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. Davew88
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Can somebody fill me in with what happened with Sidibe this week? Only played 33mins? Was he rested? Do i need to give him the chop?

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

      Ancelotti tinkered with the formation

      Think he should start midweek

  2. Tsparkes10
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 6 days ago

    For dgw24:

    A) Martial, Robo/VVD, Alli
    B) Salah, Holgate, Grealish (-8)

    On A atm?

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

      A

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

      A

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

      That is the most obvious answer I have ever seen on this site. Not even close...!!! 😆

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

    Would you Wildcard this (1FT, 5.9 itb) :

    McCarthy - Button
    Trent - Soyuncu - Lundstram - Rico - Aurier
    KdB - Mane - Martial - Grealish - Cantwell
    Vardy - Ings - Maupay

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

      No

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

      Not this week

      Just get a 3rd Pool player in

    3. Warby84
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Martial to Salah

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

    TC poll:
    a) Salah
    b) Mane
    c) TAA
    d) VDD
    e) Robbo
    f) dont TC

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

      f

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

      A

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

      salah or taa

    4. n14mul
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      B surely

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

      A

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

      A B OR C

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

      on C currently....

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

        Am in the same predicament. A or C for me...

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

    Thoughts on:

    A) Alli/Vardy > Mané/Deeney (-4)
    B) Alli/Pereira > Grealish or Trossard/Robertson (-4)
    C) Pereira > VVD
    D) Vardy > Vardy
    E) Pereira/Alli/Vardy > Robertson/Trossard/Aguero (-8)

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

      C

    2. Tsparkes10
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 6 days ago

      D looks good

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

        Haha whoops. Firmino*!

    3. Tsparkes10
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 6 days ago

      I'd do C or B with greal mate

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

        B was the original plan, although A came into my thinking.

  6. ZAWAd25
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Upgrade Traore to who up to 7.8m?

    Other mids are Salah, Mane and KDB

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

      Grealish.

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

      Grealishious Grealish

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

      Dilva

  7. MichalFPL
    1 month, 6 days ago

    It is worth to wildcard this team?
    Pope/ McGovern
    TAA/ Guilbert/ Montoya/ Wilems/ Lund
    Mane/ KDB/ Alli/ Maddison/ Dendo
    Vardy/ Ings/ Abra

    I was thinking bring Grealish/ Son/ Salah/ DCL/Greenwood for Alli/Maddison/Dendo/ Vardy/Abra and to delete Montoya/ Guilbert/ Wilems because they don't play 90 minutes week by week.

    Or maybe calmly -4 hit Maddi/Abra to Doucoure/ Firmino?

    I dropped down from 450 k to 680 k today

  8. Rbyrne95
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Took a -4 hit risk punt last week for Trossard it paid off. Now stuck with the dilemma with Rashford. 2.2 in bank 1FT.

    -Aguero in with Mariappa for 3 man def with TAA & Robbo.
    -Rashford & greenwood to DCL & Ings.

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

    Sarr updates?

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

      Hamstring so expect at least 3 weeks out

    2. n14mul
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Ouch....I wanted him in this week.

      What do I do now!!

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

        Get someone else or nothing.

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

    Wood
    Tosun
    Deeney
    DCL
    Maupay

    Who for the next few weeks?

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

      DCL
      Deeney

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

      DCL

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

      Tosun

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

    A. Planned Traore to Martial but that makes my team even more similar to my mini league rival (he is leading) . would mean 9 of 11 the same
    B. Maddison to Son but that means I have to start Traore or Greenwood.

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

      B and then think about traore or greenwood

      Greenwood may start with rashford out

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

        Thanks Yes as a diff against rival it’s better but overall I am not sure. But I agree it is the way I need to go. Would put Greenwood in the starting 11.
        7 red arrows I know I won’t quit but it’s horrible.

  12. ShaunGoater123
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Aguero > haller
    Sarr > salah for a -4

    Leaving me with:

    Gazza
    TAA / soyuncu / targett
    Mane / salah (triple c) / Kdb / grealish
    Vardy / haller / ings

    Button / dendonker / lundstram / Kelly

    Press the button?

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

      No

    2. Tinkermania
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Absolutely. I projecting:
      Aguero: 1-8 points
      Sarr: 0-2 points
      Salah: 6 -16 points
      Haller: 6 - 9 points

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

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

    Yes/no??

  14. Feed tha Sheep
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Which one is better for DGW? (Have salah & TAA)

    A. Alli & Maddison > Mane & Fleck
    B. Rico & Alli > Robertson & Grealish
    C. Jimi & Alli > Firmino & 7.7 mid

  15. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    I have the exact money for this move..... worth it??
    Rashford, Martial or Maddison, Baldock out... Aguero, Grealish and Gomez in.....-8 what do we think?

  16. Holteenderinthesky
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Does we reckon Greenwood will now start some games with Rashford out for up to 3 months? Easiest way for me to get more Liverpool

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

      He won't start every game - but will get plenty of game time

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

        We thinking he comes in Vs Burnley at least ? Understand him not playing Vs Liverpool, but surely more defensive teams he plays ?

        1. Feed tha Sheep
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Yeah he will start midweek I reckon

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

            I have him and keen to hear folk's views on this, too...

          2. Holteenderinthesky
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 6 days ago

            That's what I'm hoping for. Surely he has to start midweek.
            Tammy&Soy>TAA&Greenwood

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

    I swear, I forking I enjoyed this gw. Fpl is better without captain picks tbh. We all need to play the game the harder way

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

      Taken you this long to figure that out?

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

        Yeah 🙂 , this gw the eye opener

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

    Any standout options for Soy ➡ ??upto 4.8

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

      Holgate

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

    Will Matip or Lovren threaten Gomez's starting spot?

  20. Animo et Fide
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Maddison to Salah is the move rather than Mousett to Firmino, right?
    Salah fells safe but Firmino more of a punt

  21. Bring the Cavalry
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    No real problems with my team, got triple liverpool already and 2 FT so does
    Pope > Randolph
    Sound good?

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

      Was tempted by Randolph but it’s not clear whether Moyes will play him

      1. Bring the Cavalry
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        He started on Saturday

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

    Changes needed or save it?

    Guaita
    TAA, Digne, Robertson, Aurier
    Salah(C), KDB, Grealish
    Vardy(VC), Ings, Jiménez

    Martin, Cantwell, Lundstram, Hayden
    1 FT, 1,8 million in the bank

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

    KDB to Mane
    OR
    Targett to Robertson??

  24. Stoichkov#8
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Soy, Madds > Williams, Martial free?

    yay or nay

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

    Ryan rams
    Soy lund taa simpson sidbe
    Mane kdb martial mads traore
    Dcl maupy vardy

    (((WC this to this ? Or no ?)))

    Foster buton
    Dunk taa lund lascels cahil
    Salah son mane fleck grelish
    Deney/delfo ings tosun/dcl/maupy-->auba

  26. MJM
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Do we think David Silva will start most matches, or is he too much or a rotation risk?

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

      Dont bother, cant play a full 90 anymore

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

      Id rather own Mahrez

    3. Tinkermania
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Too much. Against the big 6, even more unlikely!

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

      He should start most pl games when it's one game a week

      However with midweek and champions League he will be rotated

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

    Thoughts?

    A) Martial > Salah
    B) Rico & Martial > Robertson & Son (-4)
    C) Cantwell & Maupay > Salah & Greenwood (-4)

    Have Trent & Mane

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

      Martial will now be our only goalscorer and on penalties

      So C

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

      C

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

        C. I wouldn't be losing Martial...!

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

    Start Ings or Greenwood?

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

      Greenwood, Ings probs rested

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

      Ings

  29. Rinseboy
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Perez to Salah this week and then team all set?

    Mcarthy
    TAA Soy Targett
    Mane Salah KDB Martial
    Vardy DCL Ings
    Button Cantwell Lunds Rico

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

      Yes

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

    Sarr to Salah?