Scout Notes

The minutes played by FPL assets in first round of international matches

The first round of international matches went off largely without a hitch for Fantasy Premier League assets.

There were very few injuries to report after the first day of action, although there is still plenty of football to be played between now and Gameweek 5.

The biggest news as things stand is a groin injury to Brighton midfielder Leandro Trossard (£6.0m), who has now pulled out of the Belgium squad and could face several weeks out.

We’ve rounded up all the latest matches in this Scout Notes article, documenting how many minutes each FPL asset played.

Euro 2020 qualifying

Group J

Finland 1-0 Greece

Teemu Pukki in action for Finland during the international break
  • Teemu Pukki – 85 minutes
  • Sokratis Papastathopoulos – 90 minutes

Norwich striker Teemu Pukki (£7.0m) continued his impressive start to the season as he helped Finland to an important Euro 2020 qualifying win over Greece.

He netted the only goal of the game from the penalty spot, his sixth goal in all competitions of the 2019/20 campaign.

While his threat for Norwich has already been well-established this season, a question still hangs over the penalty-taker at Carrow Road.

Those who watched Pukki calmly dispatch his against Greece may believe that he has a chance at becoming the designated taker moving forward, although only time will tell.

Also involved in this match was Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos (£5.0m) who played 90 minutes for Greece.

Armenia 1-3 Italy

  • Emerson Palmieri – 90 minutes
  • Jorginho – 90 minutes

After showing promise in the first four Gameweeks, Chelsea defender Emerson Palmieri (£5.5m) got his first attacking return of the campaign on international duty with Italy.

During a 3-1 Euro 2020 qualifier win over Armenia, the left-back provided the assist for Andrea Belotti’s equaliser in the 28th minute.

That will be of interest to those interested in Emerson, given his impressive underlying statistics so far this season.

He played 90 minutes against Armenia, as did colleague Jorginho (£5.0m). Meanwhile, Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, currently on loan at AS Roma until the end of the season, played for the opposition.

Bosnia 5-0 Liechtenstein

  • Sead Kolašinac – 90 minutes
  • Muhamed Bešić – 0 minutes

There was minimal FPL involvement in Bosnia’s big 5-0 win over Liechtenstein.

Arsenal defender Sead Kolašinac (£5.4m) played 90 minutes at left-back while Sheffield United midfielder Muhamed Bešić (£4.5m), still yet to make a Premier League appearance in 2019/20, was an unused substitute.

The fact that he is not getting game-time for his nation, as well as the Blades, will be a small piece of welcome news to any John Lundstram (£4.2m) worrying about Bešić’s chances of breaking into the first-team at Bramall Lane.

Group D

Republic of Ireland 1-1 Switzerland

Sheffield United forward David McGoldrick scored for Republic of Ireland on Thursday
  • Enda Stevens – 90 minutes
  • Shane Duffy – 90 minutes
  • Seamus Coleman – 90 minutes
  • Jeff Hendrick – 90 minutes
  • David McGoldrick – 90 minutes
  • Conor Hourihane – 82 minutes
  • Callum Robinson – 58 minutes
  • John Egan – 0 minutes
  • Kevin Long – 0 minutes
  • Mark Travers – 0 minutes
  • Fabian Schär – 90 minutes
  • Granit Xhaka – 90 minutes
  • Albian Ajeti – 4 minutes

Fabian Schär (£5.0m) demonstrated his goal threat once again on Thursday night, this time on international duty with Switzerland.

His latest strike was one any attacking midfielder would have been proud of as he came out of defence, not only to start the move but finish it too.

Schär continued his run into the Republic of Ireland penalty area after one-two, slotting past Darren Randolph with ease.

Newcastle fans will be hoping he can continue to bring that sort of attacking play to the Premier League upon his return.

Meanwhile, there was a large contingent of FPL assets in action for the Republic of Ireland, including their goal-scorer David McGoldrick (£5.5m).

Mick McCarthy’s side did not have much chance to get on the front-foot, with Switzerland largely dominating possession, but McGoldrick asked some good questions at the right time.

He showed good pace on the counter in the first-half, his cross nearly setting up club-mate Callum Robinson (£5.3m) and it was his header in the last five minutes that levelled the game.

Also involved for the Republic of Ireland were Enda Stevens (£5.0m), Shane Duffy (£5.0m), Seamus Coleman (£5.5m) and Jeff Hendrick (£5.4m), who all got 90 minutes while Aston Villa’s Conor Hourihane (£5.0m) played for 82.

Meanwhile, Mark Travers (£4.4m), John Egan (£4.5m) and Kevin Long (£4.5m) were unused substitutes.

Gibraltar 0-6 Denmark

  • Kasper Schmeichel – 90 minutes
  • Andreas Christensen – 90 minutes
  • Pierre-Emile Højbjerg – 90 minutes
  • Christian Eriksen – 90 minutes
  • Philip Billing – 0 minutes

Following a summer of heavy transfer speculation and time on the Spurs bench, Christian Eriksen (£8.8m) was the star of Denmark’s big win over Gibraltar on Thursday night.

He scored twice and provided an assist in a 6-0 victory, one of his goals coming from the penalty spot.

However, it would be hard to read too much into his performance given the very low quality of opposition.

Also involved for Denmark were goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel (£5.0m), defender Andreas Christensen (£5.0m) and Southampton midfielder Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (£4.9m), who all got 90 minutes.

Meanwhile, Bournemouth’s Philip Billing (£5.0m) was an unused substitute.

Group F

Romania 1-2 Spain

Dani Ceballos played an important part in Spain’s win over Romania
  • Kepa Arrizabalaga – 90 minutes
  • Dani Ceballos – 77 minutes
  • David de Gea – 0 minutes
  • Rodri – 0 minutes

Kepa Arrizabalaga (£5.5m) was the star of the show for Spain as they beat Romania 2-1 on Thursday night.

The Chelsea goalkeeper has recently ousted David de Gea (£5.6m) as the number one for his country, consigning the Manchester United man to life as an unused substitute.

He produced an incredible stop towards the end of this Euro 2020 qualifier to deny Reading striker George Puscas.

Also involved for Spain was Dani Ceballos (£5.7m), whose passing ability led to Paco Alcácer’s 47th-minute goal, although he did not get an assist for himself.

Romania’s goal was scored by former Brighton forward Florin Andone.

Faroe Islands 0-4 Sweden

  • Victor Lindelöf – 90 minutes
  • Emil Krafth – 45 minutes

Victor Lindelöf (£5.5m) played 90 minutes and scored as Sweden beat the Faroe Island 4-0 on Thursday night.

Also involved against lowly opposition was Newcastle defender Emil Krafth (£4.5m) who came on at half-time.

Norway 2-0 Malta

  • Joshua King – 58 minutes

Bournemouth’s Joshua King (£6.4m) reminded Fantasy managers of his credentials for his club’s penalties on Thursday night.

The forward netted from the spot as Norway beat Malta 2-0 in a Euro 2020 qualifying match.

Those interested in King for the upcoming Gameweeks will probably be pleased to know he was substituted in the 58th minute ahead of Sunday’s meeting with Georgia.

International friendlies

Chile 0-0 Argentina

Giovani Lo Celso was forced off for Argentina against Chile
  • Claudio Bravo – 90 minutes
  • Nicolas Otamendi – 90 minutes
  • Giovani Lo Celso – 53 minutes
  • Roberto Pereyra – 0 minutes
  • Manuel Lanzini – 0 minutes
  • Marcos Rojo – 0 minutes

Tottenham midfielder Giovani Lo Celso (£7.4m) limped off during Argentina’s 0-0 draw with Chile in the early hours of Friday morning.

However, the player himself has described the problem as “not something to worry about” and, as things stand, there has been no statement or update either from Argentina or Spurs.

Manchester City pair Claudio Bravo (£4.9m) and Nicolas Otamendi (£5.4m) both played 90 minutes opposite each other while Roberto Pereyra (£5.9m), Manuel Lanzini (£6.5m) and Marcos Rojo (£4.9m) were all unused substitutes.

Japan 2-0 Paraguay

  • Maya Yoshida – 90 minutes
  • Fabian Balbuena – 90 minutes
  • Miguel Almirón – 90 minutes

Maya Yoshida (£4.5m) played 90 minutes and kept a clean sheet for Japan against Paraguay this week.

Meanwhile, Fabian Balbuena (£4.4m) and Miguel Almirón (£5.9m) were both involved against the Saints man.

The latter was deployed in a number 10 role but is still waiting for his first attacking return this season.

South Korea 2-2 Georgia

  • Son Heung-min – 62 minutes

Son Heung-min‘s (£9.5m) latest outing with South Korea was kept nice and short ahead of Gameweek 5.

He played 62 minutes in a 2-2 draw with Georgia, providing the assist for Hwang Uj-jo’s 48th-minute goal.

Northern Ireland 1-0 Luxembourg

  • Bailey Peacock-Farrell – 67 minutes
  • Michael McGovern – 23 minutes
  • Jamal Lewis – 0 minutes

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill named a youthful side to face Luxembourg on Thursday night.

The only FPL assets to get any minutes were Burnley and Norwich’s reserve goalkeepers.

Bailey Peacock-Farrell (£4.5m) started the match and was replaced by Michael McGovern (£4.0m) in the 67th minute.

The latter’s club-mate Jamal Lewis (£4.5m) was an unused substitute while Jonny Evans (£5.0m) and Craig Cathcart (£4.4m) were both left out of the match-day squad.

UEFA U21 Championship qualifiers

Portugal Under-21s 4-0 Gibraltar Under-21s

  • Rúben Vinagre – 90 minutes
  • Domingos Quina – 45 minutes
  • Pedro Neto – 45 minutes

There were three Premier League players in action for Portugal’s Under-21s on Thursday night.

Wolves defender Rúben Vinagre (£4.4m) played 90 minutes while club-mate Pedro Neto (£5.0m) was substituted at half-time.

Also replaced at the break was Watford midfielder Domingos Quina (£4.5m).

Under-20s Elite League

England Under-20s 0-0 Netherlands Under-20s

  • Angel Gomes – 90 minutes
  • Lewis Gibson – 0 minutes

Manchester midfielder Angel Gomes (£4.9m) played 90 minutes in a 0-0 draw with Netherlands Under-20s on Thursday night.

Meanwhile, Everton defender Lewis Gibson (£4.4m) was an unused substitute.

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582 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Carcetti
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 13 days ago

    When is Martial back?

    1. zotter
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      No one knows. Ole suggested should be fine for Leicester game but didn’t confirm

    2. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Soon I hope, we need our competitors to buy him.

      1. zotter
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        Do the cool cats get James or stay away from united??

        1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 13 days ago

          He is one of the few shining lights.

        2. Dthinger
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 13 days ago

          I'm probably not considered cool, but I did buy James

      2. FOO FIGHTER
        4 months, 13 days ago

        Ha ha, take it you are in the stay away from UTD assets camp? I am 🙂

        1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 13 days ago


    3. fr3d
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Ankle injuries have a time stamp on it? Expected to be back within 2 weeks at least

      1. Dthinger
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        it's an ankle injury now? Looked muscular on TV, but listed a knock online, and now you're saying ankle?

        1. Devo-McDuff
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 13 days ago

          I heard it was tonsillitis

  2. zotter
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 13 days ago

    On wc

    A. Son. Wood
    B. Pepe. Wood
    C. Firmino. Mount
    D. Vardy. Mount

    1. Laserface
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago


    2. Devo-McDuff
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 13 days ago


    4 months, 13 days ago

    Triple up on City and Pool so tempting for GW5. I already have 3 Pool, just need KDB to accompany Aguero and Sterling.

    TAA, VVD, Salah, Sterling, KDB, Kun.

    *evil laugh*

    1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago


      1. FOO FIGHTER
        4 months, 13 days ago

        I have to lose VVD though and replace him with Matip so still pondering about it.

        1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 13 days ago

          I've had to reassess my opinion on Matip, glad to be proved wrong.
          I know where you're coming from.

          1. FOO FIGHTER
            4 months, 13 days ago

            VVD is an FPL points mean machine but Matip is looking like the part this season.

            1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 13 days ago

              I was a Gomez cheerleader but I'm loving that settled pairing now.
              Just let Gomez screw with the Trent owners on occasion will do me. 🙂

    2. Dthinger
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      60M spent on 6 players? Wouldn't every other player need to be 4.5 or under?

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        4 months, 13 days ago

        Will still have double Pool defence plus Pukki having a party with Aguero.

    3. Devo-McDuff
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Let’s see the compromises

  4. New Post
  5. Laserface
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 13 days ago

    Fellow WCers , which Arsenal/Spurs players are you considering?

  6. De Gea is GOAT
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 13 days ago

    On WC. Play it safe or just go for it?
    Team A:
    Pope Button
    TAA Digne Ota Lunds Mings
    Salah Sterl KDB Hayden Dendon
    Pukki Abraham Barnes

    Team B:
    Pope Button
    TAA Digne Lowton Lunds Mings
    Mane Sterl KDB Dendon Hayden
    Auba Barnes Green

    1. Clay Davis
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Your 4th and 5th midfielders are Kieron Dyer, mate!

  7. Ibracadebruyne
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 13 days ago

    “Those interested in King for the upcoming Gameweeks will probably be pleased to know he was substituted in the 58th minute ahead of Sunday’s meeting with Georgia.”

    For what it’s worth King ain’t playin Georgia on Sunday as mentioned in the article, he’s up against Sweden in a Nordic derby where the winner (

    1. Ibracadebruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      ...probably ends up as a direct qualifier second to Spain in this EQ group.

  8. Jimmy Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 13 days ago

    Fourth mid, already have Mount:
    A) James
    B) Lanzini
    C) Iwobi
    D) Trossard

    1. Bram
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      B - I like Trossard too but appears Belgium may have broken him.