Scout Notes

Martial and Barkley turn heads in final pre-season games

Fantasy Premier League managers got a final chance to look at Manchester United and Chelsea’s teams on Saturday.

There has been plenty of interest in the cheaper options available at both clubs and we are starting to get a clearer idea of which ones have the most potential.

We also saw budget out-of-position options secure their places in our thinking at Sheffield United, while Bournemouth and Norwich also concluded their pre-season schedules.

Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-2 Chelsea

Ross Barkley took another penalty for Chelsea on Saturday

Goals: Tammy Abraham (£7.0m), Ross Barkley (£6.0m)

Assists: Mateo Kovacic (£5.5m), Mason Mount (£6.0m)

Ross Barkley (£6.0m) provided further complication for Fantasy managers on Saturday as he scored another pre-season penalty for Chelsea.

The central midfielder, who has largely been deployed in the number 10 role, finished the summer campaign involved in more goals than any of his colleagues.

Barkley scored four times, twice from the penalty spot and assisted a further three goals.

It was a penalty that put him on the scoresheet on Saturday, won after a foul on Mason Mount (£6.0m).

It was Tammy Abraham (£7.0m) who took the first penalty Chelsea won against Mönchengladbach, but this was when Barkley was not on the pitch.

However, Jorginho (£5.0m) happened to be on the pitch for both of those penalties which all but confirms he will not be the taker this season.

Furthermore, as we mentioned last week, there seems to be a suggestion that Willian (£7.0m) might assume the penalty-taking duties when he returns from international leave.

The other complication with Barkley was the fact that he did not start this final match of pre-season.

While the England international has been involved in more goals this summer than any other player, 10 of his colleagues registered more minutes.

Among those options is former Derby County loanee Mount, who played 320 minutes compared to Barkley’s 278.

It was Mount who started the Mönchengladbach game ahead of Barkley, although they were both on the pitch for the final 20 minutes, with the former pushed out wide and winning that penalty.

Either way, Lampard probably has something of a selection headache this season picking between Barkley and Mount.

By all accounts, Barkley has upped his game over the summer but Mount has also impressed and played his way into Lampard’s thinking, having also worked with him at Derby last season.

“(Mason has) done a lot. Coming back here, obviously, I worked with him last year, and I’m really happy with how he’s trained and his status within the group. The players recognise quality instantly, but they also recognise the work rate and character. Mason’s got all of those and he’s given me a problem. Ross Barkley’s also had a good pre-season and Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be back later on. It’s good because they’re all adaptable and can play in a variety of positions amongst themselves. I couldn’t ask for more from what Mason’s done.” – Frank Lampard

After starting the last two matches in a row, Abraham looks to have secured the number one striker slot at Chelsea.

In those two games, Michy Batshuayi (£7.0m) managed just 15 minutes while Olivier Giroud (£7.0m) got 23 minutes.

As previously mentioned, Pedro (£7.0m) is the most secure of a start on the flanks of attacking midfielder. Only Cesar Azpilicueta (£6.0m) got more pre-season minutes than him this summer (423 and 412 respectively).

That said, Barkley (seven), Mount (four), Abraham (three), Giroud (three), Batshuayi (three) and Pulisic (three) were all involved in more pre-season goals than the former Barcelona man (two).

“More or less (I know what my Gameweek 1 team will be). Again it’s a long week and I don’t want to say that because I think players have to train every day to get themselves in the team or get themselves out of the team. The door isn’t shut any way on that and we’ll need all the squad. We need players to be competitive and we need players who aren’t playing to come on like Giroud today and show a desire to come on and impact the game with work rate and desire to try and turn the result. That’s what we need throughout the season and I want to set that tone going into it.” – Frank Lampard

While there is plenty to be excited about when it comes to Chelsea’s attack, it must be said that their defence is yet to impress.

In three matches against Reading, Salzburg and Mönchengladbach the Blues conceded eight goals.

That might put Fantasy managers off looking to Kurt Zouma (£5.0m) initially, despite his kind pricing.

Marcos Alonso (£6.5m) is very much off-limits at this point. It was Emerson Palmieri (£5.5m) who started against Mönchengladbach and he outplayed the Spaniard during pre-season by 322 minutes to 218.

Things could still improve in the future for Chelsea’s defence as Antonio Rüdiger (£6.0m) continues his recovery from a long-term knee injury.

More importantly, N’Golo Kanté (£5.0m), the protective shield for the back-four, has missed almost all of pre-season too.

He made his first appearance of the summer as a substitute in the 72nd minute against Mönchengladbach but is still considered a doubt for Gameweek 1 given Lampard’s concerns over his match fitness.

“That was always the plan (to bring him on). He’s working a little bit now and it was just to give him the feeling of match time as he hasn’t been able to do that yet as it’s an awkward injury. I just wanted him to feel it and us to see it as you cannot replicate it unless you do it. It was a good opportunity to do that for him and we’ll work hard on getting him fit. Who knows if he’ll be ready for next week or not, but we’ll work hard for that. We also have to be a bit careful as he’s played so many games over the past three seasons and we don’t want to rush him back if it’s going to be negative. We’ll do our best to get him back.” – Frank Lampard

Chelsea XI: Kepa; Emerson (Alonso 67’), Christensen, Zouma, Azpilicueta; Kovacic (Kenedy 67’), Jorginho; Pulisic (Barkley 67’), Mount, Pedro (Kanté 72’); Abraham (Giroud 67’).

AC Milan 2-2 Manchester United

Marcus Rashford (right) and Anthony Martial have both looked good in pre-season

Goals: Marcus Rashford (£8.5m), Jesse Lingard (£6.5m)

Assists: Nemanja Matic (£5.0m), Anthony Martial (£7.5m)

Anthony Martial (£7.5m) looks set for a start in Manchester United’s attack for the Gameweek 1 visit of Chelsea to Old Trafford.

The Frenchman has enjoyed a successful pre-season campaign under Ole Gunnar Solksjaer over the last few weeks and added an assist as the Red Devils beat AC Milan on penalties in Cardiff.

No Manchester United player has registered more minutes than Martial this summer (339), with a number of his appearances coming as a centre-forward.

Against AC Milan, he was deployed alongside Marcus Rashford (£8.5m) in a front-two, the latter scoring his third goal of pre-season.

Ahead of that visit of Chelsea, who come to Old Trafford with some defensive issues, both Rashford and Martial have been involved in three pre-season goals each.

How they line up against the Blues is not completely certain. While both players are likely to start, it is not certain whether Solskjaer will go with a front three or front two. A forward trio would probably see Martial on the flanks and Rashford through the middle.

Meanwhile, Mason Greenwood (£4.5m) failed to get another start against AC Milan and he has not played more than 45 minutes per appearance all summer. In total, he managed just 201 minutes, compared to Juan Mata (£6.5m) recording 257, Jesse Lingard (£6.5m) 283, Daniel James (£6.0m) 283, and Martial and Rashford both getting 339 each.

That might make Greenwood a less than reliable budget forward option and the wealth of interest in him from the start of the campaign could trigger price falls if he is not used extensively.

However, Solskjaer did sing the youngster’s praises after the most recent match and insisted he’d have a part to play this season. In fact, he even hinted he could start against Chelsea.

“He’s got a chance of starting that one. He’s more than capable and will always be there, in and around the box, creating chances. And I won’t say it’s not a possibility, no, it’s a good possibility. If he keeps going as he does. It’s difficult to keep players out who perform well. He can play all four front positions, he can play 10, seven, 11, nine, he’s a natural footballer. With his left foot coming in, he can play anywhere along the frontline.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Midfielder Paul Pogba (£8.5m) missed the match with a back problem. Solskjaer seems optimistic about his chances of starting the season.

“Paul will probably be back early next week in training. It’s not an injury, just some pain. He’s not injured but I wasn’t going to risk anything this weekend. He should be okay [for Chelsea]. I would hope so, anyway. I wasn’t expecting Paul [at the airport]. I spoke to him after training and he didn’t feel right.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United XI (4-3-1-2): De Gea; Shaw, Rojo (Tuanzebe 64’), Lindelöf, Wan-Bissaka (Young 64’); McTominay, Matic (Fred 64’), A Pereira (Lingard 64’); Mata (James 64’); Martial (Greenwood 82’), Rashford (A Gomes 82’).

Stade de Reims 3-1 Sheffield United

Callum Robinson looks to have serious potential as an out-of-position asset

Goals: Callum Robinson (£5.5m)

Assists: Enda Stevens (£5.0m)

John Lundstram (£4.0m) set himself up as a viable budget defender by starting the final match of Sheffield’s United’s pre-season campaign.

The FPL defender started in the central midfield trio for a fourth successive match and remains the most-used option there this summer.

Oliver Norwood (£5.0m) and John Fleck (£5.0m) were the other two members of this combination, with Luke Freeman (£5.5m) and Ben Osborn (£5.0m) among the substitutes again.

At this point, we can be fairly confident that Lundstram will start against Bournemouth, although whether he can hold on to a clean sheet is another matter.

For the second match in a row, Freeman replaced Lundstram in midfield around the hour-mark.

That could be a recurring tactical substitution we see this campaign, Lundstram more of a defensive-minded midfield player, although he did get three assists in pre-season, Freeman the more attacking one (two goals, three assists this summer).

If that were to be a regular set-up for Chris Wilder this season, maybe Lundstram’s clean sheet chances will be boosted? If Sheffield United have been able to keep things tight in the first hour, Lundstram could end up banking clean sheets before the more attacking Freeman takes to the field.

Meanwhile, another out-of-position asset at Sheffield United continues to offer some appeal to Fantasy managers.

Callum Robinson (£5.5m) was on the scoresheet for the Blades again on Saturday, taking his pre-season tally to four goals and one assist, more than any of his colleagues.

For the third match in a row, he was deployed in the front two of Wilder’s 3-5-2 system and looks to have a good chance of starting in Gameweek 1.

However, some doubt still hangs over the Sheffield United forward line following the recent record signing of centre-forward Oli McBurnie (£6.0m).

The former Swansea City man has featured as a second-half substitute in each of the Blades last two matches.

Meanwhile, David McGoldrick (£5.5m) has the most pre-season minutes of any Sheffield United forward (309), with Billy Sharp (£6.0m) just behind him on 272.

Dean Henderson (£4.5m) is already very locked in as the starting goalkeeper having been the favourite there last season and playing 90 minutes in each match since returning on loan from Manchester United.

Enda Stevens (£5.0m) and George Baldock (£4.5m) look confirmed as the wing-backs again, while Chris Basham (£4.5m) and John Egan (£4.5m) have been used the bost at centre-back.

However, key player from last season Jack O’Connell (£4.5m) has not featured in any of the last three pre-season matches in that centre-back trio.

He has been struggling with a pre-season injury but Wilder is optimistic he can start Gameweek 1.

“Jack’s okay. He’s fine, we just didn’t think it was worth the risk. He’s working back at our place, he should be available for the big one coming up and then going forward from there. We’re not worried about him. Like I say, we just felt doing it this way was for the best.” – Chris Wilder

Sheffield United XI: Henderson; Bryan (Osborn 46’), Egan, Basham; Stevens (Jagielka 76’), Fleck, Norwood (Morrison 76’), Lundstram (L Freeman 65’), Baldock (K Freeman 76’); McGoldrick (McBurnie 46’), Robinson (Sharp 65’).

Bournemouth 3-0 Lyon

Callum Wilson has been Bournemouth’s most dangerous player in pre-season

Goals: Callum Wilson (£8.0m), Gavin Kilkenny, Joshua King (£6.5m)

Assists: Nnamdi Ofoborh, Wilson x2

Bournemouth’s pre-season campaign has come to an end with virtually no clarification over who will be the first-choice goalkeeper in Gameweek 1.

In total, Eddie Howe used four different shot-stoppers across six games, with none of them featuring for 90 minutes more than once.

Top of the pile were Mark Travers (£4.5m) and Aaron Ramsdale (£4.5m) on 180 minutes each, while Asmir Begovic (£4.5m) and Artur Boruc (£4.5m) both played 90 minutes apiece (two 45-minute outings each).

One of Travers or Ramsdale seems likely to be number one but the gap of just 90 minutes between that pair and the other two is hardly a big one.

Predicting Bournemouth’s back-four will also prove difficult as Howe spent most of pre-season splitting his firs-team across two matches.

Against Lyon, there were 90-minute outings for Diego Rico (£4.0m) and Nathan Aké (£5.0m) but Chris Mepham (£4.5m), Jack Stacey (£4.5m) and Jack Simpson (£4.5m) were all involved the day before.

The left-back slot is one Fantasy managers are most interested in given Rico’s price point but it is hard to guarantee him a Gameweek 1 start.

Aké, Mepham, Stacey and Rico all tied for most minutes among Bournemouth defenders, but Adam Smith (£4.5m), capable of playing on the left, was not far behind on 255.

Furthermore, even though Lloyd Kelly (£4.5m) is out injured, there is still competition from Charlie Daniels (£4.5m) who returned from injury on Friday night.

As for predicting who will start at centre-back, Steve Cook (£4.5m) was back from injury against Lyon, playing 67 minutes.

Further up the pitch, Callum Wilson (£8.0m) finished pre-season in exceptional form, involved in all three goals scored against Lyon, scoring the first and assisting the other two.

After the six summer friendlies, the forward was top for attacking returns (five), Jordon Ibe (£5.0m) in second place on four.

Josh King (£6.5m) got his first goal of the summer against Lyon highlighting that he might not be in the sort of shape or form to cover Wilson at the start of the campaign.

As for Ryan Fraser (£7.5m), his involvement against Lazio on Friday night was why he didn’t play against Lyon.

Howe’s splitting of squads across pre-season means that Fraser and Wilson have played together for just 90 minutes together this summer. Whether that has an impact on their partnership at the start of the campaign remains to be seen.

Bournemouth XI: Ramsdale (Boruc 45’); Rico, Aké, S Cook (Dobre 67’), A Smith (Zemura 75’); Danjuma, Ofoborh, Billing (Jordan 60’), Kilkenny; Wilson (Surridge 75’), King (Sherring 86’).

Norwich City 1-0 Toulouse

Norwich won their final pre-season game against Toulouse

Goals: Kenny McLean (£5.0m)

Assists: Emi Buendía (£6.0m)

Teemu Pukki (£6.5m) and Emi Buendía (£6.0m) are very much back in with a chance of starting Norwich’s trip to Liverpool on Friday night.

They had injury problems earlier in pre-season but have now started the last two matches in a row.

Buendía got himself an assist for the only goal of the game as Kenny McLean (£5.0m) converted his corner.

Also of note for Fantasy managers was another start for Grant Hanley (£4.0m) who has recovered from a groin problem.

He finished the pre-season campaign as the most-used centre-back for Norwich (474 minutes), as Timm Klose (£4.5m) and Christoph Zimmermann (£4.5m) both missed the Toulouse game with injuries.

Norwich City XI: Krul (Fahrmann 46’); Lewis (Heise 86’), Godfrey, Hanley (c), Aarons (Byram 86’); Trybull (Leitner 61’), McLean (Vrancic 61’); Cantwell (O Hernández 61’), Stiepermann (Roberts 72′), Buendía (Srbeny 72′); Pukki (Drmic 65’).

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1,994 Comments Post a Comment
  1. kysersosa
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Moise Kean at 7m could be a bargain, DCL not cutting it pre-season.

    1. TheSteel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Unproven, young, new league and country. Ill wait and see.

    2. True Deadzoner
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Kean is worse than DCL we will see

      1. circusmonkey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Logged on to say he will not play every game at 19, Rich will play up there. Sub.

  2. Pluge
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    RMT please.

    Ryan/Button
    TAA/VVD/Coleman/Zinchenko/Kelly
    Salah/Sterling/Siggy/Perez/Barkley
    Kean/King/Wickham

    1. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Can you explain why you think Kean is a good pick for GW1?

      1. Pluge
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Bit of a punt, Everton good fixtures, and I have a decent 1st sub so I think it is a measured gamble

    2. DAZZ
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Good midfield.

    3. Ady87
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Not been following Chelsea too closely, does Barkley look nailed?

      1. Pluge
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Not nailed, but I feel nailed enough as I have a somewhat decent 1st sub

    4. HeDoesntWantIt
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Barkley involved in seven goals during pre season

  3. Ady87
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Any good? 3-5-2

    Ryan (Pope)
    Robertson Coleman Zinchenko (Diop Lund)
    Salah Sterling Moura Martial Perez
    King Murray (Greenwood)

    1. MANGE TOUT RODNEY
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Great apart from Murray

  4. DAZZ
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Ryan Button
    TAA Robertson AWB Cathcart Lundstram
    Sterling Salah KDB Perez Barkley
    King Ings Greenwood

    Any fans?

    1. Linvoy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Not sold on King. Good midfield though.

  5. Linvoy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Which do you prefer?

    A) Robertson, Wilson & Jota
    B) VVD, Vardy & Ings

    1. DAZZ
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      B

    2. Ady87
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      A

    3. Better off with a pin and a…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      B for me.

    4. HeDoesntWantIt
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      A

    5. B.D.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      A

  6. King Kohli
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    A or B?

    A. KDB + Trossard
    B. Richarlison + Haller

    1. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      A x 1billion

    2. Better off with a pin and a…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      A.

  7. DIMITRIS
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    This was bottom on the previous age, so sorry for repost.
    What do you think of this bunch:
    Heaton
    VVD | Digne | Robertson | Dunk (Lundstram)
    Salah | Sterling | Martial | Pulisic (Doncker)
    Wilson | Kean (Greenwood)

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Wouldn't be certain Kean starts GW1

      1. DIMITRIS
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 14 days ago

        I read somewhere that he joined Everton mainly because they guaranteed him place in staring 11 and minutes. I watched him play for Juve and I really like his price. Could be a steal.

        1. circusmonkey
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          You don't guarantee anyone minutes. Especially at 19.

          1. DIMITRIS
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Yeah I get it, that could be the case, but he's not usual 19 year old talent, he's one of the greatest youth prospects in Europe.

  8. Iceball
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Is KDB worth it?
    He will surely sneaks in some assists but is that enough?
    5-6 points for a game with 1 assist. Hardly an explosive player?

    1. #FPLBhuna
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I don't see the appeal just now, but he could prove us all wrong.

      We've all seen what he is capable off in previous seasons when he hasn't been injured.

    2. DAZZ
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      He is certainly worth it at 9.5M

  9. Super Jack Grealish
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Any changes you'd make to this? Going to look at getting the Chelsea starting forward or Kean in GW3 for Wilson or King

    Heaton
    Robbo, VVD, Digne, Zinchenko
    Salah (C), Sterling, Siggy, Perez
    Wilson, King

    Buttton, Dendocker, Lundstram, Greenwood

    1. #FPLBhuna
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Gtg

    2. SimonOwen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Abundance of great options at 6.5 and below unsure why you still fancy a double up of the Bournmouth attack?
      I would be more exicted to give Murray a punt than King?

      Siggy i do like the look of and it would be a great differential over alot of FPL members / board guys.

      1. Super Jack Grealish
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Think Bournmouth's first two fixtures are solid, don't like the look of Wolves, not sure about Murrays minutes think I'd rather get a Brighton midfielder. Just a placeholder for Tammy/Kean/Jota after the first two

  10. Inazuma X1
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Ryan or Heaton?

    1. #FPLBhuna
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Heaton

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Heaton

    3. MANGE TOUT RODNEY
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Ryan.

      What about Pope?

    4. Super Jack Grealish
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Heaton

  11. HIT ME!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Trying again

    For GW 1 & 2, which option do you prefer?

    A) Robbo + Vardy (4-4-2)
    B) VVD + KDB (4-5-1)

    1. Yankee Toffee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      a

    2. Super Jack Grealish
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      A

    3. HIT ME!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Thanks guys

  12. MANGE TOUT RODNEY
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Current tinker:

    Ryan

    Robertson - Digne - Zinchenko

    Salah (c) - KDB - Richarlison - Barkley

    Kane (v) - King - Wood

    Bench: Button; Dendoncker; A. Smith; Kelly

    1. TheSteel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I like Pope, but thats a great team

      1. MANGE TOUT RODNEY
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Yeah I am thinking about Pope/Heaton also.

    2. Dusty Donut
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Best team i've seen that doesn't contain Sterling. Was starting to feel quite happy with my own team until i saw this!

  13. TheSteel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Shoutout to FFS for the preseason tally for each team.

  14. Zladan
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Maybe I’m bias but I’d say United probably have the best defence in the league now. Back 5 is solid. The only weakness is having the right CM set up.

    DDG
    AWB Lindelöf Maguire Shaw

    1. Yankee Toffee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Matic, McTominay the weakness

      And Rojo started against AC Milano

    2. circusmonkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      You are biased but looking good. Got ddg.

  15. True Deadzoner
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Azpil at 6M last 3 seasons 178 175 158), thought?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Chelsea conceded a lot in preseason so far

    2. Klaren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      New manager could change things, Chelsea has been scoring and conceding a lot in pre-season so would wait on making a decision on him personally.

  16. adstomko
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    For GW1:
    A) Lucas Moura
    B) Ings

    1. Klaren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      A

    2. adstomko
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Oops, B) Fraser, not Ings

  17. Klaren
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Would appreciate any input for the team below. Thanks!

    Pope (Heaton)
    Robertson, VVD, Digne, Rico (Lundstram)
    Salah, Sterling, Perez, Moura (Dendoncker)
    Wilson, King (Wesley)

    1. Vimes (No Arsenal Players)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      There's the rotating 4m DEFs! It's risky but the reward is that the rest of the team looks great (although double BOU forwards seems like a risk)

      1. Klaren
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        I have 3 premium defenders, so I don't think it'd be a big issue even if they both get benched. I have Wesley who should hopefully be playing on the bench anyway.

        But 4m defenders who might potentially play was a factor in choosing them over a 4.5m striker for added flexibility as none of those seem likely to play.

  18. Vimes (No Arsenal Players)
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Please rtm. I hate to drop Kane but if I do, what do we think of this?
    Ederson (4m)
    Robbo VVD Coleman Dunk (Lundstram)
    Salah Sterling KDB Barkley McGinn
    Wilson (Wickam Greenwood)

    1. moz_1983
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Currently on Kane myself and feel uncomfortable every time I drop him. I reckon he'll have a stormer this season.

      1. RichieW
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Agreed might hit 30+ if he stays fit

    2. Klaren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I think it looks good.

      A few things to watch out for would be rotation threat for Barkley and Coleman (if Sidibe is signed).

  19. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Choose one

    Team A

    That looks nice

    Team B

    KERPOW

    1. TheSteel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      B easily, for me.

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      B

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Ty

        That’s where I’m headed I feel sure.

  20. moz_1983
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    1) Kane & Siggy
    2) Ings & Sterling

    1. Goodnight Kiwi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      1 because of Ings but I would try find a way to fit Sterling in

      1. moz_1983
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        I know, only way I can do it is either downgrading Kane (not keen on that) or getting rid of KDB. Having both KDB and Sterling is killing my team.

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      1

    3. The Man Pastore
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      1

  21. Crinix
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Hi,

    Thoughts on this rotation for first 3 gameweeks. Conceptually, rotating 5.0 priced players with home advantage.

    GW 1 : KWP vs Aston Villa (H)
    GW 2: Norwood vs Crystal (H)
    GW 3: KWP vs Newcastle (H)

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Aurier back in training so KWP will be lucky to get that NEW game.

      1. Crinix
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Mm...I guess Norwood can be first sub ...since he has a home game as well in gw3.

      2. Yankee Toffee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        ^

  22. Goodnight Kiwi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Had Digne most pre-season. Removed him, tinkered and now want him back:
    a. Fabianski, Dunk, King, Vardy
    or
    b. Pope, Digne, 6.5 (Jota/Wood), Wilson

    Thoughts and thanks

    1. Klaren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      B with Wood. Prefer every player in B to A tbh.

      Digne has looked quite dangerous against Werder Bremen in the last friendly and they've been doing well defensively anyway so I think he is a good choice.

      1. Goodnight Kiwi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Thanks mate

  23. _nod
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Any risk of rotation with palace keepers?

    1. moz_1983
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Don't think so, Guaita's sound.

      1. _nod
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Thanks!

  24. Drillo FC
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Hi everyone.

    Looking forward to a new season and hope you can provide me with some feedback on my team:

    Ryan

    Dunk - Ake - TAA - Zinchenko
    Salah - Bernardo S - Sterling - Perez
    King - Kane

    Bench: Button - Lundstam - Douglas Luiz - Greenwood
    O in the bank

    I will look to replace Ake after GW2 to a Chelsea defender

    Hope for some feedback

  25. Pad Randa
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Heavy hitters, hoy!

    Kepa (Button)
    Coleman - Matip - Dunk - Rico (Lundstram)
    Salah - Sterling - Barkley - McGinn (Donk)
    Auba - Kane (Greenwood)

    1. Yankee Toffee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      nice, Matip nailed? Could you get Stones/Zin over Dunk?

      1. Pad Randa
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Not sure about Matip, but I can just turn him into Zin or Stones...

        1. Yankee Toffee
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          downgrade Kepa as well?

  26. Cucuy
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Tear me up boys!

    Ederson - McGovern

    TAA - Robertson - Coleman - Diop - Rico

    Sterling - Salah - Sigudrsson - Zaha - Felipe Anderson

    King - Greenwood - Wickham

    1. Goodnight Kiwi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Get an avatar ya mug

      1. Cucuy
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Just deleted it lol got bored of seeing the same thing every time

    2. Yankee Toffee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      451?

      1. Cucuy
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Yes, i had two strikers but i figured there are a lot more and better options for 5th mid in that 6.5-7.0 range...

  27. Chelsea91
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Robbo,vvd,walker,digne,awb

      Good back five mate?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        About a good as it gets

        1. Chelsea91
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Mc ginn or Awb?

      2. pablo discobar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        GK Heaton/4 Mil
        DEF VVD, Digne, Wan Bis, Stones, Lundstram
        MID Salah, Siggy, Sterling, Barkley, Dendonker
        FWD Kane, Origi, Greenwood

        I could go Coleman over Digne and leave .5 in bank for Origi to Wesley (or another 6 -Murray) for GW2?

        Or just play 5 at the back with Lundstrum playing Palace in GW 2

        Alternative is Sterling to KDB and Origi to Wilson but really want Sterling.

        Thanks

        1. Yankee Toffee
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          IF Origi starts GW1 its on the wing where he is ineffective

      3. Krupinho
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Grateful for feedback

          Had VVD and Laporte but the lure of Sterling was too much, so had to make changes

          Pope
          TAA Zinc Digne
          Dend Salah Sterling Perez
          Jota Kane King

          Ryan Lundstram Diop Hayden

          1. Yankee Toffee
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Dend/Hayden rotation hurts

            1. Krupinho
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Hayden probably will hardly play, wad more thinking to rotate Dend and Lundstram / Diop

          2. chuckles26
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Heaton
            TAA AWB Zinchenko dunk
            Salah KDB siggy perez
            Wilson kane

            Thoughts?