Scout Notes

Pérez and Barnes lack clinical edge as Vardy-less Leicester lose at Norwich

Norwich City 1-0 Leicester

Goals: Jamal Lewis (£4.4m)

Assists: Maximillian Aarons (£4.3m)

Bonus Points: Lewis x3, Aarons, Tim Krul x1 (£4.5m)

Leicester City assets disappointed their hopeful owners on Friday night as Norwich escaped with a 1-0 win.

There was a flurry of late interest in their midfield options following the news that Jamie Vardy (£9.7m) was to miss the game with a calf problem. As things stand, there is a chance the striker could feature in Gameweek 29, according to Brendan Rodgers.

“Vardy just felt a slight pain in his calf so we had a scan. He’s got a low-grade issue. It’s not overly serious, he’ll be back next week but, obviously, means he misses out on this game.” – Brendan Rodgers

Iheanacho came in for Vardy

Harvey Barnes (£6.0m) and Ayoze Pérez (£6.2m) were among the favourites for inclusion but neither of them registered anything in a laboured Leicester performance on Friday.

The Foxes certainly had plenty of chances to break down Norwich’s supposedly fragile defence but struggled to carve out too many clear-cut opportunities.

That may be of some concern ahead of Gameweek 29’s meeting with Aston Villa at the King Power Stadium, although owners of Leicester assets can perhaps take some solace in the volume of chances they strung together at Carrow Road. Against an obliging Villa back-line, such endeavour could be more richly rewarded.

Barnes came close to an early assist in the first half. He cut inside from his left attacking midfield station in the 18th minute and squared to Dennis Praet (£5.3m), who fired straight down the throat of Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul (£4.5m).

Barnes could have had an early assist

The Belgian came close to finding the net again later in the first half, this time in the 24th minute as Ricardo Pereira‘s (£6.3m) cross was met at the near-post, ricocheting off the player’s knee and onto the upright.

Then James Maddison‘s (£7.4m) whipped cross nearly found Kelechi Iheanacho (£5.7m), Vardy’s replacement, in the six-yard box, Krul doing his best to parry.

Pérez did a good job of holding up the ball in the penalty box, and nearly scored in the 35th minute as he ran through the middle and saw an effort stopped by Krul. Shortly after, the former Newcastle man arguably should have registered an assist, as he held off defensive pressure with some skill and squared to Iheanacho, who blazed over from six yards out.

The game might have turned out differently for Leicester were it not for a bit of misfortunate connected with Iheanacho’s second-half ruled-out goal.

He got through the Norwich defence after a clever forward-ball from Praet and placed a fierce effort into the bottom corner. However, VAR chalked off the goal for an unintentional handball on Iheanacho’s part.

Pérez headed wide from the far-post in the second half

Shortly after, Pérez had the chance to put Leicester in the lead for real, doing well to tower above Jamal Lewis (£4.4m) at to meet a Ben Chilwell (£5.6m) cross the back-post, nodding it wide of the mark.

Perhaps the only other encouragement to take from a Leicester perspective was a much-needed return for Wilfred Ndidi (£5.0m), who made his first appearance since Double Gameweek 24 at Carrow Road.

Incidentally, his 67th-minute arrival on the pitch came just before Norwich took the lead, but Rodgers will be very happy to have him back from injury as Leicester have generally looked better when he starts compared to when he doesn’t. The last time Ndidi featured in the starting line-up was the 3-0 win over Newcastle in Gameweek 21.

Max Aarons and Jamal Lewis celebrate a goal for Norwich

Meanwhile, Leicester’s lack of clinical edge led to a surprise clean sheet for Norwich, although there have still been steady improvements in their defence of late.

They have now registered three shut-outs since Gameweek 23, Liverpool (four) the only team with more in that time as of Friday evening.

However, despite frustrating Leicester, it is difficult to say that Norwich looked like they would ever emerge from their encounter with all three points.

Pukki was denied a big chance in the first half

Much like their visitors, the Canaries had some good approach play but still lacked quality in the final third. In the end, it took a spectacular finish from Lewis, in the side for the injured Sam Byram (£4.4m).

Teemu Pukki (£6.5m) had a decent chance in the first half but saw his effort well-blocked by Çaglar Söyüncü (£5.0m) before dragging wide under some pressure shortly before half-time.

Ondrej Duda (£4.8m) had two shots denied by Kasper Schmeichel (£5.3m) in the second period, the first would have provided an assist for Todd Cantwell (£4.8m), but Leicester’s goalkeeper was equal to both.

With Wildcards continue to activate across the Fantasy community, it is unlikely that any Norwich assets will remain, even with Cantwell’s price, as he has now gone seven matches without an attacking return.

Norwich City XI (4-2-3-1): Krul; Lewis, Godfrey, Hanley, Aarons; Tettey, McLean; Cantwell (Rupp 67′), Duda (Stiepermann 86′), Buendía; Pukki (Drmic 80′).

Leicester City XI (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Chilwell, Söyüncü, Evans, R Pereira; Choudhury (Ndidi 66′), Praet (Tielemans 72′); H Barnes, Maddison, Pérez (Albrighton 77′); Iheanacho.

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656 Comments Post a Comment
  1. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Come on Benteke!

  2. Bubz
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    I’m terrified of the Liverpool game later. Firmino to Vardy could end up being such a painful transfer... 🙁

    1. Daniel S.
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Unlucky

    2. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Shouldn't have sold Firmino he's been doing pretty well away from home and has great stats.

      1. Bubz
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        That makes me feel better pal cheers

    3. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Inevitable fail I'm afraid

    4. kamdaraji
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      why did you do that transfer?

      1. Bubz
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        I like Vardys fixtures and wanted Mane

  3. Daniel S.
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Expect Ayee to deliver...

    1. Daniel S.
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      *Ayew

  4. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Grealish a hold now specially if Villa dont blank in GW31?

    Could move him on for Richarlison or a Lei mid this week.

    1. Daniel S.
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Ask again near the deadline

      1. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Usually panicking before Friday night deadlines.

    2. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      If you have him still then he’s worth keeping, although Villa have some nasty fixtures coming up.

      1. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        I think the next 3 (lei, CHE, new/blank) look decent for attacking returns.

        Otherwise Richarlison is firmly on the radar for GW31 depending on blanks.

        1. Nomar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          Villa are in the same boat as Norwich. They’re down now unless they can get some wins, so they should be going all out from here on in.

          Sometimes, this point of the season is when you want players from relegation threatened teams because they have something to play for.

          Wigan used to start coming alive about this time when they were in the Prem.

  5. Warby84
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    I really like my team for next week

    McCarthy
    Trent Robbo Bertrand Pereira
    Salah Richarlison B.Fernandes
    Ings Aubameyang Jiménez

    Dubravka StMaxi Fernandez Mooy

    Save for once???

    1. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Yes save

    2. fc_skrald
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      always save

    3. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Yes, good team, save transfer.

  6. FOO FIGHTER
      4 months, 9 days ago

      It is quite obvious that we will have a Pool 1 2 and 3 finish at the top of the points table.

      TAA likely to finish 1st.

      VVD or Robbo 2nd?

      1. in sane in de bruyne
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        VVD

      2. FOO FIGHTER
          4 months, 9 days ago

          *Defenders*

          1. bitm2007
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            injury permitting it's very likely.

      3. Winston.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        A. Vardy and Saka
        B. Jota and Mahrez

        A or B ?

        1. BNMC
            4 months, 9 days ago

            B

        2. Ain't No Holebas Girl
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          They said it would never happen but here it is, the day when Mat Ryan finally gets a clean sheet for me! Cant wait for those sweet sweet points.

          1. kamdaraji
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            you'll be dissapointed

            1. Ain't No Holebas Girl
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 9 days ago

              Default setting as a Ryan owner

          2. fc_skrald
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            I missed this fact reading the crystal balls

        3. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          OK. Weekly Mat Ryan sweepstake. Minute he loses his Cs? Winner announced at FT. A wet weekend in Cleethorpes and a pint of low quality lager for the victor.

          1. Fred54
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            35 mins, as I said on previous page which no doubt inspired this... where's my cut?

            1. fc_skrald
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 9 days ago

              7

            2. kamdaraji
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 9 days ago

              90+3

            3. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 9 days ago

              Nah. Did this last few weeks amigo!

          2. Nomar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            See above, apparently he’s keeping a cleanie today.

            As a long suffering Ryan owner, I say 56th minute is when he concedes. Just enough time to give us hope for a cleanie before the inevitable happens.

        4. lordkippe
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          Got Scott Dann in when I was panicking yesterday. Red card incoming

          1. Fred54
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            Take up knitting mate, this game is too hot to handle. 🙂

            1. Nomar
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 9 days ago

              It worked for Stallone in Demolition Man.

              1. Fred54
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 9 days ago

                Heh, what a reference.

        5. fc_skrald
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          Minute 7

        6. kamdaraji
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          Kelly and Rico now deadwood right?

          1. El Presidente
              4 months, 9 days ago

              at least get rid of one of them

            • Luka does it again
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 9 days ago

              Kelly is 3rd choice CB in current situation.

              1. kamdaraji
                • 10 Years
                4 months, 9 days ago

                already ditched Rico and Kelly!

                1. kamdaraji
                  • 10 Years
                  4 months, 9 days ago

                  but notice loads of people still have them in their teams

          2. UTD - HATED, ADORED, BUT NE…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            4 months, 9 days ago

            Has there been any updates on Andy’s team?

            1. kamdaraji
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 9 days ago

              he has 2 points from 1 player so far (Barnes). Fantastic start

              1. Here Comes The Son ★
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 9 days ago

                ??

                Who has had a good start? Anybody who has is a disgusting, filthy casual.

                1. kamdaraji
                  • 10 Years
                  4 months, 9 days ago

                  did you triple captain Jamal Lewis?

                2. Fred54
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 9 days ago

                  Didn't buy any Liecester players... that should count as good start.

                  1. El Presidente
                      4 months, 9 days ago

                      Definitely! The real winners are Leicesterless managers!

                3. UTD - HATED, ADORED, BUT NE…
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  4 months, 9 days ago

                  Thanks!

            2. FOO FIGHTER
                4 months, 9 days ago

                Wonder if FPL towers will make Salah and or Mane strikers for next season :-O

                1. FOO FIGHTER
                    4 months, 9 days ago

                    Sorry 'forwards'

                2. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 9 days ago

                  Joshing aside. Not sure when I'm wildcarding - is Ryan out worth a transfer - even a hit?
                  I guess my WC will be in 3-4 more gw. I'll obviously sell then. I've pretended he doesn't exist basically.

                  I was planning on Vardy to Auba (or Soy/Holgate to a wolves def) with my ft.

                3. MoManeTaa
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 9 days ago

                  Got 2FTs and 0.6 ITB

                  What changes would you make ?

                  McCarthy
                  Taa VVD Doherty Stephens
                  (S)alah KDB Bruno
                  Vardy Jimenez Ings
                  - Grealish Traore BWilliams

                4. Nomar
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  4 months, 9 days ago

                  Talking about Wigan, when they were in the premier league, who else misses having N’Zogbia in their team around about this point of the season?

                  Happy days.

                5. benbro
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  4 months, 9 days ago

                  Is it Likely Bham beat Leicester - on form - so Leicester play 31.

                  Just saying