Scout Notes

Wilson and King reward owners’ patience as Bournemouth beat Villa

Goals: Douglas Luiz (£4.5m) | Harry Wilson (£6.0m) Josh King (£6.5m)

Assists: Jack Grealish (£6.0m) | Callum Wilson (£8.0m)

Bonus Points: El Mohamady x 3 Luiz x 2 H.Wilson/Grealish x 1

Bournemouth battled to a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon, leaving their hosts still winless on their return to the Premier League. 

An early penalty was converted by Josh King (£6.5m) after Tom Heaton (£4.5m) had fouled Callum Wilson (£8.0m) in the box to put the Cherries 1-0 up, before Bournemouth debutant Harry Wilson (£6.0m) doubled their lead with an outstanding strike.

The Wilson and King combination is a well-known and lethal duo to Fantasy managers, and the two strikers did not disappoint on Saturday. For Wilson, the assist for King’s converted penalty means the striker has now recorded attacking returns in two consecutive matches.

And for King, his well-taken penalty will inevitably add to his confidence as Bournemouth bid to build on their unbeaten start to the 2019/20 campaign with promising fixtures from Gamweeks 4 to 7, though first, they must face reigning Champions Manchester City at Dean Court in Gameweek 3. 

Harry Wilson scored his first goal for Bournemouth on Saturday

Eddie Howe’s side were buoyant and energetic in attack, yet this enthusiasm was poorly managed by central midfielder Philip Billing (£5.0m) who was lucky to remain on the pitch after a number of poor challenges and was consequently substituted by Howe at half-time. 

For Villa, this was a disappointing result after their promising performance against Spurs last week.

Manager Dean Smith will be understandably frustrated that his side were able to deliver such a strong first-half performance in the capital but fall so short of the required standards in the opening 45 minutes at Villa Park. 

There are a number of assets in Villa’s squad who have the potential to offer value in 2019/20, yet investing in a team who are yet to prove themselves in the top-flight and who remain winless is a difficult decision to justify even if there is a wealth of potential value-for-money options in midfield and defence.

It was a mixed afternoon for Douglas Luiz who was sloppy in possession in the first half but scored a wonder-goal in the second

Tyrone Mings (£4.5m) delivered another commanding performance at the heart of the host’s defence alongside Bjorn Engels (£4.5m), whilst a wonder strike from Douglas Luiz (£4.5m) was the highlight of Villa’s afternoon, a superb effort from outside the box to drag Smith’s side back into contention for a tense final 15 minutes in front of a boisterous home crowd. 

An assist for Jack Grealish (£6.0m) will be pleasing returns for the 6% of managers who backed the Villa captain, and with a crucial run of fixtures on the horizon to ensure relegation does not become an immediate concern for the club, he is likely to feature prominently and could deliver further attacking returns.

John McGinn (£5.6m) was relentless in the middle of the park for Villa, but the Scotsman was unable to deliver successive attacking returns to build on his goal away at Spurs in Gameweek 1.

The abilities of McGinn and Grealish are certainly documented, yet whether either of these players can be considered a viable and reliable asset for Fantasy managers given Villa’s volatility in the opening Gamweeks of 2019/20 is a question that remains unanswered.

Grealish got his first attacking returns of the 2019/20 season

Villa’s club-record signing Wesley (£6.0m) had a difficult afternoon against Bournemouth, failing to fulfil his role as a capable target-man to hold up the ball and unleash Villa’s faster attacking options such as Anwar El Ghazi (£5.5m) and Trezeguet (£5.5m). 

It is too early to make a firm judgement on Wesley after just two matches, but from the perspective of early impressions, the Brazilian is unlikely to be a player that is featuring prominently for Fantasy managers, especially given the value that could lie in Villa’s defence alongside the early attacking returns from Grealish and McGinn in midfield. 

Villa’s next three games – Everton (home), Crystal Palace (away) and West Ham (home) – are of huge importance in their bid to have a successful season and prevent getting dragged into a relegation dogfight, and these will be games that are closely monitored by Fantasy managers in assessing whether Smith’s side represent a squad worthy of investment for the early stages of 2019/20. 

Meanwhile, Bournemouth and Howe remain unbeaten and will look to build on their early successes and continue the integration of players such as Harry Wilson who could yet become a differential pick in Bournemouth’s already impressive attacking armoury. 

Reflecting on the game for us, The Villa View’s Dan Bardell said:

A game where neither team really impressed defensively, meaning budget defenders from both sides came away with low scores.

We need to cut out the errors, goalscorer Luiz at £4.5m obviously bagged but I wouldn’t expect him to be scoring too many, he’s a pure a defensive midfielder.

McGinn and Trezeguet looked our liveliest players. McGinn is going to get somewhere between 7-10 goals this season in my opinion. He will play every week and he just suits the Premier League.

For Bournemouth, Harry Wilson looks a shout, especially with Brooks out. Scored from range yesterday and will probably take his share of dead balls. Fraser looked good as well but his price increase puts me off him.

Billing as a budget midfielder doesn’t look advisable, could have easily been sent off yesterday. Good player, but not for Fantasy football.

Members Analysis 

Aston Villa XI (4-3-3): Heaton; Elmohamady, Engels, Mings, Taylor; McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Grealish; Trezeguet (Davis 87′), Wesley, El Ghazi (Jota 75′)

Bournemouth XI (4-4-2): Ramsdale; Smith, Cook, Ake, Daniels; H. Wilson (Solanke 76′), Billing (Surman 46′), Lerma, Fraser; C. Wilson, King.

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Lessons learned from Gameweek 2

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  1. EgyptianKing
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Hi mates.

    Thoughts on this team for GW3?

    Ryan
    Robertson, Bissaka, Digne, Chenko, Lundstram
    Salah, Sterling, Moura, KDB
    Jota

    Button, King, Dendoncker, Greenwood

    Cheers!

    1. 7heart45
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Doubtful of Moura with Son coming in

      1. EgyptianKing
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 1 day ago

        With Ali probably still out, even with Son I think Lucas should have som gametime.

        Against Newcastle at home, I consider it may be worth the risk

    2. FPL-Albion
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Is Digne going to be fit?

      1. EgyptianKing
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 1 day ago

        I think Silva was not very concerned about it at the end of the game. I would say Digne should be fine to play GW3

  2. HarryB29
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 1 day ago

    My team: 2FT 0.0 ITB

    Ryan (Button)
    Robbo/VVD/Digne/Zinchenko (Diop)
    Sterling/Salah/Fraser/Perez (Dendo)
    Wilson/Jota (Greenwood)

    Thinking Robbo/Fraser/Wilson --> KDB/Rashford/Lundstram (-4)

    How does this move sound? Is there something better I can do?

    1. 7heart45
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 1 day ago

      I wouldn't take the hit! Would probably overhaul my entire team and play a WC

  3. clempro
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    What to do with Perez? Didn't really show much yesterday....
    A) stick one more week (Sheffield Utd coming up)
    B) switch to Mount
    C) switch to McGinn
    D) other
    ( 1 FT)

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Think I am going to stick with Perez for one more week. If he does nothing vs SHU then he has to go.

      I also have Vardy and considering taking him out and bringing in Pukki.

      Decisions, decisions.

    2. the divine ponytail
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      I had the same decision.

      Already did Barkley to Ceballos with my other transfer.

      Tempted by Trossard or Cantwell

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        3 months, 1 day ago

        No way, keep Trossard, Cantwell one good game.

        Trossard scored on his debut, could have had another one.

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Cantwell's underlying stats are good. Would be happy to have him as a playing 4th every week.

    3. Jeanz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      stats point to Mount

    4. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Shots: On target: Key passes

      Mount 7:5:5
      McGinn 8:4:3

    5. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      I'd love to see the Foxes come out like scalded cats against the Steels and scoring early. I fancy they will, forcing Wilder to bring off Lund (1) early for a McBurnie masterclass.

      2-2. Keep.

  4. Trovsmash
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Who do we like at 6m?
    A. Trossard
    B. Mount

    1. danlynch13
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Mount fixtures and looks like he has that spot for the while.. what do you think ?

    2. 7heart45
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 1 day ago

      McGinn!

    3. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 1 day ago

      I've got both. Selling Trossard soon. I like the fact that options have become clear at 5.5 to 6.0

      Mount, Trossard and McGinn all have enticing pros and not too many cons. Easy to switch without having much in the bank, especially as no 6.5 has set the world alight. Heck, there's even Cantwell at 4.5 - 5.0, so I'm okay with keeping one for the price point. As things stand, it would be Mount. Switching if he loses his spot

      1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Ah yes! There's Ceballos from GW5 as well 🙂

  5. Hits from the Bong
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Play Ceballos (liv) or Lundstram (LEI)?

    1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Cello

  6. kidzac
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Team as it stands

    Pope henderson
    Digne vvd zinchenko Lund rico
    Salah sterling kdb mcginn trossard
    Jota pukki Adams

    0 FT 0.5 itb

    Which strikers to look out for to replace jota and Adams in the coming weeks if they don't come good?

    1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Only player not exciting me is McGinn.
      Really good. 9/10

  7. FOO FIGHTER
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Save one more week or should I bring in Pukki for Vardy?

    Pope, Button
    Dunk, Pereira, TAA, VVD, Lund
    McGinn, Salah, Sterling, Perez, Trossard
    Vardy, Jota, Greenwood

    1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      That's got banana skin written all over it.
      I'd rather get him over Jota.

  8. danlynch13
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Is going with no Liverpool defense madness?

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      No

    2. COK3Y5MURF - Unbelievable J…
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      No, but I wouldn't sell TAA if you own him.

      1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 1 day ago

        This. Viewing TAA as a midfielder is keeping my knee in check

  9. FPL_G
    3 months, 1 day ago

    G'day
    Need help with transfers 2 FT in the bank,

    Pope
    Robertson, TAA, Zinchenko, Lundstram,
    Salah, Sterling, Siggy,
    Jimenez,Wilson,King

    Button, Dendoncker, Hayden ,Diop

    A) Jimenez + Wilson > Barnes + Pukki to allow Siggy > KDB next game week.
    or
    B) Robertson or TAA + Siggy > Dunk + KDB this week

    Also thinking I might swap Pope out for Ryan soon really not sure what to do.

    Thanks for any help!

    1. footballfreak
      3 months, 1 day ago

      i would go for B

  10. Bavarian
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 1 day ago

    What do you think guys of this WC team?

    Ryan (Button)
    Coleman-VVD-AWB-Lundstram (Kelly)
    Sterling-Salah-Son-KDB (Cantwell)
    Pukki-Jota (Greenwood)

    1. footballfreak
      3 months, 1 day ago

      looks nice i would get another 4.5 goalkeeper to change them

    2. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Do you still want Ryan?

      1. Bavarian
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Pope?

        1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Started the season with Pope. I feel he could be up there with 5.0s and 5.5s by the end of the season, except if injured. Burnley's CS potential and his save points when they don't keep CS. Has that CS edge over Fabianski

          1. Bavarian
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 1 day ago

            cheers mate

        2. footballfreak
          3 months, 1 day ago

          i got pope and ryan and change them depending on fixtures

    3. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Actually looks really great - best I’ve seen

      Can’t help but feel the value is going to eventually emerge in the 5.5-6m midfield bracket though

      1. Bavarian
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Thank youuu

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

      Really like this.

      1. Bavarian
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 1 day ago

        cheers

  11. footballfreak
    3 months, 1 day ago

    think it looks good for a wc?
    Ryan Pope
    Dunk AWB Kelly Zinchenko Lunstram
    Mane Salah KDB Sterling Cantwell
    Pukki (Ings or Adams) Greenwood

    1. Bavarian
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 1 day ago

      I like that midfield

    2. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 1 day ago

      The defence is too light for me

      Kelly should lose his place in a week or 2.
      Ings/Adams aren’t for me

    3. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Liking. this too.
      Adams

  12. TheDragon
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 1 day ago

    thoughts on this?

    Ryan (Button)
    Robbo, VVD, Digne, Soyuncu (Lundstram)
    Salah, Sterling, KDB, Perez (Robinson)
    King, Jota (Greenwood)

    Only 1 FT

    Issues as I see it (roughly in order): Robinson, King, Perez, Double Liverpool defence, I have no spurs I have no United.

    Thoughts? Maybe it’s not quite as bad as I think?

    A) Save the FT
    B) Robinson -> Cantwell
    C) Robertson, Robinson, King -> 4.5/AWB, Martail/ Trossard, Pukkis (-8)
    D) Other

  13. Vitamin C
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    2 FTs,should i do
    Vert to a no more than 5.2 def (who?)
    &
    King to Pukki?

  14. Carlito
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Pushed the button. Here is my WC team . What do u rekon ?

    Pope Button
    AWB Zinchenko Lunstram Mina Maitland-Niles
    Salah Sterling Kdb Son Cantwell
    Pukki Jota Wickham

    SInce i ll be playing 4-4-2 I feel I need 4 good defenders + Lunstream . Could upgrade defender to Digne and have Kelly. Not sure thats better

    For foward could change Jota but not sure what cheap foward will outperform jota

    1. salazar1963
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Big mistake. You had 4 weeks to finalise your GW 1 squad. Now you're W/C after 2 GW's. Totally poor preparation

      1. SEYPULISIC
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Rubbish statement. WC whenever you really need to. GW is irrelevant.

      2. Hakim Ziyech
        3 months, 1 day ago

        An absolutely silly statement

      3. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        nonsense

        id 345

      4. Cube
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        I'm shocked by your statement. He now has 2 gameweeks of information.

    2. David Lo Pan
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      In other news, I like your team

  15. DarkSideOfTheLoon
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Which one?

    1) VVD + 4.5 Def
    2) Robbo + Lundstram

    Thanks a lot!

  16. Keikari
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Adrian
    VVD Bissaka Dunk
    Sterling Mane Pogba Trossard
    Kane Pukki Jota

    Button Kelly Lundstram Dendo
    Good to go?

  17. garth123
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 1 day ago

    A: Rashford, Origi & Cantwell
    Or
    B: Barnes, Pukki & moutinho
    ?

  18. danlynch13
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Thoughts on this WC? Please tell me where it’s wrong

    Pope/Button
    AWB/Digne/Dunk
    Salah/KDB/Son/Sterling/Mount
    Pukki/Jota

    Soyuncu/Lundstrom/Greenwood

    Thanks!

  19. migas2k7
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 22 hours ago

    King or Wilson and why?

  20. ZAWAd25
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 19 hours ago

    On WC

    A) Salah + Martial + 5.0 defender
    Or
    B) Mane + KDB + (Kelly and rotate with Lundstram)

  21. Mr. Wizard
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 19 hours ago

    Is it still safe to bring in Zinch?
    How at risk is he to Mendy?

  22. HellasLEAF
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Sterling to KDB and those funds to upgrade a Cantwell or a Mount?

    Have Aguero. He looks to be the more worth it of the 12's right now at City.

    Have both but value/price of KDB very tempting to downgrade Sterling..

  23. HellasLEAF
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Sterling - Aguero - Salah owners..

    Considering perhaps downgrading Sterling to KDB and use funds to upgrade midfield? (Cantwell/Mount/Hayden)

    could be almost coin flip between KDB and Sterling (with probably an edge to Sterling overall in goals) but at 3.0 less....

    1. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Have you considered downgrading Aguero instead?

      1. HellasLEAF
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        no