Scout Notes

Shelvey and Newcastle expose West Ham’s high defensive line

West Ham 2-3 Newcastle

Goals: Fabian Balbuena (£4.3m), Robert Snodgrass (£5.2m) | Ciaran Clark (£4.3m), Federico Fernández (£4.4m), Jonjo Shelvey (£5.0m)

Assists: Sébastien Haller (£7.3m), Manuel Lanzini (£6.3m) | Joelinton (£5.7m), Jetro Willems (£4.5m), Isaac Hayden (£4.4m)

Bonus Points: Willems x3, Shelvey x2, Snodgrass x2

Newcastle took advantage of some questionable West Ham defending and tactical flaws to serve up one of the surprise results of Gameweek 11.

Despite coming to the London Stadium without an away goal since Gameweek 5, the Magpies found the net three times.

Key to their success was a return to the starting line-up for central midfielder Jonjo Shelvey (£5.0m), featuring from the beginning for the first time since Gameweek 6.

He dominated the midfield in a battle with Declan Rice (£4.8m), provided threat from set pieces and helped exposed a very defensive line from the hosts.

Everything went through Shelvey as Newcastle emerged as winners at West Ham

All afternoon long, West Ham were incredibly susceptible to the counter-attack, Shelvey very easily unleashing the pacey Miguel Almirón (£5.8m) and Allan Saint-Maximin (£5.4m) in wide areas. He also hit the crossbar from the edge of the box.

In the end, Shelvey got his Fantasy returns from set pieces dispatching a free-kick from distance in the second after Isaac Hayden (£4.4m) was fouled.

Newcastle’s first goal also came from his delivery, his free-kick arriving at the back post for Joelinton (£5.7m) to nod down for Ciaran Clark (£4.3m) to score.

As Shelvey was one of the best players on the pitch, joined in Newcastle’s central midfield by Hayden returning from suspension, it will be interesting to see who gets the nod there in Gameweek 12.

Manager Steve Bruce has been relying on the family duo of Sean Longstaff (£5.0m) and Matthew Longstaff (£4.5m) in recent weeks but the former is suspended until Gameweek 14, while the latter dropped to the bench for this one.

“I just thought if we needed a pass, Jonjo could give a pass. With set-pieces, he’s made one today and scored one. Always in the back of my mind, I knew he was a West Ham fan so this is a stage he wants to play. He was very good today. He’s got to maintain it. Today, I got the decision right.” – Steve Bruce

Saint-Maximin had a clear run at an unguarded West Ham goal twice but failed to score

On a day when West Ham’s defence was so poor, Saint-Maximin really should have emerged with some attacking returns.

Running Pablo Zabaleta (£4.3m) ragged all afternoon, he twice he raced clear of West Ham’s high line and positioned himself one-on-one with goalkeeper Roberto Jiménez Gago (£4.4m).

On both occasions, Saint-Maximin’s shots weren’t as ruthlessly taken as they should be, saved by the goalkeeper.

On his second foray into an unguarded Hammers’ penalty area, the midfielder was able to pick up the pieces and square for Almirón, who also fired his effort straight at the goalkeeper.

While Saint-Maximin clearly should have done better with his end-product, it was a clear example of the blistering pace he brings to the Newcastle team.

“Well, I said from the first moment I saw (Saint-Maximin), he’s going to get you and excite you and take you off your seat. Unfortunately, he has been hampered by a horrible hamstring injury. If he stays fit and healthy, there’s things he must improve on but he’s got that natural ability which not many people have. He’s quick and he takes you. It’s natural. You cannot coach it. You’re either born with it – I believe he learned on the streets of France – and you can see. He just has to improve on the final thing, take the right pass, but that hopefully will come with time and experience because he’s only a young boy. He’s only 22. When you think Longy’s 22, it puts it into perspective.” – Steve Bruce

Willems continues to offer some attacking threat from the left-back position

Left-back Jetro Willems (£4.5m) was another exciting outlet for Newcastle, claiming an assist for Federico Fernández‘s (£4.4m) first-half header and emerging with three bonus points from the 3-2 win.

Whether such a morale-boosting win will mean better things for Newcastle assets from an attacking perspective moving forward remains to be seen.

As much as the Magpies were comfortably the better team and should probably have won by a three or four-goal margin, they were still somewhat wasteful, in spite of West Ham’s poor defending allowing them plenty of chances.

A Gameweek 12 meeting with Bournemouth, who are currently on a three-game streak for clean sheets, may prove trickier, although Aston Villa in Gameweek 13 could provide them with more opportunities.

As already mentioned, the story of this match from a West Ham perspective has to be about their dreadful defending. They were all over the place, especially, in the first half, and arguably should have been four goals down at the interval.

West Ham’s defence were all over the place against Newcastle, especially in the first half

Zabaleta was exposed by Saint-Maximin’s pace, Aaron Cresswell (£4.9m) allowed Almirón past him in the first-half, causing Issa Diop (£4.5m) to foul him and give away the free-kick that led to the opening goal.

Left-back Cresswell was also the man tasked with marking Clark for that set piece, despite the obvious height difference.

This was also Fabian Balbuena‘s (£4.3m) second start in a row, with Angelo Ogbonna (£4.5m) dropped against Sheffield United for no overtly obvious reason. As we saw on occasion last season, Balbuena was poor, has conceded four goals in two matches, and Ogbonna may feel confident about getting his place back.

Goalkeeper Roberto has come under fire from West Ham fans recently but his performance against Newcastle proved that to some extent, he can be credited for keeping scorelines respectable.

Roberto remains error-prone but also produced some excellent stops to keep the score down

This season he has averaged four saves per game, 2.2 of them produced inside the penalty area. Furthermore, without his contributions, West Ham could have conceivably been 4-0 down by half-time against Newcastle, his two stops denying Saint-Maximin the most important.

However, Roberto was still not without error on Saturday afternoon, caught in no man’s land for Newcastle’s second goal, allowing Fernández to score a simple header.

The West Ham goalkeeper should perhaps have done better for Shelvey’s free-kick, managing to get two hands on it but not enough to parry it away from his near post.

It is these sorts of errors that have ruined Roberto’s achievements since arriving at West Ham and already home supporters are greeting the saves he does make with ironic cheers – that can hardly be helping his confidence.

What makes West Ham’s display even more discouraging is the fact that Bruce’s players revealed after the match that they had been told to watch out for the high line and exploit it.

Such comments could further increase the pressure on Manuel Pellegrini to change things around ahead of a Gameweek 12 trip to Burnley. After all, West Ham are now without a clean sheet since their 2-0 win over Manchester United in Gameweek 6.

“We know that Pellegrini’s teams like to play a high line. The gaffer spoke about it before. They (West Ham) always struggle with runners from deep and we worked on it in training and it paid off.” – Jonjo Shelvey

“I don’t think I’m surprised – it was something we worked on during the week in training. The coaches explained to us the way they wanted us to play and encouraged us that, if we played that way, we would get in and get some chances. As I say, on another day we could have been four or five up and the game would have been over.” – Ciaran Clark

Snodgrass was one of a few West Ham players who had a good game against Newcastle

West Ham offered next to nothing offensively in the first half, Sébastien Haller (£7.3m) having their only decent chance, a bicycle kick well-saved by Martin Dúbravka (£5.0m).

Pellegrini shuffled his pack at half-time in an attempt to inject some life into his side’s attack.

Much to the chagrin of his Fantasy owners, Andriy Yarmolenko (£6.0m) was replaced by Manuel Lanzini (£6.3m) while Albian Ajeti (£5.8m) came on for Mark Noble (£5.0m).

Those changes had some impact for the Hammers, Balbuena pulling one back from a corner, after Haller had flicked on at the near post.

That was the Frenchman’s first attacking return since Gameweek 8, although he extended his goalless run to three matches, skewing a second bicycle kick wide later in the match.

The only real shining light for West Ham was Robert Snodgrass (£5.2m), who impressed for the second match in a row back in the side.

Deployed at central midfield, he rifled home an impressive volley from the edge of the box to give Newcastle a scare.

That was his second goal in as many matches since returning to side, which could see him claw his way back to being a viable route into the West Ham attack.

West Ham United XI (4-2-3-1): Roberto; Cresswell, Diop, Balbuena, Zabaleta (Fredericks 72′); Rice, Snodgrass, Noble (Ajeti 46′), Yarmolenko (Lanzini 46′); Haller.

Newcastle United XI (5-4-1): Dúbravka; Willems (Dummett 87′), Clark, Lascelles, Fernández, Yedlin; Saint-Maximin (Atsu 77′), Shelvey, Hayden, Almirón; Joelinton (Carroll 89′).

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  1. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 16 days ago

    QUIZZ: Who is up to date have played 492 min yet with the total score of whooping -1?

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Uhhh, quality top post 🙂 sorry lads!

    2. Dynamic Duos
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Bertrand

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Wow
        Hopefully he doesn't have himself in his FPL team

        1. teneighty
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Hopefully he does. He deserves it!

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 16 days ago

            You are condemning 0.5% from 7M players mate 😀

    3. Tempestic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 16 days ago

      That is actually seriously impressive... wow

    4. Tshelby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Luckly Mariappa joint him in the -1 club this weekend after beeing all alone on -2

  2. ShaunGoater123
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Hi all,

    Any suggestions for the below team?

    Gazza / Button

    Tomori / Lundstram / Lowton / Rico / Soyuncu

    Sterling / Mane / KDB / Mount / Dendonker

    Auba / Abraham / Connolly

    1FT, 2.6 ITB

    I was thinking one of the below but open to suggestions:
    A) Connolly > Jimenez
    B) Auba > Vardy
    C) Dendonker > Tielemans / Perez
    D) Save Transfer and then next week reassess options with 2 FT's

    1. Freddiebell
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      B easy then you have the money to upgrade dendonker to Tielimans

      1. ShaunGoater123
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        i can afford Dendonker to Teilemans without as have 2.6 ITB. Feel like Vardy is turning into a must though and not sure i want to double up?

  3. yer old da
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Got 10 players sorted this week, who gets the final spot?

    Gazzaniga
    TAA, Tomori, Soyuncu, ?
    Sterling, Mane, KDB, Mount
    Vardy, Abraham

    A. Lundstram (Spurs away)
    B. Rico (Newcastle away)
    C. Dendoncker (Villa home)

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Pick* ?

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 16 days ago

        OMG
        Reply fail replaying another fail
        😕

    2. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 16 days ago

      A or B

      B....just

      1. yer old da
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        That’s where I’m at, but benching Lundstram after a 21 pointer!

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Ha
          Same

    3. Freddiebell
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Top scorer in defence is the pick surely.

    4. B.D.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 16 days ago

      B

  4. Amey
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Hello guys,

    If you had to pick a Midfielder around 6.6m mark, who'd you oick

    1. zon
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Tielemans. If already loaded up on foxes, Grealish (if fit).

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Cheers
        Got Vardy Soyuncu From Leicester

    2. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      tielemans if you dont own maddi

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Thank you
        Don't have any Leicester Midfielder.
        Got CHO so looking for a replacement

      2. TheDragon
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Do you think Tielmans is as good an option of Maddison?

        1. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          no, but Maddi is 1m more exp

    3. iL PiStOlErO
        2 months, 16 days ago

        I had an idea that instead of buying Vardy I try to double up with Madds and Tielemans. Not sure if its worth tho

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Vardy is a must IMO

          1. iL PiStOlErO
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Its because I wanna keep Auba for now despite everyone telling me not to

              1. Amey
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Cool
                Go with your gut

                1. iL PiStOlErO
                    2 months, 16 days ago

                    Thanks. Good luck to you too

          2. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Tielemans (obvious -ish), other options James (maverick) and Trossard/Gross (from GW14/15)

            1. Amey
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Gutted that i gone for CHO instead of following my gut feeling with Trossard last gw bro.
              Trossard is a real deal IMO
              Would you do it for a hit though 😛
              Used up the FT already

              1. Magic Zico
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Not for a hit, no ... I am waiting GW14/15 or so ... my team somewhat settle

                1. Amey
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  Thank you

          3. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Grealish

            1. Amey
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Thank you karan
              He's tempting option yes

          4. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 16 days ago

            If you want cash itb to get that extra Pool player think McGinn

            He's right under the radar. 5.8 and only a tick behind the returns of the Leicester mids. Cursing myself for falling into the CHO trap.

            1. Amey
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Keeping 0.3 atm actually with 6.6m budget for Raz to Mo swap
              Trossard/Tielemans/McGinn/Grealish
              Hmmmm

              1. pingissimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 16 days ago

                If Tielemans gets you there on budget then I guess it's him logically. But Perez intrigues me too!!!! Think I'll wait for GW28 though

                1. Amey
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  😀
                  Select one !

          5. Freddiebell
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Tielimans

            1. Amey
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Unanimous 😮
              Cheers buddy

        2. zon
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Newcastle fans around? Looking at Clark to free up some funds from defense, seems safe for now? Not going to play him week in week out.

          1. Amey
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Not a Newcastle fan, but I've gone with Lascells.
            Nailed & 4.4 + decent goal threat

            1. zon
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Need someone at 4.3 to afford Donck to Grealish. 🙁

              1. Amey
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Janmaat can be a great option too.
                Fans booed coach when he took him off i guess

              2. Dynamic Duos
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Janmaat

              3. ppv
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Rico defence, Greenwood attack. Depends what position. Grealish being ignored because of injury. Points magnet in new position

          2. zon
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Just seen that Lejeune and Schar are coming back from injury. Maybe look elsewhere then.

          3. Rotation's Alter Ego
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Also not a fan, but little unsure who will play.

            Lascelles, Fernandez and Clark the current 3, but with Lejeune returning and Schar still to return as well, there's 5 players competing for 3 spots. All have been good, but would expect Schar and Lejeune to take 2 spots, with Lascelles taking the 3rd as captain. Fernandez is close but probably 4th, which leaves Clark, perhaps unfairly, 5th, so with Lejeune returning he might be the first to drop out...

            In short, no idea 😆

          4. AuFeld
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Willems looks like a gem for 0.2m more.

        3. wasp3000
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Team as it stands for GW 12

          Pope (Button)
          TAA Lundstram Rico Soyuncu (Otamendi)
          Salah Sterling KDB Mount (Cantwell)
          Pukki Abraham (Connolly)

          Have 1 FT 1.2m ITB....have obvious issues with Otamendi & Pukki but would you roll a FT for the Int break with Pukki home to Watford?

          Could always transfer in Maddison or Mane for Sterling? Thoughts?

          1. Amey
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Pukki to Jimenez for me

        4. Ginkapo FPL
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Jonjo for England

          1. ppv
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Almiron is consistent

        5. KINGS
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Which one more urgent?

            A) Get Mane in
            B) Get rid of Ota

            1. Dynamic Duos
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              B

            2. iL PiStOlErO
                2 months, 16 days ago

                A if no pool attack

                1. KINGS
                    2 months, 16 days ago

                    Right. I don’t have pool attack atm

                2. Amey
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  B
                  Although who are you selling is also important in A.
                  If Raz, I'd hold for this gw & sell Otamendi

                  1. KINGS
                      2 months, 16 days ago

                      Is either for Raz or downgrade Kun

                      1. Amey
                        • 1 Year
                        2 months, 16 days ago

                        Hits involved in Kun out trade ?

                        1. KINGS
                            2 months, 16 days ago

                            No hits involved

                            1. Amey
                              • 1 Year
                              2 months, 16 days ago

                              Mane one then

                    • pingissimus
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 16 days ago

                      Depends on budget but Mane for me

                      Im holding Ota and may even play him this week - feels like the sort of week where the central defender gets the winner. Just hoping it's not another one pointer.

                      But there again Im cash rich and can afford a few fallers and am intending to move for Robbo from a premium forward in a couple of weeks so no hurry especially with defensive benching headaches anyway.

                    • Freddiebell
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 16 days ago

                      B

                  2. Dynamic Duos
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 16 days ago

                    Hi all. Play one

                    A) Yarmolenko
                    B) Lundstram

                    1. iL PiStOlErO
                        2 months, 16 days ago

                        B

                        1. Dynamic Duos
                          • 6 Years
                          2 months, 16 days ago

                          Not what I expected tbh away at Spurs.

                          1. iL PiStOlErO
                              2 months, 16 days ago

                              Because he is Sir. But Spurs are still playing bad and WH away at Burn also ins't such a good game for them. But if you want to try Yarmo why not.

                            • TheDragon
                              • 1 Year
                              2 months, 16 days ago

                              I think we have to stop thinking of Lundstram as a defender (and thus get away from the ‘always play the attacker mindset’). He is an attacker classified in the game as a defender so gets more points for goals and clean sheets. He is basically a ‘super midfielder’.

                              So you are effectively comparing 2 midfielders one of which gets 5 points for a goal and 1 point for a clean sheet against the other who gets 6 for a goal and 4 for a clean sheet.

                              Both aren’t great fixtures but Spurs are a bit all over the place.

                              So objectively I’d play Lund even though based on typical FPL principles it seems so so wrong!

                              1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 9 Years
                                2 months, 16 days ago

                                I still can't get used to perma starting him

                                It's going to absolutely kill me if he keeps doing this

                                Looking at Chilwell to replace Ota alongside TAA & Robbo with Lundy & Rícó benched

                                1. TheDragon
                                  • 1 Year
                                  2 months, 16 days ago

                                  It feels very wrong doesn’t it - but it’s getting to the stage where you have to play him (for the reasons above) and his fixtures get good soon.

                                  If you’ve got TAA and Robbo then I wouldn’t be looking to get Chilwell unless you plan to play 4 at the back each week.

                                  I know it feels very weird to do though

                                  1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 9 Years
                                    2 months, 16 days ago

                                    He's just making a mess of a 'normal' team structure - alongside a lot of other cheap pricing mistakes, primarily from Chelsea & Leicester

                                    TV seems more irrelevant than ever after 11 GW's of this season

                                    Cheap defenders, Cheap Mids, Cheap strikers all pretty much embarassing their expensive brethren

                                    Either there's a serious and imminent backlash in the pipeline from the likes of Salah, Sterling, Kun, Auba, Son etc... or the game has changed significantly towards budgets being pretty meaningless

                                2. Brosstan
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 5 Years
                                  2 months, 16 days ago

                                  Im in the same position and thats exactly why I wont bring in Chilwell.

                        2. YEAH PITCH!
                          • 1 Year
                          2 months, 16 days ago

                          B

                        3. Freddiebell
                          • 3 Years
                          2 months, 16 days ago

                          B

                        4. Brosstan
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 16 days ago

                          B

                      • ZLNR
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 16 days ago

                        Do I go Auba -> vardy?

                        Ederson (Button)

                        Lundstram / Rico / Robbo (Fredericks / Kelly)

                        Tielemans / Mount / KDB / Mané (Dendoncker)

                        Abraham / Jimenez / Aubameyang

                        1. Freddiebell
                          • 3 Years
                          2 months, 16 days ago

                          Yes I would. I think Leicester will beat arsenaland could be a high scoring game. Me personally if I was bringing in an arsenal attacker which I won't be I'd bring in Lacazette

                      • Freaki
                          2 months, 16 days ago

                          Who is the best keepers for my wc?
                          Ryan,Pope, Heaton, Hendo or anyone else who is cheap?

                          1. yer old da
                            • 10 Years
                            2 months, 16 days ago

                            Gazzaniga maybe given Spurs’ fixtures

                            1. Freaki
                                2 months, 16 days ago

                                Aren’t spurs very poor defensively tho?

                                1. AuFeld
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 3 Years
                                  2 months, 16 days ago

                                  Depends where they are playing. Only four goals conceded at home.

                                  1. Freaki
                                      2 months, 16 days ago

                                      Oh that’s actually pretty solid

                                      1. Freaki
                                          2 months, 16 days ago

                                          3 home games in the next 5

                                      2. Hot Toddy
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 1 Year
                                        2 months, 16 days ago

                                        Considering the opposition, their home defensive form has been atrocious.

                                2. AuFeld
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 3 Years
                                  2 months, 16 days ago

                                  Hendo, but he'll be benched for GW13. Ryan + Button seems ideal.

                                3. TheDragon
                                  • 1 Year
                                  2 months, 16 days ago

                                  Ryan has been a lot of fun to own so far

                                4. iL PiStOlErO
                                    2 months, 16 days ago

                                    Hendo maybe or Pope. And only one, set and forget.

                                    1. Freaki
                                        2 months, 16 days ago

                                        Just feel like a rotation between 2 keepers of 4.5ish wouldn’t do harm and opens more opportunities for points

                                        1. iL PiStOlErO
                                            2 months, 16 days ago

                                            I understand your point but it usually ends up in pain that way. There is already enough of points with all those cheapies in defence on the bench

                                      • Magic Zico
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 1 Year
                                        2 months, 16 days ago

                                        I own Ryan from GW1 and on-boarded Gazza on my WC GW9 to cover bad fixtures of Ryan ... happy so far!

                                    2. pumpkinhead
                                      • 5 Years
                                      2 months, 16 days ago

                                      Captain:

                                      A - Jimmy (Home to Villa)
                                      B - Vardy (Home to Arsenal)

                                      1. Dynamic Duos
                                        • 6 Years
                                        2 months, 16 days ago

                                        B for me A isn't even an option

                                        1. iL PiStOlErO
                                            2 months, 16 days ago

                                            Harsh to say A isn't even an option

                                            1. pumpkinhead
                                              • 5 Years
                                              2 months, 16 days ago

                                              In a week where Pool play Man City - If you don't want to c any of their assest there aren't too many other options so agree with your post.

                                        2. TheDragon
                                          • 1 Year
                                          2 months, 16 days ago

                                          Definitely B of those two.

                                          I’m maybe crazy but I’m considering Abraham or Pukki!

                                          1. pumpkinhead
                                            • 5 Years
                                            2 months, 16 days ago

                                            Have Jimmy, Tammy, Vardy upfront - all three an option for me tbh. Just finding it rough to choose between the them all.

                                            1. Dynamic Duos
                                              • 6 Years
                                              2 months, 16 days ago

                                              Vardy no question

                                              1. TheDragon
                                                • 1 Year
                                                2 months, 16 days ago

                                                It’s definitely a question.

                                                Can make a strong case for Abraham over Vardy (particularly based on stats)

                                                1. pumpkinhead
                                                  • 5 Years
                                                  2 months, 16 days ago

                                                  I think it's closer than it seems as well. Have Salah, Kdb, Sterling as well but want to stay clear of that game because who knows how it will turn out.

                                        3. Freddiebell
                                          • 3 Years
                                          2 months, 16 days ago

                                          I have the same problem. Toss up really. Depends what you're gut feeling is. Mine is Vardy at the moment because I see Leicester scoring a few goals against arsenal.

                                      2. YEAH PITCH!
                                        • 1 Year
                                        2 months, 16 days ago

                                        Play:

                                        A) Aurier (H) Sheffield
                                        B) Van Dijk (H) Man City

                                        1. iL PiStOlErO
                                            2 months, 16 days ago

                                            A

                                            1. YEAH PITCH!
                                              • 1 Year
                                              2 months, 16 days ago

                                              Thank you

                                          • Hot Toddy
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 1 Year
                                            2 months, 16 days ago

                                            B

                                            1. YEAH PITCH!
                                              • 1 Year
                                              2 months, 16 days ago

                                              Headed corner?

                                        2. jdp219
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 3 Years
                                          2 months, 16 days ago

                                          Need some Leicester in my squad. But not sure how to accommodate. Ota > Chilwell is fairly obvious, but an attacker would be more fruitful. I think. Do I need both City mids (2FTs and funds would accommodate Vardy)?

                                          Apologies for the open-ended question, but I'm at a bit of a loss. TIA for any suggestions!

                                          Pope, Button
                                          TAA, Otamendi, Lowton, Rico, Lundstram
                                          Mane, Sterling, KDB, Mount, Cantwell
                                          King, Tammy, Jimenez

                                          1. Freddiebell
                                            • 3 Years
                                            2 months, 16 days ago

                                            Otamendi > to Newcastle defender & cantwell > Tiliemans.

                                        3. jtreble
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 3 Years
                                          2 months, 16 days ago

                                          Will Rico start again this weekend? Didn't watch the game but heard he was off the pace against James.

                                          1. I hate Moreno
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 7 Years
                                            2 months, 16 days ago

                                            3 CS in a row. Can't see why Howe would switch it up.

                                            1. jtreble
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              • 3 Years
                                              2 months, 16 days ago

                                              Kelly for pace?

                                          2. Amey
                                            • 1 Year
                                            2 months, 16 days ago

                                            Anyone can be off the pace against James mate.
                                            From what I've heard/read, he's performing beautifully

                                            1. jtreble
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              • 3 Years
                                              2 months, 16 days ago

                                              Kelly?

                                            2. pumpkinhead
                                              • 5 Years
                                              2 months, 16 days ago

                                              I mean he's quick. I've watched a few Man U games and found both him and them to be off the pace as well. (Can't speak to him against Bou though).

                                          3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 9 Years
                                            2 months, 16 days ago

                                            He's just helped them go 360 minutes with only 1 goal conceded

                                            Kelly has never played a Premier league game, and has never even played a full championship season

                                            He may win his place eventually, but Rico is going to need to do something very visibly catastrophic to lose his place imo & he should be safe until & unless that happens

                                            1. jtreble
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              • 3 Years
                                              2 months, 16 days ago

                                              Thanks.

                                        4. I hate Moreno
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 7 Years
                                          2 months, 16 days ago

                                          KDB, King, Gross OUT

                                          McGinn/Grealish, Martial, Vardy (c) IN

                                          -4

                                          Got Sterling. Lot of value tied up in KDB as well. Feel that hit could pay off tho.

                                          1. TheDragon
                                            • 1 Year
                                            2 months, 16 days ago

                                            I like it a lot.

                                            Im in the (very small) sell KDB keep Sterling camp

                                            1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                                              • 5 Years
                                              2 months, 16 days ago

                                              This camp is going down 😉

                                        5. unitednations
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 8 Years
                                          2 months, 16 days ago

                                          Would you get rid of Sterling or Kdb (bought at 9.5) for Mane? Will basically come down to this

                                          A: Sterling + Martial + Ings
                                          B: KDB + Maddison + Rashford

                                          1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                                            • 5 Years
                                            2 months, 16 days ago

                                            Kdb season keeper for me

                                          2. iL PiStOlErO
                                              2 months, 16 days ago

                                              B

                                            • Freddiebell
                                              • 3 Years
                                              2 months, 16 days ago

                                              I'm keeping both atm

                                            • Tempestic
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              • 1 Year
                                              2 months, 16 days ago

                                              I acc prefer A but I think KDB is the better option to hold. Ings looks a tempting prospect now or in a couple gws.

                                          3. Lucas8406
                                              2 months, 16 days ago

                                              Bench 1
                                              A) Lundstram
                                              B) Rico
                                              C) Robertson
                                              D) Lowton

                                              1. iL PiStOlErO
                                                  2 months, 16 days ago

                                                  B

                                                • TheDragon
                                                  • 1 Year
                                                  2 months, 16 days ago

                                                  D

                                              2. Tempestic
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                • 1 Year
                                                2 months, 16 days ago

                                                I rememberI thought i'd probably missed the boat on Lundstram when I bought him in at 4.3. Boy couldn't I have been more wrong...

                                                1. iL PiStOlErO
                                                    2 months, 16 days ago

                                                    Unbelievable value

                                                  • TheDragon
                                                    • 1 Year
                                                    2 months, 16 days ago

                                                    He is probably the worst ‘Mis-categorisation’ ever by FPL

                                                  • Gudjohnsen
                                                    • 2 Years
                                                    2 months, 16 days ago

                                                    Shouldbe a 5.0 midfielder

                                                    1. Brosstan
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      • 5 Years
                                                      2 months, 16 days ago

                                                      More like 6.0+ midfielder

                                                  • Freddiebell
                                                    • 3 Years
                                                    2 months, 16 days ago

                                                    Even at the 5.0 he'd still be great value.

                                                2. Tempestic
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  • 1 Year
                                                  2 months, 16 days ago

                                                  Pope (Button)
                                                  TAA Tomori Soy (Lund Otamendi)
                                                  Mane Sterling KDB Martial (Saka)
                                                  Abraham Jimenez Maupay

                                                  Sterling, Maupay > Mount, Vardy?
                                                  With money ITB next week for Ota > Robbo.
                                                  Thoughts?

                                                3. Barca_Rover
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  • 4 Years
                                                  2 months, 16 days ago

                                                  1 week striker punt ?

                                                  1. iL PiStOlErO
                                                      2 months, 16 days ago

                                                      Jimmy or Rash

                                                    • Gudjohnsen
                                                      • 2 Years
                                                      2 months, 16 days ago

                                                      Pukki

                                                      1. Bobby Digital
                                                        • 2 Years
                                                        2 months, 16 days ago

                                                        This

                                                  2. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    • 1 Year
                                                    2 months, 16 days ago

                                                    Emerson worth it over tomori? Haven't really seen him play but apparently he's quite attacking.

                                                    1. Tempestic
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      • 1 Year
                                                      2 months, 16 days ago

                                                      He is but also a rotation risk with Alonso, not sure its worth especially if u already own Tomori

                                                    2. Freddiebell
                                                      • 3 Years
                                                      2 months, 16 days ago

                                                      Tomori more nailed

                                                  3. Hernandez Lynam
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    • 7 Years
                                                    2 months, 16 days ago

                                                    Liverpool will field different teams in two separate competitions's in a 24-hour period after the EFL announced the date of their Carabao Cup quarter-final with Aston Villa will not be changed.

                                                    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/50309214

                                                    1. Hernandez Lynam
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      • 7 Years
                                                      2 months, 16 days ago

                                                      Somebody hulk this

                                                      1. pumpkinhead
                                                        • 5 Years
                                                        2 months, 16 days ago

                                                        will do

                                                    2. Tempestic
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      • 1 Year
                                                      2 months, 16 days ago

                                                      Oh wow, didn't think they'd actually do it. Does this mean I cant watch all of liverpools games?? 🙁

                                                    3. Arteta
                                                      • 4 Years
                                                      2 months, 16 days ago

                                                      Suffering from success.

                                                    4. Hernandez Lynam
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      • 7 Years
                                                      2 months, 16 days ago

                                                      Liverpool statement: "We would like to thank the EFL for their efforts to accommodate us and we can confirm alternative dates were discussed, but ultimately none were considered suitable without compromising the scheduling of the competition itself or placing an undue strain on our playing staff. As a result, we will be utilising two playing squads simultaneously, with one squad participating in the Fifa Club World Cup in Qatar and another in the Carabao Cup."

                                                    5. Differential (c)
                                                      • 4 Years
                                                      2 months, 16 days ago

                                                      U-10s vs Villa, then. What's the problem?

                                                      1. pumpkinhead
                                                        • 5 Years
                                                        2 months, 16 days ago

                                                        Simmer down 0-9

                                                        1. Differential (c)
                                                          • 4 Years
                                                          2 months, 16 days ago

                                                          I mean ,Klopp doesnt take the CC seriously anyway? He played kids vs Arsenal.

                                                    6. RedLightning - January to M…
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      • Has Moderation Rights
                                                      • 9 Years
                                                      2 months, 16 days ago

                                                      Ridiculous competition.
                                                      They should have made the semi-final one match instead of two and played it on the date set for the semi-final first leg.
                                                      Good luck to the Liverpool 3rd eleven!

                                                    7. Amey
                                                      • 1 Year
                                                      2 months, 16 days ago

                                                      Lol
                                                      Never thought this is even possible

                                                    8. jtreble
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      • 3 Years
                                                      2 months, 16 days ago

                                                      It's Brewster time ladies!

                                                    9. Bouncebackability
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      • 10 Years
                                                      2 months, 16 days ago

                                                      Grobbelaar
                                                      McAteer Wright Carragher Bjornebye
                                                      McManaman Gerrard Redknapp Berger
                                                      Fowler Heskey

                                                      Semi finals here we come.

                                                  4. olidooley
                                                    • 7 Years
                                                    2 months, 16 days ago

                                                    RMWCT....0.3 itb too. How to use it?

                                                    Pope McGovern
                                                    Robertson TAA Söyüncü Lundstram Willems
                                                    Mané KDB Maddison Mould Dendoncker
                                                    Abraham Vardy Jiménez

                                                    1. Bobby Digital
                                                      • 2 Years
                                                      2 months, 16 days ago

                                                      Team looks good!

                                                  5. Bobby Digital
                                                    • 2 Years
                                                    2 months, 16 days ago

                                                    Which combo will score more?

                                                    A) Sterling and Lundstram + 4pts
                                                    Or
                                                    B) Vardy and Mount

                                                    1. Freddiebell
                                                      • 3 Years
                                                      2 months, 16 days ago

                                                      I like A but I've got to say B for this week.

                                                      1. Bobby Digital
                                                        • 2 Years
                                                        2 months, 16 days ago

                                                        Cheers

                                                  6. EmreCan Hustle
                                                    • 7 Years
                                                    2 months, 16 days ago

                                                    https://twitter.com/RBLeipzig_EN/status/1191760580568326146?s=19

                                                    Can someone tell me what the starting XI reads please?

                                                    1. Brosstan
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      • 5 Years
                                                      2 months, 16 days ago

                                                      Håland benched

                                                  7. Lindelol
                                                    • 1 Year
                                                    2 months, 16 days ago

                                                    Pope Mcgovern
                                                    TAA Soyuncu Lundstram Rico Tomori
                                                    Mane Sterling KDB Maddison dendo
                                                    Abraham Vardy Connolly

                                                    suggestions or GTG?

                                                    1. Tempestic
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      • 1 Year
                                                      2 months, 16 days ago

                                                      Whos on the bench?

                                                      1. Lindelol
                                                        • 1 Year
                                                        2 months, 16 days ago

                                                        Connolly Soy and Dendo

                                                        1. Lindelol
                                                          • 1 Year
                                                          2 months, 16 days ago

                                                          soy or rico still not decided

                                                  8. Differential (c)
                                                    • 4 Years
                                                    2 months, 16 days ago

                                                    Son RC overturned.

                                                    1. Brosstan
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      • 5 Years
                                                      2 months, 16 days ago

                                                      Surprising but correct and good decision.