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

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

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

      yeah i can see him coming off the bench for one of them for sure

      he may even start this season with bournemouths injury crisis seeing king pushed out to the wing

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

      king maybe

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

      Dont think so, i think he was brought in so they have a backup in case of injurie or sale of Wilson

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

    West Ham have named the same strong starting XI for the 2nd friendly in a row, which includes Ben Johnson (4.0) at RB. Not sure what has happened to Fredericks but looks like Johnson could be starting the season at RB so could be a bench option at 4.0?

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

      Interesting

    2. Bruce Lee
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Thanks for the heads up -

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

        Would keep an eye on the last friendly game this weekend but its looking likely he'll be involved

        1. Bruce Lee
          • 3 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          Looks like he will start - just looked at the minutes played

          Not heard about a Fredricks injury or anything?

          Shame because I'll probably play 442 to start the season with no 4m defs lol

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

      Fredericks carrying an injury apparently not sure on the severity.

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

        Ah I see, wondering why he wasn't in the squad at all. Will have to wait and see on that one then

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

        Cheers. I guess it depends on how severe this injury is then. This at least tells us Johnson is ahead of Zaba incase anything long term happens to Fredericks

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

      what makes u think that?

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

        The rest of the XI is their strongest team and its an unchanged team from the last friendly. As others have mentioned above Fredericks is injured at the moment so depending on how bad that is Johnso may start the season

      2. Hits from the Bong
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Johnson should definitely get some minutes this year both at left and right back. He’s naturally two-footed and Zabaletta’s legs have gone, and so has Cresswell’s ability

  3. Bruce Lee
    • 3 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    What ya think? Ryan
    TAA, VVD, Zinch, Cathcart
    Salah, Sterling, KDB, Tielemans
    Wilson, Wesley

    Max Aarons to rotate with Cath

    Got a punt with Wesley in there, but I'm happy to take that risk as I like him as a player. Think he is strong and talented enough to do it in the Prem

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

      if wesley looks good get him, not from gw1

      1. Bruce Lee
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Just swapped him out for JRod... had no idea he was in the game

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

          Team looks good, just dont go J Rod

        2. Tony Moon
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          At least Wesley should play every game. JRod won't.

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

    Think I'm pretty set on this one; give me some honest thoughts!

    Alisson
    TAA Zinchenko Delph Rico
    Salah Sterling Perez
    Auba Jota King

    4.0 4.5 4.0 4.5

    1. The 12th Man
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Delph > Coleman

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

      delph? why? just get coleman

    3. The 12th Man
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Everton in talks to sign Gbamin. Another reason to go Coleman over Delph.

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

      Delph can be decent punt if he is going to be regular starter but i have no idea about that. Not a fan of premium keepers, i would find .5 somewhere and get VVD and cheap keeper

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

      Delph over Coleman?
      Starting Rico?
      Auba > Kane?

      Jota's fixtures are a worry as well

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

    Lamela being overlooked?

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      I hope so.

    2. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Moura

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

      haha

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

      There is a reason for that ☺. Just dont go there

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

    How are we gonna call the lethal trio Pepe, Auba & Laca?
    PAL or LAP?
    Leave your vote below.

    1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Alp

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

      ALP, cos you must be high if you trust Arsenal assets!

      1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
        • 8 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        You can trust them to score, especially at home. Currently got Laca in my team 😳

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

      If they sign Zaha, they'll be best PALZ

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

      pal

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

      PAL for me

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

      PLA

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

      If we use their first names it would be NAP

    8. Sahil.....
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      PAUL

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

    Repost

    What do you think lads? 1M ITB, where do I spend it

    Ryan,Button
    TAA,Zinchenko,Coleman,Kelly,Lundstram
    Bilva,Sterling,Salah,Siggy,Perez
    King,Jota,Greenwood

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

      cole to vvd

      1. adams_6
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        yep

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

      Looks good, bench pretty weak with possible all 3 non starters

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

    Arsenal are apparently still interested in signing Zaha, even though they're signing Pepe.

    1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      The spirit of Wenger remains. At least it’s Zaha and not some 18 year old from the Hungarian second division

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

      doubt it

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

      This would be classic, another fecking forward and no defence. Praying to god (aka Wenger) that Tierney transfer at least comes off.

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

      There was a time few years ago when they had something like 8-9 top midfilders, now they stack attacking players...are we going to see mass defenders in a few years?

    5. FC Hakkebøf
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      They should start signing defenders... Foolish

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

    LIVERPOOL TEAM NEWS
    Starting XI: Alisson, Hoever, Gomez, Lovren, Larouci, Keita, Shaqiri, Lallana, Wilson, Salah, Firmino. Subs: Mignolet, Lonergan, Fabinho, Van Dijk, Wijnaldum, Milner, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Brewster, Robertson, Origi, Matip, Lewis, Duncan, TAA, Elliott, Van den Berg.

    1. Andy'81
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Shaqiri and Firminho, back to the drawing board.

      1. adams_6
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Calvin! Love that little dude

    2. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      TAA always a rotation risk

      1. Bruce Lee
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Lovren IN Trent OUT

    3. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      BF

      Nice.

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

      Hoever sucks.

    5. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Will all 17 subs play?

    6. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Hoever triple c gw 1 confirmed

  10. Yankee Toffee
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Brooks to...?

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

      perez

      is he injured for gw1?

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

        Already have Pérez.

        Apparently he’s undergoing surgery

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

      Tielemans ? Formation change?

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

        Already have Pérez

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

          Is tielemans related to perez?

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

            LEI

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

              so?

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

      Trossard

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

        Cheers

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

      Formation change and go for one of the 6.5 forwards? Deulo, Deeney, King, Jota, Burnley boys, Ings...a lot to choose from

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

        Thanks m8

    5. The Man Pastore
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      gundogan

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

        Will he even start?

  11. Bruce Lee
    • 3 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    JRod is at Burnley?

    I've been so out of the loop lol - really like the prospect

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

      Barnes game time at risk?

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

      Barnes and Wood should be first choices at least for first few games

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

    "Mane benched"
    Lol
    Do you remember?

  13. Baberto
    • 7 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Apparently lost.

    Ederson Button
    Laporte Robbo VVD Lundstram Rico
    Salah Sterling Perez Zaha Dendo
    Deulofeu Jota King

    Need a way to fit a 9.5m mid as a placeholder for Son

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

      looks fine

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

      Sterling to KdB.
      ..and use the money to upgrade your forwards.

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

        no way

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

          I'm not advising it, I'm just explaining how it could be done.
          You can't water down that attack anymore to fund KdB over Zaha, and they already have two 4.0m defenders so that's not ideal either.
          Salah - Sterling - KdB is possible of course, but I'd change the whole structure of this team to do it.

    3. Adambailey7
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Downgrade ederson an can upgrade zaha

      1. Adambailey7
        • 6 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        And one of your strikers to Wesley

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

      Ederson to 4.5 and Laporte to Zinch...slight rist with Zinch game time bit i see no better way to upgrade Zaha to 9.5 without having to play Jorgino like player in your first 11

  14. Adambailey7
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    What do you think:

    Pope
    VVD, TAA, zinchenko, Digne
    Salah, Sterling, tielemans Robinson
    Kane, Origi

    Going to switch Origi to Wesley after gw1

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

      4 liv?

      1. Adambailey7
        • 6 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

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

      similar to mine

      allison
      robbo vvd matip taa
      hendo milner gini
      salah firmino mane

  15. Ajaxeeding
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Random question, I live in the US and want to make a trip to the UK to catch some football matches this season. Preferably we would catch two to three games over a long weekend. Does anyone have any recommendations on how to go about planning this? Any help would be much appreciated.

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

      check fixtures, familiarise urself with geographical locations of each team, buy flights, buy match tickets

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

      Where are you basing yourself? London? Are you happy to travel around the country?

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

      Any teams you specifically want to see?
      Lots of PL teams are London based so for convenience it might be best to look at who you can see in London over a Saturday/Sunday...lots of other stuff to do in London as well as the games themselves...in comparison to places such as Burnley and Norwich for example.

    4. MyBall MyRules
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Who do you support? Any grounds youd particularly like to visit or games you'd want to see?
      UK is so small you could go to any stadium. Birmingham is central so an easy base.

    5. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Look at the premier & championship teams playing near where you are staying.
      All matches should be released so you will have a good choice.

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

      Looking to do the same for my bachelor party. I'm going to be based out of London and catch a match at OT. I heard there is booze cruise via the train.

      Pick the match(es) you want to see and work backwards.

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

      Thank you all for your responses. I’m a Chelsea fan but I would love to see any team play. We will focus on either the Manchester area or London area.

      I guess the main thing that would be helpful would be to know the best way to actually purchase the tickets.

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

        Stub Hub? Team's website?

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

        I've used Thomas Cook sports packages before for match day tickets and hotels combined.

        Depending on the team you want to see you can probably get tickets from the official club websites pretty close to match day.

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

          Awesome. Thank you for the suggestions. Ill start my search by identifying the weekend and then look at Thomas Cook/Stubhub and team websites.

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

            No worries, hope it works out.
            I had a ton of fun in the states a few years back watching the Chicago Cubs, and NY Giants.

  16. HurriKane
    • 9 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Who do you think scores more in first 4gws?

    A) KDB- whu TOT bou BHA

    B) Kane- AVL mci NEW ars

    1. HurriKane
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      *more points

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

      b but hes more expensive

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

      Probably Kane but not by enough to pay 1.5m more.

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

      All points to Kane but he is known for letting down ppl in easy home games

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

      B

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

      doubt it

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

      inews

    3. Random Name
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      does anything count as a source now?

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

      Maybe Emery invents something new and goes with formation that have 4 wingers...Iwobi and Zaha left, Laca central and Pepe and Auba right

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

        I mean, it could sort of be a 5-4-1, right? Ora 4-1-4-1? Not that much of an innovation.

        Or, and this seems more reasonable, something like a 3-2-3-2 with Laca and Auba up front, supported by Iwobi, Zaha, and Pepe; and with Xhaka and Toreirra holding midfield.

  17. Kizza_10
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Which do you prefer ?

    1. Ederson Azpi Fraser

    2. Ryan Wan B KDB

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

      a

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

      A for me but dont like either tbh

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

    Siggy or Fraser?

    Already have Wilson, but no Everton cover at the moment.

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

      siggy

    2. Random Name
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Amazes me how every year people overlook siggy. How many years of 150+ points does this man need to score before people accept him as one of the greatest ever FPL options?

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

        better xgi than son last season over larger sample

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

        Reason being he blanks a lot. And doesn’t have set pieces with Digne around

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

        Price is a tad high this season

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

          if anything its low

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

        Bold statement.

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

        I'm not overlooking him, merely comparing with someone who scored 1pt less last season, costs 0.5m less and has a great partnership with Wilson.

    3. Mo Mané No Problems
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Fraser

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

    Thoughts on this and very preliminary GW3 plan please

    Fab

    Robbo TAA Laporte Azpi

    Salah KDB Rich Fraser Pereyra

    Wilson

    Woodman Greenwood Lundstram Wickham

    Looking at Son in and also possibly Haller and Perez in GW3 the possible ones to go are Rich Wilson and Fraser

  20. Studini
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    My most ridiculous/brave draft yet:

    Ryan
    VVD Coleman KWP Guilbert Lundstrom
    Salah Sterling
    Vardy Auba Wilson

    Button Dendonker Douglas Luiz Hayden

    The way I see it, even if Lundstrom and Guilbert don't play I have guaranteed bench backup, unlike the current template bench that includes a 4.5 fwd (Greenwood) that won't play and a 4.0 defender (Kelly et al) that is also unlikely to start. It also gives a lot of flexibility to join bandwagons by downgrading an underperforming premium.

    Thoughts?

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

      time to log out of your fpl account for a few days

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

        aye. when you start naming your drafts TORA TORA TORA, you know its probably time to step away from the keyboard.

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

          haha

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

      Could be a short term flier and get you off to a start but mids is where the value will emerge and where the points come from so it's a no.

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

        agreed - it would make the first couple of GWs a lot of fun before wildcarding GW3.

    3. Random Name
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      5 at the back, at least 2 might not play with a "guaranteed bench backup" of dendonker and douglas luiz.

      Guy above summed it up perfectly - time to log out mate

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

        Thanks!

  21. Glokollur nr.1
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Thoughts?

    Heaton
    TAA Zinchenko Coleman Lundstram Rico
    Siggy Fraser Perez Sterling Dendo
    Kane Wilson Jimenez

    Cheers!

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

      unlikely but plausible that rico, lund, zinch end up not being starters by gw3

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

      Decent - Perez and to a lesser extent Jimenez can be good but not from the very start for me.

  22. NUFCAndrew
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Thoughts? I know most wont like it

    * being monitored for transfer/rotation reasons

    Heaton* Woodman

    TAA Robbo Zinchenko* Diop Taylor

    Salah Sterling Pereyra Hayden Dendoncker

    Vardy Wilson Wesley

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

      id nuke weskey to fodder and upgrade per or defence

    2. Hairy Potter
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Not fancy Joelinton ahead of Wesley?

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

        Did you just consider Newcastle United?

        1. Hairy Potter
          • 6 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          Haha, yes! Definitely going with Hayden. May go Joelinton as don't think Arsenal will keep a clean sheet. Also quite a few others in that price bracket that don't stand out but could be easy to jump on if they do well.

  23. Dele
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Anyone managed to put together a team with Kane, Salah, Sterling and KDB?

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

      tried. doesn't work. no way. looks good on paper, but will fail to a millionth rank before you know it...

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

      I saw someone post one earlier, but it involved starting Lundstram, and Wesley, with no bench.

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

        It was awful. Just don't.

    3. Yome
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Nope, I have these 3 but with BSilva instead of KDB

    4. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      I have one with BSilva instead of KdB

    5. Yankee Toffee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      442
      Button, Ryan
      Vvd, Coleman, Zinchenko, Rico/Lundstram rotation
      KDB, Salah,Sterling, Ceballos, 4.5
      Kane, Greenwood, King or Jota

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

        This is not my team btw, just showing that it’s not entirely impossible

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

          Heaven forbid you go off template on this forum, even as a thought experiment.

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

            Exactly

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

            its not even that far off template. Is that really just 100M?

      2. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Would prefer to do Cellabos to a 4.5 and upgrade the 2 4.0 defs to 4.5s and play 5-3-2

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

          Very possible, I just don’t like that formation myself

  24. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    A or B please guys?

    A) 5-3-2 -> Digne | Zinchenko | (Greenwood)
    B) 4-3-3 -> Coleman | Jota | (Lundstram)

    Brackets denote bench players

    Thanks!

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Worth mentioning I already have King and B would mean no City def

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

      a if youre brave

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Thanks

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

    Real 0 1 fenerbahce
    Pogba to join real madrid soon

    1. Yome
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      1-1 Benzema scored

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

      pogba to fener

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

    Fornals has just scored.. I had him in my first draft after his amazing Euro U21 campaign.. Oh God I'm going in circles

    1. Random Name
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      but across his last 2 seasons with villarreal has 5 goals across 70 league games.

      so you can rest easy

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

      Aren’t we all at this stage!

  27. farazpatankar
    • 2 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Hey everyone,

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    1. Random Name
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      unlucky mate

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

      🙁

    3. Cojones of Destiny
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      link?

  28. farazpatankar
    • 2 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    I built a Telegram bot for FPL to help plan your team. Check it out here -> https://bit.ly/fplbot

  29. abcdef3
    • 3 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Made this team today, what are people's thoughts?

    Ederson
    Wan-Bissaka - Van Dijk - Alderweireld - Digne
    Salah - Sterling - Jorginho - Brooks
    Kane - King

    Button - Kelly - Dendoncker - Greenwood

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

      brooks injured

      pick 2 premiums

      1. abcdef3
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Ah, didn't know that, cheers

    2. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Brooks supposedly out for a while and you seem to have put Jorginho in your team.

      1. abcdef3
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Lol if he takes penalties he'll be good value for 5.0m no?

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

        if on pens hes fine