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Patience with Vardy wearing thin as Leicester attack continues to struggle

Leicester 0-0 Brighton

  • Goals: None
  • Assists: None
  • Penalties saved: Kasper Schmeichel (£5.4m)
  • Penalties missed: Neal Maupay (£5.7m)
  • Bonus Points: Schmeichel x3, Ben Chilwell x2 (£5.5m), Çaglar Söyüncü x2 (£4.9m)

There was a missed penalty. The end.

That’s how the match report for this Tuesday evening encounter should have gone but, luckily for you, we are committed to at least trying to find a lesson for Fantasy managers to learn as they start preparing for Gameweek 32.

Owners of Jamie Vardy (£9.7m), still 29.7% of managers worldwide, will be the most frustrated as his troubles in front of goal dragged on.

The centre-forward’s latest blank is his eighth from a possible 10 since Gameweek 19, registering just three attacking returns in that time.

There was even some captaincy interest in Vardy for Gameweek 31+ but his virtually anonymous displays against Watford and Brighton will have his owners already worried about the next two matches.

Everton host Leicester in Gameweek 32+ having kept three clean sheets from six at Goodison Park under Carlo Ancelotti, only conceding more than once against Newcastle in Gameweek 24.

After that, Vardy will face a Crystal Palace defence that did not give up a single goal between Gameweeks 27 and 30+.

Particularly concerning for Vardy is the fact that he has not been all that unfortunate to blank in each of his Project Restart matches.

In the first 27 minutes of Tuesday’s meeting with Brighton, the forward touched the ball just once with his colleagues unable to get him on the ball up against the visitors’ defence.

With two matches of Project Restart chalked off already, it is easy to see the problem for Vardy is not just his own but with the entire Leicester team, which looked especially sluggish against Brighton. It will be particularly alarming for Brendan Rodgers that on both Saturday and Tuesday, his side enjoyed the lion’s share of possession, did very little with it, and gave up the bigger and better chances to their opponents. Perhaps that should not come as a massive surprise given the Foxes pre-lockdown form. Between Gameweeks 24 and 29, only Sheffield United, Norwich and Aston Villa registered few big chances than Leicester.

Largely out of necessity, Rodgers shuffled his pack following the draw at Watford. He benched Harvey Barnes (£6.2m), much to the chagrin of his 3.9% ownership, replacing him on the left-flank of attacking midfield with Kelechi Iheanacho (£5.7m).

Demarai Gray (£5.0m) came in for Ayoze Pérez (£6.2m) and, like Iheanacho on the other side, offered very little in the way of creativity. Even when Barnes and Pérez came on in the second half, they could not find a way to trouble Brighton’s defence.

“(The short turnaround) was one of the reasons (we rotated). It was Saturday/Tuesday for players just coming back. We wanted extra support in midfield with Papy Mendy, who has good legs. Dimi was very good at the weekend, and we wanted to put a striker in too. The two systems cancelled each other out, without scoring.” – Brendan Rodgers

James Maddison (£7.5m) also put in another disappointing performance, wasting his direct free-kicks and blazing over any efforts from open play too. He had one of Leicester’s best chances in the second half, receiving the ball on the edge of the box from a Vardy knock-down, only to fire it high and wide. It is particularly telling that, for all his set-piece duties, Maddison has not provided an assist since Gameweek 16.

In arguably one of the dullest games of the season so far, there was a silver lining for the neutrals in the display of Tariq Lamptey (£4.0m).

Coming in at right-back for Brighton, the budget defender should be handed credit for his role in ensuring Leicester struggled on Tuesday night, especially considering it was touch-and-go over whether he would need substituting in the first half because of a cut to the face.

A particular highlight for the youngster was when Vardy tried to burn him for pace out-wide, pushing the ball past the defender, only for Lamptey to match the forward and dispossess him easily. 

“I think you could see (Lamptey’s) attributes. He has got great speed. I thought he competed well, showed great courage because he took a heavy smash to the face and needed stitches. He had a big hole on the side of his face. But he played against some good players out there and I thought he was magnificent.” – Graham Potter

This result did, admittedly, make for one or two happy souls in the FPL community, notably those invested in the Leicester defence. Çaglar Söyüncü (£4.9m) and Kasper Schmeichel (£5.4m) are still owned by 15.6% and 13.5% respectively, both keeping a clean sheet and the latter saving a Neal Maupay (£5.7m) penalty.

“(Schmeichel) is invaluable. He’s one of the best in the league. He studies the players’ penalties. He’s been very good in the two games back.” – Brendan Rodgers

“A clean sheet, fitness was good and subs tried to make an impact and we didn’t concede so we’ll take a point. We haven’t won the games, but we’ve showed a good mentality to not concede so much and hopefully, after more training, we can find the goals to get back to winning.” – Brendan Rodgers

Leicester City XI (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Chilwell, Söyüncü, Evans, Justin; Mendy (Tielemans 69′), Ndidi; Iheanacho (H Barnes 69′), Maddison, D Gray (Pérez 73′); Vardy.

Brighton and Hove Albion XI (4-4-2): Ryan; Burn, Webster (Duffy 24′), Dunk, Lamptey; Mac Allister (March 58′), D Stephens, Bissouma (Bissouma 58′), Mooy; Connolly (Murray 82′), Maupay (Trossard 57′).

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  1. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 5 months ago

    What’s Tammy’s chances of starting v city ?

    Giroud pretty much nailed now?

    1. G B
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      I think Tammy suits the City game more than Giroud, and rotation will have to happen at some point.

      Wouldn't say Giroud is nailed but he was first choice before the break and appears to still be now, but for this game, I think Tammy gets the nod.

      Pure guesswork.

    2. Jekori
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Frank apparently likes to rotate himself quite a bit too. Who knows, maybe he wants tammy's pace vs city. Giroud has done well since coming in for Tammy, so in 'normal' games you'd expect Giroud to keep his place

      1. Whazza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        The opposite, Frank is a man of "the best players play". Problem is the best starting XI isn't yet settled

    3. Captain_Shirokov
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      No I think it will be Tammy against City.

    4. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Think Giroud starts tomorrow

  2. Whazza
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Thoughts on Jesus as a FPL pick if Kun is out for the season?

    Nailed on no-brainer or protected for Europe?

    1. G B
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Pep has played Sterling and KDB as false 9s before, right? He'll find a way to rotate.

      The only player nailed on for City is Ederson.

    2. Jonflamingo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Sterling can play cf too not sure

      1. Whazza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Could it mean more playing time for Foden on the left?

    3. Fit_to_drop
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      I wouldnt buy him. Sterling could be deployed down the centre.

    4. Jekori
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      No one except Ederson, not even KdB turnes out, is nailed under Pep. He hasn't got going yet so i'd at least wait till after the pool match. Think sterling might play false 9 a bit. Kün might be back for CL. Without Aguero i rate Mahrez a bit more, since when KdB is substituted he might take penalties and he'll probably plays a bit more with 1 less attacker available and Sané on the way out.

    5. Rains of Castamere
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Good pick. I'd take 5 starts out of 7 games to be honest.

    6. St Pauli Walnuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Not exactly nailed but a massively more enticing prospect than before. He will be rested a bit here and there but he will start most games I think. The other options aren't ideal. Sterling has never convinced up front, he wastes so many big chances that I don't think a striker role suits him.

      I'd wait until GW33 before considering him though.

      I'm a Man City season ticket holder, if that gives any credence to my opinion I don't know!

      1. Whazza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Even when he doesn't start he can get something of the bench!

      2. Better off with a pin and a…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        I'd agree with this. Kun being out means Jesus will play more, I think - and with the extra subs he'll probably feature in a lot of the remaining games. That City attack is still the most potent out there and the fixtures from 33 onwards are really good. I think Jesus is a decent pick for that run.

    7. Blue&White85
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      I’m looking at getting him for week 34, think he’s a very good option, especially with those fixtures.

    8. french holiday
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Pep will contiue to rotate. He may play Sterking or Bernado or even KDB in a false 9 like vs Real

  3. JBG
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Thoughts on this WC team:

    Pope-Martinez
    TAA-Doherty-Lascelles-Taylor-Robinson
    Kdb-Martial-Fernandes-Mount-Saka
    Auba-Rashford-Jimenez

    0.5 itb. Had to hit the WC button before price drops and rises. Auba is in their for the Norwich match only tbh.

    1. JBG
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Switch out Taylor for Kabasele.

    2. aapoman
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Bit too much ManU for my liking. I'd swap out Martial

      1. JBG
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Martial will probably turn into Bergwjin or Son when i downgrade Auba. If he doesn't continue the goalscoring form he was in before the break(3 in 4).

      2. iL PiStOlErO
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Also agree with this. Triple utd is always too much.

        1. Sgt Frank Drebin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          I don't necesserailly agree with this. Their assets provide a great value this season beeing undervalued imho.

          1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • 11 Years
            1 year, 5 months ago

            I think tonight is tipping point time for utd

            Lots of positive signs forward looking in the tea leaves for them, and similarly, lots of negative signs backward looking

            If they read the script and do aPogba/Bruno-inspired thrashing of a Henderson/Egan/O'Connell-less SHU then 3 reps will very quickly veer towards mandatory rather than questionable in the opinion polls

            1. Better off with a pin and a…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 year, 5 months ago

              They offer great value imo, the team's in good form and they're likely to have something to play for all the way to the end of the season.

              1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                • 11 Years
                1 year, 5 months ago

                I've got AWB, Martial, Bruno on board for those reasonds - I'm trusting them to deliver some points between now & 38, rightly or wrongly

                1. Baron Penguin (FKA Hadebayo…
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 year, 5 months ago

                  I'm also on those three, I feel for the price Martial has more upside than Rashford. Plus I got bored of seeing every WC with DCL Jimi Rash so trying something different whilst retaining two Man Utd attacking assets.

            2. Jon Walter's Hatty
              • 8 Years
              1 year, 5 months ago

              Yeah I went with Bruno/Rash on the WC with some cash over. Pogba and Martial could play their way in over Maguire/AWB yet pending on what we see when the former starts.

    3. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Me likes. Very nice. Maybe after you sell Auba just get some Spurs...

      1. JBG
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Yeah that's my plan.

    4. Ian & Zen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Let’s first see how Man Utd do, before saying a triple is too much - they have the best run in - if all 3 fire could be points galore
      Good luck
      I’m on Fernandes & Rashford at the mo

    5. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Don't get Auba for one match only.

      Must have at least one Liverpool mid imo.

  4. Vazza
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Maguire or Aurier for rest of the season?

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Aurier

    2. Jonflamingo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      aurier looks good for assits and CS. I'm a utd fan but don't trust our def

      1. iL PiStOlErO
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        The man has said it all. This.

  5. Captain_Shirokov
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Think Vardy to Rashford is the move for me this week.

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Wait for utd game but yes.

    2. G B
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Yeah, did that one right before the deadline thankfully.

      With those fixtures, and a good chance of pens, Rashford looks a solid choice.

      1. Captain_Shirokov
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Vardy has been terrible for me, even before the lockdown. Not sure why I went back for him again.

    3. Jonflamingo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      good move

    4. CAVEAT KING
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      I look at what I have seen so far and neither have impressed me from and FPL point of view.

  6. Chandler Bing
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Which pair until the end of the season?

    A. Rashford and Mahrez
    B. Jesus and Martial

    1. Jonflamingo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      a

    2. Captain_Shirokov
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      A

    3. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Definitely A

    4. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      A

  7. Jonflamingo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    don't think there is much point owning city assets. They can't win league and banned from CL

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Its City we are talking about, when they feel like playing they can always do serious damage. Losing KdB can ne very stressful. But then again there is a man called Pep...

      1. iL PiStOlErO
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        *can be

      2. Jonflamingo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        haha yes pep... 🙁

    2. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Foden will still want to impress

    3. G B
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      I don't think I could lose KDB, he's just too good.

      With Aguero out, he should take all the pens right?

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Where is this concept if aguero being on pens coming from. He wasnt on penalties. In fact he was 4th in line for a while

        1. G B
          • 10 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          I guess it comes from Aguero being on pens the last 9 years.

          I've taken my eye off the ball lately, so must have missed the hand over...

          1. Nightcrawler
            • 2 Years
            1 year, 5 months ago

            Yes he hasnt been on penalties since his last miss. Used to have a great record but missed too many recently

            Kdb is the no.1 taker atm anyway so injuries to other players wont change much

            1. andy85wsm
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              1 year, 5 months ago

              To be fair Aguero hasn't been on the pitch for the last 3 penalties

              1. Would Ed Woodward
                • 2 Years
                1 year, 5 months ago

                I remember that he missed the one before that though as I owned him.

                1. No Professionals
                  • 4 Years
                  1 year, 5 months ago

                  me too, captain, scarred.

    4. Jekori
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      There are loads of points owning KdB. 193 to be accurate. When is the final trial for City? They are the only team showing pre-corona form so going without is suicide in my eyes.

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        When there is little time to go for the season u can affordnto take short term risks. Ive gine without kdb on ec lets see how it turns out im confident ill be okay for the next 2-3 weeks. Cant see him starting vs soton after pool

        1. Nightcrawler
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          On wc*

    5. St Pauli Walnuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Those two facts (though one pending) were true before the restart, they've just scored 8 goals without return in 2 games. Not sure I get your point.

    6. No Professionals
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      they also look like the team that is best suited to behind closed doors. They are pure technical football, not relying on a crowd to rev them up seems fine for them.

  8. EL tridente
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Best option?
    A) Mcburnie to DCL for -4
    B) Play Saka

    1. Jonflamingo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      b

    2. Little Red Lacazette
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      b

  9. Ronnies
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    I've just my FH chip left, any idea when is the best time to use it ?

    Cheers.

    1. french holiday
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Maybe next GW when Liv-Che you can take advantage of rhe fixtures.

      1. french holiday
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        *City

    2. JBG
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Last GW. We will most likely get a lot of leaked lineups.

      1. french holiday
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Dont count on it. 50-50

  10. Little Red Lacazette
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Is Aurier the best Max 4.9 defender out there?

    1. french holiday
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Boly

    2. Rains of Castamere
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Probably. Boly, Saiss, Lascelles, Fernandez, Holgate all good options too.

      Not keen on Burnley.

    3. andy85wsm
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Saiss is probably the best for me!

    4. Little Red Lacazette
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Cheers all

  11. Jon Walter's Hatty
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Vardy I think is struggling because this slow, laboured build up in these non-atmospheric conditions are the last thing he needs for his 'on the shoulder' game. To be honest most teams bar City look more of a threat on the counter than trying to break through a tight defence.

    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Pity he just didnt get another bit of his toe on that abortion of a throw out from Matt Ryan , he'd have had either a pen or an empty net & all would be well with the world

      1. Jon Walter's Hatty
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Yeah but he seems to be relying on something out of nothing. The service particularly from Maddison has dried up. Pereira also I think opens up space for Leicester that Justin cannot.

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • 11 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          Pereira definitely a huge miss - but Vardy is Vardy - he's always relied on what looks like massive overproduction from a relatively threadbare statistical cupboard

          He is 33 now too though, eventually father time catches up with everyone, but the guy is hat lethal he'll just pop up with a brace he has no earthly right to score from seemingly nowhere in any game

    2. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Leicester don’t look the same - the whole team seems off the pace - maybe they think theyre safe

    3. Would Ed Woodward
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      This could be massively overthinking but isn't Vardy also someone that uses the hatred from opposition fans as a huge motivation tool?

  12. FOO FIGHTER
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Thoughts on Pulisic? Under 7mil and almost on the same points per match as Richarlison. To be fair to Pulisic, been injured and has not played week in and out.

    Maybe the goal he scored will give him some much needed confidence, worth a shout?

    1. french holiday
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      If he is nailed then a great pick

    2. Relaxing
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Definitely

    3. RichardNixon
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Pretty much any of the Chelsea players could be benched. Pedro and Willian signed a contract extension yesterday. So out wide any of Pulisic, Willian, Pedro, CHO, RLC, Mount, Barkley are options. I'm a Chelsea supporter and haven't got a clue of the starting XI.

      For example RLC started on the left wing against Villa. He hasn't played a game for something like 13 months. Having said that, he was completely off the pace and Pulisic came on and made an impact. Lampard tends to reward players who perform so I'd guess Pulisic starts against City. After that though who knows.

      Mount and Azpi seem to be the safe bets but even then it's not certain.

    4. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Definitely worth a shout. Sub 8.5m it's a bit slim.

      Richarlison, Pulisic, ASM, Bergwijn, Alli, that's about it. ASM looks a really nice option. cheap, big differential, nailed on with 3 plum fixtures.

  13. AuFeld
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    The case against Jesus:

    1. Terrible Fixtures: LIV, sou, and NEW over the next three game weeks.
    2. Rotation: Direct competition from Sterling and ???. Pep rotates and no other manager will rotate their squad with a compressed schedule.
    3. Stats: Only the fourth highest xGI on the MCI squad for the season. An appalling 98.6 mins/xGI and 41.7 mins/shot on target all season.
    4. Price point: Too much. Poor points per million.
    5. Nothing to play for. Bonuses for goals scored are not tied into contracts and Jesus is not eager to capitalize on the opportunity to be the number one striker at MCI.
    6. Pens: Big concern. Is he on them? Only the seventh highest xG on-target, non-penalty all season.

    It is conclusive that you should steer clear of Jesus while Aguero is injured. What do you think?

    1. Nightcrawler
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      U missed the most important point and the one that matters the most

      He's crap

      1. Whazza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        16 returns in 1457 mins is crap nowadays?

      2. AuFeld
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Valid point. I can't fathom what Pep see's in him.

    2. Captain_Shirokov
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      No way are those terrible fixtures

    3. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Why you would opt for Jesus who can still be rotated and is quite expensive per return is beyond me. Mahrez is the go to guy now - I expect sterling to start false nine sometimes only benefiting Mahrez game time

      1. Leaf
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        So Mahrez can’t be rotated ?

        They have 1 fit striker and tons of attacking mids

    4. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Not great, not terrible.

    5. Jullepuu
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Fixtures from gw33 onwards looks great. He will get more playing time if Kun is out for the season. Yes he won't start every match but more is more.

      "Jesus is not eager to capitalize on the oppoturnity to be the number one striker at MCI" umm what? How on earth do you know this? Sounds like total bs to me

      1. AuFeld
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Disregarding the stats, it all is.

        1. AuFeld
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          * it's all bs

    6. Would Ed Woodward
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      lol, good post, when are you putting him in? I'm getting him in 33 I think.

      1. AuFeld
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Seems ideal. I'm in no rush to get him in for a hit vs LIV.

    7. Sgt Frank Drebin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      I feel like your analysis is very biased... 7th highest xG on target with limited minutes isn't actually bad when you take into account limited minutes. In fact he is 1st in the whole league in terms of non penalty xG per 90 with 0.88 NPxG90. He has just been bit wasteful/unlucky this season.

      Also the 4th highest xGI in Man City isn't bad at all given that he was probably behind Sterling, KDB and Aguero and all of them are significantly more expensive in FPL than Jesus.

      1. Would Ed Woodward
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Unless I'm very wrong, I think you and others have missed the point of the post.

        1. AuFeld
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          Thanks Ed.

        2. Sgt Frank Drebin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          Yeah looks like it, whoops

    8. Rhinos
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      the case for jesus

      He plays for man city
      Kun is injured

      End of case

  14. Eat my goal!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    After such a long wait we have been blessed with this schedule- as soon as a GW finishes another commences!

    1. Slouch87
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      The football is farcical due to the players not been match fit as is FPL due to mass rotation. I wouldn't call it a blessing.

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        140 points since restart speak for yourself

        1. Slouch87
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          I wasn't talking about points.
          You've missed one.

          1. Nightcrawler
            • 2 Years
            1 year, 5 months ago

            Apart from city(who rotate anyway) there hasnt been any significant rotation. Points averahe has been very high. Nothing to dislike on terms of fpl

            I agree football quality has been poor but that shd improve in a week or two hopefully

      2. Qaiss
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Better than nothing. Football is football. Football in the summer is always good.

  15. slove
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Is swapping Justin for Aurier too sideways a move?

    1. andy85wsm
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      I'd only consider moves truly sideways when it's in the same defence.

      If you have nothing else to worry about and think Aurier is a better punt than JUstin go for it

      1. slove
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        +1 for the pun

        Good point about the same defense, I do feel like Aurier is probably the better option but that might be a little harsh on Justin after just one subpar performance

  16. Whazza
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Just noticed Soton play Thu and Sun... If Ings starts Thu as expected he is surely benched vs Watford?

    1. andy85wsm
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      I'm hoping we might hear Hassenhutl say something about it but it does worry me.

      Only advantage really is he's had a long break, maybe he'll have the legs for it

      1. Whazza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Worried owner here too.. They play City after Wat so maybe the time to get rid is after Ars anyway

    2. slove
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      I imagine his minutes will probably be managed across both games, probably looking at 120 altogether, 60 and 60 or the full 90 on Thursday and a 30 bit impact subs on sunday

      1. Whazza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Yeah quite possibly

        1. slove
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          I wouldn't worry too much, he is in good form and like you said is well rested so I think he could still deliver

          1. Whazza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 year, 5 months ago

            You're right, we live in a time almost anyone can rotated anyway

  17. SADIO SANÉ
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    I have Mahrez, Jesus and Sane(don't ask) - original plan was to go Sane -> Bruno and bench Jesus in 32, stick with the plan or just play Jesus and bench Sane for now?

    1. slove
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Jesus is far too much money to be keeping on the bench

      1. SADIO SANÉ
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        not really, my team is epic

        1. slove
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          Link?

    2. Hot Toddy
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Bin both for a hit.

      1. SADIO SANÉ
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        if I do that I'll have to bench Sarr or Grealish

        1. slove
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          Bin Grealish too while you are at it

          1. SADIO SANÉ
            • 6 Years
            1 year, 5 months ago

            jesus

        2. Hot Toddy
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          So Grealish basically. Crap fixture anyway.

          1. SADIO SANÉ
            • 6 Years
            1 year, 5 months ago

            Wolves are definitely not impenetrable - but yeah Sane -> Bruno, Grealish first sub is probably the way - double City attack vs Liverpool might be shite though

  18. New Live Matchday Stream on YouTube
    andy85wsm
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Hey all,

    We're trialling a new live show tonight - Scoutcast: Matchday!

    I'll be live on Youtube with Gianni + Toby from FPL Diary and Lee from FPL Family, reacting to all the matches with coverage starting at 5:50pm.

    Hope to see a few of you there!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ih-Vj4-IOlw

  19. olidooley
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Salah cappers.....what a week we have!
    Loads of the top managers even dumped him, never mind miss out on the captain haul!

    1. POLSKA GOLA
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      That injury has made him enough of a differential if he hauls

      1. Jekori
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Yeah, might be his lowest % this season? The fact that Palace were closing up shop helps too, i like it when you can cheer for your captain without holding back. Too bad i can't see the game myself tho, at least the first 60 mins

        1. olidooley
          • 9 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          And he is the top fpl scorer in a season in history right? His record at Anfield is incomparable to any other player for any team too

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Just imagine the possibility of Utd blank and Mo hattie. Chaos!

      1. olidooley
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Could easily happen

        1. iL PiStOlErO
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          Wouldn’t mind that at all tbh...

    3. bigbudgie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      And if the opposite happens?

      1. slove
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Not entirely unlikely to be fair, would punish those of us who captained him for taking the risk but I imagine he will deliver in the run in and if he is genuinely off the boil he is a straight swap to Mane

        1. scubasmithy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          Got triple United Inc Fernandes and Martial, didn't want all my eggs in one basket so went salah. Best of both worlds I hope

    4. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Maybe. Question is will he get more than 60 minutes after all that time out on a hot night? Palace are no mugs and I think we will be in for the usual attack v defense drill of a game again, will be hard to inject pace. 2-0 would be my prediction with a late second.

    5. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Yep. Although I'm not gonna gain much ground in my mini league because for some reason, all the top 3 including me have captained Salah. 4th place has TAA (c) which frightens me.

  20. BobB
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Vardy is past his best. It happens suddenly for pacy strikers.

    1. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Still the top scorer this season.

      1. BobB
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Proves my point - hero to zero in a flash

    2. slove
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      I think that is harsh, he was getting next to no service. Would reserve judgement for a few more games

    3. No Professionals
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      it's been said about 5 times before and he comes back. he was finished before rodgers took over.

      Leicester as a team struggling, nothing to do with Vardy.

  21. Goonerly
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    O'Connell to --> :

    A) Aurier
    B) Holgate
    C) Justin
    D) Other

    Rest of defence is TAA, Maguire, Doherty (got Patricio in goal as well), Lascelles

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      A

    2. slove
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      A for me, planning on moving Justin to Aurier this GW after the games yesterday

  22. The Minus Fours
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Almiron coming in for me this week end for the next two fixtures - patience gone with Barnes....going to stick with Vardy though....

    1. slove
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Almiron only has two goals and two assists all season, a bad move if you ask me. Why not Sarr, Traore, Mount or if you are set on Newcastle I would rather have Saint Maximin

  23. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    think i ll keep vardy one more week and then reassess. jesus could be the perfect replacement.

    1. slove
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      I assume you have Rashford and Jiminez? Not entirely sold on Jesus at all but I do think you should hold on to Vardy for another week

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        i have jimmy and dcl. not keen on rashford as already have fernandes in midfield. will see. thank you for reply

    2. Would Ed Woodward
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      That's what I'm doing, I have the funds to go Vardy > Auba(C) (-4) but that's just asking for trouble as a one weeker.

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        yep that is asking for trouble 🙂

    3. Wonderful Wizard Hazard
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      I just brought Vardy in, was disappointed with the result yesterday. He barely saw the ball though. Will give him one more week and then I think Jesus is a good option. I already have Bruno as well, along with AWB, not really fancying a MU triple up.

  24. The Minus Fours
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    I wonder if Lord Lundstrum will start against Spurs? I already will have Hendo in goal so is it worth doubling up on Sheff U defs?

    1. slove
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Who would you start instead?

  25. The Minus Fours
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    At the moment I have 4 players in City V Liv - TAA, Kyle, KDB and Mane. Hoping for a 4-4 draw with assists for the FB's!!!

  26. The Minus Fours
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    At the moment I have Kyle W, TAA and Vestergaard in a 3-5-2 - I was thinking about Saint-Maxim but Almiron might be more nailed on for a place - Ritchie can play out on the left.....

    1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Lascelles

    2. Jekori
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      So you'll settle for 2 points from Almiron? He is known for not having end-product in the PL. Besides that ASM is way more exciting to watch, flashes past defenders instead of to the ground. That said if you have the funds i think so far Sarr has looked best.

  27. Runaway
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    It seems GW32 is the best time to play BB with these guys, would you agree?

    Martinez (NOR)
    Lascelles (bou)
    Holgate (LEI)
    Guendozi (NOR)

    1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Yes

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Sure.

  28. Goro Majima
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Any thoughts on the best replacement for Barnes? Sarr or Mount seem like the obvious ones, but any others?

    1. Jekori
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Armstrong, Foden have produced so far. I'm on Sarr myself as a 5th midfielder (Bergwijn, Bruno, KdB and Salah)

      1. Goro Majima
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Thinking Foden will replace Saka as my 5th mid. Barnes replacement will have to play most weeks so he's a bit risky for that. Armstrong is an interesting shout, thanks.

    2. Sgt Frank Drebin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      In my opinion Sarr is by far the best choice

      1. Goro Majima
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Yeah, that's where I'm at currently but mulling it over.

  29. Sgt Frank Drebin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Best captain for GW33? With yet again no stand out option, it looks like there is an oppourtunity for advantage with captain choices most likely spread out to many players. If Man United wins comfortably against Sheffield today I guess most of managers will go for either Fernandes or Rashford in their game v Brighton as captain. In my opinion Aubameyang vs Norwich would be the best choice, but I won't get him in for just one game... Does anyone plan to FH maybe?

    1. Netley Lucas
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      You mean 32+? Cup quarters make it tricky, maybe Jim or Doc in the 1st one @avl, should get an idea of team news.

      1. Sgt Frank Drebin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Yep, sorry, 32+!

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Do you mean 32?

      33 is easy. Pool play AVL. It's gotta be Mane or Salah.

      1. I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Will they even start if they win the league against City?

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          Why not? There's nothing else to play for except the 100 point record.

    3. Jimmers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      *GW32

      1. Jimmers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Jiminez? Villa are poor

    4. Fit_to_drop
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Richarlison, DCL or a City player like KDB. From what I have seen so far, City could beat Liverpool in that game.

  30. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Contemplating a GW33 WC.

    How does this look:

    Patricio Martinez
    TAA Saiss Lascelles Holgate Robinson
    Salah Mane KdB Mahrez Fernandes
    Jimenez DCL Connolly

    1. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      strong midfield and gives you plenty of downgrade options.
      I will likely wc in 33 too but have a stronger defence

    2. Jekori
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Laying out so much funds on liverpool when they might be champions already is risky, but i could pay of. I rather spend more in defense, for example Ritchie and Doherty will get more points than Saiss and Lascelles. Like Connolly for the bench, and Patricio as keeper. 8.5/10

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        They have nothing else to play for. Don't see why they wouldn't just go hard and try to set a new record points tally. And who's better anyway? I have KdB and Fernandes who are pretty obvious. Son maybe?

        1. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          There is always next season and they might want to avoid injuries tokey players and give game time and medals to as many players as possible. I am uncertain if records broken under these circumstances are worth the trouble. Klopp wasn't risking Robbo or Salah for example and Pep rotated the whole team.

    3. G B
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      I like it!

      With the Salah Mane double up you miss out on players like Doherty and Alonso but I think it's worth it given the great value alternatives like Saiss.

      Is there 100% not another DGW then? I was gonna save the WC for then...

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        I don't know honestly. Although now that I look at it, I don't need to WC to get that. I can easily take a -4 next week to get most of that. Might be good to save WC for the end.

        Plan might be to WC in 37. BB in 38.

    4. fish&chips
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Contemplating something similar myself