Scout Notes

Aubameyang benefits in Lacazette’s absence as Watford assets impress

An entertaining 2-2 draw at Vicarage Road is the focus of our latest Scout Notes article, as we run the rule over Manchester City’s Gameweek 6 opponents and assess Arsenal’s latest away-day display.

Watford 2-2 Arsenal

  • Goals: Tom Cleverley (£4.9m), Roberto Pereyra (£5.8m) | Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.0m) x2
  • Assists: Gerard Deulofeu (£6.2m) | Sead Kolasinac (£5.4m), Ainsley Maitland-Niles (£5.1m)
  • Bonus: Aubameyang x3, Deulofeu, Cleverley x2

There have been, to varying degrees, significant changes at Watford and Arsenal since we last wrote about these two clubs in a Scout Notes article.

The struggling Hornets dispensed with the services of Javi Gracia during the international break and reappointed former boss Quique Sanchez Flores, who returned to Vicarage Road after a three-year absence.

While perhaps not quite as seismic, Friday afternoon brought the news that Arsenal will be without Alexandre Lacazette (£9.4m) until October, an injury blow that has implications for the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.0m) and Nicolas Pepe (£9.4m) as Fantasy assets – something we will discuss further down this article.


Sunday was our first look at Watford in the second Flores era and the impressions were fairly positive, even if the Spaniard’s pragmatic reputation and defence-first policy have so far done little to stem the flow of goals being conceded.

Miracles can’t be expected after one week, of course, and there’ll be many Fantasy managers hoping that the Hornets are still penetrable when they head north to the Etihad next weekend.

Flores lined his troops up in a 4-2-3-1 for this game, with Kiko Femenia (£4.4m) and Jose Holebas (£4.8m) as his two full-backs.

Watford looked particularly vulnerable in the wide areas during the last 25 minutes of the first half and it was no coincidence that both of Arsenal’s goals during this period were assisted by the Gunners’ overlapping full-backs, with Sead Kolasinac (£5.4m) and Ainsley Maitland-Niles (£5.1m) supplying the passes that Aubameyang converted.

Pepe had earlier fired a warning shot narrowly wide of Ben Foster‘s (£4.9m) goal when cutting in off the right flank and Aubameyang was inches away from turning in Mesut Ozil‘s (£7.3m) low pass from the same wing.

What makes it difficult to appraise Watford’s defensive credentials going into Gameweek 6 is that: a) they shaded possession for much of the game and that: b) Arsenal’s brief threat mostly came on the counter-attack – neither scenario being likely when the Hornets take on Pep Guardiola’s side next Saturday.

No Premier League side allowed fewer shots than Watford in Gameweek 5 and in truth their backline had a quiet second 45 minutes as the two-goal deficit elicited a second-half siege from the hosts.

Flores said after full-time:

We had to care about the defence this week and we didn’t prepare to have 31 attempts at goal. It just happened. We just kept switching the play in the second half and this is how it happened. Sometimes this is possible.

While lone striker Andre Gray (£5.9m) and wide-right midfielder Will Hughes (£5.5m) struggled to make much of an impression in the 4-2-3-1 and were ultimately hooked early in the second half, two Watford attackers who caught the eye were Gerard Deulofeu (£6.2m) and Tom Cleverley (£4.9m).

Deulofeu being stationed on the left flank may be off-putting to some Fantasy managers given that he is an FPL forward but he was Watford’s biggest threat all afternoon, causing Maitland-Niles lots of problems and repeatedly cutting inside to fire off shots – a couple of which flashed narrowly wide of Bernd Leno‘s (£5.0m) goal.

While his assist for Cleverley’s strike was a fortuitous one – the former Everton and Barcelona man intercepting a farcical pass out from Sokratis (£5.0m) – Deulofeu deserved his first attacking return of the season and it will be interesting to monitor his displays for when Watford’s fixtures really ease up in Gameweek 10.

Cleverley is not a name we Fantasy managers have considered for a long, long time (if ever) but his performance on Sunday was eye-catching, particularly as he was stationed in an advanced number ten role and given that he is now available for less than £5.0m.

This isn’t merely a kneejerk response to him scoring a goal – the all-action, high-pressing Cleverley was a threat all afternoon, forcing Leno into an early save and having as many shots as the entire Arsenal team managed combined.

Todd Cantwell (£4.8m) remains the stand-out sub-£5.0m midfield option but having another attacking midfielder available in this price bracket would be a welcome prospect for those of us trying to scrimp in midfield; time will tell if Cleverley can replicate this display and indeed become a regular starter in his new manager’s team.

Flores has plenty of attack-minded options available to him, of course, and it was interesting to note that FPL midfielder Ismaila Sarr (£6.4m) was thrown on up front in the second half, with Roberto Pereyra (£5.8m) replacing Hughes on the right.

Troy Deeney (£6.3m) – scorer of 13 goals in Flores’ previous spell in charge – will surely have a big part to play when he returns in November but there was no sign of Danny Welbeck (£6.0m) in the matchday squad, with his absence so far unexplained.

In Deeney’s absence, it was Pereyra who stepped up from 12 yards to draw the scores level at 2-2 after David Luiz (£5.9m) had chopped the Argentina international to the floor.

After keeping a rare away clean sheet in Gameweek 1, Arsenal’s defence has reverted to type and is now looking as unappealing as ever from a Fantasy perspective.

Watford had 31 shots against Unai Emery’s side, the most the Gunners have allowed in a single game since Opta began collecting this data 16 years ago.

The north London outfit have now allowed more attempts on goal than any other Premier League club in 2019/20.

The blows were self-inflicted, too, with Luiz needlessly giving away a penalty and Sokratis gifting Watford possession in the Arsenal area to hand the Hornets a route back into the game.

These weren’t isolated incidents, with Matteo Guendouzi (£4.6m) twice very nearly costing his team goals with individual errors and Emery’s insistence on his side playing out from the back looking like Watford’s best chance of scoring.

When asked about the tactic, Emery said after full-time:

Yes, but after their goal, we tried once more and we broke their lines and we get into the attacking third with space. We didn’t achieve good chances in less moments we did that, but we need to repeat and we need also to have the capacity and to improve with being able to break when the teams want to press us like today.

For those with Aston Villa, Manchester United and Bournemouth attacking assets, there were plenty of encouraging signs ahead of their encounters with the Gunners over the coming three weeks.

There wasn’t much to crow about further forward but this was one of Ozil’s better away displays (faint praise), with the German – occupying the number ten role in a 4-4-2 diamond – ‘assisting the assister’ for Arsenal’s second goal having almost supplied a goal for Aubameyang shortly beforehand.

This wasn’t really a game to judge Dani Ceballos (£5.7m), given Arsenal’s loss of control in the second half.

The on-loan midfielder will perhaps come into his own when the Gunners boss possession (as they did in Gameweek 2 and as they will expect to do in many of their upcoming fixtures) but, after playing a key role in the opening goal and showing glimpses of promises in the first half, the Spaniard was a bystander and eventually replaced on the hour-mark.

Asked why he had substituted Ceballos, Emery replied:

But today it was very, very hot. We needed in the second half, some fresh players. We were struggling second half and I was thinking how we can improve with three players, fresh players, for give us more energy and give us also more capacity to be strong physically and tactically and also technically.

Pepe again failed to convince as a price-point rival to Kevin De Bruyne (£9.8m) and Son Heung-min (£9.5m) although he had little opportunity to impress after the break and it is still too early to fully appraise his long-term merits as a premium midfielder.

Aubameyang, however, again proved how lethal he can be with precious little service and indeed how more dangerous he is when deployed centrally rather than out wide, as will presumably now be the case for the next month with Lacazette sidelined.

The Gabon international’s goals came from his only two proper chances of the afternoon and his impressive conversion rate is one of his many redeeming qualities going into Arsenal’s favourable run of fixtures from Gameweeks 6-16.

No FPL forward scored as many goals against non-big six sides as Aubameyang in 2018/19, while the Gabonese striker now has 12 goals to his name in his last dozen Premier League starts against all opposition.

Members’ Analysis


Watford XI (4-2-3-1): Foster; Femenia, Dawson, Kabasele, Holebas (Janmaat 78′); Doucoure, Capoue; Hughes (Pereyra 63′), Cleverley, Deulofeu; Gray (Sarr 54′).

Arsenal XI (4-1-2-1-2): Leno; Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Luiz, Kolasinac; Xhaka; Ceballos (Willock 60′), Guendouzi (Torreira 67′); Ozil (Nelson 71′); Pepe, Aubameyang.


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1,490 Comments Post a Comment
  1. LewanGOALski
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 26 days ago

    Abraham likely to rise only 1 more time before the deadline? Or twice is possible..?

    1. Mr. Mystic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      Twice is possible

    2. Nailed Jesus
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      Less likely because of flag & Friday deadline

    3. Christina.
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      prob wont rise at all. Friday deadline

      1. Ask Yourself
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 26 days ago

        Means steroid price rises

        1. Christina.
          • 10 Years
          10 months, 26 days ago

          not if people miss the deadline. Most prob will.

    4. pingissimus
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 26 days ago

      Just the once surely. Wilson and even Pukki will steal at least some and he’s flagged.

    5. The Overthinker - I blame R…
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      I really hope he does

  2. ZeBestee
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 26 days ago

    Monitoring Mendy closely in the CL. If he starts on the bench, then he is into my WC team.

    1. Christina.
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      haha

      1. ZeBestee
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 26 days ago

        lol, epic failure I reckon. Gotta take small risks now.

    2. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      That's a brave call - but I'd love him to be an option again, would really change the dynamic and mess with the swing away from 'big at the back'

      1. ZeBestee
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 26 days ago

        I hope he does come back into the team, and this is the right time for him to do so given the gap City have with Pool. Pep will be really happy with more options but of course he is still a risky pick given his injury history.

    3. Zlatanzo
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 26 days ago

      Nonsense, Pep said he's not rushing to bring him back in, rather he'll be eased into the side.

    4. MTPockets
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      He seems to have acquired mythical status, but has only played one PL game since last november

      1. ZeBestee
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 26 days ago

        I am taking risks, given my OR, 2.5m. I think he will start ahead of Zinchenko when ready (when?), who doesn't give much going forward even with his good form so far.

        1. MTPockets
          • 11 Years
          10 months, 26 days ago

          To play devil's advocate - is Pep's priority right now likely to be a less defensive defence?

          1. ZeBestee
            • 6 Years
            10 months, 26 days ago

            Both. What has Zinchenko given so far in attack? Even in defence he is decent at best, not a great defender by any means. What he gives them is the balance of good passes and build up play. Mendy on the hand is handful in attack, and although his defending is at times wanting, is still the better defender out of the 2 imo. It's a risk of course but one I would love to take if there is a slight reason to do it. Cheers.

  3. matiakez
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 26 days ago

    Really uninspired by this. No money in the bank and no real team value.

    Heaton
    Zinc digne TAA Montoya lund
    Sterling Mane Mount McGinn Dendo
    Barnes kane pukki

    Is it the wrong week to wild card though? Is just kane to auba enough?

    1. liverpool01
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 26 days ago

      Team looks fine I don't see the need for a wildcard, Kane>Auba will do

  4. Hryszko
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 26 days ago

    Am I having really stupid thoughts here?

    KDB to Son...

    Digne/Zinchenko to Aurier?

    1. Zlatanzo
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 26 days ago

      That's point chasing, not worth it

    2. matiakez
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      Can see the logic but just don't think Aurier is nailed enough.

  5. Miguel Sanchez
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 26 days ago

    Defence too weak on this WC?

    Pope
    TAA Otamendi 4.3 Lundstram Rico
    Mané KDB Son Mount Cantwell
    Auba Abraham Pukki

    Only need to play one budget def each GW. Thoughts?

    1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      I wouldn't both with Ota and spread across the two spots (Soy and another similar price)

    2. pingissimus
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 26 days ago

      Bit touch and go imo

      You’re storing up a budget defender transfer prolly as you won’t be holding all those long term. I’d prefer to have a bigger shot at a long term hold.

    3. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      4.3 is sparse with alternatives
      Verthongen gives you 4.4, or you can go Barnes to get a better defense? I rather have say Barnes and two 4.5 defenders than 4.3 and Lund with Abraham, latter can probably outscore Barnes but two 4.5 defenders could make up for that, Lund has nasty fixtures, 4.3 is non other than Hanley, and Rico won´t play much. But team is great with otherwise, i like the combination of Ars and Spurs attack, pondering on that myself, but double City attack seems at least on paper good to have. Having KDB alone could prove to be a bit annoying as he will most likely feed Kun and Raz, leaving you to cheer but also fret because everyone else gets add points whenever he assists

      1. Atimis
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 26 days ago

        I would see it as if Son can match Sterling and Auba - Kun, which sounds pretty probable to me

    4. Atimis
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      You have my front 8 just would lose Cantwell to invest some more $ in defenders however can't decide myself now whom I should choose. Think TAA Soy Lund which leaves 2 more spots to fill

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 26 days ago

        Cheers for that - Cantwell probably only worth the spend if you had at 4.5

  6. Trovsmash
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 26 days ago

    Have exact money to do
    Mane, Wickham, Dunk --> James, Tammy, TAA

    Do I gamble and do it now? or hold & James becomes Ceballos when Tammy inevitably rises

    1. Dreed300391
      10 months, 26 days ago

      Mane is too valuable in points terms, nailed on starter, with nailed on returns, who is far more reliable to score double digit points than any of the three you are bringing in

      1. Trovsmash
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 26 days ago

        Apologies, i needed to provide context, i have salah, mane, kdb & Sterling, 1 one the premium mids needs to go so i can re balance my team. Mane is the one i'd choose to make way due to fixtures and Salah only being 1.0 more

    2. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      Hm, why james? I see you reposted further down, so in that context i say leave Salah not Mane, and reason is that Manécan get you nice price rise and will as we´ve seen not far behind or not at all Salah. It also gives you time, to ponder and wait for information and games is to be played this week. Tammy plays Liverpool, so why the rush? Again, Salah provides you with money so you can wait. Next week, you can have this scenario and there might be other options that you will like to have, in that mid bracket there is plenty of good options that can emerge from GW7.

  7. Srv210
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 26 days ago

    Is this Team structure very unbalanced?

    Pope
    TAA, Aurier, Mings , lundstram, kelly
    Salah, Son ,Mount ,Cantwell , 4.4m
    Aubameyang, Aguero ,Pukki

    I have taken out money from defence to accommodate all big players but want your opinions on the squad

    1. Christina.
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      nice. I love it.

      My def is:
      TAA Soy Dunk Kelly Lundy

    2. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      I'd only have one 11m plus striker myself - leaves you inflexible

      1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 26 days ago

        But it is great and I am jealous

    3. Ask Yourself
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      That looks a really good team

  8. Ask Yourself
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 26 days ago

    Newcastle fans. Can willems keep his spot with Ritchie back soon? Looks a perfect FPL asset

  9. The Overthinker - I blame R…
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 26 days ago

    If anybody interested , drop in your suggestions/view about my WC team.

    If you are not, keep browsing 🙂

    My wc team. .9 ItB

    Pope button
    Lowton soyunchu Keane* zinchenchko mings
    Son sterling Lanzini hayden mount
    Auba pukki **Vardy

    * Not yet decided on Keane.
    ** Could be Firmino

    1. Ëð
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      Looks good to me, but I'd be worried going without Salah/Mane. Could you downgrade Vardy and upgrade Lanzini?

      1. The Overthinker - I blame R…
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 26 days ago

        Lanzini to whom? Don't really fancy mf around 7-8 range.

        Let's say I go for Abraham ,

        1. Ëð
          • 5 Years
          10 months, 26 days ago

          I'd try and downgrade elsewhere to make Lanzini -> Mane.

          1. The Overthinker - I blame R…
            • 3 Years
            10 months, 26 days ago

            Vardy to Ayew allows Lanzini to mane.

            But as a combo, that weakens my team

    2. Ask Yourself
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      Lose keane
      Zinchenko :/
      Get firmino for now then rethink GW9 with leicester fixture shift

      Rest is perfecto

      1. The Overthinker - I blame R…
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 26 days ago

        Keane could become awb or alder/verto .
        Zinch yeah. I really feel City will bounce back, and they have good fixtures coming up. Not every team is Norwich!!!

        Vardy or Firmino will be Last day decision. I like them both

    3. A Manager Has No Name
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      I am on a WC as well and considering losing KDB over Sterling to accommodate Son. Want Auba as well but don't have enough funds. Team looks good at the cost of Salah/Mane

      1. The Overthinker - I blame R…
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 26 days ago

        Liverpool's next 6 fixtures aren't great, so i decided to go without salah/mane.. it could backfire, but also allows me to have better players around.

        Example I had Salah and Ayew.
        Now I have son and pukki

        1. A Manager Has No Name
          • 4 Years
          10 months, 26 days ago

          Good luck to u then

          1. The Overthinker - I blame R…
            • 3 Years
            10 months, 26 days ago

            Cheers.

            Same to you

      2. The Overthinker - I blame R…
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 26 days ago

        I really would love to have Aguero on wc!! Would suggest to have him over KDB / sterling .

        I don't have spot upfront, hence can't bring him in

  10. Ëð
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 26 days ago

    How nailed is Aurier? Seems like he could be good value at £4.9m.

    1. mynameisq
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      Poch doesn't do nailed fullbacks

    2. Jayv807
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      Spurs fullbacks are never nailed with Poch.

  11. Jack Burton
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 26 days ago

    I know its point chasing but got enough cash to do Sterling to Son then Wickham to Abraham, have Aguero and Mount also. Worth it for a minus 4 and before I'm priced out thanks in advance

    1. Ëð
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      Very knee jerky. Not for me. Find another way to do Wickham -> Abraham.

      1. Jack Burton
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 26 days ago

        Cheers Ed need to find 3 mil ha ha

        1. Ëð
          • 5 Years
          10 months, 26 days ago

          I'd ditch a premium defender if you have one... they don't seem to be providing the value this year!

    2. MTPockets
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      I probably wouldn't (assuming there's decent cover for Wickham) but if you like it then sure

      1. Jack Burton
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 26 days ago

        May give it another week keep my 2 free transfers see what I can do after next week thanks

  12. Who are all Lukakus
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 26 days ago

    WC headache
    1. Rico + Sterling + Mane
    2. Zinchenko + Son + Salah

    1. Ëð
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      1

  13. Dreed300391
    10 months, 26 days ago

    Any ideas for my side, would love to get son in

    Ryan/Pope
    TAA/Digne/Lundstram/Kelly/Hanley
    KDB/Salah/James/Mount/Cantwell
    Abraham/Barnes/Aguero

    1FT 1.2 in the bank, obvious transfer seems to be Barnes to Pukki, also tempted to do KDB to Son as well, thoughts?

    1. Who are all Lukakus
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      join the Pukki party. KDB to Son is not worth it.

      1. Dreed300391
        10 months, 26 days ago

        What about downgrading TAA to a 4.3, and doing James to Son?

        1. Who are all Lukakus
          • 3 Years
          10 months, 26 days ago

          Not for a hit

  14. Zlatanzo
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 26 days ago

    Is a WC necessary here? Or Dendoncker to Cantwell enough?

    Heaton / Button
    VVD / Digne / Ota / Montoya / Mings
    Salah / Sterling / KDB / Mount / Dendoncker
    Haller / Pukki / Greenwood

    1. Christina.
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      as long as you play cantwell every week

      1. Zlatanzo
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 26 days ago

        Better than playing one of Montoya/Mings every week... team structure is in shambles right now

    2. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      Very similar set up to mine and I did that move. I don't agree that you need to play him every week, he can rotate with your defence - which give you nice options. Cantwell strikes me as a better asset at home, but we'll see.

      1. Zlatanzo
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 26 days ago

        Yeah so far Norwich seem like a team that will really only perform well at home, not many good home fixtures for Cantwell is a bit of a problem. I have 1.2 itb, is Ceballos a better option?

  15. Who are all Lukakus
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 26 days ago

    sorry repost
    WC headache, which option and your reasoning?
    1. Rico + Sterling + Mane
    2. Zinchenko + Son + Salah

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 26 days ago

      2 if you are playing Rico in 1

      1. Who are all Lukakus
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 26 days ago

        Rico is for bench but zinchenko would replace Soy/Lund for starting 11.
        Personally I like Son but cant fit him without losing Sterling KDB and Pool attacker

    2. dshv
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      1

  16. mikess
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 26 days ago

    My current team having already done a -4:

    Heaton, Button
    VVD, Coleman, Zinchenko, Lundstram, Tomori
    Salah, Sterling, James, Mount, Cantwell
    Aguero, Pukki, Greenwood

    A) Hold
    B) Contemplate Wildcarding

    1. Jayv807
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      Looks good for this week, I'd hold

      1. mikess
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 26 days ago

        Cheers

    2. RamaJama
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      Hold

      1. mikess
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 26 days ago

        Thanks

  17. Manumana
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 26 days ago

    Hows this WC team look. Too risky goin with Salah ?

    Pope Buttom
    Robbo Digne Soyuncu Lundstram Rico
    Mane Sterling KDB Mount Cantwell
    C.Wilson. Abraham Pukki

    Thanks

    1. mikess
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      Fine if you are happy captaining Mane

    2. matiakez
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      Looks good, Mane doesn't quite cover Salah but he does enough.

      1. Manumana
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 26 days ago

        How would u get Salah in ? Cheers

  18. Christina.
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 26 days ago

    Pukki and Cantwell must be the best combined 11m investment I have made in 12 yrs of playing FPL.

    67 pts @ 16.75 ppg in last 4 weeks since purchase

    1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      That's incredible - you got Cantwell before Newcastle?

      1. Christina.
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 26 days ago

        yes, WC wk 2

    2. mikess
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      Nice. Are you flying in OR?

      1. Christina.
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 26 days ago

        566 OR

        Mcginn & heaton to go

        1. mikess
          • 9 Years
          10 months, 26 days ago

          Decent. I'm hoping for a Heaton cleanie

          1. Christina.
            • 10 Years
            10 months, 26 days ago

            he has very low % ownership so anything he gets will impact a lot on OR

            1. The Man Pastore
              • 5 Years
              10 months, 26 days ago

              Haller says hello

              1. Christina.
                • 10 Years
                10 months, 26 days ago

                hope he takes lots and lots of shots.

        2. Amey
          • 1 Year
          10 months, 26 days ago

          😮
          Amazing !

  19. A Manager Has No Name
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 26 days ago

    Poor start to the season. Currently on WC. Any changes suggested?

    Adrian/Pope 4.0
    Lowton TAA Soyuncu Lundstram Rico
    Mane Son Sterling KDB Mount
    Abraham Pukki Greenwood

    0.1 ITB

    Is it worth sacrificing one of the above to get the likes of Auba, Cilson or Vardy (long term). Considering losing KDB

  20. Over Midwicket
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 26 days ago

    Are we off Barnes now? He faces NOR and avl in his next 2 but Burnley look so bad going forward. He has 0 hattrick potential unlike a lot of the other similarly priced forwards. Worth ditching him to Tammy/Cilson despite the fixtures?

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 26 days ago

      I'm keeping this gw for sure.
      Will reassess after Norwich home game

    2. COK3Y5MURF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      0 hattrick potential? Lol. What is this based on? Do you realize he has scored the same number of goals as Salah and Sterling in 2019?

      1. COK3Y5MURF
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 26 days ago

        ...in the PL.

      2. Over Midwicket
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 26 days ago

        Basically he plays for a far less attacking team v day Chelsea/Norwich and hasn't scored a hatty this season, lol. And the eye test.

        1. Over Midwicket
          • 8 Years
          10 months, 26 days ago

          Say*

        2. COK3Y5MURF
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          10 months, 26 days ago

          Basically, he's matched Salah and Sterling. Who cares if he hasn't scored a hatty? Wilson hasn't either by that logic. Do you believe he has brace potential then?

    3. Zlatanzo
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 26 days ago

      Was never going to keep up that crazy form, then again we wonder if Tammy and Wilson will keep it up too...

    4. chilli con kone
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      Keep him unless you can move to Abraham easily but even then I’d wait a week on Tammy as suck up the price rise

    5. ameisin
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      His underlying stats and fixtures are good. Keep for now.

  21. Messiah Hazard
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 26 days ago

    Digne and Kelly to Zinchenko and Pieters yay or nay?

    1. chilli con kone
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      Nay - assuming that you don’t need Kelly to play

      1. chilli con kone
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 26 days ago

        Digne could get double digits easily this week

      2. Messiah Hazard
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 26 days ago

        True Kelly is bench fodder at the moment

  22. Bossworld
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 26 days ago

    Just made my two FTs

    Adrian (Button)
    TAA - Dunk - Lundstram (Montoya, Hanley)
    Sterling - KDB - Salah - Cantwell (Dendoncker)
    Pukki - Vardy - Abraham

    Abraham came in for Jota and Adrian came in for Ederson. Any mileage in using wildcard at the moment for further surgery? I want rid of at least one Brighton defender and probably Dendoncker at some point too, but frankly there seems to be little value in premium defence at the minute, both 4.5m and 6m defenders are getting the same number of clean sheets (none)

    1. chilli con kone
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      I do t think there’s enough there to warrant a wildcard. You’re ok this week

  23. chilli con kone
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 26 days ago

    I know it’s lazy posting these but I am really at a loss as to what move to make:

    2FT. 0.1ITB

    Pope / 4.0
    Trent / Digne / Mings / Lund / Kelly
    Sterling / KDB / Mané / Cant / Dendo
    Kun / Pukki / Mason G

    Ideally only want to use one FT but open to using both

    Cheers all

    1. RamaJama
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      Save

      1. chilli con kone
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 26 days ago

        2FT. Do you mean burn one?

        Assuming no injuries midweek

        1. RamaJama
          • 7 Years
          10 months, 26 days ago

          Can you find a better 4.6 than Dendo? Or a better max 4.6 for Mings?

  24. Stokelona
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 26 days ago

    No other issues in my team, Salah to Sterling for free given the fixture shifts?

    1. chilli con kone
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      Do you have Mane? I would still want one Liverpool ideally

      1. RamaJama
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 26 days ago

        this

      2. Stokelona
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 26 days ago

        I have Firmino and Trent

    2. Bucket Man
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      Would hold Salah. Chelsea defence aint great and Sterling may get rest weekend if he plays in UCL.

      1. Stokelona
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 26 days ago

        True, although if he may get some rest midweek

        1. Bucket Man
          • 2 Years
          10 months, 26 days ago

          Could do, would want a Liverpool attacker anyway as Chilli says if you don't have Mane don't do it. See whats happens mid week at the mo(pardon the pun)

  25. RamaJama
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 26 days ago

    Which option?

    A) Digne/Greenwood to Rico/Abraham

    B) Zinchenko/Salah/Greenwood to Maitland-Niles/Mane/Abraham -4

    1. chilli con kone
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      I don’t like either that much really but B due to Dignes fixture

      Seriously both look bad though

  26. Greyling
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 26 days ago

    1. Is Pukki and Cantwell the new Jimenez and Jota? Does this make them Essential for the value they offer?

    2. Are budget priced forwards the way to go for the season? The likes of Pukki, Abraham, Barnes, Haller, etc. If not making captain.

    3. Is going strong in the midfield better than in forward? Sterling vs Aguero, Son vs Kane, etc.

    1. RamaJama
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      1. Yes, seems like, but not essential
      2. Yes. Their prices and attacking returns are so good that they match/outperform most 6-7 mill. defs and mids.
      3. Yes, slightly

  27. Trovsmash
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 26 days ago

    Pope / Button
    Dunk, Söyüncü, Mina, AWB, Lundstram
    Sterling, KDB, Mane, Salah, Cantwell
    Wickham, Pukki, Wesley

    I have exact money for; Wickham, Mane & Dunk --> Abraham, James, TAA. Do i gamble now or hold tight? i will be inevitably priced out when Tammy rises.. then James can become Ceballos. thoughts?

    1. ameisin
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      Yeh I'd do this - similar conundrum below. Abraham and TAA are massive upgrades.

    2. MTPockets
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      You'd be taking a hit to sell Mane, and buy Abraham and TAA when they play each other. Not for me this week tbh

  28. Dreed300391
    10 months, 26 days ago

    Not putting my team on here, but just done a quick clean sheet count for the season, only Palace, the two Manchester clubs, Southampton, and Everton have kept 2 this season. Thats a 40% success rate. I really cant see City keeping many until they reinforce the defence with Laporte return, or a new signing. United still dont convince despite saturday, and neither do Everton. Do we think Liverpools defence will cone good with the return of Allison?

    1. Bossworld
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 26 days ago

      I've kept TAA for attacking returns, and I've just downgraded Ederson to Adrian, while Allison is out. I see very little value in premium defence while clean sheets are so rare at the minute, so the rest of mine are all 4 or 4.5

  29. ameisin
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 26 days ago

    Would you take a hit now to get Abraham in? I'll be priced out if he rises again.

    VVD > Soyuncu or Pieters // Greenwood > Abraham

    Pope
    TAA | VVD | Digne | Montoya | Rico
    Salah | Sterling | KDB | McGinn | Cantwell
    Pukki | Barnes | Greenwood

    1. Dreed300391
      10 months, 26 days ago

      I think thats a good move, go for soyunco though, think he will get more attacking returns than pieters long term

      1. ameisin
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 26 days ago

        Cheers

    2. Zlatanzo
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 26 days ago

      Definitely not before liverpool when barnes has norwich

      1. ameisin
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 26 days ago

        It's Greenwood that I'd move out, not Barnes (who I'm definitely keeping for next 2 games).

        1. Zlatanzo
          • 1 Year
          10 months, 26 days ago

          Whoops didn't see the second line... if you don't expect a Pool clean sheet and want Tammy long term then go for it

  30. drughi
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 26 days ago

    Need some advice people, rank is 2mil something and everything is going bad. Team is as follows.

    Heaton
    Robertson VVD Zinchenko Coleman
    Salah Sterling KDB Trossard*
    Pukki Barnes

    button dendoncker greenwood lundstram

    1 ft and 0.1 itb

    A. Wildcard
    B. Trossard>mid for 6.0 or less

    1. RamaJama
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      B

    2. Zlatanzo
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 26 days ago

      The problem is going big in defence hasn't worked out so far this season... I learnt that also. I would downgrade Robbo/VVD to a fodder and upgrade Dendoncker and switch to a 352