Scout Notes

Palace and Everton reward defensive investment in 0-0 draw

Crystal Palace 0-0 Everton

Goals: None

Assists: None

Bonus Points: Yerry Mina x3 (£5.5m), Michael Keane x2 (£5.5m), Jordan Pickford x1 (£5.5m)

Crystal Palace and Everton played out a 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park that highlighted both sides’ serious need for a goalscoring forward in the 2019/20 Premier League campaign. 

However, it left Fantasy managers invested in the defences of each team delighted to get clean sheets at the first time of asking.

Gylfi Sigurdsson (£8.0m) had two excellent chances for Everton but couldn’t find the back of the net, disappointing the 14% of Fantasy maangers who trusted him with a spot in their Gameweek 1 sqauds.

Meanwhile, strong defending from Michael Keane (£5.5m) and his colleagues, as well as some smart stops from Jordan Pickford (£5.5m), kept Palace at bay to ensure the Merseysiders continued their strong defensive form from the end of the 2018/19 season.

That was welcome news for those who had been a little concerned about the value in Everton’s defence in light of Idrissa Gueye’s departure and Kurt Zouma (£5.0m) remaining at Chelsea.

Palace grew into the game and were helped by the introduction of Zaha

However, it must be said that Palace did spend the first 65 minutes without their talismanic forward player Wilfried Zaha (£7.0m) who missed pre-season due to involvement in the African Cup of Nations and reportedly handed in a transfer request towards the end of the summer window.

Selected by 19.8% of managers ahead of Gameweek 1, Zaha was omitted from the starting XI by Roy Hodgson, but came off the bench to a raucous ovation from the Selhurst faithful indicating the fans are both appreciative and understanding of the Ivorian’s situation despite reportedly trying to force a move to Everton.

“I only really saw him on Friday, basically, because I sent him home on Thursday and we didn’t train on Wednesday. But if you are asking me how was he yesterday, he was fine. And today in the dressing room, and in the game? He was excellent in the dressing room, and you could see what he did in the game. The fact is that the situation has been and gone. I am sure Wilf will now make certain he brings his straw to the water to help us have a good season, just like he has in the past two seasons [when I have been here].” – Roy Hodgson

Saturday’s fixture against Everton highlighted that in spite of the situation regarding Zaha and the question marks over his commitment to the club, this is a player with raw and unparalleled ability in Palace’s squad and someone who could make a serious attacking impact for the Eagles in 2019/20. It took him coming on to spark Palace into life.

“I thought he handled it very well. The crowd helped didn’t it, giving him such a great reception. It was nice to have him available. I thought the two front players did an exceptional job, but they were tiring, and it was good to have him to come on, and Connor Wickham too to help keep that momentum that we had going in the latter part of the game. It was never going to be easy to break them down, although I hoped that we might eventually.” – Roy Hodgson

Max Meyer (£5.5m) had a string of promising chance for Palace, but the German couldn’t find a clinical cutting-edge as Hodgson’s side laboured in vain.

Christian Benteke (£6.0m) also fired a number of blanks with the Belgian appearing to be still short of confidence and unlikely to shoulder responsibility for Palace’s goals this season. 

Richarlison and Everton’s attacking players are in need of some help, which Kean should bring them

It was a similar story for Everton who began the match without new signing Moise Keane (£7.0m) in the starting line-up, the striker having not been involved in any of the Toffees’ pre-season matches.

After arriving as a 69th-minute substitute for Dominic Calvert Lewin (£6.0m), he showed glimpses of quality that suggested the hype surrounding his switch from Juventus could be justified.

The Italian should play an important role for the Toffees this season but may need time to find his feet, as well as earning the trust of Fantasy managers with more proven options such as Sigurdsson and Richarlison (£8.0m) currently available.

Pickford’s defensive performance underlined his value to Fantasy managers with a first clean sheet of the season. The defensive quartet of Lucas Digne (£6.0m), Yerry Mina (£5.5m) Seamus Coleman (£5.5m) and Keane shielded the England international from Palace’s efforts in the second half and will have inspired confidence in their Fantasy owners ahead of Watford’s trip to Goodison Park in Gameweek 2. 

Everton could have some central midfield issues after Gomes (right) went off injured and Schneiderlin was shown a red card

However, an injury to Andre Gomes (£5.5m) is an area of potential concern for Everton’s central midfield options. He was replaced by new signing Jean-Philippe Gbamin (£5.0m) in the 45th minute.

Silva confirmed that the 26-year-old is set to be assessed in the coming days and admitted that Everton suffered when he had to come off.

“The moment the game changed was the injury to André Gomes. We hope it’s not serious. When I changed it with Jean-Philippe Gbamin he had some problems, which is normal he needs to adapt, and when you sign new players, young players they need time to adapt and it was one of the keys for us because we started losing easy balls during that second-half.” – Marco Silva

Furthermore, Everton are already down one option in central midfield after Morgan Schneiderlin‘s (£4.5m) red card in the second half. He was dismissed for a second bookable offence in the 76th minute and will miss that meeting with Watford next weekend.

“I didn’t see the first [booking]. But the referee gave the second. For me it was not, but Morgan should not react like he did, if you are playing with a yellow card, you have a risk.” – Marco Silva

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Lessons learned from Gameweek 1

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  1. De Gea Van Dijk. 10
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Billy Sharp mpg,gpg stats are second to none.

    1. Double Treble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      His name say it all... ~

      1. Make Arrows Green Again
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        They don't call him Billy for nothing

  2. In Moyes We Thrust #freeshi…
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Any fellow Kane owners feel like they got away with murder yesterday?

    Spurs were pretty awful until Eriksen came on, could have easily blanked on another day. I'm one of the few that managed to fit in Kane in my ML which means the rest of team looks pretty awful in comparison to others in the league. I'm writing off City away next week but eally relying on Spurs to create more chances for Kane in home games after that.

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Brace yourself .........

    2. Al Moon Yeah
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Makes you wonder why they'd wanna sell eriksen

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        They don't.

      2. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        He doesnt want to sign a new contract.

        1. Al Moon Yeah
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Oh okay.

    3. Tactical Focus
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      I only watched the last 20 minutes and it seemed like everytime he received the ball he was playing down the left-wing. But definitely felt jammy when he scored the 2 goals but we'll take it

      1. In Moyes We Thrust #freeshi…
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Will definitely take it. Can definitely see some red arrows when he blanks though as my ML rivals have their funds more evenly dispersed...

    4. yakirh
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      He basically got 2 goals from 2 good chances

    5. Respect My Authoritah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Spurs as a whole struggled in the first half. In the second they improved, and then went hell for leather when Eriksen came on.

      I don't think the game really showed anything new about Kane or Spurs. They've been doing this for a couple of seasons now.

      Playing as a 2, Kane isn't a great option. But when he plays alone with 2 wingers, he gets into better positions and will generally get 1 or 2 golden chances.

      I'd be wary of buying him as I think Pocc likes playing 2 up top with a diamond. If you own him, keep.

      1. In Moyes We Thrust #freeshi…
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        True, there were concerns of him playing deep for most of last year but he still ended up as joint top scorer. Good players find a way I guess.

        1. Respect My Authoritah
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          He didn't end up as join top scorer though!

          1. In Moyes We Thrust #freeshi…
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Ok for some reason I thought he was part of the tie at the top. A whopping 5 goals off whoops!

            1. Pipermaru
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              No wonder, he was injured and missed last 10 games

    6. Das Boot
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Yeah, I wasn't exactly brimming with confidence at half time. Thing is, he is more than capable of grabbing one or two next week as well such is the man. Lets be honest, putting him in from the start of the season was a risk in itself given his propensity to have an awful August so I am thankful for the good start.

      1. In Moyes We Thrust #freeshi…
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Yeah I guess part of why he has such a high price tag is that he can score out of nowhere or score a pen even when he/Spurs aren't playing their best.

    7. Pork Pie Sausage Roll
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      I felt like that at the time, but looking at the stats he is still head and shoulders above anyone else for shots this weekend.

    8. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      They were sluggish, but they've got Son and Lo Celso to come yet.

    9. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 2 days ago

      But you pick him for his habit of scoring. He did just that.

      He also “failed the eye test” for much of last season before he hit injured - still racked up 132 points in 22. It’s what he does.

      1. Berbinho's Forehead
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Very good point. He isn't as mobile as he was and he seemingly hinders those around him, but he'll score goals and that's all that matters in FPL.

        1. Hairy Potter
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Maybe he needs someone around him to do the running? Bobby Robson got the used the likes of Bellamy, Robert and Solano to make up for Shearer slowing down and told Shearer to concentrate on being up front for the chances.

    10. Business Cat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      A little.

      Even though he had a "bad season" last year, his rate of return was still up there with the Salahs and Agueros when he was on the pitch.

      I think he'll be fine.

    11. Blanka
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      I think Vardy plus 2 mill will outscore Kane.

      Can't see me wanting to ever not captain Salah or Sterling.

      1. jtreble
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        “... I think Vardy plus 2 mill will outscore Kane ...”. Agree. Hoping other value options, like Jimi last season, will also appear.

    12. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      As a non owner I wasn’t suprised at all by the outcome

      A. That he went 86 mins against a newly promoted team at home with an attacking return

      And

      B. That he finished the game with 13 points

      We know what Kane delivers - 35-40 attacking returns and 180--220 points depending on his fitness - he’s a very good player, but he’s just got even better competition for budgets in the form of Salah & Sterling who both operate on a different plane to him

      (Even Sterling’s PPG in his relatively quiet first 22 weeks of last year was much higher than Kane’s, and he finished the season 50 points clear of him despite missing every 6th game or so)

      It’s not Kane’s fault, but his game just isn’t as well rewarded by the points system

      Even Vardy today will likely go quite close to, if not exceeding him

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        *86 mins without an attacking return

      2. jtreble
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        “... It’s not Kane’s fault, but his game just isn’t as well rewarded by the points system ...”. Agree. FPL needs to tweak this.

        1. Lord Tachanka
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Only real way is to make Salah and Sterling Forwards, not saying I want it to happen but it’s the only way prem forwards become relevant again.

  3. Lacabacca
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Anybody knows why Guilbert was not included in the squad against Spurs?

    1. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Smith only wanted 2 defenders on bench and he didn't make it. Possibly ultra defensive picks and continuity for Spurs

      1. Lacabacca
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Ah so purely tactical reasons. Hope he features on the next one.

    2. ninja
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Im wondering that too. I went him over Montoya and it looks like I may regret it

    3. Business Cat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      I'd guess Elmo and Taylor are his defensive fullbacks, and he wheels out Guilbert and Targett when he wants to turn on the taps

      1. Kiwivillan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Yep. Smith specifically said he didn't make the bench as wanted 2 defenders and Konsa and Targett made the cut. Lots of pages on Villa forum about why get FB improvements and not play and no more Hourihane at DM

  4. The Casual One
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    are people with Lundstram playing him this week?

    1. Tactical Focus
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      He'll stay 1st on my bench I think

    2. NED KELLY
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      I'm not playing him like from all the talk pre season he's getting dropped soon as some players get back fit.. I hope he keeps his place like

    3. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Came off before the 60 though.

      1. Tcheco
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        He got 77 mins

      2. Respect My Authoritah
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Nah, he didn't

        1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          ok, just testing.
          Well done! 🙂

      3. The Casual One
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        he played 77 mins, and actually got a bonus

        1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Wow, that's it, I'll give him a punt actually.
          Like the look of Sheffield, most unorthodox.

        2. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          In fact how did they manage such a good defensive record when even the center backs bomb forward.
          Most bizarre, but I like it.

    4. Tcheco
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Yes instead of KWP

    5. MTPockets
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      no

    6. Blanka
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Yeah. Coming in for KWP for me!

  5. JohnRoss
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Zaha or Buendia?

    1. Respect My Authoritah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Zaha

    2. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Zaha definitely looked in the mood. Buendia still has horrendous fixtures to see off. Z.

      1. Respect My Authoritah
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Only City looks bad tbh. They'll score v Chelsea

    3. JohnRoss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Cheers guys. Zaha might be less risky but 1m more. Will have a think

  6. kime67
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    I have bmouth triple up. Too much and king out for jota?

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Hold on, Jota hasn't played yet.

    2. Tactical Focus
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      You picked 3 for a reason, you should stick with that reason 🙂
      I have triple Man United today, if they blank I have no doubts they'll still score heavy the following GW's

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        3 Man Utd, thats maverick. GL

        1. Tactical Focus
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Fingers crossed

          1. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            I'm on 85 with tripe Wolves to come. Don't spoil it JJD!

            1. Tactical Focus
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              Bloody hell! I hope you get the 100, that's class

              1. Andy_Social
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 2 days ago

                Yeh, so far my lowest scoring player is TAA with 5. Never started this hot but a tired Wolves attack could cost me.

  7. ninja
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    My original plan was to have kane for the Villa game then to Kane >Auba for Gw2. Don't know whether to keep Kane now though? Anyone else done this?

    1. The Overthinker - I blame R…
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      My plan is reverse of this.

      To keep auba for first two and then replace him with Kane from GW3 onwards

      1. ninja
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Kane Vs Villa was a must imo.

        1. The Overthinker - I blame R…
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          What's done cannot be undone.

        2. Respect My Authoritah
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Auba v Newcastle more of a must for me 🙂

    2. Sugar Kane
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 2 days ago

      They nearly got stumped by Villa, City are on another level, Auba is your best shout

  8. fusen
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    has anyone made a transfer yet and if so what's your FPL ID?

    Just trying to see if the API the website uses still shows the information publicly anywhere as it seems they have made an effort to completely hide it from other players

    1. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      You lost me. Why do you think the public FPL API would provide private transaction information?

      1. fusen
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        it wasn't the exact player names, but you were told how many, if any, transfers had been made and showed the live view of the bank value.

        1. Artemis Titans
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          It was on the desktop version, not the app.

        2. jtreble
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Interesting. I never saw this at all - the API is not well documented though. If I stumble across something in the new API that does this I’ll give you a shout.

    2. Darth Vardez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Was this true for last season? Seems like a big oversight

  9. Vitamin C
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Why Vert was off?

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Official reason is "tactical"

    2. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Somethings afoot there, I reckon.

      1. THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Either he’s leaving or he’s fallen out with Poch

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Look at his minutes last season. Its not as if he was nailed then.

          1. THFC4LIFE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Sure he was injured for a long period last season

    3. yousunkmybattleship
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Rested for City game

    4. Big Sum
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Nice avatar! Sehidis used to be a role model for me

    5. The Overthinker - I blame R…
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      I might just move to Zouma if he has fallen with poch

  10. boc610
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    I've seen what hell looks like and its Sky Sports allowing Carragher, Gary and Jamie conduct post match interviews with managers and players. The horror.....

  11. Tactical Focus
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    My Punt Miguel Almiron will score double digits today, don't forget this

    1. Greenbackbøøg…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      I wish you luck, tried him last year but it never worked out

      1. Tactical Focus
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        I've been seduced by his performances in Brazil over the summer, he was player of the tournament before Paraguay were knocked out

    2. The Overthinker - I blame R…
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      FM legend

  12. Steve Stiffler
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    How did Fraser look yesterday? Not a fan knee jerking but did he look like doing anything

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Looked ok, on set pieces and involved in most counter attacks. Bournemouth as a whole looked poor.

      1. Steve Stiffler
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Is the double up on them worth keeping, probably?

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Im sticking to my plan. Have to remember that these mid price players will blank probably around 40% of games even if they reach their expected PPG averages. Hard after such an uninspiring game though.

          1. Steve Stiffler
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Yeah I'm probably going to do the same just annoying spending 7.5m on him when you could get a budget mid thats performing better and upgrade elsewhere

    2. AMZ
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      All of the bournemouth attackers looked poor.

      They thrive on open games and space to run into. Sheffield defend well in numbers and were compact so they all struggled. I'd expect them to do a lot better against Villa.

  13. Gringo Kid
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Seems that Mount and Abraham will start for Chelsea today

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Nice, but where do you get that information?

      1. Gringo Kid
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Reliable source for Chelsea

        https://twitter.com/CarefreeYouth/status/1160489580535209984

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          I dropped Barkley from my GW1 side on Friday, so I'd enjoy the schadenfreude!

  14. Karan14
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    What would you do with Trossard ?

    Really wanted to save a FT going into GW2.
    Start him or sell him for someone like McGinn or Chelsea No 10?
    Could also start Lundstarm (CRY).

    1. BUZZBOMB
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      I'm holding until after GW2 at least. A downgrade of Wilson and/or a LIV def will give me options in there if he doesn't materialise as nailed going FWD.

      1. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        As mentioned below I can't see him starting this week?

    2. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Not a problem I have, but I can't see Potter changing a winning starting XI for next week.

      1. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Yeah I agree with this.

    3. Amey
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Start Trossard maybe ?
      I have him too. 2 FT + one more week information can help us to Mini WC in gw 3

      1. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        I agree.
        It's a tough position to be in with him.
        Can't see Brighton changing their starting 11.
        But we don't have much info to make a sensible move. I like Buendia & McGinn though.

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Yep
          Same here. Buendia looks good.
          McGinn is a CM so ....

    4. Marty McFly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      I have Moura, Trossard and Lundstram.

      At the moment, my feeing is to hold Trossard and do something like Moura > Martial / Chelsea asset, and have Lundstram as first sub.

      1. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        I wouldn't sell Moura just yet.
        Spurs can score against City and there's a chance he'll start against Newcastle GW3.

    5. Business Cat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Probably gonna have to shift unfortunately.

      I don't want non-nailedness in my 6m mid, the bench is too weak to be doing that.

      McGinn's the favourite, he was in most of my drafts before the deadline. Though will watch for Barkley today, or maybe Ceballos

      1. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        1 more week of info could be worth alot though.

    6. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      I would start him and stick to plan. Think he may get PL start being another home game. That’s what I am doing with Diop first on bench but another no show and time to get rid

  15. GoonerByron
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    What to do if you own Bilva?

    Ideally wouldn’t use a transfer GW1 but obviously too expensive to not be playing. I wouldn’t mind too much if I knew he’d get 0 points again as I’d just start Lundstrum.

    Should I just do Bilva -> Rich/Siggy?

    1. Greenbackbøøg…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Urgh Idk man, Everton attack doesn't inspire so I'm thinking of doing a double move after next gameweek, but he will have dropped in price by then which is annoying. All peps fault

      1. GoonerByron
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Just think Everton could hammer Watford based on yesterday, Rich against his old club too

      2. Misteak
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Pep's fault? I just don't see how anyone could pick Bilva and seriously expect solid FPL returns on a regular basis. He's a pure coverage pick.

    2. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Keep obviously.

      1. GoonerByron
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        And what if he doesn’t start and gets 10 mins 1 pointer?

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          What if he starts and scores a brace?

          1. GoonerByron
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            This is the problem with City roulette I suppose!

    3. Forza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Do you really think that a player of his quality will be benched twice in a row, with no fixture congestion? Stick to your guns.

      1. GoonerByron
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Just think Mahrez was on fire, why would you bench Bilva 1st game when he’s played all preseason?

        1. Forza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Because Pep did what he's been doing for 3 years now. A strange decision will be made next week, and Bilva could easily end up right behind the striker.

    4. Puncheon Guly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Suspect he'll start in place of mahrez against spurs. He's more tactically aware so more important against a better team

    5. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Surely you buy a City player in full knowledge of Peptation?

      1. GoonerByron
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        I’d need to take a hit to right my wrong and take Bilva + Robinson out to get Sterling in

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Sounds like you have made up your mind. Take the hit then.

        2. Marty McFly
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Or just wait a week until you have 2fts, more data and can make the change for free?

    6. Marty McFly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Just keep him.

      Mahrez gave the ball away a couple of times yesterday and took too many touches in possession.

      When you have silva in your team you’re effectively accepting he’ll start 4 out of 6, come of the bench in 1 out of 6 and not feature in 1 out of 6.

      His PPG means it doesn’t really matter as long as you have a playing first sub.

      1. GoonerByron
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Thanks! Think I’ll try and save the FT and see how it looks after the next GW 🙂

      2. Respect My Authoritah
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Bilva's PPG is rubbish

  16. jia you jia you
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Need to claw back some points today with 30.5 worth of investment to play!
    Without Sterling I'd be sitting on 18 points!

    1. Business Cat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      18pts!? Proper horrowshow

      1. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Heaton, Robertson, Fraser, King all blanking didnt help matters

        1. Business Cat
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Did you not get any CSs to top it up?

          Even I (Sterlingless as I am) pulled in an Everton and Brighton CS to make it less bad. (would've been 3 if Cahill turned out for Palace :-))

          1. jia you jia you
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Digne 6 points and Bobby 5 made up the deficit. But young Raheem certainly pulled it out of the bag for me 🙂

    2. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Wow

    3. Amey
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 2 days ago

      GL champ 🙂

      1. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Cheers Amey, hows your GW going?

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Okay ish
          70 with Vardy Jota to go.
          Have some players that are apparently not first choice so bit worried (Trossard, Guilbert) atm.

          This is the first time I'm playing seriously from start, is it always this competitive every season 😮 ??

          70 points have me 750k + !!

          1. La Roja
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            I have 79 and I’m 245k so I wouldn’t read too much into OR first GW. Small margins

            1. Amey
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 2 days ago

              Wow. 9 points makes 500k difference !!
              Cheers mate

          2. jia you jia you
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            I nailed GW1 last season with 100 points, not so much this season, but no need to worry about OR this early in the game mate.

            1. Amey
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 2 days ago

              Thank you for advice 🙂

          3. GloryManUnited
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Pretty sure I remember you saying last year was your first year “really giving it a go.”

            Cringe-worthy

    4. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      I bombed out on the BB too, not so much Shergar, but heading towards a selling handicap hurdle at Plumpton. 😆

      1. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Haha, I backed out of BB last minute, taking out VVD and Pope in the process

        1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Oooof! Onwards and upwards. 🙂

  17. The Mandalorian
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    FFFx app isn’t showing latest transfers in price predictions.

  18. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Buendia everyone.
    Hope you all had a fruitful start to the weekend.

    1. dmkp
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      He looks a like a real talent

    2. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Where does he fit into their formation?

      I’m eyeing up a Norwich attacker this week and was going with Pukki.

      Tell me more 🙂 ?

      1. Berbinho's Forehead
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        He played RM at Anfield. Very good set pieces, likes a through ball and seemingly not afraid to shoot. I do think he might be better off in the 10, but that's the first time I ever saw him play. Not many teams and players have impressed at Anfield in the past 2 seasons, but Norwich and Buendia definitely did.

        1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Cheers Berbs.

          I actually watched the game, but my mind was in the clouds when Salah assisted a Virgil goal 😆

    3. Amey
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Hello mate.
      6m Midfielder is one of the most searched entity i guess 😀

    4. Athletic Nasherbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Been singing his praises on the site all pre-season. He’s in my team and comes in for a Bilva no show.

      1. Athletic Nasherbo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Prem quality undoubtedly and at such a young age.

  19. tsintisin
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Good to save ft with this team? 0.0 itb

    Ryan
    TAA Robertson Aarons
    Salah Sterling Siggy Martial Perez
    Wesley Wilson

    Button Lundstram Rico Greenwood

    1. Business Cat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      I'd sit tight on that for a week.

      Then look to address Wesley and Wilson ahead of GW3

    2. Marty McFly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Baring injuries, you’re absolutely G2g!

  20. as33
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Best 5m mid?

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 2 days ago

      None

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 2 days ago

        At present 🙂

    2. Marty McFly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Any 4.5 + 0.5ITB.

  21. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Tell me snout the assist magnet week 1 Pieters?
    Could he be the next Doherty?

    1. Marty McFly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      No.

      Looking at his stats from his time at Stoke it’s doubtful.

      He got 2 assists from 2 chances created yesterday.

  22. Gazza2000
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Does not look good for Guilbert owners like me 🙁
    Elmo first choice it seems.

    Dean Smith says Guilbert omission purely down to numbers. Wanted two defenders, two midfielders and two forwards on the bench. Konsa and Targett got the nod.

    https://twitter.com/mjmarr_star/status/1160278407697063937?s=21

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Phew. Took him out of Friday - dodged a bullet there.

    2. Respect My Authoritah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      That makes Elmo a potential pick then - I'd prefer him over Guillbert for FPL anyway

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Sure they won't be rotated though?

  23. Misteak
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Would it be crazy to start Lundstram over Zinchenko next week?

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      No, I'm doing it, he created a few big chances yesterday to.

    2. Respect My Authoritah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Not crazy, no. Zinchenko will rarely get more than 6 so there's little risk there. I wouldn't do it though

    3. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Yep. Crazy.

    4. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Yea

  24. QUEN
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 2 days ago

    To anyone having issue with the app showing points - I reinstalled the app and it’s working now

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Thanks for the heads up - I couldn't sign in, but I've uninstalled/reinstalled and all is good! 🙂

  25. manu4life99
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Worth saving FT?

    Heaton
    VVD TAA Digne Montoya
    Salah Sterling Perez Moura
    Wilson King

    Pope,Greenwood,KWP,Dend

  26. Bubz
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Jesus, thought my 77 points so far would be better than 324k. Bloody Kane and his jammy brace

    1. Jafalad
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Same score. Who do you have left?

      1. Bubz
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Martial and Jota. U?

        1. Jafalad
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Vardy and Perez. I'm already thinking of of doing something like: Moura -> McGinn and Vardy->Kane.

          1. Bubz
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Im not too bothered about getting Kane, he looked poor for 99% of the game.

            Vardy should do well today

            1. La Roja
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              “He looked poor for 99% of the game”

              Yet, he ended up with 13 pts.

              I wonder what would happen if he plays “ok”

              1. Bubz
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 2 days ago

                He got very lucky you can’t deny that

                1. La Roja
                  • 7 Years
                  4 months, 2 days ago

                  Have you actually seen his finishing yesterday? Absolute world class

    2. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Be prepared for a Jimenez hat trick so all of the casuals are rewarded

      1. Bubz
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Yeah 🙁

    3. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      I don't have Kane and I'm 85K 😉

      1. Bubz
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Sterling cap?

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Not even that!

    4. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 2 days ago

      74 with 2 to go for me. Chuffed with that to be honest. Not really concerned with OR this early.

    5. Business Cat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      The 2nd goal was a quality finish...hardly jammy

  27. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Here’s my team:
    Pope
    Montoya,Coleman,TAA,VVD
    Salah,Sterling,Perez,KDB
    Wilson,King

    Button,Dendoncker,Greenwood,Lundstram

    Should I just save the transfer? I can’t see any obvious changes

    1. Jafalad
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Save. I guess the issue is going to be including Kane at some point.

      1. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        With 2 FTs I can do KDB to a 6.5 then Wilson to Kane.

    2. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Yes. Are you the same Chicken Tikka Mo Salah as the one I am playing tonight in Trophy Manager™? If so, hello! 😀

      1. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Nope, must be a different one mate!

        1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Oh, well. Never mind. 🙂

  28. Jafalad
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    How are Vardy owners feeling?

  29. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    All enjoying your Sunday whinge? Crikey. 😐

    1. Jafalad
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Go back to bed. Plenty to whinge about after the rugby last night. 😥

      1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Yeah. Sos. 😀

    2. Berbinho's Forehead
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      I'm just glad to have the football and FPL back. Moaning about rank, missed opportunities and transfers in GW1 shows a lack of experience. 🙂

      1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Well, we have experience ... 😆

  30. FC Bama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Murray owner here. Tough day at the office for the old guy. Should I stick with him for another match?

    Advice appreciated

    1. Respect My Authoritah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Yeah