Scout Notes

Sterling misses penalty as Wolves beat Man City in China

There were plenty of Fantasy talking points as the Premier League Asia Trophy reached its conclusion over the weekend.

Manchester City, Wolves, West Ham and Newcastle were all in action as we learned more about how they are shaping up for the new campaign.

There was particularly interesting lines on Pep Guardiola’s attacking options as well as how Wolves are looking in the absence of key personnel.

Wolves 0-0 Man City (3-2 pens)

Wolves players celebrate with Rui Patrício after winning the penalty shoot-out

Goals: None

Assists: None

Raheem Sterling (£12.0m) got the chance to play as the centre-forward for Manchester City as they lost the Asia Trophy final on penalties to Wolves.

The England international could not find a breakthrough in his 45-minute appearance, which also featured a missed penalty.

Sterling’s miss has caused some concern among Manchester City followers about their spot-kick situation.

Sergio Aguero (£12.0m) is, of course, the main man for their penalties but given the amount of times he was substituted around 70-minutes last season, Pep Guardiola still needs to firm up his second choice.

Let’s not forget that Aguero also missed some crucial spot kicks including ones in the Champions League against Spurs, PSG and Barcelona.

Sterling’s miss, as well as unconverted spot-kicks in the shootout for Ilkay Gündogan (£5.5m), David Silva (£7.5m) and Lukas Nmecha will not inspire too much confidence moving forward, while Rui Patrício‘s (£5.0m) heroics should not go unnoticed.

Riyad Mahrez (£8.5m), still absent following African Cup of Nations commitments, famously missed one last season at Anfield, allowed by Guardiola to take it despite missing six of his previous 10 at that point.

Gabriel Jesus (£9.5m) also missed one against Swansea last season, causing some City fans to even suggest that Ederson (£6.0m) get a look-in.

It will be interesting to see what happens with the penalty situation at Manchester City this season, especially with plenty of interest in both Aguero and Sterling in early drafts.

Also of interest to Fantasy managers is the left-back position with Benjamin Mendy (£6.0m) ruled out until September.

After Angeliño (£5.0m) started there against West Ham, it was Oleksandr Zinchenko‘s (£5.5m) turn against Wolves.

After two matches, the pair have very similar pre-season minute counts, so this remains a situation worth monitoring as the summer schedule progresses.

Also, the fact that Leroy Sané (£9.5m) started this match, after 45 minutes against West Ham, goes some way to dispelling rumours that a move to Bayern Munich is imminent.

Guardiola has appeared keen to get the player fit and up to scratch ahead of the new season, which might not make much sense if he was preparing to sell a supposedly unhappy player.

Meanwhile, Morgan Gibbs-White (£5.0m) found himself deployed as a centre-forward for Wolves again on Saturday.

The continued absence of Raúl Jiménez (£7.5m), as he enjoys extended leave from winning the CONCACAF Gold Cup with Mexico, has left Wolves somewhat short in that department.

We would expect Jiménez to reclaim his starting berth as soon as he is back in the fold, but it is worth knowing Gibbs-White’s versatility as an option.

Were one of either Jiménez or Jota to pick up a serious injury later in the season, and if Nuno has been unable to recruit a new striker, then Gibbs-White could get a run in that position.

However, we must continue to disclaimer this with Adam Traoré‘s (£5.0m) situation.

With Matt Doherty (£6.0m) currently out injured for several weeks, Traoré was being used to fill in at right wing-back, and might have had a crack at the centre-forward role otherwise.

Ruben Vinagre (£4.5m) could potentially get the nod on the right in Doherty’s absence though, which might free Traoré up for a move forward until Jiménez returns.

Wolverhampton Wanderers XI (3-5-2): Patricio; Bennett, Coady, Boly (Kilman 79′); Jonny (Vinagre 63′), Moutinho (Cundle 79′), Neves (T Taylor 79′), Dendoncker (Wan 79′); A Traoré (Sanderson 63′); Gibbs-White (Ennis 63′), Jota (Perry 63′).

Manchester City (4-3-3): Bravo; Zinchenko (Angelino 62′), Laporte (Harwood-Bellis 62′), Stones (Gundogan 46′), Danilo; Bernabe Walker 46′), Rodri (Garcia 62′), de Bruyne (B Silva 46′); Sané (Nmecha 62′), Sterling (D Silva 46′); Poveda-Ocampo (Knight 74′).

Newcastle 1-0 West Ham

Muo was the goal-scorer as Newcastle beat West Ham in China

Goals: Yoshinori Muto (£5.5m)

Assists: Jamie Sterry

Newcastle looked a much-improved side in their first match under Steve Bruce, although there is still plenty of work to be done.

In the wake of a disorganised and lacklustre performance against Wolves several days earlier, the Magpies’ new manager moved away from the 4-5-1 and reverted to five at the back.

That saw Matt Ritchie (£5.5m) return to the left wing-back role so soon after he vacated it, as Bruce went for a 5-3-1-1 system.

For all the clamour about the Scottish international becoming an ‘out-of-position’ asset this season, this match suggested his time in defence may not be over yet.

Newcastle remain short in the left-back position, hence continued Ritchie’s involvement there.

Paul Dummett (£4.5m) was admittedly rested for the West Ham match, but Ritchie was preferred at left-back to him at times last season anyway.

The problem here was best demonstrated by the fact that when Ritchie came off, Jack Colback was the only option capable of taking his place.

Not surprisingly, given the shortage of options at the club right now, it was Yoshinori Muto (£5.5m) who led the line once again.

While the Japanese international was poor against Wolves, after a disappointing start to life in Newcastle, he offered plenty of threat on Saturday.

Muto’s runs and decent link-up play suggested he could do the job the Magpies need in 2019/20 and he topped off a strong performance with the only goal of the game too.

As things stand, Muto has virtually no competition for his place, with Joselu, Ayoze Pérez (£6.5m) and Salomón Rondón no longer at the club, so he should feature heavily in the next three pre-season friendlies.

Whether he can replicate his performance against West Ham remains to be seen though and with Newcastle’s tough early fixtures, Muto is unlikely to be troubling Fantasy managers as they go through draft after draft.

With Miguel Almirón (£6.0m) still on extended leave following Paraguay’s time at the Copa America, Bruce was very short in attack, handing a start to Elias Sorensen in the number 10 role.

There was encouraging news for the Toon Army as Sean Longstaff (£5.0m) made his first appearance since his injury in March.

He looked sharp in a 26-minute cameo against West Ham and also got a chance to play alongside Jonjo Shelvey (£5.0m), a partnership that could be the key to Newcastle’s fortunes this season.

Meanwhile, West Ham ended their time in China with another goal-shy display, highlighting the need for Sebastien Haller (£7.5m) to settle in quickly.

For the third time in pre-season, Michail Antonio (£7.0m) was used as West Ham’s centre-forward instead of in attacking midfield.

This could mean that Manuel Pellegrini doesn’t particularly fancy him in any of the attacking midfield positions and with the arrival of Haller, yet to make a pre-season appearance for West Ham, his chances could become even more limited this season.

However, the prevailing opinion seems to be that Antonio showed good promise in his centre-forward appearances in China and could do well as Haller’s understudy in 2019/20.

After three games of pre-season, it is still unclear who Pellegrini will select in the supporting trio behind his centre-forward.

Felipe Anderson (£7.0m) has been one of the most used West Ham assets of the summer so far so appears likely to hold his place, while Manuel Lanzini (£6.5m) may be in a similar position.

Andriy Yarmolenko (£6.0m) started on the right against Newcastle, with set-piece specialist Robert Snodgrass (£5.5m) coming on at half-time.

Meanwhile, new signing Pablo Fornals (£6.5m) is yet to be thrown into pre-season action and Jack Wilshere (£5.0m) is also asking difficult questions of Pellegrini.

The former Arsenal man was used in the number 10 role for the second half of the Newcastle match and looked in really good shape across both games in China.

Another winner of the trip to Asia is youngster and budget defender Ben Johnson (£4.0m).

His involvement against Newcastle was shorter than against Manchester City but the local press is already reporting that he can provide serious competition at left-back this season after his time in China.

Arthur Masuaku (£4.5m) will be returning to the club late after African Cup of Nations duty while Aaron Cresswell (£5.0m) did not fare too well on tour, appearing rusty in both appearances.

Also off the pace against Newcastle was Angelo Ogbonna (£4.5m), who struggled to contain Jacob Murphy in particular.

The fact that he has more pre-season minutes than any other West Ham player may not hold him in good enough stead when other options in his position become available for selection again.

Winston Reid (£4.0m) got his first start in 18 months but showed it will take some time to work back up to his previous level.

Therefore, it seems clear that Fabian Balbuena (£4.5m), still on leave following Paraguay’s Copa America campaign, and Issa Diop (£4.5m) currently face little threat for their places at centre-back.

The latter missed the Newcastle game with a minor back injury which is not being considered as too serious by Pellegrini.

Newcastle United XI (5-3-1-1): Dubravka; Ritchie (S Longstaff 64′), Clark (Fernandez 46′), Lascelles, Schär, Sterry (Manquillo 46′); Shelvey (M Longstaff 78′), Colback (Aarons 78′), Hayden (Ki 46′); Sorensen (Murphy 46′); Muto (Lazaar 78′).

West Ham United (4-2-3-1): Fabianski (Roberto 63′); Cresswell, Ogbonna, Reid (C Sánchez 46′), Zabaleta (Johnson 71′); Rice, Cullen (Noble 63′); Anderson (Diangana 63), Lanzini (Wilshere 46′), Yarmolenko (Snodgrass 46′), Chicharito (Antonio 46′).

924 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Ziyech on the Bench
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 4 months ago

    Hi lads, this is my favorite attempt so far. Any thoughts?

    LLoris/Button

    TAA, Digne, Zinchenko / Kelly, Rico

    Salah, Sterling, Lucas Moura, Perez / Dedonk

    Wilson, Jota, Delofeu

    Cheers )

    1. jayzico
      • 10 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      2 more 4m men. YES. Why rico?

      1. Ziyech on the Bench
        • 4 Years
        2 years, 4 months ago

        I don't see why not if at least one is starter - Kelly is GTD starts for a while and Rico is probably going to end up their starter this year.

        If he is not, then I will get the Sheiffeild 4.0 defender whos been playing CDM in preseason.

        1. jayzico
          • 10 Years
          2 years, 4 months ago

          Landstrum? Like him too

  2. sirmorbach
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 4 months ago

    Pope
    TAA, VVD, Zinchenko, Coleman
    Salah, Sterling, Siggy, Fraser, Maddison
    King

    Crazy?

    1. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ CMIUK
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      Good team. I could bore you with the risks of playing 1 one up front who is a cheapie at that, but I'm sure you are aware of them.

      1. sirmorbach
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 4 months ago

        Many thanks for your feedback, mate, I do appreciate it.

        My other option would be a 4-4-2:
        Pope
        TAA, VVD, Laporte, Coleman
        Salah, Sterling, Siggy, Fraser
        King, Jota

        1. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ CMIUK
          • 6 Years
          2 years, 4 months ago

          Good team also. Another few weeks of pre-season to monitor everyone. Good luck 🙂

          1. sirmorbach
            • 5 Years
            2 years, 4 months ago

            I really am very grateful, mate. Cheers, and good luck!

        2. KunDogan (B.D.)
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 years, 4 months ago

          I prefer this one, but both teams look solid.

          1. sirmorbach
            • 5 Years
            2 years, 4 months ago

            I really do appreciate it, mate! Cheers, good luck!

    2. No Professionals
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      Not crazy, team has a lot of good players in it. I just don't like the structure.

      1. sirmorbach
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 4 months ago

        Thanks, mate! Thanks indeed.

        My other option, like I said to our pal above, would be a 4-4-2:
        Pope
        TAA, VVD, Laporte, Coleman
        Salah, Sterling, Siggy, Fraser
        King, Jota

  3. jtreble
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 4 months ago

    ManU experts: any truth to the "Axel Tuanzebe could break into the starting 11" rumours? Curious.

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      Probably the 4th or 5th choice CB at united especially if they get maguire

      1. jtreble
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 4 months ago

        Thanks for your reply.

    2. Brosstan
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      Maybe if they dont buy anyone at all

  4. A Pain in Niasse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 years, 4 months ago

    Rate my team.

    Ryan
    VVD Zinchenko Coleman
    Salah Sterling Redmond Perez
    Vardy Wilson King

    Subs: Button, Norwood, Lundstram, Kelly

    Ryan is a placeholder until Burnley goalkeeping situation becomes clearer. I chose Zinchenko because he is the cheapest way into the City's defence, and because he will be nailed until Mendy returns in October. As for Coleman... he has shown that he can return as much points as Digne for .5m less. Since Zinchenko and Coleman can match the points of their more expensive counterparts, it doesn't make sense to spend more money for players when their cheaper colleagues can match or better their FPL returns.

    1. Mahjongking
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      Wilson and king compromise the points, shldnt take them tgt. Choose 1 .

    2. jayzico
      • 10 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      Afreed, King > Greenwood (for an even lovlier bench ha) and use the 1m Zinc>Laporte

      1. A Pain in Niasse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 4 months ago

        I don't want Laporte. Last year I started with him and David Luiz, because they were .5m to 1m cheaper than Mendy and Alonso respectively. They also looked like they would do as good as their more expensive counterparts. Everybody told me to switch to more expensive Mendy and Alonso, but I didn't listen. We know how that turned out. This year I'm doing the same: I'm going to stick to my guns. I'm going to start with Zinchenko, and when Mendy returns, I'll reassess...

  5. jayzico
    • 10 Years
    2 years, 4 months ago

    The Pope
    Robbo / TAA / Laporte / one of Hanley or Landstrum (OOP)
    Salah / Sterling / Perez / Pereyra
    Wilson / Vardy

    Norris / Greenwood / Hanley / Landstrum (OOP)

    Sh*t*?

    1. jayzico
      • 10 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      Oh, and Dendonkey- who will rotate the the 4m men

    2. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      I can’r even Tell what is happening here

    3. LSK
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      I would honestly drop Pereyra to a 5.0 and have a 4.5m rotation rather than a 4.0

      1. jayzico
        • 10 Years
        2 years, 4 months ago

        love pereyra. but agreed. But will noble/jorge playing every week mean bigger points?

    4. Ziyech on the Bench
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      Nice team. Prefer Doucoure over Pereyra though.

    5. nisag17
      • 12 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      I think its fine actually. Not sure about starts for Hanely or Landstrum. But even if they aren't playing Dendoncker is also ok I guess. But I think Laporte to Zinchenko is an option to consider although with your team, I don't know who you will upgrade right now. But might come in handy later.

    6. pokern1nja09
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      Looks good. I would try to get Lacazette over Wilson or Vardy for the first 2

      1. jayzico
        • 10 Years
        2 years, 4 months ago

        Never considered the Laca - been burnt too often. Will de-stat him now. Cheers

        PS Laporte stays. Not sold on Zinky at all

  6. Wılly
    • 8 Years
    2 years, 4 months ago

    A. Sterling, Wilson, Perez
    B. KDB, Kane, Coleman

    1. Super Frank
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      B

    2. Sune
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      A.

  7. tafrère
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 4 months ago

    A) Kane + Perez
    B) KDB + Wilson

    1. Super Frank
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      A

  8. Super Frank
    • 8 Years
    2 years, 4 months ago

    Lloris (4.0)
    TAA - VVD - Digne - Zinchenko (Dunk)
    Salah - Siggy - Fraser - Tielemans/Perez (Donk)
    Kane - King (4.5)

    0.0 ITB
    Feedback appreciated

    1. nisag17
      • 12 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      This is actually a pretty good team as long as Kane matches Sterling.

      1. Super Frank
        • 8 Years
        2 years, 4 months ago

        I really appreciate your feedback, thanks a lot

  9. Brimble82
    • 3 Years
    2 years, 4 months ago

    First post of the season;
    A) Laporte, Jorginho, Noble
    B) Zinchenko, Pérez, Dendoncker

    Ederson - Button
    Robbo - TAA - Digne - x - Kelly
    Salah - Bilva - Zaha - x - x
    Kane - King - Greenwood

    1. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      B - easy.

  10. Daaf
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 4 months ago

    How is this?

    Pope - Button
    TAA - VVD - Zinchenko - Digne - Coleman
    Salah - Sterling - Siggy - Fraser - Dendocker
    King - Nketia - Greenwood

    1.0 in the bank.

  11. BigBillyBass
    • 3 Years
    2 years, 4 months ago

    How's this looking?

    Ederson (Button)
    TAA Robbo Digne Dunk (Rico)
    Salah(c) Sterling Brooks (Hojbjerg Dendoncker)
    Wilson Jota Deulofeu

    1. Super Frank
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      Looking good
      King & Siggy instead of Wilson & Brooks?

      1. BigBillyBass
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 4 months ago

        Good shout!

  12. PrestigeWorldwidewidewide..…
    • 2 Years
    2 years, 4 months ago

    Lloris // (Button)
    Azpi / Coleman / Walker / x / (Kelly 4.0)
    Salah / x / x / x / (Dendoncker 4.5)
    King / x / (Greenwood 4.5)

    Best combo to fill this in?

    A. TAA / Fraser / Siggy / KDB / Vardy
    B. VVD / Fraser / Siggy / KDB / Lacazette
    C. VVD / Fraser / Tielemans / KDB / Kane
    D. VVD / 6.0 / Siggy / KDB / Kane
    E. VVD / Zaha / Tielemans / Sterling / Vardy

    1. EMBOLOFAN
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      azpi/lloris when you're not tripling up on liverpool or city is mental

    2. Worsle90
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      A

  13. soulsaver
    • 11 Years
    2 years, 4 months ago

    Afternoon Good People!
    how we looking?
    Pope/Heaton
    TAA-Van-Zinchenko-Walker(Rico)
    De Bruyne-Salah-Fraser-Perez(Dendoncker)
    Vardy-Wilson(Greenwood)

  14. Differential C (Mark)
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 4 months ago

    Seeing Jake Vokins in preseason so far, the fact we got to offload Targett for 17m and thus push Vokins up the LB pecking order. What a fantastic piece of business, and we get to have one of our own to possibly get more gametime.

    1. Differential C (Mark)
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      And a fourth goal is added in stoppage time, as teenage CB Christoph Klarer heads home a corner!

      Southampton 4-0 Guangzhou

      🙂

    2. The Overthinker
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      A short scouting note wrt fpl?

  15. Gooner97
    • 8 Years
    2 years, 4 months ago

    Any love for Barkley?

    1. Super Frank
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      I think he will share minutes with Mount

    2. Differential C (Mark)
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      Wait and see. Not for me at the moment. It IS Ross Barkley, after all.
      RLC/CHO probably the best value Chelsea assets when they get back to fitness.

    3. child of God
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      Many prefer to look for the extra 0.5 and get the perez kings etc

  16. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • 11 Years
    2 years, 4 months ago

    So Yarmolenko is getting minutes? Looks like he might be fit...

    Very interesting option imo - himself & Ings if timed right could be useful

    1. pumpkinhead
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      Ings no - Yarmo yes. He was fire before his injury.

      1. EMBOLOFAN
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 4 months ago

        ings is more nailed and better numbers

        1. pumpkinhead
          • 7 Years
          2 years, 4 months ago

          He played more than 1000 minutes more so I would hope his numbers are better

      2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 11 Years
        2 years, 4 months ago

        Ings is generally great when he plays

        He just missed 15 games last season which is a lot

        1. pumpkinhead
          • 7 Years
          2 years, 4 months ago

          Great may be a bit much (top season was 11 goals in 3000 minutes - a goal every 3 games isn't good + it was 5 years ago)

          I see what you're trying to do with rotation but it's not worth the pain. Southampton will struggle and Ings will get hurt at some point forcing a transfer.

          1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • 11 Years
            2 years, 4 months ago

            Remember he got 3 goals in 4 apps at the start of last season - people would bite the hand off that for their 8.0's let alone a 6.0 (or 5.5 that he was then)

            He also got 10 returns in just over 18 games worth of minutes last season - for 5.5, '' great '' is a very fair way to describe that type of output imo

            Everyone knows his injury problems, it's easy to look at them and be dismissive, but many /most people forget just how good this guy is when he plays... Is one of the main reasons he ended up at Liverpool

            Is he viable for FPL? For me with a clean injury free pre season - yes, if not - no

    2. EMBOLOFAN
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      if he can nail down his place he's good value. wouldn't start the season with him

    3. Differential C (Mark)
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      Interesting, they could alternate injuries very nicely.

      1. Free Hat
        • 2 Years
        2 years, 4 months ago

        😀

      2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 11 Years
        2 years, 4 months ago

        An injury rotation if you will 🙂

      3. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        2 years, 4 months ago

        😆

  17. Mossy Pebble
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 4 months ago

    Currently sitting on this but feel like it could use a couple of tweaks:

    Ederson/

    Digne/TAA/VVD

    Salah/ KDB/ Zaha/ Tielemans

    King/Vardy/Jota

    Button/Dunk/Lundstrom/Hayden.

    Any pointers would be great!

    1. pumpkinhead
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      Has Zaha played any pre-season yet?

      1. HamezMace
        • 7 Years
        2 years, 4 months ago

        Yes, but it was for the Ivory Coast.
        You think he'll struggle to force his back into the Palace team?

        1. The 5% Team
          • 3 Years
          2 years, 4 months ago

          unmotivated maybe

          1. HamezMace
            • 7 Years
            2 years, 4 months ago

            I think unlikely, once the window closes it's done, not like the old days when I player still had a few games of the season to play whilst angling for a move.

  18. Phlajo
    • 2 Years
    2 years, 4 months ago

    Feedback on this?
    Ederson (Button)
    VVD Robertson Digne Laporte (Kelly)
    Salah KDB Zaha Ziggy (Hayden)
    Jota King (Nketiah)

    Might change Zaha for Fraser and then 0.5 ITB

    1m ITB current setup

    1. EMBOLOFAN
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      looks good. could do digne > coleman allowing for zaha > son when he's back

      1. EMBOLOFAN
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 4 months ago

        sorry i miscounted

        1. Phlajo
          • 2 Years
          2 years, 4 months ago

          Yeah need another mil for that swap 🙂

  19. BigBillyBass
    • 3 Years
    2 years, 4 months ago

    Torn between these 2:

    A) Ederson (Button)
    TAA Robbo Digne Dunk (Rico)
    Salah Sterling Siggy (Hojbjerg Dendoncker)
    King Jota Deulofeu

    B) Ryan (Button)
    TAA Robbo Digne Ake (Gibson)
    Salah Sterling Fraser (Hojbjerg Dendoncker)
    Wilson Jota Deulofeu

    What's your thoughts?

    1. pumpkinhead
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      Easy:

      A Ederson, Dunk, Siggy, King

      B Ryan, Ake, Fraser, Wilson

      1. BigBillyBass
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 4 months ago

        Fair

  20. Lebowski85
    • 9 Years
    2 years, 4 months ago

    Laport / Siggy / Milivojevic
    Or
    WanB / KdB / Brooks (6.5 Bandwagon Slot)

    which do you prefer?

    This would give me Sterling / KdB & Salah in Midfield & 4 Premium defenders stills

  21. Queenofthestoneage
    • 2 Years
    2 years, 4 months ago

    Think Jimenez will reach 180p again this season? Or is Jota + 1m better?

    1. Lebowski85
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      Jiminez for ownership to start with. If Jota looks good then you can transfer down & re-invest the 1m

    2. socho
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      2nd season always harder

  22. Vpan
    • 11 Years
    2 years, 4 months ago

    If you had to play one of them every week who would you choose?

    A) Dunk/4.5 Def, Dendoncker, Hayden, Rico

    B) Jorginho/Norwood, Dendoncker, Rico, 4.0 Def

    1. HamezMace
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      A. but only because you have a slightly better chance of getting a total of 3 points from them, rather than 1-2 points.

  23. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • 11 Years
    2 years, 4 months ago

    Who would win in a fight

    Great White Shark

    Or

    Killer Whale

    1. Differential C (Mark)
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      Killer Whale.

      The hunt in packs.

      1. Differential C (Mark)
        • 6 Years
        2 years, 4 months ago

        Even if it was 1 v 1, I'd still go Killer Whale, those beasts are bloody smart.

      2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 11 Years
        2 years, 4 months ago

        Has to be a 1:1 fight

    2. HamezMace
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      Killer whale, I mean it's in the name.

    3. The Overthinker
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      Killer whale

    4. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      B

    5. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 11 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      Actually this would be an absolute non contest

      Killer Whale can grow to weigh 10,000 kgs whereas GW'S max size is only about 1,100 kgs

      Wow

      1. HamezMace
        • 7 Years
        2 years, 4 months ago

        I'd give back that degree in marine biology mate

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • 11 Years
          2 years, 4 months ago

          Lol I knew missing the ''simulating mortal combat between aquatic apex predators'' module would come back to haunt me

          I've already sold a load of tickets for this fight I've organised down the aquarium... Unhappy customers imminent!

          1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • 11 Years
            2 years, 4 months ago

            Although maybe we could find an equally sized Great white Shark & Killer Whale

            1. HamezMace
              • 7 Years
              2 years, 4 months ago

              What about the sea creature from the new Jurassic Park movies, that could be a decent scrap

          2. HamezMace
            • 7 Years
            2 years, 4 months ago

            People paid to watch Mayweather v McGregor, so I wouldn't worry.

    6. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      Hold on, I'll just get my Top Trumps out.

      1. HamezMace
        • 7 Years
        2 years, 4 months ago

        Please don't, this is a family site.

    7. Brosstan
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      If you kill your enemy, they win

  24. BigBillyBass
    • 3 Years
    2 years, 4 months ago

    3 BOU from the get go looks essential. Those fixtures are incredible (barring City at home)

    1. Gooner97
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      Including Ake?

    2. pumpkinhead
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      Essential

    3. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      Far from. I'm happy with one.

      1. Gooner97
        • 8 Years
        2 years, 4 months ago

        Wilson?

        1. I Member
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 years, 4 months ago

          King atm. May upgrade to Wilson.

    4. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      Leicester and Everton after MCI plum fixtures?!?

  25. The Overthinker
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 4 months ago

    Any scouting report for Chelsea ?

  26. BigBillyBass
    • 3 Years
    2 years, 4 months ago

    A: Ederson, Dunk, Siggy, King

    B: Ryan, Ake, Fraser, Wilson

    1. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      A

  27. Tough 50/50 calls
    J0E
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 12 Years
    2 years, 4 months ago

    New Video and Podcast - Player Comparisons - some tough 50/50 calls ahead.

    What's your toughest pre season 50/50 call?

    David and I look at:

    Kane v Sterling
    Tielemans v Perez
    Coleman v Digne
    King v Wilson

    https://soundcloud.com/fantasyfootballscout/201920-fpl-preparation-comparing-players/s-tXNMd

    http://traffic.libsyn.com/fantasyfootballscout/201920_FPL_Preparation_Comparing_Players.mp3

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRaL7DNFoxs

    1. Ramboros
      • 10 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      Not exactly 50/50, but deciding which one to drop out of VVD, Robertson, TAA and Salah.

      1. J0E
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 12 Years
        2 years, 4 months ago

        One of the Liv Def would be my call. Salah good for captaincy.

    2. darrellb
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      nice podcast. those really are the main 50:50 along with maybe taa vs robbo. another one im debating is vardy vs kdb

      1. J0E
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        • 12 Years
        2 years, 4 months ago

        Cheers. We wanted to do a few but obviously couldn't do them all. Hoped we'd got some of the main ones.

        Vardy over KDB at first I think until we know KDB will be the assister and not the assister of the assister this season.

        1. darrellb
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 years, 4 months ago

          do you really think that could be a possibility? hes usually so involved with all their play. ive even looked at drafts with him and not sterling...

          1. HamezMace
            • 7 Years
            2 years, 4 months ago

            I think KdB is a way into the City attack that you can help justify to yourself not to get Sterling.
            Salah has no alternative.

            Hence why Salah and KdB is a more popular pick (allows for Kane as well).

            If Son wasn't suspended, you'd see a lot more;

            a, Salah, Sterling and Son
            or
            b, Salah, KdB and Kane

            1. J0E
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              • 12 Years
              2 years, 4 months ago

              I'm doing that in Sky - but in that game Kane captaincy is a bit more important. I'd be tempted by Kane and KDB in fpl, but means dropping Sterling and Vardy. I guess that's 50 50 for me before GWK 1.

              1. HamezMace
                • 7 Years
                2 years, 4 months ago

                I'm going Kane and KdB myself, but not an easy call. It's influenced by having Perez, who I think stands out in the £6.5m bracket, so not too concerned by getting Vardy as well.

            2. darrellb
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 years, 4 months ago

              Almost sounds like you're using the C word. Coverage.

              1. HamezMace
                • 7 Years
                2 years, 4 months ago

                Not so much, I think it's more wanting a premium attacker from the, likely, top three teams in the PL.

                I guess some may say coverage, but I think it's just wanting good players.

            3. scubasmithy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 years, 4 months ago

              I've gone Salah, Sterling and KDB and gone light up top.

    3. Hungry Singh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      Salah v Sterling.

      Can. Not. Decide.

      1. J0E
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 12 Years
        2 years, 4 months ago

        Salah for me. As said above Sterling has a cheaper potential alternative in KDB....but Salah has Mane and he's only 1m less now.

        1. Hungry Singh
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 years, 4 months ago

          Not sure you can compare Sterling and KDB, like Salah and Mane.

          KDB can be played deeper, which dents his prospects, and you've also got that doubt in your mind of when the next injury is going to arrive. Also hard to upgrade him to Sterling, whereas the Mane > Salah upgrade is relatively easy.

    4. Captain Kakaroto (I blame R…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      For me its Siggy VS Fraser. The former is long term with nice fixtures, but the other could explode short term.

      1. J0E
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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        • 12 Years
        2 years, 4 months ago

        Me too. Can't have both without serious compromises.

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 years, 4 months ago

          Compare 6.5 strikers King/Jota/Deulofeu

          Compare Chelsea mids 6.0 Barkley/Mount/CHO, 6.5 RLC

    5. Jacky boy
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      Kane vs Sterling.
      Too easy fixtures for kane l. VAR pens and he never misses one.
      But no sterling means no city attack. I will pair kane or sterling with vardy either way

    6. FPL Virgin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      Please can you fix the distortion on David's line. It's so annoying.

    7. price
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      I have a very similar problem

      Ive gone for Kane
      No Tielemans or Perez
      Digne
      King

      Not I cant decide to make my team worse to include Sterling as well

    8. Springbank
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      1) Template Siggy vs Richarlison is a good one?
      I have no doubt Sigurdsson will have more overall points comes the end of the season but Richarlison has history of kicking off seasons nicely ( when he doesn't get red card that is!)

      2) Another one of my 50/50 is Cheap GK + City Defender ( Zinchenko) or Ederson + 4M defender.

    9. alfoir
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      Less 50/50, more 33/33/33!

      Currently on Ederson, Moura, Deulo with 2m in the bank, because I'd changed from Pope, Pererya, Kane with 0.5m in the bank. Keep switching back and forth, want more City but think Moura is maybe only a short-term ploy which would need a GW4 wildcard (after Moura's NEW GW3).

      Rest of the team:
      XXX, Button
      Robbo, VVD, Digne, Cathcart, Diop
      Salah, KdB, Perez/Tiel, XXX, Dendo
      XXX, Wilson, Greenwood

    10. benbro
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      Surely Kane v Vardy or Kane v Laca is a bigger 50:50 than Kane v Sterling. Can’t imagine anyone taking Kane over Sterling personally.

  28. Kristobal
    • 10 Years
    2 years, 4 months ago

    Deulofeu most Lonely to play as a striker?

    1. Kristobal
      • 10 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      Most likely I mean 🙂

    2. Lebowski85
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      It can get pretty lonely up top. He will be up there though

    3. Brosstan
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      Dont worry Watford often play 2 up top 🙂

      1. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 4 months ago

        Underrated comment

  29. anish10
    • 11 Years
    2 years, 4 months ago

    A) J.Gomez, Wilson & Jota

    or

    B) Robertson, Perez & King

    1. RichRover
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 4 months ago

      B