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. TheSteel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Zinchenko could leave you with no City CS points very early on.

    1. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Think Stones might be a safer bet.

      1. Klaren
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Not sure if he is nailed either, Otamendi could start alongside Laporte.

    2. Yankee Toffee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      gone Stones

  2. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Wish Kean and Pepe were starting, would have them for Robinson and Auba then..

    1. DIMITRIS
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I think Kean will start

    2. sirmorbach
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I too think Kean will start, but I'm not sure regading GW1. If I knew it for sure, he would be straight into my team

      1. The Train Driver
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Both are starters, question is will they start gw1, really doubt on both...

        1. DIMITRIS
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 12 days ago

          I have him in my team. But I could swap him and Martial for Perez and Rashfrod. Should I go for it?

  3. bluee
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Gonna finish #1 this season. If you disagree please let me know below 🙂

    Heaton / Button
    Robertson / Van Dijk / Digne / Zinchenko / Rico
    Salah / Sterling / Moura / Perez / Dendoncker
    Wilson / Wood / Greenwood

    1. HIT ME!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Yep it's good

    2. Yankee Toffee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      #1 of what?

      1. bluee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Overall of course

    3. poulteren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      greenwood wont get any game time

      same with rico...correct me if i'm wrong?

      1. bluee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Good job I hate having bench points haha

    4. yakirh
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      This is my team but Im not sure about Wood

  4. tissae
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Do we stick with Laporte or swap him out?

    1. TheSteel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I swapped for Walker. The amount if goals he scored last season will prove and anomaly

      1. TheSteel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Prove and*

        1. TheSteel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Oh wow, prove AN*

      2. Whazza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Watch out, the potential new right-back cancelos the Walker plan

    2. sirmorbach
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Currently on him, but a serious concern for me. Already thinking of back up plans

  5. RUUD!
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Best 4.5 playing defender?

    1. circusmonkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Diop

    2. Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Montoya playing wing-back in pre season

    3. Fire Chief Moe
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Fredericks

      1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Seems a bit of an injury risk unfortunately

  6. DAZZ
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Crazy that Trent only got 23 less points than VVD last season with 900 less minutes. That’s convinced me to keep him, instead of the swap down. I think Gomez is a threat to Matip more so than TAA

  7. TheBallersClub
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Wan Bissaka or Harry Maguire ?

    1. TheSteel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      AWB for bonus hoovering

    2. VAR Star
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Obi Wan for me

    3. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      AWB looks like he will get a lot of BPS - still the clearance, tackle and interception king

      Maguire for goal threat

      1. Four Hit Wonder
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Needs to get a CS to get baps though.

        1. Avo24
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          last year AWB get 3 BPS without cs, assist or goal.

    4. AuFeld
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I wouldn't rule out Shaw with his goal threat.

  8. Fire Chief Moe
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Which 3 should I go for, currently on B.

    A) Fredericks, VVD, KDB
    B) Digne, Robbo, Fraser

    1. JAMO97
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      What’s rest of team? Very close

      1. Fire Chief Moe
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Pope
        Digne(Fredericks), Robbo(VVD), Zinchenko, TAA
        KBD(Fraser), Salah, Sterling, Perez
        Wilson, Jota

        1. JAMO97
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 12 days ago

          A but Diop more nailed, my team very similar

    2. Super Jack Grealish
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      B

    3. Steiger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      B

  9. Wings Fan
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Anyone else starting with Kane?

    1. VAR Star
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Seen him in more than few teams.

    2. moz_1983
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Yep

    3. #FPLBhuna
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I + moura

  10. Jacky boy
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Ricooooooooooooooooooo

    (Warming up and getting ready for new season)

    1. poulteren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      will rico play?

      1. Jacky boy
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        It's a risk I'm taking. He played with first team last friendly while daniels played with 2nd team

        1. poulteren
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          i'll take that risk too then!

  11. El Puqi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Salah & KWP or Kane & Robbo?

    1. JAMO97
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Kane and Robbie but would rather Salah and another 5.0

      1. El Puqi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Who then? But cheers.

        1. JAMO97
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Tough use two 4.5 defenders a possibility?

  12. Internal Error
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Imagine owning King when Wilson and Fraser get all the points. Been there before. Never again

    1. TheSteel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Hes priced accordingly.

    2. Dusty Donut
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Me too! Kings getting nowhere near my team this year!

  13. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Any better rotation of 4.5 m defenders with attacking threat than

    Taylor (Burnley) and Targett/Guilbert (Villa)

    Which Villa player is best option from 2 above?

    1. Super Jack Grealish
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Targett should have more assist potential but Guilbert has looked better in preseason

  14. Karan14
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Deeney (BHA, eve, WHU, new)
    or
    Wood (SOU, ars, wol, LIV)

    1. Dusty Donut
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Wood

    2. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Wood

  15. Head Honcho
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Ryan
    Robertson Zinchencko Dunk Lundstram/Kelly
    Salah KDB Sterling Moura
    Firminho Jota

    Weak at the back, worth it?
    3 Liverpool
    3 City
    Moura as Alli out
    Jota in form

  16. RichardNixon
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    So Liverpool has scored 27 goals in their last seven games v Norwich, going back to 2012.............

    1. Horlicks esq.
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Suarez has most of them.

      1. RichardNixon
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Ha! Indeed!! Including some absolute belters!! Firmino got two last time they played as well as an assist

    2. VAR Star
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      3-1

    3. RichardNixon
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      and in the last four games between Brighton and Watford, Brighton have kept three clean sheets

    4. Yankee Toffee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Salah TC

    5. RichardNixon
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      and Everton has kept three clean sheets in the last five games v Palace

    6. RichardNixon
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Man City has scored 27 goals in their last 8 games v West Ham, and conceded 4 (with 4 clean sheets).

      In the last 4 games away at West Ham, City has scored 17 goals...........

    7. RichardNixon
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Last one:

      Arsenal has scored 8 goals in their last 6 games v Newcastle, but kept 4 clean sheets in these games

  17. Horlicks esq.
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Start with:
    a) Barkley (aw UTD)
    b) Wesley (aw SPR)
    c) Digne (aw PAL)
    d) Jota (aw LEI)
    e) WB (h CHE)

    Ederson

    TAA VVD KWP

    Perez KDB Salah (c) Barkley

    Wesley Wilson Jota

    Subs: Heaton, Digne, WB, Dendonker

    1. VAR Star
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      AWB

      1. Horlicks esq.
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        for who? a 4.4.2?

    2. Dusty Donut
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Digne

    3. PeteMorr
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      C, but don’t really understand such a heavy bench

    4. poulteren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      will wesley start?

    5. Horlicks esq.
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Cheers guys.

      Some good thoughts, ta.

  18. The Mighty One
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Anyone running an FPL Draft and need another foe to join? I will be dedicated, so just drop a note with a specific day & time for a draft. Cheers.

  19. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    What do you think of this?

    Ederson (Button)
    Taa, vvd, Robertson, digne (hopefully Gibson)
    Sterling, kdb, fraser, Zaha, tielemans
    Wilson, (greenwood, fodder)

    1. Horlicks esq.
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Palace look awful.
      No Liverpool attack.
      Double city midfield is expensive.
      Forwards are meh.

      1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Well the Liverpool defence are way better value.
        Wilson will be fine for a couple of games. May switch him after that to haller or vardy if I can afford

        1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 12 days ago

          I don't understand double city looking expensive when you want a Liverpool attacker though?

    2. RightMeow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Zaha ain't played a single minute this pre-season

    3. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Thanks both. Probably need to review Zaha. Might go lucas until someone else presents themselves.

  20. RightMeow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Been on Deulofeu for a few weeks. Now as he missed 2 last games I have a huge concern over him in particular and all Watford attack in general.

    What y'all think?

    1. TheSteel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      He’s injured. I would avoid off the start

      1. RightMeow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Thanks, mate!

    2. Horlicks esq.
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Hes apparently going to make Saturday. But comes without final game minutes. Silva said, 'He should be ok, he trains on Tuesday, so I think he will be ok.

  21. Vimes (No Arsenal Players)
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Still a few gaps here, but what do we think of only playing one LIV DEF? Also, is Gomez worth a punt to cover?

    4.5m (4m)
    Robbo 5.5m Dunk Ake (Lundstram)
    Salah Sterling KDB Barkley McGinn
    Kane (Wickam Greenwood)

    1. Boris Bodega
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      No arsenal 😉

      1. Vimes (No Arsenal Players)
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Never!

    2. JAMO97
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      One Pool defender I think is fine, leaves another attacking spot as well

    3. Boris Bodega
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I only have Robertson, and i think that's fine. Still to be proven that their defence will be as solid from the off this season.

  22. Andersmandrake
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Hi all, looking for a RMT please:

    Heaton / Pope
    TAA / VVD / Coleman / Zinchenko / Lundstram
    Salah / Sterling / Siggy / Perez / Dendoncker
    King / Murray / Ings

    0.5m ITB - Any changes, or GTG

  23. bejzu
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Is king nailed?

  24. JAMO97
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Though please.
    Heaton
    Robbo, Digne, Vertonghen, Taylor
    Salah, Sterling, KDB, Perez
    Wilson, Jota
    Stekenlenburg, Dendoncker, Nketiah, Diop

    Worth Vertonghen to Zinchenko, to me it seems a transfer waiting to happen and better Spurs fixtures opening few.

    1. TheSteel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Dont like Jota. Bad fixtures, potential reverse OOP and Europa League this season

      1. JAMO97
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Yeh Wolves do seem to do well in tougher games though, not sure there are many other options though. I do like Che Adams but may drop Vertonghen and go 343

  25. adstomko
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    King or Pérez?

    1. JAMO97
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Perez

  26. Across
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Arsenal with a 60mil euro offer rejected by Lipsk for Upamecano (100m release clause). It looks like a top-class CB is going to move to London soon.

    1. Boris Bodega
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Arsenal bidding for an actual defender? Can't be true

      1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Boris Johnson lecturing on truth 🙂

    2. Klaren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      They are probably trying to pay in installments again, that makes transfers more difficult.

      1. Boris Bodega
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Yes but it's working well so far, I think Arsenal's had one of the best windows so far.

      2. Andrew
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I thought most large transfers were paid in instalments, the obsession with Arsenal paying in instalments is all media driven, Barca are still paying for Coutinho, and do you think Liverpool paid £75m in one go for VVD??

  27. #FPLBhuna
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Going a bit different with my team than most I've seen

    Rico the one concern but I'm willing to roll the dice on this one

    Thoughts?

    heaton
    vvd - awb - zinchenko - rico
    salah(c) - sterling - fraser - moura - perez
    kane

    button - greenwood - lundstram - wickham

    1. AuFeld
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Rico is a push. I would downgrade Perez (poor fixtures) to a €5.5m (eg McGinn) and upgrade Rico to KWP. Lone striker without a back-up is risky.

  28. BlueEddy
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Millionth draft. Would appreciate some thoughts on this team
    Kepa (Button)
    Coleman, VVD, Ake (Lundstram, Rico)
    Sterling, Salah, KDB, Perez, Moura
    Jota, King, (Greenwood)

    Am I sacrificing too much up from with a strong midfield? Maybe I should do KDB to Barkley, King to Wilson and Greenwood to Woods.

    Any thoughts? Cheers

    1. Boris Bodega
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Personally I would like a bit more up front, but it's a strong midfield.

      1. BlueEddy
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Sacrifice KDB? There could be more points potential that way. Jota, Wilson and Woods up front?

    2. poulteren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      you are effectively playing the game with 12 players.

      Rico and Greenwood wont start / play.

      Any injuries or red cards / bans and you;r in trouble.

      1. TONY123
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Having a playing bench is overrated.

        1. BlueEddy
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          I've never had a playing bench....maybe that's what is wrong!!!

      2. BlueEddy
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Any love for the new West Ham striker? Haller...

  29. joeleenus
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    RMT please! Any advice/suggestions greatly appreciated.

    Ryan (Heaton)
    van Dijk - Zincenko - Coleman (Kelly - Dunk)
    Perez - Zaha - Moira - Salah (C) (Dendocker)
    Kane (V) - King - Firminio

    Many thanks!

    1. royals forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Good team but will Firmino play the first game

      1. Fire Chief Moe
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Don't see why not, he started yesterday.

    2. BlueEddy
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      No City attacking players? Zaha hasn't played pre season and Kane normally has a terrible August

  30. royals forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Is any body interested in Kean at 7m

    1. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Wait and see, I'd say

    2. Pedersen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Just came here to ask same question... Just 0.5m too expensive for straight swap 🙁

    3. DIMITRIS
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I got him. But now I'm nervous whwther he will start GW1 ...

      1. DIMITRIS
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Whether*