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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Lessons learned from Gameweek 3

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  1. EL tridente
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 20 days ago

    King and Robinson to Haller and Cantwell for -4?

    1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 20 days ago

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

      1. Offs!de
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 20 days ago

        That is exactly what I am thinking about

  2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • 10 Years
    11 months, 20 days 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
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 20 days ago

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

    2. Demel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 20 days 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
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 20 days ago

      Sorry Max but Kane owns me a blank gw

  3. MB10
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    11 months, 20 days 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
      11 months, 20 days ago

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

    2. MTPockets
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 20 days ago

      What's Solskjaer's new philosophy?

      1. Peter Ouch
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 20 days ago

        hOLEstic approach

    3. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 20 days 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
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 20 days ago

      FPL at it's best

    5. The Dance
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 20 days 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
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 20 days ago

      Utd are done. End of.

      1. The Dance
        • 9 Years
        11 months, 20 days ago

        Lmao

    7. IRBOX ⚽
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 20 days 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
        • 8 Years
        11 months, 20 days ago

        Top 4 in underlying stats maybe. In real life no

        1. IRBOX ⚽
          • 3 Years
          11 months, 20 days ago

          This makes zero sense. Underlying stats define results

      2. pingissimus
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 20 days 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
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 20 days ago

      Hopeless post

    9. Trossard or not Trossard
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 20 days ago

      "Get a grip" sounds like good advice.

    10. Pumpy Pro
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 20 days 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
          11 months, 20 days ago

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

        • ^Freedom Fighter^
          • 8 Years
          11 months, 20 days ago

          Finally someone who said the truth ..

      2. ^Freedom Fighter^
        • 8 Years
        11 months, 20 days 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. Bye David Silva.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 20 days ago

        They should but proper striker who can convert penalty.

        Martial is lazy .. Sory.

        1. Bye David Silva.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          11 months, 20 days ago

          Buy

      4. rozzo
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 20 days 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

    11. Poseidon.
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 20 days ago

      We should sign that Soyuncu in January

      1. Peter Ouch
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 20 days ago

        Hahaha you're a legend mate

      2. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 20 days ago

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

    12. Tsparkes10
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 20 days 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. The Dance
        • 9 Years
        11 months, 20 days ago

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

        1. Tsparkes10
          • 1 Year
          11 months, 20 days ago

          How you looking for next week mate?

          1. The Dance
            • 9 Years
            11 months, 20 days 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
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              11 months, 20 days 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. The Dance
                • 9 Years
                11 months, 20 days 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
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 20 days 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
          11 months, 20 days 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

    13. Dribbles
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 20 days 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
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 20 days ago

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

    14. shearer9
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 20 days 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
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 20 days ago

        I sold TAA last week on WC and now regret that

      2. Nomar
        • 10 Years
        11 months, 20 days ago

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

        1. shearer9
          • 3 Years
          11 months, 20 days 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
            11 months, 20 days ago

            *yeah

      3. Trossard or not Trossard
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 20 days 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.

    15. Jacky boy
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 20 days 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.
        • 10 Years
        11 months, 20 days ago

        wtf is Pukki? I warned you.

        1. Jacky boy
          • 4 Years
          11 months, 20 days ago

          Yeah. But still I will stick with current attackers

          1. Christina.
            • 10 Years
            11 months, 20 days ago

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

            1. Jacky boy
              • 4 Years
              11 months, 20 days ago

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

              1. Christina.
                • 10 Years
                11 months, 20 days ago

                your season will be over by then.

                1. The Dance
                  • 9 Years
                  11 months, 20 days ago

                  Absolute hornswoggle

                2. Jacky boy
                  • 4 Years
                  11 months, 20 days ago

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

      2. Tsparkes10
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 20 days 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
          • 4 Years
          11 months, 20 days ago

          Thanks. Don't you like those moves?

          1. Tsparkes10
            • 1 Year
            11 months, 20 days ago

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

    16. Team Cruel
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 20 days 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. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 20 days 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
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 20 days ago

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

    17. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 20 days 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
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        11 months, 20 days 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. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
          • 4 Years
          11 months, 20 days 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 ⚽
          • 3 Years
          11 months, 20 days ago

          Cantwell lol. You would forego Mount for him?

          1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
            • 4 Years
            11 months, 20 days 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. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
              • 4 Years
              11 months, 20 days ago

              Oh - for Demel - apologies!

            2. IRBOX ⚽
              • 3 Years
              11 months, 20 days ago

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

              1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
                • 4 Years
                11 months, 20 days ago

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

              2. Goodbye Horses
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                11 months, 20 days ago

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

                1. IRBOX ⚽
                  • 3 Years
                  11 months, 20 days ago

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

                  1. Christina.
                    • 10 Years
                    11 months, 20 days ago

                    but you dont. you have Siggy.

                    1. IRBOX ⚽
                      • 3 Years
                      11 months, 20 days ago

                      I also have transfers Christina!

                      1. IRBOX ⚽
                        • 3 Years
                        11 months, 20 days ago

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

                      2. Christina.
                        • 10 Years
                        11 months, 20 days ago

                        Better get Mane and Cantwell then.

                  2. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
                    • 4 Years
                    11 months, 20 days ago

                    Granted that is tasty Irbox!

                  3. Goodbye Horses
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    11 months, 20 days 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 ⚽
                      • 3 Years
                      11 months, 20 days ago

                      Agreed. It depends on preferred formation absolutely

        3. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          11 months, 20 days ago

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

      2. baps sniffer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 20 days 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.)

    18. ooooo
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 20 days 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
        11 months, 20 days ago

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

      2. Peter Ouch
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 20 days ago

        Martial kane to kdb Pukki

        -4 is more than enough for this team

        1. baps sniffer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          11 months, 20 days ago

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

      3. Freaki
          11 months, 20 days ago

          No need to wc

      4. Peter Ouch
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 20 days ago

        Bou city score predictions?

        1. Tsparkes10
          • 1 Year
          11 months, 20 days ago

          4-1 City

        2. IRBOX ⚽
          • 3 Years
          11 months, 20 days ago

          0-5

        3. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
          • 4 Years
          11 months, 20 days ago

          4-1 City

        4. FOO FIGHTER
            11 months, 20 days ago

            Wilson and King to both get one each!

          • NED KELLY
            • 8 Years
            11 months, 20 days ago

            7-0

          • KIRA
            • 1 Year
            11 months, 20 days ago

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

        5. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 3 Years
          11 months, 20 days ago

          Anyone else have both Salah and Mane and sticking?

          1. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            11 months, 20 days ago

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

          2. IRBOX ⚽
            • 3 Years
            11 months, 20 days ago

            Would drop Mane for sure

          3. Peter Ouch
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            11 months, 20 days ago

            Mane for kdb or raz

          4. Hairy Potter
            • 5 Years
            11 months, 20 days 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
            • 7 Years
            11 months, 20 days ago

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

          6. vectorman
            • 4 Years
            11 months, 20 days 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
              • 3 Years
              11 months, 20 days ago

              True

        6. Green Jumper
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          11 months, 20 days 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)

        7. EL tridente
          • 2 Years
          11 months, 20 days ago

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

          1. Over Midwicket
            • 8 Years
            11 months, 20 days ago

            A

        8. Magic Hamster
          • 7 Years
          11 months, 20 days 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
            • 7 Years
            11 months, 20 days ago

            good choice

        9. mcgrejam
          • 6 Years
          11 months, 20 days ago

          How’s this WC looking...

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

          Subs- Kelly, Lundstram etc - team good enough?

        10. Alberto Tomba
          • 7 Years
          11 months, 20 days 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
            • 11 Years
            11 months, 20 days ago

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

            1. baps sniffer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              11 months, 20 days ago

              Nor the Pukki goal.

            2. Alberto Tomba
              • 7 Years
              11 months, 20 days 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
                • 11 Years
                11 months, 20 days 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 ⚽
                  • 3 Years
                  11 months, 20 days ago

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

              2. EMBOLOFAN
                • 2 Years
                11 months, 20 days ago

                dont agree

          2. FOO FIGHTER
              11 months, 20 days ago

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

              LFC defenders = attacking returns.

              1. Alberto Tomba
                • 7 Years
                11 months, 20 days 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
                • 2 Years
                11 months, 20 days ago

                Yes, there are no easy obvious alternatives.

            • vectorman
              • 4 Years
              11 months, 20 days 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
              • 2 Years
              11 months, 20 days 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
                • 7 Years
                11 months, 20 days ago

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

          3. Freaki
              11 months, 20 days ago

              Is soyabean the best defender under 5m?

              1. Brosstan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                11 months, 20 days ago

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

                1. baps sniffer
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  11 months, 20 days ago

                  What is the team that will?

            • Tshelby
              • 5 Years
              11 months, 20 days 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
                  11 months, 20 days ago

                  What would you like to do?

                  1. Tshelby
                    • 5 Years
                    11 months, 20 days ago

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

                    1. Freaki
                        11 months, 20 days ago

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

                        1. Tshelby
                          • 5 Years
                          11 months, 20 days ago

                          Cheers

                  2. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
                    • 4 Years
                    11 months, 20 days 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
                      • 5 Years
                      11 months, 20 days ago

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

                      1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
                        • 4 Years
                        11 months, 20 days 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
                    • 2 Years
                    11 months, 20 days ago

                    No keep it

                • Mikel Arteta
                  • 6 Years
                  11 months, 20 days ago

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

                  1. The Dance
                    • 9 Years
                    11 months, 20 days ago

                    Not in a million alternate universes that’d happen

                  2. *sigh*
                    • 8 Years
                    11 months, 20 days ago

                    That’s nice

                  3. g40steve
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    11 months, 20 days ago

                    Maybe ARS will improve?

                • aapoman
                  • 6 Years
                  11 months, 20 days 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
                    • 5 Years
                    11 months, 20 days ago

                    Roll it, nice team

                • unitednations
                  • 8 Years
                  11 months, 20 days 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
                      11 months, 20 days ago

                      Find some way to get pool attackers

                    • Tsparkes10
                      • 1 Year
                      11 months, 20 days ago

                      Kane, Perez to Pukki, Mane?

                  2. Four Hit Wonder
                    • 3 Years
                    11 months, 20 days ago

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

                    Good luck all.

                    1. Whats the Huth
                      • 5 Years
                      11 months, 20 days ago

                      Hoping for a sterling haul

                  3. Tsparkes10
                    • 1 Year
                    11 months, 20 days 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.
                      • 10 Years
                      11 months, 20 days ago

                      Robinson has to go

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

                      1. Tsparkes10
                        • 1 Year
                        11 months, 20 days 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
                      • 3 Years
                      11 months, 20 days 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. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
                        • 4 Years
                        11 months, 20 days 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
                      • 5 Years
                      11 months, 20 days 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
                        11 months, 20 days 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
                          • 5 Years
                          11 months, 20 days 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
                    • 5 Years
                    11 months, 20 days 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
                      • 2 Years
                      11 months, 20 days ago

                      Cellobas isn't an option

                      Stick with McGinn

                      1. The Man Pastore
                        • 5 Years
                        11 months, 19 days ago

                        Why isnt Ceballos an option??

                    2. pingissimus
                      • 1 Year
                      11 months, 20 days ago

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

                    3. Tsparkes10
                      • 1 Year
                      11 months, 20 days 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
                      • 3 Years
                      11 months, 20 days ago

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

                      1. Whats the Huth
                        • 5 Years
                        11 months, 20 days ago

                        Good shout.
                        Thanks all

                  5. nani is michael jackson
                    • 10 Years
                    11 months, 20 days 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
                      11 months, 20 days ago

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

                    2. Tsparkes10
                      • 1 Year
                      11 months, 20 days ago

                      Wouldn't be surprised if Jesus started today

                    3. ^Freedom Fighter^
                      • 8 Years
                      11 months, 20 days ago

                      Yea but afraid he might not start?

                    4. Stef rocks
                      • 3 Years
                      11 months, 20 days 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
                          11 months, 20 days ago

                          You cannot have Sterling and Aguero.

                          Either one or the other.

                      2. MTPockets
                        • 11 Years
                        11 months, 20 days ago

                        Any reasonable excuse to get him in and I will

                    5. Stef rocks
                      • 3 Years
                      11 months, 20 days 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
                        11 months, 20 days ago

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

                    6. ZACTAY
                      • 4 Years
                      11 months, 20 days 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
                          11 months, 19 days ago

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

                      2. Thunder Warrior
                        • 5 Years
                        11 months, 20 days ago

                        Firmino to Haller or wait?