Scout Notes

Vardy’s goal streak continues as FPL’s best defence banks another clean sheet

Leicester City 2-0 Watford

  • Goals: Jamie Vardy (£9.9m), James Maddison (£7.6m)
  • Assists: Jonny Evans (£5.1m), James Justin (£4.8m)
  • Bonus: Evans x3, Maddison x2, Ricardo Pereira (£6.4m)

They can’t all be 9-0s.

The bar was set ludicrously high by Brendan Rodgers’ side in Gameweek 8 and since then the Foxes have recorded more modest victories, scoring exactly two goals in each of their last five league matches.

With in excess of two million Fantasy Premier League managers and over 82% of the top 10k handing the armband to Jamie Vardy (£9.9m) ahead of Leicester City’s home match against managerless, bottom-of-the-table Watford, there were wildly optimistic predictions of another mauling and a deluge of FPL points.

What followed was a game strikingly similar to the Gameweek 14 victory over Everton just three days earlier.

In both cases, a struggling Premier League team had frustrated the Foxes until well into the second half and forced Rodgers to shuffle his pack.

With a busy December ahead, the Leicester boss had hinted at rotation in his pre-match press conference, highlighting the probable need to freshen his starting XI up in order to maintain his side’s “energy and intensity”.

Despite these comments, Rodgers’ only alteration to his starting XI was an enforced one: Christian Fuchs (£4.3m) replacing the injured Ben Chilwell (£5.9m) at left-back.

It was perhaps no surprise, then, that some of Leicester’s players looked leggy against the Hornets on Wednesday, with the exertions of their last-gasp victory over Everton just over 72 hours before this latest match taking its toll.

Youri Tielemans (£6.7m), an ever-present this season and a player who had lasted at least 80 minutes in all 14 previous league fixtures, appeared to be particularly jaded and was substituted midway through the second half.

Ayoze Perez (£6.2m) has been mostly ineffectual in the last two Gameweeks, meanwhile, and, having been hauled off for Kelechi Iheanacho (£5.7m) on Sunday, he failed to make it out after the interval against Watford last night.

It wouldn’t be a huge surprise if Rodgers makes a change or two against Aston Villa this weekend, then, with Tielemans and Perez among the leading candidates for a breather in the Midlands.

The Leicester boss said after the game:

We’ve played better this season. However, the mentality of the team and the ability to keep going… Hayden [Mullins] set the team up very well, Watford were very compact, very tight, deep, tried to frustrate. So that’s always difficult. But we had to keep our perseverance and keep going.

Harvey Barnes (£5.9m) looked anything but fatigued and, despite a fifth blank in a row, was one of the Foxes’ brighter players, especially in the first half.

A one-two with James Maddison (£7.6m) resulted in Barnes firing into the side netting before the left-winger danced his way through the Watford defence, only to be denied by Ben Foster (£4.8m) from close range.

The Watford goalkeeper was at it again after just after the break, thwarting Barnes from inside the six-yard box.

This was the young midfielder’s tenth start in a row for the Foxes; it was also the tenth successive game in which he has been substituted. Therein lies one of the downsides to Barnes, especially with Rodgers blessed with attack-minded options on the bench and threatening rotation over Christmas.

As was the case at the King Power Stadium on Sunday, it was a Vardy goal that set Leicester on their way to victory.

There is now almost a sense of inevitability that he will get on the scoresheet, regardless of how anonymous he looks.

Ever since Rodgers took over earlier this year, Vardy has wrestled FPL hauls from the jaws of a blank.

The late braces against Fulham and Arsenal, plus belated attacking returns against Huddersfield Town, are still fresh in the mind from the back-end of 2018/19.

Ten of his 14 goals this season have come in the second half and, although his latest strike came courtesy of a generous penalty award after a foul from Adam Masina (£4.3m) on Jonny Evans (£5.1m), he had arguably earned a lucky spot-kick decision, having been harshly penalised – and booked – for simulation in the Watford box earlier in the game.

The in-form premium striker, who remains FPL’s leading points-scorer, almost doubled his tally soon after, only to see his dinked effort hacked away from near the goal-line by a retreating Masina.

Maddison added gloss to the scoreline in injury time, bundling his way forward and firing past Foster to seal the win.

The England midfielder was himself not at his best last night but his owners would have felt they were due some luck after the penalty-taking farce of Gameweek 13 that deprived him of a goal against Brighton.

Normal service was resumed at the other end of the pitch, with Leicester keeping their seventh clean sheet of the season and their fifth in six Gameweeks.

Caglar Soyuncu (£5.1m) and co were seldom troubled, with Kasper Schmeichel (£5.3m) not making a save until injury time.

A Will Hughes (£5.5m) shot that struck Troy Deeney (£6.2m) was as close as the visitors came to breaking the deadlock before that.

Chilwell missed out on the shut-out points, with Rodgers saying of his injured left-back:

Hopefully, will be OK for the weekend. Slight problem with the top of his leg, the hip area. We’ll see how he goes over the next couple of days but hopefully OK.

Watford assets will be low down on many Fantasy managers’ watchlists, certainly until we find out who will succeed Quique Sanchez Flores at Vicarage Road.

Whoever steps into the managerial hotseat has a lot to tackle, with the Hornets seven points adrift at the foot of the Premier League and offering next-to-no attacking threat at the King Power despite their wholehearted performance.

Finding the back of the net has been a real problem in 2019/20 and Watford are the only top-flight team still in single figures for goals, with this latest defeat seeing them muster only four shots in total.

Mullins showed a bit more attacking ambition in deploying a 4-4-1-1, with Deeney in for the injured Jose Holebas (£4.7m), but there was little joy to be had against the Premier League’s meanest backline.

Owners of Crystal Palace and Liverpool defenders will be hoping that Watford remain shot-shy ahead of their encounters in Gameweeks 16 and 17 respectively.

Leicester City XI (4-1-4-1): Schmeichel; Ricardo, Evans, Soyuncu, Fuchs; Ndidi; Perez (Praet 46′), Tielemans (Choudhury 69′), Maddison, Barnes (Justin 80′), Vardy.

Watford XI (4-4-1-1): Foster; Femenia, Mariappa, Cathcart, Masina; Hughes (Quina 83′), Doucoure, Capoue, Sarr; Deulofeu (Success 77′); Deeney (Gray 87′).

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1,030 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Five Season Wonder
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 28 days ago

    Hi folks, so I have a selection headache this forthcoming GW.
    (and I assume many others have the same issue...?)
    I'm obviously saving a transfer, but which two players do I bench?

    ---
    Cantwell (Sheff Utd, HOME)
    Aurier (Burnley, HOME)
    Soy (Villa, AWAY)
    Lundstram (Norwich, AWAY)
    Zaha (Watford, AWAY)
    Ings (Newcastle, AWAY)
    ---

    So tough this week who else has found themselves in this situation?

    1. Jullepuu
        5 months, 28 days ago

        Cantwell for sure and maybe Soyuncu. Second one is really tough

      • Rojo's Modern Life
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 28 days ago

        Bench cantwell, done.

      • Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 28 days ago

        Definitely play Aurier.

        So it's Cantwell, Zaha, Ings, Soy, Lundstram.

        Soy and Cantwell imo.

    2. Pep Roulette
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 28 days ago

      GW18(To field a playing 11)

      Schmeichel
      TAA Robbo Lundy Rico Reid
      Mane Son Zaha Barnes Dendo
      Vardy Jesus Jiminez

      A. Reid to playing defender(5.8)
      B. Robbo to Pereira

      1. Jullepuu
          5 months, 28 days ago

          If you don't want to get Robbo back and you prefer Pereira over anyone else then remove Robbo.

      2. WrightnBright
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 28 days ago

        My rock n roll transfer this week is Diop to Kelly!

        Now for the big question:

        A)Pope to Henderson or Guaita for free?
        B) Roll transfer

        What a time to be alive.

        1. Five Season Wonder
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 28 days ago

          Roll it and enjoy the Pope save points this weekend

          1. WrightnBright
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            5 months, 28 days ago

            My thoughts too

        2. lindeg
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 28 days ago

          would get guaita in in a heartbeat

      3. Jullepuu
          5 months, 28 days ago

          Bench one this game week:

          A) Connolly (WOL)
          B) Soyuncu (avl)
          C) Mount (eve)

          1. Fit_to_drop
              5 months, 28 days ago

              A. That wolves defence is getting meaner by the week.

              1. Jullepuu
                  5 months, 28 days ago

                  Leaning towards that as well. Could also take a hit for Tammy

            • phily4321
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              5 months, 28 days ago

              Pope,
              TAA, Lundstram, Soyuncu, Willems
              Mane, KDB, Sterling, Mount
              Vardy, Abraham,
              Bench: Button, Connolly, Rico, Saka

              2FT 1.4m ITB
              A) Sterling & Conolly > Son & Abraham
              B) Sterling & Connolly > Alli & Abraham
              C)Sterling, Jiminez & Connolly > Alli, Rashford, Abraham -4

              thoughts?

              1. Jullepuu
                  5 months, 28 days ago

                  B

                  1. phily4321
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    5 months, 28 days ago

                    Thats what i've been leaning towards. I'm tempted by bringing son in, but i see All's season ceiling as higher than son's due to what hes done in the past

                    1. Jullepuu
                        5 months, 28 days ago

                        + he is a lot cheaper

                • HUATSHOOTER
                  • 3 Years
                  5 months, 28 days ago

                  For the coming week
                  Pope
                  Aurier dunk lund
                  Mane alli(C) kdb zaha
                  Vardy abraham rash

                  Subs: button, vvd, soy, cantwell
                  Good to go?

                  1. Jullepuu
                      5 months, 28 days ago

                      I would play VVD and maybe captain Vardy. Rest looks good though

                      1. HUATSHOOTER
                        • 3 Years
                        5 months, 28 days ago

                        Nah not gonna capt vardy.wanna try smth different.everyone will capt vardy. Quite like mybcaptain pick.

                        But why vvd over dunk? I feel brighton have the chance to keep cleansheet against wolves but not liv

                        1. Jullepuu
                            5 months, 28 days ago

                            You do you mate. You could also play both of them and bench Zaha.

                            1. HUATSHOOTER
                              • 3 Years
                              5 months, 28 days ago

                              Actually u are right too mate, let me think about it. Hows ur team?

                              1. Jullepuu
                                  5 months, 28 days ago

                                  Guaita
                                  TAA Robbo Soy Lund
                                  Mane KDB Alli Mount
                                  Vardy Jimenez
                                  Connolly first sub.

                                  Could take a hit for Abraham but leaning towards playing Mount. Should maybe start Connolly but I'm not sure..

                                  1. Jullepuu
                                      5 months, 28 days ago

                                      Made the wrong call ditching Tammy. Costly 50/50. The only hope is Alli Jimenez outperforming Son Ings..

                        2. Zim0
                          • 1 Year
                          5 months, 28 days ago

                          Is moutinho a good pick for a less than 5.5m midfielder?

                          1. Jullepuu
                              5 months, 28 days ago

                              I'm not a fan. Many players aroud 6mil mark that I think will do a lot better. Grealish and JWP for example

                              1. Zim0
                                • 1 Year
                                5 months, 28 days ago

                                Can't afford them. I would prefer grealish but 0.4 off

                                1. Zim0
                                  • 1 Year
                                  5 months, 28 days ago

                                  Just need for Gameweek 18

                                  1. Jullepuu
                                      5 months, 28 days ago

                                      I'm just gonna play Hayden game week 18 and keep the money elsewhere

                            • WrightnBright
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 8 Years
                              5 months, 28 days ago

                              Which one to bench from this lot chaps?

                              A) Söyüncü
                              B) Tomori
                              C) Lundstrum
                              D) Kelly

                              1. RamaJama
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 7 Years
                                5 months, 28 days ago

                                D

                            • Disturbed
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 6 Years
                              5 months, 28 days ago

                              Repost. Best option here? 2fts.

                              a. jimmy > tammy
                              b. maddison > alli
                              c. both for free

                              mane kdb son Maddison dendo
                              vardy jimmy ings

                            • Bobby Digital
                              • 2 Years
                              5 months, 28 days ago

                              GW20 the last chance saloon to use your 1st WC?

                            • Fit_to_drop
                                5 months, 28 days ago

                                Anyone bench boosting given there are so many points OTB at the moment? Double game week or no, id take 20 points off the bench all day long.

                                1. Bobby Digital
                                  • 2 Years
                                  5 months, 28 days ago

                                  I'm planning on boosting GW17, a lot of homegames that week.

                                2. Hot Toddy
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 1 Year
                                  5 months, 28 days ago

                                  Not a hope

                              • Bobby Digital
                                • 2 Years
                                5 months, 28 days ago

                                So why was Salah benched? Thinking about Salah -> Mané, but it might be too late now...

                              • boc610
                                • 8 Years
                                5 months, 28 days ago

                                Marco Silva seems to permanently have the look on his face of the flash harry who just offered to get a round of drinks for the ladies sitting at the bar but then got turned down

                              • fgdu
                                • 6 Years
                                5 months, 28 days ago

                                A Leicester defensive double up + Vardy

                                VS

                                B Leicester def, Maddison, Vardy

                                Starting to lean towards A despite maddisons form. There are more in form mids at maddisons price than there are defenders performing like leicester

                              • Camzy
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 9 Years
                                5 months, 28 days ago

                                I've decided on a GW 18 WC. Will be just making one transfer next week to maximize gains and then off we go:

                                Core players to keep: Soyuncu, Lundstram, Mane, KdB, Vardy, Abraham, Alli

                                WC tentative:

                                Ramsdale Martin
                                TAA Soyuncu Lundstram Rico Aurier
                                Mane KdB Grealish Alli Dendoncker
                                Vardy Abraham Rashford

                                Should I be losing TAA for two weeks? How to improve that front 7?

                              • Five Season Wonder
                                • 6 Years
                                5 months, 28 days ago

                                Hi fam,

                                So I've narrowed it down to this... which player do I bench?

                                1). Aurier (Burnley, HOME)
                                2). Soy (Villa, AWAY)
                                3). Lundstram (Norwich, AWAY)
                                4). Zaha (Watford, AWAY)
                                5). Ings (Newcastle, AWAY)
                                ---

                                So tough this week! - Anyone else found themselves in this situation?

                                1. fgdu
                                  • 6 Years
                                  5 months, 28 days ago

                                  probably zaha

                                2. Kopkloppers
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 6 Years
                                  5 months, 28 days ago

                                  4 or 5

                                3. Camzy
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 9 Years
                                  5 months, 28 days ago

                                  Soy

                                4. kuzser
                                  • 3 Years
                                  5 months, 28 days ago

                                  2 or 5

                              • Kopkloppers
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 6 Years
                                5 months, 28 days ago

                                A) Abraham Rashford Kelly or
                                B) Jimmi Mousset TAA

                                1. fgdu
                                  • 6 Years
                                  5 months, 28 days ago

                                  B

                                  1. Kopkloppers
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 6 Years
                                    5 months, 28 days ago

                                    Interesting. I have been advised the opposite all week. Tnks

                                    1. fgdu
                                      • 6 Years
                                      5 months, 28 days ago

                                      wait for other peoples opinion haha. My feeling is jimmi and mousset are both in good form and TAA is miles ahead of kelly. You can't ignore rashford big hauls recently though

                                      1. Kopkloppers
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 6 Years
                                        5 months, 28 days ago

                                        Yep. I will be stubborn and stick with you.

                                2. ryacoo
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 4 Years
                                  5 months, 28 days ago

                                  A

                                  1. Kopkloppers
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 6 Years
                                    5 months, 28 days ago

                                    50/50 it seems

                                3. kuzser
                                  • 3 Years
                                  5 months, 28 days ago

                                  b

                              • ryacoo
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 4 Years
                                5 months, 28 days ago

                                Pulisic likely to get a rest? 9 consecutive starts in all comps now

                                1. Hot Toddy
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 1 Year
                                  5 months, 28 days ago

                                  Probably.

                              • kuzser
                                • 3 Years
                                5 months, 28 days ago

                                Gtg for the weekend?
                                1ft and 0.7itb

                                Henderson
                                Taa Aurier Lundstram
                                Kdb mane Maddison Alli
                                Jiménez Vardy Abraham

                                Button soy saka hanley

                              • marzo
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 8 Years
                                5 months, 26 days ago

                                This GW- would you start..
                                1. Kelly.
                                2. Cantwell.