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. _werre_
    • 3 Years
    12 days, 4 hours ago

    Pope
    Robertson Digne Kelly
    Salah(c) Martial Fraser Perez KDB
    Kan King

    Bench: Heaton Lundstram Taylor Greenwood

    Any suggestions for near future?

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 4 hours ago

      Just one suggestion, STERLING

      1. _werre_
        • 3 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        For KDB?

    2. Boris Bodega
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 4 hours ago

      Looks good to me, I'd probably start Heaton over Pope, and save your FT, assuming you haven't already used it.

      1. _werre_
        • 3 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        Cheers mate

  2. Judeksi
    • 5 Years
    12 days, 4 hours ago

    So any news on Guilbert, is he a lost cause? I will have to play Walker-Peters if he doesn't play..

    1. Rock n Grohl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Think I read yesterday he was left out as he was too attack minded to play against Spurs? Strange thing to be honest. Probably hold and play against Bournemouth.

      1. SADIO SANÉ
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        Did Kiwivillan say that or a more reputable source?

  3. Bobby Digital
    • 2 Years
    12 days, 4 hours ago

    Bottomed...

    Having no other pressing transfers; would you do Cathcart to Dunk? Was between those two and I picked the wrong one. This would leave me to choose between Dunk (WHU) and Lundstrom (CRY).

    Or should I save a transfer and just play Lundstrom this week?

    Cheers!

    1. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Save

    2. circusmonkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Play Lund, decent fixture.

    3. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      You picked the wrong one for GW1.... whether or not you picked the wrong one for the season is up for discussion

      I think it’s a bit of a waste of a transfer. The flexibility of 2 transfers next will be of great value

    4. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Thanks all.

  4. Salt'N'Pepe
    • 4 Years
    12 days, 4 hours ago

    Good to save a FT?

    Ryan
    Coleman Lundstram VanDijk
    Salah Perez KDB Sterling Fraser
    Wesley Wilson

    Button Ake Greenwood Kelly

    0 ITB

    1. Mr. Funny Name
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Yeah save

    2. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Yep

  5. mcgrejam
    • 5 Years
    12 days, 4 hours ago

    Pope
    Digne, Zinchenko, AWB, VVD
    Salah, McGinn, Sterling, Martial
    Kane, Pukki

    No playing subs except dendoncker etc - can wildcard to this - good enough/any changes please?

    1. SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Digne -> Coleman & 0.5 ITB, think you'll want to upgrade McGinn soon

      1. Zlatanzo
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        Until Sidibe comes in...

        1. SADIO SANÉ
          • 4 Years
          12 days, 3 hours ago

          He might not, no guarantee of that whatsoever

    2. circusmonkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Well it is a good team based on week 1 but what did you have before?

      1. mcgrejam
        • 5 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        Current team is...

        Pope
        Digne, TAA, VVD
        Salah, McGinn, Sterling, Perez
        Wilson, Rashford, Jota

        Is this one better?

        1. circusmonkey
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          12 days, 3 hours ago

          I think that one is ok, not in need of a wildcard and it has a bench.

  6. Zlatanzo
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    Should I start Mings (BOU home) or Montoya (WHU home)?

    1. SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Monty

    2. Bruce Lee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Mont

    3. Badger Badger Mushroom Mush…
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Surprised at the answers here, I was on Mings, but I’ve just swapped them.

      Peer pressure.

  7. Bruce Lee
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    why all the kane polls?

    before the season it was "will you get kane?"

    now it is "will you get kane for gw2?"

    chill bruh

    1. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      But seriously....will you get Kane?

    2. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Better question is why Kane isnt even in the captain poll. Nice bias.

      1. SADIO SANÉ
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        He is

        1. Bruce Lee
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          12 days, 3 hours ago

          i don't see him there...

          1. SADIO SANÉ
            • 4 Years
            12 days, 3 hours ago

            Had hardly any votes at the bottom

        2. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          12 days, 3 hours ago

          No he isnt, I cant pick him. He doesnt have any votes because hes not an option to pick.

          1. SADIO SANÉ
            • 4 Years
            12 days, 3 hours ago

            He does/did earlier 100% guarantee that

      2. EMBOLOFAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        lol

    3. LangerznMash
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      What about Kane for gw3?

      1. Bruce Lee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        we'll find out next week in the poll

    4. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Auba clearly offers more this week, but I'm not bothered by a hokey cokey.

  8. Tonyawesome69
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    Should I hold transfer or make a change?

    pope
    VVD TAA digne walker-pieters
    salah (c) sterling kdb perez
    deuo king

    heaton dendoncker lundstram greenwood

    1. Tonyawesome69
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      0 itb

    2. Sparkys Barmy Army
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Hold

  9. Sparkys Barmy Army
    • 5 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    A. Ings > Pukki
    B. Pulisic > Martial
    C. Hold FT

    Happy with the rest of my team really, got 0.5 itb so considering this.

    1. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      C

    2. circusmonkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      B maybe, or C

    3. $carface
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      A.

    4. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Hold - or Pulisic to Sigurdsson; still I would hold for more info

  10. Baltic Revolution
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    King to Pukki? (Have Fraser)

    Pool fan - the Fin looked very lively on Friday, could do some damage against Newcastle but also expecting a bounceback from Bournemouth this week...?

    1. amitmishr
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      In the same boat. Holding on to king for one more week

    2. Tonyawesome69
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      I was thinking deuo or king for puki but was thinking the same Bournemouth to bounce back and deuo to haunt his old team

      1. Kristobal
        • 7 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        Deulofeu injured? Was subbed quite early last game. Does he play upfront?

    3. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Imagine having 2 FTs GW3 when some fixtures turn 😉

      1. Baltic Revolution
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        Fair enough - guess we're holding for now...

  11. pundit of punts
    • 6 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    Thinking of shifting my team to something like this.

    Pope
    TAA - Laporte - AWB - Christensen - Coleman
    Salah - Sterling - Son - Mount
    Rashford

    4m - Dendoncker - Greenwood - Wickham

    Thoughts? Too crazy? 🙂

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Gudmundsson rather than Mount

      5 at the back ahhh could work but ... probably just me

      1. pundit of punts
        • 6 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        That spot is up for grabs.

    2. TheSteel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Shifting how? Like wildcarding?

    3. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Bad idea

  12. Kristobal
    • 7 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    Thoughts about Maupay? Anyone think that he might offer good value and will be nailed on? He did quite well in Championship last year even though it’s not the same as Premier League of course.

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

      Looks promising for €6m but I would like to see him constantly starting for at least 60 mins.

  13. Dynamic Duos
    • 6 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    Mepham nailed on?

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

      Who knows, but I wouldn't start a BOU defender at this juncture.

    2. Coolbean
      12 days, 2 hours ago

      Nope, first to be dropped when they switch back to a back 4.

  14. PAL
    • 3 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    Seriously can't wait to watch Auba - Laca - Pepe playing together week in week out. They give me hope we can still win matches even if we concede 2 or 3.

    1. TheSteel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Tempted to captain Auba this week

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

        I am.

        1. _nod
          • 6 Years
          12 days, 2 hours ago

          Me too

    2. Boris Bodega
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Are you that convinced by Pepé? Last two were Gervinho and Yaya Sanogo. Hope you're right obviously.

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

        I'm not convinced he's as prolific as everyone makes him out to be. His non-penalty expected goals vs his xG is intriguing.

      2. Boris Bodega
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        *last two Ivorian players

  15. TheSteel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    Would you play Diop (bha) or Lundstram (CRY)?

    1. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      L

    2. AuFeld
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Lundstram at home.

  16. $carface
    • 6 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    Do we think Everton defence will be as solid as last season in the absence of Gueye and their inability to replace him? Is Digne's attack threat enough to justify 6.0 price tag?

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

      Nope.

    2. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      prob similar and yeah dignes fine

  17. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    FIFA loves that Qatar money...

  18. Wild Rover
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    So much for Man City getting banned. Fine less than a players weekly wage. That will hurt 🙄

  19. McGowan
    • 3 Years
    12 days, 2 hours ago

    A. Rashford + 5.5mid (McGinn)
    or
    B. Martial + 6.5 forward /(Maupay + 0.5)

    Will Maupay play vs West Ham?

  20. chrisb182
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    12 days, 1 hour ago

    Hi All,

    Got 88pts for GW1 with this team:

    Pope (Heaton)
    Walker-Peters, van Dijk, Zinchenko (Kelly, Lundstram)
    Sterling, Salah, Barkley, Perez (Dendoncker)
    Kane, King, Kean

    I'm deciding not to wait until GW3 to get two free transfers, so I'm thinking of making the following changes for GW2:

    Heaton > Pope
    Lundstram > Walker-Peters

    Has anyone got any advice on any other changes they would make?

    1. HashAttack
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 1 hour ago

      That looks like you're just swapping subs .. not making transfers?

      1. chrisb182
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        11 days, 22 hours ago

        Not going to make transfers until GW3

        1. chrisb182
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          11 days, 8 hours ago

          Sorry, I was meant to say in the original email that I am going to wait until GW3 to make my first transfer.

  21. kopite65
    • 4 Years
    12 days, 1 hour ago

    play
    A heaton
    B pope
    cheers

    1. Bada Bing
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 56 mins ago

      I'm playing Heaton out of those two, he's at home and I think Burnley might get trashed at Arsenal.

      1. kopite65
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 54 mins ago

        my thoughts to, just that i have wilson & king !
        cheers

        1. Bada Bing
          • 2 Years
          12 days, 31 mins ago

          I have Wilson, King and Fraser, so I'm also kind of betting against myself. 🙂 But if they fail, I might at least get a clean sheet for my goalie as a small consolation.