Scout Notes

Why Lundstram and Sheffield United struggled against Newcastle

Sheffield United 0-2 Newcastle United

  • Goals: Allan Saint-Maximin (£5.4m), Jonjo Shelvey (£5.0m)
  • Assists: Javier Manquillo (£4.3m), Andy Carroll (£5.4m)
  • Bonus: Manquillo x3, Martin Dubrakva (£5.0m) x2, Shelvey x1

Newcastle United didn’t read the script on Thursday evening as they ended Sheffield United’s seven-match unbeaten league run and inflicted the heaviest home defeat on Chris Wilder’s side since January 2017.

The Blades’ fixture against Steve Bruce’s team was one of the more attractive-looking matches of Gameweek 15, particularly from a defensive perspective.

Newcastle are bottom or second-bottom for shots in the box, big chances and overall efforts on goal this season, while only Leicester City have kept more clean sheets than Wilder’s troops in 2019/20.

Fantasy managers were certainly keen on the encounter, with Dean Henderson (£4.7m) the most-bought goalkeeper of this Gameweek.

John Lundstram (£5.1m) was already a popular option, of course, but his ownership and price hit a season-high ahead of this fixture, with just under 90,000 more Fantasy Premier League managers transferring him in.

Over 16,000 maverick FPL bosses even handed the armband to Lundstram for this plum home game.

Allan Saint-Maximin‘s (£5.4m) 15th-minute header sent millions of clean sheets up in smoke, however, with Jonjo Shelvey (£5.0m) rubbing salt into the wounds when racing clear to double the lead midway through the second half – more on that controversial goal in a bit.

It wasn’t any better for owners of Lys Mousset (£5.1m), who was the most-bought FPL asset of Gameweek 15.

He and strike partner David McGoldrick (£5.4m) were both rested for this encounter, emerging from the bench late in the game for frustrating one-point cameos.

It’s all too easy to apply retrospective narratives to freak results (if we can call it that) such as these.

Some may argue that Wilder shouldn’t have rested two in-the-groove strikers in one fell swoop, especially as understudy Billy Sharp (£5.6m) hadn’t started a league game all season.

Sharp and Oli McBurnie (£5.7m) were a fairly static strike pairing, with McGoldrick’s link-up play and Mousset’s pace missed.

Others may point to the fact that the Blades boss has barely changed his other nine first-team regulars at all, with fatigue something to watch out for in December as the fixture pile-up catches up with this impressive Sheffield United side.

Perhaps the truth of the matter was that this game was so unlike anything that had gone before this season, with the hosts suddenly finding themselves an early goal down, with the majority of the ball and camped in Newcastle’s half.

Sheffield United averaged 41.1% possession and 137.9 passes in the opposition half per Premier League match before Thursday night.

Against Bruce’s backs-to-the-wall Geordies, those figures shot up to 72.7% and 362 respectively.

All of a sudden the boot was on the other foot and a Blades side so adept at soaking up pressure and hitting teams with dynamic, direct attacks had to find a way of patiently breaking down a five-man defence.

There were chances, it has to be said: Martin Dubravka (£5.0m) was forced into a superb stop to keep out a McBurnie header and made some other camera-friendly saves to repel a deflected Enda Stevens (£5.1m) drive, an Oliver Norwood (£4.9m) free-kick and another McBurnie header after the break.

The sustained possession didn’t really lead to many clear-cut opportunities (the first McBurnie header aside), though, and Shelvey’s goal killed the contest stone-dead with a quarter of the game still to play.

The Newcastle midfielder’s strike was the source of much debate, with an offside flag on Andy Carroll (£5.4m) prompting everyone bar Shelvey and match referee Stuart Attwell to halt proceedings (Henderson doing his best Fabian Barthez impression) and allow the former Swansea man to race clear and finish coolly.

A referral to the VAR saw the offside call overruled, with Wilder furious on the sidelines.

The Sheffield United boss said later:

This game in a heartbeat has changed. This game now is completely different to what I experienced as a 16-year-old lad as an apprentice. I don’t know where it is going and it is sucking the life out of me and the supporters.

I was told at the start of the season that the linesman would not put his flag up and let it go. He put his flag up and the referee was about to blow his whistle. Everyone in the ground stopped. Jonjo Shelvey even nonchalantly went up and took an opportunity. His body language said to me he had seen the linesman had put the flag up and he was going to be offside.

I want to be talking about our first season back in the Premier League. I want to talk about trying to break down a team like Newcastle – to talk about football and not yet again VAR.

Reflecting on the game itself, Wilder said:

I’m okay with the performance. With the ball, I thought we played very well. I should imagine that’s the most we’ve dominated any team in terms of possession this season.

But, as I’ve said all along, possession doesn’t win you games. Goals do. We were desperately disappointed with the goal we conceded and then missed a few chances ourselves.

Newcastle are a curious bunch, boasting one of the least-potent attacks in the division yet sitting comfortably in 11th after impressive wins over the likes of Manchester United, Spurs and Sheffield United, to go with Saturday’s 2-2 draw against the reigning champions.

Earlier this season we wrote that the Magpies look much more comfortable when playing in Rafael Benitez’s 5-4-1, with Steve Bruce’s early-season experiments with a 3-5-2 and 4-4-2 bringing heavy beatings and disjointed displays.

To Bruce’s credit, he has revisited the tactics of his predecessor, which undoubtedly play to Newcastle’s strengths: i.e. their defence.

This was the Magpies’ fourth clean sheet of the season (not an outstanding figure but still more than Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United have managed) and, yet again, there was a defender involved in one of their goals: Javier Manquillo (£4.3m) crossing for Saint-Maximin to break the deadlock.

While Miguel Almiron (£5.8m) continues to beaver away to little avail and Joelinton (£5.7m) awaits his first goal since August (he was benched for Carroll at Bramall Lane), the Magpies do at least have some creative quality in the form of Shelvey and Saint-Maximin.

Neither really nailed down a start until a couple of months ago but the pair do add a dash of flair to an otherwise workmanlike side.

Budget FPL asset Shelvey here scored his third goal in five Gameweeks and continues to impress in a midfield two, something he had struggled with previously under Benitez.

The exciting Saint-Maximin finally added an end product to his hugely watchable trickery, meanwhile, opening his Newcastle account from Manquillo’s cross.

The Frenchman has been playing through the pain barrier of late and was pictured with ice on his ankle after the game, telling reporters:

In England, you have to walk out when you have some pain. It’s what I do. I started thinking I wouldn’t go and then I told the coach I wanted to play. Even if I have pain, I got one goal and we won.

Bruce picked out Carroll and Dubrakva for praise, saying:

Andy Carroll can be crucial for us. It’s pretty evident, and I think everyone can see that he needs games but he’s got through 65 minutes.

Martin has pulled off some great saves and kept us in it at a crucial time. It’s not bad to have a goalkeeper in such a rich vein of form.

Dubravka is now the joint-fourth leading points-scorer among goalkeepers this season.

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1,052 Comments Post a Comment
  1. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Danny Ings. Good buy at his price.

    1. Regin
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      got him in 2 weeks ago for tammy. got 9+9. cant complain.

      1. Cheesyzoot
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Did the exact same, very happy with the move

        • Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Same. V pleased and no rush to get Tammy back

      2. Berbinho's Forehead
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        It frustrates me when rubbish players get FPL points.

        1. La Roja
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Harsh

    2. Fpl-king
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Sterling to either Son or Alli? Who would you go for?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Alli

      2. Aubaaaaa
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Alli

    3. EL tridente
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Who to captain?
      A) Salah
      B) Son
      C) Vardy

      1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 15 days ago

        If you have Salah, cap him for this and then sell soon after

      2. BellyKlopp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        A for a punt? you own the other 2 who will be well captained

        1. BellyKlopp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          he also scored a hatty at Bou last yr

      3. logjoz
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Has to be Vardy. Whole country wants that record!

          1. GuenDoozy
              1 month, 15 days ago

              what record?

              1. logjoz
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Getting one closer to the 11

          2. The Prophet
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Folks, I’m new (ish) to this...

            Does this seem worthwhile with two free transfers??

            Sterling and Pulisic OUT

            KDB and Alli IN

            Curious to know if it looks a mistake. Thanks.

            1. toca
                1 month, 15 days ago

                No man, it looks good. Go for it!

              • MC-HAMMERS-TROUSERS
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                I'm considering a similar move.
                Nearly put Alli in when Mourinho got the job but didn't
                For this reason I might go for Son instead for some redemption.

                1. The Prophet
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Thanks lads.

              • chriscosta
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                10 years is hardly newish, lol

              • chriscosta
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                btw good move

            2. fachada
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Injury update on Martial and Pogba
              We hope to have Anthony definitely for part of the game, not sure if he’s able to start, Paul won’t be, no.

              1. Berbinho's Forehead
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Pogba has done everything he can to leave. Miraculously fit in January.

            3. Taegugk Warrior
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 15 days ago

              selling TAA to bring in Alli is crazy...?

              1. GuenDoozy
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  yeah

                • toca
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    with GW18 coming up and if you have other Liverpool assets, no its not crazy at all.

                    1. GuenDoozy
                        1 month, 15 days ago

                        why have liverpool assets all this while if you dont play them in GW17 vs Watford at home

                        1. toca
                            1 month, 15 days ago

                            True, but my point was if you dont already have a strategy in place for that tricky GW18, maybe to get rid of one of Liverpool assets would not be as bad. Depends on rest of team, bench and other Liverrpool assets. No?

                            1. GuenDoozy
                                1 month, 15 days ago

                                I will probably invest in getting good cheap bench players for the that GW and just bench my 2 pool players for that GW. Can't afford to lose 0.2m on TAA and 0.4m on mane

                        2. makivelja
                            1 month, 15 days ago

                            Maybe not...depends on what the rest of your team looks like...

                        3. logjoz
                            1 month, 15 days ago

                            Any thoughts guys? no FTs but always open to a hit

                            Pope
                            Lundstram Pereira Soy TAA
                            KDB Mane D.Silva Mount
                            Jimi Vardy

                            1. toca
                                1 month, 15 days ago

                                Its fine!

                            2. Neo-Viper
                              • 4 Years
                              1 month, 15 days ago

                              Pulisic to Alli for free?

                              1. Jafoole_88
                                • 5 Years
                                1 month, 15 days ago

                                Nah. I'd only do that move for a hit

                                1. Neo-Viper
                                  • 4 Years
                                  1 month, 15 days ago

                                  But i have a freebie. Who to turn it into a hit so that it can be fruitful

                                  1. Hakim Ziyech
                                    • 1 Year
                                    1 month, 15 days ago

                                    Sell him twice

                              2. Miguel Sanchez
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 3 Years
                                1 month, 15 days ago

                                Yes I would

                                1. Neo-Viper
                                  • 4 Years
                                  1 month, 15 days ago

                                  No Tammy in my team either. Would that change your mind?

                                  1. Miguel Sanchez
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 3 Years
                                    1 month, 15 days ago

                                    Wait on Frank but think he is important to get in too

                              3. logjoz
                                  1 month, 15 days ago

                                  Really don't get the Alli fever. Even Richarlison's underlying stats aren't far off from the last 4GWs, playing in a terrible Everton side

                                  1. avfc82
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • Has Moderation Rights
                                    • 10 Years
                                    1 month, 15 days ago

                                    Looking at the last four is a bit irrelevant, as Mourinho has only took charge of three, but I agree Richarlison has done well in a struggling Everton side.

                                • makivelja
                                    1 month, 15 days ago

                                    If you have another Chelsea player in your team, definitely yes.

                                  • Old Gregg
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 3 Years
                                    1 month, 15 days ago

                                    thinking about this move also. Can't decide.

                                • Assist me a river
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 3 Years
                                  1 month, 15 days ago

                                  Much needed help...! Have 2FT,! What to do?

                                  Pope/button
                                  Robertson - Lundstram - Tomori - Rico - Janmaat

                                  0.1 itb.

                                  1. I hate Moreno
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 7 Years
                                    1 month, 15 days ago

                                    Buy some midfielders and forwards

                                • Atimis
                                  • 3 Years
                                  1 month, 15 days ago

                                  Wanna get Dele and get rid of Auba:

                                  Out:
                                  1) Pulisic
                                  2) Maddison
                                  3) KDB

                                  In:
                                  A) Tammy
                                  B) Rashford

                                  1. GreennRed
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 8 Years
                                    1 month, 15 days ago

                                    3A

                                    1. GreennRed
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 8 Years
                                      1 month, 15 days ago

                                      Sorry, half asleep. Thought you'd be buying Kev. 1A.

                                  2. claretparrot
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 1 Year
                                    1 month, 15 days ago

                                    2A, but close between 1 & 2

                                  3. Miguel Sanchez
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 3 Years
                                    1 month, 15 days ago

                                    A1

                                • goldengove
                                  • 1 Year
                                  1 month, 15 days ago

                                  Quick one... bench correct?

                                  Henderson
                                  TAA Soy Lundstram
                                  Ali (C) Mane KDB Maddy
                                  Vardy Jimi Tammy

                                  Button Cantwell Tomori Rico

                                  1. Gudjohnsen
                                    • 2 Years
                                    1 month, 15 days ago

                                    Like your captain choice.

                                    Yeah, right order.

                                    1. goldengove
                                      • 1 Year
                                      1 month, 15 days ago

                                      Cheers pal!

                                • jimbo90
                                  • 4 Years
                                  1 month, 15 days ago

                                  Any changes to this team?

                                  Pope (Button)
                                  TAA Soy Lund (Mings Rico)
                                  KDB Mane (c) Maddison Mount (Martial)
                                  Abraham Jimenez Vardy

                                  2 FT / 0.2 ITB

                                  Worth changing Pope to one of Gazzaniga/Henderson/Ryan? Unsure about Martial may keep him for Everton at home next week

                                • tibollom
                                  • 3 Years
                                  1 month, 15 days ago

                                  Hi guys, 2 FT and 0.4 ITB and still my WC available.. do I WC or wait and fix with 2 FT?

                                  Heaton Button
                                  TAA Rico CHillwell Lunds Dunk
                                  Mane KDB Zaha Son McGin
                                  Tammy Vardy greenwood

                                • Neo-Viper
                                  • 4 Years
                                  1 month, 15 days ago

                                  No Tammy in my team either. Would that change your mind?

                                  1. Neo-Viper
                                    • 4 Years
                                    1 month, 15 days ago

                                    Reply fail

                                • Trophé Mourinho
                                    1 month, 15 days ago

                                    choo choo, all aboard the zaha train, calling at:
                                    WAT(A)
                                    BHA(H)
                                    NEW(A)
                                    WHU(H)
                                    SOU(A)
                                    NOR (A)

                                    The line terminates at Norwich

                                    1. GuenDoozy
                                        1 month, 15 days ago

                                        if only he was better

                                      • Christina.
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 9 Years
                                        1 month, 15 days ago

                                        I prefer walking thks.

                                        1. Trophé Mourinho
                                            1 month, 15 days ago

                                            discounted tickets for oaps!

                                        2. Greenbackbøøg…
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 5 Years
                                          1 month, 15 days ago

                                          his stats are poor but no one seems to mind

                                        3. toca
                                            1 month, 15 days ago

                                            I´ll get an UBER, thanks.

                                        4. King Didier
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          1 month, 15 days ago

                                          2FT £0.0 itb

                                          Gazz
                                          TAA, Lund, Soy
                                          Mane, Martial, Willian, Maddison
                                          Auba,Vardy,Ings

                                          Foster, Dend, Tomori, Targett

                                          What to do?
                                          A. Martial --> Pulisic
                                          B. Willian + Auba --> Son + Tammy
                                          C.Martial, Willian, Auba --> Pulisic, Son, Tammy ( -4)
                                          D. Other?

                                        5. masyuris
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 7 Years
                                          1 month, 15 days ago

                                          GW 18 blank & potential blank with high ownership (> 10%):
                                          1. Mane (blank)
                                          2. TAA (blank)
                                          3. Sterling (4 YC)
                                          4. Lundstram (4 YC)
                                          5. Rico (4 YC)

                                          So, it is better for you to save FT for GW 17

                                          1. Gudjohnsen
                                            • 2 Years
                                            1 month, 15 days ago

                                            When will the yellow cards be void?

                                            1. Trophé Mourinho
                                                1 month, 15 days ago

                                                GW20 last game for Pool/West Ham
                                                GW19 for rest.

                                            2. Holmes (specialist in failu…
                                              • 6 Years
                                              1 month, 15 days ago

                                              If you plan to get rid, that make sense

                                          2. Bubbles1985
                                            • 2 Years
                                            1 month, 15 days ago

                                            Gazza
                                            TAA Lundstram Soy
                                            Mane KDB(vc) Mount Alli
                                            Abra Mousset Vardy(c)

                                            Button Cantwell Kelly Rico

                                            GTG?

                                          3. Slitherene
                                            • 1 Year
                                            1 month, 15 days ago

                                            Can only play 1, out of the following 3

                                            A) Rashford (mci)
                                            B) Mount (eve)
                                            C) Stevens (nor)

                                            So which one should it be??

                                            1. markloe
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              • 9 Years
                                              1 month, 15 days ago

                                              Rashford

                                            2. Royal5
                                              • 8 Years
                                              1 month, 15 days ago

                                              Not sure if serious

                                          4. Alli
                                            • 2 Years
                                            1 month, 15 days ago

                                            A) Jimé > Tammy (if fit)
                                            B) Pulisic > Zaha/Maddison
                                            C) Other?

                                            2 FT - 0.4 ITB

                                            Ryan
                                            Robbo - Söyüncü - Aurier
                                            Mané(vc) - Son - KDB - Pulisic
                                            Vardy(c) - Jiménez - Ings

                                            Button - Cantwell - Lundstram - Rico

                                            1. kuzser
                                              • 2 Years
                                              1 month, 15 days ago

                                              I’d say not the best time for either. Jimi has a nice fixture, not sure Maddison is worth a transfer just for 2 fixtures... button->Martin and monitor zaha this weekend?

                                          5. Berbinho's Forehead
                                            • 9 Years
                                            1 month, 15 days ago

                                            This is my worst season to date. Approach hasn't changed but my time invested has - I don't think it's down to that though. I'm seeing managers who don't play FPL ardently comfortably in the top 100k and 50k - some have even squeezed into the top 10k. There's now more managers, more statistical data and more FPL sites to help.

                                            What is now considered a respectable rank?

                                            1. GuenDoozy
                                                1 month, 15 days ago

                                                top 50K

                                              • IRBOX ⚽
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                • 2 Years
                                                1 month, 15 days ago

                                                You only have to look at the season history of the current top 10k to realise that this more than ever is the season of the casual! Top 50k nowadays is like the Top 10k of the early years imo.

                                                1. Berbinho's Forehead
                                                  • 9 Years
                                                  1 month, 15 days ago

                                                  Agreed. It's so hard - I'm not a great FPL manager by any means but I like to think I know more than a causal - seems like they're doing waaaayyy better than me! 🙂

                                              • Christina.
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                • 9 Years
                                                1 month, 15 days ago

                                                top 100k I reckon is very decent these days

                                                1. Berbinho's Forehead
                                                  • 9 Years
                                                  1 month, 15 days ago

                                                  I'm beginning to think that too. Perhaps top 50k is the new top 10k too.

                                              • King Kohli
                                                • 7 Years
                                                1 month, 15 days ago

                                                Top 50k is the new top 10k

                                              • Slitherene
                                                • 1 Year
                                                1 month, 15 days ago

                                                Too early in the season to care about the rank. Come December end, things might look different for a lot of those managers who have already used their 1st WC. Best to increase your squad depth & worry about the rank from January. Good luck for the fixture pile up!

                                              • andy85wsm
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                • Has Moderation Rights
                                                • 9 Years
                                                1 month, 15 days ago

                                                I was 97k in GW3.

                                                Haven't been back in the top 100k since.

                                                Currently sitting at 523k....awful!

                                                Respectable....I'd still like to get into the top 20k personally

                                              • Royal5
                                                • 8 Years
                                                1 month, 15 days ago

                                                Same here. In my ML leagues people that usually finishes around 2 million are leading. Having a mare myself sitting at 1 mill.

                                              • jtreble
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                • 3 Years
                                                1 month, 15 days ago

                                                Top 1% is under 71K - that seems pretty respectable to me.

                                              • Pompel
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                • 5 Years
                                                1 month, 15 days ago

                                                Having the same feeling, rank getting worse and worse every season. I think it simply because everyone and his dog is being spoon fed on ho to set up their FPL teams, so most active players will be close to a pretty good template. It's even on the front page of the biggest newspapers these days. So only those who spot differentials like Ings climb the ranks 😉

                                            2. IRBOX ⚽
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              • 2 Years
                                              1 month, 15 days ago

                                              Anyone with fewer than 120 captain points on the season? Absolutely comical 😆

                                              1. Hakim Ziyech
                                                • 1 Year
                                                1 month, 15 days ago

                                                How is that comical?

                                                1. IRBOX ⚽
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  • 2 Years
                                                  1 month, 15 days ago

                                                  Because it’s almost impossible to have less. My captain is averaging 4 points. 4!

                                              2. GuenDoozy
                                                  1 month, 15 days ago

                                                  its because you were too stubborn/delusional and didn't bring Vardy in, and don't own Mane. The two standout captaincy options

                                                  1. IRBOX ⚽
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    • 2 Years
                                                    1 month, 15 days ago

                                                    My two most hated players in FPL.. no wonder it’s a horror season

                                                    1. GuenDoozy
                                                        1 month, 15 days ago

                                                        its because you give stats too much importance 🙂

                                                        1. IRBOX ⚽
                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                          • 2 Years
                                                          1 month, 15 days ago

                                                          Really? You know how I manage my squad? That’s a gross and incorrect generalisation. My approach is predominantly based on the eye test, followed by fixtures/form, and lastly but also importantly statistics

                                                          1. Christina.
                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                            • 9 Years
                                                            1 month, 15 days ago

                                                            sometimes when players keep on scoring in fpl you have to just bite the bullet and buy them - less to worry about that way. Mane and Vardy springs to mind. Ramsey and yaya a couple of years ago.

                                                            1. IRBOX ⚽
                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                              • 2 Years
                                                              1 month, 15 days ago

                                                              Yep, Salah and Sterling have killed my season for sure at the expense of Mane and Vardy

                                                          2. GuenDoozy
                                                              1 month, 15 days ago

                                                              I remember quite well your rationale for not getting Vardy, for keeping Salah over mane, for persisting with Sterling (c)...It was just alot of objective stat, especially expected stat talk.

                                                              1. IRBOX ⚽
                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                • 2 Years
                                                                1 month, 15 days ago

                                                                It was part of the puzzle which had never seen me finish outside top 0.5% in 3 seasons.. until now

                                                                1. GuenDoozy
                                                                    1 month, 15 days ago

                                                                    You and many others here bud

                                                      • Christina.
                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                        • 9 Years
                                                        1 month, 15 days ago

                                                        I had 96 pts 4 weeks ago. Then Vardy arrived in my team.

                                                        Now 166.

                                                        1. GuenDoozy
                                                            1 month, 15 days ago

                                                            Same, 166 here too

                                                          • Holmes (specialist in failu…
                                                            • 6 Years
                                                            1 month, 15 days ago

                                                            Whats your current rank?

                                                            Same captaincy score as me but you were in top 1k I guess 😮

                                                            1. Christina.
                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                              • 9 Years
                                                              1 month, 15 days ago

                                                              slipped to 4372 OR

                                                        2. Trophé Mourinho
                                                            1 month, 15 days ago

                                                            190 here, only 4 blanks, averaging 12.6666 :>
                                                            There has to be some form of correlation in your captain fails, whatever is you requirements for cap, go with the opposite?
                                                            Away fixture which is average / bad is actually the best returner more often than not?

                                                            1. IRBOX ⚽
                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                              • 2 Years
                                                              1 month, 15 days ago

                                                              Solely based on Salah and Sterling this season unfortunately

                                                              1. Trophé Mourinho
                                                                  1 month, 15 days ago

                                                                  my score is very high but even with that i only correctly captained my highest scorer once. Havent worked it out but would be around 270/80+ if i got it right every week. crazy points

                                                            2. King Kohli
                                                              • 7 Years
                                                              1 month, 15 days ago

                                                              198 here, still hovering around 180k rank

                                                          • kuzser
                                                            • 2 Years
                                                            1 month, 15 days ago

                                                            2 questions for this side guys:

                                                            1. Who to captain
                                                            A-Vardy
                                                            B- Alli

                                                            2. Play
                                                            A. Soy
                                                            B. Lund

                                                            Henderson
                                                            Taa Aurier Lundstram
                                                            Kdb mane Maddison Alli
                                                            Jiménez Vardy Abraham

                                                            Button soy saka hanley

                                                          • andy85wsm
                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                            • Has Moderation Rights
                                                            • 9 Years
                                                            1 month, 15 days ago

                                                            Alli is annoying me. Would like him this week but only KDB or Maddison to him is a play I have.

                                                            Could do Jimenez to fodder and switch to 3-5-2 but a hit to do that before Brighton (a) doesn't seem logical and then Alli has Wolves (a), Chelsea (h)...

                                                            May just have to take it on the chin.

                                                            Anyone else really want him but struggling to find a way to bring him in? (That they like...)

                                                            1. GuenDoozy
                                                                1 month, 15 days ago

                                                                Same, I am considering a move which I would usually never consider. Son, Jimmy > Alli, Rash next week. There are just too many consistent point scorers this season and you have to pick the best of the lot.

                                                              • Jamb0
                                                                • 2 Years
                                                                1 month, 15 days ago

                                                                Same! Really want him but no keen on dropping any of KDB, Maddison or Pulisic for him just yet

                                                              • Free Hat
                                                                  1 month, 15 days ago

                                                                  Removing Salah(with upcom fixt) for Alli wasnt easy.
                                                                  But that also involved 2nd move of Connolly to Tammy.
                                                                  So happier with those 2 in the long run.

                                                              • DAZZ
                                                                • 5 Years
                                                                1 month, 15 days ago

                                                                Really not feeling Vardy away to Villa. Villa are a resilient side especially at home, the game with Liverpool showed that. I can’t help but think Son running at that Burnley defence could cause mayhem!

                                                                1. Berbinho's Forehead
                                                                  • 9 Years
                                                                  1 month, 15 days ago

                                                                  Reckon Villa win this one.

                                                                2. King Kohli
                                                                  • 7 Years
                                                                  1 month, 15 days ago

                                                                  Slim chance of Son being rested is putting me off

                                                                  1. DAZZ
                                                                    • 5 Years
                                                                    1 month, 15 days ago

                                                                    Same goes for anyone this weekend.

                                                                    1. GuenDoozy
                                                                        1 month, 15 days ago

                                                                        except for Vardy

                                                                        1. jtreble
                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                          • 3 Years
                                                                          1 month, 15 days ago

                                                                          ... and Salah. I’m a little surprised I haven’t seen many calls for Mane > Salah.

                                                                          1. GuenDoozy
                                                                              1 month, 15 days ago

                                                                              would make no sense because one is in supreme form and unlikely to be rested at all, and the other is in patchy form with a dodgy ankle.

                                                                              1. jtreble
                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                • 3 Years
                                                                                1 month, 15 days ago

                                                                                As a one week punt though?

                                                                                1. GuenDoozy
                                                                                    1 month, 15 days ago

                                                                                    most have too much value tied in Mane to be making a one week Salah switch

                                                                      • Trophé Mourinho
                                                                          1 month, 15 days ago

                                                                          im not feeling vardy either, maybe its the 5 points just gone that Mane made a mockery of. Call me crazy but its currently on Rashford with alli coming in as a close second

                                                                        • toca
                                                                            1 month, 15 days ago

                                                                            I think you are right, its gonna be really tough for Leicester for a number of reasons IMO:

                                                                            1. Leicester is 2nd place, so everyone now wants to beat them as they want to beat Liverpool or City.
                                                                            2. As a result of point 1, opposing managers really go for it and are now setting up their teams in deeper positions and playing from the back.
                                                                            3. As a result of point 2, Vardy - their main star and most important player - sees himself surrounded by defenders in numbers he is not used to, and a lot more difficult to play to his main strengh - running into the space behind the def line and pull the trigger.
                                                                            4. As a result of point 3, they are clearly struggling abit more atm. You look at last results playing Palace, Everton and Watford and it was always 2nd half goals (palace & watford last minute goals) and Rodgers had to change the shape of the team introducing a partner to play alongside Vardy.

                                                                            1. toca
                                                                                1 month, 15 days ago

                                                                                Having said that, Villa is very attacking minded team playing at home, so they might not go for the deeper def line strategy. If this is the case, I think Vardy will shine. Again.

                                                                          • Noregretz
                                                                            • 2 Years
                                                                            1 month, 15 days ago

                                                                            Current: Vardy, Jimi, Ings

                                                                            For the rest of December, Tammy ?

                                                                            1. Noregretz
                                                                              • 2 Years
                                                                              1 month, 15 days ago

                                                                              For Ings

                                                                          • andres
                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                            • 8 Years
                                                                            1 month, 15 days ago

                                                                            Hedno
                                                                            TAA Soy Lund
                                                                            Mane KDB Son Tielemans
                                                                            Rash Vardy Jimenez

                                                                            Kelly, cantwell, Pieters 0.6 ITB 1FT.

                                                                            A jimi to tammy
                                                                            B son, tielemans => alli, madds/ pulisic
                                                                            C pieters to someone

                                                                          • Andrew
                                                                            • 7 Years
                                                                            1 month, 15 days ago

                                                                            Anyone else captaining Sterling / KDB surely they will put a few past United?

                                                                            1. Gudjohnsen
                                                                              • 2 Years
                                                                              1 month, 15 days ago

                                                                              Tempting but I'm going with Salah since I have him. Owner of all 3 btw.

                                                                            2. Noregretz
                                                                              • 2 Years
                                                                              1 month, 15 days ago

                                                                              More than likely they will, however it’s a risk due to it being a derby, and with Rashford on form who knows.

                                                                            3. ManUnitedComeBack
                                                                              • 3 Years
                                                                              1 month, 15 days ago

                                                                              Yes, but not worth a captaincy. I reckon it'll be B.Silva or Gundogan to score.

                                                                            4. iL PiStOlErO
                                                                                1 month, 15 days ago

                                                                                At this point Utd could also put few pat City. But if I had Raz I'd keep for sure

                                                                            5. chriscosta
                                                                              • 9 Years
                                                                              1 month, 15 days ago

                                                                              who to captain this GW ???

                                                                              A) Mane (bou)
                                                                              B) KDB (manU)
                                                                              C) Vardy (villa)
                                                                              D) Auba (wham) - west ham have a keeper issue ? (not sure about martin )

                                                                              1. Gudjohnsen
                                                                                • 2 Years
                                                                                1 month, 15 days ago

                                                                                D

                                                                              2. Champione
                                                                                • 4 Years
                                                                                1 month, 15 days ago

                                                                                A if you think he'll start. Too much risk for me, so C then

                                                                              3. chriscosta
                                                                                • 9 Years
                                                                                1 month, 15 days ago

                                                                                atm it on mane, but am worried too, that he may be benched

                                                                            6. iL PiStOlErO
                                                                                1 month, 15 days ago

                                                                                What to do what to do? Not sure what would be best for my team atm and appreciate any help guys.

                                                                                Pope Button
                                                                                TAA Lund Soy Rico Guilbert
                                                                                Mo KdB Son Pulisic Dendo
                                                                                Party Rash Mousse

                                                                                0.1 itb, 2ft

                                                                                1. Noregretz
                                                                                  • 2 Years
                                                                                  1 month, 15 days ago

                                                                                  I think your ok to hold tbh

                                                                                  The only recommendation I’d make (which isn’t exactly necessary) is to upgrade your keeper but you only have 0.1 ITB. You could hold until next gw and then do two transfer which you could free up some funds.

                                                                                  Be aware of gw 18 where there is no Liverpool game.

                                                                                  1. iL PiStOlErO
                                                                                      1 month, 15 days ago

                                                                                      Cheers mate, appreciate this a lot. But this week I have 2ft so maybe use at least one to not get wasted. For example something like Rico to Kelly? Wanted to change Pope but money is issue and after this gw Pope actually has 3 ok games.