Scout Notes

Everton blank again as Villa finish pre-season campaign with three-goal win

Fantasy Premier League managers got their final look at Everton and Aston Villa ahead of the new campaign on Saturday.

The two clubs have now completed their pre-season schedules and have only training sessions left to prepare them for Gameweek 1.

There was plenty for Fantasy managers to digest from Everton and Villa’s matches.

The Toffees remain rather goal-shy as they head towards a meeting with Crystal Palace while Dean Smith’s newly-promoted side are looking dangerous.

Werder Bremen 0-0 Everton

Goals: None

Assists: None

Everton highlighted their need for offensive reinforcements once again as they drew 0-0 with Werder Bremen on Saturday afternoon.

In seven pre-season matches, the Toffees found the net just three times, their goals coming against Kariobangi Sharks, Monaco and Mainz.

In total, Everton drew four blanks during the summer in encounters with FC Sion, Wigan Athletic, Sevilla and now Bremen.

As has been reported before, Marco Silva’s men have not been short of their key players this summer, with all but Richarlison (£8.0m) available for most of their friendlies.

The Brazilian finally made his first start of the pre-season on Saturday afternoon but could not spark the Everton attack into immediate life.

Despite missing nearly all of pre-season training after returning from international leave in the wake of winning the Copa America, Richarlison still offered something against Werder Bremen.

He was stationed on the right flank of attacking midfield in a 4-2-3-1 formation and lasted 45 minutes before being replaced by Theo Walcott (£6.5m) at half-time.

Richarlison was involved in one of Everton’s early chances, using his strength to fire off an effort, saved by the goalkeeper, only for Bernard (£6.5m) to blast high over the crossbar.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£6.0m) also had a first-half chance that he could not convert and it appears very likely that he will lose his place to Moise Kean if his arrival is confirmed in time to play in Gameweek 1.

Walcott was denied twice in the second half while Lucas Digne (£6.0m) and André Gomes (£5.5m) also had chances to score.

Despite Everton’s struggles going forward, it must be said that they have still performed well at the back during pre-season.

This is made all the more impressive that neither Kurt Zouma (£5.0m) or Idrissa Gueye, two cornerstones of last season’s defensive success, were not involved at all.

Marco Silva went with the first-choice back-four against Bremen, Michael Keane (£5.5m) and Yerry Mina (£5.5m) flanked by Digne and Coleman.

On the whole, they looked solid in Germany, recording their fourth clean sheet in seven matches.

Those shutouts have come against FC Sion, Monaco, Wigan Athletic and now Bremen, most of which should not be scoffed at.

As for protection for the back four, Silva may now be sweating on the fitness of Fabian Delph (£5.5m) who was forced off with an injury in the fifth minute, replaced by Morgan Schneiderlin (£4.5m).

“Fabian’s injury looked to be nothing special but let’s see in the next few days. We will have to wait some more hours to see how he is. He felt something in the first moments of the match in his groin so let’s see in the next few days.” – Marco Silva

Meanwhile, there was no involvement for Jean-Philippe Gbamin after he signed from Mainz on Friday evening.

Everton XI (4-2-3-1): Pickford; Digne, Keane, Mina, Coleman (c); Delph (Schneiderlin 5′), A Gomes; Bernard (Mirallas 82′), Sigurdsson (Davies 82′), Richarlison (Walcott 45′); Calvert-Lewin (Tosun 71′).

RB Leipzig 1-3 Aston Villa

After signing from Burnley this week, Heaton impressed on his Aston Villa debut

Goals: Conor Hourihane x2 (£5.5m), John McGinn (£5.5m)

Assists: Jack Grealish (£6.0m), Trezeguet (£5.5m)

Tom Heaton (£4.5m) was the star player for Aston Villa as he made his debut for the newly-promoted club on Saturday afternoon.

The former Burnley goalkeeper made a string of important saves to keep Dean Smith’s men in a strong position and eventually beat RB Leipzig 3-1 away from home.

In the first half, Heaton denied Konrad Laimer with his movement and stopped a Timo Werner effort that had taken a wicked deflection off defender Bjorn Engels (£4.5m).

After the break, he produced his best save of the afternoon, keeping a point-blank Marcel Sabitzer out of the net.

All of that bodes well for Fantasy managers scratching their heads for a £4.5m goalkeeper this season.

Given their defensive record in the Championship, and some suspect defending on Saturday afternoon, Villa are expected to concede a relatively high number of shots in 2019/20, so having a goalkeeper of Heaton’s quality should lead to a swathe of save-points.

Meanwhile, Villa do continue to look like an exciting prospect at the attacking end of the pitch.

In the five pre-season matches that they played, they did not blank in a single one and finished on a tally of 16 goals.

Conor Hourihane (£5.5m) responded to the signings of Douglas Luiz (£4.5m) and Marvelous Nakamba (£4.5m) with an inspired performance, scoring his first goals of pre-season.

Both of them were from free-kicks, the first coming after Jack Grealish (£6.0m) rolled the ball towards him after a foul on Wesley (£6.0m) and the second a direct effort fired into the corner.

The former Plymouth Argyle and Barnsley midfielder remains an important part of Villa’s midfield and will fancy his chances of starting in Gameweek 1.

Only Tyrone Mings (£4.5m) and Grealish registered more minutes than Hourihane in pre-season (317).

Also likely to start in the central midfield trio is John McGinn (£5.5m) who got his third goal of pre-season against Leipzig.

We had previously mentioned that this final friendly of the summer would be important for assessing Frederic Guilbert‘s (£4.5m) chances of starting the season.

The right-back has looked good in pre-season coming away with three assists from his advanced runs.

Despite last season’s first-choice Ahmed El Mohamady (£4.5m) being back in the fold now, Smith handed yet another friendly start to Guilbert, his 295 minutes this summer making him the second-most used defender behind Mings.

On the other flank, Matt Targett (£4.5m) was given the nod ahead of Neil Taylor (£4.5m). He has now outplayed the former Swansea City left-back by 96 minutes this summer.

Engels is probably now favourite to accompany Mings at centre-back after his 90 minutes against Leipzig. He looked like he might need to come off with a bad injury at the end of the first half but came out for the second half in good shape.

The same could not be said for winger Anwar El Ghazi (£5.5m) who had to come off with a twisted ankle in the 77th minute.

He was replaced by new signing Trezeguet (£5.5m) who provided the assist for McGinn’s goal.

Jota (£6.0m) now looks very secure of a start in Gameweek 1 after he registered a 90-minute outing at Leipzig. No Villa winger has played as many minutes as him during pre-season (295).

Meanwhile, Wesley sould hold off any competition for the centre-forward role after he played 78 minutes.

Jonathan Kodjia (£5.5m) returned from his international leave to come on for the former Club Brugge man for the last 12 minutes but, at least for now, he will not be as prepared for the new Premier League season as the new signing.

Aston Villa XI (4-3-3): Heaton; Targett, Mings, Engels, Guilbert; Hourihane, McGinn, Grealish; El Ghazi (Trezeguet 77′), Wesley (Kodjia 78′), Jota.

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2,981 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Jacky boy
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Zinch or Stones? Stones seems more nailed

    1. n14mul
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      I am on both atm. See them both starting first few

    2. SEYPULISIC
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Stones.

    3. donlobatto
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      I think same doubts around both tbh. I am staying safer with Walker for now.

      1. Dannyb
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Cancelo........

        1. donlobatto
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          True. Basically it’s Laporte or risk lol

          1. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            If you want 100% security it's Ederson and Laporte. By TDD on Thursday either City have got that RB to challenge Walker, or Walker is also nailed.

            1. donlobatto
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Yep agreed

    4. Super Saints
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Just get Ederson set and forget

      1. Irbox ⚽
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        4.5’s could prove much better value though and that 1.5 goes a long way! That’s the dilemma

      2. Legend of Rosický
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Problem is that 4.5 keepers can get 150 and Ederson will get 160-170

        1. Legend of Rosický
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 18 days ago

          So Ederson isnt good value

        2. Super Saints
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Last season 4.5 barely got 100 points. Man City defence is a rotation risk. 3 at the back with Ederson in goal looks great otherwise it's four at the back with double pool Everton city and 4.5 in goal.

          1. Legend of Rosický
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Etheridge got 150, Fabianski was also 4.5 and got 143. Foster got 130. What are you on about?

            1. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              If you fancy some proper analysis, compare premium with budget keepers here

              https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2019/08/02/a-practical-guide-to-finding-undervalued-players/

              Every premium keeper except De Gea is above the line for value for money.
              Of the budget keepers only Fabby was. Couple of others came close and over a dozen don't make the list because their value for money was too low.

              Simply, a premium keeper almost guarantees returns. A budget keeper is a punt - the majority turn out to be poor choices. When your examples are only the high scoring ones and you ignore the rest, all your doing is twisting statistics to confirm your prior bias.

              1. fclackless [RoboKlopp]
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Ed playing whu, TOT AND bou first three is not ideal though ... all attacking sides.

            2. Super Saints
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Good point,
              Chill bro just a helpful friendly discussion.

  2. b91jh
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Who will get more save points? Heaton or Pope?

    1. Irbox ⚽
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      How long is a piece of string?

      1. Kiwivillan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Twice the length from the middle to an end

        1. Irbox ⚽
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Still doesn’t quantify it, just as it is impossible to answer this question

    2. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Probably both more than a lot of more expensive options

    3. Roll The Dyche
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      It'll be close but with arguably a better defence in front of him (esp. if Tarkowski is a part of it), Pope for me.

      1. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 18 days ago

        This statement is contradictory to the question.

        I’m going with Heaton since I think he’ll be this years fabs

        1. Eat my goal!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 18 days ago

          *henderson lol

    4. Maddamotha
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Is Heaton staying at Burnely, or?

      1. Bruce Lee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 18 days ago

        He is at Villa

        1. Maddamotha
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Ohh shhiiii

          1. Bruce Lee
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Haha my thoughts exactly... I had no idea half of these transfers have happened

            Did you know Erik Peiters is at Burnley?

            1. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              He's backup to Taylor though. Not first choice like Heaton.

            2. Maddamotha
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              No I did not!

    5. donlobatto
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      I reckon they’ll both do well. I’m on Heaton atm as Villa are playing with swagger

    6. SEYPULISIC
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Heaton

  3. Netters2018
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Sheff Utd fans is Ollie Norwood nailed and on free kicks etc?

      1. DantheManinaPan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Yeah

    • Maddamotha
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Does anyone know why Fraser and Delu weren’t in the squads yesterday?

      1. Taking the Mkhitaryan
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Fraser played the day before
        Deulo had a knock

        1. Maddamotha
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Thanks. Guess Delu is a no go now, with Gray scoring as well.

    • donlobatto
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Bottomed

      Morning all

      To Kane or not to Kane, that is the question?

      A)
      Heaton
      TAA, VVD, Digne, WALKER
      Salah, Sterling, Perez, MOURA
      WILSON, JOTA/ DEULO
      (Button) (Dendo, LUNDSTRAM, Greenwood)

      B)
      Heaton
      TAA, VVD, Digne, CATHCART
      Salah, Sterling, Perez, MCGINN
      KANE, KING
      (Button) (DUNK, Dendo, Greenwood)

      Which do you prefer?
      Cheers

      1. Roll The Dyche
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        B for me. Smart team. I had the Cathcart/Dunk rotating pair but have changed now. I still think it's a decent pairing.

        1. donlobatto
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Cheers mate. This is my favourite Kane team so far. I was actually thinking of playing 5-3-2 with McGinn first on bench for GW1 but not sure if that’s too reliant on defensive returns

          1. Roll The Dyche
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            To be fair WAT v BRI could be 0-0 where Cathcart and Dunk benefit, esp. as they offer decent attacking returns potential. So don't be afraid to stick them both in from the start and go with 3 in mid.

            1. Roll The Dyche
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              And clean sheets of course

            2. donlobatto
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              It’s a tough one as Villa look fearless so wouldn’t be surprised to see McGinn get a goal or assist vs Spurs

              1. Roll The Dyche
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                And he does like the odd worldie. First game of the season back in the Prem, a big one at that, certain players find another gear. And I wouldn't put it beyond him to crack one in.

                1. donlobatto
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  Lol you aren’t helping my decision!

      2. Dannyb
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        B is actually a really nice looking team.

        1. donlobatto
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Cheers mate. Yeh this is the best Kane combo I’ve found and starting to edge towards it especially as it’s not really compromising in many areas

          1. Boomshanka
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            B for me. Nice team. Pretty much same as mine. Ive shoehorned Fraser in as my 5th mid and going 3-5-2 for Villa home fixtures. Reckon McGinn could be a snip at 5.5. Great wee player and 3 goals in pre season already.

            1. donlobatto
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              How have you got Fraser in as well?!

      3. The 12th Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Been playing around with team B. Which I like.
        Turned it into a 4-5-1 / 5-4-1

        Heaton
        VVD,TAA,Digne,Cathcart
        Salah,Sterling,Perez,Barkley,Ibe
        Kane

        4.0,Dunk,Ayew,Greenwood

        0.5m it’s so Ibe could be McGinn

        1. donlobatto
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          I would def do the Ibe to McGinn switch. Villa look full of confidence

          1. Kiwivillan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            My man

            1. donlobatto
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Haha. I just like to see newly promoted teams playing like this.

          2. The 12th Man
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            So really it’s king v Barkley.
            King hasn’t featured much in preseason which is putting me off., but those fixtures say you need 1 Bournemouth attacker at least.

            1. donlobatto
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Exactly. I’d much rather it be Wilson but no way of getting him in

    • Roll The Dyche
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      I have Bilva at the moment, but I'm being more swayed towards Siggy esp. for GW1's game v Palace, who have looked ropey this pre season (apart from the Bristol C game) and for his long-term points potential. Which provides the better value over the long-term?

      1. VISH
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 18 days ago

        I would stick to Bilva if you don't have Sterling or KDB.

        Otherwise switch to Siggy but my experience with him last year was not great.

        1. Roll The Dyche
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Got Sterling. Yeah mine was mixed too. I can always switch to him if there is an upturn in form. Thanks for your comments.

      2. Galza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Bilva has yet to convince. Hence why he is priced at 8 mil.
        Siggy would be my choice of the 2.
        Or you could have a semi punt on Martial, like me...

        1. Roll The Dyche
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Man U midfield still a bit of a minefield for me. Would like to see what Ole's lineup looks like for the first few games...

          1. Galza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Fair point.
            It’s purely a gut pick for me..

      3. Irbox ⚽
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Start with Silva. Everton have scored 2 goals in 5 pre season fixtures and have lacked quality in the final third. Helped having Richarlison back but DCL remains a dead weight so I would wait until Kean settles

        1. Roll The Dyche
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          My thinking exactly. I'm sticking with Coleman however; despite the lack of goals they've been quite solid at the back.

          1. Irbox ⚽
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Absolutely. 3 clean sheets in that same run. Digne has looked much better than Coleman in pre-season though

            1. Roll The Dyche
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              I'm more of a value hunter and I would be -0.5m if Digne was in

        2. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          That's my view. As today's pre-season report indicates, Everton have demonstrated zero firepower so far and Kean is a young, unknown quantity in the PL at the moment, so for me, Everton defence is where you should look.
          Bilva is and always has been thoroughly dependable, so I would start with him until Everton start to show something.

      4. donlobatto
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        I was on Siggy all of preseason until last week or so but gone right off him as EVE look limp. Can always get back in if he explodes.

        Bilva of those two

      5. Roll The Dyche
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Cheers everyone. Really helpful

    • VISH
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Hello good souls

      Please RMT

      Pope
      Robertson Stones Coleman
      McGinn Salah Sterling Perez Barkley
      Kane King

      Heaton Kelly Nketiah Lundstram

      Not sure about Barkley and I haven't seen many teams with Kane in them?

      Thanks

      1. n14mul
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Plenty teams with Kane in now but still a week to go for changes.

        Decent Kane Salah Sterling team. Most have a similar template with 1 or 2 differencea

      2. Me Spurs
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Love this team, think only changes I would make would be stones,king out walker, Adams in

    • Bruce Lee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 18 days ago

      So we all sure Pope is Burnley's number 1?

      1. Roll The Dyche
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        I'd think so. He passed his 'fitness test' yesterday v Parma so I'd consider him to be ahead of Hart particularly with GW1 round the corner.

        1. Bruce Lee
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Big fan of Pope just as a keeper in general... he is very FPL friendly too... CS + save points last time he had a full season

      2. Kiwivillan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Still think Hart good chance of being sold

        1. Bruce Lee
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Hope so

          Hopefully he goes to Villa with Heaton

          1. Kiwivillan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            No thanks

        2. Roll The Dyche
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Yeah now that Peacock-Farrell has been signed

          1. Roll The Dyche
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Replying to Kiwi

    • bandgeekmafia78
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      RMT please 🙂

      Alisson (Button)
      Digne Pereira TAA Holebas (Targett)
      Fraser, Maddison, F.Anderson, De Bruyne, Milvojevic
      King, Kane (Ings)

      1. VISH
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 18 days ago

        F.Anderson? I think you can find someone better. Perez? Tielemans?

      2. Dannyb
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        No

      3. Kiwivillan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        No to Targett Anderson Mili Maddison Ings King

      4. Kiwivillan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Trying to be clever no Salah and Sterling and some absolute spud picks

    • Pepe Le Pukki
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      The tinkering continues:

      A.
      Heaton
      VVD // Digne // Zinchenko
      Salah // Sterling // Perez // Pepe // Barkley
      Wilson // Vardy

      B.
      Heaton
      TAA // VVD // Laporte
      Moura // Pepe // Sterling // Barkley // Perez
      Firmino // Wilson

      C.

      Heaton
      Digne // VVD // Zinchenko
      Moura // Pepe // Sterling // Barkley // Perez
      Kane // Wilson

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Really like A

        1. Irbox ⚽
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Looks way over budget

          1. Pepe Le Pukki
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Nope.

            Button, Rico, Greenwood and Lundstram allow it.

            1. Pepe Le Pukki
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Arse burger... KDB not Sterling

              1. Irbox ⚽
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Yes. 102.5. KDB makes it 100.0

            2. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              A is over budget by 2.5m - perhaps you wrote Vardy instead of a 6.5 fwd

          2. I_like_football
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            This

      2. Irbox ⚽
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        The one with Salah

      3. roscola
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        A is surely not affordable?

        I have that team but I have to have Locadia instead of Vardy 🙂

    • Predator
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Kane+King or Vardy+Wilson?

      1. Bruce Lee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 18 days ago

        A

      2. Kiwivillan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        King relies on penalties. Terrible away form. Only Wilson from Bournemouth if you must. Kane only one I'd really want as easy transition to another premium

      3. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 18 days ago

        The latter

      4. DantheManinaPan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        If you have Sterling + Salah, easily B

        If not, A

        1. Predator
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Ty. I have Sterling and Salah also. B also gives me 0,5 to spend elsewhere

      5. Winston.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        VW

    • pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Anyone watch the Newcastle game? The report I read seemed to have them 3-5-3 with a high press. If so I still quite like Arsenal attack even if Newcastle seem to be generally looking sounder than I supposed when Rafa went

      1. The Overthinker
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Auba (c) will be the best choice this week

        1. Legend of Rosický
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Laca to outscore Auba imo

      2. Hairy Potter
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        3-5-2 with a bit of pressing and a bit more freedom for the central mods than Rafa. The main difference is Almiron playing a bit further forward and an additional CM in place of Perez.

        I think Arsenal will probably have too much upfront and will win, but I expect Newcastle to score against them.

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Ty

          That’s how I see it too from the reports I’ve read.

    • Albrightondknight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Abraham too risky?
      Looks like he might have the start but even then likely off after 60-70 mins?

      1. Bruce Lee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 18 days ago

        I think so... I know they're different positions, but I'd rather have Barkley or Pulisic

      2. Winston.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Maybe after GW2 if nailed and plays well...

        1. Winston.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          ...then you also have a better picture of Pulisic and Barkley

      3. Albrightondknight
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Cheers guys

    • Bruce Lee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Any other KDB owners?

      1. Legend of Rosický
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Thousands

        1. Bruce Lee
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Bless them

    • RedWolf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Hi all,

      I keep flipping between these options, which would you go for?

      11m forward, 6m forward, 5.5m midfield (currently Auba, Wesley, McGinn)

      Or

      2 x 6.5m forwards (king, deuloufeu) and a 9.5m midfielder

      The first obviously has a premium striker, but the second option would allow me a price point to switch between the lower end premium midfielders (KDB, Son, Pepe etc) as needs be.

      My current midfield is polarised (Salah, Sterling, Perez, Barkley, McGinn).

    • jimmyabs1987
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Which one:

      A) Siggi & Barkley
      B) KDB & Robinson

      1. Bruce Lee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 18 days ago

        A because I've no idea who Robinson is

        1. jimmyabs1987
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Sheffield Utd right winger forward, scored 4 goals in pre season and plays as a forward at a cost of 5.5m

          Well worth a look

        2. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Why not just not reply then?

          1. jimmyabs1987
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Good point

      2. Irbox ⚽
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        B.

      3. The Overthinker
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        B

      4. Winston.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        B

      5. EgyptianKing
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 18 days ago

        I like B

    • HAMMERTIME107
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 18 days ago

      How does this look please?

      A - Downgrade Fabianski and upgrade Ake maybe Coleman
      B - Keep the team

      1. HAMMERTIME107
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Fabianski
        Alexander-Arnold | Ake | Zinchenko
        Salah | Perez | Barkley | Dendoncker | Sterling
        Kane | Wilson

    • RubberDucky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Just paid u for another year.

      Feeling good to support the site!

      1. Irbox ⚽
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Welcome aboard! If only there were a few more with that mentality

        1. kennethrhcp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          why? what would a few more do?

          1. Irbox ⚽
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Supporting the site, rather than acting like trolls and spamming thousands of RMT’s

            1. kennethrhcp
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              I 100% agree supporting the site, only reason I become a member each year. I feel Im on here so much in the season it'd good to help out... used to feel better about it when it was a smaller site.

              feel like its just paying wages these days tbh. no offence meant by that to the lads

          2. Bruce Lee
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Every little helps

            1. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Don't think the FFS posse need charity - I'm sure they're raking it in!

              1. kennethrhcp
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                in shorter words... ^this 🙂

    • Baganuva Hatty
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Villa fans. Is John McGinn a good option. Want him as my 5th playing mid.

      Pope
      Robertson, VVD, Digne
      Salah, KDB, Peres, Fraser, McGinn
      Kane, Deolufeu.

      Bench:
      Button, Dunk, Greenwood, Lundstrum

      1. Kiwivillan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Best option

      2. Legend of Rosický
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Card magnet though. I would get Coleman and Barkley for Dinge and mcginn

        1. Arctic_Orangutans
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Wouldn’t touch Barkley with a barge pole

    • Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Too risky to start with Pepe?

      1. COK3Y5MURF
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Pricey gamble.

      2. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        im waiting to see Ars post spurs (week4) & see how they line up/play

      3. Legend of Rosický
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 18 days ago

        I believe laca is the one to pick from arsenal

        1. Do I Not Like That
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Why is that exactly?

          1. Legend of Rosický
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 18 days ago

            He will play central, auba is 1.5 more and out on the wing. The service will be much better with guys like pepe, ozil, ceballos all assisting. Arsenal will plenty of goals and Laca should match Aubas scores at 1.5m cheaper

            1. Do I Not Like That
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Seems reasonable, thanks for elaborating. Looks like a potent attack if all three forwards play.

      4. Winston.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Probably not with those fixtures, but I’m gonna wait and see...

    • kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      back to the drawing board or looks good? started last season 523...

      Heaton
      TAA, VVD, Coleman, Digne, Zinchenko
      Salah, Frazer, Bilva
      Kane, Wilson

      (Button, Jorginho, Greenwood, Guendouzi)

    • chrismoo75
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 18 days ago

      final piece of the jigsaw needed

      A) Pope + Laporte

      B) Lloris/DDG + Zinc

      1. The Overthinker
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Are you sure this is the final piece? 😉

        1. The Overthinker
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          A

          1. The Overthinker
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Nah on second thought , B with stones

            1. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Depends if it's 'set & forget' or if it's open to a couple of transfers down the line.

              1. The Overthinker
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Agree with this

      2. Bruce Lee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 18 days ago

        A

      3. Winston.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        B, (if Zinc is not nailed, there will be other good options at 5.5 like Coleman...)

    • JimboJ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 18 days ago

      I realise they have some tough early fixtures, but what are people’s thoughts on Max Aarons? Any Norwich fans?

      1. maff
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        He was absolutely brilliant last year and got into a lot of advanced positions. One to keep an eye on for when the fixtures ease up perhaps but not from the start

    • Winston.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Any changes worth it?

      Henderson Button
      TAA VVD Digne Zinchenko Rico
      Salah Sterling Sigurdsson Perez Dendonk
      Wilson Jota Greenwood

      A. Siggy+Dendonk —> Tielemans and Barkley
      B. Siggy+Heaton+VVD —> Tielemans+Ederson+Robertson
      C. Siggy —> BSilva
      D. Keep as it is...

      Thanks.

    • chrismoo75
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Villa fans..

      Will Elmohammady walk straight in or will Guildart keep his place. Guildart seems like he might be a little gem - 3 assists from right back

      1. Irbox ⚽
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        You mean Guilbert? Should retain his spot and looks threatening.

      2. Bruce Lee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Yellow card magnet though...

      3. Legend of Rosický
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Where did you read his name?

      4. chrismoo75
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 18 days ago

        thanks - yeah thats the one 🙂

    • milanista10
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      A) Robertson, Coleman, Ceballos, and Robinson
      B) AWB, Digne, Barkley, and Pereyra

      A or B lads?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        A

        1. Splinters
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          B

    • Randell
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Good to go ?

      Pope
      Coleman / Zinchenko / Walker Peters
      Salah / Sterling / Martial / Zaha / Ceballos
      Kane / King

      Button / Diop / Greenwood / Lundstram

      1. Legend of Rosický
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Zaha, Ceballos > perez, Barkley for me

      2. Dutchy
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Not really, no liverpool defence with KWP, and ceballos is meh if he a holding mid. Could be good if plays attacking but he’s behind the pecking order.

    • Dutchy
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Current team @miguelsanchez?

    • Ason Willa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Does Origi look like playing GW1?

    • Splinters
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Morning all, RMT pls

      Ryan

      TAA Digne Aldeweireld

      Lanzini Perez Salah(C) Fraser Siggy

      Kane Wilson

      1. Legend of Rosický
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Needs players from the best team

        1. Splinters
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          i will wait to see if the Dybala deal goes through or not........