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Scout Notes

Vardy and Barnes back with a bang as Pérez misses out on Villa rout

Leicester 4-0 Aston Villa

  • Goals: Harvey Barnes x2 (£6.1m), Jamie Vardy x2 (£9.6m)
  • Assists: Marc Albrighton x2 (£5.1m), Barnes
  • Bonus Points: H Barnes x3, Vardy x2, Albrighton x1

Jamie Vardy (£9.6m) was in a punishing mood on Monday night as he put both Aston Villa and his Fantasy Premier League sellers to the sword.

The Leicester striker missed out on the starting line-up for the second Gameweek in a row but was electric when he took to the pitch in the 59th minute.

Having lost 435,775 owners since his last start, Vardy took full advantage from two Aston Villa defensive errors to register an 11-point haul.

“He’s suffered a wee bit in the past six weeks with injuries and that has curtailed him but he was back to being aggressive on the backline and being a real threat. He’s showed really good composure for the penalty, because he’d only been on the pitch a few minutes. He showed confidence and calmness.” – Brendan Rodgers

They were his first goals since Gameweek 18, leading to a first double-digit score since Gameweek 16 – Leicester’s last game against Villa.

That will probably beg the question as to whether Dean Smith’s contributed to the 4-0 scoreline more than Vardy and his Leicester colleagues.

It’s hard to suggest that Villa were not the masters of their own downfall and Vardy’s brace, considering that both of the centre-forward’s goals came from errors. Even though Smith’s men ditched the back-three and used a four-man defence for the first time since a Gameweek 20 defeat at Watford, there is only so much a system can legislate against individual mistakes.

The most important one occurred when Tyrone Mings (£4.5m) made the questionable decision to throw his shoulder at a Harvey Barnes (£6.1m) cross in the box, resulting in a Leicester penalty with the score at 1-0.

While replays showed that contact with Mings was arguably on his shoulder, it was still a suspect decision to hurl himself at the cross in the first place – capping off yet another poor performance from the former Bournemouth man.

Vardy went on to score the penalty, putting the game out of sight for Villa, before Frédéric Guilbert (£4.4m) provided the so-called assist for his second.

Barnes played a ball over to Vardy on the left whose shot was blocked by the right-back but Guilbert was far too slow to respond to the rebound. By the time he’d got his bearings, Leicester’s talismanic forward had snuck a shot inside Pepe Reina‘s (£4.5m) near post.

The goalkeeper was also at fault for the opening goal of the game. After Marc Albrighton (£5.1m) had played a fantastic chipped through-ball to Barnes, not unlike those Danny Drinkwater (£4.4m) regularly produced in Leicester’s title-winning season, Reina rushed out of his goal in what could only be described as a moment of madness. Barnes found it far too easy to leave the goalkeeper stranded and slot into a largely unguarded net.

Seeing Villa practically gift Fantasy points on Monday night, owners of Ayoze Pérez (£6.2m) will have watched through gritted teeth as the former Newcastle man remained on the bench all evening.

Even though Leicester’s players have Villa to thank for their big scores, there is still plenty to like about Barnes, especially in home matches.

Adding three attacking returns to his tally for the season, 64% of these have been produced at the King Power Stadium. While Barnes will almost certainly receive plenty of transfer attention ahead of the Gameweek 30 trip to Watford, it must be remembered that the Hornets are joint-top of the Premier League for home clean sheets this season, while Leicester don’t play in front of the Foxes’ fanbase until Gameweek 33 when Crystal Palace visit.

However, Leicester assets across the board should be boosted by the return to full fitness for Wilfred Ndidi (£5.0m) who made his first appearance since New Year’s Day.

The holding midfield player has been such a crucial cog in the Leicester team this season, winning the ball back to protect the defence and reliably distributing to the creative midfielders quickly to trigger the counter-attack.

Without Ndidi this season, Leicester have won just twice, drawn two games and lost on eight occasions from a possible 12.

Consequently, Leicester defensive assets finally rewarded the patience shown in them by their owners, as they kept a first home clean sheet since Gameweek 15.

There was a particularly encouraging display from James Justin (£4.7m) who, stepping in for the injured Ben Chilwell (£5.7m) at left-back, offered plenty of penetration down the left-flank.

Owners of Çaglar Söyüncü (£5.0m) and Jonny Evans (£5.2m) may also feel a little disappointed that they did not take more from the game as both players were handed plenty of chances to score when unmarked in the penalty area by Villa’s questionable defence.

Smith’s insistence on using zonal marking for set pieces, if it continues moving forward, could be very good news for Chelsea and Wolves defenders in Gameweeks 30 and 32 respectively.

That said, Leicester’s clean sheet was certainly helped by Aston Villa’s continued struggle for goals on the road, as they were unable to construct many clear cut opportunities at the King Power Stadium.

There was some nice overlaps from Matt Targett (£4.4m) and Guilbert early-on and a Conor Hourihane (£5.7m) free-kick flashed across the face of goal just out of the reach of Mbwana Samatta (£5.9m) but, apart from those incidents, Leicester looked very comfortable.

With Samatta isolated for extended periods at Leicester, such a display bodes well for the defences of Liverpool and Everton, who host Villa in Gameweeks 33 and 36 respectively.

Leicester City XI (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Justin, Soyuncu, Evans, R Pereira; Ndidi (Mendy 83′), Praet (Tielemans 76′); Barnes, Maddison, Albrighton; Iheanacho (Vardy 59′).

Aston Villa XI (4-3-3): Reina; Targett, Mings, Engels, Guilbert; Hourihane (Davis 67′), Nakamba, Luiz; Grealish, Samatta, El Mohamady (El Ghazi 63′).

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854 Comments Post a Comment
  1. bitm2007
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    21 days, 7 hours ago

    Is this worth a GW31 FH ?

    VVD, Rico, Traore, Dendoncker, BLANK

    to

    Doherty, Aurier, Moura, Mane, Jota

    Rest of team would be Pope, TTA, Salah, Alli, Jimenez, Wood

    1. HarryB29
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      21 days, 7 hours ago

      I think if you can get to triple liverpool and triple wolves plus 1 or 2 others using free transfers or maybe 1 hit its worth doing that over the free hit

      1. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        21 days, 7 hours ago

        I've got three Pool and three Wolves, but they don't include Mane, Doherty or Jota which is pushing me towards the FH.

    2. Wild Rover
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      21 days, 7 hours ago

      I wouldn't FH with the players you already have. Unlucky in the cup btw 😉

      1. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        21 days, 7 hours ago

        my worst week this year, good luck in the next round.

        1. Wild Rover
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          21 days, 7 hours ago

          Thanks. Not much better myself, Leicester killed me

    3. Pap Le Cissier
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      21 days, 7 hours ago

      No, personally I think a good 7-8 players will be enough and you already have most of the usual suspects

  2. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    21 days, 7 hours ago

    Is it better to play FH in 31 or 34? WC saved for 37.

    1. Long ago I drew a walrus
      • 9 Years
      21 days, 7 hours ago

      WC for 2 weeks is not a good idea. Such a waste of the most powerful chip

    2. Nuno
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      21 days, 7 hours ago

      WC 32/33, BB34, FH37

      1. manu4life99
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        21 days, 7 hours ago

        DGW37 will be bigger so better for BB

        FH34
        WC36
        BB37

        1. zotter
          • 10 Years
          21 days, 7 hours ago

          What if 34 ends up a “normal” GW?

          1. manu4life99
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            21 days, 7 hours ago

            Then both strategies result in wasted chips.

            The odds suggest more potential for BB profit in dgw37 so I'll be going that way.

            If gw34 were to be a normal week then I'd simply bring WC forward from 35/36 to 34 then use FH on gw38

        2. Nuno
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          21 days, 7 hours ago

          Prefer an earlier WC to make more use of it but we'll see what happens

    3. Viorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      21 days, 7 hours ago

      i'm planning on FH in 31, WC in 36 and BB in 37.

  3. some witty pun
    • 7 Years
    21 days, 7 hours ago

    Pope
    TAA Robbo Doh
    Salah Traore (Spurs Mid/Sarr)
    Jota

    Worth to FH this for 31? I think i'm going without the FH

    1. zotter
      • 10 Years
      21 days, 7 hours ago

      I wouldn’t FH

    2. King Kohli
      • 7 Years
      21 days, 7 hours ago

      Just build using Ft and the odd hit

  4. Daghe Munegu
    • 3 Years
    21 days, 7 hours ago

    Would you FH GW31 if you had all your chips left including TC ?

    I have Salah Taa Robbo Jimenez Boly Traoré playing GW31 so far

    1. zotter
      • 10 Years
      21 days, 7 hours ago

      May as well yes

  5. OptimusBlack
    • 6 Years
    21 days, 7 hours ago

    hello
    if you have just Salah TAA Taraore and for gw 31 would you use FH or Just get 4 players among upcoming 2 GWS.

    1. zotter
      • 10 Years
      21 days, 7 hours ago

      I would FH

    2. Wild Rover
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      21 days, 7 hours ago

      I only have three and I'm definitely using FH

    3. HarryB29
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      21 days, 7 hours ago

      7 players with 2 hits is pretty bad so id consider using FH in 31

    4. Viorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      21 days, 7 hours ago

      it depends on who are they other players you got

    5. fantasykid
      • 8 Years
      21 days, 7 hours ago

      FH surely

    6. OptimusBlack
      • 6 Years
      21 days, 7 hours ago

      Okay Cheers

  6. Viorio
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    21 days, 7 hours ago

    How can you predict Barnes' haul?

    1. Pap Le Cissier
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      21 days, 7 hours ago

      Stats and Irbox’s crystal ball.....

      1. Viorio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        21 days, 7 hours ago

        Ok, Irbox is the answer.
        Thanks!

        1. Pap Le Cissier
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          21 days, 7 hours ago

          He’s really not 😆

    2. Jarvish Scott Talent
      • 5 Years
      21 days, 7 hours ago

      Grays Sports Alamanac

      1. Viorio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        21 days, 7 hours ago

        I should time travel.
        I'll ask Emmett Lathrop "Doc" Brown.

      2. zotter
        • 10 Years
        21 days, 7 hours ago

        Lol

    3. Rojo's Modern Life
      • 9 Years
      21 days, 1 hour ago

      Villa are crap. Barnes is decent.

  7. King Kohli
    • 7 Years
    21 days, 7 hours ago

    What would you do here?

    A. Play Cantwell this gw.
    Gw 31: Gomez + KDB > Catchcart + Mane for free
    B. Traore > Doucoure this gw.
    Gw 31: Gomez + KDB > Saiss + Mane(-4)

    Hendo
    TAA - Gomez - Egan
    Salah - KDB - Bruno - Traore
    Auba - Jimenez - Jota

    (Pope - Basham - Cantwell - Taylor)

    1 FT 1.6 ITB.

    1. Viorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      21 days, 7 hours ago

      A) for me

  8. Jarvish Scott Talent
    • 5 Years
    21 days, 7 hours ago

    La Liga matches all being played behind closed doors for the next 2 weeks.

    1. Viorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      21 days, 7 hours ago

      UCL matches (in Spain) too.

    2. zotter
      • 10 Years
      21 days, 7 hours ago

      Only matter of time before Prem follows suit

      1. Jarvish Scott Talent
        • 5 Years
        21 days, 7 hours ago

        Seems inevitable.

      2. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        21 days, 7 hours ago

        FA is just waiting for Liverpool to win the league before they announce anything

  9. Dubores
    21 days, 7 hours ago

    Hi guys,
    Right now i've got 6 players for BGW 31:
    Pope
    C. Taylor - Doherty - TAA
    Salah
    Jimenez

    Still got WC, BB, FH, 1 FT and 0.2 ITB.
    Should I FH on GW31 or make transfers to have 8 players and save it for later, for example WC before DGW34 into bench boost and FH on DGW37?

  10. Smurf
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    21 days, 7 hours ago

    I want to take a punt on a Chelsea midfielder this week. Is Mount (if passed fit) more nailed on than Barkley? Seems from the eye Mount is playing well again. Thoughts?

  11. Lignja
    • 2 Years
    21 days, 7 hours ago

    A. Fh 31 with this team
    B. Auba/Vardy, Dendoker to Jimenez, Sarr gw 31 (no hits) 8 players + Rico

    1ft 0.7itb (have bb, hf, wc)

    Pope*
    Taa*, Robertson*, Boly*
    Salah*Kdb, Mount, Barnes
    Auba, Vardy, Jota*

    Lascales, Rico, Dendoker

  12. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    21 days, 7 hours ago

    Depending on KDB news, thinking;

    KDB & Maddy > Mane & Barnes/another mid?

    C either S&M or Alonso/Bruno.........

    Pope

    Trent, Alonso, Boly
    Salah, Sarr, Bruno, KDB
    Jota, Jimenez, Vardy

    McCarthy, Maddison, Soy, Taylor

    1.8

  13. KingKanu
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    21 days, 10 mins ago

    Beware of fools gold with Vardy - he's an explosive player and the type of injuries he's getting, at this age, are reoccurring type. He could go down, in agame or even in training and your 9.7 million is wasted.

    However, Ndidi back means that the cracks are instantly papered over - even Chilwells poor defending. So the Leicester City defenders now good bets for those regular 6 points again. And Pereira free again to raid forward and rack up those assists....

  14. Niho992
    • 1 Year
    20 days, 21 hours ago

    Mourinho is best manager of all time in my objective opinion. He came to Tottenham to earn some money, nobody can win trophy with that bunch of losers.