs Boson.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Those FFS spreadsheets give me wood.

      1. Jarvish Scott Talent
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        What must Crellin's do to you then?

        1. Giggs Boson.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          The calendar is useful.

          His FDR schedule is okay, I've think mine is a little better personally.

          The Home/Away stuff isn't much use to me imo.

          Overall, a semi.

  13. Alli 3',17',64�…
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Feeling a bit crazy, how about this for a bench boost GW1 team with the aim to play WC around GW3/4 depending on how the team does.
      It’s actually a pretty sick team imo any improvements?

      Ryan - Heaton
      Azpil - VVD - Robertson - Digne - Laporte
      Fraser - Mili - Bilva - Tielemans - Rich
      Wilson - Jimenez - Deulofeu

      1. Alli 3',17',64�…
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Wilson captain

        • OneMan
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          get in TAA and make him captain.

      2. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Ederson Ryan
        TAA Robbo Digne Laporte Simpson.

        Too much?

        1. xiMoxiee
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          I'd have to say yes

        2. CROCosta
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 13 days ago

          If you have Ederson you do not need a second keeper, Ryan to 4.0, rest is ok, quite expensive but might be well worth it, if looking for extra funds simple downgrades like Laporte->Walker, Robbo/TAA -> VVD could do.

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Ha, I meant Button. Quite happy with it though.

        3. Skull And Gnomes 9
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Show the rest and I'll tell you.

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Keep that to myself I reckon.

            1. Skull And Gnomes 9
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Fair Play. 🙂

        4. mixology
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          thanks my back 4 and starting gk. planning to stick with it. no need for a 4.5 gk if you have ederson though

        5. Super Saints
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          I've gone,

          Ederson 4.0
          TAA VVD Laporte Digne

          Bit more balanced.

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Yes I do have Button, not Ryan. So your team is 0.5 cheaper.

        6. IrishRed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          No need for Ryan. As for the rest, I've downgraded Robbo and Digne to VVD and Coleman to fund upgrades elsewhere and I may downgrade Laporte aswell

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Not touching Robbo, made the same mistake last year.

            1. IrishRed
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              That's fair and I'd like to fit him in myself but I'd like to see how strong the rest of your team is first

              1. Rupert The Horse
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                Well I have Kane. 😉

            2. OneMan
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Makes sense, Robbo and TAA are the first names on my team sheet.

        7. OneMan
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Nah. good value in defense.

      3. Warby84
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Anyone think the Fraser/Wilson double act will be a hit again? Sheffield U at home... I’m on it!!

        1. JonGTFC
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          There's got to be one season where Bournemouth don't start by overperforming, surely?

          I'm on King to save $$ but can see the appeal

          1. Skull And Gnomes 9
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Fair comment.
            One of the most unpredictable teams in the Prem. I will omit them from all my betting pursuits this season.

            1. The 5% Team
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 13 days ago

              haha so true...I remember last year winning 5-0 at Brighton and a week later losing 1-0 to Fulham at home.
              Or winning 4-0 from Chelsea, then a few days later losing 2-0 to Cardiff.

              1. Warby84
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                Probably just stick with one haha, that’ll be Wilson

              2. Skull And Gnomes 9
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                this.

      4. JonGTFC
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Pope (Ryan)
        TAA Laporte Digne (Diop Aarons)
        JWP Zaha Sterling Siggy (Dendoncker)
        Kane Jiminez King

        Thoughts? Lack of LIV attacking coverage to start a bit worrying

        1. IrishRed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Yeah I definitely think you could make some downgrades across the board to fund a Salah/Mane. Straight off the bat you can find an extra 1.5 by downgrading your bench

        2. LangerznMash
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          You don't have a starting GK
          Midfield is weak
          Don't like Jiminez and King
          3/10

          1. Warby84
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Both starting keepers I reckon, just try and squeeze Salah in somehow..

            1. JonGTFC
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              I'm expecting Heaton to leave (which would provide another handy 4.5 option). Can't see me getting Salah in without sacrificing one of Sterling or Kane. And its not going to be Sterling. Will drop at least one of my 4.5 defs once i see a regular 4.0 playing

      5. Godfrey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Am I seriously considering Chicharito...

        1. Jarvish Scott Talent
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Dunno, but apparently you are playing for Norwich https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/comment/20420088

        2. Skull And Gnomes 9
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          That's got Dads Army written all over it.

        3. MIDDLEMAN
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          I'm tempted...

          King / walker vs cheech / laporte

        4. Swanremainsthesame
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          He only scores in the box & has been a spare leg outside it, so I would not expect him to be a regular starter.

      6. Carky
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Heyup Lads, been tinkering for a week or so before re-logging on here. An RMT would be useful, got my big hitters in but still dont feel content.

        Pickford
        TAA AWB El-Mohammady
        Sterling Salah Zaha Tielemens Djenepo
        Aubameyang King

        (Stekelenberg, Nketiah, Simpson, Kelly)

        The bench is all completely 4.0 & 1 x 4.5 fodder that wont play.Thanks

        1. JonGTFC
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Elmo probably wont play - Villa have a new RB. Otherwise sound (i have no idea who Djenepo is), i think unless United invest more in defence there's better 5.5 def's than AWB

          1. Carky
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Thanks for the Elmo heads up.

            Djenepo is Southamptons new midfielder, quite attacking and seems a Hassenhuttl type of player. Obviously unproven in the prem but its a risk im willing to take - could fly in price or could bomb. Thanks

            1. avfc82
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Monitor pre season re El Mohamady.

              Guilbert is also in contention, but Elmo played a blinder in the Play-Off final so may be given a run in the first team.

            2. Warby84
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Apparently is so fast he left the ball behind in the AFCON

            3. JonGTFC
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              So Djenepo is the new Elyounoussi. Awesome

      7. Warby84
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        I’m pretty happy now with this team feel it’s pretty balanced

        Pope Button
        Trent Robertson Digne Cathcart | Fredericks
        Salah Sterling Moutinho Tielemans | Hayden
        Wilson Vardy | Greenwood

        Tempted by brooks over Tielemans, but happy as a GW1 team.. Any tweaks??? Or good for now...

        1. JonGTFC
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Quite like that. A little taken aback by how popular Tielemans is becoming. And Leicesters fixtures arent nice (although that has helped Vardy in previous seasons)

          1. Warby84
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            I don’t see Chelsea and Utd as that tough, Lampard in first season could get turnt over by a decent Leicester side, I’m happy with it for the first 2 weeks till a little mini WC GW3

        2. FlashGilbert
            3 months, 13 days ago

            No first choice keeper.

        3. Daniel100Maerkl
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Anyone have a good pick for a 4.5 mid that isn't a 2 point pony.
          Perhaps from a promoted side?

          1. Differential (c)
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Matty Targett. The guy's crosses are class. Will definitely get some decent hauls over the season.

            1. Warby84
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              I’ve been on and off him so far still might tempt me over WH

          2. Pad Randa
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            I’m going Max Aarons as a fourth defender, myself.

          3. JonGTFC
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Yeah there's a few 4.5 defenders that have potential for returns, but the mids look rubbish. Dendoncker/Hayden the best of a bad bunch

          4. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            4.5m midfielders are 4.5 for a reason, you know!

        4. Pad Randa
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Balance over big names?

          Ryan - Gunn
          VvD - PvA - Ake - Aarons - Kelly
          Salah - Bilva - Tielemans - Zaha - Brooks
          King - Deu - Aguero

          1. IrishRed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Downgrade one attacker or midfielder. 6.5 is too expensive for the bench at the start

            1. Pad Randa
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Yeah, you’ve got a point...

          2. Warby84
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Yeah and upgrade Kelly, (maybe pva)

          3. ZimZalabim
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            id get an everton mid instead of bilva
            and agree on downgrading one of ur attackers and putting that money is def or goal

          4. Skull And Gnomes 9
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            I quite like that team actually.
            It's almost Maverick, but pleasantly so.

        5. Differential (c)
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Top Article. Cheers!

        6. LangerznMash
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          If Milner starts....
          Salah off pens - Mane becomes better option for 1.0m less
          TAA off set pieces - VVD becomes better option for 0.5m less
          Milner himself at only 5.5m becomes a great value pick.

          Liverpool fan at work says Milner set all the best records on preseason fitness tests and is adamant he will start the 1st match.

          1. Warby84
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            But Salah could still get a hat-trick, without a penalty...

          2. Warby84
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            This is total nonsense, Trent crosses from open play not just the set piece..

            1. LangerznMash
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              You clearly didn't read the article of Milner's impact on TAA point return, or dismissed it as nonsense whatever.

          3. el polako
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Quick get Milner in.

          4. Dacra
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            If Milner was nailed he's be a great pick.

            But he's not, so he's not.

        7. Foogle
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Would you rather:

            A) Kane (11m) + Firmino (9.5m) (4-3-3)
            B) Vardy (9m) + Mane (11.5m) (4-4-2)

            Leaning towards A) at the moment, haven't seen a lot of love for Firmino for whatever reason and need at least one Liverpool attacker in my team. Just think Kane at £11m is too good to pass up considering he's bookies favourite for the golden boot!

            1. IrishRed
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              B for me

            2. el polako
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Depends on who ypur other premiums are, for me it will be Sterling and Salah which I will captain most weeks, so there is no point in paying 11m for someone who will not be capped.

              I'm firmly on Vardy bandwagon.

              1. Foogle
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  De Bruyne is my only other Captain choice really, spread my money out this year

                  Alisson
                  Robertson-Mendy-Digne-Azpi-(O'Connell)
                  De Bruyne-Zaha-Siggy-(Trybull)-(Romeu)
                  Kane-Firmino-King

                  Just feel like the value will be in Kane this year but it's probably a big risk.

                  1. Carky
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 13 days ago

                    I cant even explain how much i dislike this. Which makes your team maverick, and who knows, you could be the one laughing.

                    Each to their own though, definitely not for me.

                  2. el polako
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 13 days ago

                    In this set up Kane makes sense, go for it.

              2. Warby84
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                It’s Marathon not a sprint, think he’s worth scouting for now, as I can’t find anyway to get an 11m striker in my team as it stands

            3. YayaTeke
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              A) Kane & Siggurdson
              B) Sterling & King

              1. Differential (c)
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                A

              2. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                A

              3. Andy_Social
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                B

              4. LangerznMash
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                A by a mile.

            4. The Big Fella
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Why do people have Pope in their teams? Is Heaton not 1st choice?

              1. Andy_Social
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                Heaton might be first choice if he goes to Villa. Won't sign a contract at Burnley because he isn't first choice.
                With decent early fixtures and no Europa, for me, Pope is the pick of the 4.5 cheap goalies.

                1. Warby84
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  Pope is epic..

                2. The Big Fella
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  I went with Ryan because he's a good keeper, save points and Brighton have great opening fixtures too. Might consider Pope now.....

            5. Operation FPL
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              If you could only pick 1 of each who would it be in a balanced squad

              A-Salah or Mane
              B-Sterling or Bilva/KDB
              C-TAA or Robertson/VVD
              D-Coleman or Digne
              E-Siggy or Richarlison
              F-Maddison or Tielemans/Perez
              G-Aguero or Kane
              H-Jiminez or Jota
              I-King or Wilson
              J-Zinchenko or Mendy
              K-Pickford or Lloris

              Thanks thats my 11 decided.

              1. Swanremainsthesame
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                If you have 105m then pick the most expensive of each obviously

              2. gergin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                My 9/11 are:
                B)KDB
                C)Gomez
                D) Digne
                F) Madison
                G) Kane
                H) Jota
                I) King
                J) Mendy
                K) Pickford

                For A) vote for Salah, E) vote for Rich.

                1. Operation FPL
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  Im on Richarlison but not sering much love there considering the decent fixtures.

              3. CROCosta
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 13 days ago

                Salah, Sterling, Robbo, Digne, Siggy, Tielmans, Kun, Jota, Wilson, None, Lloris

            6. Waddlinho
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 months, 13 days ago

              This is where I am at the moment.

              Pickford (Button)
              TAA-VVD-Coleman-Zinchenko (Kelly)
              Salah-Sterling-Brooks-Tielemans (Dendocker)
              Vardy-King (Wickham)

              1. Pep Pig
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                It's a great team mate. Double Everton could be bold or gold but I don't think anyone could pick any holes here unless pre-season tells you anything different

                1. Waddlinho
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  Thanks. Not entirely sure about Zinchenko, but a good 5,5 defender should emerge during the pre-season.

            7. Pep Pig
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Hi all. In previous seasons I have always used my WC early and my GW 1 team was set accordingly in the hope to get off to a good start. This year I'm looking to hold onto this until December. Mainly so I can use it wisely over the Christmas fixture pile-up. Also last season, bandwagons such as Rashford, Son, Pogba emerged to name a few and I missed some big points. Every time I have used an early WC, I always pressure myself into using the 2nd WC in January to catch a break. I actually finished the season strongly without the 2nd WC but I had to plan my ass off around the DGWs with my other chips.

              I have already seen many RMT posts who go on to mention WC GW 3/4.

              Is anyone else looking to hold off from using an early WC or have any other structures you're hoping to stick to with this?

              1. Jarvish Scott Talent
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                People are investing heavily in defence so are getting dross benches to partly compensate (as well as convincing themselves 6.0-7.0 options are much better than they actually are) - this is leading to likely early WCs I think/hope. Picking a strong squad will hopefully mean I can hold WC until much later which hopefully is the better long-term play.

                1. Pep Pig
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  I have to agree Jarvish. That said I am starting with VVD,TAA, Laporte and Digne but i'll have no qualms in moving one on. The WC will definitely stay in my back pocket with a more patient approach from me

                  1. Jarvish Scott Talent
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 13 days ago

                    The value looks to be in the defenders this year, so that's fair enough. I just think people with no bench are asking for trouble as it will only take a couple of injuries/rotations for template players for the WCs to be reached for en masse.

                    1. Pep Pig
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 13 days ago

                      I hear you pal. I tend to agree with dirt cheap benches though but 2 of them need to be playing for sure. If I could hold off from making a transfer after the first GW, then in GW3 surely 2 FT's would be beneficial. This would stop us jumping on any 1 week wonders

              2. Skull And Gnomes 9
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                BB g/w1
                W/C g/w2. Unless I nailed it and will transfer the chuff in.

              3. Swanremainsthesame
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                I once did the gw1 special team, then WC to catch all the silly price rises.
                Total disaster as GW1 tends to be very unpredictable & then saddled myself with half a team of 1 week wonders.
                Was still trying to shake off the last of them come Xmas.

                Not as much fun, but the regular high OR players seem to go template early doors and not too crazy on transfers holding off WC till an International break when its clearer which players & teams are starting strong.

                1. Pep Pig
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  I also think the first international break clouds our judgement and it feels like a great time to WC and tinker relentlessly. I know early WCs can work for disasterous starts but I'm bringing more patience to my game this year. I tried to gain the odd FT and make 2 or 3 transfers with it last season but I was too itchy fingered with transfers last season. Not so much hits but the plan went out the window

              4. The Big Fella
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                I always WC late in November/December. The trick is not to bandwagon in the first week i.e. if somebody gets a flukey brace then don't just bring them in immediately (unless it is Aguero etc. but then it is probably not flukey). Remember, you don't get last week's points and then wait until the 2nd week and then do mini-WC with 3 transfers for a -4

                1. Pep Pig
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  Yes mate I just said something similar to Jarvish before reading your comment. 🙂

              5. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                Just make a good, long-term team and hold your wildcard for when you need it. If that's GW6 or GW21 it doesn't matter.

                1. RedLightning
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  The latest you can play your first Wildcard is for GW20.

            8. Wijnaldum FC
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              prmt
              Ryan
              Walker TAA Robbo DIgne
              Salah(C) KDB Siggy Maddison
              Vardy King

              Button Dendonker Kelly Nketiah

              1. Pep Pig
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                It's a quality setup mate. Nketiah may get less minutes than Greenwood this season (looking at OGS lastest comments about Greenwood. But that's not a factual comment. Well played

              2. SoccerBoi69
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                Tinkling with my team a lot, but currently have something similar to this. These are the only differences in our teams.
                Ryan > Ederson
                Walker > Laporte
                King > Coleman
                Robbo > VVD
                Vardy > Wilson

                Constantly changing mind you. Wilson/Vardy means IF it's needed can switch to Kane. One problem with your team could be Walker, as City look to be chasing Cancelo. Would love Zinchenko to be nailed but seems too risky.

                1. SoccerBoi69
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  Tinkering* Tinkling? Lolmao.