Scout Notes

Kane scores again as Liverpool’s GW1 opponents concede four

Harry Kane (£11.0m) issued another reminder of his goalscoring abilities as he bagged the winner in Tottenham Hotspur’s 1-0 win over Real Madrid on Tuesday afternoon.

Spurs’ victory over Zinedine Zidane’s side is the primary focus of our latest Scout Notes article but we will also reflect on yesterday’s matches involving Norwich City and Crystal Palace.

Real Madrid 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur

  • Goal: Harry Kane (£11.0m)

Kane scored the game’s only goal on 22 minutes, pouncing on an error by Marcelo before coolly slotting the ball past Keylor Navas.

The Madrid goalkeeper was the busier of the two sides’ custodians, denying Kane and substitute Dele Alli (£8.5m) from close range and Tanguy Ndombele (£6.0m) and Son Heung-min (£9.5m) from distance.

Young striker Troy Parrott also struck the woodwork late on.

Mauricio Pochettino reflected on his team’s dominance and overall performance after the game:

I think Keylor Navas is one of the best goalkeepers in the world and he showed again today with his great performance as he saved Real Madrid from conceding more goals.

It’s only a result but we are looking to try and be better every single day, improve in the way we play and start the season strong. I think our objective is to start the season in a very good dynamic and try and start to win. That is why I am happy because our dynamic from the beginning of pre-season we are doing well.

Formation

Kane was deployed as the lone striker in a 4-2-3-1 in the first half and it was notable that he mostly stayed as Spurs’ furthermost forward player against Real, in contrast to some of the deep-lying positions he took up last season.

The relatively quiet Christian Eriksen (£9.0m) made his first start of pre-season behind Kane, with Son and Erik Lamela (£6.0m) catching the eye in the attacking midfield trio.

Injury Watch

There were four notable absentees at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday.

Serge Aurier (£5.0m) has undergone surgery to a hand injury suffered on international duty with the Ivory Coast and is now “undertaking a period of non-contact training before reintegrating with the first team”.

Eric Dier (£5.0m) and Ben Davies (£6.0m) are continuing their rehabilitation after surgery, while Victor Wanyama (£5.0m) wasn’t risked after reporting irritation in his knee after training.

Right-back Void

Kieran Trippier’s departure has left a three-way tussle for the right-back spot.

Aurier’s hand injury meant that Juan Foyth (£5.0m) and Kyle Walker-Peters (£5.0m) were each handed 45 minutes to impress against the Galacticos.

In truth, Foyth – who played at right-back for Argentina in the Copa America this summer – didn’t have a great deal to do but nullified Eden Hazard whenever the Belgian was on the ball.

Foyth is suspended for the first two league matches of the season so it may be that Walker-Peters will feature in Gameweeks 1 and 2, barring further recruitment and a recovery from Aurier.

Beyond that, there would appear to be a great deal of uncertainty over the right-back position with Pochettino a known fan of Foyth.

Foyth made ten league starts last season compared to Walker-Peters’ four, although some of those were as a right-sided centre-back in a three-man defence.

Lamela

Injuries have dogged Lamela in recent times and indeed the Argentinean hasn’t played more than 1,000 league minutes in any of the last three seasons.

An FPL ownership of 0.3% is reflective of the lack of trust we now have in Lamela as a Fantasy asset but he was perhaps Spurs’ best player in the first half, looking sharp in a 45-minute showing and creating a superb chance for Kane before the break.

Rewind 12 months, of course, and Lamela was also prominent ahead of the 2018/19 season – so the proof will be in the pudding once the upcoming campaign gets underway.

Spurs’ first-half XI: Gazzaniga, Foyth, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Winks, Ndombele, Lamela, Eriksen, Son, Kane.

Spurs’ second-half XI: Lloris, Walker-Peters, Sanchez, Tanganga, Georgiou, Skipp, Sissoko, Son (Nkoudou 66), Dele, Lucas, Kane (Parrott 66).

Norwich City 1-4 Atalanta

  • Goal: Todd Cantwell (£4.5m)
  • Assist: Moritz Leitner (£4.5m)

Owners of Liverpool’s attacking Fantasy assets would have been gleefully rubbing their hands at the result at Carrow Road last night.

Jurgen Klopp’s side meet Norwich in the 2019/20 curtain-raiser a week on Friday and the Canaries are without a clean sheet in their six pre-season friendlies contested so far.

Daniel Farke’s outfit came up from the Championship with a reputation for being less than watertight at the back, having shipped 57 goals in 46 league games – 16 more than Sheffield United conceded.

Norwich’s injury problems at centre-back over the summer would only have further incentivised owners of Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) et al to hand the armband to a Liverpool player in Gameweek 1 and Tuesday night’s result provided more encouragement.

With the possible exception of Sam Byram (£4.5m) at right-back, Norwich’s back four against Atalanta will likely be the one that lines up at Anfield, too.

Farke’s troops have now conceded exactly 12 goals in pre-season at a rate of two per game.

Atalanta, who finished third in Serie A last season, were the Canaries’ first real stiff test of the summer – with the greatest of respect to Schalke, who weren’t far off the drop in the Bundesliga last season.

As we will discuss below, Norwich had the better of the first 45 minutes and had gone in front early on but shot themselves in the foot when Timm Klose (£4.5m) gifted the ball straight to goalscorer Luis Muriel on the stroke of half-time.

There were individual errors in the lead-up to the second, third and fourth goals, too, while Ralf Fahrmann (£4.5m) looked shaky between the posts and would only have furthered Tim Krul‘s (£4.5m) chances of nailing down a starting role.

Atalanta got plenty of joy against Norwich on the break in the second half and Kenny McLean (£5.0m) had to clear another effort off the line.

Farke said:

We had an individual mistake on 45 minutes and conceded a goal out of this and the same style went further on. We had several chances in the second-half but with their second strike on goal they were able to score.

They played with lots of effectiveness. Okay, the third and the fourth goal was after 20/21 changes – this won’t happen during the normal games.

We have to learn that on this level, you have to be unbelievably effective and also that small details and small mistakes can change a whole game.

But it’s also important we learn the details to be unbelievably effective when we use our chances and be fully switched on and concentrated.

Better Going Forward

Tuesday’s match was also a reminder of Norwich’s attacking prowess and their potential to ruin a Liverpool clean sheet next Friday.

The Canaries have scored in all six of their pre-season friendlies and broke the deadlock in Norfolk last night when budget FPL midfielders Moritz Leitner and Todd Cantwell (both £4.5m) combined for the latter’s goal on 14 minutes.

The fit-again Teemu Pukki (£6.5m) had several opportunities to add to Norwich’s lead but found either the Atalanta goalkeeper or a visiting defender in the way, while he also diverted a Jamal Lewis (£4.5m) cross over the bar early on.

Farke, justifiably, pointed out that Norwich were the dominant side in the opening 45 minutes:

It’s a joke that we lost this game 4-1. We played nearly a perfect first half and dominated against a Champions League side and created so many chances. We should have been three or four-nil up.

In general, the performance was worth more than a defeat tonight.

We will have to face teams who play in the Champions League during the season. On the one hand, we can take lots of self-confidence because we showed that we are capable to compete at this level.

My feeling was, the first 65 minutes we were the better side and so much on the front foot.

Injury Watch

Pukki and Emiliano Buendia (£6.0m) recovered from their respective fitness concerns to start Tuesday’s match, while Marco Stiepermann (£5.5m) was on the bench after his recent dead leg.

Fantasy managers also got their first glimpse of the fit-again Mario Vrancic (£6.5m), who arrived as a 76th-minute substitute and fired a late free-kick narrowly over.

Grant Hanley (£4.0m) missed out with a groin problem but Farke expects the budget defender back soon.

The Norwich boss said:

Grant stretched his groin at Luton, he has been out since, in terms of team training, but if everything works we should have him back on Thursday and available for the last pre-season game.

Farke also provided an update on defensive midfielder Alex Tettey (£4.5m):

Good news. No surgery for Alex. We have to handle it in a predictable way, although we don’t know how many days it will last. I am looking forward to having him back because in this type of game you would wish you could throw a defensive-minded player into the game.

£4.5m Midfielder Shines

Cantwell was perhaps the pick of Norwich’s players last night, linking up play well in the number ten role.

There aren’t many FPL attacking midfielders available for £4.5m and Cantwell is a name to monitor, although a fully fit Stiepermann probably remains the favourite for that role at the time of writing.

Norwich City (4-2-3-1): Fahrmann; Byram (Aarons 76), Godfrey, Klose, Lewis (Heise 83); Leitner (Vrancic 76), Trybull (McLean 63); Buendia (Idah 83), Cantwell (Roberts 63), Hernandez (Srbeny 66); Pukki (Drmic 63).

AFC Wimbledon 2-2 Crystal Palace

  • Goals: Brandon Pierrick x2
  • Assists: Connor Wickham (£4.5m), David Boateng

There was very little interest for Fantasy managers at Kingsmeadow as a second-string Palace side drew 2-2 with Wimbledon.

Mamadou Sakho (£5.0m) got another 60 minutes under his belt, at least, with the French centre-back making his second appearance of pre-season following his return from a long-term knee injury.

Sakho departed the field with a clean sheet to his name before the Eagles conceded twice in the last half an hour.

The former Liverpool defender’s return may have implications for Martin Kelly (£4.0m), who currently sits in around one in four FPL squads, although it remains to be seen if Sakho is match-fit enough to feature in Gameweek 1.

Speaking after the game, Sakho said:

I feel good and really happy. Step by step coming back I’m coming back. During the holiday, I’ve worked really hard. I had just ten days off – three days with my charity work [in Senegal], a week with my family – apart from that I worked really, really hard every day – training in Miami and in Dubai too.

Budget FPL forward Connor Wickham (£4.5m) played the full game up front and provided the assist for Brandon Pierrick’s first goal, although the fact that he was involved in this friendly at al all perhaps says much about his position in the first-team pecking order.

Crystal Palace XI: Henderson, Tavares (D Boateng 45′), Hobbs, Sakho (Inniss 61′), Woods, Riedewald (Flanagan 79′), Dreher, McGregor, Daly, Wickham, Pierrick (Lokilo 79′).

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1,099 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Bad Kompany
    • 3 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    How is Cutrone going to fit in at wolves?

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

      back up

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

      Much needed depth. They were very short upfront.

    3. EMBOLOFAN
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      bench

    4. Bad Kompany
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Cheers all! Had heard some good things about Cutrone so wasn't sure if he'd threaten Jota/Jimmy. Obviously the depth was needed, especially with Europa League

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

        Cutrone is good. He could become a threat as the season goes on but for now I'd expect them to stick with the Jimmy-Jota partnership.

        1. Bad Kompany
          • 3 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          Cheers mate!

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

      Same as he did at Milan - 1st sub.

  2. Bobby Digital
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Bottomed.. Rico nailedness and rotating with Lundstrom?

    1. Bad Kompany
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Think he will at least play at the start of the season as their other lb is injured

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 4 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Looks like good value to me. Two playing and dovetailing 4.0m defenders is not too shabby.

  3. anish10
    • 11 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Thoughts on this:

    Fab
    Zouma Zinch TAA
    Salah Sterling Fraser Robinson
    Auba Wood Adams

    4.0 -- Dendonker -- Lundstrum -- Rico

    1. hjalmarekdal
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Zouma is risky, and don't really know about Robinson. Otherwise like it, mine is very similar.

    2. Oooof
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Adams?

    3. cheeky moses
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Zouma and Zinch are risks, I'd try and find funds to upgrade them to more secure starters. For instance, Fab->4.5 would give you an extra 0.5 to upgrade Zouma to Coleman. Rest of the team looks great though!

      1. EMBOLOFAN
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        zouma to coleman arguably not an upgrade

    4. Holteenderinthesky
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Looked at Robinson myself, could be a good punt If he nails down a strikers spot.

  4. Holteenderinthesky
    • 3 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Had this team for a while now and still fairly happy with it.

    Ryan
    TAA, VVD, Coleman, Zinchenko
    Salah, Sterling, Fraser, Siggy,
    Wilson, Adams

    Button, Lundstram, Dendonker, Greenwood.

    What's everyone's thoughts ? Cheers

    1. Poseidon.
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Not keen on Zinchenko but the rest is great

      1. Holteenderinthesky
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        I'm hoping he covers the Man city clean sheets. Looks a starter with Mendy out untill September.

    2. EMBOLOFAN
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      no reason to punt on adams

      1. Holteenderinthesky
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        If not Adams, Who would you fancy at 6m?

        1. EMBOLOFAN
          • 3 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          ings. if adams looks good/nauled switch but ings proven and currently fit

  5. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Current draft looking like this:

    Pope
    TAA VVD DIgne
    Salah KDB Perez McGinn
    Kane Wilson Jota

    Any other preferences for the 6.5 fwd and 5.5 mid?

    1. SimonOwen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      deulofeu as watford have nicer opening fixtures than jota but thats just my personal pref

    2. Bad Kompany
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Like Deulofeu for 6.5 fwd at the start. Can't think of anyone better than McGinn at that price

    3. EMBOLOFAN
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      think mcginn is a waste of money

      1. Tshelby
        • 6 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        I do agree on that

      2. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        He is pretty cheap so wouldn't expect too much from him but he does like a yellow card unfortunately

    4. Holteenderinthesky
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Trezeguet could be very Interesting. Seems to promise a lot, but would be a gamble.

      1. Navispar
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Too risky for w1, watch list material.

  6. Jacky boy
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Anyone care to listen ? 😀

    Henderson
    Robbo VVD Zinchenko Kiko
    Salah Sterling Perez Tielemans**
    Kane Jota

    My plan is to do tielemans + salah to son + kdb. But tielemans is not really a good option for first 2 gws.
    Other option is:
    Get Salah + Wilson and get Kane + Son after gw2
    Option B seems lot better. Only problem is, if kane scores a brace and rise in price I will be out of budget. It's a gamble
    Any thoughts on these two options?

    1. EMBOLOFAN
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      pick 2 premiums

      1. Bad Kompany
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Hadn't even realized you had 3 premiums. Might be the best team with 3 premiums I've seen

    2. Bad Kompany
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Second option sounds good. Could do tielemans to yarmolenko if priced out. Plans sometimes go out the window anyway so no need to sweat it

      1. Jacky boy
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Tielemans is not a long term option
        Options are:
        A) salah + tielemans to kdb + son(have kane from start)
        B) salah + wilson to son + kane(have kdb from start)

        1. Bad Kompany
          • 3 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          So is it just Kane and tielemans vs Kdb and wilson in the first two weeks?

          If so I prefer B

          1. Jacky boy
            • 5 Years
            2 years, 1 month ago

            Yes. Of course it's better
            But I will be out of budget if kane rises before city

            1. Bad Kompany
              • 3 Years
              2 years, 1 month ago

              Salah or Wilson could also rise twice. I'd go B. Worst case scenario you just take a hit and lose four points, which you could have easily made up in the the first two gws

              1. Jacky boy
                • 5 Years
                2 years, 1 month ago

                Yeah that is a probability too. Thanks for replies think I'm gonna risk and get wilson + salah

    3. Holteenderinthesky
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      I'd try and find some change to upgrade one of the Leicester boys.

    4. ameisin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      With 3 big hitters you can afford to take a punt on Tielemans > Grealish/Trossard/Barkley. All 6m, good fixtures and differential potential. No need for double Leicester at this stage.

  7. RightMeow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Need a piece of advice!!

    Playing on an alternative platform where Deulofeu is still Mid prised 7,0. Other players' price matches fpl.

    That's my first draft so far. Ain't quite happy with my FWD line. Should I keep Deu? Should I switch Fraser -> King?

    Ederson - 4.0
    Zinchenko-TTA-VVD-Dunk-Balbuena
    Salah-Sterling-Deulofeu-Fraser-Perez
    Sharp-Wesley-4,5

    What y'all think?
    Any feedback appreciated!

    1. EMBOLOFAN
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      sharp and wesley far too punty

  8. Teror
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Deulofeu or Jota?

    1. The Wise Owl
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Jota for me.

    2. Oooof
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Maybe Deulofeu until we know more about Wolves new forward signing

    3. kysersosa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      New striker at Wolves so unsure how he would effect Jota. Deulofeu therefore for me.

    4. Tshelby
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Jota for me
      Think Jota is more consistent than Deulofeu

    5. OFord
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      I had Jota then Deu, currently on Chris Wood

    6. EMBOLOFAN
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      prefer jota but flip a coin

    7. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Jota

    8. Kitsune
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Neither. Both reclassified and more expensive means they need to score more than last year to make the investment worthwhile. For me it looks like diminishing returns so looking elsewhere.

  9. kysersosa
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Managers Thought on this flexible 442

    Heaton/Henderson
    VVD, TAA, Laporte, Coleman
    Sterling, Fraser, Grelaish, Moura
    Vardy, Firminho

    For GW 3 - Firm to King and Moura (with sons return to Mane)

    TIA

    1. EMBOLOFAN
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      moura vs city nothx

      grealish not worth punting on just wait and see

      1. EMBOLOFAN
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        firmino - why?

      2. kysersosa
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Good point on Moura, don't agree with you about Greliash, I think there is a lot of stats that point to him being worth 6m or more.

        1. EMBOLOFAN
          • 3 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          i wouldnt have him for 5m but i play safe from gw1

          1. EMBOLOFAN
            • 3 Years
            2 years, 1 month ago

            remember the hype around cairney?

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

              Vividly. Totally mugged by the hype. That's why this year I'll have no promotees or fancy-dan new signing with no PL experience - not to start with. Show me what you've got first.

    2. Oooof
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Firmino more OOP than forward

    3. cheeky moses
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      It's different, but i like it! A Salah haul against Norwich could leave you of to a rough start though...

  10. mdm
    • 9 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Which option:

    A. TAA and Coleman
    B. VVD and Digne

    1. EMBOLOFAN
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      a

    2. Tshelby
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      B for me. Don't think Coleman will last a whole season

      1. EMBOLOFAN
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        why does that matter its gw0

        1. Tshelby
          • 6 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          Cause I personally don't want to pick players that are injury prone even it's gw0

          1. EMBOLOFAN
            • 3 Years
            2 years, 1 month ago

            fair enough!

    3. cheeky moses
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      A for explosivness - B for the long term grind

    4. GinjaWhinja
      • 12 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Both! Get all 4 in your backline.

  11. Too Many Hits
    • 2 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Repost:

    RMT - Hopefully not making too many changes now

    Pope/Hart (whoever looks like starting the season)

    Robertson VVD Digne Zinchenko

    Salah KDB Fraser Doucoure

    Kane Wood

    Ryan Lundstram Greenwood Hayden

    1. EMBOLOFAN
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      not a fan of 4.5 keeper rotation

  12. The Minus Fours
    • 2 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Heaton

    TAA, VVD, KWalker
    Salah, B Silva, Gylfy S, R Frazer
    C Wilson, Vardy, Deeney

    Managers thoughts?

    My main concern is will Heaton defo start and is there better than Deeney out there for 6.5m or less?

    1. Budweiser
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      I had Siggy but Everton can't score a goal in pre-season

      1. EMBOLOFAN
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        wouldnt pay much attention to that

  13. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 7 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    First time trying out a 4 4 2. Nearly feels too easy ...

    Ryan button
    Laporte vvd azpi targett/Taylor
    Salah kdb siggy maddison ( dendon)
    Kane king (Greenwood)

    Thoughts ?

    Thanks a lot 🙂

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      One more ? Thanks

    2. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      I'm on 4 4 2 aswell, my team is looking similar. I really want Wilson over King do, however this means losing Siggy and Maddison for say Tielemans and Fraser.

  14. Timbomars
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    I've been backing and forthing on this for AGES but pretty happy with this draft:

    Ryan / Button

    Robertson / Laporte / Duffy / Cathcart / Lundstram

    Salah / Sterling / Perez / McGinn / Dendoncker

    Wilson / Kane / Greenwood

    People think this is any good?! :-s

    Tim

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Defence too weak imo

    2. EMBOLOFAN
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      duffy not worth 0.5 more than dunk

      mcginn waste of money

  15. Russell
    • 7 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Pogba and Sharp
    vs
    Rashford and 6.0 Mid (who?)

    Which would you pick?

    Thanks!

    1. EMBOLOFAN
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      neither for time being

    2. HamezMace
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Wilson and Perez over Rashford and 6.0m

      1. EMBOLOFAN
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        this tbh

      2. Russell
        • 7 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Perez is regret waiting to be felt - he regularly didn't feature in a less competent Newcastle, he's squad support not first team.

        1. HamezMace
          • 7 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          ...and you can find a £6m midfielder you'd prefer?

          1. Russell
            • 7 Years
            2 years, 1 month ago

            Ward-Prowse - very good under Hassenhutl.
            Almiron - looks like building a great partnership with Joelinton

    3. RichieW
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Haller & Fraser , both have decent fixtures early on

  16. Prison Mike
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    A or B chaps?

    A) KDB & King

    B) Siggy & Wilson

    1. EMBOLOFAN
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      b

    2. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      A easy for me

      Dwight

      1. Too Many Hits
        • 2 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        B

        Would prefer Richarlison to Siggy to start the year with Gueye away

    3. MASTER ROSHI
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Is solanke any threat to the minutes of wilson or king?

      1. MASTER ROSHI
        • 4 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Sorry this was supposed to be a new post...

        1. MASTER ROSHI
          • 4 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          But A for me

  17. Jacky boy
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Do you think kane will rise in price before city match?

    1. EMBOLOFAN
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      no

    2. Bad Kompany
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Wouldn't be surprised at all. Casuals will still get him in if he hauls and more casuals play the first few weeks

    3. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      If he scores at least a brace vs Villa he'll almost certainly go up.

      Highest concentration of casuals between GW 1 and 2

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

      No, from memory the premium players don't rise so quickly as it's harder to transfer anyone to them.

      Maybe some lesser informed player might start with Aguero, and if he doesn't play (as is rumored due to extended post copa america holidays) and Kane scores a couple against Villa, people might make that transfer.

      1. Jacky boy
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Yeah it depends how many goal will he score

        1. HamezMace
          • 7 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          Last I checked he was the most highly owned premium forward anyway.

          ..and the others were Jiminez, Rashford, King, Deulofeu, Jota etc - none of those players can be transferred to Kane without an -8 hit. So not sure even the more casual players will do that after GW1.

  18. hjalmarekdal
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Give me the best midfielder for 5.5 or less. Thanks.

    1. Budweiser
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Ceballos or McGinn

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        This or Callum Robinson

    2. The Wise Owl
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Or, you could buy a membership and find out the answers. 😀

      1. Budweiser
        • 7 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Don't be that guy

    3. EMBOLOFAN
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      dendo

    4. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Cellabos looks underpriced to me

  19. Budweiser
    • 7 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Thoughts on this?

    Ederson (Button)
    Walker TAA VVD Digne (Rico)
    Salah Sterling Fraser Ceballos (Dendoncker)
    Wilson Wesley (Greenwood)

    1. RichieW
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Similar to my team (below), went for Coleman+Laporte instead of Walker+Digne

  20. jbenny1107
    • 7 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    (1) Siggy and Wilson
    (2) KDB and Deulo/Jota

    Pope/Button
    TAA Robbo Digne Zinch Lundstram
    Salah Sterling xxxxx Perez Dendoncker
    King xxxxx Greenwood

  21. Dthinger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Hmmm.

    Is Lacazette going to be ready for the first week? If not, anything wrong with this?:

    Pickford
    Digne TAA WanB Dunk
    Salah Sigurdsson Sterling Jorginho
    Auba Murray

    4.0 Ludstrom Stephens Greenwood

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Is jorg Def on pen ??

      1. Dthinger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        pretty sure

    2. Budweiser
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Dunk Jorginho and Murray in the starting lineup?!

      1. Dthinger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Brighton's first three fixtures don't look bad. And while Murray certainly won't start every match as the season wears on, it seems like he'll start in the early ones. Why not Dunk? Why not Jorginho?

    3. Tshelby
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Double Everton defense I wouldn't do that

      1. Dthinger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        why not? Their fixtures are great!

  22. HamezMace
    • 7 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Any reason Callum Chambers won't start GW1 for Arsenal?
    I mean who else could play?

    1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Well, it's a question. Dunno. But ask yourself - do you really want Arsenal defence?

      1. HamezMace
        • 7 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        I'm looking at 2x rotating 4.5s to go with Digne and TAA, in a back three.

        First two games for Arsenal look decent enough.

        Might rotate him with WHU defence actually.

      2. Dthinger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        especially if Chambers is in it?

    2. Boris Bodega
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      I think he will, but Barca friendly should answer questions on that hopefully.

      1. HamezMace
        • 7 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        You're an Arsenal man aren't you Boris?
        Earlier in preseason I heard Holding getting all the hype, and potentially a captaincy candidate, is that still the case, would a fit Holding start ahead of Chambers?

        Is it the end of Mustafi?
        What about Sokratis?

        1. Boris Bodega
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          Sokratis is nailed. Holding will compete with Chambers when he recovers fully - I see Holding coming back into EL and Cup games initially.

          Mustafi was booed by the Arsenal when he was subbed ON last Sunday, which gives an indication of what the fans feel about him. Pretty sure he is back up at best now.

          1. HamezMace
            • 7 Years
            2 years, 1 month ago

            I heard they were trying to sell Mustafi?
            Chambers has started most preseason games as far as I can see?

            1. Boris Bodega
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 years, 1 month ago

              Yes, and he was pretty solid in the games I have watched. Someone told me he was Fulham's player of the season last season.

              1. HamezMace
                • 7 Years
                2 years, 1 month ago

                Thanks for the feedback.

          2. Boris Bodega
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 years, 1 month ago

            *by the Arsenal fans

    3. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Looks a starter for sure, defence is very suspect do as clean sheets away from home were non-exsistent last season.

      1. HamezMace
        • 7 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        I'm happy rotating him as part of a pair of 4.5s.

  23. Deulofeu
    • 2 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Can anyone fit in Sterling, Salah and Kane? Which 2 to choose?

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      I'm going Salah kdb and kane

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Same here.

    2. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Yes, but the rest of the team ... Kane and Sterling.

    3. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Not successfully, but any combo of a pair can get you a good squad.

    4. Tshelby
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      I got this when I'm playing with Sterling, Salah and Kane

      Gunn, Pope
      VvD, Laporte, Digne, Balbuena, Lundstarm
      Sterling, Salah, Perez, Trossard, Dendoncker
      Kane, King, Greenwood

      But don't think I'm going to stick to that

    5. RichieW
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Ryan
      AWB Coleman VVD Zinchenko
      Salah Sterling Perez
      Kane King Wood

      Bench fodder 0.5itb

      1. Too Many Hits
        • 2 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        That is probably the best Salah Kane Sterling team I've seen

        I went for KDB > Sterling to upgrade the defence

    6. barrybigyin
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Yep.

      Begovic
      VVD. AZP. Zizh. Dunk.
      Salah. Sterling. Perez. Noble.
      Kane. Vardy.

    7. HamezMace
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Ask yourself, if I had all three, who would I captain each week for the first six - eight weeks, whoever has the fewest captaincy picks is the one to go.

  24. RichieW
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Giving up for now, might change depending on Kean price

    Ederson
    Coleman Van Dijk Laporte Robertson
    Salah Sterling Fraser Perez
    Wood Wesley/King

    Button, Rico, Dendoncker, Greenwood

  25. FPL Kaka
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    With Kelly out does that make Rico nailed?

  26. hjalmarekdal
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Lads. My defence atm:
    VvD Zinchenko Sokratis Lundstram Rico.

    I know terrible. But I have 1.0 ITB, help me how to upgrade in the best way. Thanks.

    1. Boris Bodega
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Only real issue is Sokratis imo. Loads of 6m options to fall back on, Digne springs to mind.

      1. Too Many Hits
        • 2 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Get Robertson/Digne in and Sokratis out

        Think attacking returns as well as clean sheet

  27. Bambi
    • 9 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    So with Brooks likely to undergo surgery and stanislas still out - does this make Ibe (5.0) a decent option as a enabling midfielder?

  28. Bobby Digital
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    If Laca is out does Nkietah get a shot?

    1. Boris Bodega
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Laca is back in training. If he doesn't start vs Barca, then there is an issue. But to answer your question, I think Nketiah will be back up to Lacazette this season.

  29. I Member
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Madness to be considering a Rico/Lundstram rotation?

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      I'm all over it...

    2. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      If both were nailed possibly.

    3. OFord
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Yep

    4. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      yep, Bournemouth conceded 70 goals last season and Lundstram is hardly nailed given the season hasn't started yet.

    5. EMBOLOFAN
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      yeah as neither will start in a few weeks

  30. Rotation's Alter Ego
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 10 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    New Community article

    https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2019/07/31/10-pro-tips-for-fpl-success/

    FPL Virgin talks us through 10 tips he picked up from listening to the FPL pros.