Scout Notes

Vardy at his clinical best again as Wood continues to rack up the chances

Leicester City 2-1 Burnley

  • Goals: Jamie Vardy (£9.0m), Youri Tielemans (£6.4m) | Chris Wood (£6.2m)
  • Assists: Harvey Barnes (£5.9m) x2 | Dwight McNeil (£6.0m)
  • Bonus: Barnes x3, Vardy, Tielemans x2

Leicester City continued their impressive start to the season with an emotional win over Burnley, a victory that was ultimately decided by a controversial VAR call.

A fourth goal in as many matches from Clarets striker Chris Wood (£6.2m) had given the visitors the lead before Jamie Vardy (£9.0m) and Youri Tielemans (£6.4m) struck to secure a fourth straight home win for the Foxes.

But Sean Dyche’s side were denied an equaliser when Wood bundled both the ball and Foxes defender Jonny Evans (£5.0m) into the net.

Replays showed that there was contact between the pair, although it was arguable whether Evans would have been able to clear the ball even if he had been unimpeded.

If there was a strong sense of injustice about the decision for the visitors, Leicester’s win seemed entirely apt as the home crowd marked the first anniversary of former owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s death in a helicopter crash.

Manager Brendan Rodgers was keen to stress how tough the win was to come by, saying:

I’m really delighted for them, always going to be difficult to be at our fluent best. One because of the occasion, and two because of the opponent we were playing. To get the three points, to give the supporters that good feeling, and for Khun Top (Srivaddhanaprabha’s son), who is here, it was really nice.

Take the emotion out of the equation, however, and Burnley will wonder how they didn’t come away with at least a point from the game.

They not only had more shots on target than their hosts but also created three big chances to Leicester’s zero.

Not that Foxes fans – and a large slice of Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers – will care one jot for those numbers.

The vast majority of the pre-match transfer activity surrounding the two sides involved Leicester players, with Ricardo Pereira (£6.2m) and James Maddison (£7.2m) in the top five for Gameweek 9 transfers in.

Vardy joined the pair in the top ten, while interest in Burnley assets was marginal – the total number of transfers involving the entire Burnley squad wasn’t much more than half of the 155,188 who swooped for the ex-England striker alone.

It didn’t take the deductive powers of a Coleen Rooney to see why when Vardy headed home a superb Harvey Barnes (£5.9m) cross to notch his third goal in three matches.

And with a fantastic run of fixtures to come over the next eight Gameweeks, his ownership is likely to rise well above its current 12% level.

Only three strikers have scored more goals than Vardy for the season, but the Leicester man has had to be ruthless along the way – something he has repeatedly been over the past four seasons, with his goal conversion rate always above 20% (he is the only FPL asset to achieve this in the Premier League for so long).

While Maddison blanked, it was left to the unheralded Barnes to fuel the Foxes’ win.

Owned by just 0.3%, the youngster set up both of his side’s goals to earn the maximum bonus points award and equal his output for all of last season – one goal and three assists – from just nine matches this time around.

Should he continue to hold down a regular place – he’s now started the last four games – Barnes could be a low-cost differential worth monitoring.

Maddison (13.8%) has been the main FPL attraction in midfield for Leicester, although a week involving illness and an ill-advised casino visit was hardly the best way to prepare for Saturday’s match.

But he underlined his goal threat by matching Wood’s game-high attempts tally of five, even if none forced a save from Nick Pope (£4.7m).

Instead, it was left to Tielemans to make his mark in midfield, the Belgium international ending a four-match drought with his second goal of the campaign.

Question marks remain over his consistency, however, as he has hauled just twice in nine straight starts.

And the same can be said for the Foxes’ backline, which has kept only two clean sheets so far, although the 92 shots they’ve allowed suggests better times ahead – especially with such a strong set of fixtures to come.

Burnley’s next few matches are not nearly as attractive. They face Chelsea next and will have also played both Manchester City and Spurs by early December, with tricky fixtures against Sheffield United and Crystal Palace in between.

Wood’s form remains impressive, although that didn’t stop his ownership dropping by 8,617 prior to the Leicester game, while his striker partner Ashley Barnes (£6.4m), who missed the match with a groin issue, continues to haemorrhage owners.

Dyche revealed afterwards that both Barnes and Jack Cork (£5.0m) have a good chance to recover for Gameweek 10, saying:

He [Barnes] is not a million miles away but it is that tricky decision of do you play and it get worse or do you not and you make sure you have an increased chance for the next one.

It is the same with Corky who has this tiny fracture in his shoulder blade but if someone landed on it then it re-fractures and you add another three or four weeks again.

They have a strong chance [for Chelsea].

The team’s most popular asset, the 12%-owned Erik Pieters (£4.8m), recovered from his own injury problems to start at the King Power, but it’s now three matches without a clean sheet for the Clarets.

For Dyche, however, it was all about VAR.

The Burnley boss said:

I find it incredible you can say that’s not a goal. I’ve seen it 12 times. Wood doesn’t change his running gait, he’s not looked down, he’s running in a natural motion. Evans is never going to get it in a million years. Unless he’s the quickest footballer on the planet, he’s not going to get it. I think there was contract. But it was not deliberate. It was a whisper of a touch. If we give that all over the pitch, it would be such a stop-start game.

Luck was clearly not on their side at the weekend and that might need to change quite dramatically to tempt major investment in key Burnley assets such as Wood.

For now, the focus is very much on the likes of Vardy, who is currently one of the top five purchases heading into Gameweek 10 and a promising trip to Southampton.

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1,719 Comments Post a Comment
  1. davies
    • 5 Years
    26 days, 15 hours ago

    Eyeing this up in a few weeks... thoughts?

    Gazza
    TAA Robertson Tomori Soyuncu
    Mane KDB CHO
    Aguero Vardy Abraham

    1. MoManeTaa
      • 2 Years
      26 days, 15 hours ago

      May be aguero to Sterling due to all the rotation

      1. davies
        • 5 Years
        26 days, 15 hours ago

        Not enough transfers to make that happen in time for GW13

      2. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
        • 7 Years
        26 days, 15 hours ago

        Maybe Aguero hatty this GW ?

        1. MoManeTaa
          • 2 Years
          26 days, 14 hours ago

          Next two home games augero cud play - but he wud be risky after that imo

  2. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
    • 7 Years
    26 days, 15 hours ago

    Hello everyone, what should i do with this lot ?

    1FT

    Pope
    Otamendi, TAA, Digne, Tomori
    KDB, Mane, Mount
    Abraham, Aguero, Wilson

    sub: Button, Cantwell, Lundstram, Dendockner
    1.1 in the bank

  3. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    26 days, 15 hours ago

    Where are my price rises. I expected 3-4 of my players to rise instead it's only shitty Ryan

    1. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
      • 7 Years
      26 days, 15 hours ago

      Tonight, after Lundstrams 24 points 🙂

      1. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        26 days, 15 hours ago

        If Lundstram only scores 24 points it seems it still won't be enough for me to get an average week.

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          26 days, 14 hours ago

          Isn't 24 just below the average?

  4. Karan14
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    26 days, 15 hours ago

    Pope
    TAA - VVD - Otamendi
    Sterling - KDB - Son - Mount
    Wilson - Abraham - Pukki

    (4.0 Tomori - Lundstram - Cantwell)
    1ft & 0.0m

    All moves are for -4:
    A) Son & Pukki ➡️ Maddison & Vardy
    B) VVD & Son ➡️ Rico & Mane (Keep Pukki?)
    C) Anything else?

    1. Whats the Huth
      • 4 Years
      26 days, 15 hours ago

      I like A
      Time to cash in on Pukki whilst you still can

    2. MoManeTaa
      • 2 Years
      26 days, 14 hours ago

      Leics are a trap not enough goals in them imo just like arsenal and manunited

  5. Whats the Huth
    • 4 Years
    26 days, 15 hours ago

    What to do

    McGovern. Pope
    Söyüncü. Tomori. TAA. Lundstram. Rico
    Mane. Sterling. KDB. Maddison. Mount.
    Vardy. Abraham. Connolly

    0.0 ITB 1FT

    1. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      26 days, 15 hours ago

      Save FT mate.

  6. milanista10
    • 7 Years
    26 days, 15 hours ago

    Would you rather:
    A) Soy to Rico
    B) Cantwell to Longstaff
    to fund Son to KDB move.

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      26 days, 15 hours ago

      Soy

  7. The Overthinker - I blame R…
    • 2 Years
    26 days, 15 hours ago

    Robertson or TAA for a hit?

    Or maybe just wait till gw12 to get them?

    1. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      26 days, 14 hours ago

      Wait till GW13 I think.
      Can concede against Spurs & City in the next 3.

  8. Pukki Party
    • 2 Years
    26 days, 15 hours ago

    Early thoughts? 2ft 0.4itb. Want KDB back in before two home fixtures for ManCity.

    Pope
    TAA Robbo Digne Lundstram
    Salah Sterling Mount Cantwell
    Auba Haller

    Button Rico Saka GreenW

    A) Auba, Saka to KDB, Ings
    B) Auba, Cantwell to KDB, Maupay
    C) Salah,Saka to KDB, CHO

    1. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      26 days, 14 hours ago

      Like the look of C

      1. Pukki Party
        • 2 Years
        26 days, 14 hours ago

        Thanks

  9. Rinseboy
    • 7 Years
    26 days, 14 hours ago

    Should I be concerned with no pool cover this week? Sterling to Mane madness this week? or stick and have 2 FTs following week?

    Pope
    TAA Otta Soyuncu 
    Sterling KDB Mount Yarmolenko 
    Auba Vardy Tammy
    Button Lunds Rico Cantwell.

  10. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    26 days, 14 hours ago

    Back to the LIV def double up for me. The quality difference is becoming apparent and the gap will just improve now that Allison is back.

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      26 days, 14 hours ago

      Yeh, Ota to Robbo looks a go-er there.

    2. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      26 days, 14 hours ago

      Agreed, I’ll have TAA/Robbo for the villa game onwards.

  11. bench boost for every gamew…
    • 2 Years
    26 days, 14 hours ago

    So, salah no show, Mané to go alongside Auba. Perhaps a little mercy gift from FPL Gods. Mané sets up Firmino for assist and is a slight touch on arm away from goal. But alas, no points for Mané and everyone and his dog now got Lund in for Salah and with my luck he will outscore Auba today

  12. Frank Koscielny
    • 3 Years
    26 days, 14 hours ago

    Pope
    Soyuncu TAA Ota
    Salah Sterling Mount Yarmolenko KDB
    Pukki Abraham

    2 FT and .8 m itb - Greenwood, Hanley, Lundstram

    What to do???

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      26 days, 14 hours ago

      If Pep's lost faith in Ota, maybe you should too. You can afford to switch him to Robbo. Maybe move Pukki on too.

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        26 days, 14 hours ago

        Oh sorry, you can't. How about Matip and Jiminez?

  13. EmreCan Hustle
    • 7 Years
    26 days, 14 hours ago

    Kane to Vardy for a 2 week punt? I want Kane back after that at a cheaper price to face Whm and Bou.

    Thoughts?

    Thanks.

    1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      26 days, 14 hours ago

      I’d do it. But I’d keep Vardy and never bring Kane back in.

      1. EmreCan Hustle
        • 7 Years
        26 days, 14 hours ago

        Yeah, Kane has been pretty bad. But when he scores he gets the baps.

      2. arndff_
        • 7 Years
        26 days, 14 hours ago

        What a season this lad, J GIMME YOUR MANE, is having!

        What’s up, mister? 😉

        1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          26 days, 14 hours ago

          Hey Arndff! Good to see you! Are you mainly on twitter nowadays?

          Thanks, off to a good start luckily! But the annoying thing is I’m second in my cash league that I run. 1st place is a cousin of mine who has no clue about football but is 295th OR 😆 . So I’m still chasing haha!

          How’s your season going?

          1. arndff_
            • 7 Years
            26 days, 14 hours ago

            Yes, mainly on Twitter.

            You’re having a very good OR. If your cousin isn’t experienced enough, he’ll slip sooner or later.

            My season isn’t going that well, 666K OR rn with all the chips still intact but an awful team value.

            Will keep pushing and see how it’s going to pan out.

            Good luck!

            1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              26 days, 14 hours ago

              I’ll download twitter again so we can catch up more often!

              Thanks, been making some good decisions. First season where I’m avoiding hits unless it’s necessary and it’s really helped.

              At this point of the season 666K is fine, you can build on that. You’ll be breaking into the top 100K before you know it!

              I’m doing Son to Martial this week. Bit early, but I hoping it’s a risk worth taking!
              How about you?

  14. davies
    • 5 Years
    26 days, 14 hours ago

    Crazy to think that nobody in the league has scored more goals than Vardy since Rodgers took charge

    1. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      26 days, 14 hours ago

      just welcomed him to my team for Kane...hope he keeps it up 🙂

    2. The Overthinker - I blame R…
      • 2 Years
      26 days, 14 hours ago

      It'll stop once i bring him in

  15. Hot Toddy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    26 days, 14 hours ago

    A) Lundstram (whu)
    B) Tomori (bur)
    C) Rico (wat)

    3 cheap defenders, 3 away games, not sure who to start. Rest of the team is set. Thoughts??

    1. Over Midwicket
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      26 days, 14 hours ago

      C

  16. Slitherene
    • 1 Year
    26 days, 14 hours ago

    Looking fwd to the 1st hit of the season.

    Pope (Heaton
    Digne Diop Lascelles (Soyuncu) (Tomori) Salah KdB Son* Mount (Stephens)
    C.Wilson Pukki* Vardy

    Son (liv) + Pukki (MUN) -> Martial (nor) + Lacazette (CRY), for a - 4 makes sense?

  17. Offs!de
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    26 days, 14 hours ago

    How to get KDB with this lot of messes?
    .
    Pope
    TAA, Soy, Lunda | Rico, Cahill
    Salah, Sterling, Mount, CHO | Hayden
    Auba, Tammy, Wilson
    .
    a) Salah to KDB? for free
    b) Salah to KDB & Wilson to Vardy for -4?

  18. New article
  19. andre_c
    • 1 Year
    26 days, 9 hours ago

    City triple for the next two?
    Aguero, Mahrez and KDB (already have Kun and Mahrez)

  20. Frank Koscielny
    • 3 Years
    26 days, 41 mins ago

    Pope
    Soyuncu TAA Ota
    Salah Sterling Mount Yarmolenko KDB
    Pukki Abraham

    2 FT and .8 m itb - Greenwood, Hanley, Lundstram

    1. Ota to Tomori
    2. Ota + Pukki to Tomori + Rashford
    3. Anything else?