Scout Notes

McGinn nets for Scotland as Gundogan pulls out of Germany squad

Having looked at the bulk of Friday’s matches in our first Scout Notes of the day, we now turn our attention to three more international fixtures that were contested at the back-end of last week.

Notes from Saturday’s games will follow this evening.

Subscribers can view data on some of the matches listed below in our Members’ Area, with details available here.

Germany 2-4 The Netherlands

  • Ilkay Gundogan (£5.3m) – 29 minutes
  • Bernd Leno (£5.0m) – 0 minutes
  • Virgil van Dijk (£6.5m) – 90 minutes
  • Georginio Wijnaldum (£5.5m) – 90 minutes
  • Davy Propper (£5.0m) – 32 minutes
  • Nathan Ake (£4.9m) – 9 minutes
  • Patrick van Aanholt (£5.6m) – 0 minutes

Having emerged as a 61st-minute substitute in Germany’s 4-2 home defeat to the Netherlands on Friday, Ilkay Gundogan (£5.3m) has now returned to Manchester.

Die Mannschaft reported on Sunday that Gundogan had been suffering from an illness after arriving in Belfast ahead of Monday’s meeting with Northern Ireland and has now been allowed to return to his club.

Gundogan will have a full week to recover before City take on Norwich next Saturday evening and his lack of minutes over the international break may come into Pep Guardiola’s reckoning in Gameweek 5, particularly with the league champions away at Shakhtar Donetsk the following Tuesday.

Liverpool pair Virgil van Dijk (£6.5m) and Georginio Wijnaldum (£5.5m) haven’t had the luxury of a rest, however, with both lasting the full 90 minutes in Hamburg and now set to be involved in the Euro 2020 qualifier in Estonia on Monday evening.

Van Dijk underscored his aerial threat with two headed chances, one of which was saved by Manuel Neuer and immediately preceded Jonathan Tah’s own goal to put the Dutch 2-1 in front.

Van Dijk prevented a certain goal from Timo Werner but the Netherlands certainly weren’t watertight at the back, with Germany racking up five big chances.

Wijnaldum, who tends to be afforded more attacking freedom when playing for his country, had an excellent opportunity saved but turned provider for the visitors’ third goal when teeing up Donyell Malen.

Davy Propper (£5.0m) and Nathan Ake (£4.9m) both made second-half appearances as substitutes but Patrick van Aanholt (£5.6m) and Bernd Leno (£5.0m) failed to make it off the bench.

View player and team stats from Germany v the Netherlands in our Members’ Area.

Scotland 1-2 Russia

  • Andrew Robertson (£6.9m) – 90 minutes
  • Ryan Fraser (£7.3m) – 90 minutes
  • Oli McBurnie (£5.9m) – 90 minutes
  • Scott McTominay (£5.0m) – 78 minutes
  • John McGinn (£5.6m) – 62 minutes
  • Kenny McLean (£4.9m) – 28 minutes
  • Robert Snodgrass (£5.4m) – 0 minutes
  • Stuart Armstrong (£5.4m) – 0 minutes

Scotland’s chances of qualifying for next summer’s European Championship via the conventional route now look slim.

Steve Clarke’s side slumped to a 2-1 home defeat to Russia on Friday evening, with six Premier League players handed minutes.

Three of that half-dozen-strong group played a part in Scotland’s early goal: Ryan Fraser‘s (£7.3m) cross being spilled by Russian goalkeeper Guilherme after the distraction of a near-post dart from Oli McBurnie (£5.9m), with John McGinn (£5.6m) firing in from six yards.

Fraser and Andrew Robertson (£6.9m) had started fairly brightly down the Scotland left but played less of a part as the game wore on and indeed both players were involved in Russia’s two goals: it was Robertson who inadvertently bundled the ball into Artem Dzyuba’s path just before half-time, while Fraser was dispossessed in the move that led to Stephen O’Donnell’s own-goal.

Robertson came in for some criticism for his performance and the Scotland captain said after full-time:

Being criticised, rightly or wrongly, it’s maybe stronger now that I’m captain. But these are things I’m made for. If people criticise me, it’s fine. I’d prefer they didn’t because it means I’ve put in a good performance – but sometimes that doesn’t always go your way.

Some games as captain I’ve not been good enough, some I have been, but that’s me to look at my own performance. That’s what I’ve looked at over the last few games.

I don’t like getting beaten anyway, but on Friday I maybe dwelled on it longer than usual. I’ve learned a lot. Good things and bad things.

Fraser, Robertson and lone striker McBurnie lasted the whole 90 minutes, while McGinn, who also faded after a bright start, was replaced by Kenny McLean (£4.9m) just after the hour-mark.

Scott McTominay (£5.0m) started the game in central midfield but Robert Snodgrass (£5.4m) and Stuart Armstrong (£5.4m) didn’t make it off the bench.

Scotland face Belgium this evening at Hampden Park in another Euro 2020 qualifier.

View player and team stats from Scotland v Russia in our Members’ Area.

Wales 2-1 Azerbaijan

  • Wayne Hennessey (£4.4m) – 90 minutes
  • Chris Mepham (£4.5m) – 90 minutes
  • Daniel James (£6.1m) – 90 minutes
  • Neil Taylor (£4.5m) – 80 minutes
  • Harry Wilson (£6.0m) – 63 minutes
  • Ben Davies (£5.5m) – 10 minutes
  • Danny Ward (£4.5m) – 0 minutes

Daniel James (£6.1m) was handed a full 90-minute run-out as Wales secured a narrow win over Euro 2020 qualifying Group E whipping boys Azerbaijan.

James looked sporadically lively down the left flank and flashed a 65th-minute shot wide, having also provided a couple of teasing crosses across the visitors’ box.

Wales’ performances were below-par all-round, however, and Ryan Giggs’ unconvincing side had to rely on a late Gareth Bale header to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for Euro 2020.

Harry Wilson (£6.0m) failed to make much of an impression as his set-piece deliveries fell flat, while Neil Taylor (£4.5m) – selected at left-back ahead of Ben Davies (£5.5m) – and Wayne Hennessey (£4.4m) were both culpable for Azerbaijan’s equaliser: a slip from the Villa left-back letting in goalscorer Mahir Emreli, who finished at the second attempt after a fumble from Hennessey.

Bournemouth stopper Chris Mepham (£4.5m) played the whole game at centre-half.

Wales face Belarus on Monday evening, so owners of James et al will be hoping their Fantasy assets are handed breathers for this international friendly.

Giggs said of his team selection ahead of tonight:

Everyone’s come through the other night. Some players needed games and minutes and the guys who weren’t involved have trained well. So everyone’s ready to go.

It’s constantly a juggling act. Tom Lawrence has got a game Friday, Ethan Ampadu’s not played a lot of games. Also, bring a little bit of freshness and how best we can hurt the opposition. All these things apply when you pick teams.

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  1. Hy liverpool
    • 5 Years
    13 days, 6 hours ago

    Hello from the other side

  2. FOO FIGHTER
      13 days, 6 hours ago

      Now for the million dollar question. Which 2 out of the following for GW5?

      Sterling
      KDB
      Kun

      1. Peter Ouch
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        13 days, 6 hours ago

        Kun and 1 more
        Maybe kdb

      2. Legend of Rosický
        • 1 Year
        13 days, 5 hours ago

        Sterling and Kun if budget allows

      3. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        13 days, 5 hours ago

        KdB for sure. Then one of the other two. I'm on Sterling but don't fault Kun pickers.

      4. beefo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        13 days, 5 hours ago

        Sterling and KDB

      5. Trossard or not Trossard
          13 days, 4 hours ago

          Are you on a wildcard? I'd go KDB + Kun/ Sterling. I went for Sterling myself because of Jesus.

          1. Ribus
            • 6 Years
            13 days, 4 hours ago

            Really Kdb over Sterling?

            Have Kdb and Sterling but would rather have Kun and Sterling.

        • Freddiebell
          • 3 Years
          13 days, 4 hours ago

          Sterling KDB

      6. Peter Ouch
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        13 days, 6 hours ago

        Just listened to planet fpl.

        So interesting and funny!

        1. Rotation's Alter Ego
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 8 Years
          13 days, 5 hours ago

          Great guys. Their correspondents are some top guys too 😉

        2. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          13 days, 5 hours ago

          Only just recently started listening after a tip here. Really rate them. Entertaining listen and nice to have triple Liverpool d represented in a pod too.

        3. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          13 days, 5 hours ago

          Proof positive that you don’t need a great FPL record to make a great FPL pod - love them.

          1. Lord Tachanka
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            13 days, 5 hours ago

            FML FPL proves this too!

      7. Woodzie
          13 days, 6 hours ago

          Good afternoon all. Wildcard team below, any comments or criticism would be greatly appreciated. I know most will say I need Aguero or Sterling, but Aguero unbalances the front line and I’d have to go for Greenwood. KDB is my City midfield cover and I think Son is going to start firing soon, Spuds need someone to kickstart their season and I think he’s the man.

          Pope

          TAA – Pieters – Digne

          Salah – Son – KDB – Mount

          Pukki – Vardy – Barnes

          Bench: Button – Guendouzi – Mings – Lundstram (I know I could free up money by going for the cheapest of the cheap on the bench, but I want starts on there)

          1. Rasping Drive
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            13 days, 6 hours ago

            Looks very strong, although I wouldn't go Guendouzi.

            1. Hotdogs for Tea
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              13 days, 5 hours ago

              at 4.5 he is the top points scorer and second for minutes played ...

              1. Woodzie
                  13 days, 5 hours ago

                  I'm steering clear of Wolves as Europa seems to be distracting them - so no to Dendoncker. Then it's Newcastle (Hayden) or Brighton (Stephens) who both look like they're going to struggle. Guendouzi is at a 'top 6' side, so that's my reasoning lol

                  1. Hotdogs for Tea
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    13 days, 5 hours ago

                    makes sense, I stared with Dendoncker Hayden & Guendouzi but on WC now.

                    I think my bench is Söyüncü Pierters and Guendouzi now

                • Rasping Drive
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  13 days, 5 hours ago

                  That may be the case now but last season he had zero offensive upside. Unless the assist against Spurs is a sign of things to come, I would prefer Cantwell tbh based on what I have seen so far. If it's just appearance points the OP is looking for, then fair enough.

                  1. Hotdogs for Tea
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    13 days, 5 hours ago

                    year older now, playing more minutes this season, attacking team & may chip in ... will rise in price before the deadline

                    but it is bench fodder and Cantwell is 4.8 now so I wouldn’t be going for him.

            2. Legend of Rosický
              • 1 Year
              13 days, 5 hours ago

              Ballsy to go without one of kun/sterling. I prefer having one but still, very good team.

              P.S: I have quickly realised that "cover" is the biggest myth

              1. Woodzie
                  13 days, 5 hours ago

                  Cheers for the comment. As I'm WCing I wanted to give myself the best chance of fielding an XI every week- in the event someone gets crocked. The starting XI should be nailed on every week, barring injury or suspension, though

                  1. Legend of Rosický
                    • 1 Year
                    13 days, 5 hours ago

                    Personally I would get Haller for Vardy, Otamendi for Digne, and get Sterling for KDB

                    XI would still be nailed

            3. FatmanAndRobin
              • 7 Years
              13 days, 6 hours ago

              WC done and dusted - barring any injuries before Fri will be making no changes..
              All good? Pretty template I reckon

              Ederson/Button

              VVD/Digne/Mings/Pieters/Lund

              Salah/Sterling/KDB/Mount/Cantwell

              Abraham/Barnes/Ayew

              1. jaguar shark
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                13 days, 5 hours ago

                double up on Chelsea... could be great

                I've been weighing Abraham/Mount vs Haller/McGinn

                how'd you decide on the Chelsea picks?

            4. jaguar shark
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              13 days, 6 hours ago

              planning this for -4:

              AWB, Martial, King >> Walker, McGinn, Haller

              good good??

              1. Flaming Flamingo
                • 3 Years
                13 days, 5 hours ago

                Don't like it personally.

                1. jaguar shark
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  13 days, 5 hours ago

                  please go on señor flamingo...?

                  1. Flaming Flamingo
                    • 3 Years
                    13 days, 5 hours ago

                    Sí. Well it seems a bit sideways for a hit - Walker is a rotation risk, King has good fixtures and is imo a better option than McGinn, and Martial is a great option if fit.

                    1. jaguar shark
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      13 days, 5 hours ago

                      well said, thanks

              2. Legend of Rosický
                • 1 Year
                13 days, 5 hours ago

                Otamendi instead of Walker, mount for mcginn if possible

              3. pingissimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                13 days, 5 hours ago

                I wouldn’t lose Martial unless confirmed out. McGinn is a 4th/5th mid really - you’re losing a lot there.

                What can you do with AWB King?

            5. Flaming Flamingo
              • 3 Years
              13 days, 5 hours ago

              A bit of a random question, but how do you decide when you're going to use your wildcard?

              Are you a manager that has a fixture in mind before the season starts based on fixture swings, or do you like to take is as it comes and use it when your squad is hit by injuries etc.?

              Interested to hear your thoughts.

              1. Legend of Rosický
                • 1 Year
                13 days, 5 hours ago

                Kneejerk

                1. Flaming Flamingo
                  • 3 Years
                  13 days, 5 hours ago

                  This is the case for most of us, if we're being honest. Would I be correct to assume you've already played your wildcard then?

                  1. Legend of Rosický
                    • 1 Year
                    13 days, 5 hours ago

                    Yes you are right, did it after GW2

              2. Hotdogs for Tea
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                13 days, 5 hours ago

                first one is when i need to, which was this week. Injuries, players dropping in price, international break, players rising in price, a few mid priced players hitting form ...

                Second one is linked to the double game week strategy

                1. Flaming Flamingo
                  • 3 Years
                  13 days, 5 hours ago

                  I'd say it's normally a good choice to play it when you've considered several factors like in your case. In my experience, it's often the times where you wildcard specifically to bring in one player, or players from one team, where things are more likely to backfire. Good luck with your wildcard 🙂

              3. Peter Ouch
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                13 days, 5 hours ago

                I personally use it in the worst possible time, every year.
                I swear there is no clear plan in my head, natural self destruction

                1. Flaming Flamingo
                  • 3 Years
                  13 days, 5 hours ago

                  At least you're consistent 😛

              4. Bobby Digital
                • 2 Years
                13 days, 5 hours ago

                Take it as it comes... when you need it you need it.

              5. Rasping Drive
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                13 days, 5 hours ago

                I pick my GW1 squad with the first 8 gameweeks in mind. I will only use the WC early if I somehow pick a whole host of duds. I've had my fair share of picks that haven't met expectations this season (Jota, Fraser, Robertson, Laporte) but prefer to sort them out with a few hits early doors, rather than using the WC.

                But I'm ranked 2.6m so wtf do I know 😀

                1. Legend of Rosický
                  • 1 Year
                  13 days, 5 hours ago

                  This is why you have 10 next to your name sir. I would just kneejerk and overhaul with WC

                  1. Rasping Drive
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    13 days, 5 hours ago

                    Haha. Thanks for the motivating pep talk, guv'nor.

                2. Flaming Flamingo
                  • 3 Years
                  13 days, 5 hours ago

                  I like this strategy. I personally like to plan for a set number of gameweeks as well and 8 gameweeks seems like a good amount, since wildcarding from then onwards would give you a good sample size of games.

            6. Freshy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              13 days, 5 hours ago

              Robertson prolly wont be available. Being completely gutted by Russia and Belgium.

              1. Slouch87
                • 3 Years
                13 days, 5 hours ago

                ?

            7. jaguar shark
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              13 days, 5 hours ago

              Previously, ive always picked my date -- some international break likely. But that can be awkward because maybe you like your team at the moment -- why use a wildcard?? I now think you should use your wildcard when you have a group of players that you really want. When you look at your team and are confident on 5ish moves. Then it's time, no use waiting.

              1. jaguar shark
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                13 days, 5 hours ago

                oops, that was supposed to be a flaming f above

              2. Flaming Flamingo
                • 3 Years
                13 days, 5 hours ago

                I agree, when you feel your team is in need of an overhaul there's not much use in putting it off. This time around I have a GW in mind (GW14), but if my team is starting to fall apart before then I definitely won't hesitate to pull the trigger beforehand.

            8. Park the bus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              13 days, 5 hours ago

              RMWCT if you could...

              Pope Button
              TAA Digne Holding Lundstram Hanley
              Salah KDB Sterling HWilson Cantwell
              Pukki Haller Wood

              0.1 itb

              Holding - due back imminently. arsenal have great fixtures and they have a great record with him in the team. fans rate him very highly

              HWilson - it's him, James or Iwobi. Aware people may laugh at the last one but I reckon he'll be good for Everton now they've started scoring. best option there?

              Wood - can't see him continuing to not score for long. great fixtures too.

              1. Legend of Rosický
                • 1 Year
                13 days, 5 hours ago

                Digne, Hwilson > Otamendi, Mount

                Good team

              2. Winston.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                13 days, 5 hours ago

                Holding and HWilson are risky...

                1. Ask Yourself
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  13 days, 5 hours ago

                  Yep get James and Söyüncü instead imo

              3. TuplaPukki
                • 3 Years
                13 days, 5 hours ago

                Souyncu for now but chance to holding when he is fit again, pretty good team

            9. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              13 days, 5 hours ago

              Assuming Emerson is fit who scores more this GW:

              A) Emerson (wol)
              B) Otamendi (nor)

              1. Legend of Rosický
                • 1 Year
                13 days, 5 hours ago

                B if I had to bet

              2. Sgt. Schultz
                • 3 Years
                13 days, 5 hours ago

                B

              3. Dr. Agabuse
                • 7 Years
                13 days, 5 hours ago

                Ota

              4. Winston.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                13 days, 5 hours ago

                B

              5. Ti Ago
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                13 days, 5 hours ago

                I have an eye on Emerson too

            10. Winston.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              13 days, 5 hours ago

              A. VVD + Barnes or...
              B. Matip/Alderweireld + Haller

              Lovren and Gomez fit, so is Matip too risky? Is B with Spurs defender the best option or not?

              1. Legend of Rosický
                • 1 Year
                13 days, 5 hours ago

                B with Otamendi?

                1. Winston.
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  13 days, 5 hours ago

                  I own Zinc...not possible

                  1. Legend of Rosický
                    • 1 Year
                    13 days, 5 hours ago

                    Then I would go Matip. Think he will play most games

                    1. Winston.
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      13 days, 5 hours ago

                      ...seems settled for now, yes. But will be rotated eventually I suppose.

            11. Wakanda
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              13 days, 5 hours ago

              Team GTG ?
              Pope
              Digne /Arnold/ Otamendi
              Mane/KDB/Pepe/Mount/Son
              Tammy/Haller - Greenwood

              any suggestions ?

              1. beefo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                13 days, 5 hours ago

                I like that a lot. Who's your second sub? If it's not someone nailed on, I might downgrade Tammy to Pukki or Barnes.

                1. Wakanda
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  13 days, 5 hours ago

                  my only sub is greenwood

              2. Sarnab
                • 8 Years
                13 days, 5 hours ago

                Lacks Sterling. Must have this season.

              3. AndyCook
                • 2 Years
                13 days, 5 hours ago

                The captain part of this game makes that team risky

              4. Legend of Rosický
                • 1 Year
                13 days, 5 hours ago

                Glaring lack of C options

                1. Wakanda
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  13 days, 5 hours ago

                  mane or son this week... even arnold can be considered

                  1. Wakanda
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    13 days, 5 hours ago

                    KDB or Pepe next week

                    1. Legend of Rosický
                      • 1 Year
                      13 days, 5 hours ago

                      I guess it's a fun team to have and fun way to play.
                      Love the defence
                      GL

                      1. Wakanda
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        13 days, 5 hours ago

                        thanks ..praying for the best

              5. FourLokoLeipzig
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                13 days, 4 hours ago

                As you’re going with a weak bench and it’s nearly CL time, I’d probably go Haller over Abraham. Abra seems first choice... but will surely get rested from time to time

                1. FourLokoLeipzig
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  13 days, 4 hours ago

                  Sorry, misread. So I agree with the first comment!

              6. Freddiebell
                • 3 Years
                13 days, 4 hours ago

                Lovely team. I'm aiming for something similar but would need 3 hits to achieve it.

            12. beefo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              13 days, 5 hours ago

              Looking for suggestions for an American coming to London to watch an EPL game.

              Hi all - I would really appreciate your advice on a London-EPL-specific question. My wife and two adult siblings will be in London for about 36 hours the weekend of October 19-20. I would love to see a English Premier League game in person while we're there. From what I can tell, there are three options on that Saturday (October 19):
              A) Newcastle/Chelsea at Stamford Bridge
              B) Watford/Spurs at London Stadium
              C) ManCity/Palace at Selhurst Park

              If you could only attend one game, assuming no team allegiance, which would you attend?

              Also, what's the best way for an American to get tickets to a game? Anything else I should be aware of?

              Many thanks in advance!

              1. Ask Yourself
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                13 days, 5 hours ago

                Selhurst park for the best atmosphere imo. West Ham fan

                1. Ask Yourself
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  13 days, 5 hours ago

                  Plus get to see Man City play

                  1. beefo
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    13 days, 5 hours ago

                    Thanks, very true. I'm worried it might be harder to get tickets for that game though, since it's City. Do you think that's the case?

                    1. Ask Yourself
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      13 days, 5 hours ago

                      It’s a smaller ground that’s for sure. That would be first in my priority list though. I haven’t been but spurs’ new stadium looks amazing so that would be worth checking out if you can’t manage the city one. Always lots of tickets available there as it seats nearly 100,000

                      1. beefo
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        13 days, 5 hours ago

                        That's helpful to know, thank you!

                        1. Ask Yourself
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          13 days, 5 hours ago

                          Well I say always lots available that might be a lie but you have more chance of managing to get one there if you know what I mean. Anyway good luck and enjoy UK!

              2. beefo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                13 days, 5 hours ago

                On the ticket point: can you just buy tickets at the grounds on the day of the match? Or will I have to buy them in advance through the club website? (Sorry for the beginner's questions, this will be my first EPL match.)

                1. Ask Yourself
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  13 days, 5 hours ago

                  Ah I see this is where you’ll streusel. Not sure if they’ll have been released yet but to buy tickets usually you need to be a member of the club. Once the tickets have been sold to members then they extend the sale I believe at most grounds, someone more helpful will reply I hope

              3. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                13 days, 5 hours ago

                Chelsea games always full of tourists and home games often seem to be available on the exchanges.

                1. beefo
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  13 days, 5 hours ago

                  Thanks. Are the exchanges online or something you visit in person?

                  1. Miguel Sanchez
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    13 days, 5 hours ago

                    Websites like Stubhub or Viagogo but seems there may be new rules saying that they can only sell hospitality tickets.

                    Chelsea Newcastle game from £159

                    https://www.viagogo.co.uk/Sports-Tickets/Football/Barclays-Premier-League/Chelsea-FC-Tickets/E-3845220

                    Chelsea home league games usually sell out to members only so may prove tricky to get tickets to.

                    1. beefo
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      13 days, 5 hours ago

                      Thanks again. Sorry for the super basic questions, but what is a hospitality ticket?

                      1. Miguel Sanchez
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        13 days, 4 hours ago

                        Hospitality usually involves free drinks and some food. From the official website:

                        West Stand upper tier near the goal line
                        Savoury refreshments on arrival
                        Interactive Chef’s table
                        Unreserved seating in Museum
                        Pre-match behind-the-scenes tour
                        Complimentary bar
                        Half-time drinks voucher
                        Exclusive Chelsea gift
                        Matchday programme
                        Ex-player appearance

                        https://hospitality.chelseafc.com/matchday-hospitality/fixtures/

                      2. beefo
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        13 days, 4 hours ago

                        Many thanks.

                  2. AndyCook
                    • 2 Years
                    13 days, 5 hours ago

                    Online for most clubs. You should buy online in advance. There’s website that sell on season tickets not used at a high price but it’s hugely club dependent. In recall for Hull you could buy on the day. Best to go on the clubs websites and look at else of buying tickets for games coming very soon (released tickets) and just do some old fashioned googling

              4. AndyCook
                • 2 Years
                13 days, 5 hours ago

                I would watch C as there are not any players in the other two teams who are that brilliant to watch (I’ve seen most of the better ones). De Bruyne is particular looks unbelievable in person

                1. AndyCook
                  • 2 Years
                  13 days, 5 hours ago

                  Two games*

              5. RichardNixon
                • 3 Years
                13 days, 3 hours ago

                I haven't done this since 2012 but back then I became a Chelsea international member when visiting London for a few days (I'm Australian). Didn't cost much, maybe £20. Once I became an international member I could buy tickets at face-value. The games I went and saw were Chelsea v Fulham in the EPL, and Chelsea v Nordjalend in the UCL. This was much more cost effective than buying tickets online as I had done a couple years earlier.

                Jump on the websites of Chelsea, Spurs, Palace and see what international membership options they have available, and if these give you priority tickets.

                1. RichardNixon
                  • 3 Years
                  13 days, 3 hours ago

                  Chelsea Membership will cost you £28. After that they have the following info on their website for the Newcastle game:

                  Ticket sales for this match will be as follows:

                  Wednesday 11 September: Tickets will be sold to members at one ticket per person.

                  Monday 16 September: Season ticket holders and members can purchase an extra two tickets (maximum of three in total).

                  Monday 23 September: Tickets will go on general sale (maximum of four tickets per person).

                  Tickets will be sold online from 7am and from 9.15am at the ticket office for personal callers and telephone sales.

                  1. beefo
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    13 days, 3 hours ago

                    This is super helpful, thank you. Good to know that if there are four of us attending, we'll need to each buy more than one membership.

                    1. RichardNixon
                      • 3 Years
                      13 days, 3 hours ago

                      No worries! Not sure what your plans for London are, and what your budget is, but you could also do a match day package with accommodation at the hotel at Stamford Bridge:

                      https://www.millenniumhotels.com/en/offers/europe/millennium-copthorne-hotels-at-chelsea-football-club/football-matchday-packages/

            13. Sarnab
              • 8 Years
              13 days, 5 hours ago

              Just used my WC last week. Saving FT or any changes needed?

              Pope
              TAA Zinchenko Lund
              Kdb Sterling Salah Mount
              Haller Pukki Barnes

              4.0 Lowton Cantwell Kelly

              0.4 in the bank

              1. Sgt. Schultz
                • 3 Years
                13 days, 5 hours ago

                I'd save

              2. stuarto
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                12 days, 22 hours ago

                Only one I’d worry about is Zin, but worth holding another week to see how City does without LaPorte

            14. Scoutcast Tues 8pm - Feel free to leave your questions for us here.
              J0E
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 10 Years
              13 days, 5 hours ago

              Scoutcast tomorrow at 8pm.

              Feel free to leave your questions for us here.

              1. Legend of Rosický
                • 1 Year
                13 days, 5 hours ago

                Is Mane a good differential captain this week?

                1. Viper
                  • 9 Years
                  13 days, 5 hours ago

                  Yes he is

                  1. Legend of Rosický
                    • 1 Year
                    13 days, 5 hours ago

                    Its him or raz for me

                2. Freddiebell
                  • 3 Years
                  13 days, 4 hours ago

                  Yes he can outscore salah even given game.

                3. Freddiebell
                  • 3 Years
                  13 days, 4 hours ago

                  Any given game #

              2. Viper
                • 9 Years
                13 days, 5 hours ago

                Should those that are on Robertson over TAA admit defeat & jump ship or stick with the Scot? It can't all be down to luck can it?

                1. Trossard or not Trossard
                    13 days, 4 hours ago

                    Sticking for now but I still got that wc in my pocket. I think people should swap if they can but it seems a bit like a waste of a TF if there are other fires.

                2. Ask Yourself
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  13 days, 5 hours ago

                  Is double norwich attack (Pukki and cantwell) genuinely a sensible choice or getting carried away?

                  What is going on with firmino why is he playing like a penalty box striker now (seeing his touches itb). Has his role become more advanced making him a really good choice?

                3. Recklesss
                  • 4 Years
                  13 days, 5 hours ago

                  Is the 'more common' front three of mid priced fwd (Haller, Barnes, Pukki, etc...) still the way to go (given their good fixtures) or does the likes of Vardy, Kane, Auba finding decent form shake up the template or are we happy to ignore given their price?

                4. KnightSlayer
                  • 8 Years
                  13 days, 5 hours ago

                  Is David Silva better pick then before as he no longer has international Duty ?

                5. diesel001
                  • 2 Years
                  13 days, 5 hours ago

                  Which players on your watchlist do you think will be benefit or lose out from playing during the IB?

                6. Bielsa's Binoculars
                  • 4 Years
                  13 days, 5 hours ago

                  Now we have seen four GWs from Everton, is Digne worth his 6.1m pricetag? Everton look slightly work defensively but will that stop Digne getting his returns?

                7. Winston.
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  13 days, 5 hours ago

                  A lot of 5.5-6.5 tempting midfield options available now...Mount, James, Ceballos, Iwobi, Lanzini, Yarmolenko...how would you rate them and who are the best picks?

                8. Markus
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  13 days, 5 hours ago

                  Is a salexit on the cards after Newcastle?

                  1. COK3Y5MURF
                    • 3 Years
                    13 days, 3 hours ago

                    Before Chelsea? Yummy, yummy fixture.

                9. Nivaldo Santos
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  13 days, 2 hours ago

                  Spurs vs Arsenal assets, best teams options?

                10. GARY AND JAMIE
                  • 5 Years
                  13 days, 1 hour ago

                  Which 3 Man City...

                11. Ginkapo FPL
                  • 8 Years
                  13 days, 17 mins ago

                  Genuine question,

                  Do you guys even like football? Or are you just not proud of your country?

                12. Duffy Dunk
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  12 days, 22 hours ago

                  Would you take the risk of going without one or more of the performing big hitters from possibly the best 2 teams (Salah/Mane Sterling KDB) in order to fit players like Auba & Son who can soon be part of the next template?

                13. Skull And Gnomes 9
                  • 2 Years
                  12 days, 22 hours ago

                  With Arse and Spurs now seeing a sea of blue in the fixtures, ( I think you could change that MUN one to blue arguably) who does the panel feel worthy of investment from those teams?

                  Bearing in mind most peeps are financially tied up in the Pool and Citeh attackers, it feels quite problematic fitting them in. tx

                14. FP Elephant
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  12 days, 20 hours ago

                  Questions:

                  1) Player - KDB - How many hits can I justify to bring him in? (Would need a -8 to do it because I'm keeping my wildcard on ice for later.)

                  2) Team - Man United. Stay away for now or worth keeping some of the mid-priced assets if you have them? (Martial is still in my team and I'm waiting on his injury news... James is an interesting shout.)

                  3) Talking Point - Rest, rotation, and injury fears... do the FFS mods and cons think about their teams and decisions any differently now that Europa and Champions League will get underway next week (right after GW5)?

                  4) Bonus - How big a couch is needed to hide behind if you don't own Aguero when Man City play Norwich? (I have Sterling and Salah and can't get Sergio in without wildcarding... I'm thinking the couch would need to be at least 3 meters wide by 1.5 meters high... and the TV on mute.)

                  Thanks Joe!

                15. Differential (c)
                  • 3 Years
                  12 days, 16 hours ago

                  Three teams I've personally identified as key to target for their run of games. Burnley, Arsenal and Spurs. We all know the usual suspects who may be highly owned, but should we be looking for differentials among them? Players like Gudmondsson, McNeil, Pepe, Son etc.

                16. Kopkloppers
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  12 days, 15 hours ago

                  One can see the value in assets like sterling and co. But is it worth having 2 premium slots or is there better value in spreading wealth. Is son at 9.5 and kdb at 9.5 as an example not better than Salah and a 6.5?

                  1. Andy_Social
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    12 days, 15 hours ago

                    I personally think City and Liverpool are so far ahead of the rest, that you should have 6 from them, premium or not.

                17. Twisted Saltergater
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  12 days, 15 hours ago

                  For a bit of fun, Rotation Watch. Which big name(s) will be on the pine this weekend?

                18. TonyE
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  12 days, 13 hours ago

                  Looking forward to the next international break, do you think the Vardy and Pukki parties are over, and who should we be getting instead. Maybe Barnes or Haller, or some other striker?

                19. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  12 days, 12 hours ago

                  Does the international break interrupt club momentum enough that we should disregard "form"?

                20. Prisoner B5160-8
                  • 1 Year
                  12 days, 12 hours ago

                  Why isn't more being made of Eriksen as a differential, cemented in the starting lineup now at £8.8m (with 4.3% ownership) ahead of a great run of fixtures?

                21. Squeazy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  12 days, 9 hours ago

                  Will Watford still be the whipping boys after their managerial change?

                  Can we trust City’s defence without Laporte?

              3. Sgt. Schultz
                • 3 Years
                13 days, 5 hours ago

                Just curious if anyone is considering

                Salah - Sterling - Son - Pepe (for a midfield 4)

                on WC?

                1. Ask Yourself
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  13 days, 5 hours ago

                  I was until I saw the rest of the team I had to put with it

                2. AndyCook
                  • 2 Years
                  13 days, 5 hours ago

                  I would consider losing Salah/Sterling to get three of De Bruyne, Son, Vardy and Pepe but would want to see some more from Son or Pepe first

              4. Champions united
                • 2 Years
                13 days, 5 hours ago

                Which pair to Sell 1st
                king + martial
                Or
                Fraser+martial

              5. Viper
                • 9 Years
                13 days, 5 hours ago

                Need to make up 0.3m with a FT in order to do Jota - > Barnes. Which looks better?

                A. Montoya - > Lundstram

                B. Trossard - > Ceballos

                1. Flaming Flamingo
                  • 3 Years
                  13 days, 5 hours ago

                  If Trossard is injured, B looks fine. If not, I'd be tempted to keep Jota for this week and then reassess.

                2. The Overthinker
                  • 2 Years
                  13 days, 5 hours ago

                  A

                3. Legend of Rosický
                  • 1 Year
                  13 days, 5 hours ago

                  B

                4. Freddiebell
                  • 3 Years
                  13 days, 4 hours ago

                  A

              6. finnish92
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                13 days, 5 hours ago

                Downgrade Kane to:

                - Barnes
                - C.Wilson
                - Haller?

                My other strikers are Pukki (and Greenwood)

                1. Viper
                  • 9 Years
                  13 days, 5 hours ago

                  All good options. Barnes probably looking the best option but nothing wrong with any of them

                2. The Overthinker
                  • 2 Years
                  13 days, 5 hours ago

                  A

                3. Nivaldo Santos
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  13 days, 2 hours ago

                  Haller

              7. TheTinman
                • 4 Years
                13 days, 5 hours ago

                What’s the latest on Emerson..? Just brought that fecker in

                1. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  13 days, 5 hours ago

                  Won't find out until later in the week but apparently he came off before it could get worse... could mean anything really. Wait til Friday I think.

              8. The Overthinker
                • 2 Years
                13 days, 5 hours ago

                If given a chance to start again from GW1, what things would you change ? What different strategy will you use?

                1. Ask Yourself
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  13 days, 5 hours ago

                  BBGW1 and WCGW2

                  1. The Overthinker
                    • 2 Years
                    13 days, 5 hours ago

                    You were all in for bbgw1 , pulled the plug last minute !!!

                    1. Ask Yourself
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      13 days, 5 hours ago

                      My BBGW1 draft was going to be huge. WCGW2 looks to have been the way to go aswell so annoyed x

                      1. The Overthinker
                        • 2 Years
                        13 days, 5 hours ago

                        Sh!t happens.

                        Still not much damage done.

                        Build a great wc team, and with luck get captain right

                        1. Ask Yourself
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          13 days, 5 hours ago

                          Permacap Sterling with KDB VC in my plan up until GW12 then salah’s turn

                          1. The Overthinker
                            • 2 Years
                            13 days, 5 hours ago

                            Good luck

                            1. Ask Yourself
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              13 days, 4 hours ago

                              U2

                2. Recklesss
                  • 4 Years
                  13 days, 5 hours ago

                  I would have gone Salah and Sterling. I was naive in thinking Kane could match Sterling over the first three fixtures.

                  Double pool defence chewed up a lot of my budget so making changes without downgrading one of them was tough.

                  1. Recklesss
                    • 4 Years
                    13 days, 5 hours ago

                    Fraser also killed me. Was expecting him to light it up again this year but Bou did not look up to it for the first 2 gws (that I owned him)

                    1. The Overthinker
                      • 2 Years
                      13 days, 5 hours ago

                      I still don't see Bournemouth the same as they were last season.

                      Glad I neglected the Bournemouth players hype

                      1. Recklesss
                        • 4 Years
                        13 days, 5 hours ago

                        You dodged a bullet and made a good call. I was on Fraser early last year so was a bit of cloudy by getting those pts last year.

                  2. The Overthinker
                    • 2 Years
                    13 days, 5 hours ago

                    Can't blame you for double pool def. There were many who went with that.

                    Still stuck with kane.?

                    1. Recklesss
                      • 4 Years
                      13 days, 5 hours ago

                      Off Kane on WC and got Sterling in amongst others.

                3. TheTinman
                  • 4 Years
                  13 days, 5 hours ago

                  Honestly I might as well have just random squad selected

                  1. Recklesss
                    • 4 Years
                    13 days, 5 hours ago

                    lol

                  2. The Overthinker
                    • 2 Years
                    13 days, 5 hours ago

                    Feel you

              9. Bielsa's Binoculars
                • 4 Years
                13 days, 5 hours ago

                If I know I am not planning to captain a Liverpool player in the next 4-5 games then can I just get the cheaper Firmino on my WC?

                1. TheTinman
                  • 4 Years
                  13 days, 5 hours ago

                  Mane mane and only mane

                2. Ask Yourself
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  13 days, 5 hours ago

                  I am getting firmino

                  1. Ask Yourself
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    13 days, 5 hours ago

                    Nice swap to Vardy GW9 if needed and then can afford sterling > Salah GW13

                3. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  13 days, 5 hours ago

                  Yeah - am considering losing Salah next GW for this reason

                4. MTPockets
                  • 10 Years
                  13 days, 5 hours ago

                  Think I'm getting him in. Not so much that reason but stats and looked good in games I've seen

              10. Super Silva Haze
                • 6 Years
                13 days, 5 hours ago

                James or Mount ?

                1. TheTinman
                  • 4 Years
                  13 days, 5 hours ago

                  Mount

                2. Ask Yourself
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  13 days, 5 hours ago

                  James

                  1. Ask Yourself
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    13 days, 5 hours ago

                    Nice swap to Vardy GW9 if needed and then can afford sterling > Salah GW13

              11. Super Silva Haze
                • 6 Years
                13 days, 5 hours ago

                Perez and Jota >> C.Wilson and Cantwell ?
                For a hit -4

                1. PrettyDick
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  13 days, 4 hours ago

                  I wouldn't

              12. Mike132
                • 10 Years
                13 days, 5 hours ago

                Ryan Button
                Robertson TAA Digne Zinchenko Lundstram
                Salah Sterling Moura Mount Dendoncker
                Pukki King Greenwood

                1 FT, 1.5 itb.

                Any suggestions please? Thank you

                1. Mike132
                  • 10 Years
                  13 days, 5 hours ago

                  Apologies, Martial is in there not Moura

              13. TuplaPukki
                • 3 Years
                13 days, 5 hours ago

                Can someone rate my WC?? Any feedback?

                Pope-Button
                TAA-Digne-Zinchenko-Lundstram-Kelly
                Salah-Sterling-KDB-James-Cantwell
                Pukki-Haller-Ayew

                1. bitm2007
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  13 days, 4 hours ago

                  Same as mine, except I've got Martial and Greenwood, instead of James and Ayew.

                  1. TuplaPukki
                    • 3 Years
                    13 days, 4 hours ago

                    Hmm, not a bad idea...

                    1. bitm2007
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      13 days, 4 hours ago

                      It would mean rotating Lundstram/Kelly/Cantwell/Greenwood for the last spot, but I prefer that over playing Ayew.

                      1. TuplaPukki
                        • 3 Years
                        13 days, 4 hours ago

                        I just try it, i cant afford those moves

                        1. bitm2007
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          13 days, 4 hours ago

                          I'm 0.3 short at the moment, but will be able to afford it if James,and Abraham rise for a second time this GW, and Martial falls. All of which are likely.

                2. PrettyDick
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  13 days, 4 hours ago

                  It's a very good team. The only input I would have is to see if you could vary your team from the template a bit (depending on your strategy). Arsenal for instance have great fixture and usually score a lot of goals. And/or Son/Vardy/Maddison are others who won't be owned by many but have high ceilings and low ownership.

                  1. TuplaPukki
                    • 3 Years
                    13 days, 4 hours ago

                    Good comment. I actually did have maddison&souyncu instead of zinchenko&james till yesterday, now i dont know which option is better? Souyncu could also be holding later... I also tryed to fit salah, kdb, sterling and pepe in my team but that didnt work out.

                  2. TuplaPukki
                    • 3 Years
                    13 days, 4 hours ago

                    What you think of AMN? Also was in my team.

              14. finnish92
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                13 days, 5 hours ago

                Kane, Trossard, AWB --> Barnes, De Bruyne, Digne (-4)?

                1. PrettyDick
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  13 days, 4 hours ago

                  just do the first two and wait for the third one until next week

                2. Freddiebell
                  • 3 Years
                  13 days, 4 hours ago

                  Good moves imo

              15. Bielsa's Binoculars
                • 4 Years
                13 days, 5 hours ago

                When KWP is fit, is he the most nailed for Spurs?

                1. Recklesss
                  • 4 Years
                  13 days, 5 hours ago

                  Aurier and Foyth (when back) might have something to say about it. For not I think he's safe but I'm staying clear of spurs atm.

              16. Recklesss
                • 4 Years
                13 days, 5 hours ago

                A) Barnes in for Pukki this week on a FT
                B) Emerson out for 5.5 def
                C) Hold