Scout Notes

Aubameyang rested as Man United struggle for goals in Europe

Fantasy Premier League managers were handed some promising news by Thursday night’s Europa League action.

There were some key assets rested by their clubs, while a hard-fought win in Turkey for Wolves was probably less than ideal preparation for this weekend’s trip to Manchester City.

We’ve got all the latest talking points from Arsenal, Manchester United and Wolves’ matches in this Scout Notes article…

Arsenal 4-0 Standard Liège

Goals: Gabriel Martinelli x2 (£4.5m), Joe Willock (£5.0m), Dani Ceballos (£5.6m)

Assists: Kieran Tierney (£5.4m), Reiss Nelson (£5.3m), Martinelli

Owners of Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.0m) were delighted to see him named on the substitute’s bench for the win over Standard Liège on Thursday night.

With an injury to Alexandre Lacazette (£9.3m) still ongoing, it had been thought that the former Borussia Dortmund man would have to start matches in all competitions, especially as he featured from the beginning in this season’s first Europa League encounter at Eintracht Frankfurt.

However, Unai Emery went with a youthful side to face Standard Liège, not using Aubameyang until the 79th minute and, it would seem he emerged from the game fresh and ready for heavy captaincy support against Bournemouth on Sunday.

Starting in his place was bright new prospect Gabriel Martinelli (£4.5m) whose performance was good news for Aubameyang while Lacazette is out.

Martinelli has impressed in his last two starts for Arsenal

The youngster scored twice, assisted another goal and arguably could have bagged himself a hat-trick with his persistent and relentless

This was Martinelli’s second start of the season, the first coming against Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup and he now has four goals across those two matches.

Obviously, the quality of opponents he has scored against are not of the highest level but his form should still inspire plenty of trust from Emery to use him in matches outside the Premier League. That should also keep Aubameyang fresher for the top-flight encounters – excellent news for his Fantasy owners.

However, we should not get too excited about Martinelli emerging as a viable budget option just yet as he is yet to start a Premier League match and, with Emery favouring a lone striker, Aubameyang will likely block his route into the first team.

That said, Martinelli does possess the ability to play anywhere along the front-line, including wide areas so maybe his chance could eventually come that way.

“He played in the pre-season with us and every training he showed us he’s hungry to be with us and to have the opportunity to show his capacity. His patience is amazing. In pre-season he played in many positions, above all he prefers to play left-winger, he also played as a right-winger. I am using him as a striker because he played in that position in Brazil. [Centre-forward] is not the best position for him but the first thing in his mind is to help us and to achieve, with that opportunity, some minutes with us. Really, for example, I think his performance and aptitude were amazing tonight.” – Unai Emery

The return of Tierney and Bellerín from injury could have a big impact on Arsenal this season

Also of interest to Fantasy managers were encouraging developments in the Arsenal full-back areas. After recent injuries for both, Kieran Tierney (£5.4m) and Hector Bellerín (£5.4m) started on the left and right flanks of defence.

Their contribution to the win was positive, with Tierney’s delivery especially looking excellent. He provided the assist for Martinelli’s first goal and looks ready to do damage in FPL. The local press are already heaping praise on him and expecting him to make his first Premier League start soon.

“Kieran after his injury is coming back with a good attitude. He played 80 minutes last week against Nottingham Forest with a good performance, tonight also I think we are a better competitive team with him and Sead Kolasinac in that left-back [position]. Really we are happy with him.” – Unai Emery

The return of Bellerín is also of note but not necessarily for what he can offer himself. After nine months out with a serious injury, he was still a little rusty going forward but still had plenty of pace about himself to charge down Standard Liège’s attackers.

Maitland-Niles played in attacking midfield but did not offer much on Thursday night

Crucially, Bellerín starting at right-back meant that Ainsley Maitland-Niles (£5.1m) was deployed further forward on the right flank of attacking midfield.

That could be of interest if it were to happen on a regular basis in the Premier League as Maitland-Niles is classified as a defender this season.

However, he did not have the best of games against relatively poor opposition, although it has been a long time since he has played in an attacking role. Either way, we might get more of a look at him in this position if Bellerín is going to get more minutes again.

Another potential knock-on effect of the two full-backs returning could be an increase in clean sheet potential. Tierney and Bellerín each provided a steadying presence at the back against Standard Liège which could bode well going forward, although we have to remember the quality of opposition for this one.

Ceballos remains a player with uncertainty surrounding his role in the Arsenal setup

Given that a number of youngsters and players returning from injury were used in this match, owners of Dani Ceballos (£5.6m) may be further concerned about his role in the first team.

He has started just two of the last four Premier League matches and, even though he scored on Thursday night, it is hard to say he is guaranteed a place in the first team on Sunday afternoon.

It is possible that Mesut Özil (£7.3m) could play some part although he seems very out in the cold at Arsenal right now.

Emery said after the match that those who played against Standard Liège deserved it more than the German…

“I am thinking every time the best players for the match, the best players in the squad to play and help us. When I decided he isn’t in the squad it’s because I think other players deserve it more. What does he have to do (to start)? Continue working. Tomorrow we have training, we will train with the players who didn’t play tonight. Sunday we have another match. We are going to decide the same, the best first XI possible to achieve our targets to win on Sunday and adapting to that difficulty against Bournemouth and carry on with our way.” – Unai Emery

Arsenal XI (4-2-3-1): Martínez; Tierney, Holding, Mustafi, Bellerín; Ceballos, Torreira; Nelson (Aubameyang 79′), Willock (Guendouzi 74′), Maitland-Niles (Pépé 66′); Martinelli.

AZ Alkmaar 0-0 Manchester United

Goals: None

Assists: None

David de Gea (£5.6m) was the best player as Manchester United laboured to a point against AZ Alkmaar on Thursday night.

The Eredivisie outfit were arguably the better side, creating considerably more chances and, were it not for the efforts of their goalkeeper, the Red Devils may have left the Netherlands on the end of another humbling defeat.

They were forced to play on a plastic surface due to their hosts’ stadium currently suffering roofing problems.

Whether the type of pitch can be used as a legitimate excuse for a pretty abject performance is hard to assess given that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are hardly on the best run of form right now.

United had very few clear cut chances against AZ Alkmaar

“It’s a lot easier for them because they’re used to playing on these types of pitches. I think we did OK today and we defended well and we kept the clean sheet and that’s important. We trained well yesterday on this pitch. Today we tried to do our best and we did a good job and we created chances as well.” – Diogo Dalot

This draw in the Netherlands means they have not won a match in 90 minutes since beating Astana 1-0 on September 19. Since then, Manchester United have lost 2-0 at West Ham, drawn with Rochdale, Arsenal and now Alkmaar.

Truthfully, the Red Devils never looked like scoring on Thursday night as they continue to be short of options going forward. In fact, they did not register a single shot on target all evening.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer began the night by deploying Daniel James (£6.2m) as a lone centre-forward, with Mason Greenwood (£4.4m) on the right and Marcus Rashford (£8.4m) on the bench.

James (right) was isolated as a lone centre-forward

However, the former Swansea City midfielder was isolated so the manager swapped him with Greenwood.

One of Manchester United’s best chances came from James’ run down the right, squaring it to Greenwood, whose effort was blocked.

However, James generally struggled on the right, proving that he is better deployed on the left, where Angel Gomes (£4.8m) spent the evening.

“(James) stretches them. We never got to grips with the astroturf until second-half. First-half, we took some time before we got control of the ball and the game. Dan can play down the middle, he has done before, that was a tactical tweak we tried. Of course, Mason’s more natural as a centre forward so we swapped them around.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Rashford injected a bit of pace after he replaced James 63rd minute and probably should have been awarded a penalty after he was clearly fouled in the Alkmaar box.

Jesse Lingard (£6.4m) had Manchester United’s best chance after fellow substitute Scott McTominay (£5.0m) played him through.

However, the England international, omitted from Gareth Southgate’s latest selection, blasted his chance wide.

His week went from bad to worse as he was forced off with a hamstring problem after United had used all three substitutes.

“I think he felt his hamstring, I don’t think he’s too bad. Probably not Newcastle but ready for Liverpool.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

By all accounts, Matic and Fred were poor for Manchester United

The players who came in for the most criticism were central midfielders Nemanja Matić (£4.8m) and Fred (£5.3m).

Neither one offered anything in terms of defensive protection or controlling possession, which should ensure another start for McTominay in Gsmeweek 8.

He looked a lot more lively than Matić and Fred after coming on and would have got an assist had Lingard not snatched at his chance.

Who Solskjaer will pair with the Scottish international in midfield remains to be seen though, given that Paul Pogba (£8.4m) remains a doubt for Gameweek 8.

“Probably not, there’s an international break as well, it might be time for us to give him 10 or 14 days extra to be ready for Liverpool.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Brandon Williams made his full debut at left-back for Manchester United

There was a full debut for academy left-back Brandon Williams against Alkmaar, as Solskjaer continues to be short of options in defence.

Luke Shaw (£5.4m) remains a doubt while Ashley Young (£5.4m) and Axel Tuanzebe (£4.4m) deputising between them in recent matches.

That meant Williams was required to tide United over until their next Premier League match, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.5m) also absent on Thursday night.

By all accounts, the 19-year-old was solid enough. It was clear in the early stages that Alkmaar were targetting Williams’ flank but he stood up to the pressure fairly well.

In the end, the hosts opted to direct most of their attacking play on Diogo Dalot‘s (£4.9m) side of the pitch, who had a relatively poor game.

Manchester United XI (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Williams, Rojo, Lindelöf, Dalot; Matić, Fred; A Gomes, Mata (McTominay 83′), Greenwood (Lingard 77′); D James (Rashford 63′).

Besiktas 0-1 Wolves

Goals: Willy Bolly (£5.0m)

Assists: Rúben Neves (£5.5m)

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo made just two changes to his side for Europa League action on Thursday, naming a strong line-up to face Besiktas.

Leander Dendoncker (£4.4m) and Adama Traoré (£5.0m) were the only players who started against Watford to get a rest from midweek action, although both featured in the second half.

That should encourage those who are doubling-up and/or captaining Manchester City players for Gameweek 8 as Wolves will have had less time to prepare for their upcoming encounter, and will have much less scope for rotation too.

“They are already recovering because Sunday we play. It was two minutes of celebration only. We are already preparing for the next one. We have a long season, Thursday, Sunday, it doesn’t stop. We travel back and the players that started the game won’t do anything on Friday, just active recovering with the coaches. Those that didn’t have minutes are going to train. Saturday we’ll try to prepare for the game on Sunday.” – Nuno Espirito Santo

Nuno named a strong side to face Besiktas on Thursday night

Wolves’ trip to Besiktas will have certainly been a draining one on them as they spent much of the game holding a rigid defensive shape. By all accounts, they did an excellent defensive job, Willy Boly (£5.0m) making a fine stop to deny Mehmet Umut Nayir at the end of the first half.

Wolves have now kept two clean sheets in a row, but it must be said that the level of opposition (Watford and Besiktas) has not been particularly high. Neither of those sides have even close to the attacking firepower that Manchester City possess and, as already mentioned, the exertion of Thursday night may take a toll on Wolves at the Etihad Stadium.

“It’s about the way we defend. We are more consistent, more organised, we defended better our points of pressure. It’s not about individuals, it’s about working as a line, reducing the space. The team defends as a unit, tries to attack as a unit, sometimes we don’t attack as a unit, but everything starts with the defensive organisation.” – Nuno Espirito Santo

In truth, it was a relatively uneventful game with both sides stifling the other in open play, most of the chances coming from set pieces.

Nuno lined his side up in a 3-4-3 formation with Pedro Neto (£5.0m) providing some width on the left and Morgan Gibbs-White (£4.8m) on the right.

Their first real chance did not come until the second half though when Raúl Jiménez (£7.2m) headed over a Joao Moutinho (£5.4m) free-kick.

Boly celebrates scoring Wolves’ winning goal in Turkey

Traoré came on at half time and added some pace while Patrick Cutrone (£5.7m) offered some speed when he came on in place of Jiménez. He had an excellent chance which he fired just wide of the post in the second half.

In the end, set pieces proved to be the winner as Wolves technically scored from two of them late on.

Firstly, Romain Saïss (£4.4m) bundled home after Dendoncker’s initial shot was saved by Loris Karius – but it was ruled out for offside.

In stoppage time, Rúben Neves‘ (£5.5m) back into the box in the second phase of a corner fell to an unmarked Boly, who had time to set himself and slot past the goalkeeper.

Wolverhampton Wanderers XI (3-4-3): Patrício; Saïss, Coady, Boly; Jonny, Moutinho, Neves, Doherty; Neto (Traoré 46′), Jiménez (Cutrone 79′), Gibbs-White (Dendoncker 62′).

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Lessons Learned from Gameweek 7

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  1. KennyKickIt127
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Is it worth taking a -4 punt on Tierney? I have AWB and looking to get rid, Tierney looked good last night in terms of creativity!

    1. MoManeTaa
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      he might get the start after IB?

    2. Daniel Son
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      He might not start. I would get him after this week

    3. chilli con kone
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      He won’t start so you will regret it

    4. Stormbringer22
      4 months, 22 days ago

      As a general rule of thumb, if you can avoid taking a hit for a defender, avoid it

    5. adams_6
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      I'd be astounded if he started another match just three days after his first start back from a long injury lay off

    6. KennyKickIt127
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Thanks for all the feedback!

      So who would you all suggest I replace Rashford with?

      1. KennyKickIt127
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Sorry I meant AWB

  2. JenkoJunko
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Is it time to put Haller in? Gone down in price, gonna start, great fixture against Palace with no Milivojevic and great fixtures to come? Tempted to take a punt on him over Abraham as a differential in my ML?

    Thoughts Please? (Already have Yarmo)

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      I have him and he's gone if he doesn't do anything at the weekend. Have shown him enough patience.

    2. Daniel Son
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Lanzini being back is good for Haller too

    3. chilli con kone
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      I can’t see him keeping up with Abraham. Find a differential elsewhere

  3. goldengove
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 22 days ago

    One more for the road... who scores more in the coming weeks:

    A) Salah + Greenwood (-4)

    B) Auba + Yarmolenko

    1. chilli con kone
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Don’t understand how A is a -4

      Are you saying you’re going to sell Auba for Salah?

      B is better

      1. goldengove
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Sorry got that switched! thnaks though

  4. Daniel Son
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Who is captaining Aguero despite rotation fears?

    1. BigBillyBass
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Me

      1. Daniel Son
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Who are your other captaincy choices ?

    2. adams_6
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      me. It's either him or Salah or Pukki.
      Kun has the band

  5. SADIO SANÉ
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    RP - which do you prefer going forward:

    Salah KDB Son Dilva Cantwell
    Haller Tammy Pukki

    *Sterling* *Mahrez* Son Dilva Cantwell
    Haller Tammy Pukki

    Salah *CHO* Son Dilva Cantwell
    *Auba* Tammy Pukki

    1. Daniel Son
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      option 3 for this week

  6. Bubz
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Any excuse for me to get Mahrez I tend to take. Not sure why.

    Will he start this weekend though?

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      That’s the big question. And one of the reasons I’m just benching KDB this week rather than making the move for Mahrez. It could pay off still, but I’d be more inclined to do it had he not played 90 midweek

    2. Miniboss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Another question: how will he do when KdB is out?

    3. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      no one knows.

    4. Ole Trafford
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Yeah strongly considering myself. I mean if Bilva has just this game before his appeal and is likely getting a suspension surely he starts. Wether or not it’s in the mid for Kdb or out wide with David Silva in for Kdb is my worry.

    5. Arteta
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      I think he will.

    6. chilli con kone
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      I’ve gone there and I believe he will. Form player who hasn’t racked up many minutes yet since start of season

    7. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Why wouldn’t he start?

      Champs for city was Tuesday and they play on Sunday. That’s plenty of time for a break IMO.

      But Pep is confusing.....

      1. Bubz
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Well its probably him or Bilva to start in that position, Bilva is available right?

        1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          Yea but I reckon Pep needs his creativity in the centre with KDB missing.

  7. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Any reason not to do Barnes to Abraham just now with my FT?

    WC still intact, will decide if needed over IB or later. Team linked.

    Lundstram (+Greenwood/Rico) to come in for KDB (+Cantwell if needbe). Sterling(c)

    1. Daniel Son
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      i would

    2. chilli con kone
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      I’d be tempted to give Barnes a run at Everton and bring Tammy in next week for Newcastle

  8. Daghe Munegu
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Son benched you reckon ?

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Why?

    2. Daniel Son
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      a chance he will be.

    3. Annie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      no

  9. Geordie19
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    I bought KDB for 9.5
    Sale price is 9.7
    Current price is 10.0.
    If he drops tonight...will he be worth 9.7 or 9.6 to me? Thank you

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      9.7

      1. Geordie19
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Thank you

    2. adams_6
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      9.7 until he drops to 9.8

  10. Free Hat
    4 months, 22 days ago

    With Lingard and Pogba possibly out...

    Play Greenwood (instead of KDB)

    Or Dunk?

    Saving 2ft for after IB

    (other benchie dendoncker)

    1. Nigel Knows
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Play dunk but I like how you try to justify Pogba and Lingard out as potential for Greenwood to be involved more than his normal one point

      In fact how lovely it would be for Greenwood 9 Pointer v Newcastle and autosub in for KDB

      1. Free Hat
        4 months, 22 days ago

        I dont expect a start, but he could do well vs New in 25min.
        Dont expect Dunk to keep clean sheet so 1 or 2 points will not make a huge difference I guess.

        1. Nigel Knows
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 22 days ago

          Greenwood seems more fun and it’s final game if the weekend

          1. Nigel Knows
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 22 days ago

            Of

          2. GARY AND JAMIE
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 22 days ago

            Greenwood and fun don't go together...

            1. Nigel Knows
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 22 days ago

              True but it’s the thought that counts.

          3. Free Hat
            4 months, 22 days ago

            Yeah indeed. On the other hand, man utd ars was also the final game last week and that was little fun!

  11. Zlat-man
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Yarmolenko
    or
    McGinn?

    (Both similar price wise,
    And I have Haller)

    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      B

    2. michudagawd
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      McGinn

    3. adams_6
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Yarm better fixtures over a longer period but I like McGinn

  12. Nigel Knows
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Who’s taking big hits this weekend?

    Any -8,-12,-16’s out there ??

    1. andres
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Looking at a -4

    2. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Been there & it murdered my rank along with Pep's tinkering

    3. chilli con kone
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      I’ve taken a reluctant -8.

      Kevin, Matip and Cantwell injuries with poor cover.

    4. adams_6
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Crazy

    5. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      The effect on OR of my two -8s taken so far this season is exactly the reason for me saving FT this week and just benching KDB. Not worth the hit imo

      1. Nigel Knows
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Ye, I’ve never experienced it to be so tight between such massive rank places. Usually i have taken three or four -4 by now but so cautions this season as any drops you so much.

        I know it can pay off but I’ve been relatively happy and patient with team (even with Bernardo Silva)

        My only -4 so far was Martial to Mount in GW4 as I’d booted out Barkley our very early on with FT

  13. andres
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Pope
    TAA Pieters Lund
    KDB Sterling Mount Cantwell
    Kun Tammy Pukki

    Ceballos:(, Kelly, Soy, 1FT, 2.9M

    A ceballos to mcginn
    B kdb to salah
    C kdb to son & ceballos to mahrez (-4)

  14. Ferris Bueller
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Think I'm settled on the WC - thoughts?

    Pope
    VVD Ota Lund
    Sterling Mahrez Mount McGinn
    Wilson Auba Tammy
    Subs: McGovern Yarmolenko Rico Soy
    Bank £0.8

    Bank will allow Sterling to Salah when needed, and downgrade of Yarm/McGinn will allow Mahrez to KDB when he's fit

    1. MoManeTaa
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      TAA is essentiooo

      1. Ferris Bueller
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        How to get him in though?
        VVD & Ota to TAA & Tomori?

        1. caldracula
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          I'd much rather have T+T

      2. Nigel Knows
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Being outscored in last two by my boy Ward.

    2. Free Hat
      4 months, 22 days ago

      With difficult fixtures Liv I would opt for attacking returns of TAA rather then clean sheets of VVD

      1. Ferris Bueller
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Good point - VVD & Ota to TAA & Tomori looks the best switch

  15. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Anyone going for one of the Silva's over Mahrez?

    1. GARY AND JAMIE
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      I'll be taking a hit to get Sterling Kun Dilva as my City 3 at least for this week

      1. GARY AND JAMIE
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Bilva situation has to be waited on

    2. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Just Sterling and Ota for me this week. Taking Lundstram autosub for Big Kev and will reassess over IB

    3. chilli con kone
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      No I went Riyad

  16. Better luck next year
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Current team:

    Pope
    TAA Matip* Ota
    Salah Sterling KDB* Mount Cantwell*
    Pukki Tammy

    Subs: Woodman Digne Greenwood Kelly

    Best transfers for GW8? Got 2FT..

    A: KDB/Cantwell -> Mahrez/Yarmolenko
    B: KDB/Greenwood/Matip -> Saka/Auba/Rico for -4
    C: Other?

    Cheers

    1. michudagawd
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Cantwell will be fine, he trained today.

  17. Arteta
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Will City even score so many goals without KDB though? He's their main creative force. Just food for thought...

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      They wont score 8.

    2. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Yes

    3. chilli con kone
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      They score when they want. David Silva does a decent impression

      1. Arteta
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        History tells me otherwise.

        1. chilli con kone
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          They got 98 points or whatever last season without Kevin for almost all of it?

          I don’t follow you

    4. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Yep, he missed a lot of games last season and they scored plenty.

  18. Pep Roulette
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Pepe & Haller to Yarmolemko & Aubameyang?

  19. Atimis
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    KDB is out, Cantwell possibly out, Son possibly rested...Only option from the bench is Soy whom I’d rather not use.
    Thinking about one of these moves

    1) Aurier Hayden to Tomori Saka -4
    2) Aurier Cantwell to Tomori McGinn -4
    3) Aurier Cantwell to Yarmolenko 4.4 def -4
    4) Only one move with no hit? Soy may play in such case.

  20. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    What to do here please? £0.6m + 1 FT

    Pope
    TAA - Otamendi - Lundstram - Tomori
    Salah - Cantwell - Mount
    Aguero(c) - Pukki - Abraham

    Button - KDB - Soyuncu - Choudhury

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Nothing!

      Cantwell trained, always a good sign.

  21. Bobby_Baggio
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    In my draft league. Do I have correct lineup?

    Ederson
    Alder - Lowton - Pereira - Tomori
    Jorginho - Ghazi - Norwood
    King - Vardy - C.Wilson

    Bench - Digne, Mendy, Cantwelll, Jota, Redmond, Barnes

    1. Geordie19
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Digne for Pereira. Why so many subs?

      1. Bobby_Baggio
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        It's my squad - draft league different

    2. chilli con kone
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Which draft site do you use Baggio?

      That’s a lot of subs.

      If you have aitosubs then I’d start Cantwell ahead of Norwood. I would also play digne ahead of Periera

      1. Bobby_Baggio
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Dugout FC

        No autosub allowed in our league which makes it harder but better.

        1. chilli con kone
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          I play draft fantasy football and the rules are the same re autosubs

          Do you get points for tackles or interceptions etc?

          1. Bobby_Baggio
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 22 days ago

            Yes you do. It's my first year doing it but my mates play it every year. Makes a change to the norm FPL

  22. Your Man With The Hair
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    For a -8 hit. Yea or nay?

    KDB -> Sterling
    Aguero -> Aub

    1. Geordie19
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      No

    2. caldracula
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Definitely not

  23. Geordie19
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Would you take out KDB to Sterling for free?

    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      I'd do it for -4

    2. Your Man With The Hair
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      I'm contemplating doing it for a hefty hit, so yea.

    3. Daniel Son
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      How much did you buy KDB at?

      1. Geordie19
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        9.5..

        1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          Ignore price. It's a good move regardless.

        2. Daniel Son
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          Tough decision. I probably would given the state of the rest of my team. Depends how the rest of your team is

          1. Geordie19
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 22 days ago

            Thank you both.
            Means I would have
            Pope
            Ota VVD Lund
            Mount sterling Salah Cantwell
            King Kun Pukki
            McNeill Rico soyunco.

  24. michudagawd
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Pope
    Lundstram Mings Otamendi
    Salah Nakamba Cantwell Sterling
    Auba Pukki Haller

    Button - Burn Soyuncu KDB*

    1 FT, 0.7 itb

    Is it worth doing Burn and Haller to Tomori and Abraham for a hit?

    1. Geordie19
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Not for a hit

    2. michudagawd
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Which would you do for free?

    3. Bis_78
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Great fixtures coming up for Chelsea.
      Tricky...

      Go for it

  25. Stormbringer22
    4 months, 22 days ago

    KDB --> Dilva.

    I am doing it! (talk me out of it... please 😀 )

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Gets the IB off, hopefully gets you and I two starts over the next couple. Should be up in the second striker role where he plays best FPL wise. There are probably options that could do better but this is a good guess.

    2. Dr. Agabuse
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      this is the only City player, I'd consider for KDB.
      Was rested last week, has no IB.
      But I wouldnt want him for more than two weeks and same goes for Son, whos the more explosive player.
      I think KDB will be back. He woul even be back next week but hes got two weeks.
      I am doing Dendoncker to Saka who was subbed later than Pepe vs United and didnt play on Thursday at all.
      If not injured, he'll start 9/10 (Martinelli + Pepe) the odd chance and vs BOU he could well score.
      The back to KDB

    3. chilli con kone
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      It’s a guaranteed transfer later so depends if you can deal with that. Mahrez is safer long term I would say

  26. Dr. Agabuse
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    saka might be injured. any update coming from emery? did he give an injury update on any players before EL?
    Saka wasnt on the bench.

    1. Boris Bodega: Holly's …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Suggests he was rested for PL this weekend to me.

    2. chilli con kone
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      I was thing this too. Why would he be rested he’s barely played any minutes?

      Would have been a good game for him to further his experience from the bench

  27. H-Over United
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    2 FT

    Yes or No?
    Kane & James -> Auba & Yarmolenko

    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Yes.

  28. King Kohli
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    With so many popular players doubtful of game time this week, captain becomes even more crucial in what is likely to be a low scoring week.

    Who would you captain, Mane or Kun?
    Leaning towards Mane for nailed on ness.

    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Kun

    2. Dr. Agabuse
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      MANE

    3. chilli con kone
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      I have Auba but from those 2 I would have gone with Kun. The rest the week before and no internationals puts him in the 11 for me

  29. The 12th Man
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Russell Wilson

    1. Dr. Agabuse
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Epic plays. Deserves it all.

  30. Dr. Agabuse
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    i think KDB out now for free, will be a -4 in in two weeks time, if likely other issues occur or you want to get rid of Son before Pool or Silva because he's rotated as much as Mahrez (bigger risk reward) by then again.
    Dilvas problem is high risk, low reward imo.