Scout Notes

Maddison owners wait on injury as Son delivers again

Leicester City 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Goals: Harry Kane (£11.0m) | Ricardo Pereira (£6.0m), James Maddison (£7.1m)

Assists: Son Heung-min (£9.6m) | Hamza Choudhury (£4.5m)

Bonus Points: Maddison x3, Kane x2, Pereira x1

Leicester City emerged victorious over Tottenham Hotspur in a 2-1 win as Mauricio Pochettino’s side let yet another lead slip in the 2019/20 campaign. 

After a disappointing result mid-week against Olympiacos, the lunch-time kick-off at the King Power Stadium presented the perfect opportunity for Spurs to banish their demons and return to winning ways in domestic competition. 

Yet Brendan Rodgers galvanised the Foxes to come back from 1-0 down and secure an important victory in front of their home fans in the East Midlands. 

Maddison scored Leicester’s winning goal on Saturday afternoon

Ricardo Pereira (£6.0m) got the first of the Foxes’ fightback, drilling a shot past Paulo Gazzaniga (£4.4m).

But it was James Maddison (£7.1m) who stole the headlines with a fine strike from distance to secure all three points for Leicester as they rise to third in the table. 

Maddison’s credentials as a mid-priced midfielder with goalscoring threat are well documented after his exceptional debut Premier League season in which he scored seven goals and registered seven assists to record a total of 137 points. 

He has shown promise in recent weeks and finally delivered with his excellent Gameweek 6 goal combined with maximum bonus points.

Maddison was certainly due a goal, having already gone close twice against Spurs. He tested Gazzaniga with a curled effort from the edge of the box in the first-half, followed by a dazzling run, beating two defenders to then have his shot pushed wide of the near post shortly after.

His performance in the victory over Spurs once again underlined his potential value to managers looking for a differential midfielder (11.3% ownership), although they should tread easy for now.

Maddison owners will have to wait on his ankle injury over the next few days

Maddison picked up a potentially worrying ankle injury late in the game, triggering some concern after the full-time whistle. Leicester had used all their substitutes by this point so nobody was able to replace him. However, rather than come off and leave the Foxes with 10 men, Maddison elected to spend the final five minutes of the match standing virtually still inside the centre-circle. We will certainly need to pay close attention to Rodgers’ next press conference.

“I’ll go and see it now, there’s a little bit of worry but we’ll see.” – James Maddison

“He took a heavy knock on his ankle, so we will see how he is tomorrow.” – Brendan Rodgers

Both Jamie Vardy (£8.9m) and Maddison looked sharp throughout the lunch-time kick-off. The centre-forward was unable to build on his goal-tally of three so far this season, but the 31-year-old’s incisive, troubling runs into the final-third suggest this is still a player with the ability to excel under Brendan Rodgers in 2019/20.

The likes of Youri Tielemans (£6.4m) and Ayoze Perez (£6.1m) were also lively in the final third, with the Foxes continuing to apply pressure and test the Spurs’ backline in the second half.

This victory means Leicester have now lost just once in six Premier League games this season, and the plethora of exciting, attacking options provides managers with mid-price options moving forward.

Yet while this was a victory that underlined Leicester’s attacking credentials, it was an afternoon that served as a timely reminder as to just how fragile Spurs’ defence can be in the face of considerable pressure.

Spurs capitulated for the second time this week as they lost at Leicester

The mid-week capitulation against Olympiakos combined with letting a two-goal lead slip against rivals Arsenal serve as a concerning back-drop to this latest poor result.

Serge Aurier (£4.9m) did display his attacking prowess with a fine strike that was ruled out by VAR but Spurs simply do not look sturdy enough to justify investment in defence, although they were short Hugo Lloris (£5.5m) whose wife had just given birth.

Furthermore, there will be many that argue they were unfortunate to see their second goal ruled out given how marginal the offside call was, and the impact on the two sets of players was stark. While Spurs were dealt a blow of losing out on a goal, Leicester were spurred on as if they had found the net themselves.

“We need to say that when you get the benefit, it’s not getting the benefit, it’s fair or not fair, offside or not offside. I’m not going to talk. I’m only going to say that we all accept that system in the game and now I am not going to complain. I am going to accept that maybe if you are going to say it’s offside or wasn’t if it wasn’t clear, but I trust in the referees and if the referees say it was or wasn’t I’m not going to complain.” – Mauricio Pochettino

Kane’s finish against Leicester was a hugely impressive effort

Harry Kane (£11.0m) did open the scoring for Spurs with an exquisite improvised finish, after Son Heung-min (£9.6m) delicately laid off the ball for the striker.

It was a truly impressive finish as he was fouled by the defender but still kept enough composure as he fell to the ground to control the ball and crash it into Kasper Schmeichel‘s (£5.0m) net from the ground. 

Whilst premium strikers such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.0m) and Sergio Aguero (£12.2m) have stolen the headlines with their rampant goalscoring streaks in recent weeks, Kane’s performance in the defeat to Leicester was a reminder to managers that the England captain is still able to provide goalscoring returns. 

It must be said that Kane was unfortunate not to come away with an assist on top of his goal. It was his pass that set up Aurier’s goal, ruled out for an offside against Son in the build-up.

But given the explosive performances that the likes of Aubameyang and Aguero have been consistently delivering, it is difficult for managers to select a forward such as Kane when he is not matching their goalscoring consistency.  

Son has delivered in both of his last two matches ahead of an appealing run of games

For Son, who built on his brace against Palace with an assist, this was a game that highlighted the South-Korean’s attacking abilities and a performance that rewarded those managers who brought in the forward for Gameweek 6. 

With games against Southampton, Brighton and Watford to come in their next three, Son is starting to display form that would warrant inclusion for managers, having recorded attacking returns in his last three Premier League appearances – the most of any Spurs player. 

This was a heavily disappointing defeat for Spurs, but the growing viability of Leicester’s attacking assets simply cannot go un-noticed for managers given their exceptional form under Rodgers in 2019/20. 

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Leicester City XI (4-1-4-1): Schmeichel; Chilwell, Söyüncü, Evans, R Pereira; Ndidi; H Barnes (D Gray 82′), Maddison, Tielemans (Choudhury 84′), Pérez (Praet 67′); Vardy.

Tottenham Hotspur XI (4-3-1-2): Gazzaniga; Rose, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Aurier; Ndombele (Moura 86′), Winks, Sissoko (Wanyama 67′); Lamela (Eriksen 79′); Son, Kane.

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  1. pjanns
    • 3 Years
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    VVD + Martial --> Son + Lowton

    It's for free, but could backfire selling VVD. I just think Son will outscore Martial easily?

    (Already have Rico, Lunds, Soy)

    1. Albert_Luque
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      26 days, 21 hours ago

      Can you just downgrade Martial to mount? I’d still back Liverpool defenders to do well

      1. pjanns
        • 3 Years
        26 days, 21 hours ago

        It's a good option.

        Son is just much more FPL proven than Mount.

        Will see how Mount and VVD does today.

  2. Albert_Luque
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    What’s the thinking on Sterling? Had him as captain and was, as a lot of people were, incredibly disappointed that one of my most expensive assets was benched.

    Selling him allows you to free up a lot of cash, however when he plays he’s the main man in a team that can score eight goals a game.

    Do we just accept that he may be rested on occasion and hope that his total points at the end of the season justify investment?

    1. pjanns
      • 3 Years
      26 days, 21 hours ago

      Everyone in the City team will be rested once in a while. We just have to accept that. Their ceiling is so high that it justifies investment.

      1. Albert_Luque
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        26 days, 21 hours ago

        I think I agree. Last night though I was sorely tempted to downgrade to son and invest elsewhere ie Greenwood to Tammy. Difficult one to weigh up.

        1. pjanns
          • 3 Years
          26 days, 21 hours ago

          I was aswell, but I can't get my self to sell Sterling he is so explosive.

          I'm pretty sure I've made up my mind and wont sell..

    2. drughi
      • 9 Years
      26 days, 21 hours ago

      Positive is he either plays 90 minutes or 0 minutes, had his rest now and crappy everton side up next. Captain material for me he stays

    3. Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      26 days, 21 hours ago

      His rest is done now. You shouldn't sell.

    4. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 2 Years
      26 days, 20 hours ago

      lucky to escape the one pointer sub app, and like most vc is saving you. he had his rest, and prob won´t play much in midweek also, so next rest will be very far ahead. Not sure i would do anything, really.

  3. drughi
    • 9 Years
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    Which option looks best for next week ?

    A. Zinchenko>Otamendi
    B. Coleman and Dendoncker > Soyuncu and Mount -4
    C. Barnes>Abraham
    D. Zinchenko and barnes > Otamendi and Abraham -4
    E. Wildcard

    team

    Heaton(Button)
    Robbo VVD Zinchenko (Coleman, lundstram)
    Salah(C) Sterling KDB Cantwell Dendoncker
    Barnes Pukki (greenwood)

    1. pjanns
      • 3 Years
      26 days, 21 hours ago

      B or E.

      E probably edges it, but depends on your plans for WC. B can work fine aswell.

      1. drughi
        • 9 Years
        26 days, 21 hours ago

        B is the most likely atm, plan was to wildcard gw 9 but with coleman zinchenko and barnes stinking up the team I might need a reshuffle, cheers

    2. drughi
      • 9 Years
      26 days, 20 hours ago

      anyone else ?

    3. McSlu
      • 3 Years
      26 days, 20 hours ago

      No need to WC. Nothing a couple of transfers can’t fix.

      1. drughi
        • 9 Years
        26 days, 20 hours ago

        cheers, which option looks best you think ?

    4. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 2 Years
      26 days, 20 hours ago

      B with WC in mind, gives you decent options both in 7 or 8, even IF Zinchenko is out which i think he is not, just a rest. Mendy wil not last long

  4. The Royal Robin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    I've only got 1FT but I'm considering taking a hit if it's right. Which move from the following would you do guys?

    A) Laporte > Otamendi 1FT
    B) Laporte + ;Digne + Mount > Otamendi + Rico + Son
    C) Laporte + Sterling + Pukki > Otamendi + Son + Auba

    1. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 2 Years
      26 days, 20 hours ago

      Mount plays Brighton home, Pukki away to Palace which in the latter case perhaps not the best set up but nonetheless, they´re fit and doing a -8 for fit players with good fixtures, well no.

      Your defense i don´t know, but Laporte is not going to play for a while so him out seems as good as any. While i understand the eagerness to offload Digne, i would perhaps try to play someone else instead if you have some decent covers? Guess you have a Pool def, and if doing A, one City def, you just need one slot to fill in there?

  5. masyuris
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    Transfer for GW 7:
    A. Sterling & Haller >> Aguero & Maddison (-4 pts)
    B. Sterling & Haller >> Kane & Bernardo Silva (-4 pts)
    C. Montoya >> Tomori
    D. Save FT

    1. Puncheon Guly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      26 days, 21 hours ago

      Do C if you think Tomori is nailed, but the others have regret all over them

    2. pjanns
      • 3 Years
      26 days, 20 hours ago

      Save FT..

      Is Montoya that urgent? - I mean are you starting him?

    3. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 2 Years
      26 days, 20 hours ago

      FPL wise i´m not sure A is better to do, and B is a sounding no, C is depending on todays team sheet. I have Emerson so will not say the usual "they can´t defend stuff" but still, he has numbers to back it up while Tomori had a wonderstrike who goes in one out of thousand. If he plays today, and rested midweek for a second string team Chelsea i would perhaps do it with Montoya and Brighton having bad fixtures.

  6. llmja
    • 1 Year
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    Best 4.5 def?

    Thank you

    1. drughi
      • 9 Years
      26 days, 21 hours ago

      lowton, cahill or possibly tomori

  7. teneighty
    • 4 Years
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    Do these moves justify a WC or am I overreacting?

    Ryan -> Pope
    Coleman -> Söyüncü
    Zinch -> Otamendi
    Sterling -> KdB
    Dendo -> Cantwell
    C.Wilson -> Tammy
    Martinelli -> Wood

  8. ALTOID11
    • 3 Years
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    Rico and Lundstram are essential

  9. masyuris
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    How to show player stats midfielder & forward in one table from FFS members statistic?

  10. fr3d
    • 1 Year
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    Is Sterling is the most overrated common captaincy candidate in this game?

    Against teams OUTSIDE TOP 6 (starts only) he blanks 43% of the time. That's 10-20% more than Salah, Mane, Auba or Kun. Salah has the lowest % of blanks, while Mane in home matches is extreme and he's got 9 games with at least 2 goal involvements. More than anyone else.

    Numbers are from transfermarkt which means fantasy-assists for pens and freekicks are not included.

    1. fr3d
      • 1 Year
      26 days, 20 hours ago

      (last season + first 6 gameweeks of this season)

  11. Mr Frost
    • 9 Years
    26 days, 21 hours ago

    Please Mount, take the day off. Love, Mr Frost.

  12. Tomas Brolin ate all Depays
    • 7 Years
    26 days, 20 hours ago

    Pope - Button
    Ake - Dijk - Digne - Zinchenko - Lundstram
    Salah - Sterling - Mount - Cantwell - Dendonka
    Vardy - Pukki - Wickham

    2ft
    4.something in the bank
    KDB and Abraham needed for day Dendonka and Wickham but needs reshuffling at the back to pay for it (or Vardy put ahead of good fixtures..)

    A) small reshuffle for now say 3 transfers for -4
    B)wildcard

    Thanks

    1. pjanns
      • 3 Years
      26 days, 20 hours ago

      A.
      Digne + Dendoncker + Vardy --> Abraham + KDB + best def available(Rico)?

  13. pjanns
    • 3 Years
    26 days, 20 hours ago

    A.

    Digne + Dendoncker + Vardy --> Abraham + KDB + best def avaible?(Rico)

    1. pjanns
      • 3 Years
      26 days, 20 hours ago

      reply fail to above.

  14. Tomas Brolin ate all Depays
    • 7 Years
    26 days, 20 hours ago

    A) Sterling and KDB
    B) Aguero and KDB
    C) Aguero and Sterling

    1. drughi
      • 9 Years
      26 days, 20 hours ago

      A or B, KDB is such great value

    2. pjanns
      • 3 Years
      26 days, 20 hours ago

      Right now B.

      When Jesus starts getting minutes again: A.

      So long term I would probably go a.

  15. Tomas Brolin ate all Depays
    • 7 Years
    26 days, 20 hours ago

    Anyone feeling forced to get rid of Vardy to find Abraham KDB etc , does it feel wrong ahead of Leicester fixtures?

    1. pjanns
      • 3 Years
      26 days, 20 hours ago

      Did you watch KDB yesterday? - If you don't have him, it should feel wrong:)

    2. drughi
      • 9 Years
      26 days, 20 hours ago

      would not get rid of vardy thats for sure

  16. pundit of punts
    • 6 Years
    26 days, 20 hours ago

    Team at the moment -

    Pope - Woodman
    TAA - Zinchenko - Pieters - Lundstram - Hanley
    Sterling - Mane - KDB - Son - Cantwell
    Wilson - Pukki - Wickham

    1 FT and 0m in the bank. Original plan was to do Zinchenko + WIckham + KDB ➡ Aubameyang + Hayden + Guilbert for -4 over the next 2 gws but KDB's form is mental atm. Selling him could be brutal.

    So, just Zinchenko ➡ Someone(who?) this gw or go ahead with my former plan? Thanks in advance. 🙂

    1. drughi
      • 9 Years
      26 days, 20 hours ago

      Zinchenko>Otamendi is the obvious move unless you need cash

  17. wikidwhite
    • 7 Years
    26 days, 20 hours ago

    How am I looking (48 points with 5 to play):

    Pope (6)

    Digne (1) - Zinc (0) - TAA

    Kdb (34) - Mane - Son (5) - Cabellos

    Pukki (2) - Haller - Tammy

    Heaton - Mount - Montoya (6) - Lundy (12)

    1. pjanns
      • 3 Years
      26 days, 20 hours ago

      ok

  18. Goat
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    26 days, 20 hours ago

    Still have 5 players to play, how many points should I expect? I’m thinking only 12/14 points.
    Haller, Robertson, McGinn, Ceballos & Salah

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      26 days, 20 hours ago

      12+ from Mo only 😉

  19. Wally banter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    26 days, 20 hours ago

    Thoughts on this wc team

    Pope
    Ota Soyancu Lund Rico Guilbert
    Mount Son Mane Kdb Cantwell
    Kun Tammy Pukki

    1.3itb, keep it for kun, son to sterling, auba switch or use it to improve defense like buy Matip for guilbert?

    1. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 2 Years
      26 days, 19 hours ago

      i like to have at least one more defender above 5.0-5.5, like Liverpool def. Looks good though

  20. I know nothing
    26 days, 18 hours ago

    Replace salah sissoko with son and d silva?

  21. Laserface
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    26 days, 10 hours ago

    What would you change in this team ? Got 2 transfers and 0mil itb.
    Pope
    TAA Digne Soyuncu
    Sterling KDB Pepe James Cantwell
    Aguero Haller

    Button Lowton Lundstram Greenwood

    Son and Tammy look like good options but not sure how to accommodate them

    1. Pinball Wizard
      • 3 Years
      25 days, 23 hours ago

      Mount is a good, shout I think

  22. Pinball Wizard
    • 3 Years
    25 days, 23 hours ago

    I already did one early transfer, Sterling to KDB, because I could not stand being kdbless and, besides, I own Ederson and Aguero as well so I think I will balance my team better now, with 2.4 itb.

    Question: Does James to Mount for -4 makes sense? Chelsea fixtures are incredible!

  23. bigdip
    • 7 Years
    25 days, 23 hours ago

    Red arrows for 2 GWs now. I just brought in Ota for Zinchenko.

    Any other transfers you recommend I do? 0.5 ITB

    Ryan (Button)
    TAA, , Digne, Zinchenko, (Lundstram Van Djik)
    Mount Sterling, Salah, Cantwell (Dendocker)
    Haller, Pukki, Abraham (C)