Scout Notes

Watford inadequacies help Brighton to Gameweek 1 win

Watford 0-3 Brighton

Goals: Florin Andone (£5.0m), Neal Maupay (£6.0m)

Own Goals: Abdoulaye Doucouré (£6.0m)

Assists: Pascal Groß (£6.5m), Davy Pröpper (£5.0m), Lewis Dunk (£4.5m)

Bonus Points: Dunk, Mat Ryan x2 (£4.5m), Andone x1, Maupay x1

Brighton made the perfect start to life under Graham Potter as they humbled Watford 3-0 on their own patch.

The Seagulls had been something of an unknown quantity coming into the 2019/20 season but were comfortable winners at Vicarage Road.

The nature of the result has triggered interest in Brighton assets for Gameweek 2 as West Ham come to the Amex Stadium, but it might be sensible to watch them one more week before deeming Potter’s arrival in Sussex a complete success.

As much his new-look side was in good shape, they faced a Watford outfit that did not look ready for the new season at all. We were aided in our assessment of Javi Gracia’s side by Watford fan and FFScout user James Moseley this weekend.

The Hornets did not offer much going forward and displayed little to no intensity for much of the game.

Troy Deeney (£6.5m), deployed as the target man to Andre Gray (£6.0m) running behind in a front two, did not do a particularly good job of holding the ball up, and much of Watford’s approach play was nothing more than sideways passes.

Gerard Deulofeu did not have his best game for Watford on Saturday

For some reason, Gerard Deulofeu (£6.5m), reclassified as a forward in FPL for 2019/20 was stationed on the left-wing of midfield in the 4-2-2 formation, which caused no end of problems for Watford.

The Spaniard refused to track back and left Jose Holebas (£5.0m) exposed to a Brighton double-up on more than one occasion.

As expected, Potter had gone with the wing-back system for Brighton, so both Pascal Groß (£6.5m) and Martín Montoya (£4.5m) found it too easy to get the better of the Greek.

It was from this side of the pitch that the opening goal originated. Groß was unmarked on the right, allowing him the space to play a ball across the penalty box forcing the own goal off an unfortunate Abdoulaye Doucouré (£6.0m).

The move itself had started as Craig Dawson (£5.0m), making his Premier League debut for Watford, had given the ball away cheaply.

Eventually, Deulofeu’s inability to fulfil his role, either offensively or defensively led to Javi Gracia replacing him for tactical reasons, Roberto Pereyra (£6.0m) coming on at half time.

Groß was the unexpected inclusion in Potter’s team selection on Saturday

Watford still had issues down their left though, as Pereyra offered little support to Holebas. Groß and Montoya combined well again freeing Davy Pröpper (£5.0m) to cross for Florin Andone (£5.0m) to score at the near post.

The third goal was also far too easy for Brighton to score. Substitute Neal Maupay (£6.0m) beat the offside trap as Lewis Dunk (£4.5m) was able to slide a ball through all the way from his centre-back position.

The former Brentford forward only had to round Ben Foster (£5.0m) to slot home his first-ever Premier League goal.

While the focus may well be on Brighton’s players after this match, the most concrete Fantasy takeaway for Gameweek 2 will be in connection with Everton.

Watford’s poor performance bodes very well for anyone in possession of Toffees assets ahead of Watford’s trip to Goodison Park in Gameweek 2.

“Many things [went wrong], not only one. We need to improve and maybe this is a good wake-up call for the rest of the season. The best news is that it’s the first game and we have a lot of time to improve. Today there were no excuses. They played better than us, they deserve the three points and they got the result they deserved.” – Javi Gracia

While Brighton’s win was as much about how poor Watford were, there was still plenty we could learn about their appeal for the 2019/20 campaign.

Leandro Trossard missed out on Gameweek 1 action as Potter did not want him to make his Premier League debut away from home

Firstly, Fantasy managers were given an earlier than was expected taste of ‘Potter Roulette’ when the team news filtered through.

Despite playing in both of the last two matches of pre-season in an unchanged line-up, new signing Leandro Trossard (£6.0m) was left on the Brighton bench.

He was replaced in the starting line-up by Groß, disappointing those who had opted for the midfielder for Gameweek 1.

Potter admitted after the match that Trossard had been unlucky not to start the match, the manager revealing he had opted to include more Premier League experience in his starting line-up given opening weekend took them on their travels.

“Leo was unlucky not to start. We went for Pascal’s experience on the opening day and an away fixture in the Premier League.” – Graham Potter

For this reason, those in possession of Trossard are probably best advised to hold on to him for the Gameweek 2 visit of West Ham. Potter clearly wants to use him this season given how extensively he was involved in pre-season and a home match against the Hammers is probably an easier environment for him to make his Premier League debut in.

It was this thinking that explained why fellow recruits, Aaron Mooy (£5.0m), Adam Webster (£4.5m) and Maupay were also on the bench, although, of course, the latter came on to get a top-flight goal on his debut.

“The other three only just arrived this week. I don’t think it would have been fair for them or the group to throw them into this testing environment. They are here for the long term, all of those guys. The key is to use them at the right time and not just throw them in.” – Graham Potter

Outside of that, Brighton were lined up much as we expected, Groß the only change from the last friendly of the summer.

Glenn Murray (£6.0m) was played through the middle and found himself caught in a battle with the centre-backs most of the afternoon. According to our man in the stands, he largely got the better of Craig Cathcart (£4.5m), although it must be said that the seasoned veteran now faces stiff competition for his place in Maupay and Andone.

Goals from Andone (centre) and Maupay have reminded managers that there is plenty of competition for places in the Brighton front-line

The latter came on for Jurgen Locadia (£5.5m) who looked bright in the early stages but faded in the second half, before coming off in the 64th minute.

In defence, Shane Duffy (£5.0m) and Dunk were joined by Dan Burn (£4.5m), who impressed during pre-season.

These three assets were backed up by Mat Ryan (£4.5m) in goal who made three saves and took two bonus points on the afternoon.

However, our man in the stands did reveal that Ryan was not especially troubled by Watford. Much of their attacking play suited the strengths of the Seagulls centre-backs, with long balls over the top very easy for Dunk, Duffy and Burn to head away.

As already mentioned, while it is a good start for Brighton’s assets, the visit of West Ham next week might present more of a test for them.

For that reason, jumping in on one of the Seagulls’ options might be a bit too soon considering that even their manager thinks there was room for improvement in the trip to Watford.

“Of course we are very happy with the result and the performance. I thought all the players were fantastic. They tried their best to do what we asked them to do. We weren’t perfect, of course. I would not expect that. But it probably rewarded what we have done as a collective unit for the last few weeks.” – Graham Potter

Members Analysis

Watford XI (4-2-2-2): Foster; Holebas, Cathcart, Dawson, Femenía; Capoue, Doucouré; Deulofeu (Pereyra 46′), Hughes; Deeney, A Gray (Success 75′).

Brighton and Hove Albion XI (3-4-3): Ryan; Burn, Dunk, Duffy; March (Bernardo 90+2′), D Stephens, Pröpper, Montoya; Locadia (Andone 64′), Murray (Maupay 64′), Groß.

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Lessons learned from Gameweek 1

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  1. Stoic
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Your Captain this week ?
    Thinking Sterling

    1. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      People should captain whoever is playing Chelsea.

    2. jomikijiq
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Salah

    3. Eytexi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Salah for me.

    4. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 11 days ago

      auba

    5. Differential (c)
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Lacazette

      1. Stoic
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Name checks out

        1. Differential (c)
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Think Laca gets back in the XI this weekend. Arsenal have done well vs Burnley the past few times they've played. So im optimistic about this one.

          Laca should get a start this weekend, surely.

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Good luck to you. Burnley have looked quite imperious in defense though since the end of last season. Would not make this move personally.

    6. Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Vardy.

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Salah again, even tho I have Sterling.

    7. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Sterling

    8. Moose™
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Leading my ML with 11 points atm. Going safe route. Salah for me

    9. PAL
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Probably Salah again

    10. The 5% Team
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Haller or D.Silva

    11. LosBlancos
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Raz I think

    12. Dont_Win_Friends_With_Salah…
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I am tempted to captain Digne for some reason

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Watford did seem vulnerable down their right hand side on MOTD

    13. SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Auba

      1. 11 smelly shirts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        I'm also favoring Auba, first he scores more at home and more against teams outside the top 6 and then a bit of a weird statistic from last year. Auba and Firminho score most in early kick offs. I feel Salah would be the safer options, but so far I go with Auba

    14. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Salah or Pukki

  2. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Who you looking to bring in?

    1. Tshelby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Moura -> Martial if Martial his price will go up

    2. bitars
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      No one this GW but i am monitoring a few chaps.

      Söyüncü for 4,5 can be a great value.

      Rashford is also very interesting.

      McGinn also looks promising.

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Soyuncu on my watch list, we need another bap monster at 4.5 🙂

    3. Eytexi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Nobody for GW2. Many names on the watchlist for GW3: Martial, Barkley, Abraham, Haller, Kean, Rashford. Not all of them performed in GW1 but not counting them out based on one week.

    4. Differential (c)
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Martial very much on radar. But hoping to hold out the temptation and just bank my FT. Not enough info to make an informed decision at the moment. Its just 1GW.

  3. Big Ronnie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Went against my gut and swapped Martial to Fraser last minute. Haven't seen the highlights, how bad were Bournemouth?

    Fraser to Martial or save?

    1. squirrelbean
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Go with your gut..

    2. Tshelby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Would keep Fraser for now good fixutres

    3. Studini
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      They looked slow in the build-up and lacked imagination. Sheffield kept it tight though, so expect them to get better chances vs more open teams.

  4. dmkp
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Jürgen Klopp has confirmed Alisson will be sidelined for ‘the next few weeks’ due to the calf injury he sustained on Friday

    1. liverpool01
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Yep just signed Lonergan 1 year deal wtf.... Alison could be out for awhile

      1. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        I bet they regret loaning out Grabara now.

  5. Berbinho's Forehead
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    The sceptic in me thinks Liverpool know more than they've let on in regards to the Alisson injury. 'A few weeks' sounds promising as a headline but when you read Klopp's quotes, it leaves the possibility of a longer term injury dependent upon Alisson's progress. I say this because the exact same (albeit a different type of injury) happened with Joe Gomez last season where weeks turned into months.

    1. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 11 days ago

      he’s done this a few times but probably genuinely isnt sure when allison will be back at this point

    2. dmkp
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      I've got the same feeling, all we can hope for now Adrian stays fit

      1. Berbinho's Forehead
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Klopp said he played against Norwich with an injury. 5 of the 6 GK's on our books have an injury. Only Grabara, at Huddersfield, is fit.

        Strange situation!

    3. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Yeh, I was thinking the same thing. Okay if people get Adrian in, providing Klopp tells them hours in advance that Alisson is back!

    4. Mr. Greedy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      If Liverpool have no fit goalkeepers, is having two premium defenders from them sensible? Anyone thinking of switching?

      1. jtreble
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Thinking of dropping one LIV defender on a mini-WC GW3.

      2. PlumaPiedra
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Adrian is more than capable.

    5. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I read his brief as we believehope 4-6 weeks we actually have no idea.

      Button to Adrian might be on the cards for those with two Pool?

    6. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Same thing with Trent too. "Recovering nicely, ready for next game" was said for weeks when he clearly wasnt fit.

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        True, 500k sales tells me get rid......

  6. kennethrhcp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Taylor of Burnley lost his spot?

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      I think he just had a very minor injury and will prob be fit for next weekend. Problem is Pieters did well so who knows which one will get the nod.

      1. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        wont waste FT on him out so just yet. thanks!

        (bench for me next 3 anyway id say)

  7. MikeBravo
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Potter's Wheel...

  8. NordinAmrabatman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Watford were poor defensively and offensively against Brighton. Defensively, there were too many mistakes, 1 from Dawson which led to the first goal especially. Jose Holebas looked like he was carrying an injury in the second half which left us even more vulnerable on his side.
    Going forward, Deeney and Gray starting up top doesn’t work for us anymore. They couldn’t compete aerially with Brighton’s back 3 of Dunk, Duffy and Burn and kept losing the ball when they got it.
    I have faith that’s Gracia will change it next week against Everton, with Deulofeu playing in his more favoured position up front and possibly new signing Ismaila Sarr getting a start. He’d bring us something different as a pact wide man who can put a good cross in.
    In conclusion, I think this game will have been a wake up call to Gracia and the players that the tactics and personnel need freshening up so I’d envisage us vastly improving over the upcoming gameweeks.

    1. JonBoy
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Watched the extended highlights. I thought Watford were too narrow, trying to play through a congested middle.
      Didn't like Deulofeu's role at all. Or Pereyra's either.

  9. Kim Jong Kün
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Coleman, Keane, or Mina?

    1. Differential (c)
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      In this site, we stan Seamus Coleman

      1. Kim Jong Kün
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Haha. Thanks. I need whomever fills this spot to play, no worries about Sidibe taking his spot or rotating heavily?

        1. Differential (c)
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Not quite yet. Think he played well yesterday to warrrant another start next week. Maybe a rotation is inevitable, but surely not heavy.

    2. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      coleman not close

    3. PAL
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Coleman

    4. Double Treble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Keane , most nailed CB. Got two bonus points where Coleman and Digne got nothing...

    5. The Seagulls and the Trawle…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Am gonna go with Mina. I think it’s his year, he was so dominant when at Palmeiras and with Colombia. He’ll end up with 5+ goals. And bps.

  10. camarozz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Why is there no GW rank or highest points total on the home page anymore??

    1. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      how am i meant to know

      1. The Seagulls and the Trawle…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        You know everything, don’t be shy.

  11. I Kante get enough of you
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    In what order would you play these four this week?

    A- Rico
    B- Pérez
    C- Dendoncker
    D- Ings

    1. Differential (c)
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      B, C, D, A

      1. zotter
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        This

  12. greggles
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Priorities for the chop? Kean and Guilbert seem the obvious ones as they didn’t start, but open to suggestions. 0.0 ITB.

    Heaton / Pope
    Zinchenko / TAA / Guilbert / KWP / Soyuncu
    Perez / Salah / Sterling / Martial
    Kean / Jota / Wilson

    1. Differential (c)
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I'd give Guilbert time. Think this is a save for now.

    2. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      kean was never likely to start gw1, not sure why youd drop him now. guilbert not looking like best choice but you have enough players to roll ft here assuming 5th mid is dendo

      1. The 5% Team
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        yes, dropping Kean would be a strange move. just roll FT and have more options next week

    3. PAL
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Keep both and reassess next weekend

    4. zotter
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Deffo wouldn’t drop Kean

  13. Karan14
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Anyone tempted to do Fraser to Martial this week?

    1. COK3Y5MURF
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      The points-chasers, I think.

      1. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Fixtures & form are on Martial's side.
        Bournemouth were pretty dull against Sheffield at home.
        Have a feeling many will be making the same move next week including me if I don't do it this week.

        1. COK3Y5MURF
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Fraser arguably has the better fixture this week. Is it "form" just because he scored? Personally, wasn't particularly impressed with him. Pogba got two assists but mostly had a poor game. Rashford was pretty good.

          1. Dthinger
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            I agree with this. Except that he scored a good goal, he was pretty ineffective.

            1. zotter
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              I agree. Will likely go back on wing too now

              1. Dthinger
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Maybe. Seems like James deserves a start though, doesn't it? I thought Lingard was better than Martial and should keep his place. So I wouldn't be surprised to see Martial back on the bench.

        2. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          "form" because he scored a tap in and did nothing else.

          1. Dthinger
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            That wasnt a tap-in, but you're right about the rest

    2. luk46
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Same decision here, but will probably give Fraser another chance...

  14. Moose™
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Heaton

    VVD Robbo Digne Hanley

    Salah(c) Sterling(vc) Martial Perez

    Vardy King

    Sub: Pope Guilbert Greenwood Dendoncker

    Safe FT?

    1. mynameisq
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Save

    2. PAL
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Yeah, good to go

  15. jtreble
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Robertson is currently the third most transferred out player. :).

    1. mynameisq
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Whatttttt

      1. Joyce1998
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Yep, everyone is getting taa instead as he got a assist lol but I'm sticking with robbo he will come back to haunt, don't worry

        1. Garth Marenghi
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Also probably to make room for Adrian

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 10 days ago

            This 65k new owners & rising.
            I think Alisson might end up like Gomez last season?

        2. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          The data is against you. TAA with higher involvement, set pieces, higher PPM. He was the higher potential choice to start the season.

          1. Das Boot
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Bang on

          2. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            TAA for PPM but Robbo for overall minutes as he's less likely to be rested. It's really swings & roundabouts.

            1. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              But that works in your favor. You get points off your bench when he doesn't. I think he's gonna start just as many games this year though hence why I have him.

              1. EMBOLOFAN
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 10 days ago

                not when he comes off the bench

        3. Captain Kakaroto
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          They do it only to see him benched on saturday after competing 90 minutes on wedensday

          1. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Yea Klopp is resting his best team in the league after playing thm in the Mickey Mouse cup

            1. Captain Kakaroto
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Not his Best team. Only TAA

    2. Dthinger
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      probably don't want double LIV defense without Alisson. And VVD/TAA seem more likely to rise in price?

  16. RubeRx
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    There aren't many GKs better than Alisson. Anyone else feel that his injury might severely dent LIV chances of getting clean sheets.

    As a double LIV defense owner, I am a bit worried

    Anyone else feel this way? Losing one of them might be staying ahead of the curve, at least for the next 6-8 weeks

    1. mynameisq
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Yup, as good as they are defensively the keeper is part of that and on numerous occasions last season he was the difference between a clean sheet or conceding 1. Adrian can't compare. However robbo van dijk and TAA especially are so strong in terms of attacking returns I'm not too bothered. Always expected them to not keep as many clean sheets this season anyway, and that was with Alison

    2. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      severely no, but not ideal clearly

    3. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      It's a wait and see for me. I can easily dump VvD to free up cash for an upgrade.

      1. Das Boot
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Quick Question. "If" you had both TAA and VVD which one would you drop first and would you think replacing one with Adrian is a good idea given the likelihood that they might not be as strong at the back as we first thought ?

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Drop VvD. TAA is basically a midfielder.

          1. Das Boot
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            cheers Camzy

    4. Make America Greta Again
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I might bin one in a few weeks to upgrade a striker.

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        I wouldn't get worked up. Adrian's not bad and the ball still has to get past Vincent.

        1. RubeRx
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Virgil?

    5. Berbinho's Forehead
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      He's an elite. Iirc, he had the best XG difference.

      Liverpool will need to reduce the amount of shots they concede to close the difference. Similar to when Karius ended up keeping a bunch of clean sheets from January - more protection from mids.

      1. EMBOLOFAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        are you sure he does? based on last seasons data?

      2. EMBOLOFAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        lloris, fab and leno all have higher xg prevented

        1. Markus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Not proportionally I don't think. Ie per every 1xg against Alisson would have saved the most

          1. EMBOLOFAN
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 10 days ago

            true

    6. PlumaPiedra
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Not that botheres tbh

      1. PlumaPiedra
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Bothered*

  17. Rock n Grohl
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Considering my options with fixtures to come, which is better?

    Kane and Jota +.5
    Or
    Lacazette and Rashford

    Have Salah and Sterling

    1. Dont_Win_Friends_With_Salah…
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Kane and Jota

  18. Juhlers
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Transfer + hit advice, please help..

    Do I bring in Sterling for KDB by downgrading Kane to a 6.5m?

    Team below:

    Ederson
    Robbo / VVD / Azpil / Digne
    Salah / KDB / Perez / Trossard / Robinson
    Kane

    [Button / Long / Wickham / Kelly]

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Would ditch your defenders instead to fund Sterling.

      1. Juhlers
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        I like my formation, and funding Sterling through rotating out defenders requires -8 or -12 (and forces me to play a shitty defender/forward)

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          No other choice then. This is precisely why I decided to start with Sterling. He's an absolute nightmare to get in if you don't start with him.

    2. Dthinger
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      the difference isnt that much is it? You'd need 2.5M to fund KDB to Sterling. Kane is 11M so you could afford Rashford, right?

    3. zotter
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Get rid Azpi and Trossard to fund

    4. zotter
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      And why Kane to 6.5. Why not rashford or kean perhaps

    5. Das Boot
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Keep Kane, do the workaround

  19. HurriKane
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Anthony Martial last gw + last 2 seasons in pl

    - 3275 mins = (approximately 36 matches)

    - 20 goals 10 assists

    So Martial was involved in 30 goals in last 36 matches for united

    He is fpl gold when he's a starter which he is this season and for 7.5 a great option. Agree ?

    1. SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I agree completely tbh

      1. SADIO SANÉ
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        I mainly didn't start with him because of my Moura obsession, he's a solid pick - similarly priced can see Willian, Zaha, & Siggy being good too

        1. HurriKane
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Yh im probably doing moura to martial as well

  20. KittyKiller0211
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Take the 8 point hit? If I wait for tomorrow I won't be able to afford the move with Sterling's price increase. TYIA.

    Siggy, Zaha & Gomez > Sterling, Lundstram & Dendoncker?

    My team ATM

    Pickford / Button

    Ake / Kelly / Digne / TAA / Joe Gomez
    Fraser / Zaha / Milivojevic / Siggy / Salah
    Wilson / Deeney / Jota

    1. Oldie99
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      would never do it personally

      fair enough your team's a bit of a mess right now but -8 for sterling and fodder esque stuff is tough

      also if you're going to do that you need to sacrifice one bmouth player instead of siggy imo

      1. KittyKiller0211
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Cheers. Think I'll hold, tough being patient right now 🙂

    2. CranberryBoat
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Bstter to hild but if you must... maybe better to lose Fraser rather than Zaha (as you also have Wilson) could then bring in Montoya over Lundstram (nailedness, fixtures)?

        1. KittyKiller0211
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Cheers mate. I hate Sterling lol

      • EMBOLOFAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        no way

        1. KittyKiller0211
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Thanks all!! Holding. And praying for a quick turnaround GW2.

      • zotter
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        I wouldn’t

      • Juhlers
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        I'm in a similar non-Sterling position.. Really want to get him in, but my gut tells me that waiting is the right thing to do.. Not sure though.

    3. Oldie99
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      probably been discussed already but

      A. Moura to Martial now
      B. Safe FT and have lots of options when fixtures dynamics change for GW3

      1. Garth Marenghi
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        B

      2. HurriKane
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        A

      3. Oldie99
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        someone with the tiebreaker please?

      4. KittyKiller0211
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        B

      5. ChelseaBlues223
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Just wanted to ask that. Don't know either.

      6. FC Bazalona
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        A

      7. zotter
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        A

      8. Juhlers
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        I wouldn't expect price rises just yet, so I think I would hold, if you are happy with your squad otherwise.

    4. Oldie99
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      someone with the tiebreaker please? 😀

      1. tets mcgee (When 'Arry…
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        What is the height of the Eiffel tower in feet?

    5. Bad Kompany
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Do you think Kane is worth the extra 1.5 over son?

      1. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        I think Son is better value, especially as he gets more points for goals.

      2. EMBOLOFAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        yeah

      3. Hairy Potter
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        I'm planning Wilson + Moura out before GW3. Torn between Son and Kane at the minute. Price rises might make the decision for me.

      4. Bad Kompany
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Cheers!

      5. AuFeld
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Yes, if you intend to captain Kane.

    6. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Anyone got a link to the mods and cons league?

        1. I Member
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Cheers.

    7. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 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. zotter
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        All good atm

    8. BadgersBoys
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Deulofeu > Sharp is a sensible move isn't it?

      1. zotter
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Not really. Not sure sharp will start

      2. AuFeld
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Bold move based on eight minutes of playing time

      3. Freshy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Id go Pukki
        Looks like a 90 min. striker that is designed to be at the end of every Norwich attack

        1. EMBOLOFAN
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 10 days ago

          all 1 of them each week

      4. EMBOLOFAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        it isnt

      5. BadgersBoys
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Thanks folks. I think he'll start at the weekend but tempted by Pukki and even Maupau..

        1. PlumaPiedra
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          You are interested in 2 strikers that didn't start last week?

          1. BadgersBoys
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Yes. I want to replace Deulofeu and I think Sharp will get more game time GW2/3 and looked lively GW1 which resulted in a goal. Maupau is a new signing brought into replace Murray I believe and will also get more game time and also scored and has great fixtures. I'l probably end up with Pukki anyway.

            1. mcpop72
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              for what its worth i've done the Del Boy to Sharp move

    9. The_Bucc
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      So despite a good score, have a couple issues I need to address.

      1) Barkley - played fairly badly against United, subbed first (before 60 mins). Has a favourable fixture next, LEI, but will he even start?

      2) Vertonghen - didn't play a minute against Villa?! Has mci/NEW/ars as his next three. Will he play? Thinking I should just switch for AWB and be done with it.

      Thoughts?

      1. EMBOLOFAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        consensus is barkley played well. lei is not a favourable fixture

      2. I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        1. I thought Barkley was one of Chelsea's better players and didn't understand Lampard subbing him. Keep for sure.

        2. Didn't play and now has City away. Ditching for a United defender sounds good to me.

      3. A Fat Spanish Waiter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        1) Ross Barkley is still... well, Ross Barkley. He holds the ball too long and is prone to poor decisions. That said, I’d hold him for one more week to see if Chelsea are really as bad as they looked at Old Trafford.

        2) Vertonghen is different issue. If he plays, he is likely to concede 2+ goals. Whether you should transfer depends on who you would play instead. All that said, there are WAY better options than Vertonghen at that price point: Zinc, AWB, Coleman, etc.

      4. PlumaPiedra
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        I thought Barkley played well, what didn't you like?

    10. Juhlers
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Pondering on a WC (quite hard for me to get in Sterling, unless I dump Kane), and I think it is too dangerous not to jump the Sterling wagon, even though it feels a bit knee-jerky..

      What do you guys think of this draft?

      Ederson [Button]
      -
      Laporte, Wan-Bissaka, Mings, [Kelly], [Lundstram]
      -
      Salah, Sterling, Martial, McGinn, [Guendouzi]
      -
      Kane, Pukki, Maupay

      1. EMBOLOFAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        nothing has changed since you opted to not choose sterling last week. hes the same player. he had a good game

        1. Juhlers
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Cheers.. Just a bit of FOMO i guess, on top of price rises making it tough. I'll stick with it for now I think.

          1. EMBOLOFAN
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 10 days ago

            i dont have him either so understand the feeling but let others knee jerk when whoever you own instead scores a hatty

      2. AuFeld
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        It is a bit knee jerky.

      3. PlumaPiedra
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Definition of a team chasing points, you'll want a whole different 11 next week if that's how you're gonna play the game all season.

    11. Ruffio
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Evening guys. Is the acoutcast still produced as a podcast? Doesn’t come up in my app although I get captaincy and breakfast club etc... thanks

    12. Here Comes The Son ★
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Anybody planning to double up in City attack from GW3? Or are you one step ahead and have Sterling & KDB already? Looking at this block of fixtures, I think there's 12 goals minimum. You wouldn't put it past them to score 15+

      GW3 - BOU (A)
      GW4 - BHA (H)
      GW5 - NOR (A)
      GW6 - WAT (H)

      1. AuFeld
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Kun is salivating.

      2. The Royal Robin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Depends really. If Mahrez is nailed for at least the next few weeks he might actually be worth considering but I think KDB is a bit steep for my liking.

      3. Markus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Yep, but I feel it needs a sacrifice of 1 premium to do it so it's bilva or a salexit for kdb+son for me, both feel a little risky

      4. Devo-McDuff
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Got them both and canny wait for the demolition to commence, especially as I'll be at two of the games.