Scout Notes

Barnes brace sinks Saints as Pope returns to Fantasy form

Burnley 3-0 Southampton

Goals: Ashley Barnes x2 (£6.5m), Johan Berg Gudmundsson (£6.0m)

Assists: Erik Pieters x2 (£4.5m)

Bonus Points: Barnes x3, Pieters x2, Nick Pope x1 (£4.5m), Gudmundsson x1

Ashley Barnes (£6.5m) did his best to blow Burnley’s pre-season trends out of the water in a 3-0 win over Southampton on Saturday.

The forward scored twice against the Saints after a campaign of summer friendlies in which he did not find the net once.

Barnes also played fewer minutes in those games than colleagues Chris Wood (£6.5m) and Jay Rodriguez (£6.0m) but still started alongside the New Zealand international at Turf Moor.

His two forward colleagues combined for 15 goals in pre-season but it was Barnes who showed the clinical edge in Gameweek 1.

Barnes scored a brace in Burnley’s 3-0 win over Southampton

However, in truth, the game was closer than the scoreline suggested.

Southampton had chances in the early stages with new signing Che Adams (£6.0m) and Nathan Redmond (£6.5m) hooking wide and stinging the palms of Nick Pope (£4.5m) respectively.

In fact, Burnley did not pose much of a threat in the first half other than a Johann Berg Gudmundsson (£6.0m) drive from the edge of the box that clipped the post. It was only in a 12-minute second-half spell that they scored three goals.

“It was a tight game and there wasn’t much in it, but I was so pleased with our mentality to stick at it. We started asking more questions in the second half and lifted the tempo and without putting them on the back foot we suddenly made like awkward.” – Sean Dyche

Barnes first capitalised on a Jannik Vestergaard (£5.0m) slip to connect with an Erik Pieters (£4.5m) clearance, drilling under Angus Gunn (£4.5m).

Minutes later, the former Plymouth Argyle striker was on hand again to double Burnley’s lead. This time there was more intention on Pieters’ ball into the box, an incredible cross to the back post where Barnes poked home.

“I have great admiration for him. This pre-season he didn’t score a goal and he looked hungry for it. The first goal was a fantastic touch and finish, it was great skill. His second finish was sublime, it’s a brilliant ball by Erik Pieters, but when centre-forwards finish like that it looks easy. It’s not easy when the ball is coming over your shoulder like that.” – Sean Dyche

It is worth highlighting the role that Pieters played in this win, as his 14-point score in Gameweek 1 was bettered only by Raheem Sterling‘s (£12.0m) 20-point haul.

Not only did the former Stoke man get two assists, but he also tacked on a clean sheet and two bonus points.

Pieters secured a great Gameweek 1 score but his place in the Burnley team could be short-lived

However, it would probably unwise to jump straight into including Pieters in our squads, for several reasons.

Firstly, while his cross for Barnes’ second goal was excellent, the assist for the first was nothing more than a clearance, that the striker was able to latch onto because of Vestergaard’s mistake.

Furthermore, it does seem likely that Charlie Taylor (£4.5m) will be the first choice left-back for Burnley this season.

The former Leeds United defender missed a portion of pre-season with an injury but still started two of the last three matches of the summer, while Pieters featured from the beginning only once in that run.

According to Burnley’s official website, Taylor was only omitted from the matchday squad for the Southampton clash “during a fast-track to get him up to match fitness.”

In our Team News content, we did think that Taylor would be a doubt to start this Gameweek 1 as he played in a reserve team game midweek a few days beforehand.

Fantasy managers looking at the Burnley defence will have to keep an eye on the left-back situation and Dyche’s next press conference ahead of Gameweek 2.

The third Clarets goal on Saturday came from Gudmundsson’s determination as he dispossessed Ryan Bertrand (£4.5m), bore down on goal from the right flank and curled an effort into the far corner of Gunn’s net.

Nick Pope played his first Premier League match since the 2017/18 campaign on Saturday

Meanwhile, it was rewarding for Fantasy managers to see goalkeeper Pope make his first Premier League appearance since the 2017/18 season on Saturday.

The Burnley shot-stopper picked up where he left off as a Fantasy asset too, keeping a clean sheet, making three saves and claiming one bonus point.

As per usual, the Clarets made life very comfortable for their goalkeeper, largely limiting Southampton to efforts from range, enabling Pope to make enough saves for that additional point.

It will be interesting to see how this tactic affects Arsenal in Gameweek 2, given how much of the Gunners’ play takes place inside the penalty box.

“Popey didn’t have a lot of do, which was also pleasing.” – Sean Dyche

“The lads have shielded me well in tough conditions, it was difficult to get going in a sense. The lads looked after me really well and I helped them out when I could. I feel better than before; I don’t think about it when I wake up in the morning. It’s in the past now, so I’m glad to get it behind me.” – Nick Pope

Meanwhile, despite the result probably being an unfair reflection of the match, concerns about Southampton’s defence under Ralph Hasenhüttl continue.

Admittedly, there was poor defending specifically from Vestergaard for two of Burnley’s goals but it has been some time since the Saints offered reliable clean sheet potential.

This performance does not bode well for Southampton as they prepare to host Liverpool in Gameweek 2, although it could help Fantasy managers make their captaincy decision.

Members Analysis

Burnley XI (4-4-2): Pope; Pieters, Mee, Tarkowski, Lowton; McNeil (Lennon 84′), Westwood, Cork, Gudmundsson; A Barnes (Rodriguez 84′), Wood.

Southampton XI (3-4-2-1): Gunn; Vestergaard, J Stephens (Højbjerg 73′), Bednarek; Bertrand, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Valery; Redmond, Ings (Obafemi 66′); Adams (Boufal 73′).

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Lessons learned from Gameweek 1

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  1. New Community Article
    Rotation's Alter Ego
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    New Community Article is now Live

    https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2019/08/13/learning-from-the-great-and-the-good-19-20-gameweek-1/

    Greyhead and his superb series returns for a second season! Looking forward to further instalments of this.

  2. Legomané
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    • 2 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    0.5 ITB - anything worth a transfer this GW? Cheers 🙂

    Some initial thoughts (other than Save FT)
    Lucas > Martial/Richarlison
    Wilson > Rashford/Pukki/Haller

    Pope
    TAA VVD Digne Zinc
    Salah Sterling Lucas Perez
    Wilson Jota

    (Woody Rico Donck Greeny)

    1. Mr. Captain Blanc
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Martial and Haller shud be In - when n how is yours to decide 🙂

    2. Jacky boy
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Get martial

    3. Rotation's Alter Ego
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      • 8 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      I'd always try to save my FT after gameweek 1, unless my hand is really forced. Feel there's more to gain from knowing one more week's worth of data that risking making the call now.

      Then again I'm an incredibly dull manager...!

      1. Mr. Captain Blanc
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Only risk with waiting until gw3 is price changes

        1. Rotation's Alter Ego
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          • 8 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Aye but he has 0.5m itb. Limits Moura to Richarlison and Wilson to Rashford, but I'd still prefer to wait to see how they look vs Wolves

        2. Respect My Authoritah
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          The risk is you make the wrong call based on limited information, then have to correct it. One small move can sometimes have a ripple effect that affects your team for weeks

          1. Rotation's Alter Ego
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            • 8 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Bingo

          2. SADIO SANÉ
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            so can not making the transfer (ripple)

            1. Respect My Authoritah
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              True. Either way can work, but the main point is making more informed decisions after we've seen more games

              1. SADIO SANÉ
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                yeah true, I just think with someone like Martial, who has always had a very good ppm when he played, there isn't much else to see now we know he's likely to be played upfront with little competition for his place

      2. Legomané
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        • 2 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        And you already own Martial over Lucas...
        Dull, but with great foresight 🙂

    4. SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Moura -> Martial and Wilson -> Pukki are both under consideration for me - my decision will unfortunately be decided on price change pressures I think

    5. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Lucas to Martial or Wilson to Rashford looks a sold couple of options - you may be priced out from those moves in a day or two though ... strike while to iron is hot 🙂

      1. Legomané
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        • 2 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        0.5 so no rush on Lucas move - unless it's time to hop fully aboard the Ole Express and double up (Triple actually with Greeny already manning the bench :lol:)

        1. Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          i brought in Rashford ... can’t hang around hand wringing on this sort of stuff ... be decisive 🙂

          1. Legomané
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            • 2 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Taking a hit for both and using that 0.5 saved 'to my advantage' has crossed my mind 🙂
            Wilson hattie locked in...

            1. Hotdogs for Tea
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              make that .3 🙁

    6. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Ditching Wilson to me makes no sense. This gw he was unlucky to score and one the the xg underachievers. Villa are leaky and concede a lot of shots in the box. 4 of 5 of Wilson double digit hauls last season came away from home. I think he will have a great game week and imo selling or contemplating it is bonkers

      1. SADIO SANÉ
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        I'm definitely more on the fence with this one, but Moura -> Martial is doable I think - but so is saving a FT

      2. Legomané
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        • 2 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Yeah. I agree.
        It's only the old issue with price changes thwarting future moves that makes me consider it now.
        Wilson out ahead of GW3 to City was always a possibility ahead of GW1 deadline.
        Interesting to know how folk feel about Rashford as an asset in general tbh.

  3. Marko1985
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Martial or Rashford?? It’s a tough one!

    Rash on pens. Martial 1mil cheaper and classed as a mid.

    Who actually played as the striker against Chelsea?

    1. Would Ed Woodward
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Both at various times, Martial started there but they switch.

    2. Greek Flair
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Martial started up too with Rashford LW, but then Ole changed it to 442 mid way through with a Rashford next to Martial

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

      It's not just Rash on pens, they confirmed there is 4 or 5 of them who will take the pens... so we don't know yet if its a rotation or just whoever wins it takes it

    4. Mr. Captain Blanc
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Whole lot of forwards to choose from in 6.5 to 8.5 whereas very few gud ones midfield option in that range - so martial over rashford for me and get haller,/Kean/Jimenez later on based on their form n fixtures

    5. Turambar
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Martial. No one has any idea who will score most goals, or who will play most as a striker (probably they will switch throughout every game). Thus one should pick the cheap one.

    6. Marko1985
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Pretty conclusive. Thanks everyone

  4. mcgrejam
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Have Jota...worry switching to Pukki instead?

    1. Mr. Captain Blanc
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Definitely

    2. Valar(Keith)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Jota is one of those players I won't remove unless injured.. Proven and always plays well. Just keep him and don't miss his hauls

    3. Yip Jaap Stam
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 7 days ago

      I would do it

    4. Stoler6
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Keep Jota! He looked fantastic against Leicester but was unlucky not to score. It was only one gameweek so maybe worth holding for a little while

    5. St. Joseph
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Jota = class

  5. cravencottage
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Im in the same boat! But tearing up a well thought out team after GW1 makes little sense. Hold tight.

    1. cravencottage
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Reply fail!

  6. TMF86
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Pope
    Digne/TAA/VVD/Diop
    Perez/Barkley/Sterling/Salah
    Kane/King

    Dendoncker/Lundstram/Greenwood

    Worth holding a week and seeing how Perez/Barkley/King do right? then perhaps looking to shift fund between them?

  7. Jacky boy
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    You think barkley will start next gw or not?

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      after 0-4 I wont be so sure

      1. Jacky boy
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        That is for each starting players not only to barkley

        1. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          yes, but Barkley did not even get 60 mins while someone like Mount did.

          1. Christina.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Pulisic will start.

          2. @BigChrisso
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Obviously wait until after Super cup but it's worth noting Chelsea conceded 3 goals in the 20 min span after Barkley was withdrawn...
            Mount does look to be Lampards man though

    2. Rotation's Alter Ego
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      • 8 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Might be easier to guess after the Super Cup, but would guess no right now. Looks like Mount might be the favourite, but it's all guesswork

      1. Jacky boy
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Super cup starters to start again next game? What if they start and fail

        1. Rotation's Alter Ego
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          2 months, 7 days ago

          If Barkley starts, maybe with a Bats up front or something, I'd guess Mount starts at the weekend, and vice versa. Will be easier to say if we can extrapolate anything from it once we have the lineups.

    3. St. Joseph
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Hope he starts.
      Chelsea better with him

  8. nkhoughton
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Best trio?

    A VVD Fraser King
    B Pieters Fraser Rashford
    C VVD Martial King

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

      C

    2. AnyLaporteinastorm
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      C

  9. kaspani
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Anyone know the situation with Alonso at Chelsea?

    1. Rotation's Alter Ego
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      • 8 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      He's not very good at defending...

      ...and that's saying something considering the rest of the defence recently!

    2. Would Ed Woodward
      2 months, 7 days ago

      He's rubbish in a back 4, didn't end the season as first choice and hasn't started the season as first choice.

    3. Respect My Authoritah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      He's second choice behind Emerson currently.

    4. kaspani
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Cheers all. Terrible draft team choice then! Might bring in Emerson and have them both to cover

  10. Karan14
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Close to 1 mil people scored 80 or above.

    Have every had such a high score week for the masses?

    1. Respect My Authoritah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Yep, there's been a few

    2. @BigChrisso
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Highest average week 1 score I can remember in over 12 years playing.

    3. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Look how many played chips!

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

        How was the most vice-captained player Alisson???? Who'd do that?

        1. rdpx
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Yeah that's a puzzle, eh?

    4. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      i reckon a huge number of chips have been played - just about everyone on the top 1k played a chip and there is a good chance a big percentage of the top 1 mill played a chip, may end up being the highest number of chips played in any game week this year

      1. rdpx
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        I love all the teams on 85 points or whatever called something like "Top GW1"

  11. Jacky boy
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Ayoze perez turned into a bad pick all of a sudden

    1. Respect My Authoritah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Nope

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

      First game in new club, played vs solid Wolves.

      Let people to sell

    3. kime67
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      for that price he can sit in my team for the rest of the season.

    4. avfc82
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      • 9 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      One game, against a very organised Wolves team. Yes Maddison and Tielemans recorded shots, but they were all pretty much outside of the box. Once Leicester click, I'm confident he'll be involved.

    5. AnyLaporteinastorm
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Not yet!

    6. yakirh
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Planning to sell after 2 more games

  12. jeff09
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    D Silva to Martial this week or wait until 2 FT next week - are there likely to be any rises or falls this week?

    1. bootsmanus
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Dilva was a horrible pick, I would roll.

      1. Respect My Authoritah
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        😀

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

        How’s Dilva was a “horrible” pick? Please explain

        1. bootsmanus
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 7 days ago

          For 7.5, you want a player expecting to play pretty much every match week in week out. Dilva will definitely not.

          1. avfc82
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            • 9 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            You don’t have to own him for the season tho, its the first few games and with Kompany gone, Aguero not 100% ready, they need leaders, thats why I’m confident Silva will start the first few games at least.

            1. bootsmanus
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 7 days ago

              That's true I guess. Curious to see whether Pep plays Bilva next week for Mahrez or Dilva.

    2. Respect My Authoritah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Wow nice punt on Silva. I'd be tempted to keep him v Spurs, then look to shift.

    3. AnyLaporteinastorm
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Roll

    4. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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      • 9 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      I also own David Silva and am holding. I thought he took up some good positions against West Ham, won't be long before he returns, IMO.

    5. MARK US RASHFORD
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Same boat here, might be worth it tbh especially if the latter is on verge of a rise

    6. jeff09
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Thanks gents, part of the reason for the Dilva pick was his form in pre-season, bagging 2-3 goals and assists whilst Aguero is still getting back up to match fitness. He is now also club captain after Kompany has left and captained on Saturday. Can still get Pep'd though!

  13. La Roja
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Benitez on Mike Ashley

    “After 3 years unfulfilled promises, I didn’t trust them to sign a contract”

    Translation:

    “Took 3 years for Chinese club to offer such money, market was pretty bad for me so I stayed”

    1. Andy'81
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 7 days ago

      That translations pretty crap like, I've no problems with Rafa not resigning at all, good luck to him.

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

        So you’re saying it took 3 years for him to realize there were fake promises? Crikey

        1. Das Boot
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          It took Brendan Rogers about 3 years to find out the same at Celtic

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

            Precisely my point

        2. mynameisq
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          It's a cumulative effect no? Also as he mentioned he already had offers and worth more than they're offering in China

        3. Andy'81
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Rafa wasn't going to break his contract with the club and NUFC were never going to sack him, what he wanted was unfortunately never going to happen from the start under the Ashley regime, the three years ran out and everyone has to move on.

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

      He signed a contract, he fulfilled a contract, he left at the end of it rather than sign a new one. Why does he deserve any criticism? His replacement, on the other hand, has a slightly different relationship with contracts.

  14. theodosios
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Bench two:

    A) Moura
    B) Zinchenko
    C) Kelly
    D) Lundstram

    1. kime67
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      b and d

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

      C & D

    3. Respect My Authoritah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      CD

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

      C d

    5. La Roja
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Bc

    6. Jarvish Scott Talent
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      C and D probably - tough though.

    7. Stoler6
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 7 days ago

      A nd B -Lundstram looked really good and could have some great attacking returns. Spurs seem to have Cities number so its not going to be clean sheet kind of game

  15. Inazuma X1
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Who to captain?

    A. Sterling
    B. Vardy
    C. TAA

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

      A

    2. AnyLaporteinastorm
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      A

    3. The Overthinker - I blame R…
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      C

    4. yakirh
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      No Salah?
      Probably A

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

    After GW1 what midfielders at 4.5m impressed? I am looking to see if there is a good rotation with Dendonker..

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      surely a 4.5m def has a bigger upside?

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

        my defence is locked 4.0 4.0 & 3 premiums

    2. pokern1nja09
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      none, only ones that get 2 points like hayden.

  17. AnyLaporteinastorm
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Am I ok to save?

    Heaton (Pope)
    Taa, digne, Zinchenko (Montoya, Rico)
    Salah, sterling, Fraser, Perez (dendoncker)
    Wilson, murray, jota

    1. kime67
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      yes

  18. Rains of Castamere
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    I remember Dendoncker doing this to us at Anderlecht, and he scored against us last season for Wolves too. He's a playable 4.5 option every week in my opinion especially as it allows three premiums elsewhere.

    https://youtu.be/WILvAULUuoo?t=105

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

      If it’s for 4.5m then I’d rather to play a defender tbh

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

      Agree, I think hes playable every week, although I am looking at rotation options.

    3. pokern1nja09
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      If this becomes an option it would be amazing. At the moment would something like Son + dendo match siggy + perez?

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

      I agree, currently using him as a bench option but could find his way into my starting 11 at some point.

  19. the dom 1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Are we expecting price rises before GW2?

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

      too early to say, Sterling could well rise though.

      1. the dom 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Thats my worry lol

    2. Link
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Ederson, De Gea, Sterling and Rashford look most likely

      1. the dom 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        So best do my Stirling transfer now?

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

      There will probably be a spike on Friday night, usually is, id be surprised if there were none.

  20. Fuddled FC
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    I'm itching to do Heaton > Adrian

    In the next 4 matches will Liverpool get more clean sheets than Villa?

    Pool - Southampton (A), Arsenal (H), Burnley (A), Newcastle (H)
    Villa - Bournemouth (H), Everton (H), CRY (A), WHU (H)

    Yay / Nay?

    1. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Nay

    2. @BigChrisso
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Surely you have Heaton in a rotating pair?
      Also, why waste a Liverpool spot on a 2nd string keeper?

      1. Fuddled FC
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Nope set and forget

        Because I have a spare Pool slot and will not use it within the next 4-5 weeks

        1. @BigChrisso
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          I'd play Heaton this week and if you're still interested in making the move use one of two free transfers next week.

    3. Link
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Same here Fuddled. I've gone off the idea now though and think 2 FT's next week is more appealing

      1. Fuddled FC
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        I guess if it's only for 2/3 games saving 1 FT to get him and 1FT to get rid may be too much

  21. mcgrejam
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    A) Salah/Perez
    B) Mane/Martial

    Which pair would score more points...A or B please?

    1. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      have to be A

    2. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      A for me.

    3. Link
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      A comfortably for me

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

      B

    5. SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      B

    6. Jacky boy
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      B

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

      A

  22. BigBillyBass
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Play Pope ARS (A) or Heaton BOU (H) this week?

    1. Link
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Not sure if serious...

      1. BigBillyBass
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 7 days ago

        100% serious. Burnley notoriously frustrate teams and Arsenal didn't look that great on Sunday. Villa looked very leaky on Saturday, 31 shots from Spurs

        1. Link
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Still Heaton.

          Last season this fixture was 3-1 Arsenal. Season before 5-0. In fact, Burnley have only drawn with Arsenal once in the premier league. Lost every other game.

          Arsenal at the Emirates are a different animal

          1. BigBillyBass
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Fair

    2. Fuddled FC
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Heaton

    3. bootsmanus
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 7 days ago

      In the same boat, I'm on Pope now - save points inbound.

  23. the dom 1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Who would you get in mid for 5.5mil?

    a. McGinn

    b. Kante

    c. Jorghino

    d. Trezeguet

    e. ???

    1. @BigChrisso
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Saint-Maximin
      Robinson

      1. the dom 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        would have to play them every week in a 4 4 2 formation if that makes a diff?

        1. @BigChrisso
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Robinson

    2. teddy.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      McGinn or Robinson

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

      A

    4. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Thanks lads

  24. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Allison return date predictions?

    GW5??

    1. Fuddled FC
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Straight after International break

    2. SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      that or 6, you tempted to bring him in?

      1. Fuddled FC
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Yes. See above. I have no pressing concerns.

        I have Heaton as my only playing goalie and Villa were disappointing

        1. avfc82
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Bit harsh, we were playing the Champions League finalists away from home, and it was 1-1 till 86 mins.

        2. SADIO SANÉ
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          I have thought about it, would almost guarantee a GW7 wildcard for me I think, unless I get lucky - not sure he's worth 2 FTs, one maybe

    3. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      I would think GW4 or 5 myself.

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

      5 if its the one after the International Break

  25. rdpx
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Billy Sharp's career stats at SHU are very nice for a 6.0m owned by 1.2%

    Last 4 seasons:
    89 goals from 176 appearances

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      pity it seems he wont be getting 90 mins each week

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

        Exactly this, shame though but can see him getting phased out

      2. rdpx
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Well, he played 8 minutes this week and got more points than Aguero and Vardy combined.

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

          And that’s maintainable?

          1. rdpx
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            No, but it's more than enough to make me not hesitate keeping him for a first PL home game against Palace.

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

              Keep yeah but I wouldn’t advise anyone to bring him in

    2. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      none in the PL though

      1. rdpx
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        One in the PL.

        From 8 minutes in 1 game.

        1. Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          last 4 seasons ? I don’t remember him scoring in the the PL in the last 4 season, unless you count autumn, winter, spring and summer as 4 seasons 😉

          1. rdpx
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Sorry, I was counting three days ago. How silly of me!

            1. Hotdogs for Tea
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              you said last 4 seasons though, so claiming a goal this season rather than saying ‘fair cop’ is a bit silly.

              The guy is old, SU just bought McBurnie for £20 million who has 33 goals in 61 games since Swansea loaned him to Barnsley two seasons ago in the Jan window, or a straight 24 in 44 last season for Swansea.

              Billy ain’t gonna be a hero 🙂

              1. rdpx
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                You said he said I said...

                You said "no goals in the PL"

                ZZZ

                His stats stand. He's already a hero in Sheffield.

                1. Hotdogs for Tea
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  no goals in the PL in reply to your ‘last 4 seasons’ comment, which is 100% correct

                  if you rate him so much buy him and play him ... time to man up and back your opinion dude rather than argue with people on here

                  1. rdpx
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    I have him.

                    You clearly enjoy being pedantic, so you should say it again and see that your comment didn't regret to the PL. You just said he didn't have any goals in the PL, which was 100% incorrect.

                    I don't see why it's such a sticking point for you though, the man has done well, so give him his due and let's see if he plays against Palace.

                    1. rdpx
                      • 7 Years
                      2 months, 7 days ago

                      (If you had said "but none of *those goals are in the PL", I'd concede the point)

                      😉

                    2. Hotdogs for Tea
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 7 days ago

                      i was replying to your comment ‘Last 4 seasons: 89 goals from 176 appearances’ ... with ‘none in the PL though’. it’s quite simple, it’s called context 🙂

                    3. Hotdogs for Tea
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 7 days ago

                      Vardy & Sharp -> Pukki & Rashford-4? 😉

                      1. rdpx
                        • 7 Years
                        2 months, 7 days ago

                        I'm hanging on to to Sharp(C) for his heroic hat trick at home to Crystal Palace at the weekend.

                        Vardy has already been swapped out for Rashford.

                        Vardy and Sharp together was pushing my team's average age up into the high 20s. One of them had to go.

    3. @BigChrisso
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Half those games in league 1. Context

      1. rdpx
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        How many points did your forwards score this week?

        1. @BigChrisso
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          None in league 1 mate

          1. rdpx
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Billy Sharp didn't score and points in league one this week either.

            He got 8 points in the Premier League though, and one can argue that he won't do it again, it was lucky, poor defending... but only 4 forwards beat him.

    4. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Shame he's 34 this season.

    5. Link
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Lots of lower league goals, He's getting on a bit and Blades signed a lot od forwards. Can't see him getting many minutes other than off the bench

      1. rdpx
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        I'll switch him to Pukki in GW6

        🙂

    6. rdpx
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Anyway, I like the guy. He's now apparently the only player to have scored in all four tiers of the football league.

      I like him for the same reason I liked Vardy scoring in the PL so soon after playing for Stockbridge Park Steels.

      Some guy on TalkSport was really scathing about him, his response was great:

      When asked about the criticism, he told talkSPORT: “I don’t really care what they think. He’s never kicked a ball in the Premier League. That’s one more goal I’ve got than him and he’ll never get that back off me. He can say what he likes.”

      1. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        there are quite a few that have scored in a 4 tiers, some even for the same club

        1. rdpx
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Fair enough. I misread the article!

          BILLY SHARP FOR PM!

          😀

  26. EL tridente
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Ryan Button
    Digne, Van Dijk, KWP, Zinchenko, Rico
    Salah, Sterling, Sigurdsson, Robinson, Dendoncker
    Kane, King, Greenwood

    Any transfer to do or should I save the transfer?

    1. sunzip14
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Save

  27. sunzip14
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Sensible to save FT or do you recommend any moves?0 itb.

    Heaton/Button
    VVD, Digne, Rico, Diop, Montoya
    Sterling, KDB, Martial, Fraser, Barkley
    Kane, Wilson, Greenwood

  28. The Overthinker - I blame R…
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Should verto ( forced to start Hayden) and wood be a concern for me in GW2?

    1. SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Wood is no more of a concern than he was last week, unless you had him as a place holder

      1. The Overthinker - I blame R…
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        The reason for going with wood was only gw1, don't think burnely will score against arsenal. ATM he is in my starting 11 and hence a bigger concern than verto.

        I MIGHT do the hokey kokey with 6.5 striker who knows 😀

  29. El Rey de Fantasy
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Pope.
    TAA. Stones. Digne. Rico.
    Salah (c). Sterling. Fraser. Ayoze perez.
    Kane. King.

    Sub: Button. Lundstorm. Dendocker. Greenwood.

    0.0 in bnk and 1 ft

    1 Fraser > Martial..?
    Or
    2 Stick and GTG..?
    Or
    3 Any other changes...?

  30. TLF
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Salah v Auba for the armband this weekend is an interesting one. Almost certain I'll be going with the latter. Hopefully Laca will be fit and Pepe gets a start.

    1. sunzip14
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      So you think Laca playing together will be better for Auba than only him as the main striker?

      1. TLF
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Whether Auba plays out wide or up front as a lone striker doesn't concern me, it's the players around him, creativity and service that I see as being more important, if he gets that he'll score well regardless. He has good chemistry with Laca so yes, id be more than happy seeing both start together.

    2. KGFC
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Auba here too

    3. The Overthinker - I blame R…
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Team AubaCap Assemble !!!

      1. Eugeniekwh
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        most will be with salah but heres for us (auba cappers) to do well!

    4. @BigChrisso
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Watched the Arsenal game, they weren't great before or after the subs. Salah the better capt pick for this week from these two IMO