Scout Notes

Recent defensive promise helps Saints stifle shotless Vardy

Leicester 1-2 Southampton

Goals: Dennis Praet (£5.3m) | Stuart Armstrong (£5.2m), Danny Ings (£6.7m)

Assists: Jamie Vardy (£10.0m) | Shane Long (£4.6m), Che Adams (£5.3m)

Bonus Points: Praet x3, Armstrong x3, Kasper Schmeichel x1 (£5.4m)

Southampton’s defence duly delivered on its promise to frustrate the masses of Fantasy Premier League managers who captained Jamie Vardy (£10.0m) for Gameweek 22.

The Leicester forward was backed for the armband by 52.3% of the top 10k and comfortably won our Captain Poll too – but finished Saturday afternoon without even a single shot to his name.

As we mentioned in our Captain Sensible article this week, Southampton had restricted their four previous opponents to Leicester to a total of just four big chances, the second-best in the league.

They carried that form into Gameweek 22, with the Foxes managing just five shots on their own turf all afternoon.

Admittedly, Vardy still managed to get himself an assist, playing an excellent ball across the box to opening goalscorer Dennis Praet (£5.3m), but to not even register a single shot is somewhat concerning, considering his underlying statistics this season.

Whether it suggests that his FPL usage has run its course remains to be seen and we must remember that Vardy is still on the comeback from injury. He missed two games over Christmas and had to receive treatment in the first half against Southampton. The fact he is facing an increasingly shaky Burnley defence in Gameweek 23 is an encouraging one for Vardy owners.

Perhaps the most important lesson to take from Vardy’s shot-less outing at the King Power Stadium is just how well Southampton have developed defensively recently. It now feels like centuries since writing arguably the most scathing match report of my career after the Saints were thrashed 9-0 by Leicester.

However, their defensive statistics coming into Gameweek 22 were already impressive, especially considering they were recorded in a period when they faced Chelsea and Spurs, but to stifle Leicester too indicates their defence may be ready for investment.

We’ve already seen roughly a fifth of Gameweek 22 Wildcards played among the top 10k select Alex McCarthy (£4.3m) and it seems likely that interest in him can only increase.

The Saints are about to embark on a run of incredibly appealing fixtures from a defensive perspective, hosting Wolves, Burnley, Aston Villa and Newcastle between now and Gameweek 30, while away trips to Crystal Palace, West Ham and Norwich also hold clean sheet potential considering the way they are currently playing.

The fact that Southampton’s back-four has been increasingly settled in recent months has also helped their defensive effort – and makes it easier for Fantasy managers to select one to invest in.

Jack Stephens (£4.3m) and Jan Bednarek (£4.4m) are very-much nailed-on at centre-back and seem to offer better value than their full-back counterparts Ryan Bertrand (£4.8m) and Cédric Soares (£4.8m).

By stark contrast, Leicester’s defence seems to have completely dropped off a cliff, perhaps bad news for owners of Çaglar Söyüncü (£5.1m), Ben Chilwell (£5.7m) and Ricardo Pereira (£6.4m), all of whom are in at least 11% of Fantasy teams.

Leicester did come into Gameweek 22 among the division’s bottom three for shots allowed in the box and big chances conceded over the previous four matches, although this was a run that pitted them against Liverpool and Manchester City.

But to see the trend continue against Southampton should ring considerably more alarm bells. Not only did they give up 16 shots, they also gave away a penalty, which was only overturned by a VAR call deemed Shane Long (£4.6m) to be offside in the build-up by mere millimetres.

It appears clear that Wilfred Ndidi (£5.0m), who had knee surgery this week, will be sorely missed by Leicester. That said, Kasper Schmeichel (£5.4m) was able to use the increase in shots faced to earn two save points and one bonus despite conceding twice and losing the game.

“I thought both parts of our game were not quite to the level of where we’ve been. Firstly, our defending, we weren’t aggressive enough in our pressing. And Southampton are a team that when they win it, they want to get forward early so you’ve got to try to stop that, and we didn’t do that well enough. You saw the number of chances that we conceded. That’s not us. Throughout the season, we’re normally very tight, very compact and press the game well. We lacked that energy and intensity in our defending.” – Brendan Rodgers

Danny Ings (£6.7m) arguably should have come away from the King Power Stadium with four goals on Saturday afternoon, his owners perhaps unlucky to only pick up five points from him.

Ings had a grand total of nine shots against Leicester, rather ironic when compared to Vardy’s tally (9-0), and went close with a number of them.

There was a 60 second period during the first half in which Ings hit the cross-bar twice and he later forced a world-class save out of Schmeichel in the second half when Southampton, once again, caught Leicester on the counter-attack.

“We had 16 shots on the goal and in an away game that’s not so normal. It’s a sign of how well we played. We pushed a lot of good buttons during the week. We never spoke about revenge or something, because we should be thankful for this result. We wanted to show everybody who was watching us that we can do it much better and that we have changed since then.” – Ralph Hasenhüttl

Southampton’s talisman Ings now has 10 goals in his last 11 games and can only increase in popularity considering how sustainable his output looks. After all, a total of nine shots in the box across one 90-minute outing is hugely impressive.

However, Ings’ owners will, of course, be fuming at his conduct after finally finding the back of the net on Saturday afternoon. Scoring what proved to be the winning goal, Ings ran over to the travelling fans and promptly removed his shirt and, in the process, one Fantasy point for the yellow card and the chances of any bonus!

Leicester City XI (4-1-4-1): Schmeichel; Chilwell, Evans, Söyüncü, R Pereira; Choudhury; H Barnes (Iheanacho 58′), Maddison, Praet (Tielemans 77′), Pérez (D Gray 67′); Vardy.

Southampton XI (4-4-2): McCarthy; Bertrand, Bednarek, J Stephens, Cédric; Redmond (Romeu 90+2′), Højbjerg, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong (Djenepo 78′); Ings, S Long (Adams 78′).

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Everton 1-0 Brighton

Goals: Richarlison (£8.1m)

Assists: Lucas Digne (£5.7m)

Bonus Points: Digne x3, Richarlison x2, Mason Holgate x1 (£4.4m)

Richarlison (£8.1m) continued his impressive start to life under Carlo Ancelotti by scoring his eighth goal of the season against Brighton.

Once again, the Brazilian was deployed as a centre-forward, this time in a 4-4-2 system, and reaped the rewards of such an advanced position.

Both he and centre-forward partner Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£5.9m) helped Everton dominate this game, each of them enjoying a handful of chances to score.

Out of the two, Richarlison has arguably been the more clinical in the last two matches, as he netted an excellent goal in the first half.

Receiving the ball from Lucas Digne (£5.7m) inside the box, he used some dazzling footwork to get around Adam Webster (£4.4m) and place a curled effort into the bottom corner of Mat Ryan’s (£4.8m) goal.

Grabbing what was the only goal of the game, as well as a clean sheet, helped Richarlison add some additional points to his tally.

However, those who invested in Calvert-Lewin can probably feel somewhat unlucky and possibly hard-done-by too as he managed just a solitary point against Brighton.

It was not for lack of trying, though. Just like Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin was a busy member of Everton’s attack, with his best chances coming in the second half.

In the 64th minute, his point-blank effort was well-saved by Ryan and just a few moments later, he was through on goal and unleashed a powerful drive from just inside the box – forcing an even better stop from the Australian goalkeeper.

Later on, Calvert-Lewin even had the ball in the net, bundling home in a scrappy goal-line exchange. However, somewhat harshly, VAR overturned the goal for a handball and ordered that he be issued with a yellow card for his efforts.

Meanwhile, Everton’s control of the game helped continue to boost the credentials of their defensive players.

This latest clean sheet means the Toffees are yet to concede at home in the Premier League under Ancelotti, particularly encouraging considering that Newcastle (Gameweek 24) and Crystal Palace (Gameweek 26) are the next two sides to visit Goodison Park.

Djibril Sidibé (£5.4m) was the option we were most positive about in the build-up to Gameweek 22 although, against Brighton, a few others helped further the case for their inclusion in Fantasy squads.

Mason Holgate (£4.4m) has become nailed-on at centre-back in this team and emerged with one bonus point on Saturday afternoon, while Digne got the assist for Richarlison’s goal.

Everton XI (4-4-2): Pickford; Digne (Mina 85′), Holgate, Keane, Sidibé; Bernard (Delph 72′), Sigurdsson, T Davies, Walcott (Coleman 74′); Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin.

Brighton and Hove Albion XI (3-4-3): Ryan; Dunk, Duffy, Webster; Bernardo, D Stephens (Murray 72′), Pröpper, Montoya (Groß 62′); Trossard, Maupay, Jahanbakhsh (Alzate 62′).

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1,497 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Coys96
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    For next few:

    1. DCL
    2. Maupay
    3. Haller

    1. Niho992
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      2

    2. Pras Scott Talent
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      2

    3. Jullepuu
        1 month, 14 days ago

        1

      • G-Whizz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        1.

      • Twitter: @Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 14 days ago

        1

      • Ginkapo FPL
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        McBurnie

    4. Ha.
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Shoe horn Salah in for DGW, or get in a defender and Rashford?

      1. Jurgen Flopp
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        I've just removed Rashford to bring in Salah GW24. Salah due some big hauls soon.

      2. Bam Bam Bigelow
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        depends if you would want Rashford back after GW 24

    5. Zilla
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Henderson coming off the bench for me, nice.

      1. Ole Trafford
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Oh the jam

        1. Zilla
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          About time 🙂

      2. Tsparkes10
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Don't deserve them for not believing in the first place :p

    6. Ole Trafford
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Save ft here or just get rid of Rico to Stephens/Tanganga/Williams? Other option is Button to McCarthy and bench Henderson. Thanks.

      Henderson
      TAA, Digne, Soyuncu
      Salah, Kdb, Maddison, Grealish
      Vardy, Rashford, Ings

      Button, Lundstram, Cantwell, Rico

      1ft 1.1 itb

    7. Squires FC
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Is ramsdale injured or dropped?

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Read the Bournemouth tweet.

      2. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Hamstring

    8. TomSaints
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Much less happy about benching soy for Rico.

      Though at least Rico can’t get 0 or -1

      1. BNMC
          1 month, 14 days ago

          We said that last week...

      2. teddypicker
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Guess it's Ramsdale > McCarthy time

      3. in sane in de bruyne
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Probably getting rid of Rico.

        A) Tanganga
        B) Williams

        Who will get most game time of these two?

        1. ‘Tis the Season
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 14 days ago

          B for sure

          1. Ole Trafford
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Not really for sure though is it. Shaw is there challenging.

            1. ‘Tis the Season
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Did you watch the game yesterday? His spot to lose

              1. Would Ed Woodward
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Williams should be starting every week anyway but I'm hoping that Young does one to Inter this window and Shaw has overindulged after seeing creme eggs are already stocked in supermarkets.

                1. ‘Tis the Season
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  For Shaw

          2. in sane in de bruyne
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            I hope you are right but I'm not so sure

        2. Daniel S.
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          save a transfer. not worth selling unless your team is in absolute best shape

      4. 1zverGGadeM
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Pope to Ramsdale not the best transfer I have ever made
        Mighty Roberto is my second keeper ... lol @ me yeah..

        1. Daniel S.
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          That is why Ryan/Button is a powerful combo

      5. BNMC
          1 month, 14 days ago

          I'm only on 36 points. Hoping Grealish can punish benchers, and I've always had a soft spot for Villa...

          1. Podge
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            He’s doing great since I sold 🙁

            1. Daniel S.
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              unexpected full rest for KDB and I will join you

          2. Ole Trafford
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            I started Grealish hopefully we get something

            1. ‘Tis the Season
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Me to, me to

          3. jtreble
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Oops.

        • marzo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Ramsdale.
          TAA, Soyuncu, Holgate.
          Grealish, KDB, Mane, Salah.
          Maupay, Ings, Vardy.
          Stek, Lundstram, Dendoncker, Williams.
          1ft, 1.1m ITB.

          Ramsdale -> Ryan maybe?

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 14 days ago

            McCarthy new favourite

        • YoungPretender
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Sidibe, Soyuncu & Ramsdale > VVD, Williams & McCarthy?

          Can be free over the next couple of weeks but only have 0.1ITB after the changes, so not much scope for price changes.

          1. Daniel S.
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            why you are selling Sidibe?

            1. YoungPretender
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              To fund VVD, no where else in my team I can downgrade.

        • Daniel S.
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Bye bye Rico and Kelly

          1. FourLokoLeipzig
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Why Kelly? Not got him, just curious

        • More Cowbell
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          FFS I have Rico and Ramsdale. No sun keeper and Soy coming off the bench for 1 point. I was feeling smug about having these two as differentials over my mini league rivals. Sigh!

          1. Daniel S.
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            wrong type of differentials maybe

          2. Ole Trafford
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Feeling smug about owning Bournemouth players is quite silly :wink;

            1. Ole Trafford
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              😳

            2. Ole Trafford
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              😉

        • ZAMUNDA
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Pope to Ramsdale fail. Mark Travers starts in goal due to a minor injury to Aaron Ramsdale.

        • theoldgit
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Oh great.

          Heaton and Ramsdale. Fail. 0pts
          Doherty (C). Fail. 4pts

          1. Daniel S.
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Ryan/Button combo next time

        • Lindelol
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Bou 1-1 Watford
          (Solanke, Capoue)
          Idea result right?

          1. Would Ed Woodward
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Not for me, no.

        • Daniel S.
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Feeling safe here with Ryan/Button combo.

          1. Ole Trafford
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Henderson pick and stick has been ok for me. Not many save points but the odd CS.

          2. Holmes (specialist in failu…
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Unfortunately that won't necessarily result in more points 😮

        • Fred54
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          FPL never ceases to amaze. Out of no where, Ramsdale missing.

        • Would Ed Woodward
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 14 days ago

          My defence will have gone from looking really strong a few weeks ago to utter dross next week.

        • Holmes (specialist in failu…
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Ake back, hmmm

        • g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Glad I got rid of Button for McCarthy last week with Ramsdale out.

        • Skalla
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Anyone know if Travers is any good? Hoping for a big Sarr haul 🙂

          1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            He is ok but Ake is back which will improve the defence to some extent

        • nerd_is_the_werd
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Ramsdale better start the next game.

          • Sailboats
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Rico dropped? Was considering to do Kelly > Robbo. Might need to sell Rico instead

            1. Skalla
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              On the bench so assume he is dropped and might even come on for a 1pter.

          • Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            That Bournemouth defensive double up which was all the rage a few weeks back 😮

            Will probably score more points than ever today with autosubs.

          • Lindelol
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 14 days ago

            feeling for Ramsdale owners 😀

            1. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              They’ll actually get points today.

          • Better Call Raul
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Anyone else seriously considering the wildcard?

            1. ‘Tis the Season
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Waiting until GW34

            2. in sane in de bruyne
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Yes, already used it

            3. Skalla
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Yep playing it for the Double GW 24

            4. Arse Craic
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              It is there to be played

            5. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Not a chance.

            6. tisza
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              not this week.
              But considering it once we know the next round of cup games,
              Going earlier this year regardless.

            7. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Used for GW22. Like my team. Might go on a mini-WC to get full Man U for GW24, or just keep rolling with my new team

          • Tsparkes10
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 14 days ago

            A) Keep Alli and do Perreira, Aurier to Williams, Robo

            B) Keep Perreira and do Alli, Aurier to sub 7.2m mid and Robo

            1. Bruno BaNani
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              A

          • SHOOTER MCGINN
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Now that Rico has rightfully returned to being a non playing waste of space, is a back line of TAA, Soy and Lund good enough to play week in week out? Or is it a bit 2019?

            Other defenders would be Rico and a 3.9 so no rotation options.

            1. dunas_dog
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Perhaps upgrade to Holgate or Cathcart if you can

            2. Jamb0
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Would certainly want a fourth nailed defender, even a cheapie. Holgate / Southampton are options