Scout Notes

Rare blank for Ings as much-sold Traore and Jimenez record double-digit hauls

Southampton 2-3 Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • Goals: Jan Bednarek (£4.4m), Shane Long (£4.6m) | Pedro Neto (£5.0m), Raul Jimenez (£7.5m) x2
  • Assists: James Ward-Prowse (£5.8m), Cedric (£4.8m) | Adama Traore (£5.7m) x2, Jonny (£5.4m)
  • Bonus: Jimenez x3 Traore x2 Long x1

Wolves came from two down to beat Southampton with some Fantasy trolling of near-epic proportions thrown in for good measure.

The Saints went into the match unbeaten in five league games, whereas the visitors hadn’t won since Gameweek 19, and the first half followed the form obediently enough.

It took Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side just 15 minutes to take the lead, Jan Bednarek (£4.4m) hooking in a James Ward-Prowse (£5.8m) free-kick, and they were two to the good when Shane Long (£4.6m) headed home Cedric‘s (£4.8m) cross.

The only issue for many a Fantasy Premier League (FPL) boss was that neither goal involved Danny Ings (£6.9m).

The Southampton striker had scored ten goals from his previous 11 starts, a run that has added £0.9m to his value and nearly two million managers to his ownership.

More than half a million had signed up ahead of the Wolves match alone, making him Gameweek 23’s most purchased player and FPL’s third-most-popular striker overall.

The only problem with scoring streaks is that they have to come to an end sooner or later, and Ings chose his moment unwisely, although it’s hard to criticise a man kept to just one attempt all match too harshly.

What proved equally galling was Wolves’ second-half comeback.

Coach Nuno Espirito Santo denied giving his players the secador de cabelo treatment (try Portuguese to English in Google) during the interval:

What I tried was to make them believe it was possible and we reacted very well. It was amazing the second-half. We realised the first-half was not good and we reacted very well. I’m very proud of the players.

Whatever was said worked, because they responded in emphatic style.

Pedro Neto (£5.0m) halved the deficit, from an Adama Traore (£5.7m) assist, when he scored his second goal in three Gameweeks on 53 minutes before Raul Jimenez (£7.5m) went on a trolling spree of his own.

The Mexico international had blanked for three straight matches and 228,000 FPL managers had had enough prior to the Southampton clash, making him the Gameweek’s third-most sold player.

A decent chunk of that figure presumably swapped him out for Ings as well, making the last 25 minutes of Saturday’s game an especially excruciating experience.

Jimenez ended his mini-drought with a large dollop of help from VAR.

Wing-back Jonny (£5.4m) was upended in the Saints area, with referee Darren England initially awarding a corner before Stockley Park told him otherwise. Jimenez slotted home the resultant penalty, although Hasenhuttl was not impressed with the decision:

In the end, the decision for the penalty is hard to understand for me, because I think the referee did a good job and I don’t know why he let VAR overrule him.

Slightly less partial observers might have disagreed with him but, either way, just over ten minutes later the coach’s agony – and that of all those Jimenez sellers – was complete.

The ever-dangerous Traore was released on the break by the striker’s pass and he held onto the ball long enough for the Mexican to catch up and finish sweetly.

With maximum bonus points awarded, Jimenez’s 13-point haul was his best return of the season, while swapping from him to Ings cost managers 11, although a good deal of that pain could be offset over the coming weeks.

The Saints have a fine run of matches all the way up to Gameweek 31, with a trip to Liverpool the only major obstacle, whereas Wolves will play the Reds, Manchester United, Leicester City and Spurs over the next five Gameweeks.

Ings’ owners might have to wait for the good times to return, however, as Hasenhuttl has recently talked of resting his star striker:

Like all the players, it’s important for them to be fit because of the high workload. At the moment, he looks in really good shape and can work for 90 minutes or longer which gives me a good feeling. We don’t have to put him in every game and we rested him once against Chelsea.

Rest has been a rarity for Wolves players. Saturday’s match was the club’s 39th of a season that started in late July, and their continued fragility at the back – they’ve not kept a clean sheet since Gameweek 15 – means their attacking assets are the only ones likely to catch Fantasy eyes.

Jimenez now has a bit of form to recommend him, while both Neto and Traore offer excellent value from midfield.

How long they can keep going to the well remains the big question. Their spirit is unquestionable, but their bodies all too human.

Southampton XI (4-4-2): McCarthy; Cedric, Stephens, Bednarek, Bertrand; Armstrong (Djenepo 71′), Ward-Prowse, Hobjerg, Redmond (Boufal 78′); Ings, Long (Adams 71′). 

Wolves XI (3-4-3): Patricio; Dendoncker, Coady, Saiss; Doherty, Neves, Moutinho, Jonny; Neto (Kilman 86′), Jimenez, Traore.

Members Analysis

Norwich City 1-0 Bournemouth

  • Goals: Teemu Pukki (£6.5m)
  • Assists: Ondrej Duda (£5.0m)
  • Bonus: Pukki x3 Sam Byram (£4.4m) x2 Christoph Zimmermann (£4.4m), Tim Krul (£4.5m) x1
  • Red cards: Ben Godfrey (£4.4m) | Steve Cook (£5.0m)

Norwich City’s 1-0 win over Bournemouth was, in Fantasy terms, the equivalent of two bald men fighting over a comb.

With both sides in freefall – Norwich hadn’t won since Gameweek 13, while Bournemouth had just one win and a draw from their last 11 matches – Fantasy pickings were always likely to be on the unhealthy side of slim.

And so it proved, with a first goal since Gameweek 17 for Teemu Pukki (£6.5m) the high point of a typically frantic and error-strewn relegation dogfight.

The 12.8%-owned striker scored from the penalty spot after Steve Cook (£5.0m) produced a fine one-handed save to deny Ondrej Duda‘s (£5.0m) goal-bound effort. Unfortunately, as a centre-half, Cook’s acrobatics earned him nothing more than a red card, leaving Bournemouth to play two-thirds of the match with ten men.

Seeing as the Cherries have been making a total hash of games with the standard quota of 11, their fate seemed sealed, although Ben Godfrey‘s (£4.4m) dismissal for a nasty tackle on Callum Wilson (£7.4m) did at least even up the numbers for the final 14 minutes.

Bournemouth failed to capitalise, with Nathan Ake‘s (£4.8m) header the closest they came to rescuing a desperately-needed point.

That the defender topped the attempts chart for the visitors, with two, spoke volumes for the attacking impotence of Eddie Howe’s team – over the last ten Gameweeks, only Burnley (76) have managed fewer attempts than the Cherries’ 84, while the 61 chances they’ve created is the league’s third-worst total.

Norwich were considerably more threatening on the day, creating a chance every six minutes compared to Bournemouth’s average of one per 16, and they really should have won the match by a goal or two more

Pukki had one excellent chance saved by Aaron Ramsdale (£4.7m), while the impressive debutant Duda and his fellow midfielder Emiliano Buendia (£6.0m) also spurned solid opportunities.

The 0.9%-owned Buendia, in particular, has been a consistent threat all season, way ahead of his team-mates for chances created and third for attempts, just behind the considerably more popular Todd Cantwell (£5.0m and 25.1%).

The latter’s blank was his sixth in his last eight starts, and Norwich’s schedule suggests more of the same over the next six Gameweeks, with the Canaries facing up to a run of Liverpool and Leicester at home and Spurs, Newcastle, Wolves and Sheffield United away.

Small wonder that coach Daniel Farke played down the win post-match:

We’re not over-excited, we know it’s only the first step and it will definitely be a long road to realise this miracle, but it was a good first step and hopefully we can go on.

It will probably take more than a miracle for Norwich players to return to our Fantasy radars anytime soon, however, while Bournemouth’s assets are even further down the pecking order.

Diego Rico (£4.4m) is the only Cherries player interesting many managers, although his return to the starting line-up gave his 12.6% ownership a measly two points and he’s now blanked in five of his last six starts.

And while the side’s short-term schedule is attractive enough – Brighton and Aston Villa at home, followed by trips to Sheffield and Burnley – their form is so ugly, and their confidence so low, that investment in any of their players would be foolish in the extreme.

Norwich City XI (4-2-3-1): Krul; Aarons, Godfrey, Zimmermann, Byram; Tettey, McLean; Buendía (Rupp 90+3′), Duda (Hanley 79′), Cantwell; Pukki (Drmic 85′).

Bournemouth XI (4-3-3): Ramsdale; Smith, Cook, Ake, Rico; Lerma (Solanke 79′), Gosling (Cook 87′), Billing; H. Wilson (Francis 35′), Fraser, C.Wilson.

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1,439 Comments Post a Comment
  1. potatoace'scott talent
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Double stress fracture.
    Shame on you Ole

    1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      It's the medical teams fault

      1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        As with any major club these days, United has a large medical team monitoring each player

        The fact they approved rashford to be in the squad let alone a chance to play minutes is incredible. Ole isn't a medical expert and will take advice from the team

        1. GreennRed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Absolutely, Rashford was bad luck more than anything and they're still in the cup. A fair chunk of 'media' and 'online supporters' have it in for Ole. He's smart enough o ignore them. None of them rushing to name an alternative that'll guarantee that squad a CL spot next s season. Clickbaiters.

    2. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Shame on the whole club.

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 6 days ago

        This

    3. Syd.
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      You can't really blame Ole

      He got a knee in the back and if he wasn't fit for the game he should have said to Ole

    4. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 6 days ago

      This is a football crime!

  2. Rhodes your boat
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Regret selling jimi but here we are! Gtg for this week?

    Guaita
    Taa soy Cathcart
    Salah(tc) mane kdb moura
    Vardy ings dcl

    Button kelly Lund dendo

    0ft 0.5itb

  3. mdm
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Which option:

    A. Rash and Traore -> Firmino and Grealish

    B. Rash and Rico -> Haller and Robbo

    Thanks!

    1. NoWayJose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      B, just. Simply because Traore is worth keeping, Rico isnt.

    2. fgdu
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      the one with robbo. Haller an ok pick not over the moon about it. Feel like traore is a hold

  4. NoWayJose
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Best GK to bring in. Budget 4.9m
    Ryan v Foster v McCarthy v Keep Pope

  5. FPL Motty
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Will Greenwood start against burnley?? Anyone holding will you play Greenwood?

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Probably.

    2. El Lobito 10
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Only Ole knows mate, lottery

    3. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Play him.

    4. Watermelons
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Im playing him

    5. Firmino
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      I'm playing instead of Adama

    6. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Do you not have any other options in your team?

      1. FPL Motty
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Cantwell is the other option, greenwood at home to burnley seems a better fixture to Tottenham away!

  6. in sane in de bruyne
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Did Kabasele lose his place?

    McCarthy
    Trent Digne Kabasele
    Salah Mane KDB Mahrez
    Vardy Ings DCL

    (McGovern Cantwell Rico Lord) 1FT 0ITB

    A) GTG
    B) Kabasele -> Williams
    C) Kabasele -> Tanganga
    D) Rico -> Williams
    E) Rico -> Tanganga

    1. Nightf0x
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      C or E, depends on kabasele status

      1. in sane in de bruyne
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Reckon Tanganga is more nailed than Williams?

        1. Nightf0x
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          No both 50 50

  7. Nightf0x
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Bottomed
    Which?

    A) mads rams -4 to salah buton/4.0 gk
    B) mads martial -4 to salah 7.5 mid.
    C) mads dcl/maupay -4 to firmino 8.5 mid.
    D) dcl/maupay mads martial -8 to firmino son 6.3 mid.
    E) sidibe madds -4 to robo son

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Who do you want to captain?

      1. Nightf0x
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Mane or salah

    2. The Senate
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 6 days ago

      hunch says A

    3. in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      A

  8. Stimps
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Tammy -> Haller FT?

    1. Garth Marenghi
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Tough one, stick with Tammy I think

    2. beric
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Wow

  9. El Lobito 10
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    A. Gomez>Robbo
    B. Gomez>VVD
    C. Save

    1. kuzser
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      C

      1. El Lobito 10
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Cheers

    2. The Senate
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 6 days ago

      C

      1. El Lobito 10
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Cheers

  10. villa_til_i_die
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    I wouldn’t!

  11. kuzser
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    How would you downgrade to allow Rico->Vvd/Robbo?

    1) Maddison -> Doucouré/fleck
    2) Grealish -> Hayden/fleck
    3) Jiménez-> Greenwood
    4) Alli -> any mid up to 7.1

    5) forget about double def, get Salah via Alli Maddison-> Salah Hayden

    1. The Senate
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 6 days ago

      4

  12. Messiah Hazard
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Any West Ham player worth the DGW?

    1. JJeyy
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Haller

    2. El Lobito 10
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Without Fabianski, no

    3. Bob_the_builder
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      I have gone for Haller to replace Rashford. Expecting atleast a 4 point return which seems like gold these days.

    4. threeputt
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      with 2FT I'm thinking one might be a simple swap Gosling to Noble for backup and points this week

  13. JJeyy
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    A) Mane and O'connel
    Or
    B) KDB and Robertson

    Best long-term?

    1. barcaa7
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 6 days ago

      B

  14. xtina
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Robbo or Mane?

    1. El Lobito 10
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Mane

    2. JJeyy
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Depends who u get rid of for Mane and who you bench for robertson

      1. xtina
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Would be Soy + Rash -> Robbo + 9.1 striker
        Or Maddy + Rash -> Mane -> 6.5 striker
        (for free)

        1. JJeyy
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          mane then

  15. Jellyfish
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Rash > DCL
    Vardy > Kun

    2FTs

    Yes/no?

    1. barcaa7
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 6 days ago

      just do Rash to DCL

  16. rnrd
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Let’s say Rashford is fit

    Would you pick Rashford or Martial for the next 5 games ?

    1. El Lobito 10
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Rashford

    2. The Senate
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Rashford hands down but he's not

    3. Watermelons
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Rashford has a double stree fracture and is out for two months minimum

    4. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Rashford, shame hes out for months

    5. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Anthony Martial

  17. Syd.
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Ole confirms that Rashford has a stress fracture

    1. El Lobito 10
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Wtf

      1. Syd.
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Yip out for 2-3 months according to the reports

        1. El Lobito 10
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          That's top 4 gone then

    2. beric
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Double stress

    3. GARY AND JAMIE
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Ole is the last straw that broke the Rashfords back

    4. Klaren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Probably Martial even if Rashford wasn’t injured. He is in great form and has the additional midfielder points and is cheaper.

  18. Pia06rc
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Anything here worth a hit for this GW? Starting XI/sub order right?

    Foster
    Holgate VVD TAA Lundstram
    Mane (tc) KDB Grealish
    Aguero Ings Vardy

    Button Rico Traore Dendonker

  19. NeverLucky
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Triple Captain TAA...

    Need to shake things up, is this too crazy!?

    1. El Lobito 10
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Ballsy but good punt

  20. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Start Greenwood against Burnley?

  21. Naby K8a
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Alisson with the same amount of assists as Sterling in the PL this season!

    1. Syd.
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Ole was right

      "Liverpool are the most direct team in the league"

      Tony Pulis must be so jealous

    2. Klaren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Sterling has 2, Alisson has 1.

  22. arkom
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    McCarthy
    Aurier / Soy / Lundstram / Rico / Kelly
    Willian / Salah / Mane / KDB / Cantwell
    Vardy / Ings / Jimenez

    2 FT
    1£ ITB

    A) Kelly, Willian & Jimmy --> TAA, Grealish & DCL (-4)
    B) Rico & Jimmy --> VVD & DCL
    C) Kelly & Willian --> TAA & Noble (5£ max. mid)
    D) Other?

    Is Noble any kind of option?

  23. anish10
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Is Tammy worth a -4 for Deeney?

  24. tissae
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    What would you prefer guys?

    A) Salah + Jimenez
    B) Robertson + Jimenez

    1. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      A ofc

    2. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      A

    3. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      A

  25. Flynny
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Hi....0.9mitb. Anything for a hit here?

    McCarthy
    TAA soy kelly (lunds Rico)
    Salah (tc) mane kdb grealish (nakamba)
    Vardy ings maupay

    A....stick

    B....nakamba to snoddy - 4 and bench ings or maupay

    C....Rico to bwilliams - 4 and bench kelly

    Thanks

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Maybe on Tuesday.

  26. barcaa7
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Mahrez > Snodgrass
    Maddison > Salah(TC)
    for -4

    Yes/no?

  27. El Lobito 10
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Are Gomez's minutes under threat from Matip and/or Lovren?

  28. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 6 days ago

    So did today answer which Pool assets to go for?

    Going Salah, Trent & Robbo.

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Salah TAA VVD

    2. fgdu
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      yeah looks good

  29. MoManeTaa
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    TC Salah locked and first start for BWilliams - Let's GO

    Mccarthy
    BWilliams Taa Soy
    Trossard Son KDB Mane Salah (TC)
    Vardy Ings
    - Greenwood Stephens Lund

    1. Klaren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      BWillams might not start but good option this GW if he starts

      1. MoManeTaa
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        I think he will especially with that knock for Shaw

        1. Klaren
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          I think he has more than 50% chance of starting but wasn’t that just a cramp rather than a knock? It could suggest that he isn’t fit enough to play another game in a few days though so it’s a valid point.

  30. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Disappointed with United but...
    What transfers are needed..?

    Guaita
    Sidibe Soyuncu Taa
    KDB Salah Mane Richarlison
    Ings Vardy Mason

    Bench:Button,Todd,Lundy,Hanley

    0 ITB 2 FT.