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. SHOWSTOPPERRR
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Out of 10 pls ..no decimal places needed... just round it those figures

    Pope button
    Robbo awb digne target lund
    Salah sterling Perez Barkley robinson
    Auba king greenwood

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      10 - that's pretty much my team

    2. tyron
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      confident about robinson?

      1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Yeah.Need to take some punts right..mcginn also there..so yeah either f them..villa fixtures also seems to be nice after gw1..

    3. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      7.22

    4. Boris Bodega
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      8

    5. CelticBhoy1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      8

    6. Studini
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      That's my exact team aside from Heaton for Pope and Hanley for Targett!

      Solid 10.

  2. cravencottage
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    8

    1. cravencottage
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Reply fail. Meant for above

      1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 16 days ago

        It's OK bro

    2. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      8

    3. Jarvish
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Fulham's away points last season?

  3. Differential (c)
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    The Kean in Moise Keane is pronounced like

    A)The Kean in Keanu Reaves
    B)The Kean in Robbie Keane

    I honestly don't know, I've heard both.

    1. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      moise keanu

    2. HIT ME!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      B i think

    3. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I've heard "ken" as well.

      1. Differential (c)
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Cheers!

    4. xiMoxiee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      If the old Everton manager stayed the headlines would read Moyes keen for Kean Moise

  4. tyron
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    duffy or holebas?

    1. Differential (c)
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Duffy, but only just.

      1. tyron
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        same dilemma here

  5. firetog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    "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.
    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)."

    I notice David has a tendency to refer to players by some attribute other than their name. Which is ok if you know the player's previous club, nationality or whatever it is that they being referred to as. However, not all of us know the history of these players, so we're left wondering who the hell it is that he's referring to. In the above quote someone is a "former Barcelona man". but I have no clue who he's referring to.

    David, If you're going to refer to players by cryptic definitions, please at least put the players name in brackets afterward.

    1. HIT ME!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Guessing its Pedro but I agree

    2. Dthinger
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Yeah, that confused me too. I suspect he re-arranged the paragraphs and didnt proof-read properly because he's surely referring to Pedro, mentioned in the next line.

  6. Teoninja
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    What about Lanzini?

    1. cravencottage
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Think he is a good choice. Lots of WH prospects ( Haller, Fornals) and easy to switch at his price

    2. Super Saints
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Could e great after GW1

    3. VAR Star
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      He’s a nice price, but I’m wait and see

    4. CelticBhoy1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Is he nailed? Also v injury prone

      1. cravencottage
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Nailed for now. May not be a long term hold

  7. Super Saints
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Safest team to start the season with? 0.5 ITB.

    Pope
    Robbo VVD Digne Zinchenko
    Salah Sterling Moura Perez
    Wilson Wesley
    Heaton Dendonker Lundstram Greenwood

    1. HIT ME!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Wood over Wesley is safer

    2. tyron
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      love it very similar to mine ive gone with holebas/duffy instead of zinchenko. heaton instead of pope and king instead of wesley.. 1.0 in the bank though. been contemplating moura to fraser and king to another 6.5 just not sure.. worried abt moura

  8. jsd202
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Who will be pairing VVD GW 1? Gomez or Matip? Keen to see what the 5.5m route into Liverpool's def is!

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      you might just find out a minute before deadline with a leaked line up. 60-40 Gomez I would say

      1. jsd202
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Yeah I'm thinking Gomez after he started Sunday but does Matip scoring change things/he played there more last season? Where do you look for leaked line-ups? This is definitely something I've not seen before. Aware with this game being Friday night there is the potential to get in there quick.

    2. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      was very confident about matip all preseason but now not so sure

    3. roflbeard
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I can't believe Matip is in doubt but it really is a wait and see job. Could get a glimpse before the deadline if you wanted to make plans around that

  9. ThisPostsOnFire
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Finally - A 3 def team that I can live with (Assuming Dunk to Leicester)

    Pope

    VVD, Zinc, Dunk

    Salah, Sterling, De Bruyne, Martial, Barkley

    Wilson, Jota

    (Button, Taylor, Lund, Nketiah)

    Plans for Barkley/Zinc Rotation threat:

    Barkley > McGinn

    Zinc > AWB

  10. DAZZ
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    So which Liverpool defensive double up are you going with? Or are you just going for 1?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      TAA and VVD

    2. HIT ME!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Current draft just one, VVD

      1. VAR Star
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        This

    3. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      was going to do matip and taa but reconsidering matip now. hard to find the 1.5 to get robbo though

    4. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      TAA + Robbo

  11. Horlicks esq.
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    A) Dendonker & Wilson
    B) Barkley & King

    1. Balonglong
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      B. Both on pens possibly

    2. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      bbb

  12. Balonglong
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    RMT pls

    Ryan,Heaton
    Robbo, Digne, KWP, Lundstram, Kelly
    Salah, Sterling, Siggy, Ibe, Dendocker
    Kane, King, Origi

    May do Siggy -> KDB if budget permits

    1. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      siggy good, kwp bad

  13. JustPark
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Andre Gray doesn't get a lot of mention. Scored quite a few in preseason though.

    1. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      not even likely to start

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Hes nailed to start and its his place to lose. Just people on here are crazy about Deulofeu for some reason who has hardly featured.

    2. Jarvish
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Did well end of last season too. May well get thrown on for Deulo when he has an inevitable crap game.

  14. EMBOLOFAN
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 16 days ago

    think a lot of the negativity over everton preseason is misplaced. cant read too much into it (liverpool likewise). gueye/zouma departure doesnt impact siggy or rich, and this feels like a make or break season for the latter

  15. CAPTAIN_WALES
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    I see quite a few people talking about Wan-Bissaka being a BAPs magnet and will be "hooving up all those BAPs" at United this year, but do we really think that will be the case or just blind faith with our previous years FPL bargain that we loved?

    He got 18 bonus points last year, 1 more than PVA. He was playing for a team were almost half of their teams total goals came from 2 players (Mili and Zaha), whereas at United the goals will be more spread across numerous players.

    Based on this do we think that a few tackles, interceptions and runs down the wing will lead to him getting bonus points (because lets face it he isn't going to turn into TAA or Robbo with assists every other game)... so if you did want to go for a United defender would it not be better to go for Slab-Head so you get some goal threat?

    1. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      remember seeing an interview last season with a palace player (dont recall who) who said awb had been expecting to get forward more and add assists. perhaps we’ll see this at united.

    2. roflbeard
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      His attacking returns remain to be seen but would avoid. Looks nice to have a shiny, new Man U defender in but more disappointment awaits this season.

    3. Horlicks esq.
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Watch his highlights in pre season. He craves the ball. this will send his BPS score through the roof. United are that fine balance between threat and weakness.

      Its perfect for him. They will be on the back foot as much as they will be on the front.

      He will be busy.

    4. Gregg Wallace
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      My gut feeling is that if United can keep clean sheets again he will be immense. He will be the first defender to get BAPs and should attack a lot more this year.
      Still can't bring myself to go with him yet though

    5. CAPTAIN_WALES
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Thanks for your feedback guys, good food for thought!

  16. TheSteel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    I think this is the ideal midfield

    Sterling Salah KDB Perez Barkely

    1. Heskey Time
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      that's my midfield currently

      1. TheSteel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Post the rest of your team. Whose your cheap cheap forward?

        1. Heskey Time
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          pope
          VVD, Digne, Zinc
          Midfield above
          Wilson, jota

          Currently trying to decide between VVD and Jota or ings and TAA/Robertson

          1. TheSteel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Jota bad fixtures, potential reverse OOP and Europa League

            1. Heskey Time
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              He also scored a hattrick in the game against Leicester last year

    2. Gregg Wallace
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I think I prefer Trossard to Barkley but yes that is ideal

    3. JustPark
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Bilva instead of KDB. Rest same as mine.

    4. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      kdb trap

      1. roflbeard
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        meaning

    5. antis0cial
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      That’s my midfield at present but only 1 up top, king.

  17. SPFC
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Thoughts?

    Gunn Heaton
    Robertson Coleman Holebas Montoya Lundstram
    Salah Sterling Perez Robinson Dendocker
    Kane King Murray

  18. CelticBhoy1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Please RMT out of 10, thanks

    Heaton
    VVD AWB Robbo Zin
    Salah(c) Perez Sterling Barkley
    King Vardy

    Subs: Button McGinn Catchart Greenwood

    1. VAR Star
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Safe and template = 8.5

      1. CelticBhoy1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Figured I'll start templatey then deviate, given previous poor starts

    2. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      cant go too far wrong here but heaton wouldnt be my choice

  19. Gregg Wallace
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    A) KDB, Zinchenko, Wesley
    B) Martial, Robertson, Wood

  20. VAR Star
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Best 7.5m/8m midfield option for a team that already has Salah, Sterling and Vardy:

    Fraser
    Martial
    Bilva
    Dilva
    Siggy
    Richarlison
    Someone else in the same price bracket?

    1. Link
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I like Fraser and Richarlison of those. Can't decide between the pair myself

    2. luke
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Maura

    3. Gregg Wallace
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Martial

    4. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      sig / richa

    5. aspilcueta
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Martial / Fraser. Depends on which team you want representation from.

    6. Captain Roberto
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Martial

  21. Four Hit Wonder
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Fraser yes or no?

    He was a member of almost all my drafts, looks like a bargain if he'll get 180 pts for 7.5m, but now I'm not so sure.

    1. Heskey Time
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      yes. can always switch fraser to martial week 3 too.

    2. HIT ME!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      How come you changed your mind?

      1. Four Hit Wonder
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Don't know. Lots of other good options.

    3. Link
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Looks ideal to switch to a Chelsea mid in 3 or 4 too

    4. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      no hes a vile little midget

      1. Captain Roberto
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Never stopped Suarez

  22. Heskey Time
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    A) Ings and TAA/Robertson
    B) Jota and VVD

    Think I already know the answer but could use some persuasion and outside views

    1. Gregg Wallace
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      A)
      I like Wesley or Murray over Ings

    2. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      a all day long

  23. J to the T
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Good to go?

    Lloris
    Robbo Coleman AWB Walker
    Salah Sterling Moura Perez
    Rashford King

    Button - Lundstram - Dendoncker - 4.5 FWD

  24. bejzu
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Lundstram nailed?

    1. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      If you have to ask....

    2. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      no

    3. roflbeard
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      seems it

  25. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Mike Dean will surely make himself centre of attention with his new VAR toy at the weekend.

    1. TheSteel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Which match is he reffing?

      1. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Hammers v city

        1. TheSteel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Kun (TC) nailed

        2. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Haller penalty goal incoming to wipe out Ederson owner's hopes and dreams

      2. jomikijiq
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        West Ham - Man City

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      What game is he on?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        hmmm - with no Aguero will be interesting to see who is on pens

        1. aspilcueta
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Gundogan...?

          1. Ask Yourself
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Won’t start. Jesus/Aguero or Bilva

  26. gaurava1216
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Hi all- Last season OR 2,105 and 2 x top 10K finishes with 4 x top 50k finishes i thought i would start an instagram account to help anyone who wanted advice. ( Not to say i know it all :)) Doing it purely for fun and for the love of Fantasy- so hope i don't get punished on here for putting this post up..
    Instagram; mr_fantasyfootball

    1. Jarvish
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Nice humble username you've picked 😉

      1. gaurava1216
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        catchy 🙂

  27. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Which team do you prefer?

    Pope,
    Dunk, Coleman, VVD, Zinchenko,
    Barkley, Salah, Sterling, Perez,
    Kane, Wilson,

    Button, Dedoncker, Rico, Greenwood

    Pope,
    Virgil, Trent, Digne, Guilbert
    Perez, Fraser/Moura, Sterling, Salah
    Wilson, Jota/Wesley

    Button, McGinn, Dunk, Greenwood

    1. Andrew
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      A.

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Cheers, bench is very thin but lots of explosive players, second team is the safer option?

  28. Flynny
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Hi....can I please have advice on best option here?.... thanks

    Pope button
    robbo vvd xxx zinchenko rico
    Salah sterling xxx perez dendonk
    Xxxx deeney Greenwood

    A..... digne, kdb king

    B..... digne fraser wilson

    C.. 4.5m def, kdb, wesley

  29. Vitamin C
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Do we know the refs of GW1?

    1. Jarvish
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Will be interesting to see if refs matter as much year now we have RoboRef 3000.

      1. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Fpl-wise maybe less. Bad ones will still know how to ruin a game.

  30. SantaCruz87
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Thoughts on Otamendi being a regular this year?

    1. aspilcueta
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      This is a golden question. Was wondering this myself. I still think Stones will get the nod ahead of him. But I love Otamendi it kills me to see him not playing 😛