Scout Notes

Keen interest in new-look Chelsea side under Lampard

Bohemians 1-1 Chelsea

Goals: Michy Batshuayi

Assists: Kenedy

Fantasy Premier League managers were reminded of the wealth of options available to Frank Lampard’s Chelsea team in their first pre-season match.

With most of last season’s regulars absent, the Blues drew 1-1 with Irish side Bohemians on Wednesday evening.

The result was not too encouraging, but at this early stage of pre-season, it’s important not to read too much into such things.

Instead, it’s more important, especially in the case of Chelsea, to examine which players were and were not involved – as well as Lampard’s tactics.

At this admittedly early stage of his time as the Blues’ boss, he initially deployed his players in a 4-2-3-1 formation, finally taking the club away from Maurizio Sarri’s favoured 4-3-3.

A 4-1-4-1 was used in the second half, but this featured more peripheral figures.

Against Bohemians, Lampard also encouraged his players to apply a high press when they were without the ball and when in possession they were much more direct than in the 2018/19 season.

However, we will have to see these tactics utilised when more first-team players are involved before we can say with certainty that Lampard wants to use them in Gameweek 1.

As already mentioned, most of last season’s key assets were absent.

Antonio Rüdiger (£6.0m), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£6.5m) and Callum Hudson-Odoi (£6.0m) all missed out due to injury.

Meanwhile, Willian (£7.0m) and Christian Pulisic (£7.5m) are yet to join up with the squad after involvement in the Copa America and CONCACAF Gold Cup with Brazil and USA respectively.

Only six options currently priced up by FPL were in the matchday squad on Wednesday night. We have updated the Google spreadsheet cataloguing their pre-season minutes.

Cesar Azpilicueta (£6.0m) and Pedro (£7.0m) were the biggest names to feature from the start.

After 12 months of right-back duties under Sarri, new manager Frank Lampard returned Azpilicueta to a centre-back role, which could have some interesting implications for the rest of pre-season.

Obviously, there is still a long way to go, but if the Spaniard ends up being preferred at centre-back, it would leave a vacancy in the right-back position.

It was youngster Dujon Sterling who started there against Bohemians but Davide Zappacosta (£4.5m) was handed the role for the second half.

If the Italian were to hold down a starting position in the Chelsea defence this season he could provide exceptional value, so we should definitely continue to monitor him and Azpilicueta during pre-season.

Crucially, the match with Bohemians reminded Fantasy managers just how many players will be at Chelsea’s disposal in 2019/20.

Fantasy managers should track where Azpilicueta is stationed during pre-season matches this summer

It was Michy Batshuayi who scored their only goal of the game to highlight that the centre-forward battle is between three players for the 2019/20 season.

Olivier Giroud (£7.0m) is the only one to have been priced up by FPL so far but Tammy Abraham and Batshuayi, returning from loans at Aston Villa and Crystal Palace respectively, will also be in the fight.

Monitoring each of these players during pre-season will be vital, to see which one claims the number one spot given the potential bargain on offer.

In defence, former Newcastle loanee Kenedy was deployed at left-back to throw his name into the hat for competition there.

Marcos Alonso (£6.5m) already faces the challenge of Emerson Palmieri (£5.5m) so there is definitely uncertainty on that side of the defence, although Kenedy is also capable of playing on the left of midfield.

As Fantasy managers clamour for Everton assets, especially in defence, Chelsea’s match in Ireland provided a chastening reminder of the Toffees’ missing puzzle piece.

Kurt Zouma (not currently priced by FPL) was deployed at centre-back in the second half as his future continues to hang in the balance.

Marco Silva is reportedly hoping to bring the Frenchman to Goodison Park on a permanent deal but this pre-season will give us an indication of whether Lampard will let him do that.

If he starts getting regular game-time in the pre-season friendlies, it might suggest the new Blues boss would rather keep hold of him.

This would be a blow to Silva and Everton, as well as Fantasy managers looking to the Toffees defence as Zouma was a key factor in them keeping eight clean sheets in their last 11 matches of 2018/19.

Also worth tracking during pre-season is the versatile Ethan Ampadu (£4.5m).

The former Exeter City man is also capable of playing at centre-back but has historically been used in a deep central midfield role at Chelsea.

Against Bohemians, Ampadu helped screen the defence and earned high praise from the local press, who described the bite and aggression he added to midfield as something Chelsea missed under Sarri.

Meanwhile, as promised, Danny Drinkwater (£4.5m) was given an opportunity by Lampard after being forced very much out of contention by Sarri last season and Willy Caballero (£5.0m) played 45 minutes in goal.

“Fitness was our issue, we’ve been working hard on it, even this morning. Fitness was always going to be an issue against a team that’s halfway through their season. We certainly pushed ourselves to the limit. The quicker we get there the better. It’s about individuals getting fit. Some of the young lads were really good. We want to get a level of fitness and intensity in their game.” – Frank Lampard

Chelsea first-half XI (4-2-3-1): Caballero; Kenedy, Guehi, Azpilicueta, D Sterling; Ampadu, Drinkwater; Palmer, G Gallagher; Pedro; Batshuayi.

Chelsea second-half XI (4-1-4-1): Cumming; Maatsen, Zouma, Chalobah, Zappacosta; Bakayoko; Brown, Baker, Gilmour, Piazon; Ugbo.

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1,361 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Corgzzzz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Any Newcastle fans out there ?? What do you make of Hayden, will he play this season and is he any good ???

    1. NUFCAndrew
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      He was amazing in the second half of last season, but he’s also made it publicly clear he wants to leave the club to move further down south closer to home

  2. Buddyfox
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Used rate my team for the first time, was happy until I come and had a look in here GW1 49!

    This is my team any suggestions?

    Kepa
    Digne Colman TAA Robertson
    Sigurdsson BSilva Zaha Salah
    Vardy Giroud

    Button Dendoncker Aarons Greenwood

    1. Dthinger
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Giroud to King

      1. fantasyfog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        king? everyone is obsessed

        1. Dthinger
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          good fixtures, penalties, a lot cheaper than Wilson, and (unlike Giroud) a sure starter. But you're right; it doesnt need to be King, but surely not Giroud.

    2. RMT's Professor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      I've built it and I get 59.16 for gw1. Are you sure you had all the players added?

    3. badgerboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Wouldn't worry about it. Seems like folk use that tool too literally. It's a predictor based on an algorithm not a guarantee of those points.

  3. Buddyfox
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Thanks, with them fixtures that’s a good call. I keep thinking I need Sterling

    1. fantasyfog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      sterling or aguero

  4. Jammydodger2018
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Pick one please

      A
      Aguero and Siggy

      B
      Sterling and Wilson

      1. fantasyfog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        a

    • Buddyfox
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      How are people getting over 60 on rate my team? It’s madness.

      1. jtreble
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Five premium defenders is one way ...

        1. Queenofthestoneage
            1 month, 6 days ago

            + premium goalie

      2. fantasyfog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        What do you think of this little lot...

        Heaton + fodder

        Robbo Vvd Taa Digne + fodder

        Pereyra Bulva Sterling Kdb + Hayden

        Vardy Ings Murray

        1. Netley Lucas
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Good caps can get 22ppm per pair.

      3. Chaballer-Top 1K Career HoF…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Reminder to all you Top 1K Career Hoffers to join the new league if you qualify (beeps2)....

        1. The Champ is here
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Is the same one I've been in for years? It auto renews. I lost the 10k one along the way though

          1. Chaballer-Top 1K Career HoF…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            It’s a new league that is only for players in the Top 1K Career Hall of Fame...pretty sure it’s a new idea...never seen it anywhere before...you maybe are think of the Top 1K any season league...

          2. Chaballer-Top 1K Career HoF…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Looks like you’d qualify for sure though looking at your history without knowing your real name. So please do join...

      4. iscodisco22
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Pope + Button
        VVD Trent Laporte Coleman + 4.5 DEF
        Salah KDB Siggy Brooks (4.5 MID)
        Vardy Jota (Andone)

        Two questions:
        1. Do I lack firepower up front?
        2. Is it worth downgrading a 4.5M def to upgrade Brooks (or Perez) to Zaha?

      5. Klein
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Hey guys. Does anyone know the code for ffs league? Thanks in advance

      6. Double Treble
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Everton will not have so many clean sheet as expected because Zouma is gone.

        Right?

      7. Jacktars
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Ryan button
        Taa Robbo Coleman lascellas kelly
        Salah sterling siggy brooks Hayden
        Deulo Ings Jimmy 62.81 gw1 355.7 first 6 gws

      8. Kane Lane
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Think this be my team it's got balance. Like thoughts tho.

        Ryan
        Robbo - Van-D - Ake - Digne
        Salah - Zaha- BSilva - Fraser
        Wilson - Kane

        Button. Dendoncker. Kelly. Wickham.

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

          B Silva not enough City coverage

      9. Adambailey7
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Please RMT:

        Allison

        TAA, Digne, Mendy
        Mane, KDB, zaha, tielemans
        Lacazette, deulofeu, king

        (Button, wan Bisaka, Hayden, 4mil)

        Just heard Mané May miss the start of season?

      10. Offside
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Going against the defensive team

          Ryan/Gunn
          Kiko/Aarons
          Diop/Elmohamady
          Dunk
          Salah
          Perez
          Sterling
          Djenepo/El Ghazi
          Kane
          Vardy
          King

        • joydeep10
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          RMT plzzz

          Ederson
          Robertson Digne Van Dijk Walker
          Salah Sigurddson Fraser Dondecker
          Aguero King

          Button El mohamady Hayden Gallahger

        • DA Minnion
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          In years gone by I would always would have two cheap rotating keepers that didn't really serve me that well.
          Last year had Ederson for most of the season and he was brilliant.
          What's the best strategy this year.

        • trigada
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          28 days, 5 hours ago

          allison (button)
          robo a.smith (dunk) coleman (hanley)
          mane, sterlin, bernardo, siggy, lucas moura
          king ings (greenwood)

          any recommendations ?