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Scout Notes

Another home blank for Abraham but chances continue to arrive

Chelsea 1-0 Newcastle United

  • Goals: Marcos Alonso (£6.2m)
  • Assists: Callum Hudson-Odoi (£6.0m)
  • Bonus: Alonso, Hudson-Odoi x3, Kurt Zouma (£4.7m) x1

Chelsea continued their impressive start to the 2019/20 Premier League season with a hard-fought victory over Steve Bruce’s Newcastle United, a result that lifts Frank Lampard’s side into third.

The Magpies came into the game having secured upsets against ‘big six’ opposition in the current campaign – namely Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur – yet the compact system deployed by Bruce fell marginally short of its intended ambition with Lampard’s side battling to a 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge. 

Although another clean sheet for Chelsea will be pleasing for owners of players such as Fikayo Tomori (£4.7m), who has emerged as a starting budget defender under Lampard, this was an afternoon of sheer disappointment for owners of the highly-popular Tammy Abraham (£7.7m) – the most popular selection in our Gameweek 9 captaincy poll with over 30% of the vote. 

Abraham squandered a number of golden chances, including hitting the bar and being denied when in on goal with just DeAndre Yedlin (£4.4m) to beat, but the American defender put in a remarkable block to deny the England striker any attacking returns. 

In a Gameweek where a number of non-premium forwards attracted considerable captaincy interest, including Callum Wilson (£8.0m) against Norwich who also blanked, Abraham’s performance will be a source of considerable frustration for managers who handed the mid-price striker the armband. 

This was the England striker’s fourth blank in five home matches this season.

Although Abraham was unable to get on the scoresheet, defender Marcos Alonso (£6.2m) delivered a goalscoring performance that was a reminder of the Spaniard’s attacking abilities, even if he is unable to reach the standards he has previously set for himself in the Premier League. 

Alonso’s goal came after Callum Hudson-Odoi (£6.0m) set up the defender, and the performance from the 18-year-old will have given his manager food for thought after yet another assist. 

This was Hudson Odoi’s second successive start for the Blues in the league, and including his substitute appearance against Brighton in Gameweek 7, the forward has now registered three consecutive assists in the Premier League. 

Given the competition for places in Chelsea’s squad alongside the form that the likes of Willian (£7.0m) are exhibiting, it is difficult to determine whether Hudson-Odoi is likely to retain his starting berth in the Chelsea XI.

Yet at a price of £6.0m, the England international’s performances are certainly worthy of monitoring for Fantasy managers who may be looking for a differential to complement the likes of Abraham. 

Lampard confirmed how pleased he was with Chelsea’s attacking performance in his post-match comments. 

We were upbeat, we had urgency, the tempo was good, and that got us the win. We want to score goals. You can see the fans – I think they’re happy with what they’re seeing at the moment. We want more.

Although lately it has been Mason Mount (£6.8m) who has been grabbing the headlines with four goals and an assist so far this season, in the game against Newcastle the Englishman was unable to deliver any attacking returns and was substituted by Lampard in the 64th minute at the expense of Christian Pulisic (£7.2m). 

Ross Barkley (£5.6m) left the pitch in the 43rd minute, with Mateo Kovacic (£5.4m) coming on in his place, and Lampard confirmed after the game it was an ankle injury and it will be assessed in the coming days. 

It’s an ankle injury. We need to assess it and see how bad it is.

For Chelsea’s defence, although Newcastle seldom troubled their backline, a second clean sheet in two games and just one goal conceded in their last three will be promising news to those managers in ownership of their defensive assets, although Tomori was booked late on to reduce his score to five points. 

Whilst Chelsea will be ruing both their misfortune and inefficiency in front of goal, this was a defeat for Newcastle that underlines the disinterest in their players as Fantasy options in 2019/20. 

A lack of attacking returns has become a familiar tale on Tyneside in the current campaign, and unless Bruce is willing to compromise the Benitez-esque tactical principles whilst playing away from home against typically ‘bigger’ sides, the likes of Joelinton (£5.8m) are unlikely to prosper within Newcastle’s set-up – despite the Brazilian scoring against Spurs in Gameweek 3 when a similar counter-attacking system was deployed away from home. 

Easier tests await though and Bruce confirmed in his post-match comments that the upcoming run of fixtures for Newcastle will be hugely influential in determining the outcome of their 2019/20 campaign:

We’ve had a really tough start. We’ve now got a run of games against teams who are going to be in and around us. Hopefully, we can get a few points.

A fifth successive win for Chelsea points to the momentum they are gathering under Lampard, and although today marked a blank for Abraham, those managers in ownership of the striker should not be deterred the lack of returns in today’s fixture. 

The Englishman was both the creator and recipient of a number of chances throughout the game, and given his price, he is likely to continue to offer exceptional value as an attacking option at an in-form team who now sit third in the Premier League table. 

Chelsea XI (4-2-3-1): Kepa; Alonso, Zouma, Tomori, Azpilicueta; Jorginho, Barkley (Kovacic 43′); Hudson-Odoi (James 90+2′) Mount (Pulisic 64”), Willian; Abraham.

Newcastle United XI (3-4-3): Dubravka; Clark, Lascelles, Schär; Willems, M Longstaff, S Longstaff, Yedlin; Saint-Maximin (Gayle 85′), Joelinton (Atsu 83′), Almirón (Carroll 70′).

Members Analysis 

Players involved in Chelsea v Newcastle United sorted by expected goals (xG)

Abraham was the second-highest underachiever of xG (-0.66) of all players involved in Gameweek 9, behind only Aston Villa’s Anwar El Ghazi (-0.73). 

Players involved in Chelsea v Newcastle United sorted by chances created (CC)

Hudson-Odoi created the most chances (five) of all players on the pitch, whilst also registering the highest baseline bonus points score (23) of all midfielders in action on Saturday in Gamweek 9. 

Players involved in Chelsea v Newcastle United sorted by attempts on goal

Willian posted some eye-catching numbers, creating three chances and matching Abraham for attempts on goal.

Alonso’s total of six penalty box touches is the second-highest among FPL defenders in Gameweek 9 so far. Since his return to the Chelsea team in Gameweek 5, no defender has registered more touches in the opposition area.

Team-wise, Chelsea won the joint-most aerial duals (24) of all teams in action on Saturday. This again underscores Newcastle’s weakness in the air – only Norwich have allowed more headed chances than the Magpies (29) this season.

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929 Comments Post a Comment
  1. seewhyaxe
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    *checking who subs-on for Salah*

    Soy coming off my bench. 🙁

  2. Team Cruel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    BREAKING: Manchester United have been dealt another huge blow as Ashley Young's bunny Mohamed Salah is not passed fit to play

  3. Zlatanzo
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Just arrived, why's Salah missing?

    1. Tempestic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Still carrying the knock I presume

    2. markmcr
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Missed the bus up

  4. TAT
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 22 days ago

    No Salah = jammy Rico points for my mini league rivals. I can never win against them; they get jammy points every GW now.

    1. Bossworld
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Rico is my second sub behind Lundstram. Cocked up there

      1. TAT
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Bad luck! Who is Lundstram coming in for?

        1. Bossworld
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Salah

          1. TAT
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Being an Arsenal fan, I fully expect Sheffield Utd to destroy Arsenal. Lundstram might get something tomorrow!

    2. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Agreed mate I’m top but the guys second in my league had Jesus captain, Bilva and Dilva where’s I have Sterling and KDB like normal managers haha

      1. Would Ed Woodward
        1 month, 22 days ago

        He sounds fun.

      2. TAT
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 22 days ago

        It's just so typical, isn't it! There are a few Dilva owners in my league as well.

        1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          It is mate!!! We put all our effort and time into this, whereas they just pick a random team, that’s every couple of weeks explodes and claws back the points we have gained through our guile and research haha

          1. TAT
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Indeed, it really makes you question the time spent planning and researching! A couple of my rivals like taking hits for fun, yet they're not far behind me in the league. It's incredible really.

  5. COK3Y5MURF - Unbelievable J…
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Surely no one still owns Salah over Mane though? Maybe some casuals?

  6. dark91
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    All I am asking for now is a Mane RC. Not so difficult right?

  7. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Sandstorm up there with Mili ringing Dusans mate to tell him Zaha isn’t starting 😆

  8. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Klopp on Salah

    "I don't know where it came from when people said he would play today. Absolutely no chance. People want to make information. Maybe for Wednesday we will see"

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

      In fairness his presser was pretty clear

    2. Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Maybe you should have ruled him out then you German hipster

      1. Royal5
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        He's such a clown.

    3. Would Ed Woodward
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Nice of him to mention it in the presser.

    4. The One True Marvin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      It came from sandstorms mate.

    5. mynameisq
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Why couldn't he have said this on Friday

  9. Ask Yourself
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Ole’s at the wheel of a bus today ! Nice chunky 541

  10. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Fergie has named a pretty defensive side for a home game...

  11. fusen
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    going on and on about having the real leaked team, to then get it completely wrong.

    People don't half make themselves look stupid.

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

      He’s only taking the piss.

      Those believing are the ones looking stupid.

    2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      It's for internet clout, best to just ignore

  12. Niho992
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Salah to Sterling without doubt now

    1. ZICO SENNA
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Why? Seen Sterlings returns?

    2. Pia06rc
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 22 days ago

  13. teneighty
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Has Martial been on the bench since the injury or is this one step in the right direction for him?

    1. Would Ed Woodward
      1 month, 22 days ago

      First time back.

    2. badgerboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      First time.

    3. teneighty
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Cheers guys. If he gets a cameo and doesn't hur himself again I might punt on him next weekend.

  14. SHOWSTOPPERRR
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Why no Salah?

    1. RicoFirstSub
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Klopp has Rico on bench

  15. Wild Rover
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Otamendi, King, Yarmolenko, Salah, Aguero (c)

    Go me 😎

    1. baps sniffer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Really?

      1. Wild Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Really

    2. badgerboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Who's your VC?

      1. Wild Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Tammy

        1. badgerboy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Ah. At least the average this week has been pretty low.

    3. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Damn. That is unlucky. Yet people say there is no luck in FPL. They are wrong IMO.

      1. Would Ed Woodward
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Who says there isn't luck?!

        1. diesel001
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          If you read the comments of people riding high in the Top 20k (or similar) and particularly those who have a lot of Top 20k finishes, they always go on about how it is all skill.

          1. badgerboy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            It's skill when it's going well and bad luck when it's not.

          2. Yank Revolution
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            It's about 60 to 70 pct luck, the rest skill.

      2. Granville
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Who said that? There is a huge amount of luck involved every week.

      3. COK3Y5MURF - Unbelievable J…
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        No one said that.

    4. FOO FIGHTER
      1 month, 22 days ago

      That is rough!

      VC'd Vardy and just need Trent and Mane to go wild and Lund to give another of those hauls.

      Not too much to ask for 😀

    5. mad_beer ✅
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      At least you got the King and Yarm 1 pointers.

    6. DF
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Barnes, Salah (c), Kun, Otamendi.
      With Saka as a sub.
      Tough week. Tough season.

    7. seewhyaxe
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      wow, I feel you pal.

      Here's an upvote.

    8. Ljungberg
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      It's good time to have a crap gameweek. If Sadio and Pierre blank average score won't be much higher.

  16. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Like that Tuanzebe is in midfield for Man Utd. He is more mobile than Matic and relieves Pogba (when playing) of his defensive duty. Only shame is that Martial and Shaw aren't fit so Pereira and Young are playing.

    1. Tempestic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 22 days ago

      5 at the back I reckon, only 2 midfielders

  17. Would Ed Woodward
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Our team is complete dross.

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Starting with Fred....

  18. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Looks like I was right

  19. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Where's that guy who claimed he knew the leaked lineup which contained Salah?

    *Clenches fist*

    1. badgerboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      What does it matter? The deadline was 16 hours ago.

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        It sets expectation, it's much more exciting watching your players play than not play

    2. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Maybe his leak was wrong

    3. Giggs Boson.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      You pay attention to those posts?

  20. Little Red Lacazette
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Well got rid of Salah a few weeks, back. Not that I anticipated this knock/injury, just doesn't seem worth more than Mane when comparing prices and value.

    1. Lucy2019
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Elite players don't have Salah now anyway.

  21. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Original is a big game player, don't think United are really given any more chance by this

    1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Origi too...

  22. Giggs Boson.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Could be a 352 with James and Rashford hitting them on the counter with blistering pace.

    ..................DDG
    ........Lindelof Maguire Axel
    AWB..McSauce Fred...Young
    ..................Andreas
    ..........Rashford James

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

      5 at the back, unless you think United will have the ball.

      1. Giggs Boson.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Same thing really, 5 in the defensive phase, 3 in the attacking phase.

        Liverpool's wingers always cut inside so the wide CBs will take care of them, the WBs will be responsible for Liverpool's fullbacks.

    2. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Flat 541 - keep it simple, keep it behind the ball

      DDG
      AWB Lindelof Tuanzebe Maguire Young
      Andreas Mcdon Fred James
      Rashford

      1. Would Ed Woodward
        1 month, 22 days ago

        More like

        DDG
        AWB Lindelof McTom Tuanzebe Maguire Fred Young
        Perreira
        Rashford James

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

          It’s funny because it’s true

      2. Giggs Boson.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Yeah, maybe a 343.

        541 in defensive phase.

  23. Niho992
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Salah to Mane or Sterling ?

    I dont have any others Liverpool players and i have Ota and KdB.

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Mane. Even it out.

  24. Pep Roulette
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Should've done Salah to Mane for a hit!

  25. CFC1990
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Any live streams for Man United Liverpool?

    1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Sky sports have one

    2. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Try sleepfest.com

  26. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Give sandstorm a break, his buddy saw the vardy-rooney mind game and wanted to see which of his mates was posting the wrong team so fed misinformation 😉

  27. Ógie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    No Salah is a huge blow for lots of fpl managers.

    I was giving a look at some of the teams i am up against in mini leagues last night and i gave a look at RCA's team with Salah(C) and Aguero(VC) and Ota.that is about £30m of the budget tied up in no shows.

    https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/16115/event/9

    Just shows anything can happen even to top managers in this game.

    1. Syd.
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Nothing like rubbing salt into the wounds

      1. Ógie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        I am not trying to do that Syd.

        It is not the end of the world as it is a low scoring week anyway.
        If something like this happened when some of the other premiums hauled then it would be fatal.

        He is a top manager in my book and i am sure he will bounce back.

        1. RoysCallerAnne
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Son and Kelly too 🙁

          1. Ógie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            That is some weapons grade hard luck that is after coming your way RCA.

  28. Niho992
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Pukki and Salah combined 1 points this GW. Well done for sellers

    1. badgerboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Took both out for a -4 this week for Wilson and Mane. Was not feeling great about it yesterday but very relieved now.

    2. Tsparkes10
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Got rid on a WC. Brought in Vardy, H-Odoi and Mane

    3. Yank Revolution
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Thanks

  29. Srv210
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Best 5.1m or below mid for next few weeks

    A) Adama traore
    B) cantwell
    C) others

  30. The One True Marvin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    This is genuinely the worst Utd team I've ever known.