Scout Notes

Man United defence stunned as Rashford misses penalty

Goals: Daniel James (£6.0m) | Jordan Ayew (£5.0m) Patrick van Aanholt (£5.5m)

Assists: Anthony Martial (£7.7m) | Jeffrey Schlupp (£5.5m)

Bonus Points: Ayew x 3 Van Aanholt x 2 Schlupp x 1

Crystal Palace secured their first win of the 2019/20 Premier League season in dramatic fashion with a last-minute winner from Patrick van Aanholt (£5.0m) at Old Trafford. 

Manchester United came into the game off the back of an unbeaten start to 2019/20 with a 4-0 victory over Chelsea and a 1-1 draw on Monday with Wolves.

However, instead of playing with energy and confidence from their opening encounters, Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer’s side were laboured against Palace on Saturday as a missed penalty from Marcus Rashford (£8.7m) summed up the Red Devil’s afternoon. 

Last week’s draw at Wolves drew considerable debate regarding United’s penalty-takers, with Solsjkaer claiming in his post-match interview that he leaves the final decision to either Paul Pogba (£8.6m) or Rashford dependent on their own preferences. 

Manchester United had further penalty problems on Saturday afternoon

Pogba’s poorly taken spot-kick at Molineux meant it was Rashford who resumed duties from the penalty spot against Palace. It was interesting to see that Anthony Martial (£7.7m) took command of the penalty situation this time, decisively picking the ball up after Scott McTominay (£5.0m) was fouled, and thrust it into Rashford’s hands. Pogba, meanwhile, was conspicuous by his absence from the exchange.

However, Rashford was still unable to bury his spot-kick, striking the post on Saturday afternoon. That was a huge blow for Rashford’s 27.6% ownership, as he registered a Gameweek 3 score of zero points.

“Fine margins. We’re disappointed but I’m sure Marcus will look at his penalty again but he’ll definitely step up again.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Martial registered an assist for Daniel James’ (£6.0m) goal, yet the Frenchman will have been disappointed to not have added to his tally of attacking returns in 2019/20 after failing to add a clinical cutting edge on a number of occasions.

Backed by 18.6% of managers as the most-owned United midfielder, Martial certainly is passing the eye-test, and at £7.7m the French forward is certainly a value-for-money option amidst United’s attacking options. 

Martial was one of two Manchester United players to pick up an injury against Palace

However, any potential new owners may want to keep an eye on his fitness this week as Martial limped off at the end of the game.

The Manchester United website reported that he had picked up an injury in the closing stages with Solskjaer unable to provide much of an update at this early stage.

There was also some concern for Luke Shaw (£5.5m) after he was taken off in the 34th minute, but Solsjkaer confirmed the injury is not thought to be serious or long-term.

“We’ll have to wait and see. Hopefully, they won’t be too bad and maybe we can have them training during the week. We’ll do the scans tomorrow but (Shaw) felt something in his hamstring. Hopefully, it won’t be too bad and I hope he is going to be back for Southampton.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

James, a bright spark amidst an afternoon of misfortune for United, was energetic throughout the game against Palace and got a well-deserved goal in the 89th minute.

He now has attacking returns in both of his matches at Old Trafford this season and has started the last two Gameweeks in a row. That may suggest the former Swansea City midfielder can provide an alternate budget route into the Manchester United attack.

Daniel James celebrates scoring for Manchester United

Fantasy managers had also been flocking to United’s defensive assets after some impressive displays at the back in the first two Gameeeks. The arrivals of Harry Maguire (£5.5m) and Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.6m) looked to have stabilised the Red Devils’ backline.

However, their failure to keep a clean sheet against a team that offered little going forward might reminder to managers of how far United still have to come. There was also frustration for Wan-Bissaka owners as he picked up a yellow card in the second half.

Solskjaer’s men spent the majority of the first half camped in Palace’s final third and were caught off guard by the first counter-attack of the match.

Ayew capitalised on Manchester United’s high line in the first half

Palace had been resilient in the face of considerable pressure in the opening stages, but it was Jordan Ayew (£5.0m) who found the breakthrough for Palace to put them 1-0 up against the run of play.

The Eagles’ lack of goalscoring impetus aside from Wilfried Zaha (£6.9m) is well documented, though Ayew’s performance and goalscoring contribution could suggest he is capable of involving himself in Palace’s attacking efforts in 2019/20. 

Van Aanholt also reminded Fantasy managers what he is capable of, sending Palace’s away end into a state of euphoria with a winner in injury time. The Dutch defender has always held an attacking threat, averaging nearly five goals a season since 2015/16, and he was once again on target to secure a vital win for Palace. 

For Hodgson’s men, this was an extremely important result, yet it was also a timely reminder that the Eagles, on their day, can be a match for any of the Premier League’s elite sides if they show the resilience they displayed at times in 2018/19.

Van Aanholt celebrates scoring the winner for Crystal Palace at Old Trafford

Gary Cahill (£4.5m) was solid at the back alongside Martin Kelly (£4.0m), which is good news for the Fantasy appeal of the latter, who started ahead of Scott Dann (£4.5m).

The arrival of the ex-Chelsea man on a free transfer could potentially revitalise Palace as a defensive unit worthy of investment – a prospect that may have been discarded by managers following the departure of Wan-Bissaka to United. 

This was an afternoon that belonged to Palace and their resilient attitude in the face of extreme pressure, yet after just three Premier League games of 2019/20, a familiar line of questioning may be pointed towards United.

Defensive frailties have once again been exposed, and they were not too ruthless going forward either. That may lead to further scrutiny of their Fantasy assets in the upcoming Gameweeks.

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  1. EL tridente
    • 1 Year
    26 days, 2 hours ago

    King and Robinson to Haller and Cantwell for -4?

    1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
      • 3 Years
      26 days, 2 hours ago

      Like it - should be a goalfest next week between WHU/NOR

      1. Offs!de
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        26 days, 1 hour ago

        That is exactly what I am thinking about

  2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    26 days, 2 hours ago

    Need BIG things from this crew today:

    Zinkers, KDB, Sterling, KWP, Son, Kane (c)

    6, 8, 10, 6, 12, 26 = 68 sound about right??

    1. soup natsi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      26 days, 2 hours ago

      Fingers crossed for 2, 2, 5, 2, 1, 30

    2. Demel
      • 8 Years
      26 days, 1 hour ago

      🙂 I wish you luck with your Man City players. Going big on Spurs up front looks a little risky (albeit with potential big rewards).

    3. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      26 days, 1 hour ago

      Sorry Max but Kane owns me a blank gw

  3. MB10
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    26 days, 2 hours ago

    The reaction to United's results is gas...

    4-0 against Chelsea
    Reaction: "Defense is back, attack is quality, everyone buy Utd players !"
    For anyone who watched the game Chelsea should have been 0-2 up. United got in front due to a stupid tackle from Zouma which changed the game. Final scoreline was flattering against a very young Chelsea side.

    1-1 against Wolves:
    Reaction: "penalty fiasco !"
    Utd actually played quite well, deserved to win.
    But belter from Neves and the missed pen (anyone can miss a pen) saved it for Wolves.

    1-2 against Palace
    Reaction: "are united in the relegation mix (pathetic), get rid of all Utd defenders (shouldnt have bought them in the first place) "
    By all accounts they battered Palace yesterday and deserved at least a draw. The Palace opener was a lucky long ball flick on, Lindelof wasn't strong enough in the air.
    Another missed pen and the final goal a break away by Palace as United pushed for the winner. Albeit a mistake from DeGea threw it away.

    Get a grip lads, its early days. New philosophy from Solskjaer and the whole club in general in the window since SAF left.
    They won't be winning any leagues this year but will be there or there abouts for the top 4 in May.
    In terms of FPL sit tight and observe. A win against Southampton next week and everyone will be jumping on again !

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      26 days, 2 hours ago

      They wont be close to top 4 in May. Sorry, too many problems in that team.

    2. MTPockets
      • 10 Years
      26 days, 2 hours ago

      What's Solskjaer's new philosophy?

      1. Peter Ouch
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        26 days, 1 hour ago

        hOLEstic approach

    3. Giggs Boson.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      26 days, 1 hour ago

      Oh, I agree. No need to be so defensive though. If you spot something that few others do, just quietly take advantage 😉

    4. Lukey27
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      26 days, 1 hour ago

      FPL at it's best

    5. ZICO SENNA
      • 8 Years
      26 days, 1 hour ago

      We have mystic megs on here a lot of the time, let them sell united assets, next game everyone will want them again.

    6. camarozz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      26 days, 1 hour ago

      Utd are done. End of.

      1. ZICO SENNA
        • 8 Years
        26 days, 1 hour ago

        Lmao

    7. Irbox ⚽
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      26 days, 1 hour ago

      United had the second best xG this week (2.53) just behind Hammers against an abysmal Hornets defence. They also had the best xGc against Palace and were unlucky not to win. People look at results rather than the underlying stats and wonder why they don’t succeed at FPL. United Top 4 comfortably

      1. Meinhoff
        • 7 Years
        26 days, 1 hour ago

        Top 4 in underlying stats maybe. In real life no

        1. Irbox ⚽
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          26 days, 1 hour ago

          This makes zero sense. Underlying stats define results

      2. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        26 days, 1 hour ago

        Agreed I think

        Palace have this bizarre record of upsetting XG odds in away matches from last season where they were top 6 away comfortably. I wouldn’t read much into this match at all from United perspective

    8. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      26 days, 1 hour ago

      Hopeless post

    9. Trossard or not Trossard
        26 days, 1 hour ago

        "Get a grip" sounds like good advice.

      • PUMPKINHEAD
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        26 days, 1 hour ago

        Deluded imo. An has been side. Mocking city and Chelsea for their spending then do exactly same. Hypocrites.

        Rashord massively overrated
        Lingard a clown
        Martial good 1 in 5 games

        Ole at the wheel driving the bus over a cliff..I for one will enjoy it. No fortune with 5 or 6 top players coming through ranks all at one go any more.. sorry but it's a new era

        1. FOO FIGHTER
            26 days, 1 hour ago

            Think it is premature to expect UTD to finish top 4.

          • ^Freedom Fighter^
            • 7 Years
            26 days, 1 hour ago

            Finally someone who said the truth ..

        2. ^Freedom Fighter^
          • 7 Years
          26 days, 1 hour ago

          As long as pogba plays defender not attacking midfielder or even left wing ManU will struggle .. someone send solskjaer Juventus matches to check pogba position...
          Plus really under quality for ManU...I mean Rash/Martial/lingard ... They not really ManU quality or at least that's my humble opinion

        3. Double Treble
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          26 days, 1 hour ago

          They should but proper striker who can convert penalty.

          Martial is lazy .. Sory.

          1. Double Treble
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            26 days, 1 hour ago

            Buy

        4. rozzo
          • 6 Years
          26 days, 1 hour ago

          I have Martial because it would be silly not to but they arent getting anywhere near top 4

          Lots of midtable players in that team with little creativity

      • MeatPieSausageRoll
          26 days, 2 hours ago

          We should sign that Soyuncu in January

          1. Peter Ouch
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            26 days, 1 hour ago

            Hahaha you're a legend mate

          2. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            26 days, 1 hour ago

            Why not just buy the whole Leics squad?
            Leics buy for pence & ManU pay crazy money.

        • Tsparkes10
          • 1 Year
          26 days, 2 hours ago

          Really tempted to just keep my team this week and pray for the best cause 2 FT after the International break is huge imo. Greenwood will cover martial injury hopefully

          1. ZICO SENNA
            • 8 Years
            26 days, 2 hours ago

            I’ll be saving for 2 frees over the break for sure

            1. Tsparkes10
              • 1 Year
              26 days, 1 hour ago

              How you looking for next week mate?

              1. ZICO SENNA
                • 8 Years
                26 days, 1 hour ago

                Pretty good mate providing martial and mount are ok which they should be. No Salah stung a little but not too much.

                1. HollywoodXI
                  • 5 Years
                  26 days, 1 hour ago

                  I WC the same as you and I had Pukki and Mount making up for the lack of Salah. My plan is the same as yours.

                  1. ZICO SENNA
                    • 8 Years
                    26 days, 1 hour ago

                    Sorted mate, only made a real difference if you captained him but Sterling and KDB can easily cover any Salah losses anyway. There’s not many games i’d be capping a pool player for anyway. Stick to the plan bud it’ll work, ignore the scaremongering here and stuff.

          2. Bossworld
              26 days, 1 hour ago

              I was going to, but then I got spooked by Cantwell's potential to go up again, and I had Issac Hayden wasting my fifth midfield spot. Still got WC in hand if it gets desperate but I've earmarked using that for the October international break.

              1. Tsparkes10
                • 1 Year
                26 days, 1 hour ago

                Fair enough. My bench all playing atm so I'm fine on that front. Really want pukki or haller and to get rid of Robinson but probs leave it as

          3. Dribbles
              26 days, 2 hours ago

              Anyone else found you mention your rank on here and if you're outside the top couple of million no one batters an eyelid. If you mention you're in the almost impossible to achieve top 100k you spend 21 days in the sin bin!!
              WE WANT FAIRENESS AND EQUALITY..WHEN DO WE WANT IT..NOW

              1. badgerboy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                26 days, 1 hour ago

                Make FFS Great Again. You've got my vote Dribbles.

            • shearer9
              • 3 Years
              26 days, 2 hours ago

              Stick with Robbo and TAA for now? I feel like the double up will come good sooner or later, but values will drop like a stone.

              1. Jacky boy
                • 3 Years
                26 days, 2 hours ago

                I sold TAA last week on WC and now regret that

              2. Nomar
                • 9 Years
                26 days, 1 hour ago

                I'd be inclined to sell Robbo and use funds to strengthen other areas.

                1. shearer9
                  • 3 Years
                  26 days, 1 hour ago

                  yet but for whom? feel like i already have the stand out options in terms of Digne and TAA. No one else has come to the fore yet...

                  1. shearer9
                    • 3 Years
                    26 days, 1 hour ago

                    *yeah

              3. Trossard or not Trossard
                  26 days, 1 hour ago

                  You should've sold Robbo either before Arsenal or settle down to keep him for at least for another while. My advice, keep him.

              4. Jacky boy
                • 3 Years
                26 days, 2 hours ago

                Thoughts please?

                Pope
                Laporte Digne AWB KWP
                Sterling KDB Son *Martial* Mount
                Kane

                Button kelly greenwood wickham

                Thinking about: Martial to cantwell this week and Kelly to TAA next week( after kelly vs aston villa)
                I should do this today or I will be priced out

                Fixtures are not great for united tbh

                1. Christina.
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  26 days, 1 hour ago

                  wtf is Pukki? I warned you.

                  1. Jacky boy
                    • 3 Years
                    26 days, 1 hour ago

                    Yeah. But still I will stick with current attackers

                    1. Christina.
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      26 days, 1 hour ago

                      you cant play this game without Mane/Salah. Suicide.

                      1. Jacky boy
                        • 3 Years
                        26 days, 1 hour ago

                        I think gw14 is a good time to bring them on.

                        1. Christina.
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          26 days, 1 hour ago

                          your season will be over by then.

                          1. ZICO SENNA
                            • 8 Years
                            26 days, 1 hour ago

                            Absolute hornswoggle

                          2. Jacky boy
                            • 3 Years
                            26 days, 1 hour ago

                            Aside from salah, don't you like the moves?

                2. Tsparkes10
                  • 1 Year
                  26 days, 1 hour ago

                  Mane problem is no pool. Looks good for next week though so I'd save so you have 2 FT after IB

                  1. Jacky boy
                    • 3 Years
                    26 days, 1 hour ago

                    Thanks. Don't you like those moves?

                    1. Tsparkes10
                      • 1 Year
                      26 days, 1 hour ago

                      Wouldn't rush it. I'd just save tbh

              5. Team Cruel
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                26 days, 2 hours ago

                Heaton - Pope
                VVD - Digne - AWB - Zinch - Lund
                Salah - Sterling - Martial - Cantwell - Donkey
                Rashford - Pukki - King

                .2 short of King > Haller. Who to downgrade? Heaton?

                1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
                  • 3 Years
                  26 days, 1 hour ago

                  Yes - but he has the better fixture this week sadly. It might be worth waiting on Martial news - you could do Martial and King to Mount and Haller for example.

                2. FourLokoLeipzig
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  26 days, 1 hour ago

                  Or go Abraham instead? Surely he gets a run of games now, and they’re excellent fixtures

              6. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
                • 3 Years
                26 days, 1 hour ago

                Which bandwagon are you just going to have to accept temporary defeat on?

                Here it's the 5.5-6.5 mids (Mount/Ceballos etc.). It basically comes down to who you want more and I'd prefer the Haller-Pukki talisman frontline right now over one of those. Annoying but there you go.

                1. Demel
                  • 8 Years
                  26 days, 1 hour ago

                  Mount. I would like Mount. I would like Maddison. But with a midfield 5 of Salah - Sterling - KDB - Martial - Cantwell there just is no room at present.

                  1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
                    • 3 Years
                    26 days, 1 hour ago

                    You have the best workable midfield going in reality in any case. I'll be on the same after moves (Den and King to Haller and Cantwell).

                  2. Irbox ⚽
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    26 days, 1 hour ago

                    Cantwell lol. You would forego Mount for him?

                    1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
                      • 3 Years
                      26 days, 1 hour ago

                      Not ideally no! But I'm a WH fan (guilty) and have lived in Norwich (guilty), so I guess I might be letting other factors turn my head!

                      1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
                        • 3 Years
                        26 days, 1 hour ago

                        Oh - for Demel - apologies!

                      2. Irbox ⚽
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        26 days, 1 hour ago

                        If you have Pukki I don’t see the need for Cantwell. So many great options in the mids

                        1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
                          • 3 Years
                          26 days, 1 hour ago

                          It's for a cheap rotation in my case. Mount would be my preference if I liked another dirt cheap forward.

                        2. Prisoner B5160-8
                          • 1 Year
                          26 days, 1 hour ago

                          You don't see the sense in a £4.6m mid with 2 assists and a goal in 3 games?

                          1. Irbox ⚽
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            26 days, 1 hour ago

                            Not when I can have Salah, Sterling, KDB, Son, Martial, Mount. Where does he fit in?

                            1. Christina.
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 9 Years
                              26 days, 1 hour ago

                              but you dont. you have Siggy.

                              1. Irbox ⚽
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 2 Years
                                26 days, 1 hour ago

                                I also have transfers Christina!

                                1. Irbox ⚽
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 2 Years
                                  26 days, 1 hour ago

                                  And you missed the word can*.. sharpen up darl

                                2. Christina.
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 9 Years
                                  26 days, 1 hour ago

                                  Better get Mane and Cantwell then.

                            2. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
                              • 3 Years
                              26 days, 1 hour ago

                              Granted that is tasty Irbox!

                            3. Prisoner B5160-8
                              • 1 Year
                              26 days, 1 hour ago

                              He affords you the option of bumping Wickham to a valid 3rd striker and having 8 attacking options. Each to their own though, obviously.

                              1. Irbox ⚽
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 2 Years
                                26 days, 1 hour ago

                                Agreed. It depends on preferred formation absolutely

                  3. Camzy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    26 days, 1 hour ago

                    I can get that 4 and Mount. With two up top.

                2. baps sniffer
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  26 days, 1 hour ago

                  Mount. I went last week for Rahford and Martial. And even in hindsight I think the move was correct, result is another matter though.

                  I doubt Martial to Mount with current injury situation is any longer clever way to go. Rashford to Haller would be perhaps hasty move, but if there is Son (https://cdn.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/KdB) bandwagon it would give funds for that. (I expect both Rashford and Haller get points next week.)

              7. Wijnaldum FC
                • 2 Years
                26 days, 1 hour ago

                Would you WC this? Would probably sell Kane and get Pukki and KDB and fix the bench

                Heaton
                Van Dijk Digne Zinchenko Lowton
                Salah sterling Trossard Martial
                Kane King

                Button Dendonker Greenwood Rico

                1. Tsparkes10
                  • 1 Year
                  26 days, 1 hour ago

                  Nah not at all. Zinch to Soyuncu and King to Pukki would solve it.

                2. Peter Ouch
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  26 days, 1 hour ago

                  Martial kane to kdb Pukki

                  -4 is more than enough for this team

                  1. baps sniffer
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    26 days, 1 hour ago

                    Yep, KdB or Son, we may (or not) now the answer later tonite.

                3. Freaki
                    26 days, 1 hour ago

                    No need to wc

                4. Peter Ouch
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  26 days, 1 hour ago

                  Bou city score predictions?

                  1. Tsparkes10
                    • 1 Year
                    26 days, 1 hour ago

                    4-1 City

                  2. Irbox ⚽
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    26 days, 1 hour ago

                    0-5

                  3. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
                    • 3 Years
                    26 days, 1 hour ago

                    4-1 City

                  4. FOO FIGHTER
                      26 days, 1 hour ago

                      Wilson and King to both get one each!

                    • NED KELLY
                      • 8 Years
                      26 days, 1 hour ago

                      7-0

                    • KIRA
                        26 days, 1 hour ago

                        4-1 , Harry Wilson out of the box wide shot 🙂

                    • KAPTAIN KANE
                      • 2 Years
                      26 days, 1 hour ago

                      Anyone else have both Salah and Mane and sticking?

                      1. Brosstan
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        26 days, 1 hour ago

                        I would if I had both. They are getting into gear now

                      2. Irbox ⚽
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        26 days, 1 hour ago

                        Would drop Mane for sure

                      3. Peter Ouch
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        26 days, 1 hour ago

                        Mane for kdb or raz

                      4. Hairy Potter
                        • 4 Years
                        26 days, 1 hour ago

                        I'm seriously considering Kane + Martial to Mane + Haller to give me a double up. Depends on Kane today, news on Martial and whether I think I want to get KDB for a Man City attack double up.

                      5. Alberto Tomba
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        26 days, 1 hour ago

                        Firmino looks as though he's boiling over - I predict a brace in the next match 😉

                      6. vectorman
                        • 3 Years
                        26 days, 1 hour ago

                        At least you avoid the frustration of one week Mane scores big Salah does nothing, the next vice versa.. Man that's made my rank drop this week having gone Mane on the WC...

                        1. KAPTAIN KANE
                          • 2 Years
                          26 days, 1 hour ago

                          True

                    • Green Jumper
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      26 days, 1 hour ago

                      I played my Wildcard last night:

                      Lloris (was de Gea), Pope (Gunn).
                      AWB, VvD, Laporte, Boly (Lascelles), Soyuncu (Zouma).
                      Sterling, Martial, Mount, Salah (Sigurdsson), Dendoncker (Romeu).
                      King, Barnes (Kane), Ings (Murray)

                    • EL tridente
                      • 1 Year
                      26 days, 1 hour ago

                      A) King and Robinson to Haller and Cantwell for -4?
                      Or
                      B) Robinson to McGinn?

                      1. Over Midwicket
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        26 days, 1 hour ago

                        A

                    • Magic Hamster
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      26 days, 1 hour ago

                      Thinking I need Pukki...

                      VVD and King to AWB and Pukki

                      Seem a good idea? I have TAA to cover Liverpool defence.

                      1. Wally banter
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        26 days, 1 hour ago

                        good choice

                    • mcgrejam
                      • 5 Years
                      26 days, 1 hour ago

                      How’s this WC looking...

                      Pope
                      Mina, AWB, Laporte
                      McGinn, Salah, Sterling, Mount, Martial
                      Pukki, Kane

                      Subs- Kelly, Lundstram etc - team good enough?

                    • Alberto Tomba
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      26 days, 1 hour ago

                      Liverpool defence and Pukki:

                      There are quite a few WC teams still proposing a Liverpool defender, which I find unecessarily high risk compared to other options, considering 0 clean sheets from 4 is exactly indicative of our quality at the back without Alisson.
                      There's also no indication of his return date, as of an update 48 hours ago:
                      https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.liverpoolfc.com/amp/news/first-team/362012-alisson-becker-injury-update-latest

                      I've also seen quite a few comments about Pukki having scored against us (Lfc) as indicating his true quality.
                      Sure it was a great finish, but again without Alisson on the pitch we looked a shadow of our defensive unit of last season. Pukki will probably have a very good season, but not because he scored against a very poor lfc defence

                      1. MTPockets
                        • 10 Years
                        26 days, 1 hour ago

                        But the goal conceded yesterday had nothing to do with Alisson/Adrian

                        1. baps sniffer
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          26 days, 1 hour ago

                          Nor the Pukki goal.

                        2. Alberto Tomba
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          26 days, 1 hour ago

                          Yes it was - had Alisson been playing, we would have looked like a different team altogether. If you've watched our games as I have, you'd realise we look comparatively nervous at the back.

                          1. MTPockets
                            • 10 Years
                            26 days, 1 hour ago

                            TAA cleared the ball straight to Arsenal, who went on to score. They're grownup footballers. Can't blame everything on not having Alisson or most other teams in the league with worse GK + worse defence would be perpetually screwed.

                            1. Irbox ⚽
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 2 Years
                              26 days, 1 hour ago

                              TAA is a poor defender.. how can’t people see this? Remove your FPL glasses!

                          2. EMBOLOFAN
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            26 days, 1 hour ago

                            dont agree

                      2. FOO FIGHTER
                          26 days, 1 hour ago

                          GW2 only 2 clean sheets. GW3 only 2 clean sheets so far.

                          LFC defenders = attacking returns.

                          1. Alberto Tomba
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            26 days, 1 hour ago

                            Last season a lot of our defenders fpl points did come from clean sheets, and the attacking returns were the added benefit that set them apart.
                            Currently our likelihood of clean sheets is diminished..

                          2. baps sniffer
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            26 days, 1 hour ago

                            Yes, there are no easy obvious alternatives.

                        • vectorman
                          • 3 Years
                          26 days, 1 hour ago

                          Arnold always scares me, he's gonna get a monster score at some point can see it coming. With Robertson it's possible too but going without one of them is a recipe for squeaky bum time.

                        • baps sniffer
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          26 days, 1 hour ago

                          Imo Liverpool showed yesterday some defensive improving and was close to keep cs. And it was vs Arsenal. I expect them to get 1-2 cs in next two, Newcastle should be happy to get even one shot on target.

                          1. Alberto Tomba
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            26 days, 1 hour ago

                            Its true Newcastle will probably be lucky to get a sniff.

                      3. Freaki
                          26 days, 1 hour ago

                          Is soyabean the best defender under 5m?

                          1. Brosstan
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            26 days, 1 hour ago

                            Soyboy seems a good option, but Leicester wont keep many cleans

                            1. baps sniffer
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 1 Year
                              26 days, 1 hour ago

                              What is the team that will?

                        • Tshelby
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          26 days, 1 hour ago

                          Time to play my wildcard?
                          All ready on -4

                          Pope, Button
                          Laporte, VvD, Digne, Montoya, Balbuena
                          Salah, Sterling, Martial, Cantwell, Dendoncker
                          King, Vardy, Pukki

                          1. Freaki
                              26 days, 1 hour ago

                              What would you like to do?

                              1. Tshelby
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 4 Years
                                26 days, 1 hour ago

                                Would love to have McGinn and Haller and maybe something with my defence

                                1. Freaki
                                    26 days, 1 hour ago

                                    That’s only -4/-8, defo not wc territory

                                    1. Tshelby
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 4 Years
                                      26 days, 1 hour ago

                                      Cheers

                              2. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
                                • 3 Years
                                26 days, 1 hour ago

                                Not at all. You need Martial to be fine though! Playing 3-5-2 next week? Looks like Balbuena is out of favour

                                1. Tshelby
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 4 Years
                                  26 days, 1 hour ago

                                  Yeah true. Too bad picked him over Diop cause I thought he was more nailed.. Sorry that Heaton kept a cleansheet!

                                  1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
                                    • 3 Years
                                    26 days, 1 hour ago

                                    I know! Well remembered - I just didn't believe Villa and should have stuck to the planned rotation. I'll still sell Heaton when I can for the 0.5. Ultimately we hit our own button.
                                    Sadly I'd say skip the WH defence whenever you can - the ultimate team of night and day qualities and whisper it, but Fabs hasn't been too great. Lanzini, Haller both look excellent FPL options and are playing well.

                              3. g40steve
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 1 Year
                                26 days, 1 hour ago

                                No keep it

                            • Unai Emery
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 5 Years
                              26 days, 1 hour ago

                              Maybe Pep will rotate Sterling today and Kane will blanck. Would be awesome.

                              1. ZICO SENNA
                                • 8 Years
                                26 days, 1 hour ago

                                Not in a million alternate universes that’d happen

                              2. *sigh*
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 8 Years
                                26 days, 1 hour ago

                                That’s nice

                              3. g40steve
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 1 Year
                                26 days, 1 hour ago

                                Maybe ARS will improve?

                            • aapoman
                              • 5 Years
                              26 days, 1 hour ago

                              Unless there are big injuries rolling the transfer to next week seems good?

                              Pope (4.0)
                              Robbo Digne ZInchenko Boly (Lundstram)
                              Salah Sterling KDB Martial (Dendoncker)
                              Pukki Jota (Greenwood)

                              1. Tshelby
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 4 Years
                                26 days, 1 hour ago

                                Roll it, nice team

                            • unitednations
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 7 Years
                              26 days, 1 hour ago

                              Best option here with 1ft and 0m ITB

                              Pope — Heaton
                              Taa vvd digne Zinchenko — rico
                              Sterling martial kdb perez — docker
                              Kane king — wickham

                              A: VVD + Wickham >> Lundy + Pukki (-4)
                              B: Perez + King >> McGinn + Pukki (-4)
                              C: Find a way to get Salah but involves a 8 point hit.

                              1. Freaki
                                  26 days, 1 hour ago

                                  Find some way to get pool attackers

                                • Tsparkes10
                                  • 1 Year
                                  26 days, 1 hour ago

                                  Kane, Perez to Pukki, Mane?

                              2. Four Hit Wonder
                                • 2 Years
                                26 days, 1 hour ago

                                Rank plummeted from 70k to 600k yesterday. Sterling, KDB and Kane cap to the rescue.

                                Good luck all.

                                1. Whats the Huth
                                  • 4 Years
                                  26 days, 1 hour ago

                                  Hoping for a sterling haul

                              3. Tsparkes10
                                • 1 Year
                                26 days, 1 hour ago

                                No pukki, KDB or haller are worrying me... As well as still got Robinson. However tempted to save FT so I have 2 for after IB. Thoughts?

                                Hendo
                                VVD Digne Montoya AWB
                                Martial Sterling Salah Robinson
                                Kane Wesley
                                (Stek, Greenwood, Dendonk, Diop)

                                1. Christina.
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 9 Years
                                  26 days, 1 hour ago

                                  Robinson has to go

                                  can you afford Kane/Robinson->Pukki/Son or KdB?

                                  1. Tsparkes10
                                    • 1 Year
                                    26 days, 1 hour ago

                                    Yup, that was my main plan... But we'll see how Kane does today. Pepe looked good yday and nice fixtures coming up. Would also leave me 0.8.

                                2. Four Hit Wonder
                                  • 2 Years
                                  26 days, 1 hour ago

                                  Pukki is a no-branier though you're late, but I think he's a season keeper.

                                  Haller - not sure yet. It's West Ham and you know how they roll. Look at how Arnautovic performed for them - not even he managed to get enough FPL points.

                                  1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
                                    • 3 Years
                                    26 days, 1 hour ago

                                    As you say - very inconsistent side. But Haller will score similarly to Pukki over the season (per mins anyway). Will get more assists to Pukkis goals I suspect. He's a much better FPL option than Arnie, holds position better, doesn't drop deep so much and no capacity to go missing like Arnie did.

                                3. Whats the Huth
                                  • 4 Years
                                  26 days, 1 hour ago

                                  Depends on martial injury. You may be forced to make a change.
                                  I’d defo get Robinson out though. I’m in same boat

                                  1. Tsparkes10
                                    • 1 Year
                                    26 days, 1 hour ago

                                    I like Martial tbh. So will keep even if out for a week. Greenwood may start or Diop/Dendonk will be ight.

                                    1. Whats the Huth
                                      • 4 Years
                                      26 days, 1 hour ago

                                      Fair enough. But Robinson has to go imo
                                      I have him too and I’m quite keen to make a -4 hit if necessary, just to get rid

                              4. Whats the Huth
                                • 4 Years
                                26 days, 1 hour ago

                                I really need to get rid of Robinson. He’s been a disappointment

                                I’d love Mount, but I’d have to downgrade a player somewhere and do a -4

                                So the options available to me are
                                McGinn or Cellobas

                                1. Peter Ouch
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 1 Year
                                  26 days, 1 hour ago

                                  Cellobas isn't an option

                                  Stick with McGinn

                                  1. The Man Pastore
                                    • 5 Years
                                    26 days, 1 hour ago

                                    Why isnt Ceballos an option??

                                2. pingissimus
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  26 days, 1 hour ago

                                  McGinn for my money. Tied on and great looking fixtures.

                                3. Tsparkes10
                                  • 1 Year
                                  26 days, 1 hour ago

                                  Aye v disappointed tbh. What's your team, justified - 4s ain't bad at all

                                4. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 2 Years
                                  26 days, 1 hour ago

                                  McGinn great fixture to about gameweek 10 could then switch to Cellebos that’s what I’m thinking

                                  1. Whats the Huth
                                    • 4 Years
                                    26 days, 1 hour ago

                                    Good shout.
                                    Thanks all

                              5. nani is michael jackson
                                • 10 Years
                                26 days, 1 hour ago

                                Still no Aguero love on here? The man's scored 2 in less than 90 minutes! Amazing he's currently a differential.

                                1. Brosstan
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 5 Years
                                  26 days, 1 hour ago

                                  Sterling, KDB and defenders are all better City picks than him

                                2. Tsparkes10
                                  • 1 Year
                                  26 days, 1 hour ago

                                  Wouldn't be surprised if Jesus started today

                                3. ^Freedom Fighter^
                                  • 7 Years
                                  26 days, 1 hour ago

                                  Yea but afraid he might not start?

                                4. Stef rocks
                                  • 2 Years
                                  26 days, 1 hour ago

                                  Dont got me wrong - I love Aguero (he is an amazing player and an FPL legend) but i am afraid his minutes will be managed with Jesus fit. Also i see Sterling as better value for the same price (altbough this coukd change with first Kun brace or hattie)

                                  1. FOO FIGHTER
                                      26 days, 1 hour ago

                                      You cannot have Sterling and Aguero.

                                      Either one or the other.

                                  2. MTPockets
                                    • 10 Years
                                    26 days, 1 hour ago

                                    Any reasonable excuse to get him in and I will

                                5. Stef rocks
                                  • 2 Years
                                  26 days, 1 hour ago

                                  Just did King Jimenez and Trossard to Mount Pukki and Haller last night after several beers cause i waa going to be priced out for -8 .
                                  Should i do WC and correct the damages or not that bad at the morning afterall

                                  1. Tsparkes10
                                    • 1 Year
                                    26 days, 1 hour ago

                                    Nah that's fine tbh. Jimenez might bang today and Trossard is good but has city next.

                                6. ZACTAY
                                  • 3 Years
                                  26 days, 1 hour ago

                                  Haven’t seen many teams with Jiménez on here... I started the season with him but unless he delivers today I’m feeling a straight swap to Haller. Anyone else in the same situation?

                                  1. Superkitten
                                      26 days, 32 mins ago

                                      Got rid of Jimenez last week for Pukki monster.....

                                  2. Thunder Warrior
                                    • 5 Years
                                    26 days, 1 hour ago

                                    Firmino to Haller or wait?