Scout Notes

Emerson speaks out after injury scare as Pukki scores again

Our international Scout Notes continue with a recap of Sunday’s matches.

As usual, we will be concentrating on only Premier League players as we keep an eye on minutes played, form and injuries.

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

Finland 1-2 Italy

  • Teemu Pukki (£7.0m) – 90 minutes
  • Jorginho (£5.0m) – 90 minutes
  • Emerson Palmieri (£5.5m) – 8 minutes

Emerson Palmieri (£5.5m) is an injury doubt for Gameweek 5 after limping out of Italy’s win over Finland on Sunday with a suspected hamstring problem.

The Chelsea left-back lasted just eight minutes of the match in Tampere but provided words of reassurance for his owners after full-time, Tweeting:

Very important victory today, guys. Unfortunately I had a small injury, but it’s nothing serious.

Italy boss Roberto Mancini added:

It was nothing serious, he stopped to ensure it didn’t get any worse.

Frank Lampard will hopefully provide us with an update on the defender later this week but Marcos Alonso (£6.2m) will be on standby for a recall should the Italy international fail to recover.

Emerson suffered his injury when chasing down Norwich City’s Teemu Pukki (£7.0m), who played the full 90 minutes.

The Finn had few chances in a game dominated by the visitors but kept up his fine run of form by winning and converting a 72nd-minute penalty to briefly draw his country level.

The Norwich striker has only failed to score in one of six matches for club and country this season, following his goal from the spot in the 1-0 win over Greece last Thursday.

The identity of Norwich’s first-choice penalty-taker remains uncertain following the woes from 12 yards last season: five different City players, including Pukki, took at least one spot-kick in 2018/19 and each missed once.

Pukki fizzed a shot narrowly wide of Gianluigi Donnarumma’s post just after half-time in his only other attempt of the match.

The Canaries’ striker returns to Carrow Road in plenty of time for Gameweek 5, having racked up 175 minutes of action over the international break.

Jorginho (£5.0m) completed 90 minutes for the second time in four days and was also on target from the spot to hand Italy the win, although the budget FPL midfielder seems to be further down the pecking order from 12 yards at Stamford Bridge.

The Chelsea midfielder was booked for a foul on Pukki in the first half.

Spain 4-0 The Faroe Islands

  • David de Gea (£5.6m) – 90 minutes
  • Rodri (£5.5m) – 90 minutes
  • Dani Ceballos (£5.7m) – 0 minutes
  • Kepa Arrizabalaga (£5.5m) – 0 minutes

There was positive news for owners of Dani Ceballos (£5.7m) as the Arsenal midfielder was handed a breather for the routine victory over the Faroe Islands on Sunday.

Having played 77 minutes in the win over Romania on Thursday, Ceballos was an unused substitute in Gijon for this latest match.

Kepa Arrizabalaga (£5.5m) was also on the bench, meaning that not one of the four Premier League-based Spain internationals on duty over the last week has played more than 90 minutes.

David de Gea (£5.6m) and Rodri (£5.5m), who both watched on from the sidelines in Bucharest, were recalled to the starting XI and had a comfortable evening against the Euro 2020 qualification Group F minnows.

De Gea had only two saves to make, both of which were from shots taken from outside the box.

View player and team stats from Spain v the Faroe Islands in our Members’ Area.

Georgia 0-0 Denmark

  • Kasper Schmeichel (£5.0m) – 90 minutes
  • Andreas Christensen (£5.0m) – 90 minutes
  • Christian Eriksen (£8.8m) – 90 minutes
  • Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (£4.9m) – 73 minutes
  • Philip Billing (£5.0m) – 0 minutes

Denmark were left frustrated as they drew a blank in Tbilisi on Sunday, with Christian Eriksen (£8.8m) producing a below-par display.

The Spurs midfielder, playing in the number ten role, recorded three key passes but his set-piece deliveries were once again found wanting.

Kasper Schmeichel (£5.0m) and Andreas Christensen (£5.0m) had a relatively quiet 90 minutes at the back as the Leicester goalkeeper was forced into making only one save.

Eriksen, Schmeichel and Christensen played all 180 minutes of Denmark’s two Euro 2020 qualifiers over the international break.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (£4.9m) was part of a two-man central midfield for the Danes and lasted 73 minutes before being withdrawn.

The Southampton midfielder’s services may be required at left-back in Gameweek 5, with Kevin Danso (£4.5m) suspended and Ryan Bertrand‘s (£4.9m) availability still uncertain.

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

View player and team stats from Georgia v Denmark in our Members’ Area.

Switzerland 4-0 Gibraltar

  • Fabian Schar (£5.0m) – 90 minutes
  • Albian Ajeti (£5.9m) – 90 minutes
  • Granit Xhaka (£5.4m) – 74 minutes

Switzerland cantered to victory against Gibraltar on Sunday but the win may have come at the cost of an injury to Granit Xhaka (£5.4m).

The much-maligned Arsenal midfielder limped gingerly from the field of play on 74 minutes but downplayed the problem afterwards, saying:

I’ve been suffering from Achilles tendon pain for a few weeks now. It hurts now, but it should be okay otherwise.

Fabian Schar (£5.0m) and Albian Ajeti (£5.9m) both lasted the full 90 minutes but a home match against European minnows is ideal from a Fantasy owners’ perspective, given the lack of exertion required.

Centre-half Schar was indeed busier at the other end of the field, having three attempts on goal of his own and assisting Switzerland’s second goal with a superb cross from the left flank.

Despite his advanced role on the left of the visitors’ three-man attack, Ajeti was responsible for just two of Switzerland’s 40 shots.

Xhaka created five chances and supplied the assist for his country’s opener with a cross from a corner.

View player and team stats from Switzerland v Gibraltar in our Members’ Area.

Sweden 1-1 Norway

  • Victor Lindelof (£5.4m) – 90 minutes
  • Emil Krafth (£4.5m) – 0 minutes
  • Joshua King (£6.4m) – 90 minutes

Victor Lindelof (£5.4m) came up against Joshua King (£6.4m) in the all-Scandinavian affair, with both players lasting 90 minutes.

King was more advanced than we are used to seeing at Bournemouth and registered a match-high four attempts on goal, all of which were from inside the Sweden box.

Lindelof has played a full three hours for his country over the last week, while King was withdrawn early in the 2-0 win over Malta on Thursday.

Emil Krafth (£4.5m) was an unused substitute on Sunday and returns to Newcastle United having played just 45 minutes over the international break.

View player and team stats from Sweden v Norway in our Members’ Area.

Armenia 4-2 Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Sead Kolasinac (£5.4m) – 90 minutes
  • Mohamed Besic (£4.5m) – 80 minutes

It was a familiar-sounding match for Sead Kolasinac (£5.4m) on Sunday, with the Arsenal full-back part of a suspect defence but getting forward plenty down the left flank to support the attack.

It was from Kolasinac’s run and cross that Amer Gojak tapped in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s second equaliser to bring the scores level at 2-2.

Arsenal’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan, now on loan at Roma, played a hand in all four of Armenia’s goals, scoring twice.

Mohamed Besic (£4.5m), one of the alternatives to John Lundstram (£4.2m) that Chris Wilder has on the books at Sheffield United, played 80 minutes for the visitors and picked up a yellow card.

Greece 1-1 Liechtenstein

  • Sokratis Papastathopoulos (£5.0m) – 90 minutes

Greece’s recent track record of posting some embarrassing results continued with a 1-1 draw with Liechtenstein on Sunday.

Arsenal centre-half Sokratis Papastathopoulos (£5.0m) played the full 90 minutes and had little defending to do as the hosts dominated possession but the Group J minnows struck on the counter-attack with five minutes to go – a backtracking Sokratis unable to catch Dennis Salanovic – to salvage their first point of Euro 2020 qualifying.



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623 Comments Post a Comment
  1. FOO FIGHTER
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Boom!

      1. Tomerick
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Very enlightening top post. Congratulations.

      2. Nigel Knows
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 21 days ago

        A

    • Champions united
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

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

      1. EMBOLOFAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 21 days ago

        has there been a man united presser yet

      2. Maddamotha
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        King and Fraser

      3. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 21 days ago

        If you’ve still got Fraser he’s a possible hold in my book as is Martial. Who are you after?

        King I’d happily dump.

        1. Champions united
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 21 days ago

          King to barnes/haller

          If fraser and martial then kdb

          1. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 21 days ago

            Haller could be worth losing Fraser for anyway. Think he looks a great hold for quite a while. I’m hoping to run with him for the foreseeable in the role I hoped to have Jim in.

            KdB is a big miss of course. Can you get a playable 4th mid from Martial Fraser to KdB?

            1. Champions united
              • 3 Years
              5 months, 21 days ago

              I can get Cantwell

              1. Champions united
                • 3 Years
                5 months, 21 days ago

                How about king+martial to Silva+haller

    • Pointless
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      a) Salah + Söyüncü
      or
      b) Mané + Otamendi?

      Any thoughts appreciated please!

      1. EMBOLOFAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 21 days ago

        a
        but honestly, salah + ota + soyuncu

      2. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 21 days ago

        B depending on how your defence looks. If you already have TAA Digne say then I might keep the money upfield

    • swobe
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Pope
      TAA - VVD - Digne - Walker - Lundstram
      Salah - Sterling - KDB - McGinn
      Jota

      Button: Pukki, Greenwood, Donker

      Do I need to use my FT? Pukki to Barnes? Jota to Wood? Jota to Ayew?

      1. EMBOLOFAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 21 days ago

        dislike all of those transfers. walker to ota would be fine

        1. swobe
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 21 days ago

          me too.. but content with the team other than Jota. Would you start Pukki over Jota?

          1. EMBOLOFAN
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 21 days ago

            i'd start jota

            1. swobe
              • 6 Years
              5 months, 21 days ago

              I have listened. Have been meaning to find better value in the backline and Walker - Ota is the move to enable it. Cheers.

              1. EMBOLOFAN
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                5 months, 21 days ago

                allows jota to barnes if he blanks again! good luck

      2. Bram
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        No immediate issue - maybe roll the free to give more options next week with 2FT. e.g Walker & Jota to Ota & Barnes.

    • Here Comes The Son ★
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Pope
      VVD, Digne, Robertson
      Ceballos, Sterling(c), KDB, Son, Siggy
      Pukki, Haller

      Button, Greenwood, Rico, Hanley - (0.7itb)

      As you can see, my bench is atrocious. If Sterling gets benched this week, I'm pretty much playing with 10 men.

      What's worse... playing with 10 men, or upgrading a defender on my bench for a -4 hit?

      1. Here Comes The Son ★
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        I could play my wildcard, but all my players have excellent fixtures apart from Pukki. Feels wrong.

        1. Nomar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 21 days ago

          Save it then.

      2. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Doubt Sterling gets benched and if he did would probably get minutes even if he did. Good team, save.

      3. EMBOLOFAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 21 days ago

        you'll probably get a point from greenwood. highly doubt you'll get an average of 5 from whoever you upgrade hanley to

        1. EMBOLOFAN
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 21 days ago

          lets also say 50% chance sterling is benched and then 50% chance he stays on the bench. using a hit for a sub doesnt come close to adding up

      4. Here Comes The Son ★
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Cheers ^^

        I've been happy with my team up until today. Suddenly having doubts about Sterling starting and it's threw me off.

      5. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Play 10 if necessary

        I have the City 3 and reckon I might miss the triple up in both games. I’m calculating that any two of them in both games is likely worth it. I’m simply looking at 5/6 as a pair of fixtures.

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 21 days ago

          which three City?

          1. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 21 days ago

            Kun KdB Sterling!!!

            I’m guessing both KdB and Sterling will miss one each. Sort of tempted to get Mane for 3 confirmed mid appearances anyway across the two fixtures but he’s not part of midterm planning.

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              5 months, 21 days ago

              Very nice - what does your squad look like?

              1. pingissimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                5 months, 21 days ago

                Mixed! Defence needs work for sure and I’m sitting on Martial

                Pope
                Robbo Digne AWB Lund Rico
                Sterling KdB Martial McGinn Dendoncker
                Kun Haller Pukki

                Thinking of moving Kun on in 7 for Vardy and a big upgrade in midfield. Might get TAA then too or add a City defender.

                1. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  5 months, 21 days ago

                  Love the front three and the midfield! Can get pretty close to that by doing Salah and Greenwood to KDB and Haller but am concerned about putting too many eggs in the City basket. Might go Son or Pepe over KDB.

                  1. pingissimus
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    5 months, 21 days ago

                    Pepe is right on my radar. Son is slightly lower on watchlist.

                    An alternative strategy is to go Auba from Kun - like Arsenal attack generally but don’t think I’ll be able to resist Vardy

              2. pumpkinhead
                • 5 Years
                5 months, 21 days ago

                lunds
                lunds lunds lunds lunds
                Sterling, Kdb, lunds, lunds
                Aguero, lunds

                1. pumpkinhead
                  • 5 Years
                  5 months, 21 days ago

                  I was close

                  1. pingissimus
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    5 months, 21 days ago

                    Of course I blew it by not playing him for his haul 🙂 (Cost me a huge week 2 when I used WC)

                    1. pumpkinhead
                      • 5 Years
                      5 months, 21 days ago

                      🙂 if you had that team you would have had no choice but to play him.

                    2. EMBOLOFAN
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      5 months, 21 days ago

                      wow wc gw2 dont remember you doing that. how many players did you change?

                      1. pingissimus
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        5 months, 21 days ago

                        It was slightly (well completely) daft - changed about 5. Really really wanted Pukki and it snowballed from there.

                        Could have done it with a minus 8 I guess. I was irritated at folding a killer team in week 1 which would have been well over 100 for a conservative pick that did decently but no more.

                2. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  5 months, 21 days ago

                  Needs more Lundstram

      6. Bram
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Worst case Greenwood tends to come on as sub so 1+

    • Balls of Steel
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Guyz what to do with free transfer, 0.6itb?

      Heaton
      Diop VVD Digne
      Salah(C) KDB Mount Lanzini
      Kane Pukki Jota

      Pope Lund AWB Dend

      1. EMBOLOFAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 21 days ago

        why arent you starting awb?

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 21 days ago

          Start AWB over Diop

        2. swobe
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 21 days ago

          Leicester will get 3 points at Old Trafford.

        3. Balls of Steel
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 21 days ago

          Leicester will score against United defence, reckon Westham have a better chance of keeping a clean sheet against Villa!

          1. EMBOLOFAN
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 21 days ago

            they haven't

      2. Debauchy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Save,, Pope over Heaton

        1. Balls of Steel
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 21 days ago

          Definitely considering this alright, cheers

      3. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        If you wnt play awb then obviously AWB -> Otamendi

    • boomshakeboom
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 21 days ago

      arsenal chances of CS against Watford?

      1. EMBOLOFAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 21 days ago

        ~30%

      2. Debauchy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Slim

      3. Balls of Steel
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Really good let's say 75% chance

      4. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Not for me - 25%

      5. boomshakeboom
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 months, 21 days ago

        thanks guys

        1. EMBOLOFAN
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 21 days ago

          highly recommend checking bookies odds when you want an indicator of CS likelyhood

    • 2hotty
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Martial and Dead donkey to Mount and Caballos -4 yay or nay

      1. EMBOLOFAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 21 days ago

        ogs presser

      2. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Nah

        It’s partly the threat of CL where both Ceb and Mount might get the wrong fixtures. If you’ve held Martial till now I’d hold one more

    • CelticBhoy1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Hi Guys, please RMT for this GW

      Pope
      Zinc TAA Digne Lundstram
      Mount Sterling McGinn Salah(c)
      Pukki Aguero

      Subs: Button Cantwell Kelly Greenwood

      1. boomshakeboom
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 months, 21 days ago

        save...

      2. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Nice - I have similar but am going Aguero(c). Best of luck!

      3. Hy liverpool
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Cantwell over Zinchenko

        1. EMBOLOFAN
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 21 days ago

          what

    • sovietrockettes
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 21 days ago

      How many clean sheets will Soyncu get this year?

      How many goals will Soyncu score this year?

      My guess: 9 and 1

      1. Balls of Steel
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        8, 0

        1. sovietrockettes
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 21 days ago

          Doesn’t sound like he wins out against the likes of Pieters/Lowton/Mings/Dunk/Guilbert

      2. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        8 and 2

      3. EMBOLOFAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 21 days ago

        9/1 is a conservative but fair estimate. im modelling 10.5

        1. EMBOLOFAN
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 21 days ago

          cs not goals 🙂

    • Slitherene
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Play which ONE?

      A) Diop (avl)
      B) Soyuncu (mun)
      C) Ayew (tot)

    • Balls of Steel
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      A

      1. Nigel Knows
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 21 days ago

        B

    • paulfantham
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Pukki > Barnes on a wildcard?

      1. True Deadzoner
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        why?

        1. paulfantham
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 21 days ago

          Barnes fixtures seem a bit better, Pukki has City. Worried Pukki was just a flash in the pan that has now fizzled out

          1. True Deadzoner
            • 8 Years
            5 months, 21 days ago

            WC pick for only 1 game?

            1. EMBOLOFAN
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              5 months, 21 days ago

              "barnes fixtures seem a bit better"

          2. Arctic_Orangutans
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 21 days ago

            Why coz he didn’t score in his last game

            1. True Deadzoner
              • 8 Years
              5 months, 21 days ago

              same as barnes

            2. PlumaPiedra
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 21 days ago

              He did. Against Italy of all teams.

          3. Nigel Knows
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 21 days ago

            Pukki’s displays suggest he’s not a flash in the pan. Hot property for the season.

          4. PlumaPiedra
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 21 days ago

            1 blank in 6 games, definetely fizzled out. Sell now!

      2. EMBOLOFAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 21 days ago

        its a really tough call. i'd probably keep pukki just because his medium term fixtures are fine and he's not competing with another striker. but it's probably easier to make a coherent argument for barnes tbh

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 21 days ago

          What about wood ? Think he could find the back of the net again soon ?

          1. EMBOLOFAN
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 21 days ago

            same problem as barnes (but he's not as good) and jrod will get some gametime at his expense. still think barnes better value also, even at higher price

            1. Ajax Hamsterdam
              • 5 Years
              5 months, 21 days ago

              Thanks

      3. 12steps
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Do you have value tied up in Pukki?

    • Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      People on wc what are the premium assets from your team ?

      Mine are

      Taa
      Salah
      Kdb
      Aguero
      Vardy

      1. PurpleMonster
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        TAA
        Digne
        Salah
        Sterling
        KDB
        Abraham?

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 21 days ago

          Abraham doesn't count 🙂

          Thanks

          1. PurpleMonster
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 21 days ago

            Paulfantham counts Abraham as well... 🙂

            You're welcome...

      2. paulfantham
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        TAA
        Sterling
        Salah
        KDB
        Tammy (if you count him as premium)

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 21 days ago

          Cheers

      3. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        2 sterling and no aguero. Thanks all

      4. Bram
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        3 guns and spread some cash rather than 4 guns and dross 11th man & bench. Salah Sterling KDB (+TAA).

        As it stands;

        Pope Button
        TAA Digne Ota XXXX Lund
        Salah Sterling KDB XXXX Cantwell
        Pukki Haller Barnes

        XXXX I have 10.1m the pair but still undecided. Matip + 4.5m mid maybe.

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 21 days ago

          Thanks . Nice team.

    • Arctic_Orangutans
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      If martial is back james could be moved back to the right, if so I don’t see the appeal much more effective coming in off the left

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        He's only 6 millions though.

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 21 days ago

          Well 6.1 🙂

      2. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        should be Rashford on the right and Martial in the middle. James still on the left.

    • The Overthinker - I blame R…
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Maybe asked 100 times, here's me asking 101st time 😀

      Who would you captain ?
      A) Salah
      B) sterling

      1. paulfantham
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        A

      2. True Deadzoner
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        B no brainer

      3. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        A

      4. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        A . Home to Newcastle. No point owning Salah if you don't captain him for this fixture imo 🙂

      5. PurpleMonster
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        A

      6. EMBOLOFAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 21 days ago

        cointoss but im going with A

        1. EMBOLOFAN
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 21 days ago

          has been asked way over 100 times!

      7. Bram
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        A - fully rested vs 2 int games.

      8. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 21 days ago

        If I had both and no Kun then Mo

    • GreenWindmill
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Ah balls, just tried to post something but I guess it had too many links as it's been flagged for review. Or it could be because of a word I used, I wonder...

      1. GreenWindmill
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Ha! Amazing, all these years and it's still banned 🙂

    • This Day in FFS
      GreenWindmill
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Just been spending some time browsing through articles and comments from this day in years gone by. Thought I'd share a few highlights from 'this day in FFS' just in case there are any other history buffs around...

      2008 - https://web.archive.org/web/20080913164456/https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2008/09/10/richards-shoulders-on/

      Unfortunately by going this far back the web pages aren't displaying properly but I still enjoyed having a look. The first article of the day this time 11 years ago was devoted to Man City team news and attracted a whole 1 comment courtesy of The Littlest Hobo 🙂

      Scrolling down the page also shows some cracking names on the watchlist - Steinsson, Wheater, Davenport, Bentley, Darren Fletcher, Zaki... a golden age.

      https://web.archive.org/web/20080914002822/https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2008/09/10/early-weekend-team-news-9/

      Later on in the day the comments section is far more lively on the team news article, this RMT from Leighton caught my eye. Wow.

      Shwarzer (Cech)
      Clichy/Lescott/Wheater (Nosworthy) (Turner)
      Lampard/Bullard (c)/Nasri/Arteta (Lawrence)
      Yakubu/Zaki/Pavlyuchenko

      2009 - https://web.archive.org/web/20090915184408/http://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2009/09/10/the-scoutcast-episode-eighteen-fantasy-island/comment-page-1/#comments

      Looks like today is the 10th birthday of Mark and Granville's Fantasy Island Risks based upon the blurb to this Scoutcast, sadly the link itself is broken so can't be listened back to, such a shame 😥

      2010 - https://web.archive.org/web/20100915035333/http://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2010/09/10/the-scout-picks-gameweek-four/comment-page-1/#comments

      The scout picks were out, has it really been 9 years since Andy Carroll was dominating the scene as a budget striker? Also, Adam Johnson keeping David Silva out of the Man City team? Sheesh.

      https://web.archive.org/web/20100914132802/http://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2010/09/10/paddy-says-gameweek-four/comment-page-6/#comment-854913

      RBJ started a discussion about independent thought that involved Turbodog calling for an RMT forum and Katie getting flirted with. Classic stuff. Some of the names and gravs make me very nostalgic.

      https://web.archive.org/web/20100914132831/http://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2010/09/10/the-weekend-team-news-40/comment-page-10/#comment-856321

      Some proper heavyweights getting involved in a chat about the morals of various players cheating...

      2011 - https://web.archive.org/web/20110924020536/https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2011/09/10/the-knee-jerk-%E2%80%93-now-we-know/

      The dust was settling on a shock Man City line up - Mancini unexpectedly preferring Aguero to Dzeko!

      2012 - https://web.archive.org/web/20121122061719/http://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2012/09/10/scout-scribbles-krul-worry-for-magpies/#ffs-watchlist-4

      For some reason I can't link to the specific comment but a quick scroll down the comments 7 years ago reveals a textbook post from an infamous Croatian complaining about his country being harshed. Lovely stuff.

      https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/comment/2932601

      Sadly the wayback machine won't allow me to display this in format the site was in at the time but today is the anniversary of the infamous "I'm back! Who are you? Please leave" exchange 😀

      2013 - https://web.archive.org/web/20130913224219/http://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2013/09/10/scout-scribbles-toure-on-course-for-liberty-return/?hc_page=1#hc_comment_5510999

      An absolute belter of a hot topic from Maxi. He was a complete nationalistic lunatic (or a superb parody of a complete nationalistic lunatic, I could never quite tell) but this was great.

      I'm not looking any more today but I'll probably take another walk down memory lane at some point in the future, I probably won't inflict it on the rest of you next time but there's a chance some of the old timers still knocking around might get a smile or two out of some of this 🙂

      1. EMBOLOFAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 21 days ago

        need more content like that maxi post. too civil here

        1. CROCosta
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 20 days ago

          that post should be made permanent hot topic and must read for all new members!

      2. Albrightondknight
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        That last one is brill.
        Thanks for posting

      3. Oscar Slater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Any classic RBJ?

        1. GreenWindmill
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 21 days ago

          No proper explosions that I noticed, could easily find some if I didn’t restrict myself to a specific date though

      4. Captain Kakaroto (I blame R…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        LOL that Maxi post is hillirious.. Thanks for posting

      5. Ginkapo FPL
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        I just miss these days more now.

        RonH and Laernu both appear. Haxball anyone?

        1. The Overthinker - I blame R…
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 21 days ago

          Haxball is fun !!!

        2. GreenWindmill
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 20 days ago

          Yeah, it did lead to some bittersweet nostalgia going through some of the old threads.

        3. AK ⭐
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 20 days ago

          Haxball waws amazing! Chu was so good at it!

      6. FPL Virgin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Great idea. There's so much forgotten about content on the website.

      7. brianutd-why always we? 20
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        I always wanted to do this but never had the ability or time. Great stuff thanks

      8. Kevin McCallister
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        “The Knee Jerk”....I nearly forgot about this, what a brilliant article.

        Along with the “Preamble” on a Saturday morning, these articles really made this site what it is.

        Sorely missed, both of them.

      9. Long ago I drew a walrus
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        I just want to say a huge thanks to this hot topic for helping me find my account 😀

        Hello again FFS, it's been a while.

      10. Somar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Does anyone know if Katie is still around? She looks fit in that photo haha

      11. Triggy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 20 days ago

        Thanks for this, very entertaining.

        I keep looking for links to Scoutcasts 94 and earlier (from when Granville pulled down all Scoutcasts including the one with the copyrighted Christmas music) and haven't been able to get hold of them anywhere. Does anyone have copies of them and/or does anyone on the site staff have access to them to re-upload them (even if it's without the Christmas episode)?

      12. AK ⭐
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 20 days ago

        This is amazing. The good old days when I was new to the site and spent huors on the boards here. 2012 especially. Nostalgic 🙂

      13. Barnsley FC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        This is amazing. Much preferred the site back in the day.

        This may be a function of simply missing fpl when it was a smaller community, but I thought the level of discussion was better (and more intimate). The articles too, seem to be better to me. Reading the scout notes today seems like a chore, they're a mini novel without adding all that much more. Rewind to the scout notes articles linked above, and they were concise, gave you all the important information, and didn't overload.

        This was a time when FFS was pure, unadulterated fun. Not just for the contributors, but perhaps for Mark too who started it as a labour of love. Currently it feels like a more complete repository of stats and information, but without the same soul and ethos it had.

      14. Rasping Drive
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        Brilliant stuff, Greenwindmill, brings back a lot of memories, especially recognising posters from days gone by. Was hoping to spot some posts from Buggu (the original Captain Hindsight) or Wassup but couldn't find any. Maybe next time...

      15. The Mighty One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        Wow. Thanks for finding these articles, Greenie!

        I opened the first one and was instantly brought back in a time machine to Fran talking with Akers. Akers was a great dude…not sure if he is still around. Fran was a complete mystery! We weren’t sure if she actually was a she, and maybe was an old lady, but wrote with such strange comments and always had enthusiasm.

        RBJ was epic and shot from the hip…a lot like an unpolished version of the wisdom that we see from Trigg today.

        I miss Puffinboy, the Necromancer, and several of the other great people. Cheers to Mark for creating such an awesome community and I have been super proud to be a part of it from way back then.

    • Citytilidie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Worth a -4 to go Mane > Salah this week?

      1. EMBOLOFAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 21 days ago

        n

      2. joelsprylar
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Impossible question. Salah can easily outscore Mane by 4 and the opposite. Flip a coin.

        1. EMBOLOFAN
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 21 days ago

          if thats the case then how is taking a -4 to go from one to the other a coinflip?

          1. joelsprylar
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 21 days ago

            All i am saying: Its a coin flip who will deliver.

            1. EMBOLOFAN
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              5 months, 21 days ago

              then its not an impossible question, its a very simple one to answer

      3. Lucky Z
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        No. Mane can easily outscore Salah

      4. TLF
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Nope

      5. COK3Y5MURF - Unbelievable J…
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Lol wouldn't do it for free

    • Pep Roulette
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      How about Lamela as a punt?

      1. EMBOLOFAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 21 days ago

        n

      2. B.D.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Why not, nice fixtures and cheap as chips!

    • joelsprylar
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Play two:

      Pukki (City) H
      Söyüncü (United) A
      Ceballos (Watford) A
      Lundstram (Sou) H
      Mina (Bou) A

      And also Its Brighton-Burley. Play Ryan or Pope?

      1. Mané money
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Ryan, Lund, Ceb

      2. dbeck
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Ryan pukki Ceballos

      3. B.D.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Pukki & Lundy

        1. B.D.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 21 days ago

          +Pope

    • Mané money
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Play 2:

      A) Mings (WHU)
      B) Dunk (BUR)
      C) Lundstram (SOU)
      D) Douglas Luiz (WHU)

    • Lucky Z
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      On WC

      Pope
      TAA Digne Otamendi
      Salah KDB Mount James
      Auba Haller Pukki

      Button Lowton Guendouzi Rico

      Thoughts? Auba can be Kane, Mount Auba can be Sterling and Ayew

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Nice balance to it but not having Sterling and Aguero probably means it will suffer in those big Man City wins.

        1. Lucky Z
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 21 days ago

          I know. The same can be said if Auba/Kane hauls.

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 21 days ago

            On the other side, lower scoring City 1/2-0 wins and you're probably up on the masses.

        2. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 21 days ago

          I like it but as Miguel said I feel you need sterling or aguero as well as kdb. Gl !

      2. EMBOLOFAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 21 days ago

        need sterling, auba out wide is going to do your head in. barnes over haller if you cant afford it

      3. Lucky Z
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Thank you all!

    • Colonel Shoe 肝池
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      does anyone put much creedance in international results or individual performances when looking at a player either in your team or on the watchlist?

      1. EMBOLOFAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 21 days ago

        hopefully not

      2. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        KDB looked 'impossible to ignore' last night

    • stupendous
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Still searching for some real help with this post here everyone. Posted in various forms a few times the last week or so.

      Laporte and Montoya to TAA and fodder

      Or

      Laporte and VVD to TAA and Walker/Ota/Zinc?

      Need to get TAA in!

      Back line Montoya Lundstram VVD Digne LAPORTE

      1. EMBOLOFAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 21 days ago

        post full team

        1. stupendous
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 21 days ago

          Heaton Pope
          LAPORTE VVD Lundstram Montoya Digne
          Salah Sterling KDB Mount Dendonker
          Pukki Abraham Ayew

          1. EMBOLOFAN
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 21 days ago

            i'd like B more if montoya was soyuncu

      2. Lucky Z
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        No need to double up on Liverpool defence. VVD and Laporte to TAA and Ota gives you perfect combination

    • jbenny1107
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Finally Mane called Salah out for being a ball hog.

      1. stupendous
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Yes, 2 weeks ago

      2. Garth Marenghi
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Does that mean get Mane in? ...

    • Pep Roulette
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      On WC! How's it looking?

      Adrian Button
      TAA Otamendi Lowton Lundstram Rico
      Salah KDB Pepe James Cantwell
      Aguero Haller Greenwood

      About the Adrian pick! Alisson not coming back for at least 3 GWs which includes Newcastle & Sheffield!

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        If you're happy tying up that transfer down the line it looks great. Do you have the 0.1 ITB to get Pope?

        1. Pep Roulette
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 21 days ago

          Adrian & Pope both 4.6! And I have 0.2 ITB anyway!

      2. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        You have 2 non starting on the bench

        1. Pep Roulette
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 21 days ago

          Greenwood comes in almost every game! So 1 pointer there! Cantwell/Lundstram rotation! Rico a non playing 4.0 player!

      3. EMBOLOFAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 21 days ago

        bench is a disaster

    • jason_ni
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      My bench was going to be Greenwood plus:

      A) Guillbert & Lundstrom

      Frustratingly I am 0.1 short of going soyuncu over guillbert.

      Would you keep it as it is, or drop lundstrom to afford Soyuncu, and go for Greenwood plus:
      B) Soyuncu & Kelly(Or someone other 4.0/4.1)

      1. Flaming Flamingo
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Not much in it, but I'd probably stick with A.

    • Vasshin
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Do I need a Wildcard to fix my team? or what transfers do I need without Wildcard?

      Pope McGovern
      Robertson Diop AWB Laporte Lundstram
      KDB Martial Salah Cantwell Sterling
      King Wood Greenwood

      I have 1FT left and 0.2 ITB in bank

      -> So I definitely need to transfer out Laporte as he is injured for 3 months.
      -> United doesn't look like keeping clean sheet so probably transferring AWB out to Soyuncu could save me 1.0 for other transfers and he is probably injured too.
      -> King & wood are doing nothing and I have already lost 0.3 itb on them while pukki,Barnes,Haller, Abraham are doing great and increasing values.

      If doing WC, I can probably kneejerk Robertson to TAA and also change Diop to Kelly and probably change Greenwood to someone who plays.

      I am already in 2Million OR so I probably need to make some wholesale change but if I can keep my WC for December, it would be really nice

      so I am not sure just change Laporte to Otamendi or someone else and hope King and Wood can produce something or just remove them as well with wildcard.

      What do you think?

      1. jason_ni
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        you have waited this long, I wouldnt activate now, wait and see if martial/awb will be fit, if they are just do laporte to otamendi.

      2. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Decent case for WC but Laporte King to Haller Ota possible? If so that’s a decent fix this week. Midfield is model really and Robbo will return soon - I hope 🙂

        Diop is a defo keep over Kelly imo who is marginal for any more appearances short term and has horrid fixtures anyway.

    • Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Pope
      TAA, Zinchenko, Digne, Lundstram
      Salah (C), Sterling (VC), De Bruyne, Mount
      Pukki, Haller

      Subs: Button, Cantwell, Greenwood, Kelly

      GTG?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Gott

      2. Legohair
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Good