Scout Notes

Guardiola keeps Fantasy managers guessing with Carabao Cup team selection

We round up the key Fantasy talking points from Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup ties in our latest Scout Notes article.

Manchester City 3-1 Southampton

  • Goals: Nicolas Otamendi (£5.5m), Sergio Aguero (£12.1m) x2 | Jack Stephens (£4.3m)
  • Assists: Bernardo Silva (£7.9m), Kyle Walker (£5.9m), Riyad Mahrez (£8.5m) | James Ward-Prowse (£5.8m)

Sergio Aguero (£12.1m) scored twice as Manchester City swept past Southampton and into the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup.

Seeing the words ‘Sergio’ and ‘Aguero’ pretty much anywhere in a League Cup report is never likely to delight Fantasy managers, but these days he’s not even the biggest gamble in the ever-vexing game that is Pep Roulette.

Just under two million Fantasy Premier League (FPL) teams currently involve the Argentinian. That equates to 26.2%, well down on City’s main men this season, Kevin De Bruyne (£10.2m and 39.2%) and the 38.9%-owned Raheem Sterling (£12.1m).

The Belgian watched the tie from the bench, while Sterling wasn’t even in the squad last night. As a result, both look like shoo-ins for Gameweek 11 inclusion, also at home to Southampton.

Then again, Pep Guardiola moves in mysterious ways, his rotations to perform, so nothing can ever be entirely taken for granted.

And Aguero’s shrinking ownership – he’s currently the second-most sold player this week, with close to 200,000 getting rid – should not necessarily assume the worst.

The striker played the full 90 minutes against the Saints and did the same in the Champions League demolition of Atalanta last Tuesday.

But a mere 14 minutes of Premier League action over the last two Gameweeks gives him plenty of scope for inclusion at the weekend, particularly as his rival for the forward slot, Gabriel Jesus (£9.5m), also played 87 minutes last night.

That makes it 267 minutes of pitch-time in the last ten days for the Brazilian, so if something’s got to give, it might be Jesus. Alternatively, Guardiola could field them both again in Gameweek 11. We’ll find out for sure at 2pm on Saturday, by which time most managers will have handed the captain’s armband to either De Bruyne or Sterling, you suspect.

The City boss made nine changes to the team that beat Aston Villa in Gameweek 10, with only Jesus and Bernardo Silva (£7.9m) surviving.

The Portugal international set up the opening goal when he received a short corner and dinked it into the area for Nicolas Otamendi (£5.5m) to head home.

That exposed the defensive shortcomings of a Southampton side with five members of their 9-0 drubbing by Leicester City involved, but little could be done about City’s second, a sweeping move which Aguero finished when he volleyed in a Kyle Walker (£5.9m) cross.

The tie was essentially over not long after the break, Aguero reacting quickest to Riyad Mahrez‘s (£8.5m) shot being charged down, and a Jack Stephens (£4.3m) header from James Ward-Prowse‘s (£5.8m) corner was the very definition of a consolation goal.

But such was the severity of last Friday’s mauling by Leicester that a 3-1 defeat had elements of positivity about it for the Saints, even if it took them 65 minutes to fashion a shot on goal.

They sat deep and sucked up the pressure for long periods, a tactic almost certain to be used again at the weekend and which could be seen as further evidence that Guardiola might field both of his strikers for a second time.

Guardiola gives little away about his selections, and his post-match comments about the pair were suitably cryptic.

The City boss said:

It was also a good opportunity to play Sergio and Gabriel Jesus together, playing closer to the goal. Gabriel is an incredible fighter defensively.

You could interpret that as an endorsement of Jesus’ qualities for away games against tougher opponents, and yet he’s now started the last two matches, at home, against Villa and Southampton.

Second-guessing Pep’s plans remains the stuff of madness. What is sure for now is that De Bruyne is regarded as the key asset by Fantasy managers as he’s the only player in the top five for transfers-in who didn’t beat the Saints 9-0 last Friday.

A repeat of that scoreline in Gameweek 11 looks increasingly unlikely, with Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl happy enough despite the latest loss.

The Saints boss said:

It was a defeat but a reaction and after a very, very difficult night on Friday to come here and play against one of the strongest sides on this planet, you can think about easier challenges to have.

In the second half, you could see that we got a little bit more self-confidence, we pressed a little bit higher, had a few good moments and also with the ball we had more calmness, and we showed that we could also play football.

They’ll have to play a lot more football to avoid another defeat on Saturday, but there was enough in last night’s performance to suggest the Leicester debacle has been partially exorcised, which is not the greatest of news for managers betting the house on big hauls from City players.

Man City XI: Bravo, Walker (Cancelo 65), Otamendi, Garcia, Jose Angelino (Stones 79), Bernardo Silva, Doyle, Foden, Mahrez, Aguero, Jesus (Bernabe 87).

Southampton XI: McCarthy, Valery, Stephens, Bednarek, Danso, Ward-Prowse, Romeu (Vokins 90+1), Hojbjerg, Armstrong, Long (Redmond 68), Boufal (Adams 69).

Burton Albion 1-3 Leicester City

  • Goals: Kelechi Iheanacho (£5.7m), Youri Tielemans (£6.5m), James Maddison (£7.3m)
  • Assists: Tielemans, Dennis Praet (£5.3m), Demarai Gray (£5.2m)

Leicester City booked their place in the last eight with a win that was only truly sealed in the final few minutes of an entertaining tie.

Only Jonny Evans (£5.1m) and Youri Tielemans (£6.5m) kept their places from the side that humiliated Southampton, but the Foxes remained slick and dangerous despite the overhaul and should have put the game to bed long before Demarai Gray (£5.2m) set up substitute James Maddison (£7.3m) to make it 3-1 in the last minute of regular time.

They certainly started well enough, Tielemans’ ball across goal handing Kelechi Iheanacho (£5.7m) a tap-in after just seven minutes, with the in-form midfielder then doubling the advantage not long afterwards from a Dennis Praet (£5.3m) pass.

That made it three goals and two assists from the last three matches in all competitions for Tielemans. Small wonder, then, that he is one of four Leicester players in the top five for purchases this week.

The other three, Jamie Vardy (£9.3m), Ben Chilwell (£5.5m) and Ayoze Perez (£6.1m), played no part in last night’s tie, and only Vardy made the squad.

For the 6.3% of managers with Tielemans in their sides, the fact that he played the full 90 minutes at Burton should be of little concern. The Belgium international is clearly a go-to guy for manager Brendan Rodgers as he’s played all but nine minutes of every single league and cup match this season.

Maddison has been used more sparingly, with last night’s seven-minute cameo allowing him to make it back-to-back goals – and four in the last five matches in all competitions – for the 15%-owned asset.

The form of both midfielders bodes well for Gameweek 11’s trip to Crystal Palace, as it does for Harvey Barnes (£5.9m), who was given a 24-minute run-out against Burton, although he couldn’t add to his run of five assists from his last four matches.

Despite missing some good chances to seal the victory long before Maddison’s clincher, the Foxes are clearly in a very good place at the moment, as assistant manager Chris Davies stressed post-match.

Davies said:

You saw the strength of the squad tonight and the performance was good. We’ve not done it just to give them a bit of game-time, we’ve done it because we trust them. There’s a lot of belief at the moment and the confidence is really high.

Palace will provide a far sterner test than either Burton or Southampton this weekend, but Leicester’s schedule is still attractive up to Gameweek 18’s trip to Manchester City and investment in their key players is currently looking like a very wise long-term strategy.

Leicester City XI: Ward, Justin, Morgan, Evans, Fuchs, Choudhury (Ndidi 88′), Praet (Maddison 83′), Tielemans, Gray, Albrighton, Iheanacho (Barnes 66′).

Everton 2-0 Watford

  • Goals: Mason Holgate (£4.4m), Richarlison (£7.9m)
  • Assists: Theo Walcott (£6.2m), Cenk Tosun (£5.7m)

Everton bounced back from their VAR-inspired woes of the weekend with a solid victory over fellow Premier League strugglers Watford.

The win was just reward for a much-improved second-half display from the home side, but it came at the cost of another injury to centre-half Yerry Mina (£5.4m), who managed only 41 minutes before a knee issue required Michael Keane (£5.5m) to take his place.

Another change, at half-time, was the key to the victory, however.

Manager Marco Silva had opted to start out-of-sorts striker Moise Kean (£6.5m) wide on the right against the Hornets. It didn’t work, and Theo Walcott (£6.2m) replaced him after the interval, a move which Silva saw as a turning point.

The Everton boss said:

Theo had a big impact again, the change we made had a big impact on our second half. Theo was always a really important player for me, he knows that. He is in a good moment and will help us in the next games as well.

Walcott remains a major Fantasy troll to many, so Everton’s second goalscorer on the night, Richarlison (£7.9m), is likely to catch more eyes.

The 6.5%-owned midfielder has been used as a striker in recent league outings and has now produced attacking returns (a goal and two assists) in three straight matches in all competitions, with last night’s goal set up by substitute Cenk Tosun (£5.7m).

He was one of six players to keep their places from Saturday’s bruising 3-2 loss at Brighton, with another, Mason Holgate (£4.4m), possibly in line for another start in Gameweek 11 should Mina’s injury not clear up in time.

The former England U21 international provided an assist at the weekend and opened the scoring against Watford when he turned in Walcott’s cross for his first Everton goal.

But anyone tempted by his lowly price tag and newly-found taste for attacking output should only be in it for the short term.

Spurs will bring a poor away record with them to Goodison Park at the weekend, and the next two fixtures, at Southampton and home to Norwich, look favourable. But then it gets much, much worse, with a five-match run involving Leicester, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal.

That should usher in further sales of the side’s most popular player, the 19.4%-owned Lucas Digne (£5.9m), who played the full 90 minutes last night and was unlucky when a trademark free-kick hit the woodwork.

Alex Iwobi (£5.8m), again preferred to Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.5m) in the number 10 role, also hit the frame of the goal as Everton hit their stride after the break. They were helped to a large degree by the central midfield partnership of Andre Gomes (£5.3m) and Fabian Delph (£5.4m), who were starting together for only the second time this season.

That partnership brings a work-rate and durability to the Toffees that will be needed in abundance once that tough run kicks in from Gameweek 14.

As for Watford, manager Quique Sanchez Flores made eight changes from the team that drew 0-0 with Bournemouth in Gameweek 10.

They failed to make it three clean sheets from their last four outings in all competitions last night, and their continued toothlessness up front – they managed just the one shot on target – means there is little Fantasy excitement to be had in their ranks at present.

Flores’ midfield options weren’t helped by an injury to Domingos Quina (£4.4m) that forced him off after 39 minutes at Goodison.

Everton XI: Pickford, Holgate, Mina (Keane 41′), Coleman, Digne, Andre Gomes, Delph, Kean (Walcott 45′), Iwobi, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin (Tosun 80′).

Watford XI: Gomes, Cathcart, Prodl (Kabasele 65′), Mariappa, Femenia, Hughes, Quina (Doucoure 39′), Chalobah, Foulquier, Gray, Pereyra (Deulofeu 67′).

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437 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Has to be (S)terling surely

    1. Futbol Heritage
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Yes

    2. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Oh yes !

    3. PocketZola
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      tc?

      1. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Not for me.

    4. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      I think I'm gonna save the TC for the Liverpool DGW. Mane for instance will almost certainly play both and haul.

      1. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        I don't like captaining Mané but that's certainly an option

      2. Jullepuu
          3 months, 23 days ago

          You might be right but Southampton home is such a tempting fixture to pull the trigger.

      3. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        It's (K)un for me but I don't have Sterling.

        If you have him then yes logic would say he is the best choice.

        I am just in it for the fun now until my luck changes

    5. Futbol Heritage
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      No other fires and 2 FT this week

      Pukki/Wilson to Maupay

      1. Yes
      2. No

      If yes,

      A.Pukki
      B.Wilson

      1. PocketZola
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        1a

        1. Futbol Heritage
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Im leaning towards this. Thanks

      2. BERGKOP
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        2

        1. Futbol Heritage
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Thanks. Would you burn the transfer?

          Ryan Button

          TAA Lundstram Rico Tomori Hanley

          Mount KDB Sterling Salah Cantwell

          Pukki Abraham Wilson

          0.9 itb. Hanley to Soyuncu is an option but would rather gamble on striker vs Norwich

          1. BERGKOP
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Downgrade Cantwell this week and then upgrade Pukki next week.

    6. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      I'll take 4-0 Pep

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Kun hattie assisted by KDB with a Sterling consolation goal in 89th minute?

        I'll accept

        1. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Wouldn't be ideal but better than all but one of my captains this season tbf

    7. andre_c
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Who scores more this week, Wilson or Connolly?

      1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Connolly IMO

      2. Futbol Heritage
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Connolly depends on game time ofcourse.

    8. fusen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      2-1 or 3-1 against the Saints, Leicester to have a 1-1 draw.

      Football back to normal and those that missed out on the freak 9-0 result have to just get over it (myself included).

      1. KingOllie
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Yeah dont see leicester scoring much - 2 max

      2. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        I don't know. Southampton's fullbacks have been perpetually awful all season, I don't see them only conceding 2 goals. Look at some of the other teams that have heavily punished them. They only have 1 good player across their whole backline

    9. Maddamotha
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Are we seeing the same thing with Vardy now as we did with Auba? I expressed my concerns about Aubas fixtures, a lot of people were scrambling to get him in, as with Vardy now. Are Vardys fixtures really that great? Palace away is hard, most people on here will say the Arsenal game is an easy one and likely to be many goals there, I think it will be a close game, then its Brighton away, and Everton.

      He doesnt really have the stats so you could say this is sustainable (like with Auba), and he played the worse Southampton Ive ever seen. Could 9m be better spent elsewhere, or should I just get him in?

      1. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        I bought last night.

      2. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Just get him and don’t overthink it.

      3. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Compared to Aubameyang he's far superior. Better team, better form, cheaper, decent fixtures.

        1. Maddamotha
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Would you say that before the Southampton game tho?

          1. Christina.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            yes, similar pts for 2 m less. Nailed, penalties, nice upcoming fixtures etc etc.

            (And I'm an Auba owner currently)

          2. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Yes. I wanted him. But chose Mane + Connolly over Vardy + Dilva. You bet I'm regretting that decision.

      4. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Brighton and Everton haven't exactly been beacons of defensive might, and Arsenal's defence is still shocking. Palace is the only genuine challenge for their attack.

      5. BERGKOP
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Consistent striker options are poor at that price point. He's better than most of the premiums and has some short term form. Hard to ignore.

      6. jtreble
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        No risk; easy switch to Firmino.

      7. avfc82
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        I bought Vardy into my team ahead of GW6, despite poor stats, and he's been superb. The thing I like about him is the big scores came against Newcastle, Burnley and Southampton, the blanks against Spurs and Liverpool - I like that as its largely what you'd expect. He's a sure starter, with no internationals, priced at 9.2 - it's a no brainer to get him in. Also looks like a great captaincy shout in GW12 when Liverpool play City.

        1. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          As ever great summary and reasoning - always look out for your take on things mate - agree that Vardy is a complete no-brainer atm

      8. Maddamotha
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Okay I get it lol, get Vardy! My gut says get Martial tho, but maybe I should listen to you guys this time!

        1. toca
            3 months, 23 days ago

            You should always listen to your own gut instinct. Always.

            1. Maddamotha
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Yeah I know, but everyone here says get Vardy. Can so many people be wrong?

        2. in sane in de bruyne
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          He's underpriced, their main man, on pens, playing for a better side. Don't overthink it!

      9. Heiro
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Hi all,

        Which 3 defenders to start on the weekend?

        TAA(villa) / OTA (SOU) / LUND(BUR) / TAMORI (wat)?

        1. Zladan
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          TAA Lund Tom

        2. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          First 3

        3. jason_ni
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Serious question, why are you including TAA?
          He is a certain starter every week, especially when they are playing villa away!

          2 of 3, Id go Ota and Lund - if Ota benched Tomori can come in

      10. jason_ni
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Have 2 ft's Would you
        A)keep CHO
        B)move him out for anyone else up to 7.5(with Greenwood), or 7.2(with Connolly)

        Had wanted Martial but priced out at the moment, am thinking maybe Tielemans, but then worried that I am chasing points.. am confused!

        1. BERGKOP
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          What's your team?

          1. jason_ni
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Pope
            TAA - Ota - Soy - Lundy - Rico
            Salah - Steriing - Kdb - Cho - Guendouzi
            Abraham - Jimi - Haller

            So thinking, hold Ota one more week, and he will become robbo.
            2fts Haller and CHO out, for Tielemans, Connolly, but not sure that is worth it, if CHO starts I prefer him to return, but him starting is the big if!
            Maybe I just keep CHO, and use Haller to fund Robbo

        2. KingOllie
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          CHO -> Willian

      11. Cahill
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        got lost on last article 🙁

        heaton ->

        a) hendo (have lund)
        b) gazza

        1. Another Hoops
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Hendo but only because he's not a transfer waiting to happen. Both could easily accumulate save points for you.

          1. Cahill
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            yeah I know what you mean, but I still have wildcard in tact and Lloris out til Jan?

            just think spurs edge it on fixtures?

        2. Futbol Heritage
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Ryan

          or B

          1. Cahill
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            cant afford Saving private Ryan 🙁

          2. arndff_
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            This

            1. arndff_
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Lol. That comment should’ve been posted below “Ryan or B”.

      12. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Bench one guys?
        A. Connolly (NOR)
        B. Jimenez (ars)
        C. Mount (wat)

        1. Another Hoops
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Connolly but all look like great options to play mate. Is there no other options or even worth considering a bench boost depending on your other assets.

          1. jia you jia you
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            I do have Mahrez so if Pep decides to leave him benched I wont have to worry I guess!

            1. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Probably bench Connolly, keep your ears homed in on Potter's conference

        2. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Horrific. Any chance Jimenez will be benched?

          1. jia you jia you
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            He has been playing a lot, could get a rest soon

        3. Cahill
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          jaypurs!

          connolly

          1. jia you jia you
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            home to Norwich so really want to play him mate!

        4. arndff_
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Should be Connolly but better show your whole squad — if you manage to include him this GE, that’d be great.

          1. jia you jia you
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Current set up:
            Pope (Button)
            Taa / Pva / Rico (Janmaat, Pieters)
            Mane / Sterling / Dilva / Mahrez / Mount
            Vardy / Connolly (Jimenez)

      13. Another Hoops
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        For the first time in years maybe ever I'm saving a transfer. Tempted to get Vardy in for Aguero but think that will my move next week because of the fixtures. Even if he doesn't play I'll have Maddison coming off the bench. KDB capper here!

        1. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Yeah Palace is very tough so you'll probably not be punished for waiting.

        2. BERGKOP
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Seems sensible. Vardy may not return at cpl.

          Aguero could easily outscore in 30mins if he doesn't start.

        3. jtreble
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          “... For the first time in years maybe ever I'm saving a transfer. ...”. I’ve heard rumours that managers like you existed but I never believed it ...

          1. Another Hoops
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Mate the temptation is too real for me but this week I'm actually happy with my team even though I have Otamendi and Aguero, probably because Maddison and Soy are my #1 and #2 subs.

            1. jtreble
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Best of luck to you.

        4. jason_ni
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          with the double price rise already done, if you havent got him by now, id just wait!

          1. Another Hoops
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Yeah agreed tbf I normally chase the rises but because you can downgrade Aguero to anyone it's not a priority and I'm looking forward to upgrading Otamendi to Trent.

        5. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Sensible move is definitely to wait.

          And you are sticking with the sensible by capping KDB ... not like the nutjobs like me capping Kun 😆

          1. Another Hoops
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Lol I'd love to cap Kun but KDB is very consistent and feel like even if Aguero get's his usual 4 goals (he's due right 😉 ) then KDB could easily be involved in most of them. Fingers crossed 🙂

            1. Don Kloppeone
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              KDB is my VC. GL needed for all!

        6. toca
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Good one

        7. andre_c
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 23 days ago

          How does this look?

          Pope,
          TAA, Lund, Soy
          Salah, KDB (VC), Yarmo, Mount
          Aguero (C), Tammy, Wilson

          Button, Cantwell, Rico, Janmaat

          GW11: Hold

          GW12: Aguero > Vardy, Cantwell/Yarmo > Dilva/Martial/Tielamans (which one should I pick?), Wilson > Connolly?

          1. Don Kloppeone
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Looks great and a good plan

            Martial looks best of those as it stands

            1. andre_c
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 23 days ago

              ok thanks

          2. Another Hoops
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Looks good.

            I'm keep Yarmelenko as my 5th mid when I downgrade Aguero but I'm on the Maddison train because of set pieces. If you're chasing I would go Martial. But IMO don't go Wilson to Connolly, I've gone Jimmy myself.

            1. andre_c
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 23 days ago

              ok because I was thinking of doing Wilson > Connolly this week to free up funds to make big transfers next week.

        8. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Hope you'll allow the RP as I think the stats from this site can be useful to play around with regardless

          Some nice food for thought

          Check out #2 for top scorer duos this season:
          https://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/premier-league/scorerduos/wettbewerb/GB1

          Looking at Kun and Sterling's detailed stats in the league this year and previous, pretty much every time either has scored more than 1 goal in a match, it is when the other is on the pitch. SO maybe ..... everyone wins ;)?

          https://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/sergio-aguero/leistungsdatendetails/spieler/26399/plus/1?saison=&verein=281&liga=&wettbewerb=GB1&pos=&trainer_id=

          https://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/raheem-sterling/leistungsdatendetails/spieler/134425/saison//verein/281/liga/0/wettbewerb/GB1/pos/0/trainer_id/0/plus/1

        9. arndff_
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Who would you put first on the bench?

          A) Soyuncu (cry)
          B) Rico (MUN)

          Leaning towards Soy, despite Rico has more attacking threat.

          1. Jullepuu
              3 months, 23 days ago

              A for me

            • Witty Pun: Not good at this…
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              A definitely.

            • Don Kloppeone
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              That's tough....
              I think I would also go Soy but Rico always has the ability to sneak a return

              How likely are you to need your bench?

              1. arndff_
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                Guess I wont need it but it should be ordered properly.

                Pope
                TAA Lundstram Tomori
                Salah Sterling KdB Mount
                Connolly Vardy Tammy

                McGovern Soy Rico Dendo

                1. Don Kloppeone
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 23 days ago

                  Lovely team. Best of luck!

                  1. arndff_
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 23 days ago

                    Thanks! You too.

                    I’m in serious sh*t right now — standing around 700K OR.

                    WC still intact but my team value is so low.

                    Took a hit this GW: Digne, Cantwell, Pukki to Lundstram (4.6!), Dendo, Vardy.

                    Hope moves won’t backfire and pay off.

                    1. arndff_
                      • 8 Years
                      3 months, 23 days ago

                      TV is 102.1 or sth like that.

                    2. Don Kloppeone
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 23 days ago

                      Ha you are riding high compared to me then!

                      I’m now at 1.2M OR having not been higher than 400k and I played my WC in GW9!

                      I’m capping Kun this week. Going down guns blazing 😆

                      1. arndff_
                        • 8 Years
                        3 months, 23 days ago

                        Never owned Kun this season. If he starts, he’ll rip SOU defence apart.

                        1. Don Kloppeone
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          3 months, 23 days ago

                          That’s my vain hope!

                    3. Don Kloppeone
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 23 days ago

                      My TV is 103.2 though so at least there’s that 😆

                      1. arndff_
                        • 8 Years
                        3 months, 23 days ago

                        See! I told you. Haha.

            • Bucket Man
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 23 days ago

              A

          2. Jullepuu
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Is Alisson actually a viable option for the Pool triple up? Burnley has some tougher fixtures when the Pool triple up becomes ideal.

              1. arndff_
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                I’d go with TAA, Robbo and Salah/Mane but wouldn’t include Alisson. Other players points ceiling is higher.

                1. Jullepuu
                    3 months, 23 days ago

                    What about Salah and Mane but no Sterling?

                    1. arndff_
                      • 8 Years
                      3 months, 23 days ago

                      Not a fan of it. I’d pick one of them and definitely keep Raheem.

                      1. Jullepuu
                          3 months, 23 days ago

                          You believe that Pool will keep more clean sheets in the future? Getting all the expensive options means that my bench would be really bad. I'm not sure if it's worth it.

                          1. Jullepuu
                              3 months, 23 days ago

                              My bench would be Connolly, Cantwell, Rico at best. One price rise/fall can make it even worse.

                    2. toca
                        3 months, 23 days ago

                        I think thats on everyone´s minds atm after GW13. Its a tough call, def are expensive, mids are expensive but without clean sheets... I think Mane+Salah is too much but I also think Robbo+TAA is too much. I´m going with one def asset and another mid asset from Lpool

                        1. Jullepuu
                            3 months, 23 days ago

                            You will be in trouble if Pool starts to keep cleansheets. You should at least have a plan for the triple up because it might become "essential".

                      • Dele
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        3 months, 23 days ago

                        Please pick one...

                        A) Robertson & CHO
                        B) Mendy & Mount

                        1. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
                          • 2 Years
                          3 months, 23 days ago

                          How about a combo without a serious rotation risk

                        2. arndff_
                          • 8 Years
                          3 months, 23 days ago

                          Robbo and Mount, but guess it’s impossible.

                          Don’t like MCI upcoming fixtures (barring SOU (H)) for defensive points.

                          Is CHO nailed on after Pulisic’s performance last GW?

                        3. Bucket Man
                          • 1 Year
                          3 months, 23 days ago

                          B don't know if CHO starts right now.

                      • Bucket Man
                        • 1 Year
                        3 months, 23 days ago

                        Heaton
                        Robertson, Tomori, Lundstram
                        Salah, Sterling, KDB, Mount
                        Abraham, Haller, Pukki
                        Soyuncu, Cantwell, Rico

                        Bring in A Vardy and Connolly for Pukki and Haller
                        B Martial and Connolly for Haller and Cantwell 352

                        Vardy looks a must but B probbaly more balanced.

                      • t4thomas
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        3 months, 23 days ago

                        RMT is still very Pukki friendly.

                        1. arndff_
                          • 8 Years
                          3 months, 23 days ago

                          That’s normal as they now have some favorable fixtures and might bounce back but let’s see.

                      • Captain Warlock
                        • 3 Years
                        3 months, 23 days ago

                        Any help appreciated folks
                        A) Taa, Robbo, McGinn,
                        B) Taa, Mendy, Tielemans,
                        C) Taa Maguire, Martial,

                        1. Lingard’s Shin Guards
                          • 1 Year
                          3 months, 23 days ago

                          C with a 4.5 over Maguire

                          1. Captain Warlock
                            • 3 Years
                            3 months, 23 days ago

                            Maguire fixtures are pretty good don’t you think

                            1. Lingard’s Shin Guards
                              • 1 Year
                              3 months, 23 days ago

                              Too expensive for a defender that’s only kept 2 cs’s all season (the last in gw 5) and doesn’t bring anything to the table attacking wise

                              1. Captain Warlock
                                • 3 Years
                                3 months, 23 days ago

                                True can’t think of another 4.5 got dunk soyuncu & lunds

                      • Lingard’s Shin Guards
                        • 1 Year
                        3 months, 23 days ago

                        How’s my team looking for this week?

                        Pope
                        TAA Lund Soy
                        Mane KDB Maddison Mount
                        Kun (c) Vardy Abraham

                        Button Pieters Cantwell Rico (2ft 0.3m itb)

                        Unsure what to do with my 2ft’s - Kun, Cantwell -> Connolly, Sterling (c) could be decent but don’t see much other than that. Any ideas?

                      • andres
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        3 months, 23 days ago

                        So I have kdb and looking at bringing in sterling or silva.

                        Silva for free
                        Sterling for a hit

                        Sterling would be the clear (c) but not sure how long i can keep him as he ties up a lot of funds.
                        Maybe swap kdp for sterling?

                        What are your thoughts on city assets?

                        1. KingOllie
                          • 4 Years
                          3 months, 23 days ago

                          Personally think Sterling is best pick in the game.

                          Id take a hit for him and captain

                      • CFC1990
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        3 months, 23 days ago

                        a) Wilson and Maddison to Vardy and 5.8 (maybe McGinn and play Connolly this week).

                        b) Wilson to Jimenez/Maupay. Can then look at downgrading one of the City Mids to get Vardy in.

                        Pope
                        TAA, Tomori, Lundstrum
                        Sterling, KDB, Mount, Maddison, Mane
                        Wilson, Abraham

                        4m, Soyunchu, Rico, Connolly

                      • Pep Roulette
                        • 2 Years
                        3 months, 23 days ago

                        GTG? Played my mini WC this week!

                        Gazza
                        TAA Robbo Lundy
                        Salah DSilva Martial Yarmolenko
                        Kun(C) Tammy Jimenez

                        Button Rico Dendo Reid

                        Kun to Vardy next week! Will have the cash to do DSilva to KDB maybe after international break!

                        1. Christina.
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          3 months, 23 days ago

                          mini wc and you still own Kun, and not KdB/Sterling or Vardy...

                          😯

                          1. Pep Roulette
                            • 2 Years
                            3 months, 23 days ago

                            I feel Kun will be starting this week! Kun to Vardy next week! DSilva playing more advanced than KDB right now, so happy with him! Can easily do DSilva to KDB after the international break!

                      • United2603
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        3 months, 23 days ago

                        Pope (Button)
                        Robbo Otamendi Lund (Rico Reid)
                        Mane Sterling KDB Mount (Cantwell)
                        Wilson Haller Abraham

                        Thinking Otamendi to Lascelles this week & Haller to Rashford next week

                        or should i hold Otamendi and have 2 free nxt week?

                        1. Bucket Man
                          • 1 Year
                          3 months, 23 days ago

                          Sounds a plan. Otamendi wont play I'd imagine, Haller very disappointing for me.

                      • Murder On Zidanesfloor
                        • 1 Year
                        3 months, 23 days ago

                        @Bergkop, interested to know why you say Chilwell is not a good Fantasy asset? (This is why you replied to someone on the previous page)

                        1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
                          • 1 Year
                          3 months, 23 days ago

                          or anyone else? Opinions on Chilwell?

                          1. Brosstan
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            3 months, 23 days ago

                            I think he's the best Leicester defensive asset. Soy is awful because Leicester seldom get cs and he has 0 attacking threat. Pereira is too expensive.

                        2. GuenDoozy
                            3 months, 23 days ago

                            Got him in earlier this week for Ota

                        3. Camzy
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          3 months, 23 days ago

                          Am I crazy for considering Rashford?

                          Aubameyang + Cantwell > Rashford + Martial next week for BHA, shu, AVL, TOT

                          That seems pretty good. And Rashford has been returning nicely since Martial is back (he's better out wide).

                          1. Christina.
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 10 Years
                            3 months, 23 days ago

                            How you getting Vardy?

                            1. Camzy
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 9 Years
                              3 months, 23 days ago

                              I don't if I go Rashford. Yeah, it's not ideal... But last week's points and all that.

                            2. Camzy
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 9 Years
                              3 months, 23 days ago

                              I'm really stuck. Because if I get Vardy, Cantwell can only become someone up to 6.8m.

                              I don't like any of the options at 6.8m or lower (have Yarmo already and quite like him).

                              1. Christina.
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 10 Years
                                3 months, 23 days ago

                                do you have mount?

                                1. Camzy
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 9 Years
                                  3 months, 23 days ago

                                  Nope. And being so behind in value on him makes him rather unappealing (and now priced out - he's 6.9m).

                                  Basically, I have:

                                  Mane, KdB, Sterling, Yarm, ???
                                  ??? Abraham, Connolly

                                  15.7m to work with.

                                  That offers:
                                  A) Vardy + 6.8m mid
                                  B) Rashford + Martial
                                  C) What other options?

                                  1. GuenDoozy
                                      3 months, 23 days ago

                                      Vardy + Tielemans is the best here for me

                                    • Christina.
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 10 Years
                                      3 months, 23 days ago

                                      James? Perez?

                                      1. Camzy
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 9 Years
                                        3 months, 23 days ago

                                        Not keen on James. Perez maybe depending on his starts/form but I feel like double Leicester attack is so kneejerky and ultimately bad. I'd go Vardy and Soy from Leicester. Only teams I'd be happy to have double attack for are Chelsea, Liverpool and City.

                            3. Bucket Man
                              • 1 Year
                              3 months, 23 days ago

                              Wouldn't double up just yet but he looks better with Martial.

                            4. Murder On Zidanesfloor
                              • 1 Year
                              3 months, 23 days ago

                              The double up is a bit much for me personally.

                          2. Bucket Man
                            • 1 Year
                            3 months, 23 days ago

                            Risky to bring in Connolly as a starter to get Vardy. Or ignore Vardy and get Martial keeping Pukki. Really stuck.

                            1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
                              • 1 Year
                              3 months, 23 days ago

                              just get Vardy omg

                              1. Bucket Man
                                • 1 Year
                                3 months, 23 days ago

                                haha. OK thank you

                          3. jia you jia you
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            3 months, 23 days ago

                            Would you BB this team?

                            Pope
                            Taa / Pva / Rico
                            Mane / Sterling / Dilva / Mahrez / Mount
                            Vardy / Connolly
                            (Henderson, Jimenez, Janmaat, Pieters)

                            1. jia you jia you
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              3 months, 23 days ago

                              *after doing Mahrez to Martial that is!

                            2. Zladan
                              • 2 Years
                              3 months, 23 days ago

                              Not a bad week for it

                              1. jia you jia you
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 3 Years
                                3 months, 23 days ago

                                I like the idea of just getting fodder on my second wildcard and not having to worry about BB also....tempting!

                              2. Murder On Zidanesfloor
                                • 1 Year
                                3 months, 23 days ago

                                Hey mate, what are you 3 transfers for UCL fantasy? I'm thinking of getting Mbappe

                          4. Gunner1290
                            • 4 Years
                            3 months, 23 days ago

                            Is there a set time when prices rice? It says on fpl statistics that the prices change overnight. Does that mean no prices can change during the day?

                          5. smix
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            3 months, 23 days ago

                            Mane to Sterling(c) for free or hold and KDB (C)? Seems like more upside with Sterling against a demoralised Southampton defence?