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

    Save ft? Had kdb since gw1 so thinking I'll just bench him

    Ederson
    TAA Digne Lowton Lundstram
    Salah Sterling McGinn Cantwell
    Pukki Tammy

    McGovern KDB Greenwood Soyuncu
    1ft £0.0m

  2. Merlinsnose
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    I’d appreciate your advise please.

    Would you start -

    A Lundstram
    B Wan bisaka

    Thank you

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

      B, with A first on bench

    2. JohnRoss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Lundstram

    3. Martial FC
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      A

  3. TeddiPonza
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    KdB to Son worth -4? Would bring KdB back at the same price before gw 10. My bench is Hanley/Rico, Dendo and Greenwood

    1. Zladan
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Son risk of being rested.

  4. FPL Bloody Hell !!!!
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    There isn't really any standout options this week to take a hit on KDB with mahrez not 100% nailed to starr

    1. MattysFantasyFooty
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Think it’s worth it if u downgrade and get a premium forward

      1. FPL Bloody Hell !!!!
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Already have auba Tammy pukki upfront

        Son wud be my best pic - but his rotation risks are putting me off

        1. MattysFantasyFooty
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Fair enough I’d likely sit on it then in your situation

        2. The_Colonel
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Tottenham are a no go area for me at the moment, lots of unknowns going on there

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

      Exactly what I’m thinking. Think I’ll just take the Lundstram autosub, and hopefully Cantwell plays (otherwise Greenwood or Rico autosub too!)

      1. FPL Bloody Hell !!!!
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Yeah looking at the fixtures can't see any obvious player to buy

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

    Tomori or Rico first on the bench? - both likely to come in though...

    McGovern
    TAA, Digne, Lundstram
    KDB, Sterling, Salah, Cantwell
    Abraham, Wilson, Pukki

    Heaton, Tomori, Rico, Hayden

    1. MattysFantasyFooty
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Tomori

  6. leonickroberts
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    G2G?

    Pope
    Tomori VVD Diop
    Salah Sterling-(c) McGinn Mount Yarmolenko
    Aguero Pukki

    Can't get past the thought that Kun will be rested this week. Worth doing him>Auba for -4?

    1. The_Colonel
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      If you want Auba for the long term, maybe. Otherwise you are already relaying on him scoring one to break even. Besides, even if Aguero is benched, he could still come on and score. Stick

      1. leonickroberts
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Do want him in the long run, but had some other surgery in mind too so you've convinced me to stick with this for now and make some changes after the int'l break - cheers.

      2. SomeoneKnows
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        What if it was with a FT?

  7. Dacra
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Shoud I do Matip, KdB, Greenwood to Rico, Yarmolenklo, Auba for -8?

    Have Kdb, Matip certianly not playing, Cantwell doubts..

  8. The Mighty Whites
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Start Montoya, Dendoncker or Soyuncu?

  9. The_Colonel
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Would you rather have

    A) Vardy
    b) Maddison +1.8m?

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Struggling with the same. In terms of output rn, Vardy. But with the easy fixtures Maddison could prove fantastic value.

      Who would be the other parts of each duo? That could decide it

      1. The_Colonel
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        I would love both but just can't fit them in!
        At the moment I think it is between
        a) Vardy + Yarm + 5m Def
        b) Pukki + Maddison + Otamendi

    2. Hy liverpool
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      A

    3. FPL Bloody Hell !!!!
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      I think this wud depend upon if u want a midfielder or a forward in your team

      For eg I got auba Pukki and Tammy and I wud ride with them for few more weeks hence I am looking to bring in maddison - if I had Haller or Barnes I wud have looked to fit vardy IN

      1. The_Colonel
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        I'm (probably) on a WC so have some flexibility. At the moment my frontline is Kane, Tammy and Greenwood

        1. FPL Bloody Hell !!!!
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Then vardy surely for Greenwood and may be auba for kane

  10. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Exciting question!

    Greenwood or Rico ahead on the bench? In case Cantwell no show

    1. FPL Bloody Hell !!!!
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Rico - he is gonna get an assist or two at Emirates 🙂

    2. FourLokoLeipzig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Greenwood, for the higher ceiling. No way Rico keeps a clean sheet so absolute best case scenario is an assist

  11. RashFraud
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Quick captain poll:

    A. Aguero (currently on, but he may not start)
    B. Auba (plays for arsenal)
    C. Salah (not sure if Leicester would concede too many)

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

      auba is the easy pick here.
      i only have kun and Salah and cant decide

    2. Johnny 8
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      B

  12. GW 8 News Round-up
    Rotation's Alter Ego
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    What we learnt in the runup to gameweek 8…

    Liverpool

    Alisson is back in training with the first team and is now a “maybe, maybe not” to play at the weekend. Matip and Shaqiri are out but will return after the IB.
    https://twitter.com/ptgorst/status/1180098878760202240?s=20

    Man City

    KDB is out but will return after the international break – his injury isn’t a bad one. Stones will also return around a similar time.
    https://twitter.com/jonnysmiffy/status/1180096904174149632?s=20

    Leicester

    Good news for Leicester is that Maddison is fit and ready and there’s no new injuries for Rodgers to deal with.
    https://twitter.com/BBCRLSport/status/1179742173425745921?s=20

    West Ham

    Fabianski may need surgery but will be out for less than 3 months in either way. Reid will still be out but Lanzini and Wilshere are fit, though Lanzini won’t be playing with Argentina over the IB
    https://twitter.com/Sam_InkersoleTM/status/1179731215810740224?s=20

    Tottenham

    Few players missing for Spurs since Aurier is suspended whilst Lo Celso and Sessegnon are still out, but approaching a return. Poch hinted that Sissoko will play right-back and that rotation may be needed after players played an hour with 10 men and then a UCL game.
    https://twitter.com/RickSpur/status/1180075282859991041?s=20

    Chelsea

    Kante will need a check to see if he can play at the weekend – not due to an injury but because his situation needs careful management.
    https://twitter.com/NizaarKinsella/status/1180098743649148928?s=20

    Bournemouth

    No mention of Mepham in the presser but he’s pulled out of the Wales squad through an injury. Both Smith and Gosling are approaching a return but are not quite ready yet. No mention of Fraser, but current assumption is that he’s ok.
    https://twitter.com/peterrutzler/status/1180033768503021568?s=20

    Crystal Palace

    Sakho is the only injured player for Palace, with Milivojevic suspended.
    https://twitter.com/CPFC/status/1180085407356194816?s=20

    Man United

    Lingard couldn’t finish the EL game and will probably now miss the Newcastle game. Likewise, Wan-Bissaka, Pogba and Shaw will probably miss out as well.
    https://twitter.com/SimonPeach/status/1180044889842733056?s=20

    Burnley

    Cork is a doubt after picking up a minor shoulder fracture but no other new injuries. Drinkwater is making good progress but will still be out.
    https://twitter.com/adjones_journo/status/1179736296002146309?s=20

    Sheffield United

    McGoldrick is ruled out of the Saturday game but should return soon meaning Mousset could be challenging for a start, though Wilder was quick to praise Robinson and McBurnie.
    https://twitter.com/JamesShield1/status/1179698238208823296?s=20

    Wolves

    No presser due to the Europa League game. Jota missed the midweek game, but Nuno described it as a “wait and see” to see if he can make it back for the City game prior to the Besiktas game.
    https://www.wolves.co.uk/news/first-team/20191002-jota-to-miss-besiktas-tie/

    Southampton

    Djenepo is out with a hip injury, but McCarthy has seemingly recovered. Cedric is injured and might be fit after the IB. Che Adams missed out through fatigue last week but will be an option this week.
    https://twitter.com/Ankaman616/status/1180099738772881408?s=20

    Everton

    Both of Gomes and Walcott are ok and training with the team, whereas Gbamin is now starting on-field individual training and is the only injured.
    https://twitter.com/ATNCAST/status/1179736849474080769?s=20

    Brighton

    March should be in the squad after training but Trossard and Bernardo are out. Propper will need to be checked on Friday to see if he can play after a hamstring problem made him a doubt. Duffy is a lot better than feared but is still out.
    https://twitter.com/BBCSussexSport/status/1179739615210754049?s=20

    Norwich

    Cantwell has indeed been struggling with a hamstring niggle but has trained today. Lewis will play tomorrow and Byram will also be in the squad despite struggling for a few weeks. Hanley is injured and will have to see a specialist. Fahrmann and Krul are out, Godfrey will play before having a hernia op in the IB.
    https://twitter.com/michaeljbailey/status/1180096043662430209?s=20

    Aston Villa

    The Norwich game will be too soon for Kodjia and his broken cheekbone, however Targett is available despite having been a doubt. Lansbury is also available.
    https://twitter.com/mjmarr_star/status/1179743169866600448?s=20

    Newcastle

    Gayle and Shelvey could make the bench with Saint-Maximin and Willems both ready to start. Hayden will be suspended whilst both of Lejune and Ritchie will be out.
    https://twitter.com/SkySports_Keith/status/1180038672999157760?s=20

    Watford

    Flores hopes to have Deeney back before the end of the month but for now he remains out. Success is still out.
    https://www.clubcall.com/premier-league/watford/2019/10/03/flores-plays-down-watford-troubles/

    1. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Cheers for this

      1. Rotation's Alter Ego
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        • 8 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        No worries!

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

      I thought the Fab situation was more than 3 months either way?

      1. Rotation's Alter Ego
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        • 8 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        "Either way, it will be less than three months he is out."

        -MP

        1. Ask Yourself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          That was corrected to over 3 months either way

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

            yeah thats what i thought

          2. Rotation's Alter Ego
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            • 8 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Interesting cheers, Football London reported differently. Early January is the expected RTP I have noted down either way.

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

              Roberto can fill in till Jan W/C then if needed...

    3. ‘Tis the Season
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Thanks awesome info

      1. Rotation's Alter Ego
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        • 8 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Happy to help 🙂

    4. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Excellent. KDB out and Cantfail set to carry on his run of letting me down the only time I need him

    5. Smurf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Best post of the week.

  13. President Giggs
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Should I keep KDB or Son on a wildcard? Had both since the start so 9.7m and 9.6m selling price respectively.

    1. fr3d
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Yes

    2. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      I wouldn’t if I was WCing

  14. THFC4LIFE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Right lads just a quick question,

    Play Mings/Söyüncü

    Or

    Ship KDB for a hit?

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Play Mings. Alright goal threat

      1. THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Also starting Cantwell lol

  15. DF
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Hayden to Saka?

    I think Saka gets one more start before lacazette returns. Is this likely?

    1. Infected by ebolasie
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      In the same boat. Im probably doing it and then keeping as a 1 pointer off the bench as laca returns

      1. DF
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        I've not seen him play. Do you rate him?

        1. Infected by ebolasie
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Seems solid imo. Against a leaky Bournemouth side he could be in for a few returns

  16. andres
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 2 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)

    1. trinzoo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      B might be tempting, looks like Mo is finding his best form again.

  17. Infected by ebolasie
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    With KDB out, who are the likely city starters in attack?

    1. Slouch87 Scott Talent
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Stick a pin in it.

  18. Lukakus talking
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Guendouzi or Lunstram as sub replacement for KDB?

    • Atimis
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      KDB is out, Cantwell possibly out, Son possibly rested...
      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.

      Pope
      TAA/Ota/Lund
      Mane/KDB*/Son*/Cantwell*
      Auba(c)/Pukki/Abraham

      Button/Soy/Aurier*/Hayden*

      1. Infected by ebolasie
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Almost identical team to me 🙂 I would keep Aurier, hope Cantwell is fit and do Hayden to Saka

        1. Atimis
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          That's a lot of optimism! Bad thing about Saka is he may lose his place after this GW.

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

            I like Saka. Will he survive in the Arsenal team even with Lacca back ?? Can he play instead of any other Arsenal.player ??

    • RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      KDB >> Son or Mahrez?

      Pope
      TAA • Zinch • Digne
      Salah • Sterling • KDB • Mount • Cantwell
      Pukki • Abraham
      (Heaton, Lunds, Greenwood, Rico)

    • Benteke Fried Chicken
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Should I start lundstram or Cantwell?! Final place in team. Cheers

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Cantwell

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

        Lundstram

      3. JohnRoss
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        I think Cantwell. I think he will either play or not at all. Dont see a cameo otherwise Lundstram if you want to play safer

    • Ógie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      The red flag gives KDB some protection from a price drop right?

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

        I don't think so. I think the price is protected once the flag comes back off.

        1. Ógie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Fpl should take the flag off him as Pep said he would be fine after the IB.

          Maybe a one minute cameo on Sunday might save him from the fire sale.

      2. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        More sales needed to drop.

        Price protect if it goes red to no flag.

        Suspect it’ll go orange/yellow after the game tomorrow.

    • OptimusBlack
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Best Combo for next few GWS ?
      A- Mharez+ Yarmolenko
      B- D.Silva + Mount
      C- Yaramolenko + Mount
      D- D.Silva + Yaramolenko

    • ryacoo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      A) Digne to Tomori
      Tomori would be on the bench and Cantwell and Lundstram in the XI.

      B) KDB to Mahrez
      Cantwell and Lundstram would both be on the bench.

    • GARY AND JAMIE
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Newcastle v Man U must be odds on for 0-0....

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

        Already watched 180 mins of United this week, another 90 Sunday may tip me over the edge...

    • Valar(Keith)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      I gotta admit.. Kdb + Barnes to Mcginn + Auba looks very tempting. I know that the moment I do it kdb will do a martial price wise and not drop even 0.1 before being ruled fit next week.. And il hate myself. Lol

      1. Abra Dubravka
          2 months, 2 days ago

          that does look tempting. But then a struggle to get him back?!

        • OptimusBlack
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Do it

        • OptimusBlack
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          @Valar
          Best Combo for next few GWS ?
          A- Mharez+ Yarmolenko
          B- D.Silva + Mount
          C- Yaramolenko + Mount
          D- D.Silva + Yaramolenko

          1. Pépé Pig
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 1 day ago

            A I'd say

        • Pépé Pig
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Looks good tbf

        • Johan Queef
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          If I didn't have injured Tross on my bench, I'd be tempted by this too.

      2. jimmyabs1987
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Play 2:

        Digne
        Cresswell
        Pieters

        I already have Pope in goal so putting me off Pieters and pope double up...

        1. Slouch87 Scott Talent
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Answered your own question there.

      3. TeddiPonza
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        KdB to Son OR Dendo to Saka for a hit?

        My bench is Hanley, Greenwood, Dendo

        Thanks

      4. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Why would Son be benched or out? See a lot of people mentioning this? Did I miss something from Poch? Isn’t he there only good player? Haha

        1. Aubaaaaa
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Son is one of the few players who played both games and out of all the attackers, he played the most minutes. There’s a chance that he may be rested.

          No. of minutes each player played vs Soton and Bayern respectively:
          Son 64 90 = 154
          Eriksen 90 25 = 115
          Kane 90 90 = 180
          Lamela 25 10 = 35
          Alli 0 70 = 70
          Moura 0 20 = 20

          Son owner btw :/

          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            They might drop Harry on those stats 🙂

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

        Is Guendouzi as 1st sub good enough in caze Cantwell doesn't play?

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

          case*