Scout Notes

Aguero causes more FPL headaches after latest double-digit haul

Manchester City dismantled Brighton and Hove Albion in a 4-0 victory on Saturday, with Sergio Aguero (£12.0m) stealing the headlines with a brace and an assist to send a timely reminder to Fantasy managers of his explosive potential. 

We round up the key talking points in our latest Scout Notes article below.

Manchester City 4-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

  • Goals: Sergio Aguero (£12.0m) x2, Kevin de Bruyne (£9.7m), Bernardo Silva (£7.9m) 
  • Assists: David Silva x2 (£7.4m), de Bruyne, Aguero
  • Bonus Points: Aguero x3, de Bruyne x2, David Silva x1

Aguero, owned by just 21.4% of managers, put in a dominant display at the Etihad to secure a 16-point score, with the most captained player of the week, Raheem Sterling (£12.3m), blanking to the disappointment of his 47.3% of owners. 

Aguero’s brace against Brighton brings his tally to six goals in City’s first four Premier League matches, and despite the hat-trick from Sterling in Gamweek 1 against West Ham, it is difficult to look past the Argentine as being the Citizens’ primary source of goals in 2019/20. 

This presents a serious dilemma to managers already in ownership of Sterling and Kevin de Bruyne (£9.7m), who also delivered a sensational performance with a goal and an assist, with tripling up on City attacking coverage representing a potential overload despite their promising fixtures and imperious offensive form. 

De Bruyne was in exceptional nick at the Etihad against Brighton, with the Belgian midfielder exhibiting touches, through-balls and all-round attacking player that attests to him being City’s best player, though remaining fit will be pivotal if the playmaker is to make a serious impact for the Citizens in 2019/20. 

With City’s defensive unit returning a second clean sheet of the season against Brighton, and the highly valuable Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.5m) holding his spot in Guardiola’s first-choice backline, retaining a form of defensive coverage from City is also appealing, and therefore the aforementioned triple-up would not only be costly but logistically troublesome, too. 

Selecting two of Sterling, de Bruyne and Aguero over the coming Gameweeks will be a serious test for managers who are looking to utilise the goalscoring form of the Citizens, but there is no doubt that these are three players in notable form who are likely to propel City to the top of the Premier League table. 

Combine this selection dilemma with Guardiola’s notorious rotation roulette and selecting the right City assets who are not only in form but who are likely to start ahead of a promising run of fixtures is where ground will be seriously made or lost for managers with regards to assets from City.

Bernardo Silva (£7.9m) also chipped in with a goal during his substitute appearance after being assisted by Aguero to complete the rout, whilst David Silva (£7.4m) contributed two exquisite assists to also remind managers of his potential for attacking returns, with the Silva duo highlighting the sheer depth of options at Pep Guardiola’s disposal.

City were rampant against Graham Potter’s Brighton, though a devastating injury to Aymeric Laporte (£6.5m), who was replaced by Fernandinho (£5.3m) in the first half, could curtail the Frenchman’s season – causing a forced transfer for the 8% of managers who own the City centre-back. 

The question also has to be asked about whether Laporte’s period of unavailability also makes City’s other FPL defenders less appealing as a result, given that he has been the bedrock of the champions’ backline for the last 12 months.

Speaking after the game, Guardiola said:

I think he’s gone to hospital. It doesn’t look good. I don’t know right now what he has done, but we will know tomorrow.

We’ll see. They’re diagnosing what he has right now. I’m waiting for the doctor to call me. He might be out for a while.

Laporte’s injury, combined with the ever-changing power dynamic in City’s frontline, is the main takeaway from their impressive victory over Brighton, though the Seagulls, despite exhibiting promising early-season form, now find themselves winless in three.

There were plenty of encouraging signs from this defeat, however, with Leandro Trossard (£6.0m) getting into a series of threatening positions but being unable to convert two excellent chances either side of half-time.

Adam Webster (£4.4m) started in place of Shane Duffy (£5.0m) though the £20m summer signing from Bristol City was unable to prevent the barrage of City attacks as Potter’s side, for all their admirable attacking ambition, became unstuck at the home of the champions. 

This was an afternoon that belonged to the imperious Aguero, but the decisions that Fantasy managers now have to make regarding attacking coverage from City alongside the devastating injury to Laporte may lead to the deployment of Wildcards for those looking to solve the problems arising from the defensive injuries and sensational form from City’s attacking options. 

Members Analysis 


Manchester City XI (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Laporte (Fernandinho 37′), Zinchenko; De Bruyne (Gundogan 70′), Rodrigo, David Silva (Bernardo Silva 79′); Mahrez, Aguero, Sterling.

Brighton & Hove Albion (3-4-3): Ryan; Webster, Dunk, Burn; Montoya, Propper, Stephens, Bernardo (Murray 67′); Maupay (Connolly 67′), March, Trossard (Gross 74′).

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Lessons learned from Gameweek 4

1,051 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Differential (c)
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Seamus mate, not a bad time to register an attacking return or two. I've accepted that Digne will smash my tiny green arrow, so its a natter of damage control at this rate. You're playing Wolves' second choice LB, mate, theyre making it easier for you.

    Sincerely, a faithful owner.

    1. COK3Y5MURF - Unbelievable J…
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Coleman got forward just as much if not more than Digne last week.

      1. Differential (c)
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Kind words mate. Cheers.

        But lets face it, its Lucas f***ing Digne. Bangs them free kicks and Max Baps in the bag.

    2. supperspout
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Praise the lord and pass the ammunition

      1. Differential (c)
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Praised thee.

    3. SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Coleman could have 'easily' had two goals and an assist so far I think - but Everton were also lucky to get any clean sheets, so swings and roundabouts really

      1. Differential (c)
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Encouraging, but yeah, Mbamin/Gueye type player is badly needed.

  2. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Perhaps not backed up by stats but from watching City play seems Sterling scores more when Jesus starts and not so much with Aguero up top.

    1. SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      It was the other way round at half time GW1, everyone was tantruming about it

    2. Ghost Gooner
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Jesus hardly played last season and Sterling did just fine

    3. Hits from the Bong
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 17 days ago

      I was thinking this, when Aguero plays, Aguero and KDB take all the points. When he doesn’t Sterling takes all the points.

    4. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Last season the opposite seemed true. Jesus is immobile and took up a lot of the positions in the box that Sterling likes while Aguero is more mobile and generally creates more space for wide and inside forwards like Sterling.

  3. COK3Y5MURF - Unbelievable J…
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    DT's combined 11 for the NLD (decided to include injured players for some reason):

    Leno
    Holding Luiz Sokratis
    Bellerin Torreira Ceballos Tierney
    Pepe Laca Auba

    Biased, deluded Arsenal supporter.

    1. Differential (c)
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Wouldnt say deluded,but overly optimistic and possible naive.

      1. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        That's deluded.

    2. Ginkapo FPL
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Holding over Kolasinac? Big call.

      Otherwise about right

    3. mynameisq
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      The guy is a massive tool

  4. S.Kuqi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Var will benefit the game they said

    https://twitter.com/FPL_Swe/status/1168100838671302657?s=17

    1. RFCSPACE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Not sure about number 5 but yeah VAR has been a total waste. If they're not going to overrule a bad decision then don't waste the time checking it.

  5. Longlatini
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Laporte to Taa

    Or

    Laporte to Otamendi and Awb to Taa -4?

    1. CRO KLOPP
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      First one

    2. The Legend Squad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Def first

    3. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      First and then just move AWB out for Otamendi later if you want.

  6. OldBenKenobi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Well that’s made they decision a lot easier. Bye bye Jota....

  7. Pep Roulette
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Hey guys! On WC this week!

    Please tell me who all are the must have players?

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Up to you really. Taa salah kdb and aguero for me

    2. The Legend Squad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Aguero
      Salah
      Sterling
      KDB
      Mane

    3. supperspout
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      As many man united assets as possible

  8. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Would you keep pukki on a wc ? Made.0.2 profit feel good time to sell, abraham feels.like a good replacement

    1. The Legend Squad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Underlying stats are solid. Keep

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Thanks

    2. PLerix
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      He'll be expensive if you want him back. I'd keep. One blank in 4 gws.

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Thanks

  9. The Legend Squad
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    1FT, 0.4ITB and want King OUT...

    Thoughts?

    Ryan
    VVD Digne Lundstram Montoya
    Sterling KDB Mane Ceballos
    King Aguero

    Button Hayden Greenwood Rico

  10. fgdu
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Very tempted to get David Silva what are your thoughts

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

      Great option whenever he plays

      1. fgdu
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        what is his game time looking like?

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

          Think he gets his fair share but there will be the odd disappointment

  11. Pep Roulette
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Aguero or Sterling on WC?

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

      I'd say the one who gets more points per goal + cs point.

    2. cravencottage
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Sterling. Jesus will be back after IB, so Kun may have minutes managed

  12. OldBenKenobi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Part of me thinks it “could” be time to drop Pukki....

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      The time was after gw3 😉

  13. TAT
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Jota forcing me to WC now.

  14. DontPiqueTooSoon
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Ryan (Button)
    TTA, Zinchenko, Digne (Lundstrom, Kelly)
    DeBruyne, Salah, Mount, Martial, Cellabos
    Pukki, Wilson (Greenwood)

    4.4m ITB & 2 FTs

    Thinking about Wilson & Martial out to

    A) Sterling + 1) Haller
    2) Barnes
    3) Abrahams

    OR

    B) Aguero + 1) Cheap midfielder like McGinn, Cantwell etc & spread value elsewhere

    Long-term thinking Sterling over Ageuro. Leaning towards A+3 at present with Chelseas nice run of fixtures in a few games time and saving potential Abrahams price jumps. Barnes has the better fixtures post international break.

    Thoughts?

  15. Valar(Keith)
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Digne in for a chance at bonus after that boly red card

  16. Torreira Thierry
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    KdB or Aguero for 3rd city spot?

  17. Mike Bassett Fantasy Manage…
      2 months, 16 days ago

      u know when KDB was a kid he wanted to play for Liverpool and Owen was his favourite player 🙂